YSTRADGYHLAIS OiSTRSCT COUNCIL Questions of Allotments, Sani- tation and tpiuumcs. Tin1 monthly meeting of the Ystra-d- Itx til- it I District Council took "place on Thursday, when Councillor L. Thomas, J.t\, presided, all the mem- bers being present. Officials present were, Messrs. Thos. Watkins (surveyor) G. -J • Rees (sanitary inspector), I)r. E. Walsh (M.O.H.), A. Jestyn Jeffreys (clerk), and J. E. Taylor (deputy- clerk). DEi PUSHING WATER-STREET. The trustees of Sardis Chapel tsuo- mitti'd terms and conditions relative to the demolitions of Water-street, Ys- I tradgynlais. Air. J. W. Morgan moved that the terms bo accepted- Mr Dd. Lewis said the rateable value of the parish had fallen by £ 4,000. They had discussed the matter many times, and had done their best, but Lhe fanit was on the other side. He asked Mr. Morgan what it would cost to demolish the three houses. Mr. Morgan About £ 10; and there are p)<ty who would do it for tha<t j amount. I Mr. Ben Williams mid he would BC- cond Mr. Morgan on the distinct under- standing that tins would end their expense in the matter. If this were not so, then the whole matter be re- opened. Mr. Dd. Lewis: I shall stick to my previous attitude, if I am by myself. On a vote being taken it was re- Solved to accept the terms offered by the Sardis Chapel trustees. LAND FOR ALLOTMENTS. I ?- -1 .1 It was rift.oJved unit- tlio Council taKo possession of land at Glanrhyd and Gurnos for allotment cultivation. On 1 the suggestion of Mr. Lewis Thomas, it was decided th:t should the societies in the distric-u desire land, that the i Land Order be enforced before the j next meeting of the Council. Mr. Ben Williams urged that the Allotment Society try to work in oon- (ord with the Council. He referred to land at Glanrhyd where a difficulty in regard to fencing had arisen, Mr. T. J. Watkins said it was not safe to plant at Glanrhyd, as the vege- tables would be missed from the plots. In reply to Mr. J. W. Morgan, the chairman said a farmer would have to give up his field if it were not being cultivated or worked. The same applied to a garden. Mr. A. Jestyn Jeffreys said if Mr. Morgan objected to the taking of his, only field, he should communicate by I' telegram with the Inspector of the Board of Agriculture. Mr. Tom Williams: I have a nice j plot that anyone can have if they ) want it. j Mr. Lewis Thomas: The farmer has ] his rights too. < Mr. W. D. "Walters said that in his ) area he did not believe that allot- ments were required. In deriding to allow the chairman, and the vice-chairman to take the mat- ter in hand, it was resolved that the local members in each case be also oon- Isutod. ) The question of leasing Gelli quar- j waa discussed, and it was decided on the .motion of Mr. J. Morgan that a deputation meet the Brecon District j Council with a, view to ascertaining whether the councils could take over t he quarry. SHALL REFUSE BE COLLECTED? ] Mr. Thos. Williams moved that tnc notice of motion suspending tbe col- lection of refuse be rescinded. He be- lieved that the health of the public in-as -more important than the saving of a few pounds. To him, it had always .seemed a short-sighted polity one in' which they had been a penny wise and pound foolish. Ov<'r the winter the careful householders had been able to dump a gi-tat deal of their refuse in the gardens, but now that the planting time had arrived this would not be possible. Others however, bad been less particular, and had thrown refuse on the main road. He referred to the state ,(,f some parts of the district, and it was high time the district was made a more pleasant place to live in. It was a strange coincidence that an epi- demic had bnpken out at the time the ■refuse e-.iTts Acre taken off. With the summer before them they should re- i consider the matter. Mr. J. W. Morgan urged that it would