THEATRE AHift ROYAL, MERTHYR. Leeeea THE SOUTH WALES ENTERTAINMENTS Co. MONDAY, MAY 17th, and during the Week. J. BANNISTER HOWARD and ALEXANDER LEIGHTON present GEORGE MUSGROVE'S COMPANY In the Great London Success < p. 'I I THE B Belle of New York I L J A MUSICAL COMEDY IN TWO ACTS By HUGH MORTON and GUSTAVK KERKElt. FULL AND POWERFUL CHORUS AND AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA. Doors Open 7.15. Commence 7 45. Oircle, 2s. Stalls, Is. 6d. Pit, Is. Gallery, Gd. DOWLAIS CHAMBER OF TRADE I%rm-s -0- -w-ft, a I Fi £ l« EISTEDDFOD, In the Dowlais Schools Playground, WHIT MONDAY, 1909. Musical Adjudicators-DAN PRICE, E?q,, Prof. R.C.I., London. DAVID THOMAS, Esq., M.A., Mus. Bac., Swansea. OYER S105 IN PRIZES. WALE VOICE CHOIR, £ 45. CONGREGATIONAL, £ 25. JUVENILE £ 10 VOCAL SOLOS, £ 2 2s. EACH. Substantial Prizes for Instrumental Solos, Penillion SiDging, Musical Composition, Ambulance Timbering, and other Contests. Programmes, 2d., Post Free, from the Gen. See. Mr. David Rees, Ormonde, House, Dowlais. GWEHT CHAIR EISTEDDFOD HYHNEY, MON. WHIT-TUESDAY, JUNE 1st, 1909. Chief Chora! -$- £ 100 Second Choral "Daybreak" £ 20 Male Voices "Voice of the Torrents" £25 Ladies' Choirs "Yr Haf" £15 Juvenile Choirs "Haste not, Rest not" fio Boys' Choirs "Tiger, Tiger" £ 5 Pryddest 66 Aniati 21 £ 5 a Cliadair Gwent Prif Draethawd "Dyfodol Cymrvi" £ 3 3 0 SOLOS, TWO GUINEAS EACH. Quartette, Duet, Cywydd, Can, Englyn, Translation, Recitations, Mining, Ambulance, Wand Drills, &c. Full particulars in Programme, Price 2d., from the Secretary, I. W. EDWARDS, THE TERRACE, RHYMNEY. THE EVENT OF THE SEASON! GRAND CHAIR EISTEDDFOD AND CONCERT at BRECON, MAY 17, 1909. GOOD ENTRIES FOR MALE VOICE, MIXED and JUVENILE COMPETITIONS, Vocal and Instrumental Solos, Duetts, etc. 4; Y, f GRAND EVENING CONCERT AT 7.30, for which Mada.me HUGHES-THOMAS'S Celebrated WELSH LADIES' CHOIR has been engaged. This World-renowned Choir has had the honour of singing before Their Majesties The KING and QUIltN, and has only roomily returned from a most Successful Tour in the United States. SPECIAL EXCURSION LATE TRAIN after the Concert to PENGAM, MERTHYR, FARES. DOWLAIS, and all Intermediate Stations. For full particulars see Official Programme, now ready, post free 3d. Company's Bills. OSCAR WATKINS, Secretary, Brecon. The New Park, Pontypool. WHIT MONDAY & TUESDAY, May 31st & June 1st, 1909. or M -A ir va,ft AM TWT Monstre FETE. EDWARD J- REDDISH, Th"DMt Kauffman TroupeCh„«toB Lady Cyclists,6 B RI N N, in his sensatrtîlerformance, Pasti mes on a Battleship. entitled: GRAND BALLOON ASCENT aDL»ESCKNTJbyTE CAPTAIN SPENCER. HERR PONCHERY and LA BELLE ROSE, Monarchs of the High Wire. WOOLFORD'S CIRCUS, with their Wonderful Performing Ponies, Dogs, and Donkeys. The BOB HANLON TROUPE, in their Graceful Performance on the Aerial Bars. The CHANDON TRIO, Aerial Slack Rope and Teeth Performers. CAPALDI BROTHERS, Laughable, Comical, Musical Clowns. The LES VALDOS, the Great Eccentric Comedy Knockabouts. The BROTHERS MARLANDS, with their world-renowned Punch and Judy, and Dog Toby. YE OLD ENGLISH FAIR, comprising Round-abouts, Cokernut Shies, Up-to-Date Cinematograph Show, «Scc., by