DEATH OF MR. W. H. I GWYNN. The Late Secretary of the Rugby Union Passfs Away. It wiN be learned throughout South W a.es with sincere sorrow, mingled with a feeling of sympathetic relief, that Mr. W. H. Gwynn, ex-secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, suc- cumbed to his illness at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday. mx- liwynn nearly' two years ago was one night suddenly seized with illness. It was looked upon at the time aB a alight indisposition, but it turned out to be a. grave case of paralysis, and for miomtihs he lay in a oondition hovering between life and death. He recovered temporarily, but some months ago it was found that the stroke he had received bad permanently affected his brain, and he had to be removed to Bridgend Asylum. During his stay there his condition has been sympathetically watched by the pjthledic- Loving public of Swansea, and a fund raised by Mr. F. E. Perkins, the secretary of the Swans?-a Football Club to secure for him the ndtnntaces of a private patient, was readily subscribed to. Mr. Gwynn. was about 37 years of age. His Younger Days. Long before Mr. Gwynn became known to fame m South Wales he had distinguished him- self in a small way in London. He was educated for the profession of schoolmaster, and had gained a scholarship at Battersea College—an in- stitutiuc for the training of teachers. The future authority on Rugby football devoted his leisure hours in too wiuter to the Association g^ane, at which he soon became such an adept thaithe was elected captain of the college Xi. 'though when he migrated to South V. ales to take up the senior assistant mastership of the National Schools, at Swansea, Mr. Gwynn oouid not con- tinue his Association football, he retained a dsep interest in the game to the end,, f lls life. Indeed, his success as a Rugby player was largely d'w to the "uaintanoe JM Lad gamed Wlilr the "Socker" game, and he was never tired of insisting upon the great value of driN1 L-np- a department of the game in which he was a ;;iafter. It was a maxim whi h lie errtly uttered that the good dribbler was the most certain try-getter. As a Rugby Player. It was in Swansea aod as a II firiber of tie club that Mr. W. H. Gwynn hiossome<i^ forth as an afciiiete of the firi^t-claas. A dozen years ago he and his brother—the famous Dai Gwynn -were the best known lootball play era in the Principality. In the playgrounds boys used to shout while at football, "Well played Gwynn," just as at cricket they would say, "Well done, Grace." It was a name which re- presented the science of the game—for if ever there were scientific Rugby players, they were the Brothers Gwynn. The late Mr. Gwyun used to play as a rale at half-back, but some- times aJjso at threR—q aarlix—the position in which his brother, David, has gained so much distinction. Nothing used to delight the people so much as to see the ball coming out to -W. H. as they familiarly called him, and watch his sinuous progress down the ground with his brother close behind him, prepared to takie up the running whenever the enemy ap- peared to be too dangerous. The Cardiff folks are fond of telling us that Hancock taught us the passing game. Bah! Long before Han- oock was known the Brothers Gwynn used to play the passing garae to perfection—not in the silly style so much in vogue now, nom oentie to wmg, and themoe into touch-bllt back- wards and forwards in a quick puzzling way which was always advantageous. One favourite trick of the hute Mr. Gwynn-adtef the four three-quarter game, of wl-iieh he was about the first and ablest advocate, came into fashion —was to pass the ball direct from the skirts of t? scru betwee* n his legs out to the tMæ-q S great a player did he be- come that in 1-884,Qwaa selected to represent Wa?es =s England. The match was played at Leeds, when deceased had as his op- ponent on the other side of the scrimmage, the redoubtable Rotherham, said to the best half- back in the world. So splendidly did the Swansea, man acquit himseif that the "Sports- man" said he was "the best half-back on the ground." Mr. Gwynn continued to play for several years, and was twice captain of the football Club of Swam-%& After formally re- tiring he re-appeared on several occasions when the club was hard up for a man, and always seemed in splendid condition. Four years ego, when Mr. R. Mullock, of Newport, restored from the seoretaiyahip of the Welsh Rugby Union, Mr. Gwynn was nominated for the vacancy. He had for his opponent Mr. Treatt, of Cardiff, and. a very close fight re- sulted in Mr. Gwynn's favour. So well did he perform has duties that wben Mr. Treatt opposed his re-electirm the, following year, the Cardiff man was beaten by 36 votes to 20. After that no attempt was made to oust Mr. Gwynn from the position which by nature and training, he was so admirably able to flit The funeral of Mr. W. H. Gwynn the late secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, took place on Tueslay, when the body of the de- ceased was conveyed to Ciheriton churchyard, in Gower. The coffin, which bore a simple in- scription stating the age of decep.ed-41-aiid the date of his death, was covered with wreaths, amongst them being tokens from the Welsh Rugby Union and the Swansea Branch of the National Teachers' Union (wreaths which Messrs. Parsons and Co. bad made up of lilimn Harrissi arum lilies, and roses). The Swansea Football Club, the National School teachers, Mr .W. G. Christian, Mr. J. Beynon, and Mr. J. A. Beavan. In addition to Mr. Grwynne, sem, and Mr. David Gwynne, there drove to Gower a large number of deceased's personal friends, and 1f number walked in procession from Nichol-street to tie borough boundary. Amongst them were Mr James Livingstone, Dr. Reid, Mr. F. E. Per- kins, Mr. Walter Bees (Neath), Mr. D. J. Price (Neath), Mr. J. Jones (Neath), Mr. Harold Ijetcher, Mr. E. M. Jones, Mr. H. R. Knill, Mr. J. A. Beavan, Mr. Geo. Beavan, Mr. Camera, and a deputation from the National Union of Teachers, consisting of Mr. J. W. Cad- wailadr, Mr. Dd. Davies, Vù". F. E. Roberts. and Mr. J. F. Jenkms. Among the wreaths on the coffin were a superb lyre from the teachers of the National Schools, and also from the Swansea Football Club, which were supplied by Mr. Alfred Kitley, of Oxford-stret.
Staff-captain Dodds, Queen s Harbourmaster of Pembroke Dockyard, retired on tho 31st. ult. Commander Wanham is spoken of in connection with the post. Butler, the man accused of the Sydney Bus murders, has Attempted suicide in his cell a San Francisco by cutting through the flesh near the temporal artery with his thumb-nail. The wound, however, was not serious. Butler sailed I for Sydney on Saturday. The death is announced of Lady Lascelles, wife of Sir Frank Laseelles, the British Ambas- ad or at Berlin. An explobion of firedamp occurred on Thurs- day at the Borsig Coliiery, in BeJgium, setting fire to the mine. Herr Borsig, owner of the mine, and Herr Mazurke, head of the chemical department, snbseqnently descended the mine to make a personal investigation, when a second explosion took place, killing the two gentlemen named, and four miners whu were standing near. A fire has occurred on the British Queen at Havre.
