.0 v4 VV*v^ >' o^V"< .0' k Sc< £ /^X. "V o0^ <$> xc>' r\D vv v. A\V X' C5> ,c° \p c ".oO^ V)v £ ? > »v o^*0 ^Vw y^'4^ o/ s^° ^1 s y* x \>v > PONTYPRIDD ANNUAL CHAIR EISTEDDFOD. Goreu art', a darf derfysg" 11\" I wr t" docth, yw arf tlysg THE THIRD ANNUAL CHAIF. EISTEDDFOD Will be held. in the MARKET HALL, ON WHIT TUESDAY, 1881, Under the distinguished ]iatrouaj;« of Tim Right Hon. Lcrd Aberdare Right Hon. l.ord Trcdru'ui''• (J. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P. H. H. Viviau, KsH.^ M.l\ Sir K..1. Reed, K.C.B M.P. H. Richard, F.s<(,, M.P. ? (j. Williams, Esq., -J.P. G-. W. Thomas,. Esq., The Heath W. Thomas, K»q.. Llanl¡letltian, and the Incal geutry. CHAIRMAN G. WILLIAMS, ESQ., MISKIN MANOR. DJ U DICATORS AS APH GLAN DYFI, A Rnv. JAMES WILLIAMS. Chief Subjects: I.-Best Libretto on "The Harvest" not above 200 lines in length. Prize, five guineas, and oak Chair, value, two guineas. 2.—Best Chorus on Luke xix, 38. Prize, three guineas. 3.—To the Choir, numbering not less than 50 voices, that will best render Habacuc's Prayer." (Part I to end of 3rd Chorus). Prize, "£2;); i.e., t23 to the Choir, and .t:2 to its conductor. 4.—To the Choir, numbering not less than 30 voices that will best render "'Addfwyn Fiwsig," (successful glee at last Eisteddfod) Nos. 88 and 89 of the t-ierddorfa. Prize, £ 7. 5. To the Juvenile Choir, that will best sing Dr Parry's Sleighing Glee." Prize, zL2. 6.-Best Epitah (Hir a ihoddaid, 8 llinell) to the late Mr. Jones, Butcher's Arms Prize, 10/6. A GRAND CONCERT Will be held in the evening, when Mdme. Martha Harris, R.A.M., Miss S. A. Williams, R.A.M., Asaph Glan Dyfi, and others will take part. The Committee hope to secure a Special Train to be run after the Concert. Programmes may be had from the Secretary. Price Id. by post lid.. On behalf of the Committee, D. Leyshon, Chairman, Joseph Davies, Graig Boys' School, Pontypridd, Secretary. N .B.-The Committee will gladly entertain offers of Subjects with Prizes for competition. TO ADVERTISERS. THE PONTYPRIDD CHRONICLE AND WORKMAN'S NEWS, A LIBERAL JOURNAL FOR THE TAFF AND RHONDDA VALLEYS, IS an excellent medium for Advertisements. It has been established to meet a want long elt for a popular newspaper. Published in the centre of a large mining and industrial district of 40,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, and -within 12 mileB only of Cardiff, Merthyr, Aberdare and Treherbert, its value as an advertiser cannot fail to be recog- nised, and as its charges Are as low as those of any other respectable paper in South Wales the Pro- prietor hopes to secure extensive patronage and support. SCALE OF CHARGES FOR SMALL PRE-PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. For the following classes of Advertisements only Situations Wanted, j Money Wanted, Sanations Offered, | Partnerships Wanted, Apartments to Let, Businesses tor Sale, Apartments Offered, 1 ^oHt and *ound. MISCSLLANEOUS WANTS. 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NOTES ON PASSING EVENTS. SUNDAY CLOSING FOR WALES. As THE victory of the Welsh member was so complete in the Division on the second reading of the Welsh Sunday Closing Bill the few publicans who are really opposed to the Bill are at their wits' ends to know what to do. The Cardiff Licensed Victuallers' Association, a very enlightened body are busy this week getting up a petition asking that Cardiff should be exempted from the measure in the same way as Dublin and other large towns are exempt from the Irish Sunday Closing Act- What has become of the cry about robbing the poor man of his beer, now ? The poor man is wofully silent. He ought to be ashamed of himself putting the poor publicans of Cardiff to all this troable in otder to look after his interests. There are to be about six tables in various parts of the town with a man at each to get up this petition, and we should not wonder if it were numerously signed, for any poor sot who gets a glass of beer for doing so can go to one table and sign, and then go to the next table and the next up to the sixth generation. And indeed, what is there to prevent his doing the same thing every day during the week ? CYFARTHFA WORKS TO BE STOPPED. OXCE more the great industry of Merthyr is to be brought to a standstill, and the notices given to the workmen are not those given when a reduction of wages or any such change is to take place- not that all arrangements will cease and deter- mine "-but