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YSTALYFERA NOTES.

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YSTRADGYNLAIS FATALITYI

ARMY BANDS AS "BLACKLEGS."

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GARDEN NOTES.

IWET WELCOME FOR G.B. SHAW

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PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGS…

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PONTARDAWE and ALLTWEN GLEANINGS [BY BIRKS.1 "Rumour is a lying jade." "The fiving rumours gathered as they roll'd, Scarce any tale was sooner heard than told."—Pope. "Rumour was the messenger of de- famation." -Pollok. Some one started the story, and it soon became general, to the effect that there were starving men, women and children in Pontardawe owing to the present dispute. A meeting of the committee of No. 2 Branch of the Steelsmelters was has- tily summoned for Monday evening, and it was unanimously decided that if there were any needy cases, relief should be immediately afforded. This decision was proclaimed through- out the district, and at a largely at- tended meeting of the men affected by the dispute with the result-not one application for relief has been made. The members of No. 2 branch of the Steelsmelters need not quite starve— they are receiving 12s. per week lock- out pay. The Dockers' Union has made a sub- stantial grant to the members of the Pontardawe branch of that organisa- tion. The generally expressed opinion con- cerning the meeting of employers and representatives of the workmen, held at Swansea on Saturday was that the officials of the workers had "bought a pup!" Pontardawe Male Voice Party com- peted at Morriston on Saturday and in the competition, the best piece of which was "Y Brythoniaid," they were ad- judicated inferior to Kenfig Hill. Dissatisfaction was expressed by a large section of the audience who, let it be understood, was not wholly com- posed of Pontardawe's supporters. As a matter of fact, the Pontardawe supporters were not responsible for the uproar which caused the adjudicator much mental perturbation. My experience at every Eisteddfod I have attended where Pontardawe's supporters have been strongly in evi- dence is, that they are the best of sportsmen. I have yet to discover that any more rivalry exists between Pontardawe and Kenfig Hill than is the case between Pontardawe and Siloh (Landore) or Ys- talyfera. The fact that the adjudicator claimed that "I am champion of the world" might have had something to do with his extraordinary adjudication. Messrs. David Lewis (Colbren), Dd. Lewis (G.C.G.), and Wyndham Lewis (clerk to the Pontardawe Union), are attending the Poor Law Conference in London this week. "Let's take a keb" will be all the rage at the next .meeting of the Guard- ians. Ynisderw Bridge is being widened. When will an improvement be effected of the bridge crossing the canal in Her- bert-street r* There are eight members on the Pontardawe Council named Davies. The Pontardawe Horse and Flower Show will be held on August 13th, Schedules will be issued shortly, and it will be noticed that there will be a considerable increase in prize money and several new features introduced. The licensed victuallers in the Pont- ardawe district have an enviable record: not one of them has been proceeded against during the year just ended. I wonder if that never-to-be-forgotten Alltwen case has had anything to do with it. I repeat, I wonder! Pontardawe possesses a street lamp- lighter who performs his duties on a bicycle, and who does not alight (no pun intended) during his round. The "Constance Logan Dahne" Lodge R.A.O.B., G.L.E., has been "raised" from a minor lodge to a Dis- trict Primo Lodge. At the ceremony held at the Butchers Arms, Alltwen, on Monday evening, a large number of Buffs from various parts of the Valley were present and had the pleasure of congratulating Primo Dd. James on his promotion to Knighthood. The audit of the accounts of the Alltwen and Pontardawe Co-operative Society by Mr. H. L. Warren, public auditor, of Cardiff, has now been com- pleted, and a general meeting of the members will be held at the Danygraig Chapel Vestry on Thursday evening. I have gathered that the position of the Society is highly satisfactory not- withstanding the tremendous damage caused by the recent fire. It is hoped that the society will now go full-steam ahead on up-to-date lines. The net profits of the Imperial To- bacco Co. for the last year were £3,353,912, and dividend at the rate of 35 per cent. per annum has been paid out to the shareholders. That is the reason why I smoke nothing but "B.D.V." and C.W.S. tobaccos. Pontardawe. will play Ystalyfera to- morrow (Saturday) at Ystalyfera and a large crowd of supporters are expected to accompany the team by 'bus, whilst others will journey by train and shanks' pony. The game promises to be one of the best seen at Ystalyfera—hence "The Wasp" will be present. Do not miss his critique in next week's issue. The. marriage was solemnized at the Registry Office on Tuesday between Mr Horace Leslie Warne, of Tredegar, and Miss Margaret Jenkins, of Cilmaen- gwyn, Ynismeudwy. *?** OBITUARY.  1 The death occurred on Thursday at the Royal Oak, Rhydyfro, of Mr. John Harris, 55, who had been the landlord of that house for nine years, prior to which he was a fuller and dyer at Pont- tardawe. Deceased was a well-known sportsman and a good shot. He was highly respected, and his death will be mourned by many. He leaves a widow, but no family. The funeral, which took place at Snron, Rhydyfro, on Tuesday, in wet weather, was largely attended, the Rev. D. Price officiating. It is with deep regret that we record the death of Annie, wife of Mr. Ford Scale, of Quarr-road, which took place at the Swansea. Hospital on Tuesday evening. For some time Mrs. Scale had suffered from a nervous complaint, and she entered the hospital to undergo electrical treatment, but, unfortunate- ly, too late. She was a daughter of Mr. John Madge, of Brecon-road, and was married less than two years ago. She leaves a sorrowing widower and a baby boy, seven months old. The funeral of the late Mrs. Mar- garet Lewis, wife of Mr. D. R. Lewis, of Edward-street, Alltwen, took place at Alltwen burial ground on Wednes- day, when there was a large number of mourners present from all parts of the Valley. She died on Friday last, at the age of 57. She leaves one son and two daughters. Mr. D. R. Lewis is a deacon, and her son Mr. Rhys Lewis is organist at the Danygraig Chapel. Deceased was a native of Alltwen and had been in ill-health for many years. -—————