Aberdare. Have you tried Valento Sparkling Table Wine. Costs the same as lemon- ade, but far superior. Wholesale from H. McLaren, Trecynon. Value for Money.—For up-to-date Hats and Caps, also Suits to measure (fit and stvle guaranteed), go to J. A. Evans, the noted Hat Shop, Constitutional Build- ings, Canon Street. PERSONAL.—We are pleased to note that Mr. Thomas Thomas, formerly of Graig House, and who has recently been residing in Penarth, is again amongst us, having come to reside in Highland Place. MALE VOICE P ARTY.-The Aberdare Male Voice Party intend competing at Brecon Eisteddfod on Monday, July 1st. Test piece, Song of the Northmen, prize, t50. All lovers of music who wish to join are requested to attend on Sunday next at Nazareth at 4 p.m. sharp. James Hughes, secretary. THE ANNUAL WHIST DRIVE in con- nection with the Past Students' Society of the County School was held on Thurs- day at the County School. The following were present:—Mr. T. M. Williams, Mr. S. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. A. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Pax-doe, Mr. and Mrs. Elford, Messrs. E. Davies, B. Lewis, T. Davies, T. Ed- munds, E. Jones, S. Jones, D. Roderick, J. Mackintosh, G. Parry, F. Morris, T. Davies, J. Bryant, Cled Jones, T. Jones, W. James, Idris Davies, W. Heppell, W. Caunt, J. Powell, D. R. Jones, H. Powell, D. R. Griffiths, J. Thomas, J. A. Wil- liams, J. James, E!. Meyrick, D. Phil- lips, C. S. Reed, T. Hughes, P. Preece, E. Morris, M. Goldstone, L. Jacobs, J. Edwards; Misses E. and N. Howell, Misses S. and G. George, Misses A. and B. Walters, Misses M and L. Heppell, Miss Morris, Miss E. Davies, Miss F. Nicholas, Miss F. Jones, Miss A. Walker, Miss Bessie Williams, Miss A. Picton, Miss L. John, Miss M. Davies, Miss E. James, Misses F. and N. Prance; Misses M. and E. Price; Miss B. Powell, Miss M. Evans, Miss Christmas, Miss Evans, Misses L. and M. Morris, Miss Jones, Miss May Watkins, Miss L. Lanman, Miss Jones (Cwmaman), Miss M. Lewis, Miss L. Thomas. The prizes were distri- buted by Miss W. Roberts, vice-president, and Mr. E. Davies, president. Win- ners: 1st (ladies), Miss B. Powell; 2nd (ladies), Miss M. Evans; 1st (gentlemen), Mr. B. Lewis; 2nd (gentlemen), Mr. W. James. Consolation prizes were given to Miss N. Howell and Mr. D. R. Jones. Songs were rendered by Miss Marion Lewis, who was encored; duet, Miss A. S. Williams, L.R.A.M., and Miss M. Lewis; violin solo, Miss L. Thomas. The catering was by Mr. Caunt, Aberdare. The secretaries were Miss A. S. Williams and Mr. W. J. Harris. PERFORMANCE.—On Monday, at the Constitutional Hall, a grand performance of the charming operetta, entitled, "Little Folks at Play," was given by the Children of Trinity Church Band of Hope. Conductor, Mr. Isaac T. Davies. Accompanists, Miss Gwladys Phillips and Mr. D. Rice Jones. Stage manager, Mr. Cledwyn Jones; chairman, Rev. J. Lewis Jenkins; secretaries, Messrs. G. Howells and D. Evans. The proceeds were in aid of the funds of the Band of Hope. The programme was as f cllows: -Overture by Miss Phillips; chorus, "Now has come the time to sing," choir; recitation, "Come to me, Oh ye children," Miss M. A. Davies; action song, "Here we sit and sing away," choir; solos and chorus, The Schoolroom is a happy place," Miss Maggie Griffiths, Master Ivor Phillips, and choir; bell exercise, children; chorus, See the clock," choir; action song, "Let us join the Fairy ring, choir; song (Mabel), "High on the Top of the old Oak Tree," Miss Emily Evans; colour song, "Rainbow, hail to thee," children; song (Charlie), "We all can see quito clearly," Master Rees Evans chorus, The vacation bell is sounding, choir; chorus, There is beauty all around," choir; solo (Eddie) and chorus, The day is wet," Master Ivor Phillips and choir; semi-chorus, "You're a naughty lot of boys," choir; semi-choru. (girls), "Hush, my darling," choir; duet and chorus, "The Railway Train, choir; song (Doctor) and chorus of girls, I'm the dolly's doctor," Master George Williams and choir; chorus, "Come along," choir; solo and chorus, Little Grandmother," Miss Annie Chayle and choir; solo and chorus, The Glass is rising," Master Fred Davies and choir; chorus, "Never a thought of sadness," choir; song (Jack) and chorus, U I'm a. jolly little tar," Master Tommy Evans and choir; semi-chorus, The Ocean ts flowing," choir; song (Gladys), U I'm a wee bit fisher lassie," Miss Maggie Philj lips; chorus. To the music of the sea., choir; song (Fred), Gliding over the peaceful ocean," Master E. J. Williams; round, "Simple Simon," choir; full chorus and semi-chorus (finale), H Oh, these happy days," choir. The perform- ance was most successful, and met with hearty approbation from a large aud- ience.
