YULETIDE IN WEST WALES. HOW THE DAY WAS SPENT. Swansea Xmas Day, up to within a few fcours of midnight, was of the mildest am record. At noon the climatic conditions more closely resembled those of spring than anything else, and taking advantage of tb*>m Swansea a.nd his Wife sallied .arth in strength, and the parks had unwonted patronage for the day. The football match at St. Helen's, between the All whites and the hitherto unconquered Watsoniacs, arb- tracted about 15,000 epect;tfors, and resulted in the Scotsmen having their record broken. In the morning there were numerous small match- including one between the Swan- sea Seconds and :3t.. jroeeoh' for a chant- able purpose. At Morrieton and Pontardawe on Xmas Eve successful concerts were held, and a.t Swansea Pooled opened their annual Yuletide visit at the Albert Hall. At the Star, Paiaee and Shaftesbury appropriate programmes were submitted on Xmas day, And were well patronised. The usual ser- vices were held at the chapels and churches, and at the Catholic places of worship the impressive ceremonial of high mass at mid- night attracted large congregations. The weather was so mild that a considerable nom- bar of people went on the steam trams to the Mumbles. As for the town trams they must—particularly on the sections leading to the football field—have done heavy busi- ness. In the evening rain fell heavily and churned the streets into sloughs of despond. Police reports show that Swansea behaved itself over Xmas. I XMAS DAY AT THE WORKHOUSE. Tho six hundred inmates of the Swansea War kilo use wen1, by the generosity and self- sacrifice of many friends, enabled to spend a real good time on Christmas Day, and one j which many outside might waHl envy. Every ward in the institution was seasonably de- oorated, and the large hall in which the j meals are partaken was made to look quite merry a.nd festive. Willing hands must have spent hoars on the task, and the result justi- fied the labour expended, for Christmas was reflected from a] I points. "A Happy Xmas and a Bright New Year" was the text stretched across the centre. It was here that the majority of the inmates sat down to their dinner, which commenced at noon. The fare consisted of the time-honoured roast beef, plum pudding, and dessert in the shipe of apples and oranges, followed by tobacco and snuff for the men and tea for the women, One's heart expanded with brotherHtieae as one looked on at the scene, and those who I were privileged to be present came away with the feeling that at least they had help- ed to make the iot of lees fortunate brothers ] and sisters happy for one day in the year. On the platform were the Mayor and Mayoress (Aid. and Mis. D. Matthews), Messrs. J. Meredith (chairman of the Board )f Guardians), — Dryden (chairman of the House Committee), Aid. H. G. Solomon, Coun. W. Owen, Mrs. H. D. Williams, .Messrs. Siedle, Jeffreys, Mitchell, Miller, and Mrs. D. Harms. After dinner the ¡' Mayor, Mayoress, and others said kindly ) words to those assembled, wishing them all the best of good wishes, and trusting thoy were all happy. upon the proposition of Aid. Solomon, seconded by Mr. W. Owen, and supported by Mre. H. D. Williams, hearty thanks were tendered the Mayor, Mayoress, and Master and Matron (Mr. and Mrs. Morgan). The Mayor, who is the soul of generosity, gave the inmates no fewer than 25 lbs. of I tobacco, together with boxes of apples and oranges and a quantity of snuff. Conn. W. Owen, who had collected between JS15 and JB16, and who had earlier been at the Cot- tage Homes dispensing presents and "ruit, was the means of materially increasing the general) happiness. His fund, which Mrs. Owen and Mrs. George helped to distribute, provided four hundredweight of cakes for tea, lj cvvt. of biscuits, 1,000 oranges, 12 the- of tobacco, 3 lbs. of snuff, Ii cwt. of sweets, 1 cwt. of nuts, while 1 lb. of tea and 3 lbs. of sugar went into each of the female wards. Mr. Emmanuel Thomas sent 1,OCO I bottles of mineral waters. Nor were the children either in the Workhouse, of which there were 42: Graig House, where there were 18; or at the Cottage Homes forgotten in any way. Mr. Vaughan Edwards sent a toy to every child in the Workhouse and Graig House. Mr. Dry-den and Mrs. Perkins sent toys, sweets, etc. And as if to make things quite complete, every inmate received a Christmas card. per Mrs. E. P. Jones, from the Mi 11 way Pillow Mission. During the afternoon the Salvation Army Band played in the various wards and yards, and the over-we&come Harrop Family of in- strumentallists also went the rounds dispens- ing joy wholesale. In the evening a concert took place, arranged by Mr. Tom Jones, to which the following contributed —Misses Beatrice Morris, M. L. Williams, Messrs. John Lynch, A. Bell, F. WigTiaii, W. D. Roberts (violinist).W. S. Reynolds (accom- panist), and Tom Jonee. I CHRISTMAS AT THE STAR, SIIAFTES- BURY AND PALACE. Mr. Coutts provided suitable Christmas- I tide services at the Star Theatre, Swansea, and the two bioscope halls on Xmaa even- ing. At the Palace and Shaftesbury the vocalists were Mis. Ben Thomas and Mr. Willie Rees (tenor), and the songs given were the "Gift" and "Light of the World," with cinephone selections and hymns, etc. At the Star an exceptionally good pro- S jramme was provided, those participating £ eing Miss May Bounds, Miss Georgie Deans and Mr. Joe Dennis, whilst Mr. Williams (Bristol) played 'cello selections, and Miss Evelyn Jones, of Port Teniiant, recited. The Xmas pictures were filled with Xmas feeling, the fairy romance de- picting the good deeds of Santa Claas be- ing thoroughly in harmony with Xmastide feeling. POOLE'S NEW SHOW AT THE ALBERT HALL. Poole's Yulotide visit-to the Albert Hall, Swansea, had a most auspicious start on Friday evening, a big audience gathering to welcome the "Joseph Poole No. 1" to the town onoe more. Needless to say, the rthow has been made quite new and right np-to-date, and the myrioramic tour of the world embraces some ma^ifievnt examples of artistic and truthful colouring on a col- ossal seal?. Notible are the scenic effects in Glendalough, Iceland, sunset m the Bay of Biscay, the saloon of the s.s. Norman, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Monte Carlo— including a tragedy and a gv>rgeous tableaux, etc. Then the animated pictures are perfection in their line, a.nd the nice hleo'i of comedy subjects proves nicet en- joyable. Poole's Entertainers are quite a complete show in the-r-vwlves. They include Miss Frederic a' wonderful performing ter- riers-a. miracle in animal training funny Johnny 0*Rourke, a laughter-Inapipor; Eileen and Maymie. a Dutch instrumental dancing duo the Tr-sots, in their well- '-nov.n living rrarionefTe entertainment; De Lilo and Metz, the lady gymnast and the comedy juggler, a pleasing cmnbinatMn t Left Henris are brilliant gymnasts, and Heyland and Wevman aeem to know all about smart dancing. Mr. Bert G. Berry m (roc^Iist and guide both, and a cheerful m«ni_>- he ill. The cinephone. with its sing- ing and talking pictures, proves a great attraction, and throughout the whole pro- gramme Poole's own orchestra 0.1r. W. A. Abbey conducting) discourses excellent and suitable music. There are two perform- aDoeø daily, at three and eight. AT THE SWANSEA HOSPITAL. Christmas at the Swansea Hospital was a most happy one, having regard to the cir- cumstances inseparable from such an in- stitution. The wards had been appropri- ately deoorated, and to those patients who cooid take the good things of the season, torfcey, pdtan pudding, etc., were served up boa. medical staff kindly w coming in to carve. In the afternoon, Mr. Wallace Kennedy and "Gem" artistes fromg Swansea Em pire, performed, and smaJl concert parties ai.so went the round of the wards compeU- in,, patients to forget f r the moment their sufferings in the enjoyment provided. The evening was quietly spent. CELEBRATIONS AT THE COTTAGE HOMES. The boys and girls at the Swansea Cot- tage Homes had a meet enjoyable time on. Christmas Day, the public at large having subscribed raost generously towards tlie pleasure the obiidren. Tbey were given fruit, new pennies, etc., and many of the Guardians were presont at the homes to share the enjoyment, among those present being Messrs. \l. Meredith, D. Grey, W. Owen, J. Miller, T. Williams and H. C. Jeffreys. In the evening the boys and girls contributed to an exoel lent programme. At present there are 158 children at the homes, ali doing well under Mr. and Mrs. Elliot. It was the happiest Xmas spent at the homes for veair* past. AT THE INDUSTRIAL HOMES. I The annual Christmas dinner to the boys at the Swansea Industrial School was greatly enjoyed. In the evening a splen- did programme had been arranged by Mr. Edwards, the superintendent, and contri- ,jer buted to by the boys, who demonstrated that they possessed great musical ability. Mr. Dommett, chairman of the committee, presided.
