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OBCUESTHA SOCIKTT. —Mr. J. Phillips, of the Music Warehouse, has received, on behalf of the secretary, three numbers of the suite being epecially composed by Mr. W. Barter Johns for the above eociety for their next conceit. They are very fine, and the orchestra is now rehearaing them. Mr. Johns will come down from London to conduct his own com- positions. For the occasion the society intend engaging some of the most talented artistes of the day, and already the services of Mr. Lehon, the great oboist, and Mr. Gomez, the greatest living clarione- tist, have been secured. They will each play a solo, and also a duet together. The concert will be held on the Thursday in tho week after Easter, and Aberdarians can look forward to a grand musical treat.
EilPlhK THKATHK. manager of the Empire Theatre has been fortunate in securing for his patrons this week Mr. George A. Lionel's powerful dramatic company in the new original, and sensational melo- drama entitled, "The Diamond Gang." The play is well staged, and the scenic effects are very good. John Chetwynd is very cleverly personated by Mr. George A. Lionel. Thehero, Cyril Chetwynd, is excellently represented by Mr. Walter Foster. Miss Nellie Lionel performs the part of Winnie Woodward in love with Cyril with great credit. Mr. Raymond Thomas takes the part of Jack Doyle, chief of the diamond gang, and does his part to perfection. The light part of the drama is well sustained by Mr. Fmnk Leicester as Isaacs, a receiver of stolen goods, and Mr. Leonard Sheen as Joseph Peters, an histrionic grocer. The other members of the com- pany do their respective parts as well as can be desired. On Friday and Saturday the same company will enact the powerful domestic drama, "Exiled." Next week the boards will be occupied by Mr. Maurice E. Bandman's company in the "Manxman," dramatised from Ilall Caine's great novel by Wilson Barrett.
Miss FORTESCTK'S VIsrr TO…
Miss FORTESCTK'S VIsrr TO ABKKPABE. — On Saturday evening Aberdarians will have an oppor- tunity of witnessing one of the greatest actresses of the day in the person of Miss iortescue, when she will play the leading part in the celebrated drama, "She stoops to conquer," at the Temperance Hall. She is supported by her entire London company who are very talented artistes. Miss Fortescue loves animals, and is an earnest hunter after curios. She loves dogs, is fond of cats, and has a remarkable penchant for acquiring old clocks, old furniture, and antique pictures. She has been known to throw the entire staff of an hotel ;n a state of perplexity by demurely inquiring for the nearest pawnshop, not, bo it noted, with any idea of entrusting the avuncular relative" with any of her treasures, but for the simple purpose of paying him a visit to ascertain whether he had any articles by him, usually associated with an old curiosity shop. For further particulars about Miss F ortescue's visit and prices see advertisement in another column.
GAME. —On the evidence of P.C. Miles, David Wil- liams, and John Davies, were convicted of trespassing on the 14th inst., and fined 10s. and costs—-—TRANS- FER.-On the application of Mr. W. D. Phillip?, a transfer of the licence of the Rosewenallt Inn, Aber- nant, was granted to Henry Jones, Pontypridd, from William Benjamin.——DRUNK IN CHAnGE OF A HORSE. —Thomas Davies and Evan Davies, two men in the employ of Messrs. W. D. Powell and Son, Hir- wain, were summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of two horses.—Mr. J. W. Evans appeared for Evan Davies.—P.C. 339 said that aVout 4.45 on the 21st inst. he saw defendant in High-street, Hirwain, on horseback. They were shouting and calling out for a drink in front of tho Cardiff Arms. He asked them for their names and addresses, but they refused. Evan Davies then got off his horse, and pulled out a knife, and threatened to stab him.—Thomas Davies Willi fined 10s. and cost, and Evan Davies 15s. and casts. DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. —John John wis summoned for being drunk on the licenced pre- mises of the Prince of Wales, Capcoch, on the 19th isnt., and refusing to quit.—Mis. Hopkins said that the defendant came to her house drunk, and would not leave. She had to send for the police. The other man gave evidence to the effect that when he turned him out he behaved like a madman.—Defend- was fined 20s. and costs. OBSTRUCTION.—James Lacy and Thcmas Dix were summoned for obstruct- ing Market-street.—Inspector Davies said that two vehicles belonging to Mr. Dix were placed on the road in front of the Boot Hotel.—Defendants were each fined 5s. and costs.
COLUMBARIAN. —The Aberaman Homing Socicty decided on Wednesday last to have their young bird fly on July 27th, from Chepstow, August 3rd, from Ludlow, and Aucust 10th, from Stafford. The old bird lly to take place Ludlow, June 1st, Stafford, June 8th, and Sheffield, June 15th.
PIE-MUNI; ROOM. —The committee of the reading rooms in connection with Public Hall arc making rapid advances in securing greater conveniences for their patrons and supinators. They are extending and adding to the rooms for the purpose of readers. Their already large supply of weekly and daily periodicals have been supplemented by others, as well as a number of magazines. The arts, sciences, news, and other branches are now represented in print, so >hi« institute will soon form a pattern which would be copied with advantage by similar institutions. These improvements will, in the near future, be followed up with a juvenile reading room, where the lads of the village may promote their interest in literature and keep thom from street walking.
THOMAS DAVIES AND CO., BUILDERS, Cox- TRACTORS, UNDERTAKERS, .AND COJITLKTK FUNKRAJ. FURNISHERS. Hearse and Mourning Coaches, and every requisi to supplied. Address—PRYCK-STREET AXD DtTi"RH,-STREIIT, MOUNTAIN Asn. [2599
HEARTS oi'OAK. —Annual meeting of the Mountain As-h branch of the Country Members Representative Association, will be held on Tuesday, February 5th, 1895, at the Coffee Tavern, Mountain Ash. Business to appoint members for the Delegation Hoard. Al! members are earnestly invited to attend. [2830
OMISSION. —We regret that in our report of the funeral of Mr. J. W. Jones, which appeared in our last week's issue, we omitted to mention in the list of mourners the names of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Watkins, Butchers' Arms, Mountain Ash.
DEATH. —After a short but very severe illness, the little 1 year and 5 months daughter of Mr. George Harland, the respected stationmaster (G.W.R.), succumbed on Tuesday evening, the 22nd instant. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon last, and was largely attended, tho Rev. B. Lloyd, B.D., vicar, officiating.
THE DOWLAIS EXCELSIOR MINSTRELS.
THE DOWLAIS EXCELSIOR MINSTRELS. — These popular minstrels occupied the boards at the Town Hall on Thursday evening hut, and went through a capital programme. We regret to state that the patronage was anything but good. This was no doubt due to the fact that the advertisements announcing their coming were only out a few hours prior to the hour of commencing.
