TROTH WY'M MHEDWAR UGAIN 4 OED. Ar drotjiwy'm mhedwar ugain oed, Yn awr wvi wedi rhoi fy nhroed, Yn llesg" a byr fy nghamrau; Adgoffa hyny imi'r ffaith, Daw terfyn cvn bo hir i'm taith, Ei mwyniant oil a'i chroesau. O'm hen gvfoedion hychan yw Y nifer heddyw sydd yn fyw; Y mwyrif o'u cystnddiau Groesasant at y mwyrif mawr, Eu plant a'u liwyrion, hwy yn awr Breswyliant eu hanneddau. Mi hoffwn eto roddi tro Yn awr i'm genedigol fro, Bro'r Dryshvyn, Dyffryn Tywi; Lle'n ddedwvdd treuliais t'oreu'm hoes, Heb deimlo gwg y byd na'i loes, Dan nawdd fy hoff rieni. 0 na chawn ran o'm nwyfiant gynt, Pan hoenus redwn ar fy hynt Ar lanau teg yr afon Svdd megys llinyn arian liir, A'í dyfroedd yn arianu tir Y dyffryn hardd a ffrwythlon. Pen Pisgah plant y Dryslwyn yw Y Castell sydd fel eadarn lyw Yn gwylio dros y dyffryn; Ei gaerog fur a'i lethrau serth, Bu dewrion yma'n herio nerth Ymosodiadau'r gelyn. Bum ar ei gopa lawer gwaith, Heh deimlo blinder ar y daith Wrth ddringo'i serthol risiau; Ffarwel i mi eu dringo mwy, Teuenctyd hoff, boed iddynt hwy Yn awr fwynhau eu breintiau. Yn awr fwynhau eu breintiau. W. DA VIES. Aberdar.
Nodion. Y mae y Parch. Ben Davies, D.D., o Gasteil Newydd Ernlyn, newydd gwbl- hau hanner can mlynedd yn y weinidogaeth Annibynol. Un o hoelion wyth yr areithfa yw efe. Bu yn weinidog yn Nhreorchy ac yn Nhrelech cyn syinud i Gasnewydd Ceredigion. Un o'r rhai mwyaf aiddgar o blaid heddwch ydyw Dr. Peter Price, o Ros Llanerch Rugog, gynt o Ddowlais. Sieryd yn Nhrecynon nos Fawrth nesaf tl o dan nawdd Cymdeithas Heddwch. Prin ydyw plant tangnefedd yn y dvddiau milwriaethus hyn. Diau fod i Dywysog Heddwch rai dilynwyr- vchydig weddill-ond eu. bod yn ddis- gyblion cuddiedig rhag ofn y Sanhedrim fiiwrol. With arwain y Gymanfa Ganu yn Methania, Aberdar, y Llun di^ddat dywedodd Mr. David Evans, Caerdydd, nad oedd oe6 hir i un don gynulleidfaol a gyfansoddwyd yn ystod yr ugain mlvnedd diweddaf. Ofnwn y bydd awdwyr amryw o donau diweddar ond "anfarwol" yn gwrthdyatio yn erbyn yr ymadrodd caled hwn. Yn ddiau "Gwell yw yr hen" yw arwyddair y Doctor. Yr wythnos ddiweddaf darfu i Mr. a Mrs. Edward Jenkins, Gwalia., Llan- drindod, yr hon yw Dinas Llyn Halen Cymru, ddathlu eu priodas euraidd. Hasa y par urddasol o Ddyffryn Rheidol, a threuliasant rai blynyddau yn Llun- dain. Mae Mr. Jenkins yn fardd a lienor Cymraeg, ac yn ffafryn gyda holl feirdd a llenorion y Dywysogaeth. Yn iftrwydr waedlyd Gaza yn Mhal- estina syrthiodd amryw o feibion dewrion Cymru. Diau fod llawer o blant yr Ysgol Sul oeddynt yn y gad yn gyfarwydd a hanes dyddorol ond trist Samson, y cawr oedd yn ddychryn i Philistiaid ei ddydd, a'r hwn a farnodd Israel, yn ol safon "rough and ready y dyddiau hynny, am ugain mlynedd. Chwareuodd dinas Gaza ran bwysig yn mywyd rhamantus mab Manoah. Tra yn aros yma un noson daeth i wybod fod y Philistiaid yn cynllwyn am ei einioes. Ond cyn i gynllun y cynllwynwyr ddeor yr oedd Samson wedi codi pyrth y ddinas o'u sail, eu dodi ar ei ysgwydd fel sachaid o us, ac yn gwneyd ei ffordd i ben bryn cyfagos. Ond ysywaeth bu Gaza yn fan dar- ostyngiad y cawr-farnwr yn ogystal. Yn mhen amser cawn ef yn garcharor dall yn melinau Gaza, a'i Dduw wedi ei adael am iddo'ef adael ei Dduw. Ond er hyny y mae "climax" ardderchog i ramant y gwron syrthiedig. Cyn diwedd ei oes cawn ef yn edifeiriol yn gofyn am nawdd Duw yn erbyn lluoedd Dagon, ac Arglwydd Dduw Israel yn adnewyddu nerth y careharor dall yn Gaza. Syrth y lien ar ei weithred olaf yn lladd mwy o'r Philistiaid yn ei angeu nag yn ei fywyd. Nid hawdd efallai. yw didoli us traddodiad oddiwrth rawn gwirionedd yn ystori Samson, ond y mae yn hanes addysgiadol, yn ddrych profiad plentyn- dod yr hil ddynol, ac yn adlewyrchiad o gyfnod dyddorol, os terfysglyd, yn hanes y bvd. A fydd i hanes ail-adrodd ei hun yn Gaza a'r cylch? A chaniatau, mai Prydain yw eneiniog yr Arglwydd ac mai y Tyrciaid yw y Philistiaid dien- waededig, a ddaw rhyw Samson yn yr ugeinfed ganrif o blith Israel newydd i wared Israel