MERTHYR. MARKET-SQUARE CHURCH.—At this church on Sunday night Miss Claudia Thorney, R.A.M., sang a sacred iiolo with much taste. CORRECTION.—We are asked to state that the gsntlemen who took part in the glee singing at the Theatre last week were not members of Mr. Dan Davies' Choir, as stated in our last issue. TRKVECCA COLLEGE.—On Sunday the Rev. Rees Evans occupied the pulpit at Hope Chapel, and made an appeal on behalf of the funds of Trevecca College. Substantial contributions have been promised. GREAT ATTRACTION FOR MABON'S DAY, MARCH 2ND, 1896.—The renowned Trcorky Royal Male Voice Party have been engaged, at an enormous expense, by the Pontmorlaia Calvinistic Methodist Church, to give Two Grand Concerts at the Drill Hall, Merthyr, afternoon and evening. [3665 -LosT.-On Saturday 25tli, at or near the Merthyr Market, a. five-florin piece, half-ringed English silver; three inches silver chain attached. Anyone detaining the article after this notice will be prosecuted. Finder will receive a reward on returning same to the Times Off.c., Merthyr. Advt VISITORS TO ABERDARE should not fail to call at Miss A. OEPPEN'S, Commercial-place, Aberdare, for their cigar?, tobacco, &c. A choice selection of smokers' requisites is always in stock, and cannot fail to please, both in cheapness and quality. Remember the address Commercial-place, Aberdare. [ADVT FOCND, about 11 years ago, by JENKINS, CHEMIST and SEEDSMAN, next door to Police-station, a Perfect CCRE for COUGHS, COLD," ASTHMA, and SHORTNESS of BREATH. The same can be had by payment of one shilling. Hundreds have already speculated the one shilling, and the unanimous verdict has been Nothing equals the Cambrian Cough Cure." [3474 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 S&itary matters, embracing drainage, ventilation, etc. f281 MERTHYR WORKING MEN'S BUILDING SOCIETY.— An appropriation by ballot was held at the offices of this society last Tuesday night when Mr. E. B. Nash and Mr. H. W. Sou they, J.P., were appointed scrutineers, and Miss Maggie Lloyd, Cefn Coed, drew the ballot block No. 100, the owner being Mr. William Fogarty, 81, Yew-street, Troedy- rhiw, who is entitled to a loan of £ 200 for 16 years free of interest. A vote of thanks to the chairman Mr. E. Morris) closed the meeting. KEEP YorR En ON MORRIS'. WHAT FOR? For Stylish Suits and Overcoats. For style, quality, and value, Morris challenges the town. Try Morris' celebrated 37s. 6d. OVERCOATS and 50s. BUSINESS Sum. They cannot be beaten. Once tried always used. Warmth and comfort for the winter months. See that you get no other. In Hats, Caps, Shirts, Collars, Ties, &c., MORRIS LEADS THE WAY. Have a look at our windows to see our New Season's Stock of Mufflers, Ladies' and Gent.'s Lined Gloves, &c. Note the address, J. W. MORRIS, 10, Pontmorlais, Marthyr. ZOAR CHAPEL ORGAN RECITAL.—This "(Thursday) evening Mr. Harry Evans. ^A.R.C.O., of Dowlais, will give an organ recital at Zoar Chapel. Mr. Evan'<' fame as an organist is a sufficient guarantee of the excellence of the entertainment. The recital he gave at this chapel two years ago was a great success, and since then he has made enormous strides in his profession. The vocalists engaged were Madam Miles-Beynon and Mr. E. R. Evans. The former, unfortunately, is suffering from a severe cold, but an excellent substitute has been secured in Miss Eleanor Jones, whom the public will no doubt be eager to hear after her brilliant success in London. To com- mence at 8 admission, Is. and 6d. SUCCESS OF MISS ELEANOR JONEs.-Her many friends will h3 pleased to learn of the success of Miss Eleanor Jones, in winning the Prince of Wales' Scholarship at the examination held at the Royal College of Music, London, on Friday last. It will be remembered that about two years ago a committee was formed in the town, with Mr. Ernest Daniel as secretary, and through the generosity of Col. Lewis, Mr. William Harris, Mr. Dan Davies, and other gentlemen, who headed the list, a sum of money was collected for the purpose of assisting Miss Jones in her musical training. She was placed first under the care of Madame C. Novello Daviea, and then of Mr. Dan Price, of London, and has made remarkable pro- gress. In 1894 she won the first prize at Carnarvon National Eisteddfod, and delighted everyone as a soloist in the Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir and Mr. Dan Davies' Concert Party. TOM EYANS, Bespoke Tailor, sole agant for the celebrated firm of Kino, London, begs to thank his numerous" customers for their liberal support in past years, and to announce that he has removed from No. 1, Market-square, to 24, High-street (opposite the old Church), where he Has opened business as a fancy draper, outfitter, and gent's mercer. T.E. trusts that by strict attention to the needs of his customers to merit a continuance of their favours, and it is with the idea of being able to supply his customers with every necessary article of clothing, that he has added the mercery business to that of tailoring. Trousers to measure, 10s. 6d. suits, 39s. 6d. overcoats, 25s. Fit and style guaranteed. White and coloured shirts, collars, cnfft*, scarves, gloves, &e., of every description. Agent for Rushbrook's butchers' clothing. Every kind of children's fancy hosiery and baby linen supplied. Terms, strictly for cash. r3316 SUCCESS OF A MERTHYR VoCAHST.—We are pleased to announce that Miss Rosina Beynon, daughter of Mr. David Beynon, Cyfarthfa Cottage, has been successful in winning the three years' Maintenance Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London. There were no less than 500 competitors for the honour. Miss Beynon was under the tuition of Mr. Harry Evans, A.K.C.O., Dowlais, for some time, and for a term and a half studied in London. Alias Beynon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Beynon, of the Cyfarthfa Offices, and is now about 20 years old. The family is musical. Her father has been connected with singing in one form or another until recently, and was some years ago in charge of the Band of Hope at Zoar. He is still passionately fond of music, ana rarely misses any musical treat in the district. Her brother, Mr. Horatio Beynon, is well known in the district as an efficient player. Although Miss Beynon had not sung often in public, it has long since been known that she possessed a voice of rare quality, and her parents gave her every encourage- ment to train it. Those who know her well have expected great things of her, but even to them it is a welcome surprise that she has so soon succeeded in taking such high honours where the test was so severe. Beyond all doubt, there lies before her the 8noouragiog prospect of a most brilliant future. VESTRY MEETING.—On Monday afternoon, at the Veetry-room, Glebeland street, Merthyr, a vestry meeting was held for the purpose of passing a resolu- tion to oppose the Rhymney Railway Bill and the Taff Vale Railway Bill. The chair was occupied by Mr. T. H. Bailey, J.P., chairman of the District Council, and Mr. Griffiths (from theoffice of Mr. G. C. James, the clerk) was also present. The only other councillor present was Mr. Dan Thomas. There were only a few persons present. The Chairman explained the object of the meeting, and Mr. Alfred Edmonds asked in what way would the Bills adversely affect Merthyr.—Mr. Dan Thomas, in reply, said that Merthyr would not be directly affected. But in connection with Aberdare the land under the super- vision of the Farms Management Committee would be affected. One of the schemes, if passed, would have the effect of taking away a good slice of the con » ttee's land, and as they did not have sufficient land already the effect would be serious.-The Chair- man moved, Mr. Dan Thomas seconded, and it was resolved to authorise the Merthyr Urban District Council to oppose, with the view to the promotion and protection of the interests of the inhabitants of the said district, the application of the promoters of both Bills. MORLAIS BAPTIST CHURCH.—On Thursday evening, a tea party was held by the members and friends of this church. The tables were laden with good things, the gifts of the ladies, among whom we may mention the following Mrs. T. Roberts, Albert-street; Mrs. James Macintosh, Ivy Cottage, Georgetown Mrs. Hayward, Paris House Mrs. H. Lewis, William- etreet; Mrs. J. T. Hughes, William-street: Mrs. T. Price, Plymouth-street; Mrs. Hill, Georgetown Mrs. Williams (nee Miss L. Lloyd), and others. The tables were presided over by Mrs. and Miss Read, assisted by Miss George, Mrs. and Miss Landers Mary-street; Mrs. H. Lewis and Mrs. J. T. Hughes' William-street; and Mr*. W. J. Hayward, assisted bv Miss E. Glyde, Miss Polly Hill and Miss Sarah Pugh. While Mrs. Macintosh and Mrs. Hill were most attentive in looking after the wants of the various tables. An after meeting for church business was held, when the chair was taken by Mr. W. J. Hayward (treasurer of the church). Addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Messrs. F. Read D. Davies, William Price, James Jones (deacons), and Messrs. A. Fromow, G. Reeves, W. Morgan, W. Davies, and — Jones (late of Newtown, Montgomery- shire), bearing upon the anticipated invitation of the church at Mountain Ash to the Rev. E. G. Thomas, pastor of Morlais Church, to become a candidate for the vacant pulpit at Mountain Ash. The addresses were very feeling and eulogistic of the labours of Mr. Thomas, both in th^ pulpit and in hi?