For remainder of Up and Down the Valley see page 5. Tpecynon. LOCAL WILL.—Mrs Gwenllian Jones, of Vale View, Park lane, who died on the 20th October last, left estate of the gross value of £2,188 12s 3d, including personalty of the net value of £ 2118 14s 3d, and probate of her will has been granted to her son, Mr Jenkin Jones, of Vale View, and Mr John Williams, the other executor na.ned. has renounced. AMBULANCE CLASS.—An ambulance class, which promises to be very successful, has been formed at Trecynon, with Dr Rice as medical instructor. Mr G. H. Rake has been appointed president, the officers of the committee being,—chairman, Mr D. Tyssul Davies; treausurer, Mr Henry Wheeler; hon. secretary, Mr Jas. Berry. Already over 30 names have been enrolled as members. The classes are held at the Church Institute, Windsor-street. FAILURE.—A meeting of the creditors of z7, John Griffith Jones, travelling draper, 103, Cemetery-road, was held on Thursday at Mer- thyr. The statement of affairs showed Gross liabilities. X245 13s 8d; liabilities to rank for dividend, X238 3s 8d; net assets available for distribution, X67 9s 2d; deficiency, X170 14s 6d. Insufficient capital, bad trade, and pressure by creditors were the causes to which the debtor attributed his failure. TRECYNON LADIES CHOIR.—Last Friday evening a grand soiree was held by the above choir at the Park Schools. The tables (at which sat over 60) were very tastily decorated by the caterer, Mr Hill, Aberaman. At the subsequent meeting the chair was occupied by Mr John James. Solos were sung by Mr J. James, violin solos by Mr T. Jones, mandoline selections by Messrs J. Evans and D. T. Davies, selection on the gramophone, kindly lent by Mr R. Ellis, Gadlys. Mr J. Sogers sang Hen Wlad fy Nhadau to close a most enjoy- ,-able evening. A hearty invitation was given to non-members to join the choir.
Abernant. For posters, handbills and cards in connec- tion with concerts and all kinds of meetings, .go to the LADER: Office, Market-street, Aber- dare. OBSTRUCTION.—At Merthyr Police Court on Thursday, Patrick Doyle and Thomas Sexton were summoned for obstructing the officials of the Great Western Railway Company at Abernant Station, and with using obscene language. Sexton pleaded guilty, but Doyle pleaded an alibi, stating -that he had not been near Abernant for the last six months. He called several witnesses, but the magistrates held that there was no mistake. Sexton was fined 10s and costs, and Doyle 20s and costs.
Aberaman. ILLNESS.—We regret to hear of the illness of Rev. H. P. Jenkins, minister of Saron, who is suffering from a slight attack of influenza. The pulpit was occupied last Sunday by Mr Jones from Brecon. WEDDING.— On Sunday last, a prettty wedding was solemnized at Saron Chapel by the Rev. J. Solon Rees, the contracting par- ties being Miss S. J. Lawrence, Cardiff-road, and Mr R. D. Lewis, Howells-row. Mr P. R. Phillips, Ebbw Vale, acted as best man. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr J. Lawrence. During the service at the chapel, Miss Gwen Williams played the wedding march.
Cwmbach. PRESENTATION.—At the Lifeboat Inn on Wednesday week Privates Ben Fletcher and George Davies were on their departure from home each presented with a gold medal and pipe subscribed for by their numerous friends. The chair was occupied by Mr Sam Hawkins, supported by Mr Ben Phillips. After a brief address by the chair- man, Mr David Powell, Aberdare, made the presentation and the recipients briefly responded. The following contributed towards the harmony of the evening: Messrs Enoch Watts, John Jones, Wm. Williams, Wm. Davies, Ed. Higgins, Francis Davies, Wm. Jenkins. Song and dance by Wm. Howells. Cornet solo, R. Edwards. Cake walk by W. J. Chappell. Mr D. Powell, Aberdare, also sang twice. Votes of thanks were accorded the chair- man, Mr Evan Edwards, the secretary and host and hostess.
