Mining Tests. County Council Competitions. The Glamorgan Mining Committee decided its list of awards on the re- cent practical mining competitions, in which mining engineers and students took such an active interest.. The following teams were the winners:— Timbering. Abercynon Centre.—1st, Abercynon No. 3 Team; 2nd, Pontypridd (Home Office); 3rd. Bedlinog (Morning Class). Clydach-on-Tawe. 1st, Penclawdd No. 1; 2nd. Pontardulais (Element- ary); 3rd, Gwauncae-Gurwen special price, Penclawdd No. 2. Neath Centre.—1st, Coedfranc No. 1; 2nd, Onllwyn No. 3; 3rd, Seven Sisters. Walling and Cobbing. Abercynon Centre.—1st, Aberdare (Home Office); 2nd, Aberdare No. 2; 3rd, Aberdare (Elementary). Clydach-on-Tawe.- 1st, Craigcefn- parc; 2nd, Pontardulais; 3rd, Ystaly- fera (Advanced). Neath Centre.—1st, Crynant No. 1; 2nd, Crynant No. 2; 3rd, Tondu. Shot Firing. Abercynon Centre.—1st, Evan J. Davies; 2nd, Thomas Norris; 3rd, John Henry Davies. Clvdach-on-Tawe.- 1st, William Davies; 2nd, William Williams; 3rd, William Thomas Davies. Neath Centre.—1st, Thomas J. Hop- kins; 2nd. David John Thomas; 3rd, Henry Williams.
New Vicar of Aberdare. The living of Aberdare, rendered vacant through the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Green to the Archdeaconry of Monmouth, has been offered to the Rev. James Abraham Lewis, B.A., of Llan- daff, and accepted by him. The rev. gentleman was educated at Llandovery and Lampeter Colleges. He was cur- ate of Llwynypia from 1898 to 1900; curate of Cefnllys with Llandrindod Wells from 1900 to 1907; and Minor Canon of Llandaff Cathedral with general licence to officiate in the Dio- cese of Llandaff from 1907 to the pres- ent time. He has vacated the appoint- I REV. J. A. LEWIS, B.A. ment at Llandaff Cathedral on his ad- mission to the Vicariate of Aberdare. Mrs. Lewis, his wife, is the youngest daughter of the late Mr Evan Lewis, Brynderwen, Llandaff, who was a brother to the late Mr James Lewis, Plasdraw, Aberdare. She is a niece to the Bishop of St. Asaph. The new Vicar is a Welsh-speaking Welshman, ing a native of Bettws, Carmarthen- shire. He has taken an active interest in Foreign Missions. He is secretary to the Diocesan Board of Missions and organising secretary to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for the Llandaff Diocese.
Unfit Horses. Ynysybwl Colliery Co. Fined. The Mynachdy Colliery Company, Ynysybwl, and three of their officials were the defendants at Mountain Ash Police Court on Thursday in con- nection with a number of summonses which were preferred against them by the mines inspectors. The com- pany vfas summoned for (1) permit- ting to be used a road in the colliery on which horses were used under- ground of insufficient dimensions as prescribed by the Mines Act, 1911; (2) failing to provide efficient refuge holes of the dimensions and character prescribed by the Act; (3) allowing horses in an unfit condition to be worked in the colliery. The manager of the colliery (Price Davies) was summoned for (1) per- mitting to be used a road in the col- liery on which horses were used underground of insufficient dimen- sions as prescribed by the Act; (2) failing to provide efficient refuge holes (3) failing to appoint in writ- ing a competent person to have the care of the horses used underground (4) allowing horses in an unfit condi- tion to be worked in the colliery (5) failing, by himself or by some compe- tent person appointed by him for the purpose, to exercise such personal supervision over the horse keepers employed in the colliery. One of the horse-keepers (Jones Morgan) was summoned for (1) fail- ing to keep a record in a book of all horses under his care and to make a daily report therein as to the condi- tion of each horse (2) knowingly making a false statement in an en- try (3) allowing horses to go out to work in an unfit condition. A second horse-keeper (Donald Mackenzie) was summoned for al- lowing horses to go out to work in an unfit condition. Mr. Parsons appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Home Office; Mr. John Morgan, Cardiff, appeared for all the defendants. 