CHARLES L. STEWART ACCOUNTANT and AUDITOR, VALUER, HOUSE and ESTATE AGENT MORTGAGE aud INSURANCE BROKER Tradesmen's Debts Bought or Collected, Rent., Collected. Accounts Regularly Posted by Special Contract, Profit and Accounts and Income Tax Claims Prepared, Quarterly and Annual Audits Undertaken, Bankrupts' Statements of Affairs, Arrangement with Creditors, Valuations for Probate, etc. Agent for the Chief Life, Accident, Fire, and Plate Glass Insurance Companies. Di-iricim.-MILBOUR.NE CHAMBERS, MERTHYR TYDFIL c_c War Declared! PRESENTATION SHOES. CENTS' HIGH-GRADE BOOTS. FOI- ONE MONTH ONLY we will GIVE AWAY ABSOLUTELY FREE L!, every or.er for our Gent's high-grade lace Boots, :tt 10/9; a pair of Ladies' lace Shoes. As ait fldvertit-eo -;nt only, to show you what class of goods we sell. Remember the Ladies' Shoes cost you uothing Give your sister or sweetheart a spring present that will please her! Solid value in every parct* dispatched. Carriage paid to any address. Write to-day, enclosing 10/9 and receive the two TAirEi for the price.of opt!. State aize of 5 he gent's and- required. Send now A. WILLIAMS & Co., -7 Boot & Shoe; Warehouse, Stourport Rd., Kidderminster Sole Factors of the KOLLIER BRAND. Caerphilly Urban District Council, 1909. TO THE XLECTORS OF THE NELSON WARD. lUSnSS AND GENTLEMEN, I wist to take this opportunity to publicly thank faa for the honour you have conferred upon me Oy returning me as your Representative on the Uebm District Council. It will be my special endeavour to justify the confidence you have so bly reposed in me. I wish further to ixpress my high appreciation of the services of those who worked in my interests, and to whose guagiss the very large majority was due. I am, yours faithfully, J. R. LEIGH THOMAS. flrynllefrith, Nelson, April 12th. 1909. _.t Qeliiaaer Urban District Council Election. hbngoep WARD., LUWRAT AND GENTLEMEN, I sincerely thank you for returning me unofepose< to the above Council for the ensuing three years. ragard this generous expression of your renewed confidence as an appreciation of my humble efforts In your behalf, both ak; an Overseer and as a mem- ber of the Council. And I assure you that I shall not fail to do all in my power to prove worthy of ygw confidence, and to retain your high esteem Anting my tena of office. I aan, Ladies and Gentlemen, Your obedient Servant, EDWARD RICHARDS. } Gelfigaer Urban District Council Election. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE BARGOED WARD. I LADIES AND GENTLEMEN-, I beg respectfully to thank you for your kind support in the recant Election. Yours faithfully, HORACE J. DA VIES. Bargoed Hall, Bargoed, 7th April, 1909. ¡
AN IFLTERBSNSA DISPLAY. HOW K Boots are made, And what they are made of. We are exhibiting in our Windows a choice selection of fine skins of black and brown leather, as used in the manufantnre of "K" Boots and Shoes Note Address: W. R. WILMAMS, 51A, High- street, Merthyr. I.L.P. INSTITUTE.—To-night (Friday), Casey And his Fiddle.—Sunday next, at the Temper- ance Hall, Mr. James Parker, M.P., Halifax.— Both meetings will commence at 8 p.m. ADVANCE IN BREAD PRICES.—The Merthyr Master Bakers' and Millers' Association have fixed the following prices, from Monday next Best bread, 7d. per 4-lb. loaf second bread, 8d. per 4-lb. loaf. SPIRITUALISM.—The platform at Trevethick Ball was occupied last Sunday evening, by Mr. Seth Rees, who delivered an eloquent address to a large and intelligent audience. ISext Sunday Mrs. Mayo, Liverpool, will occupy the platform, and there is a treat in store for all. Y.M,.C.A.At a meeting in connection with the Y.M.C..O on 'Wednesday night, it was decided to aOvertise for tenders for the erection of the Y.MC.A. buildings. The committee trust that all who promised subscriptions will lead in the amounts without delay, to give them encouragement to proceed with the work is rapidly as possible, now that the weather is favourable for building operations. MB. R. LONSDALE, MEDICAL ELECERICIAX.— to will be seen on page 12, Mr. R. Lonsdale, medical electrician, of New Oxford-street, London, will again visit Merthyr, on Saturday kad Monday, April 17th and 19th. His tooms are at 42, Union-terrace, where he may be consulted from 11 to 1 o'clock, and 3 to 7. Mr. Lonadale has effected some wonderful Bores, and as consultations are free those who Suffer should take advantage of the opportunity of seeing him. A large number of wonderful testimonials, speaking of the success of his treatment, will be found in the advertisement. AMATEUR ',rHEATRICALs,-On Tuesday, April l'lth, at the Temperance Hall, Merthyr, the three following short plays will be performed :— Ici on Pa<le Francais," a farce in one act by T. G. Williams; Two Misses Ibbetson," a one-act play by Ina Leon Cassia; and The beacon." a comedy in two acts by Henry Arthur Jones. The names of those taking part are —Mrs. J. T. Harrap, Misses C. and N. Biddle, D. Griffiths, L. James, E. Rees, N. Ward, Q. Webster, and Messrs. W. B. Harris, M. Pulli- blank, E. W. Richards and C. F. Williams. The oroceeds will be in aid of the Merthyr District Visiting Society. UNITED IBISH LEAGUE.—The meeting of the ^mmet Branch was held at the Trevethick Hall on Sunday, Mr. D. Barry, president, in the chair. The secretary read a communication from Mr. J. E. Redmond, M.P., thanking the branch fpr resolutions of confidence in the party, and also an acknowledgment from the general secretary of £12, sent a week ago. On the motion of Mr. M. O'Shea, seconded by Mr. J. Clifford, and supported by Messrs. J. Donovan and J. F. McGairy, a vote of condolence was passed with the relatives and friends of the late Mr. London, M.P. After the enrolment of two members, Mr. McGairy, organiser, addressed the meeting on the life and work of 'the late secretary, Mr. John Morley. He paid an eloquent tribute to the decesased, who, he said, had, by his eamestenss and devotion to the cause, placed the Emmet" branch in one of the leading positions in the kingdom. Year in and year our he had laboured unselfishly in Ireland's interests. He (the organiser) hoped that the noble qualities of the late secretary would never be forgotten, and that those with whom he had worked would endea- vour to keep the branch in its present successful .stilte. in order to perpetuate the memory of Iii-ra, who, by many sacrifices in the accom- plishment of his duties, which he voluntarily took upon himself to perform, could claim one si the proudest posts among Ireland's greatest BonS. Mr. McGairy also dealt with the sufferings | which the people had had to undergo during the: jpast seventy years, and traced in a masterly manner the organisation through its various ¡ vicissitudes, from the establishment of the Land T,P,ague to the present time. On the eriotion of Mr. C. Bernasconi, who explained that, although A Swiss, his sympathy was to a great extent with. Ireland, seconded by Mr. John O'Brien, and supported by Messrs. M. O'Shea, J. Leary, J. Donovan, J. Clifford, J. Mahoney. D. Hen- tiessy and the president, the lecturer was Recorded an enthusiastic vote of thanks.— Mr. McGairy having responded, and given an iinprecint-ive display of his vocal powers, a vote at thanks to the chturmjiu terminated the pro- s. -==-=- :=.==-=-=-=:=- CONSTITUTIONAL CLUE.—At the half-yearly meeting, last Thursday, for the election of committeemen, the following were successful in the ballot:—Mr. W. T. Jones, Mr. E. E. Jones, Mr. J. H. Edwards, Mr. John Williams, Mr. J. Carlyle Thomas, Mr. Llew. Jones. FKOPKRTY SALE.—At the" Cowbridge Arms Hotel, Merthyr, on Wednesday night, Messrs. J. M. Brry and Sen offered for sale by auction, several lots of leasehold property. Ten dwel- ling houses and premises, from 12 to 21, Penyard, in the occupation of monthly tenants, amounting Nos. 12, 15 and 18 to £11 14s. each, and the others £13 each, held for 99 years from 1st January, 1901, subject to a ground rent of £1 each house, were sold to Mr. Nicholas, Baden- terrace, Merthyr, for £.1 10s. per house. Three houses.Nos. 16, 17 and 18, Incline Top, Penyard, let at rentals amounting yearly to £3 3s. Cd., and held for 99 years from March, 1822, subject to an annual-ground rent oifl 7s. 2<1., were withdrawn. Mr. LI- Reynolds was the solicitor for "the vendor. BRECON-ROAD SOtrE KITCHEN.