CAIOL SERVICE AT ST. JAMES. BRIGHT PROGRAMME ARRANGED BY MR. ARTHUR DA VIES. The carol service at St. James' Church, Swansea, on Sunday afternoon, was the most interesting and attractive held for some years past. The church was crowded, and the programme, which had been arranged by Mr. Arthur E. Davies, F.R.C.O., the popular organist and choirmaster, greatly appreciated. The choir, which consists solely of males, rendered four Christmas carols "See Amid,' "To Show His Love," "Ye Earthly Choirs" and 'Tis the Birthday" in a most masterly manner, which suggested that they had gome through a strict course of training under the capable iicnds of Mr. Davies. Tii^y also .showed tine balance and combination, In addition Mrs. Maurice Clarke gave a very sweet rnedering of a solo, and Mr. Willie Richards gave a spirited performance of Raffs exacting "Cavaiera" on the violin. He also gave .Hand-si'.■> "Largo." The anthem, "Haiielujah, for .unto us," pleased everybody. Mr. Arthur Davies rendered "\Ieiodie" (Tate) on the organ with his accuetomed ability, and deserves every credit for having arranged a carol so appropriate, so pleasing and so greatly ap- preciated.
MORRISTON EISTEDDFOD. FORTIETH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVENT. MAYOR S ADDRESS LIST OF AWARDS. Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston, held its fortieth annual eisteddfod on Christmas Day, which was well attended and a suc- cess in every respect. The conductor and literary adjudicator was Rev. E. Nicholson Jones. Haverfordwest music adjudicators, .Messrs. D. Evans, Mus. Bac., Cardiff, and Hadley Watkins, Bournemouth; accom- panists, Mrs. T. J. Davies and Mr. T. D. Jones secretaries, Messrs. T. D. Jones and A. R. Lewis. The Mayor of Swansea (Aid. D. Matthews) presided, and was accom- panied by the Mayoress. The Mayor said it was unnecessary for him to dilate on the aim and advantages of the eisteddfod, for it was well known that remarkable results had accrued to Wales through it. In this respect the Tabernacle Eisteddfod took a foremost position, and it was now looked upon as a semi-National event of Wales. Some of their best musi- cians started their career at Morriston, and he hoped still greater results would be ex- perienced by that annual festival. Finan- cially it had proved equally as successful, for during the last ten years over £ 2,000 had been reduced of the debt. For this reason he was proud to be connected with them as president and co-worker. Awards were :—Recitation, under 10 1, A. Hector Williams; 2, Edith John 3, M. J. Jones.—Solo, boys under 16 1, D. T. Price, Brynhyfryd: 2, J. H. Davies, Port Talbot.—Junior pianoforte solo: Prudence Matthews, Hafod, Swansea.—Englyn, Enoch Richards, Clydach.—Hymn tune: "Dyfrig j Allen. "—Baritone solo G. J. Hill.—Welsh air Edith Phillips.—Junior violin solo Glyn John.—Soprano solo Blodwen Hop- kins. Llangennech.— Penillion singing Divided between Joe M.organ, Cwmgorse. and Llinos Thomas. Garnant.—Tenor solo T. J. Francis.—Male voice (one entry) Morriston Glee Singers (conductor, Mr. J. P. Llewelyn).— Second choral competition j (one entry) Carmel, Morriston (conductor, Mr. J. D. Phillips). A concert was given in the evening, the items being ali Welsh, and the following artistes taking part :— Contralto, Mias Gwladys Roberts tenor, Mr. Cynlais Gibbs baritone, Mr. D. Moms Evans; harpist. Mr. Tom Bryant elocutionist, Miss Eleanor Daniels; accompanist Mrs. T. J. Davies, together with tho Tabernacle Choir, con- ducted by Mr. Penfro Rowlands. O MORRISTON XMAS EVENTS. At Libanus Chapel, Morriston, a cantata, "The Great Light." wns performed by the choir (conductor, Mr. Richard Jones)/ Ar- tistes were Soprano, Miss Miriam Mor- gsn contralto, Miss Kate Eaton tenor, Mr. J. Rees bass, Mr. Robert Nighes. At Horeb Chalel, the seasonable can- tat". "Christmas at School," was per- formed by the Band of Hope Choir (con- ductor, Mr. P. M. Jones). The musical piece, "The Christmas Prize," was performed at Calfaria Chapel (conductress, Miss Beatrice Jones). Mrs. D. Harris presided. The following took part Misses Katie Llewelyn, S. A. Jones Katie Davies, Masters Emlyn and Onllwyn Williams, D. T. Jeremy. Miss Annie Watts was the accompanist. The Picture Hall was well patronised on Xmas evening, where, besides a beautiful show of animated pictures, the following ar- tistes sang Contralto, Miss Edith Phillips; bass, Mr. E. S. Evans. Mr. Naboth Fran- cis recited, by request, "Christmas Day at the Workhouse." Mr. T. D. Jones gave an organ recital at St. David's Church, Morriston, on Sun- day afternoon. The choir rendered carols. Miss Kate Eaton sang, and Mr. E. Hanney v played a clarionet solo.
SKETTY YULETIDE SNAPSHOTS Sketty tradesmen never did better. Empty windows on Friday evening were elo- quent testimony. Carol singing and the vocal contributions of Sketty Male Voice Party made the air melodious on Christmas Eve. Half-an-hour before Christmas Eve mid- night, Mr. Rice and his corps of ringerb ascended the belfry of St. Paul's Church, and started a peal which lasted until 12.30. They were again merrily ringing at 6.0 Lm. There was a Fogby match bet.ween youths of the village on the Bryn as consolation for an abandoned fixture. It was a. record day at the Post Office, and the deliveries did not finish until 8.3c p.m. The Church was, as usual, tastefully decorated. There was a record number of! communicants, viz., 413. of whom 352 at- tended celebrations before 9.0 a.m., at which Revs. D. Akrill-Jones. M.A,, Nor- man H. Parcel 1, B.A.. and Percy Rigby. I B.A.. officiated. At the 11 o clock service the choir sang an anthem, the aolo being rendered by Miss Irene Lodge. The col- lections amounted to nearly £17;, and will be handed to Swansea Hospital. An annual competitive meeting was held in Welsh Chapei, Sketty, on Saturday, pro- ceeds being to swell a testimonial fund for MCSSI-G. T. Anthony (secretary) end — Wat- kina (treasurer). Mr. C. F. Lewis presided I Awards: -Solo, children: 1, Sarah Hop- kins 2, A. E-va-ns; 3, G. Evans (all of Cockettj. Solo, girls under 12: 1, Maggie Johns: 2, A. Rees, Cockett; 3, Hilda Rres. Cockett. Solo, girls under 16: 1, Magg-ie Jonns; 2, Gladwys Rees. Cockett; 3, Annie Watkins, Sketty. Solo, beys under i 12: 1, E. H. Jones, Crockett; 2, Jam's Jones; 3, Jenkin Hopkins, Cockett. Reci- tation, under 12: 1, Bertie Morgan; 2, Aniiie Rees; 3, W. L. Evans (all of Cockett). Recitation under 16: Olive Rees. Soprano solo: Gladwys Lewis, Burry Port. Con- tralto Minnie Lewis, Burry Port. Bari- tone Willie Jo;:es. Duet: J. Williams and D. Richards. Recitation Divided between Mrs. Jones and W. T. Harris, Cockett. Es- say Minnie Lewis, Burry Port. Children's chorus: 1, Cockett (conductor, Mr. Wm. W rlliams); 2, Cockett (conductor, Mr. Geo. Morgan). Mixed party Cockett (conductor, Mr. G. Bowenj. GOWERTON CHRISTMAS GOSSIP, Christmas was quiet as visual here. A few attractions were well patronised. Christmas Eve, a re-union of pupils of the Intermediate School was held at the schools. Tlie eveoing't enjoyment quite a. suc- cess. Football, coursing and shooting matches were provided for the sporting fraternity on Christmas Day. The oantata entitled "King David" and J a.ck Frost" was successfully performed at Tabernacle Chapel. HOW BONYMAEN SPENT CHRISTMAS Cbristmastide was spertt in a quiet way at. Bonline,en, thie various chapels claiming most part of the day. At St. Margaret's afternoon service the children provided solos and recitations, Mies May Sparks presiding at the organ. In the evening Mr. W. J. Evans, the jay reader, who is shortly leaving for college, was pre- wonted by the congregation, with a gold watch, as a mark of esteem and apprecia- tion. At Cwm (C.M.) Chapel the customary "Plygain" 6.0 a.m. prayer meeting was held. The afternoon was taken up with appropnate solos and recitations by mem- bers of the congregation. In the evening the Band of Hope choir (conductor .)1r. D. T. Sims), gave a splendid performance of Roafs cantata, "Under the Palms." The artistes were :—Soprano, Miss Lizzie Evans alto. Master Ivor Sims; tenor, Mr. Dd. Beddoe: bass, Mr. W. T. Williams. Mr. Ben Hughes, G. and