1. Evans, inspector of pit horses under the Home Office, said he visit- ed the Mynachdy Colliery on 23rd January. He went to the workings and found horses working in an unfit condition. They were all suffering from very bad sores. The horse- keeper (Jones Morgan) had entered some of them as being fit. and had omitted to enter other horses. On February 11th he was accompanied by Colonel Pearson. They entered the workings and found that seven of the horses, which were working, were suffering from bad sores. Mr John Morgan said he was pre- pared on behalf of defendants to plead guilty to all the summonses. There were, he said, extenuating cir- cumstances. The manager had only occupied that position since Septem- ber, and was doing his best to meet the requirements of the Act. The company's regular horse-keeper (Ratcliffe) had left suddenly, and Jones Morgan was a temporary hand, who was not used to the work. The company were prepared to give an undertaking that all the require- ments of the inspectors would be complied with within 14 days. The Deputy Stipendiary (Mr R. A. Griffith) sitting with other Magis- trates, imposed fines of Elo and costs in respect of each of three sum- monses against the company; t2 and costs in each of five summonses against the manager 5s. and costs in each of three summonses against Jones Morgan, and one fine of 5s. and costs against Donald Macken- zie. The total of the fines and costs amounted to £45 19s. 6d.
COLLIERY EXAMINERS. Sir,—Aberaman Colliery was ex- amined last week by the workmen. Is the report to be similar to the one previously issued 1 I sincerely hope not. When reading the report of their last examination it made me think I was working in Paradise. No gas, no bad roof, ventilation excel- lent, and everything perfect. Even the management were complimented for their diligence. The works com- mittee have too many of their num- ber amongst the examiners. Why not have some outsiders 1 I am sure there are several exjDerienced and "passed" men employed at Aber-, aman who could examine the pit thoroughly. The last query, but not the least, Why is the manager informed of the date of examination some days prev- iously ? Is it done so that he can prepare for the occasion? — I am, etc., COMMON LABOURER.
MASTER BAKERS & ITALIANS. —A DISCLAIMER. Sir,—I understand that I am held responsible (by several master bakers, also Italians) for the letters which appeared in your columns re- cently relating to the Aberdare Master Bakers and price of smalls. I suppose that because I resigned from their Association, they must jump to the conclusion that I was the guilty party. Well, they are mistaken, and if you will kindly give this letter publicity it will enable them to see for themselves that I disclaim such letters. If I had written I would very likely have said a greal deal more than the writer of those letters did. Although I did not write those let- ters, I did resign from the Master Bakers' Association on account of the disloyalty of one of its members in particular, and also on account of the undercutting in bread which goes on throughout the town. I thor- oughly agree with the object of the Association, but not with the slip- shod manner in which they conduct their business.—Yours, etc., 2 Cross Street. W. SNOOK.
CONCERNING ABERCWMBOI. Sir,—It was good of J.L. to pro- pose Rev. T.E.N., formerly of Glais, the noted bard of the masses, and a preacher of the gospel as it was preached by Jesus. The officialism of the church hunted Jesus to death because he spoke the truth of his enemies. And to-day it is the same. If you resemble Jesus you are sure of the same treatment as the Master. But what of some of the deacons ( f Bethlehem trying to persuade J.L. to withdraw his proposition? One deacon did not consider the reverend gentleman a fit person to preach at Bethlehem, but when asked to ex- plain would say no more. Very wise of him. Another deacon declared that the church got better sermons by the minister every Sunday than they would get from the minister mentioned. He held also that the Rev. J. L. Williams and the Rev. Mr Evans, Lampeter, would not preach with the Rev. T.E.N. Yet these very persons were the most promin- ent at the recognition services a few days ago. What meanness to vic- timise the servant of God by those who profess to be Christians, and even officers of the church. I wish these deacons would remember the words of Jesus that such as they will not enter the Kingdom by shouting. "Lord, Lord I" J.L., follow the light without fear of deacon or d —Yours, HONESTY.
