Inquests at Aberdare. SMALL BLISTER LEADS TO DEATH. At the Police Station on Thursday afternoon Mr. R. J. Rhys conducted an inquiry into the death of Stanley George, 10 years of age. Wm. George (father) said he lived at 12, Albert-street, Aberdare. He was a harness maker by trade. The boy died on Tuesday afternoon, having been ill six days. On the previous Wednesday the boy came home from school and com- plained that his boot hurt his foot. Mrs. Eliz. George, the mother, said that the wound was on the back of the, heel. Dr. Trefor Jones called on the Friday and continued to attend until the boy died. It was on Friday that he took to bed. She did not know that there was anything wrong with her boy, but he complained of a headache. The boots were new, and a little stiff. Dr. Trevor Jones said he first saw the boy on February 25th. He had a small blister on the back of his heel. It de- veloped into acute blood-poisoning. It was due to some germ having gone into this scratch. The cause of death was acute blood-poisoning. The Coroner remarked that this case only showed how trifling tilings could lead to a. person's death. The jury returned a verdict in accord- ance with the medical evidence. BURNING FATALITY. At the same place on the same day an inquiry into the death of W. J. Thomas, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, was held. Wiii. Thomas, 10, Upper Regent-street, Aberdare, colliery labourer, said he was the boy's father. On Tuesday morning last the boy got burnt about 7.30. He died on Tuesday night. The accident happened when he (witness) was doing seme work in the garden. At the time the boy was in a flannelette shirt, having only just got out of bed. The boy was in the middle room when he (witness) went into the garden. There was no fire in that room, and he (witness) had no idea how he got on fire. There were no matches about, and no burnt sticks or paper were found in the room. There was a fire in the kitchen, but he could not see how that could have caused the accident. In reply to the Coroner, witness said he had no fireguard in the kitchen. Mrs. Thomas, the mother, said she was in bed when she heard the screams. She immediately rushed to the boy and placed an under-skirt round him and succeeded in extinguishing the flames. She burnt her own hand. The boy had been burnt about the chest and under the arms. The boy was always very careful of the fire. She was sure that the boy had no matches. Dr. W. Ll. Rhys said he attended the boy. The burns were extensive, but not deep. The boy suffered very much from shock. Both sleeves had caught fire, also the face. The lower part of the body es- caped. Death was due to shock. The Coroner said that no one knew ac- tually how he caught fire. The only point he wished to refer to was that the boy was in a room where there was a fire and no guard. Still he did not know whether this was a case which would justify conviction. At any rate he would not convict if he were sitting on the Bench. He was pleased to remark that since this new Act (requiring parents to provide fireguards where there were chil- dren) had passed, cases of this kind had considerably decreased. Whereas he had as many as 25 cases in a given time prev- iously, he had only 4 or 5 now. He ad- yjsed the jury to return a verdict of Death from misadventure." The jury agreed.
