I Pat on Tramp. ) Mishtor Iditor,— As Oi said in mi lasht litter Oi was in Porthcawl whin Oi had a tiligram from Biddy to go home at once, an' whin Oi got home Oi found that the sow had prisinted misilf wid a litter of pigs. Shure, an' what am Oi to do, sor, an' musht Oi wroite to Mishtor Lloyd George for the thirty shillings for each an' iviry one. Oi have bane thinking since, sor, that if Oi did the price of the Marconi shares would go up wid a bang, but Oi could do wid some white- wash for the cot. Well, here Oi am m Swansea, shure, an' it's not much of a place, at least not the town itself, nothing to be compared as a town to Cardiff, an' not so swate as Cork or Dublin. Oi understhand that since the year 1188 there has bane a moighty foine row as to the proper way to spell the name of it, since that tonne it has banfe spelt in eighty different ways, an' it was onlv in 1738 that it once an for all settled to spell it Swansea. Bedad, an' they wire a moighty long toime foinding how to spell it. almost as long as the Mountain Ash Council take to make up thire moinds how to alter the canal bridge. Oi think that will be left until some big accident happens, thin they will stratch their heads an' say, "Who would have thought it." Oi shuppose the reason of the delay is that some are afraid to git on black books wid the ratepayers for spending too much money if a fatal accident should occur thire (an' it's a wonder one has not. the bridge is nothing but a trap), would the money saved re- turn that loife? Oi hardly think so. Take yer courage in both hands an' alter the bridge. We don't want an or- nament to look at, something ser- viceable to do away wid the throttle valve of Caergarw. It's transgresing Oi am, an' its in Swansea Oi am. so here goes once more to whire Oi was before Oi sthopped, an' whire Oi foind misilf at the prisint toime. The viry same daye that Charlottee was born, sor, May 19, 1868, Oliver Cromwell paid a visit to the town, an' gave £ 10 to the poor, shure, an' it was not viry large in that toime. Bedad man, an' he seemed to loike the place viry much, in. for in the viry nixt year he came again. An' do ye know thire is a grate puzzle for a stranger to solve in town. Foind the Castle. It is nearly hidden now by the houses. Thire are many places » worth seeing: The Public Library, Art Gallery, Museum. An' ye musht not forgit the Swimming Baths at the bot- tom end of the town; an' shure ye can have yer collar washed an' ironed nixt door while ye have a swim; its a grate place. An' if anyone wants to visit the big house or University on the cheap, lit me advise what to do. Thire is a friend of mine in the Borough Police (P.C. Muldoon). Walk roight up to him an' hit him down. He only stands six feet three an' a half inches. an' weighs sixteen tons. As Oi said before walk roight up to him. look straight at him an' let drive. Thin the procession for Muldoon's Picnic will athart wid a week's board an' lodging free of all charge. Thin thire are the sands; its a trate on a foine daye. They say, sor, that Swansea harbour is the finest in the world. That is rather a tall order, an' wants salt. Oi don't mane to put the salt in the harbour, sor; thire is enough thire already. An' whin ye are tired of Swansea, go to Mumbles. That is the place for fun whin ye git on the rocks an' slither down, an' rimimber the water is viry wet. Look here, sor, an' do ye rimim- be- much about the year 958, whin the whole of Gowerland was devasted by the Welsh Prince Owain. Its a mosht beautiful place for a holiday. Oi think the capital of Gowerland is Oyster- mouth, an' shure its easy enough to git to from Swansea; it is the headquarters of the Bristol Channel Yacht Club. Thire is a mosht interesting history oonnected wid Gowerland covering near- iy ten centuries. Excuse me a minute, sor. Oi have just had a letter from Biddy, an' she wants to know how Oi am, an' whire Oi am staying, an' how much money Oi have. That's done it. Oi have spent the lot. Oi have wired back a letter on the wires, "Eggs penny each" She knows what Oi mane. Shure man, an' yer cannot do the Mumbles all in one daye. Thire are Caswell, Bracelet an' Langland Bays to he seen; an' faith ye can go hunting anakes on the rocks, thire are any amount thire. Its a foine place for sport in the summer toime. an' Oi ri- mimber one toime coming down to Swansea by the trane. an' thire was a young lady wid two red roses; an' be- gorra Oi asked nice an' swate for one, hut bedad she would not. Niver moind. better luck nixt toime. If all the red roses in Aberdare areJoike those two. shure an' they know a thing or two about roses. An' another toime this summer Oi was in the trane wid a party of Suffragettes. They were quite harm- less. sor, after all the excitement in Aberdare. They wore nice collers, an' Oi injoyed thire company; but Oi hope they are not goin' to hold a meeting at Caerphilly. Well, sor, here Oi am. an' Biddy says she will not send misilf any more money. an' that if Oi want any, Oi musht whistle for it. Its twenty eight miles Qi am from Carmarthen, stony broke, a poor weak orphan in a sthrange land. so now Oi musht sthop, post this to yer konur, an' whistle for enough money to bring misilf back to the town of Moun- tain Ash in toime for the Church Tea; a.) look out, mi bhoys. Oi intend hav- iiag a thry to be there, so Oi think Oi .11sht now conclude an sthart for Car- .arlhen.-Oi am, sor, your obadiant swrattt, PATRICK RAFFEMT.
