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Meeting of Ratepayers at Treorchy. A publio meeting of ratepayers was held at the Old Boys' School, Treorchy. on Wednesday evening, when the various points arising out of the Auditor's Report were dealt with by the three sitting members of the Council. Mr. Charles Dawe presided. A full account of the proceedings will appear next week.
Penygraig.. The funeral of Mr. M. Cronan, Peny- graig, who died on Friday, the 26th ult., took place on Tuesday last, the place of interment beting Llethrddu Cemetery, Trealaw. Mr. Cronan was an old bands- man, a trwstee of the Hibernia Club, and one of the founders of the Benefit Society. He was in poor circumstances, and the club paid the funeral expenses. The Hibernia Band was in attendance and played the "Dead March."
Man's Relation to the Unseen. Preaching at Nazareth Chapel, Pentre, on Sunday morning lastA the Rev. Danl. Davies (pastorf), taking for his text, For whatsoever is born of God oveixjometli the world and this is the victory that over- cometh the world, erren our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John v. 4, 5), said that it was very important, for every man that he should have a correct belief, as there existed a close relation between a man's belief and his conduct. A man's life, in fact, was but an incorporation of his' belief. There were many who put very little stress on belief so long as conduct and deportment were acceptable, but the fact was tJiiSi that the quality of a man's life was measured by the quality of his belief, as both were indivisibly connected with one another. The kernel of the character lay hidden in the belief. Belief acted to life as did the rudder to the ship. But every man's belief was, after all, something that could not be explained in words. It was not the articles of faith that made men religious. There were many orthodox people in the world, but it was merely orthodoxy of words'and not I. orthodoxy of life. The most ungodly man could believe the truth, but it was the godly alone that could lire it. It was almost impossible for anyone in a, sane frame of mind to dispute the fundamental principles of Christianity, but few, in proportion, were to be found who lived them. Yet, true belief was not a stagnant thing, but life in the very highest sense or the word; the living faith that created a strong and proportionate character. This was belief lost in faith, and it was a difficult matter to distinguish between both. Faith in its work was beli&f. Every belief that penetrated into the Infinite was bound to be a living belief, and faith that secured its promises from these regions was a true faith. Every man, therefore, that possessed this belief ancl faith, must of necessity live the highest life, or there was no meaning at all in his life. It was in his relation to another that a man's true greatness was mani- fested, and that which brought him into that relation was his faith, and proof of his faith was his belief. There was no meaning to faith without belief, and there was no value in belief unsuipported by faith. It was part of his belief to proclaim his faith. Thus it was one of the fundamental principles of Protestant- ism that ■ there was in the faith of the Church that which could correct her belief from age to age. This did not imply that the belief of the Church changed at different periods, but that her belief developed according to the degrees her faith conquered new territory. The value of the Christian religion was its eternal newness. To bring the Unseen and the Eternal within the range of man's intelligence was the great effort of a true faith, and it was his belief that communicated the message. Thus there was a close relationship between a man's life and that which he believed. If he believed only in the visible^ his life in its true worth arid influence would vanish; but if his faith extended to the Eternal and Infinite, his life would be worthy of one "created in God's image." And this is the life of the conqueror.
