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CARMARTHEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS A meeting of the Carmarthen Board of Guardians was held at the Workhouse on Saturday last, the Rev. A. Fuller Mills (chairman of the Board) pre- siding. There were also present: Messrs. D. H. Davies, Abergwiii; T .Davies, Abernant; James Lewis, Laugharne; J. W. Lewis, Llanddarog; E. Williams, Llanlihangel-Abercowin; D. D. Thomas, Llangain; Daniel Davies, Llanllawddog; John Lewis, Llangendeirne; 1.1. Morgan, Llanginning; T. Davies, Llanpumpeaint; John Francis, Llan- stephan; T. Davies, Merthvr; M. J. Evans, Mydrim; D. John, St. Clears; John Jones, St. Ishmael; Miss Thomas, Messrs. J. Patagonia Lewis, T. Wil- liams, and T. Thomas, St. Peter. REPORTS. The Master, in his report, stated: "The Rev. R. Dythel Davies, St. Peter's Church, conducted Divine service in the House on Sunday, the 27th ult., and the Rev. E. U. Thomas, Tabernacle Baptist Church, on the 4th inst. The Rev. Geo. Dobson, C.P., visited the House on the 7th inst. The number of inmates in the Houso on the last day of the week was 88, against 92 for the corresponding period last year. The number of casual paupers relieved during the fortnight was 125, against 136 for the same period last year. A parcel of periodicals were kindly sent by Miss G. M. E. White, for the use of the inmates." The reports of the relieving officers showed ille amount of outdoor relief distributed during the fortnight ended on the previous Board-day to have been as follows:—First week: 934 paupers, a de- crease of 21; expenditure, J6158 5s. 5d., a decrease of 1;5 Is. 5d. Second week: 932 paupers, a decrease of 21; expenditure, C130 8s. 6d., an increase of O'. as compared with the corresponding week last year. The Treasurer's report showed the balance in hand on the previous Boardiday to have been £ 2.045 14s. 6d. PENSION PROBLEM. The Cuairman referred to the fact that the new regulations as to Old Age Pensions came into force on the 1st inst. Was it compulsory on paupers to apply for Old Age Pensions? Mr. John Jones—I don't think it is. Mr. J. P. Lewis asked when the relief would stop. The Old Age Pension was paid onvFriday for the previous week. The Clerk said that the Local Government Board suggested that the relief should be paid until the Wednesday preceding the Friday, 6tn of January, when the first instalment of the pension was pay- able. In the case of Workhouse inmates who might have a difficulty in finding accommodation outside, they might remain in the House until Friday. The fact that persons entitled to receive a pension did not apply for it was no ground for refusing them relief. e Mr. Griffiths, tne relieving officer for Llangen- deirne, said that he paid 4s a week to some. How much would he nay them for the week in question? The Clerk said that as far as possible the relief ought to be paid for that portion of the week until Wednesday. Pensioners would still be entitled to medical attendance from the Guardians. The Chairman—It is quite clear that they will lose nothing. Mr. J. P. Lewis—They will gain something. They will get the relief up to Wednesday, and the pen- sion for that week.
