Pfcntre Bye-Election. Canon Lewis' Narrow Win. Seat Lost through Bad General- ship. Polling took place in No. 3 Ward on Monday to fill the vacancy on the Rhondda Urban District Council caused by the death of the late Mr. Thomas Davies, Windsor Hotel, Ton-Pentre. The candidates were Canon Lewis (Conser- vative) and Mr. David Thomas (Labour). The result was declared on Monday even- ing as follows: — Canon Lewis 904 David Thomas 869 Majority 35 The poll was the heaviest for the last three years, the next highest being the election of 1907, when Canon Lewis was defeated by Councillor Walter Williams. The number of votes polled on that occa- sion was 1,707-66 less than on Monday. The total poll in the following year, when the late Councillor Davies was opposed by Mr. T. C. Morris (Labour) only reached 1,629. Last year, there was no election. Councillor Edward Jones being returned unopposed. The defeat of the Labour candidate can be ascribed to one or more reasons. The Labour organisation at Pentre was very weak, while it is common knowledge that iJhere was not that active sympathy and co-operation between the two wings of the Progressive forces which ought a to obtain in such a contest. Tactical mis- takes were committed by the leaders of the Labour section, which resulted in alienating a large portion of the Liberal support, and it is to this which Coun- cillor Tom Evans doubtlessly referred to -On Friday evening as a dog-in-the- manger policy. It is to be regretted that differences of so trivial a character- differences which could very well be avoided by good generalship—should result in the loss of a seat to the Pro- gressive cause. The Ward is promised another contest in the near future, when Mr. Walter Williams will be opposed.
New Wesleyan Schoolroom. Treorchy. Opening Ceremony. The above schoolroom, built at a cost of £ 400, was opened on Monday last by Mrs. Dr. Hinde, Treherbert, in the pre- sence of a large gathering. The opening ceremony was preceded by the laying of memorial stones by Mrs. and Miss Collins Ynyswen; Dr. D. C. Williams, Treher- bert; and Mr. H. J. Clarke, Treorchy, who were each presented with a hvmn- book as a souvenir of the occasion. A sermon was subsequently delivered in the now building by the .Rev. T. Hardy Banks, Cardiff (chairman of the Cardiff and Swansea. District). The new schoolroom, which will be used for Sunday School and religious services generally, was built by Mr. Spratt, Tre- alaw, from designs by Mr. C. M. James, Pentre, and has seating accommodation for 200 persons," A plot of land adjoining the present building has been leased for future developments. After the ceremony, a monstre tea was held at the Tabernacle Chapel, Tre- orchy (the parent church), followed by a public meeting, over which Dr. A. G. Iribe presided.
Ugly Sores Ravage a Family. TERRIBLE PERIL QUELLED BY ZAM- BUK. A MOTHER'S SENSATIONAL CON- FESSION, .0 Few families have endured the whole- sale burden of skin disease that was up to recently the trying lot of the Newman family, who live at 47, Tilson Road, Peckham, London, S.E. It is because Zam-Buk proved equal to curing father, mother, and three children, that they wish other parents to know of their use ful experience. "Our child Blanch," Mrs. Newman ex- plained to a London Pressman, had such a mass of sores on her head that we had to cut off her hair. For weeks I took Blanch to St. Thomas' Hospital, but the sores spread to her mouth and nose. Zam- Buk, however, soon eased the child's intense pain and irritation, and in a short time every sore was gone from her head and face! New healthy skin came where the sores had been, and her hair grew again beautifully. Dolly, our eldest girl, was under treatment at the Belgrave Hospital, for ugly scabs on her face. As she was not making any progress we tried Zam-Buk, which soon completed another splendid cure. Our youngest boy, Willie, was almost crippled by painful blisters on his feet, and his brother, Fred, had nasty sores over his face. Both boys were quickly put right by Zam-Buk. While looking after the children I got some dirt in a cut on my thumb, which festered badly and was very painful. Zam- Buk again soothed the pain, drew out the poison, and healed my thumb beauti- fully. It was the unexpected success of Zam- Buk in my husband's case that led us all to use it. One day he came in from his work in the country with a red rash on his legs and arms, which smarted so much that he could get no rest. We tried all the ointments we could think of, but Zam-Buk was the one and only thing different from all the rest. It quickly eased the burning rash and gave him the healthy skin that is now the happy pos- session of all." The home wherein Zam-Buk is kept handy is protected against disfiguring skin disease such as ravaged the Newman family, and is also assured of an ever- ready and reliable healer for cuts, bruises, burns and scalds. Sold only in registered sealed boxes by chemists at lIlt, 2/9, or 4/6.
