» —■ Pontypridd. The town rings with the news that FRANK THOMAS (" My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat, 2838 Mr E. B. Upcce, coroner. and a jury, of which Ex-Sergeant John was foreman, held an inquest on Tuesday at the Queen's Hotel, Trail wn, touch ing the death of a lad named David Stanford, East Street, Trallwn, who was found drowned in the Glamorganshire canal on Sunday. The body was identified by the parents, Mr and Mrs John Stanford, and evidence was given to the effect that the lad was seen playing near the canaJ on Sunday afternoon. A verdict of -"Accidentally drowned" was returned Tipton's Teal? Agent for .4 TWKWJS BRoS. for Provisioas-Pontypridd and Havod 3^6 lr On Thursday the members of the Pontypridd Branch of the National Union of Shop Assistants with a large number of friends, held the second of a series of picnics to the Lan farm, Pentyrch, where a very enjoyable afternoon was spent. CELBBRATE the "Diamond Jubilee" by trying TEA—in lead packets at Is 8d, 2s, and 28 4d per lb. 2873 Groceries, Best and Cheapest, LEWIS BROS., Taff Street.. 3261r On Saturday the employees of the Chain- works, numbering about 210, together with dlelr wives and families, held their annual outing to Bristol. They were conveyed by a special train on the Barry railway to Clarence Road, Car. diff, and on the way were joined by the work. m»n at Graig-yr.hesg quarry, to the number of 50, and the employees of the Pontypridd Brew- ery Company, numbering 150. At the docks the party embarked upon the "Marchioness" for Bristol, where a jolly time was spent. Messrs Charles Penn, Tom Morris, W. H. Pearce, and 'Arthur Thomas, looked after the arrangements of the outing on behalf of the chainmakers, and Mr Dawkins after the brewery men. A first class carriage was placed at the disposal of the officials by the Barry Railway Company, and when the party returned to Pontypridd they all expressed their satisfaction at the success of the trip. ELECTRIC TEA S specially blended for th3 water of ,this district—Is 8d, 2i, and 2s id per lb. 2S73 WHY go to Cardiff for your Game, when FBNNELL, Taff Street, Pontypridd, can supply you ? Three school pupils of Miss Lily Richards re- cently sat for the junior theory certificate of the London 'College of Music, and all passed with honours. Gwladys Ross secured 93 per oent; Sidney Bryant, 92; and D. J. Bowen, 90. t LEWIS BROS. sell the Finest Dairy Butter. 32tHr PONTYPRIDD SCHOOL or MUSIC.—For terms apply to E. P. MILLS (Professor of Music), Court House Street. 3295
Treforest. On Wednesday a meeting was held at Saron Chapel for the purpose of presenting the cer- tificates won by the jSundav School scholars at the recent Biblical examination of the East Glamorgan Division of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. The pastor, the Rev D. M. Jones, presided for the first half of the meeting, when he was called away, and his place was taken by Mr Jenkin Jenkins. Certificates were presented by Mr Thomas Morgan to Misses M. J. Jones, Gwladys Williams, Flossie Robotham, Martha Ellen Evans, Gertie Macarnie, Gertie Margaret Thomas, Gwladys Jenkins, and Ellen Jane Jones Masters William Howard Thomas, William Ivoi Williams, Ernest Williams, Clive M. Griffiths, Emlyn Rhoderick. Willie, Owen, Richard Owen, Thomas Leyshon Davies, and Willie Llewellyn. During the evening choruses were sung by the younger children of the Sunday School, conduc- ted by Mrs Rhoderick, and songs and recitations fov Misses Gertie Thomas, Blodwen Thomas, Ellen Jane Jones, Ada Rowlands, Flossie Robo- tham, and M. E. Rees: Masters Emlyn and Trevor Rhoderick, Ernest Williams, William Howard Thomas, and T. Levshon Davies. The accompanists were Miss M. J. Jones, Miss Bella Thomas, and Miss M. E. Evans. The credit for the admirable training the children received is entirely due to the Rev D. M. Jones, the pastor. LEWIS BROS. Is 7d Ten, Pure and Fragrant. 3261 r All Connoisseurs with this fact agree, [2348 Harris, of the Central Stores, for splendid tea.
Rhydfelen. The Ebenezer Sunday Schools' quarterly meet ing was held on Sunday afternoon. The chair- man Was Mr J. D. Evans, Rhydfelen, To commence the meeting Mr Thomas Williams, Treforest, read a portion of the Scriptures, and Invoked the blessing of God upon the meeting. The programme was as follows: Recitations, Master Danny Jenkins, Mr W. Jenkins, Miss Sarah Ann Grey, and Miss Lizzie Mary Grey. Songs, Miss Gwen Jenkins, Miss Katie Thomas, Miss Cassie Maud Davies. Miss M. E. Rees, Miss M. Gorvett, Master H. Jenkins, and Master J D. Williams. A duet was also sung by Miss Morgan and Miss M. E. Ilecs Addresses were delivered by Mr D. Rees, Mr J. D. Evans, Mr T. A. Jones, and Mr Thomas Jones. Miss Lewis and Mrs Evans' class took part also by reciting together the 23rd Psalm. During the meeting a beautiful and well-written paper was read by Miss M. A. John, The Band of Hope, under the eonductorsliip of Mr D. Sandbrook, was also in attendance. The meeting was well- attended, and a great success. We sincerely trust that the responsible agents will secure us another treat in its due time. LEWIS BROS., Cash Store3, for Mild Breakfast Bacon. 3261r ELECTRIC TEA is always great in strength and full of fiavour-Is 8d, 2s. and 2s 4d. 2873
Porth. Mr E. R. Cox, A.B., the secularist orator,has evidently created a stir in Porth, for on Sunday week circulars were distributed amongst the various Nonconformist churches asking them to appoint delegates to form an "Anti-Infidel Move- ment." LEWIS BROS, for Tea-Taff street. 32flr We also understand that the Rev Mon Evans, Porth, authorised a, friend to write Mr Cox, accepting the challenge he gave a few weeks ago The question is to take the form of a public flebato extending over two nights, at the Porth Town Hall. Go to T. Harris for butter and cheese, The stock that he keep- every Dilate will-please Central Stores, Taff street. 2348 has been asked to come to Porth by his disciples, to deliver a course of secularist lectures, and Mr W R £ the Evangehst (brother to the late Charles Brad laugh, has been approached by various sects to come to Porth also and deliver some Christian addresses. Mr W. T. Richards, auctioneer, on Wednesday last disposed of the property known as Stanley- place, Cymmer, consisting of 10 dwelling-houses. The purchaser was Mr A Williams, School- master. A THIRSTY SouT/s TRotTRI.E.- What shall I drink ? Try the Welsh Hills Non-Alcoholic Drinks, manu- factured by THOMAS & EVAXS. Porth.—See ADVT. 3182o SILVER'S Ort (Croydon).—Silver's Oil speed- ily cures rheumatism, eczema, wounds, bad legs, sore throats, bronchitis, neuralgia, and all aches pains. Free of pain in five minutes.Money not satisfied. 8 £ d, Is and 28. -p S' Thomas and Evans, Stores, Porth, and -rontypndd. 2297
Treherbert. On Monday afternoon, On Monday afternoon, the worshippers at tea party. Cliapel held a public effectively decorated Vol the „ ;y w?" tables were presided 0vU bv XTf' aDduthe of the church. Several InuvlSl^f °iembe.re tea, and it is anticipated thS amount of monev will be landed over towards liquidating the chapel <1lebt. In the evenino. an entertainment was held, the R,<>v t. J pwfrJi ards, Treorky. presiding. Musical 'items were contributed by members of the church, and a very successful and enjoyable evening was spent. On Sunday the special anniversary services in connection with the Emmanuel English Con- gregational Sunday School were held. The,, were large congregations at each service, and "Powerful and elpquent sermons were delivered by the pastor Tltev J. W. Thomas). On Mon. day the annual treat to the e.-iloreii was held, but owing to the inclemency of the weather, the children were not ah:" to have their treat on Graigyddelw as originally intended, but. wore Provided with a sumptuous lea at the chapel. The tables were presided over bv the lady mem- bers of the church. The tea was attended, and everything passed off satisfactorily. In the evening an entertainment was held, wh'Nn songs, Solos, dialogues. rt< were contributed bv mem- bers of the Church.
