Swansea District. In times of political contest it is only natural that differences of opinion should be expressed by those taking part on either fiide. A man who places himself in a public position has to realise that as one of his first duties, and coupled with it should remember that the chief safeguard of public life in this country is that public men must submit to open criticism Df their action. They have the right to reply, and no one should complain so long is those replies are explanations and not bvaslons. We are moved to remind readers vf these well-accepted doctrines bya speech made at Pentre by Mr. T. J. Williams, who has come into the limelight rather prominently as one seeking Parliamentary honours. Mr. Williams urged that our Immediate contemporary, the Cambric Daily Leader," had attacked him, that the vt tacks had been unjust and abusive, Terming on the lines of defamation of eh a racter. The facts of the case are these:—When the question of selecting a Liberal candi- dat,e to succeed Sir D. Brynmor Jones was published, it became known that the Government desired the selection of Mr. Masterman. There were serious political and imperial reasons why that desire should be met, one of the chief being that now the Chancellor ofthe Exchequer has to deal with the finances of the war it was essential that he should have a6 a col- league in the Cabinet a member who was able to deal with affairs connected with the Insurance Act. This was met by a series of articles in certain local Tory papers, which threatened that if Mr. Mas- terman were selected Mr. T. J. Williams would be Ilominate-d against him. The Editor of the Cambria Daily Leader spoke to Mr. Williams, pointing out that the action of the Tory Press could not be allowed to pass unnoticed, informing him of the intention to publish an article ex- plaining that there was a desire to avoid anything that might seem to be unfair to Mr. Williams, and asking him to give a statement of his own view on the subject, either as an interview or in any other form. Mr. Wililialla-Eil 3 reply was that he declined. Accordingly the Leader" published an article, pointing out that the seat was Liberal," that under the truce arrived at by the political parties Df the Stare there should be no contest and that a candidate should be selected by the Liberal party, that the delegates tor the various districts in the division had a tree right to choose whom tbev like without interference or threats or dicta- tion from local Tory press, that if the Tories wanted to force a contest they Bhould have the courage to bring forward a Tory and not use the name of a Liberal as their instrument in causing trouble, and that whilst Mr. T. J. Williams had a perfect right to submit his name to any meeting of delegates he should dissociate aimself from the Tory use that had been made of his name. What has happened since has quite justified the action of the Loader." Mr. Williams has been approached, but has refuel to listen to reason. On the con- trary, his supporters at the first Neath conference of delegates based their state- ment of his claims upon a virulent attack upon Mr. Lloyd George. The vote went against Mr. Williams, but he fulfilled the prophecies and threats of his Tory Friends by maintaining his intention to rontest the neat, and so far flouted the decision of the majority of the delegates, 17he I-C'SI] l t We4S lhe result was that Mr. Masterman was not able to accept the invitation to repre- 0 sent the constituency, and the liberal party of the Swansea District became a laughing stock for the whole country. Then, having carried his recalcitrancy to the extreme limit, he came forward at the next meeting of delegates with a request that he should be selected by *them as candidate. Mr. V:illÍ;\ms aJluded, in'the speech re- rred i c-, to the fact that the Leader" -,eporteti 125 speeches by him when be was uiberal candidate for another con- ttitnency. We should have thought that aa would be silent on that point, because ? emphasises all the more the obligation res-ting u-pon him now to explain why hia recent action hus been so incom-istent with what is regarded by most pi ople as loyalty ■9 party. It also makes more poignant our regret that one who has avowed Liberalism in the past should now allow I him°eif to be u. without protest as a pawn in the Tory game. There are five challenges thaI- we should like to offer Mr. Williams. Thev are: (1) Can he quote a single sentence from the Cambria Daily Leader that cap be regarded as either abusive or defamatory? (2) Will he tell the public I what passed between him and the Liberal Whips since the vacancy in the con- .titueney occurred? (? Does he mean by its reference to the late member for the division that the Right Hon. Sir David Brynmor Jones either advised or approved his opposition to Mr. Masterman P (4) Will he admit that the Cambria Daily Leader" inserted not only one but each tommunication that he sent or handed personally to the edttor? (5) Will he, if he is returned to Parliament (where he will find Mr. Masterman representing j anotlier constituency), vote in concert with and in support of the Minister whom I lie opposed in the Swansea District, and, if st)" how will lie justify his action in I either case?
