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ABERDARE VALLEY NOTES. [BY MXFTB DAS.) The District Council and Board of Guard- ins' elections are over, and my predictions a if/xnth- ago have been vary fully justified. The ooo of the elections is that the strength of ocialism in the parish is not as great as many Have estimated it to be in the past, and that the bulk of the electors are still Liberal. The outstanding feature is the defeat of the In- dependent Labour candidates in every oase, and the return of the candidates supported by the various Ward Liberal Associations where such were brought out. The only exception is the qskse of the v. W. S. Daviee, of Llwydooed —an old and faithful member of the Board of Guardians. His defeat was brought about by the fact that the Hirwain Liberals so largely plumped for Mr Daniel Jones, the local candi- p I date, and thai Mrs. Jenkins, of Trecynon, the lady candidate, also secured a large number of votes. < I pointed out this danger when I wrote on the subject a. fortnight ago, and dealt with the importance of all districts being fairly repre- rented. Now that Ward Liberal Associations have been established, I hop.a this danger will be guarded against in tho futu/f. I hev that the League of Young Liberals in the ^parish did good work in connection with the elections, and I trust that in future they will prove them- selves a power in the district. Liberalism has too long allowed matters to go too much as you please, but t*h?re are many indications that this will not be allowed in future. The Aberdare Welsh Wesleyan Circuit are Electing materials for the history of the phurcb and chapels connected with the Welsh section in Aberdare. May I respectfully sug- gest that those facts are just the kind that should be placed for permanent record in the Aberdare Free Library. I hope the Library Committee will obtain a copy- of that record when prepared to be placed in tho reference fiepartment of the library. .1 must once more revert to the Elections in jnder to congratulate the Liberals in the Gadlys r ard on their loyalty, in carrying out the de- ars of the Liberal Ward meeting, which de- nied to support Mrs. M. Richards, Mr. TOgwen */illiams as Liberal nominees and also to jjupport the Labour retiring member, Mr. John ^*rowle The great bulk of. the Liberals in the *Vard carried out this compact by recording their three votes in favour of Prowle, Richards, "nd Williams. Ti- action of the Labour sec- tion in running three candidates, however, is not calculated to induce Liberals to support t-Abour, and is certainly not calculated to en- ":Ourage the Liberals to allow the .sitting Labour members in other wards to go in un- .pposed. This is a matter which the Labour members themselves, and especially the mem- bra of the Aberdare Trades and Labour Coun- PA, should well consider before the next elec- tion. I have strongly supported Labour repre- gestation in the past and will do so as COD, uisently in the future, but if the Trades and Labour Council is definitely pledged to run only Socialist candidates, and to oppose Lib- ereal candidates and sitting members, then the question must be fought out whether oar local representatives shall be Liberal or Socialists. Couns. Morgan John Harries and William Thomas, the High Constable of Miskin Higher, are to be congratulated upon their unopposed return as County Councillors for the Llwyd- coed'and Town divisions respectively. Both are ardent Radicals, and already Mr. Harries has proved himself a power on the Glamorgan County Council. This is Mr. Thomas's first entry into that distinguished body, but I have no doubt he will prove himself as efficient a member of that body as of the District Council and Education Committee. Of the latter body he is at present vice-chairman. Aberdare will be once more represented by two ladies on the Merthyr Board of Guardians and from the excellent place secured by Mrs. Jenkins on the poll in the No. 1 Ward it is clear that the electors are becoming more and more awake to the fact that there is work on these Boards which women can best do. I also congratulate the Abercynon Ward upon returning a lady at the top of the poll to the Pontypridd Board of Guardians. The question of allocating a number of scholarships for the teachers attending the Summer School in Welsh is likely to come be- fore the Aberdare Education Committee at its next meeting. The work of the Welsh Lan- guage Society, which organises these Summer Schools, is so well known that I need not dilate thereon .but there has grown a kind of idea which should be dispelled that these Summer Schools partake too much of the nature of a holiday for the teachers, who are selected to attend. That is not the case. The work done at these various centres has been highly spoken of by His Majesty's Inspectors and other officials, and I trust that the AWerdare Educa- tion Committee will do 3., other committees have done, and grant a number of scholarships for this purpose. In this connection it may be pointed out that H.M. Inspector in his reports on the work of the various schools in Aberdare has on several occasions recently drawn special attention to the importance of using the Welsh language more, and especially in the infants' departments, and as some of the teachers en- gaged are not qualified to do so the importance of these courses of study is great.
The body of William Evans, an ex-Grena- dier Guardsman, who aerved in the Soudan and Boer Wars. was found on Wednesday in an engine-house of the Clayton tinplate works, Pontardulais.
MARRIED LADIES. My recent offer of a tree sample of Nurse Powell's Popular Pellets met with such striking snrcess, and enabled 50 many ladies to prove that they do actually C\Ir ;\11 irregularities, that I have decided to repeat tiir olfer. Ladies should write for Free Box, enclose ins penny stamp for postage. Delay is often dan- :r¡,o. so write now.—N mse T. M. Bowell, Rep- iiatbwa Road, Waaitswoftb. London. tLw.
