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The Week at Home and Abroad NEW MINING SCHOOL "H'- _1 The South Wales School 01 I -Treforest was formally opened in the pres- ence of an influential gathering. The first term commenced in October last, and at present there are 138 students in attend- ance. The school has been established to provide instruction of an advanced and practical character for the purpose of trai-ning all grades of colliery officials. The expense of the scheme is being bore by the coalowners, who are subscribing a tonnage levy of a tenth of a. penny on their declared output. WELSH LITERARY SOCIETIES I Mr D. Lleufer Thomas presided over a meeting of the members of the Eastern section of the Glamorganshire and Mon- mouthshire branch of the National Un- ion of Welsh Literary Societies, held under the auspices of the Cardiff Union of Welsh Societies, at the Tabernacle, 'The Haves, on Saturday afternoon. The Chairman said he was delighted that such a union had been formed, and he was sure that by it a great work could be done to foster the Welsh spirit among -the people of South Wales. Discussion followed, and suggestions were made as to increasing the activities -of the various societies. The suggestions included those of forming new societies, forming classes .o study Welsh literature, and the advisability of issuing short Welsh stories in book form. It was also thought that the publication of original Welsh stories by Welsh graduates should be encouraged. CABINET MINISTER ON RATE- I PAYERS' CLAIMS. Speaking at Maidstone on Saturday, Mr J. A. Pease, President of the Board of Education, said the Government, re- cognised that the claims on the ratepayer had been very considerable since the passing of the 1902 Bill, and they thought -the time had come when further assist- .ance ought to be given from the National Fund in order to assist the great work which had been done very largely out of the pockets of the ratepayer in recent years. Addressing an assembly of nearly 700 teachers in the afternoon, Mr Pease said he waS sure that so far as elementary education was concerned, ours was second to ncne in the world. "SWANSEA WOMEN'S SHELTER I Speaking on Saturday at the annual meeting of the Cwmdonkin Shelter at Swansea, Sir John- Llewelyn said the very terrible inequality between the sexes that they saw around them everywhere was undoubtedly against the woman. It was hard upon the woman, and it. was their duty, if they thought that was the verdict of man and not. the verdict of <5od, to put the remedy in thehighest possible light. They had formed a shelter which must be maintained, and it was the duty cf man to see that the funds should net be lacking when it was so necessary for a-rii institution to hold out the helping hand of fellowship to their sisterhood HEREFORDSHIRE TEACHERS' I STRIKE I -1 1 'I The Herefordshire teaeners will come out on strike next month, negotiations on. Saturday having again broken down. The teachers demanded a scale of salaries so that their remun-eistion can rise from a minimu.m to a maximum, but the Educa- tion Committee have definitely refused this request, although they have offered increases amounting to £ 1,30-0 per annum and an annual revision of the salaries as an alternative. This offer, however, the teachers have unanimously decl ined. The matter has been fully discussed, but th. committee intimate that they are resolved not to depart from their original decision, and are not prepared to grant a scale. THE KING AND MR THOS. BURT, 1 M.P. -1 r "D m1 n- "I..f n The conditon ot iMr inos..duii-, tj-.j- has greatly improved during the week. On Sunday Mr Burt received a tetter in the following terms from King George "The Right Hon. Thomas Burt. The King is very sorry to hear of your severe indisposition, and hopes you are now making satisfactory recovery.—STAM- FORDHAM." In reply his Majesty was thanked for his inquiry and informed of the improved condition of the invalid. WELSH COMPOSER'S NEW WORK I Mr Cyril Jenkins, the young Welsh, •composer, produced his latest work "Lewellvn," at the Alexandra Palace, London,* on Saturday evening before a large and critical audience. The recep- tion of the work, which took premier place* in the programme, was eminently .satisfactory, and at the close the young ■■composer had a unanimous call. With some diffidence he came forward and bowed his acknowledgments. "Llew- ellyn" is written for mixed choirs, tenor and bass solos, and orchestra. The tenor on Saturday was Mr John Watkin (a Welshman) and the bass Mr Stewart Gardner. Mr Watkin is a very fine singer of greater promise. To Mr Gard- ner credit is due for a very fine rendering of the bass solos. Chorus and orchestra were equally god, and were ably conduc- ted by Mr Allen Gill. It was, taken al- together, a really fine and successful per- formance. Mr Cyril Jenkins dedicates his work to his "Sincere friend, Dr. D. Vaughan