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Oo DEATH OF SIR JOHN GIBSON I
NOTES FROM LiBERA YRON
NOTES FROM LiBER- A YRON. 8tH JOHN; GIBSON. A FRIEiND'S TRIBUTE1.. c. He was my friend- Faithful and true to me— But Brutus says he was ambitious And Brutus is an honourable man." The words serve to indicate the diversity of opinion that must always be expressed when Sir John Gibson's life and tvtark come under review. I shall leave dates and figures to Jte dealt with by others. They belon g to time. At this dour moment I can only deal with impressions and they belong to eternity. About forty years ago the nefivspape? called the Oswestry Advertizer" and the ( "Cambrian were the only local Liberal weekly newspapers that j-eached these parts cf the country. For some time, with the craze of the scribe who has been a familiar figure in every Welsh village. I used to send news paragraphs to the "Cambrian News," chiefly of the doings at Good Templar Lodges. Good Templarism was then on the crest of its fame an(d usefulness. And in those days Mr. Gibson, who represented the newspaper as district editor and had taken up his residence at Aberystwyth, came to Abcrayron and waited upon me with singular grace and deference. His message was to ask me to name my price for the work I was already doing; and he would not accept a refusal. Be it known that in those days it was a distinction which satisfied youthful' ambition to have one's literary effusions printed in any newspaper of repute, with the stationery and stamps provided by the writer. I named my terms. They were accepted. And that relationship and others that followed remained till the end; The sensation of the tender grace" of that one act will never come back to me. There are only two or three of such like everlasting experiences in a long life. Later there was a law suit. He was sued for libelling a friend of some work- house inmate. He was now the owner of the Cambrian Xews," but bearing heavy liabilities. The law charges connected with that law suit were supposed to amount to J3400 or £500. Without consulting anyone. I wrote to the late Mr. David Davies of Llandiman to enquire whether it was not the right thing to present Mr. Gibson with a testi- monial in the form of a sum of money equal to the amount of costs. The reply was "Certainly; I wil] give £1GO, or more, if necessary." WTien I had secured promises of nearly £300 I wrote to Mr. Gibson to say what I was doing. He replied, "I will not accept a single penny." After that there was another law case in which he sued a Welsh newspaper for damages for defamation. He was awarded a sum of JE50 by a jury, and Mr. Justice Field gave him costs. He divided the JB50 in equal shares between the witnesses he had summonsed and) he sent with the cheques his apologies for keeping them away from their business. These are samples of the manf Then to know him. and Mrs Gibson and the children, in those Arcadian days when they lived in a house in Chalybeate-street, and to find out what a host and hostess they were to a boy are necessary ex- perience to appraise the character of the deceased Knight. Through what entanglements he fought since: How deep were the wounds and what poison was on the barbs it is not for me to enquire; but simply to testify that he was courageous to a fault. He dealt hard blows, not at the man, but a.t what the man was. Never was there so impersonal a. foe. To the prude and prig and puritan he was merciless; but it was the affectation and the conceit and the pretence which he slew. Men unable to understand the elevation of his mind had to try to find out some discreditable motive for the vehemence and pertinacity of his onslaughts. He had all the daring and all the chivalry of the bucaneer. He went out like the knights of old in solitary fashion. He slew the giants Despair, Ignorance, Prejudice, Monopoly, Tyranny, and he left their carcasses on the roadside, never deeming it anything to boast of. There was always so much to be done that what had bee
Cardiganshire Recruits. List of recruits secured by Major L. J. Mathias. staff recruiting officer for Cardi- g,in,sliire Peter Ellis Talybont, R.F.A. John Rowlands, Whitchurch. R.F.A. John G. Richards, Aberystwyth. R.F.A. Albert Chamberlain, Aberystwyth. R.F.A. Thomas J. Green, Goginan. R.F.A. Thomas Morgan, Goginan. R.F.A. Albert E. Jenkins, Aberystwyth. W.R. T. Thomas, Aberporth, Pem. Yeomanry. Tom Kane, Blaenporth. 3rd Welsh. John Booth, Lampeter. 16th R.W.F. John E Jones, Aberystvrvth. 14th R.W.F. F. Longscn, Stockport. R..F.A. J. H. Aisthorpe, Stockport, R.F.A. E. Harrop, Hadfield, R.F.A. J. J. A. Joues, Lampeter. A.S.C. R. Gregory, Aberystwyth. R.F.A. D O Jones, Aberystwyth, A.S.C. D. A. Hughes. Lampeter. 9th W.R. e. F. Hyett, Llangranog, Ri.F.C. D. M. Owens. Aberystwyth, R.E. Richard Headon, Aberystwyth, R.F.A. R. J. Parry, Lampeter, S.W.B. J. B. Jones, Newcastle Emlyn. R.A.M.C. Evan Adams, Newcastle Emlyn. A.S.C. David Adams, Newcastle Emlyn, A,S.C'. William Griffiths, Newcastle Emlyn, A.S.C. O. J. E. Powell. Aberystwyth, A.S.C. Ivor Ellis. Aberystwyth, A.S.C. William Norton, Cardigan. R.F.A. J. H. -Niui-torA. Aberystwyth, A.S.C.
