"Should Labour Support the Coalition?" At the Schoolroom, Llandebie, on Monday evening last, under the presidency of the Rev. P. E. Evans, a very interesting debate took place. The subject was: Should Labour support the Coalition?" and the proceeds were devoted to the Llandebie Public Memorial Hall and Institute. Mj. Shaw, Llandebie, for the affirmative, said that his object was to teach both Coalition and Labour that tolerance was the greatest factor. The reason why he had sup- ported Coalition at the last General Election was that the Labour Party was not what it professed to be. Trade Unionists and the body party were entirely different. In the Labour Party the body politic lay supreme. He did not believe in that. He contended that Trade Unionists got a hearing from the Government, and the Government was a representation of the people. Even if they had a Labour Government there would be the need of Trade Unions. It was said that there was more trouble amongst the employees of the Government than by private enterprise. The Labour Party in the last General Elec- tion had failed through the existence of an unpatriotic set of men, who had marooned and jerrymandered the cause of Labour, and the men in the past had earned their livelihood by the sweat of the brow. The latter had been classed as friends of the capitalists. There was a gulf in the Labour Party. To create unity amongst those men who shouted for democracy, and grew vivid in the face, would be to draw the River Towy through a 6-inch pipe. Who fought for the secret ballot? The Labour Party withdrew their support from the Government without consult- ing them. Mr. Lloyd George, last Decem- ber, demanded a mandate. Mr. Clynes, Mr. Brace, and other genuine Trade Unionists withdrew their support to the Government in face of opposition. As the result of the election, the Ramsay Macdonald, Jowett and Snowden gang were swept out of existence. They had a Bolshevik to oppose Mr. Barnes. It was time they looked into the matter. It was not due to the ignorance of the working class that Labour failed in the last election. The Labour Party in the election sailed under sealed orders. They were told not to say that they were Labour, I.L.P., or B.S.P., and not to say they were Socialists and Pacifists, but simply Labour. According to the Labour Party, Towyn Bach" was a capitalist. Mr. George Bernard S haw, a Labour candidate or aspiring as one, was classed by the Socialists a poor man, despite the fact that he made £ 1,000 a year. Lord Leverhulme, who taught people to do their work in six hours, Lord Northcliffe, and Rowntree, the cocoa magnate, were classed as Labour, and Towyn a capitalist. Mr. Vernon Hartshorn made a very lame excuse in answer to the reason for the downfall of the Labour Party in the last election. One out of every four," said he, voted for Labour." He (Mr. Shaw) was not going to contest the accuracy of those figures. The Labour Party failed because they were not Trade Unionists only, but Socialists affiliated to the Labour Party. Of the noisy minority in the Labour Party, the I.L.P. was the worst. He (the speaker) did not know what the funds of the I.L.P. were. In 1901, the Socialists subscribed to the Labour Party £ 280, while on the other hand one Trade Union alone subscribed £ 147,000. There were five types of Socialists organised during the past 40 years. Their idea was Let' s all be equal and I will be the boss." The Socialists wanted to divide the earth into 450,000,000 pieces and share it. They were going to get old-age pensions at 50. They had waited 27 years for that, and it had not come yet. The workers of the country had too much common-sense, and were not going to be gulled. OJ I AM A BOLSHEVIK." I Mr. W. H. Mainwaring, of Clydach Vale, Rhondda, in taking up the negative, said he was proud to boast that he was a Bolshevik. The meaning of Bolshevism was that the workers of the country, organised upon the bases of the industries they worked in, should take full control and administration of such industries in the interests of such community. He claimed to be a Trade Unionist; also Mr. Shaw had claimed the same privilege. He (My. Mainwaring) was a more valuable asset to the cause of Trade Unionism than Mr. Shaw. He had sufficient reason not to support the Coalition. Mr. Shaw had spoken of free citizenship for the working classes. It was not free, but conditional. In the last election, out of 700 candidates only 7 men went in with a majority. Mr. Clynes and Mr. Bames had not objected to withdrawing their support from the Government. All they wanted to do was to remain in the Govern- ment until peace was signed. He preferred Mr. John Maclean, of Glasgow, to Mr. Barnes as their candidate. Mr. Mainwaring then went on to describe the oppression and the tyranny of the capitalists from the Stone Age down to the present. In the tribal days, the eisteddfod was their gathering, and with that came knowledge and the desire to acquire property. Private property forced legality. Then came cohesion and oppression side by side. The mass of the people became serfs. I We hear of the Baron warriors and their advantages in crafts. The merchants ap- peared upon the scene, and ultimately capi- talism in production. The Conservatives and the Whigs quarrelled, but never in reference to the advancement of the working classes. They used the working class to aid them in the settlement of their grievances. We hear of the capitalists of EtIland orgaising an army of 500,000 to march upon London for the 1 purpose of securing political interests. The Sinn Feiners never did that, nor the Bol- sheviks. It is said that the modern working man was free. It was true that he was free to starve. As Trade Unionists they not only fought against Capitalism, but carried the fight into their camp. Although the indus- trial class were strong, they were gulled. The Press of the country was trying to bluff the people. The Press was deliberately publish- ing provocating articles. They drew a-terrible picture before the people. They painted tl-lc riots at Glasgow as horrible to frighten the working class. The Press, again, said that Russia was starving. If that was so, it had been going on for two years, and they had not starved yet. The capitalists had organised a machine of publicity, assisted by the Press, the police, and unfortunately the pulpit. Mr. Shaw, in replying, said that the Socialist; had described the old gang, and had included such worthy followers of Labour as C. B. Stanton, Barnes, and Stephen Walsh The new gang, in their estimation, was John McLean and the Bolsheviks. Two