TREGARON. Accident.—Whilst Mr Evan Jones, mason, Pentre, was repairing the roof of a house at Abercarfan Farm on Wednes- day, his foot slipped and lie fell from the top of the house, receiving serious injur- ies. He was conveyed home in a car- riage and it was found that he had frac- tured an arm. He gradually regained consciousness and strength. Thunderstorm.—A sudden storm passed over tile district on Monday night. Flashes of lightning were followed by heavy peals of thunder. Heavy showers of hail and rain fell afterwards and the river Bremg flooded. There was a similar storm on Tuesday night. Election.—On Sunday when the news of the Chancellor's increased majority was received, there was much rejoicing among local Liberals. The children marched in a procession on Monday singing "Lloyd George, for ever." Parish Council.—The ordinary meeting was held at the National Schoolroom on Friday evening. The following members were present:—Messrs D. Davies (chair- man), Thomas Jones, High-street (vice- chairman), D. Jones, Thomas Rees, John Evans, E. Isaac Davies, and D. Thomas, Cambrian House.—Consideration was given to the letter from Mrs C. Evans calling attention to the public path from Chapel-street to Currier-street, in front of her house.—The Chairman said he had discussed the matter and found it was a private path. This statement caused a controversy since the path was used by the public and has not been kept private. -On the proposition of Mr D. Jones, Glanrafon, seconded by Mr Thomas Jones (vice-chairman), the matter was ad- journed tor another month so that the Clerk should make inquiries.—Corespond- ence between Trawscoed Parish Council and Mr J. Rees, divisional superintend- ent of the G.W.R., asking the Company to run a train between 7.40 and 8.15 a.m. trains to and from Lampeter and Aber- ystwyth was considered.—-Mr D. Thomas proposed and Mr D. Davies seconded a resolution in support of the application. —Mr D. Davies was appointed to repre- sent the Parish Council at a. public meet- ing in support of the Welsh National Memorial. Lantern Slides.—Miss Hill, hon. sec- retary to the Young Helper's League, lectured at the National School on Mon- day evening on the work done through !)r. Barnaruo's institution. The lantern was displayed by Mr D. J. Davies, College-street, Lampeter, and the lecture was greatly appreciated. The list of sub- scribers at Tregaron is increasing. The local secretary is Miss Pecco Edwards, Sunny Hill. The chair was occupied by Mr T. Jones, Post Office. Temperance.—The members of the local branch of the South Wales Women's Temperance Union, held their ordinary meeting on Friday evening at the C.M. vestry, under the presidency of Miss Jones, Illar House. A paper on "Why I support the women's temperance cause," was read by Miss M. B. Evans, followed by Mrs Lewis, Llanstephan, who is on a visit to her son, Mr G. T. Lewis, M.A. Mrs Lewis is a strong supporter of the cause and her address was valued. She gave an account of the annual meeting held at Loughor. Mrs M. Mvans, Miss Jones (president), Mrs Evans, Albion House, and Mrs Jones, Brenig-terrace, also spoke. The meeting was closed with prayer by Mrs Williams, Brenig View.
COUNTY SCHOOL PRIZE DAY. The annual distribution of prizes took place at Tregaron Cou itv School on Wed- nesday afternoon. The Rev D. Edwardes. Crynfryn, chairman of the Governors, pre- sided. There were also present Mr R. J. R. Loxdale, Castleil1 the Rev. Alorgan Evans, Messrs. Jenkin Lloyd, D. D. Wil- liams, Peter Williams, with Messrs. w Thcmas Jones, D. Lewis Jones, Rees Jones, Mis. Dr. LDoyd, Mrs. Thomas Evans, members of the Hoard of Governors Messrs. M. Morgan, clerk; G T. Lewis, M.A., headmaster; S. M. Powell, M.A., D J. Morgan, Miss John, M.A., and Miss Evans, members of the staff. In his opening remarks, the Chairman said the primary object of the meeting was to learn from the Headmaster the results of another year's work in a school which was a constant care to him and,on an occasion like that, a source of interest and pride. (Cheers.) The Headmaster, in his annual report, stated-We had a record attendance of pupils during the past session, the number reaching 113 for the Christmas term, whiTe the average for the three terms exceeded 100. This year we are again keeping up wonderfully, being cl-vse on 100 and, re- membering that the school was originally built for 100, we can congratulate our- selves on having attained that end, and in reality exceeding it. (Hear, hear.) AVe continue to draw pupils from new dis- tricts, an encouraging feature, as it proves that the influence of the School is gradu- ally, but surely, being increasingly felt. Several pupils have entered school from cut lying districts, giving as their reasons that the School is doing excellent work and that Tregaron is a healthy and quiet place for study. (Hear, hear.) I thank the headmasters of elementary school's for their co-operation. They are as a body helpful to the School, and we are glad oi the opportunity to return the compliment by performing the Welsh drama at Cellan and Bont to enable them to augment the Widows and Orphan Fund of the N.U.T. (Hear, hear.) We are now working in the new buildings which the Governors put. up to ficiliti-te the work of the School in view of our increasing numbers. It is note- worthy that the Inspector of the Central Welsh Board highly complimented the School on the additions and stated that Mus. Bac., as music teacher. In addition to teaching instrumental music, he gives two lessons weekly in the theory and practice cf singing. This is a point of the utmost importance, especially when we have a. dozen or more elementary teachers at school who have to acquire a knowledge of theoretical music. Besides, is it not a useful accomplishment to be able to read music at sight? Now we have the facilities, pupils can get training from one of the most capable musicians. Mr Rees throws himself energetically into the work. He has written nieces of music for this year's di-aiiia. "f Bias Gogerddan." I hepe the public will support the drama better than ever, as it is exceptionally good. Ir. S. M. Powell, who is respon- sible for the original Welsh dramas per- formed year by year, deserves to be well patronized. The highest gratitude that can be extended to him is to fill the School on both drama nights. Tregaron School is. as far as I know, the only one in Wales which annually stages an original Welsh drama. (Cheers.) I have time after time asked parents to allow their children to remain at school for three or four years. It does seem a waste of time to give only two or three terms training to a boy or girl. I do not doubt that even a term does some good; but should parents desire their childreil to prepare themselves satisfactorily for home, they should have three or four years' training. If we get a pupil of average intelligence to remain for three years, we can and will trive that child an education which will fit him for the work and duties of home life. It is impossible even to acquire a decent command of English and arithmetic, leave alone special subjects, in the short time of one year It is an erroneous idea to take boys' intended for the homes away from school after one year's work, while child- ren who intend to go on with education are allowed to remain four or five years. I am glad