SERVICES FOft SUNDAY NEXT. TABERNACLE Congregational Church, JL Aberdare. Preacher: Morning and evening at 11 and 6, Rev. J. Morgan Jones, B.A., pastor. TRINITY Chapel.—Morning and eve- ning. Preacher, Rev. J. L. Jenkins, Pastor. HIGHLAND Place Unitarian Church.— Morning at 11, evening at 6. Preacher, Mr Jones, Cardiff University. CHRISTIANS Meeting House, Forge View, Godreaman. Morning 10.30; evening 6. Preacher, Mr W. H. Jenkins, Godreaman.
Hirwain. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on. Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. MINISTERIAL.—We learn that the Rev Evan Jones, the esteemed minister of Mount Pleasant English Congregational Church, hae received a unanimous call from Bethesda Congregational Church, Llan- santffraid, Montgomeryshire, The reverend gentleman has not yet come to any decision regarding the invitation. RUNAWAY.—The other morning an acci- dent happened to a bread van belonging to Mr D. P. Davies (Emlyn Stores). It appears that Mr W. D. Powell (the driver) was returning from the Nantymoel road, and while entering the County Road, where there is a sharp curve, the van slipped on the ice-bound road and upset, with the result that the shafts were broken. The horse got loose and bolted, but was caught at Hirwain, about a mile away. Luckily the driver escaped with a severe shock. FUNERAL.-The mortal remains of Mrs Jones, wife of Mr David Jones, school- master, were interred at the Aberdare Cemetery on Wednesday. The obsequies were largely attended-indeed it was one of the most representative gatherings that have been seen here. The pastor of the deceased, Rev W. J. Williams (C.M.), con- ducted a brief service at the house and also at the grave. Amongst the general public we noticed the Revs. W. J. Williams, L, Morgan. E. Jones, Messrs D. Evans (D.C.), J. T. Davies (tailor), D. P. Davies (Emlyn Stores), W. Jones (builder), Dan Jones (surveyor), S. Hopkins, Dan Jones (tailor), J. Griffiths (Park Schools, Aberdare), Thomas Davies (grocer). W. E. Davies (newsagent), M. T. John (grocer), and Isaac H. Jones, M.E., who sent his private carriage as well. Messrs J. M. Jones and Sons -vere the undertakers.
Tracynon HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on. Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. NOTICE.-A committee meeting will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 3rd, at 8 p.m., at the Trecynon Public Hall to organise a Prize Drawing in aid of John Prowle.- Wm. Rosser, secretary. [ADVT. JAPAN.-On Saturday night, the Rev W. Davies, formerly of Belfast, and a native of Trecynon, will deliver an address at the Hen-dy-Cwrdd on the above subject, and will also preach there on Sunday.
Aberdape. 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. RECTIFICATION.—Mr E. Stonelake was not, as stated in our report of the special committee of the Aberdare Education Authority last week, a dissentient from the resolution passed by that committee. FIRE.-While the Aberdare Fire Brigade were holding their Social on Tuesday even- ing, the alarm was given that a fire had broken out on the premises of Mr F. Twissel, Commercial street. The outburst, however, was not serious, and before the Brigade had quitted their head-quarters, information was received that the fire had been extinguished. FoOTBALL.-At a committee meeting of the LEADER Medals competition held on Monday, it was decided to have the semi- final replayed tie on Saturday, Feb. 4th. It was also unanimously agreed to hold a smoking concert in connection with the above competition at the Butcher's Arms on Tuesday, February 21st. Mr Abel Richards has been appointed secretary, HOMING SOCIETY.-At a well-attended meeting of the Aberdare and District Homing Society held at the Central Hotel, on Saturday last, at which Mr D. Hore, presided, it was decided that the furthest point for the old birds' race will be Banff, and the yearlings Lancaster. Next Satur- day, the committee for the year are to be appointed, and the Club's pigeon rings are to be distributed.. ENTERTAINMENT.