arrangement with Mr. Marshall Hill, Bristol. Amateur ATHLETIC SPORTS, Donkey and Sack Races. Over jB50 in Prizes. Horse Competitions, Whit-Tuesday, £ 150 in Prizes totefi!?.,or DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS. WHIT-MONDAY-SPORTS, 120 Yards Flat Handicap (Open) Prizes Value jE5 5 0 220 Yards 5 5 0 440 Yards It 5 5 0 220 Yards Boys' Flat Handicap (open to Boys within a radius of 3 Miles) It 1 0 0 Half-Mile Flat Handicap (Open) It 5 0 0 One Mile Walking Race (Open) 4 4 0 Sack Race (Open to Boys under 14 years of age) •" ••• „ 0 15 0 Must be 4 Starters, Runners to find their own Sacks. Entrance Fee, 6d. Donkey Race (Open). No Entrance Fee. »• 1 0 0 Also Second and Third Prizes. t. MERTHYR AND DISTRICT MAY HORSE SHOW AND PARADE. PENYDARREN PARK, Thursday, May 20, 1909. M150 in Prizes for iding, Driving, Jumping i Trotting & Galloway Classes. A SPLENDID AFTERNOON'S ENJOYMENT. %Tn will play Choice SELECTIONS OF MUSIC The CEFN TERRITORIAL BAND during the day. JUDGING TO COMMENCE ABOUT 12 30. Admission to Park, ls. Enclosure, 6d. extra. Children, Half-Price. Schedules and all Particulars from the Secretary- W. T. JONES, 50, High Street, Merthyr. TREDEGAR VALLEY. THOMAS JONES, Accountant, Auditor, House and Estate Agent. r Books Posted and Audited. Rents vj? Uebts Collected. Bankrupts Statements of A"airs. Arrangement with Creditors Agent for Chief Life, l'ire and Accident lnsuraneo <"ri!??p?.nics. Secretary to the Tredegar and Dis- lct ennanent Money Society. ofocc-86. Commercial Street. Tredegar TONG & COBON, AUCTIONEERS, VALUERS. GTFAUERS BROKERS, &e. IIZAD OIRFICZ:- Auction Chambers, Brynmawr. T*L. P.O. 18. Sales of every description arranged for with prompt settlement. Valuations for Trrmsf^r, Probatp, or Mortgage oxped' tiou'ly completed. L1QIli S¡,aø ABERTYSSWG. LIBRARY EISTEDDFOD Bank Holiday, Tuesday, Aug. 3rd, 1909. Chief Choral, "Halleluiah Chorus" (Handel) Male Voicees, "Voice of the Torrents" (Leon Paliard) £2í) Quartette Duet £1 10 0 Solos £1 1 0 Pianoforte Solo Poem £2 2 0 Essay. £1 0 0 Recitations 10/6. 5f-, 2/6 Band Contest, "Lilliesof Killarney" .£7. £2, £1 Brass Band Marching Contest, £1 0 0 Full Particulars in Programme, ld. post-free, from the Secretaries,'D. J. Evans, McLaren House; W. A. Lewis, 4. Hill Road, Abfirtysswe-. LLANDILO. A GRAND EISTEDDFOD Will be held on the Renowned PENLAN PARK (One of the molt delightful Resorts in Wales) on MONDAY, JULY 5th, 1909 Programmes and full particulars from the Secretary— C. G. PHILLIPS. The 21st Annual EISTEDDFOD WILL BE HELD AT Caerphilly Castle RECENTLY VISITED BY ROYALTY (By kind permission of the Most Hon. the Marquess of Bute), on WHIT-MONDAY, MAY 31, 1909. COMPETITIONS Chief Choral, Great and Wonderful," £40, and Gold Medal. Male Voice Choirs, The Reveille," £25, and Gold Medal. Juvenile Choirs, "A Shepherd's Lullaby," £15. Vocal and Instrumental Solos JB1 lis. 6d. each. Poetry and Recitations Good Prizes for Ambulance Teams. CHEAP TRAINS FROM ALL PARTS. Programmes lid. each. to be had of the Secre- tary, Mr. J. D. llUGHES, Rhosynfa, Caerphilly. EISTEDDFOD AT HOLLY BUSH, TREDEGAR, AUGUST 3rd, 1909. -.J Chief Solos, £118. Od. each Duett, £lls. Od.; any