—The following k the balance sheet up to March 31st.:— Receipts.—Balance brought forward. £40 13s 9cl; Steel and Iron Workers, Mr. Prininger, Is. 1f. J. M. Berry, £1 friend, per J. Horton, 5s. collected in boxes, 7s. Id. friend per J. Horton, Is. three little children, 3d. Const. Club, Troedyrhiw, £5; G.W.R. Temperance Society, £1 friend, per J Horton, Is. for bones, 2s. 6d. due to treasurer, 9s. 2d. total £52 Ûs. 9d.— Expenses.—Messrs. Southey & Sons, £1 5s. (3d. England's "China," 12s. Gd. for salt, Is. 4d. six sacks of sawdust, 5s. calico, 9d. Howfieid and Son. 10s. lOd. H. Jones (baker). £1 15s. fid. Daniel Da vies, Ss. gd. J. Roberts, lis. T. Luxford, 16s. Mr. Davies (grocer), 19s. B. Jones, Os. 7d. Jonah Lewis- 9s. 104d. LI. Harris, 10s. lid. John'Thomas, 13s. 2d. T. Rees. 19s. O^di W. Harris and Sons, £1 15s. I Id. J. Horton, £2 Is. T. W. Dyke (butqher) £2 Os. 2d. F. 9s. F. Sweet, £1 10s. Id.; Bowen, £1 10s.; cash at band, JE30 5s. total £ 52' Os. 9d. Gifts in kind were received from the following:—Free meal, Mrs. Dan Davies, Oaklands; sack of flour from Mr. Guns on, made and baked free of charge by Mr. H. Jones; three days' meat, Mr. Dan Thomas, Plymouth Arms; Mr. Bevan, Market, one cwt. parsnips; 103. worth groceries, Mr. Sam Davies, tailor; basket of leeks, Mr. Geo. Williams, Twyn; peas, Mrs. Cowie, Norman- terrace; firewood, Mr. Jenkins, Canal-wharf. and Mr. J. Horton.—-Examined and found correct, Milton F. Thomas, George Trinder. auditors.—D. Richards, hon. sec.
Merthyr Education Authority. THE PROPOSED SECONDARY SCHOOL. OBJECTION OF DOWLAIS TO CYFARTHFA CASTLE. TOO FAR AWAY. The monthly meeting of this Authority was held on Wednesday night. Aid. Enoch Morrell (chairman) presided, and there were also pre- sent:—Aldermen J. Harpur, T. J. Evans, EL Evans, D. W. Joae3, A. Wilson (Mayor), Coun- cillors J. Davies (Dowlais), R. P. Rees, Chas. Griffiths, Isaac Edwards, J. W. Lewis, H. M. Lloyd, F. Pedler. J. Davies (Cyfarthfa), David John, F.' S. Simons, Dan Thomas, David Phil. lips, L. M. Jones, D. J. Lewis, W. T. G. Marsh, David Jones, Thomas Williams, Wm Jones, Ed. Edwars, F. T. James, Mrs. M. A. Edmunds, with Mr. E. Stephens (clerk), Mr. W. Probert (deputy clerk), and Mr. Isaac J. Wil. liams (organizer). A deputation representing the Dowlais Cham- of Trade, consisting of the Rector of Dow- Mr. W. Morgan Davies, Mr. J. G Rees, Mr. D. H. Edwards, and Mr. Marcellus Cart- wright (secretary), appeared before the Auth- ority, praying them to consider the advisa- bility of providing a secondary school for th.e children living at Penydarren and Dowlais. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL. The Rector of Dowlais said the deputation was supposed tc represent various bodies in Dowlais, but owing to lack of time, they had not been able to secure the attendance of repre- sentatives of other organizations. They had been told that the advanced elementary school at Ccedraw was to be done away with, and the building was going to be utilised for the lower forms of elementary education, and that Cyf- arthfa. Castle would be used for secondary edu- cation. The people of Dowlais had felt" for a great many years that the disadvantages of children living there were very great, having to come down to Merthyr in all kinds of weather, and suffer gravo disadvantages. It had been mooted more than once that in ord?r to avoid fending children to Caedraw a school should be erected at Dowlais. or sufficiently near the town to obviate the difficulties under which the children now laboured. But it seem- ed that the Corporation intended toag-gravato, accentuate, and enlarge the difficulty by remov- ing the school to Cyfarthfa Castle." If :00, that school, as far as Dcvyhichildren were con- cerned, would be practically useless; they would be barred. M far as ordinary facilities went, from making any u-e of it what-soeever. The object of the Education Acts was to place reas- onable facilities in the way of scholars. To have a secondary school at Cyfarthfa Castle would be to put it out of the reach of a large number of children of ratepayers who had as much right, to a share of the benefits of the parish as anybody else. There was a very largo population above Pontmorlais, and the Council were going to establish the secondary school in an out of the way comer of the parish, and the children would in all weathers, summer and winter, have to go there to be taught. He would not dream of allowing his children to go that distance from home in or- der to receive instruction. Nothing was more detrimental to the physical well,bemg of the children than what was proposed. At pre-ent thechiklren attending at Caedraw were able to go to a coffee tavern for a cup of tea; but if they went to Cyfarthfa Castle, they would have nothing to meditate upon but the crows in the trees. He therefore urged the Authority, be fore they took any definite step in the matter. to consider the claims of the Dowlais district. The Authority contemplated erecting a school at Gellifaelog. Could not that school be used for the purpose? or failing that, the infants' school proposed to be erected at Dowlais ? He was sure there was not a member of the Com- mittee who was not anxio to do his or her best for the benefit of the district generally. Mr. J. G. Rees said that since this matter was brought to public notice, there had a general uproar among the people of Dowlais. As a parent, he agreed tha- it would be a great inconvenience to the scholars in Dow'ais if the proposal were carried out. It would be 1ike go nj into another county, so he pleaded with the Committee to stay their hands. Cyf- arthfa Castle could be us-ed for many other purposes; he thought the Council showed too great a haste to bring the Castle into use. TOO LATE. The Chairman said that the Authority had had regard for Dowlais and also for the lower districts; they had given the question a great deal of consideration, and their anxiety was to do the best for all the children.—Coun. F. T. James: Will the difficulties suggested be met by the children being allowed free passes to the Cyfarthfa gates?—The Rector of Dowlais: We have never heard of a free tram.—Aid. D. W. Jones: It has appeared in the press.—The Rector: I am afraid I do not read the public pr&S5 very much (laughter).—Coun. Dan Tho- mas said the Council contemplated making an entrance to the Castle grounds on the Goitre side, and if they wished, the children need not go round Pontmorlais.—Mr. D. H. Edwards re- ferred to the number of children living north of Ponrmorlais. The deputation, 113 said, felt it was impossible to build a school in every centre, but they asked the Committee whether it would not be possible to allot a portion of the money to be -pent at Cyfarthfa Castle in order to provide a school more convenient to the Dowlais secondary scholars.—The Chair- ma.n: You have voiced some of the difficulties the Committee have already considered. No fees are to be charged the scholar. and railway and car fares will be paid by the Committee. In returning thanks, the Rector of Dowlais said it was unfortunate to pit Treharris against Dowlais. "Treharris can look after itMH." added the rev. gentleman.—Coun. Dan Tho- mas: Oh. that's too selfish.—The Rector: I don't think Merthyr haa ever looked after the interests of the outlying districts. There is an attempt io drag everything into Merthyr. After the deputation had retired, the Chair- man said the Committee were unanimous in their decision to utilise the Castle as a. second- ary school, and the scheme had gone too far to be altered.—Coun. Isaac Edwards: What reply do you intend sending? They have said that the people are dissatisfied.