days after the Armistice was signed, the intellectual members of the I.L.P. held a dinner in the House of Commons. They the outbreak of war to the Iaxiiy of the Foreign Office. At dinner there were three towts:-(I) Peace; (2) European Revolution; (3) Our German Friends. After the third toast the waiters went on strike. The I.L.P. had tried the Red Flag dodge before to get into Parliament, but had failed. Before the Armistice was signed they wanted peace by negotiation; now they wanted industrial chaos without negotia- tion. Russia had proved what peace by negotiation meant, especially by Trotsky and Lenin. The result was no annexation and no indemnities. The I.L.P. was known as the Political Cuckoo." If that body pos- sibly could, they, like the cuckoo, stole the nests of the Trade Unions. Mr. Main waring, in his final remarks, and replying to Mr. Shaw, said that he had not come from Clydach Vale to reply to the "piffle of Mr. Shaw. The modem work- ing class was created like every other class. They were not conscious of their position. If labour created value, they were entitled to it. How did Mr. Shaw dare slander Karl Marx, the great German Socialist? This great man had given his life for the working class. He had solved the problem of the working class. It did not matter about his nationality. The I.L.P. had rendered great service. It would do more, and the only fact he (Mr. Mainwaring) regretted was that i was not moving fast enough. Evolution and revolution meant progress. Revolution was an abstract. Revolution caused blood, but this was due to forces of reaction in the form of soldiers and police, who came upon the scene. Revolution in itself never caused bloodshed. The usual vote of thanks terminated the meeting.
The Housing Question at Ammanford. A meeting of the ratepayers of Ammanford was held at the Y.M.C.A., on Thursday evening last, to consider the advisability (or otherwise) of adopting for the urban district the Housing Scheme suggested by the Local Government Board; to receive an explanation of the views of the Urban District Council thereon; and, if thought desirable, to pass a resolution in relation thereto. The Chairman, Mr. J. Evan Jones, J.P., said that according to the Local Government Board Scheme, and in order to come up to its requirements, they at Ammanford would have to go in for the building of 50 or more new houses. To adopt a scheme of the kind it would be necessary to borrow a large sum of money. The reports on the scheme had already appeared in the Press, and the rate- payers were aware of the facts. The Clerk, Mr. T. M. Evans, M.A., in giving the views of the Counci l on the scheme, said that he would give them a rough estimate of the cost and what it would mean to the .ratepayers. There was a scarcity of houses at Ammanford, and it was essential that they should go in for building on a large scale. Really they could not over- estimate the number of young men of mar- riageable age for whom accommodation would have to be found. The scheme of the Government was very open to criticism. Forty-eight houses (which under the scheme they would probably have to build) would cover four acres of land. At Amman ford land was very dear, and they would not be able to get it under 2s. per foot. The 48 houses, at a rough estimate, would cost S-24, 000. There were other expenses not accounted for ,such as road making, sewerage, architect's and other fees. They would have a pretty bill to pay. There also was to be taken into consideration the tremendous new rate of interest. Borrowing at pepr cent., the annual repayment came to £ 1,827 3s. 7jd. What would be the return? Forty-eight houses at il 5s. per lunar month came to 1780. That was the gross rental. There was nothing allowed for repairs and vacancies. Taking all deductions, the actual sum re- ceived for rent would be S-631 10s. The cost is staggering," said Mr. Evans. Con- tinuing, he estimated the annual deficit at £1,039 Us. 7d. They (the ratepayers) paid one-fourth and the Government the remainder. It would mean a 4d. or 5d. rate. A Voice: If a private enterprise can make it pay, how cannot the Council? The Clerk: It would be a speculation these days. A Ratepayer: What would the rent be to cover the annual deficit? The Clerk: About S-2 12s. per month. A Voice: Where have you had your figures? The Clerk: Expert advice. A Voice: Is it a fact that it has appeared in the Press that the Government intend bear- ing the whole of the loss? The Clerk: Not that I am aware of it; I neither have I received any official notifi- cation. The Clerk at this juncture said that if at the end of seven years the property retained its value, the Government would make no further grant; then the ratepayers would have to bear the whole. Assuming that at the end of seven years the valuation shewed a loss of £ 2,000, then the Government would pay three-fourths of that. The debt would be at the beginning of the eight year 124,500; that is, if the value of the property remained the same. A Voice: Is the scheme anywhere in force at the present ttme? The Clerk: It is a new scheme, and I don't know of any authority that has gone further than to adopt it. A ratepayer suggested that they should send a strong recommendation to the Govern- ment to make further concessions in the scheme. The Clerk said the Government should grant facilities to the Public Works Board, and thus enable them to advance loans at a reduced rate of interest. 1 A ratepayer, on being told that there would pe no parlour to the houses, exclaimed: Thank God for that! Further questions were asked, including the alternative of the Council if the scheme was not adopted. To this the Chairman replied that nothing definite had been come to, and it was for the ratepayers to come to an under- standing. Further they would not venture on any scheme until they had consulted the rate- payers. It was also said that1 there were 36 applicants for a vacant house in the district. Mr. D. Jones, stationmaster, Pantyffynnon, suggested that a remedy was the abolishment of the suspension of the Small Dwellings Act. A worker could then have his own design for the building of a house. The Clerk was of the opinion that builders' mortgages should be made applicable, and that the Government should make a con- cession covering the purpose. He was pleased to notice the people realising the motives of the Act. Eventually, ,it was decided to let the matter stand over for a month pending developments. Reference was also made to the fact that the standard hcisss offered by ¡ the Government were not suitable to Amman- ford.
