THE OMNMUS. [Thinp Seen and Heard by the Condacior.) Nexe week we are in for something great at the Palace. < One way to make your troubles grow it to tell them to others. During the week we have record of strik (e) ing events at Ammanford. When we begin to build up the virtues of a friend, we soon bury all his faults. Neither Here Nor There figured in the races on Saturday, and it was neither. Llandovery has been taxed with profiteer- ing. A case of follow the leader. » Ainmanford still going strong. This time in Genesis; and we are still looking for it. Ammanford Fair was blessed with glorious weather, and the kiddies had a most enjoy- able time. Due, presumably, to the shortage of fire- wood, a clothes-line prop has been missed from Tirydail. » It cost the Ammanford and District Chora: Society nearly £ .400 to go to Corwen. The prize was £ 75. There are those who will tell you that barbers' charges will be of the hair- raising" order. T h ere an e l ectrica l There appears to have been an electrical breeze at the Llandilo Urban Council meet- ing held last week. A member of a local Council is reported to have said that the cemetery was the only undertaking, that paid. Berach Bach started his career at the early age of 7 years, and, like a famous brand of whisky, is still going strong. Ammanford should have played Llandovery at cricket on Saturday last, but at the last moment the match was cried off. Carmarthen Rural District Council, on Saturday last, agreed to appoint a Local Tribunal under the Profiteering Act. A woman was A woman who is in her 90th year was cecently awarded a special prize for the personal cultivation of her allotment. The delightful accompaniment provided by the Brynamman Orchestra on Monday evening at Ammanford was highly commented upon. Probably he's been fishing," said the magistrates' clerk on Monday last, when the defending solicitor presented a witness named Roach. < A witness aged 90, giving evidence at the Ammanford County Court on Thursday last, said that he was able to read and write with- out glasses. We are not only going to attempt to get the National Eisteddfod to Ammanford, but we are going to get it."—Aid. W. N. Jones on Monday night. A horse named Selected came in first at the races on Saturday, but unfortunate ly 'twas not our" Selection," and preferred to Stand Alone." Some jubilants must have thought the Gamant United A.F.C. had been snowed under, writes a correspondent. King Sol came to the rescue. Rugby and Soccer football will in full swing at Ammanford on Saturday. The Rugbyites yppose Brynamman, and the Soccerites Gorseinon. ? The young ladies who walked at mid-night to Glynhir Falls, and on a tree near by pinned a note to record their exploits, must have been possessed of courage. ? The ribbon of the Victory Medal may now be worn by all members who are entitled to the award. A preliminary issue of two inches of the ribbon will be made. I So fully occupied with the glowing pic- ture of love presented at our cinema were the young couple, that they never even noticed that the light had been switched on, and lo! and behold. Referring to Lord Dynevor on Monday evening, Ald. W. N. Jones said that he owned us, we owned him, and between us all we are quite a happy family." And so say all of us. Father, please let me have sixpence to ,give to a poor lame man who only has one arm. That's right, my son; always help the afflicted. But who is the poor lame man? He takes the tickets at the circus." A great tribute to Mr. Aldridge, the stationmaster at Llandovery, who is leaving for Marsden, was conveyed in the few words spoken by an employee, at a presentation meeting held; recently, the latter adding: "He is not only a man but a gentleman." # The Bolsheviks have proclaimed ttie most wonderful Utopian ideals, but they have coupled them with the most cruel and wicked behavtour that would disgrace the Stone Age or the Hottentots of South Africa," declared Mr. Winston Churchill at the Criterion Restaurant. Medical Officer: Now, Sergeant, I am very much concerned as to the quality of the drinking water: what precautions do you take against infection? Sergeant: Well, Sir, first we boil it-" M.O.: Good." Sergeant: Then we filter it-" M.O.: Excellent- Sergeant: Then we drink beer." The head of a member of the finny tribe caused untold suffering a few evenings ago. Its brilliancy mingling wih thr darkness of the night, reminded Juliet of diamonds. She even came to the window in her nightdress, ■90 richly engrossed with her thoughts, but the striking of a match by a passer-by revealed the whole secret. The clerk approached his employer with the request that he should leave him off on the following afternoon, adding: My wife wants me to go shopping with her." The employer replied to the effect that owing to pressure of work it was impossible, where- upon the olerk said: Thank you very much air. You are very kind."