the direct, hard fact that "the services of the workmen will no longer be required. Such a sentence (and it is that in its most ominous sense) could not but cast a gloom over Merthyr, once so proudly boasted of as the Metropolis of Wales." The population of Merthyr has sadly decreased during the past ten years, and the idea that Cyfartha is once more to become a howling wilderness, was a serious matter indeed. But as the cloud hides the gleam of sunshine, so did the announcement mentioned for a moment hide the recollection that it had been intended to adapt Cyfartlifa Works to the steel making indus- try and now it is stated that the object of the stoppage is to give time for the alterations necessary. If that is so, then Merthyr, and Glamorganahire. too, has a bright prospect before it, CHtTRCH AND DISSENT. I THE Llandaff House of Mercy, an institution hitherto managed by Churchmen, is likely to be- come in the future more prosperous, for, after some recent suggestions, the Management Com- mitee, at a meeting presided over by Dean Vaughan, decided that the following Non- conformists should be invited to become members of the committee, viz. :-Mr Rees Jones (Mayor of Cardiff), Dr. Edwards, and Messrs. D. Davies, L. Davies, John Cory, Lewis Williams, and Thomas Williams (the Chairman of the School Board, Merthyr, and Vice-Chairman of the Local Board.) DEATH OF ALLTUD GLYN MAELOR. WE are sorry to record the death of an old veteran from the ranks of the poets. We refer to the late J. R. Jones, (Alltud Glyn Maelor). The deceased lived at Brymbo, Wrexham. He was the father of the Revs. J. R. Jones, Llwynpia, and W. Jones, Fishguard. His death occurred on Saturday. Alltud was a very intelligent man and a poet that could convey his heart into his com- position. That popular hymn of which he was the author is sung in most of the chapels in Wales:- Cofio'r wyf yr awr ryfedddol, Awr wirfoddol oedd i fod, Awr a nodwyd cyn bod Eden, Awr a'i dyben wedi dod, Awr wynebu ag un aberth, I Awr fy Nnw i wirio'i nerth, Hen awr anwyl prynu enaid, Awr y gwaed, pwy wyr ei gwerth." The first time we met Alltud was in the years 1854 and 1855 we parted never to see each other again. But the friendship then formed was never broken. He was an open-hearted real friend that could always be trusted. We have had but few of the class during the last 25 years. DEATH OF MR EDWARD MIALL. IN THE death of Mr Edward Miall, the great Nonconformist Reformer, the world has lost a great benefactor. Ho was a great man. He created a new era in the politico-ecclesiastical history of our country Nearly forty years ago he raised up and waved the banner of Religious Liberty" around which gathered some of the most influential Nonconformists of the time. He commenced his public career as a congregational minister which sphere he very ably and accep- tably filled. He started the Nonconformist," and conducted it with ability far beyond ordinary merit, which secured it a status of a very high order amongst its most ably conducted contem- poraries. He was the founder of the Liberation Society." He entered Parliament for Rochdale in 1852, but lost his seat, with many other eminent Liberals, Bright and Cobden among them, in the dissolution of 1857, owing to his opposition to the war with China; a war, which few would attempt to defend to-day. In 1869 Bradford returned him to Parliament. During his Parliamentary career he moved several resolutions in reference to the Established Church, but each time had the majority against him Like all Reformers he was in advance of his age. When he moved his first resolution which had reference to the Irish Church, he made a speech which produced a very deep impression upon the House. He was a logical and fair debater. Twelve years after he rendered valuable services to Mr Gladstone when the Irish Church was dis-established. He was not allowed to remain here below to realize the great purpose of his life, namely,-the separation of religion from State patronage and control, but he witnessed the bursting asunder of many a link of the established chain, and clearly saw the end approaching in the order of things. He spoke, he wrote, and organised in the interest of Religious Liberty, and great success followed his noble efforts. In 1863 he was presented in recognition of his services by his admirers with £5,000, and again in another 10 years with £10,000, and on his 70th birthday by an address, the deputation