LOCAL NOTES. I ABERAVON & PORT TALBOT. 1 Recruiting in the district during the It few weeks has considerably increased, which reflects creditably upon the man- hood and patriotism of the neighbour- hood. Up to date, and including National Reservists, the number who have answered the call of national duty exceeds 1,200, and this total is increased daily. Still there are a number of very flerviceable young men to be eeen walking about the street.s who only require a little persuasion to aumper the call. They should remember the urgent appeals made by those at the head of military affairs, whose constant demand is for more men. The appeal by the Glamorgan Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery for 200 men to form a Reserve Barttery to that whioh is already in camp should appeal .specially to eligible local young men. The Glamor- gan R.H.A. Battery is the only one in Wales, and has i-ts headquarters at the Drill Hall and Riding School at Port Talbot, and is officered by extremely popu- lar gentlemen. Anvono feeling disposed to fall in n can do so by applying at the Drill Hail, Port Talbot. The district was given another thrill during the present week by a perwisstent rumour that 2,000 troops were to be drafted into Port Talbot and Aberavon for coast line defence. Enquiries, however, at official qu-artftps failed to establish any foundation for the rumour. In fact, the 200 of the 5th Welsh, for whom billeting Quarters were sought last week, have not yet arrived from Merthvr for the purpose of guarding the railways, bridges, docks, coast lint, and the Afan and Duffryn ValleyThey are expected very shortly. The military authorities are keeping a keen eye for any possible contingency at Port Talbot and along the coast. On Thursday and Friday morning two aero- planes passed along the coast-line operat- ing powerful searchlights. They came from a westerly and disappeared in a t easterly direction. They skirted the coast- line, and appeared to be on a mission of observation. A misunderstanding has arisen in cer- tain circles in Port Talbot over the dis- tribution of the ot!ï -id. realised at the patriotic concert held at the New Theatre, Port ralbot, on Christmas night. It is claimed that the understanding was that the proceeds should be equally divided bD- tween the Aberavon and the Port Talbot Soldiers Christmas Comfort Funds, but instead of this being done, a cheque was sent to the Mayor of Aberavon. It is felt that in face of the fact of the concert being held in lor Talbot, and was largely organised by Port Talbot people, and that nearly all the artistes were from Port Taibot, that an injustice has been done. Doubtless if there has been any misunder- standing, the Mayor will 1)(' only too ready to remedy it. as it would be a great pity that any ill-feeling should be engendered. With the precautionary idea of taking time by the fore-lock, it has been decided to establish an emergency war fund for Aberavon and Port Talbot, for the pur- pose of meeting any future requirements of distress which might arise through the increasing price of food, lack of employ- ment, and also to provide for any wounded soldiere. The object is undoubtedly a laudable one, and worthy of every possible support. Those who have worked for the war funds in the nasi will no doubt be equally ready to give their services to promote the new fund. The Mayor and Mrs. Lewis Thomas have been appointed to represent the Belgian Relief Com- mittee. Miss D. Jones is organising the forthcoming whist drive, and the COlll- mitteee which promoted the Port Talbot ClI ristmas Day concert, the flag day, and the assault-at-arms, have been asked to nominate two representatives on the com- mittee. It only requires for all to put their -shoulder to the wheel to successfully establish a fund to alleviate the possible pangs of hungar and suffering. The eight days' floral exhibition which was opened, at the Port Talbot Public Baths on Friday of lati-t week under such promising auspices by Mrs. R. W. Llewelyn, Baglan Hall, and under the chairmanship of the Mayor of Aberavon, was a successful event, and drew numerous patrons to admire and purchase the exquisite artificial handwork of the clever blind and crippled girls of the John Groom Crippleage and Flower Girls' Mis- sion. The hall-s and stalls were tastefully laid out, and the inembers of the mission gave interesting demonstrations cf their remarkable work. The articles exhibited consisted of artificial flowers for table decorations, and ni-illi-nery invniouly I made of silk, velvet, and other delicate material. The exhibition was under the management of Mr. F. C. Maslin. A pleas- ing feature of the exhibition was the whole-hearted support given by a number of the leading ladies of the district, who acted as stall-holders and general helpers. The great cry in the Baglan portion cf i the district is. U What are we to do with our roads? So bad are they that the condition constitutes a positive danger to vehicular traffic, and makes ordinary bicycle riding a torture. Some immediate steps should be taken to repair the defects. The Aberavon recreation ground problem seems fated to come under some belated and blighted influence. When ex- cellent progress is being made the Cor- poration are inclined to cry a halt as they are not sure that the Local Government Board will grant the necessary loan to carry the scheme out. Should the work be abandoned at this juncture, it will means that the expense ah'eady incurred will have been absolutely thrown away. It seems a pity that this splendid gift to the town by the Earl of Jersey should bo subjected to such hesitancy, when it could be made a huge attraction and a financial asset to the borough. In' connection with the beach improve- ment, with the approach of spring, it is hoped the Corporation are taking steps to provide a shelter and conveniences which were promised without fail by this Hummer. During the season scores of thousands of people visit this beautiful foreshore ,aptly designated H Avonia-by- the Sea." Mr. A. T. Williams, oil behalf of the Earl of Jersey, has promised to imme- diately lay down the necessary extension of the present sewer to the bench. If on the other hand the Corporation would immediately set about the erection of a properiy equipped rfieker, so as to be ready to join up when the new sewer is compl eted they will merit the thanks of many thousands of townspeople and visitors. The new public olock in the tower of the Aberavon municipal buildings and Arcade has formed the theme of very con- flicting discussions. Notwithstanding ad- verse criticism, it stands there and chimes forth the) fleeting hOUT". When set going there was found to be one deficiency to make it a perfect uublic .V. "ol\. I was the absence of an eltci connection with G?enwich. The Council hAv?f-? agreed to make this addition, which will I be a great boon to the town. I Since the New Theatre, Port Talbot, has come under the popular lessee- management of Mr. Edward Furneau an .entirely new and welcome tone has been given to the public entertainments. Week after week the very finest productions are given by the management. Not only are the plays of the highest quality, but excellent in the castes, niary of the Lcompalùes coming straight