MAESTmT DISTRICT GAZETTE. Presentation.—A presentation meeting ,ly was held on Sunday afternoon at St. Michael's Church, when the Rev. H. *lev nolds was made the recipient of a handsome silver-mounted walking-stick, in recognition of his valuable services to the church dunng his short stay of three months. Mr. K- -W. Shaw, on behalf of the congregation, made the presentation in a few well-chosen woras. Mr. Gwyther was secretary of the movement. J)t.ctor in an Accident.—The resident as- sistant of Drs. Kirkby and Ihomas, of the Brovvgarn Surgery, Maesteg, met with an accident on Tuesday morning whilst cycling around visiting some of his patients in Cwm- felin As he was passing near the railway bridge a dog ran in front of the wheel and the doctor pitched over the handles.. He sustained an injury to his back and received some bad cuts on his hand, but was not seri- ously hurt. ci i Bethlehem Church, Nantyffyllon —Special services were continued at Bethlehem Eng- lish Congregational Church. Nantyffyllon, on Sundav. when the Rev. J. Morely Davies oc- cupied the pupil in the morning and even- ing. In the afternoon sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Meek, Trinity in English, and the Rev. D. C. Howells, Salem, in Welsh. On Monday evening a service was held, when the Rev. G. J. Evans, B.A., Og- more Yale. preached in English, and the Ker S. Williams, Zoar, in Welsh, and on Tuesday evening the Rev. S. Beckingham. Hope Chapel? Caerau, preached in English, and the Rev. D. Morris, Garth, in Welsh. Sunday School Outing. — The summer outing in connection with Moriah Sunday School. Pontrbydycyff, took place on Mon- day. the rendezvous being P'orthcawl. The children, parents, and friends met at the chapel, and marched to the station to meet the 10.13 train singing en route. Mr. Hughes. the highly respected station master. had kindly secured through coaches, thus avoiding the usual change at Tondn. Lunch and tea were provided at Mr. E. Thomas's restaurant. The arrangements were ably carried out by Messrs. D. Lloyd Davies, D.C., superintendent of the Sunday School; D. Phillips. Emlvn-terrace: Thomas Davies, Llvnfi-terrace. and Thomas Davies, Beaufort- terrace. Excellent weather favoured the outing, and an enjoyable time was spent. Fete.-A garden feter was arranged to be held in the grounds of Fairfield House, Maes- teg, kindly offered for the occasion by Mr and Mrs. Barrow-Evans, on Wednesday after- noon in connection with Dr. Barnardo's Homes, but owing to wet weather the event was held at Plasnewydd Boys' School. Tea was supplied, and there was a stall of useful articles, flowers, fruit, etc. There were various competitions and vocal and instrumental music, the Maesteg Volun- teer Band being in attendance. The com- mittee. of which Mrs. Dr. Davies, Brynllynfi, is president, have been very active in bring- ing about a successful means of providing a substantial fund for the benefit of so worthy a cause as Dr. Barnardo's Homes. Other officials of the committee were: Vice-presi- dent, Mrs. Martyn; joint secretaries, Miss Rees and Miss Hutchinson; treasurer, Miss Havard. Rehearsal.—On Sunday evening a full re- hearsal was held at Hope Chapel, Caerau, in connection with the Baptists of the upper division, Mr. Jenkin Jones, M.E., C.C., pre- siding. The singing, under the conductor- ship of Mr. David John, was excellent. Dur- ing an interval, the Chairman referred to the disbanded condition of the Baptists in the upper division in connection with the sing- ing festival. Every church could not ex- pect to get their own way in the arrange- ments of the festival, and it was very bad taste on the part of a church to sever their connection with a singing festival asso- ciation simply because they were not allowed a monopoly. He trusted his remarks would be taken in good spirit, and that they would sink little differences for the progress of the work they had taken in hand. TRADESMEN AND PAY DAY. TRAIN SERVICE. A meeting of the Maesteg tradesmen was held on Monday evening at the White Lion Hotel, 'Councillor T. Rees, Garnlwyd, presid- ing. The Chairman said he was very pleased to see so many present, and explained the object of meeting, which was tu consider the advisability of approaching Messrs. North's Navigation Co., asking them to change the pay-day from one Saturday to the other, so that all the collieries were not paid on the same day and the