NOTES FROM ABER AYRON. THE END OF A YEAR. The Cambrian News" for this week will be issued on the last day but one of the year. The end of a year is a summit from which the past may be surveyed. A mind that is not blind is compelled to look back. The beginning of a new year, which is a tumulus on the same elevation, is one, no sooner one's foot is upon it than he looks the other way, forward into the mists of the unknown. The County School has brought a new force into our life, our corporate life. You Mr FJditor, have said that one school for Cardiganshire would be more to the mark than five. In one sense, yes. In another sense, a county school moulds the thought and shapes the out- look of life of the district which it serves. Of course, a creative headmastei is re- quired to give a powerful composite per- sonality to the institution. A man of high university culture is not alone enough to achieve this. There are Cambridge and Oxford experts who-are cranky, effemin- ate, and limp. A man from those centres of education, with a masculine mental and physical frame, with a cosmopolitan sym- pathy, and with an intense dedication to the interest of his pupils, seems to make the ideal. An ancient university man without the silly futilities which so many bring with them from those seats ot learning is worth having. But five, six, or more graduates of what cult soevei, working among eighty boys and girls, is a corporation that must be a formative influence to mould character. It also tinges the community in which it works with its own distinctive hues. That community may be unconscious of the operation that is being carried on, for it is a subtle and painless operation. It is like the xorce of spring in the earth—it bursts out bye and bye, everywhere. every how. j. At the annual meeting for the distri- bution of prizes, this general unconscious disregard was very evident. The clergy and professional classes were theie aip- lomatically so to speak. That is to say, a fair representative sprink- ling of them. The other classes were hardly represented. There were parents and brothers and sisters of the prize winners and of the other pupils galore. Hut, how imperceptibly far and "eneral do the tentacles of these relation- ships reach and grip? From New Quay to Silian; from Llanon to Llwyndatydd; from Talgarreg to Cross Inn, Llanbad- arn Trefeglwys, drawing Toother into" or- ganic existence "a new heaven and a new earth." The evidence of this new crea- tion could be discerned on re-union night. There the pupils of fourteen years ago and after were seen to be men and women from all parts of England and Wales. There were doctors, solicitors, engineers, bankers, teachers, farmers, tradesmen, craftsmen. Dr Garfield Evans was there and sur- prised everyone in his new character of a fine baritone singer. He will at an early date undertake the responsible duties of his profession as a medical officer on board one of the P. and O. Indian Boats. Although not exactly a County School boy, but an Aberayron boy nevertheless, one noticed among the happy company Mr W. Williams, of Albert-street, Aber- ayron, who, as a result of a competitive examination, has been appointed engineer inspector under the Board of Trade and who undertook duty during Christmas week at Glasgow. More yet will be heard of him. Thus does the zone of puissant energy spread till it may thread the globe. Wales has the stain ot a skit to live dowÙ. Forty or more years ago "Punch" wrote— "Taffy is a Welshman, Taffy is a thief." Puncn" meant is as a joke, one may say. Just so, but sometimes a joke cuts deeper than a satire. There is never a cari- cature without something of the original features. Prison life engenders subter- fuge and simulation and deceit. Wales was manacled and tortured for centuries. We may have become cute and dodgy. The strain may have impregnated our life. In our religion, our common deal- ings, our censures and flatteries, our pleasures and examinations, this element of elusion may have entered. We have to live it down. And we will. The Railway again is a factor that will vastly change the complexion of the com- munity. In this great undertaking the forces that are at work are not recog- nizable. Things are not what they seem. People are fighting for this and against that without knowing who is friend or foe. There was some talk that the station for Ciliau and district would be at Troedy- rhiw and not at Neuaddu. There has been a great change in the opinion of some people since then. And it is no wonder whatsoever. "To know all is to forgive all." If people had all the facts before them they would arrive at quite opposite conclusions to those they have espoused on more points than one. When con- troversies are ended, and when the facts are laid bare, after the actors are off the stage, then pepole will see how mistaken they were. But apart from the local and other controversies, there is the rail- way all but finished, and, like a telephone for messages, it connects us with the vast welter of the commerce of the world outside whose din has „hjit indistinctly reached us till now.
ABERAYRON. Peniel Chapel.—The annual tea party of the Vestry children oF Peniel Church, was given on Boxing Day. The Rev T. Gwilym Evans presided over a subsequent meeting when songs and recitations were given. The work was prepared by Mr D. A. Lloyd, superintendent, and teachers. Tabernacle.—On Monday night, the Tabernacle Chapel children gave a pleas- ant performance of a cantata called "Jessica's rraver." Mr Lewis Jenkins presided. Mr John Roberts conducted. Mr John Davies, Tailors' Hall, manipu- lated the lantern, and Miss Olive Jones ^Collection.—The collection for the Welsh National Memorial at the Tabernacle evening service was £10. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, Wednesday. December 28th.—Present: Mrs. Jones, Llanon, in the chair; Messrs J. "W • Davies, Edward Jones, W. Jones, Capt. Thomas. Willie iRees, Llanarth; Mrs. Griffiths, Mrs. Bennet Jones. Aber- ayron Messrs E Morgans, J E Jones, Llandyssilio E. Lewis. LlaniTwchaiarn J. M. Jones, Cilcennin E. Davies, Llanddewi; D. Jones, Cribyn; Captain Jones, Llanbadarn Captain Henry Lewis. Llansanffraid; Capt. Edward Williams, Henfynyw the Rev S. Jones, co-opted member; A. Thomas, "ïriam Evans, relieving officers; B. C. Jones, clerk. Correspondence.—Letters were received from the Local G-overnment Board approv- ing the increase in the salaries of the two relieving officers from £40 to £60 per annum, as well as approving of the re- appointment fcr a period of twelve months of Mrs. Jane Evans as matron of the Workhouse. Out-relief.—Margaret Evans, Soar, Cilcennin, appeared before the Board to protest against the stopping cf out-relief to her two children. She made a "engthy and heated statement, but. the Board unanimously rerolved that their previous resolution be adhered to; Abstract of Accounts.—A discussion took place among members of the Board re the usual statement of accounts. Mr. Jones, the clerk, said that Mr. Williams, the poor law inspector, had disapproved of their usual course of publishing the paupers' names.—A notice of motion way given by Mr. J. E. Jones "That the Guardians should, at their meeting a m-cnth hence, consider the advisability of appointing a finance committee to 'ook into tho matters of the Board and of the Rural District Council." RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—Mr. J. W. Davies, in the chair; and other mem- bers present at the Board; Dr. Davies, medical r-fficer •. J. Jones, sanitary in- spector; T. Lloyd, surveyor. Deputation. A letter was received from Llansant- ffraid Parish Council asking leave to bring i a deputation before the Council in support of having a bridge over the river Peris near Liansantffraid Church.—In the absence of the Surveyor, the matter was temporarily adjourned Building Byelaws. A ,'etter from the Local Government ( Board enquired as to the adoption of building byelaws by the Council, and asked that immediate steps be taken to have j byelaws adopted. A New Order. Another letter was received from the Local Government Board stating that they had under consideration the expediency of revising the regulations relating to medical officers of health and inspectors of nuisances appointed by sanitary authorities outside London," and that an order had been issued, copies of which had been re- ceived. The chief alteration are in articles ten and eleven, prescribing new conditions as to term of office. Under article ten, an officer appointed for a specified term will continue to hold office from year to year after the expiration of that term, and no further approval by the Board will be re- quired unless the terms of the appoint- ment are altered. If the Council wish to dispense with the services of an officer at the end of any year, they must give him three months' notice of their intention and at the same time send a copy of the notice to the Board. Under article eleven the Council, with the Board's consent, may at any time during the period of a limited appointment change the appoint- ment into one without limit of time. Additional duties are imposed on the medical officer in' transmitting reports to the Local Government Board. Sanitation. The Sanitary Inspector reported five cases of diphtheria notified at Cribyn • seven cases of scarlatina in the parish of Llanarth twenty-three dwelling houses in- spected, four preliminary notices served and three notices complied with. Surveyor's Report. The Surveyor reported that all the roads of the district had now been metalled according to orders. In several places landslips had occurred owing to the long speJl of wet weather. The worst one was at Gilfachreda and should be repaired next summer.—Mr. J. M. Jones asked if the landslip at Gilfachreda was a bad one how was the repairs put off till the summer time? He thought it should be done at once. Mr. Jones also said he should like to know why the work was not attended to when it was reported in- stead of leaving it for several days un- attended to?—Tlie Surveyor relied that he attended to it as soon as he could.— Mr. Lewis, Llanllwchaiarn, asked the Surveyor if he had not received a letter from that district with regard to the flooded condition of a certain road? He did not believe in making a football of the Surveyor, but thought he was entitled to know the reasons for Mr. Llovd not attending to the matter.—Mr. Lloyd replied that he did not get a direct re- port and did not think it an urcent matter.—Mr. Lewis: This wiTl not b do The ratepayers have heavy burdens to bear and they should get what work is possible from the roadmen and from their Surveyor. He feared the men were not looked after properly.—Mr. W. Jones, Llanarth, gave a report cf the committed winch had visited Crugeryn Ford, who thought that a bridge was wanted, but that other places were quite as bad if not worse.—Mr. J. E. Jones said he differed from Mr Jones's opinion of the place," He i thought a bridge was urgently needed and that the Council should take advan- tageof the offer made by the people of the district assisting with the cartage and the giving of land free for improving the pace—-Eventually, Mrs. Jones, LInon, moved that the matter should be adjourned for six months or more.—Mr tu ™?nes m-oved an amendment that the Clerk should write to the people inter- ested asking if they were willing to under- take to do all the cartage when the Coun- cil would further consider the i iiter.— The amendment was lost.