from first-class London theatres. The New Theatre, with its splendid stage accommodation) (equal to any in the provinces, lends itself to the best staging effects of the largest productions. Following on a long sequence of brilliant plays, there is pro- educed during the week Oscar Wilde's, An Ideal Husband." The play is exquisitely staged, and the caste includes Mr. H. Hamilton Stewart, Miss A. Bruce- Joy, and a powerful company. Next j week will be produced at the New Theatre another great London success, I" Outcast," by Robert Burnett's and Edward Cooper's Company, from Wyyd- ham's Theatres London. The company include^ Miss Ethel Griffies and Mr. J. H. Irvine. Thanks to Miss Gwendoline Nichols, of the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot, an effort haa been started in the town to form a committee of ladies for the purpose of forming a local contingent of the Women's Volunteer Reserve, which has proved such a success in other parts of the country. Some of the most dis- j tinguished ladies in the land, including Lady French, Lady Wolseley, Viscountess Castlereagh—who is colonel-i-n-chai-ge- the Hon. Evelina Ha,-erfield-hon. colonel —are at its head. In London four com- panies, with a roll call of 60, are already doing- their drills, and branches are rapidly forming in other important centres. The idea of the movement is not to establish an armed fighting unit, but to have a well trained and disciplined body of women in every district who will be able to assist in emergency. But bar- ring the fighting part, the womell's army will closely follow the organisation of the men's army as far as officers, drill, etc., are concerned. There will be ambulance, commissariat, motorists, motor cyclists, aviators, Morse and semaphore signalling, first aid, and camp cooking are taught, so that in case of urgent necessity, such as a coast raid, wom^n would be able to relieve men of these duties. There is a Special uniform, consisting of a neat ,coat. skirt, thick Rhoes. and puttees. Full particulars of this useful movement may be obtained of Miss Nichols. a- Lucifer. I
AMMANFORD. I The threatened opposition of a few ]- malcontents among Ammanford people to I the Omnibus Bill of the Urban Council has filled out. As was pointed out ia I last week's Herald," the decision of the public meeting of ratepayers to authorise tile Council to proceed with their arrange- ments was carried-by a majority of the few who took the trouble to attend. The reason tor the paucity of attendance was obvious. People regarded the sanctioning of the Council's procedure as a mere formality—which it was, inasmuch as the matter had been discussed and threshed out by the persons who had been elected by the ratepayers to deal with it, and, in its later stages, the sewerage, scheme had been agreed to by a practically unanimous body. Nobody doubts the absolute need of making provision for a sewerage system in Ammanford, and the few who sug- gested that the carrying out of the scheme should be deferred for a year or more because other Councils had post- poned various schemes involving expendi- ture must have known that tliey' would I not be supported in that view by any except an occasional economic extremist who would sacrifice his neighbour's health for the sake of saving his own pocket, and the fact that it was found impossible to get 72 people to sign a lpetition demanding a poll proves mv contention. It was hinted at the public meeting that a requisition of some kind i might be got up, and, although 1 really thought not one of the malcontents of ¡ the public meeting would dare try to 'Ild the district into unnecessary expen- i,(Iiture on a futde poll, it seems such an attempt wa, made. But Monday night was the last date upon which the demand for a poll could be put in, and 72 sig- natures were essential. No such demand reached the Council. There's an end on't. It has been said that the lower West Wales flannel factories have been favoured with orders for clothing for the troops, and now Ammanford's looms aad knitting machines are clicking to put the finishing touch on the equipment. There is nothing like securing good understanding. for soldiers as well as for other folk. I had been informed that a neighbour of mine, Mr. W. Evans, had, through the medium of the Inspector of Factories, been placed in communication with the War Office with regard to 'the i provision of stockings, and I was glad to hear of it. And now, Mrs. Herbert, of I Brynmift'lais, writes me: As there are several subscribers to the Welsh Indus- tricq Association in Ammanford, I thought they and others would like to know, through the medium of the < Herald: that this association has been the means of getting Mr. J. R. Jones, Ford Mill, an order for twenty-three thousand pairs of socks for the Welsh Army Corps. The first, wnsigninent of eight thousand was sent off last Satur- day to Porthcawl. The other orders are to follow shortly, to Rhyl, Llandudno, and Colwyn Bay." Upon receiving this note, I made inquiries, and found that Mrs. Gwynne Hughes, Tregeyb, the wife of the High Sheriff, and Mrs. Herbert, are also endeavouring to obtain a similar order for shirts to be made in Amman- ford. Floreat Ammanford! and I am sure the efforts of these ladies and the good work of the Welsh Industries Asso- ciation. in which they are deeply in- terested. will be highly appreciated in Carmarthenshire, and the soldiers will quite understand, from the excellent quality of the socks and shirts, when they wear them, that they are the pro- ducts of Carmarthenshire and of Amman- ford in particular. My 6incere sympathy to Mr. D. R. Griffiths (Ammanydd), the co-secretary with Gwili of the local Cvmmrodonon Society, upon the painful result of the accident which befell him at the colliery on Saturday. May he have an early recovery from the ill-effects of the loss of his thumb. Awstin.
ABERAVON LADY'S t300. I Judge and a Solicitor's Advice. I Amongst thenwedves they scrape up six sovereigns. Illieu they go to some innocent lady and get LZM from lier. And, within seven da,ye, they spend the lot. How this poor lady will ever ge4D her mIOlHY again I cannot, conceive. I suggest that the whole thing is au abeo-l-wite fia-ud." So turgid a London solicitor at Hereford County Court in appex--ing for the execution oreditora against a Hereford, (Ryciand) iauiulry com- pany, in an inierplea/der action (brought) by itisa Sorah Aim iJavoure, of Bronhaulog, Aberavon, who claimed certain machinery and good. which had been levied upon. The managing director and secretary of the oom- pany— £ raskley Glyn John, formerly of Port Talhpt—wee subject, to a sharp orose- ezami nation. It appeaned traA Maes SaTOurs advanced £ 300 uiiun eecurifcy of a, debenture. be- ing advised by her then solicitor. i- The solicitor wore an oQicer' a uniform I Under his gown, %ud the managing direotor ?aw,ag %16o in khaki. Mr. John admitted thM. although the nominal eapital waa £ 2,000 in £ 1 oiliar«s, only six had been issued, and that the debentures were just £300. The judge found for claimant, with a stay of execution in case of appeal. Judge Harris added that the claimant, had lent her money innocently and. perhaps unwisely, ,but how her fLnat solicitor c&me to advise her lie did not know.
