I CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. The spacious Shops and Show Rooms with ample room for a leisurely examina- tion of their contents, the practically unlimited choice of temptingly displayed goods at Most Tempting Prices, and the facilities given for making your selection (you will not be pestered to buy), are amongst the features which make BEN. EVANS' the ideal Shopping Centre for the Christmas Shopper. Each of our 28 Departments has some- thing to offer for Christmas Gifts. THE GREAT TOY BAZAAR will be open daily until Christmas Eve. B1E7IW SWANSEA. LTD. SI-CENTENARY. 1710-1910. SUN FIRE OFFICE FOUNDED 1710. The Oldest Insurance Office in the World. emcs Cooled from Policy datd 1, IoAuraooea effected on the tollowing risks:- Employers' Liability and I Personal Accident. Workmen's Compensation Sickness & Disease, Domestio Servants and Fidelity Guarantee Plate Glass. I Burglary. For all particulars apply to the following AgeatN:- Ammanford-Mr. David. Arthur Fox. Carmarthen-Messrs. John Francia and Son. Dolfallt-Mr. David Thomas. Garnant—Mr. Reea Davies, Brynteg. Llandiie-Mr. W. D. Jenkins, George Street. Llandovery-Mr. Thomas Phillips. Llanøtephan-Mr. John Morgan. Llanybyther—Mr. David Thomas, Blaenhoibani Llandyssul—Mr. Leonard C. Farleigh. Lampeter—Mr. W. Davies, 17, Station Terrace. Mr. H. W. Howell. New Quay—Mr. David Enoch. Pantyffynon-Mr. David Francis. Samau-Mr. J. Nicholas. Talsara—Mr. Llewelyn Davies. The Carmarthen Bill-posting Company, 15, Bridge Street, Carmarthen BILLPOSTING and Advertising in all its B Branches throughout the Counties "f Carmar- then. Pembroke, and Cardigan. NATHANIEL THOMAS FAMILY BUTCHER, 13a, KING STREET (Next door to the Probate Offices), CARJM:ART::H:EN W. S. MORRIS, -WHOLESALE GROCER- CORN, FLOWER & SERJS MERCHANT, National Telephone, 50. Send for Prioe List. Telegrams, "Morris March ant, Carmarthen." PRUDENT LADIES. Will save their Ha/r oombings and send them to J. HODGES j HAIR WORKER, TENBY, Who will make them up into Tails, etc., and rstara them, poet free, from 1& per on. The cheapest house in Wales for all kinds of Hair Work and Theatrical Goods. £ 4,000 and £ 950 to be advanced on Sound Free- hold Securities. £ 1,100 and £ 600 on Sound Leasehold Properties.—Apply, F. E. Tunbridge, Auctioneer, Swansea. (312p BRISTOL HOUSE, CARMARTHEN. M. & L. THOMAS I BAKERS, GROCERS, CONFECTIONERS, ks REFRESHMENTS READY AT ALL TIMES. HOME-MADE BREAD, CAKE and PASTRY. Parties catered for. Prices Moderate. ((71 ASSEMBLY ROOMS, CARMARTHEN. The 43rd Annual St. Peter's CHRISTMAS TREE Thursday, January 5th, 1911. STALL-HOLDERS: FANCY STALL-The Vicarage. Do. —Mrs. Lester, Furnace Lodge. Do. AND Toy STALL-Miss White, King Street. REFBESHMENT STALL-Mrs. Arthur, Elm Lodge. FARMERS' STALL-Messrs. Bartlett Bros., Priory Street. MISCELLANEOUS STALL-St. Peter's Church Choir. FRUIT AXD FLOWER STALL-Mrs. Pugh Evans, and the Misses Violet, Queenie, and May Williams, Napier House. TEA STALL—Mrs. Stephen Morgan, 2, Spilman Street. COFFEE STALL-Mrs. John Morgan, Blue Street. Contributions will be thankfully received by any °^An6 Attractive ENTERTAINMENT in the Side Room. The Proceeds will be devoted towards Building a New Miseion Room in Cambrian Place. (658 CARDIGANSHIRE. THE following Valuable Freehold Farms will be offered for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION bv MR. DANIEL 1. REES at the Royal Oak Hotel, Lampeter, on WEDNESDAY, January 11th, 1911. Lot J.-All that desirable Freehold Farm, with two Small Holdings thereon, known as "RHIW- ONEN," in the Parish of Llanfihangel-Ystrad, Cardi- ganshire, about 4 miles from Lampeter and close to a Station on the Lampeter-Aberavron Railway, in the occuDation of Mr. John Davies, at the annual -rent of E123, comprising 192 acres, 17 poles, or thereabouts of meadow and arable land; the tenant holds under a Lease expiring September 29th, 1912. Lot 2.