be most '•xpe-nsive, and would otnd to increase the rateable value by Is. in the £ The colliers were working 'half-time, and less, and they were aI-I ready fit.000 down in the "rateable value. He moved that the cart should j collect, fcr a week or so, to get rid of tlio reftise. I Mr. Lewis Thomas said that when Budget- Day took place n year ago, they were all anxious to save expense, ftrid lie had been prepared to forego im- ] prove men to at Cwmtwrch on that un- derstanding that Ystradgynlais did the samo. Yet. the Ystradgynlais members had their pound of flesh. They had Iru] their im provements, ^nd the P,120 they had foregone --for C^-ntwrch had gone to Ainon bridge. If they wanted to save let them all do so. Mr. Dd. Williams strongly sur ;.>>rtcf! Mr. Williams, and said *Vr-H not •save expense where the h<vd-th nf the district was concerned. Mr. Rhys Chapman said .that rjAople who throw refuse on the roc should ho prosecuted. Mr. T..T. W?»tkius i ■■ Ys- iradirynl'»i*? should not hnv- cart unless the other districts we»-n ••T-ant- •ed some privilege. "You take Mio law into your own hands," he said, "and I am going to watch you in future." It was then decided to postpone the matter until Budget Day a month hence. I HEALTH OF CHILDREN. Mr. Ben Williams asked the medical officer of health if whooping cough was on the decrease a.t Cwmtwrch, and ob- served that he had seen children on the streets suffering from this complaint. Dr. Walsh said whooping cough was not a notifiable disease, and it lasted for such a time that except in ex- tremo cases some parents did not know ùw difference between whooping cough and an ordinary cough. Mr. T. Williams and T. R. Joseph j attended on behalf of the Education Authority and complained that some chitdren had been kept at home for as much as 14 weeks, because the houses had not been disinfected. Dr. Walsh explained. that owing to the fact tha.t he had sent his register to Dr. Richards, so that the latter could make up his returns, a misun- | dersta.nding had occurred. In some oases all the children in a house had it in rotation. It was also urged that parents should be persuaded to keep their children from Sunday-schools, concerts, etc., in cases of in fection, It was pointed out that there was no bye-law compellingi,doctors to noti- fy headmasters of disuse. Dr. Walsh said it was impossible to disinfect in cases of whooping cough, as there was no limit to the life of the disease. Mr. Joseph cited oases where the headmasters had sent children homo because their jfomes had not been dis- infected. Mr. G. J. Rces (sanitary inspector) said it was not his duty to disinfect except in exoeptionaBl cases, but he had to see it waa done. Mr Ben Williams said the attendanto yffioora should enquire as to when children were clear for school. Mr. J. W. Morgan said some dictors iu the district had perhaps not re- ported to Dr. Walsh. Dr. Walsh reported an epidemic of eruptive fevers throughout the dis- trict, including measles, scarlet fever, and scarletina. The present mclement weather had not had the deterent ef- j fect that it should have. Chest affec- tions were also prevalent, but the les- sons impressed on the minds of parents and guardians regarding isolation had had a salutary effect. The births were six males -and nine females for the month, and the death, nine males and ] six f&nalee. „ On the suggestion of Dr. Whitting- ton, Neath, it was decided to inspect Colbren bog during the fine weather. On the motion of Mr. Ben Williams, ■ it was resolved that the matter of pro- 1 viding artificial forms of milk be left to the doctor and clerk. In reply to Mr. Tom Williams the' doctor agreed tha,t the health of the! district would improve if the refuse oart again went round.
