• .wELSH INTERMEDIATE AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. At the quarterly meeting of the members of the Glamorgan County Council held at the Town Hall, Pontypridd, on Thursday week last Sir H. Hussey Vivian, Bart., M.P., in the chair, it was resolved, on the motion of Councillor J. N. Moore, that the half-penny rate for the current year authorised by the Welsh Intermediate Education Act be raised and applied under the Technical Instruction Act, 1889, for the erection of school buildings, which shall be available for the purposes of the Welsh Intermediate Education Act in such amount and in such places as the joint education committee shall decide. A portion of the proceeds of this rate will probably be applied towards the erection of an intermediate school in the Barry district.
THE BALLOT IN CONNECTION WITH LOCAL BOARD ELECTIONS. The open-vote system of conducting Local Board elections being such an inefficient and unsatisfactory oite, it is high time that definite steps be taken by representative public bodies "to urge upon Parliament the necessity of in- troducing a Bill in favour of conducting the same by ballot, on similar lines to Town Council elections. A petition in this direc- tion was adopted by the Pontypridd Local Board last week, and it was resolved to invite the co-operation of neighbouring Boards in the matter. An invitation will, therefore, no doubt, be sent to the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board to unite in the movement and we trust the efforts thus put forward will be joined in by every public body in the Princi- pality, so that the existing anomalies may soon be superceded hy the more progressive and satisfactory ballot system.
OUR SCHOOL BOARD AND THE USE OF THE SCHOOLS. It is a pity that a feeling has been arouse i amongst many ratepayers to the effect tha. the members of the School Board are acting partially when dealing with applications for the temporary use of schools under their juris- diction. Instances have even been cited showing that the schools have been granted for certain purposes and refused in others. We -do not know the reason why the use of the 4Cadoxton school was refused for the holding of the special evangelistic services on Sunday and Monday last in connection with the Welsh Baptist Chapel, neither do we profess 'to know what is the basis of the Board's "line of distinction" ,ip these matters, but it is manifestly unfair to the ratepayers generally that applications from sections of the religious -community should be favourably received in some cases and declined in -others, iue members of the Board are aware that in Cadoxton, especially, there is .yet uo place conveniently available for the tholdicg of public meetings except the school, and until this want is supplied no reasonable request on the part of the ratepayers should be ignored. A rule which operates satis- factorily with other School Boards is that no application by a, body of ratepayers for the use of the schools be refused, but that religious cervices should not be held therein by the same denomination on more than, two Sundaysin succession. Some definite condition, therefore, must be laid down by the Board, bearing in mind that the school buildings are after all the property of the ratepayers, whose moral rights therein should not be arbitrarily abused.
THE IMMORALITY OF PENARTH. In our correspondence columns this week we publish a letter from an esteemed corres- pondent dealing with the article published in the Barry Dock News a few weeks ago with reference to the immorality of Penarth. Week rby week since we have received additional (evidence in support of the opinions we then (expressed as to the existence of an abnormal degree of various grades of immorality in that otherwise respectable town. We have already referred to the large number of cases of 'drunkenness continually heard at the Penarth Court, and in these cases women as well as men figure promiscuously. The gloomy picture is also madestillgloomierby the frequent prosecu- tion of lower class inhabitants upon charges of indecency and other serious offences and .even the rising generation is not excluded iifrom the range of our criticism, for on Mon- •4RV week last a lad only fourteen years of age (who was described by the police as a mis- chievous and uncontrollable little rascal) was ..senteaced to five years in a reformatory for rfelony. On Monday last, again, applications were made to the Bench by the school atten- dance officer for orders to send two or three boys .to an industrial school for habitual truancy.. These cases all refer strictly to Penarth, and we are sure the public will not condemn us as alarmists for the attitude we have taken up with reference to the disgrace- ful instances of immorality in what we are sorry to be obliged to describe as the infamous little hamlet by the sea.
THE FORTHCOMING WHIT-MONDAY SPORTS AT CADOXTON. The committee of the above sports particu- larly desire to make known to the public that the athletic grounds in Barry-road, Cadox- ton, have been placed unreservedly at their disposal for the above annual events, and active steps are being taken to render the ground as convenient in every respect as pos- sible. The grand stand is being considerably I enlarged, so that the reserved enclosure will supply sitting room for several thousand per- sons, and everything will be done to ensure the comfort and convenience of the public, especially ladies and children. Special arrangements are also being made for the reception of the general body of spectators, and it is computed that no less than 10,000 or 15,000persons can be accommodated around the ring. A sub-committee (composed of Messrs W. M. Douglas, the well-known foot- ball player and athlete, R. G. Morris, captain of the Barry and Cadoxton district cricket club, T. Ewbank, Rees Howell, and the sec- retaries, Messrs Morgan Brothers) are likewise making arrangements for improving the course itself, so there is every reason to anticipate that the Whit-Monday Sports of 1891 will be as successful and enjoyable as any previous year.
