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(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENTS.) ABERAYON AND PORT TALBOT. NOTES AND NEWS. r BY RAMBLER." J The work in connection with the erection of the new Steel Works is going on apace. What was once Aberavon's classic football ground is already converted into a regular beehive of industry—labourers, masons, and surveyors having played sad havoc with the greensward over which the sphere of leather had been chased for many a long year. The more stolid pursuits of life will, in a short time, be in full play, and the district will be all the richer for it. Talking of riches reminds me that Aberavon will, in a few months hence, require some of tho.<e riches. Schemes aie now being laid before the Local Government Board totting up in all to £ 17,000—a nice little round sum isn't it for a small borough to launch out with in one year. Trie bringing of the River Avon to connect the town witn the docks is going to ran away with -812,000, and one wonders at this moment if such a big outlay will repay the ratepayers. If it were only carried out some five or six years ago the scheme would havn greatly tostered the building of merchants' offices in the Victoria-road, but Station-street, Port Talbot, claims these all for its own There is room and to s-pare, however, for big developments at the Sanofields for works and otherwise, and we sincerely hope that the bridge will hurry forward such developments. A strong case for its construction will have to be laid before tho Local Government Board Inspec- tor, but to a stranger this does not seem an herculean task- The last meeting of the Town Council confirmed a resolution of the Gas Committee v> ho recommend that an expert should be called in at cnoe to advise on the construction of new Gas Works—one of the most, in tact Ibe most impor- tant, I venture to say, pr< ject which the Council can take in hand. A new woiks is absolutely necessary and should have been constructed years ago. To my mind the erection of a new works is far more urgent just now than the construction of the Avon Bridge. The town cannot go on much longer in defraying out of the rates heavy sums of money to meet the deficiency on tbeexistitg works. Tne proverbial last straw will soou be reached, and in the interests of the ratepayers the proposed new works should be pushed on with, with all speed. Although a comparatively young Institution the Margam Urban District Council has overtaken and passed Aberavon in the matter of indebted- ness, but the ancient borough promises to go one better presently. The Town Branch Post Office as altered was re-opened on Thursday. It certainly presents a more businesB-like appearance, and there should he no more complaints as to privacy in the Savings Bank Department A Local Government Board Inspector will visit Aberavon on the 31st inst. for the purpose of holding an inquiry into the Town Council's application for a loan to construct the E-planade on the Beach and lor the expenditure of money in reference to street improvements, the projects involve an expenditure ot about £ 5,000. We are making progress. The tradespeople of Port Talbot—the residents In Staiion-strect in particular-are making f-trenuoua tft'vrts to revive tne question of erect- ing a Market 111 their disirict. A reputation of them waited upon the District couueil at tueir last meeting urging luem to again take the matter up. They unuouotediy Una tuat the Aberavon Market is a seriuus (118tn. bance to their business on Saturdays, whereas a Market erected in a central position at Poit would, they think, help to erect tne exodus of Taibach people into the ancient borough, but as I nave over and over again said iu these notes, wnat is wanted at Port. ialbot, to do what the tradespeople think a Market would ao for th m, is the creation ot a lew more licensed nouses m their district. Pott Talbot is tJaUJY off 111 this connection. W heu marketing, especially when the market day is Saturday, people mop in at the pubs for a cnat witn their mencu and neighbours. Poit Taibot lack this accommodation, alll it will be the centre of attraction until pubs are more plentiful there. Talking of Station-stleet reminds me of the negiecteu appearance this thoroughiure presents on a Sunday moining. Is it not posaiule for this stieei to be scavenged eany iu the morning ? The reiuse of the siiuib-puper bags, and wnai not— are distributed au over the place, ana, as 1 have said, gives a very unsightly and dirty appeaiance to the street. The Alar gam Council have deciued to open subscription hots at the local banks to raise fuuds lor Queen Victoria's Meinoiial k-ulci. What it, Aberavon going to do r The Margam Cricket Club gained a some- what unexpected and easy victory over the Swansea. Second Eleven at Margam on Satur- day last. The Swansea men could do noth- ing with the bowling of George Aitken, who send down five overs and three balls for the re- markable analysis of 1 run and 5 wickets. The wicket was certainly a trifle "bumpy," and George sent them down with just a little sung behmd them. Swansea were all out for 42. Margam knocked