WAR TELEGRAMS AVIATORS GETTING VERY BUSY. VISITORS APPEAR OVER PARIS ArtB ANTWERP. GERMAN TaOOPS CONCENTRATING en I BRUSSELS. I A telegram from Ostend, received here last night, says:— Eighty thousand German troops are expected in Brussels to-day (Tuesday). This would seem to indicate either a withdrawal of two army corps to meet a .Belgian attack; a withdrawal for the I purpose of sending mora troops to the north to stem the Russian advance; or a I tactical rearrangement of the force operating against the Allies in the south. ?Xote: Tbis message al?o appears in another telegram.] FRENCH OFFICIAL NEWS. Germans Fail to Break the Line. The Frencn Embassy in London has received the following official de- spatch from Paris. It will bs observed that a portion of yesterday's message is repeated. In the Vcsges and in Lorraine our troops are gradiially advancing, in conse- quence of loral successes- In the region between Toul and Verdun no operations of any importance have oc- curred. ) In the zone between the Meuse and Hethel a general action which is in pro- gress has not yet had a definite result. In the district of St. Quectm. Vervins, Earn, and Peronne a battle has been proceeding for three days. Our left wing is engaged with the best German troops. The situation is summed up thus:— On the right the enemy is falling back before us. On the centre, where we have had alternate checks and successes, a general battle is in progress. On the left the Anglo-French Corps have had to give ground, but nowhere have they been really broken through. The work ot putting the entrenched camp of Paris in a state of defence is .being completed. POSITION OF PARIS, Expecting the Best, but Ready for Anything. A telegram from Paris, despatched on Monday, hut delayed in transmission, savs:— Despite the appearance of German leroplanes over Paris, and the news that the Germans are advancing on the French left wing, the city remains ca m. i r, cl, people are determined to resist to the end. Numbers of people are certainly leav- ing the capital, hut many of these are provincials who have hitherto delayed choir departure, and the men are, lnxious to get their families away, of ten i aiuch against the will of the latter. It is felt, however, that it is better I tor those whose presence is not required to leavp. in order to hamper as little as possible the measures ot defence. Although everything is in readiness for the departure of the Government and Embassies, this is only a wise measure pf precaution. The military critic of the Temps" considers that there is no reason to be unduly alarmed at the Ger- man advance on the French left. The troops which the Germans are pushing forward in this direction are quite in- sufficient to besiege Paris. The impor- tant point is the centre, where the ad- vance has been checked. The Germans are believed to be at the limit of their effort. Moreover, it -is probable that the Germans have had -to weaken t-heir effectiveness in order to send troops against Russia, w-hilo the Allies are constantly being reinforced. OVER PARIS. Another Aeroplane Raid. —ri— Parts, Tuesday Night.—Another Ger- aian aeroplane flew over Paris about six )lo lock this evening and dropped six hombs, which fortunately only did some little unimportant damage. The machine fiew off in a north-easterly direction. Ready for the Next! The "Figaco" publishes an interview, with u person prominent in aviation cireles. who states that measures have 6 p., D, fak-fii before, behind and around Paris to pursue German aircraft. A WARM RECEPTION. Zeppelin Appears Over Antwerp. Antwerp. Wednesday, 4 .io a.m.—A Zeppelin airship appeared over the city at 3.35 this morning. It was received with a vigorous cannon- ading and rifle tire, COOL AND SKILFUL, French Aviator's Gallantry. Paris, Wednosd-iy.—Captain Voisin, of the 85th Infantry, who is not himseif !'W aviator, tells a story of j he gallantry of Lieut. Camr«gne, an aviator, who was flyinc ever the enemy's lines at a height jf eighteen hundred metres, when his narhine was struck hv a shell. His engine stopped, and the shock made his aeroplane .vciliate violently, but the JiNi!pnant ,.uc-I [•o. ded in volplaning to the French lines, and landed in a quarry. He was able to furnish important in- formation regarding two German detach- ment*. MANY PRISONERS. French Hold 'Their Own in the Fighting. Paris, Tuesday. u me rrhn-, convoys of German prisoner? continue to arrive at intervals in various towns. Fourteen German Staff officers arrived at Lyons to-day. A large number of prisoners have been taken by the French troops, which is a standing proof that the French have al- ways held their own jn the engagements of the last fortnight. 790 v. 5.000. British Bravery Arouses French Enthusiasm. Paris. Tuesday.—The Figaro to-day prints an article eulogising the resistance offerer] at Tournai by 700 British troops to ;),000 Germans. Only 3íH\ British returned to Cambrai, tiJè rs having fallen on the battlefield. Thp Figaro denounces the Germans for mounting cantior, on Red Cross waggons, and says the simple narrative of the British resistance at- Tournai is such as will cause a thrill in every British heart from New Zealand to Alaska-