PERSONAL. —Tho numerous friends of Mr. Frank Morgan, Allen's Arms Hotel, will learn with regret that he is leaving the neighbourhood in the course of a few days for Barry Dock. Mr. Morgan, during his three years stay in the place, along with his sister, Mrs. Griffith Davies, at the Allen's Arms, won a host of friends. He was a warm supporter of football, and was an efficient player and captain of the Thursday Team. We understand that Mr. Morgan has opened busiuess at Barry Dock, the firm being known as Bryant and Morgan, wine and spirit merchants. +--
" JEPHTH A " AT ABEIIDAKK.
JEPHTH A AT ABEIIDAKK. The production of Handel's great oratorio "Jephtha," at the Temperance Hall, Aberdare, on Thursday evening last, by Eltenczcr Choir, Trecynoii, proved a great attraction. The spacious hall was packed by an orderly and enthusiastic audience, and many were unable to gain admission. This was the fourth grand annual conceit of the choir, but it sur- passed its predecessors in eveiy way. The choir was assisted by the following well-known artistes:—Miss Maggie Mo-es, R.A.M., suprano; Miss Ceinwen Jones, R.A.M contralto; Mr. Maldwyn Humphreys, A.R.A.M., tenor; and Mr. Gwilyui Thomas, Vnvshir, bass. Mr. W. E. Thomas, Treeynon, was the conductor < f the choir, and the way in which they .ang the various choruses, proved to all that he must- ha.ve taken a grea.t deal of time and labour in order to bring them to such perfection. The programme was opened with an overture by the .orchestra, under the leadership of Mr. E. T. Roberts, Cardiff. Miss Maggie Moses, who is an attractive you.? lady, took her part excellently. She possesses a fine soprano yoicf, and her various solos being greeted with rounds of applause, showed that her voice was appreciated t( the utmost by everyone. Miss Ceinwen Jones, it, usual, came up to all expectations, and her rendering of In gentle murmurs,' was very good. The flute and oboe obligato by Mr. Hodges and Mr. J. A Phillips respectively, was well played and bighlj appreciated. Mr. Maldwyn Humphreys created quite A sensation, and many were inclined to believt tnat he possessed as fine a voice as Mr. Ben Davies He certainly has a very rich and well cultivated voice, and used it splendidly. He sang, "Deeper ant deeper still" and "Waft her angels" beautifully, anc received loud and prolonged cheers and encores. Mr GWllym Thomas was much admired by the audience, and his singing was really very good. Mr. R. Howel; was the accompanist, and being so well-known, needs no words from us to praise him. At the pianc lie is always the right man in the right place. ThE orchestra certainly deserve all possible piaise for th( manner in which they played the difficult pieces. Mr, W. E. Thomas having been himself an orchestra player, knew exactly what was wanted, and it is in t great measure due to this that everything passed of so excellently. The orchestra was composed of th( following :Pii iit violins, Messrs. E. T. Roberts (leader), M. Morgans, W. Davies, E. Morgans second violins, Messrs. J. Minett, J. Richards, F Harrison, and J. Gwynne; violas, Messrs. F. Arnolc and It L. Berry; violoncellos, Messrs. T. R. Lewi, and M. Morgans double bass, Mr. J. W. Smith flutes, Messrs. J. E. F. Hodges, T. Lawrence, M. Rees oboes, Messrs. J. A. Phillips and H. Thomas cornet, Mr. T. Prestwood; trombone, Mr. J, Williams euphonium, Mr. J. Prestwood drums, Mr. W. II. Da vies: harmonium, Mr. It. Howell*. -r.
THE ABERDARE CHESS CLUB.
THE ABERDARE CHESS CLUB. The semi-final match in the South Wales Challenge Club Cup Contest was played on Thursday evening at the New Inn Hotel, Pontypridd, between the Aberdare and the Rhondda Clubs, resulting in a win for the Rhondda, which club will now have to meet the Cardiff Club in the final contest. We append the score ARERDARK. I'oxTTPiiinn. Mr. W. H. Jones 0-0 Mr. W. I». Gwyn 1-0 Mr. W. 11. Flooks 0—0 Mr. Geo. Parry 1—1 Mr. D. Carr 1—1 Mr. K. Jones 0—0 Mr. J. G. Churchill., 1-0 Mr. H. O. Wells 0-1 Mr. \V. Pugslev 0-0 Mr. T. R. Evans 1—1 Mr D. M. Richards 1-0 Mr R. Thorn a* 0-1 Total ..4 7 n _4- H
STEALING A POUND OF BISCUITS.
STEALING A POUND OF BISCUITS. Edward Lancy was brought up at the Aberdare Police-court on Tuesday, on remand, charged with stealing a pound of biscuits from a. van, the property of the Great Western Railway Company at Aberdare Station. — Mr. Hornby, Newport, prosecuted, and Mr. J. H. Jones, Cardiff, appeared for defendant. Hall Smith, delivery foreman in the employ of the Al Biscuit Company, London, said that on the 17th inst. he packed up six boxes of mixed biscuits for the Co-operative Society, Cwmaman. Ho handed the biscuits to the Great Western Railway Companie's foreman. H" had since seen a box of biscuits at Aberdare, and recognised it as one of the six he had sent out. The biscuits were worth 28s. per cwt., and the box (produced) weighed 2Si lbs.-Cross-examined He would swear that some biscuits had been taken out.—John Swan, a checker in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company at Paddington, said he checked the six boxes spoken of by the last witness.—John Morgan, goods foreman, Aberdare, said that on the 18th he was on duty, and six boxes of biscuits came in from London for Cwmaman. He took them out of the truck, and gave them to a man called Darby with certain instructions. The boxes were not damaged.—William Darby, goods porter, Aberdare, said that on receiving instructions from the last witness he put the six boxes of biscuits into van numbered 1,605. The boxes were in good condition. — Thomas Thomas, manager of the Co- operative Stores, Cwmaman, said that on the 18th inst. he received an invoice for six boxes of biscuits from the A1 Biscuit Company. He received only five boxes.—John Owen Jones, good's elerk in the employ of the prosecuting company, gave similar evidence to that which we published last week. Edgar Charles Teague, station master, Aberdare, said that on the evening of the 18th inst. the last witness came to him, and from what he told him he went to the van numbered 1,605. He found a hand lamp and a coupling pole in the van. Some biscuits and an advertisement were protruding from the box. Pieces of biscuit were upon the floor. He put Mr. Jones to watch the van, and afterwards went to the brakeman's cabin. Jones had told him the name of the men he had seen at the truck. He saw Lancy, and he asked him what he was doing. He said, "Waiting for the night man to come and relieve me." He then asked him for his lamp, and he said some one bad taken it. He could not account for his coupling pole. He left the prisoner with signalman Roberts, and took possession of the lamp and pole. He then saw Inspector Jones, and went back to Lancy. He told him that he would have to suspend him because he was suspected of stealing biscuits. Having satisfied himself that Lancy was the man seen at the truck he went to the police station, and got Lancy locked up. -Cross-examined Prisoner had been in his employ for four years, and he had always a good servant. Prisoner was searched, but no biscuits were found on him.