MRS. CORNWALLIS- I WEST. I REPLIES TO HER CRITICS. "MY FRIENDS KNOW I ) THE TRUTH" I II THE TRUTH. I 5 1rs. Corn wallis-West, who figures so pro-1 tomently in the recent War Office inquiry report. said to a "Daily Sketch" representa- tive :— I know the truth., and my friends know the truth. I have had abundance of evidence that they still believe in me. I have nothing to say. The whole thing is beneath con- tempt. She would say nothing in her defence, had ??- h e i?-ou i c i ,?ay liot h fio message to convey to those who have heard only one side of the story. I prefer to remain silent. It is the only dignified way," she said. Mrs. Corn wall is-West was sitting very Quietly, but (says the writer) she was deeply stirred, and there were moments when her eyes Hashed with indignation. Mrs. Com- wallis-West is still charming. She still re- tains her slim figure and the graceful ease of early youth. The wealth of beautiful white hair adds a crowning touch of dignity to the woman. In the town Mrs. Cornwallis- West takes a deep interest in the wounded soldiers, for whom she has done very much. All the boys speak with gratitude of her, having apparently many pleasant memories of her kindness. They all talk enthusiasti- ically of her care and kindness. COLONEL COENWALLIS- WEST'S I COMPLAINT. Colonel Corn wall is-West. in an interview Vith the "Liverpool Evening Post." com- plained that the findings of a "secret" in- quiry and "selected items" had been made public, and that letters from Lieut. Barrett to his wife had not been, published. He jadded, however On the whole, aaid as there was no ap- peal, the incident should be regarded as closed, and Mrs. Cornwallis-WestTs reputac- ition could very well be left to those numer- ous people both in the County of Denbigh and elsewhere with whom she had worked so long. and who had know n her for so Biany years."
HANDS ACROSS THE SEAS. PRACTICAL SYMPATHY FROM WELSH AMERICANS. I Mrs. Susy Francis, 20, B'wight-street, An- Srlnla, Conn., U.S.A.. writes:—Mr. David Navies.—Dear Sir,—Enclosed you will find cheque to the amount of £25 3s. which I have collected among a few of my British friends I 111 aid of British wounded. One half I want I-ou to please hand over to my father (Mr. ^as. A?helford, 49, Windmill-terrace. St. Ti, Swansea) to be used where he will kjio-w it is most needed in my own parish of • Kilvey. The other half you will use as you •think best, Mr. Davies, in Swansea. Will i'°.u kindly send back an acknowledgment of this cheque to the Evening Sentinel," An- jsonia, Conn.. U. S. A.. so that (people will know the money is really gone to the British 'wounded, in whose name I took up the col- lection.
THRIFTY SWANSEA. I RECORDS IN WAR I SAYINGS. Swansea's old-established savings bank! t Heath field-street, Swansea, had the largest year on record for receipts I ?'?. ast year, L97,OW being receh-ed. The "ncrpHse in the funds for the year were .f3l;o The previous year there was a 'decrease of ?2,000. h The receipts last year were only £ 3,000 elow the record. There are 11,500 'depositors at this bank, the total funds ^aching £ 460,000. Mr. Corby, the actuary, told the Da?iy PQst" that the increases came not so ;?uch from fresh investors as from old investors increasing their savings. 591 iliew accounts were opened during the j'ear. The War Savings Bank. In the Patriotic War Savings Hank, ^vansea, there are nearly 2,000 deposi- tors, with a total of £ 12,000 funds. About £ 300 is deposited every week. 1,300 new accounts were opened at Swansea Post Office last year.
DUKE OF BEAUFORT'S ACCIDENT. The Duke of Beaufort, Lord of the Manor ¡of Swansea, thrown from his horse while punting, is reported to be progressing. He .rIa seventy years of age.
FUNERAL OF A DOCKSMAN S WIFE. the funeral of Mrs. Davies, wife of Mr. Richard Davies. 34, Hanover-street, Swan- sea., took pIa-ce on Friday, leaving the house f!i ?Uue o clock for the family graYe at Port '?y?n Churchyard. The mourners and inendg w?re Mr. Richard Davies (husband), Mr. J. B. Rees, Capt. C. Reed, Mr. Stephen "orrell, etc. A large Dumber of wreaths ^'ere received. The funeral service at Port -tynoi-i Church was well attended, being con- ducted by the Rev. F. A. Thomas (vicar). The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. <T- B. Reed, Hanover-street.
CLEVER BONYMAEN BOYS. I A really excellent concert in aid üf the *nymaeii and District Soldiers' and jailors' Fund was provided by the Indus- Aal School boys at Canaan Schoolroom, entrechwyth, on Thursday evening to a Crowded audience. We understand that ¡he Superintendent (Mr. W. Davies) is ■prepared to place the services of the bovs (tor any charity organisation.
SWANSEA MOTORISTS ADVENTURE I tiow a pwansea motorist ran over a, dan- ger tla,o., landing his car in the street tram- way excavations and requiring the assist- ance of six men to get his car out, was told fit the Newport Police Court oil Friday rtbe motorist was Mr. Walter Francis Jones, >ho was fined 40s. and had his license en- orsed,
SWANSEA AND DISTRICT C.E." I UNION. Rtv. R. S. Kogers, B.A., Capel Gomer, I as heartily welcomed and duly installed j?ri Friday PvemnK :? pre.-ideut of the .1 'ansea., and District Christian Endeavour 'nion. at the monthly meetiu? of the ?ncil, ?nd with so able and elo?upnt a ?%4ei- great things are anticipated during ? tenure of office. Never was the need ?ater for a forward movement amongst '?e young and to prepare for the time ￼ ?'hen the boys come home."