Refuge Assurance Company, Ltd. The annual report and balance sheet of the above company fol- the yoalr eiidiiig December 31st, 1908, which appears in oiir column#' this week, must,. for all- round excellence, be admitted to be the best ever issued by this progressive insti- tution. The year 1908 was one of almost un- paralleled depression in the commercial world, and thousands of families must have have suffered intensely through the lack of labour throughout the country; yet notwithstanding such serious and deter- rent iiifltieiiees-factor,,3 which are so hostile to the work of the life assurance representatives—the "Refuge" manage- ment are able to report the large increase of £ 127,129 0s. 7d. in the premium in- come as compared with the premium income of the preceding year, and thus producing an aggregate premium income of £ 2,467,169 7s. 6d. Our readers will undoubtedly be interested to know that the total revenue for the year amounted to L2,677,078 17s. 8d. These figures con- stitute in themselves most unassailable testimony as to the great popularity of the "Refuge," and this is further sup- ported by the fact that 3,397,202 policies were actually in force on 31st December last. On turning to the credit side of the balance sheet it is ii-iipossible to trully appreciate the great comfort which must have been secured to vast numbers of families by the large sums paid in claims. Under this head in the year just ter- minated the sum of £ 1,043,076 17s. 5d. was paid away, giving a grand total of £ 12,199,898 7s. 6d. during the history of the Company. These figures speak for themselves, and do not can for further comment. Now after providing for all the various items of outgo, the total additions to the Life Assurance Fund for the year amounted to P,645,785 Ilsf., the aggregate funds thus amounting to zC6,180,294 6s. As a, result of the Company's up-to-date practice of instituting annual valuations, the actuary reported a surplus of £ 400,833 6s. after providing for all liabilities. For a number of years the Company has been in. the position of declaring a bonus of P-1 10s. per cent. on the sum assured—a splendid rate—and this has been maintained on the present occasion. And what is of inestimable importance in connection with this matter, the reserve or contingency fund has been substan- tially augmented and virtually guarantees the maintenance of this handsome rate. We cannot do better than adduce the following statistics as affording an indi- cation of the remarkable development of this Company:—1898: Premium income, £ 1,188,936 15s. 7|d. funds, tl,391,205 18s. 4d. 1908: premium income, £ 2,467,169 7s. 5d. funds, 96,180,294 6s. This Company paid over E63,000 in claims in South Wales alone last year, and made an increase of income in the division of over £ 21,000, thife showing its popularity in the Principality. Further information can be obtained at any of the local offices: -Tonynandv. 26. Ely Street—Mr. E. Jones, superin- dent. Treorchy 74, Stewart Street—Mr. E. Thomas, superintendent. Trealaw: 276, Brithweunydd Road—Mr. J. Wil- liams, superintendent. Perth: R-osedale Villa, Fairfield Terrace—Mr. T. Perrott superintendent; and 9, Tynewydd Crescent—Mr. J. H. Lewis, suipermten- dent. Ferndale: 13, New Villas, North Street—Mr. W. J. Evans, superintendent.
Mid-Rhondda Orpheus Glee Party. An enthusiastic social, and musical gathering was held by the members of tne above party on Wednesday last at Kiehards' ilail, Tonypundy. A large assembly of membersan, their friends put in an appearance, necessitating two sittings for the splendid repast catered by ivir. and Mrs. Davies, Beehive, xony- pandy. After the tables were cleared the re- mainder of the evening was spent in con- viviality. Mr Tom John, M.A., the president, occupied the chair, prefacing the proceedings with some very apt re- marks, during which he urged the party to persevere and stick together (applausej. Mr. John Terry next delivered a humor- ous speech, in which he eulogised the conductor in being so willing to train young singers. After a humorous allu- sion to "Alaw Tepyn," Mr Terry said he hoped he would see Mr. John with them until he (Mr. John) got his Old Age Pension (laughter). Mr. Lleweiiyn Evans was to the point in a few well-chosen words and hoped tho party would eventually hold the premier position in the Principality (ap- plause). 7 ) ) Mr. G; W. Richards ("Rhondda Leader") hoped they would all see the time when the conductor would receive a baton at royal hands and urged them to worK hard and persevere (applause). Musical items were rendered by the party, whose singing showed great im- provement Mr., John Lloyd (tenor), Mr. Bob Jones (bass) and the accompaniments were ably played by Mr. W. J. Jenkins, A.L.C.M. The proceedings terminated with the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau."
