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O^Our reporter for Aberdare, Hit wain, Aberatnan, AIr ^^th, Trecynon. Cwmaman, and Cwmdare is wL- Lewis, 11, Upper Regent-street, Aberdare, aHv P'eased to be notified of meetings, held in ^'erit ove P^aceB' an'J a's0 to receive advertise- BKST AND CHOICEST CICAHS are sold by i W,en> °f Merthyr, who has taken over Mr. Ht p G s w^°^uale and retail tobacco and cigar business ^h^ttroereial-placo, A))erdare. Good Cigar, five or PiicM ^°l Tobaccos are sold at moderate Walking -sticks, Pouches, Cigar and Cigarette fir* °' a hundred different kinds, Fancy a*cl AT a"d other useful articles, suitable for Christmas •Cftn. w Year's Presents. Don't forget" to give a call, ^"iiercial-place, Aberdare. T3096 8ENFAJRCH LADS' BRIGADE.—Major Heaton has pre- four rifles to be above brigade Mr. Churchill, ^aine> and Oxenham, have also given one (JR?R!ZE DRAWING.—On Monday, March 2nd, a prize «*'«»* was held at the Vestry of Bethel Cha[)el for (jr of Henry Mills, 6, Graig-street. The rn Proved a successful one. Abe hBBRMen',s ^i0nnE—:l re°Pnt meeting of the .H p *r.e Timbermen's Lodge, it was decided to send C<ivntribution of five guineas to the Plymouth fliers' Distress Fund. 1^0 ^OIIAX OF No IMPORTANCE.—A first-class VarJ°n company, under the conductorship of Mr. thnv' 'formed A Woman of No Importance at an(i Theatre on Tuesday and q,¡nesdav l\i J^-ARKJage—^ marriage t?ok place at Bethel J^r '1,; Chapel recently. The contracting parties weie Ann t- n Jones, Mary-street, and Miss Elizabeth (T\v' iTS, 'Card i ff-road. The Rev. R. E. Williams S'jfvw. officiated. We unite in wishing them every Jfess ail(j prosperity. S„njlA ATI°N A KMT.—Special meetings were held on of and Monday, in connection with the local branch aoove. There were some special "officers' ''Otis (he occasi on. There were good congrega- !neet'nnsv fnd the people greatly appre- *"e stirring addresses that were delivered. —At this place of worship on Sunday Cent; Llewellyn, of Aberaman, gave a magnifi- tÏ9n endltlOn of "Om Pro Nobis. We may men- ,afc Miss Llewellyn will be the principal soloist hv U.6 I^thconiing performance of Lord of Gold ytheTrinity Choir. MISSION.—It has been decided to hold a .KZ*die in aid of the funds of the abovo mission. 's doing much good work amongst the "tlie m■ Poor- We understand that Mr. Clayton, kijifj .lssi°ner, will receive contributions in money or tor the sale. — Wednesday, March 4th, a partin g place at Siloa Chapel, the contracting d £ r r? l>e'n? Miss Annie Davies, IS'ary- itreet, and j"Evans, Gadlys. The Rev. D. Silyn Evans PenTy* We wish the young couple every pros- ^reHREI) CONX'EKT.—The Kenti cky Minstrels gave a Pfocrr r''on(''ert at the Empire on tsuuday night. The Pr;~u,ail?,n3e opened with an overture, March of the ISdwn i Tby the ,xind- Mr. H. Lloyd (brother to Mr. Of ii .r5* Lloyd, England's greatest tenor) sang Stir "Spirif»» There was also a trio, God is a and other sacred selections. ,*U>r>f/iTRV'—The annual vestry for the election of Th"1**3 on the Aberdare Burial Board was held on l)rt> 'jay at the vestrv-room, when Mr. T. Thomas Win- The following were elected :—Revs. R. E. The \^enr_y Jones, and Mr. D. P. Davies, J.P. following were elected auditors ;—Mr. W. F. itt,n^ and Mr. D. M. Richards. R. ~AJ>'KROPTCV COURT.—At the Alierdare Bank- th Court on Monday, before Registrar Williams, a'le^'n'nations of Rhys Jones, Francis Thomas, Elia's_ Leac'i, collier, Trecv non, were closed. I 1 examinations of William Pinkney Vaughan K)ot and shoe maker David Powell, and William j' Rowlands were adjourned to April 13th.. AGRICULTURAL SHOW. — The projects OP N aC7* T Agncultm-'11 Show, to be held .t .Abe^are ,n the summer are very ro,y. Mr. D Tudor ^efShwi ^enei'^t^ loca' secretary, has received grr, )Scriptions towards the expenses r"1 rlioI!las J^ewis, Bart., £ 50 Taff Vale M.V yC°mPany, 15 guineas; Mr. D. A. Thomas, ''Onx 'n :£5. e are mtormed that the local subsorip- ftie corning in well. L,CT LKCTUKEH.—The secoi d of a seiies of •Tenl/as 0X1 "Church History "was given at the Bowen- The,.1,ls ^eniorial Hall on Wednesday in last week. *vas ? W58 a n°o<3 attendance. The lecture, which ^s'n> treated upon the Reformation. The follo, ?ave a most interesting resume, which was audience with rapt attention. The ^UreP c°njmenced with the singing of "The ;I°n^ 1 \one Foundation and prayer by Mr. J. W. I'WratpH K niay also mention that the lecture was W y nieans of a magic lantern, kindly lent and Mr«. Thomas, Brynawel. Of thV''KAY0I0E FAUTY. —At a meeting of the niembirs £ *5 der.i^l'fare Mal« Voice Par*' on Thursday, it ^atrv V' 40 enter f°r male voice competition at on E;vster Monday. Some of the V,ere 'n favour of entering for the male voice Uvn. J at Mountain Ash but the majority were .is the „ of going to Barry. The test piece at Barry ate c eVfi,rgreen "Destruction of Gaza." The party » ^fUstv making a good show under their liJelijI °nductor, M''> D. Phillips. There is also a 4ftddfod° -i0^ t'1.6 Party entering for Brynmawr Eis- >, 'Ve wish them every success. TIIEATIU:. — At this theatre this wetk Of •• .,r houses assemble to witness the performance 00111 Ink Dominoes by Miss Einma Hutchison's fr^m the Comedy Theatre, London. The actej I. !.¡I1 of go and exceedingly well staged and evep-i' In fact the company is one of the best that has at Aberdare. The comedy is full of witty, brilliant, dialogue, and interest is from the commencement to the enc. e ■innir"1- the enterprising management of the t^eir \i,n Pl0viding such excellent programmes for real tt(frVer^are patrons. Those who want to see a thjs thing should not omit going to the Empire G VERS. — A meeting of the Loyal Rebecca J ^tonri Gardeners was held at the Eagle Inn on 'fcitia^j night. The following gentlemen weie HjM, ^5? honorary members Mr. L. N. Williams StahU. °nstable; Mr. D. Williams, ex-High Con. 0^^ ^ev. B. Evans, pastor of Gadlyi Baptist Mr. Thomas, watchmaker. Ali th • adva, men in question made speeches referiing to the "v?68 °f the society and wishing it. every tic- Alft" rt r. Whitty Evans, auctioneer, the treasurer, f»df| j. Fvans, and T. Lloyd also spoke. We may alt|j0the lodge has a membership of over 100, 'ftonfk ^as °nly been established some twelve hs. The secretary is Bro. W. E. Gregory. 'AUE"MERTHYR COLLIERIES.—Great distress Collje'. ln consequence the stoppage of the alove ^°UdrieS' 'Jl,t there is now a silver lininsf to the dark fe-sta' and the possibilities of the collieries being *11 afr7,d are now very bright. We understand that th landlords interested in the collieries have JlUfj i e proprietors in a very magnanimous manner, prar>f;ave conceded such liberal terms as to make it re-^ly certain that the two collieries will be i»Hc,r at an early date. In order io allow those Sf>c~ ^ted to make the necessary arrangements for the furo'"?> of the additional capital required for the development of the collieries oy the re-con- of the company, or otherwise, the liquidator *>oth*Ir,,y> decided to keep the collieries open for l»'ov rtr Week- Seeing that over 1,100 men were em- \»eel! a'i t'le collierie*1 prior to the stoppage ten to h.