HATED BRITISH. [ .g o I PRUSSIAN BRUTALITY TO PRISONERS OF I WAR. RUSSIAN CONSUL'S ORDEAL I I Petrograd, Monday.—Fresh evidence of 1 the bitter hatred of everything British prevailing among the Germans is given; by a Kusaian doctor named üVla.genLwU, viio has just returned to retiograd after: nearly three months' captivity among the I .Germans. Dr. Ziviagentzeif was arrested in a motor at Staiuponnen, in iiiast Prussia, the chauiieur being killed and the doctor him- self being wounded, lie was taken to a femall isiand off Stralsund, where several British subjects were being kept; ill solitary confinement, whereas the liussian prisoners, although they were practically ti-eiied as convicts, had at least the con- j filiation of companionship. On one occasion, relates the doctor, two British officers, during exercise, chanced to meet near the hospital. This was re- ported to the German commandant, who reprimanded the officers in question in the most abusive language, and also accused the Russian doctor in insulting terms of having arranged the meeting. Consul's Ordeal. ) Among the latest arrivals at Odessa is the Russian Consul at Erzerum, who was arrested three days after the declaration of war. The Caucasian frontier is only 100 j versts (about 66 miles) distant from; Erzerum. Nevertheless, the Consul, his wife, and the Vice-Consul were compelled to make a journey of 3S days, partly on foot, across Anatolia to Constantinople, whence they proceeded to Odessa via. 5 Rdumasia. In an interview with a journalist the Consul describes his terrible experiences, The party started at night without having been given any indication as to their destination, and journeyed on for days, taking but little rest, and that iaostly in the freezing open air or in stables. To add to their discomforts their luggage was stolen, while the people in all the villages through which they passed Vvere strictly forbidden to wash their jclothes, which, consequently, the party I were unable to change during the whole 38 days. I A Terrible Option. I The Consul's wife fell ill, and the Turkish guards gave her the option of remaining alone in a wretched village where there were no Christian inhabit- ants, or crossing a pass 13,000ft. high in a i blinding snowstorm. She chose the latter alternative. The snow was so thick that 40 soldiers were barely able to pull the cart on which the party were travelling through the frozen drifts.—Press Associa- tie".
AT THE WELSH HOSPITAL I CHEERFUL CHRISTMAS DAY SPENT BY J WOUNDED SGLDIERS. I ? Thanks to its many friends and the l ?ergy and cheerfulness of its .staff the, "'dsh Hospital was able to give the ?ationts a thoroughly enjoyable Christ- *as Day. There were 93 of them, all from the front, the majority wounded, and none so ill that he was not able to "do his little bit of Christmas dinner. The wards were bright and cheerful with their decorations and blue and white i colourings, patients' clothes and sisters' dresses contributing to a most harmon- ious effect. One man is reputed to have! hung up his trousers overnight with the legs tied up, and, although there was! bot quite enough to fill kach a vast re- ceptacle, yet the patients did very well in the matter of gifts, and, thanks to tho tnerosity of Sir William J. Thomas, [Everyone received a charming memento, a silver matchbox, with "Welsh Hospital, r 191V on it, and a card wishing him a, 4peedy recovery. Service in one of the wards, tho Christ- ►t&as dinner, and the afternoon concerts ? '?ere all landmarks in a most festive day. The patients were most grateful in their •thanks to the Welsh Hospital, one mak- ing quite a little speech on their behalf Vhen the commanding officer (Lieuten- i fcnt-Colonel A. W. Sheen) and the matron i (bade their round of the hospital. Carol Party's Visit. On Christmas Eve the musical members Of the staff made a carol party, which "ent Found the wards, and finished up at the commanding officer's quarters. Wrap- ?d up, and carrying lanterns, they made N picturesque group, and fully ma!? tained the musial reputation of Wales- The staff were not forgotten in the way of Christmas presents and festivities. To svery member Sir W. J. Thomas gave a j -present, and a conjoint Christmas din- j her to the officers and nursing staff in the "general store" of the hospital, specially, decorated for the occasion, concluded for them a very successful, if strenuous, day. I Besides the 93 patients in the hospital! 147 others have been discharged, 8Jld there has been one death since the first; I Patient came in on November 3. The subscribers may be assured that the hos- j I pital is doing good work and bringing • touch comfort and relief to those who) are fighting our battles overseas. I
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WAR-CONCERT PARTY. i i i i FIRST PROGRAMME GIVEN AT BOULOGNE CASINO. STROLLING PLAYERS- a j One of tho strange changes brought about by the war has been the conver- version of the Casino at Boulogne into a huge hospital for wounded British soldiers. The green tables have been laid aside and their places taken by beds tha.t fill the whole huge building. There, on Sunday evening, Miss Ellaline Terries and Mr. Seymour iiicks, with the other mem- bers of the party they have organised for. the amusement throughout a week of tihe British soldiers at the front, gave their first entertainment. Miss Gladys Cooper went among the soldiers distributing New Year cards bearing the autographs of each member of the company and the words, by A. 11-imperis, of a specially composed song, Your Country Thank You," which Miss Terriss sang with intense feeling. The refrain was taken up with zest by the wounded soldiers. One man lying prostrate, with the cradle in front which indicates grave injury to the leg, had his left arm strapped to his side, but he applauded by smacking a cradle in front of him with the flat of his left hand. Others could be seen keeping time to the music with their feet by the rise and fall 'of the red blankets. The Programme. 1 Miss Terriss and Miss Ivy St. Helier opened with a duet on the piano, and Mitis Terriss afterwards Bang" A Little Piece of String" from the Circus Girl." Mr. Ben Davies was in splendid voice, and gave •" My Dreams" and Songs of Araby." Thunders of ap- plause greeted the flute and picolo duets of Eli and Olga Hudson, and Mr. Will van Allen and Mr. Willie Frame in turn gave of their best. Mr. Frame at the finish led in "Auld Lang Syne," the com- pany and the convalescents linking arms in time-honoured fashion all around the great arena of beds. All the artists appeared in the dresses in which they had travelled. The enter- tainment, of course, bad its topical re- ferences. A Little Bit of String con- tained the verse:— Just a little khaki string, Just a tiny little thing, Tied as tightly as a string could be. Oh, it still is holding strong, And it's growing twice as long. It's a string of British lads, you see. Last night Mr. Hicks and his company gave a concert at the General Hospital at Wimereux and the Christol Hospital at Boulogne, and in the evening they enter- tained 1,000 men in the camp. To-day they left for Rouen.