'The Blind Man of Judah' Local Composer s Great Achievement. Successful Performances at ronypandy. T [By Outr Musical Critic.] ezer concerts of the Eben- <lav «»i o0ci6^y took place last Thurs- iiusni > Saturday, under the most hav<* i Clrcunistances. These concerts i, ■ always attracted attention' from 6r's iu the Rhondda, but .this r;x i ''f greatest interest had been ex- I)av l the conductor, Mr. W. T. +<.+„ > producing his Opus I.-—a can-: j,i i entitled: The Blind Man of ttttef 1 *lave 'ia(l the privilege of soric+ ,Ug evt'ry concert given .by this ptlltd" V Un^. although I have been com sion.ii <-J'iticise the performances .occa- frienl UtV** ve-y- favourably- still the good th.es there have always realised that as 6 ^riticisms were always honest, and 1 Were taken. By the courtesy of y ^Wmittee, 1 was invited again this an i y being evidently anxious to g< t ^I'Ces^ePendent opinion of the perform- y "^le. Rhondda has always! given evidence its people are no mean inhabitants the vocal world, and in many ways it coming rapidly to the. front. But what >», 0np. say of the latest advance—-the tor ? UCrp\011 a wol'k by a local conduc- it« w+ 18 a,n unprecedented event in assistJi01^' a, one that has materially XhW "l jWollin* the illusion thl £ nothing good or new (mUmcallv-V can b« heard outvie Cardiff. In my o, miou it of°tW J* beei, il Privilege to the iit&etS of that progressive town to have attonrli 1 these concerts to hear +W™ J. — nded work that. has ben produced by any work that lias been 1>110mising or three 'Cardiff Festival by Welshmen that have *ion that Wfl ..f"1 lle,- "deniable inipre.s- the tJt nf + ,1«r: very far, behind form of <% •4.^Vor this advanced that M! n Pp?rtlon- lt > H boped °l>portnni+ aVr >s w.01'k w"iil he given the Uav ty, of receiving the full light of this in,^ reni°™ a little, at least, of '^impression. KbiJ?+- ,oornPOser Las been his own r the words being taken in the "i'he m the 9th chapter of St* John. ^.0ri U'SUal overture i.«> dispensed with, the opening with twelve measures instra- r.ar cy music tending into a chorus, "Givo ^'hi'eh Lord," the second portion of Press co.ntains some interesting and ex- p.rive imitation passages. In the third rtloll we have very effective writing on tbi ^or(k>For Thou wilt answer me," thl via*S!i instruments adding greatly to is return to' ihe first portion Solirfa • the whole forming a splendid Piece of choral writing. The subject (so 61 now entered upon, tho narrator ^Prano) being given a recitative cou- pling the first verse of the above chap- 6r\ The disciples are provided with fi5'aiseworthy independent part-writing, an inttrestiiier fiirure beine continuallv r<v. r^ted in the accompaniment. Jesus ^eiior) answers his disciples by means of solo in 3-4 time. Here the composer 1KM4-US ^Pl0 evidence that lie is endowed the gift of melody, a gift which oia«y °„Ur clever present-day musi- aor>r>L unfortunately have not. The at+ Payment is not too obtrusive, the bean+ lOU being drawn away from the having melody. The neighbours ±0 ,th€il- dou'bts with regard plains tw Xy °f t le Mnd man, he ex- Wayside. Here^we have^a ba^t fere'+ i?, S skjlfully m.sertecl with dif- next 1, comPaiument. The Phai isees thev voice chorus, in which Thmr ^his man is not of God." <sonT- are subsequently joined by others pianos and altos), who express a doubt °f Jesl?s t0 "1do mch ^Xamnio' i- H?re agaui we have an One r,f go° in(iependent part-writing, ^id o v gems of the work follows, Ulan n',u.ot by the parents of the blind tenor T+ • wr^tten for soprano and Tjf "i /t is a fine example of the gift a (iu y that the composer has. It is ^d. Tf from beginning to "bas'nU jUever becomes monotonous as it The ki- 7 variety in rhythm and key. Scerift man is next written for. The en. bim and the Jews is the in.o- portion of the work, culminat- the "Cast him out" chorus. In Mo) Ci ( £ 6r tjlie device of a leap to the «ft'e(vf °ut" in every case make.si the t>I'ebes+V6lyi r6ahstic. Following this, the 1>0S(X(] 'a nave the casting out duty im- Po,.ti(ivi Pon them. In this the second tive +u i Andante—is the most effec- ".soio 6i ° re being provided with the tionQ' rvi fading into a Legato con devo- is broiST61^ for tenor- The cantata a conclusion with a chorus, tD" £ d}v « th? L?rd'" • is «ni IeiiC6 f, the choral writing ^ar excel- illt|'<xlnr.+ 18 Wr'tton in the old ,form of <t"urS6 10u,?