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TREFOREST CYCLISTS. Aqnual Diqqer. The annual dinner of the Treforest Cycling Club was held at the Bush Hotel, Treforest, on Monday evening, when a goodly company assembled to partake of an excellent dinner provided by Host Griffiths. Mr John Phillips presided over the post prandial proceedings, which were enlivened by well rendered songs by Messrs. Jack Thomas, Arthur Jones and W. Davies, the accompanist being Mr T. Norman. "Kindred Sports" was given by Mr. David Williams and replied to by Messrs. Oliver Morgan and W. A. Thomas. Mr Don McGregor submitted the "Ladies' Club," to which Mr W. B. Todd responded. Then followed the "National Cyclist Union," proposed by Mr J. McGregor and replied to by Mr T. S. Judd. The toast of the evening was left in the hands of Mr F. Judd, whose interesting speech" was attentively listened to. Messrs. J. Phillips, J. G. Morgan and S. Lane responded. Mr David Williams then presented silver attendance medalB to the following Messrs. S. Lane, J G. Morgan, J. McGregor, T. Mantle, and W. J. Price. The Visitors, given by Mr Rdgar Jenkins. and responded to by Mr Harry John, concluded the meeting.
Tonypandy. The opening meetings in connection with the Hermon,. C.M., Tonypandy, were held on Sunday and Monday last, the Rev. E. Thomas, M.A., Brithdir, and Thomas E. Edwards, Cwmafon (the former president of the South Wales Association), officiated.
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Treorky. The Noddfa Welsh Baptist Band of Hope Choirtf on Thursday last gave a performance of Hewett's temperance cantata, "Conquest of Drink."The first part of the programme was devoted to a short miscellaneous entertain- ment. The choir opened with a really good chorus, after which a pianoforte trio was neatly executed by the Misses Sarah Ann and Bessis Morris and Gwen Michael. Miss Cerid- wen Thomas furnished a splendid rendering of "Ora Pro Nobis." Miss M. Sandleton re- cited "Psalm of Life" most effectively. Mr J. Devonald also gave a splendid rendering ot "Cymru anwylaf i mi," while the choir brought the initial portion to a close with the chorus "Cuckoo," which was neatly sung. The second portion was devoted to the cantata "Conquest of drink." The prettily decorated stage was occupied by the artistes, accompanists, and band, which included Messrs D. Butler, D. J. James and O. Jones (first violins); J. B. Davies and H. Powell (second violins); Mr W. Smith (flute); and Mr T. Davies (double baas). Miss Gwen Michael and Mr Eben T. Michael acted as aoeompanista. The soloists were Miss Ceridwen Tboma^, Miss Sarah Lewis and Miss Mary Ann Lewis, Miss Maggie Edwards, Miss Mattie Edwards, and Mr J. Devonald, while Miss K- Price, Master J. Emryø Thomas and Messrs Harry Lewis, and W. H. Owen also assisted. The children sang with precision and effect. The soloists all acquitted themselves remarkably well. The sisters M. A. and S. Lewis proved great favourites, their singing affording a general surprise. The Misses Edwards sang well, as did Miss Thomas. The orchestra rendered Invaluable assistance, and their renderings were really praiseworthy. The conductor, Mr E. J. Price deserve praise for his labours which have resulted in such a success.
Pentyrch. On Thursday, Pentyrch was astir on the occasion of the wedding of Miss Mia David, youngest daughter of Mir Enoch David, Peny- gam Terrace, and Mr J. Matthews, eldest son of Mr W. Matthew^, merchant, Pentyrch. The marriage took place at Pem- broke Terrace, Cardiff, the officiating minister was the Rev. D. J. Brans, Horeb. The bride was cbarminc iy attired in a dress of pale blut cashmere, wi h white silk and pearl trimming, and a very handsome white picture bat trim- med with chifon and ostrich tips. The travell- ing dress was black doth elaborately trimmed with jet and silk. The bridesmaid was Miss Martha Matthews, sister of the bridegroom. Mr Tom David, tJardiff, acted as best man. After the ceremony the happy couple drove hack to Pentyrch, where Mr and Mrs David entertained a large number of friends au-t relatives to the bridal breakfast, the contract- ing parties being very popular in the neigh- bourhood.
Danciqg Classes at Public Houses. To the Editor. Dear Sir.—Please favour me with a small space of vour valuable paper to draw the attention of ministers of religion and parents to the great danger our young peeple are exposed to in attending the dancing classes which are held 1b rooms adjacent to public licusm. I do not object to an occasional dance being indulged in by persons of mature years, and under pure and moral surround- ings, but what I wish to draw attention to is that young girls from 14 to 20 are thrown into the company of men of whose moral character there is no guarantee, and are liable to hear language which is very debased. I have myself seen girls of 15 years f age go to Hlese classes as coolly as if they were ug to school, and hearing language which vas most revolting, and which they could not iiave heard in their homes. "iVTnt parents can be thinking about in iliowi'v them to visit these places I cannot imagine, but their sense of duty must be very vague, and I appeal to them to rouse them- selves and prevent their children (our future men and women) from attending such places where only seeds of harm and wickedness are sewn. I also call upon our ministers to point out to their congregations the danger wffich lurks in these places, and the harm that is sure to follow. Thinking perhaps thtt ai abler pen than mine may take this up, and thanking yon in anticipation. I am. etc., Mardy, Feb. 27th, 1899. CYMRO.