I NEW THEATRE, PORT TALBOT. j Lovers of high-class drama should by I no means fail to visit the New Theatre, Port Talbot, this where Mr. H. Hamilton Stewart's excellent company | produce the St. James's Theatre success, An Ideal Husband." Judging from the amount of appreciation shown by the audiences, the play is much to the liking j of patrons. The story is powerful, and j iretps the audience spellbound through- out. The acting and scenic psetting of the piece is all that can be desired. The part of Sir Robert Chiltem is cleverly sustained by Mr. H. Hamilton Stewart, Air. Douglas Jeffries, as Viscount Goring, proves an excellent toil to the machina- tions of Mrs. Chevely, which role is splendidly played by Miss Edith Cart- wright. Miss A. Bruce Joy, as Lady Chiltern is also a great success. Miss M. a-bel Chiltern s rioin-s Lailra Stanley as Mabel Chiltern shows much versatility, and excellent support is given by the remaining members of the company. Next week—Monday, January 25th, and for the remaining nights- Messrs. Burnett and Ckfiper's Company will pay a welcome retilrn*visitr in a new play, entitled, "The Outcast," in which the celebrated actress, Ethel Grif- fles, will appear in the leading role of Miriam. (See advertisement.) —.
PORT TALBOT DENTAL INNOVATION The new dental chambers, recently opened by Dr. Bamford, D.D.S. (U.S.A.), Commercial Buildings, BeverlÐy-stœet, Port Talbot (op- posite the Ncw Theatre), is not only one of the most -?omplete ami Viat>orately equipped dental fMr?pDee in the country, h? by a process held by the proprietor he gives a guarantee of painies* extraction, and to this end Dr. Banmford has offered a public challenge of £ 60 to anyone feeling even a, twinsre of pain during extraction. The sur- gery jø replete with the most perfect and ingenious devisee for scientific surgical treatment, and for the convenience of nd bliildren a. hospital nurse is in attendance. All patients receive personal attention. See advertisement.
The export of hOrsM. which waa pro- hibited in tho early day,3 of the war, and later again pe-rmittcd by the Dutch Govern- ment ha* now been finallv forbiddcu for the duration of tbu wax.
SWANSEA DISTRICT. I CANDIDATURE OF MR. DAN THOMAS. The following letter has been circulated in connection with the forthcoming bye- election in the Swansea District: it. behovtw uj; ail who are anxious to have a representative for the Division a mem- ber who will uphold the best traditions of the constituency in its representation, to immediately .&-ive consideration to the claims of the respective candidates now te- fore the constituency. As you are aware, there are at present several gentlemen nominated to stieeeed Sir David Brynmor Jones "as representative of Swansea, District, in order that we may secure a gentleman test fitted to worthily represent this important constituency, it is asked of you to most carefully consider the record and claims of Mr. Dan Thomas, who is one of the candidates. As supporter of liis candidature, I con- sider that he is in every way a most de- sirable candidate. He has an excellent re- cord of work in the interests of Liberalism, and lias served the Liberal Party faithfully and well for years, and has been com- mended by those who know him as one de- sei'vint' of support. Born in Morris ton 35 years ago, he is the son of the late Mr. J. S. Thomas, draper, of that place. His grandfather was the late Mi-. John Humphrey, architect, who de- signed the Tabernacle Welsh Congrega- tional Chapel at Morriston, and many other chapels in West Wales. He left Morriston when 13 years of age to enter the Civil Service, and has served in many Government Departments and was for t-en years at the Admiralty. His public activity commenced immediately he reached his majority, and for the iizt 14 years he has given his services generously to reli- gious and political life. )on after interesting himself in political work, he was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the South Isling- ton Liberal Association, and his activities were 00 much appreciated that he was asked to accojit the honorary secretaryship of the Association, which position ho filled for many years. During his association with South Islington, he beoame a member of the Executive Committee of the Islington Liberal Federation, and also that very im- portant boCy-the Council of the London Liberal Federation, and in this connection took part in the propaganda work at elections, Parliamentary, County and Municipal, in all parts of London and the Home Counties. He is one of the founders cf that excellent institution, tire London and Home Counties Liberal Open-air Speakers Legaue. He is one of the original members of the National League of Young Liberals, and initiated branches in South Islington and Horneey, and r,uL»eouentiy became a member cf the Exesutive Committee of the Homsey Lib- eral Association. He has served for some years as a manager, nominated by the London Oounty Council, of a group of Council Schools, and was also a Progressive nominee on the Managing body of a group of Ohnrch Schools. He is a member of the Welsh National Housing Council, and is also a member of the Committee of the North Western Dis- trict of the Free Trade Union. He has been for some time a member of the National Liberal Club and the Eighty Club, and during; the whole of this period has spoken extensively indoors and out- doors for Liberalism, and has done con- siderable work at By-elections since 1906. In 1911, when the Welsh Disestablishment Bill was re introduced in the House of Commons, Mr. Dan Thomas from his ex- perience of Liberal opinion in the English constitutencies, feit that the Welsh case for Disetsablishment and, Disendowment was not sufficiently appreciated, and that the apathy shown by English Liberalism in the matter might negative