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Hostile Reception. Crowd Armed with Tin Trumpets and Whistles. Windows Smashed by Stones. Turbulent scenes were witnessed at Pentre on Monday evening, consequent upon the visit of two Suffragettes—Mies Naylor (the first of the famous Hunger Brigade) and Miss Mackenzie, of Cardiff, A meeting had been arranged in the Drill Hall, but fearing damage to the building, the lessees at the last moment sought a guarantee for J6100. Mr. W. Moses, who had charge of the arrange- ments, was unable to comply with the request at such a short notice, and the hall was thereupon refused. A large crowd had gathered in the vicinity of the hall to await the Suffragettes, and when it was announced that an open-air meet- ing would be held at Ton, the crowd trooped down to the railway statilll to meet the ladies. On the arrival of the latter, the crowd became demonstrative, and armed with bugles, rattles, tin trumpets and whistles, they followed both ladies through the streets, singing ditties containing allusions to the Suffragette movement, and proffered other unwelcome attentions to the visitors. A meeting of the I.L.P. was being held at Mr. Collier's Restaurant, and the Suffragettes were hurried into the establishment. Mean- while the crowd, who had not threatened any violence, continued singing, "cheering the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and blowing trumpets and whistles. Inspector Edwards, who had a posse of police in charge, had occasion to warn some mem- bers of the assembly who had armed themselves with apples, tomatoes and eggs, to refrain from doing any damage. Some of the indiscreet youthful mem- bers did not obey, and fruit and vege- tables were hurled at the windows of the room where the Suffragettes sat in con- sultation with the I.L.P. members. Then came a stone which crashed the plate- glass window of the res'lvurant, and a second cracked another pane of glass. Inspector Edwards advised the ladies to quit the restaurant. There being no exit through the back, a ladder was procured, placed against a high wall, and the two Suffragettes then made their escape this way to the river bank. They were taken through a circuitous route to the railway station, and just as they arrived an un train steamed into the station, and Miss Naylor and Miss Mackenzie boarded it, and alighted at Treorchy, subsequently going on to Cardiff. The ruse, adopted by the police was a complete success, for the crowd were ignorant for some time of the departure of the Suffragettes.
Miss Naylor's Address- interrupted by Stone Throwing. Our Pentre correspondent, who was present at the meeting in Collier's Restaurant, writes as follows: Miss Naylor spoke for a considerable time upon woman suffrage. She showed how pre- vious experience in other countries had resulted in women having lost their chances, or their claims for votes had been included with other questions and usually swamped. Hence the present-day demand for a vote for women upon exactly the same conditions as men. Men and women were subject to the same laws W in the same country, enjoyed the same advantages, except that the female sex laboured under some disabilities. Women might have to pay taxes and rates exactly like a man, while she had no power in the selection of representatives for Par- liament. The majority of people in this country consisted of women, still they had no voice in the matter of choosing a Parliamentary representative. Even the Petition of Rights was denied her about .400 women were imprisoned for petition- .ing-or, rather, waiting to petition-the Premier, before any damage was caused by physical force. Even if similar crimes were committed by men, women usually bore the heavier penalty. Cheap female labour was undoubtedly the result of the assumed inferiority of woman. In many cases the apathy of wpman had been a disadvantage also. For example, her opposition to union in fighting for im- proved conditions anl better pay. This condition would be improved if women were given the franchise. Why not pay men and women upon the basis of work ■done? Then there would be healthy com- petition and less slavery. One of the greatest disgraces to modern trade was sweated industry. Exhibitions of such labour had not had very beneficial results, but once the women obtained the vote they would be able to accomplish some lasting good and remove the above Miss Naylor also spoke briefly upon the White Slave Traffic. This is a well-known abominable and degrading evil, one that should have been done away with many years ago. Parliaments of men had as yet done little. The fate which befalls young, innocent and healthy girls was too horrid to