Cwmpark. On Sunday and Monday preaching services were held at the Zoar Congregational Chapel, when sermons were delivered by Revs J. n: Richards, London, and R. Thomas, Penrhiw. ceiber. On Sunday and Monday, the worshippers at the Soar Welsh Congregational Chapel, Cwm- park, held their annual preaching services.There were large and appreciative congregations at each meeting, and powerful and edifying sermons were delivered by the Revs R. Thomas,Penrhiw. ceiber; and J. R. Richards, London. Substan- tial collections were made at e^c'1 service to- wards augmenting the chapel debt tuna.
Llwynypia. On Saturday, the Llwynypia Lod?e of the United Patriots Benefit Society held then an- nual feast at the Workmen's Institute. Before partaking of the splendid spread provided bj Host and Hostess Rolley, they formed ono gi- <rn.nt.ie nrecession, headed by the Trealaw Mis- sion Band. They then marched througn me town and district, returning about 4 o'clock, and sat down to dinner. The Rev Daniel Davies, Baptist minister, Tonypandy, presumed, and everything passed off in tip-top style. After the festive board was cleared an interesting pro- gramme was gone through, providing a good evening's enjoyment to the large assemblage. It would be hardly fair to pass over the pro- cession without commenting on the banners, which were decorated with taste and artistic ability by Mr Tom Kington. Mr Kington, al- though only a toiler underground, had arranged the thousand and one flowers in a manner which indicated great artistic dexterity in that direction. The programme was a varied and interesting one. Letters of apology were read from Aid. Richard Lewis, Councillor Thomas, who, owing to pressure of business, were unable to be present. Songs and recitations were given by Messrs David Thomas, T. James, E. Price, T. Rees, J. Murray, P. Kembury, R. Williams, and T. Watkins. Mr J. Williams presided in his usual able manner at the piano. The whole day's programme reflects great credit on the energetic secretary (Mr James Bryce), who has worked hard and with good effect to make his lodge's feast the most successful of the year. It was a matter of much regret that Mr W. W. Hood, M.E., the genial chairman of tha Lodge, was unable to attend, as was also the case with the general secretary of the society, Mr George Wheeler. The following pupils of Mr David Lloyd, M.I.S.M., were successful at the recent London College of Music examination: Elementary Grade: Miss Janes Davies, Llwynypia, 80 marks; James Conway Price, Ton, Pentre, 77; Willie Bertram Lawrence, Tonypandy, 80. Intermediate Grade: Willie T. Parry, Ton, Pentre, 74; Ada Thomas, Ton, 80; Thomas J. Price, Ton, 80. Senior Grade: Ida Jones, Dyfodwg House, Ton, Pentre, 88 marks (honours). Anniversary services were held at the Primi- tive Methodist Chapel on Sunday. Mr W. Boget Abercynon, preached three sermons during the day. On Monday the annual tea was held, The following ladies presided over the tables: Mrs Rowley, Mrs Perrios,, Mr Odams, Mrs Watts, Mrs Amos, Mrs Holmes, and Mrs John. In the evening a service of song, "Bramble Bush," was rendered very effectively by the choir. Mrs Pickles, the wife of the resident minister, acted as reader. -0-
Williamstown. A sad case of drowning occurred in a pond, the property of the Glamorgan Coal Company, on a Penrhiwfer Mountain, on Saturday, by which a young man named John Williams, aged 17, son of John Williams, Amos Hill, lost his life. A number of lads were bathing, when de- ceased, having got beyond his depth, was ob- served to be sinking. A young lad named Flic- ker, who attempted to" save him, would have bean drowned but for a pupil teacher named Evan Jones, who jumped to his rescue and brought him to bank, the deceased having sunk in the meantime. The body was not discovered until three o'clock on Sunday morning, despite the gallant efforts of Elli Davies, John Davies, Thomas Beynon, John Lewis, Penrhiwfer; Lancelot Isaac, Thomas and Hczekiah Harris, Williamstown; Daniel Thomas and Edmund Rees, Glamorgan Hotel, and John Lewis, Peny- graig, whose diving efforts in discovering the body were beyond all praise. Messrs Jacob and William Thomas also rendered valuable assistance. The sixteenth annual services were held at the Weslfcy Church on Sundaty. Mr Ty James, Llwynypia. and Mr Saunders, Clydach Vale, officiated. Recitations and dialogues were given by the school children, who had been well taught by their teachers. On Monday the an. nual tea. was held. A large number of the young scholars partook of the sumptuous tea provided for them. The tables were presided over by Mrs Cuttell and the Misses Cuttell, Mrs Daniel Lewis, and Mrs J. Lewis, Mrs Musgrove Mrs W. Jones, Mrs Rowlands, Mrs Williams, the Misses Williams, Mrs Bishop, and Mrs Green, who were assisted by several willing helpers. In the evening a service of song, entitled "Heaven" was rendered by the choir, conducted by Mr R. Booth. The organists were Misses S. A. Sweet and Annie Lewis, and Mr David Rowlands occupied the chair.
