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PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGSI

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PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGS I [BY BIRKS.] I "Hereditary bondsmen! Know ye not Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow!" There is a possibility that the strike will be ended before March, but it is probable that it will last another month. The men who "downed tools" are as determined as ever they were not to give way on the crucial point of seniori- ty. The only basis upon which work can be resumed is that the firm will grant the men's contention in respect of seniority. The men a.re prepared to go back to work on that understanding, and allow the outstanding grievances to be dis- cussed by the Conciliation Board. Mr. T. W. Hughes, organiser for the Dockers' Union, addressed a branch meeting of the affected men on Wed- nesday afternoon, and after a great deal of discussion it was decided that a request should be sent to Mr. F. W. Gilbertson, the managing director, ask- ing him to meet a deputation of the men. Several further employer v. workmen cases will be dealt with at the police court to-day (Friday). When rork is resumed it will be a considerably depleted batallion of for- mer employees that the officials will have to deal with. I hear that many offers, referred to in this column last week, have been ac- cepted, and a number of the skilled workers employed in departments other than the mills have obtained good jobs elsewhere. Messrs. Tom Jeremiah and D. J. Thomas have been sent as a deputation to the executive of the Steelsmelters' Union to place the case of the members of No. 2 branch before that body. A grand sacred concert to assist the men with large families affected by the strike is to be held at the Pavilion on Sunday week, Mr. Coutts having kind- ly consented to lend the building for the occasion. An orchestra is being formed for the occasion, some fine pictures will be shown and some of the best of local talent will appear. Notwithstanding the fact that the steelsmelters at a general meeting held on Saturday evening decided to with- draw their notices by 42 votes to 35 (out of a total membership of 270) they are working short time in consequence of the dispute. It would appear that the steelsmel- ters are forging more chains for them- selves, as the greater the stock when work is resumed the lesser chance of their being in a strong position. Thus, Shelly; "Have ye leisure, comfort, calm, Shelter, food, love's gentle balm ? Or what is it ye buy so dear With your pain and with your fear? The seed ye sow another reaps; The wealth ye find another keeps; The robes ye weave another wears; The arms ye forge another bears!" Mr. Ben Tillet is expected to speak at Pontardawe on the 28th inst. Efforts have been made by the Trade and Labour Council to induce Mr. "Jim" Larkin to appear at Pontardawe on Sunday, March 1st, as he will be at Llanelly on February 27th. Alltwen Fair, the first, and most im- portant gathering if its kind at one time, was held on Wednesday, when there was a large gathering of cattle drovers and dealers from all parts of South Wales and the West of England. Prices fixed at this fair influences, to a great extent, those ruling the cattle market during the year. The death occurred on Tuesday at High-street, of Sarah, wife of Mr. Al- bert Hill, manager of Eastman's branch shop. Deceased, who was only 28, suf- fered from consumption, and was only married about two years ago. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rees Lloyd. The funeral will take place on Satur- day at St. Peter's. At Tyncoedcae, AIltwen, on Sunday morning, Mr. Thos. Bowen (63) collier, passed away very suddenly. He suffered a paralytic stroke on Saturday even- ing. Deceased was a widower for many years, and only recently lost a daughter and one daughter survives him. He was a native of the district. At a special meeting of the commit- tee of the co-operative society last (Thurs.) evening a statement relating to the damage caused by the recent fire was considered. The adjourned general meeting will probably be called during next week. The railway station is being titivated —and it needs it; also some decent waiting rooms and more shelter for the passengers on the platform. A fire brigade, with appliance to serve the district will probably be formed some time during the next ten years. Anyway, the Chamber of Trade has dis- cussed the matter seriously, which is something to be going on with. How long it will take the Water Sup- plies Committee of the Council to pre- pare a report cannot, of course, with an exactitude, be stated, but it ought to be laid upon the table before the present councillors vacate office. After that, it might be discussed by the next batch, and so on, ad lib. Ii The Trebanos sewerage scheme, ac- oording to the progress being, made, ap- pears as if it will be ready before the Ystalyfera scheme, although the latter was commenced upon nearly two years ago, whilst operations did not com- mence at Trebanos until the middle of last month. It looks as if it takes a longer period to put the finishing touches upon a job of this character than it does to do the main part of the work. By the time the Ynismeudwy, Y&- tradgynlais and YstaJyfera schemes are completed the people of the district should become thoroughly trained sewage disposal experts. Wm. Henry Davies, of Ynismeudwy, who had a foot amputated at Swansea Hospital about six weeks ago as a re- sult of an injury sustained at the Glan- tawe Works, returned home from that institution on Monday, and has made very favourable progress. The Pontardawe Hockey team defeat- ed Llanelly at Pontardawe on Satur- day by 7 goals to 3.The scorers for the homesters were Gwilym Lewis (4), Dai Lewis (2), and Sid Hopkin (1). The operetta "The Royal Jester" was given by the scholars of the Higher Elementary School at the Public Hall last evening. There was a large attendance of com- municants from the various churches in the district at the St. Peter's School- room on Tuesday evening, when a pa- rochial church council was elected. It was also decided that a parochial tea should be held in connection with every church in the district on Shrove Tues- day. Last Friday and Saturday at the Pavilion an interesting item was added to the specialities introduced in the plays presented by Mr. and Mrs. Wil- son Benges' company, by the appear- ance of Little Irene Doherty, who ren- dered two songs each evening. Her performance was marked by consider- able ability, and though a juvenile, dis- played much spirit and finish, and she well merited the hearty applause she received. This was only her second time before the public. THIS WEEK'S STORY. At the next meeting of the Council a petition, signed by some dozen Tre- banos house owners, will be submitted praying the Council to divert the pipes of that section of the sewerage scheme near their respective houses to run underneath their gardens, on the score that it will not be so expensive to con- nect their houses. One resident, how- ever, not only refused to sign the peti- tion, but refuses to allow the pipes to be laid anywhere near his house be- cause, he argues, it would be un- healthy This resident's olfactory organ must be very highly trained, as the pipes will be buried some seven feet underneath the surface. DANYGRAIG'S CHOIR'S SUCCESS- FUL OPERETTA. A very successful performance of "Esther, the Beautiful Queen," in full character, was given by the members of the Danygraig Chapel Choir, on Saturday, at the Public Hall, before a crowded gathering. The proceeds will be handed over to the building fund. Mr. Edward Mathias, Alltwen, was the conductor, and much credit is due to him for his painstaking services. The stage manager was Mr. W. D. Main- waring, and the accompanist, Mr. Rees Lewis. The chief characters were: Esther, the Queen, Miss Elizabeth Mor- gan; King, Mr. Dd. Davies; Haman, Mr. Dd. Thomas; Zeresh, Haman's wife, Miss Ann Williams; Mordecai, Mr. Dd. Daniel; Hegai and Harbonah, Mr. Tom J. Lewis; Prophet, Mr. Geo. Griffiths; Messenger (reader), Mr. Tom Jones; Maids of Honour, Mrs. S. A. Davies, Miss Maggie Thomas, and Miss May Jenkins; Maids to the Queen, Mis- ses Annie L. Jones and Bessie Mathias. Other members of the choir acted as Jews, Guards, Shepherds, etc. The various artistes all did excellently and the performance was greatly enjoyed by all present.

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