— COURT. I BRIDGEND POLICE COUBT. I N Saturday.—Before Aideruian. v» m. Llewellyn (chairman), Col. J. 1. D. Nicholl, Dr. E. J. Parry, AideAnan John Thomas, Messrs. T. E. Hopkins, Frank Hodges, Wm. Powell, Thomas Bevan, G. E. Bhndell, Rees John, Evan David, Thomas Lucas, and G. E. Llewellyn. The Drink.-The following were each fined 15s. fur being drunk &Ad disorderly:—Mrs. Sarah Gillett, Ogmore. Vale, at Wyndham, all Saturday last; Emlyn Morgan, labourer, Nan- tymoel, Oil December 5th, at Prioetown; Win. Williams, collier, Commercial Street, Maesteg. Bad Language.—Gwilym Jones was fined 15s. for usring bad language at Pontycymmer. William Under hill, labourer, Bridgend, mas similarly ciiaxged. I .u. ^oriiiau deposed uiac c i iaxgk,,( I il .(2. on Saturday night he was at Newcastle Hill, where detendant was cursing and swearing.— filled. 2->s.—David Jenkins, collier, Caerau, was fined 15s. for using filthy language in Coegnant Road. PLigilistic.-Ilaj,or Courtney and Albert E. Tilley, colliers, WyiKiham, were up for causing an obstruction by fighting in Corbett Street, on the night of Saturday, December 8th. Each blamed the other for starting the row.—The Bench treated both alike; a penalty of lot. in each cajec. Straying Steeds.—John Bevan, collier, 1J:ae6- teg, was lined 10s. for allowing three horses to stray in Bethania Street on December 8th. Registration.—There was again quite a crop of cases for "failing to notify." The most in- teresting of these cases was that in which a yaung collier, named Selwyn Sutton, living at Maesteg, was summoned for failing to notify his change of address from 18 (Jwmdu Street to No. 26 in the same street.—Defendant, a smil- ing and peculiarly happy-looking youth, said he he; I just got married, and forgo;ten all abovit it." (Laughter.) In letting him off without a conviction, and on payment of 4s. costs only, the Chairman said, "You must not forget your other responsibilities in life." (More laughter.)—For similar offences, William Chant, labourer, Maeeteg; John Jones, engineer, Oak Street, Aberbenfig, and William Jones, collier, Bettws, were each fined 10s.; Richard W. Jones, collier, Litchard, and Evan Evans, collier, Maeeteg, were each called upon to pay 4:s. costs. Brutal and Unprovoked.A man of sixty years of age, named John Smith, haulier, 18 Marion Street, Blaengarw, was convicted of an assault which the Chairman described as "brutal and unprovoked," upon Jenkin Charles, aged 74, of 42 James Road, Blaengarw. There was nothing before known against the defend- aat, who was fined t3 or one month. Theft.—Lewis Evans, Turbervill Street, and Thomas Thomas Bridgend Road, both re- pairers, of Maesteg, were each fined £ 1 for having, on Decern b-er Ath, stolen a piece of wood ,(\. L8 tXi.). the property of North's Navigation Coiiieries, Ltd. In the Pit.-Thomas Webb, colliet, was fille.d £ § for being intoxicated in the Coegnant Col- liery on November 26th. G.W.R. Trepassers.—Mr. W. H. Daviee, so- licitor, Cardiff, appeared in behalf of the G.W. Railway Company, to prosecute in two cases of trespassing upon the Company's property. Daniel Mills, Ambrose Jones, and Thomas Brake, Blaengarw, were first convicted of using, or misusing, the line for the purposes of what was called a "short cut," and were fined 10s. each on proof of trespass.—TV illiam Lewis and David Jenkins, Nantyffyllon, were similarly summoned. This case Mr. Davies described as worse than the last, inasmuch as defendants were under the influence of drink, and gave fictitious names and addresses, and damage was constantly done at the spot in question.—Pined 15s. each. Caerau Couple.-Evidence was given showing that Joseph Murphy, repairer, 91 Caerau Road, Caerau, had treated his wife, Elizabeth, badly, and that the woman was intimidated and in fear—The Bench granted a separation ordex, with C2 a week for the maintenance of com- plainant and her three children, with costs 4/6. -the Chairman said there was a bad record against defendant, who would be bound over to be of good behaviour for twelve months. Moa,day.-Before: Mr. D. H. Lloyd (in the chair), Dr. E. J. Parry, and Mr. T. E. Lewis. Boys and Lamp.—Thomas Barnett and Willie Lydclon, boys of 11, were charged with stealing a bicycle lamp from Maesteg Road, Tondu. The complainant, a collier named Benj. Hopkins, did not wish to press the charge, upon the ground that Barnett was a motherless boy, and bus father is an invalid, and Tyddon's father is fighting in France.—P.C. Osborne gave evidence of arrest. Barnett said, "We took the lamp, and sold it for a shilling." The other boy said, "I unscrewed it." The lads were bound over in the sum of t2 to be of good behaviour for six months. Serious Juvenile Escapade.—Three boys living in Bridgend Road, Pontycymmer-William Cor- nick, Richard David Thomas, and Owen Thomas —were charged with damaging five trams, the property of the New Braichycymmer Colliery Company, Pontycymmer, on Dec. 9th, to the amount of .210.-In the absence of defendants, the case was adjourned for a week, the Magis- trates saying they must be present. The facts were that the boys rode 60 yards on the tram, and then jumped oif, the tram running at a high rate of speed down an incline, finally jump- ing off the rails, and rolling down a steep em- bankment. Defendants then returned, and loaded two more trams, mounted those also, and jumped off. The trams collided, and were de- railed. Another Caerau Coal Case.—John E. Hopkins (15), colliery boy, Caerau, was charged with stealing coal, value 10d., the property of Messrs North's Navigation Collieries Co. Defendant's plan was to mount a truck, and help himself. He had been up twice before for stealing, and was fined 10s. "Skating" Nuisance.—The modern small boy, as developed, is passionately fond of any sort of locomotion other than the normal, and roller skating has become a popular pastime in certain parts of the town. The craze is no pastime for th-e general public, and complaints have been made to the police. As the result three lads, described as grocers' assistants, were now charged with obstructing the free passage qf Cemetery Road by skating on December 4th.— Defendants (John Bradshaw, Ivan Bradshaw, and Henry Mitchell) were fined 5s. The Chair- man intimated that any future caess would be dealt with more severely.