describe, and the mock modesty and prudery of to-day assisted in the carrying of this dread traffic. Open speaking would be followed by the removal of the evil soon after the women possessed votes. They pledged them- selves to do all in their power to squash the infamous bartering of the best girls in the land. One or two questions were asked and answered. Meanwhile a large crowd waited outside, and the police wereN as vigilant as possible. Still, we much regret that throwing of stones, &c., was resorted to by a few of them, as it might have caused serious injury to the people pre- sent at the meeting. The meeting was curtailed in order to avoid further trouble, the two ladies, Miss Naylor and Miss Mackenzie, leaving before the other people, but the crowd was quite unaware of this. In answer to one question in regard to the use of physical force, Miss Taylor stated that 45 years of petitioning had brought no improvement, so that resort- ing to force was a necessity; but she declared that force used was always a minimum, as before breaking windows at a post office, &c.. information was first sought as to which window could be broken with the least damage. The women had exercised wonderful restraint for many veirs, but even now personal injuries would be avoided. Reference, was made to the recent use of a dogwhip upon Mr. Winston Churchill at Bristol—the act of a woman upon her own initiative, because she felt that woman was being continually insulted by the Cabinet. Mrs. E. T. Davies. C.C.. Ton spoke for a short time, and expressed her gratitude that so many ladies were present. Three panes of glass were broken by stones, and another stone hit one person present, but fortunately caused very little harm. The crowd remained outside for many hours.
Ton At Siloam (W.B.) Chapel on Wednes- day evening, the 24th ult., Mr. Edgar Jones, M.A., spoke upon the Budget. The Rev. D. G. Evans, Bryn Seion, Gelli, occupied the chair.
Tonypandy. The half-yearly meetings in connection with Ebenezer Chapel, Tonypandy, com- menced on Saturday night last, the special preachers being the Revs. Oldfield Davies and D. Stanley Jones, Carnarvon. The services were continued on Sunday and Monday, when large congregations assembled at each meeting. Dr. Alfred Jones, Tonypandy, delivered a very interesting and instructive tem- perance lecture at Jerusalem Chapel on Tuesday night last. The lecture, which was entitled The Effects of Alcohol on the Human Body," was illustrated by limelight views. Preceding the lecture, an excellent photograph of Dr. Jones was placed upon the screen. The doctor ex- plained very forcibly the action of alcohol on the blood vessels and upon the heart. Some people, he said. looked upon alcohol as being a stimulant, whereas it really acted upon and weakened the brain, and should not be taken either in email or large doses. After the lecture, Mr. Geo. Evans (printer) delivered an illustrated lecture, entitled John Ploughman's Talk," which was thoroughly enjoyed. Anniversary services were held on Sun- day last at Bethel (E.B.), Tonypandy, when excellent sermons were delivered by the Rev. Wm. Owen. Manchester, to good congregations. The pastor, the. Rev. J. E. Dennis, conducted throughout the day. On Monday, the Rev. Wm. Owen delivered his famous lecture, entitled Wilt Thou have this Man?" Alderman Richard Lewis occupied. the chair, and in the course of his address said the great pro- blem of the day was. what was to be done with our leisure hours. He. sug- gested that the chapels be thrown open, j lectures given, and debating societies formed, so as to counteract the various attractions that are apt to lead humanity astray. The Rev. Wm. Owen dealt with his subject from a very interesting stand- point. He advised his listeners who were unmarried to take care that the charac- ters of their intended partners in life were established on a firm basis. This was the rev. gentleman's third visit to Tonypandy, and his popularity increases with each visit.
Dinas. A temperance crusade is now taking place throughout England and Wales in connection with the Church of England Temperance Society. The crusade is called the Forward Movement." Its object is the enrolment of one million new pledged members for the cause of tem- perance. Meetings were held in connec- tion with the above movement on Sunday Monday and Tuesday evenings, and were well attended. The following rev. gentle- men officiated at the Dinas Mission Church:—The Revs. D. J. Thomas, Ton- y re tail; — Macnamara, Clydach Yale J. Gower Jones rector of Glyntaff; and J. Stephens, of the Ohurch Parochial Mission. Excellent addresses were delivered at each meeting, and about 710 signed the total abstinence pledge.
