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LOCAL NOTES. ABERAVON & PORT TALBOT. During the past week it has been a pleasure to witness the great labour of love carried on both in Aberavon and Port Talbot in pa-cking-up and despatching parcels of Christmas comforts for the local soldiers serving the colours, both at home aid abroad. These paroels contain ¡e:rt, body belt, head cover, two pairs of socks, mittens, 60 cigarettes, matches, sweets, and a Christmas card. For many days and nisfrts the Aberavon Council iOamber has been a beehive of activity. Assisting were I the Mayor and Mayoress (Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Williams) and MiiS Williams, Mr. Chae. Jones, J.P., and Miba Jones, Mr. Frank B. Smith, Mr. Abel Jones, Mr. and'Mrs. Willie Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Lovelnck, and numerous others, whilst several tradesmen gave packing material and lent their as- sistants to carry out the work. Over 5CO parcels, at a coat of CZOO, have been sent to their various destinations. No less active have been a committee of I lady workers in Port Talbot, carrying out a similar duty. The Port Talbot Dock Offices, which were kindly placed at the ,Io- posal of the committee for lite purpose, has been a scene of great bustle. The num- ber of parcels packed and sent away from here was 400. Amongst the ladies who gave active assistance were Mrs. D. R. David, Mrs. D. J. Jones (Vicarage), Mrs. Edward Lowther, Mr*. W. B. Hallows, Mrs. Edward Knott, Mrs. John David, Mrs. W. J. Griffiths, Mrs. J. S. Ellis, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. McEvan, Miss Thomas, etc. Already numerous letters have been re- ceived during the past week from local soldiers serving with the coloura by the Mayor of Aberavon (Mr. W. J. Williams, J.P.), Mr. Humphrey Jjeyshon (Secretary of the Aberavon Football Committee), and others, expressing their thanks for the Christmas comforte. Major Lt. David, oomamnding the Glamorgan RoyaJ Horse Artillery in camp at Marsham, writes:- "On behalf of the officers and men I write to thank all those who kindly sent such a sjdendid collection of warm farmcnts for the men of the Glamrogan P.HA. The clothes will add greatly to their comfort and well being, and they much appreciate the kind thought, labour, a.nd generosity of those who have contributed and worked for them- "All are fulsome in wishing the sub- scribers and workcre a joyous Christmas and prosperous Now Year." There ii just one matter farther that ttte public of the district can further help. At ooet of these gifts will be about JE350. Although a considerable amount lias been subscribed, there is yet a big deficiency. To ihelp to moot thia there has been organised a concert, dramatic entertainment, and first-class picture exhibition, which will be given on Christmas night at the New Port Talbot Theatre, kindly placed at the dis- posal of the committee by Mr. Edward Furneau, entirely free of cost. Mr. Furnean will also take part in the dra- matic sketch. The pictures will be providtd by Mr. Mstthia«, of the Public Hall Cinema, Aberavon- All will be given absolutely tree. This is really very good and gener- OIlS. The concert portion of the programme has been organised by Mr. E. Marchani, Jenkins and Mr. Dick Henry. Another big event in aid of the fund should be kept in view, viz.. the aesa,ult-a<t- arma, which has been organised by the Aberavoo-Port Talbot Rugby Football Com- mittee, and which, through the kindness of Mr. Bell, will be brought off at the Grand I Theatre, Aberavon. on Monday night, January 4th. Here again the entire pro- ca-ls will go to the local war funds. In addition to the parcels of comforts sent to the soldiers by the local committees ilr. S. H. Byass, J.P., of the Mansel Tin- plate Works, has sent 70 parcels at his own expense to men serving wtih the colours from his own works, and, in addition to this, he has contributed £ 20 to the general fund. Even with the stress of other work, those responsible for the hospitality of the Bel- gian refugees in the district, at Wesley Hall, and the Bethany and Oarmel Manses, have taken adequate steps to give their guests a cheerful Christmas. Pastor- Bert Bailey intends keeping up his annual "Old Folks' Treat" for the New Year at Wesley Hall, and would be pleased to receive any assistance to give the old people of the dis- trict a royal New Year's time. and a first- class entertainment. The large number of friends in Aberavon, Port Talbot and district, of the late Mr. Fred Bateman, will hear with regret of his death. Fred had given numerous exhibi- tions at the Or3.r:d Hotel, Constitutional Club, Hotel Vivian, Y.M.C.A., and Cwm- avon, where he became very popular. His reputation as a first-class biliiard exponent, was known to but a few in the district, and the following particulars will be read with intercot-)Batemaii was born at Walsall, in 1876. and in 1S97 contested the championship of the Midlands against Walter Osborne, who won a keen game of 9.000 up by 67 points. The following year, however, Bate- man gained his ambition, defeating Osborne by 622 in 16,000 up for