Monday—Before His Honour Judge Hill-Kelly. I Dispute About a Gas Engine. I R. A. Wheeler, general engineer, of Cardiff, sued Henrv Lewis and Sons, timber merchants, of Usk, for £65 for an 18-h.p. suction gas engine and plant supplied, and £ 4s. for inspections of boilers on behalf of defendant. Defendant counter-claimed the sum of £ 25 damages which he alleged he sustained by loss of business on account of plaintiff not erecting the plant. Mr. 1 Ingledew, of Ingledew & Sons, Cardiff, repre- sented the plaintiff, and Mr. St. John Francis I Williams represented the defendant. Mr. Ingledew, in outlining the case, said that when defendant was asked for payment he replied that he made it a hard and fast rule not to pay for anything until it was erected and in working order.' Some amusement was caused in regard to defendant's handwriting on several postcards. Plaintiff's and defendant's legal representatives in getting copies typed of the correspondence had come across a word which neither of them could make out, and which both agreed to leave blank. Plaintiff's solicitor had put in one word as exCitor" which turned out to be erected, and had further referred to a versatile foundation. Mr. St. John Francis Williams said this should be concrete," but it was as much like versa- tile as concrete." His Honour (looking at the letter which had neenhanded to him) Rather less. Plaintiff, in evidence, said that on defendant's instructions he inspected three boilers-two at Messrs. Bakers & Co., Cardiff, and one at the Heath Brickworks, just outside Cardiff. The usual fee for inspecting was two guineas. Wit- ness showed defendant a gas engine and plant lie had at Cardiff. He could not, however, recommend the engine, but said he had one of Fielding & Piatt's engines which he could -guarantee for 12 months. He showed defendant a letter from Fielding & Platt showing that he had to pay f40 for the engine, and offered to deliver the engine and plant at Usk station for £ 65. He never undertook to fix it, as the price he quoted would not permit of that, He had it erected at his works to show defendant that it was in good working order, and the erection cost him several pounds. Mr. St. John Francis Williams put in a specification of a gas engine, including pipes, water tanks, exhaust chamber, pulley, etc., which defendant offered to supply for £ 65, and plaintiff admitted that this was the same engine that defendant sold to him, though he did not supply him with the other items. His Honour Why should not defendant have the tanks, exhaust chamber, pipes, etc. ?— Because I made a different offer to h m. He had some of the things at his works. Why should he have less for his £ 65 than anyone else ?—Because I had to pay carriage and erect it at my own works to show him that it was in good order. Did vou tell him that he would not have the xhaust box, pulley, or tanks < No. Edward Lawrence, manager for plaintiff, said defendant was told it was to be a cash trans- action. On one occasion when asked to pay he said that money was hard to get, and on another occasion that if he got a certain cheque he would pay the account. His Honour, after examining the correspon- dence, remarked that they were about the worst-worded documents he had ever had to deal with. Defendant said he agreed to make the concrete foundation and find all the unskilled labour, and plaintiff was to provide all the engineering work. He did not know enough about engines to erect them. But for the promise to erect the engine he would not have bought it. Witness was to let plaintiff know when the foundation was ready so that lie could come to erect the engine. Plaintiff brought his son up and said the latter was going to erect the engine. The pulley, water tanks, pipes and exhaust chamber were included in the contract, but were not supplied. In consequence of the engine not being erected and running, he had lost about £ 25 through not being able to execute orders. If the engine had been running he could make about £3 or £ 4 a week profit. He asked two engineers to erect the engine, but there was an engineering trade dispute on, and they dared not touch it. The engine was still in his yard, and he had not had it erected vet. Mr. St. John Francis Williams What are you going to do about getting the engine erected? -Nothing; I can't. His Honour That is nonsense. His Honour remarked to Mr. St. John Francis Williams Your claim is rather nebulous. William Williams, manager for Messrs. Davies and Co., engineers, of Abergavenny, said a guinea was a sufficient charge for inspection of boilers in addition to travelling expenses. He estimated that the missing parts would cost about t14 new and that it would probably cost 1,10 to erect the engine and plant. After a hearing lasting about two and a half hours, His Honour gave judgment. He said that there was a considerable conflict of evidence, as was usually the case where people did not take the trouble to make themselves understood clearly. He had rarely seen correspondence less intelligible than the correspondence in this case. He gave judgment for plaintiff for the amount claimed less £ 10 for the parts which had I not been supplied. With regard to the counter- claim, he considered that it was part of the contract that plaintiff should supply the en- bgineerii, work, and defendant was, therefore, entitled to some damages for breach of contract, and he awarded h m £10. He allowed costs on I' both the claim and the counter-claim. ————
Overcrowding at Uanelly Hill. At the last meeting of the Crickhowell Rural District Council Mr. E. R. Morgan, sanitary inspector, applied for a closing order in respect of a house at Llanelly Hill. The house, he stated, comprised one room upstairs, having one bed in it, and two rooms downstairs-one liaving a bed in it, and the other a small room used for general purposes. The family com- prised the husband and wife, three boys aged respectively 17, 13 and 5, and three girls aged respectively 16, 4, and 19 months. The walls and ceilings were black, and the beds were in the same state. The floors, windows and doors were defective and there was no window in the pantry. One half of the original house being -roofless, the occupied half had been boarded in and covered (defectively) with brattice cloth. The sanitary conditions were defective. A closing order was unanimously granted.