Rural District Council The monthly meeting of the Carmarthen Rural District Council was held at the Guildhall on Saturday last, Mr. John Jones, The Plas, Ferryside, presiding-. The Llangendeirne Parish Council drew attention to the state of the footbridge over the Gwcndraeth, near Capel Evan Coiiiery. It was decided to inform the Parish Council that the matter was for them to attend to, and not the duty of the District Council. A letter wash read from the Whitland District Council drawing attention to the need of a suitable bridge at Cwmfein-mynach, which is on the border between the two districts. Mr. Richard Lewis said that it was a very im- portant ford. The following were appointed a committee to meet the Whitland representatives:—The Chairman, Mr. Richard Lewis, and Mr. J. S. Williams. Mr. Raymond, the owner of the traction engine, wrote that he would give four trucks of stones to repair the damage to the roads at Halfpenny Furze. He said that the road was in its present state be- cause it had not been in a proper condition before. Mr. E. Morgan (surveyor) said that this would be about 30 tons. If he gave more, the road would be better than it, was before. The road had been weak at this spot before. ELECTION SPORT. Mr. Bowen, Llangunnock, tuid that they had put up notices on some bridges warning owners of traction engines that the bridges were not fit to bear heavy traffic. He had knovn a case in which the sign had been removed. What would be the leal position if a traction engine went over the bridge and sustained damage? The Clerk said that the Council would be liable unless it could be proved that the owner of the engine knew that the bridge was unsafe. Mr. Edwards said that they were in a ved. unpleasant position in the country at present. He knew a case in which some people removed the sign and stretched it across the road so as to cause a collision with a motor-car and to prevent a Parliamentary candidate coming to address a meet- in0 in the district.. The Chairman said that this state of affairs would not last long. The election would be over next ^r^Bowen I think we should put them in order for the next election Mr. J. S. Williams-Next Match. The Clerk (Mr. Saer) said that the Council would have to nav a heavy claim if one of these bridges gave way under the weight of a traction engine. QUARRIES AND CONTRACTORS. Air Llewelyn Morgan said that the tenant of a auarry had tendered for a contract, but the Council eave it to another. The only stones available were in this particular quarry. Could the other con- tractor get the stones from the quarryr The Clerk said that if the owner of the quarry was unreasonable, they could get an order from the magistrates to enable them to get stones from the quarry. Mr. Ben]. Phillips said that he knew a somewhat similar case in Conwil. Mr. Richard Lewis said that the tenants of quar- ries sometimes tried to keep contracts in their own bands. The Chairman mid that an contractor could have the stones on paying the royalty. „ The Llanginning Parish Council drew attention to the need of improving a dangerous corner a Derwen-cadno. 4 I Mr. Llew. Morgan said that he was glad to see that the Llanginning Parish Council was alive. The corner was like an "S." It was no good waiting until somebody was kilted. There had been until somebody was kilted. There had been several accidents there; the- had better make im- provements for the living and not the dead. A committee was appointed to visit the place and to report. ST. CLEARS AND LAUGHARNE SEWAGE. The, committe which had been, appointed recom- mended that a sepitic tank be provided to purify the sewage of Pentre, St. Clears, before it A-as discharged into the river, and that appl.cation be made to the landowner for permission to erect the tank. The same committee visited Laugharne in re- gard to the water supply. They suggested defer- ring the testing of the sources until the spring. This report was adopted.
LLANDILO BOARD OF GUARDIANS The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held at the Pubiic Hall on Saturday. Col. Morris presided, and there were also present Mis. Roberts, Mrs. M. A. Jones, Rev. J. Alban Davies, Messrs John Lewis, David Watkins, Gwndwn Gwyn; Robert Matthews, David Davies, Jacob Davies, D. W. Lewis, William Williams, David Watkins, Llwyncoed; Evan Davies, William Lewis, Gomer Harris, John Phillips, J. N. Powell, T. R. ivTorgan, Henry Herbert, J. P. Gri- ffiths, Morgan Rees, David Thomas, Gilfach: Wrm. Williams Roberts, Llanfynydd; John Morris. John Griffiths, Dan Davies together with the clerk Mr. R. Shipley Lewis, and the other officials. MASTER'S REPORT. Ihe Rev. J. S. Jeremiah conducted a service at the House on the occasion of the funeral of Enoch Carter, aged 80 years, who had been an inmate for 16 years. On the 6th inst. an excellent entertain- ment was given by the members of the Weslcyan Chapel. Lantern slides were thrown on the screen showing views from the Yale of Clwyd, on which subject the Rev. W T. Ellis, pastor, delivered an in- teresting lecture. Mr. R. T. Evans manipulated the slides. Old and young thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The number of inmates was: First week 69, second week 67 against 68 and 73 corresponding periods last year. Vagrants relieved first week 75, second week 69, decrease of 12, against 86 and 81 cories- ponding periods last year. It was resolved that the application from the subordinate officers for a day off monthly be not acceded to. It was recommended that Mary Jones, one of the inmates, as she came of age in January, be appointed to assist the matron with the children, subject to Mr. Thomas, Leicester House, Llangadock, releasing her. the guardians having previously granted his application last November for her services a a domestic servant. The Master was authorized to buy boards to floor ti)(, boy,' room. The Board considered the application of Mr. Rees Davies, collector of poor rates. Bettws. for an in- crease of salary. He applied for 1 per cent. on the amount collected. The Clerk said this matter had been adjourned from the last meeting in order to obtain the opinion of the Bettws Parish Council. The Clerk of the Parish Council, Mr. Morgan Lewis, had written that that Council did not recom- mend an advance owing to an application about to be made to the County Council to create a part of the parish into an urban district. The Chairman—Surely that may take years to come to pass Mr. Morgan Rees moved that the matter be ad- journed until the next meeting, and that the Clerk should inquire from other unions what was the usual course adopted. :\011, John Phillips seconded, and I his was agreed to.
