INTO HUNS' SECOND LINE. I j I BRILLIANT CANADIAN SWOCP.' I I 9 ATTACK ON FRENCH FAILS. ANOTHER RUMANIAN VICTORY. I ATTACK ON FRENCH FAILS. [ PARIS, Thursday afternoon. The official communique says:— The night was calm on the w hole of the front. During the afternoon of yesterday on the heights of the Meuse, after three hours' bombardment, the enemy launched in the Bois-de-Chevallieres a series of reconnaissances which were repulsed with I loss by our machine-guns and artillery fire. BRITISH CENERAL HEAD- I QUARTERS, FRANCE, Wednesday. This morning, after heavy preliminary bombardment, we occupied a line of enemy posts south of Beaucourfc-sur- Ancre. The whole of our objectives were gained on a front of some 600 yards with few casualties. The position gained-considerably im- proves our observations in this area. This afternoon an enemy counter-attack was broken up, with heavy losses, by our artillery barrage. Consolidation of the new positions is proceeding. v Important raiding operations I were carried out by us with complete suc- cess yesterday and to-day in the neigh- bourhood of Lens. Yesterday in the late afternoon the German positions south of Cote Calorie (west of Lens) were entered under cover of a heavy bombardment. Our troops reached the enemy's support lines, bombed and destroyed his dug-outs, and Inflicted many oaeualties an the enemy garrison. I Our own losses were small. A mine was successfully blown by us in connection with this operation. This morning another Very suocessful daylight raid was carried out by Canadian troops north- east of Cote Galonne. The attacking parties entered the enemy's trwiches on a front ef 700 yards, and penetrated to a depth of 300 yards as far as his second line. Here, A-so, heavy losses were inflicted on the enemy, and all his dug-outs were com- pletely wrecked. One officer, with 99 other ranks, two machine-guns, and a trench mortar were captured by us. Our artillery and machine-guns co-operated very effectively wtth our infantry, and our casualties were again slight. Artillery activity on both sides has oon- tinued at various places along our front. CERMAN VERSION. (Admiralty, per Wireless Frees.) BERLIN Wednesday Afternoon. Army Group of Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria.—At severed points of the front the artillery battle increased in violence. In the Y pres sa hent an enemy enterprise was stifled in its birth by our batteries. Successful patrol enterprises on our part nea.r Le Sars and Gueudeocurt, and west of Peronne, resulted in the' capture of 27 prisoners and out machine-gun. Army Group of the German Crown Prin-ce.-After an effective explosion on Combles Height. Hanoverian Infantry Pioneers penetrated the enemy positions and returned to their own lines with several prisoners after overpowering the occupants of the trench. -HT- il in.,
SWANSEA HOUSEWIVES' COAL. LONG ARM OF LAW AT WORK. In opening three cases dealing with ooal ofrences against the bve-laws, Mr. H. A. Hield (deputy town tlerk), at Swansea, Police Court on Thursday, asked the magis- trates to assist tbr weights and measures office in dealing with these offences severely. The price of coal was very high at the pre- sent time, and the consumer was entitled to all the protection he could have. Thomas Harris was fined 10s. for fail- ing to carry scales on his coal cart. De- fendant, said the ooal had been ordered in the shot*. Messrs. Renawden and Son, for selling or offering for sale coal which Was not in •ackg or bags with a metal label affixed, in- dicating the correct weight, were fined 10s. Thomas Cousins, haulier, for delivering a foad of coal without delivering the weight ticket to the purchaser befort- the coal was unloaded, was ordered to pay costs. Inspector W. H. Hisoocks, weights and measures officer, gave evidence. Th* Chairman said they were bound to <ive the purch?aers protection, and see they tdo correct weight. Ald. Ben Jones, who was on the Benob, lid.riot take part in these cas".
POPULAR AT WAUNWEN. On the occasion of his reiinquiahing the font as accretary to St. Maxk's Band of jtope W&un\?u, Sw?nse&, Mr. Fred mi?" (Lion-street), who M thM week join- ing the Colours, was presented with a silver luminous wristlet watch as a token of appre- ciation of services. Coun. T. W. Howoils (president) made the presentation, and said Chat the recipient had been connected with the Band of HoN for 18 years, the V:("'ar in". M. T. DavieB) spoke very highly of Jr. Thomas, who, on replying, was heartily hoored by the scholars. A brother of Mr? gomko's (Harry) baa been diwbarged, founded.
