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I ^cknoujlcdomtttts.


Notes and Notions.

I C.O.'s Complaint.

IBrecon and Troops.


Landlords and Rents. I

1 ! -Funeral at Libanus.

I Beaufort Estate Sajes.

IBrecon Farmers.


Only Pieces of Paper. I

Farm Labourer's Death. I




Notes and Notions.


NOTES AND NOTIONS-Continued. i The following Llandrindod men are reported wounded and in hospital :—Pte. Charlie Davies, son of Mr R. E. Davies, Warminster Hospital; Pte. Eynon D. Evans, Chatham Military Hospi- tal; and Pte. Evans. Another Llandrindod man, Pte. R. Heigh way, of Highland Moors, is reported killed while with the 1st Herefords at Gallipoli. Lieutenant, the Hon. Gerald Sergison Bailey, Grenadier Guards, second son of Lord Glanusk, of Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, killed in action on August 10th in France, aged 21 years, left un- settled property of the value of £ 108., Letters of administration are granted to Henry Arthur Whately, of 44, Lincoln's Inn Fields, solicitor, the attorney for Lord Glanusk, who is abroad on active service. Welsh soldiers, who have gone to the Balkans, will be struck with the similarity between the phy- sical features of Wales and Serbia. The wild, rugged beauty of the Breconshire Beacons, the Berwyn Mftuntains, and the Snowdonian range can be matched in almost every corner of the little Bal- kan State, and the trees and wild -flowers of the two countries are also said to be strikingly simi- lar. At a meeting of the committee of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Theological College, Aberyst- wyth, on Friday, it was reported that practically all the students had either enlisted in the Army or had left to undertake work for the Y.M.C.A. among the troops. The committee, therefore, de- cided to close the college for the time being, and to hand the buildings over to the Red Cross So- ciety, who will probably use them as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Orders were received last week for the Mont- gomeryshire Yeomanry, together with those from Pembrokeshire and Glamorganshire (forming the S.W.M. Brigade) to proceed overseas, and the news was welcomed by all ranks with the greatest enthusiasm. Colonel R. W. H. W. Williams Wynn, D.S.O., T.D. (brother of Sir Watkin Wil- liams Wynn, Bart.), is in command of the Mont- gomeryshires, Colonel C. L. Dillwyn-Venables- Llewelvn commands the Glamorgan Regiment, and Col. C. J. H. Spence Jones the Pembrokeshire. Every day evidence accumulates that cycling is by far the cheapest means of locomotion. A really good bicycle costs practically nothing for maintenance. Mr Harold Cottingham, of 6, Brook Terrace, Worksop, furnishes a typical instance. In March, 1913, he bought a "Raleigh" for £ 5 19s 6d. During the whole of this time, while he has been riding it steadily and consistently, it has only cost him eightpence—for the repair of two punctures, one caused by a pin and the other by a nail. That works out at an average of less than 3d a year. Is there any other method of locomo- tion that can be compared with such a record as this ? News reached Llandovery on Thursday that Lieutenant J. Cyril Rees (4th Welsh) had died from dysentery at the Dardanelles. The deceased officer, who was only twenty-four years of age, was the second son of the late Mr John Rees, of Y Fron, Llandovery, a former mayor of the borough. He married about three years ago the second dau- ghter of Mr and Mrs Thomas Williams., Velindre, Llandovery, by whom he has one child. Prior to joining the colours Lieutenant Rees was employed at the land valuers' office at Carmarthen, under Major J. F. de Rees, with whom he served his ar- ticles as a land valuer and auctioneer at Llandov- I ery. Although the exact number of those who have joined the colours from Cefn cannot be given, it is certain that this hillside village has contribut- ed its quota. It has given to the Army five offi- cers and a goodly number of its men have already fallen. Pte. D. J. Harry (Royal Field Artillery), who was a reservist, went out to France with the first Expeditionary Force, and took part in the great retreat from Mons. He has therefore been 15 months in the firing line, and has not yet re- ceived a single wound-a remarkable fact when one considers that he has participated in some of the greatest battles in the West. Pte. Harry comes from a family which has strong leanings to literature, he being the nephew of "Index," editor of the "Drych," the Welsh-American journal.. Pte. Tom Llovd, Emlyn House, Mountain Ash, recently returned home after doing duty with his regiment, the Brecknock Territorials, at Aden, in South Arabia, and in India for thirteen months. Before the war Pte. Lloyd was employed at the City and Midland Bank, Tredegar. On the recom- mendation of Lord Glanusk 14 members of the bat- talion, including Pte. Lloyd, have been sent to this country to take up commissions in the Army and to be trained. Since the battalion left Southampton in October, 1914, they have had a varied exper- I ience. The eight months spent at Aden was a very trying period. While in the Arabian desert the battalion was in action against over eight thousand Turks and Arabs, and the Brecknocks, with the Sikhs and Royal Garrison Artillerv men had a forced march on Lahej to relieve the Sultan of that district, whose troops, headed by his son, had turned traitor. They had suffered heavily from heat and sunstroke. The National Health Insurance Commissioners (Wales) desire to call the attention of all employ- ers to the effect of the new recruiting arrangements 'T_.L=_ T_n. upon tneir liaDinties under me J. <lLlUH<ll .1.1JUnHIU<J Acts. Insured persons enlisted under the new arrangements who are allowed to return to their homes on furlough and are in receipt of military pay and allowances, will be insured as soldiers and contributions in respect of them will be paid by the military authorities. If while on furlough they engage in civilian employment, no insurance con- triibutions will be payable in respect of them by. their civilian employers. Men 'who are enlisted and transferred to the Army Reserve pending the calling up of the class to which they belong, will not receive military pay and will not be insured as soldiers. While men in this position remain in employment, insurance contributions at the ordin- ary civil rate will continue to be payable in respect of them by their civilian employers. j i Councillor John Harpur, J.P., the new Mayor of Merthyr, is a resident of Cefn-Coed, and has been a well-known public figure in the district for many years. On a previous occasion he refused the honour which he has now decided to accept. One of the oldest public servants 'in the borough, he is the "father" of the County. Borough Coun- cil. He has, for a long period, occupied the posi- tion of cashier to Messrs. Crawshay Bros. at Cy- farthfa. Born at Derby, the new Mayor comes of a well-known family of engineers. His father, j the late Mr Samuel Harpur, was surveyor and en- gineer to the old Local Board for a quarter of a n'tury. ComJng to Merthyr in 1859, Mr John Harpllr assisted his father at the time of the con- etruction of t'he Penbryn filter beds and the Pen- twyn reservoir. Of a retiring disposition, Coun- cillor Harpur, who is a brother to Mr William Harpur, city engineer of Cardiff, has been a pub- lic servant for an unbroken period of 23 years, and his selection to fulfil the duties of Mayor has I given universal satisfaction. His knowledge of finance has made him a popular chairman of the j Finance. Committee of the Corporation, and, as an enthusiast in all things educational, hi? services j ?s chairman of the Education Committee are of great value to the district.

I Beaufort Estate Sajes.