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« Pontypridd. At a meeting of the Loyal Hope Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U., held at the Horse and Groom, Hotel on Monday evening, the Noble Grand Bro. T. H. Maddocks, the genial manager of the well-known Hepworth establishment) per- formed the interesting ceremony of formally presenting Bro. Hoard with a prize of £ 6 6s. This prize was generously offered by two local gentlemen to the member who would bring in the largest number of new members during the last twelve months. Bro. Maddocks, in con- .gratulating Bro. Hoard upon his success, said i.he recipient had been the means of bringing in 38 ordinary members and seven honorary mem- bers. (Applause). This, they would all agree, was a splendid record. He sincerely trusted that Bro. Heard's worthy exàmpk would be Emulated by many. (Hoar, hear). Bro. Hoard, who rose amidst applause, resj>onded. and in ^-e course of his remarks expressed his thanks :to the two donors of the prize for their gcner- •ous gift and the members for their kindness. in the past, he woulfl continue to try to do "is duty by bringing in a.s many new members *9 he possibly could, hoping, as he did, that the ~™ £ e would thus become the strongest- in the district. (Hear, hear). On the motion of Bro. **• Martin, seconded by Bro. Francis Roes, a heartv vote of thanks was accorded the two honors for their generositv. Bro. R. Martin as afterwards called upon to present his report delegate to the half-yearly district meeting. Bro. R. Martin read his interesting report ,whic.i Was received with approval. The Noble Grand having invited questions, several members rose and warmlv congratulated Bro. Martin en his very able and lucid report. We understand that several more prizes are about to be ottered for the largest number of new members intro- duced between now and December. The town rings with the nfws that FRAXK THOMAS ("My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat. 2838 COOVBES' for best Bread Dr Allison A Brown Ðread; Cake of all kinds best and cheapest Muffins, trumpets, and Pikelets—fresh daily. Agent for Lipton's TeM. 8 LKWIS BROS, for Provisions—Pontypridd and Havod .°>2Clr UET.KRBATK the. "Diamond Jubilee" by trying BLECTTUC TEA-in learl packets at Is 8,1, 23, and Us 4d per lb. 2873 The members of the Hearts of Oak Benefit Society held their second annual church parade on Sunday. Although the weather was unfa- vourable, it was evident from the number of members residing in Porth, Ynvsybwl, etc., who attended the parade, that considerable interest is being evinced in the local organisation of the Country Members' Representative Association, and if inereascl activity may be anticipated undoubtedly some important and essential re- forms in connection with the Society may be realised. The members assembled near the Taff .Vale Railway Station, and, headed by the Pont- ypridd Town Band, under the: conductorship of Mr J. H. Foxhall, proceeded to attend divine service at Carmel English Baptist Church. The Rev E.E.Probert delivered an excellent discourse which the members greatly appreciated. He prefaced his discourse by an appeal to all mem- bers to unite together in the bonds of brother- hood, and advised uoung men not already mem- bers of Friendly Societies ,to make due pro- vision for their moment of affliction. We are pleased to learn from the remarks delivered by Rev Mr Probert the fact of his having been a member of this excellent Society for 21 years, has proved a strong argument, when counselling the young- to be provident in their early days, in order that they may secure the desired reliet when stricken with the innumerable complaints tnan is subject to. We are pleased to learn that the rev. gentleman, during his membership, has not had occasion to seek any relief from the Society. That he should still continue his sub- scription in order to assist others in more un- favourable circumstances is an example that inust be commended, inasmuch as it is convinc- ing- that what he preaches he also practices. Amongst the number present at the parade we noticed Mr F. Judd, president of the local branch: Mr D. Williams, treasurer: Mr J. T. Evans, hon. see.; Mr D. Thomas, Wood road; Mr W. Williams, as well as several ether promi- nent members from Porth and the immediate districts. The following members acted as mar- slialls: Bros. J. W. Coles (Ynvsvbwl), W. H. Harris, G. Mereditii. W. T. Jones, W. Marsh and D. J. Davies (Porth), W. Oliver. C. H Jacobs. W. D. Anstes, and D. Lewis and J. Mitchell. All members desirous of affiliating themselves with the local branch may do so at once on remitting the annual subscription (Is) with 3d. extra fee to the secretarv, at 135 Wood road, Pontypridd. A DAY AT THE SEASIDE Porthcawl Athletic Sports and Horse liaces. First-class, entry, 120 yaras. 1st prize, £ 10. 3373 Groceries, Best and Cheapest, LEWIS Blios., Taff street. 3261r ELECTRIC TEA S specially blenied for the water of this district-Is 8d, 2s, and 2s 4d per lb. 2873 WHY go to Cardiff for your Game, when FENNELL, Taff Street, Pontypridd, can supply you ? On Saturday, the employees of Messrs Brown Lenox, and Co., met at the works to thank Mr Lenox for the excellent outing given them the previous Saturday to Bristol. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Ezra Bloomer, seconded by Mr Da.vid Todd, and heartily carried by the men. The out in, was given by the firm, and the party consisted of 450, including the worknwn at Mackay's quarry and the Pont- ypridd Brewery, the whole of the arrangements being made by Mr Charles Penn. Among those who accompanied the party were Messrs C. Penn, Tom Morris, W. H. Preece, Arthur Thomas, T. Schontheil, VV. H. Todd and E. Dawkins. LEWIS BROS. sell the Finest Dairy Butter. 3261r PONTYPRIDD SCHOOL OF MUSIC,—For terms apply to B. P. MILLS (Professor of Music), Court House Street. 3295 LEWIS BROS. ls'7d Tea, Pure and Fragrant. 3261r All Connoisseurs with this fact agree, [2348 Harris, of the Central Stores, for splendid tea.