following Sat- urday without a pay at all. After some discussion on the matter, it was ultimately decided to draw up a petition in favour of the change and send it to Mr. J. P. Gibbon. J.P.. agent of Messrs. North's Collieries. It was decided to apnlv to the Great Wes- tern Railway Co. for a later train leaving Maesteg in the direction of Bridgend after 6.15 p.m. Several spoke in favour of an application being made for the 9 p.m. train to run through to Bridgend every evening, and the 10.25 from Bridgend to Tondu to run through to Maesteg. Mr. 1. W. Leake was chosen secretary, and Mr. A. Nicholas. treasurer. A hearty vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the meeting. I DEATH OF MRS. PICTON. It is with very sincere regret that we have to record the death of Mrs. Alice Picton, the beloved wife of Mr. James Picton, M.E., now of the Wyndham Hotel, Treherbert, which took place on Sunday last. The deceased lady had resided in Treher- bert only 16 months, and was much beloved by all. She was the daughter of the late Mr. William Jones, of Lloyd Coed, Aberdare, where her grandfather gained renown by at- taining the great age of lu2 years. Previous to coming to Treherbert Mr. and Mrs. Picton resided at Gwynfi Villa, St. Michael's-road. Maesteg. where Mr. Picton was the resident manager of the Elder's Navigation Collieries. Before then. Mr. Picton was resident mana- ger of the International Collieries, Blaen- garw, and the Dinas Collieries, Rhondda Valley—positions which he held with the greatest satisfaction to his employers for up- wards '"of 20 years. Mrs. Picton suffered much shortly before her death, and although every care and attention was bestowed upon her by Drs. W. C. Hinde and Angus, and the nurses, she passed away to the great Un- known—" from whence no traveller returns" -all the sorrowing family being present at the bedside. She leaves a grown-up family of five-two sons and three d'l ughters. The sons are both in official positions at North's Navigation Collieries. Maesteg, while the sons-in-law are Mr. D. J. Davies, undertaker and contractor, and Mr. D. H. Lawrence, an official at the Coegnant Collieries. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. Picton and the family in their very sad bereavement.
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I MAESTEG GROUP OF SCHOOLS. WANTED, AX INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL OVERCROWDING AT OAKWOOD. The monthly meeting of the managers 01 the Maesteg Group of Schools was held or Friday afternoon, when there were present Messrs. John Howells (in the chair), J. Walters, T. Rees (Nantyffyllon), J. Roderick, T. Morgans, E. Williams, and the deputy clerk (Mr. J. Morgan). The Chairman, referring to Miss Mary J. Lyddon, of Garth School, whom the Inspec- tor stated at the last meeting had failed twice to pass her examination, said lie understood that teacher had not sat at all. It was obvious that some misunderstanding existed. Mr. Morgan explained that pro- bably Mr. Powell was enjoying a holiday, otherwise he would be present at the meeting and could give them an explanation in the matter.—Adjourned. Dr. James, chief education official, wrote, with reference to the managers' recommen- dation for a certificated teacher for Garth School, asking them to confirm the recent appointment or otherwise. It was decided to confirm the appointment. In another letter Dr. James wrote that the unsuccessful candidates at the King's Scholarship Examination would be admitted to positions this year, but would not be ad- mitted in future unless specially recom- mended by the managers. Mr. Mansel Franklen, clerk to the County Council, wrote with regard to the over- crowded state of Oakwood Schools, that no temporary building was available, and asking the managers to consider the advisability of building a Girls' School.—Mr. Morgan pointed out that no increase had been made in the attendance of this school for the past three years, and advised the managers to defer any recommendation for the present.— This was agreed to. A letter was read from Dr. James stating that the question of establishing a secondary school at Maesteg was deferred to the next meeting.—Mr. J. Roderick spoke strongly in support of an Intermediate School.