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Aberdare Police Court. Wednesday, June 25th.Before Sir T. Marchant Williams (Stipendiary), Messrs. D. P. Davies and L. N. Williams.
Miscellaneous. John James Evans, Aberdare, keep- ing an unlicensed pomeranian dog, fined 7s. 6d. I Edward Arnold, 200 Cardiff Road, I Aberaman, was ordered to pay 2s. 6d. for allowing his chimney to take fire. David Burrows, Aberdare, had to pav 20s. and costs for not taking out a carriage licence.—P.C. Bevan, Gadlys, gave evidence.
Aberaman Brakedrivers Heavily Fined. Frederick Fone, brakedriver, was summoned at the instance of the R.S.P.C.A. for working his horse in an unfit state. Mr. W. Thomas defended. Inspector Barrack stated that on the 11th inst. he saw defendant's horse on the stand. He could see from across the street that there was something wrong with it. He examined the horse, and found sores of long standing. The horse was suffering very acutely, and its condition must have been known to de- fendant, because the sores were blis- tered. By Mr. Thomas: The defendant took the horse to the stable at once, when he was told. P.S. South gave corroborative evi- dence. The Bench imposed a fine of £ 3 and costs. Jas. Stephens, brakedriver, Aber- aman, was similarly charged, evidence being given by the R.S.P.C.A. Inspec- tor, who stated that the animal had great difficulty in standing on the road. He drew the attention of defendant to the state of the animal's fore legs, and he replied It is the hard road that has done it." There was fever in both fore feet, and it must have been lame for some weeks. Defendant: It wasn't lame at all when on the street. The Bench inflicted a fine of £ 3 and costs.
Theft of Coal. Albert Williams, Abercwmboi, was charged with stealing coal, the property of the P.D. Co. Mr. W. Kenshole prosecuted. P.C. Histon said he was; on duty on June 9th on the incline leading from Abercwmboi Colliery, when he saw the defendant, who had climbed over a wall and a fence to get there. Defend- ant had a sack of coal in his possession. Defendant said he did not steal the coal, because he had to tip it out again. (Laughter.) Stipendiary Oh yes, you were caught. Pay 10s. John Rees Jones, Hirwain, was simi- larly charged, Mr. W. Kenshole prose- cuting. P.C. Kirton said he met defendant coming from the Aberdare Merthyr Colliery, Hirwain, carrying two lumps of coal. Stipendiary: Pay 10s. and go home and learn the 10 commandments. (Laughter.)
Damaging a Fence. Robert Spokes, Cwmaman was charged with damaging a fence. P.S. Carrol deposed to seeing defend- ant crossing the fence. He said he had warned Spokes previously. Fined los. and costs. Mr. W. Kenshole prosecuted.
Drunks. David Daniel Williams, in Abernant Road, 10s. and costs. Harry Lucas, in Fforchaman Road, 10s. and costs. Elizabeth Davidson was seen drunk m High Street, Aberdare. In this case Mrs. Wilcox, the local secretary of the B.W.T.A., attended and told the Bench that defendant would be sent to the B.W.T.A. Homes at Cardiff. The de- fendant was thereupon discharged. Thomas Davies, in John Street, Aber- cwmboi, 10s. and costs.
Damaging a Cow. Edwin Drew, David Stanfield, Joseph Stanfield, James Richards, Harry Smith, and John Paigent, young men whose ages ranged from 18 to 22. were charged with doing wilful damage to a cow, to the amount of 10s. Mr. W. R. Edwards prosecuted, and Mr. W. Thomas defended. Mr. Edwards said that Mr. R. T. Rees, Glandare, had cows in a certain field, and they had been chased from time to time, with the result that they did not give as much milk as they otherwise would. One was a carrying cow, and the defendants' conduct was likely to do great harm to it. John Jones, farm bailiff to R. T. Rees, was first called. He said he had seen the cows chased on previous dates, but he had not identified the persons. Lily Jones, 2a Old Cwm Place, who gave evidence on subpoena, said she saw five out of the six defendants chas- ing cows on June 16th. She saw Drew jump on a cow's back. Wm. Davies, 2 Cwm Place, who also gave evidence on subpoena, said he heard Mrs. Jones call. He went out and saw defendants amongst the cows. The Stipendiary said there was no evi- dence except in the case of Drew. Mr. Thomas said the damage must be actual damage, and not consequentftl damages, and he submitted that the prosecution could not succeed. The Bench ordered Drew to pay the costs, and the other defendants were discharged.