} pastoral work. The universal feeling wa3 that he should still preside over the church at Morlais, where he so admirably Auit*, both as a preacher and pastor. The rev. gentleman was spoken of as the best preacher within radius of twenty miles. After the appeals made by the brethren, Mr. Thomas very feelingly thanked the church for their kindness and respect for him, aud in a few words, which were characterised by deep emo- tion, he declared, amid the cheers of the member* that he would still remain at Morlais as their pastor! He thanked the i-,hurch for their unanimity and their brotherly feeling, and he hojiedj-Xrith their co-opera- tion, to do much good for the Master in the future, as he had tried to do in the past. It was unanimously decided to increase the stipend of the pastor as an encouragement to him, and as a token of the apprecia- tion of his service. Afterwards it was decided, at an early date, to call a special meeting to devise ways and means of liquidating the small remaining debt on the building.—On Monday evening, at the usual weekly service, at which a large number of the ¡ members were present, a very interesting ceremony wm performed in presenting to Mr. and Mrs. John Walter;, late of Georgetown, who have left for Llansaduon, their country residence, a beautiful marble clock, with marble Corinthian pillars. The presentation was made on behalf of the cnurch to Mr Walters by the pastor, the Rev. E. G. Thomas in a few choice words. Addresses were given by some of 9 Mr. Walters' fellow deacons, viz., Messrs. W. J. Hayward, F. Read, and James Jones, who spoke of the very useful services rendered by Mr. Walters while deacon and treasurer of the church, and very much deploring the loss the church had sustained by his removal from their midst. Mr. Walters thanked one and all for their kindness in presenting to him and his dear wife the beautiful clock, which would always remind him of the very happy time he had spent at Morlais. He could safely say that he never 8peont, a happier time than when listening to our respected pastor, and doing his little in extending the kingdom of the Master at Morlais. The singing <rf the D«*o/ogy concluded the interesting meeting. ZION BIBLE CLASS.—The ordinary meeting of the above class was held at the vestry-room of Zion Welsh Baptist Chapel, when Mr. J. Jones read a very instructive paper. OUR FAVOURITE BILLrO'.iTE:R.Nfr. James Sullivan, the favourite billposter of Merthyr and district, has just received from Pearson's a beautifully-executed enlarged portrait of himself in an exquisite oak frame. MERTHYR CHORAL SOCIETY.—The society met in large nuinters on Sunday and Wednesday, at the Market Hall. Several matters of interest were dis- cussed, and the opmion of everyone was that the choir was in better form than ever. INCANDESCENT GAS .LIGHTS INCANDESCENT GAS LIGHTS !!—J. T. DOCTON, 138, High-street, Merthyr, has been Specially Appointed fjr the Sale of the Incandescent Gas Lights. Gas Consumers, by using this Light, will Reduce their Gas Bills by One Half and Obtain Treble the Light. The various Kinds of Lights can be seen in operation, and full particulars obtained at the above address. Inspection invited. Competent workmen employed to fix same. [ADVT. SAM HAGUE'S MINSTRELS.—These well-known and popular favourities will occupy the boards of the Theatre Royal next week. Sam Hague's name is famous all tie world over, and his troupe of minstrels get a hearty welcome wherever they go. There are amongst them the finest comedians and singers to be found on the stage, and their enteitainments are invariably a grand treat.—Don't forget the Plymouth benefit next Friday night, To PARTIES FURNISHING.—Messrs. J. G. Maddox and Son, auctioneers, will sell by public auction a tthe Auction Mart, 25, Duke-street, Cardiff, on Tuesday and Thursday, March 3rd and 5th, an immense assemblage of very superior household furniture. The sale will commence at two o'clock precisely each day. Further particulars will be found in our advertising column or may be obtained by writing to the auctioneers at the above address. T2849 CONCERT. -On Thursday last, at Bethel Chapel, a concert was given bv the children attending the Georgetown Infants' School, for the purpose of rais- ing funds to proride a piano for the Georgetown School. The children, through the instrumentality of the head-mistress, Miss Harris, went through a programme (f dialogues, quartets, and dances, which was much enjoyed. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. L. Daniel, and Mr. V. A. Wills was also present. Miss Lewis (daughter of Sergt. Lewis) accompanied rn the pianoforte very artistically. We are pleased to learn that about JB10 was collected. TREORKY MALE VOICE PARTY.—Much interest is evinced in the concerts to be given at the Drill Hall on Monday by the above party. The fame of the Treorky boys has gone out to all the land. Since their appearance before the Queen at Windsor Castle the name of their party is a household world through the length and breadth of the country. They will give two concerts on Monday, to commence at three and eight o'clock. The soloists are Madame J. Thomas (winner of the soprano solo at the Llanellv Eisteddfod), Mr. W. Todd-Jones, and Mr. Gabriel Williams. The baton will be wielded by Mr. W. Thomas. The programme is an interesting one, and an excellent musical treat may be looked forward to. AINON BAPTIST CHURCH—On Monday evening a most interesting entertainment was held here, when the humorous dialogue "Apartments to Let" was given in character. The parts were taken by Messrs. B. Walters, W. C. English, C. P. Williams, and Syd- ney English. This part of the programme created loud roars of laughter, and all the performers took their parts exceedingly well. The remaining part of the programme was taken up in songs, &c., by Messrs. C. Roberts, D. Walters, and W. C. English and Miss Walters, who acquitted themselves well. A prize had been offered for a letter on the history of Merthyr. There were four letters sent in, the winners being Mr. D. Walters and Miss Jones. The chairman, Rev. H. Jenkins, acted as adjudicator, his verdicts giving entire satisfaction. JLWI411 WEDDING AT MERTHYR.—On Wednesday afternoon an interesting wedding ceremony was per- formed at the Jewish Synagogue, when the Rev. Sol. Levin, of Aberdare, was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Phcebe Marks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Marks, of 14, Temperance-street, Merthyr. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. Abelson, of the Merthyr Synonague. The sacred edifice was crowded with well-wishers of the bride and bridegroom, and among those who took part in the ceremony were Mr. Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Juluis Prag, Mr. and Mrs. Goodman, Bethesda-street, Merthyr; Mr. Charles Cohen, Mr. Fine, Rhymney Mrs. Row, Aberaman Mrs. Miles, Aberdare Mrs. Wilde, Merthyr; Mr. Freedman, jun., Dowlais; Mr. Goldstone, Gadlys, Aberdare; Mr. Fine, jun., Mr. and Mrs. Goldstone, Aberaman Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs, Aberdare Mr. and Mrs. Samue's, Aberdare; Mr. Corp, jeweller, Aberaman; Mr. Haudley, Jewish butcher, Aberdare; and Miss Handley, and others. After the ceremony a reception was held at the Synagogue Schoolroom, Merthyr, which was a very enjoyable affair. Speeches were delivered wish- ing good luck to the happy pair by the Rev. A. Arisen, Mr. Fine, Mr. Samuels, Aberdare, and Mr. Goldstone, Aberaman, and the bridegroom responded in suitable terms. A large number of handsome pre- sents were received. PENCKL CiiArEL. — On Monday evening the second of the series of readings were held at the above place of worship, when a varied and interesting programme was capitally rendered by memlieis of the Sunday School. The programme was as follows :—Solo, Miss Rachel H. Davies; duet, Mastei Rees David Rees and Miss R. Mazey recitation, Miss Sarah Saunders solo, Miss Kate Morris; recitation, Margaret J. Morgans; solo, Miss Rachel Willis; mouth orvan solo, Mr. Daniel James solo, Miss Bessie Williams recitation. Miss Eleanor Powell duet, Messrs. E. J. Thomas and Fredk. Thomas solo, Master Howell Price Thomas mouth organ solo, Mr. Rees Thomas Sailor's Chorus,1 Male Voice Party, under the leadership of Mr. Jenkin Thomas. The friends at Penuel are desirous of making special mention of the assistance given by Messrs. D. Thomas, 13 ugh Williams Thomas Jones, and William Thomas, hailing from Penydarren. The singing was far above the average for meetings of this kind, and the gentlemen named were but too pleased to assist to make the reading a success. The accompanists were Messrs. William John Rees and E. J. Thomas, who did their work well,as also did the chairman, the Rev.D. Jones. The pastor is doing excellent work among the young people. Bible classes have been formed preparatory to the Scriptural examination, and there appears a general tendency to make an advancement in educa- tion and usefulness. MERTHYR CONSTITUTIONAL CLl-B V. PONTYPRIDD CLLB.