voice. pianoforte Solos, 10/6 and 7/6. Recitations, 10/6 and 5/ Boys' Solo, Solo, Novice Solo, Children's Solo, Love Letter, Prize Bags. &c. See programmes, Id. each, by post ld., to be had from FRANCIS WYLDE, Holly Bush, Tredegar, or W. TEDSTONE, Holly Buh, Tredeear. NATIONAL PAGEANT OF WALES. CARDIFF, JULY 26 to AUGUST 7,1909. Performances—July 26—31, at 2.30 p.m. „ August 2—7, at 7.30 p.m. Two Performances Saturdays and Bank Holiday. RHWYSG HANES CYMRU THRILLING EPISODES HISTORIC COSTUMES! GREAT NATIONAL SPECTACLE! Storming of the Castle by 200 Distinguished Footballers, including all the Great Welsh Internationals. Magnificent Fireworks Displays. Booking Office Now Open. Reserved Seats—2/C, 5/ 7/6, and 10/6. Ordinary Admission is. A. W. SWASH, Hon. Sec., Papeanb House, Cardiff. PRELIMINARY NOTICE. MERTHYR COUNTY SCHOOL. THE ANNUAL SPORTS will be held on THURSDAY, JUNE 17th, 1909. ABERGAVCNNY. Whit-M°nclay, May 31st. Great Open Pony Races, H. Trotting Handicaps, and Timbering Competition. Whit»Tttes^ay> June 1st. Great Athletic Festival (Under A.A.A. and N.C.U. Rules) and v Open Pony Races. -> I SPECIAL CHEAP TRAINS. Entry Forms from Z. WHEATLEY, Hon. Sec., Abergavenny. I JTgsay & SON, FLORISTS AND ^SEEDSMEN, F MERTHYR, FIRST PRIZE WINNERS at MERTHYR and TROEDYRHIW for BEST WREATH, BOUQUET, and LADY'S SPRAY. A large variety of ARTIFICIAL WREATHS From 5?. upwards also a good selection of FLOWER & VEGETABLE SEEDS I p- in Stock. ',Æ- GGLDEMRETURMSl '§[< -pBEO'«TEREO MKi Facsimile of One-Ounce Packet Archer's The Perfection of Mpe Tobaoeo. I Golden Returns Coot. 4*D TRANK JELLEYMAH, I I ø ;:J ><1 [The Arcade, MERTHYR. PARK BAPTIST CHURCH, 1 THE WALK, MERTHYR. PitEACHIgR NFXT SUNDAT- REV. J. LLOYD WILLIAMS (PASTOR) Services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Spiritualist Council of Wales opened permanently at TREVETHICK HALL, MERTHYR, -SUNDA Y NEXT, MAY 16th. 1909. Afternoon 3 and Evening 6.30. Mr. T. H. ESSARY (Trance Speaker). 3&ERTHYR CLAIRVOYANT. V MONDAY, AT 8 O'CLOCK, TREVETHICK HALL, Merthyr Psychometrist. TREDEGAR HORSE SHOW& PARADE WILL BE HELD ON Monday, June 28th, 1909. M75 IN PRIZES. TROTTING AND GALLOWAY RACES. AMBULANCE AND TIMBERING COMPETITIONS. Schedules and Particulars from Secretaries :— J. DAVIIES, Coronatipn Villa. A. H. HICKS. Castle-street. Aberaman Horse Show MAY 24th, 1909. EIGHTH ANNUAL EXHIBITION At the Aberaman Park. PRESIDENT DR. FINNEY. Z200 in Cash Prizes. Classes for Driving, Riding, Jumping, Trotting, Galloping, and Yeomanry Turn-out. SCHEDULES READY. REES, Secretary, Broad Oak, Aberaman. Mr. J. W. BAKER, Principal Violin in Mr. GWltYU Orchestra) GWes LESSONS on Violin Playing At own or Pupil's residence. ENGAGEMENTS ACCEPTED AS SOLOIST OR OTHERWISE FOU CONCERTS, ETC. Foa Tsame. ADD]tZgg. 17, PONTMORLAIS WEST, MERTHYR (Near Drill Hall). W. T. JONES, 50, High Street, Merthyr, Auctioneer & Accountant, HOUSE, INSURANCE AND CENERAL BUSINESS AGENT. Dn RADESMEN'S Debts Bonpht or Collected, JL Rents Collected. Arrangements with Credi- tors. Preparation of Bankruptcy Statememts of Af- fairs. Traders' Books Posted and Audited. Agent for Chief Life, Accident, Fire, and Plate Glass Insurance Companies.
