BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE BOARD OF GUARDIANS. At the weekly meeci on Saturday, there were present-Rev F. W Idmondes (chairman), Mrs Parry, Revs H. J. iumphreys, W. W. Richards, T. Howells, F. Eynon Lewis, David Davies, Col. Turberviil, .d6JerS J. I. D. Nicholl, W. Hopkin, T. C. Jones, W. Pennant, T. Richards, D. P. Thomas, T. Jones (Maesteg), J. H. Thomas, J. G. Loveluck, W. B. Loveluck, J. Jones, 1). J. Jenkins, J. Rees, Evan Evans, Edward Lewis, Rees Thomas, Edward Morgan, W. Jones, W. Griffiths, W. Howell (Wick), Morgan John, Edward John, T. John (Llan- blethian), John Thomas, W. Thomas (Newton), W. Street, D. H. Price, Lemuel Griffiths, Daniel Samuel, J. Phillips, Howel Williams, R. Williams, Benjamin Davies, W. Street, T. John (Llanharry), D. Lougher, E. David, H. R. Homfray. LAXITY SOMEWHERE. Mr Howell called attention to the method in vogue of delivering medicine to the out-door sick in the Union. The case that made him bring the mattar before the Board was that of a poor woman in Wick,—Mra Rowe. She obtained a medical order for relief in the third week in December, and the Medical Officer promised to send her some medicine. She hadn't had it; and be asked the doctor that day week, and be said he bad sent the woman some medicine. He (Mr Howell) told the doctor she hadn't had it that day week. Then the doctor told him he gave the medicine to Mr Davies, the Rock Shop, Bridgend, who went down Wick way with his trap occasionally. The doctor told him it was not his duty to send the medicine to the paupers-that they had to fetch it, or it was the relieving officer's duty. He (Mr Howell) saw the Relieving Officer, who told him it was not his duty at all. He (Mr Howell) subsequently called at Mr Davies', the Rock Shop, and he (Mr Howell) there had the medicine for Mrs Rowe, and for another old lady in Wick—Mrs Evans, and delivered them. One woman told him she had been expecting it for throe weeks, and only had it that night. He moved that the medicine bo forwarded to the poor by post (hear, hear). There would be a great probability then of their having it within .24 hours, while now there was a great possibility for its being as many days or as many weeko. He would have thought that Dr Randall, in his exhaustive report, would have mentioned this matter. The Clerk, asked how the medicine was to be delivered, replied that it was the duty of the Relieving Officer to see that the poor got it, but there was no rule laid down as to how it should be delivered. The Vice-chairman (Mr Edmund Lewis) said he did not see why the Board should be put to extra expense to relieve the officials of what was clearly laid down as their duty. He was very glad Mr Howell had brought this case on, because it brought a eurious light upon the elaborate report presented to the Board by the Medical Officer. That report seemed to indicate an extraordinary care on the part of Dr. Raudall for the poor within the precints of that house, and he (Mr Lewis) was exceedingly surprised to find that the same authority having charge of paupers outside, and after visiting them, leave them three weeks without medicine. He did not see why that should be called upon to augment the rates in order to lighten the duties of the officials. He moved as an amendment that the xal?§ 9? the Btwrd be strictly adhered cot and that the Relieving Officer 8(53 to tho delivery of medicine. Mr D. J. Jenkins asked how the relieving officers were to know that the doctor had prescribed. He did not see why there should be such unreasonable delay as three weeks. He seconded Mr Howells' motion, as that would be the most economical and direct method. Dr Randall pointed out that the cases mentioned were quite exceptional ones. In regard to one case-Mra Evans—he had sent her medicine by different means on several occasions. With regard to the other case he called to see the old woman, and she said she did. not want medicine, but only nourishment. He told her medicine would do her good, though she might nob care very much for it, and if she would send a bottle to him she should have some. He certainly understood then-during the whole three weeks—Mrs Rowe did nob want the medicine. On each occasion he advised her to have some medicino, and on the third occasion he sent medicine down to the town to a gentleman who visited Wick, and he thought they would get it. In Mrs Rowe's case she certainly gave him to understand she did nob want medicine but nourishment. With the bulk of paupers there was no difficulty. but occasionally there was. One used to send the medicine by the postmen, but curing the past year or two there seemed to have been a groater strictness in the Post Office regulations as to what the postmen should carry. With regard to posting it, the bottles might be broken, and there might then be more delay than there was already. These cases, as he said, were exceptional. Mr Edward John said the most prompt and businesslike way to send the medicine was to do it in the way suggested by Mr Howell. The ex. planation given by Dr Randall was not as satis- factory as it oughb to be. Mr Pennant said the question simply resolved iteelf into this. They engaged the Medical OBicer to attend the poor, bub visits were of no «se unless followed by medicine. Which was the nrost practicable and most economical way to send By .post, he believed. Fifty years ago it was act possible to do so. Now it was, and it was a waste of time to discuss the matter. He supported -*r Howells' motion. The Chairman said in the bulk of cases the ditliculty appeared to be very small. If they asked Dr Randall to post the medicine it could «nly be as a favour, whilst if they asked the Relieving Officer ib would be as a duty. Mr Pennant was rising when- The Chairman said No second speech, please <a laugh). r Mr Pennant: You have pormitted some gentle- men to speak two or three times. The Chairman You can ask a question. Mr Pennant It is a question. I should like a strict definition of the duties of the two officials. I don't like the insinuating remarks made upon Dr Randall's report by previous speakers. Let us deal with this question on its merits, and we must know exactly the legal position with regard to Dr Randall's duties. Mr J. H. Thomas said if Mr Howell's motion was carried it would place every pauper in a very independent position. He could decline to go for the medicine, although he might live near the surgery. He thought the resolution should be so qualified that the medicine would only be sent in case it was too far to fetch it. Mr Howell: I only meant outlying districts. On a show of hands, the amendment that Board adhere to the regulations with regard 1 the: delivery of medicine, was lost by 18 to 24. 