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ABERAVON. 1 The death took place at A bora von this week of Mr. Henry Morris, of 2, Victoria- road, Aberavon, who for over 2i years was head gardener to Sir Arthur P. Vivian, K.C.B., at Glenavon House, Taibach. De- ceased was in his Slst year, and was a member of a very old local family. The hauliers at the Oakwood Colliery, Avon Valley. near Aberavon, refused to go down to work on Monday morning, and as a result the colliery is on stop, about 200 men being affe&p-d. The reason appears to he recentment of the hauliers at the en- forcement of fines imposed upon them re- cently at the local police court. Whibt a cattle truck of cows was being de- trained at R. and S.B. Station, Aberavon, on Monday morning:, three of the animals broke loos Two of these bolted down Sta- 1 ion-road, and caused no small commotion. pedestrian a scattering to safety. The two cows were ultimately secured by the cattle- men. The third bolted into the Avon, and stood in the middle of the river for half-an- hour, defying all efforts to get it to bank. Eventually it was lassooed and taken back to captivity. At the Primitive Methodist Church, Aber- a von, last week, a large number of the mem- bers of the Bethel Sunday School met for the purposa of presenting Mr. Bert Jones, who had acted as the Sunday school eecre- tary, and who leaves for London to join the Moody-Manners Opera Company, with a travelling trunk on the occasion of his de- parture. the meeting was presided over by Mr. Thomas Lang, who made the presenta- tion in an appropriate speech. Mr. Lang spoke highly of the recipient's qualiftca- tions as a singer.-—Mr. Jonea suitably Ie. sponded.—During the evening a. capital musical programmje was gone through by the pupi's of the Moody School of Music, Port Talbot. At the Aberavon Y.M.C.A., on Saturday night, a largo number of the members -and friends of Mr. John Lake, who, since the outbreak of the war, haa been attached to the local recruiting office as clerk, met for the purpose of presenting him with a purse of gold on the occasion of his departure for London. The presentation was made by j Mr. Kenueth Groves, the Y.M.G.A. secretary. who, in a witty and happy speech, wished Mr. Lake, whom he regarded aa one of the Y.M.C.A.'a most genial and sporting mem- bers, overv success. Others who spoke were Mr. Howell Lewis and Mr. Bert Goslin. Mr. Lake suitably returned thanks. Mr. Tom Jones, of 1309. IIamsbury-street, Canton, Ohio, and old Aberavonite, writes a lengthy letter regarding matters in that country. He hopes, with many others, that the war will noon end. Weish-Americans, and all America, he says, have been, doing their little bit. for the sufferers iu [Europe. When the Belgians suffered, thousands of miles across the gea, the story of their sad plight was- told, and Canton- iangg sent flour and money to feed the starving, ond clothes for the naked 6ufiferers. Mr. Jones adds that the Welsh | if Qanton, many of them formerly of Aiberavon, express their sympathy with the widows, children, and families who have lost their (lear ones whilst serving j their King and country, and they trust. that the Allies will, with the assistance of the Almighty, be guided to a great and glorious victory. Mr. Jones refers to an interview he had with one of the oldest Welshmen in Canton, and Stark County, Thomas Dennis, a native of Cwmavon, who sailed oome 20 years ago arCToes the Atlantic, and has adopted America as his country. Dennis is 71 yeara of age, and has fallowed the tinpate trade upwards of 60 years. When in the old country he was a shearman at Ffrwdwyllt Tinplate Works, Port Talbot. Mr. Jones took him the Herald of Wales," the contents of which I' interested him immensely. Dennis, Mr. Jones discovered, was a friend of the late Sergt. John Webb, and like him was one of the sergeants of the old 9th G.V, of Cwmavon, <j £ which corps he holds a certi- ficate and a silver medal for long service. He (Dennis) was present at the first drill I at Cwmavon in connection with the 9th G. V.. held in November, 1859, and he -claims to be the oldest volunteer in that corps. .Th,B founders of the detachment were Captain W. Struvee, general manager of Cwmavon Works, Lieut. David Lewis, Baiimill, Lieut. David Thomas. colliery spent, Sergt. E. Moses, Major Jones, Aber- avon, Major Cholt6. Pett, also Drum-Major Thomas Newman, of Copper House Inn. Dennis, continues Mr. Jones, notwithstand- ing his ripe age, is enjoying good health. and he only wishes he was young enough to shoulder the rifle for the old country. Dennis is employed at. the Cambrian Tin and Sheet Mill as foreman of the assorting department. Mr. Jones concludes his very interesting letter by quoting a. cutting from a, paDe, giving the exciting experi- ences of Bessie Richards, a native of Penrhiwceiber, who wee a passenger on the Cunarder Orduna, which was fired upon by a German submarine, and the part she played in aesistlflg older passen- gers to put on lifebelts and prepare them- selves, in the event of their steamer being struck. Happily the submarine eventually disappeared, but so alarmed was one of I the female passengers that she died of I heart failure.

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