It Merthyr Express Diary. -I A11 fixtures advertised in the Express" will be included in the diary free of charge. CJ. r\ -I, Friday, MAY 14. BT Davids Church, Merthyr—Confirmation. Sunday, MAY 16. Trevethiek Hall, Merthyr—Spiritualism; also Monday. Musical Service at Market-Square, Merthyr. Market-square Church—Sunday School Union. Monday, MAY 17. Theatre Royal, Merthyr—"Belle of New York.'1 Palace, Ebbw Vale—' His Dishonoured Wife." Recreation Ground, Merthyr—Open-air Concert Chair Eisteddfod at the Market Hall, Brecon. Monday. MAY 24. Aberaman Horse Fair. T, „ Whit-Monday, MAY 31. Fete, Sports, and Horse Show at Merthyr; aJiso Tuesday a.nd Wednesday. Chamber of Trade Eisteddfod at Dowlais. Monstre Fete, Pontypool Park; also Tuesday. Pony Races, etc., at Abergavenny. Eisteddfod at Caerphilly Castle. Tuesday, JUNE 1. RhymneY-Gwent Chair Eisteddfod. Great Athletic Festival, Abergavenny. Saturday, JUNE 12. Troedyrhiw Dog Show and Sports; also Monday Monday, JULY 26 to Saturday, AUG. 7. National Pageant of Wales at Cardiff. Thursday, MAY 20. Merthyr May Horse Show and Parado. Thursday, JUNE 17. Merthyr County School—Annual Sports. Monday, JUNE 28. Tredegar Horse Show and Parade. Monday, JULY 5. Benlan Park, Llandilo—Grand Eisteddfod Saturday, JULY 3. Chair Eisteddfod at Pontneathvaughan. Tuesday, AUGUST 3. Eisteddfod at Hollybusb. Annual Library Eisteddfod at Abertysswg. 1——————————I
Notice to Subscribers. Three editions of the "Merthyr Express" are printed every wee1, one for the Aberdare Vat ley from IIirwain to. Abercynon; one for the Dot. oligli of Merthyr Tydfil and East Glamorgan; and one for IVest Monmouth, inclusive of the Rhymney Valley. Subscribers in one district desirous of obtaining the edition in another district can be supplied with it through their regular agents by sending a post card to the publisher, Glebelaad. street, Merthyr, intimating their wishes and nam. ing the agent.
THE BUDGET. THE Budget continues to be the principal subject of public discussion, and it will very likely occupy that position for some weeks to come. There will be many serious debates upon general principles, and an infinite amount of disputation over details, when the principle of a tax has been disposed of. There is nothing unusual in the spectacle of persons and interests affected combining to protest against what they regard as injustice or hardship to them-, selves, and we think the Chancellor of the Exchequer is showing wisdom by the course which he is taking in receiving deputations competent to speak for the several trades concerned, and hearing from their own' lips their own views of the proposed alterations in taxes affecting themselves. Mr. Lloyd George showed the openness of his own mind when he stated that there were hundreds of points that could be presented by those actually engaged in the particular businesses alleged to be injured by Jiis proposals, that might not occur to the most experienced of his advisers, who could not know everything. His object was to hear all sides, and when he had the whole of the facts to put them before Parliament for consideration, and let Parliament decide, upon grounds of justice. Meanwhile it is interesting to note that such taxes or increments of taxes as can be passed on to the shoulders of the consumers of the articles of consumption taxed are being shifted from the sellers to the pur- chasers, and in the proems the aeil^»e, as \.suu>, are taking caje that there ekvli be an 6 i margin of profit to secure themselves from the I smallest loss. The outcome of it is that they are actually raising their normal profits.
THE COAL TRADE. THE Conciliation Board met again on Monday, when it was decided to call in the services of the independent chairman, Lord St. Aldwyn, on the 22nd inst., to decide whether the reduction of ïk per cent. in wsges demanded by the coalowners shall be conceded. The graver question, relating to the existence of the present agreement after the Eight Hours Act comes into force, was further discussed, but there was no decision to adopt the suggestion emanat- ing from the employers side to have a joint rapplicafcion to the High Court of Justice for a judicial opinion upon the differing opinions of obunsel who have been consulted by the respective parties. After disposing of this proposal, however, the coalowners agreed to the suggestion put forward by the workmen at the last meeting, that they should appoint a joint sub-committee to go into the matter and discuss whether arrangements can be made for carrying out the agreement for the remainder of its term, notwithstanding the reduction of hours by the Act. We trust that a small body of practical men, who thoroughly understand all the circumstances of the trade, will be able, by a mutual conciliatory attitude and reasonable concessions, to devise ways and means for carrying out the common object of keeping the works going, and allowing the agreement to run its natural course whilst negotiations proceed for a new compact to meet the altered legal position.
THEATRICAL LICENSES. THE question of renewing the license to the lessees of the Merthyr Theatre for the per- formance of stage plys will comc for considera- tion before the Town Council on Monday next, and we hope the Council will take a broad view of their duty in the matter, and not be influenced too much by personal views. Throughout the country it is a recognised practice th^t when the local authority grants the license to perform stage plays the proprietors of the theatre have the right to apply to the Inland Revenue Commissioners for a license to sell alcoholic drinks on the premises. The whole ethics of the question hinges upon the use or the abuse of this privilege. Nobody desires to see places of amusement like theatres converted into mere drinking places, at which the entertainment is merely a. draw for custom at the bars. It is undeniable that abuses of this nature have occurred, but they are the exceptions to a general rule of well-conducted refreshment bars, used with propriety for a ligitimate and rational purpose—the refreshment of visitors at interva13 during the long hours of a dramatic performance. We can see no valid reason for refusing a license which may cany with it the grant of another license for this purpose. The Corporation has ample power, through the control of its own police, to exercise such a supervision over the conduct of the bars as will effectually preclude their being abused for drinking or any improper purpose. With this security in their hands we think that the Council should have little hesita- tion in granting the license to the Theatre, without any restriction against the sale of intoxicants at the refreshment bar. Suppose it does somewhat increase the income of the lessees. There is no harm in that. On the contrary, if the Council can assist them indirectly by these means to maintain a succession of well-ordered high-class dramatic productions they should do so, for no one, except the narrow- est and most bigoted minds, will deny that the legitimate performance of the best examples of ancient and lmodern dramatic art is not only a source of intellectual relaxation and pleasure, but exercises a powerful refining and educative influence upon the spectators. We desire to see our theatre in a position to give us of the very best of the class of entertainment which it provides for th&jjubUCjjiilcl the privilege of the oinary refreshment bar will assist the managers to attain this object. It would be one of the -worst things that could happen for the town if, through the restrictive action of the Council the Merthyr Theatre were reduced to the necessity of discarding first-class com- panies and running the house for cheapness and vulgarity. We trust the Council will rise to a sense of its duty in a question of this kind, and think of the larger public whose varied tastes and reasonable requirements ought to be provided for. If the privilege should be abused then will arise legitimate cause for its withdrawal, and the Chief Constable can be trusted to keep a watchful eye upon that. i.
