Treherbert. A very interesting meeting was held at the vestry of Libanus (W.B.) Chapel on Monday of last week, when the late organist, Mrs. Thomas (nee Miss Maggie Cule), was presented with a handsome marble clock, which was subscribed for by the members of the above church on the occasion of her marriage to Mr. John Bartle Thomas, of Tonypandy. The Rev. H. Harris, D.D. (pastor); presided, and the proceedings were enlivened by solos rendered by Messrs. T. J. Samuel, Geo. Evans, D. H. Thomas, Phillip Owen, J. Bartle Thomas, and Miss M. A. Haddock. Some very humorous and appropriate recitations yere also given by Misses Maggie Walters, Nellie Evans, and Messrs. Thomas Jones and Livingstone Perkins. Mr. Henry Evans (the oldest deacon) pre- sented the gift in an appropriate speech. Messrs. William Jones and David Johnson (deacons) and Meesrg. William Jenkins and John Isaac Evans also gave short congratulatory speeches. Suitable replies were made with much feeling by both Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, the latter statillg that of all the presents they had received, ji this one would be the most highly trea- sured. The secretarial duties were ably discharged by Mr. Bassett Evans, and surthhiei stanzas; ijor the occasion we read by Mr. Thomas Snook. The vestry was crowded, and a most successful gathering was brought to a close by the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau/' The re-opening services of Libanus Chapel (which has recently been enlarged at a cost of £ 2,500) commenced on Sun- day last. The contractor was Mr. Alban Richards, Pent-re, who has carried out the work to the entire satisfaction of the architect, Mr. R. S. Griffiths, J.P., T'ony- pandy. The services will last practically a fortnight, the first sermon being delivered last Sunday morning by the Rev. H. Hai ris, D.D., followed in the after- noon by the Revs. E. Edmunds, Swansea, and J. Nicholas, Tonypandy. During the fortnight, the cream of the Welsh Baptists will occupy the pulpit. Libanus is now one of the prettiest and most compact edifices in the Valley. Among others who will take part in the services are the following:—Revs. G. Matthews,, Blaen- rhondda; D. Collier, Abertillery, J. Williams, Cardigan; W. P. Williams, D.D., Glandwr (editor of "Seren Cymru"); D. 0. Jones, Penygraig; E. Thomas, Pencoed; E. T. Jones, Llanelly; T. T. Jones, Blaenclydach; D. Morris, Blaeny- cwm; J. Edwards, Porth; Job Herbert, Penygroes; W. Morris, D.D., Treorchy; R. R. Thomas, Cap-el Rhondda; Charles Davies, Cardiff; T. Davies, Pentre; W. C. Evans, G. & L., Blaenycwm; and W. Edwards, B.A., D.D., Cardiff (Principal of Cardiff Baptist College). A musically illustrated story, entitled Only a Gipsy," was performed at the St. Mary's Schoolroom oil Thursday by the St. Mary's Children's Choir. The Rev. J. D. Evans (vicar) officiated as chairman. The conductress, Miss Annie Clark, deserves praise for the successful manner in which, she has trained her young choir. Miss Florrie Lewis (pianist) acquitted herself well at the pianoforte. Amongst those taking; special parts were —Misses M. J. Sheppard, S. A. Morgan, E. Clark, G. Lewis, E. Williams, G. Jones, and A. Clark, Master Oliver Lewis, and Messrs. Oats, Harding, and Daniels. Mr. J, C. Evans (jeweller) was reader. The following miscellaneous programme was also gone through: —Pianoforte solo, Dreams of Heaven," Miss Florrie Lewis; solo, Good Company, Mr. Gwiiym; duet, Little Mary," Misses A. L. and B. Thomas; violin solo, "Scotch Airs," Miss Emmie Murray; solo, Flee as a Bird," Miss S. A. Morgan; solo, Stand up for Jesus," Master Oliver Lewis and a trio by Messrs. Daniels and Harding and Miss Clark. The half-yearly meetings of Saron (Welsh Wesleyan) were held on Sunday and Monday last, when inspiring sermons were delivered by the following; ministers: —Revs. Evan Is era c, Machynlleth; W. J. Arter, Tirydail; and Morris Morgan, Swansea. We have heard that there is a move- ment on foot, promoted by the Treherbert Northern Union Committee, to form an Association football club in the locality for next season to play on the Treherbert Football Grounds every other Saturday with the Northern Union team. It is evident that Soccer has commanded much interest from Treherbert "sports" of late, and quite a number of enthusiasts travelled to Tonypandy last Saturday to see the final between Ton and Merthyr. We feel assured that if a good Soccer team were raised for next year, it would not lack support, being that football interest has, for some reason or other, veered