Suffragettes' Visit. Meeting Broken Un at Aberdare. Two Suffragettes had a warm time in Victoria Square, Aberdare, on Friday evening. Throughout the day one of them advertised a meet- ing to take place that evening by means of chalking the pavements. News soon spread that two ladies of the militant type were to "hold forth," and at 7 o'clock people be- gan to gather in Victoria Square. By 7.30 there must have been 2.000 people tnere, most of them having come in anticipation of witnessing some lively interludes between the audience and the speakers. Coun- cillor Idwal Thomas presided, and stood on a chair opposite Compton House. There were interruptions from the beginning, and it was real- ised that the meeting would not con- tinue for long. The two lady speak- ers were a Mrs. Katharine Trott, of the Women's Freedom League, Lon- don, and Mrs. Keating Hill, Cardiff, sister of Mr. Matthew Keating. Miss Trott attempted to speak amid a loud din of interruptions and shouts and the singing of refrains. The crowd pushed to and fro, until at last the chairs and speaker were knocked down. At this stage Supt. Rees and Inspector Nott—who were present with a strong force of police —advised the ladies to leave, and conducted them through the thick crowd to the T.V.R. Station. Hun- dreds followed and remained about the precincts of the Station until 9 p.m., when the two ladies left for Cardiff. Several missiles, such as rotten tomatoes, etc., were thrown at the speakers, but neither of them was struck.
FEARED HER DAUGHTER WOULD NOT LIVE LONG. Pathetic Story of a Cirl's Photograph. So serious was the state of health into which Edith Pollard had drifted at the age of seventeen that her mother had her photograph taken, fearing that her daughter would not live much longer. It was another case of Anaemia and Wasting Debility that threatened to develop into Decline; yet in spite of this black outlook before her, Edith Pollard is now a robust happy woman, married and proud of her sturdy son; and she does not hesitate to say that Dr. Williams' Pink Pills alone' have made the remarkable change in her. "My health seemed to give way alto- gether when I was seventeen," related Mrs. Pollard at her home, 5 Underhill Street, Leicester. "My appetite failed and I grew so languid that life didn't seem worth living. Often I was nearly blindc with headafclies, and my back ached badly. Mother consulted a doc- tor, who said that I was anaemic, but I seemed no better after treatment.
Illegal Angling at Glyn Neath. Willia m Price and Roger Jeffreys, colliers, of Glyn-Neath, were charged at Neath on Friday with angling in private waters belonging to Mr. Ed- mund John Jones, of Forest House, Pont-neath-Yaughan. at 3.30 a.m. on the 14th inst. John Griffiths, water bailiff, said he watched the men. saw them fly-fishing, and afterwards accused them. Price replied: "Good God, I didn't know it was so early," and Jeffreys denied that he had fished at all. Jeffreys was fined 10s. and costs, and Price. against whom there was a prev- ious conviction for a similar offence, 40s. and costs, or a month.
Mountain Ash County School. The Countv results in advanced practical mathematics are as follows (maximum marks, 160):-Honours stage, Bmrys James, second class, 40. Third stage, William Moore, 1st class, 85; Tom S. Phelps, 2nd class, 58. Second stage, William Gillard, 2nd class, 64; Arthur John Howells, Snd class. 64; Herbert B. Perry, 2nd class, 61; William J. Gill- ard, 3rd class, 48. Every strident passed. Teacher, Mr W. R. Daries, Llwrdeoed, Aberdare.
Local Will. Mr. William Williams, of Goodwick Villa, Abernajit-road, Aberdare, who died on the 2nd May last, intestate, left estate of the gross value of £ 1,102 18s. 7d., of which the net personalty has been sworn at P,1,043 16s. Letters of administration of his property have been granted to his widow, Mrs. Amy -Williams.
