No National _u. Physical Decadence can take place among people I 1 • I who feed sensibly and well, and j no more invigorating food exists than porridge made from I Provost' Oats. I It is the people with the good appetites who inherit the earth, j I Your appetite always remains j good while you take Provost' j Oats porridge, which means that it keeps you in a healthy I¡ and brainy condition. '1 i There are other Oats, but you'll i find these the best. American j Oats are much inferior. R. ROBINSON & SONS, ANNAN. N. B. "i—
LIBERALISM AT ABERAVQN. Mr Brynmor Jones Addresses His Constituents. ROSEBERY AS LEADER. Declaration by Sir Alfred Thomas. iVlr Brynmor Jones, M.P., visited bis con- ttituents at Aberavon on Wednesday night; and addressed a crowded audience at the Public Hall. Sir Alfred Thomas, M.P.. chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary party, accompanied him. His Worship the Mayor (Councillor T. A. Burgess) occupied the chair, and amongst those present on the platform were Mr Llew. Howell, I.P., Mr Charles Jones, Kev. J. Dobson, Councillor F. B. Smith, Alderman J. W. Phillips, Mr D. E. Jones, Colonel Jacob, Alderman Stokes. The Mayor briefly opened the meeting 1I(a. happy speesh.. Sir Alfred Thomas, who gained a very hearty reception, said that few men would have thought Eighteen years ago that the author of the Un- jwthorised Programme would be to-day stump- Jng the country preaching an ultra-Protectionist propaganda. (Hear, hear.) Here was another example of the meeting of extremes. In the meantime—and indeed it had been a mean time fo him—(laughter) —Mr Chamberlain bad com- pletely boxed the compass. From the time he intimated his, latest unauthorised programme the country awaited his pronouncement in Glas- gow with the greatest interest, for so astute a Parliamentarian as Don Jose was credited with having something up his sleeve before he would dare break away for the second time from the trttditioBBof-Cabinet etiquette. But for any- thing that was new or for anything that gave him«wy reason for bis second departure, when opening his bad get in Glasgow he might as well have opened a big dram. (Hear, hear, and cheen.).: That he tnade a great noise was quite be-neither proved the necessity for ahaaga, Bor* if change were necessary, that what br bad to offar would be satisfactory. What bad he to offer ? Nothing but the most anti- quated wares suitable for fossilised Tories. That he made the best of them possible to one of the most brilliant men of the ago went with out eaying, and the mouths of arduous days and nights he had given in burnishing the rusty wares made them look almost new. But still, his watchwords were only the old Tory sbibbo- letbs which be in the days of grace used to treat with utter scorn and derision. "How have the mighty fallen 1" Probably at no time in our history had the national balance-sheet been so carefully and critically examined as in the past few months and, tried by e/erv test that could be applied, it showed that our country (notwith- standing the terrible drain made upon her re- sources by the late war) was, in commercial par- lance, not only a flourishing going concern, but was still the wealthiest country in the world. (Applause.) Oneresult of Mr Chamberlain's propa- ganda was the magnificent and crushing reply of Mr Asquith—the grandest effort be had ever delivered. He soon stripped oil the tinsel from the arguments put forth by Mr Chamberlain, and exposed the mean and tawdry material given as reasons by bis one-time colleague for political apostacy. It was jaid that the first thing brought under the notice of Mr Chamberlain on bis return from South Africa was the appearance of a new denomination called Passive Resistara." (Laughter and cheers.) It would be very interest- ing to know how much tbey had to do with the sudden conclusion as to the danger of the Empire. (Hear, hear.) The motive for starting the cry of preferential tariffs was the same as that of doctors in setting up a counter irri- tant but whether that were so or not,one thing, was certain, that however much they might fight for Free Trade they would not forget or neglect the question of education (Cheers.) In this part of the country we are suffering from the fiscal policy of the Government in the shilling a too tax on coal and if some of oar opponents had their way it would not be long before the staff of life was again taxed. Now, if there were any portion of the community that so-called Protection would press heavier upon than another it would be the industrial classes, with the one possible exception of people living upon small fixed incomes. Few living to-day could remember the conditions under which working men and their families existed before the time of Free Trade. Leas than half the amount of wages at present paid to fartr labourers was then paid, and their bread cost them three times as much as present prices. That was the sort of life the poor had under Protection. But the in- dustrial masses of the country too highly apppreciate the liberties and privileges they enjoy to endanger them at the bidding of the most capricious Parlia- mentarian of onr time. (Hear, hear ) What would have been the answer given to a political agitator who would have harangued the Israelites saying, Though you are in a flourishing state and the people were never so well off as at present, yet I already see signs of decadence, and so you must pack up and return to Egypt—to the honse of bondage." He would have been treated worse than Lloyd George in Birmingham, and he wonid deserve it. (Laughter.) They had this much to comfort themselves in Wales-that it mattered not how eminent a roaD might be if he advanced any proposal that militated against ûrstlJrinciples-he would make no converts in this coantry. In the coming struggle they would have a glorious opportunity of proving their mettle and giving a reason for the faith that is in them. (Cheers.) And they would be led by a mari only second in ability to William Thwart Gladstone—namely, by his favourite pupil, LorS Rosebery. (Cheers.) At the close of his great oration last night, Lord Rosebery gave them to understand that he was coming out of his tent, and, doing so. he could occupy only one position —leader of the Liberal host. (Renewed cheers.) There was not another man in Europe who wieldetiLsa much influence among the nations and in tIJe- government of the world as the ex-Premier. With him as leader they would hope to see the Liberals returned with a grand majority and turn out a Government of boys and wastrels. (Cheers.) Mr Brynmor Jones, who was received with loud applause, said it gave him great pleasure to again visit that ancient borough, and especially to have the Mayor as chairman. He first referred to the making of Port Talbot a Customs purt,and said that was chiefly through tha business-like manner in which the Mayor put his views before the Treasury that Port Talbot's claims were con- ceded. (Loud applause.) He eulogised the ser- vices of Sir Alfred Thomas as chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary party, a party which, con- sidering the numbers of equal force, was the most critical party in the House of Commons. (Hear, hear.) Regarding the education question Nemesis was already overtaking Mr Balfour's Government —(applause)—and as to Mr Cham- berlain's fiscal proposals he had given them his Barnest consideration and was convinced of the wisdom of adhering to Free Trade principles. The export trade which America was doing with this coantry in leather goods and petroleum— the chief exports—was equal to £3,000.000 each per annum. The other class of articles were quite small when they considered the bnlk of our. trade with that country, Were they going to tax American leather ? If they did so the boot trade of this country would vanish. (A Voice: Nonsense.) Mr Jones paused for a moment and questioned the speaker upon his authority for the interrup- tion. The interruptor replied that he was con- nected with the boot trade and his fatLer was a leather merchant. Mr Jones said he had the Opinion from a big leather merchant in London a few days ago. (Applause.) Proceeding, he denied Mr Chamberlain's deductions that trade was stagnant, and quoted statistics proving the increase of revenue.
