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DOWLAIS. UNDERTAKING and all kinds of Carpentering and Joinery Work done. Hearse and Mourning Coaches to order. GEO. J. O'Neill, Frederick's Court, North Street, and Pond Street. Dowlais. 200 Overcoats, 100 Trousers, 100 Waistcoat", 100 Coats, Dresses, Bodices, Children's Clothing, Plated Goods, Accordions, Bibles; cheap. — 24, Church- street, Dowlais. [2674 J. T. DOCTON, SANITARY ENGINEER, Plumber, Hot Water Fitter, Gas Fitter, Electric Bell Fitter, and General House Decorator, etc., 138, High-street, Merthyr. All orders will receive prompt attention. Distance no object. A staff of experienced workmen regularly employed. J.T.D. may be consulted on Sanitary matters, embracing drainage, ventilation, etc. T281 REV. RICHARD JONES.—Any hope of the Rev. Richard Jones's remaining at Dowlais that might have been entertained by the townspeople must now be dispelled. On Monday Mr. Jones wrote to the Bishop of Llandaff to accept the living of Henllys and Bettws, which had been offered him. MINING SuccEss.-Mr. Henry Archibald Allen Phillips, Pant Villas, son of the late Mr. W. H. M. Phillips, quarry manager, received on Wednesday morning a notification from the Home Office inform- ing him that he had been successful in passing an examination as colliery manager and enclosing a first- class certificate of competency duly signed and 6ealed. The examination was held at Newport last September, and the examiners' report was received the following month. SUNDAY CONCERTS.—The third of a series of four sacred concerts, promoted by the Dowlais Philhar- monic Society was held in the Oddfellows' Hall on Sunday evening, and although the weather was much better than on either of the two previous Sundays it was by no means favourable to the project. The audience was considerably larger than at either of the two previous concerts. Proceedings were commenced by the singing of Beth sydd i mi yn y byd" by the choir and the audience. At the close of the fine old hymn the programme was gone through in the follow- ing order Chorus, And the glory of the Lord," the Choir song, Calvary," Miss Rosina Beynon recitative and solo, Lend me your aid," Mr. Evan Rees Evans; solo, Ave Maria," Mrs. Katie O'Shea; chorus, Lift up your head," the Choir song, Nazareth," Mr. Harry Evans, A.R.C.O. quartet, God is a spirit," Miss Maggie Watts, Miss Edith M. Jones, Mr. Evan R. Evans, and Mr. Evan Thomas song, There is a green hill far away," Miss Rosina Beynon chorus, Then round about the starry throne," the Choir. The singing of the choir was excellent throughout, and was indeed much better than on either of the two previous Sundays. The accompaniments were play«l by Mr. Harry Evans and Mr. E. T. Davies, the society's regular accompanist. COLLIERS' SICK AND DISABLEMENT FUND.—The committee of management of the above fund held their usual monthly meeting at the Forge Hammer Inn on Friday evening. As it was somewhat late before the president, Mr. David Jones, arrived, Mr. Isaac Lewis was voted to the chair, and there were also present Mr. Richard Thomas and Mr. Abraham Jones, representing the South Tunnel men; Mr. Nathan Thomas, Nantwen; Mr. Thomas Davies, Fochriw No. 2; Messrs. Alfred Williams, William Rogers, and David Thomas, Bedlinog No. 1; and Mr. John Jones, Forge Hammer Inn.—Mr. Thomas Davies reported upon a case which he and another member of the committee had been asked to investi- gate, and his narrative showed that great destitution prevailed in the family of the man who applied for assistance. A gnnt of L4 was unanimously voted. The secretary read several applications which he had received since the last meeting, and the usual course of appointing members of the committee to make the necessary enquiries was followed. Messrs. E. B. O'Neill, James Collins, and David James attended the meeting as a deputation from the Volunteer Band Christy Troupe. They intimated the wish of the troupe to give an entertainment at Dowlais, two thirds of the proceeds of which would he handed over to the Disablement Fund if the committee chose to take the affair up. After a little discussion, it was decided to defer the matter until the next meeting. The secretary pointed out that as there were so many fresh applications for relief, the committee ought to meet at an earlier date in order to dispose of them, aud at the same time to give the representatives of the bandsmen a