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THE PLYMOUTH CRISIS. On Thursday a. good gate" was attracted to Penydarren Purk to witness a football match between Mr. J. T. Harrap's team and Merthyr Thursday team. The gate-money was handed to the treasurer of the Plymouth Workmen's Distress Fund. The match, which was a very close and well-contested one, resulted in a win for the Thursday team by a penalty goal (dropped) to nil. Mr. Harrap's team played a splendid game, and at several points had hard lines in not scoring. Mr. Harrap deserves great credit for getting up the match for such a deserving cause. AT THE THEATRE. On Friday night, as was announced in our last issue, Mr. Will Smithson, the lessee and manager of the Theatre, gave a benefit" to the Plymouth men. Tickets were taken up very readily by the workmen and artisans of the town, and many persons purchased tickets, though they were unable to attend. Towards the close of the performance, Mr,. Smithson appeared in front of the drop scene, and was loudly applauded. He announced the fact that the proceeds amounted to jB52 6s. The demonstration of appreciation which followed lasted for some minutes, "three cheers" being accorded the generous lessee over and over again. —Mr. John Davies (a member of the Workmen's Committee) proposed, and Councillor John Evans (secretary) seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Smithson and to the artistes who took part in the performance.—The vote was carried with loud accla- mation, and Mr. Smithson returned thanks on behalf of Mrs. and Miss Smithson and the rest of the com- pany. A cheque for the amount named has since been handed over to the Workmen's Committee. ABERCANAID SOUP KITCHEN. About 500 children are given a dinner daily at the Pentrebach and Abercanaid soup kitchens. The appeal of the committee for assistance has been very generously responded to by tradesmen and others. Mr. Henry Watkin Lewis, in addition to the dona- tion of L25 contributed to the Distress Fund, gave sufficient material to keep the soup kitchens going for almost a whole week. Mr. T. W. Lewi3 and Miss Lewis, Abercanaid House, have also sent in contribu- tions in money and in kind. The Merthyr soup kitchen committee gave £ 5, and the Troedyrhiw com- mittee JB2. Mr. Arthur Daniel and Mr. Charles Price also sent parcels of provisions. Mr. W. Harris, of Merthyr, contributed 500 buns, and Mr. T. Rich, Plymouth-road, the same number. The committee desire to thank all for their sympathy and kindness. On Thursday, Friday and Satu-'oy the children of the Plymouth u v-v v.oyed ait-iicled at the Tem- perance Hall, Su. ivr, and at A'xn-canaid and Troedyrhiw, and wt i • ^'i ven the usual meal of soup. Upwards of 700 per day were relieved by this meam. On Saturday the men attended at St. David's Schoolrooms and other centres for the purpose of receiving a share of tho money subscribed by the various collieries, and the money received from other sources. About £ 400 of the money raised, including the JB200 contributed by the Amalgamated Society of Colliery Workers, was distributed. The money was divided in a manner that was thought best under the circumstances, and each man received 5s., and each hov 2s. 6d. It need hardly be said that this sum barely sufficed to pay for the goods that are necessary to keep body and soul together. Business was not at all brisk the latter part of the week, and tradesmen and others complain very bitterly. In one shop on Saturday a tradesman took only one shilling. For the past three years the same tradesman can show that his Saturday's takings have not been below £ 4. Mr. Rice, who is in charge of the Brecon-road Mis- sion, gave a breakfast to a number of Plymouth children on Sunday morning. On Sunday hundreds of children attended at the Temperance Hall, and were given a splendid tea, con- sisting of bread and jam and tea and cake. Messrs. 'i, W. Howfield and Son, confectioners, generously gave 1401bs. of currant cake, which was very much enjoyed. Upon leaving the hall each child was presented with a large lump of cake. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the children were again given soup, many of the distressed mothers also attending. Among those who assisted in helping the youngsters to enjoy their meals were Mrs. William Harris, Mrs. Beddoe, Mrs. Jones (Zion), Mrs. Hooper, Mrs. Jones (William- street), Mrs. Coleman, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Robottom, Mr. William Harris, Rev. J. G. James, Mr. Hooper, Mrs. Edmonds, sen., Mrs. John. Mrs. Nicholas (William-street), Miss Coomhes (evangelist, Market- square Mission), Mr. Kemp (Central Schools), most of the ministers of the town, and a large number of workmen. The Pontmorlais Welsh C.M. Church has sent the sum of £2 to the fund. At a meeting of the members of the Merthyr Printers and Bookbinders Provident Fund held at the Globe Hotel, on Friday night, Mr. W. G. Rees presiding, it was unanimously agreed to contribute one guinea to the Merthyr Distressed Children's Funl. On Sunday evening next a sacred concert will be held in the Drill Hall in aid of the distress fund, and a special collection will be taken at tl-e Pontmorlais Wesley Chapel for the benefit of the soup kitchen fund. At Morlais Chapel, on Thursday week (the 12th), a. threepenny reading is to be given towards the same object. AT THE COUNCIL. At the ordinary meeting of the Merthyr Council yesterday, Mr. T. H. Bailey in the chair, the Sur- veyor, in the course of his report, said Referring to your instructions for the employment of workmen from the Plymouth Collieries, we have started the fifth relay of men this morning, being the commence- ment of the third week. With the exception of cut- ting a pipe trench for the renewal of water mains, their work has consisted chiefly of repairs of roads and the formation of the road between Gellifaelog and Bryniau-road. I shall be pleased to have further instructions as to the number of men to be employed. -The Chairman said he would like to point out that the employment of the men was irregular. He told the deputation when they appeared l>efore the Council that they should first of all apply to the Guardians, and that body could then communicate with the Council. That had not been done. He had heard that some of the men who were employed by the Council had deposited accounts in the Post Office Savings Bank.—Mr. John Lewis said he did not know where Mr. Bailey got his information with regard to the men having banking account". He was positive that he knew the larger portion of the Plymouth men, and those who had a little money had not been em- ployed. He must say, and to the credit of those men, that they had not applied for work, neither had they come to the committee for aid. -The Chairman You cannot possibly know who ha3 and who has not got a banking account.—Mr. Tohii Ex-ans Then how d j you know, Mr. Chairman ?—The Chairman I have heard it.—Mr. John Evans said ho was proud of the fact that the men employed by the Council, according to the surveyor's word, did a fair day's work; they worked better than the Council's own workmen.—Mr. Wills referred to the deputation which appeared before the Board of Guardians, and the Chairman again said the Council were spending money illegally. — Mr. J. Evans: And yo:i are spending money illegally upon the Penydarren improvement.—Mr. Wills We have not started it yet.—Mr. T. Thomas There is nothing to prevent the work being started.—Mr. Evan Lewis Where does the money come from now to pay the men ?—The Clerk Out of the rates.—Mr. E. Lewis Who signs the cheques ?-The Clerk Mr. David M. The money comes out of the current rate.- Mr. Thomas said lie did not wish to dispute the opini In of the clerk, but could not the Council arrange with the Board of Guardians so as to make the work legal V --In reply to Mr. John Lewis, the Clerk said there wa- no rule restricting the number of workmen employed by the Board, but as he had before uointed out the surveyor IKVI made an estimate.—On the pro- position of Mr. J. Evans, seconded by Mr Thomas Thomas, it was agreed by nine votes to three that the Council continue to employ the same number of men.—Mr. J. Lewis referred to the men placed on the road leading from Gwaunfarren, and said it was a shame that the screw should be brought upon them to prevent the Council carrying out public improvements on that road.—It was agreed that the clerk and surveyor report as to whether the road was a public or private thoroughfare. We have received a list of subscriptions and dona- tions to the soup kitchen fund, which we hope to publish next week. This (Thursday) morning a mass meeting of the men will be held at the Theatre Royal, kindly lent by Mr. Smithson, when Mr. David Morgan and others will speak. No settlement has been arrived at, and the position remains unchanged.