BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.—-Before A!«-rr;ia.n Wm. Llewellyn (chairman), Colonel J. 1. D. Nicholl, Dr. E. J. Parry, Alderman John Thomas, Captain H. S. Watson, Messrs. \Y. Powell, T. E. Hopkins, ami Thomas Bevan. Drunk and Disorderly. Evan Richards, mas;-a, and Thomas Jenkins, collier, both of Ma-esteg, were charged with being drunk and disorderly in Talbot Street, on October 6th. P.C. Cornelius Hitrley (Maesteg) said that at ll.ij oil Saturday night he saw defendants in Taibot Street. They were drunk, and cursed and -.wore. They refused to go home, and hf escorted them to the Police Station. This was the first time for jeiutins. "Kicharus was up twelve months ago," so said Supt. Wm. Davies. —Tin- Bench said "Filteen shillings each." Bi.iingsgate.- John Llewellyn, collier, Nanty- ffyllon, was fined 15». for using bad language in Maesteg Market. Grounds on October 1st. Mrs. Wilkirts's Flutter. Elizabeth A. Wilkins, who was not in attendance, 66 Itailwav Terrace, Abercregan, was charged with a similar offence in Tonna Road, Caerau, on October 2nd. It was proved against defendant that whilst under the influence of drink she shouted and quarrelled with a man. This was not by any nu-un- the first charge against Mrs. Wilkins, wbo was now fined 25s., or 14 days." Unregistered.-t-iider the National Registra- tion Act, Griffith Thomas, Emrys Williams, Dd. Bevan, and Morgan Morgan, colliers, of Nanty- moel, were summoned for having failed to notify their change of address from Brynaman to Xantymoel. The facts having been proved, they were fined 10s. each. After Hours.—Thomas Williams, fruiterer, Pontycymmer, Nvi, summoned for keeping his shop open after 9, and Catherine Davies, for aiding and abetting, on September 29th. Upon the evidence, defendants were fined 5s. each.— The charge was preferred against Thomas Derrick, fruiterer, Il- i Xeath Road, Briton Ferry, of having carried on a retail trade in a "certain place" other than a shop, i.e., Maesteg Market, after 8 on the evening of October 1st. P.S. Williams, on the Monday night in ques- tion, saw defendant behin d his stall in the Market, and asked him why he sold apples and pears at that hour. He replied, "Because I want to get rid of them." lined 5s.-Charles Davies, also a fruiterer, of Maesteg, was simi- larly charged. The ,111]( officcr gave evidence; the alleged offence was on the same occasion, and the facts were also the same. On being told that he would be summoned, defelftlant said "That's what we get for doing good for the country." He also went so far as to say to the sergeant, "Go and do your worst." In this case, also, a fine of 5s. was imposed. Colliery Offences.-Eiiilyn Rattery, haulier, High Street, Ogmore Vaie, was fined kl for having a cigarette in his possession in Rhondda Main Colliery mine on October 3rd. Mr. Harry Lewis was solicitor for the prosecution.—For sleeping below ground in the Coegnant Colliery on September 27th, Arthur Jordan, Rose Villa, Margaret Street, Caerau, was fined £ 2. Mr. W. Kenshole (Kenshole and Rosser), Aberdare, was solicitor for the prosecution.—Harry Welsh (banksman), 14 Xorth Street, Caerau, employed at the South Pit of the Caerau Collieries (North's Navigation), was summoned for having o- ept. 1st OI.t'<i to do an act necessary for tL safety of the men working in the mine, in not. staying at his post at the pit-top on the day shift. Mr. W. Kenshole, for the Company, said defendant was on the shift from 2 to 10. Works Constable C-ulleton, on going round at 7 in the evening, missed the brakesman, and failed to find him, and there was no one in charge from 7 until half-past 9. Defendant was seen, and his excuse was that he had gone home to supper. During defendant's absence, two men let them- selves down without a brakesman. Under the Act there were elaborate provisions for signall- ing from the top, and elaborate rules had been made for the purpose. P.C. William Culleton having given evidence, defendant said he "didn't know anyone was down there, or else he would not have gone awav." Remarking that it was a serious case, Alderman Llewellyn imposed a penalty of .63. Ninepenny Worth of Timber.—A Lad named Arthur Sutton was charged with stealing nine- penny worth of timber from the Glenavon Col- liery, on 4th October. P.S. Watts spoke to see- ing defendant walking from the colliery shop with a sack, which he said only contained saw- dust. The sergeant was about to examine the sack, when Sutton ran away. Examination showed that the sack contained not sawdust, but firewood.—Fined < £ 1. Unauthorised Allotment.—John Lewis (21), 116 Bridgend Road, Garth, Maesteg, was charged with stealing a fork, spade, and rake, value 14s., the property of Joseph Sheppard. Alderman E. E. Davies (Maesteg) for the prosecution, said the tools were taken from allotment gardens at Garth. They were not the Council allotments, or proceedings of a different character would be taken under the Defence of the Realm Act. They were the allotments which had been fenced in by the Celtic Colliery Company for the benefit of a number of their workmen. The tools were missed so far back as last May. A reward was offered, and after enquiries, P.S. Williams called at defendant's premises. At first he denied all knowledge of the tools, though subsequently he admitted finding them on May 2nd in a field adjoining the allotments, where some children had been playing with the tools. The tools (except the rake, which defen- dant sai!'l he had lost) were discovered in his garden shed. Defendant said he was sorry, and was willing to pay any expense to which they might have been put. P.S. Williams said when he interviewed defendant on October 2nd he said "he didn't know anything about any tools." Pressed, he admitted, "Yes; I had the tools. I found them in the field near the allotments." Witness recovered the tools from defendant's shed. Told that he would be reported, he made no reply. Defendant now denied the theft, and repeated the story that he had the tools "from the field liear by."—Fined k2, or 14 days. Caretaker and Wife.