—The managers decided to write the Education Committee expressing satisfaction that the matter was under consideration Dr. James wrote that the Education Com- mittee had decided, as a temporary measure only, to amalgamate the Higher Standards School with the Pupil Teachers' Centre, and appoint Mr. J. Silvan Evans, B.A., as headmaster at a salary of C220 per annum, and appoint Mr. Glover as headmaster of the Plasnewydd Boys' School at a salary of £ 200. Mr. Philip Thomas, of Bethania-street, wrote asking the managers to exempt his daughter, Winifred Thomas, from attending school. He had recently buried his wife, and had no one at home to keep house. His daughter was in the Higher Standards School.—The managers regretted they had no power in the matter. Mr. Llewellyn Evans, of the Nantyffyllon School, wrote resigning his position as pupil teacher owing to entering a training college. Mr. C. W. Samuel, of the Plasnewydd Boys' School, wrote resigning his position as certificated teacher. Miss Lizzie Thomas, of the Maesteg In- fants' School, applied for an increase of sal- ary. pointing out that she had five years ex- perience and was under-paid compared with teachers of the same qualifications and ex- perience in other places.—Mr. Walters re- marked that it was unfair that some teachers received more salary than others who were equally qualified.—It was decided that the clerk write the Education Committee recom- mending an increase of salary. A petition, signed by C. A. Walters, M. Davies, and others, was read, stating that their present salaries were too low to enable them to purchase books for study, and asking the managers to provide an evening course of instruction. The matter was left in abeyance. Miss M. A. Williams, headmistress of the Maesteg Merthyr Infants' School, com- plained of the overcrowded and under-staffed, state of her school. The managers agreed to take the matter into consideration. Mr. Glover reported that all the seven can- didates presented for examination as proba- tioners had passed. Twenty-three out of 27 had passed the labour examination. Having been appointed headmaster for the Plasnewydd Boys' School, he now terminated his engagement at the Higher Standards School, and begged to thank the managers and the clerk for their support in connection with his past diities. Mr. Grice, headmaster of the Nantyffyllon School, wrote complaining of the conduct of Sarah A. Thomas, one of his teachers who, he said, absented herself from school with- out leave. She stated she was ill, but was seen about the roads and at the Market- place. Two of the managers were deputed to see her on the matter, and to caution her that if any further complaints were received she would be dismissed. Miss Bessie Jones wrote resigning her posi- tion in consequence of entering Exeter Col- lege. Miss M. A. Morris wrote withdrawing her application for a position at the Higher Standards' School on account of her health, and asked to remain at the Plasnewydd Girls' School at a salary of £ 75.—The mana- gers agreed to recommend that Miss Morris remain at the Girls' School and that her sal- ary be increased. Miss M. James wrote asking leave to re- main at the Plasnewydd Infants' School until the 14th of September, after which she would leave for college.—Agreed. Mr. F. James wrote asking leave to remain at Garth School until the 10th of September, after which he would leave for college. The managers recommended the appoint- ment of Mr D. J. Jenkins, certificated assist- ant for Garth School, and also an Article 50, instead of Mr. Fred James. Miss Minnie Williams, of the Nantyffvllon School, who tendered her resignation at the last meeting, wrote asking leave to withdraw it. and to be allowed to continue her engage- ment.—Agreed. The Managers recommended the adjust- ment of the staff to fill in vacancies where teachers were leaving, as follows: -—For Nantyffyllon Mixed one untrained teacher; Plasnewydd Girls', ditto; Plasnewydd Boys', ditto; Plasnewydd Infants', ditto. It was decided to advertise for a trained female teacher who was qualified to teach French, and a trained science master for the P.T. Centre and Higher Standards School. Mr. John Howells was appointed chairman or the Group Managers for the ensuing year. and Mr. John Roderick vice-chairman. Mr. Roderick called attention to the low condition of the boundary wall at Nanty- ffyllon School. Children could get into the playground over the wall. Mr. Roderick was asked to arrange for the removal of some rubbish which had accumulated in a heap.
