"ARE YOU A MASON?" A ROLLICKING FARCE AT THE GRAND THEATRE.* Are you a Mason?"—the German-American farce which is this week being introduced to Swansea playgoers at the Grand Theatre, is one of the brightest and most genuinely funny farces that have been staged here for a long time. In a dramatic sense, it has no high ambitions. Its purpose is to make people laugh, and in this it is decidedly successful. The secret of its success is, we believe, to be found in the fact that Are you a Masen ?" calls for no effort of the intellect on the part' of the listener, its fun lying entirely on the surface. The fun may not all be ir perfect taste, though it should be understood that there is nothing really glaringly vulgar. Taking it through and through, we are certainly justified in describing the piece as quite harmless, nay wholesome. Aaaos Bloodgood gets a wearisome time with his wife, and so with the object of securing a little more freedom he pretends to become a Freemason. and carries on the deception for over 20 years. His daughter, at the opening of the play, is just married to Frank Perry, who at the mother-in-law's instigation, promises to become a mason, like his father-in-law! He does not do so, but uses the excuse of lodge meetings" for the same purpose. Then a meeting is arranged between the two, and neither knowing the other is an imposter and each apprehensive of immediate exposure, the fun begins. However, a three act play demands something mere than this to sustain the interest and amusement of the "house," and therefoie before the first theme is exhausted, the authors betake them to another no less productive of mir h, practically the whole of the rest of the pfaTi pLUf?, ? np with business reminiscent of Charley s Aunt." Messrs. Geo Edwardes and Charles Frohman's Crrny^r cau^ht the spirit which should animate farce aotii: and they succeed very well, by unflag*in" movement, m carrying comical effect across the footlights. Mr. F. Permam, as Geo Fisher whose lot it is to masquerade in female attire was perhaps the most successful in provoking spontaneous laughter, his impersonation of the counterfeit Angelina being worthy of all praise Mr Harry Ashford, Mr. Philip Leslie, and Miss Eileen Munro created excellent impressions, while the subordinate characters were also well sustained. No one should miss seeing Are you a Mason?' SWANSEA AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY. The committee of the above society have creat pleasure in announcing Baroness Patti-Cederstrom has kindly con- sented to become the patroness of the society. We would call our readers' attention to the coming performances of the charming opera Patience to be given by the society, in aia of local charities, at the Grand Theatre next week (as advertised), from April 23rd to 26th. Madame Hannah Jones will take the import- ant part of Lady Jane, Miss Bertha Seaton will be Patience, Mr. Percy Rees will imper- sonate Bunthorne,and the other leading parts will be in very capable hands. There will be a powerful chorus, numbering about 40, and a largely augmented orchestra, the whole being under the conductorship of Mr. Donald W. Lott. The rehearsals are going with a swing, which augurs well for some capital perform- ances, and we hope to see bumper houses each night. Tickets may be had from any of the members of the society, or at Mr. Gwynne H. Brader i, 17, Heathfield-street (telephone Xo. 291), where a plan may be seen.
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OBITUARY. MOTHER OF SIR J. J. JENKINS. Mrs. Sarah Jenkins, mother of Sir John Jones Jenkins, Swansea, died at her residence, Bath Villa, Morriston, on Sunday night, after a few months' serious illness, at the advanced age of 88 years. Sir John Jones Jenkins was not present at the death, as he only arrived in London from the Continent on Saturday, but arrived at Swansea at 4.30 on Monday morn- ing. The deceased, who was well-known in the district and greatly respected, was a typical Welshwoman, and up to her illness at- tended the Welsh Baptist Chapel at Morriston. Her husband, the late Mr. Jenkin Jenkins, pre- deceased her some years ago. The funeral took plaje at noon on Wednesday. The cor- tege left the late residence of the deceased, Bath Villa, Morriston, at noon, for Clydach Churchyard, where the remains were interred in the family vault. Wreaths were received from Sir John and Miss Jenkins, Mr and Mrs Horace Daniell (grand children), Mrs D. Llewelyn Thomas, Mr and Mrs Bransby Oliver, Mr and Mrs Williams (Maesygwernen), &c. The body was enclosed in an oak coffin with heavy brass fittiiigs, the brass plate bearing the following inscription: Sarah Jenkins, died April 13th, 1902, aged 88 years." Prior to starting, the Rev. Joseph Gimblett, pastor of Seion Welsh Baptist Church-of which the deceased lady was the oldest member, having been connected with the church 50 years-offered up prayer. The cortege was composed as follows :-First carriage: hevs D. Watcyn Morgan (vicar of Llangyfelach), and James Jones (Clydach); bearers Messrs David John, David Mort, W. Morgan, Robert Lewis, Arthur Turner, and William Williams, employes of Messrs Wal- ters and John, undertakers; mourning coach Sir John Jones Jenkins (son), Mr Bransby W. Oliver (nephew), and Mr E. A. Watkins (sec- retary Mumbles Railway and Pier Co.; 2nd carriage Rev Joseph Gimblett, Mr A.. Tench, and Mr G. Bowen 3rd carriage Mr William Williams, J.P. (Maesygwernen), and Mr Hy. Clement (Beaufort Tinplate Works); 4th car- riage: Mr Edward Daniel (high sheriff). The Revs D. Watcyn Morgan and James Jones (Clydach) officiated at the graveside. Business was suspended in Woodfield-street, and blinds were drawn as the cortege passed through, out of respect to the deceased lady. The funeral arrangements were under the personal supervision of Mr Oakley Walters. FUNERAL OF MRS. MALLGRAF. The funeral of the late Mrs. Capt. Mallgraf took place on Friday last, leaving Miradoiy crescent, ior the Swansea Cemetery at 11 o'clock. Ic was strictly private. The mourners were: Capt. J. J. Mallgraf, Capt. Peter Mallgraf, Mr. Philip Rogers (Uplands- crescent, Mr. Charles Rogers, and Mr. D. W. Johns, Walter-road; also Mr. W. Moffatt. and Mr. Ashmole, of Montpelier-terrace. A large number of very beautiful wreaths and crosses of flowers were sent by friends of the family, and amongst them a beautiful wreafh by the office staff of Messrs. T. P. Richards and Co., Gloucester House. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Watkins Jones,. assisted by the Rev. D. L. Prosser, of Christ Church. The arrangements were carried out by Mr. D. C. Jones, Castle-square. Mr. Robert Williams, sand bailiff to the Duke of Beaufort, died at his residence. No. 66, Argyle-street, Swansea, on Tuesday morn- ing, at the age of 66. He was only confined Z, to his h use ior a few days, but succumbed to a complication of diseases. Up to the time of his death, deceased had been for many yeais superintendent of the Swansea Sailors' Society Hand of Hope. He was a well-known figure on tht- Mumbles trains, as his duties compelled him to continually travel up and down tile line. He itaves a grown-up family.
