P. E, GANE, House Furnisher, 161 & 162, Commercial Street, NEWPORT, For Inexpensivef Reliable FURNITURE. All Goods Marked In Plain Figures .For Cash Payment, < And Delivered Free. GAVE, Furniture Colosseum* NEWPORT. -r -g A-A 1. JOHN H. RENNIE, BY EXAM. AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, & VALUER, AND LAND AGENT. &c., Office and Salerooms:- 6 & ll, SKINNER-STREET, NEWPORT. Newport Cattle Market Ev-ry Wednesday, and TJskCat'le Market 1st and 3rd Monday in Each M uth. Sale Fixtures. 1902. Nov. ll-Valnable Live and Dead Farm Stock, Produce, and Effec's, at Porton Fishery, G>Mcliffe, for the Repre- sentatives "f the late J. W. Cullimore. 12-Fat and Store Stock, Newport Cattle I Market. 17-Fat and Store Stock, Ut-k Cattle Market. 19—Fat ani Store Stock, Newport Cattle Maiket. 19—Cart and Nag Horses, Trolleys, Carts, Harness, &c, at Clarence Place Repository, Newport, for Messrs E. A. Hammond, Limited. —Leasehold Dwelling House and Garden, at Llangattock-Juxta, Caerleon, on an early date. -50 Acres Coppice, and 45 Oak Timber Tree, on Great Dinhatn Estate, near Chepstow, at the Coach and Horses, Caerwent, for Mr C. Burroughs, on an early date. —Sto e Cattle and about 200 tons of Clover, at tne Coach aid Horse a, Caerwent, during the mouth of November. —Meadow Hay, Tredegar Arms H,)tel, Newport, latter end of November. Full particulars may be had from the Auctioneer, and will be duly advertised at leugth. 7-J Sales by Auction. By Mr. W. H. PITT EN. The Old Prepcoed Farm, Llan- baddoc, near Usk. SALE OF Live and Dead Farming Stock. MR W. H. PITTEN is instructed by MRS ELIZABETH H. LEWIS, to SELL BY PUBLIC AUCTION, ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 1902, as follows:- 1 CHESTNUT HOR'4E, I MARE. 1 COLT, 2 small PIGS, POULTRY; Rick of Hay, Oats in Straw, quantity of Swedes and Mangolds IMPLEMENTS.—Wagon, cart, spring cart, trap, chain harrows, scuffler, chaff machine, Howard plough, set of cart harness, set of trap ditto, tools, wheelbarrow, and sundry other lots. The whole to be cleared off the Farm at once. Sale to commence at 1 o'clock. Auctioneer's Offices- Club Chambers, Pontypool. r By Messrs MARFELL & POOLE. Beech Hill, Farm, Half-mile from Usk. SALE OF LIVE AND DEAD FARMING STOCK. MESSRS. MARFELL AND POOLE ARE favoured with instructions from Ma. JOHN JONES, who is leaving, to SELL BY AUCTION on the Premises as above, ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 1902 (Usk Market Day), his Life and Dead Farming Stock COMPRISING: 8 DAIRY CATTLE, viz., 3 cows in calf, 1 heifer in calf, yearling steer, 3 weaned calves. 18 CROSS-BRED SHEEP. CART MARE IN FOAL. YOUNG SOW. IMPLEMENTS include wheel plough, iron harrows, Bambury nearly new, pulper ditto, one- horse mower bv Harrison and McGregaror, horse- rake, wood roller, cart with harvest ladders and dashboards complete, 2 ladders, wheelbarrow, spring cart, set of short harness, trap harness, pikes, rakes, and sundry tools, empty casks. A small quantity of Mangolds. Dairy untensils, &c. Sale at 1.30. Auctioneers' Offices, The Willows, Usk. Printing of all Descriptions at the Office of this Paper. Hunting Appointments. Mr. Curre's Hounds will meet on Monday, November 10th.Portskewett Station, Thursday, November 13th Llanishen. At 11 a.m. The Llangibby Hounds will meet on Tuesday, November 11th Royal Oak, Christchurch. At 11 a.m. Friday, November 14th.. Greyhound, Llantrissent. At 11 a.m. The Monmouthshire Hounds will meet on Monday, November 10th Raglan. At 11 a.m. Thursday, November 13th Llanover At 11 a.m. 7- Cyclists, Light Up.! Saturday, Nov 8th. 5.20 Sunday, 9th. 5.18 Monday, 10th. 5.17 Tuesday, 11th 5.15 Weduesday, 12th. 5.14 Thursday; 13th 5.12 Friday, 14th. 5.11 Saturday, loth • 5 9 Being One hour after Sunset. AWHWaOTS, &c., FOR W8I51 Ending November 15th, 1902. Nov. Sat. 8—Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. Football—Usk v. Chepstow St. Mary's, at Usk. Sun. 9-24th Sunday after Trinity. Mon. 10—Monmouth Cattle Market. Wed. 12—Newoort Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergavenny Petty Sessions. Thurs 13-Caerleoii Petty Sessions. Sale of live and defid farming stock by Mr W. H. Pitten, at the Old Ptescoed Farm, Llanbaddoc, at 1 o'clock. Sat. 15-Pontypool Petty Sessions.
Births, Carriages, & Deaths. Announcements of Birt Marriages, and Deaths are in serted at a unifoi-M charge of Is each, unless such words as No Cards' No flowers' are added, when the charge will be 2s 6d. All announcements must be authenticated Postage stamps may be sent in payment. Lists of Wedding Presents are inserted at the rate of Is. 6d. per inch in depth. DEATH. THOMAs,-On November 4th, at Sycamore House, Llangibby, John Francis Thomas, aged 69 years.
