THE CARMARTHEN CORPORATION AND THE SURVEYOR. THE proceedings at Monday's meeting of the Carmarthen Town Council were of exactly the character which we anticipated. Some members spoke out their minds without fear or favour, some shuffled, and some took upon themselves the office of counsel for the defence. There was a general air of terror over the whole assembly before the report of the Finance Committee was read. To watch the efforts which were made to suppress it, would have inclined a spectator to the belief that the Town Clerk had a dynamite bomb in his pocket, and was only waiting the order to throw it on the taole and to strew the room with the mutilated fragments of councillors and aideimen. Some wanted the report not to he read at all others merely wanted tl e Press turned out; whilst others again would be quite content to leave the Press to use their own discretion in the matter. But when the report was read, the resigna- tion of the surveyor was accepted without discussion. Mr W. Vincent Howell Thomas then fairly took away the breath of the more timid members by suggesting that criminal proceedings should be taken, and that an example should be made of any official who deals dishonesty with the Council." If Mr Thomas had not mentioned this aspect of the matter, it is doubtful if it would ever have been even discussed, for the proceed- ings of the Council have latterly sunk to the tame level of the weekly meetings of a Dorcas Society. There are men who crow loudly enough outside, and who have acquired a reputation for heroic bravery; but if they could be induccd-Iabouringundersomeextra- ordinaty enthusiasm—to say "Bch"! to a goose inside the walls of the Council Chamber I they would in all likelihood go about admiring themselves for the next twelve months in the firm conviction that they ought to have a halo around their heads, and the Victoria Cross on their manly bosoms! Plain- speaking therefore, comes on an astonished Council in the nature of an electric shock. Whether Air W. Vincent Howell Thomas was light, or wrong in what he said is a mere detail. The fact remains that we have at any rate, one member who can stand up in the face of the sun and in the eye of the light and fearlessly tell the Council, what in his opinion, It is their duty to do—when that something is unpleasant. And the adoption of the proposal would not have wronged an innocent man. In a case in which proceed- ings are not taken, there is always a chance for some people to say that justice was not done. On the other hand no injustice could possibly be done by instituting proceedings for the law would require—before convictin°" —that the case be proved up to the hilt. As a good barrister often succeeds in securing an acquittal for the guilty, it would be child's play for counsel to clear an innocent man. The efforts which were made to keep the facts of the case from the public have been singularly futile, for in another column of the present issue will be found a resume of them. As a matter of fact, the case is very much smaller than were the exaggerated statements which were flying about the street corners but if the report had been withheld the slander-wagging tongue of Rumour would have had free play. The only plausible reason for secrecy which was put forth was that urged by the Town Clerk-that it was inadvisable to publish beforehand the evidence on which legal proceedings might be based. Such publication might then,"of course, tend to prejudice t'tic ca.e. The Council, however, having decided not to prosecute, there is now no case to prejudice rid no legitimate object to serve hy suppress- ing the Report of the I'Yunce Committee. lad it been decided to prosecute, of course, L Mc case would have been ,-ntire'. y different, as the facts would have beer, thoroughly thrashed out at the trial. To suppress the report under the present circumstances would however, be to treat the Carmarthen public as so many babies. It was, indeed, suggested that the reporters should remain in the room while the document was being read, but that they should not take any note of the case. Assuming that the reporters turned out to be such very