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Gilchrist Lectures at Penygraig. On Thursday evening, at Zoar Baptist Chapel, Penygraig, Dr. Charles Wald- stein delivered the third lecture of the above series. The subject was Labour and Art in English life, illustrated by Greek Art." The lecture was excellently illustrated by means of the oxy-hydrogen lantern. Mr. T. W. Berry, F.C.S., Director of Education, presided, and there was a, very large audience present. The local committee has kept the best wine till the hH;t, for on Thursday next the Rev. W. Dallinger, D.Sc., F.R.S., will deliver 'his popular lecture on "The Pond and its minute inhabitants."
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Fridays, 4.30 till 7. 3913 MONEY. mHE OLD-ESTABLISHED PROVINCIAL UNION BANK continues to lend immense sums daily, from zio to 95,000, on Note of Hand Alone, or other Security, at a few hours' notice, to all classes in any part of England and Wales, repayable by easy instalments. No good application is ever refused. All communications strictly private. Moderate Interest. Special rates for short periods. The largest, best known, and most honourably conducted Business in the Kingdom. Thousands of our regular customers have expressed their entire satisfaction in repeated transactions with us. If desired, one of our Officials will attend at vour residence at once with Cash, and carry out the advance THERE AND THEN. Call, or write (in confidence), to the MANAGBR. liB. STANLEY DOWDING, 1, QUUIi SQUARX, BRISTOL. you CAN BORROW Direct from the Actual Lender- MR. PHILIP INIORRIS, 80, TAFF-STREET, pONTYPRIDD, Manager of the South Wales Loan and Finance Co., ANY SUM FROM f5 TO £1,000 Upon your own Promissory Note and Re-pay to suit your circumstances. No sureties required. Lowest interest charged. Strict privacy observed in all transactions. Call Or write in Confidence to- PHILIP MORRIS, at the above address. Applications from all parts receive prompt attention. WANTED. WANTED a ^respectable lad as an ap- prentice, wages first week. Apply, Thomas & Co., Emporium, Penygraig. b945,87 FURNISHED Apartments for two young men in business. Moderate terms. Write-Box 44, "Rhondda Leader" Office, Tonypandy. FOR SALE. "DARGAIN—Lady's magnificent Cycle, highest grade B Coventry machine, new at Xmas. not soiled Clincher tyres, plated rims. genuine Crabbe roller brakes b:*ck an:1 front, Perry's ball free wheel highest finish and beautiful model all accessories no use to owner sacrifice 94 10s., worth double approval before tush sent.-K. Stuckey, Oak Villa, Clarendon ro%d. Weston-super-Mare B943,96 FOR SALE, Mandoline, Neapolitan, beautiful tone complete with case and tutor, cost 45s., sacritice 25s.Apply, 121, Tylacelyn Road, Penygraig. cl4 FISH, FISH. Fishmongers, Hawkers, &c., write to C, H. Cowburn, Fish Docks, Swansea. Lowest market prices. 4371 FUNERAL STOCK, Second-hand hearses Jf £ 30, 20 new patterns, landaus £40. hansoms £20; brakes, easy terms, catalogues Marston's, Bradford Street, Birmingham.. B86911 JOINERY Supplied to Castle or Cottage, Church or Chapel; also Turnery of all kinds, round or square.—Apply to the Barry Dock Steam Joinery Company, Limited, Barry Dock. B934/93 FOR SALE 3 New Well-built Houses WITH BAYS, IN Stuart Street, Treherbert -+- Ground Floor-Two Sitting Rooms, Kitchen Pantry and Bathroom. First Floor-Four Large Bedrooms. Front and Back Gardens. -+- Apply to J. J. DA VIES, 6, Church Street. Treherbert. 4363 MUSICAL PHIL J ONES late pupil of Signor Moretty, R.A.M. (London), is open to receive engagements for Oratorios, Miscellaneous Concerts, etc. Moderate fee. Dr. Randegger says: Hepossesses a decidedly beautiful tenor voice most pleasing to listen to." Copies of testimonials on application. Address, Phil Jones, Tonyrefail. 