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Carmarthen County Council
Carmarthen County Council. MEETING OF MAIN ROADS & BRIDGES COMMITTEE. Mr W. J. Williams, Brynamman, presided at a. meeting of the Carmarthenshire Main Roads and Bridges Committee held at the Carmarthen Guildhall an Wednesday.
COAL REQUIRED FOR THE ADMIRALTY
COAL REQUIRED FOR THE ADMIRALTY A report presented by the Surveyor showed that he had been unable to get coal for the steam roller from the usual source, because all steam coal which the firm had in hand had been requisitioned by the Admiralty. it had therefore been necessary to make some other arrangements. THE SANDY BRIDGE TOLL-GATE. The Clerk read some correspondence which had taken place with regard to the toil-house near Sandy Bridge. The Council desired either to have the toll-house or at least the projecting part of it removed. Mr Mansel Lewis, the owner, wrote, to say that the pro- perty was leased, but that negotiations were taking place for the surrender of the lease. SANDY BRIDGE AND THE RAILWAY CO. Correspondence beween the Council and the Llonelly and Mynyddmawr Railway Co. with regard to the maintenance of the approach to Sandy Bridge was also referred to. The Company had offered a sum of £3 for the maintenance of the approaches. The Surveyor considered that a fair payment would bs about £ 23. The Company had afterwards come nearer the Council's terms but it seemed impossible to do anything until matters had been arranged wih the Tramway Co. The Clerk said that the Tramway Co. were liable for part of the maintenance, and there was also 12 inches on each side of the "slet," to be maintained. It was highly desirable that all the work should be done by one autho- rity. It would be very awkward for the Tramway Co. to do one part and for another body to do the rest. An arbitration had taken place between the Tramway Co. and the County Council, and he expected that the award would be issued shortly. He (the Cleiik) had, subject to the confirmation of the Coun- cil, given an undertaking that 1,000 yards of the Llwynhendy road beyond the. tramline should be tar-macadarnised as it was the only bit of road in the neighbourhood which was not treated with tarmac. KIDWELLY'S GRANT. A letter was received from the Kidwelly Corporation asking for a. sum of E40 to which they were entitled for the, footpaths in the Borough. The Clerk said that the amount was pro- perly payable. The Council had promised £120 in three annual instalments of £ 40 each. It was decided to pay the sum. GUILDHALL FOR SALVATION ARMY. An appliciation was received for the use of the Guildhall for a meeting in connection with the Salvation Army on the 10th May. Mr W. N. Jones said that he thought the Chairman had power to grant permission. The Clerk You altered that a,ft,erwards; you passed a resolution that the hall was not to be used without the consent of the County Council. Rev A. F. Mills in proposing that permis- sion be granted said that there was no other room available in the town. Sir James Hills-J alines seconded the pro- position which was carried unanimously. AMMAN VALLEY SEWERAGE BOARD. A communication was received from the Amman Valley Sewerage Board who rupplied for certain easements in connection with the county roads. The Clerk said that if the clauses inserted in the Ammanford Bill were inserted in this Order it would be sufficient to protect the righs of the County Council. Mr W. N. Jones said that all that was re- quiiied was the, usual clauses inserted in such cases. He thought that they could very well leave it to the Clerk of the County Council and the Clerk of the Sewerage Board to arrange. Mr D. C. Parry asked if it would not be necessary to fix a nominal rent. The Clerk said that a proper document would be drawn up, and the rights of the Council could be safeguarded without the payment of any rent. It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Clerk. MORE WAGES WANTED. An application was received from the road- men in the Eastern and in the Western Divi- sions asking for an increase in their wages. The rates at present are :—21s a week in the rural districts; and 23s a week in the urban districts. The Chairman: We are only a committee to-day. I do not think it is quite in order for us to consider it. Dr Williams: We oouM pass a resolution on the subject at all events. Mr Hughes It is not on the agenda, doctor. Dr Williams: It comes under the head of correspondence. Mr W, N. Jones said that it had been sug- gested at a previous meeting that the "lengths" of the roadmen should be re- arranged. Dr Williams said that he would give notice of motion for the next meeting of the Council to increase the men's wages. Rev A. Fuller Mills Why should it not be dealt with to-day? Dr Williams: I am sorry the chairman has ruled it out of order. Rev A. Fuller Mollis I think it should be settled to-day. The Chairman You ought to be in the chair then. MORE ROLLERS WANTED. Mr Mervyn Peel said that there was con- siderable impatience being shown by the public who were anxious to know what was being done with the money provided by the Roads Board. He did not see how the work was to be done except more rollers and more work- men were engaged. Mr R. W. Jones (Surveyor for the Western Division) said that some of the, contracts had not yet been accepted. As soon as they were accepted he hoped to ask for an additional roller if not two. Mr Gomer Henry (Surveyor for the Eastern Division) said that lIe had two rollers on the main line which formed the upper part of the Main Road Scheme—on the road between Hamgadoek and Llandovery. The other was on the road between Llandilo and Pontar- gotJhi. Mr Mervyn Peeil: I cannot understand how more money is to be spent except we put on more men and more l oiled s. Mr John Lloyd Is it not a fact .that we have to hire rollers besides the County Council rollers. Sir James Hills-Johnes said that there were big sharp stones—regular rocks on some of the roads. Mr Gomer Henry said that he presumed Sir James was referring to> the foundation stones which were being, put down neaT Llandilo. Mr W. J. Thomas asked if Mr Henry would be able to spare the roller for the road betw een Poi-thyrhyd and Wernforgan. Mr Alfred Stephens said that the roller had been working on the road between Llandilo and Cothi Bridge since October. It would do a patch at one end, come down to the other end, then come up and do another patch, and so on. The surface
