MINERS AND L.R.C. Result of the Ballot. Th f k*U0t tbe figures of the recent th» youth Wales Miners'Federation ^6Drp«*)r?':)osa^ affiliate with the Labour ^Presentation Committee «,J43 j Majority for 10,316 *tHen^nnecfcion wifch the as to the ,D^ ^'3e Miners' Federation Parlm- <7 schemes the following are the figures \lT\ 38.175 Agaiast 32,846 tt b Majority for 5,329 _rn Davies, miners' agent, Pentre, says Couni,cheTer way the vote of the three Uleatites ls to have gone on the L.R.C. by tj. the M.F.G B. as a whole wiil abide L c*ec'3ion. He noticed that an effort So^i el?,^ made in certain quarters to get the th6 ball #^es mmers to act upon the result of >ot_ in South Wales, irrespective of the "but » other Parts of the M F.G B area, dfo" added Mr Davies, we ail swim or together, and the collective vote will the policy."
MERTHYR CHURCH SCHOOLS. COMMITTEE AND RECTOR. A. Notices to Teachers. tn.it a Qleeting of Merthyr Education Com- e> on Monday evening, there was a dis- til considerable importance relative to oce^- DaT'd'a Schools, w ich have been 1he *0d fuD a dispute between the committee leu rector of Mertnyr. The Clerk read from the Board of Education in reply to *rom them that the ^ctor and his should be required either to carry otjjg le'r undertaking to put the schools in »CL or that ihe Board should d clare the Unsuitable for any future grants, of t), oar<i 01 Education now submitted a copy j'r 'ettei* to the rector of Merthyr, wnich were informed by the local authority that they would cease to tlLln the St. David's School unte's the re- Inisreltlents of the Board in regard to the pre- 1be Were carried out by the managers within lld prescribed. That time expired at the aoa the midsummer holidays, 1906, and the PI asked, whether the managers had any jepl anatlon to offer. The Chairman stated, in ¡ to questions, that the commj tt ee had not figpl Applied with any copy of the rector's *■. Mr David asked what was their posi- Cou ln view of the resolution passed by the TKCil- Town Clerk stated that what he to now advise the committee that do was to give notice to IQJ to terminate their appo.ntments, j^.tbat the committee would not pay the HjQ after, say, a month, and that they Write to the Board of Education asking t° take the school off the grant lists. Of committee would have to make pro- fclg Oll for the accommodation of the children to c ere» but it was quite open for the rector Kig on the schools and pay for them out of *otiU n P^^et. This ho dared say the rector °" Alderman D. W. Jones said he like to know what grounds the town ijj had for thinking the rector would pay for W ^bools. The Town Clerk said he had *1M ^at tbe rector was a very wealthy man, l)a0 T.ery much interested in education. Mr to\B1 moved a resolution as suggested by the clerk, and Alderman D W. Jones the nded. Mr Berry said he was only sorry that th» teachers should be made scapegoats for Doctor, who seemed to treat the Education Cle^rtnaent with very little courtesy. The in 0 ,stated that the boys' school had been put Jti»i J er- the resolution applied only to the taJJ. *nd infants' schools. The resolution was led unanimously.
WELSH NATIONAL COUNCIL. A Convention Summoned. ttQltneet i I of the General Purposes Com- Jjfe of the Welsh National Council was held p .ewsbury onMonday.Mr Sidney Robinson, V *n c^ £ L'r' The business was largely informal character, being chiefly the carry- through in due form of suggestions made Previous meeling. It was resolved that a Mention be held at Cardiff on October 11th, th°8es9'ons—one in tLe morning and one in afternoon—to be arranged, and that the at meeting of the Council should beheld -w clock in the morning prior to the con* ation. In addition to members of the JjOunciL an invitation to attend the conven- on mil be sent to representatives of JBree fturch Councils, Trade Union, and other ^ganisations, the desire being to make the Ration as widely representative as possible of the fact that resolutions of great im> jgj!?*tlce will be submitted. Amongst the sub- t>. \.0 be dealt with will be Disestablishment, ti France, the land question and the educa- te11 Question, and a sub-committee (consisting chairman, with Mr Herbert RoberU, JLv. and tbe secretary) was appointed to fa^t the precise terms of these. RepresenU- 0l. 68 ^rill also be admitted from Welsh Liberal njsalions outside Wales. An appeal for a will be made at the meeting.
PASTORAL. layers for Amendment or Defeat of Education Bill. Jsk°P Hedley, the Roman Catholic BishoD ^t^e*p°rt, in his October pastoral, says that t faring this month they offered prayers the Church throughout the world, let them pray for the interests of the Church this country, which were seriously f»^atened by the Education Bill now before (jwfoment. Before the month of October was • 0 ^'scuas'on that Bill would be resumed, would possibly in some ehape or other Mi Sj'n^° law^ It was only right that the c0j^ Church of this country should unite in *>hk°n 'a'('rcess'on that a common measure °fth ^ePrIve^ 'tiem of the Catholic control «*he education oi their children should be ^tended or defeated.
NEATH HEAD CONSTABLE. a private meeting of the Neath Watch Ills11 ^ee' held on Monday afternoon, Police Pect°r Richard Jones, who has seen 34 S of service in the Neath borough police was appointed head constable for the Th tp new head constable is a native of Aber- He completed 34 years' service in the borough police fore* on March 5t h last. tn he was promoted to the rank of ser- ,nd 'n the Watch Committee ap- j.^nted him an inspector. In 1892 he saved tha j. of two children who were in imminent in a burning bouse in Cattle-street, and ior this bravery he was given the silver medal and a silver e a1 by the Corporation of Neath.
GOOD NEWS FOR STEEL & COAL Orders for Merthyr and Dowlais. trade correspondent writes :—I have it on authority that substantial orders for ,}: ."ar have come to 'he Merthyr and Dowlais fQ rict which will keep the works in full drive jj? the nest twelve months. These orders (j 8ht have been distributed in America and rttiany, but such ha3 been the pressure on *&t 'r°nmasters there that orders could not be Gained. This is the opinion given from Quarter, but it is well in evidence that steel has a higher reputation than that Ill. either America or Germany, and buyers e no hesitation in selecting Wales so long Prices are not prohibitive.
SWANSEA HEADMASTER'S GOOD FORTUNE. 4 statement has gained currency that Mr Jr^hard Adams, the headmaster of the Rut- Schools, Swansea, has inherited a sum of money from bis brother, who died tirae ago in America, where for many ^ars he was a prosperous merchant. We ^"erstand Mr Adams is in the fortunate posi- of being the principal beneficiary under l»tn brother's will,but the statements circu- as to the amount are altogether pre* ^ttre and unauthorised.
SEVERN COMMISSIONERS. A New Appointment. a meeting of the Itiver Severn Commis- iCenf.rs Mr F. G. L Davis proposed., and Mr ^^ting seconded, the election of Mr F. J. C. Ijj. °d. of Worcester, as chairman of the Com- jJ^sion> rs to All the place of ?lr Shadman, who resigned throuah ill-health- Mr Wood is tij^^llemau who has devoted considerable Woe to public life, and is chairman of the er bench of magistrates and othe ea.