County Council Elections. MOUNTAIN ASH DISTRICT. In one only out of the three divisions was-there -? contest. In Duffryn Ward Mr. Wm. Jonps was returned unopposed r'l -ii•1 Peurhiweeiber Ward Dr. Ben Phillips Jones was likewise returned. In the Abercynon Division there was a short and sharp triangular fight, Mr. W. H. May (Labour) coming out at the last moment. The figures were announced on Monday night, as follows:- *Dr. Isaac LI. Morris L 719 wS' wVa^rS 508 W. H. May Lab. 461 Denotes Old Member. ABERDARE POLLING. In Wards I., III., and Y., Messrs. Rees Llewelyn, J.P., David Hughes, and T. L. ]e Davies respectively were returned xvnop- posed. In Ward II. the contestants were Councillor T. Walter Williams, B.Sc.. and Mr. W. T. Harris. Gadlys Uchaf House, the seat having been rendered vacant through the death of Mr. Griffith George. The result was as follows:- T. Walter Williams 838 W.T.Harris. 136 Majority 702 In No. IV. Ward the old member. Mr. John Howell, was opposed bv Mr. G. A. Treharne, and the polling was as follows: G. A. Treharne. 696 John Howell. 624 Majority 72
Gwmaman Chamber of Trade. On Wednesday week the monthly meet- ing of the recently formed Chamber of Tiad was held at the Public Institute, when there was a good attendance. Mr. C. Arthur Parr occupied the chair, sup- ported by Mr. Henry Evans, vice-presi- dent; Mr. J'. H. Job, secretary, and Mr. John Daniel, treasurer. At the previous meeting it had been decided to petition the G.W.R. Railway Co. to have all passenger parcels forwarded direct to Cwmaman. The Railway Co. had replied that the matter was receiving consider- ation. The advisability of extending the motor service from the Cwmaman Dare line to Hirwain was discussed. It was pointed out that this would obviate the necessity for passengers going Hirwain way to walk from the Dare Junction to the G.W.R. Station at Aberdare. It was decided to petition the G.W.R. on this matter also. It was resolved to inaugur- ate a Fire Brigade in connection with the Chamber of Trade. Mr. Isaac Evans, Royal Stores, was appointed captain, and was entrusted to make the arrange- t ments in conjunction with Sergeant Evans, Police Station.
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Breconshire County Council. The following is the result of last Thursday's poll: — YSTRADFELLTE PARISH. *Thos. Matthews, Plasydarren (C) 73 David Price, Cefnucheldre (L) 56 Con. majority. 17 No change. PENDERYN PARISH. George R. Powell, Hirwain.(C) 159 Thomas Lewis, Trecynon (L) 110 Con. majority 49 Conservative gain.
Happy Evening at Rhigos. On Monday evening, Feb. 23, at Bethel Chapel (W.), Rhigos, the inhabitants of the place enjoyed a grand social evening, with the aid of the Sunday School chil- dren. Rev. D. C. Jones, minister, was the chairman. Mr. T. Richards, A.L.C.M,. Mr. M. Roderick, Miss Atkins, Glyn- neath; Mrs. Powell, Glvneithog, and many other kind friends took part. Mr Evan Davies proposed a heartv vote of thanks to all friends for their kind assist- ar.ce, and was seconded by Mr. Morgan Morgans. The evening was a most en- joyable one. PRINTING of erwry description neatly »nd promptly executed at the Leader & Office, Market Street, Aberdare, at most moderate prices.
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Aberdare Chamber of Trade. TRAVELLING FACILITIES. The monthly meeting of the Aberdare and District Chamber of "Trade was held on Wednesday evening, Mr. T. Lloyd pre- siding. On the motion of Mr. W. D. Morris, seconded by Mr. C. It. Vicary, and supported by Mr. Emrys Evans, it was resolved to support the Abercynon Chamber of Trade in their endeavour to get the G.W.R. to run excursion trains to Liverpool and other places on Mondays as well as Fridays, and to include Aber- dare in the privileged excursion route. Mr. J. W. Upstone, G.W.R. Pontypool, wrote in reply to the Chamber that with regard to the proposed motor service be- tween Mountain Ash and Glyn-Neath, he was following the matter very closely. He did net see the necessity of meeting another deputation just at present. Mr. T. W. Griffiths, hon. sec., read the minutes of the Railway Facilities Com- mittee, which stated that it had been de- cided to visit Cwmbach with the view of finding a suitable site for a. motor halt. Mr. Upstone also wrote' regarding a re- quest by the Aberdare Chamber to have the 9.50 p.m. train run earlier from New- port. He regretted that the request could not be acceded to at present. Mr. Frank Hodges explained how in- convenient it was to have to wait for nearly an hour at Newport, en route from Paddington to Aberdare. Mr. C. R. Vicary agreed. Some per- sons, instead of waiting, went on to Car- diff. Others, more desperate, got drunk. (Laughter.) Mr. Illtyd Williams moved that this matter be left in abeyance till they con- ferred with members of the Merthyr Chamber of Trade. This was carried. STREET LIGHTING Col. T. Phillips, Clerk District Coun- cil, wrote that in future the street lamps would be lit throughout the year. The Chairman remarked that this would be satisfactory. PLATE GLASS SOCIETY. The Hon. Sec. reported that 10 policies had been issued under the Plate Glass Society organised in connection with the Chamber of Trade. Several more insur- ances would soon follow. Y.M.C.A. The committee which considered the above reported they could pass no resolu- tion as a Chamber. The Chairman explained that the rules precluded them from dealing, as a Cham- ber, with political or religious questions. The members individually were strongly in favour of the movement, and suggest- ed that the High Constable be asked to convene a public meeting. SLAUGHTER-HOUSE ROAD. Mr. R. H. Miles had a motion on the agenda, calling the attention of the pro- per authorities to the state of the above road. Mr. Miles was not present, and Mr. Dd. Evans, London Warehouse., moved it, hut eventually the matter was adjourned.