I Llandilo Board of Guardians
Llandilo Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of this body was held on Saturday last when those present were: Mr J. Lewis (chairman), Mr Evan Davies (vice-chairman), Mrs E. Roberts, Rev J. Alban Davies. Messrs W. Hopkin, J. Richards, Arthur Williams, W. Roberts, D. Thomas, W. Humphreys, J. Bevan, J. Mor- gan, D 'Davies D. W. Lewis, R. Matthews, Gomer Harris, W. Williams, Jacob Davies, J. T. Williams, W. Stephens, Ctaleb Thomas, J. Thomas, W. Roberts, L. N. Powell, W. E. Richards. THE HOUSE. The Master reported that the number of inmates in the House was 69 against 65 in the corresponding period last year. The vagrants report showed that 94 had been in the house during the fortnight against 140 last year. Service had been held by the Rev D. Rhy- dderch (C.M.).—Mr J. Richards asked if the coal received at the Workhouse was of a similar character to that used in that room? —The Master said it was not. It was cobbles. -A Member The coal here is different to cobble.—Mr Evan Davies: We have experts here, and I should like to have their opinion. —It was not given. The Clerk reported that the audit had been going on for some time, but was not completed and had been adjourned until March 10th—A member asked if there was any reason for the adjournment.—The Clerk said there was some little discrepancy in the amount paid out in the, Bettws Parish, and the relieving officer for the North District had been unable to attend at 11 o'clock on the Friday morning, and the auditor left oefore he arrived.—The Chairman: Had he notice of the time.—The Clerk I believe he had.—Chairman: Pea-haps he will explain himself.—It was stated that the audit was not yet finished.—Mr D. W. Lewis: I think we should have an explanation from Mr Davies why he did not attend here ? Can you, Mr Davies, explain.—Mr Caradog Davies: Yes, sir. He said he had been at the audit on the Wednesday and was asked if he could attend on the Friday. He had intended being there, but could not ride into town.— Replying to a question, he said he did come in the afternoon.—Mr Evan Davies: If you could ride at four o'clock how could you not ride at 10 o'clock. How did you come by two o'clock.—Mr Davies: On my bicycle.—Mr J. Bevan: There was a. great transition.
NURSING ARRANGEMENTS. The L.G.B. wrote to ask what arrangements had now been :made with regard to the nurs- ing arrangements at the Workhouse.—The Clerk said that they had arranged as far as the ordinary nursing was concerned but had not with regard to maternity cases. He had communicated with Mrs Lewis, the local maternity nurse, who declined to do the work under £ l per case.—Mr W. Hopkin said he had called upon her at the request of the Clerk, but she had declined to make any re- duction and had lample reason for doing so. She received JE1 a case from working people in the locality of the workhouse and had no difficulty in getting it. If they went into it economically they would approve of her charge. They paid the local nurse L10 a year for attending patients at the workhouse, but they paid tht previous nurse who was also able to attend maternity cases A:20 a year. During the past four years there had been an average of five maternity cases. That would mean a payment of P,5 a year or adding to it the £10, a. total of £ 15 a year against £ 20 formerly paid. He moved they accept Mrs Lewis's terms.—Mrs Roberts: I beg to second it.—Mr R. Matthews stated that at LIande- bie and surrounding localities they only paid 10s 6d a case. Under the Insurance scheme the maternity henent was 30s, and if El went to the nurse there was very little left for the mother. He did not object to the pound, but to the difference of the charge at Llandilo to other places.
DESERTED WIVES. A letter was read from Merthyr Board of Guardians asking the Board to pass a. resolu- tion to be sent to the Insurance Commissioners in favour of their supplying Boards of Guard- ians with the niames and addresses of insured persons whose wives wore chargeable for parish relief.—Clerk: We have made the ap- plication ourselves.—The Chairman pointed out that they were asked to approve of a re- solution.—Mr Evan Davies proposed and Mr Gomer Harris seconded the passing of the resolution.—It was carried.—Mr W. Williams suggested it should be sent to the L.G.B. and to the M.P.'s,
THE LLANSAWEL DOCTOR
THE LLANSAWEL DOCTOR. Rev J. Alban Davies: What about the Llansawel doctor now? He referred to the fact that Dr Jones, of Llandilo, in the absence of a Tien-resident doctor at Llansawel had been appointed medical officer, but a man had now come to reside there, He understood Dr Jones would resign in that case.—The Clle,rk pointed out that Dr Jones had been appointed public vaccinator for Llansawel by the L.G.B. for 12 months. He thought the Board better wait a while before they took action to see if the new medical man would settle down at Llansawel. He had no doubt Dtr Jones would keep his word.—Mr Hum- phreys thought the new man was going to remain and his family was coming there in the following week.
