Our Jokes Competition. 4 -1 In order to give additional interest to theso columns small prizes will be given weekly to the senders of the most humorous paragraphs of not less than six and not more than thirty lines. They may be either original or selected, and any number of paragraphs may be sent in the, same envelope, endorsed "Jokes," but, each must be on a separate sheet of paper, bearing nam:) and address of Competitor The prize in this Competition has been awar- ded to Mr B. Hughes, 13. Wood road, Ponty- pridd, for "Sham Policemen." SHAM POLICEMEN. A masked and fancy dress-ball was being held At midnight, two policemen called, and said the company must separate. "Not at all," said the host, "this is a private house." "Very well, sir," said oiiet of the policemen; "here are my orders, and I must take the names of all who are present." "Do so," responded the host. The pohce went to work, and put down all the names, making everyone feel supremely un- comfortable. Directly they had done so, one of them walked up to the table and poured himself out a glassful of champagne. '•What right have you to drink mv wine?" roared the host. "1 stfpposed, when I was invited," responded the policeman, "that refreshments were inclu- ded;" and, amid a roar of laughter, he showed his card. Both men were simply guests.-B.H., 13. "ood road. Pontypridd. —4 ONVENIENT SLEEP WALKING. Richard was given to walking in his sleep, but there were times when he walked at night without the same excuse—as, for example, at the close of a day, when he knew the house had been wild with excitement over jam making. He had just found his way to the pantry, and com- menced a feast, when his father, having been disturbed, and fearing burglars, appeared on the top of the kitchen stairs. Punishment was cer- tain if Dick was discovered, so in a moment his resolve was taken. Grasping his candle in one hand, and fixing his eyes vacantly on some dis- tant scene, he walked down the passage to meet his father. The irate parent, with a poker raised above his head, drew back as the boy approached, and ?s Richard passed up the stairs, he had the satis- faction of hearing the murmur: "Poor lad! walking in his sleep again."—W.W Pontypridd. THE TUG OF WAR. A gentleman visiting an inn in Smithfield, and seeing the ostler expert and tractable about the houses, asked him how long he had lived there, and what countryman was he. "I'se Yorkshire," said the fellow, "and ha' lived sixteen years here." "I wonder," replied the gentleman, "that in 8C long a time so clever a fellow as you seem to be has not come to be master of the Inn your- self." "Ay," answered the ostler, "but ye see, mais- ter's Yorkshire too."—M.G., Ynyshir. 8 NOW WE SHAN'T- A funny story comes from Blackburn. A couple of operatives were being married, and as he produced the ring the bridegroom exclaimed triumphantly, "Now we shan't be long!" The officiating clergyman promptly retorted, "You are mistaken; you will be at least aa week," and breaking off the service, abruptly left the chopfalien bridegroom, with an intimation that the couple might present themselves a week later if the man had learned to behave him- self in the meantime.—W.M., Ystrad. PREPARED. A sergeant of a company of British infantry quartered in a Dacoit-infested part of Burmah a few years ago wag a firm believer ia destiny. One evening when dressing, preparatory to taking a stroll in the jungle, he was noticed by a a corporal, a persistent opponent of destiny theory, to slip a revolver into his pocket. "Hello!" shouted the corporal, what are yon taking the revolver with you for? That won't save you if your time has come." "No," replied the sergeant, "but, you see, I may happen to come across a Dacoit whose last day has oome."—S.LI., Trebanog. TWO FRIENDS. Two friends, who had not seen each other for a length of time.met one day by accident. 'How do you do?" says one. "So so," replies the other, "and yet I was married since you and I were together." "That is good news." "Not very good, for it was my lot to choose a termagant." "It is a pity." "I hardly think it so, for she brought me two thousand pounds." "Well, there is comfort?" "Not so much, for with her fortune I pur- chased a quantity of sheep, and they are all dead of the rot." "That is distressing." "Not so distressing as you may imagine, for by the sale of their shins I got more than the sheep cost me." "In that case you are indemnified." "By no means; for my house and all my money have been' destroyed by fie." "Alas! that was a dreadful misfortune." "Faith, not so dreadful, for my termagant wife and mv house were burnt together. J.W., Ferndale. THE MISTAKE SHE MADE. At a party the hostess said to a guest, "I want you to entertain Mr Blank a little while he looks bored to death. I will introduce him, and you must try to amuse him. You know his strong point is Buddha, on which he has written a book. The lady guest graciously undertook the task of ent-ertaining the man in- wardly wondering that lie should be so interested in butter, of which she knew very little, when his face indicated a mind given to much pro- found thinking. However, with butter in view she began on the weather, gradually got to the country, then on to a farm, from that to cows, and at last to butter. The man looked more bored than ever, the magic word "butter" pro- ducing not the slightest effect, and he left her somewhat abruptly, and soon withdrew from the house. "I did my best," she explained to the hostess, "I went through agonies to prove that I was deeply interested in butter, but it was all in vain. "Butter!" exclaimed the hostess, "what pos- sessed you to talk to that man of all men on butter? I told you he had just written a book on Buddha, and I knew how deeply you two were interested in the same subject. THE LOST FOUND. On Saturday two men were asked by their master how many days and hours they had work during the week. "I," said one, "have worked five days, two hours. I lost the other two hours by over- sleeping myself yesterday morning." "Right," said the master. "Now, Jones, how many haveyouworked?" ^Five days, six hours." replied Jones. How do you make that out?" You could not possibly have put in more than five days four hours," said the master. "But," said Jones, "I found the hours my mate lost yesterday morning." Collapse of the master.—D.J., Watte town.
u Wont You Buy My Pretty Flowers." NEW VERSION OF AN OLD FAVOURITE. Mary Jane Evans, wife of a coloured man residing at Porth, appeared at the Police Court. on Thursday in answer to a summons for wilful damage to a quantity of flowers, the property of a Porth collier named John Thomas, The pro- secutor said that defendant visited his house cn tha night of the 21st ult., and stolf, three pots of geraniums and damaged other flowers. The damage was estimated at 7s 6d. Gwcn Rees, servant at the Rheolau Hotel, said defendant came to the hotel to sell flowers on the morning of the 22nd ult. Defendant was ordered to pay 5s damages and costs. The Stipendiary thought it was more of a drunken spree than anvi °n" elso.
