To Combat Non-Unionism ME. STANTON'S REMEDIAL POLICY. On Friday evening a conference of dele- gates from the various miners" lodges in the Aberdare district was held at the Bute Hotel, Aberdare, to consider and discuss the draft scheme submitted by the miners' agent (Mr. C. B. Stanton) for dealing with non-unionism in the South Wales coalfield. The chief prin- ciples of the scheme are as follow: That every district in South Wales should tender notices re non-Unionism at the same time; that every workman should have a 'clean card' before work ? resumed at any colliery; that the employers be told at once that the em- ployment of any non-Unionist at any associated colliery would be regarded as a moral breach of the conciliation agreement, justifying its entire repudi- ation, or that the employers should only pay the percentages to those who pay the upkeep of the conciliation machin- ery, and who can produce a "clear card"; that a conference of the coal- field fee called to readjust and improve the present Federation constitution. with a view to strengthening the fin- ancial position, and to decide upon a vigorous fighting policy to better the p conditions of underpaid and victimised members of the Federation; to discuss centralisation, equality of work and wages of agents; that all the members of the Central Executive Council should go 10 ballot, officials included; that the contribution to the Federation oe 2d. in the pound per member, to be kept at the colliery offices. Mr. Richard Phillips occupied the chair at the conference, and there were Present delegates from every lodge in the district. Mr. Stanton's scheme was discussed at great length, and a number of amend- ments, some of them of a drastic nature, ere proposed and carried. It was ultimately resolved that the whole of the amendments be considered by the District Committee, and the scheme, as amended, again discussed by a further conference of delegates.
Funeral cf Telynfab Gwalia. The funeral (strictly private) of Mr. D. R. Davies (Telynfab Gwalia), of the Central Hotel, Aberdare, took place on Saturday noon, the interment being at Aberdare Cemetery. The Rev..W, H. Jones, B.A., Aberdare, officiated at the house and graveside. The mourners were: -1st coach: Mr. Daniel Davies, Lamb, Penderyn, and Mr Edward Davies, Star and Railway Inn, Aberdare, brothers; Messrs. Henry, Wil- liam, and Edward Howells, Golden Lion, Treeynon, nephews; Masters Kinley and Glyn Davies (sons). 2nd coach: Mr. Evan Evans, brother- in-law; Mr. John James, Aberaman Farm; Mr Isaac James, Prof. R. Howell, Aberdare, and Mr. Edward Howell, Maes- gwyn, Cwmdare, cousins. 3rd coach: Messrs. Fred James, W. James, and Edwin James, Cwmbach; John and -Richard James, Cwmaman. 4th coach: Messrs. Robert Morgan, Cymmer Hotel, Porth, cousin; David Gabe, Post Office, Ammanford, uncle; Samuel Thomas and son, Deri. Mr. J. L. Thomas' (Brynawel) carriage follQwed, in which were Mr. Thomas and the Rev. W. H. Jones, B.A. The bearers were Messrs. Rees E. Rees (Beehive), Levi Morris (Hodges and Sons), W. R. Morgan, solicitor; Thos. Xoot (representing the Licensed Victual- lers): W. Edwards (Bute Arms), and Edward Evans, Bridgend Inn, Trecynon. Wreaths, etc., had been received as fol- lows: Widow and children, harp; friends from Messrs. Hodges and Sons, harp; Mrs. Baker, cross; and wreaths from Mr John James. Aberaman Farm; Mrs. James and family, Cwmneol; Mrs. Burge; Mr. and Mrs. James Evans, Dor- chester; Miss Burge; Aunt and Cousins; Central Hotel Cork Club-, Messrs. Luther Bros.; Aberdare Shop Assistants' Concert Committee; Mr. J. Jackson (Worthington), Mr. Edward Evans (Bridgend Inn), and Aberdare Homing Society. The late Mr. Davies had kept the Cen- tral Hotel for 12t years. He was of an 2 amiable and quiet disposition, and was much liked by all who knew him. His widow and 3 children are the objects of hen sympathy.