-All that desirable Freehold Farm, known as "PANTYFEDWEN." adjoining Lot 1. containing 43 acres, 1 rood, 5 perches, or thereabouts, of pasture and arable land, in the occupation of Mr. Ben Davies, as yearly tenant, at the annual rent of 2M. Further particulars may be obtained from Mr. Daniel I. Rees, Auctioneer, Lampeter, or MESSRS. D. LLOYD & SON, Solicitors, Lampeter.. I CARMARTHEN. ST. PETER'S PARISH. TO BE LET. from 25th of March next, Three Pasture Fields, called PARKYDELINGAM, or PENLAN FIELDS, containing about 8 acres. Apply to Messrs. Timmins and Timmins, Solicitors, 5, Henrietta Street, Bath. (347 STEELE VILLA FERRYSIDE. JOHN FRANCIS & SON are instructed to offer for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the White Lion Hotel, Ferryside, on THURSDAY, 5th January, 1911, all that Valuable Dwelling House and Premises, known as STEELE VILLA," situate on The Cliff, Ferryside. Further particulars will duly appear, and in the meantime may be obtained of the Auctioners, Car- marthen or of Messrs. Pearce-Jones, care of Soli- citors, John-street, Bedford-row, London. (678 TO LET, Licensed Premises, NEW INN, Lammas Street, Carmarthen.—For particulars, apply to Morgan Griffiths, Son, and Prosser, Solicitors, Carmarthen. (686 TOWY BOARD OF CONSERVATORS. Destruction OF Cormorants. The Conservators have de- cided to increase the reward to TWO SHILLINGS for the head of each cormorant killed with- in the District of this Board, and such sum will be paid on production of the head at my office. C. H. Morgan Griffiths, Clerk to the Board. 4, St. Mary Street, Carmarthen. (683 WITH THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL Will be given away a large and handsome SHEET ALMANACK CONTAINING THE PORTRAIT OF KING GEORGE Lists of LOCAL FAIRS, And a mass of USEFUL INFORMATION RELATING TO Local Governing Bodies of West Wales. Every Reader should see that he gets a copy. WE WISH OUR MANY READERS AT ( HOME AND ABROAD A GENIAL AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPER- DeB AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
THE POLITICAL OUTLOOK THE result of the General Election—despite Mr. LLEWELYN WILLIAMS' optimistic prediction of a majority of 244-is that we remain practically the same as before, but nevertheless it is no use adopt- ing the policy of the ostrich and burying our heads under controverslaT sands. We must face the hard fact that the Government have a majority— neterogenous It is true, but a majority that will combine for the purpose of destroying our revising Second Chamber and otherwise undermining our ancient Constitution. It is no use closing one's eyes to the fact that the Veto Resolutions will be im- mediately proceeded with when the Parliament meets. The Government cannot help themselves. They are between the devil and the deep sea. They must either bring them in, or refuse to take office, and they have a composite majority of 126. It is useless contenting one's self with analysing it. Constructive Statesmanship must faoe the position. The House of Lords will not sarely commit poli- tical suicide by accepting the hasty, ill-considered Resolutions without some amending safe-guard. As they stand at present they leave the House of Commons absolutely supreme. In two years' time they could abolish the Second Chamber, entirely abolish private ownership, and pass any tyrannical measure—whether desired by the people or not— they thought fit, and the only security the country has, is that two years must elapse before such possibly pernicious proposals became part of the constitutional law of the land. Moderate men on both sides would welcome another conference, with perhaps enlarged powers of negotiation. There is a limit to human endurance, and the country cannot stand the turmoil of another General Election for some time. The prosperity of our people, and the stability of our institutions require exceptional treat- ment, and it is, surely, not beyond the wisdom of statesmen, worthy of the name, to arrive at some amicable settlement.