Thomas, Swansea." PRINCIPAL GRIFFITHS RETIRING I Principal Griffiths, of the boutti Wales and Monmouthshire University College, who was one of the chief speakers at the inaugural ceremony of the South Wales School of Mines, Treforest, on Saturday, ma,de observations which indicated com-, parativcly early retirement from the position of principal. HVl said HivS time in South Wales, for reasons which he neod not enter into, was com- paratively short, but before leaving he wished to see established a Research Fellowship in Mining. This reference, we are given to under- stand, is to the fact that under the pen- sion --lie-n- established in 1910 Principal Griffiths will be due to retire in 1916. ■GREAT NOVELIST'S NEW WORK I M"=crs. Cabell have this woek bir Rider Hngsurd's fortieth novel. His. literary life extends just over thirty years, and his most famous story, "King Solomon's Mines," was published in 1886. Sir Rider Haggard declares that nature meant him to be a farmer, and that he is a. novelist by accident. But the yearn- ing to write seems to be a family pos- session, as three of his brothers and a sister are also authors. His eldest brother is the British Minister to Brazil, and the author of "The Standard Book for the Study of Persian." ANOTHER FLYING FATALITY The Hendon Aerodrome was on Sun- day afternoon the scene of another shock- ing fatality, when the well-known Englishman, Mr G. Lee Temple, was killed while flying his Bleriot monoplane. The precise cause of the accident is, as almost invariably in such cases, difficult to ascertain. Mr Temple had ascended a.t about a quarter past four, and. was at- tempting a spiral dive, in which he had recently specialised, when a sharp gust of wind appeared to catch the tail of his machine, driving it perpendicularly down- wards. The monoplane, fell suddenly, and from an examination which was was made sub- sequently, when assistance arrived, it ap- peared that the unfortunate airman's head must have come into violent collision with some part of the machine, so that death was instantaneous. ELECTRICTY SUPERSEDES STEAM I I umcago is entering upon a railway re- form of gigantic for the 40 railways entering this city have joined in planning a vast co-operative system of electric motive power for both passenger and freight transportation in the city and in the industrial zones surrounding it. ;Undør the new arrangements no coal engine will comia nearer Chicago than ten miles, and within a radius of that dis- tance all motive power will be electric. EXPLOSION ON A GREAT LINER I inree men were killed and eight in- jured in a serious explosion that accurred on the Cuna.rd liner, Mauretania, 0:1 Monday evening. The great liner is lying in the Canada Dock for a com- plete overhauling of her machinery. At about 9.30 on Monday night the members of the Cunard shore. engineering staff were at work when an oxygen gas cylin- der burst. Three men were instantly killed and badly mutilated, while eight 1: others were injured. The injured were: at once taken in ambulances to the Bootle and Stanley Hospitals. LORD STRATHCONA BURIED I i he remains of the late Lord Strath- cona, Canada's veteran High Commis- sioner, who died last week-end at the age of 90, were interred on Monday at Highgate Cemetery in the presence of a large and influential gathering. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral were equally at the disposal of his family, but the High Commissioner of Canada chose to be buried with the simplest honours in the grave at High- gate where his wife, the devoted com- panion of many long years, was laid only a few weeks ago. BETTER CONDITIONS FOR RAIL- WAYMEN This week, the Hull and Barnsley Railway Company have agreed to a general reduction of hours of labour, abolishing eleven and twelve hours and introducing eight and nine hours per day, and have granted an increase of wages of 2s. per week for signalman and pointsmen, and Is. per week in other cases, with a furthed advance next year for porters, ticket collectors and gangers. LABOUR LEADER RELEASED A Capetown message on Monday stated The Government has remitted the sen- tence. of imprisonment passed on Mr Cres- well, the Labour Member of the Union Assembly, in view of the approaching opening of Parliament, as the Govern- ment does not desire to deprive the Lab- our party of one of its principal mouth- pieces in Parliament during the dis- cussion of martial law and the industrial situation generally. THREE NEW BISHOPRICS FOUNDED Order in Council founding the new bishoprics of Sheffield, St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and Chelmsford, appeared in Saturday's "London Gazette." The first Bishop of Chelmsford, according to the "Essex County Chronicle," will be the Archbishop of Brisbane, the Most Rev. St. Clair Georgr, Donaldson, whose father, Sir Stuart A. Donaldson, was first Premier of New South Wales. MEMORIAL TO THOMAS