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Pentre and District Trades…
Pentre and District Trades and Labour Council. Financial Statement for the Year 1909. RECEIPTS. EXPENDITURE 13 1 £ B. d. E s d. t s. d. C d. balance. Cash with Trea- Rent of Room, Ton Insti- surer, 1908 6 6 2 tute 1 5 0 Affiliation Fees: Do.: School 0 5 6 Maindy Lodge ..8 0 0 Printing and Stationery 3 16 6 Jentre 8 0 0 Postage 2 2 0 Eastern 6 10 0 7 9 0 ^odrxnsallt 5 0 0 Representation: — A.U.O.E. Ton 0 14 7 Councillor Ed. Jones .20 2 6 A-S.R.S. 0 10 0 Conferences ••• 1 9 4 I.L.P., Pentre'" 0 7 6 Joint Meeting, Porth. 1 3 3 T » Ystrad 0 4 2 22 15 1 insurance Agents 0 4 2 Salaries: 29 10 5 Secretary — — 3 3 0 District Grant (S.W.M.F.) 20 0 0 Financial Secretary —11 0 Treasurer ••• ••• « 10 0 Auditors (1908) 0 5 0 419 0 Total Expenditure 35 3 1 Cash with Treasurer, Dec., 1909 20 13 6 t55 16 7 t55 16 7 Audited and found correct, RICHARD RODERICK, Auditors. DAVID D. JENKINS, ) January 31st, 1910. 081 his courage. Though, he says, the audi- ences were hostile, they gave him a very fair hearing for nearly two hours; but he had to answer about thirty questions. Surely, an audience who could listen without hostility to a political deliverance for such a length of time was fully I entitled to the good report of courteous behaviour. Mr. Campbell recognised that the chief power to he fought was the Nonconformist ministers. We are glad to hear it. There has been rather less prominence in recent times in the action of ministers than in the earlier days of political activity. There was doubtless more than one reason for such pro- minence. The ministerials were our leaders because laymen were less equipped. To-day, however, the widespread nature of political knowledge has brought the layman to the front, and fewer oppor- tunities were within the calls of the ministers. We trust, however, that they will not relax. We want wholesome teaching of fundamental principles of equitv and justice, and the lay folk will not be long in assimilating them into the practical problems of political welfare. 'Mr. Campbell admits that Naval ques- tions did not appeal to Welsh audiences. If he would admit that Naval Scares did not, he would be exactly to the point, while at the same time recognising the intelligence of our Welsh audiences. When a political commercial traveller comes to Wales, he must distribute genuine goods. The Naval question was dragged in simply as a blind, but Welsh audiences know the bogus from the real article. Of course, Mr. Lloyd George's popularity, and not his arguments, according to Mr. Campbell's views, accounts for the total collapse of Tariff Reform gospel. We smile at this, and smile still more at Mr. Campbell's opinion that Wales can yet be won by a few Tariff Reform speakers. Such a statement may be good enough for the Standard and the Marines," but not for Welshmen, who know the chart of social and political thought in our Gallant Little Wales."