MACHYNLLETH. Inmates' Christmas Dinner.—The usual Christmas^ dinner was given to the in- mates of "Gorphwysle" on Monday when the following attended:—Mr M. E. Fran- cis, Mr John Edwards (chairman and vice- chairman of the Board), Mr D. Evans (clerk), Mr Richard Gillart and Mr Efd- ward Jones (guardians), Mr D. Morgan, Mrs Lloyd, Newcastle Emlyn (the first and for many years lady guardian for Machynlleth), Mrs Edwards (Brynffynon), and Mrs Jones (London House). After clearing the tables, interesting speeches were delivered by the ladies and gentle- men named A cordial vote of thanks was accorded Mr and Mrs Jones and Miss Jones for preparing the dinner, and on the proposition of a veteran inmate (eighty-five years of age) a hearty vote of thanks was passed the Guardians for their excellent treat. The Medical Officer (Dr Mathews), owing to illness, was not able to be present, and a vote of sympathy with him in his illness was passed. Generosity.—With his usual generosity, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest distributed beef, bread, vegetables, etc., to the aged and poor of the town and neighbourhood at the Vane Hall on Friday. His Lord- ship was represented by his Agent (Mr R. Gillart) who was assisted in the distribu- tion by Miss Griffiths (formerly of the Rectory), and the Rev Cadwgan P. Price, M.A. Concert.—On Monday (Boxing Day) a performance of the dramatic cantata, "The Prodigal Son" (Tom Price), was given by the Graig United Choir, con- ducted by Mr J. O. Williams. The Rev Cadwgan P Price, M.A., presided and Mrs Trevor jones acted as accompanist. Owing to the boisterous weather, the at- tendance was small. The choir and artistes (local) are to be congratulated on their performance. Re-union.—The ninth annual re-union of the Machynlleth Council School old students was held at the County School on Boxing night under the presidency of Mr W. Fierce Evans. The arrangements were ably carried out by the secretaries, Miss H. B. Richards, Medical Hall, and Miss Hughes, Mathafarn. There was a good attendance and an enjoyable even- ing was spent.
PENNAL. Christmas Tree.—At the Council Schoo1. on Wednesday, a bounteously-laden Christmas tree was given by Mr. R. C. Anwyl, J.P., D.L., Lligwy, and Mrs. Anwyl to all the children of Pennal in part celebration of the coming of age of their sen (Lieutenant Maurice J. H. Anwyl, Royal We'sh Fusiliers). The children were greatly delighted with the beautiful sight and their quizzical aspect of anticipation was an interesting study for onlookers. A well-laden tab'e of,tea and cake had been despatched out of sight previous to the distribution of the fruits of the tree. On the 12th January the remaining and major part of the celebra- tion will be held when valuable presents will be handed over to the son and heir as a memento of his majority, which testifies to the great respect for the family in the district.
NEW QUAY. Cantata..—A cantat entitled "The Crown of the Year" was performed at the Tab- ernacle Chapel on Monday evening. The Rev. Gwfym Williams, B.A., occupied the chair, and Mr. T. P Timothy, Compton House, conducted. Besides the cantata, the following programme was gone through:—Pianoforte solo. Miss Elsie Evans, R.A.M. solo, Mr T. P. Timothy; solo. "Cartref," Miss Lena Harries; reci- tation, John H. Davies solo. Miss Euronwy Lloyd, B.A. and solo, "Lead, Kindly Light," Mr Alun Pierce, N.P. Bank. Debating Society.—At a meeting of the Towyn Debating Society, held on Tues- day evening, Mr. Jiohn Owen Davies, Glaneigion, occupied the chair. The sub- ject for discussion was Is the British Empire fallowing on the same lines as the old Roman Empire?" Theaffirmatlve side was taken by Mr. D. Tom Jones, Waterloo House, and the negative side by Mr. Job T. Davies, Moelydon. Musical Successes.—Tlie following have obtained certificates at the examination held recently at Carmarthen:—Lower division, Dora Jones. Towynfa, and Isawel Jones, Park-street: and elementary divi- sion, Nelly Herbert, Lewis-terrace. Bi? iards*—Considerable interest has been taken in the billiard handicap which has been in progress at the Star Billiard Room during the past few weeks. The prize-winners were-First, Capt. James, Marine-terrace; second prize. Mr. Carsy Evans, Rock-street; third prize, Mr. Joshua Jones, Mason-street.
LLANDYSSUL. Guild. — On Thursday evening of last week, the Ladies' Guild held their meet- ing which was presided over by the Rev ]. Wesley Morgan, who delivered an ad- dress on "Florence Nightingale." Several af the members gave solos and recitations. Formation of New Company.—A com- pany under the registered name of the reifi Shirt Manufacturing Company, Limited, with a capital of £6,000 in £5 shares has been formed to acquire the business hitherto carried on by Mr B. Jones, Alltafan Mills. The first directors are Messrs B. Jones, T. Davies, John Lewis, J. Jones, and D. Davies. Marriage.—On Saturday at the Regis- trar's Office, Newcastle Emlyn, the wed- ding took place of Mr William Lewis, wheelwright, Horeb, and Miss Elizabeth Jones, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Jones, of the Pelican Inn, Newcastle Emlyn. Mr Tom Lewis, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man.
