Rhondda Tramways. We are indebted to Mr. Nisbett, the manager of the Rhondda Tramways Com-' pany, for the following information con- cerning Easter traffic. The number of passengers carried throughout the week exceeded 230,000. They carried on Easter Saturday 45,000; and on Easter Monday, 42,000 passengers. The receipts were largest on Monday, as a larger number of long tickets were issued. They ran 22,237 miles, with an average of 40 cars. This constitutes a record week, but they anticipate a con- siderable increase on the next holiday, as they will be in a position to run a better and a much improved service. The Company has just finished putting in machines of double the size at Treorchy sub-station. Building operations are also well in hand for the extension of the main power station at Porth. A very large new boiler, in addition to those now in use, and a further 600-horse power steam dynamo are being installed, which will enable them to cope with the heaviest traffic they are likely to have. The first of the top deck cars may be expected on the road in about fourteen days, which will greatly add to the convenience and comfort of passengers during wet and inclement weather.
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Northern Union. MID-RHONDDA AGAIN VICTORIOUS After inflicting a defeat upon Salford three days before, Mid-Rhondda further enhanced their reputation by beating Merthyr on their own grounds on Satur- day, in miserably wet weather. Heavy rain fell for three parts of the time, and ground and ball were greasy. The home team had the better of the opening stages, and pressed for some time with the slope in their favour. Harris just failed with a drop for goal, and then by strong forward rushes Mid- Rhondda reached the other end. Scrum- mage after scrummage followed on the Merthyr quarter line, the Mid-Rhondda forwards controlling the game. At length the Mjeifthyr three-quarters got going, Vaughan being pushed into touch when only a few yards from the Mid-Rhondda goal-line. Mid-Rhondda, were penalised for a foul, but Jones failed at goal from a good position. At half-time there was no score, and soon after the restart Merthyr took up an attacking position. Cowmeadow kicked well up the field, and Dicky Williams, who was playing for Merthyr for the first time, followed up and scored, James failing at goal. A minute later Rees dropped for goal,, the ball passing under the- bar. The visitors now forced Merthyr back, and Wrentmore scored after the ball had passed through the hands of half a. dozen men. The goal points were added. A few minutes later Joe Jones charged down a kick by W. Harris, and in the race beat the latter for possession, and this try being also goaled Mid-Rhondda ran out easy winners. Final scot-e- G. T. t'ts. Mid-Rhondda 2 2 10 Merthyr; 0 13 TREHERBERT v. EBBW VALE. This Welsh League match was played at Tieherbert, in wretched weather. With the advantage of the wind in the first half the homesters did nearly all the attack- ing, ,and should have scored oftener but for many attempts at futile drop goals. The feature of the play during the first half was the safe fielding of D. Davies, the visiting full-back, who repeatedly saved his side when a score for Treherbert seemed imminent. Fitzgerald kicked two goals for' Tre- herbert, one from a mark and one from a penalty, whilst "Chick" Jenkins kicked a goal for Ebbw Vale from a penalty. In the second half the home forwards, adopting rushing tactics, completely out- played their opponents, and great credit is due to the splendid defence of the visitors for keeping, the score within such moderate limits. From an opening by Alf. Francis, Handford ran in with a tsplendid try from halfway, which Fitz- gerald converted. Treherbert deserved to win by a bigger margin. They were superior at all points. Their chief strength lay in the forwards where Cox, Gallowav. Duncan, and Thomas excelled. For Ebbw Vale D. Davies, "Chick" Jenkins, and Griff John were the pick. Final score — G. T. Pts. Treherbert 3 1 9 Ebbw Vale 1 0 2