Abolition of Workhouses. MR. G. LANSBURY AT ABERDARE. On Sunday evening, at the New The- atre, Aberdare, Mr. George Lansbury |ave an address under the auspices of the *jL.P. on "The Charter of the Poor/' Edward Davies presided, j.Mr. Lansbury dwelt upon the condi- of Workhouses. He had never seen norkhouse—and he was familiar with tn i^v—where he cared to die much less live. And a place which was not fit .r him to die in was certainly Hot a fit |aee to consign his fellow-men to. Re- aring to vagrants, the speaker held that ^gorous treatment had not tended to re- ^ce vagrancy, but rather to increase it. fcat drove these men to the road ? Why were there so many vagrants about just after the Boer War? In the casual ards were found a large number reap- ing their reward for serving their country on the field of battle. We had had Labour Exchanges, which would be use- ful for the purpose of registering the un- employed. But these people could not live on the east wind and statistics. I What was wanted was the re-arrangement of work. Some men worked too many hours. These gluttons for work should have to work less so that the workless might have employment. Let us have some sound social legislation. We want- ed an Act of Parliament to enforce a uni- form eight hour day and a universal ininimum wage. We also wanted an Act passed to compel the retaining of children in school until they were 16. Then from 16 to 18 the children should work only half time. Personally he was opposed to any proposal of State Insur- ance. Let Labour have a State Depart- ment of its own, to which the organising of industry should be relegated. The speaker protested against the action of the Government in fooling and wasting valuable time in a wrangle with the ^-ouse of Lords. This was done simply *° blind the people to the real issue. The eleiiii, was not in Germany or France or America, but in our midst—the capitalis- Ie system. p Questions were put to the speaker by Jf^ardian Idris Davies, Councillor E. ?t?nelake, J,P„ Mr. J. H. Bruton, and lss Edwards, Higher Standard School.
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Labour and the Election, LLWYDCOED AND GADLYS WARDS' CANDIDATES. A mass meeting of the men employed at the Bwllfa, Dullas, and Ysguborwen Collieries was held on Friday evening at the Public Hall, Trecynon. The chair was occupied by Mr. Rees Morgan. The object of the meeting was to make a final selection of candidates to be submitted to the Trades Council, for the Guardians and District Council Elections in Wards 1 and 2. It was decided to run only one candidate in the Guardians Election in the IJwydcoed Ward, viz., Mr. Isaac Edwards. It was agreed to run Mr. J. Prowle for the Gadlys Ward, and to with- draw the name of Mr. Idwal Thomas, in- asmuch as Mr. John Jenkins had been nominated by other lodges. Mr. Idwal Thomas was selected as a candidate for the District Council in the Gadlys Ward. Mr. John Prowle will contest the Dis- trict Council Election (Llwydcoed Ward), irrespective of the Trades Council.
