PORJH. THE NEW TOWN HALL.—The Porth Town Hall, which is one of the largest of its kind in Wales, and which will seat upwards of 2,500 people, was opened last week be a series of concerts, the proceeds of which were devoted to the funds of the proposed Cottage Hospital at Porth. A monster tea meeting was held on Thursday, which was attended by thousands of the inhabitants. In the evening a grand concert was held, over which Mr. W. Richards, mana- ger of the Coedcae Collieries, presided, and in which the Porth and Cyramer Choral Society, the Cymmer Brass Ran(1, the Porth and Cymmer Male Voice Party, the Havod Glee Society, the Ynvshir Choir, and a number of local artistes took part. Another concert was held on Friday evening, the chief per- formers being the boys of Porth School.
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ROUND THE TOWN. Dr. Facey. late of York-place, Barry. \ms one of the successful candidates at the recent com- petitive examination for the position of surgeon in the Royal Navy. An agreement has been practically made between the Barry Railway and the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Companies. The hitch hitherto, it is said, has been as to the solicitor, the Barry Directors wishing to have their own solictor. Mr. Downing, This has now been arranged, and Mr. Downing will be the solicitor to the company. The Cowbridge and Aberthaw line will be opened next April or May. The question of making a tidal dock at Aber- thaw has been receiving a good deal of consiJer- ation. Aberthaw was once one of the principal ports on this coast (hence the name of port" road, i.e., the road leading from Cardiff to the port" of Aberthaw). Of late years the entrance to the river has become more difficult, and a large amount of money would have to be spent before much coal could be skipped there. What Mrs. Grundy says," isn't an euphonious heading We suggest that the column be called Echoes from the Star." Last week there were no fewer than four paragraphs inserted whicii had all appeared in the South Wale* Star of the previous week. There is no objection to our contemporary copying from us. On the contrary, it will give their readers reliable news in good English. It is customary among respectable papers, when they quote word for word from another paper (for example, the account of the Barry Estate Com- pany. Limited, which appeared in our contempor- ary on 27th November and in our is^ue of 20th November) to acknowledge the source from which they derive their information, Even the neglect of this plain duty we forgive but if we are to be quoted 1st us be quoted correctly. We stated in our issue of 20th November that three new dock constables had been appointed. Our con- temporary, in their issue of 27th November state that three additional county constables had been appointed, which of course is quite incorrect. The question of taking .away guardians from 'Certain country parishes and giving them to the more populous parishes has already raised much feeling in the Cardiff Board of Guardians. At the last meeting there was a majority of town guardians present, and they resolved to take away the guardians from certain parishes. Mr. O. II. Jones gave notice to rescind the resolution, and at the next meeting there will 'be a battle royal between the town and the country guardians, the latter of course being in the majority. The Submarine Miners' annual dinner will be held in Cardiff on Saturday, the 19th December. The Barry Detachment of the Submarine Miners is to be raised to a half company—that i". 3J men. There will, therefore, be 14 or 15 vacancies. All tiiose desirous of joining should give in their names to Sergeant Hosgood, 2, Windsor-road, Barry. A joint meeting of committees of the Barry Trades' Council and of the Ratepayers' Association was held a short time ago. It is rumoured that the coming Local Board elections, and also the ad- visability of dividing the district into wards, were under consideration. Certaiu friends of one of the Barry Local Board members who retires from office next April have already commenced canvassing. The early bird gets the worms." The Waycock road improvement contract, which is being carried out for the Dinas Powys Highway Board, is progressing very slowly. There is some talk of having a public subscrip- tion ball early in the New Year for the benefit of the Barry District Nursing Association. When a community takes to dancing they have distinctly emerged from barbarism into civilisation. The Carmarthen supporters of Mr. Lewis Morris' candidature say that the South Walrx Star was influential in bringing Major Jones forward. At this rate. we shall soon share with Mr. Rixon Morgan the title of M.P.-makers." If we make "M.P.'s" when we are only eight months old, what will we do when we attain maturity Last Saturday afternoon a Star man happened to be in St. Mary-street, Cardiff, and noticed a happy couple in front of a jeweller's shop. "The maid was fair beyond compare," and the youth was — well. very much like other youths. Mingled feeling of admiration and envy (here's another chance to "unmask the monster ") swelled in our representative's heart, until the ruby lips parted, and. in an aggrieved tone, the fair one said to her companion, Well. stupid, can't you see something to buy for me!" A look of pain passed over the youth's face, and the Star man walked on, blessing his fate that he was an unattached bachelor. A good many ratepayers are asking why the Barry School Board give all their architects' work to one firm, instead of adopting the usual course of inviting designs. A correspondent in the Carmarthen Reporter last week, writing from Llandilo, says that Theodore Dodd possesses a "prophetic instinct," for all that he predicted in his open letter to Mr. Abel Thomas came to pass. It seems probable that "Dodd's" prophesy that Major Jones would be the next member which Wales would send to Parliament will also become true. Mr. Corbett expressed his surprise at the num- ber of drunkenness cases heard at Penarth on Monday. Mr. James Ware gave as a reason that there was plenty of shipping