DEATH OF MR. H. A. ADDIS, J.P. It is with deep regret we have this week to record the death of Mr Henry Arthur Addis, J.P., of Feruleigh House, Usk, at the age of 62. The deceased gentleman was out as late as Friday evening last, but subsequently he was attended by Dr Boulton, and was confined to his house, though not to his bed, until Tuesday, when his illness culminated in his death at about 8.3() p.m. The news as it spread through the town, caused a painful sensation, since many did not. know of his illness, while others had no idea of its seriousness, and the blow fell quite unex- pectedly upon all, for there is not a townsman who did not highly respect and esteem him for the many sterling qualities he possessed. Mr Addis started business life in the office of Mr Alexander Waddington, at Usk, and con- tinued in the same o lice, with changing styles of firm, until March 31st, 1896, when on retirement he was presented with a silver salver, and a beautifully fitted smoker's cabinet, with an illuminated address by his employers and their clerks as a recognition of the valuable services rendered in connection with every branch of the business during the many year* he was associated with them," viz., 46 W& then ventured to observe that although the- presentation was of a private nature we were sure the good wishes of the presentors, on Mr Addis's retirement from business, were not con- fined to them, but that the townspeople generally would join with us in expressing the hope that he would long live to enjoy his well- earned rest. Since that time Mr Addis has more and more identified himself with the public life of the town. He was elected a member of the Usk U.D.C. on April 4th, 1898, and on the 19tbi April he was appointed its chairman. That position he has continuously occupied since, with the utmost credit to himself, the Council, and the town. His rule was firm, courteous, and impartial, aud his tact and judgment assisted in nos mall degree in making the Council a model one for the expeditious and effective carrying on of the business of the town. Outside the Council meetings he did an immense amount of work for the good of the community. As a Justice of the Peace, by virtua of his office, his legal training, judicial mind, personal rectitude, aud innate love of justice, tempered with mercy, made him a valuable addition to the local Bench, and he was most regular in his attendance at Petty Sessions. He was also a Land and Income Tax Commissioner. As an Odd-fe!!ow he was a model brother. For twenty six years he was the Secretary of the "Loyal Victoria" Lodge, Usk, and on his retirement, some years ago, the brethren pre- sented him with a valuable dressing-case and an illuminated address recording their appreciation of his services. Since then he has taken a lead- ing and active part in the working of the Lodge" presented it with new regalia, and helped it financially. To him all looked for sound advice and guidance, nor looked in vain. He was, beyond doubt, considered by the members as their chief, and his loss, needless to say, is irreparable to the organization, and every member personally feels it. Mr Addis succeeded Mr Griffiu as clerk to the old Local Board, and held that office for ten or eleven years. At the time of his death, among other appoint- ments, he was Secretary to the Usk Gas Com- pany, Limited, a member of the Local Technical Instruction Committee, a trustee of Roger Edwards' Charity and of the Usk Almshouse Charity, a Scholarship Manager, and Chairman of the Usk Flower Show Committee. Doubtless he dispensed much charity in a private and unostentatious way, but he was essentially one who would not let his right hand know what his left band did, eschewed publicity and discounted praise. In politics he was a loyal Conservative, and in religion a good Churchman. His face will be greatly missed, the loss of his helping hand keenly felt; Usk is the poorer by the removal of one of its most kind, just, upright and capable men. We are asked to say that the funeral is 011 Saturday, at 3 p.m. I MAGISTERIAL REFERENCES. At Usk Petty Sessions on Thursday, tba Chairman (Mr R. Rickards) said: Before com- mencing the work of the Court I wish to say a few words in reference to a familiar face passed away since we last met here, and to express the sincere regret of the Bench, over which I have the honour to preside, at the death of Mr Addis. He has lived the best part of his life amongst us, bearing a blamelesa character, and he has done his utmost to place at the disposal of the town his valuable services. I am quite sure his loss will be one of the most difficult to replace. He was Chairman of the Urban District Council in which office he. rendered most valuable services, and in right of that office he was a constant attendant on this Bench where we always looked