ABERDARE. If YOU HAVE DEFECTIVE EYESIGHT, consult the most experienced Eyesight Testing Expert in Mer- thyr. Mr. HENRY M LLOYD, Ophthalmic Optician and Chemist. Merthyr (opposite Market doors). INQUEST.—At an inquest held at Aberdaro on the body of William John Howlett, three and a half years of age, who died on Friday as the result of burns received on the previous day, a verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned. "AMOS."—There was a large attendance at the performance (in full character) of the dramatic cantata, "Amos," given by the Trinity Choir at the New Theatre, Aberdare, on Thursday night. A full report will appear in our next issue. I BURGLARY,-The Abernant Station of the Great Western Railway was broken into on Sunday night, and a large quantity of choco- lates was taken from one of the automatic machines. Entry was gained by breaking the panes of one or the windows. The locks on several of the drawers were also broken. "WESTERN MAIL" MUSICAL SCHOLARSHIP.— Will all those interested in the candidature of Miss Annie Rees, Dowlais, kindly eend all tho final coupons, No. 12, to the Secretary, D, B. Evans, 40, Bronheulog, Penydarren, before April 18th, 1910, As this coupon ends the com- petition, it is hoped a great effort will be made to obtain every available coupon. ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary services at Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel were hold on Sunday and Monday last, the preachers being Rev. Dr W. Morris (Rhosynog), Treorky, Rev. G. Evans, Ffynonwen and Rev. J. Nicholas, Tonypandy. There were good attendances, and the collections, which were made in aid of the renovation funds of the church, realised close upon 2300. DEATH,-Readers will learn with deep re- gret of the death of the Rev. Thomas Manuel, Wesleyan minister of Porth, Rhondda Valley, who passed away after a brief illness on Sun- day morning last. Mr. Manuel had been in in- different health for some years past. He la- boured in the Aberdare circuit with much suc- cess a few years ago, and was a frequent visi- tor hero. He was greatly beloved by all who knew him. STRIKE.—Owing to the fact that the manage- ment refuse to pay in accordance to the price list arranged between them and Mr. C. B. Stanton, the miners' agent, on behalf of the men some time ago at Blaengwawr Level, the men have been on strike since Monday morn- ing. Hopes are entertained, however, that the stoppage will be only temporary as Mr. Stan- ton is seeking an interview with the manage- ment in reference to the question in dispute. FREE LiBRARY.-The ordinary meeting of the Library Committee was held on Tuesday even- ing, at the Library, Mr. A. P. Jones in the chair. The librarian reported that 2907 books had been lent out of the library during March, and 354 consulted in the reference department; 15 books had been presented to the library during the past month, and there had been added by purchase some 200 odd. There were at present 8797. volumes in the Library. Ar- rangements were made for the annual meetings to be held during the month. cYR" YMOFYNYDD."—The April number of "Yr Ymofynydd;" the monthly organ of the Welsh Unitarians, is to hand. It contains an excellent photograph of the late Rev. J. Ha- thren Davies, of Cefn, and a biography from the pen of thp Rev R. J. Jones, Hen-Dy-Cwrdd, Trecynon, and a brief article on "H athron as a man" from,the pen of Mr. E. Walter Thomas, Tonypandy. There are other interesting articles in this number, including Hath ion's sermon at the Unitarian- quarterly meetings at Ciliau Aeron in ^October last, his text' being Luke 11, 2, "On earth as in Heaven." TEA. -On Thursday evening last, at the Cafe Mona, the employees of Mr. T. Lloyd sat down to a splendid tea, and made a presentation, to Mr. Hugh Davies (manager), on the occasion of his marriage. Mr. W. T. Owens presided, and speeches were made by the Chairman, Messrs. F. May, W T. Jonss, and J. New- oombe, extending to Mrs. Davies, who is- a native of Llanwrda, a hearty welcome to Aber- dare, wishing the newly-wedded couple every success and a harmonious life. Miss Burges then presented a pair of bronzes and marble clock (suitably inscribed) to Mr. Davie>s. An expression of thanks frbm Mr. and Mrs. Da- vies, and the rendering of songs by Miss Burges, Mr. W. T. Jones, and Mr. J. New- ooftaoe, concluded a very enjoyable evening: QUARTERLY MEETING.. On Wednesday even- t jng the quarterly meeting of the Aberdare Welsh Weslevan Circuit were held at the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel (Sion). Rev. A. LI. Jones presided, and there were present a full' atten- dance of delegates, etc. Rev. D. C. Jones open- ed the meeting with prayer. It was resolved among other matters, to establish a Sunday School Union for the Circuit, Mr. Edward Wil- liams being elected president of the Union, and Mr. T. Thomas secretary. It was resolved that the ministers in the circuit be asked to assist the Rev. Dr. Hugh Jones to complete the his- tory of the Welsh Wesleyans by collecting all available facts in connection with the circuit and the chapels therein. The invitations to "J• Pritehard (Glen Dyfi) to Aberdare, and Rev. A. C. Pearce, to Mountain Ash, were confirmed. Some discussion ensued as to the desirability of inviting a third married, minis- ter to the circuit, but the matter was deferred. FORTHCOMING CONCERT.—On Thursday even- ing next, the W. J. Evans' Orchestra purpose givinfr their annual concert. The proceeds are to be devoted to furthering the musical educa- tion of Master Brinley Lewis, Aberaman, a very promising young player on the French horn. The orchestral items will include the Ballet Egyptian (Luisrini); Suite Espagnolo (Lacome); Humoresk (Dvorak); Czardas (Michiels); overture to "Spectred Bride" (Sme- tana). Mendelssohn's pianoforte eonoerto in G Minor will also be played by Miss Phyllis Jones, Cardiff, a dauchter of one of the editors of the "Western Mail." Amongst the players engaged to augment the orchestra will be found ivir. Winterbottom, the celebrated oontra-bass player and profossor at the RoyaJ College of Music. London. The leader of the orchestra will ba the ever popular Mr. Arthur Angle. This con- cert promises to bo one of the finest ever given in Aberdare, and we hope the enterprise of the Societv. will meet with ths reward which they are entitled to, and that complete success will attend their efforts to better the prospects of orchestral playing in the town of Aberdare. WHIST DRIVE.—A social evening and whist drive took place on Wednesday evening in con nection with the Town Evening Continuation School, Absrdare. Mrs. Lloyd and Mr. Red, managers of the school, were asked to present on behalf, of the pupils a beautiful pair of silver and cut-trlaas flower vases to Mr. D. G. Davies (the headmaster), and a silver cake dish to Mr. Jack Thomas (the assistant). Both presents were suitably inscribed. Mrs. Lloyd and Mr. Reed spoke highly of the work and character of this school, which has been typed one of the largest and best in the country. Messrs. W. C. Par- ker, Brychan Thomas, and William Jones spok-3 on behalf of the pupils, and Messrs. D. J. Da- vies and Jack Thomas suitably responded. Then followed the whist drive, which resulted in the following winners:—1st prize, "Gems of English Poetry," Mr. Percy Hearne; 2nd, "Reminiscences of Sir Henry Hawkins," Mr. Samuel Davies; 3rd, ash tray. Mr. P. Jones; 4th, bachelor's sewing companion, Mr. Spencer Williams. A very pleasant evening was drawn to a close by a visit to an art exhibition and museum got up by Mr. J. Howard Morgan. The catering was admirably done by Mr. Caunt. PRESENTATION.Tl>e monthly meeting of the Aberdare and Dietric Master Bakers' and Millers' Association was held on Tuesday at Pugsley's Temperance Hotel, C«rdiff-st>eit. Among those present were: Mr. E. G. Harris "d (president) in the chair; Mr. D. R. Jones, vice- president.; Mr. F. W. Caunt. ex-pics dent: Mr. J. H. Merritt, Cardiff, president of tho Feder- atiop; Mr. T. Phillips, treasurer; Mr. A^ U. Lane, secretary; Messrs. T F. Hayter, J. Jones, L. Miles, D. Evans, T. Caswell (itey- nolds and Co.), C. R Vicary, and W. Richards. —Letters of apology for unavoidable absence were read from Messrs. W. H. Palmer, H. J Wiikiris (Swansea), W. J. Travers (Cardiff), and T. E. Jones (Merthyr).