BUILTH AEROPLANE WEEK. I t A Splendid Start. jv ,n<Jer the auspices of the Builth Wells and t ^ar Ssmngs Committee the Builth and pict "• Aeroplane Week" was opened on j Ursday last, with the object of securing the jJ^hfcent of £ 10,000 to purchase £ our to be named after Builth Wells. 1%100,11 committee, bent on success, secured ^operation of the managers of the three 3|7| banks, who not only gave valuable advice the best way of conducting the campaign. e forked with great enthusiasm, and when y ^eek is completed the grand total invested ^ie hanks will be a fine evidence of riotic work. The committee also made an th t° the various ministers of religion in (jraw the attention of their congre- l0«s to the great importance of placing all ttioney possible at the service of the r ntry, and to some extent their wishes in this Pect were carried out. The services of a p*jClal speaker in the person of Mr Frederick were secured from the National .| j. Savings Committee, and on Thursday three Wic meetings were held. to gre.it attraction was a model aeroplane «1^^ructed by Mr Ivor Williams, and placed on ^ron* his motor car which was used in e Smithfield during the morning as an office Local War Sa vings Association, and was r2^ed after by Mrs Pearce, Maesllyn Mrs Smith, The Elms Miss Nancy Williams, Unfair" and Miss Goodwin, White House. THE MORNING MEETING. Mr 0. W. Davids (Aberduhonow) presided ther the morning's meeting, which was held on & Smithfield at 10-45 a.m., and made a stirring the farmers to help the. country by iw *u8 the Government as much money as they spare. ^lr Tilney, in the course of his first address, j some very striking and convincing points Place before his hearers, showing why it was g^ssary for everyone to do his share in feeing the war. He first referred to the magnificent results of the Gorseinon cam- He said that at Gorseinon the workers p °ue day produced a sum of money which Presented £32 per head of the population, J* this had not been beaten in the whole Untry as a one da}' effort. This efiort was /^de in the face of great prejudices. In some aees they found that their best endeavours j.^re niet by a counter offensive, which ham- re<l though it could not defeat their aims. A illogical people said, The longer money if ^or tbe war the longer will the war go Coiij ^hat meant that they would, if thej stop the war at once but to stop was to !rVe ill. Would it pay to do that ? Did those rJPle believe that their enemies would, if they them, sit round a table and agree to the they were fighting for ? He "did not. My might agree in words, but did we not that every assurance they had given ghout had not only not been kept but had made with the express intention of not !r>g kept. To stop fighting on such promises to lie down and. plant the enemy's foot "Pou our own chest. Would that do us any Rbod Would that bring the millenium of lIeace' Would that overthrow Prussianism 4"d the military curse ? On the contrary, it ;oUld strengthen all those things. The Allies fighting for freedom of citizenship, the ^ts 0f the people to say whether or not war ¡;Qn:\q be a resource of a handful of great per- Were they going to say, We've grown Ca We want to stop, we can't crush you, we Do tl t prevent your attainment of the low pur- SoSes. the ambition of power which you want, are not going to try any more. We want h0li to stop fighting us, and to meet us and Ise you won't do those wicked things any l¡ ore, If you won't promise we suppose these ^Pleasant things must go on, for we are not to fight for their cessation any longer. 011 must come out on top, be world con- trol's, and have your foot upon all nations to ?^jugate and intimidate them, and make them Ve* to your commercial prosperity at the ford's point V That was the position of What chance had the democracies of 16 World against bloodthirsty autocrats whose '^e dream was power, empire, sway, domin- ion V How could the peoples of the world come to their own unless such autocrats >>ere humbled. ancT there was but one way of ^bling a butty, and that was by thrashing lift y rj>0 s|0p fighting would be to say fare- .eU to all hope of peace and prosperity in these glands. Coming to the question of finance, Mr jl'iey said the Treasury had paid for war ser- ies and war goods, and it would be ungrateful suicidal to refuse to lend back some per- 11 h t6lUage of that money, at an unusually high of interest. Many of the workers now had tl) I Li, money, for the spending of which there no proper market, and therefore apart tv11 :iny impulse °f patriotism it was a duty to r6tIiselves to invest this unused money to the ^t advantage. If the Government did not the money required at home, they would e to borrow more freely from abroad. But would mean the worst national economy, capital and interest would both have to be pi'l back out of this country, but as long as we °rro\ved here from our own people it would not leave our shores. If they saved for their CoUntry they profited themselves. They were aked to start that day and take up war savings to -,tar I J^nificates if they could not spare enough for ^tids. The fighting men were heroes all, while at home were only asked to do this small for which they would receive at least f) Per cent. (Applause). Roger Williams, in proposing a voto of thanks to the Chairman, observed that Mr. avies was ready to do all he could to help in frying this fcerible war to a successful