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YSTALYFERA NOTES. I d Mr G. Griffiths, of the Capital and Counties Bank, has received an inter- esting letter from his son, Private Jim Griffiths, who is now in France with his regiment, and when writing was waiting for orders to proceed to the trenches. He describes a concert or- ganised by Princess Victoria, which he had attended the previous evening. The programme was excellent, and the Y.M.C.A. tent, where the concert was held was, of course, crowded. At the close one of the artistes, sang "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" for the benefit of the Wolsh soldiers. During the even- ing Private Griffiths thought he re- cognised the man sitting next him, and enquired where he came from and 'when he said Ystalyfera, you could have knocked me down with a feather" "He was a man named Williams who used to lodge with Mrs. Chatham, on Gough road and I had often sat beside him in the Congregational Chapel on Sunday evenings. Private Griffiths advises friends to send in their parcels to the soldiers, more condensed meat extracts, in tubes, which they can carry in their pockets, and which they find very valuable on long marches. He also begs for rags, as these are very scarce. He says:—"When packing your parcels fill the odd corners with rags instead of paper, for no amount of gold can buy these, and they are very necessary for cleaning rifles," etc. This is a hint which those who are sending so many parcels will be glad to receive, for everyone wants to send what will be most useful to the boys. An accident of a serious nature oc- curred last Saturday evening, in the Ystalyfera Hotel. Mr Tom Thomas, a single man residing with his parents near the Band Room, had gone into the hotel with a message. After transacting his business he turned to make his way out, but being a stranger in theplace, he opened the wrong door, and walking forward was precipitated into a cellar, and sustained severe in- jury to the head and concussion of the brain. He was conveyed to his home on Sunday morning, where he still lies in a precarious condition. Much sym- pathy is felt with his parents. Mrs. Thomas, the mother, is herself in a delicate state of health, having been confined to her bed for some weeks past. On Monday last the tribunal, ap- pointed to hear appeals from the men of the first four groups called up under Lord Derby's scheme, met at the Council Offices, Pontardawe. All the members of the tribunal were present, and also the military adviser for the district, Colonel Pearson. The sitting lasted, with only a short interval, from 10.30 a.m. till 5 p.m., and about 40 cases of appeal were considered. Of these a few were put back 10 groups, but the others were not entertained. The members of the first four groups on Tuesday presented themselves at their headquarters, and will start their military training forthwith. The ap- peals from the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th groups, which have been called for Feb. 10th, will be heard at a meeting of the tribunal to be held in about ten days time. As goon as the tradesmen of Ystaly- fera succeed in getting the New Shop Act in thorough working order, we understand they are going to turn their attention to closing the shops for th.Q dinner hour. This is done in many of the large towns at the present time, and now that assistants are different to obtain it would be a. great conven- ience if the shops could be closed for the meal time. With a little arrange- ment and combination this could surely be managed, without materially in- terfering with business. The fortnightly meeting of the Zoar Young People's Society took place on Tuesday evening, the pastor, the Rev. Wm. Jones occupying the chair. A very interesting paper was read by Mr Frederick Rees, on "A visit to the dead city, that is Pompeii. Mr Rees first described the famous city when in all its gradueur, about 79A.D., then, after the eruption which buried the city, and Lastly Pompeii as it is at present. The lecturer was able to deal with his 'subject in a masterly manner, having recently paid a .visit to Pompeii, and his remarks were based upon his own observations a-ncl ex per- ience, rather than gleaned from books and were consequently extremely in- teresting. A vote of thanks to Mr. Rees for his able paper was proposed by Mr Daniel Evans, and seconded by Councillor Daniel Danish. Mr Dan Thomas also spoke to the merits of the paper. At the weekly meeting of the Eng- lish Con gregational Christian En- deavour Society, held on Tuesday even- ing in the chapel schoolroom, a very interesting paper was read by Miss Parry, on "Wisdom." A discussion followed in which most of the members took part, and an ,enjoyable evening was spent. Bombardier Oswald Evans, of Bryn- amlwg, was home on three days' leave over the week-end. He is with the R.F.A. stationed at Woolwich, and in spite of long hours and ai-duous duties is looking well and fit. ————————————— 5 —————————————— —— On Monday evening the members of Pantteg Young People's Society en- joyed a rare treat when Mr B. T. Jones, M.A., delivered an excellent lecture, taking as his subject the "Ode to the Snow" (Dafydd ap Gwilym). The lecturer dealt very briefly with Welsh poetry from earliest times to the middle of the 14th century, the time of Dafydd ap Gwilym, and quoted passages from the works of the most important bards in illustration. He I then entered more fully into the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym, and gave numer- ous selections from his works espec- ially from his nature poems, which for charm of beauty and imagery stands un rivalled in the realm of Welsh poetry. ] The Rev. Ben Davies afterwards j read the "Ode to the Snow," and in- terpreted it couplet by couplet, in such descriptive yet smple language, that no one present could fail to appreciate its beauty. A vote of thanks to the two lecturers was proposed by Tarrenydd, and seconded by Mr Llew. Evans, and this terminated one of the most enjoyable evenings of the session. A home league for women only is about to be formed in connection with the local corps of the Salvation Army, and on Tuesday next at 2.30 p.m.. Mrs Brigadier Rogers, of the Swansea Di- vision, will launch the League, which will be unsectarian. A hearty invita- tion is extended to all women, espec- ially soldiers' wives. The