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The l\ev. E. T. Jones, Llwyqypia. Few churches in Wales have more, or even as much, esteem for their pastor as the Welsh Baptist Church at Jerusalem, Llwynypia. Their popular minister, the Rev E. Talfryn Jones, Brynmyfyr, whose portrait we present this week, needs but little introduction to our readers, as the name and appearance are well-known to Welsh congregations. His fame extends to ill the Welsh churches, yes, even beyond the con- fines of his own denomination, and is constantly in request for association meetings and anni- versaries throughout the Principality. This week, to wit, we notice he is advertised to take part in the Baptist Union meetings at Neath, in com- pany with the Rev John Thomas, Liverpool; etc. He took for his text, "Y Temptiad" (the temptation of Christ in the wilderness), and words cannot express the inspiring majesty with which be dealt with his subject, his bearers being spellbound with admiration and forgetting the discomforts of the intensely-heated atmos- phere of a literally packed building. Mr J OtVs is truly a prince amongst princes in the pulpit, and he has often been termed "the Welsh Spur- geon." Our subject was born in the year 1857, and is, therefore, 40 years of age. Born of pool parents, be was compelled at an early age to earn his livelihood as a lead miner, which ocm. pation he pursued until his advent into Lian- gollen College in 1880. He was early instilled with a desire to follow his Master, and to pro- claim the "glad tidings of great joy," and when 14 years of age he was baptised at Pantygo, Helygen, Flintshire, at which church for six months only he first served in a ministerial capacity. This church undoubtedly saw a bright future for their young brother, and after a college preparation of nearly three years, the church unanimously decided that he should be ordained at Pantygo, although it was under- stood he would shortly undertake the pastorage at Penrhyncoch. The following took part in his ordination services Dr Gethin Davies, Revs L. W. Lewis (Lector), Liverpool; J. Davies, Bootle; and J. D. Hughes, Pontygwaith, who was a fellow student of Mr Jones. After spend- ing a short but successful term at Penrhyncoch, he accepted a unanimous call to Blaengwaun, Pembrokeshire, in 1883, where he laboured as- siduously in and out of the pulpit for over nine years. Such was his success at Blaengwaun, that a new and more commodious chapel, werth £1,800, was built and paid for in the same year; and when he left in 1892 for Llwynypia, he had a church membership of about 650. During his ministry at Blaengwaun, he had refused dozens of repeated calls to other churches, some churches making as many as five or six applica- tions; another church offering him a salary of £ 220 a year, when he was receiving but £ 120. This was a tempting offer to those seekers for the "root of all evil," but Mr Jones declined all For two years the good people at Jerusalem, Llwynypia, made repeated applications to him to become their pastor, although the church had not heard him preach. Eventually he consented, and on the second Sunday in May, 1892, he commenced his ministerial duties in densely- populated Mid-Rhondda, a district which un- doubtedly affords wider scope for his usefulness. and where he has since displayed such energy and psrseverance, and his efforts have been crowned with success. "Great oaks in sin" are continually felled under the influence of his powerful ministrations, and the moral tone ot the church is uplifted. Almost every month additions are made to the church membership. On Sunday last it was an impressing sight to wit ness the baptism of eight persons, both young and midule-asred, who publicly pronounced their desire to follow their Master's example. We understand that sib more members of other churches were received by letter, and others are "before the ohurch." Statistics recently disclosed at the association meetings at Treforest placed Jerusalem church almost at the top of the list in the increase by baptism. Shortly after the advent of Mr Jones into the district, the chapel became too small to accommodate the fast-increasing adherents, and scores were refused admission each Sunday. This was taken down, and a handsome chapel to accommodate 350 more, with a spacious vestry underneath, and a powerful organ, at a total cost of ;E4,000, was built on the same ground; and again this is filled almost every Sunday. A large villa for the minister has also been erected at great cost. We have before us a report of the efforts made by this church dur- ing the 18 months ending December, 31st,which is a practical proof of the co-operation and generosity displayed by the members. We find that the ministry fund is overflowing, and an amount of P,37 has been transferred to the building fund, still leaving a substantial balance with the treasurer. These facts speak audibly of Mr Jones's popularity at home. Every care is taken also of the poor of the church, the col- leges, the great Foreign Mission project, and other important demands. Altogether the- actual receipts from members amount to ovei 91,614, and with the loan from bank of 23,000, a total receipt of over JS4,614 is made; and this during the terrible stagnation in the coal trade is remarkable. An evident factor, which cer- tainly is one great secret of the success of every church, is the perfect harmony which prevails between pastor, (officers, and flock. May it long continue is our earnest desire ,and that the church at Jerusalem will yet be a greater power in the district than hitherto. Mr Jones's first appearance in the Rhondda was at Tre- orky at the anniversary services at Noddfa in 1864, where he left a lasting impression upon all present, and was sought for by several churches in South Wales afterwards. His vir- tues are too numerous for mention here, but "the man" is evident in all his undertakings; is truly God-fearing, has unbounded faith and trust in tilings spiritual, and great reverence for a Higher Power. These prominent traits, coupled with a remarkably strong and compre- hensive mind, intellectual power, clearness of thought and decision, command the immediate attention of his listeners. Every form of vice finds in him a formidable antagonist, and no favour is shewn to sinners 'and sins which churches often wink at. He is modest, does not covet praise, and abhors cant. Our sub- ject is also a zealous temperance advocate (a virtue in a minister of the gospel if only for ex* ample's sake), is a painstaking and just ad- judicator of both prose and poetry, and also a very acceptable lecturer. His lecture on "Ar- menia" is his latest effort, and the "Great Assassin" comes in for scathing censure. Mr Jones fully complies with the Scriptural adage, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might." A particularly pleasing feature, which confirms our opinion of Mr Jones, is the result of a plebiscite of its readers taken lately by the "Cymro" (Liverpool) for a prize of £ 5, which is offered by an American friend. Thirty or forty thousand voting papers were received, in order to ascertain who are the most poplar preachers in the ranks of the four Welsh Nonconformist denominations, and in the Church of England in Wales. The result was last week announced, and those who polled the largest number of votes are those set out by the "Cymro" as follows, in alphabetical order: order: Calvinistic Methodists —Edwards, Principal T. Charles, M.A., Bala. Prydderch, Rev. Wm., Swansea. Williams, Rev John, Princes road. Liverpool. Congregationalists: Lewis, Rev Elfed, Llan- elly. Nicholas, Rev W. John, Portmadoc. ,i\"tn, Rev 0. R., Glandwr. Wesleyans: Evans, Rev John (Eglwvs Bach). Pontypridd Hughes, Rev Hugh, Carnarvon. Jones, Rev Hugh, Birkenhead. Baptists: Davies, Rev Charles, Cardiff, Jones, Rev E. T., Llwynypia, Rhondda. Parry, Rev Abel J., Cefnmawr. Church of England: Havies, Canon E. T (Dyfrig), Pwllheli. Dean of St. David's (Rev D. Howell, Llaw- dden). Bishop Owen of St. David's. It does not appear that any of the candidates named the whole of the 15 preachers that headed the poll; but 14 of the names appaar on 10 lists, 13 on 50 lists, and 12 on 200 lists. The greatest variety of opinion prevailed with refer- ence to the Congregationalists, but three-fourths c of the candidates nominated the three leading Wesleyan preachers. ° The editor of the "Cymro" evidently serves some purpose in putting the names iii alpha- betical order, but we should state that whilst expressing his inability to present a complete list in the. issue for July 1st, the editor gives the result of the Baptist and Wesleyan voting only in that number; and previous to being arranged m alphabetical order, we notice that the Rev /• ,M'; Llwynypia, figures first on the list, and he is therefore the most popular Baptist preacher in Wales to-day. This reallv is very complimentary to Mr Jones ,and a source of pTeat pleasure to his very numerous admirers. Rliodder eiddo Caesar i Cæsar."