on the occasion being his old friends, Messrs J. Bright and Henry Richard. Worthy man; he nobly deserved all this, and much more too. His name will be reverently and affectionately remembered by posterity. Though dead he yet speaketh. THE MONUMENT TO LORD BEACO\SF!KLI). By His conduct in reference to the monument to Lord Beacoustield, Mr Gladstone has given the country another proof of his own true greatness. We were very sorry to see during the past few days some of the Conservative papers hinting that the Prime Minister had by the end of last week regretted the step he had taken in suggesting the erection of a monument to his late rival. But Mr Gladstone, true to the generous impulses of his noble heart, did. with a grace befitting himself and the occasion, propose the motion of which he had given notice. Doubtless, many outside Parliament will agree with the fifty-four who .voted against the motion, but even those must admire the true nobility of a statesman who could speak in such" an appreciative, dignified manner of the most active rival he has ever had. THE CONGREGATIONAL UNION. THE Congregational Union of England has been in sesssion this week under the presidency of Dr. Allon. It would appear from his address that the Congregationalism of England has nearly doubled within the last fifty years. No doubt some of our readers are aware that a "paper warfare," spiritedly, but certainly not spiritually, conducted has bten waged by the Rev. Dr. Parker, of London against ther Rev. W Macfadyan, who was a candi. date for the presidency. At the Union meeting on Monday, the two gentlemen were proposed as candidates for the chair, Mr Macfadyan as the nominee of the Union executive and Dr. Parker as an independent candidate. The result of the voting was as follows :— Rev. Mr Macfadyan, 726 Rev. Dr. Parker, 449.
TREHARRIS. POSTAL ACCOMMODATION.—A wall letter box has been erected at Trelewis, near Treharris, which is cleared for dispatch at 4. 15 p.m. daily.
PENTRE POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before Mr G. Williams, Stipendiary, and Mr T. Joseph. POLLUTED WELL.-Daniel Williams, Canton-road, Cardiff, was summoned by the Urban Sanitary Authority. The case had reference to a polluted well, situated in a garden at Ferndale, and was used for drinking purposes. Mr William Davies, sub-inspector, Ystrad, and Mr Jones, surveyor, gave evidence, and the Bench mnde an order for the closing of the well, which was also declared to be polluted by Mr Thomas, analyst, Cardiff. There were closets within a very few yards of the well. CARRYING A GUN WITHOUT Licx.NsE. -Henry Rogers, Pentre, was charged with carrying a gun without a license on the 17th of February. P.C. Johns saw defendant in the street shooting at some paper. He asked him if he had a license. Defendant said yes. When asked to produce it he said it was in the house. P C. John told him he would go with him to the house to see it. Defendant said not to-day." Fined jEl including costs. WOUNDING.—Elijah Elm, Pentre, was brought up in custody charged with wounding Daniel James, of the same place on Saturday night last. Defen- dant and complainant had been lighting near the Woodfield Hotel, Pentre. When the constable passed shortly afterwards lie saw defendant on the road making a noise and a crowd of people around him, and about five yards off was the complainant on a box with four or five men holdiug him. Complainant had to be carried home. He was so badly injured that he was unable to attend. The case was remanded for a week bail being re- fused. BASTARDY.—Joseph Thomas was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Jane Lewis, Trealaw. Defendant is gone to America. An order was made for is 6d a week, £1 Is doctor's bill, and 25s expenses and costs. WOMF.N'S SQUABBLE.—Elizabeth Francis, Macrdy, was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Dawson, of the same place, on Thursday last, 5th inst. Defendant was carrying an image about on a piece of stick and putting it in complainant's door, saying it was the image of Mrs Dawson." Com- plainant went out to the shop, when she had to pass through defendant's garden, she struck her with a glass. The Stipendiary asked how many houses were there in the row in which they lived. Complainant said four. He then said if they would come before him again, he should bind them all to keep the peace. Defendant was bound over in £10 to keep the peace for six months.
