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PONTYCYMMER. Salvation Arm.y.—The Sunday School anni- versary of the Salvation Army was held on. Sunday and Monday, and proved most suc- cessful. The drills at the open air meetings -on Saturday and Monday evenings attracted large c-rov, ds. The meetings in the barracks on Sunday included recitations and singing by the children. Confirmation'.—The Bishop of Llandu-ff conducted a confirmation service at St. Theo- dore's Parish Church on Thursday afternoon in last week when 36 candidates were presetin- ted in the presence of a large congregation. The clc.igy present included the icar, Rev. "W. Jones. Rev. T. lissington (late vicar of the parish). Rev. T. Lloyd Evans, cnrate-in- charpe). and the Rev. Mr. Stewart, curate of St. James's, Biaengarw. Bethel.—The annual meetings in connec- tion with Bethel C.M. Church were held on Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately the Rev. W. E. Fryddereh was unable to be pre- sent as expected. Eloquent sermons were. preached at six services by the Rev. Philip .Jones, Llanelly. The series of meetings were largely attended. The singing was ably conducted by Mr. Tom X. Fox, whilst Misses Lizzie Williams and Hilda Price presided at the organ.
NANTYMOEL. I.L.P.—Ou Sunday afternoon, near the 'Workmen's-hall, Nantymoel, Mr. Jas. Parker, M. P., Halifax, addressed a meeting under the auspices of the local branch of the Inde- pendent Labour Party. Sunday School Trip.—The annual picnic in ••connection with Bethel Welsh Congregational Church Sunday School was held on Monday, when PorthcaAvl was visited by a large num- ber of teachers and scholars. The weather proved favourable, and the admirable ar- rangements made by the officers of the church and Sunday School provided a most pleasant -and enjoyable outing. Mission Tea.—On- Wednesday the members ,of Saron Welsh Baptist Church, Xantymoel, promoted a highly successful tea and concert on behalf of the. Zenana Mission of the Bap- tist denomination. The tea, admirably catered by Councillor and Mrs Evan Griffiths, was well patronised, and the concert proceed- ings were interesting and enjoyable. The Rev. J. Hughes. the popular pastor, presided 'over the proceedings. Proposed Cottage Hospital.—At a meeting' of the Ogmore Valley Horse Show Society, held at the Workmen's-hall, Nantymoel, om -July 2211d, under the presidency of Mr. Wm. 'Graves, the meeting, upon the motion of Mr. E. A. Hale, seconded by Mr. Richard Phillips. unanimously voted the sum of JE10 to the nucleus of a fund for the establish- ment of a Cottage Hospital for the Ogmore Valley. The motion was warmly supported by Mr. Alfred Thomas (treasurer of the Horse Show Society), Mr. Willie Phillips, Mi-. :Powell, Mr. T. J. Job, Mr. J. Griffiths, and others. A public meeting will be convened at an early date after the holidays to try and further the movement. Obituary.—We much regret to record the tragically sudden death of Mi's. Alice Furley, the esteemed wife of Mr. T. Furley, John- street, Blaenogwy, who passed away on, Sun- 4day last at the age of 38 years. The funeral on Wednesday afternoon was a very large and representative one, and betokened the esteem and respect with which the departed and her family are held in the valley. Her mortal re- mains were laid to rest in Blaenogwr Ceme- tery. Rev. J. M. Phillips, pastor of Bethany, assisted by the Rev. M. J. Mills, pastor of Gilead C.31. Church, officiated at the house and graveside in a touching and impressive manner. The deepest sympathy prevails for the grief stricken husband and children, the .aged mother and brothers, and other relatives in their sad affliction. Hope Congregational Church, Blaenogwy. -The Sunday School anniversary was held on ,July 25th. In the morning the pastor, Rev. T. H. Jenkins, gave an address to the Sunday School scholars. The afternoon and evening services took the form of recitations, solos, dialogues, choruses, and anthems by scholars and choir. Recitations were given by Ade- laide Morgan, Jenny W. Baker, Johnnie Lloyd. Elvira Spanswick, Robert Hemry Thomas, Daisy Jones, Florrie Cole, John Rees Span-swick, Gwendoline Isaac, Reggie Price, Nellie Sparks, Minnie Perrin, Bertie Jones, Bertie Griffiths, Edith Organ, May Owen, Edgar -riffiths, Dolly Phillips, Isabella Hun- ter, Nellie Thomas; dialogues by Gwendoline Isaac and friends; Beatrice Davies and friends; Dillys Lloyd and Catherine Roach; Florrie Cole and friends; and Edmund Hun- ter and friends solos by Mr. John Edward's; Nellie Brown, Dolly