CARLYLE I Professor Glaister, presiding over the committee for the erection of a memor- ial at Glasgow to Thomas Carlyle, said subscriptions already amounted to' £ 400. He suggested that the memorial should take the form of a large block of Dum- friesshire granite, bearing a profile medallion and the inscription "Thomas Carlyle," with the titles of his most celebrated books. The suggestion was adopted. GREAT MEAT COMBINE I Negotiations are in progress for the amalgamation of two of the leading British firms engaged in the meat trade-- Messrs. James Nelson and Sons, Ltd., and the River Plate Meat Co. The capital of each is stated to be about £ 500,000, and both have head offices in London. To the shareholders, up to the present, some 4,000 circulars have been issued, stating the terms of the proposed amalgamation. The object of the combine, it is stated, is more effectively to fight the American invasion of the British meat market. The amalgamation now affected had been foreshadowed for some time. The two companies monopolised the frozen meat trade in this country and it appeared that the fight for the control of the British market was to be keener than ever. A CANADIAN SENSATION I Sensational charges of graft (legis- lative corruption) in which three mem- bers of the Quebec Legislature are in- volved are published by the Montreal "Mail. It is alleged that the three members concerned received £ 1.900 to promote a measure called the Montreal Fair Bill, backed by a private corporation. The Bill passed into law last week. The "Mail" adds that, the scandal was discovered by the Burns Detective Agency througb;, conversations overheard by means of the detectaphone. All the accused are French Canadians. It is asserted that disclosures will in- volve the biggest scandal 'of the kind which has occurred in the Dominion. WOMEN STRIKERS' VICTORY Nuneaton factory girls have won a notable victory. One hundred and fifty of them who ha.ve -been on strike re- sumed work on Monday at Messrs. Hart and Levy's tailoring factory, having re- ceived definite assurance from Sir Maurice Levy that their grievances will be re- dressed within a fortnight, their Union fully recognised, and that no one shall be victimised. The strike was ended at an interview between a deputation of four of the strikers, together with Miss Tate, the or- ganiser of the Clothiers' Union, and Sir Maurice Levy at the Leicester Works. Sir Maurice at once recognised the Un- ion by receiving the deputation and the terms were arranged as tated. On these being communicated to the girls at Nun- eaton it was unanimously decided to ac- cepe the settlement. 1 MISSING WELSH LADY Some sensation has been caused ini Porthcawl, by the disappearance of Miss Annie Mary Rees, a visitor to the Bun- galow Hotel. Miss Rees had been stay- ing at the hotel with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rees, who on Saturday informed a press representative that it was supposed when Miss Rees was missed that. she had gone to visit friends elsewhere, but that no tidings had been received regarding her. The Bridgend police have been communicated with. Miss Rees is about 50 years of age, of somewhat stoutish build, and 5ft. 5in. in height. She has brown hair, a fresh complexion, and when last seen she was wearing a brown skirt under a mackintosh. OPIOUM SMOKER'S DELUSION After voluntarily confessing to the murder of a girl by throwing her last September into the river Avon at Bristol Robert Sheppard (24), a drummer in the Gloucestershire Regiment, told the magis>- trate at Bristol that it was all a dream. He said that he had been drinking and smoking to excess. He could not sleep, and made up some which had been given him with tobacco in a cigarette. This he smoked. He afterwards remembered giving away his watch, cha,in, and money. His next conscious memory was his waking in the police cells on Thurs- day. i ANOTHER NAPOLEON A Centra! News Agency message re- Ceived "n Satuiday from Brussels stated that Princess Victor Napoleon (formerly Princess Clementine of Belgium) gave birth to a son yesterday morning. Mother and son are both doing well. The only other child. of the marriage is a. daughter, The little Prince will receive the names of Louis Napoleon. TRADE UNIONISTS AND MR BUXTON Mr Sydney B gxton wil be interviewed on February 13th by the Parliamentary Committee of the T-ade Union Congress, who will lay befOTe im reolutions passed at the Manchester Congress in Septem- i ber on matters concerning the Board of Trade. There are 13 resolutions and the first four suggest amendments to the National Insurance Act and to the regulations under which that Act is administered. One of the most emphatic resolutions de- clares the strong object if* of the con- gress "to the inquisitorial methods adopted by the labour exchanges in the administration of Part II. of the Act." —

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