GW/YL DEWI AT YSTRAD- I I GVNUIS. The Tabernacle Chapel Vestry was i filled to overflowing on Friday on the occasion of a concert organised in cele- i bration of St. David's Day by Miss Ceridwen Jones, C.T.V.C.M., C.R.A.M. j and her pupils, assisted by eminent i valley artistes. In the absence of Mr. J. D. Morgan, J.P. (miners' agent) who however, sent a cheque to the funds, Mr. Edgar O. Morgan, precentor at Tabernacle, ably presided: The pro- graspme was an excellent and varied one, and was introduced by Master E. Puntein playing an introductory march, when all the artistes marched to the stage, the ladies being attired in Welsh costume. This was a feature that called forth hearty applause. The fol- lowing artistes then took part: Piano- forte solo, Miss Sarah Rees; solo, Miss Rose Daymond; recitation, Miss Doro- j thy Edwards (Morfydd Dylais); solo, Master Emrys Morgan (accompanied by M L'-s Betha Phillips); pianoforte duet, j Mrs. and Miss Woolridge; pianoforte duct. Misses M. A. Johnson and M. Evans; pianoforte duet, Misses L. i DavLos and M. Phillips; duet. Messrs. j Ivor Beynon and J. Walters; piano- forte duet, Miss Sedgemoor and S. J. Aplin solo, Miss Gweno May Jones; chorus by pupils, "Merched Cvmry," accompanied by Miss Sarah Carries. The chairman then called upon 'Dafydd Jones, his wife Mari, children and grandchildren," to give the history of Dewi Sant. The following took part in the tableaux: Grandfather, Mr. Wm. Evans; grandmother, Miss Miriam Wil- | liams: mothers, Miss Annie Griffiths and Miss Bessie Powell, who cleverly impersonated the old Welsh dames. The Welsh conversation and singing was I well enjoyed, especially when Catherine and Gweno were called, the former «inging "Gwneweh bobpeth yn Gym- | raeg," and the pupils joined, in the cJkm-us: and whilst Gwen sang penillion composed for the occasion by Mrs. Eurfyl Jones, to the tune of "Clychau Aberdovoy." This was followed by a solo by Master Emrys Morgan piano- forte duet by Miss Phyllis de la Have and Master G. J. Evans; and Welsh recitation by Misses Amy Lloyd Powell, Sal Griffiths. Gwennie Griffiths, Dilys Griffiths, Gvvyneth Price, Edna Wil- liams, Bessie Edwards, Phyllis de la Have. Ruth Morris, Angie Phillips, M. Alice Phillips, Gweno M. Jones, Mas- tors D. Price and H. Powell. Piano- | forte duet, Misses M. Rees and S. Cur- th; choruf:, "Cymrv Bvchain," the pupils, accompanied bv Miss S. Har- ries. Miss Gweno May Jones called up- on the quajrtctte. Misses Mary Evans, Ceridwen Jones, and Messrs. J. Wal- ters and I. Beynon, who sang to the acoompaniment of Miss Jenny Wil- liams, I/ondon. Mrs. Terry (who presid- ed) and Mr. Llewelyn Jones, praised the work done by Miss Jones, and gave suitable words of encouragement. The concert had been one of the best of a miscellaneous character yet held in the plaoe. Mr. Llewelyn Jones read the verses "Melus heno gylch y bwrdd." The following contributed to the se- cond part of the programme: M isses Daymond, Ceridwen Jones, Mary Evans (Llinor Iorwerth), M. E. Jones, Mr. Gwyn Morgan, Nurse Edwards and Morfydd Dulais, Misses M. Price and Miri-,tni Williams, Miss Gweno M. Jones and Master Oswell Jones, Miss Betha Phillips and Master E. Phillips, Misses Gwendoline Jones, Mary James, Lilian Lewis. Alice Jones, Mnv Protheroe. Ann Griffiths, Jenny Williams and Gwynneth Morgan, Master Griff J. Evens. Misses Sal Evans and Jenny Williams also took part as grandchild- ren in the skotoh, and Miss Gwladys Williams also took part. "Hen WIad fy Nhadau," Mr. J. Walters singing the solo, brought a successful meeting to a close. Miss Jones is deserving of the highest praise for the excellence of her programme, and her mother, Mrs. Eur- fyl Jones, is also to be congratulated. Following are the penillion composed and read bv Mr. Llewelyn Jones (Llew Crai):- Melus he no gylch y bwrdd Yw cwrdd i ganu cerddi, Hen alawon Cymru gynt, Ac adrodd hynt y oewri! Gwrando pie a dawn y plant Yn dathlu