-nd fugue. In a fuwue, of Subject>'1'aCrra^y denends on the >e ttle "-ere, on the words Blessed e oom,^1116 His Majesty for ever," _w°i"k urvm 6r,i VS an excellent subject to eff«p+- s making the cborus a 11 ve 011 e indeed. The climax t is reached when the trio on the word "Amen" join the chorus. This is a splendid piece of originality, and would "bring clown the house anywhere. The work is fully orchestrated, and in places very interesting effects are produced. Now for a, few words re the perform- ances. The choir had been augmented for the occasion, and all seemed to give their whole attention to the work en- trusted to them. It is questionable whether better choral singing has been heard at Ebenezer, the special effort made making the choir's performance a very creditable one indeed, especially on the Saturday evening. The only weakness was in the male voice choruses, where the second tenors and first basses did not balance the other parts. The first tenors were robust, rather too much 00 at times, but in the mixed choruses they Bang with fine effect. In fact, the tenors were the best part of a good chorus. The sopranos also did well; the altos, although rather weak, were of a good, quality. The basses were for the most part young singers, but they undoubtedly had all the enthu- siasm of youth and contributed in no small degree to the success of the choral singing. Every member of the choir seemed to revel in the music of the last chorus, and the excellent music, coupled with its splendid rendering, roused the audiences to great enthusiasm on both evenings. Another very effective render- ing was the" Chst him out chorus, the dramatic writing being sung with thrilling; effect. The artistes were Madame Amy Evans and Messrs. W. Spencer Thomas and Ivor Foster. As Rhonddaites are well aware, these three eminent singers are natives of Mid-Rhondda, and have been assisted by the local inhabitants to rise to their present high position in their profession. It was thus quite fitting that they .should give their valuable assistance to launch the first effort of a local man into the musical world, Unfortunately, Madame Evans, or as she will perhaps be always called, Miss Amy Evans, was suffering from a severe cold, and perhaps it will be news to most of our readers that this popular artiste had to keep to her bed between the Thursday and Saturday con- certs. However, she did extremely well under the circumstances, although, of course, we have heard her to better advantage. Mr. Thomas also seemed to be. suffering from some indisposition on Thursday evening, but on Saturday he was in the form one had anticipated. His "Lend me your aid was of special merit, but his encore songs, although lie did the best with them, were not worthy of the concerts. The music seemed to lack all the essentials of a good com- position. Mr. Ivor Foster was unmis- takably great. His, singing in the can- tata and in the miscellaneous portion, where lie saing O ruddier than the cherry," was very fine, and must have moved the most unemotional, in the building, The orchestra, was perhaps the largest. professional band of instrumentalists, that we have yet had in the Rbondda, the object being evidently to give as complete a performance as possible. They had to labour under the disadvantage of playing from manuscript, with only one rehearsal, and that on the afternoon of the con- cert. A little on Thursday was excusable, but much better work was, done on Saturday. They were well led by Mr. Angle, and were always respon- sive to Mr. David's baton. In the mis- cellaneous programme each evening they contributed two overtures, and also accompanied the soloists in a very satis- factory manner. Mr. Angle played a couple of delightlul solos by special request. His artistic and expressive play- ing was much admired. Mr. W. J. Evans, Aberdare, presided at the organ through- out. The number of speeches delivered also made the concerts quite unique. Although in concerts such as these much oratory is wholly out of place, yet the occasion was such an exceptional and withal, such a memorable one, that such speaking seemed absolutely necessary. The chairmen, Mr. James Evans, C.C., (lydach Vale, and Mr. W. P. Nicholas, Trealaw, highly eulogised the work and the concert as a whole, and the heartiest congratulations were extended to the composer. Mr. Angle made a couple of characteristic speeches, his remarks being punctuated by roars of laughter. The secretaries, Messrs. James Williams and Llewellyn Evans, must have laboured very hard to dispose of all the reserved seat tickets before the concerts, and to secure such perfect arrangements. The success of their efforts must be very gratifying to them. I am pleased to note, in conclusion, that The Blind Mali of Judah" is being taken up by choral societies elsewhere. A performance of the work will be given at Aberdare this season, and also at -i,tic Clydach, Swansea. It is to be hoped that it will also be taken in hand by a few of the many choral societies of the Rhondda. The composition fully merits it.
