Railwaymen's Annual Banquet. The annual banquet of the employees of the Cambrian and Manchester and Milford Railway Companys,which is one of the recognised functions of the year in the town, was held on Thursday evening last at the Talbot Hotel. The gathering numbere-d full, 70, unJ this year the proceedings were graced with the presence of the Parliament- ary representative of the county, Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., who, in the capacity of chairman, was supported by 31r Arthur J. Hughes (town clerk), Mr A. Thomas (station master), and Mr James Rees (M. & M. Co.) The company were provided with an excellent spread by Mr and Mrs Jones, which reflected the highest credit upon the catering abilities of this popular hostelry. After dinner the post-prandial proceedings, which comprised toasts, songs, and reci. aliens, were entered upon, and were continued to the evident enjoyment of all present until twelve o'clock. The first toast honoured was that of The Queen and Royal Family." and the Chairman, in proposing this, said in all gathering of loyal Britons it was only necessary to sav The Queen," and the name was received with Uie rcojjcct. She had lived to see realised what had been simply a dream in the brains of many of them in his country, and that was the consolidation of the British Empire- (applause)- consolidated by the blood of every class and kind that claimed the light of living under the Union Jack, spilt on the wild hills of the Transvaal for a common cause, and that the united freedom of every man. He asked them. therefore, to drink her Majesty's health, praying God that she might live to see her Empire restored to peace, happiness, and prosperity amongst all classes of her people. Also, he asked them to join with it the Prince and Princess of Wales. The Prince of Wales had marked his high appreciation of the Welsh people by becoming Chancellor of the Welsh University, showing that he was willing to join with the Welsh- men in carrying on what they believed to be so essential to the good of their country, and that was education (applause). The toast was drunk with enthusiasm. The next toast, that of "Toe Army, Navy, and Auxiliary Forces." was also proposed from the chair. Mr. Vaughan Davies said he did not know any words in the English language that could express his admiration—and he was sure their's also--of the way British soldiers had behaved for the last three months in the Transvaal (hear, hear.) His devotion to duty; his courage under trying circumstances, had been simply marvellous. and a wonder not only to them who belonged to the same country, but to I he whole world. He was sure they felt proud to belong to a country that could produce such men. The way in which they had followed their officers with almost certain death before them without a fear, or an idea of fear, was wonderful. Where the officers themselves had led these men had been next, and their valour had surpassed everything in the history of the British Army. Therefore, they could only hope. those who had to stop at home, that this war somehow or other would come to an end with honour to their country ,*and everlasting honour to the army, and to the men who were sacrificing their lives there in almost a reckless manner. As to the generals whom some people had attempted to throw stones at. he could not conceive anything more contemptible than the man who at home derided the man who was willing to sacrifice his li&e and was doing his best for his country. The hon. member also referred in complimentary terms to the navy. Coming to the auxiliary forces the Chairman said tlu y were formerly a portion of their army whom it was thought would never be called to see active service. But when they thought how splendidly during the last month that auxiliary service had answered to the call of the country, it redounded to the honour of the civilians of this country (applause). The toast was received with cheers and musical honours. The toast of The Town and Trade of Aber- vstwyth was submitted by Mr. James Rees, of the Manchester and Mi) ford Railway. The proposer said he need hardly say when speaking of an im- portant matter like this that the prosperity and the welfare of an important watering-place like Aberystwyth depended very much, if not entirely, upon the local railways which entered the town (hear. hear). The connection between the railways ajid the welfare of a town might be compared to the connection between the State and the Army. The connection was so close that they could hardly draw a distinction between the two. This was quite correct with respect to the expansion of the British Empire, where it depended entirely upon the success of the Army. So it was also in the case of a watering-place like Aberystwyth, where the prosperity of the town depended entirely upon tbe railways, and he thought that the local rail- ways entering Aberystwyth had done their duty nobrv in the past, as had been witnessed by the record season they had last summer. The in- habitants of Aberystwyth had great reason to be very proud of their town councillors and all the people who governed and managed the town. In this respect, he believed, Aberystwyth possessed advantages which were almost incomparable with any other town in the Principality, if not in the whole ccyintry. They were represented by people who were imbued with good motives, who had at heart the welfare and prosperity of the inhabitants. and the fact that the town bad prospered so well during recent years went far to show that the Town Council had not been behind in their duties, neither had the railway companies. The town was expand- ing in all directions, and it had hardly found sufficient scope between Constitutional Hill and the Castle. The parade last season was crammed with visitors from every part of the country, and he thought the town councillors were to be encouraged a much as possible by the inhabitants