the Midland title, repeating his vitory in 1900. Bateman Played in the tournaments of V-,97 and I 1900-1. In the latt-er year, receiving 600 in games of 3,000, he defeated Dawson in the deciding heat. in one of the heats Bate- man beat Stevenson (scratch) by 3,000 to 928. On one occasion, when playing Daw- son, Bateman scored 453 in 27 minutes to his opponent's 8 points. It is very gratifying to find that during the past week the shipping trade of Port Talbot has been brisk. The tonnage dealt with has sprung from a very low ebb to over 50,000. The shipping boom comes ap- propriately just on the festive season, and will tend to cheer and brighten scores of homes which would have otherwise been under a cloud over Christmastid.e. A very pleasing bit of news for the dis- trict generally, and Abergwynfi and HlaeIlL gwynh in particular, is the intimation that, after a dispute which has kept the Great Western Collieries idle for six years, an amicable settlement has been effected, and that work will be resumed very shortly. The lengthy stoppage of these collieriee meant practical ruin to many tradesmen and the breaking up of scores or happy homes, through the natives hav- ing to leave and find employment in other places. The restarting of these collieries will mean almost immediate employment for upwards of a thousand persons. It will bring a ray of sunshine to the village, which is badly required. These pits will tend to greatly en hance the coal ship- luentsat Port Talbot Docks, which is the nearest and cheapest port. At the • last Aberavon Town Council meeting, letters of thanks w <'foe read from Countess Roberts and daughters for the vote of sympathy passed by the Coraicil on the death of the late Lordj Roberts. Also letters of thanks for similar votes from Col. Homfrey, on the death of his 6on killed in action, and from Mr. W. E. liVans (sanitary inspector) on the death of his mother, who was one of the town oldest and most respected inhabitants, and widow of one of l'ort Talbot's oldest pilots. A few weeks ago reference was made in these columns on the lamentable in- crease of infantile mortality in the borough, and in it some hints as to the cause were mentioned. One was the ab- normal quantity of inferior quality of tinned milk upon which infants were fed. Some years ago the was-tage of infant life in the town was so great thsit the Town Council was compelled to take definite steps to prevent it, and one of the siops taken was to issue circulars toalllllothers with clear instructions as to the feeding of their infants. 't the time these facts caused quite a sensation, but they appear to be quite for- gotten to-day, judging by the statistics given by the eanitary inspector at the last Aberavon Council meeting. At the insti- gation of Councillor Aaron James, the sanitary ins]>ector (Mr. W. E. Evans) de- clared in this report: During the period, from January 1st to November 31st, 1914, there were 47 deaths of children under one year of age—South Ward 30, North Ward 17. In the North Ward eight children were bottle-fed with condensed milk, one with cow's milk, and the rest breast fed. In the South Ward 20 children \VC$ bottle fed, 17 on condensed milk, three on cow's milk, and the remainder bmt6t fed." It will be seen that out of 47 deaths of infants in 11 months, only four were led on cow's milk, 18 brea-s-t fed, and 25 fed on condensed milk. Taken in conjunction with the analyst's report, this is a matter of the most vital importance to the child life of the town. It is not, however, the mare feeding of infants on condensed milk that counts, but the brand of condensed milk. A few of the better brand s were found to be highly satisfactory, bu.t others valueless. There is room for prompt, and determined action by the Town Council, as it is monstrous that this deplorable destruction of the innocents can be allowed to continue. Last week, at the St. Theodore's Parish Church, a choicely designed stained glass window was unveiled. The window has been given by Mrs. Rufus Mainw<aring, to the memory of her late husband, who for ma.ny years commanded a wide and deep respect amongst all sections of the district, and by whom his early demise was sadly deplored. ,t)n Thursday afternoon, at the Chapel- of-Ease burial ground, Port Talbot, another of those who was closely and honourably linked with the early history and doings of the ancient borough of A fan, was laid t-o reat. The late Mr. Richard Jones (of the renowned Old Com- pany Stores) had attained the advanced age of 84 years, and whilst away on a visit to hii daughter breathed hia lt. ii? was of a most genial a.nd kindly disposition, a friend to all, and an enemy to none. The Mayor of Aberavon ha." received a letter from an officer of the 5th Battalion South Wales Borderers, stationed at Basingstoke, which pays a decidedly lofty compliment to (those who have enlisted from 'Bravon. The letter states tha.t out of a draft of 39 recruits who left Aberavon on September 2nd, 14 have received pro- motions to officers and non-commissioned officerfi. Lucifer.











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