Tonyrefail. On Thursday and Saturday evenings last week, Ainon (W.B.) Chapel Choir, augmented by a few local vocalists, ren- dered the cantata, The Moabitess." The chairman on Thursday evening was Mr. J. Hopkins, Gilfach Goch. and on Satur- day, Mr. D. P. George, Tonyrefail. The leading characters were:—" Naomi," Madame Morris-Evans (soprano); "Ruth," Miss Esther Cooper, Ynyshir (contralto); Orpah," Miss Annie Jones, R.W.L.C., Gilfach (soprano); "Boaz," Mr. David Push, R.A.M., Clydach Vale (bass): "First Reaper," Mr. W. Davies, Porth (tenor); Assistant Reaper," Mr. T. B. Davies, Tonyrefail; Messengers," Messrs. W. Simmons, T. J. Roberts and John Henderson, Tonyrefail: "Israelitish Women," tylisses A. M. Davies and Nina Roderick; Jewish Maiden," Miss Jennetta Williams. The conductor was Mr. John H. Richards, and the accom- panists were Misses Addie Jones and Madge Hughes, and Prof. T. D. Edwards. the performances were well attended, and + c1onductor and choir are to be con- gratulated on the success of their labour.
Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The usual monthly meeting of the above Chamber of Trade was Held at the Grocers' Room, Wellington Chambers, Tonypandy, on Wednesday evening, Mr. 1). S. Thomas presiding. Mr. Llewollyn Evans (outfitter), who was elected as chairman at the last meet- ing, wrote thanking the Chamber for the honour, but regretting that he could not see his way to accept the position. After numerous expressions of regret from the members at Mr. Evans' decision, Mr, Noah Meredith moved that Mr. D. S. Thomas, who was elected vice-chairman at the annual meeting, be asked to take the chair. This was seconded by Mr. J. Owen Jones, and supported by Mr. J. Kinstley (jeweller), one of the oldest members of the Chamber, who expressed the opinion that Mr. Thomas was one of the ablest men in the locality, and that his appoint- ment would be most desirable. The proposition was carried unani- mously. Mr. Thomas, in thanking the meeting, said that he was coming into the chair at a great disadvantage; the past year having been such a notable one in the history of the Chamber, and the last chairman (Mr. J. Owen Jones) having filled it so successfully, especially on the filled it so successfully, especially on the occasion of the Royal visit. He (the speaker) did not expect anything in the wav of a Royal visit to the district during his term of office, consequently the Cham- ber could resort itself to spade work. There were many things needing earnest attention in the locality, and nuisances, which he hoped would in a very short time be removed. He hoped also that during the ensuing year long strides would be made towards the Incorporation of the Rhondda, and he was proud of the fact that the Mid-Rhondda and District Chamber of Trade were the prime movers in the movement. He would also like to see the Early Closing Order carried out, and the Grocers' Association successful in their desire to fall into line with the otter trades in the district. The election of vice-chairman was then proceeded with, and Councillor James Evans, Blaenclydach, was unanimously elected. EARLY CLOSING ORDER. In order to consider the appointment of an Inspector to see that the Closing Order is strictly adhered to, a deputation from the Penygraig and District Chamber of Trade had been invited to the meeting to discuss the matter. Upon the deputation, which consisted of four members from Penygraig, enter- ing the room, Mr. D. S. Thomas extended j to them, on behalf of the meeting, a very heartv welcome, and he hoped that through conferring with one another, it would be helpful and beneficial. Some places, said the speaker, were most faith- ful in the carrying out ( the Act. If the shops were closed in Tonypandy, the people very often could go to the top of Clydach Vale or Penygraig and get served. Mr. J. Picton Davies (draper), Peny- graig, stated that the matter of an In- spector had not been discussed by the Penygraig Chamber, but the deputation would take back to them the result of the conference with the Mid-Rhondda Cham- ber. Mr. John Rees asked Mr. Picton Davies whether Penygraig would be will- ing to give their support to an inspector. Mr. T. Evans (draper), Din as, another member of the deputation, said the feel- ing was prevalent that something should be done. They (Penygraig) considered the Tonypandy shopkeepers the greater sinners in regard to the Early Closing Act. In relation to an Inspector being appointed, there was the very important question of financing. He (Mr. Evans) thought it would be a difficult matter to get people to subscribe towards paying a person who in all probability would be prosecuting themselves. He, for one, if prosecuted on one occasion, would not contribute a second time. Mr. Evans further stated that he thought the shop assistants should move in the matter, and if the assistants had any funds at their disposal, they should be. asked to contri- bute towards the cost of paying an In- spector. Or, perhaps, subscriptions could be gathered in from those outside