Llandilo Rural District Council
——— Llandilo Rural District Council. Mr Evan Davies, chairman. CHVMLLYNFELL DRAIN A GE. There was a good deal of discussion over the above. A desire had been expressed that the Council should join the Pontardawe Council in a joint scheme.—Mr Gomer Harris said at Quarterbaoh, etc., they were not prepared to be involved in a big scheme.
THE CLEANING OF THE SCHOOLS
THE CLEANING OF THE SCHOOLS. Mr R. Matthews in dealing with the Sani- tary Inspector's report said that it contained the suggestion that all the schools should have a spring and summer cleaning. They should drive the matter home with the Edu- cation Committee. It was no use disinfect- ing schools that had not first been thoroughly cleaned.
A QUEER COMPLAINTI
A QUEER COMPLAINT. A letter which in the first place had been forwarded to the County Council but trans- mitted to the District Council was under con- sideration. _Jt was from Mysyddhirion, near Llandilo, and the writer, J. Davies, who re- sided in it. complained that it was uninhabit- able and dangerous to health. There was not a dry room in the house. Could they make it convenient to visit it at an arranged time.— The Clerk pointed out that the Sanitary In- spector had visited the house. The writer of the letter was the leaseholder and yet he sent such a, letter, and as one member expressed it. hoping for the Council to take a thorn out of his hand and put it into their own.—The Cleric said the man had a full repairing lease and had to keep the house in tenant able re- pair. He did not pay his rent.—A Member: Are you the agent?—Clerk I am (laughter). I only wish the Council or someone else would make him repair it.—Chairman The Council can make him go further.—After various sug- gestions had been made, Mr Evan Jones, the Inspector, said that what the man wanted them to do was to giye him notice that the house was not fit for habitation so that he might leave it.—Mr Evan Jones was instruc- ted to take the usual legal proceedings.
ABERCOTHY ROAD. Mr J. Richards brought in the report of the Roads Committee. They recommended 40 tons of stone to be placed on the Aberoothy road. It would be an advantage to have them on now and get them rolled as the steam roller would be taken from the locality short- ly.—Mr W. Richards said that the quarry worked by Messrs Charles Thomas and Co. had a lot to do with tht road as there was a good deal of carting going on. They had ap- plied to the County Council for assistance in maintaining the road, but it was not granted. Chairman: Why not have the tracks filled np. There was no; need of a roller.—Mr J. Richards said they would only want the roller for a few hours.—Mr J. Richards I think we have arranged to use the roller wherever we put new material.
APPLICATION FOR A HALF HOLIDAY
APPLICATION FOR A HALF HOLIDAY. A letter was read from the Swansea. Post- master asking if the Council favoured the closing of the Manordilo Post Office on the afternoon of Thursdays for a half holiday for the siub-postmaster. Telegrams would be. de- livered ifrom the nearest P.O. without extra cost.—Mr J. Richards did not see any objec- tion providing the telegrams be sent without extra expense.—One -lember asked Suppose you want to send a telegram would not that be an inconvenience -Aoth,er member: He would have to go to Llandilo.—Rev J. Alban Davies: We cannot send from Talley on Wed- nesdays.—Mr R. Matthews: They ought to have one half holiday in a week.—Clerk: At Llandilo there is no delivery at night on Thursday.—Mr Evan Jones thought it proved a great inconvenience hi rural districts. He could not get insurance and other stamps when they were closed.—A Member advised him to keep a stock in hand.—That, he said, he could not do.—Mr J. Richards advised de.- ferring the matter until he had consulted the people of the locality.
Llandilo Urban District Council
Llandilo Urban District Council. The monthly meeting of this Council was held os Tuesday evening when there were pre- sent: Mr D. Morgan (chairman), Dr Jones (vice-chairman), Messrs Claud R. Davies, W. Hopkin, D. Pritchard Davies, A. E. Harris, Hy. W. Jones, J R. Evans, J. Stephens; the Clerk (Mir R. S. Lewis), the Surveyor (Mr R. Walters). THE YEOMANRY. The Chairman detailed the steps that had been taken to accommodate the first squadron of the Welsh Reserve Yeomanry. They would be able to put up 70 horses at 4d a night. That would cover the expense. They would have to extend the shed. It would bring them jE8 3s 4d a week which they hoped to have for a couple of months. They were indebted to Lieut. T. C. Thomas and the, Surveyor for valuable assistance. The Electric Light Com- mittee recommended the installation of elec- tric light at the Mart, the light to be charged as to the general public at 6d per unit. They were practically ready for the Yeomanry who were expected on the morrow but were pre- vented from doing so until Friday.—The Chairman thought it was only fair that they should have asked Messrs James, who had leased the mart, if they had any objection to the use of the sheds for the yeomanry officers and would not object to being put to any in- convenience if thereby he could help on the good cause.-M,r Claud R. Davies proposed, and Mr W. Hopkin seconded that an enter- tainment committee be formed.—Mr Hy. W. Jones said they had talked of it before. Could they not have the basement hall of that floor?—The following were mentioned for the Committee: Chairman, Mr J. R. Evans, Mr Cilaud R. Davies, Mr P. R. Daniel, Mr D. Lewis, Tregeyb, Mr G. W. Jenkins, Mr D. J. Rees, Mr J. Williams, the Cafe Mr J. Evans, Brynyrafon, and Mr Downing Williams, with power to add to their number.—It was de- cided to ask the Committee of the Institute to allow- the members of the Yeomanry the use of the Reading Room. The secretary, Mr C. G. Phillips, was to be written to.—Mr Hy. W. Jones suggested that the chairman should convene a meeting on Thursday even- ing.—Mr A. E. Harris said there would be some expense; how did they propose to meet it?