f »<g—MS—OBKX&S&tS jtiZErTitn&i EBusiness Bfcfcresscs. EXCELSIOR" WHISKY The EXCELSTOR Blend has been produced with great scientific skill and judgment, and possesues those admirable properties that are only to be found in the highest grade Whiskies. GRANVILLE H. SHARPE, F.C.S., Late Principal of the Liverpool College of Chemistry Analyst •Perfection of Blended Whisky."—Lancet. "We can recommend the EXCELSIOR Whisky wit,h con/Hence as a safe and palatable stimulant to tt e Sick and Convalescent."— Practitioner. RKCSTERED SOLE PROPRIETORS MARGRAVE BROTHERS, Wine and Spirit Importers, Llanelly, South Wales. rHE SWANSEA MERCANTILE BANK Limited, OF 18, PARK STREET, SW ANSEA. MAKE CASH ADVANCES DAILY FROM £ 5 to P,500 TO FARMEBS and ALL CLASSES of respect- able householders upon their own Note o' Hand, find other kinds of securities. ALL TRANSACTIONS STRICTLY PUIVATE App'y to H. B. JONES, Manager, Or W. D. PHILLIPS, Auctioneer, Haverfordwest Local Representati Personal attendance every Wednesday afternoot, and at other times by special appointment at Vic- toria Road, opposite the Dock gates, Milford Hbven sel Educational. FRENCH AND CERMAN TAUCHT, BY MAX METZGER. Evening CLASSES MjOsdAYS and FRIDAYS 8 to 9, at 8, Market Street, Haverfordwest. J>RIVATE PUPILS taken. FRENCH and G; I: MAN Translations Promptly Executed. Terms on application. Dec21-i2 University College of Wales, Abeiys- twyth. (ONE OF THE CONSTITUENT COLLEGES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES). President-The Right Hon. LORD RENDAL. Principal—T. F. ROBERTS, M.A., (Oxon), LL.D. (Vict.) The next Session begins on October the 2nd. A number of Entrance Scholarships and Ex- hibtiion, open to both Male and Female Candi- dates above the age of 16, are offered for Competition on Tuesday, September 18th, 1906, and the following days. Students are prepared for Degrees in Arts, Science (including the applied Science of Agriculture), Law and Music. Sessional Composition Fee, £10, with additional Laboratory Fees for Science Students. Regi- stration Fee £1. Men Students reside in Registered lodgings in the town, or at the Men's Hostel; Warden Prof. J. W. Marshall, M.A. Women Students reside in the Alexandra Hall of Residence for Women. For full particulars respecting the General Arts and Science De- partments, the Law, Agricuture, and Day Trainirg DAT .y- -&.v.t.JL)" t. Hostels, apply to 'r J. H. DAVIES, M.A., Registrar. Haverfordwest Grammar School FOUNDED 1613. SUCCESSES gained in 1901-2 include the following: Exhibition, Magdalen College, Oxford (£70 per annum). I Exhibition Jesus College, Oxford. (( £ 50 per annum). Entrance to R. M. C. Sandhurst. Assistant Clerkship R.N. (9th place oj over 100 candidates). 1 London Matriculation 2 Oxford and Cambridge Higher Certificates, and 1 Pass Responsions. All the above obtained direct from School. Haverfordwest is a Centre for Cambridge Local Examinations. There are a few Vacancies for Boarders in tho Headmaster's House. Apply HEADMASTER, School House, Haverfordwest. TasKer's High School For Girl& HAVERFORDWEST. Headmistress: MISS ANDERSON, B.A. (Assisted by highly qualified mistresses). FEES El 6s. 8d. per term. Special Sdbjects: Greek, German, and Painting, 15s. per term. RE OPENS TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th, at 2 p.m. ——— I Country Pupils are only allowed to board at the Hostel, specially provided for Pupils of the School, or at houses approved by the Governing Body, of which a list cu be ob- tained (with any other information desired relative to school arrangements), either from the Headmistress, or from Mr J. W. Phillips, Solicitor, Tower Hill, Clerk to the Governors. The next Term will begin on Wednesday Afternoon, September 19th. 2Sepl4 St. David's County School Chairman: THE VERY REV. THE DEAN OF ST DAVIDS Vice-Chairman: CAPT. S. ROACH. Headmaster: MR. THOMAS THOMAS, B.A. (London). Assistant Master: MR. H. P. JACKSON, M.Sc. (Vic.). Assistant Mistress: MISS K. M. GREEN, L.L.A. (St. Andrews), Cambridge Teachers' Diploma. Assistant Mistress: MISS E. H. MOSELEY, B.A. (Wales), with Honours. Pupils prepared for the London Matricula- tion, the Oxford and Cambridge Locals, the Legal, Medical, and Pharmaceutical Examina- tions, the Entrance Scholarship Examinations of the University Colleges of Wales, and the South Kensington Sciene and Art Examina- tions. TUITION FEES.— £ 4 per annum, or Pl 6s. ed. per term; two (brothers or sisters) iC7 per per annum, or £2 6s. 8d. per term; three (brothers or sisters) E10 per annum, or £3 68. 8d. per term. Pupils taking Music will be charged an extra fee. For terms and further particulars, Prospec- tus, etc., apply to the Headmaster, or to MR. W. D. WILLIAMS, The Registrar, St. Davids. fllMscellaneous. I THOUSANDS ARB Mn* Bradford** • V0WZL' Washing MMMM I WASHING "AT HOME. MVU* Una, takMr, aad voar aai tear at IMaM « asvfealltB. THOMAS BlUDfORP 00, Hot-withstanding Statements made to the contrary, the 44 Couniy Guardian haw a GUARANXEEO circulation far in esceaa of any other paper printed and published in the C-ountys ""å!. Xegal. Re William James Evans, deceased. W A T ED information concerning the heirs -or next-of kin of WILLIAM JAMES EVANS, who went to America from Pembroke- -hire about 1870. at which time he was approxi- mately twenty-tive years of age, and followed the trade of car builder, wheelwright, or Cabin, t .Nlake .