The Reflector. BY U HYPNOS." A certain paif on the outskirts of Llwydcoed were .passing remarks aboufc the moon last week. They felt moony, ^l.1?Pose' kut to say that the moon wort whiskers, well You thought to have a long pull a# that bottle of small beer, didn't you, A some idiot put too much barm in it. One of the Llwydcoed boys has beconia a knut. He can be seen walking with- out his hat every evening. Hard nut to crack that. I am going home, you needn't call i. be was heard t* remark- What a happy relief!" A certain widower is looking fof another little wifie. He was heard telling one probationer that he had marble clock and other things. A Trecynon damsel, unable to find scrubbing-brush, used the hair-brush instead. By the time she finished that brush needed some hair restorer. Well, well. funny rubbing brasso Oil the front door knob for his missus, They tell me he also cleans the fire- irons. Fire-irons, how rusty they get If once neglected a rub; He has a wife, but you can bet The next thing will be the tub. Something serious has happened- M doesn t speak to D now! i J niiss. that you're abso- lutely it. There's style for you.' Being short of blacklead, Miss o< Gadlys, used a tin of boot polish for tb* grates. What will people think of this: Buadmg pianists in Bryn Terrace and Holford Terrace playing Everybody'* doing it on the Sabbath-I mean on tbe piano. It was Sunday, though. Even Hypnos is doing it sow. Who is the Mill Street yoang Dia" that uses vaseline for his hair? Bette* had he bought a bar of soap. Wh»* about the girls he had tea with, and hi' remark that he would rather keep theiC a day than a week? The girls sav the.r must have someone with sense.
III-Treating Horses. John Nicholas, Trecynon, was sum- moned (1) for ill-treating a horse by kicking and beating it, and (2) for work- ing it in an unfit state. Horace Ringham was also charged with working a horse in an unfit state, and Henry Ringham, contractor, father of the previous defendant, was sum- moned for allowing a horse to be worked when in an unfit state. Mr. W. R. Edwards defended. P.S. Pullman deposed to seeing Nicholas in charge of a horse, attached to a cart. The horse appeared very un- easy and refused to stand. The defend- ant then kicked the horse on the fet- lock and struck it in the mouth with a strap. Witness approached him, and defendant said he was sorry for having kicked the horse. Witness then ex- amined the horse, and found a large sore on the back. The sore was two inches in length, and was quite raw. On the same day he saw Horace Ring- ham in charge of another horse, which had a sore. Later in the day he saw Ringham senior, and told him he would be reported. By Mr. Edwards: The sore on the former horse was on the left side under the saddle. P.C. Jones corroborated. The Stipendiary commented on Nicho- las' cruel act in kicking the horse on the fetlock. Nicholas: I didn't kickJit. Stipendiary: There is no doubt about it. You will be fined L-5 and costs for that, and 20s. and costs for working it in an unfit state. Horace Ringham will be discharged, and Henry Ringham fined 20s. and costs.
Trecynon Trespassers. David Lewis, John Jenkins, Wm. Hopkins; Thomas Ed. Thomas, John Griffiths, Wm. John Jones, Hugh Davies, Daniel Davies, Joseph J. Phil- lips, and Daniel Thomas, miners em- ployed at the Bwllfa Collieries, were all summoned for trespassing on the G.W. Railway, Dare Branch. Mr. Horhy, Newport, prosecuted. Daniel Lewis, relief man employed on the G.W.R., deposed to watching the railway between Park Lane and Cwm Viaduct on June 2nd. He saw defend- ants on the railway, going to their work at the Bwllfa Collieries. A mineral train passed at 6.20 a.m., just when he saw the men crossing the line. Inspector Lidster, G.W.R., said that the usual statutory notices had been posted on the line. The defendants had nothing to say. Griffiths, who was not present, was fined 10s. and costs, and tTie others 10s. each.