Llandilo Annual Licensing Sessions. Saturday, February Ist.-Before Mr. H. Jones-Davies, Penrhos; and Mr. W. Hopkirs, i Llandilo. ANNUAL REPORT. Deputy Chief Constable John Evans pre- sented his annual report. The number of licensed houses in the division was 48, to a popuilation of 9,062. These included 33 seven days, 9 six days, and one off licence for the sale of wine. Thirty-four were free and 9 were tied houses. This gave one public-house to 193 of the population. The average for England and Wal es was one for every 345. T he number of public-houses within the urban area was 22. to a population of 1,932. This worked out at one public- house for every 87.8 of the population. Out- side the urban area there were 25 public- houses, to a population of 7,130, or one public-house to every 285.2 of the popula.-on. During the year, proceedings were instituted against one public-hcruse under the Liquor Control Order and dismissed, as against two for the preceding year and one conviction. Eleven persons were proceeded against for drunkenness and 10 convicted, as against 37 proceedings and 35 convictions. At last year's Annuai Licencing Sessions, their Wor- ships had expressed the belief that there were too many licensed houses, especially within the urban area, and had instructed him to on i r this occasion bring in a report and to serve notices on the licensees within the district. He had now done so, and now submitted a liist of houses which, after examination by the police, were found to require certain struc- tural alterations and repairs. He also sub- mitted a list of houses which the police, on the ground of redundency, thought were not required, and suggested referring to the Com- pensation Authority. Mr. Porter, solicitor, Llandilo, appeared! on behalf of the owner, Mrs. Phillips, Tre- geyb, in respect to the Ivy Bush Inn, Ffair- fach, and intimated on her behalf that sani- tary and other defects complained of would be attended to, if the Deputy Chief would point out what was required done. He would also give an undertaking on behalf of the owner, Mr. Davies, in respect to what was required to be done at the Cennen Arms. The owner of the third house for which he appeared, the Half Moon Hotel, was Lord Dynevor. The only thing the police required there was that the back door should be closed, and on behalf of Mr. Evans, the licensee, he was prepared to give the neces- sary undertaking. Mr. Henry Thompson, Swansea, said he appeared for 14 or 15 licensees, and he understood the Deputy Chief Constable sug- gested that 8 or 9 should be referred to the Compensation Authority. Mr. Thompson asked for a list of houses in which alterations, &c., were suggested. Deputy Chief Constable Evans mentioned the Half Moon Hotel, New Ivy Bush Inn, and Victoria Hotel. He had seen the owners or their representatives with regard to them, and believed they were being attended to. The Glanquay Inn was in a very bad state. There was no cement flooring and no drainage, and a new house should be built. The Square and Compass, Ffairfach, re- quired general repairs. The roof was in a very bad state. Mr. Hugh Williams, Llandilo, appeared on behalf of Messrs. Buckleys, Llanelly, and said in respect of the houses of which they were owners that they were prepared to give an undertaking that what was required in the way of repairs and alterations would Be done. Deputy Chief Constable Evans suggested that the following houses should be referred on the ground of redundancy and unsuit- ability:—Rose and Crown, George and Dragon, the Old Gin Shop, and the Three Tuns, Llandilo; White Horse, Nag's Head, New Inn, and Tynewydd Inn. There was one billiard licence in existence last year, but he did not believe there would be an appli- cation for its renewal. The person who held it was not now in the town. Mr. H. Thompson said that on the list which the Deputy Chief suggested should be referred, he applied for the renewal of the licences of the George and Dragon, the Rose and Crown,, the White Horse, Nag's Head, and New Inn. He opposed the Deputy's application that these should go to the next Sessions, but he made no objection to his serving a certain number of notices of objec- tion. IL was a good thing that now and again in the history of the district that the licences held should be brought before the Court, in order that some revision and supervision should take place. From time to time certain structural alterations became necessary, and certain observations as to carrying on the trade at various houses were made by the police Any suggestions the Deputy had to make as to houses he represented, his clients would be only too glad to give an honourable assurance and undertaking that his wishes should be carried out. But the Deputy sug- gested that a number should go to thx* Ad- journed Sessions with a view to their being referred to the Compensation Authority. He had never him before to make a suggestion in so half-hearted a manner, and he could not believe that he was altogether sincere in his application. He had adduced very little reason in support of his suggestions. They could have been made ten years ago with the same force as to-day. He said there were too many public-houses in the urban area, and pointed out that there was one for every 87 of the inhab itants, against an average of one for every 345 for England and Wales. An observation like that, coming from the Deputy Chief, had prima facie some force, but he ventured to put it to the Bench that in the singular, peculiar and unique position which Llandilo occupied, the Deputy's observation lost a good deal of force. Llandilo was a peculiarly situated place. It was a most im- portant market town. Its weekly market, he was told, was second to none in Wales. It served a district of 15 or 18 miles around. People