issue. e felt quite sure that the farmers and others wOuld do their part to assist to furnish our j^n with the best equipment available to meet "eir enemy. THE AFTERNOON MEETING. Dr. W. Black Jones presided over the after- nOon meeting, held near the Market Hall, and supported on the platform by Mr. O. W avies (Aberduhonwy), JMr. G. Aj>ps (general ^cretary of the National Farmers' Union), Mr. C. Tilney (National War Savings Com- mittee) and Mr. W. Williams (secretary of the recoil and Radnor Farmers' Union). <5 » The Chairman, in his opening remarks, emphasised the importance of proper organisa- tion of the finances of the country and showed that the collapse of Russia was due to the lack of organisation. Mr. Apps, in a rousing address, urged the 11 el necessity of everyone doing his or her best to win the war. Mr. Tilney said there had never before been a campaign in Builth Wells to raise money to buy aeroplanes. The sum they were aiming at was 910,000, a princely figure, but not beyond the reach of Builth. Having dealt with the material and commercial motives which alone might influence people to buy war bonds and certificates as a very profitable and safe invest- ment, the speaker proceeded to a higher plane, because he said such motives were unworthy an imaginative people whose ideals had always been high. They were part of the British Empire, their welfare was bound up with that of England, their sons were fighting shoulder to shoulder with the English-speaking races and they had proved their patriotism. Wales stood high in the records of bravery her roll of honour was a long one. What need had he to speak of 5 per cent. interest ? It was an insult to the cause. What he must speak of was their continuance of the noble work they had already done in this war against bestiality and slavery. They must help to win the war, which if not won meant centuries of misery, slavery and indignity. Not till the enemy's own people cried Down with militarism down with Kaiserism," would the end be in sight. It could only come by their continued effort, and behind all their efforts there re- mained the need-for funds. Money must be found to pay for all the services of the crusade against ruthless ambition and it was for those who were left at home in safety, who had not been told off to meet shot and shell and bayonet thrust, to do their bit by swelling that necessary total that the great work was costing. There was nothing the enemy awaited with more anxious hope than the first sign of willingness to give in. Give it, Who could think of it ? What of our brave boys, our sons and brothers, who had bled and died, gone mad and blind, or became helpless cripples in the effort to beat the foe ? Was all this to be for nothing, now, when the enemy himself was threatened with civil war and revolution of a disheartened people ? Never! Victory was nearer than ever it was. They must fight on and willingly pay for the fighting. He hoped Builth that day would reach the high water mark of her patriotism, and all the allied nations would thank her when they saw her name blazoned upon the aeroplanes. On the motion of Mr. 0. W. Davies, sec- onded by Mr. W. Williams, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the speaker and the Chairman. THIRD MEETING. Mrs. Telfer Smith presided over an open-air meeting on the Gro and was supported by Mrs. Herbert Lloyd. Miss Nancy Williams, Miss Hawkins. Mr. J. R. Davies (National Provincial Bank) and Mr. Tilney. In opening the proceedings Mrs. Telfer Smith explained the objects of the local War Savings Association and appealed to those present to help it. Mr. J. -R. Davies announced that over £ IB,000 had been invested that day and that there were prospects of a great deal more. Addressing this meeting Mr. Tilney first showed that the present high prices of com- modities were caused by the necessity of encouraging the extensive manufacture of munitions of war. The country paid a fright- fully exorbitant price for all this, but less than the amount would not have brought the advan- tages we now possessed of thorough and full equipment. The wage earners spent the .money on luxurious commodities the manufacturers of these put up their prices and the vicious circle spread itself over all departments of trade. Money had been flowing over the country in undreamt of floods and most of it had issued from Government works throughout the kingdoms. As the plenitude of money had come about by the action of the Government in the payment of wages and the whole com- munity had profited,-they should give the first offer of it as a loan to the Government. Our liberty, our happiness was at stake our in- dividual share of the cost was infinitesimal. We could all lend something, some could lend a lot. He' hoped Builth would emulate Gorseinon. always thinking of the fate of our land which was in the balance and the re- demption of the debt we owed to our brave heroes who had given life, limb, sight and mind in their country's cause. Mr. J. R. Davies, in proposing a vote of thanks to the speakers, said that the money could be paid into the banks or to the War Savings Association and there were also two insurance companies offering facilities for people to lend money to the Government. The vote of thanks was seconded by Miss Nancy Williams and heartily accorded. Mr Roger Williams, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mrs Telfer Smith for presiding, said