THE WANT OF POSTAL FACILITIES AT MOULTON, LLANCARFAN. In another column we publish important letters from Mr Arthur J. Williams, M.P., and the Postmaster General, dealing with the question of the want of postal facilities in the village of Moulton, Llancarfan. The communication of the Postmaster General is, to say the least, a most extraordinary one, and we would strongly advise the inhabitants of the district to hold a meeting on an early date to protest against the arbitrary proposals made by this 'habitually erring member of the Government in the matter. As Mr Arthur J. Williams truly indicates in his letter the post office is a huge money-making department of the Government, aud we think it is most unreasonaole to expect the inhabi- tants of the Moulton district (who at present enjoy no postal facilities whatever) to submit to the claim of the Postmaster General for a guarantee of tae annual payment of fully fifty per cent. of the cost of a delivery and collection of letters in that district three times a week. If the question is taken up by the inhabitants with energy and deter- mination there is no doubt they will be strongly backed-up by a numerous and sympathetic public. In addition to this, Mr Arrhur J. Williams has promised to bring the question before the House of Commons, if necessary, on the first convenient occasion.
CALENDAR FOR NEXT WEEK. Sun., 26-Fourth Sunday after Easter. Mon, 27-Ed. Gibbon, historian, born, 1737. Tues., 28-Advertise in the Barry Dock News. Wed., 29-Rev Dr Rees, Swansea, died, 1885.. TIm., 30-Cadoxtou-R, ry Police Court. Fri., 1- Western Jfail established, 1869. Sat., 2-Barry Dock Bill in Parliament, 1884.
CADOXTON-BARRY. PRIMROSE DAY.—Sunday last being Primrose Day, button-holes of the late Lord Beaconsfield's favourite flower were largely worn in this district. OPEN-AIR GOSPEL SERVICE.—-On Sunday evening last was held the first of the resumed series of open-air gospel services in connection with the English Baptist Church, in this town. OFFICES AND SLAUGHTER HOUSE COMMITTEE.—A meeting of this committee of the Local Board was held last evening (Thursday), at the Board Office, Cadoxton, but the proceedings were conducted in camera. THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL. -The midsummer term of the Cadoxton-Barry Gmmmar School (head master, Mr R. G. Morris) will commence on Mon- day, the 4th of May, at 9.30 a.m. Prospectuses, terms, &c., supplied on application to the head master, Kenilworth-road, Cadoxton. OUR PRINTING BUSINESS.—During the past week substantial augmentations have been made to the type and other plant at the Barry Dock News Office and it would possibly interest the public to know that we are now in a, position to print a larger sheet in a single working than any other printing office in the whole district, except Cardiff. WHIT-MONDAY SPORTS.—A meeting of the com- mittee of the Whit-Monday Sports was held last evening (Thursday), at the Wenvoe Arms Hotel, in this town, Mr W. Thomas, The Hayes, pre- siding. Dr Gore was appointed one of the judges of horse races, in place of Mr W. Evans, Vish- well, who will be unable to attend. A variety of general business was also transacted. IMPORTANT SALE OF HORSES AND CARRIAGES.— An advertisement in another column announces a sale to be held at the Witchill Hotel, in this town, on Monday next, the 27th instant, when Mr Hoddinott, who is giving up his posting business, will dipose of the whole of his splendid stock of horses, together with a number of carriages of various descriptions. Catalogues may be obtained on application to Mr Hoddinott. ROYAL HEARTS OF OAK.-At a largely-attended meeting of the Royal Hearts of Oak Friendly Society, held at the William IV. Hotel, in this town, on Monday evening last, Mr David Shaw (Messrs D. Jones and Company) was unanimously elected secretary, in succession to Mr H. L. Jones, resigned. Dr O'Donnell and a.: -he officers were present. The lodge, v. iiich con. a of over 100 paying members, is a very tL .ishing con- dition. PROPOSED ENLARGEMENT OF THE ENGLISH WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—We are informed that the congregation at the English Wesleyan Chapel, in this town, is so large every Sunday evening that the members are seriously considering the de- sirability of enlarging the building forthwith, and a meeting to discuss the question was, we believe, held last evening (Thursday). We are glad the Christian ChurcYi is thriving so satisfactorily in our midst. THE WELSH CHURCH.—On Sunday evening last a Welsh Church service was held i -r the first time at the club room of the Royal Hotel, in this town, which has been kindly placed at the dis- posal of the worshippers by Mr J. J. Williams. < There was a good attendance, and the preacher was Mr Parry Jones, of East Barry. The services will be continued at the same place .every Sunday evening during the summer months, and several prominent Welsh clergymen from different parts of the county are expected to preach thereat. SPECIAL SERVICES BY LADY EVANGELISTS.— Special services, under the auspices of the Welsh Baptist Church, in this town, were held at the new Calvinistic Methodist Chapel on Sunday and Monday last, when able and impressive sermons were preached to large congregations by Miss M. A. Jones and Miss J. Evans, both of Aberayron, Cardiganshire. The sermons, which were im- pressive and edifying, were earnestly listened to throughout. Collections were made at each service in aid of the funds of the Welsh Baptist Church. A NEW FIRM OF LOCAL UN DERTAKERS.