- -Richard Jones, traffic inspector at the Aberdare Yard, said that on the 17th inst. he gave prisoner a new coupling stick. The lamp (produced) belongs to Lancy. There was a crack through the middle of the glass. The pole found in Lancy'S. locker was not the pole he gave him. He never heard Lancy admit that it was his lamp Mr. Teague found. — Richard Roberts, a signalman at Aberdare, said that on the 18th inst. he was on duty 111 the yard box. About 7.15 p.m. Mr. Teague and Lancy came to his box. Mr. league told prisoner to stay in the box. Prisoner went out but came back again. He asked Lancey, before this occurrence, how he had not gone yet. That was just before 7 o'clock. He could not say whether Lancy came to the box by myself or not. He had known prisoner for a long time, and he knew nothing ^against him. He was well conducted. P.S. Jamc-s James said that between 8 and 8.30 p.m. on the night in question the station master came to him, and they went to prisoner's house. The prisoner met them, and they went into the house. lIe brought prisoner back to the station with him, and afterwards went to the station and made inquiries. He received the lamp and coupling pole from the station master. When lie came back to the police station he charged the prisoner, and in reply he said, "I know nothing about it." Witnessshowed him the lamp and coupling pole, and he said, I think that is my lamp, but the coupling pole does not belong to me. Somebody must have taken my lamp to the van from the cabin." He searched prisoner, and found in his pocket two small "jemmies," and the marks of the box where it had been broken open corresponded with the tools, He found no biscuits upon him. The prisoner was then formally charged, and elected to be dealt with summarily. — Mr. J. H. Jones then addressed the Bench at pome length, and read out testimonials from various persons. He asked the Bench to say that the witness Jones had made a mistake as to the man he saw, Taking into consideration the excellent character lie had they ought not to convict the man if they had the least doubt that Jones had made a mistake.—The Bench, after a short consultation, came to the conclusion that the prisoner had committed the theft, and they were very sorry that a man in his position had betrayed the trust placed in him, and blasted his good character at the same time. He was fined JM and costs, or one month.
ABERDARE LIBERAL CLUB.
ABERDARE LIBERAL CLUB. T The fifth annual general meeting of the Aberdare Liberal Club and Institute was held on Tuesday night at the Institution, when there were present Mr. Griffith George, J.P.. senior vice-president (in the chair), Messrs. D. Williams, vice-president, D. Z. Jones, W. Phelps, J. W. Harris, J. II. James, J. Mills, M. Watkins, J. Harris, D. Davies, Canton House T. Roderick. D. Davies (Dewi Vychan), Islmiael Harris. I). Williams, Thomas Thomas, D. E. Davies, F. Morris, W. Thomas, S. M. Davies, J. Davies, Rhys IS wins (secretary), Mrs. D. M. Richards, etc.—The Chairman said this was their liftn annual meeting since the commencement of the club. He remembered the starting of two or three similar CLUO^ in Aberdare, but he did not everremem- bcr being at the fifth annual meeting of any of them. The first business on the agenda was to receive a new case of books from the eisteddfod committee.—Mr. T. RodericK (hon. secretary ot the committee) made the presentation, The number of volumes in the case at that time was between 210 and 220 and they inclu- ded mining, engineering, music, fiction, temperance, and a number of Welsh books. The books were worth J343, and the case £12. They had JB50 left from the JB105 made out of the eisteddfod, and the com- mittee proposed to present the club with £ 10 worth of books every year until the £ 50 was spent.—A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Eisteddfod Committee for their valuablo donation.—Mr. D. Z. Jones proposed that an illuminated address on vellum be presented to Mr. J. W. Harris, Mr. T. Roderick, and Mr. I't lee. T. Thomas seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously. Mr. J. W. Harris returned thanks on behalf of himself and eoUeagues.— The Secretary then read out the balance-sheet, by which it appeared that the amount received for refreshments was £252 13s. 6I<L. billiard*, £193 6S. Od. SUBSCRIPTIONS, £ 101 7s, ótl, i other iuiall items, together with cash in hand of £ 16 5s., brought the total amount to £ 649 Is. 7d. The Secretary stated that a bill for the repairs of the club, amount- ing to over £ 100 had been paid. The balanee-8he«t was signed by Messrs. Hugh Thomas and D. James. —Mr. Ishmael Harris moved the adoption of the balance-aheet.—Mr. James seconded, and the motion was carried.—Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., was unani- mously re-elected president for the ensuing year.- Mr. Griffith George and Mr. D. Williams, Albert- street, were re-appointed vice-presidents.—Mr. J. W. Harris was appointed treasurer.—The election of librarian was tnen proceeded with, and Mr. Hall was unanimously re-elected. Many of the members thought that he deserved some recognition for his past services, and on the meeting being informed that the funds would not allow payment, Mr. J. H. James !-aid that if any six would give something towards making up two guineas, he would give as much as any three.—Mr. Ishmael Harris said that he and two others would make up one guinea, and Mr. James promised to give the other, amidst applause.— Mr. James and Mr. Harris were elected auditors.— Messrs. Griffith Geoige, Thomas Thomas, and J. W. Harris were elected as representatives on the South Wales Liberal Federation. The following were elected members of the committee:—Messrs. D. Z. Jones, Morgan Watkins, Thomas. Roderick, W. Phelps, and T. E. Powell. Instructions were given to the committee to consider the advisability of starting a branch of the Cymru Fydd League in Aberdare. Instructions were also given to discus the (question of making the eisteddfod in connection with the club an annual event.—A vote of sympathy was prosed with Mr. D. P. Davies, Commercial- street, in his illness.—A vote of confidence was-passed in the Government, and thanking Lord Rosobery for placing the Welsh Disestablishment Bill in the fore- most place in the Liberal programme.
RITUALISM AT MOUNTAIN ASH.
RITUALISM AT MOUNTAIN ASH. OUT-SPOKEN REMARKS BY THE REV. J. R. HOSBONS. At St. Margaret's Church, on Sunday evening last, the Rev. J. R. Hosbons preached -his farewell sermon to a large congregation nrior to his leaving the town for Melincrythan, a small but populous village situa- ted between Neath and Briton Ferry. The reverend gentleman, who is very popular at St. Margaret's, took as his text the following words Building up yourselves on your most holy faith. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." The discourse was listened to with rapt attention throughout, and was delivered in an excellent manner SO characteristic of the preacher, who, towards the end of the sermon, held forth with powerful effect the full force of the text. The reverend gentleman referrod in very feel- ing terinf to his labours amongst them for over three year?. He also begged them, in the words of the text, to remember their faith, which was Holy," and not be led away by those which he knew to be amongst them, and who were trying their best to introduce Roman Catholicism into their midst. There were some, he was sorry to say, in the Church of England at Mountain Ash who preferred the Crucifix to the Crucifixion. He had been called a Primitive Methodist preacher by fome within St. Margaret's Church, but be that as IT may, he had always endea- voured to preach to them* the truth, and to do his duty faithfully. His concluding sentences were gi ven with much warmth and telling effect. He exhorted his hearers to be up and doing, and always on the watch to protect the body of Christ, which had been very beautifully likened by the Saviour Himself to the Church.
