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In a year full of anxiety for everyone, the fortunes of the Swansea tinplate trade have i fluctuated considerably. At the commence- ment of the year organised reduction of out- put was in force, and makers lound great difficulty in keeping about 400 mills then running in work owing to the scarcity of orders, while the position to-day is that supply cannot keep pace with the demand. Probably not more than a score or so mil's have been restarted, and it 1S with difficulty thev are kept. going on account of the increasing shortage in lq.))otll and raw materials. The value of plate* has exact.lv doubled in the twelve months. Mr. D. A.. Thomas, i« i= 5-ai'1 on his elevation to the rage t: take the title of Baron Rhondda. of Llanwern in the couutv of Monmouthsl v»re. At S'wnsea about 9,000 married and!  i,le d an4i s?n?tc men attested under the Derby schema, and of these 6.560 were enrolled through and of 6,W ,N-ere eiiiollecitlirotigh | One of the Swansea Ta\v? txxl?' inmates who compjamed of feeJin? ill after j eatmg what, she ?h<??ht. was margarine, said she felt better after being told it was really butter! <:> •* No part of Swansea has responded to the call bett-er or more regularly than the Irish ouarf-er. TJv exemption of Ireia-nd from the new Government scheme will be accepted ill this quarter with mixed feelings. Espe- cial Iv by the women; women who have sent their sons look daggers at th'e who hold them back. Three soldiers of the Welsh Regiment boarded a tra.mway car the other night. "Move up to the front," shouted out the conductor. Darro, mun." was the reply of one of the Welshmen, don't be in such j a hurry. We've been to the front twice." The other occupants of the car laughed so heartily at the joke that the conductor a.i- most forgot. to take tli-e K)Idi,?T. fares. The proportion of Derhy" armlet-s to be seen in the streets at Swansea, is still by no means imposing. Probably in many cases the explanation is that they have not been issued to the men who have attested. One man at least has beard nothing of the armlet though p, month attested; and in London matters are even Worse, men attested iu November bc'ng still, as far as outward signs go. slackers." <- A ine-atli boy writing home from Flanders says that the Swansea lads have a language of their own. He says "I met a. bearer of good news, and ho confirmed it by saying that he got it from a Swansea chap that lived the other side, ;tad he saw it in the 'S.W.D.P. meaning that he had been given the news bv a St. Thomas boy. who had seen, it in ltjie Tlii-,i sounds simple; but to Shear it iu Flanders, ",ell!" There is an old Swansea skipper, and a Cape Horner at that, who now plie,' between Swagsea and France, and is in town with a. store of aueedoit- which he relates to all and sundyc, of how be was in- terned in Dieppe over the holidays. He say he had better accommodation than at home, and he compared Benedictine and Chartreuse liqueurs t isparagingly with ginger beer. The sportsmen of Wesf Wales have another chance to-morrow of proving their sympathy with our prisoners of war. and it goes without saying that the takings at the Swan- sea, Empire in the afternoon will be a record. The programme is the best ever arranged in South Wales. Ne\v»r before lias there been such an array of champions, everyone of whom has definitely promised to turn up. It wiil be a really magnificent s how, a.nd the proceeds are for a worthy cause. Two Belgian refugees, working at a South] Wales munition work?. made a mutual ac- quaintance under remarkable circumstances ttye other day. Neither knew that the other I had escaped from Belgium, and one being a man was not employed on the same work as the other—a woman. One day the mana- ger told one of them that there was another I Belgian on the staff, and when they were j brought together they immediately recog- nised each other as distant rel a trees th. had resided in the same street in Al alines! In The Starlight Express, a fantanie produced by Miss Lena Ashweli a.t tho London Kingsway Theativ hist week, and the music tL." which was written by Sir Edward Elgar, appears Miss Clytie HïllC, who, it will be recalled, although unwell at the time, sang so finely in the "Elijah" concert held a.t the Swansea CHrand Theatre for the War Prisoners' Fund. In this pro- duetion she is cast for "Tlir laught-,i- (who sings trouble into joy).— Musicu>i.") Privat'.s Tom Lioyo. 