LLANGEINOR. I A Reception Meeting was held at the Old Tavern, Llangeinor, with the object of presents ing Pte. Thomas Williams (Cefn Machen), who has lost a leg in the war, with a silver medal and a sum of money. The chair was taken by Mr. W. Jenkins, Llangeinor. Among the ar- tistes were Messrs. Jacob Price, Ben Williams, F. Bull (Pontycymmer), J. Swash, Roy Rattrey aod Geo. Orchard (Ogmore Vale). Mr. Wm. Williams (Llangeinor) made the presentation, which was suitably acknowledged.
10 e ZI. ￼ A- ?x, ?n 9i?Pi -IBl ? ?lRR IDD GCE?; I ENN O0 ?-? ?? VAN &coot L-td*t ft r.. 0 CARDIFF, NEWPORT, PONTYPRIDD &o., Predicted several Mouths ago a Famine in Furniture, and procceded to cram every branch ;.ond every Reserve Waiehouse with Huge ^t.jcksof Furniture, Pianos, Carpet, &c., e-tc., and are thus able to supply every- thing for Complete I- urnishing very much under to-day's Usual trices Furniture FOR THE Million! THE FURNITURE FAMINE! Has arrived Many Firms are very short of Stock We still have Immense Stocks Which we are offer ng much uj)der the present \/alues 200 n-ai l es from any of Delivery Free by Road or R&il up to 20t miles from any of our numerous .Bra.eMs. The Train Fares of Cash Customers paid. "I. ,,I-
GARW GLEANINGSI (By LLOFFWR ARALL.) Owing to scarcity in foodstuffs, Christmas cakes and puddiugs are likely to be less rich than hitherto. We had hoped a short time back to be able to celebrate this Christmas with "Peace on earth, and good-will towards men." Circumstances, however, have changed since then, and it is now certain that this Christmas will still see fighting on all fronts except the Russian. I However, "Lloffwr Arall" takes this oppor- tunity of wishing all readers a very Happy Christmas during these trying times. For his pluck we congratulate the enthusias- tic- Ponty-ite who stands in a queue among a lot of children, with a jug in his hand. Does he afterwards carry it half-way to Blaengarw, where he is met by the young brother of his fiance? A gentleman, seeing a young boy in a danger- ous position on a high wall in Oxford Street, said to him, "What would you say if you were to fall from there?" The boy, who is only four years old, answered quite cheerfully, "Land safe, sir!" Some commotion was caused at a local fish shop by the attempts made by customers to kiss one of the assistants—under the mistletoe. Of course, we understand many are "dying" for sugar, but a Garwite goes the limit when he carries sugar in a mourning envelope to put in his "whiskey hot." A Ffaldau miner, after carrying his jacket on his arm all the way to work, put it on when he reached his destination. He must have been a day-wage earaer! A certain "nut" went to BLaengarw to attend a concert a week before it was announced to take place. Hard luck! A member wanted a shave and hair cut at the Pantygog Market on Sunday with a horse hair-clipper. The "hair cut" worked all right, but the shave was a complete failure. One of the members who is very keen on the Market's reputation, went a "Lang" way to fetch a corn razor and hot water; but without success. The chairman, however, came to the rescue, and saved the situation. We regret to learn that a local church mem- ber found it necessary to purchase two ducks on Sunday. Was it the enhanced prices that prevented him from purchasing on Monday? Fearing to trust a friend, a local "nut," pre- vious to playing a game of "tip it," actually weighed his beer! After the game he intended giving his friend a drink, if he won-but "nothing doing"! A miner, hearing there was no work, returned home and bathed. After learning later there was work, he again put on his working clothes, and duly presented himself at the colliery. Great patriot, boys!