— Coun. J. W. Lewis: The deputation came her under a wrong im- pression. They knew nothing about the facili- ties that will be provided.—Coun. Charies Grif- fiths said he did not agree with the statement that the deputation represented the people of Dowlais, but he would at once make inquiries as to thû opinion of the workmcn.-Coun, Isaac Edwards replied that it had been intended to memorialise the town, but acting upon the sug- gestion of a member of the Council, the Cham- ber of Trnde appointed a deputation. The Mayor that the Clerk send a letter to I the Dowlai, Chamber stating that the Com- mittee hid fully considered the matter, and had come- to the conclusion that it would be to the interests of tbA whole of thp inhabitants to have one secondary school, and that at Cyf- arthfa Costle. As a representative of Treharris, De would iike to ee a Fchool for Merthyr Vale and Treharris; there was a large population there, and also a large rateable value; but it wm impossible to c-stablish another school. If, therefore, Dowlais and Penydarren had any cause to complain, Whfvt about, people who lived eight and nine miles away? If they had separate schools, they would have to appomt separate staffs, and the head teachers and ap. paratus would be very expansive—Aid. Row- land Evans seconded.—Coun. F. T. Janfips sup- ported the Mayor's proposition. H Mid tJ-1:lt a certain po'icy had been adopted it would be II, fine school, and th3 8urroundin¡?s were verr Sjj9f If, at any time it wa* fouod necessary to have another centre, the Committee could consider representations from Dowlais or Tre- harris. But let them make a fair start at Cyf- arthfa.—The Chairman pointed out that unless the Education Authcritv utilised Cyfarthfa Castle, they would have to build a. higher grade -school and a pupil teachers' centre—both very expensive buildings. But at Cyfarthfa they had a. magnificent site which would be con- verted at reasonable expense into a secondary school and a pupil teachers' ecntiv. There being no amendment, the proposition was car- ried. CASTLE ALTERATIONS. Mr. T. F. Harvey, borough engineer. present- ed a report upon the proposed secondary gehocM at the Castle. It was gratifying, he wrote, to crve that, ill returning his preliminary sketch plans, iipon which he had expended much thought; the Welsh Department of the Board of Education stated that the plans were _gnenJ Jly satisfactory The Beard drew atten, tion to tiilf inadequate provision for laboratory work in the boys' school, .and to the fact that there appeared TO b* no provision for a. labora- tory for general science work in the girls' school, the r<?om in.'the tower (botany Toom) being too small for such purpose. They re- quested that full plans should be prepared cm- bodying these suggestions. With reference to the lighting, Mr. Harvey said it was possible there might be sufficient wa.ter power obtain- able from the Bryn Cae Owen Pond to provide eiectric light economically.—The report was re- ferred to committee. VARIOUS. Coun. Isaac Edward.. moved, Coun. J. Davies (Dowlais) iO&20nded, and it WdS agrf;;2d, that the prepare a return giving the names of all certilli2at"d teachers in the service of the Authority who had not accented the Super- annuation Act. The Sites and Buildings Committee reported having had under consideration the report or the sub committee with regard to the provision of a school &t Mount Pleasant, Merthyr Vaie. and recommended that the question be deferred. -1';le local mernbe t's urged that th3 matter be referred back to committee for further con- sideration, but the report was adopted by 11 votes to 9. Coun. F. Pedler said he hoped something would soon be done in regard to the infants' school at Pen'rheolgerrig, and the Chairman replied that the sub-committee who had the matter i,n, hand were paying due attention to it. The-School Attendance Committeo reported having c.oll;:3idepd their d-av of me<:ting (ruc- day), the same day as the police-court, and re- commended thar TlJ alteration be mad"" as the present day and time did not ciash with other metilJ:>, --Co¡¡n. Isaac Eclward said th ques- tion was considered because of the disgraceful scenes witnessed in the corridors on police-court days.—Coun. J. Davies (Dowlais) said the meet- ings were held on Tuesday morning because there IVere other committees in the afternoon. The Labour men did not wish to lose a day for one meeting.—Coun. Dan Thomas: They are paid.—Coun. Davies: They don't want a day's pay unless they can dp i day's work.— Coun. F.S. Simons agreed thai disgraceful con- duct was seen in the hall outside the police- court on Tuesdays, and that the parents of childrrn who did not attend school regularly 1 had to sit in the corridors and watch it.—It was agreed that the matter be reconsidered. On the motion of Aid. T. J. Evans, seconded by Coun. Isaac Eùwards, it was airreed. upon the recommendation of Dr. Duncan (medical officer of health), to place cooking appliances in the Brecon-road Soup Kitchen at an estimated The Merthyr Gas Company wrote offering to light Penydarren Infants' School with gas, each 60-candle power, or a total candle power of 3.840, for 8d. an hour; and the Merthyr Electric Traction Company offerd tv light the school with eiectric light for 11.9d. per hour, or 8.08d. if certain lamps were used.—On the motion of Coun. Isaac Edwards, seconded by Aid. D. W Jones, the tender of the Gas Com- pany was accepted.—Coun. H. M. Lloyd urged that a child was fresh after working a.n hour with electric light, but was not so well able to study after working with geu- light for an hour. an hour. A Jetter was read from the head teachers of Merthyr Vale and TroedjTbiw Infants' School. asking permission to open afternoon school at 1.50, instead of 2 p.m., to enable fourteen teachers to catch the 4 p.m. traiø to Merthyr, instead of having to wait until the 4.54 train.— The letter was laid upon the table. Mrs. Edmunds mentioned that fiss Kaie Jones, of Troedyrhiw School, was successful in winning honours with her choir at both the Mountain Ash and Abergavenny Eisteddfodau, and she thought deserving of congratulation by the Committee (hear, hear) Miss Mary E. Pugh, Merthyr Va'e Mixed School, srn in hr resignation. Mis" ?• Hughes wrote thanking the Au'hpri.y for her appointment to the Troedyrhiw Girl-?' School. A letter from Canon Wade with regard to salaries paid to teachers at St. Mary's Roman Catholic School, was referred to the Salaries Committee. •
Sports at Penydarren Park. On Bank Hobday sports were held at Perry- darren Park, under the auspices of the Merthyr Athletic Club. The weather was stormy. Tho Band of- the Merthyr detachment. 5th Batt. Welsh Regiment, played a, programme of music which was much enjoyed. The event was not advertised, and no tickets were sent to this office, but we give the awards as follow:— 100 Yarcl-s Flat Handicap, under 16.—1, A. Thomas, Cardiff; 2, Nicholas Griffiths, Mer- thyr 3, T. B. Morgans, Pentrebach. 120 Yards Handicap, Novice.—1, Willie Tho- mas. iVlerthyr. 18.vds.; 2, Cliff Lloyd, Cardiff, 13yds. 3, T. R. Morgan, Cardiff, 19vds. 120 iards Handicap, Open.—1, G. G. Powell, Tredegar. 13yds.; 2. A. Williams. Cefn, 16 yds. 3. B. Thomas, 13jvds. 300 Yards Handicap Open.—1. P. R, Thomas. Cardiff, 2. G. T. Watts, Treherbert, 29yds. 3, Ralph Gower, Fern-dale. 32yds. 830 Yards Handicap, Onen.-1, F. R. Mor- gans, Cardiff, 35vds. 2. Thomas Jones, Mer- thyr, 65vds.; 3, Robert Collins, Burry Port, 60yds. H Miles Trotting Handicap (saddle). —>1, 0. Hodder. Abersychan, "Our Jacko." 260yds.; 2, J. Rees, Aberdare. "Old Bang." 240yds.; 3, J. Collins, Merthyr, Molly," 22Gyds. Ii Miles Galloway Handicap.—1, George Wil. liams. Blaenavon, "Little Eva." 110yds.; r F. S. A. Brain. Troedyrhiw. "Grasshopper," 75 yds. 3, Thomas Richards, Pen'rheolgerrig, "CwmgJo Nancy," 255vds. H Miles Trotting Handicap (harness).—1, 0, Hodder. Abersychan, "Our Jacko." 260yds.; 2. .T. Collins, Merthyr. "Irish Molly." 220yds. 3, L. L. Vaisey, Pontypool, "Welsh Kitty."