LAMPETER" Double Wedding. -A double wedding took place at St. Peter's Church on Tues- day morning between Mr. David Evans, cabinet maker, College-street, and Miss Ellinor Thomas, Artliog; the other party being Mr. Samuel Evans, signalman, G.W.R., and Miss Mary Evans, house- keeper at the Vicarage. The bridegrooms were attended by their brothers and the two- brides acted in the capacity of brides- maid to each other. The marriage cere- mony was performed by the Rev. Canon Camber Williams, assisted by the Rev. D. D. Evans, Werndriw. The church was full and the bridal couples received hearty con- gratulations. The Rev. W. Ll. Footman, (allege School, gave away Miss Thomas, and Alderman E. Evans gave away his sister, Miss Mary Evans. The happy couples went to Llanwrtyd for their honeymoon. Promotion.—Mr. J. T. James, who is with the 16th Battalion R.W.F. at Llan- dudno, has. been promoted full corporal.
BANKRUPTCY EXAMINATION. At the Bankruptcy Court, at Carmarthen at-, TuesdaJí; Daniel Watkins,, sc^lic'^or^ and. magistrates' clerk Lampeter, came up for his adjourned examination. His gross liabilities were put at 23,507, and his deficiency £ 2,183. Mr. W. P. Oweil, Aber_ ystwyth, appeared for debtor, who attri- buted his failure to Stock Exchange specu- lation, and Mr. T. Howell Davies, Carmar- then, and Captain and Mrs. David Evans, Lampeter, creditors. Replying to the Official Receiver (Mr. H. W. Thomas), debtor said he had no record of his dealings on the Stock Exchange. He admitted having paid into his general banking account cheques received in respect of various clients., which he was still answer- able for. In 1898 he was appointed co- trustee with Howell Howell, jun., of Pont- garreg, Carmarthen, of the Howell Howell Trust, and an account was opened in their joint names in the National Provincial Bank on October 24th, 1898. Under the will of. Howell Howell tl,600 was to be set aside for his daughter, Hannah Jane Evans. and her children after her. Was that fund set aside?—I cannot say. It was before my time. There was JE800 stock in the London and North-Western Railway, which represented Ll,200, and there was another J3100 outside that stock. He did not take any interest at the time in what, he had been appointed trustee of. Proceedings were taken against him and an order was made on Febraury 15th direct- ing the necesarv inquiries of accounts. Has anything been done under that ord,pi- "-No- What was left at the bank as security was this-London and North-Western Rail- way stock and the houses in Williams'- eourt, Carmarthen. As a matter of fact, there was rather a big margin, because, to meet the overdraft of about £ 670 on Mr. Howell's private account there would be securities of about £ 1,700. You would not want all that. At any rate, you arranged a loan of L670 from Mr Jenkins of Lampeter :-Yes.-Further questioned, debtor said the stock certificates held by Mr Jenkins for his £ 670 was sold hy Mr. Jenkins for more than £ 800 to the bank. The balance, after ded.ioting the t670, was naid: into Mr. Howell's account at the bank at Lampeter. You appreciate your position in regard to this, that you were co-trustee with Mr Howell and that you partook with him in using this trust estate in a manner in which it should not be used?—Of course. Under Mr Howell's will the farms of Pantvrefail and Pengraig were to be held in trust for his son, William Archibald Howell, for his life, and afterwards to his children., William Archibald Howell died in the lifetime of the testator. With re- gard to Pantyrefail, there, was a mortgage given on Jhe farm on December f-th, 1910, to Captain David Evans and his wife, of Lampeter, for RRX. You issued that mortgage ?—Yes. You were acting as solicitor for the people lending the money; you also acted as solici. tor for the borrower and, further than that, yen are also as trustee in reality one of the borrowers. So, knowing your posi- tion as- a trustee, you got these people to advance this £ 8C0 and you did not disclose your position, though you were acting as solicitor for them?—I Thought the men y could be paid for without anyone knowing. But what was the idea of your not dis- closing yourself as a trustee ?-Real] v, I have no clear explanation at present. You had no definite object in view, had I.YOU;[ I have been thinking over it, but I do not recollect what influenced me at the time. Debtor said that he himself received the RSM from Captain Efvans in J35 notes on November 25th, 1910, and the money wenc to buy shares. Then you knew that you were doing what you ought not to do?