upon his assistance as most valuable. Many have passed away, but few will be missed more than he. Mr Humphreys said he was sure all the magistrates of the district, if present, would coincide with the remarks made by Mr Rickards. I AT THE URB4117 DISTRICT COUNCIL. At the usual meeting of the Usk U.D.C., at the Town Hall on Thursday evening, there was a full attendance, and Mr S. A. Hiley was voted to the chair. At the outset he said, with evident emotion I am sure you will all agree with me that we have met together this evening under very sad circumstances. Death has claimed, in the person of our late Chairman, one who, from our point of view, we could ill afford to lose. Speakiiie, personally I can say that under his able chairman- ship here, the meetings have been a very great pleasure to me. He has always, 1 consider, conducted them with exceptional ability, and with, absolute fairness. I think it will, perhaps, be a long time before we can tind one so capable of, dealing so thoroughly and so well, as Mr Addis, was able to do, with the business of the Council., He had a long, practical experience previously, and before his occupation of the chair he was, conversant with the work of the Council, having served as clerk to the old Local Board. I feel we shall miss him for a Ye^y long time to come, not only as the chairman of this Council, but as » townsman. I think that, perhaps, there are very- few people in the town so fortunate as to go through life making so few enemies as Mr Addis did. I think almost everyone, perhaps everyone, in the town held him in the very highest respect; I am sure he was thought highly of by all. Personally I regret very much the circumstances under which we have met, and perhaps it would be to the convenience of us all if we simply read and pass the minutes of the last meeting, order the necessary payments, and then, out of respect to our late Chairman, adjourn for a week. These remarks were listened to in sympathetic silence and the suggestion made silently acquiesced in, after a vote of condolence was passed with the near relatives left to mourn the loss of the deceased. It was resolved to order a wreath for the funeral and to meet at 2.45 p m. on Saturday for tho purpose of attending the same.
Sir. Chamberlain's Send-off. I Mr Chamberlain will have a splendid "send-ofr" from Birmingham when he leaves for South Africa, the local Liberals even joining in the demonstration, with various reservations—to satisfy the Non- conformist conscience—that their action should not in any way commit them to approval of the actions, or language, or party strategy of the right hon. gentleman. The Colonial Minister before he starts has the satisfaction of knowing that the vote laid on the table of the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer provides for no less than L8,000,000, to include the £3,000,000 grant to the Boers for RE-BUILDING AND RE-STOCKING their farms; the Y,2,000,000 compensation to other persons "—i.e., loyalists in Cape Colony and Natal; and Y,3,000,000 for loans to be advanced by the Colonial Government. The official report, too, of Mr Chamberlain's speech to the Colonial Conference is opportunely published, and the summary of the proceedings indicates that the conference with the Colonial Premiers was not barren of results. The most important announce- ments are the recognition of the right of the Colonies to be consulted as to treaties with foreign Powers the increased contributions, amounting to S-328,000 annually, made by certain of the Colonies to the Navy and the determination of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Cape, and Natal to grant preferential treatment to British goods.
The All-Red Pacific Cable. The task to which so many patriotic men have devoted their energies is at length completed, and telegrams have passed over the new line which in respect of telegraphic communication brings the Australian Colonies ten thousand miles nearer to the Dominion of Canada. Adopting the phrase in which Mr Cecil Rhodes expressed his ambitions with regard to Africa, the new route is described as "all-red," and it corresponds sufficiently nearly to that description, the only points at which the cable touches foreign territory being at Madeira, and St. Vincent in the Cape Verde Islands, both belonging to our old ally Portugal. Formerly, the only route by which a message could proceed from Canada to Australia was that via London, and either the Red Sea, or the West Coast of Africa. The new route will take a message from Vancouver to Queensland with but three breaks, and the time occupied in transmission need not exceed thirty minutes. It is now half a century ago since some prescient and public-spirited men REALISED THE IMPORTANCE of telegraphic