MAGISTRATES' CLERK'S JUBILEE. Prescnta-tion at Devynock. At the conclusion of the business at Devynock Police Court on Thursday last, the Chairman (Col. Stuart Morgan) made a. presentation of a gold watch, suitably inscribed to Mr E. Cambridge Phillips on the completion of his 50th year of service as clerk to the justices. Col. Morgan remarked that it was a great pleasure and honour to him to hand to Mr Phillips that small token from the magistrates as a memento of his 50 years' service as their clerk. During that long period Mr Phillips must have seen great changes. They thanked him for the valuable advice he had always given I them, and hoped he would be spared a long time yet to be amongst them. Mr Phillips replied in a characteristi- cally humorous speech. He thanked the magistrates for their kindness, and assured them that he very much appreciated their gift, especially the inscription, which would call back to his memory the pleasant days he had spent in their court. It had always been a pleasure to come to Devynock, for he invariably had the greatest possible courtesy from the Bench and during the whole of the 50 years he had never had a cross word with the justices. He had advised them to the best of his ability, and they had treated him more like one of themselves than as their clerk. He was getting old, but he intended to carry on his work as long as his health and strength would allow him. It is believed that Mr Phillips, who is also clerk to the Talgarth justices, holds the record in Great Britain for continuous service to one bench of magistrates. He is well known as a caturalist and his book on the Birds of Breconshire is a standard authority on the subject. "t:J1Y"P-fønww. I
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Up and Down Breconshire. BRECON XMAS CHARITIES In that engrossing book, Jones' Breconshire, there are particulars of some old Brecon bequests For example, Thomas Davies, who died in 1557, gave four suits of cloaths to four poor trades- men at Christmas." In 1700 Howel Jones gave 20/- to clothe four poor people of Saint John's at Christmas! yearly." 201- would not clothe "four poor people to-day. It would hardly pay for one pair of trousers IiLANGORSE LAKE Here is one of the fairy-stories re- lated in reference to Llangorse Lake, and believed in by many people years ago :—" On St. John's Eve, the fairies are said to put out in coracles of gossamar, and, diving into the depth of the lake, attend a Court Ball given by the wraiths of the ancient inhabitants of a city buried beneath its waters destroyed by earthquake in judgment on the cruel deeds of the lords of the land." AN INTERESTING GIFT During a recent visit to Merthyr I was much interested in a remarkable doll's house on view in one of the establish- ments there. It took five years to con- struct, and is a most remarkable piece of work. All the rooms are fitted with the proper furniture, and there is a garden in front and stables in the rear, etc. Col. J. J. Jones, J.P., of Cefn, has since pur- chased the doll's house at a cost of nearly JC50, and presented it to Cefn Elementary Schools, where it will afford much in- terest to the smaller children. It was a most thoughtful gift on the part of Col. Jones. QUAINT EPITAPH One of the most curjous epitaphs is that on a gravestone in Aberedw church- yard. Whether it is decipherable to-day I cannot say, but it was some years ago to my personal knowledge. Here it is- Nineteen years I lived a maid, Eleven months a wife Eighteen days a mother, And then t lost my life.