FOR GENERAL DISTRESS RELIEF FUND DECISION I I IMPORTANT CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SAVOR OF SWANSEA AND GENTRAL OFFICE NU-MBER Oil WARD COMMITTEES I A further meeting of the Executive l Committee in connection with the Prince of Wales' Fund was held at the Guildhall, Swansea, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Mayor, Alderman T. T. Corker, pre- sided over a gathering noticably smaller than usual. As time went on. however, the attendance increased ap- preciably. Miss Dillwyn explained that, though she had been elected to serve on the Caetle Ward Committee she regretted she would be unable to attend the even- ing meetings or the committee, and it was decided that Mr. Arthur Andrews should take her place, whilst Mr. John Wil- liams should sit on the Landore com- mittee, vice Mr. Andrews. Position of the Executive. I Mr. Hughes said that last week lists were presented to the authorities of c?ses where relief was necessary. There was. however, no response, and he should like to get an explanation. I The Mayor said that, after the last meeting of the executive committee, a communication was received by the Town I Clerk from the Central Committee, which precluded U^m (the Mayor) using any of I the money collected in the town for local 1 distress. It was to be used exclusively for the dependents of sailors and soldiers. Therefore, having no local fund to draw upon, he thought it best to leave matters as they were until the meeting that day. He, however, wrote to the Central Com- mittee telling them he was rather sur- prised at their communication, and that the matter would be placed before the executive committee that day. The Town Clerk had heard again on Wednesday morning, and their letter, he believed, gave the committee power to see to local distress in the future. Acute Distress 7" to be Relieved. The Town Clerk said that the terms of the resolution were that the Mayor was to relieve cases of acute distress. His (the Town Clerk's) instructions were that cases of acute distress were to be re- lieved, but he had had sent in many long lists, which were reaily not records of what might be termed acute cases within the meaning of the resolution. Mr. Hughes said that as a matter of fact the lists that were sent in were I never examined; they could not get any- one- to see into them. With all due re- spect to the Executive Committee, he I would point out that the cases presented were examined for three hours in some committees, and "vera red uced to a mini- mum before they were presented. The matter then dropped. Number of Members on the Committe. The Rev. Penar Griffiths asked what I was the exact position with regard to the number of members allocated to each of the Ward Committees. To the t., John's Ward Committee fifteen were elected, exclusive of a representative of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Society. While the Ward Committee were discussing on Tuesday night they were informed by Councillor Howells that the fifteen mem- bers should be inclusive of a member of the oldwrs" and Sailors' Society. That of course embarrassed the committee, as it meant that someone would have to I' resign. The Mayor said that the j-esoluti&n of the Executive Committee was .that each ward should con&itute fifteen members, i and no more. If it was desired to alter I tha t tate of affairs notice of motion should be given. The Rev. the Hon. Talbot Rice asked: whether or not each ward was entitled i io--elect fifteen members itself? The Executive, he thought, then had power to elpettlirep additional representatives, iihd onfe representative of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Sofciety. (No, no). The Mayor .-aid that the position was that up to the present each ward com- mittee wa.s supposed to be composed of 15 I members. One of these was supposed to be a member of the Sailors' and Soldiers' I Familip, Association. The executive then appointed three additional members. ilrs. li. D. Williams said that the trouble was that each ward committee had been elected before it was understood that one of the 15 members should be a mem- ber of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Society. The Town Clerk said that if they gave a notice of nnrion to alter the number, it would mean that he would have to alter everything all round, and it, wrii*-d mean going over all the heavy work again. ) The Mayor pointnd out that they would have representatives on the Sol- diers' and Sailors' Association, as the Chairman of Ward Committee i would be a member. j Ffynone Ward Chairmanship. i It.a.s stated that Mr. Yaughan Ed- wards had been appointed Chairman of th° Ffynone Ward Committee. The Town Clerk said that, owing to the care with which he was glad to ;ay relief was administered in the Borough Treasurer's Office, a flagrant case of f.al¡::e: prtences had heen detected, and the offender was brought before the nagis- trates and fined £.5, or one month in de- fault. I Tt was stated that the offender was de- tected by one of the working class, and the Mayor said they had received every assistance from the Labour Party sinoe the committee was formed. I Correspondence of Local Government I Board. The Tows Clerk read some correspon- dence .J;.}) had passed between the Mayor and the Local Government Board on the question of the National Relief Fund- The Mayor, in his first letter stated that Swansea during the past few -tatp,,i tliat a d a weeks hod suffered from acute cligtres,3 and he had carried out a system of I temporary relief by rli,tributir,- E The recipients included dependents and, wives of the sailors and soldiers called up on active service. The local fund had reached nearly £ a,00fl, and he would be I glad to receive for the Central Fund the amount he had expended. I The reply from, the National relief; Fund was that general arrangements had been made with the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Associations to give relief in all cases of distress amongst dependents of soldiers and sailors, including Terri- torials in districts in which they had local arrangements made to undertake (Proceeding. )
Anglo-American e who are not eligible for Lord Kitchener's Army but who are de- sirous of enrolling for service are asked to communicate with Mr. S. R. Perrin, 104, Victoria-street, S.W. T,fr Ph.lip Collins, Vice-President of the Hockey Association, and Chairman of the English Selection Committee, suggests that ¡ all matches arranged for the coming sea- son be cancelled. The clubs aSU&ted to the Hockey AssociaUo? in En?!ar? ?loTM muet contain, he ?ays, at least 40,000 able,- bodt?d me".
