A SAVING IN RURAL GAS BILL. I Mr. James Jones presided over the meet- ing of the Swansea Rural District Council on Tuesday. Arising out of the report of the Finance c ointtee, Mr. Trevor Williams wrote stating that with reference to the reduc- tion of the public lighting in the area of the Council in accordance with the De- fence of the Realm Act, the water collec- tors reported that 29 more lights had been extinguished than had been ollowed for by the Gas Co. The reduction of lighting for the quarter ending June 30th had meant a saving of £8 Its. td. It was decided that the attention of the Gas Co. be called to the discrepancies.
At Cardiff the teachers at present engaged on the work in connection with the National Register are to re- main on duty for a further three days- -next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
SILVER WEDDING AT, SWANSEA. Twenty-five years ago last Friday, Mr. David Sdine, solicitor, of 18, Up- lands-crescent, and Fi sher-street. Swan- sea, was married at Newport, Mon.. to Miss R4ty Jacobs, daughter of the late Mr. A J. Jacobs. Mr. Seline, who is a Swansea boy, w.jfc articled to Mr. Moy Evans, and admitted to practice in 1889.' Since that time he has been secretary of the Swansea and Neath Incorporated Law Society, a posi- tion lie has held for 20 years, excepting one. when he was elected president. In J897 he organised the Provincial meeting of the solicitors of tho United Kingdom, which was held at Swansea. He was pre- sident of the Swansea Hebrew Congrega- tion at the time when the late Chief Rabbi, Dr. Adler, visited Swansea for the purpose of celebrating the jubileo of tho Jewish Synagogue. Mr. and Mrs. Seliue's family consists of three boys and one girl. Their eldest son, Mr. N. J. Seline, has just received his commission in the 1st Monmouths. The second boy, Mervyn. is in the Army Ser- vice Corps, mechanical transport depart- ment, and has been out to the front. The third son, Joseph, is engaged in a bank. and like his lather, is a member of the V.T.C. The daughter is Miss Nita Seline. Mr. and Mrs. Seline have received numer- ous congratulations on the anniversary of their wedding and several family pre- sents.
RAILWAYS' REDUCED INCOME. As a consequence of the war complete statistical return? of the railways of the United Kingdom for 1914 will not be pub- lished. A skeleton return issued on Monday night by the Board of Trade shows that with 252 additional miles of track onea for traffic, the engine miles run in 1914 were fewer by 7,085.000 than in 1913. The net income was £ 50.925,000, as compared with £ 52,131,000 in 1913, a net decrease of £ 1,206,000. It will be recalled that the arrange- ment made by tho Government with th« railway companies is that the Treasury will make up the difference between t'ns receipts and the receipts of a correspond* ing normal period.
PIT CAGE ACCIDENT. Ten men were in j ured in a pit-ca" accident on Friday at Waleswood, Y OTk18. They were descending Waleswood Pit to start work on an afternoon shift, when something went wrong with the winding arrangements. Four colliers who wera more or less seriously injured were quickly rescued and taken to hospital; six others who were slightly hurt received attention on the spot and were taken to their homes.
