From the Banks of the Dovey. This has been a very busy time for members of the family of Pica Caudata "—Anglice, Magpie. What with nests to build—thievish boys to outwit as regards eggs what with harassing family cares, and a final assortment of youngsters whose gaping beaks and insatiable passion for worms—fresh and wriggly, are a perpetual harassment to their male parent, that being has had little leisure to cast a canny eye over the cantref of Machynlleth and its folk. But now, now Glorious things are spoken of thee, Oh thou city of Maglona, in fact if we cannot restrain our frenzied activity within some sort of limit, our town will be improved off the face of the earth. And what will North Wales do then, poor thing ? First and foremcst we learn that we shall have to walk as befitteth those who can boast of a "Public Slaughter House"! This alone is an uplifting thought, and looming in the. distance are also markets, Smithfield, and a Public Library -we are to be solaced with seati on the roads, a necessity (as regards country roads) which I pointed out long ago. It is pathetically asserted that our Market Hall is empty on Market Day- some adduce- that the reason for this desertion is that the terriffic draught either blows visitants clean away, or else jams them into undesirable proximity with the few carcases forlornly pendant there. The need for renovating the wind-swept and dis- mal structure, known as the Market Hall, has long been felt, and our listlessness in this matter is pecu- liar, to say the least of it. It is even more peculiar that we allow every little town in Wales to shame us with their clean, compact, and convenient build- ings, their throng of brisk and capable stall-keepers, their show of poultry, butter, vegetables, and flowers, let alone more solid merchandise. Usually townspeople take a pride in their market. It causes a healthy stir, increases neighbourliness, arouses competition, promotes a pleasanter relation between suppliers and supplied, and last, but by no means least, fixes a fair market price. At present produce is hawked from door to door (and the discomfort of the farmers' wives'-and daughters must be greatly enhanced by this custom, especially during the moist winter months) prices vary curiously, and a large element of uncertainty is infused into the question of one's poultry and butter supply. Why should these things be? With genuine Welsh goods from local factories so easily obtainable, in addition to the excellent farm produce brought in weekly, Machynlleth market might easily make itself a name. It might import such rarities as flowers and potted plants, and generally stimulate garden industry, and exhibit the products of local looms, whose value, beyond a very narrow radius, is almost unknown. Let us, my brethren, for instance, consider the visitor. He tries to procure a certain delicacy-it may be smoked bacon-in Machynlleth. After going the usual rounds he naturally concludes that it is not to be had here; no inner mystic sense whispers to him that if he turns tdown Court No. 107, and is lucky enough to find Mrs. Emlyn Rhys Cadwaladyr Owens, Blaenau, in, her cousin's hus- band's niece can easily and regularly supply him with that he covets. Not a bit of it. That visitor at once disgustedly sends away for the requisite article, and tells all his friends Beastly awkward show this, can't get anything here;" whereas with a proper market-- Yet let us console ourselves with the thought of the coming slaughter house. Public, observe. That is bound to prove a superhuman attraction to all .and sundry. Naturally it claims prominence over such a tame-spirited affair as a Public Library. Our summer evenings' saunters will soon be pleas- antly diversified, and before long we shall hear the amative cooings of our lads and lasses prefaced thus, Co-o-ome into the back-yard, Maud, and let us take a stroll around the slaughter house!" Let us hope that the pleasure-jaded visitor may prefer Llyfnant and Cader Idris. It is gratifying to all of us old inhabitants to learn (as has been my good fortune from a contemporary) that Visitors are delighted with the scenery—and all are as nature moulded them." Doubtless the class of people named will also appreciate this generous, if rather rash testimony as to their fidelity to nature's mould. On the other hand, it has been suggested that this dark saying should be differently understood, that it plainly hints of fig-leaves or the lack of them! But now we tread on strange ground. Let us turn to some- thing homely and familiar, those ubiquitous trades- men's boxes which ever decorate our-ahem, side- walks. The Urban Council has apparently fallen foul of them lately. Hath not a Council shins V An interesting debate took place the other day as to whether these antiquities should be dreaded most during day or dark. Finally arrived the merciless decision that they must be taken in-about closing flme. The question was undoubtedly perplexing— because in the dark one usually manages to steer clear of them-partly perhaps because they are not there—or have at least, numerically diminished, whereas in the day time one cannons against the old familiar angles, merely out of good fellowship. And the cricket club, the C.C.C. the watercart, and the war ? Under the present increased domestic responsibilities these topics must await the scant leisure of a worm-weary MAGPIE.
CARDIGAN DISTRICT LETTER. NEW ROAD TO GWBERT. The chief topic dealt with at the monthly meet- ing of the Cardigan Rural Sanitary Authority held on z, Saturday last, Colonel Picton Evans presiding, arose out of a communication received by the Clerk from the Gwbert Improvements Syndicate offering the Council the choice of one of three suggestions for taking over the new road to Gwbert, constructed by the Syndicate at very great expense. The applica- tion by the Syndicate for taking over the road was refused at a former meeting of the Council in a most uncompromising manner, henced the sug- gestions (1) That the Council should take over the whole of the road, the Syndicate first doing any re- pairs which may be necessary. (2) That the Council should take over that portion of the road extending from the end of the seawall to Gwbert the Syndicate maintaining for the present that portion of the road bounded by the sea wall, or (3) that the Council should take over the whole of the road the syndicate guaranteeing the maintenance .and repair of the seawall for a period of five years. Much hostility appears to be shewn on the Council to the proposal to take over this link of new road, notwithstanding the great public boon it has proved. The absurd cry is raised Why .should the parish pay for the gentleman's road 1" 'fqa Council, however, instructed their Surveyor to inspeCt the road and seawall and report as to its condition to the next meeting of the Council. LOCAL LAW CASE Much satisfaction has been expressed locally at the successful result, from the respondents point of -view, of the action brought in the Queen's Bench Division against our worthy Alderman, Mr David Davies, of Stanley House, Cardigan (and of jthe widely know Bonded Stores), and against his Co- Directors of the Swansea Old Brewery (Ltd) by two of the shareholders of alleged misfensance. Two points were alleged: (1) the issue at par of shares in the company which could have been sold at a premium; and (2) the unfair apportionment of the pufchase money amounting to £ 100,000 received from the sale of various licensed properties, by which it was alleged Mr D. jDavies had received more than he was entitled to receive, at the:expense of the company. The applicants quite failed to support these allegations, and his Lordship in giving judgment said that there was nothing fraudulent ;in the respondents' conduct, as all persons concerned in the company apparently knew, and approved of what was done. PROPOSED BACON FACTORY. A very full report is given in these colmnns ol the discussion between the Committee of tne pro- posed Bacon Factory and Mr. Loudon M. Douglas, of Putney, London, a leading authority on such matters, and farmers will profit by a careful reading of what he says. The questions of the committee and his replies seem to anticipate and remove all possible difficulties and objections, and so far as the Cardigan district is concerned, it seems to enjoy in every respect highly favourable conditions for a factory. The only guarantee required for its suocess being the support of the farmers themselves —(1) To a certain extent, individually, as share- holders and (2) to maintain the supply of pigs for the factory. They would by encouraging the scheme stand to profit on the raw material, and as investors. The farmers of the district should be grateful to the committee for the initiative they have taken in the matter, and do what they can to -promote the scheme. Mr. Douglas, during his stay at Cardigan, was the guest of the Mayor, Mr. Morgan Richardson. TELEPATH.
NEWCASTLE EMLYN. BANKRUPTCY.—At the Carmarthenshire Bank- ruptcy Court, held on Wednesday last (before Mr. Registrar Thos. Parkinson), David Jones came up for his examination. Debtor was a licensed victualler, who had kept the Cooper's Arms, Newcastle-Emlyn. He went for Z411 2s 4d gross, his deficiency being £ 381 15s 4d. He said he had to file his petition through want of capital, heavy interest on moneys borrowed, and insufficient trade. The examination was closed.
Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. BANKRUPTCY OASES-At the Carmarthenshire Bankruptcy Court, on Wednesday last (before Mr Registrar Thos. Parkinson) Samuel Evans came on for his examination.—This bankrupt had been a carpenter and builder at Brynawel, Cross Inn Fach, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. His gross liabilities were E384 7s; expected to rank £ 256 7s defici- ency £ 206 8s 5d. He stated that he failed through losses on contracts, bad debt and illness in family- Mr John Evans (of the firm of Messrs Evans and Thomas, solicitors, Llandyssul), was for the debtor, and Mr D. E. Stephens, Carmarthen, for a creditor. The examination was provisionally closed.—In the case of Timothy Jones, debtor had been a builder and contractor at Greenhill, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. His gross liabilities were Z222 14s deficiency, L202 14s. He failed through losses on contracts. Mr D. E. Stephens, solicitor, Carmarthen, repre- sented a creditor, and Mr J. F. Morris, solicitor, Carmarthen, appeared for the debtor, whose exam- ination was adjourned till July.
LAMPETER. SUCCESS.—Mr. John Evan Jones, son of Mr. Jenkin Jones, shoemaker/ Bridge-street, has successfully passed into the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. NOTICE.—Passengers leaving by the morning trains on Thursdays who are unable to secure the Welsh Gazette in the town, can do so by applying at this railway bookstall. REHERSAL.—On Sunday the annual singing rehersal in connection with Brondeifi and Caeronen Chapels was held at the former place, and there was a good attendance. Mr. Hevin Williams was the conductor. AERATED WATERS.—On Wednesday, in last week the first consignment of aerated mineral waters manufactured at the Old Quarry Aerated Water Co.'s works, Pentrebach, was delivered at Lampeter, and found a ready sale. SOAR CHAPEL.The annual report of Soar Congregational Chapel has just been published. The chapel has a membership of 294, being an increase of 10 during the year and the collections amounted to Z544 6s. 7d. On Sunday last the following were appointed deacons:—Messrs. Charles Evans, Mark Lane Stores; William Evans, Teify Castle; David Evans, Old Bank: J. Worthington, Bridge-street; and E. D. Rees, Station-terrace. WEEKLY MARKET.—At the usual weekly market held on Friday last, there was a very poor atten- dance considering the season of the year. The Market is now held at the Market Place, which is fitted up with good pens, sufficient to hold a few hundreds of live stock. Many years ago the spring markets were equal in size to those of Tregaron and Aberystwyth, but they have now fallen away from the -high position. The matter is deserving of the attention of the Town Council, who might succeed in bringing back the former prosperity of these markets. DALIS FAIR.-This fair was held on Monday and Tuesday last. The weather was all that could be desired on the first day and Tuesday opened out well, but soon after one o'clock rain commenced to fall and kept up for the rest of the day, but fortunately the demand was brisk, and most of the animals were sold early in the day. Heavy horses were most in demand, and although none were sold at very high. prices they averaged zE40 to L45. Cobs and hackneys of good quality and action were also sold for prices which should bear encouragement to breeders of these classes of animals. The top price of the day was given for a beautiful hackney bred by Mr Hopkins, Tyissa, which was sold to Young of Glasgow for 100 guineas. Mr John Thomas, Gwarcoed, sold another for Z80 to Castle of Oxford, and Mr Jones,. Fronwen, sold another for £60 to :Oliver, Carnarvon. The top prices for cobs was obtained by Mr Tom Mathias, Emlyn, who sold a pair for £110. Another fine animal was sold to Jones, Manoravon for L50. Ponies of good quality sold well, and Mr Evans, Llwyncadfor, secured the best in the fair for £20, although it was only twelve hands high. Y earl- ings sold badly and bidding was much lower than in fairs held the week before. One character- istic of the fair this year was the ready sale found for 7 to 9 year old animals, which were secured for splendid prices by Government buyers for South Africa. The cattle fair was well attended and although prices were not high, a greater variety of animals was sold than any fair hitherto held this sea- son. Fat cattle sold well and were eagerly sought for. Cows and calves or in calf did not sell so well, the average price being L9 12s. Good yearlings sold at zE8 10s, while those of inferior quality, for the first time this season, sold for prices varying from £5 7s. It would be a great improvement if the cattle fair could be held on a separate day, unless provision can be made for keeping the two classes of animals entirely separate, on account of the dangers to which these valuable horses are exposed by cattle driven through the streets. Altogether about 125 truck loads left the station in the afternoon, containing about 1,200 animals, and there was a scarcity of about 20 wagons. SPORTS.-The annual athletic sports in connec- tion with St. David College, were held on Wednes- day afternoon last on the Cricket field. The weather was drizzling, and there was but a very poor attendance. The competitions in each class was neither large in number nor keen and exciting in execution, with the exception of the the tug-of- war, and the 220 yards handicap race. The Lampeter Town Brass Band was present, and played several marches. The following were the committee, President, the Rev the Principal Vice- presidents, Lord Tredegar; Lord Aberdare; Sir J. T. D. Llewelyn, Bart, M.P., Sir James Hills Johnes, G.C.B., V.C.; Mr J. C. Harford, and were patronized by Mrs Edmondes, Earl Cawdor, Sir James Drummond, Sir Robert Cunliffe, the Dean of Llandaff Archdeacon Edmondes, Rev. E, T. Green, Rev C. Harris, Rev Canon Chamber Williams, Col. Lewes, Capt. Stewart, Messrs R. J. R. Loxdale, T. H. R. Hughes, J. E. Rogers, F. A Gerwyn Jones, D. Lloyd, P. J. Kirkby, and D. Lloyd. The judges were Revs G. W. Wade, T. M. Evans, Daniel Jones, Professor H. Walker Messrs W. Inglis. Jones, and W. d. Roberts; starters, Rev Robert Williams, and Mr. E. M. Battiscombe; time keepers Messrs A. W. Scott, D. F. Lloyd, and W. J. Thomas; working committee Messrs T. Felix, G. A. Green and T. L. Evans: stewards Rev W. W. Edwards. Messrs W. Home, A. Abel, J. B. Abel, D. L. Davies, James Davies, A. Griffith, W. Z. Jones, E. P. Davies, H. Williams, T. D. Lloyd, D. J. Arthur, J. D. Thomas, D. Jones, J. G. Hughes, and W. G. Jones. The secretarial duties were carried out in an efficient manner by Messrs G. R. Jones, and T. J. Lloyd. The following were the successful com- petitors :-100 yards flat race-1 T. B. Williams, 2 Hugh Williams high jump—IT. Felix (4ft. llin.), 2 Hugh Williams (4ft. 9in.); putting the weight— 1 Hugh Williams (29ft. Sin.), 2 Ll. T. P. Jones, 3 D. L. Davies; 440 yards flat race-1 T. Felix, 2 W. Z. Jones; 300 yards (freshman's race handi- cap)—! T. B. Williams, 2 E. Ll. A. Jenkins, 3 H. A. Thomas throwing the cricket ball—1 L. T. P. Jones, 2 J. G. Deighton; one mile race—1 D. F. Hughes (5min. 15secs.), 2 G. A. Green, 3 J. B. Abel; 220 yards (handicap)—1 T. Felix, 2 T. B. Williams; long jump—1 W. A. Davies (17ft. giin.), 2 Hugh Williams; half-mile (handicap)-1 W. Z. Jones, 2 T. Felix, 3 L. T. P. Jones; 120 yards hurdle race—1 Hugh Williams, 2 J. B. Abel; tug of war, Old Building (Capt. D. L. Davies) v. Canterbury (Capt. J. G. Deighton)-1 Old Build- ing; steeplechase—1 J. E. Rowlands, 2 D. F. Hughes, 3 W. A. Davies; consolation race-1 Brecon Griffiths. Immediately after the sports a large number of the spectators assembled at the College Hall to witness the presenting of the prizes by Mrs W. Inglis Jones. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. A meeting of the Board was held on Friday the 4th instant. Present Mr David Davies, Velindre, chairman Rev T. C. Edmunds, Trefilan; Messrs T. H. R. Hughes, Neuaddfawr; Samuel Davies, Coed- park; T. Evans, Brithdir; D. Davies, Tyncoed; J. G. Marsden, Dyffryn; Wm Edwards, Cwm- canol; John.Davies,Aberduar; James Jones, Caerau; B. J. Evans, Llanfairfach; John Thomas, Bryn Wm Jones Gelligarneddau; and David Price, Fronbedr Messrs Abel Evans and E. C. Thomas, medical officers; and Mr D. Lloyd, clerk. OUT RELIEF &c. The amount of out relief administered during the past fortnight was as follows :— Lampeter district per Mr David Parry P.35 6s 3d to 133 paupers. Llanybyther District per Mr Dd. Evans P,36 12s 7d to 151 paupers. Number in the House 18, corresponding week last year 17. Vagrants relieved during the past fortnight 30, corresponding period last year 43. REPORT. The Master reported that Evan Davies an inmate blacksmith who was admitted into the House on the 12th March last, died on the 2nd instant. Cause of death being consumption. DR. THOMAS EXPLAINS. Dr Thomas the medical officer of health for the Llanybyther district referred to the charge brought against him at the last meeting of having refused to see a pauper without an order from the Relieving Officer and said that he was not bound to attend any pauper without a ticket, and read from the Poor Law orders to bear out his statement; but it was a very rare thing for him to refuse to see any poor person or ask for an order unless they caused him annoyance. The pauper in this instance bad caused him much annoyance and did not go to see her until he had received a proper order. The Clerk reminded the Board that the proper procedure was by the use of red tickets requiring the aid of the medical officer. The Board thought Dr Thomas was within his rights in what he did, and a notice was given by the Rev T. C. Edmunds of a motion at the next meeting for procuring cards as suggested by the clerk. Dr Thomas also referred to the inconvenience of forwarding medicine to paupers who had no one to fetch it, but no steps were taken in the matter. ANTI-VACCINATION. Mr David Parry the viccination officer mentioned that Dr. Davies of Lampeter had still not complied with the Vaccination Act by getting his two children vaccinated, and the Public Vaccinator wishes to know what to do in the matter. Dr. Evans said he had called at Dr. Davies' house for the purpose of vaccinating his children and saw Mrs. Davies but be was not allowed to perform i vaccination, and he had since seen Dr. Davies who told him why should there be any bother about it when there was not Small Pox in the country. The Chairman asked what was the Board's authority in the matter. The Clerk said the proper notice should be given first and then a summons. The Chairman Have we done all that the Act asks 1 We must do our duty. Dr. Evans said a month's notice had better be given again, and if that was disobeyed the Board could proceed further. Dr. Thomas said that Dr. Davies could give a certificate of postponement. The Clerk: Not unless the child is unfit to be vaccinated It was ultimately agreed that the Vaccination Officer should give Dr. Davies the necessary notice. THE TREASURER'S SALARY. The Rev. T. C. Edmunds in accordance with his notice drew attention to the Treasurer's Salary, observing that the Board had had for some time a good balance in hand he thought no salary should be paid to the Treasurer. He however knew very little about the matter and gave the notice in order to obtain more information with regard to the reasons which prompted the Board to give the Salary. Mr. T. H. R. Hughes said some time ago the balance had been on the wrong side, and they had considerable difficulty in getting prompt payment of the calls. The Board were not allowed to pay interest on overdraft, and to meet the justice of the case they agreed to give Mr. Jones a salary of Z5. The Chairman suggested that the matter might be referred to the Finance Committee to report thereon. Mr. B. J. Evans said he had been given to under- stand that the account had been overdrawn quite recently. The Clerk said very probably Mr. Jones the Treasurer would like to say something upon the matter and by referring it to a Finance Committee it would give Mr. Jones an opportunity of meeting the committee and make a statement on the matter. It was agreed to refer the question to the Finance Committee. POOR LAW CONFERENCE^ It was decided to procure 2 doz. reports of the list conference for distribution amongst the members. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Committee was held after the Board Mr. David Davies in the chair. VALUATION. Mr. Owen Price of Nantyrharn attended the Committee to confer with the members upon the proposed new valuation of the Union. A draft contract containing the terms of Mr. Price's engagement was approved of. The list of the properties in the parishes of Bettws, Bledrws, Silian, Llangybi, and Trefilan, was made out for Mr. Price's use. Mr Price hoped to complete the valuation by the end of August but in any case by the 29th September next so that the Poor Rate Assessment for the succeeding half year should be made upon the new valuation. LAMPETER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held on the same day the Rev. T. C. Edmunds presiding. The labourers time sheets and bills were examined and passed and cheques were drawn in payment of the same. No other business of importance was transacted. TOWN COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held on Wednes- day, the 2nd inst Present—Aldermen D. Tivy Jones (Mayor), John Jones and J. Ernest Lloyd Councillors Evan Davies, J. Joshua Davies, H. Walker, Daniel Watkins, E. H. Griffiths, Thomas Hughes, Samuel Davies, Daniel Evans, Joseph. Davies and David Price, and Mr. D. Lloyd (clerk). REPORT. The Inspector gave a detailed report of what had been done during the past month. MR. HARFORD COMPLAINS. The Mayor read a letter from Mr Harford, of Falcondale, calling attention to the line of pipes, laid for the drainage of the house on Bryn-road, having been diverted at right angles in order to run through the garden of a house, built on lease, on the Peterwell estate. What he wished to call the attention of the Council to was the fact that by that totally unnecessary turn, the drainage was much spoilt, as it could be continued on glebe land in a straight line, and so give a good flow into the main drain instead of the present turn, which would, of ocurse, be condemned unless there was no other way of continuing the drain. He pointed out that the Vicar was trustee of the glebe land, and as it was impossible for anyone to drive a drain through a neighbour's property without asking permission, and as the Vicar had never asked any permission, he felt perfectly sure that the Vicar could know nothing about it, and that the matter must have been the act of some one acting without his know- ledge and, if asked, he had no doubt the Vicar would at once repudiate the action. Mr Ernest Lloyd said that it was he who bad to do with the drain in question, and he thought Mr Harford had been misinformed about It, because there was no turn in the drain, and it did not touch Mr Harford's land, but went perfectly straight. Permission had, however, been granted by the tenant to dig down to find the drain, and probably Mr Harford, by seeing the marks, had come to the conelusion that a drain