Services for Sunday next. fyiRINITY Chapel. — Services at 11, I and 6. Preacher: Bev G. Glyn Davies, Newport. rriABEENACLE Cong. Church, I Aberdare. Preacher, Morning and Evening, Mr Joseph Jones, B.A., B.D., Tvltnsfield College, Oxford. HIGHLAND Place Unitarian Church JLJL Morning at 11, evening at 6. 0 JPyeacher, Rev. G Pegler, B.A., Man- chester. BETHANY English Congregational JD Church, Aberaman. Morning and Evening, Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., Tabernacle.
Hipwain. Kop's Iskey Stout stands alone as the best Temperance stimulant. Try it as an aid to digestion. Sole agent, H. McLaren, Trecynon. T,, Debate.—The weekly meeting of the De- bating Society was held on Friday even- ing at Nebo Vestry Room, Mr. Thos. Jones (Brouwydd) presiding over a large at- tendance. The subject for debate was "Is passive resistance justifiable The affirmative side was ably pleaded by Mr. B A. Williams (schoolmaster), while the negative side was taken bj Mi. J. T. Davies (outfitter). Afterwards an inter- esting discussion took place, in which Messrs. W. J. Edwards, M. J. Rees, Wm. D. James, F. O. Morgan, Wm. Jones, F. Adams, and A. 0. Perkins took part. The leaders having replied the question was put to vote, when the affirmative side was carried by a large majority.
Cwmdare. Rop's Iskey Stout stands alone as the best Temperanca stimulant. Try it as an aid to digestion. Sole agent, H. McLaren, Trecynon. Accident.—On Tuesday last Mr. Lewis Evai>« of 12, Bwllfa-road, sustained a compound fracture of the leg whilst at work in the Nantmelyn Colliery. He is attended to by Dr. Banks.
Aberdare. Emrys Evans's Xmas Bazaar is now open. Pay a visit. FAILURE.—The first meeting of the cre- ditors of David Davies, mason 20, Upper Regent-street, Aberdare, was held at Merthyr on Monday. Gross liabilities £ 56 18s 6d, assets X7. A LECTERN.—An oak lectern has been erected by Miss Harriet Scale, Gloucester House. Aberdare, in the parish church to the memory of her aunt, Miss Maria Braithwaite Scale, of Paignton. At the evening service on Sunday a prayer of dedication was offered by the vicar (Rev. C. A. H. Green, M.A.). Bethania.—On Sunday the Rev. R. Roberts, Cwmbach, officiated at Bethania C.M. Church, and preached most im- pressive and stirring sermons. (e]-t The weekly meeting of the 4 1-Y.- newly organised society, "The Aberdare linel District Jewish Literary and Social Society," was held at the Synagogue Chambers on Sunday evening last, when Mr. H. Cohen, Cwmaman, presided. The evening was spent in impromptu speeches, which were followed by discussions, the subject "Should capital punishment be abolished?" occupying some time. A avllabus of papers and debates is being compiled. The society js strong in mem- bership. t British Women's Temperance Associ- ation.—Miss E. P. Hughes, sister of the late lamented Rev. Hugh Price Hughes, has promised to address the January meeting of the above association. Miss Hughes is & distinguished member of the Glamorgan Education Committee. She has had a large and varied experience in foreign travels and residence abroad, and has been president of several educational institutions abroad. The December meet- ing of the above branch has been post- pQiied. .Aberdare Literature.—At a meeting of the Aberdare. Free Library Committee held on Tuesday, Mr. Sturdy, the librar- ian, in his report stated that there had been an increase in the number of volumes used in both the reference and lending departments. On the motion of Mr. D. M. Richards, it was resolved to set apart in the reference department a case for books printed in Aberdare, and books relating to Aberdare. Also to make an appeal to the residents of Aberdare for a contribution of such books-even pam- phlets, etc., being acceptable. The com- mittee hope to be able to have a complete selection of such books, and of adding thereto as opportunity permits, works written by Aberdarians. Catholic School Children's Entertain- ment.—On Monday evening last, in the Constitutional Hall, the Catholic children gave their annual entertainment in aid of the Repair Fund of their School, with very successful results. This year they gave the cantata "Agatha, or the Lost Child of the Manor." The music was very pretty, and suitable for the chil- dren's voices, and both solos and choruses were very correctly rendered. The act- ing also was much appreciated. Those who trained the children so well must have gone through great labour to bring them to such perfection. Especially ex- cellent were the very pretty dances by the girls, and the sailors hornpipe by the boys. The principal parts were taken by Miss Carroll, Miss Barry, W. Carroll, and M. Barrv, who sustained their parts throughout most creditably. In the in- terval between the first and second parts of the cantata W. Carrol gave a violin solo, M. Barry a piccolo solo-, and Mrs. Herbert Dunn sang "Kathleen Mavour- iieen." Mr. L. Eschle, with his usual ability, presided at the piano. The hall was well filled in every part. Before the commencement Father 0 ReiJly thanked the audience and all who had patronised the entertainment, and said that the aid thus given was of very mater- ial help to the school, and much appre- ciated by those interested in its welfare.