-Al,ply to H. A. JONES-LLOYD, Solicitor, Pembroke Dock. Q 10jail Sales bp Ruction. ST. DAVIDS, PEMBROKESHIRE. TO WINE AND SPIRIT MERCHANTS, BREWERS AND OTHERS. Sale of valuable FREEHOLD FULLY- LI' 'ENSED PROPERTY, together with the good will and possession of the GROVE HOTEL, St. Davids, MR WILLIAM JONES HAS received instructions to SELL BV AUCTION at the MARINER'S HOTEL, HAVER- FORDWEST, on WEDNESDAY, the 16th day of JANUARY, 1907, at three o'clock in the afternoon, the exceptionallv valuable FULLY-LICENSED HOTEL, and PREMISES known as THE GROVE HOTEL, with the LANDS adjoining, situate in the Cathe- dral < ity of S, Davids, Pembrokeshire, now in the occupation of the Proprietor. The Premises comprise on the Ground Floor, large Hall with Coffee, Drawing, Reading, Sitting and Smoke Rooms, together with Bar, Cellar, Kitchen, Scullery, Dairy and usual Out-offices; on tin first floor, nine Bedrooms, Lavatory, and W.C., and on the second floor, several Mtcs. Adjoining the Premises there is a large Yard, numerous Stables, Saddle-room, Coaeh-house, Motor Garage and Pit, Cart Houses, Pigsties, Sheds and Hayguard, a large Walled Garden with Greenhouse, 31 feet x 11 feet; with the Lawns, Grounds, Walks, 3 Fields and Plantation the whole property sta nding on about 11 acres of ground. The Property occupies a first-rate position, and is fitted with Electric Bells, Gas and Water Supply, and has complete Sanitary arrangements. A satisfactory trade has been carried on by the Proprietor and his predecessors, and by the open- ing up of the new route to Ireland via Fishguard, a still larger trade may be reasonably axpected. Immediate possession. 10 For full particulars and for order to inspect, apply to the Auctioneer at his ces, Buckingham House. High Street, Haverfordwest; or to MR. W. J/ JONES, Solicitor, Victoria Place, Haverfordwest December 3rd, 1906. .C' I announcements. N Alt BERTH EISTEDDFOD, Easter Monday, 1901' CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION R20 (And prize to Conductor value X2 2s.) MALE VOICE COMPETITION XIO 10s. PART SO N'T do 955s. OPEN SOLO do (For ladies and gentlemen), and other substan- tiial prizes. Programmes may be shortly obtained, post free 2d, of R. J. Mogford or Jonah John, Hon. Secretaries, High Street, Narberth. 2jall ZEenfcers. To Builders and Contractors TENDERS are invited for the erection of a SHOP and DWELLING HOU,E in West Street, Fishguard, for Mr Francis Davies, draper. Plans and specifications may be seen on and after Monday, January 7th, 1907, at the address of the undersigned. Sealed Tenders to be delivered to the under- signed not later than 12 o'clock noon, Monday, January 21st., 1907. The lowest nor any tender will not necessarily be accepted. FRANCIS A. DAVIKS. Paris House, West Street, Fishguard. 2jall CHEAP PREPAID ADVER- TISEMENTS. ManteD. Junior Clerk Wanted. WANTED as a Junior CJ^rk in a Haver- fordwest Office a SmArt Lad just leaving school. Excellent opdmtfg.—Apply "Quill," A pply school. Excellent op g.-Apply "Qaill, "County Guardian Office, Haverfordwest. Don't Bead This. WANTED, Men and Roys of/good character for Royal Navy and /Royal Marines. Good pay, and pension ovt leaving.—Apply Recruting Office, North ItepK Street, Pembroke Dock. ocl9—13 jfor Sale. FOR Sale, cheap Child's Double Mail-cart in good condition. Also Gent's Bicycle, free wheel, new departure hub. Must be sold. No reasonable offer refused. Mr Perry, 23, Pembroke Street, Pembroke Dock. FOR SALE.—Welsh Terrier Bitch, 2 years, by Pembro Priest, ex-Pen<iaer Folly, cheap. —Mathry Vicarage. 7 ji4— For Sale. STRONGLY BUILT SHED, feet long, 12 v-ide, corrugated iron rorff, with troughs and down pipes, 2 doors, windows and shutters also stove with piping n/4 guards.—Apply, Thomas Llewellyn, (Jornei/Piece, Treffgarne. no9— Zo met. TO LE r, House at Clarbeston Road, 3 Bed- -t- rooms, 2 Reception, Kitchen and Scullery, Large Gardens back and front. Apply, Mit-s Lewis, the present occupier. rpO LET, Double Licensed House in centre of Pembroke Dock. Good trade.—Apply No "License," Pembroke County Guardian" Office, Haverfordwest. 3jall IMPORTANT NOTICE. The Pembroke County Guardian" which is the only County Paper, and contains news from the whole of Pem- brokeshire, as well as many other attractive features, is on sale at aft. Newsagents in the County and the important towns of South Wales. It will be forwarded by post to any address at the usual prepaid rate: One Quarter, is 8d; Half Year, 3S 4d; One Year, 6s 8d. Advertisementsfor the North Edition can be received up to noon on Wednesday, though classification cannot be ensured after first post on that day. For Mid County and South Editions advertisements can be received up to 5 o'clock Thursday afternoons, but position and classification can only be guaranteed up to 9 a.m. PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR BUSINESS ADVERTISE IN "THE COUNTY GUARDIAN," BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST PAPER, THE LARGEST PAPER, And has a CIRCULATION about DOUBLE that of any other paper in the County.
