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TRADE UNIONISM AND COMPULSION.

,.I iSIR ALFRED YEA AND NAY.

SAFEGUARDS AND STRIKES I

I Ynisraeudw Pastor Leaves.

IYSTRADGYNLAIS COUNCIL AUDIT.I

FOUR MONTI? . BROKEN I BACK.

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CONSCRIPTION OF WEALTH. I

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YSTALYFERA NOTES.

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YSTALYFERA NOTES. Considerable excitement has been occa- sioned in Church-road, and the vicini- ty during the past week by the appear- ance of a ghost! Solitary pedestrians complain that they have been followed by the mysterious vision in white. Can it be that the bright moonlight of the past few nights is responsible for the nervous fancies of a few hysterical sub- jects, or is there .really a practical joker abroad? In the latter case we would remind the "ghost" that he would find nobler sport in Flanders if he were to don the khaki instead of the white gar- ment. At the Pontardawe Council Offices on Monday next, January 24th, at 10.15 a.m., the members of the local tribunal will meet to hear appeals from men in the first four groups which have been called up under Lord Derby's scheme. Although the tribunal has no power to exempt men from imilitary service the appellants may be transferred to later groups, and will be allowed to appeal again. On Tuesday morning as a local insur- ance agent was going his rounds accom- panied by his "super," he was surprised to notice a coin roll in front of him, and upon investigation discovered a large hole in his pocket, through which he had dropped a purse containing JS7 10s.. as well as some coins which were loose in his pocket. Although the gentlemen im- mediately retraoed their steps to their last house of call not faT away, nothing was seen or heard of the missing purse. Some one must have picked it up, and it is equally certain that that person must have realised that what he had found, someone else had lost. We hope that before these lines appear in print the purse will have been restored to its own- er, or handed over to the sergeant of- police. Some interesting correspondence has passed between the local gaR company and the Ystalyfera Chamber of Trade. A few weeks ago the latter body sent a letter to the gas company oomplaining of the quality of gas provided by them for lighting purposes, and stating that if a marked improvement were not visible within fourteen days, immediate steps would be taken to provide another and better method of lighting the shops and public buildings of Ystal yfera. At a meeting of the Chamber of Trade held on Tuesday evening a reply was read from the gas company, in which it was stated that damage done to the gas works by recent storms was responsible for the gas supply. It was further explained that the company intend spending several hundred pounds on the improvement of their plant and hope to supply the neigh- bourhood with gas of a superior quality at an early date. The secretary was asked to acknowledge the receipt of the above letter, and at the same time to apply for a reduction in the price of gas, aa the charge made is exhorbitant for a district of this size.—We are glad to see that at last local bodies are making a stand in this matter, and shall look for- ward with interest to the improvement in light and reduction in price For some months we have been lament- ing in these columns that Ystalyfera was so far behind the towns of its size in methods of showing welcome to soldiers. Many have been home on furlough and returned to the front without having Te- oeived any recognition of the services they have so nobly TeThdered to their country. Now, we are glad to state that the Chamber of Trade have determined to remedy this lack of civic patriotism. To raise a fund for the purpose it has been decided to hold two concerts on Wednesday and Thursday next, January 26 and 27, at the Premier Cinema and Playhouse, respectively. Excellent pro- grammes have been provided and it is to be hoped that the public will not lose sight Qf this means of contributing to- warda a deserving fund. A few weeks ago Mr. Willie Davies, son of Mr. Joseph Davies, grocer, left home to take up a position in a bank at Bridgend, but we regret to state that he has been compelled to return, suffer- ing from a serious breakdown in health, caused by the long hours of work result- ing from the depletion of the bank staff owing to recruiting. We trust he will soon be restored to health. On Saturday and Sunday next, as pre- viously announced, Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers (the newly-appointed divisional commanders for Swansea, division) of the Salvation Army will pay their first visit to the Ystalyfera Corps, and conduct a SaJvation meeting on Saturday evening at 8.30, and holiness meeting on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock in the Salvation Army Hall, Darren-road. A great wel- come meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the chair to be taken by Mr. H. J. Powell, J.P., sup- ported by Mr. Hy. Gape, together with Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers and Captain Pearoe. local officers and soldiers. In the ,evening a geat Salvation meeting will be held, conducted by the brigadier, and the Playhouse has been engaged for these two evenings.- The commanding officers are grateful to the general public of Ys- talyfera and district who have rallied round and given everv support in the past, and hope they will do the sa/me again on this occasion, and give the newly appointed brigadier and Mrs. Rogers a good and hearty welcome to Ystalyfera. We reg-ret to announce the death of Evan Davies, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davies, Moulders' -row (mechanic at the Gilwen Colliery). De- ceased, who was 15 years of age, died on Monday morning after a long illness. He was of an unusually bright and happy disposition, and muoh sympathv is felt with the bereaved parents. The burial (Continued at bottom of next column) i

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