&& Grand Concert at Ammanford A BRILLIANT SUCCESS. The writer can only refer to the adjudi- cation of Dr. David Evans at Corwen, and then could not be satisfied that a full descrip- tion and predominant version had been given of the magnificent renditions of our choir even on Monday evening last, when, to celebrate the success of local competitors at the Corwen National Eisteddfod, a grand concert was held at the Palace Theatre. Lord Dynevor presided. The spacious building was thronged with keen and enthusiastic followers of the musical talent, to-day more than ever appre- ciated and worthily recognised. The outside world cannot but envy the beautiful remarks recently made by Mr. T. M. Evans, M.A., -the Clerk to the Urban District Council, when he referred to the wonderful boast of the late Watcyn Wyn, and which was a challenge to the whole universe. Take a compass," said he, and draw a circle con- fining itself to a radius of six miles around Ammanford, and there you will find more crowned and chaired bards than in any other part of the world." The choir in itself has done for Ammanford the greatest honour. The paean of praise so richly described by Dr. Evans at the Corwen National Eis- teddfod, and confined to the rendition of the Ammanford Choir, has given birth to a spot of its own in the map of the history of the world. o Our choir is responsible for all this, and each individual in the Valley has long since felt his obligation to so famous a Society. On Monday evening, the choir did again more than justice. t The reception was wonderful, and on each occasion a repeat was called for. That mystical leader, Mr. Gwilym R. Jones, again and again re- appeared in answer to the thunderous ap- plause of the vast and appreciative audience. Lord Dynevor, in his opening remarks, said that they had met on an auspicious occa- sion to tender their heartfelt congratulations to their wonderful choir-pplause)-for their great victory at the Corwen National Eisteddfod. It was a superb one, gained under the able leadership of Mr. Gwilym R. Jones. (Applause). He remembered read- ing at the time that even the adjudicator put down his book on hearing so magnificent a rendering. Then again were the local com- petitors who had done so well at Corwen. There was Mr. W. T. Rhys,- (applause) the well-known baritone. He hoped that he would long live to enjoy his many fine achievements. His renderings had become famous. (Applause). What a wonderful asset to the Amman Valley. Again, there was Master David Bevan, a lad who had started his brilliant career at the age of 7 jfears, and although he had started on the ladder of success at quite an early age, he hoped that would not rest until he (Berach Bach) had become famous throughout the world. He hoped that Forward would be his motto, and that he would continue in his sAccesses. He felt confident that they all would have the opinion that night that Ammanford and the Amman Valley possessed the finest and most beautiful Choral Society in the country. (Applause). He remem- bered the King on one occasion saying, Advance Australia." The same advice was at the present moment applicable to Amman ford. They, too, should" advance' until the National Eisteddfod was held thereat. Turning to Mr. Gwilym R. Jones, his Lordship said: Wre congratulate you on being the leader of so brilliant a choir. You have worked diligently and patiently until success has come your way. To-day the name of Ammanford echoes throughout the land. (Applause). I hope that you will continue to be successful, and that through your efforts the National Eisteddfod will be held at Amman ford a fact of which I have but little doubt." Continuing, his Lordship said that he could not but help bring in the name of Madam Bessie Morris, the fair singer of Wales. (Applause) He thanked them all for their interest and their perseverance, and' for their noble work. He also wished to thank them from the bottom of his heart for their kindness in conferring upon him the honour of being their chairman that night. He believed that it was they who were to be thanked and not him, for allowing him the privilege of being present with them. He felt assured that he would carry Back with him a tune in his heart that would remain there for years and years. He longed to hear the wonderful singing, and again wished to thank them for electing him as their president that evening. (Applause). The choir opened the proceedings with the rendering of the part-song, "Sylvia," the National test piece. The choir, as previously stated, received a great ovation. One could not but envy the appropriate motto facing the vast audience, and which conveyed in itself the true sentiment of the Welsh-speaking people. (The writer refers to the Welsh quotation displayed above the platform). "Môr o Can yw Cymru i Gyd will throughout the generations to come convey the sympathies and the adoration its people for music. The performance was again soul-stirring, and held the audience spellbound. Following this, Master Dai Bevan (Berach Bach), the renowned penillion singer, delivered one of his famous masterpieces. In response to the continuous appeal of the audience, he responded. The I premier of Welsh musicians, Mr. W. T. Rhys, next Tendered Why do the Nations, accompanied by the Brynamman Orchestra, which added to the charm of the solo. He, again, was encored, and responded by sing- ing verses composed for the occasion.. The next item, a selection by the Brynamman Orchestra, created an impression. The rich tone of the different instruments conveyed to the critic recognition of patience and perse- verance. The time and blinding of the performance was a feature. The orchestra members are to be highly praised for their careful and skillful playing. The conductor deserved the ovation he received. Madam Bessie Morris, who followed,' gave the recit. and cavatina, Sorta e la notte," Ernani, involami." That sweet and melodious soprano thrilled the audience with her excel- lent choice. An encore greeted