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YSTALYFERA NOTES. The many friends of Mr. J. M. Roberts, chemist, will regret. to learn of his con- tinued indisposition. Several weeks ago Mr. Roberts went on a visit to North Wales, but unfortunately met with an accident and sustained injury to the patella. As this necessitates complete rest Mr. Roberts has been unable to return home. He is fortunate in having the ser- vices of Mi. Jones, his late assistant, who is conducting his business until his re- covery. Jerusalem Chapel has sustained a loss this we. k. Mr. Evan D .ivies, signalman, who was a faithful member of the chapel, lias left Ystalyfera viith his wife and family to take up his new duties as caretaker of the Pontardawe Public Hall and Institute. Mr. and Mrs. Davies take with them the best wishes of their many friends for success in their new sphere. The usual meeting of the Zoar Young People's Society took place on Tuesday evening, Mr. Fredk. Re-es in the chair. Two very able papers were read by Miss Annie Williams on "Rhai o Enwogicn y Ffydd," and by Miss Mary Williams on "Cwymp Jerico." Those who spoke to the merits of the papers were the Rev. Wm. Jones, Messrs. Dan Daniels, John Davies, E. J. Evans, John Powell Thomas, and Mrs. F. R-ees. The latter is to be con- gratulated on the fact that both young ladies have been for many years scholars in her Sunday-school class and have evi- dently profited by her careful and pains- taking methods of imparting instruction. The friends of Private Edwin Jones, of Wern, have be-en anxious as to his weil- being for some time past. No news was received from him for upwards two months, but this week a let tea- has come to hand saying that Private Jones is now in Salonika. A meeting of the Christian Endeavour Society in connection with the English Congregational Church was held on Wed- nesday evening, when an interesting paper was read by Mrs. James on "The Bread of Lit-1." The meeting was fairly well attend sd, and it is pleasing to note that the band of Endeavourers is gradually in- creasing in numbers. At Gurnos Young People's Society on Monday evening, under the auspices of the above society, a debat-e took place at the chapel vestry on the subject "Is war justified?" Mr. Dd. Williams took the affirmative, and Mr. J. Roberts the negative, and both gentlemen upheld their opinions with ability and zeal. The Rev. J. Thomas afterwards treated the subject in a very interesting manner. There was a good .attendance, and the duties of pre- sident were carried out by Air. D. R. Williams, M.E., in his usual able man- ner. After the debate Mr. Dd. Jenkins read extracts from the life of "Matthews Ewenni," which were highly appreciated. The above society are busy working at a comedy, "Machgen Mawr I," which they intend to produce at an early date. This comedy was written by the Rev. Dyfnallt Owen, who of course, is well known in the district. It is desired to call attention to the lecture under the auspices of the above society on Monday next when the Rev. Ben Davies, Pantteg, will speak on "Barddoniaeth yr Hen Weinidog" (the late Rev. Benj. Thomas). This will certainly be of absorbing interest, and a large audience is confidently expected. On Friday last Mr. Marcel Gcrmonpre, one of the Belgian Boy Scouts (who has been e: joying the hospitality of Lieut. and Mrs. W. H. Woodliffe, of Alltygrug- road, since the outbreak of war, which caused them to flee from Belgium) jour- neyed to London and joined a cavalry regiment of the Belgian Army. He re- turned on Monday on a week's leave, and next Monday will leave Ystalyfera again fo- London, en route for France, where he will enter upon his military training. We wish him God speed. Private John Levshon, of Chemical- row, has now commenced training as a wireless operator in H.M. Navy. Leyshon was formerly a teacher at Godre'rgraig School, and in October last entered Car- marthen College. A short time afterwards, in company with most of the other stu- dents, he joined the colours, since which time he has been in training at the Crys- tal Palace. Now we learn that he is one of three. successful in an examination (where upwards of 50 oompeted) for pro- motion as wireless telegraphist. We wish him success in his naval career. On Tuesday evening Mr. D. Clydach Thomas lectured at the Pantteg Mutual Society on "Will Bryan," one of the characters in "Rhys Lewis." The lecturer gave a very descriptive sketch of the character, which was highly appreciated by the members .The Rev. Ben Davies occupied the chair, and at the ojose de- scribed the lecturer as an elocutionist of high order, who had handled his subject in an exceptionally able manner. Mr. D. S. Williams proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer and this was seconded by Mr. Llew. Evans. Private Elwyn Clee, son of Mr. David Clee, of Mount Hill, Pantteg, is home on his last leave. He is in the Welsh Guards, of which regiment a further con- tingent of 120 will be leaving for France an Friday. The Guards are certainly "doing their bit," and have been in the trenches for a considerable time with only a few days' rest occasionally. Private Leslie Thomas, of Pantteg, had a narrow escape the other day. The button of his shoulder lapel w&s shot off by a sniper. Private Thomas happily escaped even a scratch. The self-denial week in connecthsn with the Salvation Army commences Febru- ary 26th to March. 2nd, and the com- manding officers, local ofifcers, and sal- diers will be out collecting during the next few weeks. The commanding officers desire DO thank all those who have sup- ported in the past in this great work, and hope they will give them every sup- port again, as funds are urgently needed this year more so than ever to arry on the work -of the Salvation Army. The General proposes supplying five more Motor Ambulances for work in connec- tion with the present great war, and which he is most anxious to provide. General and Mrs. Booth are making a i personal appeal -to all to do their utmost on this occasion. The usual weekly meet- ings will be held on Sunday, and to be conducted by the commanding officers, Ensign Piggott and Captain Pearce. A hearty invitation is extended to all. Hymn bocks provided and all seats are free. The annual licensing meeting for the petty sessional division will be held in Pontardawe on Friday. "A Competitor" writes :—"May I ask the secretaries of the St. David's Church Eisteddfod, held on New Year's Day, kindly to publish the adjudication- on the essay, as was promised would be done in "The Labour Voice" at the time?" The death took place very suddenly on Sunday morning last at 125, Cyfyng- road, Ystalyfera. of Mr. Richard Thomas, who was a well-known figure in the dis- trict. Mr. Thomas was about 60 years of age, and had been subject to fiti for a number of years. About 5 o'clock on | Sunday morning he was found in an un- conscious state in the back yard. Dr. W. J. Lewis was sent for but death had occurred before his arrival. The inquest wns held at Ystalyfera on Wednesday, before Mr. R. Boer, the deputy-coroner. Dr. W. J. Lev, is attributed death to syncope, and a verdict to this effect was returned. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at St. David's church- yard. There were a large number present, and amongst the wreaths was one sub- scribed for by his friends from the locali- ty. Private Williams, son of Mr. and ^Irs. Philip Williams, Alltygrug-Toad, of the Swansea Battalion, writing to his parents tells how his steel helmet saved him from what might easily have been a fatal wound. A large piece of shell hit his helmet, denting it considerably.