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. Important Meeting at Brecon. COUNTY MEMBER AMONG SPEAKERS. In our advertising columns there is an announcement of a most important meeting to be held at the Town Hall, Brecon, on Friday, March 9th, at 2 p.m., when amongst others the County Member will speak. Farmers should make it a point to attend this meet- ing in order that they may know what is expected of them in these trying days. The Prime Minister has stated that the plough is our hope, and in order to en- courage more corn growing, which is a matter of ur- gent importance, the Government has guaranteed mini- mum prices for cereals for five years. The meeting is held under the auspices of the Execu- tive Committee of the Breconshire War Agricultural Committee, which is the body appointed to carry out the wishes of the Government in the matter of tillage. It has tremendous powers, but rather than exercising them immediately, meetings are arranged in the county to enable farmers to obtain full information as to its constitution and powers. This meeting will afford an opportunity to all farm- ers to know the wishes of the Government in the vital matter of food production, and it is hoped that they will attend in large numbers. The planting season is upon us, atid if we neglect this spring we might have to face very dark days before the end of the present year in the matter of food supplies,
MENTIONED I LOCAL OFFICERS' VALUABLE SERVICES Among "local officers whose names have been brought I to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for I valuable services rendered in connection with the war are Lieut..Col. Ivor Bowen, R.W.F., the well-known Welsh K.C. and Recorder of Swansea. Col. Venables Llewelyn, Glamorgan Yeomanry, and son of Sir John T. Dillwyn Llewellyn, Penllergaer, the G.O..M. of West Glamorgan. Lieut.-Col. B. T. Ready, formerly brigade-major to t.he Souih Wales Infantry Territorial Brigade at Cardiff. Brigadier-General J. H. Oil B. Travers, formerly of Penarth, and at one time, brigadier of the South Wales Infantry Territorial Brigade. Lieut.-Cel. H. C. Prichard, Glamorgan Yeomanry, lord of the manor of Colwinstone, near Bridgend. Col. Ivor Phillips, D.S.O., M.P., of Pembrokeshire, formerly rnajor-general in command of the 38th Welsh Division. Lieut.-General Sir Francis Lloyd, K.C.B., C.V.O., D.S.O., formerly in command of the Welsh Territorial Division. Lieut.-Col. Lord Glanusk, of Glanusk Park, C. B., D.S.O. Col. C. de Winton. C.M.G., fourth son of the late Venerable H. de Winton, archdeacon of Brecon, who was wounded at the Dardanelles. .Major C. H. R. Crawshay, D.S.O., eldest son of the late All, Codrington Crawshay. Llanfair Grange. Col. T. X. Bradney. C.B., Monmouth. Lieut.-Col. R. E. Sandeman. the well-known Bisley shot. who tt", dose associations with Criekhowell.
Builth Rural Tribunal. I At a meeting of Builih Rural Tribunal the following wert' given temporary exemption to 1st May:—A. Pritchard Phillips, Blaenllyn-Olwen, Llysdinam, William Cecil Powell, Tylanhaulog, Erwood, John Davies, Ty- gwvn, Llanwrtyd, David Williams, Vedw, Abergwessin (conditional), William John Price, Llwyngwesson, Thos. Edward Price, Caedu, Isaac William Jenkins, Llewes- hely, Beulah (conditional), David Morgans, Cwmhenog. Other exemptionsDavid John Morgan, Malvern, ap- peal dismissed, man not to be called up till 1/4/17. Isaac Davies. Cefnyresgaer, conditional, Arthur Wil- liams, Xantyfiriad .temporary to 1/5/17. William Dav- it's, Oaktield, Garth, conditional, Ivor Price Weale, The Court. Gwenddwr, appeal dismissed, David Davies, Pentre, temporary to 1/5/17, Ivor Williams, Dolfach. Builth Wells, appeal dismissed, James Owen Mathias, Tyeornel, Biulah. conditional, John Williams, Cefn- brith Mill, conditional, Alfred James, Rliosferig. con- ditional, Gomer Williams, Bwlchyciliau, Garth, tempor- ary to 1/5/17, Albert Dyke Jones, Craigol. temporary to 1/5/17. Wilfred Ivor Jarman, Kimberley House, Cefn-y- Bedd, appeal dismissed, man not to be called up till 1/5/17, John Rees Hope, Pentwyn, Abergwessin, tem- porary to 1/5/17. John George, Gilfach, Llanwrtyd, con- (iitioniti, John Hugh Jones, Cwmerogan, Garth, con- ditional, Isaac Jones, Dinas, conditional, Thomas Jones, Pantvilly, conditional. James H. Davies, Graig, Erwood, conditional, David Thomas Davies, Brynhenog, tempor- ary to 1/5/17, and Stanley P. Evans, Victoria House, Erwood. conditional.
Mr. Sidney Robinson, W.P. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT. Mr Sidney Robinson has been placed hy the Com- mittee of Selection on Standing' Committee A, to which Government Bills are relegated.