•w Mozerah Presbyterian Church. A sewing class, with social tea, has been held at the Vestry of the above place for four Wednes- days by the ladies of the church and other kind friends. The result of the month's work was sent away this week, for the comfort of our soldier who are at the front fighting so bravely for us and our dear country. Altogether there were 36 shirts (cut out by Mrs. David, Llansantffraed, and Mrs. Griffith, Millbrook), 26 scarves, 27 pairs of mittens, 6 pairs of cuffs, 24 pairs of socks. 24 body-belts, and 24 handkerchiefs (bought). A fund was formed for this purpose. To this fund many kind friends contributed readily and generously. The proceeds of our Literary Guild meetings, during the winter, are also devoted to it. Great credit is due to the energetic committee, viz., Mrs. David, Llan- santffraed (president) Mrs. Griffith, Millbrook Mrs. Watkins, The Pant Miss Jones, The Hill; and Mrs. Jones, Mozerah (secretary). The com- mittee desire to convey, through the "Chronicle," their hearty thanks to all who have contributed in any way to the success of this good work, and to Mr. Isaac George, J.P., for his gift of 24 yards of flannel. The only regret now is that the committee at present cannot proceed any further, but they hope to be able to start again ere long. Previous to thi;, Mozerah Church had sent over 1)0 to the Prince of Wales' War Fund The many friends of Mrs. David, Llan- santffraed, will rejoice with us to know that she is making good progress towards recovery from her sudden and serious indisposition. At our last Literary Guild meeting, Mr. Willie Thomas, Argoed Farm, read a very excellent paper on A Great Statesman—the late Mr. W. E. Gladstone." Upon the politics of Mr. Gladstone he did not touch, but in a clear and forceful way pointed oat the various things which, combined, made him the greatest Christian statesman of the 19th century. The chair was taken by Mr. Watkins, The Pant. The vestry was full of young people, ,and an excellent collection was made.
DEATH OF MRS. GAMESON. 1 INQUEST AND FUNERAL. Mrs. Gameson, licensee of the Black Lion Hotel, died on Friday night from the effect of her injuries, of which we gave an account last week. Both her demise and its cause were deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, for her goodness of heart and readiness to assist any deserving object were proverbial. The showmen who attend Aber- gavenny fair always had a warm place in their heart for the deceased lady, while local foot- ballers, railwaymen, members of the Borough Silver Band and others have reason to remember the practical support she so willingly rendered them. An inquest was, of course, necessary, and this was conducted by Mr. J. B. Walford at the Police Station on Saturday evening. Mr. C. Guinea was the foreman of the jury. Charles Philip Stanley, son of the deceased, said that the deceased was the widow of he late William John Gameson, who died about 10 years ago, and that she was 56 years of age last birthday. She had not been in very good health during the past year, and she had been worried for the past 10 years, though she had no particular cause to worry that he knew of. She had no money difficulties, and she had no de- lusions, and there was nothing in her behaviour which would lead him to suppose that her mind was unbalanced. The Coroner You are not aware of any particular cause of worry ?-I know she worried last month about the war tax. I think she had to pay about ^42, and she considered it a lot of monev. You think that worried her ?-I heard her speak about it. You tell us distinctly that she had no anxiety with regard to money ?-Not that I am aware of. There was plenty of money in the safe. Were you on good terms with your mother ?- Yes. I and my wife left her about 11.30 p.m. the previous night; She kissed both of us and said Good-night," as she always did. Has she ever said anything to lead you to think that she might take her own life ?—Never. In reply to further questions, witness said that one peculiar thing he had discovered about his mother's behaviour was in regard to the ordering of spirits. He had constantly advised her to buy in larger quantities, but she was always in favour of buying in small quantities. He now found that the cellar was well stocked with all kinds of spirits and that his mother had been ordering in casks all along. The Coroner After she injured herself was she able to tell you anything ?-No, sir. Were you the first to see her after she was injured ?—Yes, sir. How was it you came to find her ? Where was she ?—She was upstairs in the workshop in the yard. How was it you came to look for her ?-A man came over to my house and asked if my mother was there. I said No." He said She is not at the Black Lion." We went to look for her round the stables and in the club room, and I went up the steps to the workshop, where I saw her in the door-way. I don't know whether she was sat up or laid down, but I could see there was blood all over her face, and I ran out at once and called for assistance. Why did they think she was missing ? Missing from where P-She called them all up that morning about 6.30. Why should anyone feel nervous about her ?-- It is so funny I could not say. I think the servant missed her because she did not go back to dress. Harriet Dew, barmaid at the Black Lion, said she had been there a year and six months. Deceased was in fairly good health up to last month. Witness did not see any difference in her. She was quite sensible and cheerful. Did she express worry about anything at all ? —She said that trade was very quiet. And taxes were not quiet, I suppose, and that worried her ?—Yes, very much. Were you in the habit of sleeping in the same room with her ?—Yes. Did you sleep with her on Monday night ?— Yes. Witness added that he came downstairs about a quarter or twenty minutes past 7, and deceased was down then. When deceased was found she was not fully dressed. The Coroner Did anything peculiar happen before you went to bed ?-No, sir. What was there unusual about deceased's actions in the morning ?-It was unusual that she was not in the room when I got up. She generally called me and remained in bed after- wards. I got up and went downstairs and opened the house about 7.30. I asked the servant man if he had seen Mrs. Gameson. I went back upstairs to make sure that she was not there and then I came down and asked Mr. Charles Stanley if his mother was over at his house. I thought perhaps some of the children might be ill. Then Mr. Stanley came over and found his mother. Had she ever done or said anything to lead you to think she might take her own life ?