brought in produce to meet buyers from the Amman Valley and Glamorganshire. It was not the population only that had to be catered for, and a great deal of stabling accommodation was highly necessary in an agricultural district of this kind. Marts Were held in Llandilo and Ffairfach week by week, and very largely attended. It followed that in a town of such importance in the agricul- tural world—one might almost call it the hub of a little universe-there must be to accom- modate these people a larger number of public-houses than would be necessary in an average town in the country. Then, in addi- tion, large fairs were held. He was told that at the June and November fairs as many I as twenty thousand people cangregated. Having given consideration to th ese facts h- believed the Bench would come to elusion that there was not the same force in the suggestions the Deputy Chief put before them. He thought that, taking into con- sideration the peculiar circumstances which he had indicated, the number of public- houses at Llandilo was not excessive. An- other pleasant feature to the police, to the Bench, and to the public was the happy con- dition which existed so far as the public- houses were concerned, inasmuch as there was not a single conviction against them. That shewed that these people were law- abiding, industrious, and fit to 'hold licences, especially in a town like Llandilo, where police vigilance and supervision was so exact- ing, not only on the part of the Deputy Chid with his great experience and zeal, but also the force which he commanded. This was a gratifying fact which he was entitled to urge most strongly. More than t!-t, all these people for whom he appeared opposed the referring of the licences for compensation. They were happy in their vocation and suffi- ciently prosperous for their purpose. They were honest people against whom there were no convictions, and apparently no complaints. Several of them were widows, and many of them were people who had suffered severe bereavement in the war. He submitted that this was an inappropriate moment, when we were still in a transition state, to bring down on these people a disturbance such as the Deputy Chief suggested. Notices of objec- tion had been hurled on these law-abiding citizens almost like a hail of bullets from a hostile trench. They had done nothing to deserve it, and were carrying on the trade to the satisfaction not only of themselves, but the community at large. Deputy Chief Constable Evans said that in serving notices of objection he was acting on the instructions of the Bench. As to the June and November fairs, he had been at Llandilo 17 years, and during that time the number of people attending them had not been over ten thousand. The Bench announced that the licences of the following houses were referred to the adjourned General Licensing Sessions:— The Cawdor Arms Hotel (the licence of which was in course of transfer) George and Dragon. Rose and Crown, the Old Gin Shop, the Three Tuns, White Horse, Nag's Head, New Inn. and Tynewydd Inn. The licences of the following were renewed, sub- ject to the requirements of the police being carried out within six months:—Half Moon Hotel, New Ivy Bush (Ffairfach), Victoria Hotel, Glanquay (Ffairfach), Square and Compass (Drefach), ard Old White Lion. The other licences were renewed, In the meantime, the magistrates will visit the houses the licences of which had been adjourned. I A BROKEN PROMISE. Elizabeth Jane Williams, Mountain Hall, Salem, applied for an affiliation order against John Jones, Glanrhydygwyel, Brechfa. Mr. Hugh Williams was for the applicant. The latter, it appeared, was in service from November, 1917, to last year at Llanfynydd, when a courtship sprang up between her and the defendant, who, she alleged, after putting up a notice of marriage at the Registry Office, Llandilo, took advantage of her and gave various excuses for postponing the wed- ding. Since the birth of the child, defendant had written letters admitting paternity. An order for 4s. 6d. a week, with doctor' s and advocate's fees, was made. PATERNITY ADMITTED. I Annie Thomas, Morfa House, George Street, Llandilo, made a similar application against William Davies, Cin Cottage, Der- wydd Road. Mr. WaLter L. Smith, Ammanford, was for applicant, who stated that she gave birth to a female child in May at Lkndiilo Work- house, of which she alleged defendant was the father. Defendant was a collier. She first met him in November, 1916, and after- wards used to meet him frequently on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Improper relations took place between them within a month of their first meeting. She was then on a farm. This was her second child. She had no order in the first case. Defendant enquired j about her whilst she was at the Workhouse. It was stated that this was also defendant's second child. Mary Davies, defendant's mother, said she had been sent to Court by her son to admit paternity. He was willing to pay what he could towards the child's maintenance, but his health had broken down in the South African War, and he was not able to follow his employment regularly. The Bench made an order for 6s. a week, and allowed advocate's fee. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. I David John Thomas, Bryncerdd, Pantllyn, Llandebie, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Llandilo. Fined £ 1 and warned as to his future I behaviour. Llewelyn Thomas, of the same address, who appeared in Court in uniform and wear- ing four service stripes, was similarly charged. The Bench said they had a high regard for the boys who had fought in defence of their country. Still, they must behave themselves, and not molest people on the highway. He was dealt with under the Probationers' Act and ordered to pay the costs.
