PROF VERO is still successful in curing so called hopeless cases in the Rhondda' including all nerve, blood and skin diseases. Ladies may consult Madame Vero for ailments peculiar to their sex. If you suffer call on Prof. Vero at his Laboratory, 108, William Street, Ystrad. Take tram to. Sandy Bank 239
Treorchy. We have very great pleasure in offering our heartiest congratulations to Mr. W. H. Owen, Ynyswen Schools, upon his securing his B.Sc. degree at an examina- tion at London recently. Mr. Owen is the Director of Studies for the Treorchy Political Economy Circle; President of the Treorchy Literary and Debating Society; and an influential official of the Noddfa Young Men's Union. A young lad, riding on the bar coupling two brewery wagons drawn by a traction engine, fell off the bar on Thursday even- ing near the Prince of Wales Hotel, and was run over. Happily he was not severely injured, although he was ren- dered unconscious for some time. On Sunday last, the English Congre- gationalists who assemble at the Park and Dare Workmen's Institute held their first anniversary preaching services, when powerful sermons were preached by Miss Rosina Davies, the evangelist, Treher- bert, in the morning at the Institute, and in the afternoon and evening at Bethania (W.C.) Chapel (kindly lent for the occasion). Mr. Geo. Williams, Cwm- paro, officiated at the pianoforte. Sub- stantial collections were taken towards the expenses. At the Station Road Chapel on Sunday 1 evening, a Children's Enrolment List was opened, when about 80 juveniles enrolled their names. The list has been opened on the motion of the pa.stor, the Rev. T. J. Williams, and will certainly be a valuable asset to the church in later years. A movement has been instituted in the district towards financially. assisting. Mr. Charles Cox, Chapel Street. The Treorchy Cricket Club, who have now ended a successful season, have resolved themselves into a holiday club, to be designated the Treorchy Summer Holiday and Literary Club. Mr. Willie Jones, Dumfries Street, has been elected general secretary; Mr. Augustus Jones, financial secretary; Mr. Robert Pugh, treasurer; Mr. David Daniel Davies (sec- retary of the cricket club), chairman and Mr. Tommy Thomas, High Street, vice- chairman.
Pentre. Our congratulations are given to Mr. Stephen Timothy upon his splendid shooting powers as displayed at the recent Welsh Rifle Association meeting. In the competition for the championship he made a creditable score of 201 out of 230, failing chiefly at the long ranges, at which he is not able to have, much prac- tice in this district. Inspector Edwards, of Ton, also did some very good shooting in the competition with disappearng targets. A pretty wedding was solemnised at St. Peter's Church, Pentre, the parties being Miss Florrie Scott (daughter of Mr. H. Scott, painter and decorator) and Mr. W. H. Rees, surveyor, Ystrad. The ser- vice was conduited by Canon Lewis, assisted by. the Rev. D. T. Griffiths. Mr. David Jones presided at the organ. The bride, attired in an ivory white costume over silk, with a. lovely picture hat, and carrying a choice bouquet, was given away by her father. Mr. Frank Read (surveyor) acted as best man, while Misses Gertie and Lily Scott were chief brides- maids. The other sisters, Misses Gwladys, Evelyn, Nesta and Elsie Scott., were also in attendance. The number of presents to the happy couple was exceedingly large, while the quality and variety thereof commanded the admiration of the numerous guests at the reception after- wards givm at the bride's home. Canon Lewis and Mr. Read made felicitous speeches, the bridegroom responding in quite a gallant manner. Brighton and London was the venue of the honeymoon.