At Penarth Police Court, on Wednesday (before Mr L. Wood and Mr John Cory). Arthur Bamford was charged with trespassing on land in the occupation of Mr Daniel Coaslett, of LecK- with, in pursuit of conies. Borfc Carey said be was under gamekeeper in the employ of the Mar- qnis of Bute, and on Thursday, 18th of Septem- ber, he saw defendant enter Leckwith Woods, and lay a wire trap to catch rabbits. He and John David, another keeper, visited the place in the morning, and remained in hiding until defendant arrived. Defendant picked up the trap, and was releasing the rabbit when witness rushed out and cattghthim. John David corroborated. Defen- dant was fined lOa and costs, in default seven (lavs' hard labour.
CARDIFF TRAGEDY. Step-daughter Attacked with a Razor. I ATTEMPTED SUICIDE OF HER ASSAILANT. Extraordinary Case. In the Cathays district of Cardiff on Tuesday evening the double tragedy of possibly murder and suicide wa." narrowly avertea. Frederick Leveridge, an old soldier, en- ^aged as a. porter at the local Central Post Office, now lies in the Infir- mary in a critical condition suffering from injuries self-inflicted with a razor, while his intended victim, a girl of 19, who is his step- daughter, escaped with superficial wounds, but is suffering acutely from shock. Many strange circumstances in the case combine to make it remarkable in the annals of local crime. Leveridge, who has been jn the employment the G.P.O. for six years or so, was once a corporal in the 41st (Welsh) Regiment, and served a considerable term of his 21 years' service in Malta. He has been thrice married, and Maggie Thomas-the girl victim— is one of five children of his present wife, whom he married about four years ago. He is described by his neighbours aa being of a tactiturn disposi- tion when sober, and to be given to quarrelling when under the influence of drink, a state in which ho has frequently been during the past week. Those who know bim only casually state he has been queer in his manner for some time, and those who are better acquainted with his history regard his attack as the result of a mental breakdown, primarily due to his service abroad, and in part to his recent habits, while his intimates state that what they say must be mania was accelerated by an inexplicable fit of jealousy. The complication of relationship of the parties wilt be appreciated from the fact that the fancied cause of Leveridge's frenzied attack is a yonng soldier, Thomas Mara by name, son of a former wife of Leveridge's, who was a widow when he married her. Mara was born in the irmy, and recently returned from South Africa after 13 years' service in the 1st Battalion Welsh, in which he was a lance-corporal in the band and played the kettledrum. Many affection- ately-couched letters passed between Mara and Leveridge while the former was at the front, and, in response to a cordial invitation, whan he re- turned some five or six weeks ago he went to live with Leveridge at 16, Rhymney-terrace. Mara and Maggie Tbomas looked like making a match of It, and their courting apparently had the approval of the stepfather. Latterly, how- ever, when intoxicated, he has expressed dis- approval of the courtship, and at the end of last week Maggie was forced to seek refuge with her married sister, who lives on the East Moors. Her father sent messages asking her to return. and promising not to interfere with her and her young man, and on Monday evening she went back home. For some years Maggie has been off and on employed at the General Post Office in the capacity of a helper in the cleaning depart- ment, but a week since she obtained employment as a type distributor. Statement by Miss Thomas. Maggie Thomas was not detained at the Infirmary, and on her retarn to the house of Mrs Robertson, a friendly neighbour, she gave the following account of what had happened :— Father—I called him father, yon know— seemed quite changed towards me when I came back from my sister's. He told me last night that he would come to see me during my dinner hour. You see he started work at five o'clock and finished at one, and my time off was between one and two. Somehow or other I did not see him, and Tom Mara met me, and we went for a walk in the Arcade. I did not know anything more about father until when I left work this evening I saw him ontside Me Ditched on to one at once. He didn't say about seeing Mara with me in the dinner hour, but he couldn't say enough against him. Several times be threatened to hit me, and told me I mustn't have anything more to do with Tom. I can't understand why he should take against him so, because the) bave been like real father and son, going out together and all that since Tom has been stopping at our house. Well, at last we got home, and I can tell you I was glad to get there bo cause, there's no good denying it, I was afraid of him all the way. When we got in Thomas was there and my mother with the baby. I went into the room, and before I could go to wash my- self he made a rush at me. but Tom stepped between us and put me to sit in the armchair. My father went Out of the room, and came back quite sudden like. He mast have made a jump at me, for the first I knew was to feel a pain in my throat. Tom again jumped in to stop him, and then he pushed me out of the way and I ran out of the house, and mv mother ran out too with the child. I wen!; next door to Mrs Tresize's, and Mr Tresize ran to the police station. That's all I know about it." Mr and Mrs Tresize, who have been next door neighbours for about five years, state that during the whole of that time Leveridge was so close" that although they frequently saw him out in the garden, and made neighbourly overtures in the way of handing food from their garden for his fowls, he coald never be got to enter into conver- sation with them, and frequently during recent months, tbey state, he has been acting "just like a man out of his min: shouting incoherently to his wife, threatening her and the daughter. In response to Mr Tresize's report that there was murder going on at No. 16. Detective Liddle ran to the house. There he found in the middle room Leveridge lying on his stomach on the floor with blood flowing from his throat and a razor so tightly clasped in bis right hand that be had to exercise considerable force to remove it.Be at once proceeded to render first aid. despatching uiesseng3rs to the station for assistance, and also to the nearest doctor's. Withinafewminntes Sergeant Harris and Dr. Morris arrived, and man and girl were driven to the Infirmary. For some time after Detective Liddle's arrival the man was unconscious, but he was heard to sty, It is all my daughter's fault it is her fault." The most serious wound of the man is a deep gash in the region of the windpipe. The girl has several cuts on her chin, throat, and lipa, but fortunately none of them are much more than skin-deep. ANOTHER NEIGHBOUR'S STATEMENT. Although no formal charge has been laid against Leveridge. the man is of course in custody, a policeman being in attend- ance at the Infirmary. Maggie Thomas was on Wednesday progressing favourably, and the only danger in her case is that,being of somewhat deli- cate constitution, it is the possible effect of the shock upon her nervous system. Thos. Mara. the young girl's sweetheart, sustained several slight cuts to his hands in his struggle with Leveridge. From statements made to our representative by Mrs Robertson, a friend of the Leveridge's, to whose house Maggie Thomas was taken on her return from the Infirmary, it appears that Leve- ridge has for some time acted in a most eccen- tric way. "If," said Mrs Robertson, "Tom Mara took Maggie out for a walk or a cycle ride, that didn't suit bim, and if he did not show his affection for her in her step-father's presence. that made him flare up. Wh?,t were the young people to do. I have seen Leveridge acting quite like a lunatic, threatening the mother and Mara and Maggie, and I said last week that the sooner he was taken to Bridgend Asylum the better, for I was convinced he would trytokili someone, and I am surprised he did not succeed." In the statement of Maggie Thomas she says that her step-father hardly had time to leave the room before he jumped at her with a razor. Mrs Robertson explained that Leveridge had a habit of secreting razors all over the house. He bad about 20 or 30 razors altogether, and this is one of the reasons why I thought he was mad-like long before his outbursts over Mara and Maggie." In coroboration of Mrs Robertson's descrip tion of Leveridge's strange manner during recent weeks and her warning, is a note written by him and now in the possession of the police. The note is coached in peculiar phrases. A curious feature about tbe case is that Mara, the soldier-sweetheart of the injured girl, ran into the street for the police, an 3 that no one witnessed Leveridge cutting bis own throat. Leveridge was lying unconscious and alone in the house when Detective Liddle arrived in lesponse to the message from Mr Tresize, to whose house next door tbe girl bad run.