Cwmbach. Distribution of Property.—Re the es- tate of the late Mr. Lewis Williams, Cwm bach, checkweigher at Lletty Shenkin Colilerv, who died intestate, Mr. J. D. Thomas, solicitor, Aberdare, has admin- istered the estate on behalf of the rela- tives. Mr. Williams's daughter, Miss Janet Williams, has received £ 420 Os. 5d., Ijeing two-thirds part of the property, the ■other rart going to the widow, Mrs. M. A. Williams, Bridge-road, Cwmbach. Smoker.-A smoker was held at the White Horse Inn on Monday week in connection with the Cwmbach Excelsiors A.B.C.. Mr. S. Hawkins in the chair. The following contributed to the musical programme: Messrs. Evan Evans, John Thomas, Rees Thomas, Dan Joi-tes, Joe X.eonard, David L°wis, Frank Davies, W. Davies, Wm. Harmon. LI. Prosser, Matthew George, Wm. West, and Wm. Morgan (Cwmpennar). Messrs. W. Williams and John Jones were the accom- panists. An enjoyable evening was spent. Deaths.—We regret to announce the death of Thomas Doughton, 1, Chapel- row, which occurred on Tuesday evening. "Decease"! had suffered for some time from heart disease. He was (IS years of age, ;rnd ,1¡; one of the deacons of Bethania Welsh Baptist Church. The death is also announced of James George, Tnyscy non-street, son of John George, lampman at No. 9 Colliery. He died nn Monday last after suffering for several
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Aberaman. Prize Drawing.—The following are the winning numbers of E. Hall's Prize Draw- ing, A beranian: 1336; 1553; 1608; 1142; 39; 1013; 1435; 1026; 1516; 651; 1470. (Ad. Convivial.—The committee that worked so energetically to bring the presentation to Air. Bentley to such a successful con- ([ clusion were entertained to a splendid cold luncheon on Friday evening last at the Mountain Pleasant Hotel. After the I' tables had been cleared a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the host and host- ess for the magnificent spread. An enter- tainment was then held under the presi- dency of Mr. Perry, Oddfellows* Arms, Aberdare, who was ably supported by Mr. W. L. Jones. The following constituted the programme: Songs by Mr. D. T. Lewis (vice-chairman). Mr. John Owens impersonation of the "Vindowman' drew forth much applause. Mr. D. W. Griffiths the popular local tenor, gave a fine ren- dering of the new song, "Who will mind us when YOU are gone?" The celebrated sentimentalist. Mr. Jenkins, of Mountain Ash, at the earnest request of the assem- ble* "'ave several solos. A mandoline se- lection by Mr. John was much appreci- ated. The accompanist was Mr. Robert Howells. Mr. Stephen Jones abiy assisted during the evening. Howells. Mr. Stephen Jones abiy assisted during the evening.
Godreaman. Bethany—The pulpit of Bethany was occupied on Sunday evening by Mr. Vv in. E-livs Jones, Godreaman, who delivered a sermon on the subject, "How do we know God?" A solo was efficiently sung by Mr. Wm. H. Williams, who was ably accompanied by Mr. Gurnos Jones.
