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Porth. Mr. H. Jackson, Porth, presided on Thursday evening at a concert given by the Glamorgan Male Voice Party, under the conductorship of Mr. Joseph Bowen, Inter. Mus. Bac., CVmmer, at the Taber- nacle (E.B.) Chapel, Porth. The party having recently distinguished themselves at Brussels Exhibition, and the concert being of a charitable nature, the large and commodious edifice was thronged with an eager and appreciative audience. After a brief address by the Chairman, the musical part of the programme opened with a beautiful overture by Miss Greatrex on the piano, which was sue-1 ceeded by a fine rendering of Harlech by the party. Mr. W. Griffiths rendered with thrilling effect Oh, let me dwell, Beloved." The part-song, "Excelsior," I by the, party brought forth loud I encomiums. Messrs. W. D. Lloyd and W. Griffiths next gave a. magnificent ren_ dition of the duet, Love and War," and 111 response to the clamours for an encore sang Flow gently, Deva." Mr. D. J. Hopkins submitted the" Deserter," a pathetic baritone solo, with excellent taste. The choir followed with L'lnvasion (Jose Delthier), the test piece at Brussels. The chorus, which is very intricate and very exacting, was sung with brilliance. The violin solos (a) Salut D? Amour," (b) u Chanson du Matin," played by Mr. D. T. Theophilus, received great applause. A beautiful part-song, The Letter," was next ren- dered by the party, who were accorded loud applause. Other interesting items were Killarney (a new arrangement), "Call John," and" Peace and War," choruses that met with warm apprecia- tion and calls for encores. Mr. J. 0. Llewellyn and Mr. D. J. Jones also sub- mitted solos and acquitted themselves well. Mr. W. G. Powell (elocutionist) gave a very dramatic recital of The Deserter," and received showers of ap- plause. Dr. R. D. Chalke, M.A., moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, com- plimenting him on the admirable manner he had kept good order. He expressed his delight with the party's singing. It was difficult to make observation, but he was bound to say that during his con- nection with various parties, he had never heard anything like the part-song, The Letter." He thought it was ex- quisite. Though this piece had im- pressed them more than any of the others, he thought the same could be said of all the choruses, also the soloists. He also desired to thank the church for their kindness in lending the chapel. Councillor Ben Da.vies seconded the motion, which was carried with acclama- tion. Mr. H. Jackson, responding, also expressed his pleasure with the party's singing. The Welsh National Anthem terminated the concert.
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Tony retail. At the meeting of the English Congre- gational Young People's Society, three excellent papers on Hezekiah," Jeremiah," and Peter were read by Messrs. G. Lock, G. Symonds and J. Jayiie. Mr. W. J. Wilkins'presided.
Pentre. At Siloh on Tuesday evening, a debate on Is Environment a stronger factor than Heredity in the formation of Char- acter? was waged between Mr. John Thomas and Mr. Ben Jones. Two excel- lent papers were read for and against, and. the facts adduced proved that the leaders had taken considerable pains on the preparation of each side of the ques- tion. The Rev. J. J. Williams, who was recently invited to become pastpr of the Siloh (W.C.) Chapel at Landore, has decided to remain at Pentre. On Sunday last,, the deacons of Siloh (W.C.) pro- posed that Mr. Williams should be secured a minimum salary in the future, along with several free Sundays in the year. The church accepted the proposal, and Mr. Williams has decided to continue in the pastorate. Mr. Tom Bonnell, our brilliant tenor, was one of the artistes engaged to sing at Battersea Town Hall. London, on Wednesday evening, October 26th. The other artistes were Miss Amy Evans, Miss Maud Wright, Messrs. Thorpe Bates and Viggo Kihl. Miss Ceinwen Price was elocutionist, and Mr. Idris Lewis accompanist. An epidemic of typhoid fever in' the Pentre district seems to have been in- creasing during the last few days. On Saturday, in Lewis Street and the neigh- bourhood near the Pentre Motor Car- Station, there were several fresh' cases, as well as one fatal attacK. A twelve- year-old boy. Thomas John Morgan, died from typhoid on Saturday, and, sad to relate, his mother has also been seriously ill for a considerable period. We much regret that Mr. Roger Evans has had a relapse, from which, we hope he will soon recover. Another of the most prominent and highly respected deacons of Moriah—Mr. Zephaniah Jones—has passed to the great majority. The deceased had been ailing for some time, and succumbed on Friday. i at the age of 63 years. He leaves five -children, of whom four are married. His wife predeceased him about seven years ago. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the Revs. T. Davies (pastor of Moriah) and E. W. Davies (Ton) officiating. Deceased ww; a. deacon nt Moriah for over 25 years, and also one of'the vice- presidents of the Pentre Young Liberals' League. b Mr. David Bowen, F.G.S., M.I.M.E., one of many Pentre young men who have striven hard and achieved brilliant suc- cesses, delivered a lecture at Pontypridd on Thursday evening, his subject being The Minority Report on the Poor Law." Mr. Lleufer Thomas gave a very able introductory speech, including a few remarkable facts collected by himself during his experience as a Stipendiary. Mr. Bowen gave a detailed account of the failure of the Poor Law as adminis- tered at present.
