GOWERTON & DISTRICT NOTES AND NEWS. [BY OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT] SINGING FESTIVAL. — The annual singing festival of the Independents of Waunarlwydd and district was held at Sardis Chapel, Waunarlwydd, on Monday last The singing w as excellent, and the proceedings throughout were characterised with a genuine Welsh hwyl." Mr. Joseph Tanner, Gowerton, has been appointed iranager of Caergynydd Colliery, Waunatrlwydd, in place of Mr. Thomas Owen, Ystrad-road, who has resigned his position. We are given to understand that Mr. John Bowen, who for many years has been manager of the mills department of the Fair- wood Tinplate Works, Gowerton, has resigned in order to take up a similar appointment at the old Yspitty Works, Loughor. The em- ployees of 1 airwood, by whom Mr. Bowen was highly respected, intend making him the re- cipient of a handsome present. The cricket season is upon us-strictly speaking, it has commenced — and from all that one hears, Gowertonians may look for- ward to a pretty rosy time. They have acquired some excellent new talent, and it will be their own fault if they do not eniov many good days. We shall each week record names of play- ers who particularly distinguish themselves during the preceding week. The Waunarlwydd cricketers have net, as yet, awakened from their winter's sleep. Will someone please etir them up. QUOITS—The annual general meeting of the members of the Waunarlwydd Quoiting Club was held at the Farmer's Arms, Waunarlwydd, on Tuesday evening last. The chair was occupied by Mr. D. J. Williams, and there was a. large attendance of members. The secretary produced the balance sheet for the previous year, and it was adopted. The selection of otacers ureated some little excitement. Eventually, however, Mr. Daniel Jones was appointed captain Mr. James Williams, New-roari, hon. secretary and Mr. Thomas Davies, treasurer. "THE CAMBRIAN" is on sale at Mr. W D. Williams, Gowerton; and Mrs. Llewelyn, Gorseinon.
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LLANDOVERY. [BY OUR OWN CORKES?OXDEXT.i POLICE COUBT.—MONDAY. rBefo-Q Mr. C. P. Lewis. Llauding^.t, and Mr. J. E. Jams?. Springfield Cottage.] A DEAB M'ETAKB.—Thorax Daley. a nir>n s with many aliases, and hailing from th-^ Emerald Tsle. was brought up in custody of P.C. Williams. Llangadock. end charged with being drunk and disorderly at the town of Llangadock on the previous Satur- day night. The Constable deposed that about 10.50 on the night ia one?tion he saw the prisoner in the town of Llangadock very drunk and =-houting. He O' ckred him out of the town, but again eaw him acting in a ciixilar manner. At about 12 o'clock witness found the prisoner lying on his bark on th., Square, shouting as loud ar, he possibly could and making use of very unpleasant language. He was ultimately obliged to hire a horse and trap to convey him to Llandovery, airivincr at the latter place in the "wee sma' hours" of Sunday, and was locked np. The prisoner stated that he had nothing to say against the Constable. He was working for a farmer, named Llovd, residing at Ddervrenfach, and went to Llangadock with the intention of having a shave, but mistaking the barber's shop entered instead a beer shop, when, in- stead of petting some "lather" on his face, his throat get "lathered" instead. Hs had served in India as a soldier, and a little b^er affected him directly. The Maaistrotes took a lenient view of the case. and discharged the prisoner on payment of the costs, which amounted to 10s. 6d. This sum the prisoner immediately paid. TUESDAY. [Before Mr. J. R..Tames, Springfield Cot- tage, and Mr. C. P. Lewis, Llaiidingat.] "PAT" IK EVIDENCE AGAIX. — Thomas Daley was again brought up in custody of P.S. Williams and charged with being drunk and disorderly at Llandovery on the previous day. He was further charged with doing wilful damage in the police cell by smashing the window and damaging a mug, in which his food was brought, the cost of the prisoner's antics being estimated at 10 s. Complainant stated that he was asked to eicet the prisoner from the railway platform. He was very drunk and creating a distur- bance. He also turned prisoner out of the North Western Hotel, where he found him drunk and demanding beer. After getting him outside, prisoner refused to move. and subsequently, with much difficulty, locked up. When in the cell he declined to be searched, and struck at the Sergeant right and left. P.S. Williams proved three previous convic- tions against the prisoner. For the first offence the Magistrates imposed a fine of 5s. and costs, total 13s., and for the second charge he was mulcted in a like sum. total ISs. In default of payment, the prisoner was committed to Carmarthen Goal for 14 days in each ease. APPOINTMENT.—Dr. J. S. Eosser, of this town, has just been appointed as Certifying Surgeon, under the Factory Act, for Llan- dovery and district, in succession to the late Dr. F. W. Lewis. VESTRY MEETING.—At the Vestry meeting recently held here, the Vicar (Rev. E. Jones) announced that the restoration of the Tower of Llandingat Parish Church was now com- pleted, and that a sum of nearly £ 500 had already been collected towards defraving the expense. Messrs. Thomas Jones, Llanfair Grange, C. P. Lewis, Llandingat, and Jonah Watkins. the Bank, were re-appointed Church Wardens. APPOINTMENT OF SHERIFF'S CHAPLAIN.— The Rev. Ebenezer Jones, M.A., the Vicar of Llandingat. has been appointed Chaplain to Mr. Ben Evans, of Llwvnderw. Swansea, the Sheriff of Carmarthenshire for the pre- sent year. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual fortniglitlv meeting of this Board v, as held at ihe Town Hall on Friday under the presidency ot Mr. James Rees, of Tal- garth. There were also present: His Honour Judge Bishop, Dolgari-eg-, Messrs. C. P. Lewis, Llandingat; Thomas Watkins, Ty- cerrig; J. Williams, Tirypontre; Thomas Williams, Cwmllynfe; Tudor Lewis, Llan- gadock; —. Evans, Glassalltissa; D. Davies, Deigoidydd; —. Lewis, Brownhill; —. Gnrfiths, Llangadock; —. Harries, Pcnjbont. —. Davies, Aberllechach; E. P. Lloyd, Glan- sevin; D. Davies, Rhyblid; —. Davies, Gwydre, and the Clerk, Mr. D. T. M. Jones. TreasuPVEr's ACCOUNT. — The Treasurer's account showed a balance in the bank of £518 6s. Od. MASTER'S REPORT. — According to the Master's report, the number of inmates in the House last week was 18, against 16 in the corresponding week of last year; this week, 1.9 against 15. Vagrants last week 22, aginst 30 in the same period of the previous year; this week, 26 against 26. RELIEVING OFFICER s REPORT.—Mr. Edward Williams, Relieving Officer, announced that the number of paupers relieved during the week ended April 26th was 274, at a cost of J640 17s. 2d., corresponding week of last year, 262, at a cost of L41 2s. Od. Week ended May 3rd, 274, at a cost of JB38 17s. 6d., correspond- ing period of previous year, 282, at a cost of £ 39 8s. 6d. NEW STRUCTURE FOR THE HOUSE. — lne committee appointed to report on the new c-hed for tho House recommended that plans and specifications for the same be prepared by the Master for the next meeting. This was agreed to. T PROTEST AGAINST LAYING OF POISON ON Mr. Evans, of Glasallt, drew the at- tention of the Board, and also the public, to the disgraceful work of laying poison on land to the danger of farmers dogs, and con- sequently to the serious loss to the farmers themselves. He should like to put his com- plaint in the form of a resolution, that as members of that public body and representa- tives of that distrit, we enter an indignant protest against the practice, which seemed to increase. In some instances, pyhaps one animal out of half a dozen was reared. He had himself lost one dog last year, and about half a dozen, at various times, had gone to rest" in his neighbourhood by reason of the practice complained of.