that the result declared by Mr Davies was most encouraging, and the thanks of the Committee were due to him and the other bank managers for the way they had taken up the matter. (Applause). They had heard a great deal how in the past people were prepared to suffer to maintain the freedom and liberty for which their forefathers died. Now the country was on its trial, their freedom and liberty were in danger, and it was the duty of every man and woman to do all in their power to bring this war to a successful end, so that when our men came home singing the songs of victory we should be able to join with them and say that we did all we could to help, to win the war. (Applause). Now that they had reached f 13.000, they had good reason to believe that the amount of £ 20,000 or more could be secured. The calling of such a large number of men from the rural district of Builth to the colours had brought the farmers into the war, and once the men of Cantref Buallt were moved they w-ould not hesitate to put their money at the disposal of the Government so as to secure an early victory. He not only wished to thank I\1rs Telfer Smith for presiding over that meeting, but for the assistance she had given him, in connection with Miss Nancy Williams and other members of the committee, during the week. Mrs Herbert Lloyd seconded and the vote was accorded with acclammation. )-
DRESSMAKING AT HOME. BY SYLVIA. FOR THE LADY GARDENER. t At first sight this jumper may appear toe ornamental to be of much use to the woman agriculturist, but a little consideration will soon show its utility as well as its simplicity. The upper part is cut kimono fashion, whilst at the lower part is a large and deep pocket or series of pockets which will be (I most useful for the purpose mentioned. As to materials, any suitable washing fabric can be used, eitliervf two kinds or all plain. To Place and Cut Out. Place the centre of front to the selvedges, smooth out well, and pin in place. This will bring the back on the bias, and of course give a seam here. The sleeves may be joined any- where in their length, if, as is most probable, the folded material is not wide enough to cut them without a seam. Pattern No. 2,209. He i e is a rathet- uncommon, but sum t and ps acticsl, design for a jumper for the use of the lady gard-ner or land-v/oiker. It will require about 3yds. of. 36-inch plain and half a ya, d of fancy material Trace round very carefully the outlines of the pattern, mark the notches, and cut out, allowing good turnings. To Make Up. As the jumper is slipped on over the head, it must be joined in fVont as far as is neces- sary to allow of an easy entrance being effected, when the remainder can be finished off as in the sketch, with two buttons and buttonholes. Next join on the sleeves if necessary, then the seam of the back, neafen and press, and then join up the under-nrm seam, and likewise neaten and press. Now make the collar, which is of double material, arrange and secure to the neck, neaten, press, and finish off. The pocket has the top edges turned in and faced with material, in the tab of which the buttonhole is made, when it can be run to the lower part of the jumper—right sides to face —then turned up on the right, side, the ends secured to the side-seams, the button sewn on in the front to correspond with the button hole, and the lower back cJge turned up, hemmed, and finished off. Lastly, gather the wrist-part, arrange and sew between the cuff edges, then in armholes, and finish off with the band as in the sketch. A YOKE OVERALL. The yoke has again cojue into favour for coats and wraps, so it is no wonder that it should find its way into the realm of overalls, y seeing that the most favoured models are of the coat persuasion. Here, then, is a nice pattern—of three-fold utility, since it can be used to cut an overall, coat-frock, or coat, if made only the length of the pattern, which, owing to the paper shortage, is | length. To Cnt Out. If you are using the pattern for an overall or frock, the first thing to do is to ascertain the length needed, and allow this when arranging the pattern on the material, folded as when bouglit. Place the centre-front to the selvedges and the centre-bick to the fold. The yoke should be placed lengthways of the material, also the sleeves, which should be. obtained from the folded width. Cuffs and collar are cut selvedgeways. Pattern No. 2,210. This is a i eal war-time pattern, and can be used for three garments, viz., overall, frcck, or coat, using material to suit the case. It will take about 4lyds. of 36-inch material. Trace round and cut out, allowing ampie I turnings, and enough for a good deep hem. To Make Up. Having cut out, fold over the box-pleats on each side of front and back, tack and press. The selvedge of pleat of the right side can be lightly hemmed to the fold of the pleat, to neaten it and keep it in place. The left side may be hemmed to form a wrap. Press the pleats well, i.hen■ arrange the top of back and front between tlie corresponding edges of back and from of the yoke, stitch in place, fell in the lining of the front of the yoke, make the buttonhole, and sew the button on the left side to correspond; make and secure the collar to the neck, neaten, press, and finish off. Now join the side-seams together, neaten, xtnd press then turn up the hem evenly, tack and press, after which fold the pleats over it awl oress well.