Not a Welshman. Mr Keir Hardie Criticised. In asking the Cardigan Council to ^ake a further advance of X2,000 to- wards the cost of constructing the Lampeter and Aberayron Railway, Mr. J. C. Harford, Falcondale, said the Original estimate had been exceeded, a.nd instead of costing J680,000 it would *Oore likely cost £ 88,000. They sup- Posed that that kind of railway was the Work the new Development Act would assist, but uufortunately Mr Keir Hardie introduced an amendment that no grant should be made to any railway that was forked for a profit. (Laughter.) The •the very thing the Chancellor of the xchequer was willing todo was deleted by another Welsh member. Thereupon a member remarked that 1' Keir Hardie was not a Welshman.
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THE TROUBLE SEEKER. There is always a cloud on his face, because he is constantlv expecting that something unfavour- ite* gomg ^happen. There is^ goingto be a slump in business, or he is going to have a loss, or somebody is stealing from hm or trym0 tc undermine him; or he is womed ajout hi health or fears his children will be u'. 01 wrong' or be killed. In other words, although he has' achieved quite a remarkable suceess yct he has never reallv had a happy day in his life. All his life this man has been chasing rainbow, -thinking if he could only get a little further n-n a little higher up, if he could only achieve this or that, he would be happy, but he as just as far from it as when a boy. This condition ha. all come from the habit of unhappiness which he formed during his nard boyhood, and which he hasTever been able to overcome. He has learned to look for trouble, to expect it, and he gets it
Royal Pensions Attacked. Mr Keir Hardie and Queen Alexandra. On Saturday a hundred thousand miners visited Durham for their annual gala, and a mass meeting was addressed by Mr Keir Hardie and others. Mr Keir Hardie, M.P., said when the circumstances altered he ventured to say, in spite of the momentary em. barrassment caused by the Osborne decision, there would arise a greater workers' party. In building up this party they had all the trades unions behind them, and they were bound to .succeed. There was a power growing up which would be greater in maintaining peace than all other powers put together. The chairman referred to the late King as Edward the Peacemaker, but he was there in presence of a greater power for peace than all the Kings and Emperors that ever lived. He hoped to see the time come shortly when an organised working class would frake its place in the politics of the world by declaring that on the day war was declared, all tools and wheels would stop in all countries affect- ed by the war. Before this year was out, arrange- ments would be made for beginning a great campaign against war by getting the working classes to declare that the time had come when the great working man, Jesus of Nazareth, should not have His name and principles disgraced and brought to naught by men murdering each other (In the field of battle. He was glad that they bad subscribed to the fund for the widows of White- haven miners. A few days before the Whitehaven disaster another widow was created by the death of King Edward, and what happened in her case ? They did not send the hat round begging a few pounds for the widow, but the House of Commons voted Queen Alex- andra £ 70,000 a year so long as she lived. (Shame.) Not one penny was voted for the widows of the colliers whose lives had been sacrificed in build- ing up the wealth of the country, but X70,000 a year was voted for the widow of King Edward. Proceeding, Mr Keir Hardie said he did not care what services King Edward rendered the State: they were noi one whit greater or more honestly given than the services of the colliers who lay entombed at Whitehaven. Referring to the large number of colliers killed, he said that if a director of a colliery were hanged every time a miner was killed and the leg of a, share- holder broken every time a miner was injured the pace at which legislation got through Parliament would be materially improved. (Laughter.) Mr Keir Hardie concluded by saying that all they needed was a larger Labour representation to end a system which enabled the rich to exploit the people and grow wealthy at their expense.
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Shot-firing With Safety. Aberaman Colliers' Patent. A discovery has been made which, it is claimed, will render shot-firing accidents in coal mines impossible. The invention has been patented by Messrs Thomas Evans and James Foley, colliers, working at Aberaman, and the principle is that of a liquid safety cartridge, a simple device, which if used during the operation of shot- firing, would, it is claimed, achieve the following results :-(1) Explosion of gases caused by the flash of flame when the charge of blasting powder is fired cannot possibly take place (2) the operation of ramming the charge into the hole is by the use of the cartridge performed safely, for the charge being enclosed ia a strongly made metal case and surrounded with a liquid, then an outer metal case, premature ignition cannot take place (3) unexploded charges are easily found either among tke debris in the pit or in the subsequent handling of the coal. The cartridge consists of an inner metal liner or sleeve into which th charge with the detonator is placed; this liner or sleeve is then inserted into a stiff metal case of cigar or bullet- nose shape, the intervening space be- tween the two cases being filled with a liquid (not water) for extinguishing the flame when the charge is fired. The shape of the cartridge permits it to be safely driven into irregular holes of a certain degree, i.e., it will always j follow the drill. By the tests carried out the inventors find that the blasting power of the charge is in no way dimin- ished by being enclosed. Extensive trials have been carried out both in tke open, in quarries, and in the coal face.