—The ohief event of the evening was a presentation to Mr. F. W. Caunt (ex president). This took the form of a hand- some silver cup, with the following inscription, "Presented to Mr. F W. Caunt by tho Aber- dare Master Bakers' and Nlilicrml Association, as a slight recognition of his valuable services as their first president for the three years— 1907, 1908. and 1909."—Mr. E. G. Harris, in making the presentation, said it gave him great pleasure to do so, as Mr Caunt during the time of his presidency had very ably per- formed hi3 duties. Tho thorouoghness with which he attended to the smallest matters re- fleeted great credit upon him, and was a. lesson to others. Ho (Mr Harris) d:d not enyy Mr. Caun' tho beautify! cup, but ho really did envy him the goodwill and esteem of his fe!low townsm,-n.-N,I- Oannt, in replying, said the handsome cup should have a treasured p Ia among his choicest possessions:, and would, be greatly cherished all his life. I-e wished toi thank them all most sincerely for. the present, as it conveyed t« him the good feeling and kindly regard they had towards him. If he had in any way benefited the Association dur had in any way benefited the Association dur ing tho time he had boan in office, he was very glad, and though for some reasons he regretted vacating the chair, he wished Mr. Harris, his I successor, every sucoess, and a pleasant 00:1 of offico. — Mr. Merritt, in proposing the heal!11 of Mr. Caunt, said it gave him great pleasure to attend to see his old friend honoured!, as tho giving of such an present was unique and showed how much Mr. Caunt was beloved and respected. Ho trusted Mr. Caunt's hea-l' would improve, and in the forthcoming year he hoped to weicor.e him as his successor r' president of the Federation (applause)- M:- Caunt suitably replied, and warmly thanked M- Merritt for b-;n- present, and also for ti), kind remark- 11. had made—Messrs. L. Mil". C. R. Vicarv, T. Phillips, and the Secretary aW paid a glowing tribute to Mr. Caunt's ability, and recognised h:.s valuable services to the trade, and hi" courtesy and kindness to the members at all times.—Mr. D. R. Jones (vice- president) proposed the toast of "Tho Visitors." -Mr, D. Evans, Abercynon, responded, and thanked the Aberdare friends for their kind invitation, and said all were pleased to be pre- sent on such nn occasion.—Mr. T Caswell pro- posed the health of the "Pres dent," and \vi;hed him a pleasant term of office.—Mr. Harris suitably acknowledged.—M^, Caunt generously offered a badge to the President of the Associa- tion, to be handed down to every successive president, the same to be presented at the next monthly meeting.—Mr. Harris accepted Mr. Caunt's offer, aad "ked Mr. Merritt to attend the next meeting, to present the badge on Mr. Caunt's b,-balf.-Th-s Mr. Merritt readily pro- mised to do. |
Aberdare District Council Election I Contests took place in four out of tho five I wards in Aberdare on Monday. Everything passed off quiotlv, and the votes were counted in tho Council Chamber by Col. T. Phillips, the in the Council Chamber by Col. T. Phillips, the Clerk to the Council, who was the Returning Officer, assisted by his son, Major W. D. Phil lips, who actcd as deputy returning officer. The following is the result:— The following is the result:- LLWYDCOED WARD. *T. Walter Williams (Lib.) 1,155 •Roes Llewelyn (Lib.) 1,036 Not elected. i W. T. Haxries (Ind.) 244 | GADLYS WARD. *ThomM lewii (Lib.) 852 H. H. Evans (Lib.) 812 Not elected. Idwal Thomas (Lab.) 597 Evan Parker (I.L.P.) 345 TOWN WARD. *A. P. Jones (C.) 1,109 *D. P. Davies (Lib.) 956 Not elected. W. T. Janjes (Lab.) 414 ABERAMAN WARD. *E. M. Hann (Ind.) 1216 I *Illtyd Hopkins (Lab.) 1,022 Not elected. Joseph Wigley 644, I Denotes old members.
Aberdare Valley Baptists. QUARTERLY MEETINGS AT LLWYD- COED. The quarterly meeting of the Aberdare Valley Baptists was held on Wednesday afternoon at Soq-r Chapel, Liwydcoed, under the presidency of the Rev. James Griffiths, Calfaria, Aberdare. There were present: Mr. E. Morgan, Moun- tain Ash, vice-chairman; Rev. D. Hopkins, sec- retary and Councillor M. J. Harris, treasurer, r,e as well as a good attendance of ministers and laymen. A vote of congratulation was accord- ed to Messrs. M. J. Harris, H. H. Evans, M.E., Rees Roes (Ynyslwyd), Morgan Williams (Abernant), and B. Lewis (Aberaman) upon their success in the recant local elections.-A vote of sympathy was passed with the relatives of the late Mr. Griffith George, J.P., and the family of the late Mrs. (Rev.) B. Evans in their bereavement.—Mr. R. Leach, Godreaman, read the report of the Temperance Committee. The committee complained of tie manner in which the chapels responded on behalf of the cause.- It was decided that an appeal be made to the chapels to institute temperance societies in ad- dition to the Bands of Hope.—It was decided that the Temperanoe Committee should draw up a list of thj* philanthropic societies who met in local public-houses, and to appeal to them to remove to ohapel vestries, where there was no chance of getting intoxicants.—The Rev. W. T. Francis, the new pastor of Gwawr Chapel, Absraman, was given a hearty welcome to the Association.—It was decided to hold the next meeting at Trecynon. In the evening a sermon was preachw by the Rev. W T. Francis.
Aberdare Chamber of Trade. The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday evening, at Miles's Restaurant, under the presidency of Mr. T. Lloyd.—A letter was read from Mr. J. Morris, of the G.W.R. Co., stating that he was not in a position to make any statement respecting the issue of excursion tickets to Liverpool and the North on Mondays and Fridays during the.Siimmer.-The secretary (Mr: T. W. Griffiths), solicitor submitted a report on the. road leading to the fair ground. A letter was also read from Mr. C. Kensholc, the secre- tary of the Aberdare Market Co., pointing out that the road belonged to Lord- Bute, and that his company were in no way responsible for its up-keep. Its condition was not due to the ttaffifc to the slaughter-house. The • secretary was instructed to write to the District Council asking that body to take the matter up.—Mr. C. R. Vicary moved that the Great Western Railway Co. be communicated with relative to the footpath leading to the booking-office at the Aberdare station, and asked to properly define the footpath so as to effect some improve- ment. Also that they be asked to fence the footpath.—Mr. W. F. Parry de Winton seconded and Mr. J. E. Sladen supported the motion, which was carried unanimously.—Mr. F. G. Burge moved that a complaint be sent from the chamber in reference to the watering of the main road to Aberdare during dry weather.— Mr. W. Winstone Rees seconded. The need" of watering carts at Trecynon was also mentioned. The secretary promised to communicate with the District Council on the matter.—The following were appointed to attend the half- yearly meeting of the Federation of Chambers of Trade :-The Chairman, Messrs. F. D. E. George, D. Evans, F. W. Caunt, T. Evajis and the secretary.