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WAR MEMORIAL At Builth Parish Church. There was a large congregation at the Parish Church, Builth, on Wednesday evening the 17th inst., when a brass tablet to the honour of those from the parish who had fallen in the Great War was dedicated by the Rev. S. H. Wenham, vicar of Clyro. The tablet was provided by the members of the Red Cross Working Party, which was formed in October, 1914, and continued to make garments &c.. for soldiers and sailors till the spring of this year and it has been placed in the East end. The names inscribed on it are as follows :-Lee.-Cpl. E. J. Allen, S.W.B., Pte Gilbert Arthur, M.G.C. Sub.-Lieut. Donald F. Bailey, R.N.D. Pte Reginald Bevan, Aus. Inf. Pte Charles Burton Pte Jack Davies, Brecknocks Pte J. T. Davies. S.W.B. Pte R. S. Davies, Can. Inf. Pte Thomas Davies, Midd. Regt. R.S.M. J. T. Davies, R.A.S.C. Pte William Davies, M.G.C. Pte Chris. Dean, S.W.B., Lce.-Cpl. Ivor E. Evans, S.W.B. Stoker L. T. Evans, H.M.S. Monmouth Pte Raymond Evans, Can. L. Inf. Pte Benjamin Gould, 65th Lab. Cps. Pte W. S. Griffiths, S.W.B. Pte A. B. Hamer, Roy. Fus. Pte James I Harris, S.W.B. Lieut. Rupert C. Inglis, 3rd S.W.B.; Pte F. W. Jamieson, I Can. M.G.C. Pte Hugh Jarvis Pte E. L. Jones Lieut. H. V. Jones, R.W.F.; Pte Bert Jones, Sher. Fors. Pte J. Jones, Devon Regt. Pte J. L. Jones Pte Owen Jones Bombr. Charles Martin, I' .F.A. Bomb. Evan Morgan Captain I. A. Morgan, S.W.B. Pte John Morgan Pte J. P. Morgan, R.W. Surrey Pte Thomas Morgan, Kings Liv. Pte Fred Owen, S.W.B. Lce.- Cpl. G. H. Painter, Border Regt, Gunner T. Pitman, R.F.A. Pte Ivor Powell, Can. Inf. B. Sn. M. T. Pratt, R. Marine Pte Lawrence Price, Welsh Regt. Pte James Price, S.W.B.; Pte Fred Price, R.A.M.C. 2nd Lieut. W. Pugh Pte R. J. Pugh, R.W.F. 2nd Lieut. Cyril Robinson, R.A.F. 2nd Lieut. A. E. Spencer, Sher.-Fors. Lce.- Cpl. George Thomas, S.W.B. Sergt. S. H. Vest, R.E. Pte T. R. Vest, North Staffs. Pte J. H. Watkins, R.W.F. Rifleman R. Wearn, 2nd W.R. Sapper J. Wheeler, R.E. Pte. William Wheeler, Manch. Regt Pte E. E. Wright, Cheshire Regt. Pte I Charles Williams Pte Cyril Williams, I Brecknocks Lieut. Fred Williams, R.A.F. Pte Douglas White, R.W.F. II The vicar (the Rev. H. J. Church I Jones) took the service and special hymns I were sung, and Mr Wenham, after I dedicating the tablet, preached an appropriate sermon. A collection was I made for St. Dunstan's Hostel for I sailors and soldiers blinded in the war and amounted to L- 5. Mr H. Morrow I presided at the organ. I
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United Baptist Church, Brecon On Wednesday, the 17th inst., a very interesting and enjoyable evening was spent in the vestry-hall of Kensington Chapel, Brecon, when a welcome was given to the Baptist soldiers who had served in the Great War. There were thirty-six names on the list, but only the following were able to be present:— T. Blank, W. Gough, R.' Powell, W. Richards, S. Colwell, B. Colwell, G. Symonds, W. Doyle, U. Williams, B. Watkins, C. Bufton, R. Boxhall, C. Symonds, H. Williams, Stanley Hill, E. Hill, F. Thomas, L. Richards" G. Smith, George Powell and W. J. Rosser. After supper the chair was taken by Ald. David Powell, who welcomed the returned boys in eloquent terms. It was an occasion of deep joy, he said, but joy tinged with sorrow, for they remembered the boys who would not return. He mentioned the names of three who had fallen—Edwin Trew, Melville Trew, and Stanley Davies. He asked the audience to express its sympathy with the relatives by reverently standing. This was done, and then Mrs Powell handed to the men present a Treasury note each, so that they might buy for themselves any little memento they pleased. The pastor (Rev D. O. Griffiths) was asked to reply on behalf of the men. He was unworthy he said to have his I name associated with the boys who had borne the heat and burden of the war. His small service in France had involved no sacrifice he referred to the splendid comradeship of the men during the war and expressed a fervent wish that it might continue during the strenuous years of peace before us. During the evening several excellent solos were rendered, and a dramatic sketch followed by the National Anthem, brought to a close a memorable night.