Funeral the late Mr. Wm. Fiiehards, (Jurer.), Treaiaw. We regret to record the death of Mr. William Richards (junr.), the only son of Mr. William .Richards, grocer, Dinas and Treaiaw. The deceased, who was 28 .years of age, had been ailing for some consider- able time past, and had undertaken a sea trip to the Canary Islands to recruit his health. This proved of little aid, as shortly after returning he was taken worse, and on the 10th inst. succumbed. He was a faithful member of Tabernacle Chapel, Trealaw, and we feel sure he will be greatly missed by all who were at all intimate with him. The mortal remains were laid to rest on Thursday last, the 15th inst., at Llethrddu Cemetery, where a large con- gregation gathered to pay the last tribute of respect. There were a large number of wreaths sent, and the Rev. D. Overton (Dinas) officiated at the graveside. Amongst the many mourners the fol- lowing were noticed: -Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Richards (parents); Mr. and Mrs. D. Evans (brother-in-law and sister); Mrs. Morgans, Dinas; Mr. and Mrs. P. Hughes; Mr. Daniel Richards (uncle); Mrs. Rees (aunt); Mr. and Mrs. Berry (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. Phillips (cousins); Messrs. Evan, Willie, and D. R. Watkins (cousins); Mrs. Jones, Peterston; repre- sentatives of the Mid-Rhondda Grocers' Association (which Association sent a beautiful wreath) Rev. D. Overton, Dinas; Rev. S. G. Jones, Machen; Rev. Derval Roberts, Hirwain; Rev. Bryn Thomas, Ferndale Rev. James Williams. Wattstown; Rev. Davies, Ynyshir; Rev. E. Richards Tonypandy: and Rev. M. H. Ellis, Trealaw.
Rugby. LLWYNYPIA v. PENYGRAIG. Rain fell in torrents at Llwynypia, and the kame, in consequence, between these old rivals was not so interesting as it would otherwise have been. During the first half there was little to choose between the two sides. Llwynypia attacked, but were soon repulsed, and, the Penygraig pack getting down with a rush to the Llwynypia line, D. R. Da vies kicked a splendid penalty goal. The second half was entirely in Llwynypia's favour. Griff Richards equal- the game in consequence, between these ised the score with a penalty, and George Llewellyn next got over wide out with a fine try, and .shortly afterwards the same player again slipped over with another. Final &core, T1 G. T. Pts. Llwynypia 12 9 Penygraig 10 3 Penygraig 1 0 3
Association. TREHAFOD JUNIORS 4gls, WILLIAMS- TOWN 0. A good game being anticipated a fair crowd gathered on the Trehafod Foot- ball Field on Saturday to witness the League match between the Juniors and Williamstown. Williamstown, however, fielded minus some of their players, con- sequently the score was rather a heavy one. At the first outset it seemed that Williamstown were going to make a good game, but they gradually fell away, and Trehafod, taking advantage of their laxity, forced the game for all they were worth, and defeated them by 4 goals to nil. YNYSHIR ALBIONS 3gls. FERNDALE ALL BLACKS 1. This match was played at Ferndale on Monday last. The Albions started, but Ferndale soon swarmed around their goal, and after several attempts scored. The Albions, after1 this reverse, pressed, and very soon registered goals through. Reed and Hughes. After lemons, the Albions had most of the play, and scored again through Reed, and by winning, the Albions win the cup and medals of the Rhondda Valley League (Division II.).