WEST WALES CALLS. I Mr. lshmael LeWIS, .ulanelJ.y, who has lust oomplded his theological training at Carpiartnen College, has received a call to the pastorate of Woolwich Congrega- tional Churah, and will be ordained at Soar, Llanelly, on Tuesday evening next. kev. T. Jones, Wrexham, has been invited to become pastor of Bethany Welsh Methodist Churoh, Burry Port., and is likelr to accept the cell. Invitation trom Ctois. I An invitation to become the pastor of «be Welsh Independent Oh&peL GI&ia, has teen received by the Refv. avid Roberts, pastor of Elim Independent Chapel, Ooiv mm
NAVAL THE NEW MOEWE ——— i ARMS A CAPTURED I BOAT. THIRTEEN VESSELS I LOST TO US. (Press .Association War Special.) RJO DE JANEIRO, Tuesday. It is learned frcm a.u official British source that the number of ships sunk in the Atlantic by the German raider is seven, of which two are French. &he sank the Rad- norshire, St. Theodore. Dramatist, Mirich, N-antes, and Asmielcs. The raider also cap- tured the following: The Japanese steamer Hudson Maru, and the Mount Temple, King George, Georgie, Voltaire, "i arrowdale, and Trowden Range (?). All the sinkings and captures were effetoted tfjetween. December 12th andJannary 10th. The crows of the ships punk were embarked on the Japanese steamer Hudson Maru, which whs ordered to follow the raider until Jaraiary 12th, when she re- ceived permission to put into Peritambuco, where she arrived on the evening of the 15th with 237 men of the crews saved. The fate of the crews of the captured ships is not known. I The raider is stated to be a boat of the type of the Moewe. RIO DE JANEIRO, Wednesday. In «) communication issued by the Ministry of Marine, the captain of the port of Pernamibueo says he learns that the raider sank also the "hips regarded as cap- tured. Their crews, whose fate is unknown, number 441 men. "British official circles ap- pear to believe this version. It is stated that the raider embarked these crews on the Yarrowdale, whi-ch waig orderd to make for land, and it is supposed that their landing is imminent. l't is now known that the St. Theodore. which was yesterday reported sunk, has been converted into a comtoerce raider. The Chambers of Comnierce Consulates at Pernaimbuco are taking steps to ascertain the fate of the crews. I THE LOST VESSELS. I The vessels sunk are of large tonnage: The Dramatist, 5,415 tons; the Radnorshire, 4,310 Voltaire, 8,618; Netherly Hall, 4.461; Mount Temple, 9,792: Georgic, 10,077; Nantes, 2,679; Asnieres, 3,103 tons. The better part of 100,000 tons of sh' iig appears to ha.ve b?<m sunk or cap- t,ugr in a month. J. ?, _??,. MORE VESSELS SUNK. i Lloyd's report that the British steamer Auchencrag, the Danish steatmer Ormsk, and the British sailing vessel Kinpumey, of London, have been sunk. t4.. "i
I FOR VICTORY. I LATEST CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOAN. Contributions to the War Loan, aa1- nounced on Thursday morning include the followii.tg:-Th.e Metropolitan Carriage. Wagon and Finance Co., JS1,003,000 (rit,w money); the officers of the same company, £ 100,000. Corporation of Rotherham, £ 50,000. The Corporation of Bath are making application for over JBl50,000 of new War Loan, of which £ 45,000 is new money. Mr. Harry- Lauder's contribution to the War Loan amounts to close on £ 50,000.
I HIS FATHER'S BIBLE ON HIM. DISTRESSING AFFAIR AT COCKETT. A distressing affair toofk: place at Cookett on Tuesday. During the dinner-hour a number of lads went to the Tunnel Brick Works pond, which has been lately covered with a sheet of ice, with the result that one of them named William Charles Nicholson, eleven years of age, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson, No. 3, MarteH-strcet. Cockett. slid into the centre of the pond, where there was a large hole. One of his companions, Freddie Pons- ford, saw him fall in. and the cries of the children attracted attention to the spot. The little lad was heard to caii out, Oh, ma.m, come and help me! Later the little lad's body was recovered by the aid of a ladder and planks laid upon the sheet of ice by Mr. George Marsh (Cookett) and others at about 2.15 p.m., after dragging operations. The sad affair has cast qufte a. gloom over the district, as thL- little lad's father, Pte W. J, Nicholson. is at Salonika, and, in fact, deceased had upon him at the time n Bible which his father had sent him. Tlii, tragic affair once I again draws atten- tion to the urgent need for some method of more effectually enclosing theee disused clay-hodes. An inquest will be held on Friday at 11.45 a.m. at Fforestfach.
POTASH AND CO. IN NEW ROLE SWANSEA. A great treat will be in store for the Grand Theatre patrons at Swansea, next week, when "Potash and Perlmutter ir Society" will be presented by Mr. George Dance s talented company. This new pro ductiou is a sequel to "Potash and Perl- mutter," but the company must not, be con- fused with the company which appeared at the Grand a few weeke ago. The principal- are Mr. John Lo Nay, as Potash; M! Learin Mannering, as Perlmutter, and the remainder of the oaarfc is an exceeding); strong one, including Miss Rose Edouir Lewis end Miss Mildred Cottell. The stag- i?g and mounting is a special feature. Boo& ing is rapidly progressing, and we shQd,: iise our pa,rom to secure their seats at the earliest possible opportunity. There i' to be a matinee on Saturday, at 2.30 p.m Those who saw the previous "P. and P." produon and laughed so heartily are i]? =:V that the Mqael next week ia ar, even greater hilarity provoker.