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I ——- Letters to the Editor. ABERDARE CEMETERY AND PEN. DERYK CHURCHYARD. Sir,—The failure of the Rector of Pen- deryn to produce figures Lnd facts refat- tag those of mine given in your issue of the 6th inst. is an admission of the truth of my statements, and warrants the pub. lie drawing the inevitable conclusiou "that the fees in Penderyn Churchyard are excessive as compared with those charged at Aberdare. It ie no doubt a much easier matter to exhibit a supep. ficial acquaintance with Shakespeareaa characters than it ie to discover figures to refute my facts. One is a simple exer* cise, the other is evidently beyond the Rector's capacity. But why this di- gression to Shakespeare from my pointed questions? Rambling references to Hazlitt and the Medical CoTlege Muse- um are no substitute for argument noit of consequence in a question of fact. I have attempted to conduct this con- troversy in a just, fair, and equable spirit, with strict regard to the main points raised, but when I find it mpidly degenerating in the hands of the Rector into personal abuse and invective, in the interests of the public and good taste it is high time the discussion were brought to an end. However, before concluding, let me briefly sum up the advantages at burial in Aberdare Cemetery over those of Penderyn Churchyards- Common Graves (parishioners and non-parishioners): Aberdare, 14B., 28S. Penderyn, 30s., 35s. Children buried under one month old: Aberdare, 3s., 6s.; Penderyn, 10s., 12s. Common Gravtes in reserved ground :1 Aberdare, 26s. 6d.: 63s. Penderyn, 70s., 80s. Headstones erected over graves: Aber- dare, 5s., 10s. (for all descriptions of head- stones). Penderyn: 10s., 15s., for plain, marble; 15s., 20s., for ornamental marble; 15s., 20s.. for plain granite; 21s., 25s., for ornamental granite. In reserved part of Penderyn Church- yard 20 per cent. is added to the above fees on all erections. Aberdare has no equivalent additional charge. Other ex- tras are not scheduled on the Penderyn Scale of Fees, as they are subject to caprice. If the Rev. Llewelyn Jenkins has utter- ly failed to establish his case he has not failed to publicly demonstrate by hia epithets an unusual attitude for one of his prefc-ssioii. "-Yours truly, J. O. GEORGE.
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Heolyfelin Baptist Chapel. SUNDAY SCHOOL QUARTERLY MEETINGS. The Sunday School of the above chapel held their quarterly meetings on Sunday last. At the morning service the devo- tional part was led by Messrs. James Ed- wards and Lewis James. A paper was read by Willie Griffiths, Windsor-street, on "Dylanwad yr Ysgol Sul ar fywyd ein cenedl," and the service terminated in prayer by Mr. John Harries. In the afternoon the devotional part was taken by Messrs. James Freed and John Griffiths. The following was the progamme: Song, May Evans; recita- tions, D. John Evans, Joseph Moyley, Bessie Morgans. Quartette, Maggie Alice Davies and friends. Recitations, Edith Evans, Lizzie Mary Griffiths, Ceinwen Thomas, Hannah Forward, Beatrice Mor- ris, Maggie Alice Davies, Joseph Emlyn Thomas, Katie Thomas, Martha Jane Thomas, Lizzie Jones, David Thomas, Martha Griffiths. Solo, Mr. John Evans. Address by Inspector Bevan. Mr. David Griffiths closed in prayer. The evening service was devoted to the adults of the church. Mrs. Watting, Mill-street, and Mr. Wm. Samuel intro- duced the service. Recitations were given by D. Morgan Davies, Rowland Phillips, and Gwen Phillips. Solo, "Hen gadair fawr fy mam," Miss Mor gan, Barry Dock. Recitation, John Austin. Chorus, Mr. Lewis Edwards and friends. A paper was read by Mr. David Evans, Llewelyn-street, on U Gwyhod- aeth." Solo, Miss Morgan, Barry Dock. Recitation', Mr. Wm. Jenkins (Meirion- ydd). A prize was given for good attend- I ance and punctuality to Mrs. Phoebe Morris, Wern-row. She was presented with a beautiful copy of the New Testa- ment and Psalms by Mr. Wm. Samuel, ex-supt. of the Sunday School. Mr. Dd. Evans, Mill-street, offered prayer. Ml. Henry Davies, supt., presided over the evening service. The programmes were entrusted to the care of the superintendents, Messrs. Hy. Davies and Dd. Morgan Davies, and the secretaries, Messrs. Ben Scourfield and Syd Jenkins. The services were greatly appreciated.
