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mil, ELECTION IN I GLAMORGANSHIRE.!
mil, ELECTION IN I GLAMORGANSHIRE. SOUTH GLAMORGAN. MR. A. J. WILLIAMS' CANDIDATURE: MEETING AT THE DOCKS. Wednesday dinner time Mr. A. J. Williams ^addressed a meeting of the workmen of the Barry Docks at the end of the Graving Dock. A large number of workmen were present, and when Mr. Williams arrived they greeted him with ringing cheers. Mr. Sidney Davies (a, dock workman) pre- sided. and introduced Mr. Williams in a neat little Mr A. J. Williams, incommencing,referred totlft enthusiasm exhibited by the colliers of the Rhondda. Suggestions and complaints had been brought to him from time to time that officials belonging to great companies in this part of the world had been using their influence-their personal influence with the workmen the companies employed to induce them to vote in accordance with the views Of the officials. He did not care which way they induced them to vote—whether Tory or Liberal, but he said it was not proper that any man in authority over workmen should endeavour to get them to vote for either party. He had moved in the matter, and knew from the directors of the Barry Company that this sort of interference would not be tolerated. (Applause.) The chair- man of the Board (Lord Windsor) was a man of the highest honour, and he was sure that, although he might be opposed to him in his political views, he had no wish or contemplation of bringing official pressure to bear upon the workmen of the com- pany. He was told that the authorities had given express directions that no official should interfere with any workmen in the employ of the company, and that they were free to exercise their own discretion in the disposal of their votes. If there was a single case in which any attempt would be made to punish a single workman for refusing to be dictated to he hoped that the case would be brought to his own personal notice, and he told them that if the pressure was found to have been exercised he would do his best to vindicate his constituents. (Applause.) He would deal very shortly with the extraordinary claim the Tories were making to be the friends of the working classes. (Cries of derision.) Did they call it acting as friends to the working classes to tax the corn. and to make the bread dear, so that the landlord might get high rents ? Were the Tories friends of the working men when Mr. Gladstone wanted to take the tax off newspapers, by the taxing of which work- people eould not get cheap literature-when the present Prime Minister said, I wonder who would ever expect to get anything worth reading in a penny newspaper." Lord Salisbury now had to get all his information about his wretched and dis- organised party from the penny newspaper. (Cheers.) Were they the friends of the working classes when in 1866 Mr. John Bright tried to persuade Parlia- ment that the great body of the people in town and country ought to have a vote for the members who made the laws ? Every measure for the bettering.of the working classes had been similarly treated by their so-called Tory friends, who had only very recently found out they were interested in the working classes—only since they had had votes given them bv Mr. Gladstone. (Laughter.) Mr. Williams appealed to all the voters present to record their votes so as to enable Mr. Gladstone to carry out his grand Home Rule scheme for Ireland and the other measures of reform he contemplated. (Cries of We will.") Mr. Harry Inch proposed a resolution of con- fidence in Mr. Williams, which was seconded by Mr. F. W. Taylor, supported by Mr. Fisher, secre- tary of the Goal Trimmers' Association, and carried unanimously. LIBERAL MEETING AT BARRY DOCK. On Friday evening, 1st inst., the Liberals of Barry Dock:held a large meeting at the Public-hall to further the candidature of Mr. A. J. Williams. Alderman Meggitt was voted to the chair. Amongst the gentlemen present were Alderman Meggitt, Dr. Kelly, Messrs. Ben Lewis, H. Inch, Saunders. Taylor, and others. Mr. Taylor, in proposing Alderman Meggitt to the chair, said the meeting was convened to arrange definitely the work of bringing the electors to the poll on Friday next, and considered it every one's duty to take upon himself to do all in his power to give Mr. Williams such an overwhelming majority as to do away with the possibility of another contest. After some very able remarks by Alderman Meggitt, Dr. Kelly, Mr. Saunders, and others, a most satisfactory meet- ing was brought to a close. MEETING AT DIN AS POWIS. On Friday evening a very successful meeting of the electors of Dinas Powis was held at the National Schoolroom. Mr. J. Isaac presided over -alarge and enthusiastic audience. In his opening remarks the Chairman touched upon the near approach of the General Election and said he felt sure in 14 days hence the Tory party would be taught such a lesson of humility they would not forget for many years to come. (Applause.) People had been spreading rumours in that village that the ballot was not secret, but that was an old «dodge to frighten the voters. He could assure them that if they did not tell people themselves no one could ever say which way they had voted. •>( Applause.)—Mr. Cram proposed a vote of confi- dence in Mr. A. J. Williams and the Liberal party. Dr. O'Donnell seconded the resolution, and alluded to the very conscientious way in whieh Mr. Williams had discharged his Parliamentary duties. He impressed upon his hearers the secrecy -of the ballot. As an Irishman he felt very strongly upon the question of Home Rule. The first thing their enemies did when the queston of Home Rule was brought forward was to try and raise up the religious bogey. Sir Morgan Morgan appealed to the Pro- testants not to hand over their fellow-Protestants of Ulster to the Roman Catholics. There was no need of such an appeal, as it was only in one spot in the North-West of Ireland that religious intole- rance existed, and that was a place where the < Protestants were in a majority. It was not the general body of Protestants who were so intole- rant, but a society called Orangemen, who had had to be suppressed, and who had tried to hinder the present Queen from coming to the Throne in favour of the Duke of Cumberland. (Laughter and cheers.)—Mr. Collier then supported the resolution in a vigorous speech, and, upon the Chairman putting°it to the meeting, it was carried unani- mously.—A vote of thanks to the Chairman ter- minated the proceedings. MEETING AT CADOXTON. A meeting, mainly composed of working men was held at the Public Hall, Cadoxton, on Tuesday nieht, to support the candidature of Mr. Arthur j ° Williams. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. Moon, Mr. W. Miller (Vere-street) was voted to the chair. Among those present were the Rev. W Tibbott, Alderman Meggitt. Messrs. Benjamin Lewis. A. Rees, F. W. Taylor, H. Davies, W. LI. Williams, D. Edwards, Evan Jones, W. Saunders, &c—Execellent and stirring speeches were de- livered by the Chairman, Mr. H. Davies, Mr. Evan Jones. Mr. F. W. Taylor, and Mr. C. J. Flowers. The proceedings were most enthusiastic through- out, and the frequent and ready applause testified to the thorough Radicalism of the audience and to the satisfaction felt in Mr. Arthur Williams. TORY FACTS." As a specimen of the facts" which are told and, we suppose, believed by Tories we cull this delicious little gem from the Western Mail of last Tuesday. It was headed Fiasco at Dinas Powis." "The Radical party at Dinas Powis have just experienced what they consider to be a downright insult. A meeting of the supporters of Mr. A. J. Williams was advertised to be held 011 Friday evening at the National Schoolroom, at which the Gladstonian candidate himself, with Councillor T. J. Hughes, Bridgend, and Councillor J. P. Jones, Penarth. were announced to be present, but, to the great surprise of the few persons who put in an appearance at the meeting, neither of the gentle- men named turned up, and an improvised meeting had to be held, Mr. J. Isaacs presiding. Apologetic addresses were delivered by the chairman, Mr. T. Crane, Mr. Lloyd Meyrick (Cardiff), and Dr. O'Donnell (Cadoxton). It is expected that, owing to the snub which Mr. Arthur Williams has thus inflicted upon his supporters at Dinas Powis, many will refrain from going to the poll." The matter is a small one. but is useful as supplying another instance of the Tory representa tion. (1.) "The Gladstonian candidate himself" was i/ot an- nounced to be present. (2.) The persons who turned up were not few." It was one of the best- attended meetings we have ever seen in the School- room. (3.) The few persons who turned up were not greatly surprised that Mr. T. J. Hughes and Mr. J. P. Jones did not attend, for the promise of both gentlemen to be present was conditional. (4) There were no "apologetic addresses "delivered by anyone. On the contrary, the addresses were full of fire and defiance to Toryism. There was no « Mr. T Crane or Mr. Lloyd Meyrick" among :t. the speakers. The speakers were Mr. T. Cram, Mr Collier (Cardiff), and Dr. O'Donnell. (6) Mr. Arthur Williams had nothing to do with the calling of the meeting. It was got up entirely by enthusiastic local Radicals. The Radical party do not think, therefore, they have received a snub," and they would not allow any petty feeling to interfere with their votes on a great and momen- tous question.—It is evident that the Tory scribe was not present at the meeting, and with such stuff the readers of the Mail are satisfied. GOOD TEMPLARS AND SIR MORGAN MORGAN. EAST GLAMORGAN LODGE, NO. 1. This District Lodge, in Quarter Session assembled on Saturday, the 25th day of June, 1892, heartily rejoices in the great progress the Temperance cause has made since the Good Templar Order has been introduced into Great Britain, and acknow- ledges with devout thankfulness our indebtedness to Almighty God for the large measure of success which has followed our efforts in spreading the principles of Good Templary throughout the com- munity during the lust 21 years. We pray and sincerely trust that every Good Templar, temperance friend, and true patriot in our extensive district, with a population of some- thing like 160,000 souls, will awaken to the enormity of the issue that we wish to decide at the coming election whether the brewer or the reformer is to rule this great country. We pledge ourselves most solemnly to use every legitimate means at our disposal to return to Par- liament good men and true, men who are willing to give the people the power to control the liquor traffic by direct veto. Hitherto we have been highly favoured in our district in having as our representatives in the House of Commons gentlemen who stood faithful to our cause, and helped by their great influence and vote to frustrate the design of the late Govern- ment to compensate and endow the brewers and publicans in cases where, for the benefit of the people, the issue of fresh licences were refused. Now that we know who the candidates in our district are, we presume there is no difficulty in deciding to whom we shall give our support and vote. The brewers and publicans have selected their candidates, and we are justified in supporting the two old friends whom the trade opposes—Sir E.J. Reed, K.C.B., and A. J. Williams, Esq., who have satisfactorily answered our questions. Weare satisfied, without regard to party politics, that in this contest our duty is clear. We have no choice; but vote for those who are prepared to advance our cause, and thus help to rid our beloved land of a traffic which is so inimical to the well- being of the nation, and get it, by Imperial enact- ment, removed from the commerce of a civilised and a Christian people. This we work for, and this we pray for and we call upon all Good Templars and friends to assist us in the coming struggle, and vote straight in the privacy of the ballet box for the emancipation of our own country from the bondage of liquordom, which is so prolific in misery, poverty,JI,nd crime. Issued on behalf of the above District Lodge— J. J. McEachran, D.C.T. and D.E.S. E. E. Thomas, D.V.T.; W. T. Raper, D.Coun.; Ben Evans, D.S.J.T.; W. E. H. Fellows. D.Sec. R. Emery, D.Tr.: C. McLeod, D.C.; A. H. N. Reddaway, P.D.C.T. June 29th, 1892.
EAST GLAMORGAN. MR. ALFRED THOMAS AT CILFYNYDD. A HEARTY RECEPTION. Mr. Alfred Thomas addressed a mass meeting of his electors at Cilfynydd on Saturday afternoon last. The Liberal candidate, with some friends from Pontypridd, drove to Cilfynydd, and they were met on the road by a large number of the Cil- fynydd electors, who formed themselves into an escort and marched with Mr. Thomas through the village, lustily singing election songs to the tunes of "Hen wlad fy Nhadau" and "Men of Harlech." A halt was made and the gathering was addressed from the brake. Mr. Edward Caine presided, and it is estimated that there were fully 400 voters present, in addition to a large number of youths. The Chairman said Mr. Alfred Thomas had done some good work for the labouring classes, to which he (the speaker) was proud to belong. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Thomas had done a lot of good since he had been elected, but he had not done as much as he had intended, but that was not his fault. (Cheers.) Mr. John Kemp first proposed a resolution of confidence in the Liberal party. He said that in Wales that this election would be one of the most important in the records of history. (Hear, hear.) The question which they as Welshmen had been fighting for years to obtain was to the fore, and by to-day the venerable leader of the Liberal party, the Right Hon. William Ewart Gladstone—(loud cheers)—had placed Wales's demand second on his programme. (Applause.) It was the duty of every Liberal to record his vote. (Applause.) Mr. W. Gronow seconded, and said they were in duty bound to support Mr. Alfred Thomas and the Liberal party, for that gentleman had supported the cause of the working men for the past six years. His opponent ought to be ashamed to come forward to seek the suffrages of the working community of East Glamorgan, for not very long ago the party whose cause he championed said they would make the working men graze on the mountain tops—(" Shame ")—and these were the people who now sought their confidence to make their laws but they were not going to have them. (Applause.) The Rev. Michael Williams, who supported, said he was certain they were going to send Mr. Thomas back to Parliament. (Applause.) Re- ferring to Mr. Thomas, the speaker said that he had shown his sympathy with the working classes in a practical way, and had not, after entering Parliament, forgotten those who sent him there. (Applause.) Mr. Lloyd Meyrick, of Cardiff, next spoke. He could not forbear speaking of the work which Mr. Afred Thomas had done for the Welsh people, and there was one question the prominence of which ithey owed entirely to him — (hear, hear)—and he had, therefore, a claim to the gratitude of Wales which no other man could say he had. (Applause.) Their candidate had seen clearly, and with great foresight, that there was a question which must soon be thrashed out, and that was Home Rule for Wales. (Loud and prolonged cheering.) He asked them to return with a large majority not the least devoted of Mr. Gladstone's followers to Parliament in the person of Mr. Alfred Thomas. (Loud applause.) Mr. W. Jones, Gellideg, also supported the re- solution. Dealing with the payment of members he said the Tory party were doing their utmost to