Mountain Ash. Bethlehem (M.C.) Christian Endeavour Society.—The weekly meeting of the above society was held at Bethlehem Vestry on Wednesday evening, when two excellent and very instructive papers were read, one bv Mr. John Clayton on "Advantages of earlv religion," and by Mr. Thomas Lewis Jones on "The Way of Salvation. A discussion ensued, in which several members of the society took part, and spoke very highly of the paper. The meeting terminated with song, alter thanks had been returned to both gentle- men for their discourses. Theatrical.—Coleman Davies, wno is well-known to Aberdare audiences, visits Mountain Ash this week, where he plays exciting pieces, viz., "Money makes the Man," and "No Escape." The coin- pany have been re-organised since they plaved at the Aberdare Theatre some I weeks ago, and they have been reinrorced by the Daisy Verona Quartette of Lady Vocalists and expert dancers. "Money makes the man" will be staged tomorrmv (Friday) evening, and No Escape on Saturday evening. Both are well worth ^Mutual Improvement Society. — The weeklv meeting of the Bethania Mutual Improvement Society was held on Iriday evening, Mr. Matthew George being in the chair, when an interesting debate took: place on "Is Fashion Absurd. The affirmative was taken by Mr. D. H. Price, and the negative by Mr. Ben James. An interesting discussion took place in which the following took part: Messrs. A. Thomas, J. A. Thomas, S. Davies, D. Morgan, G. Davies, G- Hitchings, L. Phillips. D. J. Thomas, D. Thoiiias. ^On a vote being taken it was found tuat there was a small majority in favour ot the negative. Smoking Concert.—A grand smoking concert was held on Thursday evening at the Cresselly Hotel, under the aiis- pices of the lodge of the K.A.O.B. Mr. Roger Thomas, Aberdare, 3LO.M., K.G.H., presided in his usual humorous style. The vice-chair was occupied by Brother J. D. Morgan, accountant. The company was entertained with some ve'ry pretty songs by Bros. T. Granfield, Pent-re, and Ted Davies, Tonyrefail, who were spec- ially engaged for the evening. Songs were also rendered by Messrs. Charles Mathews, Alec Smith, and Knight W. Jones. Some selections were given on a gramophone. Bro. W. Whitcombe acted as accompanist. Musical. The Mountain Ash Male Voice Party, with their renowned con-I ductor, Mr. T. Glyndwr Richards, ful- filled an important engagement at Nazar- eth Welsh C.M. Church, Penygraig, on Thursday last. The party had a magni- ficent reception, and had to respond to deafening encores for the following choruses: "The Italian Salad," the reeit and solo of which was rendered in master- ly style by Mr. D. Cynon Evans; Mr. D. t1. Williams's "Homeward Pound," and "The Tyrol." The other ren- dered were greatly appreciated. Llinos Gwalia, the noted soprano, was well re- ceived, arid had to respond to several en- cores. The other items in the programme were given by the following members of the nartv: Messrs. D. Cvnou Evans, J. M. Bennett, M. H. Edwards, D. Williams, Anthony Jones, D. Lewis, and Master Robert Williams. Mr J. Webber accom- nanipcl in his usual brilliant stylo. At the close the party were entertained to a sumptuous repast prepared by the mem- bers of the church, the secretary and members of the concert committee py- pressing their appreciation of the huge success, musically and fhianciallv, of the 1 concert.