4 the! Mr B. Davies then moved an amendmer theBoar«V/ L for three months between .t •"tfhait andreH& Irs in this matter." tto-dotitdr; dov',J,. 0 9.1. s way," added Mr" Wewtttttai jL~e \ice-ohu seconded. Jernm. Colonel Turborv moved as an a the worda at hip. discretion Y Awntakelit that' original motion, and it was eve- Added to the this form, Mr B. Davies withd ituaUy carried in manto JMrimg tois atetend- DR. BANDAIX'A B- The Vice-Chairman rep IBBPC&T. Committee met on Thur 4Lteil that the 'House Randall's report. With sday and "considered Dr. of the report—atructu regard to the first portion jrft tihfi Oomttiittse aeoided that Dr. Randall be requested to prepare an alter- native scheme with respect to the structural alterations in the event of a separate workhouse infirmary being provided. The Committee ac- cordingly deferred consideration of the first seven clauses pending the formulation of an alternative scheme. Coming to the I -administrative" portion of the report, the Committee recommended that an extra nurse be appointed, thus providing by day and night nvrsing by properly qualified persons. The Chairman moved and Mr Edward John seconded, that this be adopted. Dr. Randall stated that the present nurse told him they ought to have accommodation for 40 men and 20 women. According to Dr. Downes, there should be four nurses. The Vice-chairman said he read in a newspaper that a nurse in London was in charge of 418 patients. The Chairman But you don't hold that up as an example for us (laughter). The Vice-chairman Certainly not, but there's an extraordinary difference between the provisions made there and those suggested here. We are really going away very far from the old lines. We had no trained nurse at all in the house only some- thing like four months ago, nor had we an assistant matron, during the last few years we have appointed an assistant matron as well as an additional officer of this house. We are now multiplying officials to a very sorious extent and in a decreasing house. Mr Pennant. But we should remember that:— Old times have gone, Old manners changed And strangers fill the Stuart throne. -(laughter and hear hear). The Committee's recommendation was carried. The Committee recommended that clause c (which suggested the appointment of a door-keeper) and clause d (which recommended night gowns, slippers, couches, &c.,) be deferred—carried. DIETARY. Clause e suggested that the diet be improved by .9 giving those over 60 years old half a pint of milk for breakfast, and the same for tea or supper; that the rice dinner should be changed to an additional meat dinner and that, for variety in diet once a week cake might take the place of bread and butter, or jam or marmalade the place of butter for old people and children. The Committee recommended that the changes be adopted (the milk to be optional)- carried. The Clerk was instructed to fill up the dietary form and ask for the approval of the Local Govern- ment Board. The Committee recommended that two iron seats be provided in the garden for the use of the inmates on fine days. This was adopted, tho Master being directed to obtain prices. With reference to Dr. Randall's suggestion that the distinguishing dress for inmates of 60 years and upwards should be abolished, and that there should be separate rooms for married couples, the Vice- chairman said it was reported to the committee that this was already the case. The Vice-chairman also stated that tobacoo and snuff was now supplied, and the committee recommended that newspapers, dominoes, draughts, &c., should not be supplied out of the rates. The Master (Mf Messenger) said the Bally Gt aphic was taken itt regularly, and the House was well supplied with papers just now. The next item in Dr. Randall's report was the day clothing of the old men and women was not sufficient. and the committee recommended that the men, wombn, and children be allowed extra flannel when they required it, the question of necessity to be decided by Dr. Randall and the Master.—Carried. The committee recommended that three double blankets be supplied to each bed during the winter months. Mr D. J. Jenkins said the inmates had told him that they were quite comfortable as far as bed clothes went; and they had it from the Master that there were blankets to spare in the House, if they were required. There were no complaint of in- sufficient clothing. He moved that the committee's recommendation be not acoepted. Mr J. H. Thomas, iu seconding, said the com- mittee were influenced to adopt it by Mrs Randall's opinion. They were carried away by the ladies (laughter). They thought however it was not advisable to have six blankets on a bed (laughter). The Vice-chairman: These terms were made hard and fast by Mrs Randall (laughter). With reference to Dr. Randall's remarks re out- door relief, the Vice-chairman said: The committee thought it was outside their province, and they generally expressed the opinion that it was outside the medical officer too (laughter). The Chairman We must remember that the medical officer holds two offices. As medical officer of the House undoubtedly it was entirely outside his