communication by a Pacific route, but the scheme then devised proved to be impracticable, and it was not until 1874 that Sir Sandford Fleming renewed the proposal, which in the course of a few years assumed the form which came, ultimately, to be approved by all those who really wished to see the cable laid. At the end of the year 1900, the tender of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company was accepted, and from that time satisfactory progress appears to have to n made. Sir Sandford Fleming has happily been spared to witness the result of his labours, and to hear on all sides expres- sions of wonder that the enterprise was not completed long ago. The Postmaster- General of Canada has wired to Mr Chamberlain, congratulating him on the completion of the Pacific cable, and the Colonial Secretary replied:—"Heartily reciprocate your congratulations, and hope that Pacific cable may strengthen ties that knit the Empire." Mr Chamberlain has also telegraphed cordial congratulations from his Majesty's Government to the officers administering the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, on the completion of the Pacific cable.
C4 .1 .4 Mn. County Council. The Education Bill. The Reports of the Committees. [SPECIAL REPORT.] The quarterly meeting of the above Council was held in the Council Chamber, Pen tonville, Newport, on Wednesday afternoon, when there were present: Lord Tredegar (chairman), Aldermen J. Daniel (vice- chairman), Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., E. Grove, H. Bowen, W. Hughes, P. W. Raffan, G. R.. Harris, G. Jones, D. Jones, J. W. Mulligan, T. Perry, W. H. Powell, W. Williams, Councillors Colonel Bradney, Major Herbert, W, B. Gething, S, C. Bosanquat, G. H. Nurse, J. O. Marsh, W. P. James, D. Jones (2), S. N. Jones. W. Brace, W. Thomas, J. D. James, C. Tillott, W. Griffiths, W. Edwards, T. Prothero, T. Parry, B. Perry, H. H. Clay, R. Williams, A. A. Williams, J. Straker, M. Laughton, Richards, T. Dutfield, I. Butler, G. Lewis, P. Eckersley, T. H. Redwood, J. Evans, — Woodward, T. Price, G. G. Lewis, &c. RESIGNATIONS. The resignations of Councillors David Aggex (Tredegar West) and Frederick Erskine Paton (Abergavenny South) were received, and the seats declared vacant. Alderman D. Jones suggested that in the case of Councillor- Aggex the fine should be remitted, but The Clerk (Mr H. S. Gustard) stated that that would not be legal. Alderman Jones then moved that the best thanks of the Council be given to the retiring Councillors for their past services. Alderman Bowen seconded, the Chairman sup- ported, and the resolution was agreed to. COMMITTEE CHANGES. Alderman E. Grove having resigned from the Asylum Visiting Committee, and Councillor Straker RS Jrepresentative governor of the Abergaveuny County School, Alderman Bowen and the Rev John Dtvies (Pandy) were appointed to the respective vacancies. THANKS. Alderman Sir Henry Mather-Jackson wrote thanking the Council for the terms of the resolution passed at the last meeting with regard to him as Chairman of the County Council Building Com- mittee, and the handsome way in which those terms were communicated to him-illumin.ated and framed. THE EDUCATION BILL. After considerable discussion as to the mode of procedure, with regard to this measure, The Clerk read communications re the Education Bill from the Montgomeryshire County Council, the Fa-terii Valleys (Mon.) Free Church Council, the Monmouthshire Baptist Association, and the Welsh Congregational Union, Llandrindod meeting. All these documents condemned the Bill. Mr W. Thomas withdrew the motion of which he had given notice with a view to facilitate matters, and Mr J. R. Jacob moved That having heard these communications, this Council, believing that the Education Bill now before Parliament is a retrograde measure; injurious to the highest interests of public education unjust and inefficient in its treatment of the teachers, and that it violates a fundamental principle of the British Constitution—that taxation shall be accompanied by popular representation respectfully informs the Government that, if passed in its present shape, this Council cannot be responsible for its administration," Mr A. A. Williams raised the point whether, having regard to the concluding words of the motion,, it was one that could be put from the cfcair. The Chairman thought Mr Jacobr was in order. Mr Jacob then said that he objected to the Bill because it destroyed the compromise of 1870, by which the Anglican Church was dealt with generously, and" also because the Bill contained no provision for the efficient education of teachers. (Hear, hear.) Another objection was that it abolished Schiol Boards, taking the education out of the hands of those who loved the work, and putting it in