TOWYN. Free Church Girls' Guild.—At a meet- ng of the Guild held in the Council Rooms, a Shakespearean reading was given by some of the members. Those who took part acquitted themselves well and the play" A Midsummer Night's Dream," was greatly appreciated by all present. Messrs Gwaellian Pugh and Tywena Jones gave a sweet rendering of the well know duett "I know a Bank," during the scene at the close of the play. The President, Mrs L. D. Jones, Rhianfa, highly complimented all who had taken part in the performance, and hoped that in the near "future another opportunity might be given them of displaying their hristrionic ability,, which in several cases were of no mean order. Miss Daniel, Brynhyfryd, proposed and Mrs H. W. Griffith seconded, a vote of thanks to the members who had provided so enjoyable an evening. Praise is due to Mrs. Haydn Jones, Pantyneuadd, Miss Jones, County School, and Miss Jones, Tremafon, for assistance given at the rehearsals and in supplying suitable costumes for the piece. Preaching Meetings. — The annual I Christmas preaching meetings were held this year on Monday, the Revs Williams. Aberystwyth, and Madog Roberts, Gar-I narvon, being the preachers. These meet- ings, which are held under the auspices of the Free Churches, have been an annual event, for about thirty years and their popularity have in no way abated. Personal.—On Tuesday evening, Mr Corbett, of Ynysymaengwyn, returned to Towyn after a prolonged stay at the Antipodes. The annual shoot at Ynys takes place on Thursday and following days. The tenants and Towynites are glad to welcome Mr Corbett to his Welsh home. Mr Frank Cave-Brown-Caye, of Canada, paid a visit to his family at Clawddboas, after an absence of over three years. Mr Cave is well known in the neighbourhood, being a keen sportsman and a cricketer of no mean ability. All are glad to see him looking so hale and hearty.
BALA. Debating Society.—The Young Men's Debating Society met on Tuesday at the Blue Lion, Mr Edgar Evans presiding, when an open night was -.eld and the fol- lowing programme was gone through:— Selections by Mr Hughie Jones's gramo- phone part song "by Mr Evan Lloyd's party; recitation, Mr Richard Evans; cornet" solo, Mr J. W. Roberts mouth organ duett by Mr E. W. Jones and Hughie Jones comic song, Mr Hewitt; instructive remarks on Mark Twain bv. the Chairman; song, Mr Wilfred Jones; and mouth organ selections, Mr E. W. Jones. Cvfarfod Llenyddol a Cherddorol.— Dydd Llun, cynhaliwyd cyfarfod hwyliog yng Nghapel Tegid, o dan nawdd Metho- distiaid Penllyn. Yr oedd Capel Tegid yn orlawn a wrandawyr astud. Cynhal- iwyd dau gy far tod, a'r llywyddion oeddynt Mr J. W. Roberts, Y.H., a'r Parch J 0: Jones, B.A. Arweiniwyd gan y Parch. J. H. Hughes a chyfeiliwyd gan Miss My- fanwy Morris, L.R.A.M. Clorianwyd y cantorion gan Mr Tom Price, a'r adrodd- wyr gan Dewi Meirion, Bangor. A gan- lyn yw rhestr y buddugwyr yn nghyfar- fod y prydnawn—Adrodd yr oil o'r Rhodd Mam, cydradd cyntaf, Dilys Williams a John Hughes. Mr R. J. Roberts enill- odd y wobr flaenaf ar y pencil sketch 0: unrhyw fwthyn Cymreig. Cerfio ar bren, Mr Johnny Rowlands. Chwareu y ber- doneg, 1, Owen Morris: 2, Claudia Rob- erts. Adrodd i rai dan naw oed, 1, Eunice Evans; 2, Harriet Rohets a Dilys Williams. Unawd i rai dan naw oed, 1, Morfudd Davies; 2, Harriet Roberts. Unawd i rai dan ddeuddeg oed, 1, D. Rees; 2, Robert Roberts. Adrodd yr Holwyddoreg, Rhan I., 1,. Mair Roberts; Rhan II., 1, Morris Peters, Kate Peters, a A. El: Evans; Rhan III., 1, Blodwen Hughes. Unawd soprano neu alto, 1, Gwennie Roberts. Unawd i rai heb enili o'r blaen, 1, David Jones. Miss Mary Richards enilloSd v wobr ar y penillion. Adrodd i rai dan ddeuddeg oed, 1. Gwen- nie Richards a Mary Roberts. Deuawd i rai dan 16eg oed, 1, Miss M. Bowen a Miss Jennie Williams. Parti Mr H. R. Davies aeth a'r wobr flaenaf am ganu "Adgofion Dedwydd." Un cor plant ddaeth ymlaen, sef Cor Llamnvchllyn dan arweiniad T. J. Rowlands, a dyfarnwyd hwy yn deilwng o'r wobr. Yn yr hwyr llywyddwyd gan y Parch J. O. Jones ac arweiniai y Parch J. H. Hughes. Miss Jennie Rowlands gipiodd y wobr flaenaf am ateb y cwestiynau ar Hanes Metho- distiaid. Adrodd i rai dan 16eg oed, 1, M. 0. Richards; 2, J. 0. Jones. Englyn, "Gobaith," Mr Edward Watkins, a "Methodist" yn gydradd. UnawtJ i rai dan 16eg oed, 1, A. Roberts; 2, A. Lloyd. Parti Mr R. Roberts (Ap Gwrtheyrn) gafodd y wobr flaenaf am ganu "Preswylia yng ngwlad Judea." Traethawd i rai dan 21ain oed, Miss May Richards. Un- awd tenor, Mr David Jones. Ateb hol- iadau ar Genesis, Miss May Richards. Deuawd, "Plant y Cedyrn," Mri H. R. Davies a R. Roberts. Prif draethawd, Mr David Richards. Adrodd. i rai dros 16eg oed, 1, Miss May Richards; 2, Mr J. E. Williams. Traethawd i ferched, Miss Davies, Bala. Unawd bass, Mr T. J. Rowlands. Safai yr ymgeiswyr am ddysgu yr Hyfforddwr fel y canlyn:—Yr wyth penod gyntaf, 1, Kate Evans a J. Rob- erts; naw penod olaf, 1, Sarah Davies; yr oil o'r Hyfforddwr, 1, Nelly Davies a Kate Ellis. Unawd (agored), 1, Mr Ed- ward Lloyd. Ateb cwestiynau ar Phil- lipiaid, Mr Edwin Jones, Rhosygwaliau. Corau cymysg, "Buddugoliaeth Calfari," cor dan arweiniad Mr R. Roberts a dy- farnwyd hwy yn wir deilwng o'r wobr. Cafwyd adroddiad campus gan Dewi Meir- ion cyn uyiod at y gvstadleuaeth olaf. Cor Llanfor dan arweiniad Mr D. Rob- erts gafodd y wobr am ganu "Trown i'r Bryniau."