Rural District Council A meeting of this body was held afterwards. Col. oi-i-i, again presiding. As members were anxiously- waiting for the result of the East Carmarthen elec- I tion, the proceedings were somewhat hurried. DISCUSSION OVER A BRIDGE. There was a discussion of some length over the question of building a bridge on the road leading to the Vicarage at Gai-iiatit. It was stated that the old structure had collapsed a fortnight ago. The Chairman said that while the meeting that day fortnight was in progress a telegram was re- ceived from the Vipar of Garnant that the bridge had fallen in. Mr. Evan Jones, surveyor, said the road had not been properly dedicated to the public. so tliev a. a Council came to the conclusion that they could do nothing at the moment. Some of them" afterwards saw Mr Bishop, and he told them distinctly that the road was not a public one and that therefore this Council had no right whatever to interfere. He (the Colonel) pointed out that a large community was ¡ springing up at fwvnboli, and that extensive building operations were in progress. ° In reply Mr. Bishop said there was another road going there. Diis ( ouncil Ivid spent a lot of monev at Twynboli. T The Clerk questioned said lie had nothing to add to what the Chairman had said. Mr. D. W. Lewis proposed that as the Hon. Walter Rico was a member of that Council that they send and ask him to kindly visit the place with the local members, viz., Messrs Morgan Rees, Gomer Harries, A. W. Lewis, and Col. Morris. Mr. Gomer Harries seconded. The Clerk said in the meantime he would see Mr. Rice and Mr. Bishop personally. Mr. D. W. Lewis W e are quite willing to leave it in the hands of the Clerk. This was agreed io. Mr. David W-itkiiig. Gwndwn Gwyn. moved that the culvert leading from Castcllrhingil: to Peny- groes be repaired. The motion was seconded and carried,
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LLANDILO COUN1 Y CtiOOL ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION AND ENTERTAINMENT. There was a crowded gathering, which included several distinguished visitors, amongst them be.ng Sir Marchant Williams, the chief speaker of the evening, at the annual prize distribution and enter- tainment in connection with the County School at the Victoria Drill Hall on Friday. Mr. Herbert Peel had been announced to take the chair, but in his unavoidable absence the post was filled by Mr. W. N. Jones, Tirydail. Mr. Jones, in opening the proceedings, observed that be was very sorry to hear that Mr. Herbert Peel was unable to be present that day, and the managers had asked him (the speaker) to take his place. Last year he had the pleasure of taking somebody else's place, and it was a very pleasant duty to him to do so again this year, although he was afraid that he couid not hope to fill the chair so well as Mr. Peel had been able to. It was a very great pleasure for h.m to have anything to do with the Llandilo County School. They in the Amman Valicy were naturally greatly interested in this school, because they sent from 80 to 100 scholars tie it daily—(applause)—and year by year they had s<. mething nice to say about the school. This afforded them much satisfaction as managers, as it must the headmaster and staff to know that their efforts were so well rewarded (hear, hear, and ap- plause). There was one very pathetic incident which he should like to mention. One of the young prize- winners, Daniel Price, of Talley, was not there to take kis prize. Death overtook the poor little fellow three or four days ago. He should like them to show their sympathy with the parents in their sad bereavement' by standing up in a body. This was done. Mr. Jones added that the staff and the pupils had sent a wreath to place on the deceased's coffin. The programme was then proceeded with:—Part song, "What can lambkins do?' (Coleridge Taylor), Girls 'Choir; Headmaster's Annual Report; Welsh melody, "Beti Llansan'ffraid"; Distributon of Certi- ficates and Prizes; Alawon Cymreig (1) "Ffarwel.l' (2) "Deuwch i'r Wledd" (Dr. Lloyd Willfams), School Choir; address, Sir