District Council Elections
District Council Elections TREHERBERT. Mr iivan Watkins, butcher. Treherbert, J I has decided to contest the additional seat in Ward No. 1 against all comers. Mr Watkins is a staunch Radical, is energetic, and is in full sympathy with local matters. CLYDATH AND LLWYSYPIA WARDS. The Clydach and Llwyrn pia Waul electors held a Meeting to select the candidates. The pr moters are to be highly complimented upon the very excellent arrangeme nts made to get at the real opinion of the ward. An improvised boo'h was erected, and all the "modus operandi" of a legal el^ctioa was arranged. There is no mistaking the verdict, and the way it was carried out show uumistakeably the opinion that VTr Evan Williams, Mr Rees Griffiths, and Mr Jiio. Gilt-i-icur were far away the popular candidates. The first named gentleman is the genial son of Ffynnondwrn, and is one of the gloran" who combines individual merits and well earned popularity with" dynon doed," He stands as the elect of the upper pare of the ward. Mr Rees Griffiths, who resides in the centre of the ward, has proved his spurs in the history of the District Council, and by the fact that at present he is the chairman of the Council. Excellent experience can be claimed for him. He has worked his way from the mallet and chisel to his present position, that is surely enough proot of merit. Again, we have no hesitation in 'pronouncing Mr Gilmour to be the best prepared man for the work ot the District Council in the field of the ward areas of the Rhonddas. Day by day lie is in touching experience with similar work, and is one who in everything he has undertaken has given the result of his labours the character of thoroughness in every detail. We certainly require men of this type. The programme of the District Council is wide and varied. Finance and works demand the intelligence of a councillor, and in this respect Mr Gilmour has been a concrete instance of similar comprehension in his advancement in life as a mechanical, engineer, and a responsible chief at Llwynypia This village has had its own water scheme, and for years it had its own sewerage. The Glamorgan Coal Co., Ltd has intimately socialised their management, and Mr Gilmour has been its foremost practical exponent. In his early years he had to work with finance, a,nd wisely, for many years, has retained the grasp of it with all surface details in connection with the colliery. This ward has, therefore, two men of distinct experience, while the third, if less practical in direct knowledge has a keen instinct in the usderstanding of people. We want a District Council well balanced-we want shrewd working men there, as well as experts. It is a democratic institution and must be thus representative. But more anon. We compliment this ward upon its decision and give the votes, Evan Williams 308 Rhys Griffiths 220 John Gilmour 209 Dd. Jones 123; 10m Evans 119 fom Williams 81. The ward will, then fore, as a result of this decisive pronouncement be spared the expense of an election. ABER WARD. We are now in a position to say that there are three bona-fide candidates, viz., Mr DJ Thomas (the retiring councillor), Mr Eleazor Lewis and Mr Edmund Evam.It goes without saying that they are three strong candidates, and up to the time of writing no one seems to care to oppose the return of either. Matle s at present do not suggest an election in the ward. If the electors are satisfied, the < ,st of an election will be saved, and no one w.U be the worse for it. Messrs Thomas and Lewi. have been regarded as probable candidates for some time past, but Mr Evans gave no definite reply until he had eonsulted the Eglwygilan School Board. We are glad to learn that that body has given the neom.L- consent.