Clergyman and Capitalism. I A CILRHEDYN SERMON. I Preaching at Ciirhedyn Church on Sunday, the Rev. James H. Jenkins (Church Socialist League) said that the Widow of Nain might be congratulated on her place of resi- dence. Had she lived in a South Wales industrial district, much people of the city would have dropped into trouble for attending her son's funeral. One of Carmarthenshire's I brave defenders was recently brought home to claim his share of the land he had died to save. He got the usual 6 feet. But because his collier chums turned up to escort him to d tip to escort him to his last resting place, they were fined at the local police court. The Ammarford miners' banner, We want time to bury our dead, was an eye-opener to our toilers. What was granted to Huns, Turks and Bulgars in the clash of battle was denied to them in their own country. The Welshman was in distin- guished company when he declined to pay the dead his respects by proxy. Men as far apart in t me and tenets as Joseph and Voltaire had made commandment concerning their bones. But the cold-blooded capitalism of to-day, not content with speeding up the living, actually begrudged the departed a uto of decent burial."
Marwolaeth Mr. Herbert Lewis, o Goleg Caerfyrddin. Mwyaf garw, marw mhell. Felly bu hanes taith fer ond defnyddiol y cyfaill armwyl a enwir uchod. Anodd heddyw ydyw sylweddoli fod gyrfa y myfyriwr gobeiithiol wedi dod i'r terfyn, a. hynny mor bell o'i fro enedigol. Drylliwyd ei gyn- Huniau, diflannodd ei obejthion pan ddaeth i'w ran i gymeryd ei swydd fel cynorthwywr yng Nghymdeithas y Groes Goch (Red Cross). Bu yn ffyddlon ï w waith nes cael ei symud i gylch uwch o ymddiriedaeth drachefn. a hynny ar diroedd Salonica. Bu yno yn ymyl tair blynedd, yn fawr ei sel ac yn gynnes ei barch ym mysg ei gydnabod. Brodor oedd ein cyfaill hoff o Lancrwys, Sir Gaerfyrddin. Ganwyd ef mewn amaethdy o'r enw Ystafellwen, yn y plwyf uchod, yn yr hwn le mae ei fam weddw heddyw yn wylo dwfr ei chalon ar ol ei mab gobeithiol. Efe ydoedd gobaith ei chysur daearol, yr ieuengaf o'r plant, ac yn ddibrwd, felly yn naturiol, yr oedd serch y fam yn canolbwyntio ei, chysur i' w ofal ef pan y dychweLai; ond nid felly bu. Profodd wirionedd yr adnod yn yr amgylchiad. mai nid fy ffyrdd i yw eich ffyrdd chwi." Er iddo gael ei arbed rhag min y cledd a'r belen blwm, a chael goroesi yr Armagedon fawr, cyfrwng arall ddewisodd Rhagluniaeth i' w alw adref fry. Cafodd ei daro mewn cystudd trwm, ac er pob dytais o eiddo meddygon a chyretihon. huno wnaeth diwedd lonawr yn Salonica beli, er galar mawr i bawb o',i gydnabod. Gyda lllawer o briodoldeb y gellir dweyd i'w haul fachlud tra yr oedd yn ddydd." Gostyngwyd ei nerth ar y ffordd. Paham, nis gwyddom. Ei ffyrdd Ef sydd yn y mor a ï lwybrau yn y dyfroedd dyfnion." Gallem ni feddwl fod ei farwolaeth wedi amddifadu Cymru o broffwyd disglaer i'w gened'l, oherwydd bu yn ysgolion rhagbaratoawl yn Llanybyther a Phontypridd a Chaerfyrddin, ac oddiyno i Goleg Caerfyrddin, i' r amcan o hogi ei gryman ar gyfer maes y weinidogaeth. Fel cyfaill yr oedd bob amser yn siriol a gonest, a gwnelai gyfeillion yn rhwydd drwy ei fywyd