Gwyl Sant Dewi. Oer yw gwedd yr eira gwyn,— Mae Llyn y Fan yn rhewi, A'r adar bach yn cwyno sydd Yn lloRydd yn y llwyni; Ond plant yr Ystrad sydd mewn hwyl Yn cadw Gwyl Sant Dewi. Cofio wnawn am gyfnod hir Am gwrdd mor glir ei acen, Ac ..ii ddymunwn oil yn rhwydd Bob llwydd i'r cwmni Ilawen, Cynesi'r gwaed ar noson o'r Y darfu oor Ceridwen. The proceeds wero devoted to the Tabernacle S. and S. Fund. Dathlwyd Gwyl Dewi gan Gymdeath- as Cymrodorion Jfstradgynlais yn Feetri Sardis, nos Iau. Y cadeirydd oedd Mr. Tom Williams, London House, llywydd y gymdeithas am y tymor. Wcdi anerch iUlI byr a phwrpasol gan y cadeirydd, awd trwy y rhaglen ganlynol :-(Janu jkui illion, Gwennie Thomas, Doris Davies, Randell Evans, a M. J. Phil- lips, o Ysgol y Gurnos; can, Miss Mary Evans, Ystradgynlais; anerchiad, Mr. ) Roland Thomas, M.A., Ygol Sir Aber- honddu; can, Mr. Gwilym Jones; canu penillion, B. Vaughan, Ceridwen Phil- lips, L. A. Davies, E. Morgan, Randell Evans, a M. J. Phillips, o Ysgol y Gurnos; anerchiadau barddonol gan Gwilym Cynlais, W. R. Williams, Is- ynys, Llew. Jones, Charles Edwards (Myfr Mai), "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," Mr. John Walters. ] Campwaith oedd anerchiad Mr. Roland Thomas. Syniad hapus iawn, ynglianol terfysg j cenhedloedd oedd son am werth oenedlaetholdeb er dat- blygiad llawn y doniau cynhenid fedd y Cymro, ac hyd er mwyn iddo allu cyflawni ei genhedaeth i'r byd. Ym- driniodd a'i fater yn athronyddol a meistrolgar, a gwrthwynebodd y syn- I iad sydd yn ffynu ym mhlaid llafur, mai arwydd o gulni yw gwladgarwch, ac mae y ffordd oreu i wasanaethu y! byd yw ymwrthod a phobpeth nodwedd- iadol Gymreig, a difodi pob ffin rhwng cenedl a chenedl. Dadleuodd yn effeith- iol mai y ffordd oreu i fod yn ddyn- garwr yw Ibod yn genedlgarwr, am mai fel hyn y caiff dyn o hyd i uchafnod ei fywyd ei fiun.-Ar gynygiad y Parch, D. J. Davies, iAnon, ac eiliad y Parch. Howbrey, Penrhos, pasiwyd pleidlais o ddiolchgarwch cynhes i Mr. Thomas am ei anerchiad gedidog. Apeliodd Mr. Gwilym Jones am fwy o gysondeb yn ein bywy.d Cymreig. Wna i mo'r tro i barchu'r Gymraeg unwaith yn v flwyddvn. Dywedodd mor wrthun y syniad fod arweinwyr Cymru, sydd yn cymeryd arnynt i "Godir' hen wlad yn ei hoi," yn ei sarhau yn ddirmygus < drwy ei hanwybyddu ar yr aelwyd. Yr oedd yn aml wg iawn fod y dorf yn mwynhau y penillion telyn ganwyd gan y plant. Bu amryw ar ol y cyfarfod yn ceisio gan y swyddogion dre?nu cwrdd arall Qyffelyb ar ddiwedd y tymor.
r S Shortsighted t Persons ) ￼ II want to bring the I boo!< c!cse to their '???? eyes. It means that ????? n(. object looked at !\k- .ot lOCHS on I t e 'ç1;n, ¡he focus "'i:1 t-too in eyeball is therefore too long. Wj cannot change the eyeball, so we change the focus. We put a lens in front of the eye which throws the focus I back to the proper position. I Call upon us and learn more aboul this important subject of defective vision. I C. F. WALTERS F.S.M.C., F.I.O. QUALIFIED OPTICIAN, L Oxford St., Swansea ￼ ?-'Y-——?-'Se? t -L I (N-^r'v opposite National ScboolJ Jk
YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES It has been decided to close the local shops on Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday. The Ystradgynlais letter-box will be closed in the future at 6 o'clock, as the down-valley mail now leaves 45 minutes earlier, The local schools celebrated St. David's Day by holding concerts at which the children sang, recited, and wore leeks. The children were also lectured on Welsh heroes, traditions, and latorature and, what they liked best of all, perhaps, was the half- holiday in the afternoon. "Gwilym," Baron Cederstrom, and Mr. Heck (estate agent) captured a troublesome fox in the upper reaches of the valley last week. "Gwilym" is fast gaining fame as a fox hunter, and his services will undoubtedly be re- quisitioned