400 R. R. JONES, A.Mus. L.C.M., has vacancies for Pupils in Pianoforte and Organ, Harmony, Counterpoint. Lessons given, if desired, on the Virgil Clavier Method, also lessons given in the Pianist's Harmony Course, in which every Principle taught, both in Language and Notes introducing Writing, Playing and Transposing at Sight of simple Harmonies, such as the Tonic and its attend- ant Harmonies, Cadences, &c. Pupils passed with Honours at Trinity College. For terms, etc., apply to 2, Hill Street, Penygraig. Mr. Jones has passed the Musical portion of Associate of Music, Trinity College of Music. 4461 TO LET. ONE 'Large Room to let in centre of Tonypandy. Suit Dentist or Insuranca Company. -Apply, H Milton. b91186. LOCK-UP SHOP to let July Ist. best tj position in Clyaeh Vale. Suit Hair- dresser and Tobacconist, or other light trade. Two windows. Write—Box B38, "Leader" Office, Tonypandy. EDUCATIONAL. COLLIERY MANAGERS Examinations; Mine's Inspt ctorate. Scholarships, Sur- veying, Electrical and Mining Mathematic's Examinations'. Candidates Successfully Pre- pared. Lessons by Post. 61 out of 62 Students qualified last Cardiff Managers' Examination- a rl Write for Syllabus, Cambrian Mining School Glanffrwd, Porth. bfJl7 IRS SHI-PPING. t-AN PACIfliC Weekly Service from Liverpool. FASTEST Luxurious accoE>modatioti in aliaIass- ■ imp es as moderate a es—only four days ™ open sea. Emigran s net at Liver- TO pool by Canadian Pacific ">fflcia!?. For sailings, pvnphlets and inf ormation as CANAD'Aa to opnortunitei in Canada, apply to Canadian Pacific Railway, 18. St. Augustine's Parade, Bristol, or Local Agents everywhere. MISCELLANEOUS Swansea. rr HE W WERLEY TEMPERANCE HOTEL & COFFEE TAVERN, bottom of High Street, and opposi e Tram Gar Terminus, Large Bar; Dining and Comnierciil Rooms. Hot Dinners da.ily, 12-30 to 3. Beds, Billiards. > 4661 PROFESSOR David Thomas, Magnetic M Herbal Physician, Shop 27, Park Place (above Theatre Royal), Merthyr Tydfil, Special Pills for each ailment. Ahwmia, Neuralgia, Backache, Piles, Rheumatism, Asthma, &c. Ladies and Gentlemen treated for any ailment. Thousands of Testimonials. b035.84 SEND stamp for advice to Mrs. Watson, Herbalist and Lady Specialist—Address 10. Guinea Street, Bristol. B928/92. FtlRIMNELL S Pills and Powders have i. cured thousands. Why not you? See that you get "Established 1879" on every label .-Trimnell, The Herbalist, 144, Rich- mond-road, Cardiff. Agents wanted. f*A PAGE Book about Herbs and how to 04t use them, post free; send for one. Trimnell, The Herbalist, 144, Richmond-road, Cardiff. Established 1879. Please note the address. PROF. & MADAME LIN DA, the Aineri- can Palmists, Phrenologists, &c., can now be consulted daily from 11 till 10 at 100, Llewellyn Street, Pentre. Late of Car- diff, Merthyr. &c. b940j85 TITO Prevent Fraud see that you get 1 Established 1879" on every label and wrapper of Trimnell's Preparations, without which none are genuine.— Trimnell, The Herbalist, 144, Richmond-road, Cardiff. B942|95 IMPORTANT TO MOTHERS. Every Mother who values the health and cleanliness of her child should use HARRISON'S "Reliable" NURSERY POMADE. One application kills all Nits and Vermin, beautifies and strengthen the Hair, In tins 4Jd. and 9d.. postage id. George W. Harrison, Chemist, Reading. Agents, Emrys Richards, Chemist, Coedy- mei' ion. Tonypandy D. E. Davies. Chemist, Treorchy; W. R. Williams, Chemist. Medical Hall, Tylorstown J. P. Lewis, Chemist. Medical Hall, Ynyshir. GREY HAIR permanently and speedily restored to its original colour by using HARRISON'S HAIR COLOUR RESTORER. It is not a dye, but by natural me n& acts as a rrstorative. Contains nothing njurious, and is beneficial to the growtn and beauty of the Hair. In bottles, price Is. 6d (postage 3d. extra). Manu acturer:—G. W. HARRISON, Hair Specialist. Read- ing- Agentfor Tonypandy: Emrvs Richards. The Dun aven Pharmacy; Pentre: David George, Chemist. BSOI-86. Telegrams- Mackerel, Swansea." Corporation Telephone-350 P. MOLYNEUX, Ltd., Steam Trawler Owners & Smack Managers, and Fish Merchants, 120, MIGH STREET, SWANSEA. Special attention paid to customers for Headless Fish for Frying Write for Quotations 3170 D. McNEIL, 46, Robert Street, CARDIFF' Gives Best Prices for all kinds of Old Metal, Rags, and Rabb t