Porth. With deep regret we record the death of Mr. Henry Hughes, of 34, Primrose Terrace, Porth, which took place on Thursday evening last under very pathetic circumstances. The deceased was about 65 years of age, and was very well known throughout the locality. On Thursday last, Mr. Hughes was taken very ill, and was unable to call anyone into the house to attend himself and invalided wife. For hours he lay thus in terrible agony, while' Mrs. Hughes, distracted at the sight of her husband's condition, and unable to move herself, must have suffered intense mental anguish. The poor old lady, now nearly 70 years of age, prayed to God to send somebody to them in their afflic- tion, and scarcely had she finished when her own daughter (living at Abercanaid) entered the door. Within an interment took place on Tuesday after- noon at Llethrddu Cemetery. Numerous friends followed the corpse to its last resting place. The officiating minister was the Rev. W. J. Rees.
Pentre. One of a series of temperance lectures arranged by the local branch of Undeb Dirwestol Merched y De was delivered by Ap Glaslyn at Siloh last Thursday evening. There was a good audience, consisting chiefly of women. The meet- ing was presided over by the Rev. Danl. Davies, pastor of Nazareth Church, and in his opening address, extended a wel- 'come to the lecturer, and hoped that the series of lectures would have a beneficial result. During the evening, Master Morgan Pugh gave a splendid recitation, "Beibl fy Mam," and the congregation sang an appropriate hymn, Dyma Feibl anwyl lesu," the organ accompaniment being played by Mr. Tom Davies. Miss Gwladys May Davies, of Pentre, also gave an excellent recitation, Dysgwch dweyd Na,' which electrified the congre- gation. A successful social was held at the Pentre Girls' School on Thursday even- ing. arranged by the officers of the Ambulance Division of Tynybedw and Pentre Collieries. Over 100 people at- tended, and all apparently obtained full enjoyment from 6 to 11 o'clock. The dancing was organised by Messrs. J. Mor- gan and J. Rowlands, who acted as M.C.'s, while Mr. R. Rowlands very capably performed the duties of accom- panist. During the evening, solos were rendered by Messrs. N. Amos and A. Wakefield (Ystrad), while a stump speech, contributed by Mr. Woodward (Pentre), was loudly applauded. The catering ior the occasion was a great success, having been entrusted to Mrs. W. Morgan Eliza- beth Street. This initial success will probably lead to a series of similar socials being arranged.
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Tony retail. We are pleased to hear of the promo- tion of P.O. Watkins to the rank of Acting Sergeant. Sergeant Watkins has been stationed at Tonyrefail just over ten years, previous to which he was at Mardy and Tonypandy. His numerous friends in Tonypandy will be pleased to hear that his services have been recognised with such a reward. We regret to announce the sudden death on Sunday night last of Mr. Thos. J ohn. On Sunday last, the Rev. Stephen Jones, B.A., B.D. was the special preacher at Bethel Church, Tonyrefail. On Monday evening, the rev. gentleman gave a lecture, entitled Jesus Christ and Social Reform." The services and lecture were well attended and much appreciated. On Monday afternoon, a very success- ful jumble sale was held at the Institute in connection with St. David's Church. In the evening, an entertainment was given bv the school children and some adult friends. The proceeds amount to about E55, which will prove a good nucleus to the organ fund.