6tii Welsh, and Lewis Evans, Swansea BattrJion, two Ffnr- estfach boys, now at the front, writing home thanking the scholars of Cadle School for a gift of tobacco sent out, say: "Under the circumstances Ave had a- very good time on Christmas Day. I shall be quite in order if I say that every man of this i-e iiiieiit had as good a time as an y of the troops in Eng- land who were not at their homes. Of course we have plenty of mud to contend with, but we always come out happy if muddy." i Go'lied from the leading dai lies." and worth noting —" The trade unionist is not the only mri who wiil be called out under the new system. Is it right or is it wrong in principle that a man should be liable to fight in deienee oi li;s country." That is really the question to be dpcidd. The e\il is not conscription, but the spirit oi rmd in?cfK'p which is called militarism. '• It, is neither nght 'or ia,r that the ??- fish and ignoble part of the nation should be allowed to shelter itself behind the bodies of heroic and devoted volmibeefs.' This is a story of a strange ("oincidlncc-- ajid something else. A girl conductor on the Sketty tramway section whose surname tip,g,os with L found a purse containing £ 11 or thea-eabouts. Being honest, she reported the "find," which was duly deposited at the Central Ponce Stsf iop. Lady of the same surname claimed the purse and its contents, aiid iiiertl, said •Thank you" when these \vere restored to her. Is that the way to encourage honesty In London a shilling in the His exited t'ur findings. Why not no That womankind lack logic provides one of the choicest of their charm*. So that when a bn?ht young personage enquires why Lt is that while those re.giXHi?iMe for the production of the gorgeous Hnd briihant revues which visit Swansea Empire ?pend vast sums, of money UPOll costumes tor the II beauty ehoius. stage management in- sists that the particular scenes in which these elegant creations are, or should be. on view the stage is dnr?ened and illu- iiiin,lt.e.(] olliv bv itiv?-tic ,3,lld "I ? 'efic ti I-, I t?( i ?inated on]y by my.?tio and aesthcHc tinted kmrs. t.h' on?y reply one cou.? giv ?<t? That It is art." to which she mpliei Bosh — Dramaticus. ") The girl window-cleaner made her appeal ance in Swansea streets on Monday morning, j l) the "Clown" had the. best of the JOKC ■ at. the Guildhall •"circus' on Monday: A Swansea docksman describe? hir new office boy as a "eif-tarter and a self- stopper. VAiy should outside labour "leaders" come to Swansea to tell local workers what to do. or m't to do? .¡. Mr. Lewis Thomas, the sv.'W Port Tatb, District Coroner, has averag-ed one inquest j a day sincei his appoint;en!. .t & Just. dOO tdmis less sugtir cauie into 'a..JSe.. by ship iast yeav as compared with* 1914. Litt'ie wonder tbe small boy grumbi^i5 Sir Siimuei Hughes, the Canadian T\ ar Mindistei'; bears a name that is conspicuously Welsh; but it appears that he ha? Tr??,11, S-?otch and French >>lc>od in Ms 'Him:. aij!d French ill I- a "Please to puMMuJict; Aiargarinc as Neath Lindladies pronou-iM it—' Beft Carmarthen ("iaii-y butter.* "—(Special dispatch from j Ca?t'elhicdd.) Swansea sped?g are s?tis?'d t')?t this winter }n no vur.?c ? pother to offer them than that they experienced this past week. Complaint" None, siir. Passengers off a Swansea tramear at a terminus the other evening were guffawing, A .girl conductor had "tfid off all offensive, "lady" fare in no uncertain fashion. Mr..T. H. Thomas. M. P.. is used to in- teiTuptions. His visit to LlaneJIy aft-T the r?.inv?y ?.strike was jmrkod by conaid?rab? fp?Iin?; at the mass moe?!? m the M?rk'et Hall. According to the Svv-ansea. Harboiu returns close on 13.000 tons of ale, l'tont. and spirits I were exported from Swansea la-st year, j against only 2.00G kins odd for 1914. Swatt- sea must be becomin g quite a brewing centre. The mmiber of Labour members of Parlia- men who voted against the Government Górnpuùsion Bill was thirteen. They eer- | tainly wer, not. lucky, being in a help!ess minority. "Disgusted" writes: "An unpleasant j sight in the streets oi Swansea on Sunday j evenings it- that of young men of military | age delivering fiery sermons at thr street j corners. 1. Perhaps they :irc "C.O. 's" *1!1 The disaster Ijawl it- dear to tire he-art | of the newsboy. On Saturday eveiiiiig, ii tracted by two items together, one small memlier of the fraternity let it go thus "Terrible Zeppelin Transport Disaster. chalk a,nd cheese icference to Labour leaders at the n uti-oonscription meeting at Swaoisea on Sunday aitei-iHX.n provided the t tit-bit as a. rejoinder. The interrupter was likened to the ondon to make everything comjilete. »•♦> A'smai-tly set-i-.p sailor remarlted to ft jJdf. st arved looking individual waf;, trying to-] ship in a steamer at Swansea docks, "When I ship I always sign on as second mate or I boatswain. "Yes, aud when I sign on. answered the weary one. "I always go .is captain!" ♦ The Bat MvCariby-Languoii Ixuit was great, and wa- fuilv worth the money paid to see it, but the display of Jimmy Wilde, the TylorsUnvn Terror- whom the greatest of judges has described a«s the wizai'd of the ring"—thrilled the audience at tlu: i boxing tournament. "There's two fine S« utchmen. for you," remarked one Rhonddaite to anotht;r as lie obrerved two handsome" kiJties" waiting for admission to the Swansea Empire on Saturday. Presently one oi the Scots shouted out to an acquaintance. Beth a'r oloh 1 >ai ? 