"Magna Chanta" at the Mount. A grand performance of Dr. Henry Coward's historical cantata, a Magna Cliarta. was given by the Mountain Ash Temperance Choir at the Workmen's In- stitute on Wednesday evening, Mr. Lewis W. Evans conducting. The chief ar- tistes were Madame Sobrino as Justice, Air. Lloyd Chandos as Stephen Langton, and Mr. Ivor Foster as King John. The work is one of Coward's early efforts, and is for chorus and soprano, tenor and bass soloists. The overture is rather lengthy for a small work, comprising no less than 12 quarto pages. Opening with an allegro movement, it depicts a nation demanding its rights, increasing in speed as the populace prepare to resort to arms to en- force. The submission of the King fol- lows, and the closing bars a paean of praise and tiianKsgiving. me soprano part called for no great effort on the part, of the celebrated prima donna. Her high reputation could not be enhanced by any- thing said here in reference to her superb artistry. Messrs. Lloyd Chandos and Ivor Foster gave the audience of their best. They are accomplished vocalists with magnificent voices, and their contri- butions to the evening's entertainment will not readily be forgotten by the people of the Mount. The second portion of the programme was miscellaneous. The choir rendered in fine manner The Ash Grove" & "For though I roam," both compositions of Dr. Rogers. Madam Sobrino gave Snowflakes and Elgar's Queen Mary's Song," both of which were encored, and responded to with "A Birthday and The year's at Spring." Mr. Chandos gave Froude's beautiful ballad, "For remembrance," and re- sponded to a hearty encore with the ever-welcome "Sally in our alley." Mr. Ivor Foster's song was Marshall's The Sea," and also in the duet with Mr. Chandos, Watchman, what of the night." The concert will be marked down as one of a high-class character, and one of a. series that have been held in the Mount this winter. It will readily be seen that the public when catered for in this direction quickly respond, for the place is fast becoming a musical centre of note. The work of Mr. Lewis W. E, ans as conductor deserves the highest encomiums, especially in so young a man. Messrs. Chandos and Foster offered a few words of advice to his choir, which if followed will prove of immense benefit to them. The organist was Mr. David L. Richards, and the pianist Miss S. A. Aubrey, to both of whom is due great praise. Mr. Tom Millar, ever willing to assist, helped with the accompanists.
Young Liberals League. I THE MOVEMENT'S PROGRAMME. A well-attended meeting of the League was held oil Thursday at the Aberdare Liberal Club. Mrs. J. A. Williams, Aberaman, made an ideal chairwoman. Mr. J. Aubrey Roberts, B.A., the local secretary of the league, addressed the meeting on The work and progress of the league." The speaker said that he would look at the practical side of Liberalism. Mr. Roberts said the present method of electoral registration was very anomalous. Manhood Suffrage was one of the planks of Liberalism, and doubt- less female suffrage would come, in due time. Coming to the matter of nation- al finance the question now at issue was whether the Lords or the Commons were going to dominate P Disestablishment was also one of the planks in the Liber- al programme. Liberalism, too, insisted on equality of opportunity in matters of education. Touching on the brotherhood of man, Mr. Roberts said that Liberalism held that the individual had a duty to- wards the community. At the root of the housing evil was the land problem. Liberalism taught that a land-owner held land in trust for the nation, and should not use it for purposes of exploitation. When the ideals of Liberalism would be reduced to practice the idle rich would be taxed out of existence. The speaker then dealt with the methods of carrying out the principles of Liberalism. He threw out many valuable suggestions as to the best means of conducting and helping the Leagues. A great deal might be done in connection with registration work. He suggested mter-Ieague debates Also get- ting proficient speakers to address the branches on current topics. Mr. George Powell, chairman of the League, referred to a popular definition of Liberalism, and said that Socialism also was held by some to mean liberty. But it was a liberty which Herbert Spencer and others would define as the worst kind of tyranny. Miss Bessie M. Richards touched upon the registration subject. She deplored the fact that so many men did not make use of the vote which they possessed. Mr. James Evans gave it jus his opinion that religion should regulate the