—Certainly. Arid you know that the result of that transaction has been that Captain Evans has lost his money?—That is so. With regard to Pengraig Farm, there is a.mortgage dated September 6th. 1911, for £ 1,000 to Thomas Price. That was also drawn up by you and you acted on behalf of Howell and Price Yes. Why did you not join as a partv?—Well, having started the other way in the fiist mortgage we had to continue. Yoll also say in that deed that the £1,000 was required to make advances to the bene, ftciaries under the will and 'n anticipation of the future sale of the estate among the beneficiaries. You knew that wrórg? —I did. That £ 1,000 was also paid to you in C5 notes on September 6th, 1911?—Yes. What was done with that money 3 That was partly jp shares and to repay a loan of £ 250 which I had from Miss Herbert, Col- lege-street, Lampeter. By Mr. W. P. Owen—I am perfectly satisfied in my own mind that not a penny went to my own pockets. The Official Receiver then questioned debtor as to the signature on the £ 1,000 mortgage. Debtor admitted it was not the signature of Howell Howell, but that it was written by him with Howell Howell's authority and subsequent knowledge, as the latter did not turn up. Questioned by Mr. T. Howell Davies, debtor said that Captain and Mrs Evans. of Lampeter, had at the time implicit mix, fidence in him. When you knew tha- Mr. Howell had deposited trust security to cover his mm account, did you take any steps to inform the bank r—No, he represented them as his own. So you knew when you went to Captain Evans the financial position of Mr. Howell Howell?—Yes. Captain Evans was a retired sea eaptain, and in consequence of the loss he has suffered he has had to go back to sea ?— I cannot say that. ) So the recital in the mortgage was un- true to you own knowledge?—That is so. I Debtor said he invested the L-8W in shares in the Enterprise Gold Mining Com- pany. They turned out very badly. Mr. W. P. Owen—In all these transac- tions have you put a penny piece into your own pocket —Not a penny. I have spent my own and my wife's money in trying to make up the deficit.- You started your unfortunate state of affairs in order to put your dead friend right ?—Yes. I never had anything to do with stocks before that. Debtor added that he never received anything as costs from the estate or from Mr Howell Howell. The examination was closed subject to the debtor supplying his deficiency account. j
f BLAENAU FESTINIOG Accident.—Mr. R. Owen Jones, the county coroner, accompanied by Ins son and Inspector Stephen Owen, whilst motoring from Blaenau Festiniog to hold an inquest at Penrhyndeudj-aeth on Tues- day evening, collided wit>» anotbei motor car coming in the opposite direction round a sharp corner near Tanybwleh. The occu- pants were thrown out on the road. The j Coroner was severely hurt, and had to be taken home without holding the inquest French Flag Day.- The lowng Women's Christian Association realised over for the French Red Cross Society by means of the_sale of miniature banners. Five Days a Week.—Work of five days a week insteftd of four days was commenced last week at Maenofferen Quarry. An Old Inhabitant.—The funeral took place on Friday of Mr. Owen Williams, Tyddyn Gwyn Mawr, Cwm Cvnfal, an old inhabitant, who passed away at the age of seventy-four years. Obituary. Ihe death took nlac* oil Monday after a Jong ilines.s of Miss Martha C. Hug lies, daughter of Mrs. Hughes. Tan- [ygraig, and sister of Mrs. Jonathan Davjes. Portmadoc, and Mr. R. () Hughes chemist, Blaenau Festiniog. "She ^wa» forty years of nge. Graduates.—Miss May Catherine Evans. Mount Pleasant, and Miss Gwaldys Ml Arthur, Bryn Eirian, hav taken the B. A. degree of the University of Wales. They studied at Bangor College. Sad Death.—The death took place on- Saturday at the age of twentv-nine years, after a lingering illness, of' Miss Uwen, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Owen, Post Office, Rhhv. and sister of Dr. Owen, Shrewsbury. Hojtjs Hospfta: Reserve.—The following. members of the Blaenau Festiniog division of St. John Ambulance Brigade left Blaenau I estmiog on Monday to do dutv with the Hospital Reserve at the Miltbank Military Hospital, London:- Corporals Llewelyn Jones, Thomas H. Williams, Lance-Corporal' R. Gwilym Jones, Privates Thomas H. Jones, W. R, Hughes, K,vid F?P V> rGTeV R Williams; David Elans, R. G. J ones. Lewis Jones Ivor Jones, and Hugh P. Roberts. There are now eighty-six members of the division serving in military- hospitals.