I BRECON & RADNOR FARMERS' UNION. Visit of the General Secretary to Breconshire. Big Muster at Builth Open-Air Meeting. Mr. George T. Apps, the general secretary of the National Farmers' Union, spent several days in Breconshire last week and addressed a number of meetings promoted by the newly- appointed secretary of the Brecon and Radnor Union, Mr. Wm. Williams, of Bryncelyn, Sennybridge. As the result many new mem- bers have been secured. On Thursday Mr. Apps spoke at meetings at Builth Wells and Glasbury and on Friday he spoke at Brecon and Crickhowell. I There was a large attendance at an open-air meeting held in the Smithfield at Builth Wells on Thursday last. Mr 0. W. Davies (Aberduhonwy) presided, and in his opening remarks said that there were 250,000 farmers in the country, and out of that huge number only about 50,000 belonged to the Union, and as long as things remained in that present state the interests of agriculture could not be looked after. Mr Davies pointed out how strongly Labour was represented and willingly the' workers paid for their repre- sentation, and appealed to the farmers who were not already members of the Union to join at once. Mr Apps, in the course of an earnest address, pointed out how important it was that farmers should join and have a powerful organisation which would be listened to by the Government of the country on such questions as security of tenure, better prices for produce, and the in- creased taxation, and dwelt on the great necessity of having a direct representation in in the House of Commons. The only way to I put matters right was for farmers to join the Union and so form a powerful and influential body able and willing to set forth their claims and to overcome all obstacles. I Alderman Mervyn Davies advocated Parlia- mentary representation, and Mr J. W. Jones pointed out what the Farmers' Union had done in the past in the interest of farmers. Mr Wm. Williams (secretary) outlined the programme of propaganda which was to be carried out in the two counties. The usual votes of thanks terminated the meeting. THE BRECON MEETING. The Brecon meeting was held on Friday afternoon in the assembly room at the Wel- lington Hotel and was very well attended. Mr. 0. W. Davies, chairman of the Brecon and Radnor Union Executive, presided, and in opening the meeting congratulated Mr. Williams on the excellent propaganda work he was doing. It was numbers they wanted now, said Mr. Davies. The Union was well started, with excellent men at the head and an excellent secretary, but they wanted weight behind. Only one-fifth of the farmers in the country had so far joined, and one-fifth of a body could not dictate to a Government. The other day a deputation from the Union went before one of the Ministers, and when he was told how many farmers there were in the Union he wanted to know where the rest were. Farmers who did not join the Union were hindering the good work of those already in it. (Applause). When the Government went to the coal-miners to ask for anything they went cap in hand, but when they wanted anything from the farmers they sent a very sharp order with a line at the bottom If this order is not obeyed you will be liable to a heavy fine and imprisonment." He hoped they were now going to show that they would not take all these heavy burdens that were put upon them lying down. The Government had called upon them to do all sorts of things and had given a pledge that 11 zfl if those things were done they would safeguard them, but they had not done so. Farmers were told to plough a lot of extra land up and they should keep their labour and have extra help for harvest they knew what had happened. He saw in the papers that the Cardiganshire Farmers' Union had told the boys to send their papers back and that they had done so. He himself was in favour of kicking hard and taking the consequences. Referring to the wage question, the Chairman remarked that the farmers should have had a programme for the wages board and stuck to it. Instead of that the labourers put forward a programme and the farmers' representatives gave way. The men were not going to work more than nine hours a day, and how they were to get the harvest in he did not know. He was afraid in that matter they were fairly in the soup." Mr. Apps, who had a cordial reception, said he was certain they had the right man in the 11 new secretary for Breconshire and Radnorshire, but his energy was bound to cool if he did not get the bulk of the farmers of the two counties behind him. In the past farmers had complained bitterly and with reason that they had been ignored by the Government and by the two great political parties that existed before the war. Agriculturists were ignored in the main because they were not organised but there was another great reason-the British public had a large proportion of their food- stuffs from across the seas and believed that arrangement would always go on. He believed that the Government intervention which had