PENTECOSTALS IN CARDIGAN- SHIRE. EXTRAORDINARY SHOOTING INCIDENT IN VILLAGE OF LLANON. The village of Llanon, Cardiganshire, has just been the scene of an extraordi- nary incident. Among the inhabitants are some who belong to a religious sect, known as the Pentecostals. While these persons were holding a service in a private house a hostile crowd assembled outside. Some windows were broken, whereupon one of those inside came out and nredfivc shots from a revolver. One of the bullets struck Mr. Tom Evans, of P.entre, who -stas badly wounded in the arm Th& occurrence caused great ex- citement in the village. Thore will, it is said* be a police prosecution.
LOCAL VRODIRCS, MOFF ATT—JENKINS. The marriage took place at St. Paul's, Sketty, of Mr. Alexander G. Moffafct, a well-known Swansea docksman arid an ex- president of the Swansea' Chamber of Commerce, to Mies Helen R, Jenkins, only daughter of Mr. W. H. Jenkins and the I late Mrs. Jenkins, of Brynderwen, Sketty. JENKINS-OWEN. At the same time and place the wedding I was celebrated of Mr. Florence L. Esmond Jenkins, son of Mr. W. H. Jenkins, of Brynderwen, to Mies Olive May, daughter of the late Mr. Rhys Owen and Mrs. Oweau, of Brunswick-place, Swansea.
The "GMonmIe dTtalia? reports that Italy will s?sr a loss of ?2(?000,000 through the absence of victors, owing to I the was.
STAGE AND STALLS. PROGRAMMES AT LOCAL THEATRES AND HALLS. i GRAND THEATRE. There was a full house at the Grand Theatre on Monday evening to witness the production of Mx. WaJter Howard's roman- tic play, "The Story of the Rosary. In "Tine Story of the Kosary" we have melo- drama at its best. Based on the famous song which has gripped the popular ima- gination. it makes an especial appeal in these times by reason of its military char- acter. It has a quick action, and the in- terest is never allowed to flag for a single moment. The story is a stirring one of love, war, and villainous intrigue, but it has a happy ending, unlike other versions of "ine Rosary." It opens in Strelsa, a garrison town in Belgium. On the eve of going to war Paul luj^iiaiii, captain in the Red Dra- goons, marries Venetia6 Sabraa, the beauti- ful daughter of a gambling prince, who is in the clutches, financially speaking, of Philip Bomain, also a captain in the Dra- goona, an enemy of Paul. Before the newly-married couple part at the church door tlia fair Venetia gives her husband her rosary to wear through the war. She takes shelter in the peaceful oouvent, being driven from home by her father, until his return. In tho culminating battle Paul is amongst the missing, and is eventually given up as dead. Poor Venetia, after much persecution from the hateful Philip Romain, decides to become a nun, and is just about to take the final vows when her husband, after a miraculous escape from death, comes home and is restored to her in the priest's garden. The play is powerfully acted by t talented company. Miss Millicent Hallatt takes the part of Venetia in a charming and natural manner., and Mr. R. Scrope Quentin gives a powerful pourtrayal of the noble and heroic Peul Romain. Mr. G. IL Mulcaster imparts realism to the role of the villainous Philip, and Mr. Herbert tiod- dard is very convincing as the pompous Colonel Hildebrand. Mr. J'. W. Evelyn, as Father Theodore, and Miss Betty Martin, ai the Mother Superior, discharge i heir parts with fine understanding and delicacy. The latter sings "The Rosary" in Act 1 in a beautiful manner. The lighter element is supplied by Archie Belwyn, as Lieut. Peter- kin; Miss Lally Wynne (Mina, the Colonel's j daughterl, Mr. Arthur Byron (Uncle Wink-! elsiein;, aud Mr. Douglas Terry (Trooper Smutz). There will be a. matinee on Satur- day THE EMPIRE. The greater p&rt of the lengthy pro- grame at the Swansea Empiro this week is provided by a, characteristic Fred Karao production, described as a. revue and called P&r,ex Vous Francais?'' There are four soenes-t,he French claea at night school, the arrival of the Oroee-Ohannel boat at QUate, the costumiers, and the carnival ai Nice. »»hat plot exists centres around the irresponsibilities of one James Mustard, played with dry humour by Syd Walker, a olever comedian. The night school pays a visit to France, and Mustard's adventures there are nfr the most amusing description. He receives splendid support from Signor Borelli, Bert Bunnell, Joe Clark, Kitty Col- lineon, Jessie Ewa.rt. Madge Ellis, and Miss Lily C-ld, twho plays a.nd Looks prefcty in the part of Evfe*. Fea- tures of the show ore the excellent sing- ing of Reginald Adair (ae Captain) and the dances of Harry Daniels and Lena Leamone, a4d W. Jackson's French Maide-Cornalla and Eddie, the tumbling jugglers, provide tbo most mirthfui momenta pf the night, the extraordinary falils of the comedian cral,ting oonsternation amongst the aud.