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Sporting Notes. BY OPTIMIST." Mr John H. Jones, the popular secre- tary of the Aberaman A.F.C., has been appointed vice-chairman of the Welsh Football League. Mr D. John James was also elected a member of the League, in conjunction with Mr J. M. Shelby-James, of Cwmbach. We shall shortly witness a series of interesting sports meetings in connec- tion with some of the school-children of the district. In all probability the venue will be the Athletic Grounds. 1 hear that the teachers are already busy preparing their pupils. If training for athletes were allowed at the Park, and permission to utilise one of the top roads had been granted by the Council authorities, it would prove a boon and a blessing to local aspirants for athletic fame. Has not the Park been the nursery of some of our prominent footballers? And why should not the Park be utilised for Athletic purposes as in other towns? If our Council would agree to the latving out of a grass track of about 400 yards in circumference with a 100 yards' straight sprint course, it would meet the approval of the inhabitants of the place. The Park officials would roll this, and keep it cut and in good racing order. Dressing accommodation could be provided at the adjacent open-air baths at a nominal charge of a penny each evening, and training could be possible three nights a week, say, after 6 p.m. There are several honorary trainers in the district who would be pleased to give their services, though it could be arranged that these helpers would be paid for their services afterwards. Further, experienced men could be ap- pointed to visit this Park Training Track as general advisers. It is here that sprinters, or would-be runners, could be taught the way to start with- out the aid of the pistol bang. Indeed, in course of time, our Council would find the track a remunerative one, and a series of displays would prove very attractive. The matter is worthy of iconsideration. There are few games for the success- ful playing of which so much depends upon the player's equipment as the game of tennis. First in order comes the choice of a racket. For ladies the weight may vary from 131; ozs. to 14 ozs, but the latter weight should be used by those with strong wrists. The player of average power will find 13t ozs the most satisfactory. The usual fault in a stock racket is an unduly heavy head, and this involves great strain "on the wrists. However, too light a head leads to loss of power in the stroke, and is bad for overhead serving," smash- ing," and "driving." The circumfer- ence of the average handle should measure from 44 to 5 inches. It has been suggested year in, year out, that the appointment of neutral umpires at cricket matches would do away with a great deal of wrangling and bad feeling between players. Hence local clubs could do well to emu- late the example set by their football friends in allowing outsiders to decide when a player is out or not. Cricket has still plenty of room for improve- ment, and some of its laws need a little amending. The "Leader" was the first to pub- lish the Town Football Club's fix- tures for next season. By the way, cannot something be done to prevent the clashing of so many of the best fixtures Saturday after Saturday with those of, say, Merthyr Town or Moun- tain Ash ? No doubt, the local club has suffered by this unfortunate state of things as much as any club in South Wales. Serious injury is done to local senior football bv the clashing of fix- tures. Merthyr Town directors should take the hint. They have had a long pull already! With regard to the motor-cycle, I think the remarkable number of last- minute alterations suggest that makers and expert riders are far from satis- fied. There are many members of the local Motor Club of the opinion that greater strength in minor parts is essential in the present machine. This is proved by the number of break- downs caused by oil pipes and similar parts breaking away. A large number of the admirers of Mr Jack Sheen, our erstwhile cycle champion and general athlete, often ask why he does not turn out once more. Apart from his performances on the cycling track, Mr Sheen has been a sprinter of no mean ability and prowess. Short-distance work has been his forte, and he possessed a fine turn of speed. He has raced on the track for many years, and it is surprising to find that he has lost none of his old style. He sits his machine as though he were part of it, and pedals easily and gracefully. In judgment and track tricks, as well as in all-round sport, he cannot be beaten in the valley. In- deed, he should be prevailed upon to turn out once more. Who were the party of well-known local sportsmen who were seen wrestling, running, and boxing on top of the Graig Mountain last Saturday afternoon