—Nellie Connolly, 24 Cheltenham Terrace, summoned her husband, Walter Connolly, 20 South Street, Bridgend, against whom she applied for a separation order upon the ground of persistent creutly. Defen- dant is caretaker of Oldcastle Council School.— Mr. Harry Lewis, for complainant, said the parties were married on July 1st last year. De- fendant, as caretaker of Oldcastle Council School, was in receipt of a salary of X8 a month. Up to October 2nd, things went on happily. Complainant, who assisted to clean the schools, owing to her condition, was unable to assist any longer. She told her husband so on the morn- ing in question, and whilst she was lying in bed he threw a bucket of water over her. From that time (Mr. Lewis went on) there dated a suc- cession of violent assaults. On November 3rd defendant gave her < £ 6 of his salary, and re- tained for himself the balance of V. His wife ventured to ask him for a few shillings to buy clothes for the expected biby, which he refused, and saying that he was going to The Red Lion," he gave her a blow in the mouth which felled her. She left, and returned on the 9th. In the middle of March, because she accident- ally knocked over a. small clock, he dealt her blows on the head, arms, and body. On the Saturday after Bank Holiday she went with her sister-in-law to the roundabouts. That an- noyed him, and he assaulted her as on the pre- vious occasion. Later, when his brother re- turned from the front, he came home late at night, drunk, and commenced to make a row be- cause his wife associated with her sister-in-law. On that occasion, he struck her in the eye, and nearly broke her nose.—Complainant, a little slight woman, with a baby in her arms, s-oid when she married she was in a certain condi- tion. In October, her husband threw the bucket of water over her at 7 in the morning. Her husband was addicted to drink. When she asked him for a few shillings for the baby's clothes, he refused (as stated), and said he was going to see Bob Griffiths, at the Red Lion. Coming to the clock incident, she alleged that defendant, on that occasion, hit her against the mantelpiece, and she fell over a chair. He had now put a padlock on the door, and locked her out. Since she had left him, and gone to her mother's, he had not given her a penuy-only a noiu,ott. herm'si, lk daily for the child. Asked "Do you drink?" witness replied sharply: "Drink! I don't have enough to eat.—Defendant admitted throwing the water, but denied the specific acts of violence alleged against him.—The Chairman said they were satisfied defendant had acted very badly, and they majle an order for tl a week for the maintenance of His wife and child (with costs, including advocate's fee), and they .Also bound him over to be of good behaviour, which would bo «onie. protection to his wife if she returned to him, as they hoped she would. Desertion.—George Griffiths, collier, formerly of Ogmore Vale, new oi Xt- .v Houses, Penpri*k, Peneoed, was summoned by his wife, Eva Griffiths, of Ogmore Vale, for de-ertion. Mr. Harry Lewis (Messrs. Lewis and Llewellyn, Bridgend; was for complainant. Mr. Lewis said that differences had arisen between the parties for some time, and eventually defend- ant went away from home, and had not re- turned. Complainant had ascertained that he was not working, but was living with his mother at Peneoed. Mrs. Griffiths told the Hench that the differences between her and her husband were all through his drinking habits. He earned goodVages when he cared to work, and had sometimes given her as much as £ i a week. —Defendant now said that he was willing to provide a home for his wife, but Mrs. Griffiths, when asked by the Chairman if she would go to her husband, said that s he could not possibly live with him again, as his habits were too bad. —Defendant: Have I ever quarrelled with you? —Mrs. Griffith-; Yes, dozens of times.—The Bench granted a maintenance order for = £ 2 per week for the maintenance of complainant, and her three children, and ordered defendant to' pay the costs of this case. "Sordid."—Morfydd Ann Jones, single woman, Victoria Street, Caerau, Maesteg, brought affili- ation proceedings against Edward James, collier, School Read, Caerau. Mr. Harry Lewis was for complainant, and Mr. Lewis M. Thomas, A ber- avcu, for defendant. The mother of the girl said she spoke to defendant about her daughter, and told him that unless he did something for her she would have to go to the Workhouse. He .sai d, "D< m't let her £ o there. I could not rest [ if I knew she was there." Much of the evi- dence given in the case was of a very sordid character. Mr. Lewis Thomas subjected com- plainant and her witnesses to a most searching cross-examination, and called defendant, who gave a denial of her story.—The Bench dismissed the case. MONDAY.—Before Mr. D. H. Llovd and Dr. E. J. Parry. In Coity Road.—Henry James Parfitt, collier, Pontycymmer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Coity Road on Saturday night. P.C. Norman proved the case.—The Magistrates imposed a fine of Jcl. Wife Desert i on.-William Mountjoy, collier, late of Park Street, Maesteg, and now working at Gilfach Goch at a weekly wage of £3 Is. 6d., was charged with deserting his wife and four children, in 1914.—Mr. David Thomas, warrant officer to the Guardians, said defendant ran away on June 9th, 1914, and his wife and family (who became chargeable on the 25th July fol- lowing) had cost the Guardians, altogether, £ 20 15s. 3d. Defendant now asked for time in which to repay the money. Mountjoy said he went away in search of work, and contributed as soon as possible.—Defendant was given a month in which to pay up.—The Chairman If you don't pay the money, you know what will follow. —Defendant: Yes, sir. I
CORPORAL J. L. DAVIES, V.C. Wife to be Invested by the King. Mrs. Davies, widow of the late Corporal J. L. Davies, V.C., Nantymoel, is to attend at Buck- ingham Palace to-morrow (Saturday), when she will be invested by His Majesty the King. Mr. Davies, her father-in-law, also of Nantymoel, will accompany Mrs. Davies.