keep the working men representatives out of Parliament, but he thought that if the con- stituencies were willing to tax themselves to keep their representatives in the House, they should be allowed to do so. (Applause.) The Conservatives claimed that they had given the country free schools, but this was not the first time that they had stolen Liberal measures. For years past the Liberals had advocated free schools, but the Tory party knew that when the Liberals would grant free schools they would have passed a better Bill than they (the Tories) were pleased to give, and that they would hand the schools over to the popular control. They might depend upon it the Tory party never passed that bill for their ad- vantage, but in the interest of the Church party. In conclusion Mr. Jones said he felt confident that at least 95 per cent. of the electors of Cilfynydd would vote for Mr. Alfred Thomas, (Loud ap- plause and cries of Yes, we will.") Mr. Alfred Thomas, who was received with a ringing cheer, spoke in Welsh and in English in support of the resolution. He was not fighting his opponent in this battle, but fighting for the principle of Liberalism. (Cheers.) They had something worth fighting for. The liberty which they now enjoyed was obtained through fighting. The great question they were fighting for was whether they would be ruled by the voice of the classes or by the masses. (Cries of "By the masses.") The two great questions of the day were those of Home Rule and Disestablishment, and he was glad that the Irish people had received a disestablish- ment of their Church 20 years ago. The Welsh people had deserved it at the same time. He did not want to say anything against the clergy of the Church of England, but he was of opinion that the ministers of all denominations should be placed on the same level. (Hear, hear.) If one minister did more work than another let him be honoured for it; but in any case the matter would now very soon be settled, and he very much regretted that Mr. Dillwyn did not live long enough to see this great thing, for which he had worked so, hard carried into effect. If they honoured that gentle- man's memory they would do all in their power to further the Disestablishment question. He (Mr. Thomas) prophesied six years ago that if the Dis- establishment question was not settled in five years all the Welsh members of Parliament should be kicked out of the House. (Laughter.) But diffi- culties had cropped up, and it did not come to pass. Therefore, he would not prophesy again for fear they would kick him out. (Renewed (Laughter.) He would have wished to see Dises- tablishment as the first plank in the Liberal pro- gramme, but their great leader had willed it otherwise, and it was their duty now to follow" him—(hear, hear)—but if they thought that Dis- establishment did not come forward in the same Parliament as Home Rule for Ireland, they would not vote for either. (Hear, hear.) There were many other questions which could be dealt with, and prominent amongst these was that of Free Education. The Tories claimed that it was their Bill, but he could say that the Tories for genera- tions had fought against this principle and had it not been for the help of the Liberals they would never have carried it; but yet he could not see why public money should be given to voluntary schools. The same principle applied to the Board of Guardians. As the law stood at present, every magistrate was an ex-offick> member of a Board of Guardians, and had a right to vote there, but, although he (Mr. Thomas) was a magistrate, he never attended the meeting of a Board of Guardians, because he felt it was not morally right that he should vote there unless he had been elected by the people. (Ap- plause.) In conclusion, Mr. Thomas asked the audience which they would prefer—the voice of the people or the voice of the classes ? If they wished the former, they would return him, and he would at all times be ready to do all in his power for the furthering of the interests of the working classes. (Loud applause.)—The resolution was then put to the meeting and carried with acclammation. Mr. Thomas Kemp proposed a vote of con- fidence in Mr. Thomas and said that. as Mr. Thomas had done so much for the people in the past, they would do all they could for him in the election, and place him at the head of the poll with a very large majority. (Applause.) Councillor Spickett seconded the motion, and said that as a representative of the working men on the County Council he had great pleasure in doing so. (Applause.) He did not support Mr. Thomas although he was a very great friend of his, but supported the Liberal party, who were represented by Mr. Alfred Thomas. (Cheers.) Councillor H. S. Davies and Mr. John W. John also spoke in the same strain, and the motion was carried amid loud and prolonged cheering. The candidate and his friends were warmly cheered as they departed from Cilfynydd on their way to Llantwit Vardre. MR. ALFRED THOMAS AT YNYSYBWL. The reception given to Mr. Alfred Thomas on Friday night last was one not readily to be for- gotten by those who attended it. Mr. Alfred Thomas, who was accompanied by Messrs. Lewis Williams and Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff Councillors H. S. Davies and W. Spickett, Pentypndd Coun- cillor Thomas, Cardiff, Acc., was met near Glaunant by the Ynysybwl Brass Band and a strong con- tingency of the local Liberals. A procession was formed, and Mr. Thomas was escorted through the street?, and he received a warm reception. The meeting was to have been held at the Board Schools, but, owing to the large numbers outside, it was thought advisable to hold it in the open air on the hillside over-looking the valley. Mr. John Williams, checkweigher, presided, and Mr. David Evans, schoolmaster, commenced the proceedings by singing an election song, the audience joining in the refrain. Amongst those present were :— The Revs. W. B. Jones, Noddfa: R. O. Evans, Tabernacle; and Thomas Evans (Presbyterian); Alderman Gwilym Jones. Councillors H. S. Davies, W. Spickett, — Thomas, Cardiff; Messrs. W. D. Davies, solicitor Lloyd Meyrick, solicitor, Cardiff Lewis Williams, and others. The Chairman having made a few remarks upon the past fidelity of Mr. Alfred Thomas, he called upon that gentleman to address them. Speaking upon Disestablishment, Mr. Thomas said that since that had taken place in Ireland, the members of the Protestant Church had got on better, and had been more peaceful with their Roman Catholic neighbours. (Hear, hear.) He ventured to predict a similar result in Wales. (Cheers.) At the coming Parliament the great question of Ireland would be once and for all settled. The settlement of this matter would inevitably lead to the Disestablishment in Wales and then the burdens of taxation would be con- siderably lightened, when tithes came to be devoted to National uses. (Cheers.) Mr. Lewis Williams, Cardiff, followed in a humourous speech, in which he described Mr. Alfred Thomas as one of the best representatives ever sent from Wales to St. Stephens. (Hear, hear.) Councillors W. Spickett, H. S. Davies. Edward Thomas, Cardiff, and Mr. W. R. Davies, Solicitor, Pontypridd, having spoken, Alderman Gwilym, Jones, Ynysybwl, moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas. This was seconded by the Rev. W. B. Jones, Noddfa, in Welsh. Messrs. Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff, and J. W. John, Pentypridd having addressed the gathering, the motion was carried with acclamation. This terminated the the proceedings, and the assembly having again formed themselves into a procession, headed by the brass band, escorted the candidate and his party through the chief thoroughfares on their way to Pontypridd.
PONTRHYDYCYFF NATIONAL SCHOOL.