-No, never. Were there any indications of her mind being upset or unsound ?—No. No delusions ?—No. Did she manage her own business ?—Yes, always. The Foreman You said Mrs. Gameson was not so well lately. What was the matter with her ?—She had a cold. Dr. Tresawna said he had known the deceased about six years, but had not attended her during the last six months. He could not point to any infirmity of mind. He thought she was given to moods of depression and worried more than she needed about little things. He had I not seen anything in the nature of delusions, and he had not the least conception that de- ceased was of a suicidal tendency. He was called about five minutes to eight on Tuesday, and found her in the doorway of the workshop, lying on her back, wiith a razor on the right side. Her throat was badly cut, and the wound was obviously self-inflicted. The wound was above the vocal cord and had gone right to the root of the tongue. It was practically a fatal injury. The Coroner You have no doubt now that her mind must have been unbalanced ?-No doubt. The Coroner, in summing up, said the case was as sad as it was simple. Most of them had known Mrs. Gameson for a good many years, and most of them had looked upon her as a person who most respectably carried on a difficult business. No doubt it came as a shock to them, as it did to him, that such a thing should have happened. There were only two possible verdicts. One was applicable to a case where a person claimed the right to take his or her own life. In such a case it was a felonious act, and the only proper verdict was one of Felo de se." The other, and most usual, verdict was one of Suicide whilst of unsound mind," temporarily or otherwise. They would probably have no difficulty in arriving at the verdict that this poor woman's mind must have been affected and that in an unreasoning moment she did this rash act. In reply to a question, Harriet Dew said the razor was always kept in the deceased's bedroom. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide whilst temporarily of unsound mind." The Coroner expressed sympathy with the family. It was very sad that- one of their well- known townswomen should have passed away in such a manner. The Foreman said the jury desired to associate themselves with the expressions of condolence. THE FUNERAL. The interment took place at the New Cemetery on Monday afternoon, and the funeral was a large and representative one. Before the de- parture for the cemetery, a short service was conducted at the Bethany Baptist Church (of which the deceased was a member) by the pastor, the Rev. T. J. Lewis, who also conducted the final obsequies. The Abergavenny Borough Silver Band, with drums draped in black, took part in the funeral procession and at the grave- side played the hymn Abide with me." The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stanley (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. A. Beale (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, Birmingham (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mrs. W. Stanley (daughter-in- law), Mrs. Davies'(cousin), Mr. C. E. Gameson, Pontypool (brother-in-law), Mrs. Davies (cousin) Mrs. Isaacs, Crickhowell (cousin), Miss Leah Watkins, Pontypool (jjiece), Mr. J. Bray, Bir- mingham (nephew), Mr. McOlvan, Cardiff (cousin), Mrs. John North, Mr. Chas. North and the Misses North, Mrs. C. Saunders (Aberavon). Among the general public present were the Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatley), Mr. James Holly (Major's Barn), Mr. Cha? Holly, Mr. J. Denner, Mr. Percy Denner (Chapel Farm), Mr. J. A. Denner, Mr. Denis Hartnett (Cork), Mr. Geo. Bevan (Mount Pleasant), Miss Holly, Mrs. Saunders (Albert-road), Mrs. Francis, Mr. Peter Francist Sergt. Tresise (representing the 124th Coy. Royal Engineers), Mr. F. A. McCraith, Mr. Montague Harris, Mr. Harvey Thomas, Mr. F. Waldef, Air.. Ernie Denner (White Swan), Mr. F. T. Tiptofi, Mr. Rawlings, Mr. J. H. Watkins, Mr. J. H, Lloyd (station foreman, representing the G.W.R.), Mr. Clem. Baber, Mr. W. Meale, Mr. G. 1. Morgan, Mr. W. Haines, Mr. Hy. Loveridge, Messrs. W. Jones, C. Gage and King (showmen), and others, including a number of members of the Associated Society of Loco- motive Enginemen and Firemen whose head- quarters were at the Black Lion. There was a large number of beautiful floral tributes, the following being a list of the contribu- tors :-Charlie and Annie (son and daughter-in- law), Janet and Arthur (daughter and son-in- law), Mr. and Mrs. H. Stanley (Birmingham), The Mavor and Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. Z. Wheatley), Mr. J. Rosser (Griffin), Mr. and Mrs. Walder, Mr. Montague Harris, Mrs. W. H, Thomas and family, Tenants of Stanley Terrace. St. Helen's-road, Officers and Members of the Abergavenny Fire Brigade, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Williams, Messrs. J. G. Thomas & Sons, Officials and Members of the A.A.A.A., Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Williams, Mr. Robert Price and family', Members of the Bethany Baptist Church, Friends at the Grey-I hound Vaults, Mr. and Mrs. A. Tonkin (Wilber- ton House), Mr. and Mrs. Harris (Ty Pwll), From Hilda, Mr. and Mrs. Richards (Market- street), Mr. and Mrs. Manuel, Mrs. W. & E. Denner (White Swan), Mr. and Mrs. Harris (Ty Nant), Mr. T. Bath and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bevan (Mount Pleasant), Borough Silver Band, Licensed Victuallers of Abergavenny, Mrs. Phillips and family (Farmers' Arms), Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Watkins (Oxford-street), Mr. J. R. Jacob, Mr. and Mrs. T. Britlin (Newport), Mr. and Mrs. Edwards (Maindee, Newport), Mrs. Edward Danter (Newport), Mrs. Webb and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis (Somerset Hotel), Mr. and Mrs. John North, Mr. Jones (New House), Mr. Rosser, J. Rosser and K. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. Holly and family (Major's Barn), Mrs. W. Jones (Blackwood), Mrs. Barrell (Monk- s street), Messrs. Hall Bros., Nephews and Nieces at Birmingham Jim, Thaner, and Anne Jane, Janet Hunt Mrs. Denner and sons, The Boys of the 124th Coy. R.E. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Dover, Carrie, O. Emery, T. Adams and S. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Mead, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Hall (Golden Lion). +
