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Pentre Colliery Dispute.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1909.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1909. The Late Mr. C. Edmunds, M.E., Pentre. Biographical Sketch and Funeral A brief report of the sad death of Mr. Caswallon Edmunds, late colliery manager, Pentre, at the comparatively early age of 57 years, appeared in our columns last week. Mr. Edmunds was one of the thirteen children of Samuel and Johanna Ed- munds, Gyfeillion, Pontypridd, and was born on August 14th, 1852. The name of Samuel Edmunds will live for many years in the memory of the Rhondda inhabitants who recollect the first colliery explosion at Walter Coffin's Dinas Col- liery on January 1st, 1844, when twelve men were killed. Sam Hendreforgan," as he was called, was a well-known per- sonality a self-educated man who spent his few leisure hours in teaching music and astronomy. When the call came for a. brave man to descend the shaft soon after the explosion, and while the smoke' was still thick, the first volunteer was "Sam Hendreforgan." He descended by hemp rope wound by a horse, the sur- rounding mass of people crying, and praying for his safety. The first person he met was Mr. Daniel Thomas, the manager—father of the late Mr. Edmund Thomas, Maindy Hall, and grandfather of Mr. Daniel Thomas, M.E., Ynys House, Ton-Pentre. This brave feat has never been excelled, and Mr. Samuel Edmunds was fortunate to return àlive. The Late Mr. C. EDMUNDS, M.E. On June 18th, 1856, there was another explosion at Messrs. Insoles and Sons' colliery at Cymmer, when 114 men and boys perished. Among those who suc- cumbed to the deadly afterdamp was the brave hero of the previous explosion. Mr. Caswallon Edmunds was only four years of age when his father died. It speaks volumes for Mrs. Johanna Edmunds and the children that each one was reared with many advantages over children of ¡ wealthy people. The deceased was a keen and intelligent student of mining from I boyhood, and applied himself successfully I to the study of science. After working j at Gyfeillion for many years, he moved I to Heolfach, and in 1891 to Pentre Col- liery, where he was overman for a period of about eighteen months. In 1882 he gained a First Class Certificate as col- liery manager at his first attempt in the examination-a rare feat in those days. Other' certificates in other sciences, elec- tricity and magnetism, and mathematics and ambulance work were also won by him. He was also a good literary student, having read and studied care- fully most of the best books obtainable, so that he was always a keen debater on a wide range of subjects. He was held in high respect both by his employers— Messrs. Cory Brothers—and by his work- men and officials at Pentre. He had held the office of colliery manager at Pentre for about seventeen years, succeeding the late Mr. John Williams, when the latter removed to Tynybedw. Mr. Edmunds' success as manager may be gauged from the fact that there has not been a single serious accident at the Pentre Colliery for many years. The only one of the thirteen children of Samuel and Johanna. Edmunds now living is Mrs. James R. Evans, whose home for thirty years has been in America, and for the last twenty- one years in Scranton. She arrived in Pentre just a week or so before her bro- ther died, having heard by cablegram from her son that her only brother was seriously ill. As a citizen, Mr. Edmunds was always

Ynyshir and Wattstown.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1909.