hen o ormes y Twrc. Gweddiwn yn ami am adferiad Israel, a chanwn— "0 Arglwydd, cofia am Hiliogaeth Abraham, A dychwel hwy." Ond y mae lie i gredu yr atebir yn hytrach weddi Browning, "God make no more giants, Elevate the race." Y mae Dmv ar du y bataliynau mawr- ion. Hynny yw, mewn ystyr anianol, y mae y rhedegfa i'r cyflym a'r fuddugol- iaeth i'r cryf. Lluosogrwydd catrodau, nerth cyflegrau a grym athrylith filwrol sydd i reoli concwest yn ymdrechfeydd gwaed a chnawd. Yt. wythiios ddiweddaf bu farw Mr. John Davies (Murmur Cynon) yn 54 nilwydd oed. Un o blant Aberdar yd- oedd. ond trigai yn awr yn Mhonty- gwaith. Yr oedd yn fardd ac eisteddfod- wr adnabyddus. Dylai pob dyn fod yn ofalus o'i orchwyl y dyddiau hyn, gan ymroi i'w gyflawnu mor fFyddlon a dystaw ag v gall, oblegid y dydd o'r blaen diswydd- wyd Nicholas o Rwsia yn ddirybudd iawn. Synwyd ef yn ofnatsan, a rhowd iddo awgrym hefyd i ymadael a'i orchwyl.—Y Drych.
—— > TABERNACL (B.), YtyYSBOETH. Dan nawdd y Gobeithlu cynhaliwyd cyfarfod adloniadol yn y lie uchod EbrilI 23. Y cadeirydd ydoedd Mr. Lewis J. Davies, Abereviion Road. Beirniad cerddorol, Air. \V. Owen Tynycoed; amrywiaeth, Mr. John Jones, Resolven Villa. Cyfeilvdd, Mr H. Jones, Abercynon Road. Gwobrwy- wyd :—D;in 8 oed, cunu 1, R. J. Davies; 2. Jennie Evans. Dan 1G oed, fiinu, Gwladys Parry. Dan 20 oed, cariu: 1, Gwladys PartY; 2, William John Jones. Dros 20 oed, canu, Miss Rachel lioii-eii. Adrodd, c(aii 8 oed: 1, Jennie Evans; 2, R. J. Davies. Rhoddwyd gwobr gan y beirniaid i H. Michael Jones a Miss 1,. Davies. Adrodd, dan 20 oed: 1, Mr. W. O. Prichard; 2, Mr. J. R. Williams. Llythyr earn, Miss Rachel Bowen. Buddngol ar yr ysgrif, "Eff&ith y Cinemas ar grefydd yr oes, Mr. W. Michael Jones. AVele restr o ymgeiswyr llwyddianus arholiad llafar YHgol Sabbothol Taber- nacl (uwchafrif yr arholiad, 100) :— William O. Prichard, 100; William John Jones, 100; John Robert w il- liams, 100; May Prichard, 100; Jane Mary Williams, 100; Jennie Evans, 80; Lily Davies, 70; Ethel Smith, 60; Lucy May Smith, 65; Mabel Irene Smith, 60; Luther Smith, 20; Robert John Davies, 80; Hugh Michael Jones, 60; David L. Williams, 80. 1 ■ »
Scraps. BY THE SCRIBE. Among the many more or less worthy institutions killed by the war future historians will record the Aberdare Fair. The last fair of all was the merest shadow of the once robust, rowdy, rollicking gwylniabsant. To parody Kipling, The flannelled fools at the market And the muddied oafs in the field, were ridiculously few. That, however, may be a sign of mental progress. People are no longer such fools as to pay more for flannel from away than for that of equal quality sold by local vendors. Besides, sane fairgoers have come to seriously consider whether it is worth while wading through a knee deep slough of despond in order to in- dulge even in the ethereal pleasures of a whirling merry-go-round. But we are also progressing morally. Let the following paragraph from the "Cardiff Times" for April 20th, 1867, fifty years ago, speak fgr itself:- "Aberdare Fair.—The usual amount of noise and confusion common to these occasions have disturbed the lovers of quietness during yesterday and to-day (Wednesday). The weather was very unfavourable to. pleasure-seekers yester- day. Large numbers of people came into town last night, and the numerous complaints of money lost from the pockets proclaimed the presence of some light-fingered gentry. Several arrests were made. This morning the town was full of inebriates ready to expend their imbibed spirits in pugilistic encounters, and enacting scenes that suggested the undesirability of such events occurring frequently. During the small hours of Wednesday night a, young man was killed by falling through a window of the third storey of a public-house." That one time honoured maxim, "One man one job," is now out of date. Woe unto him who has but onfÝ vocational string to his bow when the exigencies of war are ruthlessly killing industry after