—The Chairman thought that the services of the artistes would be gratis. If held in that room the piano would be available.—Mr D. P. Davies thought that as a Council they should be supplied with stationery.—It was decided to apply for the use of the piano.— The Chairman thought they should ask the townspeople to put out bunting on Frid-,iy.- This was to be announced by the crier on ThnrSlooy.-Chairman; Any other little thing now to be done in Council, or you will blame the Clerk and I? The Electric Light Committee's report was then considered.—Reference was made to in- stalling the electric light for the Yeomanry at the Mart, the cost of which would be defrayed by the Yeomanry.—The report- was adopted. AUDITOR'S REPORT. The auditor's report was considered, and in it he advised an early collection of the rates. They had to impress upon the collector to collect it early. The collectors were now humbugged.—The Chairman said there was a wrong impression abroad as to when the money should be collected.—Mr J. Stephens suggested that the Finance Committee should meet to consider the report, which was deci- ded upon. THE OVERSEERS. Mr D. P. Davies thought they should be changed. He moved three fresh ones.—Mr J. Stephens and Mr J. R. Evans did not agree with him. They got out of office as soon as they had got into the work and understood it. That was their experience.—For electing new overseers five voted against four for the old. The men elected were. Mr Ben Morris, Mr Frank Jones, and Mr T. Price. A NUISANCE. Mr Hy. W. Jones complained of a nuisance of rubbish being thrown into other people's gar- dens from the South Bank. Something should be done.—The Surveyor was instructed to see to the matter.—Mr Hy. W. Jones said there was need of stricter sanitary oversight in the same localiy.
ST DAVIDS DAY AT AMMAN VALLEY COUNTY SCHOOL
ST. DAVID'S DAY AT AMMAN VALLEY COUNTY SCHOOL. The pupils of the Amman Valley County Sohool celebrated their first St. David's Day by holding a most successful eisteddfod. In all branches there was a satisfactory number of entries, and the competition was very keen, some of the musical items being particularly well rendered. The adjudicators were Mrs Phillips (music), Mrs Herbert (needlework), and Mr T. M. Evans (literary), who expressed their surprise and pleasure at the high level attained by many of the competitors. The choral competition perhaps excited most inte- rest, and the three competing choirs received high praise from the adjudicator. The Am- manford Choi r_ was successful in this competi- tion. The penillion singing of Brinley Jones was one of the features of the meeting, and was much appreciated. The successful com- petitors were: — Essay, senior: 1, Pansy Lewis; 2, Lizzie Davies. Essay, junior Hannah Evans. English recitation, senior: Kate Whitter. English recitation, junior: George Fox. Welsh recitation, senior: Brinley Jones. Welsh recitation, junior: Phyllis Williams and Stanley Owen. Translation, Welsh and English: Brinley Jones. Translation, English to Welsh: 1, Jane George 2, Carey Edwards. Ballad: Annie Davies. Solo, senior: Annie Davies. Solo, junior: Gwyneth Williams: and David Evan Thomas (divided). Piano, soilo Muriel W1111i,ams. Duett: Divided between Pansy Lewis and Daisy Williairffj and Annie, Davies and Hanna Daisy Williams nnd Annie Davies and Hannah Rogers. Singing at sight: Annie Thomas. Needlework 1, Maggie Evans; 2, PhyBlis Fletcher; 3, Maggie Williams. Drawing Maggie WiJJ ianis. Woodwork Cecil Leonard 2, Cecil Morgan r
LLANDILO. THE Rechabites held a very enjoyable social at their tent-room on the evening of the 25th inst. An admirable tea was provided, after which a brief programme was gone through. The chair was occupied by Mr D. Morgan. Mr H. W. Jones gave one of his humorous addresses, "1hi,lst Mr G. W. Jenkins was in splendid form with his recitations, and the audience was much struck with that of "Th face on the floor." Mrs Charles Jenkins gave a good recitation in Welsh. A reading was given by the chairman. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the Baptist friends for the use of the room. IN celebration of St. David's Day a public tea and concert was held at the schoolroom of the Crescent road Chapel on Monday last. In connection with the Reserve "C" Company of the 4th Welsh, there had been a meeting at the adjoining Drill Hall, and as it had been arranged to entertain the Company to tea as guests, the following were invited in addition Mr J. W. Gwynne-Hughes, lord-lieutenant of the county and Mrs Gwynne Hughes and party, Mr and Mrs Mervyn Peel, Col. and Mrs Lloyd Jones, Chaplain the Rev J. Thompson Jenkyns), Major and Mrs J. R. Williams, Capt. W. L .Roberts, and Lieut. T. C. Thomas as well as Mr D. Morgan, chairman of the Urban District Council. The ladies who pre- sided at the tables were Mrs Gwyn Jones, Mrs Herbert Griffiths, Miss B. A. Jones Mrs Claud R. Davies, Mrs Evans, Miss F. A. Thomas, Miss Griffiths, Mrs Gwyn, Miss K. Lewis, Miss Evans, Misses Bronwen and May Williams, Miss Lottie Williams, Mrs E. W. Evans, Miss Carrie Edwards, Mrs Maggie Griffiths, Mrs W. L. Thomas, Miss May Grif- fiths, Miss May Thomas, Mrs Morgian, Mrs Evans, Mrs George Jones, Mrs John Lewis, and Mrs John Jones. The arrangements for the tea, were in the hands of Mrs Gwyn Jones, Mrs Claud R. Davies, Mrs Williams and Miss F. A. Thomas. Following the. tea, there was an entertainment at which the Rev W. Davies presided. The programme was as follows:— Pianoforte solo, National airs, Mrs P. R. Daniel; solo, Miss Gwyneth Davies; duett, Misses Ceinwen Williams and C'eridwen Lewis mouth organ solo, Mr J. Lennard solo, Mr D. Lewis Llew Cib); solo, Mr John Williams; solo, Miss Carrie Edwards; patriotic song, Miss Bronwen Williams National Anthems of the Allies terminated the proceedings. The schoolroom was crowded. The secretarial duties were performed by Mr Herbert Grif- fiths. Addresses were delivered by the Chair- man, Capt. W. L. Roberts, Lieut. T. C. Thomas, and M. Scihramn, a Belgian.
