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?S?f??T?!? 'OOL S, Ammanford. Week commencing February 10th, 1919. ?B? jR a s'? !?& ?? B NP? ?** ?? N** ?*j?** ? FT? THE BRIDE OF FEAR. Featuring JEWEL CARMEN. A Tragedy as old as the World, and always new and moving. A Tragedy that cul- minates in a poor room with every crevice and cranny stopped, and a slender Woman' s hand Teaching up to the gas jet, turning off the light, and then-turning on the gas again. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. GAUMONT'S Great Production- T: TH. COMING TO FEB. 20th, J. F. YOUNGE'S Star Pantomime (30 Artistes), ROBINSON CRUSOE.
AMMANFORD. There was no sitting of the Amman- ford magistrates on Monday. Much sympathy is felt in sporting circles with Mr. Jack Leyshon, the captain of the local Rugby team, whose child is lying seriously ill at the Swansea Hospital, and awaiting an operation. The Ammanford Silver Band was awarded the second prize in Class B at Briton Ferry on Saturday last. The competitions were held under the rules of the West Wales Brass Band Association. The winners of the first were Penygroes, the prize including a t h e pr4 ze inc l u d ing a silver cup. Mr. T. F. James, Ammanford, formerly Conservative and Unionist agent for the old Division: of East Carmarthenshire, has been appointed agent for the new Division now known as the Llanelly District. Mr. James has seen service with the Colours both in France and Salonica. 'P""Io A benehe concert was held at the rajace Theatre on Wednesday evening, under the presidency of Mr. Rhys Thomas, Bettws. There was a good audience, and the proceeds, were devoted to the widow and children of the late Mr. Jonah Williams, the popular baritone vocalist of Bettws. Amongst those recently demobilised is Sergt. Willie Griffiths, Tirydail Lane. At the outbreak of hostilities, Sergt. Griffiths joined the Royal Field Artillery, ard has served on the Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and French fronts. His return will mean a valu- able asset to the local Rugby team, with whom he played full-back for several seasons. At the Christian Temple Vestry, on Mon- day evening last, a reception meeting was held. The chairman was the pastor, the Rev. D. Tegfan Davies, who also handed over the gifts. The recipients were Privs. Gomer Evans, Charlie Marshall, Idris Peregrine, and Bombr. G. W. Evans. Addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Councillor Evan ELvatn*, and Nvlr. Evan Davies. Solos were rendered by Mr. W. T. Rees (Bon Marche), Miss Blodwen Lewis, and Mr. Einon Evans; recitations. Miss Maud Griffiths and Miss Elsie Richards. Mr. Gwilym R. Jones was the accompanist. An inquest was held on Friday last upon the two-year-old child of Mrs. Jane Francis, 8, Field Street, whose death was the result of bums. Mr. W. W. Brodie, the deputy coroner, conducted the enquiry. Evidence was given by the young mothe,r who said that deceased's name was William John Francis, aged two years and one month. On the date of the fatality witness had only been absent from the house a minute to put out clothes to dry in the garden, and had only put down the basket when she heard screams and saw the deceased boy in flames. Mrs. Gould, a next- door neighbour, deposed to assisting the mother to extinguish the flames. The Coroner said that the accident was a most regrettable and unfortunate one, especially as the mother had been left a widow by the death of her hus- band in France. The jury found that there was no negligence, and passed a vote of sym- pathy with the young mother in her two-fold I grid. The death has occurred of the Rev. T. F. I Williams, Gellisifor. The deceased was for 40 years the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, form which position he retired in 1907. Born 87 years ago at Ferwig, Car- digair, he devoted the whole of his life to the Baptist cause, and was described as the Grand Old Man of the faith .Prior to taking up the pastorate of Ebenezer, he held a similar position at Saron. His mortal remains were laid to rest at Ebenezer burial- ground on Wednesday. There was a large and representative gathering. The officiating ministers were the Revs. James Davies, Llan- deble; Job Herbert, Penygroes; W. Nantlais Williams, Ammanford; John Morgans. Ammanford; Crwys Evans, Landebie; and J. Griffiths, B.A., B.D., the present pastor of Ebenezer. An address was delivered at the chapel by the Rev. James Daviee, who carried out the arrangements. The Revs. D. W. Thomas, M.A., vicar of Llandebie, and P. E. Evans, Llandebie, were also pre- i sent.