PONTYPRIDD FOOTBALL CLUB SPORTS. Another Successful Meeting. The second athletic meeting of the Pontypridd Football Club was held on the Taff Vale Park (the use of which was gratuitously given by Councillor James Roberts, J.P.), on Monday, and was an even greater success than that of Whit-Monday. Extensive preparations had been made by the Club to provide good sport, and their efforts were crowned with success. The weather was glorious, and left nothing to be desired, and the gate was probably the largest ever seen on the Taff Park. Much interest was centred in the appearance of F. E. Bacon, the champion athlete of the world, and H. Watkins, the Southern Counties champion, in the 440 yards and one mile handicaps, and on turning out for their events both men were accorded an enthusiastic reception. Perhaps the most popu- lar win of the day was that of Eli'Joseph in the 120 yards handicap. In tnis heat he had no one of exceptional merit to beat, and in the semi-final he ran second to H. Lacy, New Swin- don, defeating Mil ward, Merthyr; Lewis, Pen- darren, and Chris. Jones, Pontypridd. In the final he was only receiving a yard from D. Jones Ebbw Vale, and conceding two yards to Lacy, but running grandly he defeated Lacy by two yards, Jones being close up. The victory of Joseph was hailed with delight by the large crowd. The Town Band (under the leadership of Mr Foxall) was in attendance, and played selections between the various events. The en- tries received were exceedingly numerous, being no less than 180, or an average of over 22 for each event. Many of the finishes were very ex- citing, particularly that in the three miles' bicycle handicap, when T. Osman and Hopkin Davies dead heated on the tape. The officials were: Judges (foot), Dr Howard Davies, Lieu. T. Morgan, Messrs M. Wayne Moragn, Tom Wijliamte, W.F.U., Alun Morgan, and Ack Llewellyn, W.F.U.; cycle, Messrs W. M. Mor- ris H. Williams and J. G. Morgan; the foot events were handicapped by the committee, whilst Mr J. Griggs, N.C.U., acted in a similar capacity in the cycle races; treasurer, Mr J. E. Brooks, Mr Ted Lewis, who acted as starter, manipulated his pop gun in fine style, and suc- ceeded in getting his men off beautifully. Mr Gwilym L. Morgan, the secretary, upon whose shoulders the bulk of the work fell, deserves to be complimented upon the success of his efforts, and certainly the Pontypridd Football Club have every reason to be proud of having such a zealous gentleman as secretary. Results: 100 yards boys' race: First prize, value 15s; second, 7s 6d; third, 5s. First heat, E. J. Lott, Pontypridd; second heat, Oswald John, Blaen- garw; third heat, W. Doran, Pontypridd; and Thomas Hughes, Pontypridd, dead heat; fourth heat, Fred Bodman, Bedminster. Final heat: 1, Oswald John; 2, W. Doran; 3, Thomas Hughes. 120 yards flat handicap (open): First prize, £ 12; second, 93; third, jEl. First heat, A. J. Weeks, Weston-super-Mare, 9 yards; second heat, Tom Rees, Pentre, 8 yards; third heat, Lewis Walters, Treherbert, 13 yards; fourth heat, L. T. Parry, Merthyr Vale, 10 yards; fifth heat, D. Jones, Ebbw Vale, 8 yards; sixth heat, H Lacy, New Swindon, 11 yards; seventh heat, Eli Joseph, Hopkinstown, 9 yards; eighth heat, Chris. Jones, Treforest, 16 yards; ninth heat-, E. Millward, Merthyr, 7 yards; tenth heat, Wil- liam Lewis, Pendarren, 11 yards. Second round, first heat, 1, D. Jones; 2, A. J. Weeks; second heat, 1, H. Lacy; 2, Eli Joseph. Final, 1, Eli Joseph; 2, H. Lacy; 3, D. Jones. A grand race, Eli Joseph catching up Weeks and Lacy in the first few yards, and was never again headed, winning by two yards, Jones close up. Joseph's win was a very popular one, and lie received a good deal of cheering from the crowd on his victory. One mile novice bicycle handicap: First prize, value JB2 2s; second, value, £ 1 10s; third, value 10s 6d. 1, J. R. Evans, Treforest Cycling Club, 70 yards; 2, T. Osman, Treforest Cycling Club, 65 yards; 3, W. J. Rees, Treharris Cycling Club, 35 yards. Time, 2 min. 35 sees. W. J. Evans, the scratch man, was too heavily handi- capped to be able to do anything, and J. R. Evans won by a foot from Osman. Had the distance been about twenty yards further Osman would have won as he was rapidly picking up Evans on the tape. 120 yards flat handicap In this race each com- pel itor had to pick up a football at halfway and carry it to the winning post. First prize, value, 93 3s; second, value j61 Is: third, value 10s 6d. First heat, Gwilym Jones, Pontypridd, 8 yards; second heat, Eli Joseph, Pontypridd, one yard; third heat, Walter Davies,Pontypridd 7 yards; fourth heat, Chris. Jones, Treforest, 10 yards; fifth heat, Lewis Wride, Pontypridd, 6 yards. Final, 1, Gwilym Jones; 2, Eli Joseph 3, Walter Davies. One mile bicycle handicap (open): First prize, value jS6 6s; second prize, value P,2 2s; third prize, value £ l 10s. First heat—1, T. Os- man, Treforest Cycling Club, 180 yards; 2, T. Lewis, Treforest Cycling Club, 160 yards; second heat, J. Evans, Treforest Cycling Club, 170 yards; third heat, J. R. Evans. Final, 1, J. R; Evans; 2, T. Lewis; 3, T. Osman. Won by a couple of lengths, the same distance separa- ting second and third, Lewis had only got into the final by virtue of his being fastest loser. 