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YSTALYFERA NOTES. At the request of a large number of Ystalyfera people three grand per- formances of the great Welsh Drama "Gruffydd o'o, Glvn" will be given at the Coliseum, Ystalyfera, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next by the Llaethferch Dramatic Company, of Ynismeudwy. The Company, which is a strong one, is under the personal direction of Miss M J Francis (Llaeth- ferch), the celebrated elocutionist, whose name is a household word in South Wales. The drama' has already created a deep impression upon all who witnessed the performances at Pontardawe and Cwmllynfell, and there should be large crowds at the Coliseum on the dates mentioned. Alarch Ogwy, the author of the drama witnessed the performance at Pontar- dawe recently, and he declared that of the six companies he had seen. perform- ing the drama in various parts of South Wales, he had no hesita- tion in saying that the Llaethferch Company was by far the best. So de- lighted was he with the production that he has sent his manuscript for the new drama to the Llaethferch Company with a request that they should produce it before it is placed in the hands of the pmss. Seats for the Ystalyfera performances should be booked at once at the establishment of Mr Sam Baker, Ystalyfera. Ystalyfera residents will learn with regret of the death of Mrs. Hannah Rees, which occurred on Monday at the home of her daughter, and son-in- law. Mr William Phillips, of Penywern road, Ystalyfera. Mrs. Rees resided for many years in Brick row. She was early left a widow with a large family to provide for, and to assist her in doing this she obtained the position of cleaner of the AVern Schools, a post which she held for upwards of 20 years, and on account of which she was so well known and highly respected in the neighbourhood. She also kept a shop in those days, which was freely patronised by the school children, and in looking back now, it seems as though nobody else ever made such good toffee (or "twmpin" as Mrs. Rees used to make. When the new Wern Schools were opened, it was necessary to appoint a man as care- taker, and Mrs Rees went to Peny- wern road to resided with her daugh- ter. During the last few years she has had very indifferent health, and her last illness was a long and tedious one. She was 82 years of age. The funeral took place on Thursday at Holy Trinity Churchyard, and was largely attended. Nothing pleases the boys at the Front so much as news of home. Send them the Llais" every week. DISTRESSING EXPERIENCE OF A YOUNG GIRL. On Tuesday evening, about nine o'clock, as some men were walking down the canal bank from Gurnos, .they saw something moving in the water. The night was very dark, .but by the light of some matches, they dis- covered a young girl clinging to the side of the bank. Help was obtained, and the girl(who is 15 years of age, and a daughter of Mr John Lewis, of Canal terrace), was removed from the water in an unconscious condition. She was carried to the Aubrey Arms, where she received every kindness at the han ds of Miss Clee. Dr. Lewis was quickly in attendance, and con- veyed her to her home in his motor car. We learn that though still feel- ing the effects of the shock, the girl is now not much the worse of her pain- ful experience. How she got into the water remains a mystery. News has come to hand that Lieut. 0. G. Jones, formerly one of the masters at the Ystalyfera County School, has now landed in Egypt with his regiment. A meeting of the local Tribunal will be held at the Council Offices, Pontardawe, on Friday next, Feb. 4, to hear appeals from the second batch of recruits called up under Lord Der- by's scheme. It is satisfactory to learn that re- cruits are still coming in quietly, both Ystalyfera and Ystradgynlais recruit- ing officers have a little to do each day. The anniversary services at Gurnos Chapel last Sunday were very success- ful. The pulpit was occupied bv the Rev. Samuel Williams of Siloh, Lan- dore, one of the most noted Welsh Congregational ministers of the pre- sent day. Eloquent sermons were preached, and the attendance was good at each service. The collections were highly satis- factory, a pleasing feature of the oc- casion being a gift of C5 from an anonymous "Friend." This is by no means the first occasion on which the same friend has come forward in this way, but the curiosity of the church members has not been satisfied to the identity of the generous donor. MEETING OF ZENANNA MISSION A meeting of the Ystalyfera Auxil- iary of the Zen-anna Mission was held at Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Glan- I amman, recently. Thare was a large .attendance, and a very enjoyable time was spent. An interesting address was delivered by Miss Ewing, a mis- sionary from Calcutta, and ethers who addressed