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Present Political Problems. ADDRESS TO A'BERDARE YOUNG LIBERALS. Under the auspices the Aberdare League of Young Liberals, 4 address was given on Saturday last at the MGlCmorial Hal), Aberdare, on "Present Political Problems," by Mr. Ern- est, Evans, of Aberystwyth. The chair was taken by Aid. David Hughes, who was sup ported by Messrs. J. M. Jones, M J. Harris, Ogwen Williams, and- Aubrey Roberts (secre- tary). Aid*. Hughes, in introducing Mr. Evans, said he considered one of tho first duties of that audience to pass a vote of congratulation to Mr Edgar Jones on his maiden speech in the House of Commons. This was carried amid chcers. Mr. Evans congratulated Abcrdare on form- ing- usoful branches of the League. He said that such organisations wertp the means of winning large numbers of people to the frruth, which was ever dear to Welshmen. The conflict with the House of Lords was due to a vigorous de- mocracy, who would net siand the arrogance and impertinence of the House at the present time. Yet the interest in the problems arising out of such conflicts was not sufficiently wide- spread. and it would be the work of the Young Leaguers everywhere to thrash these questions out, and wrest the po^er from the House of Lords. The people for generations back had been wresting this powcr-th, power of con. trolling finance—sometimes from the Crown to Parliament, now from one of the Houses of Parliament to the people themselves through their own representatives in Parliament. The events and measures cropping up in Parlia- ment during the last few years had "touched up" the Conservative Party, who were ever a party for excuses a.nd a fine party for makinp promises. Mr. Eilia J. Griffith, M.P., once said that there was a groat difference between the land of promise and the Promised Land, and in this struggle between Freo Trade and Tariff Reform no amount of promises by the Conser- vative Party would ever brinfr up to the Pro- mised Land. The Conservative Party often promised old age pensions. These really had been spoken of since the reign of Edward VI., but in the reign of our King the attitude to- wards the qiiestion had been one of attempt to overburden the ship-and not attack it openly. Then there was the Licensing Bill. Why did they oppose this? He knew why. and everyone elso did. The Land Development Act of Mr. Lloyd George—a Welshmen of whom they were proud (loud applause)—the Insurance Act, etc., were quite satisfactory, and they were quite sat- isfied with him as Chancellor. Finance was the pivot of all fights botween the two Houses. By it privileges were given to the people. The power of finance at the present time was the crux of the whole question. The English Par- liament was the oldest Parliament in the world —the Mother of Parliaments, as it was often called—and the House of Commons had been the model for many Parliaments in other parts of tho world, but not so the House of Lords. Other countries were wiser than to copy that— the hereditarv principle was not such an ideal- istic thing. He was disgusted with the presump- tion of the Member who recently su.srtrested that we should look to Prussia for our model. should seek from other lands the best and that only. We might copy Germany for her scientific education, there they did ecorc over England, but Prussian Parliament, no. The Conservative Party advocated Tariff Reform, a.nd always held before us Germany, which was nob ahead of this country for sound employment and good wages. Mr. Evans then touched upon the differences of opinion as to the veto, whether it should be vested in a one-chamber or two-chamber house>. In his opinion, the second chamber should only have the power of carrying out the administrative and not ini- tiative policies. There seemed to be great zeal for reform in the House of Lords itself. If started with resolutions and would probably end up with resolutions also. Lord Rosebery, in ploughing his lonely furrow, must have dug up some old time-worn skeletons. He (Mr. Evans) then referred to the way Bills had been sent up to the House of Lords. Up to 1840 all financial proposals were sent up separately. Mr. Gladstone, the Grand Old Man, proposed that all such proposals should be sent up en bloc. Up to 1868 Wales was very silent. Maybe she was sleeping, but in that year Wales fortu- nately found her tongue. The late Henry Richard deserved the highest praise, for he did much to make her speak, not only in syllables but in eentenoos (choors). The late Tom Ellis again—(renewed cheers)—was a very eloquent mouthpiece for Wales and its welfare, and now she continued to speak and speak volumes through the Welsh Chanoellor, Mr. Lloyd George. Talking about the W.o16h Independent Party, of which they might be hearing shortly, Mr. Evans said that in the past they had not suffered so much from, quarelling amongst the various members of this party, but from their own folly in not choosing the proper men. He congratulated Aberdare and Merthyr upon the admirable senior representative (Mr. Edgar Jones) they had sent to Parliament this year. Ho sincerely hoped the day would not be far distant when they would send not one but two good Welsh members from the constituency— each knowing Welshmen through and through, and able to sympathise and know tho needs and desires of the Welsh people. Those ar 1 those alone could fully carry out for Wales the long- desired wishes of their hearts—the three great- est desires of their hearts being temperance re- form, land reform and disestablishment. Mr. Evans briefly touched upon these three reforms, and said that Wales was ever progressive, but not through accident. It was through continu- ed struggles for liberty and right. The conflict between Wales and the House of Lords was one between freedom and privilege Liberties had been won through hard labour and sacrifice, and they were not going to allow those liber- ties to be snatched away. The democracy of Wales should be more alive than any other to its rights as Wales had suffered more than any other nation. The House of Lords opposed the Home Rule for Ireland, the freedom of the Jews, and the educational freedom of the Non- conformists, the political freedom of the people. Wales simply stood up for freedom of Govern- ment—one of the most elementary rights. Mr H. H. Evans, Cwmdare, said he had heard a great deal about Mr. Ernest Evans. It was men of his calibre—deep thinking and deep feeling young Welshmen—who were needed to make Wales what it ought to be Mr. Tom Lewis, Trecynon, said he was glad that such a League of workers had been formed in Aber- dare. He could only boast of being a very young Liberal, he had hitherto belonged to another party. He thought that much good work for the enlightment of the locality could be done by such an organisation as this.—Mr. W. J. Evans, in congratulating Mr. Evans on his ex- treme earnestness, said he hoped to hear Mr. Evans in the very near future again.—Mr. Og- wen Williams said it was full time that candi- dates should make it clear as to what they really were, and not parade labour under the cloak of Socialism. The attitude of Mr. Keir Hardie had now become clear over the Mid- Glamorgan contest, and the Liberals in Aber- dare would take a different stand at the next election. — Mrs. Miles said she was glad to hear Mr. Evans. She had heard much of him when he was at college and subsequently, and wished him every success. She expressed the hope that some day he might have a seat in Parliament. In referring to local elections she paid a tribute to the faithful woman worker on the Board of Guardians, and said she was proud that women could help in some ways. Aid. Hughes proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Evans and the Rev. J. M. Jones seconded. The latter said he knew something of Mr. Evans's ability. He had watched his move- inents for some time, and was very gratified at his able address on the progressive problems of to-day. Ho, however, wished the young Leaguers to bear in mind that true Liberalism depended not upon attacking any party what- sover, but in cleansing from within their own ranks, and clearing any stumbling blocks which appear in the way.—Mr. Ernest Evans proposed and Mr. Aubrey Roberts (secretary) seconded a vote to Aid. Hughes, which was carried.