AT NEATH GUARDIANS. I At Neath Guaardiam on Wednesday, )1¡, J. Thomas presiding, the suggestion of thr Board of Trade that the Gaiardians should meet once a month owing to the increase of railway fares was not entertained.-An acknowledgment of the Board's telegram of congratulation to the Prime Minister was received in tfive lorm of a nioely-wordoci letter from Ms. Lloyd George's private secret-rv.
RAID IN THE SNOW, I COLONIALS' FEAT DESCRIBED. GRIM. WORK IN THE DUG-OUTS. The Press Association's correspondent, telegraphing from General Headquarters, France, at 7.55 p.m. on January 17th, says :— The brilliant snow raid which was carried out by the Canadian troops this morning against the German trenches was especially interesting for several reasons. The Germans weme expecting an attack, and therefore the resistance they offered ma.y be taken as a fair measure of their powers of defence in this part of the line, and, again, the ground was virgin soil so far as aggressive tactics go. I Never having been fought over by either side since the two opposing lines dug themselves in here in October, 1914. For about ten days' ¡p68t our heavy artillery had kept up a. slow bombardment of the enemy front, with the result that all the wire de- fences were found to be most effectively cut. The ground was covered with a. white mantle at dawn this morning and I It was snowing when the men assembled to go over. A heavy smoke bombardment was launched from both flanks of our attack and the favouring wind and dene atmosphere caused this to operate most successfully. The Germans had sent out reconnoitring pa.tro]f! shortly after daybreak which were speedily driven in, and the fact that their trenches were pretty thickly held showed that they anticipated the raid. The front involved was 850 yards in width. The Canadians left their trenches shortly before 8 a.m. and the ground proved ,much better than had been. expected, and an in- tensive barrage was put down and maintained for twenty minutes to enable our men to clear the first line, where some sharp fight- ing ensued and a number of prisoners were made. I The [ Second German line, which ran at an average distance of 300 y&rds behind the front- system, W&S entered and the Canadians remained in it half-an- hour. On the left the enemy offered some re- sistance, bombing towards our troops, but was beaten back. Elsewhere in the trenches the Germans surrendered quite freely. A trench mortar used for throwing aeri al torpedoes and two machine gtina were cap- tured. When resistance was encountered in the dug-outs these were blown in, as 28 prisoners were secured in one dug-out alone. It is considered certain that the enemy casualties were very heavy, but our own were very light, and the Canadians succeeded in bringing in all the wounded. I A company commander who in civil life was an assistant professor of chemistry at Strassburg University and 100 other ranks formed the bag. These all belonged to the 11th Reserve Division, composed of Siksiana and Poles. • 1 „ ia|
THE DAILY TOLL. I Swansea Sergeant Dies in Mesopotamia. I umciaj news has been received from the I War Office by Mrs. Davies, of 15, Fleet- street, Swansea, of the death from enteric I fever of her son, Sert. F. L. Butt, of the Welsh Regiment, in Mesopotamia, The hit sergeant was a former employe of the Swansea Old Brewery, aged 24, and joined the forces when war began, and has not been home for two years. He previously fought at Gallipoli, and was popular with all who knew him. Llanelly Private's Fate. I Pte. Tom Williams, son of-Mr. and Mrs. Pte. Williams, Pemberton, Llanelly, has been killed in action. Pte. Williams was 23 years of age, and belonged to the Bantams. He had been 18 months in; France. A brother, Pto. J. Williams, was wounded in Gallipoli and is. now in I Egypt.
SEED POTATOES CHEAP. I I PUBLIC-SPIRITED OFFER AT SWANSEA. The following Swansea wholesale fruiterers—Messrs. Batcup and Harries, Pees Davies and Sons, Albert E. Furs- 'and and Sons, and W. J. John, of Alex- andra-road—have intimated to the Mayor of Swansea (Aid. Dd. Davies) that they are prepared to supply the Swansea Cor- poration, in view of the urgent necessity for growing produce, with seed potatoes for their allotment holders at less'than the prevailing market prices. This patriotic example of the Swansea wholesale fruiterers will no doubt be taken full advantage of by the many allotment holders who are now preparing the ground I for seed potatoes.