province, but he is medical officer of the district as well. Mr Edward John suggested that at the next meeting of the House Committee the circular read from the Local Government Board with reference to the duties of Guardians be considered. The Vice-chairman pointed out that every mem- ber of the committee read the circular before they made the above recommendation. Mr D. J. Jenkins said he was unaware that any committee meeting had beeij held, and he suggested that the Clerk Send notice to the members of the Heinie Committee meetings in future. Mr Pennant seconded with the provision that the meetings be held on Saturdays, and on no other day. A good many of the Guardians could not attend on any other day, and it was just the same as shutting them out of the discussion. It was pointed out that it could not have doae on a Saturday, as it took a whole day^ fftSJtATUtUfc- Mr Pennant Inoved thax t&e? ilGSity vocd ot thanks of the Board be acoord,a Dfi Råtidall the very forestalled^nanL Q/j presented. Dt. Randall had in the L in. Wcomtiiendationa contained showed thaUhey0^ aJcirculaJ' touch with th ttedwal officer who was In of the poor ° nation on the treatment Rev H. J r seconded. The Vice Mifcfih'rfijps seconded. the Board AaSttn&fc moved as an amendment that did not oefemd With the ordinary 'business. He vote of t) t}¡,a't Dr. Randall was liot entitled to a siderati but merely wished to see the con- Xr mof Yhe report finished first. Ranr" ilWell Seconded the Amendment, and said Dr. end AlR would have a vote of thanka again at the (lr < £ the year the same as all the other officers -Slk"r) Jtfr !D. J. Jdnkins said they ought not to give en- oowrsgdtnent to (Dr. 'Randall to proceed at sach a lpace (lkhghter). Mr J. H. Thbinas pointed out that seven items of 'tihe'i'apórtlhad been deferred, dmd more than half of the'Othera'&dt aside. How then were they going to give a vote 'of thanks ? Dr. Randall, be should tHirik, woul& not care to accept it, and it should be deferred tijl all the items were disposed of. The ameniment was carried. THE TBAKP PBOBLEM. ]!ft Pennant had given notice that he would call attention to the question of vagrants. Sometime ago, he said he had occasion to mention the case of a man who came to his door, one Sunday morning, unable to get a ticket to go to any lodging house. The Chairman then asked him if he would call attention to the matter, and he promised to do so. He could not give any statistical data in regard to the growth of tramps in that Union, as Mr Cox had been very busy of late; but as far as the country went,. he found they were becoming a regular nuisance in the whole district; aad they had a proof of it in the Local Government Board circular. Now the question of the treatment of tramps generally was a broad question, which he was not going to deal with. At Bridgend tramps were able to go to the workhouse to a certain extent; but a large number of them bad to go to the common lodging houses in the town, and sometimes he had been told that more tramps were accommodated than the lodging house were allowed to receive. To take a large number of tramps in a filthy condition-some of them it might be suffering from infoctious disease-into a lodging house was a very serious matter, which called for their attention as a public body. Maesteg had similar provision for tramps, but in the Garw and Ogmore-two very populous districts-there was no provision whatever for tramps. A few weeks ago a respectable woman who had been deserted by her husband, walked all the way from Cwmavon to the Garw with her three children, was forced to remain out all night, as there was not a single lodging house in the Valley. He therefore moved that the Clerk consult with the Clerk of the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council, and see whether it was not possible for them either conjointly with the guardians or separately, to make some provision for tramps in those Valleys. This question of tramps was a serious one, and they would have a growth of tramps in the near future, as the Port Talbot Railway and Docks would be the means of employing a large number of labourers and the greater number of these tramps were unskilled labourers, and most of them old soldiers. Now his idea was, if they wished to reduce the number of tramps, they must provide a system of detention at the workhouse. Now they preferred going into the lodging honses, because then they could come and go when they liked. At the workhouse they must do a certain amount of work; and if it became known that the Bridgend Union did not allow a tramp to leave for at least two days, then they would get a very much smaller number of "these gentry" visiting them. He therefore proposed further, that the House Com- mittee take steps to allow some respectable people now in the workhouse, to be removed to their friends or their homes, with a fairly generous out-door relief, so that more tramps could be accommodated at the workhouse, and the system of detention re- commended by the Local Government Board adopted. Mr T. C. Jones seconded. The Vice-chairman here drew attention that the members of the District Council had been waiting in the adjoining room for the presence of the Clerk for the last half hour, and asked why Mr Pennant had not brought forward his motion before the House Committee ? He added that Mr J. Blandy Jenkins had promised to bring the matter before his Board. Mr Evan Evans suggested that they communicate also with the clerk to the Porthcawl Local Board. Mr J. H. Thomas pointed out that the common lodging houses at Maesteg were private under- takings. Mr Pennant's motion that the Clerk consult with other clerks was carried. As to his other motion- Rev D. Davies said as they had deferred con- sideration ef the proposed structural alterations, he moved that the question of extra tramp wards be deferred until then. The Vice-chairman seconded this motion, which was aggreed to.
BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. PAROCHIAL COMMITTEES. At the meeting on Saturday, Mr J. Blandy Jenkins presided, and there were present :-Colonel Turbervill, Revs H. Eynon Lewis, W. W. Richards, and T. Howells, Mr Rees Thomas (vice-chairman), Messrs Evan Matthews, Howel Williams, J. Rees, R. L. Knight, R. Williams, C. Phillips, Griffith Edwards, D. J. Jenkins, H. R. Homfray, T. John (Llanblethian), Benjamin Davies, W. Street, Thos. Griffiths, T. Richards, L. P. Thomas, Edmund D. Lewis, and T. John (Llanharry). PAROCHIAL COHHITTEES, The question as to whether the Council had power to merge the tw3 parishes of Newcastle Higher and Ynisawdre into one, for the purpose of a joint parochial committee, was first considered. The Chairman expressed the opinion that the Council could do this. Mr Richard Williams thought it would be very unfair to join the two parishes together, as each had a parish council, and why not let each attend to its own business P Mr Evan Matthews pointed out that there had been two distinct committees for each of the parishes, but they had always sat together jointly; and he thought that was the best way to work it in future. Mr W. Street said the people of Ynisawdre ob- jected to two committees for the two parishes. Rev W. W. Richards said if the joint committee could relieve the Council of work-why not have them if the law permitted it ? Mr Jenkins: What is the opinion of the Clerk P The Chairman That wo have not the power. Mr Griffith Edward.: What are the powers of Parish Councils if we adopt this ? The Chau-man If we appoint a IArPehial Com- mittee, such committee has only the th,t we choose to delegate to it. powers tnat we The Clerk: These + nH.. gethernow for v a8SOcIated to" The same s^* supply and drainage works, will be drainage and water supply fe<Jth, and the only way they can be to, aiAtt4 by us would be to make a special district et the parishes. The Chairman thought the Council had better appoint a committee for each parish, and if these committees chose to transact their business together, they could do so. Mr D. P. Thomas nwwed that e. Parochial Com- mittee be formed for tfce .parish of Newcastle Higher, to consist of five Distckft "CottnoWfera and nine Pariah Councillors. Rev W. W. RiciiflX&s bonded. The Chairman suggested that the whole Parish Council be included, and the mover and seconder having accepted the suggestion, the motion was carried in this form. Rev Eynon Lewis moved that the District Councillors bo '—Rev W. W. Richards, Messrs Evan Matthews, D. P. Thomas, W. Street, T. Butler.—Carried. Mr W. Street moved that the whole Parish Council for Ynisawdre be appointed the Parochial Committee, with the addition of the same five District Councillors above mentioned.—Carried. It was stated that there was no public-room available in the parish where the committee could hold their meetings. Rev W. W. Richards said he would object to the meetings being held in a public-house. It was decided to hold the first meeting in the Tondu School-room. Mr Rees Thomas moved that the Parish Council for Llantwit Major be the Parochial Committee, with the two District Councillors for the same parish.—Carried. The Chairman then moved that the Council delegate to the above Parochial Committee aN the powers that they could given them under the New Act, and that the chairman of each Parochial Com- mittee should certify all bills, and that they be sent to the Council for payment every fortnight. Col. Turbervill seconded this proposition, which was carried. I
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FOOTBALL NOTES. s NEATH. Neath "A" were supposed to play Melyn Harlequins on. the Neath Club Ground on Saturday. The respective teams were strengthened by members of the Neath First Team. Howel Jones, Jim Thomas and C. Steer were observed on one side, and E. T. Morgan, Griff Lewis, and Jim Reynolds went over to the opposing team. Mr W. B. Morgan, of the Neath Football Club, discharged the duties of referee satisfactorily. The game was played on about six inches of snow, but notwithstanding the unfavourable conditions there were some really good bits of play. E T. Morgan in his old position of three- quarter, showed good judgment, and more than once put on a fine turn of speed. The result of the match was—Neath A," one goal (converted), one try Melyn Harlequins, one goal (dropped).
MORRISTON EXCELSIOKS v. NEATH I Y.M.C.A. This match was played on the Morristoa ground on Saturday last. Morriston kicked off and T. David returned to half-way. After about ten minutes play W. Gabe dribbled over and scored. The kick failed. Day kicked out, and Owen returned, when T. Hopkin and David by good work took the play to the 25. The home forwards broke away, and rushed down near the line. Thissin receiving from the next scrum passed to Owen, who scored a splendid try. Thissin con- verted. Half-time was now called, the scores being-Excelsiors, 1 goal, 1 try Y.M.C.A., nil. Mills kicked off, and play settled down in the homesters' 25. The Y.M. forwards by good play took play near the line. Arnold picked up and punted J. Steer receiving, took play back again to the lin £ with a good kick. A. Mills after a good run had hard lines in not scoring. The homesters had all their work cut out to prevent the visitors from scoring time after time. Final score ;— Excelsiors, 1 goal, 1 try; Neath Y.M.C.A., nil. The Y.M.C.A. tean comprised the following :— Back, J. Steer; three-quarter backs, T. Day, A. Mills, T. David, and T. Bevan half-backs, T. Hopkins and D. Frayne; forwards, H. Parminter, E. Cope, G. Lloyd, A. Stacey, R. Griffiths, R. Ladd, M. Griffiths, and D. J. Hopkins.
NEATH COUNTY POLICE. FRIDAY.—Before Messrs J. H. Rowland, A. S. Gardner, and T. Powell. DRUNKENNFM. Richard Davies, Thomas Rees, colliers, Resolven, and David Harrison, collier, Glyn-Neath, were each fined 5a. and costs for drunkenness. MISCELLANEOUS. John Owen, farmer, Resolven, had to pay 5s. and I costs for having no name on his cart.—William Derrick, Neath, and Albert Vantonio, Aberavon, were each fined for driving without lights.- Police-sergeants Phillips and Stevens proved the charges. WITHOUT A LABEL. George Hugh Jones, grocer, Seven Sisters, was charged with having exposed margarine, and selling the same without the necessary labels being affixed.-Inspector Meyler, of Pontardawe, having given evidence, defendant was fined 5s. and costs. POACHING. David Davies, and David Thomas, colliers, Bryncoch, were each fined 10s. and costs for having trespassed in pursuit of game on Mrs Howell Gwyn's land.
