Notes Here and There. BY "ONLOOKER." One of the effects of the Mines Eight Hours Act which I have not seen men- tioned in print before came to my notice quite by surprise the other day. Within a local butcher's shop a crowd of cus- tomers was waiting prior to the hour of two, when the colliers would come home from work. A. succession of queries for meat to fry" made the worthy sales- man very angry, and he declared that there would not be a frying-pan left in Aberdare in a few months' time. This evidently means that the ladies have no time to boil meat now. n A Hian was weeping piteouslv in Cardiff Road on Bank Holiday night, "and attracted a fine crowd of spectators round him. No explanation could be got as to his conduct but he kept on attesting con- tmually, I'm going to leave this place altogether." When an anxious enquirer presumably his "girl," ventured to ask where he was going to, he dramatically said, 1 m going out of this world-I will commit suicide." This was too much for the crowd, who were convulsed with laughter, although they had been svm- pathetic a moment before. A certain lady from Aberaman went on holidays last week, and found on reach- mg her destination that she -had left one or two" things behind. These in-' eluded hair-curlers, seaside clothing, and numerous other bric-a-brac which are essential to every lady's outfit. A long letter was sent home, and the list of arti- cles required were written on an accom- panying foolscap theett Needless to av, the extra luggage was even greater thari the amount originally taken, and we are looking forward with apprehension to that lady's return visit. "Early to bed, early to rise" is evi- dently becoming a popular motto with a number of local motor-cyclists. They are to be seen puffing towards Aberdare as eti y as morning, and are able to give vent to their Jehu-like pro- penalties without any danger to pedestri- ans. The only draw-back is that when the engine fails, as it often does, there 's no one available to give that handv 'push behind. The members of the Aberaman Swim- ming Club came out with splendid results at the Park Aquatic Sports last week. Those who once pooh-poohed the idea of a club ought now to see that much good is done, for the men are kept in splendid fettle by constant practice at the local baths. With the departure of the Rev. Morgan Powell from the Vicarage of Aberaman. the number of places of worship in the locality without a pastor in charge will be many. Beulah and Salem Baptist churches, Aberaman, and Bethanv Cong. Church, Godreaman, are without a shep- herd. Libanus C'.M. Church, Aberaman. and the Cong. and Baptist Churches o'f Cwmaman are also in a similar position. Neither is there a resident minister in Aberaman with the Primitive Methodists, AV, elsh W-'esleyans, or English Wesleyans. I hear that Aberamanites practically monopolised the town of Carmarthen on Bank Holiday. The large number of ex- cursionists accompanying the Male Voice Party made themselves conspicuous to the farmers as a boys bach or giveith- We had heard of chocolate bobbies before, but one wag's designa- tion of the Carmarthen policemen as broken-down haulierz" caused much merriment.
TerritofliaJs in Camp. ABERDARE MEM'S EXPERIENCES. MORE JvOUT THE BISCUITS. Rullo; Hullo I Hullo, another Aber- dare man again. I wish you were with us this week to see the part we played in the great battle which took place at Aberystwyth and Machynlleth." So spoke a private of the Aberdare De- tachment, 5th Battalion, Welsh* Regi- ment, as he patted me on the shoulder last Saturday evening' on Aberystwyth Promenade. Hundreds, if not thousands of Khakis and red coats strolled along, enjoying themselves to the full after a fortnight's camp and some hard work. 'Well, who won?" I asked. "Why, we won. We drove the enemy I' back after some terrible fighting right in the middle of the night and in the middle or the rain among some of the Welsh ¡' hills." -Now tell me all about the war, And what you killed each other for "Certainly, but let me first tell you that though it was mimic warfare, it was very real and jolly hard work. If the battle was all sham the toil wasn't. 1 am glad I met you, because all the chaps in our Detachment have expressed a wish to have something in the 'Aberdare Leader' about our experiences. Last night (Friday) we discussed the biscuits, which have attained such a notoriety. One of our lot shouted 'Are we down- hearted?' 