I SWANSEA VOLUNTEER'S BURIAL. The funeral took place on Thursday after- on at the family vault, Danygra-ig Ceme- ery, of the late Mr. Edward Henry Hill- nan, formerly painter and decorator, of 1,7, King Edward-road, Swansea, and who iied at the Swansea HospitaJ oil Saturday. deceased had been a member of the "A" ompany 3rd G.V.R., and joined when the rigiii-al organisation was formed. The chief oumers were: Widow and children, father,' William and Walter (brothers), \13a, and Nellie (sisters), Mr. D. C. Davies jrofcher-im-law), and Miss Let Whyatt -cster-in-law). Numerous friende and a umbsr of deceased's comrades from "A" Company also attended. Beautiful wreaths vere received. The Rev. H. L. Wil- iama (Vicar of St. GabT-icrs) cmcia-ted. The were in the hands of Mr. D. J. Phillips, Dillwyn-street.
r LAST WEEKS OF ROBINSON I CRUSOE." I The popularity of Swansea revite "panto." ■hows no sigtns of waning; indeed, it ap- pears to ploaee the patrons of the Con- inental more as the weeks go by. Next eek will be the last of "Robinson Crusoe," No. 2 Company leaves for Cardiff, the 1 Company taking possession Of the ta.ge. Their new revue, "An Arabian o Dream," M, from what we can nther, to be quite up to the standard set y its predecessors. Matinees are now the -ier of the iav at 4.30 p.m. The shop -elie is a scream. Bob Ernest makes an mirablft "saleswoman." Doris Page's h the Gloaming is perfectly rendered, bile Nance Thomas fascinate* the huge -rdienoe with her lute like voice.! Tatiri-e .Civille' lias a great song, "When the gbt Shines Bright. Tlie management pect record crowds for even this house of • coard-breaking feats for the last, lap of brilliant combination, who have proved pr'rabix.
I CURRENT FISH PRICES. J JRIMSBY FISH MARKET. Thursday.- Is. lid. to 2s. 2d. turbot. Is. lOd. to lid. per lb.; plaice, 18e. 6d. to 19s. 6d. rriOn soles, 25s. to 22s. whitings, 10s. 6d. lls. whitchea, 16s. to 15s. 6d. dead hali- 18s. to 28s. live, cod, 10s. 6d. to 11f;. J.d. 8s. 6d. to 10s. 6d. sma-11 haddocks, 9d. to 9s kit haddocks, 10b. gibbed 1doob, 10s. 6d. to Ils. live dabs, 6d. dead. 13s. 6d. gnmete, 3s. 9d,. to •-ier stone.
Mr. Bert Williams, Union street. Llan-I iy. passed away on Tuesday afternoon fter a long illness. Deceased, who was in is 39th year, bad been for 24 years em- ployed at the offices of the Llanelly Tin- ,,a ling Company. He was a brother of Mr. H. Hayton Williams, solicitor.
RUMANIA HEIGHT. CAPTURED I do I WITH MANY PRISONERS. LATEST RUMANIAN SUCCESSES. J (Admiralty, per Wireless Press.) j RUSSIAN OFFICIAL. I Thursday. Rumanian Front.-Enemy attempts to assume the offensive south of the river Oittiz were arrested by our fire. The Rumanians repulsed a German attack on the river Kasino, south-west of Pralia. The Rumanians surrounded a height occupied by the memy and took a great number of prisoners and four maohlne- guns. PARIS PRESS SATISFACTION. (Press Association War Special.) PARIS, Thursday. ? The newspapers see in the re-&ppear$nce of the Rumanian communiques, after a period of silence, a good omen, and consider that the general f ituation appea:rr to be I consideraOly chamged to the advantage of the Rumanians. ENEMY ADMISSIONS. (Admiralty, per Wireless Press). VIENNA, Wednesday. Ar ny Group of Von Mackensen.-Neox V adni advanced Ottoman guards posts were drawn back before superior forces to- wards the main line positions. An enepi attack against our positions at about two kilometres before Vadeni was brought to a st&ndatiH by our curtain fire, j brolk,ght to a c (Press Association War Special). AMSTERDAM, W ednesday. To-day's German official report says Between the Kasinu and the Suohitza Valley the Russians and Rumanians fiercely continued their attacks with heavy masses of men against the height positions which were snatched from them in recent fighting, (In oue summit they succeeded in gaining i a footing; at all other points they were re- pulsed with heavy losses. Army Group of Von Mackensen.—In the marshy lowland between Braila. and Galatz ad .,r:J.1cpd Turkish posts (Poetierungen) near; Valeai have been withdrawn Before superior enemy forces; according to orders issue to the main cover- ing lines (Hauptsicherungstinlen). On the right of Laburtea some advanced Russian units were brought to a halt by I our artillery fire. ENEMY SLACKENS OFF. I (Press Association War Special). I JASSY, Tuesday. I (Received Thursday). According to the latest communique, the enemy offensive has slackened greatly on his whole front, his attacks being rarer and lets furionx. I I I