EISTEDDFOD At CEFNCRIBBWR. I On Saturday evening last, at Nebo Welsh Baptist Chapel, a highly successful eisteddfod was held. Mr D. H. Price, school-master, Kenfig Hill, pre- sided in a most creditable manner. Mr Arthur Jenkins proved an efficient secretary, and Mr Richard John was the honorary treasurer. The adjudicators were Singing, Mr Wyndham Bevan, A.C., Aber- kenfig; recitations, Mr John Lloyd (loan Cynffig), Kenfig Hill; both of whose adjudications gave general satisfaction. The chapel was densely crowded with an appreciative audience. The com- petitions were keenly contested for by the numerous competitors. The competitions were as follows :— To the person not exceeding 15 years of age that would best sing, "Tyn am y lan," a prize of 28 6d was offered five competed-best, Mi89 BJodwen I fiOsser, Kenfig niil: To the boy who would feeat recite "Pwy yw hwn;" four competed, and thta prize of 2s 6d (given by Mr W. WitkinS, jiiii,) was divided between Masters W. ThotiaiS-, Qötncribbwr, and D. Jones, Kenfig Hill a 8^>ctetul prize was given to Master R. John, Kenfig fell. Solo tenor, "Rhyfeddol swyn fy wlad;" 11 competed—Mr T. Jenkins, Brynmenin was declared the winner. (The prize of 5s being given by Mr George Rees, Farmers Arms). To the girl under 16 years of age that would best recite, Pwy yw hwn," Mr T. Browning gave a prize of 2s 6a; four competed—best, Miss J. Jones, Kenfig Hill. Three parties competed on the tune Llwynelig" (arranged by Mr M. Richards), and sang in the following order :—Penyfai, Tondu, and Elim. The latter was declared the best, under the leadership of Mr J. Howells. (The prize of 10a was given by Mr Rowlands, Brick Workb). Recitation, "Arwyddion henaintsix competitors, and Miss Jones was again successful. (The prize being 6s, and given by Mr William Rees). Soprano solo, "The missing boat;" nine com- petitors came forward, and ultimately the prize of 5s (which was given by Mr M. Richards, Kenfig Hill) was divided between Mrs Maud Rosser, Aber- kenng and Miss M. E. Lloyd, of Pontycymmer; a special prige being given to Miss Thomas, of Tondu, who the adjadictor characterised as a very promising young lady. Bass solo, Gogoniant i Gymru," prize 5s (given by Mr George Rees) 12 competed—prize divided between Mr W. Thomas, Hengoed, and Mr J. Richards, Coity. Duet for tenor and bass, Dring i fyny three competed, and the prize of 5s (given by Mr T. Davies) was awarded to Mr W. Thomas and Ap Gwynalaw. Three parties competed on the glee Myfanwy," and the prize of 10s (given by Mr George Thomas, Tyfry) was awarded to the Tondu Minstrels, con- ducted by Mr W-. Rees. At this stage the most important event of the evening came off, that was the beat rendering by a choir of "Molwch yr Arglwydd," for which a prize of 80s was given, when the following five choirs competed :—Jerusalem, Tondu Cefn United Pyle Choir; Penyfai and Bettws Choir. After a very exhaustive adjudication the prize was, amid con- siderable cheers, awarded to the Bettws Choir, which was led by Mr Llewellyn G. John. We should state that at the latter stage of the proceedings Mr Price, the chairman, was obliged to leave owing to other engagements, and Mr John Mathews, Cefncribbwr, made an excellent substi- tute. Prizes were also gi ven by Messrs Job J enkins, Austin L. David, and Mr and Mrs David Jones, Hall Cottage. Special praise is due to all the ladies for supplying the committee gratuitously with prize bags. The following gentlemen gave valuable assistance throughout :—Messrs David tvilliaras, George Smith, T. Richards, T. Kingdom, D. Edwards, D. Jenkins, and Rees Richards.
GOWER BREACH OF PROMISE CASE. THE" BIDDING" CUSTOM. EXTRAORDINARY CONDUCT OF A FARMER. FLIGHT ON THE WEDDING MORNING. A NEATH JURY AWARD. DAMAGES £ 200. At the Guild-hall, Neath, on Friday, Mr Deputy Sheriff W. H. David and a jury sat under a writ of inquiry issued by the High COlut to assess damages in a case of breach of promise of marriage, in respect to which judgment had gone by default. Mr Edwin Davies (Davies and Ingram), Swansea, appeared for plaintiff, and Mr R. T. Leyshon, Swansea, represented the defendant, who was in court. The plaintiff in the action was Miss Jane Su-sex Beynon, daughter of Mr Rabbi Beynon, of Llan- madoc Farm, Gower, and the defendant Thomas Davies, farmer, of Kingshall, Llandewi, Gower. The plaintiff claimed C;5 '0, and JE72 for special damages, made up as follows Wedding garments, £ 20 furniture, £15; bedding and linen, £22; and the dinner provided for guests, £ 15. The defence was that defendant did not promise to marry plaintiff as alleged, and as an alternative that he was always ready and willing to marry the plaintiff, but the plaintiff was not always ready and willing to marry him. Mr Davies, in opening, said defendant bad kept company with the plaintiff for two years before he, in February, 1894. proposed marriage. defendant took a farm named Kingshall in March, and it was arranged that the marriage was to take place on July 5th. Following the custom of Gower, it was a bidding wedding," and a person named Mrs Griffiths performed the office of bidder." The "bidder" invited friends of the persons to be married to make a return on account of presents which had been made to them in the past. On the 3rd July plaintiff, in accordance with the custom, went to defendant's residence. She was accompanied by her brother and sister, and defen- dant's sister was also there. They stayed there until the morning of the wedding, and were in readiness to go to church. Plaintiff provided the dinner, and about 150 guests arrived. The cere- mony was to take place at Llandewi Church, but when the hour arrived defendant had disappeared, and his whereabouts could not then be ascertained. In the afternoon the plaintiff gathered together her goods, and returned to her father's house. There were no letters containing promise of marriage, as the parties were such close neighbours that correspondence was unnecessary. The plain- tiff, under the peculiar