TRAMWAY PROMISES. Dear Sir,—I would like to en- lighten the people about the appar- ent non-compliance of promises made to Councillors by the Aberdare Tramway Officials regarding the va- cancies which from time to time oc- cur on the tramways. A promise was made in answer to a question asked by Councillor Og- wen Williams to the effect that in I future all vacancies occurring in the tramways should be filled by local men. Only when it was impossible to fill such vacancies by local men should an outsider be brought in. Shortly after this promise was made I find that a vacancy for a blacksmith was filled by a Merthyr man. Are there no blacksmiths in Aberdare ? Or have they got better positions than the Council can offer to them 1 As time proceeded the cars looked as though they needed touching up, and another vacancy occurred. I would ask, as before, are there not skilled painters in Aberdare ? If there are some, why should a motor- man be allowed the job ? Even sup- posing that this town of ours does not possess a qualified painter, sure- ly we can find a man who can adapt himself to his surroundings in such a way as to become a painter's mate. However, the post has been filled this week by another stranger to Aberdare. I do not deny anyone the universal right to live, nor have I any ill- feeling towards the present holders of these positions, but a promise to let local men have positions on tram- ways is. a promise not to be trifled with. It is time that the Councillors of Aberdare should see that they have officials on the Tramways who look upon promises as being promises and not pie-crusts.—I am, your respect- fully, RATEPAYER.
WELSH NATIONAL DRAMA. ,Sir,-Exception has been taken by two persons to the few remarks I ven- tured to send to your issue of June 6th. I cannot see that the position I took up has been undermined by either "Cambrensis" or "Gwilym Ap lago." It is easy enough to defend the authors of the play referred to, and declare that Ihe characters are true to nature in Wales to-day. I agree, but they are to be found only in isolated cases, and what I say is that these isolated cases presented in what are boldly called "Welsh National Dramas," will have a tendency to work untold mischief on the young people of Wales. It is well that Gwilym Ap Iago should point out that if Gitto proved to be a hero it does not necessarily follow that every Agnostic is a hero, any more than the fact that Dafydd Hughes in The Poacher" is a hypocrite proves that every deacon is one." It is something to have this admission from one who comes forward to defend these plays as Welsh National Dramas. But cannot my critics see what impression these characters arc bound to make on reli- gious people? We are told that Tomos Sion failed to hold to the religious life because he was deceived in the deacon. There will be many such Tomos Sions as the result of this play, Ble Ma Fa." It will provide every Tom, Dick and Harry with powder and shot and excuses as to why they do not go to chapel and why they ignore public worship. Cambrejnsis is a little more frank than his brother Gwilym. He lets the cat out of the bag and de- clares openly that Agnostics will com- pare favourably with church members. Well now, let us come to grips. Was this the object of the author of Ble Ma Fa?" Is it his sincere belief that unbelievers live better lives than be- lievers, and did he write the play in order to set forth that view ? With regard to the other short play, "The Poacher," I again aver that it must have a bad effect. I have attended many theatres and witnessed hundreds of plays, but each one has taught me that virtue and honesty triumph in the long run. The Poacher does not teach this. Every character in it is a sinner; every person in it loves evil and finds it hard to do good. Tomos Shon's wife is of the world wordly, instead of being an example to her sex. The play is incomplete. It is very short, it is true, but if the author could work in another act, and introduce a little mor- ality into it, it would be an excellent thing for the people who are likely to witness the play in future. Yours, etc., SARON.