I Ma UTTLfcJyHfeS AT TSTRADBTNLAIS. Powerful Criticism of Mines Nationalisation Proposal. There was a crowded attendance at the Cinema, Ystradgynlais, on the evening of the 17th inst., when Mr Jno. Littlejohns, speaking under the auspices of the Breconshire and Radnorshire Conser- vative and Unionist Association gave an able address on nationalisation of the mines. A speech lasting nearly an hour and a half was most attentively listened to, and the interest of the audience was evident by the way they discouraged interjectory remarks from some of their I number. Mr B. L. Thomas presided, and Mr T. Maund, of Brecon (secretary and agent of the Breconshire and Radnorshire Conservative and Unionist Association), was also on the platform. At the outset of his address Mr Little- john's made a statement as to the good work that had been done for the working classes by the Conservatives in the past, and said they had done more in that respect than the Liberals had ever done J.. L.: 1 • 1 _J L L I 1 IT I -» r tins navmg ueeii auimttea oy ine late ivilr Keir Hardie and others. Dealing with the nationalisation proposal, Mr Little- johns said no new arguments had been brought forward to support it. The colliers were being led astray by the specious Socialist promises of what nationalisation would do for them. Let them look at the facts of the case fairly and without bias. Under nationalisation the coal industry would be called upon, according to the Sankey report, to provide good wages for the toilers, interest upon the Government bonds, surplus for the redemption of the bonds, and revenue for the State. At the present time, the trade had only to provide a wage for the workmen and a return for the employer's investment. Did any one of them think that the industry could provide these nationalisation charges without falling back upon the taxpayer for assistance ? The matter was made more complex .by the composition of the three councils which were to control the trade. The miners would be outnumbered in each I of these councils, and their interests would not be identical with those of the majority. The consumers would want cheaper coal, whilst the miners would ask for higher wages. The opposing interests would clash and would lead to another economic and industrial revolution. Did their leaders not know this ? Of course they did. But they shut their eyes lo it now because they wanted to hoodwink the public as well as the miners into the 11 scheme. A number of questions were put and answered It was the best indoor Conservative meeting ever held at Ystradgynlais, and the local organisation is to be congratulated on its part in promoting it. 'I Mr Littlejohns afterwards addressed the members of the Gough Constitutional Club on organisation and the political side of a club's work.
= 0 BRECON COUNTY COURT. Saturday.—Before his Honour Judge Rowland Rowlands. THE LIBANUS COTTAGE DIFFICULTY. At the previous Court his Honour ex- pressed strong sympathy with Mrs Hughes, of Glyn, near Brecon, in her efforts to recover possession of or get rent for a cottage at Libanus, and ad- journed the case to enable her to make a new form of application. Accordingly she now cited a Mrs Hughes, of Merthyr, as administratrix of the estate of Jno. Hughes, a timber haulier (to whom the cottage was originally let), Mr W. J, Davies, of Merthyr (who was said to have been a partner of Jno. Hughes) and Alfred Thurnall, the present tenant. Mr A. Jolly again appeared for plaintiff, Mr J. P. Jones Powell appeared for Thurnall and Mr W. Jones-Williams for Davies. It was stated at the last hearing that Thurnall had paid 9,4, a half year's rent, to someone acting on behalf of the estate of the late Jno. Hughes, although he had signed an agreement to be tenant under plaintiff. Mrs Thurnall was now called and stated that this was done at the request of plaintiff, who was expecting a general settlement with the estate, but plaintiff denied that she made any such request. His Honour eventually made an order for possession against the administratrix of Jno. Hughes, and against Davies and Thurnall, suspending it against Thur- nall so long as he paid the rent. Thurnall, he remarked, had his own remedy against the person he had paid to. To further protect plaintiff, his honour gave judg- ment for rent and mesne profits up to March last against Thurnall and the administratrix of J no. Hughes and ordered the costs to be paid by the latter. COMPENSATION AWARDS. Percy Edward Wm. Collins, of Brecon, applied for a compensation award against the Board of Trade Timber Supply Dept. in respect to a rupture injury sus- tained at Cantref on Sept. 5th. Mr A. Jolly was for the applicant and Mr Lemon for the respondents. By consent judgment was entered for £ 50 ari-I costs in full discharge. A motor collision action q,,d a case involving a question of hiring fJr custom are separat3ly reported.