the famous soprano. Master Dai Bevan again contri- buted to the programme, and the first part was concluded by the rendering by the choir of the chorus, God goeth up *i (National I test piece). On this occasion they received such an ovation that they were compelled to repeat the chorus. During the interval, the Vicar (the Rev. J W. Jones, B.A.) delivered the following address:—" My Lore, Lady Dynevor, Ladies and Gentlemen,—May I occupy a few moments of your time in expressing to Mr. Gwilym Jones and the Choir the immeasurable joy of Ammanford and the sur- rounding districts at your recent success at the ?df?d at Corwen. You Lave brought to Ammanford the highest musical trophy and the most coveted offered anywhere on this earth (as far as knew) for choral competition in the musical world in the year 1919. Words failed the Doctors of Music at Corwen. They threw over their books. They were transported into an ecstacy of admiration. The words of Dr. David Evans, already referred to from the chair, are worthy of repetition: Such music,' said he, ceased to be notes, time and tune. It became a paean of praise. It stirred our very hearts. It was magnificent. I can hardly imagine a more imaginative and soul-stirring perform- ance of the chorus than we listened to, and therefore we award the prize to No. 4.' If words failed these Doctors of Music, what of me? How can I speak of the singing we have listened to, or describe to you the abso- lute thrill of delight that pervaded the whole district on hearing of your magnificent triumph? And when we heard that you had won the coveted prize, little did anyone imagine that you had earned the most glowing praise ever delivered from the platform of the National Eisteddfod. You have made his- tory. You have made Ammanford' s fair name renowned far and wide, not for bicker- ing nd strife, but for music and for harmony -such harmony as was never heard anywhere before. And I think you have made geography. I can .imagine in future the schoolmasters of Shotton and Nottingham, in i giving a lesson on geography, asking such questions as these: Where is Swansea Where is LIaneIIy? or Where is Car- marthen ? and the answer coming pat from the smarest boy in the class, Near Amman- ford, sir, the town from which came that wonderful choir which gave us such a licking at Corwen.' Now, in these times, we have plenty of elements making for strife, disunity and discord. It seems, therefore, the more worth while to foster and encourage and assist a Society like the Ammanford Choral Society, which is an object-lesson In harmony and concord, and whose whole tendency is to pro- mote the best and the highest good of all. For I venture to say that there are not two members of this Choir—Mr. Gwilym Jones will bear me out in that-betwees whom any- thing but the very best of feeling exists. Otherwise they could not possibly produce such excellent harmony in their performances. To keep the Choir up to this high level of perfection, it must always be looking forward to some future achievement. I am glad to hear that they are already contemplating a repetition of this year's success at Barry next year. Then there is a movement on foot to invite the National Eisteddfod to Ammanford in 1922. If we succeed in this—and there is I no reason why we should not-it will be due in no small degree to the local talent, to the poets, bards and singers of the neighbour- hood, but in the highest degree it will be attributable to the wonderful achievements of the Ammanford Choir. When the time comes for pressing the claims of Ammanford on the National Eisteddfod Committee, I firmly believe it will be supported by every section of the community. We have here to-night a direct and most worthy descendant of our famous Welsh Princes, whose interest in t ie National Eisteddfod is well known. I fe-I sure that Lord and Lady Dynevor, and the nobility and gentry of Carmarthenshire, will readily give their patronage to the project, so that when we go to Barry we shall be a:"Je to convince the authorities bringing the National Eisteddfod to Ammanford. But before that comes about, may I say this—and in it I am voicing the feelings of the vast majority—let us hope that our contemplated schemes of improvement-especially our sani- tation scheme—will have been pushed beyond the pigeon-holes of our worthy architect's office, and so far advanced that we shall be able to indicate to our visitors what we mean Ammanford to be, even if we shall not be able to welcome them with well-ordered streets and a perfect system of sanitation. On behalf of the town of Ammanford, the Amman Valley and district around, I once more most cordially congratulate you, sir, and your excellent Choir on your magnificent triumph. May I also express our most sin- cere and unqualified delight at the success of Mr. W. T. Rhys, our peerless baritone, and Berach Bach, our incomparable penillion singer. We congratulate you all most heartily, and hope you will go on adding success to success." Mr. John Lewis, J.P., Bryn-Rhug, the treasurer, said that the Vicar, in his remarks, had referred to the history of the National Eisteddfod and its establishment. Even Ammanford possessed an unique history, and was mentioned in "Mabinogion." He (the speaker) was not quite sure as to whether it was not spoken of in the first chapter of Genesis (laughter). He had to thank them most heartily for the support the public of Ammanford and the surrounding Valley had