round to this code. On the Treherbert Football Field on Saturday, a large crowd of spectators witnessed the 120 yards foot race between Tom White, Blaenrhondda. and George Lloyd, Treherbert, for stakes of £10 a-side. White led off the mark by about 3 yards, but Lloyd ran well and passed him at half-way. Nearing the tape, Lloyd again fell to the rear, and the race seemed lost and won. It was not too late, how- ever, and Lloyd made another brilliant effort, by which he breasted the tape first and won by inches. Lloyd was the better runner, but he almost allowed the race to slip from his grasp. We congratulate Messrs. Tom and Jas. Culverhouse (brothers) on their success at the Merthyr wrestling tournament for the championship of Wales. Tom (bantam weight) was matched in the last bout with Charles Evans, of Cardiff Y.M.C.A., while his brother Jim (featherweight) was runner-up with Will Jones, Pentre. Both lads have brought the championship cups to Treherbert, and we have now a trio of championship cups in the locality—one having formerly been won by Sam Howells in a boxing contest at Oldham.
Tonypandy. We are pleased to record the success of the following pupils in the examination, held recently, in connection with Pitman's Shorthand: Messrs D. J. Coleman, A. J. Williams, Miss Tilly Kinstley, Messrs. T. J Lewis, Joseph Brice, Willie Whittock, Tom Morgan, Wm. Powell, and Bertie Tom Morgan. William Powell, and Bertie Reed. All the above have received ele- mentary certificates and are students at the evening classes held at Tonypandy. We congratulate the teacher (Mr. Ram- sey) upon the successes attained. Mr. D. J. Coleman has also been placed on the top of the list in the second stage.
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Pentre. The first annual banquet of the Pentre and District Branch of the Hearts, of Oak Association was held on Saturday evening at the headquarters, Pentre Hotel. About 150 persons sat down at the tables, which, had been excellently prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Miles, and ample justice was- done to the good things provided. After having satisfied the inner man, the tables were cleared, and a meet- ing; was held. The toasts included "The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," pro- posed by Mr. vv. O. Wight, M.Ji, and responded to by Major Dyke; "The Hearts of 1; Oak Benefit Society," proposed by Dr. Thomas, responders being; Mr. J. W. Lee (London), and Mr. Meyrick (Blaina) "The Pentre and District Members' Association," proposed by Mr. Pascoe, responded by Mr. Marjery; "The Dele- gates," proposed by Dr. Armstrong, and responded to by Mr. Ben Davies, Mr. Elkington, and Mr. Prosser. Songs were rendered at intervals by Mr. Owen Tre- harne and Mr. W. Hallisey, the accom- panist being Mr. Hill, Pentre. The Salvation Army Barracks has re- cently been in the hands of masons and painters. To celebrate the re-opening, our friends were fortunate enough to secure the services of Brigadier H. Gill to give special addresses at tb meetings on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, of this week. The Brigadier1 proved himself an excellent lecturer, being well supplied with material for his lectures as well as being able to state his facts quite clearly. The reality of the work of God through the Salvation Army, was made quite evident throughout the series of addresses on such subjects as "Drink Traffic," "Sin," "Secret Sin," and "The curse of Drunken- ness." The meetings, were well attended and the addresses were keenly followed and discussed. --+-- A very enjoyable evening was spent at the Popular Restaurant, Pentre, on Thursday last by the members of the "Star of the Valley" Lodge, I.O.G.T. The progi-aiiime for the session was a "Broth- er's Surprise," with Bros. T. Morris, Greenway, and Dunn as the responsible party. The "surprise" took the form of a social tea, at which the female members were guests, and waited upon by the sterner sex. One and all thoroughly enjoyed the refreshments supplied, after which; a miscellaneous programme was gone through. Graphophone selections, solos etc., were rendered, and speeches delivered by Bro. Belch, P.D.C.T. Bro. G.j Addis, D.E.S. Bro. C. Lovely, D. See. and Bro. J. J. Taylor, D.G.C.T., for the district. The visit of the district officers to the local lodge did much to ensure the success of Thursday's proceed- ings, and Bro. Morris D. Marshall, aided by his co-workers, are to be complimented upOn the efficient manner in which they performed their onerous" duties. (J.)