Pars en Passant. BY a OUVRIER." At a meeting of the Housing Com- mittee of the Merthyr Town Council held last week to inquire into the housing question, a representative of the Welsh Housing Association said that he had visited several towns in North and South Wales and found that the housing conditions were simply appalling. No doubt the recent demonstration held at Merthyr under the auspices of the Merthyr Trades Council has done a great deal to awaken the members of the Merthyr Town Council to the need of more houses in Merthyr and the outlying district. Although private enterprise was doing as much as possible to allevi- ate the conditions, yet building clubs, etc., could not cope with the demand for houses. The medical officer, Dr. Dun- can, recommended that the Council should as soon as possible proceed with the work of erecting more houses, and the committee decided to act upon the recommendation cf the officer. I should like to know when is the Aber- dare Di&trict Council going to commence operations? That houses are needed in the Aberdare district is palpably clear, and with the closing of houses as being unfit for habitation, we shall soon have overcrowding in its worst form. r- I would suggest that the Aberdare Trades Council get up a demonstration, to see if they can awaken the Councillors to the needs of the district. Or better still, the Trades Council might call upon the Labour Councillors to open the question again. If the question of housing accommoda- tion is allowed to rest in abeyance for a time, we shall have the local elections upon us, and it will be used as an election cry. Our Councillors are cute and cun- ning. Mr. Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has given his reasons for voting against the Women's Conciliation Bill. It was plain to be seen from his address that the Chancellor is in favour of aVotes for Women "-all women, and not a certain class. .The Chancellor said that the House of Lords veto would have to be settled be- fore any bill that would benefit the com- munity at large could be passed. That is what the country is waiting for, and it is to be hoped that democrats of the type of Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. Win- ston Churchill will hurry up their col- leagues. Mr. T. P. O'Connor writes in "Rey- nold's on U Three politicians who have done great things for Liberalism." Mr. Lloyd George is mentioned as one of the trio. After reading the article one comes to the conclusion that a cabinet minis- ter's life is not all honey. The greater part of the article is devoted to the work done by the Welsk Chancellor.
Services Recognised. Mr. D. M. Richards, Wenallt, Aber- dare, has received from Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P. for Cardiff, formerly for Merthyr and Aberdare, an English half Hunter Gold Watch. Tho watch, which is of a very beautiful and valuable type, bears the inscription: To Mr. D. M. Rich- ards, from D. A. Thomas, M.P., in token of their close political association for a period of 15 years. August 9, 1910."
Training School, Aberdare. For some time Mrs. (Dr.) Banks, Mrs. T. Walter Williams (Glen View), Mrs. A. N. Jenkins, Mrs. Stewart (Broniestyn- terrace), Mrs. Fox (Cwmdare), and other ladies have been giving instruction in fancy sewing,, etc., to the elder girls m the school and the Cottage Homes, and on Wednesday a sale of work in connec- tion with the class was held at the school. The articles made by the girls were dis- played on a stall in the schoolroom, pre- sided over by Mrs. Owen, the matron, and Mrs. Jenkins, member of the Mer- thyr Board of Guardians, the secretary of the class. The articles were very well made, and were much admyed by the visitors, and reflected great credit on the matron, the ladies assisting, and the children themselves. Tea was also given on the lawn in front of the school, Mrs. Bankes and Mrs. T. Walter Williams generously providing the same. During the afternoon Mrs. D. M. Richards, chair- man of the Children's Homes Committee, Rev. J. O'Reilly, vice-chairman, and Mr. J. Prowle, ex-chairman, members of the Merthyr Board of Guardians, visited the sale of work. Others present included: Miss Davies (Bryngolwg, Aberdare), Mrs. D. E. Williams and Mrs. E. Williams (Hirwain), Mrs. Williams (matron of the Merthyr Workhouse), Mrs. Stewart, etc. Mr. Owen, the superintendent, and Mrs. Owen, the matron, are to be congratu- lated on the excellence of the arrange- ments throughout.
