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DENBIGHSHIRE ELECTION-I

THE TESTIMONIAL TO COL. LEWIS.

North Glamorgan Congregationalists.

ILATE FOOTBALL GOSSIP.

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GOSSIP. Mr. E. G. Hemmerde has been re-alected for East Denbigh by a majority which shows that is Toryism has no hold on the electors in Wales. He received 6,265 votes, which is the largest Liberal poll on record in the constituency. His majority was 2,721, which has only once been exceeded, and that was in 1906, when Mr. Hemmerde was first elected at a bye-election. Mr. Hemmerde's majority on that occasion was 2,791. Evidently there is no ebb in the tide of Welsh Liberalism. Strong remarks were made by Mr. Justice Bray, at Glamorgan Arizes, on Saturday, respecting the Old Ynysfach Works, at Merthyr. The calendar included several cases of assault The calendar included several cases of assault which had been committed here, in addition to the charge against the man Foy, who was found guilty of the murder of Mary Ann Rees. For many years these works have been the resort of desperate people; to keep these evil-doers away would require a special force of police constantly on duty. Mr. Justice Bray suggested that the works might be fenced in. but that would be a big undertaking. A better plan would be to raze all the buildings to the ground and utilise the site for some other purpose. The matter is to be brought to the notice of those concerned, and it is to be hoped some way will be found of getting rid of this City of Refuge for the lawless. it is a thesis that could be maintained and defended (says Dr. Rendal Harris, in the -N"G £ «Itempotar«- Jtejwew.for,.April) that the jilebrew kahg songs from David to 'Christ; they probably did some singing before the upper limit here suggested, and they have added strains to Juda's lyre since the lower limit: that is, we may go far to prove a con- tinuity of sacred song even when we cannot prove a continuity of the gift of prophecy. The Maccabees put a proviso in their instruments of government that these were but expedients to last until a prophet should arise their hymns, however, show that if the prophet was gone or not yet come the singers were still in the camp and in the congregation. They sang when the Lord took them into captivity, and they sang when He caused them to return they sang when' He filled them with good things, and not the less, if somewhat wailingly, when there was no herd in the stall and no fruit on the fig-tree; they sang their penitence when they were driven back before their enemies; and they broke into great exultations when their oppressors fled from before their face or succumbed to disasters in which they could trace the saving hand of a Celestial Deliverer. Old customs die hard as a rule. and this is certainly true of the custom of flowering the graves on Palm Sunday, which was generally observed throughout South Wales on Sunday last. Thousands of people visited the local cemeteries, especially the one at Cefn, and many of the graves were decorated with costly flowers and wreaths. I heard a florist remark. however, that the demand for flowers was not near so great as a few years ago. The crowds appear to have been orderly on the whole, but I have heard complaints of rowdy conduct. Thanks to the correspondent who sends the following :—A dignitary of the Church, en. quiring into the causes of unemployment, thus ) addressed, the other evening, one of the human derelicts on the Embankment:— "WeB, my good fellow, what is your pro- fession?" guv'nor, puriession, me, who are jer gettin' at?" "\VeIl, then. what do you do for a. living?" "Oh! I'm a picker." "What do you mean by that?" "It's like this. In the summer I goes dahn to the country, and picks fruit; arterwards, I picks 'ops; then I comes back to London, an' picks pockets, and the rest of the time I'm p'ekin oakum, see? Now yer know what & picker is!" i • Mr. Evan Thomas, the Rhymney Valley miners' agent, whose death three weeks ago, was deeply regretted by all sections of the com- munity, had long been marked out for Parlia- mentary honours. Had he been spared he would, no doubt, in time have taken his place at St. Stephen's. In November, 1907, he was adopted by the members of the Miners' Federa- tion as candidate for the East Glamorgan division, on the retirement of Sir Aifred Thomas. When the ballot was taken the choice lay between Mr. Evan Thomas and Mr. Thomas Andrews, checkweigher, Treharris, the former receiving 9,882 votes and the latter 6,828. No steps have yet been taken to select another candidate, but it is believed that if another ballot is taken the choice will fall upon Mr. Andrews, who is very popular in the division, A conference of delegates form Unitarian Churches in South-east Wales was held at Swansea, last Thursday, and it was one of the largest that has taken place for many years. Mr. Gomer L. Thomas, of Merthyr, who is president of the South-east Wales Society, presided over the business meetings, and he made some interesting observations on the relation of Socialism to Nonconformity. The excellent handbook on The Origin of the Place Names in Wales," published originally in The Merthyr Express," and subsequently published in book form, from the pen of the Rev. T. Morgan, now of Skewen, Neath, which has been out of print for many years, is about to be re-published by Mr- Southall, of Newport. It was prepared for "The Merthyr Express Prize Competition in 1885, and having taken first- prize was printed. fr, Thomas Powell, deputy-superintendent registrar for the Union, has been appointed registrar of births and deaths for the Merthyr Upper Sub-District. There were twenty appli- cants for the post, and the voting for two or three of them was very close. In the first and second rounds Mr. Ll. Richards, warrant offiicer, was first, but in the final round he was beaten by Mr. Powell, who received 25 votes aganst Mr. Richards' 23. The appointment is a very popular one. Mr. Powell, who is well known throughout the district, camo to Merthyr twenty years ago, when he entered the service of Mr. T. F. James, with whom he has been ever since. For fourteen years he has acted as deputy-registrar for the Union, and is, there- fore, intimately acquainted with the work. At the close of the meeting of the Merthyr Town Council, on Tuesday, Councillor J. W. Lewis suggested that the time had