—The Chairman re- marked that he, as well as his neighbours, had lost dogs in this way. He thanked Mr. Evans for bringing the subject under notice. -Mr. T. Watkins added that they were uurnimous in supporting the protest. The subject then dropped.. RELIEF. — Considerable discussion took ?lace over an application for relief fiom the arish of Llangadock. It- appeared from the debate that the applicant was a widow, with children; that she had been paying f,27 in rent, but out of this she had now given up accommodation land to the value of B9, thus bringing her rental down to JB18 per annum. -Mr, Tudor Lewis said that it was JB15 less 10 per cent., and that she also kept two cows. Many of the members protested against re- lieving people until they had become abso- lutely destitute, and Judge Bishop pointed out that the Relieving Officer did not say that the applicant was in distress. Even- tually the different propositions of Mr. Tudor Lewis, for the usual relief granted for the children, namely, 7s. 6d.; of Mr. Evans, of Glassallt, for 4s., and the others for no allowance, the latter proposal was, on a division, canied by the Cilairman s casting V°Te'NDERS.—The tenders for coffins for the different parishes were accepted. NOTICES OF MOTION.—Mr. Thomas Watkms gave notice that he would move at the next meeting of the Board that the subscription of £ 2 2s. given by the Guardians to the Llan- dovery Nursing Association be increased, and also that the meeting of the School At- tendance Committee be held at the first meet- ing in each month. DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the District Council was sub- sequently held. but the business transacted was of no public interest. LLANDOVERY UNION. The following is the return of attendances at the Board of Guardians, District Council, Assessment Committee, and School Atten- dance Committee, for the year ended Lady Day, 1900— His Honour Judge Bishop, possible atten- dances, 59, actual attendances, 31; Mr. R. C. Campbell-Davys, 59-15; Mr. C. Froodvale Davies, 56-23; Mr. Daniel Davies, 47—28; Mr. David Davies, Gwydre, 50—41; Mr. Dd. Davies, Rhyblid, 59-48; Mr. Evan Davies, £ 0—27*; Mr. John Davies, 59—35; Mr. E. P. Evans, 50-37; Mr. Thomas Evans, 56—32; M*. William Griffiths, 56—43; Mr. J. G. Harries, 56—46; Mr. C. P. Lewis, 30—21; Mr. Rees Lewis, 59—39; Mr. R. Tudor Lewis, 47— 44- Mr e! P. Lloyd, 47-39; Mr. David Mor- can. 50-20; Mr. David Price, 47-18; Mr. J C V Pryse-Riee, 59—17; Mr..Tames Reee, 59 -55; MI'. H. Alfred Thomas, 30—5; Mr. Thos. Watkins, 39—36; Mr. John Williams, 50-43; Mr. Thomas Williams, 50-39.
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ABERAVON COUNTY POLICE COURT. MONDAY. [Before Maior D. R. David (in the chair), and Messrs.' J. M. Smith, Lewis Lewi: J. G. Morris, Edward Da-vies, and Daniel Mr. Daniel Evans took his seat on the Pencil for the first time as Chairman of tae Glyncorrug U.D. Council. BA-qTAP,DY.-W. H. lIhdàofOks, a young; manor Aberavon, and a mason's apprentice, was sum- moned by Letitia Wellington, of Hism-street, Taibach, singrle woman, to shew cause, Defendant -lid not ar-pear. but sent his mother, who on heirg asked by the Clerk Ulr. D. E Jones) what her son sent her there to say, that her son told her "to try and get the joo done so cheap as she cnuld.The complainant, for whom Mr. E. T. Evans appeared, said that she bad been keeping company with Mad^ocfcs tbrce year-, and be bad promised to marry lier, but now complained that his money was "too little."—The usual corroborative evidence harm a; been taken, the Justices made an order of 2s. 6d. per week from birth until the child was 14, and costs. A PWLLYGLAW LICENSING OFFKNCK. — Morgan Thomas, the landlord of the Colliers Arms," Pwllyglaw, near Cwmavon, was charged by the police with allowing his licensed premises to be open during prohibited hours on the 18th April last.-Richard Davies, collier, Thomas Lewis, carpenter, and Humphrey Davies, all of the same locality, were also charged with being unlawfully present on the premises. Mr. Trevor Hunter appeared for the police and Mr. Jestyn Jeffreys for the defence.—Constable John Jenkins said that he visited the "Colliers' Arms at 11.22 on the night in question. He found the front door wide open, and on going into the bar he saw the three men referred to, two of whom were sitting down. In front of them were two pints containing small quantities of beer, and on ,the mantelshelf was another pint. Behind the bar was a small girl, who directly the witness entered went to call Mr. Thomas, who was then in the kitchen. Mr. Thomas came in, and in reply to a question from the constable as to the time, said it was only 11 o'clock. It was pointed out to him that it was then 25 minutes past 11, but this Thomas denied. Constable Jenkins then proceeded to take the names and addresses of the snen who were about to go,, and then be told Thomas that he would be reported. Mr. Jeffreys subjected the witness to a searching 9r?Sj" examinatian, chiefly as to the time that he visited the premises, but failed to shake the oonstable s story. Sergt. Wm. Hurford was called to speak that he had had a conference with Jenkins at 11.15, some little distance away from the Collier's Arms, and prior to Jenkins visiting it. The three men, the Davies's and Lewis were called for the defence, but they each admitted that on the night in qnestion they did not carry watches, but when they got home after the constable visited the house it was only 10 to 20 past 11, and they each lived some distance away from the public house. The Bench considered the case proved, but owing to Thomas's good character in the district they would only fine him zC2 9a. Od., including costs. Richard Davies, Thos. Lewis, and Humphrey Davies were then fined 10. including costs, for being found upon the ^DBBITB; AND REFUSING TO QUIT.—Phillip Lewis, a collier of Blaengwynfi, was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Blaengwynb Hotel, on the 30th April. Constable Joe. Normington said that be was called to the hotel to eject the defendant, who had been requested to leave on account of his conduct there. He refused to leave and Normington had to use some force to get him outside. Lewis, who did not Appear, was fined 15s. and costs. A batch of School Board prosecutions from the Margam District, closed the charge- sheet. ^—
PENCLAWDD. A musical treat was given the inhabitants of Penclawdd last Saturday and Monday evenings by the scholars of the day and night schools. They performed Wallace's world-renowned opera Maritana," in fnll character. The attempt was a bold one for juvenile voices, but the achieve- ment was the more creditable, both to the oon- ductor, Mr. Seth Jones, the head-master, and to the young choristers, inasxunoh as the perform- ance throughout was a veritable treat of rare occurrence. "The Bohemian Girl," given last year was exceedingly good, as was reported in several papers, but a higher Btaudard of general AUerit was reached this year. The choruses, ^notably the fir*t, "Sing, pretty Maiden," the middle one 44 Of what avail is grief," and etlpecially the last one, Joy to Maritana," were thrilliag in their effect—resembling more «*• voices of an adult choir than of a juvenile one. This was effected by an additional part, •xpreasiy 0°^ oeed by the conductor to balanoe xne night school voice?. The night school girls, as gipsies, sang Beveral pieces beautifully, and wieir gay and many-coloured dresses showed I?6X °ff very Pettily, amongst the red uniforms of the boy soldiers, and the white dresses of the younger girla. The two night school soloists deserve a word of praise for their successful efforts. Amongst the artistes, Miss Maggie M. Francis decidedly took the lead, her singing and acting being throughout very effective, notwithstanding difficulty of some of her solos. Mr. Dan LI. Thomas was the next most effective singer, but he should not sing from hi* copy in an operatic «!rformance like that. Eos Rhidian was very 'miritod but he suffered from the effects of a cold which marred gome of his renderings Miss E. A. Jones, as 41 Lazarillo," was very pathetic, sweet and pretty, in her boy-dress, and most im- pressive in the jail scene. One of the best scenes was the wedding scene, a spectacle worth looking at, and worthy of being photographed as a momento of a notable performance. Mr. Daniel Thomas, architect, Penlan, was the stage-manager, and Mr. Daniel Collins, the attendance-officer, acted as director, and both and all are to be highly congratulated forthe excellency of the entertainment.