I Crickhowell Board of Guardians. I Mr. Arthur J. Thomas presided at the fort- nightly meeting of this Board on Monday in the absence of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman. There were present Messrs. Wm. Rosser, J. Maddocks, Thomas Jones, Thomas Price, R. J. Jones, Wm. Jones, Rev. W. Arvon Davies, W. G. Watkins, T. M. Jenkins, J. C. Jones, Stephen Devnallt, David Thomas, C. F. Cox, Henry Thomas, Enoch Williams, T. L. Jones and Roger Howells. I EXTRA REMUNERATION. A letter was read from the Local Government Board sanctioning the payment of £ 4 to the Master in consideration of the services rendered by him during the period the Board were without a porter. I ASSESSMENT AND FINANCE COMMITTEES. The Clerk said there were two vacancies on the Assessment Committee, and one vacancy on the Finance Committee, which required to be filled up. Messrs. Thos. Williams and Josiah Phillips were appointed to fill the vacancies on the Assessment Committee, and Mr. Henry Thomas was elected a member of the Finance Committe I VACCINATION OFFICER'S SALARY. In accordance with previous notice Mr. T. L. J ones moved that Mr. Turner, vaccination officer, be paid a yearly salary of £ 26 in lieu of fees. He said he did not press this as a compromise be- tween two extremes. In his opinion £ 26 was a most just figure and was based upon a fair average again, he had taken into consider- ation the amount of work entailed. He under- stood that the successful cases of vaccination were not as many as the exemptions, yet the work in connection with the latter was, if any- thing, more. This was obviously unfair to the officer, who, as they were aware, was only paid fees in respect of successful cases. It was only just that exemptions should be paid for as well. The Local Government Board had thrown in- creased work upon their officials, and he thought the time had arrived when the Central Authority ought to make contribution in like proportion to their salaries. Rev. W. Arvon Davies Would it be possible to have some detail of the work done by the officer ? The Clerk said returns presented by the vaccination officer that day and laid on the table would furnish Mr. Davies with the information he required. Mr. Enoch Williams seconded the motion. It was only right and fair that Mr. Turner should be paid an annual salary in view of the changes which had taken place since he was appointed. He had just glanced over the returns furnished that day, and he observed that exemptions had been granted in over half of the cases. If the work had decreased there would be no reason to pay Mr. Turner an annual salary, but his duties had increased, if anything. This was not a new thing. Other Boards of Guardians had met their officers by providing a yearly salary, and it was only fair that Mr. Turner should receive adequate and proper remuneration for his work. The Chairman said he believed Mr. Turner had been granted allowances previously. The motion was carried, no one voting against CHILDREN'S HOME QUESTION. I The Clerk read a report from the committee appointed to deal with the question of the Children's Home, and said that for once in a way every member of the committee attended. The committee Considered several offers of properties and inspected the house belonging to Mr. I. Ward Davies, Castle-road, Crickhowell, as being the most suitable, and which he had offered to sell to the Board at a certain price. Replying to Mr. Stephen Devnallt, the Master said there were now 16 children in the house over three years of age. Mr. Devnallt expressed the hope that the committee would bear this in mind when deciding upon a house. They must have sufficient accommodation. Mr. W. G. Watkins said there were properties at Brynmawr which the committee should inspect. The Chairman said this was a very important question, and a number of the committee were absent that day. He thougut they should defer arriving at a decision until the next meeting. This was unanimously agreed to. WELL-KNOWN CHARACTOR'S DEATH. Mr. JD. W. Bevan, R.O. for the Lower District reported that a well-known character-Richard I Brown—had died in the workhouse infirmary after a short illness. He was shown every attention. Deceased was a quiet, inoffensive I man, who had a remarkable knowledge of ferns. He did not know anything of his antecedents, but on looking through an old coat of Brown's he I found the address of a relative, and communi- cated with him. The latter promptly wired to him, and Brown was given proper and decent burial, the relative defraying the expenses. Brown was very respectably connected. ♦
Funeral of the Late Mr. Edwin Martin. I The funeral of the late Mr. Edwin Martin, of Abergavenny, took place on Saturday, the interment being at the Old Cemetery. Owing to the inclement weather, there were not so many present as might otherwise have been the case. The chief mourners were Mr. W. G. I Martin, Hexham-on-Tyne (son) Mr. A. E: Martin, Merthyr (cousin, son of Mr. J as. Martin, late of Sydenham House) Mr. W. G. Goatman. The following acted as bearers Messrs. Ernie Denner, H. Lyons, A. R. Williams, F. Sadler, W. Stokes, and A. E. Cripps. Among others present were Messrs. Percy Denner, George Thurston, E. Griffiths, and George Evans. The funeral ceremony was conducted by the Rev. H. H. Matthew (vicar of St. Mary's), and the under- taking arrangements were carried out by Messrs. J. G. Thomas & Sons. Floral tributes were received from the following :—Widow and Children; Mr. and Mrs. Goatman, Mrs. W. Denner, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Denner, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stokes, Mrs. Phillips and Miss Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Restall, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Tayler, Mr. and Mrs. Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. fond, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Rutlier. ————
ABERGAVENNY STOCK MARKET. I The supply at the Abergavenny Stock Market on Tuesday was shorter than for some months, though the supply of pigs was larger than usual. Lambs made up to 54S. 6d. and ewes up to 48s. 6d. The cattle trade was exceptionally brisk for anything of good quality. Messrs. James Straker, Son, & Chadwick did an excellent j business. Bullocks from Mr. John Morgan, Llangattock, made up to /30, and others from Mr. James, Llancayo, Usk, up to ^27, while i maiden heifers made up to ^24 17s. 6d.