Aberaman. Kov's Iskey Stout stands alO.8 as the best Temperance stimulant. Try it as an aid to digestion. Sole agent, H. McLaren, Trecynon. PRIZE DRAWING. The Aberaman Prize Drawing in aid of Aaron Morgan will finally take place on Monday, April 29th. All duplicates and monies are to be sent in by the above date.-Com- mittee. N,A,U.S.A.—The monthly meeting of the local branch of the National Union of Shop Assistants was held at the Co- operative Hall on Wednesday evening last, when Mr. David Davies, Margaret- street, presided. The report of Messrs. M. Isaac and J. H. Jones, the auditors, was given, which showed that the ac- counts of the branch were in a satisfac- tory condition. The balance sheet for the last year showed a balance in hand on December 31st of X13 0s. 4d., and J £ 21 12s. lOd. had been paid out as sick benefit, etc. There was also a satisfac- tory increase in the number of members, the total number on the books now being 87. A letter was read from the Moun- tain Ash Branch of the Union regarding the payment of overtime, but this matter was referred to the Executive Committee. YNYSLWYD.—The pulpit of the above church wa-= occupied on Sunday last by the Rev. R. E Williams (Twrfab), pastor. In the morning he preached from Luke 15. 25. He remarked that this chapter contained the three most beautiful parables that had been uttered by the Saviour. They showed (1) that the moral reform of the soul gave joy and pleasure unto God; (2) that God was willing and anxious to share his joy with his subjects; and (3) that there would be some of his subjects who were unwill- ing to rejoice with God in the reclam- ation of souls, as was evidenced by the action of the elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The "elder son" represented a type of men who were only technical and formal professors of reli- gion. They showed heartless indiffer- ence in regard to the reformation of in- dividuals, and cared not one iota con- cerning the success of the Gospel. They were actuated by motives of conceit, self- aggrandisement, and Pharisaism in its very worst form. Their refusal to ac- knowledge the betterment of others was born of jealousy and the absence of the ( spirit of brotherly love. If they only desired, they could participate in social I i and moral feasts which would create un- told happiness in their breasts, but they positively refused to do so because they could find no satisfaction in the welfare of others. It was only the grace of God which could transform the natures of such men. BEULAH.-j-On Sunday last the fourth anniversary of the pastorate of the Rev. W. Harries was held at the above church when Dr. W. Edwards, the president uj the Cardiff Baptist College, preached throughout the day. In the aftei.-no,i he delivered a, stirring sermon from the text, "And He must needs go through Samaria," John iv., 4. He remarked that it was a source of comfort to preach- ers at the present day to be listened to by large congregations, but in this case it was only one person that Christ was addressing, viz., the woman that was standing by Jacob's Well in Samaria. He had only just left Judea, where H-s audiences were cold, formal, and aristo- cratic, and was proceeding on His way to His native Galilee. The simple words of the text contained much strength of language. Jesus was never in a hurry, and although he had died on the cross when 33 years of age, He had never hast- ened, and yet had performed His life's work nobly and well. He must needs go through Samaria," not in order to save time, but in order to save a soul. The meeting of Jesus and the woman was a Divine appointment, which the latter knew nothing about. There was no chance in the kingdom of grace, for Christ was ready to meet us upon every occasion in life. There was a lesson here for Christian workers as well as the sin- ners of the world, because there was no room in Zion for laggards and spiritual droiies. The chief suggestion contained in this narrative was the simplicity and naturalness of Jesus Christ. He hoped that the Revival had taught them as Christians to know the way to approach repentant sinners. Men were not to be bluntly asked, Are you saved ?" for that would only rouse the rebellious nature within them. No, Jesus first of all talked about the water, and then went on to speak of the essentials of true religion. Faith was a to know the gift of God, and to. ask for that gift." Christ had quickened the conscience of that woman by revealing her past life, and un- ravelling the entanglement of her soul. The result was that she quailed before His glance, and yet clung to Him as if attracted by some magnetic impulse. When her guilt was brought to light, she ran to hide, as Adam did, behind her re ligious creed. Men were the same at the present day. They clothed themselves in religious fig-leaf aprons. They could fight for sectarian principles and defend party shibboleth, and at the same time lead godless lives. The woman of Samar- ia could speak of the glory of being a separatist from the tribes of .Judah, an 1 yet she had violated the moral and social laws of her state. He (the preacher) had also known immoral men who were champions in denominational battles, and who waved the banner of their nar- row sectarianism. He thanked God that he had been brought up in the country, so as to receive the influences of pure and religious lives round about him. There was no consecration in brick end stone and mortar, only in consecrated hearts. He wanted to teach the spirituality of re- ligion, and wished that they could go back to the times of their fathers, when God was worshipped in spirit and in truth." Jesus had given the woman pain, chat He might bring her peace. He had laid bare her heart before Him, so that He might pour out His oil upon her wounds. The rev. gentleman quoted some striking instances of conversions during the time of the Revival. One convert had testified that he had been unable to quench his thirst by means of strong drink for over 27 years, but hav- ing drank of the water of life," he would never again thirst while he lived. Another convert had said in his prayers: Lord, I cannot hold much, but I can overflow a lot," and that was a character- istic Christian, because his blessing* were- not confined to himself but over- flowed to other people as well.