Glasgow Munitions' Tribunal on Monday told a local firm that its system of suspend-, ing apprentice.s for misconduct was "carried^ a bit too far in theee trying times,"
A?USS?G LETTERS. ? Al\iUSING ￼ ¡ COMPLIMENTS TO MEMBERS WITH I MY WELFARE AT HEART. j A remarkable letter written to Mr. Edward Harries, the Clerk to the Swan- sea District Council, by Mr. Richard OIK: or the mem- bt,r,s caused some discussion at the meet- ing of the Council on Tuesday. Mr. Hughes, oil the 20th July last, it was stated, had signed the regieter of l-iie Council a& being present at the meeting of the Sanitary Committee on that day, w h<u-oa?. he did not arrive until some considerable rime after the meeting had finished. Several members- had drawn attention to this. and the Council had resolved that Mr. Huglier/ name lie expunged from the list of those present at the meeting, and that -Air. Hughes be wiittea to tc this effect. The Clerk's letter, written on July 20th, re..1d Dear Sir.The Council at their meet- ing to-day were very surprised to find that you had signed your name as being present at the Sanitary and Housing and Tawn Planning Committee this morning Members stated that they took particular notice of the time you entered the Board ILcfBL, viz., 11.35 a.m., which would be when the general meet- ing was in progress. Your colleagues were greatly annoyed that you should nave endeavoured to make it appear that you were in attendance at a meet- ing when you actually were not. and Mi us place them in a false position in the eyes of the public. In the interests of the Council and the public generally, they decided that your name be ex- punged from the list or those persent a^ to-day's meeting. The Reply. On the 22nd July Mr. Hughes replied, I must say that I consider the action taken by the Council most childish and uncalled" for, and whoever is responsible for this must be a very simple-minded individual, and no other person could ever think of doing such a thing. If I have, as you say, signed for a lllectin which I was not present at, I have done so in pure innocence and not as you statell in your letter. Assuming that I have done so, am I the only individual guilty of sucli action? As you are no doubt aware. it has always been customary in the past to sign for all meetings on our arrival, and I had no idea less than that rule was in fores at the present tii-ne. If any resolution had been passed contrary to the above, it must have been done in my absence, as I knew absolutely nothing ahout it. In the event of any change of this nature occurring in the absence of any member. ? think it i3 your duty, as Clerk, to notify such member of tin* change, and not write hi-' ¡,lct::er of the natnre described. I consider it highly insulting. Kindly convey my compli- ments to the member, who has my futuro welfare at heart." The Clerk reported that he had replied stating that the matter ad been raised by several meuibeis other than the repre- sentative for Clase Rural, Mr. Hughes* colleague on the council. Mr. Thomas Jones "aid that Mr. Hughes, in his very remarkable letter, ha i made charges against the Council as n whole. He moved that Mr. Hughes 11<1 given an opportunity at the next meeting to personally explain his letter. This was carried, and the action of the clerk was confirmed,, several other members taking strong exception to Mr. Hughes' attittide.
SHIP CHANDLER'S FOLLY. I A South Wales correspondent writes of a cierious leakage of gold out of the country," I am connected with a firm of ship agents and may tell you that similar nils have agreed not to give gold to Biitish or foreign shipmasters," he writes, as we recognite the desir- ability of keeping gold in this country. Our efforts, however, are very largely stop;>ed becan-e we find that the foreign shipmaster can go to his ship chandler (a dealer in everything for whips and their provisioning), where his notes will bo changed into gold, and, to my own knowledge, many of these foreign ship- masters sail with considerable sums of money in gold each voyage. I think tlv Government should give strict instructions to bankers not to give gold to any customers, as it is distress- ing for patriotic ship agents to find ship chandlers, in their anxiety to curry favour with their customers, appealing to have no difficulty in getting as much gold as they dee ire from local bankers."
HARD LINES ON HARRIET! Harriett Barrett, of the Strand, wasil charged at Swansea on Tuesday with riotous conduct and assaulting a police ofifcer. P.C. (HR) Westwood said the was using vile language. • He requested her to go, but she would not, and she struck him on the face with a jug. HaTriet indignantly slated that the ofifcer had been watching her for a week, since she had come out." I was only going for a pennyworth of beer, and he stopped me," the continued. Pity any one can't get a drop of beer. He broke mv body, and I've broken my heart over this, and I was up the Uniou yesterday trying to get a ticket." Chief Inspector Hill said Harriet had been arrested 50 time6 previously. The Bench sent her to prison for two months in the first case, and one month in the second case, the oentences to pan concurrently. I
FOR FARMERS' RED CROSS FUND. I As a footnote to his, appeal for funds. the secretary of the British Farmers' Red Cross Fund says:—"I regret to inform you that no subscriptions have been re- ceived from the district in which your paper circulates." This reproach will soon be removed, for Messrs. Wtu. and Walter James, auctioneers, of Swansea, Llandilo, Llandovery and Llangadock, have generously arranged for a jumble sale to be held at the Llandilo Town Mart at an early date, in aid the fund, and of the National Fund for Welsh Troops. Miss B. Jatue6. of Frondeg, Llangadock, is acting as secretary, and it is to be hoped that in view (J'Í the deserving ob- jects towards which the fund will be de- voted, every support will be given the event. I'lle auctioneers have already held a imilar. sal at Gower, solely for the Welsh Comforts Fujid.