- ence. Apart from that they are capable jugglers and acrobats.—Conway George, is-a mixalc with new methods, and his turn jsla really good one,-Haig and Novel ire a ver- eatile oemedy duo, who are dancers and singers out of the o,-dinary.The bioscope film shown is a topicaJ one. I THE PICTURE, HOUSE. I There were very full houses at the Pio- ture House yesterday, and the programme merited them. The principal film is the ad- venture of M. Lecoq, detective, in The Mystery of d'OrcivaA," adapted from the French of Emile Gaboiiau, a. piece cf work distinguished by very realistic acting. The plot hinges round the slow poisoning of a French oount, mud the unravelling of the crime provides a thoroughly interesting three-part drama. In Fate's Interception" the principal part is taken with great cleverness by Mary Pickford, and the drama wen conveye the Mexican at- mosphere. The sagacity of a collie supplies the inxin interest in a charming little play, The Pet of the Regiment.' 0 Film Johnnie" is an extraordinary comie of the knockabout order, and the humorous side is weU catered for, too, in "Jones' Wedding Day," out Country Cousins," and others. P.itho's Animated Gazette this week pro- vides a metro than usually fine let of war pictures. ? CARLTON CINEMJL Packed houses at the Oarlton this week ball of the poipula,rity of the Oxfords-street Cinema de Luxe. The films have been specia.lly selected by the management to suit the holiday-izuakere and those who are at home for this season. "Gypey Love" tops tlva bill end in a beaut-iful photo-play votro. duces the faithfulness of the gypsy, who is shown amiilst his natural surroundings, j "A Warrior Maid," one of the adventurw of Kathleen, the girl without fear, Is & thriller and is well up to the standard set by this wonderful series. The animated war map is a clever piece of photography, and oauses the audience to wonder how it is d-m". The Gazette is full of topical interest, ehowing pictures of the soldiers in the trenches. I CASTLE CINEMA. Jolly is the chiracter of the pictures at the Castle this week-a. Christmassy collu- tion which includes a. delightful coloured presentation of "The Babes in the Wood," with fairies and goblins and gianta and dragons, and enchanted canvas and angels and children's Paradise. "A Christmas Story" also is a. beautiful Vitagra-ph Christ- mae pourtrayal. "Fatty's Finish" is dis- tinctly a. "knock-about" Pla-y; indeed, it J8 surprising what a lob of "finishing" Fatty endures while yet continuing to flourish That Smash Up" is yet another humorous oomedy. Th.it Borrowed Book" teUe of interrupted relations between a. millionaire and a. banker through the loss of a rare volume, which threatens general trouble, but end happily. "When the Heart Calls" is another powerful two-reel draatti* full nf interest. Pa.the's Animated Gazette tells of Christmas in the troncbm. India.ne and British fraternising, eating "Excuse fingers—of plum puddings, and other ruletide joy*. ELYsrm The star film at the Elysium this week it a fine drama entitled "The Smugglers' Cave." It deals with the manner in which a young artist, with the aid of hia sweet- heart, defeats a rascally gang of smug-I glers of the Oornish coast. A film pour. traytng the remarkable sagacity of a horse is "Detective and Matchmaker." On the humorous side there is "Bloomer's Smart Tdea"-a very emart film. War slides are shown, and Gaumont's graphic of the war. Mr. C. Williams gives organ recitals. Miss Alice Adye, of Gardiff, renders several aoloe in fine fashion. There are fall houses. POOLE'S MY&IOSAMA. Pooiete Myriorama is a bigger suooeas than I ever this year. Entitled The Battle and the Breeze," the icyrMTatoa. faithfully por- trays some of tb* earlier iniddeots of thfe CbduLaued at foot of next oolanut).