—On Tuesday last, a large number availed themselves of the opportunity of paying a visit to Messrs Haggar & Sons' Biographic entertainment in the Market yard. Mr Haggar gave this entertainment free of charge in aid of the Green Street Mission, which is in charge of Mr A. Clayton, the energetic missioner. The pictures were excellent, and the solos were well appreciated. "WALTER MAP."—On Tuesday Mr W. Jenkyn Thomas, M.A., Aberdare County School, addressed the members of the Aber- dare Literary Society on the above subject. Mr Thomas in his own attractive style, threw much light on a comparatively obscure character-a Welshman of the 12th century, who was a courtier, a wit and a man of letters. Walter Map transformed the noted Arthurian legends. Brief com- ments were made by Mrs W. Lloyd, and Messrs M. Watklns, J. Griffiths and E. S. Hall. The chair was occupied by Mr W. R. Williams, B.Sc., president of the Society. U.T.A.S.—On Friday evening last an extraordinary meeting was held by the Love and Unity Lodge, when the election of officers took place for the ensuing quarter. The following officers were elected:—P.C.W., Bro. Marsh C.W., Bro. Kelly; Sec., Bro. Ashford; financial see., Bro. Cotter; cor- responding sec., Bro Kingston; registrar, Bro. Young; chaplain, Bro. Jones V.W., Sister Ashford steward, Bro, Mills; deputy steward, Sister Prosser. All of the new
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Cwmaman. INTERMENT.—The interment of Mr Alfred Thomas, whose death we reported last week, took place last Wednesday week, the burial place being the Aberdare Cemetery. The following acted as bearers:—Messrs Morgan Thomas, Evan Owen. Henry Davies, W. Stubbs, D. Bowen, George Usher, Arthur Croker, Rees Cunningham. The mourners were the following 1st coach, Mrs Thomas (the widow), Mj:s Sarah Thomas (mother), Mr Wm. Thomas (father), Mesdames Rosalina Williams, Mary Jane Richards and Jane King (sisters). 2nd coach, Mr Morgan Thomas (brother) and two daughters; Mrs Arthur Thomas and children. 3rd coach, Mrs Humphreys, Mrs Thomas (aunt), Miss Annie Jane Williams (niece), Mrs Samuel Thomas, Abercynon, and Mrs George Jones (sisters-in-law), Mrs Budge. 4th coach, Misses Tilley and Jenny King, Mrs Daw, Mrs Dinah Jones and Miss Lily Jones (nieces). 5th coach, Messrs Williams (cousins), Mrs James and Mrs Morgan Williams (cousins). 6th coach, Mrs Morgan Thomas, Mrs Richards (Hafod), Mrs Davies and Mrs Rosser. 7th coach, Mrs Owen, Mrs Evan Owen, Miss Matthews, Mrs George and Mrs Morgans. 8th coach, Mrs Jones (Ynys- ybwl).
Mountain Ash. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on. Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare. PooLE's.-This week Mountain Ash is visited by Messrs Poole's f an-ious Myrioraiiia. The entertainment is thoroughly up-to-date and consists of scenes and incidents illus- trating the great struggle for Corean sup- remacy between Japan and Russia. There has just been added a splendid realistic set of pictures illustrating submarine warfare. The variety side is well up to the average, Daisy Graham, Harry Stewart, The six Clevelands, and Kitty Woodford providing 0 good turns. N.V.A.—On Friday evening last a meeting was held at the Lecture Hall of the Work- men's Institute, under the auspices of the local branch of the National Vigilance Association. Rev E. V. Tidman presided over a poor attendance. Mr W. T. Pike and Mr k. G. Allen, Penarth, addressed those present on the work and objects of the association. Votes of thanks to the lecturers and chairman was proposed by Mr W. Jenkins and seconded by Mr J. Jones.
Pen iwcei bet*. HALL'S Clearance Sale of Furniture is now on, Come and see the Bargains. Hall & Sons, 9, Cardiff-street, Aberdare.
Abercynon. WANTED. An energetic Correspon- dent at Abercynon for the ABER- DARE LEADER. Apply—LEADER, Aberdare.