T Marchant Wil!i~ns, A Japanese Scene; Votes of thanks; "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," "God Save the King.' Mr. John Evans and Mr. Comery acted as respectively conductor and accompanist. The following is the prize list:— CENTRAL WELSH BOARD EXAMINATIONS. HIGHER CERTIFICATE. David Eiron LlewelJyn-Engiish Language and Literature, History, Latin, Additional Mathematics. David Richards—English Language and Litera ture with Distinction, Latin with Distinction, Higher Mathematics. John Thomas-English Language and Literature, History, Additional Mathematics. Thomas Thomas—English Language and Litera- thure, History, Additional Mathematics. Hannah Mildred Williams—English Language and Literature, History, Latin. SENIOR CERTIFICATE. Thomas Emrys Aubrey—with Distinction in Aiiuuiieuc and LatHI. Jennie Davies—wiui Distinction m Botany, Needlework, and Ci/uversational power 111 Frencn. Annie Kathleen Evans—with Distinction in Arith- meLc, and Conversationa. power in French. John Evatis-with Distinction in Arithmetic and Chemistry. -uary Griffiths—with D.stinction in Needlework. James Richards—with Distinction in Arithmet.c, and Drawing. Rees Arthur Thomas-wirh Distinction in Arith- metic. John Williams—with Distinction in Arithmetic, and Drawing. JUNIOR CERTIFICATE. John Oliver Bcynon—with Distinction in Arith- metic, (Jheimsuy, trench, and with Conversational power in French. Annie Da vies—w.th Converational pow er in French. Elizabeth L)avie,.i-with Conversational power in French. William Lewis Davies—with Distinction in Ele- mentary Mathematics. Sarah Enoch—with Distinction in Butany, ana Needlework. Margaret Ann Evans—with Distinction in Arith- metic, and Needlework. Violet Maria Harries—with Conversational power in French. Slvtanwv Jones—with D.stinct.on m Ne:-dlo vx oi k. Mary E.ien Michael—Conversational power in French. I Catherine Myles. Evan Ewart Price-with Distinction in Arithme- tic, Drawing, and Woodwork. Herbert Rees. Thomas Howard Rees. I Jessie Richard—with Distinction in Needlework, land Convertittional power in French. } Dafydd Arafnah Thomas—with Distinction in Ele- mentary Mathematics. Gerwyn Thomas—with Conversational power in I French. ) Ivor Th im:if~Conversational power in French. | James Rees Thomas—with Distinction in Elemen- tary Mathematics, and Conversational power in French. Margaret Thomas—with Distinction in Needle- work. Thomas Jefferson Thomas-with Distinction in Elementary Mathematics, French (with Conversa- tional power), Drawing and W oodwork. Llewellyn Williams-with Distinction in Arithme- tic, Drawing, nad Conversational power in French. BOARD OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION. Preliminary Examination for the Certificate. Beatrice Davies. Myfanwy Phillips—with Distinction in Welsh, and Science. Mary Powell-with Distinction, In Welsh. Muriel Lily Williams. FORM PRIZES. I Form VI.—1 ,David Richards; 2, David Eiron Llewellyn. I Form V.—Girls: 1, Jennie Davies; 2. Annie K. Evans; 3, Mary Griffiths. Boys: 1, John Evans; 2, Rees Arthur Thomas; 3. Thomas Emrvs Auorey; 4, James Richards. Form IV.-Girls: 1, Violet Maria Harris; 2, Eliza- beth Davies; 3, Margaret Thomas; 4, Margaret Anne Evans. Boys: 1, Herbert Rees; 2, Thomas Jefferson Thomas; 3. John Oliver Beynon; 4, Evan Ewart Price; 5, William Lewis Davies; 6, Dafydd Arafnah Thomas. Form III.—Girls: 1, Annie Maud Rees; 2, Mary Williams; 3, Margaret Jane Evans; 4, Lettice Wil- liams; 5, Katie Rees. Boys: 1, Benjamin Alfred Lewis; 2, Gwilym Williams; 3, David John Rogers: 4, Joseph Gareth Thomas; 5, John Mathias Davies; 6, Evan Evans; 7, William John James. Form II.