MUMBLES BARLEY-MEAL PURCHASE. At Swansea Police Court on Wednesday J. H. Griffin, provision storekeeper, oi the Mumbles, was summoned under the Fertilisers and Feed- ing Stuffs Act for giving an invoice respecting a purchase of barley-meal which was not correct. Mr Leyson defended. P.C. Watts said be pur- chased 7lbs. of bailey-meal for cattle at defen- dant's shop, for which he paid 6d. Alcertificate or invoice was asked for, and this was given by defendant's son after being at first refused. Superintendent Menhinnick said the district analyist certified that the meal was a mixture of barley with maize meal-at least 5 per cent. In cross-examination he said he did not see on one of the invoices made out the words Not guaranteed." Sergeant Hopkins said three in- voices were made out before one was acceptable. Mr Leyson maintained that the proceedings were wrongly instituted, and he called defendant's son, who denied that the meal was asked for as for cattle The Bench decided that the pro- ceedings were properly instituted, but they were not satiated that barley-meal for cattle was asked for and the summons was dismissed with costs. Mrs Margaret Howells, Dunns-lane, was sum- moned for giving a wrong certificate. Defendant, who said tbe meal was deliveredto her as barley weal, was fined 20s. P. G. Thorne, grocer, of the Mumbles, for a similar oftence was fined 6d and costs.
I WTLL HAVE VI.COCOA." Yonr grocer, and every other grocer, too, can tell you of men and women who week after week regularly use Dr. Tibbies' Vi-Cocoa, and who, to use a common term, awear by it 1 as a nourishing !1n:i stimulating Food Beverage. Are you a regular drinker of Vi-Cocoa ? If not, why Dot ? Dr. Tibbies' Vi Cocoa, by taking the plaee of stimulants of an ardent nature, has made happy many a home which otherwise to-day would have been wretched, and tbe ultimate effects of which it is impossible to foresee. For breakfast, dinner, supper-indeei, ac any hour of, the twenty-four—Dr. Tibbies' Vi-Cocoa will be found light and refreshing it leads the way among all beverages, and nothing can equal it.
I LLANELLY NEW DOCK. Startling Development. COMMISSIONERS' DIFFICULTY. Bank of England Issue a Writ. There has, we understand, been a sensational development of the Llanelly New Dock difficulty, the Bank of England having issued a writ upon the Harbour Commissioners for the sum of £176,000. The proceedings will be heard m the High Court after October 24, upon the termination of the long vacation, and the bank will apply for the ap- pointment of a receiver. The Commissioners have from time to time borrowed from the Bank of England for dock purposes sums amounting to £215,OOC, but all these loans have not matured. the security being the harbour revenue, with collateral security of a shilling rate upon the urban district area and the rents of the town estate. Unfortunately, however, there has bsen long and costly litigation between the Commissioners and the Mynydd Mawr Railway Company and Messrs Waddell affecting disputed points as to tbe embankment at the dock 5utraoce, aod DO settlement has yet been effected. The company, in which Messrs Waddell have the preponderating interest, own a line which terminates beyond the new dock, and over which large qaantitiea of anthracite coal from the -col- lieries ot Messrs Waddell are taken for shipment at their stages in the Channel. Through some inadvertence the notice to treat for the acquisition of this strip of land was not given the railway company before the Commissioners went to Parliament for power to proceed with the con- struction of the dock, and apparently the pre- vailing belief was that the embankment, which divides the new dock from the entrance channel, was town property. At any rate the question did not arise for two or three years until the work of dock construc- tion was nearly completed, and then there was a startling development, for the contractors were proceeding to cut through the embankment and connect the dock with the entrance channel when the company and Messrs Waddell stepped in, insisting on their rights in the embankment. The long-cherished hope of the townspeople was dashed to the ground, and there followed a long course of litigation and negotiation which has not yet closed, although about two years have elapsed since it commenced. The dispute was carried into the Courts, and a decision .vas given in the company's favour, and unfortunately efforts to amicably settle the dispute have proved abortive. Meanwhile the dock is closed to traffic, and the revenue which the Commissioners had been rely- ing upon to meet all the interest charges and speedily become a growing source of income has not, consequently, been forthcoming. It had been hoped that ere long the Commissioners would have been able to apply to the bank for a further loan of JE5,000 to £10,000 to complete dredging operations in the entrance channel, but the de- velopment now reported has upset these calcula- tions. It appears that the Commissioners bave been unable to meet the interest charges on the loan for the last two years, expenses of maintenance, etc., having absorbed the available revenue. In some quarters it is believed that the bank have issued the writ in order to force the Commis. sioners-wbich is the same body as the Urban District Council, with representatives of a few private interests added—to increase the col- lateral security on the rates of the town,but this, of course, is purely conjecture. Messrs Waddell's Proposals- The negotiations between representatives of the Commissioners and Messrs Waddell ter- minated abruptly in London last week, a dead lock being reported. The proposals of Messrs Waddell have just been disclosed, and they appear to be as follow: -tIt The company to be sole contractors for all haulage to the Com- missioners, and to provide locomotive power (2) The company to perform all the labour in loading and discharging of imports and exports at the dock (3) The company to abandon their rights to the ataging constructed in the entrance channel in return for a tip in the Commissioners' dock. The publication of these terms will probably be shortly followed by disclosure of the counter proposals of the Commissioners.
