MONMOUTHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. Suggested School of Forestry. n ASYLUM ACCOMMODATION. Sanitary Condition of the County. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. -QUESTION OF SA.LA.KIES INCREASE REFUSED. THE EDUCATION QUESTION. Panteg and the Council: Kemeys Bridge: Prohibition of Teazers Speed of Motors The Swine Fever Order, &c. [SPECIAL REPORT.] The quarterly meeting of the Monmouthshire Oounty Council was held in the Council Buildings, Pentonville, Newport, on Wednesday, wheu -Alderman J. Daniel (chairman) presided, and amongst others present were:-Aldermen S. N. .Jones (vioe-chairman), Lord Tredegar, Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Burt,, W. Williams, G. R. Harris, P. W. Raffan, W. H. Powell, W. Hughes, D. Jones, J. W. Mulligan Councillors Colonel the Son. F. C. Morgan, M.P., S. C. Bosanquet. A. A. Williams, J. A. Bradney, W. C. C. Curre, H. H. Clay, W. B. Gething, J. Straker, J. O. Marsh, 1. fButler, T. Parry. J. Evans, B. Perry, T. Dutfield, W. L. Pratt, W. P. James, J. D. James, T. 'Griffiths, T. Prothero, J. Jenkins G. G. Lewis, P. tEckersley, T. H. Redwood, J. R. Jdcob, A. G. B. Ashton, &c. THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD. On the proposition of Alderman D. Jones, seconded by Mr A. A. Williams, the Chairman, on behalf of the Council, sent a telegram to the president of the National Eisteddfod, whioh is Ijeing held at Llanelly, wishing the Welsh National institution success. NEW MEMBERS. Mr Wm. Barrow Harrison (Abertillery Central) and Mr Alfred Jones (Ebbw Vale South Central) were presented to the Chairman and welcomed to ?the Council as new members. COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. To fill up the vaoanoy on Committees, caused by -the death of Alderman Taylor, Mr J. R. Jacob was placed on the Standing Joint Committee, and Mr Harrison on the MaiD Roads and Bridges, Parlia- mentary and Local Government Committees. To fill up the vacancy caused by the death of Mr D. Hughes, Mr D. Jones (Ebbw Yale) was placed ,on the Standing Joint Committee, and Mr A. Jones on the Works and General Purposes, Parliamentary, ;-and Small Holdings Committees, and on the County Governing Body and the Board of the Ebbw Vale -County School Managers. Mr D. W. Evans was appointed a manager of the Rhymney County Scholarship district in the place of Alderman N. Phillips, disqualified through non- attendance. SCHOOL OF FORESTRY. I The Pembrokeshire County Council wrote asking at the Council would join in a conference to discuss the desirability of establishing a School of .Forestry for Wales. Mr J. R. Jacob said he hailed the suggestion with satisfaction. He viewed the question from the jesthelic, the industrial, and the economic tpointa of view. He wanted to see their valleys and mountains covered with timber, became it looked so beautiful; and it was important that their collieries and other industries should be supplied with timber grown at home. (Hear, hear.) He was glad to hear the 11 Hear, hears;" the matter might be made a new plank in the fiscal policy of Mr Chamberlain. (Laughter.) Then, again, he thought that landowners would find .considerable benefit accruing from forestry carried out on land not suitable for agricultural purposes. Another argument in its favour, important to his mind, was the effect of forestry in keeping up the rainfall. A Member: Keeping it down, you mean. (Laughter.) In conclusion, Mr Jacob moved that the Mon- t-mouthshire Council approved of the suggestion of 'the Pembrokeshire Chamber, and that Lord Tredegar and Mr David Jones (Abersychan) be asked to attend the proposed conference. Mr T. Parry seconded, suggesting that Mr A. A. Williams be added to the delegates as one having had a life-long experience in timber-growing, and n'emarking that they would then be exceedingly well represented. Sir Henry Mather-Jackson said he was sorry to Slave to propose an amendment, but he thought the proposition should read a School of Forestry for "Wales 'and Monmouthshire.' Mr Jacob I accept that. Alderman Raffan It is superfluous. Sir Henry and Mr Jacob having replied, the ^proposition as amended was agreed to. CLOSE TIME FOR BIRDS. I Referring to the Order of the Secretary of State "extending for a period of two years the time during which the killing of goldfinches and ^kingfishers is prohibited, Aldernan Grove expressed the hope that wher- ever the Order was being contravened to the iJwowledge of the members and others, iuforma- tion would be given to the Chief Constable. STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE AN EXPLANATION. Sir Hy. Mather-Jackson, in moving the reception af the minutes of the Standing Joint Committee, referred to a resolution which had been passed with reference to the action of the clerk to the magistrates of one of the Petty Sessional Divisions, and said that since that resolution was passed the committee ,had received a communication from the gentleman in question objecting somewhat strongly to it, and -iving an explanation, from which it appeared that the partner in the firm, being in London on business, called on the Public Prosecutor to ask what form the prosecution in the Tredegar tragedy case should take, and that whilst there the Public Prosecutor suggested that his firm should undertake the ,prosecution. The magistrates' clerk thought that an unfair intrepretation had been put upon this jyisit, the word "approached" in the resolution .seeming to suggest that the conduct of the case was asked for. He (the speaker) while being satisfied -With the explanation on that point, and thinking "the clerk was entitled to its publication, did not think that, therefore, the resolution should be made ■Hull and void, and he believed that there would not < be a repetition of the matter. The County Treasurer was directed to pav and transfer accounts to the extent of L7,323 14s 5d, and authorised to advance thereout to the Chief Constable a sum not exceeding X4,915 38 4d during •the ensuing quarter for police pay, &c. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. The Vice-Chairman moved the reception of the minutes of the Technical Instruction Committee, and expressed satisfaction at the increased number of students at the classes. Col. Curre thought that if the prizes in competi- tions in the agricultural section of the committee's ,work were thrown open, instead of being confined io the students, it would have a good effect, because the results wonld show up the benefit of oommitteb's instruction. Alderman S. N. Jones said it was but right that the prizes should te only for the itudents and their elapses, and argut d that they were an encourage- ment to others to atteud. Alderman Raffan referred to the non-allowance I by the Committee of a moiety of certain expenses incurred in six centres, and asked for a re-considera- tion of the matter, although he admitted that he did not know all the circuumtancos of the case. Alderman S. N. Jones defended the action of the Committee in the matter, it appearing that the expense had been incurred without the sanction of the Committee, and it being pointed out that while the local Committees had large balances in hand, the County Committee were overdrawn at the bank. Mr W. Thomas asked whether the Committee were not becoming arbitrary in their action* with the local Committees, and expressed the hope that a little more consideration would be shown. Alderman Jones asked for a definite case for the foundation of the charge, and proceeded to allude to a case presumably referred to in which the grant had not been paid, remarking that it was in conse- quence of the necessary particulars not being forth- coming from the local Committees. Alderman Grove hoped that the Committee would not relax any of their regulations, which were fair and reasonable. Whether charged with being arbitrary or not they should stick to their guns. THE PROPOSED CIDBR INSTITUTE. I Alderman Grove asked whether the Committee were going to associate themselves with and contribute to the National Fruit and Cider Institute. Alderman Jones said that having regard to their experience in other joint concerns they thought it necessary to make the fullest inquiries before committing themselves in the matter. STUDENTS' SUCCESSBS. The following successes of students were reported :—Messrs. James Weale (Aberbeeg), George Davies (New Tredegar), John Rhys Morgan and Thomas Banber (Abertillery), under- managers' certificates (mining), Cardiff. County Free Students Mr Thomas Jones (Nantyglo), appointed clerk of the works for Brynmawr Water Scheme; Mr T. H. Harris, appointed junior assistaut under the Newcastle- oii-Tyne Electric Supply Company. ABERGAVENNY ASYLUM. I This Committee reported that since the 25th day of March the ordinary admissions were 22 males and 27 females. One female private patient was admitted the ordinary discharges were 13 males and 11 females; five private patients were dis- charged, and the deaths among the ordinary patients numbered 22, and one female private patient bad died. There were 918 patients under treatment iu the Asylum, of whom there were chargeable to Unions in Monmouthshire 345 males, and 311 females; and to Newport County Borough 91 males, and 9o females. The vaoant beds, excluding those in the temporary buildings, numbered 59, viz., 17 for males and 42 for females. Mr T. Parry, in bringing up this report, said he bad hoped he should have been in a position to i report the result of the visit of the deputation to the Home Secretary, on July 16th last, with reference to the retention of the use of the temporary buildings pending the improvement of the attics at the Asylum. The Committee desired to tender their thanks to Lord Tredegar, Colonel the Hon F. C. Morgan, M.P., and Mr Reginald M'Keuna, M.P., for their kind assistance in the matter. He (Mr Parry) was sanguine as to the result of their appeal. It was pointed out to Mr Akers Douglas that the Lunacy Commissioners gave an undertaking that they should be allowed to use those temporary buildings while they were carrying out improvements which would obviate them, and which would cost about £ i 0,000 for the accommodation of 100 patients who otherwise would have to be boarded out for two years. Lord Tredegar said he was glad Mr Parry was so sanguine, but be would like the Committee to prepare for a negative answer from the Home Secretary, which he was afraid might come. Alderman Harris said the Council had heard both sides of the question, and it appeared that all depended upon au "if." (Laughter.) He hoped the sanguine expectation would be realized. Alderman Grove said the dealings of the Home Office with another County in the matter of temporary buildings did not give ground for much hope. Mr Parry said the Committee were simply beating time until the answer came. A vote of thanks to Lord Tredegar, Colonel Morgan, and Mr