^ a £ °> this will be very gratifying news, not only ras,j nien engaged at the colliery, but also to all the <Ure of Aberdare, Hiiwain, Trecynon, and Cwm- "hose gentlemen who have found room, as far thj.Q. ? P°ssiile, ii: theirrespecti ve collieries for the men Gec A n out of employment are to be greatly commended. the distress was greatly alleviated in conse- of fuCe^ gentlemen in question are the managers pro Colliery, Mr. James Lewis, J.P., the of the Alternant Collieries, the managers Iiarfe '-Tower Colliery, Hirwain, and Sir W. T. Lewis,- •» °n behalf of the Marquis of Bute. "ntf'fERTAIN*1IEST--A mewt pleasant and successful Tl).1r.nment Was held at St. David's Hall on I'I-PJI ay night, in connection with St. David's Jt0j ^"terian Church Sunday School. The Rev. J. M.A., pastor of the church, presided, "Het> nlade a few appropriate opening remarks. Mr. Pay'(js afterwards gave a pleasing pianoforte 'CauW violin o1)ligato by Mr. Davies. Mr. Alec vvon much ajiplause for his song, "Solomon H,,J Mr. Davies gave a nice \iolin solo, <ieri S James, Monk-street, gave a sweet ren- Propl!? a soup:. The remainder of the I»renatame e°u«'sted of the performance of a very jlaj PJece, called Santa Claus." The platform Cjj well appointed and lighted up. A large at. tree was placed in a conspicuous position, the "auta Claus (Mr. Alee Cameron) distributed tad- with which the tree was to all the Sunday School children. <l,'ta Clans," who was in costume, per- t'hW bis duties in a very able manner, f3 leading characters were also well sustained j.oilow-s, all beitiEr attired in picturesque costumes itp 1MUs Handley, High street "Mirth," *« r' -t* Macdonald Peace," Miss Annie Davies ''p°Ne> Miss E. Davif-s Jojr," Miss Lewis Des^"itent1''Miss Macdonald. (iadlys-terrace:" Happi- M. Th'omas, Clifton-street. The minor s ^'ere also nicely sustained by Jessie Ross, Bessie 4|,d T aPeters, Stuart Cameron, Bjertie Stewart, tiVe laeinto* There were also some very efi'ec- h dselectlrms by a chorus of children. Great praise to Mr. Davies, Temperance Hotel, for the nnri 0er in wliich he had trained the children to sinp, due to Misi1; llastie and Miss E. <.|,ijJ0H for the m ti which they had trained the • xjf tf, r<3ri to pert'tn m their various parts. The proceeds iibra e"lei'la",mei- ,,v-ru in aid of the Sunday School --> FODIlI DEAD.—On Tuesday, March 2nd, the dead body of Evan Jones, 9, Wind-street, Hirwain, was found near the Black Horse, Penywain, Aberdare. The deceased had been drinking heavily at Aberdare, and evidently lost his way and fell-over the screen at Rhydywaun Colliery to the railway below, where his dead body was found, as already reported. The deceased's wife died at Neath some two years ago of heart disease. REVIVAL MEETINGS. — The revival meetings held throughout last week at the Welsh Wesleyan Church have proved very successful. On Thursday afternoon a large congregation assembled to hear an English address by Mrs. Evans, wife of the renowned Egl-.vysbach." Mrs. Evans has a very attractive style of delivery. On Thursday night the Rev. John Evans preached on Friday night, Rev. Evan Isaac, Penygraig and on Saturday the Rev. T. Rowlands, Hirwain. On Sunday, morning and evening, the Rev. T. Jones, pastor, preached. THE REPENT EISTEDDFOD.—We are very sorry to state that the eisteddfod held at Allerdare on Mabon's Day was a financial failure, and the committee have a balance of something like J315 on the wrong side. It would have been much more had not some friends shown a little magnanimity. The conductors of the three male voice parties subscribed 10s. each, \ï7., Mr. Phillips, Aberdare; Mr. Davies, Cwmaman and Air. Evans, Robertstown. Mr. G. M. Evans also gave 10s., and Mr. J. W. Evans, solicitor, a guinea. And the Salem Choir who were awarded the chief choral prize, remitted £5 of the money to the committee. THE NEW RELIEVING OFFICER.—We quote the following from the Bttilwa>r Review :—"Mr. 1.1. Richards, who is a member of the Aberdare Branch of the A.S.R.S., and was delegate to the Newport A.G.M., has just been elected by the Merthyr Board of Guardians to the post of relieving officer. This appointment is very popular with the railway men of the district, who are proud that one of their number a goods guard—has been selected. Mr. Richards is a man of stilling worth, and will, we have no doubt, prove a faithful public servant, as he possesses both good judgment and active sympathy, eaoh quality being required in the discharge of his important duties. RUNNING AT ABERDARE.—On Monday an athlete, who goes by the name of the "Norfolk Spider," under- took to run from Aberdare to Mountain Ash within an hour. He started from the Belle Vue in the pre- sence of a small knot of spectators, and reached Mountain Ash in good time. He started back for Aberdare in a drizzle of rain, and reached that town within an hour from starting. He thus covered n miles in the hour. The runner says that he can cover 12 miles in an hour, but this statement is challenged by several well-known athletes. Our representative saw Mr. J. Sheen, of the Athletes' Home, Aberdare. This well-known athlete, the hero or many a racing contest, told the reporter that he was ready to pay "the Snider" £20 if he could cover 12 miles within the hour on any track in England or Wales. Mr Sheen said that he was prepared to make that chal- lenge in the Mrrthi/r Tihies. He would never believe that "the Spider" could cover 12 miles in an hour, and although the Spider had shown i disposition last week to accept the challenge, he (Mr. Sheen) had heard nothing from him since. In the event of the Spider" taking up the challenge, he (" the Spider") would be required to pay expenses. CycLfXH. Tom Linton, of Aberdare, says a sport- ing journalist, is a striking instance of what pluck and conscientious training will do for a man. He has specialised himself over 50 kilometres, and his failure." to win in the past, though he has invariably run into second or third position, have been due to the fact that most of the races organised have been either too long or too short for him. On Sunday week he took part in a race over his favourite distance and acquit- ted himself in a remarkable manner. His chief com- petitors were Lesna, Lumsden, and Bauge, a young medium-distance rider who has awakened great hopes among the French. Bauge cut out a pace for a few kilometres, and then Lesna went to the front, and for a long time there was an intensely-interesting struggle between Lesna and Linton. The Aberdare man even- tually got ahead and went away from Lesna, who seemed on the point of cracking up after the hard fisfht. In the meantime Lumsden passed Bauge, who was thus in the fourth position. At the end of 20 minutes or so Linton was half a lap ahead of Lesna, and had already lapped Lumsden and Bauge two or three times. He tried hard to lap Lesna and would have easily done so had he been prouerly paced. Now and then his pacemakers brought him up to within 100 yards of Lesna. At one time Linton got within the records, and would have certainly beaten the world's records for the hour and 50 kilometres had his pacemakers only done their duty. Linton won the race in excellent time. The French are so disap- pointed with Bailee's performance that they have matched him with Linton, and the race is to come off in a few weeks' time.