Treforest. On Monday evening the members of Calvary Band of Hope performed the popular temper- ance service of song, entitled, "Harry Beckwith," at the Board Schools. Mr James Richards, Treforest, occupied the cliair, in his usual jovial manner, and the following took their respective parts most creditably: Harry Beckwith, Mr JohnThomas; Dora, Mrs E. Samuels; Mrs Fielding, Miss H. Watkins; Mrs Anderson, Miss A. Gould; Toper, Mr C. Evans. The reader was the Rev E. Lowis, (pastor), while Miss Madge Hogg presided at the piano. Mr J. James, the conductor, is to be complimented upon the success of the evening's entertainment. LEWIS BROS., Cash Stores, for Mild Breakfast Bacon. 3261r ELECTRIC TEA is always great in strength and full of flavour-I s 8d, 2s, and 28 4d. 2S73 The second of a series of social evenings in connection with the, Treforest Male Voice Society was held at Ebenezer Hall on Saturday evening. There was a<Talll a capital attendance, over which Mr T. Rodway presided. The pro- gramme mainly consisted of eompetitions.which were keenly and enthusiastically contested, Mr t David Davies, F.T.S.C., the Society's capable conductor, once !mqre proving an ah8a and equitable adjudicator. The accompanist was iii-Is Bella Thomas. The following were the contests decided: Partv of eight on "Martyrs of Arena" (from "See" the town" to recit). T. ver&_GS Party; partv of eight, on the last *ween°r» Long ^av Closes." prize divided be- JParty Vaniols and party and T. Davies and from "Th *r0r alld "second tenor, selection itees 'Lev?io "^tyrs, xessrs Martin Scale and same selectiA 'or first and second bass, extempore °n' Messrs T. anu D. W. Dummer: Tom -Da;¡l'eCll, "A model younv man," Mr "Pupil Teachers$Uar^te, reading at sight, yecit from "tj, conducted bv Mr Tom Davies; Mr D. W.i DummJr^"■ (t(™oi\), Mr J. Spry. "The Noble Bov of Trifn f> a capital solo, fine style. His brother he rendered in companied. "Mr Allen Dummer, ac- A DAY AT THE SEASIDE A Sports and Horse Races?' pi^-bcawl Athletic yards, 1st prize, iclo. ,rst-clas3 entry, 120 :137:3
Ystrad. A full report of the presentstion io t1 Re S. G, Bowen, A.C., pastor of Siloam C1>D!LI-v held over until next week is A DAY AT TIT SEASIDE. Portheawl AthUf ■ Sports and .se Kaces. rbvt-cW" m™ i yards, 1st prize ?io. 3.373
Ferndale. Mr Timothy Davies, Duffryn street. .f>fs on Monday evening presented, at Penuel v/hapol, with some handsome gifts as tokens of ppreciation of his valuable services to that hureh. A full report is held over until next ^eek. A_DAY AT THE SEASIDE. .i-M.rawl A luetic Var^» P?^S an,i Hf rsP Kaces" 1 Ir.t-claw entr v. 120 yards, 1st p.P >>],, 3-^3 A DAY AT THE SEASIDE. .i-M.rawl A luetic Var^» P?^S an,i Hf rsP Kaces" 1 Ir.t-claw entr v. 120 yards, 1st p.P >>],, 3-^3
Trekarris. We congratulate Mr T. B. Davies, Treharris, on his success at the recent Intermediate B.Sc. examination. Mr Davies took a very honour- able position, being second of the Aberystwyth Students. Mr Davies is an old Treharris schoolboy, and the son of one of our most respected tradesmen. LEWIS BROS. for Tea—Taff street. 3261r We are glad to learn that the Glamorgan County Council have acceded to the petition of the Treharris Technical Instruction Committee, and placed the town as a special local centre for mining again, for the forthcoming session. Go to T. Harris for butter and cheese, The stock that he keeps,every palate will please. Central Stores, Taff street. 2348 We are pleased to hear that the following received diplomas of honour in the recent competition for the best design of window fasteners given by the Western Mail in com- memoration of the Diamond Jubilee Mr Thomas, chemist; Mr D. Roberts, mechanic; Mr William Jones, checkweigher; and Mr T. Edwards, collier, Williams Terrace, the two latter jointly. A DAY AT THE SEASIDE. — Porthcawl Athletic Sports and Horse Kaces. First-class entry 120 yards, 1st prize 910. S-il.5 A successful bazaar was held in the Public Ball on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday week in aid of Saron Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, John-street. The stalls were very artistically decorated and great trouble had been taken in givingthema splendid appearance. One drapery and fancy goods stalls was presided over by Mrs Jones and Miss Jones, Crccent, Merthyr Vale another by Mrs John Rees, Brynglas, Treharris, and the third by Mrs James Jones, Thomas street. The refreshment stall was under the management of Mrs Williams, Quaker's Yard, kindly assisted by friends. A flower stall was presided over by Miss Evans, Leeds House, and Miss Rees, Pontypool. The first day's proceed- ings were opened by Mrs Dr Leigh, Glynbargoed, accompanied by Miss Leigh, after the case had been stated by the Rev E. Jones, Merthyr. On Wednesday the bazaar was opened by Mr and Mrs Richard Edwards, Pontanas, and the case stated by the Rev E. Roberts, Treharris Business began early on Thursday, there being several washing competitions. One of the most conspicuous features of the bazaar was the excellent music conducted by Mr Dan Osborne, photographer, Treharris. The sales on each day were as good as could be expected, and a substantial sum will be realised. Great praise is due to the Revs E. Roberts, Treharris, and R. E. Jones, Merthyr, for the labour they bestowed upon the bazaar. The attendance throughout was fairly good. 0 A DAY AT THE SEASIDE. — Porthcawl Athletic Sports and Horse Kaces. First-class entry. 120 yards, 1st prize 910. a:37:3
Portfy. A DAY AT THE SEASIDE. — Porthcawl Athletic Sports and Horse Kaces. First-class entry, 120 yards, 1st prize £10. 3373 A THIRSTY Sort's TROUBLE.—What shall I drink ? Try the Welsh Hills Non-Alcoholic Dri:i!<s, manu- factured by THOMAS & EVANS, Portli.-See AI)VT. 3182o SILVER'S PILLS (Croydon).—Silver's Pills cure indigestion in ten days. Wonderful Tonic. For headache, biliousness, nervous debility, pains in the back, and bad legs. Astounding results; 8d, Is and 2s. Sole agent, Thomas and Evans, Stores, Porth, and at Pontypridd. 22^7.