A CHANGE OF NOTE ? (BY A CORRESPONDENT). I spite of the fact that, whether by accident or design, the Report of the Welsh Church Commis- sion was not issued from the Government printers' until the General Election had already begun, and hence there was neither time nor opportunity for the public generally to acquaint themselves with the con- clusions contained therein, it is clear that the facts disclosed have already made a profound impression upon some of the leaders of political Nonconformity. This they have shown in two ways. Among the less candid and intelli.gent-or, in other words, the more thoroughgoing Liberationists—the Report has caused redoubled denunciations of the Church in the Principality, and these gentlement are reduced to a blank denial in regard to facts which they can neither ignore nor refute. On the other hand, the smaller but more far-seeing section of the Disestab- lishment party, as represented, for instance, by the writer signing himself "Artifex" in the "Manchester Courier" of December TI5Œ, do not attempt to mini- mise the facts to be found in the Report. The "Manchester Guardian" is generally recognised as the micpt ably conducted Radical paper in the North of England, and it is therefore highly satis- factory to Churchmen to note that "Artifex"—who is, we believe, on the staff of the paper—asserts, with reference to the Report, that: One fact stands out with unmistakable clearness, and that is that the Church of England in Wales is a living and growing Church, with every possible mark of vitality and strength. Any idea that it was the Church of a small minority, any idea that it was moribund, must be given up. The Report reveals it as not merely the strongest numerically of all the religious bodies in W ales, but as one which has made really remark- able progress in the last generation. Nor can the value of its work for lie national life be disputed for a moment. "Artifex" goes on to say: "This is a truth which, it seems to me, the advocates of Disestablishment do well to recognise and admit quite freely"; and in this we fully agree; but we entirely dissent with the further and specious argument which he ad- vances. He asserts that Churchmen shouldosul;port Disestablishment on the ground that the ''Church should not seek any position of privilege or advan- tage as compared with any other religious body. She is quite strong enough to rest on nothing but the inherent attraction of her own message." And he adds that "every measure which had for its object the removal of any injustice or disability as be- tween Church and Dissent has resulted in tho strengthening of religion and has produced a better and more friendly, and not a worse, feeling between Church and Dissent." But almost every one of these propositions is either not applicable to the proposals of the Government in regard to the Church in Wales or has been disproved by past experience. The admission of Nonconformists to the degrees of Ox- ford and Cambridge, the repeal of the Burial Laws Amendment Act. the abolition of Church rates, were all designed to place Dissenters in the position of complete quality with Churchmen. These were real disabilities, and justice required their removal. But "Artifex" cannot now point to any civil or religious dilsabilitv specially attaching to Nonconformists as compared with Churchmen. The suggestion that Establishment is the great barrier in the way of Christian union and co-opera- tion is wholly untenable. The Church was not chosen by the State and selected from among other religious bodies for her position. No such thing ever happened. Nonconformity is not '400 years old. The Church in Wales is 1,300 years and the Church in England 1,200 years of age in their organised capacity. The Church of England and Wales was the National Church, the Church of the nation, in union with the State, for centuries before Nonconformity existed or was even dreamt of. Into that position the Church had grown, and therefore she held that position of right; whilst in growing into it she had founded, organised, and developed herself and had founded the State also. Nor does the experience of disestablished or un- established branches of the Anglican Church in the least support "Artifex's" suggestion that it is the principle of Establishment which is a barrier to unity. The present Bshop of Bath and Wells, for- merly Bishop of Adelaide, declared, in regard to Australia, on his return to England: "I find that, so far from there being peace and harmony between the Church and other denominations who find them- selves unhappily unable to be one with the Church, the differences between them are greater, or seem to b greater, than they are in England, and the possibilities of reunion farther away than they are at home." The venerable Archbishop of Armagh, now about to retire from his great office, said: "The people of Ireland are divided into two great sections. By one Disestablishment is never remembered, by the other it will never be forgotten. Disestablishment may have given many things both to one and the other, but peace is not one of them." Many similar statements could be quoted. But the notable omission in "Artifex's article is his failure to refer to disendowmeut: and yet it is the N. dismemberment and dieendowmeat of the Church in Wales which the Government Bill of last year, if passed, would have entailed. Does he seriously think that to take away all the Bill proposed—roughly speaking, :£249,000 out of £269,000 forming the total net endowed income of the Church in Wales—and to leave the Church with only £20,000 for its great and, as <TArtifex" admits, its growing work, would stimulate brotherly concord between Churchmen and Nonconformists? Of the endowments of the Church in the huge and largely rural diocese of St. David's the Bill would take away £87,500, and leave only £6,500 a year towards maintaining the growing work in the hillside and country parishes of that diocese! It is absurd, in face of results such as these to suggest that they would produce a better and more friendly feeling between Church and Dissent. At any rate, the electors of Cardiff showed what they thought of such proposals when concrete instances were brought home to them showing that under the Government Bill seven Cardiff parishes would be robbed of every penny that had been given to them, by the piety of past ages, for the spiritual work, and the remaining six would have but a small moiety left of what they had previously possessed! On the whole, we are not quite sure whether we do not prefer the frankly spoliatory arguments of the Liberation Society to those of the. writer in the "Manchester Guardian," that "the Church is quite strong enough to rest on nothing but the inherent attraction of her own message"! The story of how a Haverfordwest eccentric had baffled the efforts of the Guardians was told at a meeting of the Haverfordwest Board on Wednesday. The Relieving Officer reported that a local eccentric had applied for relief, but refused at first to go to the workhouse. When, however, the officer pointed lout that he could go in a carriage, the man was enamoured of the idea, and gave his consent. When the carriage arrived, however, he declined apparent. ly because it was not upholstered in a sufficiently handsome manner. The guardians were on Wednes- day left to pay the bill.—Dr. J. H. Williams, medi- cal officer, said the man could keep his liberty be- cause although very eccentric he was not insane. He was now a squatter in Portfield, having taken possession of a empty house there.—Mr. W. Roberts, a guardian, said the man was able to work, but he sugered from melancholia.—The Board decided to allow the man's sister at Hayscastle 3s. 6d. a week if she would take her brother into her house and be responsible for him.