-On Thursday last the above-named clubs played billiard, whist, and chess matches, with the following results: — Billiards — Merthyr: George Chamberlain, 200 P. T. Evans, 123; T. W. Davies, 182 C. R. Williams, 200; W. Macdonald, 200; J. Gray, 199; W. H. Williams, 200; C. A. Harris, 160; W. W. Meredith, 200: Keates Wilson, 200; J. Oeppen, 160 total, 2,029. Pontypridd W. Miles, 149; E. Thyer, 200; Dr. C. Bristowe, 200; C. P. Orsinan, 134 W. Lewis, 186; L. Llewellyn, 200 C. Starr, 165 T. Davies, 200 G. King, 160; Ivor Davies, 183 W. Wilson, 200 total, 1,977. Merthyr won by 52 points, or six games to five. Whist—Mer- thyr T. O. Williams, P. Sullivan, 15; Bob David, Price Owens, 13 T. W. Price, J. G. Frayne, 8 C. Richards, W. Davies, 15 Goodman, Wall. 17 total, 68. Pontypridd J. Jeffery, C. Chapel, 17 Morris, Baker, 12 Thomas, Jones, 16 Ashford, Chard, 15 Perkins, T. Davies, 12 total, 72. Pontypridd won by four points. Chess Merthyr W H. Price, 10; Valentine Watson, 11; E. Belcher, 1 1; C. A. Harri-, 1 1; total, 7. Pontypridd Heitzman, 0 1; W. Ree*, 0 0; W. Wilson, 0 0; Dr. Bristowe, 00; total, 1. Merthyr won by six games. The Merthyr team are still undefeated at billiards, and are now anxious to take on the recognised club champions of South Wales, viz., Cardiff Conservative Workina: Men's Club. SAD FATALITY AT CYKARTHKA.—On Monday, at about one o'clock, an accident happened at Cyfarthfa Works which resulted in the death of Frederick Rowe, a locomotive fireman. It appears that the engine upon which the deceased was employed was pushing some bogies," or trucks, up the slag tip for the pur- pose of discharging their contents. When near the tip the deceased jumped down from the engine and turned the pointers to allow the trucks to run up a certain road." The pointers were situated on the left-hand side of the engine. A few minutes after- wards Rowe was discovered under the wheels of one of the loaded bogies on the right-hand side, so that he must have crossed the rails in front of the train, which was running at the rate of from nine to twelve miles an hour. The poor fellow's leg and thigh were terribly smashed, and no was taken to the Merthyr General Hospital, where he died the same afternoon. It appears there was no necessity for deceased to have crossed the line, and what his object was in so doing will never be known.-An inquest was held at the Merthyr General Hospital on Wednesday morning, before Mr. R. J. Rhys, coroner, and a jury, of which Mr. Price was foreman. Mr. Hambley, chief engineer, was present and produced plans of the spot where the accident occurred. The plans also showed the various roads." The first witness wis deceased's uncle, who gave evi- dence of identification.-The next witness was William Martin, who was upon the engine at the time of the accident. He said the engine was Iloing up the slag tip, and, as usual, Rowe got off for the purpose of turning the pointers. Witness then started to go up the tip, and he did not see him afterwards, until he saw deceased under one of the full trucks. The pointer was on the left-hand side facing the tip; when he saw deceased he was on the right hand side of the "bogie." Deceased must therefore have crossed the line. There was no occasion for him to cross the line.-Richard Fencott, a platelayer, said he was near the place where Rowe got hurt on Monday. He saw the deceased turn the pointers when he saw him next deceased was under the wheels of the bofie. Deceased was on No. 6 Road witness was on ISo. 4 Road. As far as witness could see nothing out of place was done. Deceased must have run across the road and got knocked down. The poor man was bleeding very much when picked up, and the doctor was sent fer. The doctor arrived about ten minutes afterwards.—Nurse Lewis said the deceased was admitted at 1.30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. He suffered from a smashed leg and thigh. The limb was very badly smashed, and the deceased was quite in a state of collapse. He died at a quarter-past four the same afternoon. Deceased was too weak to have an operation performed. He did not i-ocover con- sciousness.—A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.
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DOWLAIS. Our Dcwlais correspondent is Mr. W. Harris Evans, 26, Pantscallog, who will be glad to be notified of meetings, and to forward advertisements and orders for printing. E. TENNYSON-SMITH, renowned Temperance Orator (second J. B. Gough), Oddfellows' Hall, April 18th to 23rd, 1896. [3684 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. SANITARY PLUMBING AND HOT WATER EXGIX- EERING.—W. AUSTIN AND SON have added the above to their old-established House Decoratmg Business. Beer Engines, Baths, etc., fitted and repaired. Good workmanship and moderate charges. The largest, cheapest, and best selection of Paperhangings in the district. New patterns for 1895. Paints, Varnishes, Glass, etc.—26 Union-street, and 91, Caeharri: Dowlais. J. JEREMIAH, Plumber and Decorator, 36, High- street, Merthyr, and 2, North-street, Dowlois. J.J. has erected New Showroom at the rear of 36, High- street, Merthyr, where a choice selection of paper- hangings, &c., can be inspected. Side entrance, 35, High-street, Merthyr. All paperhangings, gas fittings, bar fittings, paints and varnishes at lowest prices in town. Visit my showroom if you want to save money. LANTERN ENTERTAINMENT AT BEULAH.—An interesting entertainment was held at Beulah English Baptist Chapel on Tuesday evening last, when the subject, "One of His Jewels," was rcad by Mrs. W. J. Jenkins, and illustrated by the aid of a powerful lantern manipulated by Messrs. W. J. Jenkins and Thomas Thomas, grocer. There was a large atten- dance of juveniles, who thoroughly enjoyed the treat afforded. The Rev. James Williams, the respected pastor, presided. ENTERTAINMENT AT MISSION HALL.—An interest- ing entertainment was held at the abce place on Thursday evening, when solos, recitations, and dialogues were given by the following:—The Misses Ford, Messrs. James Bufton, J. Thomas, and Master Gardner, who were followed by the Temperance sketch, The Calculating Cobbler," illustrated with lantern pictures. A series of mission meetings were held throughout last week, Mr. Thomas I'. Wintle, Pontymoile, conducting, and though the meetings h ive not been iargely attended, the friends at tne Mission Hall are very pleased with the religious fervour which is shown throughout. OBITUARY.—We regret to have to record the death of Mrs. Mary Jones, wife of Mr. John Jones, Mary- street, which took place at her residence on Wednes- day last. after a severe illness of only one day's duration. Deceased, who was but 27 years of age, leaves a widower and four little ones to mourn her loss. She was a faithful member of Caersalem Welsh Baptist Chapel, and had proved herself a musician of no mean order in her interpretation of oneofthechief parts in the performance of Agatha." The funeral took place on Monday, at the New Cemetery, Pant. It was attended by an enormous concourse of people, and appropriate hymns were sung en route to the cemetery by the Caersalem Choir, under the leadership of Mr. Fred Hier. The officiating ministers were the Revs. J. Thomas, Cwmbach, and J Jones, pastor of Caer- salem, and both gentlemen made feeling references to the deceased. BRITISH WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION.—On Thursday thsaboveassociation held their monthly meet- ing at Elizabeth-street Schoolroom, when a very good programme was gone through, the chair being taken by the president, Mrs, J. B. Evans. After opening wi, h reading by Mrs. Evans, Union-street, and prayer by Mr. Woosnam, a very good paper on Prayer was read by Mrs. Williams, Mary Anne street, which was greatly appreciated. Mr. Barnard then spoke, after which Miss Mary Morie", Regent-street, rendered a solo with great credit to herself and pleasure to the audience. Miss Jone;, Francis-street, then gave the pathetic recitation Billy's Rose." Miss E. J. Williams, Morlais-street, addressed the meeting, giving some very practical hints, followed by the Rev. B. Davies, Moriah, with a very able Temperance address, urging the workers to individual effort in the worthy cause. A very cordial welcome was accorded Mrs. Alfred Bowen, of Gwernllwyn Uchaf, in her new capacity as vice president of the rssociation. The illc Rev. B. Davies closed the meeting with prayer. It was very encouraging to the officers and members to see the meeting so well attended and appreciated. They would kindly ask the public to hold up their hands and support them in the good cause, that is so needful among the women of our town. SOCIAL TEA.-On Wednesday se'nnight, through the generosity of Mrs. Oswald J. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. W. Harris (vice-consul U.S.A.), the members of the Beulah Christian Endeavour Society were enter- tained to a social tea. The tables were presided over by theMisses .rohn, Blanchc-street; Miss Clara Harris, Regent-street: and Miss Annie Morcran, Pond-street, who were assisted by MfR. W. Harris, Pant-road Misses L. J. and Cecillia Harris, Graig-terrace and Mr. Sydney Vaughn, Balaclava.-road. After tea the appended programme was gone through, and the various items were very much enjoyed. The presi- dent of the society, Miss L. J. Harris, presided :— Song, "The V alley of Shadows," Mis. Oswald J. Thomas dialogue, The Evils of Strong Drink," Misses Williams and Griffiths trio, "Disdainful of Danger," Miss Cecillia Harris, Mr. J. H. Harris, and Mr. W. J. Jenkins song. Alone on the Raft," Mrs. W. J. Jenkins solo, 0 Rest in the Lord," Mr. Fred Morgan quartet, Sleep, Gentle Lady," Misses Cecillia Harris and A nnie Morgan, Messrs. J. H. Harris and W. J. Jenkin", which was encorf'd and responded to. Votes uf thanks to Mrs. O. J. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. W. Harris for their kind invita- tion brought a most enjoyable meeting to a close. The accompaniments were played by Miss May Evans and Miss Annie Morgan. PRESENTATION MEETING AT PENYWERN CHAPEL.— On Tuesday se'nnight. Miss Kate Jenkins, Penvwern, was presented by the Sunday School with an illuminated address and a beautiful engraved inkstand, as a slight acknowledgment of the signal service she has rendered the Penywern Sunday School, the superintendent of which she has been for some years. The chapel was crowded, snd the pastor, the Rev. J. H. Hughes, occupied the chair. -In his opening remarks, the Chairman said they had all congregated there that evening to do honour to whom honour was due. Miss Jenkins had proved herself worthy of the presents which she was about to receive. Speeches were delivered by Messrs. Thomas Thomas, Abraham Jones, James Jenkins; and bardic addresses were also delivered by Messrs. Nicholas Hughes, a blind man, and John Jenkins. Mrs. Rees, the oldest member of Penywern Chapel, presented the address, and Mr. Thomas Thomas presented the inkstand.— Miss Jenkins feelingly res ponded.— Songs and recita- tions were contributed by the following:—Recitations, Misses Eleanor Ann Jones and Blanche Lewis, and Mr. George Hicks; songs by Miss Mary Thomas, and Messrs. T. P. Jones, John Thomas, and David H. Williams. The treasurer of the presentation fund was Mr. John Jenkins, while the secretarial duties were satisfactorily carried out by by Mr. John Jones. TEMPERANCE CHOIll POPULAR CONCERTS. — On Saturday evening last another of the Pops" pro- moted by the Dowlais Temperance Choir was held at the Assembly-rooms, Oddfellows' Hall, under the presidency of Mr. Daniel Griffiths. There was a fairly good attendance, and the various items were well received. The following contributed to the evening's enjoyment:—Song. "The Sc!dier,' Mr. E. B. O'Neill; recitation, "Y Glowr," Mr. Gwilym Price; song, "Bessie, the Drunkard's Child," Miss K. Jones; recitation, "Lochimoor," Mr. Tom George; song, "The Blue Alsatian Mountains," Mr. M. T. Davies reading, Gath ar pwys menyn," Mr. D. Davies recitation, "The Gamblers Wife," Mr George Hicks song, That awful Blue Riblxm," Mr. Theo. Price, encored, "Mona"; song, "The Better Land," Miss L. C. Jones recitation, The Charge of the Light Brigade," Miss Jones, Peny- darren song, "The Outport." Mr. J. Rhys Morgan recitation, Yu Merw'r lli," Mr. Theo. Price song, The Bugler," Mr. Tom George; reading, One Niche the Higher," Mr. Isaac Edwards (encored); reading (encore), Anton Rubenstein," Mr. Isaac Edwards song, The Village Blacksmith," Mr. E. B. O'Neill; song, "The Anchor's Weighed," Mr. M. T. Davies. The accompanists, Messrs. J. Rhys Morgan and R. T. Rees, the popular conductor, played with their usual good taste. SCHOOL CHILDREN'S CONCERT.—On Tuesday after- noon last, the school children of the Central School (infanta' department), sang, recited, performed musical drill, and gave other illustrations of the work done during the past year. Ibe school was crowded with parents of the little ones, and this public exhibition of school work was greatly enjoyed. The first part of the programme was with the babies, and it must be said that, considering their age, they did excellently. Song, "I've a Little Dolly"; recitation, "Dolly's Break- fast"; soner, "Hold the Right Hand Up" reading from card; recitation, "Little Four Years Old": Kindergarten song, "The Ball" recitation, "Tommy Tumbledown": song, "This is the Way"; recita- tion, Hide and Seek song, In a Pretty Little House"; song, "Bahyland." The second part was confined to infants five and six years old, and the admirable manner in which they went through their programme reflected the greatest credit on Mr. Abraham Houlson, headmaster, and his excellent staff. Marching, Boys song, "Johnny was a Soldier Bold," Boys and Girls recitation, "lllackberrying," Girls; song, Cat and Kittens," Girls and Boys; Fan- folding Exercise, Girls; recitation, I'll Try," Boys; recitation, "Ten Little Servants," Girls; song, "The Shop," Girls and Boys; recitation, Modelling in Clay," Boys song, The Fisher Boy," Boys and Girls; recitation, A Penny to Spend," Girls Musical Drill, the successful squad at the recent Rechabite Eisteddfod; recitation, "The Queer Little Boy," Boys exercise with modu- lator recitation, "Sewing for Dolly," Girls song, "What Game's Best for Playing," Boys and Girls; reading from school reading books; recitation, "A Gentleman," Boys; song, "Exercise Bone and Muscle," Boys and Girls: recitation, "Helping Mother," Girls song, "The Train," Boys and Girls Welsh recitation, "Y Gwcw a'r y Fedwcn," Ho) s; Welsh recitation, "Tobi," Girls; song, "Merry Christmas Bells," Boys and Girh. During the after- noon, Rev. S. O. Tattersall and Mr. Thomas Evans, Gwent House, delivered addresses, and expressed their pleasure at being present, giving a few woids of encouragement to the children. Mr. Houlson con- ducted, and the staff and himself must have worked very hard to bring the juveniles to such a high state uf efficiency. DEATH. WILLIAMS. —Onthe24th inst.,at8, Gellifaelog-terrace, Dowlais, Ellen, the beloved wife of the Rev. J. H. Williams (Brynfardd). Funeral (private) at Pant Cemetery on Saturday.
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THE PLYMOUTH CRISIS. The deplorable continuance of the dispute at Plymouth Collieries is the cause of complaint on the part of tradesmen in Merthyr and district. On Satur- day little or no money was circulated, and a great amount of booking had to be done. The wages bill at Plymouth amounted ordinarily to about £3,000 per week, and the cessation for over a fortnight of the flow of this immense sum is seriously affecting trade in all its branches. On Saturday tradesmen took a less amount of shillings than they have done pounds for many months, and it is to be hoped that the crisis i will be brought to a speedy and amicable settlement. Great poverty exists in certain parts of the district, and in some instances requests have been made by individuals for assistance. On Friday last a meeting of the Council of the Amalgamated Society of Colliery Workmen of South Wales and Monmouthshire was held at the Globe Hotel. The Council sat for the purpose of seeing what steps they could take in order to effect a settle- ment between the Plymouth workflpeh and Mr. Bailey. A telephonic message was despatched ask- ing Mr. Bailey whether he would receive a deputation from the Council, and the response cime as follows —"No. But if a deputation of Plymouth men wish to see me I am willing to receive them." The men's committee declined to take this step because it would be of no use," said one of their number. Mr. Bailey also expressed his willingness to meet a deputation of the workmen on Tuesday, but the offer was again declined by the committee. Whon Messrs. John Evans and Thomas Thomas were in London last week, Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., introduced them to MI. T. W. Russell, the Secretary of the Local Government Board. The tacts of the case were placed before that gentleman, as was also the course adopted by the Council in giving work to the unemployed. The interviewed listened attentively to the case, and promised to send an inspector to Merthyr as soon as a scheme for carrying out any work was prepared. So far, however, no scheme has been prepared. The more prominent ladies and gentlemen of the district, including ministers, have formed themselves into committees, and are doling out relief to the children of the unemployed in the shape of well-made and wholesome soup. On Friday a number of gentle- men attended at the ante-room of the Temperance Hall for the purpose of giving soup to the children who were known to be in need of nourishment. It was an extraordinary spectacle to witness. Outside the doorway hundreds of children swarmed around like bees, and it was aB much as the Rev. J. G. James (who admitted them) could do !'1 p--event the hungry urchins from crush'; :ntothe room en bloc. Hundreds of children enjoyed cd warm food provided for them, several of them exj>r' -ssing a wish that they might take home some soup for theit "little b It Ider." On Saturday a similar sight was wituessed, when Mr. David Jones took upon himself the arduous duty of admitting the children in batches. The members of the Merthyr Children's Relief Committee were inside attending to the wants of the youngsters, and before closing timo" as many as 790 children were entertained. On Sunday afternoon at four o'clock, hundreds of children assembled at the Temperance Hall and par- took of a splendid repast consisting of bread and jam and tea. Mr. William Harris, with his usual genero sity, gave over one thousand currant buns, made at his own bakery. The meal was greatly enjoyed by 860 youngsters, and upon leaving each child was pre- sented with a bun to take home. Among the ladies and gentlemen who assisted were Mrs. Jones (Zion), Mrs. Morgan Morgan (Twynyrodyn), Miss Williams (Messrs. R. Jones & Co.), anumlierof ladies from Hor e Chapel (who kindly attended at the invitation of Mr. David Jones), Mr. William Harris, merchant, Alderman D. Davies, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Daniel Jones, Mrs. Hooper, Mrs. Gitbe, Mrs. Coleman, and others. On Monday about 600 children received soup. The weather was bitterly cold, and the meal was enjoyed by all. Mrs. Griffiths, Star Inn, and