the trades. He (the speaker) thought a great difficulty in the way of the working of the Act were the shops who were not under the Order, such as the grocers and others who kept drapery and boots for sale on their premises in addition to their grocery. There was a nOiSsihj lityof this kind of goods being sold in shops such as he had mentioned without the proprietors being caught. It was afterwards pointed out to Mr. Evans by Mr. John Rees that shop- keepers who sold goods that came under the provision of the Closing Order were bound to exhibit a printed card stating that such goods would not be sold after the hours provided for in the Act, and Mr. Rees read to the meeting a case in point, where a shopkeeper was fined for not so doing. Mr. J. 0. Jones thought the Act would be a failure unless the combined Cham- bers of Mid-Rhondda and Penygraig would take the matter up in earnest. The shops in Tonypandy had closed to time through the winter months, and he (the speaker) thought it would be a pity, now that the summer months were coming on, for the Closing Order not to be adhered to. Continuing, he said he did not think that as shopkeepers they ought to look to the assistants to appoint an Inspector, and if they did so, they would possibly appoint one of their own number, a thing which would not be beneficial either to that assistant or his employer. He thought the combined efforts of the both Chambers of Trade would have more weight. Mr. T. Evans, Dinas, thought the assistants should not confine themselves to the appointment of one of their own number, but advertise for an Inspector. Mr. J. Rees. thought an Inspector would only be wanted for a short while each evening, as he would have nothing to do during the daytime. Mr. J. Picton Davies, Penygraig, said that he was open to be convinced, but he would like to see the Closing Order become a universal matter, and unless that came about, very likely he would do all in his power to oppose the Act. Mr. J. Owen Jones said that when the Act became in force in Mid-Rhondda, there was a very great grievance with Portb because they had not come under the Closing Order, and now that Porth was about to come into- line and adopt the Act, he (Mr. Jones) thought, in jus- tice, they should try and enforce the Act. Mr. Evans, Dinas, thought that before an Inspector was appointed, the grocers should be brought under the Closing Order, and then the question could be dealt with in a much better way. Mr. D. S. Thomas said the opinion and feeling of the Tonypandy tradesmen was that an Inspector should be appointed to see that the Act was carried out effec- tively. He thought that to ask the shop assistants to do it would be a great in- justice to them. Something was done at one time by the assistants at Cardiff, and some of them had to suffer to this day owing to their action* in the matter. We have the law," said Mr" Thomas, "and we should enforce it. If anyone transgressed, then they should put up with the consequences. Mr. Thatcher (painter, &c.), Penygraig, said the great difficulty was to draw the line between the small shops in the back streets, where nearly anything and everything could be obtained,, and the larger shops in the main streets. He (the speaker) had closed faithfully upon the first stages of the Order coming into force, and his experience had been that he had the pleasure of seeing the people going to these "ismall shops." Mr. Evans, Dinas, thought they did not want a man to look after them, as they were perfectly able to look after themselves. Mr. Picton Davies, Penygraig, thought there had, never been an Act passed through which a horse and cart could be driven like that of the Early Closing Order. It was full of loopholes. The Chairman then stated that he was sorry to hear the sentiments expressed by the deputation. He (the speaker) could vouch that at nresent the Act was being carried out by the Tonypandy shop- keepers. He had gone the length of the main street that evening (Wednesday), and found that all the shops were closed at the appointed time. Mr. J. Owen Jones asked the depu- tation whether, if Tonypandy tradesmen appointed an Inspector, would the Peny- grai- Chamber withdraw from the Order, to which they replied that they would certainly not withdraw from the Act. Mr. Evans, Dinas, thought it would be very unfair on the part of Tonypandy to appoint an Inspector without concurring with Penvmraig, and he thought a little time should elapse so that the Order would have been in force at Porth for a, while. After further discussion, the Chairman thanked the deputation for their visit, and stated that a snecial meeting would be held in a fortnight's time, and in the meantime Penygraig Chamber could fully discuss the pros and cons. CORRESPONDENCE. Arising out of the correspondence, a letter was read from Mr. L. W. Llewelyn, Glyncornel, Llwynypia, accepting the position Qf president of the Chamber for the coming year. NEW BRIDGE? A letter was read by the Secretary from the Council Offices in reply to an application by the Chamber for a