Wedding at Trecynon. On Wednesday last, June 10th. at Ebenezer Chapel, Trecynon, Mr. W. J. Thomas, A.C., eldest son of Mrs. E. Thomas, Penlan, Trecynon, was married to Miss May Lewis, of Newcastle Emlyn, The bride was given away by her cousin, Mr. J. Samuel Thomas, Newcastle Emlyn. The bridesmaids were the bride's sister, Miss Blodwen Lewis, and Miss M. E. Thomas, the bridegroom's sister. Mr. John Thomas, B A., acted as best man. The Rev. J. Grawys Jones officiated. After the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of the bridegroom's mother, after which the newly-married couple, who received the good wishes of a large circle of friends left for Aberystwyth, where the honeymoon is being spent. There were a large number of wedding presents, including a beautiful marble clock presented to the bridegroom by his colleagues ati the A.U.D.C. Electricity Works
f of MUSIC. is. Dance or Song I GREAT REDUCTION in PRICES J 2 Albums, 7d. VICTOR FREED, Mountain Ash. ]! SHEEN, SOLE AGENT FOR FORD CARS ABERDARE DISTRICT. can't tell the quality of a Cigarette by its price. It's tne smoking that tells. You'd guess the price of "Black Cats" at I 6d. the packet of 10 judged by the other kinds if you didn't know they were 10 for 3d. Mild and 10 for 2d. Medium. And then there are the profit-sharing gifts. 1 i VF C 1 a t Es m ild'10 For5? Medium 10 NWAMP- FOR COLOUR, FLAVOUR, AND FINEST QUALITY, ABERDARE HOUSEWIVES should order a weekly supply of Reynold's Best Flour. ASK FOR EXTRAS. Made by J. REYNOLDS & CO., LTD., GLOUCESTER. Sole Makers of Reynold's Pure Wheatmeal. John Howard Morgan & Co. (Son of the late JOHN MORGAN, Builder & Undertaker), Undertakers & Complete Funeral Furnishers, 34 Clifton St., Aberdare. Hearses & Carriages Supplied. Estimates given for Bricked Graves and Vaults. All Orders entrusted to them will receive their prompt and personal attention. Orders taken at 34 CLIFTON STREET & J. B. EVANS. 8 MARY STREET, ABERDARE. NOTB THB 34 Clifton St., Aberdare. No connection with JOHN MORGAN & SO (Aberdare), Ltd. EMIGRATION. Passengers booked to the UNITED STATES, CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA and all parts of the World by T. D. WILLIAMS, Publlo Auditor & Accountant, Valuer A House Agent. Tradesmen's Books Posted and Audited. All kinds of Insurances arranged. Rents Colleoted. Office-lo Canon St., Aberdare I W. Winstone Rees, Offices: 2 Cardiff Street, ABERDARE (10 yers with Messrs. ThoB. Phillips and Bon, Solicitors), AUCTIONEER, VALUER, ACCOUNTANT, AUDITOR, HOUSH AGENT, CERTIFICATED BAILIF, &C. Tradesmen's Books entered up. Balance Sheets and Inoome Tax Returns prepared. Typewriting, Copying, Engrossing. County Court work undertaken. Mortgages arranged at any moment. THE ABERDARE ELECTRICAL Co., Ltd. DDAPTiril MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL rilAl.lil.Ai. ENG|NEER8 AND CONTRACTORS. Maintenance of Plant and Repairs a Speciality. Complete Installations for Llghtini Heating and Power, Telephones, Bells &o. Armatures Re-wound. Contractors to all the Looal Governing Bodies. A large variety of Lamps, Shades, Pendants, Brackets, and other Accessories alwaia on view at oar Showrooms :— 4 HIGH STREET, ABERDARE. King up Aberdare 79, in case of Breakdowns. We employ only Experienced Workmen, and always guarantee all work done by us to be reliable and honest value. Mr. T. J. Morgan, F.T.S.C. (Pencerdd Cynon), Teacher of Voice Production and Singing. (Pupil of several London Professors in Voice Production and Vocal Physiology); Prize Winner in Counterpoint and Musical Composition; Lessons given in Pianoforte and Organ Playing, Harmony, Counterpoint, Form, Fugue, Com- position, Orchestration. Numerous successes by postal oourse pupils. Pupils prepared for Exams. Accepts Engagements as ADJUDICATOR, CONDUCTOR OF SINGING FESTIVALS. Engaged at several places for 1914. TERMS MODERATE, Address CWMBACH, ABERDARE. Mountain Ash & Penrhiwceiber visited on Monday. John Morgan & Son (Aberdare) Ltd. Suooessors of the late John Morgan (The Old Firm), Building Contractors & Undertakers, Pendarren Street, ABERDARE. Complete Funeral Furnishers. The Cheapest Undertakers In the dlstrlot. Orders taken at the Office, Pendarren at. Note.-dohn Morgan & Son (Aberdare), Ltd., have no connectloov whatsoever with II. Howard Morgan A Go. V
TO ADR AN GYHHEIG. Swahoddir cyfr&niadau i'r Ad ran hon 711 7 Surf o ohehiaeth bwrpaeol, adroddi&dau ll«ol, a borddomaetfai deilwng. Nis gellir cyhoeddi cyn- yrchion meithion.