SINKING OF A WELSH VESSEL. LOSS OF LIFE. ARRIVAL OF THE CREW AT PENARTH. On Saturday afternoon the screw steamer BUcentaur, of Newcastle, Captain Hunter, from London, light, landed Captain Jenkins and part of the crew of the Alicia, of Aberayron, which vessel she collided with and sank off the Lizard on the previous morning. It appears that the Bucentaur left London on Wednesday for Penarth, and about ten o'clock on Friday morning, after passing the Lizard, she struck the Alicia amidships, sinking her in about three minutes. The Alicia was on the port tack at the time, with all sail set the captain standing at the wheel, and as the steamer cleared the wreck the captain saved him- self by a rope from the steamer, but the remainder of the crew (with the exception of one, who was drowned! managed to support themselves in the water on pieces of the wreck until the steamer's boats picked them np. The shipwrecked crew received every attention on board the steamer, and were landed at Penarth in a destitute condition having saved nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
THE LICENSED VICTUALLERS AND SUNDAY CLOSING. There is at present a movement on foot among the various Licensed Victuallers' Associations of the upper part of Glamorganshire to petition the Government to exempt from the provisions of the Welsh Sunday Closing Bill, Cardiff, Merthyr, and other towns. One of the officials of the -1 League," has come from Birmingham to pay a visit tp the executives of the South Wales Associations. A meeting of publican, was :held at Pontypridd, on Friday, to arrange tor the presentation of petitions against the Bill, and for sending a deputation representating the large towns to wait upon the Home Secretary. One reason given for this energetic action is that Glamorganshire has a population as large as the whole of Wales besides.
Two lads named MUarty, agea 8, anu fewer, aged 12, were going to school, at Droylesden, near Ashton- under-Lyne, when it is said Power attacked M'Carty, and knocked his head against the ground. The lad became unwell, insensibility supervened, and eventually he died, his medical attendant being of opinion that the injuries to the head caused death. The coroner has ordered a post-mortem examination. During last week 17 wrecks, of which 7 were of British vessels (two being steamers), were reported, making a total of 729 for the present year, or an itl" crease of 185 compared with the corresponding period of last year. The approximate value of property lost was jg4,000,000, including British £ 1,000,000. Four vessels were lost off the coasts of the United Kingdom three abandoned at sea. Twenty-one lives were lost. A Frankfort paper reports that an eagle has been shot at Nakkoo, in the Island of Lapland, which measured (,)Jft. between the tips of the wings. Round its neck it had a brass chain, to which a little tin box was fastened. The box contained a slip of paper, on which was written in Danish, "Caught and set free again in 1792, by N. and 0, Andersen,—lioetod I
PONTYPRIDD. SCHOOL EXAMINATION.—On Tuesday, the annual examination of tho children attending the Coed- penmaen Schools, of which Mr S. Jones is the head--tiaster, was held by Mr Edwards, the Government Inspector. A WOMAN BURNT.—About eleven o'clock on Friday night an aged woman, nanie-i Catherine Sullivan, living in Uuion-street, was phookingly burnt about the upper part of her body. It seems that she had been drinking, and that after return- ing to her house, were she lived alone, she while smoking fell asleep, and the pipe fell on her clothes and set them on fire. People were attracted to her by hearing piteous moans. She was attended to by Dr. Rees Hopkins and Mr Williams, hi" assis. tant, and she is likely to recover. EVANGELISTIC SERVICES.—During this and last week, a series of evangelistic services have been held in this town, as follows -Monday, May 2nd, at Sardis, preacher, Rev. E. Roberts; Tuesday, May 3rd, Penuel, Rev. W. I. Morris; Wednesday, May 4th, Goshen, Rev. B. Davies; Thursday, May 5th, Tabernacle, Rev. O. Owen; and at Zion on the 16th, Rev. E. Davies. These were the Welsh services, whioh, though certainly successful, were not so well attended as the following English ser- vices :—Monday. May 7th, Wesley chapel, preacher, Rev. W. Parry Tuesday, May 10th, Zoar, in the absence of the Rev. J. Williams, Mr G. Cule preached; Wednesday, May 11th, Carmel, Rev. J. Pugh; Thursday, May 12th, St. David's Hall, lfev. J. Powell; Friday, May 13th, Primitive Methodist chapel, Rev. A. Puddicombe. BOOTS and Shoes for the million, at Geo. Oliver's' 80, Taff-street, Pontypridd. Sale prices for 21 days longer.