LLANDDEWI BREFI. Wedding.—A pretty wedding was sol- emnised at Bethesda C.M. Church on Wednesday between Miss Lizzie Jane Francis and Mr. John Uoyd Thomas, Portmadoc. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a white cloth robe, trimmed with satin and satin braid. Her veil was worn over a wreath of orange blossom. The brides- maids were Miss E. Francis, sister of the bride, and Miss Thomas, sister of the bridegroom The latter were dressed in navy blue costumes, with white blouses and hats. The best man was Captain Humphreys. Portmadoc. The officiating ministers were the Revs. Rhys Morgan, Llanddewi Brefi, and the Rev. W. D. Davies, Tumble, Carmarthenshire (cousin of the bride). A reception was held subsequently at Bridge-street, the residence of the bride's parents. Later in the day. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas left for North Wales, en route for Liverpool where the honeymon is being spent. They were the recipients of coslfv and numerous presents which included the following:— Bridegroom to bride, a set of furs. Bride to bridegroom, gold links and studs. Bridegroom to bridesmaids, gold brooches. The valuable presents given by the staff and pupils of the Council Schools, Port- madoc (Infants' Department) were greatly appreciated. Tea Party.—111e annual Christmas tea party and doncert in connection with the Church Sunday School were held on Mon- day when a large number of children and adults sat down to tea. The tables were presided over by Mrs. Davies, Gorwydd Villa; Misses Jones, Prisk. Miss Morgan. Post Office; and Miss Davies, Foelallt Arms, who were assisted by a large number of wi'.ling helpers. The excellent seed and fruit cakes were purchased from Miss Edwards, The Bakery. After tea, each child was presented with an orange. The concert commenced at 6-30. The Schoolroom was crowded to its utmost capacity. The chair was taken by the 'Rev. T. R. Davies, B.D., vicar, who kept the audience in good humour. The chief items on the programme were songs by Mr ¡' Jones. Prisk. Mr. Dan Evans, Mr. Tom Jones, Misses Jones, Prisk, Miss Jones, Bronrhelen: duetts by Miss Sally Davies and Miss Jennie Price, Miss Davies, Pen- trebrain, and Miss Griffiths, Brynamman recitations by Mr. J. Lewis AVilliams, Maerdy, Mr. J. Evans, Bristol House. and Miss Davies, Llanellv. The drama of "The Little Stocking Menders" was per- formed. The concert occupied over three hours. A vote of thanks to the audience for their good behaviour and support was proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Mr. D. Jones, Prisk
PONTHRYDFENDIGAID. Benevolence.—At the ctose of the year the poor of the village and neighbourhood have been bountifully blessed by rich and sympathetic donors. On Monday, Decem- ber 19th, Mr. Wilkinson, Crosswood. visited the village, accompanied by Lady Enid Vaughan and Lady Amherst, to distribute blankets and money to some forty-eight persons. On December 27th, the Rev. J. Bowen (C.)1.). and the Rev. Evan Jones, the vicar, and Mr. D. Jenkins, Red Lion Hotel, received cheques from the Rev. T. A. Penry, Aber- ystwyth, from Mr. T. A. Jones. Mel- bourne. to be distributed amongst the poor of the place. Mr. Jones annually remembers the poor of Pontrhydfendigaid.
TREGARON. Schools acation.—The local elementary schools closed on Friday for the Christmas holidays. The County School pupils had dis- persed a week earlier. On Friday afternoon before dismissal the children of the Council School were presented by Mr and Mrs Thomas with Christmas presents comprising oninges and sweets. Prizes were also dis- tribufced to the best children in the respective classes. The schools will be closed for a fort- night. Guild.—The weekly meeting of St Caron's (juild was held on Thursday evening at the rational Schoolroom The weather was unpropitious and the attendance suffered, but a successful meeting was nevertheless held. Mr J E Jcnes,Customs and Excise officer, read a valuable oil 'Readings.' The paper was appreciated and commented upon. On Thursday evening of this week a Christmas fete was held under the auspices of the Guild. A successful function was enjoyed by a good attendance of members.
DOLGELLEY. Literary Meetings.—Literary meetings in connection with the various places of worship in the town were held on Monday night, all of which were well patronised. Benefit Concert.—On Wednesday night a concert, the proceeds of which will be handed over to Mr John Roberts, organ- ist, several of whose children are on the sick list, as already reported in the Cam- brian News," was held in the Public Rooms. Mr E. W. Evans, Frondirion, occupied the chair and the proceedings were conducted by the Rev W Pari Huws. Part was taken by the Misses Bertha Jones, Elsie Williams, Lizzie Evans, Messrs J. E. Jones (Carnarvon); R. H: Mills, David Lloyd, the Wmon Choir (conducted by Mr E. Ellis), carol singing by Mr W. R. Allen and party, special sel- ections on the gramaphone by Mr Fred Anifield. The accompanists were Miss Eira James and Mr W. R. Allen. Mr R. O. Jones, Glynafon, was treasurer of the fund and Messrs E. E. Jones and J. Rogers acted as secretaries of the move- ment. Smoking Concert.—The annual smok- ing concert was held at the Social Club on Monday night. The Rev G. A. Ed- wards, B.A., Carmarthen, was the chair- man and Mr W. H. Jones, Llys Mynach, conducted in his usual able manner. Part was taken in the programme by Messrs W. R. Allen, Fred Arnfield, R. H. Mills, Aneurin oones, R, R. Jones, E. A. Wil- liams, D. R. Meredith, George W. Wil- liams, W. Jones Parry, — Gawne, Cefny- maes, and selections on the gramaphone by Mr G. W. Williams. The accompan- ist was Mr M. W. Griffith, Mus. Bac. A vote of thanks to all who had taken part in the proceedings was proposed by Dr. Hugh Jones and seconded by Mr Glyn Edwards. Coming of Age.—In order to mark tHe coming of age on Tuesday of Mr. J. H. Whitlark, Abergwyn- ant, a number of well-wishers in the town decided that the occasion should not pass by unrecorded. Accord- ingly a subscription list was opened and handsomely contributed to with the re- sult that a fully-equipped suit case (sup- plied by Mr Fred Arnfield) was procured. A deputation waited on Mr Whitlark, and Mr W. Allen, on behalf of the subscribers, handed over the present which was graci- ously accepted by the recipient. In the evening a dance was given at Abergwyn- ant when there was a distinguished com- pany present. Dr. Williams' School.—In addition to the list of successes in the local school ex- aminations of the Associated Board of Music published last week, the following results have been received :—Associated Bpard of Music local: centre examinations Violin, Jessie Howarth, Southport: theory of music, Lizzie Evans, Birkenhead, Dorothy Owen, Ruthin. Obituary.—The death occurred at her residence. Llys Owen, on Thursday after- noon, of Mrs. Dorothy Williams, wife of the late Mr William Williams who had been master and matron of the Dolgelley Workhouse for twenty-two and a half years up to 1892. Mrs Williams was a daughter of the late Mr. E. C. Owen, Tynyeornel Hote:, Talyllyn. The funeral, which was private, took place at the Parish Church- yard on Monday when the Rev. J. Lloyd, rector, officiated. There were present Dr. J. Mvles, Messrs. Griffith O. and, E. Corbett Williams (sons); Humphrey Owen, Eldon-row, David Owen, Cross Keys (brothers); David Roberts, Corris, William Roberts, Towyn (cousins); E. C. Owen, H. Parry Jones, Evan Owen, W. E. C. Owen, John C. Owen, Charles G. Owen, H. Ynyr Owen, R: P. Owen, R. S. Williams, Criccieth (nephews); W. Lloyd, E'/esmere; John Rogers, R. J. Ellis. Evan Roberts, with John W. Owen, Cemlyn House, undertaker. Several beautiful wreaths were received.—Mrs. Susan Ellis, widow of the late Mr. William Ellis, joiner, passed away on Saturday at the age of sixty-eight. Fourteen months ago, she met with a serious burning accident and had been laid up ever since. The funeral took pace at the Parish Church- yard on Tuesday and was largely attended Service.