ABERDARE POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before Sir T. Marchant Wil- liams (Stipendiary), Messrs. D. P. Davies, D. W. Jones and Dr. Evan Jones. EJECTMENT.—Elizabeth Soliman applied for an ejectment order against Percy Bagshaw, 11, Regent-street. Evidence of the tenancy and of service of the notice having been given the order asked for was made. TRANSFERS.—Mr. T. W. Griffiths applied for the transfer of he licenoe of the Bridgend Inn, Trecynon, from Thomas Henry Dovey to Ed- ward Evans, and thjs was granted.—The li- cence of the Bunch of Grapes was transferred from Mr. Evans to Mr. William Davies.—The licence of the Rose Wenallt, was transferred from Mr. T. E. Bowen to Mr. Thomas Henry Dorey. DAMAGING A DOOR.—David Williams, Hayden Polneer, Dayid John Thomas, John Henry Thomas, Alfred Williams, Edgar Thomas, and David Jones were summoned for committing damage to a door owned by the Powell Duffryn Company at Lletty Shenkin Colliery. Mr. Charle, Kenshole prosecuted. — John Parfit, a haulier, at Lletty Shenkin Colliery, said he saw the defendants playing with a tram at the colliery. He told them to go away. They went and came back later, and let a tram run into and smash the chaff room door. — David Tho- mas, mechanio at the colliery, assessed the damage at 5s.—Defendants were fined 5s. each and costs. WILFUL DAK AGE.—David Meyrick was sum- moned for committing wilful damage to a win- dow owned by David James. Mr. W. Thomas appeared for the prosecutor.—Dd. James said that on Monday se'n-night between 9 and 9.30, defendant came up to the house, and wanted him to come out. Ho refused to do so, and a few minutes later he heard the window smash- cd, — Lewis James said he saw defendant break the window.—Defendant was ordered to pay 5s. and the damage (2s.), and cost*. MAN AND WIFE.—Charles Leek was summon- ed for deserting bis wife, Sarah Anne Leek. Mr. T. W. Griffiths appeared for the wife, and said that the desertion took place as far back as July, 1908. and defendant was cow living at Wakefield. Complainant said she was married sixteen years ago. Her hu left her in July, 1908. with h'is niece Lucy Jane Evans. She had three children.—Gross-examined She- did not turn him out. — Tha husband elicited frpm ,b§r il1. of tfcs disagreement be- ,0: ,1;' 1 tween them. The defendant had a series of questions to put to the defendant, but the Stipendiary replied to most of them, and made an order for payment of 10s. a week and coot. AFFILIATION. --Leo Parr was summoned to show cause, etc., by Elsie Minor. Mr. W. Thomas appeared for the complainant.-An order for 3s. a week and costs was made. ASSAULT.—Evan Rosser was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Saturday last in Green-street. Thi, case being proved, Evan Rosser and Henry Rosser were then charged with assaulting P.C. David Rees. When he tried to arrest Evan, Henry ran up to the offi- cer asd assaulted him. He then took hold of Henry and got him on the ground, when Evan kicked him. --Sergt. D. 0, Davies said he went to the assistance of the last, witness, and saw both defendants hit and kick the con- stable. Evan Rosser was on the black list, and there was a warrant out for a previous case. Both were fined C5 each. or one month for the assaults on the police. Evan was also fined 10s. and costs for the drunken- ness, and was ordered to find two sureties to be of good behaviour for two months in tho sum of £50, or to undergo a further term of two months' imprisonment. DRUNKENNESS. — John William, for bein £ drunk and disorderly in Trecynon, was fined 10s. and cas- Thomas Price and Samuel Sweet, for being drunk in Brecon-road, Hir- wain, were fined 10s. each and costs; John Collins, in Cardiff-road, Aberaman, IDs. and costs. -+-
Aberdare Bachelors' Club, SUCCESSFUL DANCE AND SUPPER. On Friday evening a social function was held at the Memorial UnD, Aberdare, under the auspices of the newly-fortned Bachelors' Club in Aberdare. This was the outcome of a suggestion made by Mr. J. McCormack. carried out by his fricrubs in the town and himself. Most of the credit for its success falls upon Mr. MacCormack. The following guests were pre- sent :—Ladies.—Misses P. Mathias, C. James, F. Evans, M. Clifford, J. Thomas, F. Nicholas, Fl. Hushes, B. Morgan, R- PelJ, Rosser, Coombes (Pontypridd), B. M. Richards, W. Pritchard, K. and M. James, M. Jones, E. Morri3, a.nd J- Lewis gentlemen—Messrs. J. Morris, (chairman) Jas. MacCortnack (secretary), Dai Stephens, Clifford Hughes, R. and D. R. Jones, D. Davies, Archie Williams, Arthur Bowen, Fred Davies, D. W- Evans, D. Watkins, Dan Davies, Gwilym Jones, W. Ralle, Morley Griffiths, R. S. Howells (Pontypridd), A. E. Martin, T. Elliot (Ponty- pridd), C. Morris, Rees Thomas and W. Reed. After the arrival of the fifty guests a sump- tuous supper was partaken of, the catering having been entrusted to Messrs. F. W. Caunt and Son. On the cross-table, supported by Messrs. MacCormack (sec.). Williams, Bowen, Davies, Watkins, Stevens, Evans, etc., Mr. Jack Morris ably presided. The first toast honoured was that of The King and Royal Family," proposed by the President, the company singing ",God save the King." The next toast was The Ladies," proposed by Mr. D. W. Evans, Aberaman, who spoke of the value of the fair sex. Miss Bessie Richards, on behalf of the ladies present, responded. She said she was proud that such a high opinion of women had been voiced. She was confident that she was expressing the opinon of all the ladies present when sho sa.id they were grateful for having been so generously entertained by the A.B.C. The Visitors was proposed by Mr. Morley Griffiths, who said he hoped all those who were not Aberdarians would enjoy themselves, and feel quite at home amongst the A.B.C. and their lady friends. Mr. R. S. Howells, of Pontypridd, responded. The next. toast, Success to the Aberdare Bachelors' Club and Mr. Jas. MacCormack," was proposed by Mr. Dd. Stevens, who very briefly spoke of the merits of this club, formed in the town as a. cementing influence, amongst the young men. There were many young fellows in the town, and it was thought that an evening together now and again would have a very ennobling effect on them. He especially mentioned Mr. MacCormack, who amongst the young men was very popular, and who had worked most assiduously for the success of the A.B.C. Mr. I. Elliot, Pontypridd, responded, and I wished the Aberdare Bachelors' Club every success and long life. They were, as far as he knew them, a very jolly lot, and would not fail on this and other occasions to bring about successful functions. This toast was drunk most heartily. Mr. MacCormack rose amid cheers to respond, the company also sang He's a jolly good fellow." Mr. MacCormack explained how it came about that ladies were invited. Young men in Aberdare had loug felt there was need of some kind of club, wherein they might meet and enjoy one another's company, and later arranged a kind of banquet. Originally they intended to exclude ladies, but on the proposition of one of their number, supported by many others, it was determined to give their lady friends also a share in the evening's enjoyment. After supper, dancing was indulged in, Mr. Fred Davies generously contributing excellent music. Mr. MacCormack and Mr. D. Watkins acted as M.C.'s. Games were also indulged in, and during the evening musical items I interspersed the dances. Mr. Arthur Bowen gave a splendid rendering of Thora," and ws,3 given hearty applause, as also was Mr. T. Elliot for his solo. Mr. Levi Morris gave a fine clarionet solo, and Mr. Stephen Evan3 a violin solo, all of which were heartily apprec- iated. These latter gentlemen, with Mr. Jack Morris, Mr. Maddox, and the accompanist, and one or two others, formed an effective orchestra, rendering some attractive and popular dance music. Mr. Reed, the new Empire manager, also contributed a musical recitation.