Mr. Tom Jordan (83), a Crimea and Mutiny -wet.emu with five meddle, hsw died at Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire. In a house in Virginia-road, BethnaJ Green. K. on Monday, a woman named Alkevitch, aged 62. was burned to death. The men of the Swansea Battalion have welcomed the news of their removal. They like I;Jiy!, but they want a change (
SWANSEA FHSfrAL TEACHERS. COUNCIL'S RESENTMENT TO OVERTIME. At Tuesday's meeting of the Swansea Rural District Council. Mr. James Jones presiding, the Clerk (Mr. Edward Harris) rendered a detailed report of the work of registration in the district. Over 30 teachers had attended each day to give their services, and on some days as many as ("iU people had attended. As a result the work was being carried on in a very expeditious manner, in fact they were that day in the position of having completed the male forms, and were eomroencing work on the female forms. The number of male forms dealt with was over 13,060, and of these S.000 had been entered into the pink forms. The work had been made the more arduous on account of the fact that an unusually large number of people had been staying in the district during the registration week. That had meant that 300 councils had had to be written to, whilst another fact worthy of note was that many people from this district were away in other parts of the country. The Clerk proceeded to say that he had written to Mr. Mansel Franklen pointing out the invaluable help given by the school teachers in the district, and sug- gesting that the County Education Com- mittee should follow the move of Cardiff and Swansea hy prolonging the holidays in order that the work could he com- pleted without delay. Mr. Franklen, in reply, had pointed out that as there was no meeting of the Education Committee before the schools re-stasted, the sugges- tion of the District Council could not he carried out. The teachers however, he said, were only employed for 25 hours a week, and he suggested that they should be employed in their spare time. Mr Edward Harries said that in further letter he had explained to Mr. Franklen that the district was far too scattered for the District. Council to avail them- selves of the services of the teachers. Some of them came from Pontardulais, Gowerton. Glais, Garnswllt, and other places, and ii; was impossible to ask them to pay their expenses to Swansea in the evenings. Mr. T. J. Richards said the letter of Mr. Mansel Franklen was a very ill- savoured- sort of letter to send to tIle council. The suggestion that teachers should come in and help in their spare time showed how much that official understood the position. Mr. Matthew Griffiths said he did not like the reference to the fact that the teachers worked only 25 hours a week. Mr. T. Howel Jones aid that the matter was a very important one. The statement that the Education Committee could not meet in August was a prepos- terous one under the circumstances. In Swansea they had found it necessary, in view of the present position of affairs, to call meetings. It was decided to approve the action of the clerk, and a resolution was passed extending the heary thank;, of the Coun- cil to the teachers and others who had assisted with the registration work.
SWANSEA SOLDIER'S ILLNESS. Mrs. Rosser, of 62. Brunswick street, Swansea, has re- eived a letter from her son, Lance- Corpl. H. D. Ros- ier, saying he is laid up in hospital with the fever. He belongs to the R.A.M.C., and was attached to the 1 '4th Cheshire Regiment. Lance- Corpl. Rosser has only been out in the Dardanells about three weeks.
FOUR HIT WITH SAME BULLET. The news of six casualties among- men of the B. Company of the 4th Welsh Regiment was received at Ammanford on Tuesday. Sergt. R. H. Bevan had written to his home in Mill Stores, Pantyff^mon, stating that he has been hit in the leg with shrapnel, and is now in hospital at Malta. Pte. P. C. Thomas, son of Mrs. PenjJJe- bury and of the late Mr, C. Thomas, painter, of Tirydail, has sent home to say that he was wounded on the second day that he was in action, being shot in the leg. TIe also states that folfr of them were hit with the same bullet, and he regrets to say that one of then;—Pte. Jack Scott, bootmaker, Llandilo, got killed as the stretcher-bearers were carrying him away. Pte. Bailey. Harold-street. Tivydail, wa; also hit, and has since died from its effects. Pte. Maurice Jones, Harold-street, was also killed, while Sergt. Reggie Amos had been wounded.
MORRISTON SOLDIER'S WOUNDS. Private David E. Williams, whose re- latives live at H. Lan-street, Morris- ton, enlisted in the 8th Battalion Welsh Regiment "2 months ago. lie was woun- ded in action in the Dardanelles, sus- taining injuries to his arm and leg. He is at present in hos- pital at Malta, where he is making a good recovery.