unplyg, di-sen. Fel myfyrlwr bu yn ddiwyd gyda'i wersi, ac yn effro i'w ddyled- swyddau colegaw l. Medrai bregethu yn syml, swynol ac yn adeiladol, ac olion myfyrdod yn ganfyddadwy ar ei genadwri. Gyfaill hoff, chwith gennyf feddwl na chaf dy weled mwy yr cchr hyn, a bod dy yrfa obeithioi wedi ei dirwyn ben cyn cyrraedd dy 32 oed. Caraswn ni a llu mawr eraill pe byddet wedi cael bedd yng Nghymru, i gael cyfle i dywallt deigryn arno; ond dyna, nid yno yr wyt ti dy hun. Credwn mai ym mro yno yr wyt tl Caersalem wen y'th welir mwyach, pryd y gobeithiwn Cael yno gwrdd Yn Sadem lan oddeutu'r bwrdd." Gadawodd yr ymadawedig ddau frawd a phump chwaer a mam annwyl, ynghyd â chylch helaeth o ffrindiau i alaru ar ei ol. Daeth tros y claerwyn donnau I Gymru newydd blin Am farw'r cyfaill siriol, mwyn, Fu'n gweini yn y drin. I' r gad yn wirfoddolwr Yr aeth i wneud ei ran, A chymwynaswr ffyddlon fu I'r clwyfus rai a'r gwan. Os marw 'mhell o gartref, I Heb fam i wrando'th lef, Oddiyna, fel o'th aelwyd hoff, 'Run faint yw'r ffordd i'r nef. Cei yno fedi'th lafur Uwch gofid, cur a loes, Yng nghwmni'r Gwr was' naethost ti Drwy gyfnod boreu'th oes. Dy goffa saif yn annwyl Ar aelwyd Ystafellwen," A rhoddi cipdrem yno wnei Dros aur ganllawiau'r nen. Gan sibrwd Peldlwch wylo, F y ffrindiau hoff, dinam, Dyheu yr wyf am weld y dydd Caf yno gwmni mam. Ein cariad aiff ar aden Dychymyg, lawer tro, I wlitho'th fedd a deigryn serch I' r bell estronol fro. Boed engyl nef i wylio Y llecyn tan yr yw, Lie gorffwys mewn estiono l wlad Weddillion proffwyd Duw. Blin y -An o wlad estronol-gafwyd Am gyfaill mwyn, siriol; Heddyw i ni ddaw 'no! Mwyach 'n ddiamheuol. Myfyriwr o fyw fwriad-da ydoedd A didwyll o rodiad Catiaiidd law, carodd ei wlad A'i goron yn ei gar iad I'r Groes Goch, y gares gu-yn ddiau Bu'n ddiwyd yn gweini; Ei siriol lef gysurai lu O'u hingoedd fyddai'n trengu. O i ddaioni ddihoenodd-uwch ei aidd, Ei iechyd a giliodd; Ei ing draw yn angau drodd, Ar ei wely ffarweliodd. | Ffarweliodd, a phur olion-y nefoedd Yn ei nwyfus galon; I Drws ei dy geir draws y don Yn ystryw daeaT estron. Ei enaid, nid yw yno-diangodd I fyd engyl heno; I Aï wedd lach, yn ei wydd 0, 01 salwch yn p res wylio. Brynaman. D. BRYNFAB THOMAS. I Brynaman.
Clywedigion o Benygroes. I Clywed fod rhai eglwysi a chwant efelychu y Babe! drwy gael magic lanfem neu cine- matograph entertainment er mwyn egluro yr Ysgrythyr. Gobeithio na chaiff neb ofn y lluniau, fel cafodd un yn, y Babell. Rhedodd allan yn ei ofn, ac aeth i wersyll yr Antimon- jaid, ac, fel y dywedodd hen gerdyn, neidio o'r ffrympan i'r tan. Clywed fod rhai capeli yn cael eu defnyddio i gyhoeddi gweithrediadau anghyf- reithlawn y joint Committee yn Amanford, drwy gyhoeddi streic lofaol heb rybudd o gwbl. Mae yn ilawn bryd i ddiorseddu y clic hwn sydd yn cwrdd yn Amanford a'i wreiddyn yn y T9 Gwyn. Gwyn oddi allan, ond yp llawn o seirff gwenwynig. Dyma ddechreu polisi yr I.L.P. Bolshefaidd. Clywed fod un wraig yn gofyn i un arall, pan oedd y demonstration yn cychwyn o Benygroes, Pwy oedd y bob! hyn?" Wedi hir feddwl, dywedodd: Dyma y demon- ructions." Ateb cywir iawn, onide? Eithaf gwir. ERYR BANC Y ROCK. v •; s <«.