arrived when Colonel D. Rees Lewis should have the freedom of the borough conferred upon him. It was agreed that the matter should be considered later, as this was a special meeting called for a special purpose. ♦ Before leaving Liverpool Mr. Granville Bantock, the composer of Omar Khayyam," took the opportunity to express in writing his obligations to and appreciation of Mr. Harry E vans, and the Welsu Choral Umon for their fine performance of that work—the first given in the city. The following extract from the letter, which is written to Mr. Harry Evans, will be road with interest by the latter's many friends and well-wishers, in and out of his native Dowlais, as affording evidence that Welsh singers have cast off the reproach of being able to sing only the works which their fathers and their mothers sang :—" I cannot recall any performance that moved me so much, and that brought out the subtler lights and shadings with such effective results. I am almost inclined to believe that I must be half a Welsh- man (I wish it were so), for the choir seemed to grasp and realise the significance of the poem and the music to a wonderful degree." From so eminent a source this is praise indeed. The Merthyr Association Team were not successful in the final for the South Wales and Monmouthshire Senior Cup, last Saturday, it would have been a. great feat to have won the trophy in their first season, but they had played so well that their supporters were confident they would overcome Ton. They" could not rise to the occasion, however, and were beaten by two goals to nil, Ton's greater experience in cup-tie football aiding them materially. Though defeated, the Merthyr men were not by any I means disgraced. Better luck next time. At the meeting of the Sites and Buildings Committee of the Merthyr Education Authority, on Tuesday, a rather warm discussion took place as to whether the plans for the proposed new school at Gcllifaelog should be" prepared by Mr. F. Thackeray, the deputy-surveyor, or Mr. LI. Smith, to whom the work of drawing plans for schools erected in recent years has been entrusted. There was a distinct under- standing when Mr. Thackeray was engaged as deputy-surveyor in 1907, that plans for all new buildings should be prepared by him; indeed, one reason why he was appointed was to save the expense of engaging an outside architect. It seems strange, therefore, that members of the Corporation should still be in favour of this work being done by Mr. Smith. Would any mail in private business engage an expert to do special work, and then pay an outsider for doing it ? I think not. It seems a waste of money to place the work in the hands of an outside archi. tect if it can be done by a servant of the Corporation. < « Eloquent tributes wefre paid to Colonel D. R. Lewis, on Friday night last, when he was prese- ted with a marble bust of himself, a handsome address in book form, and several magnificent pieces of plate. Merthyr people are justly proud of the gallant colonel, who for nearly half-a-century has rendered excellent service to the town. It will be the wish of all that he may long be spared to assist, as he has done in the past, all movements for the uplifting of his fellows. t I The other day a clever trick was played upon a Merthyr constable in High-street. A boy was walking up the street with what appeared to be ] a" cigarette in his mouth. The constable pounced upon the boy and seized what he thought was a cigarette, but wt arorad te be a match or piece of stick neatly wrapped up in white paper. Some colliers who were near had put the boy up to the trick, and they enjoyed a good laugh when they saw Robert taken in." The constable's feelings can be better imagined than described. in common with their kinsmen all the world over, local Jews have this week been celebrating the Feast of the Passover To the orthodox Jews this is a very notable occasion, com- memorating the day of their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The festival commenced at sunset on Monday and lasts a week, It has been rumoured in the Parliamentarj lobbies that ere long a well-known Welsh M.P. will be transferred to the Upper House. He is said to be one of the most highly-rospected members of the House of Commons, sitting foi a Welsh constituency, and has long occupied foremost place in relation to the affairs of the Principality—political and general. Who cac he be ? At the Glamorgan Quarter Sessions, oe Tuesday, the chairman (Mr. Rhys WilJiam referred to an amount of £:{,OOi), compensation funds paid by the Inland Revenue authority in mistake to the Merthyr licensing authority instead of to the county. The county applied that the sum be repaid, but the Inland Revenue authorities demurred. The county had taken counsel's opjnjo:1 on the subject, and was advised to aok for repayment, and to say that )f this was not done by the 21st instant a mandamus should be applied for. It was decided to act en this opinion. « The Government are in earnest in regard to Welsh DIsestablishment. On Tuesday after- noon the Prime Minister announced that the Bill will be introduced on the 21st inst. This obviated the necessity of Sir Alfred Thomas, Chairman of the Welsh Party, waiting on Air. Asquith the same evening, as had been arranged, in order to urge on behalf of the party that the measure should be produced without delay. It is recognised on all hands that the secodA reading must be deferred until after Whitsuntide* by which time it is hoped that the report of tho Wehh Church Commission will have been issued. Mr. Asquith, who introduced the Bill of 1895- then being Home Secretary, will have charge of this year's measure and Mr Lloyd George and Sir Samuel Evans, the Solicitor-General, will be associated with him in its conduct through the House. It is understood that the new Bill will be very much on the lines of that of fourteen years ago. The Government have had tha advantage of seeing draft proposals put forward on behalf of the members for the Principality, and in one or two respects they may be adopted. < The other morning a milkman, with hit ever-ready and obliging remark on the weather, knocked at the door of one of his most tired customers. Good morning, ma'am; looks like rain this morning, ma'am," said he, as he poured the millr into the jug. So it does," replied the housewife, haven't you any that Uoka more like milk ?" »OLONlU»

The Ynysfach Murder.