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MAESTEG WATERWORKS. SANCTION TO LOAN DEFERRED. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD ADVISES CAUTION. ANOTHER EXPERT TO BE CALLED IN. At the fortnightly meeting of the Maesteg Urban District Council on Tuesday, Mr. J. P. Gibbon, J.P., presiding, the clerk (Mr. Robert Scale) read the following letter from the Local Government Board:- Whitehall. S.W.. "25th July, 1906. Sir ,-I am directed by the Local Govern- ment Board to state that they have had under consideration the report made by their inspector. Major Norton, after the inquiry held by him with reference to the application of the Urban District Council of Maesteg for sanction to borrow further moneys for the purpose of their reservoir at Blaencwm- cerwyn. The Board are advised that in view of the possible risk of failure of completing the works on the present unsatisfactory founda- tions, and the great cost such works will in- volve, it would appear desirable that the Council before committing themselves to the measures suggested by Mr. Harvey (Merthyr) should instruct some other expert engineer, who is known to have had a thorough prac- tical experience of dam construction work. to visit the site with a view to expressing an opinion on the efficacy or otherwise of Mr. Harvey's proposals. If the result is to satisfy the District Council that they may safely proceed with the proposed works, they should furnish the Board with a revised statement, brought up-to-date, of the total cost of the works already completed. The statement should include all such liabilities as retention money now due to the contractors, and all sums actually paid, as well as maintenance charges, clerk of work's salary, etc. Further, the Board should be supplied with an entirely revised estimate of the cost of works required to complete the scheme, the quantities being carefully checked. All prices and rates not already fixed should be determined (by arbitration or otherwise) be- fore the estimate is prepared, so that the Board may be furnished with reliable figures. The prices accepted by the Council for clay puddle would appear to be on the basis of weight, but if the estimate is to be based on cubic measurement, the Council should satisfy themselves that the price allowed is correct. If it is intended to charge the engineers fees to the loan) this should be included in the revised estimate, and provision should also be made for such charges as costs for raising loan," etc. I am to add that the en- gineer responsible for the revised plans and estimates should sign them.—I am, sir, your obedient servant, JOHN LITTLEBY. Mr. John Howells: Hear, hear. That is a very good decision. The Chairman said the first thing the Council should do was to decide whether they would engage another expert engineer to ad- vise them with reference to Mr. Harvey's proposals. Mr. J. H. Thomas, J.P., said the report from the Board was very much as he had an- ticipated, a hint having been given to the members of the Council when Major Norton conducted his inquiry. It was not stated, however, that Major Norton, so far as he himself was concerned—and lie was a compe- tent engineer—approved of the ideas of Mr. Harvey with reference to the scheme. They had been hoping that the Local Government Board would have gone a little further, by recommending to the Council an engineer who, in their opinion, was competent to give them advice in their present trouble. The Council were in a little. difficulty, because they might choose an engineer who might not be acceptable to the Local Government Board. He suggested that the Council should write the Board requesting that they would name an engineer who would be likely to give satisfaction to the Council as well as the Board. Mr. John Edmunds supported this view. The Chairman: I suggest that we should send the name of an engineer to the Board, asking whether they would be satisfied with his oninion. Mr. J. Bevan: And requesting tnem to; state who would satisfy them if the gentle- man we may name would not. The Chairman remarked that the Coun- cil should show that they were not asleep, and that they were making enquiries as to competent engineers who might assist them. He agreed with the views of Mr. Thomas, but perhaps a better way to get the Board to give an opinion as to an expert would be to sug- gest one in the first place. He had gone fnto the matter, and he suggested that the name of Mr. R. E. Middleton, 17' Victoria- street, London, be put forward. Mr. J. H. Thomas Is that the gentleman who was here before? The Chairman: Oh, no. From informa- tion he had received since being informed of the letter which had come from the Board, he believed that Mr. Middleton was a most capable man, but he should like to know whether the Board would be satisfied with any views that expert might express if the Council called him in. Mr. Howells said he did not think the course suggested was one which the Council might adopt, because evidently the Local Government Board would not commit them- selves to anybody or anything the choice would be left entirely to the Council, who must decide, so far as they could, upon the best man. The Board would take no re- sponsibility for selecting the expert, but they would see that matters would ber put riolit when the