BABY ASKS FOR BEER. I have in the Isolation Hospital at the present time a child only one year and ten months old, who frequently asks the nurso for beer to drink, thus showing the conditions with which this child is sur- rounded," says the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham (Dr. W. Benton) in his annual report. He says: It would be interesting to know the number of deaths of infants caused indirectly by a common and dis- tressing sight only too frequently to be seen in this borough—viz., that of chil- dren in charge of their mothers outside public-houses at all hours of the day, being exposed to varying conditions of weather, thus causing bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. The prosecu- tion under the Children's Act in a few cases would be a protection to these children."
SMALL BOY'S BIG. OFFENCE. He is a small boy, but it's a big offence," remarked Mr. Rupert Lewis at the Swansea Juvenile Court on Tuesday, when a lad of 8 was charged with maliciously breaking a carriage window on the G.W.R. at Danygraig by throwing a stone, doing damage to the amount of 7s. 6d. Mr. Lewis, who appeared for the com- pany, said a motor train was passing and the boy threw- a stone which broke a window, as a result of which the pas- sengers were showered with broken glass, and one gentleman received several cuts. The Bench advised the mother to keep a closer eye on the boy, and they inflicted a fine of 5s.
I NEW PRUDENTIAL OFFICES AT SWANSEA. I MAGNIFICENT PALATIAL PREMISES OPENED BY THE MAYOR. (Photo by Chapman). I With a business in Swansea that has advanced consistently with the town's development until the turnover is now £ 50,000 per annum, it was to be ox poet ed that the Prudential Assurance Company ere loiig need new Swansea offices. As a matter of fact, a scheme to that end has been under consideration for years, and on Tuesday it reached its realisation in the opening by the Mayor (Alderman Dan Jones, J .P .), of magnificent pre- mises in Cattle-street, at a cost, includ- ing £ 7,800 for the freehold site, of £ 25,000. The four-floor building at the junction of Castle-street and Welcome-lane com- pletes the improvement scheme that has so dignified the appearance of Castle- street. Incidentally it vreis the most difficult sitt. and is the onlv one of the series of which the freehold has been acquired by the occupiers. It is, of course, in accordance with the design ruling in regard to the remainder of the new block. With a frontage of 96 feet. and situ- Ated in one of the best positions in the town, the building is fire resisting, and comprises a large basement, ground floor and three floors above, and is of a pure classic design. The facade is of Cornish granite to the first floor level, the build- ing being completed above in Portland stone. The fine circular entrance at the angle is continued above, and the intro- duction of -i cant bay within the eolonade is a pleasing addition to its architecture. The structure is sur- mounted by a pediment at the roof level, with a result that the whole building piesents a sound and hol"- appearance. The internal planning is a striking success. The rooms are well planned, well lit, and conveniently arranged, and the provision of central heating and an automatic lift adds materially to their value. There are QIJl the average eight; rooms to each floor on the upper floor. Theee are intended for professional or?ioe?, and a number have already beenj let. There is a commodious shop let int ,ti,e-strect, the remainder of the; ?giound floor being occupied by the com-i pany. The company's offices have been liaud-I someiy arranged. The walls are lined with marble, beautifully executed in I rouge royal and Devon bands, and the ceilings are handsomely decorated in j fibrous plaster. The very fine screcns, counters and general ioinerv are in polished J.eak. Tho accommodation coni- orises a large general office and two private rooms and telephone room, the rooms being panelled out in walnut and completed with excellent hardware fittings. The staircase to the upper I lfoors forms a pleasing feature of the building, and is ek)lal)!,teKI in wall tiling and wrought iron scroll. The work of erecting and decorating the premises was admirably carried out by the following firms:— The walls were lined with marble beautifully executed in Rouge Royal and Devon Bands hv Messrs. Bellman, Ivey and Carter; the ceilings were handsomely decorated in fibrous plaster, carried out by the Stuccolin Plaster Company, of London the rooms were panelled out in lwnln,,it and completed with excellent hardware fittings, supplied by Messrs. Leggotts, of Bradford: the staircase