Death Roll of the Week. MISS MARY LEWIS. On the 1.9th inst., Miss Mary Lewis, who kept a butchering establishment at 50, Gad- lys-rd„ daughter of the late Mr Benjamin Lewis, and sister to Councillor Tom Lewis, passed away in her 57th year. Her remains were buried at the. Aberdare Cemetery on Monday. The Rev J. Richards, Bethel, officiated. The chief mourners were Miss Jane Lewis, sister; Mr and Mrs Lewis Lewis, and Mr and Mrs Tom Lewis, brothers and sisters-in-law Mr G. Lewis, brother. The following rev gentlemen attended:—Revs T. Edmunds, Hirwain W. S. Davies, Llwydcoed; J, Morgan, Bryn Seion and W. Davies, Belfast. MRS MARY DAVIES. Dydd Mercher, Ionawr 18fed, bu farw Mrs Mary Davies, anwyl briod Mr Stephen Davies, Wind street, Aberdar, yn 64 oed. Yr oedd yr ymadawedig yn aelod ffyddlon o Eglwys Bethania (M.C.), a theimlir colled fawr ar ei hoi. Yr oedd yn ddynes hynod am ei charedigrwydd. Genedigol oedd o ardal Castell Newydd Emlyn. Ddydd Llun diweddaf, claddwyd yr hyn oedd farwol ohoni yn Nghladdfa Gyhoeddus Aberdar, pryd y daeth torf fawr yn nghyd i dalu'r gymwynas olaf i un a gerid gan bawb. Gweinyddwyd ar yr achlysur gan y Parchn John Lewis, Hebron, ac Evan Thomas, Senghenydd (yn absenoldeb y Parch W. James, yr hwn sydd yn wael ei iechyd). Gadawodd briod a phump o blant mewn galar. Gwelsom y gweinidogion canlynol yn y cynliebrwng: Parchn D. Silyn Evans (yr hwn a siaradodd ar lan y bedd) J. Cynog Williams, Heolyfelin John Morgan, Bryn Seion; ac R. Williams, Nazareth. Danfonwyd blodeu-dyrch gan y rhai can- lynol Ei Dosbarth yn yr Ysgol Sul; Mr a Mrs Davies, Oak street; a Mrs Roberts, Bangor. Heddwch i'w llwch hyd ganiad yr udgorn. A CRIMEAN VETERAN GONE. There has just passed away at Griffith street, Aberdare, at the age of 93, an old Crimean veteran in the person of Mr Thos. Williams. He had also served in the Indian Mutiny, and was in receipt of a pension for military service. His narrations of incidents in his career as a soldier was most thrilling. His wife, who survives him, was most devoted in her attention to him. The funeral takes place to-day (Thursday). MR T. J, WILLIAMS. Mr T. J. Williams, Moss House, Abernant, came to this neighbourhood from Cwmpark two years ago, having been appointed manager of Blaenant Colliery. For some time Mr Williams had been in poor health, and on the 18th inst. he succumbed. He was 60 years of age. Mr Williams had al- ways been very popular with the workmen in all the collieries where he had been en- gaged. He was a highly esteemed member of Nazareth C.M. Chapel, Aberdare. On Tuesday his remains were conveyed by road to Trealaw Cemetery, Messrs J. Morgan and Sons being the undertakers. At Moss House, his pastor, the Rev R. Williams, officiated, and at Trealaw Mr Williams and the Rev W. Lewis. Cwmpark, his former pastor, took part in the service. Our sym- pathy goes out to Mrs Williams and her two young children.