KIDWELLY NOTES. St. David's Day was celebrated in Kidwelly on Friday last and Monday, March 1st. The celebrations on the first day were confined to the schools, in some of which eistedd'fodau were held. At the Hilllfield Girls School the Rev H. R. Jones, manager, presided, and Mr S. H. Evans adjudicated. At the Castle Boys School a programme of Welsh songs and reci- tations was rendered by the pupils, following the interesting ceremony in the school yard of saluting the flag. A visit was also paid to the Castle, that relic of Roman architecture designed to crush the Welsh spirit, which is more migorous than ever to-day. Hen Wlad fy Nhadau was sung within the precincts of the Castle, after which the boys returned to the schoolroom which had been decorated with specimens of pupils' work, and with the leek and daffodil, a supply of the latter being kindly sent by Mr and Mrs H. E. Smart, of Mountain View. The Rev W. C. Jenkins, who has bjeen connected with the school for nearly 50 years, presided, and the numerous company present included Mr J. G. Anthony' and Mr R. H. Isaac, managers, Mr and Mrs H. E. Smart, Mrs A. James, Mesdames Muller, Nizet, Saura.ge, Binet, and Brochard (Belgian refugees), Mr A. Harris, Miss Muriel Meredith, Miss A. A. Harris, Mr D. Lewis, and a number of parents and old scholars. In the course of an appropriate address the veteran and respected Chairman referred to his connection with the school for so many years. He also referred to the great war, which he earnestly trusted would shortly be brought to an end through the intervention of the King of Kings. The following is the programme :—Address, Chairman; recitation, "Robin Goeh a'r Plant," Oswald Jenkins; solo, Raymond Jen- kins; recitation, "Mae'r wenol wedi dyfod," Gwynfryn Evans; recitation, "Yr hyn sydd iawn," Gwynfor James; chorus, "Llwyn On," School; recitation, "Cymro bach," Bertie Mansel; recitation, "Dacw'r bwthyn," Islwyn Evans; solo, "Bechgyn Cymru," Willie Evans; recitation, "Pla lie mae fy nhad," Dd. Wini. Fisher; ohori-is, "Y Deryn Pur," School; recitation, "Rhyfel," Willie Evans; recita- Islwyn Evans; chorus, "Gwenno Fwyn," School; recitation, "Y dedwydd dri," David Hy. Fisher; drama, "Caradog Yn Rhufain." Dramatis Personnae: Maraio (Roman soldier) Dd. Hy. Fisher; Cynfelin (British prisoner), Tom Edwards Ostorius (Roman General), Harry Harries; Titus (Roman soldier), Willie GoiWer; Maelgwyn (British prisoner), Randell Jones; Claudius (Emperor), Hubert Evans; Caradog (British chieftain), Hy. J. Owens; Caradog's wife, W. J. Potter; children, Os- wald Jenkins, Bertie Hughes, and Elvvyn Johns; chorus, "Harlech," School; recitation, "Nid da lie gelli'r gwell," Hubert Evans; solo and chorus, "Hoy y Deri Dando," Head- master and scholars; votes of thanks; solo and chorus, "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," Mr J. G. Anthony and School. During the afternoon a pleasing diversion was caused when Mrs D. 0. Jones, on hehalf of the scholars, presented each of the Belgian ladies with a little bottle of perfume, as a little token of esteem. The recipients were evidently deeply touched, and Mesdames Muller and Nizet voiced their thanks. A vote of thanks to the teachers was pro- posed by the Chairman, seconded by Mr J. G. Anthonyand the headmaster responded. Mr H. E. Smart in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman alluded to Mr Jen- kins's long association with the educational I life of the town. Mr R. H. Isaac seconded, and the interesting proceedings terminated with three cheers for the visitors, and for King George and his gallant soldiers and sailors. The following was read at the St. David's Day celebrations at the Town Hall, Kidwelly, March 1st, 1915, by the Rev E. J. Herbert, pastor of Morfa C.M. Church. DYDD GWYL DEWI BANT. Dyma'r dydd i Gymru gpdi'r hwyl i'r lan, Chwifiier y banerau heddyw ym mhob man Gofiwn am y ladau, fu yn brwydro'n hir Hydnes llorio'r estron ar y gwaedlyd dir. Y mae trefCydweli, heddyw'n llawn o'r hwyl, Y mae'n Macr gwladgarol wedi dod i'r wyl Mae ei ysbryd iang heddyw'n Ilosgi'n fflam, Safwn yn ei ymyl dros hen iaith ein mam. Ysbryd dewr Llewellyn, y mae eto'n fyw Megis fflam yn llosgi ar fynyddoedd Duw, Ym mhob cwm yng Xghymru, llosgi mae y tan Llosgi nes gwneyd Cymru-bytli yn Gymru lan. Cvmru "Gwlad y Delyn"—Cvmru "Gwlad y Gan" Nijd oes ei Ohyffelyb am