PONTYCYMMER. Anthony Smith's (Pontycymmer) Prize Draw- ing Postponed till March 15th, 1918. 1799 C.E.M.S.—At the monthly meeting of the St. Theodore's Branch of the C.E.M.S., an excellent paper was read by the President (Rev. H. C. Davies, B.A.) on "Christianity and the War." The meeting was well attended, and an interest- ing discussion took place. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Vicar for his able paper. Parish Church.—The Vicar gave the third of a series of Advent addresses on "The Last Four Things." After the Blessing at this ser- vice, a solemn Te Deum was sung, and also "Praise to the Holiest in the Height," as thanksgivings for the deliverance of the City of Jerusalem frem the hands of the Turks. Tabernacle Y. P. Society-At the usual weekly meeting of the above Society, held at the Taber- nacle Vestry on Wednesday evening of last week, Mr. Johnni Thomas read an instructive paper on "Diwyllis Gardd y Meddwl." Mrs. John Noyle presided. A cordial vote of thanks was tendered the speaker on the motion of Miss Mazy E. Davies, seconded by the secretary (Mr: Elias Jas. Jones). Eulogistic references to the paper were made by Miss Gwennie Morgan, Mrs John Thomas, Mr. James Garfield, and the pastor, Rev. David Hughes. Bethel C.M. "Readings" were held on Thurs- day last week. The chairman was Mr. Jonathan Maddocks; adjudicators, Mr. David Davies (music) and Mr. David Evans (literature). Misses Blodwen Bevan and M. A, Thomas were the accompanists. Awards:—Singing (under 10): 1, Maggie J. Jones; 2, Kittie Evans. Ditto (under 21): Miss Doris Morgan. Recitation (open): Mr. David Davies. Champion solo: Mr. David D. Isaac. First sight reading: Miss Doris Morgan and Miss M. A. Thomas divided the prize. Quartette: Miss Blodwen Bevan and friends. Mr M. T. Isaac is the secretary, and Mr. D. R. Evans treasurer. Zion.—A competitive meeting was held on Wednesday last week. Awards :—Children's re- citation (under 10): 1, Miss E. Williams; 2, Miss W. Hopkins. Children's solo (under 14): 1, Miss Lilian Evans; 2, prize divided between Misses Rachel Parry and Phyllis Bowen. Novice solo Prize divided between A. Whitford and D. Davies. Champion solo: David L. Thomas. Best wit: A. W. Whitford. Hat trimming competition for men: Thomas Goss. Chief choral: Bethel Choir (conductor, Mr. A. Jones. The chairma-n was Mr. Shad Williams; adjudicators, Mr. T. Jenkins (music) and Mrs. J. Edwards (literature); treasurer, Mr. David J. Davies; hon. secretary, Mr. Robert Goss. Benefit Concert.—At the Hippodrome, Ponty- cymmer, on Friday last, a successful benefit concert was held. The proceeds were in aid of Mr. Wm. Ridge way, Pontycymmer, who has been uitable to follow his employment for the past 17 years. Mr. T. E. Lewis, J.P., Blaen- garw, presided over a large audience. The artistes, who. received well deserved encores, were: Soprano, Madame Kinsey-Roberts, Og- more Vale; tenor, Mr. David Thomas; baritone, Messrs. E. W. Davies and D. Lloyd Thomas, Pontycymmer. The Garw Glee Party also ren- dered fine choruses, under the conductorship of Mr. John Butlee, L.T.S.C. The accompanist was Miss Sarah Butler, L.R.C.M. A special feature was introduced bytMiss Hilda Pugh, harpist, Pontycymmer, who made her first ap- pearance in the valley. Her clever manipula- tion of the strings elicited an encore, as also did Master Vivian Morgan, Llangeinor, as a pellillion singer, accompanied by Miss Pugh. The management (Messrs. Anderson) exhibited fine pictures during the evening. The chair- man of the committee was Rev. D. Mardy Davies; treasurer, Mr. T. O. Morgan; and the energtic secretary, Mr. Llewellyn Harris. Golden Wedding.—Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Davies, Arybryn House, Blandy Terrace, Pontycymmer, celebrated their golden wedding on Dec. 10th. Mr. Davies was born on top of the old furnace near Llechrydd, Breconshire, in the year 1848. Mrs. Charlotte Davies was born at the bottom end of the village known as Penisha, Pentre, near Merthyr, in 18»1. Her parents were also born there, and were known as Mr. and Mrs. David Evans (Bicandy's). Mr. and Mrs. Davies were married at the Registry Office, Merthyr, on the 10th December, 1867. Mr. Davies has worked as a, miner for the past sixty years. At 8 years of age he commenced at Penydarren, Merthyr, and later at the Plymouth Colliery, and as fireman at Taibach Colliery, Merthyr. Mr. and Mrs. Davies came to the Garw Valley in 1895. Mr. Davies served as an official under Ir. W. Johnson, agent to the Ffaldau Colliery Co., for 22 years, commencing as fireman, and after five years was promoted to overman, which position he now holds. They have both enjoyed excellent health, and are highly respected. There were eleven children, two of whom have died, and there are living five sons, four daugh- ters, and 32 grand-children. One of their sons —Mr. Abiathar Davies—commenced as miner at the Ffaldau Collieries, Pontycymmer, later as fireman, overman, and as under manager, and is now under manager at Tir Donkyn Col- liery, Forestfach, Swansea. Valley. Another son—Mr. Zebina Davies, is a sergeant-major in the 17th Welsh Regiment, and served 19 months in France. He is now lying at Hampstead Mili- tary Hospital, London, suffering from a gun shot wound, which caused fracture of the skull. The three other sons are also miners.