that parents are taking these remarks kindly year after year, and are acting on them, aa the percentage of pupils who remain but a short period at school is small now compared with the past. (Hear, hear.) The work of the School for the session was on the whole distinctly good and, considering we were only five teachers and that we had a diver- sified syllabus, we can honestly claim to have done excellent work. The social side of school life was well looked after. The football and hockey teams were not beaten by any school team. (Hear, hear.) Concerts and debates were a regular feature of the Lent term. AVe believe strongly in this side of a pupil's school career; and excellent results ensue. One old boy, who started public speaking at the School debates, has been prominently before the public during the election as an eloquent political speaker. (Hear, hear.) At the Central Board examinations we gained nineteen certificates in the higher, senior, and junior stages. This means that twenty per cent. of the total :f, pupils were successful in gaining certi- cates, a record any scnooi may well oe proud of. Seven passed the examination exempting from Welsh matriculation wholly or partially, and one passed an examination of a higher standard than the Welsh matriculation. (Cheers.) Ten girls obtained the pass mark in the cookery examination. Two bo3's obtained bank clerkships, whereas three boys got clerk- ships in government offices. For the first time we sent several pupils for the exam- inations of the Rcyal Drawing Society, and Miss Evans, art mistress, is highly com- plimented on the results. (Hear, hear.) This year is the first in which the Tany- bwlch and Loxdale scholarships have been awarded. The latter was won by John "Lewis Lloyd, Bwlchyllan, who has pro- ceeded to Aberystwyth College. The former were awarded as the result of an examination held by Ir, David Samuel, M.A., as follows:—Girls: 1 Susnanah Oliver, Lampeter, C5; 2, Anne Davies, Lampeter, 23: 3, Poltv Rowlands, Bont, L2. Boys: 1, David Lloyd Jenkins, Llan- ddewi, JB5; 2. Rhys Lloyd Williams, Tre- garon, L3; 3, J D Daviesj Bwlchyllan JB2; Mr. and Mrs. Loxdale were thanked for their generosIty in giving leaving scholar- ships to the pupiljs of County Schools. They are the kind of people who should be respected—(hear, hear)- people. of wealth who are. willing to share it with their poorer brethren with the object of enabling them to rise to higher spheres of useful- ness. (Cheers.) We feel proud of being one of the twelve best qualified schools to receive a set of Welsb books and we thank the anonymous donor. The triennial inspec- tion took place three weeks ago. The inspectors spent the whole day looking searchingly into every detail. Never before have we had such encouraging re- marks from inspectors. They compli- mented the discipline, order method, organisation, and teaching, as well as the general intelligence of the pupils. Their remarks have honestly enthused teachers and pupils with new life and energy. Our long list of successes speaks for itself con- cerning the varied and important work done nt school. I thank one and all for their kindness towards the School, especially my colleagues on the staff who work assidu- ously and ungrudgingly, as well as the Governors and Clerk who always do all in their power to make work pleasant for staff and pupils. (Cheers.) The following is a list of successes:- Central Board examinations, higher certi- tificate, G. J. AVilliams, Post Office, Cellan; senior certificate, J. Thompson Davies, Llwyn Leiki, Bwlchyllan; Mary Davies, Crosswood, Dihewyd; Sarah Davies, 10, Victoria-terrace. Lampeter; William Arthur Edwards, Crynfryn, Pen- uwch; Evan Howells, Blaenrhiwfallen. Tal- sarn David Jones, AVernisaf, Llanio Road J. J. Ashton Jones, Glyn, Llangeitho; John Edwardes, Tanffynon. Penuwch, com- pleted his matriculation by passing in Greek. Junior certificate, Hannah Jane Davies. Corner Shop, Tregaron: William I Rees Davies, Blaencyswch, LIanfair John Llewelyn Evans, Meurig House, Tregaron Mary Jenkins, Sunny Cottage, Tregaron; John Lewis Jones, 10, Terrace-road, Bont; Mary Ellen Jones, Emporium, Tregaron; Sarah Jones, Llyseinon, Tregaron; Daniel O. Morgan, Navy Hall, Bronant: Daniel Morgans, Coxhead HaH, Llanio; Daniel Thomas AVilliams, Forest-lane, Llangybi; Stephen Jones Williams, Tancwarrel, Bronant. Two of the Junior (Board pupils actually gained full marks in algebra. In the London Provincial Bank entrance ex- amination, David Jones, Rhattal Farm, Llanio, and Jenkyn Jenkyns, Manorafon, Llanddewi, wore successful. Cookery ex- amination results:—-Margaret Anne Ben- jamin, Pantyddafad Villa, Ysbytty; Lizzie Davies, Lluest, Trefilan; Mag. Pugh- Jones, Maenelin, Llanddeiniol; Margaret Lizzie Jones, Gwarcwm, Lampeter Eliza Anne Lewis, Glancadwrn, Llangeitho; Eliza- Jane Lloyd, Llyseinon, Tregaron; Mary Adeline Megicks, The Laurels, Lampeter; Margaret Stephens, Olwenj Lampeter; Lizzie T. Thomas, Tanycapel, Tregaron; Sarah M. Thomas, Coxhead' Llangybi. Royal Drawing Socio tv', honours—John Lewis Jones, 10, Terrace^ road, Bont; D. 0. Morgan, Navy Hall, Bronant; William Rees Davies, Blaen- cyswch, Llanfair; John Lewis Jones Aeron House, Tregaron: David H. Jenkyns, Gwynfil Shop, Llangeitho D. T AVilliams, Forest Lane; S. Jones AVilliams", Tancwarrel, Bronant; John Williinis, Dolyfelin, Llanio; William T. Owen, Taihirion, Blaenpennal; John M. Jones, College, Bronant; Margaret A. Benjamin, 11 in, Pantyddafad Yshytty; Jenkyn Jones, Fagwrwen, Ffair Rhos; John Llewelyn Griffiths, 13, Terrace-road, Bont; David Lloyd Jenkyns, Cefngarth, Llanddewi. Pass—John Lewis Jones, Aeron House Tregaron; William 'Rees Davies, Blaen- cyswch, Llanfair: David Lloyd Jenkins, Cefngarth, Llanddewi. Division I-W. R Davies, Blaencyswch. Llanfair; D. H: Jenkyns, Gwyn fil, Shop, Llangeithio; Hannah Jane Davies, Corner Shop. Tre- garon D. 1. AA illiams, Forest Lane, Llan- gybi J. H. Williams. Cefnbedd, Llan- ddewi; Price Edwards, Pendre, Bont; Margaret Anne Benjamin, Pantyddafad, Ysbytty: Isaac Evans Davies, Laburnum Hall, Pennant, Aberporth; John AVil- hams, Dolyfelin, Llanio; S J. Williams, Tancwarrel, Bronant: John Morgan Jones Bronant; John Llewelyn Griffiths, 13 Terrace-road, Bont; Jenkvn Jones Fagwrwen, Ffair Rhos; W. T.'Owen, Tai- hirion, Blaenpennal. The prize list was as follows: Form VI., Griffith John AVilliams. Cellan Form V, form prize-James Thompson Davies. Bwlchyllan English prize, "Sally Davies. Lampeter-, mathematics and science, David Jones, Llanio languages, James Thomp- son Davies, Bwlchyllan. Form IV., form and English, Mary Jenkins, Tregaron; second form prize. John Lewis Jones. Bont; languages, Mary Jenkins, Tregaron: mathematics and science, William Rees Davies, Llanfair. Form III., form prize, Re-.s Tom Jones, Tregaron; languages.1 Rees Tom Jones, Tregaron; English. John TN n. .4.1.