GOSSIP. The coalowners of South Wales having made an application for a reduction of 7 per cent. in the general wage rate, a meeting of the Concilia- tion Board was held on Monday to consider the matter. As the two sides of the Board were unable to agree, it will be necessary to call in the independent chairman, Lord St. Aldwyn, and another meeting will be held on the 22nd inst. A joint committee was appointed to discuss the necessary arrangements for the carrying out of the Mines Eight Hours Act, and they will report to. a special meeting of the Conciliation Board, which is to be held on the Slat inst Mr. L. Forestier-Walker, the prospective Tory candidate for South Monmouthshire, speaking at Maesycwmmer the other evening, referred to the question of unemployment. What were the Government going to do, he asked. And he added, The Opposition had got a panacea for it, but the Government had none." The Opposition's panacea, of course, is Tariff Reform, but while Tory speakers are- fond of saying that Protection will prevent unemployment, they do not explain how it will do so. They conveniently forget, too, that Protectionist countries have suffered quite as much from unemployment during the last eighteen months as we have. If Protection will prevent unemployment why has it not done so in Germany and the United States ? < Another part of our panacea," said Mr. Walker, is preferential treatment to the Colonies." By all meani let us strengthen the ties which bind the colonies to the mother country, but would preferential treatment do it? It would be more likely to lead to friction and disruption of* the Empire. At the present time all goods imported from the colonies are admitted free to our ports, but. articles sent from the mother country to the colonies are taxed. It is true that in some cases British goods are given a preference over those of foreign nations, but of what benefit- is that if the tariff is sufficiently high to prevent our manufacturers competing with the cdlonials ? It would be no advantage to British manufac- turer's and merchants if the colonial tariffs against foreign nations were raised, unless the duties levied on our goods were at the same time reduced. We all deplore the depression through which we, along with other countries, have passed, but, happily, there are signs of returning prosperity, and the probability is we shall hear less and less about the panacea of Protection. 1 The auditor;g report on the accounts of the Merthyr Corporation for the past year was to have been considered by the Finance Committee on Tuesday. Several members, however, were away, and it was therefore deemed advisable to call a special meeting of the General Purposes Committee for next Monday, to deal with the report, and it will afterwards come before the Council In an article on the Budget, the Nation says: "It is good morals as well as good finance and high statesmanship to make wealth pay according to • its ability, to keep labour— which probably pays an average income tax of about 2s. in the £ —immune from assaults on its necessary food and clothing, and industry all but unharassed. These are the blessings that only Free Trade and democratic finance combined can supply, and the mingled violence and incoherence of the attacks on the Budget show that it safeguards tho nation against the clow aright plunder of Protection,* and qualifies tho sei.ish dominance of wealth, while it enables tuc 5\e to take a long took forward into the] future, and to equip itself for the tasks that time will bring." A few weeks ago a Welshman was elected 1 President of the National Free Church Council, and this week the Rev. J. D. Jones, of Bourne- I mouth, who, as his name implies, comes of Welsh stock, has succeeded to the chair of the congregational Union of England and Wales. Mr. Jones shares with Mr. Jowett the distinction of being one of the j'oungest ministers to occupy that distinguished position. He is regarded by many as one of the six greatest living preachers. Next year's chairman of the Union will be the Rev. C. Silvester Home, who, on Monday, received 447 votes more than the next on the list. Mr. Home is one of the most popular preachers of the day. The position of High Constable of Caerphilly Higher is shorn of its public interest, duties of the office, so far as Merthyr is conce^pd, now devolve upon the Mayor. At the Merthyr police-court, on Tuesday, Alderman Andrew Wilson (the Mayor) was sworn as High Constable There were no congratulatory speeches as formerly, and no formal handing over of the rods of office. -Col. D. R. Lews, the Magistrates' Clerk, simply read the oath, and the Mayor kissdd the Bible. That was all, and the business of the court was proceeded with. if It is reported that a definite pleage has been given that the second reading of the Welsh Disestablishment Bill shall follow as closely as possible the second reading of the Finance Bill. There are still hopes that the Welsh Bill may pass through all its stages in the House of Commons this session. The Welsh Church Commission resumed its sittings on Monday, for the further consideration of the chairman's draft report. & This paragraph is for golfers:—A stout country