LLANGEITHO. Success. Mr, J. J. Ashton Jones, Wynde, wen, has obtained his degree of B.Sc. of the Welsh University. He is at present attached to- the Remount Depot of the A.S.O. at Ormskirk w ca shire. Vis'tors.—The friends of Mr. Evan Stedman Davies, of, Oaerllugest, second- lieutenant m the 11th S.W.B Colwvn Bay, and of Mr. John Davies, Lone Hou.se Il«nriPTate''in the, 15th Londo" Llandudno, were glad to see them and fit-1.1* bnei:vi3lt home lo°king so well
TALSARNAU. Schoolboy's Ca!Jantry._A number of children were bathing in the estuary be tween inys Gifftan and PenmounWhen one boy got out of his depth. His nlav bv John 1 l'nes"tor he]V heard 'll Llewelyn, son of Mr J J ifcaSvea?-'hoolm £ ster'' ^lsarnau, aged i i™r ;i, He spot and aimed on the scene a^ the boy YoTn" Thoma SUi"foi,.the th^ time. J h** ,?a>' "•'thout divesting himself of his clothes, plunged.in and afL a h £ uggle succeeded in getting the drowr? ing youngster safeJv ashore It ;e [ j thnt young Thomas' gaTaftrv Jut Society^ IO "0tiC" R«^' H«ma £
PWLLHELI. 'r0,PTn-C^l Walter Roberts son of Mr. and Mrs.. CWneliu* RoWfe Eurwyn Iiobyne Owen SOn of i (Territorial™, R W F^°"d 6th Curacy. The Rer. W K Owen, M.A., Caegwenllian, Pfflltrefelin. has been T- £ Pl Abroad.—A large number of ^rvire abroad S « through Abererch and the town last week Br^n &nTr",mand °f Officer R. Troops.—There is mueh complaint over the removal of all the teoopa billeted £ thetowntobiHets-at South Beach and T ai?? at a ^>eciaJ meeting of Town Council on Friday a deputation was appointed to make to military authorities Charge ^a,nst Soldiers—At a sneeial AM Ursiav More J- Jones, Alderman Maurice Jones and Dr. R S*?8' 1 8oldiers Merthyr Tydv ll Patrick Morns and Laurence Cot- ter attached to the R.F.A., quartered at PwUheh. were charged, with having broken into the office of the Gimblet Sett Quarry on a Saturday night. Morris had been before the Bench m the preceding week on the same charge and stood remanded.— Evidence was given that the office bad been broken into and that a number of health insurance stamps were missing Defendants gave an emphatic denial to the charge and said they had picked up the stamps on the sands.—The Bench dis- missed the charge.