- L- John Williams, Llanio: second English p-ize, Jenkin Howell Jones London. New pupils, first girl, Nellie Rowlands, Tre- garon; first boy, David John Davies, Bwlchyllan. Cookery prize, Mary Adeiine Megicks, Lampeter. Football medal, S. Jones Williams, Bronant. Hockey medal, Ellen Clarke, Llanon. The Chairman offered to the Headmaster and staff warm congratulations on the ex- cellent report. He also congratulated the- pupils on their success and hoped it was hU earnest oi much glory that they were destined to achieve for their School and for themselves. (Cheers.) In asking him to distribute the prizes, the Chairman added that Mr. Loxdale was a true friend of the School, and it was not that day he first showed his interest. It would enhance the value of the prizes to receive them from ¡ his hands. (Cheers.) Mr. Loxdale having distributed the prizes and certificates, the Chairman gave an address. He said there were three types of boys and girls. Those who worked hard in order to gain a prize were not a bad type. Those who worked hard be- cause their parents, who sent them to school, expected them to work hard were a better type; but those who worked hard because they loved their work were the best of all. (Hear, hear.) He believed the Tregaron pupils loved their work, or they would not have done so well. He congratulated them on the distinctions they had gained, especially in the higher sub- jects. Distinction in any subject was not an easy work to achieve, and it could not be achieved without a great deal of self- sacrifice on the part of the teacher and the taught. (Hear, hear.) A boy or girl who opened new ground was an invaluable asset to a school, because others would follow and try to excel. He emphasised the importance of learning Greek and, if there was a class of no fewer than twentj- pupils, he offered a prize of £ 5 to the best in Greek in the mid-summer examina- tion. (Cheers.) He did not wish, how- ever, to compel everybody to learn any particular subject, except English. With. out English, there was an extinguisher on all their aspirations. They could do some- thing even without arithmetic. Let them find the subject they liked best, but he advised them to vary the subjects. What- ever subjects they learnt, they should learn ruies of honour, habits of truth, and the virtues of humility and reverence. (Cheers.) Replyng to a vote of thanks proposed by Mr Thomas Jones and seconded by the Headmaster, illr Loxdale said that as his little gift seemed to be valued and appreciated he hoped others would act similarly, only on a larger scale. He had great interest in Tregaron and neighbour- hood, of which lie had pleasant recollections and he also took great interest in educa- tion. It had been a. pleasure to him to distribute the prizes, and he hoped the books would be an encouragement to the pupils. (Cheers.) H' A vote of thanks was passed to the < Chairman on the proposition of Mr. D. Lewis Jones, seconded by Mrs Evans, and the proceedings closed with singing the national anthems. The annual entertain- ment was given in the evening when the AVelsl) drama, "I Bias Gogerddan," written by Mr. S. M. Powell, was per- formed by the pupils, the music being written and arranged by Mr. J. T. Rees, Penygarn.
NOTES FROM ABER- AYRON. The season is notable for the absence of social activity. There were literary societies and dancing classes and whist drives, but not now. There are more young people about than ever, but there is no provision of that kind ior them. The large groups to be seen at "Corner London" and "Corner Bridgend" of an evening testify to this. How is that there is no movement from within this group ? It is far easier to move a body from within than from without. With this dearth, people are looking on with pleasure to what the County School will provide during the festive season. There will be the sixth annual re-union of old pupils on Boxing Day and a. varied entertainment of farce, whist drive, and tea for the evening. As Christmas is on a Sunday, and there is a holiday too on Monday and Tuesday, a large conflux of old pupils is expected. Then before that there is the breaking up function of the School which is generally accompanied by an entertainment. There had to be a special! meeting of the County Council on Thursday, the 8th December, in order to release the £ 1,500 which had been placed in pawn by the advocates of a Penwern siding. Mr. Harford, chairman of the Lampeter and Aberayron Light Railway directors, deposited as pledge a promise to reconsider the question in twelve months from the opening of the line, if there be a demand for a siding at Penwern then. The opinion of many people is that the inhabitants of the important and densely-populated par- ishes of Nantcwnlle, Bettws Leiki, Trefilan, and Gartheli will prefer to go to Ystrad than to Penwern if a siding was made there. We shall see. The money was released and the directors were made happy and resolute to push the work on to a finish. A skit of poetry from a poet living amidst the combatants which has come to hand, describes in picturesque language the Penwern movement as a landowner's strife. It is a yity it cannot be printed. Mr. Vaughan Davies made an acrid attack on the directors. It is charitable, and perhaps true to say, that a large pro- portion of the bitter talk of all places and kinds has its root in ignorance. There is a suggestive saying that "To know all is to forgive all." Mr. Vaughan Davies, it was quite clear, did not know all the cir- cumstances. Lampeter and Aberayron people advocated the making of the rail way and contributed handsomely to the cost on a large public policy. Immediately the railway will cause them loss. The same remark applies to the cruel chastise- ment of Mr. Tom Parry for paying the rates on Pengarreg SillaU holdings. The Aberayron SmaH Holdings Committee is the only committee that has done its work with any special measure of commendation. But still it must be that it should be publicly whipped. The truth is that the Committee meant to pay the rates and re- lieve the tenants. If this cannot be legally done, then other measures must be taken.
NEW QUAY. N Maenygroes Eisteddfod.—The third an- nual eisteddfod was held at Maei^groes Congregational Chapel on AVednesday evening. The building was uncomfortably full, and the competition was very keen in all subjects. Mr J". C. Jones, Llan- artli, presided, and the Rev W. Griffiths j conducted. The adjudicators were- music, Mr Philip Davies, A.C. (Ap Myr- nacli), Aberporth; poetry, Sir R. Teifi Rees, F.C.R.A., Cvmmer^street, Cardiff; literature, the Rev E. Aman Jones, B.A., New Quay; needlework, Mrs 55avies, Glas- for woodwork, Mr Wm Thomas, Towyn I Vilia drawing, Mr G. Ivor Davies, C.M., Cross Inn. The secretarial duties were carried out by Messrs D. O. Williams, Blodfa, and David Evans, Llainygrog. Captain Lewis, Green ^Hill, acted as treasurer. The following awards were made :-Solo for girls under 15, divided between Maria A. James. Clydach Vale, and Mary H. Evans, Rock-street. New Quay. Pianoforte solo, Hilda Moller, ATorawel. Recitation for children under 12, 1, Ethel Rees, Church-street; 2, Lizzie' M. V»illiams, Blodra. Solo for boys un- der 15, James Evans, Blaenffos, Llwyn-j dafvdd. Recitation for children under 16, John H. Davies, CledWn Villa, New- Quay. Pair of gent's hand-knitted wool- len socks, divided between Mrs M. Jones, Blaencwmgido, and Miss Sarah Jones, Ar- wen-dd. Duett for children under 15,: Sarah M. AVilliams, Penrhiwllan, arid Dora Lewis, Green HilL. Hazel basket, j James Barlow Smokin, Brongest. Gent's woollen gloves, Maggie Jane Davies, Ty- rhos. Soprano solo, divided between Miss Tflen tTliiomi,F,, Gwenlji Comneil Sbhooil, and Miss May Angell, Brown Hill. Child-! ren's choir, Maern'eroes Choir, conducted by Miss Lizzie