THE WEEK IN WALEfe. The Gibbon Estate Claimant. I Early on Saturday morning William Gibbon, who claimed to be the rightful owner of the Gibbon Estates, died at the Merthyr Union Workhouse, of which institution he had been an inmate for several years. The deceabed was at one time in a large way of business as a wine merchant at Neath. The New Swansia Post Office, I The representations made by the Swansea Ccuncil and Sir John Llewelyn, M.P., to the Government in regard to the new post ofhce, have not been without good result, for the Depart- ment have decided to depart from their orinal plans, and to have a much more imposing buu. inz erected. The amended structure will be one I storey higher than the hrst, and there will be a fleche tower above. South Walss Bordarers. I Colonel R. A. P. Clements, D.S.O., A-D-U-, who succeeds Colonel Brown in command of the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, is 41 years oi age, and one of the luckiest othcers in the service. He started in 1872 &s a sub- altern, and was a captain at tive and twenty. From 1832 to 1386 he was adjodanfc of the 2nd Battalion, he was a. major at 31, and a lieu- tenant-Colonel at 32. He was m the Kaffir War in 1877-78, and in the Zulu War; ana was twice wounded in the Burmese W-ar, out of which he emerged with the brevet of lieu- fcenant-oo ionel. Last December he became A.D.C. to the Queen, with tie rank of colonel. Mr Bry^nor Jones and the Welsh Radica I Party. Mr. Brmmor Jones on Satnrclay evening enter- tained to dinner at his London residence the Radical members of the Welsh party. Sir Wm. Harcourt, who had intended beinsr present, was tillable to attend owing to continued indisposition. With the exception of Sir George Osborne Mor- gan, Mr. D. A. I homas, Mr. David PandeU and Mr. Vaughan Da vies, who were also on the sick list, and Mr. Pritchard Morgan, who is out of the country, members turned up in foroe. Politics (says the London correspondent of the Mail") were rigidly eschewed. An Intereslinq Presentation. I An interesting presentation took place at the gymnasium of the Central Higher Grade School, Dynevor-place, on Saturday evening. It being the last night of the term, the senior boys of the Higher Grade and Danvgaig Schools took the opportunity of presenting Mr. Harry Nicbolls, their gymnastic instructor, and Mr. S. Whyatt, his capable isjtistant, with a oeautiful silver pencil ease each. The presentation was made by Mr. Stanley Gale, who, in a few words, thanked them both on behalf of himftolt and the ether senior boys for their courtesy during the session. Messrs. Nieholl aad Whyatt suitably responded. Small Fin at Swansea. I P.& Pla-7 Md his a??Trtion caLoo to in oat- break of 6re ?t Me&<m;. Plp«' coopering works in Adea.ide-t. S??ajiaea? on Friday evening. Flames were oiwerved issuing from a chimney which counmraicated with a fire stove in the centre of the main room. Climbing on to the ro.,i, the officer was handed up btickets of water by some bystanders, with which he speedily j extinguished the flames. The fire is supposed to have been caused by the entrance of a a to the chimney, which was set on fire. Very Uttie dasage wota done to the premises. Tempt ranee Witting. I On Thursday evening a temp erance meetimg wu hold, at the Pentreehwyth schoolroom (under the auspices of the C.E. T. Soeaety) wlien Mr. C Bolcombe took the ohair. There was an en- wuraci--g attendance of all ages. The following gave capital recitations Misses Annie Gibbs, Alice Newcombe, Edith West, Beatrice Bowen and Master Tom Monger and musical ."Iectiona were rendered by Misses Lily Price, &d Gertrude Houghton. Tite speaker was the Tiey Thompsen-Jenkyns, B.A., Holy Trinity Church, Swansea, who delivered a powerful ad- dreas. At the close a hearty Tote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Jenkins. Miss Martha John and Miss Merchant sharsd the duties ol accom- panists. Several fresh plsdgss w-re taksn. Swansea Total Ahstintnci Sociity. I The usual weekly meeting of the Swansea Total Abstinence Society was held at the Ragged Softool on Saturday evening^ when there was a krV attendance. Mr. W. B. Davies, of Cwm- bwrla, occupied the chair, and the Rev. Caleb Joshua gave an address. The following pro- gramme was gone through and was greatly en- joyed :—-Pianoforte solo, Mrs. Lewis; recita- tim. "The Welsh classic," Mr. DL Lewis; song, "The death of Nelson," Mr. Ben Evans soog, "The Bay of Biscay," Mr. Lewis; recita- tions, Trouble in the Amen comer," and "The three bidders," Miss May Joshua; songs, "The JrillM of ^iormandie, "i "Gwlad y Deiyn," and Taw aÏ Baboa," Miss Harriet Evans. Lonitn Cottags of Music—Swansaa Centra. The following is the official list of successful candidates at the practical examination held at tlus centre an April 2nd —Pianoforte, advanced Senior Section, Class IL-Elvira Lawrence (Miss R. E. Evans, Bridgend). Senior, Class I.— Georgina Tucker, Rubina Saunders Mr. J. It. Fricker); Class U.—Olive Uoyd (Miss R. E. Ltvans), David Davies (Mr. Walters. Bryntroed- gam), Beatrice Eadcn (Miss M. H. Jones). Intermediate, CSass L-Bessic Thomas (Misses Lewis, Llandilo); Class II.—Adeie le Fauve (Madame Alger), Hilda Henson (Miss Potts, Mumbles}. Elementary, Honours Gladys Thomas; Class I.—Nellie Griffin (Misses Lewis), Jessie Rosser (Mr. Fricker), Elizabeth Bryde (Miss Potts), Catherine Jones (Mr. Walters, BryatroedgamJ; Class II.—Klla Godfrey (Miss Wanningtcn) Nillie Whitcombe (Maesteg), Tim examiner van Mr. G. Augustus Holmes. Ths N.U.T. I ,-The Schoolmaster this week is intensely interesting f local readers with its pages ef matter pertaining to education in the Principality, some seasonable information relative to the forth- coming conference at Swansea, and some pesllent portr" .f the gentlemen who are ==? g themselves in Dt.ug the reunion an an round sucamn. Included in it are such well known educationalists as Sir John Llewelyn. Bart., M.P., treasurer Mr. J. W. Cadwailadr, chairman of the Benevolent Purposes Committee; Mr. Frederick C. Way, director of the Publishers' Exhibition; Mr. W. N. Vsrnon, chairman of the Publisher*' Cercusittes; Mr. James Williams, so-secretary of the Benevolent Purposes Cosa- arttse, and SsctienaJ Committee; Mr. J. Holmes Ferguson, Soiree Secretary Mr. T. H. Morgan, efeairman of tlwl Ball and So iree Committee Mr. Roberts, B.A., chairaian of Press Committee; Ir. H. L. Watkins, Meretary oi the Excursions Sub-Committee; and Mr. Francis D. Celmore, fterstart of ths Press Committee. The Metal Trade. The follsfwimg is ths metal report issaed by Messrs. ilford, Williams, and Ce., Castle Buildings, Swansea, for th* week ending Satur- day: April COPPKR. Cash. Forward. £ ». d. A s. d. Jtarcll t9 48 18 49 5 0 30 48 15 0 49 2 6 Of 31 48 18 9. 49 ft 0 l 48 18 9 49 2 6 » a 48 16 3. 49 5 0 TIN. Cash. Forward. £ s. d. i a. d. March 29 69 2 6 59 15 < M 59 2 6 59 15 0 31 1 59 2 e .— B13 9 At«a 1 59 0 0 69 12 6 a 69 12 6 60 5 0 IRON. Scoteh. Hematite. ;e a. d. ;c iL d. MfMet 29 2 4 10i —? 2 8 1 38 S 4 1<? .?.. 2 9 0 11 2 4 8 2 7 8 Ai;% 1. 2 4 6} 977? ?. ? .? 4 4 2 7 9 P.EMA _11 Copper.—statistics for hist month exhibit tin increase in visible supply, making the total ,33,2. tons as against 32,559 u>ns on 15thlito. This fact eouloled,w, *h tho, unsettled politkaJ situation, has treated a and market clo-je? with a dull tandency. business this week tons, and the total turnover during March was sbout 21.000 tons. Tin. -Market firm on higher cables from the first, and an advance of about ios. per ton has been established, prices being considered very moderate. TMM'?<MCti?n8 for the week about 1,FM tons, and the'i total for 1.81 month was about ?00 tOD3. Iron. 0:i M»e expectation that the (-ngm"ring du will be trttM amicably, the market ttam'?-. -?y?tM-day slightly. Turnover in Warrants ?mjt?g '? ?fok &bD" MO?OO tona, and for i?t 'Amw t4ou& New Magistrates. I understand, says the London correspondent of the "Mail," that the Lord Chancellor has added the names of Mr. S. Evans, Treferig, Llantrisant; Colonel Gaskell, New House, Llan- ishen; and Mr. Robert Evans, of Bridgend, to the list of the names em. the Glamorgan county bench of magistrates. Scholastic Successes at Swansea. Mr. R. T. Williams, of Morgan-street, Hafod, has reason to be proud of the achievments of his sons in the last Queen's Scholarship Examination. Mr. W. J. Williams, a pupil teacher at Bryn- hyfryd Board School, came out 42nd in the First Class list, being- first in the Swansea district and second in the whole principality. This is a very creditable attainment, but it was scarcely better than that of his brother, Richard Trevor Williams. The latter, a few years ago, served his apprenticeship as a pattern maker at Messrs. Vivian and Sons', and on the completion of his indenture, was appointed Assistant Manual Instructor at the Higher Grade School, his appointment being one of the earliest under the Technical Instruction Act. Mr. Williams did good work at Swansea, and then secured a similar position in London. Having adopted teaching as his profession he decided to go in for the Queen's Scholarship Examinations and although not having served as a pupil teacher, and having to sit as an ousiderhe got through and secured a very iespectable position in the Second Class -a ci-reum,-ktauce upon which he deserves cordial congratulations. Eisteddfod at Ebenezer ChapeL A very successful eisteddfod was held at Ebenezer Chapel, Swansea,, the other day, the conductor being Mr. W. James (Swansea) ,adjudicator of music, Mr. C. Mendwy Davies (Lianeily); and of essays, Rev. Ben Davies (\staiyfera). Ths following is the list of awards i-Pianoforte soo, Miss May Beavan soprano solo, Miss Harriet Watts (Treboeth) recitation, Mr. Richard Thomas (Morriston) best stanza.. Mr. E. D. Jones (Skewen) best rendering by children's choir, Libanus, Cwm- bwrla (conducted by Mr. Griff. Charles); con- tralto solo, Miss Ca«?,ie Evans; essay, Mr. John Williams (Waunwen) tenor solo, prize divided between Mr. Ben Thomas and Mr. John Davies (Morriston) poetrv, Mr. John Phillips (Morriston) quartet, Mr. D. Davies and party; baritone solo, prize divided between Mr. Walters and Mr. Thomas (Swan- sea) poetry on Lvdia," Mr. John Phillips (N-lorriston) answering of six questions, Mr. Lloyd (Swansea) chief choral competition, "The radiant morn hath passed awiy," Ebenezer Choir, Swansea (conducted by Mr. Morris). lmpromptu.