Skins. Soree-Thesiger Street, CARDIFF. Nat. Tel. 210X1. Telegrams—" Connected, Cardiff." Established 1844, Government Contractors. BRADSHAW & SON, ASPHALTE PAVING CONTRACTORS, etc. Contractors to the Cardiff, Barry, Glamorgan, Monmouth Educa- tion Committees, and other Public bodies. Special Quotations and Extended Terms of maintenance for Public Schoo's, Playgrounds, etc. Office and Works, Duinbells Road, CARDIFF. Nat. Tel. iIS5. L IGHTPORT ABLE RAILWAYS, TIP WAGONS, SWITCHES, TURN- TABLES, AND CONTRACTORS' PLANT OF ALL DESCRIPTION. LARGEST STOCK IN WALES & WESTERN COUNTRIES FRANK MUNN, Dumball Road, CARDIFF. Nat. Tel. 1190. Telegrams. Munn, Cardiff." 4702 Important Notice To Shoopkeepers and others. J. E COMLEY & SONS. I-loe to the 23, Moira Terrace ( Infirmary 1) CARDIFF, Is the best house for Toys, Glass, China, Vases, Eartheraware, Haberdashery, Stationery, Strdware, Holloware, etc. Largest Importers of Fancy Goods in South Wales and West of England. Show Rooms open daily Business Hours. 8 a.m. to 7 p. m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p. m. Nat Tel. 01193. Wholesale Only. Established 1880. _] WALES [_ Speaks Out. A REVOLUTION SSS! IN TRAD I NO the flings of the ■ H 1 Welsh Nation than the revolution in WATCH and JEWEL trading caused by the introduction of THE BRITISH PUBSER'SF I R M'S STRAIGHTFORWARD, FACTORY-TO- WEARER, BIG MIDDLE PROFIT- CUTTING METHODS. ever the old bad days of low values, old, w rn stock and huge profit prices, and established a solid H I At one blow they have swept away for, REPUTATION & SUCCESS g Never before approached on the sound basis of BETT £ R WATCHES-BETTER JEWELS g FAIR PRICES & GENUINE SAVINGS. Solid hilver Brooches, Men's Strong Solid Silver Of! !■> a ii g c s, &c. Hard-wearVVatchesC/«| £ 0U« fusually i'6). (usually 10/6). U/U I meSohdGold Brooches Silver Plated Break- §9/.) Mare Value, fast Cruets, O'Q Sljw/y (usually 6 6). (usually 4/6). ■» V cal Diamond and Rubv L a d i e s' Re a 1 G o 1 d 11 Engagement Watches and How QS S-.», Rmgs(worth 21/-) Brooch complete f. OUR CUSTOMERS REMAIN BUVE.<S FOR LIFE. si Ask any of -our fri nds who are and know. Pi. -in NTH'S OROEIlS BY Prl T y i I TRIAU. S E IV T SAME OAY g Thi will ifiva you s ..u TRAIN cal mg when not ? FAKE P AIO. c invariant Jjr ■■■■■ M THE If 2^ BRITISH •, 'I JEWELLERS -nnection. ivith any other. Cardiff- Queen St., St. John' Sq t'oiner Newport—25 High n Swansea—84, Oxford S rett. h China for Shopkeepers & Hawkers I Teas, 1/4; Breakfast, 2/3; Plates, 8d.; Dinner do., 1/3. Fluted Tea" 1/fi White I and Gold Teas, 1/10 Breakfast, 2/6. Visit our Show Rooms before buying else- where. where. W. WEBB, Pottery ShowRooms, I Splott Bridge, CARDIFF. 4673 SHOP SUN BLINDS. We are the only makers in South Wales who devote EXTIRE attention to the ahove classs of blinds, Prices on Application. J. MASON & Co., Crowa Blind Works. Wyeverne Road, CARDIFF. Nat. Tel. 04571. 467"2 = The Ogmore Valley Horse Show Society will hold their SECOND ANNUAL HORSE SHOW On Whit Monday, May 31st, 1909, 40 Classes for Hacks, Cobs, Ponies, Cart and Colliery Horses, Trotting Handicaps, Jumping, Timbering, Shoeing, and Ambu- lance Competitions. Increased Prize Money. 8 Challenge Cups. Schedules ready April 1st. 1909. TENDERS are invited for a BAND, also for the SUPPLY of REFRESHMENTS (non- intoxicating). Same must be with the Secre- tary, Mr. E. A. -HALE, Horse Show Otlice, Nantymoel, not later than March 25th, 1909. 4691 L, LAN HAR AN THE SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL EISTEDDFOD Whit-Tuesday, June 1st, 1909. CHIEF ITEMS Male Voice, minimum 50, The Destruction of Gaza." (L. D. Rille), jei5; and Gold Medal to winner of First Prize. Second Prize P-5. Mixed Choirs, minimum 40 Yr Haf (G. Gvvent) £ 10 and Gold Medal. Juvenile Uhoir (own selection), 4,5. Action Song (own selection), X2. Solos, £ 1 Is. each. Handsome Prizes for Recitations. Programmes 1 id. each, post free, from the Secretary, J. THOMAS, Argoed Edwin, Llanharan. 