IMPORrteT APPuiCTENT For Dr. Colston Williams. At a meeting )f th3 Glamorgan County Council, held at Cardiff ou Thursday, Dr. E. Colston Williams, of Brecon, was appointed medical officer for the county at a salary of £ 1,000 a year. There were four other candidates on the short list. Dr. Colston Williams, as county and school medical officer, has given Brecon- shire a strong lead in measures for the improvement of the public health and Darticularly for the betterment of the physical condition and chances of school children, and his removal will mean a serious check to that very important work. His career is one that few men of his age (42) can boast. As a student at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, he obtained three scholarships, a good many prizes, and later the following degrees and diplomas M.R.C.S., L R.C.P., M.B., B.S. (University of London), M.D. (University of London), F.R.C.S. (Edin- burgh), and D.P.H. (Cambridge). After leaving St. Bartholomew's, he held the appointment of resident at St. Luke's j Hospital for mental diseases, and clinical assistantships at the Great Ormond- i street Hospital for Children and -the East London Children's Hospital and the Queen's-square Hospital for nervous diseases. He was house surgeon to the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool, the i Hospital for Women, Liverpool, and the Maternity Hospital, as well as being University assistant to the professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and taught in Ily :1 the University. Following this he was in practice for six years at Wigan, where he was a Justice of the Peace. In 1911 he returned to St. Bartholomew's to take up the study of public health and bac- teriology, and acted as chiof assistant in the X-ray department. He gained experience in public health work as an assistant to Dr. Bygott in Barking and East Ham. In 1912 he *vas appointed an assistant in the public health department of the London County Couucil, and at the end of 1913 he was appointed medical officer for Breconshire. He voluntereed for military service in 1914, but was not released by the Couucil until March, 1915. After serving with the 13th Division as specialist sanitary officer, he went out to the Dardanelles with the 19th General Hospital, which was after- wards diverted to Egypt. After six months in charge of itd fever wards he I served on the headquarters staff in Egypt and Syria until demobilised in January of this year. CONGRATULATIONS AT BRECON. I At a meeting of the Breconshire Education Committee, on Friday, the chairman (Prof. Jos. Jones) announced that the previous afternoon their medical I' officer (Dr. Colston Williams) was ap- pointed to the very important post of medical officer of health for the county of Glamorgan. (Hear, hear). They were, he said, extremely sorry to lose him. They had been very fortunate in having him when they appointed him j many of them realised that they would never be able to keep him long. As a Glamorgan man he (the Chairman) re- joiced that that county had been wise enough to appoint Dr. Williams. They congratulated him and expressed their regret at losing such a capable officer. (Hear, hear and applause).
CEFN COED. I Whist Drive and Dance.—Organised i by the "Young People's Guild" of the iCJnitaiian Chapel, a most enjoyable and highly successful whist drive and dance I was held last Thursday at the Drill Hall. The whist prizes were presented by the Rev. Eric Davies to the following winners :—Ladies—1, Mrs John Davies ) 2, Miss Bessie Williams. Gentlemen- 1, Mr Taylor 2, Mr Wm. Ablett. For the dance, which followed the whist drive, Councillor Tudor Davies proved as usual a most capable M.C. Miss Maggie Davies deserves every credit for her work as secretary and she was ably backed up by the members of the Guild. BrotherA Pembridge Return.—Messrs Phil Pembridge and Will Pembridge, of High street, havø. now returned and been demobilized. Though both in Constantinople they belonged to different units, the former being in the R.A.S.C. and the latter the Royal Engineers. A cordial welcome is extended to them both, they being well known and respected tiadesmen. Mr "Phil" has now resumed his "active business"-his daughter, Miss Nan Pembridge, having kept things going during his absence in H.M. Forces.
The Vi^ndbor Magazine. The New Year number of the WIND- SOR MAGAZINE is an attractive issue, full of good stories and interesting articles on topical themes. Under the title of "Millions and Billions." Mr R. W. K. Edwards contributes an important statis- tical article which is of particular interest at the present time, and wide in its application. "The Nation's Naval Problem" since the conclusion of the War and its relation to national expend- iture and the safeguarding of peace for the future, is discussed from several points of view by that well-known writer on naval matters, Mr R. A. Fletcher. The fine art feature of the number con- sists of a survey of the art of the late Sir Alfred East, R. A., and is accompanied by 12 excellent reproductions from some of the most notable of his works. Stories by Edgar Wallace, Douglas Newton, M. L. C. PickhaU, J. B. Harris-Burland, L. Spencer Portor and others make up I an excellent budget of good fiction, well illustrated by clever artists.