SINGLETON ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIA- TION. -fersons interested m allotments on the ?tTLgl?ton E"tate held a meeting at St. 'éIit>-ier s Hall. Swansea on Saturday n¡n. It ??s dcdded to form ? Sin^le- AUotntfoLs Association. :md tIw fol- ?'nig officers were appointed to take the "?inm'u,TV stcpg for getting the scheme ),¡) practical working order with as little ]>osaiMe:—The Executive Com- Ilitt'?e is Mr. Tread well, 2, Ru.?d!-street: h. Thomat;. 1. Alexandra.terrae; Mr. 'Y]).?on (chairman), St. Hpten's-r?d; Mr. 100n', 121, SL IMpn'?-i-oad; secretarv, Mr i, Ili' David. 54. B>\vnmill-]ane. Twenty gfjplicants were enroHed on the register of ???t'jat'lOQ ? the close of bb? mcptu?.
HAIRDRESSERS AND I "TAWE LODGE." LOCAL SECRETARY AMPLI- I FIES LETTER. UNION ASK FOR "SUITABLE I CONDITIONS. A "Daily Post" representative had a chat I with Mr. T. l), Harries, secretary of the I Swansea Hairdressers' Union, with reference to the statements -nadc, Rt a recent meeting of the Tawe Lodge Visiting Committee apropos of the conditions under which the. shaving of the inmates at the Workhouse was proposed to be undertaken by a mem- ber of the Hairdressers' Union asked to per- form the work temporarily in view of the iu- disposition of the house barber, Mr. Harries alleging that it was inadvisable to send a man there in view of the frightfully insani- tary and unhygienic conditions," which, he said, prevailed. Mr.-Harries has received from the clerk to the Guardians a letter soliciting a further explanation of the contents of his intimation to that body, which Mr. Abe Freedman, chairman of the committee, described as a reflection upon the institution. Regarding this Mr. Harries told our re- presentative that it was a great pity that his letter was ta.ken in that light, since no I reflection whatsoever was intended. The conditions he hac;. deEcribed did prevail, and he was prepared at any time to substantiate his statements, either at a. meeting of the Guardians, or on a public platform, but could not do so by letter, and added that his description of conditions which prevailed, when members of the association had been asked on previous occasions to perform such work. was mild. No Other Objection." Our representative enquired as to whether any objection was taken to performing the work provided suitable conditions prevailed, and Mr. Harries replied emphatically that there was absolutely no objection other than that he had mentioned to undertaking what was a public service, but, like the general public, members of the Union were amongst the ratepayers and demanded from a hygienic (he went on so far as to say humanitarian) paint of view that suitable conditions were made for the undertaking of the work. They had a perfect right to it and meant to have that right. "Of course." said Mr. Harries, "we do not expect such facilities as are provided at our own saloons. Far from it, but we do expect, and justly so. to see at least things made in some way hygienic. I have shaved men there on previous occasions who were suffering from facial outbreaks of a. most contagious character and under conditions which I do not care to mention." Mr. Harries has been instructed to act. on behalf of his Union, several members of which, he says, are prepared to corroborate his words.
THREE SWANSEA INOU-ES,T-S.. ST. THOMAS CHILD'S I SCALDS. At the Swansea Coroner's Court, Deputy Borough Coroner (Mr. Glyn Morris; con- tludeJ three inque.-ts on Saturday morning. The firoSt inquiry was Oil David Da\ ies, 26, Culbourne-terrace. who was found dead in bed on Friday morning. Dr. Anderson said that death was due to bronchitis and cardiac syncope. The jury returned a verdict of Natural caii-e s. I Scalded Baby. The next inquest was on an eight-months'-j old b.iby, Alice French, who died at the Swansea Hospital after being scalded on November 15th. Mrs. L. J. Trench, G el1 i-street, St. Thomas, mother of the child, said that her daughter was maJÓlg a cup of cocoa, pour- ing tho hot water from a kettle, when the cup toppled over, the contents falling over the baby, whom witness wAs nursing by the lire.-ui e. Dr. Louden aid the child was suffering from severe burns, and death was due to septic absorption of the bowels and ex- haustion. A verdict of Accideiital death" was re- turned. Elderly Man's Fall. The third inquiry was into the death of Patrick McCegan, aged 52.. who died on Thursdav last whiist being conveyed to the Hospital, having fallen in the street. Ernest Guttridge, fuel-worker, of Man- selton, spoke of seeing deceased stumble and fall in Morris-lane, and of observing a cut at the. side of the head. i t tb c, A verdict of "Natural causes" was re- turned.
• > REES-BOWEN. I Interesting Wedding at CIydach. Captain Haydn Rees, Royal Engineers, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Rees, Clydach, was married to Miss Netta Bowen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Bowen, Yarare Hotel, Clydach, at Carmel Con- gregational Church, Clydach, on Satur- day, in the presence oi a large gathering. The bride, who wore a. dress of white crepe-de-chine, Avas given away by her lather, and she was attended by the Misses S. A. Rees (sister of the bride- groom) and Annie Bowen (sister of the bride). Captaiu Frpd PhiiHps, M.C., Duke of Cornwall's Light Tnfantry, who is home at Glais, was the best man. The Revs. T. V. Evans, Eiddig Jones, and Vincent Thomas officiated. After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. The honeyipoon is being spent in London.
EX-LLANELLY FORWARDS EXEMPTION. The adjourned military appeal against the exemption of A. J. Stacey, the ex-Llanelly forward, was heard before the Carmarthen- shire Appeal Tribunal at Carmarthen on Thursday. On th-e application of Mr. W. Davies, solicitor, Llanelly. who appeared for the respondent, the appeal was heard in pri- vate.—The Tribunal allowed the military alp- peal.
