indignant Trehafod Ratepayers. Protest against District Council's Inaction. Mr. Thomas Jones presided over a meeting of ratepayers at Bethel Vestry, Trehafod, on Monday evening last. Among those present were Councillors Ben Davies (Rhondda), and Moses Jones/ J, Fleming and D. Jenkins (Pontypridd). The Chairman said that the meeting was called for two specific purposes, viz., (1) to consider the advisability of pro- testing against the serious inaction and neglect of the Rhondda Urban District Council with regard to the insanitary con- dition of the schools and certain streets -at Trehafod occasioned by the recent floods, and (2) to establish a, fund to assist the more unfortunate families in the recent disaster. Apropos of the first question, it was pointed out by several spreakers that, although nearly a fortnight had elapsed | since Trehafod had been inundated, and that despite the fact that tons upon tons of rubbish had been deposited in Lewis Street and various other places, and although the river wall adjacent to Lewis Street had been washed down, nothing had yet been done by the Council. Not only were they now in constant danger of being drowned, but there was also danger of an epidemic of some nature or other arising out of this filthy rubbish that had been deposited in their streets. Already there was an abominable stench arising from it, and if something were not done immediately, it was feared that some would be prostrated with fever. Interrogated upon the matter, Coun- cillor Ben Davies said that the Council could not erect walls to protect private property that was the duty of the land- owner himself. Neither was there any obligation upon the Council to do any- thing to Lewis Street, as it had not been taken over as a public street. If the road had been taken over by the Council, this filth would have been removed. Councillor Fleming said that in a case of emergency like this, where the health of all the inhabitants was at stake, the Council should not look at the letter but the human side of the law. The health of the neople should be thought of first, and the Council could settle the other differences afterwards. Mr. Fleming went on to say that while colliery com- panies were allowed to tip their rubbish into the river, it was useless to build walls on its banks, because it was only a matter of time before the banks and walls would be overflowed again. Thousands of tons of rubbish had been tipped into the river during the last few months from the Hafod Colliery. Where is this rub- bish? asked Mr. Fleming. In Lewis Street," exclaimed another. Quite so," # continued the speaker. The river is being interf.erec with higher up in the Valley, and we have to suffer the consequence here at Trehafod," exclaimed Mr. Evans (grocer). Mr. Fleming acquiesced in this view, and went on to say that they ought to apply to the County Council to put pres- sure upon the District Council to remove that which endangered the health of the people. He had himself carted tons of rubbish from them, but he did not see why a private individual should do what a public body refused to do. He thought It the duty of the Council to move at once in this direction. Councillor Moses Jones questioned Mr. Fleming's authority on this point, and quoted from a book that no Council had a right to do anything on private pro- perty without first, notifying the owner thereof therefore, the Council could not, according to law, have done anything in the way of removing the rubbish. Mr. Fleming retorted that he knew he stood not on a point of order, but on the human side of the question. The R ev. J. Williams said lie had always taken a deep interest in children's educa- tion, and endeavoured at all times to en- courage them to go to school, but if he had young children of his own, he would not under any condition allow them to go to the Hafod School until something more satisfactory had been done (cheers). If I remember rightly," continued the rev. gentleman, the river wall was erected out of the public money." Councillor Ben Davies said that pro- bably that was true, because the wall was then necessary as a protection for the schools from the river. He had drawn the attention of the Council to this wall some time ago, and by a strange coin- cidence tenders were to have been asked for on the very day that the floods took place (laughter1). He further assured them that tenders were to be asked for on Friday next. Several gentlemen voiced their griev- ances, among whom was Mr. Evans (grocer), who mentioned that several times he had nointed out this danger to the Council. He would now have suffered to a great extent had it not been for past experience. The following resolution was then moved —" That this meeting of the in- habitants of Trehafod, in view of the serious and continued neglect of Trehafod oy the Rhondda Urban District Council, and of the disastrous effect of the flood experienced recently, strongly protest against the inaction and lethargy of the Council, and desire that they take action immediately to bring about the desired improvements." A deputation was also appointed to wait upon the Roads Committee on Tuesday evening and to place the matter before them. A committee was also appointed to raise funds. It was also unanimously decided not to allow the children to. go to school until the schools had been declared satisfactory by an appointed committee in conjunction with the Medical Officer of Health.