- Suicide. How can it be accounted for ? Why in the dreadful fancy ripe? Self murder is it madness, or What makes so many take their life ? The Spring and Summer soon are here, And passed away are days of gloom; In gloomy months it would appear The suicide does seek the tomb. But yet in cheerful days of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter time, Many commit the awful thing, And do the hated, dreadf ui crime. Weary of life it is their choice, To stay at once the living power; They listen to the tempter's voice, And promptings of the evil hour. While thinking thus all life to end All pain and sorrow cast away, They hail the awful thing as friend, And thns by crime to end their day. But to the Judge of life and death, Aceount must they give each and all; He made the life, created breath. And all men must await His call. ilENEY A. W. RoTT. Swansea, March 26th, 1887. Interesting Ltcal Wedding. Lra luescLay, at ot. lh-oma-s Church, the mar- riage took pjace of Captain Cannen, cf London, and Miss J. Thomas, daughter of the late Mr. Lleweilyn Thomas, of the Red House HoteL The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Wm. Evans, the icsu. The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. J. M. Thomas, and wore an ivory satin stripe Gros-de-Londres, draped on the corsage with handsome lace, caught with sprays of orange biossom, with a large white chip hat, trimmed with moire ribbon and rich ostrich plumes, ospreys, and brilliant ornaments. She carried a handsome bouquet of choice flowers. The bridesmaids were the Misses Lizzie, Gwen and Minnie Thomas, sister of the bride, w ho were attired in dresses of French canvas etamine in a lovely tint of anemone, the bodices being tastefully trimmed with a rich shade of dahlia velvet and lace, and also wore large picture hats in white chip, daintily trimmed with white chene ribbon, lilies of the valley, and jewelled ornaments, relieved with tinted roses. They also car- ried charming bouquets. The beet man was Mr. Cannen, brother of the bridegroom. After the ceremony a reception was hpd at Ivy House, the residence of the bride, and late in the after- nocn the bappy con pie left for London en route for the Continent, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bribe's travelling costume was of brown Frcr.ch chenille canvas, with cape en suite, and a French floral toque completed this very elegant toi.et. The whole of the dresses, which were greatly admired, were made and designed by Messrs. Ben Evans and co., Ltd., Swansea. Ii Wfld flowers. If I The Rev. R. Jsckett, of Gowerton, but late of Port Tannant, and a well know-a botaaist, deli- vered Monday evening's lecture at the Royal In- stitution, the subject being Wild Flowers." Mr. David Roberts occupied the chair, and the lecturer, ia opening his subject, said that botany of te-day was not the botany of 15 or 20 yeara ago, when it was necessarily a dry science, made up almost entirely of amines aad terms. Now, botany was an interesting study, though he might say that they were only oa the threshold of knowledge that even the simplest flower had yet to be revealed to them. By means ef some ad- mirable laatera slides a great Tariety of wild flowers were next shown upon the screen, Mr. Jackett commencing with an explanation of tke various parts of the jelly or wallflower, and then giving a rapid but delightful study of plant lifa, laying special stress upon the fact that flowers seemed to him to have the power of attraction, either through the tints of its petals or its per- fanae, in erder that the species might be perpetu- ated. That this might be more successfully carried out, the pollen bearing insects, the lecturer mentioaed, usually kept to one species of flowers whenever practicable. Tite rare kind of redwurt that grows upon the cinder heap at tke back of the Port Tennant Chemical Works, aad the regrettable fact that people would persist hi robbing Three Cliffs Bay of the yellow draba, only found wild ia this locality, while any amount might be grown from a few pennyworth of seed, were amongst the interesting features that Mr. Jaekett mentioned ia regard to the local fiora.-The lecture terminated with the usual votes of thanks. Thursday Night's Cencsrt at the Albert Hall. As previously predicted the concert at the Albert Hall on Thursday evening was an en- joyable musical treat, though the audieaee waa not a particularly large one. The committee, however, responsible for the inception of the entertainment are by no means dissatisfied' as they content themselves with the pleasing know- ledge that the assemblage was not indicative of the net ifnancial result, and that after all said and doae they will be enabled to set apart a sum towards defraying the expenses that will be en- tailed in connection with the holding of the annual session of Good Templars in Swansea, in July next. A number ef tickets had been pur- chased, but the holders of them did not all put in an appearance, but those who did, however, showed in no unstinted mAnuer their approba- tion of the admirable programme which had been provided—a long and a strong one. The first part was opened with a grand and spirited coverture played on the organ by Mr. C. M. Bill, formerly organist of Holy Trinity Church, in this town, whose masterly manipulation of the splendid instrument evoked a loud outburst of applause. Mr. John Wray followed with a capital rendering of the old favourite "The village blacksmith," and the Swansea Ladies' Choir gave, with charming effect and harmony Bisnop's tuneful "Fairies song," and were the recipients of heart), applause. Miss M. A. Jones, thecoaduetress, however, refusing to respoad to repeated cries of "encore." Miss Ida Jones, who has long- ago installed herself a favourite in Swansea mu/iical circles, at enoe won the warmest praise of her hearers with her cultured repdition of Gaily shant the summer birds," after which Mr. Harry Bartlett's Mandeline Party with pleasing effect played the Darkies Patrol." Miss Rachel Bowen was most suc- cessful with her singing of Stephen Adams very pretty song Alone on the raft," and was com- pelled to respond to an enthusiastic encore. The Alexandra Glee Party aleo made an excellent impression with the part song Come away," Mr. J. James taking the tenor solo. Mr. Geo. Wilkins sang with feeling" My pretty Jane," and Miss Lillie Thomas, without whose service8 no loeal concert is complete, gave an artistic ren- derin g of the Star of Bethlehem," and was en- cored. Mr. Alf. Thomas appeared in the place of Mr. B. Howell, who was too indisposed to appear. It is needless to state that Mr. Thomas gave a good account of himself and ereated roars of laughter with his budget of comic songs. The second part of the programme was successfully gene through, a very pleasant feature being the banjo solo of Master Tom Humphreys. Alto- gether the concert was as bright and entertaining as one could desire, and the promoters are deserving of every praise for the highly safcw- I factory manner ia which the whole arrangements vwø carried out. I Burnin Fatality at Lianal 1 A little boy named Willie Richards, four years of age, son of Mr. Joseph Richards, Zola-row, Llanelly, waa so severely burnt through playing I with the fire on Thursday, that he died on Friday morning. I Iron Trade. The figures for pig iron never looked better, and prices are now lower than they have been for a long time. Take the following :—For three months ending March, 1896, stocks in- creased 45,000 tons; for three months ending March, 1897, stocks decreased 56,000 tons, making a difference of 100,000 tons. Ship- ments for three months ending March, 1896, 394,000 tons shipments for three months ending March, 1897, 448,000 tons, making a difference of 54,000 tons in favour of the first three months of this year.The prioe at the end of March. 