0- [ ° t. 0 > I I T A L'hri?tma- card 1):? bed: received by a young Swan<? lady whose brother is ? pn- soner of war in Germany. This fs;iys our correspondent.) is looked upon as a good Sipl that. the prisoners are treated bettor as the Germans must recognise that they cannot win and are new trying to "smooth tilings." A- liat blew over the New Cut the It ww?. Bridge, Swansea, into the river. It was* fished out a few hours later by a tra-Avlerma.il, who wore it., and stood by the Midland Station awaiting the owners return to claim it. Up to now it has not been claimed, and the sailormari now. calls himself "Parson Jim. Sir Oliver Lodge, the astronomer, says that all the main planus are visible just now. Venus, bright in the southerly sun- set Jupiter, a conspicuous southerly object ■i little later Saturn, later. near the con- st?Jation Gemini, well to the .kit of Orion and Mars, nearer midnight, the bri?hte'?. object i-u the easterly oomtellnticn Leo. ot)je,-t -.Ii tlleeT,V the Transport Workers' Federation, writes m the "Herald":—"We have to make up our minds, all 01 H8 who are of military jgr. that we .shall be "forced into no form <>i military service. I personally shall not submit my- self to any medical examination. I shall certainlv not attest, and nothing could make me serve against my will. I can quite ima- gine that, were 1 so inclined, i could obtain exemption, especially if 1 were prepared to to? tiie line with the patriots AY ho want others to do the rtglhting for them." What to d4i the ti, I- m'¡H,:  One has only to walk to ihe breakwater at Jersey Marine and gaze upon the beach to graphically realise the awful effects of the rece.ii*. terrific gale and wh&t a wreck means. Oil that topot. covered by shingle, are broken spars, tangled^iggirsg. and the hulk of a small coasting vessel broken in twain. It does not require a very vivid j imagination to conceive the hardships en- dured by the crew in the facp of the mighty lullows and hurricane of wind, nnd their ter- rible struggle for life. A Carmarthenshire vicar going home the other niglii was accosted by a uffic-r aud gravely informed there wn- "sh'ontrj suspicion that something was h vicarage: mysterious ejS noticeable, and the matter must kr itives i;ate(i at OIIC(-' The vicar expi-e^ed sur-1 ririse. and wap accompanying the officer to- ward s the house to mke investigation when lie received another shock at fiuding: n num-) ber of soldiers in the grounds with fixed bayonets! In an''er to his ??(.??on he un-j .jerstood t?f men were guarding tbe vicar- pending the result of the inquiry into i ihe "mystery." At last the vicar himselfI notioed the flashes which catae at inter- vals. the lights s howing from bedroom win- dows. But the matter was scon sati1:facton' solved. The vicar's children and thpir friends, who were having a birthday party. whilst playing "hide and =eek i-i two or 'I t hree of the upper rooms, were >-witching the electric b'gh< off and on. I The peculiar part about the anti-conscrip- tion movement is that it is being largely run by the railway men and the miners. as ho are practically exempt from enlistment t When Post' going to have an- other tournament? wis the eager ques- tion asked by the majority of the visitors who witnessed the assault-ut-arms at Swan- sea Empire on Saturday. Wait and see. An nofferw-ive Pioneer bandsman war makiug his way to H?-ta-cet station, carry- ing 'I t)llg wf'?f'! ??.h .jmm? in his h&nd. wh<'<? M.)? Qf tht crowd remarked to hj? *frie"d: "li'c e's one of them new rifles tit I'd with a bomb-thrower!  ?fu '.?   )  ? ?t &'?'t. ,4 ¥ W*«.u • o i endant wa.. oi aigei' ;u Swate .$1-< "vCourt- on t,tU-H; Ith h-.?n? ctrnnk. told the magistrates he did not know anything about J1; but the constable did. and policemen have good memories a* a rule. Ailnding to a recent "'Post" jwragrsp h Mi. V, Evans, N-c t-eran town crier, states that he has a 12d. piece of 1845 in his possession. He adds that if they come into vogue again they will "be had for the children to handle, being so small." The' mo?t noteworthy feature of the Gorpeinon presentation programme on Sat- nrd?y ev?njng wa« funiished by Mr. Rd. Williams, who rendered selections upon a violin which he hal mad? at dM colhe-rc workshop. Invades singing in fine tolk two elsh solos, .fie 1 70 y<'ar?<?age.  The recruiting .