BIG AUDIENCE AT COWER CONCERT. A large audience was attracted to the I Parish Hall. Pennard. Gower, when au ex- cellent entertainment was provided by the children of the Sunday School. In the absence of Miss Lyons, who was called upon to resume her duties at the Horton Red Cross Hospital, Lady Lyons presided. The programme consisted of a series of action and character songs, dialoguc-s and recita- tions, whilst a sketch, entitled Who's Who?" was giveu by the Misses Lillie Morris. Cissie Jones, Lilian Davies. and Ethel Williams. The acting of the children reflected the greatest credit on those re- sponsible for the careful training. At the close a vote of thanks, proposed by the Rev. D. Evans, to the workers and the audience fur their assistance was enthusiastically adopted, whilst a cordial vote of thanks was al?o accorded Lady Lyons, who /vas re- ceived with musical honours. The ?p, oc ec?d, were devoted to the King Edward' Hospital Fund for Children, and the accompanist was Miss Ethel Jones.
WHEN A BICYCLE IS NOT A I NECESSITY. Judgment for C5 was given at Llandilo County Court in the claim of a Brynamman ironmonger, D. W. Davies, against Levi Griffiths, it young man, from H. James, for goodis sold. "Infancy" was pleaded; but it was contended the goods, which included a bicycle, were necessaries. His Honour said lie did not believe that the defendant bought the bicycle for the purpose of cycling to work at a colliery, although he might have occasionally done so. There was also a workmen's train. It there was not, and the distance had been long, the bicycle might- have been necessary. As it was-, he held it, was not, and entered judgment for L5.
153 MISSING. I BRITISH TRANS- PORTJSUNK. TORPEDOED ON NEW YEARNS DAY. PRESS BUREAT, Thursday evening. The Secretary of the Admiralty an- nounces :— The transport Ivernia was sunk by an enemy submarine in bad weather on January 1st in the Mediterranean whilst carrying tro: ->s, and there are at present fcur military officers and 146 men missing. The casualties among the ship' s officers and crew are not yet known definitely, but it is hoped that the only ship's oiffcers missing are the surgeon and the chief engineer. PRESS BUREAU, later. The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following further announcement:— Detailed information concerning the Ivernia casualties has just been re- ceived, from which it is ascertained that the number of men missing is 120, and the number of men mising from the crew is 33. (Note.—The Ivernia was a comman- deered Cunard liner of 14,278 tons. built in 1900 by Swan and Hunter, New- castle. ) YET ANOTHER U" BOAT ATROCITY. PRESS BUREAU, Thursday. The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following announcement:— A further case of callous disregard for the lives of non-combatant seamen has now crane to light. The British steamship North "Wales, proceeding in ballast from Hull to Canada, was reported 1w the German 11-ireless Press on Nov. 9th as having been torpedoed. Beyond D-P piece of yarnished wood marked "Xorth tHT-ales found in Sennen Cove and bodies washed ashore on the Cbrnisb Coast, nothing further has been heard of her, and it is presumed that the crew took to their boats in the. gales raging at the time and were drowned. (Note.-The North Wales displaced 4,072 tons, was built in 1909, and owned by the North Wales Shipping C"o., ijtd (H. Roberts and Son, managers), London)
BULGAR LINE CUT ON BERLIN-BAGDAD RAILWAY. ANOTHER FINE AVIATION FEAT. PRESS BUREAU, Saturday. The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following aniif.)i.-Lucproent: Oan January 4th a squadron of British naval aeroplanes attacked the railway bridge over the Maritza river at Kuleii Burgas. One span of the bridge Is reported to have been completely wrecked, (Note.—Kuleli Bridge marks the junction of the railway from the Bulgarian port of Dedeagatch a,n'd the Berlin-Bagdad railway which, forms the connecting link between Turkey and the Central Powers. This is the second raid that has been carried out on the bridge, the last occasion being on De- cember 14th. when a, great weight of bombs was dropped and extensive damage is be- lievedi to have been done. The bridge crosses the river Arda, 25 miles south of Adrianople).
LOST HIS TEMPER. I j Bogey-man Fined at Swansea. I Bogey-mal}, Fined Swàn.sea. j For the alleged offence of using abusive language towards his foreman and behaving in a threatening ma.nner, a bogey-man in a controlled factory was proceeded against at South-West Wales Munitions Tribunal on Thursday at Swansea. Evidence was given by the foreman to the effect that defendant called him a —— liar. Defendant also threatened to get his son to wait for him (witness) outside the works and give him a thrashing. Defendant now said that the foreman told him he would hit his head off if he an old man, and he (defendant) told him to do it as he was not afraid. Both he and the foreman lost their tempers. The Court found defendant guilty and im- posed a fine of 10s. Chairman (to defendant) Don't let your temper get the best of you again..
REFUSING TO OBEY." 1 "REFUSING TO OBEY. I Allegation Against Female I Munitioner. Sollth-West Wales Munitions Tribunal met at Swansea on Thursday, J. 'J" h urs(l a,x- -N ri- i Vaughan Edwards presiding. Mr. J. W. Thorpe was clerk of the court. A female worker in a controlled factory was proceeded against for refusing to obey orders. Evidence was given to the effect that defendant volunteered to work in an- other department two days before,, and she had no right to return to her former depart- j luent without instructions. Defendant now suggested that she had only volunteered to go to the department in question for one day. The case was adjuurued at this stage until Tuesday to enable another witness to be present. =============-
CARD-PLAYINC IN WORK-TIME, Before Mr. J. augha-n Edwards, at South West Wales Munitions Tribunal at Swansea on Thursday, a. munition worker was pro- ceeded against by the management of a controlled facto) v for the alleged offence of wasting his time by playing cards in the mess-room when he ought to have been at i') work. Defendant admitted playing cards, but denied that he was wasting his working j time by doing- so.—The Couit found defen- dant eiiiltv, and imposed a, fine of Cl.