CRICKET. I SURREY v. CfLOUCESTEBSHIBE. SURREY.-1st Inn. Hobbs. c Smith, b 141 Hayward, o Board, b -E-U-is 1 Hayes, lbw, b Toogcod. 60 D. J. Knight, c sub., b Toogood. 102 Harrison, b Toogood 8 C. T. Wilkinson, o Gbaplin, b Parker 14 P. G. Fender, b Parker 0 Abel, c Ellis, b Toogood. 52 Strndwiok, lbw, b Toogood. 0 Hitch, b Parker .w. 17 Rushby,. not out .L. 11 Extras. 46 Total. 400 GI.O'STF/R.— 1st Inn. Green, lbw, bRushb;r. 0 Smith, b ifitoh 4 Crartfield, c Abel. b Hitch 21 Langdon, b Hitch 6 Board, lbw, b Pender 2S Champion, not out 17 Serweli. c Hohbe, b Hitch 0 Ellis, b Fender S Parker. b Fa-nder 2- Toogood,. c Hiieh, b Fender i2 Extras < 5 Total. 101 GjjDWrER.-Znd Inn. Total 284, Seviell 1M.. Surrey won by a;n-innings and 36 runs. HAiCPSHXRE v. KENT. KENT.—1st Inn. Humphreys, lbw, b Jaques. 14 Hardinge, c Newman, b Brown. 1 Woolley, c McDonnell, b Brown 0 Seymour, c Mead, I-) Jaequ es 5 S.. H. Day. b Jacques. 69 Mt,,DUt e Hubble, not out .t. 99 L; H Troughton, c Kennedy, B Jaques 29 Hickman^ c Newman, b Brown 4 Buish, b Jaesues ft. Fairservice,run out ￼ 2 Fr?em?t!b Ja?ues .?. 8 Ertras. 18 Total. 249 HAMPSHIRE.—1st Inn. R,emnant, c Freeman, b Hickmott 62 Bowell, o Seymour, b FTeemari 54 A. Arnold, c. Freeman, b Fairservice 54 M-ead. b Day 122 Newman, c Hickmott, b Woolley. 39 A Mcl/eod, b Hump.hreY5 6 Brown, c and b Hardingo 98 H. C. McDonnell, c Huish, b Day 9 A.. Jaques, c Hardinge, b Day 4 Kennedy, lpw, b Haxdinge Z8 låvy, not -oat- -i 5 Ext ras 15 Total 477 SUSSEX v. YORKSHIRE. YORKSHIRE.—1st Inn. Wiln, c Street b Holloway 0 Booth, b Holloway. 1 Deaiton, b Holloway. 124 Kilner, c and b Vine 88 Rhodes, c Holloway b Vine 54 Oldroyd, b Holloway 5 Hirst, c A Re If, b Jupp 92 Holmes, run out 46 Drake, b Viiae 0 Birtles, not out 31 Dolphin, b A Relf 11 Extrae 9 Total. 461 SUSSEX.-let Inn. Vine, not oUt 164 H. It Wilsbn. c Oldroyd, b Rhodes 37 Jupp, not cut 108 Extr 7 Total (for 1 wkt) 316 SOMERSET v, ESSEX. SOME-RSET.—1st Inn.. Hun tei, Russell b Tremlin S3 Braund. c Mcgahey b Douglas 8 Robson; b JJuckenham 0 B. H. Stewart, b-Buckenham 33 Hymajit b Dicteon 3 K "So Poyntz. b Da-vies 31 Walker, c MoGaJiey b Wavieo 21 P. Hope, c J Dougla-s b Daviee 11 J. G. White, b Buckenham "h.) Bridges, b I.ie5. 0 Chidgey, not. out, 0 Extras 5 Total .141 ESSLX.-Ir,t Inn. Carpenter, o H-vlton-&,ewart, b White 16 7 • C..MoGahe?, :C Ohidgey b White 0 J. W.. Douglas, c Bround b White Z8 P. Perrin, Ifeip J? White 14 G. b Braund 118 "Fmemaii. tt*w b. Sr-ounci 10 O. H. Douglas, c Poyntz, b Bridges 6 Tiixon, not out 18 Bitckenham, run out 6 Tremlin, c Bridges. b White 0 Extras 13 Total 235 SOMME&SST.—2nd Inn. T&tal 1JO Easex won by teti wickets. • JiFrlCBRTEfi^HIRF. v. NOTTS. Ie"" co e -i. -t, Inn. c 3idwell. b Odell 3 Hardstaff, bcAatill 46 Ci, -0 u-n n, c .Astill, ;,King, 55 J. Gnenn. et Sid well, b King 14 Whysall, c Sid well, b King IS Payton. lbw. b King .L. 0 Iremonger, c, b Geary. 