expert's report was received. It& would be only a waste of time to go any further in that direction at present, because they would not get any assistance from the Board. The best thing the Council could do was to stop all expenses—and they were enormous—which were being incurred The Chairman That is not in order. That suggestion has been dealt with by the Coun- cil fully, and we cannot reconsider it now. Mr. "Howells: I was going to state my views on the matter. The Chairman: You may be right and you may be wrong. But it is not the proper way to go on. and you know that very well. Mr. Howells": I know it would be useless and a waste of time to proceed in the way suggested. We have had to wait a couple of months for this reply from the Local Gov- ernment Board, and we shall have to wait a similar period for a further letter. We had better proceed on our own responsibility, if we are to proceed at all. The Chairman I shall not allow any dis- cussion on that point. It is not fair that Mr. Howells or any other member should raise a question of that kind now. The Council nave by a majority decided on a cer- tain course, which has been followed up to the present. The Local Government Board. however, with a view to safeguarding, them- selves and the ratepayers of the district say. Before you can proceed with your proposals you must provide certain information, which must be confirmed by a gentleman of stand- ing in the engineering world. The only c matter that we have to deal with now is the appointment of an expert. That is my rul- ing. Mr. Thomas Rees (Garnlwyd) then moved that the clerk write the Local Government Board asking whether they would accept the views of Mr. Middleton as an expert should the Council agree to engage him. Mr. John Thomas seconded. Mr. J. Bevan thought the Council should ascertain what Mr. Middleton would charge. Mr. Edmunds It is not a question of what is to be paid so much as getting a man who will satisfy the Local Government Board. Mr. Howells I should say the first thing would be to ascertain whether Mr. Middleton is acceptable to the Council. We have no in- formation except what the chairman has stated. The Chairman Don't take what I say as Gospel. If you want more information you are entitled to get it. This vote will decide what the Council think of Mr. Middleton. Mr. Howells: I don't say at all that you are not speaking what is correct. I simply say that it is the duty of the Council to de- cide whether they are themselves satisfied with Mr. Middleton before applying to the Local Government Board. I cannot accept liim until I hear more about him. We have heard of splendid engineers in some classes of work1 proving utter failures. Mr. Edmunds I should like to know what Mr. Middleton has done? The Chairman He is connected with the largest schemes in South Wales. Mr. J. H. Thomas: If the Local Govern- ment Board will be satisfied, it will indicate what his capabilities are. Mr. T. Rees If the Board are not satisfied that he is competent they will not accept him. Mr. Howells moved as an amendment that the matter be deferred with a view to ascer- taining what the qualifications of Mr Middle- ton were. He had no Knowledge of Mr. Middleton. and some of the members might. after hearing something further, hold differ- ent views to those of the chairman. Mr. J. H. Thomas: What do you want better than the opinion of the Local Govern- ment Board ? The Chairman said he was sorry Mr. Howells had expressed himself as he had. He was almost sorry that he had suggested 'Mr. Middleton. He represented a great in- terest, and he Mould not make any sugges- tion unless he thought it would be to the ad- vantage of the town that it should be adopted. Mr. Howells had referred to several members disagreeing with the views of the Chairman—— Mr. Howells I said they might disagree. The Chairman You can only speak for yourself. The amendment was not seconded, and the motion to write the Board with reference to Mr. Middleton was carried.
MAESTEG DISTRICT COUNCIL. AUDITOR AND RATE COLLECTOR. Mr. J. P. Gibbon. J.P., presided over the usual meeting of the Mae-steg Urban District Council on Tuesday. There were also pre- sent Messrs. Thomas Rees (Garnlwyd), Tlios. Lewis. J. H. Thomas. J.P.. John Howells, J. Thomas. J. Bevan, J. Jenkins, T. E. Hop- kins. J. Waiters, J. Edmunds, and Thomas Rees (High Street), with the clerk (Mr. R. Scale), and the surveyor and inspec- tor (Mr. J. Humphreys). THE GIPSIES. The Clerk reported that the gipsies had been removed from the land near the Ceme- tery, and credit was due to Inspector San- some and some other police officers for their assistance in the matter. HOLIDAYS. Mr. John Furlong, the custodian of the hospital, wrote applying for ten days holi- day. The Clerk said Mr. Furlong had not re- ceived holidays previously, and The Chairman thought that, if Mr. Fur- long was entitled to holidays, every other employee was. Mr. Howells: I don't know where we are going to draw the line with regard to holi- days. Mr. J. H. Thomas said he was glad the members were beginning to appreciate what the" holiday business" meant. There was no provision in the custodian's contract as to holidays, and he moved that his application be not entertained. Mr. T. Rees (High-street) seconded, and it was agreed to. An application from Mr. Tudor (assistant surveyor) for a fortnight's holiday was granted. Mr. J. H. Thomas: I think that as the oc- casion in an unusual one, it should certainly be granted. (Laughter.) Mr. Howells: It is time Mr. T. Rees had a holiday of this kind. (Renewed laughter.) RATE COLLECTOR. Mr. W. G. Cox, district auditor, wrote:- I have the honour to report that I have completed the audit of the accounts of the urban district of Maesteg for the year ended March 31st, 1906. I attended at the board- room of the Council on Wednesday, June 6th, at the hour fixed for the audit of your accounts, but found on my arrival that the ledger was not made up or balanced, and I had in consequence to adjourn the audit until the 17th July. The reason for the in- complete state of the ledger was stated to be the failure of the collector to furnished the clerk with his rate books and other accounts, but I received a medical certificate to the effect that he was suffering from a complaint which incapacitated him from following his employment. The collector attended at the adjourned audit, and had previously handed his books to the clerk. At the close of the year the collector reported a sum of £ 769 3s. lid. as recoverable arrears on the general district rate, and £ 332 7s. lid. recoverable in respect of the water rate. Of these sums he appears to have deposited a sum of about t-500 with your treasurer since 31st March. I beg respectfully to call the attention of the Council to the fact that no security exists in respect of the proper discharge of your col- lector's duties. It will be, in my opinion, a serious neglect of your statutory duty if you permit this state of matters to con- tinue." The Chairman said the Council were not in a position to be without a bond with the collector. Without going into the question of the office of collector as to his past neg- lect, the Council should put their house in order. Mr. J. H. Thomas said the absence of the bond was more the fault of the Council than the collector: the Council should have seen that it had been arranged for. He was glad that the report of the auditor had con- tained nothing more than they had expected. He thought the collector should in future submit statistical information to the Council showing the position of affairs very month. The Chairman We cannot deal with that now. Mr. Thomas: Very well. But there has been a good deal of talk as to whether the present collector's appointment is to con- tinue. and I wanted to clear that matter-up. After further discussion it was resolved to request the collector to provide a suitable guarantee-hy insurance or bond-for the sum of £ 1.000. THE GAS CO. Mr. G. A. Boucher, secretary of the Maes- teg Gas Co., wrote that his company would agree to a' renewal of the gas contract on the same terms as last year, provided a clause should be inserted that the governors should be cleaned by the employees of the company and charged to the Council. The Chairman: I am not prepared to ac- cept that. It is like buying a pig in a bag. Mr. Howells said the Council should not accept that suggestion, because the charges of the gas company in another matter had not been consistent. The Chairman pointed out that it might be advantageous to the Council to have the governors cleaned by the workmen of the company, but they,, must know first of all what was to be charged. The Surveyor said he had a conversation with the secretary of the company, and he made the suggestion that the company a workmen should clean the governois. No- thing was said then as to payment. On the motion of Mr. Howells, it was de- cided to write the gas company declining to accept the offer, and suggesting an interview so that the terms might be discussed. The Surveyor was instructed to prepare all estimate of the cost of cleaning the governors. Mr. Thomas said there would be a gieat deal of breaking up of the roads shortly, and the Council should also discuss this question with the gas company. They did not want the roads cut up in all sorts of ways. He moved that this matter be raised with the company.—Agreed. WATER BILL. Mr. Mansel Franklen, clerk to the Glamor- gan County Council, wrote that the Water Bill having passed through the two Houses of Parliament, a conference would be held in October of representatives of all the local authorities to consider the best course to be adopted for the benefit of all parties. On the motion of Mr. Thomas, the letter was handed to the chairman for report. The Chairman was appointed to represent the Council at the conference. ELECTRIC LIGHT. The Clerk stated that he had received a letter from the Mutual Electric Light Society giving formal notice that ir was their inten- tion to apply for a Provisional Order for the supply of the district of Maesteg with electri- city. Believing that they had made a mis- take he replied informing them that there was already a Provisional Order in existence, held by the Council.