LOCAL NEWS. GIFT SERVICE.—The fourth annual Christmas Gift Service was held in the English Wesleyan School on Sunday afternoon last. This new feature of Sunday School work is proving itself to be of greats-Blue. There was a large attendance in the school, which had been prettily decorated for the occasion. Gifts of money, etc., were liberally contributed, and these were afterwards distributed to the sick and poor. The service was bright and instructive. Christmas addresses were given by Mrs, Gregory, Rev. T. Roberts (Ammanford), and the Superintendent (Mr. R. J. Jones). The Christmas lessons were read by Miss Lilian Powell and Master D. J. Thomas. A pretty Christmas carol, sung by Miss Mabel Jones and Miss niva Lewis, concluded the service. OLD COLLEGE SCHOOL SOCIAL.—Mrs. Joseph Harry aind Mrs. J. B. Thomas invited the students to a social last Friday, which virtually terminated the session. The students, one and all, greatly appreci- ated the repeated generosity of the ladies. When they had done full justice to the good things pro- vided for them, the students gave an entertainment. The chair was taken at about 6.30 by Mr. W. A. Jones (Lampeter College), a former student of the Old College School. In the course of his address, ho paid a high tribute to the masters for their efficient training and for their impartiality in dealing with all students without any distinction of creed or party. The parts were taken as follows:—Piano- forte solo, Miss Elsie Thomas; violin solo, Mr. C. J. Jenkins; recitations, Mr. Richard Edwards, Mr. Ivor Lewis, Mr. Isaac Griffiths, Mr. D. S. Jones, and Miss M. J. Francis; solos and songs, Mr. W. D. Roberts, Mr. Rufus Rogers, Mr. D. J". Evans, Mr. John Rees, Mr. R. M. Griffiths, Miss May Watts, Miss M. J. Francis; dialogue, Mr. D. Smith and two lady friends; trio, Messrs. Evans, Wright, and Rogers. The Abergwili Nightingales, under the conductorship of their competent leader, Mr. David Smith, gave a pathetic rendering of "Sospan Fach." The last item was the "Sailors' Chorus" (conducted by Mr. M. Rogers), by the School Party. Mr. J. Thomas won the prize for the best impromptu speech, which was adjudicated by the Rev. J. B. Thomas and Mr. D. W. Rees. GIRL GUIDES.—Presentations.—On Saturday even- ing last, the Girl Guides gave an entertainment at the Intermediate School for the purpose of present- ing parting gifts to Guide-mistress Armstrong and Patrol-leaders Margery and Eira Barker. There were present the members of the committee, the Scout officers, and the persons who had assisted at the concert on December 8th. Owing to the floods, the gathering was not as large as was expected. At 6.30 the entertainment commenced, when the. follow- ing programme was gone through:—Girl Guides chorus, "Sons of Britain"; song, "Twickenham Town," Guide Gwladys Isaac; pianoforte solo, Gladys Evans, duett, "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," Olive Davies and Elsie Smith. The presentations were then made. Lieut. Williams, on behalf of the troop, expressed her great sorrow and regret at the coming departure of their chief officer, Captain Armstrong. The Barker family and Miss Armstrong had been the originators and mainstay of the movement in this town, and were it not for their great interest and untiring efforts the troop would not have reached its present state of efficiency. As a fellow officer she spoke with full knowledge. Miss Armstrong's departure would be deeply felt by them all. She had not only been an officer, but a friend whom each one had loved and respected. Wherever Miss Arm- strong would be they as Girl Guides would always remember her. Miss Williams also expressed het sorrow at the departure of Patrol-leaders Margery and Eira Barker, but, happily, they were to return after the space of a few months. They were the first Girl Guides to be registered at headquarters, and were the most efficient in the troop. On behalf of the Guides, Miss Williams wished them a very pleasant time abroad, and also a safe return, when they hoped to welcome them as officers, not merely patrol leaders. She moved a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Barker.—Miss Lottie Davies secon- ded the vote of thanks, and then presented Miss Armstrong and the Misses Barker with handsome silver Swastikas, charms suitably engraved.—Miss Armstrong returned thanks for the presents which she would treasure and look upon as a memento of most pleasant days with the Carmarthen Girl Guides. She then thanked Miss Williams for the help she had given her, and the girls for loyalty and obedience. They' cou?3 be sure that the Misses Barker and herself would look forward on their return to find them working as steadily and smoothly as they were now. Miss Armstrong presented Miss Williams with a set of silver hatpins as a small remembrance of the pleasant times they had spent together.