given to the choir in the past. He described Mr. Gwilym R. Jones as a most brilliant land able conductor. (Applause). They had put their heads together, and not alone captured the first prize at the National Eisteddfod at Corwen, but had brougnt back to Wales the coveted Blue Ribbon." (Applause) True, they had put their heads together to capture a prize of i.75, but r.ot only that, had guaranteed the expenses of 'ht choir-a matter of over £300. Ammanlord had always been noted for its musical capa- bilities, and had carried away prizes ga lore. In addition, they were expert allotment culti- vators in the Valley, and had even woi prizes in that direction. The choir to-day was only a young plant, and needed care and support. It was a promising choir, and he appealed to the public for their continued recognition, which would enable them to carry 011 with far greater vigour and confi- dence. They hoped to compete at Barry next year again, and with the sympathy and co-operation of the many followers, would again prove equal to the occasion. (Ap- plause) Mr. William Walters next spoke. He said:— After all the good things that have been said of the Choir, it gives me very great pleasure indeed, as a member of that body, to come forward and say a few words on their behalf. Since our advent to Corwen this is the first opportunity we have had to publicly thank the inhabitants of Ammanford and surrounding districts for the noble manner in which they have extended to us their sup- port and sympathy. It is not my duty to say anything about the good qualities of the Choir and theirable conductor. That has already been done, not only by our local papers, or even the Welsh Press, but also by a large number of the leading English papers. The criticism of Alfred Kelisch, one of the leading musica' critics of the day, and a man that perfection in choral singing is an unknown thing, in the London "Daily News said that he attended the National Eisteddfod for the last 20 years, and admitted that he was never taken up by the Welsh singing. He had always been a sceptic as far as Welsh singing was concerned. After the Corwen contest he altered his tone in such a manner, that no one who was present could ￼ that the award of the prize to Ammanford Choir for its fine rendering of God goeth I up was absolutely right. Then he went on to deal with our worthy conductor, whom he contended soared above all other conductors in the competition. The comments of Mr. Wm. Child, the musical critic of the 'Musical Times,' were to the effect that the reception of the winners performance of God goeh up was almost as thrilling as the singing itself. Although the word thrilling should be cautiously employed, he added, this was the only word that could describe the magni- ficent performance of the Ammanford Choir.' (Applause). The Manchester Guardian commented in the same tone also the Liver- pool Daily Post,' who went so far as to say that the conductor of the Ammanford Choir was the only conductor in the competition that had the true conception of God go, t h up, and that he had given a lead to Wales in Bach' s music, and hoped that Wales would follow. After reading all this, was it at all surprising that a man like Dr. Evans —a man with the Celtic blood running through his veins; a man that was blessed with the Welsh sentiment—should say at Corwen that he never heard a richer com- bination of voices in his life that the balance of ( parts of our choir was everything that could be desired, and the phrasing magnifi- cent? This is a treasure that any choir in the land would be proud to be possessed of. Although they had the material in the choir, and the ability in their worthy conductor of winning this victory, it would never have reached Ammanford had it not been for an- other factor which played a very important part indeed in bringing this honour within the possible reach of the choir. That factor was the sympathy and active support of the inhabi- tants of Ammanford and surrounding dis- Ktricts. They gave them all every possible support they could, and even encouraged them at their ordinary singing practices, where the hard work was done; but I can assure you that, despite their kind support, the com- mittee were undecided up to the last week of the competition. What settled the busi- ness was the rehearsal concert held on the Wednesday preceding the contest, when this spacious building was literally packed and every available space was occupied. That and that alone was the night that settled the whole affair. It was then that the document was signed. That concert reminded the speaker of an incident in the history of our country, when Wellington summoned one of h'.s officers to his presence, and srw'd, If victory is to be ours, you and your men must take so and so position. So and so gap mttst be filled.' The officer, knowing the difficulties in the way, and although realising the magnitude of the task, turned to Wellington and said, My lord, if I shall only place my hard in that inspiring and con- quering right hand of yours, I am prepared to undertake any task that you wish to com- mand.' The noble Duke gave him a hearty shake of the hand. Off rode the officer with his men to the deadly encounter, and the result was the capture of the position. meant a great victory for England. That was the very thing you did at our rehearsal concert. The Choir felt that they had the snake of a hand, as it were, a hand that ex- pressed the