'No,' came the response. The next question was 'Shall we tell the Aberdare Leader about the dog biscuits'3' 'Yes' came the equally forcible reply. But more of the biscuits anon." "To begin with," put the civilian visitor, "how many men were you at Bow Street and Lovesgrove?" "We were something between 15,000 and 20,000. The 4th, 5th and 6th Battal- ions (Glamorganshire), one or two Battal- ions from Breconshire, and the 1st and 2nd Batts. from Monmouthshire, were there, also the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Chester Artillery, Royal Engineers, Am- bulance Brigade, etc. All the above con- stituted the defending Army. Speaking g first of our peaceful times, I must say that the Y.M.C.A. Campers played a very useful part. They were encamped close to us and they held concerts nightly, which helped us to while away many a pleasant hour. They had two large mar- quees, one used as a reading room during the day and the other as a Refreshment Room. We ourselves had, of course, our canteen, but Temperance folk will be glad to hear that the Y.M.C.A. Booms, where no intoxicants were sold, were bet- ter patronised than the Canteens." How about accommodation—were you comfortable?" Quite. It was a pretty sight—1,500 bell tents, with 10 single beds in each—a separate bed for every man. The majori- ty of the tents were pitched in Bow Street, but we, the Aberdare Detachment, occupied a whole field in Lovesgrove, about 3 miles away. Our group consisted of about 120 men, and we had on our new equipment, of which we are justly proud. Our officers were Major W. D. Phillips, Lieut. Lewis, Sergt. Instructs Phelps, Col. Sergt. Strickland, Lieut. Richie Wil- liams, and also several Non-Commissioned Officers. Lieut. Mander was with the Treharris Corps., Lieut. Hannah having resigned his charge in that detachment. The 5th Batt. occupied adjoining fields." So much for accommodation. Now -what about grub P" To be quite honest, we have nothing to complain of, with the exception of the, biscuits. I dare say you have seen some- thing in the papers already concerning our revolt against the dog biscuits." "Yes, I have," I replied. But were they really dog biscuits?" NO no, they were good biscuits, bat very hard." "What were they composed of P" Oats and wheat. As I said they were good stuff but—hard. And the worst of it was that we had had some the prev- ious night. To have these things pre- sented to us for two meals in succession was enough to break our hearts as well as our teeth." "Well, what happened?" "We refused to eat them. Some of us cut them up in squares, and framed them We made a general complaint, but noth- ing was given us in their place, so we had to fast till dinner time." Any more complaints during your -stay ?" « 0, that was the sole solitary in- stance of grumbling re grub. We were treated well-well fed and well cared for. And I should like to emphasise this while I remember. The officers were very considerate. They did their best for us. rhis applies to every officer from the Colonel down to the Lance Corporal. To come to details, what did you do during your fortnight's stay here?" « We left Aberdare as you know on July 24th. On the following day, after a breakfast consisting of herrings and "tomato sauce, with coffee, we manouvred 6 miles out of Lovesgrove in order to -know' the ground. We came back to a dinner of roast beef, spuds and peas. We were free for the remainder of the day5 and came to Aberystwyth to see the town. j Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we also spent manouvring. On Friday, July 29th, we went for a march towards Bow street, but had to return because of a battle taking place between the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Monmouth Battalions. The rest of the day was spent in inspecting our lines, and clean- ing our tents and rifles. Saturday, July 30th. On this day the presentation of colours to the 4th Battal- ion of the Welsh Regiment took place at the College Athletic Grounds. It was a brilliant and inspiring military specta- cle, and was witnessed by all the other Battalions. The presentation was made by Lieut. Gen. Sir James Hills-Johnes, G.C.B., V.C., and Lady Hills-Johnes, of Dolaucothi. I ABERDARE DETACHMENT COMPLIMENTED. The striking and historic ceremony of presenting the regimental colours closed with a spirited march by the Band. Then followed the greatest sight of the day, the whole of the remaining 12 Battalions on parade marching past Sir James Hills-Johnes. Aberdare Co. had a goat marching in front of them, and we presented a magnificent spectacle. Short- ly afterwards we learned that the Gen- eral paid us the compliment of saying that we were the best Company for marching. A letter to that effect was sent to our officers, and it was hung up in Camp. Sunday, July 31st. On this day we had Church Parade. Open-air services were held in Lovesgrove Fields—Church of England service and Free Church ser- vice. There was also a Roman