DiATH OF MAJOR-GENERAL CURTEIS. The death took place on the 17th inst. of Major-General Reginald Lawrence Herbert Curteis, of Glanyrafon, Crick- howell. The deceased gentlemen, who was in his 77th year, had been in failing health for some months past, and much sympathy is felt for Mrs Curteis in her affliction. General Curteis joined the Army in 1860, and became attached to the Bedfordshire Regiment. During his military career he saw considerable ser- vice in India. He was promoted to the rank of Major-General in 1900; when he was Deputy Adjutant-General in Dublin under the Duke of Connaught, and was presented with his sword by H.R.H. Just before this period he took up his residence at Glanyrafon. and after his retirement from the Army in 1903 he seuled down ai Ci iokhowell,'and lived a very quiet life, findiag considerable de- light in farming and fishing. There was no place in the world that provided him with so much delight as Glanyrafon, and he was known many time to have re- marked how much he loved the place. General Curteis had always been an ardent sportsman, and in his earlier days 1- J. 1 1. ne was a notea oig game nunter. we are not in a position to state the number of elephants, lions, tigers, panthers, and c!1 other wild animals that, he accounted for. It may, however, be interesting to men- tion that he rivalled the renowned Mr F. C. Selous, who was also a big game hunter and a collector of natural history speci- mens. Mr Selous, in one of his writings, admitted that the gallant general beat his record as far as killing lions was con- cerned, one of his triumphs being on one occasion when he shot two lions in succession with right and left barrels. General Curteis was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Breconshire in 1901, but otherwise did not take any active part in local affairs. The funeral, which was of a semi- private nature, took place at S. Edmund's Church, Crickhowell, on Saturday last, when the service was taken by the Rev. H. P. Somerset, rector. The family mourners present were Mrs Curteis (widow), and Col. M. Swan and Mrs Tnmnell (brother-in-law and sister-in- law), and there was a very large attend- ance of deceased's personal friends, in- cluding Lord and Lady Glanusk, Major the Hon. W. Bailey, Major-Gen. A. Solly-Flood, Lady Tuiloch, Mr E. Pirie- Gordon, Mr R. H. A. Davies, Mr A. Beckwith, Mr C. W. Hughes, Dr. J. S. .lowniey. ine comn was of unpolished oak, and the floral tributes, which were very beautiful, included one as a last tribute to our dear old friend," from Lord and Lady Glanusk.
COUGHS AND COLDS. Veno's the Family Cough Cure for Twelve Years, and the Only Effectual Remedy. Mr. W. S. Lawrence, 72 Gresham- road, Brixton, London, S. W., says:— It is a pleasure to me to add my testimony to the value of Veno's Light- ning Cough Cure. I find it the only effectual remedy for ourselves and our children. We have used it for twelve or fourteen years and it has never fail- ed us. I am sure it has saved us many a doctor'p^bill." VENO'S LIGHTNING COUGH CURE is the world's supreme remedy for I Coughs and Colds, Lung Troubles, I Asthma, Bronchitis, Nasal Catarrh, Hoarseness, Difficult Breathing, Influ- e' z*, and for Whooping Cough and ot,rier Bronchial Troubles in Children. Prices Is. 3d. and 3s., the 38. size being the more economical. Of Chemists mlid Medicine Vendors everywhere. Ivf-ist on having Veno's and refuse all substitute*.
ounty Times" Fixture List. ChiHstmas Day and Boxing Day.— Operetta at Sennybridge Market Hall. J Boxing Day, Dec. 26th. Boxing Tournament at Brecon Market Hall; Comrades of the Great War Whist Drive and Dance, Town Hall, Brecon. Monday, Dec. 29tb.-Dance at Llan- gorse Schoolroom. Tuesday, Dec. 30th.-County Health Committee. Wednesday, December 31st, and Thursday, January 1st. Sailors and Soldiers Entertainment at Talgarth. Wednesday, Dec. 31st.—Whist Drive and Dance, Church Hall, Talybont-on- Usk. Thursday, Jan. 1st. Competitive Meeting, Bwlch Parish Hall. Friday, Jan. 2nd.—Education Staffing and Salaries and Buildings Committee. Tuesday, Jan. 6th. Breconshire Quarter Sessions. Wednesday, January 7th.—Brecon and District Fanciers' Fur and Feather Show at Church House, Brecon. Friday, January 9th. Standing Joint and Main Roads Committees. Tuesday, Jan. 13th.-Small Holdings, Executive, Local Taxation Committees. Tuesday, Jan. 20th-County Finance Committee. Friday, Jan. 23rd.-Breconshire Edu- cation Committee. Friday, Jan. 30th. — Breconshire County Council.
