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- Death of a Pontypridd Colliery…


Death of a Pontypridd Colliery Official in South Africa. From Mr John Rees, Apex. Johannesburg, Scuth Africa, we have received the following report of a well-known Pontypridd Colliery official's death in the South African Republic: "Mine Office, Brakpan, March 10th, 1899. South African Republic. "It will be with deep sorrow and regret the news of the sad death of Mr William Rosser, jlate of Great Western Colliery, will be received U) his numerous friends in Wales. Mr Rosser had been down at Dannhauser, Natal, several months, superintending one of the contracts. lof the firm of Rossers and Charles. On Satur- day afternoon, February 25, while charging some holes for blasting purposes at the bot- tom of the shaft, through some cause unknown one of the charges exploded in the hole. Re- scuers went down immediately and brought him to the surface. A doctor was promptly in attendance, but his services were of no avail. The poor fellow breathed his last (surrounded by a number of friends) twenty minutes later. Much sympathy is felt here with the bereaved mother, brother, and sister, by all who knew him. Mrs Rosser is at present in this country on a prolonged visit to her sons, and Mr and Mrs Williams (sister) had arrived here only three weeks previous to the sad calamity. The body of the deceased w-is brought up, and ar- rived at Johannesburg on Wednesday morning. March 1st. It may be some consolation to the bereaved sister, Mrs Lewis Evans, Llantrisant Road, Pontypridd, to learn of the large con- course of relations, friends, and Brother Free- masons, who had turned out at short notice to pay the last tribute of respect (which speaks volumes in silence), that one much beloved had fallen, and was about to be committed to his last resting place. It is unnecessary for me to dwell upon the virtue and irreproachable character of the defeased, who was cut down in the prime of manhood, for they were well known to all who had had the pleasure of his acquaintance in this country and Wales. Mr Rosser had, through his perseverance and ami- able 'disposition, attained no mean position financially and socially, and more than one society will greatly deplore his loss, but none more than the writer, who had the fortune of claiming him as his most sincere bossom friend which takes years to build, and more than a lif: time to forget. The funeral procession left the house at 3 p.m., and proceeded to the City Cemetery, at which place he was buried. A most impressive Welsh service was conduc- ted at the graveside by the Rev Thomas Gray, of Birkenhead, the two well-known hymns, "Pa'm carai'r byd a'i wagedd mwy. and "Dydd rayrdd o ryfeddodau," were very touch- ingly rendered at the close of the service. Mr Williams, borough treasurer; Mr Fletcher Brean, engineer, and four other brothers of th-3 craft, acted as pall bearers. Amongst others, the following were also in attendance: M- Frank Evans and Mr William Edwards (Caerphilly), president and secretary of the Cymrodorion Society; Mr and Mrs Walters, general manager, Brakpan Colliery; Mr Rees Lewis, Treforest; Professor Mills. Messrs John Farr, Evan Hughes, Charles Caddy. Ponty- pridd, and Mr James Lewis. Portli. I hope the bereaved family will have strength to bear up under this terrible blow, "yn nerth yr Hwn sydd abl eu nerthu a'u dwyn i'r man lie na bydd ofn ymadael mwy."