District Council Bye-Election.…
District Council Bye-Election. The Fight in Ward 3. The expected has happened. Three of the candidates—Alderman E. H. Davies, Mr. T. Millward and Mr. J. B. Price— who were nominated for the vacancy in Ward 3 caused by the death of the late Councillor Thos. Davies (Windsor) have withdrawn, leaving the field to Canon Lewis and Mr. David Thomas, the nominee of the Pentre and District Trades and Labour Council. Polling takes place on Monday next. Although both candidates are hard at work and numerous meetings have been held, it cannot be said that the present fight is stirring any very, great amount of enthusiasm in the district. Whether this is to be assigned to the fact that the contest comes so close upon the General Election, and that the electorate as a result have relapsed into a state of inaction following the energies put forth in the greater fight, or whether it is purely indifferentism on their part as to which of the candidates gets in, is largely Su matter of conjecture. The fact, how ever, remains that as a whole the Ward is serenely oblivious of the fight, and goes its own sweet way as if nothing in the world could disturb its equanimity. In his address to the electors, Mr. Thomas recounts his previous experience on local bodies. He also deals with the insanitarv housing conditions now obtain- ing in the district, and urges that, before any appreciable reduction can be effected in the present high rate of infantile mortality, drastic reforms will have to be carried out in the housing of the work- ing classes. The candidate also declares that, subject to expert approbation, he is in favour of the Incorporation of the Rhondda. The following manifesto has been issued by the officers of the local Trades and Labour Council: — PENTRE AND DISTRICT TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL. AN APPEAL to the Labour and Progressive Forces of No. 3 Ward. Owing to the vacancy caused upon the Urban District Council, No. 3 Ward, through the death of the late Councillor Thomas Davies, the Pentre and District Trades and Labour Council representing ion nearly 4,000 Trade Unionists, unani- mously adopted Mr. David Thomas, ^heckweigher, Ton, as the Labour Candi- date at the forthcoming Bye-Election. We are thoroughly convinced that he s highly qualified. for the office, possess- es strong common sense, coupled with riPe judgment. He has great force of character, forms his opinions with great deliberation, and upholds them courage- ously. He is foremost in all charitable and philanthropic movements, and in all reforms for the improvement of the working classes; he is one of us. knows our needs, and will work faithfully for us. He has endeavoured at all times to deal with important questions at issue according to the principle of the greatest good to the greatest number. Mr. David Thomas has maintained the confirdence of his fellow-workmen through the important office of Checkweigher for 32 years, is a Trustee of the No. 1 Dis- trict (S.W.M.F.), is Treasurer of the Maindy Lodge since its commencement, and his efforts in connection with the Ton Workmen's Institute are well known. The Trades and Labour Council has for its objects the establishment of a more intimate connection between all branches of the operative classes, giving increased efficiency to the operations of Trades and Labour organisations; it shall also watch over the interests of labour both in and out of Parliament, and endeavour to secure direct representation on all Public Governing Bodies; and use its influence in supporting any measures likely to bene- fit labour." "We make no apology for bringing out a Labour Candidate at this Election, as the interests of labour, which are pre- dominant, are inadequately represented upon our Urban Council as at present constituted. The tendency of Parliament to add to social legislation and adminis- trative powers of Local Authorities, makes it necessary that labour should take a greater share of responsibility in local government. The Housing Question, involving as it does the evils of overcrowding and in- sanitation, as shown by enquiries made by us, demands that the Local Governing Authority should make use of the powers now in its hands. We therefore confidently appeal to an the labour and progressive forces in the Ward to make every effort to return our Candidate triumphantly on Monday, Feb. 21st. 1910. For and on behalf of the above Council, Yours truly, THOMAS THOMAS, Chairman. T. C. MORRIS, Vice-Chairman. JAMES JAMES, Corresponding Sec. I. T. BEES, Financial Secretary. DANIEL JAMES, Treasurer. A meeting in support of the candi- dature of Mr. David Thomas, Ton, in the coming bye-election was held at the Assembly Rooms, Pentre, on Friday even- ing. The chair was occupied by Mr. Tom Thomas, Pentre, who was supported by Councillors Tom Harris, Pontygwaith. and Edward Jones, Ton, Mr. T. C. Morris, Gelli, as well as the candidate. The Chairman indicated how the Trades and Labour Council had justified its existence by the work attempted and accomplished already, and hoped that all progressive forces would rally round the Labour candidate. The candidate, Mr. David ihomas, checkweigher, gave addresses in English and Welsh, recounting some of his pre- vious experiences on public bodies. He stated that he was again ready to sacri- fice time and money in order to serve the people to the best of his ability. He made a special appeal to the Pentre voters—so many of whom did not know him-to vote upon principle and not a personality. Councillors Tom Harris and Edward Jones rendered eloquent speeches in favour of the candidate, pointing out the success attained by Labour members on the Council, and the short apprenticeship necessary before they were capable mem- bers. They required the support of more Labour men on the Council, and future local elections would probably increase their number to fifteen or sixteen, in- stead of eight as at present. Mr. T. C. Morris, who fought one battle some time ago, also spoke strongly in support of the catodidate. He pointed out the importance of the privilege which each voter possessed. The choice of Mr. Thomas as a candidate was purely demo- cratic—the people chose the candidate nowadays. Various matters which had engaged the attention and energy of the Trades and Labour Council were ex- plained in detail. To secure Labour J.P.'s this Council had worked hard, but success had not as yet attended its efforts. The co-operation of Labour men was abso- lutely essential to District Councils at present. **i|- The resolution was moved by Mr. Griffith Jones, and seconded by Mr. lom Hughes. Subsequently a secretary and committee for Pentre were elected. Several meetfngs have also been ad- dressed by Canon Lewis. In his address to the electors, he lays great stress upon the need of improving the condition of some of the lower streets in Pentre, and also advocates the construction and light- ing of roads for the population residing on the hillside. The greatest part of his address is devoted to the education ques- tion. He advocates equal treatment to all the children in the, schools, and would do all in his power ".to make it impos- sible for any child or member of a school staff to be placed at a disadvantage or penalised in any way for any religious or political cause whatever." He is naturally a strenuous advocate of religious in- struction in all the schools," but he would "scrupulously respect the convictions of parents who object to such instruction.