Abercynon. PULPIT.—On Sunday the pulpit of the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Taber- J| nacle, was occupied by Mr. Robert Bev- non, B.A. (a student at Trefecca Col- lege). CYCLING.—On Saturday evening a young man named Jones, from Tynte- town, while Tiding down the steep grad- ient in Ynysmeurig-road, lost control of his bicycle and dashed into a shop win- dow on the corner of Edward-street, oc- cupied by T. Jones, barber, receiving severe injuries. REHEARSAL.—On Monday evening a children's rehearsal was held at Taber- nacle Chapel for the annual Cymanfa Ganu to be held at Ynysvbwl. The con- ductor was Mr. Evan Elias, Ynysybwl. Chairman, Mr. Geo. Jones, Abercynon. A large number of people were present from Ynysybwl and Abercynon. SCRIPTURE EXAMINATION. At the recent Scripture examination held in the Lower Aberdare District in con- nection with the Calvinistic Methodists, the following candidates from Abercynon took first prizes: Miss Hannah Evans, Maerdy House, and Miss Elsie Davies. The former is under 21, and the latter under 13. HALF-YEARLY MEETINGS. — On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, half- yearly preaching meetings were held in connection with Mount Zion Welsh Inde- pendent Chapel. The special preachers were the Rev. Aman Jones, B.A., Mer- thyr Vale, and the Rev. R. O. Hughes, Ebenezer, Glantaf, whose sermons were appreciated by large congregations. The collections at all the services were de- voted towards the building fund. SOCIAL.—A social tea was held in con- nection with the Moriah Band of Hope on Monday. The tables were presided over by Mrs. Humphreys, Mrs. Griffiths, Mrs. Davies (Duffryn-terrace), and were ably assisted by Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. E. Gibbon, Mrs. Jones, Miss Gwilvm Miss Pence, Misses K. Williaims, P Parker, and May Griffiths- Mr. J. Lethbridge and I. Spencer also assisted. The pre- sident, Mr. G. Ellery, superintended. TEA AND DANCE.—On Monday even- ing, at the St. Cynon Schoolroom, a social tea and dance were held. The tables were presided over by Miss M. Williams, Miss Fanny Harrison, Mrs. Harrison, and Mrs. J. Evans. The cut- ting up was done by Mrs. R. Evans and Mrs. Watkins. Tea over, the company indulged in dancing to the strains of St. Cynon's Brass Band, under the conduc- torship of Mr. Wm. Evans. The M.C.'s were Messrs. Segar Blackburn and John Evans.. Mr. R. Arnold catered. INTERMENT.—On Sunday the mortal remains of the late Mrs. Jennie Moses, of 76, Mountain Ash-road, were interred at Mountain Ash Cemetery. Wreaths were sent from Mrs. Beddoe, Aber- cynon; Misses Beatrice and Bertha Tre- larne, and Miss Young Mrs. Weston, From Sorrowing Friends," Messrs. Wadbrooks, Mrs. Grover, Porthcawl; Mrs. Grover, Pontypridd; Mrs. O'Shea, end a friend. The Rev. John Pugh, Moriah, Abercynon, officiated at the house, and was assisted by the Rev. Watkin Jones, Mount Zion. Much sym- pathy is felt for Mr. Moses and family in their sad bereavement. BILLIARDS.-The return match was played at the Workmen's Institute, Aber- cynon between the Abercynon Senior Billiard Team at the Ynyshir Senior Team. The Ynyshir Team had brought over an excellent team, much better than that which the Cynonites defeated a few- that which the Cynonites defeated a few weeks back at Ynyshir. The Cynonites played the same team that journeyed to Ynyshir and defeated that team by 206 points. Elmlyn Powell gave a fine ex- hibition, and proved a useful player for the premier team, winning his game in each match. The following are the scores:—Abercynon: W. Young, 150; D. Hughes, 150; Sam Davies, 139; David Gwilym, 130; D. Cynon Evans, 150; Wm. Jones, 145; Willie Powell, 150; Ernlyn Powell, 150; total, 1,164 points. Ynys- hir: L. Hodges, 140; R. Coleman, 95; L. Howells, 150; W. Evans, 150; T. Kemp, 91; D. Coleman 150; T. Evans, 137; J. Davies, 138; total, 1,051.