1896, was 468.9id; at end of March 1897, 44s. 5-jd. The reduction of the Middlesbro' and Glasgow stores is 9,036 tons, and the shipments from the West Coast are about 19,000 tons. Watch Committee and Supt. Thomas. The members of the Swansea Watch Committee had opportunity on Tuesday, of expressing thcii satisfaction at Superintendent Thonws' discharge of his police duties, and they did it in a very gracious fashion. It has been felt, and rightly too, that Captain Colquhoun's second in com- mand ought to hold higher iank than a superin- tendent, and Aid. Leeder, at the suggestion of the Chief Constable, moved that in future, Mr. Thomas' rank be that of Deputy Chief Constable In this proposal the Committee acquiesced with unanimity-and thus gave Mr. Thomas a very graceful recognition of the fact that the confi- dence they expressed in him on his appointment had been amply justified. I Gas Citkma Exhibition and Lecture. A fairly large audience, consisting mainly of ladies, assembled at the Albert Minor Hall on Tuesday afternoon to hear a lecture, with ex- periments, given by Miss Helen Adden, M.C.A., on Gas Cooking." The lecture was of a very interegting character throughout, showing the advantages of gas for cooking purposes, baking, boiling, etc., the lecturer also proving the bene- fits accruing, by experiments with the different kinds of gas stoves for the purpose of making cakes, tarts and different kinds of pastry, which were afterwards handed round for inspection. fhere are also on view around the hall a large number of gas stoves, cooking ranges, bath heaters, coffee roasters, etc., made by Messrs. Fletcher, Russell, and Company, London, which can be inspected, and hired or purchased from the Swansea Gas Company. I Daath of Mrs. H. 0. Wills, (Mother of Mr. S. P. Wills.) At the venerable age of 82, Mrs. H. O. Wills (mother of our popular townsman, Mr. S. P. YV ills) departed this life at her resi- dence in Bristol this (Wednesday) morning. The deceased lady, who was notable as one oi the chief workers in the philanthropic works of Bristol, was mentally clear up to her last moments. In response to a telegram Mr. S. P. Wills went to Bristol on Tuesday, and was in time to see his mother. Mrs. Wills was the second wife of Mr. H. 0. Wills, the father of the present generation of famous tobacconists, whose benefactions have beem princely. The old lady was one of the last links of the old generation of the family, and paid occasional visits to Swansea and the Mum- bles on visits to her son. Swanssa Sailors Tempgrance Stciety. On Tuesday, in connection with the Swansea Sailors' Temperance Society, the usual meeting was held in the Sailors' Rest, when the budding was comfortably filled with an enthusiastic audi- ence. Mr. William Morrish, who is ever wel- come in the Sailors' Rest, presided, and delivered a sincere temperance address. The musical pro- gramme was supplied by Sketty friends, and was as follows Pianoforte solo, Miss Moilee; "The Longshoreman," Mr. D. Davies; glee, "We rocked away," the Sketty Glee Party; song, Mr. T. H. Spicer; recitation, Striking the rock," Mr. riilliam Morgan; chorus, Com- rades in arms," Mr. Perkins and party. Mr George Blundell, the Sketty Blacksmith, then delivered a most humourous address, introduc- ing a number of comical anecdotes, which caused roars of laughter. He concluded by invitiag non-abstainers to sign the pledge beiore leaving. After several other musical items were gone through, a very pleasant evening terminated by the singing of a hymn. Miss Danaccompamed in her usual efficient manner. Local Law Cas £ Mr. Justice Vaughan Williams and Mr. Jus- tice Wright, heard on Tuesday, in the Bank- ruptcy Division of the High Court of Justice, the matter of Raatz, ex-parte Carihian, and an- other being an appeal against a judgment of the Registrar in the Swansea County Court, dis- missing a creditor's petition, presented on No- vember, 23rd. It anpeared there had been a cieditors' meeting cn November 17th, at which a bankruptcy resolution was rejected, and one in favour of a deed of assignment adopted in its stead, Air. Baker being appointed trustee. Peti- tioners now sought to upset the judgment of the Registrar on the ground that they were not ac- quiesced in the arrangement of November 17th, and it was denied tha.t the persons who then pur- ported to represent Carlhain and Gometti, re- spectively, had any authority to act in a way to bind petitioners. The court upheld the appeal, and directed that a receiving order should be issued. Another appeal for the rescinding of a receiving order, made against the same debtor, stands over definitely, noth having been fully argued when the court rose. Swansta Public Library Committee. I The usual monthly meeting of the Swansea Public Library Committee was held on Tuesday evening. Mr. H. A. Chapman presided, and the other members present were Messrs. D. Harris, Rhys Edwards, J. W. Lloyd, J. Lewis, T. R. Richards, R. Thomas, J. Lee, J. Slridmore. J. Williams, J. Wignall, J. Griffiths, G. Daviea, James Jones, D. Sugrue, J. M. Mayne, F. Recke, Rev. W. Pkillipscm and the curator, Mr. Deffett Francis.-Tke Librarian (Mr. Thompson) called attention to the somewhat worn. state of the reading desks, suggesting that they should be polished, but the matter was deferred. It was decided to accept Master R. J. Gordoa as an apprentice to the librarian. A letter was read from Mr. J. W. Morris, caretaker of the Port Tennaitt branch, asking for an ine.reaseof salary. It was resolved to increase the amount from E4 lOa., to £6 10s., per annum. Mr. J. William call id atteation to the advisibility of improving the reading room at Port Tennant. This con- cluded the business. On Monday ereriag a presentation was made at Newport to Archdeacea and Mrs. Bruce in commemoration of their silver wedding. Snow fell in the outskirts of wansea 0Ji Thursday night, bat did not remain on the ground long. As a result of a fire at Ystrad, Riondda, on Sunday, two shops belonging to Mrs. Evans have been gutted. Mr. Frederic Sathers Talputt, collectcrofll.M. Customs at Cardiff, died at his residence at Pen- arth on Saturday afternoon. Deceased, who was 64 years of age, joined the Civil Service in 1853. A njan named Simon Egan, a donkeyman on board the steamer Sarmienio, fell down the aiter-hoM, a distance of 30 feet. He sustained injuries to his head and back, which necessi- tated his removal to the hospital, where he was detained. At the general examination for Queen's scholar- ships, to enable students to enter the Normal Training College for teachers, held in December last, Miss Ethel K. Amos, of the National Higher Grade School, succeeded in obtaining a pass in the first jlass. On Thursday evening, the first smoking concert of the Reval Hearts ef Oak Lodge was held at the Cambrian Tavern, James-street. Councillor and Bro. Braham Frtedman presiding, the vice-chair being filled by Mr. W. Tarr. Speceikes were made by Mr. J. H. JorAiss, Mr. W. Tarr, and Mr. Braiam Freedman. The remainder of the evening was spent in songs and recitations, the following taking part: Messrs. Holder, Lucas, Walton, Hall, Arthurs, Gabriel, Paske, Donaghue, Prater, J. Thome, R. Thorne, Vigors, Harris, Parker, and J. Williams. The proceed- ings were concluded by the singing of the National Anthem. During a heavy sea, and the wind suddenly shifting to east-oorth-east, the ketch Millicent, belonging to Tabb, of Padstow, from Newport to Padstow, with about 50 tons of coals, went ashore at three o'clock at Lundy Island, end became A total wreck. The crew of three hands, with Mr. Hoskin, the master, were rescued. Most of their belongings were lost. Master Da.vid John Lloyd, 5, Promenade, has been awarded the silver medal provided by the United Temperance Council tor the re- citations, "It was but a sip" and "Neil s Father," from the "Prize R-eciter." The com- petition took place OIl Thursday at the Eben- tzer Hall. Messrs. Williams, Foster and Co., and Pascoe Grenfell and Sons, Limited, of the Moria. and Middle Bank Copper Works, Swansea, have just dispatched from their latter works, an enormous copper pan-tho largest yet made. It measures 12ft. 4in. in diameter, is 3ft. 3in. in depth, and weighs considerably over 2 tons. A second pan of similiar dimensions is also being prepared at the same works. Both are for the order of a well-known firm of London Coppersmiths and Brewery Engineers, and are intended for the itrw boiling plant of a large Bermondsey htewety. The Secretary of the Swansea Hospital begs leave with best thanks to acknowledge the re- ceipt of the following contributions :—Employees Graigola Fuel Works, X I 1 10s., for three months ending March 31st; employees Melyn Tin Works, Neath, £ 10 10s. On Tuesday an inquest was held on the body of David Jones, who died in Cardiff jail. A verdict of death from natural causes was re- turned. Mr. Alfred Thomas, M.P., has intimated his intention of giving a treat and a medal to every school child in the East Glamorgan Parliamentary division, to commemorate the longest reign. The consecration of the new Bishop of St. David's (CsBon Owen) is to take place at West- minster Abbey on Saturday, May 1 (SS. Philip and James), the Archbishop of Canterbury officiating. In the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice on Tuesday, before Mr. Justice Keke- wich, leave was asked and obtained to serve notice of motion witk the writ in the action Rhondda and Swansea. Bay Railway Y. Talbot for Friday next. Mr. Jacob Studt, the famous outdoor amuse- ment caterer, has offered to give the taking-s of an entire week, from May 15 to 22, towards the building fund of the Newport new hospital. The kindly donation was graciously acknowledged at a meeting held in the mayor's parlour on Monday, his worship presiding. Mr. Morgan Hopkin is now firm in the con- victien titat the people of Swansea are abso- lutely indifferent to their best interests. He bad undertaken to deliver his celebrated lecture on "Manorial Rights" at the Liberal Club on Tuesday night, and only five people turned up. The delivery of the lecture was postponed. At the meeting of the open spaces Committee on Tuesday afternoon, a letter was read from the Earl of Jersey in regard to the proposed -ark at St. Thomas, stating that he would be in Swansea during Easter week, and would be pleased to con- fer with them on the subject. It was resolved that a deputation be appointed to wait upon eis Lordship. The infants of Danygraig Board School gave an excellent programme of songs, duets, choruses recitations, marches, and drills at Fabian's Bay schoolroom on Thursday evening before a crow- ded