DOMESTIC INFELICITY AT ABERDARE. At Aberdare Police-court on Tuesday, Elizabeth lioss, a respectably-dressed woman, summoned her husband, Jarnes Ross, formerly a brewer in the employ of the Abergwawr Brewery, for non-main- tenance, and applied for a separation order.—Mr. Kenshole, Aberdare, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. J. W. Evans for the defendant. Elizabeth Ross said that she had been married twice there were two daughters of the first marriage. She was married to her present husband in 1831, but there were no children of this marriage. Her husband (the defendant) treated her very badly, and, in conse- quence of his treatment, she and her two daughters had to leave him. She went to live with her son at Pontypridd. Defendant, when he found out where she had gone, followed her and obtained work at Pontypridd. He came to see her, and asked her to go and live with him again. He promised her that he would behavo better to her in the future if she would do so. She ultimately consented, and they went to live together at Aberaman. He treated her alright for a time; but he resorted to his previous conduct, and ill-treated her again. In consequence of his ill- treatment she had to* leave the house, together with her daughters, on several occasions. On one occasion he made her lea\e her bed at one o'clock in the morning, and sent her into the street. On another occa- sion he beat her two daughters. She ultimately left defendant altogether, and was now living with her parents at Swansea. Defendant had contributed nothing towards her support since the time she had left him.—Cross-examined Defendant had a violent temper, but witness had not. She had thrown a saucepan at him, but it was done in provocation. She had also thrown a jug, which broko on his head, but she had only done this in sclf-defenee. The cause of the unpleasantness was not owing to the step-daughters. She had not told defendant that if the step-daughters were turned out of the house, she would go too. Her father had a farm and dairy but she was not trying to get a separation order in order to go and manage the dairy. Her husband used togi ve her good money when he lived with her. She had nothing to complain of on that point whilst she lived with him.— By Mr. Kensholc: Defendant took up the breakfast things on one occasion and threw them at her. Although the defendant now said that he was desirous of living with her again, he had not sent her any communication since December.—In reply to the Bench, complainant said that she was afraid of the defendant.—Gwladys Rees said that she lived next door to the house where defendant and his wife had lived at Aberaman. She remembered hearing screams. She saw the defendant, and heard him orderinghiswtfeandthedanghtersoutofthehouse. The complainant and the daughters were turned out, and found refuge at the house of witness' parents.—Cross- examined She was not at home when the complainant threw a saucepan at his wife.-—David Rees said that he remembered hearing a row, and heard defendant tell the daughters of complainant that "if they would not slip it, he would break their necks." He also told his wife to go, and was in the act of i-trikmg her, when witness and his wife prevented him. Witness had been obliged to take the complainant into his house on several occasions. He had taken her so often, that it was too numerous to mention (laughter). He often heard rows in defendant's house.—Cross-examined It was not he (witness) who caused the unpleasantness. Why should he? Mr. J, W. Evans, for the defence, said that it was a family quarrel, in which the step-daughters had interfered. James Ross, the defendant, said that he was now out of employment, and had been so for the last four months. During the whole of the time hehadlived with his wife at Aberaman, he had never struck her. He had a quarrel with her once respecting something shehadtoidancighbour. The step-daughters inter- fered, and he told them to go out. He was prepared to go and live with his wife again. The Bench ordered defendant to pay 9s. per week towards the maintenance of his wife, and made an order to the effect that she was not bound to cohabit with him any more.
SUNDAY OPENING OF MUSEUMS. MR. D. A. THOMAS' ATTITUDE. In the House of Commons, on Tuesday evening, Mr. Massey-Mainwaringintroducpda motion in favour of the opening of museums, &c., on Sundays. The motion was supported by 178 member-, made up of 69 Liberals, 60 Conservatives, 25 Unionists, and 24 Nationalists. The minority against the motion con- sisted Of 72 C0nservatives,-11 Liberal". and 10 Union- ists total, 93. Mr. Dan Thomas, Plymouth Arms, Merthyr, wrote to Mr. D. A. Thomas, asking him to support the motion. The Senior Member replied as follows — Hoiise of Commons, • March 10th, 18§6. DEAR SIR, I have always supported by my vote in the House of Commons proposals for opening museums and art galleries on Sundays, and shall certainly do so on this occasion. Yours faithfully, Dan Thomas, Esq. D. A. THOMAS.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT TYLORS- TO\YN. COLLAPSE OF A ROOF. A fearful aec:dent occurred at Tylorstown on Wed- nesday afternoon in the bottom of the No. 6 Pit, Tvlorstovvn, where the terrible explosion happened recently. It is stated that while seven masons were employed underneath the archway a large portion of the masonry in the roof gave way, and fell upon the poor fellows, completely burying them. At two o'clock three of the men were brought out alive, although they were very badly injured. Their names arc Griffith Roberts, mason, married, Taff-stret, Ferndale John Lloyd, labourer, Penrhys-road, Taylorstown and James Curtis, labourer, Tylors- town. It is supposed that two of the other men who are buried are alive. Their names are William Francis Ltwis, mason, East-road, Tylorstown, and James Jones, mason, Tylorstown.
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Î THE AVORLD'S CHAMPION CYCLIST. BANQUET TO JIMMY MICHAEL. On Thursday night last a complimentary banquet was given to Mr. Jimmy Michael, the champion cyclist of the world, at the Lamb and Flag Hotel, Aberaman. The large room in which the banquet was held had been prettily decorated by Mrs. Powell, the hostess, Miss Powell, and Mr. J. Jones, chairman of the committee, and others. On the wall facing the entrance was a large case, containing the large number of prizes won by young Michael. They con- sisted of most beautiful articles of jewellery, &e., and were greatly admired. On the left wall were the mottoes: Success to the Little Wonder" and "Success to the Aberaman Cycling Club." On the right wall was the motto. "Aberaman Cyclists are Supreme." There was also an arrangement of t' e Prince of Wales' feathers," worked in leaves, aljore the door at the entrance. Flags were also hung in various positions. Host and Hostess Howell had pre- pared a most sumptuous dinner, which was enjoyed by 150 guests. fhe tables had been very neatly arranged and evoked the greatest admiration. Aft.r dinner the tables were cleared, and preparations made for the post prandial proceedings and the presentation of an address to the hero of the evening. Mr. L. N. Williams, high constable of Aberdare, presided, and was supported by Colouel Phillips, Mr. C. M. Lewis, London and Provincial Bank, Aber- dare; Mr. J. Michael, Mr. Treharne, Mr. J. H. James. Brynhyfryd, Aberdare Mr. Davies, solicitor, Aberdare; Mr. John Jones, chairman of the Reception Committee; Mr. Rees Davies, secretary and Mr. M. I. Jones, Aberaman. There were also present Mr. T. Proaser, grocer Mr. Lewis, Co-opera- tive Stores; Mr. D. Hughes (Bayron), Mr D. Griffiths, Mr. Levi Jones, Mr. Isaac Walters, Mr. J. Rowlands. Mr. B. Jones, provision merclvint. M). T. Miles, Councillor Ho.veil, Mr. M. Parr, newsagent; Mr. Richards, Mardy Offices; Mr. A. B. Manning, captain of the Aberdare Harriers; Mr. Phillips, Mr. J. Sheen, Athletes' Home, Aberdare (ex-champion cyclist of the West of England) Mr. Alf. Lewis (a well-known cyclist), Mr. D. J. Williams, secretary of the Aber- man Harriers; Mr. D. M. Richards (South W«!r$ Daily New*); Mr. David James (Western Mail) Mr. Griffiths (Glamoiytin Free Pre.■<,■<) Mr. Fred Lewis (Merthyr Times); &c., &c. At the outset the Chairman read letters from the following gentlemen, stating their inability to lie pre- sent, and expressing their regret thereat :—Rev. M. Powell, Vicar of Aberaman Mr. W. J. Heppell, Cwmaman Mr. J. H. Powell, Dr. Lewis, and Councillor T. Rees, Swan Hotel. The Chairman gave the toast of the Queen," whom, he said, had done more good to the country than a dozen or two of the other sovereigns put together. Whether they thought of her as sovereign or as a mother, she had always set a good example ^applause).—The toast was loyally received.—Piano- forte solo, Mr. Everett. The Chairman stated at this juncture that it was the feeling of those present that a vote of condolence should he passed with the family of the late Dr. James, Aberaman. He was a man who was much respected, and his death was greatly regretted. He would ask them all to rise on their feet as a token of respect. This was accordingly done. Mr. Howell said it gave him very great pleasure to propose the toast of the Town and Trade of Aber- dare." When he said Aberdare he also included Aberaman, which they looked upon as forming part of that town. He was glad to say that the trade of Aberdare was as good as that of any other town in South Wales. He thought that they ought to feel very proud that they were guided by such eminent men as they had at Abordare. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. J. H. James.—Song, Island of Dreams," Mr. T. J. Phillips. Mr. J. H. James, m responding, said that the toast had been sprung upon him unawares. He might say that he had been connected with the trade of Aberdare and Aberaman for many years. He hoped that the day was very far off when their trade would go back. Of course there was a dark cloud overhanging their town just at present, but let them hope for the silver lining (applause). He might men- tion various things that had been introduced and brought trade. For instance there was the Aberdare Laundry. That had brought trade to the town. Then there was the new Public Hall and Theatre. That had also brought trade to the town. Then again such well- known merchants as Lipton had opened shops lately at Aberdare, which gave the town quite an important air. He trusted that the town would continue to thrive and progress. He was very fond of Sweet 'Berdar, and it was undoubtedly the" Queen of the Hills" (applause). Mr. Joe Evans, Mountain Ash, the well-known comic singer, sang the following lines of his own com- position to the tune of The Blind Irish Girl." They completely brought the home down. The following is the first verse and chorus :— To his native home once more, Jin.my Michael has returned, All the world does know his power and the laurels he has earned, Though Jimmy now is not quite twenty, 'gainst all comer. he has won, Honours he has gained in plenty, and oh how we're proud, and Wales is pr»ud of her son. CiiORi'S.—The pride of the cycle, is young Jimmy Michael, With muscles hard as iron, and a heart as true as steel; His banner he'. unfurled, as champion 0; the world, Here's good health and wealth to the knight- of the wheel. —The chorus was take up with great heartiness and the singer gat down amidst vociferous applause. Mr. George Thomas gave the toast of the Aberdare and Aberaman cyclists. Comic song, Master Gus Preece. Mr. J. Sheen, Athletes' Home, Aberdare, expressed the pleasure he felt in being present at such a large slathering, and especially in company of the champion cyclist of the world (applause). He had really proved himself a wonder" (applause). Mr. J. Jones, president of the Aberaman Cycling Club, also responded, and said that he was very pleased of the privilege once more. They in Aber- aman ought to feel proud that they had been able to turn out such cyclists. Not only had they been able to turn out champion cyclists of England and Wales, but of-the whole world (applause). They had thought that to have the championship of Wales was itself a great achievement, but to have the champion cyclist of the world was something to be really proud of (applause). When he said champion of the world he meant it. Michael was second to none not even to Zimmerman. People had opinions; but he (the speaker) was quite sure as to who was the champion (applause). Zimmerman might excel at the quarter- mile but not otherwise. Their friend, Mr. J. Sheen, was the first man to accomplish a record in Wales, and that record would stand that very day (applause). Mr. Sheen was also the first man who brought the championship of the West of England to Wales (applause). They had now, however, got to the top of the ladder, and they could not go further than J. Michael had gone (applause). Alf. Lewis was also going to France. Alf. had done very well in the past, and he hoped that he would do well in Paris (applause, and a voice: "Good Old Alf.") With reference to bringing out young cyclists the times did not allow them to go to the expense of going to Car- diff and other places. It was also a well-known fact that when a cyclist from this neighbourhood made his appearance he was looked upon as a dark horse to be watched. A young beginner was handicapped so badly that he had little chance, and he got enough of it after his first appearance ("Shame"). He was put down as a dark horse, and he could not go on unless he was a Michael or a Linton ("Shame"). The speaker also referred to the decadence of amateur sport in the neighbourhood. There were very few amateurs to be got now, and that was why sport had gone down. He remembered the time when thou- sands used to attend the sports at Merthyr, but now it was different. In Cardiff also he had seen as many as 10,000 or 12,000 people at the sports, but now they did not get that number. He was pleased that an amateur Harriers' Club had been started at Aber- dare. There was one also newly started at Aber- aman. Both were showing up well, and if they did not get cyclists he hoped they would get runners (applause). Comic song, That was enough for me" Mr, D, E. Davies. Mr. Prosser gave the toast of "the Visitors" and said that he was very pleased to see so many there. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. C. M. Lewis, London and Provincial Bank, Aberdare. Comic song, Mr. Joe Evans (encored). Mr. C. M. Lewis in responding expressed his pleasure in doing so. He felt proud that he had had the privilege and pleasure of sittinv by the champion cyclist of the world (applause). Song, Master J. Parry-Jones. Col. Phillips proposed the toast of the evening, viz., (hatof J. Michael, champion cyclist of the world. He thought that it was a toast that could have been put in far abler hands than his ("No, no"). He would have prefered it being put in the hand of Mr. J. Jones. But perhap9 they thought that Ijecausei he (the speaker) had heen an old athlete the toast could be placed in his hands (applause). He was like the old war horse, and although he did not now take part in sport he (the speaker) wan always ready to further the interests of good sport (applause). They were all glad that the Atjerdare Valley was .the nursery of the champion cyclist of the world, and althoi gh it was to Aberaman that Michael belonged, they at Aberdare were not jealous, because they looked upon Aberaman as forming part of Aberdare (applause). Michael was an honour to Wales and to England. He was truly the little wonder and champion cyclist of the world (applause). He |had watched with much in- terest the progress of Michael. He had known his grandfather. They were old friends, and it was from him that Michael had got the nluck (applause). In asking all present.to drink the toast, he asked them to drink it heartily. In conclusion, ho hoped that Michael would continue to go on and win further suc- cesses. He was young and there was a grand open- ing for him if he would lie careful and keep to strict training. He advised him to^maTce hay while the the sun shines and afterwards live on the fruits of what he had earned (applause). The toast was received with great enthusiasm and musical honours. Mr. Jimmy Michael briefly returned thanks for their very hearty reception. Mr. Evan Michael, uncle of the young hero, also responded. He said that he was proud of the recep- tion they had given young M chad. Mr. D. Hughes (secretary) also responded. He was very proud to do so. He was particularly gratified with the fact that Michael was a native of the place. He was plucky and straightforward, and had not sold his friends (applause).. Mr. John Evans recited some Welsh verses of his own composition in honour of young Michael, which evoked much applause. The presentation of an illuminated address after- wards tooli place to young Michael. The Secretary read a copy of the address, which refnrrpd,to Michael's success at Hernc Hill, in 1894, when he !>eat thecream of wheelmen in the United Kingdom.- Reference was also made to his short-distance championship of France and his record-breaking, his number of recotds being the greatest number ever attained by a single individual. Reference was also made to the fact that Michael had secured the International Cycling Cham- pionship of the world at Cologne. Mr. Morgau Parr gave a description of the address, which was framed in massive gilt with illumination, and the. Welsh dnigon, leeks, Prince of Wales' and other Welsh emblazonments and Welsh mottoes. Mr. Parr said that it would be the most elaborate address ever presented in Alieraman. Mr. J. Jones, in making the presentation, said that he was very pleased to have the opportunity of doing so (applause). Mr. Gay said that he was also, in conjunction with Mr. Jones, pleased to make the presentation. Michael was the champion of the world, and he hoped that he would hold that great position for many years to come (applause). I he Chairman explained that the address would be exhibited for inspection in the shop of Mr. Powell, Aberaman, and afterwards at the Beehive, Aberdare. Song, I'm off to Philadelphia in the Morning," Mr. Hopkins. Mr. Jimmy Michael, at this juncture, gave a con- tribution of j61, and asked the company to drink his health. Mr. Griffiths also gave 10s. Mr. Da»ies, tolicitor, also announced his decision to give 10s. 6d., and in doing so said that he was delighted to see Michael making such progress in the cycling world. He trusted that he would continue to go on and up- hold the reputation of the district (applause). Mr. Davies al<o referred to the need of a proper cycling track at Aberdare, and offered to find jBlOO if niue other gentlemen would do the same towards procuring such a track (applause). Mr. J. H. James gave the toast, of The Press," coupling with it the names of Mr. David James (Western Mai'), Mr. D. M. Richarcs (South W(tl.!s Daily News), and Mr. Fred Lewis (Merthyr Timttt), which was well received. Councillor Howell proposed the toast of "The Chairman and Vice-chairman," which was enthusias- tically received. The toast of The Host and Hostess terminated a very successful gathering. The promoters of the banquet are to be congratu- lated upon the able manner in which they carried out the arrangements. The chairman of the committee was Mr. J. Jones, and the vice-chairman, Mr. D. Hughes (Bayron). The secretary was Mr. Rees D avies, and the treasmer, Mr. J. Bucknell. TIe other members of the committee consisted of Councillor Howell, Mr. M. Parr, Councillor T. Rees, Mr. W. J. Rowlands, Mr. D. J. Williams, Mr. G. Bailey, Mr. H. Hitchens, Mr. J. H. Powell, Mr. G. Whitmarsh, Mr. W. o Nen!\ Mr. T. R. Edwaids, Mr. W. Stevens, Mr. S. Davies, Mr. Prosser, Mr. P. Jones, Air. F. Morris, and Mr. E.. Michael. The address was drawn up by Mr. Morgan Parr and the chairman and vice-chairman; and printed by Hywel Cynon.
