a S A Boon to Ladies! begs to announce that ha has opened a Ladies Hairdreasing # OVJ vJ JL JL 8aloon at 21 Canon Street, Aberdare, where Ladies oan have their Hair Dressed, Cut, Singed and Shampooed by a THOROUGH PRACTICAL LONDON HAIRDRESSER. A Trial Solicited, when the utmost satisfaction is Guaranteed. All kinds of Ornamental Hairwork done on the Premises. Alan a Gentlemen's Private Saloon has been added, which will be a Boon to Gentlemen. Note the Address The Aberdare Ladies' and Gentlemen's Hairdressing Saloons, 21 CANON STREET, ABERDARE. FURNITURE REMOVALS BY WILLIAM HILL, CARDIFF Rd., Mt. ASH TEL. 19 The largest Furniture Vans in the District. Well trained men <fc experienced packers -1, Pi -h i I JOL ELMA&M-WM-M.M 59"!3 IX p I A Marvellous Remedy. For upwards of Fifty Years these Pills have held the first place in the World as a Bemedy for PILES and GRAVEL, and all the common disorders of the Bowels, Stomach, Liver and Kidneys; and there is no civilized Nation under the Sun that has not experienced their Healing Virtues. THE THREE FORMS OF THIS REMEDY: No. 1—George's Pile and Gravel Pills. No. 2—George's Gravel Pills. No. 3—George's Pills for the Piles. Sold everywhere in Boxes, Is. lid. and 2s. 9d., each. By Post, Is. 2d. and 2s. lOd. Propplator-4. E. George, M.R.P.S., Hlrwain, Aberdare. New Theatre, ABERDARE. MONDAY, JULY 7th AND DURING THE WEEK. TWICE NIGHTLY. MATINEE ON SATURDAY, JULY 12th, AT 2.30 P.M. Pictures! Pictures!! Pictures! The Most Wonderful Traveller in the Cinematograph World— CHERRY KEARTON Showing his marvellous feats in Darkest Africa while accom- panying President Roosevelt. All Should See Thaae Pictures. All EDUCATIVE WEEK for ABERDARE PEOPLE. To any persons net satisfied with the performance, the Management will willingly return their money in full. THOMASTOWN, TONYREFAIL. Grand CHAIREISTEDDFOI) In GELLI SEREN GROUNDS, On TUESDA Y, AUG. 5,1913 Male Voice, £12 and Metronome; Mixed Choirs, X7; Juvenile Choirs, æö. Vocal and Instrumental Solos, Duetts. Programmes lid post, from E. FRANCIS, 11 Pembroke Street, Thomastown, Tonyrefail. MERTHYR TYDFIL UNION. FOSTER MOTHERS. THE GUARDIANS of the Merthyr JL Tydfil Union require the services of Three Single Women or Widows as Foster Mothers at their Cottage Homes. Candidates must not be less than 25 years or over 40 years of age, and must alsc he total abstainers. Birth Certi- ficates must be presented to the Guard- ians by successful candidates. The Candidates will be Medically ex- amined,, and they must sit for an ex- amination which will be conducted by examiners appointed by the Guardians; subjects, Home Management, and The Care of Children, and the appointments will be made on the result of both ex- aminations. Salary, t22 per annum, to be in- creased every two years to a maximum 41of C26 with board and lodging. The increments are to accrue from the first day of the quarter next after the per- sons appointed have completed two years service. Particulars of the duties to be per- formed, together with syllabus of sub- jects for examination, may be obtained I upon application t(f the Superintendent of the Training School, Aberdare. The appointments will be made sub- ject to ths provisions of the Poor Law Officers' Superannuation Act, 1896: Applications, with copies of three re- cent testimonials, two of which must b? from ladies, must be sent to me by the 9th July, 1913, and must be made upon forms which can be obtained upon application at my office, or by forward- ing me a stamped directed foolscap envelope. By Order, FRANK T. JAMES, Clerk to the Guardians. 184 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, 25th June. 1913. t Tenders for Post Office. THE POSTMASTER GENERAL gives notice that he requires a new Post Office on lease at Aberdare. Owners of property, builders and others are invited to submit offers of sites likely to prove suitable for the purpose. The sites should be in a reasonably central and convenient position with a superficial area of about 900 square yards —including a yard accessible, if possible, from the side or the rear. Each Tenderer should state the rent asked for the site as it stands, and the rate of interest required on cost of alter- ing an existing building, or of erecting new premises, to the plans of the Post master General. Offers should contain full particulars of dimensions, with a block plan if possible, and should be forwarded on or before the 12th July to the District