CONTENTS OF INSIDE PAGES. N North County Notes and News-Page 2. Maenclochog News—Page 2. St. David's County School-Page 2. Eisteddfod at Solva-Page 2. Christmas Traffic at Goodwick-Page 2. Mathry News—Page 2. Ice Fatalities-Page 2. Rural Life and Market Reports-Page 3. Story, The 'Prentice Highwayman-Page 3. Pater Water Committees—Page 6. Pembroke Dock Choral Society-Page 6. Pennar Gut Fatality-Page 6. Railway Disaster, Etc-Page 6. Welsh Column—Page 6. Amsang: An old Pembrokeshire Family" —Page 7. Haverfordwest Town Council-Page 7. Books and Magazines-Page 7.
A QUAINT PEMBROKESHIRE CUSTOM. The Celt took the opportunity a week or two back of referring to the de- cadent carolling of the present day. Another old contributor writes on this sub- ject. By virtue of omnipresent powers we spent Christmas eve in Honey Harfat, Our slumbers were postponed by a bilulous performance of some ill-remembered music hall ballads, rendered in raucous tones by a small crowd who had but ]ust before heard the cheerful but probably unwelcome intimation 'Time, gentlemen, please.' And this in a town with ambition enough for an Eisteddfod." Not often do our London contemporaries find the customs of our remote county sufficient to interest their readers, despite the fact that so many Sir Benfro folks live within 5 miles of Paddington, but we take the Liberty of "lifting" the following from young "John Bull "w ho despite the fact that he has only yet seen one Christmas, is a very vigorous youngster, and on whose attain- ment of old age any Insurance office might safely gamble. In Pembrokeshire, on Twelfth Night, carol-singers used to carry about a wren, secured in a ribbon-bedecked cage—sometimes a stable lantern served the purpose—going from house to house and announcing their arrival by singing The Song of the Wren," a copy of which I happen to have by me. The wren's visit was a source of much amusement to children and ser- vants. Sometimes two or three wrens would be caged together, and their little house always had at least one window. So far as we have heard this is the first record of a quaint local custom. The writer seems to have con- clusive proof of his assertion, but the con- tribution bears no signature. At Tenby, as Dynbych points out there is another quaint custom. The children go round with cups containing "New Year's water," and with a spray of box, they sprinkle such of the inhabitants as they deem good enough for a new year's tip.
COUNTY NOTES. Winter set in suddenly and for the first time for many years we had a white -u »• Ulilivou till — exampled severity. We usually avoid extremes on the West coast, save, perhaps- in the matter of rainfall, of which Pem- brokeshire usually gets a large share; but that we should have some inches of snow on the ground is a very unusual occurrence. So unusual indeed that as The Pilot points out one little fellow was actually frightened when he saw the air thick with falling flakes and the ground white. People have long been saying that we were to have a hard winter, and those who make a study of the weather confirm it; certainly we have made a good ending and a good beginning of the year as regards weather. We hope in no other respect will the winter be found a hard" one; but that readers, one and all, may have a happy and prosper- ous year. -11:11:11- The Haverfordwest corporation seemg now to have fixed the lines upon which the re-construction of the offices are to proceed. We are to have a new officer, who shall be surveyor and inspector of nuisances. The present surveyor, Mr. Gibbon, will practically confine himself to the duties of gas manager, but as he, and apparently he alone, possesses the clue to our very intricate drainage system, he will be paid a small salary as consulting engin- eer in addition to his other duties. The present inspector of nuisances will be con- tinued until March next, after which the new comer will be In full charge. If the right man is appointed we may hope to have at last an executive officer who will lift from the old town the reproach of being the dirtiest town in the county. We have had an object lesson within the last few days of how greatly an improve- ment is needed in the supervision of the condition of the streets of the town. :1. iI.11 ,1'11'11- The Pembroke Choral Society are to be congratulated upon the splendid perform- ance of Judas Maccabeus which they gave last Thursday. It is a great pity that 71 the weather was so inclement, as doubtless it prevented some hundreds of people from attending, but as a large number of seats had been booked, the society will probably make a profit on the evening's perform- ance. Had it been a fine night, doubtless the Wesley chapel would have been crowd- ed. Certainly no one could desire to hear a better rendering of the oratorio. The choir sang splendidly, and it. worth tne price of the ticket just to hear Mr. Lloyd Chandos. There is not the slightest doubt that if this fine singer ever come into Pem- brokeshire again, he will attract a huge audience. It is stated, that he is a Pem- brokeshire man, having been born at Bosh- eston, but we cannot vouch for the cor- rectness of this story. If it be true, Mr. Lloyd Chandos is a singer of whom we Pembrokeshire people may leasonably feel proud. No doubt he would be gratified by finding such a fine chorus in his presum- ably native county. It will be the turn of Haverfordwest next to show us what they can do in producing one of the great ora- torios. —II -I! -I!