industry. Presently we shall have quite a cemetery of dead jobs and a museum of obsolete crafts, all killed or outdated by the war. Therefore, in these days, adaptability is a virtue, and Jack Ovall Trades has a good chance of becoming rich. It is not the man with but one line of thought or action that is wanted to-day, but the many of many parts and portions who can accommodate himself to the quick changes of war time. The mother of invention was never so fully occupied as at the present time, when she is under the sway of Mars. Consequently the specialist with a single idea, to which his whole creation moves, may wake up any day and find himself an Othello, his occupation gone, and his speciality con- signed to uselessness by the special decree of an inexorable fate. Alas and alack, that most illustrious and sacred of all British institutions-the racecourse—is doomed. The last race is about to be run, and presently the bookie will be as extinct as the four- penny piece. Clearly the Preacher was a false prophet when he said, "Of making books there is no end." But perhaps he meant betless books. Were it not that paper is so scarce I would advise the turf man of books to try his luck in making books of another cate- gory. But 1 fear it would not be as remunerative as his old job. It is dubious economy to use a large quantity of precious paper to tell people that they must not use so much bread. The modern Philistines claim that they have triumphed at Gaza, and there is rejoicing in Gath and Askelon. Oh that the God of Battles would raise a strong man-a Samson—to pull down the pillars of Gaza and avenge the death of so many Welsh heroes! Dr. Peter Price, who is to speak on peace at Trecynon next Tuesday, is a born fighter although a man of peace. Many of our readers remember well his attack in the press on lr. Evan Roberts, the famous Revivalist, when the Welsh "diwygiad"—Evan Roberts and the "Western Mail's" joint creation—was at white heat. Like his namesake of old the Rev. Peter is bold and fearless—al- most reckless. He takes a daring de- light in being in the minority and es- pousing an unpopular cause. The other day Mr. Balfour placed a wreath on and made a speech over the tomb of George Washington, the only American who never told a lie. Ir. Balfour, of course, came to bury the hatchet in Washington's grave, and to strengthen the entente between John and Jonathan. It does not matter much now whether women get the vote or not. The war has already emancipated them more than any suffrage measure will. "Tanks and 11 inch guns in the Holy Land." Thus read a bold headline right across the front page of a daily paper last Saturday. There is some-1 thing decidedly unholy about the idea. Prohibition promises tb become more comprehensive than the.wildest dreams of teetotalism would have suggested or desired.. It may possibly come to a prohibition of bread as well as of beer. Wales is indebted to the Prime Min- ister for raising outside people's estim- ation of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau. You &re a Welshman, I know it by your ac- cent." wei'e the woi'ds addressed to a blushing Cymro the other day by one whose tone betrayed him to be no lover of 'Wales or the Welsh. But," added he, dropping every semblance of race animosity, "you have a fellow-country- man that you'1 may be proud of—our Premier." ¡
FOOD ECONOMY. I This is the great question of the hour. Unfortunately comparatively few realise the gravity of the situation in which we are placed owing to the scarcity of foodstuffs, especially the in- gredients of our daily bread. On Sun- day, May 13th, Mr." W. Brace, M.P., Under Secretary for the Home Office, will address a meeting in the Market, Aberdare, on the above subject. Mr. Charles Ivenshole, High Constable, will preside. All who are interested in this great problem of food consumption —and everybody should be—are urged to attend this meeting, further par- ticulars of which will appear in our; next issue.
