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YSTALYFERA NOTES. Pte. W. J. Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Davies, Cyfyng-road, writing to his parents from a hospital in Jerusalem, states that he has been slightly wounded; but hoped to be out and about in a short time. He descri bes the Holy City as being a wonderful old place, but the death rate amongst the inhabitants from cold and lack of food is very great. At the time of writ- ing it was the rainy season and condi- tions were very uncomfortable and hard, especially for the boys in the trenches, and his brigade having been in the heaviest fighting, had suffered considerably. In spite if all he aSSUre8 his parents that he is cheerful and as happy as the circumstances will allow, and that the same is true of the boys generally. In acknowledging the re- ceipt of parcels, he quaintly tells how the boys appreciate a few candles and pieces of soap! Another son of Mr. and Mrs. Davies—Pte. Alcwyn Davie8-was recently killed in France. A meeting of the Ystalyfera and District Grocers' Association took place on Monday evenin g at the New Swan Hotel, when Mr. Wm. Thomas, Pant- teg, presided, supported by Mr. Llew. Davies (Co-operative Stores manager). The body assembled raised objection to the action of the Pontardawe Food Control Committee in making Pontar- dawe the centre for the margarine and butter dump. It was suggested that the committee be asked to create a. dump at Ystalyfera, and treat other districts similarly, As such a scheme would be more workable. A proposal was made to the effect that a, local sub-food committee should be formed of grocers, as this would tend to relieve the executive officer at .Pontardawe of much responsibility. It was also decid- ed that the grocers' shops at Ystaly- fera should be closed all day on Thurs- days until further notice. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, at the Central Hall. the Caersalem Chapel Children's Choir, under the cond uc tor ship of Mr. Rufus Gape, are performing in eharacter, the pretty operetta, "Life at Sea." The work is ably done by the children and carries with it a pretty scenic effect. Pte. Joseph Thomas, 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards, whose home is at Gough-road, Ystalyfera, has been homo on 14 days leave after being in France and Belgium for nearly a year. He has seen active service on the Somme, Ypres, Cambrai and Arras fronts, and has been gassed twice-at Cambrai and Arras. Pte. Thomas met only two local boys during his stay in France and Belgium, namely, Pte. Dd. Thomas, Gurnos Post Office, and Pte. Danny Weston, Cwmtwrch. He wishes to thank the local S. and S. Committee for the gift of money received. He left for France on Thursday night with the good wishes of his friends. It appears that he is the only Grenadier belong- ing to Ystalyfera. The jumble sale at the, English Cong. Church on Thursday was a dis- tinct success, when a goodly sum was realised for the renovation fund. Large assortments of goods, which included china articles, old and new clothes, fancy articles and useful household utensils were offered for sale. A coffee and biscuit stall also realised a sub- stantial sum. Mr. T. H. Richards, 53, Cyfyng- i road, now a munition worker at Shef- field, came home on Wednesday for a short holiday. He has been at Sheffield since last July, prior to which he was employed at the Ystalyfera TinpLate Works. The sudden fall of snow on Wednes- day interrupted many local gardeners, who were well forward with the setting of their plots. Lambs have already made their ap- pearance on the local farms. Corpl. T. G. Samuel, who has been wounded in France has now received his discharge from the army. Prof. Samuel has been appointed organist at a Llandrindod church, and will settle down in that district. The death took place on Thursday last of Mrs. Mary Thomas, wife of Mr. Thos. Thomas, Gough-road,' Ystalyfera, at the age of 60. Deceased had been ailing for some time, and much sym- pathy is felt with the bereaved hus- band and family. Mrs. Thomas was of a quiet disposition, and was greatly respected in the locality. She had been a faithful member at Jerusalem Chapel for years. Her husband is a retired servant of the Midland Railway Com- pany, and was employed at the signal box near the Ystalyfera station for a long period.. Two grown-up children are also left to mourn their loss. With characteristic enterprise, Miss Alice Williams, headmistress of the Wern Girls' School, and her staff and scholars, have decided to break new ground on the celebration this year of St. David's Day. On Tuesday evening next at the Central Hall, the child- ren will present an operetta, entitled "Plant Cymru ar Ddydd Gwyl Dewi," which has been specially composed for this occasion by Mr. Wm. George. Critics competent to judge pronounce the operetta to be an exceptionally sweet and pretty one, and the reputa- tion of the author of "Bugail Craig y Fforest" will be immensely enhanced after the music-loving public have had an opportunity of hearing this, his latest production. That the operetta will be appropriately and charmingly staged needs hardly saying, in view of past efforts by the Wern Girls and their mistress and staff. On Sunday last the eRv. R. W. Jones, vicar of Gbrseinon, preached &t St. David's Church, on the occasion of the quarter centenary &f the Rev. J. Secundus Jone? dedication to Holy Orders. During the afternoon the 1st L "l" Swansea Valley Troop of Boy Scouts paraded. We are asked to announce the mis- cellaneous concert that will be held at Jerusalem Vestry on this Friday evening under the auspices of the Ddraig Goch. Prominent local artistes will appear, and the drama "Y Melin- ydd," will be performed. On Tuesday evening next the Rev. Ben Davies will give a lecture at the Pantteg Mutual Improvement Society on "Y Greal Sanctaidd." At the Central Hall on Saturday evening last the Godre'rgraig Child- ren's Choir, under Mr. Ezekiel Hop- kin, gave a repeat performance of I "Little Red Riding Hood's Recep- tion." The hall was well filled, and the children fully maintained the re- putation they had previously earned. Official intimation has been received that Pte. David Cox, of the Welsh Guards, of Godre'rgraig, has been killed in France by a rifle grenade. A letter conveying the sad news was sent to Godre'rgraig by the chaplain minis- [ tering, to deceased's company. f --1-- Gunlayer Wm. Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dd. Morris, Gough-road, is this week-end paying a visit to his home prior to taking up oversea work. He is now stationed at Gosport. The Rev. R. Hughes, Plasmarl, t preached at the Wern last Sunday, and during the evening a number of members were received into the church. A magnificent Blue-Ribbon drama, in five parts takes pride of place at the Coliseum next week. It is called "The Captain of the Grey Horse j Troop," and deals with the efforts of j a young U.S.A. officer to obtain justice and fair treatment for his much down-trodden red brother, the Ameri- can Redskin. A pretty romance threads its way through the film relieving the tension otherwise inevitable in dra- matic momenta. That brilliant actor, Antonio Morcho takes the leading part of the captain, and is ably supported by Miss Edith Storey, who, it will be remembered, took part in the motor- car race in the last episode of "Scarlet Runner." i

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