the hands of those who had no relish for it and who were unused to it. He asserted that the Council could not, without holding meetings once a week almost, perform the duties which would devolve upon them in connection with the 180 elementary schools and the 33 evening continuation schools which would come under their control. Under the operation of the Bill, objectionable doctrines such as Baptismal regeneration, the Confessional, and priestly absolution would be taught, It was the old story of Protestantism v Roman Catholicism revived. He looked upon the Bill as a vile conspiracy against a free constitution. Councilllor W. Thomas, in seconding, denied that the Council were in a position to manage efficiently the elementary schools of the county. He regarded the Bill as a retrograde measure, which upset everything in connection with local government, and denied that the country had given a mandate to destroy School Boards and re- establish the authority of the clergy in the bchools of the kingdom. Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., said he had not intended to speik on the subject, but he would like to reply to one or two of Mr Jacob's observa- tions. He had listened attentively, as he always did, to what Mr Jacob had to say, because, as a rule, he got a great deal of information from his remarks, and certainly on the present occasion he (the speaker) bad gleaned information of which he was not in possession before. Mr Jacob gave a sketch.! of the doctrines which were taught by the Clergy of the Church in the Schools which was entirely opposed to anything that he knew of himself. He confessed that he had read of some of the clergy having given their Bishops a certain amount of trouble on various questions, but he would say this, that in this County and this Diocese the gentlemen did not exist whom Mr Jacob suggested formed the rank and file of the Church. They bad not those doctrines, and in no elementary school that he knew of were those doctrines taught that Mr Jacob had referred to. He did not think that that was a proper place to deal with religious questions at all. (Hear, hear, and cries of "The Bill is responsible for it.") When such remarks as those he had referred to were made, it was but right to utter one word of protest. While he listened to Mr Jacob he thought the Constitution must have boen suspended, but he was nnder the impression that it was a Bill before the House of Commons, and that the measure was goinj to be passed by the representatives of the people elected by all of them. (" No, no.") Mr Jacob had, he thought, said that 9-IOths of the cost of elementary education in the National Schools was already being paid out of the rates. Why not, then, the strong conscientious objection to pay the rates in the past ? He was surprised that ere this they had not seen Councillor Jacob going to gaol rather than pay the taxes. (Laughter.) Referring to representation, Sir Henry said that instead of one —if it were only oue, as had been stated—manager of the Schools they would have a body of m anagers some of whom, at any rate, would be appointed by that Council, and they would have what at present it was suggested they had not. got, viz., a check upon the parson, if check he wanted, and a number of laymen would exercise a larger power and more control than now. It had been a pleasure to him, and he thought to most of the Council, to think of the very strong lead in educational matters the Monmouthshire County Council had taken-(fle,r, hear)-and their cry had been for the amalgamation of the various educational bodies to prevent overiappinz, and if that wera true as to technical and intermediate education it was still more truo with regard to elementary education. It was the desire of the promoters of the Education Bill to have in the hands of one authority a thorough system of education, from the Elementary Schools upwHrdfl. He did not dtead one bit the takinx on of this work. They had shewn themselves capable of carrvino- out technical and secondary education, and they were perfectly competent to carry out elementary education, taking into consideration the fact that they would delegate their powers t,) local managers, who would be under their direction and supervision. He did not believe they would fiod the difficulties anything like those which had been anticipated, and if there was one County Council more rqual to and more competent of carrying out the duties of the Bill, it was the Monmouthshiie County Council. (Hear, hear.) Alderman Grove, speaking in favour of the resolution, conceded tht the Council could do tao work, but pointed out that members must obey the voice of conscience, and asked whether work could be entered upon which most of the members had a conscientious