,n__c, lATE FOOTBALL. Merthyr Amateurs entertained Penygraig on Wednesday, and the game ended in a pointless draw. There was only a moderate attendance when Penygraig kicked off in the face of a strong sun. The visitors ha.d the better of the opening exchanges, and for a time the Merthyr line was in danger. The homesters, however, worked out of danger and play was of a give- and-take nature, forward rushes being chiefly indulged in. Neither side showed any special features, the attack in both cases being weak. The second half was as uninteresting as the first, nearly all the play being confined to the forwards. Some weak attempts at passing were made by both sidcs, but no headway was made. Merthyr had a very good full-back in Thomas, a young player from Pontypridd. He has play- ed in three Schoolboy Internationals, and showed great judgment in his fielding and kick- ing. The Welsh League match between Merthyr and Mid-Rncndda, which was ordered to be replayed by the League Committee, will take place at College Field to-morrow (Saturday). Merthyr wiii be represented by the following: —Back, Pontv Thomas; three-quarter back" J. Cowmeadow, R. E. Williams, Sid James, and U. Vaughan, half-backs, W. Harris and Rees Rees; forwards, D. Thomas. W. D. Thomas, W. Bevan, D. B. Davies, Ted Jenkins, and Dan Lewis.
TERRITORIAL FORCE. ORDERS FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 24TH, 1909. 5TH BATT., THE WELSH REGIMENT. Merthyr Detachment.—Sunday, 18 (Merthyr): Church parade, Dowlais Church; dress, scar- let and helmets: fail in 10 a,m. sharp. Mon- day, 19th (Merthyr): Recruits drill and class of instruction for N.C.O.'s, 8 p.m. Tuesday, 20th (Dowlais) Recruit drill, 8 p.m. Wednes- day, 21st (Merthyr): Company training, 8 p.m. dress, drill order. All members are requested to attend this parade. The O.C. Detachment desires to arrange days of parade at Dowlais, and bring- forward other ma.tter3 of interest to the Detachment. Thursday, 22nd (Dowlais) Recruit drill, 8 p.m. Friday, 23rd (Merthyr): Recruits drill, 8 p.m. N.B.—Drill for men working nights, at 10 a.m. same days and place as shown for evening drills. For duty: Major F. T. James, V.D., Col..Sert. S. J. Davies, Corpl. E. Oliver, Bugler H, Wiltshire. Next for duty: Ca.pt. D. C. Harris, Col.-Sergt. J. E. George, Corp!. B. Bull, Bugler J. M. J. E. George, Corpi. B. Bull, Bugler J. Mc- Murray.—Frank F. James, Captain and Hon. Major, V.D.. commanding Merthyr Detach- ment, 5th Batt. the Welsh Regiment. BRECKNOCKSHIRE BATTALION. Cefn (G Company).—Monday: Recruits drill, 7.30 p.m. Tuesday: Recruits drill for night men, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Company parade, 7.45 p.m.; band to attend as strong as possi- ble. Thursday: Recruits drill, 7.30 p.m. Fri- day: Signalling class, 7.30 p.m. All the old equipment in possession of N.C.O.'s and men to be returned to stores. All N.C.O. and men who have not extended their service should re- turn all clothing and equipment at once.— (Signed) E. H. Musgrove, Lieut, for Captain, Officer Commanding G Company.
The Khaibar P03S is to be closed to caravans owing to the attitude &f the bolder tribes i
In and Out of the Merthyr ¡ County Council. [By COUNCILLOR DAN THOMAS.] Mr. Rice, of Brecon-rcad, in his communica- tion which appeared a fortnight ago, feigned innocence and ignorance which has bewildered people. In my notes of the previous week I inadvertently wrote "draft lea" instead of "draft conveyance." Who knows better than Mr. Rice what the Council has actually pur- chased at Cyfarthfa, for did not this would-be- considered protector of ratepaying interests op- pose at the Local Government inquiry the bo- rowing of the money required for the pur- chase? On this draft conveyance Mr. Rice appears as a tenant of some of the land, and I have no doubt that, in common with other telants he received notice to terminate his tenancy on the 30th J11:0X.\ for I presume Mr. Crawshay's agent was not aware that the land was sub- let. Before, at, and after the Government in- quiry Mr. Rice weU knew the Merthyr Coun- ty Council had purchased the freehold of the Castle and of 150 odd acres of the surrounding Before cal- culations are made as to the price per acre let me inform your readers that the amount men- tioned is not for land alone. but for the Castle and its outbuildings, hundreds of pounds woc h of old iron, laid in the ground as heating pip5S and water conveyors, and for the very lare amount of timber growing in the park. M Rice notwithstanding, I say this freehold property, so conveniently situated tot he town, lias, thanks to Mr. W. T. Crawshay s libera ':y, been acquired at an extraordinarily low prrn The thanks of the community are also due to Alderman D. W. Jones for having his year of Mayoralty so successfully engineered the business without the aid of costly rvter- irediaries. Cyfarthfa Park to 00 per cent, of our towns- folk could be likened to foreign territory, for they know as much, excepting what they can sea from the top of a tram-car, about, the inside of the walls and hedges which enclose the demesne of the Crawshays. as they do of Tim- buctoo. The acquisition of the land—and this is no secret-4--incline Aldermen and Councillors alike, to bring about a change in this respect. The lovelv walks, the hidden beauties of the place, and the almost unrivalled scenery which perambulation around the Castle grounds af- ford, will soon be available to every resident within reasonable restrictions. As one of my fellow Councillors, when looking around and contemplating what uses the place could be put to, and what a source of profit it might be turned to. explained with ecstacy that it was ideal for Sunday School and other summer par- ties. I agree with him and unquestionably the grounds will be fully utilised in this direction. An elaborate scheme is being prepared. Fel- low ratepayers be patient, wait a little, and the objections and fears of parsimonious rate- payers ivill be blown to the winds. After much controversy, lots of wirepulling and secret conclaves of their "group," the Merthyr Board of Guardians has at last set- tied the appointment of Registrar of Births and Deaths for the Upper, or Dowlais District— a saug little post, with a pay that few would sneeze at. The Board, much to the surprise and chagrin of the Labour Party, worthily be- stowed it on Mr. T. Powell, whose past ex- perience as Deputy Superintendent Registrar especially qualifies him for the office. A more popular and deserving selection our Guardians could not have made. At the last meeting there was a large, if not full, attendance of Guar- dians. When appointments are to be made the Board-room is crowded, strange faces are seen, and members are asking each other ''Who's who?" This is how it has been in the past, and I predict will be as long as Boards of Guar- dians exist. The activity of our local Socialistic friends on the Board of Guardians is very marked, and no one will blame them for lacking in perse- verance. The appointment of a new Registrar of Births and Deaths has given them a grand opportunity to display these distinguishing characteristics, and for weeks and months they have attempted to dictate to the Registrar General what he should do. These irate citi- zens are up in arms, or I conclude that they are, from the notice of motion given by Mr. Hugh Jones, the Dowlais assistant master,, who plays many parts in Merthyr's affairs. For a period my versatile opponent of long ago has been sigularly silent and retiring, and I rather welcome his latest public appearance and per- formance. Mr. Jones, the ambitious young man from North Wales, is not satisfied with tha ruling of the powers that be in London. Hediscardsor- dinary methods of marking his disapproval of the Registrar-General's conduct in not obeying the behests of the party wicft which he is iden- tified. A condemnatory resolution is not suf- ficient. and the assistance of Mr. Iveir Haruie is to be invoked. Mr. Jones would have the Guardians to pass a resolution desiring Mr. Keir Hardie to raise the question in Parliament by moving a reduction of the Registrar-Gen- eral's salary bv £100, when the