THE EDUCATION ACT. Merthyr Guardian's Protest. On Saturday at the meeting of the Merthyr Board of Guardians, Mr John Rogers in the chair. Mr F. T. James, clerk, who had written for particulars as to the county rates, read from Mr T. Mansel Franklen. clerk to Glamorgan County Council, a letter stating that that autho- rity was directed by law to make one general assessment for all the purposes to which the county rate was liable. Except in the case of the police rate and the Welsh education rate, which were separately specified to the guardians, no distinction could be made, and he was there- fore unable to give the board the details asked for. Mr H. Edgar Thomas, clerk to Brecon County Council, wrote that it was impossible until after the meeting or his Finance Committee to state the amount of the county rate for the half-year. The Clerk said Mr Franklen's letter only confirmed his view thit the fund for carry- ing ont elementaly education throughout the dis- trict must come out of the county funds, and that meant getting it out of the coanty rate, and the machinery was a precept upon the Board of Guardians. In the estimates he had put in the rate in the £ which the Glamorgan county clerk had forwarded in respect of tbe amount required. Mr David Evans. Merthyr, said there was a principle above the question of rates, and that was how they should deal with tbe county as to other matters contained in the Act. Certain new charges were enforced upon the county by this A.ct, such as the transfer of non-provided schools to the care of the county rate, and were they to suppose the Government had been so far muddled as to pass the Education Act of 1902 without making provision for instructing the counties when precepts were to be made as to the actual amount that the county should pay ? Ho wanted this matter settled before he could vote for passing this precept.—Tbe Chairman It is not a precept; it is an estimate. —Mr David Evans said the estimate was a foreshadowing of the precept. He did not see how any intelligent guardian could submit to the monstrosity of legislation as they found themselves in by the anwer of the clerk to the county. He objected to money being devoted to non-provided schools unless they were under popular control. It was eventually agreed—Mr Evans being the onlv dissentient—that the call be made in accordance with the clerk's estimate. Abertillery Council Undecided. At a meeting of Abertillery District Council on Monday evening Mv E. Jamas Williams pre- siding, a communication was read from the Mon- mouthshire County Conncil Provisional Educa- tion Committee as to what transpired between the deputation who waited upon the committee for the purpose of ascertaining what powers the County Committee would be prepared to give the Abertillery Council if that authority relinquished its rights to form an educational area, and come undertbe county scheme. The deputation inquired whether the County Council would grant full management of all elementary, technical, and secondary education to what- extent would the right be given of appointing elementary teachers whether the necessary funds would be paid in a lump sum to the Conncil, leaving them to distrbute it and whether it was contemplated to add the Abertillery area to any other for grouping purposes. The County Committee regretted they could not recommend the County Council to entertain the proposal of Abertillery Council to relinquish in favour of the Coanty Council their powers and duties under the Education Act, or the suggestion that the County Council should delegate their powers of management to such Urban District Council. It was agreed that the letter be referred to tbe Abertillery Prov-sional Committee, who will meet a fortnight hence, during which time it is expected the County Committee will have de- cided upon some schsme as to grouping of dis- tricts, &c. Llanelly Arrangements. At an extraordinary meeting of the Llanelly Urban District Council on Saturday a letter was read from the Board of Education granting an extension of the appointed day from 1st October to the 1st November. Application had been made to fix the date on the 1st January. It was decided to ask the Board to make an exten- sion until the 1st December. Breconshire Scheme. Tbe first meeting of the Brynmawr and District Sub-Committee under the Breconshire education scheme, which came into force on October 1st, met at Brynmawr on Tuesday and elected Coun- cillor John Watkins, J.P., chairman Councillor L. Pritchard, J.P., vice-chairman a.nd Coun- cillor J. Thomas honorary clerk. Councillor W. J. Tong moved that the question of appointing a salaried clerk be considered, and the matter was deferred. It was decided to admit the Press to all meetings. Newport and the Joint Conference. The Newport County Coancil on Tnesdav appointed Colonel Herbert and Messrs G. H. Llewellyn and T. S. Gower to attend the joint conference at Cardiff to consider the position caused by the refusal of the Board of Education to sanction the scheme* submitted by Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, and Merthyr Councils.
INQUEST AT TREHARRIS. At Trebarris on Wednesday afternoon Mr R. J. Rhys, the district coroner, held an inquest touching the death of Herbert Sidney Waksley (42), married, with seven children, of 6, Victoria- terrace, Quaker's Yard, who was killed on Satur- day at the Castle Pit, Troedyrbiw. Me Dyer Lewis, deputy-inspector of mines; Mr J. Jonea, Cardiff, and Mr J. Llewellyn, Bargoed, inspectors of the Khymney Railway, with Mr Jones the resident manager of the Castle Pit. were present. I Deceased was engaged at the collieries in con- nection with the boilers. On Saturday the boilers bad been blown out and the flow of water being great there was danger of the gutcei| being blocked. Waksley was in the act of clear- ing this at a point adjoining the colliery sidings when he wasstruck by waggons which were being shunted in by an engine of the Rhymney Rail- way Company. He received severe internal in- I juries and died within a couple of hours. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death."
THE GOVERNMENT'S SHAME. Vigorous Address by Dr. Horton. About 1,400 delegates assembled in con- nection witli the autumn meetings of the Congregational Union at Bournemouth on Tuesday. The opening meeting was held in the Richmond-hill Chnrch, one of the largest in the ■South of England, which was crowded. The Rev. Dr. Horton prefaced his presidential address with a message of sympathy to the Rev. Ossian Davies in his illness. A.fter mentioning that & special session to-day was to be devoted to piessing public questions, be said he felt they ought not to wait even for 24 hours to let the voice of that assembly be heard in no un- certain sound. He wanted, in a sentence, to say with regard to the education question that they were all agreed. (Applause.) They wished with j all simplicity to say to their country that they could not desist, nor would it be possible for them to withhold any effort, any legitimate effort, to modify and if possible to reverse that legislation which had handed over the funds, of the nation to Roman propaganda, and had inflicted upon thousands of tender consciences an intolerable wound. They say the Government that perpetrated that enormity were over- whelmed with division and confusion-(hear, hear, and Thank God ")— and they were per- suaded that it bad not yet sounded the depths of its shame, for it had yet to hear the indignant protest of the Church of England itself, as the Church discovered that this Government had brought it into an odium with the nation such as it had never experienced since the days of Archbishop Laud. (Applause.) In regard to Macedonia, they must utter their feeling in a. sentence for their country to hear. They were torn with anguish for the sufferings of their fellow Christians in Macedonia. and theirang-nish j was not only because they suffered, but because through Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Salisbury I our country was participes criminis, and chiefly responsible that Macedonia was still under that intolerable Government. Let them thank God that they as Nonconformists never believed in Lord Beaconsfield, and that in so far as they could separate themselves from their country they were innocent of the blood that was shed, but they could not separate from their country, and what Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Salisbury did in 1878 was working in them with shame and torment, and they cried to God to remove the stain from the fair name of England. In the course of his address Dr. Hortoti treated of the relations between foreign missions and home work, and said if as a Umon they coald agree on the supreme importance of the foreign work, and on tbe vital and necessary relation it held to the work at home, they might anticipate not only a growth of missionary zeal, but also a power to grapple with tbe many serious problems which were at their doors. When Christianity ceased to be a world-wide message, and became a system, a polity, it rapidly declined and lost its tone. Mr Albert Spicer (London), chairman of the special subcommittee on the secretariat, moved the election of the Kev. Principal J. A. ulitchell, Nottingham. as secretary of the Union. This was seconded by Rev. R. B, Brindley (Croydon). Principal Mitchell was unanimously elected, and returned thanks. ¡ The Mayor a.nd Mayoress, Alderman and Mrs J. Elmes Beale, gave a reception to the delegates in the evening. I