L., and Miiaø. Maggie Powell, A.C., presided at the organ and. piano respectively, whilst the chaipel arches- tnd band was also in attendance. At Adulam Cliapal the usual miscellaneous entertainment connected with the Sundav School was held, Rev. J. D. Harris pre- siding. At Bethlehem (C.M.) Chapel the afternoon meeting was taken up by the children, who sang and recited appropriate pieces. in the evening Mr. Tbos. Thomas presided over a miscellaneous entertainment, to which the following oontributcd :—So!os, Misses Jane Willtanus and M. H. Owoos, Messrs. T. H. Williams, Richard Owen, D. J. Jenrevs, Danl. Williams; duetts, Mr. T. H. Wil- Hams and Mies Owens, and Messrs. D. and T. H. Williams; recitations, Messrs. T. H. Williams, Tom Thomas and Wm. Rees. Bethlehem Ma^e Voice Party gave renditions of "Comrades in Armf;" and "Roman Soldiers," under the conductorship of Mr. T. H. Williams. AT ABERAVON AND PORT TALBOT. i In the morning an amusing charily foot- ball match was pfctyed at Tailibac-h, the players wearing grotesque costumes. In the afternoon a huge crowd assembled in the Central Athletic Giounds to witness a strenuous football struggle between Aber- avon and Pontardawe. In the evening a performance of "Home, •cfcweet Home" at the Grand Hall, and "Ali Ba Ba" at the Public Hall were largely patronised. The business at the Port Talbot Post Office was much larger than in any previous year, and a. larger number of extra hands had to be employed. CHAPEL CONCERT AT YSTALYFERA. Tlie annual concert of Jerusalem (Metho- dist) Chapel, Ystaiiyfera, was held on Christmas evening, when the choir rendered Gauls '"Holy City" before a crowded audi-ence. Mr. Peter Jonee conducted the choir, and Mr. C. A..Morgan the orchestra. The soloists were :—Miss Maggie Lewis (Llinos Arlwydd), Wannariwydd; Mrs. H. Morgan, Yetalyfera; Mr. David Jones, Clydach; Mr. D. R. Hopkins, Yc4alyfera, and accompanist, Mr. David Rees, Ystaly- fera. j CLYDACH INSTITUTE BANQUET. The second annual banquet of the Clydacsh Working Men s Institute was held on Christ- mas Eve, Mr. Percy Player presiding. The toast of the evening was submited by Mr. Arthur I. Davies, and was responded to by Mr. D. Clydach Thomas. Mr. Daniel J. Davies proposed the toast of "The Institute's Games Committee." and Mr. Iiewelyn J. Davies, hon. secretary a,nd treasurer, responded and presented a favour- able report for the year. During the even- ing Mr. Player distributed the prizes to the winners in the Christmas billiard tourna- ment, namely:- Senior Division—1, Edwin Davies, The Square, Clydach 2, Hopkin J. Lewis, Bryn- tawe House, Glais; 3, Win. Gimbkrtt, Twy- ny.bedw-road, Clydach. Junior Division—1, George Lovermg, High-street, Clydach Willie Jones, Clydach; 3, divided "between. Thomas J. Jones, Hebron-road, Clydach, David W. Harry, High-street, Clydach. CARMARTHEN MAYORAL PRO- CESSION. The utfnial mayoral procession took place on Christmas morning at Carmarfchea. Accompanying the Mayor (Alderman Walter Lloyd) to St. Peter's Parish Church were eight ex-mayors, in roDes. The procession also included representa- tives of professions and trades, engineers and infantry of the local Territorial detach- ments, and boy and girl scouts. The customary services at St. John's, St. David's, and dhrisifc Churches, as well as the numerous chapels, were well-attended. The mmaites of the workhouse and the patients of the infirmary and asyhrm wesre regaled wii-h -seaaansuaie fare and eatar- tained-by musical visitors. CLYDACH COMPETITIVE EVENT. A competitive meeting was held at CaJ- [ faria Chapel Schoolroom, Clydach, on Christmas afternoon. Rev. T. V. Evans! presided. Adjudicators were-.—-Music, Mr. E. LAoyd, Ynystawe; miscellaneous,' Rev! Eiddig Jones. Mr. D. Williams was the accompanist. Prize. winners were: Recitation (children): Rached Davies. Solo (children): Garfield Jones. Baritone BOlo: Cornelius J. Jones, G. A. JODerl, and Cornelius Jones. Tenor solo D. Roderick. Soprano soio Rachel Davies. Welsh read- ing David Roderick. Address on "Christ- mas Cornelius Jones. Aiiswens giveci to four political qTM-attoas: John G. Davies. CHRISTMAS ITEMS. A concert was held at Betheeda Chapel, Llangennech, when the following acquitted themselves well: Mr. David Thomas Handily: Mr. J. Morlais Evans, uajlgejl- nech Miss S. J. Williams, violinifrt- Llan- elly and Miss Beatrice John, R.A.M. Llangennech. The proceeds were devoted to reduce the chapel debt. At Llanelly there was an awful glut of poultry, and hundreds of birds were un- sold. after having been freely offered at 5d. and 6d. a lb., poultry being cheaper than beef. last ypar the supply was insufficient, and prices were then from Is. to Is. 4d. per lb. Contrary to usual custom there were .cer- vices held at all the English Chapels in Llanelly on Xmas Day. Services were also held at the Established Church. Chrisianas Day at Poniardulais passed rather quietly. Football. matches were the attractions in the moming and afternoon, while in the evening concerts and "Christ- mas Tree" entertainments were held in the various chapel schoolrooms. SANTA CLACS AT A SWANSEA SCHOOL. The children of Gra;g Infants' Tchx)!, Swansea, were visited on Thurfdlay by Santa Claus, who grave each child a toy from hi3 huge ?ack. Needless to say t«he children i1 were delighted with his visit. His exit was marked by trumpet and thistle blowing:. The children's happy faces amply repaid the efforts undertaken on their account. •
SWANSEA V. LONDON IRISH. HOMESTERS WIN WELL DESPITE BANCROFT'S RETIRE MENT. I GOOD GAME IN FIRST HALF. f RAIN SPOILS SECOND fdOIETY The All Whites piayed the second of their holiday matches at St. Helen's this after- noon, when they were opposed to the Lon- don Irish fifteen. Swanseaites looked upon the game as an easy task, for the Irishmen were not nearly as strong as the V/atsoniaiis, who supplied the opposition on the previous Saturday. Still the visitors are a serviceable side, and hoped to run Swansea closely. The Whites, however, are flaying better than at any period of the season, and the return of W. J. Trew seemed to inspire the side with rnuoii additional confidence, but Dick Jones was an absentee. Therefore a fairly easy victory was ex- pected. The teams were :— SW AN SEA.—Back, J. Bancroft; three- quarters, W. J. Trew, Phil Hopkins, H. Toft and H. Evans; half-backs, Owens and H. Trew forwards, D. J. Thomas, Ivor Mor- gan, E. Morgan, G. Havward, B. Davies, 1. Williams, D. Griffiths, and D. Davies. LONDON IIUSI-L-Bock-, D. 0. CaSa- ghan; three-quarters, W. J. Norton, M. J. O'Grady, L. 0. Lyons, and J. W. B. Milli- gan (capt.); half-backs, Rev. W. J. Mack and W. Moran; forwards, G. C. Walsh, D. M. Barry, C. G. Moore, J. F. K. Dobbs. H. BTydon, J. 0. C. Dodd, F. 0. D. Bourke, and 0. J. Murphy. WRETCHED WEATHER: POOR ATTENDANCE. A steady dnzzie was falling when the teairs lined out, and there was a poor at- tendance on the "tanner baiik," but the st,and was weil lilled. The Llanelly and Swansea schoolboys, were given cseasts in front of the stand, and Swansea Temperance Band were in attendance. Burke kicked off for the visitors a quarter of an hour late, and Toft came away from the first scrum, but was upset, and the visiting forwards, using their fp>et to ad- vantage, got right to the Swansea line, but a kick by Hopkins semi them back to half- way. There Txew put in a nice run and when tackled the ball went along to the Jett wing, and Ivor Morgan put in a eios6 kick which was fielded by Toft, but the latter | lost the ball when things were looking promising. Dick Owen got a kick on the knee and had to leave the field, but returned after a little rest. The Swansea foi-sMnrds, headed by Hayward and Ivor Morgan, put in a. great rush, and sent play to the visit- Oors twenty-five, whe-re Bancroft made a mark, but his kick for gcal went wide. Keeping up the attack Toft made a lovely burst, beating man alter mU,TI and got down to the custodian, where the final pas6 went wide, with Trew in attendance. Good for- ward rushes by the visitors relieved some- what, but Bancroft took a penalty and shot for goal, only just missing the posts. I he visiting Halves were