PORTMADOC. For the Dardanelles.-Dr. Arvor Jones, who is with the R.A.M.C., has left for tOO Dardanelles. Promotion.- Private W. G. Humphreys, nephew of R. o Fadog, who is in the R.W.F., has been promoted signaller. Personal.—-Mr. John Evans, brother of Alderman W. P. Evans, J.P., Blaenau Festiniog and of Mr. Evan Kv ins, Man- afon, Pentrefelin, who has been 'n China for twenty-five years as the representative of a large shipbuilding company, is home. on six months furlough. Troops. — Some hundreds of the troops billeted at Portmadoc. Criccieth. and PwU- heli left on Tuesday for South of England- to form part of a reserve brigade of the. Welsh R.F.A. Concert for Troops.—A concert for. troops Was held on Tuesday night at the- Town Hall. Lieut. Sorrell was announced to preside and the following to take part—- Messrs. Billy Wardle and Moses Jenkms" Messrs. Calfagan and Kerry, Messrs. Tom Davies and W. W. Leach, the Welsh G Party, and Mr. F. E. Young's party, with Messrs. J. Griffiths and R. E. Jones as accompanists. y.. Personal.—T»Ir. Victor Williams, son-of Ehedydd Eifion, who is in the navy, has successfully undergone a surgical opera- tion. Organist.—Mr. Cartwright, organist of St. John's Church, has resigned and Miss JLizzie H. Humphreys, organist at Tre-< madoc Cliurch, has been appointed to the. vauenvT.
South Wales Strike Settled
South Wales Strike Settled. A settlement of the South Wales coal- field strike was effected on Tuesday between the representatives of the Government and the Executive Council of the South Wales Miners' Federation. Mr. Lloyd George, M.P. (the Minister of Munitions), Mr. Walter R-unciman, M.P. (president of the Board of Trade), and Mr Arthur Henderson, M.P. (president of the Board of Education)., met the works- men's representatives, and subsequently the coalowners, with the result that an agreement was reached. Broadly speaking, the n.ew terms of settlement concede vo the workmen their most important demands. They have secured a new standard fifty per cent, above the old 5s a day for surfacemen; a minimum of ten per cent above the new standard rate, but no equivalent selling price; six turns for five for afternoon and night shifts; equal payments for night and day haulers; a clause dealing with non-Unionists a period o\-er which the new agreement is to run—for six months after the war, but not for three years from the date of signing. There was a coalfield delegate conference at Cardiff on Wednesday, morning to receive and ratify the terms, and it was confidently expected that work at the pits would be in full swing at night, (
Efforts are being made to secure the holding of the High Moveable Conference of Rechabites in Aberystwyth in August of 1917. Mr. Lloyd George is making himself in- dispensable. On Saturday he gained the approval of Mrs. Pankhurst at a women's Patriotic demonstration. Oil Monday night he visted Cardiff to settle the coal strike. He has done it. It is reported that the price of coal is to be further increased a.t Aberystwyth. The question naturally arises why coal should cost more in Aberystwyth than in other places in the district ? Unfortunately, the Bill regulating coal prices is not in- teilcleel to apply to middlemen. A The death occurred early on Saturday horning of Sir John Gibson, Aberystwyth, Proprietor and editor of the. ClIllhrian who received a knighthood on New Year's Day. An epitome of his strenuous life and remarkable career appeals in Another part of the paper. •K -K* Tire national register is to be made on Sunday, August 15th. Local authorities have begun preparing for the work of com- pilation and voluntary helpers will be wel- comed. The officials of local authorities lose their usual holidays in August. fio'iday-makers will have to fill in the forms in the districts where they will be Staying at the time. An advertisement published in another Part the paper by the Farm Produce ^ihu..itire for South Wales impresses on farmers the duty of offering immediately ■ to the War Office all the bay they can P°s%ibly spare of the new crop. Thev are expected to do so without remuneration. it is now possihle- for farmers to deal direct with the War Office, it will be foolish, and unpatriotic to attempt to other- ^•e dispose of their spare hny. I Portmadoc sewerage scheme has been )rpedoed by the) Local Government Board. he Urban Council, in view of the Local government Board's circular discouraging Improvements at present, wrote asking the I'd whether they would sanction a loan for a schlame -costing less than' half the Estimated cost of the ambitious scheme abandoned four years ago. The Board Without enquiring whether the scheme was urgently wanted, or not, replied "No; will not sanction' it at present." Doubt- f'ss the scheme will be officially described a hung up; but judging from the silence of the members of the Urban Council and e equanimity with which the refusal has 1l received we cannot but think that the scheme is as dead as the proverbial nail.