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Brilliant Attraction at the Theatre Royal, Tonypandy, Leah Kleschnn." After a twelve months' run in London and four years of success in all the large cities of Britain, Leah Kleschna is pay- ing a much-looked-for visit to Tonypandy. The company is under the management of Messrs. H. Arniitage and Arthur Leigh, who recently made such a great success; at Tonypandy with their Lucky Durham company. "Leah Kleschna" has made a pro- found impression on the theatre-going public. "The Times" said:—"It is a play that hits you, as children say, bang in the eye.' The story, briefly, is:—"Leah" is the daughter of "Kleschna," a famous bur- glar. From her childhood she has been brought up to steal, and knows no better. So that when she is chosen to burgle the house of Paul Sylvaine," the Paris deputy, she feels no compunction. How- ever, she does not know that this Sylvaine is the man who saved her life from a wreck off Genoa, and who she has secretly grown to love. Sylvaine is a man of honour and of strong principles. He holds the theory that to condemn all criminals alike to prison is a mistake, that there may be a latent goodness in some of them that is worth fostering, and that some of them have never known better. Holding such views, one can imagine the scene that ensues when he catches Leah in the act of burglary in his rooms. He talks to her quietly, pointing out the error of her ways, and leaves her wondering. He pleads with her, entreating her to abandon a, life of sordid crime for the better path. Miss BESSIE RIGNOLD as "LEAH." I Leah breaks down, and leaves the house determined never again to help in her father's nefarious schemes. This brings us to Act 4, the like of which has pro- bably never been written. Leah returns to her father, and announces her inten- tion of never again stealing. He turns upon her, threatening her life. This has no influence; he pleads, but eventually she gets her way and resolves to return to the land and work as a peasant, as her mother did before her. At the finish, we see Leah working in the fields. Sylvaine finds her out. and being con- vinced that she is his true affinity, they go ^together, to walk through life. The company Messrs. Armitage and Leigh present is probably one of the strongest ever sent on tour. Miss Bessie Rignold plays the title role of Leah." Miss Rignold is recognised as one of the leading dramatic artistes of the day. Mr. William Clayton, an actor of thirty years' experience, plays the part of Kleschna.Mr. Charles Barrett plays Paul Sylvaine." The caste also includes ,such well-known names as Mr. Algernon J. Hicks, Mr. Graham Pockett, Mr. Edgar J. C'oyne, Miss Elsie Russell, &c., &c. The entire production, built at a cost of thousands, for the New Theatre, London, is carried complete.
Rhondda Musings. Why are the Clydach Valians so anxious for tramcarsR Why not wait for air- ships ? Mabon declared at Thursday's unveiling of the memorial fountain that his ankle had been complaining of his weight. A weighty grievance, one would imagine. Evans & Short's, Tonypandy, annual sale of fireworks is now on. It is surmised that the recent heavy rainfall was due to the holding of the Baptist Union meetings at Treorchy. The new fountain on Pandy Square has already commenced its beneficent mis- sion. Every child in the district has availed himself or herself of a drink. Even dogs have been seen to wag their tails in gratitude. Best Fireworks in assorted boxes of Id. to 10/- at Evans & Short's. We are glad that the unveiling of the memorial and the Baptist meetings are passed. Enough water has now been stored to meet all possible contingencies. The Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade are keen on the Incorporation business. Another meeting is to be held next week. If the desired consummation so devoutly wished for is ever attained, we know one or two gentlemen of aldermanic capacities who have an eye on the Mayoral chair. But we won't tell. A certain matron of our acquaintance is anxious to board the Fasting; Man. She has the saving grace, no doubt. The best selection of fireworks is now at Evans & Short's, Tonypandy. Christmas this year will arrive on November 11th. We hasten to explain that we refer to the advent of the Rev. E. Christmas Jones, pastor-elect of Bethlehem, Trealaw. An unreported incident at the opening of Noddfa Hall, Treorchy, was the pre- sence of a Jew, who was shown round the building by one of the members. The millennium is now appreciably near. Now