—After the presentations had been mafle refreshments were handed round, and a play, entitled "Caught," was enacted. The proceedings came to a close with the singing of "God Save the King." CONCERT.—On Thursday last, December 15th, a grand complimentary concert to Mr. William Jones, conductor, in recognition of his services during the past ten years, was held at Lammas-street School- room. The chair was occupied very ably by the Mayor (Mr W. Thomas), supported by the Rev. J. Dvfnallt Owen, the respected pastor. The pro- gramme was as follows:—Instrumental trio, "Gipsy ondQ" ,(Haydn), ft^asnrsi Victor Gi^stave Jones, and T. S. Puddicombe: song, "Baner ein Gwlad' (Parry), Mr A. R. Lewis: song, "Sun- shine and Rain" (Blumenthal, Miss Rose Soloman; 1 pianiforte solo, "Andante and Rondo Capriceioso" (Mendelssohn), Miss Susie Hopkin: song, "Cymru" 1 (R S Hughes), Mr W. Dyfnant Davies; song, '1 < a." Titania" ("Mignon") (Ambroise Thomas), Madame Sylvia Hosgood: recitation, "Troubl. in Amen Corner" (Harbaugh), Miss M. J. Fran- < eis: duett, "Gwys i'r Gad," (Hughes), M -^rs. ] Lewis and Davies: song, "The Enchantress," iTIst- ] ton) Miss Rose Soloman: violin lo, "Nocturne" s Burgmuller}, Mr. Victor Jones: recit and air, "Thanks to My Brethren," "How vain is Man" l (Handel), Mr. A. R. Lewis; duett, "In the Spring- t time,' Madame Hosgood and Miss Soloman: song, i "The Two Grenadiers" (Schumann), Mr. Dyfnant s Davies: pianoforte solo, "Scherzo in Bb Minor" (Chopin), Miss Susie Hopkin; song, "Waltz Song," 1 (E. German), Madame Sylvia Hosgood; recitation, I "Y Fam a'i hunig Faban Claf" (Eilir Mai), Miss M. J. Francis: songs (a) "Pleading" (Elgar); (b) 'It was a Lover and His Lass' Austin), Mr A. R. Lewis; song, "My ain Folk," Miss Rose Soloman; song, "The War Song" (Cooke), Mr Dyfnant s Davies: song, "Good Bye" (Tosti), Madame Hos- d good: quartette, "Good Night, Beloved" (Pinsuti), v Madame Hosgood, Miss Soloman, Messrs. Lewis y and Davies: "God save the King" and "Hen Wlad c fy Nhadau." Mr. T. S. Puddicombe accompanied | n in his usual incomparable style. Before singing the Welsh and English National Anthems, the Rev. v Dyfnallt Owen in very appropriate words moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman, seconded by Mr. George Phillips, Hall-street. This the Mayor re- sponded to in a very happy mood, and proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the ladies who had oharge of the platform decorations, and who had done their work in such an artistic manner. This was carried unanimously. The secretarial dut4e w.ere dis- charged by Mr. J. Thomas, Richmond-terrace, the treasurer being Mr. Gad Protheroe, Johnstown, while the platform decorations were in the capable hands of Mrs. Saer, Glannant, and Mrs. Owen (wife of the minister). All the artistes did their work in a highly satisfactory manner, every item being enthusiastically encored, and the general opinion expressed was that the concert was exceed- ingly good and most enjoyable.
LOCAL OBITUARY MISS ANNIE DAVIES. On Wednesday in last week, the death occurred of Miss Annie Davies, 3, Magazine-row, Carmartltwi. The funeral—which was private—took place on Monday at St. David's Churchyard. The Rev. T. R. Walters, M.A., R.D., vicar, assisted by the Rev. Owen Jones, vicar of Conwil, officiated. The chief mourners were: Mr. D. J Lewis, Mr. F Gwynne Lewis, Mr. A. H. Jones, Mr. J. 1. Davies, Mr. Tom Davies, Mr. Herbert Davies, and Mr. E. G Davies (cousins) The following were also present:—The Rev J. T. Davies, Cnion-street; Mr. Thomas Wil- liams, slate merchant; Mr. T. Smith, Quay-street; Mr. T. Davies, 7, Guildhall-square, and Mr. W. Thomas, Emporium. Wreaths were sent by the following:—Miss Mary Davies (sister); Uncle, Aunt, and Cousins, 3, Magazine-row; Jack, M. E. and Eira; Dai, Emily, and Boys; Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Rogers,^ Preston; Mrs. Evans, 3, Lammas-street; Misses Jennie and Hetty Thomas, Lammas-street; Miss Agnes Lewis, Union-street; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Jones and Ken, St. Catherine-street; Mrs. Cocks and the Misses Williams, Bridge-street; Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, "Harp"; Mr. and Mrs. Davies, 3, Hall-street; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Dis- gwylfa; Mr. and Mrs. Trivett, Magazine-row; Mrs. Tom Morgan, Merthyr Tydfil; Mrs. M. Jones, Merthyr