440 yards flat handicap (open): First prize, L6; second, JE2; third, £1. First heat, Joseph Brimble, Blackwood, 25 yards; second heat, F. E. Bacon, Manchester, It yards; third heat, Ernest Gould, Treforest, 29 yards, w.o.; fourth heat, John James, Cardiff, 38 yards; fifth heat, T Bryant, Llantwit, 45 yards; sixth heat, J. Salter, New Swindon, 25 yards; seventh heat, J. Collins, Merthyr, 29 yards. Final, 1, J. Salter; 2, F. E. Bacon; 3, Jerry Collins. Much amusement was caused by a number of the com- petitors refusing to turn out in their heat, think- ing that their chances were hopeless against Bacon. The seven heat winners, however, com- peted in the final, and a capital race was seen. Bacon ran well, and about 1l^ yards from home lie caught up all his men, with the exception cf Salter, and sprinting finely from here to the post he was only defeated for first position by a few inches. Three miles bicycle handicap: First prize, value £6 6s; second, j62 2s; third, El Is. First heat, 1, T. Osman, Treforest Cycling Club, 425 yards; 2, J. R. Evans, Treforest Cycling Club, 395 yards; time, 8 min.; second heat, J. Evans, Treforest Cycling Club, 400 yards; 2, H. M. Davies, Treforest Cycling Club, 420 yards; 3, E. Thomas, Treharris Cycling Club, 442 yards: time, 7 min. 37 1-5 sees. Final, 1, Hopkin Da- vies and T. Osman, dead heat; 3, J. Evans. In the first heat T. Lewis retired after completing three laps, and in the seventh lap D. Davies Llantwit, sprinted and took the lead, onlv to come a cropper, and he then retired. W. J. Evans retired in the sixth lap in the second heat and left J. Evans to take the lead, followed by Hopkin Davies and E. Thomas, and this order they maintained to the finish, Thomas getting into the final as fastest third. The final was, undoubtedly, one of the finest cycle races ever seen in the principality, the lead being taken for a time by J. Evans, followed by J. R. Evans, T Osman, Hopkin Davies, and E. Thomas, in the order named. About half distance Osman rode into second place, and soon after went to the front, attended by Hopkin Davies. In the last lap the men sprinted at a tremendous bat, the result being one of the closest finishes ever seen. The judges, after a consultation, give itas a dead heat between Osman and Davies (Evans being yards away), and sun^ested that the two shou", run off the race again for first position. To this course Davies assented, but Osman would not agree to it, the result being that the first and second prizes were lumped together and divided, each taking £4 4s worth. At the finish of the event the excitement was intense, and both men were loudly cheered. One mile flat handicap: First prize, L6; second, jE2; third, Ll. Interest was chiefly centred in this race in view of the fact that Bacon and Watkins were competing therein. The gate had by this time swelled to immense proportions to see the performances of the two champions. Nine competitors started, Bacon being on scratch and mark. The first to fall out was J. Nicholas, 17 yards, and shortly afterwards he was followed bv several more. Ai, tlie commencement of tlie last lap A. J. Pimm, of Bed mister, with a hundred yards start, had still a lead of about 60 yards* and was going strongly, Bacon being next and Wat- kins third. In tha last half >1 Bacon sprinted, but failed to reach Pimm. who ran out a win- nor by about 25 yards, Bacon second, and Wat- kins third. Time, 4 min. 23 2.5 sees.
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+ PONTYPRIDD GUARDIANS. The weekly meeting of the Guardians was held on Wednesday, when, in the absence of the Chairman, Mr E. H. Davies, J P., presided. The Rev W. Rees called the attention of the Board to the case of some little children at Hopkinstown whom they had entrusted to Mr Daniel Evans. One of the little children was almost an imbecile and Mr Evans said it was utterly impossible to keep them for the the sum paid-2s. 6d each per week. The matter was referred to the Relief Committee. Mr lestyn Williams suggested that the t Guardians should have a report from the Medical Officer on the case, this was agreed to. Mr Daniel Bryant presented a report on the telephone to the Cottage Homes. Mr E. H' Davies said at the next meeting he would propose that a committee should be appointed to go to Bridgend Asylum, to see the paupers from this Union that are there. Mr Evans, Tonyrefail, gave notice that next Wednesday lie would move that the Board should adjourn for a week or two.
Deserters from the ArnU. RHONDDA RED-COATS IN TROUBLE. On Wednesday—at the Pontypridd police court—Thomas John Harris, Tylorstown, was brought up charged with deserting the 19th Field Battery of the Royal Artillery, stationed at Exeter. P.C. Aldridge said he arrested the defendant at Tylorstown after receiving a telegram from Exeter authorising him to do so. Defendant said lie had obtained seven days' leave of absence in order to go home to bury his brother. His mother said that that was so, and it was her fault that he had not gone back sooner, as she intended buying him out. He had only enlisted two months ago, and when the time came for the lad to return she found be was ill. He was remanded to Cardiff to await an escort. David Jones, collier, Ystrad, was also charged with deserting from the Royal Artillery on the 25th of February last. P C. Hall said he arrested the defendant at Ystrad on the 31st ult. He found him working at a colliery there, and charged him with deserting from the Royal Artillery on February 25th in the name of John Morgan. In answer to the charge defendant said he bad asked for leave but it was refused, so he took it and destroyed his clothes. He was remanded to await an escort.