Aberdare County Court. Wednesday.—Before His Honour Judge Gwilym Williams. Gave Him a Grand Funeral. John Mason, boot dealer, Aberaman, sued Mary Gibbon for the sum of M3 2s. 8d. for goods sold and delivered.—Mrs. Gibbon held that she was not liable inasmuch as the debt was contracted by her deceased husband.—The Judge said that plaintiff could claim from Mrs. Gibbon only for what debt had been contracted since her husband died, which Mason said was Xl Is. Id.—The defendant said that what property had been left by her husband had been claimed by her son, and she had no means herself.—Mason said he was in a position to know that Mrs. Crib-boii had lately come into possession of X-800. He was present at the Bank when she presented a cheque for that amount to be cashed.—This the defendant denied. She was dependent on her son. When her husband died she had £ 9 from the Pru- dential and some club money, but they all went to defray the funeral expenses. — Judge: So you gave him a grand fun- eral P- Yes. I did not think that out of the way.—Judge: But I do.—Defendant's son admitted that the family had re- ceived £ 200, which was divided between 14 of them.—Defendant testified that she had not contracted any debt after her hus- band's death. This her son confirmed.- The Judge made an order of 2s. 6d. per month.—Mrs. Gibbon declared that she would not pay the debt, and the son said that he would not pay it.—Judge: Leave your mother's debt unpaid, if you think that honourable. Administration Orders; — Administra- tion orders were granted to John Wil- liams, Cardiff-road, Aberaman, a collier, earning 30s. per week. Debt, J642 Is. lOd. Attributed indebtedness to slackness of work and illness in family. To pay at the rate of 12s. per month. Also to Joseph Hughes, 12, Little-row, Abernant, haulier, employed at Werfa. Debt, t36 lis. lOd. To pay in full at the rate of 12s. a month. Debtor had had an abun- dance of executions and judgment sum- monses, and his wife had been ill.—Mr. J. Isaac, grocer, opposed the granting of the order.—Debtor was ordered to pay the amount due to Mr. Isaac before the order would take effect.—Also to George Jones, Aberdare, collier, working at Mar- dy. Debt, .£46 4s. Cause of debt, illness. To pay in full at the rate of 13s. per month.—Mr. W. Thomas represented the applicants in the foregoing cases. Debtor Renews His Youth.—Thomas Thomas, 5, Oak-stret, Aberdare (repre- sented by Mr. W. Thomas), sought an ad- ministration order. In reply to the judge he said he was 55 years of age.Th-e Judge said that the age specified on the declar- ation was 59. "You have got younger since you made the declaration," said his Honour. "Tell that to all your friends. It would be a good thing for Mr. Ken- shole here and myself if we could find out the secret of rejuvenation." The order was granted. More Administration Orders.—Granted to Enoch Daniel Dudley, collier, working at Lletty Slienkin. Cause of debt, ill- ness. Debt, t33 10s. 9d. To pay in full at the rate of 10s. per month.—Mr. W. D. Phillips represented applicant.—Also to Edward Porter, 36, Cardiff-road, Aber- amaii, roadman: Debt, £ 45 9s. 9d. To pay in full at the rate of 13s. per month. —Mr. T. W. Griffiths represented debtor. Compensation.—Mr. James (Morgan, Bruce, and Nicholas) applied for the ap- portionment of the compensation money in respect of Thomas Parry, Cwmbach, who was killed at one of the P.D. Collier- ies.—The Judge apportioned < £ 75 to Mrs. Parry, the widow, and £ 75 to the dau"h- ter. ° Injury to the Eye—Mr. W. Thomas made an application on behalf of H. Gibbs, 2, Upper Regent-street, Aberdare, for payment of compensation in respect of inj ury to an eye, sustained by Gibbs on June 9th while in the employ of Mr. C. R. Vicarv. Respondent admitted liability, and agreed to pay compensation money, 17s. per week. A Rhigos Claim.—John Morgan, Rhigos, claimed £ 2 10s. from Sarah Rees and John M. Rees in respect of damages done to the roof and an adjoining hedge. Com- plainant was represented by Mr. e. Ken- sliole and defendant by Mr. James (Mor- gan, Bruce, and Nicholas). The Question to be decided was the right of possession of a strip of land at the rear of Mount Cottages, Rhigos. One cottage was "owned by plaintiff and the other bv defendant. For the plaintiff, Mrs. Richards, his sister, John EL Williams, John Harries and Mrs. W Morgan gave evideuce.—For the defence Mrs. Gwenlhan Evans, Miss May Evans, and Evan Rees gave evidence.- His Honour gave judgment for the de- fondant with costs.
