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YSTALYFERA NOTES. HOME RULE FOR IRELAND Under the auspices of the Gowor Liberal Association a meeting took place in the Wtsn Vestry on Thursday even- ing last, at which Dr. Esmonde, M.P. for North Tipperaiy, had been announced to speak on "Irish Home Rule. Un- fortunately the Doctor was unable to be present owing to illness, and his place was taken by Mr W. J. Fallon, B.A., of the Irish Party, Dublin, who gave a very fine ad drtss in which the justice of Ireland's demand was stated in un- answerable tjrms.—Mr W. D. Clee, A.R.C.O., presided ever a fair attend- ance.—The speaker expressed pleasure at his presence in Wales, and said Irish people always acknowledged with grati- tude the support extended to them by their friends in the Principality through- out long years of prosperity and ad- versity. (Applause). he proceeded to show ihjt hsh people wanted iriume Rule be cause they were a separate nation, they had t!ll ir own separate nationality,. -and v.axitec to govern themselves in their -own way. Good Government, he pointed out, was no substitute for self govern- ment. He pio,-e ded to explain how Home Rule wo Id benefit England, Sco land and Wales in that it would result in the development of Irish industries, and would thus relieve the Labour mar- ket in these countries. Under self government Ireland would have a -cheaper and more efficient administration. It was untiue to allege that the people were incapable of Governing themselves. If so it was somewhat strango that 12 Irish members would remain in the Im- perial P": lament to help to settle the affairs of the Empire. In concluding, Mr Fallen made a smashing exposure of the Ulster cry a-nd the allegation regard- ing Catholic intolerance, and appealed far con'-Lnued sympathy and support in the final struggle in Ireland's emanci- tion. The speaker was heartily thanked on tho motion of Mr J. Davies, seconded by Mr B. Willkuns (Cwmtwrch), who re- marked that what Ireland was now re- questing was the very thing that Wales would some time be asking for. Mr J. Walter Jones, B.A., supported. A re- solution of thanks to the chairman for his services was also carried. DEATH OF MR JOHN EVANS. t It is with deep rgeret that we record I the death of Mr John Evans, of Ailty- grug road. which occurred at the Swan- I sea Hospital on Saturday, after a long and painful illness. For several years the deceased suffered from stomachic trouble, and in consequence, over a year ago, was compelled to give up his em- ployment as a collier. He was 36 years of age*, and leaves a widow and seven I children to mor, IT their loss. He was an active member of the I. L.P.,—and he toile,7 hard in assisting to make known what were the aims of the movement. His sacrifices to his convictions were a help and an inspiration to all who came in contact with him, and the I.L.P. move- ment loses a staunch friend, and the msml ors will miss the presence of an optimistic and true comrade. To those he k :vc.3 behind we offer our heartfelt sympathy that husband and father should be removed by death at such an enrly age. Our comrade is dead, but long may he live in our memories. "Tii.t nothing walks with aimless feet, That not one He shall be destroy'd, Or cast as rubbish to th3 void When God hath made the pile com- plete. ENJOYABLE I.L.P. GATHERING | uncior die auspices ot the local branch of the I. L.P. a very pleasant social even- ing took place on Saturday a.t the Insti- tute. The President, (Mr T. King) occu- pied tho chair. At the corrm-neem-ent of the proceedings, Mr King made a feeling reference to the passing a.way of Mr John Evans, Alltygrug road, and paid a brief but heartfelt tribute to his long and active association with the work of the I.L.P. in the district. A vote of sym- pathy with the bereaved family was passed in silence. Routine business of the Branch was transacted, and refresh- ments wore served, after which Mr J. Davies gave a highly interesting address on "Socialism in Wales." The speaker referred at length to the position held by Socialism in the political life of Wales, and said there was a great harvest of Socialist converts to be reaped if the proper mw's to this end were adopted. He urged tint. Socialist workers should further educae t themselves to carry out this task. An interesting discussion fol- lowed. FINE LECTURE AT "Y DDRAIG GOCK." One of the finest, addresses of the ses- sion was "iven on Friday evening at the meeting r-f the Guild of the Red Dragon, when th Rev. Simon Jones, B.A., of Swansea, spoke on Francs Thompson, the