Rural District Council. SURVEYORS AND WAR BONUS. THE STATE OF THE ROADS. Mr Owen Price (chairman) presided over the meeting of the Brecon Rural Council on Friday. The highway surveyors having made an application for a war bonus, the Finance Committee had considered the matter, and resolved to recommend that the two officials be given XII each per annum for the duration of the war. Mr Jenkin Williams moved and Mr Mitchell- seconded the adoption of the report. Mr John Smith moved the rejection of the report, on the ground that the amount granted was excessive. He admitted the fact of the extra cost of living, but he re- minded the committee that there was also reduced lab- our and consequent less supervision. While he was will- ing to agree to a bonus being paid, he considered that lull per annum was an excessive amount. He moved that the committee re-consider the matter. Mr 1)1. Phillips seconded. Upon being put, 11 voted for Mr Smith's amendment and 7 for the report. The report was accordingly re- ferred back. I Housing After the War. A circular was read from the South Wales Housing and Town Planning Association asking the council to appoint delegates to attend, a conference relating to housing matters after the war. Mr J. Smith thought .the matter was worth taking heed of. They knew that arrangements for housing. &c., would be badly wanted after the war, and possibly the Government might step in, as some thought it rather too early to launch a scheme, and it was well they should give their views on the matter. Mr Jenkin Williams said they had taken the matter up already, and the Sanitary Committee were doing good work. He did not believe they could do any more. It was not a question of not knowing what to do, but of doing it or how to do it. Rev. T. Griffiths: I think at the end of the war there will he a shortage of money and we shall not he able to build, and we shall have to study economy to the verv hilt. Mr J. Smith: We should not study econo ey at t.u- expense of poverty. The council decided to take no action at present. Mr .T. F. Ricketts remarking that it was a case of "wait and see." Roads and Timber Hauling. I The chairman said that most of the members were aware that the roads were in a desperate, condition and something would have to be done. There were roads in the parish of Cray where they could sink down two or three feet or more. Rev. T. Griffiths On the high road it is a foot deep. Mr J. Smith said he noticed that other councils were taking action and sending up representations to the Member of Parliament to place before the House. The cause of the state of the road was mainly due to timber hauling, and he thought some assistance should be forth- coming from the Government for the repair of the roads. The chairman said there was no question but that the timber traffic was responsible for the state of many of the roads, but the question was what could they do? Rev. T. Griffiths said the Government was not likely to take any notice at present of representations on the matter from every tuppeny'ha'penny council. Mr Jenkin Williams said people had been paying rates and taxes on standing woods for many years and had never used the roads. Mr J. Smith: And they are getting very good profits on the timber. Mr Jenkin Williams: And the Government takes the excessive profits. Rev. T. Griffiths: It is not altogether applicable to the timber traffic, but to the ordinary traffic on account of the excessive frost. The Chairman I only wanted to call your attention to the fact that a large amount of money will have to be spent on these roads in a very short time. Mr Williams (surveyor) suggested that the unexpend- ed balances on the rates should be pooled and set aside for the work. There was no question but that there will he a very excessive demand for expenditure on the roads hy-and-bye. Sympathy with Member. The chairman extended the sympathy of the council with Mr John' Jones. Pentregwyn (vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians) on his recent bereavement.
I National Service I Conference at Brecon. I REPRESENTATIVE GATHERING. An important conference (convened by Mr Owen Price, as acting-chairman of the Breconshire County Council) of chairmen and clerks of Breconshire urban and district councils and political agents, was held at the Shire Hall, Brecon, on Friday to consider arrangements for the Government's National Service Scheme. I Among those present we Mr Owen Price (chairman), Mr John Rowland, M.V.O., Commissioner for Wales, Prof. Joseph Jone.s (sub-Gommissioner for Breconshire and Radnorshire), Messrs. W. S. Miller, Thos. Vaughan (Criekhowell), Wm. Williams (Mayor of Brecon), G. Hyatt Williams (Brecon), W. H. Gimbtett (Brynmawr), D. J. Davies (Va.ynor and Penderyn), Dd. Lewis (Ystrad- gynlais), J. V. Taylor (Ystradgynlais), T. Maund (Brecon), F. Bailey (Brynmawr), Hugh W. Jones (Bryn- mawr), D. Gibson Harris (Brynmawr), Wm. Thomas (Talgarth), James Gunter (Glasbury). Dd. Morgan (Hay), T. Pugh (Builth), Jas. Carey (Llanwrtyd), Samuel Griffiths (Llanwrtyd), Gilbert Eadie (Builth Wells), W. W. Lennivrd (Builth Wells). E. D. Protliero (Rhayader). W. T. Life (Brecon) and H. F. W. Harries (clerk to the Breconshire County Council). The Chairman, at the outset, read letters dealing with the scheme from Lord Rhondda and Mr Neville Cham- berlain, and said that he saw by the local Press that the Sub-commissioner had set to work and considerable pro- gress had been made as regards initiating the work in Brecon and Radnor. As to what were the terms and conditions of service, they had not received any de- finite instructions; such as whether pérú were to give solely their whole time or part time to the work. and whether men who joined for part time service could do without risk of being called up for whole time service. Mr John Rowland then addressed the meeting, and made suggestions for the appointment of a central committee and the delegation of work to district com- mittees. Replying to Mr H. F. W. Harries as to what were the functions of such a County Committee, Mr Rowland said it was necessary to appoint a responsible bgdy for the conduct of the campaign in that area. Once th.