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YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES. I MOTOR FATALITY. I A distressing accident occurred at Gommietrcial-street on Friday evening of last week, as the result of which a young boy, aged 13 named Cynlais Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Jones, Villa, Brewn-road (caretaker of the Work men's Hall), was killed. At about seven o'clock in the evening the boy attempted ed to aross the road opposite Tabernaclb Cliapel, when he was knocked down by a motor lorry belonging to Messrs. Batcup and Harries, of Swansea, the wheels pass- ing over his body and causing instan- taneous death. He was oonveye-d to the shop of Air. Tom Williams, London House, and subsequently carried home by members of the Iccal ambulance bri- gade. Dr. Walsh was in immediate at- tendance, but pronounced life extinct. The funeral, which was lairgely attend- ed took place on Tuesday at the Ystrad- gynlais Churchyard, the Rev. R. S. Rhys (Sardis), oiffciating. Much sympathy is felt with the bereaved parents in their sad loss. The inquest was held on Monday morn- ing at the new Police Station, before the county coroner, Mr. W. R. Jones. 'Ir. L Tom Williams, London House, acted as foreman of the jury. Mr. Harris, of Messrs. Batcup and Harris, Swansea, re- presented that firm, and was accompanied by Mr. Gee. solioitor, of Swansea.. Mr. David Jones, father of the boy. gave evidence of identification, after which Wilfred Ifor Saunders, of Swansea, was called. He said he was driver to Messrs. Batcup and Harriea, and was in charge of their Iottt coming from the direction of Cwmtwrch on Friday even- ing between 6 and 7 o'clock. On enter- ing Commercial-street, he noticed the Gurnos bus coming to me-et him, and turned aside to allow it to pass. As it was passing a boy ran from behind the bus right in front of his lorry. He was knocked down by the left inudguard and both -the left wheels passed Gver his body. In reply to question from the coroner, witness stated he was going at the rate of four miles an hour before he saw the bus, but he immediately slowed down and stopped his lorry at half its length after going over the boy. He then ran to fetch the doctor and policeman. Willie Rowe, a k1,d. said he was with deceased and another boy in front of London House reading a paper. Deceased gave the paper to them and ran across the road as the Gurnos bus came along. In answer to the coroner he said deceased went over to see who was in the bus. As he was running back to his friends he was knocked down by the passing lorry. Thomas Phillips and William Griffiths also gave evi-ctenoe, and after considering the facts before t-h m th? jury returned a verdict of "AccidentaJ death," and ex- onerated the driver from any blame. COMPOSER'S DOUBLE SUCCESS. I At the examination held in London last week of the Royal College of Organ- ists, Mr. Edgar Hugh son, of Ystradgyn- lais, was successful in obtaining the dip- loma of Associate of the Royal College of Organists (A.R.C.O.). A new song of his, entitled "The Old Way," has just been accepted and is being published by Messrs. West and Co.. London. The musical critic of "T.P. Weewly" eaiys it is one of the best songs ever submitted to him for criticism. Air. Hughson is the •rganist of Ystradgynlais Parish Church, ajid is a pupil of Mr. Arthur E. Davies, organist and choirmaster of St. James' Church, Walter-roaxi, Swansea. The diplom.a. of A.R.C.O. is very much sought for, and we congratulate Mr. Hughson on being the fiiist in the dis- trict to secure this important distinction. Mr. Hughson is now rnrepared to accept pupils for pianoforte and organ, and for theory of music. He will visit Abercrave weekly. Nothing pleases the boys at the Front so much as news of home. Send them the "Llais" every week. NEW MANAGER AT DIAMOND. I W. Howells, of Rhiwfawr, late manager of the Brook Colliery, Brynam- man, has been appointed manager at the New Diamond Colliery, and com- menced his duties on Monday. He has the best wishes of the people of Ystrad- gynlais. THE KINEMA. I There were excellent houses at the local cinema at the beginning of the week when "East meets West," an Oriental drama, was screened. "The Jockey ef Death" is the star picture for this week-end, and good audiences are again anticipated. TOURNAMENT. I An interesting billiard