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I Farm Labourers from Army. 1\ 15.000 TQ BE RELEASED. I In the House of Commons, on Tuesday, Sir R. Winfrey informed Mr. Raff an that the War Office pro- posed to set aside some 15,000 men for agricultural work, who would be formed into agricultural companies and distributed throughout the country. In addition, 15,000 men would be tem- porarily released from the home defence army for the spring cultivation. Mr. H. Samuel: Will the men released be men skilled in agriculture? Sir R. Winfrey: Some of the 15,000 men to be temporarily released are skilled in agriculture. Mr. King asked whether the mini- mum wage of 25s. for agricultural labour would in all cases be given in cash and subject to no deduction for rent of cottage or on other account. Sir R. Winfrey: The guaranteed minimum of 25s. is not necessarily a cash payment, as it is inclusive of allowances. Major Hunt: What will be included in allowances? Sir R. Winfrey: The Board are ad- justing these allowances now. Mr. Raffan: Will the farmers be allowed to charge 6s. a week for a Is. cottage and so reduce the minimum to a week? Sir R. Winfrey: Certainly not.
Pembrey Sensation. I BABY'S BODY IN RIVER. I An inquest was held at Pembrey, on Tuesday, on the body of a female child, aged nine weeks, which was discovered by the police in the River Gwendraeth, on Saturday afternoon. Walter Elmes, of Towyn Cottage, Pembrey, who with his wife had been remanded in custody on Friday last by the Llanelly magistrates, on a charge on suspicion of having caused the death of a child, Kathleen, on or about the 4th inst., was present. P.S. Mitchelmore said the body was attired in a white nightgown, and wrapped in pieces of sack-cloth and serge coating in a stringed handbag, which was weighted with a stone weighing 191bs. The Coroner: What was the general appearance of the body?—Very emaciated, and it appeared to have been in the water for some time, but it was well preserved, probably owing to the cold weather. Witness added that he searched for the body in consequence of what Walter Elmes had told him a couple of days before. Prisoner had volun- tarily told him, I threw it in here (pointing to the mouth of the Gwen- draeth culvert). The Coroner: Did you as k Elmes what he had thrown into the river?— Yes, and he said a female child which had died before. What did he say was the name of the child ?-Kathleen. Superintendent Samuel Jones said that Walter Elmes had voluntarily in- formed him at the Llanelly Police Station that the deceased was not his child. The Coroner: Did he say that it was a foster child or not? Did he mention its name at all?—He said the name given to the child was Kathleen Elmes. The Coroner intimated that on the doctor's recommendation it would be necessary to adjourn the inquiry. The inquest was then adjourned for two weeks.
A Great Welsh Composer. The most distinguished musician in Norfolk to-day is Corpl. Aneurin Rees, F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., who is now attached to the 2/7th Welsh (Cyclists), and who was organist and choirmaster at Bethel, Gamant, before joining up. He has risen and trained a male choir from his regiment to a very high standard. The choir has given a number of concerts at the chief towns in Norfolk, and has everywhere delighted the audiences, the brilliant conductor being given a mighty recep- tion whenever he sets his foot on the stage. He has given scores of organ recitals all over the country, and has many a time electrified large audiences by his masterly playing. On Sunday 18th ult., he conducted a Brigade Fes- tival at Sheringham Parish Church, and also gave a very fine organ recital. There was a huge orchestra (mostly professional players) and a massed maile choir under his baton. He proved himself to be a genius as a con- ductor, and won the admiration of all present. Wales should be proud of this brilliant young man, and can claim him to be placed as one of the best conductors in the kingdom. He is being called here The Welsh Sir Henry Wood." The people of Nor folk admire him, and from information received, they will make an effort to keep him there after the war. He has; created quite a sitr in musical circles in the county of Norfolk.
lOur New Gas Shells. DISASTROUS EFFECT ON ENEMY. The correspondent of the Paris Journal on the Ancte front says:— The last defences of Baupaume have fallen without a fight, though that does not mean without anyone being killed To-morrow, at the latest, there will be astonishment at the figures of the enemy losses. The Germans have fallen back in order not to suffer overwhelming dis- aster. The explanation of the apparent mystery is simple:— The victory is due particularly to the efficacy of the new gas shells. The long delays of winter have not been wasted. The new inventions have reached a point at which it is possible to kill at a distance with marvellous success. The Germans are retreating, but they have been forced to do so. The period of inaction is over."
Agriculture in Carmar- thenshire. At a meeting of Carmarthenshire War Agricultural Committee at Car- marthen, on Saturday, an optimistic statement as to the prospects of in- creased production in the- county was made by the Cfiairm-an (Ald. Ben Evans, J.P., Pencader). He said that from what he had already seen and heard they could anticipate an increase in the crops grown of no less than 10 per cent. or more. (Hear, hear). Now that prices had been fixed, fanners might feel quite safe in extending their cultivation. He (Mr. Evans) believed farmers were determined to do their best, and were going to accomplish something substantial—even wonderful —notwithstanding all the drawbacks and labour difficulties. Prof. Bryner Jones, Agricultural Commissioner for Wales, wrote that one of the two motor tractors available for Wales at present had been allocated to Carmarthenshire. He could hold out no hope, however, that the three tractors promised would be placed at their disposal in the near future. Mr. John Roberts said the charge for hire would work out at a little over 15s. per acre. Mr. Herbert Evans, St. Clears, said if they were not forthcoming farmers could not do much this year. It was resolved to ask the Board of Agriculture to grant the Committee a sum of money for purchasing two or three tractors. Mr. Daniel Johns, one of the secre- taries, said there were very few labour substitutes available in the county. He wrote to the substitution officer, and re- ceived only three names. Ald. James Phillips, St. Clears, mentioned the case of a skilled man who offered his services at four farms last week, and was declined. WOMEN ON THE LAND. In a letter read at a meeting of Car- marthenshire Women' s War Agricul- tural Committee, at Carmarthen, on Saturday, the Board of Agriculture referred to the shortage of woman labour on farms, and said they hoped to issue shortly details of a scheme for their better employment on the land. They, asked that an Executive Commit- tee be appointed with full powers. Mr. D. W. Drummond said he was struck in going over the agricultural census returns by the extraordinary ex- cess of women on farms in Carmarthen- shire. Mrs. Pryce Rice, Llandovery, said the women referred to were the wives and daughters of farmers who were atlready doing the work of the husbands and brothers who had gone to the Army. Mr. Drummond agreed with that up to a certain point. He instanced, how- ever, a farm of 150 acres where five girls were put down as doing domestic work, whereas all that wark could easily be done by the wife and two daughters. An Executive Committee was formed. The appointment of Miss Jones, daughter of Ald. W. N. Jones. Ammanford, as paid organiser of woman labour on farms in the c-ounty was recommended to the Board of Agriculture.