—By an announcement issued to the public during the past week we understand that Messrs D. W. Thomas, cabinet-maker, Vere-street, in this town, and Mr James Jones, Holton-road, Barry Dock, have entered into partnership as undertakers and funeral furnishers, and for this purpose have pur- chased hearses, sheliberes, &c., so that they ckim to be in a position to compete with any firm of the same description in South Wales. The new firm will be known as Messrs Jones, Thomas, and Company, their chief offices being at the addresses j named. PLASTERERS' DINNER.—A dinner in connection with the Cadoxton Branch of the Operative Plasterers' Society was held at the Witchill Hotel, in this town, on Friday evening last, under < the presidency of Mr Mark LumLy. There was a good attendance, and a capital dinner (provided by the worthy host and hostess, Mr and Mrs Hoddinott) having been partaken of, the cloth was removed, and a suitable toast list, inter- spersed with a number of songs, was given in a very hearty and enjoyable manner, the company breaking up about eleven o'clock. The company numbered about 60, and amongst those present were Mr James Price, baker, Holton-road, and Mr W. Jeremiah, butcher, Barry-road. The usual 1-, toasts were proposed and responded to, and songs, &c., were contributed, amongst others, by Messrs John Jacobs, C. Durham (Newport), J. Irely, &c. EXTENSION OF THE CEMETERY.—A special meet- ing of the members of the Burial Board was held on Friday afternoon last at the Cemetery, Merthyr Dovan, when the proposed purchase of an adjoin- ing field, belonging to the Wenvoe Castle Estate, was fully taken into consideration, and a resolu- tion was unanimously passed that the clerk should attend the sale at the Barry Hotel, East Barry, I on Tuesday next, with a view to bidding for the same, a certain price per acre agreed upon, how- ever, not to be exceeded. There were present at the meeting: Mr J. Robinson, M.Inst.C.E., (chairman), Rev G. LI. Williams, Messrs W. Thomas, E. O. Evans, B. G. Da vies, J. Barstow, E. Phillips, W. Adams, and J. A. Hughes (clerk). A MIDNIGHT FIRE.-Shortly before midnight on Saturday last a wagon load of hay was found to be on fire in the stable-yard of the Wenvoe Arms Hotel, in this town, and was not extihgruished for some time. The hay, which belonged to Messrs Gray and Amos, had been brought from Aberthaw during the afternoon of the same day, and was temporarily placed in the yard for safety. It is not known how the hay became ignited. As soon, however, as the flames were recognised the police were sent for, and A.P.S. Ben Da vies, with several constables, were soon on the spot with the Local Board's new fire appliances, the hand hose being brought to play briskly upon the burning material, but the flames were not got under before the hay was completely destroyed, the loss being esti- mated at about JB25. The cause of the fire is un- known, but it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. READING ROOM COMMITTEE MEETING. —A special meeting of the members of the committee of the Cadoxton Reading Rooms was held at that in- stitution on Friday evening last, when there were present:—Mr W. Thomas (auctioneer), in the chair; Rev W. Tibbott, Messrs E. Lloyd, A. W. Newman, W. Williams (National Bank of Wales), D. Morgan, H. H. Russell, J. R. Llewellyn, Jenkin Lloyd, and C. Rattray, with H. L. Rogers and Rhys Williams (secretaries). After a dis- cussion it was resolved to take special steps to place the reading rooms in a sound financial position and it was determined to hold a grand professional concert in aid of the funds on Wednesday evening, May 13th. A sub-committee (with Messrs E. Lloyd and H. H. Russell as hon. secretaries) was appointed to select artistes and to make the necessary arrangements. Mr J. J. Williams will probably preside on the occasion. The artistes will include Madame Williams-Penn, R.A.M., Eos Morlais, and other leading stars; and the concert will be held in the Cadoxton Market. It was also resolved to hold a billiard handicap commencing to-morrow (Saturday). A SERIES OF DANGEROUS BLASTING ACCIDENTS.— On Wednesday morning last a series of dangerous accideqts took place in Barry-road, in this town. It appears that a number of men employed by Mr D. Love, the new roads' contractor, were conduct- ing blasting operations opposite the shop of Messrs Garnett Brothers, clothiers, and large charges going off at different times, threw large quantities of stones and other debris across the toad, the material falling heavily on the shops and houses close by. A stone weighing about 281bs. fell within a few inches of the spot where Mr Garnett stood at the time, and had it not been for the fact that he at once ran for safety, it is probable he would have been severely injured. The door, window, sign, and roof of Mr Garnett's shop were also considerably damaged and a huge stone fell through the roof of Mr Hiley's house, the missile falling on a bed (in one of the rooms upstairs) in which two of Mr Hiley's children lay only a few minutes previously. Similar damage was also done to the houses of Mr W. Jeremiah, butcher, and Mr J. H. Davies, confectioner. It is a great pity that the authorities cannot prevent this dangerous practice of blasting on a public highway. EGLWYS GYMREIG CADOXTON.—Cynhelir Gwas- anaeth Gymreig yn Club Room y Royal Hotel, Cadoxton, nos Sul nesaf, am haner awr wedi chwech. Bydd y Gwasanaeth yn cael ei gynal bob nos Sul yn yr un lie hyd nysbysiad pellach. Seddau rhad, a groesaw cynes i bawb.