LLANGYFELACH DISTRICT COUNCIL, MEDICAL OFFICER'S SALARY. At a meeting of the Llangyfelach District Council, held on Tuesday, Sir John Llewelyn moved that the salary of Dr. E. Rice Morgan be increased to equal that of Dr. Trafford Mitchell. It was pointed out tha\' Dr: Mor- gan's district was not as large as Dr. Mit- chell's, and there being no seconder, the matter dropped. Sir John remarked that he would bring the master forward again. In his monthly report, Dr. E. Rice Morgan re- marked that in spite of the continued pre- sence of small-pox in Swansea, he was very pleased to say that there had been no fresh case in this district. However, as he was no prophet, he would say nothing as to the future.—Mr. Sims: The future is dark.-Dr. Morgan: No, sir.—Sir John Llewelyn asked whether he anticipated any more trouble ?— Dr. Morgan replied in the negative.-Sir John Llewelyn pointed out that the Council had done all that waslihmanly possible to check the disease, and the discussion closed with an observation from the medical officer that in his opinon the whole kingdom would be clear of the disease before long. The consideration of steps to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward Til. gave use to a discussion, in which the Clerk said tb,.t he did not think the Council would "hire to be behind othe^JLocal bodies who h:.d de- cided to send addresses expressing their loyalty, etc., to his Majesty. Rev. T. T. Davies spoke in favour of &n address. Mr. F. H. Glynn Price also remark;d that an address would be suitable. Mr. Sims: I am sure the King would think I just as much of a letter as he wouid of an address which cost 30 or 40 guineas. He would say we are most economical people, who look at things in the right way. Laugh- ter). Sir John Llewelyn suggested that as the District Councillors were also Guardians, they should ask the Board to allow them to attach the seal and signature of their chair- man to their address. This 'was unanimously agreed to. Correspondence in relation to the removal of a scarlet fever case from Gowerton (within the Llangyfelach District Council's jurisdic- tion) to a house in Dunvant (within the aegis of the Gower District Council) was read at Tuesday's meetings of the former body. The Local Government Board in response to a complaint from Gower, said it did not ap- pear to have been a proper proceeding to send a case of scarlet fewer to a house full' of young children.—Dr. Trafford Mitchell, in replying to Mr. T. Gordon Bowen, the Gower inspector pointed out, that the case occurred in a workshop. The only case open to him was to send the girl home. All pre- cautionary measures were taken, and he did not know what more was wanted. That the public health was more endangered by her residence in Dunvant than by her residence in Gowerton, observed Dr. Mit- chell, no sane man would assert. Mr. Saml. Johnson said it seemed to be a very grave charge, but thought they would be quite justified in accepting their medical officer s explanation. Rev. T. T. Davies moved that they should emphatically support the doctor's action,
SOUTII WALES COAL TRADE. IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS AT LLANELLY. An emergency meeting of the Llanelly Borough Council was held on Saturday morn- ing to consider an application from the Bel- gian Syndicate for an additional tract of land on Morfa Marsh. As already reported, the syndicate acquired some time ago from the Crown a taking of 1,000 acres on the marsh, where they propose to sink two shafts to reach the lower coal measures. The syn- dicate has obtained very favourable terms from the Crown, and now asks the council for an additional 62 acres, which forms part of the town estate. The application came before the council in the shape of a Litter from Mr. Fred Nelson Powell, local solicitor to the syndicate, who explained that his clients required the land for the erection of workshops, buildings, storehouses, railways, tramways, workmen's dwellings, etc. It was their intention to commence at once, and as the company had a capital of C300,000 their operations would necessarily be on a large scale. The intention was to raise 1,000 tons a day and to ship it to Belgium, where the syndicate own one of the laigest steelworks and blast-furnaces on the Continent. In all probability a direct line of steamers would run between Llanellv nnd Antwerp. The reading of the letter was followed with unanimous expressions of gratification by the members present, the one opinion being held that it was the duty of the council to do everything that was possible to assist the syndicate. In the P1Kl it was decided to ask Mr. Daniel Williams and Mr. W. Wilkins to report upon the matter to an early meeting .wi, the coilitei
SWANSEA WELSH SOCIETY. ANNUAL MEETING. A REQUEST FOR A LARGE PAVILION. The Swansea Welsh Society held its first ":)nnni m eiing oti Friday evening last- postponed from 23th Maivh, owing to its being Good Friday. Tb., PtCaiuent, Mr. D. Lhufer Thomas, occupied the chair, and among others present were tlie Revs. W. Gibbon (Hunr'etta- s reet), Penar Griffith-, Peter Hughes-Griffiths, D. Picton Trans and J. Davys-Thomas Messrs. Lovat Owen, William James (treasurer), T. M Hv.in- M. Jones, A. M Morgan, W. Morgan (cihaudir). R. F. Gee, Wm. Jinwhes, Morlais Samuel, H. E. H. Jam's (Welsh Librarian). Evan Lewis (Royal Institution), Will, Davies (Morriston), and Morgan l'amplill (hon. sec ) Before proceeding with the elEctions" the Chairman very briefly, reviewed the society's doings during its first session. The two prin- cipal objects in view in drawing up the first programme were (a) That an opportunity be afforded of hearing the views of distinguished Welshmen from outside Swansea and its vicinity upon topics of national importance, such as Welsh education,, and the teaching of Welsh, and (b) To create interest in Welsh matters of local interest, such as the request for a municipally-owned museum as the first step in an effort to secure a national museum. On the whole the Chairman considered that they might congratulate themselves upon their work, and that they should feel en- couraged in its continuance. The ballot for the offices of president, trea- surer, and secretary respectively resulted in the re-election of Mr. D. Lleufer Thomas (barrister-at-law), Mr. William James (auc- tioneer), and Mr. Morgan Tamplin (Cymro'r "Cambrian"), and for the five vacancies on the Council the following gentlemen were elected: Rev. J. Davys-Thomas, Mr. T. M. Evans, M..A., Mr. Trevor Owen, M.A., Mr. Wm. Davies (of Morriston),, and Mr. H. E. James (Welsh Librarian). During the count- ing of the ballot papers by Mr. Alf. Morgan and Mr. Timtohy Jones ,who were the ap- pointed scrutineers, Mr. Wm. James, in a convincing speech, moved: "That the Swan- sea Welsh Society, at its annual meeting held at the Royal Institution of South'Wales on 11th April, 1902, having considered the great advantages which would accrue to the Borough of Swansea, and a large outlying district of South Wales, from the erection at Swansea of a permanent pavilion, which would be suitable for accommodating the National eisteddfod, musical festivals, and other large gatherings of a public character, desires cordially to support the contained in section 64 and 68 inclusive o the Swansea Corporation Bill, now pending in Parliament, in so far as they empower the Corporation of Swansea to and maintain, in one of the rec^8ni.ilfir grounds of the borough, a pavilion o building which cou'd be utilised Ji.i poses aforesaid, and that it the be authorised, the Society forth" trusts that the Town Council will take im ea" sures for the erection of sue on m Victoria Park, in order J^onal Eisteddfod may be held i a at an Mr. M. Tamplin ponded, the Rev. Peter h#9 ,fsked for information regarding of tJie former request of the Society to the Corporation on the subject of a x The chairman, i s^a|ed that noth- ing had come ° j » ^ut that at present the matter rested an the hands of a sub- committee, .PPm f V the General Pur- poses Committee of the Corporation,, and that they were to confer with the President apd Council of the Royal Institution n?Hnar'-?riffiths*' in a vigorous wigf dX°diC fireV8UtPhPe°rrt« aIrnr L«M1tmkm' *ras carried unanimously. For reasons which the Chairman explained, dealing with the teach- mg of the Welsh language in elementary school., though drafted, wafnot submitted.