M'Kenna. was unanimously passed. SANITATION OF THE COUNTY. The need for better sanitation in various parts of the county came up for discussion on the presentation by Dr Redwood, of the Sanitary Committee's annual review, embodying the general sanitary state of the county. The report concluded bv urging I (1) the sanitary authorities on the course of the rivers Avon Llwyd and Sirhowy to take effective steps to provide a proper system of sewage disposal in those valleys, so as to prevent the pollution of the streams and their tributaries (2) to again draw the attention of the Rural District Councils of Abergavenny, Magor, aud Pontypool to the defective water supply of parts of their districts, and the Chepstow Urban to the deficient supply in theirs (3) to iusist on the provision of means of isolation in districts at present without; (4) to advise the authorities of overcrowded districts, such as Abercarn, Bedwellty, &c., to put in force part 3 of the Housing of the Workiug Classes Act, with a view to increasing the house accommodation (5) to ask all the District Councils to pay particular attention to the cowsheds, &c., in their areas; and (6) to, as far as possible, prevent overcrowding in the elementary schools, and see that the ventilation is efficient, without draughts. Mr. Jacob remarked that as a result of the work of the Sanitary Committee the Western Valleys main sewer was in a fair way of being constructed at a cost of something like ;6411,000,000, and the time had now arrived for effective steps being taken to prevent pollution of the Sirhowy and Afon Llwyd. He urged that there should be a trunk sewer there to connect with the other, and said that that was made a condition in granting urban powers to the district by Sir Henry Mather-Jackson and his colleague. Sir Henry: We reported it, but the Local Government Board threw it out as ultra vires. Mr. Jacob, continuing, referred to the death-rate in the various districts, pointing out Risca's proud position in the list as having the lowest (11 per 1,000 per annum), while Tredegar, with a rate of 22*84, was the highest. They wanted Tredegar to do something in the matter. Mr. A. A. Williams while thanking Dr. Redwood and the Committee for their work, differed from the deductions drawn from the figures as to the cause of the high death-rates, and pointed out that in his district (Panteg), tho sanitary cure of the dwelling houses themselves had resulted in a very large reduction in the death-rate during the last ten years —from 18 to 12 per 1,000. They had also dealt with the sewage to some extent, and in the time to come other efforts would be made in connection therewith to improve the bill of health. Alderman D. Jones gave notice that at the next meeting he would call attention to the pollution of the Afon Llwyd. Dr. James agreed that sanitation in his district was not all that it should be, but the Urban Dis- trict Council were taking steps to improve matters. In some districts the death-rate had been much affected by the laqe number of cases of fatal infectious diseases in children, and with the dis- appearance of the epidemics they had reason to hope the return to a normal death-rate. Mr. Price, speaking for Tredegar, said they were already rated to the extent of lis. 6d. or I Ia. IUd. in the 1, they had a decreasing rateable value, and were mortgaged to the utmost the Local Government Board would probably allow, so that alone it would be impossible to go in for a trunk sewer if they wished to. and there was no othnr authority in the district to join them. He believed their high death-rate was due to the state of the old houses and overcrowding. They felt the position acutely, and were doin all in their power to im- prove matters. He thought they were improving, and that they would speedily have a better report. Alderman Raffan suggested that the reports, when sent to the various lottal authorities, should be accompanied by the request for a reply and observa- tions thueon. The stiiiiiestion was adopted. Mr. W. P. James having spoken on behalf of Abereychan, Mr. P. Eckersley expressed the opinion that thll mitter waft not altogether one of s"'wa.:e disposal, and instanced the fact that while the sewage from Blaenavon came down to Pontypoo', Pontvpool had decreatted its death-rate by its sanitary programme. Lord Tredegar was understood to say that he was carrying out some experiments, the results of which would be at the disposal of th* Council. Ultimately the report was adopted, and the cordial thanks of the Council given to Dr. Redwood I "TEAZERS" AT FAIRS. I In the report of the Works and General Purposes Committee were the following paragraphs We find that there are great complaints throughout tho County about the improper use of tubes containing water and other liquids, at fairs, markets, and other public places. This is a great cause of annoyance to the public who frequent those places, and we recommend that the folio wing bye-law be made and submitted to the Local Government Board for their approval:— No person shall, with intent to annoy any person in any fair, market, street, or public place, use any tube or other article charged with water or other liquid for squirting such water or other liquid on or at any other person.' Auy person who shall offend against the fore- going bye-law shall be liable for such offence to a penalty not exceeding X5." We have received applications from the Inspectors of Weights and