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PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT COUNCIL. The Hopkinstown Bridge. THE MANHOLE NUISANCE. DIPHTHERIA STILL PREVALENT. The fortnightly meeting of the Pontypridd District Council was held on Tuesday, Mr James Rrberts, J.P., presiding. There were also pre- sent Councilors P. Gowan (vice-chairman), R. L. Phillips, D. It. Evans, Watkin Williams, Ðopkin Morgan, F. G. Edwards, W. Jones* Powell, W. Lewis, W. H. Gronow, R. T. Rich- aid?, Horatio Rowlands, and H. Bramwell; with the deputy-clerk, Mr J. Sprague, and the surveyor, Mr Edward Rees. A letter was received from the Secretary of State stating that lie had laid the address of congratulation froim the Council; before the Queen, and Her Majesty was very pleased to accept it. The Town Clerk of Cardiff wrote enclosing two copies of the memorial praying for the Arms of Wales to bo included on the Royal Arms, and asking the Council to affix their seal to it. On the proposition of the Chairman this was done. Mr E. C. Spickett, clerk to the Llantwit Dis- trict Council, wrote saying that his Council had received no complaints of the smell arising from carcases which were being conveyed to the knacker's yard at Church Village, but he had given instructions that the carcases were to be ccnveycd during the night. A letter was read from the Local Government Board stating that Colonel J. T. Marsh would ho-1 an inquiry at 11 o'clock on the 5th prox. into the application of the Council to borrow E360 for the purpose of building a bridge over the river Rhondda. Sir William Thomas Lewis wrote giving per- mission to the Council to obtain water from the canal for street watering purposes on the same conditions as before. A letter was received from Mr Walter H. Mor- gan, Clerk to the Main Sewerage Board, with regard to the complaint made by the Council as to the stench arising from the main sewers, in which he said that, their engineer had been instructed to report on the matter. Mr Sibbering, engineer of the Taff Vale Rail- way, wrote asking if the plans of the now bridge at High street, Pontypridd, which wrere submit- ted to the Council some time ago; had been ap- proved of. The matter was referred to the Public Works Committee. Mr George Morgan, clerk of works under the Council, tendered his resignation, which was accepted. A letter was read from Her Majesty's Inspec- tor of Factories complaining of the insanitary condition of the Taff iErated Waterworks. In- spector Johns was instructed to report on the matter. A communication was received from Messrs Spickett and Sons objecting, on behalf of Mr Phillip Jones, to the Council carrying on the work at Jones street and Williams street, Cil- fynvud. The matter was left in the hands of the Public Works Committee. It was resolved to accept the lease for the building site for the Fire Brigade station at Cil- fynydd. The deputy-clerk pointed out that since the death of the late Superintendent Jones no one had been appointed to the inspectorship of lodg- ing houses, hackney carriages, and petroleum. On the proposition of the Chairman Mr Supt. Coles was appointed. The Surveyor reported that he had received a letter from the engineer of the Taff Vale Rail- w-av to the. effect that if the. angle sugcested by the Council in respect to the Berw Bridge were carried out it would cost £1,486 more than would be required to renew the present bridge. The question was referred to the Public Works Committee. Inspector Rowlands reported that he had visited Gelhwion farm, and there he found the cai cases of five lambs and one sheep.^The bodies "ere qute warn, and had only just been killed by GiinUh Williams, son of the tenant of the fa™' w-,rVaS decided to take proceedings against Williams. 0 Inspector Rowlands also reported that he had visited the Peoples Paik, and he had reason to believe that there ,was' overcrowding there Nothing had yet been done with regard to the sanitarv arrangements. The Inspector reported three case of diphtheria, one case of typhoid at Richard street, and one case of scarlatina at Trehafod. The case of diphtheria at Barry terrace had proved fatal. Inspector Johns reported twelve cases of diph- theria one of which, at Merthyr road, had proved fatal; and seven cases of scarlatina at. Bonvilston terrace, Heol-y-dwyrain, Park street, Treforest; Tram road, Treforest, and Gwem-y- gerwn, Treforest. It was decided to ask the medical officer to report speCIally upon this Mr John Leyshon, grocer. High street, atten- ded before tha Council asking, for Permission for the building of the Graig Mission bo proceeded with. The plans had been before the Council for some time, and the owners ct the adjoining buildings had agreed to the li^ of buildmg being brought out. Permission was granted. ° i The Chairman remarked that he had rcccivc< a letter from Mr Grovet\ in which he said entertained strone hopes 0f heing at the Council meetings soon. (Hear, hear).
All Connoisseurs with this fact agree, Rarril, of tU Caniral Stores, for splerldid tea.
0 Porth. THURSDAY.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr Ignatius Williams). i Charles Napper, a Dinas miner, was Bum. moned for keeping a licenceless dog in his pos- session. P.C. Maine gave evidence., and defen- dant was ordered to pay the costs of the case. Thomas Langham, haulier, Ferndale, was sum- moned for driving a spring trap without lights on the 10th inst. P.C. 365 proved the offence, and a. fine of 10s was imposed. David Lewis, aDinas collier, was summoned for assaulting Abigail Thomas, a married woman residing at the same place. Mr James Phillips, solicitor, Pontypridd, prosecuted, and Mr W. T. Davies, Porth, defended. The evidence of the complainant was to the efIect that on the 17th inst., the complainant was passing by defendant's door, whin he came out ,nd struck her on the shoulder. A man named Joshua Jones interefered, and prevented defendant from striking ler again. In cross- examination by Mr Davies, complainant admit- ted that the defendant did not strike her, but put his hand on her shoulder. She added that the defendant came to her and asked her what she had said about his (defendant's) wife, and this led to the assault, but defendant did not strike her, but was going to do so. For the defence it was stated that the defendant went on to complainant and remonstrated with her because she had nick-named his wife "Mary Crcch." The Bench ordered the defendant to pay the costs. Susan Villiers, Maerdy, summoned her hus- band, Edward, who now resided at Maesteg, for maintenance. Defendant had left her since April, and bad not written or sent, her any money. An order of 7s 6d per week was made. John Evans, miner, Pontygwaith, and David Prcsser, collier, Ferndale, were fined 5s and 10;; respectively for committing a breach of the peace on the 10th ult. P.C. Davies proved the offence.
Llantrisant FRIDAY. Before Mr Evan John, Mr P. J. Dunn, and Mr Sam Evans. Lewis Evans, labourer, Llantrisant., was sum- moned for assaulting a little boy named Robert Hopkins, Llantrisant, on the 12th inst. William Hopkins, father of the lad, stated that about. four o'clock on the day in question, while in the house, he heard some shouting. On going outside ho saw the defendant in a field "hammering his son on the head with his fists. Witness's wife picked up a stono and threw it at the defendant, who then picked up a large stone, weighing about 14 pound, and threw it at her. Defendant said he would kill the d—, but he gave no reason for it. Mr Evan John remarked that there was no wonder the boys were beaten, as there was So much trspassing going on in that field. Mr Ellis Williams corroborated, and added that a number of lads, who were being chased by the defendant, escaped through the hedge. Hopkins, who was the last, was pulled back by the. defendant, whose temper, she thought, had risen a little, and he had his revenge upon the boy. Sunliar evidence was given by Jenkin Davies. Defendant said that alarge number of boy-, were trespassing in the field, and pulling hay about. He shouted to them "hundreds of times" to go away, but they refused. He then chased them, and on catching young Hopkins gave him a few "slaps" with the palm of his hand. This statement was supported by a man named Thomas Evans. The case was dismissed Mi- Evan John remarking that the boy had no business in the field. John J. Jones, striker, Tonyrefail, was sum. moned for being drunk and disorderly on the 10th inst. P.C. Phillips proved the case, and added that the defendant adopted a very offen- sive attitude towards him. A fino of 10s was imposed. For driving without light on the 3rd inst. Charles Locke, greengrocer, Castle Munys, was fined 5s, the case being proved by P.C. Phillips. For a similar offence committed on the 2nd July Emma Gardner, Llantrisant, was, on the evidence of P.C. Phillips, fined 5s. Howell Williams, farmer, Llanliarran, was charged with a similar offence, but the case was dismissed. Evan Williams, labourer, Llantw.6, was seen by P.C. David Davies driving without lights on the 12th, and was now fined 5s John Fry, haulier, Cilfynydd, was in charge of a waggon, to which were attached two horsea OJ1 the 12th July. Fry was seated on the top of the waggon, and had no reins to either horse wherewith to lead them. P.C. David Davies saw him, and imparted this little secret t othe magistrates, who promptly fined Fry 5s.