EISTEDDFOD AT TROEDYRHIW. ^Eisteddfod was held at Tabernacle Hall. l^ydyrhiw, on Monday. Adjudicators :—Mr Lloyd, Dowlais Rev. P. Williams, vicar (v 'ftnan, Rev. J. W. Price; conductor. Mr J. »et^Don Jones accompanist, Mr W. J. Fitz- d. Awards :—Pianoforte solo, juveniles, Lnxford, Merthyr. Solo for boys, D. J. Ijr.1 Dowlais. Recitation, D. J. Jones. • Sir Is. Kate L. Ward. Mertbyr Vale. Con. ^fr r, solo. Mrs Morton Troedyrhiw. Essay, ^i°hn Ellis, Cefncoed, Cymmer. Tenor solo, <}jVo~J<ard Smith, Troedyrhiw. Recitation, 4M between Mr J. Thomas, Merthyr Vale, Soi0 -Rachel James, Troedyrhiw. Soprano 8Williams. Twynrodyn, Merthvr. Love ^Irs Williams, Gland wr House, Troedv- • Bass solo, Mr Wm. G. Devereux. Chief Pesydarren Glee Society.
A Cardiff Tragedy. YOUTH TAKES CARBOLIC AOID. Henry Vincent, 17. Jiving in lodging" with Mr and Mrs Fred Milford, at 7, Ordell-street, Splotfc, Cardiff, committed suicide on Saturday evening by taking carbolic acid. It was at first rumouied that the cause of his taking his life was a quarrel with his sweetheart, who, it was stat< d. had refused to have anything- more to do with bim. but the girl when inter viewed by our representative denied that she had quarrelled with him or threatened to throw him over. They had had no quarrel a.t all, she said. Mrs Milford, with whom he had lodged for some time. said in an interview :—" When be came to me he had been out of work for some time. He had no mother and lived with his father, the two doing the housework between them. He said his father had turned him out, and I told him he could have a home with me. My daughter was his sweetheart, you see. Be worke ) a couple of weeks at Bradshaw's yard, and on Monday night he came home and said, Mother (he always called me mother), I have been stopped for a couple of days.' Tiiat won't hurt you,' I (laid.. I expect you will soon get work again.' But he seemed very miserable over it and thought he had been sacked. On Wednesday he worked a full day and on Thursday three-quarters of a day. Then he was stopped, and was silent and gloomv. wondering whether he would have any work next week. I told him not to worry about it. On Saturday he brought me 8s, and I asked him if he would like Is b-wk, but he said no, he could manage. On Saturday there was a funeral at Mrs Powell's (a neighbour), and he was there and my daughter, too. They came back to my house in the evening and were sitting in the kitchen. My daughter was drinking a bottle of lemonade, and she got ap to go to Mrs Powell's again to do some errands for her. Are you coming, Henry ?' she asked, and he said, All right, Nance I'll be there presently.' That was all that passed they bad no quarrel of any kind." Mrs Milford's daughter, who was present during the interview, and whose eye3 and ap- pearance generally showed that the suicide of her swoetneirt had occasioned her much grief, confirmed the statement of her mother, and when asked specifically if she was sure she had not quarrelled with him. shook her head em- phatically. The only thing he said," she added, Was. what do you want to go there again for ? Why can't you stop here with me 1" I said, You come along, too, Henry," and he said, All right, I'll be there in a minute.' That's all that passed." The remem- brance of the incident brought tears to bar eyes. The narrative from this point may be con- tinued in the words of Mr Fred Milford. dock bobbJer. I came in from town about 20 minutes past 10 last night," he said, and Henry was in the kitchen alone.. Hello, Fred, he said, You've come borne Yes,' I said, and picked up the paper and started reading. Soon after Henry began to take off his coat and collar, making ready to go to bed. He went into the back kitchen and came in and lit the candle and says, I'm going to bed good-nigh-, Fred.' I said, Good-night, Henrv.' He went upstairs, and in a couple of m nutes I fancied I heard a rumbling nOIse. I didn't take much notice at the time, and went on reading the paper. Then it grew louder, and I could distinguish groans. I rushed upstairs, and found him lying on his back on the bed as if he was in a fit. I noticed a bottle in his hand it had contained carbolic acid. I rusned out and fetched my wife and then ran for Dr. Corrigan, but Henry died in about twenty minutes." Mrs Milford said the carbolic acid was bought for disinfecting purposes. One day deceased found the bottle, and holding it up i said, "Carbohc acid—this wouldn't kill a man." Mrs Milford assured him that it would, and he said, Let me try." She told him not to be silly, and took the bottle away and hid it in the back kitchen. He evidently discovered it after- wards as he went into the back kitchen just before going to bed. Mrs Milford spoke of two previous occasions when he had threatened to take his Me. be cause he was out of work and was tired of lile. The only reason she could suggest tor his tak. ing his life new was that work was slack, and he fearea he had been dismissed. Verdict-H Temporary Insanity." An inquest was held by Mr E. B. Reece at Cardiff on Monday afternoon. Samuel James Vincent, labourer. East Moors, father of deceased, said the latter lived awav from home, and witness had not seen him for a month. Deceased was usually cheerful, and witness had no idea what made him com- mit suicide Fred Mil lord, in whose house de- ceased lived in Ordell-street, gave evidencs as to bearing groans and finding deceased lying across the bed with a bottle that had contained carbolic acid in his hand. Deceased had been out of work, and witness belie red this had preyed on his mind. Beyond this witness could suggest no reason for the suicide. The Coroner described it as a shocking affair, and the jury retured a verdict of Suicide whilst temporarily insane."
POLICE BAITING. COWARDLY ASSAULT AT LLWYNYPIA. Details of a brutal assault upon P.8. Bowen, Llwynypia, were related to the Ystrad Bench of magistrates on Monday. The defendants were I aac Phillips, blacksmith Owen Thomas, and Edwin Province, colliers, all of Llwynypia. Superintendent Cole conducted the case for the prosecution, and Mr D. W. James, solicitor, Tonvpandv, defended. P.S. Bowen stated that at 11.20 p.m. on Saturday, whilst on duty in plain clothes in Argvle street, be came across two men fight- ing. He separated them and advised them to go home. Province, who was standing near by with his coat off, cried out mind your own busine s," and struck him on the forehead, wounding him Owen Thomas then came on the scene and he and Province held him up against the wall. Thomas clutched hunby the throat with one band and scratched his face with the other. Witness then drew his staff, whereupon Phillips joined in the attack. The latter held his hands while the other men struck bim about the bead and body. Witness's screams for help brought assistance, and P C.'s Jones and Tay- lor assisted in arresting prisoners. Mr James cress-examined the sergeant with the object of showing that he had used the staff upon Province and Thomas's heads. What did you want w th your staff in your plain clothes ?" queried Mr James. P.S. Bowen: I was on the look out for poachers. You bit Province's finger ?—Yes, he put it in my mouth, and I was not going to let him push it down my throat. (Laughter.) He nearly strangled me. Mrs Bowen gave evidence to the effect that she was attracted to the spot by hearing her husband's screams. She tried to pull Phillips away from her husband, and ue told her to go home and mind her own business. She pushed Province away. and he pushed her back Later > in the night Thomas held up a knife, and said he was going to stick into her husband's heart. Rachel Bowen, daughter of P.S. Bowen, said she found her father standing up against tbe j wall with his face covered with blood. Province said he simply went out of his boase, hearing a row, and immediately got near the men. P.S. Bowen struck him on the head with his staff without having received any provoca- tion, and he defended himself. Thomas and Phillips denied having assaulted tion, and he defended himself. Thomas and Phillips denied having assaulted the officer, and explained that they went to the assistance of Province because he was being be. laboured bv Bowen Mr T. P." Jenkins (presiding magistrate) said prisoners had been guilty of a cowardly assault. They would be fined S5 each, and were very lucky in not being sent to gaol.