wladgarol dan. Y nine ysbryd Glyndwr eto yn y wlad Ac mae bechgyn Cymru heddyw'n myn'd i'r gad! Tan y fanelr fechgyn—tani ym mhob man, "Y Ddraig Goeh" a'r Fancr, daliwn hi i'r lan, Cofiwn Owen Glyndwr—giwr o uchel dras Fynnodd fuddugoliaeth ar yr estron cas. Anwyl "Wlad fy Nhadau" a'i mynyddau glan Cartref y diwygwyr—cartref meib y gan— Cartref hoff Mynyddog—cartref Islwyn fardd Cartref Ceiriog anwyl sy'n gwneyd Cymru'n ardd! Cartref imvyn Toan Ellis sydd o fewn ei fedd A Lloyd George yr arwr. sy'nd ddweinior'r cledd, Ni cha'r gelyn ddyfod i ddifwyno'r tir, Gwisgwn y "Geninem," safwn dros y gwir! Gymru 'rwyt yn anwyl, dros bob bryn a pliant, Heddyw ',gwn ni gofio'r a.nwyl Dewi Sant. Gwlad y Owmanifaoedd, a'r anfarwol gerdd Dalier ati wisgo'r hen geninen werdd. Cydweli. E. J. HERBERT. March 1st was observed at Flag Day in aid otf the fund organised by the central com- milttee, of which Lady Plymouth is the presi- dent and Mrs Lloyd George the chairman. The shops closed at noon, and some bunting was displayed in the town. The young ladies who had undertaken the sale of the flags were early at their posts, as also were the super- visors, and very charming they looked in their IVelsh costumes decorated with the dragon, leek and daffodil. No difficulty was experi- enced in disposing of their wares, and when the boxes were opened in the presence of the Mayor, Aid. T. Reynolds, the same evening, it was found that a sum approaching £ 20 had been realised. In the evening an impromptu concert was held in the Town Hall, which was crowded. The Mayor, who presided, was supported on the platform by Mr H. E. Smart. A very good variety programme was rendered, and appropriate stanzas were recited by their authors, the Rev E. J. Herbert, C.M., and Mr James Jones (Perenog). A short address M as also given by the Rev D. Ambrose Jones, Vicar. At the close the Mayor conveyed his own thanks and that of the audience to the various artistes and His Worship was cordially thanked for his sendees on the proposition of Mr H. E. Smart, seconded by Mr J. G. Anthony. The singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, the solo being taken by Mr W. J. Mansel, was followed by God save the King, and a very successful function came to a close. «** Mrs H. E. Smart presided at the meeting of the Belgian Refugees Committee held at the Town Hall on Monday evening last. It was decided to approve of Mr Binet by Mr Rocke, baker, and to refer the matter of fitt- ing up a workshop for the use of Mesiseurs Muller and Nizet to a committee composed of Mr J. Morgan (Water street), W. Wilkins, Hy. Wilkins, and John John, with instruc- tions to report to next meeting. Mrs —a Greenwood kindly undertook to write to her brother, Sir Francis A. Bowater, on behalf of Messeurs Sauvage and Brochard, who are desirous of finding employment as clerks. A cheque of jE5 10s was drawn in favour of Mrs D. Meredith to meet current expenses. »•« The Capel Sul Choir spent a pleasant even- ing at the Town Hall on the 26th ult. The tables were presided over by the ladv mem- bers of the Choir, when about 90 members partook of the delicious eatables provided by the Choir Committee. The hall was very tastefully decorated. The cloth being re- moved, the following programme was gone through:—"Won't you oome to the City of Pound and Pe arl," Female Choir, the con- ductress being Miss Gwladys Davies; song. "Be British," Mr Gomer Harris; song, "Sweet Genevieve," Miss Kate Rowlands; song, "The Village Blacksmith," Mr Idris Jones; song, "Gwlad y Delyn," Mrs Jenkins; selection of solos and choruses, Female Choir duet, "Gwys ir Gad,"Aiessm S. H. Evans and W. J. Rees; song, "Roaming in the Gloam- ing," Emlyn Williams; recitation, "Sentenced to death; Miss Magg. Rowlands; duet, "Pick pick on your mandolin," Messrs T. J. Beavan and D. J. Jenkins; song and chorus, "The Old Folks at Home," Miss Maggie Jones; song, "Mentra Gwen," Mr S. H. Evans; choir, "Ym miaen yrawn dan ganu" song, "Soldier and a Man," Mr W. J. Rees; "Plymouth," Choir; address, Mr George Jones; song, "Gwalia Anwyl," Miss May Williams; "The Earth is vanquished," Choir. The respected pastor, Rev W. C. Jenkins, also spoke a few appropriate words. The accompanists were j Mr T. W. Thomas, Miss Kate Rowlands, and Mr T. T. Evans. The supply was so plentiful that all the members before leaving had a cup of coffee.
