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Technical and Continuation Classes at Ton. Social Tea. Instructive Addresses. A pleasing feature in connection with the above Classes is the large number of teachers and pupils who assembled at the Workmen's Hall, Ton, on Friday evening, and testified to the enthusiasm which is being displayed by the local Committee in doing all in their power to add the word Success" to the Classes in this district at the end of this session. A well organ- ised social tea was on Friday indulged in by all the Committee, teachers and pupils, and a pleasant sight was the Workmen's Hall on this occasion. Tables were ranged on all sides, and each of the ladies who presided must have entered into com- petition as to which could arrange her table in the most artistic manner, for the result of their efforts was a complete suc- cess. Amongst those who presided at the tables were Mrs. E. T. Davies, Maindy Crescent; Miss Phillips, Pentre Higher Schoel; the Misses Griffiths, Maindy Crescent; Miss Davies, Bodringallt; Miss Griffiths, Maindy Crescent; Mrs. Percie G. Smith, Maindy Crescent; Miss Sadie Evans, Gelli Road; Miss Rosser, Matexa Street; Miss Joshua, Bailey Street; the Misses Ada and Tilly Thomas, Canning Street; Mrs. R. W. Griffiths, Queen St. Miss Williams, Bailey Street; Mrs. Leakie, Miss Evans, and Mrs. T. G. Jones, Canning Street; Mrs. W. D. Mor- gan, Preswylfa Miss E. Lewis and Miss Thomas, Maindy Villas; Mrs. Prichard, Gordon Street; Miss Eunice Morris, Maindv Crescent; Miss Jones, Canning Street; Mrs. Griffiths, Gelli Road; Miss Annie Thomas, Preswylfa Mrs. Morgans, Canning Street; Mrs. Griffiths, Alexandra Road; the Misses Brooks and Scott, Pentre Mrs. E. Jones, Gclli Road; Miss H. Jones, Stanley Road; Mrs. Evans, 27, Church Road; Miss Evans, 26, Alexandra Road; the Misses Davies, Ayron House Miss Rees, Pentre; Mrs. Lewis, Congre- gational Church; Miss Dinah Griffiths, Maindv Road; Mrs. Pritchard, Queen Street; the Misses M. A. Evans and Ingram, and Mrs. Davies, Maindy Road. When all present, to the number of about 300, had been regaled, the cloths were removed prior to an entertaining pro- gramme. Mr. W. D. Wight, M.E., chair- man of the Technical Instruction Com- mittee, occupied the chair, while Mr. Dd. Jones, organist of St. Peter's Church, Pentre, took his seat at the piano, and played an overture in a masterly manner. In his opening address, Mr. W. D. Wight said that he was very pleased to be present on this occasion, and hoped that the object of the social, which was chiefly to stimulate the pupils to further exertions during the winter session and put in a better attendance in the future, would be secured. Some districts had held their socials at the commencement of the term, and the contrary effect was the result, the pupils falling off consider- ably as the time went on. He was anxious that this district should be at the head of all the classes in the Rhondda. Speaking as a whole, he said that a larger number of pupils attended the Technical and Continuation Classes under the control of this Committee in proportion to the popu- lation than in any other portion of the Valley. The young ladies held the palm as far as the Classes were concerned, for the needlework classes showed that the young ladies were awake to their advan- tages and privileges, and were determined to partake of them to the full. The music classes came next, and he person- ally was very much disappointed with this, as he considered music more akin to play than anything else. He would like to see the other subjects being taken up by the young people more thoroughly, so as to derive all the benefits which the Commit- tee were anxious that they should receive and to make them more competent and proficient in all the branches of industry. Mr. Ben Devonald was then announced to render a solo, "I fear no foe," which was given in this popular basso's usual fine style. Mr. Rees Richards, Ton, was next in evidence in a capital recitation, Rienzi to the Romans," given with a dramatic force and vigour. Mr. W. P. Nicholas, clerk to the Rhondda Urban District Council, was next on the programme for an address, but the Chairman apologised for his un- avoidable absence through some pressing business, but he added that Mr. Nicholas had generously contributed to the Com- mittee the handsome sum of P,25 to be distributed in prizes amongst