18 VL 1 Gates, c Siidwell, b Geary 1 Wass. c Mount-eney, b Geary. 0 Walker, not out 1 Barratt. c Bhipmn, b Geary 12 Extr&s. 19 Extras'l; LEICESTERSHIRE-—1st Inn. C. J. B. Wood. c Lee. b Barratt 1. Whitehead, c. J. Guna. b Wa-ss ;.0 Momntenay. b Wass. 45 King, c Payton. b LBekrratt. 1 W. OdeU. c Oates, b Barratt 10 Coe, b Wass 10 W. Berridge. c Oates, b Barratt. 21 Asfcill, b Wass 5 Shipman, c Iremonger, b Barratt 1 GaaiT, c Oates, b WM6. 12 Sidwell, not out 9 ExtTas .?. 6 Total 121 NOTTS-2nd Inn. Total 532 T.k.u K"RSlh 1 k.F.-—2nd Inn. Total IJV NWts won by 208 runs.
At Deal vesterday several young women went round fixing white goose feathers 1n coat lapels and hT.t-ba.nds of young men found lolling cri the beach and promenadee. In the Church of England church at Brantforri. Toronto, on Sunday morning the rector read to the congregation Lord Kit- chener's speech instead of delivering a tier-I mon, The Royal Dental Hospital of London has been re-opencd after repairs, and the staff will be ghd to attend to the teeth of recruits for any branch of his Majesty's Force*.
TURKEY. 1 WAR WITH CREECE BELIEVED TO BE INEVITABLE, I MILITARY PREPARATIONS. Petrogtad, Tuesday.—A semi-official statement says:- In well-informed circles here the opinion is expressed that war between Turkey and Greece is now only a question of two or three days. Numerous Turkish troops have landed on the shores of Asia Minor, at Smyrna, near Chatalja, and to the east of Scutari, the Asiatic suburb of Constantinople, fortifications are being feverishly thrown, up under the direction of German officers. General Limanvon Sanders will com- mand the Seccnd Ottoman Army, and Enver Bey will be commander-in-chief. [The remainder of this message has I been censored.j UNCERTAINTY. I What is the Game? The Press Association learns that a feeling of uncertainty is still expressed as to the attitude of Turkey. It is satis- factory to note that the Grand Vizier has again confirmed the assertion of the Turkish Ambassador in London as to Turkey's peaceful intentions. The Otto- man Embassy has telegraphed to Con- stantinople for information regarding the reported passage of Germans towards Constantinople, and is awaiting a reply. ROU MAN I A. A French Opinion. The Paris newspaper Le Temps," in discussing the problem of the Balkans. says Roumania has always displayed too much foresight to fall into the trap now laid for her. By sacrificing honour to ease, by watching unmoved the destruc- tion of the equilibrium of the Balkans, the establishment of which may be just cause for pride to her, she would lose her raison d'ette and consideration which she enjoys in the Balkans and throughout the I world.