BLAENGARW. Prize Drawing in aid of Peter Rees, Blaen- garw, Postjxmed to the 15th January, 1918. 1831 A Grand Social and Whist Drive was held at St. James' Church Hall on Thursday, last week. Mr. Davies (Ogmore Vale) played for the danc- ing. Messrs. J. Lewis and Alf. Davies acted as M.C.'s. Mr. J. W. English conducted the whist drive, the winners of which were: Ladies', Miss A. Gelder; gents', Mr. James Evans. Bethania Baptist Church. The Young People's Mutual Improvement Society met on Thursday night last week; elbairman, Mr. D. Meredith. Solos were sung by Master Selwyn Gummer, Miss Edith Mary Thomas and Mrs. J. Davies. A practical paper was read by Miss Bronwen Francis on "Gweddiwyr Mawr J Beibl." The speakers were Mrs. D. Evans, Messrs. Evan Stephens, W. John, John Francis, and Rev. W. Thomas. Mrs. J. Griffiths was the accompanist. C.E.M.S.—The usual weekly meeting was held at St. James' Church Hall on Tuesday eve- ning, Rev. John Davies, L.D., presiding, when the following were elected officers for the en- suing year :-President, Rev. J. Davies, L.D.; vice-president, Bro. J. W. English; treasurer, Bro. J. A. Williams; hon. secretary, Bro. J. J. Williams; assistant secretary, Bro. John Lewis; auditors, Bros. H. B. Jones and Arthur Morris; sick visitors, Bros. J. W. English (and A. Griffiths. C.E.M.S.—The usual weekly meeting in con- nection with St. James' branch of the C.E.M.S. was held at the Church Hall on Monday night, Rev. J. Davies, L.D., presiding. An able paper on "Cains and Abels of To-day," was read by Bro. J. W. English. An interesting discussion ensued, in which the following members took part :—Bros. John Lewis, R. Pritchard, Joseph Williams, Edmund Vaughan, G. H. Simon, A. Morris, J. J. Williams (hon. sec.), and the Chairman. A vote of thanks was accorded the speaker. Military Medal. Garwites are pleased to learn that Cpl. Wm. Randall, of the Royal En- gineers (nephew of Miss H. Gelder, head- mistress, BJaengarw) has been awarded the Mili- tary Medal in Flanders. Cpl. Randall, B.Sc., is a well known Garwite, and did training to become a Mining Engineer at Leeds University. He gained his practical experience during his vacations at the Garw Collieries. He was in Germany with a university scholarship when war was declared. On reaching England he en- listed in the R.A.M.C., and later was trana- ferred to the R.E. (Gas Section). Music Centre.-Musicians residing in the dis- trict will be pleased to learn that the Trinity College oi Music, London, has formed a music centre at Blaengarw. Up to the present the chief complaints have been expense and incon- venience, the nearest centre being Cardiff. However, after much effort on the part of the newly-appointed energetic secretary, Mr. G. H. Sparkes, Blaengarw, he succeeded in getting a centre at Blaengarw, in the first place to hold examinations in connection with one of the Lon- don Colleges. All music teachers should note that when examinations are to be held an ad- vertisements to that effect will appear in the "Glamorgan Gazette."
PONTYRHYL. Died From Wounds.—Mr. and Mrs. William Edwards, 23 Bryn Cottages, Pontyrhyl, have re- ceived two telegrams, the first from Shrewsbury, and the second from the War Office, London, stating that their son, Cpl. Wm. Edwards, Srd Welsh Regiment, was wounded on the 20th of November, and died on the 25th November, in France. He joined the Army six years ago, being one of the brave heroes who left for France at the outbreak of war. He was wounded at the battle of Ypres. In his young days he was a very faithful attendant at Tyla- gwyn Baptist Church, and a devoted member of the Sunday School, Band of Hope, and took an active part in the singing. Prior to enlistment he worked as a miner at Resolven, where he leaves a widow and one child to mourn his death. A brother-in-w of Mr. W. Edwards —Pte. Charles Rees, 2nd Gloucester Regiment,, who hailed from Goodridge, Ross, Hereford- shire—was killed in action in the battle of Ypres on the 7th November, 1915. Another son- in-law—Pte. Humphrey Williams, Welsh Regi- ment. who hailed from Tonypandy-was killed in .action at the Dardanelles. Abel Seaman W. Brain, son of Mrs. Edwards, has served in the Royal Navy for the past fifteen years. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.