being allowed a great deal of latitude, and at last Swanaea were awarded a. free kick, from which Ban- croft landed a lovely goal, a quarter of a.n hour after the start. B-ct still the visi- tors showed great form, and the Whites were roused by the encouraging cries of their supporters. The Whiles came away with a strong rush, and Ivor Morgan tack- led the Irish custodian in possession of the ball. A slight stoppage occurred owing to an injury to one of the Irish for- wards, who had a knock on the nose. Dick Owen checked a strong forward dribble, and then frons.the next serum Toft threw out to Trew, who, rimming finely, passed to Phil Hopkins at the right moment, and the lalrter ran over with a brilliant try which remained unconverted. In following play the Swansea forwards took matters into their own hands and dribbled finely, and were only pulled up a yard outside "the visitors4 line. Haydn Evans made a useful burst on the right wing, but failed to get clear. After many transfers on the right. Dick Owen scored a try which Ban- croft failed to convert. Subsequently Burke intercepted a pass and get down to Bancroft when he kicked too hard, and a minor resulted. Swansea now asce-ted them- selves, and Phil Hopkins, following up a kick smartly, was 0DIli a fraetSon of a second too late to score, The Whites were not to be denied, how- over, and Toft pasaed to Trew a.fter some beautiful doubling, who crossed in the cor- ner, but Bancroft failed to convert. Swan- sea were now all over the visitors, and with a brilliant rush got down to the line again, but were penalised for being off-side. One of the Irishmen came in for a demon- stration, and did not appear to relish the attention paid him by Haydn Evans. A couple of the home ba-eka failed to gather the greasy ball, and the visitors got to Swansea 25 for first time. Their stay was a short one, and one of the Irishmen had to stop for repairs to his garments. Ban- croft then checked a rush, finding touch at halfway. Half-time was then called. 1 HALF-TIME: SCORE: SWANSEA—1 penalty goal 3 tries LONDON IRISH—Nil. PLAY IN THE SECOND HALF. I The visitors showed up to advantage on 1 the restart and obtained a footing in the Swansea twenty-five, where they were awarded a penalty which proved successful. Hard work was the feature of succeeding play, and the visitors developed an attack which looked like adding points until Ban- croft pulled them up. The Swansea cus- todian was injured in the effort and had to be carried off the field, having sustained a crack on the right knee. Bancroft re- sinned after treatment. The visitors kept up the attack, and the Whites bad to play their hardest to keep them out. Ban- croft now left the field again, and Ike Williams had to act as custodian. weakened in front as Swansea were the visitors wet", pjs game as ever, and keptt play near the Swansea twenty-five, and Toft had to run over his own line to flave. The visitora kept up the attack, the ball bciiio- too greasy to handle. The Whites brought off another of their dribbles which gained half the length of the field, but when the ball got loose the Irishmen dribbled back to midfieki. Here Phil Hopkins just managed to -ave. The visitors were sticking to their task with great determination, and caus**j the Whites to be on the alert. Toft made a marvellous eave when the Irishmen had the line at their mercy, and commenced a passing movement, but Owen just failed to hold an awkward pass. The homesters pressed once more, and the forwards weae now doing Evorv inch of the ground TO contested, and the Whites kept up a very warm attack, the seven forwards doing splendidly. Swansea had much the better of t-he play, and put in attack after aitack. Had the turf been dry they would undoubtedly have scored time after time. FINAL SCORE: SWANSEA—1 penalty goaJ, 5 tries. LONDON IRISH—I penalty goal. I NOTES ON THE GAAIE. Anything approaching football was al- most out of the question, but the plav was as gowl as could be expected under thtf oir- cumstances. Probably it was the worst day for Rugby for some seasons, and even the elements went into mourning and wept copiously thronghout the contest. The players found it very difficult to secure a safe footing. Tlie gamo opened in promis- ing style, a-nd one's Swansea started the jsccring they did splendidly with the greasy ball, and their handling was very effective. They brought eff several rounds of passing and quite deceived the. Irishmen with their lightning transfers. The visitors seamed to have little knowledge of the correct pass- ing game, and Swansea, taking advantage of this, won with nine points to tho good. After Bancroft's absence, the side became much weakened, and hijed to control the scrums, and the result was that the Irishmen brought off wild rushes time after time. It took all tine heiit efforts of Swansea to keep thew. fitwa sooring and several times it seemed as fi they were bound to notch points. But the All Whites always managed to keep their line intact. Trew in the (en. tre played finely and so did Phil Hopkins, whilst Nicholas and Haydn Evans were more than a match for their opponents. At half Owen and Toft 4ere full of tricks and led the visitors some rare dancer. Ivor Morgan, G. Hayward, and D J. Thomas were always in the thick of the fight and brought off some truly magnificent rushes. Swansea fully deserved their' vic- tory, and had the tuff been dry they would have no doubt doubl-ed the score. "FREELANCE."
i —— LLANELLY V. BRYNMAWR EXPERIMENTAL TEAM OF THE SOAiLLSTTS HALF A DOZEN TUSN OUT. Bryrnnawr, the well-known Breconshia-e team, visited Llanelly on Boxing Day for the first time, bringing down a strong side. The teams were as follows:— BRYNMAWR.—'Back, E. Thomas three- quarter, Jack Roberts, W. Parry, A. Evans and D. Parry; half-backs, J. Morgan and W. Morgan: forwards, Jim Foley (captain), W. G. Evans, F. Preeoe, C. White, J. Green, W. WilKaros, W. Batty and A. Bayton. LLAiNELLY.—Back, Harold Thomas three-quarters, W, Arnold, Wynia.n, Bob Edwards and Masrtin Jenkins; half-backs, D. Lloyd and Ivor Jonas; forwards, J. Auckland (capt.), T. Evans, E. Marsh, Sid Phillips, Isaac Lewis, G. i&agg, G. ThomaK and Baliantine. Referee: Mr. D. B. Jones. Bob Edwards acted as custodian and W. Thomas piayed on the wing, and Hawkins played at half. Llanelly attacked in the first minutes of the game and were all but over when Roberts came to the rescue, sav- ing with a fine touch kick. After the first- quarter of an hour some of the players were so bespattered with mud as to become aJmcst unrecognisable. Llanelly did at the attack- ing and at times were within a few yards of the line. Arnold took a shot for goal, but the ball failed to rise, a minor resulting. On the restart the visitors, headed by Davies, dribbled into the Llanelly half, and Edwards saved. Then there was a great forward rash by the Scarlets, headed by Downing, Marsh, and Auckland. Phillips scored, but no goal resulted. Several minors came to the Llanelly team in rapid succession. A Brynamman man ran half the length of tho field and was then pulled up by Ivor Jones when near the Llanelly line. W. Thomas a few minutes later scored for Llaneliy, but the kick again failed HALF-TIME SCORE: LLANELLY—2 tries. BRYNMAWR-Nil. The incidents worth recording in the second half were very few. Llanelly did most of the attacking, their efforts being rewarded with mino-rs. The visitors wero never really dangerous. Towards the dose of play Llanellv took matters easy. FINAL SCORE: LL AN ELLY—2 tries. BRYNMAWR—-Nil. NOTES ON THE GAME. The ground was never in a worse state, being like a ploughed field in front (,f the stand. Under the circumstances, a decent exhibition of football was quite out' of the question, a.nd play quickly degenerated into a scramble. The Scarlets were quick to adapt themselves to the conditions and lost chances to score through the ball continu- ally sticking in the mud. Auckland, Marsh, Evans and Downing wore ever to the front. Hawkins and Jones made a dangerous pair. Good three-quarter pJay was out of the question. Deb Edwards proved a safe cus- todian, fielding and kicking well. "SCARLET."