at the dock, and consequently an unusual amount of money knock- ing about. Mr. T. Pritchards, A.C., the Pontycymmer Party conductor, is in London, undergoing a slight opera- tion on his neck at one of the hospitals. He is the guest of Mr. T. Marchant Williams, barrister- at-law, and Messrs. Randegger and Shakespeare, of the Royal Academy, evince the greatest interest in his visit, the talented leader visiting that institution periodically. Well done. Twm bach. The modest dealings of Col. Turbervill were fit- tingly closed by one of the most simple and appro- priate funerals, it has been our correspondent's lot to attend. A pair of blankets was offered for sale at Penarth on Monday, fleas included. At the Barry Dock and Barry parish churches on Sundry morning and evening last respectively. Mr. Miller, County of Gloucester Bank, rendered in a very excellent manner solos from the Messiah." The influenza epidemic is very prevalent at Barry. Mr. J. C. Pardoe. the Local Board surveyor, has been very unwell, his case having developed into one of bronchitis. Mr. J. A. Hughes, clerk to the Board, is also among the victims. Both gentlemen consequently were unable to attend the Local Board meeting last Tuesday. The Rev. Professor Ellis Edwards, M.A.. who preached at she opening services in connection with the new Calvinistic Methodist Chapel at Cadoxton, has already booked engagements every Sunday during the next five years. This is cer- tainly a remarkable tribute to the rev. gentleman as one of the leading preachers in Wales. During his visit to Cadoxton the rev. professor expressed himself in no measured terms of admira- tion for the South Wule.t Star, giving it as his opinion in fact that it was the best paper in Wales. No wonder the editor blushed. The plans of the Barry Company's proposed rail- ways and dock have been lodged in various public offices for information and inspection, and the documents in connection with the above were on Monday evening deposited at the Private Bill Office in Parliament. Six hundred and twenty pheasants were hung up in and outside Mr. Hyde's shop on Tuesday. The display represented a day's shooting on Lord Dunraven's estate, near Bridgend. A Welsh Baptist minister near Bridgend has caused a lot of excitement in the local ecclesiasti- cal world by saying that the only way ts heaven was through baptism by immersion. Another denominational minister in the town has taken up the cudgels in defence of baptism by sprinkling. Go it. my ducklings. •• The meeting was held to inaugurate the com- mencement of the proceedings." Such was the manner in which a Barry reporter described the opening service of the new Methodist chapel at Cadoxton. The gas mains are at last being laid along Holton-hill, Cadoxton. The Bridgend Eisteddfod deputation thoroughly er.joyed their visit to town. They acquitted themselves creditably, and equally distinguished themselves at the luncheon. A wish was ex- pressed that next year's Lord Mayor will again be a Welshman, when, of course, it will be necessary for the deputation to go up again. Concerts and entertainments of all sorts are being arranged for at Pontypridd for the winter evenings. We will notice but three—perhaps the most important of those that will soon take place. The first is .1. lecture by the Rev. J. R. Jones. Tabernacle, on The Three Heroes" (" Y Tri Chawr")—Cynadelw, the famous bard; Tany- marian, the popular musician and Dr. Owen Thomas, the princely Evangelist. Then come-; the performance of Mendelssohn's Athalie by the Pontypridd Philharmonic Society, with full orchestral accompaniment, under Caradog's baton, on the loth of December next and last, but not least, we have a grand performance of Handel's oratorio. "Joshua," by the Sardis Choir, led by Mr. W. Thompson^ It is said that some plans were passed by the Local Board surveyor for a stable, situate not a hundred miles from the Garw, to which there was no door provided.
BRIDGEND. EXITED CHOIR PRACTICE.—The first practice of this choir was held ax the Town-hall on Thursday evening of last week. The attendance was greatly satisfactory, about 80 persons being enrolled. Mr. John Jenkins, the veteran leader, again led the choir with much of his old ability, and the choir sang Worthy is the Lamb and Thanks be to God," both of which pieces had been won by them at different eisteddfodau. May the choir prodeeel in the same straight path, which may be too engroved to be broken. HOPE CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday last the anniversary services of this English Baptist Church were held. The ministerial divine engaged for the occasion was the Re.v. T. Witton Davies, M. A., late of Haverfordwest, the newly-appointed principal of Man- chester College, who drew large congregations. His discourses were marked with theological research, and were listened to with rapt attention. In the morning, taking his text from Romans xii., 1, the rev. gentleman said Pad here issued from the previous chapters of doctrinal teaching to the necessity of practice—from precept to action. The priesthood of believers was dealt with. What Paul required was that every be- liever should be hi: own priest, and that he should present himself as a living sacrifice, by exer- cising his whole talents and capacities in the service of which is your reasonable service." He dwelt upon the origin and development of the priesthood, as known in these days, who offered the sacrifices on behalf of their fellow-men. This was in contradiction to the Bible teaching, and had been prored to be wrong by historical research. The priesthood of these days was of very recent origin, and was not in conformity with that of Levi. Every man should be his own priest, and not allow fallible man to minister on his behalf. Heconcludedwithanearnestinvocationthat all would concentrate their thought and energy to the service of the Master. Collections were made at the close of each service towards the church funds. DEATH OF POLICE-CONSTAULE ISAACS.