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Labour Topics. [From Our Labour Correspondent.] THE MORAL OF CROYDON. The result of the Croydon election has been a severe blow to Labour. At the last General Election, Labour polled 4,007; at this election, the vote dropped to 886. It is difficult to account for this large decrease, but without a doubt the Navy scare which the Tory Party utilised for party purposes influenced the elec- torate. Many questioned the wisdom of a Labour candidate entering the field, but I wish to point out that the previous election showed that Labour, which had entered the field for the first time, had held out hopes for strengthening its posi- tion. There was one fact alone which fully justified a contest, and that was- the Government action towards unemploy- ment. The first King's Speech included this question as one which would be dealt with in the first Session of the new Par- liament. Three years have gone, and the question is still untouched. It is quite true Labour Exchanges figure as one of the items in the King's Speech this year, but this does not touch the problem. Un- employment reached its highest point last winter; therefore, it was felt necessary that a protest should be made. It must not be forgotten that if Labour stands for one thing more than another, it is that of peace. Whilst it is recognised that Peace forms one of the watchwords of the Liberal Party, these later days reveal that a strong section of the party are giving way to militarism and Imperial- ose ism. The Labour Party is opposed to both hence it was necessary, at Croydon, to assert itself on behalf of peace and economy in naval expenditure. I think the factors stated to some extent influ- enced the Labour Party in deciding to contest. LABOUR IN AUSTRALIA. In 1891 there were only 36 Labour members in the Parliament of 'Australia. At present there are 179 and a Labour Ministry which governs the Common- wealth. Still, there are some who think that the working classes have not suffi- cient brains for legislative and adminis- trative duties, gauging by the opposition Labour candidates have to encounter. TREHERBERT TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL, An open meeting of the local Trades and Labour Council was held at Treher- bert on Monday, when Councillor Griffith Evans delivered his report for the past three months. An interesting; discussion followed, which showed that an awakening is taking place towards local affairs. This is at is should be. I.L.P. CONFERENCE. The annual conference of the Indepen- dent Labour Party takes place at Edin- burgh, Easter. The agenda is a formid- able document of 340 resolutions. It is expected that the policy of the Party will be subject to keen discussion. THE NATION'S WEALTH. Mr. Chiozza Money, M.P., gave some very interesting fadsl in Parliament a few weeks ago dealing with the wealth of this country. Of 70'0,000 persons who died annually only 80,000 left sufficient property to need inquisition by Somerset House. Of these, 27,000 left nearly the whole of the property, and 200 millions were left each year by 4,000 persons. Of £ 11,500,000,000—the total estimated wealth of the United Kingdom— £ 10,900,000,000 was owned by five million persons. One-ninth of the population owns 95 per cent, of the entire capital persons. One-ninth of the population owns 95 per cent, of the entire capital stock. One-half of the total area of the country is owned by 2,500 persons. Mi-. Parker, Labour member for Halifax, points out that a workman getting 30s. a week paid £ 3 10s. to f.4 a year in indirect taxation.