CWMAMAN. AMUSEMENT.—For' the first three days of the week, Mr. Tom Owen. the famous Welch comedian, appeared with a splendid cornpauj of artistes at the Public Hall. PRIZE WINNER.—Mr. T. Bowen, 22, Burns- street, Cwmaman, was the. winner, of £41135. 4d. for giving 1,0 correct forecasts of football matches played on March 26th. The com- petition was promoted by "Football Chat. SEION.—On Sunday the pulpit of this chapol was occupied by the Rev. D, H. Rees, New Tredogar, who preached eloquent sermons to largo congregations. BENEFIT CONCERT.—On Friday evening Haggar's Bioscope Co. gave a benefit perfor- mance at the Public Hall, in aid of the Cwm- aman Silver Band. At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Haggar. SoCIAL AND DAHCE.—On Tuesday evening, at tho Lesser Hall, a social and dance were held, under the auspices of the Girls' Friendly Union, connected with St. Joseph's Church. A large number attended, and an enjoyable evening was spent. The ladies presiding, at the refreshment tables were :—MrS. MacGiUivray, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Hooper. The M.C.'s for the danee were Messrs. George Bird and W. Paniers. whilst Miss S. A. Larimore acted as accompanist. The secretarial duties were carried out by Miss Dorothy Williams. COMPETITIVE CONCERT.—On Saturday even- ing a competitive concert was held at the Public Hall, Mrs. John Lloyd. Brynhyfryd, presiding, and the adjudicators were :—Music, Mr. Philip Rees, Abercwmboi; literature, Mr. David Davies (Eurfab), Aberaman; accompanist, Mr. Austin H. John. Awards.:—Open solo (own selection), Mr. Morgan James Edwards, Mountain Ash, "Lend me your aid"; male solo (own selection), Mr. Gwilym Evans, Big Ben"; open reoitation, Mr- Wm. John Harris, AberanAn, Araeth Llewelyn female solo, Miss Morfydd Lloyd, 0, Rest in the Lord recitation for children under 16, 1st divided between Misses Marjory Williams and Alice Maud James (Aberaman), 2nd Miss Sarah Ann Davies (Maerdy); solo for children under 16, 1st Master Llew Jones (Eos Aman), Sleep, baby, sleep," 2nd Miss Sarah Jones (Burns- street), King's Business"; best story. Mr. David Richards, Aberdare. The proceeds were in aid of Mr. John Matthews, Aman-street, who has been unable to follow his employment for a long period. John Jones acted as secretary.
ABERCWMBOI. MUSICAL.—At a meeting on Sunday of the male choristers of the village, it was decided to form a new male voice party. The conductor is Mr. Philip Rees, who has previously won eistedjifodic honours. BETHLEHEM.—Last Friday evening, the pro- gramme at the M.I. Society took the form of a miscellaneous concert. Mr. Henry Williams presided, and the following took part:—Solo by Mr. Philip Rees; recitations. Misses Jennie Jones, Sarah Morgan, Ceridwen Williams, Mr. Richard Williams, Mr. Jno. Thomas and Mr. Isaac Isaac eolos, Mrs. Sarah Rees, Miss Rebecca Davies, Mr. Wm. Harris, Mr. John H. Davies, Mr. Johnny Evans, Mr. John Thomas, and Mr. Philip Rees. Addresses were also delivered by the Chairman, and Messrs. John Evans and Richard Williams. Mr. John Davies (Gwinau Emlyn) read a number of verges composed by himself. An entertaining dialegue was given by Mr. Henry Wiliams and Mr. Wm. R. Griffiths (the secretary of the I' Society). I
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ABERAMAN. PULPIT.-The Rev. W. S. Evans, Ffynnon, occupied the pulpit and preached at Ynyslwyd Chapel, on Sunday morning last. His discourse was much appreciated. MINISTEEIAL. The Rev. James Eilis, of Hyde, Manchester, is undertaking the pastorate of the English Wesleyan circuit a' Aberaman. The rev. gentleman has had a successful career, and will probably do great work in the locality. OBITUARY.—The funeral of the late Mrs. M. J. Powell,, who passed away on Thursday, the 31st, ult., took place on Tuesday afternoon last a.t the Aberdare Public Cemetery. A brief ser- vice was conducted a tho house, 70, Regent- street, by the Rev. W. T. Francis, pastor of Gwawr Welsh Baptist Church. The rev. gen- tleman also officiated at, the graveside. DISCHARGED.—At Glamorgan Quarter Ses- sions, on Tuesday, Charles Lloyd (40), con- tractor, and Evan Cadwalader (24), haulier, charged with stealing a bottle of whisky and a sum of money from the Beaufort Arms, Aber- nroan, were found not guilty and discharged. The police said they were respectable hard- working men. ArpoINTMENT.-On Thursday evening last Mr. Tom Davies, Abcrcwmboi, was appointed manager of the bill-posting business which has been undertaken by the Abcraman Public Hall Committee. A large number of suitable sitez have been acquired locally, and efforts are being made to become affiliated to the National Association of Bill-posting Companies. A MODERN SERMON.—The Rev. T. II. Bryant continued his series of special sermons a.t the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Llanthewy- street, on Sunday evening last. There was a large consrelation, many l.L.P'ers and other advocates of social reforms being present. The rev. gentleman took ns his text Rom. i., 16. Ho based his discourse upon the subjects of Christianity Socialism, and Tinman Nature. It was a very powerful and impressive address, which was teeming with arguments in dcience of the Christian cause. OBITUARY.—One of the oldest residents of Aberaman passed away last week, in the person of Mrs. Mary Ann Whitcombe, 35, Regent- street. She was 07 years of age, and had resided at the above address for the last 26 years. Her husband was accidentally killed at the Treaman Colliery about seven years ago. The funeral, which was private, took place at the Aberdare cemetery, on Saturday afternoon, the officiating minister being the Rev. Morgan Powell, vicar of Aberaman. Mr. F. D. E. George, Aberdare, carried otit the undertaking arrangements. BILLIARDS.—The Abcraman Institute Billiard Team paid a return visit to Abercynon, on Wednesday sen'night. Scores :— ABERAMAN. ABERCYNON. T. B. Jones 200 E. Davies 73 T. Bowen 175 Tim Hughes 200 J. Llewellyn 200 W. Wyndham 191 Phil. Morgan 200 T. Edwards 18,1 Ben Davies 148 T. Shapira 200 T. J. Dumayne.. 