Penygraig. Oratorio concerts were held at Zoar Chapel on Thursday and Saturday even- ings. A full report will appear nest week.
Children's Coughs and Babies' Bronchitis cured by VENO'S LIGHTNING COUGH CURE. Mrs. A. Wilson, 25, Henry Street, Rochester, Kent, writes: —" My two children, aged 12 months and 6t years, suffered dreadfully from a severe cold and cough which developed bronchitis. I had a great deal of medical advice with- out good results, and was very worried what to do, but at last I tried Veno's Lightning Cough Cure, and now I am glad to say they are quite freed trp1? their very nasty touch of bronchitis, which might have been more serious if I had not given your wonderful medicine." Veno's Lightning Cough Cure is safe for the youngest child, and is the ideal remedy for whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, nasal catarrh, and all chest and lung troubles. Price 9id., lIlt and 2/9, of all chemists.
Mid-Rhondda Fire Brigade.
Mid-Rhondda Fire Brigade. Annual Dinner. The Mid-Rhondda Fire Brigade held its annual dinner at the Thistle Hotel, Tonypandy, on Tuesday evening last, when a large number of the officers and members were present. Subsequent to the dinner, a convivial evening was spent. the chair being occu- pied by Mr. J. Owen Jones. In proposing the toast of The Captain and Officers," Mr. Jones remarked the inhabitants of the district were truly proud of them, and it was a credit to Mid-Rhondda to nave such a. fine brigade, which had shown up so well when com- peting with brigades of much older years. He honed the brigade would long retain its captain and officers (applause). Captain F. B. Thomas responded. He thanked them most sincerely for the remarks that had just been uttered, and said the success of a brigade like theirs ,rested as much with the men as with the officers (hear, hear). He had great pleasure in holding the position of cap- tain, and eulogised the men by saying they could not perform their duties better if they were paid for them (cheers). Mr. N. Meredith, in proposing the toast of The Mid-Rhondda Fire Bri- gade," said he was proud to see in the person of the captain one of his old schoolmates. He wished the brigade every success (applause). Mr. Chas. Thomas (painter) responded. Presentations were next made by Cap- tain F. B. Thomas to Sergt. Churchill and Fireman Morris, who had made the highest number of marks; also to Fire- man H. J. Davies, who was only four marks below the standard. Mr. J. Rees (County) proposed the toast of the host and hostess (Mr. and Mrs, Thomas); whilst a vote of thanks to the artistes who had entertained the assembly, proposed by Lieut. Hoyle, ter- minated the proceedings.
THE WELSII CURE," Have You Cough or Cold ? Will Cure You. INVALUABLE IN NURSERY. Cash Prices, l/-or 2/6. IasfiaEHBBHHMHas
Earthquake Shock in Mid-Rhondda.
Earthquake Shock in Mid- Rhondda. Colliers Run to Pit-bottom. Railway Signal-Box Shaken. A seismic shock lasting for about 12 seconds was experienced in Mid-Rhondda early on Wednesday morning. Household articles, furniture, &c., rattled, and resi- dents got out of their beds frightened by the strange noises. At the Cambrian Colliery, Olydach Vale, a number of the workmen employed in the. 7-feet seam rushed to the pit- bottom. fearing that something untoward had happened, but returned later when reassured that everything was all right. Thomas Davies, a contractor, was shift- ing a Barry road, when the sleepers lying on the ground were actually lifted by the force of the shock. The signal- box near Tonypandy Station shook as if struck by lightning, and the bells were all set going.