———————— QUICK. WORK At Abet-ai-on ou Thursdav Thomas. Male, a private in the Royal Defence Corps, was charged with assaulting his %V said he only pushed his wife. "I was only courting her six weeks before the job was done," he added amidst laughter.—He was bound over.
I FORMER SWANSEA VICAR S SON. In the New 1 ear s lust of D.S-O.'s ap- a j )- pears the name of the Rev. Canon Martin Linton Smith, D.D., of the "A" Cha,plaill Department. His station is "Somewhere in France." He is at present at home, and has been on a s hort visit at the Deanery, St. David's, being the dean's eldest son. The dean. of course, was for many years Vicar of Swansea.
The death has taken place of Mr. Alfred B. Richards, headmaster of the Copper Works Boys' School, Llanelly, at his re- sidence, Brynawel, Coldstream-srtreet, at the age of 59. He was the son of Mr. John Richards (Eryr Glan Lliedi), Five- roads, Llanellv, and a brother of the Rev. 1). B. Richards, Brynhyfryd, Swansea, and served all his ¡1fl' 'in tl;o \e:ccl;ilg profession under the L!a.neHy authority. He was greatly interested in Friendly Societies, and held the position of district secretary for the Philanthropic Order, and was also a Freemason, being a mem- ber of the Prince of Wales Lodge, and his iusta Ilatioll as Worshipful Master took place two years ago. He was held in the highest esteem, and was a member of Greenfield Baptist Church. He leaves a widow and four children. One of the sons is in the Royal Flying Corps. The funeral takes place an T»«sda. (
WELL-DRESSED i WOMAN'S BODY. ) DISCOVERY IN NORTH DOCK, I SWANSEA. I NEATH RESIDENT'S MYSTERI-] OUS FATE. I I The body of a woman about 40 years of 1'11 e bod a 'yoman ahou t 40 yea.r.s of age was recovered from the North Dock, near the Corporation Quay on Sunday morning, and up to the time of writing it not been identified. It was seen floating in the water by a. Swansea Harbour Trust employ i and a, dock constable had the body removec| to the mor- tuary. Portion? of the clothing were found floating near the body and were those of a well-dressed woman, including .V skirt, a brown fur coat. and a black fur ha.t. The body had not been in the water any length of time. The description is: "About 40 years of age; height. 5 feet 2 inches; dark complex- ion hair turning grey wore a pair of laced up boots, nearly new, and there was a. gold chain and brooch attached to a blouse and a gold ring on the third finger." The body was later identified as that of Mrs. Alice Harriet Williams, of H, Florence-street, Neath, who had heetÍ missing from home since Saturday, and was 3S years of age. It is said that. she was subject to fits.
SKETTY MAKES, A I START. WORK ON THIRTY-NINE I WORK ON THIRT'YwNINE PLOTS COMMENCED. 1 In. connection with the allotments scheme a very successful and well-attended meeting of residents of Sketty was held at the Sketty Church H-ll on Friday evening for the purpose of forming an Allotments Society and discussing tne question of the provision of the necet-sary manure, etc, eL. Mr. Stanley Cook occupied the chair, and supporting him on the platform 1% ?tps6T?. ?. K. Drummond, the wcll-kno?u agrjf?Utura! expert, co-opted o? the newJy- inaugurated Allotments Committee of the Swansea Council, Mr. Herbert L. Morgan, chairman of the Sketty Ratepayers' Society; and Mr. Martin, clerk to the Cocketfc Parish. Oouncii. The Chairman, in briefly outlining the scheme, referred to the patriotic action of Mr. W. H. Edwards, of Hill House, in handing over about 12 acres of his park for the cultivation of potatoes and other neces- sary vegetables. It was proposed to make tl-ie tmeiitb 10 roods each, which would be given at a nominal yearly rental, a-mountnig probably to something like 5s. per year. Mr. A. K. Drummond-, in a comprehen- sive and lucid s peech, spoke in support of the scheme. Mr. Martin, Air. H. L. Morgan, and many others also spoke, assuring the meet- ing of their whole-hearted support. The Vicar of Sketty (Rev. J. H. Stewart) then put the resolution to the meeting, which ran to the effect that a society on the- lines suggested shonld be formed. Before the resolution was carried (unani- mously) many questions were put regarding the working of the scheme, but a great many were deemed a,ilswerablo, by the committee, afterwards selected, consisting of twelve residents of Sketty, with smaller committees—executive, fivian.ve, education, and inspection of allotments. Mr. J. H. Morgan, of Llew-street, Sketty, was elected secretary, and the committee will meet on Wednesday next. the, a.Lidiejice inas iiiini i The unmis- takable, and 45 plots were let, o9 of the new holders commencing the cultivation this (Saturday) afternoon. Mr. A. K. Drummond recommended prospective holders to secure the booklet written by the Agricultural Professor at Leeds University on the allotment question.