estimates come up for discussion. C.eriainly this is an ingeni- ous move, but a trap, I trust, the Guardians will not fall into. "Huw Menai's" vapourings anent Socialism demand but a passing reference. My conten- tion is that school teachers are by virtue of their profession placed in a very peculiar posi- tion, and by their examples, morally, per- haps, influence or mdfild the character of little ones in a direction which would not meet with the approval of their parents. Teachers, so far as I am concerned, shall have the utmost liberty of thought and action, but 1 claim liberty to express my opinion as to the discretion they display in appearing on certain platforms, and, judging tlísm by their out-of-school conduct, of their special fitness to be entrusted with the education of our children. The setting apart of portions of Thomastown Park, so-called, for recreative purposes has long agitated some people. Providing a bowl- ing green would entail a heavy and unjusti- fiable expenditure for the benefit of a com- paratively few ratepayers. But something couid be done in the direction of healthy games for the people. The Swindon Corporation has, I notice, decided to construct miniature rifle ranges in their Town Gardens. This display of patriotism sets a good example to local au- thorities. Merthyr has at Thomastown, Cy- farthfa Park, and elsewhere available places for such ranges, and our numerous rifle clubs de- serve encouragement. I throw out the hint to our Volunteers and to patriotic Councillors. The sacred concert last Sunday evening at the Theatre Royal was a real musical treat, but it was not patronised as it should have been. The object—the augmentation of the fund for the unemployed—should have ensured a good attendance, especially when Mr. Withers, the genial and generous manager of the Theatre, had engaged talent of the first order. That local favourite, Professor Dan Price, was the principal draw. Mr. Bryant's harp-playing was simply delightful, whilst the improv.eed band, led by the conductor of the Theatre s orchestra, played several difficult pieces in a masterful way. Such concerts must do an immense amount of good if it. be only in at- tracting from our crowded streets numbers of young people. Mr. Withers. i3 to be commis- erated with in that his laudable intentions and oenerosity were not more amply repaid. Cefnitea are justly indignant with an attempt which is being made by tho Electric Trac- tion Company to depart from obligations un- dertaken by them in their Act of Parliament. The original proposal was to lay down the line to a point at the top of Cefn near the Morning Star. The Company seeks now to curtail the line, and make the terminus opposite the Lord Raglan Inn. The people of Cein are protest- ing, and should be assisted in compelling the Traction Company to carry out to the full the powers granted it by Parliament. Writing of the Electric Company compels one to allude to the delays in travelling between Merthyr and Dowlais." The continued stops are very annoy- ing to the man in a, hurry. The Company should extend its double line at many sections, if not compelled to double the line the whole distance. Only in this way can the existing inconveniences be obviated. The Rector of Dowlais, voicing the views of the Dowlais Chamber of Trade on the question of the conversion of Cyfarthfa Castle into a secondary school, made out, in my opinion, a poor cass against the utilisation of that fine pile of buildings as an educational institution. Its position and its surroundings are all that can be desired. Its remoteness and inaccesi- bility to Dowlais was a far-fetched a.nd uncon- vincing argument. The children of Dowlais and Penydarren will be under no disadvantage, for with tram cars, and new means of access to the Castle on the Gwaelodyga.rth side, the children whom the Rector of Dowlais evinced so much solicitude for will not have to walk un- reasonable distances. What about scholars from Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Vale, and Treharris? Our Chambers of Trade, as I have on previous occasions had reason for saying, are unreason- able. The members only speak for themselves without authority or inspiration. Coun. Grif- fiths very pertinently pointed out that the work- ing classes had not been consulted by the Chamber of Trade, who, therefore, could not speak for them. The Councillor named frankly assured the Council that the workmen of Dow- lais and Penydarren had given no mandate on the question. The new school will be at Cy- farthfa. Our Rector, at the annual vestry meeting on Thursday, had another tilt at the Merthyr County Council. He complained that the Coun- cil neglected its duty in not looking after the parish churchyard. He called that body "a wonderful Council." Is it not the prevailing opinion that the Rev. Daniel Lewis is one of the most wonderful of Rectors. A glance at St. David's School-yard—a veritable eye-sore in the High-street—and a. glimpse at the outside of St. David's Church will convince one and all that, admitting the truthfulness of the Rec- tor's complaint, the Council is not the only body or responsible authority, lacking in duty and. responsibility for a. condition of things which can only be described as discreditable. The Rector should sot his own house in order before complaining about others. Example is better than precept in such a case.
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Will Mr. D. A. Thomas Become a I Rank Tory? At the Merthyr Easter Vestry meeting on II Thursday, the Rector of Merthyr, Rev. Daniel Lewis, announced that Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P., had contributed £100 towards the re- storation of the old parish church. "He is now an old Parliamentary soldier," said the Rector, "he has seen a. good deal of Parlia- mentary life. tactics and dongs of the differ- ent Ministers. But I think Mr. Thomas is maturing in thought, and I venture to say now, as I told him myself, he will, if his life is spar- ed, die a rank Tory like myself. We hope he will live to see that day." ,u -p-c-
Cymanfa Ganu at Merthyr. The "gvmanfa" of the Congregationalists of Merthyr and district was held on Tuesday last in Zoa.r Chapel, Merthyr, the edifice being crowded all day. The singing was of a high order, especially at the morning meeting, which was mainly for children. The committee are to be congratulated en adopting Mr. D. C. Williraa-s's "Tlws y Plant" ("Children's Gem") for this meeting. The music and words (by Eifion Wyn) in this little book are what the nation have been looking for a long time. This meetin was presided over by Mr. Watkin James (Tabor). The afiernoon meeting was un- der the presidency of the Rev. R. T. Williams, Ynysgau. Several anthems, chants, and hymn- tunes were sung by the choir, numbering be- tween 400 and 500 voice2. The Rev. John Thomas presided at the evening meeting. The following received prizes for reciting: Miss Cwladys Lewis, Miss B. Evans, Miss Esther Evans, and Mr. Thomas Thomas (Twynfab) for the best "penillion." The singing was conduc- ted by Mr. Caradog Roberts, of Rhos, North Wales. Mr. Thomas Jenkins presided at the organ. Although a stranger to Merthyr, Mr. Caradog Roberts created an excellent impres- sion, and had the singing well under control. #»
CORRESPONDENCE. WHERE WAS THE MAYOR? Sir,—A correspondent in your last issue called attention to the fact that a big policeman was present at Colonel Lewis's presentation. I fail to fee that it mattered very much how many big policemen were present; but a great many people would like to know why the Mayor of Merthyr was not in evidence. Was he invited? If not, I venture to protect against this slight to the Mayor of our Borough. I think he ought to have be°n invited. Excuse it as one will, it was very bad taste on somebody's part. What are we workmen to conclude? Did the committee thoughtlessly snub our chiet citizen because he does not happen to belong to one of the learned professions which monopolised the platform on this occasion? The veteran's who had served the gallant Colonel so faithfully I were not allowed to attend and raise a cheer— Wby? OLD VOLUNTEER.