the meetmg were Mies Trevor Jones, the organising secretary for Wales, Mrs. Moses, the president of the Auxiliary, and the Rev. J. Thomas, minister of Bethesda. Mrs. T. A. Evans, the secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting, which was held at Pontardawe, and announced I' that the collection from the various churches amounted to P-32. She re- gretted that some of the Churches had not yet sent in their contributions, but as the missionary year does not close for another month, there would still be time for them to make good, and she hoped they would not further neglect this good cause. The officers elected for the year were: President, Mrs. Wadley, Beulah; vice- president, Mrs. Davies. Bryn Seion; secretary, Mrs. T. A. Evans, Zoar, Ystalyfera, re-elected. At a meeting of the Zoar Young People's Society held on Monday even- ing, Mr Frederick Rees in the chair, a. paper was read by Miss Gwen Mad- docks, of Godre'rgraig School, on the of Robert Browning." The paper was exceedingly interesting, and the selections from the works of the author named were much enjoyed. At the close a vote of thanks to Miss Mad- docks, proposed by Miss Mary Wil- liams was seconded by Mr D. J. Evans and supported by the Rev. Wm. Jones. LETTER FROM LOCAL SOLDIER An interesting letter has been re,- cei ved by Councillor H. J. Powell from his late assistant. Private T. Laing, who is now in France with his regi- ment. The regiment has just gone back to billets for a three weeks rest after a considerable time in the trenches. Private Laing says:— "After receiving orders to go to the trenches we haj a. march of 18 miles from the base, with a full pack, and with the mud almost waist high, so we were pretty welldone uj). by the time we reached our billets. After a rest we had a further march of five miles into the trenches, and the condition of some of the ipen was pitiable in the extreme We were provided with trench boots up to our thighs, but the mud was even going over the top of these. Many of the men lost their boots, in the mud (it being almost im- possible to pull them up when they got embedded), and were in a fearful condition when they reached the trenches with bare feet. The trenches themselves, were not at all bad, being comparatively dry and as safe as houses as long as you keep your head down,— it is the getting in through the awful mud that kills. Next to the mud the most unpleasant thing is the rats. They walk about like cats, and seldom run from us. The good thing about them is they keep us in practice with the bayonet! Ours is surely a lucky bat- talion. During the time we were in the trenches we heard very little firing, and never saw a single German, but it happened that the billets we had occupied previously were fired up- on and destroyed immediately after we left them. Aubrey (late of the Metropolitan Bank), had a narrow escape one day. He was standing in front of a loop- hole, and had turned aside to get a light for his fag, when a bullet came through the hole. The follow who was giving him a light was wounded, but Aubrey escaped. We are now billeted for three weeks.' rest in barns belonging to the farmers. They are large buildings, and the bods are arranged around the wall one above the other like fixtures in the shop. The food is good, but bread is very scarce and dear if we try to buy it. We have plenty of biscuits, but, of course prefer bread when we can get it. Jack Almrott (late of East- man's) has been transferred now to the transports. A meeting of the Wern Young People's Society took place on Wed- uesdav evening, January 26th. the vice-president, Mr T. G. Williams occupying the chair. A very interesting paper was read by Mr William Jones, Bryneeion, on "A visit to Niagara." Mr Jones first described his journey to Liverpool, then the interesting voyage across the herring pond. The lecturer dealt with his subject in a masterly manner. He produced quite a collection of curios, and fully explained the history of each. Mr David Samuel, Gurnos, who ac- companied Mr Jones on his visit to Nagara, was present. A vote of thanks to Mr Jones for his interesting paper was proposed by Miss R. Davies, and seconded by Mr T. R. Samuel. Mr David Price also spoke to the merits of the paper. A solo was given by Mr David Samuel. The singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" brought the enjoyable meeting to a close. On Sunday last the Rev. Ben Davies completed 25 years of service as minister of Pantteg Chapel. The services throughout the day were of an impressive character, and at the close of the evening service, the pastor spoke in feeling, terms of his long con- nection with the church. He had hea,rd that some of the members were anxious to give him a testimonial but he begged that this might not be done, under the circumstances existing to- day. In view of