SANDY IN HIS CUPS. Robert McQuade, a burly Scotch sailor, appeared in the dock at Barry on Monday after having been out on bail since Saturday night, and was charged before Mr C. A. Ue3wood and Mr T. Andrews with being drunk and dis- orderly and assaulting Dock Constable Harpur on Saturday evening The constable said that at 8.30 p m. McQuade was very drunk at Barry Railway Station, using foul language. Hfus. ing to go away iefendant was taken into custody On the way to the police station McQuade turned upon Harpur and hit him and bit him.—McQuade I may have given you a backhander. (Laughter.) Mr Heywood: You said you wanted to go to sea yesterdays How is it you have not gone ? McQuade I am going back in the same ship. Jno. Davies, a booking clerk, corroborated the statement as to defendant's drunken con- dition at the railway station. McQuade Oh. that's enough. Give a man a month in gaol it will do him good. (Laughter.) You are a. blessed liar. mon. (Laughter.) Remember now. you will get no more tips from me. If you are on the station you'll be the worse off for this. (Laughter.) Next time you'll have my foot (Renewed laughter.) Mr C. A. Heywood You will be fined 20s inclusive of co-ts.
THEFT OF A WATCH. Brynmawr Collie)* Charged at Hereford. On Saturday at Hereford David Williams, collier, of Brynmawr, who had been picking hops in the district, was chaiged with stealing a watch, the property of Henrv Hemeley, of Dormington. Prisoner, who was said to be the black sheep of a respectable family, asked to be fined. He was sent to gaol for a month, with bard labour.
A BANANA PEEL SLIP. Neath Man Fined for Drunkenness. At Neath Police Court on Monday Thomas Burgess, of Water-street, Neath, was fined 28 61 and costs for having been drunk. Defen- dant said he had only had three or four sleevers of beer, and had unfortunately slipned on a piece of banana peel.
On Friday a large hay shod owned by Mr Phillips. Garnlns, Whitland, was destroyed by fire. The greatest sympathy is felt for Mr t Phillips.
Suicide the Result of Accident. UNIQUE COMPENSATION CASE. A unique workmen's compensation case was heard on Monday by Judge Bryn Roberts at Mountain Ash. The applicant was Mrs Catherine Lawrence, who was represented by Mr John Sankey (instructed by Mr W. P. Nicholas, Pontypridd), and the respondents Messrs The Penrhiwceiber Coal Co., Ld., for whom Mr A. Parsons appeared (instructed by Mr C. Kenshole). Applicant applied for com- pensation in respect of the death of her husband, who committed suicide on the 28th of March last as the result, it was alleged, of an accident which took place on the 21st of July, 1905. Mr Sankey, in opening the case, said there was no doubt an accident had occurred, for the man had been in receipt of compensation. On July 21st of last year deceased was knocked down by a pony. He waQ absent from work until August 14tb. and was paid one week's compen- sation He bad again to give up work on August 28th and was away until January 29th, being paid compen- sation. He then worked two days and was afterwards idle, being paid compensation the whole of the time He suffered pain in his head, great depression, sleeplessness, and a fortnight or so before his death he attempted to drown himself in the river; on 28th March be cut his throat. Counsel auoted the case of Izard v. the Railway Accident Assurance Company in support of the claim. The applicant gave evidence bearing out the statement of the learned advocate. Dr. Llewelyn Williams, Penrhiwceiber, said he attended the deceased on the day of the acci- dent and found two wounds on the arm and one on the head. The patient was attended by Dr. R. W. Jones, Penrhiwceiber. for some time, witness being his assistant. In Novem- ber witness took charge of the Miskin surgery, and attended deceased until his death. In November the patient was suffering from neurasthenia lie was very depressed and anxious to return to work. Witness attributed his condition to shock a blow on the head might cause such a condition. Shock from an accident would cause such a condition. Dr R. W Jones. J.P., Penrhiwceiber, said he attended deceased from the time after which he had to give up work on August 29th until a month or so before his death. Witness felt cer. tain that but for the accident deceased would be alive to-day. Cross examined Deceaaf d might have been alive if he had not used the razor. Witness did not think he would have cut his throat if it was not for the accident. He thought any man who committed suicide had bis mind unhinged. Dr Mitchell Stevens, Cardiff who had heard the history of the case, said he thought the accident, the depression, the worry were the real caares of the suicide, which he therefore attribuflw to the accident. No evidence was called for the respondents. After a lengthy argument, his Honour said he was bound to accept the evidence of the medical gentlemen called, and gave judgment for the applicant with costs on Scale C. Stay of execution, pending an appeal, was granted.
DOCTOR'S QUESTION AT CWM. Split With the Ebbw Vale Fund. The doctor's question is still a sore point at Cwm and Waunllwyd. and a meeting of work- men was held at Tirza Baptist Chapel on Monday afternoon to d'scuss the latest phase of the question. It appears that the notice 01 Dr. Sullivan, Cwm, expired on Sunday, September 30th, and that Dr. Henshaw, who was appointed in his stead by the Ebbw Vale Workmen's Doctor's Fund Committee, com- me need his duties on Monday. Mr Fred Griffith was appointed chairman. It pro- posed and seconded that they, as workmen of Cwm and Waunllwyd in favour of retaining Dr. Su livan's services. should withdraw from the Ebbw Vale Workmen's Doctor's Fund. The voting showed that 145 were in favour of with- drawing from the Ebbw Vale fund. and. four against. Another resolution was passed to the effect that 2,000 formal notices of withdrawal be printed, and handed to the workmen to sign, and then sent to the officials of the Ebbw Vale Company. Dr. Sullivan was asked to speak, and received a very flattering recep- tion. He said that it was through no fault of his own that his contract had been broken with the doctor's fund. Heiiad been their medical attendant for 11 years,an i if the work- men of Cwm and Waunliwyd wished that he should continue to be their medical attendant, he would most willingly consent. Personally, he was sick of the controversy, and he could assure them that the workmen's nterests were his (Applause.) Messrs Willis, Waunllwyd, Frank Padfield, Charles Tucker, and H. Warren were appointed a committee Mr Jno. Charles, Waunllwyd, secretary, and Mr W. Jenkins, Cwm, treasurer.
VISCOUNT TREDEGAR AND NEWPORT Y.M.C.A. Presiding on Monday evening at a lecture given by tue Rev. Mark Guy Pearce, under the auspice^ of the Newport Young Men's Chris- tian Association, the Rev. A. A Mathews, the popular v car of St. Paul's, made a reference which aroused great curiosity to the interest taken by Viscount Tredegar in the work of the Y.M C.A. It was the pr vilege of the speaker and another gentleman some time ago to inter- view his Ljrdship, and without divu]go; og anv secret he was free to say that Lord Tredegar showed a sincere appreciation of the work of the Y.M.C.A. Hemight add that he believed Viscount Tredegar would at no distant date show in a practical way his sympathy with an institution which did an enormous amount of good work, and united all Christians under one banner (Applause ) It is interesting to recall that only a few months ago Viscount Tredegar showed his sympathy with the work of the Y.M.C.A. by placing at their disposal a commodious bouse in Palmyra-place. Formerly the work had been carried on under great difficulty owing to lack of accommodation. The same difficulty exists at present with regard to the work of the Y.W C.A., which is housed in premises alto- gether inadequate for the purposes of the organisation. In Newport the need for in- creased accommodation to enable the associa- tion to multiply its activities to meet the needs of the town is very pressing.