OGMORE VALE. I Temperance Band and Wounded Soldiers.- The Ogmore Valley Temperance Band is always ready, as in the past, to meet all wounded sol- diers from hospital or from the front. Owing to an ill-founded rumour that the band has certain favourites, Mr. Gillard, the popular con- ductor, and hi. band wish to state that the rumour is absolutely unfounded. The services of the band are readily given if the members are notified of the date, no matter what the weather may be. Presentation.—An interesting presentation took place at the Lesser Hall, Ogmore Vale, on Thursday last week, when Mr. W. H. Capel, the popular choir conductor, was presented with a purse of gold and wallet for services rendered. Rev. E. W. Hough presided over a crowded audience. Mr. W. Bartlett, Draycott House, in a speech befitting the occasion, made, the presen- tation. Mr. Capel responded, and thanked all for the handsome presents they had given him. In the course of his speech, he said he felt sure that if the singing-loving public of Ogmore Vale, would only bind themselves a little more to- gether, and attend practices more often, the suc- cess they achieved at the last opera with "II Trovatore" would be surpassed by the coming event, "Maritana." A musical programme and dance followed, the following artistes taking part:—Miss Gwen Price, Miss G. Mansel, Miss Nan Thomas, and Mr. D. P. Evans (Blackmill). Mr. Ben Davies presided at the piano. Mr. G. Gregory was the efficient secretary.
BLACKMILL. I Erratum.—In the paragraph last week des- cribing the honour conferred upon soldiers (who have returned home), the name "Private Geo. Edwards, Craiglast Farm," should read: "Private George Edwards, Pwllyfelin Farm." A meeting was held at Paran on Saturday, under the auspices of the Blackmill and Glyn- ogwr Soldiers' and Sailors' Welfare Committee, to accord a hearty welcome home to L-Corpl. Enoch G. Phillips, of Craigles Farm, who has spent a considerable time in France, and was home for a ten days' leave. Rev. W. Paran Griffiths presided, and after expressing his pleas- ure at seeing the hero looking so fit and well, presented him on behalf of the parishioners with a cigarette case, inscribed as follows:— "Presented to L.-Cofpl. E. G. Phillips by Black- mill and Glynogwr Friends; Oct., 1917." Ap- propriate and patriotic speeches were afterwards contribu t/ed by Messrs. J. Perkins, A. H. Jen- kins, ex-L.-Cpl. A. H. Davies, J. Lang, and C. T. John. L.-Cpl. Phillips, in returning thanks for the cigarette case, referred to the splendid work of the committee in sending out parcels of comforts, etc., to the boys, which were highly appreciated and greatly cheered them for the conflict. The meeting closed with the singing of "Lead, Kindly Light." A similar presen- tation was made on Wednesday to Pte. Tom Vaughan, late postman, who also has served in France, and has been severely wounded. This presentation was made privately by Rev. W. P. Griffiths (chairman of committee), owing to Vaughan's short stay before returning to the front.
TONDU AND ABERKENFIG. I Killed by Shell Burst.-Oilc- of the two soldier sons of Mr. D. Rawle, manager of the coke ovens at North's Navigation Collieries, Tondu, has lost his life in France. He was Pte. Bert Rawle, of the Machine-Gun Corps, and he was killed by a shell burst. His section leader, in a letter of sympathy to the widow, who lives at 5 Queen Street, Tondu, describes Pte. Rawle as "a mag- nificent solder, and very popular with his com- rades." The brother is serving in France with the Royal Field Artillery. Pte. Rawle, who was 21 years of age, worked with his father, and was exempted until January of this year.
BRYNCETHIN. I Wedding.—A weddin&took place on Monday last at the English Congregational Church, Bridgend. Rev. W. Evans (Will Ifan) oi- ated. The contracting parties were Miss May Jones (youngest daughter of Mrs. M. J. Jones and the late Mr. E. R. Jones, of Hong Kong, Bryncethin) and Mr. Percy Pugsley (eldest son of Mrs. Ellen and Mr. H. J. Pugsley, of Bryn- cethin). The bride, who was given away by her brother (Mr. A. Jones), was dressed in pale grey eoline, with hat to match, underlined with pale pink. She carried a bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids- Miss Gladys Jones (sister of the bride) and Miss Phyllis Pugsley (sister of the bridegroom)—wore pale mauve voile dresses, with black picture hats, and wore sprays of white and mauve chrys- anthemums. Mr. F. Pugsley acted as best man. After the ceremony, the friends and relatives sat down to breakfast at the- bride's home. The honeymoon was spent at Weston-super-Mare.