FOOTBALL. Builth Wells Spa Cup. BUILTH WEDNESDAY v. BRECON SPORTS CLUB REPLAY. On Saturday last, at Builth, Builth Wells Wednesday and Brecon Sports Club met for the second time in the semi-final of the Builth Wells Spa Cup, the cup committee having ordered a replay. The referee was Mr C. Wilson, Rhayader. Brecon did most of the pressing, and Burns, the Builth goalkeeper, did well to tip one shot over the cross-bar. Eventu- ally Williams scored for the visitors, j The local men rallied and made a strong effort to equalise, but failed to pierce the visitors' defence. Brecon returned to the attack, though R. Price and A. i Stevens defended well. Walters found the net twice in quick succession, and Samuels added a fourth point before half-time. At the interval the score was Brecon Sports Club 4 goals, Builth Wed- nesday nil. The visitors were attacking most of the second half, and but for a strong defence many more goals would have been scored. Samuels scored a fifth point a few minutes before time, and when the final whistle went the score was Brecon Sports p goals. Builth Wednesdays. nil.
Mid-Wales League. BRECON DEPOT v. BRECON | SPORTS CLUB. Played on the ground of the former ou Saturday in st-ormy weather, and resulted in a draw, each side scoring two goals. TALGARTH. v. LLANFAES BRIGADE Played at Talgarth on Saturday. Teams:- Talgarth. P. Parry Len Shelton and F. Davies E. Evans (capt.), H. Williams, and Vin. Davies; G. Wilson, J. Hargest, T. Jones, H. Weale, and E. Lewis. Llanfaes: Gittens Crabbe and D. Davies; Williams, Evans and W. Davies P. Jones, J. Davies. A. Webb, E. Webb, and H. Lewis. l' r r T"r "1 "I xtereree, air mcj^ay, Buiitn. Talgarth, playing down, were soon in front of their opponents' goal but the backs returned and there was a bombard- ment of the home goal. A foul was given against Talgarth which the spec- tators thought should have been given against Llanfaes. On a rush up Parry made a good save and the ball was soon in front of Gittens but was sent over the bar. A combined rush on the right wing was broken up by D. Davies. A penalty was given against Talgarth in front of goal, and Llanfaes scored the only goal of the match. Talgarth right wing then took the ball down but the backs and Gittens were playing a safe game. Another foul being given against Talgarth the referee came in for the usual advice to play the game and some booing. A pretty shot by Hargest was caught by Gittens and thrown out. Play was now scrappy on both sides with no combin- ation, but from al scramble in front of goal Parry made a good save Half-time: Llanfaes, 1 goal Talgarth, 0. Restarting, Talgarth were soon at- tacking but could not find the net. T. Jones took the ball well up, and passed to Wilson, who centred, only to see the shot go over the bar. Hargest repeatedly tried to score, but either struck the post or sent wide. Williams also sent over and soon after Gittens made a good catch and cleared. The best bit of play was just before time when William Hargest and Jones combined but sent over again, result, Llanfaes 1 goal. Talgarth nil.
Mid-Wales League Fixtures. Matches are played on the ground of first-named team. SATURDAY, DEC. 27th. Depot v. Talgarth. Llandrindod v. Newbridge. Builth v. Llanfaes. Hay v. Rhayader. .a.