CWMAMMAN. Whilst engaged at the Raven Colliery on Monday last, William Neads received shock- ing injuries, hom which effects he died on ( Saturday. The deceased leaves one child to mourn his loss. His wife predeceased him some nine years ago. The funeral took place to-day. After an abseiace of over three years, Mr. Johnny Roberts has returned home. He has seen considerable service in Palestine. Prior to joining the Forces he was the assistant master at Cowbridge Council School. He is the son of Mr. W. Roberts, the district mem- ber of the Guardians. At a competitive meeting held at Ty'ny- wer-,i, G l a.m wern, Glanamman, on Saturday last, the following were the chief winners:—Solo under 12 years, Master Cyril Bevan; chief recitation, Miss Christina Cook; recitation under 12, Miss Eva Cook; duet, Miss Hannah Davies and Master Cyril Bowen. A reception concert was held at Calfaria Chapel in honour of Priv. Wm. Davies, Twyn, who was recently discharged from the Army. The chair was taken by the Rev. T. R. Jones. The following took an active part in the proceedings:—Misses Phyllis Benjamin, D. R. Davies, A. Rees, May Jonfes, C. Davies, T. C. Lloyd, Gladys Rees, Muriel Jones, Maggie Davie. Elsie Rees, C. Price, Carrie Jones, Lizzie Jones, Maggie B. Rees, and Jenny Evans. A pianoforte solo was also given by Miss J. Thomas. The duties of accompanist were carried out by Mr. J. Morgan, A.L.C.M. During the evening, verses appropriate to the occasion were read by Mr. John Rees, Twyn. A very successful social was held at the Cross Keys Hotel on Saturday evening last, under the auspices of the local branch of the Discharged and Demobilised Sailors' and Soldiers Federation. The president, Mr. I W. S. Wasdlaw, M.E., in opening the pro- ceedings, said that the Federation had done excellent work, especially in the widows and orphans section. He assured them that any- thing he could do towards the advancement of the branch would be done ungrudgingly. A lengthy programme was gone through, to which the following contributed:—Comrades W. Lewis and D. Rees (" Bone Song "), J. Evans, D.. Jones (" Blighty "), J. Morgan (" Me and My Girl"), Stoker Jenkins (Flagship Victoria), D. Jones (" Speak not her name "), D. J. Jones Bugler "), E. Ellis ("Little Boy called Taps"), D. Rees ("Forty Years" ) J. Morgan ("The Soldier's Song "), Evan Morgan (" McCarthy' s Party"), J. Ellis Thora"), W. Lewis (" Soldier's Laddie"), and Priv. Coulton. A most enjoyable evening was spent, and the pro- ceedings terminated by the singing of the National Anthem.
LLANDEBIE. A public debate was held at the Schools on Monday last between Mr. Shaw, Llan- debie, and Mr. Mainwaring, Clydach Vale. A fuller report appears in another column. The adjourned meeting re the housing question has not yet been called, and the ratepayers are anxious to know if the Coun- cillors have further light on this important matter. Oil Wednesday evening of rast week, a social was held at the Schools (kindly lent) by the members of the Sewing Class and Committee in connection with the Memorial Hall, when a most' enjoyable time was spent. After doing justice to the inner man of the good things prepared by the ladies, a miscellaneous programme was gone through, which included singing, reciting, and dancing. All present were loud in their praise of the gathering, and are looking for- ward to the next one. The proceeds are to be devoted to the funds of the Sewing Class, in order to enable them to prepare for the forthcoming bazaar.
LLANDILO. At the Welsh United Game Show held at Aberdare en Thursday, the 30th ult., Mr. Jack Edwards, of the Railway Tavern Hotel, Llandlilo, won first and special, second and third pries in Indian Game cocks; first and special, Indian Game hens; also cup for the best bird in the show, with three other cups. The show was a record one, with over 400 entries. Mr. Edwards' birds were very much admired by a large gathering of fanciers. A public meeting of workmen, skilled and unskilled, was held at the Long Room, Rail- way Tavern Hotel, Liandilo, on Saturday night last, at which workmen of all classes were in attendance in large numbers. The object of the meeting was to get all the workmen to join the Union. This, it is ex- pected, will be done. Local officers were elected, and a large number joined. Another meeting will be held next Saturday. Mrs. Roberts, the wife of Capt. W. L. Roberts, of Llanerch, Stepney Road, Llan- dilo, has been presented with an autograph portrait of Admiral Silr David Beatty, Com- mander of the Grand Fleet, accompanied by a certificate conveying to her the grateful thanks of the Grand Fleet for alii that she has done. Mrs. Roberts acted