4713 Eisteddfod Week at Abergavenny. THE IDEALliSTEDDFOD Easter Monday, April 12th, Nine Carefully Graded Choral Competitions. ORCHESTRAL & BAND CONTESTS Vocal, Instrumental and-Triple Harp Solo Competitions. Music Composition and Numerous Literature and Art Tests. CHAIRING OF THE BARD. Band of Welsh Triple Harpists. AZ30 0 in Prizes, MOST EXPERT ADJUDICATORS. FAIR CONDITIONS' Splendid FETE Attractions- Grand Displays of Fireworks (Welsh Devices). CYMREIGYDDION Y FENNI. INAUGURAL CONGRESS, EASTER WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, Including Pilgrimages to C.¡,rllhua.nwc's Tomb and Llanover Hal). Lectures and Discussions oh subjects of National importance by many Celebrated Bards. WELSH CONCERTS, BVND OF TRIPLE HARPISTS, BANQUETS, etc. For further particulars apply. to the Secretary-Mr R. H. JACKSON Abergavenny. 4720 District Council Election, 1909. 0 AN D I D A T ES SHOULD NOT NEGLECT TO ANNOUNCE THEIR MEETINGS IN THE COLUMNS OF THE RHONDDA LEADER ELECTORS WILL READ THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER WHEN THEY WILL NOT TAKE ANY NOTICE OF LITERATURE THROWN IN AT THE DOOR. PAST EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT MUNICIPAL ELEC- TION WORKERS THAT THE PRESS INFLUENCES MORE iOTERS THAN ANY OTHER MEDIUM. "DRIPO" For Cake and Pastry Making.' FRYING AND COOKING PURPOSES. SIXPENCE PER POUND. ,-ale In One Pound Packets. W ASK YOUR GROCER. Wholesale of the Welsh Bacon Curing Co.* LLANDAFF. 4718. I DON'T NEGLECT THAT I I COUGH I i or Cold any longer, for the longer neg- k lected the worse it becomes, and the T more it costs to cure, and besides you v m are far more likely to have Influenza, A for the demon Influenza nearly always X T arises frmn neglected Coughs and C .Ids f ) So take no ri^ks, but whenever you feej C the approach of these winter ills take k Davies' Balsamic t Cough Linctus, f and the result will be an immediate f § soothing of the inflamed parts, a relief § I to that lightness of head and chest, and j A a quick, and permanent cure. There is 1 no doubt abnut it, Davies' Balsa nic f e w (yough Linctus is a splendid remedy. ff A Keep a bottle handy in the hous- it. X J will save you many chest complaints, f J Price 1 per- Bottle. 4 E. OAVIEsJ Chem,ist, Treorchy. f 4> Public Notices. WINNING Numbers of Gwilym Young's Prize Drawing will appear Saturday, March 13tli. Pontypridd Union. APPOINTMENT OF RELIEVING OFFICER. THE Guardians of the above Union Jti invite Applications for the appointment of a RELIEVING OFFICER at a com- mencing salary of P-130 per annum. The person appointed must be capable of conversing in the Welsh Language and must attejnd personally to and devote his whole time to the duties appertaining to the Office, and must be capable of carrying out the same in the manner described in the Orders issued by the Local Government Board or any Act of Parliament, and must enter into a Bond with the Guardians in some approved Guarantee Society, for the proper dis- charge thereof, in the sum of £ 2C0. The. person appointed must reside in his District at such places-as-shall, from time to time be fixed by the Guardians. Candidates must -be between the Ui, of 25 and 45. The appointment will be subject to the provisions of the Superannuation Act, K-96. Forms of Application may be obtained from me, the undersigned, and must be returned to me not later than Tuesday, the 10th day of March, 1909. endorsed Appointment of Relieving Officer." WILLIAM SPICK ETT. Union Offices, Clerk. Pontypridd, 11th February, 1909. 4675 Pontypridd Union. THE GUARDIANS invite Tenders for the supply of Provisions and other articles for their Union Workhouse, at Llwynypia, for the ensuing six and twelve months. Forms of tenders can be obtained at my Office at Pontypridd. Samples of Goods must accompany the tenders. Tenders to be sent to me at Llwynypia Workhouse, Llwynypia, not later than Tuesday, March 16th, 1909. WM. SPICKETT, Union Offices, Clerk. Pontypridd, 6th March, 1909. 