the classes for the best results in all subjects, and, added the Chairman, it would assuredly only be the best results which would be rewarded. Miss Tilly Thomas, Canning Street a young violinist of great promise, was then called upon, and was loudly applauded at the conclusion and recalled after a really fine performance. Fiddle and I" was the title of a solo splendidly rendered by Miss S. J. Lewis, who possesses an exceptionally rich voice. Mr. Jacque Thomas created much amusement in a comic rendering of "She's ma Daisy," being recalled, and he re- sponded with The Gondolier." Mr. T. W. Berry (Director of Education) next spoke, and said he was pleased to find himself in the centre of activity of the continuation classes, and this activity was largely due to the present chairman. The speaker believed that these classes operated satisfactorily in the formation of character. The early age at which a large number of pupils pass the standard of exemption and proceed to work made it necessary that the evening continuation classes should be fostered and receive every encouragement. He felt that the young working men could not better employ their leisure hours than in attend- ing the evening classes and taking up the thread of their studies which had been temporarily broken by their commencing to work at an early age. He contrasted the various countries of the world from every point of view with that of Great Britain, and he claimed that the present supremacy of this country was due to the energy of our predecessors, who had pushed themselves to the front, and it was very important that if Great Britain wished to keep at the head, the young people should take advantage of the privileges which had been handed down by the zeal and energy of our forefathers. In every phase of life Britons were to the front, and the insti- tution of continuation classes was cal- culated to keep them at the head of all the countries. He would like to speak on the moral effect of these classes also, for men who previously had been addicted to drink had under the influence of study become sober, industrious and thrifty men. The popular director concluded his address with the Welsh motto, Deffro, mae'n ddydd (" Awake, 'tis day "). Mr. Win. Davies, Ton, then gave a very good rendition of Mona," followed by a recitation, "'The Spanish Champion," by Mr. Solomon Rees. Miss Tilly Thomas completed an entertaining programme by a sweet rendering of Mignonette." Mr. Geo. H. Smith proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, which Major R. C. Dyke seconded. Mr. David Thomas, checkweigher, moved a vote of thanks to the ladies for their kindness in waiting at the tables, and to all the artistes who had assisted in the success during the evening. This was seconded by Mr. Morgan Williams, Llwyn- celyn. The secretary, Mr. W. Lloyd Evans, Maindy Schools, is to be congratulated on the success of the arrangements through- out. Mr. W. D. Wight, M.E., Mr. Geo. H. Smith and Dr. W. E. Thomas, amongst a number of other patrons, contributed handsomely towards the fund of the social.
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Ton=Pentre Police Count. Monday.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr. Arthur Lewis), Mr. T. P. Jenkins, Alder- man William Morganl Alderman E. H. Davies, Alderman Richard Lewis, Mr. J. D. Williams and Mr. D. W. Davies. A WARM RESTING-PLACE. Wm. Rich, an out-of-work plumber, was summoned for vagrancy. P.S. Baker said that he discovered the defendant on Sunday evening sleeping on the Gelli coke-ovens. Upon him were found soap, comb, looking-glass, and other articles. Alderman E. H. Davies expressed dis- approval of defendant's conduct, and said they wanted to put a stop to it. A fine of 10s., or seven days, was im- nACiifl OBSTRUCTION. Israel Cohen, a Pentre painter and glazier, was summoned for obstruction. P.C. Clinch said that he saw a large case, which had contained plate-glass, in Church Road, Ton. The defendant said that he could not leave plate-glass on the road; he was bound to place it on the pavement. A fine of 10s. was imposed. VARIOUS. Thomas Evans, driver, Pentre, was fined 5s. for driving with only one light. Samuel Longman, Ystrad, was fined 5s. for leaving a horse and cart unattended outside the Park Hotel, Cwmparc. David Henry Davies, Ystrad, was fined 5s. for a similar offence. TAKEN HOME IN A BRAKE. Walter