had been made there. The Mayor believed the explanation would be satisfactory to Mr Harford. The Town Clerk said the land was no more glebe land as it had been recently sold, and the Vicar had no interest in it. The drain ran through his (the Clerk's) land, but he had nothing to do with the making of the drain. f Mr Watkins said if there was a dispute it should be settled before the plans were sanctioned by the Council, or the Coudcil might be involved in a law suit with Mr Harford on resumption of the property. The Clerk said if necessary he was prepared to indemnify the Council against any proceedings in the matter. Mr Ernest Lloyd promised to write to Mr Harford on the matter. MILL-STREET. The Mayor read a communication from the Town Clerk saying that several of the ratepayers had spoken to him about the proposed expenditure by the Council towards repairing,sewering, and paving, of Mill-street, and in pulling down and improving certain outbuildings on the side of the road. As the road had not been properly adopted by the Council the proposed expenditure could not be legally made, and the matter ought therefore to be well considered before any expenses were incurred. Dr. Griffiths asked the Town Clerk if he main- tained that the Council had no right to take over the road. The Clerk replied that they had, provided they followed the Act, and then quoted answers to questions which he had sent on the matter to the Justice of the Peace," and which tended to show that the Council bad no power to expend any money on the repair of the road until it had been put in a proper state of repair by the owners or '1 occupiers whose premises front abut or adjoin on the road, and afterwards adopted by the Council. Dr. Griffiths and Alderman Jones blamed the Clerk for not letting- them know this before the work was commenced, and the Clerk replied that it did not occur to him until afterwards. Replying to Dr. Griffiths the Clerk said the Council had not adopted the Private Streets Act, 1892, and until that was done they could not pro- ceed under it. Mr Watkins questioned as to whether this was not an old road repairable by the public and not an occupation" road which in the former case would alter the state of things. He believed it was an old road to Llanfair.—The Clerk did not think so, A long discussion continued on the matter, re- sulting in :the Town Clerk being asked to further look into the matter and advise the Council how best to proceed. RESIGNATION. T. R. Evans one of the scavengers gave notice to resign the post and subsequently wrote withdraw- ing resignation. The matter was left in the hands of the Road Surveyor. REPORT. Dr Abel Evans presented the following report:— Mr Mayor and Gentlemen—In accordance with your orders I beg to submit my quarterly report for the months of January, February and March- I estimate the population to be about 1750. Dur- ing these three months 8 births were registered 6 males and 2 females; this gives a birth-rate of 4-10 in a 1000. During the same period 7 deaths were registered, 4 males and 3 females giving exactly a death-rate of 4 in a 1000. Not one died of a zymotic disease, 3 died under one year. The ages of the others were 77, 39, 27. and 25. One died of bronchitis, 1 of phthisis, 1 of heart disease, 1 of enteritis. The one who died of heart disease had only come to reside at Lampeter a few weeks be- fore she died. There has been one case of mild scarlet fever at Glendale, Bridge-street. The patient being the servant. As soon as I diagnosed it to be scarlet fever I gave the Inspector instructions te get the room disinfected with carbolic acid which he promptly did. Mr. Davies and his family left the house at once, and sent for the girls' mother to come and attend upon her daughter. No stranger was allowed to enter the house. In about five weeks from the com- mencement of her illness I allowed the girl to go home to recover her strength as the skin appeared to have finished peeling. Then I ordered Mr. Davies to have the bedroom fumigated with sulphur vapour and gave him instructions how to do it. I further told him to have the bedroom floor well washed and scrubbed with water and carbolic acid, and to have the bed clothes boiled for some time. The occupiers of 23, High-street, 4, Victoria- terrace, 12, Harford-row.'and Bee Hive were ordered to remove the dung and refuse from their premises. On the 23rd of March Mr. Richards of Pantyffynon was served with a notice to improve the condition of his property the Red Lion. Mr Davies Red Lion was also served with a similar notice on the same date. On the 15th of February Mr. Evan Evans 4, Victoria-Terrace called at my house and told me that his house was flooded. I visited the house at once and found the water about 2 inches deep in the kitehen, passage, and front room. The reason for this state of things was that the drain at the back had become choked. Mr. Pritchard the agent of the Llanfair and Glandenis Estates was com- municated with, he came down and put everything all right. The main drain in Market-street was opened in consequence of its having become blocked. The slaughterhouse has been regularly inspected and always found clean. There had been com- plaints of a stench arising from it, the result I suppose of the drain leading to the cesspool not having been trapped.—I am, your obedient servant, A. EVANS, April 20th, 1900. THE COMMON. It was resolved to refer the question of the Common to the General Purposes Committee. DISMISSAL OF THE CLERK. A motion by Dr. Griffiths to dismiss the Clerk fell through for want of a seconder.
LLWYNDAFYDD DIRWEST.-Er's ychydig fisoedd yn ol sefydlwyd Cymdeithas Ddirwestolyn Nghaerwedros. Ymae'r gymdeithas wedi cynal dau gyfarfod eisoes, er i'r aelodau gael cyfieusdra i drin materion cysylltiedig a Dirwest. Llywyddwyd yn y cyfarfod cyntaf gan y Parch W. Griffith, Maenygroes, ond llywyddwyd yn yr olaf gan lywydd y Gymdeithas—Mr Evan T. Parry, Nanternis. Er fodyr hin yn arw nos Wener diweddaf, daeth bron yr oil o'r aelodau ynghyd. Cafwyd anerchiad agoriadol gan y cadeirydd, a chariwyd gwaith y cyfarfod allan yn y drefn gan- lynol:—Adroddiadau gan y Misses Winnie Davies, Rhiwnant, a Maggie Thomas, Felin Newydd; deuawd gan y Misses Davies, Cross Castle, a Jones, Penyllain; dadl gan Mri Jenkyn Williams, Glyn- mor, a Lewis Jones, Fron Villa; araeth gan Miss Jones, Brynheulog; adroddiad gan Mr S. Jones, Fron Villa; unawd gan Miss E. Jones, Fron Villa; dadl gan Mri J. Jones, Tirgwyn, a S. A. Evans, Glynyrodyn; unawd gan Miss Thomas, Felin New- ydd; areithiau gan Mri Evan Griffith, Penbont, David Jones, Cilie, a Williams, Glynmor; pedwar- awd gan Misses a'r Mri Thomas, Felin Newyddi Terfynwyd ail gyfarfod y gyfres drwy i Mr DI r_1 y Jones (Isfoel), Cilie, a Mr E. Evans (Myfyr Cynoii) Clynyrhodyn, ddarllen englynion o gymeradwyaeth i'r llywydd. MARWOLAETH.—Dydd Sadwrn diweddaf, daeth torf liosog ynghyd i gapel y Neuadd i dalu y gym- wynas olaf i'r Cadben James," Tanyfron, yr hwn fu farw ar y dydd olaf o Ebrill. Dioddefai Cadben James drwy y gauaf oherwydd rhyw anhwyldeb yn z!1 ei glustiau, yr bwn, ryw bedwar diwrnod cyn ei farwolaeth, drodd yn "inflamation of the brains." 'Roedd yr ymadawedig yn un a edmygid yn fawr trwy ardal Llwyndafydd, a chaiff pawb yn gyffred- inol golled ar ei ol. Gwnai ei hunan yn? wasanaeth- gar ymhob cylch; nid oedd dim yn rhy ddistadl ganddo i'w wneuthur. Bu am fiynyddau yn ddiacon gyda'r Methodistiaid yn y Neuadd, a chaiff y ddeadell fechan sydd yno golled fawr ar ei ol. Dymunwn y bydd i'r Duw fu ef yn wasanaethu drwy y blynyddoedd ofalu am y weddw a'r ber- thynasau sydd yn eu galar. AP DEWI.