^ central or county committee was formed, the great work would devolve upon district committees, for such work must be done locally. After further discussion it was decided to form a cen- tral committee, consisting of representatives of the County Council and the chairmen and clerks of district councils, with power to add t.o their number. It was left to the district councils to form the local commit- tees. Ystradgynlais Colliers. I The Chairman said he had received a letter from County Councillor T. Prosser Jones (Ystradgynlais), whom he had asked to be present at the conference, peeially since lie represented labour. Mr Prosser Jones wrote "I very much regret being unable to respond to your appeal to attend the meeting on Friday. I may, however, be allowed to state that I am in sympathy with your objects, and would support any movement locally to organise the forces of labour to the best ad- vantages in the present crisis. What possible could be done? -Most of the colliers in the Ystradgynlais area are working short time, and the prospects are not very promising. I would suggest a joint meeting of employ- ers and employees, with a view to working the col- lieries, say. three, or four days, each week, releasing the men for the remainder of the week. Some of the men would be glad to avail themselves of the opportunity to take up farm work, while the mines are idle, if em- ployment could be secured somewhere between Cray an,1 Brecon town. Arrangements to take the men to and from work would have to be made. Councillor Beckwith and other members of the council would be the best authority on that point." Mr Rowland said the scheme at present only provided for whole time service.- Mr James Gunter and the Chairman said much might be done with part time service, but in rural districts they.did not see that many volunteers could be obtain- ed for whole time. Mr Gunter also thought the better body to deal with the scheme were the local tribunal, awl not, the district councils. Mr W. S. Miller said he was much of the same opin- ion, but as loyal subjects they were anxious to further the scheme as far as possible, and they could set up the organisation. Some of them were very far from be- ing sanguine of the success of the scheme in the rural districts, but they must do the best they could. Per- sonally, he did not know of a single individual who could be spared from where he was at present, whilst in the towns every fit man had been sought out by the military authorities and others and had gone. Xot- withstanding, they hould set up the machinery, and by all means follow the example of other counties. It was a very awkward thing for a man to sign the form unless he clearly understood the position. He felt very strongly that there were a great many men in the position to giw two or three half days a week either for military training. or national service of any kind that could be put in their way, assuming that his service could be accepted in that form, but the whole time men, as far as he knew Breconshire, were compara- tively few in number. A considerable number of questions were asked Mr Rowland, the most important being as to who should decide whether a man who volunteered was better em- ployed in his present situation or elsewhere? Mr Rowland replied that machinery would be set up for dealing with that matter. Replying to a question as to whether colliers and persons engaged in what were con- sidered indispensable work should be asked to volunteer, he said it was made clear that all men from the ages of 18 to 61 are expected to enrol. Mr Rowland made an eloquent appeal on behalf of the scheme, and Prof. Joseph Jones, in an address said he felt with others that the Government might have given them a little more information before they started, but when they got those instructions he felt sure Brecon- shire and Radnorshire would respond as one man. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr John Rowland ant! Prof. Jones.
I Builth Wells Funerals. I I THE LATE MR. J. It. JAMES. IOn' Wednesda-y in last week the remains of the )at. R. ii ,iltli N?-re conve?:e(i to L?iiii- I peter and laid to reft in the parish churchyard. Be- j fol-e leaving the home a brief and impressive servic was conducted by the Rev. E. W. Jones (Vicar, A111- mawr). and the Rev. Lewis.tames. I The chief mourners WCfe Mrs James (widow). Mr Harry and .Miss Coniiie Jaiiiesi (son and daughter). Mr David .Tames (father), Mr and Mrs James. Aberystwyth (brother and sister-in-law), Messrs. Roderick and John Evans (uncles), Mr Dan Thomas, Rhydlewis, Mrs Edward Davies, Llanprunesaul, and Mrs D. R. Williams. Aberys- twyth (cousins). The following acted as bearers at Builth Wells: Messrs. W. Snead Williams, David Thomas. Herbert Llovd. Roger Williams, G. R. Thomas. A. P. Morgan and W. A. Smiles: the hearers at Lampeter were: Messrs. W. Llovd, R. Hughes, Evan Thomas, D. Li. Davies. Job Evans, Roderick Jones, J. Stephens' and David Thomas. The funeral arrangements were carried out bv Mr Walter J. Lewis, undertaker, Builth Wells. THE LATE MR. JOHN HFOHES. The funeral of Mr John Hughes (Bryndynod), tool; place last. Friday at Macsmynis churchyard. A short service was conducted at the house by the Rev. Lewis Beynon and the Rev. Lewis James. The hymns sung were "Lead. kindly light," and "Brief life is here our portion." The hearers were Messrs. Tom Pugh (Gwar- rallt). J. Pugh (Xovadd Isaf), J. Davies (Bwleli), P. Pugh (Wernfawr), J. Weale (Tynpant). and B. Bound (Chlamvni.s). The mourners were Mrs Hughes (wife), Messrs. R. Hughes, II. Hughes, L. S. Hughes (hrother). Misses M. Hllghe, D. HIIghe an?d Mav Hughes (sisters), Mr and Mrs E. Samuel (Bryn- dviiod). Mrs Hughes, Garth (sister-in-law), Mrs Hughes, Tvncoed (sister-in-law), Mr Orchard, Pontypridd (bro- ther-in-law), Mr Davies, Park Villa (cousin), Mr Davies, Llwvntrusaid (uncle), Mrs Mills, Dolau (cousin), Mrs Morris, Swansea (sister-in-law), Mr and Mrs Williams, Bwlchcealau (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr Jones, Rose Cottage (uncle). Miss S. Williams (Cefn- hafdrt (cousin), Mr and Mrs Jones. Xantymueh (cou- mus), Mr Price, Pantyglass (cousin), Miss S .Powell, Drysllwvn (cousin). Miss Lena Williams. Mr and Mrs Jones- (Dolirion), Mr Samue4, Xewry, Mr J. A. Samuel, Llanerchpaseae. The coffin was of polished oak with heavy brass fit- tings The inscription on the breast plate was John Hughes, died Februarv 20th, 1917, aged 22 years. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Mr Matthew Jones, undertaker. The following wreaths were ,cilt "With deepest sympathy," from his sorrowing wife and all at Bryndynod. "In loving memory of dear Johnnie." from mother, sis- ters and brothers. "In loving memory of our dear brother," from Arthur and Kate."