circumstances he had de- scribed, had suffered the pain of great humiliation. t Miss Jane Sussex Beynon, a young lady of pre- possessing appearance, said she was 23 years of age, and was the daughter of Mr James Rabbi Beynon, farmer. She had kept company with the defendant for about two years before he promised to marry her. This promise was made in February, 1894, and the marriage was to have taken pla.:e on the 5th July. It was to have been a bidding wedding, which was peculiar to the peninsula of Gower. In March, 1894, defendant told her he had made pro- vision as to her future home. He took Kingshall Farm in that month and made his residence there, thereafter furnishing and stocking it. He occupied the farm until July 5th. As it was a bidding wedding, defendant engaged a bidder, who per- formed the duties by visiting plaintiff's and de- fendant's friends, and returns were made to the house in money and kind. Plaintiff prior to July 5th. took up her residence at Kingshall. Defendant came for her to go there on July 3rd, and -he went with her sister and brother. Defendant's sister was there. She (plaintiff) provided wedding garments of various kinds, and furniture and household goods. It was customary after a wedding to have an open house, and the dinner cost her £20. She took the whole of the things to Kingshall. The defendant did not appear to attend to his performance of the ceremony. She failed to discover his whereabouts. She stayed at the house untill three o'clock. De- fendant's father came to the house that morning. She took a box to defendant's house, and this box containod the money presents. Defendant's father broke the box open. Mr R. T. Leyson objected to questions as to the condition of the box when it was returned to her, as it was not named in the statement of claim, and the deputy-sheriff upheld the objection. Plaintiff, proceeding, said the goods were taken back by her brother, and she returned to her father's house. She had not seen defendant from that day until the present. On July 9th, she received the following letter from the defendant My dearest Jane.—Iti gnef and sorrow I write you. Will you, dear, forgive me for what I did ? I have as much love for you now, dear, as I ever had. I felt very depressed on the morning of our wedding, and when I saw you break down under the business it finished me clean. I have no ill- feeling against you. I cannot help loving you. I will marry you, dear, on the first opportunity, if you are willing. I am in a very poor state. There was no one knew of my going but myself. I am very sorry. Do forgive me, dear.—Your loving, affec- tionate, T. DAVIES. On September 12th, continued plaintiff. defendant wrote her another letter, to which she did not reply. Defendant in this second letter, said plaintiff's indifference was killing him, and added Do forgive me, dear. We will soon be settled down, and you shall have all you require. Do let us be married, and stop all unpleasantness which may be incurred. Please don't disappoint me or I shall break my heart. By Mr R. T. Leyson She knew defendant bad had a sale since July 5th. She did not know that it was defendant's father who let him have money and stock. She remembered defendant coming to Bovehill and she would not see him. She saw from his letter of the 9th July that defendant was willing to marry her. Plaintiff was cared for by her aunt, and the day before the wedding day she was depressed in spirits. Defendant's house was lonely, but she did not hear her aunt say anything about it. When she arrived at Kingshall defen- dant treated her very coldly. He treated her as a stranger. She went up to a bedroom and etayed there a long time, as defendant did not want her downstairs. Mr Rabbi Beynon, father of the plaintiff, said his daughter was helped by him with money to enable the marriage ceremony to be performed. His daughter had been in low spirits since, and it was not to be wontdered at. Mr R. T. Leyson at this stage pretested against witness winking at him, as if he desired him to participate in his joke. Mr Edwin Davies suggested that the sun was shining in witness' eyes. By Mr Leyson: He was a retired farmer, and had never been in pecuniary difficulties. When defendant came there his daughter ran in screaming. That was after July 5th. By Mr Davies: He was a freeholder and in various copyholds, he, jointly with his brother, enjoyed 300 acres of land. John Beynon said he was to have acted as best man at the wedding. He removed his sister's goods back to his father's house about three o'clock in the afternoon of July 5th. His sister suffered a good deal. By Mr Leyson: He took his sister to a lawyer, and not a doctor to ease her suffering. ) Mr Leyson Yes, and you did it very promptly, as the lawyers letter to defendant is dated July 7th. Mr Leyson said the case was one in which defen- dant had technically done wrong. But some attempt should have been made by the friends of the plaintiff io follow out the suggertion made by defendant. The solace asked for wounded feelings amounted to a large sum. The jury would have to take into account the fact that defendant had been sold up, and should assess damages accordingly. Defendant had apologised, and asked to be allowed to fulfil his promise. Instead of bringing the case there, an unsatisfactory business might have been brought to a conclusion in another and better way. The matter had beeu forced on, and he could not say whether it was from a desire to obtain pecuniary benefit or not. The only reason for the defendant vanishing on the wedding morning was that the aunt had arrived at Kinarshall, and had made several unpleasant remirks, which had the effect of making the defendant miserable. The plaintiff was still young, and had not, consequently, lost her chances of carriage. The Deputy-Sheriff summed up, and in regard to means, he said there was no proof before him that defendant had been sold up. The jury, having deliberated in private, awarded damages £ 200.