as local secretary for the sending of supplies collected from the town and district for the Navy. The fortnightly auction mart in connection with the Liandilo Bridge Auction Mart Com- pany, Ltd., was held at the Liandilo Mart on Monday last. Sixty-two fat cattle and 103 fat sheep were graded; also there were 51 claves and 54 store pigs. The fat cattle and sheep were disposed of at the controlled price. The calves realised 'from 30s. to £ 4 15s. each, and the store pigs from 30s. to 105s. apiece. Cows and calves sold at prices ranging from £33 10s. to £ 38 10s. The graders were Messrs. James Hobbs, 1 he Home Farm, Golden Grove, and Jonathan Jones, butcher, Ammanford; and the supe- grader Mr. Trew, of Bridgend. The auc- tioneers were Messrs. J. Howell Thomas and Son, Carmarthen. Fifteen in-foal mares from the Food Production Department were put up for sale and disposed of at good prices. The monthly meeting of the Liandilo Urban District Council was held on Tuesday evening last. The sitting was one of the shortest on record. Mr. A. E. Harries, J.P., Chairman, was in the chair. The Chairman mentioned the fact that Mr. W. D. Jenkins, architect and surveyor (a member of the Council), had been appointed surveyor under the Housing Scheme to the Aberdare Coua- cil. It was resolved that the hearty eon- gratulations of the Council be accorded him. The other business of the Council was correspondence and the confirming of the minutes of the various committee meetings since the previous meeting of the Council. The Chairman reported the work done by the delegates who went to Carmarthen to meet other delegates in connection with the Llandilo and Lampeter Light Railway. He stated that delegates were required to meet again at Pumpsaint, where it was intended that delegates from Lampeter as far as the Amman Valley would be present. It was agreed that the same delegates as went to Carmarthen should again attend. A public presentation was made to the returned prisoners of war at the Drill Hall on Wednesday evening last. Mr. A. E. Harries, J.P. (Chairman of the Llandilo Urban District Council), occupied the chair. The following were presented with cheques on behalf of the Liandilo Soldiers' and Sailors' Welcome Committee by Mrs. Gwynne-Hughes, of Tregeyb:—Privs. D. Enoch, Rhosmaen; D. J. Hughes, White Hart; W. Griffiths, New Inn Shop; G. Carey, Ffairfach; W. Walters, Greenfield Place; and S. Rogers, Liandilo. Mrs. Gwynne-Hughes, in an eloquent and dignified speech, welcomed the soldiers to their native town. Capt. C. H. Phillips, Tregeyb, also extended a hearty welcome to the boys. Sergt. W. Stephens, D.C.M., on behalf of the discharged soldiers, congratulated them on their safe return. A, miscellaneous con- cert was afterwards held, when the following took part:-Solo, Mrs. Huw Williams; solo, Miss Maude Williams; recitation, Col.-Sergt. George W. Jenkins; solo, Mr. D. John Rhys; solo, Mr. J. Roderick Evans; and recitation, Mr. Jack Jones. The spacious hall was crowded, and the returned prisoners were accorded a rousing reception.
LLANDOVERY. I We are pleased to notice the Vicar (Rev. D. Edmondes Owen) with his genial smile amongst us again after his indisposition. Mr. leuan Hopkin, the chairman of the local Branch of the Discharged Soldiers* Federation, has been appointed chief reporter on a Swansea contemporary. A very successful social was held at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday evening last, under the auspices of the local branch of the Girls' Friendly Society. Amongst the local lads demobilised this week are Signaller Ewart Tnomas, 72, High Street; Priv. Joseph Johnson, Bristol House; Priv. Ralph Hughes, Stone Street; and Priv. Frank Frank, High Street. The funeral of the late Miss Clara Davies, Portland House, Llandovery, took place on Wednesday last. The members of the Girls' Friendly Society, of which deceased was a faithful and energetic worker, acted as bearers. The funeral was a most impressive one. Dr. Evan Evans, of Lampeter, who held the position of Medical Officer of Health under the Llandovery Board of Guardians for No. 3 District, is a discharged soldier and served during the present war, gaining the Military Cross. Dr. T. Morgan, Llandovery, who now holds the position, claims three months' notice under that body, although his appointment was only a temporary one. At the last meeting of the Board of Guardians, one of the members said that the parish was behind them, and moved that the temporary appointment be terminated at the end of one month. It was decided that Dr. Morgan be given a month s notice to terminate his engage- ment, and that Dr. Evans be appointed at the pre-war salary.