ER COF I Am David Tom Davies, mab Mr. a Mrs. Tom Davies, Uandebie Road, Tirydail. Draw yn Etaples, draw wrth y mor, Lie treigia'r tonnau'n alarus gor,- Galar a gludwyd dros gefn y IIi" 0 eigion serch ein calonnau ni— Huno mae David yn dawel ei fron, Tuhwnt i swn pob cwynfanus don. Hunodd yn gynnaT—cyn hanner dydd, Tra runnau n ymddrysu—bron colli'n Ffydd. Y weddw, anwyliaid, a thad a mam Yn holi, Pa fodd?" ac yn holi, "Paham?" A r lesu' n cyhoeddj o' i orsedd try, j Pob peth er dalonl'n cydweithlO 'sy. Gwag ydyw hebddo, a ninnau 'n ffol, Ond 0! y mae gwagle'n mhobman ar ei ol! Gwag yw yr aelwyd, yr Eglwys a'r gwaith, Mae'r bylchau mor amlwg, a dwfn yw'r graith. Er hyn, ambell dro, drwy'r agenau i gyd, Daw goleu diddanol o arall fyd. Nid marw efe, eithr huno y mae, Huno i r ddaiar a byd y gwae; Ond deffro i fyd y sylweddau mawr, A'r bywyd diddarfod sydd hwnt i'r llawr Paham y terfysgi, 0 galon drom? Yn iach gyda.'r lesu mae David Tom. Fe dderfydd hawl angeu ar ddeiliaid Nef wen, Mae i brydles yn rhedeg yn gyflym i ben; ?- fl -vm ben; Hen Fynwent Etaples! yn dyfod mae' r dydd Pan weli dy holi garcharorion yn rhydd, Yn dyrfa mil amlach a gloywach na'r gwlith, A'n hoff David Tom fel yr haul yn eu plith. Yonder in Etaples, in a grave by the sea, Resteth our dear one, from trouble set free Though billows their requiem hum on the shore, Their sorrowful accents will reach him no more. Yet, dead he is not; he sleepeth awhile The night will soon pass, and the morning, will smile. Bringing our David again from the grave As white as the foam on the crest of the wave NANTLAIS.
Y BLUEN EIRA. 0 groth y cwmwl brith, Heb rith ar draws ei threm. Daw'r bLuen eira frau Dros risiau' r awel lem. Yn ysgafn, ysgafn disgyn hi I dyner wynnu'n daiar ni. Ar ddoi mae'r eiddil lafn, Mal dafn o burdeb byw; Nodweddol yw ei od 0 wynder hanfod Duw. Fe ddengys haul fod ynddi stor 0 berlau ctaer o barlwr lor. A ddligia'r heulwen ddel Pan wel ei gemau man? Hi drengai dan ei gus A gwres ei fysedd tan. Mewn hwyl chwareus hi eilia'n djos Orswynol wenau ser y nos. Ai swp o wawl dilen Y Wynfa wen yw h: Ar ffo o'r nefol haf I gannu' n gaeaf du? Cain bluen ceriwb yw'n ddible, Ollyngwyd lawr dros ganllavv'r ne' Os hiT du gwmwl yw, Does dim o'i liw'n ei gwedd Os cyfoed gerwin hin, Arwyddlun yw o hedd. Rhyw ddydd arddelwyd hon gan Dduw Fel nod i lendid dynol ryw. Daw lawr o fangre blin, Yng nghol y drin dihedd; < Pie tiria'n unrhyw fan, Bydd hwnnw'n lan ei bedd. Er du a dwys ei hanes syn. Mae'n gain, a glan mal angel gwyn. Brynaman. BUTTS. BLODEUYN YR EIRA. Oer fin yr awel ddeifiol Y sbeiliodd dlvsnî r ardd: Nid yw y blodu siriol Fu gylch fy nhraed mor hardd. Does 'nawr end llwyd gorsennau Yn britho' r tir bob tu, FeI egwan gofgolofnau Uwch beddau'r blodau fu. Ond na! fan draw mi wela, Yng nghysgod rhoslwyn clyd, Flodeuyn bach yr eira, Mae newydd ado'i grud. Edrycha'n lion a diddan, Er llwydrew ar ei rudd; Ynghanol prudd-der anian Mae'n gloeywi gwyll ei ddydd Ymgryma i ben yn wylaidd Ar sedd o wyrddail mar. Daw tes belydrau hafaidd 0 fyw ei lygad glan. Ymddengys im' mor unig Ar drothwy'r gwanwyn mwyn Ei agwedd ostyngedig Sy'n hynod lawn o swyn. Ar fantell oerwen eira Y mae mai tlysyn byw. Tra tan yr hon fe huna Y lleill 0'1 brydferth ryw. Ei genhadwri hyfryd O'i iselfan dinod, A mud hyawdledd sibryd Fod dyddiau gwell yn dod Rhyw loan hunanymwad Yn anian yw'r un cu, Rhagddweda am ddyfodiad Glain flodau mwy eu bri. Rydd mni Ion addewid Daw'r haf a i des cyn hir, A gwisg amryliw degfryd I harddu gwedd y tiT. Mae ganddo wersi pwysig I bawb o ddynol ryw, Mae'r neb sy' n ostyngedig Drwy'r anial gynnal Duw. Yr hwn ddefnyddia 'i oriau I wneud ei gylch yn wyn, Feddianna lan rinweddau Na wywa llwydrew'r glyn. BUTTS.
EISTEDDFOD LLANGATHEN. At Olygydd Cronicl Dyffryn Aman. Syr,—Gwelaf fod Eisteddfod i'w chynnal yn y lie uchod ryw ddyddiad y mis nesaf. Ai tybed na fyddai y pwyllgor yn ddoeth i wneud hysbysiad Cyfiawn ohoni yn Cronicl Dyffryn Amanl Papur yw hwn sydd yn cael ei dderbyn a'i ddarllen gan eisteddfod- wyr blaenaf y Sir. Credaf y byddai hyn yn sicr o fod yn lies i hyrwyddo ei Uwyddiant. Hyderaf y cymer y pwyllgor yr awgrym yn garedig, a gweithredu i'r perwyl. Bydd yn fantais i gael cystadleuaeth gref ac elw da at yr achosion teiJwng y cynhelir yr wyl o'u plegid.—Ydwyf, &c., EISTEDDFODWR. Printed and Published by the Amman Valley Chronicle, Limited, at their Offices, Quay Street, Ammanford in the County of Car- marthen, February 6th, 1919.