Wattstown. ^Joncs- s011 of M. H. Jones the h«-s successfully passed vorsiU' of^Wn^i ? examination of the Uni- fs 18 yea^SLh°Mi^ June ]ast" Mr Jones sity Collage, Cardiff 18 a student at Univer.
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OUR COUNTY SCHOOLS- Rev W. Rees Indites another Letter. MORE ABOUT THE ENTRANCE SCHOLAR. SHIP EXAMINATIONS. FEES, FINES, AND FOOTBALL. -0- DRESS "DEMANDS" DENOUNCED. -0- Mr D. Milton Jones, clerk to the Pontypridd School Board, referred at Tuesday's meeting oi that authority—Mr James Richards (chairman) presiding—to the letter received at the previous meeting from the Rev W. Rees with reference to the last entrance, scholarships examination in connection with the County Schools. In the course of his remarks Mr Jones said that since the receipt of Mr Rees's letter, at the Board's last meeting, he (the speaker) had seen Mr Hogg who had explained the matter fully and clearly to him. rrom what he was told by Mr Hogg he found that not only were complete instruc. tions sent to every school in the district, but printed copies of those instructions were placed on the walls of the examination room in such a manner that the candidates could have no difficulty in reading them. An examination ot the papers made it abundantly clear that the special subjects were not compulsory. When the rev. gentleman's letter was placed in his hands at the last meetinar he (the clerk) was not aware of those facts, which had since been ex- plained to him by Mr Hogg. As he had said at the previous meeting, were the Rev Mr Rees' statements correct, it was the duty of that Board to do something to protect the children: but it was now very evident. that the rev. gentle man had written without fully understanding the facts of the case. The Rev T. P. Thomas: Mr Rhys Morgan has fully explained the matter. The Chairman: I think Mr Rees wrote the letter under a misapprehension. The Clerk: There is no doubt that Mr Rees has made a mistake. The examination he com- plained of was only for children from elemen. tarv schools. The Chairman: If Mr Rees had been right not one in ten would have passed. The Clerk: I think it is only fair the Board should express an opinion on the question. If what Mr Rees says is correct, then there is a great injustice somewhere. The Chairman: Mr Morgan has answered Mr Rees' questions, and the Board has nothing more to do. The Clerk said that there arose out of this matter another of importance to himself. As they knew, the letter of the Rev W. Rees was handed him at the last meeting while the busi- ness was going on, and he was called upon to read the letter and make his comments upon it without having had any opportunity of investi- gatingr the matter written of. This was not fair to him or to the Board, or even to the writer. He would be triad if they would pass a resolution to the effeet that any letters not received within three clefir days bdfore the Board meeting should be witb-heid until the succeeding meet- ing. The members expressed themselves as agreeing with this view, and a. resolution embodying the stipulation was agreed to. Later in the course of the meeting, the Clerk read the following letter from the Rev W. Rees, Rhondda: Gentlemen,—Mr Rhys Morgan, M.A., is re- ported to have said my last letter to you "is not worth taking notice of." If this be so, is it not strange so many people took notice of it? Some of them, too, are such that they cannot be dubbed ignoramuses. But to the point. I am glad to find the entrance scholar- ships are confined to children coming straight from the Elementary Schools. But this fact aught to have been made known to the public After all that has been said, the special extra subjects make the entrance examination unfair, for these subjects are not taught in each Ele- mentary School, and 50 marks being given foi the extra subjects. In all examinations for adults the conditions or regulations are printed on the examination papers, or oi\ some slip. for the guidance of each candidate. If this be necessary for adults, how much more is it essential for young children. A copy of tliese regulations was sent to the Headmasters and Governors, possibly, of the Elementary Schools, and the children were told what these regula- tions were, we readily admit. But is it reason- able to expect children during the excitement of an examination to remember these? Much mere reasonable, we maintain, would it be for each, candidate to have a. copy of the regular tions. It is evident all the candidates cn the 3rd inst. did not understand the conditions. Let each candidate have. every advantage to understand what is expected of him or her, and let each be placed on exactly the same foot- ing by not being expected to answer any ques. tion or questions but such as aro taught in ea.ch aim»»«»■+■ rK- whorJ jmraaaBtfld ia oatJi aroiiiw tion centre. Mr Morgan himself is reported to have admitted that the standard of "some ct the questions was debatable," and that "the scheme could be remedied by a conference of teachers of the County and Elementary Schools." Thus he admits what in part I contended for in my letter of the 6th inst. These points are worthy of notice when contended for by Mr Morgan, but unworthy when pleaded for by me. Then Mr Morgan iind the Governors of the County School take no notice whatever of the reference in my last letter to the high style of dress encouraged, if not demanded, in the County School, and the fines, etc. Why are these matters passed over in silence? Why not consider the whole letter or none of it? Again, Mr Morgan says a certain percentage of marks was given a child of 13, but none were given to those over 14 years of age." Granting a number of children, varying in ages, have an equal number of marks for work done, a percent- age of marks is added to those of the younger children on account of their being younger, and still having obtained an equal number of marks in the examination to their seniors. This matter it seems to me, requires very careful considera. tion, for some of the older children might be held back through no fault of their own, but on account of ill-health, etc. Is it a fact that boys are pressed to join the football club in connection with the County Schools? Again, why is it the fees of the third County School are higher than those of the County Schools at Porth and Aberdare? I drew no comparison whatever between the examination of 96' and that of the current year, neither did I blame Pontypridd County School in particular. I wrote the School Board because it is their business to see that the children of our Ele- mentary Schools are fairly treated. Yours respectfully, Hopkinstown. W. REES. The Clerk was of opinion that this letter should have been written direct to the Governors of the County School. It would be well if the Board passed a resolution on the matter, as it was a serious thing for the Governing Body to have such things said about them. The subject was passed over without discus- sion.