Nodion a Newyddion. Hysbyeir marwolaeth Miss Clara Thomas, Llwyn Madoc, Brycheiniog. Yr oedd yn foneddiges haelionus iawn a charai roddi yn ddjataw at achosion da. Er mwyn anrbydedd Cymru cedwch y mudiad yma ar gerdded." Dyna fel yr apeliai Mr. David Davies, AS, at Gymry Cwm Rhondda wrth siarad ar ran baddonau pen y pwll yn Nhrealaw y dydd o'r blaen. Lied ddifraw ydyw glowyr Aberdar o bertbynas i'r mater hwn hyd yn hyn. Y mae meddyg n Nghastellnewydd Emlyn wedi dyrchafu ei lef o blaid awyru addoldai. Ofnwn mai lief un yn llefain yn y diffaethwch a fydd yn ystod y genhedlaeth bresenol. Myn ceidwaid capeli gauad y ffenestri er mwyn cadw y llwch allan ac arbed gwaith iddynt hwy. Difater ganddynt yw y ffaith eu bod yn cadw yr awyr iach allan hefyd Pabam na wna y gweinidog a'r diaconiaid edrych ar ol pethau fel hyn ? A ydyw eu gorchwyl hwy yn rby ysbrydol ei natur i ymyryd a'r fath beth materol ag oxygen ? Ceir rhybudd Cymreig ar .drostan yn agos i Bare Roath, yng Nghaerdydd. Ar ol hyn pwy a wad hawl Caerdydd i fod yn brif ddinas Cymru ? Yn ddios eilun penaf y werin yn Ne Cymru heddyw ydyw y cwffiwr Fred Welsh. Amhens gennym a gelai hyd y nod Lloyd George y fath dderbyniad ag a gafodd arwr y dwrn ym Merthyr a Phontypridd y dydd o'r blaen. Y Parch. James A. Lewis, o Landaf, ydyw Ficer newydd Aberdar. Genedigol ydyw o'r Bettws, Rhydaman, a bu yn gurad yn Llandrindod a Llwynypia, Dywenydd gan blwyfolion Aberdar ddeall fod y Ficer newydd yn Gymro.
=2 Welsh Drama Eisteddfod. A Committee meeting of the above was held at the Memorial Hall, Aber- dare, on Friday evening. It was de- cided that Lord Howard de Walden and Mr R. A. Griffith, Deputy Stipen- diary (Elphin), both of whom take a very keen and active interest in the Welsh drama, be asked to adjudicate.