HOLTON (BARRY DOCK.) THE ENGLISH CHURCH CONCERT AT GADOXTON.— Wp are gratified to learn that there is every proba- bility of the concert to be held at the Boatd School, Cadoxton, on Wednesday evening, the 29th instant, in aid of the building fund of an English Church for Barry Dock, will be a suc- cessful affair, the announcements which have been issued showing that the services of a number of popular singers have been engaged. THE NEW BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHAPEL. At quar- ter past three on Wednesday afternoon next the Rev W. Higman, president of the conference, Mr T. Mark, and others, will lay memorial s,tones in connection with the new Bible Christian Chapel in course of erection near the central police station at Holton (Barry Dock). Amongst the gentlemen who have also kindly promised to be present on the occasion and tovtake part in the ceremony are the following :-The Revs J. 0" Keen, D.D., G. LI. Williams, J. W. Matthews, J. H. Stowell, M.A., L. Ton Evans, Oswald Parry, R. Squire, J. T. Henwood, and J. Honey (pastor of the church), Dr W. LI. Edwards, Messrs. B. Lewis, Smith Jones, George Thomas (architect), and others. The ceremony will be followed by a tea meeting at the Public Hall, East Barry, com- mencing at five o'clock; and at seven a public meeting will be held at the same place, presided over by Captain R. Davies, when a number of addresses will be delivered. A brass band from Cardiff will be present during the afternoon, and collections in aid of the building fund will be made.
EAST BARRY. CRICKET MATCH TO-MORROW.—A match will be played on Saturday next (to-morrow) on the Buttrills Field, between Barry Dock C.C. and St. Andrews 1st XI. ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL.-On Sun- day last the Rev J. Lloyd Williams, B.A., of Roath-road, Cardiff, delivered eloquent sermons, morning and evening, to numerous congregations at the above chapel. THE TOWN MISSION.—The inaugural meeting of the above mission for the coming summer was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, East Barry, on Wednesday evening last, the Rev Isaac White in the chair. Interesting addresses were delivered by the following:—Rev O. Parry, Messrs G. Rutter, J. Stephens, J. Rodliffe, Perry, Clemence, S. Meaker, and J. T. John (hon. sec. Barry Y. M.C.A. The meeting, which was well attended, was opened and closed with prayer. Tea was provided by a number of ladies, to which about 80 sat down. It is to be hoped that the mission will receive the hearty support of the ministers and laymen of the district. THE MALE Voict: PARTY.—A meeting in con- nection with the above party was held on Sunday last at the Welsh Congregational Chapel, East Barry, when there were about 30 present. It was unanimously agreed that a male voice party be formed, the following being elected officers:- Chairman, Mr A. Sawyer; secretary, Mr J. S. Rees treasurer, Mr A. J. Medcroft; committee, Messrs W. Thomas, S. Martin, A. J. Medcroft, C. Silverthorn, J. Llewellyn, and Thomas Wal- ters. Mr D. Fat- was the chosen conductor. A practice will take place on Friday next at the same chapel. Anyone requiring information respecting the party are requested to apply to the secretary, at 22, Glamorgan-street, East Barry. LOCAL BANKRUPTCY.—A meeting of the credi- tors of George Hockley, greengrocer, 104, High- street, Barry, should have taken place at the Official Receiver's office, Queen-street, Cardiff, on Monday afternoon last, but no credititors put in an appearance. The gross liabilities amount to R78 17s 3d, and the assets to j355 16s, leaving a deficit of £ 43 Is 3d. The debtor alleges that the cause of his failure was domestic trouble, and the receiving order was made upon his own petition. He was a foreman excavator, but in November, 1889, he went into the greengrocery business, leaving his wife and a man he employed to look after it. In March last he had some dis- putes with his wife, and she left him. He then found that she was considerably in debt, and he filed his petition. The stock had been sold and realised JB21 10s. The debtor has been adjudi- cated banktupt, and the Official Receiver ap- pointed trustee. The bankrupt's examination has since been closed. THE FORTHCOMING GRAND EVENING CONCERT. -In view of the grand professional concert to be given at the Public Hall, East Barry, on Thurs- day evening next, by Miss Alice Gomez and her select and accomplished concert party, the following flattering references to Miss Gomez, published in Ansv>ers on the 14th ult., will be read with interst:—"Miss Gomez, the well-known singer, popularly known in her native land as the Star of India,' was born at Calcutta, and is an Eurasian of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Her tall and graceful figure is singularly digni- fied, her countenance is peculiarly engaging and youthful, and her black eyes, which sparkle with starlike brilliancy when she is animated, are soft and full of tenderness. Her voice is a pure soprona of a kind seldom found out of Italy. It has a great compass, and is clear and round and fine in its tones. Some of the lower notes are of almost contralto richness. She only began her career at Calcutta in 1881, under Mr Henry Webb, the organist of Calcutta Cathedral. Her first great success was in the song Roberto tu che adoro,' which she sang in Calcutta with marvellous power. At present she is scoring her greatest successes in the homely ballad, but she will yet find a rich repertorie in Scotch and Irish melodias. Singularly free from the vices of European singers, Miss Gomez is one of the few singers who have sustained by sterling merit the reputation won by early success. NEW SANITARY ARRANGEMENTS.—Builders and property owners should cease fixing ordinary water closets outside, and avoid the nuisance and expense through burst pipes and stoppage of water supply, &c. Ducketts' Apparatus being flushed with slop water dispenses with all this loss and annoyance. This system is now largely and successfully adopted in Burnley and many other towns. On January 2nd, 1891, an extensive examination was made in Burnley to find how this apparatus had stood the recent severe frost. None were in the least affected, and the tenant. stated that they had not had trouble with them from any cause. For full particulars and prices please apply to the Bairy Co-operative Building Material Company, Limited, Holton-road, Barry.