MOLYBDENUM ELECTRODES. A patent has been taken out for the utilisa- tion of the metal molybdenum in the con- struction of the electric arc lamp. Molyb- denum is one of the rarer metals, and its ores, known as yellow lead ore, or wulfenite, and molybdenite, occur in granite and limestone rocks. The latter is found in this country in Cornwall, at Shap, in Cumberland, and parts of Scotland. Hungary, Mexico, and Pennsyl- vania are countries where the former is met with. Molybdenite is very similar in appear- ance to graphite, or black lead, with which it was confounded until the Swedish chemist Scheele, in 1778, demonstrated the difference. Four years later the metal wa,s isolated by Hjelm and named molybdenum, from the Greek molybdos, lead. Presumably the name refers to the former confusion of its ore, molybdenite, with graphite, for the metal itself is very different from lead, being white, brittle, and exceedingly infusible. Hitherto the compounds of molybdenum have proved of little or no practical use, a colouring matter known as blue carmine for porcelain being one of the few applications. It is now proposed to use the metal instead of carbon for the electrodes of the arc lamp. An alloy of 86 per cent. of molybdenum* with 14 per cent. of iron is found to give very excellent results, while 10 per cent. of molybdenum with 90 per cent. of iron is found to give. xery white and brilliant light.
THE STORY OF ROSLIN CHAPEL. Roslin Chapel has been the family burial- place of the St. Clair family for about four hundred years. According to an old tradition,- the early Earls of Rosslyn were laid in the vaults beneath the chapel without coffin, clad in their armour, and having their weapons by their side's. Sir Walter Scott, in his Lay Q the Last Minstrel," refers to this tradition, and also to the legend that. when a member of the family died, au unearthly light blazed from the chapel. Harold sings how— It glared on Roslin's castled It, ruddied all the copsewood glen: 'Twas seen from Dryden's groves of oak, And seen from cavern'd Hawthornden. Seem'd all on fire that chapel proud, Where Rosiin's chiefs unc-offin'd lie, Each Baron, for a sable shroud, Sheathed in his iron panoply. Blaz'd battlement and pinnet high, Blaz'd every rose-carvcd buttress fair- So still they blaze, when fate is nigh The lordly line cf high St. Clair. The vaults were opened specially to permit Scott to see them, and it has always been understood tha.t he verified the tradition as to the Earls being BURIED IX THEIR ARMOUR. Recently it was discovered that bodies had undoubtedly been buried in the chapel with- out coffins and while r.o armour was found, the investigations were not of a character to discredit the tradition on this head. Only the Earls themselves, their Coun- tesses, and the heirs at the time were buried t inside the chapel; but these were laid to rest in the vaults till the present Earl's father, who, by his express desire, was buried out- side, it being his wish that the sun should shine on his grave.. That grave is in the north-west corner of the chapel grounds, and his daughter, the Countess of Westmorland, has been buried near the same place. She spent a. good deal of her early life at Roslin, and had expressed a wish to be laid to rest there. The beautiful little private chapel, which is believed to have been built in the fifteenth century by William St. Clair, Earl of Roslin and one of the Jarls of Orkney, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Indeed, it is one of the "sights" which few visitors Edinburgh miss. In the vicinity of the old, ruined castle of Roslin it occupies a fine .situation on the edge of a steep bank, which slopes down to the Esk. Its fa.muus Pren- tice Pillar," and the story connected with it, are known far and wide.