"NEGLECTED A BE LI A MAN."
"NEGLECTED A BE LI A MAN." MEETING OF RATEPAYERS. A meeting of ratepayers, &c., of Aberaman was held at Saron Hall, presided over by the Rev. H. P. Jenkins, pastor of Saron Chapel, to consider some of the improvements required in the neighbourhood. There was a fair representation of the various grades of ratepayers. In his opening remarks, the chairman explained the object of the meeting. Despite the neglect of the lower part of the district, he, as one, did not blame the members of the various previous Boards. Among the various necessities he (tho speaker) drew the attention of the auditors to, were the want of a recreation ground, cemetery, &c. The park and cemetery are now paid for, and the whole district had assisted therein these wards we repre- sent (four and five) pay a great amount of rate?, and should be catered for in accordance therewith.—Mr. Henry Davies supported most of the previous speaker's remarks. He alluded to the Cwmbach Road question, and supported the demand for a cemetery. He also advocated one question at a time and organi- sation to promote success.—Mr. John Rees, Tyr Heol, then spoke in the same strain.— Mr. Rowe advocated the construction of a road to Cwmbach from Lower Aberaman, and the ueage of the land utilized for the purpose would repay th. ratepayers.—Mr. T. Ilowells (Hywel Cynon) alluded to Mr. John Howell's proposal at the D.C. meeting with regard to the Cwmbach-road, and suggested that that gentleman's motion should be supported by the ratepayers. With regard to the cemetery ques- tion, the speaker regarded it as a dire necessity.— Mr. Johu Griffiths (Abercwmboy) also spoke, advo- eating unity, and alluding to the neglect of improve- ment in the lower part of the district. After some further discussion, Mr. Henry Davies proposed, and Mr. Thomas Jones (Scales Arms) seconded:—"That a general meeting of the rate- payers of Wards No. 5 and 6 be called for Mabon's Day next, at 4.30 p.m. sharp, by Mr. Morgan Parr, secretary j>ro ie-III.; that the local members of the Dis- trict Council be invited to attend, and that the ques- tion of the road to Cwmbach and cemetery be dis- cussed."—It was also proposed by Mr. Henry Davies, and seconded by Mr. John Rees (Tyr Heol), that the chairman, secretary, and Mr. F. Rowe act as com- mittee to draw out a programme.—Mr. Henry Davies proposed, and Mr. F. Rowe seconded That we here arsembled as ratepayers tender our thanks to Mr. John Howell for moving at the District Council that a road be made to connect Cwmbach and Aber- aman, and that we pledge ourselves to support him by every legitimate means to further the project."— The usual votes of thanks closed the meeting.
CYVRDD CHWARTER AT ABERDARE.
CYVRDD CHWARTER AT ABERDARE. The quarterly meeting of the North Glamorganshire Congregational Association was held on Tuesday last, at Bethel Congregational Chapel, Aberdare, when the chair was occupied by Rev. P. W. Hough, Ynysgau, Merthvr, the president for the year. The Rev. J. Hamer Thomas, of Cwmaman, was elected a ul' member of the association, and a vote of sympathy with the Rev. W. M. Jones, Adulam, in his illness was passed.—The Rev. J. Thomas, Soar, proposed and Rev. H. A. Davies, Cwmaman, seconded a resolution expressing satisfaction at the definite and unmistakable promise of the Prime Minister at Cardiff that the Disestablishment of the English Church in Wales was to have the first place in the Government programme, which was passed.—On the motion of Mr, .J. Bo wen, Merthyr, seconded by the Rev. J. Thomas, Zoar, a motion thanking Sir. W. Harcourt for his pledge in reference to the Local Veto Bill was passed, and the Government was urged to pass it through its various stages during the coming Session.—-Rev. D. Silyn Evans, moved and Rev. H. P. Jenkins seconded That this association desires to bring under the notice of the Churches the desirability of members marrying in the chapels, and not to be content with the civil sen ice only." On the motion of the Rev. H. P. Jenkins, Aberaman. seconded by Mr. Thomas Williams, J.P., a vote of sympathy was passed with the Rev. W. I. Morris, Pontypridd, for his efforts to maintain the purity of the pulpit, and the Churches were urged to show their sympathy in a practical form.-The meeting tendered its hearty thank to the Rev. J. Thomas, Zoar, for his able vindication of the Welsh Noncon- formists of tho 18th century against the aspersions made against them in Y Todttu Methodistoidd.—Mr. D. D. Williams, Merthyr, read an able paper on The Best'Method for Membersjof Christian Churches becoming Acquainted."—In the afternoon a sermon was preached bv the Rev. I. Jones, Bethesda and in the evening the Revs. J. W. Price and P. W. Hough preached. The Bethel Church hospitably entertained the ministers and delegates, the catering being entrusted to Mr. W. Caunt, Aberdare. °
THE REV. D. M. REES, TREDEGAR.
THE REV. D. M. REES, TREDEGAR. The Park Place Messenger is the title of a new magazine which has made its first appearance this month, issued in connection with Park Place Presby- terian Church, Tredegar. It contains very interest- ing matter, together with local notes. A biography of the pastor, the Rev. D. M. Rees, IS published, aud reads as follows:—" The Rev. D. M. Rees was born in Bettws, Carmarthenshire, on March 20th, 1862, and, after passing through the elementary school, his education was supplemented by a course of tuition at Gwynfryn Grammar School, Ammanford. Here he exhibited considerable talent, and after studying for some time at the Park Velvet Academy, Carmarthen, he proca&ded to Trevecca College in 1882, with a. view of earring the ministry. He pro- secuted his theological studies under the late Prin- cipal Howells, M.A., and the late Professor Harris Jones, D.D.,and during the last years unde:' Pro- fessor E. Williams, M. A, His first pastorate was at Llantrisant, where he remained for three years, and gained the love of the church at that place. Mr. Rees then accepted a call from the Church of Gower, and after a successful pastorate, extending over three years, he undertook the charge of Summerhill Church, Wrexham, and continued there for 18 months. Receiving an unanimous invitation from Park Place Church, he inaugurated his pastoral duties here on March 4th, 1894, under auspicious circumstances, and from that time he has ministered most successfully to the spiritual needs of the members and congregation of the church. He is a preacher of unusual power, prepares his discourses with the greatest care, has splendid command of language, and in every way admirably fills his position as pastor of the church. At the Chester Conference last September he verv ably opened a discussion on The doctrine of Christ in the New Testament.' We wish Mr. Rees long LIFE and success in his ministrations to our church." <)
SAD ACCIDENT AT CWMAMAX.