===-==== n 41 PILLS are warranted to cure ifi-nm thB r'rfn or discharges ISOrgans, and Pain. In th« Mwnrj. flstiir-fiiheduoward- 0f 30 *«• S(1- ««'• 0? 911 .che"?lrt* "d "'f* 11 LIDORS TQT s xr' PV th-* Makers, 'iJS ■; o • -sxwt IiiacoJn,
Covtesponkttce. ■All letter i to the Editormrut be authenticated with tye name And address of the writer,not necestartlu fur publico- it on, but as a juarantee of good faith. Wt cannot insert letters which have appeared elsewhei t nor do we undertake toreturn rejected manuscripts. OurculurILns are open to the inttuiyent discussion of all questions of an m'portant public nature, but, of course, it t* understood that we do not necessarily endorse the views of our Cur respondents. THE JEWISH PERIL. (To the Editor of The Cambrian.") Sir,-The harsh legislative measures by the Roumanian Government, threatening the large Jewuh population of that eountry with most disastrous results, demand the greatest care and vigilance on the part of their co-religionists and fneuds who duel1 m more favoured climes. I note however the semi-otfioial denial from Bucharest which may partially ullay the excite. meat. Many Jews h>.ve, however of recent years, been compelled to leave that country, and the horrible expenences of the Ru,si,n JewS are yet so fresh in our memories that we cannot look on impassively witnout inqmnug into the reasons and if there is any hope of a better state of things- Sad, indeed, has been the lot of Israel per- secuted and driven from country to country. Yes, there is solid comfort in store, for J .cob is ultimately ta be saved out of his trouble —Jer 30. 7. What is the remedy F It ,s one that natu-ally forces itself into the front, and that is a retutn to the land of their fathers—Palest.ne. Lone' centuries ago, their beautiful temple was destroyed, and tney were altogether excelled from the laud but not for ever. The land wna given over to desolation bnt not for ever. They were to be a by-word and a reproach but not fur ever. They were to be with lit. a king but not for ever. That is the divine answe ■ to our inquiry. He will choose Jerusalem -h 2, 12. They wiil again pass througn the Red St;a.— Ps., 68, 22. A more magnificent tempe (lIkù to the frame of a city) is to be e 4u in sizy, grandeur and wtaltii any other eJificc.—Ezokiel, 40. The Zionist Ma-, cment is a most eh quent sign of the times, iiid an organised effort to carry out a preliminary co!o isat on of the Holy Land, the necessary prelude to a full and final restoration. I therefore hope y< u' readers wiil thoroughly examine the evidence to be found se copiously in the Scriptures. In the' process of the thr-ir restoration there will be many and very startling developments. It is too much the cus om to treat the Old Testamc t writings as a re'-uia of the past, they neverihfleaa deal with fb't-Pvfn,ei!i' a?d °,pen up a vist:1 of the future that should niake glad the sons of Israel and all who long to see^ the earth and its inhabitants emancipated from the evils that now obtain, and peace on earth and goodwill towards mau prevail. „1'li;;i,rJ1isI?ersion ^Persecution haabeen liter- ally fulfilled as prophetically announced by Moees three thousand years ago, and this self-evident fact is an unmistakable guarantee that the re- gathering will be as literally accomplished, for Moses al-o foretold that Jehovah would be merciful to His land and to His people Dout. 32, 43, and to this agree the prophets one and all. For lo the days come saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it."—Jer., 30, 3. I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof. I will plant them ugon their land and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them saith the Lord God."— Amos, 9,14, 15. It is true they have been scattered for disobedience. It is true that Judah then rejected their Messiah but it is also true that they will be regathered, and that their once rejected Messiah will yet manifest himself as their deliverer and king, and they will accept him.—Zech., 12. 10.—For the Lord God'shall give nnto him the throne of his father, David, ana he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. That being so, we can see the force of Christ's state- ment that Jerusalem is the city of the Great King. Thus the ever recurring Jewish question will be finally solved.—Yours respectfully, RESTORATION. April 15th, 1902.
NEATH AND DISTRICT [BY OUR OWN COERESPONDBNT, MR. C. EVAN THOMAS'S CONDITION. Mr. Charles Evan Thomas lis slightly better. He takes food well, and keeps up muscular strength on the side not affected by the paralysis in a satisfactory manner. His doctor says that it is his patient's active life and wonderful constitu- tion that are helping him now. There is still no sign of consciousness returning permanently. There is only momentary consciousness at leng intervals. Toe left hand and arm are the parts most seriously paralysed. The pulse does not vary much, and the heart is fairly strang. There are a large number of callers at 71, Queen's Gate daily, amongst them being Lady Mary Howard the Duke of Norfolk, Lord Carnworth, Sir Ed- ward Pemberton, Sir Baldwin and Lady Walker Mr. Moore-Gwyn.of Dyffryn, and Mr. J. Edwards- Vaughan, of Rheola. The report on Thursday, (yesterday) on the patient's condition was that there was a further alight improvement. WHO SHALL DECIDE WHEN f At the Neath County Polioe Court on Friday John Rees Jones, of Tonna, was summoned for selling milk deficient in butter fat. Mr. R. T. Leyson defended. The original analysis, which was taken by Mr Seyler, of Swansea, showed the presence of 2'811 of butter fat instead of 3, the standard, whilst the Somerset House analysis showed that the milk contained 2 91. of butter fat. Mr. Leyson suggeated that as the prosecu- tion must fail the police would hardly proceed with the prosecution. The Bench decided to bear the case, and after hearing the evidence dismissed it. A DOG LICENSE CASE. Rees Williams, of Pontneath-vaaghan, was summoned to the Neath County Police Court on Friday and charged with keeping a dog without a license. The case had been adjourned previous court, it having been suggested tnat the time on a license (produced) had been altered. P.C. William Thomas said^ he visited the defendant's lodging on the afternoon ot the 13th March. Defendant had no [V;efs?, °f. one of his dogs, and it was suggested t a elicense Wae not taken out until after V p, .ceman 8 visit while it purported to have been taken out on the morning of the M"garet Jones assistant at the Pontneath-vaughan Post Office' i0.far.dh7i"r»il"Mch i3tt- fctw A LANDLORD FINED. uifore^the\lavnw^n 0''ce-court, on Mon- 5 the Glamorgan Inn At8 ,ChurC^ kndlord whiskev fni. a man sixpenny worth of Sunday^ MareST^? °? premi8e? on nrp«idm<> „ —Defendant was very busy a«Bist»»? Ver a delegates meeting atthe time his whiskpt e-Jthe miatake of BUPPlying the costs Bench imposed a fine of 5s. and CONFECTIONER FINED. George Chappie, baker and confectioner, of Melmcrythan, was summoned for employing two boys, eaoh aged 12, at 8.15 p.m. en March 27th.— Mr. Augustus Lewis, H.M. Inspector of Factories, said the case was more serious as he had given the defendant previous warning.—The defendant was fined 5s. and costs in eaoh case, the Mayor remarking that he did not think it prudent to employ" half-timers, but when such were wanted application ought to be made to the local school. "THE LADY OF LYONS." This was the title of the play which was staged *t the Pnnoe of Wdes Theatre (Mr. JohnsoS's) on Tuesday night. The proprietor of the theatre generously gave a benefit on the night named in aid of the funds of the Neath Nursing Associa- tion, and there was an audience which comprised the leading residents of the town and district. At the close of the performance, the Mayor (Alderman H. P. Charles) spoke a few suitable words of commendation of Mr. Johnson'" a?tion, and added that he was muoh with the evidence which had been afforded him ot the excellent management of the theatre.