Is it the Same Club? Batch of Abercynon Men Charged. Thomas Hy. Bishop, Abercynon, was charged with unlawfully supplying liquor at a local Socialist Club. Mr. F. P. Charles presecuted for the police, and Mr. Clem Edwards, M.P., defended. Mr. Charles, in opening, said the Club in this case was held in the same premises as the "Wm. Morris Socialist Club and Institute," which was struck off the register for six months last November. A Club was opened on May 9th last, and the members called it the Abercynon Workmen's Club. He sub- mitted that this Club was nothing better than the Wm. Morris Club mas- querading under another name. Amongst the papers found by the police was a letter from a Mr. B. T. Hall, London, who was a kind of general secretary of Clubs. In this letter Mr. Hall mentioned that the magistrates and police were so full of animus that they exceeded their powers with regard to Clubs. (Laughter.) Mr. Charles went on to say that the secretary and treasurer of this Club were the same as those of the former Club. The trustees were the same. Mr. Clem Edwards: No, no. Two of them are the same. Mr. Charles: Everything is identical except the name of the Club. The only substantial difference, if it can be called substantial, is the name. The books are the same, and money owned by the old Club has been carried for- ward to the new. Mr. Clem Edwards wisjhed the Stipen- diary to give his decision, if unfavour- able, in such a way as to enable the de- fence to make an appeal to the High Court. The Stipendiary promised to do so. Inspector Angus said that on August 10th. 1912, he entered a Club called the "Wm. Morris Socialist Club and Insti- tute." As a result of that, the Club was struck off on Nov. 7th, 1912. After those proceedings the books and papers were handed back to the Secre- tary, and these were in use by the new Club. On the 9th June he entered the premises and found Bishop and his wife supplying liquor to persons who paid for it. He inspected the whole of the premises, and with the exception of some alterations to the lavatory ac- commodation the. premises were exactly the same as when the previous raid took place. Witness produced all the books and papers seized on June 9th. All the books were the hooks used prior to the first raid, with the exception of the minute book. Two of the trustees were the same, the chairman was the same, and 10 out of the 16 members of the committee sat on the previous com- mittee. The furniture, fittings and pumps were exactly the same. The hook of rules was identical, with the exception that the name of the Club was altered, and a minor alteration to Rule 30. The cash book was handed back on Nov. 7th, and the receipts showed a total of £ 178 odd for 13 weeks. The first week's takings of the so-called new Club were: Bar takings, £13; en- trance fees, j63, and cash in hand, JB56, the latter item being money from the old club. There was nothing to show that the Wm. Morris Friendly Society had been dissolved. In fact it was still on the register on June 20, 1913. By Mr. Clement Edwards The trans- fer (produced) had not been signed, and was not complete now. He had not seen the document of permission from Mr. Bevan to re-open the premises. Witness thought that the ink looked
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Abercwmboi Theft. Thomas John Williams, of Abercwm- boi, was charged with stealing a quan- tity of brattice cloth, the property of the Powell Duffryn Colliery Co. Mr. W. Kenshole prosecuted. David John Davies, \mdcr-manager, stated that defendant was a sheaves- man, and on June 4th he saw a bag of coal on a tram, and on examining it he found the cloth, value 9d., in it. Defendant admitted the offence, and- was fined 15s., or 7 days' imprison- ment.
"Think it Over." Margaret Harwood, 14 Glanamman Road, Cwmaman, summoned her hus- band, Francis Harwood, for £5 arrears of maintenance. Mr. W. Thomas ap- peared for the wife. Defendant made allegations of unchastity against his wife, and questioned his wife as to see- ing her with a man under a lamp-post. The wife indignantly denied the sug- gestion, and said her husband wouldn't work, and slept out at nights under the hedges. The Stipendiary sent the prisoner to gaol for a month in default of payment. Prisoner Can I have time to pay ? Stipendiary: Well, you will have a month to think it over.
Ejectment. Mr. Wm. Kenshole applied on behalf of the Powell Duffryn Coal Co. for an ejectment order against Wni Thomas, 23 -Cromer Street, Abercwmboi. — Granted.