PONTRHYDYCYFF NATIONAL SCHOOL. FURTHER PROTESTS AND OPPOSITION. A public open air meeting was held near Ebcnezer Chapel, Garth, on Friday evening, when a large number of workmen from Garth and Cwmfelin attended. Mr. Evan John was voted to the chair. Mr. Thomas, miners' agent, Garw Valley, intended being present, but sent a letter of apology to the Chairman. The Chairman said their present school was British, and the management of it, and all the appointments in connection with it were in their own hands, but now they were having a school built which was entirely different. Their school had been supported by the men in the colliery, and the children's pence up to the time of the passing of the assisted Education Act. The Government demanded enlargement of their school, but on account of the slackness of the work the men could not see their way to it just then. The Government then demanded a School Board, and a vestry was convened to consider the question, and at that vestry they were told that if they would abandon the idea of a School Board a new and open school should be built. Believing that they gave up their contention, out the result was a National School. They met that night to try and rouse the Cwmfelin people to help them in their battle for freedom.—Mr. T. L. Roberts spoke in Welsh, and so did the Rev. W.Joseph, both urging the men to continue the agitation, and rest not satisfied till they either had a Board School or their present one sustained.—The Rev. I. Lloyd said it was a great contradiction that in this enlightened and advanced age there should be any necessity for a meeting of that kind. But the more they looked into the way that National School had been thrust upon the hamlet, the more necessity arose for re- sisting it. It was entirely contrary in nature and constitution from what had been promised. He related the story of the farmer's wife, who, seeing a hen wanting to sit, told the servant to put ten hen's eggs under her, and then during the whole time told every one she met what a fine brood of chicks she would soon have. But the servant had by mistake put duck eggs under her, and when the shells were broken the farmer's wife was greatly surprised to have a brood of young ducklings. So they had been told for weeks and months that the new school would be an open and undenomina- tional one, but the parson had put sectarian eggs under the hen, and when the shells were broken there came out a full-fledged National School. —(Laughter, and hear, hear.)—That National School would, in his opinion, always stand as a monument of falsehood and fraudulency. They had been promised in vestry meetings and else- where a Parish School, a Board School, a Voluntary School, in fact anything but a National School, and yet that was the very thing which was foisted upon them. He had fully explained to them the nature and partiality of the new school, and there was no need going over the same ground again. But there was one feature about the management which had not been mentioned, and that was in respect to the use of the school for any other than Church or Tory party purposes. With the Christian World before him, Mr. Lloyd gave the names-of places and parsons where the National Schools had been refused the Liberal party during this election contest. He urged upon them to get or keep an unsectarian school under popular control. He gave an instance from the South Wales Star of last week of the poor Nonconformists of a village in North Wales, refusing an endowment on condition that the Board School be made National, and urged them to the same heroic action, and not for the sake of a small rate allow a National School to have com- plete sway in their midst.—Mr. David Thomas said Mr. Barrow had told him in the vestry that the school was not to be National. He proposed that we have a School Board.—This was duly seconded by Mr. S. Lewis, and was unanimously carried.— A committee of eleven was appointed, and the usual votes of thanks brought the meeting to a close.
IF you wish success in life make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise councillor, caution your elder brother, a.nd hope your guardian genius.— Addison.
,BRIDGEND EISTEDDFOD. "I1
BRIDGEND EISTEDDFOD. "I 1 I 1 OPENING BY THE LORD MAYOR OF I LONDON. j ADDRESS ON WELSH NATIONALITY. The visit of the Lord Mayor of London to Bridgend on Monday for the purpose of opening 1 the fifth annual eisteddfod drew an immense con- course of people into the town. The town was profusely and tastefully decorated. Assembled upon the platform to meet the distinguished visitor were Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., Mr. LI. Wallington (chairman of the Local Board), Mr. County Councillor T. J. Hughes (clerk to the Local Board), County Councillors J. Barrow, E. Price, and Evan Evans, Messrs. McGaul. M* Davies, J. G. Jenkins (secretary to the Eisteddfod Committee), T. Stock wood (clerk to the migis- trates), S. H. Stockwood. F. Moon, W. J. Lewi?, T. G. Smith (chairman of the committee), W. Powell, Jenkins, Captain F. R. Crawshaw, W. Francis, T. Edwards, O. 1-1. Lloyd, P. Thomas. E. Rich, and others. The train drew up a few minutes late, and accompanying the Lord Mayor were Judge Gwilym Williams, Sir Morgan Morgan, and Mr. John Evans, Abersykir Court, Brecon. The members and clerk of the Local Board and the members of the Reception Com- mittee having been introduced, his Lordship pro- ceeded to the carriage outside the station, and was received with ringing cheers. County Councillor T. J. Hughes, as clerk to the Local Board, then read the address. Mr. LI. Wellington, chairman of the Board, in presenting the address, said he had the honour of to represent the Local Board of Bridgend, and it was his duty to present the address. He expressed the hope that his Lordship's life might be spared for a long time. (Cheers). The Lord Mayor said Members of the Local Board of the ancient town of Bridgend. In coming back once more to my native place, I wish to ex- press to you, one and all, my deep sense of grati- tude for the manner in which you are receiving me. You are receiving me in a dual capacity. I will put it first as a Welsh- man and upon National grounds—(applause)—and I will put it secondly that you recognise the fact. and desire to pay respect to, the ancient and honourable position and office of Lord Mayor of the greatest city in the world. (Applause.) I thank you most heartiiy and most sincerely for this spontaneous, kind, and hearty reception. (Loud cheers.) The procession, marshalled by Mr. McGaul, then moved off in the direction of the Eisteddfod field, proceeding via Caroline-street, Dunraven-place, and Park-street. The procession included friendly societies, cyclist corps, mounted police, and bands. The first carriage contained Mr. John Evans, Mr. A. J. Williams, Sir Morgan Morgan, and Councillor E. Price. The second carriage contained the Lord 1 Mayor (who was everywhere greeted with the utmost enthusiam) Judge Gwilym Williams, Mr LI. Wallington. and Mr. J. G.Smith. At the Eisteddfod, the Rev. T. Cynonfardd Edwards acted as Conductor, and also as adjudi- ( cator for poetry and elocution. The musical ad- 1 judicator appointed were Mr. E. H. Turpin, Mr. 1 David Jenkins, and T. Price. Mr. Turpin was, however, unable to attend, and his place was filled 1 by Mr. C. Warwick Jordan. The pavilion was 1 crowded, and the Lord Mayor was loudly cheered. Mr. David Jenkins sang the opening piece Hen } Wlad fy Nhadau, and was loudly applauded.