School Accommodation. Board of Education's Threatening Attitude. Trehafod Schools Flooding. Parents Refuse to Send Their Children to School. The monthly meeting of the. Rhondda Education Committee was held at the Council Chamber, Pentre, on Friday last. The attendance included: Dr. W. E. Thomas (chairman), Mrs. Florence Nicholas, Councillors Ben Davies, David Smith, W. T. Davies, Danl. Evans, James James, Ed. Jones, Wm. Thomas, Lewis Hopkins, R. S. Griffiths, W. P. Thomas, Tlios. Thomas, D. C. Evans, Walter Williams, J D. Williams, Tom Harris, and H. E. Maltby, together with the -A Y, Clerk (Mr. W. P. Nicholas), the Director (Mr. T" W. Berry), the Architect (Mr. Jacob Rees), and the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. J. D. Jenkins). BOY SCOUTS' CENTRE. A letter was read from Mr. Rhys Williams, Miskin, Commissioner of the Boy Scouts, Rhondda. District, applying for the use of the old Ystrad Higher Grade School as a centre for the instruc- tion of the Boy Scouts in the locality. The application was granted on the usuai terms, TRKHAFOB SCHOOL: QUESTION OF MANAGEMENT. A latter was received from the Secre- tary of the Pontypridd Education Com- mittee. inviting the Committee to appoint three representatives to meet a similar delegation from the Pontypridd Educa- tion. Committee to discuss the question of joint ownership and management of the Trehafod School, as the agreement be- tween the two Authorities providing for the education of the Pontypridd children at th« school was nearly expiring. In r-eply to Councillor Dd. Smith, the Director said that one-third of the chil- dren at the school was drawn from the Pontypridd area, and the Pontypridd d Authority paid a rental of £30 a year, and one-third of the total cost. It was resolved to meet the Pontypridd Committee as desired, the Chairman, Councillors R. S. Griffiths and Ben Davies being appointed for that purpose. SCHOOL CLEANERS' REMUNERA- TION. Mr. Rees Llewellyn, secretary of the Municipal Employees' Association, wrote on behalf of the school cleaners in the Committee's employ, asking the Commit- tee to grant a hearing to himself and a deputation from the school cleaners on the question of the latter's remuneration. On the motion of the Chairman, it was resolved that, a sub-committee should hear the deputation. TREHAFOD SCHOOL AGAIN FLOODED A letter was received from Mr. Edw. Evans, Trehafod, stating that he had been authorised by a public meeting held in that district to forward a resolution to the Committee in regard to Trehafod Schools, intimating that parents could not send their children to the schools until they had been put in a proper condition after a recent flood, and also asking that H.M. Inspector be asked to inspect the school and report thereon. The Director said that during the holi- days the school wall was being built, when, as the result of heavy rains, the river burst its banks and flooded the school. As soon as that information reached him he sent his workmen there, and the cleaners were also requested to keep the fires going in all the rooms. The Medical Officer had also sent his men there to disinfect the place. Dr. Jenkins said that as far as the floormg was concerned, nothing remained but a little dampness, but a considerable amount of sediment still remained under the boards, and it was desirable to get it removed as soon as possible. In reply to a question the Architect said that if the whole place was to be cleared all the boards would have to be taken up. The Chairman said that as a medical man he could not be a party to insist upon the children attending the school in its present state. The Clerk (to the Architect): Is it in any way. connected with any subsidence that has taken place there? The Architect: Well, it is sinking there, certainly. r, The Clerk: Well, you must keep care- ful account of it then. Councillor Ben Davies urged that the matter should be pushed forward as speedily as possible. Not only was the school itself in danger, but the surround- liiig property was also suffering. It was eventually resolved that the whole of the flooring be taken up and the sediment cleared. COUNCILLOR SMTIH SICK AND TIRED." Arising] out of paragraph 2 of the building Committee's report of 15th July, tecordillg the return of the plans of the Proposed Hendrefadog School from the Board of Education for amendment, Coun- cillor Dd. Smith asked what was the posi- tion in regard to this school. The case ly,,as an urgent one, and he was sick and tired of the continual waiting. From Iton.thto month they were thrown from Pillar to post, and, in a way of speaking, It was intolerable. The Chairman said that they had ex- perienced great difficulty in obtaining a site, whilst the Board of Education had returned their plans because of certain details which they would not agree to. Councillor Smith: Doesn't 11 our own Architect know by now the requirements of the Board of Education? The Chairman Even doctors differ, and purely architects differ as to what is the plan. In this case, the Board are advising us as to things which our Archi- tect does not consider to be the best plan. 