objection to carry out. (Heelr, haar.) Mr T. Parry challenged anyone to give an instance in the County of injustice to Noncon- formist children in Voluntary Schools, as a manager of one of many years' standing. He referred to the action taken by the County Councils Association on the subject, and urged that the motion before the Council was very previous indeed. They should look at the measure not from a political standpoint, but from the standpoint of the ratepiyers. He hoped they would not adopt the motion, and, putting their backs to the wall, say they w^ ld not administer the Bill if it became an A t. Personally he should be a loyal citizen and b prepared to do his duty with regard to the matter so long as he was a member of that Council. Replying to Mr Parry s challenge, Mr Allen (Blaina) said that when he was a child he was turned out of a Voluntary School became as a Nonconformist he refused to learn the catechism, and, again, while his sister got the highest number of marks at an examination for teachers, because she was a Wesleyan Methodist she was refused the appoiutment and had to leave the school. Mr J. O. Marsh, speaking as a manager for 30 years of three Voluntary schools, denied the existence of any religious disability. He had never heard of any injustice being inflicted upon the children of Nonconformists in any shape or form, and he protested against the assertion that any religious instruction was forced upon those children. Mr G. H. Nurse complained that his sister s three children were compelled to pray for the Bishop and clergy every morning at School although they were Nonconformists. (Laughter. Alderman Harris, supporting the motion, said there were influences at work without being seen or heard to which they must pay attention as Nonconformists. He should deeply regret the introduction of the religious element into County Council elections which would ensue if the Bill, were passed. Mr Brace denied that the Government were sincere in their attempt to deal with the education difficulty, although the desire of the country generally was for a more complete system of training in order to help to maintain its commercial supremacy. Mr Jacob having replied to the whole, the resolution was nut, the numbers being declared to be 29 for and 16 against. Copies of the resolution were ordered to be forwarded to Mr Balfour, Sir Henry Campbell- Bannerman, Sir William ELarcourt, and the other members for the County. I AN AGRICULTURAL MATTER. A communication was read from the Monmouth- shire Chamber of Agriculture asking for the Council's assistance in endeavouring to obtain the veterinary examination and registration of horses travelling for service. Mr Parry, in proposiug that the support of the Council should be given, referred to the value to local agriculturists the horses were that Lord Tredegar kept. Col. Carre, in seconding, said it was of the utmost importance that all the animals agricul- turists bred should be of the very best description. and that could not be effected without good sound sires. The motion was agreed to. POOR LAW UNION GRANTS. The Clerk reported on communications received from five Poor Law Unions in the County ai to the time ot which the Exchequer grants wera forwarded to them, and stated tnat a system of exchange cheques was inaugurated by resolutioa of that Council in May, 1901. Mr T. Dutfield referred to the proposal to charge to the Unions 10 per cent on overdue calls. The Clerk said that had been threatened in one case, but never carried out. Mr Dutfield said that seemed rather hard on the part of one public body against another. After some further conversation on the subject, it was resolved to ask tho Finance Committee to report upon it. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE. In bringing up the reports of the Technical Instruction Committee, Mr S. N. Jones referred to the visit of the Hon. R. W. HanbJry, President of the Board of Agriculture, to Abergavenny, on the 29th November, when he will distribute the medals and prizes after the annual competitions in connection with the dairy school, &c. He hoped that every member of the Council would make an effort to be present on that occasion. With his usual kindness, Lord Tredegar had promised to entertain the Right Hon gentleman during his visit to the County. (Applause.) LOCAL GONBELWAFITT COMMITTEE. This Committee, in their report, stated that they had received the following applications — (a) Parish Council ot MLytiydcUsl wyn. for the conversion of the Parish of Mynyddislwyn into an Urban District. b) Risca Urban District Council for an altera- tion of the boundary of their district by the inclusion of a portion of the Parish of Mynyddislwyn. (c) Abercarn Urban District Council, for an alteration of the