RED CROSS HOSPITAL, PENOYRE. Sir,—We wish to t-hank most gratefully the kind donors of the following very -welcome girts:- Vegetables aind apples, Captain Evans and Mrs Woodman; butter. Dowager Lady Gfenusk; milk (daily). Mirs MeC-1 intock and Hon. Mrs de Winton eggs (120). from Sonriybridge, Senmy. Devynock, and Llandikvnfan. per Miss L. Davies; i lb. butter and 27 eggs from the market, per" Miss Best. The patients and staff also ':Ish to offer their very warmest thanks for the splendid and most amusing entertainment so kindly provided for them by Mr and Mrs Ewatrt Wise. Mr and Mrs Oscar Wat-kins a.nd tlif-i,r talented friends. I. LUCY MAYBERY, b73¡233 Commandant.
I Brecon Officer. I KILLECTION. í COUXTY SURVEYOR'S DOUBLE BEREAVEMENT. Profound sympathy is felt in Brecon and district for Mr and Mrs C. W. Best, Penbryn, who, following upon the news of the death in action in Mesopotamia of their youngest son, Lieut. F. H. Best, S.W.B., on the 13th ult., have now been officially informed that their second son, Lieut. A. S. Mid diet-on Best, R.E., was killed in action on the same front on Friday last. Lieut, A. S. Middleton Best, who was 31 years of age, was born in London, and was educated at Mr Le Brocq's Preparatory School, and Christ College, Brecon. He j-tndied engineering under his father, and subsequently took the course at the Central Technical College for engineering, the diploma of which he obtained as well as the degree of B.Sc. for engineering of the University of London. He was also an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. For some time he as- sisted his father in the work of County Surveyor for Breconshire, and early in 1913 left this country to take up an appointment as assistant engineer under the Public Works Department of the Federated Malay Straits. With commendable patriotism, he came home early in .]915 at his own expense to volunteer for ser- vice in the war, and was appointed second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, Welsh Division, and promoted lieutenant a few months later. He was stationed at Abergavenny and afterwards at Llandudno, and from there volunteered for service in the East. He was wounded in December last, and resumed duty early in January. Another son of Mr and Mrs Best is also serving in Mesopotamia,
GETTING TO WORK. Crickhowell and National Service RURAL COUNCIL'S DISCUSSION. Mr ^V. G. James presided at the monthly meeting of this Council on Monday, at the Town Hall, Crick- howell. The clerk read several circulars regarding National Service, and said he attended a conference of chairmen and clerks to District Councils in the County at Brecon, on Friday, when Mr John Rowland on be- half of the Government explained the scheme. A Central Committee was appointed, and it was sug- gested that the various Councils should select repre- sentative Committees. Professor Joseph Jones, M.A., Brecon, Sub-Com- missioner for Breconshire and Radnorshire, who was invited to address the Council impressed upon the members the urgent necessity of carrying out the scheme and hoped the Council would appoint a Com- mittee to work it locally. It was felt that the Gov- ernment ought to decide whether a man was doing work of national importance. The moral value of a wave of national readiness could not be estimated and the Government wauted to know that its third line of defence was ready and willing. Mr E. Pirie Gordon asked whether canvassers could get forms tilled up on the spot. Prof. Jones Certainly. Mr E. Pirie Gordon And what right of-appeal will a person haveSome will probably hold that they are doing work of national importance already. Professor Jones Machinery will be set up to deal with questions of that kind. Mr Gwilym James said canvassers should be in a position to .answer questions. A number of Councillors expressed the opinion that the scheme was in an incomplete state. Professor Jones You must trust the Government. A vote of thanks was accorded Professor Jones for his remarks. A Committee comprising the Councillors, County Councillors and clergymen and ministers of the district with power to co-opt was appointed, but it was de- cided to defer action pending further particulars and instructions. Mr T. LI. Jones complained that the people of Llan- elly were not asked as other people had been what seed potatoes they required, and said the outlook in that part of the district was very serious. The Chairman I regret I cannot help you, it is not a matter for this Council.