GOYTREY. ) CONCERT AND DANCE.—A very successiui ) concert was held at Nantyderry Schoolroom on Thursday last on behalf of the Red Cross Society, and an exceptionally good programme was gone through. The Rector, the Rev. J. Davies, took the chair and made some appropriate remarks on the subject for which the concert was held. Songs were given by Miss Hughes, Nantyderry House Miss T. M. Davies (winner of the Gold Laurels, France), Mrs. E. Evans, Mr. Percy Jones, Mr. Wingrave, Miss C. Lloyd, Mr. Peter James. Pianoforte solos by Miss Muriel Davies I and Mrs. Rosser. Messrs. Horsington Bros gave a delightful performance on their hand- bells. An amusing sketch, entitled The Twins," was given by the Misses G. and M. Davies, Miss Wilks, Mrs. Leeworthy, and Mrs. ¡ Jones. A dance followed.
GILWERN. MARRIAGE.—A marriage was celebrated at the Llanelly Parish Church on Wednesday, February loth, between Mr. Frederick J. Ed- wards, third son of the late Mr. Edward Edwards, and Mrs. Edwards, Bleak House, Gilwern; and Miss M. A. (Pollie) Stephens, second daughter the late Mr. John Stephens, Park Farm, Victoria, and Mrs. Stephens, Pen-y-bont Terrace, Gilwern. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. E. A. T. Roberts, M.A., rector of the parish. The bride was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. David Stephens. The bridesmaids were Miss M. Stephens, Victoria, and Miss Gladys M. Stephens, Gilwern. The bridegroom was accompanied by Mr. William Watkins, Blackwood, and Mr. Edwards Edwards, Clydach. Miss Evans, the church organist, presided at the organ. Amongst those who witnessed the ceremony were Miss Nellie Fielder, Danyhont Mrs. Jones, Church House and the Rev. T. Jeremy. The happy couple on leaving the church met with showers of confetti. After- wards a reception was held at the bride's home, when several expressed their congratulations and good wishes to [the newly-wedded couple. Later in the day Mr. and Mrs. Edwards left for Birmingham. The presents were costly and numerous. The Rev. George Roberts, B.A., rector of Rhayadr, was unable to be present owing to a death in the family, and Mr. John Stephens (brother of bride) was unable to be present, as he has answered his country's call and is now stationed with the Army Service Corps at Bournemouth. Both bride and bride- groom are highly respected in the place, and the sincere wish of their many friends is that they may have a happy future.
Crickhowell Licensing Sessions. The annual Brewster Sessions for the Crick- howell Petty Sessional Division were held on Friday, before Mr. E. Pirie Gordon (in the chair), Dr. P. E, Hill and Mr. R. G. James. Supt. Henry Hand, in his report, stated that there are 47 houses licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor in the division, and this in a population of 5,431, according to the last census, meant an average of 115 persons to each house, exclusive of grocers' licenses. The Prince of Wales inn had been closed and compensated. Proceedings had been taken against six licensed holders, resulting in five convictions. Two con- victions had been recorded against the Plough Inn, Llangattock, since the last Brewster Sessions, and a like number against the Crown and Sceptre Inn, Maesgwartha, in the same period. The tenancy of the latter, however, had since changed hands. Seven persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness, and seven were convicted and nine persons were proceeded against for being drunk and disorderly and they were all convicted. Out of these numbers 10 were from outside the-district. Eight licenses had been transferred, including the following Half-Way House, Cwmdu (twice), Vine Tree Inn, Llangattock (twice) and Queen's Head Inn, Crickhowell (twice). He respectfully drew attention to the convictions against the Plough Inn, Llangattock, and also against the Crown and Sceptre Inn, Maesgwartha. The public houses generally had been satisfactorily con- ducted, with the exception of the last two mentioned houses. All the licenses were renewed, and in granting a temporary transfer of the Plough Inn, Llan- gattock, the Bench said the house must be con- ducted more satisfactorily in the future. 4.
Crickhowell Farmers' Union. A meeting of the Crickhowell branch of the Farmers' Union was held at the Cambrian Hotel on Thursday, Mr. James Howell, Yscubor- newydd, presiding. APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS AND COLLECTORS. Mr. J ames Howell was re-appointed chairman Mr. Geo. T. Christopher, Cwmdu, treasurer and Mr. Wm. Powell, Wern, secretary. The follow- ing collectors were elected :-I,Iangattock :— Messrs. A. W. T. Evans and Anthony Lewis Cwmdu Messrs. John Morris, Maurice Davies and Wm. Pritchard; Crickhowell: Mr. D. T. Edwards Llangynidr Mr. John Williams Llangenny Mr. Thomas Williams, Hall Farm Vale of Groyney The Chairman and Mr. Jenkin Jones, Cwm; Llanelly: Mr. Philip Griffiths. The following were appointed delegates to the general meeting of the Union :—Chairman -Treasurer, Messrs. J. Morris (Cwmforest) and A. W. T. Evans (Llangattock), and Councillor Henry Thomas (Gilvach). GOVERNMENT LIVE STOCK GRANT. A letter relative to the above was read trom Professor David Williams, Aberystwyth. The Secretary stated that stock societies had been formed in Cwmdu and Llangynidr, and the grants had bequ duly received for 1914, and would be renewed in the present year. They were very grateful to Professor Williams for the practical interest he had shown and his assistance in forming these societies. He might say that Professor Williams had stated that if they wanted to form a society to place a stallion at the service of the members, the work must be put in hand at once. I Mr. A. W. T. Evans, Llangattock, was ap- I pointed a delegate on the County Live Stock I Committee. » AGRICULTURAL LABOUR. I At an executive meeting held subsequently, the Secretary read a letter from the Labour Ex- change asking the members to appoint a repre- sentative to confer with the Labour Exchange with regard to placing agricultural labourers in the locality, and after discussing the matter the members expressed the opinion that such a system would be a great help to farmers during the war, and appointed Councillor Henry Thomas, Gilfach, to confer with the authorities. I A MISTAKE. I I Mr. A. W. T. Evans, delegate to the meeting of the Farmers' Union at Builth, stated that complaint was there made that no membership I return or subscription had been sent by the Crickhowell Branch. Mr. Wm. Powell, secretary, said a full return I had been sent and a cheque forwarded in October last, and he had received due acknow- ledgment. He felt there was little excuse for a mistake of this nature. The members expressed their satisfaction with the statement, remarking that the mistake was somewhat annoying to the Branch and their Secretary.