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Things Theatrical. « ROYAL CLARENCE THEATRE. WEAJMR 0' THE OREEN. The Clarence Theatre this week it oconpiti by Mr Chalmers Mackey's Company, tinder the direction of Mr Edmund Cuthbert, in i e Irish operatic play entitled "The wear-a' o' the green." The play is full of exciting inci- dents, and plenty of realism is i.vt.oduoei into the work by a powerful company. THE GOLDEN CHANCK. Next week a special engagement has t een secured of Mr James Stephens' London Com- pany, including the eminent actor, Mr Ta"t&in G. Davies, in the phenomenally ow,-ritrfil London drama. "The golden chance" (by 6t Aubyn Mjller). The piece will no doubt prove attractive dring the week. PUBLIC HALL, TREHBRBERf. A return visit of the ever welcome and fie- servedly popular Poole's Myriorama will be given at the Treherbert Hall this week. As on previous occasions the scenes depict, d a-c triumphs of art and up-to-date incidents a-e exhibited. During intervals the audip is treated to songs, acrobatic feats, etc by a variety of exceptionally talented artist., It goes without saying that the crowded anll3.i"«a which attend each evening are more thaa satis- fied with the treat provided. During the tonr- ing week Mr Poole intends exhibiting nt ihe Theatre Royal, Tonypanav, and we have no hesitation in predicting crowded houses. VISIT OF BOSTOCK AND WOÐ BLIJ Messrs Bostock and Wombwell's Royal Nv. 1 Menagerie will, in the course of the net few days, pay a visit to Pontypridd and tte Rlvin- dda Valleys. Their tour through the tulli- starts at Pontypridd on Friday and S*f ?.*»Hy March 10th and 11th; Ferndale, Ma,,Ii I" lh; Tonypandy, March 14th; Treherbert, Mir h 15th; and Porth March 16th. This is the f id- time Wombwell's show, which has been known now for nearly a century, and :t 8 undoubtedly the finest menagerie travelling Five years have elapsed since their lae visit, and it has in the meantime been II, oaght thoroughly up-to-date in every respect. AIL. ongst the many and varied attractions b. found the only performing white or Prhr bears in the world, in addition *0 a mle-di lot of tigers, leopards, panfhera, piirni?, jaguars, lions, which include the largest and most handsome lion in captivity. Tvo r,f>¡. formances daily will be given, the pdirmior; being bed at a low figure. Farther particu- lars will be found in our advertising column* I
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DEATH OF Mr FREDERICK lEWIS, PENYGAla. One of the test >nown residents in the district di-d last Friday, n his arm chair at hi* home, Tylacelyn. For some time the oil genJeman had hi en sinking- anG a severe attack of pneumonia La < r, S' ra ;r;ed im 0 bis bedroom. However, for the list few weeks he was able to come down-stairs, but his nature was a'wys turdy a TO tl ou;.h nedically advisr-d to refrain from Voing outdoor, he felt that he va* nble. On Friday he took it walk to Tonypandv ai.d leisurely returned h me a'lout four o'clock. After (lining he appeared to have had an attack. Syncope inttirveried and when Dr. Wichiu-r haw him lie pronounced him dead. Mr Lewis had ac'iveiy connected himself with Friendly Sckties and was considered by all who knew him intimately as a very advanced sample of working man's intelligence. Pe was a native of Kidwelly but has bi en in the Aher- dare and Rhondda Valleys for more than 50 years. He was buried at Lledrddu Cemetery. His funeral was large and representative. The officiating minister was the Rev. T. M. Rees, Ffrwdamos, who was assisted at the chapel and grave by the Revs. Young Jones, Trealaw, and T. G. Jenkyn, L;w nypia. He leaves tlue6 children in Mr I i-tniel Lewis, Meithyr Vale; Miss Diana Lewis, and Mrs. T. John, LJwyn- ypia. He was 79 years of sg Nfr J. Griffith, undertaker, tonypandy, conducted the funeral arrangements
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Death of Mrs. Prichard, Hwyqypia. It is with deep regret we have to announce the death of Mrs Friswith Prichard, the wife of Mr W. Prichard—private secretary to W. Hood, Llwynypia. The deceased lady L;t-S been ailing for 15 months, and was thy victim of that still incurable malady called consump- tion. She was the, daughter oi Mr Evnn Thomas, Tynybryn. Tcuyrefail. Last year, through tke earnest solicitation of her husband and father, she was prevailed to make a pro- longed stay at Bournemouth, and it had a most revivifying effect upon her health. She rt tu. tt-d greatly brightened and very hopeful. This last winter, however, she did not feel equal to the sojourn, and the extreme moisture of the season was particularly effective in penetrating her vulnerable complaint. She died on Tuesday night at about eleven o'clock. About eight o'clock on that evening she had expressed a wish to Mr Prichard to see her father, but was loathe to make the wish urgent, tiowever, her husband did not deny, aid happily those that were m. st dear and near to her had the privilege of being at h r bed-side. Mrs Prichard was formerly a teacher at Tonyrefail Schools, and was widely belovt:d by all who knew her. At Llwynypia also, thougti her residence had not been long, she had surrounded herself with very faithful friends, and not the least of them was Mrs James Lloyd who tenderly ministered to her in her last crisis. The burial will take place on Monday at the churchyard of the tùe Methodist Chapel. The cortege will leave Llwynypia from 2 to 2.30.