Williams, Penrhiwllan. Confined recitation, Miss Lizzie AVilliams, I Penrhiwllan. Quartette, Josiah T. j Davies, Brynllys, and party. Baritone solo, John Davies, Bronwion, Newacstle Fmlyn. Free-hand drawing, divided be- tween John Owen Davies, Llainygrog, and James Davies, Morina, New Quay, Birch broom, Jonathan Thomas, Blaen- ferwig. Ladle and butter spoon, David George, Blaennantau, Bwlchygroes. Linen anron. Miss Hannah Evans. Pantvcoll-1 alto), divided between Misses Lizzie Wil- liams, Penrhiwllan, and Mary Davies, Ty- rhos, and Ellen Thomas, Gwenlli Council School, and Elizabeth Richards, Glaiimor- terrace. Recitation (open), D. O. Wil- liams, Blodfa. ESsay, Evan Jones, Gof- ynaclifawr, Llanarth. Tenor solo, Sam Rees, Brynbedw, Rhycllewis. Transla- tion, E. J. Davies, Maenygroes. Duett, (tenor and bass), John Davies, Bronwion, and Sam Rees, Brynbedw. Ash stick, David Jenkins, Miiford House, New Quay. Carriage whip stock, Captain Lewis, Green Hill. Male voice party, Bwlchygroes Party, conducted bv Evan Griffiths, Bird- lip. Chief choral, divided between Maen- ygroes part\' (S. J. Evans), and Towyn Party (Joseph Evans). Poetry, J. Hop- kins, Talbot Hotel, Swansea. Stanza, D. Phillips, Cwmgwrach, Neath. Football.—The New Quay Seconds vis- ited Aberayron on Sat-urday-to play the County School second team. The final scare was-Aberayron, three goals; New Quay, nil. Band.—A fife and drum band has been organised and practices are being held weekly. The instructors are Messrs D. O. Rees and E. Oswald Davies. Debating Society.—The fortnightly meeting of Towyn Debating Society was held on Thursday. Mr Thomas Jones, Gwmryn House, read a paper on Noson gyda'r Beirdd." Death.—The death occurred on Sunday evening, after a short illness, of Miss Margaret Jane Lewis, Arfvrn, at the age of forty-two years. The funeral takes place to-day (Friday). Found on the Roadside.—On Tuesday evening, while Dr James was going to the country and after passing the village of Gross Inn, he came across a man lying unconscious on the roadside. On exam- ination, he found that the man was badly injured and had fractured the bridge of his nose. With great difficulty the doctor conveyed the injured man to Penenwc-fach and attended to his injur- ies. As no one had witnesesd the acci- dent, its cause remained IT" mystery for some time. It now appears that the man was thrown off his horse which bolted. He was identified as Mr John Evans, Cnwcyparment, Llanarth. At the time of writing (Wednesday), he is progressing as well as can be expected. Funeral Sermon.—The funeral sermon was delivered at Towyn on Sunday even- ing of Mr Evan James Williams, Bryn- eurin, second engineer of the s.s. "Silver- dale" which was lost with all hands in October while on a voyage from New York to Havana.
MACHYNLLETH. Cookery Competition. On Monday evening at the County School, a com- petition in connection with the Evening Cookery classes took place, when the following were awarded prizes:—Miss Jane Jones (assistant mistress, Council School), Miss Clara Roberts (teacher Council School), Miss Agnes Breeze, Miss Glynne Jones (headmistress, Llanwrin School), Miss May Breeze, and Miss Minnie Maengwyn Jones. The Cookery Mistress (Miss Owen), judged the cakes made by the competitors. Rural Council.—A meeting was held on Wednesday, Mr Edward Hughes, Math- afarn, presiding.—A letter was read from Pennal Parish Council with reference to a letter received from Mr Anwyl asking for a grant toward improving Cefngaer road. The Parish Council recommended that a grant of JE1 should be made for this year only and that Mr Anwyl be thanked for the good work he had done in improving the road.—The Chairman and vice-Chairman were appointed to in- spect the road with Mr Anwyl, who had promised to meet them with a trap or motor car at Machynlleth.-The Inspector (Mr Richard Williams), reported that the occupiers of a group of cottages in Pennal had no proper place to deposit ashes and refuse. Around the cottages was a most untidy appearance. A notice had been served on the owner, but noth- ing was done.—The Clerk was directed to write to Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest.— The Inspector also reported that he had been advised of two further cases of diphtheria in the Wern school district Llanbrynmair. These made a total of seven cases since the middle of August. In the lower part of the parish of Llan- brynmair, there was a general epidemic of measles among school children. The Medical Officer had advised the closing of the school for a further period of four weeks.—The Surveyor (Mr Richard Wil- liams), reported that a culvert on the Gelligocli and Glasbwll road at the bot- tom of Caerbobion hill, had broken under the weight of a timber carriage. Steps were taken to have it immediately re- paired, the expense including materials, cartage, and labour, amounting to £ 2. The road along its whole length was much damaged by the hauling of tim- ber from Glasbwll. The parapet of Bryn- melin bridge, Cwmcaerog, were dangerous and required renewing. Instructions were given for the repair of the bridge. Vacancy at Tanygarreg School.—Miss Pengwern-Jones, B.A., head teacher of Uwchygarreg School, who was one of the two applicants selected for the vacant headship at Tam-garreg, has withdrawn her application. The short list now con- tains one candidate only (Mr. David Evans of Pencader). BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Wednesday, December 14th.—Present: Messrs M. E. Francis, Cemmesbychan, chairman; John Edwards, Penegoes, vice-chair- man Edward Hughes, Mathafarn; E. M. Jones, J. T. Jones, Llanbrynmair; Owen Owens, Hafotty Richard Hughes Rhosygarreg; John EJdwards, Cemmes; Edward Jones, Machynlleth; Meyrick Roberts, the Rev R. R. Roberts, John Evans, Towyn; Jolui Hughes, Commins Coch; Richard Jones, Ynyshir; Lewis Lewis, Glasbwll; Thomas Jen- kins, Talbontddrain; David EVans, clerk; D. Morgan, assistant clerk; J. Jones, master; and the relieving officers. Abstract of Accounts.—It was agreed to pay the Clerk E4 4s. for having compiled the abstract of accounts. T-iianks.-Votes of thanks were passed to Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest for a gift of rabbits and to the Women's Temper- ance Society for their offer to provide tea for the inmates on January 1st. Election of Guardians.—The Local Gov- ernment Board wrote stating that owing to the census taking place on April 1st, they had fixed the date for the election of guardians to take place a week earlier. Miscellaneous.—It was decided to hold a meeting of the Guardians next Wednes- day to consider the granting of old age pensions to eligible paupers. The reliev- ing officers were asked to furnish them with the necessary information. A dis- cussion on the question of medical relief to pensioners followed, and it in-is agreed to inform them that they would be eli- gible for medica] relief. Boarding Out.—The Local Government Board wrote that if the Guardians wished for the Board's assent a departure from the Boarding Out Order in certain cases, the Guardians would have to submit full particulars of each case in which the de- parture was proposed. Christm,ts.-Oii the proposition of Mr Edward Hughes, it was agreed to give the usual Christmas dinner to the in- mates.—It was decided not to give extra relief to paupers during Christmas week.