BRAVO! "BRUCE." The allocations of amounts collected by Mr. H. Morton's dog Brucp" at the Lon- don and Noi-th-Western. Midland and Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Stations is as follows:—Receipts.—By collections, jBl24 7s. Id.—Expenditure.—To tobacco for troops, £46 4s. 6d National Institute for the Blind, £ 3 10s. French Red Cross, £ 2 loi. Y.M.C.A. Swansea Hut, £ 4; Derby Orphanage. £ 5; Blue Cross Fund, L2 Swansea Hos¡:ital, £5; British Red Cross Society: Y.M.C.A.. £ 3 5s.; Parkwern, £ 3 5s. Danycoed, £ 3 5s.; Daily Post" War Pudding Fund, £ 1; St. Thomas Soldiers,and Sailors, F,l S-,illors' Day Fund. £ 1 10s. Holyhead Hospital. Cl Russian Prisoners of War, of Railwayman's widows, etc., £ 20; balance-sheets. 10s.; stamps and stationery, 9. 2Ad. "Bruce's" keep, £ 5 2s. lid. cash in hand, £ 4 5s. SId. total, £ 124 17s* Id.— Audited and found eor- rect. January 6th. 1917. (Signed) David Evans. 10, Bay View terrace Vv. Boardraan, 13. TrygwMrrrace.
LADY MARKHAM LAMP FETCHES 9110 AT SWANSEA DOCKS RAFFLE. On Thursday, ai. the Swansea Chamber of Commerce, the Lady Markham lamp was raffled for the benefit of the Wounded Allies' Fund. This lamp was originally sold by Lady Markham at the London Coal Exchange, and since then it has been to various coal exchanges, and realised £ 115 at Leeds. Ui7(j at Birmingham, £1U; at Manchester. k64 at Neweastle-ou- Tyne, t342 at Cardiff. The amount realised at Swansea is LIIO. Mr. Ei nest Davies, a member of the Swansea Chamber of Commerce, was the first name drawn, and Mr. Ernest Davies receives a small gold model of a miner's lamp as memento. As he is net in the coal trf de he preferred the lamp to be I again drawn for, to decide whose name should be inscribed as the winners at Swansea, and on the second drawing Me ssrs. Burgess and Co., Ltd., were suc- cessful. The lamp will now be presented to the, Baltic Exchange in London, and will go subsequently to Lloyds, and Glasgow, and other Exchanges. Mr. William Barnard, of London, who has organised these efforts, hopes to realise £ 3,000 before the lamp is finally deposited with the London Coal Exchange.
A party of twenty-five wounded soldiers have arrived in Swansea for Dauycoed Hospital. Most of the men, who came from the Somme and are of various regi- ments, were able to walk to the waiting motor-cars, but five poor fellows had to be carried. Thearrangemonts wore car- ried out by the Mumbles V.A.D.. in charge of Commandant C. Russell cliai-g(- f) f (' .oirirain?,iaiit C. Ru!?sell
'COMPLETE SUCCESS' I OF THE ALLIES' I CONFERENCE. "IRON SPIRIT OF I DETERMINATION." (Reuters War Service.) ROME, Sunday night. A semi-official statement issued here to- day says:- With the second meeting held this afternoon the conference of the Allies was brought to a close. At the conclusion of its labours it once more recorded the complete agree- ment of the Allies on the various ques- tions discussed, and it was decided to carry out a still closer co-ordination of their efforts. (Renter's War Service.) I ROME, Sunday. All representatives at the Allies' con- ference here have expressed entire satisfac- tion at the complete success of their labours. Decisions have been reached, the results of which wiii appear an decisive action to be undertaken which, it is believed, will pave tho way to a. vidorious peace. Intero&urse between representatives of the Allies has been c haracterised by absolute frankness, marked unselfishness, perfect concord, and Iran spirit of determination I to conouct the war m such a way as may speedily result in the attainment of the noble ends locked for by civilisation and from the humanitarian fwntiments of the nations fighting on its side.
KAISER TO HIS FIGHTERS. TOLD OF THE ALLIES'I REFUSAL. "YOU WILL BECOME AS I STEEL. I I (Press Association War Special.) I I AMSTERDAM, Saturday. An official telegram from Berlin says the Kaiser has addressed the following order to the Army and Navy :— Conjointly ?ith Allied rulers I pro- posed to enter forth? ith into peace nego- tiations. Our enemies refused my offer. Their hunger for power <ieMres Ge?maii-l' destruction. The war will he continued. Before G-od and humanity J declare that, I on enemy governments alone fails the heavy responsibility for all the further- terrible sacrifices from which I wished to save you. With justified indignation at our enemies arrogant crime, and with deter- mination to defend our holiest possessions and secure the Fatherland a happy future, you will become as steel. Our enemies did not want the under- standing offered by me. With God's help our arms will enforce it.—General Head- quarters, January otb, 1917. WILLIAM I.R. ENTENTE REPLY AT BERLIN. AMSTERDAM. Friday. A Berlin message says:—The American I C,Iia,i-ge d'Affa.irs t-o-.claN- presented the reply of the Par ten te on the peace offer of the Quadruple Alliance.-(Renter.) I —