great po?t and prose-poet. There was only a moderate attendance, over which IF, ,y G. Griffiths presided. The lecturer told with ereat charm and force the life storv of this remarkable man, his boy- hood and youth in the midst of cultured and refined surroundings; his failure as a medical student, his quarrel with his father, and his subsequent life in Lon- don. during which time he was reduced to penury and almost starvation, ekeing out a subsistence by means of boot black- ing, paper or match selling, holding horses, etc. Mr Jones also gave a vivid description of the manner in which Thompson's gen- ius was brought before Wilfrid and Alice Meynell, and tho assistence afforded him by these two writers. Mr Jones then proceeded to refer at length to Thomp- son's works, including his great poem "The Hound of Heaven," his child poem, and his magnificent essay on Shelley, and declared that the poet's message was the message of Christianity, In the things of the world Thompson was childish; in the things of the spirit he was child-like. Concluding, the speaker said that Thompson passed the last days of his life in the home of the Francisian. Monks and North Wales and died in 1907 at the age of 49, satisfied at the end that tf his works were not popular in the vul- gar sense, they were appreciated by those competent to recognise really great work. (Applause). Art illuminating discussion followed, in which Messrs. H. Wade Evans, Isaac Shepherd, J. Davies, H. Morgan, John Morgan, Albert Morgan, David Jenkins, and the chairman joined, and Mr Jones wa.s very heartily thanked for his ser- vices. I THE W.L.L. I- 1 1 ?. I ? I 1 I ine members ci me iocai orancn ot the Women's Labour League held their meeting on Thursday evening last in the I.L.P. Institute, when it w as decided that in future meetings should commence at 6.30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., so that members might leave earlier. Mrs. Mar- tin, Mrs. J. Williams and Mrs. D. Wil- liams provided "surprise" packets during the evening, the contents of which were greatly enjoyed and realised ls.6d. The "Labour Woman," the monthly organ of the League, is now on sale, and may be obtained from Miss A. Martin, literature secretary, and Miss E. King, general secretary. Last evening (Thursday), Mr J. Davies gave an address on "The Women of the I.L.P. and a, very en- joyable evening was spent. All women interested in the movement are heartily invited to join the league. I HONOUR FOR YSTALYFERA I TEACHER. Mr D J Williams was appointed presi- I I dent of the West Glamorgan section of the N.U.T. at the annual general meet- ing held at Swansea on Saturday. I FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR. T. R. THOMAS The funeral of the late Mr Thomas Roger Thomas, w hose death was reported in our last is--ue took place at the City of London cemetery on Wednesday of last week. The Rev. J. H. French, pastc-r of the Woodgrange Baptist Church officia- ted, and there was a very large attend- ance of relations and friends. The chief mourners were Mr Walter Thomas and Miss Thomas (son and daughter) Mr Arthur Thomas and Mrs. Walter Thomas (son and daughter-in-lawl; Mr Elwyn Thomas and Miss Mary Tnomas (son and daughter); Master Tom Thomas (son); Mrs. Joan Davies (daughter-in-law) Mr. J. Thomas and Mrs. J. Pugh (brother and sister) Mr and Mrs. W. R. Thomas (brother and sister-in-law), Mr and Mrs. D. R. Thomas (brother and sister-in-law) Mr Roger Thomas (nephew), and Mrs. Frank Jones. A large number of wreaths were received amongst which were those from the following Brothers and sisters, Surveyors' Character Department, Custom House; Friends from Pantglas and Frond eg; Brother oihcers, colleagues 'and friends, Mr and Mrs. P. M. Jone&, Ystalyfera; Mr and Mrs. T. R. Williams, Hull (late of Ystalyfera); wife and children Wood grange Baptist Church Choir; officers at the Cutler Street Warehouse, and a large number from neighbours and friends. At the New Swan Hotel on Thursday evening next a smoking concert in con- nection with tho Chamber of Trade will be hejd. The Ystalyfera U. Cycling Club will hold a smoking concert at the Ystalyfera Hotel on Saturday evening, and aa only a limited number of tickets has been issued, those desirous of spending a jolly evening would do well to obtain one at once trom Mr T. P. Lewis, or any of the committee. I THE SEWERAGE SCHEME I House-owners will shortly be called upon by the District Council to connect their houses with the sewerage mains. It would perhaps be impossible to find a more awkward place adequately and pro- perly to sewer than