— One effect of the recent hard weather has been to bring huge flocks of birds that are rarely seen at any other period on our Pembrokeshire coast to hunt for food almost at our very door. Many of these have arrived from over seas, but others have only deserted the mountains and the high land in order to gain shelter and to pick up a living where their instinct or their reasoning has led them. Enormous flocks of larks were to be encountered all round the coast after the frost and the snow of last week, and bunches of green plovers whirled erratically in the air in different directions, or could be seen hop- ping and picking on the wet patches free from snow or ice. 0: the sea-birds that had been driven inland, the black headed gull seemed to be by far in the majority, while fowlers have had nothing to complain of lately. because of the plentiful number l of wild ducks that are about. A contributor who signs himself YerbB Sap." writes U'3 itS folo\N,s: In your .report of the distribution of prizes at Taskers High School a fortnight ago, amongst other interesting items, I noted a record of the collection by one of the pupils of over 400 flowers during che I st summer in the neighbourhood." 1 suppose we may assume the large bulk of these to be representatives of the notably rich wild flora of the Pembrokeshire coun- try side. In all probability the youthful botanist has found her reward in the plea- sure of collecting, studying, and classifying this fine list. But it occurs to me that her work deserves some more la-sting record than a short mention in your columns. It may be that the already large list is only fit to be a nucleus for a thorough and ex- haustive list of our county's wild flowers. Two or three years ago an enthusiastic and highly representative meeting of local gentlemen launched a Pembrokeshire Natural History Society," which the sec- retary then appointed explained to me was for the purpose of recording more than of collecting Pembrokeshire represent- atives in the domain of Nature. Is that society alive or dead? If still alive, is it not fitting that it should encourage the pupil whose youthful pleasure in her pur- suit of botany may only have ephemeral results. At present I believe there is not in existence a County list of the flora of Pembrokeshire. Many other counties J have such lists, but our own county out-j trying every other in its possessions in the J way of natural history, is without a record. If the local Natural History Society is too: I supine or defunct, how would the publi-j cation of such a list with the name of the pupil as compiler, affect the enthusiastic I individuals who flirted with the subject at J the meeting mentioried I
THE BLIZZARD. SNOWSTORM AT FISHGUARD: The sight presented at Fishguard after the terrific snowstorm, accompanied with continuous peals of heavy thunder and vivid flashes of lightning, which passed over north Pembrokeshire on Thursday night, told better than words could describe of the fury of the gale that raged in- cessantly for so many Yiours last week. On Goodwick beach and at Lower Town Harbour, lay hundreds of sleep- ers that, had been washed away from the breakwater, and on tne following days men were busy gathering and carting these back to be re-laid, in order to pro- ceed with the work of mending the havoc done by the sea. One large gap was to be seen in the breakwater where the sea had washed through, and tne end of the construction was wore down till the large concrete block on which the lighthouse stands, stood out clear above the surrounding ridge of stones. The lighthouse itself, however, remained perfectly firm, and although the point of the breakwater had been levelled until it was far below its normal height, it acted as a safe bulwark against the on- slaught of the enormous waves on the foun- dation of the lighthouse. The Cork, Rosslare, and Waterford boats were delayed for some hours during the storm, but the tur- bine St. Patrick left almost to time in the afternoon, and behaved admir- ably as it faced the full fury of the tem- pest. Despite the boisterous sea in Fish- guard harbour, the service worked prac- tically without a hitch, all means being 10 anv possible mishap. The anerrv luruiiie" steamer iroui ftos^are arrived almost punctually in a blinding storm. STGNAT., BOX STRUCK. During Thursday night, the signal box near Goodwick station, was struck by lightning, causing a great deal of damage and destroying the wires completely. Mr. J. Garnon, signalman, who was on duty at the time had a very narrow escape, and was hurled senseless from his feet. The shock was so great that Mr. Garnon, when he regained consciousness, was bleeding freely from his mouth and nostrils. But he has since perfectly recovered and is little the worse for his experience. He retains vivid recollections of the sensation he felt at the time, which, he says, will remain fresh with him to the end of his days. Drifts of snow blocked the line above Letterston, and the local trains from Fish- guard to Clynderwen had to return from Letterston on Saturday morning and were compelled to run over the new line to Clarberston Road until the drifts were cleared away. On Saturday afternoon the ordinary trains ran as usual from Clynder- wen, via Puncheston. Telegraphic wires were down in many parts at the end of the week, those from Fishguard to the cable- house above the Old Fort, having suffered among others. COWS KILLED. During the early hours of Friday morn- ing two valuable cows belonging to Mr. William Evans, Penrhiw-fach, Goodwick, were killed by lightning and the hedgerow near where the cows lay, was destroyed. The cows, of course, were out and had not been housed for the winter. They had sought the shelter of the hedge, and\vhen found they were in quite a natural position, showing that their death had been instan- taneous. IN THE SOUTH In South Pembrokeshire the fall of snow was the severest which has occurred for twelve years. In some parts the snow lay eight or nine inches deep on Friday. On Saturday all the football matches in the district had to be postponed, the grounds being unfit for play, and on Fri- day and Saturday the small attendances at the local markets were probably attributable to the snow having