Serious Charge Against Mountain Ash Man. Alleged Rape on Abercynon Cirl. Wm. Tiley, late of Mountain Ash, a school-teacher at Abertaf School, Aber- cynon, was summoned for committing a rape upon Miriam Lewis, 39 Aberdare Road, Ahercynon. Mr. S. Shipton de- fended. Prosecutor stated that she was a student at the School of Commerce, 19 Whitcombe Street, Aberdare, and held a season ticket between Aberdare and Abercynon. On Friday last she went to Aberdare by the 6.30 p.m. train, and left the class in company with Caroline Hughes, and went for a walk up Aber- nant ,Road, and then caught the 9.5 p.m. train for Abercynon. She got into a non-smoker and pulled the blinds down. At Aberaman Caroline Hughes got out and then witness got out as well, and got into the next compart- ment, where there was a lady and a little boy. At Mountain Ash the lady and the boy went out, and an elderly gentleman and Mr. Tiley (the defend- ant) got in. Tiley asked her if she and Esther Scott went to the same school. At Penrhiwceiber the other passengers got out, and after the train started fropi there and had only just left the platform, Tiley put his hand on her knee. He said something, hut she didn't know what it was, and then he dragged her to the middle of the carriage. She struggled with him, and h3 placed her on her back and miscon- ducted himself. She screamed twice, and he prevented her. He desisted when the train was between the bridge and the signal box, and asked her not to tell anyone. She told him she would tell her mother. When the train stopped she got out of the station and ran all the way home. She told her mother that a man had assaulted her in the train. Her mother took her at once to Doctor Morris, who examined her. On the next day she went to the Police Station and picked the defendant out as the man who had assaulted her. The under-clothes produced were the clothes defendant tore, and which she was wearing at the time. Cross-examined by Ir. Shipton She never missed her school and went. up and down three times a day. When Mr Tiley came in there was a young lady with him. She (witness) sat in a corner seat, facing the engine. Defendant sat near her in the carriage at Mountain Ash. Mrs. Jemima Lewis, wife of John Lewis, said that the prosecutrix was her adopted daughter. She was 17 years of age, and had been attending the School of Commerce for two years. On the evening in question she returned home about five minutes earlier than usual. She was crying, and witness asked her what was the matter. Her daughter replied that a man had attacked her. Witness then took her at once to Dr. Morris' surgery. \\itness noticed that her clothing was torn, and she (prose- cutrix) mentioned the name of the man who had attacked her. .John Marshall, 19 Whitcombe Street, Aberdare, said he was the Principal of the School of Commerce. lie held classes at this address, and Miriam Lewis was a pupil there. She attended the classes as usual on Friday last. Caroline Hughes, 14 years of age, said she lived at 3 Clarence Terrace, Aberaman. She attended the School of Commerce, and was in attendance on Friday evening last. They left about 8.45, and went down by the 9.5 train. At Aberaman witness went out, and Miriam went to the next compartment in order- to have company. Dr. 1. LI. Morris, Abercynon, said that Miriam Lewis was brought to him by her mother. The girl was deeply agi- tated. He discovered that her under- clothing was torn, and that some vio- lence must have been used. The full offence had been committed. Percival Lloyd Blake, Abercynon, signalman at Pontcynon, deposed to seeing a couple in a compromising posi- tion in a railway carriage on the 9.5 Aberdare train on the night in question. He noticed that the girl's clothing was disarranged. P.S. Angus said that at 9.50 p.m. he received a message from Mrs. Lewis. He went to Dr. Morris' house, and saw the girl Miriam, who appeared to have been crying, and in a distressed state. In the presence of her mother and the doctor, she made a statement to wit- ness. He then accompanied Mrs. Lewis and her daughter to their home, and instructed Mrs. Lewis to undress the girl and hand her underclothing to him. »he did so, and he now produced them. As the result of enquiries he made, he went on the following day to No. 13 Lanfear Hoad, Penygraig, where Tiley resided. He was not at home and wit- ness went to the Lewis-Merthyr Cricket Grounds, Porth, where he found Tiley taking part in a cricket match. Wit- ness remained there until Tiley had fin- ished the game. He then called him, and they both sat on a bench. Witness said: "I suppose you know me." He replied "Yes, you are Inspector Angus, Abercynoni" Witness told him that he understood he had travelled by the 9.15 from Mountain Ash to Abercynon on the previous night. Prisoner re- plied, "Yes, I did. t h,id been attend- ing a funeral." Witness said that a serious charge had been made against him by the prosecutrix, who had stated that he had outraged her whilst travel- ling in the compartment together be- tween Penrhiwceiber and Abercynon. Prisoner replied "Oh. there was a young girl travelling in my compart- ment by that train." Witness then advised him to say nothing more, and the prisoner replied: "Yery well. I better consult a solicitor over the job." Witness then took him to Abercynon. Later, witness obtained seven men, re- sembling the prisoner as near as possi- ble. The girl was brought in, and she at once identified Tiley as the man who assaulted her. Prisoner was now charged, and in reply said he was innocent, and wished to reserve his defence. The Bench ordered him to take his trial at the Assizes, hail being allowed in one surety of £ 50 and defendant him- self in £50.
Three Shillings and Sixpence. Mary Cole, Cwmdare, summoned Joseph Doyle, now of Cwmtaff, to show cause, etc. Defendant was not present, tnd evidence having been given by complainant and another witness, the Bench made an order of 3s. 6d. a week and costs.
Llwydcoed Farmer and His Wife. Thos. Davies, who occupies a farm near Llwydcoed, was summoned by Margaret Ann Davies, his wife, for de- sertion. Mr. W. Thomas represented tIn wife, who stated that she had been married to defendant 15 years, and tfyey had six children.—Mr. Thomas s6id that defendant had been in Court that morning, but bad left. Defendant had offered 15s. a week^ but he (Mr Thomas) thought he should pay 17s. 6d. a week. —The Bench made an order of 17s. 6d. a week.