200 J. Williams 172 Will Male 153 S: Phillips 200 Jas. Rees 180 T. J. Davies 200 Total 1462 Total 1419 11 PUBLIC AMUSEMENT.—Tho Aberaman runnc Hall (Grand Theatre), is this week occupied by Mr. John R. Poole, who has changed its nomenclature to The Aberaman Picture Palace." Mr. Robert Tebbitt is present as resident manager. Excellent pic turcs are shown on the bioscope. Mr. Godfrey Price, the renowned baritone, of Tylorstown, is beard to splendid advantage in the solo Rocked in the cradle of the deep," while in the song scena, The Trumpeter," lie meets with rapturous applause. Madame Rengleur and her Russian poodles prove aD attractive turr, many of the dogs showing remarkable sagacity. OBITUARY.—Tho funeral of the late Mr. Benjamin Kcllow, 8, Gladstone-street, whose death we reported last week, took place on Thursday afternoon, at the Aberdare cemetery. The deceased was 63 years of age, and was one of the oldest workmen at the Aberaman pit, having been a trustee of the colliery fund for a great number of years. He was also a faithful member of the Ancient Order of Foresters. A large number of relatives and friends attended, which testified to the esteem in which deceased was held. The officiating ministers were the Rev. T. H. Bryant, P. M. Church, and the Rev. H. p, Jenkins, circuit pastor of Saron. N.A.U.S.A.—At the monthly meeting of the local section of the Shop Assistants' Union, Mr. J. H. John, Cwmaman, in the chair, the balance sheet for the past year was presented by Mr. D. J. Phillips, the secretary. It was pointed out that £65 had been paid out as sick benefit, being the highest total since the forma- tion of the branch. A report of the South Wales District Council meetings was ably given by Messrs. Ivor Jones and Handel Harris, and resolutions upon the most important matters were passed. Mr. Ivor Jones, also gave a report of the joint meetings of the AberdAro and Aberaman branches, at which matters of local and mutual interest were discussed. WEDDING.—A pretty wedding was solemnised on Sunday morning last at Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel, Aberdare. The contracting parties were Miss Dorothy H. Evans, second daughter of Mr. Henry Evans, 35, Gwawr-street, and Mr. John Jones, son of Mr. Thomas Jones, Kiln-street. The officiating minister was the Rev. R. E. Williams (Twrfab), pastor of Ynyslwyd Church, whereat both the bride and bridegroom arc members. The bridesmaids were Misses Hettie Evans (Aberdaro) and Lizzie Jones, sisters of the bride and bridegroom respectively. Others who attended were:— Mr. Henry Evans, father of the bride, who gave her away; Mr. Thomas Jones, father of the bridegroom; Mr. John Elias Evans, the bride's brother; Mr. Morgan John Morgan, who acted as best man; Miss M. J. Jones, Bute-street, and Miss Nellie Jones, Cefn-place. After the ceremony the party repaired to the bride's parents' home, where the wedding celebrations were duly carried out. The young couple were the recipients of, numerous presents.
CWMDARE. ELIM. Quarterly meetings were held at Elini Chapel on Sunday. Mr. L1. Jones presided at tho afternoon meeting. The quarterly report was read by the se-retary, Mr. G. J. Jones, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. James Jones, pastor, Messrs. W. T. Rees, and W. Jones. In the evening Mr. J. Phillips presided. A beautiful rendering of the Y Golomen Wen" was given by Bliss Brown, a student of the Royal Academy of Music, London. At each meoting songs and recitations were rendered. The accompanists were Messrs. D. Ll. Jones, W. G. Davies. Mr. W. Ll. Jones was the super- intendent.
Nine Hours Under a Fall, CWMDARE MAN'S REMARKABLE ESCAPE. Early on Wednesday morning, Mr. John Isaac, of Bwllfa-road, Cwmdare. an old and experienced collier, engaged at present at the Bwllfa No. 1 Colliery as an airway man, while at his work was buried in an extensive fall of roof. A gang of men was at once requisitioned to clear the fall, and they soon ascertained that Isaac was alive. He was further able to assure them that he was, as far as he could say, uninjured, a huge stone acting as pro- tection to him, forming a bridge under which he lay. Gangs of men, under the direction of the officials, at once set to work, which proved of a difficult and dangerous character, as the men had not only to protect themselves from further falls, but also to work with very great care lest they might move that portion of the fall which protected Isaac. After nine hours of exertion sufficient progress was made to enable them to get the man out, happily un. hurt, but in a very exhausted condition. When extricated he at once recognised Alder. man Rees Llewelyn, the general manager, agent and managing director of the colliery, who had been underground for many hours superintending the rescue work. Addressing Mr. Llewelyn he said, Well, well, I suppose I must be carried out. This is the first time I have ever been carried out of a colliery." He had never before, it transpires, been hurt while at work underground, although his ex- perience underground at the Bwiifa extends for well nigh half a century. The unfortunate man was in a somewhat painful condition on Thrusday morning.
TRECYNON. HEN-DY-CWPJDD.—Ths Rev. Carrara Davies has been secured as temporary minister of the Hen-Dy-Cwrdd Unitarian Chapel. Mr. Davies, whose health broke down while in college, is at present recuperating, but intends returning to college next summer. Mr. James Glyn Davies, a nativo of Pencader, Cardiganshire, who is at present a student at Summerville College, Man- chester, has accepted a call to the pastorate of the church on the completion of his college course next summer, He is a very able preach- er, and the members of the church are to be congratulated on their choice of a successor to the Rev R. J. Jones, who worked so ener- getically here for so many years.
GODREAMAN. < \'I8TF,RIAL.—At the cone'luvoh of the ser- 111 Bethany Congregation Ci'.apel on Sun- Auy «vciVRg 'ust, ih- Rev. J. T. Rhys (pastoi) announced that ho h*J dec- tied to accept the call to New Mill English Congregational 1 Chm-ch, Swansea.
