Mid-Rhondda Musings. The District Council elections are fast drawing upon us, and already we hear the distant sound of the ratepayers' artillery. Chief among the battle-cries this year will be the Government Auditor's Report upon the District Council doings during 1907. The publication ofl this report has aroused a tremendous feeling in the dis- trict, and meeting of various bodies have already been held to consider it. Its contents were discussed at the meet- ing of the Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade on Tuesday night, but as that body did not possess the actual report, the j subject was dropped pending its obtain- ing. -'+-- A Dinaa correspondent, who has an un- due amount of cynicism in his nature, infornis us that the big drum politicians or the Trades Council are on the war- path, and that they are marching on inas. with the intention, of robbing its inhabitants of its local representation. He advises these bold fellows to see to their armour that it is bullet-proof as l/masites are Itnown to be sharpshooters, and the spoil they clamour for will not be easily taken Now that we have published our corree- i*>ndent3 warning, we trust that the Irades Council will pay heed to the advice. We would dare anything our- selves rather than raise the gorge of a single Dinasite. The same correspondent writes us of a 6hpmthlS,columllSOI,ll,e time ago. He declares that Missioner Davidson's fight- ing propensities were displayed on Din as Bridge, and that there are no dark streets at Dinas except at the time the Rhondda Council's gas is burning. For which information, much thanks. Yours is a burning wit, friend. But have a care. Much less things have pro- v-oked war and stripped nations of their glory. --+-- A correspondent sends us the following •' Will there be any taxes on the Williams Memorial Hall, Trealaw; if so, who will be responsible? I Wondrous cuteness. Will the ground landlord, who is the donor of the build- ing, charge ground rent, and who will he charge it upon ? It is an interesting problem, and we pass it on to our readers. Here is another cracker. "If it takes a tramcar half a second to get off the lines near Trinity Chapel, Tonypandy, herbert! UP ^re~ If our readers find this rather difficult i they may probably get some M; from those members of the werft ;+n^a Orpheus Glee Society who tion insW^ hatching the car in ques- n lllsd of attending practice. A there our responsibility ends. We Cry hands off this week, at any rate. Pentre Pellets. A Pentre young lady has spent some time in word-playing; for instance, she has tried to find a pair of words like widow and widower, but the only valu- able result is this: Can Ruth become a Ruther ? If so, she will be happy ever afterwards. The WeMi vocabulary of many a young Welshman was increased after Tuesday's meeting. It yas fortunate that ESnglish versions were printed and mixed up with Welsh ones. One person was heard to remark that he had heard much about « The Italka Salad/' but it was not on the menu card. -+- Oonsnmpiion has been termed the white plague. Medical science has made great advance in the last few years towards the elimination of this fell disease. Perhaps this aocounts for the long life of a particular joke about the consumptive lady's chance of going to a better world. -r> Wex with "The Little Jieauty y) which has recently been the subject of judicial enquiries; we have previously noticed her wandering ways etreete01S7 traveIli"3 aIonS our main Now that recruiting for the Tfrriers is active, is it possible for our genial major to be promoted ? He would have been Field Marshal long ago if he had lived in Holland, which is famous for "dykes."
Treherbert Tags. Lent'' was strictly observed at Tre- herbert last week, and many people look the better for fasting. Yet, some have been borrowing" this week. rti. natural that they should want to have hack what they" lent." Still, we have a large number of "erring" and sinful "souls." This sounds a bit fishy, but maybe we could find more "cod" about our "niaice" than anything eLse. It makes our hearts hake." A branch of Lloyds Bank has been established in Bute Street, and two of our shops seem to be doing exceptionally good business. At any rate, they have the bank between them. A certain young chap is very much alive to his own importance lately because he is the proud owner of a watch. He no doubt has the time of his life. Let us trust he will always find it a going article. -+-, At one of our draper shops in Bute Street there is a clearance sale, and the placards in the window, read: No reasonable offer refused." Does this apply to the young ladies, behind the counter? 'Treherbert N.U. were much tlie bettei* team against Badry on Saturday. A draw seems altogether the wrong result. The last ten minutes of the game was fairly exciting and Treherbert had very hard luck. Many Treherbert enthusiasts declare that Barry ought to have been more successful in kicking penalty goals, but that there must have been to much dough on the ball. The field was dry, therefore whence came the dough ? Barry ? ? A rather heated discussion took place at Treherbert lately as to the mental superiority of the East over the West. One sided the question by saying that the wise men came from the East. Why, that is the wisest thing they could do." The leek seemed to have died out from what was seen of it last Monday. To be up to date, many Rhondda P.T..s wore cabbage leaves instead. But high- class opinion says, "They are idiots!" Their motto is below. --+-- Then be not coy but use your time, And while ye may go marry, For having lost but once your prime, Ye may for ever tarry. -Herrick. The above comes in their study. They have learned it with a vengeance.