— ] The Lord Mayor then delivered the President's Address. He said Perhaps you will permit] me, by way of preface, to tell you how 5 thoroughly and how sincerely am I pleased at the honour conferred upon me to-day, in being ( asked to take this important chair. (Cheers.) ] Although I appear before you in my capacity as < Lord Mayor, I hope you will regard me first of < all as a fellow-countryman, and also believe me that within me and in my heart are the same feelings and aspirations of our national life as any one of you possess. (Lead applause.) The corporation I have the honour to represent is an ancient body of many centuries of existence, and so is the Eisteddfod. (Cheers.) We can trace the Eisteddfod back to the year 1070—to the eleventh century when Griffith ap Cynon, and Griffith ap Rhys, held Eisteddfod feasts of great renown. (Applause.) Ever since that period down to the present day it has been the symbol of your I nationality—no empty survival, no barren revival, but a living reality. (Loud applause.) At one time, fortunately — not so far as we are concerned, but for them—there was a time when our Saxon neighbours and others derided and laughed at our proceedings. To-day they pay us their sincerest flattery that is possible. They imitate us. (Loud applause.) I have—as you have—opportunities of reading of musical arrangements and gatherings similar to this held by our French neighbours in the Albert-hall; and of an annual eisteddfod now held in the East of London; and of those held in the Crystal Palace— at once paying you a tribute and following and copying you in your high intellectual movement. (Applause.) We rejoice in the antiquity and in the progress of the eisteddfod let us hope that you may in the immediate future, and in the distant future, maintain it in the saipe excellence, and if possible with greater excellence than it possesses at the present moment. Raise its standard as high as possible. Do not be ashamed to look at any of its defects for there is no institution, there is no individual, there is nothing absolutely here on earth, that may be pointed out as perfect; and, therefore, although we glory and rejoice in our national development of the instinct we possess for higher culture—and that is really what it comes to—the soaring after something that is ennobling, something that shall raise us, as it were, above the every-day life. (Hear, hear.) It is to retain and to further de- velope such aspirations and such deep-rooted feel- ings that we are met to-day, so that you may give utterance and expression to them in a beautified form. Lord Bute, when, he took the chair—he believed it was in 1883—at the Eisteddfod held at Cardiff, told you to cling to' your Eis- teddfod and to your language, and I am here to-day to emphasize that expression in the strongest possible way. (Applause.) Encourage the love of your language encourage all that goes to make up our national life, but at the same time I was almost going to say don't carry it too far. You will understand me, perhaps, when I shall have said- a few words more. You have to compete with your Saxon neighbour, and with others in this age of terrible competition. See that you acquire, in the first place, a knowledge of the English language. Add to that the know- ledge, if possible, of the German and the French. The acquisition and the addition of these lan- guages need not in any way interfere with what youaredfingto-day. If it did interfere, it is possible this would be wrong. There is no fear of that, because this can be brought in by way of relaxation. It is not labour that brings you here to-day. It is not irksome for you to further im- prove yourselves in your own national language. It is a holiday and a relaxation. Therefore compete with the English on their own grounds. My first thought when elected to the position of Lord Mayor was what can I do for my country, and may I so enter upon my duties so as to give satisfaction not only to the citizens of London, but to those of you who live in Wales. (Loud and continued applause). Cynonfardd then invited poetic address from the bards. Master Giraldus Gurnos Jones, the son of the Rev. E. Gurnos Jones, Porthcawl, read a yostey (I englynkm, composed by his father in honour of the Lord Mayor, and he was followed by Dafydd Morganwg, Mr. John Morris, Penygraig and the Rev. Cynonfardd Edwards, the latter of whom wound up by inviting the audience to give three cheers for the Lord Mayor. These were lustily given, as were three more for the Lady Mayoress. THE COMPETITIONS. The competitions were disposed of in the follow- ing order:— Male Voices Choral Competition.—A prize of j630 and a gold medal was offered to the choir of male voices numbering less than 90 members that would best render Saintis's On the Ramparts." This was one of the test pieces at the recent Porth Eisteddfod, and the choirs that competed on that occasion mustered at Bridgend to "fight their battle o'er again." The choirs competed in the following order, viz. :—Porth and Cymmer Male Voice Glee Society, numbering 67 voices, and con- ducted by Mr. Rees Evans Rhondda Fach (Fern- dale) Glee Society, numbering 73 voices, and con- ducted by Mr. Enoch Lewis Treorky Male Voice Society, numbering 72 members, and led by Mr. William Thomas; and the Rhondda Glee Society. under the baton of Mr. Tom Stephens, and numbering 75 voices. The Treorky Choir was the only one that sang without a pianoforte, thereby following out the suggestion of Mr. Venables at the Porth Eisteddfod.—Mr. David Jenkins said the contest had been a remarkably close one, particularly so far as two of the choirs were concerned. The first choir opened very well, and the choir was in good tune the serenade was good the tenor solo was also good, and was sung with a good deal of spirit. The choir was in excellent tune from first to last. The second choir were not so good in the opening as the first choir the staccato was not so good, the first tenors were flat, and at the fortissimo the choir was out of tune, and the pinoforte had to stop*; the serenade was too sad, and altogether the performance could not rank with that of the first choir.. The third choir was very good in the opening, but in the xtaccato they were a trifle too vigorous the dole;- was good, and the tenor soloist sang well, but the humming accompaniment was not so good as in that of the first choir: the pianixxim-o was too strong the voices were excellent, and there was in the choir strength and refinement. Unfortunately for the choir, they sang without a pianoforte accompaniment, and they lost the pitch thereby. Thy deserved all credit for singing un- accompanied, but there was the fault referred to, and the adjudicators could not overlook it. In the fourth choir the iopening was very good, but the eeho was not so good as in the last choir the serenade was exceptionally good the andante was given with great dramatic power in the last part; the phrasing was good, and the attack was very good, and the whole was sung with plenty of life the serenade was very beautiful, and throughout the balance of parts was most excellent. In con- clusion, he would only repeat that the competition had been a very close one. Three points had attracted the attention of the adjudicators in coming to their decision. Those points were dramatic effect. balance of parts, and the grand attack in the last part. In all these the fourth choir excelled, and, although in a few touches the first choiriwere better, on the whole the last choir was the best, and to them was awarded the prize. Mr. Tom Stephens was loudly cheered. Euglyn.—Cynonfardd had received 12 composi- tions in competition for a prize of two guineas for the best set of engljnion (Welsh four-line stanzas) on "YrYsgol" (The school). Some were very good, but that sent in by Mr. William Coslett (Gwilym Elian), Caerphilly, was adjudged the best. Pianoforte Solo.—A prize of a guinea was offered for the best performance of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata," by competitors under 20 years of age. The prize was awarded to Mr. Wm. Morgan, Dowlais. Soprano Solo.—The test piece in the soprano solo composition was, "Thou didst blow with the wind." from Handel's Israel in Eyypt. Mrs. Rowlands, Morriston, was awarded the prize, eleven com- peting. English Recitation.