CARDIFF-PENARTH TRAMWAY SCHEME. Mr Ivor J. Purnell presided at the monthly meeting of Penarth Council on Monday. A letter was read from Me!?srs Lewis and Fletcher, consulting engineers, relative to the Penarth and Cardiff tramway scheme. Permission was sought by the tramway syndicate to run their cars to Penarth, and the communication stated that the plans were similar to those previously placed before the Council. These the Council had previously refused to pass unless certain conditions were agreed to therefore, the Council unanimously agreed that Having re- gard to the position of matters, consent be not given." A letter was read from Mr Tudor Thornley stating that he proposed to run motor 'buses from Ca1 diff to Penarth, and asked the Council to grant the company con- sent to ply over certain streets in their area. The councillors favourably commented upon the introductiion of motor buses in preference to trams, and the clerk was directed to com- municate with Mr Thornley, asking him to appear before the Council at a speciai meet.ng. The Chairman congratulated Mr Samuel Thomas upon his appointment to the position of Justice of the Peace for the County of Gla- morgan.
10 LIVING !N TWO ROOMS. At Llandaff on Monday J Llewellyn, labourer, was summoned at the instance of the Llandaff and District Council ior causing a nuisance by overcrowding at Pentyrch- Mr Warren, clerk to the Llandaff Council, said defendant, his wife, and eight children occupied a two roomed cottage at Peniyrch. The eldest of the children was a girl, aged 14& Defendant was served with a notice in May last to abate the nuisance. Dr. Pritchard, medical officer of health, said the sleeping-r:>om was practically under a lean to roof. The only ventilation was a. hinge-window. The cottage was healthy, but was over-crowded. It would suit two persons. Defendant said he had failed to get a house at Peutyrch because of his family being too large. He would have to move back to the mining district. The magistrates made an order for the abatement of tho nuisance within fourteen days.
SURE TO BE GUILTY." At Swansea Police Ccrurton Monday W. Evans, collier, of Brynamman. was charged with steal- ing a pair of boots, worth 6s lid, from Thomas Thomas, of Fabian-street, Swansea. It appeared that detendant went to prosecutor's shop. asked for the pair of boots, and while prosecutor went to get some he disappeared w t h another pair. He was foliowed and overtaken with the boots strung over his arm. On being overtaken, he said: I will pay for them." In answer to the charge defendant said, Sure to be guhtv I was drunk—wouldn't have done such a thing but for the drink. I hope you will take a merciful view." The witness gave defendant an excel- lent character, and the magistrates let him off with a fine of 20s. the Chairmansayinar they felt there was a temptation held out by shop- keepers in hanging boots about the doorway.
SWANSEA STATION EXTENSIONS. Before fast through trains can run into and out of Swansea by means of the new loop, it is necessary that the platform at Swansea shall be considerably extended. It was hoped this work would be completed this year. but so far no active start has been made. The delay is explained by the fact t hat a modification in the plan has been found nccesc-ary, which will make the scheme moro comprehensive than that originally proposed.
Miners and First Aid. I MARDY AMBULANCE CORPS. The study of ambulance work is being exten- sively taken up by Rhondda mmers, and excel- lent progress is being made in the principles of first aid. Most of the collieries now possess a corps, and the Mardy corps, who were the pioneers of ambulance workin the Rhondda, have attained a high degree of efficiency, having recently won victories in three compu- tations. They have captured two shields, the first being the South Wales and West of Eng- land Challenge Trophy, which was competed foi at Abergavenny, no fewer than 25 squads competing. Mardy also won the Glamorgan County Council Shield, whilst at Merthyr Vale they carried off the challenge cup offered for competition. The county shield, it is worthy of note, was open to the county, and at Merthyr Vale there were 22 competing teams. Ambulance classes were commenced in Mardy as far back as 1883 by Dr. Parry. Dr. Griffiths succeeded him, and of lat.e years Dr. Glanville Morris, M.D., has taken charge. Dr. Morris, who is the resident tnedical officer of the Mardy Collieries, has evinced adeep interest in the work of his men, and the efficiency of the corps is in a great measure due to his untiring efforts. The county examiner paid a high tribute to the Mardy Corps, expressing agree- able surprise at the excellent answers given by the men in the oral examination. On Saturday the successful squad were pre- sented with the trophies and medals at a public meeting, which was presided over by the chief superintendent, Mr Taliesiu Richards, M.E., agent to Locket's Collieries. Mr William Abraham, M p. (Mabon), invested the members with the medals, and expressed his admiration of the humanitarian work performed by ambulance men. How many times, he remarked, had he and his fellow agents and the checkweigbera seen comrades lying crushed and maimed, bleeding slowly to death, vet while desiring to do something to alleviate their sufferings and staunch the flowing life stream, fearing to do anythiug owing to the want of knowledge in rendering first aid ? What a pitiable position to be in !seelng friends dving and yet utterly unable to render any assist- ance. He was truly thankful that they had got beyond that stage now. He hoped the other young men of Mardy would emulate the noble example set them and become efficient members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Mabon complimented Chief Surgeon Morris and Chief-Superintendent Richards upon the efficiency of their corps. Subsequently the squad an excellent demonstration of the work for proficiency in which the tro! hies had been won.
WAR ON THEIIRINK. Temperance Council's Proposed Reforms The United Temperance Council on Monday issued the programme of their" next step in legislation." in which they demand several drastic reforms. With regard to the reduction of licences, the Council will ask that the discretionary powers of 1 censing authorities shall be extended over all liquor licences, and that where the licences in the Metropolis or other populous places exceed theproport.onofonetoevery thousand inhabi- tants, or in non-populous places one to every 750 inhabitants, the licences shall be reduced to at least these proportions. Compensation to be uniform, aud of the full value of the pre- mise; payment to be made by th Inland Revenue, and the fund to be maintained for not more than five years. The Council suggest that magistrates shall have full discretionary power when granting or renewing a licence to impose any special condi- tions they may think desirable. The privileges accorded to the Universities, the St. Aihans Borough, the Vintners Com- pany, theatres, packet boats, railway trains, and seller^ of sprut e or black beer to bo abolished, but packet boa.ts to be allowed to apply for licences in the same way and for the same hours as other licensed places. No municipal authority to be allowed to obtain or retain any drink licence The granting of a new licence not to be per- mitted upon the offer to surrender any existing licence or licences, and no application for a new hccnce which has been refused to be enter- tained within seven years of its refusal. In the case ot any new licence being granted a poll ot the voters of the ward, parish. or other electoral area withrn which the premises is situated shall be taken, such poll to be taken at the expense of the applicant and in the event of the vote against the grant being more than one haif of the votes recorded the licence shall not be issued. At the end of five years from the time of such Act comin", into force a poil of the inhabitants shall be "taken in the same manner as to the contiouance of existing licences, and such poll to taken at the end of each succeeding live years Non residential clubs whereat intoxicating drink is sold to be subject to a licence granted at the annual licencing meeting, and to all reo strictions applied to other icensed premises The sale of intoxicating liquor to be entirely prohibited at theatres, music halls, and other places licensed for the purformance of music and stage plays. Grocers and chemists to be barred from selling liquors and confectionery. No licence to be granted or renewed to any pre- m ses whereon any business of a publ c char- acter is conducted, such as a pogt office, tele- g^ph # °^6' Pub,,c telephone call office, offices for the testing of weights and measures, j0' 7licit;ng for orders for the supplv of drink otherwise than in wholesaie quantities to be absolutely prohibited. The tied-house system to be entirely done away with. No female not now engaged as a barmaid or bar-tender to be engaged in this capac! y, and on and after seven year^ from ths passing of such Act it shall be unlawflll ki retain any iemale m the capacity of a barmaid. All licensed premisej to be closed during the whole of Sunday, Christmas Day and Good Friday. J Licensed premise* not to open ear-lier than 7 a.m., and to close in London not later than 11 p.m., populous places 10 p.m., and non-popu- lous places 9 p.m.