—It is with unfeigned regret that we have to chronicle the demise on Thursday, in last week, of Police-constable Isaacs, at the age of 27 years. Deceased who had been known throughout the town as a genial and dutiful officer, has won many friends and admirers, during his location of about 18 months duration. He removed here from Merthyr, where his exceptional qualities were recognised upon his departure from that plaee with the presentation of a gold watch and chain, subscribed chiefly by the townspeople. About two months ago he had an attack of influenza, and when he was thought to be recovering was stricken with rheumatic fever. The course of this dreaded disease .1 WP.5 run, and the patient seemed to be for a!)out?" week before his death, considerably better, but a relapse took place, and he passed away at about nine o'clock on the morning of the day in question. Police-sergeant Row and his genial wife, bestowed unremitting attention upon the patient, and had him removed as soon as the symptoms of the disease were made known, to their own quarters. Deceased's mother and sister were telegraphed for, and they re- mained with him up to the last. He was a consistent member of the Tabernacle Independent Church, and reference to his untimely demise was made at that Chapel on Sunday by the Rev. W. O. Owens. Deceased was a native of Pembrokeshire, and his body was conveyed thither by train on Monday morn- ing, when a number of townspeple accompanied it to the railway station as a tribute of respect to his memory. SCHOOL BOARD.—The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Schools on Tuesday. There were present Mr. T. Stockwood (chairman), Messrs. T. Jenkins, W. Buckley. W. S. Richards (attendance officer), and W. Cook (clerk).—It was stated that the Rev. W. John (Calvinistic Methodist) was unable to attend the meeting through illness.—Mr. Edmund Lewis (Cardiff) had entered upon his duties as assist- ant master since the previous Monday.—The follow- ing payments had been made since the last meeting from overseers on account of precept £ 28 2s. 9d.; Miss Loughor' surplus of sale of made up garments, £ 3 Is., this left a balance in hand of £157 14s. 10.— The attendance was reported as being very low owing to sickness, chiefly, but a few were playing truant.— Herr Preu»s, a phrenologist, attcwied the Board meet- ing and desired the use of the school-room, which the Board was not disposed to allow. WELSH DEBATING SOCIETY.—The weekly meet- ing of this society was held at the Tabernacle School- room on Monday evening last. Mr. John Lewis was voted to the chair. Officers of the society were ap- pointed as follows :—President, Mr. W. Powell; vice- presidents, Rev. George James (Baptist) and Mr. D. Samuel; secretary, Mr. W. M. Davies treasurer, Mr. B. Lawrence. An impromptu catch evening was then held, several important and general subjects being drawn and spoken to by several members of the class.
ABERKEXFIG. SUPPER.—The committee of the Friendly Society's fete and gala were invited to an excellent supper at the Prince of Wales on. Wednesday last, the 26th ult., by Mr. W. H. Hitchings, the secretary. After everyone had done justice to the good things that had been pro- vided, a convivial meeting was held, Mr. W. Groves (chairman of committee) presiding. After a few well- spoken words by .the chairman, the Secretary read the balance-sheet of the accounts, which showed that the committee were clear of debt, the sheet showing a deticiency of 5s. 10kd., but a gentleman had offered to pay np what was required. The amount speilt was .£96 16s. 10bd., which was a large amount for their first undertaking, and they are determined to give the inhabitants of the district a capital programme in the next fete and gala, which is to be held on the first Monday in August next. The following contributed to the harmony of the meeting, Messrs. T. Hopkin, W. H. Hitchings, John Jones, W. Hurford, and G. Gregory, and after the usual vote of thanks to the secretary for the excellent supper he had given, and to the chairman for presiding, a very pleassnt meeting was brought to an end by singing the National Anthem. ST. JOHN'S CHURCH CHOIR-On Wednesday evening, November 25th, a very interesting presenta- tion took place at the Reading-room, when Mr. John Barton, tenor, and snb-conductor of the above choir, was the recipient of an elegant tea service, supple- mented by a handsome electro-plated teapot and a beautiful hand-painted tray. subscribed for by the members of the choir and a few friends, on the occa- sion of his recent marriage, as a mark of appreciation of his zeal and ability in connection with St. John's Choir. After tea—which was heartily enjoyed at the hands of Mrs. Christopher, Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Holdham, Mrs. Nicholls, and Miss M. A. Matthews, who gracefully presided at the tea tables—the recently- appointed vicar of the parish, the Rev. D. Davies, M.A., took the chair, after being introduced in words of warm welcome by the Rev. W. Christopher, curate-in-charge. During the course of his remarks the vicar said that the fame of the St. John's Choir, and that of the excellent organist, had reached him before he came to his new parish, and he hoped that the recollection of the goodwill borne towards Mr. Barton by his choir friends, as testified by such beauti- ful presents, would act as an incentive to atill further effoits and achievements. The leading soprano, Miss Mary Ann Matthews, then made the presentation, and Mr. Barton responded, thanking all his friends, and promising that he would spare no pains to forward the progress of the choir, which had been so highly spoken of by the new vicar. Afterwards a most enjoyable evening was spent in singing and dancing. Miss Matthews, Miss Williams, Miss Williams, Mr. Long (organist of the church), Mr. Barton, Mr. Mabberfield, Mr. H. Davies, Mr. Smith, Mr. J. H. Lewis. Mr. Sanders, and Mr. Burgess contributed songs, while a violin duet was given by Mr. Bowden and Master Christopher, accompanied by Mrs. Christopher. Dance music wa5 supplied by Miss Matthews, Miss John, Mr. J. H. Lewis, and Mr. Long. Mr. Thompson added to the amusement of the evening by telling some laughable stories in his well-known quaint style.