Measures for an increase of their salaries. At the present time they are receiving P,170 per annum for carrying out their duties, in addition to which they are paid £ 25 5s for duties under the Seats for Shop Assistants Act and the Shop Hours Act. We have given very careful consideration to the matter and recommend that an additional sum of C.5 be giveu to them as from the 1st August next, making their salaries as Inspectors £ 175, which, we are unanimously of opinion, must be regarded as their maximum." We recommend that the salary of Mr R. J. Langmaid, a clerk in Mr Gustard's office, be increased to JE70 per annum as from the 1st August, next, with the usual increment to which he will be entitled in February next." I THE COUNCIL NOW ECONOMISING. With regard to the recommended increase of inspectors' silaries, Major Williams moved that the recommendation be not adopted. He said there were many rate- payers in the county who had great difficulty in paying the increased rates. Tne inspectors had had three increases of salary during the last thirteen years, and for extra work had had £ 25 5s. a year granted to them, bringing up the total to L195 5a. Yet they were not satisfied and wanted another JE5 a year. He maintained that if the places were vacant they could get many more men at a less price than £ < 15s. per week. Their assistant surveyors, whose position, he presumed, were much higher. had a fixed maximum salary of ;9190-two were receiving 1-170 and one £ 190-and besides they had to find bicycles. Then the inspectors were allowed their travelling fares, and, again, Is. a day for dinner when away from home. In his opinion they were asking for a little too much, and he asked the Council to say that they would not grant it. Alderman Hughes seconded the amendment Mr. James said they had to consider that they had very good officers. Mr Isaac Butler remarked that the Committee took into consideration the salaries paid in other counties. The amendment was carried by a very large majority. I SHELVED. The Works Committee also asked for permission to spend £ 500 on an enlargement of the Pontypool depot. depot. questions were asRed as to the number ot days it was used, &c., and after some conversation, Mr. Parrv proposed that the matter be referred back to the Committee for further consideration and a detailed report. As to the clerk's salary referred to no exception was taken, but it was elicited that the rise was from £ 52 per annum. ADULTERATIONS. The County Analyst (Mr George R. Thompson) reported that he had made aualyses of 96 samples under the Food and Drugs Act during the quarter, of which 54 were for milk; 52 had been found genuine, one was adulterated with 9 per cent of added water, and the other sample was deficient in fat at least 8 per cent. All the remaining samples were genuine, and, as a rule, of very excellent quality. Under the Fertilizers and Feeding Stuffs Act he had received 11 samples for analysis, 3 being feeding stuffs and 8 fertilizers. The three feeding stuffs were a sample of bran, found to be composed of genuine wheat bran, mixed with a large quantity of oat husks and a little maize, no doubt a mixture of almost equally good feeding properties with pure bian, but still not a genuine article, and two samples of barley meal, both of which were genuine. The samples of bone manure agreed with the guaranteed invoices, but the Special Fertilizer analysed was little better than rubbish, And unfortunately it was impossible to take proceedings against the vendors as, in the first place, the buyer had not taken any sample for analysis until he had had the manure in his possession for long over the time limit and ha I also lost the invoice under which he had purchased." I TUE EDUCATION QUESTION. I The report of the Provisional Committee under the Education Act of 1902 stated that The Board of Education had notified that they did not think it nece-sary to make any order postponing the appointed day for a later period than the 30th September next, but they intimated that if the Council could satisfy the Board shortly before that date that there were difficulties in the way of taking up their duties under the Act upon that day the Board would consider the question of the further postponement. The architects attended the meeting, and their reports-15 from Mr Swash and 10 from Mr Robert--were con- sidered and, in respect of some of the schools, dis- cussed. It was resolved that the further considera- tion of them be deferred until the whole of the reports upou the non-provided schools have been received. It was decided to submit to the County Council the question as to whether the architects should, on completing their reports on the non- provided schools, similarly investigate the condition of the provided schools. The consideration of a draft scheme was again deferred, and tho date of the next meeting was left in the hands of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to fix." Alderman Grove said the architects had se.it in 57 reports out of the 78 to come from the non- provided schools, so that real progress was being made, and they were hoping iu a very short time to get in the balance and to see exactly where they stood. Another feature, in addiiion to the report upon the sanitary and structural condition of the schools, was the report upon the trust deeds and the endowments of the school, which Mr Dauncey was making, but not with quite the progress he ought to