PONTARDULAIS. [BY OUR OWN COBMSFONDBNT.J CRICKET.—A practice match will be played I on Saturday next on the new pitch at Tyny- bonau. All intending players are heartily invited to turn out. A good game is expected. P AREEZER.-Ûur old friend Herr Pareezer, with his concert, is here again this week. The show is this year, as usual, quite up to the high standard, and is being well patronised by the local public. PREACHING SERVICES.—The annual special preaching services were held at Hope Con- gregational Chapel on Sunday and Monday last. The officiating ministers were Revs. B. Davies Trelech, and R. Gwylfa Roberts, Llanelly. There were eloquent sermons, crowded congregations, and substantial col- lections. CONCERTS.—On Thursday and Saturday .evenings two splendid concerts were given at the Public Hall by the senior scholars at- tending the Llandilo Talybont National Schools. This was the first concert given by these schools since the advent of the new master, Mr. W. J. Harries, and considering his regime has only extended over a few months as yet, the concerts must be voted an unqualified success in every respect. There was a large and influential audience each evening, and the efforts of the little ones wore well-received and deservedly applauded. The following was the programme: —Open- ing chorus, "The Forest JFestival"; flag drill, 16 infants; recitation, Curfew shall snot ring to-night," Miss Gwennie Jones; eong and chorus (in character), The Miner Master H. Verrells; solo and chorus, Th-1 Shadows o'er tlie Valley," Miss Bertha Harries; scarf drill, 16 girls; patriotic choruses (1). "Now pray we for our country (2), The Empire Flag recitation, Ihe Relief of Ladysmith," Miss Lizzie Hanford, action song, Little Mothers. gu s and chorus (in character), The Tinker," A. S. Franger; duett, "You shan t play in our yard," Misses G. Jones and L. Handford; gun drill (in uniform) and chorus. Kail/ every noble Volunteer," 16 boys. This con- cluded the first part of the programme. The second moiety was taken up with the perfor- mance of the musical sketch, H The Persecu- ted Policeman." All the youthful actors took their parts splendidly, but Master Artie Boleh, as the obliging sergeant, took the audience by storm witl his very excellent representation. Young Bolch is either a born actor or a born policeman—or perhaps both. In the regrettable absence of Master Richard Jones, owing to a very sad and painful be- reavement. the duties of accompanist devolved upon Mr. Robert Lcyshon Davies, A.C., and ho discharged the duties in his usual success- ful manner.
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NEATH & DISTRICT. fBY OCR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] \VEDNESDA.Y'S MARKET—Good clearance at the following raW :-B"3t beef, lis. to lIs. 6d. other qualities, 10s. to lis. light weignt sneep, 9hi. heavy, 8d to 9d. lambs, lid. to l3. calves, 7|,i. to 8d. cows and calves, 112 to £ 15. TRAGIC DEATH OF MR. GEORGE SIMS, NEATH. FOUND SHOT IN HIS GARDEN. INQUEST AND VERDICT. A most painful sensation was produced in the Neath district on the morning of Tuesday by the report which, unhappily, was later fully confirmed, that Mr. George Sims, the well-known District Goods Manager of the Great Western Railway, had been shot dead in his garden at Ynisllynlladd, near Ne*th. Mr. Sims, who was a bachelor, lived at Ynisllynlladd with his two sisters, and here be found relief from his exacting business duties by indulging in the hobby of horticulture. Hi-s garden was famous for its roses and other flowers. Mr. Sim", on Tuesday morning, left the house quite early for a morning walk, as was his habit. He carried with him his gun, and told one of the servants that he was going out, and directed her to tell his sister. Half-an-hour later, that was at 7.10, two men named Samuel Hunkin and George Davies, who were working on the Neath and Brecon Railway, which runs atthe foot of the Ynisllynlladd Garden, heard the report of a gun, and immediately after they heard screams. The two men ran to the garden, and there found Miss Sims in a state of frenzy over the lifeless body of her brother, which lay prone on the garden path, and about twenty yards from the house. A doctor and the police were sent for, and Mr. G. T. Sims, a nephew of the deceased gentleman and agent to Lord Dytusvor, also promptly responded to a call. The latter arrived before the body had been removed in- doors. On Tuesday afternoon at the Police Station, Cadoxton, near Neath, County Coroner Cuthbert. son held an inquest into the circumstances of the death of Mr. George Sims. G. T. Sims, of Millbrook, Neath, a nephew of the deceased, said his uncle was 61 years of age last birthday. He was District Goods Manager under the Great Western Railway Company. He bed been with that company nearly the whole of his lifetime. Witness last saw him alive on the previous Sunday night when he seemed the siine aq usual. The deceased was very fond of shooting. He bad a serious illness about four years ago from which he had recovered, and had been at his work ever since. He had not appeared at all depressed lately. When witness arrived at Ytiisllynlladd that morning the body had not been takpn into the house. The gun was a 12-bore double barrel. „ By Mr. W. H. David The deceased was in the habit of shooting in the morning. He had complained of the gun that one of the triggers had a very light pull. The barrels were 30-inch. The deceased was up to his work the same as usual on Monday, „ Mary Lloyd, domestic servant at Ynisllynladd, said she saw the deceased at 6.35 that morning. He was in the sitting-room. He was fully dressed. She said Good morning. Sir," and he told her to tell Miss Sims that he was going out for a walk. It was his habit to go out for a walk every morning. Witness saw him leave the house, carrying a gun. She had been at the place two months, and never saw him take a gun out before. Sde did not hear a report, and did not see him alive after. He was in his usual spirits. He gener- ally got up at 6.20. Thomas Thomas said he was a gardener at Yniellynlladd. and had been there in that capacity for the last 27 years. He saw the deceased on Monday morning when he went to work. Witness went to work that morning at 7 o'clock, and did not see Mr. Sims alive that morning. He did not hear any report. He found the body lying on the garden path near the house. He was lying on his back quite dead. His hat was alongside of him on the right side, and the gun was on the left hand side of the body. The barrel was alongside of his head. It was about 7.10 when witness found the body. Deceased was in the habit of shooting birds in the morning. He had seen him do so many mornings. Witness