for the purpose of extending the promenade in order to make it capable of holding the larger number of people who would certainly visit the town in years to come. Mr. Rees also made reference to the provision made by the Town Council for suitable workmen's dwellings. He hoped the town would also gp on expanding in every direction, not for pecuniary profit alone, but also for educational purposes. They had higher motives in view than making money, and they should encourage in every respect such noble institutions as the college, intermediate school, etc., which they had in their midst (applause). Mr. Arthur J. Hughes, who responded, said he might say that the town and trade of Aberystwyth at the presant time were in a very satisfactory position indeed. He scarcely remembered the time when Aberystwyth trade looked as prosperous and felt as prosperous as it did now, and he was sure it, I was gratifying to find it so. Not so many years ago matters looked unterentto what they were at the present time. RetVrtince having been made to the Town Council, he could assure them, knowing what a poor town councillor had to put up with, that verv often it was very gratifying to find the efforts of he Council appreciated and spoken of in the way it had been by Mr. Re- s. He believed he was not alone in the opinion b- had expressed, for they were fortunate in the Council they possessed in this town. Of course, as happened in all happy families, there w M' + 'e storms at finics, but however keen thu argument, and' however heated the debate, after the room %vas left, they found as uniied a number of coun- cillors as they would find anywhere. Mr. Hughes characterised the financial position of Aberystwyth as second to none in Wales. They had only borrowed jus' about half the amount they were entitled to borrow. and very few Councils could say that. Their rateable value during the pa.t ten years hail increased 50 per cent. Their progress was rapid, and they must keep pace with it. They all knew b" advantages which would accrue from the extension of the promenade. They .v had commenced the erection of workmen's dwell- ings, and he hoped that was the first instalment onty. for they hoped to see a continuation of this scheme,'so that in a few year's time they would not be ashamed of the residences of the working men in Aberystwyth. Another material improve- ment was the exren-io;i of the town sewer in the Harbour. Mr. Hughes said if the ratepayers wanted all these improvements, they must support the Town Councillors, and put no obstacle in their way (applause). The Chairman submitted the toast of the even- ing, viz., •• The Loca1 Railways." He did so. he said. with immense pleasure. He was old enough to go back to the time before either of these rail- ways entered Aberv h, and could go to the davs when the ouiy communication they had with England was the coach. He could go back to the davs when he ha 1 had to go out of Aber- ystwvth and up Pengl.use Hill with six horses to the coach, and con!d r member when be had to leav^ Gloucester at ? -'(,lock in the morning, and get to Aberystwyth a* x o'clock in the evening, being then so cold ai,, petrified that he had t) be lifted off the bo. So ne need not tell them how highly he and others of those times appreciated the present facilities for getting into Abery-tvv 51. He 'I' l not wish to tell 'hem that they were perfect, but h" thought people t, be contented wi; h the excellent, saloons they found on the Cambrian, and he pace they travelled at on the M. and JoL, and ff they were not: L.ey were hard to please. Regarding the toast, he might say he had received a paner from the House of Commons, which struck him would be of great interest to them. But he wished to take this opportunity of saying one word in reference to their managing director, Mr. Denniss. Some little time ago the town of Aber- ystwyth and district d him to his utmost to get the postal arrangement- altered. In doing this he had to deal with the Cambrian Railway Company, and be was bound to record the fact that no one gare him such strong support, and worked so pit;a.:>auuy and so thoroughly with him during the whole of that undertaking than Mr. Denniss (hear, hear). And he had no hesitation in saying that he was the means of saving him an immense amount of trouble. He had four railways to contend with, and it was a great advantage to him to have Mr. Denniss willing to carry out any suggestions he had to place before him on the authority "f the Pest Office in carrying out the altered service to a successful issue. The question he wished to bring before them, however, was this. Last session in Parliament, Mr. Ritchie brought before the House a Bill in reference to automatic couplings, and the coupling system of the present time in the United Kingdom. No sooner did the directors of the railways hear of this Bill, than they took action at once, and went and interviewed Mr. Balfour, who, to use his own language "was in one of those childish moods." The pressure put upon him by the railway directors was so great that ¡. insisted upon Mi-. Ritchie withdraw- ing ti Bi L The outcome was that an Automatic Coupling Commission was appointed, and the report of that commission was what he had re- ceived that morning. The chief thing he was going to bring to their attention was the number of accidents that took place among the servants of the railway companies during the removal of trains, and also during the time they were stationary. In 1898 there were no less than 542 men killed, and 12,979 injured. Talk about battles. He did not think there was any battle heard of in which so many were killed and injured as in moving the trains of this country. Someoftho chief sections of their employment which had suffered were the following Brakesmen, 43 killed and 711 injured permanent way men and platelayers, 122 killed and 204 injured; shunters, 47 killed and 616 injured. In 1895 there