sympathy and good wishes of the noble heart that was behind it. He assured them that with their continued support—which there was little doubt they would have—and the shake of their right hand, the Choir ane their worthy conductor were prepared to undertake any task that came before them on their musical path. I thank you most sin- cerely on behalf of the Choir for the sym- pathy and active interest you'have so kindly extended to us." (Applause). The second part of the programme opened with a cornet solo by the eminent cornettist, Mr. Tal Morris. He gave an ideal render- ing of The Lost Chort." So enraptured was the audience with the playing of this particular performer that he was repeatedly recalled, and responded. Master Dai Bevan again came forward, improving on each appearance. Here again he met with a rousing reception, and responded. The choir next beautifully sang Hopkin Evans* well known composition "T oriad Dydd." The harmony was almost perfect, and the balance of the respective voices without doubt, un- approachable. A selection given by the Brynamman Orchestra was well received. They, toe, deserve much credit for the able manner in which they manipulaied the re- spective difficult instruments, and did justice to the intricate portion of their several selections. Mr. W. T. Rhys again thrilled the attentive listeners with his sweet rendition of the solo "Tommy Lad." In response to an encore he sang "Myra." Madame Bessie Morris followed with the delightful soprano solo "Poor wandering One." She was recalled. A 1 At this juncture, Aid. W. N. Jones proposed a vote of thanks to Lord Dynevor for so ably presiding, and for his personal attendance there that evening, coupling with Lady Dynevor and the friends that accom- panied him. He had heard the Vicar refer to an attempt to be made to get the National Eisteddfod at Ammanford. They were not going to be content with an attempt, but they would not be satisfied until they got the Eisteddfod at Amrranford. The Council had entrusted four of its members to make the preliminary arrangements for the submitting of Ammanford's claim. They had heard of the Big Four during the war. To-day it was ihc same, for they had found it necessary to copy the same method, and they were going to be successful. (Applause). With Lord Dynevor a;, one cf their foremost supporters, the task ..hoL'ld be less difficult. They all knew the interest Lord Dyne or took in the affairs of Ammanford. His financial assistance and influence would be assured, as well as that of the nobility of Carmarthenshire. Lord Dynevor practically owned them they owned him, and between them all they were quite a happy family. (Laughter) Lord Dynevor, replying, said it was they that were to be thanked and not him. He felt proud of the fact that he had been invited to be p'tien'. to hear so rare a treat. He appreciated their kindness and their sentiment.. The choir then sang Britons, Alert! "j The singing of the English and Welsh National Anthems brought the proceedings to a close, Madam Bessie Morris taking the solos. The arrangements were in the hands of the energetic SeCretary: Mr. G. Bowen Jones, Wind Street, who is deserving of every recog- nition for the very able manner in which he supervised the whole of the proceedings. Since h¥ elevation to the position, his one and mam ambition has been the success and interest of the choir. After the very able addresses deliver on this auspicious occasion, there is but little doubt that the choir will be able to continue its brilliant career in a stronger and financially sounder manner. The pubhc at larg? are, judging from the appre- ciation and support giv'n, heart and soul with hc Society, who through theW recent success have been the means of strenghcl.?.i? musical cords of the Amman V^lUy
Ammanford County Court. Thursday, before Judge Lloyd Morgan, K.C. DECISION UPHELD. His Honour upheld the decision given by at the last Court, in the case of Charles Henry Higgs againts Evan Rees and his wife. Mr. W. L. Smith, Ammanford, was for the appl.cant, and Mr. Hugh Williams, Llandilo, defended. The claim was for 1.22 for goods household furniture, books, etc. It will be recalled that the female defendant had lived with the plaintiff prior to his enlistment In the Army, but had since married to Even Rees. His Honour commented strongly on the fact that both defendants had got off light, and mentioned that it was not justifiable for them to have sold the goods in the man's absence. Registrar for assessment, and His Honour now awarded plaintiff £ 11 15s. 8d. damages, the same to be paid by monthly instalments of S-2. GOODS SUPPLIED. I Mrs. Jane Roberts sud Mrs.. Louisa Evans for the sum of i.4, for goods supplied. The defendant said that her husband had received the goods, but had since been killed in France, in June, 1916. She received a small pension. His Honour: But you are the executrix? Defendant: Yes, i he defendant now admitted liability, and entered a plea of poverty. His Honour, in making an order, payable at the rate of 2/6 monthly, said that the law would have to stand. If she did not pay, then her late husband' s furniture would be sold to meet the liability. He advised her to pay. COMPENSATION AWARD. Mr. Randell, Swansea, on behalf of Evan Davies, a miner, made an application for the payment of £ 125 paid into Court by the Am- manford Colliery Company. A compensation award, payable in respect bf the death of applicant's son, a worker