Wales and Music. BY "SEMI-BRByE." During the past few weeks we have had a few eisteddfodau of renown, in which some of our best choirs have sung. Soon, however, we shall have the National Festival at C'olwyn Bay, where the crack choirs of England and Wales will be heard. Some of the best choirmasters and composers of our country have been discussing whether the eisteddfod has re- tarded or advanced the progress of Wales. One Doctor of Music says "that there was a great deal of vocal talent in Wales, but there did not seem to be a desire to cultivate a knowledge of great works." I have every raspect for the doctor, but I do not think he gives due credit to Welshmen. Have not choristers in. the past, and do they not now give their time to master some of the great works? The festivals that are held in different towns are a proof of good work done, by oar choristers. There is no doubt that the eisteddfod has done a great deal to foster music and has brought singing to a very high standard. Often have I heard adjudi- cators say that certain performances were nearly perfect. Some critics say that too much of the mercenary element is noticeable; that unworthy tes,t pieces are sung, and this means stagnation and deterioration; that if committees became proof against, ad.. vances made by composers and their friends for the inclusion of particular works the eisteddfod would be of a greater service. It is pleasing to note that all the critics, both English and Welsh, speak highly of the musical talent of the Welsh and of the possibilities of the nation in the musical world. No doubt the remarks of all the critics are worthy of notice and thought, and have been given with the best intention, i.e., to improve Wales's position in the musical world. I hope musical com- mittees will take note of the remarks, and also that these musical geniuses will voice their opinions from the platforms of our eisteddfodau. I should like to know what our local musicians have tofcay on the subject.
Musical Successes. thi^f0611! examinations held under the auspices of the London Victoria Col- lege of Music at Cardiff, the' following teacher °TT" Dan Davi^ leacner, liirAvam, were successful: — 4-C 2e .r7 Jacobs, Hirwain—Pass ear- marks W honours, Junior Grade. 92 i'vfaggie Blodwen Fry, Hirwain-Pass 98 marks honours, Primary Grade, Mattie Adelina Jones, Aberdare—Pass Gradf,Ca90 mSS. h0M™rS- PrePara<°>7 Grade, 90 marks. Dorris Peters, Aberdare—Pass Certifi- marksT honours, Junior Grade, 90 Evan Parry, Cwmdare—Pass Certifi- cate, gaming 77 marks, Junior Grade. Mr. Dan Davies is to be complimented upon such brilliant successes. The ex- aminer was Dr. Lewis, London.
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r SCIENCE NOTES & NEWS. THE SEA HORSE'S TAIL. Among the peculiar tailed fishes the sea horses are alone in having the tail prehensile. With it they anchor themselves to seaweed and other things in strong currents, for they are poor swimmers. Here, too, is the first manifestation of the emotions by means of the vertebrate tail, for as two of these interesting areatures meet they may clasp tails for a moment and then pass on, as if they had wished each other wefl. They have thus ante- dated our handshake a few cycles. FIFTY MEN AND ONE ELEPHANT. Interesting tests have been made to deter- mine the respective pulling power of horses, men, and elephants. Two horses, weighing 1,6001b. each, together pulled 3,7501b., or 5501b. more than their combined weight. One elephant, weighing 12,0001b., pulled 8,7501b., or 3,2501b. less than its weight. Fifty men, aggregating 7,5001b. in weight, pulled 8,7501b., or just as much as the single elephant; but, like the horses, they pulled more than their own weight. One hundred men pulled 12,0001b. HOW FAR THE BLOOD TRAVELS. The mileage of the blood circulation reveals some astonishing facts. It has been calcu- lated, for instance, that, assuming the heart to beat sixty-nine times a minute at ordinary pressure, the blood goes at a rate of two hundred and seven yards in a minute, or nine miles an hour, two hundred and twenty miles a day, and eighty thousand miles a year. If a man eighty-four years old could have had one single blood corpuscle floating in his blood all his life, it would have travelled in that time nearly seven million miles. RADIO-ACTIVITY OF DEW. Professor Negri, of the University of Bou- logne, has been making some interesting ob- servations on the radio-aetivity of dew. Glass plates were exposed in contact with the soil for several hours after 8 p.m. The dew was found to be deposited entirely on the surface of the glass next the ground, the upper faces of the plates being quite free from it. As is the case with snow and rain the radio-activity of the dew was found to disappear almost en- tirely in a short time. It lasts, in fact, not much more than half an hour. The maximum intensity of the radio-activity did not occur for some minutes after the dew-covered plates were, put l the electrostatic