Cwmaman. CHURCH BAZAAR. On Monday afternoon a. grand bazaar in connection with St. Joseph's Church was held at the lesser Public Hall. Promptly at 3 p.m. a brass band paraded through the decor- ated streets, heralding the, advent of Lord and Lady Aberdare, who were to formally open the bazaar. Having reached the hall, the Rev. Morgan Powell, Vicar of Aberaman, introduced the distinguished visitors to the com- pany. Lady Aberdare then delivered a felicitous speech, remarking that it afforded her great pleasure to attend a function of that nature. She hoped that the bazaar and all church work generally would meet with continued success. Lord Aberdare followed, and endorsed her Ladyship's remarks. A vote of thanks both to Lord and Lady Aberdare for their kindness in attending was then proposed by Mr. George Williams, seconded by the Rev. M. Powell, and was greeted by the audience with great ac- clamation. The bazaar was then declared open, when the following ladies under- took their respective duties: -Fancy and Sweet Stall, Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Mc- Gillivrav. Mothers' Union Stall: Mrs. Dr. Maynard and Mrs. George Williams. Girls' Friendly Stall, Mrs. Dan Jones, Aberneol, and Miss P. Gough. Refresh- ment Stall, Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Jones. Bran Tub, Mrs. Morris and Miss An- thony. There was a splendid display of all kinds of useful and ornamental arti- cles. The bazaar was well patronised at every stall, and a handsome sum will be realised towards the Renovation and Organ Fund. In the evening there was a miscellaneous entertainment, under the presidency of Mr George Williams, when the following took part: Pianoforte sole- Miss Maude Evans; song, Solomon ai,,i Levi," Mr. Tyrrell; recitation, Miss T. Evans, The beggar and the divine soiig, "She's all right," Mr. Fred Gough; song, Duncan Gray," Mr. Findlay Mc- Gillivray; recitation, "Wolsey to Crom- well," Miss McGillivray; song, Father, pray with me to-night," Miss Polly Gough. Mr. Wm. John Davies also gave a solo, and Miss Maggie Butler sang Lullaby." Miss Gwladys Edwards and Miss Maggie Rothwell also rendered a duet entitled, "We'll take the old road." Mr. Peter Parry accompanied through- out. Other workers who were prominent throughout the day were: Messrs. Morris Edwards, Tom Jones, David Jen- kins, Woodbury, Webb, H. Evans, W. Thomas, and also Mr. W. E. David, Churchwarden of Aberaman.
Hirwain. TE MPERANCE.-The Hirwain Branch of the G. W. Temperance Union held their Monthly meeting on Sunday, when the following very kindly took part :—Solos, Miss Smith and Miss Davies. A splendid Recitation by Miss Coleman, who is only 5 years old. Read- ing by Mr. John Meylor (Vice President). Mr Le Due, in an eloquent address, dealt with the advantages and disadvant- ages of Prohibition and also enlight- ened the meeting very much on Local Veto" The Chairman Mr. D. Jones (Clydfan) in finishing up made a great appeal to all railway men to become members of the Union. Mr. R. Jones (P. W. Dept.) very kindly provided the programme, and Mr. F. Collier presided at the Harmonium. DRAMATC.—On Thursday evening Mr. Beriah Gwynfe Evans's new drama, "Ystori'r Streic ("Stcry -of the Strike") was performed for the first time by the local dramatic society in the Victoria Hall. The hall was crowded. The drama deals with the story of a strike in a typical Welsh colliery village, where the colliers are of the old religious style, and where the tyranny, harshness, and favouritism of the managers (all English- men, of course) have driven the men on strike. The hero of the drama is Griffith Elias, a miners' leader. This part was taken by Mr W. R. Williams, and was especially well done, while the heroine' Mavis who was represented by Mrs. Maria Thomas, is a Welsh singer, whose singing is the means of collecting large sums towards the strike fund. The familiar strike scenes are well portrayed, and there are many moving incidents and some tragic situations, The acting was admirable, and the -piece had a capital reception. The performance was repeated on Saturday evening. The proceeds are in aid of Mr Samuel Jones, who is in ill-health.
Mountain Ash. Show me a man and I'll show you how to dress him neat and tidy like.—T. Davies, Commercial-street, Mountain Ash. NAZARETH.—On Sunday last the pastor of Nazareth English Baptist Church, Rev. Ernest V. Tidman, A.T.S., commenced the eleventh year of his pas- torate, he having settled at Nazareth from Cardiff College in April, 1897. From that time till now great success has at- tended the labours of Mr. Tidman and his devoted people. The old chapel in
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Ynysboeth. RIFLE CLUB.—The return match be- tween St. Winifred's Guild and All Saints' Guild was shot on the St. Win:- fred's Range on Tuesday, St. Winifred's winning by 20 points. The scores were: St. Winifred's Guild-T. Hall, 24; Geo. Hall, 30; A. T. Lloyd, 29; Alfred Lloyd, 28; T. Kelly, 26; A. Gibbon, 23; Alf. Gibbon, 27; E. H. Venn, 32; George Morris, 27; J. Matthews, 21; R. Lewis, 26; E. G. Venn, 29; total, 322. All Saints' Guild: G. Pugsley, 29; Harry Solomon, 27; G. Jenkins, 27; George Hunt, 26; O. Allen, 21; H. Smith, 24; L. Lea, 20; W. Summerville, 24; W. T. Smith, 25; E. Williams, 24; J. E. Mather, 23; W. V. Matthews, 32; total, 302. All Saints shot well considering they are quite a young team. VESTRY MEETING. The annual ■vestry meeting of All Saints' Church was held on Monday evening, the Vicar, Rev. J R. Jones, B.A., presiding, assisted by the Rev. J. F. Dale Chapman, curate-in- charge. The Vicar read a statement of accounts for the year. The gross re- ceipts amounted to £ 165 4s. 7d. He also gave the number of communicants pres- ent on Easter Sunday, which was quite a record, the number being over 70. The Vicar nominated the following as war- dens: Messrs. J. L. Lewis, J. L. Mathers W. Porkinghorne, and W.. Lewis; secre- tary and treasurer, Mr. Wm. Bates; auditor, Mr. J. L. Mather. The sides- men were Messrs. S. Gardener, W. H. Hudson, F. J. C'rowle. C. Pugsley, W. Heaven, T. Evans, Wm. Bate, T. Owen, 0. R. Howe, G. Good, T. Williams, and F. Pugsley. The Vicar congratulated them upon their efforts since they separ- ated from the Mother Church, and on their generous aid to reduce the debt, and hoped that soon they would be able to complete the church.