RHYDFELEN. ANNIVERSARY SERVICES were held at Bethlehem Baptist chapel, Rhydfelen on Sunday and Mon- day. The ministers who preached on the occasion were the Rev. W. Morris, Treorky; Rev. A. Williams, Ystrad and Rev.J.Prichard.Tonyn-fai). The meetings were well attended and the collections fair. 1 I! —
YNYSYBWL. VESTRY MEETING.—On Friday, the 6th iust., a Vestry was held in the viliage of Llanwonno to consider the necessity of increasing church accomodation in the parish church distrct. The Venerable the Archdeacon of Llandaff was present. The Rev. Bickerton A. Edwards presided as vicar of the parish. After a few introductory remarks by the chairman, and a Welsh address by the Archdeacon, the following resolutions were passed. (1). Resolved that a new church be built at Ynysybwl, proposed by Mr Davies, Vanhaulog, and seconded by Mr E. Williams, Cribyndu. (2). Resolved that a committee for the purpose of carrying out the above resolution be formed consisting of the churchwardens, C. H. Smith, Esq., and T. Thomas, Esq.; Rev. D. W. Williams, Fairfield; Dr L. Morgan, M.D.; T. W. Morgan, Esq.: T. Williams, Esq., Glog; Mr D. Edwards, Gilfachglyd; Mr Thomas, Buallt; Mr Edward Williams, Cribyndu; Mr Evan Llewellyn, Dar- wonno; Mr D. Williams, Blaenenwysg; Mr Jenkins, Brynffynon; Mr Davies, Vanheulog; Henry Grover, Esq., Clydach House Mr Walters, Nantrisa; Mr W. Evans, Ynysybwl Inn; Mr W. H. Key, Pontypridd; Mr R. Smyth, Pontypridd; Mr J. Thomas, Llechwan Mr D. Jones, Gelliwrgan Mr W. Jones, Ffynondwym; Rev. T. M. Jones, and Rev. Bickerton A. Edwards, with power to add to their number. (3). Resolved that T. Williams, Eflq., Glog, be appointed treasurer; Messrs D. Edwards, Gilfachglyd, and W. Jones, Ffynondwym, secretaries,; proposed by Rev. T. M Jones, and seconded by Mr Davies, Vanheulog. (4). Resolved that the Venerable the Archdeacon of Llandaff be authorised to obtain a plan for the proposed cHlrch, proposed by Mr Evan Llewellyn, Darwonno, seconded by Mr Lewis Edwards, Tydraw. In the course of his remarks the chairman stated that the Rev. D. W. Williams, Fairfield, had promised, in the event of a stone church being built at Ynysybwl, to contribute jElOO. The offer was welcomed with applause. The committee consists of all who were present at the vestry and a few others. The vestry was attended by sixteen of the parishioners of Llan- wonno.
TONYPANDY. CONCERT.-An unusually attractive concert was given in the National School-rooms, Tonypandy, on Thursday evening last, in aid of defraying the expenses of a New American Organ for the church congregation at Dinas. There was an appreciative audience and the attendance was very large. W. Williams; Esq., Grovefield House presided. The programme opened with an overture by the Dinas Brass Band which was well rendered; Miss. S. A. Williams, R.A.M. in the songs "Regret," and Turnham Toll," gave universal satisfaction, the latter eliciting "Gyda'r Wawr as an encore; Mr E. J. Thomas, Ynys- plwm, was all that could be desired in the songs Maid of Athens and Mignonette," and also in duetts with Miss Williams the duett It Blue Bells of Scotland," Caradog (violin), and Mr McMurray (piano), was given in a masterly style; Mr Eddy's solo Cuckoo" on the violin, was rapturously received, the execution being excellent; Mr Leah with his famous comic abilities gave I'm so awfully clever and the -1 Wild Beast Show," the descriptions of the animals in this song bringing down the house with great applause. The Dinas glee party enlivened the proceedings with some excellent pieces. In the absence through illness of Mrs Llewelyn, Penygraig, Mr McMurry of Pontypridd, was the accompanist. Great credit is due to the Rev. Mr Stephens and Mr Williams for the energetic manner in which they have worked to make the concert a success.