Catholic service in the Y.M.C.A. tent, when Canon M'Loughlin, Llanelly, officiated, and com- mented upon the exemplary behaviour of the troops in camp. The Rev. E. T. Davies, M.A., Penarth, late of Aberdare, assisted in the Church of England ser- vice. At the Bow Street service the preacher was Professor Tyrrell Green. After dinner we were set free for the clay, and we made the best of our liberty. August 1st and 2nd. On the 1st inst. we did a bit of manouvring, and on Tuesday rehearsed the part we should take in real warfare, such as picketing, scouting, extending, etc. Aug. 3rd. Wednesday was our great day. The enemy had landed, and our task was to drive them back. After a breakfast consisting of bread, cheese, eakei and corn beef, we marched to Bow Street. A portion of the staff had pro- ceeded post haste to the base of opera- tions at Machynlleth. We followed on to Borth, thence 12 miles towards Machyn- lleth. It was 4 o'clock when we had dinner. The signal to U fall in" was given. Just then it came to rain. Our coats were in the transport wagons, so we had to use our waterproof sheets. A WEIRD SIGHT. After a rest we were ordered to proceed. Each man carried 1Hbs. of firewood. It was still mining, and we put up in the open 3 miles on the Aberystwyth side of Machynlleth. The sticks were handed over to the cooks, who lit several huge bonfires, round each of which 20 men sat down in a ring. It was a weird sight, I can tell you. We piled on the fire every bit of stuff we could lay our hands on, and though it was damp it burnt up fiercely, and the flames shot up yards high. It was now past 10 o'clock at night. The cooks boiled some 'jippo' for us." "What is jippo po" Oh, jippo is a bit of all right. It is beef, potatoes and half a dozen other thing's boiled together. It was grand, better than Irish stew. After that we went to sleep around these fires, which kept us nice and warm. We knew not the moment we should be called up to repel the enemy. It was about 1 o'clock at night when we were suddenly awaken- ed, news having been wired that the enemy were advancing. The enemy con- sisted of the 2nd Batt. Welsh Regulars and the Navy. We had just time for another onslaught on 'J ippo' before 'going for' the invaders. The fires were still burning on the 'prairie' as we marched off towards Machynlleth. The engineers had preceded us, and had erect- ed a few pontoon bridges over which we crossed the Dovey, There was very heavy firing, the sound of cannonading being heard miles away. The inhabitants of Machynlleth did not think it worth their while going to bed that night, and as for the quiet villagers and farmers around the town, they were frightened almost out of their wits. We succeeded in driving the enemy back after a few hours hard fighting. About 2,200 were engaged in. the battle. Everything was very real except the shells and the bul- lets. Teleraph poles had even been ,specially put up. Our artillery and maxim guns opened heavy firing on the enemy. The cannons are supposed to carry shells for 7 miles. The rifles we had with us drive bullets 2,800 yards. They are the latest improved rifles. Cease fire." was sounded by and bye, which was the first indication we had that our task was completed. We then marched back to the place where we rested the previous night, and were sur- prised to see the fires still aglow. It was then 8 a.m. Thursday, and all the sleep we had tad since Tuesday night was two hours in the open. We partook of a hearty breakfast—bread and butter and warm coffee. Then we slept in the open air till one o'clock mid-day. We were served with a good dinner, after which we commenced our return journey. We m,arched to Ynyslas, and entrained for Bow Street, reaching Camp at 6.30 p.m. Tea was given us. Then we enjoyed our- selves as best we could, most of the party attending the Y.M.C.A. Concert. Aug. 5h. On Friday morning we cleaned our rifles and had kit inspection. Dr. Trevor Jones, Aberdare, the Battal- ion Surgeon, examined our feet, and all who had bad feet had to get them paint- ed. In the afternoon we had Parade in the field adjoining our Camp. This con- sisted of column marching and Battalion wheeling, etc. The evening we had to ourselves. Saturday morning. The last day has arrived. This morning we struck our tents down, and to-night we shall sleep in the open, that is, those of us who will sleep at all. We have been dismissed for the day, and are seeing a bit of Aber- ystwyth. To-morrow morning we return to Aberdare, and for my own part I am not sorry at having joined and having spent a fortnight with the Terriers. You can add that the discipline of the troops, according to our officers' own confession, has been better than ever."
MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE. A QUESTION OF FOOD. Medicine Unnecessary. Well now, what we want to say to you is this: A celebrated medical practitioner, W. Tibbies, M.D., devoted many years of his life to the production of a nutritive and easily digested food. He succeeded in preparing a compound of malt, hops, kola and cocoa, and so combining them that with their respective and collective qualities they form an ideal food, which goes under the name of Dr. Tibbies' Vi- Cocoa. This famous preparation is taken in the form of a beverage, yet it is more than both food and drink—it is a medi- cine also, for malt, hops and kola all possess valuable medicinal qualities. It is pleasant to the palate and the most digestible of diets. So great is it in nutritive power that a single cup would, if need be, sustain a man for 24 hours. Do not ask the grocer for cocoa Ask for —it makes all the difference. Every grocer sells Vi-Cocoa in 6cL packets and 9d. and 1/6 tins.
Taith y Pererin yn yr 20fed Ganrif. PROBLEMS FOR SOCIALISTS. (Continued.) The party of evangelists who visit us every Sunday appear to be earnest, self-sacrificing workers in the cause of humanity, but I question if their efforts bear much fruit among us. Their meetings sometimes seem to be enjoyed, and hymns are sung for an hour before they come and after they leave, but that is all. They have with them to-night a criminal convert entirely different to any I have yet seen. Decently dressed he is, but with the indelible stamp of his past life on face and form. His language is unpolished; ungrammatical, slow, and as if every sentence, phrase or word was examined and purified before being uttered lest something offensive should escape his lips. He dates his reformation from the day he went to see his mother when he heard that she had been sent to the Union on his father's death. At that visit he realised how contemptibly use- less he was. He had come across our visitors, and they, finding him in this frame of mind, found work as a colliery labourer for him. He refused financial help, but took the.job, got a house and commenced to furnish it, got his mother with him, and now prays that, whatever becomes of him, he may be able to keep the old lady in comfort till in ful- ness of time she is called to a better home. All this is told us unemotionally, reminding one of mathematical demon- strations. He declines to preach to us, being too new a disciple to have the necessary experience, leaving that to his Christian friends,, But lie states that none of us had been quite so bad as he, and his case was proof enough that the way of the Lord was best for this world as well as the next. He is not the only one for whom the visitors have found work, but he is the only one who comes to tell us of it. Sometimes a little financial help has been given, often to undeserving recipients, but our people mostly object to any begging from them, Preacher Pat being a notable exception. Navvy Pat however is always on the watch, and if the Preacher gets into conver- sation with any of them the Navvy instantly finds some pretext for getting him outside. To-night he had got into conversation with one of the young women, and when she asked Navvy Pat to allow the Preacher to finish what he had to say, the Navvy hurried him off with the remark, It's for the good of his health and the savin of his sowl I'm takin him out, me little lady, axin your pardon an God bless ye." This same young woman made an appeal to all present to give themselves to Jesus, telling us how gloriously different life appeared to her after she had done so, and describing what an awful sinner she had been before she had consecrated her life to her Saviour. After her short address was finished she moved over to Navvy Pat's side, and began talking to him while a young man was giving an address in Welsh. Poor Pat seemed very uncomfortable, but listened respectfully till she described once more what a sinner she had been. No no me lady, don't say that ;-shure if all your sins were gathered into wan spot on the white garment ye'll wear up above, the angel that could see it would have mighty sharp eyes, and wan flutter of his wing would brush it off." Pat's gallantry evidently confused her, and she turned to some of the girls who had been rather hearty in the singing, and was soon in earnest conversation with them. Meanwhile the leader of the party had selected Pat for the object of his exhortations, and once more Pat waa unhappy. He admitted he was a bad lot but did not see that religion would do him any good; he did not care to argue about it, Shure I might offend ye, an I woud'nt do that for worlds." The visitor still persisted however, and at last Pat tackled him in earnest, thus:—"What is the use o ye tellin us about the mansions above when ye luk at the pig styes we have to live in here ? why don't ye do somethin to save the need of so many of us comin here ? Ye are good an kind and find a job for some of us; but for every wan ye find a job for some other poor beggar has to go idle that would have got the job if ye hadn't got it for our man. Yc give your coppers an mebbe a bit o silver to help some poor man or woman, an God bless ye for it, but thats only a drap o water to the ocean. 