MACHYNLLETH t Presentation.—On Monday evening, at he Vane Hall, an interesting presentation J1,as made on behalf of tne associates and ^ftibers of the Girls Friendly Society to Helen Gillart, Maengwyu, on the of her marriage which takes place Tuesday next to Captain and Adjutant Jones-Evans, 2/7th R.W.F. Miss 'i'e, The Rectory, presided over a large tjlendance of members and Miss Blodwen J^mphreys, in a few appropriate words, j £ esented Miss Gillart, on behalf of the with a beautiful luncheon tray servers. Miss Gillart suitably re. The Misses Blodwen Humpnreys Nellie Evans acted as secretary and 'Usurer of the Presentation Committee. pUlpit.—On Sunday the pulpit at Maen- (C.M.) Chapel was occupied by Dr. ynddylan Jones and his forcible sermons e,'e much appreciated bv the large con- jugations. Visitors. -There are now several visitors the town and large numbers also visit J16 town dailv. So fai owing to the low I ate of the river—few fishermen have come f.(' the hotels, but the few who have been b 11 the river after the recent rains have excellent sport. OF GUARDIANS, Wednesday, July Ptesent: Mr Richard Hughe. pre- ying Mrs Mury Thomas, Messrs. Richard Gillart, Edward Jones, Machyn- •leih Mrs M. Jones, Messrs, Meyriuk Robert?, Towyn John Evans, Uobtugwyn J/illiam .Joues, Aberdovey K'lward J^URhes, Mathafarn; M. K Francis, Ciiumes- ^ychan Richard .lones, Darowen; John ?«rry, Penrhyn Lewis Lewis, Giaspwl! Lewis R. Williams, Penegoes; Thomas enkins, Talbontdraen; W. P. Rowlands, R Jones, assistant clerk; fphn Jones, master. Gi nbecessary \V0rkh0u9e.—Mr Richard ih 1 said the decrease in the uuniber of 4?^ates from twenty-two to thirteen made ^Peremptory to do something drastic in the of reducing expenses. To keep a large tf for the small number of inmates was fateful to a degree and the sooner the better "e Board considered the matter in all its ijj&ects They could not continue to go on t that "way much longer. Some savings had effected at certain points, but it was Vsted in other directions. Other Umons er,? considering the advisability of amalga- Of\lion and the figures showed the necessity bh-lachynllcth following their example. The Itb ent condition was nothing more or lees a Wft>te of money. He proposed that V>^«nunications showed be opene'i with Mr •Q Edwards, clerk to the Llailtyllin Union, \ener of the conference stating their W*hngaeas to participate in a conference. matter had been before the Board on and should now ttbe proceeded with to a settlement. Mr (|dwaid Hughes seconded the pro itIOU which was agreed. ^Ai. COUNCIL. Mi. Edward Hughes pre- iag. Fairs. V^chynlleth Urban Council intimated appointed representatives tuaco with e Rural Council in the matter of fair*. I Means of Peace.. ife. sygarreg Parish Council wtote asking the Council to allow the^ gale at the to the new bridge at Glaspwll to re- as it was a public convenience and a •
THE WAR. 'CANADA AND HER woi NDED SOLDIERS. lh Militia orders at Ottawa show the t'^ner in which it is proposed to provide tv Wounded Canadians returning to the L^inion from the front. A medical t will examine all officers, warrant and officers and men m- S hj ^d to Canada on disembarkation. Any h;?11 unable to travel will be sent to hos- also If their disability is found to be n'lianent they are to be retired in order tli^y may he placed, oiv pension forth- K'11!. If, however, the disability is not 'Hianent thev will continue to draw the of their rank through the divisional 'VllKixter, and when discharged from the • fe ^Pital will be paid up to the date the judges they will be fit to retuin to OQ6'1 ciyil occupations. Those arriving in ^^ada only slightly incapacitated and !\t¡alla only slightly incapacitated and Vtin to continue the journey to their homes bs discharged and paid to the date ak-v° which the Board judges their dis- k 'hty win last, provided they do not think tk "u last three months. If they judge L tk6 ^isabilitv to last three months or more, K months pay and allowance will be P ^n^d; the man will be sent to his home, the case reported as one for pension to Ou ea^ with bv the Pension Board at a^a. Pay of rank, at war rates, and