—A special service was held at the English Presbyterian Church on Mon- day morning. The Rev iR. Morris, M.A., B.D., sang a sacred solo, and an address was delivered by the Rev. G. A. Edwards. B.A., Carmarthen. FUNERAL OF MR. J. R. S. FURLONG, BRYNHYFRYD. The funeral of Mr. J. R. S. Furlong, an account of whose sad death appeared in last week's "Cambrian News," took place at the Parish Churchyard on Thursday. The Rev. J. Lloyd, rector, officiated at the Angel Hotel (where the body had been taken), and also at the graveside. On arrival in church, Mr. W. M. Griffiths, Mus. Bac., played as opening voluntary "Batiste Andante in G. being one of the deceased's favourite voluntaries. Then fdlowed the hymn Through the night of doubt and sorrow." Psalm thirty-nine was sung to a Gregonian tone. Hymn, "Nearer my God to Thee." The lesson was read by the Rev. E. J. Owen, vicar of Brithdir. The surpliced choir sang the anthem The sun shall be no more thy light by day" (Woodward). In the anti- phon, I heard a voice from Heaven" (com- posed by Mr. M. W Griffiths) the solo was sung by Miss Mabel Evans. Prayers were read by the Rev. Owen Evans, B.A.. Arthog. After the singing of the hymn. "Peace. Perfect Peace," Chopin's "March Funebre" was played on the organ. At the graveside, the hymn "0 Fryniau Caer- salem" was effectively sung. Amongst the floral tributes were the foT'owing:— With fondest love from his sorrowing and heart-broken wife and little Dooda Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Griffith, Paris (sister and brother-in-law); Frank, Margery, and Audrey, Paris. A token of the love and affection of the members of the Dolgelley Cricket Club for their Captain, Hiraeth gyfyd wrth gofio Idd ei fedd ei guddio fo. Officers, staff, N.C.O's, and men of the E. Company, seventh Battalion R.W.F.; Mrs Owen, Hengwrtucha the Misses BiekneK, Mrs. Finnis and Miss 0 Finnis, Rock Cottage; Miss Owen, Norman Lodge; Penmaenucha Captain and Mi s. H. M. Richards, Oaerynwch; Mr. T. J. Jones- Parry; Mr. and Mrs. McCullock, Bryn- tirion. Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Griffith, Bryn House; Mr. and Mrs. David Link; the Rev. Owen Evans, the Rev. J. H. and Mrs Marshall. West Vale Vicarage, Halifax; Mrs. and Miss Fotheringham, Bryn Ifor: Mr. Charles G Fountaine. Mrs. Osborne Williams and Mrs. Wickham, Fronwnion; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Jelf-Reveley. Brony- gader; Miss Vaughan, Nannau; Miss E. A. Shurray, Bournemouth; Misses K. INI. Cartwright and E. A. Maciver, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Charles Hughes, Brynded- [ wydd. "H.W.B." contributes the fo lowing in- teresting memoir of the deceased :—Born on the 8th of August, 1S65. at Mhow, India, John Richard Sheldon Furlong was the son of the late Surgeon-General John Furlong, A.M.D., Dublin Castle, and ot Florence Frances, daughter of the late Rev. Edward Ward of Guidford, Surrey. Part of his early days were spent in Canada, where the freedom of colonial Jife I developed flie innate love of outdoor pur- suits which characterised his life. Of brilliant intellectual gifts, he obtained his degree of master of arts at Dublin Uni- versity, and subsequently was appointed on the staff of the DoIgeJley Grammar School, which post he held for nine years. On the 3rd August, 1898, he married Isabel Mary, third daughter of the late Mr. Robert Pine, of 13, Ashford-road, Maid- stone, Kent, and Trottiscliffe Court, West Mailing, Kent, and in due course took up his residence at Fronallt, Dolgehey. where, on the 21st September, 1902. his only child, John Robert Mathew Usher Furlong, was born. It was whilst he was associated with the Grammar School that his con- nection with the Dolgelley Cricket Club commenced—a conection which he main- tained with honour to himself and inestim- able advantage to the Club till his death. The which was founded about the year 1840 by the late Archbishop Temple and others, had passed through various stages of prosperity and seemed in the early eighties to be losing some of its former prestige. In 1887, Mr. Furlong's election to the honorary secretaryship, however, opened a new era in its history. He it was who impressed the members with his own ideals of good sportsmanship and fidelity in keeping the Club's fixtures; and his dead voice pleads that those same ideals shar be kept unbroken. By means of his ability, energy, and devotion the Club won for itself a premier position amongst the clubs ot North Wales, and it is of appropriate, though pathetic, interest that the season which closed in September last was one of remarkable success. In 1897. mainly through his instrumentality in securing the munificent assistance of the .aie Mr C. R. Williams, Dolmelynllyn, the pavilion, one of the best-appointed in North Wales, was erected. In 1900, to the intense regret of the members of the Club, he resigned the secretaryship on account of other and more imperative demands upon his time, only, however, to continue to serve it as vice-captain and captain, the latter of which posts he held at the time of his death. The history of the Club during the last twenty-five years almost is simply a record of his devotion to its interests and it was to him a source of great gratification that during ,\at proved, alas, to be his last season, he and his friend, Mr. Thomas H. Roberts, were able to participate so successfully in the matches. It was his expressed wish that the members should follow him to the grave, and, could he have known, lie would have been pleased that his fe.low- players, with unutterable sorrow, bore the remains to their last resting-place, 11:it.1i:Q a hundred yards of the spot he loved so much. Even to the casual acquaintance his geniality was conspicuous; and he was the same to all men. His generosity made no distinctions in its response io the caKs of charity; necessity, if but slight, was the only condition which he recognised. His was a large heart, full of human sym- pathy, which was ever extended to those in trouble. May that sympathy now be repaid a hundred-fold to his grief-stricken widow in the darkness of her sorrow! His time and his talents were at the disposal of every good cause. Few there are who will not remember with pleasure his powers of entertainment. He possessed those charming qualities of heart and head which distinguish the Celtic race, with but few of its frailties. Though a man 'of strong, individualistic opinions. he was broad-minded in all things, and allowed no petty differences to divide him from his fellows. He was intolerant only where cant displaced conviction. His nature was full of the joy of living, and he never failed to transmit much cf the same spirit to those with whom he came in contact. In view of the manner of his death, this may seem a tragic paradox; but who can fathom the unknown limita- tions of the human mind, or locate the point at which it may lose its delicate poise ? Certain is it that some thread was broken, else, by his finaf act. he who was always so regardful of the feelings of others could not have wrought so much anguish. His life and his death were an exemplification of the motto of his forbears, "Aut vincere aut mori." Soul that was troubled, rest! Those that knew you best loved you most. Your good works wiM live, and be the only monument you need. Your noble, sacri- ficing spirit will abide in the hearts of your friends as long as memory shall last. —Vale! MARRIAGE OF MISS NESTA WYN EDWARDS. A prettv wedding was solemnised (by licence) at the English Congregational Church. Dolgelley, on Wednesday when the weather was sunny. The chapel was taatefuliv decorated for the marriage with choice flowers and evergreens. The parties were the Rev. William Evans. B.A., Bridgend, Glam., and Miss Nesta W yn Edwards, B.A., headteacher at the County School, Llangollen, and elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards, Eirianfa. The bride was attended by her sister (Miss Keri Edwards) and Miss Sian Evans, Brynhawen, Newcastle Emlyn, sister of the bridegroom. Mr. D. Evans. Ifondon. was the best man. As the brida' party entered the chapel Miss Mari Edwards plaved the Wedding March, the singing of the hymns being led by Mr. James Eastick, the precentor. The Rev. T. H. Jones, pastor, officiated and was assisted in the service by the Revs. Dan Evans, D.D., Hawen (father of the bride- groom); W. Glandwr Morgan, Barmouth; and W. Pari Huwis, B.D. The ceremony was witnessed by a large congregation. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Criterion Restaurant. Among the invited guests were Metssts E. Mawddach Jones, Pwllheli: O. O. Rioberts,) Richard Edwards. R. J. Edwards, London; Misses Gladys WiFiams, B.A., Liverpool; Florence Millward, B.A., Rhyl; M. W. Jones, Crosby-buildings; Mari Edwards, Cae- coch, Rhydymain; Edwards. Tycerrig; Mrs. Griffith, Tyddynbach; Mrs. D T. Jones. Glyndwr-street: Mrs Williams and Miss Glenys Williams, Tynygroes. Several congratulatory telegrams were received.. The toast of the" Bride and bridegroonr' was proposed in felicitous terms by the Rev. Glandwr Morgan, Barmouth, and appropriate verses were recited 'oV the Rev. W. Pari Huws, B.D., and Mr Maw- ddach Jones. The proposal of the toast, "'Bridesmaids and best man," fell to the lot of the Rev T. H. Jones, who performed the task in a pleasant manner. Mr and Mrs. Evans left amidst the good wishes of numerous friends who accorded them a hearty send-off, bv the 11-50 train for Tenby, where the honeymoon wil be spent. On Sunday evening, a dressing case. subscribed for by members of the English Congregational Church, was presented to the bride. The pastor, Messrs. James Griffin, and Thomas Hughes referred in glowing terms to the valuable help afforded by Mrs. Evans to the church in her capacity as organist and prime mover in connection with the social functions and annual entertainments. The wedding presents included the fol- lowing :—Bridegroom to bride, gold watch and gd'd bracelet. Bridegroom to brides- maids, gold and turquoise bangles. Bride to bridegroom, books. Father of bride, piano. Mother of bride, oak chest, house linen, and oak dresser. Father of bride- groom „ cheque and travelling rug. 55V. David Evans, cheque. Mr. Eben Evans. cheque. Mr. A. J. Glyn Edwards, H.M.I.F.. Swansea (bride's brother), cheque and pictures. The Rev. W. Glan- dwr Morgan and Mrs. Morgan, Barmouth, pair decorated Bohemian glass vases. The Rev. E. Hampden Cook. M.A., Sandbaeh. book. Mr E. Mawddach Jones, Pwllheli Chippendale corner cupboard. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards, three pictures. Misses Mari and uned Edwards, two pictures. Miss Kerrie Edwards, silver toast rack. Miss Sian Evans, dinner service. Miss Maggie Evans, coal box. Mr. and Mrs John Evans. silver-mounted frame and cheque. Miss Edwards. Benares tray. Mr. Fred Arnfield, piano stool. Miss May Roberts, china flower stand. Mrs David Williams, silver sugar tongs. Misses Eveline and Verna Davies silver bread knife. Mrs. Evans, Bron. eirian, cut-glass sugar dredger. Miss M. Edward^. Caecoch. two silver serviette rings. Miss M. M. Jones, s'\Ter-mounted cruet set. Mrs. Evans. Aelybryn, silver t- ?st rack. Mrs. Eastick. hand-painted china vase. Mrs. Jones and Miss Mari Jones, Esgeiriau, brass candlesticks. Mr W. Allen, alarm clock. Miss Amv Sarah Evans, pair of salt cellars. Mrs ftlegaun, pair of ornaments. Miss Lizzie Megaun, afternoon tea cloth. Miss Dolly Mill- ward, drawing-room table cloth. Miss Pugh, cheque. Mr. and Miss Jackson, Llangollen, eight oratorios. Mrs David Jones, afternoon tea cloth. Miss Anstey, hand-workeo" photo frame. Miss Miles and all at Preswylfa, silver-mounted Crown Derby biscuit barrel. Misses Gwladys and Dilys Roberts, embroidered tea cosy. Mrs. Davies, Criterion, pair of blankets. Mrs. Morgan, Llangollen, darfiask table cloth and two IservIettes. Mr. E. P. Wi liams, pair of blankets. Mr. and Mrs Thomas Hyghes horn rack for hall. Mrs. D. Griffith, Tyddynbach, hem-stitched table cloth. Miss A. M. Roberts and Mr Arthur Roberts, meat carvel's and steel in case. Mrs. J. Miles Williams, hand- worked cushion. Misses D. M., M.W. Jones, and Mr. J. H. Jones, pictures. Mrs. Jones, Penbryn House, afternoon tea set and tray. Mr R. J. Meredith, goat skin rug. Miss Evans, Park-row, silver- mounted smelling salts bottle. STTss Evans, London House, afternoon tea cloth. Mrs. Thomas, Hyfrydle, Llan- gollen, pair of silver sugar tongs. Miss Nellie Jones, Pentre, Llanarmon, worked cloth. Uangollen County School staff, silver afternoon tea kettle. Llangollen County School pupils, silver tea service to match. Miss Muriel Waltho. Llan- gollen, paper knife. Mrs. Jones, Helenfa, Llangollen, rose bowl and two painted china plates. Mrs. Edwards. Tynyweir- gladd, Llangollen, silver butter knife. Mrs. and Miss Jones, Llys Mynach, table doth. Miss Florrie Williams, Wnion View, afternoon tea cloth. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Griffith, white quilt; Mr Robert Jones, oak and silver biscuit barrel. Miss Jennie Jones, Cardiff, worked cloth. 3Irs Williams, Waterloo-street, cheque. Miss Elsie Hughes. hem-stitched .sheets. Miss Connie Webb Llangollen, pin cushion. Mrs. Griffith, W erngawr, Worcester, coffee pot. Mrs. David Jones. brass photo frame. Messrs. E. C. and D G. Owen si ver-mounted jam dish. Messrs Adam son and Ap ItorA Cardiff, meat carvers in case. Mr. and Mrs. Rees Morgan, silver- mounted Wedgwood biscuit barrel. Dr. and Mrs. John Jones, silver-mounted cake stand. Miss Charles, Mount Pleasant afternoon tea cloth. Miss Meredith two skin rugs. Miss Nell Hughes, burnished copper tray. Miss Annie Lloyd, drawing- room table cloth. Miss G. Evans, Rhydy- main, hem-stitched pillow cases. Miss Edwards, Tycerrig, table cloth. Miss Evans, I anyfynwent, silver jam spoon. Mrs. Lloyd, Well-street, afternoon tea citoth. lrfs. Jones, Finpbury-square, afternoon ckth. Misses Beriha and Dilys Jones, hand-worked tea cloth. Miss Charlotte Evans, picture. Mrs. Read, three d oyleys. Mr. Percv Read, silver butter knife. Mr. Gordon Read, two salad spoons. Mr. and Mrs. J. Griffin chair back Mr. R. Guthrie Jones! cheque. Miss Mildred Fussell. table centre. Mrs. Williams, Lombard-street rose sugar bowl. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ji/vans, 4, Idns-terrace, cut-glass and silver jam dish. Mrs. Charles Morgan Picture, Mr. ahd Mrs. Jghn XiuKW nugget, outfit. Mr. and Mrs. J. Mevrick Jones silver and cut-g ass rose bowl. Mrs SlL -u ?S'rtea and salt cellar. Miss Maggie Jones, Barmouth, two silver- mounted china vases. Messrs. Richard and Llewelyn Edwards, cheque. Miss Lilian Griffin" hand-painted workbox. Dr rS? i R°nSS' SheHUe- Congregational Chapel, Bridgend, cheque. Miss Harriett VViHiams, si, ver-mounted photo frame. Miss Cissie Maslin, table centre. Mrs Roberts, Caerffynon, cheque. Mr. and C N0M TS Moi'gan< pair of slippers. Miss Sallie Jones, cake stand. The Rev Or. E. Edwards cream jug and sugar basins. Mr. and Mrs. D. Owen OW Keys, table cloth. Mrs E. Lloyd Wil- liams. teapot stand. Miss Mi'.ls, four d ovieys. J. Miss E. A. Williams, silver cake basket and silver cake knife. Miss Mill ward, silver candlesticks. Mrs MiU- prif-ii en^lssaise, table centre. Mrs R H. Mills, silver oread knife. Miss Elsbeth Jones-Griffith, pair of ornaments. Mr Tomas Williams, wooden spoon, glass dish. Miss Carrie Jones, Miss A. Evans pair of flower vases. Master Gwilym Richards, pin cushion and d'oyley. Mrs. Hughes, Pelin Newydd, pair of silver + atSeS'i n, » Edwards, Llwyn, afternoon tea clolh. Mr. and Mrs. F. H Prvce silver butter pickle fork, and preserve spoons The Rev. and Mrs Pan Huws, damask table olfoth. Mr. William Uynne, Arthog, set of carvers. Mrs. D Owen Cross Keys, damask table cloth". :\fr. J. Jones, Wiliams, solicitor, silver- mounted saridne dish. Mr. and Mrs J Ihomas, Arran-villas, skin rug.