further afield. There is room for complaint however, that the farmers do not show their appreciation of getting rid of these pests. Verb. Sap. Signaller Brynmor James, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. James, The Larches, has been home on furlough prior to proceeding overseas. He is in the R.E. Dewi Sant celebrations at the Maes- ydderwen County School took the form 1 of a concert, to which the governors of the school were invited. The clerk, Mr. B. L. Thomas, presided. After an ad- I dress by the headmaster, the follow- ing pupils, several of whom wore Welsh oostumes, contributed to an excellent programme of folk songs, Welsh airs, solos, recitations, violin and pianoforte solos :—Theda Watkins, Hettie Clee, Hannah M. Powell, Norah Beresford, Minnie Jenkins, Annie Morgan, SaIl Evans, Maggie M Jones, Annie Davies, Sal Evans, Ena Evans, Glyn Jeffries, Trevelyan Rees, Beatrice Evans. Gwyn- neth Powell, Evelyne Jones, Elsie Wat- kins, John Owen, Margaret Thoipts, Melvyn Thomas, May Williams, who gave the National test piece in a very able manner; Wm. James, Cyril Gape, Clifford Davies, Melora Williams, Gwennie Williams, Elsie Williams, Gretta Williams, Gertrude Samuel, Linda Thomas, Ethel Evans, Emma J. Ware, and Nancy Davies. A vote of thanks to the chairman and to those who took part was proposed by Mr Mathew Jones, and seconded by Miss Jenny Powell, and the proceedings ter- minated with the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." A meeting of the local Psychical Re- search Society was held on Tuesday evening to consider the experience and results of the last six months. It wasi stated that it had been proved possible to hold communication with Beings or influenoes of other planes, but it was felt that the results obtained are not commensurate with the time and sac- rifice spent in these circles. It was oon- sidered that knowledge can be better obtained through the medium of good books. Instead of these "circles" it has, been decided to form classes for the purposes of studying psychology. The services on Sunday are devoted to the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. J Another interesting letter has been received this week from Sapper T. J. Lewis, of the Royal Engineers, whose home is at .Coedeirion, Station-road. Sapper Lewis, who has been in France for some time says that although work- ing hard, he is enjoying himself well. The favourite pleasure of the boys, he says, is in sitting around a fire or stove and relating stories of pre-war days. He refers to the language of the Army, and the new words that are being continually coined. He is highly satisfied with the food provided, and i. in high spirits at the prospects of a furlough in April. Pte. Wm. Snell, of the Brecknocks, formerly assistant to Mr. W. Owen, bootmaker, writes from Bagdad, where he has been sent with a number of other boys from his old battalion. Pte. Snell is now attached to the boot re- pairing department, and is in excellent health. He says that the lads, at the moment of writing, are preparing to go to a cinema, a circumstance indica- tive of the westernising of the Orient. Pte. W. D. Owen, formerly of Gur- nos, writes from Mhow, where he has just arrived, and speaks of the warm welcome accorded him by his old friends -,some of whom were with him at Maesydderwen. He also is busy telling 1 the lad of all that has happened at home since they left in October, 1914. A competitive concert was held at Sardis Vestry on Monday evening, when the Rev. R. M. Rhys presided i over a good attendance. The adjudicfo- tors were, music. Mr. Oliver Jones; literature, Mr. Hy. Owen. Messrs. E. H. Hiigbson, A.R.C.O., Nimrod Jones, and M. M. Morgan were the acoom- panists. The winners were as follows: Boys' solo, Master Alwyn Jones; girls' solo, Miss Annie Edwards, Penrhos and Miss Olwen