new bridge to be placed near St. Andrew's Church, in the place of the one washed away by the floods. The letter stated that the Council have had designs pre- pared for the construction of a new steel bridge to be built upon the site referred to. They had written to the estate owner, and also to the colliery owners, to ask them to support the Council in the payment of the proposed new bridge, and unless they were prepared to do so, the Council were hardly prepared to pay the full cost of erecting the same. Several members expressed themselves as being dissatisfied with the letter from the Council. Mr. J. Owen Jones asked to whom should the ratepayers look to to do these things, unless it was to those to whom the rates were paid. He thought the matter should receive the Chamber's earnest attention, even if they had to seek legal advice upon the matter. He said the path could not be closed, and it was a serious inconvenience and loss to Ur>ner Tonypandy in not having the bridge replaced as quickly as possible. The Chamber ought to assert themselves and see the thing carried through. Mr. Noah Meredith thought the Cham- 1 her should write to the colliery pro- prietors and to the ground landlord, and thereby strengthen the hands of the, Council. Mr. Griffiths (Oliver's) thought it would not be right to write to anyone at all. He thought the Council was responsible, and, therefore, should see the. work was carried out. Mr. John Rees (secretary) said that the Council had never taken the bridge and pathwav over. Mr. J. Owen Jones said he would sup- port the idea of Mr. Meredith if it would be the means of coming to some amicable settlement. The Chairman thought if the landlord and colliery owners were written to, it would be handing over the people's rights to the various parties. Mr. Geo. Evans (printer) stated that in his opinion the parties concerned should be interviewed. It was finally decided to see the parties concerned in the matter. PUBLIC CONVENIENCES. A letter was read from the Council in reference to underground public conveni- ences being placed on Pandy Square, stating that the matter had received the consideration of the Health Committee, and it had been found impracticable to carry out the suggestion of the Chamber of Trade: but if a deputation desired to attend the Council's meeting, they were prepared to grant them a hearing at their next meeting. This matter received considerable dis- cussion, several members expressing them- selves as being entirely dissatisfied with the present state of affairs, Mr. J. Owen Jones stating that at the local T.V.R. station the lavatory was used so largely by persons not going by train; that it had been stated on good authority that the Company intended removing it down to the railway platform. This, he thought, was a proof of the necessity of a public convenience being placed in a public place in the locality. T-V • I 1 T rr ivir. uavies knutcneri XJUWCI iony- pandy, said that it was not necessary to have it on Pandy Square, but he was of opinion that one should be placed in some convenient snot. Mr. Meredith suggested that the local Councillors be interviewed ana asked to do all that was in their power to further the matter, and failing any progress being made, a public meeting should be called. He was of opinion that, if a con- venience would be erected, it would become self-supporting by adopting the penny-in-the-slot principle. It was consequently decided to ask the Councillors to attend a special meeting of the Chamber. TELEGRAPH OFFICE. A letter was read stating that the cir- cumstances did not warrant the Post Office officials complying with the request of the Chamber re establishing a telegraph office at Blaenclydach. The Chairman stated that the whole postal question would be re-opened at some future meeting of the Chamber. G.W.R. EXCURSIONS. A letter was read from the Abercynon Chamber of Trade asking the support of the Mid-Rhondda Chamber in the matter of excursions on the Great Western Rail- way. The letter stated that at present excursions were run on Friday night to the Isle of Man and various other places; that being the case, it was impossible for tradesmen to avail themselves of the privileges offered, owing to the fact that they could not leave their businesses over Saturday. If some excursions were r u'.v on Monday nights, it would be much more appreciated by the tradesmen. It decided to support the Aber- cyaou Cumber of Trade. POLICE DAY OF REST. Mr. D. S. Thomas brought before the notice of the Chamber the position of the local police in regard to being allowed to have one day's holiday in seven. He stated that he understood it was within the power of the Police Committee to grant a day off. It was decided to send a resolution to the Chief Constable, also to the secretary of the Police Committee. j EISTEDDFOD. It was decided to allow the matter of holding an eisteddfod this year to drop through. HALF-HOLIDAY. The subject of changing the weekly half- holiday from Thursday to Wednesday afternoon was left for a special meeting.