OGMORE VALE. I Miss Merlinda Capel, of 9 Fern Street, Ogmore Vale, parsed 1st class in the Primary Section. Her teacher is W. H. Capel, of Glyn Street, Ogmore Vale. 1807 The Ogmore Valley Shop Assistants met in full force on Thursday la.st week at the Lesser Hall, Nantymoel, Mr. Worthy Boobyer presid- ing. Mr. Leslie (London), the editor of "The Shop Assistant," attended, and gave a splendid address, which at the finish was loudly cheered by all present. It is encouraging to see the shop assistants waking up, and it is hoped that there will be no falling off in enthusiasm. St. Paul's Air Rifle Team enjoyed a match on Wednesday last week with the bandsmen of the Ogmore Valley Temperance Band. The match was evenly contested, the bandsmen winning by 7 points. The totals were :—Band, 277; St. Paul's, 270. The result was an eye- opener for the losers. The Band has only just started a rifle team.—The Band ka* decided to do the usual Christmas playing, and to parade the valley. The whole of the collections are to be given to the King Edward VII. flospital. Ambulance Work.—It was very encouraging to see such a large number of the Ogmore Valley Joint Reception and Moior Ambulance Fund Committee at a meeting held at Ogmore Vale Workmen's Hall on Friday last. Mr. W. Bartlett, Draycott House, Ogmore Vale, pre- sided. Everything, we are pleased to say, is in working order, and the employees ef the several collieries and other residents have agreed to pay Id. per week. The main objects are the pro- vision and up-keep of a suitable motor vehicle for conveying our soldiers and sailors. Lack of a convenient train service from or to Bridgend at present is greatly felt. A further object is to provide each of our gallant heroes with an honorarium of 5s. The car will also be at the disposal of any resident contributor in Ogmore Valley for cases of sickness or accident. It is to be hoped that every wage earner will support this worthy object. Timely Help. An influential and representa- tive meeting was held on Dec. 11th, at Ogmore Vale, to consider ways and means of assisting the youn» man Herbert Morris, John Street, Ogmore Vale, a resident for the past 17 years, to procure an artificial hand. The oftse is well known, and is a most deserving one. This young man's right hand has been paralysed for many years. Last June he met with an acci- dent, which necessitated the amputation of his hand, leaving him practically helpless. Whole- hearted feeling goes out to him in his present condition. The object is a worthy one, and with the aid'of an artificial hand he may be able to obtain some suitable employment. The committee selected at the meeting propose to! solicit donations towards obtaining a few prizes, the 1st of which is to be a X5 War Bond, and to arrange a prize drawing. The joint secretaries are Messrs. GtiO. Davey and R. G. Gregory. Sacred Concert.—A sacred concert was held at the Workmen's Hall, Ogmore Vale, under the auspices of the Ogmore Vale Soldiers' and Sailors' Welcome Committee, on Sunday last. Dr. A. W. Anderson, presided over a very large attendance, supported by Mr. E. Hares and Mr. Emlyn Rattray. The Chairman opened with a spirited and patriotic address, in the course of -which he paid a glowing tribute to the excellent work done by the committee for the boys at the front. The duties of accompanist were ably carried out by Miss Ethel Moses, R.A.M., Nan- tymool. The following was the programme:— Overture, English Congregational Band; solos, Mrs. Samuel Clarke, Misses Olwen Owen, Katie David, Gwen Price, and Mr. G. Kinsey; duet, Mr. James Rees and friend; recitation, Mrs. Dobbins; pianoforte solo, Master Ronald Evans; selection, band. Mrs. Samuel Clark made the presentation of a cheque to each of the follow- ings soldiers:—Ptes. G. Pritchard, A. Reed, R.A.M.C., G. Sherah, and G. Goodwin, a.s a token of respect and admiration, on behalf of the committee. Pte. A. Reed, responding on behalf of the boys, wished the committee every success.—Mr. Edward Hares proposed a hearty vote of thanks to all the artistes, and highly praised Mr. W. David (conductor of the Ogmore Vale Choir) and Mr. Abel Jones (conductor of the band).