ABERDARE COUNCIL ELECTION. A good deal of interest is lieing manifested at Aber- dare in the forthcoming election of a councillor for each ward. On Wednesday evening, March 4th, the executive committee of Wards No. 1 and 2 of the Liberal and Labour Association convened a special g^neial meeting of meml>eis at Bethel Vestry-room, Trecynon, for the puriiose of deciding the policy of the Association with regard to the election Mr. Edmunds, one of the vice-presidents, presided over a small attendance. Mr. Owen Harris, Trecynon, and Mr. G. George, J.P., the retiring councillors for the Llwydcoed and Gadlys Wards respectively, were pre- sent and addressed the meeting. Several questions were asked, one of them being with reference to their opposition to the Railway Bill. Replies having been given to the questions put, it was proposed that both gentlemen be adopted as the candidates for the two wards in question, but an amendment that the matter be deferred until the following: Wednesday T:' t-S agreed to. On Thursday night a meeting of No. 3 Ward of the Liberal and Labour Association was held for the pur- pose of selecting a Liberal candidate to represent the Town Ward. Mr. Miles, one of the vice-presidents, presided over a. small attendance. Mr. Roderick, the secretary^, explained that he had written to Mr. Thomas Thomas, Graig House, the retiring councillor for the wa»d, and lie^ had replied that he did not in- tend seeking re-election. He (Mr. Roderick) had also heard it stated that Mr. J. W. Evans, solicitor, inten- ded standing as a candidate for the ward. He had consequently written to Mr. Evans upon the matter, and Mr. Evans had replied to the effect that his can- didature was subject to the consent of the Liberal Association. The meeting then proceeded to the business of nominating a candidate. Mr. J. W. Evans was proposed, aa well as Mr. David Morgan, miners' agent, and Mr. L. N. Williams, High Constable. It was decided to have a vote on the matter. The result of the first round was as follows —Mr. L. N. Williams 14, Mr. David Morgan 12, Mr. J. W. Evans 9. Mr. Evans' name was then struck out, and a vote taken between Mr. L. N. Williams and Mr. Morgan. The result was Mr. L. N. Williams 18, Mr. D. Morgan 17. Mr. Williams was accordingly nominated, and it was decided to invite him to address a meeting at Tabernacle Vestry on the following Tuesday night to state his views on political and social questions. An address was also given by Mr. Morgan Thomas, of Cardiff, who strongly advised all Liberals to vote for only Liberal candidates at the Council elections. On Friday last Mr. D. Tudor Williams, Medical Hall, was waited upon by a deputation from Gadlys Ward, asking him to come forward as a candidate for that ward. The deputation was a most influential one, embracing railway men, colliers, mechanics, and others. Tbe deputation were mast pressing in their invitation. Mr. Williams said that ne felt very much gtatified in 1>eing asked by such an influential deputa- tion to stand as a candidate. He had lived in Gadlys Ward for a long time, as they were aware, and he had the interests of that locality very much at heart. He would accept their invitation to stand because he felt greatly honoured thereby, and if elected he would do all he possibly could towards the improvement of Gadlys Ward and the town at large. He did not wish in the least to cast any reflection upon the past or present members, but he was of opinion, and it was patent to everybody else, that the interests of Gadlys Ward had been very much neglected in the past (applause). There were also several important ques- tions that had not yet been tackled by the Council. For instance, there was the question of allotments for the working classes, and the question of t free library for the town. Then again there was the question of a swimming bath at the Park, and other matters. If elected on the Council, it would be his utmost endea- vour to advocate and further all improvements, and he would be a consistent supporter of all Liberal measures the same as he had been elsewhere (applause). He would, however, impress upon them the fact that they must all work for him, or else he could not hope to win the election. If they did that he had no fear of the result. He again thanked them for the honour they had (hnehim in inviting him to stand. Mr. Phillips, the elerk to the Council, has issued the notices of election. The nominations must lie sent in on or before Monday, March 16th. The elec- tion will take place on Monday, March 30ch On Tuesday night a well-attended meeting was held at the Taliemacle Vestry for the purpose of hearing an address by Mr. 1.. N. Williams, the selected Liberal candidate for the Town Ward.—Mr. Miles, Commercial-place, was voted to the chair.—Mr. George, J.P., the retiring- councillor for the Gadlys Ward, gave an opening address at the request of the meeting. With regard to the candidature of Mr. Tudor Williams in his (Mr. George's ward) he had no doubt but that Mr. Williams would make a good member. If Mr. Tudor Williams was adopted by the Liberal Association, then he (Mr. George) would abide by that decision (hear, hear).—Mr. L. N. Williams afterwards addressed the n eeting in both English and Welsh, and was heartily received. His views were in accordance with those of the leaders of the Liberal Party, especially on the education ques- tion (applause). It would be unjust and wicked to have further State aid for voluntary schools. If the supporters of those schools wanted to teach their dogmas they should not do it at the expense of the ratepayers' money (applanse).. He (Mr. Williams) always believed that representation and taxation should go together (hear, hear). With regard to the free library question, he was in entire accord with the movement. If the scheme for a free library came up again, it would have his (Mr. Williams') most, hearty support (hear, hear). Mr. Mills said that he understood that there was a motion to come hefore the Council shortly tor increas- ing the wages of the Council's employees, although there were plenty of other people who would be ready to do the work at the same money. He should like to have Mr. Williams' views on this matter.—Mr. Evans, tailor and draper. Commercial-street: What standard of wages would Mr. Mills go by?—Mr. Mills: There are so many wages paid under the Council that it would be; impossible to say (laughter). —Mr. L. N. Williams said that ha did not know what was the motion that Mr. Mills said was to co ne before the Council. All he could say was that if the ques- tion of wages was considered, lie would give the men the same consideration as he did in his own business. Efficiency deserved consideration at all times, and he was always anxious to raise the wages of the workmen who deserveid it (hear, hear). But he was not in a hurry to do so unless there was a necessity for it (hear, hear).—Mr. Mills proposed a resolution of confidence in Mr. Williams, and in the event of a contest, that they pledge themselves :to further his candidature.— Mr. B. Davies, Mary-street, seconded.—The resolu- tion was put to the meetinc and carried unanimously. It having been stated in certain quarters that Mr. ?. W. Evans. solicitor' '*Vvould fcothe out as a candidate for the Town Ward as an independent candidate, our reporter interviewed Mr. Evans on the subject. Mr. Evans said that he had no such intention. He was a member of the Liberal Association, and as such he abided by their decision, they having selected Mr. L.N.-Williams. A meeting of the Nos. 1 and 2 Wards of the Lilieral Association was fixed for Wednesday night (yester- day), at Bethel Vestry, to select Liberal candidates for the Gadlys and Llwydcoed Wards. With reference to the other two wards, no new can- didates are mentioned. The retiring councillors, Mr. Rees and Mr. Howell, are likely to have a walk over.