ORATORIO AT OYSTERMOUTH. A SUCCESSFUL CONCERT. The long-looked-forward-to concert in aid of the organ renovation fund, in connection with Castleton Congregational Chapel, turned out an unqualified musical and financial suc- cess. The members and the choir had for some time previously all worked with com- mendable assiduity, and the result was the rendition they gave of Geo. Shinn's sacred oratorio, "The Captives of Babylon," on Thursday evening in hst week, left little (if anything) to be desired. Indeed, everyone was highly pleased with the way in which the singers acquitted themselves under the baton of Mr. JabfZ Daniel (the conductor). The choruses, "Not all the stern prophetic warn- ings," "The sound of the trumpet is heard," Who is Cyruts," were especially well ren- dered. The supntl10 solos were taken by Mrs. P. H. Tucker, Mrs. B. Kingdon and Miss A. Jenkins. The two first-named artistes are old favourites at Oystermouth, and it may be truthfully stated that they enhanced their re- putations. Mrs. Kingdon (nee Miss Martha Elliott) gave a splendid rendering of H irken to the Lord Je iij v-th," while Mrs. Tucker, who was in excellent voice, was heard to the greatest advantage in Down from the Wil- lows "—an exquisite piece of music. Miss A. Jenkins also sang her parts in a delight- fully sweet, and fashion. Miss a Bragg and Miss B. Harris, two rich contraltos, sang two solos in a praiseworthy fashion; and Miss E. Owen (a particularly powerful contralto), Mrs. F. Beer, l\'l.r:f<'airchild and Miss A. gave two duets, while Messrs. Cottle, 13. Harris and Messrs. D. Daviea and Arthur Phillips took part in a quartette. Mr. Phillip Beyuon, the well. known local basso, had some fine passages to render, and he did everything remarkably well, the general opinion being that he had never been heard to such great advantage ort" I'he tenor solos, also, wers admirably sung hy Mr. Hy. Morris, and it only remains to be stated that Miss^Kuight and Mr. Ernest Childs rendered valuable service at the piano and organ respectively, also that Mr. W. V\ llliams (the Cliff) discharged the duties of cuairman in a most satisfactory manner.
SALES BY AUCTION. Mr. DAVID ROBERTS. Leasehold Properties, at Swansea April23 Mr. FEEDER JCK F. MEAGER. Colliery Hurses, at Gotscinon April23 LOCAL FIXTURES OF FORTHCOMING. EVENTS. APRIL 23, 24, 25 and 26. Performance of "Patience" by the Swansea Amateur Operatic Society. WHIT-MONDAY, May 19. Pony Races, Brass Band and Timbering Contests, at Llandovery.
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BIRTHS MARRIAGES AND DEATHS MARRIAGES. BirohaU—Browne.—On the 15th inst., at Gib- raltar, Llewellyn Bath Birchall, of Huelva. to Ida Mary Browne, of Swansea. Rawlings—Morris.—On April 17th, »t Mount Pleasant Chapel, by Rev. James Owen, assisted by Rev. T. F. Rawlings, Rev. C. W. Rawlings to Effie Morris, daughter of Mr. Peter Cook. Ben&eld—Chalk.—On the 16th April, at Holy Trinity, Swansea, by the ReT; J* • George Barker Benfield, third son of T. B. Benfield, of Chipping Nort„/o° ria Mary, eldest daughter of Henry Swansea. lad—Morgan.—On T Vr Christ Chnroh, Swansea, by th» J* • «• H. Watkins- Jones, M.A., Vicar, < £ « ^v. D. L. Prosser, M.A., H•nry J- «<J. of Swansea, Clerk to the Gower Board to Ethel Mary, eldest daughter H. Morgan, Eaton* crescent, DEATHS. Morgan —rll*. t at his residenee. Sea View, Aber»r » Ptain Daniel Morgan, aged 59 7 Mall^Pril 5th, at 5, Mirador-cresoent, dearly-loved wife of Captain April 10th, at Church Park, Mum- TT,' 1 I TT1 widow of the late John Clark, of £ S Bishopston. n the 13th inst., at Bath Villa, wTtft T«„I5' 88th year, Sarah, widow of the NI T Esq., Morriston, and mother 01 Sir John Jones Jenkins. Jaok8on.-On April 16th, at 15, Woodlands- D J e, Swansea, of pneumonia, William Syohar °6d Jackson, aged 70. Private funeral at St. ^aty s Church, Aberavon, on Saturday afternoon.
Memorial Designs of all descriptions, Wedding Bouquets, artistically made to match materials. Special value during the summer months from our gardens. Flowers and Ferns in abundance. A large stock of Artificial wreaths.—A. KITLKT & Co., Art Florists, 37, Oxford-street, and Market, Swansea. f01017 printed AND PabUriMd by DAVID ROBERTS, at 6twe offictt. No. 58. Wina-st-ed. Swansea, in tho County Of &lamor<rao.—A Ap il 8,1902.
PEACE OUTLOOK. REPORTED TERMS. Another Cabinet meeting was held yes- terday. The Government received late on Tuesday night (the" St. James's Gazette" under- stands) an important communication from Lord Milner. It gives the first clear state- ment of the attitude of the Boer leaders, who have hitherto been at variance on the terms they were prepared to accept. The Government hope to make an an- nouncement as to the progress of the negotiations within the next day or two. It is thought in official circles that if the Government and the Boer leaders can come to an understanding upon the main points, such as the waiving ot independence and the treatment of Cape rebels, peace will be declared, the banishment proclamation will be withdrawn, and the minor points—re-stocking of farms, &c.— will be left over for future consideration by a board composed of British and Boer representatives. PREMIER AND THE KING. Lord Salisbury at the audience he had of the Kino- after the Ministerial deliberations on Wednesday, communicated to his Majesty the latest news regarding the peace move- ment. The Cabinet deliberations were excep- tionally brief. 21.000 MORE TROOPS. The War Office on Friday night issued the following: — The Commander-in-Chief inspected to- day 1,000 of the Guards, being the first instal- ment of the fresh force proceeding to South Africa for the winter campaign. The following further troops are also pre- paring for embarkation, and will begin leav- ing next week: — Infantry drafts 7,000 Artillery drafts 1,000 Imperial Yeomanry 7,000 Colonials 5,000 Arrangements for the transport of the en- tire force have already been completed. The last of the Militia battalions which left Great Britain in 1900 will leave South Africa before the end of April.