DOWLAIS, As INTBRKSTIso DISPLAY. HOW "K' Boots are made, (1.nrl what are made of. We are exhibiting in our windows a choice selection of fine skios of black and brown leather, as used in the manufacture of K Boots and Shoes. Note Address: W, R. WiLLiiMg, 51A, High- street, Merthyr. MUSICAL SUCCESS.—Following the success of the pupils of Mr. W. J. Watkins, F.R.C.O., at Cardiff, last week, we have to further record the success of a pupil of his in the junior piano- forte competition, at Abergavenny Eisteadiod, on Easter Monday, in the person of Miss Nana Thomas, daughter of Mr. James Thomas, Spring- street. The little lady is only between nine and ten years of age, and has really done remarkably well in winning a prize at such an important eisteddfod. Mr. Watkms himself, apart from his local appointments, is engaged a good deal as solo pianist and accompanist at concerts, and in accompanying competitive choirs, and on Easter Tuesday adjudicated at the popular annual eisteddfod at Pontypool. -_c_-
I Platelayer Fatally Injured. A sad accident occurred about 7.30 o oiock on Thursday morning, a platelayer, named John Jones, aged (30 years, meeting with fatal injuries. He was oiling some points at the Caeharris siding of the works, when he was run down by the locomotive engine Joshua," driven by Charles Lewis. The unfortunate man had his left foot severed and he was crushed a good deal about the body as he lay in the permanent way. He was placed in the Dowlais Ambulance Brigade car and taken by Police-Sergt. Robert Bull (of the works staff, and P.O. Herbert to the Merthyr General Hospital, but before being admitted to the institution deceased passed away. The body was therefore removed to the moituary to awa.t, the coroner's j inquest. Jones, who lived in Russell-street, leaves a widow to mourn.
".6.n Inspector for an Hour." PERFORMANCE BY PENYWERN BAND OF HOPE. On Thursday evening week, the children and workers of Penywern Band of Hope Choir, Dowlais, gave their annual entertainment, which this year took the form of an operetta, en- titled, "An Inspector for an Hour" (by Frank Booth and W. H. Stansfield). The various characters were admirably impersonated by the following:—"Inspector, Mr. Ed. J. Jenkins; "Servant," Mr. T. Rosser; "Mistress," Miss M. J. Davies; "x\ttcndarice Officer," Mr. John Thomas; "Schoolboy," Master Benjamin Wil- liams. The conductor was Mr. T. P. Jones, who had laboured assiduously to train the children to the high pitch of excellence which they exhibited. Mr. John Williams acted as general director and supervisor of the arrange- ments. The children appeared at their best., and conducted themselves splendidly, as befit- ted them on examination day. The proceedings commenced with their ren- dering of the chorus, "Hark! there's the school- bell ringing." Then enters the inspector's ser vant (his master having lost the train), carrying his master's portmanteau and luggage. He i; struck with a bright idea; be would don the in- spector's apparel and introduce himself to the mistress of the school as the inspector. He sings a olo, "I really can't say." When the school mistress calls the register, she finds Johnny Jones, as usual, absent. The attend- ance oifficer then enters, and discusses with the mistress the problem of non-attendance, and with a humorous solo unfolds a really marvel- lous plan a6 a certain solution. After the solo, "This Enterprising Scheme," with chorus taken up by the children, the officer is told off to bring Johnny Jones to school. The servant, posing as the inspector, enters, engages in a dialogue with the mistress, while the children sing a chorus of welcome to the inspector. "Good day to you, sir." The attendance officer returns accompanied by Johnny Jones, struggling and weeping aloud. The inspector listens very offi- ciously to the lad's tale of excuses rendered in a solo, "As a babe, sir," and to the annoyance of the mistress, claps Johnny Jones's back. and pronounces him a capital lad, and sends him to his place. The inspector is now entertained to a varied programme of exercise and dramatic items, such as dumb-bell drill by very small children a representation of the dentist's den, very well acted bv a number of the larger boys dumb-bell drill by girls a little older than the fir-t company a burlesque representation of tho methods and arguments of the militant suffrag- ettes garland exercise drill, making a very effective display by bigger girls. The bogus in- spector voiced the opinion of the whole audience when he pronounced all the items excellent. and that they reflected credit upon the mistres?. Miss Davies, at much sacrifice of time and energy, had personally trained the children in all these item; except in the second item, for which credit is clue to the conductor (Mr. Tom Phillip Jones). The inspector now proceeds to give the children a number of questions, the nature of which causes the mistress to regard him as a very singular inspector indeed. A number of dunces then enter, and eing "The Dunces' Chorus." The inspector calls for the children's copy-books, amongst which by some means ths mistress's housekeeping book ap- pears to have got mixed, and the inspector reads several striking items out of this before the in- censed mistress is able to scop him and to ex- plain. While the servant-inspector is away looking up the infants' department, the mistress sings a solo, reviewing her experience with var- ious inspectors, the impression created by this last one being the strangest of them all. At this point, the actual inspector appears and pre- sents himself to the mistress, who, taking him to be some traveller trying to playa. practical joke upon her, she orders him to be gone with his stupid joking, tho servant walking in at the moment from the infants' school, He is point- ed out by the mistress as the inspector who has just completed the examination. The sight of his servant dressed in his clotnes and taking such daring liberties, angers the great and dig- nified H.M.I.S. almost beyond control, and the servant is unceremoniously seized and com- manded to explain himself, to the consternation of the mistresA. The inspector insists on a fur- ther examination, but the mistress demurs, and great play is made of tha attitude of the Edu- cation Department were these things by any means brought to their notice. So a policy of silence is agreed upon by the inspector, servant, and mistress, expressed in song in a trio, "Mum's the word for you and me." The final chorus by the children. "Our task is done," was very effectively rendered, and a most enjoy- able entertainment was brought to a close, hav- ing passed off without a hitch, and turned out a success in every way. Special mention should be made of the stage decoration, carried out with his usual good taste by Mr. John Davies, painter, Alma-street.
ABERFAN. P.S.A.—Mr. Price, Cefn, read a paper OIl Lord Tennyson at Sunday's Meeting.—Mr. Jones presided, and Mr* Q JeukioS manipulated the organ* r i
Vaynor Vestry Meeting. The annual vestry was held at the Parish L'hurch, on Thursday, the Rector (Rev. J. Davies) in the chair. As the Vestry Clerk (Mr. 1). Williams) was absent, and the parochial I minute book had been mislaid, it was decided after some discussion, to elect churchwardens, and to postpone all other business to an ad- journed vestry ,to be held on Thursday next. The accounts for 1908-9 were read by the Parish Warden, but all consideration of them was deferred until the next meeting. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the wardens for their work during the past" year. Mr.'Thos. Evans, Lhvyncilsanws, was re-elected people's warden, and the Rector re-appointed Mr. W. Williams, PengelLifawr. as his warden.