I.O.C.T. The weekly meeting of Lili'r Dyffryn Lodge was held in Ebenezer Hall, Tre- cynon, on Monday evening, April 30th. Bro. John Evans opened the meeting in prayer, and Bro. Richard Evans, Dis- trict Councillor, presided. The Hope of Cwnidare Lodge provided an evening's entertainment. The following took part: Overture, Bro. Charles Vaughan. Songs were rendered by Sister C. A. Davies and Bro. Jones. Recitations, Bro. R. Evans and Bro. Elwvn Eva-ns. The accompanist was Bro. Charles Vaughan. Bro. L. Cooke, District Chief Templar; Bro. Richard Evans and Bro. Roland Phillips, Secretary, addressed the meeting. Bro. Tom Griffiths, who has heea a faithful member of the Lodge, has now been called up to join H.M. Forces. Bro. Lewis Evans, pro- posed a vote of thanks to the Cwmdare Lodge for the entertainment, and Bro. W. Davies seconded. The meeting was closed by Bro. Richard Evans in prayer.
Trecynon and Llwydcoed Notes. BY MARCELLO. Miss M- — has volunteered for national service. She has enrolled as a chauffeur. When she gets a job won't she be going the pace? Of course she has had some experience. She has driven three prams and can manipulate a sewing machine and a mangle. I guess there will be some mangling when she undertakes the steer- ing of an automobile. Ap Barley says that he has had an offer to lecture on prohibition. I should want to place the lecturer on probation first. ——- 0 The minister must be an embodiment of Christian patience and persistence. He continues to make his weekly calls i on J-, although she is never "at home" to him. If I were he I should write her off as "irrecoverable."
THE CREAT INTERNATIONAL. The appended was sent to William David Gwyer by Private Thomas John Davies, 8th Batt., Welsh Pioneer Regiment, who has been shot through the jaw, the lower jaw bone having been broken, during the advance on Bagdad in Mesopotamia. ,He is now lying in hospital:- Played at Mesopotamia. British Army Field Corps, trained to fight to a finish. ENGLISH V. TURKS. Referee, President Wilson. Some hints about the English team: Goalkeeper: General Maude, a goalie of sound abilities, who may be depended upon to stop the Turkish shots. Right-back: Charlie Cannon, a great player, whose ponderous drives cause much damage-to the other side. He has been much sought after by the Turks, but still prefers playing for the English. Left-back: Willie Barbed-Wire. A great defensive player, classed as the finest seen on the Continent. Gets the other side in a hopeless tangle, and is hard to pass. Right-half: Jack Wizz-Bang. A very nippy player; gives little warning when shooting, and backs his forwards up well. Centre-half: Ted Ammunition. A fine unselfish player, the back bone of his side, feeds his forwards well, thanks to his trainer. Lloyd George. Left-half: Sammy Shrapnel, a heavy player, w hi uses his weight to great ad- vantage, and sends in many awkward shots. Outside right: Jack Rifle, a clean steady player, and a deadly shot. lie knows how to find the range, and makes the most of his inside man. Inside right: Tom Bayonet, a thrustful player, who likes to mix it. He is very effective at close quarters. Centre-forward: Jimmy Maxim, top scorer of the team, who shoots at lightning speed, and a great favourite with the spectators. Inside-left: Bob Grenade. Rather erratic at times, but his bursts are of great advantage to his side. Outside-left: Harry Flash-light. The lightest player in the team, always a shining light to his side and shows the way to his opponent's goal very clearlv. Private T. J. Davies, at the.age of 19, played for Newtown when they won the tournament at Mountain Ash. He played later for Penrhiwceiber Windsors and Crusaders. He is now 21 years of age. His home is 21 Glas- brook Terrace. Penrhiwceiber. All wish him a speedy recovery.