——— NEWPORT V. WATSONIANS Played at Newport on Monday. The g:3.me was a forward one and 'he ground was in I a bad state. HALF-TIME SCORE. NEWPOPT— 1 try. WATSONTANS—Nil- l-'lKAJ, SCORE. NEWPORT—1 try. WATSON IANS—Nil-
NEATH V. EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY. This match was played at Neath on Monday in wretched weather, and before a comparatively poor attendance. Notwithstanding the fearful weather there was a crowd of about 4,000 fpectators—a record for a Boxing Day. Neath excel Led in all departments, and scored two tries. That of Frank Rees's was a beauty. Shon Evans scored the second one, but neither was converted. HALtf-TIME SCORE. NEATH—2 tries. EDINBURGH "UNIVERSITY—Nil. The game was very vigorous m the sec- ond half, but nothing further was scored. FINAl/riCORK- NEATH—2 tries. EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY—Nil.
.e- —- ■■■ ■ CARDIFF V. BARBARIANS At Cardiff, on Monday, before 30,000 peo- ple. The Barbarians were not so strong as usual. Cardiff were poorly represented at; forward. In the first hali Gibbs, Morgan, and Spiller scored. HALF-TIME SCORE: CARDIFF—3 tries. BARBARIANS—Nil. In the second hailf Gibbs scored three tries, Williams two, and Bush and Spiller one each. FINAL SCORE: I CARDIFF—10 tries. BARBARIANS—Nil.
SWANSEA SCHOOLBOYS V. LLANELLY SCHOOLBOYS. Swansea Schoolboys played the first of their inter-town fixtures with Llanelly on Boxing Day at St. Helen's. The weather was miserable, and seriously affected the at- tendance, .a fine drizzle of rain falling. Teams :— SWANSEA SCHOOLBOYS—Back, H. Evans; three-quarters, N. Jones, Doughty, Fischer, and Suffers; halves, W. J. Grif- fiths and D. Griffiths; forwards, Bancroft. Waters, Snipper, Whitroore, Palmer, Ace, I Gwvn, and King. LLANELLY SCHOOLBOYS.—Back, W. Rowltanda; three-quarters, W. J. Jones, D. J. Lewis, V. Edwards, and J. Thomas; halves, T. Evans and D. Davies; forwards, A. Thomas, J. Thomas, Ellery, Nash, F. Williams, W. F. Thomas, D. R. Williams, and PitTsons. Referee: Mr. Brown, Abearavon. The Swansea Committee made an altera- tion in the team originally selected, Jones, of Terrace-road, being displaced by D. J. Grif- fiths, Industrial. Hughes and Edwards were unaWe to play, the former being ill and the latter having left school. Ace and Gwyn filled the vacancies. The sides fielded a lit- tle aft'ir the advertised time, in the OCAOIrs of their respective clubs, viz., white and scarlet, and immediately on the kick-on the bomestom pressed, good movements by Fischer and N. Jones gaining considerable ground. Though the Llanelly line was sub- jected to a determined attack, the. defence proved impenetrable, the Scarlet centre, Lewis, on one occasion saving brilliantly. A coapfle of strong rushes by the All Whites' forwards resulted in two of the Swansea players getting over, but were recalled fcfi some infringement. A little later Ace get over the Llanelly line with the ball at his feet, but only a minor resulted. The Llan- elly boys then made a sensational burst, and rushing the ball down the field almost scored, Evans, the home custodian, having to concede a minor in the extreme corner. Play ruled near half-way for some time, and a bunch of home forwards got away with the ball at their feet, Ace in the van, and when a score seemed inevitable Edwards, a Llan- elly centre, saved pluckily. A moment later N. Jones, the Swansea boy, made a great run down the touch-line and crossed, but was recalled for putting his foot into touch a few yards from the line. The homesters were now undoubtedly playing the better game, and were on several occasions unfortunate in not obtaining a lead. Yet another minor fell to Swansea, one of the Llanelly centres touching down in the face of a. couple of forwards. A kick into the open by a ScanJet near the visitors' line was marked, but Ban- croft foolishly punted over the line, a. minor only resulting. Half-time was called with the homesters sfcilli attacking and having had the better of the game. HALF-TIME SCORE: SWANSEA SCHOOLBOYS-Ni1. LLANELLY' SCHOOLBOYS-Nil. On t.he restart the homesters got well into the visitors' territory, but a great run by Evans, the Llanelly inside half, took play to the home 25. A rush by the Whi-as' focr- wards put the Scarlets' line in danger, but Bancroft got offside right on the line. A mark by Fischer in a favourable position was taken by Bancroft, who made a good but un- successful attempt to kick a goal. The ball bad now become so gTeasy and slippery that cl ac-curate handling was rendered almost im- practicable, and the game was now mainly confined to the forwards. The home for- wards had practically abandoned heeling and were wheeling the scrums in excellent fash- ion. A series of scrummages, were formed right on the Llanelly line, but the visitors' backs were saving time after time, though a try seemed inevitable. Finally the home pack went over their opponents' line in a bunoh, and to Bancroft fell the honour of scoring. The kick at goal Iiijiled. Encour- aged by their lead Swansea again attacked, and Fischer, by a determined run, crossed a moment later with an unconverted try. Sim- ultaneously with this latter score the rain, which had practically ceased, fell heavily. With this six-point lead there was no ques- j tion as to which was the better side, the homesters plaving as a winning side should. FINAL SCORE: SWANSEA SCHOOLBOYS—2 tries. LLANELLY SCHOOLBOYS—Nil. NOTES ON THE GAAIE. It was a weil fought out game, full of in- forest and excitement, despite the adverse weather, which rendered the ball difficult to handle. Practically all the aggressive work fell to the lot of the Swansea boys, whose territory was r-eldom invaded by more than one or two spasmodic movements. The re- sult, six points to nil in Swansea's favour, is perhaps a fair indication of the run of the game, but the defence 0: the Scarlets cannot too highly be commended. It was on the I forwards that the brunt of the game fell, and it is to the home pack that the greater part of the credit for the win must be given, for J they were undoubtedly superior to their op- J ponents throughout. The Llanelly backs can in no way be blamed for the result, for had their vanguard given them the assist- ance that the home pack did their hacks the result might well have been different. As it was, their defence against great odds was I excellent Of the Swansea players, Ace, WTiitmore, and Snipper were prominent, as were A. Thomas, Lewis, and Evans for the visitors.
— ST. JOSEPHS' V. BAYCLIFFE. This league encounter was played on the St Joseph 3 ground on Boxing Day morn- in?. The ground was in a bad. condition arti this und'jnbtedly militated against the success of the match, as no score was re-1 g:starrd on either side. Great interest was takan in the game as St Joseph's pcaseis a ground record, which they succeeded in keeping intact. although on one occasion Owen, for Bayclifle, had the hardest of luck in not cro&sing slipping when near the oasts. FINAL SCORE. OT. JOSEPH'S—Nil. BAYOLIFFE—Nil.
■« LLANELLY TUESDAY V. PONTY- MISTE R. Llanelly Tuesday met Pcntymisfcer at Stradey on Boxing Day before a small at- tendance. Rain fell throughout. Tries were scored on the Llanelly side by Drain l'hoinag and W. E. Davies,. neither being concerted. B. J. Davies scorali for Pontyinfoter, Pros- per converting. ?,!r E. E Bayley acted as referee. FINAL SCORE. LLAJTBLLY TUESDAYS—2 tries. PONTTMIOTER—1 goal.