Surveyor to the Post Office, Cardiff Printed forms of offer shewing the usual conditions of lease may be obtained from the Postmaster of Aberdare. Miners' Offices* THE ABEBDARE DISTRICT MINERS FsDERATiOMinvite owners of property situated in the central portion of Aber- dare, who are disposed to lease or sell their property, to submit terms and particulars not later than July 9th, 1913, to Mr Illtyd Hopkins, 29 Tudor Terrace, Aberdare. HAGGARS To-Night: KING BAGGDT in NEW MAGDALEN. NeKt Week: Two Great Feature Films, SEE BILLS. ALSO Miss FLORENCE TURNER, in EVERYBODY'S DOING IT. Don't fail to see our great Biograph and Vitagraph Pictures and our special English Masterpiece, next week. TO LET. The Graig, Aberdare. This House contains the following accommodation :—Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen, Scullery and Cellars, four Bedrooms and one Servants' Bedroom, Coach-house and Stable. About eight Acres of Land can be let with the house. Immediate possession can be given.—Apply for particulars to- Messrs. FRANK JAMES & SONS, Solicitors, Merthyr Tydfil- The Urban District Council of Aberdare. Education Committee. TENDERS are invited for the Cleaning JL and Painting daring the Mid-summer Holidays of the Aberaman Boys', Girls' and Infants' Schools according to Specification, which may be seen at the Education Offices. Sealed Tenders, endorsed "Tenders for Painting," must reach me on or before noon on Friday, the 18th July, 1913. The lowest or any Tender not neoes- sarily acoepted. T. BOTTING, Director. Education Offices, Aberdare, July 1st, 1913. NOTICE. I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that I will not be responsible for any debt or debts contracted by my wife, Sarah Williams, of 2 Sunny Bank, Penrhiw- ceiber, on and after July 2nd, 1913. (Signed) JOHN WILLIAMS. 37 Rheola Street, Penrhiwceiber. Prepaid Small Advertisements. Inserted at the following specially low rates:— One week. 3 wks. 6 wks. s. d. s. d. s. d. 16 words 0 6 1 0 1 6 24 09 1 6 2 3 32 „ 10 2 0 3 0 40 „ 13 2 6 3 9 4S 16 3 0 4 6 These charges apply only to the follow- ing classes of advertisements :—Apart- ments, Situations (Vacant or Wanted), To be Let or Sold, Lost or Found, and Miscellaneous Wants. Remittances may be made by Postal Orders or half-penny stamps. If not prepaid double rate will be charged. Advertisement and Publishing Office6, Cardiff Street, Aberdare. LOST. LOST, between Aberaman and Cwm- bach. 4 Keys, Chain attached. 5s reward.—Return to LEADER Office. ON W'ednesday, June 25th, between Allen's Fruit Shop, Ffrwd Cres., and Phillips Street, Mountain Ash, Pair of Gold-rimmed Spectacles. Finder rewarded on returning to Mrs. Allen. ) Ffrwd Crescent. r 11", m COME AND HAVE AN ICE AT 'MILES' RESTAURANT, 2 Canon Street, Aberdare. DURING the Summer Months we specialise in the production of Ices and other hot weather dainties. We suggest you make i a point of always coming here when requiring light refreshments. Our service is sure to meet with your entire approval. TO LET. SPLENDID Premises suitable for s Fish Supper Bar. Near Grand Theatre. No opposition. Good open- ing for energetic person. Morris, Brooklyn, Aberaman. SITTING Room and Bedroom for One or S Two Gentlemen.—Apply 46 Cardiff Road, Aberdare. HOUSE and shop, 78 Gadlys Road, I ijL Aberdare. Apply 93 Gadlys Road, Aberdare. FURNISHED ROOMS, central—Apply, A.G., .LEADER Office. TWO large Lock-up 8hops, best position Main Street, Mountain Ash. Fine frontages, suit any trade. Absolutely the best business premises in town.—Apply, W. J. Bevan, Tanygraig Buildings, Abercynon. APARTMENTS to suit one or two gentlemen. Central. Apply, 14 "Leader" Office. SITTING-ROOM and bedroom to suit ks one or two gentlemen. Very central.—Apply 82, "Leader" Office. IMPORTANT TO COW KEEPERS: Excellent grazing land for cattle at Duffryn Dare.—Apply R. H. Miles and Sons, Aberdare. HAIRDRESSER'S Shop, High St., Aberdare.—Apply Rock Brewery. APARTMENTS or Board Resi- dence for one or two gentlemen friends. Bath, hot and cold.—Ap- ply A.B., "Leader" Office. FOR SALE. | A FREE-ENGINE TRIUMPH lyiU Motor Cycle. Perfect con- dition.—Sheen's Motor Works, Aber- dare. TWO Houses, One Shop included, Abernant Road. Excellently situated, good condition. Bargains. Reason, owners leaving Aberdare. — Apply Jones, Auctioneer and V aluer, Aberdare. PLEASURE Trap, cushions and JL lamps complete; suit pony 12,1 to 13 hands.