Mr. Jenkins (Messrs. Eastman's) very generously prepared and gave the soup. The donors referred to sent about 80 gallons of soup to the hall. The platform had been arranged by Mr. David Jones (from Mr. W. Harris' office), Mr. David Jones, and several colliers, and by the time the children arrived everything was in order. Aid. D. Davies, chairman of the committee Rev. J. G. James, and the Rev. Alfred Hall, were also in attendance, and paid every attention to the youngsters. On Saturday the workmen at Blaina voted J320 towards the relief of the Plymouth men. At the monthly meeting ot the Western District of Miners, held at Swansea on Saturday, it was decided to meetJthe wishes of a deputation from the Plymouth Collieries, and recommend their case (an appeal for assistance) to the various collieries in the district. On Monday morning the principal topic of con- versation was with regard to the rumour that it was likely that the dispute would end either that day or during the week. Mr. David Motgan, as represent- ing the workmen, and Mr. E. Jones, of Varteg, representing the propnetorate, had arranged to confer at Newport, and as both representatives were invested with plenary powers it was thought that there was a probability that they would come to terms. The result of the interview will be found below. It is said that Mr. Bailey might put forward a condition, namely, that the legal proceedings instituted in the High Court of Justice, to which reference was made in last week's Merthjr Times, for the recovery of damages for alleged wrong- ful dismissal, shall be withdrawn. But we are informed that the men are determined to make this a te3t case, the resolution^ so to do having been passed by a large majority of workmen at the Drill Hall meeting. Should Mr. Bailey put forward this con- dition, it is thought the dispute will continue to exist. On Monday, as stated above, Aid. David Morgan and Mr. John Evans visited Newport, and met Mr. Edward Jones, Varteg. After a lengthy interview, no agreement was come to, and the men's representa- tives returned to Merthyr. On Monday afternoon, a meeting of the workmen's committee was held at the Globe Inn, and Mr. David Morgan gave an address upon what passed at the interview. Mr. Robbins presided. Mr. Morgan pre- faced his remarks with a sincere acknowledgment of the many expressions ot sympathy which had been given by the workmen in reference to the bereave- ment he had lately sustained. Proceeding, he said he called Mr. Edward Jones' attention to the paragraph which he had read in Saturday's South Wain Echo and also in the South Wales Daitil Neics that morning, and which, to his (Alderman Morgan's) mind, involved a clear statement that Mr. Bailey had given up the contention that he bad hitherto put forward of having the reduction or allowances, if any, to date from the 1st February. Now, he held that the state- ment in the press involved that Mr. Bailey withdrow his reservation as to date, whoeverthe dispute might go to; and he had nohesitation in saying that that was the light in which the public regarded it. But Mr. Jones suggested that he need not take notice of all that appeared in the papers. Further conversation took place, in which he (Alderman D. Morgan) suggested that after what had appeared in the press the matter might be referred to the Sliding-scale Committee, but although Mr. Jones was an old member of the Sliding- scale Committee, like himself, he (Mr..Jones) refused that reasonable and equitable proposition to settle the matter ("Shame.") Mr. Jones then told him that the Plymouth Company said that they had met the workmen when they were in difficulties with the seam of coal and gave them 3d. i>er ton. The place, according to the diagram he (Mr. Jones) had had, had returned to its normal condition, and that being so, their contention was that it was reasonable now for the3d, to be given up, the men to commence opera- tions upon the standard. His (Alderman Morgan's) reply was that as against the diagram there was the evi- deuce of the workmen. Therefore, asthere wasadispute as to Jie facts, lie thought the men might be per- mitted to go back to work upon the old rates upon the dispute being submitted to the Sliding-scale Com- mittee. Failing that, he suggested Judge Owen as an arbitrator. Whilst Mr. Jones said he had nothing agaiiwt Judge Owen, he reminded Mr. Morgan that Mr. Bailey had said before that this case should not go to arbitration (" Shame "). The speaker asked Mr. Jones how in the world it wns that the Coal- owners' Association rejected arbitration in this case, and had yet permitted arbitration in the Rhondda ? How was it they adopted it in one case and not in the other? "Oh," said he (Mr. Jones)," if Mr. Bailey wishes to have arbitration upon it himself he can do so." Now, they could see by this that the Coal. owners' Association was not a barrier against him (Mr. Bailey) taking arbitration in "this case. He hoped the representative of the press would take note of that, because the reason that had been given against arbitration was that the Coalowners' Associa- tion would not permit it. "Mr. Jones." said he, have you some gentlen i that you would like to suggest to me as an arbitrator between us?" And he (Mr. Jones) replied No." Alderman Morgan, in continuation, explained the offers which Mr. Jones had repeated, and said he told that gentleman in conclusion that whatever settlement they might make, it must he by way of the standard, and not of allowances at all. They also went into the question of the six-feet before he left. Reverting to the press paragraphs, Alderman Morgan said it was possible their cause might be damaged in the eyes of the public if people were allowed to suppose that the question of the date was overcome in buch manner as to leave no hone of contention between them and the employers. Therefore he suggested that in order to clear up the point, a deputation should wait upon Mr. Bailey as to the paragraphs which appeared in tho press. In conclusion, Alder- man Morgan expressed his intention of leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to get justice for the workmen (applause). It was subsequently agreed that Mr. Bailey (who was sitting at the time at the Workhouse Boardroom as chairman of the Waterworks Committee) should be communicated with and asked to meet Alderman Morgan and Mr. John Evans in reference to the matter of the newspaper paragraphs at Bentley's Hotel. Later on the chairman proceeded to the Boardroom at the Workhouse, and we understand that the result of the inquiries nade was that Mr. Bailey could not accede to this request, but that lie was willing to meet a deputation of the workmen, if they desired to see him, at the Plymouth Offices at two o'clock on Tuesday afternoon. At Zion Chapel on Monday, the unemployed Plymouth men received soup tickets for their children. Thin step was taken in order that the kind- ness shown to the distressed should not be abused. In cousequence, the 600 children who enjoyed the souj) on Monday, were those whose parents are out of work. On Tuesday night the committee received from Dowlais the 1;1101 of JS51, exclusive of the South Tunnel Pit, in addition to the JS10 received last Satur- day. J650 has also been received from Merthyr Vale. As a result of the appeal. the South Wales and Mon- mouthshire^ Colliery Workmen's Association have decided to make a levy of Is. per man pei' week, throughout all the collieries. The committee wish to express through our columns their warmest thanks for the liberal responses made by the colliery work- men and the public generally. It appears that a good deal of canvassing for monetary assistance is being carried on in the district by men who have not been deputed to do so by the committee. The money collected by these men is appropriated to their own use, and we are asked to advise the public not to give subscriptiom unless the collector produces a book bearing the official stamp of the workmen's com- mittee. The Plymouth Committee met at the Globe Hotel, on Tuesday, and discussed the state of affairs. Mr. Robbins presided. The proceedings were conducted in private Hearty votes of thanks were passed to the hospitable inhabitants who had so kindly put their hands into their pockets, or assisted in any way to alleviate the distress caused by the dispute. On Tuesday, Mr. Robottom, tamily butcher, Vic- toria-street, very generously gave the soup and the bread. Among those who attended to assist in the distribution were Mr. William Harris, Mr. Hooper, Mrs. Beddoe, and a number of workmen representing the committee. On Wednesday (yesterday) 667 children were enter- tained to a spread of bread and jam and tea. The meal was heartily enjoyed. There were present representing the ladies' committee: Mrs. Peter Williams, Mrs. Beddoe, Mrs. Edmonds and Aid. D. Davies, Mr. William Harris, Mr. Hooper, assisted by the ministers of the town and 18 representatives of the Workmen's Committee. At a meeting of the Council of the Amalgamated Society of Colliery Workmen held at the Globe Hotel, yesterday, it was stated that on Saturday next the society would give J6200 towards the Plymouth men's funds. Yesterday (Wednesday) in resjxinse to an appeal, Mr. V. A. Wills allowed the unemployed men to use his longroom for recreative purposes. Mr. Livsey kindly supplies the coal free of charge, and Mr. Wills has provided games, such as dominoes, See. Mr. Wills has also very kindly given the men the use of his piano. On Thursday a football match will be played between Mr. J. T. Harrap's Team and the Merthyr Team, the proceeds going to the Plymouth men's fund. THE ROYAL WELSH LADIES' CHOIR CONCERT. At the conclusion of the concert given by the Royal Welsh Ladies' Choir on Thursday (held under the auspices of the Merthyr Shop Assistants' Union), Mr. W. Rees, the secretory of the movement, referred to the distress prevalent in the town and district among the families of the unemployed Plymouth men, and suggested that a collection he made in aid of the funds for alleviating the 'destitution.