SAD ACCIDENT AT CWMAMAX. On Wednesday last, Mr. William lienry Bird, of Cwmaman, received extremely severe burnp -tt, the level owned by the Powell-Dunryn Colliery Company, through a powder explosion of a flatted drilling. The young man was conveyed home, and his injuries were attended to by Drs. Waterbutt and Chapman. The sight of one eye. was obscured, and the other wus seriously affected, as well as one of the arms being broken. The patient is progressing as favourably as possible, although his condition still remains critical.
THE LATE MR. E. D. WILLIAMS,…
THE LATE MR. E. D. WILLIAMS, J.F. —At th. Tredegar Police-oourt on Tuesday, before the com- mencement of the ordinary business, Dr. G. A. Brown referred in feeling terms to the death of Capt. E. D. Williams, who, for many years bad been chair. man of the Bench in the Tredegar Police Division. The Bench and public had lost a faithful adminis- trator of the law.—Mr. L. E. Webb, solicitor, con- curred, on behalf of the legal profession, with the remarks of Dr. Brown.
SERVICK OK SONG.
SERVICK OK SONG. —A service of song WAS given by the scholars of St. James' Church Sunday School, assisted by tho choir, on Sunday evening last, entitled Desire of all nations." The work has been previously performed, and was Lot up for the purpose of increasing the funds of the Surday School. A very large congregation was present and much enjoyed the rendering. The recitations were given by the scholars of the Sunday School. Mr. I. J. David, organist and choirmaster of St. James' Church, is to lie highly complimented for having trained the children so efficiently.
PERSONAL. —We find that our esteemed townsman, Mr. Illtyd J. David, organist of St. Jamea' Church, and the popular conductor of the Choral Union, is severing his connection with the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company, Limited, on Thursday morning. He has occupied the important position of corresponding clerk to the above company for over 15 years, and his departure is deeply regretted by the whole of the directorate. He is about to take up an important appointment at Liverpool, and as a token of the high esteem in which he is held, four presentations are being formed, of which reports which appear in this journal in due course.
ENTERTAINMENT. entertainment was held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, on Monday evening last, under the presidency of Mr. C. Hawkins, the proceeds being devoted to the trust funds. The programme was as follows:—Overture, Mr. R. Lane and party; recitation, Aliss Mary Hannah Bevan, "Christian minstrels"; solo, Mrs. W. Chambers, The beggar girl," with splendid effect; children's drill by several scholars, which was very excellently gone through, and showed careful training. Recita- tion, "My dolly," Miss Reckitts; solo, Mr. Blayney, Tredegar recitation, Mr. Morgan Bevan solo, Miss Francis Thomas "Thou art coming", the choir singing the chorus; song, Mr. W. Chambers. "Do not ask me to join your singing"; dialogue by a numlier of youths, \Vhen I'm a man" duet, Mr. D. Thickens and Mr. D. J. Marks, Beautiful land solo, Mr. Blayney, Tredegar; solo, Mr. D. Morgan, "Seeking to save"; solo, Mr. D. Hopkin Thomas, Mus. Bac., "She must be mine." Votes of thanks were heartily accorded Miss Evans and Miss Powell, Sirhowy Schools, for having trained the children so well; also to Mr. Blayney, Tredegar, Mr. and Mrs. W. Chambers, Mr. Morgan Bevan, and Mr. D. Hopkin Thomas, Mu*. Bac., for having so ably con- tributed to the harmony of the evening. Mr. D. H. Thomas, Mus. Bac., ably eupplied the accompani- ments throughout. A similar vote of thanks to the Chairman, concluded an enjoyable evening.
"JVRSONWL. very able and interesting paper on Sunday School work was read at St. Dingat's Church Sunday School on Sunday last. The paper had been prepared Mr. J. W. Risbridges, Brittidir Cottages, Tirphil.
THP. COAL TRADE.
THP. COAL TRADE. —There is not wanting evidence that the coal trade of the district is unsatisfactory, and it is said that no material improvement can be expected. There is not a brisk demand for either quality, and prices gradually are declining, best sorts of steam coal now being at 10s. 3d. to lis., with small at 4s. 6d. to 4s. 9. Rouse qualities are being better enquired for, but in this case also signs are not apparent of advance in rates.
THE lRos AND STEEL COMPANT.
THE lRos AND STEEL COMPANT. —The COMPANT. directors, in an interim report, review the condition of the steel trade, which has been discontinued for four years at Rhymne.y works, and also of the coal trade during the year. The quantity of coal raised by them has con- siderably increased, and they declare a dividend for the half-year of 2 per cent. per annum.
SCHOLASTIC. —Mr. J. A. Emery, Beaufoit, has I been appointed assistant-secretary to the new branch of the National Union of Teachers recently formed for Monmouthshire.
OBITI ARV. —We regret to announce the death of one of the oldest inhabitants of Rassau, in the person of Mrs. Sarah Jonee, of Holly Bush-row. Ka«sau, which took place on Wednesday, after a brief but severe illness. Deceased was 72 years old. The funeral I took place on Monday at the Carmel burying ground, of which chapel deceased was a member and also a very faithful Sunday school teacher in her younger day. The funeral was attended by Carmel Choir and a large number of friends paying their last tribute of, respect. The Rev. W. Griffiths, of Carmel, officiated.
SUCCESS. —Mr. Daniel F. Jenkins, of Brynmawr, has successfully passed the Board of Trade examina- tion held at Cardiff last week, for an engineer's certi- ficate of competency.
N.U.T. —At a meeting of the Monmouthshire teachers held last week, it was resolved to form a branch for Monmouthire of the National Union of Teachers, and Mr. John Lewis, Ebbw Vale, was appointed vice-president.
THE IRON AND STEEr. COMPANY.
THE IRON AND STEEr. COMPANY. —The accounts of the trustees for the mortgages and debenture holders in this company for the twelve months ending 31st December last, show that after paying off debentures during the year amounting to £ 65,100, there was a surplus balance in the hands of the bankers on that date of £ 3.144 13s. The balance from the last year was JS22,844 3s. 5d. The contributions from the com- pany for one year to 30th November, 1894, were £ 12,000; rents and royalties to 30th November, £ 40,034 10s. 3d. projxirty <uld, £ 243 3s. 7d. in- terest fror., bankers for one yearto 31st Decem))fr last, j3335 18s. lid.; making a total of £ 75,457 16s. 4d. The interest on detientures to 1st January, 1895, amounted to £ 7,188. The total amount of debentures paid off by the trustees to date was £ 564,693.