Tale of a Marriage. Alleged Bigamy by Soldier's Wife. Gelli Woman Committed to Assizes At Porth Police Court on Thursday, Rhoda Louisa Florence Hudson, 13 Bron- llwyn Road, Gelli, was charged with having bigamously married Chas. Lucas at the Pontypridd Registry Office, her former husband being then alive. Charles Wilfiam Moore, 93, Llewellyn Street, Penrhiwceiber, brother of the 8risoner, said he was present on 3rd ctober, 190S, when prisoner was mar- ried to William Hudson at Trowbridge. Witness added that he saw Hudson that (Thursday) morning, but he denied the marriage. Daniel Oliver Lewis, master of the Pontypridd Workhouse, said that he was present at the marriage of prisoner with Charles Lucas at the Pontypridd Registry Office on the 8th April last. P.S. Baker, Gelli, said that on 19th January, from information received, he If found prisoner living with Charles Lucas at 13, Bronllwyn Road, Gelli, as man and wife. Witness arrested prisoner and con- veyed her to Ton-Pentre Police Station,, where he charged her with feloniously marrying Charles Lucas at Pontypridd on 8th April, her former husband being then alive. In reply, she said: "I was under the impression my former husband waa dead when I got married to this man." Prisoner made a similar reply when charged by the Magistrates' Clerk. In the box, she declared that a man named Charles Curtain met her one evening as' she was leaving her place of emplonent at Trowbridge, and informed her that her husband had died of enteric fever nine months previously in India. She wrote to the commanding officer to know whether this was so, but she received no reply. Question by the Bench, prisoner said that her husband left for India two months after their marriage. She obtained some money and letters from him, but not later than up to two years ago. She believed Curtain's story, and went into mourning, and she could hardly credit P.S. Baker's statement that her husband was still alive. Asked as to why she described herself as a spinster on the marriage certificate, prisoner said that Lucas did not want it known that he was marrying a widow. Cross-examined by Supt. Cole, prisoner admittted selling their furniture soon after her husband went to India. She received letters and money from him, which she acknowledged. She wrote to him m January and February, 1907. She denied that her husband wrote her several letters to which she did not reply. In reply to a further question, prisoner said there were no children of either marriages. Prisoner was committed to take her trial at the next Assizes, and was bound over in her own recognisances of L25 to so appear. Acting upon a suggestion from the Stipendiary, prisoner said that she desired to make application for legal assistance under the Poor Prisoners' Defence Act.
Run AWrJY Horse. Serious Accident Averted. An incident that might have terminated with unfortunate IreslultsJ was narrowly averted this (Thursday) morning by the presence of mind and plucky conduct of Mr. Harry Wright, a young member of the Dick Whittington pantomime company now playing at the Tivoli, Pentre. A horse which was attached to Mr. T. Richards' brake, quietly standing by the Aberystwyth Restaurant, took fright at some passing object, and swerving round, dashed along the road at a terrific rate towards Pandy Square, where some hun dreds of people were at the moment con- gregated. Seeing the danger, Mr. Wright, who was himself in charge of a pony, quickly handed his charge to a bystander, and rushing forward, grabbed the erring quadruped by the head, and with the assistance of Mr. Tom George, the well-known Tonypandy brake-driver, brought him to a standstill uninjured and to the great relief of those within view of the occurrence.