LLINELLAU HIRAETH Am fy MAM ANWYL. fn farw Ionawr 20th, 1895, yn 66 mlwydd oed. Mae fy nghalon heddyw 'n gwaedu, Hiraeth am fy auwyl fam Oh ma.e 'r dagrau imi 'n heilltion- Angeu wnaethost ti ddim cam ? Na na nis gallaf gredu, Gwas wyt ti gan Freuiu nef, Gwysio adref yw dy nesres, Pawb o'r ddaear ato Ef. Cada fy nbad, a mrawd, a minau, Ergyd caled genyt ti, Taro un ac oedd mor auwyl- Mam: 0 mam ac oedd mor gu Mae fy meddwl yn ehedeg i 'N ol dros yspaid bur fy naith, Ac yn cofio r geiriau swynol Glywais ganddi lawer gwaith. Reddyw mae fy nhad yn unig, Nid oes ganddo ei Liza bur, Oedd yn medru cydymdeimlo A lliniaru pob rhyw gur; Bellach, rhaid yw teithio 'n unig, Tua 'r wlad lie mae fy mam, Mewn llawn hyder cae'nt gyfarfod, 0 fewn Salem yn y man. Gwraig: rhinweddol, a svnwyrol, Un ddarbodus iawn oedd mam, Afrad oedd yn gas-beth ganddi- Ond a neb ni wnaethai gam Byw yn dduwiol, byw yn sobr, Byw yn gyfiawn oedd ei chri, Byvr yn deilwng o'r cyfamod Ac oedd rhwng y uei a hi. Mynych gwelais hi yn chwilio Beth oedd berffaith cyfraith byw, I'r gyfeillach doi a'r wyllys, Fel yr oedd yn ngheiriau Duw; Gair o gysur i'r trallodus, Nerth i'r pererinol rbai, O'r ewyllys hi adroddai, Rhan o'r gyfraith bar ddifai. Erfyn wnai am ymddatodiad, Oddiwrth y babell bridd, Ac arwisgo'r ffurf ysprydol, Drefnwyd draw i deulu 'r Sydd Heddyw mae o fewn paradwys, Nid oes arni Hinder mwy. Pob afiechyd wedi ei gadael- Cauu mae, does arni glwy'. Edrych mae yn wyneb Iesu, Gweled ynddo 'r Duwdod pur, Cael esboniad i'r dirgelion Fethodd weled yma 'n glir Mae y gorchudd wedi dynu Oddiar ei llygaid hi— Gwel'd y dyn a'r Duwdod ynddo, Dalodd iawn ar Galfari. Engyl nef wneuch chwi gymwynas ? Dy'dwch dros ei anwyl blant, Gwnawn ni ddilyn 01 ei chamran Trwy y gras rhydd Duw i'r saint Wneuch ch i wylio 'r fan mae 'n gorwedd Pabell glai fy anwyl fam ? Da<?rau hiraeth sy 'n cysegru 'R fan mae 'n gorwedd yn y llan. Oh! fy nhad, fy mrawd, a minau, Er dioddef ergyd drom, Er i'n golli un mor anwyi— Ië. colli 'n anwyl fam Rhaid yw ini ymlonyddi, Duw a'i dygodd ato 'i hun. Trwy ddatguddiad yr Efeugyl Ni wnaeth ond ein blaenu ni. Draw, ar feusydd pur y wynfa, Ni g.wo eto wel'd ein mam, Mae yr ergyd wedi 'n taro, Nes i'r net a ddedwydd fan, Lie cawn eto gyd-gyfarfod, Heb un ofn 'madael mwy Mae ein ffydd yu ddyfnach heddyw, Yn ein Tad eydd wrth y llyw. Porthcawl. A. LEWIS.
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FUNERAL OF LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL. The remains of the late Lord Randolph Churchill were laid in their last resting place on Monday. They were removed from 50, Grosvenor Square, London, and conveyed in a glass-panelled hearse to Paddington Station. Some of the principal wroaths, including those from the members of the family and servants, were taken with the remains but the bulk of the florsl offerings, of which the number was very great, were removed to Pad- dington, and despatched by an earlier train. A crowd had assembled in Gordon Square to witness the departure of the funeral cortege, and all rever- ently unoovered as the coffin was brought out and placed in the hearse, covered with splendid wreaths. The male members of the family, with Lady Ran- dolph and her sister-in-law, Lady Curzon, followed in carriages. All along the route blinds were drawn, and evidences of sympathy and respect were everywhere apparent. At the entrance to Paddington Station the crowd was enormous, and every head was bared as the hearse reached the departure platform and was placed bodily in a special covered car provided for its re- ception and attached to a special train, which the Great Western Itailway Company had plaoed at the disposal of the bereaved family. iminedi- iatoly afterwards Lady Randolph Churchill, wear- ing the deepest mourning and a heavy crape veil, crossed the platform leaning on the arm of her bro- ther-in-law, Lord Curzon, and apparently deeply affected. Next came Messrs. Winston and John Churchill, his Lordship's sons, the Duke of Marl- borough and Lady Curzon, Lord Tweedmouth, Lord de Ramsey,baptaiii Wilson, Lord London- derry, and other members of the family, together with the scrvauts. Dr. Keith, who attended Lord Randolph throughout his fatal illness, was also present, but Dr. ilolbooti Roose, the family doctor, was prevented by illness from attending. Among those ou the platform to witness the departure were numerous representatives of political and workmen's organisations. When the special steamed out, the entire assembly uncovered and stood with reverently bowed heads till it had passed out of eight. This spontaneous demonstration of sympathy had a most touching effect. It was observed, too, that at various stations along the route, porters, labourers, and the general public in the vicinity of the railway raised their hats as the train passed them. Oxford was the first stopping plane, and here Dr. Stubbe. the bishop of the University City, joiued the train and proceeded to Woodstock lor thu purpose of officiating at the funeral service. The traiu reached Woodstock a few minutes before noon, and was met by the Mayor (Mr. W. P. Ciarke) and Corporation of Woodstock, who were drawn up in line ou the plat- form, the Mayor bearing the maoe tied with crape. The Woodcock Blenheim Fire Bridgade were there in full uniform, the tenantry on the Blnnheim estato were also present, together with a very large assemblage of the general public. While the car, with the eoiliu and its burden of wreaths was being detrained, Lady Randolph Ciiurchill, Lord Curzon, and the Bishop of Oxford drove Oil to the vicarage, where his lordship, together with his chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Yule, and the Rov Edgur Sheppard, prepared to reoeive the romaius. The processiou, comprising the tenants, the stewards, the hearse, the mourners, the Mayor and Corporation, the fire bridgade, and the foresters, passed along the maiu street lined by large crowds, all in deep mourning, and at the church door was mot by the clerk. The coffin having beeu lifted out of the hearse, the Bishop and the other rev. gentlemen pro- ceded it