A oompetitive concert was held at Hermon. Pontvgwaith, on Monday even- ing, -and w as largely attended. The champion solo (a prize of E2 2s.) was won by Mr. Tom Bonriell, Pentre; and in the juvenile recitation contest, the prize was also carried away by a Pentre girl, Miss Gwladys Davies.
From Socialism to the Kingdom of Ged. Speaking at Hebron on Wednesday evening, under the f.usnices of the Rhonddai Young Wales Liberal and Labour League, Mr. Muisgrave Reade, of Leices- ter, for twenty years an Atheist and Socialist, delivered a splendid address to a large gathering on From Socialism to the Kingdom of God." Dr. Thomas occupied the chair. The speaker traced, in the form of a narrative, his career from boyhood to the present day. His first and false step he attributed to severing his connection with the church to which he belonged, and sought to grapple without a. teacher with all the intricacies of doctrine and tradition. The tenets of Christianity were slowly being uprooted from his mind, and he imbibed the doctrine of evolution, which left him a materialistic atheist. In this state of mind he met Charles Bradlaugli, and before long lie (the speaker) and Charles Bradlaugh were two out of the seven men who founded the Independent Labour Party, of which he was secretary. His one thought was, that true happiness could only come through the amelioration of the social conditions of the people. In this vein of thought he continued for twenty years. Whilst in the height of his rebellion against God. the lecturer graphically described how his conversion came about by being sent by his employers on business a dis- tance of over 16,000 miles. It was while lie was in Colorado, over three miles above the level of the sea. among the wonderful-cataclysm of Nature, that the call came. He became convinced that God is." Christianity had taught him that God made, man in His own image, but man fell, and through Christ he was to be restored to his pristine purity and beauty. The basis of Socialism was evolution. Man came from a black past, and his development had evolved and was slowly evolving. The speaker spoke with great- earnestness, and said that the only solbitionto the social problem was Jesus Christ, and beseeched upon his heaters to accept Christ and make Him their Saviour. Numerous questions were showered upon the lecturer at the clo-se, all of which were answered. ••
Correspondence, Public Appointment by Guardians To the Editor of the" Rhondda Leader." Sir, -May I be allowed a little of your space to call attention to an appointment of Relieving Officer about to be made by the Guardians of the Pontypridd Union. The office is one of undoubted import- ance and responsibility, and it behoves those who represent us as ratepayers to see that the best possible person is ap- pointed. It is highly encouraging to note that the necessary qualifications in- clude a. knowledge. of Welsh, and that a minimum and maximum age have been specified, though it is doubtful whether the latter is not too high. The post certainly demands a man of )naturu\ years and experience in dealing with men and matters, one of high moral character and undoubted honesty, and possessing large discriminative powers. It is common knowledge that there is a plethora of candidates of various occupa- tions. The canvassing has been on such a scale that I fear, as is frequently the case instead of the most qualified man being appointed, the ratepayers will have thrust upon them, the one having the greatest family or other influences to I pushim into the office. I trust, therefore, :that the Guardians will on this occasion, rise above such in- fluences, and that it will be their pleasure as well as duty, to thoroughly enquire whether the various candidates comply with the specified conditions, to carefully consider their qualifications and merits, to select a, few of the best to apdear be- fore them, and to finally appoint a man who will do justice to the deserving poor, as well as safeguard the interests of the Guardians arid the ratepayers.—I am, Silt vo'urs jrespectfully, A WATCHFUL RATEPAYER.