dutiful and obedient servants of the Council—a suggestion which the Car- 09 marthen public will entertain with a smiIe- the meeting would have been practically held with closed doors. A reporter who does not report is, of course, no reporter-to express it paradoxically. The essence of the confidence of the public in the Press is its external position with regard to that which it records. Once let the reporter become a mere spectator, who takes instructions as to what he shall see and as to what he shall close his eyes to, and the Press ceases to exist in the proper English acceptation of the term. The public would not then be furnished with an account of the doings of their representatives they would be merely furnished with what these representatives desired to have recorded of themselves. Local bodies had much better exclude the Press, or admit it without restriction. In the former case, of course, the public would have the remedy in their hands at the next election. Once a reporter ceases to be a mere outsider, he feels his hands tied. He may be a friend, a partisan, an official, or an accomplice but he cannot rank as an impartial recorder of what takes place There is a manner in which reports can be hocussed" by leaving out certain passages which is move deceptive than the combined pens of Gulliver and of Munchausen, We do not, of course, in any way, refer to a temporary and legitimiiate secrecy—as, for 0 instance, when a public body decides as to what price shall be offered for certain property, or what steps are advisable in a law action which is pending The amount of light which this case has shed on Corporation methods may serve a good purpose. To allow the same man to be time-keeper, and pay-master; and to have the right of employing and dismissing the men was unbusiness-likc in the extreme. The absence of any check whatever implies a commendable faith in human nature but under such a system a perfectly honest man may be unjustly suspected, and a dishonest man has a free nand. The Corporation itself has not emerged from the enquiry with an enhanced reputation for the methodical way in which it carries on the public business and spends the money of the itcpayers
JI. c..h. LAMPS! LAMPS! LAMPS! GREAT CLEARANCE SALE OF LAMPS A2 EXlRAORDlNARY LOW PRICES f 1. lu U- ff do I$ t' io I I TOVT ON AT if"" JONES & JONES, General Ironmongers, the lI, GOLDEN ANCHOR, CARMARTHEN. <- DO NOT MISS THE 0 I-X A- N 0 J Misses LEWIS & CLARE I HAVE PLEASURE IN ANNOUNCING THAI TIIPY HAVE RECEIVED TtiEll; FIRST DELIVERY OF EARLY SPRING NOVELTIES1 THE FAVOUR OF A VISIT OF INSPECTION IS RESPECTFULLY SOLICITED. I I C^V"J33>TIDISEE HOUSE 10, King' Street, Carmarthen. February 21th, 1G98. ————————————— f|\Goocl Clothes j go a long way towards the making'of good ? business. There is a great difference between the fop and the gentleman who dresses well without ostentation. Overdressing is a mistake. 0 Our customers know that they can with overy confidence entrust their sartorial interests to our keeping. Business men know when they are being well served, and those who patronise us once not only keep on doing so, but bring their friends to us as well. E. MORRIS & CO., THE CASH CLOTHIERS, LAMMAS-STREET,'CARMARTHEN. (The Shop with the Big Hat^hanging outside.) ———————————————————————————. ESTABLISHED 1821. DAVIES & SONS, | WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS, JEWELLERS, j SILVERSMITHS, OPTICIANS, &c., j 5, GUILDHALL SQUARE, CAZR-MJ^IR.TBCiEIsr. SPLENDID SELECTION wCLOCKS; AT LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICES i h French Marble Clocks, Gilt Shade Clocks, Quarter Clocks,^Alarms, and Timepieces. w 10 per Cent. Discount for Cash AND SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR PRESENTATIONS, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. Clearance Sale before Disposing of the Business. A LARGE STOCK OF FURNISHING & GENERAL IRONMONGERY TO BE SOLD At Greatly Reduced Prices. ALSO, A LARGE STOCK OF BAR, SHEET, AND HOOP IRON, AND NAIL RODS, -A-r-r VEEY LOW PRICES ACCORDING TO QUANTITIES. 