PORTHKERRY. INDISPOSITION OF THE REV. CANON ALLEN.—We are sorry to hear that the Rev Canon Allen, rector of Porthkerry and Barry, is indisposed, and was not able to officiate at either Church on Sunday last.
COGAK. NEw DOCK GATES are shortly to be erected at the entrance to Penarth Dock. During the erec- tion the basin will be largely used for mooring purposes. THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.—The retiring members of the Cogan School Board have issued a joint address stating they are willing to serve the ratepayers for another term. Nominations must be deposited before four p.m. on .Thursday afternoon next, the 30th instant. THE BRASS BAND.—The annual meeting of the Couan Brass and Reed Band was held at the Baud Room, Cogan, on Tuesday evening last. Mr R. A. Lewis presided, and there was a large attendance of members. The following officers were elected :—Patrons, Lord Windsor, Sir M. Morgan, Mr A. J. Williams, M.P., Colonel H. O. Fisher, Mr J. S. Corbett, J.P., and Mr. James Edwards. President, Mr W. Lester Jones. Hon. sec. and treasvrer, Mr R. A. Lewis. Hon. assis- tant secretary. Mr Arthur Lewis. Conductor, Mr J. Bryant. Committee, Messrs Sam Thomas, Fred Kastell, John Pavev, Edgar Lewis, and F. Cole. The committee will shortly draft the rules and regulations of the band, which will be sub- mitted to a general meei.ii:: for approval. The band numbers 27 members, u ho are makingexcel- lent progress under the tuition of Mr Bryant. THE CHURCH MISSION ROOM.—One evening last week, at the Cogan Mission Room, then- was a tea meeting in connection with two pu~eii ations that were made, one of them bein_: a silver teapot to the choir master and superintendent, of the Sunday School (Mr James Pyle Barrow), the other to Miss Louisa Jesse, consisting of a work basket and manual of devotion, as an acknowledgment of her services in presiding at the' harmoniupi from the commencement of the mission, as did also Mr Barrow. GROWTH OF CHURCH LIFE. -The necessity for a new and permanent Church being erected at Cogan was apparent to everyone last week, when a confirmation was held at the parish church, Llandough. On that occasion 45 candidates were presented by the Vicar (the Rev Usk Jones), and of these 32 came from Cogan. This is a consid- erable ad vance on the numbers presented in previous years. The Bishop of Llandaffwas highly pleased, not only with the numberof candidates presented, but also with the devotional spirit displayed by the candidates and the whole congregation which was a very large one. The committee of the new Church are hard at work, and all who want to help a poor district have ample opportunity of disposing of their wealth. The ladief are busy arranging a floral fete and sale of work. SUDDEK" DEATH.—We regret to announce the death of Miss Annie Stephenson, of Pill-street, Cogan, who died suddenly on Saturday morning last. The deceased lived with Mr Bird, of Car diff, and retired to bed on Friday evening not feeling well. Early in the morning a young lady with whom she was sleeping caught her in her arms as she fell ont he bed. Thinking her friend had fainted she called the family, and they were shocked to find that the poor girl was dead. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, when a large number of people attended, and the cere- mony was performed by the Rev G. Hatgttav. s. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, who are highly respected in the district.
PENARTH. THE FOOTBALL CLUB ANNUAL MEETING is fixed for 7.30 p.m. on Friday evening, May 1st, at the National School. THE CHURCH.—Twenty-six years ago on Tues- day last Lady Windsor gave £3,000 and a site towards the erection of Penarth Church. BANKRUPTCY.—Re J. C. Edmunds, builder and contractor, of Penarth.—At the County Court, Cardiff, on Tuesday last, the debtor again ap- peared, after submitting an amended statement of affairs, showing a deficit of £ 3,155. Mr Scott (Morgan and Scott) appeared for the creditors, and Mr Hill was for the debtor. Mr Scott re- examined the debtor as to his cash account, which showed that a large sum received had not passed through his bankers. The debtor explained that he used to draw the money required for wages and pay his accounts in cash out of that. The examination was closed. PRIMROSE LEAGUE.—A very successful ball was held at Andrews'-hall on Friday evening last in connection with the Primrcse League (Penarth Habitation). There were about 200 ladies and gentlemen present. Mr Paul Draper's band was in attendance. The orchestra was adorned with plants and flowers, kindly lent by Mr R. Crossling, of the Penarth Nurseries. The catering was very efficient^ carried out by Mr D. Rees, confectioner, Penarth. Dancing was kept up till twelve o'clock. The pianoforte was supplied from the Penarth branch of Messrs Thompson and Shackell (Limited).
BONVILSTONE. MUNIFICENT GIFT.-Messrs Crawshay Brothers have sent a cheque for R200 in aid of the building extension fund of the Porthcawl Rest. EAST GLAMORGAN CONGREGATIONAL ASSOCIA- TION.—The quarterly meeting of the Welsh Con- gregational Association of East Glamorgan was held on Wednesday last at Carmel Chapel, Bon- vilstone, when, considering the isolated position of the village, there was an excellent attendance. The Rev W. I. Morris, Pontypridd, presided, and those present included Mr J. Smith, New Wallace, Wenvoe, &c., &c. A hearty welcome was extended to the Rev J. W. Morris, of Penarth, late of Plymouth, America, on his return to his native land. It was reported that four new chapels had been opened, viz., at Cilfynydd, Cwmgarw, Nebo, and Barry Dock, and six churches had celebrated their jubilee, viz., Cardiff, Ebenezer, Cymmer, Greeswen. Bethel (Llantrisant), Maerdy, and Bridgend.