Shop Assistants' Meeting at…
Shop Assistants' Meeting at Treorky. On Tuesday, a well attended meeting 01 shop assistants was held at the Barmouth Temperance Hotel, to form a branch of the National Union of Shop Assistants, Ware- housemen and Clerks. Mr T. Harris, Fern- dale was in the chair, and was supported by Messrs W. Higgins, Porth, 1. Cole Morgan and Reynolds, Pentre, and W. Job, Fern, dale. A few introductory remarks were made by the Chairman, who congratulated be Treorky shop assistants upon the spirit shewn in their desire to unite themselves together. Mr W. Job, Ferndale, spoke also in a mmilay strain, and clearly demonstrated to them the principles of organisatlMi, together with the benefits derived from a strong union. The shop assistants were to-day the worst paid of all classes of labour through the want of a proper organisation, but they had better prospects in store for them if they only were loyal to each other. He earnestly exhorted them to work patiently and steadfastly, and thereby gain the sympathy of others in their behalf. Public men of to-day were already taking an active part in their cause, and the Bill brought forward last week in the House of Commons by Sir Charles Dilke, M-P, proved that they would not be left alone in the just fight for a better system of Irving and a fair wage. Mr W. Higgins, Porth, also pressed upon them the necessity of forming themselves in a powerful organisation, and a power that would be felt in the country- They themselves, as assistants, were the came ;.0 a great extent of their present depression and it was they who, by their united efforts, were the means of obtaining better conditions Mr J. Cole Morgan, Pentre, pormised te asms* the Treorky branch in every possible manner ta bring it to an ultimate success, and he treated the Treorky and Pentre b,Iho would soon be the lsigeet branches in the district. At the doss, a strong committee was formed and the following offioers were elected:—Mr Thomas, president; Mr Lewis,; vioe-prssideal; Mr Morgan, secretary; and MM Tfcoaae, treaeures. A hearty vote off thank* was accorded tbe speakers and chair- man for their able addressee.
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PONTYPRIDD GUARDIANS. The weekly meeting of the Guardians na Wednesday was presided over by the chairman, Mr G. L. Clark. In accordance with notioe Mr Thomas Jones, J.P., proposed that an agenda of the meeting be circulated amo. the members one clear day before the meet- ing. This was carried without dissent. Mr Morris' motion that the consideration of ¡!o" salaries of The medical officers, and the ques- tion of expensive be referred to tbe Vaccina# tion committee was passed. Some discussiotfc took place relative to the recent decision of the Board to pay only 2 per cent, to the architect of the Llwynypia Workhouse, and notice was given by Mr W. S. Briasnn to rescind the former resolution.
Citfynydd. The Welsh Wesleyans at the above place held their anniversary services last Sunday and Monday. The servioes have been con- tinued this week, and are to terminate this evening, when Miss Williams of Llanelly will preach at 7 o'clock. The services througkonk here been wen attended.
WE congratulate the County Governing Body of Glamorgan upon the early matured arrangements made for this year's Entrance Scholarships to the County Schools. The notice and method of, its distribution among the schools are thorough, and it will not be the fault of the County Governors if the knowledge of such scholarship be not known in our Elementary Schools. Examinations, in every district, will be held on June 30th and July 1st at the County Schools, commencing at 2 o'clock on Friday, and on Saturday at 10 o'clock. Parents will kindly note that the names of all intending candidates must be sent through the Head Teachers of the Elementary Schools to the Clerk of the local County School Governors in time to be submitted to Mr. Hogg, the organising agent of the County Governing Body, not later than the 1st day of June. The Welsh Inter- mediate Scheme has appointed the requirements of the fifth standards as the period of transition. These Scholar- ships are designed to enable the children of poor parents who display ability to reap the advantages of higher education. As Dr. Fitch says—" It is of the high- est importance to keep the way open for boys and girls from the lowest social ranks to the higher schools, and so to the Universities; provided that two conditions be fulfilled: (1) That the scholar shall evince exceptional ability, diligence, or promise, and (2) that his parents are willing to make a sacrifice by foregoing his earnings, and allowing him to remain under instruct- ion for a prolonged period. It is also important to prevent, as tar as possible, Intermediate and Secondary Schools from being regarded by the public as middle class schools. Undoubtedly, the majority of those scholars who will desire secondary education, and who will be able to avail themselves of it, will be drawn from the middle and upper classes but whatever is possible should be done to make the classification of schools depend on educational rather than social distinction; and to en- courage the admission into them of all scholars, of whatever rank, who need the education they provide." These are the principles which are breathed into the Welsh Scheme by this invitation to cajadidates from amongst the poor to contest for these scholarships. It is the attempt to discover the ability, and when found give it fostering en- couragement. About 40 scholarships BC Olars IPS will be awarded at Perth and Ponty- pridd County School.