Thomas, T'ylorstown, was sum- moned for being drunk and disorderly in East Road, Tylorstown, on Saturday evening. His conduct was so violent that he had to be placed in a brake and taken to the Police Station. Inspector Williams pointed out that defendant had 41 previous convictions, had been Black-listed," and had already been released from sureties when bound over for six months last year. On the 15th of January last he was again bound over for six months, his father and a tradesman becoming sureties for E10. A fine of £1 was imposed, and the Stipendiary also ordered that notices to the sureties be tendered to attend on this day week. A DASH FOR LIBERTY. David Thomas, a young boy, of Gelli, entered the refreshment house of David Britz, 55, Gelli Road, Gelli, 011 February 21st, and essayed to take away a quantity of cigarettes, but unfortunately the pro- prietor of the shop saw him, and Thomas cleared away, dropping in his flight a quantity of cigarettes, to the value of 2s. P.C. Jones said that when charged, Thomas replied that he was very sorry; he was sent in by another boy. He was ordered to receive four strokes with the birch. qw COAL STEALING. William Isaac Fisher, Treorchy, was summoned for stealing a quantity of coal from the Abergorchy Colliery. He was ordered to receive three strokes with the birch rod. Bessie Evans, 113, Ynyscynon Road, Trealaw, was charged with stealing a lump of coal from the tramroad of the Glamorgan Coal Co., and her mother, Mary Evans, was charged with having received same, knowing it to be stolen. The daughter was dismissed, whilst the mother was mulcted in a fine of 10s. Similar offences were also proved against Ethel Vowles and Elizabeth Vowles, Llwynypia, and the mother was fined 10s. CARD PLAYING. William Tewksbury, Tynybedw Street, Treorchy, was charged with playing cards with four others. P.O. Green, in company with another officer, went to the back of the street, and saw the five men playing cards. He made a raid on them and succeeded in detaining one. The other four escaped. He then took the money and cards which he found close by. A fine of 25s. was imposed. BEATING MATS. Three merry wives of Gelli, named Margaret Morris, Annie Jones and Jane Jones, were charged with beating carpets on the road. Their excuses were varied and original, but they were obliged to pay 2s. 6d. each nevertheless. SNOWBALLING. The snow has brought with it its usual crop of snowballing delinquents, whose amusements are the cause of other people's discomforts. Snowballing was the offence which Thomas Wild and David Davies, of Treorchy, were charged with, and cost Wild 5s. and Davies 7s. 6d. respectively. JOSTLING. Four rather smart young men from Tonypandy, named Richard Williams, Thomas Parry, William Morgan and David Rees, were charged with. jostling. The officer, in giving evidence, said that many people were obliged to turn off the pavement. They were fined 5s. each. THEFT. W. John Salter, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing an overcoat, the property of Samuel Humpton, general haulier, Pontypridd. Prosecutor said that on 29th February prisoner asked him for work, and he gave him a job for that day, and at the end paid him a shilling. He also told him to come there on the following day at six o'clock. The following morning prose- cutor missed the overcoat, which he valued at 10s. Prisoner admitted taking the coat, but had no intention of stealing. A fine of 5s., or seven days, was im- posed. DRUNKS. Dennis Morris, Pentre, 10s. George Newman, Treherbert, 15s. Charles Harris, Tonyrefail, 15s. David Phillips, Pontrhondda, 15s. Patrick Handrian, Clydach Vale, 10s, William Jones, Gilfach Goch, 15s. Alfred Davies, Tonypandy, 15s. George Murphy, Blaenclydach, 15s. Rd. Jacker, Gilfach Goch, 10s. Thomas Jones Gilfach Goch, 10s. Thomas Williams. Gilfach Goch, 20s,
Scholastic Success of a Porth Boy In the London Matriculation list pulb- lished on the 24th February, appears the name of Arthur E. Grant, son of Mr. J. S. Grant, M.A., headmaster of Portth Higher Grade School. Master Arthur Grant, who is but a few months beyond 16, is to be congratulated upon having passed at the minimum age. He has; received his tuition at the Porth Higher Grade School, having quite recently com- pleted his four years' course there. Last May he obtained a, First Class in Second Stage Mathematics Examination held by the Board of Education.