LLANUWCHLLYN. Presentation. —On Friday evening « meeting was held at the Girls' School to present Mr and Mrs L. J. Davies on their retirement from the Post Office When their intending retirement became known, a committee was formed repre- sentmg all sections of the parishioners to further the movement, and the response was spontaneous. At the meeting, the presentation was formally made bv Mr O M. Edwards, M.A., who*presided Not! withstanding the inclemency of the weather, there was a large attendance Addresses were delivered by the Revs D. Roberts, O. Ellis, Messrs John Davies (Bardd Glas), and R. P. Roberts, Bryn- gwyn, while the bardic fraternity were admirably represented by Messrs D. Wil- liams, Rhydsam; R. J. Morris, Hendref; and John Pugh, Blaenlliw. The present consisted of a valuable chiming clock and a roll-top oak desk. The Chairman re- marked the parishioners were only acknowledging the innumerable kindnesses and unfainnw courtesy they had received from Mr and Mrs Davies in the discharge of their duties. That presentation only referred to their official connection with the parish, and though they were fully aware of Mr Davies's activity in various other spheres—religious, educational, pol- itical-he was not going to dwell on them that night, for the present occasion had given the inhabitants of Llanuwchllyn a neutral ground to meet on, and from the spontaneous manner in which the move- ment was taken up by the parish as a whole, it was evident that they were very pleased to avail themselves of a chance of showing their appreciation of Mr and Mrs Davies. Mr Davies, on behalf of himself and Mrs Davies, in a few words, suitably- acknowledged the gifts. During the- even- ing, solos and recitations were given by Messrs Edward Lloyd, Pandy; Edward Richards, Llan; D. Williams, Prys: and the fine singing of the Children's Choir, under the conductorship of Mr Tom Row- lands, were thoroughly enjoyed. The meeting was brought to a close by sing- ing "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." The ar- rangements were carried out by the Com- mittee—Mrs O. M. Edwards, Neuaddwen; Mrs Morris, Glanllyn; Mrs Davies, Bryii- caled; Mr J. M. Jones, J.P., Caergai; Mr T. Roberts, Tymawr; Mr J. Jones, Tanybwlch; Mr E. Edwards, Pantclvd; Mr J. M. Jones, Gyrn; and Mr D. Wil- liams, Rhydsarn (secretary).
TALSARNAU. Christmas Day.—The Christmas ser- vices in the churches of Llanfihangel, Tal- sarnau, and Llandecwyn were, as usual, bright and musical. There was celebra- tion of the holy communion at eight a.m. Carols were sung in the three churches. Llanfihangel Church was beautifully de- corated by Mrs R. Jones Morns, Gwrach Ynvs, assisted by the Misses Janett ana Frances Jones Morris, MissM. Griffiths, Rhydgoch; Miss Grace Owen, Castle View • Miss Martha Lloyd, Bronynys; and Miss Davies, Rectory Christ Church, Talsarnau, was tastefully decorated by Mr Bowrino- X Glyn Gardens, assisted by Mr Edwarcf'jones and Mr Llewelyn Hughes.
MONTGOMERY ELECTION SEQUEL. l^t a special sitting of the Llanidloes magistrates, on Wednesday, Richard Oswald George and Ed. Owen were charged on remand with inflicting griev- ous bodily harm upon William Hamer. At the previous hearing, evidence was given showing that the alleged assault was committed two dafs after the result of the Montgomery Boroughs election. r. S. H. Jarvis, for the prosecution, applied for a further remand, and the medical attendant of the complainant stated he was unable to appear for a week. Mr Jarvis also read a telegram from the Director of Public Prosecutions asking for the statements of witnesses to be for- warded at once for his perusal, and said it was probabre the prosecution would be undertaken by him. Mr. R. George, wTT5 represented the defendants, agreed to a. further remand. >t.
h The first bye election is for the Con- servative seat of Lord ILLOTJCHBY DE ERESBY who has succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father, the Earl of NcAsTEn. Canada is in want of a thousand Irish national school teachers, and an agent has come over to try tot get them. Canada is advancing rapidly in many directions. Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is still being inter- viewed in France, or is reported to be interviewed. He is the only Cabinet Minister about whom the papers can write a paragraph. The French newspaper that published an interview with Mr. LLOYD GEORGE that never took place has achieved a great if shabby success. In a year or two no doubt the newspapers that are for ever seeing to misrepresent Mr. LLOYD GEORGE will quote extracts from this report of an imaginary interview in support of their assertions. y The weather has been gloomy, but on Tuesday the sky was clear and the sun shone for hours, to the great delight of everybody. The agricultural outlook is not by any means favourable. The con- tinued heavy rain has told unfavourably on sheep and has hopelessly damaged autumn sowings. The local depression in trade continues. » We see that the report of the Welsh Church Commission is greatly valued by the Church of England. We are glad to hear that the report is appreciated by anybody. Ought not the CHAIRMAN of the Commission to be made a peer? Nobody could have deserved the honour leSs-or more. It just depends on what view is taken. < The Conservative papers do not want to say anything about the recent election. That the Liberal majority should have been increased, if only to a hundred and twenty-six has been a sad blow to the Opposition. The Liberals of Montgomery Boroughs are mad at Sir J. D. REES. It is to be hoped that they will forthwith set about their own organisation. Before Mr. ORMSBY GoRE reproves Mr. LLOYD GEORGE tor a speech he delivered it would be well for him to read both his own utterances and the utterances of the CHANCELLOR, or he may make a mess of it. It would be a pity to see the budding Conservative leader getting hold of the wrong end of dontroverteiai stick. This is what Mr, LLOYD GEORGE never <loes. Last week), a man was sent to prison at Bangor for fourteen days for begging. The accused said that things had come to a pretty pass if a man could not beg in lis native town. Towns differ. At Aber- ystwyth a person can beg whether he is a native or not, if he has sufficient cheek. He can also make a noise and break the byelaws1. Bangor does not know every- thing in reference to the treatment ot beggars. Somebody is discussing the question whether Indians will become Christians. There is no more likelihood of this than of Jews becoming Christians, or of Christians becoming Hindus or Mahom- medans. or of Roman Catholics becoming Protestants. No work in the world is more hopeless or useless than that of try- ing to convert people from one religion to another. Suppose some Indian or Chinese religionists came to this country as missionaries, what would be their chance of converting the people? They would have no chance. Two English officers, Captain TRENCH and Lieutenant BRANDON, have been tried and convicted tor the mean offence of spying in Germany. They have been sentenced to four years detention in a fortress. It would have served these two "gentlemanly" war-provokers right if they had both been shot within an hour after their sentence. It would be more honourable to be a brothel tout if there are such wretches, than a spy. The sad thing is that it seems as if the Govern- ment encouraged spying. » How this country makes war is well illustrated by what has just happened at Dubai in connection with the suppression of the traffic in arms with Persia. His MAJESTY'S cruiser, "Hyacinth," landed a force to search for arms, and resistance was offered by the Arabs. The British loss is reported to have been fourteen killed and wounded., and that of the Arabs about forty. This is how we make war. Probably the next thing we shall hear is that we have had to take possession of the country in the name of peace end Christianity, and that the Arabs are to blame. When people talk about the Germans or anybody else invading this country they seem to forget what invasion means. Without going into details there would be a weight of something like three hundred thousand tons to carry and land, made up of men, horses, guns, tents, food, ammunition, and all kinds of other things. This material would re- quire forty or fifty vessels.. By the time forty