were 7091 shunters employed, and of these 26 were killed. In 1898 the number had increased to 9,244, and of these 47 were killed. An awful rise in proportion to the number employed. This was what the Commissioners said on this question-" It seems that the railway com- panies have been on the look-out to discover an automatic coupling suitable to the railway system of this country, but apparently without success." It did not, Mr. Davies commented, want the Com- mission to tell them that. The question was what had the railway companies done toward trying to find out a remedy 1 He found that the first time any exhibition of couplings took place was at Darlington in 1882-18 years ago. For those 18 years he had been endeavouring to make out the percentage, and found that 139 had been killed per year, and in 18 years 540, while the railway directors had been looking out for some system of improved couplings. He did not wish to say any- thing against railway directors, but thought Eng- lish wtalth and ingenuity could have devised some system. In America Congress passed in 1893 an Act that automatic couplings were to be on all the trucks, and in 1898 70 per cent were in working order. If the Americans could do it in five years, surely Englishmen, if they wished, could do it in 18 years. There was a rather serious item in the report, which said, "After carefully considering the facts and figures above set out, we have come to the conclusion that the deaths occurring and the injuries sustained among railway servants are unnecessarily great in number, and can, by means of authoritative action, be diminshed." The question, therefore, was how could they bedimin- inished? He said most distinctly that in his own belief if Mr. Ritchie had been left alone last Session he would have brought forward that measure. But the pressure of the directors of the United Kingdom and Mr. Balfour was too great. There was also another point. Where were the railway servants ? What were they doing? They knew that at the present time they had the right to write a letter to the President of the Board of Trade marked strictly private, and lay any griev- ance they had before him, and that department would at once take cognisance of it and go into the question. No less than 46 complaints were laid before the Board of Trade in this way during 1898, the majority being in respect of long hours, and .out of that number 20 were ad- justed, and 26 were not. One great benefit came, however, through the death of a watchman in a tunnel, it now being enacted that no railway com- pany are allowed to keep a watchman in a tunnel for more than eight hours instead of twelve under the old system (applause). But what had the rail- way men (lone to help themselves ? There were in the United Kingdom 534,141 railway servants. The directors of the railway companies represented capital, and the railway servants represented labour. And they could take it from him, and he did not say it in a political spirit, but simply as a citizen, that as sure as they were in that room, a sovereign would always get the better of a penny, and if they allowed wealth to get the better of them they could not blame the public. But they should remember that if they could get euough pennies they could tackle the sovereign (applause). Now, he would show them what they had done. He was not going to make a political speech in any shape or form, but lie was a great believer in Trades' Unions (cheers). He believed that if the workingmen of this country were united they would he strnT)g enough to h<ir} their own against the wealth of this country. Unless they did so, as individuals they were mice fighting with elephants, but when they all joined together they would find they were just as big an elephant as the other elephant (applause.) In 1897, the number of railway servants belonging to trade unions was ]L01,5I4. In 1898, they went down to 67,614. In Scotland, there were none at all, and in Ireland, there were only 328 members. They knew that his private opinion was that if the railway servants of the United Kingdom did not think it worth while looking after themselves, and join a trade union- not to quarrel and fight with those who emplovfed them, but simply to protect their own interests ana life-if they did not do that, did they think they had a strong case to go before the public? Did they not think they weakened those who wished to help them? Did they not think if the directors went to Mr. BaFnur, and put the screw on him that if the representatives of 500,000 railwayman had gene to Mr. Ritchie, he would have withdrawn his Bill? He did not thipk so. In the House of Commons was a stupendous railway interest. He believed there were scores of railwaymen in the United Kingdom sending railway directors to the House of Commons. The speaker also compared the finances of th railway servants' societies and those of a small friendly society, the latter consisting of farm servants and labourer*, which showed a great difference in the figures in favour of the latter. If farm labourers, therefore, could look after their own interests, could not the railway servants of this country do so as well? (applause). He would like to see the ]W altered, and still hoped to see the law altered, and his vote would go to have it altered so that the railwayman should reap the bcncSt of thy dividends and *>lill retain his life (cheers.) The tnast having been heartily received. Mr. Thomas (station master) responded on behalf of the Cambrian Railway Company, and Mr. James Rees on behalf of the M. &: M. Company, both stating their respective companies did everything to promote the safety and comfort of passengers using the line. Mr. A. J. Hughes proposed the toast of The Host and Hostess," and Mr. Jones responded. The toasts of the health of the Chairman and Vice-chairman (Mr. A. J. Hughes) were also sub- mitted, the proposers being Mr. Ellis and Mr. J. Rees, and in each case they were enthusiastically honoured. The toast list was interspersed with an enjoyable musical programme, those who took part therein being Messrs. E. Wall, M. Williams, C. Campbell, James Rees, J. Davies, Wilson, Armitage, W. D. I Harris, Chas. Jones, etc. The gathering concluded at midnight v>ilh the singing of the National Anthem.
Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians was held on Monday. Mr. W. A. Miller was voted to the chair' and there were also present Messrs. G. Fossett Roberts, J. J. James, T. E. Salmon, Rev. T. A. Penry, Richard Edwards, and Edwin Morris. Aberystwyth IMward Jones. Ceulanymaesmawr; Lewis Hicha; ds, Cwmrheidol; William Morris, Cyfoetbybreniiij; J. B. Morgan, Cynnullmav.r; Richard James, Henilys; James Jones, laia Lower; E. J. Evans, Llan- gwyryfon; Daniel Morris. Llanilar; John Jones, Llan Mefenydd: Charles Davies, Llanychaiarn; J. E. James, Melindwr Thomas James, Trefeiiig Richard Thomas. TL ymynach with Hugh Hughes, clerk, and David Davies, assistant clerk. MASTERS REPORT. The Workhouse Master reported that the Dumber in the house the first weck was 48. and the second week 52. The number of vagrants relieved the first week was 11, and the second week 8. OUT-KELl I'lo The aiaor.nt of out-relief administered during the past fortnight was -is follows:—Per Mr. Thos. Vaughan, £ 45 12. 7d. to 155 paupers Per Mr. J. J. Hughes, 4. to 145 pauper*; ami per Mr. J. Morgan, to 155 paupers. y HOUSE COMMITTED. The Rev. T. A. Penry submitted the report of the House Committee, who recommended that the troughings on various parts of the House be re- paired. Some of it was utterly worthless in parts, and caused damage to the walls. The recommendation was unanimously agreed to. The Hev. T. A. Penrv also reported that the Master had that morning informed him that the only man in the House able to do any effectual work was James Jones, and h. was going to leave the following day. Mr. T. E. Salmon enquired! whether the Master had not liad a man to do the exli-a work. The Master replied that the man they secured had had another place, and consequently left. He could not get another. The Chairman thought the duty ol securing another man should be left to the Master. Mr. Salmon considered this- a most important matter, and it had been discussed by the Board on several occasion*. Undoubtedly the Master must, have someone to do the baking and look after the tramps. He thought a small committee should be appointed to consider the best method of securing assistance for the Master and report to the Board. The Chairman asked whether the House Com- mittee could not consider the matter. Mr. Salmon said he did not know whether Mr. E. J. Evans, the great opponent to this scheme, wished to be on the oommittee. He was taking more interest in the war news in the Western Mail that morning than in the business of the Board. The Chairman: He has one eye on the paper and one on you, Mr. Salmon (laughter). Rev. T. A. Penry said the question had been before the House Committee, and that committee brought in a recommendation, which was entirely ignored. The Board must, therefore, taike the matter in hand itself and decide it. Mr. T. E. Salmon said a fortnight ago a man with an artificial leg applied for relief, and he thought it was- understood he- would be given employment. The Chairman said the master could find a man for a fortnight, and in the meantime the House Committee could consider the matter. Mr. James Jones suggested that the man with the artificial leg be given the ollVr of employment. After some discussion, as to what wages the man should be paid, Mr. Jones' suggestion was agreed to, the master to arrange with the man as to the wages to be paid. REMOVAL OF PAY, STATIONS. The Relieving Officer for the district reported he had removed one of his pay stations from Penrhyn- coch to Penbontrhydfelin. for the convenience oi the paupers, the latter place being more central. He had done this with the agreement of the Taly- bont Parish Council, but since'then he had heard complaints as to the alteration, and he wished to have the decision of the Board on the matter. After, some discussion: the matter was deferred to the next meeting. » HOW THE MONET WAS SPENT. In the case of an application for relief from the Goginan district, the Guardians had been informed that the applicant had recently sold some property for a sum of JS50 odd: They, therefore, asked to be furnished with particulars as to how this money had been spent, and the Relieving Officer now presented the following remarkable list, giving particulars as to the disposal of the amount :-12 bottles of medicine at 2s. 6d.; three bottles of medicine at 3s. 6d nine bottles of medicine at Is. 2d. (cod liver oil); six bottles Frances' Balsam at Is. Id.; nine bottles Davies' (Machynlleth) Pectoral Linseed at Is. Id.; three bottles Gwilym Evans' quinine bitters at 4s. 6d. two bottles, do., at 2s. 9d.; two bottles, do., at Is. 6d.; one bottle of castor oil at Is.; three bottles George's pills at 101(i.; also six bottles and nine bottles and 20 pots of Liebig at Is. 2d. Mr. Salmon remarked that it would have been a great deal better had the doctor recommended the man a little brandy. No doubt the medicine killed that man. The Chairman But he is not dead yet (laughter). During further discussion, it was stated that the man was in straightened circumstances, and it was decided to grant him relief. » VALUATION OF RAILWAY PROPERTY. Messrs. Michael Farraday and Rogers wrote stating that they were prepared to make a valua- tion of the stations and all the property of the two railway companies within the Board's area, their terms being £ 2 per cent on the present rateable value or £ 1 10s. per cent on the value ulti- mately fixed, both of which terms included attend- ance at the Assessment Committee in case of appeals. The Board decided to accept the latter terms, and the Clerk was directed to write asking whether this figure would also include attendance at Quarter Sessions.