CARNEGli'SMILlioNS. An Unfounded Report. A Glasgow correspondent states that the Glasgow School Board has received no news confirmatory of the report that Mr Carnegie had intimated that he intends to dispose of many millions of his fortune during his lifetime for the benefit of humanity, and had asked School Boards and other public bodies in Scotland for suggestions as to the most bene- ficial objects and means of allocation. With reference to the statement the Press Association on Monday received the follow- ing teiegram from Mr Carnegie No truth in report." The following is the paragraph referred to The" Yorkshire Herald says :—We under- stand Mr Andrew Carnegie hassent; a communi- cation to a number of School Boards and other public bodies in Scotland 'ntimating that he intends to dispose of £ 55,OCO,000 of his fortune in bi3 lifetime for the benefit of humanity, and asking for suggestions as to the most bene- ficial objects and means of allocation. No part of the money is to be devoted to the support of ministers or church services.
BRUNSWICK SUCCESSION. Duke Ready to Make Peace with Prussia. Berlin, Saturday.—The Lokal Anzeiger states that, in reply to a request begging the Duke of Cumberland to solve the Brunswick succession question in a manner favourable to the wishes of the population, he replied that he was willing to accede to the wishes of the population as far as possible, but he feared the Emperor was not disposed to come to an understanding. The Duke of Cumberland ex- pressed himself in a, pi collar sense to a high Brunswick official at Gmunden, saying that he was quite read to make peace with Prussia. It is also believed that he will abandon for him- self the succession to the Throne of Brunswick to enable his sons to decide for themselves. A communication from the Duke of Cumber- land was laid before the Ministry to-day. It is said to contain imDortant expressions of opinion.— Reuter. The" Tageblatt" states that the King has invited the Duke of Cumberland to visit Eng- land some time next year This is interpreted as a sign of sympathy with the Duke.—Central News.
THE CHURCH OF DEMOCRACY. Bishop of London's Claim. There was on Monday great influx into Barrow-in Furness for the Church Congress, clerical and lay members crowding trains from various dioceses. Unfortunately very bad weather prevailed. The women's and men's meefrnsis which are usually held on the night preceding the opening of Congress, were largely attended. At the latter the Mayor received' the president and several of the bishops. The Bishop of London devoted a stirring address to the discussion of the Labour ideal. Congress, he declared, had two lessons to teach. One was that the Labour ideal owed its ex stence to Christ and that its realisation was impossible of attainment wit llout Him. The English Church, so iar from being the Church of a class, was tho most democratic religious institution in the world, and was pledged to the principle of equal opportunities for all.
DREADFUL DEATH. Just before William Carey, Park-street, Maes- teg, finished work at Coegnant Colliery, Maes- teg, on Monday, a stone, weighing about five tons, fell upon him, killing him instantly. The loiver part of his body was fearfully crushed. Deceased was a native of Bristol and was lodging with an aunt.
Mr Fothergill Evans held an inquest at Chep- stow en Monday touching the death of the newly-born female child or George and Alice Williams, of St Anne's-street, Chepstow. The evidence showed that the grandmother and her daughter-in-law fell asleep, and the last- named awoke to find the child had been over- lain. Death resulted shortly afterwards. A • verdict of Accidental death was returned. Ç:
Correcting Errors. GELLIGAER VOTERS' LISTS Torn Up in Court. Mr Ivor Bowen, revising barrister, held a court at Hengoed on Monday for the parish of Gelligaer. Councillor F. Edwards repre- sented the Liberals, and Messrs J. Littlejohns and S. Jacobs the Conservatives. The Revis. ing Barrister asked for the starred names, adding that they ought to have been "starred" before he arrived, especially in a big district like that. Mr Jno. Jones (assistant overseer): Do you want them starret," sir ? The Re- vising Barrisler: They ought to have been starred before I arrived, and I ought to initial them. The Assistant Overseer replied that the district had increased wonderfully. Five years ago, at Baigoed, there were only 150 houses, now there were nearly 2,000. Mr Bowen peremptorily demanded the rate book, remark ng that he would be there all day correcting errors. The rate book was handed to Mr Bowen, who. having examined asked why the names of two owners had been put down for the same address. Mr Jones said it was the latchkey movement he had been putting these men on according to the instructions of the Locai Government Board. Mr Bowen Do you know this is very serious ? The circular of the Local Govern- ment Board was only a suggestion, and it is for the revising barrister to decide. In the course of further discussion the bar- rister saia he was revising the list for 3306, yet the rate book for 1905 had been given him. He was afraid Mr Jones was not doing himself justice. Mr Jones replied that he thought he was he had told his clerk to bring the books. I He was auite satisfied. While examining another list Mr Bowen asked why the document was not headed I claims. After further revisions Mr Bowen said that in passing Division I. list he wished to say he was utterly uncertain whether the people were on the list or not In his opinion the work had been disgracefully done. In all the other divi- sions of East Glamorgan the work was done well. Concerning further cases Mr Bowen became indignant, and said, I know what I shall do I shall disallow the votes. That will stir up both parties. I disallow the vote of Thomas Burr because he ha3 been put on the wrong list." Mr Bowen ironically asked, Is this the rate book for 2,000 years ago ?" and then ripped up the list he held. Replying to .Mr Bowen as to whether he took any interest in preparing the lists, Mr Jones replied that he did, as he kept five clerks. While dealing with another list the barrister asked whether all the rates were collected in that parish. He found a large number of voters lor streets which were not to be found in the rate book A demand for tbe old lodger claims brought a reply from the assistant overseer that he could not find them, whereupon the barrister exclaimed that it the old lodger claims were not produced he must strike them out. Mr Edwards said it would be a very serious thing if they could not be produced. The Revising Barrister Am I to sit here until Mr Jones finds them ? The Assistant Overseer said they had been in court, and he could not understand where they I were gone. Mr Bowen: Well, who has taken them. ? The policeman has not. At the request of the party agents the names were not struck off. Coming to the new lodger claims, the revising barrister detected further errors, and said Mr Jones was in a complete muddle. Five papers were objected to on the ground that the signatures were not genuine, and the revising barrister handed them to Acting- Sergaant Davies with th instruction that he should test them and forward the result to the chief constable The Revising Barrister What about the list of Parliamentary claims for Fochriw ? Mr Jones's clerk I can't find them, sir The Barrister Then they go off," and he tore up the paper. Mr Jones's replies in regard to Pontlottyn were considered unsatisfactory, and Mr Bowen protested that Mr Jones said anything that came to his mind. Mr Jones: The lodger claims are mislaid. Mr Bowen Yes, I expect the cat has got hold of them. A moment later Mr Bowen said the rate books were disgracefully kept. Mr Littlejohns and Councillor Edwards appealed to Mr Bowen to do something in the matter and the Barristei (addressing Mr Jones) sa d there were scores of people in that district who were on the list wrongly. He had never seen lists so disgracefully prepared. He asked Mr Jones for his certificate,but Mr Jones replied that he had not brought it, and pro- duced the certificate for last year in its place. The Barristei said £210 was allowed Mr Jones lest year. He would now allow him owing to the disgraceful way in which the work was done that would he knocking off £80. Mr Jones said the printing cost .£80. The Barrister said he refrained from fining him. because he did not think Mr Jones under- stood his position. Briton Ferry. Mr Denmin Benson held a revision court at Briton Ferry on Thursday, when the lists for Briton Ferry and Baglan Lower were reo vised.