govern- ment's actions. Mr. Edgar Rees did not believe in em- phasising the duty side of the question, or in studying political and economic literature to an abnormal extent. Mr. T. Marchant Harris spoke briefly with regard to registration. Mr. W. J. Harris believed that the only solution to the education difficultv was the secular one. Miss Bronwen Griffiths suggested that the committee of the league should give the members some work to do. Mr. T. Rees referred to Socialism as the tommy rot of the I.L.P." The person who represented them in Parlia- ment had called the Liberals weak-kneed. He (the speaker) was in favour of debates in connection with the league. Mr. C. Reed said that he was pleased that he was eligible to be enrolled as a young Liberal. Mr. J. F. Hodges, Li coed; Mr. D. -Stephens, and Mr. E. S. Hall spoke briefly. Mr. Roberts was warmly thanked for his excellent address. v
Trinity, Aberdare. DEWI SANT CELEBRATION. On Thursday evening Gwyl Dewi Sa.nt was celebrated in splendid fashion by the members of Trinity Guild. Mrs. Emrys Evans, Mrs. Nicholas, Mrs. Edgar Morgan, and Miss Giles ably superintended the refreshment department, and the Rev. J. Lewis Jen- kins preside! over the post-prandial pro- ceedings, which were as follows:—Harp sc-lo by Miss Nancy Morgan, sister of the renowned Master Taliesin Merfyn Mor- gan. Toast, Dewi Sant," the chair- man. The Rev. J. Bodfan Anwyl, Ponty- pridd, responded, and Mr. John Davies sang. Song, Miss Maggie Phillips. least, "Our Nation," Mr. J. D. Thomas, solicitor. Responder, Mr. Aneurin Jones. Another harp solo by Miss Nancy Morgan. Toast, Our Guests," Mrs. Walter Lloyd, who specially mentioned the Rev. Bodfan Anwyl. Mrs. Lloyd re- marked that the name "St. David was a national aspiration to leadership. It was gratifying to learn that the great saint's anniversary was so uiiiversallv celebrated. Mr. Morgan Watkins re- sponded in an appropriate speech, and Mr. John Davies sang. The Ladies' toast was most humorously proposed by Mr. Emrys Evans, and Mr. E. H. Miles seconded with an equal degree of humour. Miss Elsie Jones's reply on be- half of the ladies was positively brilliant. Miss Maggie Phillips sang again. The toast of the chairman was enthusiastical- ly drunk on the proposition of Mr. R. R. Price. A first-class meeting terminated with a harp solo by Master Taliesin Merfyn Morgan. The secretarial work was performed, by Miss Jennie Phillips, B.A., secretary of the Guild, and Miss G, Bridgeman.
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Twenty Years' Ministry. ABERDARE PASTOR HONOURED. On Thursday evening last 'a presenta- tion was made to the Rev. John Robert- son, M.A., in celebration of his twenty years' ministry at St. David's Presbyter- ian Church, Aberdare. The presents consisted of (1) 18ct. gold full hunter watch, supplied by Messrs. R. Jones and Son, Canon-street; (2) roll top desk. Subscriptions had been strictly confined to members and adherents of St. David's. Prior to the presentation there was a social gathering, when light refreshments were dispensed by the following elders' wives: —Mrs. C. S. Cameron, Clifton- street; Mrs. Evan Davies, Cardiff-street- Mrs. W. Reynolds, Brynteg, assisted by several lady members of the congrega- tion. The presentation took place in the church, Mr. Chas. Kenshole occupying the chair. The watch was handed over by Mrs. C. S. Cameron, who in a short and appropriate speech asked Mr Robert- son to accept the gift as a token of the regard^ of his congregation. Mr. Ken- sholenormally handed over the key of the desk to Mr. Robertson, and referred in glowing terms to the minister's great and faithful service to the church and con- gregation. Mr. Robertson returned thanks, and very interestingly recalled many incidents of his induction and ministry. Mr. W. J. Heppell. J.P (Chairman Coalowners' Association), paid a high tribute to Mr. Robertson's sinceri- ty. Mr. C, S. Cameron followed, speak- ing on behalf of the elders of the church. ;Jr- W. C. Cox, M.A., paid homage to Mr Robertson as a great student. Mr. 1. Parry (T.\ £ R. S-un-prinffmrlcmf "A.L(. (. ..L I.jJ. L, pridd), joined in, as an old member of bt. David s, 111 congratulating Mr Robert- son. Mr. F. Handley dwelt on Mr Kobeitson s attention to his congregation. 0, ? i5 n?Ms spoke 011 behalf of the tosh 8nd ¥r" Jack S- Mackin- tosh said a few words on behalf of the ir I' aT 01 the church, referring to tlie attribute they most admired—Mr. Robertson s broad-mindedness. During the evening sacred solos were rendered by Mrs Reynolds and Miss Mima Easton Mr. Tom Male, L.L.C.M., presided at the organ.