Cricket. GLAMORGAN LEAGUE. On Saturday the Aberdare Church team were opposed to Abercynon at the New Athletic Grounds. Winning the toss Abercynon sent the homesters in to bat first, when the modest total of 67 runs was compiled, Ward Davies contri- buting a serviceable 26 not out. With the exception of Woodcliffe (10) no other player reached double figures. Sam Shipton took 2 wickets for 7, and Wrilkins 6 for 32. The visitors, who next batted, were never comfortable with the deadly bowling of Tommy George, who beat the defence of six batsmen for the small total of 8 runs. Aberdare ran out winner by 22 runs. Seores:-Al)erdare: Tommy George, h Davies, 6; Tom Price, h Wilkins. 0; Ward Davies, not out. 26; Fred Stone, b Wilkins, 1; R. A. Nash. c Owen, b Wilkins, 3; Griff Watkius, p Powell, b Wilkins, 1; J. G. Havard. c and b Wil- kins, R; W. Parker! e Tucker, b Ship- ton, 2; L. N. James, c Shipton, h Wil- kins, 4; Woodcliffe. c Tucker, b Davies, 10, E. Parsons, b Shipton, 0: extras. 6; total, 67. Abercynon Tucker, b George, 0; Richards, h George, 0: Owens, h George, 8; Taylor, c Ward Davies, b Parsons. 2; Sam Shipton, b Parsons, 7; Davies, h George, 2; Wil- kins, b George, 0; Thomas, h Ward Davies, 17: Rev. J. E. Jones, not out, 3; Kelly, b George, 4; Powell, h Ward Davies, 1; extras, 1: total. 45.
Miners' Conference at Cardiff Vote Against Increased Contributions. The South W ales Jliw.rs' Conference at Cardiff on Tuesday again rejected a proposal to increase the contributions to the Federation. A vote was taken, when the figures were For increasing the contribution, 114 against, 135. In view of the small majority of 22 it was decided to t"ke a card vote. The result wag as follows :Foi- increasing contri- butions, 1,081; against, 1,602; majority against, 521. As each card represented 50 members, this gave a majority of 26,050 against the increase of the con- tribution Printed and Published at their Printing Works, 19 Cardiff Street, Aberdare, in the County of Glamorgan, by the Proprietors, W. Pugh aDd J. L Rowlands.
NEW THEATRE, ABERDARE. Monday, June 30th, £ "5 WELCOME RETURN VISIT OF THE Italian Grand Opera Co. MATINEES THURSDAY & BOOK YOUR SEATSEAKLY SATU D £ V AT 2.30 P.IVI. TO SAVE DISAPPOINTMENT. I
( p and Down th Vaiiey ABERDARE. CIVIC SUNDAY. On Sunday lllorn- ing a special civic service will he held at Trinity English C.M. Church, when i Mr R. H. Miles, High Constable, and representatives of various public bodies will attend. See advertisement on page 5. JOURNALISTIC. — Mr W. Marshall, who is now the correspondent of the South Wales Daily News" at Ponty- pool, has been appointed to represent the same newspaper in Aberdare, as suc- cessor to the late Mr D. M. Richards. Mr Marshall is an Aberdarian, and his old friends in the locality congratulate him on his promotion, and hail with de- light his return to his erstwhile home. THE INTERMENT of the mortal re- mains of Mr Thomas Rees, Bute Street (whose death was recorded in last week's issue) took place at Aberdare çemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. T. Eli Evans, Soar, officiating. The mourners were: Mrs Rees, widow; Mr Joseph O. Rees, son; Mr and Mrs Tom Rees, son;*Mr and Mrs Robert Rees, son; Mr and Mrs D. Williams, daughter; Mr and Mrs T. Thomas, Wolverhampton, daughter; Mr and Mrs Warlow, Mr T. Llewelyn Jones, Ferndale; Mr Thomas Jones, Cwm- aman Mr and Mrs J. Rdes, Pontypridd; Messrs Rees Rees, Trevor Thomas, J. D. Jones, and M. Jones. A large number of the deceased's friends were in the cor- tege. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr John Zachariah, un- dertaker. dertaker. INTERMENT. The interment of Mrs Mary Ann Mandry, wife of Mr Wal- ter Mandry, 6 Monk Street, took place at the Aberdare New Cemeterv on Fri- day. The Revs. J. Griffiths. Calfaria, and W. Davies, M.A., Bethania, officiated. The chief mout-ilei-s were:- First coach, Mrs Jones, mother; Mrs T. Morgan, sister; Mrs Mandry, mother- in-law; Mrs Tom Roberts, Mrs D. M. Thomas, Miss Annie Mandry, sisters-in- law 2nd coach, Mrs Jones, Mountain Ash, aunt; Mrs Davies, Mountain Ash, cousin; Mrs J. Davies, Treharris, aunt; Mrs Thomas and Mrs Morgan, Hir- wain, cousins, and Mrs Griffiths; 3rd coach, Mrs Evans, Ynysyhwl; Mrs Davies and Mrs Evans, Cwmaman; Mrs Evans, Aberaman, and Mrs Thomas. The gentleman mourners were:—Messrs Walter Mandry, husband; Trevor Mandry, son; Evan Jones, father; Tom Jones, brother; Gwilym Mandry, Tom Roberts, and David M. Thomas, bro- thers-in-law; Ben Thomas. Hirwain; Morgan T. Evans, Abertysswg; William Morris, Tylorstown; John Jones and David Davies, Mountain Ash, cousins. Beautiful wreaths and flowers were given by the following:—Husband and son: father and mother; Brother Tom: Mrs Mandry and family; Mrs EVans. Aber- aman; the Aberdare School of Com- merce. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs John Howard Mor- gan and Co., 34 Clifton Street. PRESENTATION. On Thursday evening last, at the Fothergill's Hotel, Mr E. J. Jones, the landlord, was pre- sented by the members of the Cynon Valley Band Institute on his departure to Treorchy, where he takes up the tenancy of the Cardiff Arms. A large gathering was presided over by Mr Evan Watkins, Aliens Arms, Mountain Ash, who was supported by Messrs John MacCormack, John Rees, T. Clarke, and Jesse Mauley, conductor of the Cynon Valley Band. Mr Handel Thomas, Mountain Ash, was the accompanist for/ the evening. Songs were given by Messrs Moss Jenkins, David Jones, Geo. Butcher, and Arthur Watkius. Master Willie Watkins, the celebrated boy soprano of Mountain Ash, gave a.n ad- mirable rendering of Tosti's Good- bye" (encored). Mr Jesse Manley made the presentation, which took the form of a beautiful ivory and silver handle walking-stick, suitably inscribed, on be- half of the Cynon Valley Band In- stitute. Mr Manley remarked that Mr Jones had been a most loyal and ardent, member of the Band Institute ever since its inception. He hoped that Mr Jones would be happy in his new sphere.— Councillor D. Jackson Thomas said that few men had secured such a wide range of popularity within so short a period as Mr Jones had. In leaving Aberdare he would be parting with a host of warm friends.—Mr J. MacCormack pointed out that they were losing one of the heartiest workers in the cause of National Reserve. He felt very sorry indeed to lose such a good friend. Speeches in a similar strain were made by Mr John Rees, on behalf of the Licensed Victuallers' Association, and others.—In responding, Mr Jones ten- dered his heartiest thanks for the gift he had received from his friends at Aberdare. He wished the Band Insti- tute every success. J(,.ssi-s John Brister, David Davies, Daniel Jones, George Oliver, and H. Brown, five members of the band. sang The Village Chimes," under the leadership of Mr Manley. Songs were also given bv Messrs Dan Jones (encored). George West-wood, Jack Ivor, -Too Whitcombe, W. Jarman, and Ted Lanham (encored).