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Educational Notes and Comments. BY "ALPHA." It is a truism to state that a nation can he judged from its schools. As education looks to the future, seeking to give the coming generation the best possible equipment for a complete life the schools should be the expression of the nation's ideals. "Education," says Lo^d Haldane, "is as much a question of defence as the army and navy." Fichte impressed upon Germany that their only hope was in a completely or- ganised system of education. From every point of view education jz of vital importance. If we could but take a bird's eye view of our schools to-day how, we wonder, would- they compare with American, German and French Schools? We should find that as much in edu- cation as in other things John Bull "muddles through." We may be work- ing towards the ideal, but it is a slow groping "out of its confining ruts and its clouded vision of things." Thiselton Mark in his little book re- cently issued on "Modern Views on Education," insists there is no "chaos" which in itself connotes an irreclaim- able condition of affairs, and that in our country there always exists the means of producing a "national system of education." If our educational system is not really chaotic then it comes dangerous- ly near, and yet it is not for want of will but of cash. We are convinced there is scarcely an authority which would not provide palatial buildings, excellent staffing, and everything which the mind of man could invent, for the betterment of the race, if it but had the all-powerful magic wand of an un- limited purse. But we are as fully con- vinced that few authorities indeed util- ise their penny rate to best advantage. One of the things which impressed delegates to the Teachers' Conference at Weston was the "wail of the rural teacher." With respect to buildings, staff and salaries the condition of rural education should make England and Wales blush. Wales is often quoted as being educationally advanced, and its Intermediate system held in high es- teem but some of the County Authori- ties, rich in money but poor in ideals, would be considered backward even in Central Africa. One is tempted to say sometimes, "If only our Education Authorities knew something of education!" It is ad- mitted that our Councillors are over- worked though occasionally we find a specimen of the under-worked Councillor who mistakes officiousness for official- ism, and burning with zeal for nothing in particular lives to attempt scorching other people. In the combined atten- tion paid to drains and education, the latter being the less understood, of necessity suffers. Many Councils are composed of business men who have no more idea of the conditions of school than those of the moon. These men always have a philosophy to guide their paths-the very simple convenient little philosophy of rates. They remind us of a well known sea animal-the jelly fish. In the warm rays of the sun this fish would melt away, leaving nothing but a few black spots of extraneous matter, and yet this. most simple little organism might give you an unpleasant sensation if it should happen to come into con- tact with your body. Is there anv need applying the comparison? "Here's a health" to the few, the very few, on our Committees who are enthusiasts in education, members who recognise that there are some things in life of greater importance than the eternal rates.
A Modern Revolution. When one considers the astoundino- changes which the last few years have seen in education one is satisfied with no other definition than that of a "Revolution." The child is the uncrowned king of humanity to-day. He is the subject of greater attention, of deeper research than the most vital problem. Watched by the microscopic eye of a thousand in- spectors, moulded by the hands of a hundred thousand teachers, analysed by psychologists, reported upon in mountains of blue books, he appears totally unconcerned about it all. He has long ago taken the doctor for granted, resigns himself to the school dentist, knowing that everything's all right as there is also a school nurse, and assumes that, should the industrial world be convulsed by a strike he will simply get a clianlc, of diet. Aberdare, we notice, is moving fur- ther still in the direction of getting a school for defectives. This is termed an experiment, though we should have thought that the experimental state was long since past. Mr. Ogwen Wil- liams, we notice, protested strongly against this innovation, objecting we need not state to the place of meeting and not to the principle. Mr. Williams would seem to have much ground for objection as it cannot be argued for one minute that a chapel vestry is even the first word in comfort. It will not be rightly called a school for defectives, but for the very backward children, and as there are sufficient of these to fill the chapel as well, we are suspicious that this is one of those half-reforms which is worse than ndreform in that money is expended without profit. Aberdare has not yet moved in the direction of open-air schools, which aie, if anything, more important than their latest innovation. Councillor Stone- lake wants to see school feeding from January to December, just as is done in most of our large towns. Where, in the midst of all this tumult, does the teacher stanci I While his clerical work has increased ia manifold directions, his financial position to-day is exactly where it was at the beginning. Other officials fro increasingly remunerated as their work increases, the teacher experiences in- creases in all respects except salaries. The time is surely at hand when a strong plea should he made for some recognition, and teachers are convinced that their arguments are sufficiently strong to demand some other answer than "Rates."