formerly employed at the collieries. His Honour granted the application. DAMAGE TO A FIELD OF OATS. Joseph Thomas, Bryndu Uc.haf, Maesybont, brought an action against Mrs. Mary Hughes, Gorswen, for damages made by the latter's cattle to a field of oats and hedge owned by the plaintiff. The claim amounted to £ 8 10s. Od. Mr. Harley, Llandilo, ap- peared for the applicant, and Mr. T. Howell Davies, Carmarthen, defended. The applicant called, said that the de- fendant's farm adjoined his land, and cattle continually strayed into the field of oats. He had sent them out several times before he complained to defendant of their unwelcomed presence. During a conversation with the defendant regarding the repairing of the fencing, she said that a bundle of barbed wire had been bought for the purpose. The fallowing morning the cattle were in the field again. He sent for her, and in the presence of P.S. Beynon said that she had nothing to ¡cia with the repairing of the fence. In July last he instructed his solicitor to communicate with the defendant. This procedure had little effect, and he was reluctantly campelled to issue a claim for damage. Since such action had been taken here had' been no further complaint on his part. ,He estimated the damage to be f-8 I Os. Od., and considered the corn spoilt through the continuous tramping of the cattle. Cross-examined: He had made the water course himself and had never touched the hedge prior to the sowing of the field. Then he had banked up his own side of the hedge. He had lived on the farm for the past 27 years. There were old poles at intervals in the hedge and also broken pieces of wire at the time. He did not know who had taken them uo. By the Judge: He did not mean to say that the whole of the crop was spoilt, neither was there a heavy crop before the trespass. It used to be common land. The fence was generally in a poor state of repair on the de- fendant's side. The cattle could easily get into the field, but could not get out again. John Lewis, Macsybont, deposed to in- specting the field of cats, and estimated the damage done to be about £ 10. Griffith Vaughan Davies, an inspector under the Board of Agriculture, said that he visited the plaintiff's farm on the 19th of August. He inspected the crops, and found them to be quite up to the average. The field referred to was well cultivated, and the damage complained of, he alleged, had been done by cattle. He estimated the damage to be c,9 5s. 7d. Cross-examined: He was surprised to see so excellent a crop. At this juncture plaintiff was recalled, and denied that the damage had been caused by his pigs. In May, June, and July last he kept 9., P.S. Beynon gave evidence corroborating the conversation between the parties. For the defence, Mr. Davies contended that he could produce documentary evidence to prove that' the applicant was responsible foot the repairing of the hedge. Charles Thomas, a clerk in the employ of Mr. J. W. Nicholas, Carmarthen, produced plans, shov/ing the boundaries between the parties, and the position regarding the hedge complained Mr. John 0. ParTy, surveyor, Ammanford, was called in support of the defendant's claim that the hedge marked on the plan was the one outlined in the agreement produced. He also produced an ordnance map bearing tracings of the plans, handed for the in- spection of the judge. Mr. Hurley said that the defence had sprung quite a surprise upon himself and his client, and it would be necessary at this stage! to consult Mr. Drummond, the agent to the estate. His Honour, after carefully comparing the plans, agreed to an adjournment, but sug- gested that evidence in support of the defence should be taken that day. The defendant was then called, and said that since she had been the occupier of Gorswen, she had never done any repairs to the hedge. Stephen Stephens, Glanamman, Maesybont, said that he was 91 years of age, and had been a tenant of the land referred to for 60 years. The tenant of Gorswen had never repaired the fence. It was generally done by the tenant at Bryndu Uchaf. Thomas P. Davies said that he was 57 years of age, and had lived at plaintiff's farm. His first recollection of the boundary between the fields was a wide and deep gutter. He had never remembered anyone repairing the hedge. This concluded the case.
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Llandilo Urban Council. The monthly meeting of the Llandilo Urban District Council was held at the Public Hall, Llandilo, on Tuesday evening, the 2nd inst. Mr. E. A. Harries occupied the chair (in the absence of the chairman and vice-chairman). There were also present: Messrs. D. Pritchard Davies, William Hopkins, J. H. Rees, E. W. Evans, J. R. Evans, T. M. Williams, Benjamin Hughes, and David Evans. MINUTES. The minutes of the previous meeting and committee meetings were read and confirmed. ARREARS OF WATER RENT. In reply to Mr. E. W. Evans, the Clerk stated that as Mr. Danter had not paid up his arrears of water rate and proceedings had been instituted against him to recover the amount. ABSENCE OF LIGHT. ENGINEER ASKED TO RESIGN. In reply to Mr. David Evans, the Clerk said that the Engineer stated that he had a hand, and would have to get the assistance of the old hand before the work could be done. Mr. D. Pritchard Davies said it was now September 2nd, and no lamps lit. Mr. David Evans held that the Engineer was acting in open defiance of the Council, and thought he should be asked