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Notes and Notions. 4 Brecon Beacons reservoir is said to be abnormally low. I The Golden Valley Hounds met at Dorstone on Mon- day. Mr Evan Williams (Glancammarch. Beulah) has six sons sen'ing in the Army. Cwmdu's recent social, on behalf of the local soldiers' comforts fund, yielded X16 8s. No fewer than 140 war savings certificates were ap- plied for at Talgarth last week. Rhayader Parish Council are endeavouring to secure a portion of Cocks Field for garden-plots. Pte. Ivor Williams (Beulah) is home at Llanwrtyd on ten days' leave from Minehead Convalescent Camp- Lieut, (acting-captain) W. B. Butler, Borderers' Spec- ial Reserve, has relinquished the rank of tmeporary capt. # Two Crickhowell boys, Messrs. W. Morgan (Lloyds Bank), and Jack Saunders (Green), joined up last week. Saturday's papers contained the official announcement of the death, in action, of Pte. F. R. Herringtftn, Crick. howell. Radnorshire and West Herefordshire Hounds met at Coles Hill on Monday. They also meet at the Red Lion, Brilley, on Friday. j The late Mr Thomas Price (Hazeldene, Builth Welis) re-built Llangynog Parish Church at his own expense a few years ago. Temp.-Lieut. Col. C. E. Kitchen, D.S.O. (well-known in Brecon) has been gazetted brevet-major in Reserve of Offirer. Misses Beatrice Evans, Amy Jones and Jane Rees (Ptipils of Brynmawr Intermediate School) have passed the examination for the first part of the preliminary cer- tificate. Col. J..1. Jones (Cefn-eoed and Ex-High Sheriff of Breconshire) lias been ottered the position of president of Merthyr General Hospital in succession to the late Mr John Pkws. Peterstonc Lodge of Manchester Unity of Oddfellows liff.ve invested jE200 surplus funds in the War Loan. The lodge has also well over £ 3,000 invested on mortgage of freehold property in the counties of Brecon, Glamorgan and Hereford. The membership stands at 120. Mr 1. T. Williams (chief goods manager of the Lon- don and North Western Railway) has been appointed acting general manager during the absence of Mr GU) Calthrop, who is the new Controller of Mines. He is well-known in South and Mid-Wales, in which districts he formerly represented his company. Capt. C. L. Conaclier (formerly traffic manager of the Cambrian Railways Company) has been appointed an a.s.sistant director at the Ministry of Munitions. Capt. Conacher entered the Ministry of Munitions when first formed in May, 1915, after nine months previous service as a railway transport officer on the War Office staff. Lieutenant John Mitchell (Breconshire Constabulary) wa-s cited as the first case of promotion from the ranks of the Coldstream Guards to a commission in that fam- ous regiment. Another Breconshire man was so honour- ed in December, 1914, but he is now serving with an infantry regiment and is a captain. H- # Pte. Wm. Clavton (son of Mr and Mrs Wm. Clayton, Pontfaen Cottage, Hay), who was recently killed in ac- tion at Raja, Egypt, was only 25 years of age. Officers of his company wrote his parents in most appreciatory and praiseworthy terms of hi, service, and mention was made that his name had been put forward for special distinction. A recent return from Canada showed that in one week II alone the banks in Quebec increased their clearings from 3.299,254 to $4,856,129, an increase of 46.8 as com- pared with the corresponding period of last year-a sure sign of prosperity. The total clearing of Canadian banks for the same period amounted to $260,399,406, an in- crease of S;46,289,350, or 7.2. The exports of flour, oatmeal and rolled-oats from the port of Montreal to the different foreign markets* for the season 1916 show that, in 1916, 4,575,989 sacks of flour were shipped against 1,613,214 in 1915, 7605 sacks of meal against 4950, 40.141 cases of rolled-oats against 35,111, and 80,756 sacks of rolled-oats against 25,258 in 1915. The poet, Shelley, was a bit of a worry to the farmers when he lived in Wales. It is recorded about him in a book just published that when walking among the sheep suffering from scab or some other lingering dis- ease, he would take out his pistol from sheer pity and shoot it. On one occasion the farmer caught Shelley on his errand of mercy and kuocked him down. THE CALL. The rector's growing artichokes, the curate's growing greens, And they both are hard at work from early dawn The archdeacon and the dean devote themselves to beans. And the bishop's planting 'taties on his lawn. F. C. G., in "Westminster Gazette."     