AERIAL SCOUTS. I A BRITISH SOLDIER'S INTERESTING EXPERIENCES. (PRESS ASSOCIATION WAR SPECIAL,) Paris.—In the Boulevard St. Germain I yesterday, I had a few minutes' talk with n British soldier who had just come in i from the front. He borrowed a pencil in order to write a few -postcards to friends in England. He was dftlight^d to have an oppor- tunity to do so, at; he was returning al- most immediately to the fröht, ",he his military duties Iftave little time for cor- respondence, Though naturally reticent about the names of places and people, he vohmfeered the information' that the I Germans have Wge numbers of aeroplanes for scouting, but so have the British. A German aeroplane was brought down a few days ago by the British. He said that the Uhlans had been the chief opponents of the British forces, aud the losses of the former in the recent en- counter must have been terrible. He was much interested to hear about the Ger- man aeroplane which flew over Paris, the news of which had not reached the front. Like all the soldiers whom I have met since landing at Boulogne a few days ago, he was unaffectedly cheerful.
THE NEW POPE. I YESTERDAY'S BALLOT UCUISIVE. I Rome, Wednesday.—Yesterday's ballots I failed to elect a Pope. Those supported included Cardinals Mercier, Serafino, Vannutelli, Agliadi. WafIi. Ferrata, Ferrali, Pompily, Merry del Val, Delar. and Gasparri:
MR. PLOWOENS DESIRE I D E S-I R E NO SHADOW Of 001101" AS TO HIS DEAfH. The late Mr. Alfred Chiciele Plowden, for 21 years Metropolitan Police Magis- trate at Marlefeone, left unsettled property of the gross value of XI,115, with net per- sonalty at = £ 355. In his will Mr. Plowden states: I particularly beg and beseech my executor that they will see to it that there is no shadow of doubt as tomy death before I am put into my coffin."
COTTAGES DESTROYED BY FIRE. I CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE DONE AT I KIDWELLY. I A fire, which has resulted in the destruc- tion of four cottages, was discovered at Kidwelly at 10 o'clock this morning. It appears that the fire originated in the cottage occupied by Mr. Dd, White, and spread to those occupied by Messrs. tT. Morris, W. Williams and W. King, while the fifth cottage, which completes the group known as Pwll Cottages, was badly ¡ damaged, but saved from destruction. Considerable excitement prevailed while the fnrnitute was being removed from the building into the roadway. No persons were considered-
FOR THE PRINCE OF WALES FUND. I i AD exceptional programme is being arranged for the war day at the Carlton Cinema de Luxe, Swansea, on Friday, when all the receipts will be handed over to the Prince of Wales' Fund. There are ten films, -which include "f,ome war pictures and a powerful Hussian drama "^ronstadt," which takes 15 minutes to I show, and is screened at i.1) an d 8.1,0. I George Formby will appear in "There's! no Fool Like an Old Fool," at 3.1- 7.45. A splendid thrilling drama, a The i Silent Messenger, will be shown at 3.0 and 7.0, and takes 45 minutes to enroll J
I ITALY. GERMANY STILL TRYING TO GAIN HER SUPPORT. AN ALLURING PROCLAMATION. Rome, WednedaYo-It is stated in official circles that Germany is continuing her efforts to persuade Italy to abandon her neutrality and to join the German and Austrian Empires. The latest move is a proclamation to Italians, written by Herr Friedrick Nau- mann, a deputy, showing the interests to be served by uniting Germany and Italy. If Italy makes a false step now, it says, the heroic deeds of her makers may be frustrated, and it concludes by declaring that Italy would gain more by the defeat of France and England, who, it says, would never allow her to be preponderant in the Mediterranean than by joining those countries in the hope of .snatching Trent (? Trient) and Trieste from Aus- tria.
J82,90(M)00. PRINCE OF WALES RELIEF FUND TOTAL, STILL GROWING RAPIDLY. The Prince of Wales's National Relief Fund this morning reached a total of £2,004.1.000.
RUCBY VOLUNTEERS. I RESOLVED AND KEATH PLAYERS WHO HAVE ENLISTED. Nearly all the members of the Re- solven football team have joined the colours. Ben John, their clever wing, has enlisted in the Grenadier Guards. Of the members of the famous All Blacks, so far only Tom Owen, Tim Jenkins and Bob Green have responded to the call. Now, however, that the club has decided to, abandon its fixture list (as exclusively reported in the "Leader") there Is every likelihood that others will follow the captain, Joe Pullman, who re- joined his regiment at the 1wginning of the war. The suggestion to form an athletic corps on the principle of a civic guard is very popular, and Mr. A. L. David, the secretary, is anxious to meet all local sportsmen on Saturday to explain the scheme.