Phillips, Florrie Baker, Elvira SpansAvick and' Catherine Roach. The choir rendered a number of choruses and anr thems in an accomplished and praiseworthy manner. The above were supported by Miss Daniels, of Maesteg, National Eisteddfod re- citer, winner at London National. The con- gregation will never forget her recitation, The dream of Pilate's Avife." Much credit is due to the superintendent, Mr. John Isaac, and Miss Lydia HOAVOIIS for the excellent ar- rangement of the programme. The anniver- sary was a great success, the Workmen's-hall (•where the church is worshipping at present) being well filled. The pastor, Rev. T. Hir- Avain Jenkins, presided at the meetings.-—On Monday the Sunday School held their annual tea. They marched through the main streets -of Blaenogwy and Nantymoel, headed by the Silver Band. After tea the scholars had games on the "Flat" (by kind permission of Mr. Thomas Williams. Blaenogwr Farm), where young and old heartily enjoyed them- selves. Amiivei-sary.—The Sunday School anniver- saiy in, connection with Gilead Sunday School was held on Sunday. The afternoon meet- ing was entirely devoted to the junior mem- bers of the Sunday School, and the young scholars discharged their duties in a highly creditable manner, which reflected great credit upon Mr. George Evans, the superin- tendent, who, with Mr. W. H. Jones and other ardent workers, must have put forth much effdfrt to make it such a success, for it was quite evident that both the choir of young musicians and reciters had undergone very careful training, and the interest taken, was very keen. The programme was as fol- lows:—53rd chapter of Isaiah, Johnnie Mor- gan; chorus, choir; recitations. Johnnie Hughes and Jennie Morgan; chorus, choir; recitation, Nellie Price; solo, Mr. W. H. .Jones; recitations, Trevor Evans and Cathe- rine DaA'ies; chorus, choir; recitations, Ed- gar Jenkins, Clarice Harris, and Lizzie Jane •John; chorus, choir; recitations, Gwladys Keefe and Martha Ann John; chorus, choir. The evening meeting was taken up chiefly by the adult members of the Sunday School, when recitations, solos, and, choruses were rendered. 1 he singing of the choir Avas up to its usual high standard, which reflects great credit upon Mr. W. H. Jones, the con- ductor. The programme again was of a varied1 character, and was as follows:—5oth chapter of Isaiah, Arthur Evans; chorus, choir; recitation, Johnnie Morgan; semi- chorus, choir; recitation, Catherine Davies; eolo, Patti Howells; recitation, Mr. Thomas; solo and chorus, choir; recitations, Bertha "Williams and' Win. James Davies; chorus, choir; recitation, Wm. George Jenkins; eemi-cborus. choir; recitation, Mr. Thomas; solo, Mr. W. H. Jones; chorus, choir; ad- dress, Mr. John Llewellyn. Mr. W. H. John) made an ideal accompanist, and showed the importance of having such a fine and suitable organ. The attendance was very good. Rev. Bonar Rees, Llanelly, presided.
OGMORE VALE. Socialism.—Under the auspices of the local branch of the I.L.P., Mr. John Parker, M.P., 11 1 1 Halifax, delivered a Socialistic address on Sunday evening to a very large crowd near the Police Station. Draughts Match.—A Aery interesting "draughts match was played at the Workmen's- hall between the local team and Nantymoel, and resulted in a win for tiie local team by 27 games to 17. The following are the scores:—Nantymoel: W. Nieholls, 2; H. Richards, 1; Joe Thomas, 1* J. Tarr, J F. Vaulters, 2; Alf. Dunston, 0; Edward Cook, 2; Tom Beard. 11; Job Baker. 3; Jolm O. Jones, 2% D. Turner. 2; total, 17. Ogrmore Vale: J. French, 2; J. Richards, 3; E. Rees, 3TI I. Rees, 3.^ J. Moss, 2 W. Thomas, 2 A. Clare, 2-J-; I. Wadham, 1; T. Rees, H; T. Morgan. 4; Wm. Davies, 2. Total, 27. Successes.—The Juvenile Choir have again been adding to their laurels. On Saturday they journeyed to Skeweir and took the second prize, being defeated by the local choir. In the afternoon they proceeded to Neath Abbey, and won the first prize, secur- ing easy honours over the choir which had de- feated them a few hours previously. Dur- ing the last twenty months the choir have en- tered the competitive arena twenty-five times and have captured twenty prizes—an aver- age of one a month. This neinarkable success is unequalled, and the conductor, Mr. W. H. Caple, together with the accompanist, Miss S. E. Hughes, deserve the highest praise.— The competition, "Myfanwy" at Bethania Eisteddfod was won by the Strikers' Party, led by Mr. Gwilym Kinsey, and not by Mr. S. Fielding, as reported in our last issue.
GILFACH GOCH. Headm asters hip.—Among the short list for headmaster for Hendre School, Caerphilly, is Mr. Edmund Griffiths, certificated assistant master at the Llantrisant Council School. Ctrick-et dub.—Much disappointment was caused on Saturday through the non-fulfil- ment of a home fixture with In Treorky Seconds. It is to he hoped that the secretaries will agree upon a future date. Scholarship.—Miss Ida Edwards, eldest daughter of Mr. J. Edwards, South Villa, has secured a county probationer scholarship for CoAvbridge Intermediate School. She is a scholar at Llantrisant Council School, Mr. Isaac Owen, headmaster, Page aiit.-Tlic, upper standards of Evans- town Council School were closed on Wednes- day by sanction of the Education Committee, in order to allow the children to attend the Pageant iat Cardiff. A large number of child- Ten. made the journey, accompanied1 by their headma.sterandl several teachers. I.L.P.—Under the auspices of the local branch of the Independent Labour Party a meeting was held in the Institute, when the Rev. George Neighbour, of Mountain Ash, de- livered all inspiring address on the March of Democracy." The address was listened to by a goodi company. It was originally in- tended to hold the meeting in the open-air, but owing to the inclement weather it was held under cover. Lecture.—A lecture in connection with St. Barn abas' Church was held on July 22ncl. In the unavoidable absence of the appointed chairman, Dr. D. N. Morgan, an able substi- tute was found in the Rev. G. M. Llewellyn'. The Rev. — Dixon, M.A., of Oxford (late lec- turer of Ruskin College), delivered an in, teresting lecture to a large audience, the sub- ject being, Blind! Students, Past and Pre- sent. The lecturer also recited some pretty poetry with great effect. Reading Room.—A general meeting of the subscribers of the Gilfach Goch Reading-room was held on July 21st, Mr. Thomas Richardis presiding over a. fair attendance. The meeting was convened for the purpose of de- ciding what steps should be taken with re- gard to the books, etc. Some time ago the cottage property belonging to the Glamorgan Coal Company was sold, and amongst the lots was the Reading-room, the free use of which the above Company had giveii, for the past 20 years. The meeting was unanimous in its desire to keep the institute open if possible, and decided to ask the Avorkmen employed at the Glamorgan Colliery to increase their subscriptions to Id. per week, and to endeav- our to get some assistance from the 60 to 70 men employed at the Cambrian Colliery, Cly- dach Vale, who reside at Gilfach. POLICE COURT CASES. Heard at Ystrad on Monday. Stealing Coal.—Margaret Jane Daviesandl David Henry Jones, Evanstown, were fined TOs. each and costs for stealing coal, value Is., the property of the Britannic Coal Com- pany. Indecent Language.—Margaret Evans, 13 Pritchard-row, for using indecent language, was fined: 10s. Dog Not Under Control.—For allowing his dog to be at large at 11.15 p.m., and not under control, Benjamin Jenkins, 7 Henry- street, Evanstown, was fined 7s. 6d.
GILFACH & BLACKMILL SEWERAGE — SCHEME TO COST £ 10,000. Mr. A. G. Drury, inspector of the Local Government Board, held an inquiry at the Council Offices, Brynmenin, on luesday mor- ning, into the application of the Ogmore and Garw Council for sanction to borrow a loan for works of sewerage for the Gilfach and Blackmili portion of their district. There were present Messrs. E. H. Yates (from the office of the clerk, Mr. S. H. Stock wood), H. DaAvkin Williams (surveyor). W. T. O. Jones (deputy surveyor), T. Jones (surveyor's clerk), E. Jenkins (surveyor to the Pensbont Rural Council), and Eiryn Davies (sanitary inspec- tor to the Rural Council). There was 110 opposition to the scheme. It is proposed1 by the scheme to lay a main seAver from Gilfach to Blackmill to join the Ogmore sewer at the latter village, in order that the Gilfach sewage may be treated at the works at Brynnienin. The scheme* also provides for sewering Blackmili. The esti- mated cost is about £ 10,000.
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OGMORE AND GARW COURtIL A meeting of the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council was held on Tuesday, when there were present: Messrs. Llewellyn Jones, W. Davids. Jenkin Phillips, D. J. Thomas, Howeil Lewis, Jacob Edwards, D. Thomas, A. J. Lawrence, Rev. T. B. Phillips, with the clerk (Mr. S. H. Stockwood), and the sur- veyor's clerk (Mr. T. Jones). In the absence of Mr. T. C. Jones, who was in London in con- nection with the Glamorgan Water Bill, Mi-. Llewellyn Jones was voted to the chair. NOT CELLAR DWELLINGS. At the previous meeting plans from Mr. Jenkin Phillips for a. new street to be called Bryn Wyndlhani, Ogmore Vale, and of 56 dAvelling-houses to be erected on the Avest side of the street were passed subject to the con- ditions specified by the Surveyor. The plans of the 50 double dwelling-houses on the east side of the street were disapproved1 of for the present, and the surveyor and clerk were in, stmeted tc confer on the question of the cellar dwellings. Mr. Stoclnvood now reported that he had conferred with the surveyor 011 the question. There was no definition in. the Act of a cellar dwelling, and they formed the opinion that a cellar was a place which was mostly undeiv ground, substantially an underground room. As far as they could see from an inspection of the plan, these houses would not come within the definition at all. A cellar, they considered, was a. place surrounded by ground. M r. LaAvrence Do you think these would be more healthy than cellar dwellings? The Clerk Yes, they are not cellars at all in my opinion. Continuing, the Clerk said the objection to cellar dwellings 1U8 they were damp and could not be propeiiy A-entilated. Where one side of a place was open to the air and on the other side there was ventilation to permit of light and air, he thought it was not a cellar. Mr. D. J. Thomas said he did not wish to put his opinion against that of the clerk, but lie still considered these were cellar dwellings. The basements wourd be separate tenements, and he believed the rents would go up. Mr. Law re nee And the rates too. The Chairman The Council cannot inter- fere with the question of rents. The plans were passed by four votes to three. Mr. D. J. Thomas asked for the names to be taken. There voted for the passing of the plans .Rev. T. B. Phillips, Messrs. D. Thomas, A. J. LaAvrence, and' W. Davies. Against: Messrs. Jacob EdAvards, D. J. Thomas, and H Low is. Mr. Jenkin Phillips did not vote. TOWN PLANNING. It was intimated that Mr. T. Lucas, the delegate appointed, would be unable to at- tend a town planning conference at Birken- head to-day (Friday) owing to a miners' meet- ing, and Mr. D. J. Thomas Avas elected in his place. INCANDESCENT LIGHTING. At the previous meeting it was resolved that the surveyor be authorised and instruc- ted to convert 50 open burners in the Garw Wards to incandescent lights, and that the surveyor before deciding upon the particular apparatus to be substituted, be authorised to visit the Public Lighting Exhibition at Cardiff. The Surveyor's Clerk stated' that Mr. H. Dawbn Williams had not yet had an oppor- tunity to visit the exhibition. PONTYCYMMER BATHS. The Pontycymmer Baths Committee had decided that season tickets for the use of the bath be issued as follows, namely: Weekly season tickets, 4d. monthly season tickets, Is. Avhole season' tickets, 2s. 6d., tickets not to be transferrable. The surveys*' -was instructed to have notices printed .and posted that *the baths are reserved' for the use of school children on certain! days and hours as follows, namely: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.20 to 4.30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 3.15 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. EXTENSION OF AREAS. It was resolved that the fixing of a date for the meeting of the Extension of Areas Com- mittee be placed upon the agenda for the next Council meeting. ZYMOTIC DISEASES. The Medical Officer reported that nine cases of zymotic diseases occurred in the district during tho month 5 in the Garw and 4 in the Ogmore. The Garw cases were 3 diph- theria and 2 scarlet fever. The Ogmore cases were 4 scarlet fever at Gilfach Goch. "ENOUGH TO POISON." The Medical Officer reported' that he had visited the Garw slaughter-houses with the surveyor, and1 found them still unsatisfactory. One behind 21 Strand, Biaengarw, had a re- ceptacle in it giving forth a most horrible stench enough to poison the neighbourhood1. Some of them had made an attempt at im- provement, but he was still of opinion that public abattoirs—one in each yalley-weire the only proper places to slaughter in, as that would ensure cleanliness and efficient inspec- tion of meat. He suggested the Council de- fer passing plans of any new slaughter-houses until a further report be made upon them. Rev. T. B. Phillips thought something should be done in the meantime to abate the nuisance referred to. Mr. D. J. Thomas moved' that notice be served upon the owner. It was pointed out that notice had already been served on the owner, and the clerk was instructed to write stating that the Council did not consider the notice had; been, complied with, and warning him that proceedings, would be taken unless this were done. Mr. D. Thomas thought the medical officer should have reported upon the other twelve slaughter-houses. He knew of one which he had not visited. Mr. D. J. Thomas: Is this a complaint that that medical officer is unfair? The, Chairman: Mr. Thomas makes that complaint. Mr. Lawrence: The medical officer has re- commended notices to abate nuisances where they exist. Rev. T. B. Phillips This is a case of nuis- ance. Mr. Lawrence I know of some slaughter- houses which are as clean as new pins. Mr. D. Thomas said, the surveyor had askedl him to make a manure pool at his slaughter- house, but he took the manure away every day, and he thought that system much better than making a pool. The subject then dropped. STONES IN VENTILATORS. The Medical Officer reported' that he had inspected 3 new houses with the surveyor at Mount Pleasant, Biaengarw, and found only one ventilating shaft there; two were aJ- re,ady tenanted, and he did not consider these dwellings satisfactory without a shaft to each house as required by a former resolution of the Council. It was deeided to serve 14 days' notice on the OAvner. Mr. D. J. Thomas said he had noticed one ventilating shaft which had been filled with stones by boys climbing up and' dropping them in. Mr. Lawrence: Wicked Ogmore boys. (Laughter.) It was decidedl to post notices on the shafts in public places. BETTWS WATER. The Medical Office,r forwarded analyses of samples of water taken from the Bettws sup- ply, and remarked that the amount of oxide it contained made the AV.ater utterly unfit for consumption. Rev. T. B. Phillips; I take it that comes from the pipes. It was understood the pipes will be re- placed. AN OPEN SEWER. The Medical Officer reported that there were six houses in Prospect Place from No. 24 to 29, the drains of which emptied into a culvert close by, and after running in the open gutter for some distance eventually found its way to the river. This state of things should not be tolerated for a moment when there was a main sewer in the district, and he advised the Council to have the drains immediately connected to the main sewer. ila I !Fhere was also one ventilating shaft only in this street, and that at the IOAVCM- end instead' of at the dead end. Two more shafts should be put in this street. The surveyor was directed1 to report upon the cost of connecting the houses with the main, sewer. INSPECTOR ILL. The Medical Officer reported that the Garw sanitary inspector was ill and likely to be laid up for some weeks. Another officer of "i&fe Council was appointed to carry out the duties temporarily. DUST NUISANCE. Mr. Lawrence called attention to the neces- sity for more street Avatering at Pontycym- mer. Sometimes tradesmen could hardly- open. their shop doors for the dust. The Chairman Quite right. Mr. D. J. Thomas inquired what was being done with regard to the tarring of roads. The Surveyor's Clerk: The machine has b^en received, but the tarring cannot be done Ipstdl there is fine Aveather. GARW RECREATION GROUNDS. The Chairman, remarked' that the question of providing a recreation ground for Ponty- cymmer was raised by Mr. LaAvrence some time ago, but 110 meeting had: been held. Rev. T. B. Philiips: All the Avards were re- ferred to. Mr. Lawrence: I plead guilty to visiting one site with the surveyor. Owing to the surveyor being aAvay, the mat- ter was deferred.
GLAMORGAN WATER BILL. 4 BEFORE THE HOUSE OF LORDS COM- MITTEE. GARW COUNCILLORS' VOTES CALLED IN QUESTION. A Select Committee of the House of Lords, presided over by the Earl of Kintore, had before them on Friday the consideration of the- Glamorgan Water Board Bill. There was opposition from a large number of urban and rural authorities in the county, including the Maesteg and Ogmore and Garw Councils. Mr. Fitzgerald, K.C., in opening the case for the promoters, said the Bill was pro- moted by the Glamorgan County Council with the object of constituting a water board for a large and important area in their county, an aa-ea very largely composed or almost entirely composed of coal mining dis- tricts. Owing to the coal mining the popu- lation. had enormously increased and was in- creasing. At the same time, by reason of subsidences caused by mining, the original sources of water supply disappeared. Min- ing subsi.dencies were reducing the Avater courses, and the streams were being polluted. Further supplies must be had further afield, which the small authorities could not afford —hence the need for a county Avater board. The Bill included a proviso enabling the Local Government Board to make an order at the instance of the County Council or any other local apthority to add a local constituent body to that board. This was a proposal which had g,iveii rise to the bulk of the oppo- sition. But this poweor was most carefully guarded. The new water board' could mot make an application' to the Local Government Board. It could only be made by the County Council or by the authority who w ished to come in. In the case of OGMORE AND GARW, the only water the local authority possessed was a small supply of unfiltered Avater, and* the bulk of the district was supplied by the Garw Water Company, who were the real op- ponents in the matter. The company had1 certain representatives on the District Coun- cil, and it was by their votes that the resolu- tion to join the Avater board was lost. In. A-oting all this question the shareholders of the water company contravened the provi- sions of the Public Health Act, which did not allow the members of a District Council to vote on matters in which they were directly interested. v. Mr. T. M. Franlden, clerk to the Glamor- gan County Council, examined' by Mr. Free- maji, K.C., said the proposals for a better water supply for the localities concerned were forced' upon the County Council. Cross-examined by Mr. AcAvorth, represent- ing the Cardiff Corporation, Avitness admittool that it was proposed by the Bill to lay pipes parallel to pipes belonging to the Cardiff Cor- poration, but there were no protective clauses put in the Bill as to that, although the mat- ter had been under discussion, and there was no question now between the engineers. Llandaff and Dinas Powis was not a constitu- ent authority under the Bill, but they wished the ratepayers of that district to have. the benefit of any water that the water board should have to spare for them. The Committee adjourned1 until Tuesday. On Tuesday Mr. Franklen, clerk to the Gla- morgan County Council, was further cross-ex- amined on behalf of the opposing authorities, and in re-examination he said it was abso- Ititely necessary in this case to establish the water board under Act of Parliament. Mr. Ram, K.C. Are you willing that the local authorities should, either alone or in combination, have power to purchase a por- tion of their undertaking? Witness We cannot do it. The witness was cross-examined by Mr. Forbes Lancaster, K.C., on behalf of the Mountain Ash Urban District Council and questioned the assertion of counsel that it was open to Mountain Ash to AvithdraAV from the scheme if satisfactory terms of partner- ship could' not be arranged between this dis- trict and other constituent authorities. It was a stipulation, said Mr. Franklen, made. by Mountain Ash itself. Cross-examined by Mr. Pollock, K.C., on behalf of Riiondda Urban District, the witness admitted that they proposed to retain the through mains, and he recognised' that the mains were a part of the goodAvili1 of an undertaking. M'r.. Pollock There is nothing in the Bill to show that you are going to pay anything for these through mains. Witness: The arbitrator has got to decide how much of the goodwill is due to the dis- tributing part, and the through mains are not included. Mr. Blandy Jenkins, chairman of the County Council, said the mining districts of the county were in great danger of a water shortage. in the immediate future. The Rhonddai was the only district whose rateable value would enable it to go a considerable distance for a water supply. Dr. Williams, medical officer of health to the Glamorgan County Council, lfext gave evi- dence in support of the Bill. The Committee adjourned.
RAID ON CHICAGO GAMBLING DENS. ARREST OF 131 PERSONS. An extensive raid was made on Saturday in Chicago, under the leadership of the State Attorney, on gambling and disreputable houses in the Tenderloin district, with the re- sult that 131 persons were arrested, and will be indicted for conducting and assisting in illegal business. The persons arrested, a New York correspondent says, include fifty Chinese gaming-house keepers, fourteen keepers of dis- reputable houses, sixty-five saloon-keepers, and two police officials. It is alleged that the police have been paid for some time to pro- tect these illegal establishments, many of the proprietors of which have paid sums ranging from £50 to £ 250 a week. The scandal has been known for some time, tod the officials have been quietly preparing 10 round up the district and sweep into the net people who were acting in open violation of the law. Both of the police officials arrested are inspectors who have been in the force a long time, and have, it was well known, grown richer than their salaries would account for. Invest gatioins made by the State Attorney point fo City Aldermen and other officials as being implicated, and it is probable-" that further arrests will be made which will cause a very great sensation in Chicago.
THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT. RESIGNATION OF POST AT MALTA. Field-Marshal his Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught has tendered the resig- nation of his appointment as Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief and High Commis- sioner in the Mediterranean, which his Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to accept. The Duke has sent to the Armv Council a full explanation of the reasons which have operated with him. This statement is not available for publication, but is said to be to the effect that his Royal Highness, having filled the appointment for two winters, is convinced that there is not sufficient work for him to do at Malta, and that the position is to that extent an unnecessary one.
SPAIN AND MOROCCO. DESPERATE FIGHTING AT MELILLA. The Madrid correspondent of the Times describes the fighting at Melilla on Friday as of a most desperate character. The Moors, estimated to number 16,000, made a most de- termined attack on the Spanish positions and lines. The Spaniards, who were well pre- pared, repelled the assault after a battle last- ing till nightfall. At one point a Spanish gun was lost, but was recovered immedi- ately. The Spanish force engaged numbered about 15,000. Their casualties are estimated at 300, including a large proportion of officers. The losses of the Moors are reported to be enormous; they left some 300 dead on the field. The correspondent adds that the desire at Madrid is to finish the campaign as soon as possible, and large reinforcements are being prepared.
RICHMOND-GORDON ESTATES. JUDGMENT OF HOUSE OF LORDS. In the House of Lords on Monday judg- ment was delivered on an appeal heard in April, by the Crown against the decisions of the King's Bench Division and the Court of Appeal in the case brought against the Duke of Richmond, Gordon, and Lennox. The Crown claimed that in the case of the Gordon-Richmond Estates in the North of Scotland, deductions should not be allowed in the assessment for the purposes of estate duty under the Finance Act, 1894, from the sums of £415,000 and £27,000 comprised in bonds given by the late Duke to the present Duke and the Earl of March, heir to the Dukedom, and for £88,314 in other bonds to the present Duke on the death of his predecessor. Es- tate duty was claimed upon the sum of about £700,000 in regard to the passing of the estates. The estates were* disentailed in 1897, but before his death the late Duke practically restored the entail. The House of Lords dismissed the appeal.
THE NEW FRENCH CABINET. A complete list of the members of the new French Cabinet has been issued. M. Briand, in addition to the Premiership and the Ministry of the Interior, takes the portfolio of Public Worship. He is succeeded at the Ministry of Justice by M. Barthou. M. Pichon remains Minister of Foreign Affairs; M. Cochery takes the portfolio of Finance, and M. Millerand those of Public Works and Posts and Telegraphs General Brun is Mini- ster for War, and Admiral Boue de Lapey- rere, Minister of Marine. M. Viviani remains Minister of Labour; M. Jean Dupuy is Mini- ster of Commerce, and M. Trouillot Minister for the Colonies.
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SP ANISH ROYAL ROMANCE. PRINCE'S VERSION OF HIS SECRET MARRIAGE. KING ALFONSO'S PART. A remarkable story of the romantic mar- riage of the Infante Alfonso of Orleans, cousin of the King of Spain, and Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Cobnrg-Gotha, a niece of King Edward, comes from Paris. It will be remembered that after the marriage at Co- burg, on the 15th inst., the Prince, by Royal decree, was stripped of his titles and privi- leges for marrying without the Royal assent," dismissed the Spanish Army, and g assent," dismissed the Spanish Armv. and ordered to undergo a military trial for' marry- ing without the knowledge of the military authorities. The Royal love story given below was told, say a Paris correspondent, by the Prince him- self to an intimate friend. It presents the case in an entirely new light. So far from King Alfonso refusing his consent to the union, as reported in despatches from Madrid, his Majesty favoured the marriage with Princess Beatrice, privately gave him leave of absence for that purpose, and personally intervened by telegraph with the Bamberg ecclesiastical authorities, in whose diocese the wedding took place, to obtain the dispen- sation necessary in the case of a Catholic marrying a Protestant. THE KING INTERCEDES. The young couple first met in Madrid at the wedding of the Hing and Queen. The Prince, still in his teens, fell desperately in love with Princess Beatrice and proposed to her; but his suit was not encouraged, the young Princess even declining to permit the Infante to correspond with her. Shortly after- wards the Prince entered the Military School at Toledo, and the couple did not meet again till 1907, when a family gathering at San Sebastian brought about a renewal of the ac- quaintance. Both the Queen and the Queen-Mother, knowing the Prince's infatuation, then espoused hi.s cause, and used their influence with Princess Beatrice to cause her to relent. The Princess, however, declared that she would never change her religion, but finally said she would not object to any children of the marriage being brought up as Catholics, whereupon the Queen Mother exclaimed: Then there is not the slightest difficulty I always said that if I had a second son he should marry a Protestant." She added that she had Protestant ancestors herself. Subsequently, at La Granja, King Alfonso himself asked the hand of Princess Beatrice for his cousin, and on the religious difficulty being again raised by the Princess, his Majesty said I give you my word of honour there won't be the slightest difficulty." The Prince then proposed again, and was ac- cepted, but when the Princess's mother, the Duchess of Coburg, was acquainted with the betrothal, she, with great difficulty, dissuaded the King from announcing it officially. WORTHY OF A BOURBON. When King Alfonso returned to Madrid he asked the Premier, Senor Maura, what he thought of the match. The Premier replied that a marriage between a Spanish Infante and a Protestant was impossible, on account of the difficulties in which it would involve the Government. In view of these obstacles Princess Beatrice offered to give up the Prince, but the King summoned the Infante to Madrid, and asked him what he intended to do. Prince Alfonso replied that he had plighted his word; that, moreover, his personal feelings would not per- mit him to break his engagement; and that, in short, he intended to marry the Princess, This reply pleased the King, who warmly congratulated his cousin, saying it was just what he expected," that it was worthy of a Bourbon, and that even if the constitution prevented him from giving his official consent to the marriage without the approval of his Ministers, he, as King, and as a Bourbon, would do everything in his power for the young couple. The Princess then left Madrid, and the Prince, acting on the King's advice, went to see the Pope and asked him for a dispensation. In the meantime, however, the Spanish Government had warned the Vatican, and the dispensation was neither granted nor posi- tively refused. For some time after that the young couple waited patiently, considering themselves affianced. This was also the King's own view, and he visited Princess Beatrice at Munich last summer. FORCING KING ALFONSO'S HAND. When the Infante graduated at Toledo on the 12th inst., he immediately volunteered for service in Morocco, the Melilla War having meanwhile broken out. The 1 King granted him three days' leave before going to Melilla, and urged him to marry secretly, promising to telegraph to the Bishop at Bamberg a re- quest that he should grant a dispensation. The Prince arrived at Coburg on the 15th inst., and the civil marriage took place the came morning. At three o'clock in the after- noon the priest at Coburg received a dispen- sation from Bamberg by telegraph, and, half an hour later, the Catholic ceremony wae solemnised. It was not intended that the marriage should be made public, but the news leaked out in Spain. The Royal decree of degrada- tion followed. Thus the head of the Clerical. party in Spain, who holds a majority in Par- liament, has forced the King to disgrace his own cousin and drive him out of the army, his offence being a secret marriage with a Protestant Princess who is a niece of King Edward and first cousin of the German Em- peror and the Czar. The Prince has telegraphed to King Alfonso again asking to be allowed to go to the front.
NORTH SEA DISASTER. ELEVEN LIVES LOST. DOGGER BANK HERO DROWNED. It has now been ascertained that eleven lives were lost by the sinking of the Hull trawler Prome on the Dogger Bank. The trawler was run into in broad daylight by the Bristol barque Gladys, and she sank im- mediately with her entire crew. The Prome belonged to the Gamecock fleet, which suffered so much from the Russian bombardment at the same spot in October, 1905, and the other trawlers of the fleet were in the vicinity when she was sunk, but none witnessed the disaster. The first intimation they had was when a boat from the Gladys rowed to the trawler Snipe and reported that the barque had sunk the trawler. The Gladys was running with all sail set before a strong wind, and it is surmised that neither craft saw the other until too late to avert a collision. The trawler sank so rapidly that there was no hope of saving any of the crew. Five of them were married, and leave a large number of dependents. With the ex- ception of the mate, Lawrence, who belonged to Yarmouth, all were Hull men. The list is: W. Allan, skipper; Lawrence, mate; Robin- son, boatswain; Cooke, third hand; Bellamy, cook; Grey, deck-hand; Rea, chief engineer; Stead, second engineer; Latus, trimmer; a boy Allan, son of the skipper, and a boy friend of his, who were on a holiday trip. Rea will be remembered for the gallant part he played when the Russian Baltic Fleet fired on the Gamecock trawlers. He was then second engineer of the Crane, which was sunk by the Russian fire. As the Crane was sinking he rushed into the engine-room, and at the imminent risk of his life shut off I steam, thereby preventing the boilers explod- ing. He was warmly congratulated by Ad- miral SiJ: Cyprian Bridge.
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