prevented people from coming in from the country. Such a large fall of snow at Pembroke Dock was a novelty, and the opportunity of snowballing was seized upon with avidity by. all the youngsters, and by some of more mature age, too, and some nerce battles occurred at some of the street corners. There were several accidents which oc- curred which may be attributed to the storm. On Thursday, Mr. Cole, a shoe- maker, 74 years of age, living in Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock, slipped in the snow and fell breaking his leg. On the same day P.C. Griffiths, who is stationed at Narberth, fell, sustaining such injuries to his arm that he has been on the sick list since. A wagon belonging to Messrs. William John and Sons, of Haverfordwest, with three horse attached, was proceeding down Xeyland High Street, on Wednesday, when the horses slipped on the snowy ground, ii nd the wagon was overturned opposite Mr. Phillips' shop. Fortunately neither the horsse nor the wagon were injured. The thaw on Sunday was responsible for a lot of damage. The falls of snow from the roof? made it dangerous for pedestrians to use the pavements, and in many cases gutters were wrenched away, whilst people with greenhouses sustained considerable damage. The large glass balcony in front of the shops of Aid. Allen, Mr. Palmer, and Mr. Tallett, in Cresswell Buildings, Pembroke Dock, was broken by a fall of snow from the roof above, which came down and went right ihrough to the pave- ment with a tremendous crash. The glass balcony outside the establish- ment of Mr. G. F. Biddlecombe, of Ney- land, v-as also slightly damaged. a
DEATH OF MR H. W. WILLIAMS, F.C.S. FORMER PROPRIETOR AND EDITOR OF THE COUNTY GUARDIAN." We have to record with very sincere re- gret the sudden death some time during Tuesday ni.cht, of Mr. Henry Whiteside Williams, for many years proprietor and editor of the Pembroke County Guar- dian." Mr. Williams has been failing in health for several years, and for months past his condition has been regarded as very serious by his friends. On Tuesday lie was at the County Guardian office and occupied himself with his usual duties. He complained several times that he was feeling ill, and about 7 p.m., when he came into the office, he walked about for a short time and then remarked that he was feel- ing very queer and would go home and to C, t) bed. He appears t" have one io his I apartments in Lower Cambrian Plaee, and to have retired without his condition exciting any comment. He did not come down as usual on Wednesday morning, and I when some one went upstairs to see the cause, he was found dead in bed. His I appearance indicated that lie had passed OaNN-iv in his sleep peacefully. 3 Mr. Williams was 52 years of age, but I his long illness made him seem a much older man. Forty-seven years ago his father founded the Dewsland and Kernes Guardian." It was printed at Solva, and from the outset made its mark. When the late Mr. Williams was old enough he was apprenticed to the printing, and on com- pleting his time, went into England to gain experience. After the death of his parents he took over the Guardian," and altered its Litle to the one it now bears The Pem- broke County Guardian," and subsequently published it at Fishguard and at Solva. In his prime, Mr. Williams was a man 01 keen business instincts. He also possessed considerable literary ability, and under his management the County Guardian prospered, while his personal intimacy with many literary men was the means oi obtaining for the paper valuable contribu- tions from many of the best known writers of the day, particularly in its antiquarian columns. Mr. Williams was always am- bitious that his paper should be a county paper, in fact as well as in name; but his own failing health made it impossible lor him to personally realise his long cherished desire. About a year ago, however, the County Guardian and its printing business was transferred to a limited lia- bility company, with head-quarters at Haverfordwest, and branches at Fishguard, Solva, and Pembroke Dock .Mr. Williams became one of the managing directors of the new company, and though his ill- health prevented him taking a very active part in the new development of the paper, he was keenly interested jn its progress, and no one was more delighted than he was at the new vista opening out and the enlarged sphere of influence and usefulness which each week rewarded the enterprise of the new company. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a recognised authority in South Wales on all geological matters. iN40 one knew more ttian he of the geologi- cal formations of Pembrokeshire. He was a keen antiquarian, and was a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Society, for which he was one of the two hon. secre- taries in this county. He was pos- sessed, as we have said, of considerable literary ability, and his papers on geologi- cal and archaeological subjects were always full of interesting information, and dressed up in good literary style. He will be mourned by a wife and eight children, some of whom are grown up, as well as two sisters, several nephews and nieces, and a large circle of friends. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 2 o'clock from Harbour House, Lower Solva. THE INQUEST. A inquest was held at the Masonic Hall on Thursday evening, by Mr. H. J. E. Price, coroner for the South of the county. Mr. John A. Bland was chosen foreman of he jury, which consisted of Messrs. Francis A. Scott. B. W. Clarke., John Llewellyn, Walter John, R. Sinnett, W. T. Gvvilliam, James Griffiths, James Phillips, John G. Bowen, David Evans, Geo. Thomas and Rev. J. L. Jones. The first witness was Mr. J. W. Hammond, Joint Managing Director of the "Pembroke County Guardian," Limited, who said he had known the deceased for 12 years. Deceased was 52 years of age, and for the last 8 years had been in ill-health. He had been sub- ject to fits and was hardly free from them any day. On the previous Tuesday he seemed somewhat worse than usual and complained of pains in the stomach. He left the office between 6 and 7, and said he was going to bed early. Witness knew nothing of a chlorodyne bottle having been found in deceased's bed- room. He knew Mr. Williams had been at one time in the habit of taking chlorodyne, but understood from him that he had given up doing so. Deceased had often told him that he slept well. Miss M,ary Williams, 5, Lower Cambrian Place, said Mr. Williams had been lodging with her about one month. He had com- plained to her of not feeling very well, and on Tuesday seemed about as usual. A little after 6 he came in and said he was ging to bed as he did not feel very well. He usually come. down soon after 8, but a little before 10, as he had not come down, she called him. Failing to get an answer, she fetched a ne h bour Rev. J. S. Jones who, with Mr. Morgans, insurance agent, went up to the bedroom" and then sent for a police officor. She was not aware that he was taking any medicine. She saw him in a fit soon trter he came to lodge with her. It was a kind of a faint. She did not hear any sound from his bedroom during Tuesday night. P.S. James stated that just before 11 a.m. he went to Cambrian Place and found de- ceased lying in bed on his left side quite dead and cold. He appeared as though he had died in his sleep, quite peacefully. Wit- ness found the bottle produced, containing a little chlorodyne, on the dressing table. He found it had been purchased by deceased on Tuesday evening. Di". James Wilson said he had made an ex- amination of the body and found the liver very small and contracted, as a result of alcoholism, and he had deeply congested lungs. Docomposition had already set in rapidly. He could not say that deceased had been taking anything, but what was coming from his mouth looked liked it. He was of opinion that death was due to asphyxia, as the result of an cver-dose of chlorodyne, although it was impossible to say definitely, as 'he state of his liver would be sufficient to cause death, or he might have had a fit. Being a dyspeptic, Mr. Williams would take chlorodyne, and he might have taken an ovetr-dose. p The coroner, in summing up, said they -ill Djj knew Mr. Williams .very well, and no doubt || they, as well as himself, would deeply deplore I his death. As they had heaid from Mr. Ham- H mond he had betn in bad health for some 1 years, and in fact had suffered more or leseS for the last 9 years. It was luite possible 9 that he had accidentally taken an over-dose of M chlorodyne, as he appeared to have been in H the habit of taking the stuff, and might very [easily have taken an over-dose, thinking he ■ would thus have a better night's rest. He waa §] not sure to which cause the Dr. assigned the 0 >lea.th? S Dr. Wilson said his opinion was that de. ceased had. died from asphyxia, caused by the 9 chloicdym?, an ov'3rv o.ose ox which he no 9 doubt took by accident. uj The Coroner said they had nothing to show* that MT. Williams intended to take an over-9 dose, and if he did so it' might have been by pure inadvertence. From the Dr. s evidence they might bring in a verdict that death was due to an over dose of chlorodyne, taken in- advertently. The foreman: Or we may bring in a verdict of natural causes, because the Dr. said he might, have died from any one of three causes. At this stage Mr. Evan Morgan, a nephew, interposed, and asked to give evidence. He was sworn and said he was a colliery clerk, living at Ystirad Rhondda. About three months ago he was sent for to go to Solva to see the deceased, who was then very seriously ill. At that time the Dr. told de- ceased not to take any intoxicants or tobacco, or chlorodyne, and he ceased to Use them. When he recovered, deceased went back with witness to the Rhondda and remained there for six weeks. During that time the deceased abstained from chlorodyne, and was very ab- stemious in his use of alcohol. A few weeks ago his uncle returned to Haverfordwest. The coroner, again addressing the jury, said he had directed them to the best of his ability. He would be the last to ask them to bring in a verdict which the evidence did not warrant. On the other hand he did not think he would be doing his duty if he did not point out to them the effect of the evidence. Personally he had the greatest :espect for Mr. William?, and if by any accident he had taken an over- dose of chlorodyne that might have happened without any slur being cast upon his memory. That was the light in which he (the coroner) regarded it. In reply to the foreman, Dr. Wilson said the condition of the deceased showed that he suffered acutely from dyspepsia, and he pro- probably took the chlorodyne as a relief. Replying to the coroner, Dr. Wilson said people in the condition of deceased would sometimes take too much without intending it. The fact that he had abstained from the drug for a time would render him less able to stand such a large dose as he might for- merly have been in the habit of ta-l-lig. Mr. David Evans (a juiyman), remarked that probably deceised thought he could take the same dose as he did before leaving it oft', but his constitution would not stand it. The Coroner considered that a very probable explanation. The foreman thought they might bring in a verdict of natural causes, because the Dr. had told them death might have resulted frori, one of three causes Dr. Wilson: Yes, he may have had a fit The foreman: And his liver was in a bad state. At the suggestion of the coroner, the jury were left to consider their verdict in private. In a few minutes it was announced that they had decided on a verdict that death was due to cirrhosis of the liver, accelerated by an over-dose of chlorodyne.