New County Council Seat at…
New County Council Seat at Porth. Mr. Wm. Evans declines to fight Labour. Apropos of the rumour that the Porth Chamber of Trade intend nominating Mr. William Evans (Thomas & Evans) for the new seat on the County Council, we learn on substantial authority that Mr. Evans will hot allow himself to be so nominated. In an interview with our representa- tive, Mr. Evans declared that inasmuch as Mr. John Hughes, checkweigher, had been selected bv the Porth Trades and Labour Council to contest the new seat in the interests of Labour, he (Mr. Evans) would not oppose him, his own words being .most emphatic. No," he said. "I will never fight Labour, especially Mr. John Hughes." Mr. Evans went on to say that he said so four years ago, and he had not the slightest intention of breaking his word. He, however, might have stood if there was no Labour candi- date in the field. Mr. Robert Farr, contractor, and Mr. E. S. Williams, M.E., have also been mentioned as probable candidates.
A Conning Musical Event.
A Conning Musical Event. Our musical readers are reminded that the annual oratorio concert of the Eben- ezer Choral Society takes place during the forthcoming week, the precise date being Thursday, February 24th. It will be noticed that the concert is (for the first time) to be held at the Judge's Hall, Trealaw, which having regard to the larger space and greater facilities, should enhance the enjoyment and success of audience and performers. The works to be performed are Sir Edward Elgar's "The Banner of St. George and Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise." The soprano part will be taken by Miss Bessie Jones, a young lady well known in Mid-Rhondda, who is now pursuing a course of study and training at the Royal College of music, and who is an artiste o" much promise. Mr. Cynlais Gibbs. whose reputation and popularity is ever increasing, and who is in great demand, has been engaged as tenor; while the bass parts are in the safe hands of that old favourite, Mr. David Hughes, who never fails to delight his hearers. There will also be a miscellaneous programme, when choice vocal and instrumental items will be rendered by the artistes. The orchestra will be under the leader- ship of Mr. W. F. Hulley, of Swansea, who, we believe, makes his first appear- ance in that capacity in Mid-Rhondda. We iurnderstand that there has been a brisk demand for seats, and those who have not already secured places, are urged to do so without delay. Further details appear in our advertising columns. Our readers should note that there will be no Saturday performance as in past years, so early booking is advisable.
Sunday Concerts. j The following is a copy of the letter sent to the District Council and referred to in our report on page 2 of this week's issue: To the Chairman of the Rhondda Dis- trict Council. Dear Sir,—Re Mr. Joseph Mulby's application for permission to accept Mr. Stone's offer of the use of the Hippodrome for a benefit concert, as reported in enclosed cutting from RhLo-ndda Leader." I beg to state that, whenever Mr. Stone has granted the Hippodrome for a benefit for a sick person or widow, he has never received one penny of the proceeds. He has also defrayed the cost of fires, gas, electric, extra cleaning, printing posters, handbills, tickets and pro- grammes, at a cost of C5 or £ 6 out of his own pocket. I grieve at the unfair, unkind remarks of several members of the Council as applied to a fellow-townsman. to apply, or rather ascribe, such un- worthy and mean motives to him, when the most cursory enquiry would have proved how good, kind and true a man Mr. Stone is.. To Councillor Thomas Griffiths 1 would venture to say we do not pose as philanthropisoo; we work all the week as most people-doto live and save a little, if possible, for the inevitable rainy day, but my husband's religion and charity is exercised equally every day, as many would testify if only Mr. Griffiths had troubled to ascertain. We would not in the least mind the benefit concert being given on a week- day afternoon, it would be far more convenient to us, our engineer, and staff; but I fear the poor beneficiare would have a benefit in name only!! S Our home is in Tonypandy. Mr. Stone has the honour to be patron, vice-president, etc.. to most of the pro- minent Institutions and Societies in the Valley, and the contemptuous desig- nation of these people" and "these men comes as a most unwelcome sur- prise. In conclusion, my dear sir, would it not be more dignified and worthy of members holding such an important office to try and institute a few en- quiries ere they pronounce their opinions, or else charitably consider all men as heroes and innocent until other- wise proven? I write to vindicate my husbands good name. Yours faithfully, (Signed) MARY STOTE.
Shebeen at Trealaw.