definite reply. This view was endorsed, and it was agreed that the meeting be held to-day (Friday) evening at the usual time and place, when it is hoped there will be a full attendance. LIBANUS CHAPBL SoIRET.Another of those enjoy- able sociable gatherings which seem to be all the rage in Dowlais just now took place on Thursday afternoon and evening in the school-room adjoining Libanus Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. The soiree was what may be called the aftermath of the eisteddfod held in Libanus Chapel on Christmas Day. Choire from the chapel were successful in the principal con- certs that day, and as the individual share of the prize money, if apportioned, would have been rather small, the total sums were returned, on the under- standing that it would be devoted to the soiree wo are now noticing. But the sums thus received, though by no means to be despised, were not sufficiently large to defray the entire cost of entertaining some 200 people, and as a consequence a nominal charge had to be made. The arrangements for the soiree were carried out by a committee of young people, for whom Mr. T. Stanley Price, Libanus-street, acted as secretary. The tables were laid at five o'clock, and were in charge of the following ladies: —Mrs. D. C. Evans, Francis-street Mrs. Oswald J. Thomas, Morluis- street; Mrs. David Evans, Caeharris Miss Maria Price and Miss R. A. Price, Libanus House; Miss Maggie A. Morgan, Pant: Miss Mary George, Glvndwr-street; Miss Annie Price, Overton-street; and Miss Maggie Price, Alma street. Valuable assistance in other ways was rendered by Mrs. Isaac Davies, Francis-street; Mr. Morgan Morgan (Pegler and Sons), Mr. Morgan Evans, High-street and Mr. D. C. Evans, Central Supply. The last-uamed gentleman was the caterer, and he placed upon the tables an extraordinary variety of foods, all, it is needless to say, of the best quality. From about half-past six o'clock until about eight the schoolroom was uncomfortably crowded, and the assistants found it extremely difficult to move from one point to another. The number of guests was about three times us great as had been expected, but nevertheless Mr. Evans managed to provide adequately for the whole of them. The tables having been removed, and the room having^resumed its normal appearance, the Rev. J. Owen Evans, the newly-appointed pastor at Libanus, was voted to the chair, the schoolroom being crowded. After a brief introductory address by the Chairman, Miss Kate Jones sang very sweetly In the Vale of Llangollt-n," and Mr. D. W. Powell gave Make the best of it." The Misses H. M. and Mary George followed with the old-duet, All's well," of which they gave a capital rendering. The same thing may be said of Mr. Tom Edwards, who sang Yr Eos." Mr. and Mrs. Tom Daniel and Mr. Tom Edwards scored one of the biggest successes of the evening with Gwyn fyd preswylwyr dy dy," all thrf. voices blending admirably. Master J. Vau^han created a good deal of mirth by his recitation of Y tren," and Mr. David Price was in fine form with Hen Wlad y Cymanfoedd." Mr. Henry Jones having given a brief address Miss Hannah Thomas gave an effective recitation of "PebawniynIIais." Mr. Samuel Thomas gave a most interesting account of what might be called the evolution of the tea-party of twenty or more years ago into the present day soiree. Fashions, he said, changed as they all knew, and an old time tea-party would look strange to the young i>eople of to-day. Miss. H. M. George ga\e a splendid interpretation I know that my Redeemer lIveth" it is undoubtedly a loss to the music loving people of Dowlais that they do not hear this young lady sing oftener. Mr. Tom Daniel was very much at home in his quaint rendering of "Yr ben lane and narrowly escaped an encore. Mr. William Richards proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies who had asisted in making the soiree the conspicuous success it had turned out to be to those who had bad given their services at the entertainment, and to the Rev. Mr. Evans for presiding. Mr. C. Fenwick, in seconding, said that they had all good reason to congratulate themselves ..n the success of the Christmas Eisteddfod, which had been the means of providing that day's soiree. He claimed that the use- fulness of the eisteddfod was amply proved by the excellence of the singing and recitations to which they had listened that evening. The vote was unanimously passed and the rev. chairman havillgbrietly responded the proceedings of a most enjoyable evening were brought to a closc by the singing of one of Sankey's hymns. We had almost omitted to state that the accompaniments were played by Mr. John Jones, the chapel organist. CEFN. SCHOOL CONCERT.