BOW STREET. Poultry Farming.—A course of ten lectures and demonstrations have been given at Hhydypennau Council School on poultry farming by Miss Thomas, U.C.AV, in connection with the County Education Committee. In previous years Miss Thomas lectured on other subjects and it was thought desirable this year to have lectiire,, on poultry production which ought to be an important industry in the county. Though the attendance in the evenings was not what it ought to be, excellent classes were held in the after- noon and the lecturer were highly appre- ciated and the interest aroused in the subject was indicated by the questions asked. The last of the series of lectures was given on Saturday after which a soiree was given by members of the class i in honour of Miss Thomas, the soiree Tiav- ing been got up by Miss Baker. During the proceedings, a. satchel was presented to Miss Thomas in recognition of the pleasant and efficient way she had con- ducted the lectures. —========
TALYBONT. Obituary.—The death took place on Thursday of last week of Mrs Elisa James, Clifton House, widow of Captain David James, at the age of seventy-two years. The deceased was a native tof Llanon, where she was well known and was highly respected in this locality for her kind and generous disposition. She had been ailing for a long time. Her loss will be keenly felt at iBethel Congregational Chapel, of which she was a member, and a. regular attendant at the Sunday School. The iuneral took place on Tuesday, interment being made at Talybont Cemetery. The Rev. R. E. Jones officiated. The chief mourners were Miss Elizabeth James, Mrs Evans, London (daughters); Mr. and Mrs. D. L James (son and daughter-in-law); Mr. E. Jones, London (son-in-law); Miss Kate Jones, Llanon (niece). The two eldest sons (Mr. John G. James au¿ Mr. Joseph 0. James) hold high position at the Frias Mines, Columbia. Airs. Jones, London (daughter), was absent owing to ill-health. Much sympathy is felt with the lamilv in their bereavement
BORTH. Business.-—Mr T. Richards, monumental mason, Borth, announces by an advertise- ment in another column his readiness to supply marble headstones from jE7 up- £ 10^S' ^10m and granite from
NEWCASTLE EMLYN. Visitor to the Hen-roost.—On the 7th December, before Dr Fowell and Mr Ben Hees, P.S. Johns, Pencader, charged John Parkinson, labouiier, with stealing four fowls, the property of Mr John Rees, haulier, Ponttwellv, Llandyssul, and with stealing a ferret, the property of Mr E. Davies, Craigwthey.rn, Llanfihangel-ar- arth. The constable found three of the fowls dead in a sack. The other was feathered and had been put in a boiler ready for cooking. The ferret was also found close by. Prisoner pleaded drink as the cause of the theft and was sentenced to two months liard labour. New Church.—A meeting was held at the National School in connection with the new church building fund. Mr T. W. Parry, hon. secre-tarv. repoi-ted a. substantial list of subscriptions, but it is understood that a large amount re- man yet to be collected. The members interested in the movement were urged to leave no stone unturned to raise the necessary amount as speedily as possible. Merched y De. The winter evening meetings of the Ladies' Temperance Asso- ciations have commenced and are well attended. Mrs Lloyd, N.P. Bank, pre- sided over a meeting field at Graig Chapel (B.) ATestry-room on Tuesday. Sev- eral members spoke and delegates at- tended from the Cardigan branch.
CORRESPONDENCE. THE MACHYNLLETH LIBERALS. SIR,—I was one of those who attended the Liberal meeting at Machynlleth on Monday afternoon and I heard Professor Levi making some of his usual wild state- ments and cheap clap-trap alout the evic- tions of farmers in Cardiganshire in 1868. He inferrl'd that because of tcis the peers should be punished and the House of Lords swept away. I understand that fiom investigations the matter of these evictions was not in any way as bad as depicted on the platform. Most of the speakers said that the 600 peers should be swept aside, but somehow remained silent as to the reforming of the House of Lords, which I have no doubt is intended, for I am sure that the country will not tolerate a single chamber. Prof. Levi said that the referendum meant giving a second veto to the House of Lords, though really the referendum is a people's veto. AATlien the Government of the day appealed to the country expressly upon the Irish Home Rule Bill, because the House of Lords had exercised their veto, the country endorsed the action of the Lords; but, without the referendum, the next Government—doing away with the Lords' veto and also the people's veto—can pass an Irish Home Rule Bill without con- sulting the country expressly upon it. From the attitude of the paid Redmondit-es we can conjecture what kind of Home Rule they require, and even then I do not think they will be satisfied. Behind the question of the House of Lords, this is the real matter which is now before the country, but in disiguise. The next Liberal Govern- ment will seek and possess the power to rush this matter through Parliament without giving the country any further opportunity of deciding expressly upon this issue, which is hardly fair, as it must vitally affect the interests of the United Kingdom. A Bill such as the Redmond- ites will require, I am sure, will be detri- mental to the best interests-of the country as a whole.—I am, etc., ONE WHO WAS PRESENT.
PONTERWYD SCHOOL. SCHOOL CHILDREN DURIX J. THE DINNER HOUR. SIR,-The common sense view of the sanitary condition of schools and com- pulsory attendance, as expressed in recent articles which have appeared in the" Cam- brian News," have attracted considerable attention. In your last issue there also appeared an explanation touching Pont- erwyd School over the name of one "R. Lloyd Jones" which dealt with the treat- ment of children during the dinner hour and on wet days. The writer very properly suggested that provision should be made so that the children could par- take of their meals in comfort, and adds that this could be done with but little expense. Now, as one closely connected with education under the School Board system. I know very well how averse the public is to expenditure in connection with schools. Yet the question is, "AVho are these children who-attend schools from a distance, and on wet days?" Well, they are undoubtedly the children of parents who try to do their duty towards the children and ratepayers, and never attempt to shirk regular attendance. Next comes the question, "Is it not pos- sible to provide for these deserving child- ren without incurring heavy expense on the already heavily burdened ratt- payera." I venture to say "Yes," P'ided those in authority cur- tailed unnecessary expenditure in other directions. Let me ask "Who are the children who do not risk their health and comfort on wet days, and who generally do but little towards earning grants to save the rates?" AVell, thev are tlm child- ren of parents who are chronically affected with an aversion to do their duty towards their children in any form, and on account of whom the education authority paArs hundreds of pounds annual as salaries of attendance officers. AVe had the same class of parents during the School Board period, and education committees of the future will have the same characters again to cope with. Naturally enough, a further question arises.. Is it fair or reasonable to deprive the children of hon- ourable parents of their necessary com- forts while attending school, and' yet at the same time provide so lavishly for parents and children who never try to help eicher themselves or the ratepayers? Public opinion answers and con- siders that education authorities could tackle these offenders quite as effec- tively through the c]<erks and school- masters as through attendance officers. Towns may require permanent and special persons to act as attendance officers, for the temptations for those children to go elsewhere than school are many. The attendance officer is able to come across their path and march them off to school at once The conditions are quite different in the country. Children attend schools if their parents send them. The children are the offenders in towns, but parents who wilfulUT neglect their duties are the offenders in country districts. Attend- ance committees, through their clerks and schoolmasters, could bring these to justice quite easily. Attendance officers cannot be expected to help the attendance during the wet seasons of the year like the present oive. But a proper room for children during the dinner hour and as a shelter would greath- help the attendance during the wet seasons. Country members know this very well, and yet they do not try to help the parents and children. A reform would supply the wants of ilie-,e children, for a. sum could be saved that would be more than sufficient to provide the necessary accom- modation. The matter is a very irinort- ant one, and the better class of children are those who suffer. Parents are ready to heln. but they expect comforts for thpir children after sending them to school, for .4.1, ¿-J- ,+. _J.- -J.