PENYGROES. Musical Successes.—At a recent examina- tion under the auspices of the London College of Violinists, held at the Y.M.C.A., Amman- ford, the following were successful :—Inter- mediate: Miss Dilys Lodwick, Emporium, Penygroes (with Honours) and Master Dd. Henry Perkins, Heathfield. Third Grade: Master Victor Thomas, Brynawel (with Honours) and Master Jack Davies, Sunny Bank, Penygroes. All the above are pupils of Mr. Tommy Davies, L.C.V., Sunny Bank, Penygroes. The duties of accompanist were ably performed by Miss Ethel M. Lodwick, Emporium, Penygroes. One of the most successful reception con- certs held was that of Friday last. The event, which took place at the Penygroes Corjgregaitional Vestry, was in honour of Privs. Charles Davies, Wm. Hughes, George Abrahams, and Tom Thomas. The chair was occupied by Mr. Wm. Williams, J.P. The following contributed to a splendid pro- gramme:—Misses Sarah Thomas, Maesybont; Irene Thomas, Carmel; Jenny Jones, Castell- rhingyll Messrs. David Evans, Dyllcoed; David A. Jones, Cross Hands; David Lewis, Heolfach; W. Rees, Waengoch; T. J. Evans, Caehelyg; Uriah Davies, Brynmelin; Elwyn Rees, Hendre; and Master Howell Hughes, Gorslas. The Penygroes Silver Band played through the village prior to the concert. Mr. D. W. Hughes, T.C.L., Gorslas, presided at the piano. The concert was opened by singing God save the King," and concluded by singing Hen WJad fy Nhadau. Miss Jennie Jones handed over the usual gifts on behalf of the Committee. Mr. Williams proposed a vote of thanks to all who had taken part, and which Mr. R. D. Rees seconded. To-morrow (Friday) evening, a like function will be held at the Vestry, and the recipients will be Messrs. Joshua Davies, Gate Road; John Evans, Plasgwyn Ben J. Davies, Brynglo; and Jack Lennon, Gorsddu Road. All are returned warriors and holding records of invaluable services to the country.
TALLEY. I The funeral took place on Thursday last of the late Mr. Thomas Rees, J.P., Glanyr- afonddu. He was well known as a member of the Liandilo Board of Guardians for 45 years, and as a large and highly respected farmer and stock breeder, and had repre- sented Talley on the Liandilo Board of Guardians and Rural District Council for the long period of 45 years. The funeral was private, and took place at Talley Churchyard. The mourners were:—Sergt.-Major Oswald Rees (son) Councillor Blagdon Richards, J.P., and Mr. Morgan (sons-in-law) and Mr. T. Morgan (grandson). The service in the house was conducted by the Rev. J. D. Evans, Esgairnant, and in the church and at the graveside by the Vicar of Llansawel, assisted by the Rev. J. D. Evans. The Vicar of Talley was not able to attend owing to indisposition. The hymns, 0 fryniau Caer- salem and Bydd myrdd o rvfeddodau," were sung, and the organist played the "Dead March." The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. John Stephens, Liandilo. Fellow-deacons of the deceased gentleman at Esgairnant Chapel acted as bearers.
"Princess Chrysanthemum." OPERETTA AT AMMANFORD. I Under the auspices of the Church Unitedl Band of Hope, the operetta, Princess Chrysanthemum,' 'was performed at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday evening of last week. The chair was taken by Dr. D. R. Price, The Laurels. The proceeds were in aid of the Church Debt. The Rev. D. Spenser Jones, B.A., ably filled the posrtion of conductor, and to him is due much credit for the organisation of the performance. Mrs. W. Edwards, A.L.C.M., was the accom- panist. The other officials were:—Stage manager, Mrs. W. Comery; electrician, Mr. W. Comery, B.Sc.; i. Mrs. Cooke Jones. The joint secretaries, Miss A. G. Davies and Mrs. Johnson-Jones, worked ex- ceedingly hard to make the event a success, and which was in 'act "e of the gr?.-»tes* ever held at Ammanford. One fact was regret.ed, namely, the absence of Madam Vaughan-Joshua, who is laid up thro.h ill- ness. However, an able substitute was founa m Miss Louisa Davies, Bettws, w^o took rp the part at a few days' notice. Hei singing, as usual, attained, a high standard, and in the role of Princess Chrysanthemum was an adept. The Emperor What-For-Whi (a merciful (?) monarch), in the person of Mr. Dan Edwards, proved his part equal to the occasion. He created much laughter, and his dancing was artistic. Mr. T. Walters as Prince So- T ru delighted the audience with his fine voice. His rival for the hand of Princess Chrysanthemum, Prince So-Sli (Mr. John Rees) looked the typical villain, and acted the part remarkably well. Mr. Gibbon Davies, as Top-Not (the Court Chamberlain), also deserves a share of the praise. Master Ken Rees, as Saucer Eyes (the wizard cat), and his band of followers received an ovation from the audience. Their umbrella dance was a feature, and was loudly, applauded. Master W. Williams, the Lord High Executioner," looked a treacherous being, although small. The axe he carried was bigger than himself. The Fairy Moonbeam (Miss Norah Gumey) was well got up, and the impersonator looked exceedingly charming. The Misses Elsie Johnson, Alice Arrowsmith, Gertie Rees and Blodwen Lewis were the maidens attendant on the Princess. The acting throughout was perfect, and gone through without a hitch. The dancing and choruses were of the best, and speaks for tself of the abilities of the young people of Ammanford. Mention should be made of the little kiddies," who as the followers of Fairy Moonbeam astonished the audience by their coolness and attitudes. The stage scenery had been well got together. The argument was a fete held in honour of the coming of age of the Emperor's daughter, Princess Chrysanthemum. She is loved by Prince So-Tru, and returns his affection, but he has a rival in the person 01 Prince So-Sii, who seeks the aid of Saucer Princess to the cave of Inky Night. Even- Eyes, the Wizard Cat, who carries off the tually Saucer Eyes confesses his treachery. The Emperor pardons Saucer Eyes and So- Sli at the Princess' request, and gives her hand in marriage to Prince So- T ru, thus bringing everything to a happy conclusion. There were three acts. A repeat performance in aid of St. John's Mission Church will be given on February 19th.