A Great Welsh Violinist. Mr.Haydn Gunter'sSuccess- ful Career. [By T. W. B ] No nation has the monopoly of musical genius, nor is it the outcome of a set series of circumstances or of environment. It may appear somewhat of a vagary when regarded in the light of surrounding cir- cumstances only, or it may be the develop- ment of talent which has shown a con- tinuous growth in the process of evolu- tion, or, as is more usually the case, it is the culmination of hereditary influences making themselves manifest under favour- able conditions. The writer heard of the subject of this sketch as one giving evidence of that rare skill which attracts the attention of the critic as well as the general lover of music; as one whose ability gave him the claim to genius, inasmuch as his skill is the outcome of perfect training under the best conditions and the development of a fine artistic temperament and musical soul. Mr. Haydn Gunter lives in the parish of Ynyshir, in that portion of the Rhondda known as the Rhondda Fach. It is a busy centre of the mining industry, and does not appear, therefore, as the best place in which to search for artistic skill and eesthetic taste. But an acquaintance with the district shows that there are many natural advantages that may stimulate and encourage the musical spirit. The situation amidst the mountains speaking grandeur and power; the meandering streams the cascades; the bleating sheep on the mountain side; the busy valley- all these influences have their reflex action on those who dwell in this once beautiful spot. The air, too, is impregnated with music, for these miners, as is well-known, break forth into exquisite song on every possible occasion-thus demonstrating the fact that one is in musical Wales. Mr. Haydn Gunter, though a native of Pontnewynydd (Mon.), has spent nearly the whole of his life in the Rhondda, and is, consequently, a. thorough Welshman, and is in more than one respect a polyglot, for not only is he a Welsh-speaking native, but speaks German, and, of course, English fluently. Mr. Gunter's early training is largely due to his father, who himself is very musical and a critic of no mean order. It is due to the self-sacrificing efforts of his father that Haydn Gunter has been able to pursue his studies under such ex- cellent conditions, and it is, therefore, all the more creditable, to him that, having substantial initial difficulties such as face a son of the artisan class, he is able to come to the very front amongst violinists. His early training was not characterised by any special circumstances, hard work and a determination to succeed being the marked features of this period of his career, when he worked at the colliery and studied music. In 1900, at the National Eisteddfod at Mountain Ash, Haydn Gunter won the prize for violin playing. This success encouraged his parents, as well as stimulated the young pupil to greater effort. Thenceforth the whole of his time and energy were devoted to the pursuit of music. His after success is a vindication of the national importance of the Eisteddfod, which has for its aim the encouragement of all forms of art; and in the pursuance of this object it naturally follows that it is the means of discovering embryo artistes. Five years later-in 1905—Mr. Haydn Gunter was the solo violinist at the National Eisteddfod, when his recital, as a result of later training, emphasised the previous verdict. Four of these inter- vening years were spent in a severe course of study at the best Continental colleges of music. Mr. Gunter first proceeded to Leipsic Conservatoire, the Mecca of so many aspirants to musical fame. The course here extends over several years, and is very thorough. The institute is cosmo- politan in nature, for Art knows no arti- ficial barrier such as that imposed by nationality. It follows, therefore, that students are to be found in Leipsie from all parts of the world, but only those giving exceptional promise are taken in hand by the great masters, as was the case with the subject of this sketch. Whilst in Leipsic, Mr. Haydn Gunter won the gold medal of the Mendelssohn Verein, being the first Briton to secure this much-coveted prize. Also whilst studying here our brilliant young country- man became one of the players in Nikitsch's celebrated Leipsic Orchestra. Leaving Germany, Mr. Gunter pro- ceeded to Austria, studying for six months in Prague, and thence forward to Vienna, receiving lessons from the most renowned players of the day. Amongst his several masters may be mentioned Hans Becker, Hans Sitt, and Petrie. Mr. Gunter had the good fortune to complete his course under the king of violinists, who is so well- known and so highly appreciated in this country. I refer, of course, to Dr. Joachim. During the past year this young artiste has been making an excellent reputation, playing at high-class concerts in Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Belfast, &c., as well as touring in Switzerland, Ireland, and Wales. His extensive repertoire includes the famous works of Paganini, Wieniawski, Greig, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Vieux- temps, and other well-known masters. Mr. Gunter had the honour of perform- ing before his Royal Higness Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria and Royal party at Kew Gardens last year; and after playing at Clifton Mr. Gunter received as a mark of Lady Selborne's favour a silver wine flask. Mr. Gunter's playing is marked by pre- cision, extreme neatness of execution (his technique being exceptionally fine), the production of a beautiful tone, a strong adherence to pitch, and in all his render- ings he gives expression to a natural and highly-developed musical feeling. Amongst his patrons Mr. Gunter specially mentions his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams, who is ever ready to help any young Welshman of marked ability. Mr. Gunter has also been favoured with the interest, of the Bishop of Swan- sea, the Dean of St. David's, and others. At the beginning of next season, Mr. Gunter is to make his debut in London, and those who know his career, his ability, and his growing reputation, as evinced in his many classical concerts, anticipate with every confidence a pheno- menal success which will bring the young Welshman into the greatest prominence as one of the first violinists of the day. We feel sure that all who read this sketch will, as Welshmen, as lovers of music, and as annreciatol's of perfect art, wish their countryman that success he deserves, and which we have no doubt will be his.—From the "Western Mail."