I SKETTY ALL WHITES V. SID CHAM- PION'S WESLEYAN AND CONGRE- GATIONAL TEAM. Instead of the Weateyans and Congrega- tionaliists trying issues as originally intended on Christmas Day, they joined forces under Skipper Champion and played the Sketty Alii Whites at Hendrexoilan on Monday morning. The following were the teams: ALL WHITES.—Back, Dan Williams; three-quarters, P. Stroud, Bert Harris. Ed gar Jones, and G. Barron; halves, Ivor Row- lands and S. Harris (ciipUinn); forwards, H. C. Ford, Jenkin Williams, Fred Williams, Barber. Ivor John, and three others. WESLEY" ANS AND CON GREG ATI ON ALISTS.—Back, F. Gordon; three-quarters, E. Thomar-, H. Lewis, S. Champion, and L. Da.vies; halves, W. Walker and A. Manse!; I forwards, Dick Evans, John Lamont, Tom Evans, W. How ells, A. George, Trevor Ford, Lacey, and H. Davies. Tlie field was like a pond, and heavy, misty rain fell throughout the game, which was keenly contested, and ended in a draw, both sides scoring a try. Notwithstanding the weather, forty or fifty persons witnessed the play. The forwards on both sides play- ed a splendid game both in the scrummagts and in the ioose, and H. C. Ford, Jenkin Williams, Trevor Ford, and Dick Evans were aiways with the ball. When play had been in force ten minutes Bert Harries made a fine burst., ran three-quarters of the length of the field, and scored a try, which was noL majorused. P. Stroud and Edgar Jones were then much in the picture, and Barron had the line at his mercy, but failed. The All W hits-; pack then played vigorously, and Ford and Ivor John made several openings. HALF-TIME SCORE: SKETTY ALL WHITES—1 try. N ON CONFORMISTS—Nil. Resuming, the Nonconformists made every I effort to equalise, and Howells, the ex-Danv- graig man, was prominent and gave a lot of trouble; but Mansel, with hI." American methods, proved disappointing. Howell Lewis (Swansea's coming three-quarter) also played a grand game. S. Champion was un- doubtedly the beat man opposed to the All Whites, while Luthe.r Davies's dash through his opponent* and storing of the equalis.ing try wae very fine. W. Walker at half was very- nippy and possesses a splendid swerve, taking the ball at full speed. Despite the fact that the All Whites were without Sav- age, their full-back, and were short in the fowards, they had hard lock in not winning. FINAL SCORE: wvf.l l Y ALL WHITES—1 try. N ONOONF ORMISTS—1 try.
WELSH RUGBY FOOTBALL. TEAM vF VETKBAN3 TO MEET FRANCE INTERESTING COMMMENTS OF A I/ONDOi* JOURNAL. The Welain Rugby Union (says the "Stan- (Ia.rd.") have granted omiy two new "ea,ps in the team selected to meet France at Swan- sea. 011 New fear's Day Neither of the de, butant.s. J. Pullman, a. Neath policeman, and E. Grojso^v, of Bridgend, is yet up to international class, lainFl Welshmen gener ally express surprise at their selection Both are showy players, and much more jn-ono to atrempt artiotic things in the open than concentrate their energies in the hard work of the scrums. Gronow, indeed, gets hi 3 I late mainly az the result of good work in the open m a, recent county match, and it is a 1 act that there are at least half a dozen sc.rummagers— notably Brookman (Cardiff), Rev. A. E. C. Morgan (Neath1, Ike Williams aiod D. J. Thomas (Swansoa)—who are riraoh more deserving of places than the man selected Against a weak pack, suoh as France will yield, the Welsh eight will de; all right, but for the fetifler contests there are fajr too many men who a;e onjy bril- [ant players in the open. Ivor Morgan Swansea, P. D. Waller 'Nov.- p:rt\ and J. Evans (Llanelly), axe th-e s-kir ctishors of their respective clul-s, so tha, there is a distinct possibility of the side suf- fermg as the result of the absence of hard workers in the tight. Owen a.nd Jones, the Swaaisea veteran half-backs, were bound to gain liheir places on form, for they are playing as well as ever, Jones's defence hav- ing improved very oonsiderably. Bancroft. too, could iwrt have been superseded, al- though it is known that more than one of the selection committee were not altogether in favour of retaining him. But at least in Wales he has no equal, neither Stanley Williams -Newpnu't), nor W. M- Edwards (Neath) bel,)'I; quite in too same class. There is at least one surnrising selection in the three-quarters, H. Maddocks (London Welsh) ag-ain coming into favour after a, long spell of idleness so far as nationals are concerned. That ho is still a good and uircful wing three-quarter goes without say- ing, but whether he is better than A. M Baker (Newport), Plsil Hopkins (SwarA^ai), or J. L. Williams (Cardiff) is very ooirtniul; i indeed, on his form this season Baker must be regarded as one of ihe most dangerous wing's playing, but even he is not so brilliant, or so versatile generally as Hopkins, who played in four of the five big games last year. In addition, he has such, a perfect knowledge of the play of W. J. Trew that it might have been supposed he would have been given the preference, but perhaps it is the Welsh Union again experimenting. R. A. Gibbs (Cardiff), recovered from his injury, was, of course, bound to come back. and J. P. Jones, the Newport centre, could not be forgotten, but it was hardly anti- cipa,ted that Trew, last year's captain, would have again received consideration* He has played, very lit t ie class tootball this season, and. Was reached that, stage when he is easily "crocked." As a general he is unequalled in Wales, so that bis inclusion in the side h- to its direct advantage. It is tOO much to sup pose, however, that he will be seen in the bigger games to oome. Generally the team is not, a. very satisfactory one, although it contains so many well-known names. There are, as a matter of fact, too many veterans, and too little a leavening of fresh, yoningr players. Approximately the agœ of the side-which must be the oldest which has ever played in a big game—are as fol- lows:— J. Bancroft, Swansea 32 H. T. MalMocks, london Welsh 59 J. P. Jones, Newport 28 R„ A. Gibbe, Cardiff w Z9 R.. M. Owen. [Swansea$5 R. Jones, Swansea 32 J. Webb, Abertillery 30 Ivor Llionran, Swansea 27 C. M. Pritchard, Newport 31 "Beddoe" Thomas, Newport 32 P. D. Waller, Newport 24 T. Evans, Lanelly 32 J. Pullman, Neath 31 B. Gronow, Bridgend 27 It is, as usual, a thoroughly democratic combination, for of licensed victua-dera there are two: labourers ali kinds, five: policemen, two; engineers, two; whilst a boilermalcer, a clerk, a manager, and a coat trimmer make up the rest. The selected is quite good enough to beat Frrmee, but hardly strong enough to meet a, thoroughly representative English, Scottish, or Irish side.
W ATSONIANSJ DEFEAT. HAMISH smARrS PRAISE FOR HAYDN EVANS. Writing on the defeat of the \v atsonians by Swansea, Mr. Hamisn Stuart, the well- known Scottish critic, says: "I think the. success of Swansea was due to their greater cleverness at half, and, above ail, to the better support in attack and defence which the Swansea forwards gave their backs, not merely occasionally, but as part of their system of play." Individualising, Mr. Stuart says "Haydn Evans made a most favouTable impression. He is a fine wing awl will yet play for Vales."
IT WASN'T "ALL RIGHT." j. jTALYTERA WOMAN AND YSTRAD- GYNLAIS COLLIER. At Pontardawe on Eriday, Elizabeth Ystalvfera, summoned R. Jones. wilier, Ystradgynlais, to show cajw« why, Mr. M, Davies representing applicant. Plaintiff said the child was born on Jan- Val-Y 6th this year. Defendant was the father. ThleJrehOO been irmbiniary, and when she askor] defendant what the conse- quences would have been. said it would be al-I right." In December he said he had nothing to do with the matter. Oh Nov- ember 14th he had admitted paternity in the presence of her father. Edith Rees and Elizabeth Phil bps had seen Jones and applicant together many times in a country lane. J. Hughes (father) corroborated plaintiff's statement, and defendant was ordered to pay 3s 6d. a week, an application for costs I being refused.
"A~SPC0K TT0RYT I SWANSEA COLLEGE MAGAZINE 'a'.J j AGAIN. The young Jadies of the Swansea Training I College have a psychical research society all to themselves, and are busy collecting weird and uncanny local tales. One ot these, published in their magazine, runs as follows:— "In a certain village called P-- stands an old house surrounded by a large garden. The house was occupied hy Mr. and Mrs. 8- their son, and two daughters. One night the two sisters were sleeping together, and on waking up suddenly one of them noticed a little old woman kneeling on the bed, and called her sisters attention. The ktter_ was just in time to see this vision before it vanished. A short time alter wards these two sisters called rit a friend's house, and while there looked through a photo- graph album. In this they recognised a photo 01 the old woman they had seen on their bed. They then asked their friend who the person was, and was told that ehe was Mrs. R who cnce lived in their house, and who died in the bedroom where they now ele/pt."