—Apply Trap, "Leader" Office. AShed with Corrugated Roof. For particulars and price, Apply S. A. Tinney, T. V. R. Coal Wharf, Aberdare. fO and 59 Pembroke Street, price £ 145 OO each; also 14 Elizabeth Street, price .t220.-Apply T. W. Griffiths, Solicitor, Aberdare. SECOND-HAND Piano, new November. S Phillips, Cambridge. Cost 31 guineas, accept £ 18.—Apply, T. A., LEADER Office FOUR Incandescent Gas Lamps for Outside, 3 burners in each, com- plete with sound globes. Bargain for buyer.—Apply Lennards Ltd., 16 Canon Street, Aberdare. SECOND-HAND TIMBER, suitable s for fencing, fowl-houses, and other purposes.—Apply Samuel A. Tinney, Taff Vale Coal Yard (late E. L. Davies), Aberdare. SAWDUST at Is. per sack.—Apply S Samuel A. Tinney, Taff Vale Wharf, Aberdare. TWO Four-Wheeled Bread Vans. Float. 3 Flat Carts. Butcher or Baker's Covered Cart. Milk Churns. Cob, Pony, & Harness.—Collyer, Auc- tioneer, Mountain Ash. WALLPAPERS from l*d. per roll. Any quantity, large or imall, supplied at Wholesale Prioes. Our ■took exceeds 250,000 rolls of all classes. Write for patterns stating what class you require.—(Dept. 147) Barnett Wall- paper Co., Ltd., Knott Mill, Manchester A WELSH NOVEL by the author of "Maid of Oefn Ydfa." "O'r Cryd i'r Amdo," published price, 1/6; sold for 6d. each at "Leader" and "Tarian" Office, Aberdare. 4 i ~\T WLADFA NEWYDD,V history JL of the Welsh Settlement at Patagonia. Stirring scenes described. Published at 1/ now sold at 4d.— "Leader" and "Tarian" Office, Aber- dare. 1- MISCELLANEOUS. DAIRYMEN requiring a good supply of pure, clean, New Milk, specially cooled, deliveries from our Country Depots, I St. Clears. Special arrangements for accommodation and week-end supplies.- Apply for prices to Cox & Sons, 47 City Road, Cardiff. BOOK-KEEPING. Complete Corres JL) pondence Course. Text and Exercise Books supplied. Terms strictly moderate, payable your convenience. Coaching until successful for any Examination.— Particulars, W. D. Jackson, A.I.8.A., Alderman's House, Bishopsgate, London, E.C. TRADESMEN'S Books written up and accounts rendered by compe- tent clerk in spare time. Aberdare and District.—Apply, T.B., "Leader" Office. Ladles, Read This. DVICE FREE for Btamp.- Mra M. Stewart's famous Female Remedy cidver fails. Address—9, Guinea-st, Bristol. HAVE you anything to sell, or do _t_ you want to buy an article second-hand? Try. an advertisement in this column. 16 words for 6d. APARTMENTS to let or wanted. Try a small advertisement in the "Aberdare Leader." Hundreds suited. 16 words for 6d. WANTED. A GIRL, about 16 years of age, used to housework and children. — Apply George, fruiterer, Weatheral St. WANTED at once a young woman as housekeeper. Must be fond of children. Good home. — Apply, Geo. Shenton, 29 Fothergill Street, Aber- nant. SITTING Room and Bedroom. Cen- tral. Piano; good cooking. Moderate.—Apply, F.A., c/o "Leader." BOARD and lodgings wanted by young gent. Central; bath; terms moderate.—14 Cardiff Street, Aberdare. GOOD Unfurnished Apartments by married couple. — Apply A. D., Leader Office. TYPEWRITING. 2d. per folio, JL paper provided. Carbon Copies 3d. each. Prompt attention. Write or send to Typist, 16a Bond Street, Aberdare. CROCERY. WANTED a Young Man to deliver and assist in Stores. One accus- tomed to horses preferred.—T. Lloyd, Commercial Street, Aberdare. Jlhtdat IfltÚt With whioh is incorporated the "Aberdare Times." Established 1861. Tel., 136. CIRCULATING THROUGHOUT THE ABERDARE AND MOUNTAIN ASH DISTRICTS, YNYSYBWL, GLYN NEATH, AND MERTHYR & RHONDDA VALLEYS
The Abercynon Controversy. Vicar of Brixton and Spiritualism. In view of the intense excitement which the Abercynon controversy re- specting Spiritualism has caused, the following statement by the Rev. A. J. Waldron, Vicar of Brixton, which ap- peared in the "London Budget," will doubtless be of interest to our readers: The Church has everything to gain by appropriating and using the results of psychical research. The proved facts of the investigation carried on by the Psychical Research Society and a large number of learned investigators has gone a long way to prove the spiritual nature of man and the continuance of life after death. For twenty years I have carefully read everything worth reading on this subject, and have had personal inter- views and debates with many of the most prominent mediums; for years I was opposed to the spiritualistic inter- pretation, of its phenomena, but at last, like that great detective