Tydfil. Misses Davies, 7, Guildhall-square; Mrs. Williams and family, Cemetery Lodge; Miss Elizabeth George, St. Catherine-street; Mrs. Griffiths and Iah, Picton-terrace. MISS SARAH ANN HARRIES. This week we regret to announce the death of Miss Sarah Ann Harries, eldest daughter of Mrs. Ann Harries, which took place at Davies's-yard, St. Catherine-street, Carmarthen, on Sunday afternoon last. Deceased, who was in her 21st year, had been ailing for some months, but, despite the careful nursing of her mother and relatives, succumbed as above stated. Miss Harries was of a cheerful and kind disposition, and was highly respected by a large number of friends. The deceased, up to the time of her illness, was a faithful member of Christ Church. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved mother, brothers, and relatives. in their sad bereavement. The funeral took place at St. David's Churchyard yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. MISS GWENNIE JONES. It is with sincere regret we record the death of Miss Gwennie Jones, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Jones, bookbinder, 18, Wood's-row, Carmarthen. The deceased, who was 22 years of age. had borne a long illness with Christian fortitude. She had been a faithful worshipper at St. Peter's Church, and was confirmed on her death-bed by the Lord Bishon of St. David's on the occasion of his recent visit to Carmarthen. She is survived by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters, with whom general sym- pathy is felt in their bereavement. The funeral takes place on Monday, at 2.30 p.m. MRS. ANN REES. We resrret to record the death of Mrs1. Ann Rees, 31. St. Catherine-stret, who died on Monday, the 19th inst.. at the age of 52 years. Deceased, who was a faithful member of Tabernacle Chapel, leaves behind her father, brother, sister, and nieces. The funeral tok place yesterday (Thursday) at St. David's Churchyard. MR. SAMUEL REES. It is with regret we record the death of Mr. Samuel Rees, 20, Orchard-street, who passed away on Tuesday last, at the age of 66 years. Deceased was a member of Tabernacle Chanel, and a very faithful member of the Sunday Sehol. He will be <!r(>l1tlv miedbv his fellow-members. Deceased leaves to mourn his loss a widow and one daughter, to whom the doooest lIvmnafnv is extended. The funeral takes place to-day (Friday) at the Tabernacle Chapel burial ground.
FREEMASONRY AT CARMARTHEN ANNUAL INSTALLATION. On Tuesday afternoon the 20th inst., the jthnuaf ceremony of installing the Worshipful Mastei%igjto^ the chair of St. Peter's Lodge, 476, was held.. the Masonic Hall, Carmarthen, the honour this year falling upon W. Bro. Lewis Giles, editor and mana- ger of the JOURNAL. There was a full attendance of the members of the lodge, in addition to 'a large number of visi- tors. Among the latter were:—The R.W. Bro. Deputy Prov. Grand Master David Bowen; R.W. Bro. Robert Locks, P.P.G.W., Tenby; W. Bro. F. W. Robinson, P.M., Cranbourne Lodge, London; Bros. J. 1.1. Blake, W.M., Edward Jones, S.W., R. Margrave, John Howell, J.W., S. N. Powell, J. H. Thomas, Llanelly; N. H. Thomas, W.M., J. Rees, S.W., Rufus Williams, J.W., Abcrystwyth; J. H. Matthews, Tenby; W. Evans, P.P.G.C., J.W., Kemes Lodge, etc. The installing master was W. Bro. C. E. Davies, I.P.M., who carried out the ceremony very im- pressively. After the lodge the usual banquet was held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, when Host Williams pro- vided of his best. The toast of the new W.M. was proposed by W. Bro. J. Marsden, and that of the I.P.M. by W. Bro. T Walters There was a de- lightful programme or music, with Bro. Harold Malkin at the pianoforte, and of the after-dinner speeches were of the happiest kind. The W.M. appointed his officers for the coming year as follows:—I.P.M., W. Bro. C. E. Davies; S.W., Bro. Harry Reeves; J.W., Bro. D. Roberts; Chaplain, V. Bro. the Rev. J. Marsden, P.M., P.P.G.S.W.; treasurer, W. Bro. Thomas Walters, P.M., P.P.G.S.W., P.G. See.; lodge charity steward, W. Bro. Haydn Williams, P.M., P.P.G.J.D.; secre- tary, Bro. R. E. Williams, P.P.G.Std.; assistant secretarv, Bro. T. W. Francis: Dir. of Cer., W. Bro. R W Ward, P.M., P.G.J.D. S.D., Bro. A. E. Ham: J.D., Bro. D. J. Davies; I.G., Bro. D. T. James: steward, Bro. G. D. E. Jones; steward, Bro. H. W. Rees; steward, Bro. W. J. Wallis Jones; Tyler, Bro. John Thomas. A brief outline of the history of Freemasonry at Carmarthen, which dates back at least to 1724, and a list of Past Masters, was included in the menu card and help to make up a very nice souvenir of the occasion.