EISTEDDFOD ATHZOAR. XMAS EVENT AWARDS. An eisteddfod in connection with Zoar Welsh Congregational Chapel, Swansea,, was held on Xmas Day. Mr. A. E. Samuel (son of thé late Rev. F. Samuel), who takes an active interest in the work at the church, made an ideal president and conductor, and in a short speech said he hoped he would always continue to take an interest in the cause. Adjudicators were Music,- Mr. Isaac Edwards; literature, Mr. D. E. Wil- liams accompanist, Miss Beatrice Williams secretary, Mr. D. J. Jones, and treasurer, Mr. Edward Matthews. Awards :— Pianoforte solo 1, Mr. Arthur Ihomas 2, Miss M. J. Green; 3, Miss F. Phillips; 4, Ethel Wynne Jones. Solo, boys under 10 Fred Williams. Ditto, girls Miss Evans. Ditto, boys under 16 1, J. H. Ferguson; 2, W. Davies. Ditto, girie 1, Nellie Davies; 2, Edith May Thomas. Duett, under 16 Edith May Thomas and Nellie Davies. Tenor &olo Mr. J. Wil- liams. Soprano Miss Kneath and Miss M. Thomas. Bass Mr. D. J. Jones. Duett (open) Mr. David Evans and Mr. D. V. Williams. Soio, men over 40 Mr. David Evans. Ditto, Viomen: Mrs. Daniel Wil- liams. Champion solo Miss Kneath. Children's party Miss Beatrice Williams' party. Chief c'toral Mr. D. J. Jones' party. Children'.s recitation Miss Bron- weii. Williams. Open recitation Mr. W. J. Jones. lisay Mrs. D. J. Davies. Mr. .John Williams was chairman of the com- ;i:tt<-e.
.r. REYT. HffiST HOLLOWELL DEAD. The death occuiTed on Xmas Eve, at Rochdale, of Rev. J. Hhst Holloweill, one of the most militant of militant Noncon- formist leaders. He has been frequently to Swansea and South Wales general 1 y—ix>th as pulpit orator and political campaigner. He was particuJarly active in the Educa- tion controversy.
FOXHOLE MANITFEACTURE. James Wilkins, of No. 5, ijamb-row. Fox. hole, was admitted to the Swanr-ea Hospi- tal on Xmas live, having been struck oE tiht shoulder by the sandpipe of Mr Row- :a; d's locomotive a6 the latter was pro- ci-yliug aloc^ Xew Cut crossing. On exam-. m.'Jtiou it was found ho was suffering from I x i>:»,ctured c llar bone. I
CHAMPION OF AUSTRALIA HOLDER DEFEATS FITZSIMMONS. (Press Association Foreign Special.) Sydney, Monday. — William Lang, holder, and Bob Fitzrimmons, met to-day before a crowd of 12,000 spectators for the heavyweight championship of Australia, and a purse of £ 2,500. The fight opened tamely, Lang being ex- tremely nervous. He was freely hooted for holding in clinches and frequently butting. Fitzrimmons fought cleanly, and soon be- came the favourite with the Ciowd. As the fight progressed, Lang regained confidence and forced the milling. Fitzsimmons cleverly evaded his opponent's rushes, and landed cleanly on the face and body. It was an even fight throughout. In the eleventh round Fitzsimmons opened Lang's eye with a vicicis right-hander. In the twelfth round l^ang forced the veteran to the ropes and knocked him down with a right-hander. When Fitzsimmons arose at the count of nine he was knocked out with a right upper-cut. The winner was the favourite in the bet- ting. Fitzsimmons went into the ring weighing 11 st. 2 lbs., and Lang 13 st. 6 lbs. Arthur Scott was referee.
o. MUMBLES LIFEBOAT'S VAIN SEARCH. EARLY MOPuNING CRUISE AFTER DISTRESS SIGNALS. The Mumbles lifeboat Turd an early Box- ing Day experience on Monday. Shortly before 6 a.m. two reports as of distress signals were heard from the direction of the ,"xarweather Lightship, and the boat was launched with promptitude, the crew responding very quickly. j The Swansea tug Cruiser (Captain Strib- bling) which was lying under the bead at the tie, took the lifeboat, in tow and made for the direction of the signals, but on reaching the lightship, and cruising around, no signs of any craft in distress could be seen, and the boat returned, reaching the Mumbl?ir. at 7.50, after having been out two hours. It is now believed that the sounds were reports of the Fcreland guns, which are heard in thick weather. Thick fog reigned I in the bay and channel when the lifeboat went out, aaid a heavy ground soo was run- ning.
LYING ON THE METALS. GLYNCORRWG M.AJ.S XMAvS SPREE, At Aberavon on Friday, John Jones, collier, Glyncorrwg, was charged with be- ing drunk and disorderly, and asBaulting I P.C. Tarr. The constable, sa.id he found defendant on the railway lying on the! metals, and ha.d a tram come by he would have probably been killed. On taking him to the police station defendant kicked him I on the legs. I Defendant was fined 7s. 6d. and costs for being drunk, and 30s. and costs for the M- J sault.
WORK, NOT PENSIONS. WYNDHAM'S REPLY TO LLOYD GEORGE. Mr. George Wyndham, speaking at Dover on t Wednesday night, said:—"In Ms Swansea.) speech, Mr. Lloyd George offered to the work-, ing men of this country certain induçemente to vote for his Budget. But he (Mr. Wyndham) sa-id if these inducements had been ten, or even a hundred, times as great es they were, the working-men of this country would reply to the Cliancellor of tho Exchequer that they prefB-rred to have the ci ance of earning their living, and to take that chance iether than have a pension from him when they were unable to earn t/beir living."
TAB IFF REFORDIS. HELP FOR •■■■ i FALLACY OF CHANCELLOR'S SWAN- f SEA SPEECH EXPOSED. ) IRON ORE OR BARS AND BILLETS? Mr. W. H. Renwick (brother of the well- known North Country shipowner), in a letter to the press, demolishes the idea pro- pounded by Mr. Lloyd George at Swansea that "Protection would hit the shipping trade so hard in every port in the United Kingdom that the unemployment would be perfectly appalling." Mr. Renwick points out that "in 1 there was imported into the United King- dom 1.119,000 tons of manufactured iron and steel, the bulk of which came from, the I 'near Continental ports in small costing vessels. "Supposing that a tariff ha.d the effect of stopping the imports of this huge quan- tity of manufactured iron and steel, neces- sitating its manufacture in this country, we should be obliged to import in its place at least double the quantity of iron ore in order to suppiy our own iron works with the raw material to produce this manufac- tured iron and steel, and, further, this ore wouid be brought from the ore-producing districts lJ1 Spain, Greece, Algeria, and other distant ports. "It U;, therefore, evident. that a tariff, instead of being an evil to British shipping, would give increased employment to our ships in transporting the iron ore, which I would have to be carried over longer dis- tances than is the case with the imported manufactured iron and steel." j The imports into the Bute Docks of iron ore in 1907 were 709,580 tons; in 1908, 732,360 tons; in the eleven months of 1909, 588,384 tons. The imports of manufactured. iron bars, billets, etc., were, Mr. Renwick show's, 39,823, 61,839, and 72,773 tons in the respective periods.