to resign. He should like the Council to visit the Electric Light Station to see it. He moved they should have a special report on the matter. Mr. T. R. Evans agreed with Mr. Evans. It was deplorable, and the light they had was extremely poor. People were really talking about substituting gas for electric light. He endorsed everything that had been said. The electric light Committee as the whole Council was too big. It was ridiculous the way things were carried on. Mr. David Evans, so as to be fair to Mr. Bowen, thought they ought to have advice from outside. Mr. J. R. Evans said it was their own fault. As a Council; they ought to look after their employees more thoroughly. Mr. D. Pritchard Davies, as chairman of the Com- mittee, had told Mr. Bowen last night that the state of things was a disgrace. His excuse for not lighting the lamps was that he was clean- ing the boiler. Mr. Davies said he agreed with Mr. Evans. It was time they should do something, and he seconded Mr. Evans, that they should employ an outsider. Mr. Harries also agreed that they had a grievance. Not once, or twice, or more, had Mr. Bowen ignored them. Mr. J. H. Rees and Mr. J. R. Evans thought it would be a waste of money to call in an expert. They knew the state of things well. Mr. William Hopkins asked if they could afford to let the matter stand. There would shortly be a great demand at the workhouse for the light. We should lose a golden op- portunity if they did not look sharp. As Mr. D. P. Davies said, the Gas Works people were moving. In the end they would find the electric light collapse. The Chairman said there had been a spring cleaning at the station. Mr. 1: R. Evans asked to move an amend- ment which Mr. D. Pritchard Davies also suggested, that they should have a Committee, with power to call in an expert, if need be. Mr. E. W. Evans thought they should give the Engineer power to get assistance for the extra work. Mr. J. R. Evans asked what the extra work was. He would like an expert to report. The Engineer had managed to have a holi- day he (the speaker) could not. Mr. T. H. Williams said that at last night's meeting it was disgraceful the answers they received from him. Mr. Evans said whilst he agreed to a Com- mittee he did not see the value of waiting. It was agreed to. Mr. Benjamin Hughes thought by what they had previously heard of Mr. Bowen, that he was the best engineer in the county. Mr. W. Hopkins asked that Mr. Preston, of Ammanford, should be called in to aci with the Committee. Having such a man would be an advantage. Mr. Hopkin got the seconder. It was agreed that the Committed should be appointed. The members named were: Mr. D. Pritchard Davies, Mr. T. M. Williams, Mr. J. R. Evans and Mr. David Evans. It was decided to report without delay. The Committee was to report at a special meeting on Friday night. Mr. J. R. Evans asked if the Contractor had to take away house and reasonable shop refuse. It was decided it should be so. I HOUSE AND SHOP REFUSE. Mr. Parry, the Surveyor, pointed cut that oftentimes from shops there was a good deal that could not be called shop refuse. Mr. J. H. Rees said the Contractor had refused1 to take away a shovelful of sweepings from the New Garage, because it did not come under the head of house refuse. It was agreed that in drawing out the new draft agreement with the Contractor, a clause to cover house and shop refuse should be inserted. CONGRATULATIONS. 1 he Chairmen congratulated the members of the Council who had been raised to the bench. Mr. David Evans seconded. Messrs. D. Pritchard Davies and J. H. Rees responded. Captain L. Roberts, the other member was not present. I A GERMAN GUN. Intimation was given by the Surveyor that a German gun had arrived at the station a week ago. He was waiting to know whose duty it was to haul the gun up to the town, whether the Council or the Railway Company. On the suggestion of Mr. J. R. Evans, it was decided to place the gun temporary in the Mart. HOUSING. There was a long and fruitless discussion on the Housing question. Mr. J. R. Evans thought they could say no more than that they were taking action, and no more was said. I VARIA. Then followed again a long talk over the charge of the Gas Company for cutting the road when putting gas into houses, &c. The Surveyor suggested that as they were losing money by still charging at the pre-war rate of 2s. 6d. a cutting, that they should charge that price only for a near cutting and 5s. for a cutting right across the road. Even,tually, it was decided to give the Gas Company notice that after the 1st October the charge would be 5s. Over an application by Mr. Gerald Davies to build a bungalow near Blende Road of a temporary charater for one of his employees, Mr. David Evans strongly condemned the project, and was supported in doing so by Mr. T. M. Williams. After a protracted discussion, it was agreed that the Plans Committee should meet Mr. Davies to discuss the matter.