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Aberdare Training School Boy enticed Away. Hirwain Innkeeper Heavily Fined. A remarkable story was unfolded at Merthyr Police Court on Monday when H. A. Morgan of the Boiling Mill Inn, Hirwain, was summoned for an offence under the Poor Law Act 1889. It was alleged that he unlawfully and knowingly induced Tudor Williams, a boy placed by the Merthyr Board of Guardians under the control of W. Macey, Bargoed, to leave that place. Mr Frank James, clerk to the Guar- dians, prosecuted. Mr William Thomas, of Aberdare, who defended, contended on the opening of the case that the sum- mons was bad as it contained 3 separate charges:— (a) Knowingly assisting the boy to escape. (b) Preventing the boy to return, and (c) Concealing the boy. The information in summary procee- dings must be for one offence. The Stipendiary agreed that that was ( so. Mr James then had to elect which charge he would proceed with. It was eventually decided to proceed with the charge of inducing the boy to leave, fresh summonses to be issued for the other offences, and Mr Thomas's request that those charges should be heard at another sitting of the Court being acce- ded to. Mr James said the boy, who would be 16 next April, had been deserted by his parents, and was afterwards placed in the Aberdare Industrial Schools. On July 20th of this year he was sent out to Mr Macey, who entered into the usual agree- ment to maintain him until he was 18 years of age. Prior to July defendant was in partnership with a Mr Davies as mineral water manufacturers, and the boy had been in service with Mr Davies on similar terms. The partnership was subsequently dissolved, but Morgan's re- quest to have the boy transferred to his charge was not entertained by the Guardians, and the lad was sent back to j school. After his removal to Bargoed, defendant communicated with the boy, asking him to leave, and made an ap- pointment on October 7th with the boy at Deri. This was kept, and defendant then suggested that the lad should come over to Hirwain on the following Thurs- day. The boy did this, and he was taken to a farm at Hirwaia kept by a Mrs Mathias. On the following Sunday defendant took him up to London by an excursion train. Then, the defendant kept the boy under lock and key at the Rolling Mill Inn for a week, and although inquiries were made the lad's whereabouts were not disclosed. Afterwards defen- dant arranged with a man named Lub- lock to take Williams over to Treorky. This was done, and the lad was sent to work underground. Ultimately the Guardians were informed through Lub- lock where the lad was, and he was brought back to Merthyr by a warrant officer. In cross-examination by Mr Thomas the boy admitted that the defendant had always been kind to him. Defendant denied the allegations, and several letters were put in which showed that the boy would have been free on the 16th of April next and it was on that date the defendant was anxious that the boy should come to him. After Mr Macey had given evidence, the Stipen- diary said he was bound to come to the conclusion that Morgan had enticed the boy away, and he considered it a serious case. Mr Thomas then said that there were certain mitigating circumstances which he hoped his worship would consider. In the first place Morgan had always behaved kindly to the boy, and it was not as if the boy was deprived of food or clothing. Further the letter written by Morgan to the boy showed that he was anxious to get the boy at the expiration of his time in April next. Defendant had offered to attend the Guardians to give an explanation of his conduct, With re- gard to the two other offences he had ad- vised his client to plead guilty. The Stipendiary: As I said before, I consider the case a serious one, but hav- ing regard to what Mr Thomas has urged on behalf of the defendant, I will inflict the light fine of X3, although under the Statute he is liable to be fined zC20,
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Mountain Ash Jottings. BY "LUCIFER." At the last meeting of the Mountain Ash Education Committee there was long delay owing to the inability of the mem- bers to draft a resolution which would be satisfactory to all the members, and which would "leave no loop-hole for the Catholic School authorities to come down on them for some ready cash. The de- puty clerk made repeated attempts; then Mr. D. Rogers had a "go' at it, with no better result. The Chairman (Mr. J. Powell) afterwards tried and succeeded. The committee having been at their wits' end for about half an hour in forming this resolution, it was really unkind of the Rev. E. V. Tirman to move that the same resolution be not acted upon for a month. Why did he not say before, so -is to avoid the trouble of drafting any resolution at all? One of the questions put to Mr. Keir Hardie, M.P., at Penrhiwceiber, the other evening, was, "Did your luncheon at the last Taff and Cynon Demonstration held at Mountain Ash cost the Federation £1 p'" The questioner explained that he was not asking for his own sake, but there had been a rumour to that effect at Mountain Ash, spread very probably by some of the enemies of the hon. member. Mr. Hardie's reply was as follows: "I did not have any luncheon at all that day, for I had to leave by an early train. All I had was a cup of coffee and a biscuit from my friend Councillor Char]es, Moun- tain Ash. He might have charged the Federation .£1 for that—I do not know." (Laughter.) The questioner ought to fol- low this up, and interview Councillor Charles on the matter. A few centuries hence students of local nomenclature will be wrestling with theor- ies concerning the derivation of the name "Mountain Ash." All the trees in the neighbourhood will have been felled in order to make room for the living and the dead, and the mountain Ash will be as scarce as the mahogany tree in Pennar Land. By that time the town—perhaps the city—will boast a crematorium, and probably the researcher will come to the conclusion that somehow or other the Ic etsh" must be associated with the ashes of cremated Mountaineers.