CAERAU. I Prohibition Controversy.—A well attended meeting of workmen was held at the Station Hotel, Caerau, on Friday, to discuss the atti- tude of the teetotal party which is endeavouring to force Prohibition in Wales. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Maddocks (Penarth), and his able advocacy of the rights of the workers was enthusiastically received. Mr. J. A. Pope (Port Talbot) presided, and the following reso- lution was put to the meeting, and carried unanimously :—"We, members of the combined clubs of Caerau, embracing the Social and Liberal Institute, the Silver Band, and Work- men's Institute, and Constitutional Club, with a membership of 1,500 workmen, strongly pro- test against any further restrictive legislation, which would make Wales and Monmouthshire a cockpit for further teetotal experiments. We protest, further, against the action of various teetotal socities, assisted by hired agitators from other countries, in carrying on a political campaign during the present crisis, with a view to forcing their teetotal fads upon the com- munity, and call upon the Government to put a stop to these disloyal methods, which are caus- ing grave unrest, and are calculated to prove disastrous to both the Government and the com- munity." Hermon.-An excellent performance of the I cantata, "Garactacus," was given by Hermon Juvenile Choir, under the conductorship of Mr J. Uoyd Thomas, on Monday evening. The large audience was treated to some very good singing and acting. Indeed, some of the young performers displayed exceptional dramatic abili- ties, and the whole performance refected great credit on the conductor (Mr. H. T. Morgan), the accompanist, and on all others who helped to make the concert such a success. The chair was occupied by the pastor (Rev. W. Edwards, M.A.), and the chief characters represented were as follows:—Claudius, Roman Emperor, Mr. Alfred Morris; Agrippa, Roman Empress, Miss Betty Ellis; Caractacus (British Chief), Mr. D. James Griffiths; Rotha (Wife of Carac- tacus, Miss Elsie Edwards; Gip (a Strolling Player), Mr. Leonard Harris; Topsy (Gip's Wife), Mr. Aubrey Ellis; Rolf (a Pirate), Mr. D. Robert Johns); Polly (Rolf's Sister), Miss I Lizzie Jones; Cartismandua (Rotha's Mother), Miss Doris Howells; Bericus (British Warrior), Mr. George Jones; Cadwallo (Archdruid), Mr. Willie John; Nell (a British Girl), Miss M. E. Chilton; Llefelys (a British Woman), Miss Jennet Jones; Carman., Mr. Tom Crabb; Druids, Maypole Dancers, Soldiers, Slaves, etc. The secretarial duties were ably carried out by Mr. Idwal Jones, while Mr. W. Thomas (assisted by I Meesrs. 8. Howells and D. J. Hopkin) acted as atage manager. The performance was repeated on the following Wednesday evening, when Mr. Oliver Harris (Caerau) occupied the chair. The proceeds were in aid of the church funds. )
THE FROTH ON THE BEER." Nantyffyllon Narrative. I I Denies It." I Mr. Harold Lloyd showed his usual resource- fulness in his line of defence, and in his speech on behalf of Thomas Bevan, steward of Nanty- ffyllon Constitutional Club, who, at Bridgend Police Court on Saturday, was charged with unlawfully supplying beer to be consumed on the premises, on Sunday, November 5th.- Inspector Canton said that at 8.15 on Sunday night, Nov. 25th, with Sergeants Burston and Williams, he visited the Constitutional Club, of which defendant was steward. Sergt. Burston led the way. The front door was open, and the door leading to the bar was locked. P.S. Burston knocked four times loudly, and in about a minute the door was opened by the de- fendant. On the bar counter there were no measures of any description—there or anywhere else. Defendant's wife was standing at the angle of the bar, and leaning over the counter. NVitilew went inside the bar, and asked her to come out of the corner, which she immediately did, and then he found on the ledge, under- neath the counter, the three pint measures pro- duced. Witness took the pints from the ledge, and put them on the counter. His attention having been called to it, defendant said, "T don't know; I don't know anything about it." The liquor had been freshly drawn, and there was froth on the face of the beer, and also in- side the glasses. Witness picked up one of the pints, and said, "Do you agree it is beer?" and defendant said "Yes." "How do you," next askad the inspector, "account for the froth on the face of the beer and inside the glasses?" He replied, The froth is since last night." In the bar trough, under the engine, was the glass produced, which defendant was asked to account for, and he replied that "it was just the same— something left behind." On the counter were two "rings of wet" similar in size to the rings of an ordinary pint measure, and "something wet" had also been spilt on the counter. Nine men were seated in the bar, and there were no I masures containing non-intoxicants. Witness took the men's names, and told defendant he would be reported. He replied, "I denies it." The nine made no reply.—By Mr Harold Lloyd: I don't know that it was Brain's beer.—Mr. Lloyd; I am told that on Brain's beer the froth remains for some days?—The Inspector: I have never heard of that. There was not a single teetotal drink in the bar.—In corroboration. P.S. Burston said it was a spring lock, which could not be opened from the outside.—P.S. Williams also gave evidence in confirmation.— Mr. Harold Lloyd submitted that the summons should be dismissed, as there was no proof of sale or consumption. The circumstances might be highly suspicious, but on the police evidence, I which he accepted, it would not be safe to con- vict. "There is froth on the beer now," said Mr. Lloyd, pointing to the glasses, one of which was in close proximity to the learned Chair- man (Alderman William Llewellyn). The froth on Brain's beer remained all night in the glasses and always was seen (as in this case) on the fol- lowing day.—The defendant Bevan denied the allegation with emphasis, stating that the club had been "out of beer" since the Saturday night. There had been a change of servants, the "old girl" (Carrie Jones) being succeeded by the "new girl" (Edith Ellis), who did not pro- perly wash the glasses the "old girl" had left. —Mr. Harold Lloyd: You know something about beer?—Witness: Aye. (Laughter.)—And about the froth on Brain's?—Witness: You can see it on Brain's beer in a week's time. (Laughter.) In proof of that, you can see it on the glasses now.—In answer to Supt. William Davies, witness said the men in the bar had I been drinking "hop bitters."—Mr. Barnett (the secretary) and two of the men—George White I and Thomas James- also gave evidence for the j defence.The Chairman, however, said they were satisfied the case had been proved, and im- posed a fine of £ 10.