BRITON FERRY. ENGLISH BAPTIST CHURCH.—Tha annual con- cert of the English Baptists took place on Monday night. The artistes who took part were :—Soprano, Miss Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn; contralto, Miss Kate Morgan, Dowlais; tenor, Eos Dar; bass, Mr. Gwilym Thomas, Porth. We were greatly dis- appointed in the three latter, but Miss Phillips seoms to have established a reputation in the place which j will not likely bc soon forgotten. One of the principal attractions of the event was Miss Eva (Swansea), the lady whistler. The accompanist (Miss Nation, P.C.L., Neath) performed her functions with considerable aptitude. We are told that the concert was financially a complete success. WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENTS.—The weekly en- tertainments held at the above place are worthy of comment. They serve to enliven the dreary winter evenings, and are very edifying both intellectually and morally. OBITUARY.—With regret we announce the death of Alderman William Havard Hunter, J.P., at his residence, Briton Ferry House, on Monday evening. The deceased gentleman was well known in the neighbourhood as the Earl of Jersey's estate agent in South Wales. His mortal remains will be interred on Friday at the New Cemetery, Briton Ferry. The funeral will he prÎ,¡Üe. PHRENOLOGY.—We have once again had the pleasure of hearing Professor Preuss delivering his able lectures ou the above subject and kindred sciences. On Monday he treated on the Skull, as the dome of thought and palace of the soul." Among other things he stated that he always takes President Garfield as his model—phrenologically and in practice life. On Tuesday he dealt on '• How to read character at a glance," amfillu,tmted his lecture with numerous sketches. On Wednesday he intends dealing with Marriage, and how to make it a success." Each evening he gives some lantern views, the like we have never before witnessed. Those of the Paris Exhibi- tion are indeed magnificent.
OGMORE VALLEY. CONCERTS.—The concerts that were given by the children at the Wyudham School on Wednesday, Thurs- day, and Saturday evenings last week passed off very successfully in every respect. The manner in which the children performed their parts was very praise- worthy. A good sum of money was realised which will be utilised in establishing a library for the school. HALF-YEARLY PREACHING SERVICES.—On Sun- day and Monday last the Horeb Baptist Church, Nantymoel, held their half-yearly preaching services. Revs. O. Owen, Porth, and J. Williams, Dowlais, preached. Collections were made towards the building preached. Collections were made towards the building fund. We understand that the present building where this church meet is too small to hold the congre- gation, and that steps will be taken towards either enlarging it or building a new chapel. ACCIDENT.—On Saturday afternoon last a very valuable horse was knocked down and killed by a train of loaded trams at Wyndham pit. OBITUARY. — On Monday morning the little daughter (Tydvil) of Mr. T. Llewellyn, the respected postmaster of Tynewydd, died. She had been ailing for some time, but until a short time ago it was thought Ùe was recovering. She was buried on Thursday afternoon at Tynewydd Cemetery. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn in their sad bereavement. NOTICES TO COLLIERS.—The colliers of this place in accordance with the decision of the coal owners Association, were on Tuesday served with notices to terminate contracts at the end of the year. Trade is not at all brisk here at present, and it is feared that those notices will not improve matters.
PONTYPRIDD. TEMPERANCE ENTERTAINMENT.—On Saturday evening last a very well attended temperance enter- tainment was held in connection with the Sardis Welsh Congregational Chapel. LECTURE.—The Rev. J. R. Jones delivered a most interesting lecture on Thursday evening last on The Three Heroes," and gave a most'amusing and instruc- tive biographies of the Rev. R. Ellis (Cynddelw), the Rev. E. Stephens (Tanymarian), and the Rev. Dr. Owen Thomas, of Liverpool. Mr. G. R. Jones (Caradog) presided, and there was a good attendance. The proceeds went towards the needy and poor in con- nection with the Tabernacle Baptist Church. THE HEATH SCHOOL.—We are pleased to notice that Mr. Gwilym Thomas, son of Mr. John Thomas, traffic manager, Hafod, and Master Theophilus Thomas, the Emporium, Cilfynydd, pupiis of the above school, have both passed the examination for registration as members of the Phonetic Society. They were taught by Mr. Benjamin Davies Willliams. A POET IX HIS GRAVE.—On Friday last Mr. John Evans, Glasdwyn, Pontypridd, peacefully passed away. The deceased was better known to Welshmen as Ieuan Wyn, and was author of many pleasant and popular lyrics in the vernacular. During his lifetime he contributed much towards Welsh literature, especially poetry. The deceased was buried at St. Mary Hill Church on Tuesday. ILLNESS OF ANOTHER BARD.—We regret having to record the serious and continued illness of Mr. T. John, well known as Mathonwy," who is suffering from the results of a heavy cold. Mr. John is the grandfather of the rising popular Welsh tenor, Mr. Ivor Davies, and has been one of the most faithful members of the Pontypridd Liberal Club since its commencement. His pleasant face and witty tongue is sadly missed by the frequenters of the club, who one and all express their earnest hopes of his early recovery. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Monday last, John Lewis, a collier, employed at the Maritime Colliery, died at the Pontypridd Union Workhouse from injuries re- ceived whilst at work on the 18th of November, when he fractured his spine. Our readers will remember that a month ago we chronicled the death of his wife, who was killed by falling downstairs at Pwllgwaun. THEATRICAL.—Mr. Will Smithson, the popular and energetic lessee of the Clarence Theatre, Ponty- pridd, has this week provided a rare treat for his patrons in the form of a variety company. The Four Vendomes in their excellent Musical Laundry are among the best of their kind which it has been our pleasure to witness, whilst the ventriloquist, Kelmar, who a few weeks ago charmed the Empire audience at Cardiff, fairly brought down the house." Brother and Sister Daly were well received, and their dancing was appreciated, as also was the excellent skipping rope dance of Miss Clara Palmer, but undoubtedly the favourite of the week is the charming Cissy Trent, whose graceful dancing and rapid change fully merited the rounds of applause she received. The other artistes engaged are—Messrs. West and Jefferson, the negro comedians, and Mr. W. H.Dudley, the funny character comedian. The frequenters of the Clarence have a rare bill of fare this week, and it is to be deplored that Mr. Smithson does not oftener entertain his patrons with a variety company. THE CHICAGO EISTEDDFOD.—Mr. Joseph David, the hon. secretary of the proposed National Eisteddfod of 1893, has received a communication from the secre- tary of the Chicago meeting asking the committee to adopt the same pieces as their American cousins in the chief choral competitions, as already ten choirs from this county had intimated their intention of proceeding to the International Gathering. OPENING OF COEDPEXMAEN SCHOOLS. — The Coedpenmaen (boys) new school, Eglwysilan Board, were opened on Monday Isst by Mr. J. Morgan, Caer- philly, chairman of the Board. There were present at the ceremony a large number of ladies and gentlemen. A treat was given to the children in the form of a tea by Mr. W. Williams, builder, and Mr. T. Jones, schoolmaster, which the: youngsters thoroughly en- joyed. The new building was erected from plans submitted by Mr. T. Rowland, architect, at a cost of £3,400. EARLY CLOSING.—A meeting of shop assistants was held on Monday evening last at Coombes' Restau- raunt for the purpose of discussing the advisability of approaching the master tradesmen with a view of closing the business establishments at ten o'clock on Saturday evenings and of making the Monday after Christmas a general holiday in the town and district. Mr. Gwilym Gronow was elected secretary of the movement and Mr. G. Saxon treasurer. It was decided to communicate with the Chamber of Trade with a view of ascertaining their feelings on the matter, and to call a meeting on Friday evening next to hear their decision. It is to be hoped that the masters will meet their men on this point. THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. —A meeting in connection with the above society was held on Tuesday evening last at the Congregational Chapel, under the presidency of Mr J. Ignatius Williams (the Pontypridd stipendiary). There was a good audience, who listened with interest a.nd appreciation to a masterly discourse by the Rev. J. Cynddylan Jones, D.D., of Cardiff. During the intervals choruses were rendered by the Pontypridd Philharmonic Society, under the leader- ship of Caradog, and a solo by Madame Williams Penn. A good collection was made at the finish in aid of the funds of the society. MR. WILLIAM SPICKETT.—We regret to say that Mr. William Spickett, solicitor, is confined to his house by a severe attack of influenza. It is hoped by a large circle of friends that the attack will not prove serious, and that Mr. Spickett will be able to resume his duties at an early date. THE RKV. W. I. MORRIS ON THE LOCAL MAGISTRACY.—In the course of an eloquest sermon delivered at Sardis Chapel on Sunday evening last, the Rev. W. I. Morris, pastor, greatly deplored the effect of the drink traffic on the morals of the young men of the district, and stated that on an average a sum of £3 10s. per head had been spent in the United Kingdom for intorieating drinks during the year 1891. In the Pontypridd and the Rhondda Valley districts the sum spent amounted to £300,000. The rev. gentle- man further declared that the annual number of lives lost owing to drink in the kingdom amounted to 60,000, and that during the past year 1,136 died directly from the effects of ddlrinm tremens. Referring to the cause of temperance he said that at the last Brewster Ses- sions 250 public-houses had been closed in different parts of the country, but he was sorry to state that the Pontypridd Bench had not the moral courage to close one. And one m:\gistn1.te was so devoid of respect to the law that he actually sat on the bench during the hearing of all the cases, whilst he had at the same time a personal interest in a certain public-house, where the renewal of the licence was opposed by the Temperance party, but he questioned whether that gentleman would dare to do the same at the next Brewster Sessions. "There is no remedy in the world equal to LEWIS'S PECTORAL BALSAM for Coughs, Colds, and all Dis- orders of the Lungs."—Is. lid. and 2s. 9d. per bottle.