BABY THIEVES AT PONTYGWAITH Expert Pickpockets. A HOMILY FROM THE BENCH. Rebecca, Bowen and Johanna Evans, aged 9 and 10, years respectively, living at Pontygwaith with their parents, will undoubtedly come to a. bad end unless a great reform takes place in their mode of living, for at the Pontypridd Police Court on We(inesday-before Councillor James Roberts—they were charged with a series of daring thefts. Mary Jane Owen, a servant- living at 53, Llewellyn street, Pontygwaith, said that on Thursday last she went to a concert at the "cheap Jack's." She had half a sovereign in her purse, which she placed in her pocket. When she left the premises -she found her purse was gone, and immediately gave informa- tion to the police. She noticed the two child- ren running about in the tent. Peter Jones, manager of Cash and Co.'s shop at Tylorstown, said that on Friday morning the defendant, Rebecca came into his shop and asked the price of some slippers. Some time afterwards the other child came in and pur- chased two pairs of slippers, for which she tendered 5s 6d ,and was given sixpence change. He did not see any other money with her. P.C. Daniel Jones said lie arrested the two defendants at Maerdy ,and when charged Re- bccca Bowen said they were running around the tent when she fell down and placed her hand upon a, purse. On Wednesday morning aho stated the purse had been given her by awther girl. Gwenllian Davies, Pontygwaith, said she wenll to the "cheap Jack's" with a purse in her pos- session containing four brooches, four bracelets,, and a silver match box. She afterwards missed the purse and gave information to the police. She valued the articles at £1128 &L P.S. Jones said the child Johannah told him. there were only two brooches in the parse. JTane Hosser, Pontaninutli, deposed that sliO had lost her purse, with 5s 3d in it, in the tent. P.S. Jones gave evidence to the effect that Rebecca stated that Johanllah had taken her hand and put it into the pocket. Johannah re- plied, "No, you put it in yourself." Mr James Roberts, speaking to the parents. said, "We know something of you; in fact, we know a great deal too much about you. Yon have proved yourselves totally iur^vrorthy of bringing up these children, and it bears fruit to-day. I tell you, Mrs Evans and Mrs Bowen. that the neglect shown to these children will lead to their ruin. The-only step we can take to prevent these children being turned into con- firmed thieves is to take them, from you. They will be remanded to the Workhouse until Friday week with a view of sending them to a home.
Penrhiwceiber. We regret this week to record the sudden death of Mrs Robert Jones, of No. 6, Railway Terrace, which took place last Sunday, after but, a. very brief illness. She was taken ill on the Friday previous, and to the great consterna- tion of the inhabitants died mid-day Sunday. She leaves a widower and four children to be. wail their great loss, the youngest child being only five weeks old. Our friend Mr Jones met with a serious accident some few months ago, which disabled 'him from following liis employ- ment for a considerable time, and has not yet completely recovered. Deep sympathy is felt for him, and his little ones in their sore triaJ. The deceased lady was a member at Hermon (C.M.) Chapel, and on Wednesday a large num- I ber of friends and neighbours assembled together to pay their last tribute of respect to her mortal remains, which were conveyed to Mountain Ash cemetery. Hermon choir sang hymns all the way, under the leadership of Mr Samuel Davies. We noticed in the procession Revs T. Williams (C.M.), D. Lloyd (C.M.), and R. Thomas (C.), Penrhiwceiber; Messrs W Phillips and W. Ray- mond, deacons, (B,), Messrs D. Davies, Thomas Rees, S. Lewis, deacons ,.M.), Messrs E.Morris J. P. Davies, and Evan James, deacons of Car- mel Congregational Church. The Revs T. Wil- liams and R. Thomas officiated. Last Monday the friends at Jerusalem (B.) held their annual tea party, and we are glad to note that it turned out a perfect success. In the evening a miscellaneous concert was held, under the presidency of our genial friend, Mr W. Phillips, Cloth Hall, who is one of the church's most devoted deacons. The following artistes took part in the concert: Mr Thomas Davies, Miss Ann Davies, Mountain Ash; Mrs William Williams, Miss Lottie Williams, Miss Gwen Da- vies, and Mr E. Pughe, and a recitation ren- dered by Mr Tom James.
Llantrisant. We regret to announce the death of Mrs Llew- ellyn, wife of Mr W. Llewellyn, Cross Inn, which occurred after a short illness on Wednes' day at her residence, "The People's Stores." Deceased was a well-known and highly respec- ted Congregationalist, and will be sadly missed by the members of that church. The funeral, which was a very largo one, took place on Mon- day at Efail Isaf. Deep sympathy is felt for Mr Llewellyn and family. It seems a great pity that the Public Hall pro- posed to be erected to celebrate the Jubilee should come down a "cropper." I hear (says a correspondent) it is quite dead. Ah. well, it is the rule that everything new proposed in the eld town ends in smoke.
Clydach Va!e. On Friday evening the children attending the Board Schools were regaled with sweets, nuts, and biscuits, in a field lent for the occasion, by Mr E. Hammond, M.E., of the Cambrian Col- lieries. After tho feasting was over juvenile sl*>rts were. held. anl "ames were indulges in by the youngsters. Mr J. Thomas, managing tinectcr of the Cambrian Collieries, rrensronsly defrayed all the expenses incurred. The school- master and teachers are to bo congratulated on the successful evening's enjoyment thev pro- vided for the scholars!
Abercwmboy. On Sunday and Monday services in connection with the ordniation of Mr Joshua Bowen Davies, student from Carmarthen College, took place on Sunday. The Revs Prof. D. E. Jones, M.A., (Carmarthen College) and D. Williams, Capel Norri, preached to overcrowdod congregations, and on Monday the ordination took place under the presidency of Rev J. Davies, Zoar, Aber- dare. The usual order was not followed owing to the fact that two of the officiating ministers had to leave, but the outward order is not im- portant. On Monday morning Rev D. Williams delivered a most appropriate charge to the young minister. In the afternoon the Rev n. Thomas, Penrhiwceiber, delivered a pointed charge to the church, and Prof. Jones, M.A., addressed the congregation on "Church Polity.' The young minister was questioned by Rev J. J. Jones, B.A., Rhydybont, the ordination prayer being then offered by Rev H. A. Davies, Cwm. aman. In the evening sermons were delivered by Revs J. J. Jones, B.A., and J. Henry, Can- ton. Cardiff. There were also present: the Revs D. Silyn Evans, J. Grawys Jones, and H. T. Jacob, Aberdare; n. P. Jenkins, Aberaman; T E. Edmunds and E. Wern Williams, Hir- waun; David Thomas Anthony, and Owen Jones Mountain Ash; W. S. Davies, Llwydcoed; J. W. Price, Troedyrhiw; Jacob Thomas, Cefn; Thomas, Craigbcrthlwyd; D. M. Davies, Cwm- bach; B. D. Davies," Mertliyr Vale; James Davies, Ipswich, Queensland; J. H. Hughes, Penywern, Dowlais; J. H. Thomas, Godre Am- man; D. D. Joseph, Llwynypia; Thomas Hughes, (B.), Mountain Ash, and the following students from Carmarthen: Messrs T. W. Jones Rhvs T. Williams, J. Gilbert Rees, Tudwal R. Davies, James Jones, J. James Thomas, and Evan Phillips; also Mr T. P. Jones, "o ysgol yr Hen Goleg, Caerfyrddin," and the Rev T. Bryn Thomas, Siloh, Maesteg. We congratu late the church at Bethlehem in their choice of a. young man who promises to be very bright and full of energy. We wish both pastor and people every success.