the hopes of Wales. He therefore consulted with lhe leaders of the Welsh Parliametnary Party and iniated the now well-known Central Campaign for Welsh Disestablishment, which carried out a most extensive cam- pagin in the English and Scottish con- stituencies for the following three years until the Bill was on tho Statute Book. He was the honorary eecretary of this impor- tant organisation. Mr. Dan Thomas was connected with the exhaustive enquiry into the conditions of Land and Housing, and assisted the Com- mittee in its initial stages, pending the definite appointment cf a secretary; and when Mr. Lloyd George in the early part of 1914, as a result of these inquiries, out- lined his proposals of Land and Housing Reform, it waa felt that the Welsh case should be adequately represented, and a few of the members of the Welsh Parliiv mentary Party formed a Committee to carry these proposals into effect. Despite his many other duties, he fulfilled the position of honorary secretary of this or- ganisation. During his residence in London, he has been actively associated witn all the prin- I cipal Welsh National movements. lie was a member of the now defunct Cymru 'rvdd Society of London, and was one of the founders of the Glamorgan Society and the London Welsh Liberal Association. Pe speaks Welsb, a.nd so does his wife and children. Since the outbreak of the War, 1 c has been actively associated with the forma- tion of the London Welsh and the Swansea Battalions, serving on the committees sponsible for the etsablishment of these et- celleiit .forces- (kClJ illg as he has the position of iri- vate secretary to Sir Alfred Mond for the past five years, Mr. Dan Thomas, i'.vui • t from his work in connection witn the party, ha3 been able to obtain a good ueal of experience of Parliamentary work and Government Departmental procedure. He is an ardent Cot)gregationalist. je-cj a member of the King's Cross Welsh Ton- gregational Chapel, and also of the Wel-lD Congregational Union. His pastor," Key. Elvet Lewie, holds him in high esteem. He married in 1m the daughter of the hue Mrs. J. P. Jones, treasurer of the Baker- street Congregational Church, Aberystwyth. Mr. Dan Thomas ha san exemplary re- cord and is iu every sense worthy of the support of the Liberal Party of the Swan- sea District. If selected, he intends to de- vote himself entirely to representing i he interests of the constituency in the lioit,,e of Commons, and will resign his potion as secretary to Sir Alfred Mond.-Yours faithfully, Abervon. ￼ 18, 1916. MOSES THOMAS. I Aberavon, Jan. 18, 1915.
MYSTERY OF A MOTOR CAR. I The Kingston police are endeavouring to solve the mystery surrounding a motor car found T uesday in the Thames opposite Tagg's Island. The car was a two-seater, low built and stone coloured, with LL 5H: as the identification mark. Up to late last evening, the owner had not been discovered. An examination of the locality showed that the car had travelled along a private load leading across Hurst Park, tho driver nvidpntly having taken this thoroughfare hy mistake, and before he realised his position crossed over the tow- path and into the river. It is also sur- mised that the sudden descent iuto the water m:r have thrown the driver over the front of the car, and that he may have been drowned. The bonnet of the machine was almost submerged.. but the back wheels stood in l only about 15 inches of water. I
NEW J.P. FOR PEMBROKESHIRE. I Judge Lloyd Morgan, of Carmarthen County Court, on Wednesday, before Sir Samuel Evans, in the Divorce Court, took l the oath of allegiance and the judicial oath as a Justice of the Peace for Pem- brokeshire.
I ABERAVON COUNCIL. PURE WATER SUPPLY: FINANCIAL STATEMENT, The usual monthly meeting of the Aber- avon Town Council was held on Wednes- day night. The Mayor (.Mr. W. J. Wil- li.cUnts) presided. Others present were:- AMprmen J.' Al. Smith, D. J. Jone? Dd. Williams, David liees, Councillors T. Owen, Aaron James, T. S. Goslin, Charles Lody, Lewis M. Thomas, Harry Williams, William John, Jenkin Morgan, James Price, and William Jackson; E. Tennant (Town Clerk), J. lioderick (Surveyor), F. E. Baker (Accountant), A. Bond (Gas Manager), J. Jones (Kate Collector), W. Speucer (Markets Inspector). The Medical Officer reported that during December 38 births and 16 deaths were registered, equivalent to a birth rate of 34.8 per 1,000 per annum, and a death rate of 14.7 per 1,000 per annum respectively. There were notifications of l infectious disease—diphtheria 1, scarlet fever 5. He also reported upon an analysis of a sample of water taken at the Town Hall tap and Ynysygwas Reservoir supply. The report showed that the water was pure, and tho bactcrio- logical examination showed no evidence of contamination. The sanitary inspector produced a letter received from the local secretary of the National Union of Shop Assistants j complaining that a certain shopkeeper violated the Shops Act by keeping open on early closing days.—The inspector was directed to investigate the matter. The Borough Accountant reported the positiop. of the several fund accounts, which showed total debit balance of cfil,110, and total credit balances of C4,252, and a credit balance of J £ 1,000 on "gas reserve account. On loan fund and \capital account there were debit balances, of < £ 5,755, and credit balance of £ 3,696. There was a surplus of £ 58 8s. Id. between the interest earned on monies. NOTIFICATION OF BIRTHS ACT. On the motion of Alderman David Wil- liams, seconded by Alderman David Rees, it was resolved to adopt the Notification of Births Acts, 1907.A lecter was read from the clerk of the Margam District Council asking if the Corporation would be prepared to work the Act jointly.—Mr. James Price: I think that the Act could be worked more economically and effi- ciently if it was done jointly.