investigator, Dr. Hodgson, I was compelled to admit that, apart from the fraud, trickery, delusion, etc., which characterised a large part of its alleged phenomena, there was a residuum of fact, and that fairly considerable, which cannot be rationally explained and interpreted apart from the spiritualistic hypothesis. It is not only the problem of com- munion with the spirits of those which have passed over which confronts the church, but the whole of the phenomena connected with the many healing cults which have spread so rapidly during the past few years. It is too late for the Church to ignore or denounce, for it is self-evident that tho Christian Scientists and others must have some distinctive truth to enable them to secure so many thousands of devoted adherents; the question which the orthodox Church must ask and in- vestigate is, What is that truth? Mrs. Eddy may denounce hypnotism, to ban suggestion, and give us a set of principles about "God being all in all and man is a spiritual being," but the general conclusion of careful students is that the fundamental law of faith run- ning through these various cults, differ- ing in expression, is that it is the law of subjective suggestion. To-day this is the theory generally accepted—viz., that of the Nancy School, as but capable of explaining the phenomena of hypnotism. It is the action of that subliminal consciousness on the other self. 1 (> 11 1 '1 I nave careruny watenea nypnotic ex- periments performed by some of our celebrated doctors, and on a few occa- sions, in company with them, have suc- cessfully accomplished similar results; the whole is done by suggestion to the patient. It is the mighty power of faith exercised by the subjective mind. It may be asked But is this not op- posed to the Christian idea of prayer? I believe not, for, as my friend Dr. MeComb. the founder of the Emmanuel movement in America, and the well- known writer on these subjects, has said. "it is impossible to tell where in religious practices suggestion begins or ends." The important place of "Faith" in the Christian religion was laughed at contemptuously by the older school of sceptics; but psychical research has re- p habituated the doctrine, and placed it is an impregnable position. The miracles of faith accomplished to- day in the curing specially of function- al disorders are incalculable; the Russian Government have actually es- tablished hypnotic centres for the cure of inebriety and with considerable suc- cess. There are many dangers ahead and many of us would like to see all public exhibitions of hypnotism stopped, and that it should only be used in connec- tion with the medical profession. And yet there is very little authorita- tive evidence to prove that organic dis- eases can be cured. I am quite aware of the alleged successes olaimed by the Christian Scientists, etc., but I do not know that any cases which have been thoroughly investigated stand the test. Personally I do not deny the possibility of still more far-reaching successes in this direction, but believe it will only be attained through corporate action-viz., where the Church can meet together and use believing prayer. To many people the whole thing reeks of evil, or is on a much lower plane than the teaching of the New Testament. It appears to me that such condemnation is born of a view of God which only teaches his Transcendence; but if we accept the doctrine of Divine Imman- ence, then there can be no limit to the action of the Divine Spirit within. It is perfectly true that miracles of healing have occurred independent of the object believed in. In the history of all religions and superstitions there is abundant evidence of this; but the real fact to emphasise is the power of faith, and it is this spiritual factor of the personality which is particularly prominent in the New Testament. The danger ahead is a very subtle one —viz., the development of the psychical as opposed to the spiritual—and many thinkers can foresee an unlocking of vast potentialities for evil unless this latent power is controlled and guided by the higher power of spirit. St. Paul saw this and puts the psychic man as carnal in opposition to the spiritual. On the question of spirit communion there is a mass of evidence, supported by the names of eminent thinkers. It is not easy to pooh-pooh the testimony of men like Sir W. Crookes, Dr. Barrett, Professor de Morgan, C. F. Varley, Alfred Russel Wallace, Sir Oliver