ACCIDENT NOT PROVED. Mountain Ash Compensation Case. At Mountain Ash County Court on Monday, (before Judge Bryn Roberts) John Bowden, who was represented by Mr J. Sankey (in. structed by Mr W. P. Nicholas. Pontypridd) applied for compensation from Messrs Nixons, Limited, in respect of an accident alleged to. have taken place on the 29th of June last. Mr A. Parsons (instructed by Mr C. Kenshole, | Aberdare), appeared for the respondents. The question turned on whether the applicant had met with an accident or not. According to the story of the applicant he was working in the colliery on the day named, and while tug- ging at a piece of very stiff coal he fell, and he had to sit down he called the men who were working in thenext stall, and they advised him to rest. He tried to work that day, and workedi half a day on tbe Saturday. He did not work on the Monday following, but worked more or less until Friday, when he bad to give up, and he had not been able to work since Dr. Arthur T. Jones said he thougot applicant had strained one of the muscles under the right rib. There was no external mark of injury. Dr. Downing was called for the respondents. Mr Sankey, in addressing his Honour, said Dr. Downing held peculiar views if a collier winced when touched on the spot he was shamming if he d d not wince, there was no injury. His Honour held that the accident bad not been; proved, and gaye judgment for the respon dents, granting qualifying fees to Dr. Downing and another medical gentieman. I
RUSH FROM WORKMEN'S TRAIN Fatal Accident at Nantyglo. When the colliers' train of the Lower Deep Pit, Blaina, on Monday afternoon arrived at Nantyglo a young collier, of Clydach-street, Brynmawr, David Smith, by some means or other fell under the train, which had not stopped. He sustained a fracture to his Ipg, and injuries to bs thigh First aid was ren- dered by comrades, and he was taken home, where he was attended by Dr. Shehy. He suc- cumbed to his injuries on Monday night. Com- plaints had been made at Nantyglo Station of the rush of mon from the colliers' trains draw- ing up at the platform, and it is expected that the railway cojapany will be urged to take strong measures to put a stop to the dangerous practice.
BRYNMAWR WATER SUPPLY. I L. and N. W. R. Co, to the Rescue. On the representation of the surveyor of the Brynmawr District Council, who met a representative of Mr Whale, engineer to the L. and N.W.R. Co., Crewe, at Brynmawr on Monday, the railway authorities agreed to supply the Council with water from the com- pany's supply at Gella Vall en. The supply from the Council's reservoir has been cut off for the past fortnight, and householders have had to carry water for domestic purposes from weils in the neighbourhood. A South Wales Daily News" representative was informed I thar, a stand pipe would in the course of to day (Tuesday) be placed near tbe railway station.
I DAVID SHEPHERD FRAUDS. A Question of Liability. A private meeting of the sub-committee of i the Cardiff Education Authority appointed to consider a question of liability in respect of the frauds of David Shepherd* was held on Monday at the Town Clerk's office. A certain course of action was discussed with a view to coming to a final decision. No definite decision was, however, come to, but it is under- stood another meeting will be held to further consider the matter.
PILFERING AT NEATH SLAUGHTER- HOUSE. At Neath on Monday Sidney William" (14), of 24, Cecil-street, was charged with stealing from the Neath Slaughterhouse, on the even- ing of September 24th, a sheep's liver, of the value of eightpence, the property of Mr Free- gard. Thomas Kingdom, caretaker at the slaughterhouse, said he saw defendant leaving the slaughterhouse with a paper parcel under his arm. Witness, on examining the parcel, found that it contained the liver in respect of which the charge was made. By the Bench There was a good deal of pilfering going on at the slaughterhouse. Benjamin Freegard, butcher, identified the stolen property, and said defendarlt was not in his employ nor his father. Defendant p'.eaded guilty, and tiis father pleaded for leniency..Defendant was fined 10s and costs, and was ordered to receive 10 strokes with the birch,
RHONDDA "CLEAN SLATE" POLICY. Wholesale Notices. Altogether in the Pontypridd and Rhondda (No. 2) District notices affecting approximately 34,000 men were handed in at the various pits on Monday morning on the non-Unionist question. The numbers of men engaged at the pits and affected by these notices are as follow :— Albion Colliery 2,500 Meirios, Llanharran 400 Cymmer. 2,400 Great Western-four pits 2.800 Lewis Merthyr 2,600 Abercynon 1*600 Cambrian 3.000 Glamorgan 3 500 Ferndale 3,000 Tydraw 400 Mardy 2,000 Tylorstown, Nos. 6, 7, 8 2,400 Bodriugallt 600 Tynvbedw 800 Watte town Colliery 1.100 Park and Dare 2.200 Ma ndv and Eastern. 1,900 Gelli House and Steam Coal Co. 1,000 Coedcac House Coal. Trebafod.. 400 At fcne following collieries, w deb are stated to be absolutely free of non-Union men, notices were not tendert-d Ynys ir Colliery, Ynyshir, and Yayshir House Coal. Fernhill Colliery, Blaenrhondda. Penygraig Colliery, Penvgraig. Abergorki Coliiery, Treorky. Naval Colliery, Penygraig. Pentre Colliery, Pentre. Daranddu Level. Standard Colliery. Ynvghir. Ocean Collierv, Ynysybwl. Maritime Pit, Pontypridd. Though the hope is confidently expressed that all the non Union men will come iato line before the end of the month, there can be no disguising the fact that at Abercvaon es- pecially, where the recalcitrants number at least 300, the lodge officials will experience some difficulty in achieving their object. At the four great Western Colliery Company's Dits there are many non-Unionist,, but with two pay days before the expiration ot the notices the men tre expected to come into line.
POSITION AT DOWLAIS. According to the figures submitted at the meetings of lodge secretaries of the Dowlail district of miners, held at the Clarence Hotel. East-street, Mr John Williams presiding it was calculated that the number of members in arrears and non-Unionists had been reduced to 43. The probability of any rupture is re- garded as remote.