Ystrad. MONDAY.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr Ign&- tius Williams), Alderman W. Morgan, Mr J. D. Williams, M.F.H., D.C., and Mr E. H. Davies. Evan Griffiths and David Jones, two Pentre colliers, were summoned for committing a breach of the peae at Pentre on the night of the 17th inst. P.C. Griffiths deposed that he visited the F.ailey's Arms Hotel on the night in question, and in the bar saw the two men fighting each other and creating a disturbance. A fine of 10s each was imposed. Thomas Williams, an Ynyshir collier, was summoned for deserting his wife, Elizabeth. Mr Ack Llewellyn, warrant officer, said that defendant's wife and her three children became chargeable to the Union in March of 1896. De- fendant had now returned to his wife. His earnings for the last six weeks had been E4 gs. The Bench ordered the defendant to prison for si": weeks with hard labour. Thomas Lewis, Tonypandy, was charged with deserting from the Royal Artelliery at Alder.. shot-in June, 1895. He was remanded to Cardiff to wait an escort to take him to Aldershot to be tried. William Hughes, a labourer of no fixed abode, was summoned for assaulting P.C. Lucas on Sunday, the 25th inst. P.C. Lucas said he saw the defendant sleeping on the highway road at Llantrisant, and on waking him up, he came very abusive, and refused to give his name and address. Defendant then struck the officer ni the face, and took a knife out of his pocket, and threatened to cut off his (Lucas') hand. A fine of 5s was imposed. Thomas Jones, a Treorky, brake-driver, was summoned for overloading his brake on the night of the 8th inst. P.C. Martin said that the defendant had a licence to carrv five pas- sengers, but on the night in question" defendant had eleven passengers in his brake. A fine of 2s 6d was imposed. James Davies, collier, Tynewydd, was fined 5s for being drunk and disorderly at Tynewydd on the 17th inst. P.C. Woodward proved 'the case. J-
Pontypridd. WEDNESDAY.—Before Dr R. C. Hunter, Al- derman Richard Lewis, Councillor James Ro- berts, Mr David Llewellyn, Mr Edward Ed- wards, Mr D. W. Davies, Mr D. Thomas, and Mr J. D. Williams. The adjourned case against James Carroll, I boilermakejtf, Cardiff, for furious driving at Hawthorn on the 18th inst., was again heard, and the defendant was now fined zC2. n Alfred Schofield, butcher, Pontypridd, for a similar offence committed on the 21st Julv was fined Ll. Thomas O'Neil, a lad residing at Coedpen- n.aen, was fined 5s for bathing in the canal on the 18th inst. without being properly clothed. Polly Williams, a. well-known Pontypridd char- acter, had to pay 10s for using obscene language on the 19th July. 6 George Fitzgerald, labourer, Cilfynydd, for behaving in a disorderly manner on the 10th inst. was fined 5s. The following persons were fined for partak- ing too freely out of the flowing bowl: William Morris, haulier, Hafod, 10s; George Downs, haulier, Hafod, 5s; William Edwards, collier, Cdfynydd, 5s; William Griffiths, chainmaker, Pontypridd, 10s; Evan Harris, collier, Aber- cynon, -Cl. John O'Gorman, labourer. Cardiff, 15s: Margaret O'Gorman, Cardiff, 10s; and Ellen Cairoll, Cardiff, 10s.
Caerphilly, TUESDAY.—Before Dr F. G. Evans (in the chair) and Alderman H. Anthony. A Tonypandy greengrocer named Lewis Isaac was fined Is and costs for ill-treating his horse at Caerphilly on the 19th inst. (being the Caer- philly fair day). Inspector Roberts proved the case.
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SCHOOL BOARD CASES. Important Reply by the Justices' Clerk. To the Editor of the 'Tree Press." Sir,—Mr John Morgan, the newly-appointd attendance officer of the Pontypridd School Board, has attempted to sweep the floor of a matter that he is evidently incapable of. He is reported to have said tho fines inflicted here are much lower than in any other Court in the district. I have made enquiry, and find this is not so. Further, he says in cases in which an adjourn- ment is made and during the adjournment the child has attended well, tlie parent gets free, and that rendered the object for which the pro- ceedings were taken void. This is not so. The object of the summons is not so much to punish the parent, but to get the child to school, and so in many cases the object is attained by the adjournment. I have made further inquiry as to the effect of fines on parents, and with this result: In the case of a girl not attending school, the mother, unknown to the father keeps the girl at home to nurse the baby; a summons comes without the knowledge of the father, a fine is inflicted, something is pawned to pay the fine, or the father is haled off by tie police, Hot knowing why, and afterwards words and blows are heard and seen in the home, and furtner magisterial help is sought. Taking the annual report of the Pontypridd School Board, I find this for the year ending February last: Out of 42 cases of Morgan's, be had 31 convictions, 6 attendance orders, 4 sent to truant school, and 1 dismissed. Taking the three attendance officers, I find 181 cases, out of which 4 were dismissed. Surely, this man is crving "Wolf!" "Wolf!" too early. I am. etc., T 9 HENRY PORCHER. July 8th. Justices' Clerk.