Interesting Hay Wedding. TODD HI-NCKS. As briefly recorded in last week's issue," the marriage took place at St. Mary's Church, Hay, on the 19th ult. of Miss Dorothy Hincks, only daughter of Dr. and Mrs T. S. H. Hincks, Cartrefie, Hay and Dr. Francis Richard Todd, North Petherton, Somerset. The bride leaning on the arm of her father, was met at the church door by Rev. J. J. deWinton (vicar) and the surpliccd choir. She was charmingly attired in a the stirpliced (- b o i i, ,he w, dress of ivory taffeta silk with sleeves of Georgette, collar of old lace and pearl trimming, and wore a veil with wreath of orange blossoms. She was attended by Miss Joyce deAVinton and Master Roger deWinton as bridesmaid and page respectively. As the bridal pro- cession proceeded up the nave the organist played The Bridal March by Wagner. Rev. J. J. deWin- ton (vicar of Hay) officiated and the bride was given away by her father. Dr. Evans (Pontywal Sanatorium) acted as best man. The hymns "Lead ns, Heavenly Father, lead us" and" 0 Perfect Loye" were sung. A choral celebration of the Holy Communion was then held, the Vicar being the celebrant, and the newly married pair partook. Bruce Steane's setting was used. After signing the register the wedding party again entered the church from the clergy vestry and the strains of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" pealed forth from the organ. On leaving the church the happy pair were greeted with showers of confetti on all sides, among those present being a contingent of Hay Detachment of the Red Cross Society, under Miss Tunnard Moore (commandant). Dr. and Mrs Todd -left by motor for West Somerset where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride and bridegroom received numerous valu- able gifts.
I Brecon Rural Tribunal. I At the Brecon Rural Tribunal on Friday, Mr Jenkin Williams (chairman), a number of agricultural cases were dealt with, the majority being granted temporary exemption till May 1st. In the case of a gardener at Dinas, Mrs Conway Lloyd appeared and stated that the man had been before the Medical Board and passed in Class C. 2. The man looked after a plantation as well as the garden. Before the War nine men were kept at Dinas now there were only two. Couditio: al exemp- tion was gl"l11tefl.
I Talgarth Boy. I I IllES FROM WOUNDS. I Oil Saturday morning, new, was received of the dath from wound- of Pte. W. F. D. Williams, only son of .Mrs Williams, grocer. High Street, Talgarth. The de- ceased was a young Talgarthian who at the outbreak of war was a clerk in the United Counties Bank, at Aber- gavenny. lie joined the Bankers Battalion, and after- wards was transferred to the 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He left for France last October. On Sun- day, February IStli, lie was admitted to one of the casualty clearing stations, suffering from severe wounds in the chest, from which he died on the following morning. Pte. "Willie" Williams as he was familiarly known locally, wa, very highly esteemed by everyone in Tal- garth. Although somewhat retiring, lie was always bright and ch, possessing a wonderfully kindly, gentle nature, with the result that he was dearly loved by all his companions. From childhood he was connected with the Congregational Church and Sunday School. a clean, clear character respected not only in his native town but by his employers also. Very much sympathy is felt for his mother (who is a widow) at the death of her only son, who has paid the great price at a time when she most needed his encouragement. Pte. Williams is, we think. the eighth from Talgarth district to lay down his life for his country.
I Builth Wells Tribunal. I CONFIRM PREVIOUS DECISIONS. On Friday last Mr Gilbert Eadie presided over a meeting of the Builth Urban Tribunal, when the military representative, Mr Charles G. Inglis reviewed the cer- tificates of conditional exemption granted to re,r, Ivor Williams, High Street, Sydney Davies. Bristol House, and Charles Hill, of W. Price and Co.. Limited. The tribunal confirmed their previous decisions.