PENMARK. MARRIAGE OF MR JAMES LOUGHER AND Miss E. A. THOMAS.—The first marriage ever solemnised at Sardis Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Penmark, took place on Tuesday last, when Mr James Lougher, of Aberthaw, and Miss Elizabeth Anne Thomas, eldest daughter of Mr Edward Thomas, of Llancadle, were united in the holy bonds in the presence of a numerous assembly of relatives and friends. The officiating minister was the Rev Walter Daniels, pastor of the church, the nuptial knot being tied in the presence of the district registrar, Mr H. L. Jones, Holton-road, Barry Dock. Mr Richard Lougher was the best man, and the bride was given away by her brother (Mr Alfred Thomas), the brides- maid being Miss Thomas (sister). Amongst those present on the occasion (either in the wed- ding party or amogst the congregation) were noticed the following :—Mr Thomas Lougher, Mr Oliver Williams and Mrs, Williams, Hamp- stead; Miss Lougher, Cwmciddy (sister of the bridegroom); Mr W. R. Hopkins, chemist, Barry and Cadoxton Mrs and Miss Price, Llanbethery Miss Harbottle, Fonmon Farm; Mrs Bowen, Penmark; Mrs W. Lougher, Llanbethery; Mr and Mrs Thomas, Aberthaw; Miss Lougher. I Pontypridd; Mrs W. Lougher, Mrs and Miss Thomas, Flemingstone; Mr Edgar Roberts, &c. After the ceremony in chapel the wedding party partook of breakfast at Llancadle (the residence of the bride's parents), and the toast of the health of the happy couple was I received with much heartiness. The families of the contracting parties are well-known and res;) cted. The wedding presents were numerous and valuable. In the course of the I terhoon the happy couple, amid showers of rice and slippers, drove to Cardiff, en route for London, where they intend spending their honeymoon. We sincerely wish Mr and Mrs Lougher every happiness and prosperity.
WENVOE. FIRE AT DYFFRYN FARM.—On Saturday eve- ning last a fire was discovered to have broken out in the stables and outhouses at Dyffryn Farm, near Old Wallace, Wenvoe, and the deatructive element soon spread to an alarming extent. Considerable difficulty was experienced for some time in removing the horses and cattle, but at length this was safely accomplished. The build- ings referred to, however, wera completely destroyed. The occupier of the farm is Mr Lougher. The cause of the fire is unknown.
LLANTWIT MAJOR. SIGNS OF SUMMER.—The swallow was first seen at Llantwit Major this year on Saturday, the 11th instant. THE CENSUS.—Returns for this parish shew an increase of 99 over the census of 1881, the number /of the census this year being 1,089. SERVICE OF SONG.—On Wednesday evening last a service of song, entitled The Pilgrim's Pro- gress," was creditably rendered at the Tabernacle (C. M.) Chapel, in this town. SCHOOL INSPECTION.—On Tuesday and Wednes- day last the Board School at Llantwit Major was examined by Mr W. Edwards, H.M.'s inspector, assisted by Mr Rees. The Board was represented on the occasion by Dr Redwood (chairman), Mr J. Deere, and Mr S. D. Evans (clerk). DEATH OF MR. ALBAN WATTS.—It is with regret we record !K> death of Mr Alban Watts, of this town, maltster and brewer, in his 44th year. His illness (which was alluded to in the last issue of the Barry Dock News) was not considered serious at first, but on Tuesday week a5 Cowbridge he was taken worse, and expired on Saturday. Mr Watts was one of the most useful business gentle- men in the Vale of Glamorgan, and his death will be widely felt. The deceased was a Freemason and a member of the Friendly Society of Odd- fellows, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to every institution tending to improve the welfare and well-being of his fellow-countrymen. The sincerest sympathy is felt for Mrs Watts and yonng family in their sad bereavement. I VESTRY MEETING.—The Easter vestry was held at Llantwit Major on Thursday, April 16th, the Vicar occupying the chair. Thete were also present the two churchwardens (Messrs Gaskell and Manley), Mr J. Deere (assistant overseer), Messrs J. M. Dunstan, Davies, Morgan, Jones, Simmons, Sweeting, and B. Nicholl. Mrs Nicholl, The Ham, i,as also present. The receipts for the year amounted to £46 6s 5sd, including subscrip- tions towar 's the salary of the organist. The offertories f, the year amounted to L,,ll 11 Id, the account- shewing a balance in hand of £9 9s 3d. The Vicar produced the accounts of Jones' Charity, which w re audited and shewed total receipts of JB17 5s lUd expenditure, L19 4s, the deficiency of P,2 2s being defrayed by Mr Vaughan. The parish accounts in reference to parish property, namely, the Town Hall, were submitted by Mr J. Deere, and shewed a balance in favour of the parish of £1 8s Id. Mr Manley was re-elected vicar's warden, and Mr J. B. Nicholl parish warden. Messrs R. Thomas and J. Deere vfere elected sidesmen, with Mr J. B. Nicholl as lay representative to the Diocesan Con- ference. A vote of thanks to the outgoing warden, and to the Vicar for presiding, brought the meeting to a close.