or fifty vessels had got near the shores of these islands there would be trouble—seriousi trouble—and the end would be, no more Germany. Invasion by us would be no more easy than by Germany. The simple fact is that inva- sion of this country, or Germany, or France is impossible. It is only panic mongers who talk rubbish about invasion. Cardigan is not what may be called an aggressively progressive town from a sanitary point of view. The SANITARY INSPECTOR, who seems to be worthy of a better position than he holds, has served notices on milk-sellers to clean and white- wash cowsheds and dairies. The milk sellers are indignant that they should be asked to make provision for the sale of clean milk and have held an indignation meeting and resolved to raise the price of milk from threepence to four- pence a quart. The question now is at Cardigan whether the people will drink milk mixed with hair and cow-sharn at threepence a quart, or will have clean milk at fourpence a quart? We think it would be wise to pay the extra penny. It is said that the KING intends to visit India and that he will be crowned there. To visit India would be one of the isest things the KING could possibly do. AGA KHAN, the head of the Esmaili Mahom- medans, advocates the commemoration of the expected royal visit by the foundation of a Moslem university at Aligarh com- parable to those of Berlin, Paris, and Oxford, as the intellectual capital to which the Moslems of the world would turn for light and leading. The AG. KHAN himself promised to contribute a lakh of rupees. Whatever may be said about this country and India there can be no doubt that the various tribes and nations are being welded into one empire. The Welsh memorial fund has reached £180000. The sum wanted is £300,000. Wales has not yet seriously tackled the task. Cardiff and Glamorganshire are running a memorial of their own, for reasons which are not explained. They are quite within their right, but in a matter of this kind something else than mere right should be considered. 10 The Unionists have issued a manifesto. They are, of course, going to oppose everything that Liberals try to do. What they want most of all is to get into office. That they should not be in office at the time of the coronation is very galling. Our advice to the Unionists is to find something to do besides opposing Liberalism. Sir MARCHANT WILLIAMS objects to the new Welsh University scheme for the study of law. His objection is not of much consequence. He generally objects to things, but people only smile and go on with their plans. The Welsh University law sclieme will go on probably. The HOME SECRETARY has refused to sanction a bvelaw made by the Stoke Newington Council prohibiting roller skating on the footpaths of the borough. Mr. CHURCHILL advised the withdrawal of the byelaw, but the Council refuse to withdraw it, as the byelaw was only adopted in compliance with urgent com- plaints of the annoyance caused by roller- skating in the streets. A good deal of unnecessary fuss is be- ing made as to who shall be the chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary party. There are thirty Welsh Liberal members of Parliament and we suppose twenty-seven of them are eager for the position. Tlie other three, as Conservatives, are not eligible. By far the best chairman the Welsh Liberal Party ever had was Lord RENDEL, but he had the misfortune not to be a Welshman! There is likely to be serious trouble in respect to the action of the British in Persia. We have referred to the matter in another note. A Turkish journal, the "Tanin," dea'ares that England has with an iron hand seized on the whole Basra Province, and that if the Turkish Govern- ment does nothing to oppose British aims the future will become serious. There can be no doubt we are playing the bully once more in the name of justice and civilisation. « The Bastard Welsh Metropolis is mixing up its local infirmary debt scheme with the Welsh National Memorial to the late KING. This is very clever, but it is not the sort of thing that we admire. What do our readers think of the business? Wales, after all, can do without Cardiff in any great national movement. There is no reason why Cardiff should not have a memorial of its own, but where is its boasted nationality? A South Wales paper states that owing to the small income at the disposal of the Merthyr Corporation for purchasing books for the public libraries, the Council has decided to ask Mr. DAVID DAVIES, M.P., Llandinam, for a contribution towards replenishing the Treharris Library with books. How very much simpler it is for people to ask Mr. DAVID DAVIES for money than to provide the money themselves! We wonder how many begging letters he gets a day? Some of the Liberals of Waltliamstow have done a praiseworthy act. A meet- ing was held to congratulate Sir JOHN' SIMON on his fourth return. The CHAIRMAN presented Sir JOHN SIMO with a cheque to cover his election expenses at the recent contest, subscribed by a few Liberals in the division. Sir JOHN, who had not been let into the secret, was astonished, and his reply was marked by real emotion. The Liberals of other constituencies than Walthamstow ought to make presentations of this kind as long as members have to pay the official costs of elections. A statement has been published in many newspapers showing that municipal indebtedness amounts to more than five hundred million pounds. while the national debt is more than seven hundred and sixty-two millions. In 1879 the municipal indebtedness was about a hundred and thirty-seven millions, while the national debt was over seven hundred and seventy minions. What has to be remembered is that there are great and valuable assets to be put against the municipal debts, but there are no assets to be put against the national debt. Municipal indebtedness will probably in- crease to more than a thousand millions, notwithstanding the fact that the in- debtedness is always being paid off. Aberystwyth, for instance, has a grand water supply and has paid for it. In a sense, municipalities are no more in debt than a man is in debt who owns an estate because he has borrowed money to pay for it. The estate is worth the money. At a recent meeting of the Holyhead Urban Council, it was resolved to write to the pastors of the various places of worship in the town calling attention to the un- desirable practice now prevalent of send- ing children to collect subscriptions towards the funds of missionary societies and, as it was a public nuisance, to request them to use their influence to pr.t a stop to the practice. The SUPERIN- TENDENT MINISTER of the Holyhead Wes- leyan Circuit has now informed the Council that the leaders of Bethel and Gwynfa Wesleyan churches, after consider- ing the communication, have ordered it to lie on the table, not admitting the Council's right to interfere in the -natter. The Council have a very simple remedy, namely, to take action against those vho beg in the streets. Of course, we knew that the Holyhead beggars may nrobably be too strong for the Council, just as the Salvation Army beggars are too strong for the authorities at Aberystwyth. At a recent meeting of the Committee of the Rhyl Advertising Association, in the course of a discussion as to the steps to be taken for advertising the attractions of Rhyl for next season, the SECRETARY strongly urged the members to extend their newspaper advertisements, as experience had shown that there was no form of advertising which paid so well. Various methods had been adopted to bring the new town guide to the notice of intending visitors, and the returns showed plainly that the results from the adver- tisements in newspapers were far ahead of other mediums. The reason why adver- tisements in newspapers are so much more successful than other forms of advertising is partly their cheapness and partly the fact that newspapers are interesting. The newspaper advertisement is distributed for nothing, and as a rule does not cost the advertiser as much as the paper it is printed on costs. Newspaper advertising | is rapidly increasing, A New York newspaper says that Tariff Reform in this country is dead and has gone the way of the other efforts of the last thirty years to restore protection to England. Will the "Morning Post" believe that Protection is dead ? Certainly not.