Civic Sunday. Unique Function at Aberdare. Last Sunday morning a civic service was held at Trinity English C.M. Church, Aberdare. A procession was formed at the top of Victoria Square, and paraded along the principal streets to Trinity Church. The High Con- stable of Miskin Higher, Mr. R. H. Miles, who is a deacon and trustee of Trinity Church, was present, attired in the official High Constable robes. The procession, which was marshalled by Supt. Pees, consisted of:—The Aber- dare Police, with Inspector Nott at their head; the Aberdare Detachment of Territorials, under the direction of Sergt. Instructor Pole, and accompan- ied by Lieut.-Surgeon Dr. Trevor Cory; the D Squad of Glamorgan Yeomanry, under the command of Sergt. Major Morrison and S.Q.M. Sergt. Burge; the Aberdare Chamber of Trade, of which the High Constable is ex-president; the Aberdare Fire Brigade, under the com- mand of Capt. J. Davies and Hon. Capt. R. L. Berry; the local Ambulance Brigades; the local Troops of Boy Scouts, under the command of Scout- masters E. Howells Evans and J. C. Harmston, and the Aberdare Postmen. The procession was headed by the Salvation Army Band. A special service had been arranged at Trinity. Suitable hymns were sung, the precentor being Mr. Daniel Jones, and the organist Mr. J. Arkite Phillips. Mr. John Jones, Gadlys, sang a solo, "I've found a friend," and Mr. Lace gave a cornet solo, "The Lost Chord." The Rev. J. Lewis Jenkins, pastor of the church, took as his text a phrase in Paul's exhortation to Timothy, "Let thou stir up the gift of God." He re- marked that the words meant to kindle afresh or to fan into a flame. Paul realised that there was in Timothy a fiery quality which he called the gift of God. However at the time the fire was low and the flame flickered in the heart of Timothy. So Paul advised the young man to stir up this fire and fan it into a flame. The moral was that the spiritual fire, like material fire, needed stirring and fanning occasion- ally. The holy passion for all that the kingdom of God stood flickered some- times and needed stirring up. Paul seemed to say to Timothy, "One thing thou lackest—the fire, the zeal, the flame of unquenchable enthusiasm." How many men failed, not for the lack of ability, but the lack of enthusiasm? "Moral and Christian enthusiasm" was Mr. Jenkins' subject. First: En- thusiasm meant power. In the spheres of character and religion the power that swept away every obstacle was the power of a divinely kindled enthusiasm. It was not mechanics but dynamics that was the irresistible force in the world. It was a power that could not be estim- ated, or anticipated, or summed up. It was an incalculable element. Power did not consist in wealth, or armies or navies. It consisted in the spirit of the people, the spirit of loyalty or enthu- siasm. We talked sometimes of our Dreadnoughts, but if they were manned by weak and cowardly men they were of no avail. One inspired man was of more value than a thousand uninspired. In church spheres we were inclined to regard a decrease in membership as a weakening of the power of tho church, whereas oftentimes it was the reverse. It was quality and not quantity that counted in the Kingdom of God. Christianity—to borrow a colloquial phrase—had not taken on a soft job at all. The world, the flesh and the devil were a formidable trinity. There were men to-day who would close everv place of worship in the land and melt all the church bells which called people to wor- ship. It was a grand thing to be a minister of the gospel. It gave one the opportunity of being enthusiastic in the best cause. Secondly, enthusiasm meant action. An enthusiast was always doing some- thing. He was always questioning and conducting enquiries, such as, What to d.) with the poor? How shall we abolish the slums? How can we fill our streets with happy children with laugh- ter on their lips? It was true that the enthusiast was an awkward in- dividual sometimes. He might be go- ing a little too far, but he (the preacher) felt like thanking God for a little reck- lessness sometimes. We were inclined to be over cautious, and to dread conse- quences too much. The greatest ene- my of religion to-day was indifference, the bane of the church of Laodicea. The greatest calamity that could happen to a soul was to lose its enthusiasm, to be deprived of a holy passion to respond to all that was high and good. It was better for the pot to boil over than not to boil at all. Better the terrorism of active mischief than the placidity of dead indifference. Mr. Jenkins concluded with an appeal to members of the congregation to make Aberdare a healthy town, a town without slums, a happy town in which there would be founts of real pleasure. "Make it," said he, "a grand and beautiful town with well organised streets and stately buildings. But above all make it a city of God. A heavenly Jerusalem with a new life stirring its people to a righteous activi- ty Mr. Jenivins gave a cordial welcome to the visitors, and expressed his pleas- ure at seeing this, the first Civic Sunday in Aberdare, turning out so success- fully. Collections towards the Cardiff In- fiimary and Porthcawl Rest were made at the close. The High Constable expressed his profound and sincere gratitude for the splendid response to his appeal to join in the civic parade to Trinity. He trusted that this would be an annual function in the history of Aberdare un- til the period when the High Constable- ship would be absorbed in a Mayorship. Fl:, wished to cordially thank Supt. Rees for his valuable services as mar- shall. After the service the procession was re-formed and marched as far as the top of the Square. Among representatives of public bodies present were the ex-High Con- stables T. Lloyd, F. Hodges, and J. H. Powell, Councillors David Davies, T. Walter Williams, William Thomas and M. J. Harris; Messrs. C. R. Vicar v. President of the Chamber of Trade; A. E. Harmston and T. W. Griffiths, vice- presidents: llltyd Williams, ex-presi- rient. Also Mrs. Miles, Lady High Constable, Mrs. George and Mrs. Powell, ex-Lady High Constables, and Mrs. T. Walter Williams. The arrangement a were in the hands of Mr. E. Howells Evans, secretary to the High Constable. This was the first High Constable Church Parade for Aberdare, and the organisers aiid all who took part are to be congratulated on the success of the movement.