Welsh members of Parliament are now securing a 'air proportion of committee appointments. T,l?lri addi- tional ones were made last week. Sir Ivor Herbert, Bart., is to serve on Sir Luke White's General Com- mittee on Railway and Canal Bill&—of which there are fiuite a good number-and Sir Francis Edwards, Bart., 's a member of the chairman's panel to serve on Un- opposed Bill Committees during the session. Two Cheviot ewes have been extricated in Dumfries- shire after being under the snow for 33 days, and one was taken out after 41 days' imprisonment. The hole this ewe was in measured 5ft. by 3ft. by 2ft., and is sloped to a depth of 9in. at the back. The covering was icy now 2ft. deep. It is worthy of note that all three sheep after their liberation walked a distance of two miles down the glen, and do not appear to have muttered much from their privations. Friday night's "Gazette" contained the following an- nouncement:—"Memoranda.—W. H. Thomas (temp. major Roval Welsh Fusiliers) is granted the hon. rank of major (Aug. 12th). The undermentioned are granted the hon. rank of capt.: W. R. C. Ralston (temp. capt. South Wales Borderers) (June 10, 1915); A. G. Sprague (temp. capt. Welsh Regiment) (Xov. 7, 1915); H. Pritch- ard (temp, lieut. Welsh Regiment) is granted the hon. rank of lieut. (Aug. 4)." A good storv is told of an Ystalyfera soldier who was acting as servant to a Scottish officer. So pleased with him was his superior that he took him on leave to Scot- land, introducing him to a shooting party. The Welsh- man, who had a reputation as a shot, "spotted". a. bird walking along the ground, and was about to take aim when the keeper bawled out: "It's no sport to shoot a bird when it's walking." "Quite right," answered the Welshman, coolly, "I am waiting for it to stop." At the Prize Dav at Llandovery County School Ald. John M. Howell, J.P., of Aberayron, who was the speaker on the occasion, remarked that he could not ex- tenuate the conduct of the Church of England in their neglect of the fame and service of Vicar Pritchard. His house was still there, or part of it, bearing its ElIza- bethan features. It should have been acquired and con- verted into a museum, where all the editions of Vicar Pritchard's works should find a place. It would be a fortune to Llandoverv and a shrine for all Welshmen. >< The report of the directors of the Llandrindod Wells Springs, Limited, shows that the profit for the year was iL417 more than in the previous year. The net profit, after providing £ 223 for the redemption fund, was tl,224, which permits of a dividend of 6 per cent. and a carry forward of LI-48. Mr R. Wellinge Thomas has vacated his seat on the Board in consequence of con- tinued absence on military duties, and his place has been filled by the appointment of Mr Wm. L. Pritchett, J.P. h- Lieut. Gordon Rumsey (Crickhowell), presumed to have been killed in action in 1915, was wounded in a night attack in which the fighting was of a particularly severe character. His company were unable to hold their ground, and a bayonet was stuck in the earth to mark where the gallant young officer lay, but the follow- ing morning he was gone and nothing has since been heard of him. "A better officer could never be found," says a soldier who belonged to Lieut. Ruinsey com- pany. Mr and Mrs Walter P. Rumsoy have received a letter from the King and Queen, regretting his death and expressing sympathy. T'1*" K'ng ls awarded the Military Medal for braverv lee to the undermentioned non-commiMioned officers and men. since deceased, who have been killed in action or died of wounds or disease subsequent to the date of the award of the Military Medal to them by the Commander-in-Chief in the Field:—Company Sergt.- Major H. Dandy, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Lance-Corpl. R. Drewitt, South Wales Borderers; Private J. H. Evans, Roval Warwickshire Regiment ;Corpl. W. Harris, South Wales Borderers; Lanoe-Corpl. T .Hooper, Roval Welsh Fusiliers: Corpl. H. Hussey, Royal Welsh Fusil- i-ers, Pte. G. Illsley, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Sergt. J. Jackson, Monmouthshire Regiment; Lance-C-orpi. W. D. Jennings, Welsh Regiment; Pte. J. Lewis, Welsh Regi- ment; Pte. A. O'Brien, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Pte. T. R. Parrv, Welsh Refdment; Pte. H. Price, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Corpl. C. Simpson, Welsh Regiment; Sgt, A. K. Thornborough, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Pte. I-P. T. Wallace, South Wales Borderers; and Pte. W. H. Wil- liams, South Wales Borderers.

Farmers and the War.

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Builth Rural Tribunal. I

IMr. Sidney Robinson, W.P.

IRural District Council.I

I National Service

I Builth Wells Funerals. I

RED CROSS HOSPITAL, PENOYRE.

I Brecon Officer.i

GETTING TO WORK.

Interesting Hay Wedding.

IBrecon Rural Tribunal. I

ITalgarth Boy. ___I

I Builth Wells Tribunal.I

I THE CREAM OF THE MEAT

'Builth's Council.

BRECONSHIRE OFFICER.I

Potatoe Growing

|Farmers and Labour. I

I Brecon Tribunal.

I ! HEREFORD MARKET. r

I WAR CLOTHING DEPOT.