that the Rhondda Council have decided to name the new bridge at Llwynypia the Princess Louise Bridge," why not confer a similar distinction upon the gentleman mainly responsible for her appearance in the Valley—the one and only Tom Davies? Tis water or fireworks these days! One cannot scientifically expect both to agree together. Youi can get the best fireworks at Evans & Short's, Tonypandy. A tradesman, who had wished "ta-ta" to a long-standing debt, needed no pres- sure these hard times to immediately call upon a local lawyer who had voluntarily undertaken to see that the debt would be paid. j We understand, However, that this soli- citor is an active member of the Y.M.C.A. At the same time, we fail to see why the tradesman should be so surprised to find practical Christianity in a solicitor's office. Evans & Short's, Tonypandy, annual sale of fiieworks is now on. Unionist printers turned up strong at the I.L.P. meeting on Monday evening last at Bethania, Tonypandy, to hear the only printer M.P. expounding his views on Socialism. But they were very raw at finding that the printing for the meeting had been done at Manchester, whilst out-of- works," owing to slackness of trade, have to be maintained in the district. A good citizen of Treherbert is under the impression that there are certain "capricious children teachers." Well, perhaps so; for is it not difficult nowadays to believe that men are children? In 'phoning through the Treherbert Exchange," says a correspondent, we are invariably told. I They're on the line.' Is it always washing day? "In America," says the same correspon- dent. they have the Oil King." That's nothing. In Tynewydd we have recently discovered a T." Lord. After the heavy rains, the next week or so will be devoted to fireworks, in commemoration of Guy Fawkes' gun- powder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the year 1605. Should you wish to repeat the achieve- ment, go to Evans & Short for your fire- works. There's no guy about them. Pontygwaith is one of the places in the Rhondda where one can get genuine tip- top" Welsh mutton. Is it really so lilgl-i as that? A local housewife complains of having been done by a photo enlargement firm. The old, old story. An enlarge- ment for nothing, and a week later the unwary are called upon to pay a bill of 6d. for a frame. Fine Art in truth! Recent plays at Tonypandy —" Her Secret Lover," "The Coal King," "Fori Her Husband's Sake," "How Girls are brought to Ruin," "Across the Frontier," in No Man's Land." Those persons who mentally blow up the House of Lords may give vent to their feelings in harmless fireworks. The loudest reports in fireworks can be had of Evans & Short, Tonypandy. Someone has been pulling the leg of the Weekly Scotchman." In its columns the other day appeared the following adver- tisement — Apartments.-By day or week. Terms moderate; golf, boating, trout fishing; fine scenery, mountain air. Apply-laiito Pentost, Ty Ohwanen, Gormod-Kwrw, Pontygwaith."
Whist Drive and Dance at Llwynypia. A whist drive and dance took place on Wednesday last at the Llwynypia Work- men's Baths, in aid of the funds of the Tonypandy Golf Club. There was a large attendance, numbering about 170. The prizes were presented to the ladies by Mr. L. W. Llewelyn Clydach Vale, and to the gentlemen by Mrs. W. P. Nicholas, The Garth, Trealaw. Dancing was after- wards indulged in from 11 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
Fasting Man Still Holds Out. Mons. Beaute, the fasting man at Danter's, Tonypandy. who is now in his 20th day of fast, is getting considerably weaker. Of course, this is only to be ex- pected after such long abstinence from food, but nevertheless, Dr. Burton's opinion this (Thursday) morning was— condition well maintained. Beaute has hitherto lost 17ilbs. in weight, but his pulse, which is of the most vital import- ance, registers very good at 72 per minute. He has complained of being cold in his glass house, which undoubtedly affects his sleep, but this difficulty has been over- come by the introduction of a small gas jtfove to warm the house, and a couple of hot bricks to keep his feet warm in bed. To look at Mons. Beaute at present, it seems almost incredible that he is under- going such a stupendous task.
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Mr. George H. Archibald at Pentre. Mr. Geo. H. Archibald, the well-known Extension Lecturer, will address a series of conferences at Bethesda Chapel, Ton- Pentre, next week. The meetings com- mence on Monday evening.