SKETTY VOLUNTEERS, I PRESENTATION OF SHOOTING! PRIZES. I HAPPY RELATIONS BETWEEN OFFICERS AND MEN. I I Sketty Church Hall was well filled with Volunteers and their civilian friends on Thursday evening, to witness the presenta- tion of shooting prizes to the members of Sketty "D" Company, and also to take part in a smoking concert. Capt. C. E. Poole presided. and was supported by Major Bertie Perkins, Lieut. Harold Per- kins, Second-Lieutenants S. Gemmell and H. A. Ellis. Capt. C. E. Pocle distributed the handsome prizes a-s follows Xmas shoot.—Pte. R. H. Oughton, Lieut. H. Perkins, Privates A. J. Bei-iiiett. N. G. Savours, R. Chambers, I. John. Team shoot.—Sergt. S. Joslyn, Sergt. J. H. Morgan, Corpl. F. R. Hatton, Corpl. E. H. Perkins, Pte. H. B. Jones. Medals, etc.—Sergt. J. H..M organ Bell, medal "Tlegraph" certiticate; Private H. B. Jones, Roberts' Medal; C..S.-M, A. T. Owyn, "Exprent Medal; Sergt. S. Joslyn, "Daily :\Iail' Certificate; Sergt. Pwerry- house and Section 1. rose bowl, for 60 per cent. of all possible marks for October, November and December. Major Perkins congratulated Sketty Com- pany on the keenness of its officers. N.C'.O.'s and men. in spite of adverse circumstances their attendance at range, drill, and lectures was worthy of all commendation. Somo topical verses by CorpL E. S. Chap- man gave much amusement, and afterwards Lance-Corpi. Capper, assisted by Mrs. Crapper, .Miss Hannah Davip? and Miss R?veL handed round light refreshments. Corpl. E. L. Thomas thn made a surprise presentation of wallet, etc., to Corpl. E. S. Chapman. Selections were given bv the band; piano duett played by Misses E. Creber and Mildred Edwards, and soiigs by Miss Dorothy Hatton, Lieutenants H. A. Ellis and Harold Perkins. Privates J. H. Barrie, W. G. Foy and W. G. Morgan; quartette by Mr. Jones and party; recita- tions by Pte. A. L. Morgan, and mono- logues by Private G. Wheatcroft. | Corpl. E. L. Thomas spoke of the good relations existing between officers and men ia their company. They were proud of their officers. Each officer had made himself an expert in some branch or other. Captain C. E. Poole, in response, said that the officers appreciated their responsibility, and were doing their best with the definite object of preparing the Volunteers for any service they might be called upon to do. He was pleased to record the following promotions: Sergeants. F. W. Dwerryhouse, S. Joslyn and J. Robinson, to Platoons 13. 14 and 1& rci-pectilvely; Corp!. E. L. Thomas to be sergeant Lance-Corpl F. Mailley, Privates H. B. Jones and C. Clement to be cor- porals. and Private P. A. Grant to be cor- poral. An enjoyable, evening closed with the singing of the National Anthem, after Lieut, j Harold Perkins had thanked the chairman, artistes and caterer. SKETTY SHOOTINC CHAMPIONS. Much interest was taken in the elioot at Hafoo l'angs on Saturday evening between Sketty "D" Co. and Rugby "A'' Co., who Irad tied in the inter-company competition. jast completed, for chief place :.md to decide which company was to hold the silver bowl. As predicted, the former com- pany' confidence was justified, us the i?sue from start ? finish was not in doubt, and they came out ch?mpion? with the margm of 67 poiu? to epdre. Scores:— Sketty "D" C-oinpaii.),I-I. R. Jones 74, I F. J. Morgan 76, A. T. Gwyn 83, H. A. Ellis 88. H. R. Hatton 75. E. H. Perkins 71. R. J. Smale 81. F. W. Dwerryhouse 80, J. H. Morgan 80, S. Joslyn 77, E. S. Chapman 92 total, 882. 92 total, "A" Compan:E. A. Tyier 77, Rugbv H. J. Wilhaans 56, C. P. Ha.u)? 75, W. Morgan 73, W. Williams 70, F. Reed 72. H. G. Rees 84, E. D. Rees 71, H. C. Dodd I 81, E. J. Thomas 79, W. O. Daysou 77; total. 815.
"DAIY POST" MAN'S "SIT" I BADCE. Amongst the latest recipients of the bit" badge at Swansea is ex-Private John Wil- liams. formerly of the 8th Welsh (Pioneers), of the "Düy Post" composing staff, who fought at SuvIa Bay and was wounded by shrapnel in the chest. He is our second em- i uloye to wear the ooveted emhlem.
"BE BRITISH." [ SWANSEA BOYS' AND GIRLS' CLUB. ENJOYABLE FIRST ANNUAL I FUNCTION. I A large number of the members of the Baptist Well Boys' and Girls' Club were pre- sent at a pleasing function held at the Gros- venor Hotel. Swansea, on Saturday night. Amongst those present were Councillor W. Morris**president). Mr. Oeorge Codd (secre- tary), Councillors Howells and P. Molyneux and Mr. W. Mainwaring. An excellent sup- per wa.' partaken of after which an enjoyable programme, provided by Mr. Alf Thomas (Swansea's "Own" comedian) was given. Musical selections on t.he banjo and mando- line were ablv rendered by Messrs. East and Murton, whiLt little Miss Iris Thomas gave of her best. Mr. James and Master Lennox Morris sang some well-known songs. The star of the evening was, -of course, Alf." whose conception of the Farmer's Boy" was highly amusing. The Chairman said lie was glad to see so many members of the ciub there. They thought of making the function (which was the first) an annual one. He spoke of the boys out in France and their natural sport- ing instinct, which was characteristic of every British boy. The dutv of the club was to instil this sporting instinct into the boys and girls as much as it could. Every- thing was provided for games. He asked the boy.s to keep together as much as possible. Mr. George Codd (secretary) said the finan- cial position of the club was very 'satisfac- tory, thanks to Mr. MaJnwaring, their en- terprising supporter. Councillor Molyneux, a, staunch supporter of the club, said he hoped they would all grow up "British" bovs and stick to sport and play the game. He promised them two new air-guns in the near future. (Loud applause. ) A vote of thanks was given ta Mr. Alf Thomas for providing such an exceHent- pro- gra.mme and Mr. Thomas suitably responded. Councillor T. Howells seconded, and alter a few words by Mr. Mainwaring an enjoy- able evening came to a close with t-li- sing- ing of "God Save the King."