Ferndale Filterings. We were privileged to listen to an ex- cited discussion on the Strand the other evening between an Individualist and a group of Socialists. Said the Individual- ist: "Each for himself is my rule of life, and I intend paddling my own canoe, uptil I get to the top of the tree." If that Individualist were not possessed of a typically Welsh surname, we should be inclined to think him an Irishman. However, he is an undoubted authority on bulls." An error crept into our report of the soc.tal of the Co-operative employees last week. The winner of the ladies' prize in the whist drive should have been Mr. D. Buller Jones and not Miss D; Buller Jonas. That gentleman obligingly took the place of an absent lady. We apologise for the Miss—take. The Capel Weslev Choir are busily practising "Esther the Beautiful Queen," under tli-e conductorship of Mr. Ben Price. Another treat in store.
GREAT WALK! -+- lWr- c. W. ALLEN Champion Walker of England, Will pass through Tonypandy and Clydach Vale, on Thursday Forenoon, April 8, 1909 ( Mr. Allen will be wearing the Celebrated CENTURION Footwear As worn by him on his Famous Lands End to John o' Groats Walk at the rate of 56 miles per day, June, 1908. -'+- Mr. Allen will call at i T. J. THOMAS' Tredeezie Boot Stores, 196, Court St., Tonypandy, Who is Agent for these widely known boots. THE PEDESTRIAN IS WALKING FOR A 4716 WAGER 600 MILES IN WALES.
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Ton Talk. St. David's Day has come and gone once more. The Patron Saint of Wales is a great favourite with the school chil- dren 11 They get a half-holiday over him every year. Tile Patronal Saint Festival was well attended at St. David's Church on Mon- day last. The attendance, however, was nothing compared to the" festival" held in the Workmen's Hall by the Lib.-Lab. League. The courses which came as a matter of course were well attended -to. Two young men from the locality have lately been seized with the walking craze. They took train to Llantrisant, then walked straight (a few calls excepted) to Cardiff. Alas! they. spoilt it all by coming home by train. Was it because they were tired, we wonder? The series of lectures delivered every Saturday evening in Welsh in the district would, we venture to state, be better attended if given in English. The reason is obvious. The Naturalists' lecture at the Work- men's Hall last week was again very well attended. The, subject of the lecture was The Panama Canal." The lecturer, Mr. Vaughan Cornisli, of the Royal Geograph- ical Society, gave a very graphic descrip- tion of the gigantic undertaking now being carried on in, the isthmus. Major Russell delivered a fine lecture at the Primitive Methodist Ohapel, Ystrad Road, on The Romance of the Salvation Army." Quite a general account. Ton had a soft thing on last Saturday. Cardiff City were defeated by 8 goals to 1. Next Saturday, the old rivals, Cwm- pare, are to be met in mighty conflict. Ton. as a rule, win, but still the game is always a good "draw." Season tickets on the trams are gaining in favour. It would be a nasty blow to the holders of same if another strike The staff at (Jelli School have opened a. "Pageant Fund." The children sub- scribe a few pence every, week until the eventful day arrives when they will all proceed to Cardiff to witness a sight they may never be privileged to see again.