4714 WANTED a Young Lady as apprentice to Boot Trade." Apply—Pent.re Boot Co., Pentre. "The Talk of the Town." Our Special New Spring Show is the talk of the Town. Cull and see for yourselves. £ s. d. Lierapnon" Sersre Suiting (reyd), from 1 17 0 to Order Devreser" T" eed Suiting (reg-d), 1 Hj 0 Gents'Frock Suits (Perfect Fit) 3 3 0 Smart Up-to-date Trouserings „ 0 10 (i Cashmere Suitings "8 3 (I Ladies Costume (latest styles) 3 3 (I iir Please note the only address in South Wales:— G. C. DEAN "THE TAILOR," 85a, Taff Street, PONTYPRIDD (Next door to Boot's Cash Chemist). All Garments made on the above premises, and cut by Expert Cutters. Trech Gwlad nail Argiwydd." I- m EXCELSIOR BUILDINGS, DE WINTON STREET, TONYPANDY Telephone No. 77 .0. Tonypandy.
Editorial Notes. We are always glad to read the Com- mercial Notes in our contempora'# the "Shipping World." Though, as some would state it, it is a capitalist paper, still, with Major Jones as chief, there is always a. steady undercurrent of real democratic sympathy in its discussion of Labour questions, and it never does advo- leate a pure policy of rrtab and greed. The correspondent who reports the ship- doings in the Bristol Channel, writes that in commercial circles during the past week the most important subject under discussion has been the; Coal Conciliation Board Agreement, and the action of the masters in intimating to the miners' representatives- that the agreement must terminate by the end of June next, instead of at the end of the year as originally intended. Naturally this deci- sion has created a great deal of uneasi- ness, both among buyers and sellers, and its immediate effect was to make the arrangement of business for delivery over the second half of the year practically impossible. The miners' representatives do not agree with the masters' inter- pretation of the law that legislation brings to an end the existing agreement with the date of operation of the Eight Hours Bill, and consequently they decided last week not to accept the masters' intimation. What will be the result it ) is difficult to foresee. The position is an extremely critical one and opens up immense possibilities. For some time past it has been felt, in commercial circles to be probable that either the masters Oil* the men would take action to cancel the agreement as a result of the passing of the Eight Hours Bill, but the market was certainly not prepared for the owners' startling, intimation so early. in the year. So far as the coal market is concerned, no appreciable influence has of course been exercised on usiness for early loading, but in not a few oases buyers have displayed a great deal of anxiety to cover for their requirements over the whole of the year. Some very tempting- offers were reported to have been made for shipment over the second half of the year, and in one or two cases buyers have offered 6d. per ton above what they would have thought of paying a cownle of weeks ago, but their offers have been firmly declined. The outlook for the next sixi months is anything but pleasant, and the action of the Powell BufFryn Company in locking out 2,000 men because a dispute with 100 men in the Gellideg Seam had not been settled aiT'rravates the situation. Right through the coalfield we hear of wars and rumours of wars which give anxiety to the dependent business interests of the
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The Glamorgan, Collieries Trouble. Summonses Against Men Adjourned. Eighty summonses for breach of con- tract against workmen employed at the Glamorgan Collieries, Llwynypia, were down for hearing at Ystrad Police Court on Monday, but the Magistrates' Clerk (Major Davies) informed the Bench that all the cases had been adjourned sine die. These summonses, it will be remem- bered, are the sequel of the unfortunate strike at these collieries during the latter' months of last year. Since then the collieries have been in fairly regular work, but there is still trouble, as is evidenced by the number of men who are out this week owing to the alleged underpayment in abnormal plates. A meeting of the men was held on Monday j evening, at which it was decided to make a levy towards the support of these men and their families. Matters also look dark in the house coal pits, where 50' dark in the house coal pits, where 500 men have been given notices to terminate £ j their contracts. J