Cup Match Incidents." GAME ORDERED TO BE RE- PLAYED. The Builth Wells Spa Cup Committee, with Mr J. G. Eadie in the chair, dis- cussed on the 17th inst. the circumstances of the match at Builth on the 13th, between Brecon Sports Club and Builth Wells Wednesdays, on a report from the referee (Mr Hope, Howey) that he had to order two Brecon players off the field and also had to stop the game a few minutes before full time had been played. The Secretary (Mr W. R. Whislay) read a post-card from the Brecon team, stating that turf was thrown at their motor as they were going home after the match. The Chairman said this must have taken place outside the town, as there was no turf available in" Builth and must have been done by children or irresponsible people. The statement in his opinion cast a reflection on the people of Builth Wells. The referee attended and made a statement. He described the game as a very rough one. but said he haa no reason to caution the Builth players, as the roughness was all on one side. He stopped the game before time because "it had reached a critical position." The committee ordered the game to be replayed at Builth, but decided to pay the railway fares of the visitors. I
1 HIRING CUSTOM. Important Decision at Brecon. His Honour Judge Rowland Rowlands gavd an important decision as to hiring fair custom at Brecon County Court on Saturday, in an action brought by two brothers, named Thomas James Mead- more (20) and Percy Meadmore (18) against Mr Thomas E. Smith, farmer, of Oaklands, Brecon, to recover £ 17 8s. 6d. and 97 9s. 3d. respectively, balance of wages. Mr Gallienne Lemon appeared for plaintiffs and Mr W. Jones-Williams (Brecon) for defendant, who counter- claimed for £ 26 and £ 21 for. damages sustained by plaintiffs leaving his service. The defendant hired the two plaintiffs at the annual hiring fair at Hereford on May 10th, the elder as waggoner at f56 for the year and the younger as general hand at -942. At the beginning of October they gave four weeks' notice and left at the expiry of the term. Both plaintiffs swore that it was the custom that contracts made at Hereford Fair could be terminated by four weeks' notice on either side, and Mr T. Nicholls, of Pentre Farm, Abergavenny, and Mr L. West, farmer, Bridsre End. Cilpeck, Herefordshire, supported this assertion. Defendant stated that he hired the plaintiffs for the year. He had made many hiring contracts at Hereford and never heard of a month's notice. Brecon 1_ nirmg rair contracts were tor six months, there being two fairs in the year, and there was no question of a month's notice in that case. Mr Roger Price, Penceliy Castle Mr J. R. Probert, Cilyhybart Mr David Williams, Brynich. aud Mr Thos. Powell, Plasygaer, farmers, with experi- ence of Hereford fairs, all supported defendant's view of the custom. Mr Lemon asked for an adjournment on the ground that he could bring very strong evidence to support the plaintiffs' view of the Hereford hiring fair custom, but his Honour said unfortunately that was his last appearance at Brecon— (there has been a re-arrangement of cer- tain County Court areas)—and it could not be done. Giving judgment, his Honour said that me custom in question was to hire for twelve months and it was for twelve months certain but if one side or the other had reasonable cause to determine the agreeement it could be done on reasonable notice. In certain circum- stances, of course, there could be deter- mination without notice. The Court had to decide whether the circumstances of leaving were a reasonable cause. Why bad people for generations had these 4 hiring fairs, with contracts for twelve months or six<months, if the servants were not goingHo stay ? The evidence befre him was overwhelming that the befre him was overwhelming that the practice at Hereford Fair was to hire for twelve months. There would be judg- ment for the defendant with costs on the claims, but it was useless to give damages against the boys, as they could not be enforced. He held expressly that the plaintiffs had no just cause for leaving defendant's service.
MARKETS. Hay Xmas Poultry, Monday.—A good deal,of trade in Xmas poultry had been going on privately beforehand, and con- seqaently the supply was small and did not arrive until late. Wet weather affected the attendance. The sales were at control prices. Brecon, Poultry, &c., Friday.—The Xmas market being so near, the supply was very small-not enough to justify quotations.
DEYYNOCK. Petty Sessions.—At the monthly Petty Sessions on Thursday there was only one case. Edward Jones, of Penbont. Senny- bridge, was summoned for allowing a dog to be at large without a muzzle on Nov. 25th, and was fined 6/ The magis- trates present were Col. Stuart Morgan (chairman), Messrs. J. B. Garsed-Price. W. S. Miller, Brychau Jeffreys, and Jenkin Williams.
BEULAH. Congregational Pastorate.—The Con- gregational Churches of Troedrhiwdalar, Beulah, and Olewydd have decided, unanimously, to ask the Rev. W. Crwys Williams, the well-known poet-preacher to become their pastor in place of the Rev. D. A. Griffith who has resigned after 53 years of successful work and service.
LLANWRTYD WELLS. School Holidays.—The Council Schools have "broken up" for the Yuletide holiday and work will be resumed on January 6th. 1920. Christmastide.—There is every pros- pect of the usual influx of visitors for the festive season, the hotels are well booked. Charity.-The Margaret Jones charity was distributed at the Victoria Hall on Saturday last.
MESSRS CHARLES BARKER AND SONS, LIMITED, the well known advertising agents, who have been established over 100 years, are, owing to expiry of the lease of their White Lion Court premises, transferring their offices to 31, Budge Row, Cannon Street, London, E. C. 4., as froip the 22nd instant. The new telephone Ko. will be City 2163.