Porth Jottings. The transfer at Trehafod makes no difference. You must stand from Ponty- pridd, and you must stand from Trehafod, inside and outside. --+-- Surely, the public should be served better than this. Why not put extra cars on to stop this overcrowding? If a car is registered to carry a certain llUlUf. ber, then it is illegal to exceed thatf number. --+-- Another thing. The conductors should stop the, foul, yes, beastly language, used on the cads. Which way? By stopping, the car and having the guilty persons put out. The. language used on a certain car from Pontypridd up to Porth on Satur- day evening last was disgusting. In the car there is no alternative, not being able to shut our ears; all passengers must sit and listen. Something should be done. Though the "territory" question has, often been an intricate one at Porth, Colonel James, of the 5th Glamorgan Territorials," did not take long to dis- cover suitable "territory r", for- ppacti(,.e,, shooting, c%c., for the Porth Territorials'. Let us hope that by the establishment of this company we may, through them, yet obtain a recreation ground, and per- haps a. park. The prospect of a recreation ground for healthy outdoor pastime for our young men is not the hopeless case that it once was. Porth's lucky star is probably in the ascendant. Let us hope so, anyhow. Is it not time to agitate for longer tramcars than the cars in use at present? To come up from Pontypridd on Satur- day night reminds one forcibly of the one-time rodney train on tIr0 flourish- ing Taff. (
Ystrad Y&ps. The cry of the multitude at Ystrad at present is, Please will you put seme- thing on my card?" Our local wag wishes to know wlilli-t lia.14 become of the "Suffragettes." Our' answer is that they may have married s the" Unemployed." The local airator has been dreaming, again. Last week he dreamed he hadJ come into a fortune; but lie was rudely ovakened and found himself still only an "aeronaut" (heir o' naught). > --+-- One of our near neighbours failed to j have much "news" last week, forj instead of receiving his "Leader-" pei post, as usual, he only had the wrapper. -+-- He looks rather dejected over, it. We ..11 wish him betted luck this week. Hidden treasure in Ystrad. Someone has found a Ciagrett6 "Under Two Flags." j A fine aroma pervaded the air on Mon- day last, for everything seemed to leek" that day. j I EOS HAFO0, Hynaws, hyfwyn, Eos Rafod-dif:radi Ei fwriad, da hynod J Lenor, a cherddor gwych od I A'i wen bur awen barod. We strive for gold and lose our health In anxious seeking after wealth; Yet health more precious is than gold, A stalwart frame than wealth untold u We suffered from a cought at nirrht Which sore disturbed our slum hers light But now our sleep is deep and sure; Secured by Woods' Great Peppermint Cur
1 Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade. Royal Visit and Street Deoo rations. Tlio uslial- monthly meeting of the Mid- Rhondda Chamber of Trade took place on Tuesday. evening at the Grocers' Rooms, Wellington Chambers, and was presided over by Mr. J. Owen Johes, the chairman of the Chamber. Arising out of the correspondence, a letter was'read from Mr. L. W. Llewelyn, accepting the position of president of the Chamber for the ensuing year. In relation to the proposed amendment of rules, it was decided to allow Rule 3 to stand as it is at present, and that all outside persons not directly connected with the Chamber, as per Rule 3, should become members by election at any of the meetings, but those that are already members should remain so. The Executive Committee reported upon their, findings in connection with the affiliation of the Mid-Rhondda Chamber with the Amalgamated Chambers of Trade the result being, that it was decided to join that body.
The accounts of the Chamber having been audited by Messrs. Hugh Williams and Thomas (manager of Lloyds Bank), a very satisfactory report was given, and votes of thanks for the auditors' services were accorded. In relation to the District Council Auditor's report, the Secretary was in- structed to get full information of same, and immediately this is procured, to call a special meeting. A lengthy discussion arose out of properly defining. the liability of the Chamber in connection with the horse show. After a great deal had been said and no satisfactory conclusion being arrived at it was decided to procure legal advice on the matter. The proposed Royal visit to the locality and ways and means of decorating was left to the Executive to meet and dis- cuss. A letter in connection with the I ^—— affair was received from the secretary of the committee of the Ambulance Asso- ciation, asking the Chamber' to do its best in regards to street decorations. Several members thought the tradesmen of the neighbourhood should do their uttermost towards enlivening the streets. Mr. John R-ees, the secretary of the Chamber, thought that if the Chamber did its best. it might lead to the chair- mi man, Mr. J. Owen Jones, being knighted (laughter). The report of the collectors re loans ror 1908 eisteddfod was given in which it was stated that £ 82-Is, had been col- l^ctedhy them.Votes of thanks to Mr John Rees and Mr. Llewellyn Evans, the collectors, for their services were passed. ,A proposition was also carried conveying the Chamber's hfearty support of Inspects Hole's vigilance in connection with street obstruction.
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