MAESTEG. I Next Year's Eisteddfod.—On Wednesday eve- ning last week a public meeting was held at Messrs. North's Memorial Hall for the purpose of deciding upon the formation of a Male Voice Society to represent Maesteg at the National Eisteddfod to be held at Neath next year. After decidiag that a Male Voice Society be formed, the selection of conductor fell to Mr. Thomas Thomas, A.C., Libanus, Garth. Other officers appointed were:—Chairman, Councillor John Hocking, J.P.; secretary, Mr. Verley Merchant, Garth; treasurer, Mr. Herbert Lake, Court St., Maesteg, with a strong committee representa- tive of the Caerau Nantyffyllon, East ,and. West I Wards, with representatives also for Cwmfelin. Wounded Entertained.—On Friday night the IJynTi Glee Singers paid another visit to the Maesteg Cottage Hospital, and gave the wounded heroes a rare treat, which was most successful. During the concert the wounded were supplied with smokes, subscribed for by the party. Mr. Walter R. Jones occupied the chair, while Mr. Llewellyn Morris wielded the baton in his usual able manner. Mr. Dannie Jenkins presided at the piano. The programme consisted of the following selections:—Opening chorus, party; solo, Mr. Will Hughes; chorus, party; baritone solo, Mr. Hiram Roberts; reci- I tatiOll, Mi Ursula Jones; chorus, the party; r tenor solo, Mr. Jack Burns; humorous tender- I ing, Mr. Tom Petty. During the interval Mr. Jones (the Chairman) had, arranged a first-sight reading competition, for which he offered a prize of a 5/- box of cigarettes, and in which a good number of the wounded competed. The party opened the second part of the programme with a finerendering of a chorus, followed by Miss Jones with a dramatic recitation. Private Price, one of the wounded heroes, was the next to render a solo, which was admirably sung and gained rounds of applause, and an encore was demanded. The party followed with a chorus, and the programme closed with the singing of "God save the King" and "Hen wlad fy nhadau The arrangements were ably carried out by Mr. Edgar Miller, secretary of the party. Heroism to be Proud Of.—The parents of Pte. W. D. Bevan, of the Glamorgan Yeomanry (at- tached to the 24th Batt., Welsh Regiment), have been notified of the death of their eldest son from wounds in the battle for Jerusalem at a place not stated. He joined up at the com- mencement of the war. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Baptist Chapel on the first Sunday in the; New Year. Another son who, after 14 days' leave, returned to France last Saturday, is Signaller E. C. Bevan, who has seen two years' active service. The father is em- ployed on the Port Talbot Railway at Maesteg its head shunter at North's Cwmdu and Garth Collieries. In his last letter home to his parents our hero writes: "We have had a rough time this last fortnight, and have Been a bit of fighting as well. I was in the 'show' that re- sulted in the fall of Beersheba. Dai Beynon was wounded. He will get over his wounds all right. He had one in the hip. I helped him back to the dressing station. He had a good deal of pain, but 'stuck it we1 i.' A chap from Nantyffyllon named Phil Beynon had it in the back, and has since died. E. Rees, the chap .who was home for so long, had a pretty nasty one in the back. A lot of boys from Bridgend district caught it. We got into a pretty warm shop, and I should think about half of our bat- talion got put out of action. I am pleased to say I came through without a scratch. You can take it from me that General Allenby is waking up the enemy here." Cantata.—An interesting cantata, entitled, The Crown of th* 'J.ea.r/' waa performed in full character by the Children's Choir of Tabor Welsh C.M. Church, under the oonductorship of Mr. Treharne, at the Co-opecrative Hall, on Wednesday night lost week. Mr. Rees Rees, mining agent, Celtic Collieries, presided. The Chairman, in hia •fmug remarks, expawsed his pleasure in seeing auch a good assembly. Obviously, he said, they were maintaining their usual interest in the performances of juvenile choirs. There was a natural sincerity in these performances which was often lost in adult per- formances. It was gratifying to the conductor and those who had laboured with him in train- ing the children to see their efforts appreciated, and it was also encouraging to them to continue in what must be a painstaking task, and in the splendid work they were doing in the interest of the church. (Cheers.) After a short mis- cellaneous programme, the curtain was raised. The children on the platform were very prettily dressed, presenting a delightful appearance, a,nd representing the minutes, hours, days, and months of the year. The year was impersonated by Mr. Edgar Jenkins, who did his work admir- ably. He said that he would give a crown to the "month" that proved it had bestowed upon mankind a gift more precious than any other, and when each month in turn had urged its claim, the crown was awarded to December, the month of the* birth of Christ. In arriving at this decision, Mr. Jenkins had a splendid col- league in Master David Lewis, who imperson- ated "Tommy." He was excellent throughout, witty, humorous, distinct and clear in enuncia- tion. In the space available, it is impossible to specially mention at who took part, but it will suffice to say that all the children did their work remarkably weij, affording the audience a real musical treat. Rt. W. H. Thomas, pastor of the church, proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman. This was seoonded, and enthusias- tically carried, and the Chairman proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Treharne, the conductor, coupling with it the name of Miss John, the pianist, and the orchestra for their services. The singing of "Hen wlad ty nhadau" brought a pleasant evening to a olose.