YSTRAD. THE JOINT BURIAL BOARD have resolved to accept the application of Mr T. D. JenkiM, Rhyd- yfelen, for the office of Clerk of the new cemetery works. The tender of Mr Job Thomas, Cardiff, has been accepted for the construction of boundary walls, &c.
TREHERBERT. 16 CALVINISTIC METHODISTS.—The anniversary was held at the above chapel on Sunday and Monday, when the following ministers preached, Rev. Owen Thomas, D.D., Liverpool; Rev. Wm. John, Bridgend; and Rev. T. Rees, Taff's Well. The attendance was very large. On Sunday a great number came from different parts of the valley to hear the eloquent sermons of Dr. Thomas. Let scoffers say what they please the pulpit appears to retain its position as the greatest moral power in our land. A LECTURE was delivered on Tuesday evening at the same place by Dr. Thomas, Liverpool, on the "Old preachers of Wales." The chair was occupied by D. Evans, Esq., Bodringallt. The proceeds were devoted to the liquidation of the chapel debt.
MAESYCWMMWR. ENGLISH BAVTISTH.—On Sunday the anniversary services of the English Baptist Chapel were held, and English sermons were preached by the Rev. T. Reeves, Bassalleg, in the morning, afternoon, and evening. At the afternoon service the Rev. T. J. Hughes, Tabor Welsh Congregational Chapel, preached a Welsh sermon. Another service was held on Monday evening. The Rev. W. M. Armistead, Risca, introduced the service, and the Rev. E. Morgan, Earby, preached in English, and T. Hughes in Welsh. Liberal collections in aid of the Chapel Fund were made. Miss Morgan, Gelly- degJLIouse presided at the harmonium.
GWAELODY GARTH. THE ANNIVERSARY SERVICES took place at the Baptist Chapel in this place on Sunday and Monday, when sermons were preached by Revs. J. Thomas, Tongwynlais, and J. Watts, Whitchurch. Collec- tions were made in aid of the und.
PONTYPRIDD POLICE COURT. Wednesday-before Mr G. Williams, (Stipendiary) ASSAULT..—Job Williams, was summoned by Davies, shoemaker, both of Pontypridd, for assaulting him on the 20th of April. Complainant gave evidence to the effect that defendant had gone there to pay for repairing his boots, and he told complainant that lie was overcharging him. Complainant said "No" and used abusive language towards him. Complainant took a clamp from the wall and threatened to strike defendant with it. Defendant then took hold of a piece of wood that was on the floor near complainant's bench, and defended himself with it. Complainant asked defendant to leave the house, he refused to do for some time, and when he did go he threw a stone into the house.—There was a cross-summons. The defendant in the last case stated that the complainant had threatened to kill him, and had put his fist np to his face while in the house. Both cases dismissed. REFUSING TO QUITo-James Lang was fined 10s and costs for refusing to quit the Ivy Bush Inn, Pontypridd, on Saturday night last. KEEPING A DOG WITHOUT LICENSE.—John Thomas, Llantrisant-road, Pontypridd, was fined 10s and Gosts for keeping a dog without a license. STEALING TIMBER.—William Williams was brought up charged with stealing timber to the value of Is 3d, from the Lan wood, on Thursday last. The prisoner cut the wood so as to make clothes props. He was fined 10s and costs and damage, amounting 'altogether to 24s 2d. AFFILIATION CASES—Mary Mathews, Hafod, obtained an order of 3s 6d per week against John Williams, of the same place.-Ann Jenkins, of Penrhiwfer, obtained an order of 3a per week against William Jones, of Trealaw.Ann Dowling, of Llantrisant, applied for an order against William Williams, of the same place. Mr J. E. Price defended, and the case was dismissed for the want of corroborative evidence.