I TREATING TOMMY. I IMPORTANT REGULATIONS LAID DOWN BY I I LAW. ￼ i I L — I WHAT YOU MUST NOT DO. j ■. A good deal of ignorance prevails among the public on the important ques- tion of treating soldiers or sailors to in- toxicahug iiquors. Much harm has been caused in some places-Swansea not ex- eluded—by the practice of standing soldiers and sailors drinks, and it is ad- visable that the position of people who do this tiling should be made quite dear do in The Justice of the Peace for December ;¿t;ith" the regulations under the Deienee of the Keaun Aut are set forth, and below we give in extenso tuosfr bearing on the pomt: With I ntent. No. 40: Prohibitions against supplying intoxicants to nieruoers 01 his Majesty's forces.—if any person, with the intent of eliciting information for the purpose of uoniniunicaiing it to the enemy, or for any purpose calculated to assist thil enemy, gives or seiis to a member of any ot his Majesty's iorces any intoxicant, or gives or sens to a member of his Majesty's lorces any intoxicant when not on duty, witu intent to ma tee hrai drunk or less capable of the otncient discharge of his ^duties, or when on sentry or otner duty, either with or without any such intent, he shall be guilty of an offence against these regulations. For the purposes of chis regulation the expression intoxi- ttitnt" includes any intoxicating liquor, aud any sedative, narcotic or stimulant drug ''f preparation. Trial of Offences. Other breaches of tho Act are dealt I with, ana iseguiation 56 covers the triai j oi otfences. it states: "A person ai- j lege4 to be guilty of an offence againsr utiei-t) regulations may be tried either by I a courtuiartiai or before a court or I & auxiliary jurisdiction: Provided that in; the case of any olfezuv uuúst these regulations declared to be a summary oftenoe the alleged offender shall not oe iiaoie to be tried otherwise than before I a court oi summary jurisdiction- Where a person is alleged to be guilty 01 an alionc* against tueso regulations k-OTIIFr than offence declared by these regula- tions to be a summary ohence), the case shall- be referred to the competent navui or military authority who shall investi- gate the case and determine whether it ouali be tried by court-martial or sum- marily, or &hall not be proceeded with, anu if the alleged offender is in custody he shall, if he is to be tried by couri- matiai, be kept in or banded over tc military custody, and if he is to be tried summarily, be handed over to or kept itt civil custody/' befiides the public, these regulations should be common knowledge to the mili- tary and licensed victuallers.
I THEIR MAJESTIES' GREETINGS SWANSEA MEN fitutive PARCELS FOR I1 Ufltb I IOAS. I Bandsman W. J. Leader, of the 6th I Welsh (Service) Battalion, has sent home to his family at 90, Western-street, Swan- sea,, the picture postcard which he re- ceived from their Majesties the King and Queen on Christmas Uay. The card bears excellent portraits of their Majesties on one side, and on the other the greeting: With our best wishes for Christmas, 1914. May God protect you and bring | you home gate. Mary R. George R.I." A pretty Christmas card was also re- ceived from The Princess Mary and Friends at Home," containing the greet- ing, With best wishe-s for a Happy Christmas and a Victorious New Year." These are believed to be the first of the cards received in Swansea. In the course of his letter, Bandsman Leaker isay6 they are all in splendid health, and he has returned to his trade I' •is a wheelwright. The parcels sent out by the 6th Welsh Fund Committee from the Leader" j Office reached their destinations cafely, and in addition on Christirftis Day, the cake and pudding sftnt from home made its appearance and was thoroughly en- joyed. war in grand fashion. lit is the proud boaet. of the producers of Poole'e tiuut oLqco as far back as 1837 the myriorama has dealt with evory war, moefc of the big disasters of the period, and all big spectacles, etc. The Battle and the Breeze," which will be at tbe Albert Hall, Swansea, during the present wk. inuatr?t?a among oth?r things £ he Naval Battle of Heligoland Bight, the Eattlo of the M-nO, showing th? German 17inch orta- in acti-; min? sweeping in th? North 6-, besides -any battlefield scones, Boenee of destruction by the Hurts, etc. Two comprehensive war zouapu axe shown and described at each performanoe. Amongst the scenes of various cities shown are the capitals of the belligerent Powers—Liege, with its foriiiicatkra#; Lou,.&i.D. sacked by, the "cultured" army; end Antwerp during the bombardment. A splendid variety com- pany have been engaged. "The Scottish Maiiarbers," vocalists And comedy enter- tainers, are always weU received. Mack in- non. in comic soogs and patter; Beg Maurice, a very smart cartoonist with "Wiping Out the Kr"; and J. W. Warner, tho touring ventriloquist, are all high-class. Patriotic selections are rendered by Mr. G. Armstrong and Mies Gladys Howard. Mr. Vivfcn G. Pools, with clear voice and enunciation, makes a.n exceUent explanator and guide, whilst some good musical items are supplied by the orchestra, under the direetwm of Mr. Aibsrt PULUijpL I THE UPLASTDS CflSTEJoA. I There W.1M "standing room only" shortly after the Uplands Cinema opened on Mon- day night. The management have obtained exclusive rights for the district cf the mag- nificent film, "Orders Unuer Seal. and in this fivo-part dra.,ina one sees some really fine acting, beautiful photography, and unique original effects. It is a story of a nation at war, and the plot of a foreign spy to find out the plans of the Govern- ment. The endeavours to play upon the affections of the w Je of a young lieutenant who has been entrusted Wl. h sealed orders by him father. Through an extremely tragic train of events these sealed orders are placed in the way of the foreign spy, who copies them and sends them by carrier pigeon to his own chief. The pigeon, how ever, is shot by a Government officer, and the message is discovered. The result its the young lieutenant is convicted of treachery, court-raartialled and sentenced to die the dentb of a traitor to his country. His wife makes two attempts to rescue him. a.nd eventually sucoaeds in unravelling the plot and saving her husband in the nick of time. There Are some pathetic and exciting epioodoa, notably the attempt of the young lieutenant's son to sea his father, for which purpose he evades the sentries and enters a fortress. Then there is the tragedy of tho ¡ foreign spy being caught in his own trap, in the old mill, round about which the war is raging. "Orders Under Seal" is a. eplen- d.i <J t\]¡m..