audience. Mr. H. Rowland Wakefield, science demonstrator to the Swansea School Board, presided. The audience were simply de- lighted with the whole progi-amme from the be- ginning to the end. and loudly applauded each little performer. The Rev. J. Matthews pro- posed 311 d Mr. Evan Thomas seconded, a cordial vote of thanks to Mr. Wakefield for presiding, to Miss Rees (school-mistress), to all the infants, and to Mr. Robert Yeo. who had sole charge of the entertainment. The vote was carried with applause, followed with a hearty rendering of the National anthem. We take it to be the aim of every artist who intends making a name for himself, to have the merits of his work recognised by his brother ar- tists who form the Hanging Committees at the best London exhibitions, This honour a as, we notice, been conferred on Mr. Charles Hannaiord by the Royal Society of British artists, who have accepted and hung in the exhibition opened last Monday in London, his picture entitled Soli- tude "-a picture, we believe, painted somewhere on the Gower coast. This information will cause art surprise to those critics and connoisseurs of art, who have already recognised Mr. Hannaford's spirited waters colours, those qualities which must sooner or later bring him to the front. On Monday night at the Temperance Hall a complimentary concert was given to Mr. Thomas Davies, conductor of Singleton Chapel Choir, who is about to leave Swansea for the Cape. 111" Worship the Mayor (Mr. H. Watkins) presided at the opening, but on aceount of another engage- ment had to leave early, his place being ably filled lDy Councillor Spring. The following ladies and gentlemen took part in the programme :—Mrs. Braham Freedman, Miss Rachael Thomas, Miss Bertha Spring, Miss Irene Bevan, Messrs. E. Rickard. Burton, E. S. Evans, and Alf. Thomas (comic). The accom- panists were Mr. J. Jones and Miss Maggie Jones. Much praise is due to Miss Bertha Spring and Mr. James Gibson for their untiring efforts to make the concert a success. With the purpose of assisting their leader, Mr. Jno. George, who has, together with the other Cwiiii'elm men, been unemployed; for a considerable time, the Imperial Male Voice farty gave what proved to be a highly suc- cessful and enjoyable concert at the Swansea Temperance Hail on Thursday night. There was a very large audience present, including Mrs. M. B. Williams and party, who showed great appreciation of the different numbers on the programme. Three glees were rendered by tiie party in a manner which evoked much applause, while songs were sung by the bene- Iksare, who was accorded, a very hearty re- ception, Misses Rachel 'Thomas and Sarah Thomas (cert. R.A.M.), and Mr. F. Robins. Mr. lid. Thomas played a couple of banjo solos, while Mr. W. H. Jones, the well-known elocutionist, gave clever recitations. Each effort was of excellent merit, and altogether thc concert was one whose results, financially and musically, must: have been highly grati- tying to the promoters. An inquest was held at the Smiths' Arms, New Duck, Lianeily, on Saturday morning, before Mr W. B. Roderick, coroner, respecting the death of GwLym Richards, aged 4 years, son of Joseph Richards, Doian-row, According to the evidence, the deceased was left in the kitchen, at breakfast, on Thursday morning, and during his mother's absence for a few minutes heclimbed on the fender, and his clothing oaught fire. The burns were very severe, and deceased died on the following morning.—The jury re- turned a verdict of accidental death.—The Cor- oner, commenting on the accident, stated that the inquest was one of a series which fell to his lot to hold every winter. He had continually urged parents to provide fire guards so as to prevent children getting too near the fire. The accidents were as frequent as eevr. In every case the children burnt were waring a night- shirt at the time of the accident. If thev had been properly clothed before coming do they would not he so liable to catch fire. A very pleasant gathering took place at Bruns- wick schoolroom on Wednesday last, for t'ne pose of making a presentation to Mr. D. Step- herd, of Walter-road, and Mount-street. Alter tea, Rev. Featherstone Kellett presided over a meeting which was attended by the trustees of the church and their wives, including Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd. The Chairman, in a sympathe- tic speech, alluded to the object of the gather- ing. Mr. Shepherd had acted in the capacity ol what is known in the Wesley an Church Govern- ment, as the Chapel Steward, a position which he occupied with credit to himself and the church from it s inception 23 years IIorro. In addition to this, he had filled every office open to a layman, and by his gentlemanly bearing and continued watchfulness, had secured for the Brunswick Church many an adherent, some of whom had become useful workers. In consequence of sick ness and family bereavement, he had temporarily left Swansea, and did not now feel equal to the task of continuing the office of Chapel Steward The Trustees, however, felt that they could not allow him to retire without showing, in some tangible manner, their appreciation of his valued service. The Chairman then presented Mr. Shepherd., on behalf of the Trustees, with a chaste and beautiful silver epergne. SeveraJ of the Trustees, including Dr. Rawlings, Messrs. J. Richards, Morrish, Qcick, Roberts, Lean, Ijetcher, and others bore testimony to Sir. Shep- herd's faithful and diligent services. Ms. Shep- herd feelingly responded, and thanked the Trustees for their beautiful and unexpected pre- sent. He felt he was not deserving of all the good things that had been said of him, as he had merely done his duty. He had tried to interest himself in all movements for the advancement of Christ's kingdom and Brunswick Church, and he was glad to think that at the moment, the prospects of the church were most hopeful, every department in good working order, and they had every reason to look for a good blessing. lie would value the present given him, and again thanked the friends for the many kindnesses shown him and his wife, especially during their bereavement. He expressed a wish. soon to be well enough to be back amongst them to help in all the good work they were engaged in.
This Bill was yesterday before Lord Marley's Committee of the House of Lords as an unopposed measure. It empowers the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Company to make a substitute railway in the parish of Coity, county Glamorgan, forming a junction with the Great Railway. It also revive! powers and extended the line for the construction of the railway authorised by an Act cl 1889. and to abandon portions of railway authorised by the Act of 1895, and to raise capital of £ 48,000 by shares and £ 16,000 by loan. The preamble having been formally proved, the Bill was allowed to proceed At the Cardiff Police Court on Friday, Frank Partridge was fined £10 and costs for keeping a house of ill-fame. We are pleaFed to announce the success of Master Francis 'O' Hanlon, a scholar in the Swan- sea Higher Gi-ade School (boys' department) who succeed e<l in being placed No. 31 (out of 500 candidates) in the Civil Service exami- nation for the. post of copyist. The subjects were:—Advanced and elementary arithmetic, tots, orthography, handwriting, copying (illegible M.S.), geogra} )hy and essay writing. There were 150 appointments made, and so Master O'Hanlon easily got within the list of successful candidates. His success/throws not only eredit upon the now admirablyequipped school in Dynevor-place, but upon the j^oainstaking care bestowed by Mr. S. Roberta B.A (the head-master), and staff. Twauty t uousand troops are to 4w engaged in the Eas tar 1
Mary Fisher, an aged woman whose grey hairs might have ensured her safety, and whose poverty would, amongst a populatidfo of savages, have secured sympathy for Her, was, on Friday night the victim of an outrage which must make men wonder why the beasts who committed it are permitted to walk the earth. She is an eld woman of nearly seventy years of age, depend- ent for the bread she mts upon the compassion of the charitable, and relying for her nightly shelter upon the co:d comfort of the workhouse. She was at Neath on Friday, and, desiring to get to Swansea to spend the night in the casual ward, took to the read. She was wearily tramp- ing her way along the Landore-road when she was accosted by three "men," who made some indecent overtures to her. She passed on, and then the fellows set upon her and attempted to outrage her. She resisted with the little power possessed by a weak old woman, and in the struggle the blackguards beat her and kicked her in a cruel fashion. They blackened one of her eyes, knocked out two of her teeth, bruised her face, and generally abused her in a fearful fashion. Their most cruel purpose they were. however, unable to effect. Tbewomangerearne-d loudly, and- fearing the approach of someone who would have secured for them their deserts, they levanted, leaving her exhausted and half dead. The poor old dame managed to crawl to the out- house of one of the neighbouring houses, and there—experiencing the bitter cold of a tempes- tuous night—she remained until this morning, when she was found in a pitiable plight by the oocupant of the house. Information was given to the police, and Fisher was takFn to the work- house, where her condition naturally necessitates the attention of Dr. Howel Thomas. The police are diligently seeking the arrest of the perpe- trators (r the dastardly outrage, and everyoue must" them success in their search.