make, there b"in; an indifference amongst managers and others who they thought would have given them all the information they might reasonably require. He then quoted frum some of the reports, showing that there was no title in the managers in respect of one school, that in another a new trust deed was being prepared. and so oti, which, he contended showed the necessity for the inquiry. They would see by that morning's papers that the Board of Education had agreed to a joint Board for Walef, and they would remember that, their principal point in this matter wa« that in Wales and Monmouthshire they possessed unique advantages educationally, and that they wanted to get the full advantage of this in drawing up a scheme. He honestly belfced that at the present time their elementary teacuing was very deficient, and he hoped that when they got to work they would improve things. Of all the exertions he had made for the benefit of Wales during the 5J years he had been with them, nothing gave him so much satisfaction as the efforts he had made with regard to education. (Applause.) With regard to the architects reporting on the provided schools, perhaps Sir H.-nry Mather-Jackson would make a propo- sition. Sir Henry said he thought the matter would come before the Council as a portion of the report as the Committee had accepted it. Alderman Grove said two or three in committee I dissented, thinking it would be useless and a waste of time to have reports upon those school m then they thought the matter <o i d be by the Council, they meauwhilts turning LUIt matter over in their mind". Sir Henry said those people were in a minority at the Committee meeting, He moved the propo. sition on general grollndllRndnotill any sense as an attack on board schools. If his proposition were agreed to they would have a complete report on all the schools which would come under them. Although he would be the first to recognise that the majority of the board schools were most excellent schools, some of the smaller ones were very indifferent schools indeed, and as all would have to be maintained out of the County rate, he thought they ought to have a complete picture before them of the whole of their educational machinery. He did not wish to defer the operation of the Act until every possible report wai before them, but he thought it would be an advantage to have reports of all the schools from the same pro- fessional men. He assured the Council that he had no ulterior motive in view in making the proposition. After some remarks from Dr James and Mr W. Thomas as to what took place in committee, Mr J. O. Marsh said some of the smaller School Boards were holding their hands in order to see what the new educational authority would require. Mr Parry said the proposition meant an inquiry into what was practically their own property, and a waste of about C400 or j6500 of the ratepayers' mouey. Alderman Grove asked if Sir Henry would exempt schools erected within the last seven years, many of which they were proud of. Major Williams, referring to Abergavenny, said it would be an advantage to have the reports suggested. Alderman Raffan was in favour of the propo- sitioH, but thought Alderman Grove's suggestion a very reasonable compromise. He cornbatted the idea that it would be a waste of money to have the reports, since they would require them later on if not now. Sir Henry said he was very willing to accept the limit. The proposition was then carried by a large majority. Mr A. A. Williams asked that the reports might be sent to the managers of the schools, who had not much money at command, urging that it would give them time to get the money necessary to effect the improvements which would be recommended, or enable them to take what steps they considered fit. Mr T. Parry seconded. Alderman S. N. Jones said the Board of Education would have something to say in the matter, and Mr Jacob remarked that it would be premature to give the reports before the Committee had considered them. as it did not follow that they would adopt all the recommendations which might be made. Alderman Grove suggested that the request should be that the reports be sent to the managers as soon as possible, and this was agreed to. I PANTEG U.D.C. AND THE COUNCIL. The Main Roads and Bridges Committee reported that the application of the Panteg U. D.C. for an extra grant towards the maintenance of the main roads in their district, which had not been entertained by them. togetherwith a correspondence with the Local Government Board, to whom Panteg desired to refer the matters in difference, was considered, and the Committee referred the question to the Inspection Committee, requesting them to interview the District Council and endeavour to come to some amicable arrange- ment. I MOTOR CAR SPEED. The Committee also recommended that any Bill regulating the motor traffic could not be accepted as satisfactory unless the speed limit were generally defined both in urban and rural districts. Sir Henry Mather-Jackson proposed, in substitu- tion, that in the opinion of this Council the Dresent speed limit of twelve miles an hour should be retained." He spoke as a suffieier from motor cars, and said he did not want to see that speed exceeded as it was fast enough for the ordinary requirements of the cotentry. Lord Tredegar seconded, and it was agreed to unanimously, and ordered to be forwarded to Mr Long and the local M.P.s. I- KEMEYS COMMANDER BRIDGE. I The