—Girls: 1, Zeruiah Lewis; 2, Lilian Ed- wards; 3, Mary Anne Evans; 4, Sarah Janes Thorns; 5..UUJgaret Anna Thomas; 6, Mary Olwen .Viorric; 1, iiieauor Margaret Evans. Boys: 1, Arthur D. i'notns; 2, Howell Davies; 3, Ivor Meurig Jones; 4, Ivor Lewis; 5, Fred Lewis; 6, Vaniel Price; 7, Alorgan Tudor Davies; 8, Oswald F. Davies. SPECIAL PRIZES. Welsh (given by the Rev. Robert Wiliiams, M.A., Vicar of LJand.lofawr)—John Evans. I?or Cookery (given by Miss Olwen Phillips)—Enid Eira Jones. HEADMASTER'S REPORT. Mr. Gwyn Jones, the headmaster, submitted his annual report, which showed the school to be in a most flourishing state. During the last year the number of pupils in attendance reached the highest point since the school was started. In the Michael- mas term, 1909, there were 177 regular pupils, in addition to seven pupil teachers and six student teachers He dwelt on the excellent results of the examinations and the distinction gained. He re- gretted that no great progress had been made with agricultural education in the school of the county, bur hoped that *he subject would receive greater attention in the future. SPEECH BY SIR MARCHANT WILLIAMS. SPIRITED DEFENCE OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. Before addressing himself to the children, the teachers, and the governors of the school, Sir Mar- chant Williams said he felt that he should dis- appoint some of them did he not make a passing reference to the very severe criticisms that had re- cently been passed by the chief inspector of the Welsh department of the Board of Education (Mr. Owen M. Edwards) on the character of the teaching that was imparted in the secondary schools of the Principality. He was not surprised in the least that the Cpnt"al Welsh Board and the whole body of head-teachers of our secondary schools, through their president, had emphatically protested against those criticisms, and it had been made abundantly clear that many, if not most, of those criticisms were iil-founded, ungenerous, unmerited, and unjust. The president of the Head-teachers' Association went so far as to insinuate that that sinister report aimed a del.berate blow at the very life of the Central Welsh Board. Whether that were so or not, he did not knovv, but he would remind Mr. Edwards and an other persons that the Central Welsh Board was a national institution, and that the Welsh nation see that it should not be destroyed in any circum- stances. He did not doubt that it was imperfect, and it was, quite possible that its examinations might be too rlg-d and numerous, and that they might be impending, to a certain extent, the proper differentiation of scuools and the application of the best methods to the training of the mind, the hand, and the eye. But when were we to find the perfect i organisation And, furthermore, where were we to find an organ.sation that had achieveu such admir- able work, vo.untarily, w.th stinted financies, in the face of the open and the secret and persistent liosrility of ottic^6 and private fpersons, as the Central Welsh Bjard? Though he had never care- tuity examined anyone of our secondary schools, he had sufficient knowledge of the work that wae being done in many of them, and of the character of the teachers that were at the head of them, that he was amazed, not at the sundry effects of teaching and organisation that revealed themselves here and there, but rather at the comparative excellence of a great part ot the work that was achieved in these schools. As he would be dealing very fuliy in another place with that spacious and one-sided report, iie would, on the present occas.on, with the view of allaying any alarm that ml.,ght have been ercited by it, simply specify, in dismissing it, a few of its leading characteristics. Firstly, it was a report that might have been written by any clever pedantic and in- experienced theorist, who had never even darkened the doorway of any one of the schools with which it dealt. Secondiv, it was written in jerky and un- idiomatic English, and though it oontained many valuable suggestions, it was disfigured by many rash generalisations and many untenable assertions. Thirdly, it conta.ned not the faintest mark of the sympathetic touch of the friend and adviser of the struggling teacher; and, by the way, unless an in- spector could sometimes lay aside the barbed arrows of his craft, and take tup the role of the kindly counsellor and friend of the teachers, he was of no more use for purely educational purposes than would be a disguised detective from Scotland Yard. Then the report contained not a sentence, not a word, that bore upon the lone and discipline of the schools. If Mr. Edwards had been visiting and inspecting the secondary school of Wales on behalf of the Board of EdL't:cn, they were entitled to ask him to tell them what he h.mself had seen. They did not want him to ted them what other people were supposed to have seen, and were presumed to have said, and had imagined to exist. The secondary school of Wales would survive that unjust report, but whether the author would survive it or not, was quite another matter. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills, Carmarthen, proposed a r vote if thanks to Mrs. Gwynne-Hughes for j distributing the prizes, and Mr. H. Jones-Thomas seconded the same. A similar compliment was paid Sir Marchant Williams, on the motion of Mr. W. N. Jones, seconded by the Rev. Alderman W. Davies, The Walk, Llandilo. Mrs. Peel, Tallaris, N. Jones, seconded by the Rev. Alderman W. Davies, The Walk, Llandilo. Mrs. Peel, Taliaris, proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, and the Rev. Robert Williams, vicar, seconded.
HENLLAN DEATH.—Many wdl learn with regret of the death of Mr. James Morris, Werfa, Henilan, formerly a butler in the ernply of the late Capt. Stewart. J.P., Alltvrodyn. On his retirement, after a lengthy ser- vice, he came to stay with his daughter, Mrs. Grif- fiths. Deceased was 79 years of age, and was held in' high respect among a large circle of friends. The interment took place on Tuesday at Henllan Cuhrchyard. Tlia Rev. T. Idwal Jones. Drefach, officiated at the house, and the Rev. D. Jones. B.A. (rector), at Henilan. The chief mourners were Mrs. Griffiths, Werfa, and famliy: Mr. Johnny Trewern. and family; and Mr. David Morris. Bath (daughter and sons). Great sympathy is extended to all the relatives in their bereavement. WKDOIXG.—At St. David's Church, Henlan, on Wednesday, the wedding took place of Mr. John Evans (now of Llysnewyd), formerly of Rhvdfach, and Mitis Catherine Jones, daughter of Mr. and I Mrs. Thomas Jones, Caercadw. The ceremony was performed by ihe Rev. D. Jones, B.A., rector. A fuller report will appear in our Welsh column next week.
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CARDIGAN SCOUTS' FIFE AXD DRUM BAND.—A highly interest- ing contest took place amongst the members of the "Town" Troop's Fife and Drum Band at the Mar- ket-place on Thursday evening, when useful prizes were given by the Bandmaster J. Miles Thomas, for the first, second and third best performance on the flute of the "Old Folks at Home," whilst on the march and stationary to the beat of the drum. The hon. sec. of the troop—Mr. D. Williams, B.Sc., County School, acted as adudicator, who awarded and distributed the pries to the following members in their order of merit, namely, Scouts Gwilym Phillips, Glyn Tudor and Tom Griffiths. Much enthusiasm was displayed by the boys, about 12 flautists having entered the field. It is hoped we shall have more of this anon, as it will, without doubt, serve as an inducement for the boys to aim at proficiency, and perhaps create in them a desire to acquire the art of performing on other instruments as well. Unfor- tunately, "Dear ^ambria," our land of dreams and song, and oft-times sung as "Gwlad y Delyn," lacks to a great extent in her attention to instrumental music, especially the combined form, which, if the good people only realized it, has a world brimful of charms. Indeed there are some folk amongst us who with their long fiddle faces foolishly imagine that to perform on any kind of musical instrui -rit on the Sabbath is a great sin-this type of p(ple should have been borne before the flood, and if Lley then remarked "They were not having any" all well and good. Some people even go so far as to con- demn those grand and lofty strains of the magni- ficent pipe organ.in our churches and chapels. Well might all lovers of the glorious art speak of their presence as "We are not having any. A world destitute ot music, truly, would be destitute of all things.