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LOYAL ORDER OF ANCIENT SHEPHERDS. Church Parade at Ynyshir. The "Lily of Fairfield Lodge" of the Loyal Order of Shepherds attended divine servioe on Sunday. The members met at the Club Room, and proceeded to the Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel, where Mr P. J. Evans, Ynysybwl, a nephew of Christmas Evans, conducted the ser- vice. Mr Evans based his remarks upon John vi. 12: "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." In the course of his dis- course, he remarked that probably one of the first questions that naturally arose upon such an occasion was: What is the sequence of Society? And to what can we attribute the fact that man is a member of Society r To answer this fully, he said, we must fathom lower than external evidences. These may seem to prove the many forms Society may take; but the sequence and cause are found embedded in the substratum of the constitution of human nature. In fact, we cannot conceive of Man us a moral and intellectual being apart from Socie- ty for although he may maintain his individu- ality of character, yet, "as an individual being, he is but a fractional part of a greater and more comprehensive being known by the name of Societv, whether it be the Family, the Church, or the State. Thus humanity appears like a mighty cable chain of beinrr. surrounding the entire universe, one link forged into another under the changing blows of the hammer of "Assimilation" upon the anvil of "Self." To this assertion it naturally follows that mere is a mighty state of compensation existing between Man and the Material World, viz., the utilisa- tion and monopoly of resources provided. It is quite true that. Society has not reached that glorious stage of social perfection. Why? Simply because people do not gather up the fragments. Takiiv "Resources" as his subject Mr Evans observed that be should like to make a few practical remarks thereon—(1) That the possibility of resources was founded upon and inaugurated by the power of compassion. What is meant, he asked, by tie term resource? Re- source is success and final completion of purpose and life in embryo, the possibility of final ac- complishment by the utilisation of means given. Who can cross successfully the Sahara of life? Why, the man who has filled his water bottle from the brook by the way and has gathered twelve basketful of fragments. In all worlds and with all being a provisional preparation for the future is the grand end and goal of being and existence. Man is made up of potencies and possibilities. By the key of enterprise he has unlocked the treasure chest of the mighty deep, where angels and demons fear to tread. Bv the boats of the Ar great Unknown, by the eyes or tne (jauleos ne is able to scan the illuminations of Creation, and by the minds of the Newtons he analyses the governing laws of the Invisible. To man the entire globe is sensitive and impressionable. The slightest pressure of his foot marks the sands of time so deeply that even Eternity can not erase it. Then how does this influence life? Why, it is the foundation of practical optimism, and a death-blow to the hollow pessimism of much narrower pessimists. A philosophist who knows only the worst, and is colour blind to everything but thunderclouds, is soUi-less and insipid. God's Creation is a world of harmony, a creation of affirmities, a creation of positives with a possibility of resources between Man and the Material World. The only discords in the anthem are made by man in tuning his harp by the cracked bell of pessimism or at the sepul- chres of Society. Gather the fragments and maintain the harmony. Philanthropy and its institution are founded upon compassion. That verv foundation is love. All endeavours to ameliorate the sufferings of humanity are the offspring of the pregnant womb of compassion, whose lineage runs directly back to the heart of the Godhead. Compassion is a not of heaven- ly music, a child of heaven. Yet, more the pity, it is the crying need of- the age in the church and out. When your river is full men run theirs into it; when the sun of life is shining upon you men stand by and fan you, but when your river dries up theirs dry up also; and when in the storms of life they flee like shadows. r Then, friends, in view of the frailty of human nature, be wise, gather up the fragments and have resources of your own .The world is over- whelmed with editions of the priest and the Levite, but very few editions of the Samaritan in comparison. There is always "the other side" in our lives, where we walk looking heaven- ward in order to pass the suffering one unseen. You may shudder by passing, but don't deceive yourself, it is not compassion. It is only a modified, form of scorn and hypocrisy. Of course it may be argued that the traveller had no business to be among thieves, and we may de- clare that we are law-abiding citizens, as if it mattered a straw to the Universe what we are, but the cry of the age is Compassion. Out of the deep it ascends: ''Have mercy upon the multitude." Then, Shepherds, be imitators of the Chief Shepherd. Go, then, you Shepherds, to the Bethanys of Society and comfort the sisters; open your Bethsairas o fmercy to suffer- ing humanity. (2) The possession of resources is realised by personal participation and pru- dence. Nature and Providence whisper to man, "Gather up the fragments." God reaches good things to us by our own hands. "Gather up the fragments." These words were uttered by the Divine Master. Although the God, and Pos- sessor of the infinite resources and riches of the Godhead, yet lie could not afford to waste a crumb of bread. Domestic economy is one of the laws of Christianity. Our religion of to-day is a religion of theory. Much time and energy are wasted in seeing that, oiir theology is ortho- dox, forgetting that an orthodox life is infinitely more imriortant than an orthodox theoilogy. Religion is not orthodoxy, but Christliness, and one of the elements of Christliness is economy. Men ride providence liko a hobby-horse to jeo- pardy, so that when tilGy are launched mt0 in- solvency they blame providence. We have out- lived the old formulas and commit moral insanity This finally proves that the possession of re- sources finally consummates in the productive- ness of fortitude and pfceiditude. This is the grand goal of being. In conclusion, Mr Evans sincerely hoped that rod may grant that his richest blessing may rest upon this and other kindred societies for that Christlike purpose of ameliorating humanity.
Theatre Royal, Cardiff.
Theatre Royal, Cardiff. Many have been the enquiries as to the play which is to be produced at this popular place of amusement, and we now have pleasure in in- forming our readers that the great sporting drama "The Prodigal Daughter" is the piece de re sistance. The production is one of Sir Augus- tus Harris's ,and the company is that of Mr Henry S. Arnold's, which is ample guarantee of the ability of same. A >:cE'né worth remembering: is the appearance of the winner of the Grand National in J.64 together with five other thoroughbreds. All the original scenery will be used, as well as the dresses. We advise everyone to see this most marvellous production, as it is not often that such a complete and successful show comes to this chsuvj. at holiday tioes,
THE HEALTH OF POJITYPHIDD…