tournament was held at t,he Temperance HoW last week. A close game was played and Mr. Llew. Flook was the winner of the match. NIGHT CLASS. I Some of the evening continuation clas- ses are now drawing to a close and the bookkeeping class under Mr. W. J. Vaughan finished the oeriod on Tuesday evening after a most successful session. FLAG DAY. I Last Saturday was a flag day in Ys- tradgynlais. The object of the sale was to raise funds for the purpose of making a presentation to each soldier and sailor who returns home on furlough from the front, as a slight recognition of his valuu- able services to his country. The school children, who were entrusted with the work of selling the flags had a busy day. The resoilts have not all come in yet, but the committee hope to be able next week to announce the total receipts. ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING. I The local advisory committee under Lord Derby's scheme met on Tuesday at j the Police Station. In the absence of i Lieut. De Winton, the work of military i adviser was carried out by Mr. E. H. Benthall, J.P. About twenty appeals were heard, and of these, two were re- ferred to the local tribunal, a few to the mineTs' tribunal, and the lmaindeT were put back to later groups. MINISTER FOR ENGLISH CAUSE. The friends at the English Congrega- tional Chapel have decided to engage a mdnisteT, and have given a call to Mr. Vaughan, of Dany?-ai?, Swansea. We understand that Mr. Vaughan is already in the neighbourhood, and has taken up residence at the house of Mrs. Watkins, opposite the chapel. PERSONAL. We regret to learn that Mr. Thos. Tho.mas, headmaster of the Yniscedw vn Schools, has been indisposed for a con- siderable time and unable to take up his duties since the Christmas vacation. He is suffering from the effects of a severe cold.. We wish him a speedy recovery. THE BRECKNOCKS' CHRISTMAS. The Brecknock Batt;ilion now in Mhow, India, is essentially a local battalion. All local people will be pleased to hear that the boys spent a very happy Christmas. Credit for this is due to the Rev. James Jones, B.A., and Mesdames Williams, Lewis, and Blakesley, of Glanley-terrace. These ladies a few weeks before Christ- mas made up a fund by public collection, with the result that a cheque for E22 3s. was despatched to Captain Woodliffe, in command of the H Company. Mrs. Williams, Glanley-terrace, has just received a very interesting letter from her son, Drummer G. Williams, who is in the G Company of the battalion and who writes as follows :— "We had a grand dinner last Wed- nesday out of the money you collected at home, and a fine night's enjoyment. For dinner we had ducks and beef-one duck between two-and beans, cabbage, pota- toes, with pudding, bananas and oranges for dessert. We afterwards arranged a little concert and enjoyed ourselves still more. Capt. Woodliffe and Lieutenant Morgan (Abercrave) invited a few offi- cers to dinner. These were Major Careless, Capt. Cockroft, Lieuts. Williams, and Elleright. Our captain read out the rector's letter, and explained where the funds came from. The rector said he had done very little towards it himself, and gave all the credit to you three ladies. Then Captain Woodliffe said he had written home expressing his thanks, but he added, 'I would like to hear you thanking them from your lips, and then I will write another letter for you.' Up we all jumped, and gave three hearty cheers for you and drank a toast to your gf)od health and prosperity. Wasn't I proud to hear all the, cheering, and to think it was my mother and her friends who had given us all this enjoyment! You can see mother dear, that your work was not in vain, and I can assure you that you and Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Blak- esley were blessed a hundred times that night. "I am sorry to tell you that Capt. Woodliffe has left us. He has gone to a very high position in Karachi, but the battalion will miss him very much. He has got several letters after his name which I cannot explain, but I know he has been made Quarter-Master General. "Archdeacon Beavan is out here with us again. He reached here on Boxing Day and got a hearty welcome. We had a Christmas present from Princess Mary and a Christmas card. I intend to send them home for you to keep for me." —————


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