SELOUS KILLED. MODERN NIMROD FALLS IN ACT! ON. The Press Association say.- that a telegram wa« received in Gloucester on Saturday morning stating that Cajptam F. C. Selous, D.S.O.. the, f. oil., South African explorer, and big ga.me hunter, has been killed in action whilst serving in South-East Africa,. Captain Selous. who was 66 ycalo of age, has been travelling and hunting in South Central Africa since 1871, in parts then almost unexplored, and fought against the Matabele in later years. He is said to have been the original of Alan Quarter- inaine in Rider Haggard romances, and led a moot stirring and adventurous life. He i has sons fighting in the Army. His death in action in Africa is perhaps a fate which he would himself have considered as most In keeping with his life and career on the Dark Continent.
= CHILDREN OF -OUR DEAD HEROES. SPEND AN ENJOYABLE I AFTERNOON. CONCERT AND TEA AT I CENTRAL HALL. About 400 children assembled at the Cen- tral Hal], Swansea, on Friday afternoon, when they were entertained by the com- mittee of the 6th Welsh Comforts Fund to a tea .and a variety programme arranged jointly by the Fund Committee and. Mr. G. H. Richardson (manager of the Swan- sea Empire), \vhich^preceded it. Ir. H. Stanley Cook, as chairman, after briefly addressing the children, called upon Master Freddy Warner (son of Mr. Larry Warner, Globe, Clydach), who gave a song and dance in quite professional style. Miss May Jaokson also contributed a. song and dajtce. Mr. Cyril Steele gave a. conjuring ex- iribition, and the children much enjoyed an ¡.et entitled "The Homecoming," by Mr. Tom Owen, assisted by his two clever daughters. Master Harold Steele gave a sung entitled Territorials." During the partaking of tea the Swansea Telegraph Messenger Band played selections, and the following ladies assisted with the catering Mesdames A. P. Higham, J. D. Williams. C. T. Rut-hen, F. Stephens, Karris, Simmons, G. Dorrell, Cunniffe, Denny, J. Davies. Nicholas, Merriman, G. Gierre, Cordon Davies. Morris, Gibbs, Evans, Ham, G. Edwards, Griffiths, Peters, Coles, Hill, Chazzlewitch, Tooze, Knift, Couch, Stan Davies, Thomas, and Misses Freda Thomas, Westlake, Harries, Ruthen, The Mayor (Aid. David Davies). address- ing the children, expressed his pleasure at being there to see that the soldiers' children uf Swansea were not forgotten — the children of men who had given their lives for their country. It was a. great loss and a great grief to them tha.t their fathers had gone, but when they grew up they would be proud to know that they were the children of men who had sacri- i ticed their lives for the country's cause. He was confi dent t ha t each child present that afternoon would grow up the better for the knowledge that they were the sons and daughters of brave men. He wished them all a very enjoyable time. Lusty cheers were then accorded the Mayor, and the chairma.n wished him a Happy and Prosperous New Year of office.
BOXING AND FOOTBALL. SATURDAY NIGHT BOUTS SWANSEA BOYS' VICTORY. I At the Olympic Boxing Hall, Swansea, on Saturday evening. Will Brooks. Aber- avon, met Harry Davits. Caerau, in a re- tuau 15 three-minute round contest. The bout was somewhat disapjKiinting, for there far too much clinching. Brooks was considerably bel'^w his ii/uia] form, and Davies, though he hit hard hod a good de- fence and took a lot of punishment, was not, a pretty boxer. Brooks sent Davies down lightly three or four times for three seconds, but he used his left on Brooks' face frequently and administered a lot of body punislrnent. Brooks could not gef into hifc proper swiivz, and was frequently out of distance. The contest went the full journey, and the referee 1r. Barrett) gave the verdict to Davies. Glyn Stepnns, Pontardulais, proved much too clever and nippy for Bogey Davies, of Giyn-Neath, who was -nuch the heavier, but had no science. The bout was stopped at the end of the fourth round in favour of Stephens. Swansea Schoolboys' Fine Success. I The Swansea Schoolboys gained a hand- some victory over Merthyr at the Vetch Field on Saturday afternoon in the fil""t round for the Welsh Schools' Shield, win- ning by five goals tc nii. The Swansea ladis played well, without exception, and that they thoroughly deserved their grand victory is indicated by the large score. Play opened fact, ar.d Tommy Williams scor&d the first and only goal before the interval. In the second moiety Swansea showed marked superiority in every de- partment, and those who registered further goals were Day, Bell (2), and Thomas. For the winners, tl)e captain, Ohariic Hughes, was undoubtedly a pillar of strength, whilst Bell also proved of great service. Johns, in goal, wa_s well supported by a good pair of backs in Rees and Oldfield.
Messrs. Justice Bailhache and Aitken net at Cardiff on March 1st for the South Wales Circuit. There were no cases down for hearing on the county sheet at Swansea Police Court on Satuxds-v.
WAR OFFICE AND TINPLATERS. ———. NOTICE TO TRI- BUNALS. I PREVIOUS INSTRUC- TIONS CANCELLED. At Llanellv Borough Tribunal on Thursday Lieut. Ingrain, the military representative, made an important an- nouncement in regard to the position of tinplate workers. He announced that lie had received the following telegram from the War Office:- From this date B1, B2 or C1 men are not to be given an opportunity to be enrolled as an army re. serve munition worker or relegated to army reserve until further order." Prior to this order all men in the tin- plate trade who were not in Class A couid, remain at their occupation or obtain employment in the steel trade. Alderman H. D. Fees But Class B and Class C men in the tinplate trade are in re- served occupations. L Lieutenant Ingram These fresh instruc- tions cancel that. Councillor Evan Roberts It was only i4 November that we were told they were ir reserved occupations Lieutenant Ingram But this is to-day' instruction. Councillor Roberts; They change very rapidly. Lieutenant Ingram: They change everj day it takes a clever man to keep up with the War Office.