—There were 15 competitors for the prize of one guinea, offered for the best rendering of Macaulay's Armada." The prize was awarded to Miss May Morgan, Merthyr. Contralto Solo Competition.—The popular song Angus Macdonald formed the test piece in the alto competition, the prize being one guinea. The successful competitor was Miss Edith Parry, Ystrad, Rhondda. Welsh Recitation.—A prize of one guinea was offered for the best rendering of Geirionydd's famous poem, Morfa Rhuddlon. The prize was awarded to Master John Daniel Lewis, Pentre Estyllt, near Swansea. Male Voice Duet.—Two guineas was the prize in the male voice duet competition, the test piece being Mr. R. S. Hughes's 0 rhowch i mi fy ngloewgledd." The contest resulted in favour of Mr. Samuel Rees (Ap Rhys), Treorky, and Llew Rhondda. Elegy.—A prize of five guineas was offered for the best elegy written in either English or Welsh on the death of the late Colonel T. Picton Turber. vill. Nine compositions had been received, of which five were in Welsh and four in English. Cynonfardd said his detailed adjudication would be published, an'in the meantime, he would con- tent himself with saying that Calon wrth Galon was the signature. The winner was the Rev. J. Ceulanydd Williams, M.1esteg, who was invested by Mrs. Turbervill. Tenor Solo Competition.—Mr. Tom Price's Y Rhosyn Unig (" The Lonely Rose ") formed the subject of the tenor solo competition, and the prize was one guinea. Of the 25 competitors who entered only Mr. Afanlais Lewis and Mr. Howell Davies, Treorky, passed through the preliminary ordeal. Mr. Tom Price spoke in very high terms of the performance, and awarded the prize to Mr. Afanlais Lewis, Port Talbot. The Folk-Lore Prize.—Mr. Arthur J. Williams had given a prize of .(: 15 15s. for the best collec- tion of the folk-lore of the people of the Vale of Glamorgan. The adjudicntor. Professor John Rhys, of Oxford, was not present, but Cynonfardd, acting as his mouthpiece, s.iid that two compe- titions had been received, and they were both so meritous that there was nothing for it but to divide the prize. The winners were Mr. Jenkia Howell, Aberdare, and Mr. D. C. Evans (Cadrawd), LlangYll wyd. Bass Solo Competition.—A prize of one guinea was offered for the best rendering of the famous solo, It is enough Lord now take away my life," from Mendelssohn's Elijah. Twenty com- petitors sari'jr in the tent set apart for preliminary tests, and of this number two sang on the Eistedd- fod platform. Mr. Warwick-Jordnn. in giving his award, said he had often read high praise of the Welsh voices in the London papers, but he did not always believe what he saw in print. That day, however, he had heard the Welsh voices, and he could bear out to the fullest extent what had been said in their praise. Of the whole 20 singers scarcely one of them was inferior, and most of them fell very little short in point of merit to those who sang on the platform. He had never enjoyed a competition so much in his life. (Ap- plause.) The prize was awarded to Mr. John Williams, Eryn Avon. Briton Ferry. THE CHIEF COMPinrnOV. It was five minutes past four o'clock whon the great event of the day came up for decision. The prized offered was jC105 (presented by Lord Duu- raven) and a gold medal (presented by Mr. Beha). Two guineas was offered for each conductor of an unsuccessful choir. Three choirs had entered for this competition, and very great public interest was manifested in the contest, the laryre pavilion being packed. Probably over dC! 0,000 people listened to the singing of the test piece Hark the deep tremendous voic," (Ifa yd n ). The contestants were :-1. Dowlais Harmonic Society, conductor, Mr. Dan Davies 2. Llanelly Choral Society, con- ductor Mr. John Thomas 3, Pontycymmcr Choral Society, conductor. Mr. Jehn Phillips. The Dow- lais Harmonic Society last year found themselves hampered by the presence of an opposition choir in the town, and it was not until the collapse of this opposition at Swansea that they again ventured in the competition lists. They appeared at Ferndale last September, and since then have carried all before them. The Llanelly Choir was re-formed a few months ago, under the leadership of Mr. John Thomas, who acted as secretary to the choir in the time of Mr. R. C. Jenkins's regime. The Ponty- cymmer Choir was quite a new one. for although the male-voice choir from that place is well-known all over the world, a mixed choir from Pontycym- mer is quite a new thing. The first choir numbered 165 voices, and were conducted by Mr. John Phillips. The performance was decidedly good for a new choir. The Llanelly Choral Society next. They were led by Mr. John Thomas, and num- bered 182 voices. Many of the singers were much younger than those who brought such renown upon the choir last year. The female voices were really beautiful. Last came the Dowlais Harmonic Society, led by Mr. Dan Davies, and numbering about 180 voices. The choir was received with loud applause. The singing was excellent. The adjudicators lost little time in giving their reward. Mr. Jenkins said that in the first choir the opening was harsh, the tenors overpowered the other parts, the altos were weak, but the bass was the best of all the parts. In the last movement the sopranos were flat, but as the choir was a young one he did not think it desirable that he should be too severe on them they would, doubtlesS; be heard again, and there was plenty of time in which they might improve. In the second choir the opening was better, and the performance all round was better than that of No. 1 the sopranos was very good the altos were very bright in p. 87 the staccatos were sung very nicely, but the fugue was detached, and this took away somewhat from the excellence of the performance; all through the choir sang with much finish. In the third choir the sopranos were not quite so good as those in No. 2, but the altos were better the fuge was better, it was more grand, more majestic, and from that point to the close the choir sang with marvellous dramatic effect, the pianissimo was very good, indeed, and the words, O God," were remark- ably effective in fact, from the commencement of the fugue the performance was simply excellent. Mr. Warwick Jordan followed in English. He said that two of the three choirs had run each other very closely. The rendering by number three choir was more dignified, and in the last movement it was exquisite. The last 12 vocal bars were given with great effect, and they had no hesitation whatever in awarding the prize to the third choir. The announcement was received with loud and prolonged cheers, renewed when Mr. Dan Davies ascended the platform to receive the £105 and the gold medal. He was invested by Mr. T. G. Smith. The winning choir was accompanied by Mrs. Clara Novello Davies, Cardiff, and Mr. Harry Evans, Dowlais. Drum and Fife Band Competition.—Two prizes of the respective value of £5 5s. and £2 2s. were offered in the drum and fife band competition. The test pieces were an arrangement by Mr. J. Peters of the March of the Men of Harlech," Morfa Rhuddlan," and Caerphilly March." Five bands competed in the following order, viz.:—Sftewen, Cymmer, Llansamlet, Resolven, and Treboeth. Two others had entered, bvt they failed to put in an appearance. The first prize was awarded to the Llansamlet Band, conducted by Mr. Tom Griffith, and the second to the Cymmer Band, conducted by Mr. L. Davies. f- I.' Second Choral (Competition.—A prize of jE20 was offered for the best rendering- of Alaw Ddu's glee, Y Gwlithyn (The Dewdrop), and to the con- ductor of every unsuccessful choir one gninea. was offered. Ten choirs competed in the following order :—Tonypandy, Zoar, Maesteg, Dowlais Music Lovers, Mid-Rhondda Harmonic Society, Carmel (Maesteg), Pontycymmer Glee Society, Zion (Cwm- avon), Cymmer Glee Society, Abergwynfi, Neath and Melyn Choralists. The prize was awarded to the Dowlais Music Lovers.
BRIDGEND PETTY SESSIONS.