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Brecon Memorial College. The annual meeting in connection with the Brecon Congregational Memorial College was held on June 20th, the Rev. Justin Evans (London) presiding. The Rev. Dr. Alfred Rowland, London, represented the Congrega- tional Fund Board. The committee, in their annual report, stated that the work of the college had been carried on without any serious interruption, notwith- standing that a large number of students were in the Army. A joint meeting of representa- tives of Brecon, Bangor, and Carmarthen Colleges was held in September last to consider whether it was possible to amalgamate and co- operate during the war. The conclusion was come to that there were practical difficulties which cotrid not be surmounted. The com- mittee felt amply justified in its decision to admit lay pastors and others to a course of training for theology. During the session there had been two lay pastors in the college, and others had applied for admission during the session 1918-19. The Rev. J. H. Parry, Llahsamlet, was elected chairman of the General Committee for the ensuing year. In the afternoon there was a discussion op The shortage of ministerial candidates the causes and remedy." A paper was read by the Rev. R. E. Peregrine, Rhymney, and addresses followed by the Rev. W. Davies, Llandilo, and Dr. Rowland (Chairman of the Congregational Fund Board). Principal Lewis moved that a memorandum be drawn up on the subject and circulated among the churches and denominations, and this was agreed to.
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The cuffs- are mitred at tne enas, ana, "M the collar, of double material. Gather the wrist-parts of the sleeves, and secure between the cuff-edges. A button and buttonhole, or preBs-stud, are the means by which the cuff is drawn in to wrist-size. Now arrange the gleeves in the armholes, stitch in firnily, cut off the raw edges, and oversew neatly. Lastly, make the belt, which is of double material, and fastened by a button and buttonhole, and secure in place at the waist,
been brought about by the war would not end with the war and it was absolutely necessary that farmers should now take up the question of organisation with very great seriousness. In his opinion the agricultural war committees would continue for a long time after the war, and it was necessary that farmers should be able to use their influence to get men of the right sort on those committees—(hear, hear, and applause)—men who had the knowledge and the grit to put that knowledge before the committees, instead of sitting down under grievances. He believed, too, they would still have prices fixed. When the Corn Production Act was passed and the prices fixed they were fixed on a 25s. per week wage for* the agricul- tural labourer. Now that wage had been very largely increased, in somer cases going up to 38s.; and the hours had been fixed too, and if a man worked beyond his 54 hours in the summer, or his 48 in the winter he had to be paid overtime. It was impossible at the moment to say exactly what the wages bill was going to be but it was certainly only fair that the farmer should receive such prices for his produce as to be able to meet it and also the increase in the price of foodstuffs and other materials he had to use. The farmer ought to get a fair interest on his capital and a fair remuneration for the time and.,skill and labour he put into his business., (Applause). All these things should be taken into account in fixing the prices of produce, The Board of Agriculture had recently formed a farming costs committee, and that committee was going very carefully into the price of foodstuffs, wages, rent, and other financial obligations which the farmer had to meet. On the other hand it was going into the question of the increased cost of living to find the position in which the agricultural labourer stood. The secretary of that committee was in constant touch with him (the speaker), trying to find the cxact position of affairs with regard to the farmer. The rank and file of the farmers in the country ought to know that that kind of thing was going on. He was constantly getting resolutions from the country to the effect that prices ought to be altered. Of course they ought to be altered, but they must put some- thing before the Government that could be proved. They must go before them with figures and with figures so drafted that they could all be proved. They had received from one farmer a set of figures, verified, which showed an increase on his purchase costs of 111 per cent. and an increase in the prices he had received of 84 per cent., making a loss to him of 27 per cent. If they could get similar figures from other parts of the country they would have a strong case to take before the Ministry of Food and the Board of Agriculture. If they could only go to the Government with something tangible he believed they would have sympathetic treatment. Dealing with the tenure question, Mr. Apps said that would be with them after the war and he felt perfectly certain