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DOWLAIS. VICTORIA. THEATRE. MARKET SQUARE, DOWLAIS. ?»ra2TM8« MRS. SINCLAIR. 6PSN NIGHTLY. Monday, February 25tb, London by night," or Th« Wolves of Society. Tuesday, "February 26tb, 8avourneen Deelish, or Dark is the Hour before the Dawn. Wednesday, February 27th, Jo the Crowing Sweeper." Thursdav, February 28tb. Called Back." Friday, March let, The Jewess," or The Council of Constance. Saturday, March 2nd, Ben the Bo'san," or A Man-o'-War'f Man, and the Privateer to be followed by singing, and concluding with Dick Penderyn "—A tale of the Merthyr Riots. Doors open at 7 commence at 7.30. Front Seate, Is. Pit, 6d. Gallery, 3d. UNDBMA:T?fO and all kinds of Carpentering and Joiaery Work done. Hearse and Mourning Coaches order. Gn. J. O'Neill, Frederick's Court, North Street, and Pond Street. Dowlaia. i. T. DOCTOS, SASITABT ENGINEER, Plumber, Hot Water Fitter, Gas Fitter, Electric Bell Fitter, and Goa" House Decorator, etc., 133, Hiyh-atrect, Mertkyr. All orders will receive prompt attention. Distance no object. A etaff of experienced workmen ingularly, employed. J.T.D. may be consulted on Sanitary mattere, embracing drainage, ventilation, etc. [281 SrcrBSS.—Mr. Percy F. Griffiths, of Dowlais, a pupil at Todd's Marine Engineering Academy, Cardiff, last week successfully passed the Board of Trade's Examination for engineers' competency cer- tificates. LEGAL SUCCESS.—We are glad to learn that Mr. John Thomas Jones, son of Mr. Joshua Jones, 8, Market-street, Dowlais, has successfully passed his final legal examination held on the 22nd and 23rd January Ip^st. Mr. Jones waa originally articled to Mr. Harry Cousins, solicitor, Cardiff, and subse- quently had his articles assigned to Mr. Tracey Percy Clode, solicitor, of Cardiff. PBOPEKTT SALB.—On Thursday evening Mr. John Forrester sold by auction the freehold inn and premises known as the Pant Cad Ivor, Dowlais, together with certain land adjoining, held under a lease from the Marquess of Bute for an unexpired term of 63 years, at a ground rent of £ 2 per annum. Part of the land is sub-leased to under-tenants, and produces a ground rent of £ 1 a year. The property was purchased by Mr. John Evans, the present land- lord of the inn, at £ 976. MB. JOHH CKAIG.—An examination in sanitation and sanitary engineering was held at Bristol on Friday and Saturday last under the auspices of the Sanitary Institution of Great Britain, and amongst the candidates was Mr. John Oraig, the well-known oomio singer of Dowlaie. The examination, by reason erf the number of candidates who came forward, was more than usually difficult. On Tuesday Mr. Craig received an intimation that he had satisfied the uxaminerq, and had aiso won a diploma, which entitles him to an associateship in the institution. BEDLINOG. BKDLIKOQ PBIZE DRAWER.—The following arc the successful members in the abovo drawing :—1st, 02072 2nd, 04203 3rd, 02371 4th, 02332 5th, 00096 6th, 04429 7th, 06296; Stb, 02245 9th, 06275 10th, 06064 11th, 06861 12th, 05072 13th, 04836 14th, 03314 15th, 02370 16th, 00616 17th, 03043 18th. 06511. CEFN. MEETINGS.—The annual meetings in connection with Moriah Chapel began Saturdav night and were continued throughout Sunday and Monday. Excel- lent sermons were delivered by the Rev*. Lloyd Jones, M.A., Llandinaui, and John Evans, Llanfair- eaereinion. LBCTCBH.—On Wednesday eveuiug, at Ebenezer Chapel, Mr. Morgan Thomas and Mr. Matthew Owen yavean interesting lecture on Y Tabernacl yn yr anialwch," and Hanes Moses, illustrated by a series of magic lantern views. There was a good attendance. TESTIMONIAL.—A meeting W¡b held at the Farmers' Arms, Cwmtaff, ou Thursday night, under the pre- sidency of Councillor Watkin Powell, for the purpose of considering the advisability of presenting Mr. Evan J. Rogers, late road surveyor, with a testimonial en the occasion of the termination of his office, under the Local Government Act, 1394. Several gentlemen were appointed to collect subscription*. Mr. David Williams, Fairviow-terrace, Cefn, was appointed secretary, and Mr. Robert Roberts Lhvynon, trea- iU-er. OBnTARY.—Oa Saturday, the rtmaiua of Mrs. .Tones, the lato esteemed wife of Mr. W. Jones, J.P., for many years cashier of Cyfarthfa. Works, were interred at Cefn Cemetery. The funeral was a private one. The chief mourners were Mr. J. J. Jones, Cefn Dr. Leigh. Treharns Rev. Leigh, Llanwonno Rectory (sons-in-law of the deceased) Mr. Harold Jones, Mr. Reginald Jones, grandsonx Mr. E. O. Jonee, Cardiff. The Rev. T. C. Richards, Llanfihan- ?ol Rectory, an I the Rev. Lloyd officiated. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Jones, who is an invalid, in his sad bereavement. TREHARRIS. ACCIDENT.—We are very sorry to hear that Mr. Jacob Ray, the agent of the Ocean Coal Company, met with an accident at the colliery ou Monday last. We understand his injuries are not serious, but it was found necessary to cail in a medical gentleman. OBITTABT.