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Editorial Notes. The Wales not so sober" assertion, which is the grave conclusion deduced from reading the last issued Government Blue Book, knocks the bottom out of the much-proclaimed title given to Wales as Gwlad y menyg gwynion." Another fact which undeniably defies refutation, gathered from the same source, is that drunkenness lessens with the reduction of opportunities for drinking. The reduc- tion of licenses under the administrative operation of the Act of 1904 are returned as striking an average of 1,335. The country is paying A largje price for the reduction of licensed houses. It is good, nevertheless. The total amount received by the compensation authorities for all the years that the operation has been going on amount to nearly 4l millions of pounds, The remarkable fact is, that convictions against license-holders and drinkers have been greatly reduced, proving the gratifying principle that the fewer the public-houses the lesa the ■ irregular and seductive temptation to drunkenness. We know from personal knowledge of poor folks bent upon self- reformation that they were able to pass firm and unshaken in their reformating resolution one or two public-houses, but surrendered when they had to pass two or three more. This gradual reduction really accounts for the descending number of convictions. There is no escaping the fact that temptation triumphs invariably over fresh-made resolutions. Good inten- tions are best sustained away from temp- tations, and because this human factor is recognised, legislative restrictions are put into force. The difficulty in the reform has been with those who nrofit by the institution, as many of the beer capitalists have no patriotism beyond their own selfish aspirations of money-making. The fury of the opposition to Mr. Asquith's Licensing Bill was engineered by these people. It was all the more furious because the actual facts now revealed by this Blue Book had already been felt by them. A sober nation is the best guarantee for a future strong nation, and rightly, therefore, it is for the people to decide the number of the licensed houses they require, and also secure the control of this national business. Wales, during last year, has been more prosperous than other parts of the country. The Local Govern- ment Board had very few applications for the unemployed grant. U llfortunRte-ly, drunkenness is more rampant where pros- perity obtains than when trade depression and no work prevail. Our industrial centres are increasing, and a strong Miners' Federation means much in keep- ing prices on a prosperous scale. Unless this is a reason for Wales' unenvious posi- tion in these returns, then we are indeed saddened by the conclusions drawn from their analysis. One of the most brilliant intellects that Wesleyan Methodism has been able to boast during the last half-century is lost to it by the death of Dr. J. H. Rigg, but those who know how great a part he played in the moulding of Methodist opinion may recognise that his deatli is not all loss. He had lived far beyond the usual span, his work was accomplished, and he had already entered upon the peace which comes to the hardy fighter. It is as a champion of the Nonconformist principles in which he had been educated that we think of Dr. Rigg. He was a fine controversialist, not only in the councils of his own sect, but in a larger field. We think of him, too, as an educa- tional expert and enthusiast, whose great experience was at the disposal of the London School Board in the early days of that body, and was more. than once drawn upon by the State. For many years Dr. Rigg exercised an almost unique influence in Methodism, and his death is the removal of a man who bore the brunt of I the battle in harder and sterner days than I those that have now to be lived. The Rajah of Slnaur goes one better than the Children's Act, and issues the following notice to his subjects: Whoever, being under eighteen years of age, smokes cigars, cigarettes, uses or smokes tobacco or opium in any manner, or indulges in any intoxicating drug, wine, spirit or ether intoxicants or any preparation made thereof, except- or any preparation made thereof, except on the prescription of a, physician, sharl, on conviction by a magistrate appointed by the Sirmur durbar, under the code of criminal procedure, in force in Sirmur, be punished with either—(a) a fine not exceeding Rs.10, (b) simple imprison- ment not exceeding fifteen days, (c) whipping not exceeding fifteen stripes, (d) any combination of these punish- ments, or (e) in cases of which the sentence shall only be imposed-in default of payment of fine, simple imprison- ment not exceeding fifteen days. Evidently, the Rajah believes with the wise man, that the rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." Dr. Campbell Morgan's visit was the great event of last week, and the crowds that assembled at the various meetings reflected that his fine missionary sacri- fices were appreciated by the people of Mid-Rhondda. For this visit rightful praise should be given to Mr. R. R. Williams, Clydach Vale, for bringing