DROWNED IN THE NORTH DOCK. Swansea Unfortunate Loses Her Life Under Singular Circumstances. A Saiixir Arrested, but Subsequently I Discharged. Julia Sullivan, known to the police as a young woman of easy virtue, lost her her life on Satur- day night under circumstances of a strange ard paicful character. She was drowned in the North Dock shortly before midnight, and a statement subsequently made to the police by a youth named John Evans gave rise to the suspicionth.it she had been the victim of foul play, and led to tho arrest- of a seaman named Cross, of wLjse complicity in the poor girl's death, the police are, however, by no means satisfied. The fact-, of the ease. as reported by the police are that at 1L45 on Saturday night, P. S. Williams and P. C. Cross were called from the Strand to the wharf at Messrs. Vivians' patent fuel works at the Strand, where they saw the body of Sullivan, which had just been taken out of the water by three sailors named William Pearson Jolly, of tl»e schooner Louie Bell, John Morgan, of thc- schooner Oliver, and Richard Hyde, also of the Oliver. These men were seeking to restore an- imation, but their efforts were unavailing, and when Dr. Forsyth, whom the police promptly summoned, came to the spot, he pronounced We extinct, and ordered the removal of the body. THE STATEMENT OF A COMPANION. Investigating the causes which led to the poor woman being drowned, the police received a statement from Elizabeth Standing, a companion of the deceased. Standing said that Sullivan and she had been walking the street that nigh;, when they met Frederick Cross, a seaman on the schooner Ottawa, who promised to give her 7,1 to go on board the ship with him. She ex. pressed her willingness, but wanted Sullivan to come with her, and this being agreed to, they started for the boat, which lay alongside of Vivians' wharf. This wharf, it should be ex- plained, forms one of the most peculiarly con- structed lengths of quay on the dock .^ide. Over- lapping the quay there is a. wooden platform, %t the end of which are large piles with large spaces between them. Standing says that she stepped on one of these piles and got on board the vessel, that Cross stepped after her, and that Sullivan was following. Suddenly she heard a splash, and turning round she exclaimed Good God, Julia, is that you?" Getting no answer, it was concluded that the poor woman must have in the dark missed her footing, and stepped through one of the open s paces into the water. At once efforts were made to save her, but when she was brought ashore, life was extinct. A SERIOUS ALLEGATION. For some time it was thought that Standing and Cross were the only witnesses, but shortly afterwarls a youth named John Evans went to the police station and alleged that there had been seme foul play. He is a youth, who as recently as Wednesday last, gave evidence at the quarter semons of a robbery late at night with violence by an unfortunate. He explained that he was near the scene watching the barque, and he saw the two women and Cross together. Standing, who was drunk, agreed to go on board, and did g,bt over the bulwarks, but Sullivan, after first unsuccessfully trying to dissude her, finally re- fused to go on board herself. She stood for som,- time on the platform with her hands on the bul- warks begging Standing to come ashore. Even- tually, he says, he heard Cross say Are you ermineAre you coming?" She still refused whereupon, according to Evans' statement, the man struck her on the knuckles. Thereupon she fell into the dock. After inquiry, the poJ'ce came to the conclusion that there was not 5Ufh" ciwt evidence agamst Cross, and he was allowed tt. go. THE ALLEGED FOUL PLAY. The youth Evans, who is employed at the Graigola Fuel W<.rks, makes an extraordinary sKiteiiwrrt regarding the affair, though, it may as well be saio. at the outset that the police attach no importance to the lad's story. In fact, in Guildhall quarters it is said that conclusive evi- dence will be forthcoming at the inquest to prove that the woman accidentaly fell into the dock. However, Evans volunteered this statement- to a Leader reporter I am," he said, the chief witness in that case. "What m-Re?" In the drowning case," he replied. Oh, you are the youth who say he saw the woman struck on the wrist?" Yes, but it was not on the wrist; it was on the arm, like this." Here Evans suited the action po the word, and struck his own arm just below the elbow. I then saw the woman go down," he continued, "a.nd I ran up, taking off my coat for the purpose of lowering myself down by the vessel and trying to get the woman out. The man who struck the woman, however, put his hand in his pocket, and, taking out a clasp knife, said If you interfe.2i I'll stab you,' and of course, the woman was drowned." That is an extraordinary story; but how did it begin f The woman was standing on the quay, and the man wanted her to go on board. The other woman was already there, but she refused, and then the blow was struck." Fla-ve you told the police all this?" Yes. and they said they would let me know whether I should be wanted at the inquest, but I have not been told yet." THE INQUEST ON THE I BODY, The inquest on the body of Julia Sullivan. who was drowned in the North Dock under unusual circumstances, was opened at the Tunnel Hotel. Bath-lane, on Monday dfternoon, before Mr. Edward Strick, district coroner. Mr. J. W. Enwright was chosen foreman of the jury. Dennis Sullivan, a brother, was the first wit- ness called. He said he lived at Marsden-street, Waun W&n, and was a copperman at the Hafod Mills. The body the jury had viewed was that of his sister, who was 20 year3 of age last No- vember. He last saw her alive on Saturday morning. She then slept at his house for the night. She usaally lodged with a Mrs. Harris in Well-street, their mother, who was a widow, being in the workhouse. His sister followed no occupation. Except, from what he had heard, he had no means of knowing how she came by her death. Elizabeth Standing, wife of Richard Standing, living at 13, Well-street, deposed that her hus- band, who was a carpenter and joiner, had not lived with her for the past six years. She knew the deceased who lodged with her, and on Fri- day night they both slept at her brother's house in Marsden-street. They wore both drunk and on the following day they were drinking again. u We were in the habit" added the wit- ness without a blush, of getting drunk when wo could get it." (Laughter.) "I suppose you thought. it a. great merit to get drunk," suggested the coroner, but witness made no reply, and Mr. Strick added "Well, never mind, go on." Wit- ness continuing, said that on Saturday morning they met a woman named Esther Davies coming out of prison, and all three went to the Stout House atad got drunk, until the afternoon, when witness and Julia returned to Well-street to sleep- When witness woke, it was dark and Julia was up before me said the witness because she had scma food ready." They had a pork chop and" witness continued, "Julia was very peculiar. There is one thing I don't like to do she said. I said What is it Julia?" I cannot bear she said, to wash and curl my hair." She had been talking peculiarly like this for two days. I said Fetch the water. She did so and we washed and walked out together. And she talked very funny all that night." Asked what they did when Out for a walk?** witness said We stayed at the corners of the streets waiting to be obliged with a drink or anything else." They visited the Troubadour Inn, Cardiff Aams, and other pub- lic-houses, witness remarking "As soon as we had any money-J nlia and me—we would go and spend it." In the course of the Saturday night, they accosted a sailor who took them on board a vessel at the North Dock. How long were you on board?" asked the coroner. NA, e hadn't time to be there long said the witness. I was on the deck and the young man with me when I heard somebody fall in the water. i turned round and said "My God, Julia, are vou drowned." She could not see the deceased then, and asked the young man to save her. He pulled off his coat and vest and said Here go on board." He was very drunk but he tried all he could to save her. She afterwards went to the High-street police stption but the door was shut in her face, there being a crowd around there as if somebody was being locked up. She then ran to Goat-street and the body was subsequently recovered. "J ulj, and me was always companions," witness ex- claimed, several times, and in replv to the fore- man of the jury. said Julia didn t have a chance of going aboard as die fell in the water after the young man and me had go ton deck." Frederick Cross, the young man referred to by the last witness, said be was a native of Runcorn, and up till that day was one of the crew of ihe schooner Ottawa. He was drunk on Saturday night, and did not remember meeting the last witness and the deceased, but he recollected going towards his old vessel with them. He went on board first and Standing followed. He then heard a splash, but did not know the cause of it until the woman on board shouted out My God, Julia are you drowned?" The coroner wondered how Standing could have got on board? "I don't krow said the witness how I got aboard mjselx, let alone anybody else." When he heard ths woman shout, he at once took his coat and vest off and went down on to a pile to see if he could see her. He was so drunk that he could do very little, for if he had jumped into the riock I be might have been drowned himself. If I had i been sober said the witness it might have been different." However, he shouted to the cook fur a light and the body was afterwards recovered under the bow of the vessel. She fell amidships. Shfl was then alive, so he had since been told, end efforts were made for about twenty minutes to bring her round. William Pearson Jolly, belonging to Preston and seaman on board the Louie Belle, lying at the Nort h Dock, alongside the Ottawa, was next I1M, and he s?id that between eleven and twelve r,Ioek on Satnrday night, he was on the deck cf hi-ovewl when he heard a woman scream. He and other two men went ashore, and they were told that a young girl had dropped into the wö.ier." He told the last witness (Cross ) to get a light. Crops was intoxicated but he managed to get the light and witness found the body of tie deceased. The (Htawa would be about tbrea fees from the side of the quay at this time. When the body was lifted on the quay deceased seemed to be breathing, and several men rubbed her to keep the body warm for about twenty minutes. The doctor then came and said it was Too late. P. C. (8) Williams stated that when Standing came to the High-street rrtation sho shouted "Julia Sullivan is in the North Dock," and rpn away. He, in company with P. C. (71) Smith proceeded to the North Dock with an ambulance and there saw the body on the quay. He sent for Dr. Forsyth, who came in a few minutes after- wards and pronounced life to be cxtinct. John Evans, living at No. 11, Bridge-street, who gives.a rather sensational account of the affair was next called, and he raid that he was at the North Dock just before midnight on Sat- urday. He was watching on the deck of the Coumore. He saw two women and a man pass along and shortly afterwards he heard a scream. He went on shore, and he saw the man go on board and one of the women followed. The deceased then went to put her foot on the bul- warks of the ship. She then called out to the other woman to Come Home." The man then took hold of her hands to lift her up, but he let hr go and she fell into the water. He then tock off his coat and waiscoat, but he did not try to get her out. Mr. Wignall, one of the jury, questioned whether witness could see what he deposed to, in view of the distance between the Canmore and the Ottawa. He said he could. Witness further said that he heard the scream before he saw any-. thing. 1Í jury threw considerable discredit upon witness' story, and seaman Cross explained to the coroner He reported yesterday I used a knife. I know what you want Cross added to the witness "you want a shilling." The Coroner: Never mind that. Cross: He also said the other woman threw her in, and then he said I did it. The Foreman (to Evans): Then your are a liar, my son The woman standing chimed in with an obser- vation that witness gave evidence against some- body at the last quarter sessions. The coroner asked the jury whether they de- sired to ask the witness any questions. Several jurors: No, sir; it is not worth while. No reliance can be placed upon what he says at all. Dr. R. Forsyth said he found no marks of vio- lence upon the body of the deceased who showed all the appearances of having been drowned. This was all the evidence, and the coroner summing up observed one could not help remark- ing upon the open manner in which women like Standing got drunk, looking upon it as a part of their daily occupation. The effect of it must be serious in any evidence they might give, though, it was said, that sometimes the true story was often told in this way. He believed the deceased accidentally fell into the water, for, as to Evans' evidence, he did not think much reliance should be placed upon it, though, even if it were true, it did not alter the case very much, because he was only there after the de- ceased had fallen into the water. The jury without hesitation returned a verdict of Accidentally drowned."