Tiaz Higher Grade School agitation in the Rhondda is still occupying the serious consideration of the School Board. Public discussions on the need of advanced elementary provision are decidedly for the good of the people. The Rev. W. Lewis deserves the thanks of every ardent educationalist for initiating this controversaiy, and dis- tinctly the Parish of Ystrndyfodwg generally, owes many thanks to the Pentre gentlemen for focus-iiig attention on the proved advantages of a Higher Grade School in their centre of population. Though^ at the time their motive was character- ised as selfish, still the vigour of their protests only deepened the public con- viction that schools of the kind were r I adn)- istir utions. Their ardour OIL et,:tlril ii,, it :it Penti-e ]its lier centres of Rhondda popui, ke a similar demand. The AI orris and W. Charles and 1, of the upper part of the vnlh ;,s Mr. Dl. Thomas and othrol' It' ¡,¡wer part, are likewise on iy i i |, _r a direct local repre- seiita; trust in seeking a distribution Of vantages. From our stand poinl, ,I nys seeking the best possible provi- < boing made in these valleys for t- l.r:\ ;,t promising children of the work;, i-s, we have been delighted with tlv .resent agitation. It is progrv.-s which every lover of the people in hail with the greatest joy. It men fat a nobler, broader, and more e 'c-vional spirit is entering into the soul f "r School Board adminis- tration. We are distinctly of the opinion thrit the amendment moved by Mr. Hood, and seconded by Mr. Jenkins, will bring about the issue of a generous provision for all the children of the Rhonddas, irrespective of districts. The resolution is comprehensive in its reference, and suggests that the mover and seconde both large employers of labour, ate alive to the necessity of giving an advanced elementary education to those parents who are prepared to make the sacrifice of retaining their children in the schools until the age of 15 or 16 We venture to thit.k that 20 per cent. of scholar population of the Rhondda, when the opportunity is evenly and equitably distributed will grasp the advantages. In education supply precedes demand. The larger numbers patronizing Higher Education in the Rhondda to-day come from the mure immediate neighbourhood of the Ystrad School. That the more remote the child is from the School the less he seeks it, is proved by the statistics elaborated by Rev. W. Morris. The present decision of the Board appears to realise this, for we find in the resolution such words as, With a view of more equally providing such education to meet the demand of the district as a whole." The French are securing great results by their Higher Grade Schools. Mr W. Lewis, Llanelly Gilchrist Student and Head- master of the Intermediate and Technical School, Llanelly, says of their function in that country that the great distinction between them and the Colleges (with us. Intermediate Schools) is that they contain no provision for teaching classics. In most of them education is gratuitous. These Schools exist especially for the sake of the youth intended for commerce, industry, or industrial arts, for public and private business." There is surely ample material in this Rhondda aiming at the same like occupations. We must make provision for our foremen in all depart- ments of industrial life. In the struggle for existence, if a man fails to secure a livelihood in one way, he will try to secure it in another. There- fore plant deep and wide your general education. Experience will teach the lesson that a good education makes the farmer, the mechanic, and the miner a more skilful workman, while it adds immensely to his enjoyment of life. Experience will teach also that manual labour is quite as honourable and as least as healthy as mental labour. It is not over-education is the root of the mischief, but the wrong sort.
Cycling. The adjourned annual- general meeting for ee r the election of officers, revision of rules, &c.. will be held at the Bush Hotel, Treforest, on Saturday evening at 8 o'clock. All members and intending members are heartily invited tl, attend
HANDBILLS npatly and cheaply done t.1 the FaKB PRFSS ofikp. I f/'JSTTING Cards Stylish. Ladies' or <»(-nth-men's Cheap and t;ood. FHM* PBTOS Oli'tce, 22. TafI Street, Pontypridd.
Pontypridd. Tea, Tea, Tea.—Why is T. Harris" Te like the British Army? Because it cannot be beaten Try it. 4;,40 The War in the Soudan A servii e f >01 tr, entitled General Gordon, and ilius r;t't d by f.plendid lime light views will be given in th Graig Forward Movement Ha.ll on T'.ursduy, March 9fcn next, Tick.-cs, 6d I'ach At Tabernacle Chapel next Sunday, the Rev J. R. Jones will preach morning and evening. Communion will be administered in the morn- ing service, and in the evening Mr E. P. Mills will render a solo. You can see with half an eye" that FKANK fHOMAS ("My Hatter," I sdls the best 3/9 Hat. 8X8 At a meeting on Thursday night, Mr Vazie Simons presiding, it was decided to hold a dog, poultry, and pigeon show at the Town Hall, on the 18th of March. Mr E. Parry Thomas was appointed secretary, and Mr A. S Cobb, treasurer. Council candidates' portraits taken and blocks supplied at short notice by THOS. FORRH^T and SONS, Cambrian Studio, Pontypridd. 2871 Rev. Llewellny Lloyd Davies, vicar of Li an wonno, assisted by the Rev. jesse Evans, gave an interesting magic lantern lecture to the inmates of the Workhouse on Friday. Songs were rendered by Messrs R. Richards and R. Collins, the accompanist being Miss Edwards, Hopkinstown. Half a pound of 1/4 Tea, please. Mother says it is the best in town at the ^rice." T. Harris. 