—The Mayor: That question is at present out of order.—The question of co-operation was deterred. IDEAL CAMPING GROUND. In accordance with a notice of motion, Mr. T. S. Goslin moved: That the Council draw the attention of the War Office and officers commanding the Swan- sea district, Cardiff, and Severn Defences of the Western Command to the facilities for training troops at the Aberavon Beach and urging that a large number of troops be sent for this purpose.—The mover said it was obvious to all that they had splendid facilities at the beach and land at the rear for the training of troops. There were good railways, and a good water supply in the immediate vicinity. There were five acres of excellent land laid out for first class camping which would provide accommodation for 2,000 to 3,000 troops. Also a good sewerage system would shortly be completed. He assured them 'that the troops were not going to be billeted after the 1st of April as after that the troops would be taken from houses and camped out. The dis- trict was suffering from the works being short of employment, and it was only fair tSTit with its splendid provision Aber- avon should be given an opportunity similar to what Porthcawl and Barry had. At the latter place, there were 5,000 troops and these made a material difference to the revenue of the town.-Alderman David Rees seconded, and said that there was no place in the country which offered better and more complete facilities for 'I' camping and the training of troops.— Alderman D. J. Jones: I am pleased to hear that so much interest is being taken in the -boacli. It is a pity that similar interest has not been shown earlier. On a certain occasion, when volunteers were being trained on tfio Aberavon Beach an officer remarked to Brigadier Sir A. Pendarvis Vivian that Aberavon provided the best camping ground in the United Kingdom. The fault is that we do not advertise our beach advantages like Porth- cawl, Barry, and Bristol do.-Mr. William John supported, and the motion was carried unanimously. CEADOCK AP JESTYN DAMAGED. It was reported that an investigation had been made into the necessity of the repairs to the fire engine totalling < £ 16 ;)1". 8d., and the circumstances under which the engine was lent to the gas department when the damage occurred. In reply to the chairman the captain stated that before the engine was used for pumping out the old gas holder lie ob- tained the permission of the then chair- i man of the Fire Brigade Committee the Ex-Mavor. The engine was working well up to the time of the acciaent.—Mr. W. John: By whose authority was the engine J lent to the gas works?—Mr. T. Owen: It states in the minutes.—The Manager re- ported the receipt of an account from Mr. G. Lilley for repairs to the fire-engine amounting to < £ 16 3s. 8d., which had been endorsed by the captain of the fire brigade] as payable by the gas department. The engine had been used at the captain's sug- gestion for pumping out the water from the gas boIfW, lie (fiië manager) agreeing j to pay for the necessary old and petrol. The engine was placed in position by tbe j captain, and it was afterwards found that If the main bearings had melted as the 1 result of defective oiling.—It was resolved that the matter be referred to the lire ( Brigade Committee to report to the ] Finance Committee. PORTABLE THEATRE. Mr. Ebley applied for a site for his portable theatre on the Fair Field near 1 Wellington-street.—It was resolved to let the site on the usual terms provided a I theatrical license could be produced. SHOPS ACT. I A letter was read from the Secretary of State?that there would be no objection to a joint notice under the Shops Act if it I were posted and advertised in each of the 'are.M concerned, but he pointed out that no delegation of powers by the Glamorgan County Council to the District Councils concerned had been approved by the Secretary of State, and that until such approval had been given no steps could bo taken by the District: CouncCs. JOINT RELIEF COMMITTEE. A letter was read from the Local Gov- ernment Board stating that they would not object to a separate relief committee being constituted for the area of the borough of Aberavon and the urban dis- trict of Margam, and that the County Council concurred. The Board enclosed particulars as to formation and constitu- tion of committee, and of all previous circulars issued by them.—The Town Clerk reported that the receipt of this I letter had been notified to thA clerk of the Margam Council, suggesting also that i the Joint Committee should meet as to the formation of the committee, but no reply bad been received.—It was that Margam Council be again asked to arrange a joint meeting. COUNCIL AS "OR ARITABIÆ INSTITU- noN- Alderman David Rees drew attention to ¡ the necessity of the Council taking further dteps to provide more work for the large I number who were unemployed in the town. He proposed that such steps be taken. ?.Lr. J'. Price seconded. Mr. Wm. John: There is plenty of work in the town. and men cannot be got to do it. There are men wanted at the docks, the Steelworks, and by builders. lNlr. Dd. Itecs: If that is eo, why are fro many about the streets looking fcr \ol"k" Mr. W. John: The fact is that a, great many look upon the Corporation as a charitable institution. The proposition was carried NEW MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS FURBISHING. It was reported that a sub-committee bad considered the surveyor's detailed report of the reqnireinents for each office, Council's committee rooms, police court, etc., at the cew Municipal Buildings, after the revisioa of the list. It was resolved that applica- tion bo made to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow the sum < i i £ 5G8. the further amount required for furnishing offices, and that same