Obituary. MR J. DAVIES—LAMMAS STREET. Mr J. Davies died last week at his residence 49, Lammas street, CarmaTthen. Deceased, who was a retired f armer, had for many occu- pied the farm of Pibwrllwyd. he had lived about 15 years in town after his retirement, and was a deacon of Lammas street Indepen- dent Church. He was 79 years of age, and is survived by a widow and several children. The funeral took place at Bwlchnewydd on Monday. MISS MARIA LEWIS, PARCTNIAIN ST. Miss Maria Lewis died at her residence, 32, Parcmain street, on Friday. The deceased, who was a daughter of the late Mr John Lewis, weaver, had been in ill-health for some time. She is survived by three sisters. The funeral took place on Wednesday at St. David's Churchyard, the Rev Griffith Thomas, Vicar, officiating. The chief mourn- ers were the Misses Rachel and Quillie Lewis (sisters), Miss Susie Jones, Mansel street (cousin), Mr W. N. Jones, Mansel Arms (cousin), Mr Thomas Jones, 12, Glannant road (cousin), Mr Wm. Jones, Lammas street (cousin), and Mr R. B. Davies, lay reader. Wreaths and floral tributes were sent by sisters, cousins, Miss Jones, Mansel street; Mr, Mrs, and Orene Edwards, 60, Parcmain street; and Mr and Mrs Ketloy. Parcmain st. funeral, which was private, took place at St. David's Churchyard on Wednesday. MRS M. A. DAVIES. TREORCHY. The death occurred on Monday the 21.t of February of Mrs Margaret Jane Davies, the beloved wife of the Rev W. M. Davies, B.A., Tretarchy, at the age of 45 years. The deceased lady suffered primarily from pneu- monia for a fortnight, and succumbed to heart failure. She was the daughter of the late Mr Andrew Llewellyn, who lived at Queen street and Priory street, Carmarthen. 0n her mother's side she was the grand-daughter of Mr John Rowland, Nott square, Carmar- then, who was a descendant of Daniel Row- land, Llangeitliio, the renowned reformer. In accordance with her wishes, the remains were buried at Caersalem, Pantvffynon. Various ministers and other friends paid high tributes to the personal qualities of the deceased and the affection and esteem in which she was held by the church. A large number attended the funeral to the station at Treorchy, and of these 70 or 80 travelled to Pantyffynon. The Rev William Lewis, Cwm- park. conducted the service at the house in Treorchy, and the Revs J. J. Thomas, B.A., Gelli; W .Morris, D.D., Treorchy; and W. P. Jones, M.A. Bethlehem, took part In the chapel and cemetery at Caersalem, the Rev Thomas Francis, Hendre, conducted the ser- vice, and Messrs David Evans, Hendre; Dd. Davies, J.P., Caersalem; William Richards, Treorchy; Revs Joseph Lewis, Pontardulais Richard Thomas, Penygroes; W. D. Davies, Tumble; David Williams, Treherbert; John Oliver, Glanamman; D. S. avies, Saron; Nantlais Wddliamg, Ammanford; and D. J. Mose-s, B.A., Moriali, took part. Wreaths were sent by the sisters at Gosen, Treorchy the Young People's Christan En- deavour at Gosen; the deceased lady's class in the unday School; her husband's class under twenty-one; the children of Gosen and the children of the Mission at Ynyswen. The chief mourers were the Rev W. M. Davies, B.A. (husband), Mesllrs J. Llewellyn, Mountain Ash (step-brother), D. T. Llewellyn, Carmarthen (cousin), and Miss Lizzie M. Davies (niece).
CARMARTHENSHIRE FOXHOUNDS. March 9.—Postgwyne, Llanboidy 11 a.m. March 12.-Nuntgar-edig; 11 a.m.