objects of the league are to instruct women in matters concerning themselves and their homes. Mr T. Jones, Alltygrug, was the vic- tim of an accident at the Diamond col- liery, on Saturday last, when his back was inj ured by a fall of stone. He was conveyed home and received attention from Dr. Lewis, and is now making satisfactory progress. Pte. Godfrey Williams, of Garden cottage, has this week arrived home from hospital. He went to Aden with the Brecknocks, but sustained a poison- ed foot, from a bite by some insect. He was invalided home, and has been in hospital ever since. Pte. Steve Williams, his brother, the old Ystalyfera forward, is still on foreign service with the same battal- ion. The Gu/rnos Debating Society met on Monday evening, the president for the evening being the Rev. Jno. Thomas (pas- tor). Three papers were read Miss Katie l Harries on "John Williams, Merthyr Arromanga," which was an excellent paper, and very appropriate on account of its being exactly a. hundred yeaTS sinc.e John Williams sailed to the South Seas; Mrs. D. N. Jones read a portion of "Cadw'r Mis," which proved very amusing and Mr. D. R. Williams treated Beirdd Cynureig." Mr. Williams treated the subject in an interesting and in- structive manner. Several speakers com- mented upon the papers, and a vote of thanks was cordially accorded to the readers of the papers. Nothing pleases the boys at the Front so much as new of home. Send them the ftLlais" every week. An interesting letter has been received this week from Private Harry Arnold, son of Mir. T. C. Arnold, ironmonger. Private Arnold is with the R.A.M.C., and has recently left this country for I' France. A very Buccessful "IoNvrdd adrodd" was held at Guiraoe Chapel last Sunday even- ing, the programme being provided almost entirely by the scholars of the Sunday School. The meeting was conducted by Mr. D. R. Williams, and the following took part Recitations. Edna M. Davies, Betty Jenkins, Jennet Evans, Islwyn Jen- kins, Rhona. Jenkins, Mair Jenkins, Willie Hughes, Idris Davies, Griff. Williams, Ieuan Williams, Gwynneth Jenkins, Mary Davies, Hannah Jones. Songs, Kathleen Williams, Millie and Gwynneth Jenkins, Annie M. Williams, Kathleen and Ronald Williams. The members of the Chamber of Trade are to be congratulated upon the success of the two concerts organised by them for the purpose of radsing funds for a presentation to each soldier and sailor home on furlough from active service. The concerts were held on Wednesday and hTursday evenings at the Premier Cinema and Playhouse, respectively (kindly lent for the occasion by the les- sees) and were a great success. Council- lor D. W. Davies occupied the chair on Wednesday and Councillor H. J. Powell on Thursday. The attendance was good on both occasions, and the artistes were in fine form. Miss Ma,-y Davies, Bryn- amman; Miss Annie Walters, Cwmllyn- fell; and Mr. Gwilym Jones, Ystradgyn- lais, were the soloists. On Wednesday night Mr. T. Gunstome Jones delighted the audience with several recitations in his most pleasing manner, and on Thurs- day his place was taken by Miss M. J. Francis, always a favourite of Ystalyfera audiences. Mr. Tom Griffiths, Llanelly, made an admirable comic, while Mr. ? John Lewis at the harp and "Gwen and Luther" as penillion singers were much appreciated. Mr. Gwilym Jones, of Ys- trad-gynlais, ably sustained his reputa- tion as a brilliant singer, and both Miss Davies and Miss Walters were warmly re- ceived. In is anticipated that a substan- tial nucleus has been formed for the de- serving objects of the concerts. The accompanist was Professor T. G. Samuels, Gura^. I The pulpit at the Wern Chapel was occupied on Sunday last by the Rev. R. M. Rhys, of Sardis, Ystradgynlais, who preached excellent sermons both morn- ing and evening. Next Sunday the Rev. Seiriol Williams of Pontardawe, is. ex- pected to preach at this chapel. On Saturday and Sunday last Briga- dier and Mrs. Rogers, divisional com- manders of the Salvation Army, paid their visit to Ystalyfera, as previously announced. This being their first visit it was decided to have a. welcome tea for the occasion, and this was held in the Army Hall on Saturday evening, when Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers, together with the commanding officers, and most of the other members of the corps sat down to a good repast. After tea the usual open air meetings were held, after which the Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers addressed the I officers and soldiers of the corps and a good time was spent. On Sunday morning the usual holiness meeting was held in the Army Hall, at which Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers spoke. In the afternoon a I great welcome meeting was held at the | Playhouse, thd chair being occupied by Mr. H. J. Powell, J.P., supported by Mr. Henry Gape. The chairman in his opening remarks said that,, he was very pleased to be at the meeting and to give Brigadier and Mrs. Rogers a hearty wel- come to Ystalyfera. The Salvation Army was doing good; work in the country, and work which they were well adapted for. Brigadier Rogers had come to a district in which he had 34 corps under him, and which extended from, Bridgend to Pem- broke Dock, and included Aberystwyth. Brigadier Mrs. Rogers then spoke, and expressed her pleasure at coming to the Swansea district. She had heard a great deal about Wales and what wonderful singers her people were, who lived among the mountains and in the valleys, but she had never been in Swansea Valley until lately. She spoke of the great work the Home League was doing in connection with the Salvation Army. It had been formed to give help to women in various matters, such as housekeeping, cooking, etc, and also to get hold of those women that had fallen. Brigadier Rogers also spoke, and at the conclusion of his remarks, a vote of thanks to Mr. H. J. Powell and Mr. Gape for their attend- ance w as carried. A well-known Treharris tradesman, in the person of Mr. David Clee, iron- monger, has passed away at his residence. 3, Glen View, this week. The deoeased was 70 years of age, and waa a native of Ystalyfera. He was one of the founders of Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, Treharris, of which he had been a deacon for many years. He leaves a widow and growm-up family.


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