I PONTRHYDYCYFF. Hero's Reception.—An interesting meeting was held at the Tyler's Arms, Pontrhydycyff, on Saturday, organised by the Reception Commit- tee, to welcome Cpl. John Jenkins, Bryn Ter- race, Hetty Bronpu, who is home on short leave from the trenches. There was a large gathering of friends, and a good musical pro- gramme was provided, over which Mr. Thos. Harris presided, accompanied by Mr. B. J. Brunt. The feature of the evening's entertain- ment was the presentation of a sum of money to the hero. The presentation was made by Mr Stephen Phillips. Songs were rendered by Messrs. E. Rowlands, J. Jenkins, Christopher Hopkins (Bettws), Cpl. J. Jenkins, and other friends, and recitations by Mr. David Jones and Mr. Wm. Owen.
I NANTYMOEL. Saron Y.P.S.—On Tuesday evening last week last wec k able and instructive papers were read by Mr. Glyn Richards on "Faith"; Mr. Ungoed Jones mi "Hope," and Ivor Daviee on "Love." Master Norton James effectively sang a solo, and Mr. Job Baker presided. There was a good attendance. Military Distinction.—We heartily congratu- late Pte. Harold Davies upon winning the Mili- tary Medal for gallantry on the field of battle. Pte. Davies is quite young, and is the son of Mr. William Davies, Pentwyn, Nantymoel. We rejoice as a neighbourhood in this achieve- ment. Annual Meetings.—On Sunday last and on Monday evening the special preaching services of Soar Welsh Congregational Church ware held. The preacher was the Rev. Peter Price, M.A., D.D., Rhos. There were great expecta- tions, and the striking sermons delivered gave great satisfaction. There were large attend- ances. Call to a Pastor.-Iloreb English Baptist Ckurch has been for about nine months without a pastor, and last Sunday evening the church voted upon likely candidates, with the result that a practically unanimous vote was secured for Rev. H. R. Byatt, Gloucestershire, a former pastor of Horeb Church. It is hoped by all that he will see his way clear to accept the call. A Welsh Eisteddfod.-On Wednesday evening, at the WoTkmen'6 Hall an Eisteddfod for child- ren was held under the auspicæ of the Cymreig- yddion. The attendance was rather disappoint- ing, and the competitors on the various items were few. The conductor was Rev. J. E. Rees (Ap Nathan). The following acted as adjudica- tors; Mr. Tom Butler, Pontycymmer (music); Mr. Lewis Davies, schoolmaster,^Cymmer (liter- ature). Cymdeithas y Cymrsigyddion.On Tuesday evening the monthly public meeting of this Society was held at Bethel Chapel. The special speaker was the Archdruid Dyfed (Cardiff) He gave a particularly interesting lecture on "Welsh Hymnology. The audience was much interested from beginning to end. Rev. -11. J. Mills presided. Warm thanks were accorded to Dyfed, upon the proposal of Dr. D. J. Thomas, J.P., seconded by Vicar J. R. Pugh, B.A. Funeral.-On Tuesday last the funeral took place of the late Mrs. Williams, wife of Mr. Rhys Williams, of Brookland Terrace. She had been in failing health for a very long while, and was tenderly nursed by her family. She had attained the age of 60, and had long resided in the neighbourhood. She waa beloved by all. Deceased was a worthy and respected member of Saron Baptist Church. The funeral was t large and exceptionally representative. There is dieep sympathy with the family in their trial. Impressive services were cohuuetecl at the house and at the graveside by Revs. T. M. Thomas, Ogmore Vale; T. E. Williams, Rhymney, and Glanmor Jenkins, Nantymoel. The mourners included -Mr. Rhys Williams (widower); Mr. B. J. Williams (son); Mrs. J. T. Williams (daughter); Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boobyer (son- in-law and daughter); R. W. Boobyer, Maggie Boobyer, and Linda Boobyer (grand-children); Boobyer, Phillips, Ferndale (brother); Mrs. M. Mr. W. A. Phillips, Rhymney (sister-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. David Narbed, Rhymney (brother-in-law and sister); Mrs. W. Morris, Blaenffos (sister) > Mrs. K. Voyle, Mardy (sister); Mrs. Ben Phillips, Birchgrove (sister-in-law); Mrs. David Griffiths (sister-in-law); Rev. T. Y. Williams, Pyle; Mr. John Francie, Ferndale; Mrs. and Miss Denis, Cwmavon; Mr. Dan Phillips, Fern- dale; Mr. W. Williams, Nantymoel; Mr. T. A. Williams, Fishguard; Mr. Willie Morris, Rhym- ney; Mr. and lkfrs Stephen Jones, Ogmore Vale; Mrs. Voyle, Maerdy; Mr. D. Jones, Nantymoel; Mrs. Llewellyn and Miss Llewellyn; Mrs. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. David Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Leigh, Garw; Mrs. John Vaughan, Rhymney; Mrs. M. A. Evans and Mrs. W. Jenkins, Og- more Vale. "MML ■ — Pbinthb ANIP Published BY TI8 Ckctsal Glahosgab PRINTING AND PUBLISJIIMIR COMPANY, LTD., AS thb Glamorgan Gazbtts" Offices, QUIIII STaDT, BRIDEINKD. Glamorgan. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 1917.