Bethesda, Abernant. Bethesda Sunday School held its quarterly meeting on Sunday last. in the absence of the Rev. T. E. james the pastor, Mr D. J. Forey presided in the afternoon. The meeting was open- ed by Mr D. G. Jones. Recits were given by James Peters, David Morgan Williams, Mildred Wheatcroft, Emma Howells, David Thomas Davies, Blod- wen Griffiths, Tommy Forey, Gretta, Jones, Blodwen Morgans, Lizzie Mor- gans and Owen Jones, Cwmdare. Solos: Tommy Forey and John Thomas. Dialogue, Idwal Davies and friends The evening meeting was opened by Mr William Morgan. Recits, Ethel Davies, Elizabeth Williams, Dd. Thos. Davies, Tommy Thomas, Nellie Thomas, Willie Jones, Blodwen Grif- fiths, Gwladys Thomas, Gretta Jones, Mary Williams, David Thomas, James Peters, Lizzie Mary Morse, Rebecca Williams, Nana Howells, Lizzie Mor- gans; Mr Lewis, Aberdare, and. Mr Owen Jones, Cwmdare. The Parable of the Sower .was recited by Y.P.S. members. Solos Tommy Forey, Katio Forey, Mr John Thomas and Mrs. Hy. Davies. Dialogues, Catherine Thomas, Gwladys Powell, Lizzie Morgans, Id- wal Davies, Blodwen Griffiths. Mr Caleb Morris presided in the evening. Miss Katie May Thomas presided at the organ. The singing was under the conductorship of Mr John Thomas. The superintendent is Mr D. G. Jones; treasurer, Mr D. J. Forey; secretary, Mr Henry Davies.
—————————————— English Wesleyan, Aberdare. On Sunday last special services were held at Green Street English Wesleyan Chapel. The services were conducted by the Rev. Arthur Walters, of Cardiff, son of the late Rev. David Walters, of London, the famous Methodist preach- er. In the morning Mr Walters preached from Matt. 17, 19 and 20. His subject was The secret of our power to work for Cod and live for God." At the evening service the rev. gentleman spoke on Pleasure." He warned his hearers against the trend of modern times to give up all to pleasure and nothing to the service of God. The afternoon service was conducted by Miss Thorne, Gadlys Cottage, in the unavoidable absence of Mrs. Arthur Walters. Recitations were given by Violet Manning, Vera Bannister, Lily Lloyd, Lily Manning, Ethel Lawrence and Miss Evans. Chorus by Miss Col- lette's party. The report of the Sun- day School was given by the Supt., Mr Bannister. The present number of scholars is 155, an increase of 20 on last year. The precentor at the ser- vices was Mr A. E. Harmston organ- ist, Mr A. H. Harmston. On Monday the annual tea and en- tertainment was held. The trayholders were: Mrs. (Rev.) H. Barraclough, Mrs Rees, Mrs. Snook, Mrs. J. C. Harm- ston, Mrs. Vaughan, Mrs. Edmunds. Cutters: Mrs. R. Thomas, Mrs. J. Rus- ton and others. Helpers Miss Stan- ton, Miss Hall, Miss Jones, Miss Evans, Miss Lloyd, Miss Manning, Mrs Lewis, aided by the Boy Scouts and Assist. Supt. Mr J. Williams. Tea brewer, Mr Morgan. Mrs Bannister superin- tended the arrangements of the tea. Each child was given an orange and a bar of chocolate by the Rev. H. Barra- clough and Mr J. Ruston. At the entertainment the chairman was Mr. J. Ruston. Pianoforte solo, Lionel Lang- ley. Girls action song, Skylark." They were trained by Miss Collette and Mrs. Bannister. Dialogue, Blod- wen Lake and Rebecca Wilcox. Mouth organ solo, Willie Ford. Pianoforte duet, Miss Collette and Mr A. H. Harm- ston. Violin solo, Mr Emrys Griffiths. Tin whistle competition 1st prize, Wal- ter Bream; 2nd, Miss Collette. Instru- mental trio, Lewis Henry Lewis. Girls action song, Little washer-women." Recitation, Miss Aldridge. Pianoforte duet, Miss Vera Bannister and Mr A. Harmston. The secretary was Mr. Archie Vaughan. Various items were given by the Boy Scouts. The accom- panist was Mr A. H. Harmston.