—Mr. T. W. Goodfellow proposed that a collection be made, which was seconded and carried unanimously. Several of the committee then made the collection, which resulted in the sum of £8 being raised. The result was received with applause. A committee was appointed, consisting of Mra. William Harris, Mrs. Beddoe, and Mr. Griffith?, Pencaemawr, and the money handed to them for proper distribution. APPEALING TO THH GUARDIANS. Four of the Plymouth men applied to the Guardians on Saturday for assistance. Their spokesman said they had no wish to insult Mr. Bailey in any way. They had come there because they were destitute.— The Chairman Can you not get work in some other colliery? —Applicant The coalowners will not employ anyone who cannot produce his discharge note.—Mr. T. Morris Is it not a fact that the Plymouth Company is open to employ a certain number of men ?—Chairman Have you tried to get work there?—Applicants: No, the colliers, in mass meeting, have decided we must not go.—Mr. R H. Rhys: Then you cannot come to us.—Mr. J. Edwards explained that these men could not go to work. Two of them were hauliers, and there was nothing for them to do in the pits; the other two were assistant timbermen, and therefore could not take timbermen's duties -On being questioned, the assistant timbermen said they earned 4s. 3d. a day, and the hauliers 3s. 6d. a day.—Mr. Dan Thomas Do you know that, if you are given relief, you will lose your vote ?-Applicants Yes, we are quite aware of that, sir. The applicants were then asked to retire, and the matter was discussed by the Guardians at some length.—Mr. Dan Thomas said there was a lot of timber in the house that required sawing up for firewood, and that, he thought, would provide work for some of the men.—Mr. T. Morris said the work could be done by the inmates, and he objected to the employment of the applicants.—Mr. Dan Thomas suggested that it was a pity to do anything that would pauperise the applicants, and thought, by arrange- ment with the Council, some work might be found for these and a dozen others.—Mr. Councillor Thomas Morris thought it was objectionable for these men to come into the house to mix up with the other people there.—Mr. R. H. Rhys asked Mr. Bailey if his com. pany could provide work for some of the men.—Mr. Bailey replied that they could employ a number of men for repairing operations but the men's com- mittee did not allow anybody to go back to the PItS. Mr. Rhys further asked if the men would be given their discharge notes.—Mr. Bailey answered in tho affii mati ve. —Mr. Dan Thomas said the action of coal- owners in refusing work tc the men without the dis- charge notes was absolutely shameful.—Mr. Augustus Davies said the discharge note rule did not apply to boys under sixteen.—The Rev. Aaron Davies moved that the Board inform the local authorities of the destitution prevailing, asking them to provide work as far as practicable. — Mr D. Daviefi (Merthyr) seconded. They as Guardians should show some amount of humanity, and do all they could to relieve men in actual want. The stoppage at the Plymouth Collieries only affected two or three hundred men in the first instance. — The motion was carried.—Mr. Rhys twitted Mr. Davies with refusing to sign District Council cheques to pay the men employed.— Mr. Davies retorted that it was Mr. Dan Thomas who had refused, not he.—Mr. Dan Thomas said Mr. Davies had given notice to the clerk that he wouldn't sign any more cheques.—This Mr. Davies denied.- Canon Wade moved that the relieving officer be instructed to visit the four applicants for relief, and report to the Board.—Mr. Dan Thomas seconded.- Mr. Rhys said the motion was out of order. It was the men's duty, if they wanted assistance, to go to the relieving officer. He moved tho previous question.—Mr. Thomas Morris seconded.—A division was called for, when thirteen voted for the previous question and twelve for the motion, two remaining neutral, namely Mr. Bailey and Mrs. Margaret William?.—Mr, Dan Thomas I suppose you will leave these people to starve now.—Mr. D. Davies said they could of course still go to the relieving officer if they wished. ANOTHER APPEAL FOR HELP. The Plymouth Workmen's Committee have issued another circular appealing for help, the text of which is as follows:—To the colliery workmen of South Wales and Monmouthshire, and tho public generally, —We are compelled to make a further appeal for your practical sympathy on behalf of the unfortunate workmen who are locked out from the Plymouth Collieries, Merthyr Tydfil. Previous to November last, 1895, our earnings only gave us a bare existence for our wives and families. Our employers in Novem- her demanded a reduction of 20 per cent. We refused the demand, and were consequently locked out for three weeks. After failing to enforce the reduction, we were permitted to return to work. On the 1st of January, 1895, ha\ ing only worked one month, we again received notice to terminate contracts at the end of January. We have made every effort to come to an amieaMe agreement with our employers, but without avail. I urther than this, we have appealed to them to settle the dispute according to the Sliding- scale agreement or by arbitration. This they absolutely refused, therefore our only hope lies in your co-operation to help us to carry out this struggle. The number locked out is between 2,000 and 3,000 employee?, who, with their families, bring the number up to 9,000 Mufferers. We hope that you will extend to us your practical sympathy, so as to enable us to carry out this struggle to a successful end. WHERE THE MEN WORK. Upon inquiry yesterday we were informed that tho men employed by the District Council are taken on in batches of 150 men each, the men being changed twice a week. At present the 150 men are divided. Some of them are repairing the road from the Six Bells, Penrheolgerrig, to the Mount Pleasant, on the top of the mountain others are improving the road at Tymawr making a new road from (iellifaelog to Bryniau, and cutting trenches at Mountain Hare, Twynyrodyn, for the laying of water mains. Tho, cheques for paying the men were signed last week by Alderman David Davies, and we understand that Mr. Davips will continue to sign them in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board. AT THE THEATRE. Mr. Will Smithson, the popular lessee and manager of the Merthyr Theatre and Opera House, takes more than ordinary interest in the welfare of the men out of work. More than once he-has given up the theatre to the men to hold their mass meetings, when, through some cause or other, the men have been in a hole" as to where to meet together. This week Mr. Smithson has kindly offered to give the whole receipts taken at the theatra on Friday night for the benefit of the Plymouth workmen, and we need hardly say that the generous offer was readily accepted by the distressed men and their committee. A special pro- gramme has been arranged, and besides the usual items down for thia week's company, there will bo several "extra turns" of more than usual interest. Mrs. Smithson will appear, as will also Miss Florrie Smithson, the daughter of the lessee, who won such golden opinions in last year's pantomime. The other performers will be Stephen Bailey, who will give an Italian song and dance; Phillip Dyer, Thomas Ward, and Chris. Jenkins, in a triple clog dance, for this night only the Sisters Niagara, who appear upon the stage in large tanks filled with water, and perform several daring feats; the great Kelmar, the king of ventriloquists the eccentric Tooles, Rosie Wynne, Maljel Kessler, tho Cornet Queen Mr. Tom Hill, the Welsh Packman (an amusing character, we should say), Percy Cahill, comedian and Polly Plunkett, serio-comic and dancer. Tickets may be obtained anywhere, and we observe that several ladies and gentlemen of the town have kindly taken upon themselves the work of disposing of tickets. Friday night. Don't forget. MERTHYR CHQRAL SOCIETY. The Merthyr Choral Society intend giving a mis- cellaneous concert at the Drill Hall on Sunday week in aid of the distress fund. Among those who will take part are Miss Eleanor Jones, who has just returned from London after her brilliant success; Madame Miles-Beynon, Miss Beatrice Evans, Miss Sophia Griffiths, Miss Nellie Davies, and Miss Lizzie Williams tenors, Mr. William Jones and Mr. David Jenkins; baps, Mr. Sandford Jones, Mr. David Jones, Mr. Henry Phillips, and Mr. W. K. Jones. The choir will sing two or three sacred choruscs, We predict there will be a very large attendance. GENEROUS DONORS. Yesterday Mr. Hooper supplied us with the follow- ing official statement :— Over 1,100 children are sup- plied with one meal daily at the Temperance Hall, Pentrebach, and Abercanaid centres. The committee have already received the following donations:— Merthyr