Jones, Ystradgynlais. Tenor solo, Mr. J. James, Cae'rlan. Bass solo Mr. Willie Walters, Penrhos, and A. Dunovan, Abercrave. Soprano solo, Miss Bess Jeffreys and Mrs Simonds, Ystradgynlais. Champion solo, Messrs Willie Walters, Penrhos and Willie James, Ystradgynlais. Recitation, Mr. W. T. Williams, Cae'rbont. Poem, Mr. Wm. Samuel Jones (O'vilvm PID 8:m) who was chaired with full bardic honours. General knowledge. Mr. W. R. Williams, Ystradgynlais. The secre- L-tri,-tl -trringtrrents in the hands of Mr. M. N. Morgan. In connection with the moypn-^ut for the improvement of the Sunday School in Wales, a service was held at Sardis on Sunday, over which the Rev, R. M. Rhys presided, there being I t c-v. R. M. P l ivs pr(-i, a good attendance. Mr W. R. Wil- N o d we d d i on liams read a paper on Athrawon yn-yr Ysgol Sul," and Mr T. T. Rees, Penrhos, gave a model lesson to the children; Mr T. D. Wil- liams, Owmgiedd, also gave an address on "Perthynas yr Eglwys a'r Ysgol Sul." Miss Elsie Watkins sang o solo during the afternoon. Complaints are being made by local gardening enthusiasts that they are iiriable. to obtain manure. The farms I on the other hand maintain they have been told by the Board of Agriculture to use their manure on their own land. I It is to be hoped that something will he done to remedy this state of affairs so that the ardour of the men shall not be damped. A meeting of the Food Control Com- I mittee took place on Monday, Coun- cillor Lewis Thomas. J.P.. presiding, when the application's for the pcsition of assistant executive officer were ctafnsi'diered.J The' appointment was deferred until Thursday to enable two of the fourteen applicants to attend. Mr H. G. Watts, a discharged sold- ier, from Port Talbot, was unanimous- ly elected to the post. *1* "Die Shon Dafydd" the ever popu- lar Welsh drama is to be performed shortly by the Cynlais Dramatic Societv, under Isynis. This company needs no instroduction to our readers, and it is to be hoped that the drama will be given the support it merits. | Signaller W. H. Powell. of the R.G.iV., formerly weigher at the Dia- mond eollieryl, has been drafted out to France. Mrs. Richard Hoskinc, Cwmgiedd, has returned home after having been treated for appendicitis at Swansea hospital. Mr W. J. ThomaR, headmaster of Cvr-lais Schools, is confined to his home, and consequently unable to per- form his duties. Local school children were granted half holidav on Thursday on account of Ystalyfera fair. The collieries are again slack this week, and the weather being favour- able. the men are therefore busy tilling the soil in garden and allotment. Don't forget "Under the Palms" at Libanus, Glanrhyd, on Thursday next. A grand competitive concert will be held at Sardis on Saturday. March 30th. On Good Friday an eisteddfod will J be held at the Workmen's Hall. under the auspices of the Ystra-dgynlais Undted Choir. A number of local ladies availed themselves of Ystalyfera fair on Thursday to lay in a stock of Welsh flannel. Councillor Williams said dh Thurs- day that some people would prefer to be without street lights rather than without the refuse cart, ■ He was probably aware of the fact that Summer time was aga,:n coming into force, and that the light would not be missed. Meat ajid" butter were not scarce at Ystradgynlais last week. A G.C.G. butter merchant paid the district a visit.
Something New in Tone Values— Macnamarum's Band at the Blue Boys' Concerto. -But you should see the Pom-Poms t My! They are Fine f HI (MB! MiEiJ uMtuBt)! IMMUNE SEED POTATOES STOCKS HAVE NOW BEEN RE- CEIVEB, AND ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY OF KING GEORGE I GREAT SCOTT LOCHAR y Prices, any One Variety,— 12/- CWT. 141bs, 1/8. Special prices for 5cwt. lots. Up-to-Date Eating Potatoes 8/6 CWT. C. AMBRIDGE, j Station Fruit Stores, j YSTALYFERA. F16M9]