Lodge, Dr. Hodgson, Professor James, Professor Hyslop, and that giant in- vestigator the late F. W. Myers and a host of others. Sir Oliver Lodge's book, "The Sur- vival of Man," gives abundant proof of the cross-correspondence from the other world from F. W. Myers and Dr. Hodgson through the mediumship of Mrs. Piper and Mrs. Verrall. Sir Oliver Lodge writes: "The boundary between the two states—the known and the unknown-is still sub- stantial, but it is wearing thin in places and like excavators engaged in boring a tunnel from opposite ends, amid the roar of water and other noises, we are beginning to hear now and again the strokes of the pickaxes of our comrades on the other side." If the teachers of the Church can assimilate this teaching and use it in its proper proportion and work with the medical profession as suggested by the Emmanuel Movement, then there is a great future before it, it will preach and practise a gospel which will apply to the whole personality. To do this there needs a revolution in reading and thinking, and in the terms of expres- sion. The doctrine of a future life will become a fact of demonstration and not merely a pious hope or a dogma of faith. On the other hand, if the Church neglects the present opportunity and keeps to its old formulae, etc., it must not be surprised if the great mass of men and women become attached to Christian Science, theosophy, and the other new cults which are springing up around her.
Pension for Dyfed. In connection with the list of pen- sions granted during the year ended March 31st last, amounting in the ag- gregate to tl,200, the Archdruid Dyfed (the Rev. Evan Rees, of Cardiff) has been granted JE50 in recognition of his contributions to Welsh poetry.
"A Beggar Artist." CLEVER PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL TALENT. A grand variety entertainment was given at the Market Hall, Aberdare, on Wednesday evening by Messrs Alf. Ashman and Co., the local collier sketch artiste, in a production, en- titled A Beggar Artist" or An Episode of a Western Bar Room," a play written by means of his teeth by Mr W. Powell, the Aberdare Arm- less Young Man, who is well known in town. The play was ablv organised by Mr Alf. Ashman, the well-known local elocutionist. The company made their first appearance at the Victoria Hall, Hirwain, where they scored a huge success. The caste include: Toby Lomas, Saloon Keeper, Mr R. Davies; Bill Saunders, a New Comer, Mr A. Lewis; Bill Travers, alias Silent Bill, Mr R. Price; Little Joe, Toby's Son, j Master Carl Richardson, and Karl, a Beggar Artist, Mr Alf Ashman. The play was followed with rapt attention, and the respective parts were most ably portrayed. Messrs Ashman and his company are to be highly compli- mented on their work. Besides the playwright, Mr Powell, the following take part:—Mr J. O. Jones, baritone; the White Midgets, the youngest clog and step dancers in the world; Preece, the baritone vocalist; the Two S's in their comedy duo, entitled The Intruder"; the Great Lenardine, the Welsh Nightingale in classical reper- toire, and the Great Macopos, the re- nowned illusionist in his mysterious seance. The entire programme is thoroughly appreciated. The company have already made some good bookings. Mr Powell has also written a play, en- titled "A Fight with Fate."
ABERCYNON. "THE FATAL GROTTO." The above picture was very much ap- preciated by large audiences at the Cinema, Workmen's Hall, on Thursday and Saturday evenings last. Splendid selections were given by Mr D. T. Theophilus' orchestra. Mr Haydn Woods accompanied. A children's entertainment was given on Saturday afternoon. SOCIAL. On Wednesday evening a very enjoyable evening was spent by the Abercynon United Choral Society at the Workmen's Hall, when they were entertained to a' tea and social. The tables were presided over by (1) Mrs Tudor Davies and Mrs G. F. Livesey; (2) Mrs W. G. Williams (chemist), Mrs (Coun.) T. W. Jones, and Mrs W. Fen- wick; (3) Mrs D. J. Price and Mrs D. T. Theophilus. and (4) Mrs J. Mor- timer and Mrs T. Jones. Cutters, Mrs W. Brown, Mrs R. Davies, and Mrs Trevethan. Mr Joe Norman was the tea brewer. After tea dancing and games were indulged in, the M.C. of the dance being Mr W. G. Powell, and of the whist Mr Charles Gregory. Solos were rendered by Mr J. C. Powell. Mr Dan Powell, Mr Evan Lloyd, and Miss Annie Thomas. The secretary was Mr W. Davies. and the treasurer was Mr W. G. Williams.