CEFN CftlBBWR. I Football Match.-A grand football match was played on the Cae Gwyn Ground between Cefn Stars and Pencoed. Both teams played a fine game. The best of the home team was Wilkins, Will Davies, and Sam Thomas. The Stars are away next Saturday at Neath. Look out for the great match with the Cross Rovers and Mr. th X,. team.
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GARW GLEANINGS (By LLOFFWR ARALL. A mass meeting of Garw Miners was held at the Rink, Pontycymmer, on Sunday last. Very little business was done, owing to con- siderable rowdyism. A resolution was, however, passed against paying any income-tax on wages, until after the result of the conference has been made known. ..•••• This will probably mean extra work for the Magistrates. Owing to the disturbance, the question of "combing-out" was not discussed. One of the wags of the Garw-Blackpool gang purchasing food at the enhanced prices, asked the tradesman to kindly wrap up his thumb as well 1 He evidently thought the tradesman's thumb had played an active part on the scales! We suggest that tradesmen in future weigh their goods "thumbs up!" We learn that Councillor David Thomas, but- cher, Blaengarw, has been asked to resign from the Ogmore and Garw Food Control Committee. Blaengarwites should forthwith convene a public meeting and recommend to the Council a suitable successor. Abel Seaman Jake Drew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Drew, of Albany Road, Pontycymmer, is now home on a well-deserved rest after his thrilling experiences. Within the last four months his boat has been torpedoed. A Ffaldau Colliery miner boasted that,- he would allow a big stone to be broken on his ¡ chest. ,r If. the experiment proved a success, his fellow workmen contemplated opening a show! One enthusiast took a sledge-hammer to break the stone, but found there was "nothing doing." So there's no show this time, again, boys! The Garw Local Relief Committee has paid over t200 for boots and shoes distributed to the children of our brave soldiers^ and sailors' de- pendents. Bravo! A local pitman gave the use of an oil suit to a contractor, who was examining a pit shaft. The pitman, who accompanied him, got soak- ing wet for his trouble. The contractor being a very sympathetic individual soothed his own conscience by giving the pitman sixpence, to prevent him catching cold. To economise in matches, a local engine- driver purchased a small lamp, and keeps it burning to supply a light to callers. It has been ascertained that the oil for his lamp costs him just twice as much as the matches would. When two Garw nuts got locked in a coal- house, did they pass the time playing with the hammer to the tune of Oh, your eyes, Ducky; how they sparkle in the dark!" At a recent wedding the best man got a bit mixed up-he insisted twice upon putting a lady's coat on! o. We congratulate the bridegroom on keeping a cool head and saving the situation. Fancy a Blaengarw lady never having heard of vegetable marrows being sold by weight! She evidently wasn't born in the Garw. At one of our picture shows recently, some- thing went wrong. We afterwards found that our local "Charlie," and not Charlie Chaplin," finished the show that evening!
VALE NOTES. I (By Pela-gius.) The Local War Savings Association could not have chosen a better motto to head their appeal to the public than the following lines:— For the cause that lacks assistance, For the wrongs that need resistance, For the future in the distance, And the good that we can do. We cannot lengthen our lives, but we can broaden them so that they embrace the whole human race, and because the future of the human race is in the balance, it is our duty to help with our money, our labour, and every energy that Providence has bestowed on us, to overpower the hosts of the barbarians now banded together from Potsdam to Constanti- nople to enslave and place the human race under the yoke of militarism. The local War Savings Associations are now in full working order. The district hon. sec. (Mr. T. R. Thomas, Newport House) informs us that the St. Athan Association is amalgamated with the Council School fund, and the St. Donats and Marcross parishes combined into one association. The Llantwit Major execu- tive—composed of the ministers of all denomin- ations—have elected Rev. B. T. Evans chair- man, and. Rev. J. G. Davies hon. sec., and are very optimistic that a good round sum will be invested in the War Loan. A local gentleman has promised to take a' large amount in War Loan, but wisely made his promise conditional upon a local branch of the Association being formed. This has now been done. We hope others will quickly come forward, because the financing of the war must be done now or never. Scare letters in a London paper, under the heading The Coming Revolution," need not frighten us if we at home do our part, for our boys who to-day are defending our'home on the several battle fronts are not revolutionists; but they expect we tit home to be also fighting the enemy by savin" all we can, so that those who enemy bwyi? ll be helped to start again a useful civilian career. Let us remember that they have lost valuable years of their lives, while in normal times they would have been building up 1 a business or qualifying for a profession; and in what better way can this be done than by buy- J ing War Savings certificates in their name.