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CILFYNYDD. APPOINTMENT.—We understand that Mr. Levi Rees. of Cilfynydd, has been elected to act upon the Federation Council of the Coal Trade, in the place of Mr. Benjamin Ashton, who recently resigned. A GIRL BURNT TO DEATH.—A sad accident befel a little girl named Sarah Evans, years of age, the daughter of Thomas Evans, 4, William-street, Cilfynydd, on Monday evening last. The little girl was left alone in the house for a few minutes by her mother, who, when she returued, found the child en- veloped in flames. Dr. Lyttle was immediately sent for, but before his arrival the young sufferer had died.
YXYSYBWL. THE COAL TRADE —On Monday last the work- men of the Lady Windsor Colliery, belonging to the Ocean Coal Company, Limited, were served with notices t,) torminate contracts in a month. At this colliery alone about 1,000 notices were served, and about 500 more were served to the workmen employed at the Glannaiit, Mynachdy, and Blackgrove Levels. CONGREGATIONALISM. —On Sunday last special services were held at the Tabernacle Welsh Congrega- tional Chapel, Ynysybwl, when the pulpit was occupied by the Rev. D. S. Davies, Carmarthen, who delivered very powerful sermons. On the following the rev. gentleman delivered an interesting lecture on Ar- wyddion yr Amserau" ("The signs of the times"), when Mr. Edward Jones, manager, presided over a large audience. DEBATING SOCIETY.—The Mutual Improvement Society again met at the English Wesleyan Chapel, on Wednesday night. The attendance was not SQ large as usual, owing to an oversight on the part of tiie secretary in not announcing the debate, nevertheless, a very good discussion took place upon "Which party, Conservative or Liberal, had passed most measures productive of good to the nation." Messrs. John Lewis and J. T. Saddler opened the discussion, which was taken up by Messrs. D. Rogers, Joseph Howells, Edwin Tanner, John Lewis (Ap Gwalia), and others. Eventually the Liberals carried by a large majority. The president, Rev. W. B. Jones, Noddfa, presided. PASTORATE CALL.—The Rev. Idris Thomas (Glanfirwd, Ynysybwl) has received an unanimous invitation to become pastor of Bethel Welsh Calvinis- tic Methodist Chapel, Ynysybwl, proper. Mr. Thomas is a young man who is well known amongst the Methodist connection, and is a brother of the late Rev. Glanfirwd Thomas. We understand that he has accepted the invitation, and we congratulate him. It is to be hoped he will be the means of reviving the church, and through his instru mentality win many sinners to the seat of repentance TEN DAYS' MISSION.—Sunday, November 29th was the commencement of a ten days' mission, by Mr! T. Henry Fenn, at the English Wesleyan Chapel. Services were held nightly at 7.30, and will continue until the 9th December. Cordial invitations to attend were distributed amongst the populace. THE COAL CRISIS—The notice to terminate con- tracts at the expiration of the present month were served by the management of Lady Windsor Colliery (Ocean Coal Company, Limited) onl\1on.1ay night and Tuesday morning. Over 1,000 men at this colliery alone have been served, and if similar notices have been handed to the men employed at the Glan-nant, Mynachdy, and Black Grove levels, upwards of 1,500 men will have been effected. Our reporter failed to obtain information as to the levels in time for his parcel. SPECIAL SERVICES.—Special services were held by the members of the Tabernacle Independent Chapel on Sunday last, when the Rev. D. S. Davies, Carmar- then, occupied the pulpit. On Monday evening, at the same place, the Rev. D. S. Davies delivered a very humorous lecture entitled Arwyddion yr Amserau." There was a good assembly, who were exceedingly pleased with the lecture. Mr. Edward Jones, manager, ably presided.
LLWYNYPIA. BAZAAR.—On Monday and Tuesday last a bazaar was held in connection with the English Congrega- tional Chapel, Llwynpia, and, we are glad to°state, owing to the untiring energy of Mr. J. J. Jones, Mr. Edwin Farmer, and a number of ladies, passed off very satisfactory. The proceeds, which were devoced to the building fund, amounted to a considerable sum.
FERXDALE. NOTICES TO COLLIERS.—On Tuesday last our representative was informed by Mr. D. Bevan, man- ager, that notices to terminate contracts were handed out to ail the workmen of the Ferndale collieries individually. There are five collieries under this company, and we understand that the notices have been served on workmen of all the associated collieries in the Rhondda. Valley. MR. ALFRED THOMAS, M.P., will address a meet- ting of his electors at the Blaenllechau side of Fern- dale on Monday next, when Mr. W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), is also expected to be present. THE QUESTION OF IMPROVEMENTS.—At A large and influential meeting of ratepayers held under the presidency of Mr. J. Jones, at the Glynhedynog Inn, Ferndale, on Friday night last, the neglect of the Ystrad Local Board in failing to improve the streets of Ferndale was severely criticised. It apprars that the Board have not yet taken over the roads of the Blaenllechau side of Ferndale, and the following re- solution was unanimously passed :—" That, unless the Board took immediate steps to deal with the improve- ments, an application would be made to the Local Government Board under the Public Health Act."— Mr. Griffith Thomas, one of the members for the ward, stated that the Board had decided to advertise for tenders. (Hear, hear.)—A vote of confidence was unanimously passed in Mr. Thomas for his services on the Board.
