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Evidence of the. popularity of Colonel and Mrs. Tu-rbervill was given on their return to Ewenny Priory after twelve months' absence on a tour round the world. To celebrate the home-coming on Wednesday festivities were arranged, in which practically everyone on the estate and in the village participated. A number of tenants met the Colonel and his good lady at Bridgend Railway Station and preceded them on horseback to the Priory gates, where the horses were unharnessed and the carriage drawn by villagers to the Priory. Here the feelings of the parishioners were ex- pressed by the vicar, agent, and others, and all seemed delighted to see Colonel and Mrs. Turbervill back in good health. This wel- come home," the enthusiasm of which a heavy downpour of rain failed to damp, testified to the esteem in which the gsod people of the Priory are held. Though thev have, with unstinted hand, blessed in their absence those whom they are wont to helo when at home, their long absence has been felt, for it has been a personal one +o those on the estate, to the members of various institutions, and to the inmates of the Workhouse and Cottage Homes. Few have a warmer place in the hearts of the people among whom they live than the Turbervill family, who would pro- bably agree that the greatest happiness is in seeking the happiness of others. Either colliery offences are on the increase in Mid-Glamorgan or more vieilence is exer- I cised by colliery officials in tinding them out at any rate, the number of summonses at Bridgend Police-court recently have been larger than usual, and on Saturday last no less than three men were charged with dis- obeying the rules. Two of the cases were of a somewhat unusual nature. In one case an engineman quite unjustifiably deserted his post in a passion,'while in another a haulier was charged with riding on the couplings of what, in colliery parlance, is termed a journey" of trams. This young man really paid the penalty of his foolishness by receiv- ing personal injuries, but the Bench con- sidered this insufficient, and imposed a fine of zC2. The third charge was the common one of sleeping in the mine in charge of a lighted safety lamp. The maximum penalty of £ 2 is generally imposed on offenders against this rule, but it does not prove a suffi- cient deterrent to sleepy colliers. Hence the magistrates have intimated that they will in future consider whether they will not deal with offende-rs by sending them to prison. This may be considered in some quarters a harsh measure, hut it has to be remembered that the lives of many men are endangered by the practice, and it is the duty of èom. panies and magistrates to defend the careful from the careless collier. Discipline in the mine must be maintained in the interests of all parties—including those who would dis- regard it. • The Earl of Plymouth, as lord lieutenant, has now taken the preliminary steps to form a County Military Association, and one speci- ally interested in Volunteers like his Lord- ship may be trusted to bring the Association into being as soon as possible. In a speech at a Church Parade on Sunday, his Lordship expressed the opinion that, strong as the Volunteers in the county are, the Government would expect Glamorgan to raise even a larger body, and at least certain arms of the Forces would be expected to be made stronger. Roughly speaking, the several Volunteer Regiments in the county provide for 7,000 men of all ranks, which is a compar- atively small proportion for a county con- taining nearly a million souls, and when it is stated that many of the units are not up to strength, it will be agreed that there is con- siderable indifference in the county to a national duty. It remains to be -seen whether the new County Association will succeed in bringing home to the men of Glamorgan the importance of military training. Whilst the new Territorial Army is being formed, there are certain to be resignations of Volunteers, and many men will hesitate to take up the obligations which will be imposed on the new force. Therefore considerable propaganda work will have to be carried out by the Asso- ciation in order to induce old hands to re- main and new ones to come in. Another im- portant point to which Lord Plymouth re- ferred was the shortage of officers. It is essential that the commissioned ranks should be filled np if the Association's efforts are to be successful. Probably if officers are forth- coming, in the mining districts in particular, many men will join the ranks. In our own neighbourhood, we have two larsre mining dis- tricts in the Ogmore and Gany Valleys which should be able to maintain at least half a com- pany each were officers forthcoming who would take a thorough interest in their work.

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