to the upper floors forms a pleasing feature of the building, and is completed in wall tiling and wrought iron scroll halustra- ding by Messrs. Pridmore, of Coventry. The genera l contractors were Messrs. Hillings and Sons (Swansea). Mr. Walter Williams proved an excellent clerk of works, acting under Mr. J. H. Pitt, M.S.A., F.S.I., the company's district office Surveyor, who planned and super- vised the whole of the work. Th-e follow- ing special trad es in addition to the names of those already mentioned, carried out their respective works in a fust-class manner:— Electricians: Messrs. Thomas and I Evans, Swansea. Electric lift: Messrs. Waygood-Otis, Ltd. Constructional steel: The South Wales Structural Engineering Company, Swan- sea. Heating: Messrs. J. Legs and Sons, Swansea Wall tiling and marblo floors: Mr. Alfred Whitehead, of Leeds. Stone stairs: The Impervious Stone Company, London. Stone and granite: The United Stone Firms and Messis. John Barnes, Ltd. I Embossed glass: The Sand Blast Decorative Glass Company, London. Stailboards and metal lettering: The Luxfer Prism Company and The Bril- liant Sign Company, London. Stone carving: Messrs. Gilbert Seale and Son, London. The growth of Prudential business in Swansea has been constant since the establishment of the comnany in 1848. For almost 30 years it has been under the direction of Mr. J. W. Jones, who, having been with the company 42 years next week, is the oldest of the company's superintendents in Wales. He has now nearly leached the age for retirment, and came to Swansea from Neath. He is a native of Llanon, CannartlwMhire., Mayor's Tribute to Company's Enterprise. Owing to the war, the Prudential As- surance Company decided that the open- ing should be of a very quiet character. With the Mayor of Swansea (who came a noon for the formal opening), there were the ex-Mayor (Aid. T. T. Corker), Ald. T. Merrells, Ald. D. Davies, Councillor D. J. Bassett, Mr. J. D. Williams (editor of the Cambria Daily Leader"), Messrs. H. and J. E. Billings, W. R. Jones (of the Structural Steel Co.), and W. Williams (clerk of works), while Mr. W. J. Hunt, (inspector for Wa.?'6 and Ireland), Mr. J-j W. Jo?f? (local superintendent), and Mr. J. H. Pitt, M.&A. ^.architect), were also present r Having opened the door of the hand- some general office, the Mayor congratu- lated the company on the really good use it had made of the exdlent hargain- (laughter)—made with the Corporation in the matter of the site, and hoped it would be successful in its !1eW quarters. He hoped ihat the go-ahead ness which the company had shown in the utilisation or this last plot of ground would result in still further progress in the business of what was, he supposed, lone of the largest concerns in the world. It had come to be looked upon as, in a sense, part of our national life, and they were glad it had so strongly supported the Government in these critical times by subscribing no lees than £ 50,000,000 to the war loan. In conclusion, he would pay a very sincere compliment to the superintendent of the district, their old friend, Mr. J. W. Jores—(applause)—who hal .become a landmark in the town, and congratulate him and his staff upon the excellent work they had done, and the high esteem in which they were held. He hoped he ivt,uld, wlieii he retired, be able to give of his ripe experience to the work of the Town Council, toward which he knew he had leanings. (Aplause). Mr. W. J. Hunt announced that Mr. (Thompson, manager of the Company, was vary sorry he was unable to attend. In a letter which he had written to Mr. J. W. Jones lie said that under normal circumstances, there wou-ld have been a more or less public ceremony, but it was felt that any such celebration would be out of harmony with public sentiment at the present time. He hoped the Mayor would bo satisfied that the build- ing formed a fitting completion to the improvement scheme, and as a mark of their interest in the welfare of the Borough, and in recognition of the kind. ness of the Mayor, they were sending a cheque for 50 guineas as a donation to the Hospital. (Applause). Mr. Hunt went on to say that the im- provement in the street was very marked, and the whole block was one of the hand- somest in the many towns he had visited. He did not know of an old town of its size which had improved as had Swansea. The patriotic sentiment of the Welsh people was intense, and although he knew Cardiff well, he never regarded it as quite as Wish as Swan- sea, which he regarded as the Metropolis of Welsh Wales. Swansea had helped in the prosperity of the Prudential Co., which had over 20 millions of policies in force in the United