Ammanford Urban Council.
Ammanford Urban Council. The ordinary meeting of the above Council was held at the Y.M.C.A. last night, Mr. J. Evan Jones, J.P.. Chairman, presiding. COMMITTEES. The report of the Boundaries, Health, and Finance Committees were submitted and adopted. THE EXTENSION OF THE 1 BOUNDARY. Mr. David Jones asked if the Council pro- posed extending further the Urban Boun- dary than what was originally planned out in the first instance. He (Mr. Jones) referred to Saron, Penygroes, and Llandebie. It would be proper to include these places, for their drainage would naturally run into that of Ammanford. A meeting had been held at Gamswllt, when it was decided to ask the Ammanford Council to extend their boun- dary further south. Brynamman would pro- bably meet with the proposition. Replying to a question, the Clerk said that Cwmamman would be included in the Amman,ford area. Mr. J. C. Shaw was of the opinion that the Council should take the water area into consideration. Mr. D. George said that the wisest course would be, in face of possible opposition, for the Council to meet the representatives of the other Councils. Eventually, it was decided to refer the whole matter to the Boundaries Committee, who meet on Monday evening next. A RECOMMENDATION. The recommendation of the Committee to direct the Clerk to write Mr. Towyn Jones, asking him to approach the proper authorities with the view of securing for the town an artillery gun in addition to the machine-guns already promised, was adopted. STEAM ROLLER. The Eddison Steam Rolling Company had written to the effect that, owing to shortage of labour and the dislocation of their plans due to the calling to the Colours of the majority of their men, they had been unable to send a steam roller to Ammanford. Imme- diately matters would improve, they would give consideration to the application of the Ammanford Council. THE FIRE BRIGADE ACCOUNTS. I A Member enquired why it was the men who took part in the extinguishing of the fire in New Road had not been paid. The Clerk stated that it was time the whole of the accounts were submitted to the Roads Committee. He admitted that there was a good deal of dissatisfaction. On the suggestion of Mr. D. Jones, the matter was referred to the Roads Committee. DELEGATES. I The Chairman and the Clerk were ap- pointed delegates to represent the Council at a Conference to be held at Cardiff under the direction of the National Housing and Town Planning Council. It was recommended that the delegates be instructed to state that the Ammanford Coun- cil would be prepared to go on with the Housing Scheme, provided the deficit would be covered by a penny rate, the remainder to be made good by the Government. Mr. J. C. Shaw: If our delegates do not 1 succeed in securing the wishes of the Council, their expenses will not be paid. (Laughter). VARIA. The Chairman suggested that the Council write to the Great Western Railway Com- pany, asking them to provide facilities for the conveyance of passengers from Caerbryn and Penygroes to Ammanford. It was high time something was done in the matter, and if the Railway Company spent the money in providing better travelling facilities, rather than prosecuting trespassers, there would be a better spirit of harmony prevailing. Amman- ford was the centre, and he laid particular stress on the fact that it was there the people came to for their amusements, education, and police courts. He (Mr. Jones) proposed that the Clerk write to the Railway Company, asking them to send a representative to meet a deputation from the Council to discuss the matter. Mr. Evan Evans seconded, and the pro- position was agreed upon. Mr. J. C. Shaw: I also would add the need for the running of a Sunday train. As mat- ters are at present, poor sailors and soldiers from the district got stranded at Llanelly on Sunday mornings, and were compelled to walk to Ammanford—a distance of 12 to 15 miles. These poor chaps w re humbugged enough without meeting these difficulties. It was a disgrace, and he suggested that the Railway Company be asked to put on the train again, or provide some other means of I conveyance. This was agreed to. Th", Clerk intimated that his colleague and friend, lVlr. A. Ernest Evans, was on his way h-or- fie thought it was a shame that the Local Government Board should promise assistant ttcv. ? the release of public rvant". with tne Colours, and do nothing in the matter. Mr. W N. Jones was appointed to repre- sent the Council on the Maternity and Child Welfare Ccremittee.