"EXCELLENT BOYS." I I. I I ￼ SWANSEA CORPORATION'S RESOLUTION. WORTHY SONS OF PROUD FATHERS. At Swansea Council on Wednesday Mr. Molyneux moved That this Council records its high appreciation of the fact! that Capt. D. Percy Davies has recently been mentioned in dispatches for con- spicuous and gallant conduct, and hereby extends to the' Mayor. heartfelt congratu- lations upon the noble achievement won by his son." They ali felt delighted that the Mayor's son had been such a credit to his country, and felt that the fact should 'I oe recorded in the minutes of the Cor- poration. He proposed a similar resolu- tion in regard to Capt. A. Sinclair, son of Councillor Sinclair, Capt. Lyndon Protheroe, son of Councillor E. G. Protherce, and Oapt. Gladstone Davies, the Corporation veterinary inspector, who had also been mentioned. Col. Sinclair, he observed, was absolutely de- lighted with the honour secured by his son, jvho had rendered excellent services to his country, whilst of Councillor Protheroe's son they all knew what a. brilliant boy he was. (Hear, hear.) Aid. iv-errells seconded, and said that All three were excellent boys, both in civil and military life, and he wat sure the fathers were much gratified with the distinctions gained. (Hear, hear.) The resolutions ware carried with accla- mation. The Mayor said he was $orry that neither Col. Sinclair nor Mr. Protheros was present, because he vkTas sure they would have been delighted \ith snch a graceful act. As fathers they were very proud that the boys had made good. Apart from their own boys, he thought he oould say that all the other boys had done magnificently, and thousands had done ag good and perhaps better deeds than those referred to in dis. patches.. As fathers they were extremely proud of their boys. (Applause.)
IF THEY CAN BE OBTAINED., SWANSEA COUNCIL AND GER- MAN PRISONERS. Mr. La ugh ara e Morgan, at Swansea Council on Wednesday, moved a resolution to procure German pneoner labour for the reclamation ci common land near Swansea. Aid. Ben Jones was against the idea, and thought it would be a great mistake to get any of those Germans there on the Gower, coast "You know how cunmng they are." he added. The Mayor said that the Markets Com- mittee bad discussed the idea. in March, 1915. At that time he did not think they would get Hi." prisoners because not only was it a prohibited area, but a large sea- port frequented by many foreigners. An- 1 other difficulty was that the commons did not belong to the community. They might bt. late- on. Aid. Tutton said that if it meant that the cost of preparing the land was going to be by the Swansea ratepayers, the latter wight have something to say. AJI. MelTelb said that to see the life (,f luxury now being led by these prisoners made one's blood boil. The Mayoi Why not first ask if the German prisoners are available? Aid. Ben Jones moved a. direct negative. The resolution was carried by 10, votes to 4.
3rd C.V.R. APPOINTMENTS. The "London Gazette" announces — Volunteer Force Glamorgan Volunteer Regiment, 3rd Battalion (Swaasea) To be temporary lieutenant and adjutant* William Ogden Dayson, late oajjtatn, 3rd V.B. South Wales Borderers (Sept. 1, 1916). To he temporary lieutenant, Christian H&rold Perkins, with precedence next above La eat. R. H. Sampson (Sept. 1, j J.91fi). t
GREECE. I I VZNIZELISTS FRIED. I CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. ROYALIST MENACE REMOVED. I (Reuter's War Special.) I ATHENS, Wednesday I (received Thursday). I In compliance with the Entente's demands all the arrested Venizelists have been released without incident. Router's Agency is informed that M. Con- stantino Collas, secretary, and M. Spiro Marchette, ati,ache to the Greek Legation, London, who resigned their posts, are pro- ceeding to Paris to assume duties in the dip- lomatic service of the Provisional Govern- ment at Salonik "PROGRESSIVE CHANGE." I ROYALIST ARMY BEING I TRANSFERRED. I (Reuter's War Special.) PARIS, Wednesday. The" Matin says "News from Greece indicates a progres- sive change in the situation there in the direction desired by the Allies. The officerb entrusted with the control of affairs are satis- fied that the transfer that has been made includes not only a large number of guns which have been degphed to the Pelopon- nesus, but also a, large quantity of munitions, rifles and machine-guns. It is probable that within a fortnight the | Royaiist army on the mainland of Greece will no longer be, a source of anxiety to the Allied army in the east."
ASKING FOR TROUBLE! < I j NAIYE SUGGESTION AT SWAN- SEA COUNCIL. Mr. D. Richards referred at Swansea Council on Wednesday to CorporaJ G. Lewis with a view of getting him released. (Cor- poral Lewis was previously a teacher)'. The Mayor taid to attempt such a thing they would be liable to a criminal prosecu- tion. Mr. D. Richards said he was perfectly satisfied. (Laughter.) Mr. W. Holmes asked if an official of the Corporation had not been asked for. The Mayor said that was before th-e Order in Council w.¡¡g made a month ago. Ald. T. Merrells said the Army only re- leased the water works engineer (Lieut. 0;,1. linson) for a period of three months. If they "did ask -now they would only get a re- buff.