75, l'aff Street, Pontypridd. 4540 NURSERY HAIR-WASH promotes the growth of the hair and keeps it free from nits, &c. 6d per bottle, or post free 9d.-Key, The People s Chemist, Pontypridd. 4'25 On Friday morning, at the District Council Offices, Mr Tulloch held an inquiry on behalf of the Local Government Board respecting the Council's intention to obtain a provisional order for (the widening of several streets and to acquire land for the proposed vehicular bndge over the River Taff at the Berw Accompanied by Mr Montague Grover, clerk, and Mr Edward Rees, surveyor, the com- missioner subsequently visited the various streets, etc. Graig Forward Movement -On Sunday, March 12th next, an address will he given bv Rev. J. H. Owen on In His Steps, or what would Jesus do ? Service commences at 6 p m. The Pontypridd branch of the Amalgamated Society of Tailors held a meeting at their club room on Monday evening, to present Mr Joseph Allan, late foreman with Mr Llewellyn, Arcade, with a silver mounted walking stick with inscription, and a pipe. Mr Allen was treasurer of the branch for years, and his removal to Newcastle will be a great loss to the Pontypridd branch. The presentation was made by Mr Samuel Jones on behalf of the journeymen tailors of the town. For Beat and Cheapest Working Boots at 3a lid, 6d. 48 lid, and 58 lid, go to Davies, FREE PRRSS Buildings. 23, Taff street, Pontypridd. 4539 The Wesley Young Mien's Bible Class held their annual soiree on Friday evening, at tho. Wesley Schoolroom. There -w" a capital attendance, over 80 being present. Some ex- cellent parlour games were gone through, after which the assembly sat down to partake of refreshments. This over, a stump speech was delivered by Mr W. G. Singer. A short address followed by Mr Julian, president of the class, the rest of the evening being devoted entirely to amusements, a thoroughly enjoyable time being spent. Seats may be booked at Messrs Thompson and Sh&nkeH'* for the Frtderlc Griffith and Llewela Davies Concert on Ba'ter Monday any day between 10 a.m. and 1 pcn. after nit F-bruary. 4599 At the South Wales Mission Guild's meeting on Friday evening, an edifying letcurette was delivered by Mr W. Jones Davies on "Bmyn- wyr Cymreig" (Welsh Kymnologists). Mr Davies treated his subject in an able and inter- estlng manner. This evening (Friday), there will be no Guild meeting, it being given up in favour of the special Bervioes held at Oil- fynydd Wesleyan Chapel The New Town Hall services next Sunday will be conducted morn- ing and evening by Mr Owen Jones, Merthyr Vale. A sacred solo will be sung at the even- ing service. For all kinds of Game po to FKNNFLX'S, 12, Market street, Pontypridd (opposite the Post Office). The death is recorded of .&x William Tre- harne Jenkins, of Battle Mountain, Nevada, who died at that place on January 31st. Mr Jenldm was a native of Margam, and was born in j.At the age of 17 he left his native land ,uld went to Nova Scotia, where he en- gaged in mining. In 1872 he went to Ruby Hill, Nevada,, and ultimately took to sheep reusing by which he amassed considerable wealth. In 1891 he returned home and married Miss Edith Williams, sister to Mrs W. T. Leyshon, Pontypridd, and Mrs W. Davies, Brynfedwen, Treherbert, and second daughter of the late Mr Thos. Williams, Gellilwch farm. The deceased was interred on February 2nd, the body being embalmed and placed in a beautiful metal casket, as it is the intention of his wife to return to Wales at some future time, when she will take the remains, as it was the deceased's wish to be buried in his native land. In addition to his wife, Mr Jenkins leaves four little ones to mourn ms loss. PORTRAITS painted in Oil by G. F. BACKER from sitting or from photo, and framed in any style —Arcade Studio, Pontypridd. 4559 An exceptionally pleasant time was spent at the Wesley Guild room on Tuesday evening, when the Treforest Guild paid a welcome visit to their Pontypridd colleagues. The meeting was entirely in the hands of the Treforest folk, who brought with than a splendid musical programme. Mr G. Marohant (Ponty- pridd), presided over a very large assembly, and after a short address gave out the follow- np programme —Pianoforte solo, Miss Katie Judd; song, "Rocked in the cradle of the deep," Mr Sam Broome; song, "The little fis- Pr noa dpfl" Miss Koriel I; nes; nata- tion, "The steward's meeting," Mrs B. BroondeJ quintattie, "OBtwatrd speed Ithy glorious flight," Mr Lewis and party; song, "The noble boy of truth," Mr Lewis; recita- tion, "The free seat," Mr Will Dan; song, "Under the gaslight," Miss Muriel Jones; chorus, "Something for thee," Mr Lewis and party, Mr Broome taking the solo; recitation, "Mary, Queen of Soots," Miss Elsie Jones; duet, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," Messrs Broome and Lewis; reoitation, "The steward's meeting resumed" (being the second part of the former recitation), Mrs E. Broome; duet, "David and Goliath," Messrs Broome mvl Lewis; song, "The village blacksmith," Mr Broome. Miss Katie Judd made an efficient accompanist, as did also Mr E. Handle. The chairman congratulated the Treforest friends upon their musical ability, and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded them, which was richly merited, the artistes (having acquitted themselves admirably. Re- freshments were then partaken of, after which an excellent rendering of "When the Lord shall build up Zion" was given by the Tre- forest party, a most happy evening terminat- • r.g with tue sinking of "<;o<! be vith you till we meet again."