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Builth's Council. ARRANGEMENTS FOR GARDEN PLOTS. THE "SEASON" AND RAILWAY FARES. Mr Gilbert Eadie (chairman) presided at the month! v meeting of Builth Well ? Urban District Council on Thursday. Others present were Messrs. H. T Price John Duggan, J. R. Worthingto&, E. S. Davies, W. W. Lennard (deputy clerk), and Telfer Smith (surveyor). Dr. Black Jones (medical officer) also attended. The deputy clerk reported that an inspector from the Labour Exchange, Cardiff, had called upon him with re- gard to the working of the National Service Scheme and had made arrangements for committee rooms at the social club. He had also secured the promise of clerical help. The chairman said he was under the impression that Builth could not spare many more. There was a meet- ing to be held at Brecon the following dav and he and the deputy-clerk hoped to attend. Mr H. T. Price thought the scheme in Breconshire would have to be worked by the County Council, and not by the Urban and Rural Councils. The chairman endorsed this view. A letter was read relative to the suggestion of the Government to take over the control of the Welsh Uni- versities, and the Council supported a resolution, resolv- mg against any alteration in the present management Th-1 deputy clerk reported he had received two ap- plications for permission to erect pig stTfS. The chairman said he, with Dr. Black Jones and Mr H. T. Price, had visited the site suggested for tile erect- ion of a pig-stye for Mrs Pritchard and believed that satisfactory arrangements would be made for its erect- ion. The council decided to inspect the proposed sit-e at Ma Id wv n on Saturday. The chairman reported that Mr H. T, Price a.nd him- self had approached Mr Hawkins with a view to secur- ing land for garden plots and the latter was prepared to let the land in question, manured and ploughed, at 4C5 per acre. It would be necessary to have a gate at the bottom of the field, and. also, to fence the portion which would be allotted for that purpose, providing all the field was not required. Since then other land had been suggested, and he understood the applicants were anx- ious to have land nearer the town than at Llanelwedd. Now. the council had definite powers to acquire land for the purpose of allotments. Air Duggan said he had had a conversation with Mr Hawkins. and if the land were only required for 12 months it would not be necessary to fence it in. The chairman asked Mr R. Williams (secretary of the Builth Wells Allotment Society) for information about the society. Mr R. Williams said the society was very anxious to get the land for a longer period than 12 months, if pos- sible, at a reasonable price. Now. the council had powers to acquire land which was not producing up to its full productive power. Mr H. T. Price considered there was no land in the neighbourhood of Builth that did not produce all that it, could be expected to yield. Mr R. Williams, continuing, said there was sure to be some land in the district of Builth suitable for garden plots. The object of the members of the society was to increase the food produce and if they took over land, un- der cultivation, they wollid be defeating the object they had in view. The matter of price should be decided by representatives of the Board of Agriculture, and he was sure every member of the society would agree to that price. Mr T. R. Worthington asked if -an application had been made to Mr Wenham for the field near Irfon Bridge? The chairman said the field in question had been men- tioned. and he understood the Vicar did not feel pre. pared to give land for that purpose. The land at pres- L'nt was in the occupation of Mr E. s. Davies. Mr E. S. Davies observed the land was in his occupa- tion and. the two fields were to be ploughed up next Wednesday as he had arranged for nine teams for that day. The land belonged to the Vicar, who was not prepared to let it for garden-plots, and the Vicar had said that Major ftarcourt Wood and others had more land in the neighbourhood than he had. and those who wanted land should get it elsewhere. He had promised the tribunal he would plough up seven acres of land and he would do so. He had not yet received the con- sent of the Vicar to plough the land, but the agent was communicating with him. The council appointed the chairman and Mr H. T. Price (representatives of the council) and Mr Rees Thomas. B.A., and Mr R. Williams (representatives of the Allotment Society) to interview the owners of cer- tain ploi s of land. giving them power also to make ar- rangements to take over any suitable ground for garden Dlots. The medical officer reported that the health of the t.own was satisfactory and that he had no cases to re- port. The surveyor said the recent frost had damaged the water-pipes in several places and their men had been very busy putting them in order. The water supply at Llanelwedd became defective owing to the frost and he sent water over there with the water cart. Water was available at Llanelwedd that day. Mr Duggan pointed out the importance of petitioning the Government for a reduction in the railway fares, as the sueces's of the coming visiting season depended entirely on that. The council were of opinion the mat- ter wa's of importance to the town and decided to dis- cuss the question at greater length later on.
BRECONSHIRE OFFICER. I I KILLED IN ACTION. I I THE LATE LIEUT. F. -I. RAIKES. I Second-Lieutenant Frederick Monro ftaikes, South Wales Borderers, attached to the Machine Gun Corps, killed on February 22nd, was the eldest son of Mr R. T. Raikes, of Treberfydd, Bwkh, Bre- onshire. Born in 1872, he was educated at Radley and Corpus Christi College. He took his degree in 1S95, and was admitted a solicitor (in partnership with his father) in 1900. In the same year he married Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Arrow Kcmpe, and leaves two sons and three daughters. Though considerably over military age, he offered his service. and in the autumn of 1915 he obtained a commission, and volunteered for active service. He was one of six |brothers holding com- missions in his Majesty's forces, three of whom have obtained the D.S.O.
Potatoe Growing LLANWRTYD WELLS DECISION. I A further meeting to promote the planting of pota- toes by the cottagers was held at the Magistrates' Room on Tuesday evening, present Messrs li. Pugh Jones (chairman), J. Carey, E. Price, E. S. Morgan, D. Williams, R. I). Jones, and S. Griffiths (clerk). After discussion it was decided not to proceed with the idea of procuring a field as it was thought that it was too late in the season as farmers would soon be too busy to do the necessary work. It was eventually arranged to ask the farmers of the district to allow the Committee a few extra rows on their existing potatoe plot. In this way, if every farmer agrees there will be plenty of rows available. The Committee appointed to arrange forthwith the price to be paid for the land and labour. In the mean- time all applicants for land to apply during the "uming week to the Clerk of the Committee. Full particulars of the scheme would be announced at the meeting on Monday, March 5th, arranged to further food pro- duction.