ABERAYRON. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev Joseph Jenkins, New Quay, occupied the pulpit of Tabernacle Chapel last Sunday, and preached powerful sermons to large congregations. MUSICAL FESTIVAL.-On Wednesday in last week was held the annual musical festival of the Calvinistic Methodists of Aberayron, under the conductorship of Mr D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac., Aber- ystwyth. New Quay, amalgamated this year to cele- brate the close of the nineteenth century. The morning meeting was devoted to the children Mr William Thomas, Brynarfor, New Quay, pre- siding. He congratulated the united districts on the striking gathering that had assembled. If, he said, they had met to celebrate the closing of the nineteenth century, he hoped that Aberayron and Llanon districts would return the compliment by holding the next festival at New Quay. In the ab- sence of Dr Evans, New Quay, the Rev Joseph Jenkins, New Quay, presided over the afternoon meeting which commenced at two o'clock. The congregation that had now assembled was an enor- mous one the sacred edifice being filled to its utmost capacity. The singing also was excellent, and was thoroughly enjoyed. The Chairman, in his open- ing remarks, said he hadj already experienced the inspiration which was derivable from a large gathering, and which could only be produced by a vast combination of trained voices. The tune Gorffwysfa" sung at the morning meet- ing helped him to realize the eternal caem which followed the stress of life. Alderman John M. Howell. Aberayron, presided over the evening meeting, and in the course of his remarks said that the festival that day was the twenty-first which he had been officially connected with, and he could not help feeling proud of the dimensions to which it had now attained. This grand gathering was an inspiration. They had reached their majority, and he did not wish for a more signal celebration of it. When these festivals were first established his idea was a very modest one. It was that they should bring Sunday con- gregational singing into line with the general purposes of the times. That object was being realised. If it was not attained the object was striven for. The speaker also referred to the fact that their pastor, the Rev John Thickens, was sailing that day for Algiers in quest of health and strength. He then invited the congregation to stand up as a token of their good wishes to him for a pleasant voyage and a safe return with renewed strength and vigour. The congregation spontaneously conformed with the invitation.—The devotional part of the services was conducted by the Rev E. Morris, Mr W. Thomas, Rev J. Davies, Pennant; Rev Joseph Jenkins and Mr W. Evans, New Quay: and Rev Wm. Davies, Pantsaeson. There were alsq present Rev O. James, Rev Gwilym Evans (C.), Rqjv LI. A. Jones (W.), Messrs James James, J.P.; W. Timothy, J.P., Sol-ffa certificates were distributed to the successful candidates at the examinations. Miss Bessie Jones and Mrs Thickens acted as organists. Solos were sung by Mr D. Jenkins (the conductor), and Miss Maggie Thomas, New Quay. Mr. John Roberts, Manchester House, carried out the duties of secretary most energetically and faithfully. HOLY TRIKITY CHURCH..—On Thursday last, the new chancel of Holy Trinity Church at Aberayron was consecrated and the organ dedicated by the Lord Bishop of St. David's. The Archdeacon of Carmarthen, Canon Evans, R.D., and the Rev. Lincoln Lewis acted as the bishop's chaplains. Aberayron can now boast of a completed church, worthy of the place. The nave was built in 1878 at a cost of Z2,100, and the tower in 1880, the cost being P,800, the architect of both nave and tower being the late Mr Middleton, of Cheltenham. The chancel, which is 35 feet long and 24 feet wide, has been built to the plans of Messrs Prothers & Phillot, Cheltenham (successors of Mr Middleton), at a cost of, including the furniture, close upon 9.1,000. The contract was completed to the satisfaction of all concerned by Mr Thomas Hopkins, builder, Aber- ystwyth. On the north side there are three fine coloured windows to the memory of the late Mr and Mrs Wickley. These windows were originally in the apse, which has been replaced by the present fine chancel. On the south side another coloured window will shortly be placed to the memory of the late Mrs Nathaniel Evans, of Pengarreg. The other space on the south side is occupied by the organ chamber-arch. In this chamber has been erected a very sweet and powerful organ, with 19 stops and no less than 1,040 pipes. The organ is a second-hand one, purchased from Ambleside Church in the Lake district, and reconstructed by Norman and Beard, of Norwich. The east window, which has five lights, is considered a very fine one. The dressed stone, of which is doulting, weighing 22 tons. It is to be sincerely hoped that some pious person will complete the sacred edifice by putting in coloured glass in this window to correspond with the fine and expensive west window erected some years ago to the memory of the late Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne of Monachty. The floor is of black and white marble, there being eight steps from the nave to the platform of the altar. Those in the sanctuarv beiner of white marble, the altar railings being of polished brass. The altar frontal is of rich silk of an ecclesiastical pattern, supplied by Jones and Willis. This, together with the doosal text and alms bags, beautifully worked, were supplied by a special fund collected by Miss Evans, Llysweu Cottage. The stalls are of carved oak, and the organ case has been made of the same timber, and matches the stalls beautifully. The doosal and hangings complete what we may venture to call a chaste and beautiful church, 103 feet long. The chancel is lighted by means of standard lamps of iron and brass, and the sanctuary by two candelabra of seven lights each. On the re-table are brass crosses and vases presented by Mrs Hesketh, late of Gwrych Castle, and mother of Lady Dundonald. There are two beautiful altar candlesticks set with precious stones given by Mrs Lewes, Llan- ayron. The large brass alms dish having been presented by the Rev W. Compton Davies, Mynydd- islwyn. Mr Alban Gwynne, of Monachty, presented additional ground on the south side of the church, 150 feet by 18, and on the east 109 feet by 18, which has been nicely laid out, and when planted with ornamental shrubs and flowers will prove a great addition to the beauty of the town. Tnursday, early in the morning, was exceedingly wet, and scores of people from a distance were prevented from attending. Not- withstanding this, the services were attended by very large congregations. The members of the choir were on this occasion, for the first time in the history of the Church at Aberayron, put in cassocks and surplices. The Bishop and the follow- ing clergy were present-the Archdeacon of Car- marthen, Canon Evans, Revs Lincoln Lewis, J. M. Griffiths, Aberayron i E. Williams, Nantcwnlle; T. Jones, Penbryn; S. Jones, New Quay; R. IVilliams, Llanayron; T. Pugh, Ciliau; D. Lewis, Llanon T. Evans, Llanrhystyd; T, M. Williams, Llanarth; T. Jones, Cilcenin; D. Griffiths, Mathry; B. Parry Griffiths, Manordivy D. W. Davies, and E. Davies, Maesteg. The foregoing robed at Pengarreg, as also did the men members of the choir. The boys robed at Gwalia House; the choir numbered 26. A procession was formed in front of Pengarreg and proceeded to the west door of the Church, the Bishop and his chaplains coming last. At the door the clergy opened out to allow the Bishop and his chaplains and the vicar to pass through. The choir preceeded the Bishop, and the service of consecration was commenced by the reading of the 24th Psalm. At the chancel steps, the Vicar and the two church- wardens met the Bishop, and Mr Munro Hughes presented the petition for consecration to the Bishop, which was read by his registrar (W. Barker) The Bishop having been seated within the sanctu- ary, the deed of conveyance was presented to him on behalf of Mr Alban Gwynne, by Mr J. C. Harford, of Falcondale. The service, which was fully choral, was intoned by the Vicar, and the lessons were read by Archdeacon Lewis, and Canon Evans. The Bishop preached a powerful sermon on the Resurrection. In the afternoon an organ recital was given by Mr Silver, F.R.O., Carmarthen, solos being also sung by Miss Kate Jones, Miss Davies, Tanyfron Villa; Mr D. P. James, solicitor; and Mr Reginal Shaw, Carmarthen, the choir rendering the Halleluiah Chorus in fine style. In the evening the Archdeacon of Carmarthen preached to a crowded congregation a most appro- priate sermon from the works The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. There was a public luncheon at the Assembly Rooms, where about 100 sat down. The Vicar toasted the Queen and the Bishop." The Bishop responded, and toasted the "Vicar, Church- wardens, and Church Council," and expressed him- self very pleased with what he had seen that day. On Friday evening a supper was given in the same room to the choir, numbering 75. All the provisions were given, and the following ladies deserve to be honourably mentioned as having undertaken the arduous duties of decorating the room and arrang- ing the luncheon and supper: —Mrs Griffiths, Vicarage; Mrs Munro Hughes, Mrs B. C. Jones, Mrs Lloyd, Pengarreg; Mrs Lewis, Market-street; Misses Davies, London House Kate Jones, M. A. Davies, M. E. Lloyd, Jennie Jones, Bertha Jones, Gertie and Edith Jones, and Edith Maud Davies. Mr Munro Hughes, as usual, was a host in himself, and was ably supported by Mr. Davies, London House, and Mr B. C. Jones.
TREGARON. PARISH COUNCIL.—Active preparations are being made by the above Council for putting up seats for the accomodation of visitors, in the most frequented parts in the town and neighbourhood. READING ROOM.—" What," asks a correspondent, "has become of the committee of the above In- stitution, and the proposed concert which they had resolved, at a former meeting, to hold during the month for the purpose of reducing the debt on the Reading Room? A meeting of the committee should be held forthwith, for the purpose of making some arrangements to hold the concert."