Aberdar a'r Cor Mawr. Adgotion Cerddorol. GAN UN O'R BOYS." Trwy eich hynawsedd arferol, Mr. Gol., bydd i mi gyflwyno i sylw mil- oedd darllenwyr y "Daiian" ych- ydig o hanes canu corawl Eden Cym- ru o'r flwyddyn 1860 hyd at Fuddug- oliaeth y Cor Mawr (The Noble 500) ar^oriel y Crystal Palace yn 1872 ac 18/3. Cewch genyf hanes genedig- aeth y Cor Mawr yn un o Ystafell- oedd y Neuadd Ddirwestol un pryd- nawn Llun yn 1871, pan oedd bon- eddwr o'r enw Mr. W. T. Raper yn cadw y Gwesty Dirwestol. Dechreuaf gyda Chor Undebol Aberdar (neu "Gor Griff"). Nid oedd ond un Griff yn gerddorol ad- nabyddus yn Aberdar yr adeg hono, sef "Griff o'r Crown." Yn v Crown (gwesty gyferbyn a'r lie y" saif y Neuadd Gyhoeddus yn Nhrecynon, Aberdar, yn bresenol) y ganwyd Caradog Gerddorol Cymru, Gwlad y Gan. Yn y flwyddyn 1860 cynaliwyd Eis- teddfod yn Mhen-y-Bont-ar-Ogwy. Cafwyd gwyl wir lwyddianus yn ol pob hanes. Y prif ddarn cerddorol oedd "Haleliwia" (Mount of Olives). Gwobr, £ 5; gwobr fawr yr adeg hono. Pedwar o gorau oedd yn ym- geisio. Un o honynt oedd Cwmni o Gantorion o Heol y Felin, Aberdar, ac Aberaman, rhwng 30 a 40 mewn rhif, o dan yr enw "Cor Caradog." Mr. Griffith Jones oedd yr arwein- ydd. Enillwyd y wobr a'r clod gan fechgyn a genethod Aberdar. Yna collwyd yr enw Caradog hyd Fudd- ugoliaeth y Pum' Cant. Mewn blynyddoedd wedi hyn bu Cor Un- debol Aberdar yn cystadlu ar y darnau canlynol o dan arweiniad Mr Griffith Jones mewn Eisteddfodau yn Aberdar: "Y Daeargryn" (0. Alaw), Teyrnasoedd y Ddaear" (Lloyd), 'Mawl a'th erys Di yn Seion" (Lloyd). Yr oedd y dyfarniadau yn ffafr Cor Griff. Caed Eisteddfod eto yn Nghastell- nedd, amser y Nadolig, 910 o wobr i'r cor a ganai yn oreu "The Heavens are Telling." Yr oedd saith o gorau yn ymgeisio, ac yn eu mysg yr enwog Gor o Gwmtawe o dan arweiniad y cerddor clodus Mr. W. Ifander Grif- fiths. Bu yn gystadleuaeth frwd ja^n,na yn krwd na hyny pan ddeallwyd mai Aberdar oedd bia y wobr. Dyma y Nadolig y cynaliwyd gwyl de fawreddog yn Aberdar er dathlu agoriad yr Ysgolion Newydd (Hen Ysgol y Comin). Bwriadwyd cynal cyngherdd fawreddog yn y Neuadd Ddirwestol yn yr hwyr, ond aeth y cyfan yn fethiant am fod y nwy wedi rhewi, ac nid oedd yno oleuni. Methwyd hefyd a chael "special train" er dyfod a'r cantor- ion yn ol yn brydlon o Gastellnedd. a bu peth helynt am hyn. "Taw pia hi, boys." Yn y flwyddyn 1869, yn y Music Hall, Abertawe, cynaliwyd Eistedd- fod Gerddorol fawreddog. Y prif ddarn cerddorol oedd "Great is the depth" (St. Paul), gwobr, £ 30. Yr oedd Cor Undebol Aberdar yn yr ymgyrch, tua 140 mewn rhif, a Griffith Jones yn arwain. Yr oedd 8 cor yn ymgeisio, goreu Aberdar. Eto yn 1869 yr oedd Eisteddfod Gerddorol yn yr un lie. Gwobr, zC30 am ganu "Be not afraid." Yr oedd 7 cor yn ymgeisio goreu, Aberdar. Yn 1870, eto yn yr lie, yr oedd gwobr o £ 40 am ganu "Then shall your light." Yn yr ymgyrch hwn, heb- law Aberdar, yr oedd cor mawredd- og yn rhifo dros 400 o gantorion Abertawe. o dan arweiniad un o fei.bion mwyaf athrylithgar a thai- entog Cymru, set y diweddar Mr Silas Evans. Yr oedd yr olygfa yn nodedig. Ar godiad hys yr arweinydd cod- odd y 