BLAENRHONDDA. FATAL. ACCIDENT.—A lad named Thomas William Thomas met with hn death whilst at work at the Fernhill Colliery on Wednesday last. It seems that a fall of coal buried him whilst cutting. Some time ago his brother was similarly killed at the same colliery." OCTON STRIKE.—Qn Tuesday last, about 100 men employed &t the Blaenrhondda Colliery, came out on strike, having waited until a late hour on Monday night for the management to meet their demands.
PENYGRAIG. A PROPOSED DEBATING SOCIETY. — Steps are being taken to establish a debating society at 'Peny- graig which shall deal with questions affecting the town and districts. It is to be hoped that the pro- moters may be successful in their undertaking.
TYLORSTOWN. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Thursday last an accident, which resulted fatally, befel a young man named David Howells, a haulier residing at 9, East-road. It appears that the young man, who is only 19 years of age, was working in Captain's heading of the 6 feet Tylorstown Colliery, and was driving a horse attached to a tram, and accompanied by a door-boy named Robert Thomas Jones, when a fall of rubbish took place, and a stone struck Howells. He was imme- diately conveyed home, and attended by Dr. Morris, but succumbed to his injuries on the folio .ving day.
TREFOREST. A MAN RUN OVER.—An old man, aged about 72 years, named Thomas Hughes, died on Tuesday even- ing last from injuries received on Saturday evening. It appears thrt a young man named Edward Hayes was driving a horse and cart through Park-street, Tre- forest, when the deceased was crossing. He called out to him to move on one side, and endeavoured to pull up, but the old man was (leaf, and the consequence was that he was run over and seriously injured about the head and thigh. No blame is attached to the driver, who did his best to avoid the accident. The cart belonged to Mr. Thomas Mongan, of the Rose and Crown, Pontypridd.
FOOTBALL NOTES. [BY THE DRUID.] Saturday was about the most miserable day one could imagine, especially for football. Many grounds were so bad that the matches were abandoned and most of the matches played took very much of the form of a regatta. Owing to a little dispute between the Swansea committee and some of the players, the All Whites brought a week team to Cardiff, but as the homesters were also minus several usual players, the result-a draw—was very creditable to the" Black and Blue," as the Swansea men were certainly the stronger lot—on form. The game was, owing to the wretched state of the ground and ball, confined mainly to the for- wards. At first Swansea had the advantage, but the Cardiffians woke up, and made a splendid fight of it. Goodwin, of St. David's, was given a trial at half for Cardiff, and did moderately well. Newport had a tough encounter at Gloucester, but just managed to come out with fu point to the good. Both teams were well represented, and a grand game was witnessed by a fair crowd of spectators. The Newportians have well earned and maintained the title of "Premiers" this season. They have defeated Cardiff, Swansea, andLlanelly, and they hope to defeat Penarth on the 9th prox. I may here note that they have really never beaten Penarth—-that is, during late years, since Penarth have worked their way to the front. Last year both matches were drawn, while the previous season Penarth administered a double defeat to the black and ambers." Neath had a "Naval "battle at Penygraig with a vengeance. I never saw a field in such a state (I witnessed the match last Saturday at Penygraig) in all my career. Water was lying in some places quite six inches deep, while there was not a dry spot on the field. The game was, consequently, of a very scrambling character, and it was only by downright luck that the" colliers won. Th* ball was rushed over the Xeath rubicon. and a couple of Neatliites swam clean over it without touching it fairly dead with the hand, as is re- required by the rules; at the third attempt a Penygraig man did the trick. Certainly very hard lines for Neath. Penarth travelled to Maritime with a very so-so kind of a team. Lawday, Matthews, Rowles, and the respected captain, Herby Morgan, were away, and their places were taken by White. A. Williams, Lambert, and Geo. Young. When half-time arrived, it was wisely decided to abandon the game, as the ground was a veritable swamp, while the players were drenched to the skin. Both team;- played a hard game, and did some creditable passing. The Maritime forwards played a powerful game, but their backs were not equal to those of the visitors. On Saturday next the Maritime team journey to Aberavon, and will certainly have a stiff encounter. Both teams play a similar game—forward, and as the present weather promises a heavy ground, the result is just a toss-up. Penarth visit Swansea on Saturday, and al. though they they will not be fully represented, I fancy the "Seasiders" will give the "Whites" a good game. Should the present kind cf weather continue. I fancy the visitors will find the Swansea pack just a little too strong for them. Could the backs be set to work, I should put a dollar on the Penarthians, who, by the way, have had three of their backs-Garrett, Rowles. and HerbyMorgan— recognised by the Welsh Committee. With a weak team the 'Quins only managed a draw with Merthyr, but they intend to administer a crushing defeat to Pontypridd on Saturday next. Thematch will be played at Cardiff, and unless the visitors bring a strong team they will get it hot." I hear that great dissatisfaction exists among the Pontypridd men the secretary has resigned several players do not seem to care whether they put on the "paint" or not: and