DEATH OF DR. SYDNEY RODERICK Dr. Sydney Roderick, one of the most popular physicians in Llanelly, passed away on December 12th, at his residence, Vaux Hall. Deceased, who was the second son of the late Mr. Wm. Roderick, and brother of the late Colonel W. Buckley- Roderick, was beloved by all classes, and feelings of intense sorrow were manifest throughout the town. The late Dr. Sydney Roderick was grand- son of the late Mr. Thomas Roderick, of Dany- graig, Pembrey (pow owned by Lord Ashburnham) and great grandson of Mr. William Roderick, of Llandefeisant, Llandilo, agent to Lord Dynevor, who then went to reside at Bradbury Hall, Llan- elly, taking a large financial interest in opening up several large collieries round Llanelly, who mar- ried Miss Jones, sister to Mr. Edward Jones, a family represented by tfie Jones' of Velindre, Llandovery. Dr. Sydney Roderick's great uncle, the Rev. David Roderick, was headmaster at Harrow, and was an intimate friend of the cele- brated Dr. Parr. Dr. Sydney Roderick was edu- cated at Bath, Marlborough, and Edinborough, when he took the degrees of M.B. and C.M. in L887. He was the pioneer of the X-ray and radium reatment in Wales. He married in 1896, Gertrude Louise, daughter of Mr James Buckley, late of Buckromt, Dufftown, N.B., who with two children survive him. The funeral took place on Thursday, and was -epresentative of gentlemen influential in the town md district. The wreaths, which numbered over in hundred, were the different public bodies md works, relations and friends, including Sir imes and Lady Hills-Johnes, Mrs Rills-Jannes, Lady and Miss Stepney, Mr and hs Mansel Lewis, I Lady Morgan, etc., eto. 1
LLANYBYTHER j LIVE PIGEON SHOOTINO.—A grand live pigeon hooting match is announced for Boxing Day, Mon- t lay, the 26th inst. Preparations are well forward f nth a view to making the day a repetition of last ear's success. Silvers to the value of £4 10s. are iffered as a first prize, with cash prizes. Good irizes are also offered in clay pigeon shooting. Vith the better facilities of train service, this year ) Ie anticipate a record attendance.
CARMARTHEN TOWN COUNCIL The monthly meeting of the Carfarthen Town Council was held at the Council Chamber on Tues- day evening. The Mayor (Councillor Wm. Thomas) presided, and there were also present: Aldermen W. Lloyd, W V H Thomas, and. L D. Thomas; Councillors John Morgan, A. J.. Jones, E. V. Collier, John Jenkins, James Davies, D. Samuel, George James, J. Crossman, J. B. Arthur, Oliver Jones, D. King Morgan,, and C, Sutcliffe; togteher with the- Town Clerk (Mr. James John). PUBLIC LIGHTING. Letters were received from the Electric Light Com* pany stating that steps were being taken to have the bell glasses supplied as quickly as possible, and. stating that steps would be taken to have the defects in the lighting remedied as soon as possible. Mr. Morgan, the secretary of the Carmarthen. Trade and Labour Council, wrote stating that the notice "Way to the Rink," which had been put up on one of the lamps near the Bridge, obstructed the light. The Clerk said that he believed this had been remedied. The Town Clerk said that he had promised Coun. cillor Geo. James to have placed on the agenda a notice referring to the question of selling the lamp- posts. Unfortunately he had been ill and had pre- pared the agenda in bed and had omitted to include this matter. He believed that Mr. James wished no more of tho lamp-posta to be sold until the matter was fully considered. Mr. Crossman said he would move that. Mr. John Jenkins seconded. The Clerk said that they ftiight have an informal understanding not to sell any more of the lamp-posta. until the matter had been discussed. Mr. Geo. James Said that he had intended to give notice of motion. He would be quite "'willing to let tho matter stand if there were an understanding that no more of tho standards be sold in the mean- time. Mr. D. Samuel said that they had gone to the cost of the advertisement. The Clerk said that they had not had a single. repiy to their advertisement for tenders. Mr W V H Thomas—When is the next meeting? Th Clerk-This day three weeks Mr W V H Thom"as-I do not think there can be any harm in leaving if for three weeks The Mayor said that they had an order for 50 and they might lose that ? Mr. Geo. James said that in that case it was of the greatest importance to the town that the- matter should be discussed at once. Mr. J. B. Arthur said that he would more that they proced with the sale of these 50. It would be absurd to keep them standing for 14 years. If they took the interest of the money into account, they would, if they so desired at the end of 14 years, be able to buy newer and more up-to-date standards at far less cost. Mr. Crossman said he quite agreed with the sentiments expressed by Mr. Arthur; but as the fatter had not been included in the agenda for that meeting he thought that it had better be deferred. Mr. Arthur said that he considered this a most important question for the ratepayers. He had no doubt that if they went back to gas lighting again after 14 years they would have to get nevr standards. Mr. Geo. James said that the old standards