v Letters to the Editor. SPIRITUALISM IN AHERCYNON. TO Mil. R. T. EVANS. + Sir,—Allow me to thank you for your long letter, purporting to answer the open letter to the Rev, Morgan Jenkins, but I fail to see that you have touched the point at all. First of all, you com- mence your letter by trying to measure me like a tailor (who is always measur- ing others, and cannot measure him- self), but your tape is hardly thirty--i\ inchos to the yard, and 1 forgive you be- cause you are so open minded as to state that you have done so through a vision, and it may be that the devilish spirits were guiding you, which accounts fo:' the shortness in your tape. You were saying that Goethe1 called sincerely (more sincerely than 1. who was seeking for truth) for more light. Why did you not state what that gentle- man said after he had more light, .Possibly you did not know it. because it J is not in the Rev. Frank Swainson's book, which you have copied, For your enlightenment, and also the reverend gentleman who has kept everything out that would militate against his arguments, I shall quote them: "We all walk in mysteries, we are surrounded by an atmosphere of which we do not know what is stirring in it, or how it is con- nected with our own spirit." That is the result of more light, which I would advise you to seek. In your letter you state that I am a spiritist, seeker of spooks, and follower of mediums. Have you seen that in your vision ? Further on you quote some authors such as William Crooks and others to back up your arguments. I am sorry to find out that you are a one-eyed man. Why not be honest enough to quote some eminent persons on the other side? Is it because J. Z. Maskelvne and the Hev. F. Swainson did not in- form you of them? Because I quite understand that you do not know any- thing about them yourself. Just get into touch with Sir James Simpson's works, Drs. Elderson, Ashburner, Wilde, Hitchman, Eadon, and Davey, also others of fame, such as Archbishop Whately, Stanhope, Macclesfield, the present Duke of Argyll, Lord Caven- dish, Lord Lindsay, Sergeant Cox, Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Balfour, Professor Lodge. I would advise you out of courtesy to send a few of these to the Rev. F. Swainson for his benefit. You are writing of the Spiritists of Abercynon and district. Well, I must say I do not know of any. I asked for Spiritualism, but it seems that you do not know the difference between the two, therefore I conclude that that is how your letter is so vague. Further on you are advising me to study the Word of God, and to accept the Bible as a God-given Book. I may say that if I am to take your letter as an explanation of Spiritualism as it is in Abercynon, as a guide to roar know- ledge of the Word of God and the Bible, then it is fully time that you should study the same Book and pray for en- lightenment on the same, because you are actually in the darkness at present. 1 am surprised at you taking a Church of England minister as your "chief" in this matter, inasmuch as I know you so wet!, and have heard you so often run- ning down the Church of England people in connection with the Disestab- lishment question. 1 do not intend troubling you any more on this matter, inasmuch as your first dose has fallen so short pf effect. You had better leave this matter alone, because you know nothing of it. I do not blame you for going to the fountain-head for knowledge in reference to Rev. Frank Swainson's denial. I only wish that vou would have gone to the fountain- head for knowledge on other matters. But T lind you only got second-hand knowledge after all. Now I shall go on with an account of the Exposure at St. Barnabas Church, Harvest Road, Holloway. It says :—"The Rev. Frank Swainson (vicar) will expose the devilry oi Spiritism (wrongly called Spiritual- ism) at the Men's Bible Class this Sun- day afternoon, October 3rd, 1909, at 3.15 p.m. sharp, and will tell the men of Holloway how (after attending several spiritist seances) he has come to the conclusion that Spiritism is devilish. R early, as we have a membership of nearly 1,000, and we are expecting a crowd." What followed was tnis. The Spiritualists were there to hear. Mr. Suainson offered to debate as to whether it was satanic or divine, and said he would undertake, in the pres- ence of two doctors, to prove any med- ium they produced a fraud. This chal- lenge was accepted by the Spiritualists. Then the rev. gentleman wanted to change the ground of debate from "satanic or divine" to "Biblical or anti- Biblical," and substitute Maskelyne or Devant as test agents for the doctors. The Spiritualists refused to shift from the original challenge. The preacher refused to recognise his own words, and the matter came to nought. With wise adroitness it will be noticed the challenge issued by our Holloway friends was evaded. they stuck to their glIllS, and issued their challenge, which was printed in the "Two Worlds" under the date of January 14, 1910 (the challenge referred to above), and which Mr. Swainson wisely, for himself, de- clined to take up. Of course, the facts art* not fully stated in the pamphlet no v.- in circulation. So far as can be judged, any way, the point that re- mains is that our critic remains in his shell. Kindly I-ieud this to the Rev. Frank Swainson. If he denies it, then he can deny anything. If his challenge is still open, will he condescend to come to Abercynon, and to allow his jE25 to go to the Pontypridd Cottage Hospital should he fail to prove his case? Awaiting a reply. TO THK KEV. MORGAN JENKINS. Sii-f thank you for a reply to my letter, hut at the same time [ am sorry tJwt vou shielded yourself behind my frail nom-de-plume of Seeker of Truth." You stated in your letter, "How itti I to know whether this self- styled 'Seeker of Troth' is not some ghoulish spirit who speaks out of the darkness lie loves io dwell in?" Well, inasmuch as you can find the ghoulish ,,I)i iI t in men, I thought you could do the anie thing with my letter although you do not know the writer, in the same manner a* you took upon yourself to nccose others, and call them "frauds" and "tricksters" without knowing what they were doing. I may tell you that 1 am no Spiritualist or Spiritist, and that I am an earnest Seeker of Truth, and 1 thought that you could give some enlightenment, and hack up your state- ments, no matter who was asking if your statements were true. Therefore you have left me no alternative but to form my own opinion of what I have heard from your pulpit. TO C.E.M.S. Sir.— T thank you for your interest in this matter. No doubt you have also been deluded by the great oracle of St. Barnabas. The outrages of Suffrag- ettes in that locality have, no doubt, impaired a little of his memory, hence the reason that he forgot the challenge. 1 have n0 desire to have anything to do with that sect in this part of the country. Therefore I close with HIT ceinpliments.-Yours, etc., SEEKER OF TRFTH.