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Letters to the Editor. PUBLIC HALL, TRECYNON. SIR,-Having heard a lot of talk lately among many of the workmen of Trecynon concerning the above Hall, I was not surprised to read Gweithiwr's letter in the ABERDARE LEADER. I was rather amused, however, at Pickwick's reply (?) in your last issue. He asks what is meant by splits," and are they human beings? What innocence Who knows better than I ickwick what is meant by a split ? Is there a child going to School, especially at Trecynon to-day, who does not know ? As to the other questions by Pickwick, I I think Ii Gweithiwr" might well answer them by asking, Do fish swim ? Have the Japanese taken Port Arthur? Is "Pickwick" a human being," etc ? I am one of many who think Gweith- iwr has done well in bringing forward the matter of letting the above Hall, as he says, for an indefinite period to one small section of the public. It should receive attention. DICKENS. THE PROPOSED TRAMWAY SCHEME. SIR,-In your issue of the 21st, Carbon remarked Can it be said that the recent public meeting re the scheme was a repre- sentative one of the ratepayers ?" But who are the ratepayers ? Is not every working man a ratepayer ? Is not every householder who pays rent either a direct or indirect ratepayer ? Or does he mean that the only ones who pay rates are the owners ? A working man by his own thrift and care joins a building club, and pays for a house for himself, so that when old age comes he will have a house of bis own, instead of being a burden on the rates. But how is he treated if he lives in his own house ? He has to pay a double rate, while if he lets the house he only pays a single rate. Therefore he is punished for being thrifty. With regard to the Destructors," Carbon states that they are essential in towns where no tipping ground can be secured. But are there not enough tips in the district already ? Look what way you will, you see them. Do they add to the beauty of the district ? From a sanitary point of view, would it not be better if this refuse should be burnt, instead of being tipped down to rot and to be an eyesore ? With regard to the clinker from the Destructor not being of any value, it can be made into both bricks and flags. Friend "Carbon" said that the promoters lost a mark here. They have made a very good mark, indeed. In the Municipal Journal for January 6th, 1905, he will see what is being done with the clinker in other place and surely if other Councils can make bricks and flags from the clinker, why not Aberdare ? In the last portion of his letter, he admits that a bridge over the Aberaman Crossing would be a benefit to the public. I am glad to see that there is something in the scheme that suits him. With regard to the Powell Duffryn Company, I think that they are able to take care of themselves. At the meeting the chairman, Mr E. M. Hann, said the Company were willing to contribute towards the cost of the bridge. Carbon states that the s-cheme is purely a Socialistic, democratic one furthered by those whose purposes it serves. Just one illustration that will answer the latter. In the Clarion during November, 1902, I found the follow- ing :_a The British Electric Traction Com- pany, composed of American Profit-hunters, offered the Birmingham Corporation a minimum of k33,000 for to work the trams. Three days before the matter was settled, a firm of Solicitors acting on behalf of a client whose identity is not yet disclosed made an offer to the Tramway Committee of C54,000 minimum per year to work the trams. What was the result ? The Labour and Socialist members of the Birmingham Corporation worked might and main to upset the Americans ? The Corporation by 53 votes to 15 decided to work the trams themselves. This in itself proves that Municipal Management does pay; if not, would these kind gentlemen give all this money away ?—Yours, Cwmaman, THOMAS HEDGE.
Aberdare Education Committee The above was held on Wednesday. There were present, Mr D. P. Davies (chairman), Mr T. Walter Williams (vice- chairman), Mrs Richards Messrs D. J. Thomas, D. Davies, T. Lewis, J. M. Jones, W. T. Morgan, R. Llewelyn, E. Stonelake, E. Morgan, W. Rees, John Howell with Mr J. Morris (clerk), and Mr T. D. Jones, (assistant clerk). FUEL AND LIGHT FOR NON-PROVIDED SCHOOLS. The Committee some time ago considered the proportion to be borne by the Voluntary Schools with respect to the lighting and heating of the schools, and it was then decided to write to the managers that a percentage of one-fifth had been fixed. The reply from the clerk to the foundation managers was now read:—It was to the effect that the decision come to by the managers was that after considering the matter they were of opinion that one-fifth would be excessive but that they were pre- pared to pay one-seventh, which they con- sidered to be a liberal proportion. Without any discussion it was resolved to submit the letter to the non-provided schools committee. THE CHILDREN OF MISFORTUNE. In view of the forthcoming conference re defective children the attendance officers had made a house-to-house visitation in order to ascertain the number of children whose physical and mental incapacity rendered them unable to attend school. The officers now reported that such cases numbered 23, apportioned as follows mentally defective children 5, epileptics 5, partially blind 8, otherwise incapacitated 5. It :was resolved that the officers obtain further information regarding these children. 0 11 RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION. It was reported that a conference of the headmasters and headmistresses had been held to consider the religious instruction scheme drafted by the Rev. J. M. Jones. The scheme was unanimously approved by them and Mr Jones was thanked for his elaborate work. The vice-chairman proposed, Mr Llewelyn seconded and Mr W. Rees supported that the scheme be adopted in the schools and that Mr Jones be thanked for his labours. The vice-chairman suggested that Mr Jones should also prepare a small manual on the subject for the use of the teachers themselves. Mr Jones replied that it was his intention to prepare a handbook giving instructions for the working of the scheme. The scheme was accordingly adopted.