Tonypandy. I We regret to report the death of an old inhabitant of Mid-Rhondda in the person of Mr. William Davies, Court Villa, Tonypandy. Deceased had reached the ripe age of 83 and passed away on Tues- • day last. The funeral, which will be strictly private, will take place on Friday. A biographical sketch of deceased and report of funeral will appear in our next issue. -+- The English Congregationalists of Tonypandy held a very successful sale of work on Monday last. The bazaar, which was opened at 6 p.m. by the pastor, the Rev. E. Walter Thomas, was very largely attended during the evening, and the various stalls were well patronised. One of the special features of the evening was a cake-making competition, 21 ladies having entered the competition. The adjudicator, Mrs. Sheward, Galli, who had anything but an easy task set before her, awarded the prize between the Misses Stockwell, who returned the prize towards the church funds. The following ladies assisted at the stalls:—Fancy Stall: Mrs. Sutton and Mrs. Wilkins. Grocery Stall: Miss Stockwell and Miss Davies. Refresh- ment Stall: Mrs. M. H. Morgan, Mrs. Walford, and Mrs. D Symmonds. Bran Tub: Miss B. Stockwell, Miss Annie RandeljL Gladys Rees, and Miss Annie Sutton. The proceeds were towards reducing the debt, and we hope good financial results will be the outcome of the effort.
coalfield area. It is obvious that colliery enterprise is not altogether a despondent one, if we judge it by the nearly half- million profits) made, last year by the Powell Duffryn Company. In the Rhon.- dda, too, the Cambrian and others do well, and we find in the report of the last record of the Mauretania" that the Fenidale coal was used. This com- pany had a splendid turnover of L170,000 last year. When such facts are made known, it is difficult to understand why such colliery owners have precipitated matters at the Conciliation Board. We trust that Mr. Brace's exhortation in his weekly letter to a contemporary will be read seriously. He says that the outlook in the South Wales coalfield for some time to come promises to be an awkward one, unless the position is handled with great tact and common- sense. I am very diffident in discussing the question at all for fear of being miss- understood, for even now there are a number of people who act as if Labour leaders had reached their highest desire when a stoppage of work takes place. How wide that is from the truth lan- guage fails one to proclaim. I am not quite sure but that sometimes the work- men's love for industrial peace is not exploited to the point of danger to peace. Take the present situation, for example. It wouild be futile to deny that the coal- field is in a state of unrest. What with the failure in the negotiations—up to, the present, at any rate-for an abnormal wage clause, consequent upon the render- ing of the law of contract as applied to our price-lists by his Honour Judge Bryn Roberts; the controversy over the Par- liamentary levy; and some other ques- tions, such as the failure of the Coal- owners' Association to secure that all their members should carry out the agree- ment and not stop their collieries when they find a 60 per cent, maximum a higher wage than they are disposed to give or can carrv—despite the fact that the 60 per cent. maximum has been of enormous value to the majority of the coalowners--the condition of affairs is certainly not free from anxiety. Yet, as if this was not enough, the coal- owners must introduce an additional dis- turbing element into the situation. Act- ing upon legal advice, they declare that the coming into operation of the Eight Hours Act of Parliament in July auto- matically terminates the Conciliation Board agreement. This may or may not be legally right, but with that phase of the problem I am not