Senghenydd. On Saturday last an Eisteddfod was held at the Gwernymilwr Assembly Room in connec- tion with the English Congregationalists. There was a fairly good attendance. The chair was ably occupied by Mr E. Shaw, M.E. Mr G. Marsden presided at the piano. The adjudica- tors were: Music, Messrs E. Evans, Aber, and T. Price, Hawthorn; poetry, etc., Rev W. Mor- ris, Cardiff. We append the list of successful competitors: Soprano solo, Mrs L. Davies; alto solo, Master Johnny Morgan; tenor solo, Messrs R. C. Davies, Tylorstown, and Tom James, Cardiff; bass solo, Mr J. T. Jones, love letter, Mr William Evans and Mr J, Ro- berts: prize ba?s, Miss Fletcher, Groeswen; alto solo (girls), Miss M. Wigley; recitation for girls, Miss Mary E. Williams; impromptu de- bate, Messrs J. Roberts and J. D. Perkins; essay on "Independency in the Parish of Eglwys- ilan," Rev C. T. Thomas, Whitecross; impromp- tu speech, Mr J. Roberts; catch, Mr J. Edwards Groeswen, and friends. It is pleasant to know that the eisteddfod was in every way a success, which is due to the energy displayed by the committee, of which Mr Lewis Rees was secre- tary. On Sunday and Monday the first anniversary services in connection with the English Baptists were held. The attendance was fairly good ,and able sermons were delivered by the Revs J. Penberthery, Tredegar; W. Williams, Barry Dock; A. O. Ilopltns, Caerphilly; and E. Lewis, Treforest. The Welsh friends very kindly placed their chapel at their disposal on Sunday afternoon and on Monday. The second annual outing in connection with the Chamber of Trade took place on Thursday. The weather was all that could be desired, and a large number availed themselves of the oppor- tunity of having a splendid trip at a reasonable ccst. Starting from Senghenydd with the ordi- nary 8.10 a.m. train, the party were driven through to Cardiff (thanks to the Rhymney Railway Company) arriving at Cardiff about 8.45, giving ample time to walk to the Docks time for the boat. Reaching Weston the party enjoyed themselves by driving, cycling and don- key riding, At seven o'clock the boat was timed to return, and, judging by their punctuality, the trippers seemed quite fit for a. rest, A special train conveyed the party from Cardiff at 9.30 p.m., arriving at Senghenydd about 10.10. We are pleased to, understand that all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and that the trip was a grand success. A meeting in connection with the temperance cause was held at the Methodist Vestry on Saturday, when an interesting programme, con- sisting of songs, recitations and speeches, was gone through.
Pontygwaith. In conjunction with the South Ferndale Lodge the Fern Vale -odge of the Manchester Unity held their annual demonstration on Satur- day. After parading the principal streets of the district the whole of the members adjourned to the Penrhys Hotel ,whe.re an excellent spread bad been prepared by Host and Hostess Davies, whose catering gave every satisfaction. In the evening, under the presidency of Bro. Isaac Wil- liams, a most successful convivial meeting was held in the Lodge Room, when Messrs R. C. Davies, Evan Thomas, Evan Rees, Will Thomas (the noted female impersonator), Tom Row- lands, and J. Coniff, favoured the company with songs. Speeches were delivered by Messrs Isaac Williams. David Morgan, checkweighcr, and Thomas Jones.
Penrhiwfer. A sad fatality occurred at the Penrhiwfer ponds on Saturday. It appears that a number of lads were bathing in this large pond—some parts of it are of a considerable depth—when one of them, named John Williams, was seized with cramp, and sank to the bottom before any aid could be rendered him. The body then seemed to have drifted, as they were unable to find it until the Sunday following. The parents of deceased reside at Amos Hill, Penygraig, where great sympathy is felt for them in their sudden bereavement.
Ferndale. The bills are out for the Higher Grade An- nual Concerts. We are all sure these annual concerts are a treat that no one should miss. Their musical drills, tableaux vivants, glees, and choruses, have been rehearsed with care and ability, and are well worthy the patronage of all the people of Ferndale and neighbourhood. The concerts will be held on Wednesday and Thursday next, and a good programme will cer- tainly be given. On Saturday the "Swan of the Lake" Lodge of Ancient Shepherds, which has its head quar- to's at the Maxwell Hotel, held its annual demonstration. The procession started from the lodge room at three o'clock, headed by the celebrated Prize Band, and paraded the princi- pal streets of the town. On their return a most excellent dinner had been provided by Mrs David Evans, to which about 160 members sat. The tables having been cleared, a splendid con- cert was held under the presidency of Mr John Davies, undfer-majiagcr, who di,-cllaited the duties in his usual able and genial manner. The accompanist was Mr Dan Williams, while tho following well-known singers gave their ser- vices Messrs J. Glyntewi Jones, David Grif- fiths, David Morris, and Daniel Williams. A very able speech on the value of Friendly Socie- ties was delivered by the chairman. Mr Evan Enoch, the energetic secretary, gave the fol- lowing statistics concerning his lodge: The "Swan of the Lake" was started on the 18th of August, 1883, with four members, and no capi- tal; to-day they are 181 members, with a capital of E618 to their credit. They have paid out during their 14 years' existence in sick pay and funeral expenses the mangiiificent sum of £ 1,911. In the lucid and eloquent speech that Mr Enoch made, lie paid an excellent tribute to the officers, especially the trustees and treasurer He said further that he had a very pleasant duty to perform, namely, to present Mr Wil- liam Heard, one of the trustees from the com- mencement, with a photo in oil of himself. Ali Heard had taken the greatest interest in the lodije all along, and had been of very great service in assisting to place the fund where the highest rate of interest possible could be obtained. (Applause). Mr Hoard very suita- b'y responded. The following Past Masters of the lodge were presented with the emblem of the Order: Messrs Abel Jacob, G. W. Thomas, David Morris, Thomas Jones, and John Tho mac Mr W. Heard ma,de the presentation. Several new members joined, and the singing of "Hen w!ad fy Nhadau" brought the meet.ngf to a close. <' Sinrje I}10 Commencement, of this month the Kev R. T. Coleman has been here organising a branch of the Forward Movement. The meet- im-s are held three times every Sunday in the Timor Hall, and aro very well attended. Mr Coleman is a most sineoro evangelist, and works exceedingly hard. and we have no doubt that success must follow his good effort. Last Sunday the Rev John Pugh, of Cardiff, the founder of the Movement, rave most able ser- mons. Several hundreds listened to him. We wish Mr Coleman every success to continue the good work he has started.