Mountain Ash. MAYORAL.—The Rev. Lewis Jenkin Jones, the Labour Mayor of Woolwich, has just been re-elected to that honourable position. Mr Jones, who is a Unitarian minister, is a native of Mountain Ash. He is a warm supporter of Mr Will Crooks. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev. E. Evans, Ardd- leen, Mont., has accepted an invitation to become pastor of Duffryn Street C.M. Church as successor to thealate Rev Idloes Edwards, who not long ago died in the West Indies. Mr Evans will commence his pas- torate here in February,
Aberdare Collietrly Examini- nes's Association. A well attended meeting of the members of the Aberdare Branch of Colliery Exami- ners was held at the Castle Hotel on Satur- day week, when Mr vVm. Thomas, a member of the Porth Lodge of Examiners, read a very interesting and instructive paper on Mine Ventilation." Mr Thomas teaches a Mining Class in Porth under the Science and Art Department. He is also a fireman at Ynyshir Colliery, and therefore well-acquainted with the practical phase of mining. His paper was greeted with well- merited applause. Matters of importance which had to be brought forward necessita- ted the postponement of the discussion until the usual monthly meeting in January, when a paper on the Friction of Air in Mines "-a kindred subject—will be read by another friend from Ynyshir, and all firemen and assistants are cordially invited to attend, and take part in the discussion. Meetings of this class will be found very beneficial to all Colliery Firemen. The chief object of our Association is to provide means to elevate ourselves intellectually in all matters pertaining to our occupation. A most hearty vote of thanks was given to Mr Thomas for his valuable paper.
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MOUNTAIN ASH DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION. SIR,-After the turbulent District Council election we were fairly satisfied as Noncon- formists that we had done a good day's work, but to-day we have been counting our chickens. We knew they were rather small, but never, never thought that'the feathery few had not'a single'sliow bird among them. That is why there is much gnashing of teeth among the denominational "fancy." We have been laughed at contemptuously for rearing birds of passage. Yours, &c., THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY.
THE PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES. SIR,-May I say a few words upon the note which appeared in your journal of the 29th ult., under the heading Readers and Writers," and which reads Mrs Craigie says that the girls know nothing of the facts of life and that they should be taught Let them be taught by their mothers." Your correspondent only men- tions the female sex in his remarks may I extend mine to the male sex also. We find, sir, that even the modest and religiously- disposed of our younger folks have fallen into the trap of secret sin, and by doing so have placed themselves on the road to ruin. And why ? Just because their parents did not teach them what they ought to know. It is a cruel shame that parents and others fail to warn their children on questions of morality. 0 that our parents would throw aside this mock modesty, and be determined to teach their sons and daughters what they ought to know. Teach them to avoid low literature, loose talk, licentious companions, vulgar and indecent pictures. Why should a girl's knowledge of existing evil come from the profane and sullied lips of older companions instead of from the pure lips of a good mother ? Does the mother think that in her neglecting to speak to her children and warn them of besetting evils around them, that they will never learn of them ? What a mistake Far better would it be if the mother with her tact and wisdom were to warn her daughters of the prevailing sins and how to avoid them. For assuredly they will be introduced to them sooner or later. Why do not our fathers warn their sons of the difficult paths they will have to tread, and the nobility of self- control ? This neglect helps on the social evil of our day, and that helps the degraded state that many marriages are brought to, and so on. Until the parents carry out their responsibilities properly the evil will continue to exist. Let the question be faced bravely instead of being fearfully evaded. Let us raise a higher standard of thought and action among the young people, and the older people too, and get them to try with God's Divine help to live up to the ideal, Be ye perfect." Yours, &c., HERBERT J. WELLS.