—A very successful conceit was held at the Drill Hall on Thursday evening last, by the children of the Cefn Infants' School. The high standard to which they had beeu trained devolves the greatest praise upon their energetic mistress, Miss J. Rinley. The chair was occupied by the Rev. J. E. Evans, rector, and Mrs. Rowland and Miss Mann presided as accompanists. Part was taken in the proceedings by Llinos Glan Taf, Mr. W. Morgan, Air. T. M. Jones, Miss B. Williams, Master G. Bound, Mr. J. S. Davies, Miss B. Lewis, Miss M. Jones, Master S. Jones, and Mr. E. Daniel. The fan drill and dumb bell exercises were done exceed- ingly well, and in good time. NOTES-BY HEN LAXC." Get one wise man in a company, and all are wise," said some ore. And by being the happy possessor of this solitary man the Vaynor Parish Councillors will find themselves, at their next meet- ing, in a queer predicament, and the District Coun- cillors will have earned the reputation of not being endowed with too great an abundance of common etiquette. The four District Councillor-! are undoubtedly men of efficient capacity for business, but their conduct regarding the water supply of Pontsticill, has not been, if lam rightly informed, altogether straightforward. It is, no doubt, within the recollection of our readers, that Councillor James Parry gave notice of motion that he would bring for- ward the question of the urgent necessity of getting a supply of pure water for the village in which he dwells. By so doing Mr. Parry asked for the sympathy of his fellow-members to achieve the one great mission of his public life, and that wa3 to get rid for ever of the fetid waters which have been the breeding of diseases innumerable, and the heralds of divers untimely deaths in the humble homes of Pontsticill. The councillors welcomed the proposal very warmly, and they fondly hoped that, by extending this long- wished-for blessing to their suffering fellow-creatures, they would secure for themselves a good share of immortality. But the Parish Councillors are doomed to dis- appointment. Our gallant District Councillors, getting wind of what was passing in the lower chamber, and knowing that to secure a good water supply for Pontsticill was a certain road to fame, promptly decided that they would settle the whole question before Councillor Parry could get the chance of ventilating the matter before his fellow-members. So the surveyor received his maudate to prepare estimates for trial holes similar to those made some years ago, and the expense of £6 5s. being considered satisfactory the work was ordered to be proceeded with without delay. No one can deny that this whole transaction was quite business-like, but inasmuch as the Parish Councillors had mooted the matter, and that they had the wise man to see what was necessary to be done, would it not be a common act of official etiquette on the part of the upper house to consult with the lower, and to intimate to them their inten- tions ? I fancy I can see the sorry figure Councillor Parry will cut at Friday's meeting, when he finds that hi!i one hobby, the sole object of his political existence, has been ruthlessly snatched away from him, and that his life henceforth would be a blank. I sympathise with him, and I consider that he is justly entitled to an explanation from those who thus pose as his superiors. If these tactics are to be coutinued the Parish Councillors can resign without more ado their services are not required. I hear a good many complaints about the lack of courage, or something akin to it, shown by our Coun- cillors, both Parish and District, in facing the remuneration to be given to their officiate. The matter is adjourned from one meeting to Mother, thereby causing unnecessary suspense to all persons concerned. The public are curious to know how the money of the ratepayers will be invested. I have received the following lettei, and as it touches a point of great importance to Cefn people, I shall give it in the vernacular:—" Anwyl Hen Lane, -Bum yn y gyngherdd a. gynhaliwyd gan blant bach yr ysgol ddyddiol yn y Drill Hall, nos Iau diweddaf, a rhaid i mi addef mai dyna'r He