Hawthorn The Wesleyan Sunday School anniversary services were "held on Sunday. Powerful ser- mons were delivered raorninrr and evening by Mr Harris, of Hopkinstown. In the afternoon the children recited. Special hymns were ren- dered by the choir, uncer the leadership of Mr Griffin. Great credit i? due to the choir, who, notwithstanding the short time they were practis ing, came out well. Special collections were made towards the Sunday School funds. On Monday the children and friends were provided with tea, to which a great number sat down, Owinxr t-9 the inclemency of the weather tea was served in a marquee, kindly erected by Messrs Griffin, Ted Turner, and Hopkin Williams, a most enjoyable meeting was held afterwards. Splendid items were tendered by the choir. Misses Llewellyn and Williams, of Pontypridd, sang a duet. Recitations were given by the children, and the proceedings terminated with :i hearty vote of thanks to the ladies who so ably presided at the ta -les.
Cowbiidge. At the Trinity College, London, examina- tions, held at the Cardiff Centre on June xath and 30th, the following candidates, pupils of Mrs and Misses Culverwell, The Great House School, were successful in gaining certificates: Pianoforte, Senior Division—Honours (1st prize), Bessie Morey (Jfaesteg); pass, S. J. Lewis (Pontypool), F. Huddy (Ilminster). Senior Violin—Bessie Morey. Junior Division (Pianoforte)—Corena Sloper, (Aberthaw). Primary Division (Pianoforte).—Audrey Smith (Cowbridge). Maud Hawkins (Llantrisant). Theory Honours, Junior Division.—1st prize, Ccrena Sloper, Bessie Morey. Pass (1st prize), Audrey Smith, Annie Lougher (Treguff), Mabel Morgan (Cow-bridge. Mav Morgan (Cowbridge), Maud Hawkins (Llantrisant).
Ynyslir. The annual tea was held at Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel on Monday. An enjoyable after- noon was spent by the children. In the even- ig, a very interesting entertainment was held. The Rev Mr Griffiths ably conducted the meet- ing. The programme was contributed by M. A. Evans, Mr Richard Coleman, Mr Evan Abbett, R. Williams, H. Rees, Annie Howells, T. Ablett, John Thomas, J. J. Coblev, Ivor Richards, S. Thomas, Myfanwy Jones, Noah Ablett, T. Sanders, R. Thomas, D. M. Thomas, M. E. Jones, William Jones, and J. Thomas.
Ystrad. The following were the successful candidates at tiie recent examination held at Ystrad Centre of the Victoria College of Music Junior Grade, American Organ (Pass), Miss Katie Alford; Piano, Primary Grade (Pass), Miss Georgina Bradley (pupils of Mr G. Parr). Primary Grade, Piano (Honours), Miss Beatrice Jones and Miss Annie Jones; Primary (Pass), Miss May Pickford (Pupils of Messrs Dorrington. The local.secretary is Mr George Parr.
Pentre. On Sunday the Lord Bishop of Llandaff held confirmation services at St. Peter's Church, Pentre, when 102 candidates (all from Ystrady. fodwg) were presented for confirmation. Mr R. Daniel, Treorky, was also licensed as a lay reader.
Abercynon There has been a series of accidents here re- cently, some of which, we are sorry to say, ter- minated fatally. Whilst a little boy named John Archibald Ewington, five years old, was playing on the T.V.R. iine, in company with other children, a down mineral train, time about 7.36 p.m., ran over hini. Death was instan- taneous. It was truly a morbid spectacle for those who went to the assistance of the child to find the place covered with blood, and the body in a horrible state of mutilation, which can better be imagined than described. The father is a signalman on the same line. At the inquest a verdict of "accidental death" was returned. The remains of the child were interred in St. Cynon's Churchyard on Monday, and great sym- > pathy is felt for the parents in their trying ordeal. Some new screens are in course of erection at the Dowlais Cardiff Colliery, and this was the scene of an accident to William Morton, xiie poor fellow met with the accident about mid- day, and he died at midnight the same day from the injuries. Deceased was about 25 years of age, and a Scotchman, and had come down from Scotland specially to. erect the screens. He was an Agnostic in re-" conveyed to the station on — onday to meet e 7.20 a.m. train, to be taken to Glasgow, and amongst the funeral procession was the father of deceased.
T rearris. The string band in connection with Tabernacle Independent Chapel is now formed, and has commenced work, with a membership of 15, under the fHition of i Professor W. Lewis, Merthyr. We congratulate Miss Jenny Lewis and Miss E. Williams on their recent examination on the theoretical and practical parts of organ playing Both are pupils of Mr Lawrance, Merthyr, and we may [mention that Miss Lewis, passed with honours. A foot race was brought off at Saint Cynons, on Thursday week, between Mr William John Davies and Mr Northy Edwards, both of Tre- harris for JE2 10s a-side. The distance covered was 120 yards, and the first named proved the victor. There was an exceedingly large number of spectators present. The Bishop of Llandaff, attended at Saint Mathias Church on Monday afternoon and held a confirmation service, when 40 candidates were confirmed. The Rectors of Merthyr and Llan- fabon were also present. This is a result of the labours of the curate in charge, the Rev R. David. Shortly after 9 o'clock on Saturday night, at Quaker's Yard Junction, Mrs Roderick, of Drab street, and a deaf and dumb lady of Webster street, ascended the trap of Mr Lloyd Morgan, bound :for Treliarris, and took a seat too much in the rear, when all of a sudden the trap tilted a little, throwing out the ladies into the street. The first named sustained a nasty cut at the back of her head, while the other was severely shaken. A students Gymanfa in connection with "Watkin Wyn's Gwyn Fryn school, Amman- ford, was held on Sunday at Libanus Indepen- dent, Graigberthllwyd. Tbe following took part -Mr Jenkins, Vocrhiw Mr Griffiths, Pembrey; Mr David Overton, Quaker's Yard Mr Davies, Brynamman Mr Griffiths, Llanbrynmaer; Mr Harris, Ammanford; Mr Morgan Davies and David Williams, Treharris. Mr David Overton, who has been located at Anamanford during the past two years, passed successfully the ex- amination at Brecon Memorial College, entitling him to enter same as student next term. The annual treat to the Sunday School scholars in connection with Berthllwyd Welsh Baptist and Libanus Independent, was held on Monday, when a large number sat at the tables. It was the intention of both churches to form a combined procession, but owing to the unfavour- able weather the idea was abandoned. In the evening miscellaneous entertainments were held at both chapels. The following are the names of the successful students at the recent Government examination. Advanced stage.—Giles Jones, John Jones, Lewis Evans, John Thomas, William Williams, Alfred Pett, Rees Prosser, Eynon Williams, William Phillips, David Davies. Elementary stage.—Thomas Evans, David Watkins, Samuel Davies, Harry Osborne, William T. Morgan, David Edwards, Rowland B. Davies, Herbert Isaac, David Jones. Honours stage.—George O. Bevan. Home Office, managers certificates- Lewis Evans, George O. Bevan. Undermanagers ct,rtificates-David Jones, Herbert Isaac and David Davies. The geology results will be given next week.