LAMPETER. Death of Miss Edith Mary Davies. The death of Miss Edith Mary Davies, only daughter of the late Mr W. Davies and Mrs Davies, The Pharmacy, occurred in the early hours of Thursday, December 8th. to the great sorrow of her mother, brother, grandmother, and grandfather, and friends. She had not reached her fourteenth year, when she fell a victim to acute rheumatism, which seriously affected her heart, and ended fatally de- spite all medical skill and the devoted nursing of her mother and other friends. When it became known that she had died, general sorrow was expressed by all, as she was cheerful, of a quiet and lov- ing disposition, and had won the affection and esteem of all who knew her. At two o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the fun- eral, which was private, took place, when interment was made in the family grave at St. Peter's Churchyard. Canon Cam- ber Williams, vicar, having officiated at the house, the procession slowly wended its way through Hartfoird-square, High- street, and Church-street, all business pre- mises being' closed. The following were the chief mourners:—Mrs Davies (mother); the Revs D. Elee Lloyd and Arthur Lloyd (uncles): Miss Rosie Lloyd (aunt): Mr Davies Davies (grandfather): Mr John Davies, Cambrian Shoe Factory (uncle): Dr E. Evans and Dr Rowland. The following were also present in addi- tion to the clergy:—Messrs D. F. Lloyd, Bryn: Wm. Lewis, Arfryn T. Jones, Ys- trad House; J. Lewis L. and P. Bank; E. EVans (Croft and Evans); Rees Davies. saddler; J. E. Evans, Nantygelli; D. Davies, Pharmacy; J. Davies, Dairy; J. C. Davies, Red Hill; E. Davies. Cwm- anne; and J. Lloyd, Market-street. At the church, Canon Camber AVilliams, the Revs D. J. Evans, and R. H. Richaros officiated, and the last rites at the grave- side were taken by Chancellor Jones. The funeral arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Mr W. Jones, builder. As the relatives and friends left the churcn, Mr Jenkin Parry, organist, gave an impressive rendering of the Dead March. Beautiful wreaths were sent by the Mother and Arthur, Mam and Auntie Rose, the four Uiiel 's, Uncle Tom and Auntie Alice, Mrs AValters, Temperance Hotel; Messrs Croft and Evans, College- street; Lil and Gertie; Mrs Lloyd, Deri House; Mr Dalt-on: Mrs Edmunds, Cedar Bank; Miss Carlisle; Nurse A. Jones, Isleworth Mrs Lawrence and the Misses Owen (deceased's Wellington School friends); Mr D. F. Lloyd, Bryn; Auntie Minnie, Jennie, and Katie. Mrs Davies desires to return thanks to the many callers and sympathisers. Special hymns in memory of the deceased were effectu- ally sung on Sunday at the morning and evening services. Siloh ChapeL-The weekly meeting of the Mutual Improvement Society was held on Friday evening when Air E. J. Morgan presided, and Dr Evan Evans read an interesting paper on The Use and Abuse of Alcohol." The Rev S. EV. Prydderch proposed a vote of thanks which the Rev T. Ll. Roderick seconded and it was unanimously agreed to. District Education Committee.—A meeting of the Commtitee was held at the Town Hall on Friday, when there were present the Rev iT Evans, chair- man Dr Bebb, Mr J. W. Davies, and Mrs C. M. Morgan; Mr Tivy Jones, clerk, and Mr E. J. Davies, attendance ofricei.riie Clerk reported that he had taken steps to have an urgent matter connected with sanitary arrangements at Cellan School attended to on his own responsibility.—It was resolved that the Clerk's action under the circumstances should be approved.—Several requisition lists and bills were sanctioned.—It was resolved to make an increase of L5 per annum in the salaries of Miss S. Jones, PeterweII School, and Miss Margaret A. Evans, subject to the approval of the Education Committee.
ABERAYRON. Carol.-In accordance with their an- nual custom, Mr J. M. Howell has com- posed a Christmas carol which has been set to music by Mr L. J. Roberts. An English version of the carol has been written by the Rev J. Young Evans, M.A., B.D., Aberystwyth. Musical Success. At the recent school examinations of the Associ- ciated Board of the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music, Alary Eunice George of Tynyporth, Ffosffin, was successful in passing the higher division, and Nance Jones, Gwynfe, Llwyncelyn, in the primary division Both are pupils of Miss Aerona Jones,' Belle Y ue- terrace. Small Holdings Committee.—A meeting of this district committee was held at the Town Hall on AVednesday, there being present Air. John M. Howell, voted to the chair; Mr. E. Lima Jones, Dr. Lewis, Mr. E. J. Davies, the Rev. W. Griffiths, Mr. Jenkyn Davies, Mr Tom Parry, agent. In consequence of the action of the County Small Holdings Com- mittee. the question of the payment of rates in jfjspeet of the Pengarreg small holdings had to be raised. As the Act is said to specify that the rates must be paid by the tenant, it was resolved to ask for the authorisation of the County Com- mittee to empower the District Committee to pay the rates on the whole of the hold- ings, the said rates to be recovered from the tenants. This would obviate the diffi- culties and dangers of re-assessment and further difficulties arising out of the fact that the property is situate in three parishes and in rural and urban areas. parishes and in rural and urban areas. Five applications for small holdings on Neuadd Farm, Llwyndafydd, were consid- ered. This would appropriate the whole acreage and were cordially approved of. The applicants were considered to be in every sense suitable and reliable Mr": John Evans, watchmaker, Aberayron, and Mr. H. G. Powell, timber merchant, sent in applications for small holdings without naming any land. They were considered to be eligible applicants for small holdings and their applications were approved and deferred. "T edding Presents. The following presents were received by Mr. D. J. Morgan and Miss Maria A. Jones on th occasion of their marriage:—Capt. Jones, Penlone (uncle of the bride), cheque Mrs Evans, 10, Mason's-row, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Maenelin, cheque; Dr. Davies, London House, cheque; Miss H. Evans, cheque; Mrs. Lewis, Waterloo-street, cheque; Mrs. Jones (sister-in-law), Borth, counterpane; Miss D. Jones (cousin), toilet set; Mrs. Jones, Borth, pair of bath towels; Miss Davies, Talbot House, white damask table cloth: Mrs. Jones, Quay- parade. damask table cloth i, Mrs Lewis, Belle View-terrace, white damask table cloth; Miss A. Thomas, Hazeldene, white damask table cloth: Mrs. Bonsall, Aber- ystwyth. white damask tablie cloth; Miss Evans, 3. Regent-street, pair of bath towels; Miss A. At. Morgans, Greenland- terrace, toilet cover: Mr W. James, pair of bedroom pictures; Mr. and Mrs. Law, pair of bedroom pictures: Mr. and Mrs. Davies, painter, pair of pictures: Mr. J. Roberts, Manchester House, two pairs of sheets; Mr. and Airs. Captain Jones, Brooklyn, pair of sheets; Miss Jones, London, dining-room table cloth: Air. and Mrs. Williams, 10, Regent-street, pair of blankets: Miss M. Williams, photo: Miss E. L. AArilliams, jug; Mrs. Davies. 