| Farmers and Labour. I BRECONSHIRE AND THE SUPPLY. AN ESSENTIAL FOR INCREASED FOOD SUPPLY. The Executive of the Breconshire War Agricultural Committee despatched a telegram to the Chairman of the meeting of the Federated County War Agricultural Committee* recently held in London heartily supporting efforts to secure adequate efficient farm workers, and earnestly urging immediate vigorous action to attain that essential, without which a really substantial in- crease of food supply is impracticable. The Prime Minister ha-s been asked to receive at an early date a deputation from the Federation of County War Agricultural Committees on the subject of recruit- ing of farm workers. The Federation considers that a great mistake in ad- ministration has been made in regard to the methods of selection of the men who have recently been called up, and that the facts disclosed by the census returns have been totally disregarded. It is of opinion that the census should form the basis of the requirements of ag- riculture in respect of skilled men, and that the sur- plus men on those farms which show a f-urplus should (if the facts warrant it) be relegated to farms which show a deficiency. That if there is a deficiency of men on the balance it should be made good by definitely transferring to agriculture soldiers who were skilled labourerers and who are not in Class A. The Federation states with emphasis that the present uncertainty as to whether agriculture will be sufficiently manned or not is leading, and must lead. to a decreased production of food. The farmer must know where he stands, other- wise it will he impossible for him to devise the cropping for 1917 and 1918 to the best interest of the nation. definite and authoritative statement in regard to labour is asked for in order to give farmers that feel ] ing of security and certainty which is absolutely essen- ) tial.
I Brecon Tribunal. Sympathy with Military Repre- sentative. WITNESS AND IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS. Brecon Borough Tribunal met at the Guild Hall, orr Tuesday evening, when the Mayor (Conn, inor Wm. Williams) presided. Other members present were Messrs G. T. Jones, Jaine-* Morgan, E,1win Davies, and John Davies, with the elerk (Mr G. Hyatt Williams). The court was crowded, and much interest was evinced in the proceedings. Mr C. W. Best attended as military representative. Vote of Condolence. The Mayor, before proceeding with the business, speaking on behalf of himself and the other members, conveyed to Mr C. W. Be^t their deep sympathy with him in the loss he had sustained hy the deaths of his two sons who had fallen in action. The vote of condolence was passed by the court standing. Mr C. W. Best, speaking with emotion, thanked the tribunal for their expression of sympathy. "My sons," said Mr Best, went out to do their duty, and have died in doing it. It is for us to do ours, so that their sacrifice shall not have been made in vain." A circular letter from the War Office was read by the clerk, Mr Best explained that hitherto Class B2 and C2 men had been exempted by the tribunals, sud had not been called up. Now the demands of the Army were greater, and so none other than B3 and C3 men would be untouched. Regarding men fit for general service, every effort was to be made to bbt.iin them, and his orders were that he should leave no stone unturned to get Claf' A men. Electrical Engineer's Application. Mr Harold Elston, electrical engineer, age 24, ap- pealed for exemption on the grounds that his work was of national important e. Mr Best said the man was in Class C3, and he was not wanted for the army, but he submitted that he should be engaged in work of national importallee instead of the work he was at present doing. Mr Elston was also employing men who could be em- ployed in work of national importance. He men- tioned that Mr Elston would be serving the nation better by his being employed in a munition factory. In reply to question by Mr Best, Mr Elston said he had laid down plant- for the making of certain munitions. A representative of the Ministry of Munitions- had called on him regarding the matter. The value of the plant was about JE120. The contract was not yet settled uj;, as the authorities had sent him a wrong pattern. He repaired doctors' cars and commercial vehicles and also agricultural implements, and he had a large number of agricultural repairs to execute. Mr ItesJt questioned applicant with regard to the ex- tensive garage whkh was in course of erection. Mr Elton said he was not entirely responsible for that. Mr Tom Elston, another son, gave information on the matter to the military representative. ApplUajit said he wa.s also engaged in a timber-hauling contract, which was of high nationaJ importance, and a represen- tative of the. Board of Agriculture would corroborate his tatement. Mr Wm. Llewelyn appeared and said he was a re- pre.