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Eisteddfod at Ynyshir. A very successful eisteddfod was held at the Workmen's Hall Ynyshir, on Mon- day last in connection with Tabernacle (C.M.), Ynyshir. Mr. Wm. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., conducted in that well- known breeze manner that has made him an attraction at eisteddfodau. The pre- sident was Mr. W. J. Thomas, J.P. (Bryn- awel), and the vice-presidents Mr. John Thomas, M.E. (Fernbank). Mr, John Hughes (Glynderwen), Mr.' J, \Y, John (headmaster), and Mr. Wai', Evans (Siop Isaf). The adjudicators were: Mr. E. T. Davies, F.R.C.O., Merthvr. and. Mr. Geo. Llewellyn, L.T.S.O.. Port Talbot: poetry and literature, Rev. E. Rees (Dyfed), Cardiff. In the absence of Dyfed, Mr. J. Henry Davies (the well- known Welsh elocutionist) adjudged the recitations, and the Rev. J. "Wilson Roberts (Tabernacle) read the Archdruid's adjudications of the literary efforts. Needlework, the Misses R. and M. Thomas, Brynawel; ambulance. Dr. T. H. Morris, M.D., Tylorstown; bakery, Mrs. D. Richards, Ynys Villa. The accom- panists were Messrs. Gwilym Marsden and J. Howells, A.Mus.T.C.L.. Ynyshir. The results of the various competitions are as follow — Pianoforte Solo 1st. Elsie May Francis, Ystrad; 2nd, Mildred Davies, Mountain Ash. Boys' Solo: 1st, D. J. Davies. Seng- henydd 2nd, Brinley Kemp. Ynyshir. Girls' Solo: 1st, Annie May Gilbert, Porth 2nd, Nellie Jones, Cwmaman. Hymn-tune Composition: Dyfryg Alun." Needlework: Miss Jennie Lewis. Ynys- hir three prizes. Essay: Griffith J. Thomas, Penygraig. Pryddest, "Iaith Galon": T. Davies (Cenech), Pentre (Brecon College). Soprano Solo: Miss Lizzie Jenkins, Cardiff. Recitation (under 16): Gwladys May Davies, Pentre. Contralto Solo: Madame M. A. Lewis, Ynyshir. Novice Solo: Mr. John Howells. Peny- graig; consolation prize. Miss Nellie John. Cwmaman, and Miss Gwladys M. Harris, Llantwit Fardre. Englyn Hen FOrwr" (whose name did not transpire). Bakery Gwenith Gwyn 1st. Mrs. Parry. Ynyshir; 2nd, Mrs. John Jones, South Street, Ynyshir. Bass Solo: D. Williams, Penygraig. Juvenile Choir 1st. Saron Choir: 2nd, Fochriw. String Quartet,: 1st, Ynyshir (Mr. Aneurin Parker). Tenor Solo: Divided between Messrs. W. M. Griffiths. Gilfach Goch, and Phil Jones, Tonyrefail. Recitation (Open): Mr. L. D. Lewis, Tylorstown. m Male Voice Choir: Mountain Ash. con- ductor, Mr. Hugh Ellis (Llew Asiph); silver cup presented by Mr. W. J. Thomas. J.P. Translation (English to Welsh): Didymus." Translation (Welsh to English): Rhondda." Ambulance: 1st, Wattstown (Captain M. J. Jones); 2nd, divided between Ynyshir (Captain A. Atkins) and Fern- dale (Captain Bob Francis). Duet: Messrs. Anthony Jones and D. Pennar Williams (of the Glyndwr Rich- ards' Concert Party), Mountain Ash. Champion Solo: Madame Davidson, Pontypool.
Tonypandy Fish Shop Quarrel. Man struck with Vinegar Bottle A quarrel in a Ash and chip shop at Tonypandy on Monday night resulted in Henry Brown, a tall, burly labourer, being haled before the Pontyoridd magistrates on Wednesday on a charge of wounding Wm. Rowlands, Miskin. Mountain Ash. Prisoner, a. native of British Columbia, admitted throwing at prosecutor a vinegar bottle, which struck him over the eye and rendered him unconscious. He declared that he was -rompted to do by a sudden impulse, owing to the prosecutor having thrown some chipped potatoes at an old man who was sitting at the far end of a table in a fish and chip shop at Tony- pandy. The charge was reduced to one of common assault, and Brown was sen- tenced to a month's imprisonment.
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