INCAPACITY OF THE CABINET. Dr. Horton's Scathing Criticism. The Congregational Union resumed its sittings at Bournemouth on Wednesday, Dr. Horton presiding. Mr Edward Smith, Bewdley, made a. statement for the Congregational Chnrch Aid Society, a federation comprising 19 non-assisted county unions with 2,425 churches and 207,000 members, and 18 assisted unions with 1,159 churches and 70,000 members. These unions combined during tho year had raised £23,000 for church aid and home missionary work, and including the balances of grants from the 20th century funds there remained £6.851 available for aggressive work, which he suggested should be expended in developing home missionary enter- prise. The War Inquiry. At the afternoon session the Chairman ex, pressed his view that the assembly should ex- press an opinion upon the revelations disclosed by the war inquiry. It was, he said, a revela- tion of incapacity, of carelessness, of indolence, he had almost said a revelation of criminal in capacity, on which if England did not express her opinion in decisive and unfaltering lan- guage they might depend on it the day of Eng. land had gone for ever. In his opinion the fault lay in the weakness of brain and the genuine incapacity of the Government. He thought charity required them to recognise that in a sense they could not help it, although when they read the revelations they were tempted to cry out that this Government was criminal and traitorous. (Applause.) He did not say that—he simply said tbey wers incapable and lazy. and he honestly believed that not a. man of them had ever read the intelligence communicated by their own officials. A railway signalman re- sponsible for a. Oeath was deemei guilty of man- slaughter, and -he said that these Ministers of ours were chargeablb with the loss ot hundreds and thousands of lives. In conclusion Dr. Horton called upon the assembly to join with him in demanding that the Government should confess that they no longer represented the coantry, whose confidence they had abased, which the delegates did by rising to their feet and cheering enthusiastically. Macedonia. The question of Macedonia was next dealt with in stirring speeches by Mr J. Compton Rickett, M.P., and the Rev. J. Morgan Gibbon, and the following resolution was unanimously carried That this assembly desires to put on record its profound sorrow at the news of carnage and massacre from Macedonia, and urges the Great Powers of Europe, especially the Government of bis Britannic Majesty, as in duty bound by its treaty obligations, to save our fellow-Christians in South-East Europe from the intolerable evils of internecine strife and of Turkish rule." Education. In introducing the subject of the Education Act Dr. Massie (Oxford) gave a scathing con- demnation to the Governwent's education policy. With regard to the request that they should give the Act a fair trial, he said they might just as well give a fair trial to carbonic acid gas at the bottom of a mine. He moved the following resolution (1) That this assembly, in addition to its pre- vious utterances upon the edcuation question, hereby expresses its thankfulness at the unani- mous opposition of Congregationalists to the Acts of last year and this (2) its profound sym- pathy with those brethren who suffer tbe spoiling of their goods for conscience aake (3) in view of an impending election urges on all Congrega- tiocalists to make their support of any Parlia- mentary candidate conditional on his being pledged at least to abolish a.11 religious tests in the teaching profession, and to secure public control and management of all schools main- tained by public funds (4) the assembly asserts its conviction that the only final solution of the question will he found in a complete system of State-paid education, from which all denomi- national teaching is excluded." The Rev. J. Hirst Hollowell, in seconding the resolution said they had the consolation of knowing that although the Government treated them very badly last year, lately they had been treated themselves very badly. He ridiculed the idea that the law of the land was never under any circumstances to be broken, and claimed that the law of Divine righteousness had a prior claim to any Balfonr-Cbamberlain made law. The resolution was carried unanimously, Licensing Question The assembly nbxt turned their attention to the licensing question, and on the motion of Mr John Thomas, of Woodburn, seconded by Mr Thomas Smith, Enfield, unanimously passed the following The assembly has heard with great satisfaction the action of the licensing I magistiates in many parts of the country in withholding licences tor the sale of intoxicating liquors where they ara admittedly in excess of the wants of the population, and regards with indignation tile attempts of the Government, and especially of the Prime Minister, to limit magisterial authority in efforts to diminish in- temperance amone the people, having in view the declared Ministerial intention to propose legis- lation for protecting the alleged rights of those engaged in the traffic in drink. The assembly urged the friends of temperance to prepare for strenuous resistance to any such measure, and also to secure at the approaching General Elec- tion the return of candidates pledged to the pro- motion of effective legislation for the repression I of one of the most gigantic evils of our times."
TELL-TALE FINGER-PRINTS. A Rogue and Vagabond at Swansea. At Swansea Police Court on Wednesday William Judd, alias Jenkins (30), was charged with stealing 5s worth of postage stamps from 235, High-street, and obtaining 2s by false pretences, and being at 21. York. street, for an unlawful purpose. Detective Davies said prisoner was a convicted. thief, and he handed in a list of eight convictions which had been brought home to prisoner by I means of impressions of his finger-tips. Pri- soner, in answer to the last three charges, said be meant no harm. He was sent to prison for three monthi as a rogue and a vagabond. The other charges were not proceeded with.
THE SOAP AGE. The Stone Age The Iron Age Last, but not least, the SOAP Age M How vastly our country must have benefited in cleanliness and health from the wonderful increase in the use of Soap during the last quarter of a century. Soap has truly played a. most important part in the progress of our civilisation and Hudson's, the great dirt remover, is one of the most satis- factory the world has produced. Soluble in all waters, it forces itB way into every niche and crevice, and obstinate grease and dirt fly at once. Everything washed with it is thoroughly washed, and it has the freat merit of not leaving any soapy trace or smell. It is a fine powder, in packets, and has been established over half a century.
Search was made throughout Monday night and was continued on Tuesday for the bojy of I the child David John Hughes, who fell into the I Llynvi river about 230 p.m. on Monday) but without sacfess.