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THE REVIVAL. WELSH WESLEYANISM AT ABER- DARE. At Seion Welsh Wesleyan Church, Cross street, on Sunday evening, the Rev. T. Manuel. circuit minister, received into mem- bership 13 candidates; many of them being revival converts, one of whom was an aged man whose years have exceeded the allotted span, and who is nearly blind. Mr Manuel made some very impressive remarks on the occasion. Mr Manuel has made strenuous efforts to awaken the church from its lethargy to participate in the spirit of the revival. It is worthy of note that, for months before the spiritual fire broke out in Wales, the subjects chosen by the pastor for the members to meditate upon, and which were afterwards dealt with at the church meet- ings, were, among others, Love and the Holy Spirit blessings that are so characteristic of the revival. Although the ordinary meetings showed some marks of religious fervour-one of the most promising signs being that many of the sisters took active part in them-yet no addition was made to the roll of church members, as but very few non-members attended. How- ever, before the beginning of the new year, revival prayer meetings were commenced, which have been kept up almost regularly till now, and are still continued, preceding which processions are formed and three or four open air services are held nightly in different localities, when addresses are delivered and prayers are offered by the rev. gentleman, whose stalwart figure and thrilling voice makes him an effective commander-in-chief. Popular revival lyrics are sung en route. The result is that 22 converts have already been made. In a fortnight the remaining nine will be en- rolled. The number by then, we hope, will be doubled. WHAT IS ABERDARE GOING TO DO? A correspondent writes :—What is to be the result of these religious gatherings in Aberdare? This enthusiasm will naturally ultimately die down. People cannot always live at this pitch of excitement. What will be the afterward? In some towns the result has been the entire closing of shops on Sunday, in others early closing on Saturday nights, and the closing of public houses at the same time. What is Aber- dare going to do ? Anything or nothing ? EVAN ROBERTS AT HIRWAIN.. On Thursday the missioner did not attend any of the services at the Hirwain chapels until late on Thursday afternoon. Some had congregated there at the early hour of 9 a.m., and had remained expec- tantly' until Mr Roberts' arrival at Nebo Chapel. In the meantime a service of prayer and song was kept up uninterrupted- ly. The atmosphere of the building was intolerably hot, and the result was that when the missioner came on the scene the huge congregation was in a state of exhaus- tion. Mr Roberts Vead the prophetic por- tion from the book of Joel, and declared that that prophecy had been fulfilled in these days. An appeal to the missioner to speak a few words in English was met by a reply from him that he would not do so un- less prompted by the Spirit. When Evan Roberts sought to gain admission to Bethel Chapel in the evening, he had to get the assistance of a constable, so densely crowded wasthe edifice Many fainting females and children endeavoured to go out, but the doorway was completely blocked, and they had to be let out through a window. Inside there was a great crush especially in the gallery. A woman, exas- perated by the great strain caused by the heat and onrush of the crowd, made use of some angry remarks, and the missioner im- plored her to pray for wisdom. Many complained that there was some stiffness in the meeting, and Mr Roberts re- marked that unless the obstacle was removed they could not expect the Spirit to visit them. The cause of the coldness, he observed, was disobedience. They should pray with all sincerity; Thy will be done." Thereupon he sank to his seat, and for a time the frown of displeasure banished the smile from his face. Shortly however, he got up again, looking 11 greatly relieved—almost elated. A great burden had been cast