PARLIAMENTARY NOTES. BY EDGAR R. JONES. M.P. A CROMWELLIAN PARALLEL. This week has been one of unique interest and importance. It has witnessed the commence- ment of one of the great struggles of history" I had occasion, last week, to glance at old notes of mine dealing with the life of Cromwell, and I was astonished to observe the similarity between the early stages of the struggle of tha people against the tyranny of a king and the opening stages of the present struggle-the people against the tyranny of the House of Lords. The former affair began in a very humdrum fashion. It was at first a case of objections raised by lawyers against certain proceedings connected with the raising of taxation. Tha points were argued out, very much as we ara arguing in the House of Commons to-day, and the debates were" barren," as Mr. Balfour described our present debate. A quiet respec- table farmer struck against paying the principal tax in dispute. The case went before the courts of law and the farmer lost the day, but the trial of that farmer, John Hampden, gava a new enthusiasm to tho advocates of thfa people's cause, and brought prominently before the public the issues involved. Those issues. were many in detail, but one in principle-the principle that the Government had no right to dccide what taxes the people would pay for the services of the State. My readers have probably seen recently in the papers the famous resoIu- toins which the House of Commons in those daya passed, claiming the sole right of determining taxation. We arc merely asserting the same, right now, in the twentieth century only the right has not been usurped by a king, but by a hereditary chamber. What happond in the earlier struggle was that the King and his favourites and his backers in the House of Commons and House of Lords refused to believe in the seriousness of the matter* In both Houses of Parliament supporters of the King talked and wasted time, and pursued tactics very similar to the supporters of thf present usurpers. The cause of the people wllllt not too strong in those days there were various sections that had to be guided into commoa action. There were delays, disappointmentsJ loss of faith, and shiftings of leaders. Tha principle, however, was vital to free government, as it is to-day and some men grew so determined to protect their liberties that the Speaker waft forcibly held in the chair, swords were drawn in the Chamber and supplies were stopped* The King, not realising the power of free me sought to crush them with a blow. Then blow followed blow. The headstrong monarch tried to set party against party. He played with serious, grim leaders until he lost his head. The Lords do not realise to-day what 13 involved in the joint decision of the Irish Party, the Labour Party, and the Liberal Party—that they will never again accept the responsibility of government until a system of free represen* tative government has been restored to us. The Opposition in the House of Commons split hairs, manufacture delays and divisions. But there can be no turning back. Whatever the cost, the cause must triumph. Will it be necessary before the end to appeal to some form of violence ? The Cromwellian parallel fills me with apprehension. Nevertheless, while always for peaceful settlements, I shall not feel disposed to shrink from drastic action at tha proper time and in the proper way. Meanwhile, we have to trust our leaders, and extend to them every sympathy and support, in the hope that where Eliot and Pym failed Asquith and George may succeed. The failure of Eliot and Pym brought out a Cromwell, and Revolution* But there, we are to debate the matter fo< another fortnight; we are to have the Budget,. and well, nobody knows what ii around the next corner, perhaps a clear roadj, it is a strange road, never travelled over before Let us watch closely, and hope for the best.
CWMBACH. REHEARSAL.—On Monday evening the choirs of tho Welsh Congregational Churches of the lower district of Aberdare held a united rehearsal at Bryn Seion Chapel. The Churches repre- sented were :—Bethlehem, Abercwmboi} Saron, Aberaman; Bryn Seion, Cwmbach; and Carmel, Penrhiwceiber. The conductor was Mr. Phillip Rees. Abercwmboi, while his soiy Mr. Jonah Rees, presided at the organ. Y.p,S.—Mr. Harriotte Owen, Aberaman. presided at a meeting of Bethania (B.) Young Peoples' Society, on Tuesday night. Mr. Da.n Owen read an excellent paper upon Dyheuad yr Indiaid." He dealt with the different creeds and religions which barred the wayto progress and national unity in India. Comments were made at the close" by Messrs. Edward Thoma.St David Thorur.s, Dan Owen (Victoria-street)* Charles Morgan .'ames and Thomas Phillips. PROPOSED PIKLIC HALL.—The prospects 01 obtaining a public hall for Cwmbach have become distinctly rosy, and matters are assuming a definite shape. At a meeting of the general committee, over which the Rev. R. Roberta presided, twelve tenders were considered fol the erection of the Institute and Public Halli which will provide seating accommodation foi 600 persons. The tender of Messrs. Price Bros., Pontcanna-road, Cardiff, was accepted. Mr. Thos. Roderick, Aberdare, is the architect. It is hoped to get the building completed by Christmas. KNIFE AND FORK TEA.—The winter session of the Mutual Improvement Society of Bryfl Seion Church was wound up on Friday last with a tea and social gathering at Ynyscynon School- room. The tables having been cleared a miscellaneous concert was held, at which the following took part:—Opening solo, CastiaU Gwraig," Mr. D. W. Wilcox; recitation, Iaitb fy mam," Miss Katie Davies; solo, If evel you think of the old, old days," Mr. ThomaS Evan Williams recitation, Teaching Dolly, Miss Besbie Williams; solo, Ymadawiad y brenin," Mr. Tom Williams; recitation, Ton amod priodas," Mn Thos. J. Lewis; 801C\ Bright' in the moonbeam," Miss Mary Jane Davies; violin solo, Master James Jones a recitation, Mr. Moody a'r fam a'r plentyn," Miss Mary Jane Lewis solos, Y deryn pur, Miss May Evans; The Holy City," Misa Elizabeth Morgan; rectiation, Miss Nellie Evans, and solo, Mr. Johnny Lloyd. In the competition for naming places begininng with the letter H, six competed, and Mr. D. W. Wilcox was successful. A humorous recitation. "Hanes Modryb Mari," was contributed by Mr. John Hughes, which was followed by a rendering by the Male Voice Party, conducto* Mr. John Lloyd. The Rev. R. H. Davie chairman, proposed thanks to all who had taken part.. ORGAN RECITAL.—There was a. crowded attendance 011 Thursday evening, at Bryn SeioO Congregational Church, which has just bee)) renovated, when an organ recital was giveit on the new pipe organ. Mr. W. J. Evanfll Aberdare, presided, and delivered an address* The organist was Mr. Harry Evans, of Liverpool the vocalists being Miss May John (doubl medallist), Porth, and Mr. Llew. R. BOWMM National Eisteddfod winner, of Swansea. The first part of the programme opened with an overture on the organ, entitled William Tell (Rossini). Mr. Evans showed himself to be a perfect master of the king of instruments, and this excellent set-off put the audience in a delightful mood. Miss May John followed witlj that old-time favourite, Y golomen wen (R. S. Hughes), her enunciation being particO" larly pleasing. Next came a fantasia on thIS hymn tune Crugybar," one of the organist own compositions, which he interpreted vviW wonderful effect. Mr. Llew. R. Bowen was the next singer, his rendering of the solo, Why « the Nations" (Handel), being admirable íØ every respect. Part 1 concluded with the orga-Ii selections, (a) Solveig's Song (Greig) and (b) march, Pomp and Circumstance (EIgnr). Mr. Evans again skilfully manipulated the ke)', in each selection, and the audience was raisc<j to a pitch of enthusiasm. After the intervaj the artistes and audience again got on g°° terms, and the latter developed a strong desir^ for encores. Miss May John was the first called upon to respond, her rendering of The Hoty City sending musical enthusiasts into rapture* of delight. Mr. Harry Evans also played tha II Pastoral Fantasia of his own composition (in which shepherd's song, the storm, prayer and calm, succeed one another finely) in such II manner as to win unqualified approval from all. In response to the encore calls he played" The Volunteer organist." Mr. Llew R. Bowen then sang Y Milwr Clwyfedig," and Miss May J oø followed with the solo Gethsemane (Williams)4 Miss John and Mr. Bowen gave a fine rendering of the duet. What have I to do with theo ? (" Elijah "). The organ chorus Hallelujajj to the Father (Beethoven) was gone through by Mr. Evans with magnificent eliect. A vot* of thanks to the chairman was proposed b1 < the Rev. R. H. Davies and seconded by Thomas Lloyd. The finale, He v Wlad w Nhadau," was then sung by Miss May JobOt the audience joining in the refrain.
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