PORTH. THE BRASS BAND -On Saturday evening last the Cymmer Colliery brass band was entertained by Mr W. Morgan, J.P., Tynycymmer Hall, at the Rhondda Hotel, Cymmer, when a most sumptuous supper was placed on the tables at eight o'clock by Host and Hostess Morgans, and, was done ample jilstice to by the members of the band. After the tables were cleared a most enjoyable evening was spent. The chair was occupied by Mr North, and songs were sung by Messrs T. Board, C. Hopkins, G. Davies, and North, together with choice airs by the band, under the conductorship of Mr Martyn. FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE.—On Tuesday, the 14th instant, the town of Porth was in a great stir, owing to the marriage of Dr Robert Conway Joyce, of Treorky, and Miss Rebecca Catherine Davies, elder daughter of Dr H. N. Davies, J.P., Porth, which took place at St. Paul's Church. The bride, dressed in white silk, white hat and feather, entered the Church with her father, ac- companied by Miss Maud Davies (sister), Miss M. Davies (niece), and Master H. T. Davies (nephew). The bride carried in her hand a beautiful bouquet of white roses, lilies of the valley, and maidenhair fern, the bridesmaids carrying bouquets of pink flowers. The marriage ceremony was full choral, the Rev W. Lewis, R.D., vicar of Ystradyfodwg, officiating on the occasion, assisted by the Rev LI. Davies, vicar of Llanwonno, and the Rev Richard Jones, curate. Mr R. W. Martyn presided at the organ, and played a wedding march. When the marriage service was over, the happy couple left for Cardiff en route for Italy and the Riviera. At the bride's father's house cold collation had been prepared for the guests. The presents were very numerous and costly.
ST. NICHOLAS. INCREASED POSTAL FACILITIES.—On Monday last the following extensions of the free house-to- house delivery of letters took effect :-Cyntw.ell delivery extended to Ballas Farm Wenvoe de- livery extended to Alps Farm, Cory's Lodge, Northcliff, Sidmoor Farm and Mill; St. Nicholas delivery extended to Great Hamston Farm, Brook Farm, Wall Cottages,*Homri, Heivaes, Coedriglan Gardens, Vianshill, Tywith, and St. Lythan's Town Bonvilstone delivery extended to Redland and Blackland. Two persons are employe^ to de- liver letters at St. Nicholas and two at Bonvil- stone, instead of one as heretofore, with a view to accelerate the deliveries as much as possible.
LLANTRISANT. THE CUCKOO. -The cuckoo was heard on Satur- day morning last in the neighbourhood of Llan- trisant.
LLANHARAN. PRINTING OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, executed witn neatness and despatch, at the Barry Dock News Office, Cadoxton-Barry.
BARRY AND CADOXTON DIS- TRICT FREE LIBRARY. FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE. The first meeting of the committee of the Barry and Cadoxton District Free Library was held on Wednesday evening last, at the Local Board Office, Cadoxton, when the following members attended :—Messrs J. Lowdon, D. Roberts, W. J. Flowers, J. C. Meggitt, B. Lewis, Dr. O'Donnell, J. R. Llewellyn, W. Thomas (auctioneer), and R. G. Morris, with J. A. Hughes, hon. sec. It was unanimously resolved that Mr Meggitt be appointed chairman of the committee. The Clerk read extracts of the Public Libraries Acts showing that the committee were not governed, or vetoed, or controlled in any way by the Local Board, the latter authority having delegated its powers to the committee for the en- suing year. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Lowdon, it was resolved that Mr Hughes be secretary pro tem. to the committee. It was also agreed that the meetings of the committee be held on the third Wednesday in each month, at the Local Board Office, at 7. 30 p.m. In accordance with a suggestion by the Chair- man, Dr. O'Donnell moved <that the public library building be erected on a site at Holton, as near as possible to the centre of the district; and Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. W. LI. Edwards, Messrs B. Lewis, W. J. Flowers, J. Robinson, and D. Roberts were appointed a sub-committee, with the Chairman as ex officio member, to consider the question of site, it being pointed out that a spot as near as possible to the central police station, the new board schools, and the proposed public officers was desirable. After some discussion it was agreed to keep the public library and branch reading rooms as much as possible under the control of the committee, it being felt that permanent branch reading rooms should be located at Barry and Cadoxton, with temporary rooms at Barry Dock for use until the library building was ready. Messrs D. Roberts and J. Lowdon were appointed a sub-committee to consider the best means of establishing a branch room at Barry Messrs W. Thomas and R. G. Morris for Cadoxton and Dr Edwards and Mr W. J. Flowers for Barry Dock. The Clerk pointed out that the public library rate must be levied, not upon the gross rateable value of the district, but upon the nett amount realised, the amount consequently available for the first year being from £ 320 to £ 350. In reply to a question by Mr Lowdon, the Clerk stated that any loan which would be raised by the committee must be repaid out of the penny rate. The Chairman remarked that the cost of furnish- ing the rooms could be defrayed by private sub- scriptions, and he would be glad to give £ 5 5s towards these expenses connected with each of the rooms. After some deliberation it was determined that £80 should be the maximum amount to be spent upon each branch room during the first year, the balance to be utilised towards the purchase of books, &c. Mr B. Lewis suggested that a grand bazaar should be held in the district in aid of the build- ing fund of the public library, and if properly managed, he said, there was no doubt that about J61,500 could be realised.