Aberdare I.L.P. The Aberdare Independent Labour Party held their quarterly meeting at their Institute on Monday last. Mr. John Jenkins presided over a very large and enthusiastic assembly. Mr. Jenkins made a short address, this being his last night as chairman of the Party. He heartily thanked the members for their kind support during the last quarter. Other officers gave a brief report of the work done, during the last quarter in different departments. Officers for the next quarter were appointed as follows: Chairman, Mr. R. L. Berry; vice-chair- man, Mr. W. Phillips; treasurer, Mr. T. Howells re-elected; Institute Secretary, Mr. J. H. Parrington; Institute Treas- urer, Mr. Enoch Jones, re-elected; liter- ature secretary, Mr. T. John, re-elected; Labour Leader Sec., Mr. Tom Davies, re-elected; lecture secretary, Mr. Matt Lewis; press secretaries, Mr. Tom Wil- liams for Town, Mr Idris Davies for Cwmbach, Messrs. Gibby and Teague for Trecynon. The district secretaries were re-elected. The general secretary, Mr. W. W. Price, then read out the largest balance sheet ever submitted in the his- tory of the Aberdare I.L.P. The finan- cial statements were accepted with loud applause. A hearty vote of thanks were passed to all who had assisted in attain- ing such a grand success. During the quarter 33 indoor and 11 outdoor public meetings have been held in various parts of the valley. In addition, Branch meet- ings, executive, Socialist Sunday School, etc., have been held, making a grand total of 93 meetings. The contributions for the quarter were five times greater than the corresponding quarter of last year. The sales of "Labour Leaders" and literature for the quarter amounted to £15 4s. 3d., as compared with £3 18s. the corresponding quarter. Each month showed a steady growth in membership, and the branch are looking forward hopefully to the coming summer cam- paign for renewed activity and increas- ing strength of the Party.
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n of Ratepayers at A bercynon A meeting of ratepayers called by Mr. Bruce Jones, chairman of the Mountain Ash Urban District Council, was held at the Lesser Hall, Abercynon, on Tuesday evening last. Rev. M. Jenkins, the chairman, said that meetings of this kind enabled them to know more of the doings of their Councillors. He trusted that every fair play would be given Councillor Jones to give the explanation he thought necessary.—Councillor B. Jones then ad- dressed the meeting, and said he had ventured to call them together for the purpose of rebutting the scurrilous at- tack made upon him at a meeting of rate- payers held a week ago. The meeting, it seemed, was convened by the Chamber of Trade. He himself had nothing to say regarding the Chamber, and he thought that a Chamber was essential to every town, and was the means of doing good. Special stress was laid by his two col- leagues upon the harmonious way they were working together at the Council, and now it came as a great surprise to him to find on leading last week's "Leader," that this meeting convened by the Chamber of Trade, had actually passed a vote of censure upon him. He thought it manifestly unjust that such a resolution should have been allowed to be carried, in his absence. He was told that his two colleagues had received invita- tions to that meeting, but he (the speaker) had not been invited, and, in fact, knew nothing about it until the following day. Councillor Jones then proceeded to deal with the report pub- lished in the Aberc.are Leader." He was not in a position to say whether the report was correct or incorrect. He pre- sumed that it gave a fairly accurate ac- count of the proceedings. The chair was taken by Mr. Edmund Jones (butcher;, who said, amongst other remarks, that a dust cloth should be used. with each cart, and that the specifications for scavenging sent out by the Council were evndently 20 years behind the times. He had now much pleasure in reading to them a letter from Messrs. J. Hill and Sons, the contractors, stating that covers for the carts had been ordered and would be in use in a week's time. The speaker then criticised the remarks of Councillors T. W. Jones and Fenwick, and stated that whereas Mr. T. W. Jones had stated that only 3 tenders were submitted, they would be surprised to hear that alto- gether 6 tenders were opened, and the figures placed before the Council, so his colleague could not be paying the proper attention to Council business at the time. They should know at this point that when the Council advertised for tenders for the scavenging they asked for alter- native prices, one prioe to be submitted for scavenging in the old way, and a second price for scavenging certain back lanes daily. At a Council meeting held on 26th March it was decided by a large majority that the old system of scaveng- ing should be adhered to, and it was pro- posed by Councillors J. Powell and F. N. Gray that the lowest tender—that of Messrs. J. Hill and Sons—be accepted, for a sum of £ 1,095, the next lowest tender being that of Mr. E. Taylor, viz., £ 1,100. So the lowest tender had been accepted. Notwithstanding this, at the previous meeting of the ratepayers a re- solution was passed condemning the Council for not accepting the lowest tender, and his two colleagues, who were present, actually allowed the same to be passed, seemingly without a prote.st: Actions of this kind tended to make them in that ward the laughing stock of the district. Why did not his colleagues, instead of running down to their big brothers at AbeTcynon and complaining of the action of the Council, stand bold- ly and