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LOCAL NEWS. Fine Selection of Christmas Toys and Fancy Goods at H. Woodward & Co's, Adare Street and Near Station. Inspection invited. 1741 For Shorthand Typists and Junior Clerks, .apply Bridgend Preparatory and Commer- cial School. Principal—Rev. T. Gwilym Jones, B.D. 1797 For Italian Allies.-lliss Jeanie McLellan, 10 Court Road, Bridgend (hon. secretary) informs us that the house-to-house collection in Bridg- end and district totalled S;10 4:i. Id. Bridgend Market.—Mr. D. C. Watts, F.A.I. (Messrs. John David and Wattst, on Wednesday afternoon held the first Christmas sale of fat ivnd store stock. The entries were not quite so large as at the last fortnightly sale, though the stock that was in evidence sold well. There were entries of 70 cattle, realising on an aver- -age, t55. Fat pigs fetched k20 10s.; ewes, 96/ and geese, 13/ There was a large attendance, and business was exceptionally brisk. Turkey Trot Nemesis.—Thomas Morgan and Roger Davies, colliers, from Caerau, were charged on Thursday at Bridgend with stealing two live turkeys, value £ 2 10s., at Coitre Bryn, Bettws, the property of Mrs. Loveday Jones, on December 8th. There was a second charge of stealing a live duck and fowl, thy property of William Williams, White Cottage, at the same place and on the iialne day. From what they saw in a field, thQ suspicions were excited -of Mr. Richard Thomas (Telaooch Farm, Bettws) and his son, who was with him. Tur- key's feathers were seeai obtruding from the -sack which'Morgan carried. Morgan tthrew -stones, whilst his comrade ran away. Dropping the sack Morgan likewise raR away. There were recovered from the sack two lire turkeys and a lire duck. After further evidence, a fine of £ 2 was inflicted in each case. Miners' Meeting.—The Stoww miners held their district meeting at Bridgend on Monday, Mr. Evan J. Thomas presiding. The official re- port states that Mr. Frank Hodges, miners' agent, reported upon the questions of income tax, food supplies, and prices, and said ,that the burden of taxation, both direct and in- direct, should be borne by the wealthy classes. No taxation should be placed on the working classes which attacked their pre-war standard of living. He advised the ifceiegates to get the men to vote at the forthcoming conference in favour of using the machinery of the Triple Trade Union Alliance to attain their ends of oompulsory rationing, cheaper food, and the re- lief of taxation as long as the wealthy classes made money out of the war. The district offi- cials elected were Mr. Evan David, J.P. secre- tary; Councillor Jenkin .1 ones, treasurer; and Ir. John Woolley, chairman. Orchestral Concert at Bridgend.—The Bridg- ,end and District Orchestral Society gave a splendid evening's performance at the English 'Congregational Schoolroom in connection with -the Guild. Mr. Bercley, the conductor, and Miss Elsie Roberts are to be highly complimen- ted on presenting such an interesting pro- gramme. Each number was well received by the audience. Variety was afforded by vocal numbers being interspersed. Mr. Piaggi, Mr. Gethin Hopkins, and Miss Atia B. Davies con- tributed items which were is keeping with the ,.high order of the instrumental selections. Miss Alberta Roberts, an excellent elocutionist, who should be heard more of in Bridgend, held the audience spell-bound by her rendering of "The Woman Known as Lu." Tir. L. Edwards acted as Chairman. Mr. Wyndham Jones thanked those who had contributed towards such a 'pleasant evening's entertainment, and also the ehairmam. for presiding. Bridgend Poultry Show.-Tk.,it birds may be profitably kept, and successf ally shown in war time, as in the old pre-war days, was fully demonstrated by the Bridgend and District Members' Poultry Society, whose annual exhibi- -tion was held on Saturday afternoon and eve- ning in the large room at the York Hotel, Brid- -end. The quality was excellent, and so was the attendance. The chairman was Mr. W. Welbury (electrical engineer). The arrange- ments were again admirably carried out by the indefatigable secretary, Mr. Charles Woolls. There were upwards of 60 entries. The utility stock was one of the leading features. The re- sults were as follows:—Legharns and Anconas: 1, W. J. Dyer; 2, C. Weaver; 3. C. Curtis. WVmdottes: 1, 2. and special, C. Woolls; 3, W. J. Dyer. Orpington: 1, 2 and 3. S. Pitt. Rhode Island Reds: 1, J. C. Hitt; 2, ditto; 3, W. Mad docks. Or la 3s and Indian Game: 1, C. Wools; 2 and 3, W. Welloury. Any other variety: 1 and special,. Batt: 2. Welbury; 3, Tubb. Bantam (open), hard feather: 1, 2. 