SCOTTISH MINERS' WAGES. Demand for a Big Increase. A Dalkeith correspondent savs he has learned officially that a demand for increased wages of 12 per cent. has been addressed by the Scottish Miners' secretary to the secretary of the Coal Conciliation Board, an early meet- ing of the representatives being requested for the purpose of reviewing the wages of the inerms of Scotland, who number about 67,000.
THE PONTYPOOL EPIDEMIC. SPREAD BY PERSONAL CONTACT. Report of the L.G.B. Inspector. A special meeting of the Pontypool Urban District Council was held on Monday after- noon to consider the report of Dr. R W. Johnson, inspector of the Local Government Board, who had recently visited the town in connection with the epidemic of typhoid fever. The chair was occupied by Mr J. J. Harm- stone, J.P. In the course of his report Dr. Johnson stated that the Council should endeavour to provide ho?pital accommodation for the more needy enteric cases, either by hiring an existing building or by purchasing temporaly structures. The absence of proper accommodation for the sick not only lessened patients' chances of recovery but also spread the disease. He had seen a case in which the patient was compelled to sit upon a box until the sanitary inspector could borrow a bed. In another instance he found the father and sister of the patient eating their dinner at a table, one side of which was pressed against a patient's bed He had come to the conclusion that whatever other agencies may have been ■t work, enteric fever had been largely spread in Pontypool by personal contact. The Chairman said Major P. B Ford bad come for- ward and offered th", use of the Drill Hall of the 4th Vol. Batt. South Wales Borderers at a rental of t4 a week. This offer the Council accepted, and the medical officer was instructed to engage staff and make necessary arrange- ments. The Council agreed to accept the offer of the Aberctrn Council, who had placei their portable destructor at their services. Mr A. J. Wilcox, Abersychan, was appointed sanitary inspector and surveyor. Fresh Cases. During the ppst week three fresh cases of typhoid fever were repor ed at Abersychen, making a total of 24; at Pontypool two. and Panteg one. In the area of the Panteg Council 43 cases had been reported. Eighteen of the cases are convalescent, seven patients have died, leaving 19 under medical treatment.
SOCIALISM AT ABERDARE. Miners' Leader's Views; a Lively Meeting On Monday Mr T I Jones, a late student at Hoskin College, Oxford, addressed a meeting of workmen at the Market Had. Aberdare, on the Education Bill and the people's univer. sity, Mr D. James, Abernant, the chairman of the Absrdare dislrist of miners, presiding. Mr Jones said every sincere Christian must feel that the time wasted in discussing religious squabbles instead of dealing with education was a disgrace to their common Christianity. There were some excellent pOint. in the Bill and some poor ones. He was delighted with the creation of a National Council for Wales. He then passed on to deal with questions of political economy. and said John Buskin's axiom that there was No wealth but life was becoming more and more accepted ,as shown in the Factory Acts and other social legislation. Councillor C. B. Stanton followed, and there war, a good deal of interruption. He said that there was evidently an attempt on behalf of some people to break up the happy confidence which at pre- sent existed between the men and their leaders. Some interruption again took place, when Mr Stanton said that unless that was stopped be would appoint himself cbucker oat as well as speaker. He proceeded to deal with the question of Socialism, contending that I if it were not for the Socialist vote on the Continent a war would have taken place recently between France and Germany. He was asked why Mr S. T. Evans was not to be opposed by the Miners' Federation, and in the course of a reply said the miners' leaders were ardent Socialists in other countries, but he was sorry to!! ay that in South Wales they were not, and the party who wanted to oppose Mr S. T. Evans on the Executive were de- feated by 17 votes to 4.
AGED COLLIER AND POLICEMAN John Williams, an elderly Dowlais collier, was before the Stipendiary at Merthyr on Monday charged with being drunk and dis- orderly and assaulting P.C. J. D. Jones at Merthyr on Thursday night- Mr Gwilym Jamea appeared for the defence The constable stated that he found defendant lying beside the road- way in Pontmorlais, face downwards, quite drunk. He shook him and set him on his feet. Defendant then said to him, Who are you ? And what do you want ?" He followed this up w th a blow, and afterwards snatched the con- stable's whistle and chain. It was with diffi- culty that he was taken to the station, only consenting to go when a Mr Freedman had ad vised him to go quietly. Witnesseswere called for the defence to show that the constable had treated the defendant very roughly. Defendant said he bad felt too unwell to go to work that morning. He had only had t% whisky and some stout in Merthyr, and the con- stable treated him very violently Defendant was ordered to pay 10s and costs for being drunk and disorderly and 10s for the assault.
CHILDREN AND MOTOR CARS. Coroner's Strong Observations. An inquest was held at Horley on Monday on the bo iy of Harry Sargent, aged three years, the child of an engine driver,who w as killed by a mot or car between Horley and Red hi II on Saturday evening. The child ran across the road for an apple offered by a playmate, and despite the efforts of the chauffeur, who strenu^ ou-ly applied the brakes, was run over and killed. The Coroner remarked that children should not be allowed to wander aiong the highways at dangerous places. Chauffeurs could not be expe. ted to look after machineii and children. A verdict of "Accidental death was returned.
FALSE PRETENCES. At Llandaff on Monday Doris Banfield (23) was charged with obtaining food and lodging by false pretences of John Clement, enginedriver, Llandaff. It was stated accused represented that she worked at J Jandaff Laundry, that her home was in Bristol, and that her box was to be sent on after her. She was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment.
A path leading from Field-road, Newport, in the direction of the Barracks, which is much frequented by lovers, was the scene of an acci- dent on Saturday evening. While Mr W. Uptoia. living in Wyndham-street, was crossing a rustic bridge over a gully in company with a lady friend, he missed his footing and fell, Iracturing his leg. His companion immedi- ately summoned assistance, and after first aid had been rendered the patient was conveyed to the Hospital.