METEOROLOGICAL REGISTER. Recorded at Brynteg. Approximate height above sea level, 685 feet. Date. Direction of Itain- Thermometer Headings. Wind. fall. Max. Min. Wet. Drv. Mar. 5 N.W. :,14 47 37 40 42 „ 6 N.W. 11 48 41 46 46 „ 7 W. -38 50 40 43 43 „ 8 N.W. -60 50 48 48 48 9 N.W. "20 52 48 50 50 10 N.E. -12 52 32 39 40 11 W. -02 58 45 48 49 Total 157
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TRECYNON. I' XITARIANI«M.—The Welsh LTnitarians at this place have commenced holding a series of popular lectures on Unitarian principles, on Tuesday nights. There have been fairly good attendances so far. PRESENTATION.—Mr. Evan Jones, late overman at the Ysgllhorwen Colliery, was lately presented with an illuminated address and a purse containing 20 guineas, by his numerous friends and well-wishers. B.W.T.A.—The newly-formed branch of the British Women's Temperance Association is making good progress in the locality. Gwyneth Yaughan con- sented to give an address to the members, and the meeting was announced to be held on Wednesday night (yesterday) at Bryn Sion Chapel. HOREB.—The annual preaching services in connec- tion with Horeb Chap-1, Llwydcoed, were :.t)eld on r March 1st and 2nd. There were large congregations at all the services. Excellent sermons were delivered by the Rev. Dr. L. Probert, Ystrad, Rev. Elwyn Thoma-s, Newport; and Rev. R. Thomas, Glandwr. OBITUARY.—We are deeply sorry to have to record the death of the son of Mr. Rake, Trecynon House, Trecynon, which occurred at the Transvaal, Sonth Africa, on February 23rd. A letter conveying the sad intelligence was received by Mr. Rake on Tues- day in last wee", and mtico sympathy has been expressed with Mr.*and Mrs. Rake and the relatives in their liereavement. It appears that the cause of death was typhoid fever. The deceased was a very genial and promising young man.
ABERAMAN. MISSION CHURCH.—A new Mission Chu.'ch is to be built at Aberaman for Welsh services. LIBANCS.—Libanus Choir are busily rehearsing for the forthcoming district musical festival of the Calvinistic Methodists. MAtitc LANTERN.—On Monday night a most suc- cessful magic lantern entertainment was given at the English Baptist Chapel, under the superintendence of Mr. William Bosher. The subject was Animals of the Bible." THK MICHAEL BANQCKT.—Great praise is due to the committee of the alxne-hanquet, and particularly to Mr. Morgan Parr, for the excellent manner in which they recognised the representatives of the press. A fnll report of the banquet appears in another column. THE LENT ORDINATION. — The Crawley prize, which is given to the candidate who, in the opinion of the bisnop, passes the best examination for pneste* orders at the Lent Ordination has been awarded to the Rev. Frank Ernest Austin, B.A., curate of Aberaman. B.W.T.A.—We are pleased to state that the newly-formed branch of the British Women's Tem- perance Association is making good progress. The well-known temperance lecturer, Gwynetii Vaughan, has consented to deliver an address to the members' It has also been decided to make a collection on hehalf of Lady Henry Somerset's Hon.e for Inebriates. OFF TO. PARIS.—On Wednesday, young Jimmy Michael, the famous cyclist, left for Paris. We understand that it is now the intention of the banquet committee to present Jimmy with his oil painting, in addition to the address, as the subscriptions have flowed in well. For this purpose young Jimmy gave a sitting to Mr. B. Thomas, photograper, Aberdare, on Tuesday. RUIN Axn RESCUE. — As already reported in the Merthyr Times, the Aberaman Good Templars' Choir gave a performance of Burnham's Ruin and Reacue" a short time ago. So successful was the performance that it was decided to repeat it on Tues- day, March 3id. There was again a crowded audience, although not so large as on the first occa- sion. The Rcv. Mr. Coombfs, pastor of Primitive Methodist Church, oiiened with prayer, after which the choir gave the opening chorus. The sinking was really good, and evidenced most careful training on the part of the conductor, Mr. Georpe Moses. The connective readings were well given by Mr. Wilcox, Aberdare, whilst Miss M. E. George made an able Accompanist.