I WATTLE DAY. I I- POPULAR AUSTRAUAK FESTIVAL I CtLEBRATcD TO-DAY. Melbourne, Wednesday.—Wattle Day was celebvated throughout Australia to-day- The sale of blossoms by a thou- sand girls in the streets of Melbourne realised £200.100, of which one third will be devoted to the Patriotic Fund, and two-thirds to children's charities. Business in the wool trade remains at a standstill. The Legislative Assembly has passed a Bill compelling the supply of information relating to distribution of exports, and the prices of foodstuffs and other commodities.
NO ONE TO BLAME. I ——- SAD STORY OF DEATH OF DOMFSTC SERVANT'S CHILD. The Deputy Borough Coroner (Mr. Glyn Morris), on Wednesday afternoon, held an adjourned inquest on the illegitimate child of Irene Daisy domestic servant, of 108, Western-street, Swansea. The story of the evidence was that the child was born in a backyard in St. Helen's-road. about two a.m. on August Ba n k Holiday. It was a fully developed child, bur through no assistance being at hand it only lived for a few minutes. The child was found with its head downwards, and the cause of death was stated by Dr. Horatio Rawlings to be suffocation. The Coroner said-there was no evidence of criminal neglect on the part of the mother. It was unfortunate that the child should have been born at such an inop- portune time, when nobody was neat to give assistance. The ujry's verdice, was to the effect that the child died from suffocation through want of attention at birth, for which no I one could be blamed.
LLANRHIDIAU RATE COLLECTOR. I At a meeting of the Gower Board of I Guardians, held at the Penmaen Work- house on Tuesday, the Rev. Harold Wil- liams, of the Mumbles, in the chair, the appointment of a collector of poor rates for the parish of Llanrhidian was con- sidered. There were 26 applicants, and the successful candidate was Mr. Noah Reeis, of Penclawdd. The salary is £ 801 per annum. J
I GOWERTON STEELWORKERS' DONATION. The employee of Messrs. Baldwins' Elba Steelworks, Gowerton. have decided to give a fixed amount weekly towards the National Relief Fund. There are about 350 employes, and the Icontribtition, a-Pra-,(,s I)d. i-)er man.
Mr. Simon-Hunter, c.f Sowerby Grange., Northallerton, has authorised the London Joint Stock Bank. Northal?"ton. to pay 13 to every unemployed man in Northa.U?rton. Eomanby. and Brompton, who enlists and is accepted in Lord Kitchener's Army.
AEROPLARE OVER LLANELLY. I HUNDREDS WATGH THE UNKNOWN I VISITOR. (By Our Special Pepyescntativg,) I On Monday night, between 8 and 3 o'clock, an aeroplane was heard flying over Lla nellv. Hundreds of people came out to see the machine, which had a light attached to it. After flying at a low altitude it ascended to a considerable height, and was seen no more. [Note.-This was probably a military aeroplane engaged on a secret mission. J
WATER WORKS FOR PENCLAWDD. I A meeting of the Gower Rural Dist* trict Council was held at the Fenniaea Wotkhousc on Tuesday. Mr. J. A. Jenkim presiding. It was resolved that subject to the con- sent of the Local Government Board, the tender of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company, of Chesterfield, he accepted for the construction of the waterworks for Penclawdd and adjoining viilugos. The Council decided that the necessary steps he taken under the Shops Act to make orders as to bali-holidays and closing hours in the parish of Llanrhydiafl 1 Higher. It v-as resolved to apply for po^?rs for' the licensing of motor ver3 in the district. The Council appointed Messr*. I A. •Jenkins and Charles Bevan as their rp" preventatives on the local IVar Distress. Committee.
An emergency relief fund I been started to deal with the great distress pre- vailing among the women and children in' the rniisic-hall profession. Queen Alexandra < has expressed her sympathy with the move- ment. The hon. secretary is Miss Maris' Siuart. 18, Cha ringtoros^-road, W.C. An order given some time ago by (he1 Bradford Electricity Committee to a. Oer»! man firm for a 5,000 kilowatt- turho- generator was yesterday transferred to tila Westinghouso Company, Manchester, p.-ho, accepted it at a, specially low pricc to BjMt employment, for their workpeople.
USEFUL Chestnut Horse, 8 good worker; suit light haulage or brake; and Double Harness—Apply 5, Getherine-street, Swansea. '67A9-4 "== ■ T t Lea der wiii be J gsacf toreceivf for pubs 'I ?catioH ?tts?s sent ? ￼ ,Pra EAnt -t'l e thór fhe? in this t coMMt?y by ?!dsers serv. I ing with t? Expedition- « ary Fc;rce. I. For tlios/ latters which '11, we pubiesS we shall be pleased ti pay at our 5 usual rat's. All ieters will be re- turned M required, Printed and ?bli?bed for the Swans?l I'reos, Ltd.. by ARTHUR pARNEL?a HM?JAM, at Leader Buil?iaK? Sw^^ea.