CAERPHILLY LICENSES VICTUALLERS ANNUAL SPORTS. On Tuesday tho annual sports of the Caer- philly Licensed Victuallers was held on the Ty- crwn field, Caerphillyi in beautiful summer weather. There was a numerous gate, and each event was well contested. The erunes included such well-known sprinters as Martin Jones, Fals- worth, T. Newburn, Cardiff, and Jackson, New- port, together with a host of other well-known racers: but for some reason or other these gentlemen did not put in an appearance. The judges were: Messrs C. O'Callaghan, J. L. Thomas, and E. G. Edmunds, Caerphilly; while Mr F. Hall officiated as starter. The committee acted as handicappers, while the secretary was Mr E. Rees, butcher, Caerphilly. The proceed- ings were enlivened during the afternoon by some selections played by the Caerphilly Town Band. Appended is a list of events: 140 yards boys' race: First prize, 12s 6d; second, 5s: third, 2s. 1, Amos Pike, Caer- philly; 2, Llewellyn Pike, Caerphilly; 3, vv Doran, Pontypridd. 130 yards open handicap: Prizes, R4, 15s, and 5s First in each heat to run in final. First heat, Ivor Roberts, Caerphilly; second heat, M. Davies, Llwydeoed; third heat, J. James, Car- diff; fourth fieat. J. Lewis, Merthyr; 5th heat, J. Thomas, Merthyr. Final, 1. J. Thomas, Mer- thyr; 2, J. James, Cardiff; 3, W. Davies,Llwyd- coed; 4, Ivor Roberts, Caerphilly; 5, J. Lewis, Merthyr. Objections were laid against Thomas and James, and the first prize went to Davies, Llwydeoed. Thomas and James hail from Engjand. 130 yards, local: Prizes, 30s, 7s 6d, 2s 6d. First and second in each heat to run in final. First heat, B. Rowlands, Aber, 1; J. George, Senghenydd, 2. Second heat, W. Jones, Caer- philly, 1; E. Rees, Caerphilly, 2. Final, 1, E. Rees; 2, W. Jones; 3, Rowlands. 130 yards, novice: Prizes, L2, 15s, 5s. First in each heat to run in final. First heat, C. Barllett, Blackwood; second heat, A. Cope, Treherbert; third heat, J. Fergusson, Merthyr; fourth heat, W. Davies, Llwydeoed; fifth heat, J. Lewis, Merthyr. Final, 1, J. Lewis, Mer- thyr; 2, W. Davies, Llwydcoed; 3, W. Jones, Caerphilly. 440 yards open handicap: Prizes, R3, 15s, and 5s. First and second in each heat to run in final. First heat, 1, J. Thomas, Merthyr; 2, E. Davies, Cardiff. Second heat, 1. J. PalmerL Merthyr; 2, T. Hedges, Barry. Third heat, 1. J. Thomas, Neath; 2, D. Hyde, Newbridge. Fourth heat, 1, B. Roper, Llanishen; 2, J. Alford, Neath. Final, Hyde, Newbridge, 1; J. Thomas, Merthyr, 2; E. Davies, Cardiff, 3. Two miles tro^ovc handicap: Prizes, JS5, 15s, 5s. First and second in each heat to run in final. First heat, 1, J. D. Phillips, Aberdare (Welshman), 100 yards; 2, A. Rossiter, Caer- philly, (Charlie), 400 yards. Sccond heat-, 1, M. Davies, Aberdare (Lady), 300 yards; 2, W. Davies, Upper Boat (Mountain Maid), 350 yards. Third heat. 1, D. Phillips, Caerphilly (Maggie), 500 yards; 2, J. Collins, Merthyr (Butcher Boy), 320 yards. Final, 1, J. D. Phillips, Aberdare (Welshman); 2, D. Phillips, Caerphilly (Maggie), 3, J. Collins, Merthyr (Butcher Bov). er 1^ mile pony race Prizes, £ 3, 15s, 5s. First and second in each heat to rim in final. First heat, 1, D. L. Griffiths, Pentre (Lazy), scratch; 2, J. Thomas. 81. Mellon's (Topthorn). 300 yards. Second heat, 1, A. Welsby, Radyr (Tomtit), 450 yards; 2, W. Lloyd, Tonyrefail (Clvvyd), 100 yards; T. Davies, Caerphilly (Nick), 250 yards. Final, T. Davies, Caerphilly, Nick: 2, J. Ed- wards, Treharris, Gipsy; 3, D. L. Griffiths, Pentre, Lazy.
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Rhondda Man Drowned. On Monday afternoon, at about four o'clock, a very distressing accident occurred at Whit- more Bay, Barry Island. It appears that two young men, named John Konvin (18), and Ernest Davies (17), hailing from Ynyshir, were spending the day at the Island. In the afternoon they went to bathe off Nell's Point, when they were seen struggling in the water, having gone out of their depth. A man named Wheeler, who was near, seeing the perilous position of the Young men, waded to them, and was successful in saving Davies and carrying him to shore. He then returned to search for Kenvin, but the latter had disappeared, and Wheeler failed to recover him. The news of this terrible accident spread like wild-fire, and the police and others commenced "dragging" operations, which, however, proved of no avail. The search was continued on Monday night,, but the body was not recovered. On Tuesday the unfortunate young man's father visited the scene, and ap- peared deeply bereaved. +
The Porth Choral Society. SUCCESS AT THE CADOXTON EISTEDDFOD. The Porth Choral Society, conducted by Mr David James, A.C Cymmer, which was recently formed, has climbed the ladder of success in a most remarkable manner. On Whit-Tuesday they were triumphant at the Porth Eisteddfod. On Monday last they appeared upon the stage at the Cadoxton Eisteddfod to compete against the Cardiff Cymrodorion Choral Society. Both choirs sang the test piece, Hallelujah Chorus," with remarkable ability, but the adjudication of Messrs R. Rhedynog Price, G.T.S.C., Cardiff, and John Price, A.C., Rhymney, showed that the Porth Choir's rendering was superior to that of the Cardiff choir. The sopranos of the latter were, however, over-balancing the other voices; the former choir inclined a little to go slower on the tempo than was necessary; the tenors and bass were exceedingly fine, and were superior to those of the Cardiff choir. The adjudicators ultimately divided the prize of JE20 between these choirs.