BLAENGARW. I Bethania Baptist Church.—A meeting of the I Young People's Mutual Improvement Society was* held on Thursday night, and was well at- tended. Solos were sung by Master Selwyn Gammer, Miss Winifred Thomas, Miss Ethel' Francis, and Master Daniel Meredith. A paper was read by Mr. William John on The Life of William and Thomas Knibb." The speakers were Messrs. Thos. Jones, David J. Parry, John Bowen, John Francis, and Rev. Win. Thomas. Mrs. J. Griffiths was the accompanist. Cmopetitive Concert.—The first of a series of I monthly competitive concerts under the aus- pices of St. James' Church, took place at the I Church Hall on Tuesday night. Rev. John I Davies, L.D., presided in the absence of Mr. W. Dryburgh, M.E. Owing to the unavoidable ab- sense of Mr. David Lewis, Messrs. A. Gwynne and R. Pritchard shared the duties of adjudi- cator, whilst Miss F. Waite, A.L.C.M., acted as accompanist with marked ability. Mr. J. J. Williams was the secretary, and Mr. A. Gwy"nne treasurer. AwardsBoys and girls' solo (under 12) 1, Beatrice E. James; 2, Iris Forey. Ditto (under 16) Hilda Williams. Open reci- tation Mr. David Hughes. Open 0010: Prize divided between Messrs. D. Lloyd Thomas and TFaae The folloiN-iii,), contributed to I the programmePianoforte duet, Misses Fo.l Waite and Eunice Davies; solo. Mrs. C. M. Lewis; recitation, Miss Maggie May Williams; solo, Mr. Ben Jones; recitation, Mr Dd. Hughes; solo, Miss Hildsl Williams. At the close a general vote of thanks was accorded. I Wedding.—A wedding was solemnised at St. Theodore's Church, Pontycymmer, on Saturday. I The contracting parties were Mr. Evelyn Hicks (youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hicks, Henfryn House, Pontycymmer) and Miss (Elsie. May Gough (youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gough 1entwyil House, Blaengarw). The bride was given away by her father. She was attired in a purple coat dress, and cream hat, and carried a shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Misses Elsie Curtis, Ogmore Vale (cousin of bride), I who was dressed in a nigger brown costume and hat to mach; and Florrie Hicks (sister of bride- groom), who wore a mauve costume and .hat to match. Mr. D. J. Hicks (brother) acted as best man. Mr. R. J. Williams was also pre- sent. The officiating ministers were Rev. ) Campbell Davies, B.A. (Vicar of Garw Valley) and Rev. James Davies, B.A. (curate, Blaen- garw). The ceremony was fully choral. Mr. G. H. Sparkes, Blaengarw, played the Wedding March. A reception was held at the home of the bride, where a large number of well wishers sat down. The happy couple were the recipi- ents of numerous and costly presents. They afterwards left for- Swansea, where the honey- moon was spent. Eisteddfod.—A successful eisteddfod was held at the Workmen's Hall, Blaengarw, in connec- ¡ tion with Bethania Baptist Church, on Satur- t day. The presidents were Messrs. Evan Owen, I J.P., Cardiff, and Edward Edwards, ?-,I.F Treorky. Adjudicators: Music, Messrs. W. J. Evans, Aberdare, and Ivor Owen, Swansea; lit- erature and conductor, Rev. J. F. Williams, Glyncorrwg; woodwork, Mr. Thos. Thomas, Blaengarw. The accompanists were Miss S. Butler, Pontycymmer, and Mr. G. H. Sparkes, Blaengarw; treasurer Mr. J. N. Hughes. and secretary, Mr. J. J. Allen, Blaengarw. The awards were:-Cliief choral Nantymoel (con- ductor, Mr. Yorwerth Mills). Children's choir Prize divided between Blaengwynfi (conductor, Mr. T. Williams) and Blaengarw (Mr. Tom Jones), Champion solo: Mr. Tom Williams, Blaengarw. Soprano solo Miss G. Samuel, Neath. Contralto solo Miss Jennie Griffiths, Nantyffyllon. Tenor solo Mr. Isaac Morris, I Blaengarw. Bass solo: Mr. Tom Williams, Blaengarw. Penillion Mr. Charels Jenkins, Nantymoel. Boys' solo: 1, Master Emlyn Lewis, Maesteg; 2, Master Wm. Gardner, Blaengarw. Girlffsolo: 1, Miss Hilda Wil- liams, Blaengarw; 2, Miss Bessie Bevan, Nanty- ffyllon. Open pianoforte solo: Miss C. M. Teague, Blaengarw. Pianoforte solo (under 16): Miss Annie Jones, Bryncethin. Recitation (under 16): Master Idwal Jones, Blaengarw. Ditto (un(t-r 12): 1, Master Idwal Jones; 2, Master A. Parry, Gilfach Goch. Allotments: Mrr John Jones, Blaengarw. Best hand-made walking-stick: Mr. Philip Phillips, Pontycym- mer..Novice recitation: Mr. E. J. Mathias, Blaengarw. Open recitation Prize divided be- tween Mr. E. J. Thomas, Maesteg, and Mr. Thomas, Nantymoel. Novice solo: Mr. Ben Jones, Blaengarw.
PONTYCYMMER. Owing to the late hour at which reports were received from Pontycymmer, the same are un- avoidably held over. Funeral.-Tlie funeral of the late Mr. George Andrews, 5 Railway Terrace, Pontycymmer, who had been ailing for a long period, took place at 'Pontycymmer Cemetery on Thursday of last week. Deceased was an old inhabitant, and highly respected. Rev. David Davies, Blaengarw, and Captain Gore (Salvation Army, Pontycymmer) officiated. The mourners were: Mrs. M. A. Andrews (widow); Pte. Tommy An- drews (son); Master Edwin Andrews and Miss Harriet Andrews (son and daughter), Mr. and Mrs. E. Xelmes; Mr. and Mrs. D. John; Mrs. F. Fear; Mr. James Prior, Mrs. A. M. Thomas, Mrs. A. Morgan, Miss Mary Morgan, Miss Annie Lewis, Mr. D. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. T. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. C. Morgan, Mrs. M. A. Rees, Mrs. E. Palmer, Miss Daisy Carter, and Miss M. John. Allotments.-A meeting of allotment holders of Pontycymmer was held at the Ffaldau Insti- tute on Friday last. Seven societies were re- presented at the. meeting on behalf of over 300 allotment holders. It was resolved to form themselves into one organisation, and to be named "Garw Valley Federation of Allotment Holders." The object of the Society is to ob- tain more land for the people, and to keep the land they have already leased after the war, and to put the Allotment Act into force; to pur- chase manure on the co-operative system, also small seeds and seed potatoes, etc. Mr. E. Light, 26 High Street, Pontycymmer, was ap- pointed secretary.