I THE OMNIBUS. I I IThinvs Seen and Hemrd by the Cmiductor-I I The Llandilo Market serves a district of 15 or 18 miles around. <t < Some 20,000 people attend annuaDly the Liandklo June and October Fairs. 0 The number of licensed houses in the urban area of Llandilo is 22 to a population of 1,932. S i nce the foun d neces- Since the strike, it has been found neces- Mfy to ration games of billiards at certain establishments. < At the present time there are 36 appli- cants for a vacant house at Ammanford. —A ratepayer on Thursday last. It is very strange that although the housing question is acute, there have been no cases of overcrowding reported at Ammanford. A recor d » • h e d by a young A record was established by a youn? lady in consuming chips at an establishment recently. Waste not, want not, and more in this case. t < There was not a single conviction recorded against the licensees of public-houses at Llan- ttiio during the past year. A notable achievement. < He is like the poor, always with us," said a ratepayer speaking of the Chairman of the Council (Mr. J. Evan Jones) last Thurs- day evening. The licensees in. the Llandilo Union are described as law-abiding, industrious, and fit to hold Licences by an advocate. Some qualifications. < The Ministry of Munitions is at length relaxing its hold upon the big hotels which were commandeered for its accommodation during the war. The difficulty of obtaining coal is acting as a deterrent to getting industries restarted. The question of coal production is one of the most anxious that has to be faced. < < Dr. Addison has announced that the Treasury had agreed to give financial assist- ance to the clearance and improvement of insanitary areas and for re-housing. 0 It was mentioned at a function held recently that for the future it would be advisable to go in for operettas and leave alone political meetings at Ammanford. < < < On being told that there would be no parlours to the houses built under the new Government Scheme, a ratepayer exclaimed: Thank God." A case of small mercies received ? ? The butchers of Cefneithin and Minke groups have, according to the Carmarthen Food Control Committee, refused to accept frozen meat; in fact, giving the "cold shouildet." The man who gives in when he is wrong, said the street orator, is a wise man; but he who gives in when he is right is Married! said a meek man in the crowd. < It is said that the present shortage of sugar is due to the fact that considerable quantities of the rationed supplies are being diverted to the making of sweets, on which there is greater profit. Whisky is your greatest enemy." But," said Mr. Jones, don't the Bible say, Mr. Preacher, that we are to love our enemies?" Oh, yes, Jones; but it don't say we are to swallow them." The youngsters were delighted at the appearance of King Snow. Snowballing was very much indulged in, and pedestrians were forced to be on the defence. Rather a sl (h) iding matter. W < < The new members for Wales have written to Mr. John Hinds expressing their intention of attending the meeting of Welsh members of all shades of opinion to consider their journey together on all Welsh and non-party issues. # According to a Swansea contemporary, the reputed panacea for all ills of the body, industrial as well as politic, is a demonstra- tion with brass bands playing and piquant mottoes carried aloft." The paragraph refers to Amman ford. An English officer, who was a prisoner of war in Germany, pays a tribute to the gallant Welsh by stating that the Welsh prisoners at his camp were able to pick up the German language far quicker and better than the English prisoners. It would be interesting to know how did the committee member, who broke something at the social held at Llandebie last week, reach home that night. Although he tried to keep it quiet, unfortunately it came to the ears of the female sex. < The executive committee of the Railway- men's Union consider that the salary of their general secretary, Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P., is inadequate, and are deciding upon an amendment in the rules to increase his salary from £ 350 to 1700 per annum. < Mister, how do you sell sugar? Sevenpence a pound, sir." Can't give It. I'll drink my coffee without sugar, and kiss my wife for sweetening. Good day, sir." When you get tired of that kind of sweetening, please call again." "I will." He called next day. A question which takes the mind of local colliers now out on strike is how are they to obtain their house coal? As it is, colliers are exempt under the Act from the rationing busi- ness, and a good number of them have already exhausted their usual allowance from the colliery. Not being registered, they are now awkwardly placed. # < The Welsh National Council of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, at a meeting held att Llanelly recently, passed a resolution to the effect tlut in view of the fact that disloyal Sinn Feiners and Bolshevists are being invited to send representatives to the Peace Conference, they as a body of dis- charged men demand representation." 0 At Ammanford Is a pig of a wild charac- ter. To abate its greyhound antics, the owner was compelled to tie up its legs. Hearing the beautiful singing of the congre- gation at one of the places of worship, a few Sundays ago, the animal broke loose and wended its way to the sacred edifice. Whethcr I it gained admittance is another question, but I Music hath charms."