Llaqtwit. At the recent Matriculation Examination of the Royal University of Ireland, held at Dublin, Mr Dan Bryant was amongst the successful can- didates.
Ferndale. We are glad to state that Mr O. Lewis Hum- phreys, son of the Rev. Thos. Humphreys, pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church, Blaenllechau, has successfully passed the Intermediate B.A. examination of the University of Wales, which was held last June. Mr O. L. Humphreys is a student at the University College, Aberystwith.
Penygraig. Zoar Sunday School held its annual tea on Thursday. The tables were prettily decorated, and were attended to by the following ladies and their assistants Mrs J. Edwards, Mrs P. Beynon, Mrs J. Howells, Mrs E. Jones, Mrs H. Thomas, Mrs W. Rees, and Mrs R. Jones. Tea over, the younger element went to an adjoining field, where popular games were played. We are pleased to hear that Mr D. Williams, of Penygraig, carried off the prize in the bass solo competition at Cadoxton-Barry Eisteddfod on Monday last. The test piece was Pughd Evans', Lead Kindly Light," for the best ren- dering of which a prize of 10s 6d was given.
Ystrad. The Sunday School Anniversary at Tabernacle English Baptist Church was held on Sunday and Monday. The morning service was conducted by Mr Morgan Davies (Manager, Bodrhyngallt Colliery), who delivered an excellent address on Sunday School work in the Rhondda. Mr John James commenced the programme with prayer, and a selection of music was rendered by the choir under the able leadership of Mr Gwilym Jones, who, though only a young man of 23 summers, is an excellent musician, and has been the means of raising a large amount of money by concerts, cantatas, etc., for the above cause. The recitations were given in excellent style. Mr James Brooks ably presided at the organ. In the afternoon the Rev John Davies conducted the service, and Mr Charles Emerson offered prayer. The singing was a treat, the choir rendering some charming selections. In the evening service Mr David Brimble conducted, whilst Mr William Evans (son of the late Rev B. Evans, Hebron, Ton) offered prayer, after which a little child about three years of ago repeated the 23rd Psalm. The choir gave a neat render- ing of Take my hand and lead me, Father." The recitations and dialogues were well de- liverea. Master Arthur Phillips and Miss Lily Bateman enchanted their hearers with a duet entitled, Teachers and Scholars." On Monday the children were given their annual treat. The ladies who waited at the tables were Mrs John Davies, Miss Roberts, Mrs Middleton, Mrs Rd. Davies, Mrs Lewis Davies, Mrs Morgan Davies, Mrs Henry Williams, Mrs Price, and Mrs Pearce. In the evening an entertainment was held, the chair being taken by Mr Abraham Kindom, Ystrad. Mr John Davies and Mr Henry Gold- stien also delivered excellent addresses.
Treherbert. On Sunday, special services were held at the Bute Square English Methodist Chapel. Power- ful and impressive sermons were delivered by Mr G. N. Llewelyn, the blind preacher, (son of Councillor Llewelyn, Ogmore) Oxford. On Monday evening at the same place, there was a large congregation on the occasion of inducting the pastor, Mr J. D. Thomas. The chair was occupied by Alderman J. Jones Griffiths, Penygraig, and amongst those present were Revs O. Evans, Ynysybwl; M. George, Newbridge, Mon.; William Jones, Trefecca College T. Davies, Blaenrhondda T. E. Davies, Clydach Vale D. T. Morgans, (secretary of the South Wales English cause Llantrisant M. Davies, C.M., Treherbert William Lewis, Cwmpark G. W. Matthews, Gelli; J. Owens, Tonypandy, and several prominent laymen of the neighbourhood. Addresses were delivered by the gentlemen named, and also by Messrs William Thomas, Station-master, Treherbert; T. H. Havard, Oxford M. H. Jones, Aberystwith College; Owen Williams, Post- master, Pentre J. Varker, Treherbert; T. E. Davies, T. Jones and S. Oakey. The new pastor is 24 years of age and the son of Mr D. Thomas, Stone House, Llandovery. Ho has had a brilliant college career at Trefecca, and under his pastorate, the English Methodist cause at Treherbert will flourish. The present member- ship is about fifty. The members of the church are very persevering and energetic, for within the last twelve months over £ 300 has been cleared off the chapel debt. On Thursday evening at the Horeb Welsh Methodist Chapel there wasa large congregation, when a lecture was delivered by the pastor (Rev M. Davies) on "YrYsgol Sabbothol." The chair was occupied by Mr J. John, grocer. The pro- ceeds were in aid of a member of the Methodist Church. All Rhondda cricket enthusiasts rejoiced on learning that one of their fellow cricketers, in the person of Mr R. M. Rees, son of the Rev J. Rees, Vicarage, Treherbert, was selected to play for Glamorgan County against Wiltshire on Friday and Saturday at Cardiff. This was not Mr Rees's first appearance for his county, he having played two matches last season. Mr Rees is at present at Oxford. Bravo, Rhondda We regret to record the death of Mr Morgan Roberts, son of Mr Abraham Roberts, Treherbert. Deceased was a faithful and energetic member of the English Methodist Cause, and was well respected. The funeral took place oa Friday week at Treorchy Cemetery. A large number of friends assembled to pay their last tribute to the departed. The officiating ministers were the Revs D. M. Jones, J. D. Thomas, Treherbert; T. Davies, Treorchy W. Lewis, Cwmpark; M. H. Ellis, Trealaw M. Davies, Treherbert and William Jones, Ton. The Treherbert United Choir, under the conductorship of Mr M. O. Jones, Treherbert, attended and rendered several tunes and anthems with much pathos. Deep sympathy is expressed with the sorrowing parents. Miss Jane Haddock, of Treherbert, was on Monday last awarded a special prize given by Mrs W. H. Morgan, Pontypridd, at the Cadoxton- Barry Eisteddiod, for reciting, "Cathl y Gair Mwys." All Tor-ii'-is^f«.rs irh tM* fact ["'S-JS uctilis, oi LLio QrL&44dot cwro, t'jr splenuid Was