'hey are changing their methods so often. Councillor Smith: There is a great delay through it all, and the education of the children is suffering. Councillor R, S. Griffiths said he wanted to correct one statement made by Mr. ^'fiith. It was not true that they had in possession of this land for some years. The Clerk said that as a. matter of fact he Bailey Estate had refused to put for- :i,'d their agreement, although he had _6peatedly written for it. It was only MUite recently that he received the agree- ment. j Councillor T. Harris: Is there not a ^son that, when we require a 1 10ol, we should negotiate for the land Wo or three years in advance ? Another j 100I will be required shortly in the t I and would it not be well for •s to negotiate now for the land? tli Member: We have negotiated for land for the last eight years. After further discussion, the Commit- & was authorised to push forward the as soon as possible. PROTEST AGAINST H.M. INSPECTORS Councillor Smith also called attention to the recommendation of the Building Committee refusing to accede to the application of Mrs. Griffiths, headmistress of the Tylorstown Infants' School, to have the gallery in the main room re- moved as recommended by H.M. In- spector in his last report. Councillor R. S. Griffiths said that the j object of the Committee in making this recommendation was to enter an emphatic protest against the action of H.M. In- spectors, year after year. One year the Committee were compelled to put up a gallery at these gentlemen's request, whilst in the following year they were threatened unless the gallery were re- moved. The Architect said that if the gallery in the school under discussion were I removed, they would have to lower the windows, otherwise those children sitting directly underneath the windows would I be in the dark. The recommendation was adopted. A MARDY DITCH. Councillor H. E. Maltby called the attention of the Committee to an open ditch running alongside the wall of the Infants' School at Mardy. This ditch, said Mr. Maltby, some time ago brought down the school wall, and would do so again unless seen to. The Architect was instructed to see to the matter.
THE QUESTION OF INCREASED ACCOMMODATION. DR. THOMAS HAS ROUGH TIME AT BOARD OF EDUCATION. The Chairman reported that, in com- pany with the Clerk, he waited upon Mr. A. T. Davies at the Board of Education Office concerning the grants to Williams- town and Ferndale Schools. They had rather a rough time of it, but they pre- vailed with the Board to withhold their hand until December. In the meantime, Mr. Davies wanted them to take a com- prehensive view of the matter. The in- crease in the number of children attend- ing school was far more rapid than the increase in the accommodation provided for them. They were doing all they could in the matter, considering the extra- ordinary amount of trouble they had at the hands of the landlords. The Secre- tary reiterated his wish to be lenient with them in the matter of temporary build- ings. The Committee added that al- though it would mean an extraordinary expenditure, they were bound to comply with the Board's requirements. The Clerk added that what Mr. Davies said was, that if the Committee suc- ceeded in showing that they* were in earnest in providing increased accommo- dation he would advise the Board to be k/fuent with them until the end of the year. Mr. Nicholas also pointed out that they had zC150 deducted in the grants to the schools above mentioned. The Clerk reported that the Bill for the compulsorily acquisition of the Fern- dale and Glynfach school sites had re- ceived Royal Assent.
The Influence of "T P." Appreciation of a Brilliant Writer. Mr. T. P. O'Connor, M.P., the brilliant politician, journalist and litterateur, is the subject of a well-written article by Maurice Whitlow in the Modern Influ- ences series of articles in the current issue of the Mitigate Monthly." What, asks the writer, would life be like in Great Britain to-day if we had no T.P.' in our midst and had never known his influence? What would the Press have been like had he never launched out, in his own glorious Celtic fashion, into freedom and humanity ? What would Grub-street be like to the thousands of scribblers if no dim and dis- tant prospect of becoming another T.P.' did not bear them up, as they tighten their belts a little more, and light the last of their treasured cigarettes, before attempting once more to storm the citadels of unappreciative editors? How many of us would have gone down before the pitiless paper bullets with the deadly I regrets that are not regrets, and the thanks that are so cold and unsatisfy- ing, had we not realised that at least 'T. P.' would have fought through had he been in our place, and would have won! The morning paper would be a stiff and formal record, without life or human interest, or, terrible thought, it would blaze with staring headlines and vulgar sensationalism ten thousand times worse than any yellow journalism across the Atlantic can produce. The art of the paragraph would be still undiscovered, and hundreds of describing scribblers would have been cut off from a most profitable and pleasant means of earning a livelihood. We should still be "thinking that bitterness and acidity were clever- ness and brilliance. The beauty of look- ing for the best in every public character would have been still undiscovered, and the caustic criticism that wounds without any purpose, save wanton cruelty, would, perhaps, have the greatest claim on fame and fortune in the world of letters. But this politician, who owes, in a great measure, his Parliamentary position to a, partisan attack on a political opponent, whose persuasive oratory is acknowledged to be of the highest order by friends and foes alike, this administrator and busi- ness man of affairs has taught us a better way, and the world is more cheerful and kindlier as a result.