Bakers' Pn5ze Scheme. The Allinson Bakers' 'Annual Competi- tion was held on Thursday, January 27th, when the winners of the five, guinea monthly prizes awarded during the pre- vious year, competed for the right to hold the Allinson Bakers' Fifty Guinea Silver Trophy for twelve months. Some very good loaves were submitted, and the first prize was awarded to Mr. E. McNicol, of 125, Broadway, Cricklewood, for a nearly perfect specimen of an Allinson loaf. The judges were Mr. H. Barlow, J.P., of Fettering (vice-president of the National Association of Master Bakers); Mr. J. F. List, of Bethnal Green; and Mr. G. S. Clark, of Waltbamstow. Dr. Allinson (chairman of the Natural Food Company, Limited) was present, he having agreed to act as referee in the. event of any difference of opinion be- tween the judges but his services # were not required, the judges being unanimous in their decision. After the competition, the judges were shewn over the mills by the managing director (Mr. Peter Tyrer), who after- wards entertained them to dinnejr at the Great Eastern Hotel, where a very plea- sant evening was spent. The Allinson Bakers' Prize Scheme is being considerably extended, and is known all over the country as one of the most business-like and straightforward com- petitions in the trade. Further parti- culars can be obtained from our adver- tisement columns, or from the Company.
Correspondence. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader. Sir,—I have never been able to under- stand Mr. Keir Hardie's aversion to the Liberal Party. Though it 16,eLi kuown, now that the election is over at Merthyr, he never allows an opportunity to pass without a special downpour of his wrath on the Liberal Party. It is true that hie general attitude is that of regarding both of the parties as six of one and half-a- dozen of the other." But the thick part of his brush is invariably applied to the Liberals. To fair-minded people this association is not true to the facts of history, and particularly if we bear in mind the magnificent work of the Asq nith Government during the last Session. This conclusion can be sustained bv extracts from the great Labour leaders, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Shackleton. and others. They have, and that without reservation of any kind, recognised the good work. It is true Mr. Hardie has expressed words to the same effect, but withholds the credit. It is, therefore, painful reflection that he should not equally acknowledge good work. What is this bee in his boniiet. P Is it an old feud? Must the dog once evil named ever remain ill-reputed? Though not a partisan of Mr. Pritchard Morgan, I have noticed his resurrection of a mani- festo written by Mr. Hardie in 1893. If this is a true reproduction, in its reading can be understood. some of this constant hostility. What do we find in the code of instructions issued by the Socialist advocate9 First, the members were to make a special endeavour to get on the Liberal Association, im order that the I.L.P. may have a firtn bodv of friends in the enemy's camp." Suelt duplicity is inconsistent with honesty of conduct. No man can be a friend and traitor in one and the same person. A man who did that would ever after be unworthy of trust. Let us note the second code, which is very questionable political morality, and that is, that whon under false colours inside they were to prevent Liberals from bringing out advanced candidates." Really, this is astonishing. These men were to resist men whose views harmonised nearest with their own, and select so-called weakling Liberals. This would be a diffi- culty to a straightforward man, but according to 1lr. Hardie's manifesto it was simple enough, for in another and final regulation he tells them that a Socialist who is troubled with scruples of conscience is not worth his salt and is better out of the way." A system built upon such a code of morals does not commend itself to honest folk. All believe in rules and regulations, but not at the cost of suppressing eonscienoe. We must sacrifice for the cause we believe in, but not at the expense of honourable conduct. In football this kind of play is rank offside, and the game of politics must be fought straightly and cleanly. The American's advice to his son, Make money honestly if you can, but make money," paraphrased would read. Make converts honestly if you can, but make converts." It is easy to understand Mr. Hardie's disappointment at Iferthyrafter nearly ten years of representation, to have to take second place at the poll to a young man in the first blush of his public life. But Mr. Hardie should remember that he fought as a Labour candidate and not as a Socialist. Mr. Edgar Jones was less blest in worldly goods than his opponent, and came straight from the soil, truly a son of the people, and that was the secret of his glorious triumph.—Yours truly, OLD LIBERAL.