touched the body to ^whether it was dead or alive Miss Sophie Sims came there and witness pat the hat 2S gun on one side. He gave the gun to the P°Dr! Whittington said he knew the deceased very well. He was sent for that corning to see the deceased, and saw the body about 8.15. He bad received a shot immediately below the left eve which had gone out at the back ot the ear.' The face was much disfigured. Death was instantaheous. There were no other mjune*. Witness had not attended the deceased from ten to fifteen years. He had seen him lately. He seemed to be all right then. He was attendingafiehing meeting. There was nothing about him to lead one to think that he would take his own life. The Coroner having addressed the ]ury, a verdict of Accidental Death was found The jury passed a vote of sympathy with the relatives of the deceased. SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL. The annual Sunday School Festival of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists of Neath, Melincrythan, and Skewen was held at Bethlehem Green Chapel, Neath, on the "First Sunday in May." In the morning at 8 o'clock a meeting of teachers was held, when various matters pertaining to the Sunday Schools were discussed, at which also a paper was read by Mr. Philip Thomas ou The Day School and the Sunday School: What the one may learn from the other." At half-past ten and two o'clock the Schools of Bethlehem Green, Gorphwysfa (Skewen), and Bethel (Melincrythan) were catechised in chapters from the "Christian Instructor" by the Revs. Henry Jonen (Aberdare), Moses Thomas (Port Talbot), and Richard Howells (Melincrythan). In the afternoon touching references were made by the Chairman to the late Aid. David Davies, and at his request the anthem Crown of Righteousness" was sung in memory of him. ,'I "L Despite the wet weather prevailing tne congre- gations were very large, and the pwnc was much enjoyed. This festival is now nearly seventy years old, having been held every year without a break since its foundation by the Rev. Ebenezer Richard. All the meetings were presided over by Mr. Edward Hopkins (Skewen) The singing was conducted by Mr. Edward Beddoe (Melincrythan), and accompanied by Miss Lalla Thomas (Neath). At the afternoon meeting Mr. John laliesin Davies occupied the seat for so many years filled by bis mu-ii revered father, the late Alderman David Davies. SINGING FESTIVAL. A most successful singing festival was held at Maesyrhaf Chapel on Monday. Choirs from Neath, Melincrythan, Resolven, Tonmawr, and c Bryncaws joined, and under the oonductorship of Dr. Parry rendered hymns and anthems in a most creditable manner. At the morning meeting, which was presided over by Mr. W. Thomas, Resolven, a service of song entitled "Moses Bach," composed by Dr. Parry, was performed with great taste and vigour. It was an entire success. In the afternoon the Rev. James Edwards presidpd, and the Rev. — Davies and others delivered addresses. The Rev. R. O. Evans spoke at the afternoon meeting. Atnijjht the Rev. Jonah Roberta presided, and the princi- pal speaker was the Rev. D. Morgan, of Briton Ferry. At the evening meeting two new hymn tunes entitled Melincrythan and Llansawel," composed by Dr. Parry, were sung by tbej united choirs. In regard to the first-named it is interest- ing to note that it was composed and printed, and afterwards sung by a vast concourse of people within the same day. Mr. T. J. Dennis presided with efficiency at the organ. The t-uccess of the festival was due in a large measure to the devoted services of the honorary secretary, Mr. Samuel Dennis. NEATH RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the above-named Council was held on Wednesday. Mr. A. S. Gardner (chair- man) presiding. The following were also present—Messrs. Edward Daviep, T. Williams, C S. Price, Edwin Price, W. B. Trick, B. A. Griffiths, T. Williams (Glyn Neath), John Davies, David Powell, Wm. Evans, John Daniel. Wm. Howell. J. H. Moore, E. E. Bowen, LI. D. Howells, John Jones (Glyn Neath), W. R. Evans, J. B. G. Price, and Dr. Elias. The Medical Officer of Health reported that there had been two Cd."es (one fatal) of diphtheria at Cwmavon. With the exception of an out- break of measles at Cwmgwrach, the health of the district was satisfactory. On the motion of Mr. B. A. Griffiths, it was resolved to request the Clerk to prepare for next meetintr a return of the various payments made to medical gentlemen throughout the district of the Council for notifying infectious diseases. Mr T Williams (Glyn Ne ith) pointed out the difficulty that was arising in regard to obtaining ground on whieh to deposit scavenging refuse. If the difficulty developed as it threatened to, in other place*? than K-es-dven, the tender of only one man would be acceptable, as depository ground would be refused to all other-. The motion was referred to a committee. T> • E-ias gave notice that he would, at the next meeting move, "That tbia Council, or a committ: e appointed by this Council, hold au ir wU'Y upon the present water supply at Skewen, and that immediate steps be taken, if necessary, tnincrease such supply. Mr. B. A. Griiffths: How are we getting on with the big scheme. Mr. Tom Williams The engineer is at Ystrad- j fellte to-day. „ Mr. B. A. Griffiths suggested the addition ot 1 Mr. S. B. Davies on the committee. Mr Tom Williams: The enquiry is a joint affair, and each of the Corporations of Neath and A^eravon, and the Urban District Council of Britonferry, and this Council, has its allotted representatives. Mr. B. A. Griffiths said he had every confidence in the committee, and was quite saiutieci wiuhthe statements made. The bu-iness of the Sanitary Autooi'i-ry over, tIp Council procee ler}, without an adjournment, to t-an-act highway business. Mr. H. S." Gardner, at the outset, said he thought it would be well if he did not preside over the two meetings. He had presided in the past over the Highway Committee, bnt now he should be glad if someone el-e was appointed. Mr. T. Williams, Glyn-Neath, moved thai. Mr. Tom Williams, solicitor, be appointed chairman, and, in doing so, said that he was glad that tne suggestion had come from Mr. (jaruner himself. That proved that Mr. Gardner believed in a division of labours and honours. Mr. Williams placed in such a post would be a further acquisi- tion to the Council. With his splendid knowledge they would have great help in solving the problems which from tim6 to time presented them- selves. Mr. B. A. Griffiths, in seconding, said there was no one made more use of the roads in the district than did Mr. Tom Williams, and knowing the value of good roads, he would see that all had the benefit of them. The resolution was carried unanimously On the motion of Mr. E. Evans Bevan, seconded by Mr. Wm. Howell, Mr. Joseph E. Moore was unanimously appointed vice- chairman. It was reported that Mr. Ernest Jones was pressing for payment of a balance stated to be due to him on the Onllwyn to Seven Sisters-road contract. This matter was also referred to a committee. Tenders for haulage and street watering were referred to committees representing the respective districts, who will report to next meeting. Tenders £12 10s. and £17108. for the clearing of Zion Culvert at Cwmavon, were opened. It was lesolved that the Council Surveyor should carry out the work. NEATH COUNTY POLICE.