PONTYRHYL. I Miss Ethelwyn Griffiths, A.L.C.M., Cartref, Pontyrhyl, was successful in obtaining the medal presented by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff to the cafwidate who obtained the highest num- ber of marks at the Cardiff Centre during the year, and has been invited to play one of the test-pieces at the Cory Hall, Cardiff, on Novem- ber 1st. This is the second time Miss Griffiths has headed the list. At the time of her exam- ination she was only 14 years of age.
PENCOED. I The Report of the death and funeral of Mrs. Salathiel, wife of Mr. J. T. Salathiel, one of the best known and most highly respected residents in the district, through unusual pressure on our space is held over until next week.
LLANHARAN. I Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held on Sunday last at Carmel Baptist Church, Llan- haran. The special preacher was Rev. J. Evans, of Llantrisant, who preached excellent and appropriate sermons. The congregations were large. A duet was rendered by Miss Sarah Williams and friend, entitled "Sowing the Seed by the Wayside." The singing was ably con- ducted by Mr, Llewellyn. Mr. Harold King presided at the organ.
MAESTEG. I The New Police-inspector.-Tlie, Scipendiary Magistrate (Mr. D. Lleufer Thomas) at Ystrad on Monday congratulated Police-Sergeant T. Canton, oi Pentre, upon his promotion to police- inspector for Maesteg. Trinity Chapel.-Tlie harvest festival of Trin- ity Chapel was held on Sunday. The pastor (Rev. W. Griffiths) conducted the services, and the pulpit was occupied by Mr. J. Hugh Ed- wards, M. P. for Mid-Glamorgan. The chapel was packed. Slightly Wounded.—Councillor Philip Jones has received notification that his son, Gunner Jones, of the Royal Horse Artillery, has been slightly wounded in France. He enlisted in H.M. Forces in March, 1915, and has seen much service at the front. Special Services.—Special preaching services were held on Sunday at the English Congrega- tional Chapel in Castle Street, when Rev. Euraf Walters, M.A., B.D., of Swansea, occupied the pulpit. There were large congregations at each of the services. Special collections towards the cha,pel funds were made at the close. Fatal Accident.—At the Caerau Colliery, the property of Messrs. North's Navigation Co., on Monday, a young man named Reginald Phillips (19 years of age', son if Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Phillips, of River Street, Maesteg, met with a fatal accident. He was at the bottom of the pit, when the carriage came down upon him. j Death must have been instantaneous. His body was brought home about mid-day. Much sym- pathy is felt with the bereaved family. Presentation.—At the Queen's Hotel, Cardiff, on Friday, Mr. Moses Jones was the recipient of a handsome cheque and merit certificate from the Hearts of Oak Assurance Company, in re- cognition of the valuable services he has ren- dered to the company during the past twelve months. The chairman of the Company, in making the presentation, eulogised the excel- lent qualities of Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones failed to be present at the meeting, but he was repre- sented by his superior officer, Mr. W. R. Dela- hay. Thanksgiving Services.—The harvest thanks- giving services of Zoar Welsh Congregational Chapel were held on Wednesday last. Rev. J. T. Parry (pastor) conducted the services.— Thanksgiving services were held at Llangynwyd Church on Sunday last. Rev. W. Roberts (curate in charge), during the service, sang an appropriate solo in good voice. Rev. Joseph Morgan, B.A, Vicar of Aberamman, Aberdare, preached an excellent sermon. The anthem, "Let the earth bring forth grass," under the conduetorship of Mr. J. Hanson, was effectively rendered. Miss Olwen Evans presided at the organ. The church was tastefully decorated. Military Medal for Maesteg Man, Our readers will learn with pleasure that Pte. Horace E. Petty, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, has been awarded the Military Medal for demotion to duty in France. He is a son of Mr. E. T. Petty (manager of Messrs. Thomas & Evans, Welsh Hills Company) and Mrs. Petty, of Kenil- worth, Underwood, Caerphilly. The family are natives of Maesteg, and left there three years ago for Caerphilly. Pte. Petty enlisted in the 11th Hussars, and after training was transferred to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and has seen ser- vice at Messines and Ypres. Prior to enlisting he was engaged on the dispensing staff of Messrs Boots, Cash Chemists, at Cardiff and Tony- pandy. Maesteg Butchers' Association.—A demonstra- tion for the benefit of the local Food Control F_L.L_- co vuiiiiumee in nxing prices oi meat was held at Maesteg on Friday by the Butchers' Association, when the following were present:—Mr. Joha Hocking, J.P., Mr. T. E. Jones, Mr. David Evans, and Councillor William Jones, accom- panied by two executive officers from neigh- bouring valleys. In the demonstration a side of beef, 1 porker, and a carcase of mutton were cut into small joints and weighed, and it was found that under the present October price list of the Food Controller the butchers were carry- ing on under the 20 per cent, profit allowed. The following took part in the cutting up of the meat:—Messrs. Rees Davies, Garth; B. Griffiths (Nantyffyllon), M. Matthew Evans (Caerau), D. M. Eley, and J. Phillips. Mr. David David (secretary of the Association) was responsible for the checking. Cottage Hospital Committee.