about the fruition of the promise made to him by Dr. Morgan two years ago. Mr. Williams has worked admirably in the Clydach Vale district in promoting and organising the presence of prominent speakers in the district. We think, too, that Mr. Williams, in making Mid- Rhondda and not Clydaeli Vale the field of operation for the reverend doctor's campaign, showed a spirit broader than the usual parochial one, and further, the inclusion of all the denominations in the scheme of invitation made its influence wider than the limits even of the local Free Church Council, which, unfortu- nately, still conditions regulations which exclude one of the strongest denomina- tions in our midst from co-operation. Wales generally seeks characteristic national organisations, but while the Free Church Councils of Wales, like the Church of England in AVales, remains part and parcel of the English organisations, the movement will not combine the full force and power of the Free Churches of the Principality. Lord Robert Cecil has sent to the Press a brief correspondence between Mr. Runciman and himself regarding the speech delivered by the Education Minister, at Colchester. Lord Robert was disturbed by the declaration" Council schools would probably go on increasing and denomination schools go on decreas- ing. That was a, tendency all in the right direction. So far as he and the Govern- ment were concerned they would certainly foster it." Mr. Runciman shows himself entirely unrepentant. The decrease in denominational schools, he points out, is to a considerable extent due to the transfer of Voluntary schools to local authorities. It is that kind of transfer which I do all I can to etneourage." Lord Robert Cecil's comment is that this letter will not do much to reassure Church- men." The process which Mr. Runciman finds so encouraging, however is one that can only go forward where the zeal of Churchmen with regard to their schools burns with a less passionate ardour than it does in the breasts of those who think with Lord Robert Cecil. --+-- A letter which Dr. Clifford has circulated to the papers serves to emphasise the im- possibility of the secular solution of the education difficulty. It is impossible because amid all the quarrels and differ- ences about religion there is insistence from all sides that some form of religious teaching shall be given. As Dr. Clifford points out, there is no agreement as to what constitutes "secular" education. Its advocates range from those who would have nothing whatever to do with the Bible in the schools to those wlio stand for the use of portions of the Bible suited to the capacity of the children: such use to be literary, historical, ethical, and spiritual, but never in any way theological or ecclesiastical." Certainly this last, definition of secular" does not lack elasticity, and it brings us plump back into the midst of the thorn-bushes from which all are anxious to escape in the interests of education itself.
C j, |^ l^^)Your Child's Eyes j f A Uirge proportion of children are found to be suffering from defective vision, many cli;-Idren"ren-iainin dull and backward in lessons through not being abe to see their work properly. Parents should have competent advice upon this matter. WD OADVI EI Q Ail O The Qualified Sight- • • VI Al* ■ ■ • V# ■ w I«W •« testing Specialist, 16, High Street, Arcade, CARDIFF. And 15, Union Street, Swansea. 11 "■ ■" 111 — —j,. JL 'i. tp I'Clous COCOA EEC
Funeral of the :Mardy Fire Victims. The funeral took place on Saturday of the five victims of the disastrous fire which was reported in our last week's issue. A large number of sympathisers gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of the unfortunate woman and children who perished in the flames. The streets presented the appearance of a town in mourning, blinds being drawn at every house and business premises closed along the route to Ferndale, where the interments took place. The combined cortege, headed by the Revs. J. T. Gri- ffiths (B.), D. Jones (C.M.), and Hope Evans (C.), Dr. Glanville Morris, and Mr. H. E. Maltby, M.E., was over half-a-mile in length. The remains of Mrs. Hem- mings and her infant child, which she heroically tried to rescue, enclosed in one coffin, preceded those of the three Rees' children—Elvira, Margaret Ellen, and Ada. Hemmings, walking alone just behind the coffin containing the remains of his wife and children, still appeared as though he had not realised even yet the terrible misfortune that had befallen him; then came his mother-in-law, who was painfully grief-stricken, and had to be continually supported by her husband and friends. The Rev. J. T. Griffiths, pastor of the English Baptist Chapel, Mardy, performed the last impressive rites, and he and Captain Harding, of the Salvation Army, delivered earnest exhortations, the ser- vice being brought to a close by the sing- ing of Lead, Kindly Light." The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Rees were buried in a separate grave. The Rev. D. Jones, Bethania (C.M.) Chapel, Mardy, officiated, deliver- ing an inspiring address, and hymns appropriate to the occasion were reverently sung.