MONDAY. — Present: Messrs. N. Phillips, J.P. (Chairman), J. Meredith, C. Tillott, H. Pope, F. Hynam, D. Phillips, W. P. O'Shea, and M. Thomas, J. A. Shepard (Clerk), H. Baker (Deputy Clerk), J. H. Lewis (Surveyor), and Dr. J. 1). James (Madical Officer of Health). The reports of the Surveyor nud medical officers were read, a special MEETING to be called to discuss the latter.—.Re alteration of property belonging to Mr. Edmond Matthews, Blackwood, it was agreed that ladders b" provided for the escape of inmates in case of fire. With regard to the clearing of refuse at Argoed, it was decided to accept the tender of Mr. Lewis Jenkins, Hollybush, at 12s. per week until 3Iaich 31st.—IT was resohed tiiat 50 new rails bo ordered to repair the damage done to the new road near Argoed.— After A very interesting discussion it was proposed by Mr. M. Thomas, and seconded by Mr. D. Phelps, that the firm promoting the chemical fire appliances be invited to experiment on same in the district.—A letter was read from the New Tredegar Chamber of Trade, applying for an extra lamp for street purposes; also a reminder of the urinal required at New Trede- gar. — Resolved, that the gas lamp placed near .Stanley-terrace should be kept alight all night, and that at additional lamp be set up on Hall-road.—It was decided to fix an urinal opposite the Brecon and Merthyr Railway bridge.
DEATH OF MRS. AARON DAVIES.…
DEATH OF MRS. AARON DAVIES. PONTLOTTYN. It is with a feeling of deep sorrow that the many friends of the Rev. Aaron Davies, of Pontlottyn, will hear of the sad|bereavement which has befallen him in the loss of his beloved wife, Mrs. Hannah Davies, who departed this life on Wednesday, the 23rd of January, at the age of 67 year". The news, though unexpected to friends at a distance, bad for some time past been anticipated by those nearer home, for deceased for several months had given signs that her days were drawing to a close. An affection of the stomach had early in tho summer manifested itself, and in spite of all that the best medical aid could render, and that change of air and scenery could do, it was evident that the hand of death had stretched forth to snatch from amongst us one who by her kindness and generosity had made herself beloved by all. For nearly 40 years she had been a niost loving and devoted wife to Mr. Dariee, and had in more ways than we can tell, proved her- self to be a IX-nefactor to the poor of Pontlottyn, and a neighbour W horn to know was to lore. The great respect in which Mr. Davies is held is not only in his own home and parish, but throughout all South Wales, has been made manifest by the large number of letters which are continually pouring in. Among them was one from the Rev. T. C. Edwards, D.D., Bala, written in Shrewsbury, conveying, in addition to his own personal sympathy, a vote of con- dolence passed by a meeting of the Theological Committee of the Welsh University. One of thettrst to send words of sympathy and comfort was Lady Swansea. Her letter runs thuf — Singleton, Swansea, January 24, '95. Dear Mr. Davies,—I can- not resist, though thus early, to intrude upon your grief, for it was with real sorrow that I read the sad tidings of your loss in to-day's South Wala r)ail!i News. How little I thought, when reading your kind, sympathetic letter in my bitter sorrow, how soou yon would be feeling the same anguish. And may God support and comfort you, as He is doing to me, for without that aid life would be impassible. Again I beg to say how deeply I feel for you.— Believe me. Your sincere friend, A. SWANSEA." The funeral took place on Monday last at the Risea Churchyard, where the family grave bad been opened some 36 years ago. Though the day was as wintry as could be a large number of people assembled shortly after 10 o'clock at the house, where a short service was conducted by the Revs. G. Phillips, Pont- newynydd, and T. Rees, D.D., Cefn. A hymn was sung and the funeral cortege wended its way towards the Brecon and Merthyr Railway Station, where a special train was ready to proceed as far as Bassaleg. At all stations on the downward journey the train was joined by kind friends, and the procession at Bast-aleg had increased to very large dimensions. A special train having taken the funeral from Bassa- leg to Risca the procession was re-formed, and pro- ceeded to Zoar Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Here the Rev. D. Oliver, Rhymnev, presided, and the Revs. D. Morgan, New Trodegar, and T. Thomas, Brynhyfryd, Rhymney, opened the service by read- ing and prayer. Very touching addresses were then delivered by the following :—Revs. D. Williams, Newport J. Prys, Llanover Mr. Alfred Thomas, M.P. Rev. J. Evans, Abercarn R. O. Jones, Bed- linog and Mr. T. C. Thomas, Bedlinog. The Rev. G. Owen, Rhvmney, closed with prayer. At the grave, the Rev. E. Thomas, M.A., Brithdir,delivered a brief address, and Evangelist J. Harris, Elliot's Town, prayed. The singing throughout was led by Mr. James Powell, Pontlottyn, and at the chapel Mr. W. H. James very ably presided at the organ. The coffin, which was of polished oak with brass furniture, was the work of Mr. Robert Davies, undertaker.
TIRPHIL AND BRITHDIR CHAMBER…
TIRPHIL AND BRITHDIR CHAMBER OF TRADE. Wednesday Present:—Messrs. W. Jones (presi- dent), T. Jones (vice-president), W. D. Phillips, D. Jones, I). Hurman, W. Lewis, J. Davies. H. J. Sim?, and James Thomas (secretary).—A letter WAS read by the Secretary which had been received from the postmaster at Cardiff, asking the Chamber to suggest a person suitable for the post office at Tirphil ,1( lw and residing near the railway station.—It was decided to place the matter in the hands of Messrs. T. J ones, W. D. Phillips, J. Aurelius, and H. J. Sims for consideration, and they to bring the matter before the Chamber at the next meeting.— The Secretary informed the Chamber that NO reply had been received from the Clerk to the Gelligaer Highway Board, with regard to street lighting.—The Chamber thought it ef the greatest importance that something should be done for the protection of the Chamber thought it ef the greatest importance that something should be done for the protection of the public in providing light along the villages, and agreed that the Secretary should again write to the Board.— Councillor W. Jones read a communication which he had received from the assistant overseer respecting the great inconvenience the electors were put to in having to travel to Deri to record their votes, and he promised that the president's complaint should have Rpeeial attention in the event of an election he would endeavour to have the regifter of Brithdir voters placed in the Tirphil polling hooth instead of the present arrangement. ¡
MERTHYR SHOP ASSISTANTS.I
MERTHYR SHOP ASSISTANTS. I On Tuesday evening last a very well-at tended and ¡ representative meeting of the Merthyr Shop Assis- tants was held at Bentley'R Central Hotel, when it resolved that a branch LIE formed in the town. Steps were taken to hold a public meeting of all the assistants, hoth male and female, in the town, on the 13th of February. A committee and officers wero appointed to make the necessary arrangements, and I Mr. T. Spencer Jones, of Cardiff, the president of the National Union of Shop Assistants, and some local speakers are expected to address the meeting.