2 NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED FOR SPECIAL LOTS COJIE AND SEE. BUSINESS FOR DISPOSAL. NOTE THE ADDRESS- FIR/Ieidieirjicik: J-ON-ES, 16, GUILDHALL-SQUARE, CARMARTHEN. DENTAL NOTICE. I J. MACPHAIL, Residout Surgeon Dentist. 19, KING-STREET ( 0 F > 0 r T R: LLOYD'S BANK), CAR MARTIIEN, Continues to supply ARTIFICIAL TEETH, with all the latest improvements, at Moderate Prices. Teeth extracted under Nitrous Oxide Gas, quite sal and harmless, CONSULTATION TREE. ESTABLISHED OVER 15 IJEABS BASIO SLAG. THE GENUINE Alberts Thomas Phosphate Powder The iSic/ HOSE" I"ilk has just arrived. SOLE AGENT: THOMAS The Quay Stores, (ariiiurtlicit, MACHINES TOR SOWING LENT TO PURCHASERS. MODERN HANSOM CAB So TRAPS TO LET ON HIRE. Apply—MORGAN, Z, Blue-strcc.fc, Carmarthen. OTHERS TA-LK BUT WE ACT (" It's never llio lien which cackles the most that lays the largest Egg.") AND DO ACTUALLY GIVE UNQUESTIONABLE VALUE. Tea that cannot be beaten at 1/6 per lb. New Raisons—2d, 3d, and 4d. per lb. Currants—3d and Id. Stilta,n,as-4-ld and 5d. ;z Fine Clusters Muscatels—6d pel lb. 200 Hams. 5id. per lb. Z. D. JONES, COLOMBO STORES, CARMARTIIEN. W. T. ROGERS, Plumber, Gas-fitter Wire Sc Electric Bell-hanger, HOUSE DECORATOR, &c., 9, NOTT-SQUARE, CARMARTHEN, Repairs executed on the shortest notice* SrKciAL ATTENTION TAID TO ALL CLASSES OF COUNTRY WORK. GOOD WORKMANSHIP COMBINED WITH REASONABLE CHARGES. V Stores—ST. CA I'll ERINE- STREET, IAMS JAMS! JAMS! CHEAP AGAIN. 2 do 5Jd. 3 do Sd. 4 do 10d. 1 Blackberry and Apply 4d. 2 „ do 6id. S do 9d. 2 Raspberry and Apple 7Jd. 4 do Od. 1 Marmalade 4d. 2 do 7d. 3 do lOd. 4 do la. Id. Damson Jam, Loose, 3id. per lb. Tumblers, Marmalade, Id. each. SMITH & Co., KING-STREET B A K E R Y, CARMARTHEN. Epps's CoCOAlNE. -Cocoa- Nib Extract. (Tea-like) The choicest roasted nibs (broken up Leans) of the natural Cocoa, on being subjected to powerful hydraulic pressure, give forth their excess of oil, leaving for use a finely fla voured powder-' 'Cocoaine, "a product which, when prepared with boiling water, has the consistence of tea, of which it is now, with many, beneficially taking the place. It3 active principle being a gentle nerve stimulant, supplies the needed energy without unduly exciting the system. Sold only in labelled tins, price 9d., Is. 4d., and 2s. Sd., post free,—James Epps and Co., Ltd., Homoeopathic Chemists, London. j THE 3EQT aRd Healthiest BEVERfGE F-ct rfakes i,,cc-r 1*1,e it. Sold Gd., j,- Pnd Small Tasting Sainple Free on receipt of t 2d. Stamps to cover Postagrc. v Factory—Bloomsbupy Works, LEEDS. _0 '1 j Small Tasting Sample Free on receipt of 2d. Stamps to cover Postage. THE BEST ICjMttk. JS^jr Breakfast Beverage, For MilUcns OR i I f I I FACTORY- | Bloomsbury Works, LEEDS, CARMARTHEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION. SUMMARISED STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT. RECEIPTS. £ e. d. Amount collected by Messrs J. F. Morris and D. Williams, Hon. Sees. 61 It 0 Ditto Messrs. C. N. Phillips and T. Davies 29 0 4 It Messrs. W. Spurrell and T. E. Brigstocke 19 1 0 Messrs. T. Bland Davies and E. Colby Evans 1G 8 0 „ Mr. D. Rogers, Lammas-street 9 11 6 Messrs. J. Phillips and B. Thomas 6 6 6 It Mr. A. Llewellyn Davies 5 6 C Mr. E. Collier 5 6 0 Messrs. T. Bland Davies and C. H. Portnell 3 16 0 Amount received for Sports Programmes and Entries 2 13 G Ditto for Enclosure Tickets 4 18 7 for Sale of Day Programmes 0 17 5 „ from Concert Committee 3 10 2 „ Sale of Timber 3 8 0 £17,1 17 7 i- PAYMENTS. £ s. d. Rustic Sports I i- 19 3 Bonfire and Fireworks 25 10 7 Cannon Firing 3 13-10 Concert 3 13 9 School Treats 45 10 8 Procession and Decorations 6 0 1 Dinner to Aged Poor 30 14 10 Bellringers 1 10 0 Volunteer Band 7 0 0 Printing and Billposting 5 15 10 Postages, Stationery, &c. 3 7 0 Clerks 4 5 0 Hallkeeper for use of Council Chamber 118 0 Other Sundry Expenses. 3 4 0 Advertising this Statement of Account 3 0 0 163 2 10 Balance. 11 14 9 R174 17 7 Wo have examined the above Account, and find the same correct, THOMAS THOMAS, ) February 16th, 1898. LWALTER JENKINS,/ Audltors' H. BRUNEL WHITE (Mayor), Cliairinan. J. F. MORRIS, n „ D. WILLIAMS, J ilon> beu" I WHITE MILL CHAIR EISTEDDFOD THURSDAY, jar 19th, 1SSS. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION "BYDD MELUS COFIO Y CYFAMOD," JE20, And an Oak Chair to the Conductor. MALE VOICE PARTY, £ 6, and a Silver Medal to the Conductor. LADIES' CHOIR, 1,5, and a Silver Medal to the Conductor. For Programmes apply to the Secretaries- WILLIAM PHILLIPS. DAVID J. HARRIES. CABMARTHENSHIRE INFIRMARY. TRAINEDTNURSES FOR PRIVATE PATIENTS may be obtained JO on application to the Matron, Infirmary, Carmarthen. When Choosing Carpets, there's no reason in the world why you shouldn't have goods that will give you satisfaction all round. It is a pity sometimes when you find a pattern that exactly suits your fancy to discover that the quality of the Fituff is not up to the mark. Or vice versa, when the quality is of a pattern or colour you don't care about. You can count on being suited in every detail if you buy your Carpets from E. R. EVANS, ANCHOR HOUSE, CARMARTHEN. BRIG-S IOCKE & SON, IMPORTERS OF JjlOREIGN W I N E S AND SPIRITS, 54r, KING-STREET, CARMARTHEN, INVITE attention to their carefully-selected Stock JL of Wines and Spirits, including A VARIED STOCK OF PORT WINES FROM THE WOOD & OLD VINTAGE PORTS. PALE, GOLDEN, AND BROWN SHERRIES. CLARETS, BURGUNDIES, MARSALAS, HOCKS, MOSELLES, &c., And other Wines. LOCAL AUENTS for Messrs. illoer & CHANDON'S CHAMPAGNES aud other Brands. MATURED SCOTCH AND IRISH WHISKIES. SAMPLE CASW; MADE UP AND ABORTED. Single Bottles Supplied. Carriage paid by Goods Trains on quantities of One Dozen and upwards. ESTABLISHED OVER HALF A CENTURY. EMIGRATION TO CANADA. FREE GRANTS OF LAND IN MANITOBA. L'UEE GRANTS OF LAND Oil CROWN GRANT AT LOW PRICES IN OTHER PROVINCES, ALSO CHEAP IMPROVED FARMS. Classes Wanted.—Capitalists, porsoiis with moderate incomes, Farmers, Married Couples, Hiid Single Men w illing to engage as Farm Labourers, and young uicu desiring to learn farming. Special arrangements for Domestic Servants. Canada has gold and other minerals in abundance; also immense forests, productive fisheries, iwportant manu- facturing industries, the largest area of fertile land available for settlement in the world, and a growing import and export trade in all commodities. Pamphlets, Maps, roliable information rud advice on all natters of interest to intending settlers, and as to the trade md commerce of the dominion, may be obtained gratia and jost free on application to the Canadian Government Agent n Wales, 10, The Walk, Cardiff, or to any of the Agents of he Canadian Government in the United Kingdom. Correspondence and personal interviews invited. NITRATE OF SODA. Pilkington's and Goulding's Manures. Kainit. Thomas Phosphate Powder. Basic Slag, Black and White Seed Oats, Seed Barley, Spring Wheat, Spring Vetches, Seed Potatoes, Grass Seeds, Clovers, &c., at very Low Prices. Maize, Barley, Maltdust, Feeding Cakes, And all kinds of Feeding Stuffs, AT LOWEST PRICE. W. S. MORRIS, CORN AND SEED MERCHANT, BRIDGE-STREET & POTHOUSE STORES, CARMARTHEN. NOTICES TO QUIT. FROM LANDLORD TO TENANT AN D TENANT TO LANDLORD, May be obtained at the "REPORTER 'OFFICE, Blue-street, Carmarthen. PRICE ONE PENNY. BROOK FARM, IN THE PARISH OF LAUGHAENE. Important and Unreserved Sale of Stock. Mil. J. HENRY THOMAS has been favoured with instructions from Mr. George Partridge, to .SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the above place (in consequence of the Farm being covered with water for the last 6 months), on Wednesday, the 2nd day of,March, 1898, the whole of the STOCK. Tho COWS comprise 11 Cross-bred Milch Cows, some of which have calved and are in full profit the remainder to calve early. The YOUNG STOCK include 1 In-calf Heifer, 6 Two-year-old Steers, 9 Heifers, 4 Yearlings, 3 Calves 1 very useful Hackney Filly, rising 1 years old, by Trotting Comet." Luncheon on the Table at 12 o'clock. Sale to commence at 1,30 p.m. CREDIT ON CONDITIONS. Little Burrows, Laugharne, Feb. 19th, 1898. CARMARTHEN. THE FRIARY, PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. Highly Important Sede of valuedjle Household Furniture, Cows. Pigs, Puny, Ilartwss. and other Effects. iME, SSRS, J. HOWELL THOMAS & SON have received instructions from Thotuaa Jenkins, Esq. (who is leaving