CWMBACH. NATIONAL SCHOOLS. —These schools have been closed for three weeks, as they are undergoing exten- sive alterations. The scheme of improvements include a new gallery in the infants' department, two cloakrooms furnished with all modern appliances, and other features. The contract price is £487. CAR MEL.—On Tuesday, March 2nd, a very success- ful tnte tainment was held at Carmel Schoolroom. Mr. Rees Price was the chairman, and there was a good attendance. Mr. Dan Owens, Cwnibach, gave the opening solo, and the following programme was afterward" gone through Recitation, E. A. Williams; song, "Little Soldier," Willie Gentle; song, "Dora," W. J. Davies; recitation, "My Mother," T. J. Davies: song, Lizzie Hughes and Party; alto solo competition, "Yr w1.f yn ddall." There were six competitors; best, Willie Gentle. Recitation competition; there were seven com- petitors prize divided between Dan Davies and Isaac Owen". Solo for girls; there were two com- petitors; prize divided between Sarah Lfewis and Maggie Daniel. Recitation, Eneinio pen yr Iesu." Rees Jones; song, Let mo like a Soldier Fall," Francis Davies: recitation, Y baban ar fin y dibvn," Henry Williams duet, F. Davies and John Daniel; recitation, "Ymweliad y doethion a Bethlehem," Thomas J. Morgans song, "0 p'am na b'ai Llewellyn," Gwen Hughes recitation, Fred and the Cherries," Daniel Davies recitation, Lizzie Davies song, Charlie Gentle recitation, Hurrah for the Postman," George Davies. -1
CWMAMAN. TESTIMONIAL.—The movement for a testimonial to D iwi Mahon is being taken up with much interest. Dr. Davies Jones has been appointed chairman of the committee. Dewi Mabon nas done much for the intellectual advancement of this neighliourhood, and it is felt that his disinterested and untiring efforts should be fittingly recognised. MARRIAGE.—An interesting marriage was solem- nised recently at Moriah Chapel, Cwmaman, when the contracting parties were Mr. Joseph Griffiths, 57, Brynhyfryd, Cwmaman, and Miss M. F. Bailey, daughter of Mr. Joseph Bailey, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. A large number of friends and well- wishes had assembled to witness the ceremony, and the happy couple had to stand a fnsilade of rice and other tokens of good-will. The R, v. H. A. Davies officiated at the marriage ceremony. CONCERT.—The third Saturday popular concert of the Cwmaman Temperance Society was held on Saturday, and was even more successful than the previous ones, the large Public Hall being crowded and many being unable to obtain admission. Dr. D. Davies-Jones occupied the chair, and Mr. T. Davies, Brynhyfryd, gave an address. The programme consisted of songs, recitations, lantern views, and an alto solo competition, while pieces were also sung by the children's choir of the Soar Chapel.
MOUNTAIN ASH. ur Our Mountam Ash correspondent is Mr. W. Dally, Commercial-street, who will be glad te he notified of meetings, &c., and t. receive advertisinents and printing orders. A LECTURE, illustrated with limelight views, on The History of the British Church," was given a*, the Institute on Monday evening by Mr. W. Richaids (Afonwyson). Thete was a good attendance. NinHT SCHOOL SOCIAL.—The scholars attending the Evening Continuation Clashes (3) at the Duffryn Schools, spent a very enjoyable evening on Saturday, when they partook of supperat Mr. Milts' Temperance Hotel, which was served up in an excellent manner. About 40 ladies and gentlemen attended, among whom were the teachers of the classes: Miss Jones, Miss Knight, and Mr. E. T. Jones. After supper had been partaken of, a miscellaneous entertainment was held, interspersed with dancing. Mr. Almrott., one of the scholars, presided, and the following pro- gramme was gone through Waltz; song, Mr. Binton recitation, Mr. N. Bartlett song, Miss Jone" comic song, Mr. D. Clancey; quadrille violin solo, Mr. Burton recitation, Mr. G. Hall; comic song, Mi. D. Clancey sc-hottische song, Mr. Deverill impromptu speech competition, subject f. Which is Best, Married or Single Life," winner, T. Isaac lancers; song, Mr. T. Isaac recitation, Mr. Nimrod Bartlett barn dance duet, Messrs. Clancey and Saunders; song, W. dark song, Mrs. Evans eong, Mr. Revuish waits cotiL'ion < finale, tbe National Anthem," by the company. Messrs. E. T. Jones and — Burton very kindly acted as accom- panists. EISTEDDFOD. An eisteddfoi was held at the Town Hall on Monday in aid of the lodge of Ancient Britons held at the Glancynon Inn. There was a good attendance. Mr. D. Morgan, under- manager, Navigation Colliery, made an able president. The adjudicators were: Music, Mr. Joseph Bowen, G.T.S.C., Cilfvnydd, and Mr. T. Evans (Gwalch Y Bryn), Mountain Ash. Poetry, Rev. B. Evans (Telynfab), Aberdare, who also acted as conductor in his usual very able manner. Great credit is due to the secretaries, Messrs. David James, Napier-street, and Mr. Evan Jones, Glyngwyn-street, for having carried out the arrangements in such- an efficient manner. The competitions were well contested, and prizes awarded as follows :—Juvenile choir competi- tion, Peace, be still," Rhos Choir duet, Gwys i'r Gad," Messrs. T. Jones and R. LI. Thomas con- tralto solo, He was Despised," Miss S. A. Jones, Woodland-street oprano solo, Holy City," Mrs. Agnes Jenkins. 30, High-street; tenor solo, Llwyhr y Wyddfa," Mr. Rees James, Aljeraman bass solo, Arm, Arm ye Brave," Mr. T. R. Davies, Aber- aman flute solo, Mr. D. J. Roberts elegy to the late Mr. W. F. Lewis (Glancynon Inn). Mr. Tom Evans (Tel), Cwmaman recitation, Mr. Evans, Ferndale impromptu debate on Which has the most influence—tbe Pulpit or the Press," Messrs. B. Ashtonand John LeWI8.; chief, choral "competition, "Dyddian dyn sydd fel Glaswe'IItyn (T. Daries, Ebdw Vale), prize £8 and a silver medal to the con- ductor, given by Mr. W. C. Davies, jeweller, Moun- tain Ash, and 10s. to each unsuccessful conductor. Three choirs competed Mountain Ash Music Lovers, conductor, Mr. Herliert Llewellyn Caegarw Music Lovers, Mr. John Lewis, and Abercwmboy Choir, Mr. Tom John (Alaw Cynon). The prize was divided between Mountain Ash Music Lovers and the Caegarw Music Lovers. The committee decided to give a medal to each of the successful conductors.