SWANSEA TEACHERS' BONUS. ￼ ;?- '?,,? ￼ I .?. I I COUNCIL APPROVE OF THE SCALE. At Swansea Council on Wednesday, the Swansea. Teachers' Association wrote re- garding the bonus recommenda-tion suggest- ing thai as many certificated teachers would receive no immediate benefit by the scheme, the scale should be moved on by a year. Otherwise appreciation was expressed with I the hem.-The Mayor asked the Council I to adopt the teachers' bonus scale, as recom, mended by the chairmen and vice-chairmen of oommittees.-)fT. D. J. Davies seconded. —Carried.—The teachers' letter was re- ferred to the sub-committee, who will also conzidar any special cases.
BROTHERS WHO COT MORE. At Swansea District Tribunal en Thurs- day, two hrothers. both single and carrying on grocery businesses at Birchgrove and Llanssamlet respectively, appealed for a further extension, haying already been given six months. Both applicants pointed out that their shops were situated in large munition and mining centres, and they em- pioyed no persons of military age.—The Chairman: Haven't you any brothers?— Applicant: Yes three are on active ser- 1 vice.—Caipt. Williams (representing the Military): I would agree to exemption if they undertook to got married. (Laughter.) I Six months' exemption was granted in each oafe.
I SWANSEA A.B. ON SEN MY CHREE. I Mrs. Smith, of 27, Richar dson -stivet, Swainsea, on Thursday morning received the welcome news by telegram that her bus- I band, Seaman Egbert Smith, who was Oft board the Ben My Cnree, is safe, and a.t f present is at Port Said. Seaman Smith has now been away for two years and a half, and has not been home oiice.
I FONTARDULAiS PARS. I A contingent of mining students ..arrived here from Carmarthen. Through. ttfe hind- new of Mr. J). J. J>aviee. i,he man agerø, ilaey were tanen around JSlerthyr Oraigola Oolliery and every possible in- formation given for their beneHt. They eventuially -proceeded underground to in- spect the various workings, and the two electric pumps, which are some of the finest and most powerful in South Walec. The current issue of the ohronicle of the London Missionary Soojoty contains a masterly artiole on the Nation's Children," bv he Rev. I). Lloyd JVCorgan, D.J> Hope Oonpicgational Chapel. It also contains his ph.; v.,graph. Mr. Ponry Lewis, only son of Mrs. Lewis, Bed Oov. Hotel, Hendy, whole engaged on a trotor JI'I.l.Hwh somewhere on the ooast ot I France, i- home for a few days. ba.r&e I numbers of friends call to see him daily.
I • I FREDDIE WELSH REPORTED BEATEN. MLL\\ AUhLK, Tuesday. A fter ten-rounds no-<'cc;ioii boxing con- test between Fred I' WolrJi And Richie Mitchell, sporting writers stated Mnohell won on points.
I LLANELLY CHILDREN'S SLIDE. Three iads cliarged at Llanelly on Tues- day with making a slide in CV>llege-sq\iare were fined. Supt. Nicholas stated that the proceedings were token because re- peated warnings had no effect.—A dozen children were also fined for coal stealing —a very growing practice in the neigh- bourhood of the works and docks.
SWANSEA ALDERMAN. Aid. Evan hvans, who h" beep oonfined in the house for nearly two months, waf able to attend the Swansea, Town Council on Wednesday. He is improving daily.— The Mayor said t-hey were very pleased tc see Aid. Evan Evun¡. back agádn after hit recent illness and he was sure his colleagues concurred. (Applause.)
GERMANY MUST BE ch mm. BALFOUR'S REPLY I TO WILSON. ￼ I ONLY HOPE OF DURABLE PEACE. The covering Note of the British Govern- ment to the Allied Reply to President Wil- son is now published. It is signed by Mr. Balfour as Foreign Secretary. This British Note shows that President Wilson's hope of a durable peace is not ??\- to be realised until European cc?ditions ar? changed. "We may hop? that the I Expulsion of Turkey from Europe ) will contribute as much to the caupe of peace as the restoration of AIsace-Loraine b France, of Italia Irredenta to Italy, or any of the other territorial changes indicated in the Allied Note." Such territorial changes will mitigate the European menace that is Germany. But there must be more. Belgium was not only a victim; it was an example "-a.n example of the powerlessness of the most sacred treaties to restrain armed aggression and A warning to neutrals of the fate that resistance would entail. A peace with Germany unconquered would represent the triumph of all the forces which make war certain end make it brutal. Only a victory for the Allies can remove or at least weaken the existing causes of iii- ternational unrest; and discredit the aggres- sive aims and uiisucru(pu!ous methods of the Central Powers with their own people and can make possible Some form of International sanction I behind iuternationallaw and treaty arrange- ments for preventing or limiting hostilities —a sanction "which would give pause to the hardiest aggressor." These are the three conditions of a dur- able peace. For them thAIli are fight- ing.