Proposed Testimonial to Mr. Edgar H. Jones, MP. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader- Sir,—At a public meeting convened by the Wattstown Institute Committee and held at Calfaria, Wattstown, on February 17th, 1910, it was resolved unanimously- That steps be taken to organise a testi- monial to Mr. Edgar R. Jones to com- memorate his triumphant return as mem- ber of Parliament for Merthyr Boroughs, and that the following officers be appoin- ted to proceed with the organisation of the movement forthwith, viz. —Chair- man, Mr. J. Kane, M.E., colliery mana- ger, Wattstown; secretary, Dr. R. D. Chalke, M.A., Porth; treasurer, Coun- cillor D. Watts Morgan, miners' agent, Porth." A strong executive committee, composed of representative gentlemen in the Rhondda Valleys and Pontypridd, was also elected to assist in making the movement a pronounced success. The work of Mr. Edgar Jones as lec- turer under the Welsh National Liberal Council is well known throughout the Principality, and his strenuous efforts in organising Welsh Liberalism during the year preceding the General Election had a most telling effect at the polls, whilst his huge majority in Merthyr Boroughs, after a campaign of three weeks uiily, testifies to his tremendous popularity amongst the people. His intense enthusiasm, deep convic- tions, vigorous nationalism, and his un- doubted gifts of oratory, infuse life and energy wherever he goes, and the Welsh Parliamentary Party has received a dis- tinct acquisition of strength by his pre- sence. Indeed, we believe that Mr. Jones is on the threshold of a career of great national usefulness, and we make this appeal to his many friends and admirers with the greatest confidence of a prompt and liberal response. Subscriptions addressed to Dr. R. D. Chalke, 12, The Parade, Porth, Glam., will be thankfully received, promptly acknowledged, and handed to the trea- surer of the fund. As it is obviously impossible to i circularise privately the many supportei-s of this movement, will you kindly allow this letted to appear in your columns, so that your readers may be acquainted with the steps that are being taken in connec- tion with the matter? We feel confi- dent that such kind publicity will enable the Committee to make the testimonial movement a most complete success. Thanking you in anticipation, on behalf of the Executive.—We remain, yours, &c., JOHN KANE. Chairman. R. D. CHALKE, Hon. Sec. February 22nd, 1910.
Children's Concert at Clydach Vale. An enjoyable concert was given by the Juvenile Choir in connection with Cal- faria (W.B.) Chapel on Thursday and Saturday last. The work performed was Under the Palms (G. F. Root). The cantata illustrated the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, or Harvest Festival, and presented a view of the* teachings of the Prophet Ezra. There were parts for four solo voices, these being well taken bv Misses M. A. Davies (soprano), M. J. Phillips (contralto), Messrs. D. J. Davies (tenor), and Theophilus Lewis (bass). The choir sang splendidly, and reflected much credit on their conductor, Mr. T. R. Brimble. Miss Williams and Mr. Michael played the accompaniments. The con- certs, which were very iwll attended, were presided over bv the Rev. W. E. Davies and Mr. David Deere.
i League of Young Liberals Branch Contemplated at T onypandy. A movement it on foot at Tonypandy to establish a branch of the National League of Young Liberals. Prelimy steps have already been taken, and at a meeting held on Friday evening laJfc, pre- sided over by Mr. B. Vaughan levies (" Rhondda Leader "), it was decided to invite Mr. Beddoe Rees, Cardiff, to visit the district to explain tke laims and objects oi the League. There is room for such an organisation in Mid-Rhondda, and it is to be hoped that the movement will secure the support and tvnipathy it deserves.
Organ Recital at Llwynypia. Mr. E. J. RendeU, F.R.C.O., organist of St. James', Cardiff, gave an extremely interesting organ recital at St. Andrew's Church, Llwynypia, on Thursday evening last. After the processional hymn opening prayer, the recital opened with Handel's overture, At-halla. Mr. Rendell's other items were Bairstow's "Evening Song," an Andaxtino 1, by Wolstenholme, and Boellman's ChorVe and Minuel Gothique." In each item the player displayed that great quality- restraint, accompanied with an artistic interpretation; whilst in the Evening Song Mr. Rendel] fully realised a deli- cious evening atmosphere. We greatly enjoyed Mr. Rendell's playing, and hope to hear him again. The choir of St. Andrew's (augmented), under the baton of Mr. David Lloyd, I.S.M.. contributed to the evening's pro- gramme. Spohr's popular cantatb, God, Thou art great," and the beautiful motet of Mendelssohn-" Hear my grayer." In each number the choir was heard to distinct advantage, being exceedingly well balanced. The attacks were distinctly good, and Mr. Lloyd found a ready De- sponse to every movement of the bat^n. The altos were rather few in number but their rich quality amply compensated for this deficiency. The soloists were: —Soprani, Miss Lizzie Evans and Mrs. Kin" contralto, Miss Minnie Howell; tenor? Mr. Oliver- Williams; basso, Mr. Willie Richards. Miss Evans' voice was heard to advan- tage in Hear, ye Israel," save a little forcing, which somowhat marred tRe effect. Miss Minnie Howell peaeow a promising contralto voice, which, with further training, will bring her into pro- minence, In her rendering of "0 God, have mercy (Stradella), Miss Hawell did,, played excellent enunciation. Mr. Willie Richards, basso, was heard to fine effect in the quartet, Walk ye," whilst in his solo, O, hear me, winds and waves," Mr. Richards excelled all his previous efforts. Mr. Oliver Williams has a sweet tenor voice, and his solo, Liddal's Nearer, my God, to Thee," was immensely appreciated. In the solo, Hear my prayer," Mrs. King regaled a very musical voice, which, with a little more confidence, should be capable of greater things. There was a large con- gregation present, and the proceeds are to be devoted to the clmrch funds.