Hearts of Oak Benefit Society. All members of the Hearts of Oak Benefit Society am kindly requested to attend tlie church parakic on Sunday next. The procession will meet near the Taff Vale Station at 5 p.m., starting at 5.30, and will proceed to Carmel English Baptist Church, to attend divine service at 6 o'clock, i. ij?. Rev E. E. Probert (who is a nieniber) will officiate. A few of tho Society's badges are still left, and will be disposed of according to applications.
SERVANTS out of situations will be readily l:5 suited with good places and placid mis. tresses if they advertise in the FBEB PRESS.
PONTYPRIDD SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the Pontypridd School Board was held on Tuesday, Mr James iriiia Richards (chairman) presiding. 'There were also present Rev Joshua Thomas (vice-chairman), Rev J. R. Jones, Rev T. P. Thomas, and Mr J. W. John; with the clerk, Mr D. Milton Jones FINANCIAL It a^neared from the Clerk's report that there was a balance of £1,563 4s 7d to the Board's credit in the general account, but this sum would be reduced by that day's payments, (P,17236 9s 3d) to £ 324 15s 4d. THE MEASLES EPIDEMIC. The attendance officers reported that Cilfyn- ydd Schools had been closed owing to the pre- valence of measles. Mr John Morgan reported 55 cases at Pwllgwaun and 42 at Mill street Schools. A CONVERTED TRUANT. The Chairman referred to a Treforest boy who had served his time at the Truant Schools. The lad had attended regularly since, and was an example of the great rood derived from sending precocious boys to the Truant School. MAGioTERIAL LENIENCY. At the conclusion of the attendance Officers' report, Mr John Morgan complained that non- attendance cases brought before the Pontypridd Bench were far more leniently treated than was the case at other Courts in the district. It sometimes occurred that the. very worst cases were adjourned for a fortnight or a month, and ultimately, if the children attended regularly during the interim, the cases were dismissed and the Beard was obliged to pay the costs, which, he believed, was 9s in each case. The Clerk observed that the dismissed cases cost 5s 6d each, but where there was an order the cost was 9s. Mr Morgan continued that if the children at. tended well for a month they were allowed to free, and to a. large extent the object for which summonses were taken was rendered void Several persons had remarked to him, "You can summon me if you like; I will only have to pay 2s 6d. The Chairman remarket that the Board was entirely in the hands of the magistrates. The Clerk said the same subject was dis- cussed at the conference of School Boards, and it was suggested that there should be more School Board members on the magisterial bench. (Laughter). INSPECTOR'S REPORTS. The Clerk read the annual report of H.M. Inspector on Hafod Schools: "The staff was decidedly weak at the first, and has been rather unsettled throughout. The discipline (including punctuality) is not very strong, but considerable allowances is due from the overcrowded state of the rooms, which is new being remedied. The condition of the school as regards attain, meiits is very satisfactory, there being many good points in the work." The Chairman said he considered the report very satisfactory. The Clerk reported that at Coedpenmiaen Schools the three departments had earned the highest grant. H.M. Inspector reported on these schools: "Boys' School.—This department has, on the whole, done good work during the past year. At the same time, the writing both in exercises and copy books must shew an improvement, particularly in supervision, if the rate of grant of last year's is to be maintained. Object lessons will require the careful attention of the Headmaster during the coming year, and it is "0 only after much hesitation that the award "Good" is recommended for this school." "Girls' School.—The school is in a thoroughly satisfac- tory state, and the class subjects are on the whole well taught. The school. as mentioned in last year's report, is overcrowded." ''Infants School.—'This is a good school, and the work is evidently carried out on a rational and scientific basis. The headmistress is to be praised for the general tcne of conduct of the children. The Clerk, referring to the remarks on the boys' school, said the school was last time examined by the new inspector. He (the speak- er) had examined the reports of previous years and had found everything most satisfactory. He felt it his duty to say that no blame could be attached to Mr Jones, who was a most pain- staking master, and was always keenly attentive to his duties. THE INCREASE OF MEMBERS. The Education Department, wrote agreeing to increase the number of members of the Board to eleven provided the Board passed a resolu- tion to that effect. Mr J. W. John moved a resolution asking for eleven members, and this was unanimously adopted. FAIR REPRESENTATION. The Chairman said he would be glad if the School Board election were carrXecLloaMk- in .Ah* aamiT was" rttS" jjiscnct Council election. He thought the parish should be divided into wards, instead of all the members being elected en bloc. They could not expect to secure a fair' representation all round until this change was effected. TENDERS. Several tenders were received for the painting and colouring of Norton Bridge and Coedpen. maen Schools. The Board accepted the tendei of Mr Edward Jones, Coedpenmaen,, which was —Norton Bridge, P,29 17s; Coedpenmaen, JE32 10s. EXTENSION OF CILFYNYDD SCHOOLS. The Education Department approved of the plans prepared by Mr A. O. Evans for the extension of Cilfynydd Schools, which will provide extra accommodation for 160 boys, 60 girls, and 205 infants. It was decided to adver- tise for tenders. "WILLING TO TEACH BOYS." A letter was received from a Mis* Howells applying for a teachership under the Board. She was willing to teach boys. The Clerk, in regretfully reporting that there was no vacancy, remarked that it was very rarely young ladies were agreeable to teaching boys. Rev T. P. Thomas: Oh, it's only natural. (Laughter). EDUCATING VAGRANT CHILDREN. A circular was read from the Cannock (Sta- ffordshire) School Board asking Pontypridd to adopt a resolution to the following effect: "That we respectfully pray the Local Government Board will as quickly as convenient introduce into Parliament a Bill which shall enforce the compulsory attendance fit some elementary school of all able-bodied children, whose parents or custodians lead a nomadic idle, indigent life, and show no honest visible means of sub. sistence." This was unanimously adopted. THANKS TO THE GENEROUS M.P. On the motion of the Rev Joshua Thomas, seconded by the Rev T. P. Thomas, a vote of thanks was unanimously accorded Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P., for his generous treat to the school children on Diamond Day. Reference was also made to the splendid services rendered by Mr J. W. John towards making thee affair such a huge success. LAN WOOD SCHOOLS. The seal of the Board was affixeed to the contract for the erection of the Lan Wood Schools. THE CLERK DESERVEDLY COMPLI- MENTED. The Clerk presented his sencond annual re- port. The Chairman commented upon the valuable information contained in the report, and pro posed that a vote of thanks be accorded the Clerk for so ably compiling it. This was seconded by the Rev Joshua Thomas who added his appreciation of the Clerk's la- bours in getting up a report at once so compre- hensive and so readable.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. William Morgan ((Crosswells', Lin-dted).-No report appeared in our paper of the case you mention. A. Tibbott.—We cannot insert your letter with reference to the old well ,as this matter is now "sub judiee." "J.F.A," Abercynon.-Yoiii- letter is not suitable, for publicaticn in our columns.
