HAY URBAN COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Hay Urban District Council was held on the 10th inst. Preseilf- Councillors T. E. James (chairman), J. Cater (vice-chairman), John Morgan, J. Evans, E. Boucher, T. E. Powell, F. Cadman, and T. J. Stokoe, with Mr H. Gilby purveyor), and Mr R. T. Griffiths (clerk). GOOD NEWS FROM INDIA. The Chairman read a letter from Captain Cockcroft, Brecknockshire Battalion, S.W.B., at Mhow, as follows :—" Dear Sir,—Herewith for your guidance all abstract history roll of all I the Hay and District lads who have joined the Brecknockshire Battalion now at Mhow and Uifeir rough whereabouts. It may be useful to after the war, I niay ll(ld that icy books give fuller particulars. The boys are all well alid some have disguished themselves. We are this day starting manoevres, and have the pros- pectof doing Kitchener's Test towards the end of the mouth. A nicer lot of lads to work with it is impossible to wish for." The Cbairmnn said n suitable reply had been sent thanking Captain Cockcroft. Mr Cater reported having purchased 2,000 cigarettes with the money subscribed by those connected with the work of the Council. He had sent the cigarettes to Capt. Cockcroft for distribution among Hay men in the Brecknock- shire Battalion. Mr Cater received the thanks of the Council I for the trouble he had taken. NOT WANTED. A circular letter from the Local Government ~°ard concerning the establishment of a public ^tchen having been read, the opinion, was ex- ssed that such a kitchen was not needed at 1.ar.-Thc Surveyor stated it would be a ser- ous expense to the Council, and the -matter then dropped. CARTERS' WAGES. A circular letter as to the wages of carters was received.—The Chairman thought it did flat apply in that district,—Mr E. Boucher Does it apply if any carters belong to the Association ? If there are any I think the Matter is worthy of consideration.—The Clerk eXplained that the circular concerned only the Council and contractors. THE COUNCIL S OPPORTUNITY ? Miss R. M. B. Morgan, of Tre'r Gelli, wrote to the Chairman suggesting that as the need for 11 growing more potatoes had increased, it would he a good plan for the Council to make a close insr>0F.F;RM yr +h" o'nvliJn<\ nnf nf estivation • the pieces of waste land about the town, and Mentioning a number of places. She added that these would need a lot of stone picking and Ceding before cultivation, but if the Council c°oimandeered the sites could they not organise gaiigs of volunteers, children and adults, to fether stones, and get some able-bodied men J had not been called to the war to stack the °Ues and break up the land. The pieces of f^O'ind she had mentioned are probably only a tithe of the waste land in and about Hay. There was the following cryptic P.S. to the | letter :—" All able-bodied shopkeepers and clerks, and also professional men. i.e., parsons, etc." (Laughter). i The Clerk There will be an early oppor- j tunity of buying the gardens in Pig lane. 11 Mr Stokoe She means well, but most of it Private property, isn't it ? Mr Evans My idea is that people are look- J lllg for ground ready planted, and they want the otatoes brought home for them. NO BRICKS FOR HOUSES. A circular letter was received from the Local Government Board on the question of the housing of the working classes, stating that for t l the provision of houses after the war the • Government would give substantial help to Local Authorities. The Chairman remarked that they had de- eded not to do anything at present. Mr Cater said houses were wanted, but they Could not do anything at present as a new order had been issued stopping the sale of bricks. 