MOUNTAIN ASH BOARD OF HEALTH. At the fortnightly meeting of this Board, on Monday evening, the members present were-Messrs T. Yeo (chairman), W. Little, John Griffiths, Gwilym Jones, W. Bevan, D. Coleman, T. Edwards, C. J. N. Grey, W. Pritchard, E. Evans, and the Rev. J. Powell. On the motion of the Chairman, secon- ded by Mr E. Evans, the new rate of Is in the £ was duly sealed, The Surveyor reported that since the last meeting, a boy, 12 years of age, was caught by the police throwing the coping stones off the wall near St. Margaret's Church, and it was decided that the Clerk should write to the parents of the boy, informing them thit unless they corrected him and prevented him doing like damage in future, he would be punished by the police. It was also resolved that all the coping stones thrown down in the district be at once firmly replaced It was stated that some young men were likewise observed throwing down the oping stones, but the police had been unable to catch them. — On the motion of Mr Thomas Edwards, seconded by Mr W. Little, it was resolved that in tuture the Clerk to the sewage works, Robert John, be required to keep a record of what he does each day, and that the same be laid on the table at each Board meeting. It was arranged that the attention of the police should be called to the large amount of ball playing going on in the district, by which a number of lamps were broken.—Dr. Davies, medical officer, presented his report for the first quarter of the present year, in which he stated that the total number of births in the whole district during the three months had been 63, 42 males and 21 females; and the deaths 53, including ten from accident, the latter giving a death-rate of 22 per 1,000. There had been no deaths recorded from infectious disease. The vaccinations for the quarter in the whole district numbered 80, 79 of the children vaccinated being under 12 months, and one over one year. In concluding a lengthened report, the Medical Officer stated that the district had been well attended to, and expressed his satisfaction at its being free from contagious diseases.—The Chairman: I think we may impress upon our surveyor the necessity of very great care to keep district clean and healthy. (Hear, hear.)—Mr Gwilym Jones gave notice that at the next meeting he would move a resolution that the income and expenses of the Board be published in abstract form; and that he would also draw attention to the condition of Gelly road, and to certain moneys left unpaid by the Highway Board -This was all the business of importance.
FAIRPLAY AND THE THEATRE. To the Editor of the Pontypridd Chronicle." SIR,-When your correspondent, "D.D., Tre. forest," paraded before your readers his profound knowledge of the philosophers of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, he seemed to revel so much in the prospect of greatness he saw before him and the honour of the distinguished company in which he temporarily found himself that he, to all ap- pearances, became delirious. Having commenced by making a positive statement that the effect of the theatre upon the people of Athens was in the last degree pernicious," he proceeded to prove it by making a number of quotations which had no bearing upon the point. That Solon said, If we applaud falsehood in our public exhibitions we shall soon find it in our contracts and agreements is no proof that he condemned the theatre. He merely condemned the high, colouring which then appeared in some of the tragedies and which is now so characteristic of the popular Welsh preacher, as it was in days of old a feature of the writings of Tacitus. To quote Socrates' action in absenting himself from the theatre at one period of his life as an argument in proof of the pernicious effects of the theatre is amusing, to say the least of it. Actually Socrates, the Stoic; Socrates, the Cynic Socrates, the man whom Aristophanes introduced into his celebrated comedy, The Clouds," as a mischievous speculator on matters of religion and as a corruptor of the youth of Athens A man whose one idea was the propagation of science according to the light in which lie looked at it would nut bo likely to look with much favour on anything except science, and even D.D. will not, 1 am sure, go so far as to say that the only institution which should be supported in this country is a school of science. lint when the oddities of Socrates—his pet hobbies—were put on the stage, it cannot be wondered at that he kept awav. D.D., who is greater than Socrates, would have done the same thing. In quoting Tacitus and Seneca's con- demnation of public spectacles D.D., is ignor- ant of the history of the ages he refers to or "his imagination has been so perverted that he seeks to prove his case by the falsehood, or colouring which Solon so strongly objected to. The public spectacles in question were not theatrical represen- tations (tragedies or comedies), but gladiatory shows in which men fought each other or fought with beasts, the public worship of the heathen gods, and some of the fashionable pastimes of the society of those days. The dramatic entertain- ments of those days formed but a small part of the great religious festivals, and as then scenic represeutation was not very far advanced the play was only a kind of recitation and chorus-ail intellectual treat, in which as in the case of Sophocles (Plin, "Nat. Hist." xviii, 12; Pint., Cim., 8) the author acted the principal part. And the Senecca whose spirit D.D. would call from the vasty