-FmDAY. Before Mr. Wm. Leyson, Mr. Thos. Powell, and Mr. Wm. Jones.] TRANSFER OF LICENSE.—The license of the Vaughan Arms, Resolven, was temporarily trans- ferred to Mr. Abraham George, builder, of Neath. NON-MAINTENANCE.—John Davies, of New- road, Skewen, was ordered to pay 5s. a week for the maintenance of his aged mother, Mary Davies, who had been allowed to become charge- able to the Neath Union. FURIOUS DRIVING.—Henry Johns, of Neath, cab-driver, was fined 10s. and costs for furious driving at Skewen on the 28th ult. Police- Sergeant Hurford proved the charge. DRUNKENNESS.—The following were fined for having been drunk :—Rees Williams, Pontneath- vaugban Evan Evans, Cwmjrwrach Thomas Jones, Glyn-Neath Samuel Williams, Glyn- Neath Henry Hobbs, Fforchdwm and William Phillips, Blaengwynfi. „ DRUNKENNESS.—William O'Neal, of Castle- street, was fined 5s. and costs, and Philip Meredith, Penrhiewtyn, 2s. 6d. and costs for drunkenness. STREET OBSTRUCTION.—Nathaniel Edwards, James-street, was fined 5s. and costs for street obstruction. FIGHTING.—Frank Kearney, Cecil-street, and David Thomas, of Windsor-road, were each fined 2s. 6d. and costs for fighting in the Three Cranes public house on the 28th April. DRUNK ON SUNDAY.—Daniel Evans, of 11. Company-row, Gwauncaegurwen, for drunkenness and disorderly conduct on Sunday afternoon, was fined 5s. and costs or seven days. NEATH BOROUGH POLICE.—MONDAY. [Before the Mayor (Aid. H. P. Charles), Mr. Harry G. Thomas, Mr. S. B. Gardner, and Mr. F. J. Gibbins]. SUNDAY TRADING.—Hannah Hopkins, land- lady of the Hope and Anchor public-house, the Green, Neath, was charged with opening her house for the sale of driuk on Sunday, the 15th April. Mr. W. H. David appeared for the defen- dant. P.C. Ben Davies and P.C. Harris said they watched the house on the date named. A man named Taylor went in, but came out with only a jug of milk. Later six men went through Anchor Court and remained at the cellar door long enough to have a drink. The police further said they saw the daughter of Mrs. Hopkins go to the house of a man named Tomkins, of Harris- court, with something bulky under her shawl. Tomkins had admitted that the beer had been brought to his house. Beer was also found at the house of a man named Sullivan, which Mrs. Sullivan said had been bought the night before. P.C. Harris said that when the men went to the cellar door they set others to act aa scouts." The defendant denied having supplied any drink. Albert Taylor had come to her house for milk, which he was supplied with, for a sick friend. Tomkins had asked for the assistance of her daughter for his wife, who was aged. Several witnesses were heard for the defence, their state- ments, however, yieluing under cross-examination. The defendant was fined 20s. and costs. A charge against Albert Taylor of unlawful presence was dismissed, whilst Francis Tomkins, lath-splitter, charged, with aiding and abetting, was fined 10s. and costs. NEATH BOROUGH BAND. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN." SIB,—I was very much struck on Thursday evening, in last week, when at the Victoria Gardens, at the splendid progress this band had made since last bummer. I can plainly see that under the able conductorship of oar clever young townsman, Mr. Dennis, and the enertry put forth by its members, this band has a fine future. The performance of that grand selection Maritana was everything that could be desired. I observe they now make their appearance in their new uniform, which has a striking appeal ance on the magmifioent band stand. Now that the summer eveniogs are approaching it is to be hoped that the inhabitants of Neath will avail themselves of the opportunities which they have not had before, by turning up in good numbers every week in the Victoria Gardens, and give the band every J1 11 -=- T_- encouragement, which tney ricniy ueserve.—A aiu, E^C-' LOVER OF MUSIC.
THE KIMBERLEY SIEGE DIARY. MR. CLIFF ALFORD RESUMES HIS NARRATIVE. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY Ilth. -My friend Cagey, and I got onr little family down the Rock Shaft Mine of the De Beers Company from 9 to 9.30 at night. We remained there until midnight. Casey and I then left, and called on our way at Mr. Foley's house. It was a curious night. We know our wives and families were safe so far as Boer shells were concerned (Mrs. Foley and family were in their laager-a very fine one). We had been given to understand that the Boers weuld resume shelling at midnight. About six o'clock next morning I went down the mine to 1,000 feet. Most of our friends were there, but not my family. I proceeded to the 1200 feet level and found Edith, Stuarl. and the baby. They had no tugs, and Edith had sat on an old block with baby in her arms, and (deeping on the edge of her skirt. Thus they had spent the night. I took them back to the thousand feet level and there found our rugs. I made them as comfortable as possible, and then the work of serving out soup, bread, and tea was begun. These were supplied gratia by De Beers -of this Company and Mr. Cecil Rhodes we cannot speak too highly. Milk and small quanti- ties of jam for children, planks, sheets of iron, etc., were sent down, and we had some work to do fixing up sleeping places for ,the hundreds on the 1,000 feet level. There were nearly 800 souls in all. I was up and down, aud back and fore to the office, although doing office work was out of the question, with 100 pounders flying around one. Thus things went on, shelling day by day until WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 14th (Valentine's Day).