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Olympia Roller Skating Rink, Pentre. Pentre is not to be behindhand in the popular pastime of rinking, and as will be seen from our advertising columns, we are shortly to have an up-to-date roller skating rink, to be known as Olympia," with a ladies' military band, expert skaters, and all the good things which go to make a first-class rink. A pleasing feature in these days of American and German competition, is the fact that it is an all-British rink, put up by local men with local capital, and whatever suc- cess they meet with will benefit local people. The skates to be used are in- clusively of British manufacture, and they are said to be the most perfect skate extant. Mr. Alban Richards is the con- tractor for the building, which occupies a commanding position abutting on the main road at Pentre, whilst the archi- tects are Messrs. T. E. Richards and Kaye, of Pentre and Pontypridd: The rock maple floor gives a beautiful skating surface, and by a special process in lay- ing, extra resilency has been obtained. The management is in the hands of Mr. Fredk. T. Studd, who has managed some of the largest rinks in the Kingdom, notably at Middlesbrough and Catford, and more recently at Bath. Mr. Studd, besides being an expert in the manage- ment of rinks, is a professional enter- tainer of no mean order, and his abilities as a ventriloquist and illusionist are highly spoken of. He founded the huge entertainment department of Messrs. A. W. Gamage and Co., Ltd., of Holborn, London, and he has some very pleasant surprises in store for the patrons of the rink. If past records go for anything, he should soon prove most popular. The proprietors—the Pontypridd and Rhondda Rinks, Ltd.—should count themselves fortunate in having secured so able a manager for Olympia. The proprietors have generously decided to devote the proceeds of the first evening session to the funds of the Queen's Nurses, Pentre and Treorchy. A novel feature of the first evening will be a hockey match on skates-Cardiff v. Mountain Ash. and a fast and exciting match it should prove, as Cardiff have in other rinks swept the boards," whilst Mountain Ash are players of no mean order. Carnivals, gymkhanas, and Cinderellas will follow in quick suc- cession, and altogether it looks as if we are in for a good time, in Pentre.
The Property Market. On Wednesday evening, last, Mr. T. Naunton Morgan, auctioneer, put up for sale at the Bush Hotel, Blaenclydach, several lots of leasehold dwelling-houses. There was a splendid attendance. Lots 1 and 5 were withdrawn at £ 295 and £ 210 respectively whilst Lot 2, No. 9, Bryn- hyfryd Street, Blaenclydach, was sold for £ 245 Lot 3, No. 13, Brynhyfryd Street, Blaenclydach, for £220: Lot 4, No. 14, Brynhyfryd Street, Blaenclydach, for zC222 10s., and Lot 6, No. 30 Glen view Street, Tonypandy, sold for Ci77 10s.
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The Incorporation Move- ment. Public Meeting at Treorchy. A further stage in the movement for obtaining a Charter of Incorporation for the Rhondda was reached at Treorchy, where a public meeting of ratepayers was held on Wednesday evening, and addressed by County Councillor *Tom Jones, Dis- trict Councillor W. T. Jones, and Guar- dian Roderick Morgan. Dr. J. R. Armstrong presided, and apologies for absence through ill-health were read from Councillor W. P. Thomas and Guardian J. Higgon, Owmparc. County Councillor Tom Jones, who was the first speaker, said that the opposition to the granting of a Charter for the Rhondda would be. very great. Merthyr, whose ratable value was half of that of the Rhondda, had had to contend with great opposition; how much more the Rhonda, who contributed one-fifth of the county rate? Mr. Jones then outlined the advantages and disadvantages of Incorporation. Enumerating the advantages first, these, he said, were five in number, viz.,— (1) Under Incorporation, Rhondda. would gain complete control of its edu- cation in every respect. At present, it was only partial. (2) Rhondda would obtain entire con- trol of the police. (3) There would be probably a more thorough administration of the various! Acts—Food and Drugs Act, and Weights and Measures Act. (4) Complete supervision of asylum patients for the Rhondda-at present numbering 226. (5) Loans might be negotiated with greater advantage. This, however, was; doubtful, as the Rhondda Council had been so successful in this matter in the past as County Boroughs in general. Mr. Jones then put forward what he con- sidered the disadvantages of Incorporat- tion. These were: (1) What would now be a gain under a Charter might prove a loss 60 years hence, as the district, being wholly of a