MAESTEG ITALIANS AT LAW. EMPLOYEE S WAGES AND CLOTHING. A SOLICITOR'S ABSENCE. At Bridgend County-court on Friday (be- fore His Honour Judge Bryn Roberts), Mr. Powell David, solicitor, appeared for Guiseppe Calzerano, 22 High-street, Maesteg. who sued Dominico Grimaldi, 102 Commer- cail-street, Maesteg, for £ 7 2s. 6d., balance ot wages due, and the return ol domes oe- longuig to nllll. Air. JJaviu said His Honour would remem- ber that on the preceding uay Jlr. avail .t.. Va \-ies, acting lor the uerendant, made au application that the case snouia be adjourned until tne August Lourt, which lie (ALr. David; resisted ior reasons which he enumerated. lilS Honour stated that he could not adjourn the case, and advised -lir. Davies to get some other solicitor to appear lor the deiendiint. .Late on inursday night. proceeded Mr. David, Mr. Davies sent a police sergeant to 1113 client at Maesteg, warning him not to be in attendance here to-day. His Honour: lilat Mas not right. Is your client here ? David: I have requested him to at- tend; he will be here shortly. His Honour ery weii. 1 remember the application tor an adjournment. 1 told Mr. Davies distinctly that the case could not be adjourned as he requested, and he must try and get someone else to take it. He pro- mised to endeavour to get someone, but he now writes to say that he went into every solicitor's office in Bridgend, but could not find anyone who would take it. Mr. David: I rather complain of that statement, because I am all-aid Mr. Davies did not make every effort to get another so- licitor to appear. Mr. T. J. Hughes told me this morning that he could have taken the case for him if he had only taken the trouble of telephoning to him. His Honour Under these circumstances the case must certainly go forward to-day, though perhaps there will oe an application for a new trial. Later the plaintiff appeared and gave evi- dence in support of his claim. He said that previous to September in last year he had been employed by the defendant at a London establishment, and in October he was sent to Maesteg to take charge of a branch-at 102 Commercial-street. It was arranged that defendant should pay him £ 1 10s. a month and board. He worked at the Maesteg shop for two months, and was then sent to manage a business at Picton-street, Nantyffyllon. On April 25th. the boss came down, ac- companied by his wife, and complained that he was reaping no profit from the shop. Wit- ness replied "If you don't get any profit, you can shut the shop up," and defendant com- plained that witness was" doing too much trusting of the young fellows." Witness added: He was, I think, afraid to trust me, thinking I was robbing him, and I told him that if he could not trust me I would leave the shop next day, and so I did." The amount due to him for wages was zC7 2s. 6d. Between October and April lie had earned £9 15s., but received L2 12s. 6d. It was cus- tomary among his countrymen engaged in this country to receive small payments when they asked for them, and to settle up when they left the job. Witness detailed the clothing which he was suing for. He went to call for the goods in the middle of Mav and defendant asked him for .5s. a week stor- age room. Witness said "Take 5s. a week trom my wages, and let me have the balance and my goods." but he refused, saying he wanted the money for the storage first, and would settle for the wages afterwards. About three weeks ago. witness again called, and applied for the box. Defendant on this oc- casion asked for Is. 6d. a week storage room. and witness again suggested that he should take the money for that out of the wages. Defendant replied, "I don't think to pav your wages at all; I will pav them at Brids- end." fa Judgment was entered for £ 7 2s. 6d. the balance of wages, and for the return of the goods or £ 5—their value. His Honour or- dered that the money .should be kept in court until the next court day, in order to give defendant an opportunity of apnlying for a new trial, if he thought On the application of Mr. David, His Hon- our made an order for the return of the goods or their value, forthwith. Mr. David stating that plaintiff only had the clothes he stood up in. His Honour allowed costs on Scale A. Air. David, at the conclusion of the case, addressing His Honour, said I hope you do not think I was unreasonable yesterday in not agreeing to an adjournment'of this case. I would have agreed to an adjournment, so far as I was concerned, though it would be inconvenient to me. But my client's specific instructions were that I should not agree to an adjournment. His Honour: You were bound to follow the instructions of your client, of course. I
Late Judge Gwilym Williams. MEMORIAL HALL. At a public meeting held at Trealaw a site near the Tabernacle (C.) Chapel was selected for the Memorial-hall to the late Judge Gwilym Williams, the expense of the erection of which will be borne by Mr. Rhys Williams, Miskin Manor. Mr. J. D. Williams, J.P., Clydach Court, presided, and explained that Mr. Rhys Williams was anxious to do some- thing for the benefit of the district, and his generous offer to erect a hall was much ap- preciated. (Applause.) A hall such as it was intended to erect was much needed in the district. The Chairman paid a tribute to the late Judge Gwilym Williams, after which the meeting placed on record their great appreciation of Mr. Rhys Williams's generous offer. On the motion of Mr. D. T. Rees, Trealaw. a vote of condolence was passed with the bereaved family of the late Judge. Mr. W. P. Nicholas, solicitor. Pont- ypridd. was appointed secretary of the Memorial-hail movement pro. tem. A depu- tation was appointed to by the decision of the meeting before the donor.