I SOUTH WALES NEWS. Abergavenny Schooi Accommodation. At a meeting of Abergavenny School Board on Friday night Mr E. A. Johnson, architect, WM instructed to prepare plans for additions to Hereford-road school. Castle-street school, and for a new school in Victoria-street, and provide accommodation for boys, girls, and infants, in- stead of a mixed school as at present. I Newport Medical Society The annual meeting of the above society was held at the Board-room of the Newport and Conntv Hospital, Newport, on Wednesday. The retiring president (Dr. C. S. Viner) introduced the new president (Dr. J. Howard Jones), who presided at the meeting. The officers of the society for the session 1903-4 are as follow :— President, J. Howard Jones president-elect, T. Morrell Thomas ex-president, C. Stewart Vines hon. sec. and treasurer, R. J. Coulter committee, O. E. B. Marsh, W. J. Greer, J. P. Neville, and F. G. Lewis. The hon. sec. (Dr. Howard Jones), in his report for the past year, stated the membership bad reached the total of 39, and that the fnnds of the society showed a balance in band of over £46. The meetings of the society will be held at the County Hospital on the last Wednesday of each month during the winter and spring months. Brynmawr Level Crossing. At the monthly meeting of Brynmawr Chamber of Trade, Mr H. Connop presiding, Aid. W. Roberts (president), Mr Connop (vice-president), and Mr W. J. Tong (secretary;, were appointed delegates to the half-yearly meeting of the Federated Chambers, to beheld at Tredegar. On the motion of Mr W. Davies, seconded by Mr A. J. Markell, it was resolved to call the atten- tion of the L. and N.W. Railway Company to the danger and inconvenience to the public caused by shunting andtranio on the unprotected mineral line which crosses the main thorough- fare, and asking that a bridge or subway be constructed. Several claims against railway com- panies, which had been refused on the ground that goods were consigned at owner's risk were brought to the notice of the Chamber and referred to a sub committee to decide whether there were reasonable grounds for action at Jaw. Ferndale Co-operative Society. The Ferndale Co-operative Society's financial statement for the quarter ending September 1st shows a net profit of £6,359 lis 9d. A dividend of 4s in the £ is declared in the grocerv and 2s Jld iu the £ in the meat department. The total sales during the 13 weeks amounted to £33,28817s 5d, and the membership at present is 1,751. Dairy Class at Llantrisant. During the last four weeks a number of Llan- trisant young women have been learning tbe art of butter-making nnder the guidance of Miss Edwards, the County Council instructress. Prizes were awarded at the final demonstration on Tues- day at the Town Hall as follow:—1st, Mrs ¡ Evans, New Inn, and Miss Davies, Malthouse 2nd, Miss Hughes, Vicarage, and Mrs H. David, I Coedcae Mawr. i School Extensions at Aberystruth. | At the Aberystruth School Boacd on Tuesday tenders were received for extensions required at Nantyglo mixed schools. The accepted tender was that of Messrs J. T. Morgan and Son, Nantyglo, at JE863 The board decided to apply for a loan of £1,000 to cover the cost of build- i jng, furnishing, etc. Civil Service Appointments. It is notified that in the Excise branch of tbe Inland Revenue, Mr W. G. Dixon, second class officer, Pontypridd, has been transferred to Croy- don Mr A. E. Cruse, second class officer, Llan- dilo, has been promoted to first class officer, Glasgow Mr H. G. Bishop, second class prin- cipal clerk, Bristol, has been promoted to first class principal clerk, Cardiff; Mr D. Woods, second class principal clerk, Cardiff, has been transferred to Bristol; and Mr H. J. Mol/naux, assistant, Shrewsbury, has been promoted to second class officer, Llandilo. Panteg Roads. At the meeting of Panteg]) District Council on Tuesday evening, Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., pre- siding, it was reported that Mr J. C. Hanbury, Pontypool Park, had visited the two suggested cemetery sites, viz.; Glebe and Tycoch, but he was not disposed to naaie the parchase price for j the land until the Coancil had definitely selec- ted a site. Alderman Dd. Jones, Trosnant, moved that the Council petition the Coantv Council to widen the roads at the Pontymoile corner, according to plans prepared by their sur- veyor. Doubt teas, said the Alderman, the narrow toad was sufficient for the traffic in the time of the Celts and Romans, but times had changed, and the corner was now dangerous, accidents being of daily occurrence. The motion was carried. Maesteg Drowning Case. The body of tbe child, David Hughes, who fell into the Llynvi river last Monday, was dis- covered yesterday afternoon in one of the main I sewers not far from tbe spot where the child fell into tbe river. Tramps at Pontypridd. At Wednesday's meeting of Pontypridd Board of Guardians, Mr Godfrey Clark presiding, the master sought advice as to how he should deal with applications for accommodation by tramps, it being stated that during the week 257 tramps had applied for admission. The question was referred to tbe clerk. Swansea Septuagenarian's Death. On Wednesday Mr Coroner Leeder held an inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of David Williams (76), of 9, Moriah terrace, who was found dead in bed on the pre- vious day by his daughter. Deceased's daughter said he suffered from rheumatism in his feet. Dr. Roberts said deceased had a lacerated wound on bis left eyebrow. This was probably due to deceased being in such a weak state that he fell, and a fall to a man of his age and in his condi- tion might have affected, his heart. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the mcdical evidence. Pontardulais Fatality. W. J. Bowen (20), of Pontardulais, who was a fortnight ago admitted to the Swansea Hospital suffering from a broken leg sustained through a fall in the goods yards, Pontardulais, suczumbed to his injuries on Wednesday morning. Tredegar Recreation Ground. A public meeting on Monday evening received tbe balance sheet of the Recreation Ground, which showed £]05 to the good, and appointed twenty representatives to co operate with the General Committee in raising funds to provide cycle track and ciicket pitch. Swansea Municipal Telephones. At a meeting of the Swansea Corporation Tele- phones Committee on Tuesday, it was re- ported that 366 subscribers are now in junction with the lines, and that the Morriston and Mumbles Exchanges are open and working satisfactorily. There have been 3,065 local calls. 185 ontside trunk line calls, and 33 inward trunk line calls. It was decided that the Mayor shall officially open the Exchange on November 5th. Pontypridd Councillor Indignant- ThePontyoridd District Council at its meet- ing on Taesday. passed a resolution expressing horror and indignation at the present condition of things in Macedonia. Mr James Roberts declared that if the leaders of this country playad golf instead of attending to their business the country should wake up and see that some steps were taken to put a stop to the terrible slaughter of innocent women and children. (Hear. hear.) Cardigan Town Council. At a meeting ot this Council on Monday at the Council Chamber, the Mayor presiding, Coun- cillor John Evans's motion to admit ratepayers to the Council meetings was lost. The question of paying a retaining fee to members of the fire brigade was adjourned, as also was the question of appliances for the fire brigade. Tredegar Water Supply. At the monthly meeting of the Gas and Water Committee on Wednesday evening a report was- submitted by Mr Togarmoh Rees, water engineer, Newport, upon the question of obtaining an additional water supply for the district, and which contained valuable recommendations. The discussion of the report was deferred. Cardiff Pickwick Club. Thi members of the Cardiff Pickwick Club met attbePark Hotel, Cardiff, on Wednesday evening, when Mr R. Ambrose moved, and Mr E. J. S. Stone seconded, a vote of no confidence in the Conservative Government, to which Mr C. Wynn Jones and others replied, and an animated debate ensued. Bazaar at Swansea. Lady Margaret Rice, on Wednesday, opened a very interesting bazaar at the Albert Hall, with the object of providing £1,400 required for the new Church Army Labour Home. Lady Mar- garet, who gracefully performed the ceremony, was cordially thanked on the motion of the Mayor seconded by the High Sheriff of Glamorgan. Aberystwyth Schoot Board- At a meeting on Tuesday night the board re- ceived from the County Council notification that the appointed day under the Education Act had been postponed until January 1, and there would I probably be an application for postponement until April next in order to fit in the new educational duties with the financial year of tbe Coanty Council. The Rev. W. Matthews wrote that the trustees and managers of the National school did not consider themselves liable for any payment towards the cookery classes beyond the grant earned by the National school pupils. It was stated by the chairman that tbe auditor had- refused to pass tbe account unless tbe National school managers contributed their quota of tbe deficiency, amonnting to £25 or £30. It was re- solved to again write to the managers on the subject. A precept for JE500 was issued to meet the expenses of the board for the ensuing half year. Almanac y Gweithiwr" for 1904. The above almanac, which is published 1 annually by the Quinine Bitters Company, Llanelly, is one of the most useful booklets issued in the Welsh language. In recent years ) it has met with such success that thousands anxiously look for the date of its publication. We notice that, the almanac for 1904 is as good if not better than those published hitbeito. Although it is bat a small book of 32 pages it contains a great amount of useful information to meet the requirements of all classes of readers, and it is to be had free of charge wherever Gwilym Evans's quinine bitters is sold.