SWANSEA SAVINGS BOOM. I9120,000 PUT BY LAST YEAR. The 89th annual report of the Swansea Savings Bank, Heathiield- street (the annual meeting of which was held on Thursday: shows a record amount deposited during the p-aat yea-r, viz., £ 119,503, the previous befci. being in 1913 when L- 110,000 was deposited. Five hundred and ninety-one new acco-unthi weie opened during the year, making the totaJ. 11,551. The total funds of the ban i- are £ 471,340, b;ing an increase on the pre- vious year of £ 29,696. The school penny bante and clothing clubc depositing-their funds with the bank num- ber 44 with £ 7,009 to their credit. The re- port adds The upheaval caused by the war has proved the absolute safety of sav- ings banks, and the importance of evexyon saving who possibly can cannot be too strongly urged during the present crisis." The. trustees and managers record th-sh sense of the loss sustained by the death 0: Mr. T. W. Tameg. who had for twenty year; been associated with the bank, during tn, -whole of .which, tiriie -as on. solicitor. The prospects for the present year are, sr- understand, even rosier, for the deposits sc far are L2,000 in excess of the corresponding period last year. The bank's year ends on November
LLANSAMLET'S LOTS. I Council's Request to landowners. Llansamlet Council met on Wednesday evening, Councillor Aneuryn Roes, Glais, presiding, and the assistani, overs^r (Mr. T. T. Rees) acting as deputy vclerk in the unavoidable absence of Aid. J. Jordan. In view of the possible scarcity of faod in the future, it was rosolved to "k the focal landowii,,rs;lif they are prepared to grant allotments far the production of It was also resolved to circularise the parishioners, inviting all those who are de- sirous of taking allotments to send in their applications to the clerk (Aid. J. Jordan) within fourteen clays. A special meeting of the' Council will be held in a fori night's time to consider the applications. t The followin.g gentlemen—Messrs. Henry Richards, Heel Las, and Dan Jones, Bony- maeii-hav,e been co-opted to serve on the Council in place of the late Councillor C. B. Griffiths (deceased) and Councillor J. B. Jordan (resigned).
I BANK RATE DROPS. The bank rate of discount has been re- duced from 6 to 5A per cent.
I A FIGHTING FAMILY. j A very good record," werp the words of the Military Representative (Capt. Bevan) in the case of a Gorseinon fish- merchant, at the Swansea District Tri- bunal on Thursday, when appellant, said he had four brothers at present in the Service, whilst a fifth was killed at Neuve Chapelle. Three of the four were out in France, whilst the other was in the Naval Reserve, and took part in the Jutland ba.ttl,e.Six months was granted.
I SWANSEA MAN'S PROMOTION. Mr. Walter D. Nicholls, an old Swansea Technical College student, has been ap- pointed Inspector of Ordnance Machinery, with the lion, rank of lieutenant. Mr. Walter Nicholls is a son of Mr. W. G. Nicholls. 29. Bryn-y-mor crescent, and joined His Majesty's Forces as a private h; September, 1914. Hc was transferred tc tbe Army Ordnance Corps, with the rant, of armament-staff-sergeant, and on the com- pl-etion of his course was appointed instruc- tor at the Royal Oronance College, Wool- wich
I MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES. News Jras beei-i re-eive-d by Mr. and Mrr. Britton, who reside at Prince of Walee House, East, Dock. Swansea, that their son. Corpl. R. E. Britton, Royal Engineers, hfi been mentioned in Field Marshal Haig's dispatches. Corpl. Britton joined at the outbreak of war, and went out to France ii January, 1915. He is 21 years cf age. an prior to enlisting) was employed as elec- trician under the Swansea. Harbour Trust. Another brother, Mr. Lyndon Britton, if serving on a transport..
I NO SHORTAGE OF MATCHES. I there is no shortage, ot matches, and ib,c-y should not cost more than 7d. to 3d. per dozen boxes, remarked Mr. E. W Paton, the managing director of Messrs. Bryiamt and May, to a representative, who on Tuesday drew his attention to tlie pre vailing lugh price of matches, which before the wax could bo obtained for 2i-d. r.&i dozen. It is not. the shortage of sup- plies," he said. "but the difficulty of dis tribution. and even that cannot be said t. be acute. The only scarcity prevailing it in the supply of safety matches, wnich largely f?om abroad; but the home ;ppisaulte adequate for all eeds," ,r#
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BRITISH TROOP TRAIN WRECKED. TAIL PART RUNS*INTO FRONT. SOME 40 CASUALTIES NEAR I PARIS. (Press Association War Special). PARIS. Wednesday. Detaiis of the railway accident which occurred this morning outside the station of Ma-sy Palais-wm are now to hand. A train conveying British troops on leave, coming from Versailles and bound for Juvif-y. was cut in two by the breaking of a coupling. The driver did not notice the separation, and slowed down in a curve a few hundred yards from the station. The tail portion, owing to the speed which it had acquired before it became detached, ran into the fore part of the train, the coaches mounting upon one another. With the help of soldiers who had escaped I injury tlvft work of rescue was begani, and ten dead budies and about. thirty injured persons were extricated from the wreckage. M. Claveille, Under-Secretary ior War Manufactures, and M. Autran, the Pre- fect, proceeded immediately to 1,hu scene. Txo eG:.ch*s k" ffered vvirt'cnlcrly, being nothi., r hut a. sbapolet-s mars.