boundary of their district by the inclusion of the Parish of Mynyddis- lwyn, The Committee were satisfied that a prima, facie case had been made out for each of such proposals, and Aldermen Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart, B. Phillips, and Powell, were requested to hold a local inquiry into the circumstances and to report to this Committee, such enquiry to take place at the Board Schools, Pontllanfraith. They also resolved that an order be made for a fresh Election of a Guardian for the Parish of lllaenavon. The Clerk said the ISth and 19th December had been fixed for the enquiry referred to. ABERGAVENNY ASYLUM. In bringing up this Committee's report, Mr T. Parry remarked that Brecon and Radnor would take away their patients on the 1st March next, and Monmouthshire would then take back 30 of their patients from Carmarthen, and there would be vacant accommodation for 100 females and 75 males. Cardiff had been promised the first refusal of the use of that accommodation; unfortunately, the demand for room was such throughout the land that the Committee would have no difficulty in filling up the vacancies. On the 31st December, 3906, Newport would withdraw, and then they would have to consider an improvement of the Asylum, costing thousands of pounds, the Commissioners only allowing the present use of the temporary buildings, on the undertaking that the improve- ments should then be carried out. Dr. Mulligun secouded the adoption of the report, which was agreed to. The report shewed that sioCA the 18th June last to the 25th September, the admissions were 72 discharges, 42; deaths, 31 now in Asylum, 548 males, and 561 females mal^s in Carmarthen Asylum, 30. The Committee had had before them a communication from the South Wales and Monmouthshire Poor Law Conference, aud they had requested Dr Glendenning to report to them fully on the highly important question raised. PORTABLE THEATREA. I Mr W. P. James brought up the report of the I Works and General Purposes Committee, which stated, inter alia:- We have received a letter dated 2nd inst., from the Abertillerv Urban District Council, sug- gesting that, in all future applications to the County Council for licenses in respect of portable theatres, prior to the same being granted, the Urban District Council be apprised thereof, so that their Surveyor may inspect and pissthe building. We find that the County Council many vear afro, after much delibera- tion, resolved that no license should be refused to itinerant companies so long as no complaints of their conduct reached them from the police authorities, and therefore we recommend that the application of the District Couacil be not entertained. The report was adopted. OVERLOADING VEHICLES. I The Main Rjads and Bridges Committee reported that A letter, dated 11th September last, was read from the Home Office, in reply to a communi- cation which had been addressed to them by the Clerk with the view of obtaiaining, if possible, the approval of the Department to bye-luws on the subject of overloading of vehicles. The Home Secretary stated in such letter that it would not be possible by bye-laws to establish a system of registration and identi- fication as proposed, and there would be con- side,-able objection to having bye-laws applic- able to the whole of the County for dealing with the e-vili complained of side by side and possibly in conflict with the Urban District bye-laws. It was at the same time pointed out that the over-driving of horses might be prevented by the powers given by the Cruelty to Animals Act, if vigorously enforced by the police. The Clerk suggested that the Rural District Councils might make application to the Local Government Board for the powers of Urban District Councils to be conferred upon them, so that, were it added to, the whole area of the County would be covered if all the District Councils exercise their powers of making bye- laws against overloading similar to those in force in the Abersychan and Pontypool Dia- tricts. J APPLICATIONS. The Committee also reported:- The application of the Monmouth R.D C. for a contribution towards the costoE maintenance of a small piece of roa 1 leading from Cross ways to Norton School has been considered by us, aud we recommend that an annual grant of a per mile be made, as from the 1st November next. The length of such road beina- 1,034 yards, the amount on that basis will be £4: 14s. The Inspection Committee reported to us that they had visited the Twyn-y-Ruthlin pitoh on the main road leading from the Headre to Aberga- venny, the alteration of the gradient of which the Monmouth R.D.C. have asked the Council to make. We learn that Lord Llangattock and the Hon C. Liolls would contribute towards the cost, provide the metalling, and fence