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ABERDARE. WIlEN in Aberdare you want dinner or tea try MILES'S UESTACRANT, Canon-street, for quality and Contort. NEW AND GOOD SEEDS —The Season having ap- proached when every Garden should be attended to, and a supply of New and Good Seeds srotild be sown, in order to secure large and good crops every gardener who wishes to be repaid for his labour, by securing healthy and plenteous crops, should see that 1.115 seeds are New and Good. as many dealers palm off on their customers seeds which are of no value whatever. Therefore, all people interested in gardening arc invited to inspect Tudor Williams's large and well-selected stock of New Seeds, which are guaranteed to be of the very finest quality, and have just arrived from the best seed growers in the country. Choose early. Varieties of Broad Beans, Peas, Onions. Lettuce, Cabbage, and Parsnips. The following are a few varieties of I he season's potatoesTrue Beauty of Hebron. American Rose, Royal Kidney, Rivers Aslileaf, Sir John Llewellyn, British Queen. Snow- drop, King Edward, Midlothian Kidney. Evcrgood. Up-to-date. Northern Star. Genuine only at TUDOR WILLIAMS'S. Wholesale and Retail Seed Merchant, Medical Hall, Aberdare. MUSICAJL.—Mr. W. J. Evans, the organist of Siloh Welsh Congregational Church, was the conductor at the Congregational singing festival, held at the Town Hall, Pontypridd, on Easter Monday. The Pontypridd and District Churches were represented at the festival, and in addition to the usual festival an interesting competition in the composition of a hymn tune also took place. ERSTWHILE ABEBDARIAN DEAD.—Some of the older Abardarians will recall the time at Cal- faria, when Gwerfyl and his brother, Spinther James, were members of that church, and were urged by the late Dr. Price and the officers of the church to comroonce preaching. Doth bo came eminent ministers in the denomination, Gwerfyl making for himself a name both jd this country and America. He retired from the ministry some years ago, and a week ago pa-:s?d awaj at Swansea. #0. ABERDARIAN WINS A CHAIR IN AMERICA.— At the Eisteddfod, held in connection with the Edwardsville Congregational Church, Penn- sylvania, on St. Patrick s Day, Mr. John Rees (Glan Carnant), at one time an assistant super- intendent to the Prudential Insurance Company at Aberdare, won the cha-t for an awdl on St. Patrick," out of eleven competitors. Mr. Rees has won many eisteddfodic prizes, both in the Principality and -I' the United States. C.E. ANNIVERSARY.—The annive; Arv and rally of the local Christian Endeavour Societies were held at Beihesda (P.M.) Chapel, on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday a prayer meeting was held, the Rev. A. Watson leading. Later Mr. Watson preached, and the juniors took the afternoon me3ting, Miss Bugler leading. Rev. A. Watson again preached in the evening. On Sunday afternoon Mr S A. Twinney conducted a chair testimony service, and the Rev. T. H. Bryant conducted a school of method." This was followed by a tea and an open-air meeting in Victoria-square. In the evening a public meeting was held, over which Mr. W. Wilcox presided.. LEGAL SUCCESSES.—Mr. R. Francis Dobson. nephew of the late Mr. Francis Martin, of Tonypandy, and son of Mr. R. A. Dobson. late of the Adare Hotel, Tonypandy, has successfully passed the final examination of the Incorporated Law Society. Mr. Dobson was articled to Major W. D. Phillips (of Messrs. Thomas Phillips and Son), Aberdare. Mr. T. Marchant Williams has also successfully passed the Intermediate examination of the Incorporated Law Society. Mr. Harries, who is articled to Mr. W. Thomas, solicitor, Aberdare, is the son of Mr. W. Harries, Glan-road, Gadlys, and nephew of Sir T. Marchant Williams, the Stipendiary Magistrate for Merthyr.—Sir. Arthur Williams, Brynhyfryd, son of Mr. Rees Williams, Registrar of the Aberdare County Court, has successfully passed the preliminary examination of the same Society. TEA.—The annual tea, in aid of the orphan fund of the Aberdare branch of the A.S.R.S., was held as usual at the Memorial Hall, on Monday. The following ladies presided at the tables :-Mrs. A. Harris, Mrs. D. Thomas, Mrs. T. Thomas, Mrs. A. Hayman, Mrs. J. New, Mrs. T. Jones (Griffith-street), Mrs. H. Marriott, Mrs. E. Hill assisted by Miss M. Harris, Mrs. Symonds, Mrs. J. Evans, Miss M. A. Bowyer, Mrs. J. Smith, Mrs. E. Lewis, Miss Jones, Miss Stewart. Mrs. R. Lewis, Mrs. J. Arrowsmith. Mrs. David Elias, Mrs. ,J. Jenkins, and Miss Nellie Owen, and Mr. R. Thomas also assisted. In the evening, at the concert, presided over by Mr. C. Coombes, solos and duets were given by Misses Thomas, Mr. J. Evans; songs, Mr. J. Lewis; pianoforte solos. Master G. Burgess, Mr. Jones and Mr. R. Thomas; violin and pianoforte duet, Mrs. G. and Mr. W. Pantin recitations, Mrs. Williams and Mr. Frank Pritchard. The entertainment concluded with a farce—" Jangle's Mistake "-by Mr. J. Lewis and party. The arrangements for the concert were carried out by Mr. R. Hokpins, and Mr. T. Lewis was the accompanist. SINGING FESTIVAL.