The World of Pastime. ♦ By The Sporting Scribe." CRICKET. TREORKY v. PETRE-This contest was brought to a conclusion on Saturday, on the Athletic Grounds, Treorchy. There was exceptional interest centred in what was termed on flashy posters through the district as "The match of the season The performances of both teams against Porth were instrumental in attracting a crowd of curiosity seekers," and the good form of the homesters in the previous league matches attracted a splendid crowd to witness the fray. The wicket was in a fine condition, and the elements were favourable. There were several absentees on both sides, but efficient substitutes were forthcoming. Pentre batted flrst, and W. D. Morgan and D. T. Morgan were cheered as they preceeded to the wicket. Falcon bowled from the lower end, Chalke taking the upper side. The batting was extremely careful, W. D. Morgan making the majority of runs. D. T. Morgan was eventually out, being caught by T. Morgan at cover point. Ben Rees followed but had only scored two when Falcon spreadeagled his wickets. The next man was G. E. Davies, who gave an exhibition of stonewalling for some time. He and W. D. Morgan stayed in for some time though making few runs, the bowling and fielding being almost irreproachable. Morgan, however, after compiling 13 was out to a. beautiful catch by Falcon. Hughes joined Davies the former making 7 in two hits, but soon left, Ashford securing the ball turned to slips. Matters went all right for the homesters, who really played superbly. Falcon followed on bis previous success by quickly disposing Edmunds for a duck," and D. Hughes after scoring four was given out l.b.w. to Chalke's bowling. Davies alone played the bowling with con- fidence and managed to snick a run occasionally. Timothy, a promising youngster, after hitting Falcon to the boundary for four, was splendidly caught by Thomas. 0. Royall, the captain, found Falcon too difficult for him, and returned without scoring. S. Royall hit a three and then Chalke found his wickets. Eynon, the last man, joined Davies, who had been in for an hour doing ten, being caught by T. Morgan, the innings closing for 53. Chalke and Falcon bowled unchanged, and were remarkably successful. Treorky started their venture with B. D. Williams and Tom Morgan, to tbebowling of B. Rees and W. D. Morgan. Morgan cut Rees for two, and then got bowled. Williams, though playing carefully, snicked one right into Hughes' hands, and A. G. Tribe was bowled for a single-a very unpromising start. However, the next wicket proved costly, for the brothers Falcon became associated, and treated the spectators to a fine exhibition of batting, W. Falcon, in particulaar, playing a great game, his strokes being perfect in their accomplish- ment. M. Falcon was content to play a waiting game, whilst his brother let out, making some ■] capital hits. That particular stroke of his— the late cut-was a treat to watch. The pair seemed quite set and "at home," but to the dismay of the home partisans, W. Falcon was given run out" in attempting a run, a decision which, from reliable authority, was distinctly unfair, for the man was in ground in sufficient time. This decision did not commend itself to the majority present, and it was extremely unfortunate for W. Falcon, who, with his brother, added 30 for the fourth wicket, the 23 of the former being the prettiest innings ever seen in the locality. T. R. Thomas partnered M. Falcon, and both added runs. The latter was eventually bowled by a breaking ball from j W. D. Morgan. W. D. Jones hit a two, and j both he and Thomas fell in immediate sue- j cession. The game became qcite exciting at 1 this juncture, for Davies, the wicket keeper, after hitting for four, got dismissed, and there were still eight runs required. A few byes were run by Ashford and Davies, and G. Chalke joined the former. The crowd were in a state of perfect anxiety, and each run was enthus- iastically cheered. The score crept up to 52, and another bye brought it to a tie—a signal for hearty clapping. From the next ball, Ashford made a tremendous effort, making a six for a winning hit amidst loud and prolonged cheering. Ashford's hit was the biggest of the match and the biggest of the season, the ball being knocked right up to the entrance. Runs again came steadily, and after several changes in the bowling, Ashford was bowled. Cbalke and Austin were the the last pair, and after an additional five runs were scored, Chalke was bowled, the innings closing for 70, leaving Treorky winners of an exceedingly interesting game by 17 runs. Treorky defeated Pentre by better all round play. Their bowling, batting and fiilding wero altogether mor2 consistent, and they deserved an easier victory. This would, no doubt, have been achieved, but for the lamentable decision of the visiting umpire in giving W. Falcon out in such a manner. The homesters are to be complimeuted on their magnificent display, and they have had their revenge on the former encounter. Chalke and M. Falcon deserve special praise for their fine • bowling, while W. F Icon and Ashford take a big share for their batting, the former espscially. The fidlding was good in all points. Pentre never shone in any particular departmeut, though Ben Rees deserves credit for his fine bowling. The win gives Treorky another two points, bringing their aggregate to 11 points. Appended are the scores PENTRE. W D Morgan c M Falcon b Chalke 13 D T Morgan cT Morgan bM Falcon 1 Ben Rees b M Falcon 2 G E Davies c T Morgan b Chalke. 10 G E Hughes c Ashford b Chalke 7 M Edmunds b M Falcon 0 D Hughes Ibw b Chalke 4 T Ti mothy c T R Thomas b M Falcon 4 0 Royall b M Falcon 0 S Royal! b Chalke 3 D S Eynon not out 2 Extras 7 Total b3 TREORKY. BDWilliamscG Hughes b BRees 0 T Morgan b B Rees 2 A G Tribe b W D Morgan 1 W Falcon run out 23 M Falcon b W D Morgan 9 T R Thomas b W D Morgan 5 W D Jones c Morgan b B Rees 2 D C Davies b B Rees 4 0 G Ashford b B Rees 11 G Chalke b D Hughes 4 J T Austin not out 2 Extras 7 Total 70 DINAS C.C. v. FERNDALE C.C. This match was played on Saturday at Dinas, and resulted in a win for the visitors by seven runs. Both teams were fully represented. P J Thomas for the homesters and T Kingston and W Jones for the visitors rendered good service to their respective sides W Jones taking 6 wickets for 10 runs. Appended are the scores FERNDALE D Morgan c P J Thomas b Fell 6 R Phillips b P J Thomas 0 W Alexander run out 4 J Bailey b Coles 5 W Jones b Fell 0 S Thomas b Fell 2 T Kingston c Fell b Coles 12 G Davies b Gale 2 G Llewelyn c Fell b Coles 2 J Whittaker not out 4 H Kingston c P J Thomas b Coles O Extras 9 Total 46 DINAS. G Davies c T Kingston b Alexander 0 F Kerslake b W Jones 2 S Fell c G Llewelyn b W Alexander 8 J Gale c Alexander b W Jones 3 P J Thomas c Alexander b W Jones 9 H Coles c Alexander b W Jones 3 J Lingford c G Davies b W Jones 4 J Rowlands b W Jones 0 T Prosser run out I D Meredith not out 0 M Jenkins b D Morgan 0 Extras 9 Total 39 Fixtures can be arranged by F n i ile with good teams by applying to the Secretary, J. Bailey, 2, Elm street, Ferndale. TENNIS. TAFF PARK 2ND V. Y.vy.