THE HEALTH OF POJITYPHIDD AND DISTRICT. Aq Epidemic paging. At Tuesday's meeting of the Pontypridd Dis- trict Council, Mr James Roberts, J.P., presid- ing, the medical officer, Dr Howard Davies, submitted a report as to the sanitary condition of the district for the quarter ended June 30th. The births registered during that period num- bered 288, of which 148 were boys and 140 girls. The birth-rate was 31.1 per 1000, the rate for the I corresponding period of last year being 31.3. The deaths numbered 127, 62 being male and 65 females. Of the 15 deaths that took place in the Pontypndd Union Workhouse four only were among persons formany resident in the Pontypridd district, the remaining 11 being out- side the Urban District. The death-rate for the quarter was the very favourable one of 12.5 per lOui) per annum. The deaths from zymotic di- seases were 20, and included diphtheria, 2; eroup and whooping cough one each, and measles, 16. There were no deaths from scarlatina, typhoid fever, erysipelas, or diarrhoea. The zymotic death-rate was 2.1 per 1000 per annum. The principal factor in the causation of deaths from this class of diseases was measles, which was in- strumental in taking the lives of 16 children. This disease was very prevalent throughout the quarter, more especially in Cilfynydd. Hopkins- town, and Pwllgwaun. The Graig, Treforest, and Trallwn wards were not exempt, and the Town Ward was the least a.ffecied. Upon his advice in accordance with the Education Code I of 1896 the Cilfynydd schools were closed for a period of three weeks. This step, however, did ) not have any appreciable effect in stemming the progress of the disease m that locality, for subsequently to the closing of the schools and after their re-opening six deaths occurred in June and three more in the present month. Authorities seemed to duter upon the utility or otlwrwise of this procedure as a means of cheek- ing the spread of measles. Whether schools were closed or not it was impossible to prevent I children from infected houses from associating with others. As measles was not a notifiable di- sease under the Act, the number of children affected by the disease could not lie approximate- ly guessed, but they must have been many hun- dreds. He was pleased to be able to state that the force of the epidemic was spent, there being c, scattered cases only at present in the district. During the quarter 42 cases of infectious diseases were reported to him as compared with 80 for the same period of last year. They were scarla- tina, 25; diphtheria, 14; typhoid fever, erysipe- las, and croup, one each. Diphtheria was very prevalent during the three months under notice. During the first three months of the year five J cases had occurred in the district, but this num- ber had increased in the June quarter to 14, of which two terminated fatally. In all cases he had personally inspected the infected premises, some of them being in anything but a clean state. He found it impossible to enforce strict isolation in these cases, not only would other children of the same family persist in visiting the sick room, but adult neighbours thought it a very fitting opportunity to turn in and visit the sick and sympathise with the parents, and often they were accompanied bv their children alsW. Under' .those circuWtstanoes t. was no wonder the disease of so highly infectious a na- ture as diphtheria spread from one person to another and from one locality to the other. In this connection he wished to have the sanction of the Council to have printed in leaflet form definite instructions to householders as to the steps they should adopt whenever an infectious disease broke out in any dwelling. By —is means the officers would be materially assisted in carrying out the duties. Verbal instructions passed unheeded. Also printed notices to head- masters and mistresses acquainting them of the existence of infectious diseases in families at- tending the particular school. In this way a check would be put upon the attendance of children from infected houses. He desired to state that he and the sanitary inspectors had taken every step to check the spread of the disease, and disinfectants had been freely used. He regretted to state that diphtheria had -een reported to him in 23 instances during the pre- sent month. Diphtheria was said to be con- veyed from one person to another by direct contact, as in kissing, or indirectly by means of spoons, drinking vessels, etc., infection from in- dividual to individual being a most important factor in the spread of the disease. The poion might also be convcycd by means of the breath. The aggregation of the large numbers of child- ren in schools and similar institutions was an- other means of the dissemination of the disease. In several epidemics milk had been proved to convey diphtheria. It was possible that cats and birds suffered from diphtheria., and com- municated the disease to human beings, -Je- fects of drainage were considered potent factors in the causation of diphtheria ,and continual men £ ?"fn 'ffie^pres'enT 'epKlemfcTie would attri- bute the insufficient flushing of the sewers as the main cause of the disease ,and personal con- tact and free communication between infected and non-infected persons as the secondary in- fluence in its spread. It was singular in con- nection with this epidemic that there was raging concurrently a very large number of cases of sore throats amongst children and adults. Those cases of sore throats, at this time of the year. he would attribute to sewer emanations. It was stated upon the highest authority that per- sons suffering from sore throats were predis- posed to diphtheria should they in anyway came in contact with the germs of the disease, where- as a person in good, sound health would be able to resist the invasion of the diphtheria germs into the system. During the present summer, as in the previous summers, the sewers throughout the district had become very offensive by reason of the foul gaseous emanations emitted from them. To a certain extent this was only natural according to the law relating to gases. The gases in the sewer were colder than the atmosphere outside them in the summer, and consequently they ascended. In the. winter the reverse held good. He had every reason to believe, however, that the sewers did not receive the amount of flush- ing that it was intended originally they should have. This was owing to the want of water. The sewage system that existed in the Ponty- pridd district was essentially a water-carrying one, and without water was unworkable. Intsead of the sewage matter being removedquickly from our midst it became stagnant almost, and, no doubt, was deposited on the sides of the sewers to the only too apparent knowledge of the olfac- tory organs. These gases also not only found their way through the manholes into the" streets, but, wherever there were no intercepting traps, into w.c.'s, sinks, etc., and became a source of danger to individuals. He maintained, there- fore, tliafS without adequate, regular, andtho- rough flushing, the sewage system was a source of danger to the health of the inhabitants gener- ally. By the foregoing remarks, it would be noticed that the water supply of the district had been very inadequate during the quarter. The numerous instances also of turbid water that had been brought to his notice, and that of the insanitary. i/hspectors testified also that the water supplied to the inhabitants for drinking purposes by the Pontypridd Waterworks Com- pany, did not receive much attention in filtra- tion. All water supplied by the above company for drinking purposes should be thoroughly and efficiently filtere.. prior to distribution through the public service. The County Medical Officer and Dr Davies had visited the proposed site of the Infectious Hospital. It would be of interest to the Coun- cil to learn that Dr Williams was very pleased with the site, and considered it an excellent one. He (Dr Davies) would recommend to the Coun- cil that the Hospital Committee, accompanied by the medical officcr, should pay visits to other infectious hospitals, such as the Cardiff sanato- rium and the Mountain Ash Infectious Hospital, with a view to having plans prepared for the pro- posed hospital at Pwll-Nant-v-Dall. With regard to" the water supply the Chair- man remarked that he did not know whether they could mend matters, as they were entirely dependent upon the Water Company unless their surveyor could make arrangements to assist them. A long discussion followed as to the kind of flushing tanks which should be placed in out offices, Councillor Watkin Williams being of opinion that some restrictions should be made as to the kind of tank used. A large number of those in use at present were useless, as they did not contain sufficient water for flushing purposes. Mr Fred Edwards enquired if it was a fact that the majority of the tanks at Trallwn were out of order. Inspector Johns replied that that was so. He had consulted Mr Grover on the matter, and had been advised that there was notliing in the Act to compel them to keep their tanks in order. On the proposition of Mr Watkin Williams, seconded by Mr Fred Edwards, the Inspector was instructed to report as to the defective tanks ,and serve the owners with notices to put them in proper order. Mr Williams stated that there was a splendid sprintr at the bottom of the Common where a supply of water could be obtained, and Mr Hop- kin Morgan said that a supply of water could be obtained from his bakery in Trallwn, provided the Council wo-ald lay down a pipe. The Surveyor was instructed to prepare a le- port as to all the available sources where water could be obtained.
I T STAFFING OF RHONDDA SCHOOLS.