—On Tuesday, at Siloa Chapel, the annual singing festival, in connec- tion with the Aberdare and Middle District Congregational Chapels was held, under the conductorship of Mr. John Thomas, Abemant. Meetings were held in the morning, afternoon and evening, the presidents for the respective gatherings being Messrs. John Rees, William Morgan and T. Morgan. The juveniles' festival was held in the morning, when the following hymn tunes were sung:—" Y Bugail Da," Awr gyda'r Tad," Edrych ar Iesu," Ethel," Lyndhurst," Yn y Nefoedd," Tu Draw i Swn y Storm," Agor i Dy Geidwad Mawr," Duw fo gyda chwi," Disgyblion yr lesu," Dydd yr lesu," Bydd yn Ffyddlon," Gwna yn Llawen, Wr Ieuangc." The children were also catechised on the Life of Daniel. In the afternoon and evening the adults' festival was held, when the following hymn tunes were sung: Gvmlchmai," "Pennsylvania," "Glan Lliedi," "Argyhoeddiad," Llanidloes," "Gor- en," Rhydygroes," Weimar," St. Llid," Cefncocd," Troyte," St. Dunstan," Llw- yddiant Sion," 11 Olivet." The singing through- out was of a Hearty nature, and there was a good attendance at each gathering. The secretarial duties were discharged by Mr. Griffith Griffiths. EASTER VESTRY.—A meeting of the parish- ioners of Aberdare was held on Monday, the Vicar (Rev. C. A. H. Green) presiding. Messrs. I T. Lloyd and W. F. Parry do Winton were elected as vicar's and parishioners' wardens respectively, and the following were elected as sidesmen :—St. John Baptist (Parish Church), Messrs. Joseph Shannon and David J. Jones St. Elvan's, Messrs. Ben Lewis, E. Morgan, E. Halewood, Alfred Owen, James Charles, W. J. Parker, George Folley, James R. Oliver; St. Mair, Messrs. R. Humphreys, David Richards, David Walters, W. J. Harris, John Vaughan, J. Davies, W. J. Williams, D. Clements, T. J. Kingsbury; St. Mary Magdalene, Messrs. David Davies, James Lloyd, Willie Evans, Richard Griffiths; St. John Evangelist, Messrs. W. T. Jones, Lindsay, David Thomas, W. Bishop St. Mathew's, Messrs. J. Devonald, Z. Williams, T. Panniers, T. Jones,; Mission Room, Messrs. G. Lee and D. R. Tasker; Memorial Hall, Messrs. 1. J. David, G. Smith, W- Williams and J. M. Jones. The following gentlemen were appointed on the Church Representative Council:—Messrs. T. Lloyd, W. F. Parry de Winton, A. T. Jenkins, E. Mor- gan, J. E. Tremelyn, C. Vicary, W. Edwards, F. Griffiths, Burgess, W. R. Protheroe, J. R. Thomas, T. Warren, F. Brough, D. Davies, W. Devonald, E. R. Thomas, R. Pritchard-Stana- way, D. Davies and T. Davies. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Sunday of Mr. Edwin Thomas. 32,-Stuart-street, Aber- dare, at the age of 66. Deceased, who was a native of Nantgaredig. Carmarthenshire, was a.n old and highly-honoured inhabitant of Aber- dare. having come here when a young man. For some years he worked as a carpenter with Mr. Michael Thomas, builder and contractor, and when the late Mr. Mordecai Jones started sinking operations at Mardy, in the Rhcndda Fach, Mr. Thomas went over there and assisted in the development of the Mardy village—the only house built above Ferndale when he went there being the old farmhouse at Mardy. The first birth that took place in the new village, which was rapidly growing around the colliery, was that of his son, George, now assistant mas- ter at the County School at Builth. Having been for twelve months or so engaged in con- nection with the colliery, Mr. Thomas started on his own as a grocer and provision dealer, a business which prosper well, and which is at present carried on by his elder son. Mr. Am- brose Thomas. Mr. Thomas was the founder (and for many yeal", the treasurer) of Bethania Calvinistic Methodist Church at Mardy, and on his retirement from business, he returned to Aberdare some fifteen years ago, and once more became identified with Bethania Church, Aberdare. He was a man of unimpeachable in- tegrity, a.nd will be missed by a verv large circle of friends both here and in the Rbondda. Fach- He leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and family in their bereavement. Mr. Jack Thomas had left on Thursday for More- cambe to attend the annual conference of the N.U.T., he being the local secretary of the Aberdare Valley Branch, and was unable to get back to Aberdare until Sunday morning-too late to see his father alive.

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