0, for God's sake stop preachin to us, an go to the Government; tell them to find work for all. Take the land from the gentry, and let the people on it grow food for us all; take the big works from the big men, an let all we 'am be divided among us. Take the rich off our backs, an make them 'arn their own livin; and then when ye've made every thing right for this world, come an talk about the next world, an mebbe we'll listen to ye. There's a million without work or food, there's twelve millions on the verge of starv- ation, although they're workin an what good is preachin to them ? Preach to them that's livin on our backs; tell them if there is a God, he's sure to condemn them, and if there is a hell it's where they're goin to. An if ye can get them to listen to ye an take your warmn, ye'll be doin some good in the world, an ye'll deserve the good word from every mother's son of us. I'm sorry I've spoke to ye like this. Ye're tryin your best, accordin to your lights, to make us better, an ye'r the better yerselves for the tryin; but ye're beginnin at the wrong end, I'm thinkin, an the Lord forgive me for speakin like this to my betters." The young Welsh speaker had finished before Pat, and all had gathered round him, and as the meeting had been protracted and the visitors were due elsewhere they had to leave without a reply to Pat. He was our hero for that night, and even after we had got to bed many kept talking about how Pat tackled the preachers. PERERIN. Pontypridd. (To be continued.)
Wedding. ROBERT S-GRIFFITHS. On Thursday morning, at Tabernacle Cong. Church, Mr. Aubrey Roberts, B.A., of the Aberdare County School, was united in matrimony to Miss Mary Bron- wen Griffiths (Bonnie), second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Griffiths, Park School House. The Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., officiated, in the presence of Mr. G. G. Jones, registrar. Mr. R. Thomas, of the Capital and Counties Bank, Cardiff, was best man, and Miss Ira Griffiths, Pembroke Dock, sister of the bride, acted in the capacity of brides- maid. There were also present Mr. R. 0. Griffiths, of London, brother of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Morris, brother-in-law and sister of the bride. A wedding breakfast was partaken of at Park School House, after which the wedded pair departed by the 10.30 T.V.R. train for South Devon, where the honey- moon is being spent. In the afternoon the wedding guests journeyed to Ystrad- fellte, and spent a most pleasant day. Both the bride and bridegroom are very popular in Aberdare. Mr. Roberts takes an active interest in politics, he being the energetic secretary of the League of Young Liberals at Aberdare.
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The late Mils John, Aberdare. The funeral of the late Miss John, Clifton Street, took place on Thursday at the Aberdare Cemetery, and was strictly private. The Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., Tabernacle English Cong. Church, officiated at the house and the graveside, Besides the deceased's nephew (Mr W. Baxter John, of London), the only persons present were Messrs. John Davies, ironmonger, Aberdare; J. Morris, Cartref; W. Lloyd, Herbert- street; and D. M. Richards, Wenallt (the deacons of Tabernacle Church, of which deceased was the oldest member); E. Moses, organist and treasurer of the church; W. J. Evans, Clifton-street; C. S. Cameron, Clifton-street; A. S. Cameron. Mr. Fred D. E. George was the under- taker. At Tabernacle on Sunday evening the Rev. J. M. Jones, M.A., pastor, referred to the late Miss John, who was beloved by them all, as the last of the original members of the church. In honour of her memory Mr. E. Moses, the organist of the church, played the U Dead March in Sanl," all the congregation upstand- ing.
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-.¡ Coal Conciliation Board, Official Report. The following official report of Thurs- day's meeting was given to the press by Mr W. G. Dalziel, the owners' secretary: A meeting of the Conciliation Board for the Coal Trade of Monmouthshire and South Wales was held at Cardiff to-day. Mr F. L. Davis presided over the owners' representatives and Mr W. Brace, M,PS. over the workmen's representatives. The meeting was held to consider an application from the workmen's repre- sentatives for an advance of 2t per cent in the general wage-rate. After hearing arguments from the workmen's repre- sentatives in support of their application and the reply of the owners' represent- atives, the board was unable to agree, and the meeting was adjourned until Tuesday, the 16th inst.. when Lord St. Aldwyn, the independent chairman, will attend to give his casting vote for or against the application."
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