Cwmparc. A very successful competitive concert was held at Park Hall, Cwmparc, on Saturday evening last, under the auspices of the Cwmparc Ambulance Brigade. The Brigade has now been in existence for two seasons, and promises to be a dis- tinct acquisition to the local organisa- tions which further the public good. The Brigade is already equipped with uniforms and is rapidly attaining a state of efficiency under .the supervision of Dr. Barrett and the control of Sergeant Abrahams. The proceeds of the present concert (which, the treasurer, Mr. ). Middleton, M.E., Ocean Collieries, assures us attained a gratifying magnitude) were devoted to the funds of the Brigade. The president of the Brigade is Air. Wm. Jenkins. J.P., Ystradfechan; vice-presi- dent, Lieut. H. R. Jenkins, Ystrad- fechan and the secretaries, Messrs. Fred Hughes and Edw. O. Evans. The star" event of the programme was a champion solo open to any voice, for which a money prize of four guineas and a handsome silver cup (presented by Lieut. H. R. Jenkins, Ystradrechan) was offered. This competition was a, very keen one, and attracted a host of splendid singjers, the victor being Mr. Trevor Lewis, ferndale, who gave a refined and artistic rendering of The Lord worketh wonders." The champion recitation competition also afforded an interesting struggle, and there was much gratification in local breasts when Mrs. Rose Thomas (nee Beauchamp) was declared the winner. Other competitions were :—Pianoforte tplo (under IG), winner. Master R. J. Williams, Gelli; male solo (restricted), Mr. Tom Davies, Porth; female solo (restricted), Miss Bessie Davies, Tony- pandy children's recitation (under 16), 1st Miss Gwladys M. Davies, heroine of the London National (on this occasion the prize was 10s.), 2nd Miss Annie Jones, Cwmparc. Local athletic pride received a demoral- ising shock last Saturday, when Ton routed Cwmparc in a. Welsh Cup-tie by 9 goals to 2, but it is a crumb of comfort to know that a young Cwmparcian earned laurels at Tonypandy Empire on Satur- eicu day night by securing the South Wales wrestling championship (11 stone). The local Hackenschmidt is Mr. Evan R. Evans, Ivy Cottage, and we congratulate him upon his capture of the handsome silver cup which was the prize awarded. There is a rumour that Will Jones is now to become a pupil of Mr. Evans to acquire the gentle art of tackling an opponent.
Treorchy. The local branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants presented Mrs. Okev with a very neat cruet stand in recognition of the valuable services rendered to the Society. She has worked with untiring energy for the Society, and she certainly deserved the above. A very successful meeting of the Holi- day and Literary Club was held at the Barmouth Tavern. The programme sub- mitted was greatly appreciated by the members. Mr. David Lloyd, Ynyswen Road, who i>x injured at the Abergorchy Collieries week, is, we learn, making satisfac- tory progress. Mr. Lloyd is a deacon at osen and a pillar of strength to the auee. At Gosen on Saturday evening, a Jan- ;ern lecture was held under the auspices f the Seren Gwalia Subordinate Lodge d the Order of the Sons of Temperance. 1 the absence of Bro. John Lewis, the Hiair was occupied by Bro. Wm. JEtich- rds. Excellent papers, entitled "Life I f Moses" and In lelis NSt-eps," were i »ad -respectively bv Sisters B. M. James i)d M. A. Richards The operator was liro. Evan Williams and the success of t tis branch is due to the untiring energy < ? Bro. John Davies, se-cretarv. We are given to understand that Mr. I'iele's late residence, is to be occupied I f Mr. John Kane. the agent of the i bergorchy C ollieries. Mr. Kane has cambed the coal ladder from the very bottom, and is a very conspicuous figure if; the South Wales coalfield.
