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I PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGS

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PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGS [BY BIRKS.] "Let the soldier be abroad if he will, he can do nothing in this age; there is another personage perhaps insignifi- cant. The schoolmaster is abroad and I trust to him, armed with his primer, against the soldiers in full military array. "—Lord Brougham, 1828. In addition to the schoolmaster, other teachers have been in action—working conditions. Hence, to-day, an injury to one is looked upon as an injury to all, and 1,000 ,men are idle at Pontardawe, in consequence. "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is' mightier than the sword. —Lord Lytton. There were stirring times in Pontar- dawe on Saturday, and rarely, if ever, has a Saturday night audience demon- strated such a spirit of earnestness as was observed in the Public Hall. There was plain speaking and quiet at- tention—but the fires were working underneath. Speaking to members of the All Saints' Church Choir, Mr F. W. Gilbertson is said to have stated that the present strike has been caused by the action of those least able to lead the men. Mr Gilbertson knows, or at least ought to know perfectly well, that the men are NOT in any way responsible for the pre- sent state of affairs. Perhaps, after he has read the report of last Saturday evening's meeting he also will admit that such is the, case. Of course, now that it has happened, everybody agrees that hydrants should have been provided years ago—yet up to recently the Council opposed the pro- posal in fact some of the councillors laughed at the idea. Faithful to their system, the Council remained in a wise and masterly is i- activity in so far as the provision of fire appliances and hydrants were concerned. More than 12 months ago, as reported in this column, Mr Josiah Griffiths raised the matter of providling hydrants at Allt- wen at a meeting of the Chamber of Trade. In the frivolous work of polished idle- ress the Chamber of Trade compares favourably with the Council-in things that matter. Had the suggestion made by Mr Griffiths been acted upon, the members of the Alltwen and Pontardawe Co- operative Society would have held their quarterly meeting on Wednesday night. Considering that the Cray Water Sup- ply Mains run through Pontardawe the failure to have the necessary fire ap- liances handy amounts almost to oriminal negligence. Suppose a fire occurs in High street, Herbert street, Tawe terrace, or any- where where there is a length of build- ings—how many buckets will have to be requisitioned to carry watteir in order to save the street ? The death occurred at Briton Ferry on Saturday, of Mrs. Bibbs, an old native of Llanguicke. The interment took place at St. Peter's on Wednesday. The death occurred at Ynismeudwy on Sunday of the wife of Mr Thomas Davies, tinworker. Deceased ha.d been in in- different health for some time. Recently her son met with a serious accident,and the shock of hearing of it undoubtedly hastened her end. The funeral took place at Alltwen on Thursday. Playing against Ammanford on Satur- day, Pontardawe returned beaten by two converted tries to nil. At the Works Institute on Monday, Harry Bevan made a 44 break. On Tues- day he secured a 51 break. At the Public Institute., Wm. Thomas scored a 81 break on Friday. Fifty and 60 breaks are becoming monotonous. At the Pontardawe Registry Office on Saturday the marriage was solemnized between Mr James Adams, of Quarr rdi, and Miss Catherine Ann Williams, of Church Street. Mr S. J. Edmunds gave the bride away. This is the first wedding that has taken placei at the new office. Playing against Morriston at the Mag- net Hall on Monday evening, Pontar- dawe Institute were defeated by 100 points the games resulting as follow Pontardawe. Morriston. 138 H. Jones E. G. Nagg 200 200 W. Ivor Jones J. Morris 178 60 J. W. Lewis M. Jones 200 200 A. Clatworthy J. Grey 124 155 C. Thomas D. B. Thomas 200 200 E. Edwards D. R. Morgan..174 165 H. Davies Ed. John 200 100 A. Phillips B. Howells 42 1218 1318 The Rev. T. E. Waters, of Swansea, late of the Isle of Atnglesea, was inducted on Thursday last, as pastor of Mount Elim Chapel. Dr. Gomer Lewis, Swansea, was assisted by a large number of local ministers who delivered addresses. In the evening sermons were preached by Dr. Lewis and the Rev. Fred Morgan, when there was a large congregation. THE STRIKE The dispute at unDertson s, which has been described by some contemporaries as a. "one man strike" is still unsettled, and there is a livelihood that the pre- sent deadlock w-ill last for some time. Acting upon a resolution passed at the mass m eeting on Saturday evening, the secretary of the Industrial Council com- municated with Messrs. Gilbertson, and a reply was received to the effect that the firm could not deal with the, matter, but that Mr Clement, secretary of thel Employers' Association, would deal with the dispute on behalf of the firm. The Dockers' Union have taken the matt-or up, and Mr Hughes, the local or- ganizer, addressed the members of the affected branch on Tuesday, when a cer- tain line of action was decided upon. The men claim that, be fore recoirimencing work, they should have an undertaking from the firm that the question, relating, to seniority shall be conceded that the summonses which have been issued shall be withdrawn, and that the money stopped at the office in connection with' the dispute shall be refunded. On- Wednesday evening the Industrial Council met, and discussed the situation, and after bearing reports from the branches it was unanimously decided to call a mass meeting for Thursday after- noon to be held at the Pavilion. The whole of the men employed at I Gilbertsons' are not affected by the dis- piite, as both the new works and the ittel works are still busy. It is stated that some of the men employed at the new work? hav?- becUl approached br official.-?, and asked to load plates from the galvanizing department, but that the men refused to do so. I understand that the Steelsmelter's Union intend claiming damages from the firm in respect of the whole of the mem- bers of No. 2 Branch of the Stoolsmelters who were, it is alleged, stopped without sufficient notice. The summonses issued by the firm againsct certain employees in the galvanizing department are down for hearing at the Police Court to-day, but whether the same will bet proceeded with by the employers or an adjournment asked for by representatives of the men is not yet (at the time of writing) known. The men are solid, and are receiving moral and practical support from mem- bers of the Dockers' Union on the Swan- .a Docks. It is likely that the dispute will spread, but in what direction it is not definitely decided. Undoubtedly, the men are out to win, as the principle at stake is a most important one. THE PALACE ,I iVliss V Na ijeii, singer and dancer, nas pleased large audiences at the Palace, Herbert street, this wefek, and Sidney Brinn, ragtime singer and dancer, has kept the audiences in good humour. The pictures have been excellent and have been thoroughly enjoyed. Next week Giltans Comedy Duo and Fred Rodgers, comedian, should draw the crowd. That great picture "Through the clouds" has be-en exclusively engaged, and will prove a b ig draw. The picture is full of sen- sational incidents. One of the incidents shown is that. of a young lady actually jumping from an aeroplane on to the guide rope of a balloon suspended 3,000 feet in the air! The pictures tells a great detective story, and should not be missed. W. A. WILLIAMS, Phrenologist, can be consulted daily at the Victoria Arcade (near the Market). Swansea

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