Main Roads and Bridges Committee reported that Mr Berrington had written explaining the nature of his apprehensions as to the flooding of his property by the erection of the new bridge at Kemeys, and offering to accept an indemnity by the Council against any possible damage that might occur. They considered this a most reasonable pro- posal, and recommended that it be acceded to, and that the Clerk be authorised to prepare the neces- sary agreement; further that the Finance Committee be requested to provide the money necessarv for the construction of such bridge, and that it be included in next year's estimates. I THE SURVEYOR'S SALARY. J The Committee also stated that in conjunction with the Sub-Committee of the Standiug Joint Committee, they had considered the terms of the County Surveyor's appointment. He is at present in receipt of a salary of X-350 a year, in addition to a gratuity of 4 per cent. for all plans and quantities prepared by him of any new County or Police Buildings-this for the past 14 years has averaged X106 a year. They were of opinion that payment by commission ought to be discontinued, and that in lieu of it he should receive an inclusive salary, which- they recommended should be £500 a year, and expanses out of pocket, as from the 1st August, 1903. For this amount of remuneration he will act as County Architect, and if any extra allowance has to be made for preparing Bills of Quantities, it must receive the sanction of the Committee under whose supervision the buildiug is being erected. The report was adopted. A QUESTION OF PENSION. The Finance Committee, reported that they were not yet in a position to report upon the enquiries which were being made respecting Pensioner George Lewis. DISEASES OF ANIMALS. The Council then resolved itself into an Executive Committee under the Diseases of Animals Act. Lord Tredegar, who presided, stated that a communication had been received with regard to anthrax, but said that there were no cases in Monmouthshire. Mr Victor Bosanquet, as Chief Inspector, reported seven genuine outbreaks of swine fever in the County during the quarter involving 47 swine, of which 2 recovered, 16 remained healthy, and the remainder were slaughtered. There were only two outbreaks of scab in sheep. THE SWINE FEVER ORDER. Sir Henry Mather-Jackson said the Swine Fever Order at present in force in the County was a very great nuisance not only to the police but to pig keepers and dealers. It inflicted a great hardship upon the latter and was a great burden upon the former. It was put, upon them by the Board of Agriculture because they did not fall into line with them. He moved that the a'tention of the Board be called t.) the matter, particularly in view of the small number of cases of swine fever in the County, and that they be respectfully requested to with- draw or modify the Order. In every other case but one in addition to Monmouthshire, the operations of the Order were confined to the particular area affected. Alderman S. N. Jonea seconded, and Messrs. T. Dutfield, B. Perry, and others having supported, it was unanimously agreed to. The suggestion was made that if Sir Henry were going to London he should call upon the authorities concerned. Sir Henry said he had already seen the Home Office on the subject, but if it were the wish of the Council that he should go again he would do so, backed up as he would be by the unanimous expression of the views of the County. I COUNCILLORS ON JURIES. In accordance with notice, Mr T. Parry moved That it is desirable, that legislation should be introduced for exempting County Councillors from serving on juries." He contended that they were as much entitled to relief in this respect as members of Borough Councils. Mr Jacob seconded, aud the motion was agreed to.
I Chepstow Agricultural Show. This annual event was held on Tuesday in fine weather in Piercefield Park, kindly lent by the president, Mr Henty Clay, J.P. There was a large attendance, and the entries, which have been on the increase ever since the formation of the show five years ago, again showed a considerable upward tendeucv. r HORSES. Class I.-Brood hunter mare, in foal or with foal at foot: 1st, Edward Cuire, "The Dame"; 2nd, H. Clay, Piercnfield Park, -1 Limelight." 2.-Brood roadster mare, in foal or with foal at foot: let and 2nd, W. R. Lysaght, Denuil Hill, "Gold Flash" and Titania." 3—Three-year-old hunter gelding or filly: 1st, Miss Edith L. Clay, Piercefield Park, Mauser" 2nd. C. J. Cullimore, Beachley, Wyeside." 4.-Three-year-old roadster izeldi ii or filly: 1st, H. J. Cullimore, Beachley, Wye.-ide." 5. —Two-yar-old hunter gelding or filly: 1st, Edward K-.igilt slough, Hope Town 2nd, Edward Cu r«, It ton Court, Pocket Pistol." 6.— Two-y-ai -old roadster gelding or filly: W. R. Lysaght, Dennil Hill, "Loyalist." 7.-Yearliiig hunter gelding or filly 1st, Miss Edith L. Clay, Piercefield Park" Pautile" j 2nd, A. Wetson. St. Arvans. 8.—Yearling roadster colt or filly: 1st, W. R Lysaght, "Aunt Florence." (Open to members and non-members), 9.-Cart mare, with foal at foot: 1st, George Heath, Trelleck Grange, Delamere Movement 2nd, Henry Oakley, Dewstow, "Gerton Cosy." (Confined to tenant farmers, who must be members.) 10.-Cart mare, with foal at foot: 1st, George Heath, Delamere Movement 2nd. B. Phillips, Undy, "Blossom"; 3rd, E. C. Dutfield, Llau- vaches, Rock Queen r, Rees Keene, Roggiett, "Frolic." 11.