make their protest at the Council Chamber? Proceeding, Councillor Jones criticised the remarks of Mr. J. Suther- land, who, had said amongst other things that Abercynon was being milked dry by the Council, and given nothing in return. He denied this assertion en toto, and said he was extremely surprised to see that a gentleman of Mr. Sutherland's position and status in the ward, had made such a false and misleading statement. An amount of X71,000 had been expended on this ward. This amount, of course, in- cluded 1-5th of the capital cost of Gas and Water undertaking's. Mr. Suther- hmd had also complained that the Coun- cil were not behind in raising the rates for this half-year to 2s. 7d. This gentle- man actually knew the amount of the rate before the matter had ever been dis- cussed at the Council. As a matter of fact, the new rate had been fixed at 2s. 3d., so they could see for themselves that not much reliance could be placed upon Mr. Sutherland's statements. Mr. Sutherland also told the meeting that Mountain Ash possessed no back lanes- with the object evidently of persuading them that the Mountain Ash Councillors wished to act the part of dogs in the manger." They at Mountain Ash had no back lanes to be scavenged, so why should they go to the extra expense of scavenging back lanes at Abercynon? Mr. Sutherland must have been perfectly aware, that there were some scores of streets with back lanes at Mountain Ash. Further on Mr. Sutherland said it was a gross injustice to doctor any t,ender," and "that the architect of the L.G.B. would certainly condemn the action of the Council as illegal/' This was a very serious statement for any man to make- to accuse an honourable body of men of such base and unworthy conduct. It was a vile slander, and had Mr. Sutherland made such a statement about him in his private capacity, effective means would have been taken long ere this of getting him to retract or apologise. Councillor Jones then drew attention to a question asked by Mr. J. R. Morgan re the in- spection of the back lanes, and the reply of Mr. A. Smith that the inspector had been reprimanded for reporting' such. He assured the meeting that this was without any foundation, that it was not the custom of the Council to reprimand their officials when doing their work honestly and fearlessly. The speaker then proceeded to criticise the suggestion of Dr. Morris, C.C., regarding a sur- charge upon the Councillors. He thought that Dr. Morris spoke in ignorance, and enlightenment would probably be useful to him now that he had entered on pub- lic life. He wished Dr. Morris to note that all public bodies invariably insert a clause stating The lowest or any ten- der will not necessarily be accepted," so that the Councillors would have been perfectly safe in accepting the highest tender even, had they thought fit. The speaker dealt with the remarks of Mr. J. R. Morgan, and said that when he read that Mr. Morgan had moved an amend- ment that the meeting suspend judgment until the Labour Members would explain, he thought to himself what an honour- able man was Mr. Morgan. He. Mr. Morgan, was not going to allow anybody to be condemned unheard, but, alas, further on, Mr. Morgan moved a vote of censure on the speaker, knowing full well that the speaker was not present, and therefore unable to defend himself. Such was Mr. Morgan's sense of fairplay. The Labour Members should not be con- demned unheard, but when it came to the poor colliery manager, he actually proposed the vote of censure. The speaker thought he had been harshly and unjustly treated, and hoped that the ex- planation he had given was to the satis- faction of the ratepayers present.—Ques- tions were then invited and answered.— A vote of confidence in Mr. Jones was ■ then proposed by Mr. David Evans 1 (Chairman Grocers' Association), second- 1 ed by Mr. F. Bailey (Margaret-street), supported bv Councillor Fenwick, and carried almost unanimously. j
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Farewell Meeting at Abercynon. PASTOR'S DEPARTURE. On Monday evening a farewell meet- ing was held at Moriah English Baptist Chapel, the occasion being the presenting of the pastor, the Rev. John Pugh, upon his leaving this district, owing to ill- health, to take up the pastorate of Nantgwyn and Beulah Churches, Radnor shire. The chair was taken by Mr. Chris. Morgan. Mr Brenig Roberts gave a solo.—Mr. Ellery spoke on behalf of both the Christian Endeavour and the Band of Hope. Both these institutions had been benefited by the energy and faithfulness of their pastor. He wished him every success in his new sphere of labour.—Mr. Henry Wiltshire spoke on behalf of the Sunday School. He has found Mr. Pugh faithful and regular in the Sunday School, and was an excellent teacher. His class in Sunday School had benefited, and his departure was a great loss. He had uplifted and enlightened the minds of many scholars. He was held in high esteem by all in the Sunday School.—At this stage Mr. Henry Davies, Superintendent of Sunday School, pre- sented Mr. Pugh on behalf of the Sun- day ischool with a Teachers' Bible as a token of respect and esteem. He was sure that all felt keenly the departure of a. faithful brother and paster, and he was certain that the N,,ouii,r children felt the blow very acutely.—Mr. Pugh, in response, thanked the Sunday School for the Bible. It was hard to part, especially with his class. He loved the Sunday 80hool,and that Bible which had been presented to him would be cherished and would ever remind him of Moriah Sun- day School.