woman, with basket over her arm, was watching from an adjacent footpath a golfer addressing his ball on the tee. He hit his feet, while finding his stance, as if he were standing with bare soles on hot bricks and he waggled his club -consumedly. The woman breathed the more rapidly as the waggling was prolonged, and at last exclaimed If yon man docs'na hit that little ball soon, I's'll bust ma stay laces." "i William Joseph Foy paid the penalty, on Saturday, for the murder of Mary Ann Rees, at Merthyr, on Christmas Eve. During the last few days of his life Foy wrote a number of letters to his relatives and friends. In one of his last communications to his sister, he said "I think it is my duty to tell you that my sentence is just. I am guilty and think it j right you should know." He added: I hope my fate will be a warning to' othfers, and that young men will take a lesson and avoid evil and choose the good." The houses recently erected by the Merthyr Corporation, at Twynyrodyn, have cost f 8,605 9s., or £545 more than the original loan. It has been decided to apply to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow the latter sum. A useful little Bill passed its second reading by a large majority in the House of Commons, last Friday. This was the Coal Mines (Check- weighers) Bill. The object of the measure is to make it clear that the provsions of the Coal Mines Regulation Act of 1887, which enable a Court of Summary Jurisdiction to remove a checkweigher from his office on the ground that he is impeding the working of the mine or interfering with the workmen, shall only apply to the action of the checkweigher when he is actually on the premises of the colliery. Lopg and fierce were the struggles concerning the appiontment of checkweighers, and their right to be present at the pit top, but the miners were at last victorious, and the check- weigher is now a recognised institution in every colliery. The present Bill is designed merely to remove some misunderstandings as to his precise position and the control to be exercised over him by the coalowner or company outside his working hours. The Bill was faintly opposed, but it received the support of men so well acquainted with mining districts as Mr. Atherley Jones, Mr. Lambten and Sir S. T. Evans. The majority for the second reading was 145, only 13-unlucky number-voting for its rejection. Among a number of books presented to the Merthyr Library Committee for the Abercanaid Library was one on Manners for Men." Councillor Dan Thomas suggested at the meeting, on Monday, that this should be passed round to members of the Council. p Reference has previously beeh made to the proposal to erect cheap cottages of concrete, at Gellifaelog, with the object of relieving the overcrowding that now exists at jpeoydaxiren and Dowlais. The question should have been gone into at a meeting of the Housing Com- mittee, oh Monday, but as only four members were present, it 'was deferred for a month. I hear there may be some opposition to the scheme,- not because the houses are net required, but because it is thought it would not be wise to erect houses of such a character on the land in question. A Building Club has been formed, and plans for thirty better-class houses, to be erected at Gellifaelog, have, I understand, already been passed, and it is suggested that it would bo unwise to put up cheap cottages so near. 01< County Alderman John Morgan has been elected, by the Glamorgan County Council chairman of the Glamorganshire Secondary Education Committee. This is considered a great honour in view of the fact that Merthyr has been separated from the county, and proves that the county authority recognises the Stirling worth of Mr. Morgan. # A very interesting event took place at the Presbyterian Church, Merthyr Vale, last Thurs- day, to wit, a dual wedding ceremony. Mr. Herbert Bertram JDobbs was united to Miss Ann Jane Myfanwy Rees, and Mr. Gomer Llewellyn s-brother of Miss Rees—to Miss Gertrude Annie Llewellyn. The event created no small stir in the village, as the families are well known and highly respected. One of the bridegrooms attained his majority on the same day, and it is also worthy of note that one of the brides was given away by her grandfather, who is hale and hearty at eighty-four. The young couples were the recipients of many presents, and they entered the married state with the best wishes of a very large number of friends. It was announced at a meeting of the Merthyr Parks and Cemeteries Committee, on Wednes- day, that the draft conveyance for the transfer of Cyfarthfa Castle and Park to the Corporation had been approved by Mr. Crawshay's solicitors, and that the matter would be completed by the end of next week. Ratepayers will be pleased to learn this, as they have long been anticipating with pleasure the opening of the fine grounds. At the same meeting, an application from the Cyfarthfa Band for permission to give concerts in the park, and other recreations grounds in the borough, on Sunday evenings, after the church services, was considered. Some objection was raised, but the request was acceded to,: it being contended that such concerts would attract people from the