Ammanford Races. A record was constituted at the Amman- ford Races held on Saturday, when the entries exceeded those of previous meetings. The prize money on this occasion totalled £ 100, and the prize in the 120 flat handicap race had been increased LO £20. Ttiere: were runners present from' Gloucester and the Rhondda Valley, and the extreme end of the adjoining counties. Great interest was mani- fested in all the thirteen heats, and some- exciting finishes were witnessed. The winner. Hall, of Clydach, proved beyond a doubt, the fastest man on the ground, and simply romped home. -Lilly Morgan, the lady runner- from Llandovary, outshone her previous records, and finished her heat in fine ilvle. A new feature introduced was the 440 yards flat handicap, which attracted no fewer than 70 entrants. F. C. Davies, the' well-known Cardiff sprinter did remarkably we! and managed to w:n by a couple of yards. The one mile gallop handicap fielded 27 runners, and the only incident of note was the disqualification of many for second place. She broke the course. The whippet competition excelled itself Keen sport was the outcome, and narrow wins• recorded. There were nearly 60 in the field. Due to the enormous attractions, the events were not concluded until 8 o' clock. It was estimated that the attendance reached the average. The officials wére:- Judges: Messrs. Erne Hewlett, Ben Oliver, P. F. J. Bosisto, and T. F aire lough. Handicappers: Horse events. Mr. Jack Collins, Merthyr; Foot events, Mr. Jacii Price, Merthyr; Whippet, Mr. W. J Lewis; Clerk of Course, Mr. Q. Evans. The, secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. D. E. Thomas, 6, Wind Street. Results:— 120 Yards Flat Handicap.-Heat winners: W. F. Hall, Clydach; T. J. Jones, Loughor; S. Michael, Llandebie Lily Morgan, Llandilo; F. C. Davies, Cr«.r⇔; A. Lewis, Pontardawe; F. Ward, Pcntre- bach; W. Bennett, Ynismudw; Wm. Ed- wards, Ystalyfera; D. K. Lloyd Hughes. Penygroes; W. Jenkins, Ammanford; D. Thomas, Ammanford D. Williams, Pontar- d:awe. Semi-finals: First heat: 1, W. F- Hall, Clydach; 2, T. J. Jones, Loughor. Second heat: 1, D. K. Lloyd Hughes, Peny- groes; 2, W. Bennett, Ynismudw. Final: 1, W. F. Hall, Clydach; 2, D. K. Lloyd Hughes, Penygroes. One Mile Open Trotting Handicap.—First heat: 1, A. Jones' (Llansamlet) "Donald' 2,Mr. Evans' (Merthyr) Byuard." Sccond heat: 1, G. Hughes' (Onllwyn) "Wee Nellie 2, Mr. Jones' (Merthyr) "Ethel." Final: 1, Wee Ntilie 2. "Donald." Six Furlongs Dash (Trot) .—First heat: 1 r. W. Howells' (Glais) "Dick." Second heat: 1, D. Jenkins' (Llangonoyd) Llan Boy." 440 Yards Flat Handicap.-I, F. C. Davies, Cardiff; 2, Evan George, Clydach 3, D. Thomas, Ammanford. One Mile Gallop Handicap.— H. Cui- cliffe's (Sketty) Selected 2, W. J. Davies (Gwaun-cae-gurvvsn) ■ Seventy- Three"; 3, W. Jones' "Port Talbot) Steel Grey." I !N/liles Gallop Hardicap.-I, W. Keenan's (Llanelly) Mary 2, W. J. Davies (Gwaun-cae-gurwen) Seventy- Tiuee 3, S. Davies' (Llandilo) "Cigar- ette." 150 Yards Whippet Handicap.—Heat win- ners: Reed's Plymouth Lass Cunliffe's Rose Neale's "Blue Streak"; Ed- wards' "Bob Richards' Wern Boy and Edmunds' Our Lassie (dead heat) Teague's Snow White." Final: ], Reed's- Plymouth Lass": 2, Edwards' Bob."
Llandilo County SchosL EXAMINATION FOR FREE PLACES, 1919. Candidates between 10 and 12 years of age:— Handel Bowen Edwards, Ffairfach Councl School 220 John Clifford Richards, Llandilo (Church of England) School 205 Miriam Davies, Llandilo (Church of England) School 192 Roderick Hughes, Llandilo (Church of England) Schoo! 186- Arthur Roderick, Gwynfe Council School 162 Candidates between 12 and 13 years of; age:— John Richard Erichsn Jones, Llandilo and Brynamman Council School 269 Ieuan Brynmor LeNvis, Tal aris and Cwm- ifor Schools 267 Arthr" Trevor Davies, Nantygroes Council School 224 Jane Ware, Cwmamman (Church of England) School 223 Herbert Leslie V. Michael, Llandebie (Church of England) School 209 Les Davies, Llanddeusar.t Council School 202 Irene Jenkins, Llandebie (Church of England) School 202 Hannah Mary Hughes, Nantygroes Council School 201 David Thomas Ivor Davies, Llandilo Council School 197 Phyllis Jeres, Penygroes Council School 194 Florence Rowlands, Trapp (Church of England) School 194 Mary Hanna h Morris, Llandebie (Church of England) School 193 Robert M. Rowland Roberts, Liverpool and Capel Isaac Schools 191 Tudor E. Thomas, Llandilo (Church of England) School 185 William Henry Williams, Cwmamman (Church of England) School 174 Cathfrine Williams. Ffairfach Council School ] 7 r Ieuan Davies, Ffairfach Council School 165 May Price, Trapp (Church of En-land) School 165 Frank L. James, Llandilo Council School 163
Llandilo Rural District Council. The monthly meeting of this hody was held on Saturday. Mr. J. Bevan, J.P.. presided. The agenda contained little of public interest. BETTWS WATER SUPPLY. Mr. D. Glyn Jenkins again called -atten- tion to the serious position in reference to a water supply for Lower Bettws. He referred to the obstinacy of one of the local land- owners, and urged that steps should at once be taken to furnish the place with a pure and adequate supply. The present water stipply had been condemned, and he was. sure no people had suffered as much as those resident in the locality. Mr. W. Williams and others joined in the protest against the delay in proceeding with a scheme. Mr. Jenkins said that the agent to ihe estate had been approached by the Sanitary- Inspector and representatives of that Council to no purpose. They had been ignored. Water was absolutely required for tenements on the estate. He "advocated direct action if nothing was done. The Clerk. suggested. that a deputation should again wait on hiin. It was essential tht. at they should obtain the sanction of all the riprarian owners to take the water. Printed and Published by the Amman Vadey Chronicle, Limited, at their Office, Quay Street, Amman ford in the County Quay marthen, September 11th, 1919.