off these with the loss of four men-Erur-ist Tennant playing a lively not out innings of 25, hitting a five and a couple of 4'8, and the total reached 78 for 9 wickets when time was called. Margam has a very promising XI. and if they keep together they should be heard of in better company.. It is a pity that the out- fielding at Margam cannot be improved. No attempt is made to keep down the under- growth, which in the middle of the season is of rare heighth, and it is simply impos- sible to score off the pitch unless by a lofty hit, a thing which should be discouraged, especially in a young team. The recent spell of dry weather is causing the youngsters of the town and district 1o look forward with delight to their annual Whitsun festival on Monday next, and many are the ardent hopes that it will not break up until that always looked for treat is over. In Church circles, the matter of the ap- pointment of a new vicar is creating a good deal of .interest, and speculation is rife as to who the new vicar will be. A rumour got abroad last week end that a curate of one of the Cardiff ct^ches had been appointed, but this is not so. The Markets Committee of the Town Coun- cil held a special meeting on Tuesday after- noon to consider the question of fixing hours for the regulation of -slaughtering at th" public slaughterhouse, when it was decided to accept the Swansea hours. A recommen- dation was also passed to increase the mar- ket inspector's salary by 5s. per week. Aberavon and Port Talbot wree well repre- sented at the Neath Horse Show on Thursday, with what results we hope to give next waek. Saturday last was a very unfortunate day in the Port Talbot district as regards acci- dents. A man named James Reynish, a na- tive of Cwmavon, was found early in the morning on the R. and S. Bay line with one of his feet cut off, and later on in the day two men named Hallett and Roderick, the latter a native of Taibach, fell off the new church at Bryn. through the collapse of some scaffolding. Roderick was very seriously in- jured. sustaining a broken leg and arm and injuries to his head. A private meeting of the Water Works Committee v| held on Tuesday afternoon, to consider the terms of the agreement re the Margam water supply. It is hoped that the matter will be carried through quickly as the reservoir is rapidly sinking. We are glad to notice that notices have been issued tc house- holders warning them against the waste cf water, and prohibiting them from using it for watering gardens which appears to be, extensively done in the town. ABERAVON COUNTY POLICE COURT.— MONDAY. [Before Messrs. Edward Davies (in the chair), J. M. Smith, Lewis Lewis, Herbert Evans, and Dd. Williams.J Applications. — Oocasional licences were granted Mr. Theodore Thomas, of the Crown Ion, Kenfig Hill, to sell intoxicants in a tent in Margam Park on the occasion of the Glamorgan Annual Riflti Meeting on the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st inst., and to Mrs. Catherine David, of the Somersetshire House Inn, Taibach, on the ocoasion of a dance. They Stoppt-d the Colliery.-Dd. Woolcock, a steelworker of Cwmavon, was charged by Daniel Martell, colliery manager, of Cwmavon, with assaulting him on the 16th inst. Mr. Moses Thomas appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Trevor Hunter for Woolcock. According to the evidence of Martell defendant entered his office about 1.30 on the day in que-tion, and without uttering a word dealt bini a severe blow in the mouth, causing blood to flow freely. In cross- examination, however, Martell admitted ordering defendant's brother off the works earlier that day, but denied accusing him of being a thief. Witness also faid in his examination in chief that when outside his office, in the presen e of 1\ man named Heycock, Woolcock threatened to strike him again if he got thiee months for it. There was great commotion in the colliery yard, said Martell. Defendant's mother and three sisters came on the scene and the colliery was stopped a quarter of an hour by the disturbance created. George Heycock, a weigher at the colliery, sai 1 that. e noticed Martell was bleeding at the mouth, and he com- plained to him of having been struck by defen- dant, whom he heard threaten to strike again. The defence was a total denial of the assault, but Woolcock admitted going into the office and threatening complainant because he called his bioiher Tom a thief.—Fined JE1, including costs. Drunk in a Railway Carriage.—Samuel White, described as a navvy, was charged with commit- ting a breach of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company's Byelawtt by being drunk and abusive in a railway oarriage on the 18th inst. Mr. E. T. Evans ptosecuted for the company. It appeared f,om the evidence of John Morgan, station master at Cwmavon, that on the arrival of the 4.40 train at his station his attention was called to White, who was very drunk and refused, or was unable to give any account of himself or his ticket, and he had to be given into custody.- Fined 10s. and costs. There was more than the average crop of drunks dealt with aad these closed the charge sheet. t