I.O.G.T. Tea and Enter- tainment. Dare Valley Lodge. Thanks to the wonted consideration of a highly respected member of the above lodge a large party of the adherents of Good Templansm were entertained to tea, at Bethania Yestrv last Tuesday afternoon. There was an abundance of everything that constitutes a good repast, and the following ladies presided at the various tables :-Mrs Evan Davies Mrs John Davies, Cardiff- street; Mrs Daniel Jones, Tanvbryn-street, assisted by Miss Annie Davies, Miss Jane loung and Miss Maggie Jones. Mrs Thos Williams, Tanybryn-street, and Mrs Bessie Davies, Belmont, were the cutters of the damties provided. In the evening a mis- cellaneous entertainment took place, which was presided over by Bro. Daniel Jones, C.T. In the course of a short, appropriate address, the chairman dwelt upon the association which should exist between the churches and total abstinence. He main- tained that one of the conditions of Christian membership ought to be total ab- stinence, for in no other wav could the Church of God be cleansed from the curse of intemperance (applause). Masters Brinley and Haydn Lewis gave an excellent duett on the pianoforte and violin—" Stray tliouglit," and their execution of the piece provoked an enthusiastic encore. There is really a bright future before them. In res- ponse the youthful players gave a piece La Troviata." Miss Jennie Davies gave an admirable rendering of the "King of Kings" which was followed by a recitation. Pob un i gario ei groes ei bun," by Miss Maggie Jones, Victoria-square, who was awarded around of ringing applause. Miss Margaret Jane Jones's rendering of Coed y Meusydd" was very gratifying while Mr Ogwen Williams, F.R.G.S., simply brought down the house with a musical composition of his own. The familiar duett, Y ddau forwr was rendered well by Messrs Wm. Evans and Wm. Edmunds; and Mr Tom Williams, Mr R. E. Price and Miss Edith Evans sang touchingly "Duw bydd drugarog." Y fam, a'i Baban was sweetly rendered by Miss Edith Evans, who is richly gifted with vocal abil- ities. The Rev W. James, the revered pas- tor of Bethania Chapel, and whose presence at the meeting was a source of great pleasure, proposed a vote of thanks to those ladies who had so kindly taken charge of the tables as well as to those responsible for the music. He was particularly glad to be present, and was specially delighted to find that the efforts of the lodge were attended with such success. He made special reference to the performance of Masters Iiaydn and Brinley Lewis (which he bad thoroughly enjoyed). He hoped that it might be his happy lot to hear them again. Mr J. W. Young in seconding ex- tended the lodge's keen gratitude to the generous donor of the tea. Mr W. T. Jones, the S.D.G.W.C.T. ably spoke in support of the vote of thanks, making special mention of Mr Tom Williams, who attended to the musical arrangements. Mr D. Davies proved an able secretary. A most entertaining evening was brought toa close by the singing of "Graseinharglwydd ) lesuSGrist."
Echo of the District Council Election. Slander Action by a Cwmbach Man. THE CASE STOPPED. An action for alleged slander, arising out of a work of charity at Cwmbach, was brought, on Tuesday before Mr. Justice A. T. Lawrence at the Glamorgan Assizes. The plaintiff was Samuel Hawkins, of Well-place, Cwmbach, and the defendant Gwilym A. Treharne, architect. Aberaman. Mr. W. R. Morgan Aberdare, instructed Mr. Ivor Bowen for the plaintiff, and Messrs. C. and W. Kenshole, Aberdare, instructed Mr. S. T. Evans, K. C., and Mr. John Sankey to appear for the defendant. In March last Mr Gwilym A. Treharne was a candidate for the Urban District Council. After addressing the electors at a Cwmbach Primitive Methodist Chapel on March 27 he was put this question by Evan Evans: "You have made a good many promises to-night, Mr. Treharne, but what about the half-guinea you promised for the drawing in favour of Thomas Lewis ?" Thomas Lewis was a collier who had been stricken with paralysis and whose friends where organ- ising a prize drawing for his benefit. "I have given it to Mr. Hawkins," replied the candidate, referring to Samuel Hawkins, the plaintiff. The action for alleged slander was in respect of this statement.. Evan Evans, a young collier, said he was a member of the Thomas Lewis Prize Drawing Committee, and knew that a subscription had not been received from Mr Treharne, although he had promised one, It was this knowledge, together with the many promises made by Mr. Treharne, as to what he would do when honoured with a seat on the local District Council which prompted him to ask the question .referred to. Witness understood by the answer that Mr. Hawkins had received the money. His Lordship failed to see any sinister meaning in Mr. Treharne's reply. Evidence was given by Meth Davies. Cwmbach, to the effect that, in company with plaintiff and George Pugsley, a collier, he had called upon defendant to assist in THE PRIZE DRAWING being got up for the benefit of Thomas Lewis, and had been promised half a guinea. Hawkins was to get the money. He was chairman at this meeting, at which the alleged slander was uttered. Before the meeting came on he said to Mr. Treharne: "There is a rumour abont that you have given that half-guinea to Mr. Hawkins," adding that the com- mittee had not received the money. Defendant said he would explain that. The Defendant, on being called by Mr. Bowen, said that he paid the half guinea to the plaintiff some three months after he had promised it. He had met the plain- tiff and asked him into his office. There was nobody present at the time. At this point his Lordship interposed and stopped the case. The jury gave a verdict for the defendant accordingly with costs. On returning to Aberdare the same evening, Mr Treharne was heartily con- gratulated by his many friends.