—Cart foal by a registered cart stallion 1st, Henry Oakley; 2nd, E. C. Dutfield, "R'ck King"; r, C. M. Crompton-Roberts, Trelleck Grange, "Trelleck Grange Lad." 12.-Foal got by "Dewstow Marmion": 1st, Thomas Rowlands, Caerwent 2nd, E. C. Dutfield r, Rees Keene. 13.—Three-year-old cart gelding or filly Rees Keene. 14.—Two-year-old cart gelding or filly 1st, Henry Oakley, Dewstow Matchmaker 2nd, B. Perry, Iftou Mauor, 11 Ifton Jewel." 15.—Yearling cart cole or filly: 1st, Henry Oakley, "Bucot Coronis"; 2nd and r, George Heath, Trelleck Duchess and Trelleck Bangle." JUMPING AND DRIVING CLASSES. (Classes 16, 17, 18, and 19 open to horses the property of a lady or gentleman hunting regularly with either of the following packs of hounds:—Mr Curre's, Lord Tredegar's, the Monmouthshire, or the Llatigibby.) 16 —Hunter of any age, capable of carrying 14st: 1st, Alfred Scard. Pill Mawr, Caerleon, "Marmion"; 2nd, B. L. Perry, Ifton Manor. "Old Fashion." 17.-Hunter of any age, capable of carrying 12st: 1, W. Pegler, The Mount, Chepstow, Ferry Lad"; 2nd, A. A. Lewis, Priory, Monmouth, Buckholt Boy"; r, Hastiugs Clay, Oak Grove, "Democrat." IS.-Three or four year old, calculated to become a hunter: let, Edward Curre, Itton Court, "Cowboy" 2nd, Miss Edith L. Clay, Mauser." 19.-Best performer over the course: 1st, Miss Edith L. Clay, "Footlight" j 2nd, Henry Clay, Maori." 22.-Pony, not exceeding 13.2, to be driven in harness by a lady, and to be the property of a resident in Monmouthshire or within the limits of the Chepstow Society's boundary: 1st, A. A. Lewis, Gipsy 2nd, W. R Lysaght, "Dorothy Drew." CHAMPION CLASS. 21.-Harness horse over 14.2 to be driven in harness: 1st, W. J. Talem, Penylan, Cardiff, Taffy 2nd, J. Mitchell, Bryntirion, Hereford, Grand Cavalier." 25. —Harness horse over 14.2 to be driven in harness (horses that have won two or more first prizes in open driving clatises and the winner of the first prize in Class 24 barred): 1st, A. G. Fennell, "Lady Athol"; 2nd, C. Radcliffe, Heathfield." 26-Harness horse not exceeding 14.2, to be driven in harness 1st, J. Mitchell, Bryntirion, Hereford, Norbury Lincoln" j 2nd, C. Radcliffe, Miss Darby." 27.-Pair of horses, to be driven in double harness: 1st, J. Mitchell, "Norbury Lincoln" and "Grand Cavalier"; 2nd, W. J. Tatem, Taffy and Taffy II." 28.—Tandem team: 1st, J. Mitchell, "Norbury Lincoln" and" Grand Cavalier"; 2nd, W. J. Tatem, "Taffy and Taffy II." CATTLE.—SHORTHORNS. 31.-Stock bull, two years old and upwards: 1st, Charles Bathurst, Lydney Park, Lord Bedford 2ud, Edward Kuigltt, Slough, Dewstow Scott." 32.—Yearling bull 1st, Charles Bathurst, Bletchley Royal"; 2nd, B. Perry, Ifton Manor. 33.—Bull calf, under twelve months old: 1st, Charles Bathurst; 2nd, B. Perry. 31.-Cow, in milk or within three months of calving: 1st, F. Joyce, High Hall, "Beauty"; 2nd, Charles Bathurst, Miss Blanche III." ANY BREED. 35.-Pair of two-year-old steers: Ist, Jones, Green Pool, Woolaston; 2nd, Edward Curre, Itton Court. 36.-Pair of yearling Rteers: 1st, Edward Curre 2nd. J. and H. Talbot, Pill House. 37.-Pair of two-year-old heifers, in calf: 1st, Exors. of the late V. Parsons, Southbrook; 2nd, Charles Langham, New House. 3S.—Pair of yearling heifers: 1st, Charles Bathurst, Lydney Park: 2nd, Huggett Bros., Mathern. 39.—Channel Island cow or heifer 1st, Edward Curre, Itton Court, Lovely 2nd, C. L. Clay, Crossway Green, Violet." SHEEP. 40.—Pen of five wether lambs 1st, Exors. of the late V. Parsons 2nd, Fred Biddle, Livox, St. Arvan's. 41.—Pen of five ewe lambs lsfc. Exors. of the late V. Parsons 2nd, F. JOJee, High Hall. 42.-Pen of five yearling ewes: 1st, Edward Curre, Itton Court; 2nd, Exors. of the late P. Price, Howick; 3rd, Exors. of the late V. Parsons, Southbrook. 43.-Pen of five breeding ewes 1st, Edward Curre, Itton Court; 2nd, Henry Clay, Pietcefield Park. 41.-Ram lst, Exors. of the late P. Price; 2nd, Exors. of the late V. Parsons. 45. — Ram lamb: 1st, Exors. of the late P. Pi ice 2nd, Exors. of the late V. Parsons. In the County Council section Mrs S. A. Heath, Raglan, took 1st prize for a pair of fowls dressed and prepated for market in the most approved ni .liner, and 1st iu the milking competition, open t" vmen only. J. Bigham, Llangwm, took 2nd in the Monmouthshire shoeing competition. In table decoration there was keen rivalry. Miss Sykes took 1st prize with an arrangement of white flowers consisting of sweet peae, stocks and jessamine, with ferns; and Mrs H. H. Clay was awarded 2nd prize for her display of yellow escholtzia, with gypsophilum and ferns.
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n J Panteg District Horticuirural and Cottage Garden Society. The annual show in connection with the above society was held in the Polo Grounds, Pontypool Road, on Thursday afternoon. The secretaries were Messrs. G. J. Aldridge, New- Inn, and John Morgan, R,seberry Cottar, New Inn, who worked hard for the «ucce*s of the show. The president is Mr. J. C. Hanbury. D.L., J.P.; the vioe presidents Rev. A. W. A. Williams, Rev, C. Cook, M.A., Alderman D. Jones, J.P., MesHrs. I. Butler, J.P., J. Walters, J. Jenkins, O.C., E. Fowler, J.P., H. A. Sauuders, A. A. Williams. J P. C.C., S. Huxley, I. lIlasQn, E. Francis chairman,. Mr. F. W. Harding vice-chairman, Mr. John Thomas; treasurer. lIr John Briscoe; committee, Rev. D. B. Hughes, N Inn, Messrs C. L-wimi, E. Yorath, A. E. D-tvies, Jan. Williams, C. Wood, H. Randle, E C. Hoskins, Jas. Bassett, W. J PriM, John