Ladies' Vssiting Society, JE10 Mr. William Harris, J310 collected by Shop As-istants' Union at concert on Thursday last, £ 8 Mr. W. R. Cohen, £ 1 Is.; Mr. B. Cohen, 10s. 6d.; Jews' Philanthropic Society. lOa. 6d. (weekly contribution); Mrs. R. Levinsohn, 2s. 6d.; Mr. Thomas Jones, Brecon-road, 2s. 6d.; a friend, h; Mrs. J. Williams, Is. Gifts in kind wefe received from the following :—Mr. J. Rich, 24 quarterns of bread Mr. J. Morgan, 51 bs, of toa j Mr. Morgan Morgan, bullock's head Messrs. East- man, Limited, three liaskets of meat for soup. They have promised, per Mr. Jellyman, district manager, three sheep weekly as long as the stoppage of work lasts; Mr. William Harris, 1,100 buns Mrs. Griffiths, Star, and Mrs. Jenkins, butcher, 72 gallons of soup Mr?. Carlyle, 12 quarterns bread Mr. Robottem, butcher, 40 gallons of soup and 14 quar- terns of bread Mr. David Lewis, Cyfarthfa Farm, ><ix gallons milk English and Colonial Meat Company, per Mr. R. Williams, 601 bs. beef; Mrs. Jones, la, William-street, lib. tea and 61 bs. sugar. THE LADIES' COMMITTEE. A special meeting of the Merthyr Ladies' Working Committee was held at the Merthyr and Dowlais Coffee Tavern, Victoria-street, for the purpose of considering the proposal to assist the other ladies and gentlemen of the town in giving relief to the distressed children. Mrs. Hambly, Wheatbrook House, pre. sided, and there was a fair attendance. It was decided that members would be at liberty tD render personal assistance at the soup kitchen at the Tem- perance Hall. It was also decided to subscribe £ 10 from the committee's funds towards the Distressed Children's Fund. Up to the time of going to press last night there was no change in the position of affairs, and no further meetings had been arranged. I-W
THE MERTHYR BOARD AND THE ASSISTANT TEACHERS, A SECRET CIRCULAR. Considerable excitement prevails among the assis- tant teachers of all grades in the employment of the Merthyr School Board consequent on a rumour that has gained currency about a private and confiden- tial" circular issued to the head-teachers of the various schools. The matter has provoked a great deal of dis- cussion, and more will probably be heard of it later on. The contents of the circular are said to be of a nature calculated to grive offenco to the assistant teachers. Certain questions were put to the head- teachers with reference to their staffs. What the questions were it is not known at present, but the assistants have got wind of the matter, and they intend calling attention to it in a meeting of the local brunch of the National U nion of Teachers. The head teacher =, U3 in duty bound, observe the greatest reticence on tho question, and there is much speculation a3 to how the secret leaked out. It is thought by Rome of the assis- tants that the contents of the circular have been mis- understood, and the objectionable nature of the ques- tions exaggerated,
MERTHYR WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. On Tuesday evening, at Beutley's Central Hall, a most enjoyable tea and conversazione, was held under the auspices of the Merthyr and District Women's Liberal Association. The hall had been artistically decorated with plants and costly drapery, kindly lent by Mrs. G. C. James, the president of the association, and Mrs. J. E. Davies, Temple of Fashion. The whole of the arrangements were, left in the hands of a small committee, whose efforts were crowned with success, and who are deserving of the thanks of All who took part in the enjoyable entertainment. They were Mrs. Hooper, Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Eraser, Miss Mary Edwards, The Court, treasurer of the associa- tion Miss Eva Daniel, secretary pro. teni., and Miss Mary Jenkins. A ery sumptuous spread was pro- vided, the menu being supplied by Mrs. G. C. James, who was unavoidably absent; Mrs. William Harris, Mrs. Eraser, Mrs. Hooper, Mrs. Coleman, Mis. Hathren Davies, Cefn Mrs. Arthur Daniel, Troedyrhiw; Miss Mario Edwards, Miss Mary Jenkins, Miss Eva Daniel, and Mrs. J. B. Evans, Dowlais. The proceedings commenced after the style of an "at home," the following assisting at tho various tallies:—Miss Gertie James, Miss Florry Truran, Miss Maud Jenkins, Miss Laura. Michaei, Miss Florrie Williams, Miss Florrie Daniel, and Mr. D. T. George, Mr. Yorwerth, Mr. David Harris, and Mr. Willie Harris. The proceedings were interspersed with singing and misic. Towards the end of the meeting, Miss Eleanor Jones, who has just returned from her brilliai fe success in London, arrived, and we need hardly say that she received a flattering reception. In response to pressing requests. Miss Jones delighted the audienco with two songs (English and Welsh), and received warm encomiums. Among those who sang were Miss Claudia Thomey, A.L.C.M.; Miss Beatrice Evans. R.A.M. (who was encored); Miss Marie Davies, sister of Miss Maggie Davies, of Dowlais, the well-known soprano and Miss Maud Jenkins (" Sunshine and Rain"). Mr. D. T. George and Mr. Fred Davies delighted the audience with their comic songs. Mr. Evans sang in good style, Miss Bentley gave a piano- fo. te solo very artistically, and Miss Daniels and Mr. Evans gave a pretty duet (violin and piano). The accompaniments were ably played by Miss Bentley and Mr. Davies. A hearty vote of thanks to th« artistes was proposed by Miss Daniel, seconded by Mr. Rice, and carried with acclamation and a similar compliment to the ladies who worked so well to mako the affair tho success it proved, was passed, on the proposition of Mr. Ernest Daniel, seconded by Mrs. Emma Williams. The ringing of the National Anthem brought a most enjoyable evening to a close. A word of praise is due to the Ladies' Association for their activity in the cause of Liberalism, and we think that the gentlemen of the town and district should feel jealous at the great success which attends their efforts. J or a long time tho Liberals have remained dormant, while the ladies have been active, and until recently there was no kind of organisation established. It is to be hoped the gentlemen will take a leaf out of the book of the Women's Liberal Association.
CEFN. MORIAH.—A meeting, carried on mainly by the young people, was held at the above chapel on Thurs day evening last. Capital songs weie rendered, and the recitations were excellent. A FAR}rER'¡ Loss. Two valuable horses, belonging to the Jenkinses of Ffrwd Ganol Farm, were, about nine days ago, attacked by influenza in its most violent form, and it spite of the most careful treat- ment both died The owners, we are sure, will receivn the sincere sympathy of their numerous friends in this heavy loss. DEATHS.—A little boy, the son of Mr. Thomas Lewis, Field-street, succumbed last week to typhoid fever. As soon as the doctors discovered the raturc of the complaint, the little fellow was removed to the Merthyr Fever Hospital, where lie died. His remains were interred in the Vaynor Churchyard last Sundav afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of people.—Death has removed another well-known character in Cefn in the person of Evan Rees, collier, High-street. Poor Rees bore a long and must pain- ful illness with the greatest resignation, and all the efforts of his medical advisers were of no avail in alleviating his agonies. He was a most quiet person with a ho.it of friends who deeply mourn his loss. His mortal lemains were burieu on Mondav after- noon, at the Hen Dy Cwrdd burial ground, the Revs. W. B. Griffiths and J. Hathren Davies officiating. The funeral was a very large one.
PENYDARREN. CONVERSAZIONE.—The above affair came off with great success on Thursday evening at the Gellifadog School", a large number being present to partake of the many delicacies which had been provided. The following ladies presided at the tables:—Mrs. Bedford, Mrs. Davies, Russell-street; Mrs. Jones, Rolling Mill ilrs. Rees, Castle-street; the Misses A. Lewis, Penydarren Schools Annie Lewis, Sand-street; Miss Starr, Gellifaelog School, and several others. Th^ second part of the evening was devoted to the follow- ing musical items, the rector (Rev. LI. M. Williams) being in the chair :-Piano solo, Miss Ada Schonhart; song, "A Soldier's Song," Mr. E. B. ol-Niell song, Dearest Hnart," Miss Marie Davies song, Belliu Williams" (encored), Mr. W. Williams violin duet. Miss May Evans and Mr. Scott; song, Killarney, Miss E. Davies song, The Waiter" (eneored), Mr. F. C. Davies, Merthyr song, "Cymru Fydd," Mis i Jane Davies song, Kathleen Mavotirneen, Mr. E. B. O'ISiell song. "Dear Heart," Miss At. J. Williams; song, My Bonnie Lad," Miss M. E. Lewis; song, "Bulls won't Bellow," Mr. Gwilym Jenkins; song, Miss Marie Davies song,"< iood-byt-. Summer," Miss M. J. Williams song, "Love's Old Sweet Song," Miss Edith Davies. Mr. F. C. Davies gave two comic songs in line style, and established himself a firm favourite with the audience. Th" Quarrel Scene from tho" Earl of Warwick was con tributed by the following gentlemen in a splendid manner :—" King," Mr. Leslie Powell "Earl of Warwick," Mr. J. E Samuel; "Suffolk," Mr. Ben Davies. Miss Ada Schonhart accompanied in a verv pleasing manner, and all the soloists aeuuitted them- selves very creditably. It is worthy of -noto that all the provisions were given gratuitously by the members and friends of the choir and Sunday School of tb" Gellifaelog Branch of the Church of England, to whose funds the proceeds of the eoiivet,tvioiie arc to be devoted.