11 TUBERCULOSIS. The Welsh National Memorial Association Nvrote asking that the Council's Medical Officer should be instructed to acquaint the Association of all cases of tuberculosis.—Agreed. VARIOUS. A general district rate of 3/- in the £ having been 11 made according to the Council's in- structions, the same was signed. The Clerk reported that the agreement bet- ween the Council and Mr Cadman in respect to the Mill property had been signed, and it was agreed that the Seal of the Council be affixed. The Works Committee report was presented, and as a result the Council agreed to the pur- chase of 40 barrels o £ tar for tar-spraying the roads. The Inspector reported having inspected the bakehouses, slaughter-houses, etc., and that he fOllnd them in a satisfactory condition. The Surveyor reported having guaged the Water supply on the 3rd inst., as follows :— Llangwathan, 4(>,080 gallons New Forest. 4G.080 gallons Hay Common, 48,960 gallons total, 141,120 gallons in 24 hours. THE NEED OF A WEIGHING MACHINE. Mr Cater reported that there was in Brecon for sale at a reasonable figure a weighing machine. Oft. by 4ft., which was quite good Z!1 enough for stock weighing. He suggested that the maker be asked to IOOK at it. New, it would cost 975. The next thing would be to get Mr Griffiths to allow them to fix it. The Clerk remarked that his trusteeship ended after three years, but he did not think anything would happen at the end of that time that would be in any way detrimental to the Council. It was agreed to ask the maker to see the machine. MR. W. POWELL S BEQUEST FOR THE POOR. Mr J. Morgan referred to the will of the late Mr William Powell. of Hay. He was one of I -the trustees, and the other was the late Mr David Morgan. He had had a conversation With Mr Griffiths about it, but he saw a diffi- -t"YV"- culty in transferring the trusteeship to that Ii Council. If there was a difficulty in that way, he would like the Council to act in conjunction with him in adminisiering the fund. The Clerk The Council cannot make them- selves trustees, but Mr Morgan can ask you to assist. Mr Morgan, continuing, said that by the winter the amount would reach X20. The bequest was for the supply of coal, etc., to the poor of the town. He thought it was not a matter for one or two to administer. I The Clerk There is nothing wrong in your doing it, as Mr Powell appointed you with Mr j David Morgan to do so. j Mr Cater thought it was very good of Mr Morgan to put the matter in the way he had, and proposed that the Council act with him. I Mr Evans seconded, and it was carried. VOTE OF SYMPATHY. I The Chairman proposed a vote of sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr Charles Griffiths, who was one of their oldest inhabi- tants, and did excellent work with the old Local Board. He knew of no man who had done more for the town of Hay. Mr Cater seconded, and endorsed all the Chairman had said and the members rose to pass the resolution. Mr R. T. Griffiths thanked the Council for their kind vote of sympathy with him and the rest of the family. He felt very much all the kind sympathy which had been shown them. His father tried to do his duty as long as he had strength to do it, and he was proud to find that his work was so much appreciated. REFUSE COLLECTION. Mr Boucher drew attention to the fact that ash boxes were left out all night in Oxford road. The Surveyor stated that all the refuse was collected on Fridays except one load, and that load was collected on the Saturday. He thought the tenants were responsible if they left the boxes out all night. Mr Evans suggested that notice be given in the district referred to that the collection would be made on Saturdays.