PONTARDAWE POLICE COURT. Before Messrs. H. Lloyd, E. Benthall, L. W. Francis, E. Hall Hedlev, and G. Morgan. For using abusive language, John Levis Jones, collier, Cwmgorse, was fined 1008. Robert Michael, haulier, Ystalyfera, for leaving a horse and .t unattended, was fined 2s. od. and costf P. Thomas, tinworker. Pontardawe, and J. Da v;es, tinworker, Ciydach, charged with being drunk and disorderly, were given the benefit of a doubt. I1 or drunkenness the following were dealt with :—Daniel Davies, tinworker, Pontar- dawe, fined 10s. Evan Davies, collier, Ystalyfera, fined 10s.; Owen G. Davies, collier, Ystalyfera, fined 10s. Evan Davies, collier, Trebanos, fined 123. 6d. Henry Evans, mason, Trebanos, fined 15s. Thoa. Gimlet I, labourer, Clydach, fined 1:1-. 6d. William King, labourer, Clydach, tin xi 10s. John Richard, labourer, Rhydyfro, fined 10s. John Davies, labourer, Pontardawe, fined 12s. 6d. John Lewis and David Thomas, colliers, Cwmgorse, for being disorderly and refusing to quit the Leigh Arms, were nneu 10s. each and costs. John Rees, farmer, Llansamlet, for hav- ing a dog without a license, was given tho benefit of a doubt. Leyshon 'Ihomas, publican, Ystalyfera, for not keeping his dogs under proper 'xm- tiol, was fined 5s. and costs. Driving horse and cart without proper lights necessitated the following expendi- ture :—William Muller, haulier, Swansea, 2:s. 6d. and costs; John Harris, butcher, Cwmgorse, 2s. 6d. and costs; James James, haulier, Brynamman, 2s. 6d. and costs; J. Morgan, farmer, Ystalyfera, 2s. 6d. and I costs. Harry Perry, handy man, summoned the "Llais Llafur" Co. for two weeks' wagesi at 25s. a week-one week in lieu of notice. The company was ordered to pay him 25e. Richard Hugheuv sinker, Alltwcn, was fined Li and costs for poaching at Cilybe- byll, and 2s. 6d. and costs for having a dog without a collar. Edward Green, labourer, Ynisforgan, was bound over for steading an oilskin over-! coat, property of John Phillip Jones, iron- monger, Clydach. Tom Reynolds, Cwmgorse, was fined 12s. for using threatening and abusive language.
'I [TRUTH ABOUT TINPLATES CHANCELLOR'S INACCURACIES Mr. Beaumont Thomas, one of the fore- most tinplate authorities in the world, m an interview, has corrected in many important details the inaccurate statements made by Lord Glantawe and Mr. Lloyd George in their speeches on the tinplate trade at Llanelly. Mr. Thomas pointed out that the increase in the total export of tinplates was nothing so large as Lord Glantawe claimed it to be, comparing eleven months of 1909 with eleven months of 1908. The Board of Trade returns gave tho total for the eleven months of 1909 cf tin and terne plates as 402,586 tone, iigamst 369,757 for the corresponding pericd of 1908. If black-plates were iiH^ded though they ought not to be, it would he found that this year the exports were 54,383 tons, as against 55.267 last year. But count. mg twenty boxes to a ton the increase wau only about 500,000 boxes, whereas Lord Glantawe made it out '.0 be 1,500,000. And what about Mr. Lloyd George's fig- ures? Mr. Lloyd George says the increase in the .'rako is two million boxes. 1 he total in- ciease in tho make is cnly about hali a mil- lion. Mr. Beaumont Thomas was invited te enlarge upon this aspect of the qutijtion, ana he gave some remarkable nguref showing that the tctal make in Wales during the last three yeaM is not equal to the American make in the fame period. "We are second place to-day," said Mr. Thomas, "and we have been at the trade for 150 years, whereas America has only been at it for seventeen." In regard to the figures given below, Mr. Thomas pointed out that there is no doubt that the make has been over-estimated n the English figures. For instance, the make for 1907 is given as 555,329 tons, whereas the preliminary figures of the census of produc- tion showed that the make of tin and terne plates and wheels was 529,000. The years 1907 and 1908 were, moreover, yeaTs of de- pression in the United States, and these con- sidera-tions make the comparison all the more significant Tha foliowing are the figures for the United States and Great Britain com- pared United States. Great Brita'n. Tons. Tons 1906 573,098 514,802 1907 514,775 • 555,329 1908 537,087 553,007 Total. 1,624,960 1,623,138 Allowing for the over-estimate in the fig- ures for Great Britain, as shown by the census of production, it will be seen that the make in America is considerably in excess of that in Greit Britain Mr. Thomas further pointed out that there was no question, as Mr. Lloyd George seem- ed to think, when speaking of tin-plate ex- ports to the United States and Germany, of getting round the tariff. Welsh makers did not get round the tariff at all. The bulk of the prates 'that went into Germany (they really went to Switzerland, but they entered through, a German port) went in under bond and did not pay duty. In the case of America, as is well known, the duty is re- bated on the plates that are imported. "We are still the cheapest and best makers in the world, as that proves," added Mr. Thomas; it is only the tariffs that pre- vent. us having the trade. "Mr. Lloyd George says we got £5,500,000 for exports of tinpLates last year. The ex- ports in 1908 arc not equal to those of 1889, or 1890 or 1891. In 1891 we got £ 7,166,000, against £5,480,(0) last year. "The Americans," went oil Mr. Thomas, "are already taking part of the Canadian business from us. Fifty tinplate mills are being erected by independent companies in America, and some of them are nearrng com- pletion. The 'American Iron Age' of last week announced that the American Tinplate Company are going to build a sheet and tin- plate plant at Gary-, to cost 4,500,000 dollars. Tlie obvious purpose of this plant is to cap- ture our Canadian markets, and afterwards to compete with us in other markets." With regard to the imports of dumped bars from Germany, Mr. Thomas said that Messrs. Lysaght in the galvanised iron trade and M«<wm, Richard QQi^na« and So. in the tinplate trade arc willing to give up any advantage there may be in these for the sake of the preference given British industries by the Colonies. "America on a Protectionist ba&is is able to compete in our neutral mar- kete and take them away from us, although they have taxed imports," said Mr. Thomas. "America is doing it because she does tax imports. All theories are contradicted by actual experience. American consumers are paying less for their tinpllates to-day by a dollar a box than they paid to the Welsh manufacturers for Welsh tinplates, including duty, prior to 1891. It shows that if, by means oi Protection you set up to manufac- ture a thing in this country, the thing eventually becomes cheaper than it was when it had to be imported from abroad. Steel rails in this country will come down in price under Protection, because we can keep our works going full time, and be able to produce moro at a cheaper rate, since the standing charges will be spread over a larger output."
'PINCH ME, M. LOUBET." DELIGHTFUL STORY ABOUT KING EDWARD. M. Loubet, ex-president of the French Republic, in an interview refers to one of King Edward's official visits to Paris soon after the Boer War, when an anti-Britisfli feeling prevailed among the Parisian population. Extraord- inary police measures had to be taken to ensure the King's safety and prevent annoy- ance. M. Loubet said :— "The day after the gala performance at the Theatre Francais the King was so tired that he could not keep his eyes open. 'Pinch me, he said to me. 'Pinch me, M. Loubet, or I shall fall asleep.' And so I kept, on pinching- his Majesty and whisper- ing in his 'Sire, bow to the right; Sire, bow to the left.' The King bowed and smiled automatically, and the good people were delighted."
FALL OF COAL AT GARNGOCH. INQUEST ON A FFORESTFACH COLLIER. Deputy-County Coroner (Mr. Beard) held an inquest at Fforestfach on Monday on Jaoob Collins (4.8), a. collier, injured by a fall of coal at Gamgoch Colliery. W. Collins said deceased was his brother. Witness also worked there. He was in his hourse when he died on Friday. John Evans, Treboeth, said he was work- ing at the same colliery as the deceased on the 24th inst., the day the aocident oc- cured. Collins was about taking the top coal from a truck, and so far as witness could understand the coal came down sud- denly on the deceased. He was about tive yards away from him. When he reaohed the spot the body was j usi in eight, but the coal was over the head. Dr. Robert W. *Fra.ser said he was tele- phoned for on the morning of the 24th inst. He examined deceased and found that he had a fracture of the right thigh and a fracture of three ribs on the left 6ide. Hie died that night about 6.50. The caUl¥' of dat:th wtj shock and internal hemorrhage. The jury returned a verdict tha.t deceased died from injuries caused by a fall of ooaJ. at No. j Garngoeh Colliery.
m.. THEFT OF HORSE AT CYMMER. At Aberavon on Tuesday, James Rogers, labourer, was charged with stealing a mare, value j340, from a Cymmer stable, property of James Lloyd, hauiiet. Prisoner was ar- restod at Blackwood on Monday. A re- mand was granted.
E^ExToNt" MYSTERY. At the inquest concerning the death of a little boy found in a pond at Lambourne, Essex, held on Tuesday, William Purnell, of Waters Farm, spoke to seeing the body floating in the water.—Constable Weedon said he took the child's body out of the pond. It was naked, and the hands were turned up as if to protect the face.—Dr. Al- pdn said the body bore no marks of violence. Death was duo to drowning, and the body must have been in the water a month.- Verdict: "Found drowned."