RESERVED FOR FOREi MEN." PECULIAR SWANSEA MUNI- TIONS CASE. INCIDENT ON WORKER? TRAIN. A special sitting of the S.W. Wale* Munitions Tribunal was held on Saturday afternoon at Swansea Labour Exchan under the presidency of Mr. J. Vaughai Edwards. Mr. J. W. Thorpe was clerk ot the court. Three munition workers in a controlled factory were proceeded against for tbi alleged offence of entering a. compai-tm in a, train reserved for the foremen, M? refusing to leave when ordered by the raik way officials, and thereby preventing the foremen from reaching the factory gatel in time to admit the workers under thelip charge, on November 28th, 1916. When tho. train arrived at the factory it was stated the foremen had to procure identification tickets to enable the worker. to enter the factory. On that. particular, morning they were delayed for about teii minutes before gettin.g to the room for th,- tickets, owing to being at the end of the train instead of the front part, and all thl, workers were therefore delayed from en* tet-ing the factory. The men refused tc leave the compartment when requested. A witness waL-, able to identify the thre4 defendants as three of the men. in the con* partment. The men's attention was dramit, to the notice, Foremen Only," bv tht last witness, and he asked them twice tf leave the carriage, but no one replied. Someone then suggested that their naanei and numbers should be taken, and one or the defendants said, You can blooming well have my number," and shouted it oufc One of them also said that they were As good as the foremen, v. ana tnev did not see why the forerneil should have reserved compartments an; more than they. Answering the Chairman* witness said none of the workers lost anf working time that morning. The delaj caused a disorganisation. One of the defendants said on the morn* ing in question the train was craiumecl full. Two young women and hrmswti entered the carriage. They entered th. carriage under a misapprehension. Th. foreman called as the second witness cawrti to the window and said What are you doing here? Don't you I know that this is the foremen's compart- vient" P He remained in the carriage as a protest, as he wanted the case re- ported so as to bring to the notice of the firm's manager the language used by the foreman in the presence of the young women. This allegation of had language was denied by the foreman in question. Witness told the chairman now that he took the responsibility for the others. Mr. Edwards said that workmen were open to bring cases to that court if any officials were guilty of misconduct in any. way. The Chairman said the Tribunal had come to an unanimous decision on the facts. They held that a breach of rules had been committed. The three defen- dants were ordered to pay 9s. each to- wards the costs.
SWANSEA DRUMMERS." Entertain Wounded at Danycoed Hospital. I At Danycoed Hospital another most en* I joyable concert was given to the inmates. The programme was arranged by the LNa- tional Commercial Temperance Leagua and the chair was occupied by Coun. W. G. Lloyd, who, throughout the evening, was brimful of anecdotes and pithy stories. Songs were rendered by Messrs. W. H. Herbert. I Isaac Edwards and Wm. Llewelyn. Miss McDonald was the lady vocalist. Little Miss Muriel Day recited beautifully and Miss B. Saul gave some gems on her violin. Miss Loxton presided at the piano with her usual brilliance and also played two dusts with Miss Llewelyn. Through the good office* of Mr. W. H. Herbert cigarettes in' abundance were provided for the wounded, and also chocolates and "sweeties" for the nurses. The humorist of the evening was the ever welcome Mr. A1 f liarry. who was recalled again and again. He with Mrs. Barry are devoting their talents exclusively to the sol- diers. They refuse all other requests with regret nOw. Sir. D. Morlais Samuel proposed thanks to the artists, seconded by Mr. Rees Davies. and Mr. A. L. Furneaux thanked Councillor Lloyd for his chairmanship. Next week the N.C. T.L. are entertain ing a number of soldiers from each hospital at the Welsh Cafe. High-street, to a 'h high tea" and social gathering.
SWANSEA LADIES' CHOIR AT MUMBLES. The Swansea Ladies- Choir (conducted by Madame Ben Thomas) gave the patients at Mumbles KovspitaJ a rare musical treat on .Friday evening. The proceedings opened with the singing of "HeuWlad fy Nhadau"' by the choir, whose beautifully blended voices were also heard to great advantag« in ."Bells of Aberdovev" and otlioJ choruses. The Misses Marks and Guppj and Messrs. Sid Jones and Ben Thomas gave it very pleasing rendering of thi "Royal Queen" quartette from Goti, doiiers." and songs were given by Mis* Ethel Tollick, Miss Olive Bowen, )ti.. Jennie Marks, Miss Gwen Guilleret. Mis, B. Thoone, and Messrs. Sidney Jones anc Ben Thomas. Mi\-Ceinwen Thomas showo marked ability with a couple of viol if1 solos, and the ladies would not he content until Private Sraedlev (The Knut) gave on' or his comic songs. Madame Ben Tjiomiv", accompanied throughout. Mr. C. P. BellI in proposing a vote of thanks to the chair- man (Capt. James), mentioned that that gentleman would be leaving for other dut es oil Monday, and expressed the grati- tude of the hospital staff for his ever-ready and willing services. Capt. James suit- ably responded, and the evening concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. At a whist drive, given by the Misses Ball on Friday, the following players were tuc- cessful in winning prizes :—l^i-, Private F. Wright (186); 2nd. Corpor.11 W. Reav \1(5), consolation, Private T. H. Thomas (143). Miss Ciertrr.de Eva was rcsf>ousib]r for the