up the aisle, the former impressively reading the opening sentences of the burial service. \Vheu the procession had been reformed it started for the churchyard in the village of Bladon, about two miles distant,the route taken being throughBlenheimfm-k, the historical seat of the Duke of Marlboroueh. The villagors of Bladon turned out en masse to wituesg the arrival of the cortege, aud the funeral bell of the parish church was tolled whilst the remains were eu route. The place of sepulohre was on the north side of the church contiguous to the spot where rest the remaius of Lord Randolph Churchill's brother, who die4 iu childhood. When the ooflin reached the graveside Lady Randolph, supported by hor two sons, took up a position beside it, and when the other members of the family, the Mayor and Corporation of Woodstook, the fire brigade, the Foresters, and the various deputations had tateu their places, the Bishop of Oxford read the commit- ment portion of the service, and the remains were lowered to their last resting place. Hundreds of persons had walked out from Woodstock, and not a few had oome from Oxford, including a depu- tation from Merton College, where Lord RJiu- dolph was formerly a studeut. As the last sad rites were performed the entire assembly uncovered and remniued bareheaded, while Lady Itandoiph and the other members of the family took their last look at the ooflin. The ceremony at the grave being thus completed, the soores upon scores of wreaths sent by irienls and admirers of the late statosmau were conveyed into the graveyard and placId beside the oppn grave. The Prince of Wales aud the Duko of loik each sent wreaths. A funeral service in memory of the late Lord Ran- dolph Clititchill was held at Westminster Abbey, the use of which had been granted at the request of the Prime Minister. Amoug the notable per- sonnges present were Lonl liossbery, Lord Salis- bury, Sir W. Ilarcourt, Mr. Balfour, Lord Wim- borue, Lord Northbourue, Lord Heay, Lord George Hamilton, Sir Michael flicks-Bnach, Mr. Henry Irving, Mr. J. L. Toole, Sir Arthur Otway, Lord Moiri-j, Sir John Gorst, Sir Donald Currie, Sir Jas. Caruiichael, Messrs. James Lowtber, Akers Docglas, Benn, Barrow, and other members of Parliament. There were also present several ladies of the Church- hill family.
POST OFFICE PROSECUTIONS. At the Old Bailey, Loudon, ou Monday, George Fidler, .,0, postman, pleaded guilty to stealing a po-t office letter aud oontentt, belonging to the Postmnster-General. Fidler had boen many years iu the service. The robberies extended over five years. The prisoner, who was alleged to have takeu 112 postal orders, was senteuoed to three years' penal servitude.—John Ramsay, 33, sor- ter, pleaded guilty to a similar offence. He had been twenty years in the service, and was in receipt of £2 12s. per week. The postal orders, fifty-five in number, which the accused abstracted from letters in a period of nine months, were of the value of about £ 20. He was detected by means of a test letter made up in consequence of losses. The prisoner was sentenoed to eighteen mouths' hard labour.- William Graaf (23), a German cor- respondent, pleaded guilty to unlawfully send- ing through the post improper pictures. The parcel which contaiued the matter complained of was stopped while in transit from London to Germany.—Mr. Paul Taylor, in mitigation, denied that the prisoner had adopted a system of sending objectionable photos through the post.— Witnesses were called, and they gave the prisouer a very good charaoter.—The Common Serjeant said that the accused was liable to twelve months' hard labour, but under all circumstauces he must go to prison aud be kept at hard labour for six months.
SUICIDES IN LIVERPOOL HOTELS. Two suicides in Liverpool hotels were investigated on Monday by the City Coroner. The first kiquest was on the body of Carl Thomas Blaucli-Brain, 29, manager for a firm of electrical engineers, residing nt Helsby,near Warrington. He left home and stayed at the North-Western Hotel, Liverpool. His dead body was found in a bedroom, where he had shot him- self in the head. Medioal evidence showed deceased had overtaxed his hrllin by excessive study, and had been warned against it. lie was a young man of great promise. A verdict of Suicide while temporarily insane" was returned. The second inquest was on the body of Thomas Herbert Lewis (39), veterinary surgeon, in practice at Crewe, who fatally stabbed himself in the Bradford Hotel. Deoeased r^cpntly resided in Glasgow, and was at one time a lecturer on anatomy iu the Veterinary College, Edinburgh, but lost his position through opium taking. A similar verdict was returned.
THE STATE AND TFIE TELEGRAPHS. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the transfer of the tetegraphs to the^tate a banquet was given at the Hotel Metropole, London, on Monday nittht, to about two hundred guests. Mr. Arnold Morley, Postmaster General, presided, and, in pro- posing the health of the Queen, took occasion to touch on the great development of the postal and telegraph services. The Msrquis of Ripon, tho Earl of Kimberley, Mr. Bryce, and Mr. Shaw Lefevre were among the speakers.
The Jura Simplou Railway has now a service ot through trains from Bale to Nioe in connection with the Wagon Litz Company. In connection with the National Sunday League, the Galleries of the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colours, Piccadilly, were open to the public on Sun- day afternoon, and were visited by 1,488 persons. Mr. Ruskin is stated to be in the enjoyment of ex- oellent health at Brentwood, Common, wh"re he oooaaionally receives guests, aud has been able, ia lpite of the recent severe weather, to take dail, walks in the woods about his home. Alice Hughes, a domestic servant has been burned to death at Mewry. Iu order to make the fire burn up quickly she threw paraffin upon it, aad tat flames set her on fire. An elderly man named Robert Hopkins, of Porth- cawl, fell down dead at a meeting of shareholders <4 the National Bank of Walee, held at Cardiff. lie had hurried from the railway station.