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NEATH AND BRITON FERRY Conference.—A conference was held on Saturday afternoon last at the Gwyn Hall, Neath, under the auspices of the Trades and Labour Councils of the district. Therè were 130 delegates present from 36 branches of various unions representing in all 20,600 work men. The object of the conference was to discuss the food question arfd to con- fer with Mr. George Lansbury, the { Socialist leader. The conference came to a decision to submit the result of i their deli lie rations in the form of re- solutions at a mas*3 meeting which was to follow. Mass Meeting.—The mass meeting was held at the same hall in the eren- ing, about 1,300 attended. The chair was taken by Mr. A. W. Hopes. Two resolutions were proposed by Mr. Jen- kins (Engine-men and Loco Engineers) and seconded by Coun. Challaoombe, namely, (1) That this mass meeting of workers petition the Government to take over all the sources of food sup- ply, both home grown and imported, and to bring about equitable distribu- tion by compulsory rations." (2) That as the largest proportion of the popula- tion of this country is composed of workers, wo demand at least 50 per rent, of the representation on local Food Control Committees." The above were supported by Mr. Lansbury in a speech in which he gave credit to Lord Rhondda for doing his best under the circumstances and ac- cording to his light, but that ne could not b" expected to see and know the conditions under which the working- cLt&ses lived. He made a number of valuable suggestions to the food con- trol committees. Other speakers were Jkv, Degwell Thomas and Mr. Main- waring. The resolutions were unani- mously carried. j Death.—The death has occurred of Mrs. Margt. Jane Williams, wife of Mr. Rd. Williams, Charles-street, Bri- ton Ferry. Deceased, who was 37 years of age, was taken seriously ill about seven weeks ago, and had to undergo a painful operation. Septic poisoning supervened, and after intense suffer- ing she succumbed on Sunday evening. The internment took plaoe at the family burial place, Ynysmaerdy ceme- i tNY on Thursday. She leaves four little children. Munition Works Idle.—Owing to a shortage of steel bars, consequent on the bricklayers' strike of a fortnight ago, the munition w.)rks at Briton Ferry are idle all this week. It is j hoped a start will be made on Monday. Special Services.—Anniversary ser- vices were held at Siloh Independent Chapel, Melyncrythan on Sunday and Monday, when Rev. D. J. Lewis, B.A., Tumblo, preached. Dramatic Incident.—There was a dramatic incident at the prohibition meeting held last week. Rev. H. C. Mander was speaking, and he main- tained that it was not absolutely neces- sary for even soldiers in the trenches j to take intoxicants. A Canadian soldier in the audience got up and said that a soldier could not possibly do without it, whereupon a local hero, one of French's "Contemptibles," who was seriously wounded at Mons got up and j said that he had never partaken of any, and there were many others who could give the same testimony. Tho death occurred on Monday last j of Miss Deborah Arnold, 16, daughter of Mr. John Arnold, Shelone-road, Bri- i ton Ferry. Deceased, who had been ill for a considerable time, fell a victim to the white scourge, consumption. Re-UniOll.-OU Saturday evening a re-union was held of members of the Briton Ferry I.L.P. branch, in the Minor Hall. It consisted of a whist drive and social, a large number at- tending. In the. whist drive the gent's first prize was won by Mr. D. Poley, the ladies' first prize by Mrs. Branch, and the "booby" prize by Mr. Syd. Soutlicott. At the concert which fol- 1 lowed the choir was taken by Council- lor Joseph Branch, and songs, etc., were rendered by Messrs. Dd. Mathias, Lew. Shute, D. Llewelyn, Ivor H. Thomas (a rising baritone), D. J. Llew- elyn (oomic) aiad Miss Irene Branch. Miss Hilda Jeffreys and Miss Gethin. The accompanists were Miss Branch and Mr. D. Godfrey Llewelyn. Chapels Sold.—The old Bible Chris- i tian Chapel situated in Mansel-str<>et, Briton Ferry, has been taken over by the local branch of the I.L.P. and in futuro. it will be their headquarters. A rumour is current also that the old Wesleyan Chapel in Neath-road ia taken over by a local magnate and will be converted into a recreation room for the workers. Tragic Death.—A painful sensation was felt at Briton Ferry on Monday morning w hen it became known that Miss Rachel Thomas, 3 Caroline-street, had oommitted suicide. Miss Thomas, who was 46 years of age, had suffered for years from asthma, and had lately seemed very morose and depressed. Deceased was found suspended by a cord to the ceiling in the kitchen. At an inquest a verdict o'f "Suicide dur- ing temporary insanity'was returned. I

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