Carmarthen), to SELL by AUCTION, at the above place, on Tuesday and j Wednesday, March 22nd and 2:ird, 1898, the whole of the valuable Furniture, &c., being the contents of the above well-f urnieLd'Ilouse. Catalogues, with full particulars, will shortly be ready, and may'be had on application. RUDD'S CHARITY, CARMARTHEN. TWO COUNTY VACANCIES & A BOROUGH VACANCY. THE TRUSTEES of the above Charity give _i- NO RICE t] it they will on Thursday, the 31st. day of March, 1898. ELECT THREE ALMSMEN in the place of David Jones and William Lewis (County A rnsrae:.) and William Jones (Borough Almsmen), all dec<<asod. Applicants must be single men or widowers, and have no other means of support. No applicant will be eligible whu has received Parochial relief within the last five years, and all applications must he made on a printed form to be obtained from the Clerk of Rudd's Charity, Carmarthen. All applications to the Clerk must be prepai and delivered on or before Tuesday, the 29th March, 1898. EDWARD H. MORRIS, Clerk to the Trustees. 2, Nott's-square, Carmarthen, 23rd February, 1898. ENTIRE HORSE FOR SALE. FOR SALE, by Private Contract, the promising young Hackney Stallion, "MODERN COMET, rising 5 years old, 1G hands high, by Cardigan Comet the 2nd (No. 2,398 in H.S.B.). Pedigree and full particulars can be obtained on application to the owner, Henry Jones, Brynary, Abergwili, Carmarthen. HOUSE TO LET, 15, UNION-STREET. A CONVENIENT House, large Rooms, and fitted .k with Gas. Newly decorated throughout. Immediate possession can be had.-Apply 2, Queen- street, Carmarthen. TO LET. HOUSE with large GARDEN at rear of JLJL Parkyvelvet Chapel. Apply—Principal Evans, Green Hill, Carmarthen. T^1)ERS are invited for PAINTING' a CHAPEL. Specifications to be seen at, 'snd sealed Tendcn1 to be sent to, J. Davies, The Stores, Llanatephan, on or before Monday, the 28th February, 1898. The Committee do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any tender, CLIFTON, BRISTOL, aud WESTON-SUPER- MARE.—Houses (furnished and Unfurnished), Businesses, Shops. Printed lists free fiom Lalonde Bros, and I'arham, House Agents and Removal Contractors, Clifton and Weston-super-Mare. TO BE LET, the l'ENYBONT INN, Llansfinning, near St. Clears.—Apply, Buckley's Brewery, Limited, Llanelly. TO LET, 16 Picton-tcrrace, Carmarthen. Possess- ion may be takeu immediately.—Anulv to Marks, Modey-street, or Mr. Herbert Jones, King- street, Carmarthen. I ^OR KALE, cheap, with 12 panes Nv°. i.)at0 measuring about 38 inches theu° IUC s' u Auohur House, Carmar- (^JENERAL SERVANT WANTED by Welsh Vfl Lady in London; must understand Plaiu vooking and Washing ago about 20 years.—Write to M. V., 21, Wolverton Gardens, London, W. \\TANTED a good GENERAL SERVANT.— „ J," Apply, in the first instance, at the REPORTER Utbce, Carmarthen. WANTED a smart respcchible YOUTH as APPRENTICE.—Apply to John Harris, Draper, Nott's-gqusro, Carmarthen. I Publications. u- THE STRAND MAGAZINH (Gd;—Messrs George Newnes, Lt-I.-for February is a. grand number, and contains" Fearless," fro!,i the French of Jules Mary; "Roys I Menus," ,y J j Moran The Brothorhsod > the Seven Kings," by L T Meade and Robert Eustace A Cruiso on Wheels," by George A Best; Illustrated In emewa. LVII. —Caran D'Ache at Home," by Marie A Belloo Masks," by E A iiiayley Hodget's; Once more we Meet, by G M Robins From bshind the Speaker's Chair," t\ Henry W Lucy Portraits of Celebrities at Different Times of their Lives "A Safety Match, by W W Jacobs; "Trade Trophies," ny William G Fit^fferald "The Convict's Rf^enge,' by Victor L Whitechurch; Glimpses of Nature VIII.—Abiding Cities, by Grant Allen; "The Chickens' Parade," by Canning Williams; aud "Curiosities."
EVERY MAN HIS OWN GAS COMPANY. i-ONG ago in the twilight. cf t'.)C human race me man more observant than his fellows Noticed that a rnagnetif allo wed liberty of ;luion-always settled down in the same "I I ) xsition. Hence was formed -he first rude r: miner's compass, which enabled the ninese to pilot their way over sea and land thousands of years ago. This Ittle discovery 1 a the foundation 'of all navigation on tliq open sea, So twelve months ago a