RUSSIAN MINISTER ASSASSINATED. A DISGUISED STUDENT'S REVENGE. The deep-seated political discontent in Russia, indicated by the recent riots among students in all the university centres, has once more found vent in a dramatic crime, of which M. Sipiaguine was on Wednesday the victim. A pretended aide-de-camp immediately ad- vanced and tendered M. Sipiaguine a docu- ment, ostensibly from the Grand Duke Sergius; but as the statesman stretched out his hand for the paper he received five re- volver shots, fell mortally wounded, and died within an hour. The assassin, who was a student in disguise, was immediately ar- rested.
SWANSEA FREE CHURCH COUNCIL, EDUCATION BILL DRASTICALLY CON- DEMNED. The annual public gathering of the Swansea Free Church Council was held at Mount Plea- sant Chapel on Tuesday evening. The out- going president, Dr. Rawlings, was unable to be present owing to the illness of his wife. and the chair was taken pro tem. by the Rev. James Owen. In introducing the new presi- deut, the Rev. W. H Webber, of Oxford-street Bible Christian Chapel, Mr. Owen said he had done good work in Swansea, and that he had been president of the Council at Weston. The Rev. Mr. Webber made a graceful re- ply. The Rev. J. D. Jones, M.A., B.D., of Bournemouth, followed with an interesting address, in the course of which he said there was no room for churches that simply existed to criticise other churches. They bad truths to affirm which they believed to be of vital importance tol the best interests of religion. They stood for two great truths-the spiritu- ality of the Church of Christ and the full Sriestly rights of every Christian. (Ap- inse). Tney claimed that, as truly as Roman or Anglican, they formed an integral part of Christ's body-the church. (Applause). The speaker mentioned three notes which charac- terised the Free Churches as members of the true church Holiness.—There were as many of the true saints of God in their communions as in any in the world; Catholicity, which was not a ideographical term, but a temper, was more clearly marked with them than among any other section of the Catholic Church; Antiquity—they went further back than the Fathers of the second and third centuries- back to the Apostles. (Applause.) They un- churched no one, but they refused to be un- churched themselves. They would do nothing to accentuate strife, but would seek rather to enlighten, to induce other churches to give up the materialistic ideas which caused dissen- tion, and embrace the spiritual, which meant unity and peace. (Applause.) The Rev. Evan Jenkins next submitted the following resolution That this meeting, representative of the Free Churches of Swan- sea, condemns the Education Bill now before Parliament as an entire reversal of the leading principles ot the settlement of 1870, and as a violation of public justice, seeino- that it destroys the direct popular manage- ment and the unsectarian character 0 of schools wholly maintained by the ratepayers." The iniquity of the Bill said Mr. Jenkins, baffled description. It was the bad inven- tion of priestism, that sworn and subtle foe of liberty and enlightenment and progress. The real author was the Archbishop of Can- terbury; over and oyer again he had given expression to principles that had been em- bodied in the Bill. And now they must fight it, fight it to the bitter end. They must fight it in the interests of religious equality and also in the interests of popular control of the schools. They did not want to be unfair, they did not want to inflict an in- justice on any section of the community. But they must not forget that they were British citizens, and they claimed the right on all matters of religion and worship to think and act for themselves. What they claimed for themselves they conceded to others, but they were not prepared to be taken back again into the old bondage on account of which their forefathers suffered so many abuses and such gross disabilities. It behoved them to bestir themselves. Let them not be weak-kneed, let them as Free Churchers determine once for all that this kind of thing should not prevail in their land. They wanted to con- serve the heritage handed down to them by their noble and heroic forefathers; not only to conserve it, but to extend it. They had the knowledge that whenever the Noncon- formists of this country had thoroughly aroused themselves, they had invariably won the day, and he was sure if they were only true to themselves they would confound this attack of the foe, and that they would come out of the conflict so shamelessly thrust upon them more than conquerors. In the absence of the Rev. Thomas Dar- lington, the resolution was seconded by the Rev. J. W Causton wfco read a telegram from the delegates at the Fre« Church con- ference, Mr. David Roberta an,j Mr Thomas Yorath U Just left gra.n and enthusiastic meeting, St. James s Hall; magniacent start acrainst the Bill." The resolution was unanimously carried
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SWANSEA HARBOUR TRUST. TINPLATE TRADE IMPROVING. The monthly meeting of the Swansea Har- bour Trust was held on Monday noon. The Mayor (Mr. Griffith Thomas) presided, and there were also present: Messrs. F. H. Glynn Price, Morgan Tutton. Geo. Cook, Roger Thomas, W. Evans, Howel Watkins, W. H. Spring. Thos. Merrells, David Harris, Thos. Freeman, James Livingston, the Clerk (Mr. T. N. Talfourd Striek), and the Harbour Superintendent (Mr. W. Law). In moving the adoption of the report of the Finance Committee, Mr. Glynn Price said he was pleased again to state that the trade of the port for the month was very satisfactory, as had been the case for the two previous months of the year. The trade for March showed an increase over last year both in imports and exports of about 5 per cent. In imports the increases were mainly in calamine. 4,700 tons; pig-iron, 3,000 tons; pitwood, 1,200 tons. There were decreases in pitch of 1.500 tons; iron ore, 2,000 tons; bricks and slates. 1.000 tons; and grain, 1,000 tons. The increase in the exports was made up of increases in coal and coke and patent fuel of 3,500, but the most noticeable feature with regard to the exports was an increase in the shipments of tinplates of 6,000 tons, of which 1,500 tons went to the Fat- East., and 2,000 tons to the United States. The balance of the increase went to the Con- tinent. And it was also satisfactory to say that the financial results of the month's trad- ing were a profit of £ 1,525, as against a loss for March of last of JB51. 