3 and special, Messrs. Mason and Edwards, Nant- ymool. Ditto, soft feather: 1. 2 and 3, Messrs. "Mason and Ed wards. Eggs: 1, J. C. Hitt; 2 and 3, Whitchurch. Speielas:—Orpingtons Hitt; Leghorns, Dyer; Rhode Idand Reds, J. < C. Hitt; Any other variety, W. Welbury. Seasonable Benevolence.—The good people of 1 St. Mary's, Nolton (headed by the Rector, Rev. T. P. Price) are raiding a fund to provide cloth- ing and contorts for the children of the men ?<erving in his Majesty'# Forem. The appeal that is being made (which collectors are en- gaged in promoting) is one that must come with special force to every thinking and feeling per- son, especially at this season, when the peace for which we are now hoping and longing was on the first Christmas Day so auspiciously pro- claimed. The Palace.—Films appropriately eonable and highly attractive will be the order of the day over the Xmas holidays, the enterprising management having spared nothing that pains- taking effort and expenditure in money may ac- complish. So look out for the Palace, and its unparalleled festive features. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 24th, 25th, and 26th, will be filmed Theda Bara in Her Double Life," whilst on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 27th, 28th, and 29th, the speciality announced is "Romeo and Juliet," tlw great Shakepearean drama, as witnessed on the London stage, is a spectacle none should miss. Eisteddfod.—An eisteddfod in connection with the Guild of the English Congregational Church was held on Wednesday evening last week. The principal awards were as follows:—Chair poem Mr. Eustace Bevan. Essay: Mr. H. P. Wil- liams. Contralto solo: Miss Violet Francis. Tenor so lo Mr. W. leython. Bass solo: Mr. Rhys Williams. Open isolo: Mrs. Leyshon. Champion Welsh solo: Mr. J. Simon Davies. Quartette X-r. Leyshon's party. Chief choral: Miss Ada B. Davie*' party. Pianoforte solo: Miss Nina Jones. Art: Miss May Power and Miss Nina Power. Sewing Miss O. M. Peat. Hymn tune composition: Mr. T. Davies, Llan- dilo. Debate subject: Yr. Wyndham Jones. Oratorio Performance at the Town Hall.- Christ Church United Choir gave an excellent rendering of the oratorio, "David and Jona- than" (Dornton), at the Town Hall on Wednes- day evening. The spacious building was well filled. The choir was assisted by the following | well-known artistes: Soprano, Madame L. Harcombe, Penygraig; contralto, Madame M. [ Sombrook-Jones, Bridgend; tenor, Mr. Tom Bonnell, Pentre; bass, Mr. Jenkin Rees, Maes- teg, whose efforts were re-demanded, and had time permitted would have been repeated. The whole reflected credit upon the conductor, Mr. Willie Davies, and those present went away with the happy consciousness that they had assinted at a musical performance rarely sur- P-t,P-ffl, if ever equalled, in Bridgend, and at the same time had given a. helping hand to the good work of Rev. D. S. Jones, the popular pastor of Christ Church. Late Mr. John G. Barber.—The funeral of the late respected Mr. John G. Barber took place on Saturday at Coity, when there was a represen- tative attendance, and many expressions of sorrow and of sympathy for one who was an old resident, and had many friends associated with him in various undertakings and enterprises. The officiating clergy were Rev. T. P. Price (Rector of Coity) and ReT. E. J. Lawrence (curate). The chief moumen were Misses Ellen, Florence, and Margaret Barber (daugh- ters) and Miss Evelyn Duke (niece). Deceased's fellow sidesmen at Nolton attended (and sent a beautiful wreath), and there were also present the members of Bridgend Yearly Dividing Society, of which deceased was a prominent member and in whose affairs he took a keen in- terest. Many Coity friends joined the funeral cortege at its destination. Tuskar House Entertainment—Recently "The Skeeters," of Bridgend, visited Tuskar House, Southerndown, in order to give the wounded soldiers a