—The 100 pounder started about 7.30 in the morning. What valentines. Arthur (brother-in- law) had a narrow escape, a shell passing very close over his head and entering his bathroom. It turned tho room inside out and made matchwork of the woodwork, completely wrecking one bed- room, and doing great damage to another. Arthur received h slight scratch on arm—that was all. A piece of the same shell-at least I presume it was a piece of tha same—cut a hole in my roof, and a large piece pitched in my yard. This piece is kept by me as a memento. A shell, a few minutes later. ent, red Mr. Foley's house-a stones'-throw from mine. This was a most miraculous escape. Mrs. Foley was in the dining-room. Shell came through roof, exploded, going through and wreck- ing four rooms-one of these the drawing room. Mr. Foley was lying on couch, the shock brought down lamp, which, falling, smashed in the centre of room. Mr. Foley received a small scratch on forehead. Mrs. Foley deaf for some days owing to explosion, otherwi-e unhurt. All the ceiiing boards fell around her and about her. Shelling kett up all day THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15th.— From yesterday morning no one was allowed from the mines. I got out about six a.m. and made straight for Mr. Joey's. Found them as well as circumstances would permit with half the house in ruins. We had a small concert in the wrecked drawing-room. I was drenched to the skin by coming up from mine on top deck of c&ge. The Boers started shell in o* about 8.45 a.m. and kept it up heavily until about 11 o'clock. I had gone to my house for a bath, which I took under very unnerving circumstances, the shells screeching overhead. j Returned the mine during the afternoon, but thank God we were not much longer before we heard of the relief by General French. Such a scene cannot be imi1 g"i. "er1. Vfomen ana childrew hysterical with joy. Children cot up an impromptu concert, and all joined inth-> singing of National songs as best they could. Most were too inucii moved to sing. Saw a coui^e of elcerlv ladies home who were too impatient to wait, until morning. Saw ?r>me people, but very few I about. Returned to mine about 11 p.m. or no sleep. Ladies nromonadinar the; level Ill] night. By 3 o'clock a.m. everyone astir packing up rugs, ";tn. pud then came the job of regulating the traffic. Mv family went up two or three hours before. I got out afte* as*'sting one after another with their baggage. Ultimately, I arrived at the pii's mouth and had a good look at tne family—the first I had rellhr had for nbout five days. It tras a. tough experience throughout, and, even after relief, the leapt sound, especially one approaching1 that of n, distant shot, the peopl.o's hair would stand on end. Th11 re-nctionis setting in, for now all the folks seem half dead. whiTf during the siesre everyone was very much alive. I hope and trust it will nevor be my lot to have to write an account of such experiences a;z;Lin. The whole of the circumstances wpre too tryincr. Sincerely hope the whole affair will soon be brought to an end and successfully- Mr. Cliff Alford writing to his father on Good Friday says Yesterdav we had a crowd of war prisoners brought to Kimberlev Railway Station, and trucked to Cape Town. They w_3re mostly Italians, French, and every nationality except Boers. Out of fifty I do not think there were more than five Boers. Some of them had a lot to say. I should like to have had a cut in at them. Fifteen or twenty of the crowd locking on would have mopped the floor with them. The Kimberlev Town Guard are expecting to be called up again for defensive purposes. On the alarm being given we have to meet on Market-square. I have bad my discharge from Major Gone, Officer Commanding Army Service Corps, and who had me on his staff for nearly two months. I pre- sented my dischsrg-e yesterday at the Head Office, and secured my Queen's Chocolate. This is the lot sent ont by Her Majesty for distribution among the troops. Bisr prices have be^n given out here for the chocolate boxes —as much as £ 5. The curio hunters will have to srive a great deal more to induce me to part with mine. My dis- charge and the box is as good as a medal, but we hope to receive a medal as well. We are looking most eagerly for the relief of plucky Mafeking. When the news does come I shall make it my very own business to have a day's holiday. I have just received a bill for the repairs to my roof, of damage caus°d by the Boer shells. I received The Cambrian and was not a little pleased to see my diary in it. God bless you all.
SKEWEN. TABERNACLE HALL. On Thursday in last week, the Bible Christian Choir held a cantata at the above building. The piece entitled John and Jane Temperance was admirably performed by the choir of over 30 voices, and were loudly applauded by the over- crowded audience. The proceeds were in aid of the Bible Christian Building Fund. COEDFRANC SCHOOL BOARD. MONTHLY MEETING. The monthly meeting of the above was held on Monday. In the absence of the chairman (Mr. Wm. Howells) the vice-chairman (Mr. Henry Reason) presided. There were also present- Messrs. T. D. Rees, D. Hughes, James Clement, and Benjamin Davies. BYE-LAWS. Mr. James Clement brought forward a notice to amend the bye-laws. The Clerk said some radical changes were pro- posed, and Mr. Clement should have given notice of same. The matter was adjourned till next meeting. HEAD TEACHERS' REPORTS. A letter read from Mr. Phillips (head master) that the attendance of the boys under his charge was satisfactory, the percentage for the month being 92 6, while there were 296 names on the registers. He also asked the Board to help him in forming a library and intimated that be had been promised help to form the same. After some discussion, on the motion of Mr. Hughes, seconded by Mr. Clement, it was agreed to adjourn the matter for a month. Miss Jones also sent a report of the school under her care, and stated that the numbers on her registeis was now 440. Her staff and her- self heartily thanked the members of the Board for their congratulation on the excellent result of the last examination.
QUOITS. WEST WALES LEAGUE. SWANSEA v. SKEWEN. On Saturday a match in connection with the above league took place at the Harp Inn Grounds, Skewen, and ended in a win for the visitors by 49 points. The following are the scores SWANSEA. SKEWEN. 21 Wm, Morris v. W. Davies 17 21 J. Samuels v. E. Davies 7 21 H. Samuels v. J. Nodson 19 21 L. Symonds v. H. J. Jones 6 21 F. Harvey v. D. Evans 15 21 T. Walden v. M. Howells 14 21 R. Robinson v. J. Hanney 17 18 R. Cox v. W. Evans 21 THE SKEWEN EISTEDDFOD. AND MISS ANNIE THOMAS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,—Referring to the report of "SkeWAn Eisteddfod" which appeared in your last week's issue, kindly allow me to rectify a little error which ooourred in connection with the alto solo for girls under 15 years of age, Over the Line" (Sankey). The prize was awarded to Miss Annie Thomas Dunvant (the same young girl as won the other alto solo), and not to Miss Annie Jane Hill Graig, Morriston, as reported, the latter having only received a consolation prize.—Yours truly, JUSTICE.