deep as a witness against the theatre is the author of a number of tragedies, in some of which, and notably his "Oedipus," there are dramatic flashes worthy of Sophocles or Shaks- peaie. But "the religious rites performed in honour of Venus consisted in lewdness of the grossest kind." (Plutarch.) And I am certain 1 need not explain further than that it was the pernicious effect of Phallic worship and the worship of Venus which the old philosophers dealt with when they referred to "public spectacles." Better to a man of D.D s profession would it be read and ponder over Fuller on Deism," pages 89, 90, 91 and 92, than to misconstrue the words of the Greek and Roman philosophers. I consider that I dealt sufficiently with English drama in my last letter, so will be brief on that point now. Once more, I will refer your correspondent to the existence of a "Church and Stage Guild," to the words of the Bishop of Manchester, and to the visits of Church clergy and Dissenting ministers to theatres. My friend objected to the Liverpool case I brought forward to show that the theatre may bring a man to see the error of his ways, and wants me to begin, like Charity, at home. May I not, I ask in all sincerity, point to D D. himself as another illustration ? Believing he had overcome me and the theatre he has boasted his prowess in so many places that I could not help knowing him if I closed my eyes and stopped up my ears with cotton. He attended the theatre so often that it has seriously affected his stomach, perverted his imagination and actually convinced him of the error of his ways, and having been convinced he has determined to pronounce a solemn anathema over the boon companions of his younger days and his own favourite haunt. Need I bring any stronger proof than that? Poor Jeremiah has again commenced his lamentations, and now he seems to have become hopelessly confused in his ideas. He blames me for not taking the same standard as himself to measure things by—for taking a worldly view of the matter while he only took up the cudgels from a religious point of view. Really, though, his reasoning pays but a poor compliment to religion when he goes on to say that there was a connection between the religion and the plays of ancient Greece and the grossest immorality. He does not believe that the Greek philosophers, of whose morality he seems to hold a very high opinion, would condescend to visit the theatre. It matters little what his opinion may be, but I pity the people who would be led away by a religious Jeremiah of modern days who points to the Greek philosophers as specimens of religious enthusiasts. Yours, &c., FAIRPLAY. This letter should have appeared in our last issue.-Ed. P.C. ——mm>■»
THE MAGISTRATES AND THE PONTYPRIDD GUARDIANS. NON-MAINTENANCE OF A FATHER. Richard Thomas, carpenter, Pandy, was sum- moned for not maintaining his father who was 82 years of age and unable to work. He had become chargeable to the Pontypridd Union. After a long statement made by the Relieving Officer, Jones, and the lenghty statement of the defendant in which he wanted to shift the responsibility of keeping his father, the magistrates expresssed their opinions that the guardians should not have interfered in this case, neither should they relieve the man at all. The Relieving Officer said the guardians wished to assist in such cases. The Stipendiary To assist a man who has got four sons—at any rate perfectly able to keep him? Let these people settle the matter among them. selves. It is not intended that the guardians should assist people of that class at all. It would be far better if they only assisted people who really deserved relief. But the guardians are going out. side their functions when they relieve persona whose relatives are thoroughly capable of main. taining them, as in this instance. Relieving-officer Jones No doubt if an order were made the sons would come to an arrange. ment. The Stipendiary But why should we interfere ? Why should we apportion what each of these sons should pay ? Relieving-officer Jones urged that the cases of non-maintenance which he brought forward at that court were all of a similar nature. The Stipendiary No, they are not. There are cases where it is the actual duty of the magistrates to apportion the payment-in cases where the relatives are of the poorer class. But here you have the sons tradesmen—two of them butchers, another a shoemaker, whilst the daughter is mar- ried to a very well-to-do man of business whom we know. Why they shQuld so forget their own position as to allow this case to come before the Guardians I cannot say. But for myself I feel inclined to remit the case back to the Board of Guardians, and tell them that they have no right to make an order. Mr Joseph agrees with me. So you may take it that we decline to make an order. We do not express an opinion as to what this man ought to do, but we simply say that this is not a case which the Board of Guardians should have taken up. There are lots of poor old women whose cases deserve consideration, who are never listened to. But here where the man has rich relatives, he is at once helped by the Board of Guardians. I don't think the board is doing its duty, and I am not going to support it. Mr Idris Davids Local influence. The Stipendiary I wish I had time to go to the Hoard of Guardians a little oftener, I would then tell the, what 1 have to say propria persona. I see there is a member of the Board of Guardians here. Mr Idris Davies: I quite agree witfc TOUT worship.