Ystalyfera. In many places the connecting pipes will have to be laid under the lioors of the houses, an item of expenditure which will, in all probability, cause the present owners of soma houses to wonder which would be the best thing to do-give the houses away or raise the rents; but it is useless to adopt the latter cour.. as most people would refuse to buy insanitary houses, and pay full value for them once a month. Plans have already been put in before the Council dealing with the proposed sewerage and sewage disposal works as Ynismeudwy, and this work should be commenced upon at an early date. Then, the Ystradgynlais Sewerage Scheme is ex- pected to be conmienoed some time this year, although it would appear that the members of the Council have not yet de- cided whet-her the proposed scheme is ac- ceptable—to them—or not. When this work is completed the whole of the Valley will be sewered on up-to-date lines, as well as lighted, from Penyoae to Swan- sea. RUGBY I Ystalyfera played Swansea Seconds at I St. Helen's on Saturday, and the game ended in a draw-nothing scored. ASSOCIATION I At Briton Ferry on Saturday, the Ys- t,alyfera team was defeated by four goals I to one. AN EVENING WITH PHRENOLOGY I There was only a moderate attendance at the meeting of the P.S.E. held in the 1. L.P. Institute on Sunday evening, when Mr D. J. Jones, a member of the Society, gave a highly interesting address on "The Relation. of Man to the Lower Animals considered phrenologically." Mr J. W. Given presided. The speaker dwelt at considerable length on the phrenology of man and animals, showing the points of similarity and of difference, and advo- i cated the phrenologists' view of the de- velopment of man as opposed to that of the evolutionary theory. At the close, tho speaker was called upon to answer many critical question. PREMIER CINEMA. I Good houses continue to be the rule at the Premier Cinema., and every innovation appears to meet the desires of the pub- lic. The pictures shown this week have been exceptionally fine. "The Wartime Mother's Sacrifice" appealed: to the audiences in no half-hearted fashion, and the Wild Animal series were very much appreciated. This week-end the cele- brated series showing Nick Winter, the famous detective in new roles should prove a grea.t attraction. Patrons may expect some fine fare in the future, as arrangements are being made for the screening of some remarkable series. The morning matinees on Wednesdays have caught on, as also the Saturday evening continuous performance. HOCKEY: LOCAL TEAM'S LOST I RECORD. The Ystalyfera Hockey team enter- tained Llandilo on the Ynisydarren Ground on Saturday last, wiien a large "gate'' assembled to witness what proved to be a. very excellent match. The visitors had a thoroughly strong and representa- tive team in the field, but home side were minus of II'} less than three regular players,—W. E. Rees, H. Wade Evans, arbd Will Evans, and the result of the game was a vict<>ry for the visitors by seven goals to four, as a sequel to which the Y stalyf era team lose their three years record of not being beaten on the home ground. Despite the inequality of the teams, a very good game was witnessed, but there could be no doubt as to the superiority of the visitors, and their claim to victory, although the s-corer of one of the goals, given by the referee to Llan- dilo, had himself grave doubts as to its accuracy. The home scorers were Todd (2), Aubrey and D. H. Hopkin. POLICE PROMOTION I Congratulations are tendered to F.U. Jones, of Godre'rgraig, whose name figures among several members of the Glamorgan force who have recently been given promotion. P.C. Jones has been elevated to the post of Merit-Constable as a recognition of his able services during his work in the force. W. A. WILLIAMS, Phrenologist, can be consulted daily at the Victoria Arcade (near tho Market), Swansea. PLAYHOUSE AND COLISEUM I The Playhouse continues to attract large houses, and' this excellent house of amutement is obviously rapidly gaining in popularity. Among a fire selection of pictures shown in the early part of the week was "Bred in the Bone" a remark- ably arresting drama, whilst on Wednes- day and Thursday, the star picture was "The Snare of Fate," a story of com- pelling interest which was followed with rapt attention. For the week-end a specially good programme has been ob- tained, the films of outstanding interest being "The Mystery of the Great Dia- mond," and "Dad's Little Girl." It should be added that the Playhouse has recently been redecorated, and now pre- sents quite a handsome