measuring apparatus. THE "FALL" OF DEW. The feet that Professor Negri found the dew only on the under sides of his glass plates indicates that the popular expression, the "fall" of the dew, is erroneous. The condensation of moisture on the lower sides is due to the cooling of the water vapour ascending out of the ground. If dew was formed by the cooling of a moisture-laden air above the moisture would be found on the upper surface of the glass. In the case of the dew found on the leaves of plants it has been shown that a part of this at least is due to the water vapour passing from the plant itself by transpiration. DIVING BIRDS. In the Zoologist Mr. F. J. Stubbs explains that water-birds which are ordinarily able to float high on the water can also sink at will by expelling the air which is enclosed within the film of feathers surrounding their bodies, thus making them heavier than water. This mechanical trick on the part of diving birds is probably familiar to all who have watched the kingfisher at close quarters, and have noted the sudden contraction in the bird's ap- parent size as it takes the plunge. This is much more easily observed in the case of the starling, which sometimes imitates the king- fisher by plunging into water for food. The shrinkage of the bird in apparent size is very noticeable when, after hovering above the surface, it turns downwards to dive. REMARKABLE LIGHTNING FLASH. During a thunderstorm a remarkable light- ning flash was observed at Woolston, one mile east of North CacPbury. Two elm trees stand- ing close together were struck by lightning. From these trees, says a correspondent of Symon's Meteorological Magazine, the light- ning ran along a wire fence both ways. In one direction (westnvard) the lightning only went a few yards to a gate post, which was split to bits, throwing the iron hooks to some distance and cutting one of them in two. In the other direction it ran 450 yards, at first splitting the small posts which held the wire, and blackening the nettle leaves, which It left stingless all the 450 yards, along more than three sides of the orchard. A cloud of smobo passed over the field after the flash. METAL ALLOYS. The alloys of iron with metals other than those which enter into the composition of cast iron and steel have been little studied. In order to ascertain if any of these alloys pos- sess useful electrical properties, Burgess and Aston have made a series of experiments with alloys of iron with arsenic, bismuth, and anti- mony. The iron which they employed was obtained by the electrolysis of very pure Swedish iron. The metals were meltec to- gether in the electric furnace in a crucible oJ magnesia. The alloys were cast into bars, which Avere subjected to various thermaJ treatments, and were investigated for mag- netic permeability and hysteresis. The re- sults show that the presence of antimony in iron always injures the mechanical strength of the metal, and sometimes makes it worth- less. Small quantities of arsenic improve the magnetic properties of iron and increase its electrical resistance. Bismuth produces the same effect, but it must be added in larger quantities than arsenic.
THE JUST VERSUS THE GOOD. The just man says, "Do not let me hurt;" the good man says, "Let me bless. lne man says, "Let me take nothing from my fellow-men;" the good man says, "Let me be- stow much upon them." The just man says, Let me be pure; the good man says, Let me draw all men into purity." One is equitable; the other is benevolent. One seeks his own per- I fectness; the other seeks the welfare of those j about him.
AN ANCIENT SPORT. One 01 Buckingham's vicars William Wooley,_ of Wingrave — was a famous witch- hunter in the days when that was esteemed a befitting' recreation for divines. An old lady named Sueanna Hannokes was charged with having bewitched her neighbour's spinning- wheel so that it would not go round. The accused was conducted to the church, stripped of her clothes even to her shift, and was weighed on a pair of scales against the church Bible; but to the great mortification of her accusers she passed the ordeal triumphantly, outweighed the Bible, and was thereupon acquitted of the charge against her.
Fire at Aberdare. About 6.30 o'clock on Friday evening an outbreak of fire occurred at the Glan- cynon Foundry, Aberdare. The fire brigade were irnmediate)y in attendance. It was found that the fire had occurred in one of the pattern rooms, and it was extinguished within a very small space of time. A considerable amount of damage, however, was done. The cause of the outbreak is unknown.
Musical Success. At the recent London College of Music examinations, held at the Aber- dare centre, Master Albert Wheeler, of Triangle, Caegarw, was successful in obtaining a certificate in piano playing; also Miss Olwen Abraham, Tanybryn, Consort-street, Miskin, who tied with another in securing first position in first class. The above were pupils of Mr John Thomas, 1, Navigation Villas, Miskin.