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1 «J- LLANGORSE. Baptism—There was a baptismal service at Penuel Baptist Church on Easter Sunday, when 19 candidates were immersed and made members in the presence of a crowded congre- gation. The Rev. T. Harris (pastor) conducted the service. War Items.—Pte. Walter Price, Castle Shop, has recently been home on a hurried draft leave and has now gone to the western front, Pte. Price is the youngest local soldier serving in the ranks, he having volunteered his services before he was of age. He was engaged in Penarth Post Office.-Sapper A. G. James, Fronwen (late Tyclay), has now been trans- ferred from a hospital in Bath to Penoyre Red Cross Hospital, Brecon, where he is making good progress. Vestry.—The Easter Vestry took place on the 2nd inst., the Rev. Marsden Jones (vicar) presiding. The statement of accounts showed a slight balance in hand. The following officers were re-elected :—Parish Warden, Mr E. R. Jones, Tymawr vicar's warden, Mr T. Jones, The Plas lay electors, Mr J. C. Powell, Crickie, Mr R. Prytherch, Elygro, and Mr D. Morgan, Tygwyn sidesmen, Messrs. W. Williams, Red Lion Hotel, W. Williams, Tyllyn D. Watkins, Cefnwern, I. Worth, Trewalter, J. Like, Trefeinon, T. Powell, Crickie, S. Williams, Capel, E. Watkins, Penslate, and J. Williams, Pendril. A vote of condolence was passed with the family of the late Pte. Cuthbert G. Thomas, Bank House. Whist Drive and Dance.—A whist drive and dance organised by Miss Thomas, the Villa, in aid of the Waifs and Strays' Society, of which she is the local hon. secretary, attracted a large number of people to the Schoolroom and a good sum was realised. The drive was conducted by Mr J. Jones, Plas, while Mr J. C. Powell acted as M.C. of the dance. Songs were given at intervals by MrW.Hamar, Builth, and a duet by Miss D. Price, Llanvillo, and Miss G. Marsden Jones. The winners of the whist prizes (given p r, by Miss Thomas, the Villa, and Miss C. Williams) were :—1st, gentlemen. Rev. Marsden Jones 1st, ladies, Miss Maida Williams, Crickie. The booby prizes fell to Miss G. Davies and Miss M. Davies (acting gentleman). Mrs Harley, Mrs Vaughan and Miss M. Griffiths assisted with the refreshments which were generously given by friends. Miss D. Phillips, Cathedine, and Mr W. Price, Castle Shop, acted as accompanists.
LLANFRYNACH. Wedding.—A pretty wedding took place at the Parish Church on the 3rd inst., when Miss Eleanor Smith was married to Mr John James, Railway View, Sennybridge. The bride was given away by Mr. H. Davies, Pannau. The bridesmaid was Miss Gwendoline Thomas, and « the best man was Mr Hopkins, Llanspyddid. The Rector (Rev. Hilary W. Lewis) officiated, and Mrs Hilary Lewis presided at the organ. The honeymoon was spent at Swansea. v
"="r- -c_ BRECON AEROPLANE WEEK. A Splendid Start. A fine start was made with the "Brecon Aeroplane Week on Friday, the smart money thermometer erected at the shop of Mr. F. Maund, in High street—(the proprietor is serving in Mesopotamia, by the way)—showing at the close of the day that Y,28,500 had been invested in national war bonds and war [ savings certificates. This was a good augury I, for the realisation of the committee's hopes. 950,000, enough to provide twenty of the aeroplanes which are proving of such splendid service on the Western Front, is the lowest amount aimed at, but the committee are con- fident that when the effort closes on Saturday night they will have a much bigger total to show. There was one disappointment on the opening day. The aeroplane promised by the authorities did not appear. Many of the country people in town for market had never seen one, and they were naturally eager to do so. There was a fairly general response to the appeal for flag decorations, but one would have liked to see more flags flying. The shop- keepers and others owning transport were also very obliging in the matter of allowing their vehicles to be used for advertising pur- poses, and the Mayor must have been gratified with the result of his appeal for shop-closing whilst the afternoon open-air meeting was in progress. Major Richard Rigg, the principal speaker for the day, was just the right man for the job, and his telling arguments and eloquent appeals made a great impression. Mr. F. Maund's shop in .the High street is serving a double purpose for the week. Not only is the money thermometer erected there, but the shop itself is being used as a bureau for investors every evening, and members of the staffs of the five banks in the town are volun- tarily taking turns as receivers. It may be as well to make it clear here that all investments are treated as secret no names or amounts subscribed by individuals will be disclosed. There was a very large gathering on the Bulwark for the open-air meeting in the after- noon. The S.W.B. band was in attendance, and played a selection of music prior to the speeches. The speakers were Major R. Rigg, D.L. (War Savings Commissioner), and the