BRIDGEND PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man). Mr. C. P. Davies. and Mr. W. S. Powell. THE MAESTEG POLICE ASSAULT CASE.—Mr. T. J. Hughes stated that an appeal had been lodged in the case of the conviction of Morgan Simons, Station-street, Maesteg, for assaulting the police. -—The Bench accepted the recognisances of prisoner in £40 and two others in £20 each, to proceed with the appeal at the Quarter Sessions. A THIEVING GLAZIER COMMITTED.—Harris Fine, picture dealer and glazier, Troedyrhiw. Merthyr, was charged with stealing a watch, chain, and seal, the property of Mrs. Janet Llewellyn, wife of Robert Llewellyn, collier, 14, Ivor-street, Maesteg. — Prosecutrix said that prisoner came to her house last October, and she gave him a job to put a pane in her bedroom. He was in the bedroom alone. She paid him 6d. for the job, and he went away. The same night she missed the articles stolen. She had seen them the same morning on a table in the bedroom. They were worth 10s. 6d. She saw the prisoner the next evening in the street, and told him she had missed the chain. He asked her if she meant to say that he had it, and she said that nobody had been upstairs but him. He said that if she would not prosecute him he would prosecute her for insulting him. In about half-an-hour later he went to her house, asked her if she had found the chain, and she said No." He asked if he could go into the bedroom to try and find it. She told him that he had been up her stairs for the first and the last time. and would not let him go up. She did not tell the police, but in a day or two Police-sergeant Hill came to her house and said he had information that she had missed a watch chain. She told the sergeant all she knew. Last week but one Sergeant Hill brought the chain to her house.—Samuel Hopkins, fitter. Bird-in- Hand Inn, Maesteg. said that in October or Novem- ber last he bought the chain in question from prisoner. He met him in Commercial-street, Maesteg, when prisoner asked him to buy the chain and seal. He paid him 2s. 6d. for them. Witness sold the chain next day for 3s. to James Cohen.— James Cohen, 4, Castle-street, Maesteg, watch- maker, corroborated the evidence of the last wit- ness, and said he sold the chain to Mrs. Sergeant for 3s. (id.—Moses Silverman, 50, Station-street, Maesteg, picture dealer, said prisoner came to him three weeks ago and said he had been talking to Mr. Cohen about the chain that he (prisoner) had stolen near the Police-station from a bedroom where he had been glazing. Prisoner explained that he had kicked the chain with his foot. and that he put it in his pocket, but he said he was not sure because it was 12 months back. The next day prisoner told him that he had settled with the woman by giving her a sovereign.—Police-sergeant Hill said that on Tuesday last he went to Aber- gwyufi and got the chain from Mrs. Emma Ser- geant. Jersey-road.—Prisoner was committed for ten days' hard labour. Upon hearing the sentence he said that he would rather pay anything than go to gaol. AN ABERGWYNFI COLLIER FINED. — David Llewellyn, haulier, Jersey-road, Abergwynfi, was summoned for going. into the Union Mine with tvvj lucifer matches in his pocket, contrary to sec- tion 265 of the special rules.—Thos. Davies, fireman, Avon Colliery, said that on June 20th he was on duty in No. 2 District, and found defendant with two .lucifer matches in his pocket. He had a safety lamp as well. He asked him why he went into the pit with them on him, and he said he could not say. as he had examined himself three times before going down. It was defendant's first day in the pit. Occasionally there was gas in the colliery, which was a fiery colliery, no naked lights being allowed.—William Williams, lamp- man, also gave evidence, and said that he warned dofendant against taking matches and pipes down the pit. Defendant said that he had searched, but witness did not search him.—Mr. J. G. Morris, manager, said the colliery was a very fiery one, and he had given strict orders that every man should be searched. The carrying of matches in the pockets was a most dangerous practice, and might at any moment cause an explosion.—Defendant said he was very sorry, as he had searched his pockets three or four times and could not find any matches.—The Bench inflicted the full penalty of 40s., and 12s. 2d. costs, and intimated that if de- fendant had not been a new hand he would have been sent to gaol. MAESTEG COLLIERS AT VARIANCE.—David David, collier, 10, Park-street, Maesteg, was sum- moned for assault.—Robert Wears, collier, 52, Bethania-street, Maesteg, said that last Saturday night defendant caught hold of his throat and hit him. He had the marks of his teeth now in his cheek.—Defendant alleged that complainant had insulted his wife, but this complainant denied.— Evidence in support of complainant's statement was given.—Defendant said that he knew he had his finger in complainant's mouth, but denied having bitten him.—Police-sergeant Hill said he was called to quell a disturbance in Park-street, and found that Wear's cheek was distinctly marked as if it had been bitten.—Defendant's wife said that complainant had been talking about her.— Defendant said that the marks were caused by his finger nails. About ten months ago defendant had insulted his wife. and he had not met him until the night of the assault. On the night in question complainant said something to him, and he thereupon closed with him.—The magistrates committed defendant for saven days, pointing out that, even if complainant had insulted his wife, he had had ten months to cool down. SCENE AT PENCOED RAILWAY STATION.— William Jenkins, mason, Swansea-terrace, Pen- coed, was summoned for assaulting Joseph Parsons, plasterer, Pencoed. Mr. T. J. Hughes defended.— Complainant said that last Saturday afternoon, on the Pencoed Railway Station platform, at 2.45, de- fendant asked him if he was calling at his house. He said no, whereupon defendant gave him a knock in the chest with his elbow. Defendant said they were all bad b- that came from Cardiff. Defendant then seized his nose and wrenched it aliout. (Laughter.) In answer to questions, complainant said he had lodged with defendant, but had been turned out by him.—George Phillips, mason, Cardiff, said that on the platform at Pencoed last Saturday after- noon he saw defendant and complaintant having a dispute. They were speaking loudly. Defen- dant struck complainant a back-handed blow, causing him to stagger. Witness asked defendant what was the matter, and he said that complainant had insulted his wife.—Cross-examined Witness did not see the nose-pulling business. (Laughter.) There were a lot of people on the platform at the time.—John Preece, labourer, Cardiff,.said that he saw the assault on the platform. He saw Jenkins go for complainant through the carriage window. —Mr. Hughes contended tliat the complainant himself was the aggressor. The complainant ad- mitted having been turned out of defendant's housH, and, therefore, defendant had finished with him, but complainant had a grudge against defen- dant for having been so turned out. There was no motive for the assault by the defendant, but there was a motive for the complainant to assault defen- dant.—Thomas Jenkins, farmer, Pencoed, said he saw the complainant and defendant opposite the waiting-room on the platform. Jenkins was making for home and defendant was following. When complainant stopped, Jenkins continued on his way home, but stopped talking with some men at the end of the platform. Complainant went up to defendant so closely that defendant was obliged to push him away. Complainant put himself into a fighting attitude. He thought complainant had provoked the defendant, and was anxious to fight. Witness thought defendant was very cool over the matter.—The case was dismissed. SUNDAY DRINKING AT ABERKENFIG.—Jenkin Collier, Mackworth Arms. Aberkenfig was sum- moned for supplying drink on Sunday, and Thomas Sullivan, puddler, Park-road, Aberkenfig, and Thomas Davies, bricklayer, Park-road, Aberkenfig were summoned for being on licensed premises on Sunday.—Mr. Scale defended.—Police-constable Thomas said that he on Sunday morning, in com- pany with Police-constable Morley, watched defen- dant's house. At 9.10 he saw H. Williams go into the house by the back-door. He remained there five minutes, and then came out wiping his mouth. At 10.40 he saw John Thomas go in the same way, remaining inside six minutes. The landlord came to the door, looked up and down the lane, and then Thomas came out. At 10.50 another man went in the same way, and remained seven minutes. At 11.10 the two defendants. Thomas Sullivan and Thomas Davies, went in the same way. They fol- lowed them into the house two minutes later, and found that each had a pint measure full of beer in their hands. The landlord, asked why he sup- plied them with beer on a Sunday, replied, Look over it, Mr. Thomas, this time. Say nothing about it. I sent for Davies about some work to-morrow, and Sullivan came with him." Davies said that the landlord had sent for him about some work to-morrow, and Sullivan told witness that he c«me with Davies to look for told witness that he c&me with Davies to look for a pint of beer. Witness asked what John Thomas and Henry Williams were doing there that morning. The landlord said that Thomas came for a pint of beer which he refused to give him. Williams came to see him about some work to- morrow. The landlord denied that the other man was there at all. The landlord again asked witness to look over it that time, but witness said tha.t he was bound to report it.—Police-constable Morley corroborated.—Mr. Scale said that Davies was defendaat's foreman, and defendant required to consult with him on the Sunday, as he had to leave for Cardiff by first train on the Monday morning. The defendant gave Davies a pint and Sullivan drank out of the same measure.—Defen- dant gave evidence in support of Mr. Scale's state- ment.—The Chairman said the landlord would l-e fined £2 and the license would be endorsed. The defendants Davies and Sullivan would each be fined 10s. ASSAULT AT TAIBACH.—William Davies, Grove Lodge, near Margam,was summoned for assaulting Catherine Jane Edwards, 15, Water-street, Port Talbot.—Complainant said she worked at Taibach Tin-plate Works. On Saturday last defendant, who had no right to do so, ordered her to put her plates down. She refused, as she wished to go on with her work, when defendant struck her a hard blow in the stomach with his fist. He struck her on the head. knocking her senseless.—Margaret Jones corroborated. — Thomas Daniel Davief, brother of defendant, said that complainant came to her work late on the day in question. Witness saw complainant push defendant and strike him on the teeth and on t!:e eye. Complainant struck witness twice as well. Defendant did not touch complainant on the head at all, but on the stomach, hand, and back.—Defendant was fined £2.