-t?eants m?s?d a rich harvest on Sunday afternoon. Unmarried flickers assembled by the hundred to support their champion. They contributed substantially to LIe backing of the resolu- tion. which, if it prevailed, would gjYt; them another chance to "r-huk." It is suggestive oi the attitude ot and, ered.itjiile to the recognised Trades Unionist leaders at Swansea that not one wa.s on the platform i the no-conscription meeting en S uidayi afternoon. This was occupied by men the majority of whose names arc Ull- known to the loca l public. «»*•«» • m the Naval Brigade lads had a rattling lioiuw' drill on tiie Swansea Sands Saturday afternoon. After some squad drill ..tho. -opened out. in skirmishing order and nv.iw .tig.- 11ycr 500 yards 01 ground at a suppcwc" iedden enemy. Baid enemy would have boh d had he been there in the flesh. Minister (tD Sunday school class. not 1In miles i'rom Britoji Ferry i: To whom did God proclaim his will so that it might be delivered to the children of Israel" Bright Boy To the prophets."—" Cor- rect. And w here did they c-me from;" — Brighter Boy twW.se father is a coal mer- ¡,.J¡a:¡(,j: From se hog coal. The CJmvi: gaming machine is getting a g"<>i>d public advertisement, but it might be borne in mind that, f or ms its const?.ac- tion 16, the machine had the game at Oe Swunfeea Borough Quarter ^ssion^, whilst the youngsters '.vitli gambling in- .-4i)'"? m<? be ?.n' that money };'o'" 'r1< by wor?lug for ?t. '?  Is it an implied compl iment, asks Pat- riot." to the in the town, who persistently and • consistently warned the constituency of the German menace, that th" I a. war meeting at the Swans*a Aiberi Hall, at which the Borough member purpcfses to be present, ai-e printed in blue—that Party's colour? -< At .Mr. J. J I. Tliomah Sunday ttigilt')') meeting in Swansea he made reference to the days when lie, and anothei gentleman (who was also on the platform) toiled to- gether as working firemen. He said In those days we didn't do- (Voice from the gallery Alueh.' (Laughter.) J.H.T. (continuing hurriedly Things in the ivay,, Ihev are done nowadays. We sincerely regret, that some hundreds of a d nii&Ion would-be spectatoTS failed to secure admisMoa to the "Daily Post" Boxing Tournament at the Swj-n?eo Empire on -?a,urday, the hail being taxed to its utmost holding capacity. The attendance easily broke all records for the Swansea Empire, and proves that the good our fund is doing is iully appreciated by t,hf1 publie. It also was an appreciation of the magniifcent programme provided. IN MEMORIAM. The Lost Fort Eynon Lifeboatmen. Brave lifeboatmen, now sound asloep. No more they'll ride the raging deep, No more they'll fact: the flying fon;n The Father. Ho hath called them home. Life's storm is o'er. their sails -are furled. They've pulled ashore in a stormless world. Ready were they in danger's hour, Brave, gallant lifeboatmen of Cower. Dunva-ut. C.S.J. Despite the prohibition that after contri- buting £ 120 for C-i.ptr.in German's bull- dog at the first •"Daily Post" War Prisoners' Tournament members of the Swansea. Chamber of Commerce should Dot bid for any of the dogs last Saturday, three of the iour dogs offered were actually sold to members of the Chamber of Commerce, and gave t.he public yet another illustration of their patriotism and philanthropby. Have the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the | conscientious objectors, and other cranks in their many and various forms, forgotten the fable of the two travelers and the bear. If .so. here is the reminder --AV, li(,Il t,lif, bear [came along, the traveller who had been pro- fessing a.il manner of Ene sentiments took refuge in a tree and allowed his friend to fight the bear alone. When the danger was over, he climbed down again and renewed his beautiful sentimeiite. But the man who had done the fighting said drily that a little practical help would have "pen better all the fine principles in the world. Loud and hearty was the response of the Swr.nsea railway-men's meeting when some- one proposed a cordial vote of thanks to the "D.1ih Post for having amiouncod the afternoon meeting. and Mr. J. H. Thomas. M.P associated himself with the motion T'd said that he ho)?'d that wheu" be again -1,id ?zA.Id that )if, lioi)cd tliat, I)e ai,a?ll accord him the -ame t.eestruent and give him another gratuitous advert isement. Ad- vertisers please note that the Eiysium was packed, even to far down the staircases How quick.y. to be sure, does a crowded meeting eat ?li cn to a point, when one is ni,iti-C, I Air. J. H. Thomas, M.P., at the Swansea ia-Llw.aymeu's meeting, was asked his opinion why so many' Germans were allowed to be at large in this country in the present national crisis. His reply was that it wa", a matter'for the questioner to take up with the Chief Constable or the Home Secretary if he knew of any Germans who shm¡1d be interned, adding You have a member for Swansea. T have no doubt lie wiil be, delighted to see to it." lu an instant the great body of Britishers roared wjth ia-u'-liter.