HINTS FOR THE HOME. I LEMONS when they have had the juice squeezed I out are not worthies?, so do not throw them away. They may be dipped into salt and used; to clean copper or brass utensils; a brilliant surface will be the result if polisiied at once with a soft cloth or leather. LOTION FOE RHEUMATISM. One np" laid-egg well beaten, half a pint of white vinesrar, one ounce oi spirits of turpentine, quarter of an ounce of spirits of wine, quarter of an ounce of spirits of camphor, mix well together. BRAX BAG VOl. BATH. Make a bag from cheesecloth and put a running- string in it. the bran mixture in the following manner: Swe all the pieces of toilet soap, and when perfectly dry pound to a powder. Mix four tablespoont'uis of borax with four ounces of the scap, and stir this mixture into four quarts of bran. When about to take a bath put half a pint of this mixture in the bag and tie firmly. Use the bag as a wash-cloth. It will soften and whiten the skin. LOTION FOR NEURALGIA. Cold winds frequently bring on attacks of neuralgia and rheumatism, and the following liniment is excellent for alleviating the pain: Aconite liniment two parts, chloroform liniment one part. Apply to the parts affected, but be careful it does not get near the eyes. A WARNING. Babies are like delicate plants, and should be brought up in as pure an atmosphere and with as much sunshine to bask in as possible. They should not be coddled or handled much. The mother who is for ever handling, tossing or jumping her baby to make it take "notice," when perhaps it is sleepy, and then rocking and jumping it again to get it to sleep when its nerves are "all on edge," is doing the little one a great wrong. Many of the brain diseases of children are often traced to the foolish habit of tossing them up or making them take notice" at an a»e when to "notice "would shew an abnormal precocity that would bode ill for their future health. TO 7BKSXRVB GREEN VEGETABLES. Keep them on damp stones, covered with a damp cloth. Beetroot, parsnips, carrots, and potatoes are best kept in sand during the winter. Onions should be tied in bunches and hung up. BARACHE. This is one of the most painful ailments to which children are liable, but much may be done to relieve the pain. (1) Heat equal parts of glycerine and laudanum in a spoon and pour into the ear. (2) Rub mustard oil or chloroform liniment behind the ear. (3) Roast an onion, take out the heart, and put it hot into the ear. (4) Put a hot bran poultice or camomile flower poultice over the ear, or a linseed poultice sprinkled with laudanum. The ears should always be dried well and gently after washing, and never put a screwed up cloth into the ear. If there ia much discharge it is better to consult a doctor, but the ear may be syringed with warm boracic acid lotion, half an ounce of boracic dissolved in one pint of boiling water. Then cover the ear with salicylic wool.—Madame. TO EKMOVK PAPER FROM WALLS. Use a pail of warm water and a brush such as white-washers use. Dip the brush in the warm water and wet the paper with it, beginning at the top and working down to the bottom. Wet a space two or three yards wide, and then begin to pull off the paper. A broad palette knife is a great help in starting the paper. Always have a II broad strip of the wall soaking while you are tearing off the paper from the preceding section. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A SMILE ? Who can tell ? Like the sunshine, it is hard to estimate its value, for though it costs the giver nothing it very likely means all the differ- ence to the recipient between black despair and cheerfulness and hope. A kind smile is beyond price to the erring but relenting, and cheers them to struggle back to the paths of right and duty, from which they have diverged in pursuit of pleasure and folly, while to the sorrowful, the desolate, and the forsaken it has the happiest effect, only comparable with that of the sun in dissipating the thick clouds and fog which some- times entirely obscure a fair landscape. A smile is a token of warmth within; it shews the kind heart of the friend, the affectionate brother, the loving child, or the happy husband. It adds a charm to the plainest face, it enhances the beauty of the most well-favoured, and it makes j the gentle, gracious woman appear a veritable angel in the eyes of him who loves her. KUBSKKY NOTES. The child's tendencies should be carefully watched, and everything in him which appears vicious or unpleasant should be nipped in the bud. If a child is careless of his toys and breaks and defaces them the proper punishment is to take them away from him, and say he cannot have them for a certain period of time, and then give them to him when he promises to take care of them. It is very bad policy to be continually buying new toys for a child who is destructive and dis- obedient these are not qualities to be encouraged by frequent rewards of gifts. If a child is cruel and domineering to its little associates, it should be sternly reproved and taught to behave gently and kindly. Boys should be especially taught to be tender and chivalrous to all girls, and particularly to their sisters. Children who treat their pets roughly and cruelly should be deprived of them. No right- minded person places a little helpless dumb creature in the complete power of young children who are cruel through ignorance or through a vicious nature. The treatment of pets should be watched by the mothers of children having them, SOFT WATER FOR THE TOILKT. If you would keep your skin and complexion in good condition, beware of washing in hard water. Endeavour to obtain filtered rain-water if possible. If this cannot be procured, the water must be foftened by an artificial process. Here is a recipe for a good water softener in the form of a powder: Borax, in powder, half an ounce; white Castile soap, powdered, half an ounce; orris-root, two ounces; wheat-flour, two ounces; almond meal, three ounces; oil of bitter almonds, five drops; oil of bergamot, one drachm. Mix thoroughly. Add a tablespoonful of this to the water in which you intend washing the face, about two hours before using. A cheaper powder may be made by mixing together three ounces of fine ground oatmeat, three ounces of fine almond-meal, and half an ounce of borax. NICE DISHES. Swiss FISH PIK.—First fry two table spoonfuls of minced ouions in a tablespoonful of butter until cooked, add one ounce of flour, and gradu- ally one pint of hot milk. Season all with a little salt, cayenne pepper, and chopped parsley. Boil two or three eggs till hard, and throw into cold water. Free one pound and a half of hake, cod, or haddock from skin and bone. Grease a pie-dish, set in it a layer of fisb, then a layer of slices of egg, and so on till all is used up. Pour over the sauce, which should be cold when used. Cover the pie with good puff paste, and bake. Serve with a napkin tied round the dish, and a liberal garnish of sprigs of parsley. HAM TOAST.—Cut rounds of bread with a cake cutter, toast them a delicate brown, butter, and arrange them in order on a dish. Have ready one pound of cold ham finely minced, mixed with the beaten yolk of an epg, four tablespoon- fuls of cream, and a very little cayenne pepper. Heat it and spread it on the toast. Milk may be used instead of cream if half a teaspoonful of butter is added to it when heating. This is a good way to use the remains of cold ham when the pieces are too small to be made presentable otherM ise. Con EN MATELOT.—Cut the cod into neat slices; Jay them for three hours in salt and water, to which add a very little vinegar. Have ready some boiling water, put in the fish, and simmer gently until tender. Remove carefully, place on a platter, tod cover with the following sauce: Slice and fry two onions to a nice brown colour in two ounces of better; put to them two tablespoonfuls of mushroom catsup and one pint of the water the fish was boiled in. Add one clove, two allspice berries, one-fourth of a tea- spoonful of chopped parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer fcr ten minutes, when strain and add the juice en one lemon and two tablespoonfuls of port wis*. FILLETS OF HEXF WITH HoasERAnisH.—Take the required number of fillets, dip them in salad oil, and grill over the fire. Arrange them in a circle on a border of mashed potatoes pour tomato sauce, to which a piece of glase has been added, round the fillets, and fill the centre with the following mixture: Grate a large stick of horseradish; mix with it a spoonful of white sauce, a teaspoonful of vinegar, pepper, salt, and the yolks of two eggs. Add a teaspoonful of lemon-juice, a few drops of vinegar, and a gill of cream. Whip it in a saucepan over the fire, and pour in the centre of the fillets* LOOK YOUNG, KEEP YOUNG. It is every woman's duty. VEGELOID?, the new and wonderful little digestive aperie't; and liver stimulants will help her to do it. "VKGELOIDS tint pale cheeks with the glow of health." One a. doee, 100 doses in poaket vial. Is. lli., of chemists; or by post of Messrs. NEWBERY, 27, Charterhouse Square, London. 3