11 Alderman W. Evans seconded, and the re- port was adopted. -u_ "u. The Chairman moved, and Mr. Freeman seconded, and the following report of the Executive Committee was agreed to without comment:—"Your committee recommend that as from 1st June next the following increases of harbour and lock rates be made, namely: Alkali to 6d. per ton, arsenic to 5d per ton, brass to 8d. per ton, bricks (Bath and fire) to 5d. per ton, brimstone 5d. per ton, copper (bar) 6d. per ton. other descrip- tion copper to 8d. per ton, lead (pig or sheet) 5d. per ton, nickel to 8d. per ton. nitrate of soda. to 4d. per ton, soda to 6d. per ton, spel- ter to 5d. per ton, tin to 8d. ton. Your Committee recommend the purchase of a new boiler furnace from Messrs. Arm- strong (Whitworth and Co.), at a cost of £62, for one of the boilers at the East Dock pumping station. The committee further stated that, with a view of duplicating the electric lighting plant, and they had been in negotiation with the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Co. with reference to the purchase of a 150 h.w. alternation at a vol- tage of 2,000, which had been offered to the trustees for JE300. The committee recommend the completion of the purchase, as the alter- nator is suitable. REVENUE OF EXPENDITURB FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 1902. Mar., 1902. Mar., 1901 REVKSCE. £ 8. d. £ 8. d. Shipping Rates 3483 18 5 3044 10 o Rates on Goods 2782 :2 4 2 >t12 1 • Wharfage 616 9 9 500 f 3 Lew Level Railway 13 0 745 7 ;1 Ti nts—Railway Companies 1502 1 9 1103 lft 1: Do. Other Lessees £ 68 12 1 3y 4 1 Do. Sundry 3f'2 0 5 400 7 2 Pressure Water 50916 2 ..73 11 8 Hire of Dredging Plant 0 0 u 210 0 0 Cranage and Labour 2422 19 7 2244 16 3 Ballast Rates 89 11 7 61 14 4 Sundry Receipts. 418 14 2 330 2 5 i513.j25 7 3 £12515 16 EXPSKMIURJi, £ s. d. £ s. tI. Interest. 57o0 0 0 5450 o 0 Salaries. 474 10 0 46i 8 4 •v ajies (OrdiMu)j 1838 11 11 2302 3 9 Rents, ttates,&. 219 IS 3 1!37 16 10 Stores 202 2 7 225 16 In Monthly Bills 1261 16 7 1114 6 4 Wages (Contractor) 1398 8 8 1322 4 0 Do. (Do. for Ballast) 34 16 0 29 13 7 11130 4 0 12044 9 8 Dredging 869 19 3 503 17 9 £ 12000 3 3 JE 12547 7 5 jEt526 4 0 JE31 10 9 Comparative Revenue ana Expenditure for the year 19(2 and Itwl 1902. 1901. £ a. d. £ s. d. Revenue of 3 months 377a5 6 9. 34425 0 8 Expenditure do. 1 0 16781 13 10 I JE1760143 E2356 13 2 Surplus Revenue to the 31st Dec., 1901. 95796-4 8 Deduct deficit as above 1760 14 3 jeS6207 14 0 ACCRUING ISTEBEST ACCOUNT. ———————— Balance in hands of Treasurers on the 2cth Alar., 1902 £ 18789 11 8 XoTE—By the Swansea Corporation Act, 1889, the Bridge Tolls were extinguished, but any deficiency in the revenue of the Trustees at the end of any financial year is to be made good and paid to them by the Corporation, not exceeding, however, in any year
BEN. EVANS AND CO., LTD. The directors of Ben. Evans and Co., Ltd., Swansea, in their report for the twelve ed February. state that a profit of £ 15,351 9s 4d. has been made, from wihch has to be deducted £ 6,249 17s. 6d. for interest a« fQ im'' i ?XW njhurses' living a balance !r/t fnri' k for dividends, of which £ 4 700 have aheady been paid on the ordinary a balance of £ 4.401 Us. lOri m addition to the £ 1,0&» 9s. 2d. orought torward from last vear. mak- ing together 5,485 Is. available for further dividend on the ordinary share, and the dividend on the founders' shares. The directors recommend that, including *he in- terim dividend ot 3 £ per cent. ilr-.dv paid, a dividend at the rate of 7 per cent per annum be p;ud on the ordinary share* for the vear ending February 28th, 1902.1 Lis win "absorb io.500, leaving £1.359 185. lid. to be carried forwnrd tO the ordinary prare dividend account. That a dividend at the rate of 3s. per li-ire be paid on the founders' >h.:<K-s for the year ending February 2Hh, 19C2. Thi- will absorb i.450, leaving £84 18s. lid. to be carried forward to the founders' share? dividend account. The sum of £ 90 3s. 2d. is carried to dce account, 'n accordance with, the at tic o, nsocpt (n. The retiring director. Mr. Jair. P.^ktr. offers himself for re-el"0'r
SWANSEA POLICE COURT. I Continued from page 3.] WEDNESDAY. (Before Messrs. E. Rice Daniel (in the chair), E. J. Bounay, Thos. Davies. Jno. Powell, D. Owen, A. H. Thomas, and Jos. Davies.) Was He a Traveller ? William Handcock, late of the Nag's Head Inn, Mumbles, was charged at Swansea on Wed- nesday with selling intoxicants during illegal hours on Good Friday. Mr. R. T. Leyson defended. A Mrs. Isherwood, who had in February last been granted a temporary transfer of the iioem'e, was also summoned, and a point was raised as to who was responsible. During the hearing of the :>Rse several passages of arms took place between Superintendent Menhennick and Mr. Leyson. The latter at last declared the suparintendent's questions to be babyish, and siid ha was a man with no know- ledge of his business, who ougi,t to so and learn somewhere.—The Bench were of opinion that the man served (a showman named Jones) had declared he was a traveller, and dismissed the case. Sequel to a Morriston Row. Thomas Lewis, annealer, Morriston, was sum- mobed for being drunk and disorderly at Monis- ton, on Saturday, assaulting P.C. Sims, and with wilfully damaging the constables uniform John Rees, washman, Morriston, was also summoned for being drunk and disorderly and assaulting the police. Lewis was fined 10s for being drunk and disorderly, £2586<1 for the assault on the -on stable, and £ 2 in respect of the damage, a total of X4 15s 6d., costs oeing inclusive in e,.oh case Rees was finedlOs. for 1 eing druuk an i disorderly, and 40s. for assaulting the constable, costs b<'ing included in this case also. A tew smaller cases wr-re also disposed of. THURSDAY. A man named Herbert Price was summoned for not driving on tr.e proper side of the road. Mr. Lawrence Richards prosecuted and Mr. D. Villiers Meager defended. The case arose out of a collision between a carriage and a car, in which Mr. Shergold (the postmaster) an i Mr. Richards (assistant superintendent) sustained in- juries. It was contended that the defendant was driving towards Morriston, and neglected to at- tempt to get off the tramway lines until it was too late to prevent a coil ision.-Defenda nt, who is an employee of Mr. Bullin, said the tram car was descending the gradient at a rate from 12 to 14 miles an hour. The spot was a dangerous one, and he thought that he allowed as much space as was safe. The blow was a gliding one, and completely upset the carriage, which was turning off the line at the time.— The Bench dismissed the case, believing that, considering the dangerous state of the road. there was sufficient reason for deviation hy the driver, and expressed the opinion that the car driver should have pulled up. Mrs. Eliz. Mort London and North-Western Hotel, was summoned for selling intoxicants dur- ing illegal hours. Mr. Lawrence Richards prose- cuted, and Mr. J. Viner Leeder defended.— Sergt West, shortly after midnight on March 24th, found seven men on the premises. A num- ber of glasses were lying about -Tr- Leeaer said Mrs. Mort's husband was the real cau-e of the offence, as Mrs. Mort bad gone to bed ill, early in the day, and he vraslelt in charge- Mrs. Mort had been in business for torty years, and this was the first offiuce—A fine of £3 includ- ing costs, was inflicted- Several cases of a minor character were disposed of.