—After a solo by Mr. Thos. Humphreys (junior), Mr. David Lewis spoke on behalf of the deacons. He could speak of Mr. Pugh's character as spot- less. He only wished that he could stop him from leaving. He had found him earnest, sincere, and faithful in all his work, and wished him every success in his new sphere.—Mr. Henry Davies also spoke of Mr. Pugh's character and work. He was earnest and conscientious in all his work. He hoped that although some distance away yet they should be near and be united in spirit.—Mr. Price Pugh spoke of the good work done by Mr. Pugh during his 6 years' ministry.—Miss Jones, Mountain Ash, very ably sang, "Make new friends, etc."—The Rev. Mr. Howells, Penrhiwceiber, also spoke well of Mr. Pugh, and could but expresse his sorrow at his depai-tiire.-The Rev. J. T. Thomas, Bethania, Abercynon, spoke of Mr. Pugh as a hard worker and good or- ganiser.—Mr. Thos. Humphreys gave a. solo.—The Rev. E. V. Tidman, Mountain Ash, and the Rev. Mr. Jones, Merthyr Vale, also spoke highly of Mr. Pugh as one devoted to the work of the Saviour. —Rev. Morgan Jenkins remarked that he had known Mr. Pugh since his advent to Abercynon, and that he had won the re- spect and esteem of all here.—The Secre- tary (Mr. Richdrd Davies) gave a short account of the financial aspect of the d* years' ministry of the Rev. John Pugh. A debt of J6300 on the vestry had been cleared, arid a new chapel had been built at a cost of £ 1,800 7s. 3d., of which £ 120 had been cleared off. Mr. Pugh, he said, had preached nothing but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, and no New Theolo- gy.—The oldest deacon, Mr. Phillip Gib- bon, on behalf of the Church, presented the address to Mr. Pugh. He hoped that when reading it he would not forget the folk at Abercynon. The following is the text of the address —" Moriah English Baptist Church, Abercynon. To the Rev. John Pugh on his departure to Nantgwyn and Beulah Churches Radnorshire. Rever- ,end and Dear Brother,—It is with sin- cere regret that we hear of your decision to sever your connection with us as a church. We believe, however, that you have been Divinely guided, and our prayer is that your ministry in your new sphere of labour may be as happy as the Gk fruitful years you have spent'here as pastor. Your name will ever be cher- ished in our memories with esteem and affection. During your ministry you have received into fellowship by immer- sion 160; received by letter 95, and re- stored 74; also, a debt of £ 300 on our vestry has been paid off. We have proved your ministry at all times strengthening, instructive, and evangeli- cal. It has been a means of bringing us to realise the high responsibility of life, our need of a Divine Saviour, and to equip us with a Holy desire to advance higher as disciples of our Lord Jesus. Your best services have been unreserved- ly given to enhance the welfare of the Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, Band of Hope, Christian Endeavour, and Temperance Principles. These institu- tions are now in a most flourishing con- dition, and doing noble work in spread- ing the glorious Gospel. Furthermore, we found in you during the Revival a brother willing to co-operate in every good work that made for the moral ad- vancement and the spiritual good of the community. We respectfully ask your acceptance of this address as a token of our very high regard for you, Mrs. Pugh, and the children, wishing that the blessing of heaven may attend you, and that your heaith may be better to con- tinue the good work under divine guid- ance to alleviate the misery of mankind and glorify our Lord and 'Saviour Jesus Christ. On behalf of the Church,—Philip Gibbon, Henry Davies, David Lewis, Price Pugh, Christopher Evan Morgan James Jones, heasurer; Richard Davies, ecretary. -Letters of apology for ab- sence were read from the Revs. T. Ellis. Ynysybwl; D. Lewis, Treforest; I Tones, Penrhiwceiber; and B. Howells. In response, the Rev. J. Pugh thanked them for the handsome address. It would remind him of the friends of Moriah. The success of his work was lue to God's assistance, his wife's great support, and the co-operation of the worshippers and deacons. He was aleased to say that no quarrel or any lother had prevailed during his 6! years' ninistry, which was one of peaceful diss. He hoped that they would con- tinue to co-operate with one another, and be zealous and earnest in their en- deavours. He impressed upon them to love their new pastor, whoever he might be.—Miss Gertie Gibbon, A.V.C.M., ac- companied on the organ.
Abercynon Police Court. WEDNESDA Y.-Before Sir T. Marchant Williams (Stipendiary), Capt. F. N- Gray, and Mr. G. A. Evans. I)RTTNK.-Wii-i. H. Lloyd and Lydia- Davies, both of Tyntetovvn, were ordered to pay 10s. and costs each. COAL STEALING. George, Baker, lyntetown, charged with stealing coal, was fined 20s. and costs. BOUND OVER. Frederick Teague was bound over in the sum of .£10 to keep the peace. £ 200 FORFEITED.—Elizabeth Eynon, widow, was brought up on a warrant issued as long ago as June last. The prisoner was arrested in Mountain Ash last Tuesday by Sergt. Lewis. The recog- nizance of two sums of £100 each were ordered to be forfeited, and also to find two further sureties of £100 each, or go to gaol. FIGHTING-Wm. Hughes and David Davies, for fighting and obstruction, were mulcted in 40s. and costs each. A GENERAL MELEE. Hugh Lewis, Benjamin Daniels, Owen Davies, and W Holt were summoned for fighting and disorderly conduct. The two latter de- fendants were absent. P.C. Clynch proved the offence, and stated they werv covered with inud.