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THE L.R.C. QUESTION. -+-- MR. JAMES WINSTONE AT MAESTEG. A largely attended meeting of night work- men was held on Tuesday on the question of whether the miners should join the Labour Representatio Committee. Mr James uistone, Pontypool. said there were a number of newspaper correspondents who seemed very anxious that the L.R.C. ad- vocates should not besmirch the honour of Mabon. tie wished to say that there was not a man among the L.R.C. advocates who de- sired to besmirch the honour of Mabon. or to say a word disrespectful of him in any way. He was prepared to meet Mabon face to face on the L.R.C. question at any time; he was sorry that Mabon was indisposed, and hoped his recovery would be rapid so that he could come out and fight the L.R.C. a bit more, as a friendly opponent. The time had come when the working classes of this country should take their business into their own hands. The Liberals and Tories were pre- pared to sink political differences in order to keep the Labour Party out of Parliament and off local governing bodies. Working men must close up their ranks too and con- centrate upon a United National Labour Party. The workers were promised old age pensions "if the money could be found." He ventured to say that the Liberal Party would never find the money if Labour had not its thirty independent members to show them the way. Yet money seemed to be easilv found for big pensions for highly-salaried officials. There had been a good deal of mis- representation about the L.R.C. Mr. D. Watts Morgan had been at it again. At Ferndale Mr. Watts Morgan had made the absurd assertion that "the policy of isola- tion was one of the planks in the L.R.C. con- stitution. and would prove a failure." In- dependence was not isolation. The Liberal Labour members had been in the House of Commons for 20 years, and had been merged in the Liberal party. Mr. Watts Morgan spent so much time over his plumage that he forgot the dying bird. Like a bird of the night, lie hovered in the twilight and hooted at the signs of coming day. Did the Liberal Labours think the Labour men had spent their Saturdays and Sundays on the street corners preaching the gospel without any effect If Mr. Watts Morgan meant any- thing at all-or if he knew what he meant- it must be that the men should continue pay- ing over their Parliamentary levy to the Lioeral Labours or Labour Liberals. Mr. Morgan Mas a man in the wilderness, weep- ing and M-ailing and gnashing his teeth, or like a satellite revolving a. ound Mabon and repeating like a parish clerk or a pet parrot the cry of the member for the Rhondda. The actions of Mr. Brace were now return- ing on his own head. Mr. Brace had gone to Cardiff to support the landlord, the Hon. Ivor Guest. Mr. Guest had now gone to Cockermouth to support his brother against Robert Smillie. president of the Scottish Federation, and one of the strongest men in the Labour movement. It Mas interesting to see a man like Smillie. who had spent his life in the Labour movement, being opposed by a man whom Mr. Brace had helped to send to Parliament. It was useless to babble about leaving "old friends." Some of those Liberal "old friends" in Parliament were re- presenting employers' associations, and con- ferred together to oppose Labour amend- ments to the Compensation Bill. By hold- ing aloof from the other Trade Unions the Miners' Federation were taking up a position of isolation. He urged the miners to vote for the L.R.C. Mr. Vernon Hartshorn, miners' agent, Maesteg, said he thought another twelve months' tub-thumping" on the matter would do good. He did not care how the matter now Ment, but he did know that in twelve months Labour-Liberalism in South Wales would be as dead as Queen Anne. One day the Labour-Liberals would argue against independence, and the next assert that they themselves were independent. The whole of the controversy was built upon spleen and pique. He hoped the men would go in for a united Labour party at all costs.
SALE OF STOCK AT PYLE. MARKET MOOTED. Mr. T. J. Yorwertli held a sale of fat stock on Monday at Pyle, where it is proposed to establish a market. The sale proved a most successful one, a large number of buyers being present from Swansea. Neat/h, Bridg- end, Rhondda and the Garw Valley. Be- fore the commencement of the sale. the Auc- tioneer said that it rested with the farmers of the neighbourhood to make the sales a success, and he only asked them to send in their stock, when he felt certain that, owing to the convenience offered by the G.W.R. for their quick despatch, and the quality of the stock grown in that neighbourhood, butchers would surely attend. Mr. G. Lipscomb, who was greeted with applause, said he was most pleased to at- tend. and on behalf of Miss Talbot he wished the movement every success. He believed it would be a great boon to the farmers of the neighbourhood. He certainly thought that Mr. Yorwerth deserved a pat on the back for his pluck in starting auction sales there, and anything that Miss Talbot could do to help her tenants in this matter would be done. (Loud applause.) The Auctioneer then nroceeded with the 'sale, and in a short time disposed of nearly the whole of the lots. The entries com- prised cattle from Mr. T. D. Bevan, Mr. R. Thomas, The Hall; Mrs. Mordecai and Sons, Tythegstone. and others: sheep from Messrs. H. B. Matthews. W. Morgan (Sker), tJ. Thomas (Tydraw). A. M. Maddock. Mrs. Yor- werth (Kenfig). Cattle sold from JE13 to £19, or about 6^d. lb. fat lambs sold well, a pen from Mr. Matthews being sold for 45s. 6d. a head ewes made from 30s. to 40s.: porkers, 9s. 6d. to 10s. 6d. score; store cattle, £6 to £ 8 a piece; and cows and calves £ 13 to JE18.
Lord Willoughby de Eresby, M.P., is dis- posing of a considerable acreage of his pro- perty in Mid-Lincolnshire, in order to give a practical stimulus to the small holdings movement. iiBBanHUHaannBMnBnHOMHnnaHnMnM
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