—A meeting of the Cottage Hospital Committee was held at the Council Offices on Monday evening. Mr. David Evans, M.E., chairman, presided. The Clerk (Alderman E. B. Davies) reported upon the re- ceipts and expenditure accounts. It was deci- ceipt ,t?at it be a recommendation to the General Committee to allow the National Union of Rail- way men to have "representation on the commit- tee, provided they substribe a yearly contribu- tion instead of a levy, as is done by the miners. Also that the sub-committee appointed to allo- cate the various articles of furniture at the hos- pital, together with the Commandant, Mrs. (Dr.) Sinclair, and Miss Ray Morgan, be asked to col- lect the promised contributions which are\still out-standing. Further, it was resolved that the names of the various donors be placed in a framed chart, instead of on the bed-stands, and various articles, as previously arranged. Concert.—A very successful miscellaneous con- cert was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday in last week, under the chairmanship of Coun- cillor William Jones, for the benefit of Albert Chislett, who has been unable to work for three years, and is at present an inmate of Glan-Ely Hospital, near Cardiff. The following artistes gave their services gratuitously :—Llynvi Glee Singers (conductor, Mr. Llewellyn Morris), Miss Ceridwen Rees, A.L.C.M. (soprano), Miss Annie Phillips (contralto), Mr. David Daniels (tenor), Mr. loan Davies (bass), Mr. Will Thomas, A.L.C.M. (elocutionist), Mr. J. Brace( R.A.M., A.T.C.L. (accompanist). All the artistes were in splendid form. Special mention should be made of Master Glyri Waters' beautiful render- ing of "Gethsemane" and "Radiant Morn," which was very much appreciated. Mr. Will Thomas (elocutionist) was excellent, and kept the audience in roars of laughter. A laughable sketch, entitled, "Domestic Bliss," was ably presented by Mr. George Hogge, Misses A. Morris, A. Jones, and May Watkins, Mr. Jesse Lock and Mr. E. Carey. Owing to the incle- ment weather, many were prevented from at- tending. Votes of thanks terminated a pleas- ant evening. Maesteg Soldier's Return from the Front.—On Saturday last, at Tucker's Imperial Cafe, a grand supper and presentation took place in connection with the Llynfi Glee Singers, who had gathered to give a hearty welcome home to their old friends and members of the party who were now serving the colours. After supper, Mr. Walter Jones (president of the party) took the chair. The first item was an excellent ren- dering by the party of "Away to the Forest," followed by the "Gallant Salamander," by Mr. Joseph Morgan. The party next rendered 0 Father Whose Almighty Power," in fine style. This was followed by a delightful rendering of "Radiant Morn" by Master Glyn Waters, which elicited rounds of applause. The party was heard to advantage in their rendering of "The Roman War Song." The next item was a pleasing song, "When you come Home," by Mrs. Annie Phillips, who delighted the audi- ence, and as an encore she gave "Mary O'Neil." The party then rendered "The Spartan Heroes." The presentation of a beautiful wrist watch to Pte. Tom Stephens and Sergt. D. R. Jones, M.M., was made by Mr. David Morris and Mr. W. H. Morgans, members of the party. Pte. Stephens responded, and gave a graphic ac- count of his experiences. Mr. Walter Jone& made the presentation to Sergt. Jones, who suit- ably replied. After items by MrA'iom Petty, Mr. David Morris, Mr. David Powell, Mr. Rees- Richards, Pte. Tom Stephens, and Master Glyu Waters, speeches were delivered by Mr. W. J. Watkins (conductor of Nantyffyllon Harmonic Society), and Mr. Isaac Jenkins (conductor of Carme!, ?\laesteg. Sergt.-M-ajcr Honoured.—On Tuesday night at- a v. eit-atteiKled meeting at the Star Hotel, a pre- sentation was made to Regimental t;ergt.-Major llolfcy. prior to his returning to France. The, chair was taken by David Beynon. Be- fore the presentation a concert was given, which- was opened with a pianoforte solo by Mr. W. V\ illiams, followed with a song by Mr. G. T. Daniels, Bryn. Mr. Isaac- Davies rendered "Gwlad y Deiyn," followed with a song by- Gwiiym Fyllon. Mr. David Powell, the old: veteran, then sang a very suitable and patriotic solo, and Mr. Richard Williams, as Irish Ballad singer, did very well. Master Cynwyd Beynon. gave a splendid rendering of "Mary O'iNeil," after which Miss May Williams ,an. "The, Group of Young Soldiers." Mr. O'Neil's ren- dering of "Star of the Evening" was much ap- preciated, whilst the "Italian Ballad," -ung by iUr. B. Keane, delighted the audience. Last,. but not least, was a duet by the Brothers Bey- non, which evoked much applause. The musi- cal programme over, the Chairman stated he had very much pleasure in presenting Sergt.- Major Holley with a beautiful wristlet watch, silver cigarette case, and a quantity of cigar- ettes. He hoped the recipient would be able, by the watch, to "watch" the enemy, that the cigarette-case would never be empty, and that, on his return ofter victory, he would have an. ample supply of the much appreciated cigarette., The Chairman remarked that he had known, Sergt.-Major Holley for 17 years, and during: that time he had always found him to be a man in every sense of the word. The Chairman then called upon Sergt.-Major Holley to re- spend. Sergt.