Scraps. BY "THE SCRIBE." The worshippers at a certain chape* in Aberdare are annoyed by the Babe' voices of gossipping women outside- Why not try the wooden block" remedy ? Those tall red pillars which are fixed here and there along the tramwav rouo in Aberdare cannot be credited with adding to the beauty of the town. 1* is seldom that utility and beauty gO together. We would have electric trams, and for our ambition we were penalised by having to put up with thes" iron flagstaffs on our pavements. They cause a little inconvenient where the pavement is narrow, but thef are not sources of an?y great danger- j-his cannot be said, however, of square iron boxes which have hcefi fastened on to these pillars. They liivo been fixed in a position which is mos. dangerous to a person of the iwerag0 height, just in the right place for one nose to come in contact with their sharp edges while one is walking along a nar- row pavement. Woe betide the pedestrian who, a* 11 p.m., with faltering foot plods hi5 weary way hqmeward, and to whose he. clouded vision the unseen is seen and the visible is invisible. A collision with the corner of one of these pillar boxes would remind him sharplv and forcibly of the fact that "things are not what they seem." Could not these electric pillar boxelS have been fixed higher, so as not to cause injury to anybody or anvthiotf except flying creatures? II I do not know who is responsible for fixing these dangerous squares in sucP an awkward position, but I take it th: Council courd their removal to a safer height, and that that would not interfere with tbØ work of the tramway enineer. Whf not have a town's meeting to discilso the matter? I hear on the best authority that-IIW less the Council arc bothered with qlly more applications for wood bl()('k-th tramways will be completed bv "eNt Christmas—or Easter. That may be so, but I am'sure of oiip thing—by the time they reach th? Cemetery a very great manv of us w"i'' have reached there before. The widening of the main street h." tne Heathcock has been a creat- booi' indeed. It is true that in order to this a road had to be made over the resting-places of our rude f<»'<" fathers. So the familiar couplet ha* been reversed—it is now "Rattle stones over his hones."
fresh. When he asked for the lease he I was told by Bishop that it was at the solicitor's. One of the grounds of ob- jection to the club was the structural defects, and those had now been re- medied. In the old club there wore 160 members, and in the present club I 80 members. The old register could not be found, and he could not say that the members of the present club were members of the old club. The old regis- ter had been returned to the secretary. Counsel suggested that there were ÎP members of the new club who were not members of the old club. and the wit- ness fell in with the suggestion. There were many new books in the library. The Stipendiary I don't ("are whether the lavatory accommodation has been altered, or the library had new books added. If the club is practically the same, you can't re-register. Witness, replying to Mr. Edwards, said the place appeared perfectly com- fortable, and he believed the steward was a total abstainer. He saw nothing in the club to justify the raid, and he had no objection to the club being registered. Mr. Edwards, in his speech for the de- fence, pointed out that under the I Licensing Act there was a clause sug- gesting that in the case of a second offence the penalty was to strike the club off for five years. That showed clearly tliat there was an intimation that the club might be continuous. If that were not so, it was a perfect farce to come to that court to abate a penalty, when by striking off a club for three months meant striking it off for ever. The Stipendiary admired the ingen- ious defence of Mr. Edwards, but he and his colleagues had come to the con- clusion that the club was one and the same club which was raided last Novem- ber. Bishop had broken the law, and must pay a nominal penalty of 20s. and costs. Mr. Edwards asked the Bench to state a case, and particularly wished that the points mentioned in his de- fence should be clearly stated, in order that the defence could be thoroughly argued in a higher court. Mr. Edwards also applied that the cases against the 11 members of the committee be ad- journed, pending the decision of the ap- peal. Mr. Charles offered no objection if no intoxicating liquors are sold. The Bench stated a case, and Mr. Charles was allowed 10 guineas costs. The members of the committee are Geo. Ferguson, Albert Rickman, J. Rees Morgan, Edward Johnson, Samson Paget, Enoch Davies, G. L. Hill, Thos. Webb, James Adlam, Arthur Webb and John C. Davies,* all of whom were mem- bers of the old committee. The new members of the committee are James Franklyn, Cornelius Oates, Edward Ed- wards, Frank Powell, Wm. Kingston, and Thomas Davies. All were sum- moned. Mr. Clement Edwards did not represent John Rees Morgan.