EXPERIMENTS WHICH PAID. THE SWANS' RE-CONSTRUCTED FORWARD LINE. MATCH OF MANY COAL& (BY PENDRAGOX.") In big matiihea exyei xjiidiiLS are, aea rule, stepping-stones to disaster. When they have to be tried, it is wise to introduce them at a period when defeat does not carry in its train the loss of valuable poin,3. Yesterday Plymouth Argyle went. down before the Swans at the Vetch FieJd 'in a "friendly" to the tune of six goals to two, and in this case the policy of chop- ping and changing paid, because it brought into the limelight men who had pre\iouoly had to rest content with W elsh League honours. The Argyle came hera to teach. They stayed to learn! For, strange to say, the Swans worked together iu perfect unison, notwithstanding the fact that there were three changes in we forward line- one of the men introduced being a half- back—and one in the rear. THE POSITION OF "PIVOT." The freedom with which goals were scored under disadvantageous conditions revives tho question as to whether Bail is not, after all, the best oentre-forward in tae Quk). we an know ban an oppor- tunist, and if he has faults in other direc- tions, thare can be no doubt about his capacity for shooting. Re goo "two of the beat" on endav, that "header" of his iL the closing stages of the first half being a oeaucy. l saould think that Webber, who flayed at inside-left, is about the most im- proved player in the town- A centre-half built on big lines, he has plenty of speed, and is withal quite young. It was a big test for him to be transferred from the half-backs to the forward line, but he justi- ned the cliango of position by feeding Lloyd most unselfishly. The outside man did his part well. one of his best efforts consisting of a kick across which was so truly aimed uiat uuooy was atxte to eoore. BRIGHT PASSING. There was much bright passing betwoon Oimbiett audgilboy. The latter was his tKidt. lie aoor a goal at long range, and from a difficult angle, in the second half, wnieh can safely be put down as the best of the afternoon. The half-backs were good to a man. I liked Heath for his enter- prise, and Lock and Anderson for the ex- cellence of their marking and feeding, ilewitt was better than he had been in the two preceding uraLchee. Always a sound defender, he kicked with accuracy and length. So also did Buloook. The latter is just now playing at his best. Hurst was not overworked in goal, but he had a thrilling time of it iu the first ten minutes when two of his own side put the ball through after he had run out to clear. A fEW GIFTS. Gift goals were remarkably common. Plymouth Argyle had presents from Bul- oock and Anderson, and later on liussell returned the compliment. The Englishmen may not have over-eterted themselves,, but i am inclined to think that they never bar- gained for such a big beating The ground was heavy, and the weather wet and de- pressing, but the piay was thoroughly good to watch. Ruaseil, the Plymouth Argyle half-back, is a Welsh international. Last season no piayed for Merthyr.