J woo A TONYPANDY WONDER. Debility, Palpitation, and Faintness Cured. Dr. Slater's B.M. Tablets Save an Operation and J Restore to Complete Health. I The experience of Mrs Lavington, of the well-known Town Hall Dining Rooms, in De Winton street, Tonypandy, is a marvellous one and the really remarkable manner in which Dr. Slater's B.M. Tablets brought her back to health is a splendid testimony to the life" giving qualities of that medicine. Mrs Lavington says;— Two and a half years ago I fell ill, and thought I was going to die- First I had a rash on my face, my skin began to peel off. and 1 had bleeding at the nose. | was constantly sick, and got so as to be unable to take my food. All strength left me. felt too weak to walk if I tried I very soon ran short of breath. My heart palpitated violently, and it seemed as if there were a great weight on my chest. One day I had intended going to Cardiff, but on the way to the station my heait seemed to atop I was fainting, and couldn't breathe. I exclaimed to my husband that I felt as if I were going to die I When he had got me home be said, It's the greatest wonder that I've got the missis back. I thought she would die.' After that I was not able to do a thing in or about tbe bouse. The travellers and customers who came to my shop could not make out what had become of me. I continued to grow weaker, and swelled all over my bodv until I looked ,.m..j0t » j ike yon see me in that second photograph, dKj4 which I had taken BO that at home they I CC would have something to remember me by Lif» r whenI was dead I Not only was I almost too mijlmm I big to get through the door if I had tried, but |Blffi 1^ even my shoes would no longer go on my | JspiL- feet; and being too prostrate for anything, I g\ had to lie all day on the sofa in old clothes JTv* < altered to fit. My plight was terrible. I was t_ -— W /}) attended by three doctors. One of them ML said I shonld have to have an operation, and I thought of going to Cardiff Infirmary. I f ft was now at my worst, as you see me in the J W 1 fourth photograph. I was taking little or no food, and perfectly weak and helpless. One „ m m_ day we received a little book telling of the 1 remarkable cures wrought by Dr. 81ater:s | Blood Tablets, and a local lady, bearing of 11 my serious illness, came and told me what Slater's had done for her. I knew that I could put confidence in her so removing aside all further thought of Cardiff Infirmary and the operation, I started a coarse of Dr. Slater's Tablets without delay. As I persevered with the Tablets new strength returned to mv limbs, and my whole body was re-invigorated. Chief of all, the swelling went down, so that now I measure seven inches less in the waist and thirteen less round the chest than I did then. In fact, my figure gradually"resumed its present normal shape. I now take my food better, and can fancy lots of dainty things which I daren't touch before. I have got rid of the oppression about the heart, and no longer feel nervous or faint. I am also able to secure sound, refreshing sleep, which before I didn't have sometimes for a week at a stretch. Now I am attending to the shop and a traveller who came in unly the other day was surprised to see me alive and well. tie ask6d me how it was, for he had heard such alarming reports, and I said Dr. Slater's Blood Tablets were done responsible for my wonderful cure. He said he couldn't have believed it if I hadn't told him myself. I have never felt better than I have done these last few weeks, and I attribute everything to Dr. Slater's Blood Tablets." IKSUforS »!3c TABLETS Dr. Slater's B.M. Tablets have no equal for ansemia, pale and sallow complexions, female ailments, short- ness of breath, heart-weakness, palpita- tion, indigestion, nervous headache, ner- vous and general debility, paralysis, loco- motor ataxia, St. Vitus' dance, spinal weakness, wasting, theearlystages of con- sumption. depression, loss of appetite, neu- ralgia, sciatica, rheumatism, gout, lum- bago, colds, and all ailments traceable to weak, watery or impure blood. In two sizes only, 2s 9d and lis (the lis size containing five times the quantity at only four times the cost). Of all chemists, or direct from tha Slater Laboratories, Graek-street, Leeds.
j THE POLICE COURTS. CARDIFF. Missing Legs of Mutton. — At Cardiff on Saturday Owen Cowen (18). Samuel Hughes (18), and Michael Yewlett (17) were charged with stealing three le^s of mutton, value 7s 6d, the rroperty of the Sansinina Meat Com- t pany, trom the s.s. Cordilleras, in the East Dock, on the 7th inst. Mr A. F. Hill prosecuted. Prisoners were each committed to rake their trial at the Quarter Sessions. Worked Too Long Hours.—Thomas Owen and Co., Ltd., Ely Paper Mills, were summoned for employing seven lads for longer hours than allowed under the pro- visions of the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901, on the 26th ult. Mr Augustus Lewis prose- cuted on behalf of the Home Office, and Mr W. B. Francis dafendad. It was stated that the boys in question commenced to work at 6 in the morning, and were found on the premises at 7.30 on the same evening. Mr Francis, in mitigation, stated that the pressure of work at the mills had been very great of late hence the long hours worked. The Deputy-Stipendiary imposed a fine of S.1 in respect of each lad. I After a Christening.—There was a somewhat unpleasant sequel at a christening in Port- manmoor-road tbe other evening. Michael Lynch, with head amply bandaged, informed the .Deputy Stipendiary at Cardiff on Tues- day t hat they had some drink in the house on the occasion. After the ceremony wa3 over one of the party, Denis Cronin, and another had words, and adjourned to tbe street to settle matters. Lynch also went out, and was struck by Cronin on the bead with something hard. He could re- member receiving two blows; and then he became unconscious. Dr. Corrigan stated Lynch suffered from slight concussion of the brain. After hear- ing further evidence, the Deputy Stipendiary committed Cronin to take his trial at the Assizes. Licensing Offence.—Matilda Burns, for selling a lesser quantity of beer than authorised by the Licensing Act of 1872, was fined JE12 10s and costs, and Edward Blair, for ailing and abetting, was fined 20a and costs. Affiliation Summons Dismissed.—EthelLowrie, of Penhevad-street, suvnoioned Thomas Whaley to show cause, etc. Mr Harold M. Lloyd appeared for complainant, and Me LIoyct Mey- I rick defended. Lovvrie, who was formerly en- gaged as waitress at the Langbam Hotel, said she became acquainted with defen- dant, a 'bus conductor, in Julv of last year, and impropriety took place in Tresitlian-terrace. Complainant, replying to Mr Meyrick, said the only two times she walked out with defendant misconduct took place. The jtoputy-stipendiary, having regard to the snr- fbuuding circumstances of the case, held the t corroboration was not strong enoagh, and dis. missed the summons. In Self-Defence.—At Cardiff Police Court on Monday James Tinslev (41) was I charged with feloniously wounding Bernar. dius Subrobus on the head with a bottle at Herbert-street with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on the 10th inst. Mr llarold Lloyd pefended. Prosecutor, a Spaniard, said he was staying with prisoner. On the evening named while in the passage nomeonehit him on the head and somebody tried to rob him. To Detective Gretton, who arrested him, prisoner said. Yes, I bit him on the head with a bottle as he was trying to stab me and my wife and my sister with a knife." The charge was reduced to one of assault. Mr Lloyd urged that what prisoner did was in self-defence, and the Bench dischprged prisoner. Police Assault.—WiHiam McDonald l35), for assaulting P.C. Richard Barnett and a civilian in Custom House-street ou the 10th inst., was ent to gaol for 14 dtys. CAERPHILLY- Licensing Offenee.- William Lewis, Crown Inn, Nelson, was summoned for permitting drunkenness. Mr J. Lewis, Merthyr, defended The Bench imposed a fine of X5 and costs. CHEPSTOW. A Police Raid.—At Cbepstow Police Court oil Tuesdav George Counsel was charged with Belling beer by retail at Earlswood, Shirenewton, on the 22nd of August, and further with a like offence on the 14th of September. On the latter date the police raided the place, and seized a number of empty casks and one with beer in. Tbey saw some men leave by one door as they entered by another, whilst one man named White had a glass three-part3 full of beer in front of him. On the other date one man named White had a glass three-parts full of beer in front of him. On the other date there were about 20 men proved to be in the house drinking, and money was paid by some of them to Counsel's wife. In the first case Counsel was fined jE25 and 14s 6d costs, and in the second ordered to pay 4s 6d costs, with the alternative, of one month. 