PORTH HIGHER GRADE, 3 goals; PUPIL TEACHERS, 1 goal. These teams met on the School ground 011 Monday afternoon. The Teachers won the toas, and elected to play up the slope. The play was very even for some time, but eventually Benjamin got away and scored the first goal for the School. Both sides improved after this, but in spite of the splendid defence of the visit- ing team, Benjamin soon scored his second goal. This point was well deserved. The opening was made by Stanley Evans, the inside right, and while the defenders were expecting him to shoot, he coolly passed back to Benjamin, who was standing in a more favourable position, and he foaled with a low, sharp shot. No further scor- inog took place this half. The Teachers tried hard in the second half to reduce the adverse score, and after' repeated efforts, Rees Jones scored from a centre sent in by Vaughan from the left. The right section of the School forwards made several attacks on the visiting goal, but the defence was sound. A goal, however, came before the end. Ablett secured from a pass inwards and scored the third for the School, who won by1 3 goals to 1.
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Sold Here The Ingersoll Lever Watch, 5 The American Ansonia Lever 4 •; The Fearless • Workman's Lever 2 6 4711 A A REFUGE ASSURANCE COMPANY, LIMITED* CHIEF OFFICE: OXFORD STREET, MANCHESTER. EXTRACT FROM THE ANNUAL REPORT, FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31ST DECEMBER, 1908. ORDINARY BRANCH.—The number of Policies issued during the year was 27,141» assuring the sum of £ 2,029,498, and producing a Premium Income of £ 126,921 7s. 5d. The Premium Income for the year was £ 764,441 3s. 0d., being an increase of £ 61,934 Is. 0d,, as compared with the previous year.The amount paid in respect of Claims was £ 310,748 13s. 9d. INDUSTRIAL BRANCH.—The Premium Income for the year amounted to £ 1,702 728 4s. 5d., being an increase of t65,229 5s. 4d. over the previous year. The amount naid in respect of Claims was 2732,328 3s. 8d. The aggregate Premium Income of both Branches for the year was £2,467,169 7s, 5d., showing an increase of £ 127,129 Os, 7d. over the previous year. The total amount of Claims paid in both Branches since the establishment of the Company is 912,199,898 7s. 6d. The total funds of the Company amount to £ 6,180,294 68. Od., representing an increase during the year of 96i5,785 lis. Od. GENERAL BALANCE SHEET OF THE REFUGE ASSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED, for the year ending 31st December, 1908. LIABILITIES. E s. d. ASSETS. £ sTdT Shareholders" Capital Brought forward 3,100,703 3 2 paid up 300,000 0 0 Railway and other Deben- Ordinary Branch Assurance tures and Debenture Fund 4,261,0S7 14 9 Stock 2,066,914 13 0 Industrial Branch Assurance Do. do. Stock and Shares, Fund 1,019,206 11 3 Preference andOrdinary 210,205 11 S Chief Rents 28,639 8 11 £ 6,180,294 6 0 Loans on the Company's ■ Policies within their ASSETS. 2 s. d. Surrender Value 224,505 0 0 ^INVESTMENTS Furniture and Fixtures 38,481 18 2 Mortgages on Property.. 