WITH THE CAMERONS. iWAHSEA NGtEusrs StuRjES READ IN Ifit IBlftlihtS. 1 Being a Christian man, I would liko you to thank my Christian brothers of tne Leligious Tract 6oca?ety for the tracts cney e?liC me? to give away in the trenches.. I carried oiat their wishes as well as I could in my spare time, and I want you to say I ahi glad to be home again with my oo-worker, Mr.- David XjbrHlS. That is what Pie. Waltar Bicbards, of the Cameron Highlanders asked a Leader" reporter to write down before he told him anything of his wounds, or of his experiences at the front. Pte. Walter itichards is known as an Aloert Mali soloist. In September ho tried to join the Welsh Regiment, but was unable, bQ attached himself to the 1 Cameron Highlanders. After going through a few minor engagements, while on the way to re-iniforce his fellows, he i was wounded in the knee by a German shell Going to the Firing Line. We had been on a long march and in a few minor engagements. It was getting on night time now; we had been at it then for several hours. We were making for the firing line when they found us with their shells. That's when I got knocked out. Many wero wounded. I don't know about the killed. A com- panion of mine from the Devons had his eye blown out, and his ear blown off, and many were knocked down." I didnt tell you Jhe names of the places; it used to be a &aying with us, Another Welsh name IJ < Another Welshman from Gowerton, and four Swansea boys are in the Camerons: Privates Teddy Goodwin, Edwin Miles, Ben Clement, and Laddie. U Laddie and Goodwin are at the front now. It was bitterly cold, especially in kilts, but my flesh is as hard as iron." A pleasant reminder of home came one day when Pte. Richards found some men in the trenches reading a boy's journal. and overlooking them he saw a football story by Mr. T. C. Wignall (the well- known novelist, and formerly of the Leader n staff). I know that chap," he said he's a Swansea boy. I know him well!" It's nice to have a little bit from home," his comrades agreed; and the! story straight away mounted in popu-, larity, and was in great demand. Many of Mr. Wignall's other storie»—especially the war tales-were read in the trenches, by Swansea men. Well, I am glad to be home again," concluded Private Richards. I am not yet fit for active service, but I return next Monday to Invergordon, in the North of Scotland. If I am bound to go out again, I am going with a good heart. rd like to be there at the finishing up." Asked when that was likely to be, Pte. Richards said the general opinion among the troops was that the war would be over by about April.
PlASWARl OCTOOENARrAtrS DEATH. I Mr. Harry Napper Hart, aged 81, of I Trewyddfa-road, Plasmarl, was found! dead in bed at 12 p.m. on Tuesday. An inquest will be heLd.
POSTAL WORK IN SWANSEA. I Post Office work at Swansea during Christmas, notwithstanding the depletion of the regular staff, the lateness of the trains, and the huge volume of work dealt with, passed off very satisfactorily. The parcel post was this year particularly heavy.
A Tí& range wi.th stnctlr modern equipment has been eatablished ia the i cmt o?.j?eMjLQ?t?n Pri6h Churchr i
I NO MERCY. I a I GERMAN ADMIRAL CALLS FOR RECKLESS I BtTAUAflOX. | I TOO HUMANE ? AMSTERDAM, Dec. 24. I In support of the idea of employing sub- marines to sink British merchant vessels now being advocated in the German press, J ftear-Adnural Sc-lilieper contributes a re- markable article to the "Berliner Loka- I-eiger," in which the following sea- tencee are of special interest. He states that the German has always been the loser with regard to England. as he never could overcome a certain sentimental i'tel- ing of justice and delicacy, which ia es- pecially peculiar to him even in cases' where other feelings would have been! more suitable. "We waste too much time on purely humane things, which torment and torture us, while our adversaries seize the opportunity and recklessly do us harm whenever and wherever that can be done. So, too, now England is waging a business war against us, and hopes to be able to crush us economically. We have been contented till now with occa- sional parrying. We must, without doubt, return tit for tat, and begin a system- atical and reckless war of retaliation against British commerce. No Mercy." For this we a most efficient tool in our submarines. Here we have a new weapon in our hands, which, though (only recently and carefully developed by us- has already proved a splendid suc- cess. It has shown results which have not remained unnoticed byt neutral Powers, and which have done much to I m the alleged supremacy of Great Britain on the 6ea. One must strike while the iron is hot, and, natur- 1 ally, this new weapon must not merely be employed against hostile battle-I ships, but against all ships under the enemy's nag approaching the English coast. We can announce our standpoint to all neutral Powers, but then, no mercy, j Oh, those German barbarians,' we already hear honest Englishmen say. Towards an enemy like England, who I knows no leniency where the question of reaching her aim is concerned, and who, with tho greatest want of principle, dis- owns the white race and fights shoulder to shoulder with coloured peoples— towards such enemy we need know no leniency. England means to crush, and for that purpose sbe will not allow her- self to be turned either by treaties or I agreements. Unprecedented Audacity. I She also displays unprecedented I audacity in the harm she does to neutral l States, all with the one purpose of crush- ing us, Have we, then, any reason for answering with special delicacy ? f The German submarine has caused widespread terror. Why not at those places where supplies are brought to England ? The idea of destroying the enemy's commerce and troopships is something convincing, and produces agreeable fel- ings. In this weapon Germany has an advantage which must be used quicldy and with all determination. Anyone under the enemy's flag who thinks this barbarous or inhuman may do so, but our advice must be up and at them.'