FASHION NOTES- (BY MESSRS. BEN EVANS AND Co., LIMITED; SWANSEA, Surely we miy now feel confident that tbe worst of the season (so far as the weathor is concerned) is over. There is a fascination in this capricious month, whose moods vary from smiles to tears with at times disconcerting rapidity, that is undeniable. With the appearance of the early spring flowers comes a sympathetic desire to clothe ourselves likewise in fresh and dallJty garb, and the last few weeks have seen ?'e j activity displayed in the world ol' dress. Indeed, if anything, there is a tendency to be ratber previous," and in this universal anxiety to take time by the forelock people are flyirg to the opposite extreme, and have already placed the order for their summer outfits in the hands of their favourite modistes. It is wiser to delay a little longer, as the modes have only just tnaae their debut." and in the course of a few WCCKS we may see some altogether ousted from favour or modified till they are hardly to be recognized- It is, therefore, more satisfactory to wait until things are more Bettled before determining1 summer frocks and hats. The Coionation, ana the many social functions which will ensue, giving a decided impetus to affairs sartorial, aIja the fact that Queen Alexandra has gracioi18^ signified her desire that home manufacturers should be patronised by the ladies of the Court is placing work in many willing handsand benefittIng- the country and people alike. The range of fashionable colours this season very extensive, and includes the most lovely delicate tones, for strong shades, except when introduced by way of contrast, are not approve" of by the leaders of fashion. A pretty toilettes expressed in soft reseda" grein, trimmed w.111 strappings of blurred "chine" silk and tmy tucks. Small tucks and pleats are much ,en evidence on the newest skirts, while is more in vogue than ever, if that is possio'0' Mauve is a colour which has recently rIsen greatly in popular estimation, as for many years it was considered only suitable to the iniddle-age and "passee," but the experience gained dill-irlg the period of half-mourning last year has ope"6 the eyes of many to the fact that in some shades it is very becoming to many people. Green Is another tone which requires care in selecting- it is apt to be trying, and is certainly net to D worn by a sallow-complexioned woman. In se°)e shades it lias a delightful freshness exceedi!'# pleasing to look upon. A pretty hat has a bow of black velvet at t"e back, the ends falling almost to the shoulders the manner approved of by many at present. is, however, a fashion which will not last longi as p it is too pronounced, and has already become too generally adopted to survive much longer. LacO and a bunch of cherries form the only other trimming of the hat. which is of fanciful fine straw. It exemplifies one of the most fashionabis shapes. A prettv and novel trimming employed on the plainer varieties of hats, such as or plain straw, takes the fo, m of a rosette made of loops of pink libbon arranged so as to simulate a full-blown rose. Thisis made still more realisti" by a yellow centre of stamens. In some instances the huge rosette is merely stitched to the front, of the hat, while m others the green stalk, buds and leaves make it look still more like the re»' flower. A really lovely spring model hat is made of fanciful straw bent into becoming curves over the face in front. It was of a pale pastel blue and the trimming consisted of a wreath of very natural looking sweet peas in pale pink and lilac tones interspersed with leaves and buds. A little ivory satin was intermingled with the flowers, while the hat was raised in front by a bandeau'' hidden by a bow of black velvet ribbon. It was an exceedingly dainty and becoming bat, and well merited imitation, though such a step would probably not have found favour in the eyes of the wearer.
ARGYLE CHAPEL, SWANSEA, ANNIVERSARY SERVICES. The twenty-seventh anniversary of Argyle Chapel was celebrated on Sunday last, when services were held in the morning, afternoon and evening, the Rev. Professor Ellis Edwards, M.A., Principal of Bala College, officiating. In the morning the text chosen was Psilm 84—1, and in the afternoon, a part of Galatians, 2-20-" I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." In the evening the discourse was based on Matthew, 7—7—" Ask, and it shall be given yeu seek, and ye shall fL.d knock, and it shall be opened unto you." The Gospel in a Few Words." Here. the professor said, was the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a few words man in need, and God giving, God supplying his need, and supplying it without money ami without price, giving of His grace alone. But then, there were three words, ask," seek," knock," and ihey each gave us one side, or one aspect, of the means t/t' obtaining God's grace, A °>> SreatIies:= of that grace itself. that was praying, was it not? and thw BIble was full of prayer; from the beginning to the end men were taught this, and if they really prayed, Gcd woulrf give, not. perhaps, exactly what they asked for, but He would give the very best they were able to receive. All ask- ing Was seeking; but, on the other hand, all peeking was not asking. The man who wanted the pearl of great price asked for it with ail his heart, but he di. I more he parted with other thmgs te get it; he made an effort and sacrificed. God acted so, too He did not give all His gifti. for the asking. He did not want to make men merely receptive creatures. It was only when creatures were very young that they were that as they giew up they themselves had to work with others in order to get. So did God deal with men; but after a time and with the asking- He required they should co-operate with Him, and that was espe ially true of part of His tiuth. Ane word ''knock" altogether changed the jJ".0* ft ^vas as if Christ said I know that nothing I will give you will be enough if you are alone, if you are je^ yourself." There was atJ.°^d Welsh motto— Calon wrth galon "— which meant Heart to heart," and man was never sathfied unless he knew what that meant, j enjoyed nothing fully whiie he enjoyed it alone; he enjoyed nothing as much as when he shared his enjoyment with others. Not until his heart loved others and others loved him was man +u seemed to the profes<-or as if Christ at the end of that passage had said I know this I know you will never be fully happy while you are alone, and what I have spoken of will not reform you alone. I have a nome for you I have an eternal family 5 y°« where you shall be brothers, you shall be able to love, and where others W'll k6 ?ou' ^ou w with my Father, you will be with me." God called men and promised tnetn His great grace, the most precious posses- sl0Ij of all. It included all the best things a man could receive —good principles, a good character, forgIveness, power of mounting from excellence P ?Xcebence, usefulness to others, iikeness to y0;b Now, one means of obtaining that was by joining His Church, teing members of His Urch. The preacher was not a High Cburch- Pari- He did not read his New Testament in such a way as to think it taught !ni that the sacraments of the Dhurch were an absolutely necessary means of bringing him to Gi-d, although ho honoured the sacraments and them. He did not read the New Testamtnt aj'dfind m it a declaration that the priest of any umst first come between him and Christ to him to Christ. He did not see that there, Ou the contrary it seemed to tell him that the °Fder was, not first the Church and then Christ, although it v as generally the Church that brought men to Christ; but the true order was this, nevertheless, in its essence, "First Chri-t, and then the Church"; that was how he read the New Testament. Still theie was a doctrine of the Church they were apt to neglect, and it was that that the New Testament taught, especially in the writings of Paul, that when a man had, in sincerity, asked for the Divine help, made him perfect by putt mar him in a church, placing him in a society of like-minded for the entering into the companionship of other like-minded people was the great law of perfection in every department of excellence, fsking poetry for example, the great poet had received something which no society gave him, or could give him, and whrch no education could give biin-genitis which came from God. But it ronst not be thought that be wrote out his poems fron, that genius alone. If his works were examined critically it would be found thnt !.s man with heaven-given genius was Indebted on every side; it was evident that he had read every poem of any note in his 'anguage, and translations of potms in oi ir r '&nguagf-s, and had borrowed from them. Th<> Rreat poet had been made moie excellent by drinking in the excellencies of others. That the law of exc^llei ce. If a man would attain it, he must learn from others, he must 2°0unune with others, receive from others. all knew the fate of the man who was above learning from others. Mr. I-know," who, In reply to every correction said, "I know you -d not teach' me"; h'i very soon became I don't know." Whereas, the man who Fofc on. bowed his head and took instruction ue entered into the society of like-minded men, fining from them and drawing excellencies them. That was 'he law of P^feelion. And the crown of that was the Chnrch of Jesus Christ. When men needing help "lid consolation in their relig:ous life, went to the Salms, to the Gospels, to the Bible, in doing so went to the Church of God, for the men whe ^.rote the Bible were members of God's Church, f^ot only would they admire and be coneo/ed by l'ff '°'ncss °f the Psalm, but they wouhi be up too. Not only would they sympathise w'th John, but they would be Johanised as it themselves they wonld enter into the same l^alm they would be at home amidst the same th'Dllght, they would be near the same God. «p when they read Paul, they wenid be „ "anlinised they would have some of his Pe; they would have some of the grace burnt into his heart transferred to them, if they were lacking in any g" od quality ? £ ey should seek the society of tho>e members of .e chnrch who were remarkable for its posses- In dealing with the second clause of the e*t, the preacher proceeded to say that it was 8r<ler to find the t-uth in our age than in many an B'Se. and sought to emphasise the promise of that, they should most certainly find the ^fh. They could, he declared, be perfectly ce,,taiu that there is a God. from experience on grounrl as safe as that of any science. In his peroration the professor pointed out that ,,ete there was no "it" in the Greek, at the text would be more nearly frect if rendered "Ask, and there shall giving." How much he could not tell, for Ir.^as G> d's givirg. giving such as honoured .1^ it was the indefiiiiteness of His infinitenass, e imme:isurablfjneas of His greatness. The prof'es£lor concluded his sermon with an earnest RIPPeal to bis hearers to put the exhortation of 'Jjtaxt into practice. .,Ahe choir, uia'er the leadership of Mr. W. G. j^dus, tendered special choruses at each ser- v Mr Thomas Davies presiding at the organ, there was evidence of very careful training. ? quintet comprised the Misses A. Chegwidden t> Williams and Messrs. H. S. Cann and G. P' "'(Wen.