T.P." and His Message. 4' Mention of T. P.'s literary energies brings me back to the question of his journalistic influence again. There is, perhaps, no man living who has done more than T. P.' for the improvement of the weekly newspaper or periodical. Studying the man himself, we get back to a favourite question which crops out continually in his contributions to the press. What, we ask, is this man's mes- sage to the people of to-day. It is not one of patriotism alone, for that is a message which many a thousand of us have claimed to deliver, each in a sepa- rate key, and mostly in a different direc- tion. Turning over the pages of his writings in a score of periodicals, or look- ing into his face in that Westminster flat, I have found the answer to the question. He is a man calling in the world for the spirit of humanity."
I Olympia Skating Rink, Pentre. Grand Re-opening. As will be seen from our advertising columns, the Roller Skating Rink known as Olympia, Pentre opens, for the winter season to-day at three o'clock. The management appear to have been exceptionally fortunate in their choice of a manager for this season, having secured PROF. TOM BUTTERWORTH AND HIS CLEVER BOY, MASTER ERIC, AT-THE OLYMPIA, PENTRE. the services of Professor Tom Butter- worth, a past-master in the art of skating. He has only just concluded a most suc- cessful tour of most of the principal rinks in the country, where he has been giving original exhibitions in conjunction with his. son, Master Eric Butterworth, who is only five years old. This wonderful boy is acknowledged to be the youngest and cleverest tancy trick and speed skater in the world. He is the holder of two gold medals, and will introduce at his first appearance, which will be this (Thursday) afternoon, a new and very difficult feat. Professor Butterworth and his boy will give their exhibitions at both the after- noon and evening sessions to-day. Judg- ing from the favourable notice which this talented couple have received in other places, the patrons of the popular Olympia Rink are in for a treat. The Rink has been entirely re-surfaced, and is now said to be one of the fastest and best skating surfaces in South Wales. Sheridan's Military Band will supply the music, and the cafe is under the Company's own management, many im- provements having been made, and it is evident that the directors are going to make a "bold bid to retain the good opinion formed by the patrons last season. From Friday onwards there will be three sessions daily, full particulars of which may be seen in our advertising columns.
Ton On Saturday last, the mortal remains of the late Mr. Willie Jones, school- master, Blaenrhondda, whose sudden demise we' announced in our last issue, were laid to rest at Tynycoed Cemetery, Abercrave, Swansea Valley. The Rev. J. Oldfield Davies (Bethesda), Ton, officiated at the house of Mr. Tom Rees, Church Road, where the deceased passed away. The funeral, which was private, left Y strad by the 9 o'clock train for Aber- crafe. Arriving at Abercrave about 12.30, the cortege, which was met by relatives, wended its way to Tynycoed, about a mile away. The Rev. — Jenkins, Congregational minister, Blaenrhondda, officiated at the graveside. Messrs. Howell Ho wells, Treorchy, and David Davies, Ton, also bore testimony to the sterling character of the departed. Hand- some floral tributes were sent by the fol- lowing: -Blaenrhoiidda Staff Blaen- rhondda Infants' Department; and Blaen- rhondda Mixed; Blaenrhondda Male Voice Party; Gelli School Staff; the Rhondda and Pontypridd Teachers' Asso- ciation Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, Tylors- town; Mrs. Ann Davies, Abercrave; Mr. Tom Rees, Ton; Mrs. Sarah Rees, Ton; Mrs. and Miss Joseph Mr. David Jones (b/other) and children; Mrs. Mary J. Evans and children; Mr. and Mrs. John Jones and children; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Morgan, Ton; and Mr. William Albert Jones. The following were the chief mourners:—Messrs. David Jones and John Jones (brothers); Messrs. Tom Rees and J. Jones (brothers-in-law); Mr. D. J. Davies (cousin) Mr. Schofield (nephew) Messrs. Maldwyn Jones and Wm. Albert Jones (nephews); Messrs. John Rees, Tanyrallt, Thomas Watkins, Thomas J. Watkins, Thomas R. Joseph, Watkin Watkins, William Walters, Mor- gan Davies, John Price, John W. Davies, Skewen, Rees Jones, Post Office, and Joseph Bowen. The scholastic profession, of which the deceased was so bright an ornament, was represented by the follow- iiig:-Messrs. H. Harris, Gelli; Howell Howells, Treorchy L. M. Davies, Pentre; John Evans, Ton; Tom Jones, Dunraven; R. J. Gabe, Penyrenglyn; W. H. Owen, Ynyswen; W. E. Davies, Cwmparc; and J. R. Jones, Williamstown.