I- SWANSEA POLICE COURT. I i Tuesday.—Before Messrs. J. W. Jon" i Oakley Walters, J. Devonald. Darid I Meager. Golden Filth (?) i AbraJiam Golden (57), a pedlar, was; charged with being drunk and disorderly! in High-street.—Fined 7s. €d., or seven days.—Superintendent Roberts stated that when Golden was searched at the Police Station some hundreds of cards of a certain nature were found in his pos- session. Superintendent Roberts now ap- plied that the Bench make an order that the cards be con&scated and destroyed.— The Bench made the order, the Chair- man remarking that they would clear the town to that extent. The Price of Beer. Thomas Francis (SO), a French ship's! master, was charged with being drunk! and disorderly in Harbour.-Fined 128. inclusive. Charles Jones (28), haulier, was charged with being drunk whilst in charge oi a horse and cart in Harbour* road. ,D Too LatM William Broomford was summoned for allowing his son Albert, agod 11 years, to street trade after nine p.m.-cautioned Richard Carter was summoned for al- lowing his stepson, James Thouias, to street trade after nine p.m.-Fined 2s. 6d. No Badge. Mts. Hannah Roberts was summoned for allowing her son David, aged 12 'years, to street trade without wearing his badge.—Fined 2s. 6d David James Keest (17), and WilliaTaI; Isaac (27), both haulier, were each fined: 5s., for driving horses and carts without, lights on December 16th. t A Lonely Gee-gee. William J. James was summoned for I being at a distance from his horse, and not having proper control over the same, in Oxford-street.—Charles Dickens, a C J Juration employe, gave evidence.— James was fined lOe. inclusive. Alleged Boy Burglars. I Four lads, Francis John Cotter (15), Michael O'Brien (15), Peter Whittey (12), and James Hayes (12), were charged ih the Juvenile Court with burglariously breaking and entering a greengrocer's ahop carried on by Mrs. Margaret Con- don, at 125, Llangyfelach-street, Swan- sea, at 3.30 a.m. on December 27th, and: stealing therefrom three metal cigarette cases, two tobacco pouches, 30 Jaffa oranges, and a pair of rases and knivea, value in all 12s. On the application of Superintendent Roberts defendants were remanded for a week, as all the property had not yet been recovered. — I
POUR NOS LECTEURS BELGES. I Communique Fran pais de Lundi: En Belgique, nous avons oontinu4 a avancer h l'Ouest de Lombarttyde. Nous sommea maintenant au piod des dunes sur i lesquelles l'ennemi a 6tabli an ligne de I resistance. An sud d'Yprea, nous avons perdu une section des trancheea, pr6s de Hollebeke. Dans la region de Lens, pres de Carency, l'eunemi a flechi devant notre attaque et nous a cédé 800 metres de tranchees de premiere ligne. Dans la valine de FAiene et en Champagne une canonnade intermittente a etc particulierement intense dans la region de Reims et dans cello de Perthes, oh 1'ennemi a attaque spédalement les positions que nous avians enlevees a l'Ouest de cette local ite. Sur les Hants de Meuse un 14ger progrès a it6 accompli par nos troupes sur tout le front. Dans les Vosgea, l'eimemi a bombarde la gare de St. Die, mais le service des trains W a pas etc interrompu. DatlrS ]e Haute Alsace au Isord Est de une centre attaque Allemande a et6 repoussee.
WOUNDED AT MONS. -0 I WELSH SOLDIER S DESPERATE BUT I SUCCESSFUL VENTURE. FIERCE FIGHTING RECALLED. Corporal Tom Morgan, who is a native of New Tredegar, and is home severely wounded from the battle of Mons, has been spending a few days as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Pinkstone, of the Avon Vale Hotel, Aberavon. Corporal Morgan, who has sufficiently recovered from terrible injuries by shrapnel, moves about the locality bear- ing a huge scar on the right cide of his face extending from the base of the skull to the top of the ear, and with five bullet wounds in his left arm. He has seen 14 years' service, three of which were in the Grenadier Guards, during which time he acted in a special guard of honour to President Loubert during his visit to Aldershot, and during King Edward's Coronation, and to the King of Italy during his visit to India. Ba was invalided from the Grenadiers for .12 months, and afterwards joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, with whom he served for seven years in India, three years -in China, and two years in Burma, and at the outbreak of war was a reservist of the regiment, and employed at the Bargoed Collieries, Rhondda Valley. He was called up on the 5th of August, and went out with the first draft of the expedi- tionary forces, arriving in France on August 13th, and proceeded immediately into the fighting line. A Terrible Time. It was only after considerable pres- sure that Corporal Morgan could be in- duced to tell the story of his experience in advancing to Mons and in fighting a rear guard action in the historic retreat. He said that in advancing on Mons his regiment got into a heavy and deadly artillery fire, both by the Germans And British, the latter being caused in conse- quence of the Germans having broken through the French lines and causing almost complete disorganisation. It was a dreadfully hot corner, and we were iu this terrible position for three or four days without food or rest, and men were dropping from sheer ex- haustion and privation. It was during this experience that we had the order to retire—our lot being commanded to fight a rear-guard action to cover the retrftat of the general army. After taking up positions at Vervilliers, and later on at Septmouts, we rested for a few days before advancing to further fighting, where the enemy held very strong posi- tions. Here the fighting was of a terribly desperate nature. We advanced to a position previous to the battle of Lille, and prepared entrenchments, and it was here that I received my wounds. A Desperate Venture. The enemy were holding a farm- house, from which they were playing havoc with maxim guns, and it became imperative that this position be taken or destroyed. I and three others were told (rff at approaching darkness to set fire to the farmhouse, and we success- fully accomplished our mission, and had returned to the trenches, and were re- ceiving the congratulations of our oiffcers and men, when a shrapnel burst, inflict- ing the injurias describeiu This was on October 28th (Wednes- clay), and believe me, I shall never for- get it. From this time forward I was blind, deaf, and unconscious, and knew nothing further until I came to myself in hospital at Boulogne, where I was given up by the medical men as hopeless. I, however, gradually "recovered, and was eventually removed to hospital at Cork, where I remained until December 11th. I can assure you," emphasised the corporal. H that it was only through the care and attention of the hospital nurses that I succeeded in pulling through." On December 15th the corporal waa married to Miss Browne, a native of Cheltenham. In addition to being a soldier, Corporal Morgan is also a poet, and wrote some very clever verse in hos- pital.