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FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEiVS. By SPECTATOR. Saturday last wa* set apart for the league match Merthyr v. Treoiky. Poor old weather played a very important part in the game, so mnch so that the heavy rains caused the match to be abandoned. It was discovered that the ground was in a most wretched state, and a communication was sent to Treorky to this effect. Another date will be arranged. Tb. cup match between Penarth A and Dowlais was played in very unfavourable weather. Dowlais we-e distinctly live tries the letter team. Of tbe full backs, Evans. the visitors, played a splendid game, and put in some clever saves, and in this respect he outshone Bert Evans, who seemed to be rather slow. Tbe three-quarters on both sides were practically spectators. But the safest player on the field was D. J. Thomas, who never missed fielding the ball. Thomas was pixyed at centre three-quarter aad I believe, given a fine day he will shine better in that position than at half. Fleets' try was a beauty. At half, the visitors were a good pair, but John lien and Evans were too smart for them. D. J. Evans was the best half on the field, and through his triekiness the winning point was registered. Coming to the forwards there was only one pack in it, and that was Dowlais. The Ijest in the scrums were Gus. Jenkins, Ike Williams and D. Jones while in the open Crad. Evans, Griff. Levjis, and D. W. Evans were the pick. Dowlais now play Blaenau Gtvent on Dowlais ground in the scconri round. MERTHTB v. TEEHARHIS.—Played on Thursday last at Trehari is. The home team won the toss, and I kicked off, Mertbyr returning sharply. The Tre- harris forwards ran the hall over the line, and scored a minor. Some good playing ensued, and after some smart passing, Kivilin scored a try for Merthyr from a pass byD. J. Thomas. Almost immediately after- wards, D. J. Thomas scored another try-for the visitors, which was oonverted in good style, ha f-fcin-.e being called soon after. On the resumption of the game, Merthyr kicked well down the field. The leather was returned in good stvle. Some good forward play ensued, and towards the end of the game, D. J. Thomas succeeded in securing another try, Merthyr therefore being the victors by 1 goal, 2 tries, to several minors. GARTH ALBIONST. DOWLAIS HARLEQCINS. Played last Saturday at Dowlais, in miserable weather, before a small number of spectators. Both teams were evenly represented, and played a plucky game throughout, despite the inclemency of the weather. Score: Harlequins, 1 try (disputed), 3 minors; Albion*, nil. Referee, Mr. H.C. Bird. Next Saturday the AlLions play the return match with the Penv- darren Harlequine, when a good game i< anticipated. a A-I' J-)oWLAI|l'- -The first round for the South Wales Challenge Cup was played in miserable weather at Pantyscallog Fteld oa Saturday last before a good crowd of spectators. Dowlais lost the toss and kicked off. The ball was well returned. The game was chieflv waged among the forwards, the visitors hoding their own very well. Half-time score: Dowlais, one try, two minors; Penarth, one minor. The fcatmoi the second half was the grand forward play of t')e home eight, whose rushes and wheels were irrestible, while they dribbled excellently. No further score followed, and the game ended in a win for Dowlais by on. tr*, the minors, to one minor. Dowlai., having w, II the first round, have to play Blaenau Gwent in t p stemd round. MOUNTAIN ASH A. v. MERTHYR VALE.—Piayed at Mountain Ash on Saturday before a fair gate. Mountain Ash lost the toss and played from the town end. After a tight game, in whIch" Ike t\ Jones and Muxworthy showed up well for Mountain Ash, and Ben Davies for Merthyr Vale, play ended in a win for Mountain Ash by 1 goal, 1 try, to 2 tries. BARR-r V. MOUNTAIN ASH.—Played on the Holton Field, Barry Docks, on Saturday. Barry winning the toss, Mountain Ash kicked off against" the wind. Barry invaded the opjx>nents' territory, and eome kicking was indulged in, a minor having to lie con- ceded by the visitor's. Barry pressed, but nothing of interest occurred for some time, owing to the slippery condition of the ball. Passing was impossible, and the B:ury backs resorted to kicking. Phillips, of Mountain Ash, got the ball at the centre, and put in a good run, and, on being collared, parsed to Hopkins, who was immediately pulled down. The latter player soon again got the oval, and made a splendid drop for goal, a minor resulting. After the kick out, Barry charged down on the visitors' liue, and had hard lines in,not scoring. Play was soon in the centre, and Tanner bad a busy time in returning some long kicks. Half-time score Barry, 6 minors Mountain Ash, 1 minor. At the commencement of the second half. some exchange kicking was witnessed, which resulted in favour of Barry The game was now played in a regv«lar downjjour of rain, but continued to be very even, both sides making strenuous efforts to score. Forborne minutes Mountain Ash pressed right on the Barry line, but they were unable to break through the defence of the homesters. Tanner made a mark near the Barry 25 fl ig, and right in front of tho |X)sts, but he failed at the kick for goal. The field was now a perfect quagmire, the play up to the finish being of a loose character. Final score Barry, 6 minors Mountain Ash, 3 minors.
ASSOCIATION. Aiierdare Town Team were fixtured to play Swan- sea Villa at home on Saturday; but as Swansea wished them to play the match on their ground they consented, upon Swansea guaranteeing railway expenses. Both team" were well represented, but there was but a sparse attendance of spectators. The socy game is, evidently, not much appreciated at Swan- sea. Daring the first half Swansea scored two goals and Alierdare one. On change of sides Atterdare scored twice, and ought to have been declared the winners by three goals to two. The referee (a Swansea man of courss) would not, however, allow the last two goals, much to the dis- gust of the Aberdarians. Many teams would have walked off the field a.t such partial treatment, but the Aberdarians are too good suortsmen to do that. So they decided to play to the end. The two goals that were not allowed were scored in a perfectly fair way, and the referee ought to have allowed them. Sydney rc:>red one, sending in a nice shot into the net. The Swansea custodian scooped the ball out, although it had touched the net. The other goal was scored by A. Jones (captain), who sent in a clinking shot, but the referee said that it was offside Good old referee! The South Wa'es Daily News,referring to the match states that the teams were most etenlv matched." As a matter of fact the Swansea men did not get beyond half-way more than two or three times during the second half. The geography of the football reporter of one of the Swansea evening papers is a bit mixed. In a highly- coloured report of the match he refers to the Aber- dare players as the Rhonddaites." We should like to know since when was Aberdare a part of the Rhondda A gentleman at Alierdare is desirous of seeing a match between Aberdare and Trelnuris. If such a match can be arranged he will give medals to the winning team. We understand that the members of the Aberdare Football Club have accepted the offer of a gentleman in the town to provide medals for competition between the club and that of Treharris. The secre- tary has written to the secretary of the Treharris club, with a view of arranging a match. The-Aber- darians are anxious to meet the Treharrisites. There is no reason why the best of feeling should not pre- vail between the two clulw. The Aberdarians do not bear the least ill-feeling towards Treharris. AmtniJABB v. SWANSEA VILLA.—Played at the Vetch Field, Swansea, on Saturday in damptweather. The Aberdare team fielded as follows:—Goal, Davies; backs, F. Deacon and T. Griffiths; lu.lf-backs, W. Sydney, H. Jones, and Gomer Watkins; forwards, A. Jones (captain), D. Rees, J. thorns, J. K Thomas, and E. L. Davies. Aberdare kicked off, and at once commenced to press. Afterwards the Villa attacked with vigour, till a foul against the homesters enabled the visitors to reach home territory. The Aberdare forwards were several times within an ace of scoring, but Bird saved well. A rapid advance by Swansea made Alierdare concede a corner, from which Reid rushed a goal. Aberdare after this kept lip a warm bombardment on the Swansea. goal, but failed to score. At last, after some pretty passing, D. Rees scored a very neat goal. Resuming, the visitors again kept up a bombardment, but Croeker headed out, and a couple of long shots enabled Swansea to assume an aggressive attitude. Jonas scored the 2nd goal for Swansea. Half-time score Swansea, 2 goals Alierdare, 1 goal. Father Kelly re-started, and Aberdare, bynieans of splendid passing, put the homo goal in danger. J. E. Thomas made a capital shot, the ball going a few inches wide of the goal. For a time a hot siege was kept on the Swansea goal and the visitors exjieriericed very 'hard lines. West and Jonas cleared enectively, but the visitors at once returned to the attack. Then the homesters rallied and came down at a rapid pace and made their opponents concede a corner, but the kick gave no advantage. Aberdare subsequently became dansrerous, and Kelly stopped what looked a certain goal just in the nick of time. J. Thomas, Rees, and J. E. Thomas, by a combined dribble, made an on slaught on the Swansea g ul, but Bird saved with judgment at the critical tune. Thereafter Jonas, Edwards, Crocker, and Kelly worked well together, and Kelly nearly scored. Latterly Sydney got pos sessiou and sent in a warm ilhot. The ball hounded into the net, but the Swansea custodian threw the ball out, and the referee refused to allow the point. The Aberdare players aud their supporters on the field were thoroughly disgusted. On a later occasion one of the Alierdare forwards got away and shot a cilpilitl goal. But the referee said that it wa^ offside As the Aberdarians did not want to create a row they went on with the game. A hot iioinbardment was lieing kept up on the Swansea goal when the whistle sounded. According to the referee the result was Swansea two g">als, Aberdare one goal. In the opinion of impartial observers the result was Aber- dare three goals, Swansea two goals. NELSON Y. PoNrvrooL,—Played at Nelson on Saturday. Pontypool were strongly represented, but Nelson phtyed four of the sceonds." T. Hope captained the home team, and, contrary to the usual custom, kicked off with the wind in his favour. This hit of policy, we believe, won them the match. D. Thomas scored for Nelson. Score Ne!eqn, one goal; ypntypo# nil.
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