the fact that so many men in our country are rendering such noble service at this time, he preferred that the money should be for other and more necessary purposes. He had thought of asking his members to grant him a three months' holiday, to mark the occasion that he might visit friends in America, but owing to the unsettled state of the country he would postpone that holiday to a future date. Several of the members then spoke, notably Messrs. D. D. HIpkins, David Williams, John Griffith Jones, and D. George Williams, whose speech was exceptionally eloquent and forceful. Wo regret to announce the death of the young son of Mr David Williams, tinhouse superintendent at Ynismeu- dwy works. The deceased who was only 13 years of age had been ill for upwards of 12 months, and passed away on Twesday. The funeral takes place on Friday. On Monday evening the Pantteg Young People's Society met in the vestry as usual. The Rev. Ben Davies presided over a large gather- ing, and two excellent papers were read. The first on "D. Emlyn Evans, the Welsh musician," was given by Mr George Evans, the preoontor of Pantteg Chapel, whose ability in all things musical, enabled him to treat this subject with marked success. The other paper was read by Mr W. Tudor Rees, and the subject—"The Churches and the Drama," appealed very strongly to the audience, in view of the interest which is awakening in the district at the present time towards the Welsh drama. The speaker con- tended that the. Church should utilise the drama, and make it not only a medium for legitimate amusement and pleasure, but also give it a more ser- ious character, and make it a means for intellectual and spiritual eleva- tion. On these lines Mr Rees' paper argued very forcibly and eloquently in favour of the drama, and made a deep impression upon those who were present. He finished by suggesting that they at Pantteg should, as soon as practicable, rebuild their vestry, ao that it might be also used as a hall, where the young people could he ac- commodated for things of this nature, and where in addition a library and reading room might be provided. This he thought would be a fitting com- memoration for the Church to make on the conclusion of 25 years ministry at Pantteg of their pastor. The Rev. Ben Davies spoke in eulo- gistic terms of the papers, as did also Tarrenydd, and Messrs. Griff. Jones, David D. Hopkin, and Llewelyn Evans. The Home League in connection with the Salvation Army was launched on Tuesday afternoon by Mrs. Brigadier Rogers, of the Swansea Division, and a very good time was spent. A good number turned up, and Mrs. Rogers explained fully the objects of th& League. We wish the League every success. The usual weekly meetings will be held on Sunday, and will be conducted by the Commanding Officers Ensign Piggott and Captain Pearce. All seats are free, and hymn books are provided. A hearty invitation is ex- tended to all. On Wednesday evening at Jerusalem Vestry, under the auspices of the Ddraig.Goch, an excellent lecture was delivered by the Rev. Simon Jones, B.A., vicar of Llanidloes, on the sub- ject, "The art of translating." The chair was taken by Mr Ben Jones. M.A., and there was a large and ap- preciative audience. In proposing a vote of thangs to the lecturer, Mr J. Walter Jones, B.A., characterised the lecture as one of the best ever de- livered at the meetings of the Guild. The vote of thanks was seconded by Miss Roberts, B.A., in a neat and ap- propriate speech. We regret to learn that Mr Tom Thomas, Alltygrug, who, as our readers will remember, met with a serious ac- cident last week still lies in a critical condition. Though he has regained consciousness he is still unable to speak. On Wednesday evening at the Wes- leyan Chapel a meeting of the Ystaly- fera Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held. The Rev. Ben Davies, Pantteg, presided, but the only other ministers present were the Rev. John Thomas, Gurnos; and D. W. Stephens, Jerusalem-, Mr. Wm. Evan^ opened the meeting with prayer, and a very interesting lecture on the history and work of the Society was delivered by the Rev. J. Crwys Williams, the Society's representative in South Wales. The lecturer made a great point of the work done by the society on behalf of the troops, and the lecture was thoroughly enjoyed by the few who were present to hear it. The Rev. Seiriol Williams, of Pont- ardawe, occupied the pulpit at Wern Chapel, on Sunday last, and preached eloquent sermons both morning and evening. The examination in connection with the Ambulance Classes that has been held at the County School during the. last session, will be held at the same place on Saturday, Feb. 5th, at 3.30, for both male and female students. All are requested to be present punc- tually at the time noted.

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