-Major Holley, replying, stated that the first person he had known in Maesteg when he came here years ago was the-chairman of the evening, who had been a good friend of his since he came to Maesteg. He never thought he had so many friends, and the pre- sentation would be an incentive to him to re- turn to France to do his duty again. Al- though he had taken the blue uniform off to don the khaki, he hoped it would not be long- before he would be able to follow his previous, occupation.—Mr. G. T. Daniels, representing the Bryn district, then said a few words. It was a, pleasure for him to be at the meeting, since he. like the Chairman, had known Sergt.-Major- Holley for a number of years, and he was proud, to think he had risen to the position of instruc- tor at a Machine Gun School in France. In- spector Sansom then spoke, stating that he had; known Sergt.-Major Holley as a policeman, longer than as a soldier. Knowing how quali- fied a man he was while in the Police Force, he knew very well that he would make an excep- tionally good soldier, and although he had risen' to the high rank he now holds, he felt confident he would rise even higher. Mr. John Jonee, speaking of the sergeant-major, stated that he had attended that evening to witness the pre- sentation to a very deserving soldier, and al- though he had attended nearly every presenta- tion meeting in the town since the war com- menced, this presentation gave him more pleas- ure than on any previous occasion. Mr. Howells was called upon to speak, and said it would interest the many friends present that night to learn that the sergeant-major was in. the regular army for 12" years, joined the terri- torial forces in 1909, and formed the Maesteg; section wnen a private. He was promoted colour-sergeant in July, 1909, in March, 1915, he was promoted quartermaster-sergeant at the Small Arms School in France, and in June, 1916, he was promoted sergeant-major of the same school. He was mentioned in despatches for "gallantry in January, 1916. It would in- terest the meeting to know that he led the Marathan team in 1911 at Haverfordwest, and. took the silver cup. In 1912 at Hereford he again took the first prize and silver cup. These- Marathon races were open to the South Wales- Infantry Regiments. Mr. George Beynon said it was a pleasure to him to be in the company that evening, and he hoped that the next time he would see Sergt.-Major Holley would be when the combat had ceased, and peace had been declared. The meeting was brought to a clo«& with the singing of "Hen wJlid fy nhadau" and "God save the King."
LLANGYNWYD. Pontrhydycyff and Llangynwyd Reception Fund.—A very interesting concert was held at the Old House, Llangynwyd, on Saturday even- ing, organised by the committee of the above. fund to welcome Sergt. Richard Golledge, of Maesteg Road, Pontrhydycyff, who has won the Military Medal, and is now home for short leave from hospital, suffering from the effects of noxious gas, There was a large- gathering. The feature of the evening was the presentation of a guinea to the hero, as a token of apprecia- tion. The accompanist for the evening was- Mr. B. J. Brunt, Maesteg. The following took part in the programme, Mr. Thomas Davies pre- siding Songs, Mrs. E. Rowlands, Messrs. Stephen Phillips, Thos. Page, and Williams (of Maesteg), Mr. White (Maesteg), and Messrs. Thos. Davies, Thos. J. Howells, and E. Rogers; recitations, Mr. W. Owen, Cwnifelin; duets- were contributed by Mrs. W. M. Davies and T. L. Thomas -(Pontrhydycyff) and Mr. Dd. Wm Thomas. The singing of the National Anthem, brought the pleasant evening to a close.
NANTYMOEL. Half-Yearly Meetinigs.-TIe English Baptist Church of Horeb held their special preaching services on Sunday last. The preacher for the occasion was Rev. T. H. Robinson, M.A., B.D., Cardiff. The discourses were closely followed, and the fact that the preacher had spent six years in the East enabled him to illustrate hi& sermons by incidents in his life during his so- journ in India. There were fair congregations. Welcome Home.-Two wounded soldiers came, home on Tuesday, namely, Pte. Henry Davies* 10th Welsh, and Pte. Edward Perkins, 13th. Welsh. They both live in Park Street. Davies went to France about 18 months ago, and was- wounded on the 9th of June this year. Having been retained in France main hospital for 24 days, he was brought to Sherborne, in Dorset. He is gradually getting better, and is ordered. to return next week to a convalescent home near Liverpool. The band and a crowd of people went to meet these brave men, and gave them- & hearty welcome. Cymdeithas y Cymrei yddion.-This Welsh, Society held the first public meeting of the ses- sion on Tuesday evening at Dinam Hall. The president for the evening was Rev. J. E. Rees (Ap Nathan), ig the unavoidable absence of Dr. D. J. Thomas, J.P., Brynbedw. The special speaker was Rev. W. Evans (Will Ifan), late of Bridgend, the crowned bard of the year. He gave an interesting lecture on "Dafydd ap Gwiiym," a poet who flourished five centuries ago. He delineated his characteristics, and showed the fascination of his literary works. After the usual votes of thanks, the meeting ended with the singing of the National Anthem. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY THI CENTRAL GLAMOBOM PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY, LTD., M THE GLAMORGAN GAZETTB" OFFICES, Qtrna STRBET, BRIDGEND, GLAMORGAN. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 1917.