4, Regent-street, half-dozen dessert knives, one feather pillow Miss M. J. Davies, jam dish; Miss Jones. Bluejacket, pair of carvei-s; Airs. Davies, Yuca House, half- dozen tea spoons: Master A G. Jones, sugar tongs; Mrs. B. Jones. Pantteg, four table spoons; Mrs. E. A. IVilliams, tailor, half-dozen table knives; Mrs. Jones. Albert-street, set of bedroom pictures; Airs. Jones, Penlone, pair of feather pil- lows Miss Jones, Penlone, frilled pillow slips Mrs. Jones, White table cloth; Air-, L. Jones, North-road, wooden spoons and rolling pin; Mrs. Howell, ironmonger, set cf cooking utensils: Mrs. Howell, Port- land House, half-dozen table knives, half- dozen silver forks: Alaster G. Howell, half- d zen dessert spoons; Miss J. Davies, AVaterIoo-street, butter cooler: Mrs. Davies, 5. iRiegent-street, pair of orna- ments- Miss M. Davies. at Mrs. Jones, grocer, pair of pillow slips; Aliss James, pair of tray cloths; Aliss Pugh, Princess- street, pin cushion: Miss N. Howell, nickel-plated jam dish; Airs. Howell, North-road, counterpane: Miss L. Howell, Nnrth-road, ornamental clock: Miss A. Henderson, cake stand; Mrs. Evans, 10, Ala =on's-row, quilt.. Miss J. Morgan, pair of bath towels; Mrs. Rees, turner, bread pl11te; Miss H. Davies, at Dr. Davies, Alban-square. cushion cover: her sister, tray cloth: ATiss A. M Rees, two pair of b-rlreim towels; Airs. Jones, sugar tongs; T dessert forks; Miss W r. "r menf*" fwn t-ahlp Llanon, in the chair; Messrs. Edward Jones, C'iiiau; J. AV. Davies, Cydplwyf; A\. Jones, Captain Thomas, AVillie Rees, Llanarth; Captain Davies. New Qua3*; Airs. Griffiths, All's Bennet Jones, Aberayron Captain Jones, Llanbadarn Henry Lewis, Llansantffraid; J. Mj Jones, Cilcennin: E. Alorgans, J. E. Jones, Llandyssilio; E. Lewis, Llanllwch- ^f,1?: l>avies, Llanddewi: Edward illiams, Henfynvw; David Jones, Crib.yn; J. C Jones, co-opted member; and the officials. Correspondence.—Aleinorials were re- ceived from Billericay, Essex Union, ask- ing tor powers to detain persons of weak intellect and habitual vagrants in the house. Burton-on-Trent Union also wrote on boarding-out. No action was taken on any of the memorials. The House.-The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board in reply to a communication addressed to them regarding the position of the Alatron in relation to the Poor Law Officers' Super- annuation Act, 1896. The Board stited that it appears to them that if Airs Evans is permanently appointed to the office of matron, she would not be entitled to claim superannuation allowance in virtue of the provisions of the Act. But having regard circumstances at this workhouse, the Board would be prepared, if the Matron^ s°,.desire' to to the Matron s continuance m office as a tem- porary arrangement. Old Age. Pension.—A circular letter was caUhirr arte f Government Board S V ?tlon rto ,the roinm"al after the 31st December of the disqualification for old age pension arising from the receint PJK-T relief.—The Clerf esplainell the x j circu'ar and, amongst other thins-s stated that the Guardians were not pre- cluded from giving poor relief to an old it OSe ,circumstance require it, although a pensioner who receives «™"arHjTr relif' ""I dUquSS assi«t<J if 7 disqualification be assisted, if necessary, by medical or other rehet commg within the terms of the pr £ wso to section three (1) 0f the Act or section rour of .the Medical Relief dS qualification Removal Act. 1895.—While ofeoi?0re^efWt3 discussin^ the continuance T r r to a !,a,1I,er over seventy, Mr ,Jones' saitl: I would like to'know oe". ?8 are taken to Set thl's aged paupei to apply for pension? I think ■some prassure should be brought to bear oS +v! +1+un^' lf,.necessaiT- to threaten them at their relief w ill be discontinued The place where this woman lived is very for away and inconvenient for the reliJvW officer to visit and pay her. A heated objecting to any pressure being put on paupers beyond the relieving officers ex- plaining to them and assisting them in claiming a pension. ° m Assessment.—An assessment committee "-s, subsequently held with Air D J™? Cribvn, in the chair. Jones»
THE GENERAL ELECTION Continued from page 3. T, POSITION OF PARTIES. lows— P y gains and ]osses are as fol- s w GAINS S- Manchester Rochester ■j, Peckham i Exeter j Cheltenham 1 Wakefield i Burnley j Coventry i South wark (West) 1 Sunderland 1 "Whitehaven 2 A^ oolwich l Bow and 1 Mepney v 1 Radnor 1 Bedford 1 Cockermouth X Saffron 1 Louth l Lowestoft 1 C'rickdale 1 Tyrone 1 Newmarket 1 Kircudbright I Dartford 1 UNIONIST GAINS. Salford (South) Ashton-under-Lyne 1 Vv arrington A Wigan 1 Darlington King's Lynn J Grimsby 1 Birkenhead 1 Islington (North)' } Liverpool Exchange I: & I Cardiff 1 Dudley 1 Newton (Lanes) 1 Melton Mowbray Plymouth j Cumberland (North) 7 Altrincham | Darwen r- Torquay Bodmin Ashburton T Tavistock NEW WELSH MEMBERS The representation of Wales at pr,- sent is as follows:- c™$^EY-*Mr E' J- eri«th <L ) BRII-IMN *Sidney Robinson (L.) Majority, 1,880 v 7 BbROUGHS-Lord Ninijan Stuart (C.) Majority, 299. CARDIGANSHIRE *Mr Vaughan Davies (L.) I nooposed. CARMARTHEN BGROUGHS-*Mr W. Llewelyn Williams (L.) Unopposed CARMARTHEN EAST — *Alr Abel Thomas (L.) Liberal and Labour major- ity over Conservative, 4,686. CARNARVON BOROUGHS "Right 1 208 D' L1°yd GeoTge ^L-> Majority, CARNARVONSHIRE NORTH (Arfon Division)—*Alr William Jones (L.) Un- opposed. CARNARVONSHIRE SOUTH (Eifion Division)-*Mr Ellis W. Davies (L.) Un- opposed. DENBIGH BOROUGHS-*Hon. W. Ormsby-Gore (C.) Maioritv. 9- — I^ENBIGH WEST—*Sir J. Herbert Roberts (L.) Unopposed. FLINT BOROUGHS-Mr J. W. Sum- mers (L.) Majority, 509. FLINT—*Mr J. Herbert Lewis (L.) Unopposed. GLAMORGAN, MID—Mr John Hugh Edwards (L.) Majority over Labour, 1.522 l\nRIOXETH-*Mr Haydn Jones (L.) Unopposed. MERTHYR TYDFIL (two seats)Mr Edgar Jones (L.) and *Mr Keir Hardie (Lab.) Liberal and Labour majority over Conservative. 18,488. MONMOUTH BOROUGHS—*Mr Lewis Haslam (L.) Maiority, 1,098. MONMOUTHSHIRE NORTH—'Right Hon. Reginald McKenna. (L.) Majority, 3,136. AIONM OUTHSHIRE WEST—* Mr Thos Richards (Lab.) Unopposed. AIONTGOMEJRY—*Mr David Davies (L.) Unopposed. PEMBROKE BOROUGHS — Major Henrv Guest (L.) Majority, 565. PEMBROKESHIRE *.Mr Walter Roch (L.) Majority, 2,693. RADNORSHIRE—Sir Francis Edwards, Bart. (L.) Majority, 42. SWANSEA DISTRICT-*Sir David Brvnmor Jones (L.) Unopposed. SWANSEA TOWN—*Sir Alfred Mond, Bart. (L.) Majority. 2,246. *Denotes old member. SOUTH G L A.MOR-GAN. -William Brace La hour majority. 2.938. WEST C ARM .MR THEN. — John Hinds (L.) ATajorTty, 3.040. SOUTH AI ON MOUTH Sir Ivor Herbert (L.) Alajoritv. 1.941. EAST DENBIGH.—Edward T. John (L.) Majority, 3,263. Up to Thursday yesterday (Thursday) morning, the Government of 124 remained unchanged. The Government secured twenty-four gains, and the Conservatives an equal number. The members elected were: Liberals and Labour 261 Conservatives 251 Nationalists 70 Toti 582