Just RECEIVED—A consignment of Photo. Frames, in the newest designs.—M. Morgan & I Co., Chronicle Office, Abergavenny.
BLAENAVON. w I INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING.—The annual meeting of the Blaenavon Working Men's In- stitute and Hall was held on Saturday, Mr. Herbert Daniel presiding. The committee re- ported that the number of members for the past year averaged 2,645. The volumes in the library numbered 3,950, and the total number of books issued during the year was 8,383. The year started with a balance in hand of -1231 7s. 5d., and at. December, .1914, the credit balance was £ 62 12s. 2d.—^fter some discussion the balance sheet was adopted.—Mr. LI. Daniel suggested that a Roll of Honour should be erected in the institute in memory of their comrades who had been killed in action.—The Chairman said it would be taken as a'recom- mendation to the committee.—The following officers were elected President, Mr. Herbert Daniel; vice-president, Mr. Rees Price secre- tary, Mr. John Davies; auditor, Mr. W. Stor- mouth committee, Messrs. W. Daniel, John Griffiths, Henry Gulliford, H. J. Gwillim, T. Hill, C. Huish, D. J. Tones, J. Moore, A. Morgan, W. H. Phillips, A. Taylor, J. Whit combe, and A. Williams. .tIt..
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PffESENTATION TO CAPT. 0. W. D. STEEL. A very interesting and unique function took place at the billets of the N.C.O.'s of the C Company, formerly the Galloping G's," of the above Battalion. Sergt.-Major G. A. Gravenor, on behalf of the N.C.O.'s, presented Capt. 0. W. D. Stel with a very massive inkstand and clock (combined), on the occasion of his marriage with Miss Biddle, of Playford, Suffolk. Sergt.-Major Gravenor referred to the exceptional soldierly qualities of Capt. Steel, and remarked that they must have been inherited from his father, Col. Steel, V.D., with whom most of them present had served with advantage. Capt. Steel was assured that the Gallopers would die with him in the last ditch, if needs be, and they all wished Capt. Steel 'and Mrs. Steel life-long happiness. Captain Steel, with great emotion, replied and pointed out how hard the boys had worked and how he had received inspiration from them to go on, knowing he would get all the support necessary from them all. The present bore a brass plate engraved as follows :—" Presented to Captain 0. W. D. Steel on the occasion of his marriage, Feb. 3, 1915, by the N.C.O.'s of the G Coy. of the I First Third Monmouth Regt." ▲
) MARDY MATTERS. I I To the Editor of the Abergavenny Chronicle" I SIR,—Jt is worthy of note that on Friday, the 5th day of February, of the present year, a Parish Council meeting was held by the Parish Councillors of Llantillio Pertholey. Now, I would not have anyone to say that I (being, un- fortunately, not blessed with the quality of intellect shown by the Councillors at this parish meeting) should minimise the sagacity of these worthy men. I merely wish to say that the meeting is worthy of note, as is also what actually passed. These are a few facts relative to the ponderous thoughts that were expressed at that meeting There is a public path leading from the Mardy village to Llantillio Pertholey School. Along this path, four times a day, about 70 children have to walk. That path having got into such a deplorable condition, the schoolmaster has to forego 30 to 60 minutes to act as medical adviser and nurse, every morning and afternoon (twice a day, mark you) to examine, and dry, the little children's boots, stockings and feet-nearly two hours a day off these children's education, or one day a week lost for instructions. And we are living in the twentieth century What ? Profound imaginations are above petty sug- gestions, so please reserve your temperamental emotions, and hear what our Parish Councillors have, in their complacent and reciprocal equanimity, decreed. They say, in effect Your boys could put this path right, Mr. Schoolmaster." Yes, sir,"—this from one of I our Parish Councillors, -and I think you will agree with me that it was a wise saying and should form a page in history. Also an applica- tion should be made by myself for an Iron Cross for recording such profundity of thought but I have reason to believe that you may differ and feel indignant with this Councillor for venturing to make such a statement. There, Sir, I leave the matter with you, and the Mardy parochial electors. Only one word more, and that is: There is a parish meeting called to consider the advisability of employing babes, if the boys cannot do it, to put that path in proper repair and to maintain it in that state. Now, you folks on the Mardy, come to the School on February the 27th, at 7 p.m. sharp. I Mardy. J.B.