The Alleged Overcrowding at Maerdy. To the Editor. Sir,—Since writing the letter of last week 1 find that I was misinformed as to the number of people staying at the house referred to. It should have been 9, not 13, as stated. Please correct in this week's issue and oblige,—I am, etc., July 22nd. HOUSEHOLDER. -+-- A DISCLAIMER. To the Editor. Sir.—I find a rumour is being circulated to the effect that I am the author of the letter which a p| soared in your last issue under the heading "Alleged Overcrowding at Maerdy." I entirely deny being the writer of the letter, and trust you will give the letter piiblicity.-I am, etc., .J. W. HAMPTON. (The letter published last week was not re- ceived from Mr Hampton. "G.F.P.")
PONTYPRIDD POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before the Stipendiary (Mi Ignatius Williams), Alderman Richard Lewis, Dr R. C. Hunter, and Councillor James Ro. bert-s. David Phillips, a Hopkinstown lad, was sum- moned for doing wilful damage to the property of Mr Benjamin Jones, grocer. Hopkinstown, on the 13th inst. Prosecutor stated that he saw the defendant throwing stones at an iron build- ing f his, which was opposite his house. When ho shouted to him from the window the lad threw a stone at his face. This stonethrowing was a continual nuisance to him and his building was riddled with stones. A fine of 10S, includ- ing a shilling damage, was imposed. W. Prosser, haulier, Pontypridd, was sum- moned for being drunk and disorderly en the 17th inst. P.C. 429 stated that he and another constable we,1 conveying a prisoner to the police station when the defendant came on and attempted to rescue the prisoner. He said lie would "go for" witness, who was obliged to leave his prisoner go in order to secure Prosser. Defendant behaved, most violently. He was 1 now fuv-d 10s..
Protest Against the Proposed Change- RATEPAYERS UP IN ARMS. On Monday evening a largely-attended meet- ing of the parents of the children attending thiJ Hafod Schools was held at Bethel Vestrv teTtaka into consideration what steps on-lit to be taken to prevent the children living in the Pontypridd portion of Hafod being expelled by the Ystradv- fodw^ Board on account of their requiring a por- tion of the buildings for a Pupil Teachers' School Rev J. Williams presided, and explained how the dilemma has arisen. The Rev T. P. Thomas. Hafod. who is a mem- ber of the Pontypridd School Board, gave a resume of the negotiations between the two Boards, and justified the action of his Board. He felt it was unreasonable to pay any money to the neighbouring Board without ctt.ing re- presentation at the same time. There were about 300 of their children in the Schools, and they had no share at all in the management. His Board were perfectly willing to pay their share when the Rhondda Board conceded their just demands. It was resolved that a deputation should wait upon the two Boards and give the views of the locality, which were decidedly against any change as contemplated hy the Rhondda Board The deputation appointed was the Revs John Williams and T. Davies,Mr Moses Jones was ap- pointed secretary of the movement. DEPUTATION TO THE PONTYPRIDD BOARD. The Revs J. Williams (I.), and T. Davies (B.), Hafod, waited upon the Pontypridd School Board on Tuesday to lay before that authority the views expressed at the public meeting. The deputation, in the name of the people of Hafod. entered a vigourous protest agaihst the proposed change, which would mean, they declared, the exclusion of 300 children belonging to the Ponty- pridd parish, from educational advantages. Hafod Schools being the only convenient school for them to attend. The parents felt very strongly en the matter. They daimed the right to have their children properly educated, and protested against any friction between twer neighbouring Boards being the means of depriv- ing 300 children from enjoying proper educa- tional advantages. The Chairman (Mr James Richards') assured the deputation that the children's education should not be allowed to suffer in any way in consequence of the dispute, and that the matter had already been under the consideration of the Board. The deputation now retired. No resolution was arrived at.
Aq Yrjysangharad ROW. A MIXED-UP AFFAIR. Henry Williams, blacksmith, Pontypridd,* was summoned on Wednesday at the Pontyfc pridd Police Court by Morgan Jones, an agen with the Prudential Assurance Co., for assault- ing him on the 7th inst. Williams' wife had also summoned Jones for assault. Mr James Phillips, solicitor, Pontypridd, prosecuted on behalf of Jones. Complainant stated that he had been in the King's Head Inn, and left there between nine and ten o'clock. He had just reached Peasley's when a woman rushed out into the road, and Williams also came cn and had him on the ground. The walking stick he had in his hand was taken away from him by Williams, who struck him on the head with it, and also under the eye, inflicting a large wound there. He heard David Griffiths telling Williams to leave him (witness) alone, and Griffiths shouted out murder." p C.Is Church and Daniel Jones came on, and witness gave Williams in charge. The policemen asked him to go to the police station with them and this he did. Dr Winter (assistant to Dr Hunter) was there, and be stitched his face for him. When charged, Williams said he had nothing to say. Defendant: I thrashed him because he thrashed my wife. I broke the stick as soon as I took it from him. I did not strike him with the stick I thrashed him with my hands. David Griffiths said he was in the bar of the King's Head, and had a conversation with the defendant. They were speaking rather loudly when witness's brother came in and asked what was the matter. Williams replied What's the odds to you," and both men then indulged in blows, and Williams was put out of the Inn. Morgan Jones was in another room. Witness and Morgan Jones went home together about three quarters of an hour after, and his brother followed about 30 yards behind. When they came to a dark corner, the defendant and his wife rushed at Jones, who fell to the ground. Jones did not do anything to them. The complainant had a stick which Williams took from him, and used it freely upon his head and face, and he also struck witness upon the fore- head. Witness went up the road and shouted "murder." P.C. Church came up, and Williams was given in charge. Defendant: He nearly strangled me on the grouna. Evan Griffiths, brother of the last witness, said that some blows had passed between him and Williams in the public house, and shortly after leaving the premises he heard someone shouting murder, and saw Morgan Jones on the ground and Williams and his wife beating him. He did not see anything in his hand. Two men caught hold of him also, but he recognised one of them and said so, and he was then left alone. Mrs Williams said she had gone to meet her husband coming home and on going "p the road, her husband complained about the men having beaten him When Morgan Jones came up he beat her with a stick on the arm. She took the stick from him and threw it into the canal. They all had sticks with them. She saw b,, r husband on the floor being attacked by the men. S Ie had never seen Morgan Jones before and her arm was badly fcnised. She had been ill and even then she was attended by a doctor. Dr Jones saw her arm the following day and told her it could very well have been i'lukcn. 'Her husband complained to her that he was: nearly strangled in the King's Head. The case was adjourned for a \ve< k the attendance of P.O. Church and Dc Jones witnesses.