—WB regret to have the painful duty of informing our readen of the death of our townsman, Mr. Jonee, chemist, Fox-street, which took place on Friday morning last, after a long and painful illness. Much sympathy i3 felt for Mrs. Jone3 and family in their bereavement. LAWy TES-VTB CLFB.—We are informed the above elub is in a fair way of becoming a success. A meet- ing waa held em Friday night last, at the Royal Hotel, which was well attended, and we are asked to announce that the next meeting will be held at the Royal Hotel en the 23th inst. All interested are invited to attend. COKCHRT.—On Monday evening last a grand con- cert was held at the Public Hall, the following well- known artistes taking paitMadame Clara Samuell, Hiss Mary Thomas, Mr. W. Trevor Evans, Mr. David Hughes and Mr. John Edwards (JJlew Bach), the accompanist being Miss Maud LLddom. The attendance was not all that could be desired. SOCIAX, -At the Public Hall on Thursday se'nnight the above event came off under very favour- able circumstances. It was promoted by the friends of the Established Church, and quite 150 ladies and gentlemen attended. The amusements of the even- lag eonsristed of danee", interspersed with songs. Altogether ft very interesting programme was gone through. The Treharris Orchestral Society provided the musie. Much praise is due to the Rev. R. David and those who worked with him for their excellents arrangements. NELSON. CALVABTA BAPTIST CHAPEL.—On Sunday last, at the above place of worship, Mrs. Brynferch Rhys, of Pontyrhyl, preached three powerful sermons to numerous congregations. "KING FROST" AND HIS VICTIMS. MERTHYR. Mr. T. H. Bailey, of the Plymouth Collieries, nas handed the sum of £ 10 to the Workmen's Committee relieve distr-is^. A levy of 6,i. en adults and 3d. on boys has been made, and this, it ia estimated, will bring in JE60. Mr. Bailey has kindly advanced .EM, which will be divided among-it the various soup kitchens, as well as individual cases of poverty. The committee are making a special effort to find necessi- tous cases among carpenters and masons, who are invited to meet the committee at the GJQIJB Inn on Thursday night. The Merthyr Jewish Philanthropic Society have nubseribed the sum of about L5 to Mrs. Beddoe for the soup kitchen fund In consequence of the continued severity of the weather, the distress existing in the district has by no means abated, but there is reason to believe that the rumours in circulation concerning the poverty of tbo people very greatly exaggerate the true state of affairs. That dire distress doan exist among individual families is true, but bearing in mind the fact that the population is largely made up of collier?, underground workmen, and the employe* of the iron works, who '.re still in regular work, it stands to reason that the genuine distress is not so great as many would have us believe. Iu order tc obtain a true report of the state of affaire, a Mertkyr Tir-m representative visited the various parts of the town, and paid special atten- tion to the homes of the poorer community, with the result that he returned with a statement that dire poverty was not widespread. Special ease* of extreme want came under his notice, but tbeee were few and far between. Several families were in need of food and furl, bu'; many of them absolutely refused to avail themselves of the three soup kitchens which bad been opened. This was evidently due to the fact that they were families of able-bodied respectable worhing men, too proud to beg, and too honest to steal. Their pclf-rospect kept them from sending their children to fetch the neces- sary food. Other cases of squalid poverty came uudt-r his notice, where the fathers and mothers were drunken and thriftless, and who ?pent all their earn- ings in selfish debauchery, leaving their offspring for all they cared to starve or bo dependent upon the charitv of others. These poor children are well- looked after by the charitably disposed, but those of poor respectable parents are sadly neglected though starvation stared them in the face. Some of tho cchoois too, were visited, and here the reporter found t-he children for the mOOit part warmly clad and apparently well fed. The pinch of hunger was not noticeable in their features, and they have uo great traces of want. [Three soup kitchens have been ppened, the first in the Salvation Barracks, bv the ladies committee, the second in the vestry of High-street Chapel, and the third in connection with the Roman Catholic community. Soup and bread in plenty is supplied through these mediums, but there is every reason to believe that the charity is greatly abused. Little children and aged poor receive their share, and they deserve it, but able-bodied tramps, thove vagrants and "agabeuds who mouch and cadge, and vho are the bane of our country, also found their way thither and were relieved. Some of these were bona jidc working men, who would, if they could, work and •arn their own living but the large majority were the impudent brazen-faced scoundrels who swarm