STATE OF AFFAIRS IN ABERAMAN. SIR,-Being a student of human nature and a close observer of its individual and social development, I generally take keen interest in all the life-activities which occur in this neighbourhood. That my observa- tions and consequent deductions are always correct, I am not ready to affirm. My point of view is complicated, my range of vision is limited, and I am aware that the lack of the conditions of independency and disin- terestedness, which are essential to accurate observations, are shackling my efforts in this direction. The consciousness of limita- tions and imperfections, however, should not hinder one in following certain train of thoughts, and coming to conclusions. In my observations of public life in Aberaman lately, I have been compelled to look with a gloomy view on the prospects of the future. All efforts for the improvement of the people intellectually and morally seem to be in vain. Gigantic efforts are being made at present by a few enthusiastic souls to get a hall and library established on a firm Democratic foundation. To this end, the workmen are requested to contribute in the most suitable and convenient way for themselves. Ways and means are proposed and applied. After the first payment, the sorry spectacle was seen of young fellows, who have no one dependent upon them, and who would be chiefly benefitted by the pro- posed institution, demanding their one penny per week returned. Most regrettable of all is the fact, that fathers, who have sons under their care and guidance, were seen clamouring for their pennies back. Crown- ing all this miserable spectacle was the im- putation of monetary motives to those who had volunteered to canvass for contributions. Very encouraging, was it not ? Simul- taneously with this, could be seen the hurrying and scurrying away to the football fields, where the sixpences were ungrudgingly given for a two hours empty pleasure. The beer-houses also were filled to overflowing for some hours, and the pennies and shillings were lavishly squandered. And for what ? Ab the end of the year, balance sheets of colliery lodges and friendly societies, will be eagerly and critically scrutinized. The cost of rooms will as usual have special attention, and those d committees and officers will have been getting fat on these generous (?) people's money. I wonder can they see any relation between the cost of a hall and the costs on the balance sheets, and how one would affect the other ? In the matter of education there is much to be deplored. Great efforts were made during three or four sessions to organize successful debating societies, mutual improvement meetings, scientific lectures, and science and art classes. All were failures. This year, the evening continuation classes are ex- tinct. Especial efforts were made to open classes in elementary science, geology, mining and mining mathematics, at the Council's school this session but only half a dozen young men felt thirsty for the knowledge. So the opportunity was aban- doned. Consistent with this state of things the young fellows are seen in groups dis- cussing sporting champions, and rushing eagerly to scan sporting papers for news and tips. Smoking concerts and sales of property meetings, are generally crowded and are graced with the presence of a few of the leading tradesmen, while all efforts to encourage the young to higher ideals are damped with the coldness of indifference. Another great question which looms largely in the public life of Aberaman is the doctor's question. The baseness and nobleness of human nature are in this case prominently displayed. The suffering and complaints of several individuals in the various collieries were the cause of initiating this movement four years ago. Now, some of those persons who were loudest in their complaints are the quickest to impute sinister motives to those who are marshalling the movement. This struggle proves the difficulty of getting rid of firmly established and privileged institutions, and how the personal element takes predominance over principles. How hard it is for any one who values a principle to fight against a friend, especially when that friend is a doctor, and when one knows that the life of his little one, or some other dear relative has been spared through the instrumentality of that doctor It is only the morally strong and valiant that can stand. The passage-at- arms between the leaders of the movement and the doctors' representative is very in- teresting. Thrice armed is he who hath his quarrel just." Yours, &c., JOHN DAVIES.