and cosy appear- ance. The Coliseum has had as chief attrac- tion this week a fine spectacular display, "The Clans of Bonnie Scotland" in which a host of local children are taking part. Already this unusual feature has attracted la.rge houses, and it is fully anticipated that there will be crowded houses to- night (Friday), and, at both performances, to-morrow (afternoon and evening. The production is exceedingly pretty and has elicited great praise from all those who have seem and heard it. In addition there is a fine pictures programme, the star for the week-end being 'Twixt Joy and Sorrow," a story of great human interest, abounding in incidents. Y DIWEDDAR JOHN EVANS, I YSTALYFERA. Gyda gofid dwys y oofnodwn farwol- aeth, yr hyn gymerodd le yn Ysbytty Abertawe fore Sadwrn, y brawd anwyl a'r cymrawd teyrngar, Mr. "Jack" Evans, Alltygrug, neu fel yr adnabydd- id ef yn well, "Jack Evans, y Gof," yr hon oedd alwedigaeth ei dad, y diwedd- ar William Evans, Alltygrug. Bu ein cyfaill yn gystuddiol am rai misoedd, gan ddioddef yn dawel a di- rwgnach. Daeth ei wroldeb cynhenid i'r amlwg pan y bu raid iddo fyned dan driniaeth law-feddygol yn Ysbytty Abertawe. Wedi hyny dychwelodd i'w gartref, ac i'r neb gymerai ddyddordeb yn y rnudiad Llafurawl, yr oedd yn yfbrydiaeth i dreulio ychydig amser wrth yinyl ei wely, canys yn, a ohyda'r mudiad a garai gymaiiut, yr oedd ei feddwl hyd y diwedd. Bu raid iddo ddychwelyd eilwaith i'r ysbytty. ac yno yr anadlodd ei anadl olaf, fel y dywedwyd, fore Sadwrn. Cymeriad tawel, di-drwst oedd eiddo ein brawd, ac oblegid hyny cymerai amser i'w ddeall a'i ddeongli yn briodol. Mae yna rai a ymunant a'r Blaid An- nibynol Lafur nid am fod ganddynt am- gyffrediad o ddelfrydau y blaid, ond am y sylweddolant fod yna rywbeth allan o le yn y gyfundrefn bresenol, a ohanddynt sylweddoliad mai gweithwyr ydynt, ac mai ar eu hysgwyddau hwy fel dosbarth mae y baith, beth bynag ydyw. Nid o'r cyfryw oedd "Jack" Evans. Yr oedd yn berchen gweledig- aeth eglur, ond oherwvdd na chlywid ei lais yn yr heolydd, cymerai beth amser i'w gydnabod sylweddoli hyny. Nis gellir dweyd ei fod wedi darllen ond ychydig, eto yr oedd yn ddibetrus, wedi meddwl llawer a'r broblemau byw- yd. Yn awr ac eilwaith ceid brawddeg o'i enai i bawb ganfod maint y welod- igaeth oedd yn eiddo iddo. Yr oedd yn hynod ffyddlon i'w egwyddorion, ac nid gormod dweyd yr ai trwy ddwr a than dros yr hyn oedd gyfiawn, yn enwedig os cyfiawnder i arall a geisiai. Yr oedd yn deyrngar iawn i'r Blaid Annibynol Lafur, ac ym- hyfrydai yn ei llwyddiant. Gellid bod bob amser yn sicr y gwnai Jack Evans yr hyn a addunedau, ac nid oedd yr un gwaith yn nglyn a'r ganghen leol yn rhy fach a dinrkl iddo ef ei wneyd. Bydd hiraeth dwfn ar ei ol yn mhlith ei gyd- aelodau, erys ei goffadwriaeth yn felus a pheraidd yn ein plith, a'i ffyddlondeb yn esiampl ac yn ysbrydiaeth. Nid oedd efe yn un o'r rhai hyny oedd yn gwaeddu "Arglwydd, Ar- glwydd" beunydd, ond am gario allan y gorchymynion mewn bywyd vmarferol nid oedd ei hafal. Yr ydym yn diolch am y "gohaith gwell' 'svdd iddo ef a ninau fel unigolion, ond yr y'm yn diolch mwy am y gobaith gwell welodd ef mor mor eglur i ddynolryw yn gyff- redin. Cysegrodd ei fywyd, yn ei ddull tawel a diymhongar, er sefydlu y deyrn- nas, egwyddorion yr hon ydynt syl- faenedig ar gyfiawnder cymdeithasol, yn y byd sydd yr awrhon. Yn debyg i'r emynydd, gallai ddweyd- Dros y bryniau tywyll, niwlog, Yn dawel, f'enaid f edrych draw ;— Addewidion sydd i esgor Ar ryw ddyddiau braf gerllaw. Nid iddo ef ei hun, ond i'r teulu dynol yn gyffredinol. Gedy weddw a sa.ith o rai bychain yn eu galar. Gwened Barnwr y gweddwon, a Thad yr amddifaid arnynt, yr Hwn hefyd ddiddano ei fam oedranus a'r teulu. Heddwch i'w lweh. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, in a downpour of rain, which did not cease from the time the cortege left the hOUf-e to the time of the inter- ment. Thero was a very large and re- presentative, gathering, amongst which was noticed a large number of the Gil- wen workmen, tradespeople and a strong contingent of members of the Ystalyfera I.L.P. The Rev. John Daviesi (Wern), conducted a very short service at the house, whilst at the graveside Mr Tom King, chairman of the I.L.P. gave a short but touching address. The chief mournert were the widow and seven little children, Mr and Mrs. Alexander Evans (sister and brother-in- law) Mr and Mrs. Wm. Evans, brother- in-law and sister); Mr and Mrs. William Evans (brother andi sister-in-law), and a largd number of near relatives. I f T

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