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Treherbert. An excellent paper on The Life of the late Rev. Edward Matthews, Ewenny," was read by Mr. Walter R. Jones at a well-attended meeting of the Horeb Young People's Literary Society on Wednesday evyiing last. Mr. Ben Nicholas occupied the chair. On Tuesday evening at Hope (E.B.) Chapel, a lecture, under the auspices of Hope Young People's Literary Society and Holiday Club, was delivered by the Rev. Deri Jones, B.A., Penygraig, on The Life and Work of the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George." Mr. Ted Raymond presided. At the All Saints' Welsh Church, Penvr- englyn, on Sunday and Tuesday, special preaching services were conducted by the Rev. J. Humphreys, B.A. (St. David's), Ton, on Sunday, and the Rev. E. Carston (Parish Church) on Tuesday. Thrift" was the subject of a very interesting and instructive paper read by Mr. L. R. Webb at the meeting of the Dandy Holiday Club and Debating Society on Friday. There was a good number present. A dance was held under the auspices of the Treherbert and District Tennis Club at the Abergorchy Ambulance Hall on Thursday last. The proceeds were to relieve the debts of the club. About 80 1 ladies and gentlemen attended. Mr. Goldman (Treorchy) filled the role of M.C., whilst the band (organised by Mr. J. Ryan, Treherbert) played delightful dance music. At the English f/esleyan Chapel on Sunday, Foreign Mission services were conducted by the Rev. W. J. Britton, Pentre. There were large congregations. A social tea was held at the Fernhill Workmen's Institute, Tynewydd, on Mon- day evening in connection with the Bap- tist Zenana. Mission. The donations in money and goods had been most generous. The tables were beautifully decorated, and laden with delicacies. Three little girls selling ice-cream and conducting bran-tub dips did a very lively trade. Had it not been for the heavy storm which prevailed, there would have been nothing to mar an otherwise perfect event.
Pontygwaith. On Wednesday last. at the Forward Movement Hall, a very interesting lec- ture, illustrated by lantern views, on the work of the Roval Lifeboat Institution was given. Mr. H. R. Eves and Mr. Percy Drew attended to the lantern, and a very interesting recitation was given by Mr. H. H. Eves. i On Friday night,. "at the Debating Society. an interesting discussion took place between "Messrs. Herbert-.H. Eves and David Evans (Woodlands Road) OIl Should Capital Punishment be Abolished? Mr. David Evans took the affirmative, and Mr. Eves the negative Subsequently Mrs. Hayes, Councillor Harris, Mr. D. Davies (schoolmaster), and the Rev. W. Williams took part. It would be a good thing if the gentler sex: made their presence more felt bv taking an active part in these meetings* On Tuesday evening, at the Stanley- town Mission Room, an interesting lan- i £ ei,n feature was given, the subject being A lour through North Wales." The Free Church Council held its usual business meeting at the Wesleyan Mission on Tuesday last, when, among other matters, the forthcoming lectures were considered and further arrangements made.