mining character, was exhaustive. (2) There would be an increase, in the administration of the various Acts, as the Rhondda would have to appoint and pay its own officers. (3) There was a possibility that the Rhondda Corporation would be unable to build an asylum in the district, necessitating the conveyance) of lunatics to other asylums in various narts of the country, which would entail increased expenditure. (4) Under Incorporation, the Rhondda would have. to pay the entire salary of the Stipendiary, amounting to zC900 per annum. Mr. Jones said that he would do all in I his power to obtain a Charter for the Rhondda if he were convinced that a sub- stantial benefit would accrue therefrom. Lapsing into figures. Mr. Jones said that the ratable value of the Rhondda was £ 621,724. It paid to the Glamorgan County Council—General County Rate at 6d. in the E, £ 15,553; Police Rate at 3d. in the E, £7,771 lis. Intermediate Edu- cation Rate at lid. in the R, and Special I Purposes Rate at l¿}d. in the E, P,5,828 15s. 6d. making a. total of P.29,143 18s. 6d. The Rhondda received from the County I in return: -Contributions: to Rhondda roads, £ 2,465; moietv of Medical Officer of Health and Chief Sanitary Inspector's Salaries, £ 335; towards Police, £ 6,152. In addition, there was the upkeep of the police stations, police courts and uniforms, and the maintenance of lunatics. Mr. Jones advocated, in conclusion, that in order to arrive at the true posi- tion of affairs they should unite with other bodies in the Valley to engage the services of an expert to make a. full investi- gation in the matter. Guardian Roderick Morgan said he was convinced that Incorporation would be a financial benefit for the Rhondda. At the same time, he was not there to advo- cate in favour or against it so much as to put forward some facts for their con- sideration. Councillor R. S. Griffiths, at Tonypandy, had thrown out a suggestion that they should engage a financial expert to go into the question so as to find out exactly what they received from the County Council. They were discussing a very big problem—a question wliich would require serious consideration and minute investigation. Mr. Morgan then out- lined the mode of procedure which would have to be observed in their application for a Charter, and said that the County Council would put forth every available Dreadnought to oppose their application. It was a very serious thing for the County Council to lose one-fifth of its rates, but that, in his opinion, was a reason why they should proceed with their movement (apnlause). The County Coun- cil had decided to build palatial County Offices at Cardiff-outside the administra- tive area—which would cost about £ 60,000. Of that sum, the Rhondda would have to contribute from EIO,000 to £ 15,000 (Shame). These facts impelled them to seriously consider their position as to whether or not they should have a little house of their own (hear, hear). Councillor W. T. Jones outlined the growth of the Rhondda for the past 30 years, and said it was now incumbent upon them to proceed for the higher status and dignity of a County Borough. At the same time, they should remember that the district was an exhaustive one, and many of the collieries were at pre- sent working the lower coal measures. He was, however, not prepared to commit himself to either side until he had more reliable data to go upon. Mr. J. 0. Jones (chairman of the Mil- Rhondda Chamber of Trade) said that as far as Tonypandy was concerned, they were, fully alive to the question and were in favour of Incorporation. It was resolved to amalgamate with other representative bodies in the Rhon- dda to consider the advisability of engaging an expert to go into the matter. An amendment to adjourn the meeting until after the General Election was defeated. On the motion of Mr. John Rees (secre- tary of the Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade), a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman was accorded.
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The Why and Wherefore of the Hobble-de-hoy was the very interesting subject upon which Mr. Tom John, M.A., Tonypandy, addressed a P.S.A. meeting at the John Pugh Memorial Hall on Sun- day afternoon last. The audience was a marked improvement upon secent gather- ings, there being a fairly large congre- gation present. Mr. Samuel Parr pre- sided. Mr. John, who though suffering from a severe cold, delivered a brief but lucid address, was loudly applauded for his magnificent effort. The following soloists also sang very effectively —Miss Cassie Lewis, Ynyshir, and Mr. S. Jones, the latter singing The Star of Beth- lehem." Mr. T. W. Abrahams presided at the piano.