it was at the bottom of all other ques- tions. They must give the farmer reasonable security of tenure. (Hear, hear). They did not ask for absolute fixity of tenure, but they did ask that when a man cultivated his land properly he should not be unreasonably dis- turbed from his holding. The Executive of the National Farmers' Union had taken the question in hand and had recently passed a resolution asking that no man who was farming his land properly should be removed from his holding under two years or for the duration of the war, whichever might be the longer period. The Executive intended to follow this matter up to the best of their ability, but they wanted behind them the rank and file of the agricul- tural community. Another question which would have to be resolutely tackled after the war was that of railway rates, so that the pre-war condition of foreign produce having preference over home-grown produce should not be introduced again and the incidence of imperial and local taxation would also have to be dealt with. The latter question was regarded as so important by the General Committee of the National Union that they had instructed the Executive to appoint a taxation committee to take it into consideration at once. Farmers must also have direct representation in the House of Commons. (Hear, hear). They would have to start in a small way, but if they stuck to it they could get men into Parliament who would be able to put agricultural matters before the House of Commons and the country at large from the point of view of men who knew. There were many men in the House in sympathy with them, but that was not sufficient; they wanted practical men who could speak from actual personal experience. (Applause). Representation of farmers on county councils and other local bodies was another important matter that should be kept before them. Point- ing out some of the practical advantages already conferred by membership of the Far- mers' Union, Mr. Apps instanced the legal aid fund and recalled a case won finally in the House of Lords, which would not have been possible but for the Union, and also the insur- ance scheme which made it possible for a inember to more than save his subscription for Union membership. He further mentioned the establishment of a permanent office in London, which had enabled the Union to deal more promptly with questions arising in the country which had to be submitted to Government departments. Mr John Smith, Greenway, asked Mr Apps ig there was any order which prevented a far- mer placed in an awkward position with regard to labour disposing of his produce. He had a case in his mind of a farmer who had had every man taken from him, and wanted to have a sale in the autumn, and he understood permission had been refused. Mr Apps said he knew of nothing that would stop a farmer having a sale in such a case. if any order had been published he had not seen or heard of it. He would make inquiry wben he got back to London. The Chairman If such an order has been published we should have a protest meeting. Mr John Smith remarked that farmers were assailed on all hands by all sections of the com- munity, and if they were men they would defend themselves. «. Mr Wm. Williams, in the course of a brief speech, urged that the time had arrived when the whole strength of the farmers was needed in the Union, and he appealed to members to induce their neighbours to join. In some dis- tricts he found petty things keeping farmers back, but the Union was a matter of principle, and it was absurd for a man to refuse to join because another he had a grievance against was a member. (Hear, hear). A vote of thanks to Mr Apps proposed by Mr John Jenkins (chairman of the Brecon branch of the Union) concluded the proceedings. CRICKHOWELL FARMERS' MEETING. Continuing a series of meetings in Brecon- shire, Mr George T. Apps, general secretary of the National Farmers' Union, and Mr Wm. Williams, secretary of the Brecon and Radnor Farmers' Union, addressed a large and en- thusiastic meeting of Crickhowell farmers at the Cambrian Arms Hotel, Crickhowell, on Friday evening. Mr W. Pritchard, Llwyfen, presided, and in introducing Mr Apps said there never was a day when it was more necessary for farmers to unite than at present. If they had all been united farmers would never have been treated so badly as now. The industry of agriculture was the greatest in the country, yet no industry was so weakly represented. Mr Apps followed with a rousing address on the value of unity, co-operation, and parlia- mentary representation, and Mr Williams strongly urged all local farmers to join the F.U., which had done so much for the interests of agriculture. Mr. John Smith, Greenway, said farmers had been treated as if they were of no account. If they allowed the present state of things to con- tinue they were betraying their sons, many of whom were fighting in the great war. Mr G. P. Jones also spoke, and stirring appeals for unity were made by Mr Wm. Powell and Mr James Howell, the local secretaries.