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Ferndale. The Eeradale Free Church Council commence their series of lectures on Friday Qvoning last at Penuel (C.M.) Chapel, whoa Prof. Joseph Jones, B.A., B.D., Brooon lectured in Welsh to a large attendance. The subject of the lecture, was. lesu Grist a Chwestiynau Cymdeithasol."1 The following resolution was submitted to the meeting by Mr. G. R,eed: -I' Ilia* this meeting. while ap- proving of the provisions of Shop Bill No. 2 to reduce the hours and improve the conditions of employment in shops, expresses strong opposition to the clauses dealing with the Sunday trading, in that, while their operation will close very few shops which are not already closed by custom, the large number of exceptions made will result in the opening of hun- dreds of shops now closed in Wales, and will greatly facilitate the growth of un- necessary Sunday trading. It earnestly appeals to fcke Home Secretary to amend the Bill so as to give Local Authorities in Wales and Monmouthshire the power under Section 7 to make orders for the Sunday Closing of any or all those trades and businesses mentioned in Schedule 2 whenever they are satisfied that public opinion and public interest demands it." The resolution was seconded by Mr. Morris Morris, and approved unani- mously. The meeting was presided over by the Iter. T. Oliver (Capel Wesley), and a hearty vote of thanks to the lec- turer was acoerded. The local Conservatives opened their autumn eamnaign on Thursday last at the Parish. Hall, Ferndale. Though the audience was rather small, it was a very enthusiastic one. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. E. Emerson, M.E., Tylors- town, who introduced Mr. Ivan E. Davies, of the Na,t.iona,l Union, Llantyssilio, as the speaker for the evening. Mr. Davies, in his opening remarks, referred to the Veto Conference now proceeding, and trusted that they would settle their differences amicably. He believed in a Second Chamber, so that there might be. someone too say No to the measures passed by the Commons which had not at first been submitted to the country. Mr. Redmond, he said, was the virtual Premier of England to-day. He held the whip, and supported the Government on the understanding that certain measures were passed. Dealing with the Osborne judgment, the speaker said he believed in the working man protecting himself for legitimate purposes, but he did not think it was fair to compel a man to pay towards a principle he did not believe in. He appeared before them as a Free Trader and believed in Free Trade, but if they could not get Free Trade, they ought to have fair trade. Many trades in the North of England were ruined by free imports, and the men from those trades came to Wales and deprived many Welshmen of their work. He then gave a few figures, movst prominent foging that
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Blaenclydach. A meeting of the Libanus Literary and Debasing Society was held on Wednes- day evening last, Mr. R. S. Griffiths, J.P., presiding. An excellent 'and appre- ciative paper was read by Mr. T. G. Bracegirdle on "Character: Its Place in Society." The meeting was well attended and was quite a success.
Supporters' Club, Mr. Nicholls, Cardiff, to address a meeting at the New Inn, and to explain the workings, &c., of a properly organised Supporters' Club. -+- A Mutual Improvement Society has been formed in connection with Zion, Pentre, under the presidency of the pastor, the Rev. D. J. Perrott. Last week, a Mock Parliament was held, and an interesting discussion took place.
Germany sent £10,000,000 more into this country than what was exported to their country. Germany took in the raw material, whilst we took in the manu- factured article, which we could buy cheaper. If they were going to protect labour, why should they not protect the work produced by labour? The meeting closed with the usual vote of thanks to the speaker, chairman, and to those who kindly lent the hall for the occasion. -+--+- On Wednesday evening last, at the Tabernacle Vestry, Ferndale, a very pleasant evening was spent by the Taber- nacle Debating Society in the form of a concert. The proceedings were presided over by Mr. Lewis Watkins (Lake St.). The following members took part: — Solos, Misses Beatrice Williams, Cassie Powell, Gwennie Rees, S. B. Thomas and Stanley Williams; pianoforte solo, Miss M. G. Watkins. A mixed party, con- ducted by Mr. Phillip Phillips, also gave very fine renderings. Violin solo with pianoforte accompaniment, Mr. Maypole Davies (Co-operative) and Miss Rebecca Reed respectively. Recitations were given by Misses Jane Davies, Annie Watkins, Maggie Davies and Edith Phillips. Miss R. Reed ably accom- panied during the evening. The pro- gramme was successfully -arrainged by Messrs. G. Reed (sanitary inspector) and Evan Williams. -+--+- A very successful performance of the. operetta, "Marjory" (in full character). was given by the Zion (E.B.) Band of Hope at the New Workmen's Hall on Monday evening, 24th ult. The choruses were ably rendered, and showed that great patience had been taken by Mr. W. H. Jones, the conductor, to bring his children to such a high standard. The following took eminent parts.Messrs. D, M. Jones, D. T. Jones (Ferndale), T. L. Morgan, and Emrys Davies, Misses Blodwen Davies (Mardy) and A. Thomas (Ferndale). The title role was entrusted to Miss Maggie Evans (Ferndale), who acquitted herself to perfection. The accompaniments were ably played by Mrs. J. Rathbone, A.L.C.M. Mr. W. H. Harries made an admirable stage manager. -+- Mr. David Edwards (Scoutmaster) again proved himself a star with his* capital rendering of Thora at the concert held at the Ferndale Band Institute on Monday evening last.