PALACE, Ammanford. TO-NIGHT & FRIDAY at 7-31. SATURDAY at 6-30 & 9. Gx-eat: Stoll Film in Six Parts- POLLY of the CIRCUS Stamping MAE MARSH. MARGARET MAYO'S world-famed classic visualised in a tremendous photo- spectacle. SENTIMENT and THRILLS for People of all ages. Coming Pclb. 20th, J. F. YOUNGE'S Star Pantomime, (30 ARTISTES) ROBINSON CRUSOE. I
FOOTBALL TOPICS. LLANDEBIE v. GROVESEND. This match was played at Llandebie on Saturday last, before a good crowd. The homesters were without David Jones, one of their best centres; W. J. Williams and A. Taylor, forwards. The visitors kicked off, R. Owens finding touch with a good kick to halfway. From a scrum hereabouts George Evans set the home backs going, and a brilliant bout of passing ended in Michael being grassed near the visitors* line. Here a series of scrums were formed, and resulting in Jos. Lloyd scoring for the homesters. Reg Owens con- verted. After the kick-out, the homesters gradually worked their way to the visitors' territory, where R. Owens had hard lines in an attempt at a dropped goal. Immediately after the drop-out R. Owens made a fine burst, which took play to the visitors' line. From a scrum, Owens again nearly succeeded in dropping a goal. Half-time score: Llan- debie, one converted goal; Grovesend, nil. On the resumption of play. the visitors pressed strongly, and on many occasions got to within an ace of scoring, but the home- sters' full-back was equal to the occasion and played a fine game. The homesters gradually got to the visitors' line, where the visitors' inside-half was penalised. Owens, however, failed to place the ball between the uprights. At this period the homesters became very slack in their play. The visitors experienced ver ybad luck and certainly deserved to score, but the defence prevailed. The home full- back was exceptionally safe. Final score: Llandebie, one converted goal; Grovesend, nil. AMMANFORD v. TUMBLE. Ammanford journeyed to Tumble on Satur-I day last and opposed the local team before a? record gate. The homesters were strongly represented. Ammanford kicked off, to which Tumble replied with a kick to touch on the halfway line. From the line-out the visitors' forwards got away with a rush to the home line, where a scrum was formed. Ammanford again got possession of the ball, and a pretty bout of passing by the backs broke down. This resulted in Tumble gaining considerable ground. From a line-out Roger Jones picked up and ran across the field, his pass. how- ever, going astray. One of the Tumble players dashed through, and with some of his colleagues in attendance, crossed the line. The kick at goal failed. After this, Amman- ford again went on the offensive, and Wat Jones, picking up the ball in the loose at halfway, made a brilliant run, brushing his would-be tacklers aside, and passed to Fowler, who scored a magnificent try in the, corner. He unfortunately got injured and had to retire. The visitors at this stage played only thirteen men, and kept the home- sters on the defence. At this stage the spec- tators became very rowdy, and several of the Ammanford players were struck. The game had to be stopped for some time. On the restart the game continued to be very fast, and although weakened, the Ammanford for- wards had the best of matters. From the loose, Fowler narrowly missed dropping a goal. Half-time score: Tumble, one try; Ammanford, one try. The game during the early stages of the second half was keen, and Ammanford had hard lines in not adding to their score. On one occasion one of the players actually crossed the line. He, in order to gain posi- tion for converting, unfortunately let the ball slip from his hands. From the drop-out, Fowler started passing, and which resulted in Johnny Morgan sending the leather" to touch near the Tumble 25. From here Tumble broke away and rushed down the field. The Ammanford full-back managed to gain possession of the ball, and from a mark sent play to half-way. The homesters at this juncture got the best of matters, and as the result of some pretty play on the part of the back* scored. The game continued to be fast up to the end. Final score: Tumble, two tries; Ammanford, one try. SPECTATOR. I AMMANFORD v. TIRYDAIL COW- BOYS. 1 his game was played on the Cross Inn Field on Monday afternoon last, before a good crowd. The result was an easy win for Ammanford, the final scores being:- Ammanford, one goal five tries; Tirydail Cowboys, two tries.