around our towns in times of plenty, and refuse to do bonest work, though it may be offered them, To pro- vent this abuse of charity ought to be the duty of the townspeople, for by it the poor and deserving are robbed of their due. The Rev. H. Kirkhouse, vicar of Cyfarthfa, informed the Times reporter that in his district there were not many cases of extreme poverty, and that he had oft?n seen more genuine distress than at present existed. The Rector of Dowlais said that it was only what could be expected duringasevere winter. He, together, with a few friends had been easily able eope with the distress by the distribution of clothing and fuel. There w&a nothing to call for distribution öi food beyond the systematic relief carried on in the I parrah. The Rev. Alfred Hall declared that Jie had relieved many tiamps, somo of whom were bono fir. working men who had left their homes in search of employment and failed to get it. The Rev. D. C. Edwards, M.A., declares that there is no widespread distress among the inhabitants of Merthyr, though be had met cases of pitiful want among men who came from other parts in search of work. He added that the ladiee of the town were awidously and zealously working and had visited and relieved case* of great misery among children and the aged poor. On Wednesday morning Mr. Alfred Edmonds received from Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., a chequoJor £5 5a. for the distress fund. DOWLAIS. For the last fortnight Mrs. Evan Lewis, Mary- street, has been distributing soup and other articles of food to the deserving poor of the neighbourhood, and a very large number of distressed families have been relieved. The soup, which in of excellent quality, is given out almost daily to all persons irrespective of creed or race, and in many caaes where the destitute ones have been too much ashamed to go for it Mrs. Lewis has had it sent to their houses. Thill same benevolent lady ha4 also given away several tons of coal. Miss A. Houlson, Dowlais, thus writes: The response to my appeal in your ifisue of last week has been most generous, and I should be obliged if you would be good enough to convey my best thanks to those who have so kindly sent. All the garments have been distributed, the little ones are comfortable and much suffering saved. Several friends of the children have also shown their kindness by other gifte, and to them I would also express my gratitude. CEFN. The committee formed for the purpose of relieving distress here are doing very efficient work. A number of hungry children were last week provided with soup at Mr. Simons', Piasyrywen, who kindly lent his place for the occasion, and who has contributed very liberally towards this praiseworthy object. The relief committee hero is doing good work, and many cases of suffering have been relieved. Mr. I). A. Thomas, M.P., Mr. H. C. Lewis, and Mr. Vazie Simons have contributed two guineas e?.ch. Mr. Simons gives in addition a sheep every week to the soup kitchen, and distributes large quantities of sonp daily in his own house. There is considerable poverty here, especially among those employed at the Cardiff Watcrv.orks. ABERDARE. Swept 'Berdare writes :—Aberdare does not feel disposed to be behind the time* in any of her doings. This, I suppose, is the main reason why there is so much activity shown about tho distribution of relief to the poor. Certainly there are many (perhaps fifty all told) really deserving cases in the town but from what some of the champions of tho cause would make us believe three-fourths of the district are in urgent need. This is, however, well-known to be a grossly exaggerated account of the actual facts. The actions of the promoters of the object are to be com- plimented. They had a good cause at heart, and I should be very sorry to write a single word which would deter them from continuing such a philan- thropic movement. There is a general belief in Aber- dare that two soup kitchens and two committees, with two sets of (subscription books, are in excess of the actual need. Aberdare is nut as bad off as most other industrial towns. The working class of Aberdare arc a thrifty lot of people, otherwise there would be con- siderably more seeking relief than is apparent. The Aberdare district seems to be forging ahead in their energetic endeavours to relieve all possible cases of distress which may be found in the neighbourhood caused by the severity of the weather. There are two district funds organized. The one is called the town fund, over which the High Constable presides the other is the Constitutional Club fund. The High Constable's fund up to Saturday had relieved 200 cases. It is stated that there are actually 450 cases of persons in much distress and dependent upon chari- table institutions of this kind for food and warmth. On Saturday Mr. M. R. David, the proprietor of the Empire Thestre, handed to the ministers of the town 100 loaves of bvead for distribution. Rev. Father O'Reilly and the Rev. T. Jones, Carmel, undertook