PEMBROKESHIRE QUARTER SEhJNS. bb The quarter sessions of the county of Pembroke were held on Tuesday aL the Shire Hail, Haverfordwest. The chairman, his Honour Judge Stevenson Owen, was ab- sent, and on the motion of Sir Charles Philipps, Mr. Arthur Lewis filled the office of chairman, .and the magistrates present included Sir Charles Philpps, Dr. Henry Owen, Mr. T. Rule Owen, Mr. Herbert nnen, Mr. Wr. Davies (Westueld), Mr. W. Gibbs, Mr. W. Evans, Mr. It. E. H. | Philipps. ■ THE LATE CHIEF CONSTABLE. The Chairman said it would not be be- coming to commence business without some allusion to the loss the county had sustained bv the death of the late chief constable. He believed he filled that office for 17 years with much credit to the interests that were in his hands. His Honour Judge Owen, although not serious- ly indisposed, was too unwell to risk tak- ing that journey; and had he been present he felt sure he would have liked some re- ference to be made to the late chief con- stable. Sir Charles Philipps said he had listened with great interest to the words their chair- man had spoken with respect to the loss the county had sustained. The late chief constable was a man of great energy, and took great interest in his office. He be- lieved one of the objects .in life of the late chief constable was to carry out the duties of chief constable to the best of his ability. He came of an old county family, and dearly loved his native county. He thought if there were any farmers there they could bear witness to the interest the late chief constable took in all that concerned Pem- brokeshire farmers, and how warm a friend he was. He was a great supporter of such useful institutions as ploughing mat- ches and simlar agricultural pursuits which tended to the advancement of the farmer or labourer. He felt sure they would all wish to join in a vote of condolence to be sent to Mrs. Bowen, with reference to the loss she had sustained, and the deep grief of the magistrates of the county of Pembroke at the loss of a verv valuable and efficient officer. I Mr. T. Rule Owen seconded the motion, which was adopted by all in court stand- ing. THE GRAND JURY. G. H. B. Birt, Milford Haven, foreman; Wm. Allen, Camrose; A. G. Adams, Rob- eston West; A. S. Chugg, Hakin; W. Cole, Milford; Evan Howells, Walesland; W. J. James, Hubberston; Ed. Lees, Dale; John Llewellyn, Steynton; Thos. Mathias, Cam- rose; W. J. Owen, Summerhill; Joseph Philpin, Haroldston West; S. M. Price, Milford; W. Roberts, Camrose;J ohn Scale, Hasguard; Frank bankey, Milford; Wm. lhomas, South Nolton; Richard Thomas, Rosemarket; John Walters, Southwood. THE CHARGE. The Chairman, addressing the Grand Jury, said there was no business to be brought before them. His duty was an exceedingly pleasant one: it was to dis- charge them, with the thanks of the county for attending there during that very incle- Sment weather, and to wish them every prosperity in the year which had just I dawned upon them. PRISONS COMMITTEE. The following were re-elected members of the Prisons Committee:—Sir Charles Philipps, Dr. Lawrence, Messrs. N. A. Roch and Joseph Thomas. Mr. R. H. Buckby wrote resigning, and in his place Mr. James Thomas (Rock House) was ap- pointed. LICENSING COMMITTEE. I pointed. LICENSING COMMITTEE. Sir Charles Philipps brought up the re- port of the Licensing Committee. This stated that the committee had not during stated that the committee had not during the year 1906 had any renewal of licenses or other matter referred to it by the jus- tices of any licensing district. By an or- der of the High Court of Justice (King's Bench Division) the amount of compensa- tion payable in respect of the non-renewal of the license of the St. Dogmells Arms, Hakin, Milford Haven, confirmed by the committee on the loth day of May, 1905, had been fixed at £ 1,000, and the costs of the Commissioner of Inland Revenue at £ 1 3s. Gd. The sum of £ 1,250 had, dur- ing the year, been paid to the treasurer of the Compensation Fund by the Inland Revenue Authorities, making the total capi- tal amount now standing to the credit on deposit, £ 2 540 2s. Gd, The committee recommended that the amount to be col- lected for the ensuing year under Section 3 of the Licensing Act be the maximum amount set forth in Schedule of the Act. The Licensing Committee was re-appoint- ed as follows, on the motion of Mr. T. Rule Owen, seconded by Dr. Henry Owen Sir Charles E .G. Philipps, Bart., Charles Mathias, Esq., G. P. Brewer, Esq.. E. H. James, Esq., W. Williams, Esq. (Drim), W. Evans, Esq., M. W. LI. Owen. Esq., Joseph Thomas, Esq., E. Laws, Esq., Dr. George Griffith. A MILFORD APPEAL CASE. II Martha Phillips v. Walter Owen. inis was an appeal from an order of afli- l .d L.a liation made by the Rooso Petty Sessional Division to contribute 3s. per week for the maintenance of the complainant's child. Mr. Marlay Samson, instructed by Mr- W. J. Jones, appeared for the appellant; and Mr. Ll. Williams, M.P., instructed by Mr. A. B. Williams, for the respon- dent. The respondent, Martha Phillips, is now living at Nolton Hill, but was formerly in domestic stivice at North Road, Mil- ford Haven. She alleged that she kept company with William Owen for about two years, and that intimacy commenced in November, 1905, and was continued at intervals. When she found her condition she alleged that appellant wished her to take some medicine, but she refused; and finally she went and saw his father and mother whom she told what had happened. Alter that appellant never came to see her. Airs. Nicholas, of Steynton, a sister of the respondents, was called to prove that the parties were walking out together at the time fixed by the respondent. Henry Picton, labourer, Milford