Mayor (Mr W. F, Parry deWinton), who pre- sided. There was also a good audience at the even- ing meeting at the Town Hall, over which the Mayor also presided, and Major Rigg was again the principal speaker. Much enlhusuim prevailed aL bolh HWtLl¡lgs, and the townspeople, as well as people from the surrounding district, keenly watched the steady rise of the money thermometer during the day. ¡ POINTS FROM THE SPEECHES. I The Mayor, at the afternoon gathering, read a letter from Mr. Sidney Robinson, M.P., regretting his inability to attend owing to his j Parliamentary duties, and went on to say that Brecon and district had undertaken a big job of j raising Y,50,000 towards the War Bonus, aml: by that means to find sufficient money to pur- chase 20 aeroplanes. At the present moment I aeroplanes played a very important factor in the war area. The British machine held the supre- macy, and they wished to render some service to the country by providing the necessary funds to purchase 20 more. They had got on very I well during the day, and he was certain that more than £ 50,000 would be realised, (Hear, hear.) When they considered that in January and February, 1917, Brecon and district pro- duced Y,300,000 towards the War Loan, what '#ra-U!I was 950,000 to-day ? He was hoping Brecon j and district quota would be £ 100,000. A good j many people had saved money during the last. three or four years, and it was their duty now that we were as a nation facing a terrible crisis to place part of that money at the country's disposal. In this way they would be helping the soldiers who were fighting our battles at the Front. (Applause.) Major Rigg remarked that we had to see this war through because everything depended upon it. We could not afford to lose if we did not conquer we should lose everything. We should lose our freedom, liberty, independence, and be reduced to the portion of slaves under the heel I of Prussia. Rather than be reduced to this position it would be better for us to be wiped out as a nation. We did not seek war it was forced upon us. We were fighting for the principle of civilised freedom and everything that went towards making an ideal community. Therefore we must win the war. But were we prepared to face the cost ? Were we ready to support our army of citizen soldiers who were so gallantly and nobly fighting our battles ? They were drawn from all classes of the com- munity, and we must either sink or swim together. After 44 months of warfare we 11 could see clearly that the final victory would be with the side that could stay longest the side that had the longest purse, and, in the words of the Prime Minister, it was the silver bullets that were going to win the war. Were they aware that notwithstanding the failure of Russia there were something like 40 million men in the field under arms ? These had to be clothed, fed, and equipped, and supplied with an unlimited amount of ammunition, and that was a great demand upon the resources of the I world. Sooner or later those resources would break down, and it was clear that the point of II breakage would be the deciding issue. If we and our gallant Allies could hold out for one moment longer than the Central Powers then we should be victorious. We stood at a great crisis in the history of not only our own nation but of the world; in fact, there had never been such a crisis, and in order to save the situation it behoved everybody to save. A penny per head per day saved would amount to sixty- eight miilion pounds in one year, and as the expenditure of the war went 'on to-day, it would mean our being able to pay for it for no less than eleven days. Major Rigg went on to explain the two sources of investments put before the Brecon people for Aeroplane Week— War Saving Certificates (these he described as the "democratising of wealth") and National War Bonds the interest payable on them, and how the money could be realised, if required. He also laid stress on the fact that when we discussed conscription we pledged ourselves to back up our gallant lads to the last farthing. Already there were about four million War Saving Certificate holders, and it was hoped that number would be swelled to eight millions. It was expected from those who could not fight that they would play their part by lending money to the Government to carry on the war. Our Allies were looking to Britain for two things the command of' the seas and financial support, and, as far as the first was concerned, throngh the efforts of cur gallant sailors, we had not failed our Allies, and now we must not fail in the matter of financial support. The issue of the war still had to be decided, and it could only be determined in favour of the Allies if Great Britain, by a supreme and unparalleled effort, equipped herself and her Allies with the necessaries of victory by providing adequate financial support. (Ap- plause). That financial support could only be mobilised to the deadliest extent possible by our