Aberdare District Council Election. 7 Extra Members.-Cadlys Ward Contest. The County Council, having granted Aberdare's application for increased representation on the District Coun- cil, we understand that Mr T. W. Griffiths, Solicitor, purposes submit- ting himself as a Candidate for the Gadlys Ward. Mr Griffiths (who was born in the Gadlys 45 years ago) is very well-known in the Ward, he be- ing the son of Mr William Griffiths, I MR. T. W. GRIFFITHS. who was for upwards of 40 years in the employ of the Waynes Merthyr Company as a Locomotive engine dri- ver, etc. The Candidate is a brother- in-law of Mr William Hopkins (another old Gadlys boy), who is the Agent of the Enginemen and Stokers and Sur- face Craftsmen's Association. Mr Grif- fiths has been a qualified solicitor ror about 14 years, having started as an office boy 30 years ago with Mr Frank James, Merthyr. After passing his final examination he was engaged for years as Manager to Mr Aneurin Evans, the Mayor of Denbigh and Chairman of the Denbighshire County Council, and after gaining considerable experience in that office came back to Aberdare to practise on his own ac- count, which he has done for the last 11 years. He acted for 4 years as Hon. Secretary of the Aberdare Chamber of Trade, being presented on his retire- ment from that position with a magni- ficent silver tea service in recognition of his valuable services. Quite recently he was instrumental in forming, and became the Secretary of the Ratepay- ers' Association, which is now becom- ing a flourishing and useful body in the town, and his experience in these and other connections would (if he were elected to a seat on the Council) be of great assistance in making him a useful member. He is a loyal Welsh- man and never feels prouder than when having a chat in Welsh with some of the old natives. Mr Griffiths is a Nonconformist, Bethel being the Chapel he attends. Hesides having now been elected a Vice-President of the Chamber of Trade, he has the signal honour of be- ing the Junior Vice-President of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Fed- eration of Chambers of Trade, to which the Chambers of over 30 different towns in South Wales are affiliated. It will therefore be seen that the Can- didate's experience is very extensive, and it is considered he will make a good member. Of course, Mr Griffiths will have to resign the Secretaryship of the Rate- payers' Association tQ enable him to become a Candidate.
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Amateur Actor: How did you like my Hamlet last night? Critic: Like it? My dear fellow, I can honestly say that in the opening scene of the fourth act you were as good as Forbes-Robertson. Amateur Actor: But I didn't appear in that scene. Critic: No; neither does Forbes-Robertson.
PITHEAD BATHS. Sir,—You advocated pithead baths for miners several times during the last six or seven years, but received very scant encouragement from local lead- ers. We who believe in pithead baths would be glad to see our Agent and our local leaders move in this matter. The question is worthy of the/Support of all1 the friends of morality and cleanliness —the virtue that is next to godliness. In some of the districts of the S.W.M.F. the wives of the Agents have taken the task in hand, and have in some instances convinced the most conservative miners. I hope that this appeal will be the means of inducing leaders and friends to move in the right direction.—Yours, etc., PRO BATH.
ST. ELVAN'S NOTICE BOARD. Sir,—During the last few days many have enquired why the wording has been altered on the notice board inside the porch of St. Elvan's Church, Aber- dare. This is only one question; many more will be asked after the arrival of the new incumbent. Formerly the notice used to read, The Vicar will be in Church between 6 and 7." This notice appeared for many years. Of late the notice has read,' The Vicar will be in Church between 6 and 7 for confessions," or to hear confessions." Last Sunday the notice was much bolder, thus: "Confessions can be heard by the Rev. K. O. Carter." I say that this confessional business, which savours of popery, is altogether repugnant to the worshippers of St. Elvan's, a church which repudiates such a Roman practice. Is the High Church evolution of the former incum- bent responsible for the change referred to?—Yours, ANGLICAN.