girths, ,fftarriagts, aitb JBcatha. p NoncE.—Mr. H. L. Jones, the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the Parishes of Cadoxton-Barry, Merthyr Dovan, and Barry, resides at Holton-road, near Barry Dock, am) may be seen daily thereat. BIRTHS. CoLBS.—On the 20th instant, at 23, Harvey-street, Cadoxton-Barry, the wife of Mr William Coles. painter, of a son. PHILLIPS.—On the 19th instant, at 17,I, Holme-street, Cadoxton-Barry, the wife of Mr Thomas Phillips, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. FRANKS—GILL.—At Fore-street Wesleyan Chapel, Chard, by the Rev Thomas Riley, Mr Guy Franks, Barry Dock Company's Police to Miss Satah Ann Gill, second daughter of Mr George Gill, Forton, near Chard, Somerset. LOUGHKK—THOMAS.— On the 21st instant, at Sardis Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Penmark, by the Rev Walter Daniels, pastor, Mr James Lougher, Aberthaw, to Miss Elizabeth Ann Thomas, eldest daughter of Mr Edward Thomas, Llancadle. DEATHS. BATES.—On the 10th instant, at Vere-street, Roath, Cardiff, Dr Edward Bates, formerly of Cowbridge, aged 71 years.—Interred at Cowbridge on the 15th instant. Funeral rites performed by the Rev Father Ward, Bridgend. BUCK.—On the 13th instant, at the Hut, back of tbfe Witchill Hotel, Cadoxton-Barry, Mrs Eliza Buck, aged 58 years. FRANCIS.—On the 16th instant, at Bridgend, the Rev David Francis, Vicar of Ynyshir, Rhondda Fach. in his 53rd year. GILDA Y.-On the 13th instant, at 8, Holme-street, Cadoxton-Barry, Catherine Mary Gilday, daughter of Mr Gilday, aged three months. HowELLs.—On the 21st instant, at Sea View, Cadox- ton-Bariy, Master William Howells (Willie), son of Mr John Howells, builder, aged 17 years. JORDAN.—On the 18th instant, at 12, Iddesleigh- street, Cadoxton-Barry, Mr Charles Jordan, aged 56 years. STUCKEY. — On the 16th instant, at Kingsland- oresoent, Barry Dock, Daisv Gwendoline, daughter of Mr Benjamin Stuckey, foreman painter at the Barry Graving Dock Works, aged 11 months. TOOZK.—On the 17th instant, at 3, Courtenay-road, Cadoxton-Barry, Master Charles Richard Stephens Sydenham Tooze, son of Mr Charles Tooze, aged 17 years. WATTS.—On the 18th instant, at Llantwit Major, after a few days' illness, Mr Alban Watts, brewer, White Lion Inn, aged 44 years.—The funeral, which was a public one, took place at Llantwit Major Churchyard on Wednesday afternoon.
A STEAM LAUNDRY FOR THE BARRY DOCK DISTRICT. LETTING OF THE CONTRACT. We note with satisfaction that the contract for the erection of the above steam laundry has been let, and will now, we understand, be proceeded with without delay. The following were the tenders sent in on the amended plans :—Mr E. J. Ince, Cbdoxton,Bl, 495; Messrs Sydenham and Pearce, j31,195 and Messrs. Lawrence, Perryinan, and Waller, Cadoxton, £1,050. The contract has'been let to Messrs Lawrence, Perry- man, and Waller, who are to complete within four months. The steam laundry will be erected near Rectory-road, Cadoxton.
PORTHCAWL. MR. A. J. WILLIAMS, M.P., WITH HIS CONSTITU- ENTS.—On Friday evening last Mr Arthur J. Wil- liams, M. P., addressed a largely-attended meeting of his constituents at the Assembly Rooms, Porthcawl, and at theclose of the address a hearty vote of confidence in the hon. member was passed. The chairwas occupied by County Councillor Evan Evans, and addresses were delivered by the Revs D. Evans and Isaac Thomas, Messrs T. James, W. J. Phillips, and G. Thomas. PRINTING OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, executed with neatness and despatch, at the Barry Dock Neic* Office, 52, Main-street, Cadoxton.
COWBRIDGE. THE WEEKLY MARKET.—At the weekly market on Tuesday last there was a fairly good supply of stock, which sold at late prices. Fat cattle, from 6d to 7d per lb. Cows and calves were in small supply, and sold slowly at from z012 to JB18. There was a good supply of sheep on offer, which sold at from 8d to 9d per lb (the latter value for nice weights only.) Pigs were in limited supply, and sold at a slight advance. PRINTING OF EVERY DESCRIPTION, executed with neatness and dispatch, at the Barry Dock News Office, 52, Main-street <
of date of formally opening the same will be decided upon. It is probable the schools will be opened immediately after the Whitsuntide holidays, but in any case we hope the mem- bers of the School Board will take some tangible steps towards making the important occasion as auspicious and memorable as possible. This is only a repetition of a sug- gestion which has already appeared in our columns, and we trust it will not be lost sight of by the gentlemen in authority on Monday next.