young Morgan, the full back, it is rumoured, has an idea playing with Cardiff "A" team—a black outlook, I admit. I still hope that Pontypridd will only know one team next season, that a first rate one, composed of the pick of the present loving" brothers, Maritime and Pontypridd. Bridgend, with two men short, were defeated by Llandaff, after a hard game. by 1 try to nil, and the winning point was scored close on the call of time. Emery, as usual, played a hard game, and was well supported by Gregory. On Saturday Xeath are due at Bridgend, and the game should be a very interesting one. I fancy the visiting pack will prove a trifle too good for Bridgend, but the backs will be all there if any saving work is required. Blandly receive a visit from the Cardiff team on Saturday, and a whisper reaches me that the Tinplaters are in for a win. Well, they may be, but I fancy the Cardiff backs will be able to repel all the attacks of the Scarlets." That Llan- elly have improved of late, I admit but so have the Cardiff team. Barry journey to Whitchurch while the Dis- trict team take their flight to Llandaff. I hope I shall be able to chronicle a double victory next week. Tondu are down to visit Morriston, and Cogan journey to St. Andrews. SEASON 1891-92. Results of inter-club matches played between first-class Welsh teams up to and including Satur- day, November 28th, 1891 A win counts 2 points; a draw 1. I CO O M H a oi > NAME OF CLUB P >\ O » S 'A O ? J s ou*"1 S o cu 1 Newport 5 3 0 2 8 80 2 Swansea 6 3 1 2 8 66 3 Penarth 5 3 2 0 6 60 4 f Cardiff 6 22 2 6 50 ('Quins 4 2 2 0 4 50 5 Llanelly 5 2 3 0 4 40 6 Neath 8 2 5 1 5 31 7 Penygraig .I 5 1 3 I 1 3 30 Results of principal matches played on Saturday, November 28, 1891, on the ground of the first- named clubs SCORE. TEAMS. WIXXER. FOR. AQAISST. REMARKS. G. T. G. T. Cardiff v. Swansea Draw. J — Both teams weakly represented Gloucester v. Newport .Newport j 1 Gloucester did not lose a home match last season Maritime v. Penayth Draw j 1 1 Game abandoned at half-time Penygraig v. Neath I Penygraig 1 Played on a. beastly ground and in a heavy rain Merthyr v.'Q.uins ,!Draw 1—^1 'Quins had a very poor team LlandaflE v. Bridgend Llandaff 1 1 Both teams played 13 men Swansea A v. Cardiff A 'Swansea A 2 — jOne goal was a penalty Newport A v. Gloucester A "(Newport A 4 3 Glouoestcr A a very poor lot Shrewsbury v. Cardiff (Assoc.) .Shrewsbury 7 — Welsh Association Cup-tie London Welsh v, Croydon jCroydon. 1 — Welsh are not doing well this season Aberavon" A v. Pontypridd A"jAberavon" A 1 — — R. Thomas dropped a goal
THEATRE ROYAL, CADOXTON. During the week the patrons of the Cadoxton Theatre have been hugely delighted with the manner in which an admirably efficient company have enacted the remarkably exciting drama, "BeUs of Fate." We confess the company have fully earned the plaudits they_ received, Mr. Lawrence Daly, in particular, making an extremely favourable impression as Jack Sterling," a young naval officer, and Carlo Carossi," an Italian gentleman. Nexo week the great drama, Diver's Luck will be performed.
SEVERN VOLUNTEER DIVISION ROYAL ENGINEERS.—SUB-MARINE MINERS, BARRY DETACHMENT. Orders for the week ending 12th December, 1891:- Drill as under Thursday, 10th December, drill at the Barry Market, at 7.45 p.m. By Order, J. ARTHUR HUGHES, Lieut. S.V.D.R.S., Com. Barry Detachment.
The Sub-Marine Miners' annual dinner will be held early in December. There are fashions in all things, even marriages. In America tall girls are in great demand in the matrimonial market. At Barry barmaids are the prize winners. It is to be hoped that the Barry Gas Co. will hurry up with the gas mains at Weston Hill. Hundreds of people pass that way nightly, and as at this time of the year the nights are more than ordinarily dark, the sooner the company move in hat matter the better. The Llanwonno School Board election will take place in February. Ferndale is already preparing for the fray. By the way, we are informed that the ratepayers in this town do not at all approve of the payment of £700 by the Ys trad Board to the Llanwonno Board for the absolute control of the Ferndale school. Rev. Dr. Clutterbuck, of Bath, whose trial for defrauding several persons of thousands of pounds was down here a. couple of years ago. He came round with Dr. Bloxal, to medical inspector under the Local Government Board, who came to arrange for the carrying out of the duties of a port sanitary authority. Dr. Bloxal is one of his victims. Writing of County Councillors reminds us of a conversation which took place between an old woman and a Rhondda Alderman the other day. The worthy alderman was walking majestically along the streets of Mid-Rhondda when the old lady met him and said, You County Council men are no good. I thought you would do some- thing when we elected you." Well. Sally vach," said Alderman G what haven't we done ?" and the retort came quick and smart. Why you haven't stopped those deacons at chapel from quarrelling you're no good." Another day a large and influential deputation waited upon the same gentleman, and actually wanted him to censure the magistrates for fining a boy thief who stole apples from. an orchard, and failed to see why he could not interfere with the magis- trates and set aside their decision. That alderman thanks his stars that he will not be obliged to contest the next election. For seven years I suffered from Asthma., tried all known remedies, and LEWIS'S PECTORAL BALSAM is the best of all.-Is. Ibd. per bottle. J FOLLICK's is the Best Shop for Jewellery. Splendid assortment and at all prices. Corner of Barry-road and Main-street.—Advt.
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