'The summons against Joseph White for aiding and abetting was dismissed. ABERDARE. ( Monntain Ash Language."—At Aberdare on Tuesday Elizabeth Beynon was sum- moned for using obscene language Mr W. Thomas prosecuted, and Mr W. J. Shipton de- fended. Mary Ann Thomas E aid that owing to some dispute between the children she went out and told defendant's little boy that she would shake him. Shortly afterwards defendant came to the street and called her some vile names. In accordance with a polite practice which prevails at Aberdare, Police Court the words used were not repeated, but were handed in writing up to the Bench. The Stipendiary having read the words complained of asked Mr Thomas if he had any authority for saying that the words were obscene. They were certainly very vulgar, but unless Mr Thomas had some authority for it he would hold they were not obscene -Mr W. J. Shipton You have so held at Mountain Ash Police Court. You have said there that these words are not obscene.—The Stipendiary Ob, no. They seem to be the usual language at Mountain Ash. (Load laughter.) They are very vulgar, and I am surprised at women using Ruch language but I will hold they are not obscene. It is understood that the words began with a capital D several times repeated. The case was dismissed. NEATH. Sisters Fined.-At this Court on Tuesday, Susan and Lydia Probert, of Ethel-street, Melincrvtnan, were each fined 100J and costs for stealing coke and grease from the Eagle Tin Works on the 2nd September. Mr W. H. David appeared to prosecute. SWANSEA. Theft of a Watch.—At this court on Tuesday Oscar Bgerman, a Swede, of the S.8. Fame, was charged with stealing a watch and chain, the property of Magnus Pole, of the s.s. Tyne. He was sent to prison for 14 days. Boys in Trouble,—Two boys named William Miller, of Llangyfelach-street, and William Thomas, of Green Hill-street, aged 12, wero charged with stealing 20s in coppers from the Graig Working Men's Club under circumstances already reported. Miller was discharged .with a caution. Inspector Pearce said Thomas was 1 shamefully neglected; having no settled abode and getting his living by bootblacking, sometimes thieving. He was sent to an inaut trial school. BRIDGEND. A Violent Prisoner.—At Bridgend Saturday William Orchard, butcher, charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting P.S. George and P. C. Harris- The evidence of the officers was that after they had ejected defendant from the King's Hotel, where be was causing a disturbance, he refused to go away and they took him into cus- tody. He resisted, and in the struggle strocK and kicked and attempted to get at a butcher s knife which he had in his pouch. The defend»nC alleged that in placing the "snips on his wrist9 the officers cruelly illtreated him.-Orcba.rd VW sent to prison for ten days. Obstructing the Police. — At this court on Saturday Thomas Evans, collier. Pontyrhyl. wft8 fined f,3 for obatruoti ng P S. Lane in the execu- tion of his duty by attempting to rescue prisoner whom he was taking into custody. LLANELLY. Magistrates' Order Disobeyed.—At this court on Saturday John Jones Glynebog, Pontybereffl. was summonod for disobedience of an alfilis- tion made against him a few weeks ago. })e' fendant protested that he was not the father Of the child. The Magistrates' Clerk said it wa" not now a question of the paternity of the child) but of obedience to the order of the Court. De- fendant, who said he had made up his mind not to pay, was sent to gaol for a month. Theft.— At this court on Monday (before Messrs Joseph Maybery and W. Y. Nevill—Mary Ann Whitehorne, 1. Cawdor's row, Llanelly, waS charged with stealing apples and potatoes from a stall in the Llanelly Market. The Bench sen- tenced her to one month's imprisonment. MERTHYR. Pitch and Toss.-A yonth named Edward Davies was fined 5a for playing at pitch and tOSS in Vincent-terrace. P.C. Preece said he found 7d on the ground. Defendant pleaded that be thought Vincent-terraca was not a highway. Drunk whilst in Charge of a Child.—A young woman named Elizabeth Mountain was fined £1 and costs for being drunk whilst in charge of 800 infant child. BARRY. 'Tis the Woman Who Snffers.-At Barr1 on Monday Albert Purnell, labourer, charged with assaulting Sarah Bees. The parties have lived together peacablv for nearly'^ years, but on the 18th September came home under the influence of drink and struck her on the head with his fist. Defendant had nothing to say, and was fined 5s. Prose* cutrix then asked what was she to do with her two small children as she now had no one to keep them. The magistrates intimated that they could do nothing for her. YSTRAD RHONDDA. Theft of Pigeons. —At this court on Monday Ed. Thomas, Dd. Davies, Pengelly and iDd, James Davies, Pentre, were fiued sums ranging from 5s to 10s for stealing seven pigeons, the property of D. Jones, 15, Margaret-street. NEWPORT. Wife Assaulted -At this court on Mona., Ebenezer James, 61, Hewerson-street. was bonno over to keep the peace and fined 10s for assault, ing his wife. Assault.—William Fitzgerald, 371, CaerleoB* road, was fined 21s for assaulting Wm. Hentf Palmer, after leaving the Green Inn on Satur' day night. Detective on the Roof.oetective.Ser- geant Greaves told the Newport magistrates on Mondav that he bad kept his eye on Charles Morgan, described as a bookmaker, et 3, Victoria-crescent, Newport, for some days. Be watched him through the glass root of the market and on various dates saw 20 men, eight men. aD four men hand him slips of paper and recede money in the Crown-passage and Provision Market. Morgan, who admitted the offence* was fined £5.
FREE CHURCHES CRUSADE. Parliamentary Fund Started. The National Free Uhurch Council is sending to every Free Church minister in England aBO Wales an appeal on behalf of its Parliamentary Election Fund, The communication points oat that the Fre* Church Council is not and does not intend to bo" come a political organisation. Our work if pre-eminently spiritual, and under no ordinary circumstances could we have taken part in aJf organised wav in a General Election. Bat circumstances are extraordinary. We feel tb* ws are in the midst of a great religions strugff'S and are bound to go into the conflict as a sO j body for spiritual ends. We have been for.Ol. into this position by the action of the cleric* £ party and the present Government. It. J Parliament which bas inflicted this grave justice, and this injustice can only be by returning a majority of candidates to liament in fa.vour of a national system of aø; sectarian education nnder complete pol)olol control." .1. It is proposed to 30end the money m th« lowing among other ways :—To supply millio « of leaflets and other forms of literature, to sen hundreds of efficient speakeis into the c01"l tuencies, to make grants in some cases to councils and federations for the purpose effectively carrying on the campaign: further to make arrangements to secureit best Free Church candidates. Already a number of Free Church candidates have be adopted by constituencies some will require some financial assistance..g course it is distinctly understood that there no intention of forming a Free Chnrch PaIc^yjC Parliament. A friend has promised *5'go(/ conditionally on a minimum sum of being raised. Other promises of sums have been received. Liberation Society's Appeal. h In a manifesto signed by Dr. Clifford dent), Mr Carvell Williams, and Mr L» George, M.P., vice-presidents, and Mr **• Wilson, M.P., and Mr Wm. Carpenter, b. surer, the Liberation Society urges Free Ci'0*^ men to insist not onlv on tha amendment of ^jg. Education Act, bnt also ou the necessity fo* establishing the Church, which has a',rp|j* obstructed really national education. 0f society p.esses upon its supporters the endeavouring to secure the retarn at the GeO^g Election of advocates of disestablishment. jotJg, society will provide speakers and publicat and will give special attention to places -j. distraints for education rates have been ous. Finally the hope is expressed that p0 question will be allowed to divert attention the education issue. »_
At a meeting of the Swansea Rural v* Council on Tuesday the question of erec41 3 it isolation hospital was farther considered, -aggfi was decided to ask the Local Government I whether it would sanction a loan building.