The Unity of Labour is the Hope of the World." NATIONAL UNION OF GENERAL WORKERS. Membership—200,000. President—Mr. J. R. CLYNES, M.P. Gen. Sec.—Mr. W. THORNE, M.P. General Organisers— Mr HENRY PICARD; Mr It. TOOTILL, M.P.; Mr. J. PARKER, M.P. GO-AHEAD UNION. Remarkable Record of the General Workers. Very notable progress is shown in the quarterly report just presented by Mr. Will Thorne, M.P., to the National Union of General Workers, formerly the Gasworkers' and General Labour- ers' Union. The total membership is now 152,07.1 and the financial membership 135'392! This is an increase over the totafs of the previous quarter of 5,329 and 7,538 respectively, and is the highest mem- bership attained. During the year 1916 the membership advanced by 18,819. The number on war service was approxi- mately 40,000 at the end of the quarter. The Union funds have reached a total of over lOO,OOO, the highest recorded in the history of the Union. During the year 1916 the funds increased by about £ 48,000. The amount of dispute pay during the quarter was £ 156 3s. Gid., which brings the grand total since the establishment of the Union to £ 228,051 4s. lOd. In State and Unioil unemployment bene- fit £58 18s. 4d. was paid, making a total up to date of 223 377 12s. 7d. During the quarter 94 wages and compensation cases had been reported as having been dealt with in various districts, and the sum of L-,5,702 6s. lOd. had been recovered, making a total of X-196,268 15s. Sd. X277 10s. was granted during, the December quarter to members disabled in consequence of meeting with accidents whilst following, their employment. Since this benefit, was established the Union paid in all zCIO,907 10s. In conclusion, Mr. Will Thorne savs: When our members on war service re- turn to industrial life they will find a Jive organisation ready to oo-operate in solving the many economic problems that will arise in the future, and power- ful enough to safeguard their interests and to maintain and improve the con- ditions of the working classes of the country.—Reprinted from Reynolds Newspaper. Union Payments — Entrance Fees, Rules, Card, and first Contribution, Is.; Weekly Contribution after, 3d. For members in the trades covered for Unemployment Benefit the weekly con- tribution is 4d. The Union then makes the unemployment pay into 10s. per week. Union Benefits—Lock-out, Strike, or j Victimisation Pay, weekly, 12s. 6d. Grants to members directly stopped through Disputes at their place of em- plovment caused by other Unions, weekly, 10s. Partial Permanent Dis- ablement Grant, £ 15. Total Perman- ent Disablement Grant, 230. Letral Assistance in Accident Cases or when members are wrongly discharged. Union Arrears remitted when members are Unemployed Four Weeks or more. kil General Workers are Invited to Join. Further Particulars: District Office, 38 Alexandra Road, Swansea. JACOBS & SONS, 14 Cardiff Street, Aberdare, 6 Ffrwd Cres., Mountain Ash. 500 Counterpanes and Sheets TO CLEAR. ARMY BOOTS PAIR 7/6 PAIR. Mens and Youths Mole Trousers. ARTIFICIAL MANURES! Phospbatic Mixture Special Potato Manure General Garden Manure Special Bone Compound Nitrate of Soda. Wire Seed Protectors. INCREASE YOUR CROPS BY USING ABOVE. Full particulars and Prices on application. Order early, as supplies are limited. R. PARDOE & SON 22 CARDIFF ST., ABERDARE. X STOP ONE MOMENT. 36 OH! 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True Beporte of what Famona Musicians said: "Allow me to express my gratitude few the great beneftt I have derived from taking your valuable Tudor Williams' Patent Balsam of Honey for tight**«• of the Chest and Cough; it keep* tit* voice in first-class condition." GRIFF R. JONES (Caradog). 5 Gordon Road. CardiJf Oct. 8th, 1886. From Mr. David Jenkins, Bachelor et Music, Aberystwyth College. "Dear Sir,—It gives me great pleaaas* to testify to the soothing inluenoe at your Balsam of Honey cm the TOMI tubes. As I had to sing at three •«» cessive meetings I can venture to n. press an opinion aa to its effect In m- earing for^the ^throat freedom of actios Important Notioa to the Publis. A large size 38. bottlo of Tuier Williams' famous Welsh Balsam er Honey will be sent dlreot to any soltfler post free to any address In England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland on reeelp* of 2s. Cd. MANUFACTURE: TUDOR. WILLIAMS, MEDICAL HALL, ABERDARE.