streets. What do readers think of the idea ? < Hearty congratulations to Councillor William Thomas on his election as High Constable of Aberdare. Mr. Thomas has for many years taken a deep interest in all that concerns the welfare of Aberdare, and is well worthy of the honour now conferred upon him. It is expected that during his year of office the question of applying for a charter of incorporation will be taken up in earnest. If so, success ought to attend the efljprts fo the promoters. Aberdare is certainly entitled to rank with the municipal boroughs of the country. Indeed, there are many towns with smaller populations than I Aberdare, which possess the higher form- of local government. With a population now bordering on fifty thousand, Aberdarians may look forward to the time, and that at no distant date, when the town will have attained the status of a county borough, and then be abso- lutely free from the interference of the County Council. It is sometimes urged that municipal government is more costly than administration under a district council, but there is no reason why that should be so. Municipal schemes need not cost more if engineered by a corporation instead of by a district council. But, even if expenses of administration under a county borough council be a little more than under a district council, the advantages gained are worth the extra cost. With wise men at the head of affairs, however, thtre is no reason why Aberdarc's rates should be higher than they are at present, unless, of course, new and ambitious schemes be embarked upon. Probably more will be heard of the matter shortly. » The promoters of the Bargoed Eisteddfod and the Bargoed May Show, which were held on Monday, are. to .be congratulated on the success which attended their efforts. Feara were at one time entertained that the two events clashing would militate against the success of each other. Such, however, docs not appear to have been the case. Fortunately, fine weather prevailed, and this being the case, probably a larger number of people were attracted to the Rhymney Valley capital than would have been if f¡, mats had been JjteM ou separate days. However that may be, it is gratifying to leara that both ventures proved successful. • The death took place, in London, on Saturday, of Mrs. Fothergill, widow of the late Mr. Richard Fothergill, of Abernant, a former member of Parliament for the Merthyr Borough. Assurances having been given by Mr. Law, on behalt of the Executive of the National Federation of Free Church Councils that the holding of a communion service has not been the usage of the National Council, and that there is no possibility of such a service being held again, the scruples of Welsh Baptists have been overcome. At the meeting of the Baptist Union of Wales at Brecon, on Tuesday, a resolution was passed to the effect that there can how be no objection to' the Baptist Churches becoming affiliated with Free Church Councils. Alpha writes.—" Dear Polonius.—One item of news given by you, last week, interested me considerably, concerning a gift of six spittoons to a Merthyr Chapel, for the use of the occupants of the pulpit seat. Whether this was a joke or not, I cannot very well say. I do not very well see what any deacons want with spittoont in the big seat; seeing they do not smoke there, This bit of news struck me last Sunday morning, when listening to a minister in the pulpit, gird at many. things that evidently gave him pain. A few spittoons would be useful in some churches for the minister's room, to rid a man of possible venom before going to a pulpit. What the minister said was undoubtedly, true, but much might very wisely have been left unsaid—ia the ^pulpit. Is it wise, for (instance, to gird at men who seem to devote themselves to makilq money ? Is not our country indebted to men who devote themselves even to that aim ? My personal experience, and the experience of many others these days, is that we have to devote almost every energy 'and gift to oUt business-not to make money, but to make things pay. Let ministers .spend less time in acamedic studies, ,and more time in going amongst the business men. of their congregations, and they will acquire a better grip and under.; standing of their lives and work." The para- graph last week was not inserted as a joke; the spittoons have actually been presented to a local chapel for the big seat. i Two recruits were brought ip by thp sergeant and presented to the recruiting officer, who was of a rather choleric disposition. He at once began to question them. Officer (to first recruit): What's your samel Recruit: Watt, sir. Officer: What is your name? Recruit: Watt, sir. Officer (impatiently). t What's your n2. ? Recruit: My name is Watt. sir—W-a-t-t. Officer: Humph Where do you come from! Recruit: Ware, sir. Officer: Yes, where do you come from? Recruit: I come from the town of Ware, siis Officer: Oh,. that'll do! (Turning to secono. recruit) What's your name? Recruit: Mee, sir. Officer: Yes, you. What's your name? Recruit: Mee, sir. Offioer (by this time out of temper and dently thinking the man was working a joke,- shouted): Will you give me your name? Recruit: My name. sir, is John Mee! Officer: Humph! And where do you come from?- Recruit: Hoo, sir! Officer: Confound it, you sir; where do you come frbrh? Recruit: Hoo, sir! Officer: Well, if eTer- Sergeant (interposing): The ipan coraesjroTS the village of Hoo, near Chatham, sir. POLONIU&