Pirates of Penzance. Forthcoming Production at Tonypandy. The Pirates of Penzance," one of the most delightful of Gilbert and Sullivan's musical eqjnedie-s, will be produced at the Theatre Royal, Tonypandy. on Tuesday, April 27th, and the rest of the week by the Mid-Rhondda Amateur Operatic Society, under the conductorship of Mr. David Lloyd, organist of St. Andrew's Church. No expense will be spared in its production, the new scenery, which is being .specially painted, together with magnificent costumes from Symmons, London, being estimated to total over £ 200. The theatre will also be redeco- rated, the new dress circle seats and stalls being reseated and upholstered in pegamoid. The whole production will be personally rehearsed and superintended by Mrs. Sam Duckworth, and as there is already a great demand for seats, we would advise intending patrons, to book as early as possible. Seats. can be booked at Mr. J. W. Richards, chemist, Pandy Square; and any further particulars may be obtained from Mr. Gomer Evans, the energetic secretary. There will be no public performance on Monday evening, April 26th, the theatre being given over to a dress rehearsal.
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District Council Elections No Change in Representa- tion. Falling off of Labour Votes. The elections for the three vacant seats on the Rhondda Urban District Council took place on Monday, and the results declared on Monday evening were as NO. 1 WARD. *D. R. Jones, Treherbert (Lib.) 959 Not Elected. R. M. Rees, Treherbert (Con.). 678 NO. 2 WARD. ':Dr. A. G. Tribe, Treorchy (Ind.) 1357 Not Elected. Thomas Morgan, Cwmparc (Lib.) 916 NO. 6 WARD. "J. D. Williams, J.P., Trealaw (Lib.) 1071 Not Elected. Wm. John, Tonypandy (Lab.). 707 Old Members. The results are in the main what we expected, no change taking place in either of the three Wards. The closest fight took place in Ward 1, where the old mem- ber has been returned by a majority of 281. In the triangular contest which took place in this Ward last year, Mr. R. M. Rees polled 571, or 120 short of the suc- cessful candidate. This year he added no less than 107 votes to his credit. The result in Ward 2 was almost a fore- gone conclusion from the start. Dr. Tribe's stronghold lies in the upper part of Treorchy, which boasts an electorate more than that of Cwmparc and Tyny- bedw combined, and thus it will be seen that, although Cwmparc might go solid for its man, it would require the assist- ance of a large slice of Treorchy to put him at the head of the poll. No eiTort was spared to return the victor, and en- thusiastic scenes were witnessed on Mon- day evening at Treorchy, when a, pro- cession, headed by a band playing See the Conquering Hero comes," escorted the successful candidate, to his residence. Though many hard blows were struck in this Ward, it is pleasing to note that the fight was waged in a clean fashion right down to the hour of polling. Candidates and their supporters lose nothing, in refraining from vindictive abuse, and the Treorchy fight has taught a lesson in straight but fair hitting. The most significant feature of the result in Ward 6 is the large falling off in the Labour vote. Last year, when Mr. Geo. Burton opposed Mr. D. C. Evans, he polled a total of 795 votes to his opponent's 933. This year the Labour candidate polled only 707 and lost the .seat by a margin of 364 votes. Whether this is due to the personal influence and qualities of the various candidates, or whether it is part of the retrogression of Labour throughout the country, is a, moot point; but the fact is of importance when we consider the ultra Labour character of this Ward.
Farewell Meeting at Williamstown. On Tuesday evening a meeting was held at Nazareth Chapel, Williamstown, to bid farewell to the Rev. J. 0. Evans on his leaving the church to take up the pastorate of Soar and Trehil, the Vale of Glamorgan. Mr. J. J. Evans (deacon) presided. The following ministers were present: —The Revs. M. H. Ellis, Trealaw; Ll. S. Davies, Williamstown; D. C. Jones, Penygraig; John Morgan, Llwynypia T. E:. Davies, Clydach Vale; H. W. Thomas, Porth; and T. Morris, Penrhiwfer. Mr. Benjamin Davies (deacon) presented the Rev. J. O. Evans with booksi) and a purse of gold, and a Bible was nfivon by the members of the Sunday School to Mrs. Evans. Mr. John Davies (deacon) pre- sented Master Trefor Evans with a Bible, and Mr. David Morgan handed over a similar gift to Master Goronwy Mrs. R. Morgan, on behalf of the Sunday School Class, presented Mrs. J. 0. Evms with a Bible; and Mr. William Morgan, on behalf of the Young People's Literary Society, presented the Rev. J. 0. Evans with a large photo of the members of the Society, handsomely framed. The Rev. J-. O. Evans, in accapting: the gifts, said his only reason for leaving them was his health. He thanked them very much for their gifts and kind words. This was not the first time for Nazareth to show their kindness to him, and he felt very grateful to them. The Rev. T. E. Davies said that he was sorry Mr. Evans was leaving. It would be a great loss to the district and to him. He wished him a complete and speedy recovery. The Revs. M. H. Ellis, LI. S. Davies, D. C. Jones, J. Morgan, H. W. Thomas; T. Morris, and Mr. Thomas Davies addressed the meeting.