from his shoulders, because the spirit of unbelief had vanished from the meeting. Just then someone struck up Mi dafla 'maich oddiar fy ngwar," the vast congregation taking it up with fervour. Some time later the mis- sioner spoke on the imperativeness of im- plicit obedience to God's call. It was easy, he said, to pray for God to send workers to the harvest, but not so easy to volunteer as a worker in the great harvest of souls. There were a great many visitors from Aberdare, and from Trecynon, the scene of Evan Roberts former mission in this locality, and they took a very active part in the meetings. The utter freedom and spon- taneity of the meetings naturally occasioned a little discord and conflict, which the suffocating atmosphere and the tremen- dous crush tended to augment. There was a great deal of pardonable curiosity on the part of the multitude to see and hear the missioner, hence the over-crowding at the place where he attended, and the compa- rative desertion of the other chapels. How- ever, those who had charge of the local arrangements were by no means responsible for this state of things. AMONG THE CHURCHES. MOUNTAIN ASH.- At Nazareth English Baptist Chapel, on Sunday last, 36 converts were baptised by immersion. The pastor, Rev E. V. Tidman officiated. At Rhos Welsh Baptist Chapel, on the same date, 15 converts were baptised by the Rev. T. T. Hughes.
HE (bitterly): "I've come to the conclusion that there can be no happiness before death. She: Yours or mine ? SHE: "Which would you rather be—truly great or really smart ? "—He: Smart, of course. "-She: "Why? "-He: "Well, you may be truly great and no one ever know it, but if you are smart you can make people think you are great." ACTRESS (angrily): "Did you write the criticism which said my impersonation of 'The Abandoned Wife was a miserable failure ? Critic: "Ye-y-e-s. You see. you looked so irre- sistibly beautiful that it was impossible to tancy any man couM abandou you,"
officers were installed by P.C.W. and C.W., Bros. Marsh and Kelly. The auditors gave their report of the financial position of the lodge, which proved to be satisfactory, with a substantial sum in the treasurer's hands. Afterwards several candidates were proposed for initiation. A very satisfactory report was given of the two new lodges at Cwm- aman and Cwmbach. The meeting was then thrown open for free discussion on the use of alcoholic wine as a sacrament on the communion table, It was reported that only a few churches in the Aberdare District continued to use fermented wine. It was unanimously resolved that all the churches be requested to use unfermented wine in future. THEATRE OF VARIETIES. Our readers will observe from an advertisement in another column that the Palace Theatre of Varieties will be opened at the Constitutional Hall next Monday, under the management of Mr Will Gregory. The Hall has been equipped with new scenery, and a new lighting apparatus, and is now specially adapted for theatrical performances, The theatre will be run on the same lines as the Empires in our large town. There will be a change of companies each week, and the managers wish to assure the public that no vulgarity will be involved in the plays. An excellent program has been arranged for next week, as our readers will perceive. LHCTURE.-Under the auspices of the Aberdare Cycling Club, a grand lecture was given on, Wednesday last at the Red Lion Hotel, by Mr A. J. Paton, of London, to a good gathering. The lecturer dealt lucidly on the history and evolution of the cycle, and spoke of the scientific construction' of cycles, explaining the component parts, etc. The lecture was well illustrated with lime- light views of cycles and notable riders. An important item in the programme was the exhibition of cinematographic pictures illustrating the International Cycle Race at the Crystal Palace, and other events. On the proposition of Mr T. Edmunds, seconded by Councillor C. B. Stanton, a hearty vote thanks was accorded Mr Paton. A similar compliment was paid the host and hostess.