Serious Charge against a Woman. On Thursday morning at the Police Station before Messrs. C. M. Williams (mayor), D. C. Roberts, and T. Griffiths, Frances C. Parker, widow, of Birkenhead, and of respectable appearance, was charged with begging for alms in the town by means of a petition. The first witness was Richard Edward Morgan, corn merchant, Great Darkgate-street, who said that he recognised the prisoner as a woman who called at his shop on Thursday week. She said she was collecting for the widows and orphans and he gave her a shilling. He put his initials in the book.—J. Edwards, Great Darkgate-street, stationer, saidthe prisoner called at his shop last week, and said that she was collecting for the war fund, and produced a book. He gave her one shilling, and signed the book. He was not certain that 4e entered the money on the book. Tii6 book was handed to witness, but nothing was shown on it.Jobn Morris, draper, Princess-street, said that the prisoner called at his shop last week. She handed him a book, and said that she was collecting for the war fund. He gave her 2s. 6d., and also signed the book. The book showed the amount paid—Peter B. Loveday, plumber, Queen- street, stated that prisoner came to their house that day week, and told the same story. He gave her one shilling, and entered it on the book handed to him by the prisoner.—Capt. R. Jones, Vaenor- street, said on Monday last the prisoner came to his house and asked for something to the war fund. She produced a book similar to the one now shown. He asked her for her name, and she replied Miss Williams.—Prisoner No, I said I was collecting for Miss Williams.—Witness I asked her where she came from when she mumbled something and went away.—The Mayor: Any question to ask witness ? —Prisoner; I said to witness for Miss Williams.— Witness I did not understand you to say that.- P.C. Jones said about 11 15 a.m. on Thursday, from information received, he arrested the prisoner on Trefechan Bridge, brought her to the Police Station, and charged her with going about with a begging petition. He cautioned her in the usual manner. She replied, I am collecting for the war fund," and produced this book from her pocket and said that she intended to send the money already collected up to London. Prisoner also said that as others were collecting, viz., Mrs. Capt. Lushington, she thought she could do the same, and further said that she bad written the heading on this book and the name of Mr. Jones with 5s 6d opposite to it, and that she had received the same on the way to the railway station, but did not know who he was. The total amount collected as shown in the book was £ 3 0s 7d, That morning, in the presence of the prisoner, he opened her box and took out the money which she said she had collected. He found E2 13s 6d in the box. Prisoner then said that if there was a deficiency she would make up the difference, and at the same time said Mrs. Rice, opposite whose name was 6s., but it should be sixpence, having been placed in the wrong column.—The Chief Constable: Are there any blanks opposite subscribers ? Yes.—Any money found on her? Yes; lid.—Mr. Edwards (clerk): Do you ask any question?- Prisoner: I said I was going to send it up to the War Office.-The Clerk: Would you like to give evidence on oath ?—Prisoner Yes, I can tell them what I was going to do.—Prisoner was sworn and said that she did it with an honourable intention. It was not fraud at all. There was a lady at the station, and she was talking to her about the war, and she replied that she was collecting for the war fund. Prisoner said, "I wonder if lean do any- thing." The lady replied, It is very good of you." —The Mayor: You said something about Miss Williams ? Yes, she was a young lady with whom I was acquainted, but the letter was returned.— The Chief Constable In what town did she live? I believe in Liverpool.—The Ex-Mayor How do you know that Miss Williams had anything to do with the war fund? She had a relative in the Militia.—The Clerk Have yon any private means ? No, I was looking for a situation, and I thought to get money for the war fund.—The Clerk Can you give any reference as to your character? Yes, I can give Dr. Feriell, of Isle of Man.—The Chief Constable: When did you see him last? Three years ago. I have a brother a sailor ? The Mayor: What line ? Prisoner But you would not write to him it would damage The Ex-Mayor: But it cannot do any damage when a person is collecting honestly for a war fuud.—Prisoner: My brother is in the Harrison Line, and my mother resides at Colwyn Ray. I will refund all the money.— The Mayor: It is strange that TOU should come to a strange place and collect.—Prisoner: But I did not think that I was a stranger. I lived at the Fox Vaults three years ago,-The Bench sentenced prisoner to 14 days' hard labour, and ordered the money to be refunded to the subscribers.
Merionethshire County Governing Body. The quarterly meeting of the Merionethshire County Governing Body was held on Thursday last at the Ponce biation, Barmouth. Dr. E. Jones, J.P., Dolgelley. occupied the chair, ajid there were also present Mr. H. Haydn Jones, J.P., Towyn; Mrs. Burton, Bala Hon C. H. Wynn, Rhug Dr. Roger Hughes, Laia; ,1r. Joim Davies, DytIryn; Mr. E. P. Jones, Festiniog; Mr. J. Lloyd. Owen, Corwen Mr. & Jones-Griffith (clerk), Mr. W. T. Lloyd,, (assistant clerk), and Mr. E. D. Jones (headmaster Barmc utli County School). INSURANCE OF LLANEGRYN SCHOOL. The question of the insurance of Llanegryn School building was first considered. The Chair-1 man said one of the conditions of the County, Scheme was that the managers would insure the building, and, therefore, they had nothing to do bu to call upon them to provide the same. Mr. Haydn Jones said the matter had arisen OR account of a communication he had received from the Vicar of Llanegryn in