would cost nothing to keep, and they would be sold at one. third the price which they would have to be paid for new ones. Mr. King Morgan—Why can't we have the matter thrashed out this evening. It was decided to defer the matter to a special meeting on Friday, the 30th inst. Mr. D. Samuel asked the Mayor at what time ha intended going to Church on Christmas Day The Mayor said he would start at 10.45 a.m. Mr. D. Samuel asked if it could not be put on for a quarter of an hour so that Nonconforfists could attend. Their own services commenced at 10 and would be over at 11. Mr. G. James said that Penuel had arranged their, service for 9.30 so as to be over in time for the Mayor's procession. Mr. J. B. Arthur said that he did not think there would be any difficulty in arranging the ser. vice at St Peter's so that it should not commence until 11.15 a.m. t Mr. Crossman said that this only applied to the Welsh chapels. There were English chapels which began at 11 a.m. Many who wished to attend th& services there who would like to accompany th& Mayor as far as the gate of the Parish Church. They could not do so if the service were held later- Mr. L. Thomas said bhait tl^sy ought to accede to the wishes of the Mayor and not show any disrespect by trying to alter the time. He was as strong a Nonconformist as anybody; but ho was willing to sacrifice it for the sake of the present Mayor. Mr. David Samuel said that he intended no dis. Respect to the Mayor. The Mayor said that he quite understood that. E$ut as there were, so many difficulties in the way of flanging the time at such short notice he thought that they had better adhere to the time fixed. FINANCE. The financial statement presented by the Clerk showed an improved financial state of affairs as compared with last year. Mr J. B. Arthur asked what was the reason for the improvement. I The Clerk said that the Rate Collector had got in more money than was got in at that time last year. They were about £500 more to the good now than last year. Mr. James Davies said that they ought to havo a ledger account showing the amount which ought to be collected and.the amount actually collected..
SAD COLLIERY DISASTER ALMOST RECORD DEATH ROLL OF 352. A sad mining disaster has occurred to shed » shadow over the British Christmastide. The Lancashire coalfield is plunged in mourning by a calamitous explosion on Wednesday morning in the Pretoria No. 3 Pit, Atherton, between Bolton and Leigh, which, there is every reason to fear, has occasioned the loss of about 352 lives. There arc two mines, with inter-communicating; underground, forming part of the property of the Hulton Colliery, Ltd., and in these it appears 792. men were at work when, at 8 a.m., a blast came which wrecked one of the pits,known as the Yard Mine, and was accompanied by a terrific detonation, heard for miles around. From the twin mine—the Arley—all the colliers numbering about 440, were brought up unharmed. Of those in the Yard Mine only one seem's to have escaped. The explosion swept through the whole of the Yard Pit and the tunnel connecting the two mines, which might have affarded a means d egress was blocked by falls. The 350 odd workers were thus trapped, and those who might have survived the shock of the explo- sion it is feared have succumbed to the deadly after- damp. Rescue parties promptly got to work, and whilst they were securing the safety of the men in. the Arley Mine repairs to the shattered shaft were suffi- ciently effected in the afternoon to allow of commu- nication. Exporers, however, found their progress barred by heavy falls at a short distance from the shaft, and the evidences of havoc around filled them with the worst foreboding as fo the fate of their comrades who had been working in the mine. The terrible death-roll is likely to be almost a record one in the history of British colliery acci- dents, being surpassed ony by that of the Oaks Colliery, Barnsley, in the December of 1866, when no less than 360 men were killed. The cause of the explosion is a mystery. Shot. firing has not been carried on in the mine for years, and there are no electric cables. The only present suggestion is that gas was ignited by a defective lamp or lighted match. ♦
DEMOLITION OF HOUSES SOUTH WALES PARISHES AFFECTED. Local authorities and others who are proposing to take houses inhabited by the working classes for their schemes to be submitted .to Parliament next Session on Wednesday lodged their plans in the Private Bill Office. The Bill of the Great Western Railway Comnany will affect the parishes of Bettws, Carmarthen; Llanguick, Glam.; Rhyndwyalydach, Slam. Llansamlet, Swansea. The Rhvmnev Water Board Bill will affect thS parishes of Llandeltv, Brecknock; Merthyr Tydfil; that of the Midland Railway Company the parish of Llansamlet. Other Bills which affect the working classes are hose of the Monmouthshire Sewerage Board, Swan. sea Gas, and the Alexandra (Newport and South PVales) Docks and Railway Company, which concern working class dwellings in the parishes of Graig, Machen Lower, Risca, and Machen Upper. The Aberdorc Urban District Council and thd Milford Docks Company have lodged similar returns., ■