Mr. Pencie Smith's Symphonies The third of the eeriee of Symphonies by Mr." Percie G. Smith's Orchestra at St. James' Schoolroom, Cymmer., Porth, will take place next Monday night, the 28th inst. The Symphony chosen 18 Schubert's B Minor (The Unfinisked). Tlie success following these «ffortfc are most gratifying, and gives the members of the orchestra great encouragement. Nothing is spared to give each Symphony as complete as possible, and the explana- tory remarks at the commencement enables everyone who listens a guide to enjoy them. Great confidence is felt that tkis move- ment will have an effect on our local musical taste, and an exarrfole is given of the possibilities that exist, providing the public show their appreciation. No charge is made for admission and the entire expense is borne by the members and friends who desire to toiboaioibe. Beside the Symphony, the overture "Rosamunde" and the" Serenade" for tenor voice will be given by Mr. David Thomas, Wattstown, and it is hoped that advantage will be taken of the opportu- nity. especially bv musical studente. There is an ambitious programme in contem- plation, and should the same interest continue, the members will feel their efforts well rewarded to see the building again filled as on the previous occasions. The chair will be taken by Mr. Thos. Griffiths, J.P. (Insoles Collieries. Ltd.), at 8,
Proposect "Old Students" Testimonial To Mr. J. W. Jones, Tonypandy. A well-attended meeting of old students" of the Tonypandy School wa& held on Friday night last at Richards' Assembly Rooms, with the new of show- ing an appreciation of Mr. J W. Jones' valued services in the district ioi upwards of 40 years. Those present gnoke. in glow- ing terms of the great servic-ee rendered in various directions by the old master, the excellent examples set by bim, and how they had been encouraged by emulating them. It was resolved that a move should be made to make a testi- monial. showing in a t>ractjr.a] manner their appreciation of his many qualities. For the furtherance of this object, a. meeting will be held at the Gwa lia. Restaurant on Monday evening next, the 28th inst.. when all students who have- enjoyed the privilege of Mr. Jones' tuition are desired to make effort to be present. Mr. Tom Davies is the, secretary of the movement, and Mr. W. Davies, Eleanor Street, is treasurer. These gentlemen will be IT.3 of any assistance in getting all old boys and stud ents together.
Our Library Ta.ble. Pit Disasters The Penny Pictorial for the cur- rent week contains another thrilling instalment of the survivors' tales of pit disasters. This week, Will jam Harris, the sole survivor of the TJniverisal Col- liery (Senghenydd) holocaust, ton tributes a recital of his sufferings, which is described by the Editor as the most thrilling story ever written." A portrait of Harris is also given. Also received.—" The Scc-bs." by M. J. The Lifeboat (the organ: of the National Lifeboat Institution): Illegiti- macy," by Lady Cook.
Cardlganshire Dinner. In view of the forthcoming Cardigan- shire dinner to be held at the Thistle Hotel, Tonypandy, on St. David's Day, March 1st, we are asked to request that any Cardiganshire man in this district who has not received an invitation to tke above dinner, should at once communi- cate with the secretary, Mr. J. D. Lewis, 6. Thomas Street, Tonypandy or Mr. J. Owen Jones, Pandy Square. Tonypandy.