School of Commerce, Aberdare. Principal: J. MARSHALL, F.Inc.S.T., F.C.I F.S.C., etc., Visiting Commercial Master, Mill Street Higher Elementary School, Pontypridd. ANOTHER LIST OF BRILLIANT SUCCESSES TO HAND, a number of which appear in another Column of this Paper. -+_ Since our last report a number of young men and women have entered Commercial Houses and obtained fucrative positions, after a most successful period of training at the School. > A WORD TO PARENTS: —Are you considering the best 1 interests of your children by delaying a decision regarding thtir future careers ? Parents and intending students are invited to call and see the Principal, 19 Whitcombe St., Aberdare, or write for Prospectus; also a list of recent successes, the result of a Thorough, Practical and Up-to-date Training received at the School.
PARCH COFFA Am v diweddar Dafydd Gruffydd, v Clive Street, Trecynon. O'i holl fwriad llafurusehedodd I fyd tangnefeddus; Dafydd Gruffydd, gwr hoffus, Yn ail y "dyn o Wlad Us." Amynedd oedd grym ei enaid-ai nodded Yn ei weddi ddibaid; A th.rodd drwy "gymorth wrth raid 1 liedd lanereh ffyddloniaid. EDWARD HARRIES. Tylorstown.
UNITARIAN CHURCHES. The 29th ult. was the quarterly ex- change Sunday of local Unitarian Churches. Rev. Simon Jones, B.A., Swansea, officiated at Highland Place, Aberdare, and Rev. J. Car- rara Davies, Cefn, at Hen Dy Cwrdd, Trecynon. On onday the annual meetings of the South-East Wales Unitarian Society were held at Merthyr; the president, Mr. D. R. Llewelyn, in the chair. The busi- ness meeting was held in the atter- noon. Mr. Llewelyn was re-elected president for another year, and Mr Gomer Ll. Thomas, J.P., Merthyr, was re-elected treasurer, and Rev. W. J. Phillips, Nottage, secretary. Rev. E. T. Evans, Highland Place Revs. R. J. Jones, M.A., and E. R. Dennis, Hen Dy Cwrdd, Trecynon, were present, and a number of dele- gates from both these churches. Rev. A. Cunliffe Fox, B.A., Bath, preached the. annual sermon at the evening service.
An excited Irishman was asked: What is it really that you and yoiir countrymen want?" He replied: "We do not know what we want, sir; but, I by the powers, we are determined to have it!"
ABERDARE ACTIVITIES. Strangers visiting the town must wonder if Aberdare is doing any- thing to cater for the needs of the young people who crowd our streets and spend their time aimlessly wan- dering from one place to another. Attempts are being made to deal with the situation by various local bodies. and our Educational Authority is rendering assistance. The Free Church Girls' ulub, opened in the town last year, is doing all it can to cater for girls, and has secured the use of the Ten- nis Court at the Higher Standard Schools for its members. During the winter its members have been busy developing its activities in the direction of cooking, art needle- work, darning for the Red Cross Hospital, etc.. as well as catering for the social needs of the girls. Soon they are to be favoured with a visit from Jeannie Maitland, one of the many good things on the programme for the year. An attempt is being made, too, to meet the needs of the boys. Carmel (B.) has a Boys' Club open to boys of all denominations, and here again the Education Committee have helped. Among other activities in this Club are gardening, shorthand classes, woodwork, and drill. For the woodwork class the use of the Higher Standard Woodwork Room has been granted, and the Club has been fortunate in securing the ser- vices of the woodwork master there. The boys, too, are busy on an allot- ment. Such institutions are a welcome addition to the town and deserve the support of all interested in the young people of our day.
OBITUARY. On Sunday evening Mr. Jonah Davies, 7 Tanybryn Street, Aberdare, passed away after several weeks' illness con- sequent on a paralytic seizure. Mr. Davies, who was a deacon of Siloa Con- gregational Church, leaves three sons, Messrs. T. Lloyd Davies, postmaster of Uanelly; William Davies, M.E., Mining Teacher, and Ben Davies, Higher Standard School, Aberdare.