refersnce to the insur- ance of the house. It seemed that at the present time the school buildings were only insured for £ 100. The Clerk said he bad writtea for particulars r",f the insurance of the school, but had not received them yet. Mr. H Haydn Jones said he thought the school buildings were worth P,600 at least, and he thought they should mention that as the sum at which they should be insure i. Insurance premiums were very small now, only about Is 6d per £100. After further discussion, the Chairman remarked that he thought Z500 would he sufficient for insar- ance purposes, and this sum was agreed to. DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS BUILDING FUND. The Charity Commissioners sent the following letter regarding the disposal of surplus fund on school buildings :—15 Nov., 1899. Sir, Lam to ac- knowledge the receipt of your letter of the 9th inst, and to state that the County Governing Body were not entitled to draw on the building, fund account for the purpose of paying legal expenses, and the amount drawn, viz., £ 63 4s, should be re- paid to the account. Lam to remind you that under the last paragraph of clause 44 of the Scheme the provisions of which are binding on the Commissioners equally with all parties) it is necessary that the sum of Z184 12s 6d should be treated as capital. If the County Governing Body desire to apply any portion of the capital sum in question to provision of day school accommoda- tion in Zany County School district or district under paragraph 2 of Clause 60, they should submit their application to the Commissioners without delay, but if not the investment should at once be effected. The Chairman said as regards the first part of the communication^ the expense was in connection with jthe building fund. and surely it ought to be paid as part of the building fund. The Clerk I took that view of it myself. The Chairman pointed out that the Barrnoutia School] Managers had sent a letter upon the same subject, and he suggested that it be considered in conjunction with that of the Charity Commissioners. The letter was as follows:—" Jan. 15th. Gentlemen, -At an ordinary meeting of the- Governors, held on the 4th Dec. last, an unaniraous resolution was passed that an appeal be made to the County Governing Body for the baliance of the County Building Fund now in hand, as a grant to the building fund of this school, and I was appointed to make this application aad lay the case- before you on &their behalf. The grant apportioned under the scheme being considerably less than that of other school districts- in the County, we have beea obliged to tax oux local resources to the utmost in order to build a school large enough to meet the demands of the- district. While the minimum number stipulated by the scheme was 50, we are obliged to pravide accommodation for 120 scholars. I may state that iEl,025 has already been collected, and Z600 was also. realised by means of a bazaar. The school contract amounts to Z2,070 without extras, such as filling up of the playground, apparatus, &c. The site cost Z550. In consideration of these facts, the local governors earnestly hope that this application will be favour- ably entertained." The Chairman said, according to the scheme they had a right to transfer, after three or five years, any money standing to the credit of the building fund, and not required for the purpose, to the general fund, and to be treated as capital. He, however, wished to dispell from the minds of the Barmouth governors that this money would be given as a grant. That could not be done. But at the same time they had this amount in hand, and what he thought was that they should give them the money at a nominal in- terest, under section 60 of the scheme. He would suggest that they write to the Charity Commission- ers suggesting the granting of this money to the Barmouth school, not as building grant, but as a loan on very nominal interest, say 10s. per cent. In reply to Mr. C. H. Wynn, the Clerk said the surplus amount was B123 18s 4d, less £ 63 4s, which, had been paid for legal expenses. Mr. Haydn Jones proposed that they write to the Charity Commissioners pointing out that they considered that the S63 expended as legal expenses was part and parcel of the cost of the building, and that they, therefore, grant the Barmouth School managers the balance of the Z123 18s 4d, at a nominal rate of interest, as provided by section 60. The Hon. C. H. Wynn seconded, and this was unanimously agreed to. INSTRUCTION OF PUPIL TEACHERS. The Chairman had given notice of a motion to adopt some mothod that could secure the instruc- tion of pupil teachers at the different Intermediate Schools of the county, and to secure the co-opera- tion of the School Boards for the purpose. The mover pointed out that sinoe the previous meeting he had received a pamphlet from the Principal of the University College, Aberystwyth, in which sug- gestions were made for this object. They were all aware it was one of the subjects that had caused considerable agitation throughout the country. It was found that almost everywhere the present system was quite unsatisfactory, and that some other method ought to be adopted. There was one thing to be said, and it was certainly complimen- tary, that one School Board in the county had adopted a scheme for the instruction of their pupil teachers. He referred to Festiniog. This had been adopted by that Board for some years, and in drawing out this pamphlet the Principal of Aberystwyth College based his recommendations almost entirely on the scheme adopted at Festiniog. It was rather com- plicated, and required a good deal of consideration. He suggested that they appoint a small committee to consider the matter and bring in a report at a future meeting. For Festiniog he would ask them to appoint Mr. Parry Jones, as chairman of the School Board there, and as one whose letters to the Principal were included in the