Vaynor and Penderyn District Council. The monthly meeting of thjs Council was held at the Merthyr Workhouse last Thursday, Mr. D. Evans presiding. The other members present were:—Mr. Joseph Price, Mr. Ll. Bowen, and the Rev. Matthew Davies; also Mr. F. T. James (clerk), Mr. R. C. Jenkins ¡ (surveyor), and Dr. T. J. Webster (medical officer of health). On the motion of the Rev. J- Hathren Davies, Dr. Webster was unanimously re-appointed Medical Officer of Health for the Council area. A letter was read from the Local Government Board, in reply to a petition forwarded from the Council to apply that Mr. John Burns would make a grant from the special unemployed fund, in order to carry out the work of improving the pathways at Cefn Coed, thereby giving work to a number of the unemployed of the village Mr. Burns replied that he could not accede to ihe request of the Council, as by the Act no grant could be made to rural councils. The scheme of the Council will therefore be aban- doned. A long discussion followed the reading of a letter from the Traction Co., in which they asked that the term of constructing the Cefn extension be extended until to 16th of May, 1912. This was acceded to, on condition that the Company place wood-blocks on such por- tions of the streets of Cefn as will be indicated by the Council. The other point asked for by the Traction Company was permission to aban- don that portion of the proposed extension that lies between the Rising Suu and the Morning Star. This was unanimously refused by the Council for several reasons. A long letter was received from the Clerk to the Vaynor Parish Council, pointing out several cases in which the sanitation of the village was not properly attended to.—The Surveyor was instructed to attend to this matter. The following scavenging tenders were accepted:—Penderyn, Mrs. Jane Jones, Tre- banog Fach; Hirwain, Mr. W. J. Darbin, Bodwigiad Arms, at f30 a year; Pontsticyll, Mrs. Simons, Cwm, at E4 15s. a year. A notice was received from the Local Govern- ment Board to the effect that a:i enquiry would be held at Cefn, on a date to be fixed again, with reference to the proposed sewerage works.— The Rev. J. Hathren Davies said that in face of these continual enquiries, and especially when is was considered that each enquiry meant changes in the plans, incurring an additional ,,e expenditure of £ 1,000, he was going to propose that the wholo scheme be abandoned, and that the onus of undertaking the work be thrown on the Local Government Board.—Mr. T. B. Greatorex said he was prepared to second this, but the matter was deferred pending the inquiry. The following precepts were made :—Vaynor, special expenses, 1:210; Penderyn, 1232 General, sanitary, £ 400; highway, £400. The sanitary expenses included a sum of £272, for the maintenance of patients at the Isolation Hospital, Merthyr. Several members suggested that a small hospital in the place would mean less expense to the parish.
ABERCANAID. DEATH OF AX OLD INHABITANT.—On Sunday last Mr. William Evans, of Henry-squr,. Abercanaid, passed away, in his 72nd year. Deceased was better known as Will Evans," and was a thorough old Welsh character. He leaves one son and daughter. SUDDEN DFATH.-Tiie death took place suddenly last week, of Mrs. Mary Ann Williams, of 21, Cardiff-street, who was in her usual state of health in the morning. She went over to Dr. Ryce, Pencaebach House, to have her eyes tested, prior to going to Cardiff Infirmary re her eyesight. She did not feel well when she arrived at Pencaebach House, and decided to return home. She was taken seriously ill, and expired before she arrived homo. Deceased was 51 years of age, and was a member of the Demi Baptist Chaepl, Abercanaid. The funeral took place on Saturday at Saron Congregational Chapel burial ground, Troedyrhiw, and was a very large one. Letters of sympathy were received from Dr. McShee, Appleby, Scotland and Mr. Tedstone, Brecon. Rev. Isaac James, Baptist minister, and Rev. J. D. Jones, Congre- gational minister, officiated.
TROEDYRHIW. BANKING.-The London and Provincial Bank, Limited, are opening an agency at 66a, Car- diff-road, Troedyrhiw, on Monday next, the 19th inst. The hours of business will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. VESTRY MEETING.—The annual vestry meeting for the Parish of Pentrebach, was held at St. John's, Troedyrhiw, on Monday morning. The Vicar (Rev. P. Williams) presided. Tha accounts of the four churches were adopted as read.—Dr. C. M. Jones and Mr. Brown were re-elected Vicar's and people's wardens respec- tively. THE HOLIDAYS.—The holidays passed off very quietly, nothing of note taking place in the village. The Juvenile and Ladies' Choirs had an excellent run of luck, both winning pre- mier prizes at Mountain Ash and Abergavenny respectively. Miss Kate Jones, the conductress, is to be congratulated on her dual success. What is the more remarkable is that it was the first time for the ladies to enter the competitive arena. FEEE CHURCH COUNCIL.—A general meeting of this Council was held at Nazareth on Wed- nesday evening, the president of the Council (Mr. Henry Morgan) in the chair. Amongst other matters, the proposed visit of the Rev. A. T. Guttery was discussed, and it was arrang- ed that his services be accepted. Regret was expressed at the intending departure of the Rev. James Jones, and it was decided that re- presentatives from the Council 'should be pre- sent at his far-ewcll meeting. SMOKEI:.—On Monday a smoker was held at the Royal Oak Hotel, under the auspices of the local branch of the R.A.O.B. Mr. Llewelyn presided over a good attendance and was supported by Mr. W. J. Lewis, vice-chairman. The chairman referred to the good work done by the order. The following musical pro- gramme was gone through :—Pianoforte solo, Mr. W. J. Jones, song, Mr. B. Williams solo, Mr. Daniel Jones, eong. Mr. Tom Morgan Duet, Excelsior," Messrs. B. Williams and D. Jones; step-dance, Mr. S- Hanley; comic, Mr. Jerry Collins; duet, Messrs. E. Evans and D. I Jbnes; comic, Mr. D. J. Evans; song, Master Reggie Morgan recitation, Mr. R. Richards. CONCENT.—On Thursday last, the Juvenile and Ladies' Cloirs entertained a large company at St. John's Hall, previous to their competing at various eisteddfodau during the Easter holidays. Mr. D. Francis, M.E., presided.— The programme was as follows :-Pianoforte solo, Miss Rees, Abercanaid part song, Over the fields of clover," test piece Mountain Ash Eisteddfod, Juvenile Choir; solo, Miss Maggie Davies, Ynyshir; test piece, Gentle Spring," Abergavenny Eisteddfod, the Ladies' Choir; action song, The Fishers," Infant School; Children solo, Mrs. S. A. Morton, Troedyrhiw part song, The Shepherd," Abergavenny test piece, the Juvenile Choir; action song, The Seasons," Infants; song, Miss Maggie Davies; song, Mrs. S. A. Morton; test piece for the National Eisteddfod in London, the Ladies' hoir; song, Miss Maggie Daives; part song, ¡ Juvenile Choir.