I Maindiff Court Hospital. I I Tlle committee wish to thank all those who have kindly sent gifts during the past fortnight. I The following have been received Milk Mr. Rogers, Crowfield, I gallon, weekly Mrs. J. Prichard, Glendower, I gallon weekly Mrs. Davies, Rock Villa, i gallon weekly Sir Ivor Herbert (Llanover), 3 gallons weekly Mrs. Sanford, Triley Court, 2 gallons skimmed milk weekly. Butter Mrs. Maddox, 1 lb. Mrs. Price, White House, i lb. Eggs, &c. 12 eggs and I chicken, Mrs. Phillips, Llanddewi Rhyddercli; 24 eggs and I2JbS. jam, Miss Baker-Gabb, The Chain 24 eggs, Mrs. Martin, The Hill. 12 eggs and a basket of apples, Mrs. Williams, Maindiff Court Gardens 10 eggs, Mrs. Bevan, Upper Stanton. Bread 2 loaves, Mrs. Richards, Uon-y-wern. I cakes and 5 jars of jelly, The Misses Jackson, Brynderi 4 jars of honey, Mrs. Sanford, Triley Court; 2lbs. tea, Rev. and Mrs. G. B. Jones, The Rectory, Llangattock Lingoed; 2 jars of jam, Mrs. Peake, Cross-street. Turkey Miss Williams, Pantycolin. Cask of Cider Mr. Prichard, Glendower. Vegetables, &c. Green vegetables when re- quired, Mr. Rutlier, Maindiff Court Farm; vegetables weekly, Mr. Lemmon, Mardy vegetables and apples every Friday, Sir Arthur Herbert (Coldbrook). Clothing Three outfits of underclothing, for men leaving for the front, Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, Tredilion Park 2 woollen vests and drawers, 6 pairs socks, Lady Mather-Jackson; i muffler, Miss Jackson, Brynderi. Miscellaneous Load of firewood, Mr. Cotton, The Rowans; French books and a game, Mrs. Curre, Itton Court; pair crutches, Mrs. Rees, Pendarren Park. Since the Hospital opened for patients (on I October 27th), 27 Belgian soldiers have been discharged from Maindiff. Of these 10 have rejoined the Belgian Army, and three are in London, on their way to rejoin, three have been transferred to other homes for treatment, three are with relations in England, one in a situation in Monmouthshire, one has joined the Louvain University as the guest of the Cambridge Uni- versity Committee, and three are living in London. Fifty-nine in all have passed through the hospital. At the request of the R.A.M.C. Officer, the Committee have arranged to reserve some beds at Maindiff Hospital for the use of the English soldiers now quartered in Abergavenny, should they be required. a
ip A Successful Recruiting Effort. A SUCCESSFUL RECRUITING EFFORT. The C.L.B. Battalion, K.R.R.C., now training at Denham, is not only full up but has 75 men towards its Depot Companies. The aim of the Battalion has been to make it as representative of the C.L.B. as possible, and not to draw the majority of its members from any one particular district. As there may be still some ex-C.L.B. members who would like to do the-r little bit for the country in association with the C.L.B., and so enlist in this Battalion, they should apply immediately to the Secretary, C.L.B. Head- quarters, Aldwych House, Catherine-street, Aldwych, London, W.C. The Headquarters Chaplain would be very grateful for any comforts suitable for the men, and will gladly acknowledge them if sent to him at the C.L.B. Headquarters. An advice from a Chaplain at St. Helena in- forms us not only of the continued success of the C.L.B. work in that island and the thorough- ly efficient camp which has been lately held, but also of the interesting fact that out of the local Volunteer force two are ex-C.L.B. lads. A similar advice from Newfoundland shows that, as was the case of the first contingent, the second contingent, which is to sail shortly, also consists of a large proportion of ex-C.L.B. members. The C.L.B. is largely represented in the Canadian contingent, so that its Overseas record for patriotism is remarkable. •— 4. ————
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Sir Chas. Lucas on "The War and Empire. STIRRING ADDRESS AT CRICKHOWELL. Sir Charles Lucas, K.C.B., K.C.M.G the distinguished Colonial administrator and author delivered an address on The War and the Empire to a very large audience at the Clarence Hall, Crickhowell, on Friday evening. Mr A- Beckwith, J. P., presided, and he was supported on the platform by Mr. E. Pirie-Gordon J r P-. and Mr. R. G. James, J.P. The Chairman said the Colonial Office had become the great power it was in the State to-dav through the genius of that wonderful statesman and Englishman the late Joseph Chamberlain and in Sir Charles Lucas, the first head of the Colonial Department, he found his ri^ht-h^i man. (Applause). Few men understood the Empire better than Sir Charles, and it was verv kind of him in a time of stress and anxiety like the present to come to Crickhowell to give them the comfort of his presence and the counsel of his words. (Hear, hear). Sir Charles Lucas said a great many years had passed since he first opened his lips in public in Crickhowell. He thought it must have been at the cricket dinners which he liked so much when a boy, and which he hoped were now held in normal times. (Hear, hear). Much water had flowed under the bridge since that time, and every man in the autumn of life when he came back to the place where he was born thought of the words of the Shunamite woman, "I will dwell among mine own people." (Applause). The last time he spoke in that hall was some six years ago, when he described a tour of the Colonies, and since then he had, with a party of scientists, visited Australia to attend the meet- ings of the British Association. When thev left London on the ist July everything was peaceful, but en route they heard rumours of war, and when they landed at Adelaide on the 4th August they learned that war had been declared between England and Germany- Their party included two Germans, a Russian and a Dane, and they were a most interesting lot of i men. On board, too, was a Welshman, by name i Williams, he believed, a member of the Y.M.C. A. and he should like to take an opportunity of paying a tribute to the work of the Y.M.C.A. He saw it on board the ship, in the camp at Adelaide, and in other places, and he wanted all of them to put a good mark against the Y.M.C.A. (Hear, hear). Sir Charles brieflv mentioned the places visited, remarking that everywhere there were striking instances of patriotism, and the Colonies were determined to support the mother country to the last man and the last shilling. He attended one of the meetings, and there was no talk or gas, but stem work. On the return journey they frequently sailed with lights down, for fear of the Emden. (laughter), and there were signs in many places of conflict. They came by the Rock of Aden, now held by the ist Brecknockshires-(loud applause)--and frequently they saw the Colonial and Indian troops. Dealing directly with the war, he said it was the greatest in the memory of any living Englishman and probably the greatest that any child now living had ever known. War was a terrible thing. It made wives widows, children fatherless, and homes desolate. They would probably recall at this time the words of John Bright, The Angel of Death is in our midst; I can almost hear the beating of its wings." Worse than all the war would leave a legacy of bitterness the women would never forget it, and for generations the children would play English and Germans, as their ancestors played English and French in the days of Napoleon. But war brought blessings as well as evils. Even as gold was tried in the fire, so might a nation be purified in the furnace of affliction. Righteousness exalted a nation. Was this a righteous war ? Yes, and thrice yes. Why ? Because the Government did everything in its power to avoid it. Every- one knew, except Germans and Austrians, that England tried her utmost to avoid war. If we wanted war why did we wait until it had com- menced, to organize our great army ? (Hear, hear). We had given our word to Belgium on a scrap of paper," and an Englishman's word was his bond. Nations were a collection of men and women, and men and women must keep their words and nations must keep their word, and most of all to small and weak peoples. (Applause). He believed that when the war was over they would renew their bond with Belgium. England must take her share in seeing the right thing done in the world. Then we had a duty to perform to France, our friend j and neighbour. Germany wanted to make an infamous bargain whereby we were to stand by and see France crushed and Russia attacked. What a product of Kultur I The husbandman was the War Lord, and the pruning hook the mailed fist. Our own existence was at stake. The late Lord Roberts said that when Germany was ready she would strike. She did not want war now, but to take the countries piecemeal. England was the most hated nation. Why ? Were we at war with Germany and when did we take a single yard of her territory ? It was only envy. We had gained fairly and squarely what we had won. Germany said we stood between her and the sun. Well, whose fault was that ? (Laughter and applause). We were fighting for liberty, the right of peoples to live, and against military despotism. Marlborough and Wellington in successive centuries settled these questions for us in Flanders, and we were going to settle them in Flanders as well. (Loud ap- plause). War was the national industry of Prussia, and we must root out the evil. Com- pulsory service we shied at because we said it interfered with freedom. Belgium six months ago was a happy prosperous, and smiling country, but to-day the land had been devas- tated and the people were homeless. What kept us safe ? The sailors in the North Sea and the soldiers in the trenches. (Applause). He had spoken of the close connection between the Colonies and England. We were fighting for an Empire which was in extent nearly a quarter of the whole globe. This was a supreme moment for us, and the greatest possible trial of strength courage and endurance, and the hour had come when every man and woman must play his and her part. We were all citizens of Britain. I Now was the accepted time, and the man who I could possibly do so should join the forces. It was trained soldiers that were wanted. They did not want anyone to say to their young men You hung back when your country needed you," but rather let their young men say I have done the State some service." Brecon- shire, lie understood-and he was delighted to hear it-had done well, but let her do better still.. All sorts and conditions of men were making sacrifices. Three of his friends had lost their only sons, and he seemed to hear the words, Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends." (Hear, hear). Those at home must exercise patience, and let there be cheer everywhere. Do not spread hatred of the enemy. It was the soldier in the field who always spoke most kindly of his foe. Hatred was the armour of the armchair critic.. Finally he urged them to be stedfast. Let the watchword be Quit you like men be strong." Church and Chapel, Liberals and Conservatives were fighting shoulder to shoulder. How small. were party politics when tried by the supreme issues of life and what were party issues when compared with faithfulness unto death. (Loud and continued applause). Mr. E. Pirie Gordon, in moving a vote of thanks to Sir Charles Lucas for his elevating address, said he had made them realise the greatness of the Empire and the unity of our kith and kin across the seas in this great conflict with Germany. We must carry this war to a successful issue and make it impossible for a recurrence of the terrible struggle "now taking place on the Continent of Europe. (Applause). Mr. R. G. James, in seconding, said he had known Sir Charles for over 50 years, and had carefully watched his remarkable career. Might he be spared for many years to serve his country. (Hear, hear). Sir Charles Lucas, who was accorded an ovation on rising to reply, said it was due to Mrs. Beckwith that he was there that night. (Hear, hear). He was glad to renew old friend- ships, and thanked Mr. Gordon and his old friend Mr. J ames for their kind remarks. He then proposed a vote of thanks to his friend, the Chairman, for presiding, and this was carried with applause.
W Hunting Appointments. THE MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS WII.I, MEET J Monday, Feb. 22—Monachty at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25—Tregare at 11 a.m. THE CRICKHOWELL HARRIERS WILL MEET Wednesday, Feb. 24-Sorgwm; at 11 a.m. Print-<i ''abbf-hivi Hy M MOBOAN AND CO., fit -;p. Frostmore Aberenveanv it) the Count of Monmonth. FRIDAY, FED. 19, 15)15.