-ThE- ".jsual fine of 40s and cost., was imposed on ail the delin- quents. UNPARLIAMENTARY LANGUAGE. —Sarah Bolderson, charged with using indecent language at Thomasville, Ynvs- ybwl, denied the charge strenuously, and said the police had got the wrong woman. —P.C. Clynch proved the case, and Sergt. Griffiths corroborated.—10s. and costs was the fine. FILTHY EXPRESSIONS.—John Prit- chard paid a similar fine for his filthy talk. SWEEP WANTED. John Jones, whose wife appeared for him, was or- dered to pay 2s. 6d. for having his chim- ney on fire. "NO BILL.Fred Osborne was sum- moned by Norman Ellis for assault. The prosecutor did not appear.—" No Bill said the Stipendiary. MUST HAVE; BEEN A MISTAKE. Samuel Roberts, Ynysybwl, on bail, was charged with stealing a rug and loin cloth from the Thorn Stables, the pro- perty of Mansel Bowen, Abercynon The prosecutor stabled a horse at the Thorn Hotel, and on the night of the 11th inst. missed the above goods from there. He in company with P.S. Griffiths, found the property in a stable locked up with £ °°ds belonging to the defendant. —Mr. Chas Matthews, Pontypridd, who defended, elicited that Wombwells had stabled at Roberts' stables, and that the goods had been moved by a boy from the stable to the loft.-Gase disimssed.-H It Illight have been a mistake," said the Stipendiary. r, m A FIELD. Robert Gumths, charged on a warrant with a breach of the peace in a field at Ynys- boeth. was bound over in the sum of JilG. MAINTENANCE.-Geo. Henry White applied to have a maintenance order, granted at the Mountain Ash Court the previous week, discharged. He wished to bring evidence of adultery against his wife, Martha Jane White.—Mr. W. T. Davies (Porth) appeared for applicant, and the summons will be heard next. week. "BE A T.T. FOR, 10 YEARS." John Price Edwards, on bail, was fined 10s. and costs for being drunk and disorderly and using bad language in Margaret- street, Abercynon, towards a female. "Take the pledge and don't drink for 10 years," was the advice tendered by His Worship. "VERY SORRY "-You might have run over and killed six policemen. said the Stipendiary to Charles Henry Jones, who was charged with being drunk and in charge of a horse and brake in Glan- cynon-terrace. The constable stated Jones had no lights, and was swaying about. "It was a big mistake, and I'll, ry sorry," said the defendant. A fine cf 20s. and costs was imposed. UNTIL THE BELLS ARE RINGING. —Annie May Hodges, of 35, Bassett- treet, applied through Mr. R. Ed.vards- James for an affiliation order against John Jones. Paternity was admitted, and their Worships made an order for 3s. 6d. a week. "Until the bells are ringing," said the Stipendiary. MISKIN NEIGHBOURS AT WAR. Annie Dobbs summoned Salone Archer for assault.—Mr. Herbert George, Moun- tain Ash, appeared for defendant."—The complainant did not appear, and the case was dismissed.
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which Rev. J. W. Williams, D.D., now of Swansea, and the much lamented Rev. John Howells, exercised their ministry, has given way to the large and more beautiful sanctuary which stands on the same site. This chapel was opened in May, 1902, at a cost of £ 4,000, and so gen- erously have the people and friends in the town contributed that by to-day the debt stands at .£1,500, a sure indication of the appreciation of the pastor's faith- ful ministry. The church intends pro- viding for school extension and institu- tional work amongst the young people. A site for a building for these purposes has been secured next to the chapel at a cost of over .£500. Slince 1902 the branch church at Miskin has become self-sup- porting, and to-day has a sanctuary worth nearly < £ 3,000, and is under the pastoral care of the energetic and popu- lar Rev. George Neighbour. Notwith- standing the fact that many members and scholars were drafted here, the church and school at Nazareth now stands at double the membership when. the present pastor commenced his work here. The congregation is one of the largest in Mountain Ash. A pleasing feature on Sunday evenings is the large number of young men and women who fill the galleries. For five years Mr. Tid- man has conducted a special monthly service for young men and women, and the service is becoming increasingly popular. The next is to be held on Sun- day, April 21st; subject, Don't lose your temper." The branch church and school at Pentremwyar are in a flourish- ing condition, also the branch school at Newtown. Mr. Tidman's services out- side the church are greatly appreciated, he having just been appointed for the eighth year in succession Secretary of the District Baptist Association. Also at the recent District Council Election he was returned unopposed for the Dar- ran Las Ward, which he has represented for three years. We wish the church at Nazareth and its pastor years of united service and usefulness. THE DUFFRYN 'LODGE, No. 179, C.E.T.B.S., will hold a Vocal Music Com- petition, Tea and Athletic Sports in the Duffryn Grounds, Mountain Ash, on Whit-Monday, May 20th. Vocal Music Competition: Best Song, Open to Ladies, 1st prize, 21s.; 2nd prize, 10s. 6d. Best Song, Open to Gentlemen, 1st prize, 21s.; 2nd prize, 10s. 6d. Adjudicators, Mr. Hugh Ellis (Asaph Glanffrwd) and Mr. Edwin Williams, Mountain Ash. Accom- panists, Prof. E. T. Jenkins, L.I.S.M., Penrhiwceiber, and Mr. H. W. Long, organist St. Margaret's Church, Moun tain Ash. Athletic Sports: -120 Yards Open Handicap, 1st prize value < £ 3; 2nd, value 30s.; 3rd, value 15s. Gymkhana Race, 1st prize, value 30s.; 2nd, value 15s.; 3rd, value 10s. Also other events. For full particulars apply to the Secre- tary—J. K. Brooks, 7, Beckett-street, Mountain Ash.