By the Way
By the Way. Now that the question of the Welsh Guards is so much to the fore, it is interesting to recall the fact, that it was a Welsh Guardsman, Owen Tudor, who married the Queen Dowager and became the grandfather of Henry VII. Henry, 'of course, was only one-fourth Welsh by blood, but he was a warm Welsh Nationist. The real Welsh founder of the dynasty was his grandfather Owen, the Welsh Guarsdman. 9*4 The Rev Pancras Byrne, C.P., who has been some six years attached to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Carmarthen, leaves (to-day) for another charge at Sutton, Lancashire. His deparure is regretted not merely by the congregation of his own church but by many others in Carmarthen. «** Now that the Welsh Guards are formed, the logical sequence is to have the Welsh emblem quartered on the Royal Standard. There is no leek v. daffodil controversy here. No animal-not even the goat-is likely to contest the right of the Red Dragon. A series of lectures on public worship in the Babylonian and Assyrian Church will be de- livered at the Presbyterian College on the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the coining week by Dr Stephen Langdon, M.A., of Je&us College, Oxford, UniversityReader in Assyriology. The first (illustrated with lantern slides) will deal with the origin and development of liturgical forms, the second with the theolog-ical prin- ciples of he Babylonian liturgies, the third with liturgies of the cults of departed Em- perors, and the fourth with Babylonian philosophy and ethics. They will commence at 7 p.m. in each case and are open to the public. "Cymru gwlad y gian," sung by the Choir at the Cymmrodorion concert on Monday -evening was specially composed for the occa- sion by Mr Noah Williams, local Supt. of the Prudential Company. It is wonderful how many people in differ- ent parts of the Kingdom are getting their friends to write paragraphs stating that they first suggested the idea of the Welsh Guards. The file of the "Reporter" shows distinctly that Mr H. E. E. Philipps strongly advocated the idea at a recruiting speech at St. Clears on the 8th September, 1914. The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society is the only body in the Kingdom which has not expelled Professor Kuno Meyer, the Ger- man snake-in-the-grass, who admits that he was plotting for the overthrow of Britain whilst drawing a British salary. The inaction of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society certainly calls for some explanation. • •• A Carmarthen man who boasted that ha could speak English, Welsh and French went on Monday to consult a solicitor because a neighbour said that he was a regular polyglot. And it took a big dictionary to convince the exasperated individual that he had not good grounds for a slander action. WWW Mr Llewelyn Williams, M.P. contributed an article to the "Daily Mail" on Monday on the question of the badge for the Welsh Guards. The trend of the article was that the daffodil and not the leek ;s floral emblem, but that the Red Dragon is the nust suitable for a miJitary badge. • It was the O'Gorman Mahon who sa d that nobody ever saw a happy party round a foun- tain. The troops seemed very happy after dinner on Monday iat Carmarthen, although they had no exhilarating liquors. An interesting item in the St. David's Day celebration at the Welsh Jesus College, Ox- ford, is the famous brew called "swig," which is serfed in a splendid silver-gilt bowl, pre- sented by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn in 1732 to toast the national saint of Wales. March 1st is accordingly called "Swig Day" at Jesus. The goodly bowlw holds ten gallons, and the beautiful ade that goes with it half a pint. Ironic humour lies in the fact that the saint, who was a vegetarian, and managed to live to the rare age of 140, "did only drink what crystal waters yield." The Welsh College was founded by Hugh Ap Rice in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
LOCAL WAR ITEMS
LOCAL WAR ITEMS, Mr W. G. Lloyd, assistant scoutmaster at Carmarthen—and son of the late Mr Richard Lloyd, Quay street—is the first Carmarthen man to join the Welsh Guards. General Sir Reginald Pole Carew visited Carmarthen on Friday and inspected the various units stationed there. He was much pleased with the appearance and efficiency of the men. **» Gunner James Jones, of the R.F.A., writes home to his aunt, Mrs Burnhill, Friars Park, stating that he is quite well. He says that he enjoyed his birthday very much, for with several others he was able to have a bath. # It is interesting to note that the LJanelly detachment of the 4th AVelsh Territorial Re- serves has volunteered for foreign service en bloc. MW Driver Daniel Ray, R.F.A., writing home to a friend at Carmarthen, refers to a bull which chased them some years ago He adds "We are chasing a worse bull out here now." 1II.tt Mr Hamilton W. Crawford, solicitor IAan- elly, has been gazetted as second-lieutenant of the Pembroke (Castlemartin) Yeomanry. Mr Crawford has been for the past three years hon. secretary of the Ashbumliam Golf Club. Mr J. A. Jones, son of Mrs Jones, The Cottage, Tenby, and of the late Rev J. Jones, vicar of Llandebie, Carmarthenshire, has ob- tained a commission in the 10th (Gwent) Battalion South Wales Borderers, stationed at Colwyn Bay. Mr Jones, who was educated at Llandovery College, only recently returned from India. Official intimation has been received that Private Howell Griffiths (No. 12.911) 3rd Welsh Regiment, of Tumble, and formerly of Carmarthen, has died at the base hospital at Boulogne as the result of shot wounds re- ceaved in action on December 28th. Nineteen years of age, he had served in the Army pre- vious to his enlistment in November. He has a ibirotlier-Pi,ivaic, Oliver Griffiths-in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, stationed at Aldershot. Sister Pierre Lazarre. of St. Winifred's Convent, Carmarthen, has received a postcard from her lji,otliei- .a French soldier, who was captured on the 30th August in the Ardennes and is now a prisoner at the Hammelburg Larger in Bavaria. The following is a trans- lation of a portion of the note: "For myself, I am wonderfully well, but I begin to find the time long and the bad weather continues. You ask how I pass my time. We work every day, but even that is not too bad. As for food it is often necessary to buy some—above aM bread. We always need money." The note is stamped with the German word "Gepruft" (approved), so the German censor admits this is true.