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MAESTEG & DISTRICT. Two young lads from the old parish" very often go on courting excursions to the new parish of Bettws. As usual a H picnic occurred, where the girl had to decide which should occupy the coveted place in her affections. Seeing the "high falutin" temper of each, and fearing a "Donnybrook fair ex- perience, when rivals tread on the tails of each other's coats," she refused to listen to the advances of either. Being both baffled, they returned home and spent the weary way in disputing their re- spective merits in the girl's affections. Mecldai un: Mi aethum i a hi Boxing Day,' ac mi ddangosais iddi bob parch (chwedl y puddlers), ac hefyd mi funi a i yn Margam Flower Show, ac mi ddangosais bob parch yno hefyd; ac heblaw hyny, y mae vedi addaw cyfarfod a mi nos Sul nesaf." Felly yma hefyd," meddai Dai, and so between recriminations they journeyed to- wards the lower end of the old parish until the parting came, and the butcher continued his journey in silent soliloquy. NATIONAL UNTOX OF SHOP ASSISTANTS.—A branch of the above, lately opened at Maes- teg. held its first general meeting at Lockver's, A.I.. Church-street, on Tuesday evening last. Mr. D. J. Evans (Cash and Co.) was unanimously elected President. Mr. Francis, Secretary, and Miss Davies. Trea- surer. After several committees had been elected, it was decided to hold a picnic at Llangonoyd on Wednesday. May 23rd. A committee was delegated to make arrange- ments. A most successful meeting was brought to a close by a vote of thanks to the Chairman. WEPLEYAX MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT CLA68.— This Societv (which, bv the way, is one of the best of its kind in the town) met 118 usual on Tuesday evening. After the President had opened the meeting, and the usual business srone through. Mr. Brill was voted to the chair. The President, Mr. A. E. I T/OCkyer. and the Vice-President. Mr. D. J. Evans. then "donned the glomes" to feht out the Question of the evening, viz., Is War Justifiable." Mr. Evans, who took the affir- mative, led the wa.y, hitting out right and lef+-. bringing out hi3 pointy in a verv clear and lucid manner. He illustrated his paper by reference to the various wars, which havo. at various times, convulsed the world. While Mr. Evans was bitting away in a veiy deter- mined manner, Mr. A. E. Lockrer did not allow the grass to grow under his feet. He retaliated with equal force, his blows being quite as h-ird. his arguments quite as forcible as those of his opnon-nt. He referred to the origin, nature and effects of war. and at the close of n." ^x^pllcnt naper proposed that war was unjustifiable because it was demoralising, immoral and unchristian. Both speakers were ablv seconded bv Mr. T. C. Whittire- ham and Mr. H. Lockver. Messrs. Brill, Hocking. Edmonds and othe^ spoke in rp- ?'-rencp to the question. T-Itinateir Mr. Evans' proposition that war was justifiable was carried by a large majority. A vote of fhankc to the speakers, and the singine of the Doxology, brought the meeting to a close.
We don't serve soldiers." said the waiter at the Queen's Hord. Barkly West, to a gentleman in khaki who wanted to order a drink. Well might the soldier reply, as he gazed at the crowd of swaggering Dutch rebels who had shot his comrades, looted the property of loyalists, and been allowed to go home with every prospect of a free pardon. It is enough to make anybody a rebel." It iÐ; and the wonder is that there is two penno'rth of loyalty to the Empire left in the whole Cape Colony or Natal. As Mr. Hands, of the Daily Mail," who reports the I incident, puts it, the Dutchman who did not rebel and loot was, to say the least of it, neglectful of his chances. Pall Mall." UADBURY'S Cocoa. ABSOLUTELY PURE, THEREFORE BEST. I 11, 1, I I Entirely free from drugs or any foreign admixture. Moat Sustaining, Refreshing and Invigora- ting. CADBURY'S Coeoa is "a perfect food," and is descrihed by the Lancet as representing "the stan- dard of highest purity." When asking for Cocoa, insist on having CADBURY'S (fõoJd enly in Packets and Tins) as other Cocoas are sometimes substituted for the cake ot extra prom.
FASHION NOTES. tBY MESSRS. BtN EVANS AND CO., LiMITtD, SWANSEA. Sunshine and fine weather have the very evident effect of awakening the scorcher from his hiber- nating period of repose, for of recent weeks the land has been fairlv over-run with myriads of these creatures, who, locust-like, descend in their multitudes and sweep the restaurant and refresh- ment-rooms clean of their contents. Individually we feel perfectly assured of the impossibility of being personally included in such a category, as our cycling attainments rank much higher-ill our own eyes, anyhow-but a feeling of awaken- ing to the joys of btruggrling* np hill and flying down dale on our bikes, has the natural effect of creating an immediate interest in the condition of the cycle itself, and our costume more particular* ly. There are a few much mistaken girls who labour under the belief that anything will do for cycling in, but we are glad to say their number is unmistakably on the decrease, and each succeeding season ore encounters more neatly- dressed girl", awheel than in previous years. A cycling season to prove a success, and not an eyesore, most be pre-eminently neat in all details. elaborate trimmings being strictly avoided. The much-talked of khaki tawe serge makes up into very tough and serviceable dresses and does not shew traces of dust. A particularly neat and trim A SMART CYCLING GOWN. gown appears in our sketch, made of pepper-and- salt tweed—a highly useful material, as we have restricted our inclinations from wandering to fascinating gowns of perishable and easily-soiled tones and have stuck heroically to eminently serviceable dress. It is a mistake, however, to suppose that such a garment must of necessity be ugly and unbecoming, and this the sketch will prove, though, unfortunately, it is altogether impossible to show the correct colouring selected in this instance. The well-cut bolero, yon will observe, can be worn either open or closed, aa the fronts are connected by straps or tabs, which, when not in use, are fastened back by steel when not in use, are fastened back by steel buttons. A soft white silk blouse, neatly tucked, is worn beneath, and pouches in front over a swathed band of pale-blue silk, to match which there is the collar of tucked silk. A trim white straw sailor hat with a black band finishes the toilette, but this could be varied by a much* stitched hat of the tweed itself, trimmed with a black ribbon and quill, though the sailor hat both for boating and cycling is cooler to wear. Here is an excellent illustration of a particu- larly comfortable bodice for cycling in. In this instance the material selected was a homespun tweed died to a lovely tone of the fashionable wedge wood blue, and, instead of the usual coat and skirt, it consists of a bodice of the tweed. AN ACCOMMODATING BODICE. opening (or closing if desired) over a dainty front. The great advantage lies in the absence of the coat, which often proves cumbersome and spends a good deal of its journeyings abroad strapped to the handle-bar of the machine, a treatment which does not t:,ud to its beautification. A simple front of tucked filk, or a more elaborate and laoe- trimmed front can be shielded while en route from dust or rain by simply fastening the front, which is double-b'easted, to burst upon the delighted beholders at tea or luncheon hour, charming to look upon in all its daintiness and freshness. Several girls have fashioned for themselves s-imilar bodices, tie result being unqualified satisfaction. With the advent of warmer weather on* generally prefer* to wear a silk skire, but there are cays throughout the whole summer when a bodice such as we have sug- gested will be found u-efal and comfortable. To-morrow (Saturday) our showrooms wIll" be brightened by the advent of beautiful models in Costumes, coats and skirt. mantles and milliuery, recently purchased iu Paris and Lr>nd'>n. All interested in fashions are cordially invited to look rounu.