^ynjharad 2nb.— This match was played on the ground of the former club on Thursday, and resulted in a win for the Taff Park Club by five events to four. The following are the results TAFF PARK. TNYSYNGHAHAt). W H Todd beat R Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. J G Roberts beat E John 3-6, 64, 6-1. E E Roberts beat E Arnott 6-4, 9-7. J W Thomas lost to W Jones 8-10, 3-6. H John lost to M John 4-6, 4-6. D McGregor lost to S Jones 5-7, 3-6. Thomas & McGregor beat Jones & sub. 6-3 6-3. John & E Roberts beat John & Jones 6-1, 6-3. Todd & G Roberts lost to Jones & John 6-3, 4 0, 5-7. 1 [CONTIXUSD ON fAQE 8-1
COWARDLY ASSAULT AT COEDPENMAEN. Woman Polled Downstairs by her Hair. HER ASSAILANT DESERVEDLY PUNISHED. On Wednesday, at the Pontypridd Police Court—before the Stipendiary and other magis- trates—William Lee, 11, Foundry Place, Coed- penmaen, was charged with wounding Mary O'Neil, a single woman, living at the same address, on Monday night. Complainant (whose eye was fearfully dis- coloured and whose head was swathed in ban- dages) said that Lee, who occupied rooms in the same house as did she, came in about 11.30 on the night in question, and asked if that b— old cow (meaning witness) was in the house, and if she was should go out. Witness was in bed with her son, and the defendant came to the foot of the stairs, called her, and "said she would have to go out of the house. She replied that she would not, as she had as much right there as he. He -then walked into her bedroom, seized her by the hair, and pulled her out of bed and downstairs. He wanted her to go out, but she would not, and Lee then kicked her ,and struck her senseless. She afterwards shouted "mur- der," and someone came in and prevented the defendant from still further assaulting her. She and the defendant hau had a couple of words together over their work at the "rag stores. Lee She hit me on the forehead with a bottle and I then hit her down. Witness: You kicked me, and only this woman saved my life. Martha Lewis, a little girl living in the same house, said she heard Lee come into the house, and he was then calling luaryO'Neill "all the names he could lay his tongue to." He went upstairs, and shortly afterwards she saw him pulling O'Neii down the stairs by the hair of her head. He then struck her in'the face, and the man next door came in and stopped him. Mary O'Xeil -->■ not have the bottle; the bottle fell down. Rachel Lewis, mother of the last witness, de- posed that when she returned home at 11.30 on the night in question she heard screams of murder in the middle kitchen, and on aoinz in there she saw Lee on top of O XNeil striking her. Witness asked Lee to leave her alone, but he immediately struck witness in the mouth. De- fendant then seized Mary O'Neil by the throat and an:l waist and threw her into the passage. Witness then went for a doctor. She had heard a row between Lee and O'Neil on Sunday. Dr John Roach,assistant to Dr Howard Davies said ,Lat at ten minutes past one on Tuesday morning O'Neil was brought, into his surgery. She had a cut on the back of her head half an inch long, and half an inch deep, from which the blood was flowing freely. The cut might have been caused by a kick or by being dragged down stairs. Defenrlant: I hit her doiyn; I'll swear she fell on the bottle. Ser-eant Lew-is gave evidence to the effect that the complainant came to him at the police station on Monday night and complained that she had been assaulted by Lee. She was bleed- ing very much from the back 0f her head, and Z?rT^°°k r1to Dr Howard Davies's surgery ,v!0Und]w\s dressed. He arrested Lee charged him with wounding lvfa,,v O'Neil. The defendant replied that he did not do it. Witness found a garment, which had been worn by O'Neil, and which was saturated with blood, at the bottom of the stairs where the assault took place. Defendant: I'll take my dying oath that I her d°,«-n. He further went on to say that he rented rooms which Mary O'Neil occupied, and he could do as he liked with them. Ke did rot drag her down stairs; she walked down herself ,and on reaching the bottom she struck him on the forehead with a bottle. He then stiirek herdown, and she must have fallen on the bottle. Further evidence was given by Thomas O'Neil son of the complainant,, and defendant was sen- tenced to two months' imprisonment.
"THE SAME PITIABLE CON- DITION." Edmundstown Still Neglected. ALLEGED INACTION OF THE LLAN- TRISANT COUNCIL. In a report presented to the Rhondda District Council on Friday with regard to the sanitary condition of houses in that part of Edmunds- town which is in the urban district, Dr Herbert Jones, Medical Officer of Health, stated These houses are still in the same pitiable condition as when I reported upon them three months ago. in consequence. I suppose, of the inaction of the Llantrisant District Council, into whose proposed sewer it is intended to drain the houses belonging to your Council." The members expressed themselves strongly with regard to the delay, and it was decided to again administer another rib-stirring reminder to the Llantrisant Authority.
R EV. HUGH PRICE HUCHES says:- When events of interest take place in con- nection with Christian Churches, let adver- tisements be sent to the local Press-they are of much greater use in all respects than mere placards on walls, which are sur- rounded by so many others." All Connoisseurs with this fact agree, ..rr..t¡ of t: Ctuirai ^Lcrcc, lor ai4e""I to*.