rhyfeddaf y bum ynddo erioed. Nis gwn pa fath fan yw Bedlam, lie y dywedir fod y trigolion yn wallgofiaid ond yn ol y desgrifiad wyf wedi gael o r sefydliad gresynus hwnw, gaHwn dybio fod y dorf oedd yn y Drill Hall nos au yn dyfod yn agos ryfeddol i'r hyn a ddywedir yw Bedlam. Beth yw yr achoa o hyny, nis gwn, ond mae yn drueni meddwl nad yw yn bosibl cael un cwrdd, nad o ba nodwedd, heb fod yno haid o afresymolion yn andwyo yr holl weithrediadau trwy eu hymddygiad g war thus. Y r oedd v plant bach yn canu ac yn actio yn ardderchog nos Iau, ond gofidus yw dweyd fod y faldordd ddisynwyr, gan fagad o fechgyn a rnerched ieuainc, yn ei gwneyd yn anmhosibl i glywed gair. Nid oedd y cwrdd hwn yn eithriad i'r cyrddau eraill a gynhelir yma. Penyd-leoedd y Cefn yw Cyng- herddau. Rhowch air ar y pen hwn.- Y dwyf, &c,, MABT ANN." The Christmas-tree belonging to our Church friends passed off very successfully, but I hear that staunch members of the Nonconformist churches managed some how to qualify themselves for a ticket, and carried off valuable presents. It may be the catholicity of our rector and his friends when religious equality is at our doors that accounts for this generous spirit. Let us hope so. TROEDYRHIW. NEW CLUB.—A meeting was held on Tuesday last at Troedyrhiw to form a Constitutional Club. Mr. Valentine Watson, the agent, attended, and there is every prospect of a club being speedily formed. TREHARRIS. "A MARKER MAN."—Such was the title of the very interesting drama which was played at the Public 1 Hall on Saturday and Monday night last. The build- ing was well-filled, as it generally is, when Maggie Morton's celebrated company pays this place a visit. All those present passed a very enjoyable evening at least, it they did not, it was not the fault of the talented artistes who so ably pourtrayed the startling scenes and thrilling episodes of this stirring, eventful, exciting, and sensational play. MERTHYR VALE. OMISSION.—In our last issue in the report of the concert promoted by Mrs. Rees, we omitted to mention that Mis»s Rosina Beynon, of Cyfarthfa Cottage, Merthyr, sang seyeral of her favourite songs in a very artistic manner. CANTATA.—A successful performance of Root's tuneful cantata, "Plough and Sickle," was given by the Merthyr Vale Philharmonic Society, under the baton of Mr. Herbert Thomas, in the Assembly Rooms, on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The chair was occupied on Monday by Mr. Thomas Williams, and on Tuesday by Mr. William Lewis, M.E. The soloists were Mr. P. J. Parry, Master Mr. R. T. Davies, Parson; Mrs. M. Edwards, Mistress; Miss Ada Williams, Daughter; The Misses E. Lewis, K. Munro, M. L. Jones, Maids; Mr. S. Rees, Reaper; Mr. T. Biddle, Wagoner. The performance was in every respect creditable to its promoters, the care and attention bestowed on the training of the choruses being evident. BRYNMAWR. THK MANXMAN."—Mr. Bandman's first-class com- pany performed The Manxman at the New Market Hall last week. There were not large audiences. LiMRALiSM.—Mr. A. E. Evans, J.P., chairman of the Liberal Hundred, was one of the Breconshire delegates to the Liberal Federation meeting at Car- diff. LOCAL TRADE.—Work at the various collieries in the neighbourhood is not very brisk. The stormy weather has greatly interfered with work, some of the smaller mines being partly flooded. NEW TREDEGAR. HERR PAREEZER'S PRUSSIAN CHOJR.- This renowned choir paid this towna visit last week. Nightly perform- ances were given at the Workman's Hall, and were highly appreciated by those attending same. We might mention that the singing and lantern views were of the highest merit. We cannot speak too highly of the violinist and flautist accompanying them, their playing being admirable. PERSONAL. —We have great pleasure in recording the success of Mr. David Hammond. The gentleman removed from this place some years ago to take up the position of district inspector at Newbridge, Mon., under the Prudential Assurance Society, and this has been followed by his departure to Haverfordwest, he having been promoted to be assistant superintendent under the same society. Before leaving Newbridge, he was made the recipient of a beautiful silver tea service, presented to him by the tradesmen and friends. The agents of the district also presented him with an illuminated address and travelling port- manteau.







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