400 ar yr oriel fel un gwr. Can- asant yn rhagorol, ond Cor Griff a orfu. Yn 1870 eto yn yr un lie bu Eisteddfod gerddorol, a gwobr i'r cor a ganai yn oreu "Thanks be to God," ac yr oedd Aberdar yn ym- geisio. Wele eto fintai fawr dros 400 o gantorion Abertawe yn ym- geisio, yr enwog arweinydd a'r dat- ganwr diail, Eos Morlais, yn arwain, ond Aberdar fu fuddugol. Yn yr un Eisteddfod yr oedd gwobr o 23 am ganu "Y ^awr" i leisiau gwrywaidd. Eos Morlais a'i Gwmni o Abertawe oedd yn oreu. Eto yr oedd 25 am ganu "Y Gwanwyn" (G. Gwent), ac Aberdar yn fuddugol. Bu Cor Aberdar yn cystadlu o dan arweiniad Mr. Griff Jones mewn Eisteddfod a gynaiiwyd yn hen dref Caerfyrddin. Y beirniad cerddorol oeddynt Owain Alaw a Mr. Rosser Beynon, Merthyr. Y darnau oedd- ynt "Anthem Manchester" (J. A. Lloyd) a'r Ddaeargryn (0. Alaw) gwobr, £ 30. Y goreu oedd "Dowlais and Aberdare Musicians," o dan arweiniad Mr. Holford, organ- ydd Eglwys St. Elvan, Aberdar. Z, Eto bu Mr. Griffith Jones a'i gyf- eillion cerddorol o Aberdar yn ym- geisio yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru yn Nghaerfyrddin, yr hon a adnabyddir fel Eisteddfod y Gwlaw." Y Pencerdd, Mr. Henry Leslie, Llundain, oedd y prif feirn- iad cerddorol. a'i gyfansoddiadau ef oedd y ddau ddarn cerddorol a genid; gwobr, £ 50. Dyfarniad Mr. Leslie oedd fel y canlyn: Deg punt ar hugain i Gor Merthyr (Mr. David Francis) deg punt i Gor Castell- newydd-Emlyn, o dan arweiniad Mr J. Lewis (os wyf yn cofio yn iawn) a phum' punt i Gor Aberdar, o dan arweiniad Mr. Griff Jones. Teimlai cantorion Aberdar mor siomedig fel na ddarfu i neb fyned i'r llwyfan i gyrchu y pum' punt, a chafodd y pwyllgor eu cadw hwynt. Felly chwi welwch, Mr. Gol., nad oedd duwies ffawd yn gwenu ar ym- drechion cerddorol merched a bech- gyn Aberdar yn mhrif dref Sir Gaer- fvrddin. U Wedi Eisteddfod Abertawe yn 1870 symudodd Mr. Griff Jones i Dreorci, Rhondda, a syrthiodd ei fantell ar- weinyddol ar ysgwyddau yr adna- byddus Mr. Rhys Evans, yr hwn sydd heddyw yn fyw ac yn trigianu yn Aberdar ac yn arweinydd i'r "Aberdare Glee Society" etholwyd Eos Da'r (Merthyr yn awr). Yn y flwyddyn 1871 ymddangosodd yn y "Daily Telegraph" hysbysiad am "A Great Musical Competition Festival" i gymeryd lie yn y Crystal Palace. "First Prize, a beautiful Gold Cup. Fine work of art- Value, 11,000. For particAwvB saw programme, to be had of tå. Secre- tary, Crystal Palace." YmMstngos- odd yr hysbysiad yn rhanol vevm cy- hoeddiad misol a argraffid gmm Dew Alaw yn Mhontypridd. ICae y cyfaill Dewi Alaw yn byw ya MhoBt- ypridd heddyw. Bu peth goheb- iaeth yn y "Gwladgarwr," ac o hya y rhoddwyd gwahoddiad i arweia- yddion a chantorion i ymgyfarfod yn Aberdar er cymeryd i ystyriaeth y priodoldeb o fyned a Chor o Gymru i gystadlu yn Mhrif Ddinas jr byd. Pan gaf hamdden, Mr. Gol., os da genych, cewch genyf ychydig o hanes y cwrdd cyntaf, ac enwau yr adram- oedd oedd yn gwneud i fyny "The Noble 500" y waith gyntaf ar oriel y Palas. Da genyf fod cyfeiilion ya danfon enwau rhai o'r aelodau, a'u bod yn ymddangos yn eich "Tarian" glodwiw.' Bydd y Cor Mawr yn 40 mlwydd oed Gorphenaf y lOfed, 1913.
