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BLAENGARW Pianoforte.—The solo in the juvenile piano- forte competition at Pontycymmer Eisteddfod was won by Master Willie Griffiths, son. of Mr. Evan Griffiths, cashier of the Interna- tional Collieries. Success.-The numerous mends of Mr. William John, late of Brynuedw, Blaengarw, will be pleased to liear from across the water that he has passed his c,ertitica,te, examina- tion as mining engineer. r*ew men, if any, were more popular at Blaengarw than jxr. John, and his success will be gratifying to all. Lecture.—On Monday night Dr. W. Morris, Treorky, delivered a lecture at the Work- men's Institute on the subject School' of Life." The proceeds were given to Mr. Mat- thew Baker, who has been unable through illness to earn a livelihood for some time. The. lecture was not well attended, on account of clashing with many events in the immedi- ate neighbourhood still, a large number of tickets had been disposed of. Mission.—The Garw Free Church Council commenced their mission on Monday night at Trinity Chapel, and the services were con- tinued' on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, at the same building. The missioner was the Rev. Ambrose Williams., Port Talbot. The three following nights in the week ser- vices were held at St. Paul's Primitive Metho- dist Chapel, Pbntycymmer. The meetings were in English, and next week they will be in Welsh. Harvest Festival.—Sunday ajid Monday were set apart at St. James's Church for the harvest festival. The church was beautifully -decorated with corn, flowers, fruit, and vege- tables. The following assisted' in the work of decoration —Mesdames Pluiiinici-, War den, Morris, 0. Griffiths, Misses J. Griffiths, J. Gummer, Messrs. W. Griffiths, English, G. Vaughait, W. Rosser, E. Priddle, and J. A. Williams. The preacher on Sunday was the Rev. T. J. Richards, D.D., Canton, Cnr- diff, whose discourses were a source of pleasure to large congregations. The sinking was con- -ducted by Mr. W. Plummer, who also dis- charged the duties of organist. The anthem, "Ye shall dwell in the land," was rendered with fine taste. The preacher on Monday night was the Rev. Richard David, B.A., "Vicar of Treharris, when the building was filled- to its utmost capacity. Dangers of the Safety Lamn.This was the subject of a lecture delivered at Nanthir Council School on, Tuesday evening by Mr. -Henry Davies, County Council lecturer on mining. The chair was occupied by Coun- cillor Evans David, J.P., there being a fairly representative audience, including several colliery managers and other officials. The lecture was highly interestmg and helpful to colliers who are accustomed to use safety lamps in their daily occupation. Mr. Davies spoke of the inventions ano improvements in lamps in modern times, as well as the old methods by which the darkness of under- ground was to some extent relieved. The Davy lamp at present used in many large col- lieries was, in his opinion, unsafe under cer- tain circumstances. This lamp would not show less than 2 per cent. of fire-damp, and 1 per cent, of fire-damp with fine dry coal -dust was sufficient to cause an explosion. It was not fair to give a man a safety lamp that did not show 1 per cent. when he made his examination. But a Davy lamp in the "hands of good, experienced, conscientious offi- cials was better than the new-fangled one. in -the, hands of inexperienced men. The Clanny lamp was the most deceptive of lamps. An explosion could occur from this lamp with- out its being in the slightest degree damaged. The speaker invited the workmen to join the mining class. He was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. I




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