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The Lord and Lady Mayoress of Cardiff at Porth. i The visit of the Lord and Lady Mayorses of Cardiff to Porth on Thursday evening, was attended with much enthusiasm, and although the weather was far from being favourable, this did not prevent a large number from assembling at the local station for the purpose of welcoming the distinguished visitors. His lordship gave a promise a couple of months ago to dis- tribute the prizes to the scholars attend- ing St. Paul's Sunday School, numbering in all close upon 200. and to those attend- ing St. James' Welsh Church, Cymmer. Every preparation was made for their reception, and on their arrival they were escorted to a carriage provided by Dr. and Mrs. Joyce, Glynrhondda. The fol- lowing companies of the Church Lads Bri- gade were in attendance and formed a guard of honour outside the station —- Cymmer anu Porth (Captain 0. E. Wat- kins), Dinas and Penygraig (Captain L. A. Jones), Pontypridd (Sergt.-Major H. Smith), and Llwynypia. The Porth Fire Brigade, under Captain Joseph Brooks, were also in attendance. Very little time was wasted in preliminaries, and, headed by the Cymmer Colliery Brass Band, under the conductorship of Mr. George F. Martyn. the whole of the brigades turned their attention in the direction of St. Paul's Schoolroom. Here the Rev. W. Thomas and Mrs. Thomas, together with the clergy and churchwardens, held a formal reception. This was subset quently followed by the introduction. of officers and Sunday School teachers in the sub-room. The proceedings proper com- menced about 7.30 o'clock, and amongst those who supported the Vicar were the Lord and Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Thomas (Vicarage), Mrs. R. Conway Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Williams, Cymmer (church- warden), Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Jones (churchwarden) and Miss Olwen Jones, Rev. Gwilym Francis, B.A., and Rev. Arthur Williams, Mrs. W. T. Davies (Brynbedw), Mr. Joseph Jones (lay reader), Mrs. W. Lewis (Pontypridd), Mr. Richard M. Bishop (secretary of St. Paul's Sunday School), and the superintendent of the Sunday School (Inspector- Hutch- ings). After a prayer by the Rev. Gwilym Francis, the Vicar addressed the large assembly, and in so doing he heartily wel- comed the Lord and Lady Mayoress to Porth. Their attendance that evening would no doubt further stimulate Church work in the parish. Mr. Alf. Jenkins then gave an artistic rendering of "Eternal Love (T'. D. Edwards). The distribution of prizes was then proceeded with, the distinguished visitors being assisted in this department by Mrs. E. S. Williams. His Lordship afterwards addressed the meeting, and in the course of his remarks he alluded to the fact that he had been a Sunday School teacher for upwards of 25 years. He also threw out some very useful hints as to the best system to be adopted by the teachers in the marking of the registers. On behalf of the Sunday School, the Lady Mayoress was presented with a beau- tiful boquet- by. Miss Ethel Evans. On the proposition of Mr. D. M. Jones, Gladstone House, seconded by Mr. E. S. Williams, the Lord and Lady Mayoress were given a most cordial vote of thanks, a similar vote being accorded to the Vicar and the artistes. During the evening, songs were ren- dered bv Mr. Alfred Jenkins, Mr. David P. Howells. whilst Miss Maggie Bevan, in addition to a Welsh song in character, gave an admirable and effective rendition of The Gambler's Wife." The proceed- ings throughout, which were marked with much enthusiasm, turned out to be a dis- tinct success. Dr. and Mrs. Joyce subsequently enter- tained the distinguished visitors at Glyn- rhondda House.
Aged Couple's Differences* Husband 70 Years of Age Refuses to Maintain His Wife. David George (70), a cobbler, residing at Blaenrhondda, was summoned by his wife at Ton-Pentre Police Court on Mon- day for the recovery of JE3 7s., the arrears of a maintenance order of 6s. a week made against him in November last. The complainant pathetically remarked that her husband had only. paid her 6s. since the order was made. The old man pleaded that he could not pay, as he only earned 10s. a week. Mr. T. P. Jenkins (magistrate): You can earn more than that; cobbling is a good paying job. Defendant: My eyesight is nearly gone- Mr. Jenkins: It does not prevent you from drinking. Defendant was committed to a month's imprisonment, the order being suspended for a fortnight.
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