Haven, gave evidence as to seeing the parties on various occasions walking along the road the same as other pairs. Win. Phillips, a brother of the respon- dent, gave evidence that the appellant used to come to see his sister about twice a week. Ann Matthews, Ford, Steynton, also gave evidence as to the parties walking out to gether. waiter Owen, the appellant, went into the box, and described himself as a mason in the employ of a contractor. He denied that he had been walking out with Martha Phillips lor 2 years, and said he knew her not ai all beyond passing a word or so with her when they met. He admitted that he had been too intimate with the respondent on one occasion. Cross-examined, appellant said Picton had ueen carrying v.. wuu this girl, but he did not suggest that Picton was the father of the chud. There had been con- siderable ill-feeling between Picton and' himself. He could not .however, suggest any reason why Picton should have come there and told the story. He believed the girl was a loose girl. The Chairman: Why should you say that ? Appellant: Because I have seen her with many lelloNN s, as many as 50 different ones.- Thomas Harris, coachman with Arch- deacon Williams, gave evidence as to ap- pellant being with him on two evenings- when respondent said defendant was with as to dates. Wm. Codd, master carter, Milford, spoke to entering his field at Bunkers Hill one evening, when the respondent Martha Phillips and a young man named Whelari. came out of t' gateway under suspicious circumstances. He was under the impres- sion that they were there for no good. Malcolm Lewis, joiner, St. Annes Road, Ha.n, said he was introduced to the re- spondent Martha Phillips by Fred Martin. He walked with them as far as North Road, and when they left him they went together to a field. He believed it was her, but in cross-examination he was snn:,y for an irnuyoral purpose. He asked if lie might go with tnem, but the girl said no, and made an appointment for the follow nig Tuesday. On the lllgllt following he saw Martha Phillms and Tom Whelan in a gateway at Bunkers Hill under suspicious- circumstances. Cross-examined: He worked for defen- dant's father. The appeal was dismissed. A FREYSTROP APPEAL. Wm. Charles James previously of Burton, and now on the Taff Vale Railway at Pontypridd, appealed against a decision of the Roose magi- strates by which he was ordered to contribute 3s a week towards the maintenance of the il- legitimate child of Mary tudley, of Freystrop. Mr W. J. Jones appeared for the appellant; the respondent was not professionally repre- sented. The Justices' order was quashed, and the appeal allowed, but no order was made for fosts.
HAVERFORLWEST QUARTER SESSIONS. NEW MAGISTRATES. The quarter sessions for the town and cot nty of Haverfordwest were held at the Shire Hall on Wednesday, Sir Cnarles Philipps presiding. The following new magistrates took the oath and qualified for the town and county of Haver- fordwest: Messrs G. N. F. Philipps, W. G. Eaton Evans, Thos. Baker, T. M. Phillips, H. J. E. Price, R. M. Pritchard, John Hees, Isaiah Reynolds, James Rowlands, C. C. aies, and Hugh J. P. Thon as. The Chairman congratulated the new magi- strates upon their appointment, and said he was sure tLey would prove useful additions to the local Bench. He was also pleased to say that his list of recommendations both on this and on previous cccasions had invariably been approved by tl:e Lord Chancellor. A report of the Licensing Committee was presented, which stated that no licensing cases had been presented to them during the year. It was decided that the maximum scale for compensation should be fixed, as last year. This was all the business.
COUNTY JOTTINCS. Sir Charles, Lady Philipps and family have left Picton Castle for a short stay at Penally. One of the Tory papers asks where the Pembrokeshire M.P.'s have been during the session of Parliament which has just ended? There was a total of 185 divisions. Mr. 0 Owen Philipps voted in 89, and Mr. Wynford Pmiipps in 56. One of the Haverfordwest papers seems to have had a fit of indigestion after par- taking of Christmas fare, for it has come to the lugubrious conclusion that because we are not content to jog along on in 1 0 the good old ways of our forefathers that the end of it all will be a race of lunatics and the world a huge mad house." When the late Sir Edward Reed was returned M.P. for Pembroke there was a torchlight procession from Pembroke Dock to Pembroke. Sir Edward was sitting on the box seat of a drag, and when going down Bush Hill, past the high wall, the processionists were greeted with a regular shower of stones from over the wall, one stone striking the ne^member on the side of the head, sir Edward took the matter very coolly, merely remarking with some emphasis—" and this is the road to St. Stephens." T One of our F;"I!g sends u" the following paragraph,hoping (as he says) it will catch the eye of all whom it may concern":—"I have met couples who have been engaged ten years, and who were apparently still trying to know each other (says Paul Blo.iet in the New York Journal "). They might be engaged fifty years witnout the slightest chance cf success. Sweethearts may see each other every day, but every is not all day. It is the thousand and one little drawbacks and miseries of conjugal Lfe that often kill joy in matrimony, and none of them are confronted during the engagement." A beautiful grey swan, supposed to have come from \Y itby bush, has made its home on the Cleddau, just above the Old Bridge, Haver- fordwest, for several days past, and has attrac- ted considerable a'tention. The bird is very tame, and comes regularly to be fed to Mrs David Evans' house.