Ystrad-Rhondda. The annual preaching services in con- nection with Horeb (W.W.) Chapel were held on Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday last. The Rev. Rice Owen, Tre- orchy (late of Ferndale); Rev. E. Jones, Tre'rddol; and the Rev. David Morgan (late of Llanelly) officiated. The meet- ings were well attended. The Rev. Hugh Curry, late pastor of Horeb. has been appointed in charge of High Street Church, Hanley, where he commenced his ministerial duties on Sun- day last. The rev. gentleman and his wife,, left the Rhondda a week or so ago, and much regret is felt at their depar- ture from the district. His successor is the Rev. David Morgan, of Llanelly. At a meeting recently held at the above church, a presentation was given to Mr. and Mrs. Curry for their untiring efforts in the cause of religious and social work in the Rhondda. The presents con- sisted of photos of the Revs. H. Curry, Thomas Jones (Treorchy), Emrys Jones (Penygraig), and the local preachers of the denomination. Mr. Curry was also the recipient of a valuable walking-stick, suitably inscribed. The gifts were pre- sented on behalf of the subscribers by Mr. David J. Davies, Ystrad, and Mr. Lewis, Thomas (Llew'r Ddol), Ton. Mrs. Thickens, Arthur Street (who is the oldest member of Horeb), handed to Mrs. Curry a beautiful set of vases. Mr. and Mrs. Curry thanked all subscribers for the pre- sents and for their kind expressions.
Porth. Special services were held at the Eng- lish Congregational Chapel on Sunday and Monday last. The Rev. D. Glannan Davies officiated and delivered powerful sermons to large and enthusiastic attend- ances. Councillor Smith of Tylorstown, presided at a public meeting on Monday evening, when Mr. Davies addressed a large congregation on the -subjeet The Church and the World." The proceeds were in aid of the building fund. Salem (W.B.) Chapel also held a special service on the same day, when the Rev. E. Edmunds, of Swansea, officiated. The sermons gave every evidence of deep thought and much study, and aroused the congregation to great enthusiasm. The Rev. E. Burgess officiated at the John Pugh Memorial Hall 011 Sunday. Mr. Burgess also addressed the P.S.A. meeting. Bethlehem (C.M.) Church also had a red-letter day on Sunday. The annual services commenced on Saturday evening and extended to Monday evening. The preachers were the Revs. Phillip Jones, Llanelly, and David Jones, of Liverpool. We have to record with deep regret the demise of a much respected inhabi- tant of Perth, in the person of Mrs. Catherine Davies, the wife of Mr. David Davies, wholesale meat merchant and cattle dealer, which took place on Sun- day morning, after a long and painful illness, at her residence. Garth Hall, Cymmer. Deceased was a lady of strong Christian character, and of a most benevolent disposition. Some time ago, on the advice of her medical adviser, she underwent an operation at a private hos- pital at Cardiff. The operation, however, was not very successful. The funeral took place on Thursday with every manifesta- tion of sorrow and regret. The cortege left the house at 3.30 for the Cymmer Old Graveyard, where the interment took place. The burial rites were nerformed by the Rev. J. T. Davies, Cymmer, and the Rev. Oscar Owen, Caersalem Newvdd, Cymmer. The mourners were as follow •—Mr. D. Davies (husband); Miss Annie E. Davies (daughter) Mr. T. Davies (brother-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Williams (brotlier-in-law and sister); Mr. and Mrs. R. Williams (cousins); Mrs. Morgan, Gilfach; and Mr. Michael Thomas, Ynys- hir. Among friends present were:—Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Griffiths, M.E., D.C., Cymmer; Mr. David Jenkins, Glannant; Rev. D. Evans, Cardiff; Mr. Dan Davies, Merthyr; Rev. Tawelfryn Thomas, Groes- wen; Mr. T. Williams, surveyor, Black- mill; Councillor Wm. Evans, Porth; Mr. J. Davies Porth; Mr. E. S. Williams, M.E., Cymmer; Mr. T. Williams, Oymmer Mr. T. Morgans, Porth Mr. W. D. Thomas. Porth; Mr. S. Davies, Talybont; Mr. Matthew Howells, Porth and Mr. W. O. Griffiths. Floral tributes were sent by Mr. Davies and Miss Davies (father and daughter) Councillor Wm. Evans, Porth Mr. and Mrs. T. Griffiths, Cymmer: Mr. D. Jenkins, Glannant, Porth Mr. Frank Hawkins, Pontypridd Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, Merthyr Tydfil; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Thomas, Porth; Mr. Poole and son, Cardiff Mrs. D. M. Bevan, Fishguard; Porth and district butchers The faithful and loval servants of Garth Hall"; Mr. J. J. F. Ducham, Newport; Mr. and Mrs. S. Davies, Talybont-on-Usk.
Ferndale. It is with deep regret we record the death and burial of Henry J. Johnson. The remains were laid to rest at the Ferndale Cemetery, the funeral, which was very largely attended, including mem- bers of the Sheffield Equalised Indepen- dent Druids, of which the deceased was a, highly respected member. The officiating minister was the Rev. J. Davies (curate). At the graveside, the congregation sang Jesus, Lover of my soul with intense feeling. The chief mourners were —On foot—Mr. H. Johnson, Illminster (father), Mr. W. Hayes (father-in-law), Mr. Sydney Cook (uncle), Mr. Fred Jewel (brother-in- law), Masters Jack and Willie Hayes (brothers-in-law), Miss Rachel Ann Hayes (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes (uncle and aunt), Mr. and Mrs. William Evans (uncle and aunt), Mr..and Mrs. David Evans (uncle and aunt), Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evans (uncle and aunt), Mr. and Mrs. Caswallon Davies (uncle and aunt), Mr .and Mrs. Joseph Evans (uncle and aunt), Messrs. Christmas and Garfield Evans (uncles), Mrs. Richards (aunt), Mr. Chilcott (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. Morgans (uncle and aunt), Mr. and Mrs. M. Mort and Mr. and Mrs. D. Mort, Blaengwynfi (uncles and aunts), and Mrs. M. James (aunt). In the coach we-.V Mrs. Henry J. Johnson (widow), Mrs. H. Johnson (mother), Mrs. W. Hayes (mother-in-law), and Mrs. Fred Jewel (sister). The coffin was covered with a number of wreaths sent by relatives and friends. Several young men locally are again thinking of establishing a Drum and Fife Band in connection with the local St. John Ambulance Brigade, of which several of the old Drum and Fife Band. are members. On Saturday last, nearly all the mem- bers of the Ferndale St. John Ambulance Brigade, under the direction of Supt. T. H. Buffton, M.E., made a journey to Cardiff and took part in the, Welsh Ambu- lance Parade. This winter again the Ferndale Co- operative Society, Ltd., has provided an- other series of lectures and concerts. Three concerts and three lectures, at Is. 3d. the set, by the best artistes in England and Wales, is indeed marvellous, and yet the movement lacks the support it really deserves.