musical evening. The concert took place in St. Margaret's Schoolroom, where a large and appreciative. audience had gathered. Great credit is due to Miss Elsie Roberts for drawing, up a programme of such an interest- ing character. The chairman was one of the sergeants, while Mr. Dan Howells (organist of St. Mary's, Nolton) acted as accompanist. After a few introductory remarks by Miss Booker (the Hospital Commandant), the pro- gramme was proceeded with. The opening item was a quartette by the Skeeters, "Annie Laurie"; solo, "My Old Shako," Mr. Gethin Hopkins; solo, "My Ain Folk," Miss Ada B. Davies; monologue, The Reflections of a Penny," Miss C. M. Adams; solo, "Break o' Day," Miss Elsie Roberts (encored); duet, "The Singing Lesson," Miss Ada B. Davies and Mr. G. Hopkins (encored); humorous song, "Jimmy Law," Mr. P. Piaggi. This item caused much amusement, especially among the younger see- tion and an encore was demanded. Mr. Piaggi kindly gave The French we Speak at Home." Duet, In Spring-time," Miss Elsie Roberts and Miss Ada B. Davies (encored); recitation, Miss Connie Adams; solo, "The Floral Dance," Miss Elsie Roberts (encored); aolo, "Where the Hills dip down to the Sea," Mr. Piaggi; duet, "In the Dusk of Twilight," Misses Elsie Roberts and Ada B. Davies (encored); solo, The Grey North Sea," Mr. Gethin Hopkins; .solo, "Mother Earth," Miss Ada B. Davies (en- cored) finale, "In Absence," The Skeeters. The 11 concert terminated with the Welsh National Anthem. The Chairman, in a few well chosen words, proposed a vote of thanks to the Skeeters for providing such a pleasant evening's entertainment. A Well-Merited Honour.—News has just reached us of a fine piece of work done by a young officer with interesting local associations. The officer is Lieut. Clifford W. Morgan, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Morgan, of The Mount, Llanclaff, who has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the important second battle of Gaza on Novem- ber 4th last. It was this battle that broke the morale of the Turkish troops in Palestine, and opened up the way to the capture of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The following account of the incident for which Lieut. Morgan received his reward has been received by his parents from his Coinniantlin.- Officer:We have just had new:- that your dear and worthy son, Lieut. C. W. Morgan, has been awarded the Military Cross for his bravery. He fully deserves it by his coolness and tact. He saved the situation in our battle on the 4th inst. It was a very hot corner; the fire was withering. He came by and found a number of men shocked for the time. By his skill and coolness, he pulled them together, and kept the enemy from advancing on us. His award is a very popular one in the regiment. I am personally elated. He is such a noble fellow. None better than he is in our regiment." At the outbreak of the war Lieut. Morgan gave up his appointment as assistant manager at the Dowlais Works, and joined the Public Schools Battalion. Upon completion of his training, he accepted a commission offered to him by Col. Hancock in the 1/5th Battalion of the Welsh Regimen*. In September, 1915, Lieut. Morgan volunteered for active service in Gallipoli, and was one of the indomitable troops which succeeded in landing in Sulva Bay. Upon j I abandonment of the Peninsula, Lieut. Morgan was transferred to Egypt. He took part in several engagements of minor importance, which led up to the decisive battle of Gaza. Such an account as we are able to reproduce from the official report augurs well for the future military career of Lieuf. Morgan. His only brother, Lieut. Mansel Morgan .has been on active service in France with the Royal En- gineers since 1915, and has had the honour of being mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's des- patches. In May of this year he was trans- ferred to the Flying Corps, and was severely wounded in an aerial com bat some 10,000 feet up in the air. These gallant young officers are grandsons of our much respected fellow towns- people, Mr. W. J. Lewis, J.P., and Mrs. Lewis, of Caederwen, and nephews of Mr. D. H. Lloyd, J.P., of The Heath to whom we offer our con- gratulations.

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