Shebeen at Trealaw. At Porth Police Court to-day (Thurs- day), Mrs. Sarah Williams, 218, Yri^s- cynon Road, Trealaw, was fined £ 5 for selling intoxicants without a license. Remarkable evidence was given, which will be reported fully in our next week s issue.
0LYMPIA, Pentre THE RINKING RENDEZVOUS OF RHONDDA SOCIETY. ST. DAVID'S DAY, 1st March, 6.30 to 11, GREAT Carnival of all Nations AND CONFETTI BATTLE ROYAL! ego fL3m Prizes FOR BEST HISTORICAL NATIONAL COSTUME. MOST GROTESQUE NATIONAL COSTUME. BEST DESCRIPTIVE OR MOST TYPICAL NATIONAL COSTUME. tat and 2nd Prizes will be awarded to Ladies and Gentlemen. Costumes of any Nation may be Selected. COMPETITIONS FOR VALUABLE PRIZES- For BEST SKATER (Combining Grace and Skill). For COUPLES IN TWO STEP AND WALTZING. The Night of Nights 6.30 to 11. ALL PREVIOUS SUCCESSES ECLIPSED- See the Extra Special Prizes on view at Mr. T. R. EVANS, Complete Furnisher, PENTRE. WE LEAD, OTHERR FOLLOW! All Skaters must be in National Costume (any Nation) or Eveaing Dress. Augmented Band. Special Programme. National Music. See Posters and Handbills for Details. GET YOUR COSTUME OR BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW FOR THE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE SEASON. OLYMPIC aLLELADROTAODS 0LYMPIA 091 J. W. WISBEY, Shop Fitter for all Trades, I.1.M Cf PAB?nilTE: AIR TIGHT SHOW CASES Nat. Tel 2122. wonn QIO UMrswirr ■ A SPECIALITY. ESTIMATES FREE. OPERA HOUSE TREHERBERT Proprietors Poole's Theatres, Limited Manager Mr. M. B. Pedlar. For Six Nights and One Matinee, commencing Monday, February 28th, 1910. Select Matinee Saturday, at 2-30. Same as night, doors open at 2. Note the names a distinct from all others, the CHAS. W." POOLE'S 1910 Production under the direction of John R. Poole. The only Poole's Entertainmeut which visits the Great Free Trade Hall, Manchester Coliseum, Leeds and Synod Hall, Edinburgh. The Grandest and most sumptuously produced Exhibition of its kind in the World. Host of other scenic attractions. qW NOTE-All Poole's Pictures this year are Entirely New to Treherbert. "Wf The ROYAL BANZAIS, Six in number. Wonderful Japanese Jugglers, Contor tionists and Equilibrists, including Little Togo, the marvel. Tiny Nogi, the only Japanese Nightingale. Georgeous Japanese scenery valued atE5,000, This mag- nificent turn is exclusively engaged by Mr. Poole. W. R. ROWLAND, a Professor of the Art of Mirthmaking. CAIRO TRIO, in an original Oriental Musical Act. SYDNEY BACH, renowned Welsh entertainer, in his original pianistic speciality: Mrs Jones, the Landlady." JOHN R. POOLE, Guide. INEZ and PIM, in a refined Gymnastic performance. BROS. REES, Unique Military Athletes. New BIOSCOPIC Productions Poole's Imperial Orchestra under the direction of Mr. F. Mann. Nightly at 7-30. Doors open at 7-15. Early Doors at 7. First Circle 2s.; 2nd Circle Is. 6d.; Pit 1s.; Gallery 6d Early doors, 3d. extra to all parts MR EMPIRE, Tonypandy. Huge Success cf the FIRST LOCAL TALENT MATINEE. The Management have now pleasure in announcing that they will hold their SECOND AMATEUR Msttinee COMPETITION (Open to all Varieties). Competitors desiring to Compete must send tkeir names to the Management not later than March 14th, 1910. 1W :DCDIM,T Forget the Date— THURSDAY, MARCH 17th, 1910. 091 u DALE, FORTY & Co. Lie J9L*JL~fcO jLS&MLC&iS (co^1) THE 'DUALANO COMBINATION PIANO from 48 Guineas Cash. Our £ 16 10s. Pia.n.0 Best Value for Cash Ever Offered. Terms—From 10s. 6d. per Month. PMJKOS by Brinsmead, Chappell, Collard, Lipp, Hoffman, Waidberg. ORGANS by Bell, Mason and Hamlin, &c. SEND FOR CATALOGUES. DALE, FORTY & Co., Ltd., High Street, CARDIFF And at CHELTENHAM, BIRMINGHAM, &c., &e. 387
!The Property Market.
The Property Market. Important Sale at Trehenbert. Seldom does a property sale in these Valleys attract such a remarkably good attendance as that held on Tuesday even- ing, the 15th inst., at the Baglan Hotel, Treherbert, which Mr. David Richards, auctioneer, Pentre, conducted on behalf of the executors of the late Mrs. Sarah Llewellyn. The large clubroom of the hotel was inconveniently crowded with would-be purchasers, and spirited bidding resulted in the whole of the property offered being disposed of at prices well above the reserves decided upon by the vendors. Many of the lots offered being secured by the tenants, most of whom had occupied the property for long periods; the auctioneer, Mr. Richards, mentioned a case of one house having been occupied by the same tenant for over 50 years-a speaking tribute, to the cordial relations which had existed be- tween the tenants and the late owner. The first lot offered was the villa resi- dence, "Pencelly," Treherbert, which was purchased by Mr. John Gower for 9875. 55, Bute Street, Treherbert, was sold for P,135 to Mrs. Evans, Pentre; and 56, Bute Street, for zC142 10s. to the tenant, Mr. Morgan Davies. No. 77, Bute St., Treherbert. realised L205, the purchaser being Mr. Richards, Dunraven Hotel. No. 78, Bute Street was purchased by the tenant, Mr. iBdwin Harris, for £ 300. Houses in Eleanor Street, Treherbert, were disposed of as follows:-No. 2, to Mr. Bowen, Welcome Home, £ 115; No. 3, to the tenant, Mr. J. Jones, £ 120; No. 4, to Mrs. Yorath, tenant. £ 120; No. 5, to Mr. Evans, tenant, £ 120; No. 6, to Mr. Evans, teiiant, £ 120; No. 7, to Mr. E. Lewis, £120. No. 98, Baglan Street, Treherbert, was sold, together with No. 1. Eleanor St., and a plot of ground at the rear of several of other houses in Eleanor Street, was put up in one lot and purchased by Mr. Idris Morgan for L402 10s. No. 94, Baglan Street realised £185, Mr. Griffiths being the purchaser. The adjoining houses, Nos. 95, 96 and 97, becoming the property of Mr. T. E. Davies, who secured the first two at L192 10s. each, and the third at C187 10s. Nos. 18 and 19, Baglan Street, Treherbert, were purchased by Mr. David Jayne for £ 405; and No. 58, Dumfries Street. Treherbert, was knocked down to Mr. Barron, Treorchy, for tl22 ltte. The Treorchy properties attracted con- siderable interest, the shop and pre- mises known as Baglan House realising L440, Mr. John Gower being the pur- chaser. A shop and premises, 154, Bute Street, Treorchy, was sold to Mr. Jones Cardiff Arms, for £365. The dwelling- houses situate between the two preceding lots being sold as follows:-No. 155, Bute Street, Mr. W. Cooper. £ 160; No. 156, Bute Street, Mr. J. Griffiths, £ 160; No. 157, Bute Street, Mr. G. John, £155; No. 158, Dr. Chalke, £ 155: No. 159, Mr. Cooper, £ 155; No. 160, Bute Street, Mr. Jeremiah, £ 155; No. 161, Bute Street. Mr. W. D. Morgan, CI52 10s. No. 162, Bute Street, Mr. W. D. Morgan, £155. Five shares in the Hendrewen (Blaeny- cwm) Building Club were offered for sale, but no biddings being made, were with- drawn. At the same sale, Mr. David Richards disposed of No. 2, Herbert Street, Tre- orchy, after spirited bidding, for 9190 to Mr. Jones, 129, High Street, Treorchy. Messrs. Treharne and Treharne, of Pentre. acted as solicitors for the vendors of the whole of the properties in these sales.
Nantymoel. Obituary.—We regret to announce the sudden death of Master Howard King, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert King, Dinam Street, which took place on Sunday afternoon last, after a very brief, illness.