THE FAULT OF GOLF. The fault of golf, says Mr. J. E. Raphael in the Windsor Magazine, is that it does not exercise the wind sufficiently. A young man, especially if he is in business during the week, needs something a little more violent to stir up his system, and a certain amount of. running is essential to his being in proper condition. It is not so easy, either, for a man engaged in a sedentary occupation to supple- ment his golf by running, unless he happens to be one of that small minority of truly ener- getic people who are occasionally to be seen racing through the streets at night, or of the smaller minority who sacrifice the sublime last ten minutes in bed of a morning in order to get a five minutes' spin. A run before playing is obviously out of the question if golf is to be. taken seriously. Eye, hand, and brain,would not work harmoniously, as those even who cycle to the links will realise. A run after- wards will not appeal to many under a.ny cir- cumstances.
VAMPIRE BATS. Before being stationed in French Guiana, Dr. A. Guillon, a surgeon-major in the French colonial medical service, shared the opinion commonly held by educated Euro- peans that the tales told of vampires rested for the most part on legendary foundations. In an interesting article which he contributes to a recent number of La Clinique, he states the reasons which have led him to reconsider this opinion. The fact that he was called upon almost from the moment of his arrival to treat wounds said to have been caused by the bites of these animals did not at first induce him to believe in the truth of their supposed cause, since the victims could never produce the author of the mischief, nor were they able to assert, that they had seen the bats bite them. When, however, he had been sufficiently long in the place to see the large number of wounds in both men and animals attributed to the bite of the vampire his opinion gradually veered round, and he began to look out for their causal agent. The vampire possesses a nasal appendix oval in shape and hollowed out into a funnel, which gives it a PECULIARLY DIABOLICAL APPEARANCE. It is universally feared both by Europeans and natives in the colony, and is particularly hurtful to small animals, poultry, and game, though also attacking horses and cattleT Its depredations are carried out at night and in the dark, the presence of lamp-light being sufficient to drive the animal away, for which reason poultry-houses and cattle-sheds in the district are always provided with lamps at night. The wounds it causes are found in poultry on the back and legs, in horses on the head and neck and in front of the withers. and in human beings on the legs, feet, and especially the toes. The bite causes little if any pain, and the wound is small, though it bleeds severely, suggesting that the animal secretes some anti-coagulation body similar to that of leeches. The chief dangers lie in sepsis and the opening of a large vein. The author suggests that the occurrence of this last accident may explain some of the legends of death from a vampire's bite. &
FOR THE DAUGHTERS. Ye-s I suppose I should get more help from the girls than I do," said the weary- faced mother of a large family. But some- times I get so tired of asking them I would rather do the things myself." Girls, is that the reason that mother takes on her own shoulders so many small burdens from which you might relieve her? Is that the reason why the lines of weariness are deepening on her face, day by day? Save her the trouble of making a special request for every little duty that needs doing. Be on the look-out for your opportunity. Be volunteers. HOT WEATHER SUGGESTIONS. If by some mischance you find yourself spend- ing the night at some spot where there are mos- quitoes, a comparatively easy way to render them harmless is to seize them by the hind legis and tie their bills together with a piece of darn- mU your^otel room looks over a frog-pond and the bleating of the bullfrogs keeps you from sleeping at night, you can, of course, put a dyna- mite bomb in the pond and blow it out of exist- ence; but the more humane method is to stuff your ears with cotton, close your windows, and sleep with your head buried under the mattress. The wearing of fur-lined overcoats at summer resorts smacks of ostentation, and will be scrupu- lously avoided by persons who have any desire to be de rigueur.
MUSINGS OF THE OFFICE BOY. The feller who don't sweat over his job ain't workin Ain't it funny now ev'rybody wants to be around durin' the rush hour? Seems to me the trouble with most people who want to make money is that they want to make too much at one time. All through winter I had aspirations to be a fireman, but in Summer I think I'd like to be a watchman in a cold-storage place. "1'1: