BLAENGARW. Baptism.—On Sunday morning the ordin- ance of baptism by immersion was adminis- tered at Mount Zion Church, when the pastor (Rev. — Harding) immersed five can- didates in the presence of a good congrega- tion. Winding Mishap.—Just before finishing time on Tuesday evening a slight winding mishap occurred at the International Col- liery. lhe cage, by some means, was wound up to the sheaves, but fortunately not much damage was done. The day shift workmen were unable to ascend for nearly two hours. Garw Musician's Success.—Residents of the Garw Valley will be pleased to hear of the recent successes of Mr. David Evans, a native of Blaengarw, at- the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a student for two years past. At the annual distribution of prizes at the Queen's Hall on Friday, he received the second prize for singing, repeat- ing his performance of last year, and also re- ceived the bronze medal for opera work, though he has only been a member of the Operatic Class for twelve months. In addi- tion. Mr. Evans won the Gilbert Betzman Memorial Prize (a gold medal value JE10 10s), which is awarded annually to the best opera- tic singer and actor combined. Mr. Evans has been warmly congratulated on his per- formances by leading musicians. Mr. Evans, who has a baritone voice of splendid quality, has been appearing at the Queen's Hall Pro- menade Concerts, the St. James's Hall Con- certs. He has been under the tutorship at the Acadamey of Mr. Ffrangson Davies. INTERNATIONAL COAL COMPANY. The report of the directors for the year ending 30th June, 1906, states that the ac- counts show a profit of £6,999 10s. od, which. with the amount brought forward from the last account, makes a total of £15,206 Os. 8d, which the directors recommend be applied as follows:—That a dividend of 3s. per share, free of income tax, be declared, payable on the 10th proximo, being o per cent. for the year, absorbing £ 4,250; That £5.000 be added to the reserve, bringing that fund up to £ 20,000; carrying forward a balance of £ 5,956 Os. 8d. to the next account. The dispute with the workmen in one of the seams, to which reference was made in the last report, was settled on the 1st January • last. This stoppage lasted eight months and naturally affected the output of the colliery and its results very considerably. The quan- tity of coal raised during the year ending 30th June last was 157,512 tons, or a de- crease of 96,085 tons, compared with the pre- vious twelve months. The engineer reports that the machinery, underground working places and the colliery generally have been well maintained throughout the year. The retiring director is Sir William Thomas Lewis, Bart., who, being eligible, offers him- self for re-election.. irvA- The dividend paid in 190o was 2^ per cent., es I the lowest declared since 1898. In 1900. during the boom, the company paid 30 per cent., in 1901 15 per cent., in 1902, 1903, and 19W: 10 per cent.
GILFACH GOCH. Medical Success.-—We are pleased to report that Dr D. Naunton Morgan, of Gilfach Goch, ha secured a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Calfaria Baptist Chapel.—The annual tea- meeting of the above chapel was held on Mon- day, when children mostly attended, adults having gone to Porthcawl for the miners demonstration. In the evening a grand com- petitive entertainment took place, Mr. Enoch Jones (Gwalch Cynon) being the chairman. Mr. Samuel Thomas acted as adjudicator of music, and Mr. Edwin Parry as adjudicator of recitations. Awards :Upen solo for children under 16: 1, Miss K. VViihams; 2, Miss M. Nelmes; 3, Master G. Davies. Re- citation for children under 16: 1, Miss M. A. Davies. Penygraig; 2, Master Abraham Lloyd, Tonvrefail: 3. divided between Miss M. Martin and Miss R. Evans. Recitation for children under 8 years of age: 1, Master D. Glyndwr Rees: 2. divided between L. M. Huckridge and M. E. Phillips; 3, F. Huck- ridge. School Concert.—The first annual co'Y01, in connection with Gilfach Council School (Mixed) was held on Thursday and Friday in last week, when the following excellent pro- gramme was gone through:—Pianoforte solo. Mr. D. Edwards; chorus, "Over the fields of clover" recitation, W. J. Morgan; chorus. "Killarney"; action song, "Little Books" recitation, Miss Annie Morris; humorous action song" The Waxwork Show"; recitations, Harold Pickford and W. G. Edwards; action song. "Woes of Three "DufFers": violin solo, Sinnett Evans; chorus, '"New Year's Eve"; violin solo, Mr. W. G. Matthews, A.C.V.; tambourine song; recita- tion. Evan Walters; chorus, "Tell me, pretty violet"; action song, The tall top hat"; humorous dialogue, Standard YII. boys; action songs, "Merry little milkmaids," and Off to Porthcawl" reading contest; gipsy song and dance, Miss Rebecca Thomas; chorus, "List to the Convent Bei:s. Conn- cillor Jenkins presided over ti.e i nursday night meeting, and Dr. Morgan o,c." the meeting on Friday night. Both compli- mented the teachers and children on their excellent work. On Saturday night an ad- ditional performance was given. Mr. Trevor M. Evans, who had given most valu- able assistance during the week, presided. The accompanist was Mr. David Edwards, who did his work to the satisfaction of all. The teachers are greatly indebted to Mr. Willie Edwards for kindly lending his piano. The proceeds are in aid of the school piano fund.
OGMORE AND 6ARW COUNCIL. OBJECTION TO PORTABLE THEATRE. UNDERTAKINGS SOHEME: ANOTHER EXPERT TO BE CONSULTED. PROPOSED TRAMWAY SYSTEM. The monthly meeting of the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council was held at Brynmenin on Tuesday, under the presidency of Mr. Jacob Edwards, J.P'. There were also present Aidcrman W. Llewellyn, J.I' Dr. E. J. Pi;rry, J.P., -icssrs. J. Canniff, \V. Davies, Llewellyn Jones, Evan David, W. J. Morgans, Jenkin Phillips, Thomas Williams. T. W. Job, Evan Griffiths, W. Thomas, A. J. Lawrence, and T. C. Jones, with the deputy clerk (Mr. D. T. Williams), tlie surveyor (Mr. H. Daw kin Williams), and other officials. LATE MR. TOM DAVIES. The Chairman, before the commencement of business, said the death had occurred since the last meeting of a respected member of that Council in the person of Mr Tom Davies, miners' agent, Ogmore Vale. He moved a vote of sympathy with the relatives. Mr. A. J. Lawrence seconded the motion. which was supported by Mr. T. Williams, and passed in silence. ROAD TARRING. j Alderman Llewellyn thought the Council should consider the question of tarring the chief roads in that district, instead of water- j ing them. A number of authorities in Gla- morgan had adopted this means of laying the dust, and he had been informed that not only j had it proved effective, but more economical than watering. He suggested that the sur- veyor should report to the next meeting of the Works Committee on the matter. The Surveyor undertook to do so. PORTABLE THEATRE. The Deputy Clerk read an application from Mr. W. Haggar for a six months' license for his portable theatre for Pontycymmer. The site would be-neai- the railway station, but he had not been able to submit plans, as he had made a mistake as to the days on which the meetings were held. He suggested that sanction should be granted subject to the surveyor being satisfied as to the plans and arrangements generally. Mr. Haggar at- tended and spoke in support of his applica- tion. He could produce excellent references and the only reason why Maesteg Council had not granted, a license was because they had leased their hall to Mr. Poole. Alderman Llewellyn moved that the appli- cation be dealt with by the Garw Building Committee, to whom plans and testimonials should be referred by Mr. Haggar. Mr. Evans Griffiths seconded. Mr. Job moved as an amendment that the application be granted subject to the ap- proval of the plans and testimonials by the surveyor. Dr. Parry seconded. Mr. Lawrence asked whether it was pos- sible for such a theatre to be rated. The Surveyor It rests with the overseers to do that. Mr. T. C. Jones thought the matter should be deferred until the next meeting, so that Mr. Haggar could submit plans in the or- dinary way. He was not a ratepayer or a resident, and his sole object in coming to the district was to take money away. Why, therefore, should the Council give him pre- ferential treatment? Mr. W. Davies said it was generally de- sired by the young people of the valley that the portable theatre should be established there. He was strongly in favour of the ap- plication being granted. Mr. Job said there was no doubt the major- ity of the people in the district were in favour of portable theatres, because there was a lack of amusements in the valleys. He did not see why there should be any delay in granting the application. Mr. Evan David asserted that, while the young people might be in favour of the theatre going to Pontycymmer, the great majority of the parents were not. If the views of the ratepayers were to be considered by the Council, effect should be given to the desire of the parents. There was no unani- mity of opinion among the young people. Young girls, added Mr. David, are kept about until a late hour. Mr. Job: May I ask whether religious meetings have not been held in the Garw during the last 18 months to a much later- hour? (Laughter.) Mr. David: Perhaps so; but religious meetings are of better character. Mr. W. Davies contended that the enter- tainments were edifying, but Mr. E. Griffiths thought the halls should be engaged for entertainments. Mr. E. David pointed out that Noddfa Chapel was situated near the proposed site for the theatre, and the majority of the members were against its being established. Mr. Davies: A menagerie was there re- cently, and no objection was taken. Surely a roaring lion is a worse nuisance than a harmless entertainment! (Laughter.) Eventually the amendment was nut. and defeated, and the matter was referred to committee. THE UNDERTAKINGS. The Undertakings Committee reported that Messrs. T. W. Job, J. Canniff, and K J. Parry were appointed to meet the repre- sentatives of the Ogmore Valley Electric Light and Power Supply Company and the Ogmore Gas and Water Co., to discuss the terms for the acquisition by agreement of their undertakings. Mr. Job (chairman of the committee) now reported that the interview with the repre- sentatives of the companies took place on July 21st, and the terms upon which the companies would sell were named. The deputation considered that the prices quoted were prohobitive, and far above what the ex- pert of the Council had valued them at. The matter was reported to a meeting of the Undertakings Committee, who considered the prices too high to recommend the Council to accept, and they now requested that one or two valuers should be called in to go into the whole question fully and state a price. The report of Mr. Corbett Woodall was four years old now, and of course the value of the undertakings had been considerably en- hanced. If the attempt to purchase by agreement failed, the Bill would proceed. He moved the adoption of the recommenda- tion of the committee that experts be called in. Mr. T. Williams opposed the recommenda- tion. because the Council would be no nearer a settlement after calling in the experts. The Council had had to pay Mr. Woodall £100. Mr. Job I wish you would be sure of your facts. We did nothing ot the kind. Mr. T. Williams said the parties should accept an arbitration price. Mr. Evan Griffiths asked Mr. Job to state the prices which the companies wanted for the undertakings. The Deputy Clerk: The terms were stated by them on the distinct understanding that they were not made public. The recommendation of the committee was adopted. The Deputy Clerk said he had written to the Ogmore Electric Light Co. requesting that they should modify their charges for the public lighting in the Ogmore Valley, in view of the fact that the charges to private con- sumers were less than those made to the pub- lic, whereas in other districts it was quite different. He had received no reply. A similar letter had been sent to the Garw and Ogmore Gas Co., and the secretary replied that the matter was being considered by the directors. GILFACH MATTERS. Mr. Canniff moved that n application be made to the Chief Constable for additional police for Gilfach Goch. The police area was too great, he said, for two officers to serve.- Mr. Lawrence seconded, and it was carried. Mr. Canniff also called attention to the "deplorably deficient station accommodation at Gilfach Goch," and movea that a memorial be forwarded to the G.W.R. Co. urging that an improvement should be speedily effected. The platform, he pointed out, was in places 6ft. wide, the booking office less than 8ft. square, and the waiting room, which, being 6ft. wide, could only accommodate three persons, was uaed as a store-room for general merchandise. Surely this was not good enough to serve .5,000 people.—Mr. T. Wil- liams. seconding, remarked that a man had been killed at Gilfach 18 months ago.—The motion was carried. There was a long discussion with reference to the lighting of Gilfach Goch. The Tony- refail and Gilfach Goch Electric Light Co. offered to light the district of Evanstown for £ 3 per annum. Mr. Canniff moved the ac- ceptance of the terms, but an amendment by Mr. T. C. Jones that t2 17s. 6d. per lamp be offered, was carried. On this being put as a substantive motion, a further amendment was moved by Mr. LI. J«ones to offer L-2 los., but this was defeated. The motion to offer £ 2 17s. 6d. was then carried, notwithstand- ing an appeal by Mr. Canniff that the scheme should not be blocked. TRAMWAY S! The Deputy Clerk said he had written the Provincial Tramways Co. calling attention to the isolated position of the Ogmore and c Garw Valleys, "the residents of which desire connection with the outer world'—(laughter/ -and asking whether the Company could render any assistance provided suitable terms might be arranged. He had received a reply asking for further particulars. On the motion of Alderman Llewellyn, the letter was referred to the Works Committee. PUBLIC BATHS. The Public Baths Committee reported that the surveyor had been authorised to proceed with the construction of the public bath near the Nantyrychain brook immediately, so that the public might derive some pleasure there- from during the remaining portion of the summer, and arrangements were being made with the treasurer to advance the sum re- quired, as a temporary loan to be repaid by instalments out of future rates or by a small bath rate on the district. Mr. S. H. Stockwood. as steward to the Manor of Ogmore, wrote that favourable terms had been secured from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for the use of half an acre of land near Nantyrychain for the sum of £.:5, on a lease of 31 years, and at a yearly ground rent of 10s.. and for the right to take water from the Nantyrychain brook and to construct the necessary intake works. Mr. T. C. Jones stated that the sanction of the commoners had been obtained. He moved that the terms be accepted. Mr Lawrence seconded, and it was carried. RECREATION GROUND. The Works Committee recommended that the plans and estimate submitted by the sur- veyor for fencing and laying out the Recrea- tion Grounds, at Nantymoel and Ogmore Vale, at an estimated cost of jEl.061, be adopted, and that the Surveyor be instructed to submit to the next Council meeting an estimate of the cost of providing an embank- ment to protect the Recreation Ground from the river, and that an application be made for sanction to a loan to cover the total amount of the estimate. On the motion of Alderman Llewellyn, the recommendation was adopted. OTHER MATTERS. The Council considered a report from the inspector (Mr. T. J. Job) with reference to Glynogwr Houses, which bad been con- demned. Mr. Job stated that the houses were the rendezvous of tramps at night, and the doors were open. It was decided to again write the owner's solicitor requesting him to effectively board the houses up. With reference to the proposed bridge at Gilfach. a letter was read from the clerk to the Llantrisant and Llantvi'it Yardre Coun- cil, stating that he did not think his Council would be prepared to increase the suggested payment towards the erection of the bridge. The compensation claims in connection with the sewerage scheme oy Mr. Onslow P. Traherne and the Newcastle Trust in respect of tli6 same property at Blaengarw were fur- ther considered. The Deputy Clerk said Mr. T. 31. Price, the Council's valuer, was ill at present, and the matter was conse- quently deferred Mr. J. Maddockx wrote that he was taking steps to prevent a further subsidence at the level near the road at Pantygog. The Surveyor reported that the signatures of barbers and hairdressers of Blaengaiw and Pontycymmer on the petition to the County Council for an order under the Shop Honrs Act were all genuine.—Tne three wards— Blaengarw, Pontycymmer. and POjltyrhil- were fixed as the boundary in which the order should be made. The Deputy Clerk said the deputation sent to the postmaster at Bridgend with reference to postal and telephone facilities in the Og- more and Blaengarw. had been promised that efforts would be made to comply with the Council's requests. The question of road improvements, at Pon- tyeymmer, near Mrs. S. Thomas's property, was again deferred. Mr. LI. Jones gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the Council a clout the Baths and W asli-limicoc å r,+c The Surveyor was instructed to report upon the desirability of providing refuse des- tructors for the district. Plans were passed of a new chapel in Cor- bett-street, Ogmore Vale, for the Primitive Methodist Church of a vestry in Ffaldau- sjtreet^ Pontycymmer, for the English Metho- dist Chiirch of six houses in King Edward- street. for Mr. W. Evans (subject to amend- ments). It was reported that five cases of zymotic diseases had occurred during the month, three in the Garw. and two in the Ogmore. A case of typhoid was notified in the Ga r\r. Further correspondence between the clerk and Mr. llltyd Thomas, trustee of the Public Works Cc., was read with reference to the amount payable by the Council in respect of the Garw sewerage contract. A committee was appointed to meet Mr. Thomas at Bridg- end on Saturday. A letter from the clerk to the County Council with reference to a further confer- ence in October on the Glamorgan Water Bill was referred to the Works Committee. Mr. Ollivant Jones, deputy surveyor, wrote thanking the Council for the £ 10 increase of salary, but requesting a reconsideration of his travelling expenses account. Dr. Parry moved that £ 10 be allowed, but after much discussion this was negatived.
A TOO PRACTICAL JOKE. — LIVES IN DANGER AT ABER COLLIERY. At Bridgend Police-court on Saturday. David Evans, 23 High-street. Ogmore Vale, and Frederick Pinkard. 5 Bridge-street, Og- more Vale, riders, pleaded guilty to placing obstructions on the main rail-road in the Aber Colliery, Ogmore Vale. Mr. David Llewellyn, who prosecuted on behalf of the company, said the defendants, by placing the obstructions on the line, im- perilled the lives of men employed in the mine, and considerable damage might have been caused. Defendants were employed as riders on the night shift. About 4.4.5 in the morning of July 20tii, the roadman found that a number of sleepers, posts, stones, tools, barhooks, sprags, etc., had been placed across the main roadway, covering a distance of 180 yards. Had a journey of trams gone down the drift before these things were re- moved, the consequences might have been very serious. The roadman, on his way out of the colliery, met the defendants, whom he suspected, and he accused them of the offence. They made no denial, as one would expect if they were not guilty, but indulged in filthy and abusive language. On the fol- lowing day the roadman examined the road, and found broken posts, sleepers, rails, etc., across the road in such a way as to make it impossible for trams to go up the drift. When the two defendants were accused of the second offence, theyT again abused the roadman. Having regard to the seriousness of the offences, he asked the Bench to impose an exemplary penalty. Defendants said they put the obstructions on the line because they wished to annoy a man who was coming up behind them. The Chairman said this was not the first time that the defendants liaq appeared at that court; they had been previously in trouble twice. If th§ law allowed it, the defendants would net be given the option of a fine. They would have to pay t2, and 18s. 6d. costs each. Defendants said they would not pay. The Chairman: In default, one month. Defendants (together): We will take it. They were then removed to the cells.
GALAR GAN Er Cof am Mr. T. L. ROBERTS, Yegol-feietr, Maesteg. "Ein engyl f\rdi, ewyliwch ei fpnd. Cristion pur oedd hyd y diwedd." Pa le mae ein Roberts anwylaf r Un ydoedd mor brydfertb a r wawr, Un garau bob p-ya fod yn flaenaf, I weini ar diodion y llawr Gwr ydoedd fel seren ddisglafirwen, Yn wybren hoS eglw^ s ein Duw, Yn gwaegar goleuni i'n deni, Yn 01 at ein Prynwr a'n llyw. Yn dianc y tr.*e tia cyfeillion, Am c,, ci- rhh^oracb i fyw Deheuant am fro yr angeiion, Er bod yn angotitch at Dduw Ac yno mae Robero tn-if beddy w. Mew n perffaith ddedwyddwch a hedd Hardd G-ristion, twym^alon. diledryw, Oedd ef y tu yma i'r bedd. Dyngarwr yn llawn cydymdeimlad, Mor debyg i 'A Geidwad oedd ef Gwr didwyii a ffyddlawn bob amser, Dro6 iawnder y codai ei ief Un parod i faddeu heb ddanod- Tosvuriol, bawddgarol a iion, Un lamai yn wir i gyfarfod, Rhai oeddynt yn glwyfus ei bron. Un ydoedd fel athraw'n rhagori, Ar lawer o gewri ei oee Fel tystia y plant fu yn dysgu, Dan ofal ein gwron heb loee Maent wedi cyrhaeddid anrhydedd, Drwy ymdrech ein Roberts yn wir Colofnau byw ydynt o'i rinwedd, Athrawol i'w gofio yn hir. Gwarcheidwad gwir anwyl i diodion, Un far-)ai achosion yn deg, A mynai byd allai gysuron, I lanw anghenion Maesteg Fe wyddai an: eisiau hynafiaid. A phlantos amddifad y dre A meddai ar deimlad a phrofiad- Pwy heddyw a leinw ei Ie ? Hyd lwybrau anrhydedd bu 'n rhodio, Blodeuodd mewn rhinwedd a moee; Yn nhyffryn diail gostyngeiddrwydd, Y dyrgoud ef gatio y grote Esjryuodd fryn enwog dyrchatiad, Fel arwr yn deil wng o glod Ymdrechodd i ganlyn ei Geidwad, Enillodd, cyrhaeddodd y nod. Hawdd gellir dywedyd am dano, Hyn allodd heb rwgnacb a wnaeth Hyd llwybrau heirdd rhinwedd bu'n rhodio, Heb wyro hyd derfyn y daith Mor felus i ni ei gryfeillach, A'i gariad fel afon oedd fawr Yn debyg i'w Geidwad beadigaid, Wrth gofio trueiniaid y llawr. Yr ydoedd yn un o wroniaid, 0 blaid Cristionogaeth drwy oes Ei enw yn mhiith hoff ffyddloniaid, Fu'n canu wrth gario y groee Mae heddyw yn canu yn felue, Ar diroedd y Ganaan hoff draw Ac yno 'n dragwyddol yr erys, I foli yr Ietu "n ddidaw. Maeeteg. LAKE (Amaufab).
DEIGRYX HIRAETH Ar 01 SARAH EVANS, gwraig William Evane, Pen- brithdir, Maesteg. O hen angeu, gelyn creulon, Ddest am dro i'r ardal byn Ti est ymaith a un oedd anwyl, Heddyw mae yn oer y glyn Sarah anwyl, gwraig o urddae, Gwraig yn llawn o rbiniau byw, Dan oer ddiiiad y priddellau. Huno mae a'i gwadd yn wiw. Carwn wybod pan yn dianc, Ein cyfeiilion hotl i ffwrdd, Rhai yn ben, a rhai yn ieuangc, Ymaith an: heb unrhyw dwrdd Ar ei hoi mae ceraint lawer, Yn hira<rthu nos a dydd, Ac yn disgwyl nol ei harfer, Cant ei gweled eto 'n rbydd. Gwraig rinwecdol ydoedd Sarah, Tra bu ar ein daear ni, Mam naturiol tyner galon, Tra gofalus am ei thy 0 mae heddy*- wedi dianc, Oddiwrth ofidiaa'r byd- Ni chymerau yr ho 11 fydoedd, Am ddod n81 i'w chartref clyd. Y mae Sarah Evans hawddgar, Ydoedd fel y lili dlop, Wedi huno yn yr angeu, Trodd ei dydd yn dywyll noe Nos i ni, ond dydd tragwyddol, Iddi hi tu draw i'r bedd, Yn ngwmpeini gian yr engyl— 0 mor brydferth fydd ei gwedd. Do, fe gipiwyd Sarah anwyl, Ya ngwmpeini engyl fflan, At yr Ieea ar- telynorion, I ororau gv lad y gan Wedi iddi fynd i'r wynfa, Fe aeth leeu, mwynedd cu, A'i baban anwyl yn ei tynwee— Rhoddodd ef i'w mynwee hL Y mae heddyw 'n etifeddi, Etifeddiaeth ddwyfol rad, A enillodd ar y ddaear, Cyn mYD'j adre at ei Thad Lie caiff oesi tragwyddoldeb, Gyda engyl gwynfa wen, A rydd Iesu iddi goron, Coron bywyd ar ei phen. Er bod Canaan iti n anwyl, Pan roet ar y ddaear hon, Oet yn earn 'r brodyr anwyl, A'r chwiorydd oil o'r broo Ond mae 'r Nef yn fil anwylach, Na thrigolion daear lawr Rwyt ti heddyw yn bur hapus, Gyda engyl nefoedd fawr. Sarah hoff, pe bait yn medru, Ddod i lawr i'n daear ni, BydJai genyt neges anwyl. I ddweyd am haridweh Iesu cu Gwelaiet ynddo ol yr hoehon, Yn ei draed a'i ddwylaw mad, Ni cbymeret y byHv«av\ n. Am ddod nol od>i) wrth dy Dad. Er mae marw yw ein tynged, Ac i'r bedd mae'n rhaid ini fyn'd, Gwnawn eir. goreu yn ein bywyd, I gael IEsu it,i'n ffrynd ;DulV o'i rat a'ch gwnelo enwithau, 1 'N g):fr.rogion c)'r un frALint, s I gael lodria. yn y nefoedd, GydtL Itru "r boll Saint. Maesteg. D. LAKE (Amanfab).
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PONTYOYWIMER- Anniversary Services were conducted at St. Paul's Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday, the preacher for the occasion being Mr. George Osbourne. Theological College, Manchester. The ixttornoon was occupied by recitations by the. Sunday scholars, and songs and choruses by the choir. Bethel.- Thoroughly successful meetings were held at Bethel Church on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. An able sermon was preached on Saturday night by the Rev. W. Pritherch, Swansea, who also officiated on Sunday and Mondav. together with the Rev. T. J. Wheldon, Bangor. A pleasing feature of the series of meetings was the congrega- tional singing. The singing was conducted by Mr. ioni Fox, whilst Miss 31. J. Owen presided at the organ. CoKesriate Success.—It is highly gratifying to note the great strides made from time to time by Miss May James, the talented daughter of our esteemed vicar (Rev. H. P. James). Miss James is a student at the High School. Ashford, and in the Junior Local she obtained first class honours, first division, with distinction in religious know- ledge, English. French, and History. In relfcicus knowledge she was first in all Eng- land and the colonies, and in French first -with two others) in all England, whilst in English she was seventh, and in History six- teenth. She was presented with a gold medal as a mark of her special success ill this examination. I.O.G.T.—A most enjoyable time was spent at the I.O.G.T. meeting on Saturday last. At the invitation of the adult lodge, the juvenile members were entertained. The chair was occupied by Sister Mabel Harris, C.T. Solos were rendered by Sisters M. Bold. M. Evans. A. Philiips, B. Garfield, Jl. Be van. H. Smith, and Bro. T. 1. Morgan. -Recitations were given by Sisters F. A. Evans. G. Bright, M. Spragg, W. Cadwgan. A. Cadwgan. and Lucy liepworth. On the proposition of Bro. Dan Lewis, seconded by Bro. Elliott, a hearty vote or thanks was re- corded the juveniles for their excellent pro- gramme. This Temple is growing rapidly, and has succeeded in winning the banner diered by the District Executive for the big- gest increase in membership during the last quarter. Off to Australia. — Two Pontycymmer families left the locality on Wednesday morning for Australia—Mr. and Mrs. John Llewellyn and family, Pantygog, and Mr. and Mrs Robert Williams and family, Albany Road. Both Mrs. Llewellyn and Mrs. Wil- liams are daughters of the late Mr. Evan Hopkins (Brithdir), and are highly respected in the locality. Mrs. Llewellyn is in deli- cate health, and it is hoped that with the change of climate her health will improve. Mr. and Mrs. John Llewellyn and Mrs. Wil- liams were presented with a Bible each at the Xoddfa Baptist Church on Sunday night. They were members of the church and of the Xoddfa Choral Society. A ,?>;ood number as- sembled at the Tabernacle Church on Tues- day evening to do honour to Mr. Robert Williams, who has been a shining light in the church, particularly in connection with the singing, being conductor of the Band of Hope choir. The meeting was largely at- tended by members of the Band of Hope, and a fine programme was performed in excellent style by the young band of teetotallers. The Rev. D. Hughes presided. A beautifully illuminated address was presented to Mr. Williams by Mr. James Garfield on behalf of the Band of Hope. Mr. Henry Harries handed to Mr. Williams a purse of gold on "behalf of the committee. A poetical address was delivered by Mr. John Lloyd. Solos were contributed by Messrs. D. Jones, T. J. Mo rgan, T. Williams. R. Williams, Misses L. Morgan, M. Jones, M. Hill. and a chorus by the juvenile choir, conducted by Mr. J. Gar- held. Recitations were given by Misses B. Garfield, C. Davies. and F. A. Evans. A pleasant evening was spent.
COLLIERS' CLAIM FOR WAGES. INTERESTING GARW CASE. CONFLICTING EVIDENCE CASE DIS- MISSED. At Bridgend County Court on Friday, His Honour Judge Bryn Roberts spent three hours in hearing the cases of David James, 25 High-street, Pontycymmer, collier, and Evan Parry, Ebbw Vale, formerly of Ponty- cymmer, against the New Blaengarw Colliery Co., Ltd. Plaintiffs, who were represented by Mr. J. Jenkins, of Swansea, claimed 15s. lid. from the company as extra payment for digging coal at the Victoria Colliery during night shifts, at 2d. per ton plus percentages. The respondent company were represented by Mr. W. A. Williams (Messrs. Stockwood and Williams, Bridgend). Mr. Jenkins said the proceedings were taken not because of the amount owing, but on account of the principle involved. In all collieries it was the custom to pay extra for the night shift, the allowance for cutting coal in the" stalls being 2d. per ton. David James stated that in July of last year the stall in which Parry and he were working, was flooded owing to water being tapped, and they were put on day work for five weeks, expecting that they would be given their old stall again. At the end of that period James Gwyther, a fireman, who was acting under-manager in the absence of Mr. J. S. Hunter, met them, and said that he had no more day work for them. He re- quested them to work nights in the stall where a man named Taylor was employed by day, and they consented. Nothing was said about the price they were to be paid, because it was stipulated in the price list and colliers were never in the habit of discussing the wages under such circumstances. After working nights for five weeks they gave no- tice, as they saw they were not to be paid the extra 2d. per ten. and the under-manager told them he would not annnge that they should work across Taylor. They were seriously disadvantaged by working nights, as there were only ten night turns per fort- night, compared with twelve day turns. By Mr. W. A. Williams: He denied that he and his butty" asked to be allowed to work nights, as they wished to be together. When double shifts were worked the day- men, as well as the night men, received extra but he did not know whether Taylor, who worked by day in the stall, received any- thing. Evan Parry, the other plaintiff, gave cor- roborative evidence. They were asked to work nights, and nothing was said as to the price they took it for granted that the price list would not be violated. When they asked Mr. J. S. Hunter, the under-manager, on his return, whether they were to receive the extra 2d. per ton, he said, "You ought to be glad you .are working," and went away. Albert Harding, who was appointed by the Western District to interview the manager, deposed that Mr. Hunter's explanation was that the men wished to work nights. He ad- mitted that if the men had been sent to work nights, they would be paid the extra. It was not customary to discuss terms before going to work when there was a provision in the list. He had had considerable experience in the coalfield, and knew that it was customary to pay the extra 2d. for night shifts. Mr. Williams: But in working double shifts, it is always understood that the men will change with each other as to night and day work?—Witness: Yes. That did not take place in this case?—No. Mr. Williams then addressed His Honour for the defence. He said the respondents did not deny that the price list provided an extra 2d. per ton for double shifts or that it was generally the custom to pay the extra. The respondents frequently paid the extra in their colliery when double shifts became necessary. But the whole point which His Honour had to decide was whether the extra should be paid in cases where the men were put to do night work at their own request, and in order to suit their own convenience. He contended that there was no liability on the company to pay the extra 2d. under such circumstances, especially when the company had plenty of single places for the men by day. The plaintiffs were old "butties," but the flooding of their stall through an accumu- lation during the holidays—they did not tap water as stated by them—resulted in their being parted. They wished to work to- C, gether. and, as there was no prospect of doing so by day, they asked the fireman to allow them to work nights. He consented on the understanding that they were not to be naid the extra. N James Gwyther, the fireman, said that he nformed the plaintiffs, after they had been loing odd jobs for five weeks. that he had no note work of the kind to offer them, and hey must now be employed in "singles." rhey evidently did not wish to be parted, incl James asked that they might be allowed :o work nights in Taylor's place. Witness -epiied, "I don't object to that. but remem- ber you will not get the extra 2d. per ton, because you will be working there for your 3wn convenience, not ours." He also pointed out that there were plenty of vacant single places, where they might work by day. rhey agreed to the terms, and went to work that" night. It would not be in his province to order them to work double shifts unless it were understood they were not to be paid the extra 2d. It was no advantage to the employers that they should work double shifts. In cases where it was necessary to turn stalls into headings, or to make room for stalls, double shifts were necessary, and the men were always paid the extra 2d. under those circumstances. Mr. Jenkins: Do you mean to say plain- tiffs have spoken an untruth as to the terms? —I mean to say that they have sworn a de- liberate lie. James Lewis, airway man, deposed to hear- ing the conversation between Gwyther and I the men, and he gave corroborative evidence. J. S. Hunter, assistant manager, said the plaintiffs applied to him for the extra 2d., but he told them that they were not entitled to it. as they worked night for their own convenience. No suggestion was made that they should work "across" Taylor. William Henry Hunter, manager, said the men asked to work across Taylor, but he pointed out that it would not be fair to Tavlor. as it was his place, and the plaintiffs were only working nights to suit them- selves. They then asked for the extra 2d., and he said. Certainly not. you know you are not entitled to it." They then gave no- tice. It was not customary, added witness, to pay the extra in such cases. Mr. Jenkins: Have you tried to victimise these men?—I shall not answer. Have you tried to prevent them getting a job elsewhere?—That's none of your busi- ness. Please answer the question?—I shall do no- thing of the kind. I repeat "Mind your own business." Mr. Jenkins: You have had a chance to answer. We will draw our inference that you have victimised- Witness: I should advise you to make no statements that you cannot prove. His Honour said it was evident plaintiffs worked by night to suit their own conveni- ence, and he therefore entered judgment for the respondents
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The Coryville Enterprise. Progress has, unfortunately, been very slow in connection with the establishment of the model village, Coryville, which Mr. John Cory purposes to create at Peterston. It is understood that the preparation of the plans has been a much larger task than was antici- pated, and this and other causes of delay have meant that the actual work of con- structing the village cannot be started before the spring of next year.
MINERS' DEMONSTRATION. OGMORE, GILFACH AND GARW MINERS AT, PORTHCAWL. ADDRESSES BY MR, BRACE M.P., AND MR. JOHN" WARD, M.P. The annual demonstration of the Ogmore and Gilfach and Garw Districts of the South Wales Miners' Federation was held at Porthcawl on Monday, and. the weather being delightfully fine, large contingents tra- velled from all parts of the area to the ren- dezvous. The Federationists assembled on the Esplanade about 11 o'clock, and formed themselves into a procession. The Ponty- cymmer Brass Band (conducted ly Mr. Michael Miles) headed the procession, and following came the lodges of the Garw dis- trict, marshalled by the lodge secretaries. The Ogmore Vale Temperance Band (under the conductorship of Mr. T. Exley) preceded the Ogmore and Gilfach lodges. The prooes- sionists ma-rched through John-street to the New-road, and a mass meeting was held in a field at the rear of the Congregational Chapel, where a covered platform had been erected. The president was Alderman John Thomas, miners' agent of the Garw District, who was supported on the platform by Mr. W. Brace, M.P. (vice-president of the Feder- ation). Mr. John Ward. M.P.. Stoke; Mr. W. McGlenning, Durham Mr. Evan David, sec- retary of the Garw District; Mr. Tom Lucas, secretary of the Ogmore District; Revs. W. Saunders, C.C.. Pontycymmer, and W. A. Williams, D.C., Blaengarw Messrs. J. H. Gardner, Gilfach Goch David Thomas, Pen- coed Thos. Williams, Pontycymmer, trea- surer of the Garw District; W. John, Kenfig Hill; Samuel Thomas, Gilfach Goch; J. W. Jenkins, Blaengarw; J. Williams, Pontycym- mer; H. Butler. Blaengarw; T. Prescott, Tondu; John Rees. Nantymoel; Lewis Lewis, Gilfach Goch. chairman of the Demon- stration Committee; T. C. Jones, Pontyrhil; T. Matthews, Blaengarw, etc. The Chair-- man at the outset read a telegram from Mr. W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), who had prom- ised to address the meeting, expressing re- gret that he was unable to be present through indisposition. VOTE OF SYMPATHY. The Chairman said the first duty to be dis- charged at the demonstration was to pass a sincere vote of sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr. Tom Davies, the miners' agent for the Ogmore and Gilfach District. He proposed that an expression of sympathy be sent to the relatives. The motion having been carried in silence, ;he well known hymn Beth sydd imi yn y byd" was feelingly sung, to the tune Aber- ystwyth." Mr. R. Butler conducting. OMNIBUS RESOLUTION. Mr. Tom Lucas then moved the following ;esolution — This meeting expresses its unabated con- fidence in the Miners' Federation as the only possible means whereby the miners of South Wales, in conjunction with the miners of other parts of Great Britain, can secure a fair and equitable arrange- ment for the regulation of vrages and the continuance of a minimum wage rate. We therefore pledge ourselves to do all in our power to maintain the Federation i'i a state of efficiency, to deal with all questions that may arise in connection with our employment. We express our satisfaction that the Trades Disputes Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons, and urge upon the Government to pass it through the remaining stages this year; together with the Workmen's Compensa- tion Bill as amended in Committee. We also pledge ourselves to continue the agitation for an Improved Coal Mines' Re- gulation Act; an Eight Hours Day for all miners; an Old Age Pensions Act; an Act for dealing with the question of unemploy- ment. and other industrial measure pro- moted by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, the Trades Union Congress, and the Labour Representation Committee. We renew our determination to assist in the endeavours of Trades Unionists gener- ally, to increase the number of direct Labour Representatives returned to the House of Commons. The chief object of that day's demonstration, Mr. Lucas said, was to strengthen the Feder- ation. and they must get the men united be- fore they could hope to secure what they de- sired and were entitled to. He hoped that the efficiency of the Union would not only be maintained," but increased. The individual members, he was afraid, relied too much on the officials. If the power of the Union was to he retained or increased, the members must take more interest in the work. (Hear. hear.) Mr. Evan David, seconding, said it was very encouraging to the leaders to see such a great gathering of Federationists. If the men were true to the organisation, the ad- vantages enumerated in ttie resolution would follow, as surely as the night follows the day. (Hear, hear.) LABOUR REPRESENTATION. Mr. W. McGlenning appealed to the non- Unionists to join the organisation. They who disconnected themselves from the Union and refused to pay their quota towards se- curing privileges for themselves and their ieilowmen, were nothing but traitors. Let the miners cling tenaciously to the organisa- tion which had accomplished great things in the past, and would achieve greater things in the future. They were asking for shorter hours, for still better conditions of labour, and for old age pensions. Could they get these advantages? Yes, on two conditions; they must be faithful to the Trades Unions and be prepared to send to Parliament at their own cost, for the time being, men from their own ranks, who would voice their feel- ings. (Hear, hear.) They had had enough, nay more than enough, of the political dandy —(laughter)—whose chief qualification was to be able to escort a lady with much gallantry through the park. (More laughter.) He wanted in Parliament men who had been touched with the feeling of the workmen's in- firmities, who had drank from the bitter well of their experience. (Applause.) If they sent such men to St. Stephens to voice their feelings, they would not have to wait long for the legislation that they had been yearning for. He had long since abandoned all hope of securing protective legislation for the workers from a Parliament of land proprie- tors, coalowners, and ship proprietors. hat were these gentlemen doing in the House of Commons? It had now dawned on the workers—a great section of them at any rate -that the landed proprietor and his friends had only one object in view and that was to further their own interests. If the work- men s interests were to be safeguarded, it would only be done by direct representatives of the workmen, and therefore let them send to Parliament men of their own class aaid their own convictions on political and social matters. When the workers generally did this a brighter state of things would exist in this country, and the voice of the dernocracy would indeed be heard in the high places. Let those who were not able to lead be manly and sensible enough to follow. (Applause.) MR. BRACE'S ADDRESS. },1r. Brace, who was received with much applause, said he \8 ilaci the miners who helped to keep him in the House of Commons had decided to hold their demonstration at that beautiful resort. They might like to know that Porthcawl did well for the Labour cause in the last election. (Hear, hear.) Turning to the resolution which had been submitted, lie said he associated himself most heartily with the note of emphasis winch went forth from the mover and seconder with reference to the necessity for retaining the strength and efficiency of the Trades Union. Their Labour organisations were the basis upon which the whole fabric of Labour pro- tection must rest: they might have a hun- dred and one schemes, but they would have an equal number of failures unless the men were united through their Trades Unions. The Labour movement was of dual character it worked first of all for industrial reform, and secondly for political and economic re- form. Their industrial welfare must be looked after and protected nurely by the Trades Union if a man had trouble at the colliery his interest must be watched by the Union, and if the men at the colliery, as a whole, the Trade Union would see to their welfare just as it was the mighty factor in de- termining disputes affecting the whole coal- field. They could not do without sober, in- telligent leaders, but, after all, there came a time in the history of all disputes when it was not the collective intellectual capacity of the leaders that was the determining factor, even though they had the eloquence of a Demosthenes or the integrity and determin- ation of an angel. (Laughter.) The deter- mining factor then was the power which the men comprising the Trade Union put behind their leaders. (Hear. hear.) When men talked slightingly of the Trade Union, they showed that they had not given that con- sideration to tne movement which it de- served. The Trade Union had worked out the mighty emancipation of the workers of the country, not of the miners only but of the followers of all the trades. Some of fliose I present could remember what A SAD STATE OF THINGS existed when there was merely a semblance of a Trade Union in South Wales and Mon- mouthshire; and when there were but a few men in the Union to keep the flag flying. They could remember going into the office of their employers and being refused their ap- plication, no matter how just and reasonable the claims of Labour were. They hafcl been blessed to see the workers of the coalfield changed from a practically disorganised body into one of the mightiest Trade Federations that the world had ever seen, and they were experiencing the advantages of the Federa- tion, of the grand pioneer work done years ago, in their daily work and lives. (Ap- plause.) No matter what controversies might arise from time to time he hoped they would allow nothing to interfere with the welfare, the power and the steadiness of the great Trade Union which, in fact. had been established upon the blood and the sacrifice and the suffering of the miners of South Wales and Monmouthshire. (Applause.) The great strike of 1898 brought into being the Miners' Federation, and woe be to the man who, for whatever cause, would be a party in belittling that Union to the extent. that they should have it swept away, leaving the miners of the coalfield helpless. His message to them was Jealously guard your Federation." The leaders did not pretend that it was perfect they did not pretend that any man with a desire to criticise could not find plenty to criticise about. But the Trade Union in Wales, whatever its faults, was the best institution that they had had yet. and until someone came forward with an alternative that for a certainty promised a better result, the men should retain their present Union as long as possible for their own sakes and the sakes of their wives and families and their fellownien. The resolu- tion contained an expression of nleasrre that the Trades Disputes Bill had bee" int-oduc< into the House of Commons. iv<'vr. hea<\> The Bill was a great charter of freedom f(- the Trades Unions of the country. lie pro- tested strr,i°lv "gainst the chavr»e whvh was be in <7 m j> cT« in come quarters, that they v ere seeking PKEFF.RF.NTIAT. TBF.ATMF.NT for the workers. They were doing nothing of the kind; they merely asked that the workers should be allowed to enjoy the same position before the law as that enjoyed by the employers. (Hear, hear.) That was an equitable demand a demand that no cham- ber could rightly refuse to grant. They were entitled to it. and Parliament could not expect the workers to accept anything less than the provisions of the Trades Disputes Bill. A number of people who were not friendlv disposed towards Labour were hop- ing that the House of Lords would mangle the Bill. WitJi respect, but with a strong determination, he declared that no House established upon hereditary right would be allowed to set aside the needs and the justice of the people of the country. If the House of Lords were wise in their generation—and they generally were—they would not attempt to interfere with the Bill. He was hopeful that before the end of this year the Trades Unions could congratulate themselves upon being established upon a basis which was fair and equitable between their employers and themselves, and which would secure immun- ity to the funds of the Unions so that they might continue to do the beneficent work they were established to accomplish. They were living in historic days. so far as Labour was concerned. Not only ,ras a Trades Dis- putes Bill almost certain to become law, but a new Compensation Bill had been modelled which would meet the demands of Labour far better than the Compensation Act under which they were now working. (Hear, hear.) Among the committee which modelled the Bill there was a general concensus of opinion that the men who produced the national wealth should have provision made to keep them in comparative comfort when they were injured, and to keep their families in comfort when the breadwinner lost his life. (Applause.) There was a feeling in the countrv that the demands of Labour in this respect were fair and equitable. THE COMPENSATION BILL would go to the House of Lords, and lie hoped it would come back exactly as it was. If the Labour members had secured nothing more than the new Compensation Bill they would have justified themselves, because the Bill in its present form, provided that com- pensation in respect of an accident should be paid from the date of the accident and not after the expiration of two weeks as under the present Act. (Applause.) As to the proposed eight hours day from bank to bank, lie wished Mr. McGlenning would use his elo- quence to persuade the men of Durham to accept the proposal. Northumberland miners had at last accepted it, and he be- lieved that when the matter came to be fully understood, the miners of country would be unanimous in the demand for an eight hours dav. He welcomed the departure of the Northumberland miners hum their opposi- tion to the Eight Hours Bill. not so much because of the principle immediately involved but because once this highly controversial matter had been wiped on one side, the Dur- ham and Northumberland miners might be- come affiliated with the Miners Federation of Great Britain, so that the miners of the whole country would speak with one voice and act with one purpose. (Applause.) The Ministers had declared that while they sym- pathised with the principle, they could not find any money for the establishment of old age pensions. Last week there was a great historic gathering in the Houses of Parlia- ment. at which legislators from all parts of the world met to discuss the question of settling international disputes by arbitra- tion in place of war. (Hear, hear.) They ens- cussed the great question of armaments, and a resolution was carried that the time had more than come when the countries of the world should, from the standpoint of civili- sation if not-Christianity, reduce the huge burdens of armaments which were crushing out fhe lifeblood of the people. He wel- comed this departure in international poli- tics, apart from its moral aspect, because if money could be saved from armaments they should have the nucleus for solving not only + 1 if* OLD AGE PENSIONS PROBLEM. but many of the other social difficulties which had to be faced. (Applause.) The Minister in charge of the Naval Department remo- delled his estimates because of the change of opinion and thought among the nations or the world, and a saving of two and a half millions of money would be effected. ihe Labour party in the Jiouse of Commons—the whole 01 the Labour members, no matter what group they belonged to—stood as a pro- test against war, and against the schemes of armaments which compelled nations to spend so much money in unproductive undertak- ings leaving the great social problems un- solved. He was not going to allow himself to be drawn into the great controversy which had arisen with reference to the amalgama- tion of the miners with the Labour Represen- tation Committee. The Executive Council had decided that it was a matter entirely lor the men. and he agreed witn that decision as a supporter of the principle of democratic Government. He held strong views upon the question, but he felt that sufficient had been said. (Hear, hear.) If he could judge his colleagues all over the coalfield. they would prove sufficiently democratic and loyal to abide by the decision of the majority of the men in the ballot. He hoped the men would not allow anything to transpire in this controversy to interfere with the welfare of the Federation. (Applause.) They might legitimately have differences of opinion, but let those differences be so presented and argued that, after the vote had been taken, there would be no personal bickering or feel- ing. Loyalty to the Federation was the matter which was of supreme importance. Keep the Federation intact and all these things will be added unto you." He agreed with the ,Jews of Mr. McClenning with re- ference to the .Labour movement. The cause of Labour could not be adequately repre- sented in the House of Commons except by those who had been through the mill. who had been in close daily contact with the workers, and appreciated their difficulties and drawbacks. (Applause.) There were many whose hearts pulsated with sympathy for down-trodden humanity, but they were not proper representatives of Labour because they lacked knowledge. The workers must send more men still to Parliament who would fight for fair and equitable treatment, and these men must be men of knowledge and experienoe. (Applause.) SPEECH BY MR. JOHN WARD. Mr. John W ard, w ho had a hearty recep- tion, spoke for nearly an hour on the great change which the Trades Unions had accom- plished in the industrial world, tracing in an interesting manner the growth of the Unions. Forty years ago the employers were able to cheat the workers out of their wages, and to cheat them at their business establish- ments afterwards; the conditions were ser- vile, and men dared not call their souls their own. But the Trades Unions stepped in, and, after a great expenditure of time and money, they had succeeded in placing the workers in a better condition than they had ever known before. Notwithstanding this, they had shoals of men here and there who declined to pay their contributions towards the Union. (-- Shame.") They were reap- ing advantages which they never attempted to get. and they were waiting for others to secure more advantages though they were not prepared to pay a penny towards the ex- penses which would be incurred. They were sponging oil their fellow men they were im- posing OiL others. There had been continual agitation since 1875, and from time to time various concessions had been made to the Trades Unions. The Workmen's Compensa- tion Act, though nut the measure they had hoped for, had eonierred a great boon on the workers, and the agitation in respect of this cost the Trades Unions at least £ ou,UUU. There could be i.o difference of opinion as to what the Tiadcs Unions had dune. and no one who had studitd their history could for a moment deny that it was to be a great power in guarding the workers' interests in the future. Yet the non-Unionists were sel- fish and sneakish enough to withhold their financial support. The Labour representa- tives who had secured such triumphant re- turns at the last election—(applause)— iiad set to work with a v.ill. and they had suc- ceeded in modelling a Trades Disputes Bill. which would put the Unions in a proper posi- tion. There were people who objected to I the protection of Trade Union funds, who called the called the TRADES DlSPt'TES BILL a a iot oi terrorisers and nitiniidators. and used all the vocabulary that a certain sec- tion oi the Tory capitalists could be guilty or. tie gave the lie direct to the allegation that they were terrorisers. (Applause.) The men were not going to be misled now that they had received enlightenment as to their power. They were going to demand their rights, and no chamber, composed of wise men. would persist in refusing those de- mands. The Trades Disputes Bill and the Compensation Bill had-been pressed forw ard by the Labour members. aad they had suc- ceeded after a hard struggle in securing great benefits for the workers. Speaking on the Labour Representation Committee, Mr. Ward said there was no great difference be- tween the members of the two Labour Groups in the House at present, and he hoped that. until the small differences wlncli existed were removed, the two groups would work in har- mony. Let them unite for the good of the cause on the points concerning which they were agreed, and sink. so far as possible their differences. (Applause.) Mr. Ward was questioned by several mem- bers of the I.L.P. at the close of his ad- dress. He said he was an independent Labour man, but could not at present sub- scribe to the constitution of the L.R.C. He refused to say what course he would have adopted had he been concerned in the three- cornered fight in Newport. The resolution was carried unanimously. AN I.L.P. CANDIDATE. Mr. John Rees >Ogmore Vale] proposed that the meeting send greetings to the miners of Cockermouth. and express a hope that they would place Mr Robert Smillie, the I.L.P. candidate, at the top of the poll. Mr. Rees said Mr. Smillie. who was the president of the Scottish miners, was an able exponent of Labour questions, and would make his voice heard in the House of Commons. Mr. J. H. Gardiner (Gilfach Goeli) seconded, remarking that he had worked with Mr. Smillie when a lad. The Chairman supported the motion, which was carried nem con. Mr. Hopkin Evans proposed a vote of thanks to the speakers, and Mr. Robert Butler having seconded, the motion was carried unanimously. The meeting concluded by the singing of "Hen wlad fy nhadau." Mr. Samuel Thomas rendering the solo in good style.
ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION. FFALDAU MINERS MEET AT PONTY- CYMMER. SPEECH BY MR. CHAS. DUNCAN. M.P. Whilst the Garw and the Ogmore and Gil- fach Districts were holding their annual demonstration at Porthcawl on Monday, the Ffaldau Lodge held an independent meeting in a field at the rear of the Police-station. Though many people had left the valley for Porthcawl there was a good attendance. The Salvation Army Band had been retained for the event. The chair was occupied by Coun- cillor W. Davies (checkweigher), who was supported by Mr. Chas.' Duncan. M.P. for Barrow-in-Furness; Mi. T. Brown, president of the Textile Works' Cnion, Bradford; Messrs. Henry Harries. Meth Jones, and others. The proceedings opened by a solo. God save the working mall." to the tune of the National Anthem, rendered in fine style by Mr. W. Hengoed. Mr. Henry Harries moved the following re- solution — That this meeting expresses its unabated confidence in the Miners Federation as the only possible means whereby the miners of South Wales, in conjunction with the miners of other parts of (jreat Britain, can secure a fair and equitable arrangement for the regulation of wages and continu- ance of a minimum wage rate. This was seconded by Mr. Meth Jones, sup- ported by Mr. W. Davies, Blaengarw. and carried unanimously. Mr. T. Brown (Bradford) remarked that it was his let to meet the chairman in his own citv soliciting help for the South Wales coal struggle in 1898, and he was pleased that Yorkshire held out the right hand of help to the people oi South Wales. (Hear, hear.) As the people in Yorkshire had been so liberal it was only equitable that South Wales should return the compliment. (Hear, hear.) He was not appealing for financial help; all he wanted was for the miners of South Wales to shake hands and unite with the workers of England. At the present time the workers in South Wales were deal- ing with the question as to whether they should join the L.R.C. Personally he was in the dispute, but he thought the Liberal- Labour members in the House of Commons were far from what they ourrht to be. and he felt quite conscious that Yorkshire would never again put in a Liberal-Labour mem- ber. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Charles Duncan. M.P.. said tins was not the first time for him to visit South Wales. He was here in 1898. a memorable year in their history, to persuade the miners to organise, and. when organised, to unite with the F(,dc-i-.itioii of Great Bri- tain. He was rather inclined to believe'that some opposed to unity then were to-day op- posed to joining the L.R.C. (Hear. hear.) He was inclined to think it was not much use employing these men if they were opposed to everything the workers suggested. He relt that the working men ought to be getting pains in the neck with such leaders. (Laugh- ter.) The Engineers' Association, which was the wealthiest in the whole world, was sending him (the speaker1) and Mr. G. Barnes. M.P.. to Cockermouth on Tuesday morning to help put in a miners' candidate. (He a r. hear.) The engineers were tending two men. paying all the expenses, to help a miner, but the miners would not do the same thing for them. Had it never struck them that the Miners' Federation had a large number of men who would be sitting 1D the House of Commons next week who might have been going to Cockermouth and trying to get in men of their own class. He was tired of this kind of business, and if they argued a case like that to a denkev. he would kick their brains out. (Laughter.) In South Wales they were tied hand and foot to a set of stick-in-the-muds," men who would have been up to date with Noah floating "Dout in the ark—(loud laughter)—who were in his humble judgment keeping the workmen of South Wales from moving forward. The miners of South Wales were one of the best organised bodies of men in the country, and there was no fear of the Miner: Federation running down the hill. He could not under- stand why Liberal was piaced before Labour members. It was said that the Liberate would pass all the measures that the wort men of this country required. If so what were Mabon and Williams and Brace and Prnoeh tdwards and many other- doing? If they argued that the Liberals would do what they wanted, why spend Is. a year towards the Lib.-Lab. members? There was a lie somewhere. (Hear, hear and applause.) It was the place of all organised men to be to- gether in the House of Commons. When the South Wales workers were out in 1898 they did not only go to the Liberals to help them, but they went to ail sections of the world, and they did help and wov-d do it again if necessary. fHear. hear, A house divided against itself could not stand. Then why were they divided in the House of Com- iliolis The Liberals were all one side of the house. the Tories comprised quarter of the house, and the other quarter was mono- polished by the Irishmen and the Labour members. (Laughter.) The speakers were accorded a hearty vote of thanks.