Cost of Twynyrodyn Houses. ? Councillor David John presided at a meeting of the Housing Committee of the Merthyf Corporation on Monday. The rent collector reported that the panels i nthe front doors of a few of the Tywnyrodyn houses had warped and cracked in the whole length, and said that people passing could see through the cracks. Mr. W. R. Harris, Borough Controller, sub- mitted the following particulars, dealing with the cost of Twynyrodyn houses, showing that the expenditure in excess of loan was £545 9s., viz. Je s. d. i iL dL Builders' Contract:— 35 at £ 118 10s. 4147 10 0 4 15 at £ 159 10s 2392 10 0 6540 0 0 Extras (on 50 hobses) 335 16 1 Contract for Street Wks, 437 13 2 Baths and Ranges. I 961 5 0 Clerk of Work-s, 119 3 4 Workmen's Wages 42 7 10 „ Materials used 10 16 11 ————— 53 4 9 Haulage of Materials., 3 17 3 Legal Charges. 76 0 0 Loan „ « 35 3 0 111 3 0 Sundries:— Printing & Advert'g 7'J 1 19 6 Maps & Plans copied 1 2 3 "? ..t, Mr. A. E. Johnson 2 2 Train Fares 0 12 6 5 16 3 —. S856719 0 Proposed new door and letter boxes, 50 at 15s. cach.o £ • 37 10 0 £ 8605 9 0, U'—-——! Amount of Loan already raised :8060 0 0 Expenditure in excess of Loan. 545 9 0 0.. E8605 9 0 It was agreed to invite the Finance Committee to ask the Local Government Board to grant another loan, amounting to £545, Mr. Harris saying that if this were done the rents of thq houses need not be increased until the premisw were re-painted. In reply to Councillor L. M. J ones, the Deputy* Surveyor said he was in negotiation with land- owners at Abercanaid fqr sites for workm houSes. ~v„. — V.
Merthyr Corporation Finances. THE AUDITOR'S REPORT. Coun. Thomas Williams presided at a meet*, ing of the Finance Committee of the Merthyr Corporation on Tuesday. It was agreed that a special meeting of the' General Purposes Committee should bo held on- Monday afternoon next, for the purpose of. going through tbe report; of the auditor. Mr. W R.. Harris, borough controller,- re*, ported that the tithe rent. charge payable to- the Rev. Ll. Jenkins of Penderyn, in respect of land taken for the Ffrwd Cemetery amountedi to JB6 Os, 2d. per annum on the last basis ot charge. He suggested, that when the Council i next considered the tithe rant charges it might? be useful to consider the following paymenta! made:—For waterworks purposes, Rector of f Llanddetty,' on Dolygaer Lake, L3 3s. 4d. y Rector of Llanfigatn, Dolygaer lake, J61 10s.; lOd.; ditto, 15s., Gellilaelog estate, PenbrynJ JB1 9s. 6d.; Watkins, Garth filter beds, 4s. for cemetery purposes, Rector of Penderyn, oix Ffrwd, ;t;6 Os. 2d.; Rector of Vavnor, on Cefn Cemetery, £31 lIs. Rectors of Merthyr an(i Dowlais, on Aberfan Cemetery. 2s. Sd." The 'Borough Controller, in his financial statement showed that on the Council's revenue accounts there was a balance at; the bank in favour of the Council of £2,111 2s. 9d.; inter- est on accounts amounted to L407 on the education accounts the balance in favour was 213,84C, 18s. lid.; total, L16,365 Is. 8d. On the capital accounts there was a balance against of £5,492 lis, 7d.. and also on the cemeteries accounts of £ 207 2s. lOd.; total, £ 5.699 14s. 5d..i showing a total bailee "in favour'' of £10,66:1 7s. 3d. The Controller reported that the Treasury, grant of L609 15s. lOd. on account of Welsh In- termediate Education had been paid into the borough fund direct from the Treasury, as al- though the Glamorgan County Council were this year managing the school, it was in the borough, and the amount would, by arrange* ment, be paid over to tho County Authority. Certificates were presented for payment to Messrs. Jones Brothers of L200 on account of the contract for building 38 cottages at Dany- deri, and of £ 420 on account of the free li- brary at Treharris, and also ;S19 19s. archi" tect's commission on the latter amount. It was reported that the account for tank cleaning at Troedyrhiw and Stormitown, JB121 14s., was heavier than usual on account of the large quantities of surface drainage carrying sand and road refuso into the tanks. Several accounts were presented for the pay ment of members' and 'officials' train fares and expenses while attending at Westminster and elsewhere on Council's business.—Coun. H. M. Lloyd said he thought it would be well to,defer payment until all the bills were in.—Aid. Har- pur said he would second the motion if Mr. Lloyd would agree that the payments be de- ferred for a month; and in tnd meantime all the witnesses be asked to send in their bills. —The Controller said that some of the officials drew their money before they went to London (laughter). For instance, the Town Clerk said the Council ordered him away, there was now a scale of costs, and he drew his money before he went to London.—The motion was carried. Coun. Lloyd asked when the cost of opposing the -Cardiff Water Bill would be laid before the Committee, and the Deputy Town Clerk'said the bi^s had not' jet Leea received.