Treforest. At Calvary Chapel, on Thursday evening, A mostuccsful rendering of Darnton's sacred cantata "Abraham" was given by the choir, under the conductorship of Mr Charles Evans (Carl Ionawr), the artistes being Miss M. Thomas, Treforest; Miss Bowen, Llant- wit; Mr D. Williams (Llew Llan), Mr W. G. Chick, and Master Miles T. Evans, all of whom did the parts allotted them with great credit. Mr Wm. Williams, of Cardiff, occupied the chair. We regret to cronicle the "e> c of M-s W. Williams, 1, Long Row, Treforest, w away on Friday at the ad-e-ii HJP (If >? Mrs Williams was one of the oldest n i afii- tants of Treforest, where she was always held in high esteem by all. She leaves several daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral took place yesterday at Ebenezer Chapel, Rhydyfelen, the Rev. D. G. Evans officiating.
Llwynypia We congratulate Mr Chris. Evans, Ponty- Rhondda, Sherwood, Llwynypia, upon his recovery from a severe attack of influenza.
Ystrad Rhondda. Bodringallt Church, Ystrad Rhondda, held their yearly meetings on Sunday and Monday last, when (sermons of a very high order were delivered by the Rev. W. Bowen, Pen- yroefii, and R. G. Roberts, Llanelly. There were very good attendances at the meetings and the distinctive discourses and congrega- tional singing were much appreciated. Mr A. Lewis, presided at the organ in an efficient manner.
Treherbert. The first annual ball was held at the Public HaD,, Treherbert, on Thursday, when a large gathering of dancers Made the meeting a most brilliant aoene. EtutchiiUB' celebrated band from Neath discoursed sweet classical music and quite upheld their reputation. The excritorial work waa taken by Mr Dan Davies, Iicoed House, and the indefatigable Mr S. Main waring held the post of chief steward. The onerous duties of M.C. a were shared be- tween Messrs W. Williams and Arthur Lewis. Thl committee must be heartily congratulated for their miraculous transformation of the dreary hall to a haven of delight to the followers of the light fantastic toe." The committee were rather nervous as to the result of their first venture, but thanks to the un- tiring efforts of the secretary and treasurer, it was a perfect success Amongst those pre- sent were:—Mr Allen (G.P.O.), Miss Lucy Bevan (Stuart Hotel), Mr and Mrs Biggs, Mr Body, Penygraig; Mr Collins; and party CCUtle Hotel), Mr Cotter, Mr and Mrs A. Davies, Penygraig; Mr D. Davies and party, Penygraig; Mr E. Davies and Miss L. Davies, Penygraig; Arthur Davies, Miss Lottie Davies, Misses ay and Maggie Davies,, Llan- trisant; Miss Davies, Swindon; Messrs D. M., I., W. and D. C. Davies, Misses Evans, Mr W. Edwards (Texas), Mr Gomer Evans, Llwynpm; Mr H. Freedyian, Penygraig; Mias Gretta George, Tonypandy; Mias Giles, Mr George Jones (the Schools), Mr T. and Miss Jenkins, Pengelli; Mise Jennie Jones, Miss Mary Jeffreys, Messrs T. John, C. Kelford, G. Kirkhouse, J. Lowes, Mr and Mn A. Lewis, Mr W. Mazey, Penygraig; Mr D. Mainwar- ing, Mr and Mrs S. Maiirwarmg. Miss Bessie Morgan, Messrs B. Mitchell, B. Morgan, Xr J. O'Brien, Tonypandy; Miss Orchard, Miss B. Y. Pritchard, Messrs C. and B. Phillips, Touypandy; Messrs D. and E. Richards, Mrs Shear, Miss Sybil Thomas, Tonypandy; Mrs K. Williams, Treherbert; Messrs L. and G. Walters, F. Williams and D. Williams, Misses Webb, Pentre. The palm of the evening must, in my opinion, be divided among Miss Sybil Thomas, Tonypandy; Miss Gretta George. Tonypandy; Mrs Kate Williams, Treherbert; and Miss Webb, Pentre.
Ynyshir. On Tuesday, the mortal remains of Mr ) William Williams, Graig Road, were interred at Lledr Dcfn Cemetery, amidst every mani- festations of esteem and respect. Mr Wil- liams was one of the oldest employees of the welj-known oolliery proprietors, Mr James Thomas of the Standard Collieries. He had occupied the important position of foreman blacksmith, and was practically the first work- man engaged on the Standard Colliery, which was opened about 24 years ago. He had been ailing for some years, and was 67 years of age. The funeral was a very large and re- presentative one, as the deceased was con- nected by marriage with some of the oldest families in the neighbourSbod. The mourn- ing coaches were supplied by Mr J. R. Jones, Rhondda House, Ynysliir'. The mourners were Sirs Williams (widow). Mr Tom Wil- liams (son), Mr Edward G. Williams (son). Mr Haiwfcins (son-in-law), Mrs Hawkins (daughter), Mrs Jones (daughter), Mrs Thomas, The Cross. Cardiff; Mrs Thomas Thomas, Roath, Cardiff. Amongst the general public were noticed Mr James Thomas, Cardiff, (of the Standard Colliery, Ynyshir), Mr W. I. Thomas, Brynawel. Ynyshir; Mr I. Thomas. M.E., Standard Colliery; Mr Moses Powell, traffic manager, Standard Colliery; Mr John Hughes, cashier, Mr W. Jenkins, accountant; Mr O. Griffiths. grocer; Mr Gwilym Thomas, vocalist; Mr Evans, Ynyslifr Hotel, Mr D. Rees. foreman blacksmith, Mrs D. Rees, Mrs Davies, Coffee Tavern; Miss Davies, Coffee Tavern. The deceased was a prominent member of the Primitive Methodist Church at Porth. Both he and Mrs Williams have been faithful to the cause for years. This was most evident by the large number pre. sent from Portb. The singing was led by the Forth Primitive Methodist Choir. The pastor of the church officiated both at the house and ,a-; the grave. The greatest sympathy is felt for the afflicted family.