LLANGATHEN A Temperance Concert, under the auspices of the Llangathen and District Band of Hope Union was held at the Court Henry Reading Room on Friday. the 2nd inst. The chair was taken by the Rev. T. J. Jones, of Court Henry. The Rev. Dyfnallt Owen, Carmarthen, and the Rev. E. Thomas. Llanegwad, delivered very stirring, eloquent and appropriate temperance addresses in Welsh and English respec- tively to a very crowded house. The addresses were followed by the following programme of music, etc.: Song, Miss Jones, Mae^teilo: glee, "Lovely Wales," Miss Griffiths, Court Henry: recitation. Mr. T. D. Jones: song, Miss Griffiths, Court Henry: recitation, Mr. T. D. Jones: trice, "I'r Ffynon srer fv mwth, Llangathen Glee Party (conductor, Mr. J, Knoyle): sohg. Miss Davies; recitation, "The Two Glasses," Mr W. Lewis: duett. Miss Jones and Mr Rhys Jones; glee, "Telyn Cymru," Ladies' Choir. A vote of thanks to the speakers and performers, proposed by Mr. J. Harris, Blaennantymab, and seconded by Mr. J. Morgan, Tynewydd, was carried with ac- clamation. A vote of thanks to the Chairman and the singing of the National Anthem terminated a most enjoyable and instructive meeting.
RHANDIKMWYN RATEPAYERS' MEETING.—An important and fairly representative meeting of the ratepayers of Rhan- dirmwyn and the, neighbouring districts was held at the Schoolroom on Saturday week to discuss the provision of a bridge across the Towy, near the inn known as Towy Bridge. The chair was taken by Mr. Rowland Ni-illianis, C.C. There were three district councillors present, viz., Mr. Lewis Roder- ick, Neuadd; Mr. W. P. Lewis, Bronfelin, and Mr. T. Jones, Penrhyn. From them the meeting learned that the matter had been brought before the district council, which, however, refused to consider the question until Rhandirmwyn had provided the coun- cil with efficient plans of the proposed bridge, with estimates of the cost of erection. Acting under the advice of Mr. Lewis Roderick and his confreres, a guarantee committee was formed to provide monev for employing a competent surveyor's services. and Mr. Morgan James, Nantoai, was instructed in his capacity as secretary, to write to three sur- veyors to inquire their terms. A very satisfactory meeting was brought to a close by a vote of thanks -0 to Mr. Williams for his services in bringing the matter before the county council.—A word of warn- ing to Rhandirmwyn people. Don't let the matter drop here. Next time a meeting is announced at- tend every man-jack in Rhandirmwvn. and show the neighbourhood, the district, and the whole county that not only would you like a bridge but that you mean to have it. Show that the "people of Rhandir are determined no longer to limp in the rear of all other villages in the Towy Valley, that Rhandir no longer means to occupy the unique position of being the only village in the Towy Valley that cannot boast its bridge. For ages past people have been content with fords, but show that you are no longer so, that you believe that what did very well for the time when pre-h.storic man with his limited traffic lived here, will do no longer for the present age with its motor-cars, char-a-bancs. and extensive vehicle traffic. It was the custom in pre-Christian time to propitiate the angry river gods by offering sacrifice before attempting the con- struction of a bridge, and to mix the cement for the foundation with human biood. Are these barbar- ous feelings still in evidence, and are the parish, district, and county council waiting in the bope of such sacrifice being involuntarily made before the v proceed with the construction of a bridge? A flood the other day tore away a great portion of the lower ford at Towy Bridge, rendering it in the highest degree perilous, and perhaps when the great flood rolling now down the river will have sub- sided, the upper ford will be found to be in the same perilous state. Several times lately have carts and horses been all but carried away, and the wonder is that no loss of life has occurred. Every time the passage is attempted when tTie river is at all swollen, and that is often enough in these days, life and limb are risked. And remember, yoti parents of Cwmgwenfrwd, that your children make that passage every day. also that when they are most in need of being carried to school they have to walk the last mile srenerally, through the pouring rain. Are we going to such a state of affairs any longer. :Xo Then let us show to the district and county councils that we mean business this time: that we mean to get a bridge- and that we "won't be happy till we get it."