"Great Events." AN INTERESTING SERVICE. At the English Wesleyan Chapel, Tre- cynon, on Wednesday, March 2nd, Mr. J. Bosher, of Aberdare, gave his poem, en- titled, Great Events, or the Closing Scenes in the Earthly Ministry of Christ." The crowded congregation listened with breathless interest to the ever-moving story right to the close. The pc-em is well over 1,100 lines, and is beautifully illustrated with 100 lantern slides. In the Upper Room scene there are 12 slides. The Garden scene 17 slides. The trials before Annas, Caiaphas and the Sanhedrim are pourtrayed by 12 slides. The trials before Pilate and Herod are vividly shewn by 15 pictures. The great Calvary scene occupies the screen in 23 striking scenes. The Resur- rection, after-visits and ascension are de- picted by 23 pictures. All the slides are copies of the great Masters, and they biing before the mind these great events in a striking manner. This poem, which is dedicated to the Rev. F. B. Meyer, has been pub-liclv given by the author on 20 occasions. It occu- pies about an hour and a quarter in de- livery, and with the double entry into the mind, by word and picture: must leave a lasting impression on those who avail themselves of the opportunity of seeing and hearing the great story, in picture, and poetical form. The proceeds on this occasion were de- voted to a charitable object. Mr. A. E. Davey, manager Aberdare Gas Company, very ably occupied the chair, and delivered a few interesting re- marks, which were greatly appreciated. Miss Arnold did her part well as organist in accompanying the six hymns thrown on the screen. Mr. Edwards proved a very able manipulator of the lantern. The whole service passed off -without a hitch, and we would recommend those who have not yet been privileged to en- joy this unique service to avail them- selves of the first opportunity of doing so.
Grand Theatre, Aberaman A welcome return visit is paid this week by Mr. A. Jackson Withers' Com- pany in the pantomime, "Mother Goose." The piece has improved to such an ex- tent that it is far superior to the original production. New songs and jokes are introduced, and the following new songs for this panto take wonderfully well: — Polly_ hanging up the holly," sung bv Miss Lillie Soutter; The Man in the Moon," by Miss Marie Wall; "Down the Strand," by Mr. Mark Henton; and "A hot time in the old town to-night," by- Miss Marie Elsie. £ .s.d." and "A veTv beautiful medley are also songs which take all right. In the Second Act the kitchen scene has been superseded bv a school scene, which Professor Mush visits in the role of examiner. This por- tion of the panto is well worth seeing. -t-he presence of all the comedians to re- late original nursery rhymes at school is splendid. Coming to the personal accomplish- ments of the company, Miss Lillie Soutter is of course the favourite in the role of principal boy. She has not yet had a rival on the Aberaman stage for distinct- ness of articulation in singing. Mr Alfred Donohoe as Mother Goose sustains his excellent reputation. Mr. Mark Henton plays without fault as Billy, the nephew of Mother Goose. Messrs. Walter Kooney, Harry Carr, Hugh Braclv, Dan Lawlev, and Bert Allen, are all good, and deserve special mention. Mr. Jack Weeks, representing Avarice, and Master I red Cox, as the Christmas Goose, con- tribute a good share to the success of the piece. Miss Roberta Svendsen is an ad- mirable exponent of Benevolentia, the gcod fairy, and the chorus are worthy of the highest praise.