the distribution, going to all cases, irrespective of creed or sect. Mr. P. Halewood has sent over 56 41b. loaves. A large number of tickets for food and loads of coal have been given out from the town fund. ABERA),IAX. Last week a committee sat at Saron llail to con- sider what measures should be taken to provide relief for the persona in distress owing to the continued frost ana severe weather. During the negotiations it was decided that tho Rev. H. P. Jenkins (Saron) be chairman, and the Vicar (Rev. Morgan Powell, ice- chairman, and Mr. Phillips (schoolmaster), secretary of the movement, who, with a committee should tender relief in the shape of tickets for various amounts according to the number of family, Ac. A large number of tickets were given out, and trades- men are requested to supply only necessaries to those presenting them. The various churches tendered amounts, and a number of persons are contributing sums of 10s. to 3s. weekly during the demand. Others have given lump sums, coal, kc., but more is required, and benevolent persons are earnestly invited to contribute. MOUNTAIN ASH. The terrible epidemic of distress is very acutely felt in Mountain Ash. A very largo numlier of hungry men, women, and children are being daily fed hy means of the soup kitchen, which has its head- quarters at the coffee tavern. Lord Aberdare has sent a donation of J310. HIRWAIX. Mr. D. E. Williams, J.P., of Cartref, Hirwain, who is at present in Cheltenham, has sent supplies of fuel, bread, and tea to the poor of Hirwain. On Wednesday the Rev. T. Edmunds received from him a parcel of clothing for distribution among the poor of the place. ABERDARE JUNCTION. There areabout300 people suGerir)gsevere privation at this place. Building operations up to Christmas lust were very active, but since then they have been entirely stopped by the severe frost. Sinking is going on rapidly at the new pits, but until coal is reached there cannot be any great demand for labour. A soup kitchen has been opened which greatly helps to mitigate the distress. TREDEGAR. In his report just issued Mr. Biieham, the Local Government Board inspector, states that the closing of the Tredegar Steel Works was the eauso of much distress in that part of the Bedwellty Union, and the Guardians were obliged to open a stone yard wherein 294 men were employed. On these men there depended 560 women and children, and tho cost of maintenance amounted to £ 1,600. The stone broken, however, realised £ 850, ao that the total cost of extra relief to the Union could be put down at £ 750. A well attended meeting was held at the Congrega- tional Vestry on Monday night, to devise means for coping with the distress. Some J513 was subscribed there and then, and a relief committee) was enrolled to canvas for more aud to distribute the same in kind arr.cngst the needy. Mr. Thomas, bank manager, was elected treasurer, and Mr. Jenkins, secretary. BRYNMAWR. Bad trade and the hard frost have told their tale upon hundreds of working people at Bryninawr. A meeting, convened by Mr. A. E. Kvan", J.P., chair- man of the Urban District Council, was held at the old Town Hall ou Friday night to deviso steps for relieving the distressed. There was a large atten- dance. Mr. J. J. Isaac was appointed secretary of the relief committee, and Mr. Roberts, J. P., treasurer. The committee consists of all the mem- bers of the District Council, Board of Guardians, and ministers of all denominations, with power to and to their number. Several gentlemen in the room pro- mised various contributions, including 500 loaves of bread, 30s. worth of meat, and 40 half-pounds of butter. The sum of £ 15 10s. was also collected in the room, and promises given for £ 3 more on Saturday morning. The relief committco made an inspection of the town to find out tho most necessitous case;. On i Saturday afternoon Mr. A. E. Evans, Mr. J. J. i Isaac, and Mr. Frank Vaughan, relieving officer, attended at the old Town tlall and gave out tickets to a large number of poor people. By presenting | these tickets at various shops in the town they could receive a supply of meat and bread and other provi- tions. Mr. W. Davies, Mr. Jamew Bloor, Mr. Wilt- shire (membcrM of the District Council), and Mr. Lyddon, Mr. Sykes, and Mr. Richards (memljers of tho Board of Guardians), were also present during the distribution, as well as the Revs. H. L. Evanaand J. M. Daviess, aud other townspeople. Wo also understand that Mr. Jones-Parry collected several pounds, which he distributed in kind amongst the poor people of Llanelly Hill. This week free breakfasts are also being given to the children at the Brynmawr National Schools. MB. :iforLEYli GENEKOSITV. We arc pleased to announce that Mr. Morley, of Padworth House, Reading, the Liberal candidate for lirecoir hire, has bent, through Mr. A. E. Evans, J.P., chairman of the Brvnmawr Liberal Hundred, the handsome donation of £11 towards the Brvnmawr Relief Fund.

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