THE CANCER CRUSADE. ORGANISED RESEARCH. Th,, project for the organised investigation adopted by the Royal College of ^sicians was (the "British Medical Jour- states) formally approved by the Coun- £ °f the Royal College of Surgeons. It may, f?Iefore, now be regarded as definitely "in As has already been announced, a o^ Is be raised for the pur- P of promoting investigations into all fitters connected with, or bearing on, the caUses) prevention, and treatment of cancer ?n<? Malignant disease. With this object are t0 taken h To provide, extend, equip, and maintain oratories to be devoted exclusively to can" ^search. • To encourage researches on the subject +h °^?c.er within the United Kingdom or in 3 Dominions beyond the Seas. assist in the development of cancer- 1 ?ar°h departments in various hospitals a lnstitutions approved by the executive committee. 4. And generally to provide means for sys- t atic investigation in various other direc- ttons into the causes, prevention, and treats of cancer. t-^e object of the fund be attained ;v e discovery of the cause and nature of 0,1„ £ r' aud of an effective method of treat- Royal Colleges, with the consent ? trustees, shall be empowered to utili^e either (a) for equipping with the 1,6 for such treatment such hospita's a-' ey may select; or (b) for forwarding research iato other diseases. e und will be administered by a presi- dent, vic<pre61<lent, five trustees, honorary treasurer, general committee, and executive committee. Of the first fcrutees, threr may b? nominated by the donorw of kums of £1,000 and *!}• wands, and one each hv the College ot Physicians and gurgovus.
OYSTERMOUTH HEALTH STATISTICS. MEDIC VL OFFICER AND THE HIGH INFANTILE MORTALITY. "WONDERFUL EXEMPTION FROM INFECTIOUS DISEASE." The annual report just lissued by the Medi- cal Officer of Health for the Oystermouth District contains much interesting informa- tion. The population is given at 4,460 (which includes 33 on board vessels in the offing, males 1,920, and females, 2,540. Dr. A. Lloyd Jones remarks: "The distribution of the sexes shows a female excess of 620 over the male population, and gives a proportion of 4 females to 3 males in the district. As the births and deaths of males and females are approximately equal year and year together, this disparity between the sexes probably points to a greater migration of males out of the district than to their higher mortality, and the question is rather one of economic than of hygenic interest." The birth-rate for the nine years, 1893 to 1901.. is shown at 23.33, the report stating that the explanation of this low rate is "pro- bably to be found in the facts that grown-up families and delicate individuals come to reside in this seaside resort for the sake of health, and that the more robust, especially of the young men, leave this quiet place to eventually make homes in the busy centres, and not in any local degenerative causes." The infant mortality has stea-dily increased from 45.87 in 18S6 to 145.45 in 1901, and Dr. Jones says that "at this rate we shall soon catch up with the towns, and reach an un- enviable notoriety." The average death-rate at all ages is given at 13.29, whtile the "won- derful exemption of the district from infec- tious diseases" during the past year is proved by the statement that the incidence rate is 2.9 per 1,000, and the death-rate only 0.44, whereas the urban death-rate of Glamorgan from zymotic disease is 3.0, and that for Eng- lish and Welsh town districts, 2.5. An an- alysis of the deaths in the district during 1901, shows that "of the 77 deaths at all ages and from all causes, 41 were in males and 36 in females. The mortality rapidly de-, clines from under twelve months to over five years,, and again rapidly ascends from over 25 to 90, the highest rate on the Registrar's list. 'Ten deaths are as it should be from senile decay, from 65 upwards, and if to these are added the 4 from paralysis and 1 from heart disease at the same ages, we have 15 succumbing to the natural incidents of old age. Of the remainder no less than 10 are claimed by consumption, and seven of these during the productive years of life (over 15 and under 65). The phthisical death-rate per 1,000 population is thus 2.24, that fn 1900 being only 0.4 for Oystermouth and 1.27 for the county. This sudden increase is unac- counted for by deaths amongst visitors., but points to the necessity for notification, and the consequent supervision of adequate hous- ing, drainage, feeding, clothing, disinfection, and other preventive measures/ Summing up, the Medical Officer remarks: "Some of the inferences to be drawn from these figures are that our district is slowly and surely growing in numbers, though at the present rate it may take three-quarters of a century to double itself, whilst other non-industrial towns are being as slowly and surely absorbed in the large towns; that our birth-rate is low and in keeping with the deterioration of modern society; that the general death-rate is fortunately also low, owing to a pure atmosphere, a good soil, a fair water supply, and a semi-nautical life; that the high infantile mortality calls for official instruction to mothers in the rearing of infants, for instance, at the time of birth registration, and points a moral to education as well as public health authorities; that our freedom from zymotic disease is further tes- timony to our healthy climate, with its antiseptic ozone,, but it should not lull us into unpreparedness; and that, excluding the infant death roll, other causes of death make an innocent list till age steps in to close the scene."
THE VACCINATION SCARE. The question as to whether the Union should pay for the lymph11.36 Oy th„ medical officers of the Swansea Union du?jtj £ the recent vaccination "scare, *va9 again discussed by the Finance on Thursday. Mr. W. H- Mill presided. BlI^ amounting to £ 125 have been sent in from chemists, and after discussion it was decided to pay half the amount, leaving the medical men to pay the balance.