•LONDON LETTER. London. Although Parliament will not meet for some days yet a large number of members, old and new, are in town. The political prospects are, of course, the subj ect of lively interest and discussion among them, and the general feeling seems to be that the new House of Commons win be a strenuously active assembly, and that there will be no lack in any part of the House of the desire to tackle boldly and promptly the great programme which the Govern- ment has in hand. Members of all parties realise that the country is in dead earnest. that it will be impatient of partisan and factious opposition, and that it will expect its legislators to reflect both in the spirit and in the letter of their work the new and splendid unity which is everywhere abroad. THE PEACE CONFERENCE. J The proceedings at the Quai d'Orsay, Paris, are being watched with an interest which corresponds to their tremendous im- portance. I have hoard many responsible men express the hope that the splendid speeches delivered by the French President in opening the Peace Conference, and by President Wilson, Mr. Lloyd George, and JVI. Clemenceau, in connection with the elec- tion of the latter a-s its President, will be circulated widely in a popular form. Cer- tainly a perusal of them should suffice to convince any man that the conference is animated by the same fruitful unity which brought victory in the war, and that it is determined to proceed without any avoid- able delay whatever with a solution of the great problems before it. The Prime Minis- ter and his colleagues there must continue, and I am sure will continue, to be supported by the confidence of the nation, and by its steadiness during this portentous period. LAEOUR UNREST. The clear indications that have been given during the week that the Peace Conference will endeavour to arrive at international understanding to bitc advantage of Labour in all the countries involved will, it is to be hoped, have the effect of discounting any violent counsels which may be current among- the organised workers of the country. The serious manifestations of Labour unrest at this moment are much to he deplored. No doubt there are genui^ ne grievances, nor is it open to doubt that the Government is both willing and anxious to secure their removal, and to assist in every possible way the maintenance of industrial peace. Labour has made conspicuous and most creditable sacrifices during the war. It must remember that the war is not yet over, and that anything tending to hamper j the prompt conclusion of a durable peace is little calculated to promote either its infiu-l ence or its permanent interests. THE HOUSE SHORTAGE. The shortage of houses, particularly small houses, is being felt pretty keenly by con- siderable numbers of people in London and In the larger provincial towns and cities. As Mr. Lloyd George said, in the course of the General Election campaign, this prob- lem of housing will have to be dealt with drastically and soon. There is no reason whatever for supposing that it will not be so dealt with. But to hear some people talk one would think that houses could be made to descend miraculously from the heavens or be produced by some act of inscrutable I magic out of the bowels of the earth at n. moment's notice. The house shortage is un- doubtedly serious. But during the war. when air raids were feared, one heard of people who, having left their normal resi- dences could find no accommodation, and had to spend nights walking about. I have not heard of folk being reduced to this ex- tremity lately. THE PORTUGUESE "REVOLUTION." The news out of Portugal during the! week has been more interesting than defi- nite, but Londoners are more concerned about the personal than the political aspect of the matter. King Manuel's beautiful house at Twickenham has become a centre of charit- able works, and the exiled king has taken an industrious part in them. I remember seeing King Manuel some time ago at a bazaar in aid of some suburban charity, and I was much impressed by his unostentatious geniality. People here will watch his for- tune therefore with a lively regard, al- though thev are a little disposed, and indeed J little qualified from the information able. to express opinions as to the internal position in Portugal, a country which both as a monarchy and a republic has been consistent'y friendly to us. LAND FOR SOLDIERS. Mr. Lloyd George, in the course of the General Election, pointed out that one of the first matters which must be dealt with on the assembling of the new Parliament is -the question of land for soldiers. The Go- vernment is known to have given careful consideration to this matter in all its bear- ings long before the General Election, and certain schemes had been drawn up. During this week, I understand, those schemes 1,,a- been re-examined and developed, with the result that a plan has been decided upon which is calculated to accomplish the end in view. Cottages with an acre of land, and farms run on co-operative principles are among Gov proposals. Despite complaints in some quarters as to alleged delay in dealing with this matter, it will be clear to anyone who will consider all the fa> a rhit the Government is acting as pioinpUv as it can. The proposals made aie to be introduced in a Bill in the forthcom- ing session of Parliament. How could they have been mad e c flee tiro earlier? The Pre- mier is fulfilling' his TTomise. both in the letter and in the spirit.
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BRYNAMMAN. Local gardeners are so eager to get in then early seeds that many have endured the cold and risked the consequences to clear the beds of a 6 -inch layer of snow. It is estimated that the number of musical works under rehearsal in the Amman Valley at present approximate 15, these ranging from simple juvenile cantatas to classical oratorios. Exclusive of these there are about ten con- certs in course of arrangement. Last Saturday, the mortal remains of Mrs. John Daniels, Liandilo Road, were laid to rest at Siloam burial-ground, in the presence of a large number of mourners and friends. T1 L he officiating ministers were the Revs. J. Le- Davies and Jones, Soar, Ystalyfera. L >ced was 61 years of age, and had suffered a long and trying illness. The end, notwithstanding .came very suddenly. She leaves a husband, seven sons and one daugh- ter to mourn their sad loss—Messrs David John Daniel, Garnant; Emrys, Freddie, Luther, Ivor, David, and Aneurin Daniel, and Miss May Daniel, of Brynamman. Beau- tiful wreaths were laid on the coffin by the family. The sincerest sympathy is extended I to the family. An interesting wedding was solemnised at Mount Pleasant Baptist Chapel, Swansea, on Saturday last, when Mr. Owen Stephen Evans, Bryn Avenue, and Miss Mary Ann Beddoe, Rugby Avenue, Neath (formerly of Brvnamman), were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by the Rev. D. C. Williams, Cwmavon. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a fawn costume witi. a white hat, while the bridesmaids- Misses Lizzie Beddoe and E. H. Evans, sisters of bride and bridegroom respectively- wore navy blue costumes. Priv. Evans (bro- ther of bridegroom) acted as best man. After the ceremony a reception was held at Rugby Avenue, Neath, the bride's residence, when a large company of well-wishers attended. The happy couple eventually left on their honeymoon. Good luck to Mr. and Mrs. Evans.