COUNTY .COUNCIL ELECTION.I…
COUNTY .COUNCIL ELECTION. I MERTHYR. Mr. Alfred Edmonds has been a,"ked by several of the eleotors of the Town Ward to allow himself to be nominated as the Liberal candidate fur the Town Ward seat, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. Frank James. The Penydarren Liberal Committee have unani- mously selected Alderman Thos. Williams, Gwaelody- garth, as a candidate ior tho lower part of the ward. The Brecon-road Liberal Committee, at their meeting on Monday evening last, HAVE also made the same ) selection. Both committees are enthusiastic in favour ) of Mr. Williams, and the feeling for him is strung throughout the ward. A gentleman who has done SO much for the public both in Merthyr and outside of it deserves well of the electors,
TRAP ACCIDENT AT TREHARRIS.
TRAP ACCIDENT AT TREHARRIS. On Wednesday morning, about half-past ten, the son of Mr. Sweet, butcher, Victoria-street, Merthyr, was driving his father's cart, with a quantity of meat was driving his father's cart, with a quantity of meat in it, down to Treharns. When opposite the Perrot Inn, owing to the slippery state of the road, the trap somehow overturned, the driver being caught under- neath as in a cage. Some women who stood by ran neath as in a cage. Some women who stood by ran to the Perrot Inn for assistance, and a painter who I happened to BE there in pur-nit of his calling came to young SWEET'S rescue. Beyond a severe shaking, neither horse nor driver had sustained any injury. The trap was put right, and after only a brief delay resumed its journey.
MERTHYR ORPHEUS SOCIETY.
MERTHYR ORPHEUS SOCIETY. TLIO above society, which, under the leadership of Mr. W. H. Powell, A.C., recently gave such excel- lent performances of Blodwen at the Temperance Hall, held a most enjoyable soiree at Hope Hall on i Tuesday evening. The tables were laid out in the j most elegant manner by the lady members of the society. After partaking of the good things provided, an excellent programme was gone through, the chair- J man being Mr. T. STEAD man June. London. The J following programme was gone through :—Solo, Home, sweet home," sweetly rendered by Mrs. Mary Miles Beynon recitation, Mr. D. Recs song, My pretty Jane," the Chairman encore, Come into the garden, Maud," the Chairman oboe solo, Mr. W. T. Morgan imitation of warbling, Mr. Mor- j FAN Lewis duet, Gathering flowers," Miss Cissie j >avies and Miss Nellie Davies, An interval occurred at this juncture, which was occupied by gamos. 4c., which, of course, were very much enjoyed. Song, The valley by the sea," Miss Nellie Davies selec- at this juncture, which was occupied by gamos. &c., which, of course, were very much enjoyed. Song, The valley by the sea," Miss Nellie Davic-s selec- tion, On the walls (from Blodwen '), the choir, Mr. W. H. Powell taking the lead song, Mor o gan yw Cymru i gvd," Mr. J. R. Jisne.S, Bethesda- street recitation, Mr. Davies, stationmaster of the Brecon and Merthyr Station, Dowlais solo, Mrs, 1 Catherine Lewis duet, Larboard watch," MESSRS. Edward Jones and William Evans song, The fanner," Mr. Tom Morris. Mr. Powell addressed the party, and said that he hoped that they had all enjoyed themselves thoroughly, and that they would all stick together IQ the future as they had 'done in j the past (hear, hear). The accompanist for the evenice j was Mr. W. Rowlands, who, as usual, acquitted him- self in a masterly manner, A vote of thanks to the artistes, the ladies, and to the chairman, having been passed the National Anthem was sung, and the mem- bers separated. — J
NEW CHURCH AT ABERCANAID.j
NEW CHURCH AT ABERCANAID. On Friday evening last a meeting was held at the Band-room, Pentrebacli, for the purjjose of consider- ing the advisability of erecting a new churoh at Aber- canaid. The present church, St. Peter's, is found in- conveniently small, aud the numbers are continually increasing. The vicar, the Rev. Peter Williams, pre- sided, and among those present was the Re\. M. Williams (curate), Mr. 1. H. Bailey, and several leading Churchmen. After the views of several of the worshippers had been elicited, it was decided unani- mouslv that a new church should be built, and that preliminaries should be at once commenced. i
ENORMOUS ATTRACTION. Temperance Hall, Aberdare. FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, FEBRUARY 2ND. Imi>ort-ant Visit of MISS FORTESCUE and her entire London Company, in Goldsmith's Masterpiece, in Four Act- "SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER." Plan and tickets are now ready at Messrs. Lloyd aud Son, Canon-street. Prices.—Reserved Seats, 4s. Second Scab, 2s. Third Scats, b. Back Seats, 6d. (limited). Poors open at 7.30, to commence at 8. Early riour at 7. Children and SCHOOL half-price to first and second PEATS only. [2?57 I i i PRINTING PRINTING PRINTING i ARTISTIC PRINTING OF EVERY' DESCRIPTION. AND AT REASONABLE PRICES, DONE AT THE "TIMES" OFFICE, MERTHYR. ESTIMATES GIVEN FOR ALL JOBS. NEATNESS GUARANTEED. ORDERS PUNCTUALLY ATTENDED TO GOOD PAPER. GOOD TYPE. GOOD INK. GOOD WORKMAN S I 1 "TIMES" OFFICE, MERTHYR. W E K K E S A N I) C O X, UNDERTAKERS, POSTING MASTERS, & CAB PROPRIETORS, 36, BRIDGE STREET, AND HOOT INN, MERTHYR. JOHN MORGAN AND SON, ESTABLISHED 1858. A FUNERAL I M FURNISHERS, tiND:ERTA.KERS Morgan and Son's Latett Gla-^s 'Panelled llearse. DEFY COMPETITION IN QUALITY AND PRICE. Proprietors of Hearses and Mourning Coaches to suit all cl-i'joes A large election of Shrouds and Trimmings kept. Estimates given for Bricked Graves. 53, MONK STREET, ABERDARE,
ABERDARE. MIIE JJNIRIRE LYJRSXU H ÂLL, Reercatien Grounds (Eutrane*, Hijrh-gireet). MASMBR MR. W. EVANS. FIRST-CLASS ARTISTES Admission, 6d., Is., 2s. Half-piic« at 9 o'clock to oil seats except g&lleir. TBT PowELL AND Sox's Pure Home-made BREAB and CAKE —Gadlva Shop (opposite Public Park), iberdart. Orders taken for HOMK MADE CAJtE. Preapt delivery te any part of town. It is a tact that may not bo generally known that the II Hovis" Bread fK) much appreciated, and highly reeemmended by the medical profession for persons flf weak digestive powers may be h-*d of W. CAUXT, Confectioner, who is appointed wle agent for Aber- i»r«. 153-204.