pamphlet, and was better versed in it than anyone else; Mr. Hadyn Jones for Towyn; and also Mr. Owen, head- master of the elementary school, at Bala and he himself would act for Dolgelley. Mr. Hadyn Jones asked would it not be feasible to get a joint conference between the chairmen of the School Boards of the county and members of this Body. The Chairman thought that that would come in the report of the committee. He would also pro- pose that the name of the Hon. C. H. Wynn be added to the number as representing Corwen. Dr. Hughes seconded the appointment of the committee with the names mentioned, and it was then agreed to without a dissentient. The Hon. C. H. Wynn enquired whether any provision was now made for the education of pupil teachers in intermediate schools. The Chairman replied in the negative, but added that pupils did attend private classes with the headmaster. What was intended was to send them to an intermediate school altogether for two or three years, and for the School Boards to pay for their education, and if they did not then be- come pupil teachers, the parents would have to pay back the cost of tuition in such schools. EXAMINATION OF DR. WILLIAMS' SCHOOL. The Central Welsh Board had sent in a claim for £33 19s. in respect of the inspection and examina- tion of Dr. Williams' Endowed School, Dolgelley. The Chairman explained that at the previous meet- ing they decided to send to the Central Welsh Board informing them that the endowment of Dr. Williams' School was not included in the county fund. The Chairman then read extracts from the scheme showing that the examination and inspec tion of Ica ols may be extended to any school not included in the scheme. The Welsh Central Board had been in communication with the Charity Com- missioners. and the latter had replied that they were of opinion that the Board were entitled under clause 39 (e) of the scheme to charge in respect of the inspection and examination of Dr. Williams' School. This meant that all the schools under the scheme were charged simply on the county revenue, but for all those schools not under the scheme they made a special charge. The charge in respect of Dr. Williams' School was five guineas for inspection and R28 14s. 4d. for examination. There was, he thought, no doubt as to their liability to pay this amount, as section 51 of the Scheme stated that the County Governing Fe-,iy should provide and pay for the yearly examination and inspection of all the county schools by com- petent examiners, and at the foot of this it was stated I hat the provision of this clause shall apply to Dr. Williams' school." The question was whether they must pay or whether they could not induce the Board to accept a percentage on the endow- ment of Dri Williams' School, which would amount to L15. Mr Haydn Jones pointed out that the inspection and examination of the intermediate schools cost E21 each. but in this case they were asked to pay nearly £40. He thought the charge was prepos- terous. The Chairman, in reply to Mrs Barton, said for I the purpose of inspection and examination Dr. Williams'school was a county school, but for all other purposes- it wa* not. The Hon. C. H. Wynn characterised this as very unfair, as Dr. Williams' school when having to z, pay had the advantage of being a county school. Mr Hadyn Jones propose that they should make a suggestion to the Central Welsh Board that this ,school should be treated on the basis of five per cent-, on the revenue, and failing that they should make an appeal to the Charity Commissioners to allow them to make other arrangements for the examination nest year. The-Chairman said he was afraid it must be paid ultimately, but he did not think there would be any harm in asking the Board, to charge on the per- icentageof the. endowment. The Hon. C. H. Wynn said he did not think it would be well to go to the Central Welsh Board first; but suggested that they should appeal to the Charity Commissioners direct. Mr. Haydn Jones' resolution having been seconded, it was carried unanimously. AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIPS. The Clerk reported that only four applications bad been made for the five scholarships offered in the agricultural short course at the University College, viz., Thomas Davies, Llwynpiod,.Llanuwch- llyn; CynwalH. Hughes, Plasueha, Ysbytty; Bettws- y-Coed; Lewis E. Davies, Bodelith, Llandderfel; and Ellis WID. Jones, Bestblafa, Bala. In connection with this the Clerk reported that Mr. Mortimer Green had given notice that lie would move that a certain sum of technical funds be used for* the instruction of dyeyig at Aber- ystwyth ? Dr. Hughes In what ? The Clerk:: In d-y-e-irn-g (laughteB)., The award of scholarships to the four applicants was then confirmed. DIVISION OF TECHNICAL. FUND. The Chairman reported there was a balance of £427 on the technical fund account. Mr.. Haydn Jones proposed that 359 of this be aiviaea and paid to the different schools. The Chairman remarked that it was intended that any money left of the technical fund not used in scholarships should be divided between the schools The resolution to divide the sum mentioned was then cairied. APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR. OD the motion. of the Chairman, Mr. John Lløyd, solicitor, Dolgelley, was re-appointed auditor for the ensuing year. TQ.WYN COUNTY SCHOOL. A lengthy statement prepared by the headmaster, showing the progress at this school during the past 11 z, ijear was read. Dr. Hughes proposed that they congratulate the .headmaster and his colleagues upon the success the school had achieved since its opening. He did not know whether the other members had seen the series of successes the pupils of this school had gained, but he thought it was very creditable to the headmaster, his staff, and the Governing Body. They should be proud that they had such an efficient school in the county. The Hon. C. H. Wynn seconded the resolutions, which was carried with unanimity. At the suggestion of Dr. Hughes, the clerk was directed to write to the headmasters and head- mistresses of the other county schools stating that similar reports were expected from them.