Fatal Accident at Bedlinog. '1 John Owen, who sustained a fractured skull ) it Bedlinog Pit this week (reported in another page) succumbed on Thursday morning at the I Merthyr Hospital. _4_
MERTHYR VALE. EISTKBDFODIC SUCCESSES.—The music lover* .f Merthyr Vale were delighted wken they earned that the Merthyr Vale Juvenile C'hoif lad been successful in winning two first prizes- )ne at Llanbradach and one at Pontypool. it the latter place they were engaged to sing it the evening concert, which was well attended )y music critics. Mr. Jenkins, the conductor, las again proved that under trained hands the VIerthyr Vale Juvenile Choir can enter the arena vith confidence. FANCY DRESS BALL.—On Tuesday evening, it the Assembly Rooms, the first annual fancy iress ball was held, in connection with the 1erthyr Vale Select Quadrille Class. The ball-room was beautifully decorated with garlands, flags and festoons intertwined with fairy and Chinese lights, forming quite a galaxy 3f light and colour. The seating around," tho room was cushioned and suitably dtapid in maroon. The orchestra, under the leadership of Mr. W. J. Parte, occupied the platform, which was fashioned like a Chinese bower. from which streamed sweet strains of music. The attendance was the largest gathering of the kind in MedljT Vale, numbering 250. The dresses were mott exquisite, and when the dancing commenced the room presented a fairy-like appearance, and the promotors. Mr. and Mrs. Parte, Mr. T. Vaughan and Ifr. H. Phillips, are to be complimented on the hugh success of the venture. A very interesting feature was the adjudication on the best chara<v ter dress for ladies, gentlemen and juveniles, w prize being awarded in each case. First tho ladies were judged, by Mrs. T. Williams and Mrs. W. T. G. Marsh. In awarding the prize to Miss H. Jones (Merthyr Vale), Mrs. Marsb said that her co-adjudicatcrs and herself had an extremely difficult task in selecting the winner, as the competitors had run very close. The winner's character was a Spanish dancer. The juveniles were judged by the same two ladies, who awarded the first prize to Miss Maggie Thomas (as gipsy), daughter of Mr, Reynold Thomas (Merthyr Vale). The gentle- men were judged by Councillor T. Williams and Councillor W. T. G. Marsh, who awarded the prize to Mr. G. W. Edwards (Merthyr Vale), who represented Mepbistopheles. After the adjudi- en tion the guests retired to supper in the lesser hall, which was also very neatly decoratecL The table were very artistically laid, and praiSe is due to the following, who were responsible for the decorations:—Mr. and Mrs. Parte., Mr.. and Mrs. Reynold Thomas, Mr. and Mr?. T. Gibby, Mr. and Mrs. E. Jones, Mrs. Sully. Misses Francis, Williams and Jenkins (Merthyr), Messrs. T. Vaughan, H. Phillips, W. J. and Parte, G. Edwards, T. Jenkins, Donald Ed ward j. The tray holders were :—Mrs. Robinson, Mrbl Morgans, and Mrs. Jenkins, assisted by Mrw Rickett, Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Thomas. Th. waiters were Messrs. T. Gibby, E. Ansell. Ti-o carving was done by Mr. J. Edwards (senio-Li and Mr. T. Edwards (junior), assisted by Mrs, Kevill. Mrs. R. Thomas, Mrs. Sully, Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Jayne. The M.C.'s were Mr. D. J, Jones (Pontypool) and Mr. G. W. Edward* (Merthyr Vale); the stewards, Mr. T. Vaughai. and Mr. H. Phillips..
TREHARRIS. MR. W. TS. HARVEY. 14, Perrott-street, Tre. harris, gives Lessons in Violin Playing. Engage- ments accepted for Concerts, etc. WESLEYAN CHUHCH.—Special services in aid of the Trust Fund where held last Sunday, the preacher morning and evening, being Mr. F. Compson, of Barry. Special music wv rendered by Mr. Davis and his able choir. SPECIAL MEETINGS.—Annual meetings, in connection with Saron Welsh Wcsleyan Church, were held on Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday evening, the officiating ministers being the Revs. Charles Jones, Llanfyllin, North Wales, and J. Fisher Griffiths, Cefn Coed. ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary of the Primi- tive Methodist Church, Oaklands, was held on Sunday, when the Rev. Samuel Harvey ofticiatel2 morning and evening, and the Rev. W D Nicholas in the afternoon. Solos and duetts were also rendered by members and friruJx. A GRAXD EVENING CONCERT, under the dis- tinguished patronage of his Worship the Mayor and Corporation will be given by the Cyfarthfa and Municipal Band. assisted by eminent artistes at the Public Hall Treharris, on Monday, May 10th, 1900. The chair to be taken by his Worship the Mayor. DANOF.—On Thursday sen'night. a dance was held bv the staff of the Public Hall Com- pany, the building being beautifully decorated for the occasion. The programme consisted of 21, dances, to the strains of the delightful music rendered by Messrs. Thomas and Harvey, pianist and violinist respectively. Mr. E. D Davies fulfilled the duties of M.C.. and the cater. ing of Mrs. Parker was excellent. The tables were presided over by Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Lewis, Miss Johnson and the Misses Gronows. The company were delighted with the excellent programme provided, and dispersed at 4.30 a.m. after an excellent night's enjoyment. OPERETTA.—A performance of the operetta entitled Freddy and his Fiddle," was given by the members of the Wesley Band of Hope, on Saturday, in the Public Hall, to a fair audience, Mr. T. Andrews presiding. The performance was very creditable and reflected great credit upon those who undertook the work. Special praise must, however, be given to Master Bert Ovens, who took the part of Freddy; his acting and singing were very much appreciated, again and again rounds of applause being given 11 for his meritorious work. Next in order camo the Sheriff, excellently personated by Mr. E< Morley Davies his singing and acting were also a feature of the performance, aid a tine future is predicted for him. Miss Sarah Turner and Miss Bessie Morgan made excellent companions of Freddy, and their singing when together met with rounds of applause. The Beggar was very well portrayed by Mr. George Morgan. Mr. Banfil Morgan, as the father, was uniquo. The accompaniments were played by Mr. W. J. R. Davis, and the whole performance was under the direction of Mr. W. A. Davis, auc- tioneer, of this town. PERFORMANCE OF SAMSON."—On Good Friday, at the Public Hall, a grand performance of the oratorio, Samson," was given to a crowded audience by the members of the Tabernacle Church choir and frirrds, under the eonductorship of Mr. John Powell (Eos Cynwyd). The performance throughout was an excellent one, and the singing reflected great credit on the conductor. The opening chorus was Awake the trumpet's lofty sound." The magnificent rendering of this chorus prepared the audience for a very promising programme. The difficult choruses which th^choir sang to effectively throughout, only served to keep the delighted listeners in anxious expectation from time to time. The choir was assisted by the following artistes :-Soprano, Madame Gunter Williams, Abertillery, who inspired the audience with her most'exquisite voice; contralto, Mies Ceridwen Price, Rhymney, who has a very promising future before her tenor, Mr. Tom Bonnell, of Ystrad, prize winner of numerous popular eisteddfodau bass, Mr. Robert Hughes, Swansea; and a powerful orchestra of 40 performers, under the leadership of Mr. Whit- taker, Swansea. The accompanist was Mr. W. J. R. Davis. A surprise was sprung upon the audiencs when Mr. Tom Bonnell sang "Total eclipse," which lie so charmingly rendered. Why does the God of Israel sleep ?" was equally well sung by him. Leli the Bright Seraphim was beautifully tung by Madame Gunter Williams, and the loud appeals from the audience induced her to give a second rendering of this solo. The performance throughout was excellent, and Mr. Powell is to be congratulated upon so praiseworthy an Accomplishment.
Llwydcoed Dispute. Sorue four months have now ciapsfei ill the men employed at Dyllas Colliery, Llwyd- Joed. came out on strike owing to the employ. ment of alleged blacklegs at the pit. This morning (Thursday), Mr. G. Bentham. general manager of the colliery, accompanied by the other officials, met Mr. C. B. Stanton and the workmen's offioers at Moriah Vestry, Llwyd- .,oed. and a heated debate took plaoe. Mr. Bentham went into the causes of the dispute. He said that his directors had told him that lie ought to have left the recent meeting when \lr. Stanton attacked him.—Mr. Stanton replied :hat the directors had not heard the two sidea )f the question.—Mr. Bentham said the collierv was not to be worked and dictated to by Yi. Stanton, or as to who should be employ-ed or lismisaed.—No decision was arrived at.
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