MR. W. BARTKK JOHNS.
MR. W. BARTKK JOHNS. —The news of the death of Mr. J. Solomon, the famous composer of The Nautoh Girl" and other celebrated operas, was received with regret in musical circles at Aberdare. He was at work on a new opera for the Trafalgar- fcquare Theatre, London, when he died, and Mr. W. Barter Johns Wlt-H sent for to take the place of Mr. Solomon. Our readers will no doubt recollect the interview we published with Mr. John, who is a native of Aberdare, when we spoke of his success as a music?! conductor. Mr. John consented, and after writing the orchestration and having a few rehearsals, produced the opeta in fine style on Saturday night last. We regret to learn, however, that the.opera did not prove a success, but this was owing to the piece itself, as all engaged did it thorough justice.
POLICE COURT. —Tuesday, Before Messrs. W. M. North (stipendiary). R. H. Rhvs, D. Davies, Dr. Daviffl, Dr. Evan Jones, Griffith George, and W. Thomos.—lioozEY CROWD.—The following defendants were fined the usual amounts or sent to prison for being drunk or drunk and disorderly :—Wm. Grady, Rees Williams, Wm, Morgan (Llwydcoed), David Francis (Llwydcoed). TRESPASSING IN PURSUIT OF
FUNERAL SKRMON. — At the Welsh Methodist Bethlehem Chapel on Sunday evening last, the pastor, the Rev. M. D. Jones, preached a funeral sermon on the late William Jones, a promising young man con- nected with that place of worship who, it will be remembered, died a few weeks ago after a short illness. The rev. gentlemen delivered an excellent discourse from the words of Job If a man die shall he live again."
FATALITY AT OLYN-UWYN LEVEL.
FATALITY AT OLYN-UWYN LEVEL. THE INQUEST. At the Harp Inn, Mountain Ash, on Monday morning, the district coroner, Mr. R. J. Rhys, held an inquiry touching the death of Matthew Williams, 63 years of age, residing at 30, Seymour-street, Mountain Ash, and employed as a collier at Glyn- Gwyn Level. Evidence of identification was given by the son of the deceased, John Williams, 19 years of age. This witness was employed with his father in the level on Thursday, the 24th inst.—Questioned by the Coroner, witness said that his father was sitting down taking a. spell at the moment the fall of stone came down from the top. It transpired that the deceased was an old and experienced workman, and the stone which fell upon him was about hair-a-ton in weight, and was what is known as half a bell." Deceased had been working all the morning under the stone, and had removed about half-a-ton of coal from underneath.—James Smith, a collier, working about four yards from the deceased, said that he passed down past the fatal spot that morning, and perceived nothing wrong he was talking to the deceased a few minutes previous to the stone falling. The stone fell immediately upon him and killed him instantly.— David Edwards, the fireman, wss then called, and stated that when making his usual morning inspec- tion, he discovered nothing out of the ordinary at the spot in question. At the time of the fall he was engaged in making his second round, and would have arrived at the place where the deceased was working in about 20 minutes.—The Coroner having summed up, the jury, of whom Ex-Sergt. John was the foreman, returned a verdict of Accidental death. Mr. Gray, sub-inspector of mines, and Mr. Thomas Jones, manager, Cwmcynon Colliery, were present throughout the proceedings. The funeral of the deceased, who was a very old resident of Mountain Ash, took place on Monday afternoon, at the Cemetery, and was very largely attended, the Curate of the Welsh Church officiating.
RECORD COAL RAISING.
RECORD COAL RAISING. Records arc the rage uow-a-day- in all kinds of competitive efforts of skill, strength, and capability. On Friday la:;t the record of coal raising was broken at Aberaman Colliery of the Powell-Duffryn Com- pany, where 1,640 tons were raised. Thiseclipsen the PREVIOUS lecord hold at Ov. manian Collierv, where 1,4/7 tons (minus 163 tons) were RAISED fiOIllC week or twoajjo, and caused a furore.
TWO CHILDREN BURNED TO DEATH.
TWO CHILDREN BURNED TO DEATH. On Tuesday morning an inquest was held at the Police Station, Tredegar, touching the death of Thomas Alexander Cameron, of 69, Glyn-terrace, Tredegar, liefore the deputy coroner, Mr. C. Dauncey. It appears from the evidence of the mother, Catherine Cameron, that on Friday last the child, who was only two years and nine months old, was left in the house white she went out on business, and when she came back found it in flames. She did all in her power to extinguish the fire and to relieve the poor little sufferer of its pain; it however suc- cumbed to its injuries on Monday morning. A ver- dict^of Death from burning was returned." Another inquest was held the same day at the Police Station before Mr. C. Dauncey, deputy coroner, and a jury, of which I Mr. Henry Pritchar I was foreman, touching the death of William Lloyd, also two years and nine months old, who met with his death from burning on Monday morning during the absence of its mother. Emily Lloyd, the mother, deposed that she was the wife of John Lloyd, drayman, in the employ of the Tredegar Brewery. On Monday morning, about nino o'clock, she had occasion to do some shopping opposite her own house, only ten yards distant. She had left the child sleeping in a small bed or cot near tho fire- place downstairs, She returned in about fi ve minutes, and heard the child screaming and calling Mamma." She extinguished the tire, and took the night- dress off immediately, and did all she could to apply oils, &c., to the burning parts. She asked the child how it happened, and he said, as well as he could, by poking the fire." She could not say under what circumstances the fire happened. The child died at 11 on Monday night. Mr. Henry Judd, captain of the fire brigade, said he was passing the house about 9.20 on Monday morn- ing, and could smell something burning; he looked round and saw smoke coming out of the door of the house which \> partly open. He opened the door, and a quantity of smoke rushed out, which made him retreat, he heard a cough and rushed into the house, and there he saw the woman neaily smothering, and the child severely burned. He immediately got assistance, and P.C. Phillips attended to the burns of the ohild. Tho woman being nearly overcome with the smoke. The child was in a nude condition when he saw it, and the night-dress, was ou the lted.-The t Coroner summing UP, said that they had had two painful cases before tneui that day. and both wore on all fours alike, and were most pitiful. It WTS not their ] place then to add to the parents' sorrow but some- thing must be done to warn parents against leaving their children at home unattended.—A verdict of Accidental death from burning" was returned.
FIRE AT TREDEGAR,
FIRE AT TREDEGAR, A fire took place on Thursday night last on the pre- mises of Mr. E. Edwards, provision merchant, Com- mercial-road, and might have resulted iu very serious cireumftaiices had it not L'een for the timely aid of P.C.'s Taylor and Creig, who happened to be parsing at the time. It appears that a paraffin lamp get upset 111 the parlour, and burned the sofa and other articles. If the above-named officers had not removed the other articles the fire would have reached the shop, where a quantity TF inflammable articles are kept. No damage of any considerable amount war- done,