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THE PONTARDAWE STRIKE

LABOUR AND WELSH ! I NATIONALITY.j

GLAMORGAN MAGISTRATES.I

MRS. PANKHURST'S "DOUBLE."

ABERCRAVE NOTES I

I DULAIS VALLEY CHAT. I

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DULAIS VALLEY CHAT.  (Gan Ymdeithydd.) It may interest readers in the Dulais Valley who are interested in the pit- head bath question to know that the South Wales Garden Cities and Town Planning Association are now devoting special attention to the advocacy of the installation at all collieries of spray baths and changing houses. The asso- ciation has had prepared a set of ex- cellent lantern slides illustrating the working of the system on the continent, and the secretary (Mr. Edgar L. Chap- pell) and other well-known members of the association, are prepared to deliver illustrated lectures on the subject in all parts of South Wales. In a district such as the Dulais Valley, where so many colliers travel to work by train, the new system has special advantages, and the Federation lodges might do worse than communicate with the South Wales Association and arrange lectures on the subject at Onllwyn, Seven Sis- ters, and Crynant. The offices of the association are at 3, Pembroke-terrace, Cardiff. The workers at all the collieries in the Valley cast their votes last week- end in connection with the election of a sub-agent for the Anthracite district, and the result of the ballot to be an- nounced to-morrow (Saturday) at a meeting of the district representatives in Swansea, is being looked forward to with great interest. A benefit is being organised for Mr. David Lewis, of Brick-row, a haulier at the Seven Sisters Colliery, who has been ailing for a considerable period, and will take the form of a cinema en- tertainment on Tuesday evening next, by kind permission of Messrs. Studt, who at present have their travelling show in the village. Local workers are busily engaged in selling tickets for the event, and there is every hope that it will be very successful. Last evening (Thursday) a large audienoe gathered at the Zoar Indepen- dent Chapel, Seven Sisters, when a very fine concert took place in aid of the funds of the chapel. Mr. D. W. Thomas, M.E., manager of the local colliery, presided, and the artistes, all of whom acquitted themselves in a highly successful manner, were as fol- lows: Madame Bronwen Jones-Williams (the leading South Wales soprano) Miss Louise Llewellyn (contralto); Mr. Ivor Jenkins, chief soloist of the Rhondda- Pittsburg Male Voice (tenor); Mr. Geo. T. Llewellyn, A.R.A.M. (bass), and Miss Gwynneth Jenkins (accompanist). The proceedings were- highly enjoyed. There is no change of importance to record this week regarding the agita- tion for a shorter Saturday for the workmen of the Valley. The men's de- putation had not up to Thursday seen Mr. Evans-Bevan in regard to the claim for a reduction of hours, but it was anticipated that the interview would take place this week-end, and there are yet hopes of a satisfactory settlement of the matter. An interesting local wedding took place on Thursday at the registry office Neafch, the contracting parties being Mr. Thos. Hart, of Mary-street, engine driver at the Seven Sisters Colliery, and Mias Jane Gethin, daughter of Mr. Meredith Gethin, engineer at the local colliery and a prominent local resident. The parties were accompanied by several friends, and afterwards these were entertained at the home of the bride's parents, where the newlv-mar- ried couple have taken up their resi- dence. Mr. David Harris, a student at Car- marthen College, but until recently re- siding in Seven Sisters, and a nephew of Mr. George Jones, checkweigher, occupied the pulpit at Pantyffordd Chapel on Sunday and preached very acceptable sermons, which were enjoyed by good congregations. I regret to learn of the serious illness I of Mrs. Jones, wife of Mr. Benj. Jones, overman at the Seven Sisters Colliery, and a daughter of the late Mr. Francis George, who was well-known in the district. It is hoped that Mrs. Jones will have a speedy recovery to good health. Owing to the absence of the Rev. Edmund Davies, who was officiating at Abercrave, the pulpit at Zoar Indepen- dent Chapel on Sunday was occupied by the Rev Urias Phillips, B.A., of Glynneath. The rev. gentleman preached with great force and power, and his discourses were greatly en- joyed. Considerable sympathy has been ex- pressed during the past few days with Mrs. David R. Harris, wife of the licensee of the Seven Sisters Hotel, in the great loss she has sustained through the death of her father, Mr. J. Samuel, of Tirdeunaw, near Llangyfelach. The sad event took place on Thursday last at his home, and the interment at Mynydd Bach on Tuesday was largely attended. It will be remembered that before her marriage Mrs. Harris was a teacher in the local schools. A local case was heard on Monday at the Neath Police-court when Robert Jenkins, a tramping labourer, of no fixed abode, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly in Church- street, Seven Sisters, on Saturday night, and also with having assaulted P.C. Fleetwood. For the first offence prisoner was fined 7s. 6d. and costs or seven days, and for the second three weeks' hard labour without the option of a penalty. A little girl named Eunice Bowen, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. Wm. Bowen, of Kiartoum-terrace, Onllwyn, died very suddenly at her home on Friday. The child, who had not been ailing many days, was a bright little pupil at the Onllwyn Schools, and the funeral on Tuesday was largely attend- ed. An accident occurred at the Onllwyn Colliery on Monday morning, the vic- tim being John Williams, now of Dyff- ryn Callwen, but formerly of North Wales. Williams was rather crushed by a journey of trams, and had to be re- moved to his lodgings immediately. He is, however, now progressing favourably The water supply for Onllwyn neigh- bourhood was again turned off without the slightest warning early on Monday, and was not renewed again until Wed- nesday. It is understood that this course was necessary for the repair of pipes burst by reason of the great pres- sure of water, but it is hardly neces- sary to emphasise the desirability of giving notice to the residents when they are to be deprived of the precious liquid for practically two whole days. A male voice party has recently been organised for the Dyffryn Callwen dis- trict of Onllwyn, and appearances point to asiicoessful future for the new or- ganisation. Mr. Stephen Davies, now of Onllwyn, but formerly of Skeweo, is conductor, and the two preliminary re- hearsals already held indicate that the members have considerable talent which only requires cultivating.

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