Northand South Wales Bank INCREASED DIVIDEND. The sixty-fourth annual meeting of the share- holders of the North and South Wales Bank, Ltd., was held on Tuesday at the Law Association Rooms, Cook-street, Mr. T. Brocklebank, chairman of the directors, presiding over a numerons attendance.—The Chairman said that they met to- gether that day under circumstances very different from those prevailing for many years past, as evidenced by their balance sheet and report, which he thought an ideal one. On the 30th Dec. last their finances were in exact correspondence with the ideal the directors had constantly before them so they could judge for themselves whether the bank was in a satisfactory position from the directors' point of view. The total available funds exceeded the large sum of ten millions by Z176,000, which he hoped they would have reached at the same time last year. From this be deduced three facts. First that the country is prosperous second that the business of the bank is on the increase; and third, that the confidence of the public in their institution was in no way diminished (hear hear). The average Bank of England rate of discount for the year was £ 3 14s lid, against P,3 4s lid for 1898 and £2 12s 9d for 1897; and as the rate was to a considerable extent effective in the money market, the margin of profits for banks was more satisfactory than had been the case in recent years. The total resources were well over ten millions, of which the immediately available assets, consisting of cash in hand, bills, and securities, the very best they could buy, amounted to P-5,905,000, or 64 per cent. of our liabilities to the public, as against only 61 4-5th last year. Their investments have increased by about £ 200,000, so that they have now a considerable sum yielding a good and fixed rate of interest to fall back upon as a source of income. Their deposits went up to the highest point they ever reached last September, and were then E433,000 more than they were this time last year. It was additional evidence of the flourishing condition of the country, and the continued popularity of the bank. The gross profits continue to grow, and so, he was sorry to say, did our expenses. But this was inevitable with the growth of the bank, for comparing the last ten years, in 1890 they had 54 branches and 11 sub-branches, now we have 68 and 17 respectively. In 1890 we employed 318 officers, who carried out 3,679,599 transactions now 409 officers, who manage, with the usual energy which has always characterised the employees of the bank to put through no fewer than 5,613,826 transactions (applause.) We had opened sub-branches at Old Colwyn and Lower Bebington. It may interest them to know that, with the patriotic feeling that is now passing over the country, two of the staff bad volunteered for service in South Africa, and the directors had agreed to pay half their salaries during their absence and to keep their positions open until they return. We formally move the adoption of the report and balance-sheet (applause.)—-Mr. Joseph Beausire (deputy chairman) seconded the motion, which was at once adopted— £ 4,000 was placed at the disposal of the Directors as remuneration for the current year.—The auditors were re-appointed, and the thanks of the Shareholders was passed to the managers and other officers of the bank which Mr. T. Rowland Hughes acknowledged.
FOOTBALL. RUGBY. LLANDOVERY COLLEGE V. ST. DAVID'S COLLEGE, LAMPETER. The return fixture between the above teams was played at Llandovery on Saturday. The follow- ing were the teams:—Lampeter, full back, Jack Lewis; three quarters, A. Griffiths, Alewyn Jones, W. Z. Jones, and Austin Davies; half-backs, E. Phil Davies, and T. B. Williams forwards, D. L. Davies (capt.), T. W. Lloyd, Josh. Davies, Griff. Jones, Dan Jones, T. F. A. Thomas, George Green, and H. A. Thomas. Llandovery, full back, M. E. Davies; three quarters, S. H. Lockyer, W. L. Gardiner, Newton, and T. G. Morgan (capt.) half- backs, T. M. Williams, and E. B. Williams; for- wards, Rev. D. E. Roberts, Rev. S. B. Williams, A. W. Davies, K. O. Carter, E. P. Edwards, R. Jones, D. E. Hughes, and T. W. Jones. Referee, Mr Nicholas, Llandovery. D L. Davies started operations for the visitors. A series of scrums followed. A capital rush by the home for- wards forced the Lampeter custodian to concede a minor. On the re-start, play was waged chiefly amongst the forwards. Trevor Williams, gaining possession in the visitors' 25, set the home three- quarters in motion, Gardner, Newton, and Morgan handling in suocession. The latter, however, spoiled the effort by knocking on, and a scrum ensued. The Llandovery halves agfein got posses- sion, and some fine passing between Gardner and Lockyer nearly terminated in a score, the latter being greased on the line. From forward rushes by the homesters, Lampeter were forced to concede three minors. Half-time score. G. T. M. Llandovery 0 0 3 Lampeter 0 0 0 The Lampeter forwards, headed by Lloyd, rushed down the field at the re-start and forced their first minor' Newton dropped out, and W. Z. Jones obtaining possession a bout of passing took place between Alewyn Jones and Davies, which occurred in a dangerous proximity to the home line. M. E. Davies relieved with a fine kick into touch. The visiting forwards strenuous efforts to score, but only exacted a minor. Alcwyn Jones, picking up, passed smartly to Griffiths, who put on a rare turn of speed, eluded his opponents, and planted the leather behind the uprights. The same player con- verted with a beautiful kick. Time was soon after called. Final score. G. T. M. Lampeter 1 0 3 Llandovery 0 0 3
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