the embankment if the gradient is reduced 1 io 16. We have, therefore, deferred the further con- sideration of the matter until the County Surveyor has ascertained the total cost which Lord Llangattock's conditions will entail and reported to us on the subject. The Inspection Committee reported that amongst other matters which had received their consideration was the improvement of the approach to the River Usk on the Caerleon side, and it would be attended to in due course when matters of more urgent importance had been com- pleted. Mr J. D. James moved the adoption of the report, which was agreed to, as also a resolution that in order to lessen the number of bridges scheduled under the Locomotives Act of 1898, the District Councils and other authorities concerned be requested to repair the bridges in their respective areas so as to allow locomotives to pass over them. Col. Curre remarked that in some districts, if they were compelled to put the bridges in order, the burden would be very heavy. The Clerk said it was simply a request and not compulsory. The motion was agreed to. I KKMEYS BRIDGE. Alderman Jones asked if the plans for the new bridge over the Usk at Kemeys Commander would be ready by the next meeting. Alderman Harris: We are going into Committee at the end of this meeting. I SANITARY MATTERS. Dr Redwood, in bringing up the Sanitary Com- mittee's report, thanked the Council for their sympathy with him and also for the kind ex- pressions with regard to the "Sanitary Review." The report, which was adopted, stated that Mr Jacob and the Clerk had had a long interview with Mr Kershaw, one of the assistant secretaries of the h'lcal Government Board with regard to the Western Valleys Main Drainage Scheme, which was satisfactory and dispensed with the necessity of a Deputation waiting upon the President of the Board. The Committee recommended the Council to give the District Councils all the assistance in their power in their application for Parliamentary sanction to their scheme. I FINANCE. Alderman Powell moved the adoption of the Finance Committee's report, and it was agreed to. The Committee recommended special allow- ances, amounting to JE49 Os 2d to the Coroner and Jury in connection with the Abertysswg Explo- sion inquest. They were not prepared to suggest to the Council the adoption of the recommenda- tions of the Court of Quarter Sessions as to the pensions of Colonel Milman and Warder George Lewis. They recommended a rate of 3d in the £ for the half-year ending 31st March next, They noticed that the expenditure of the Technical Instruction Committee was greatly on the increase. and pointed out to that Committee the necessity for economy. They recommended a rate of !-d in the B for Technical Instruction and a similar rate under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act, 1889. The Committee decided to make no recommendation with regard to the account of 13 3s for expenses incurred by Councillor Jacob in connection with his visit to London on the Western Valleys Sewerage question, it being a departure from the usual custom. I A QUESTION OF PRINCIPLE. Alderman Williams referred to the last para- grapgh and urged that members' expenses when on County business outside the Couaty should be allowed. Other members followed in the same strain, and it was pointed out that Borough Councils allowed such expenses. Alderman Grove said the auditor would not allow such expenses that was the difficulty. It was ultimately resolved to authorise the Com- mittee to pay the account, and if the amount were surcharged to contest the matter further, SWINE FRVER. Col E. H. St L. Clarke, representing the Board of Agriculture, attended and asked the Council, as the Executive Committee under the Diseases of Animals Act, to assist the Board in stamping out swine fever. He suggested that a modified order might be made which, in effect, re-enacts the order of the 1st November, 1899, with a proviso that its conditions should not apply to fat pigs brousrht into the County from Hereford Market, the owners of such pigs having licences from a person duly appointed for the purpose of granting them at that market. Col Clarke said the position now was better than it had ever been, last year the number of outbreaks having been 1,400 as against 2,800 in the previous year. A very bad outbreak of the disease had, however, just broken out in Worcestershire, It was decided to lea Vp the matter to the Speeiar Purposes Committee, Alderrnau Harris objecting to the County b-^ing- harassed in getting pigs from Herefordshire when the district was free from disease. MONNOW BRIDGE. Sir Henry Matbnr-,Jackson reported that, Miss Lewis had been appointed caretaker of the bnildingf ou Monnow Bridge, at a salary of L25 per year. .f.JiI--