TKINITY CHAPEL LITERARY SOCIETY. Annual Tea and Cempeiitive Meeting. An exceedingly enjoyable affair is the annual tea and literai-y anti musical competitive meet- ing in connection with Trinity Chapel Literary and Debating Society, which has been held annually for the last 15 years as a sort of winding-up function of the winter session. This year's event was celebrated at tlmt commodious building the Shaftesbury Hall, which had been prettily decorated for the occasion. Superin- tending the tables, where limitless supplies of "the cup that cheers" were imbibed, were the following Aafties Mrs. W. E. Prytherch, Mrs. Morgan Jenkins, Mrs. Ben Jones, Mrs. Williams (Russell-street), Mrs. Thomas (Hen- rietta-street), Mrs. CkAirge, Mrs. Pritchard, and Mrs. Rowlands (Moatpelier-temioe. Tea was on the tables from three till six o'clock d'uring which time about 500 partook of the good things that had been provided. At seven o clock a literary and musical competitive meeting was held in the upper chamber of the building, under the presidency of the Rev. W. E. Prvtherah (president of the society), where an array of excellent artistes took part in REV. W. E. PRYTHERCH (Pr).. (Photo by Thomas E. Price, Br?mymor-rm&) ? every competition. The hall was just filled to an extent which made it appear comlortable. below is the programme which wa.s gone through, and also the names of the successful compet.itors U nawd contralto, Flee as bird," Miss M.8.rgaret Price am yr wyth pennill, wyth llinell, goreu, er cof am y diweddar Mr. William Jenkins, Mr. Lloyd Morgan; am y pedwar penill goreu ar Dylodi," Mr. Hugh Hughes unawd tenor, Y bwthjn bach to gwellt,' Mr. D. G. Morgan am y byr goffa goreu o'r rhai a hnnasant o Eglwys y Trinity yn 1895, Mr. W. S. Morgan am y-r englyu goreu ir "Lleuad," Mr. D. Davies; dadl byrfvfyr, Mr. D. Davies and Mr. W. Morgan; traethawd, Natur gwir addoliad," Mr. Jas. Davies; unawd soprano, Y fam aibaban," Mrs. H. D. Wiliiams; ysg- rifeiiu ar v pryd, Miss Mary Roberts traetbawd, Hanes Samson," Mr. Llewelyn Evans; unawd base, Ma6 dyn yn ddyn er hynny," Mr. J. Jones; traethawcl gan ferched, Hanes Deborah," Miss Margaret Price eyfieithn o'r Cymraeg i'r Saesneg, Mr. W. Harrise parti, o 12 i 16 mewii nifer, Gwynia," Cymry Fydd Party. The "lion" event of the evening was not un- naturally the party competition. Two choirs competed, the Imperial Party and the Cymru Fyad, Mr. J. Matthews and Air. Ben Davies wielding the bartons respectively. The Cymru Fydd Party, with their leader, rendered this song in a manner which only one word will de.scrit),magaitice,ntdy, with strict, but not mechanical, observance of light and shade, and an almost perfect enunciation, and were, of course, deserving of the prize which was awarded them, together with a silver baton, given by Mr. W. S. Morgan, Brynymor-road. ihe adjudicator of the music was Mr. J. YVil- iiams Cwmbwrla, end that of the literature the kev. D. Thorne Evans, Swansea. This year's session has been & great suooess—a cir- cumstance mainly duo to the indefatigable services of Mr. E. T. Davies, the hon. secretary, and for his kind and good work in connection with the society he received a hearty vote of thanks, after which an enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
THE NEW EDUCATIONAL PROPOSALS. How Swansea Stands to Benefit by the I Necessitous Beards Bill. A Prospective Increased Grant of £ 3,000 Per Annum. Mr. A. W. Halden, the clerk to the Swansea School Board, was good enough to explain to a Leader" representative on Tuesday morning the effect which the new educational proposals of the Government are likely to have upon the finances of the Swansea School Board. U ndpl" the Bill which was withdrawn last year, it will be remembered, Swansea stood to benefit to the extent of about Y,2,500 a year, and Mr. Halden opines that this benefit is likely to be maintained if not improved by the new Bill. Hitherto the Educational Department has, under the Hill of 1870, given Swansea a supplementary grant of an amount representing the difference between the yield of a 3d. rate, and the grant of 7s. 6d. per head on all the children educated. Last lyear the 3d. rate in the Swansea Board's District represedtecl 1;4,111, and the 7s. 6d. grant, .£4,680, so that the Board re- ceived X,568 1 bs. 6d. By the provitiions of the Bill introduced by Sir John Gorst on Monday night, a town in the position of Swansea will re- ceive the diff erence, not between a 3d. rate and a 7s. 6d, but between a 3d. rate and a grant of log. lOd. or lis. 2d. Roughly the operation of this clause would have the effect of securing for Swansea a sum between X,2,600 and. £ 3,000, equal to at least a 2d. rate on the assessment of the School Board District. An Amemdment of the Act of 1870 I Proposed. The House of Commons on Monday having gone into committee for tho purpose of consider- ing a proposal for an increased grant to necessi- tous school board districts, Sir J. Gorst moved a resolution enabling the Government to bring in a bill to amend the 97th section of the Elementary Education Act of 1870. The right hon. gentle- man explained the intentions of the Government, which were that the necessities of a school board district should be measured by the amount of the rate it was necessary to levy. The average rate was ninepence in the pound, but there were 769 school boards in which the rate was &.bove that sum, and of these 555 would get relief under the sliding scale. There were 369 which had rates of more than a shilling, and of those 324 would receive relief. The total sum to be distributed was estimated at X153,895 but as the annual grants under Section 97 amounted to S,43,283, the extra amount distributed by the bill would be £ 110,612. Mr. Ackland expressed the opinion that this sum would be insufifcient, and that the majority of the school boards would not accept the measure as a just or final settlement. This view was also taken by Sir H. Fowler and other members of the opposition. In the end the resolution was agreed to without a division.
"THE ROAD TO FORTUNE." A Stirring Drama at the Swansea New I Theatre. The reception accorded to the stirrmpr drama I known as the Road to Fortune was of such a hearty character that its success with us this week is well assured. There is small wonder at this, for the play is one of the best constructed military dramas 'now occupying the boards. Many soldier plays fill up with raving and rant under the idea that sceeching is powerful patriot- ism that will appeal to the audience but here, with the exception of a few incidental interludes, the play is kept to the story it is intended to pourtray. There is no need to sketch the plot in detail, but a brief outline of it will not be out of placa. A London mer- chant named Barnard has a ward, with wb0l'\l.1 his two clerks, Chanter and OHn- ton, are in love, and the latter is loved in return. Charlie is a scoundrel who is engaged in robbing his employer, and even- tually resorts to burglary, killing his employer, and endeavouring to fasten the blame on Clinton, but. fortunately. the latter is cleared. Then the scene si.ifts to the army, where Chanter is a sorgeant and Clinton a trooper, and with the transference- of the scene to Egypt Chanter deserts and turns spy. Here there are plenty of exciting incidents, and some very dramatic situations, and Ginton is supposed to be II numbered with the dead. After this Clinton's I wife—Edith Beezeley—having married him, 39 b ducted by Chanter, and is about to be forced into a mock marriage with him, when she is rescued in a most dramatic fashion; and it ends even more dramatically. The foregoing will show that there is plenty of scope afforded the actors and dresses, and they all do well with their respective parts. Mr. Ernest Imeson makes a capital manly Clin- ton, while Mr. Brooke appears as an admirable Chanter. Capital foils for the heavy parts are found in the comic acting of Mr. Martin Wright, as Timothy Trot, and Miss Lily White, as Jerry Weaeley. The rest of the characters are all well sustained, and the piece is capitally supported. A noticeable feature is the augmentation of the orchestra, and the capital cornet solo that are I presented to the audience.