BARRY CHAMBER OF TRADE.
BARRY CHAMBER OF TRADE. A meeting of the members of this Chamber was held on Tuesday evening at Miss Harry's restau- rant, Dock View Road. Mr. Griffin (sen.) presided at the commencement of the meeting, and there were also present Messrs. D. T. Alexander, Dr. Livingstone, and Messrs. F. P. Jones-Lloyd, Smith Jones, Ed. Hughes, W. H. Morgan, T. Morgan. L. Thomas, Goold, H. R. Paull, Parkinson, Hopkins, Lewis Lewis, A. W. Newman, Young, J. A. Sprent, A. A. Weston, B. C. Jones (Barry), L. Y. Owen, T. Morgan, D. W. Thomas, Davies, Mr. Jackson (hon. sec.), kc. The first business done was the election of new members as follows — Major-General Lee. and Messrs. Diamond, J. II. Paull, J. A. Sprent, S. G. Griffiths, Miller, Davies (Barry Hotel), E. F. Blackmore, and E. O. Evans. The next business was the election of pre- sident, and whilst thie was being done Mr. Alexander left the room. Mr. Smith Jones said it was with grea.t pleasure he rose to pro- pose that Mr. Alexander be president. Mr. Lewis Lewis seconded, and, on the motion being put, it was carried unanimously.—Mr. Alexander was then called in, and informed by the Chairman of his selection as president, and ho thanked them very much for the honour they had conferred upon him in electing him President of the Chamber of Trade. He only hoped that during the year he should conduct the business of the association with satisfaction to them and credit to himself. (Applause.) He also hoped that at the termination of his year of office they would not liave reason to regret placing him in the position they had done. His best efforts would be used for carrying on the Chamber of Trade for the benefit of the members themselves and the developement and interest of the district. (Applause.)—Mr. Griffin then vacated the chair, which was taken by the President.—The following gentlemen were elected vice-presidents :—Mr. Aitken, Captain Davies. Mr. Edward Hughes, Mr. Lewis Lewis, Mr. Lowden, and Mr. W. II. Morgan.—The Council was then elected, namely :—Messrs. John Jones,,Xoshua James. Smith-Jones, Dr. Livingstone, W. Llewellyn Williams, F. P. Jones-Lloyd, — Milward, — Paul, J. M. Young, G. Garnett, — Hig- man, — Gould (Barry), J. R. Llewellyn, Lewis Williams, A. W. Newman, Rees Phillips, J. Rees, Gould, Greig, Savers, Hopkins, N. J. Rutter, c. J. Thomas, and Mr. S. Williams. Some little discussion ensued before the election of officers as to whether the election should be by ballot or show of hands, and it was decided in favour of the latter method. Mr. Phillips, of the London and Provincial Bank, was appointed treasurer, Mr. A. W. Jackson hon. secretary, and after a long dis- cussion Mr. Thomas Powell, Morrell-street, and Mr. Sprent were appointed auditors of the Chamber. The Chairman said the Misses Harry had kindly offered them the use of the room rent free, but he said that they would not he acting in justice to themselves or to the Misses Harry in accepting the rooms on those terms, as those young ladies were just starting on their own accounts. Taking into consideration the lighting and cleans- ing of the room he thought they should at the very least offer them 5s. for every Chamber meeting, and 2s. 6d. for Council meetings. Ultimately it was decided to leave the matter to the Council for discussion. The Chairman next invited suggestions for the formation of a programme of grievances and things the Chamber should try to remedy. Mr. Lewis Lewis asked whether the Council would be able to formulate any subject they thought they ought to take into consideration.— The Chairman suggested that the Council would find ample work to do which the public would no doubt be much obliged to them for dealing with. There was, for instance, the passenger traffic Oil the line between Pontypridd and Barry. They should endeavour to get the Barry Company to move in the matter, and if they would not do so, he should suggest that the Chamber agitate for through trains into the Cardiff terminus.—Mr. Lewis said the Council would meet three times be- fore the Chamber would, and he should like to know whether the Council had had given it powers to originate anything of itself, or must it come from the Chamber ? Mr. Higman. said that depended upon the capacity of the Council.—Mr. Lewis said the Council had the capability no doubt, but could they originate anything ?—The Chairman thought they would not have the Council wait until a general meeting to give them power to go on.—Mr. Smith- Jones said that three or four members would have the power to ask the secretary to call a special meeting if they could originate anything.—Mr. Higman said it struck him that the Council should have something of the same power as a governing body in a slightly modified form. They certainly should have power to originate any matter requir- ing attention.—Mr. W. H. Morgan said there was nothing to prevent them bringing up anything new at their meetings. The Chairman said it was no use binding them- selves to any hard and fast rules, and they should simply give an expression of opinion of members as to their views of the duties of Council, and they should not tie their hands. Mr. Cruise, Cadoxton, urged the necessity of police cells at Cadoxton, and give instances of the inconvenience the police and tradespeople were put to because there were none. He thought it a matter the Chamber should take up.— Mr. Smith-Jones mentioned a grievance caused to the trade of the district by the early closing on Saturdays of the private siding known as the Syndicate siding. That was a matter he should undertake to bring before the CounciL— Mr. Jones Lloyd mentioned the necessity of an im- provement in the telephone service. Mr. Griffiths (Barry) said if they could get railway facilities, they would no doubt have a large number of Sunday School treats held at Barry Island, which afforded opportunities for enjoy- ment not possessed by Penarth or any of the surrounding districts. The holding of treats on the island would bring additional trade to the tradesmen. The President said he had been in communica- tion with the Channel Service Company with regard to the price of a steamer for an inaugural outing for the Chamber. He thought the district was neglected by the steamship services, and if they could originate and carry out this inaugural outing it might show the steamship companies the advisability of running regular trips from Barry to places of interest across the Channel. —The Chamber readily fell in with the suggestion of an outing, and the President, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Jones Lloyd were appointed a sub-committee to make the necessary arrangements. This con- cluded the business. —
A PENSION FOR THE PONTYPRIDD…
A PENSION FOR THE PONTYPRIDD POSTMASTER. Mr. Alfred Thomas, the candidate for East Glamorgan, has received a letter from the Post Office authorities in London, in which they state that, taking into consideration the new facts brought to the notice of the Postmaster-General on behalf of the late postmaster of Pontypridd (Mr. M'Mnrray), the Postmaster-General will not refuse to recommend Mr. M'Murray for a modified pension.
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