Llanwenog Agricultural Show. The fourth annual show in connection with the Llanwenog Agricultural Society was held on Wednesday in last week, and proved a complete success. The entries in each class showed a con- siderable increase over those of previous years. The officials of the show were the following:— President, Colonel Davies Evans, Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire; vice-presidents, Captain Stewart, Alltyrodyn, and Captain Evans, Camnant Hall; stewards. Messrs., D. Thomas, Dolwen; J. Rees, Taigwynion; D. Jenkins, Blaenwaenganol; J. Price, Teify View D. Thomas, Rhiwsonuchaf; W. Jones, Nantygelli Villa; J. Evans, Dolau Uchaf; D. Jones, Derlwyn; and T. Davies, Maesgwyn; treasurer, Mr. Walter Davies, The Mill; secretary, Mr. Thomas Bowen, Maesyfelin. The judges were:— Horses, Col. Davies Evans, Mr T. H. R. Hughes, and Mr William George, Park- ygors, Boncathl; cattle, Messrs E. Evans, Maes- mynach; Daniel Jenkins, Glanwern, Vale of Aeron and J. Rees, Dolgwm, near Lampeter poultry, Mr D. Jones, Cross Hill, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth; butter and cheese, Mrs Saunders Davies, Com- mercial House, Vale of Aeron, and Mrs Rees, Dol- gwm. The prizes were awarded as follows :— HORSES. Horse of any age in harness—1 T. Jones, Gelli- faharen, Llandyssul; 2 Daniel Hughes, Highmead Arms, Llanybyther; 3 Joshua Thomas, Tycam, Llanwenog. Horse of any age shown under saddle-1 Daniel Hughes, Highmead Arms 2 J. Evans, Pontfaen, Lampeter 3 J. Davies, Aberduar, Llanybyther. Cart horse of any age-1 D. Jones, Cefnrhuddlan- uchaf, Llanwenog; 2 W. Evans, Court farm, New Court; 3 J. Davies, Aberduar. Brood mare, calculated to produce harness horses-1 J. Hughes, Cefnrhuddlanganol, Llan- wenog; 2 J. Jones, Llwyncelynbach; 3 T. Davies. Llechwedd. Brood Cob Mare-1 Jenkins, Blaenwaenganol, Llanwnen; 2 J. Thomas, Tycam. Cob of any age—1 T. Evans, Llanwnen Shop; 2 D. Thomas, Llysfaenisaf; 3 D. Rees, Ty'ny- clawdd, Llanwnen. Filly or gelding three years old exceeding 14-2 -1 J. Evans, Pontfaen, Lampeter; 2 Capt. Stewart, Alltyrodyn; 3 A. Edwardsi Dolmaen, Llanfihangel-ar-Arth. Filly or gelding three years old not exceeding 14 2 hands—1 D. Jones, Troedyrhiw, New Court; 2 J. Davies, Aberduar, Llanybyther 3 D. Thomas, Dolwen, Llanwenog. Filly or gelding 2 years old—1 T. Davies, Llech- wedd, and D. Jones, Troedyrhiw equal; 2 D. Evans, Ffynonllewelyn, Llandyssul; 3 W. Evans, Court farm, New Court. Pony mare or gelding—1 D. Hughes, Highmead Arms, Llanybyther; 2 D. R. Jones, Rhiwson Cottage, Llanwenog. CATTLE. Coloured bull of any age—1 J. Hughes, Cefnr-. huddlanganol; 2 W. Thomas, Rhiwsonisaf; 3 W. Evans, Court Farm. Black bull of any age-1 D. Davies, Crugywheel; 2 J. Jones, Pantmocb, Llandyssul. Y Coloured cow in milk or in calf—1 Rev. H. 1. James, Duar Villa, Llanybyther; 2 D. Jones, Troedyrhiw; 3 T. Bowen, Maesyfelin. Black cow in milk or in calf—1 Messrs Jenkins, Blaenwaenganol; 2 W. Jones, Pantydefaid, Llan- dyssul. Heifer born in 1SgS-1 T. Lloyd, Tynllyn, Llan- wnen 2 D. Thomas, Talgrwn, Llanwnen; 3 T. Fox, Highmead. Heifer born in 1899-1 J. Jones, Llwyncelyn- bach 2 D. Jones, Troedyrhiw 3 Rev. H. I. James, Duar Villa. Best breeding animal in the show—D. Davies, Crugywheel. POULTRY. Cock or hen, minorca or Andaeuqian-1 R. Evans, Crosshands, Llanfihangel-ar-arth; 2 D. Lloyd, Pen- llain; 3 D. Jones, Croyddyn Castle, Lampeter. Cock or hen, Leghorn—1 D. Jones, Croyddyn Castle, Lampeter; 2 and 3 G. Evans, Rhydcwmerau. Cock or hen, Orpington or Langshan—1 J. Evans, Tynyfron 2 S. Jones, Drefach, Llandyssul; 3 Mrs Evans, Llanwnen Shop. Cock or hen, Wyandotte or Plymouth Rock—1 and 3, D. Jones, Cilgraig, Velindre; 2 E. Jones, Glantrenfawr, Llanybyther. Cock or hen, Hamburgh A.V., Spanish A.V.-l T. Thomas, Cambrian House, Lampeter; 2 E. Jones, Crosshands, Llanybyther 3 T. Thomas, Cambrian House, Lampeter. Cock or hen, brahma, cochin or dorking.-l R. Evans, Crosshands, Llanfihangel-ar-artb; 2 DEvans, Llysfaen House, Llanybyther; 3 W. Davies, Drefach Mill. Cock or hen, selling class.—1 T. Thomas, Cambrian House, Lampeter; 2 J. Jones, Cilgraig, Velindre; 3 G. Evans, Rhydcwmerau. Best wyandotte or Plymouth rock in the show.- D. Jones, Cilgraig, Velindre. Best bird in the show.—D. Jones, Cilgraig. MISCBLLANEOUS COMPETITIONS, Best 31bs of butter.—1 and 2 Miss L. Davies Cilblaidd, Pencarreg. I Best 41bs. Caerphilly cheese.—1 and 2 Miss L. Davies, Cilblaidd. Best six oat cakes.—1 Mrs J. Rees. Glandwr, Llanwenog; 2 Mrs Jones, Efailfach, Rhydcwmerau. Best wooden spoon.—1 J. Lloyd, Drefach. Guessing weight of a pig.-l J. Thomas, Panty- wilco, Llanwnen; 2 Dl. Jenkins, Blaenwaenganol; 3 W. Evans, Felin-ban 4 T. Hughes, Drefach. Guessing weight of a sheep.—1 Dl Thomas, Rhiwsonisaf; 2 Samuel Davies, Ffosygaseg, Dibewid The usual Sports were held at the close of the Show, and proved very successful as well as .A.A amusing. Amongst those from whom prizes had been received were the followingCol Davies Evans, Mr T. H. R. Hughes, Mr J. p. Vaughan Pryse, Capt. B. Davies Evans, Capt. Stewart, Mr Thomas Whallev, Liverpool; Master Elwvn Jones, Drefach Shop; Welsh Church Press Co., Mrs Evans, Llysfaen House, Llanybyther: Messrs Weaver & Co., Swansea; Mr 6. Davies Jones, Peterwell. Lampeter Mr E. Evans, Rhydcwmerau: Mr D. Warren Lewis, Carmarthen; Mr Thomas, Carmarthen, and Miss Jones, Parkvbedw.