WOMEN INVENTORS. MANY USEFUL ADJUNCTS TO THE HOME PATENTED. Applications for patents in this country made in the names of women, during the year now closing, aeoording to information supplied by Messrs. Hughes and Youcsr, patent agents, of 55-56. Chancery-lane, Lon- dou. W.C., totalled 360, which is within ten of the previous year-a record. Owing1 to the war, there was a diminu- tion of some 5,000 applications an the part of men. Analysis of the invention? relating to whidh applications were made by woxaea Kives the following result* Dress 54 Cooking; 9 iSursing and Toilet —fl medical 34 Motor-oara and Mechanical 24 eyeling 7 Household Babies' requisites 6 requisites 20 Garden — 5 Games 14 Needlework 3 Educational .— 12 Aeroplane 1 This list aoea not luciuae many arciciei difficult to ciasaify, and the oersatility ol women's genius, as regards invention, may be gathered from the fact that their vari- ous contrivances inolude roundabouts, an appliance for preserving the form of the chin and face, an apparatus to avert chills while taking a hot bath, pneumatic boot lasts, flesh-rcduoing garments, anklets, a noiseless dustpan, means for keeping omni- bus seats dry, and paintwork protootors, for doors while the handles are cleaned.
JERSEY MARINE CHILD BURNT. Accidental death was the verdict of a coroner's i ai-y at Jersey Marine on Mon- day on the body of Rosaline Samuels, w.-e4 six years, of BaldwinVterrace, who suw cumbed to burns sustained on Chrietmqf Eve. It was stated that ijw mother an4 father left the little girl at home whiU they went to Swansea shopping, and, ro- turning at 9.40, found the ehim in an un- «ottscRO«s condition.
BURIAL POSTPONED. I iUNFORTUNATE INCIDENT A llLANCYNWYD | CHURCH YESTERDAY. I On Christmas Day an old lady was I Ifound dead in her bedroom at Prirthcawl. It was understood that the inquest would ta held yesterday, to be followed by the i funeral. Yesterday afternoon, therefore, toiourners and sympathisers attended for thc, fuiieral. But some misunderstanding Iå arisen as to the inquest, and as no iDqhest had been held there was no cer- tificabe of burial, and the funeral had to "b,a postponed until to-day (Tuesday). When the Coroner heard of the extra- Ordinary affair, he offered to send a cer- tificate to meet the funeral at Llan- Kynwyd, but by this time arrangements for the morrow had been made.
I' BAD SWANSEA BOYS, arifrhi- i MAGISTRATES AND TEMPTATION OF PARGtLS OUTSIDE PUBS." Two lads, Edwin John Booker (12), and Lewis Locker (11), were charged at Swan- sea on Tuesday with stealing and receiv- ing a number of packets of head and nerve powders, value 10s. 6d:) from a bicycle in Park-street, the property of Harry Morgan, agent and traveller. The prosecutor said that he left his bicycle with the packets in a parcel on a carrier, outside the I'ark Hotel at 5.30 on December 23rd. At six o'clock he missed the parcel. lie waited about outside the hotel for some time, and then P.C. Andrews came along with the boys. P.C. (40) Andrews said he was on duty in plain clothes in the Market. He saw the two boys. Booker had two paclretg of powders, and he opened one packet and pave some to Locker. Witness went up to Booker, who said that he had the powders from a boy outside the Leader Office. Locker said he was not there at the time. Booker gave a wrong namo and address, but when told that he would have to go to the Police Station he gave a correct one, and also produced four otBer packets of powders saying that he took them frbm the bicycle. When going; through Portland-street, and near the Park Hotel, Booker said that he took the powders from outside that public- house." Locker handed over 18 powderB, and said, Booker gave them to me." P.C. Francis, speaking of the boy Booker, said that the parents had no control over the boy. The father, a very respectable man, was at present in the Swansea Battalion, A short time ago lie had then com plained that the boy had been sleeping out for a month, and could not be found. Booker's mother said that when he did come back he was in a filthy state, and everything he wore had to be burnt. I've got ten children, gentlemen, and he ia the worst of the lot," she said. The Bench decided to send the boy! Booker to an industrial school for three years, whilst the case against the boy Locker was adjourned for a month to see how he would get on. The Chairman remarked that he thought it was not right that parcels should be left outside public-houses for half an hour on end. It was a direct temptation to young boys, and there was no excuse for doing so.