Godwin. J. Yorath, W. E. Thomas, W. Wilson, H. Spicer, G. Childs, W. J. Luxton, and W. G. Thomas. The judges weie Mr J H. Wootton, By ford, Hereford, and Miss M. A. Parry, Coedygric House, Griffithstown. There were 135 entries. The show was formally opened by Mrs F. W. Harding, New Inn, and a vote of thanks Willi passed to her for her services. In replying Mr Wootton said that considering the lsteness of the season and that, this was the first year, the show had bee-i vpry successful. The entries in the peas and beans classes were excellent, and the arrangement of the nosegays deservect special mention. OPEN SECTION. Collection of vegetables Mr Blackwell, Griffiths- town. Collection of &)wers (<rr.ta.red for decoia- tion) Mrs F W Harding, New Inn. Collection of blooms: Mr A Messenyer, Lltnvihinirel. Collection, of honey: Mrs D Johns. Griffichstown. ijest; cheese: Miss E Llewelyn, Mamhilad. LOCAL CLASSES. Early cabbages: 1, Mr F W Harding, New Inn; 2, Mr Hy Williams, Pontyvelin. Lettuces 1, Mr H Spicer, New Inn; 2. Mr J Morgan, New InD. Turnips Mr H T Pillinger, Green Lawn, Panteg. Carrots: Mr Wm Evans, New Inn. Onions: Mr J Morgan, New Inn. Onions, spring sown Mr W J Price, New Inn. Onions, autumn sowri I, Mr S Bach, Griffithstown 2, Mr A E Preston. Cwm- berwch, Panteg. Parsnips: 1, Mr John Williams, Cwrdy House, Griffithstown 2, Mr William Lyau8, New Inn. Beets: 1, Mr Jas Williams New lun 2, Mr HE Pillioger. Shallots: 1. Mr J Fowell, Sebastopol 2, Mr J Morgan, New Inn. Rhubirbr 1, Mr John Goodwin. sen., New Inn 2. Mr W J Price, New Inn. Early kidney potatoes: 1. Mr S Halloway, Lower New Inn 2, Mr H E Pillinger. Early round potatoes: Mr W Nicholas, Ne v Inn. Late kidney potatoes 1, Alrs Hoskinx, New I In 2, Mr J Morgan, New Inn. Late round potatoes 1. Mr H E Pillinzer; 2,Mr Allen Thomas, Griffiths- town. Garden herbs Mr R Drinkwater, L anvi- hangel. Broad beans: 1, Mr H E PiUing r: 2, Mrs Hoskins, New Inn. Peas: 1, Mr J Howard, Griffithstown; 2, Mr A E Preston, Panteg; 3, Mr S Halloway, Lower N"w Inn. Parsley 1, 11r H Spicer, New Inti 2, Mrs Hoskins. Mint: 1. Mr R Drinkwater, Llanvihacgel; 2, Mr W G Thomas, GriffithstowD. I FRUIT. Kitchen apples Mr Wingfield, Dorset House, Griffithstown. Gooseberries: 1, Mr W J Price, New Inn: 2, Mr J Howard. Giifach, Griffithstown; 3, Mr Allen Thomas, Griffi'hstown. B ac cur- rants: Mr H E Pillinger. Red Curnnts: Air H B Pillinger. Kaspberries I, Mr A E Preston 2, Mr H E Pillinger. FLOWERS. Roses: 1, Mr Jas Howard, Griffithstown 2, Mr John Morgan, New Inn. Pansies: 1. Mr H Spicer, New Inn 2, Mr F W Harding, New Inn. Nosegay, garden flowers: 1, Mr Jas Howard, Griffithstown 2, Mr John Williams, Griffi. hstown. Nosegay, wild flowers: 1, Miss Edith Yorath, New Inn 2, Miss Annie Edwards, New Inn. Collection of blooms: i, Mr A Messenger, LllJn- vihangel; 2, Mr W. J. Thomas, Griffithstown. Collection of window plants: 1, Mrs Davies, Slovad, Panteg: 2, Mr M. A. Davies, Prospect P ace, New Inn. Collection of vegetables (given by Mr E. Francis, florist, Sebastopol): Mr J. Morgan, New lun. INDUSTRIAL WORK. Pair of stockings (knitted by a woman over 18 years of age): 1. Mrs J. Morgan, New Inn 2, Mies B. Bassett. Stockings (knitted by a girl un ler IS years of age) Miss L. K. Morgan, New Inn. Shirt (cut and made by a woman over 18 years) Mrs T H Rowen, New Inn. Shirt (-ewn by girl under 18 years of age) Miss Annie Elwards. New Inn. Aprons (sewn by girl under 10 yearf): 1, Miss Gladys Morgan. New Inn 2, Miss Leslie Harding, New Inn. Pinafore (sewn by girl Ilnler 12 years): i, Miss Agnes Jones, New Inn; 2, Miss Gladys Morgm, LNev Inn. L'af of home made bread: Mr John Williams, Cwrdy, Griffiths- town. TRADESMEN S PRIZES. Collection of vegetables (grown from seed snp- plied by Messrs Daniel Bros., Norwich) Mr T. Bach, Griffitds: 0 IVIl. THE SrORTg commenced at 5.30 p.m., and the officials were. Messrs A J. Joshua, A. J. Smart aud U. \Vynn, assisted by members of the committee. The results were as follow — One hundred and twenty yards race: 1, A Williams 2, W H Jones. One hundred and twentv yards race (boys nuder lo) 1, W H Hvue" 2, W Lloyd. Two miles walking match 1. A Williams. One mile bicycle race: 1, T C Vaughan 2. Williams. Quarter mile walking march ilgirls 16): 1, A Edwards; 2, a A Evns. Ha f nile bicycle race (boys under 18) 1, H Burtroyne 2, A Parker. Qnarter mile walking match (ladies) I, F Harris 2, M. Thomas. By kind permission of Major D. E. William* the band of the 1st Monmouthshire Volunteer Artillery played salections and dance mllic during the evening. The committee devoted some spifi,- to plants not for competition," and this w>tn filled chiefly by Mr E. Fowler, Pontypool (who staged a beautiful collection of plants in bloom), and Mr E. Francis, Sebastopol (whose stand consisted of some rare ferns, palms, and other foliage plants).
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Departure of the Monmouthshire Volunteer iriiliery for Cain p. The Monmouthshire Volunteer Artillery went into camp at Portskewett on Saturday. The officers in commaud of the 1st (Newport) Battery were Captain Rolls, Captain Wallis Jones, Lieut. Pearson, and Lieut. Wymau of No. 2 (Risca), Captain Hugh Watts, Captaiu Grosvenor Williams, Lieut. Oswell, and Lieut. Williams; of No. 3 (Panteg), Major Williams and Lient. Butler. The brigade numbered, roughly, ab,,tit 450 strong with twelve guns uuder the command of Colonel C. T. Wallis. Colonel Hopkius inspects the camp to-day (Friday).