MACHYNLLETH. SALMON FISHING.—The first salmon of the sea- son, caught in the Dovey River, was landed on Friday last by Major Ashby, of Cheltenham, who is at present staying in the town. It was a fine speci- men, and weighed 121lbs. The prospects of the fishing this year are excellent, no disease are per-- ceptible in the fish. APPOINTMENTS.—At a meeting of the Mont-- gomery County Governing Body on Tuesday, Mr T. R. Morgan was appointed a representative on the local Governing Body in the place of the Rev Josiah Jones, who after six years' service desired to give place to a younger man. The Local Managers also wrote notifying the appointment of Mr R. Gillart on the County Governing Body. VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE.—The local volun- teers turned out on Saturday last for Adjutant's parade in full marching order. The muster was not a strong one. The Adjutant addressed the men, in which he complimented the recruits upon their smart appearance, and the way in which they per- formed their drills. The work of erecting the tar- gets at the rifle range is being proceeded with, and will, it is hoped, be completed before the 1st June. ALLEGED STEALING.—Two lads. named Evan Thomas and Thomas James, were brought up before Mr Edward Reese and Mr Richard Rees ou Monday charged with entering the station pre- mises of the Corris Railway Company, and stealing therefrom the sum of 2s. 3d. A remand was applied for in order that further enquiries might be made, and this the magistrates granted until Monday next. The two lads were only recently before the magistrates on a similar charge. A YOUTHFUL IMPOSTOR.—Machvnlleth has a youth who, to say the least of it, is destined to become notorious. He has already figured in the police court on charges of larceny, but finding this method of securing pocket money and sweetmeats rather troublesome, he last week adopted another ingenious method to obtain the needful. Calling at a gentleman's house not far from the town, he related a pitiful story of how his father had been killed at the battle of Spion Kop, and of the poverty and hunger of the family at home. Touched by the boy's narrative, one of the family gave him half a crown and an article of clothing, and he was allowed to depart. The following day a visit was paid to the boy's residence by a lady member of the same family, who also brought some more articles of clothing. Her surprise and disappoint- ment when informed that the boy's story was an invention may be better imagined than described. Later the young impostor was taken by his father to the gentleman's residence, and there made to apologise. THE COLLECTOR'S APPOINTMENT.—A correspon- dent writes, anent the notice of motion given by Mr Parsons at the last meeting of the District Council to reduce the rate-collector's commission, as follows:—" It was only a year ago that the pre- sent collector was appointed. The salary paid to his predecessor was 5 per cent. on the amount col- lected. Applications were invited for the office 12 months ago, when the then collector asked for 4 per cent. The present collector was, however, appointed at a commission of 3i per cent. It is well known that the former collector did nothing but collect the rate, the clerical work being done by Mr Row- lands, the clerk to the Council, whilst the whole of the clerical work, as well as the collection of rates, is done by the present collector, It was reported by the present collector at the March meeting that whilst his predecessor, when balancing his rate for the year, had outstanding arrears to the amount of £47 Is, he only had, although three weeks from the end of the year, a sum of P,5 outstanding. Pwllheli are now advertising for a collector of general district rate at a fixed salary of P,100 and a commission of 7* per cent. on the water rate. Pay- ment by commission, however, is the more satisfac- tory, as the collector is then paid only for actual work done, and efficiency in the collection of the rate is secured." SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the Macbynlleth School Board was held on Thursday last, present-Rev. W. S. Jones (chairman), Rev. Josiah Jones (vice- chairman), Rev. D. H. Hughes. Mr. R. Gillart, and Mr. D. Davies Williams (clerk). ABSENCE. An intimation was received stating that Canon Trevor was away and unable to attend the meeting. TEMPERANCE. A circular was read from the National United Temperance Council, together with a memorial proposed to be sent to the Prime Minister, on behalf of Bills now before Parliament for controlling the sale of drink to children. The Board decided to support the memorial, and the chairman was authorised to sign it. AGRICULTURAL RATES ACCOUNT. A letter was read from the Local Goverment Board stating that the sum of £16 14s. 9d. had been paid to the London agents of the Board, being the half-yearly instalment of the amount of annual grant under the Agricultural Rates Acts, 1896. CURRICULUM OF RURAL SCHOOLS. A circular was read from the Board of Educa- tion upon the curriculum of rural schools, and it was resolved that the same be handed over to the headmaster, and that he be requested to observe the suggestions contained therein. APPLICATION FOR INCREASE. A letter was read from Miss Sarah Hughes stat- ing that she had passed the Queen's Scholarship examination and applying for advance of salary. A similar letter was also read from Miss Jane Jones. It was resolved that the chairman confer with the headmaster, and that the matter be considered at the next meeting. SITES FOR NEW SCHOOLS. The Chairman reported that the deputation ap- pointed at the last meeting to meet Mr Darlington, H. M.'s Inspector, had done so on the 7th April, and had visited the sites in Mrs Edwards' and Mr Morgans' fields. Mr Darlington favoured Mr Morgans' site for the reason that he provided a road into the main street. He had an objection to make, but would report to the Education Depart- ment at the proper time. The Chairman stated he had seen Mrs Edwards, and she was not prepared to sell a part only of her field. The Rev. Josiah Jones reported he had inter- viewed Mr Ed. Morgan, and asked him to reduce his original price. Mr Morgan had now made another offer, subject to certain conditions. Mr R. Gillart proposed, and the Rev. D. H. Hughes seconded, that Mr Morgans' offer as re- ported be accepted, subject to his preparing a formal contract, and the approval of the Education Depart- ment. The resolution was carried unanimously. It was resolved that Mr David Gillart be in- structed to prepare a plan of the ground to peg it out, and that Mr Morgan be requested to meet Mr Gillart on the spot. ESTIMATE. The estimate for the current year, amounting to £ 225 was considered, and it was resolved that a precept be issued on the overseers for L125 for the half year, payable on 30th June. HEAD-MASTER'S REPORT. The report of the Head-master was read, showing that the average attendance for the year was 230'5. This was an increase of 22 upon last year. A com- parison with the past four years showed that the average had increased by 70, or 43 per cent. The increase in grants this year would be about £ 28. The average for the year was distinctly good-231 out of 269 on the books, or 86 per cent.; the aver- age for Wales was 76'61 per cent.; England, 81 96; Scotland, 84'4. The master thought the attendance could be improved if the parents of children under five were approached, and their attention called to the additional grants that could be earned by the attendance of such children, and asking for their co-operation. Francis Davies was successful in passing the Queen's scholarship examination in the first class, and Sarah Hughes in the second class. Humphrey Davies had been appointed monitor for the current year with the view of his being ap- prenticed as teacher. The school was inspected the previous Friday by Mr D. Thomas, B.A., Her Majesty's Inspector. Consequently, on the follow- ing Monday, the scholars were re-classified and the work of the new year was commenced. As the Board were doubtless aware, under the new code of 1900, no grants would henceforth be paid on specific subjects. This fact, together with the increased work, caused him to ask the Board to relieve him of the necessity of teaching algebra.
CEMMES. OTTER HUNTING.—Mr Edmund Buckley's sub- scription otter hounds met at Dovey Bridge at 11-15 on Monday morning. There were about 60 ladies and gentlemen present. The river was dragged all the way up to Corris, but unfortunately nothing was found. FUNERAL.—The funeral of Mrs Jone, wife of Mr John Jones, Dolfonddu, who died last week, took place on Tuesday at Machynlleth cemetery. The officiating ministers were the Revs. T. Foulkes Roberts, and D. Darley Davies, Machynlleth, and a large number attended to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased lady. SCHOOL BOARD.—The monthly meeting of the School Boaid was held en Saturday last, when there were present Mr W. Francis (chairman), Rev. W. Richards, Colonel Norton, Messrs E. Breese. John Eawards, D. Phillip Jones (assistant clerk), and J. P. Williams (attendance officer). The re- turas showed that the attendance at Cemmes Parochial School last month was 49. and average attendance 31*7, and at Cemmes Board School the attendance was 46, and the average attendance 30-4. Complaints were made as to the irregular attendance of children from Llanwrin parish, and the Clerk was directed to write to the School At- tendance Committee drawing their attention to the In matter.
TRE'RDDOL. FUNERAL.—The remains of Mr John Davies, tailor, son of Mr Thomas Davies, bootmaker, Tre'r- ddol, were interred on Thursday last at the burying ground of Llancynfelin churchyard. Deceased was only 24 years of age, but had won the esteem of a large circle of friends. He had suffered a long illness, which he bore with fortitude. The offiici- ating ministers at the house were the Rev. D. Williams (W.), Tre'rddol, and the Rev. D. Morgan (IV.), Aberystwyth, and at the church and grave- side the Rev. Roderick, vicar. The sympathy for the sorrowing mother and father is deep and widespread.