AN EXGITING I JOURNEY. I BELCIAN SCENES. CORRESPONDENT DESCRIBES THE I SURRENDER OF BRUSSELS. I GERMAN MILITARY POMP. I 4 A remarkable journey is described by Mr. Gerald Morgan in the columns of the Daily Telegraph," from which we take the following extracts:— 1 I arrived (he says) in Brussels on Sun- day, August 16th. It was my* intention I to join the Belgian Army. On Monday morning I went down to the War Office and obtained a laisser passer," which was the same as was given out to every Belgian bagman who wished to get from one town to another. At this time the German armies were advancing due west towards the English Channel, and had reached the Belgian front, which was the other side of Tirlemont. On Monday afternoon I motored out to Louvain. where the Belgian General Staff were in- stalled, to endeavour to get proper mili- tary credentials. They told me they could issue none, but said I was at I liberty to go where 1 liked. Stopped by Armed Peasants. I I then motored down to Wavre, and saw the military train advancing east of Louvain, and saw also the reserve in- fantry holding the road between Louvain and Wavre. Then I returned to Brussels On the following day 1 motored out to Brussels, via Waterloo and Genappe, in order to try and get to Namur. 1 en- countered no troops, but was stopped I every few miles by armed peasants, who allowed me to pass on seeing my cre- 4entials. I At Mazy I encountered the first French troops, a detachment of Lancers, who allowed me to proceed to Najaaur. Search for Uhlans, I I found the town occupied by the Bel- gian C ju;;o Uoops, and on applying l J the commander for information which would enable me to return to Brussels by the most interesting route, he informed me he would send me back by a road where I would see the least. 1 returned by Gdu- bious and met Frcjich infantry and a supply train on the road leading to Jodoigne. The infantry were lining the road. and said they were facing a strong detachment of Uhlans. I then left the French detachment and motored on to- wards Wavre, but 'the motor broke down three or four miles from the town. An old peasant woman then came out and said she had seen two Uhlans in a wood half an hour before, and could not go home at night because she was afraid of them. She said to mp, 'Surely the kind American gentleman will go and get them out?" I then made my way to Wavre, where I met a comandant of gendarmerie to whom I told this sad tale. Bread as Bait! I I found there a detachment of the Bel- gian Guard. These are gentlemen who serve instead of enlisting in the army. Six of them said they would come out with me, and hunt up the Uhlans. One of them said he would take a stick with a tartine (piece of bread) tied to the end of it, and when they saw it they would surrender. We went to the wood and saw where the horses had been, but could not find the Uhlans. Then we spread out in line and beat the wood, hut could not find the Uhlans owing to the denseness of the undergrowth. Finally, we abandoned the chase, one of the Bel- gians remarking, It is useless to chase Uhlans -A-itblout a dog." As a matter of fact, the two Uhlans knew something which he didn't, namely that 250,000 Germans were within ten miles of us- That night I returned to Brussels, and was dining at the Palace Hotel when the peasantry began to pour into the city from the outlying districts. They old us terrible tales of the'German advance, of villages in flames, of out- rages, and all the other customary and time-honoured horrors of war. Wild Flight. We do not attach much credence to their statements until the following from the surrounding chateaux began day (Wednesday), when the aristocracy to come in—also in carts, motor-cars, and wagons- I saw women and children in every sort of clothes mixed up with household goods, many of which were quite without value in such a crisis, but which had been snatched up at the moment of departure. These people with money did not stay a second in Brussels, but continued their wild pere- grination towards the coast. Every motor, cart, a'nd carriage was plastered with huge red rrosses hastily improvised out of wallpaper, old petti- coats, or any material which happened to come to hand. That evening thou- sands of. terrifiprl peasants pou red down the Avenue du Regent, weeping and he- moaning their fate. They, poor souls, had no money and nowhere to go to. For the first time in their lives they found themselves homeless. Undefended. Tt was a terrible i-Jght. At night some isolated groups of soldiers also > came into Brussels, and many of them tried to get into the Palace Hotel. They said they had killed thousands of Ger- mans. but that this made no difference, as thousands more came on. "Whejro is the Bel.ziaii arrii.:v-" we asked. "Oh," they replied, there is no army between the Germans and Brussels. Jt has re- tired to Antwerp." This news caused an indescribable sen-1 sation amongst the inhabitants, who up to this moment, thought Brussels was to be defended. L-°t me say at this poiui how well the Belgians have fought. 