A popular Mountain Ash Man. AIR, EVAN MORGAN HONOURED. On Monday evening, at the Workmen's Institute, a very intensting event took place. Mr. Evan Morgan, who has recent- ly resigned his position as cashier of Messrs. Nixm's Co., was the recipient of a valuable presentation at the hands of the officials employed in Messis. Nixon's Mountain Ash collieries. The chair was taken by Mr. Tudor Davies, manager of the Navigation Colliery. There were also present: Messrs. Evan Morgan, Coun- cillors W. S. Davies, M.E., and W. Millar, agent; Messrs. Rich. Richards, cashier; T. Richards; W. Lewis, smith; Thomas Hughes and John Christopher, account- ants; Arthur Jenkins and S. M. Jones, surveyors; D. H. Davies, manager ef Miskin Colliery; J. Longman, traffic man- ager. The following overmen were also present: Messrs. Seth Smith, Benjamin Prosser, Jonathan Lloyd, John Davies, Wm. Williams, John Harris, and Thos Harris. The Chairman said that he had felt that the occasion of Mr. Morgan's retirement should not be allowed to pass without their showing in some way the esteem and appreciation in which he was held by the officials of Messrs. Nixon's Collieries, (Hear, hear.) Mr. Morgan had served under the company for a period of 47 years, and it was only fitting that such faithful service should be recognised. (Cheers.) Mr. Richard Richard, the treasurer of the Testimonial Fund, said that it was a great pleasure for him to attend to join in appreciation of Mr. Morgan's good qualities. He had always found Mr. Mor- gan a very easy-tempered and conscien- tious gentleman. (Cheers.) His duties he had always carried on in a business- like manner. He hoped that the autumn of Mr. Morgan's life would be peaceful. (Hear, hear.) Mr. W. S. Davies then rose to present Mr. Morgan with a gold watch and chain, and in doing so said "Mr. Morgan, on behalf of the subscribers, I present you with this gold watch and chain, the value of which must not be taken as the sum total of our respect for you, but as a small token of the esteem in which you are held by the officials of Messrs. Nixon's. (Hear, hear.) I hope that when you have occa- sion to look at the watch you will not forget your old connections. I ask you to accept this present not merely as a partial indication but as a definite ex- pression of our good-will and esteem, and as an indication of the feeling towards you of those who have been privileged to work with you for so many years. (Cheers.) Councillor W. Millar, agent of Messrs. Nixon's, spoke of his long association with Mr. Morgan, which, he said, had been of a most pleasant character. He could re-echo the sentiments expressed so well by Mr. W. S. Davies, and. wished Mr. Morgan long life and happiness. (Cheers.) Mr. J. Longman, traffic manager, said that he had been associated with Mr. Morgan for over thirty years. He had always found him a warm friend, and trusted he would live many years again to enjoy the rest he was entitled to. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Seth Smith, overman, also spoke of his long association with Mr. Morgan as a co-official under Messrs. Nixon's. He had always found Mr. Morgan in a pleasant mood. He wished him long life. (Cheers.) Messrs. T. Narbett, D. H. Davies, and Jonathan Lloyd also spoke. Mr. Richard Morgan recited the follow- ing verses in honour of the occasion: Y dyn sydd yn parchu ei hun Yw'r hwn ga ei barchu gan ereiil, Mae'n sicr mai hwnw vw'r un Y ceir ynddo ddefnydd gwir gyfaill; Un o nodwedd felly, yn gyfaill mwyn ter, Yw gwron y c-wrdd, Mr Morgan, cashier. Fe lanwodd ef swyddi o bwys Tra bu yn ngwasanaeth y cwmni, A gweithia'i'n egniol a dwys Am uwchlaw i ddeugain o flwyddi; Wi-th weithio yn ddiwyd, nerth esgyrn a mer, Y cafodd ei ddewis i fod yn gashier. Tra daliodd y swydd bwysig hon, Ei llanw a wnaeth i'r ymylon, A medrai bob pryd fod yn lion Am ei fod yn uniawn o galon; Hwn oedd ei arwydd-air, "With utmost care," Tra daliodd dan Nixon y swydd o gashier. Swyddogion oedd dano, o barch, A wnaethant hynyma o dysteb, Y "gold watch and chain" hyd ei arch, Yn adgof a fydd o'u ffyddlondeb; A bellach gall ganu fel mwyn. eos ber Uwch ben ei ddigon yn 'retired cashier.' cashier." Hir oes iddo 'nawr, dd'wedaf fi, A dyna'n dymuniad i gyd, A chaffed fendithion diri' Tre'n teithio taith ddyrus y hyd; A chaed etifeddiaeth mewn gwlad uwch y r. Lie nad oes cvfrifon na neb yn gashier. [MR. EVAN MORGAN.] Mr. Evan Morgan, in responding, said that he was in that state where words al- most failed him. He felt that during the time he had been employed under Messrs. Nixon he had always been treated with the greatest respect and civility. That evening the thing had become more leal than ever. He had served the firm of Messrs. Nixon's for a period of 47 years. (Hear, hear.) He was engaged by them in 1853 as an assistant weigher at the Deep Duffryn Colliery. He reallv did. not know how to adequately thank his friends for such a beautiful present. He never anticipated such kindness. When he was informed that a movement was on foot to give him a testimonial he was surprised. He was extremely obliged to them all for their kind feeling towards him. He hoped they would all accept his sincere thanks for the useful preisent they had given him. (Cheers.) Mr. Richard Richards then proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman. This was seconded by Mr. J. Longman. The watch is of a beautiful pattern, and an 18 earit English Lever. The guard is of a very neat pattern, and has a seal attached. The case bore the following in- scription: "Presented to Mr. Evan Mor- gan by the officials of Messrs. Nixon's Collieries on his retirement, June, 1905."
_L.L. Pedestrianism at Moun- tain Ash. An exhibition walk by C. W. Allen, of Stroud, took place at Mountain Ash on Thursday afternoon in an incessant downpour of rain. The route was via Caegarw to Aberaman Lodge and back -five miles. The walk was performed in about 44 minutes. Allen some time ago walked from Land's End to John o' Groats and back via London and Bath nearly 2,000 miles, in 44 days.
"SIB CHKISTOPHER FURNESS, MP., AND HIS SUCCESSFUL STEEL AND COAL COMPANIES." A feature of the modern enterprise is its ten- dency towards concentration, and the notable commercial successes of the present day owe, in no small measure their phenomenal growth to the linking together of a number of undertak- ings, to form a combination. Such character- istics are to be found in the alliance of the Weardale Steel, Coal, and Coke Company, the Cargo Fleet Iron Company, and the South Dur- ham Steel and Iron Company. For some months this trio of concerns has been united, and work- ing under the guidance of Sir Christopher Fur- ness. M.P., and as chairman at tbo recent ordinary meetings of the three companies he pointed out the manifest advantages which had obtained from the union. The ac- counts shew that the Weardale profits are on a higher level than last year, and that the South Durham has made in nine months. £ 109,123 against a sum of £ 80,000. representing the profits for the preceding twelve months. Very good results are anticipated for the current year, as the orders booked ahead are very considerable. The Cargo Fleet accounts have not hitherto been made public, so that the nine months' profit, allowing of a distribution of 5 per cent., cannot be compared with previous years, but it augurs well for the earning capacity of this con- cern when it is taken into account that the com- pany's works are only just getting into full operation, and on the lowest conservative estimate a 7 per cent. ordinary dividend on the combined capitals may be regarded as a safe minimum, thus making the securities of the companies an attractive investment. -m_
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months from a weak heart. He was 2-1 years of age. The interment will take place next Saturday, at Aberdare Ceme- tery.—David, the seven jear old son of Mr. James Pardoe, Tirfounder-road, also passed away on Tuesday, after a brief illness. The remains will be interred on Saturday.