Amman Valley Colliery Strike
Amman Valley Colliery Strike 7,000 MEN AFFECTED. On Friday last, the damages awarded by the Ammanford magistrates towards covering the loss in standing charges were deducted from the men's wages. It will be recollecetd that some 42 miners were summoned for breaches of contract by leaving work on two occasions to attend the funerals of comrades. The action of the management resulted in the adoption of a down-tools policy, and on Friday evening the men at Tirydail Colliery decided to take this drastic step. By Mon- day, some 24 collieries in the district had taken the same action from a sympathetic standpoint. Up to the time of writing, 7,000 men are affected. On Monday, a meeting of the Conciliation Board for the Coal Trade of South Wales and Monmouthshire was held at Cardiff. Mr. Evan Williams presiding over the owners' representatives, and the Right Hon. Wm. Brace, M.P., over the workmen's section. The former raised the question of stoppages without notice, saying several collieries were idle that day in sympathy with men from whose wages damages had been deducted under an order of the Court. Mr. Brace re- plied that the workmen's representatives did not support unconstitutional stoppages, but the position at present was a very difficult one, and it had been decided to urge the owners not to issue any further summonses against the workmen at present. Mr. Evan Williams said that the owners were quite prepared to meet the workmen' s representatives and discuss with them the question of any pending summonses, but they could not give any undertaking beyond this. The loss to the Swansea Docks from the Amman Valley mining stoppage is about 11,000 tons daily. The anthracite miners of the Amman Valley propose to widen the industrial action to which they are now committed. A repre- sentative Strike Committee has been formed, and is to meet daily. At a delegate meeting held yesterday at Swansea, the representatives of the Amman Valley Unofficial Committee expressed the opinion that, un less the damages were re- funded, the whole of the Anthracite miners should be called out. It was agreed, at the request of the men at the 22 collieries now idle in the Amman Valley, to hold the ordi- nary District Meeting next Saturday, and to have thereat a mandate from the Federation Lodges as to the desirability or otherwise of adopting a down-tools policy throughout the district, either immediately on Monday next or by giving fourteen days' notice from Monday next. The two miners' agents, with a committee of three, were appointed to ap- proach in the interval the companies of the collieries concerned, with a view to getting the deductions refunded and so terminate the trouble.
Local Wedding. A very pretty wedding was solemnised at St. Michael's Church on Tuesday morning, the young couple being Miss Eleanor Davies, eldest daughter of Mr. Evan Davis, Cynlais View, Llandebie Road, and Mr. Robert John Newton Harries, son of Mr. D. Harries, Pantypal, Park Henry. The bride, who was attired in a navy blue costume and electric blue cloth hat, was given away by her father. The nuptial knot was tied by the Rev. J. W. Jones, B.A. (vicar), assisted by the Rev. D. Spenser Jones, B.A. (curate). The duties of best man were carried out by the bridegroom's cousin, Mr. Thos. Roberts. A reception was held at the residence of the bride, when about thirty relatives and friends attended, including the Rev. W. Nantlais Williams and Mr. Richards, Park Henry. The honeymoon is being spent at Swansea. Neshau at yr allor Sancteiddiol ei gwawr, Neshau at yr alloT A'I eira'n dod lawr! Cydwisgo mewn cariad, A'r byd yn ei wyn; Cvd-doddi mewn cariad, A rhew ar y Hyn! Os cynnes yw'r galon Trwy'r oemi i gyd, Beth fydd hanes eich serch Pan daw'r haf dros y byd? Os torrodd yn Chwefror Yn flodau di fai, O! beth fydd ei harddwch Dan awel mis Mai? NANTLAIS.
jtrq To the INHABITANTS OF THE DISTRICT. ?? Please NOTE ?? MABTm L. EDWARDS ??f ■' tlllltli (Member of the National Association of Master ?. ￼ |||jg|j|p Monumental Sculptors) ?'??? ?as OPENED A BUSINESS I¡¡\ i AS MONUMENTAL SCULPTOR aad STONECUTTER, Opposite Christian Temple Chapel, High St., AMMANFORD. In the meantime (until a Residonce is acquired), please call with Mr. Rees Jones, Cabinet Maker, for all information.