County Magistrates. GLAMORGANSHIRE'S NEW LIST. Mr Mansel Franklen, Clerk to the Glamorgan County Couucil, :;as received the following list of gentlemen added to the Commission of Peace for the county Mr J. M Berry, Pembroke House. M, erth-yr. Mr G. A, Evans. Ffrwd House. Mountain Astu Mr S. Thomas. St an well-road. Penarth. Mr W. J. Williams. Park Side, Barry. Mr J. Isaac, Elm-grove, Dinas Powis. Mr T. W. David, Pendovlan House, near Cowbridge. Mr W. J, Lewis, Caederwen, Park-street, Bridgend. Mr W. Evans, estate agent, Tonyrefail. Mr S JenL-ins, timber merchant, Cwmgorse, R.B.Q. Mr W. Daniel, mining engineer, Crynant. near Neath. Mr W. Howell, monumental mason, Brynffy- non, She wen. Mr J. Ray, Bargoed House, Trebarris. Principal E. H. Griffiths, University College. Cardiff. B Biographical Sketches. Mr John Mathias Berry is principal of the firm of J. M. Berry and Son, auctioneers. Mr Berry, who is a native of Pembrokeshire, settled at Merthyr in 1874, and takes a pro. minent part in all matters connected with the welfare of the town. He is an ardent Liberal and an active Nonconformist. Mr Gwiiym A. bvans is clerk to the man- agers of the Gelligaer County School, and was secretary of the National Eisteddfod, Mountain Ash. m 1905. He is the secretary of a number of building societies and clubs, and was for many years a member of the Llanwonno School Board. Mr Wm. Howell, who is a native of Skewen, has been a prominent public man for several years past. He is a robust Liberal, ever ready to work for the cause. Mr Wm. Daniel is a colliery proprietor. For many years he has been a member of Neath Board of Guardians and Neath Rural District Council. He is a Liberal. Mr W. Evans is an estate agent. He is a Liberal in politics. He is a deacon with the Methodists, and is a member of the Llantri- sant and Llantwit Vardre District Council. Mr Jacob Ray is a veteran of the coalfield, and has taken part in many rescue explorations. He is the agent for the Ocean Colliery in the Rhondda and at Treharris. He is a staunch Liberal anJ a Nonconformist. Mr Samuel Jenkins was born at Blaengar- nant Farm. near Gwauncaegnrwen. He is a successful timber merchant and resides at his Cwmgorse Farm. He associates himself closely with every good movement in the dis- trict, 'and is a prominent deacon at Carmel Congregational Chuich, Gwauncaegurwen. In politics be is a staunch Liberal and his eleva- tion to the Bench gives great satisfaction. Principal E. H. Griffiths was born in Brecon in 1851, when his lather, the Rev. Henrv Grif- fiths, was principal of the Brecon Theological College. His grandfather was the Rev James Griffiths, Congregational minister at St. David's. Educated at Manchester, he gradu- ated at Cambridge in 1873, and took his M.A. degree three years later. In 1893 he was ap- pointed a recognised lecturer in physics at Cambridge, and in November 1901, on the dea h of Mr Viriama Jones, he became princi- pal of the University Colleee at Cardiff. The principal is a fellow of the Royal Society, and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Mr W. J. Lewis, Bridgend, is a retired draper. He is a valued member of Hope Eng- lish Baptist Church. Bridgend, and is a strong Liberal. M, Lewis is held in high esteem at Br dgend. Councillor W. J Williams, of Parkside, Barry, is the senior partner of the firm of Messrs Williams and Mordey, shipowners. He is a Presbyterian and an ardent Welsh Nati nalist and Liberal. Mr John Isaac is -a Churchman and Liberal. For many years he has been a partner in the firm of Messrs Collett and Isaac, wholesale pro- vision merchants. Mr T. W David is a Congregationalist and a robust Libei al. Mr David is a partner in the firm of Messrs Robinson and David, timber merchants, Cardiff. Councillor S. Thomas is one of the most popular men in Penarth. In eariy life he entered the service of the Taff Vale Railway Company at Penarth Docks, and worked hit way to the position of superintendent. He is a Churchman and a Liberal.
FIGHT WITH MAD BROTHER. STORY OF A GRIM STRUGGLE. At the resumed inquest on Monday on the b 'dies of Florence and May Rogers, lulled by their father at Kensal Rise, a thrilling descrip- tion of his struggle with the murderer was given by a brother ot Rogers, who was sleeping in the house. Awakened by screaming, he found Rogers attacking his wife. Witness fought des- perately with his brother for the possession of a razor, which was in his band. Witness was cut several times, but eventually seized the razor. Rogers then produced another razor, and the brothers renewed the struggle, during the course of which they made their way fiom the bedroom down the stairs to the kitchen. Witness was able to quieten his brother, but soon afterwards he broke out acain and at- tacked witness with a bannister-rail. In the second struggle both fell downstairs. Eventu- ally neighbours forced an entrance into the house, and Rogers was overpowered. At the police station Rogers said, H I could not sleep. I have been distressed lately over business matters, and I thought we had all come to poverty." The jury returned a verdict cf Wilful murder against Rogers, whom they declared insane at the time.
FELL OFF BOILER STAGING. An inquest was held bv Mr E. B. Reece at Cardiff on Monday on Robert Pugsley (61). mechanic. Cathays-terrace, who met with an accident on August 11th while following his employment in the West Yard of the Taff Vale Railway Company. Harry Thorpe. boilermaker, said deceased was working on a boiler near witness, and must nave fallen off the staging, made of two trestles and planks standing 2ft. 6in. from the ground. Witness picked deceased up. He complained of in his side. He did not return to work, and died on Saturday. Apparently deceased hurt his side by falling on the foDt block. Dr. McKelvey said he first saw deceased on August 21st, when he complained of pain in the right side. On September 15th witness found deceased was suffering from pneumonia, chiefly on the right side. Death was due to pneumonia Witness believed the accident began the mischief which resulted in pneumonia developing. The jury returned a verdict that Deceased died from pneumonia, induced by the accident."
"MUST HAVE BEEN MAD." Throat Cut at Troedyrhiw. Joseph Blaekwell was before the Merthyr Stipendiary on Monday charged with attempt- ing to commit suicide by cutting his throat at Plantation street, Troedyrhiw, on September 19th. It appeared that the defendant, who Jived with his aunt, was lying on the bed downstairs on the afternoon in question. His aunt went out to fetch water and when she returned in a few minutes she found he had cut his throat. A blood-stained penknife* lay beside him. He said I have not finished myself." He was quite sober at the time. When P.C Hunt subsequently asked why be had done it defend- ant said I must have been mad." Dr. Ernest Ward, Merthyr Infirmary, des- cribed the wound as a slight incision, and said the defendant was quite sane. Tbe Stipendiary said he could not under- stand the matter. Tbe Clerk to defendant: It ij drink, I suppose." Yes," replied the defendant. Well, I can't understand it," said the Sti- pendiary. "You will be remanded for seven days."
CARDS AND PITCH-AND- TOSS. Newport Juvenile Miscreants. Boys again figured prominently on the charge- list at the Newport Police Court on Monday. Two of them were charged with playing with cards and money by way of gaming on Sun. day. According to P.C. Codling, the I >ids were gambling in the main thoroughfare of the town. They were playing with cards, and wit- ness saw money passed—Mr Summers What were the stakes ?—Defendants Cigarettes, sir. -One of I be boys, who bad been in court be. fore. was fined 5s, while the other was let off with a caut ion. Three others lads were charged with playing pitch-and-toss. P C Hensbv stated the lads were located near the General Post Office One of them, to his knowledge, had never worked in his life, while another, who had recently gone to the hopfields, returned as he found the work too regular The magistrates commented on the boys' bad outlook, and imposed fines of 7s 6d and 5s, and in the case of the boy who appeared for the first time discharged him with a caution.
CARDIFF MAN'S CHEQUES. Ought to be Tried for Forgery." Thomas Howelis, ot Norman-street, Cathays. Cardiff, was brought up on a warrant at the Merthyr Police Court on Monday charged with obtaining three sums of money by means of bogus cheques drawn upon the Tredegar branch of the London and Provincial Bank. He was accused of obtaining 17s from Margaret Cook. of the Blast Furnace Ion, Pontlottyn f2 12s from Thomas E. Morgan, of the Rising Sun Inn, Bargoed and £35s from David Roberts Morgan, of the Red Lion Inn, Dowlais. The evidence showed that the defendant drew two of the cheques in the name of Wm. Mat. thews, and one in the of John Matthews. He used a chequebook issued in 1894 by Mr England, of Pontlottyn, whose account was closed in the same year. Defendant pleaded guiitv, and the Stipen. diary, saying that the defendant ought to be tried for forgery, sent him to prison for s^ [ months with hard labour.