MERTHYR VALE. THE FIRST LAM: -UN Sunday nioruing last wo noticed the first lamb of the season in this neighbour- hood. MEUTHYK VALE COLLIERIES.—These have been working extremely w«H of late, and the output has been very largf. We notice they are utilising the Plymouth etuptica during the stoppage there. MAJOR BEI.I.'S SUCCESSOR No appointment ha = yet been made by Messts. Nixon'1* Company of geiier-il iiiauiger in place of Major Bell. Wlearn that the directors of the company have not met sinro the vacancy occurred, but they will probably meet during thotirst week in March. PERSONAL. -Sergeant-instructor Murphy has been appointed sergoant-major of the Militia Ilt Cardiff where he commences duty on the last day of March, He is a most intelligent and competent officer, and his Merthyr Vale friends of all sections will miss him very much. He was immensely popular with th', Volunteers, aud highly respected by his fellow-towns- men generally. He carries with him to Cardiff tho most cordial good wishes of all. t TREDEGAR. THE TI;I;1)E«:AR TOWN BAND are feady to receive Engagements for Club Feasts, Fetes and Galas, &c. Terms moderate.—Apply, Secretary, Town Band, RiVXT row, Tredegar. C. J. PRICE, grocer, Tredegar and Britlidir, receive'! weekly supplies of finest Wiltshire Bacon, Cheddar, Gorgouzola and other prime cheese. Butter shipped weekly. Agent for Rogers' celebrated AK Ales and Stouts, Kinimond's high-class Table Waters, W. aud A. Gil'iey's Wines aud Spirits, [3013
FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS. By SPECTATOR. An unfortunate incident occurred at Merthyr on Saturday, which ended in two matches being abandoned. It appears that the Merthyr 1st XV. had arranged to play Crumlin on the latter'* ground. The team was to have started with the 12.35 Rhymney train, but up to the time the train started only eiprht players had made their appearance at the railway station. The captain decided that ho would not go with such a small number, and it was agreed that the missing members of the team should be looked up, so as to proceed to Beaufort with the 1.5 p.m. L. and N.W. Railway train. From Ebbw Vale they could get to Crumlin. At one o'clock only 13 men put in an appearance, and it was decided to abandon the match, write the circumstances to the Crumlin team, and fix another date. On the same day the Crumlin 2nd XV. came to Merthyr to play the home Second Team. Upon the above facts being out before the Crumlin 2nds, the latter refused to play the fixture unless the Merthyr team guaranteed them jB2. The Merthyr 2nds said, If you don't play this fixture we shall consider that the Merthyr lsts are under no obligation on account of to-day's occurrence." The Merthyr men further said that the Crumlin men had better allow the match to proceed, and let the 1st teams settle their own case. But the Crumlin men would not play. The home team were not to bo done, so they buckled to and had a scratch game between them- selves, and a very interesting game was witnessed. I do not offer any comment upon the tactic." adopted by the Crumlin 2nds. But it appears that the Merthyr lsts were rather carfless in disobeying the terms of their fixture, and it is to be regretted that the full team did not put in an appearance at the rai'way station. Though what this has to do with the 2ud'e arrangements I am at a loss to understand. WHITE STARS v. ABERCANAID.—Played on the ground of the former and ended in a win for the St irs by two goals (one dropped), one try to nil. The scorers were J. Collins (two tt:M\ W. Isaacs (dropped goaP, and D. H. Evans converted. DOWLAIS HARLEQUINS v. WHITE STARS 2NDS.— Played on the Stirs' gronnd on Saturday, and ended in a draw, neither side scoring. HARLEQUINS v. T, LORSTOWN. — At Caesmith on Saturday in fine football weather, and before a good crowd of spectators, the Aberdare Harlequins played the Tylorstown Football Club. At the start it looked as if the visitors were going to make mincemeat of the homesters but ere the game was very old the Harlequins buckled to and showed their superiority. Tylorstown were the first to score with a penalty goal. D. Giles and J. Allen scored a couple of tries each for the Harlequins, two of which were converted. Final score: Harlequins, 2 goals, 2 tries, 1 minor Tylorstown, one penalty goal and a minor. The Harlequins have a capital record for a junior team. They have won most, if not all, of the matches they have played this season. TREIIARRRIS v. ST. PAUL'S, CARDHF.—Played at Treharris, and ended in a win for the St. Paul's by 1 try 1 minor to 3 minors. Treharris were short of their two best forwards. A very exciting game was played, both sides pressing in turns. MOUNTAIN ASII v. PONTYPRIDD. — League match, played at Mountain Ash on Saturday. Mountain Ash is now at the top of the League, while Ponty- pridd is well up. Half-time score Mountain A"h, one try Pontypridd, nil final score. Mountain Ash, one goal, two tries, and four minors Pontypridd, nil. ASSOCIATION. The Aberdare Rangers won both of their last week's matches. They defeated both Treharris White Stars and Nelson A. In the match with Nelson the Rangers ought to have piled up a bigger score than they did, as they had the upper hand thioughout the game. The Rangers will play the return match with Nelson at -Nel.,ion on Saturday. They are also fix- tured to play Treharris Thursday Team. The Aberdare Town Team easily beat St. Mar- garet's on Saturday. At half time the Caidiffians were leading, but so energetically did Aberdare play in the List half that they turned the tables and won by 3 to 2. The supporters of the Aberdare team complain of the decisions of the referee, and maintain that one of the goals allowed St. Margaret's was a very doubtful one. „ Itto read the notes of the match in the Cardiff papers. If St. Margaret's had won there would have been the usual soap but inasmuch as Sweet Berdar won there is none of that article. A good deal is heard of the Ebbw Yale "socy" team this season. According to all accounts they are doing very well. Cannot a match be arranged between the Valians and Aberdare It would prove an interesting game. On Saturday Ebbw Vale beat Treharris by a goal to uil. —— ABERDARE V ST. MARGARET'S.—A good deal of interest was taken in the above match, which was played on St. Margaret's Ground. Roath Park, in the presence of several hundred spectators. The teams r ii i Allows :—Aberdare Goal, B. Morris full backs, W. Sydney and F. Deacon half-backs, r..1. Caldicott, H. Jones, W. Sydney; forwards, right wing, J. E. Thomas, A. Morris left win?, D. Rees and A. Jones (captain); centre, J. Thomas. —St. Margaret's: Goal, H. Giles; full backs, If. Nell and Kempson; half-backs, P. Becker, W. H. Ramsdale and Mclntyre forwards, C. Herbert, r • Rov. W. H. Crichton, H. Bain (captain), and T. Holtham. The referee was Mr. Walter Ihomas. Aberdare went down short, and a substitute had to bo found on the field to play at half- hack. St. Margaret's kicked off. Fast and exciting p.ay followed, and Rev. W. L1. Crichton scored number one for St. Margaret' Shortly after the same played banged the leather through again. This put the Aberdarians on their mettle, and the forwards by means of capital combination, took the ball to St. Margarets territory, and J. E. Thomas sent in a clinking shot which did its duty. Half-time score St. Margaret's, 2 goals; Aberdare, one goal. On resumption of play, Aberdare settled down to bnsi- nesy, and D. Rees missed a good chance to centre, slipping when lie approached the leather. St. Margarets broke away after this, but failed to pene- trate the defence offered. Aberdare once more got into their stride and rushed their second goal, thus equalising matters. Both teams now exerted them- selves to the utmost to bring about the winning point. Aberdare pressed, and A. Morris sent in a good 'un, which missed by a yard. St. Margaret's several times came within reach, but failed at the critical moment through the sound defence of Aberdare. Despite all the efforts of the homesters, they failed to do the trick. After some good combination amongst the Aberdare forwards, D. Rees got possession and sent in a lovely shot, which gave Giles no chance. both ends of the field were after this visited by the players, but there was no further scoring. Final lesult: Aberdare, 3 goals; St. Margaret's, 2 goals. ABERDARE RANGERS Y. TREHARRIS WHITE STARS. JT 'Jcrdaro on Thursday before a *mnll attendance. I'he Rangers were far too yood for the N.ari<. J. Franci.-t was the firlit to do the trick, and Wylde followed suit. Rees James put on a third, Wylde scored another, and Reps James and Francis again registered one each. The Rangers showed lniproved combination. The final score was: Rangers, 6 goals White Stars, 1 goal. The follow- ing composed the teams :—Aberdare Rangers Goal, i itV Vil,na 5 full-backs, D. Jones and Frank Hand "ley; half-backs, C. Wiltshire, R. Jones and G, Williams forwards, right-wing, B. Bowles and Francis left- wing, Wylde and D. Williams centre, Rees James. Treharris White Stars: Goal, D. W. Jones; full- backs, W. Hughes and D. John; half-backs, E. Thomas, R. Neville and H. Davies forwards, right- wmg. H. Davies and Da vies: left-wing, N. Edwards and W. J. Nicholas centre, W. T. Davies. ABERDARE RANGERS v. NELSON A.—Played at Aberdare Park on Saturday l>efore a fair attendance. The result was Rangers, 2 goals Nelson A, one. The Rangers ought to have made a bigger score. Several good chances were lost through faulty shoot- 'nR- The following composed the Rangers:—Goal, SidEvans; full-backs, D. Jones and II. Francis; half-backs, D. Jones, R. Jones, and F. Handley forwards, right-wing, "Tylde and I. Jones left-wing. J. Irancis and Beynon centre, B. Bowles.
MUSICAL GOSSIP. Mr. Eben Powell. Aberdare, was one of the artistes who sang at the grand three days' bazaar held at Neath last week. Mr. Powell had a good reception. Aberaman Primitive Methodist Choir are busily I rehearsing" Starry Throne" and" Glory to God." Mr. Gomer Watkins is the conductor. The choir has a membership of about 100. Miss Eleanor Jones, and Miss Rosina Beynon, both of Merthyr, have won scholarships at the Royal Col- lege of Music. They are to be most heartily con- gratulated on their success. There is a brilliant future in store for the two vocalists. The Ladies' Choir concert at Merthyr was a magni- ficent success in every respect. The attendance far exceeded the most sanguine expectations, and the singing was a rare treat. The next musical event looked forward to at ) Merthyr is the visit of the Treorky Male Voire Party. The prospects are reassuring. I can only hope the attendance will be worthy of the music. Gwyn Alaw, the famous tenor, and Ap Howell Cynon, a well-known singer from Aberaman, have joined the Swis? Choir, and will go on tour with that well-known combination. < The performance of the cantata, Yr Ysgol," by the Soar Choir, Cwmaman, was so good that a second performance had to be given. Mr. Dan Owen, the conductor of the choir, is to be congratulated. The Merthyr Orpheus Society are getting on very satisfactorily with the War Horse," the glee for competition at Mountain Ash on Easter Monday next. Their next rehearsal will be held at Adulani Vestry on Sunday next at 4.30 sharp. Mr. Tom Price is engaged on a choral requiem in honour of the late Lord Aberdare. It consists of three or four movements, the first of which has been completed. Those who have seen the score speak in verv high terms of the work, which is unique in style and thoroughly new. Mr. Price's Llewelyn einllyw ola," which was reviewed in these columns on its appearance, has been chosen by the Newport National Committee as a test piece for the male voice competi- tion. This was the only piece in the programme oil which the committee were absolutely unanimous. That the two chief scholarships of the R.C.M. should have come to Met thyr in the same year issomething to be proud of. Over 500 candidates competed, and of thesf 166 were in the final contest. Miss Eleanor Jones' name came out first, and Miss Rosina Beynon's second, both ladies seeming scholarships for three years. Would it not be well to organise one grand complimentary concert for the two ? I am sure all local musicians would render assistance with the greatest readiness, and that the event would be an unprecedented success. The Merthyr end Dowlais Choirs would also, I feel confident, join hands in one common effort.