ARE WE GETTING SADDER? Sip.Sadness seems in a fair way to being discussed in a very happy mood. I am in- deed pleased to know that Knight Errant" has not lost hope for the race, and that he thinks the time is coming when we shall be sad no longer. At the outset I believed that this was his view, but I was becoming decidedly undecided on the point. Knight Errant," then, regards whatever tendency to sadness exists to-day as but a temporary set-back in a forward movement; it is to him as the fall of the wave in the incoming tide. He should rest happy. What would'st thou, 0 Knight? Would'st re- verse the manner of the tides ? Art thou, then, searching for the fallacious Food of the Gods," which shall secure the vertical line of development ? Nay, rather rejoice in the fall; it shows there is a rise-a rise and fall, a tide, which shall eventually reach and pass all barriers. We are now nearly in the unhappy position of having nothing to fight about But I fancy I perceive the Worthy Knight is anxious lest the present age-wave shall be one of those which in their net effect do not help the forward movement. He would not have the fall counterbalance the rise; he thinks it is likely to I do not. That the realism of modern literature is "full of the spirit of despair," I can not accept. It cannot be. In a spirit of des- pair a man would not write a book at all; he could not, for did he despair, why preach ? And Tolstoi is a preacher, a vigorous one and powerful. Perhaps Tolstoi possesses even more hope than Dickens, Shakespeare or Hawthore did, for while they wrote about the problems of life, he faces them. They were spectators, he is in the ring. Consider, too. Tolstoi's conditions and aims. He is a local man; his aim is to raise Russia, not to raise mankind; and his writings are, not indications of increasing sadness of tempera- ment, but rather illustrations of the low condition of the Russians, If the scrofulous French novel" is a type of the realism in literature, Tolstoi is no realist. Such realism was never less than it is to-day, and if Browning wrote to-day :he would have to find another subject. But, dear me What are we coming to ? Is literature to be made the standard for judgment ? You cannot measure" every- thing with a yard-stick; you must also count the bushels and the pounds. I be- lieve there is to-day more reason for hope- fulness than ever before. Liberty is greater, our occupations are more varied (in work and play), our sympathies are wider, and our powers are larger; and these are con- tributors to happiness. The fuller the life we live the happier. Knight Errant is an ardent missionary and a hopeful one. What a reform he ex- pects before Christmas reform in the maidens, please-that I am to meet many a merry one under the mistletoe! But, per- haps the mistletoe has a sanctifying effect- Who knows you may be right yet, worthy sir !—I am, INDIVIDUAL.
Completely Covered by Debris. Collier Boy's Death. On Monday morning at the Aberdare Police Station, an inquest was held before Mr R. J. Rhys, coroner, touching the death of David John Lewis, 59, Bute street, Aber- dare. David Lewis, father of deceased, said that his son was 16 years of age, He had worked underground for three years. Thomas John Davies, collier, deposed that deceased worked with him in the No. 3 yard seam of No, 9 Colliery. At 2-15 Friday morning witness and deceased were filling a tram with rubbish, when the top fell on deceased, killing him on the spot. In reply to questions witness said that he examined the place about 10 minutes before the fall. It then appeared quite safe. The fireman had called at 11 o'clock, when he fired a shot close to the place where the stone fell. John Morgan, collier, the next witness, said 11 he was the first to assist Davies in extrica- ting deceased from the rubbish, which com- pletely covered him. Thomas Williams, fireman, said that the shot which he had fired might have shakened the place and loosened the stone. He examined the place carefully but could not discover any danger. William Hughes, manager, having given the dimensions of the cavity where the stones had fallen from, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death,"
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Remittances may be made by Cheques Banker's Draft, Post Office Orders, or Postal Orders made payable to Samuel Heckscher, senr., Hamburg, and should always be crossed. The postage on ordinary letters is 2d, Seeing that the drawing is now fast ap- proaching, I shall be obliged if you will send me your orders at once, however not later than DECEMBER 1st. SAMUEL HECKSCHER, senr., BANKER, Hamburg, Germany. IF you are troubled with CORNS, BUNIONS or INGROWING NAILS, call on D. J"rES, 68, V ;dwyd Street, Aberci.t. >3, He has scores of tesLi,,iOiiials from per- sons treated by him. C. P. JONES (For many years with Messrs. Thompson and Shackell, Limited), Pianoforte Tuner and Repairer, 15 Cromwell St., Wlerthyr Tydfil, Visits the Aberdare Valley. Pianos tuned by yearly contract or otherwise, from 3/6. Estimates given for Repairs, and personal tention given to all orders, SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. 