Boy Drowned at Cefnpennar ,I On Wednesday morning, at the Mountain Ash Police Station, Mr. R. J. Rhys, District Coroner, conducted an inquiry into the circumstances sur- rounding the death of Chas. David Lewis, 10 George Pit Houses, Cefn- pennar. Wm. Thomas, father of deceased, identified, and stated that his little boy was eight years of age. Thomas Morgan Lewis, son of the last witness and brother of deceased stated he was 11 years of age. He and his brother went out on Sunday in com- pany with three other boys to catch tad- poles in the George Pit Pond. The pond was about 500 yards from the house. His brother was fishing, and saw a tin in the water, and went to reach it, and in doing so fell in. Wit- ness was on the other side of the pond, and heard a shout and rushed to his brother. He offered him a stick to lay hold of, but he failed to grip it and fell back, and went to the bottom. John Morris, 11 Toncoch Terrace, heard a shout and rushed to assist. He was about 300 yards away, and when h.* got there the boys pointed out where deceased had fallen in. Witness immediately jumped in and got the little fellow out. He tried to revive him, but his efforts were of no avail. The Coroner at this point remarked that Morris bad done his duty. The jury returned a verdict of "Acci- dental death."
Drowning Fatality at Aberaman. A very sad drowning accident oc- curred at Aberaman on Wednesday evening near the spot where several fatalities have previously taken place. It appears that several young men were bathing in the river near Aberaman Station about 6.45. One of them. Mathew Giles, 16 years of age, dived into a deep place and did not re-appear on the surface. The other bathers con- cluded that Giles must be in difficulties and made repeated attempts to reach and rescue him. One boy, named Edgar Howard, Gladstone Street, made a brave attempt to save Giles, but was obliged to let him go fearing that he himself would be pulled down. After some time a man, named Geouge Cook, Station Street, arrived, and recovered the deceased. Artificial respiration was at once resorted to, but of no avail. Dr Moffitt, P.S. Griffiths, and P.C. T. J. Williams were soon on the scene, and the first named' declared life extinct. The deceased, who was the son of a collier, named Matthew Giles, 302 Car- diff Road. Aberaman, was employed as a collier boy. and could swim but very little. The place where he was drowned is 9ft. deep, and the bottom is very muddy. The greatest sympathy is felt for the parents. He was one of 10 children.
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Charge of Wounding. Cwmbach Collier Acquitted. The Glamorgan Quarter Sessions were continued on Wednesdav at the Law Courts, Cardiff, before Mr. J. 1. D. Nicholl (Chairman), Major-general Tyler, and Mr. John Evans. John Bufton (50), a Cwmbach collier. indicted for unlawfully and maliciouslv wounding James David Gentle at Cwm- bach on May 5, pleaded not guilty. Mr A. T. James (instructed by Mr. Wm. Thomas, Aberdare) prosecuted, and Mr Wilfrid Lewis (instructed bv Mr. W. Kenshole, Aberdare) defended. Evidence was given to the effect that there had been feeling for some time between the parties, and after an argu- ment over prisoner's son, working at the Lletty .Shenkin Colliery, where other men were out on a protest strike against non-Unionism, Bufton make some remarks about soup tickets, and helping the parents of Gentle during a long strike in the coalfield.- The re- marks were resented, and later prose- cutor and his brother, Thomas Gentle. went to Bufton's house, where thev were assaulted with a poker. Bufton admitted the assault, but stated that the blows were struck in self-defence. "James Gentle threaten- ed to do six months for me," said Bufton. Harry Ward, a lad of twelve, stated that he saw the two Gentles go into Bufton's house and bring him out to the front. James Gentle had a stick. Addressing the jury, the Chairman said the law did not require a man, it about to be attacked in his own house. Ho wait for a blow to be struck him be- fore retaliating in self-defence. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and Mr A. T. James said in that case lie did not propose offering any evi- dence in a second indictment of wound- ing Thomas Gentle.
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