be adver- tieect for. A letter was read from the assistant ovcr- aeer inquiring upon what terms the Cor- poration had agreed to let them the office m the new buildings. Ald. Dd. Rees suggested that for the »aJie' of uniformity the overseers' office be furn- ished with the others, and that arrange- ments be come to afterwards. Ald. Dd. Rees: Yes; it doesn't matter which way, a.s the cost is bound to come out of the rates. The Mayor: You mean that we furnish and mak? anQ/n.g?m?nts for payments f ??e, wa rda ? Ald. J. M. Smith: It was intended that the room intended for the medical officer of health eliould be the overseer's office. Mr. T. S. Goslin: If we are not going to charge any rent, surely we should not be called upon to furnish the room! The Mayor: I a gree that th'e whole of the offices should be furnished at -the same -time. Aid. Dd. Row I propose that this be done. A.ld..r.. Smith seconded, es for the eake of uniformity it was the beet thing to do; in any c&se, the cost would oome from the rates. Mr. T. S. Goslin: We ought to baTe some jurisdiction over the Bill. The Mayor: Certainly you will. Mr. JaB. Price: Rave it on the hire system. (Laughter). The resolution was carried. HOUSING SCHEME Tiie Surveyor reported That he toad com- pleted amended plame and ecctions of the proposed housing scheme. He hoped to complete tbe emianded estimates and speci- ficatioria in a fortnight. Aid. Dd. Reee: I take it a meeting of the Housing Committee will be called as soon a61 the Surveyor ie ready? The Mayor: I will call & meeting immedi- ately everything is in order. REDUCTION IN GAS MAKE. The gue manager reported that the supply of gas to Margam was discontinued oil the 2nd ult., and the make was now reduced by about 40 per cent. He was pushing,, on the slots in Aberavon as Quickly as possible. lie had reduced the hands engaged in the re- tort house by five, three of whom were now engaged on new services ami two by the contractors for the mw plant. The men taken out were the juniors in length, of I service in the gas department. The Town Clerk ieported that he had re- ceived and returned approved draft of the proposed Provisional Order extending the borrowing powers under the 9209 Act and ( Provisional Ordere, amending same by a farther sum of £ 23,500. <
FATALITY AT SEVEN I SISTERS. SHOCKING DEATH ON LOCAL RAILWAY. I A shocking incident occurred on the Neath and Brecon Railway near Dulais Colliery on Friday night. It appears that a collier named William Young j Hares, of 19, Dnlais-gardens, Seven Sisters, I W\R returning home from work along the line, when he was knocked down by the workmen's train from Onllwyn, and his body was badly mutilated. All his ribs were crushed and his spins was injured, but the unfortunate man lived for an hour and-a-half after the accident. Hares, was a widower with four children, andi was 42 years of age. At Seven Sisters a verdict of accidental death was returned on William Young Hares (49), an employe at Dulais Colliery, who was run over by a train on the Neath and Brecon. Railway. It was stated that he and Bertie Roach were taking a short cut to their home on Friday night, when, failing to notice an approachiiw, tagm until it was almost on top of them, Ifares was knocked down and his left leg badly mangled. Roach escaped only just in time. The Coroner expressed the hope that the tragedy would be a warning to others.
AIRMAN'S SHOCKING DEATH. A terrible disaster occurred to a British airman at Faraborough on Tues- day. Second-lieutenant Gardner, a member of the Royal Flying Corps, had ascended in an aeroplane during the afternoon, and in the course of manoeuvres an ex-' plosion occurred on the machine. Th- unfortunate airman was burned to death. Lieutenant Gardner was flying a Maurice Farman biplana. The explosion occurred as the airman w? descending after a second flight. The machine had nearly reached tho ground when it became enveloped in flames. Captain D. Orr of the Royal Flying Corps, who had been witnessing the flight, was the first to reach the ppot, but the flames were so fierce that it was Pound impossible to extricate the airman 'or some time, and when it was possible to do so he was dead. The machine was completely destroyed. The body of Lieut, lardner was removed to a mortuary, oending an inquest, which will be held o-dav. The deceased airman waq 23 years of te, and ha 3 only recently obtained his :>ilofs certificate. He was stationed at ;be Farnborough headquarters, where he -rl-.ived but a few days ago. He was re- garded as a most promising pupil.
REVENUE RECEIPTS. Despite the war, the revenue receipts at I the present time are actually higher than I a,t the same d1..te a year ago, as the follow- I ing comparative figures ahow:- I 1915. 1914. C ti-3tom a L23,640,000 9-.7,909,000 Excise .F. 29,175,000 31,012,000 Estate, etc., duties 20.6C2.QOO 22,347,000 Stamps 6,139,000 7,629,000 l^and lax aud House I Duty 600,600 740,000 Property and Income Tax and ftaper-Tix 22.450,000 16,344.000 Land Value Ðntiœ 151,000 376.000 Peat Office 22,650.000 23,860,000 Crown Lands 380,000 370,000 ReeeiptB from Suez Oajiai Sh.tres atod Sundry Loans 817.356 1,542,928 MiaceHaneo?H 4,906,610 1,nl,Li1 Totale ￼ 136,510,9?6 134,061-?).?)91 The la?t two it?ma in the liet are the meet euiout. Suez Canal receipts have fallen away by half on amount of the war. and miscellaneous have more than doubled, and axe already in exc?ow of the estimate, owing i doubUess to the wax. Nearly 40 mUlions of income tax remain to come in. The estimate of total receipts is LZO9,2,06,000 (without irax expenditure;. I Including the latter item. the expenditure I is expected to reach L532,617,000, of which LoR.312,004 hae already been laid out- £325.026.519 in supply services. The war ;s further reflected in the expenditure by £ 1.068,201 "interest on war debt."