I "WOMEN'S ARMY" I FOR WORK ON FARMS. FOIR Vv'ORK ON FA.RM8. I SOLDIERS' BILLETS, PAY AND I UNIFORM. I Important details of the War Office scheme under which 50 per oent. of unexempted agricultural workers are being called to the colours immediately were supplied by Mr. t Prothero, President of the Board of Agri- I culture, in a speech to farmers at Newport I, on Wednesday. l Apparently all unexempted C3 men ("ee- dentaries ") are to be called up for labour on t the land. They will be embodied in bat- talions under military command. Mr. Prothero suggested that a new Women's Army is about to be formed for farm work. The women would b-e.-Paid soldiers' pay; billeted like soldiers; uni- formed like roldiers. "Come out," Mr. Prothero appealed to j women, and especially to the educated women f: the towns, "and work in the tranches of your native laud on precisely tb:e imne terms that your brothers are getting in France. t Agricultural expei-ts bnd farmers strongly criticise the new plans as likely to check the production of food.
I S""ANSEAPIGGERy.11 WHAT TAWE LODGE" I PORKERS FETCH. L Swansea Ta-We Lodge Visiting Commit- tee met on Wednesday, Mr. A. Freedman presiding. Discussing the purchase of seed potatoes, the master was instructed to procure six tons, and in proportion also the superinten- dent of the Cottage Horries. The Ms-ster reported tliat he had at pre- sent 80 pig; a.nd had been offered 18s. per score for bacon pigs and 21s. per soore for ■'porkers."—This was considered a fair ones. I-H aircwesws, Crievame. I 1 The Secretary of the Hairdressers' Associa- I tion attended the sub-committee and ex- plained points which he had made in a pre- vious letter. Rev. E. O. Evans said it was a very simple :natter and the committee were to meet again to rectifv matters. I Shortage of Labour. I Owing to the shortage of Labour the master is placed in a predicament as to coping with the work at the institution. He was em- powered to engage a few men temporarily. Votes of thanks were accorded Mr. Brown (Central Hotel), for a present of tobacco, fruit, and an enjoyable concert given to the innwtes.
STRESS OF THE I BLOCKADE. il" PRUSSIAN MINISTER'S I CONFESSION. f I J (Reuter Foreign Special.) j AMSTEftDAM, Wednesday. Introducing the Budget in the Prussian Diet, Dr. Leutze, Minister of Finance, I s.a.id:- The blockade is making itself felt. More and more it lies heavily on the country, but must be put up with. In spite of the blockade nobody is starving in Germany. SWANSEA DRINK PRICES. I A meeting of Swansea Licensed Victual- lers' Association will be held at the Roval Hotel, Swansea, next Friday, for the pur- pose of bringing about uniform prices. Fur- :her details will be seen in our advertising oolumnt! ——— s <
CAPTAIN W. T. DAVIES AND I MORRISTON V.T.C. Captain-Instructor W. T. Davies on I Tuesday evening inspected the Morriston I platoons of the V. T.C. Councillor David I .Matthews extended him a cordial welcome > ?o MorriBton, and Councillor D. J. Davies ssociated himself with the welcome. Capt. Daviaa suitably returned thanks. He seemed very pleased with the fitness of the mea, who had already done good work in I the district.
ACCIDENTS AT MOND WORKS. A man named A. Davies, Iso. 31, Hetirv- itreet, Neath, sustained a fractured leg by talling off a ladder at the Mond Nickel 'Work", Ciyda(,Ii.-Ti. Hoskinsori, No. 38, Liigh-straot. Clydaeh, also sustained frae- _urd ribs by a fall at the same Workn.
Preaching at Briton Fen; the Vicar I •aid drunkpnne?? prevailed ail o>er Europe. I Russia added 60 per cent. to the efficiency )f the nation when it swept away the I Tod ka, and now puts £ 70 in the biak or .x>t cfEr" for every Ll before 'the war. ?p remady. he ad<wd. is very simple— 'less a?coh'?. mni? water"; and he ear- M?Hy appealed to aU to hfl? W apply that ,-eniedy \\?re\?t- dl'Wlkenn appear?— mc?2 WAtcr.