being prepared to make the greatest possible spcrifice and self-denial. Even then victory j would be dearly bought and obstinately con- tested. We must make no mistake on that point. It was an age of self-sacrifice. We must stint and deny ourselves of everything that did not tend to simplicity. Otherwise we sin against the nation. Our financial position to-day was stupendous, and practically equalled the whole of the estimated annual income of all classes of the community. There was only one way of meeting the situation, and that was by diminishing our expenditure and increasing our savings. (Hear, hear). There was more money made to-day than there had been for a long time, and it was our solemn duty to support with it. Answering the argument that America might now be looked to for financial assistance having entered the war, Major Itigg remarked that America required an enormous amount of money to equip and maintain her own forces, and pointed out that it was not a good policy to borrow money abroad if it could be avoided it was better to pay interest to our own people and keep the money at home. There was ab- solutely sound security for the money, and by investing in the War Savings Certificates and War Bonds we were paving the way for a per- manent peace and releasing us from German domination. (Applause). Alderman David Powell (the High Sheriff) proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker at the evening meeting, and observed that he was proud to say that from the commencement of the war the patriotic efforts of Brecon would compare with those of any town of its size in the United Kingdom. Its men were serving King and Country in almost every quarter of the globe and he was sure that those who, were left would back them up 'in every way possible. We were living in anxious times, but we should not allow anything to happen in this country that might have a depressing effect on t the boys who were doing so much for us. He had received a letter from one closely related to him that week, in which the writer stated "If you want to see smiling faces come out to France." Already they had obtained f,28,000 out of the 150,000, and he thought they were going to get more than the £ 50,000. Principal T. Lewis seconded, and the vote was received with acclammation. I £
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BWLCH. On Leave.—Several of the" boys" from this village were home recently from the Western Front for the usual 14 days, which was well deserved, some of them having been in France for 12 months. Their names are well worthy of mention :—Sapper W. Owen Lewis, Loyal North Lancashires Private James Hargest, Ordinance Corps Private Robert Fitton, Canadian Cyclists, and Pte. Clifford Hamilton, Welsh Regiment also Private W. Hadley, who is at present enjoying a month at home after four years' service. The inhabitants were pleased to see them looking so fit.
NOT ALL "HUNNYe" John Bull (looking at Brecon Hive) 11 1 expect a lot from this one."
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CRICKHOWELL. Vestry.—At the annual vestry, Dr. P. E. Hill and Mr E. Pirie-Gordon were re-elected churchwardens, and the sidesmen were also re- elected. Police Court.—On the 10th inst., before Mr E. Pirie-Gordon and Mr W. Rosser-Dr Frank Fonesca, a medical practitoner, of Ebbw Vale, was summoned for illegally permitting the use of petrol for motor driving, contrary to the Consolidation Order No. 6, 1918. Mr W. A. Jones, solicitor, defended, and entered the plea of not guilty. P.C. Henry Jones, Llan- gynidr, stated that on Sunday, March 17th, he saw a motor car arrive in the village of Llan- gynidr. It contained three men, one of whom was the defendant, who admitted in reply to witness that he was the owner. Defendant added that he was learning to drive it, and witness then intimated his intention of report- ing the case. In giving evidence for the defence, Dr Fonesca said he was practically doing the work, at Ebbw Vale, of two other doctors, besides his own, in -consequence of which he found it iiecAssqry to purchase a motor car, and obtained a priority certificate from the Ministry of Munitions. He purchased the car on the 7th ult. As he knew nothing about driving he secured the services of Mr Rudd, of Ebbw Vale, to instruct him, and had received three lessons only—two on the pre- vious Saturdays, and the third on the Sunday when the police officer spoke to him. Mr. Rudd was with witness on each occasion. He (witness) reported the matter to Inspector Richards, of Ebbw Vale, on each of the three occasions, and he was aware that witness was simply learning to drive. The third person in the car was Inspector Richards' son. The Bench dis- missed the case on payment of costs.—Miles Williams, of Pentwyn House, Brynmawr, grocer's assistant, was summoned for riding a bicycle without lights on the highway, at 10 p.m. at Gilwern, on the 29th ult., and was fined 10s.
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