OMNIBUS NOTES. ——— ——— Private E. J. T. Flint, of the 7th Royal Fusiliers, is probably the only regular who has one eye. Ten regiments re- fused to accept liini ou accouut of his in- firmity, but his good work with the riflo eventually overcame tins objection. An officer saw him score 12 "bulls" in It tries, and that mado the way smooth for service in the Army. Grave Diggers' Demanfl. The grave diggers employed by ther Birkenhcad Corporation resumed work Tuesday after a strike lasting one day. They are demanding an increase of 3%. per week, and on an understanding that the matter will receive attention at a special meeting of the Town Council, the men consented to continue digg° ing° graves. Lord Glantawe's Health. Lord Glantawe who has been serioiif»iv ill at his residence, The Grange, near Swansea, for severa l weeks, is now so much better ttiat ne is able to sit up in bis room. Lie is not yet able to attend to corres- pondence, bnt he is now well on the way. towards complete recover v. Heir to Llandinam Estates. A son was oorn in London on Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. David Davies, Llandi- nam. Mr. Davies was rharried in 1910 to Mis* Amy Penman, fourth daughter of Mr. L. T. Penman, J.P.. of Broadwood Park, Lanchester. and of Gateshead. The son now born to them is their first child, and he will, of course, be heir to vast wealth, including the Llandinam estates and tha many industrial undertakings with which Mr. David Davies is connected. Welsh Folk Songs. On Wednesday evening, at the Taber- nacle Mutual Improvement Society, Mr. John Davies, headmaster of Jersey Marine Council School, and organist of the chapel, read an interesting paper nn Welsh Folk Songs." Several of the folk songs to illustrate the descriptivo farts of the paper were rendered by Mrs. J. Davies and Miss D. Evans Jones, the accompanist being Mrs. J. Evans Jones. The evening was most instructive and en- joyable, and Mr. Davies and the artistes were cordially thanked at the close. Welsh Flannel Ordered. It was announced in London on Monday that the Weteh Induetrie6 Aseociation have received a request to tender for 15,000 flannel shirts and an equal number of socks for the new battalions of the Welsh Army Corps. The request emanated from the National Committee, and has given great eatisfao tion to thoee who were desirous that Welsii industries should be given the opportunity of supplying the new army. Mrs. eahit-er, the hon. secretary, ie call- ing a meeting of the committee for the end of this week t4> deal with the matter. Daring Mail Bag Robbery. Polieo on the London and North- western Railway are investigating a mail- bag robbery on one of the expresses be- tween Manchester and London. It is believed that the bag was taken from the 6.35 p.m. train at Wilmelow, at which station it was not missed until after the train left, and suspicions then fell on tk £ pa-ssenger. An empty bag was afterwards found hanging from the outside of a coach on the express, the thief having apparently thrown it out of the window after securing the contents. Benefits to Surgery. It is one of the world's paradoxes that the only people who seem likely to learn much useful knowledge as the result of Europe's present engrossment beyond the professors of military science and possibly, some politicians are the doctors and sur- geons. The latter will certainly attain an experience and a skill the cumulative effect of whi,!Ii Vill not perish with the present generation, but on as a tradition t;<« Hr,r';(»ry i> he future. Some :¡ :1. bring accom- plished,- ;• iid ',j>ieadi<i results achieved ex- perimentally. Death of Lord Justice Kennedy. The death is announced of Lord Justice Kennedy, which took place suddenly at bis residence in Kensington on Sunday. He sat in the Court of Appeal ou Satur- day, apparently in the beat of health, but at 10 o'clock yesterday morning he was seized with pain and died a few minutes later from an attack of angina pectoris. The Lord Justice was born in 1816, and was called to the Bar 25 years later. He was elevated to the Bench in 1892. Workers and Food Prices. The South Wales District Committee of the National Transport Workers' Federa- tion, at their meeting at Cardiff, on Friday, passed the following resolution: That the South Wales District Committee of the National Transport Worker^ Federation expresses its opinion that considering the encfrmous and entirely unjustifiable increase in the prices of the people's footstuffs. which is an unwarranted exploitation of the nation's needs, that the Govern- ment must immediately take steps to nationalise and regulate prices of the necessaries of life." Tonypandy Riot Sequel. The Glamorgan Standing Joint COnl mittee appeal against judgment obtained against them by the Glamorgan Coal Co., and the Powell Duffryn Coal Co., in re- spect of the feeding of Metropolitan Police in the Tonypandy and Aberaman riots of 1910 came before Mr. Justice Banks in the King's Bench to-day. The former company claimed E23,000 and the later company over £ 2,000. It was agreed that appellants should go through the accounts, and see what items they ad- mitted, and what they rejected, and re- port, Mr. Duke agreeing to pay interest at 4 per cent. if his clients were found to be wrong. Government Work for Wales. During the 1a<:it few months comment has been made unon the question of work for the Admiralty and War Office being largely confined to English firms, wheras in Iicutli Wales several firms who are wall equipped for dealing with much of the work fare a out have had no opportunity given them of tendering for such. In this connection it ip interesting to nota that a deputation from the Welsh En- gineers' aatd Foundcr.s' Association, consist- ing of representatives from Messrs. Kiohard Nevill and Go., Ltd., the Glanmor Foundry Co.. Ltd., and Thomas and Clement, IMi. LlaneLly, Messrs. Taylor and Sons, Ltd, Britonferry, and Messrs. John Evane and Son, Ltd., Morriaton, visited London OIl .Friday last- and had a.n interview with Mr. Bevoridge (manager of the Board of Trade) a.nd Sir George Gibbs (Director of Contracts at the War Office), when the viewa of tho South Wales engineers were placed before theai. The deputation was received with every courtesy, and a result of the interview and representations put forward it is con- fidently expected that a considerable quan- tity of armament and other kindred work which las. hitherto been confined to a few privileged firms will now be diverted to our own districts. The advantage of such a course i8 obvious, as apart from relieving the congestion of work which at present vrevail in certain are-is, while our foundries are aJrearlv pretty fully occupied, an opportunity will thus be givea to the workmen of ca-rairv^ more wages at home, which will be sprnit in their own districts, and with a new class of work introduced into the district cur engineers and founders will have the oppor- tunity of catering for work which has hitherto been denied them, and this will form a useful adjunct to their otdinary class of work at a time when orders maT not be so plentiful as they are at present. South Wales has set a good esample in patriotism, and it ie only fair that thoee who have contributed ao handeomely ia various ways to the exigencies of the pres- ent situation should have some recognition in the direction indicated,