I T STAFFING OF RHONDDA SCHOOLS. The Committee's Report. A HEATED DISCUSSION. PERSONALITIES COMPLAINED OF. The principal matter which came before the Rhondda School Board on Monday, or, at any rate, the one that. gave rise to the longest dis- cussion, was the report in connection with the proposal to re-arrange the staffs of the various schools. The School Management Committee presented the following "In accordance with the instructions of the Ecard at their last mealing, we have carefullv considered the report of our Sub-Committee en the staffing of the various schools, and beg to recommend that the fo31owin~ vacancies"de- clared by tho Sub-Committee be filled as fol- lc,w,-s: BOYS' AND MIXED SCHOOLS. Blaenrhondda, Claudia J. Davies, uncertifi- cated assistant, from Ynyswen Boys', with £ 5 per annum extra for sewing; Ynyswen, Eliza- beth ReynoMs, uncertificated assistant, from Ynyswen Girls'; Gelli, Nellie Cbillington, uncer- tificated assistant, from Gelli Girls'; Llwyny- pia, Alfred Evans, certificated assistant, f i-cii Hafod Boys', and Gomer Evans. uncertificated assistant., from Treherbort Boys', at a salary commencing at £50, according to scale; Cwm- clydach, Margaret J. Mason, uncertificated assis- tant, from Infants' department; Cymmer, Mary H. Rees, uncertificated assistant, from Ynyshir Boys'; Porth, R. WT. Jones, certificated assis- tant, from Tylorstown Boys', and T. D. Maurice, extended Pupil Teacher, from Aberllechau Mixed; Hafod, Humphrey Prosser, certificated assistant, Park Mixed, and Kate, Morris, un- certificated assistant, from Girls' department; Aberllechau, Elinor H. Thomas, uncertificated assitant, from Williamstown Girls'. GIRLS' SCHOOLS. Dunraven, A. L. Williams. certificated assis- tant. from Cwmclydach Girls'; Treherbert, S. J. Charles. teacher under Article 68 at this department, as uncertificated assistant; Tre- orky, Gwyneth Isaac, certificated assistant, from Cardiff College, and Uuve Lewis, certificated assistant from Aberystwyth College; Pentre, Celia John, certificated assistant, from Cardiff College; Ton, Elizabeth Price, certificated assis- tant, from Cardiff College, and Catherine Lewis, uncertificated assistant from Dunraven Boys'; Ferndale, Myfanwy Jones, uncertificated assis- tant, from Tylorstown Girls'; Cwmclydach, Flora John, certificated assistant, from Swan. sea College; Mardv, Martha S. Phillips, certifi- eated assistant, from Cwmclydach Girls'. INFANTS' SCHOOLS. Treherbert, Annie Evans, certificated assis- tant from Swansea College; Treorky, R. A. Evans, uncertificated assistant, from Ynyswen Infants'; Pentre, Frances Thomas, certificated assistant from Cardiff College;, Llwynypia, Emily Pengelly, certificated assistant from Car- diff College; Pontygwaith, E. M. Ellis, uncertifi- cated assistant, from Llwynypia Infants'; Fern- dale, M. E. Thomas, uncertificated assistant, from Hafod Infants'; IVffirdy, Maxgt. A. Wil- liams, uncertificated assistant, from Williams- town Infants'; Pontrhondda, Majgarct Lloyd, uncertificated assistant. Vrom Llwynypia In- fants; Blaenllechau, Elizabeth Bunford. uncer- tificated assistant, from Tonypandy Infants'; Cwmclydach,, Edith Davies certificated assis- tant, from Cardiff College; Hafod, M.M. Owen, uncertificated assistant, from Aberllechau; Cyim mer, Isabella Dixon. Directly the report was mentioned, and before the first line of the recommendation had been considered, Mr John Davies rose to enter a protest. I think, he said, we have committed two mistakes in the Mixed Schools. We have moved George Jones, Trrherbcrt, who ha.s been appointed to another school, and also Gomer Evans, who is appointed to Llwynypia. I don't think it is quite right. The Chairman: You are a member of the Committee; why didn't you raise the question in the committee and not wait to do it here ? Mr John Davies: They wouldn't listen to me, so I told them I would raise it here to-day. I think it has been overlooked that George Jones has been appointed. The Chairman's suggestion was agreed to that the schools should be considered seriatim. On the Chairman tailing out "Blaenrhendda," Mr John lkvies again rose. We have moved two male assistants, he protested, and are ap- pointing a female assistant to this school. If you are going to leave this male ex-P.T. (interrption)—I think youshould take out one of these female ex-P.T.'s, and put George Jones in instead. The Chairman; Do you propose an amend- ment to the recommendation? Mr John Davies: I should think so. It is our duty to employ our ex-P.T.'s. hi j ■■ ditf -■* -■■ •——i* 11 y mittee. The Chairman (impatiently): Is there any amendment in reference to Blaenrhondda ? Mr John Davies argued that George Jones should go to Ynyswen, but no notice was taken of the suggestion. On Gelli School being reached Mr Davies proposed that George Jones take the place of Chillington at that school. He also objected to the sending of W. E. Davies to Blaenllechau. The Board was doing a great injustice to their ex-P.T.'s. Rev W. Morris (warmly): Mr avies was a member of the Sub-Committee and had plenty of orportunities of objecting there. He was also a member of the School^Management Committee and had a chance there. And more than that. we have passed a resolution o consider some of the points, and he had there plenty of chance. Why could he not speak then. instead of now? Mr Davies: You refused me, and after the I mistake had been inatle Rev W. Morris denied that there had been any refusal.. Mr Davies: If a mistake was made, that mis- take is not binding on us now. After a brief furtliur discussion Mr Davies take is not binding on us now. After a brief furthur discussion Mr Davies moved that George Jones be moved to Blaen- rhondda, because Jones was not wanted at Tre- herbert. He was a male, and, therefore, out i place- The Chairman: We shall be here all night. I am piepawd to receive a motion, but until we get something before the Board we must pro- ceed. i Rev W. Charles: Was not George Jones one of the staff? The Clerk: Well, there was no resolution to appoint. Rev W. Morris: We took it for granted he was appointed. Mr Davies: You will find one ex-P.T. not re- quired at Dunraven, and he is at Treherbcrt. If we commit a mistake cannot we rectify that mistake? Rev W. Morris contended that no mistake had been made, and the Committee had left this teacher where he was as part of the staff. Mr John Davies: I beg your pardon, Mr Vice- ch.,tirmaai-- The Chairman: Order, order. If you have any motion, make it. Mr Davies: I propose he be moved to Gelli. Rev W. Morris: I beg to move that he be left where he is, according to the understanding at the Committee. Rev W. Charles seconded. There being no seconder to the proposition of Mr Davies, that of the Vice-chairman was de- clared carried. Mr J. E. Jones. referring toO Hafod Schools, objected to the removing of a teacher from Tylorstown. He was wanted at the latter place. where the average attendance was 280. The Vice-chairman: We had the average attendance for last year before us all along. We have not made an exception in a single case. Mr W. Jenkins pointed out that the Board would be inflicting a hardship upon Humphrey Prosser by removing him from Cwmpark, be- cause unless lie remained at one school for twelve months he could not get his parchment. It was agreed, on the motion of Mr Jenkins, seconded by Mr Daniel Thomas, to make a new arrangement in this case, owing to the excep- tional circumstances. Mr John Davies: I consider you are very in- consistent. You refused to remove George Jones. Rev T. Williams: With regard to that- Rev W. Morris: Where are we now, Mr Chair- man? Mr John Davies: According to the rturn sub- mitted by the Committee, i- ev declare there is a teacher too many at Treheroert. and now they are appointing another one there again. I am only calling the attention of the Vice-chairman. The Vice-chairman: And Mr Davies was a member of that Committee. (Laughter. The object is to make room for two certificated teachers at Treherbert. Mr D. R. Jones (jocularly): Now, Mr Vice- chairman—you are on your mettle now. (Laugh- ter). Mr Daniel Thomas (with mock gravity): It is a serious charge, gentlemen.(Renewed laughter). Mr John Davies: An is a fact, and you can't move it. After a slight re-arrangement had been made at Ton and Pentre to meet the convenience of two teachers, Mr John Davies rose to complain that some matter was not mentioned on the. agenda of that meeting .although the Clerk had promised it should be entered there. The Chairman: That is not before us now. Mr W. Charles; With reference to what Mi Davies has just said, I claim a é>nl. Mr Da- vies is very fond of being personal, and he was so at the committee meeting. Mr Davies is a iCrmidable opponent, but for one thing—but for facts. Facts are stubborn things, and they v ill not move even for Mr Davies. With regard to Miss Charles, she was only appointed tempo- rc-rilv at Treorkv. so that lie £ oes away at once wilh Mr Davies s statement. I had liopod. Mr Davies, according to his threat, would raise th» question, as I can fellow him, and show he is CGtirelv mistaken. I think members of this Beard should be very careful of what they are saving. But all the building is built of sands, and must vanish. Mr Davies said some time ago that Trcprky school was over-staffed. You will find that in the press about a month ago. As a- fact. Treorky girls' school has not been fully staffed, It; is one of the best schools under the Board, and it is a great credit to the head- mistress- but you will find that the school has net been for years fairly staffed in comparison with other schools. I find that Mr Davies has said that there were 93 too manv assistants under the Board. I thought of askimr the Clerk after locking over these appointments to-day. how nniny of the 93 have vanished. I think it is only fair that a statement of this kind should be contradicted, and that in the presence cf those gentlemen to whom Mr Davies is so fond of appealing. Mr John Davies: There is a staff for 325 at Tl corky, aiM according to our returns the ht- TPIKLIIRICP IS 2o0. BGSICIOS that, we have a can- uidate at Treorky, and he is counted for a class of twenty The Vice-chairman: They arc discussing a matter not before the Board. ° Rev W. Charles: I have brought him out. He has just said what I wantl him to say. Let him say more, I am ready to meet him. Mr W. W. Hood: I don't think we should make this place one of personal squabbles; we should rise above that. We have finished with this matter altogether. Rev W. Morris: It. is very bad that a. mem- ber should attribute motives to others. Mr Hood Perhaps there is nothing lost now, Mr Vice-chairman. This ended the discussion, and the recommen- dation stated above, together with some others, on t:;e same- subject, were adopted with a few miner alterations.