-enteative of t.hc Board of Agriculture (home-grewn timber department). He maintained that the man was esential to look after the transport of timber. The Go- ? vernment had bought seven wood"; in the district and the hauling was in the hands of Mr Elston. The Um- ber was used in the eollieries. Previous to engaging Mr Elston, he had travelled all over Swansea Valley and this district, but could not find anyone to carry out tha transport. Mr Elston had to buy the lorry to do the work. and that cost him kooo. The timber to be haul- ed would be used as trench timber and in the construct- ion of aeroplanes, beside- other important uses to which it would be put. In reply to the mititan representative. Mr Llewelyn ,aid they had not tried io badge the man. and they could not find anyone tbe to do the work. Applicant had hauled 400 tons in two months, and part, of that time the lorrv was idle, owing to the bad state c-f the r-^itJs. It would take to the end of the year to do all tiie hauling. Mr nest What is youi age—you ought to be in the Armv vourself Y Mr Llewelvn That j., .a irrelevant cuieM-ion. Mr Rest: I have power toO ask it you as the mi.itary represHitatiw.; ??? ? maintain it is An irre- lr Liewelyn: I am 7. ',ut I mlintain it is an irre- levant que,,4ion. In replv to ?rther qu?ons. Mr Llewelyn 5aid t.e had not been examined, and Mr Best replied that he w? then in Class A. Mr Be-st: Have you been exempted then t Mr Liewelyn still niaint-ained that it was an irrelevant (I ue,? ion. ? Mr Best: Produce your <?'-tinca.te of exemption. Mr Llewelyn: Certainly. Mr Llewelvn here prodm-ed his card and bark" it to the military reprc?nt-ath-e. remarking at the ,ame time that he thought the Proceeding was ? irw*e.v- ant Mr LkwdYD further ,?tLtd that he haA offer?d his services to the count-, before conscription ca.me in- tr, force. The tribunal granted -o exemption, the being rejected. Rather Join the Army. Richard Wm. Evan-. Aberdeen H0u, St. Johns Road. monum?ntat ma?c?n. next appealed. He s-w he had nine. children and hi- age was- 41- Mr Be>t: Suppose grant you exemption, will you join the National Service Scheme? Mr Evai)-: I would prefer joining the Army. (AI)- pIau") Applicant now asked her exemption till the end of .Auril and exemption to the 30th of April was graJK- d. The military representative said he should appeal a¡:ainst the dedsion. "t 1^ 1 or?'. R?h.rd Jcnes. High ??.. ag £ ? and of ?nrrn of Messrs. Turner. Ltd '\n neXt considered. Mr Amo Parr. reprinted the Arm a?.nd „aid Mr Jones wa." a shop manager and a boot re- pairer. The firm had "nt 140 employee.- to the Army. He maintained that if Mr Jones went it would re- sult in the economic conditions of the town heing affec- ",1. as he repaired all the boots and shoes, now tlwir man had joined the Army Mr Best submitted that, tbcre. ,N-,ere plenty of ether shops in the town besidi* this one. Exemption to the 30th -kpril was cranted. Exemption for Brewer. Mr David Powell arr?td on behn f ￼ ?' Tames Hutchinson, New Buck Inn. brewer. etc. Th? tnhunal er?nt? conditional exemption, against which ,??he nun- tarv representative -aM h? would appeal. in court w&it- ?-W M?T-ris. ?t- I,))fat.. vhitp )n court v?- i.? for two ca.-? in ?.. )t h? was the &ppUcant to be heard, was taken ill. and t.t? cases were accordingly ad- journed for a fortnight. The case of Edward Pulling was withdrawn, tt1.. man having joined the Army. ha?.n ?j T. Harpest, St. David Street, u.nf?. rn.?n. I was grant??d exemption till 30th April, and Mr B<"t ?aid h? would appe?!. College "Farmer." Rev. R. H. Chamber, headmaster of ChriSt (-)CA- lege. Brecon, appealed in respect of Thos. Garland, cowman, etc. Mr Chambers said the man v.a» essential to Ico, n, a.i.t. ir_ the milk supplv. A heavy responsibility wa.s on hifJ shoulders, a-s lie had to provide food for a large number of growing boys, and the- milk was very «ssenetiaJ, as it augmented the food allowance. Without the milk, he ,aid he could not provide enough food for the boys. Mr Ib,t maintained that the man was not looking after enough stock, and that the farm was over-staffed. Conditional exemption was granted. Mr t ldwal Williams. Bell Hotel, saddler, age 18, was appealed for by hi- father, who contended that his son was in a certified occupation. Air B-t said the tribunal had no power to grant exemption, as the mm; w.t. under 22 years of age. The Mavor said they had no power to grant exemp- tion, according to thfir instructions, and the appeal wa.s rejected. The case- of Mr Wm. Vaughan, baker, was adjourned for a fortnight for applicant to produce evidence that he had become qualified in a V.T.C., in accordance with conditions stated in the exemption granted by a tribunal el-ewher-c.
HEREFORD MARKET. r Wwlnesday. At Hereford to-day ineT,caced supply. In all depart- ment.s prices ruled high. Fat cattle were in great de- mand. Stores were a.¡o plentiful and a large number changed hands at satisfactory prices. Sheep were much larger supply, with <jualitv exceptionally good, high prices were realised, last week's increase being main- tained. All kinds of pigs were large supply, with prioes higher. Calves very ma)) supply, rearers Fold well. Veal very dear.
I WAR CLOTHING DEPOT. Miss de Winton s^nds best. ibaxiks to 2J her workers %,ho h;&x-e so promptly responded to her request for knitted caps. Some 400 ha-v# alrc-ftdy gone to Prance to 2nd Ratt. S.W.B. She hears from men weiazing them, that, the caps are "tho greatest comfort to sleep in by night and the grey- est boon under the iron helmet- by day. do I Winton hopes ail the Met of the caps tvilJ be. -renfc to 89. The Waftton. tbi* -week. bbQO 239