TABLEAUX VIVANTS AT I THE EMPIRE. Whether with in^^u or not, Mr. Stoll, in the arrangement of the Swansea Empire pro- grammes for the past and present weeks, has worked out a very good idea. Last week was one of comedy, this is one in which high-class vocalism is pre-eminent, a very good contrast an i variety thus being offered. Among the singers, Mr. Albert Christian, who deserted the operatic stage, on which he was a shining light, for the music hall, takes the first place among the voco- lists. He was given a splendid reception on Mon- day night upon appearing to sing Queen of the earth,' the applause being loudly renewed at the ear ? t at L btiful .,?, d ing f tht conclusion of his beautiful rendering of that charming old song. In reply to the encore call, Mr. Christian gave The soldiers of the Queen, a song in whi.-h he displayed something of his histrionic ability, and in which his voice sounCled to the greatest advantage. Fatiier o'Flynn was his third contribution. The Welsh Glee Quartet also pay a revisit, and they ware more favourably received than ever. The soldiers' chorus," from Gounod's "Faust" was a mag- uiSciant rendition, and when the last notes J.l /1 died away, there was a perfect roar of bravos and encores. As if regretful of having given the soldiers all the praise, the party sang The sol- diers' chorus in Welsh, as written by Dr. Parry, and afterwards in English. Another Glee was demanded, and after some demur, the four singers complied. They could nave gone on all night and the audience would not have complained. They declined to come out a fourth time., not- withstanding the clamorous cries of the audi- ence. Another of the vocalists is Miss Kate Cohen, who, in the sweetest of soprano voioes, sang Dear heart," and The holy city." Lottie Collard, after a ditty written in tie lighter vein, gave "There's an old fashioned cottage," which. since s he first sang it, has become a great favour- ite among the boys, who >n Monday evening, took up the refrain with a will. On its conclu- sion Miss Collard went through an exceedingly clever dance. Frank Coyne came in with a chnnk of comely just as a relief, bis Getvmg larger being immensely funny. The Harrison s wcr,1 hugely enjoyed in their duets and dances. Their first contribution, one of the plan,Aliti" order, was particularly good. If the audience of Monday were asked what turn 71ve them the most enjoyment they would, without d i.il t, answer with unanimity" The tableaux vivants. And this decision could not ) e quar- relled with by the most captious of crtcs. 'I he series of pictures represented were Minp'.y delight- ful, and the effect they had upon the oulwi'ti was greatly enhanced by the vocal accomuaai- ment by the Welsh singers. Space will not per- mit of a description of each picture, but we can- nob pass by without a mention of a few of the best The first, not so much from its brilliant colouring, as from its simplicity, and the easy pose of the only figure in it, was excellent. it was called Meditation," and represented a. fully robed nun, who stood in the convent doorway, reetardinLT with pensive face and figur- the billing and cooing of two love birds in a tree overhead. Another good tableaux is that entitled W ant to see the wheels go round." In tllis a rrttly-herwlei little lass,e is p-riig with ciiiid-i-Ii curiosity into the workings of a large hall clock. Ihe iabb picture is also worthy of mention; this is Last words--Tyne-side, and depicts a farewed scene between a widowed mother, and her young sailor son on the quay.
THE ALLEGED PERJURY CASE. An Old Charge once again Resuscitatsd lit the Swansea Police CourL The Prosecutor does nor Appear snd tirt Case is at once Dismissed. Once again at the Swansea Police Court M Tuesday the alleged perjury case came up. S wid be recollected thar, about two months a* an application was madte to the Swansea, magia trates, Mrs. Sarah Jenkins, Treboeth, 1-4 charged with having committed wilful p before iiis Honour Judge Gwilvm YVillioms, • £ Jan. z7th, in a county court case. When W* case hist exime befcire the borough magistral^, the Stipendiary decided to adjourn the case, Nay lor, who represented the defendant, po^Bt> ing out that a new trial on the matter in wli £ || the perj ury was alleged was then pending in m county court. Since then Judge Williams disposed of the second trial, and one or applications on the matter have followed in till police court. When on this occasion the case of Thomas,* Jenkins was called, Mr. Naylor rose and plained the facts of the case, stating that Honour, in the second trial, gave a verdict )« the defendant, thus expressly rejecting the <3t? gation of perjury. He understood that the ￼ sccutor, who did not appear, had exp s cited that he did net intend to appear to ptM? the matter. He (Mr. Naylor) had appeared B this matter no fewer than four times, and ￼ therdore, asked their worships to &zudqs case, and to say that his client left withouk A stain on her character. He also asked that cmft with solicitor's costs, should be given. The Stipendiary said that as no proseewfcg appeared the cage wou?d be dismissed. -? tbf was a charge of perjury on summons he did NW think that they could allow costs, but if tlfligl was a good case it must be mentioned agaiu B if were thought well. THE PROSECUTOR'S SOLICITOR APPI2MI AGAIN. Later, Mr. Hawkes, who bas repre--en" Thomas ?1 the time, appeared in court. R' he said that he had only just learned from iK N'I>°rUrs that the B?nch had dealt with M<? case. He was sorry that he had be?n abstai for he had been instructed ta ask for an <y joumment, as his client was very seriously He understood that Mr. Naylor bad infon the Bench that Thomas had made it clear 'i?j? he did not intend to pursue the matter furtia? This was not true. The Stipendiary: You can make an applfce* tian for a fresh summons. Mr. Hawkes Thf,-Tv, is, your worships remember, an application pending for a oW summons to be issued at a Ch date. Mr. Jenkin Jones Have you the mterpretot her.?? The Stipendiary Yes, it was adjourned belo|«f because you said it was necessary to have an » terpreter hens. Mr. Hawkes: No, I have not brought Chi internreter here, because 1 came to make sm application for an adjournment, and the inter- preter would be no use without the prosecotar, who is too ill to' attend. The Stipendiary You can renew yoar app*- cation for a frash Kiimmons. Mr. Hawkes Thank you, sir; I will aa a.< the prosecutor is ab'e to attend the court the matter, as his presence will be necessary w the application.
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— 11 SWANSEA SCHOOL BOA SCHOLARSHIPS. Results of the Examinations heJd at Ghrrstmas- Time. The following is a list of the successful < dates who sat in the examination at the Dj school, and the Training College, last C mas-time, for Swansea U. D. School) Scholarsni ps MALES.—First Class 42 William J. Williams, Bcyniii-frv& 195 Thomas F. Nash, lerrace-roM. 294 Edward Phillips, Llangyfelaciu 464 William Llewellyn, Brynhyiryd. Second Class: 602 David W. Rees, CVm. 606 G. Laddicott, PentrepotIL 1027 Joseph John, Morriston. 1114 Wiliiam J. Jones, Cadle. 1258 D. J. Lewis. (ex-P.T.), Liang" 1518 William J. Bowen Plasmar1 Third Class: 1425 William Mitchell, Waun 1 1547 Ernest Schieswick, St. Rf FEMALES—First 567 Emily Hemming, St. Hf 868 Maude Mitchell, St. H 1319 Susanah Walters, Dar 1875 Mary J. Evans, Bi^ Second C 2511 Fice Hart, R it- 3C76 Annie Taylor, Bry oo5d Edith Ci.'ng, T Rl Ethel M. jeu-ins, 3569 Margaret Roberts, Third C 4362 Catherine Padden, 1 4)85 Eva Williams, Tern 4499 Florence A. Jones, A 5686 Edith A. Harris, Cv 5146 Annie Morris, Pent 5373 Winifred M. Bower. 5460 Catherine Palmer,
In the principal ynobt race at the internationi 1 regatta at Nice, on Saturday, the Ailsa beat tho Britannia by 6mius. 14secs. A court martial was held on Tuesday at Sheer- ness to investigate a charge against J aIDes Thom- son, stoker of H.M. Pembroke, of unlawfully striking a first-class petty officer, in the execu- tion of his duty. The offence was committed on board the Pembroke, at Chatham. The prisoner offered no defence. "dis certificate showed his character was bad. The court sentenced him to be dismissed the service, and to undergo eighteen months' imprisonment, with hard labour. Mr. 0. H. Jones, the clerk of the court (Mr. I Allen), and the Under-Sheriff made several com- plaints about the heating of the second court. It was bitterly cold there, and frequent requests were sent ? Q. hall k-eew "stir the we UF, ,?
RAILWAY DKVELOPMENT OF WALES. Thrsirah Route Proposals Rejected. The Select Committee of the House of Lord considering t)ofe North Pembrokeshire Fishguard Railway Bill arrived at a. decisio: after considerable deliberation in ] rivote, < X hursday evening. Provision was made I the measure for a line sixty miles in lengt passing through the centre of South WaJ. trom Swansea and Cardiff to Fishguard Hi bour, where it was hitended to put on a. se vice of Irish boats to Rossnair, County W-t- ford. The effect of this decision is that the m* proposal of the Bill for extension of lii through South Wales to Fishguard, formi a through route to Ireland, is rejected, and that the promoters g-it is a short length of Is between Lettersion Station and a point elt to Boag Staticiu Mr. Balfour Browne, Q.C., for the p motors, said Lis clients accepted the Bill w the limitations their lordships had impot; At that hour, and without consideration, could not deal with the clauses which wo nave to be altered and remodelled.. TI should, howevtr, be ready by the morning The Committee then adjourned. Among the witnesses called for the oj nerds of the Bill were Mr. Ilorgan" De-s engineer and mining agent, Swansea; ulasbrook, colliery proprietor, Swansea; VVUoani Thomaa. LE." Mr. Hurman, dltf; and Air. Wilkinson, manager of U-eat Western Railway company
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