RHONDDA SCHOOL BOARD & THEIR…
RHONDDA SCHOOL BOARD & THEIR WORKMEN. Hslidays for the Carpenters and Masons. A VIGOROUS DISCUSSION. "We recommend that the Carpenters, Masoos. and Labourers be allowed the first fortnight in September as holidays." This modest little paragraph appeared in. the reported submitted by the Building Committee at Tuesday's meeting of the Rhondda SehooL Beard, when Mr T. Bevan was in the chair. Mr D. R. Jones Under what conditions are these men allowed holidays? The Chairman: The Building Committee thought the last week in August and the first in September. Mr D. R. Jones: Yes, but are tiiey to be paid ? The Chairman: Yes. Mr D. R. Jones (wanmy): \YIJftt, paid for their holidays? The Chairman They are officers: of the Board, and we pav all the other officers. Rhondda. Board and their workmen Mr D. R. Jones (indignantly" Paying £7 10s a month, after increasing their wages, and then going and paying them full vime for their holi- days The Chairman: The Committee regarded them as officers of the Board. Rev W. Lewis: Have they in the past had holidays like this? The Chairman Yes. Rev W. Morris: Why make exceptions? We grant a month's holidays to the head-teachers, and why make an exception ? Mr David Williams: As I am on the Building Committee, and Mr Bevan had left before the matter came on, I may be allowed to say thab I thought it was most reasonable to give the.st who get a month's holiday. The object of men- rr.ee the same chances as our Attendance Officers tioning September is that the men can do any work required during the midsummer holidays, and go away after the schools have been re- opened. I think it would be very unfair to refuse holidays to these men, who work hard all the year round. The Chairman (to Mr D. R. Jones): Will yon propose sny amendment. Mr D. R. Jones (contemptuously): I am ashamed to move an amendment. This is dis- graceful. Mr W. Jenkins: I certainly object to these holidays, and I propose that we eliminate tho Mr D. K. Jones: Wny afef"officers" of the Board. One might as well say that all the colliers in a mine are "officers" of the company, I beg to second the motion. Mr John Davies: I beg to support, because r think we are incurring a great deal of expense and charging it upon other poor carpenters and ether masons in order to give holidays to our carpenters and masons. The case is different to that of the officials. We give the teachers holi- days because it is held to be a necessity to give that length of holidays to the children. The circumstances are entirely different. Besides, our men lose but very little time, because they can work indoors, whilst others have to lose time. I agree with Mr Jones that it is quite un- fair to grant these men holidays. Mr Daniel Thomas moved as an amendment that the paragraph be not eliminated. Mr David Williams seconded. Mr Thomas: I am in sympathy with the mo- tion ,but inasmuch as we have been granting these holidays in the past, and employing the same carpenters and masons all the time. I think it would be advisable to let them know be- fore we stop their holidays. We could let them know for next year, but it would be unfair to stop their holidays now, Mr J don't think we have had any masons or labourers having holidays before. The Clerk, replying to questions by members. said that the same men were granted holidays last year. On being put to the meeting seven voted for allowing the paragraph to stand part of the report, and six voted for eliminating it. Mr Daniel Thomas (to the Rev W. Lewis): You didn't vote, did you? Mr W. Jenkins: I don't think we should have neutral people here; they should be made to vote. Rev W. Lewis: It is so difficult to know. Mr D. R. Jones: Take it in a reasonable sense. Rev W. Lewis: We have "ranted holidays in the past, and as we don't employ many masons and carpenters altogether I don't think it is worth changing. Mr W. Jenkins: The principle is the same. The Chairman: The matter is settled.
PORTH PUPIL TEACHERS' CENTRE
PORTH PUPIL TEACHERS' CENTRE The Architect's Remuneration. The Rhondda School Board on Monday- Mr T. Bevan presiding—had before them the following two paragraphs from the Building Committee's report: "We have had under our consideration a com- munication from the Science and Art Depart- ment, in which it is stated that the Inspector reports that in view of the inadequate arrange- ments at present existing in the Pupal Teachers* School it is very desirable that the proposed premises should be completed as soon as possible As the matter is under the consideration of the Board, we make no recommendation." "'We submit for the consideration of the Board sn account for E108 18s 3d sent in by Mr Rees, the architect, for preparing plans, etc., etc., of the Porth Pupil Teachers' School, and which were subsequently abandoned." Nothing was said with reference, to the first paragraph, but the second one gave rise to a very long discussion. Mr Jenkins anal other members thought it was a pity for such a large sum to be wasted, and the question was raised as to whether the plans could not be used for any future site that the Board might negotiate for. Mr Rees could hold out no hopes of that, inasmuch as these plans were of a proposed building adapted to the peculiarities of this particular site. Mr Jenkins said that he was hoping Mr Rees's labours in preparing these plans could be regarded as so much stock. The Chairman hinted that possibly Mr Rces could see his way clear to forego his claim. To this Mr Rees replied that he could not possibly do so, and went on to enumerate the work which he did for the Board at an actual loss to him- self. The Vice-chairman: I move that the bill be paid. The work has been done. and it is nob Mr Rees's fault that the school has not been built. Mr D. R. Jones seconded, and the motion was agreed to.
The Central Stores, in Taff street, Pontypridd, For gzocsriei and proviriou take the lead I tMi