BARMOUTH. WATER MAIN.—The connections with the new- 7-inch water main, lately laid down, is now progres- sing favourably and rapidly. Although the work has to be done at night time no inconvenience whatever has been felt. EXTENSION OF DRAINAGE.—The contractor of this work has already commenced on the section from Cilmynach to Tyngraig. Having a large num- ber of men employed, the contract will, no doubt, be completed within the specified time. LANCASHIRE AND WESTERN SEA FISHERIES.— The members of the Western Sea Fisheries District were summoned to attend at Chester on Wednes- day, the 9th inst., the first meeting of the amal- gamated committee of the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries District. NEW HOUSE.—The contractors for the new house to be built for Mr Joseph Thomas, headmaster at the Board school, have commenced the building. It is situated on an elevated piece of ground above the high road, and when completed will have a commanding view of Cardigan Bay, and will be well sheltered from the east winds. DINNER.—In honour of the marriage of Miss Jones, Lion Hotel, her father on Thursday evening last entertained the male members of St. John's Church choir to a dinner at the hotel. Nearly forty sat down to a sumptuous repast, which they much enjoyed. The female members of the choir were presented with silver in lieu of the dinner. PARAPETS.—From Penlan House up to the Poet Office the work of laying parapets is being pushed forward, and it is expected that by the end of the present month the other portion, reaching as far as the Corsygedol Hotel will be completed. With a new covering of metalling on the main road, which is being levelled down by a steam roller, and these new parapets the town will have quite a new appearance. The work should have been attended to years ago, but better late than ever. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A special meeting of the Urban District Council was held on Tuesday, when in the absence of the Chairman (Rev Gwynoro Davies) the chair was occupied by Mr Wynne Williams. The meeting was called for the purpose of appointing two representatives to serve on the governing body of the Barmouth County School for the ensuing three years. and the persons selected were Mrs Wynne Williams and Councillor John Evans, 11. Porkington-terrace. SPECIAL PETTY SESSIONS.—On Friday last be- fore Dr Charles Williams, Messrs Lewis Lewis and John Evans.—Edward Edwards charged John Griffiths with obtaining money by false pretences. It was an adjourned case from the previous Mon- day.—The plaintiff now desired to have the charge withdrawn and the Bench granted his application. —Joseph Evans, aged 13 years' was charged with having stolen goods from a 6id bazaar now being held in the town. Accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced to receive six strokes with a bireh rod. COUNTY SCHOOL.—This school re-opened, after the Easter vacation, on Wednesday, May 2nd. and with encouraging prospects of success. It is fully expected that by the beginning of next term the new buildings-the absence of which have militated so greatly against the progress of the school—will be ready for opening. Mr Morgan, the newly- appointed assistant master, commenced his duties at the beginning of the present term. NEW HARMONIUM.—A new harmonium has been secured for the use of the children attending the Sunday School of Siloam Welsh Congregational Chapel. The necessary funds for its purchase were secured mainly through the efforts of Mr Hugh Davies, the local agent of the Prudential Insurance Company, who organised a few concerts for the purpose. The school and other week-night meet- ings being held in the vestry-room, the use of an instrument to teach the children was a want very much felt. The harmonium is cased in splendid oak, and has cost over £10. Mr Davies has already infused new vigour into the children who attend his classes, to whose instruction he devotes a con- siderable amount of time. GYMANFA.-The West Merioneth Baptist Sunday School Union held their annual Gymanfa" at Barmouth on Monday last. The morning, after- noon, and evening meetings, were presided over by Messrs John Jones, Portmadoc, Ellis Evans, Dol- gelley, and the Rev S. Pierce, Penrhyn. respectively: The following were the officials, LChairman, Mr R. Jones, Portmadoc; Treasurer, Mr R. Wynne Williams. J.P., Dolgelley; Secretaries, Rev H. D. Jones and Mr W. John, Llanbedr Mr Wm Jones, Carnarvon conducted the singing which was good. The accompanists'were Mr W. H. Rowe, Portmadoc; Misses S. Jones, Winnie S. Pierce, Penrhyn and M. Williams, Barmouth. The meetings were largely attended, there being over 1,000 persons present. Certificates were distributed to the successful candidates in biblical work. The follow- ing were the hymns sung during the meetings:— "Tottenham," "Resignation." "Creation," "Beverley" "Areli," "Emyn Hwyrol," "PoLtfaen," "St. George," Pisgah," Llangan," Praise for all to God be given," Glorious Sabbath School," Crown for the young," and Strike for Tictory." At the evening meeting the anthem Gwir yw y gair was rendered in fine style. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The annual festival of the Calvinistic Methodist Sunday sckools of the Dyffryn district was held this year at Talsarnau on Monday, May 7th, and at Barmouth on the following day. The musical conductor this year was a local gentleman, viz., Mr J. J. Thomas, Talsarnau. These meetings have of late years become very popular, and are largely attended by all ages, so that it is necessary to hold two meet- ings, one at each end of the district, there being no edifice large enough to contain the audience at the same sitting. The district extends from Barmouth as far as Talsarnau, and comprises the Sunday schools of Perset, Egryn, Dyffryn, Llanbedr, Gwyn- fryn, Llanfair. and Harlech. The same subjects were dealt with on both days, but the catechisers were different. The afternoon meetings consisted of catechism lessons on Biblical subjects for the children, youths, and senior scholars, intermixed with singing. The evening meetings were devoted to hymnal singing, the tunes of which have been assiduously practised during the winter months. Prizes were also distributed to the successful com- petitors in solfa and scriptural examinations, and also for repreating from memory portions of the work set during the past year, and of the late Thomas Charles' catechism. These annual festivals, together with the Sunday school, act as a powerful incentive to the study of the scriptures, and also succeeds in grounding the scholars in Biblical knowledge, which, in the midst of such secular in- struction as is given in the day schools is a matter of no little difficulty. Different subjects are selected for study each year, this year's being The History and Life of Jesus Christ," and the gospel of St. John. The meetings were largely attended, the catechising and answering were good, and the singing was par excellent. WELSH HOSPITAL FUND.—A very successful concert was given at the Assembly Room, on Friday last in aid of the above deserving cause. The pre- sident, Dr Charles Williams, who is deeply inter- ested in the work gave a concise history of how the movement originated and what grand progress it has made. Brief speeches in support of the object were made by two ministers of the gospel. Major T. W. Best was also announced to address the meeting, but was prevented through indisposi- tion. Great oredit is due to Mr Allsop who granted the use of the room free and to the young ladies at the Corsygedol and Marine Hotels, who so worthily exerted themselves in making the con- cert the success it turned out to be. Over Ell was realised with which the President opened an ac- count :at the Bank, Mr R. Prys Owen also con- tributed a guinea to the funds. The Mawddach Lodge of Oddfellows under whose auspices the con- cert was arranged, looked very well in their full uniform, and it was very encouraging to learn from the balance sheet of this Society, how flourishing it is both in number and financiallv. The follow- ing was the programme of the evening :—Over- ture, Barmouth Orchestral Band i song, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers," Mr W. Griffith: address by the Rector; song, A Soldier and a man," Miss M. Williams; song. "Railway Guard," Mr Hugh Davies address by Major T. W. Best; glee. '• I am a Blossom and 1 fade," Mr E. Humphreys and party; song, Forth to the Battle." Miss L. J. Price; chorus, '-The Roman Soldiers," Male Voice Choir; song, A Dream of Paradise," Mr E. M. Davies; address by Rev D. Jones; march, Juvenile Band: dnett, In the Dusk of the Twilight," Miss Williams and Mr H. Lewis song, Soldiers of the Queen," Sam Davies; presentation of sash and jewell made by Mr R. Jones (Bank); part song, Mr Morris Jones and party selection, Orchestral Band and Male Voice Party; finale, "God save the Queen." The ac- companists were Miss S. Parry and Mr W. Williams