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FWLLAUCOCHION BRIDGE. The Chairman said that the committee appointed to visit the site of Pwlaucochion Bridge did so on Thursday, although the weather was wretched. That committee had afterwards arranged to meet this morning at 10 o'clock, but they failed to have a quorum tin 20 minutes past 10. So the time they had to go into the work was very short. This was a very serious question, and it would take at least two hours. They therefore decided to adjourn the meeting as they had no report to submit. They, however, hoped to have it ready by that day fort- night. Mr. John Phillips asked if anything had been heard from the G.W.R. Co. regarding the proposed Bill in Parliamen't. The Clerk—Oh, yes. A lot of plans have been de- posited in my office for inspection. WATERWORKS EXTENSION. The Clerk said that the first instalment of principal and interest on the last loan from Llandebie water- works was due. It totalled £ 113 lis. lid. There were two loans, one in respect to general extensions being a sum of £3,688, and another of J3521, which was paid uncct to the credit of the parish of Llan- debie. Mr. L. N. Pow eli-This f;521 is payable by the parish of Llandebie The Clerk-Oh, yes. With reference to the proposed extensions by the C:-sN-.R. Co. the Parish Council of Bettws wrote ex- pressing the hope that the Rural District Council would protect the rights of the parish as to roads, footpaths, etc. Replying to the Chairman, the Clerk said he was not then sure as to the last date for laying objec- tions. The plans had only recently been deposited. A WATER QUESTION. Mr. David Davies, Llandebie, said that the Am- manford people were supplying water in his dis- trict. WTould they appoint a joint committee to meet that of Ammanford. The Chairman said that the question of the Joint Committee was discussed at a meeting of the Am- manford I .D.C. on Wednesday night. They asked this Council to meet them as a joint board to con- sider the diversion of the flow from Llvgadllwchwr. They said that as they liad a supply from that source it was not their duty to interfere at present. It was rather the duty of thc riparian owners. But Mr. T. M. Evans (the Clerk) said they must see into the matter. He had expected to see a letter there from him on the subject. The Clerk (Mr. Lewis) was understood to say that this Council was not liable or responsible. The Chairman said that the allegation was that they were taking too much. The Clerk said they were taking it a good way below where this Council got their supply. Mr. L. Powell observed that the place where the water had been diverted to the Cennen had been flowing from time immemorial. It was much below where they tapped. The ,Chairman-They say the Cennen is taking nearly all the water. Mr. L. N. Powell—That's all nonsense. The Chairman said there could be no harm in the joint committee meeting. Mr. Herbert suggested that they should meet at the Llygad. The Chairman suggested that the committee should discuss the diversion of the supply to the Cennen and the supply to the houses in the rural district between Pontllwyn and Llandebie. Mr. I.. N. Powell said they would be liable for actions from both sides if they interfered and diverted water which had been flowing from time immemorial. It had been passing there for the last 50 years, "and if you interfere," Mr. Powell signi- ficantly atded, "we shall bring an action against YOU. Mr. Herbert' said there used to be a sluice there which let water into the Cennen, but now it had rotted away. It was agreed that the committee should meet.