Consols seem to be quite satisfied with the election results. What a lot of Liberalism it takes, even of the LLOYD GEORGE brand, to disturb the trade and content of the country. The Conservatives are taking their political beating very badly—very badly indeed. Considering that many pf them are aristocrats and peers they are almost vulgar. How shocking! If the Conservatives do not win the Montgomery Boroughs it will not be for lock of effort. Everybody of consequence in the Conservative camp has been there except Mr. BALFOUR. What about the numerous scarlet fever cases at Aberystwyth? Will the Town Council never do anything? Is the pre- sent lamentable condition of things to go on for ever ? The remedy is close at hand but it is not adopted. Lord MILNER—why he became a Lord we do not know-speaks of Ireland as if it were not part of the United Kingdom, and of Irishmen as if they were not loyal subjects of the KING. Well, we would much rather trust Mr. REDMOND than Lord MILNER if the issue were one of true patriotism and nationalism. Conservative papers assert that the elec- tions say "As you were." Just so. And what that means is that the Liberals are in as strong a working majority as before. This is what Conservatives will discover when Parliament meets. There will be no more general elections until the country has absolutely changed its mind. Three times is surely often enough for the country to express its confidence in one Government. There have been heavy floods in many parts of Wales during the week. The temperature has some days been very low and high on other days. There have been strong, cold winds. In short, the weather has been typical of the month. Very little sunshine has been enjoyed, and what is meant by the dark, bleak days of December is well known by the experience of the past few days. Trade is slack. Doctors are the only people who are really busy. The election in the Montgomery Boroughs is to-day. We hope Colonel PRYCE JONES, Conservative, will be defeated, and that Mr. HUMPHREYS OWEN, the,, Liberal, will be elected, but if we could secure the defeat of Colonel PRYCE JONES by one single adverse per- sonal reflection we would prefer to see the Liberal defeated. If political battles cannot be won without personal abuse and misrepresentation, then they had better be lost. It is as a Conservative, and only as a. Conservative, that the Liberals are asked to vote against Colonel PRYCE JONES. Mr. BoNAR LAW. speaking at Welshpool on Tuesday night, said it was utterly in- credible that the PRIME MINISTER, after having failed to get increased power from the country, could dream of asking the KING to use his prerogative to carry the greatest revolution in our Constitution which had been made for 200 years, and to carry it with only a force behind it which was represented by eighty Irish votes in the House of Commons. In the first place, are not Irish votes in the House of Commons of as much value as Scotch, Welsh, or English votes? In the second place, would the Opposition not feet that they were masters of the political situation if they had half the present Liberal majority? The country is with the Government and the fact will bear fruit before long. Mr BONAR LAW should try not to be foolish-in Wales. That the Conservatives were anxious for a general election and that they forced it upon the country is certain, as will one day be made clear. Mr. F. E. SMITH, speaking in Liverpool on Thursday, December 8th, said that "as he travelled "all over the country last January he "found a wholly different spirit abroad "from that which now prevailed. He had never seen a higher fighting temper "in the Unionist ranks than there now "was, and a very extraordinary surprise "awaited their opponents who were "already boasting of prospective vic- "tories. He thought Unionists were "going to win the sixty seats which would "wipe away the coalition majority. One "of the most hopeful signs of the times "was that moderate and patriotic Liberals "were leaving their party in growing "numbers; and still more significant was the memorable speech made by Lord ROSEBEIIY in Manchester." When a fool brags and blusters, we rather like the brag and bluster to be strong. We saved the foregoing paragraph in order to show our readers the sort of bluff which the election results have knocked out of the F. E. SMITH sort of person. In the German Parliament there has been a discussion on national finances. One of the speakers said he could state with satisfaction that the spectre of Ger- man invasion in England was gradually fading. What is there to prevent England, Germany, France, Russia, and America joining together to preserve the peace of the world? Surely those nations do not want to go to war with each other. Not only could two. or three hundred mil- lions a year be saved, but all -sorts cf evils could be removed. The danger of the present system of excessive armaments is very great. The people are not going to starve while hundreds of millions are waisted every year in being ready for war which nobody wants. If there is danger of war between this country and Germany -or France, then those in high places are to blame. What are needed are an Inter- national Parliament, International Courts of Law, an International Police, but first of all there is need for somebody to take the initiative. Cannot this country take the lead? < Whatever may be said about the light railway from Lampeter to Aberayron, there can be no doubt that Mr. HARFORD, Falcondale, has rendered great, continu- ous and disinterested services in getting the line made. He has overcome all sorts of obstacles. The people expected a siding at Penwern. That siding, owing to the cost, is not going to be made at present.- The Great Western Company, which is igoing to work the line, is in no way respon- sible for the emission. If the siding had been made, it would not have been the Great Western Company that would have had to make it, and if the siding is made in future the Great Western will not have Wllnd the money it will cost. As usual, people who do nothing expect everything. Mr. VAUGHAN DAVIES, who, by request, seems to have taken a good deal of trouble in reference to the Penwern siding, got on 1 the wrong side of some of the members of the County Council at a special meeting held last week to consider the subject. 'The Oountv Council contribution is to be The "South Wales Daily News" is making a great fuss as to why Liberalism lost Cardiff. Well, the "South Wales Daily News" ought to know. If it does not know, it might ask itself the question. Of all the members of the Opposition lr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN seems to be the feeblest. He has the cheek of a brass elephant, but ability—well, nobody ever accused him of having any. Still, he is not without qualifications. His personal conceit is stupendous. The isolation hospital question at Aberystwyth is whether a totally unneces- sary institution shall be erected at enormous expense or a quite simple and satisfactory arrangement shall be made to do all that is necessary in connection, with the Aberystwyth Infirmary at a reasonable cost and to the financial advantage cf the Infirmary. At the annual dinner of the Cymmrodion Society, held this week in London, Lord Justice VAUGHAN WILLIAMS in the course of a speech said refei-eiice had been made that evening to the Welsh Clhurch Com- mission. He was not going to say any- thing about its proceedings, but they must not suppose that in his efforts to guide that body as its chairman he did not feel that he had failed here and failed there. We agree with him. He did fail here and there and so did the Commission. The report is not worth a brass farthing. No doubt the CHAIRMAN did what he could. There is something that tastes nasty about the "Daily Chronicle." That Liberal paper has just been ordered to pay £ 5,000 in a libel case. The other day a Conservative paper published what we think was a scandalous, degrading and utterly unworthy and unwarrantable caricature of Mr LLOYD GEORGE. The "Daily Chronicle" shortly afterwards re- produced the wretched caricature, and thus not only gained any advantage there was in the republication, but posed as condemning the production! We think the original publishers were less to blame and were more honourable than the republishers. The Daily Chronicle" ought net to have published that thing for a thousand pounds or thrice a thousand pounds.