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Aberdare. VALUE FOR MONEY.—For up-t-date Hats and Caps, also Suits to measure (fit and style guaranteed), go to J. A: Evans, the noted Hat Shop, Constitutional Buildings Canon-street. TABERNACLE.—On Sunday morning and evening, Mr J. M. Jones, B.A., the pastor, addressed the congregations. In the eve- ning his topic was "The value of the humaif soul." TRINITY.—Last Sunday morning and eve- ning, the Rev. J. L. Jenkins, pastor, preached at this place of worship. Next Sunday, the preacher will be the Rev. R. R. Roberts, B.A., Cardiff, ex-pastor of this church. ETHICAL SOCIETY.—A meeting of the Ethical Society was called for last Sunday afternoon, but owing to the sparse attend- ance of members, it was decided to adjourn the discussion of business till next Sunday evening, when a, meeting will be held at Cardiff Castle Coffee Tavern at 7.30 THE MAN IN THE STREET."—On Thurs- day last, the Rev. W. H. Cooper delivered his popular lecture on the above subject at St. David's Presbyterian Church. The brilliant home thrusts of the able lecturer were enjoyed by a large congregation. Mr W. J. Heppell was the occupant of the ,chair. PERSONAL.—Mr John Prowl, a member of the Merthyr Board of Guardians has been for some time at St. Thomas' Hospital in London. Mr Prowl has just been under an operation, and we regret to learn that he is not recovering from the effects of it as quickly as could be desired. His friends are anxious to see"him returning thoroughly cured. FLORAL.—We beg to call the attention of our readers to the advertisement in another column to the grand exhibition of Chrysan- themums and other flowers which will be held at the Market Hall on Monday next. In addition to the feasts for the eye there will also be attractions for the ear in the form of first class music. FOREIGN MISSIONS.-At Trinity Chapel on Monday evening, Miss Thomas, a missioner from the Khassia Hills, gave an address ap- pertaining to mission work generally, and dealing especially with her labour amongst the Khassia Hills. On the proposition of Mrs W. Lloyd, seconded by Mrs Miles, a cordial vote of thanks was extended to Miss Thomas for her instructive lecture. INTERMENT.— On Thursday the remains of Mr W, Fisher Thomas, whose death we reported last week, were interred at Aber- dare Cemetery. The funeral was strictly private, only the following being present:— Messrs D. Thomas (father), J. D. Thomas (brother), W. Richards, and W. Fisher (uncles), W. Fisher (cousin), J. H. Powell, T. Thomas, D. W. Price, W. Kenshole, F. Harrison, Emlyn Morris, Jas. Stroud, E. Halewood, E. Moses, F. J. Caldicott, and Rev J. L, Jenkins. According to the express wish of the deceased, the Rev R. R. Roberts, Cardiff, officiated. Messrs J. Morgan and Son were the undertakers. HIGHLAND PLACE.—Rev. W. G. Topping, Liverpool, officiated at Highland Place Unitarian Church on Sunday last. In the evening he based his discourse on Matt. xxv. 40, Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." This passage in the Scriptures, said the speaker, had inspired Longfellow to write that sweet poem The Legend Beautiful." Though but a legend, its counterpart could easily be found in the lives of men. and therein lay much of its greatness. The rev. gentleman went on to paraphrase the poem, explaining its lessons and how it applied to men and women individually and collectively. A MISSIONARY MEETING was held at Seion Welsh Wesleyan Chapel last Thursday night, when the circuit ministers took part. The introductory service was taken by Rev. Dd. Morgan, Mountain Ash, who also read the annual circuit report pertaining to Foreign Missions. The:Rev. Jno. Rowlands, Hirwain, delivered an address, in which he gave an interesting account of the part that Wales had taken in the furtherance of Foreign Missions. The Rev. Thos. Manuel followed with a stirring address on the superiority of Christianity over all other religions, and urged all present to double their subscriptions when the collectors would call at their houses. A good collection was made in the meeting. Similar meet- ings are held all round the circuit. SEION CHURCH.—Last Thursday night after the missionary meeting was over, the class-leaders and officers of the church were summoned to stay behind. The Rev. T. Manuel made tender remarks on the ir- reparable loss the church had sustained of late in the death of some of its most faithful and staunch class leaders, such as Messrs David Watkins and William Vaughan. Then Mr Manuel, by the unani- mous vote of the other ministers of the circuit, and the leaders of the church, con- firmed the election previously made of five new deacons for Seion, viz.: Messrs Morgan Watkins, Cross-street; Thos. Lewis, Eliza- beth-street; Hy. Lloyd (Ab Ilevin), Violet- street Evan M. Vaughan, Albert-street, and W. J. Nicholas, Violet-street. Rev. D. Morgan concluded with prayer. On the following Sunday night the Rev. T. Manuel publicly announced the names of the newly- appointed officers.