1n my opinion they have put up a splendid ,fight, and their strategy has been excel- lent. After the siege of Liege they con- centrated their arm.- between Tirlemont and Aerschot. and put up an heroic re- sistance against vastly superior numbers. They held on as long as possible, and never lost a prisoner, except a few isn-I lated m er. At midday on Wednesday the i comiaander demanded the surrender of Brussels. The Commandant. declared he was on his honour to defend the towu. He bad no troops only some Civil Guards, and these overturned the tramways and dug trenches. The Surrender. Af r. Brand Whitlock, the Asipricani Minister, advised unconditional snr- render, pointing out bow resistance might bring increased misfortunes on the ej.ti- j zens, hut the Commandant remained adamant until orders arrived from the King telling him to surrender the town, Later Mr. Whitlock was officially con- gratulated by the King of the Belgians for his act ion. Undoubtedly he had a gteat deal to do with saving Brussels. A Wonderful Parade. At half-past one on Thursday the Ger-1 man army-started its ent-i- into Brussels. Never before have I seen a more wonder- 1u1 and impressive sight- f have n many military parades in times of peace, but never before have I seen one on such a vast scale which went without a hitch. It was impossible to imagine that tllesa men had been fighting continuously for ten days, or that; they were even on active servie..First of all came six cyclists, then a det.achment of cavalry, and then a great mass of infantry. Then guns, field gnus, then more infantry, then huge howitzers, then a pontoon train, then more in- fantry. and so on, from half-past one on Thursday until Sunday morning without a break. Coffee Always Ready." All the horses of the cavalry, guns, and trains were in wonderful condition. The men also struck lll" as being very fresh and very keen. Each company was accom- panied by its travelling stove, the fire of which is never allowed out. There is always something hot for the troops. Time and time again the German soldiers have toiq me that it is only this hot coffee or hot soup ever at hand which keeps them going on their forced marches. Thp in- habitants of Brussels turned out in thou- sands to watch this endless procession. ———— 1IiI NO PLAY AT STRADEY. SCARLETS HAND GROUND OVER TO WAR AUTHORITIES. At the special committee meetiner of the LI an el ly Rugby Football Club, held on the 1st instant, the following resolution. on the proposition of Mr. Miles (chairman), was unanimously adopted That the committee of the LlanellY Rugby Football Club agree to cancel all fixture6 during such time aft this unfor- tunate war lasts. We are heartily proud of the response of the young men of Llaai- elly and diet riot, to the oal! of their King and Country. Knowing Rugby players. and supporters as we do, we are confident that this patriotic spirit will continue. It is our wish to hand over our ground and stand to the war authorities for any pur- poses they think fit, subject to the consent of the landlord. Mr. C. W. Mansel Lewis, Squire of Stradey Castle. There will be a committee meeting on Monday, as usual, to deal with questions which arise, and also to perform, individually and collec- tively, such service as may be useful locally. ————— THE DRIBBLING CODE. New Chairman of the Llarrelly Club, It is encouraging to all supporters of the Llanelly A.F.C. to know that Mr Phil Wil- liams who resigned from the club las1 season—has taken the office ofcheirman of the dub for the ensuing season. Mr. Morris- has been elected viqp-chairman. David Neave has been a,p!)ointed captain, while Griffiths will act, as vice-captain. The club, it might bestatoo, has within the last day or two made a great capture— in fact. it might be termed aa Walter Whit- taker's greatest capture eince he has been in South Wales. Morris. aged 20. an outside-right, is the new recruit. Last season he was with Caerau, and local people will remember him as a, nippy and clever wing man. i 1. ■ ■ ——■■ ■ ■ ■ ■ EAST WAR DISTRESS COMMITTEE. < The East Ward Sub-Committee of the J Swansea Distress Fund Committee was I held on Tuesday evening at Fabian"s < Bay Schoolroom. Swansea. J Reports of applicants for help were considered, and it was decided to makp, recommepdations to the Central Commit- j tee of really deserving cases. Meetings will be held every Thursday j evening at Fabian's Bay Schoolroom, and St. Stephen's Hall from 6 to 7.30, wherq < men who are out of work as a result of the war, and are in need of help are rc- quested to come to register themselves. Applicants are requested to come them- selves, and not to send their wives.. Tb,) secretaries are Mr. J. Williams, 3, Wern- fawr-road, and Mr. H. Leyshon, 28, Windmill-terrace.