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Ferndale. Trerhondda Congregational Chapel, Ferndale, held their anniversary on Satur- day night, Sunday, .and Monday, 3rd, 4th, and 5th inst. The officiating; ministers, were the Rev. G-. Penar Griffiths, and Rev' J. Dyfnallt Owen. The meetings were! crowded, and excellent .sermons were preached. Last Sunday afternoon Mr Ben Wilson (brother of the well-known Rev. Stitt Wilson, of America), addressed crowded metings at the Opera House. The Rev. R. J. Campbell, of London, preached a conference sermon to the Pro- gressive League at the Tabernacle Chapel on Monday night last. The building was crowded. Crowds of people lined the streets to await his coming in a motor car.
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Winding Accident at T DIl- Two Men Dashed to Pieces. Remains Gathered in Sacks. A serious winding accident occurred at the Maindy Colliery, Ton-Pentre, on Tuesday morning, resulting in the death of two workmen named John Hughes. Parry Street, and William R. Evans, Lloyd Street. Gelli, both married, and slight injuries to two others. A cage containing twelve men was being lowered in the shaft, when the bond stuck and tilted, throwing Evans and Hughes to the bottom of the shaft. Both men were mutilated beyonct recognition, and their remains had to be drawn to the surface in sacks. Hughes leaves a widow and three chil- dren—;the eldest being a curate at Swan- sea. Evans, who was a much younger man, leaves a widow and one child. One of the men in the cage at the time of the accident told a Press representa- tive how he and his mates had a miraculous escape. We were being lowered to the 2ft. 9in. seam i the middle of the pit," he ex- plained, and when we got down a little distance the cage bumped slightly in the shaft. We took that as a warning to make ourselves more secure, which we did by clutching the handrails. When we were close to our landing, a distance of about 300 yards, there was a terrible thud, and I thought the rope had broken and the end had come. The cage swayed violently in the pit, and I cannot tell whether it stuck or not in the shaft. Nearly all of the twelve men were thrown down on the floor of the cage, and seized hold of one another to save them- selves. One young man, named David Jones, in falling had his clothing badly torn by the scotch,' which holds the tram in posi- tion in the carriage. Undoubtedly he was thus prevented from being thrown out. One man clutched hold of a mate's leg, and was suspended with one leg dangling over the pit. He was afterwards lifted back into the cage. The majority of the men, holding ou to one side of the tilted cage, were not aware that two of their maieis had fallen out, but they heard their food boxes and lamps clattering down the shaft." The other men who received slight injuries were Alf. Harry. Ystrad Terrace, Gelli, and David J. Jones. Lloyd Street, Gelli.
A Complimentary Concert We respectfully ask our readers not to forget the grand complimentary concert which will be given to Miss Maud Gold, the talented child violinist, at Bethel Chapel on Thursday next. April 15th. A splendid programme ha's been ar- ranged, several well-known London and Provincial artistes having kindly con- sented to appear. We sincerely hope the people of Mid-Rhondda will rally round this young artiste and give her the sup- port which her talent so richly deserves.
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Election excitement is all over at last, and the old member, Mr. D. R. Jones, has been returned once more with a majority. of 281 votes. Mr. Jones says that he has polled 377 votes more on this occasion than he did at his last fight. This is a great increase for Ward 1, and it should also be noticed that Mr. Rees Morgan Rees has, had 263 more votes accorded him than at his first effort. Mr. Rees and his men fought strenuously throughout the day, whilst Mr. Jones walked comfortably around the booth, wearing his genial and somewhat confi- dent smile.