1,143,223 9 11 Superintendent's Balances 27,621 15 5 Loans on Municipal and Outstanding Premiums 127,483 1 1 0 other Rates 964,830 10 11 Outstanding InterestaiH.1 House Property and Land 624,138 5 6 Rents 27,201 4 S Colonial Government Se. Bank Deposits for fixed curities 113,702 4 4 periods 224,750 0 0 Foreign Government Se» Cash at Bankers 88,170 10 5 curities 254,808 12 6 Cash in hand 15,617 19 6 Carried forward £ 3,100,703 3 2 £ 6,180,294 6 9 R. WM. GREEN, I Joint General JAMES WILCOCK, Chairman. JOHN W PROCTOR, ) Managers. HENRY THORNTON,] ROBERT MOSS, Secretary. 1, C. WILLIAM ADAMS, Direct,6 We have examined the foregoing Balance Sheets and Accounts, and in our opinion such Balance Sheets are full and fair Balance Sheets containing the particulars required by the regulations of the Company, and are properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of the Company's affairs as shown by the books of the Company. We certify that all our requirements as Auditors have been complied with. We have also satisfied ourselves that the securities representing the Company's investments are in perfect order. RICHARD WHITAKER, |A v' Manchester, 12th February, 1909. JOHN HOLGATE, I Auditors. Local Offices-TONYPANDY,f 26, Ely -Street, Supt,. E. JONES. TREORCHY. 74, Stewart Street, Supt. E. THOMAS Trealaw, 276, Brithweunydd Road, Supt. J. WIL- LIAMS. Porth, Rosedale VillA, Fairfield Terrace, Supt. T. PERROTT and 9, Tynewydd Crecent, Supt. J. H. LEWIS. Ferndale, 13, New Villas, North Street, Supt. W. J. EVANS. BRITON FERBY ANNUAL EISTEDDFOD. DRILL HALL, BRITON FERRY. A Grand Eisteddfod Will be held in the above Hall on SATURDAY, MAY 1st, 1909. Male Voice, Crossing the Plain" (Maldwyn Price). Not less than 50 voices. Prize. 415 and Gold Medal value E2 lOs, Mixed Ohoral, As the Hart Pants (Mendelssohn). Not less than 50 voices. Prize, £ 12 and Chair. Juvenile Choral, "The Scream and the Flower (T. Price). Not less than 30 voices. Prize, Zi and Gold Medal value Z2 109. All Solos, 41 18. each; Essay, £ 1 Is. Ambulance Competition, ZI Is. Juvenile Essay, 10s. Od. Hymn Com. position, etc. For other Items see Programmes, to be obtained from the Hon. Secretaries, lid. post free- D. J. Davies, 15, Grahdison street, and D. Hutchinson, 13, Grandison street. 4710 4 years of terrible agony relieved by one application, and cured with two boxes of "E'LL-WEL," This is the remarkable story of Mrs. C, Lewis, 43, Gilfach Road Tonyrefail. Nov. 25, 1908. It gives me the greatest pleasure to testify to the curative properties of E'll-Wel. For fully 4 years I suffered terribly with Eczema and great swellings in my feet. I could not wear stockings of any kind, but had to wrap linen around my feet, which I had to change three and four times a day, owing to discharges. I tried many ointments without success. I therefore gave E'll-Wel a trial, and am pleased to say that I had relief with the first application, and two boxes effected a complete cure, that being eight months ago. There Is now no sign of it recurring again. There Is now no sign of It recurring again Yours gratefully, E'll-Wel will cure your skin trouble whatever it may be—Boils. Burns, Pimples, Piles, Ringworm, sores, Itch, Chilblains, etc. When applied to a bad place, its healing virtues go straight to the cause of the trouble, thereby effecting a complete cu": quickly. Sold in Boxes is. lid. each-post free from our Agents- A. D. 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