Senghenydd. The Rev. Dr. Griffiths, of I'oiiM^ridd, is announced to deliver two addresses, in Welsh, ac the Gwernymilwr Assembly Rooms on tbe 12th of March.
Abercynori. The English Wesleyan held a tea party on Monday. In the evening a lecture was deli- vered by the Rev. Kennedy,, Tonypandy, on "Simon Peter the fisherman. Mr Owen Buckley presided over an excellent and ap- preciative audience. The lecture was listened to with rapt attention, and it proved an in- teEeotual treat; the lecturefr displaying a thorough grasp of his subject. Ota Monday last the Abercynon Variety Minstrel Troupe performed in aid of Mr Jno. Jones, Catherine Street, who met with an injury last year. Councillor Morris, the selec- ted chairman being absent, Mr A. F. Slade acted in the dual capacity of interlocutor and chairman. The programme consisted of the following individual renderings. J. Picton, E. Kingston. D. O. Thomas, Edgar O. Davies, tambo, A. F. Slade, W. Grey, Tom Richards, All members of the troupe along with M. Darbin W. Evans, J. Jones and D. Gwilym (bones). Mr W. Way performed splendidly on the cornet, and his renderings were delight- ful. Mr Jimmy Lewis, as clog dancer, was quite at home, and his performance was loudly applauded. Mr A. F. Slade then lectured on the work of the local fire brigade. Mr J. Thomas proved an efficient pianist.
Trekarris Mr Jacob Ray, agent at the Deep Naviga- tion Collieries is sl< vly < covering from his recent severe illness. The Rev. D. Harris Williams, Pontypridd, is conducting a series of special services at Saint Mathias new church curing Lent. Revival services were held during the whole of last week at Saren Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, John Street, when the Revs. T. Rowlands, Abercynon, C. Jones, Mountain Ash, Davies, Hirwain, H. O. Hughes Merthyr, and th? pastor, the Rev. G. O. Roberts officiated to fair congregations. A sacred concert was given at the Forward IfiWon Hall, on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Glandon Davies; Merthyr Vale, in the chair. The accompanist was Mr Sloggett, Senghenith. Solos were given by Mr H. Leigh, Miss Bishop, Mr Sloggett and the chairman. Recitations were also rendered by Mrs Lawrence, the Misses Fmke and Mr Lewis. A tea for the benefit of the renovating fund of Libanus Welsh Independent Chapel, Graig, Quakers' Yard, was held on Monday in the chapel, when 600 sat at the tables, which were ably presided over by the following ladies:- Mrs D. Thomas, Penlocks; Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Scott, Mrs Samuel Edwards, Mrs Tom Edwards, Mrs Davies, Wingfield; Mrs Wm. Harding and Mrs Phillips, Penlocks, assisted by Mrs (Rev.) M. 1. Thomas, Miss J. James, Mrs Davies, Quakers' Yard, Mrs Windsor Harding, 1I6øø M. Williams, Mrs Rees, Pen- locks; pad Miss Hannah Edwards. The monotony of the tea was relieved by organ recitals and the singing of favourite Welsh hymns. Mr W. Morgan, Nelson, presided at the organ. The tea was a great success.
THE COMING ELECTIONS.
sewerage, men of efficiency and of service before we are likely to be well served on the District Council. The financial responsibility of the District Council is a tiling of hundreds of thousands—the totality of many details which requires departmental expertis- ing. Therefore, let the electors put a discount on mere twiddle, platitudes and such like unrealities. The welfare of the district needs genuine application, it calls what is termed in football parlance, honest sci ummagers. It is a-u encouraging sign of the times to find that several wards have already made their selections of three men, and that for once we have made the sensible procedure of making these selections independent of party political creed. The surgery of a Liberal and Conser- servatin-e doctor displays the same nostrums, the chief consideration for the patient is the skill of the man to dispense and make up the medicine. On the District Council what matters it what a man knows about this party shibboleth, and that; if by his ignor- ance, he allows the waste of thousands of pounds in the pricing of a contract. When the Rhondda is called upon to appoint thirty councillors, it is some- what a large order to discover that number of really progressive and under- standing men. One stable will not supply the breed, and it is well, therefoi e, that common sense has allowed us for once to make a selection from all sorts and conditions of men. ♦