for the moment interested to deal, for, whatever the law may be on the matter, no power in the land will interfere with South Wales coal- owners and South Wales workmen if they care to mutually agree to act so that the agreement will run its proper and natural course, viz., to March 31st, 1910. The law declares that the colliers shall be paid for small coal at the same price as large coal, but to avoid a conflict, with all that such a disaster would mean, not only to the contesting parties, but the whole community directly and indirectly dependent upon the mining industry, the workmen agreed not to press their legal claim, and so the present agreement was made possible. That being so, is it too much to expect the South Wales coal- owners, even if they would be legally right —which I do not admit—to follow this precedent and not disturb industrial waters with legal opinions which more often than not create difficulties much better avoided ? Personally, I refuse to recognise the position as in any way critical, fori hold that, given the desire, no possible trouble can arise between employers and workmen that cannot be amicably negotiated and settled." We heartily trust that the above words of -t gentleman who knows the subject with masterly capacity will be care- fully weighed. They are not- the utterances of a rabid revolutionary leader, but the deliberate, calm and peaceful evolutionist who desires progress and betterment for the workmen within the legitimate limits of a peaceful realisa- tion. And it is the duty of the workmen clearly to repose that trust and confi- dence in their leaders, for without pos- sible denial the Federation in South Wales is led by the best and wisest of leaders. Though they have no big drums t'j drown reason and calm discussion, they have marched onward, and have done so through many » narrow pass. If they are trusted in this crisis, it will not be their fault if the ultimate result will not be a All's well that ends well." St. David's Day has at last become quite a fixity as a, Welsh national insti- tution. The Cymrodorion all the world over foregather to keep green the memory of their Patron Saint. Wales has a unique pride in the nativity of its Saint. St David was by birth and nature a Welshman, and the same i.s claimed of St Patrick of Ireland. Scotland's St. Andrew was an importation' from Cappa- docea; while St. George, if not an abso- lute. myth, was never an Englishman. However, whatever may be history's ver- dict on the statement, Welshmen have reason to be proud of St. David. He was a splendid type, and, as Mr. Millward held forth with such eloquence at the Young Wales- Society's banquet at Pentre on Monday night, St. David gave a direc- tion to the life of the nation in the age he lived. He elevated its life in all its phases. He lived an ideal life, and it is well that we should circle round his memory once a year and make our per- sonal comparisons with the standard of character and good deeds which history universally acclaims the Patron Saint of "Hen Walia Wen." The Welsh language holds a kind of birthday feast on thif day. At Llanellv. under the Welsh Lan- guage Society and the admirable secre- tarial enthusiasm of Mr. Defynog James, Treherbert, the dear old language had a great demonstration of respect and loyalty. Over a thousand schoefl children sang the melodies of Wales in the good old Cymric" Invyl" in which we have revollid in many a tune. The feast of St. David is the annual stimulant of the national creed in ourselves. Indeed, it is another nail put in the coffin of Dio Shon Dafydd. There is no denying the growing sense of national self-confidence. Mr. Arthur Lewis, B.Sc., of the Pupil Teachers' Centre, in a very fine paper which he read before the Welsh Language Society on Monday, postulated that the Welsh character has been too much afflicted with diffidence. It has been too true, but this weakness is fast receding from the Welsh Celt, thanks: to many national developments, but not the least the annual holding of Gwyl Dewi Sant.