Kingdom. Perhaps, owing to the assiduity of Mr. Jones, they had rather more than their share of as- surance business in Swansea. He thought lie could say that out of every three pers.on; in Swansea streets, more than one was ass Tired in the Pru- dential. Their funds were considerably over 90 millions, their annual income 16 millions, and they had paid 118 millions on claims, which were met at the rate of something over £ 1,000 per day. In regard to the war tli,, *v were doing more. To more than 2,000 of their staff who had enlisted they were making up EaJaries. their five millions in the war loan was the largest subscription, he belie. ?d, by any firm, and certainly by any Insurance Co., and in regard to men enlisted they were making a sacrifice in not increasing the premiums or reducing the sum assured, as they were entitled to clo. They had paid something like £ 100,000 to relatives of deceased soldiers, and the profits of the new war policy would be invested in the war loan. He thought hie could say the company would not stick at the five mil- lions if the nation desired it. The company had been about 40 years in Swansea, and for the fact that they had far outgrown the accommodation of the Wind-street office they were largely indebted to their dear old friend, Mr. J. W. Jones, who next week started his 42nd year with the company, and had been the company's principal representa- tive in Swansea for 30 years. During that time he (Mr. Hunt) had never been asked to call at Swansea, and question any action of Mr. Jones's, or his staff. That spoke very highly of the splendid manner in which he had served the company. He was sorry that his term of office expired this year. Mr. J. W. Jones handed the Mayor a cheque for £ 52 10s. for the Hospital, and said he believed Alderman Jones was one of the finest mayors they had had. Swan- sea was a great and progressive town; his company was a great and progressive one, and lie was delighted at this develop- ment. They intended to work out their own salvation there—for the credit of Swansea, the credit of the Prudential, and the credit of the work in which they were engaged. (Applause). Mr. J. H. Pitt, M.S.A., also spoke, and handed the Mayor, as a memento from Messrs. Billings and himself, a gold key mounted with the borough arms and the Prudential emblem, and bearing a suit- able inscription. Mr. Pitt, in the course of a most interesting speech, compli- mented the builders—who had served them very well, and the Clerk of Works, upon their fine work. He also referred appreciatively to Mr. Albert Jenkins, ex- estate agent at Swansea (and now ci Liverpool) and the present Borough Sur- veyor, who had both helped him and the company during the crection of the building. He felt sure that he would be joined by the General Manager when he said that they felt very proud that they were now merged from the position of taxpayers into the great estate of free- holders in the ancient alui go-ahead town of Swansea. ( Applaiuse). Returning thanks, the Mayor said the cheque for the Hospital was a very happy thought, and he should suggest that in recognition Mr. J. W. Jones be made a vice-president of the Hospital. Subsequently the company were enter- tained to an excellent private lunch at the Cameron HoteL
i ARABIC'S ASSAILANT. I GERMAN U 30AT THAT HAS NOT RETURNED. Washington, Monday.—A move on Germany's part regarding submarine warfare is likely to be made almost at once, as it is understood j lid Germany, having failed to obtain a report from the commaiiuei oi the submarine which, sank tjtp Arabic, or io get 111 touch with that vessel, ha-, practically coroe to the decision that thp Arabic's assailant has been sunk. Tn this case Germany will r.ot wait much longer before carrying out the course sTIggelSted hy Count von ISernstorff Holidays Foregone. Washington, Monday.—President Wil- eo i has decided to lorego bis YHeation lGltil tho situation with Germany has been definitely settled.—Reuter. I Two Possibilities. Discussing the various reports on the torpedoing of the Arabic, George Bern- hard, writing in the Vossisctie Zeitung" t-a, ,s 1 do not think the moment opportune to discuss the fundamental question whether the commander of the U boat wa.s justified. However, the question was on2 of the torpedoing of an English vessel which was navigating in the war zone. After all that one has learnt, the case does not appear to be so harmless. There are only two possibilities: Either the Arabic, by her behaviour, aroused the suspicion ot the commander who, as a good soldier, did net wait for the approach of dager; or. the Arabic has not been hit by a Gorman torpedo at all. The latter probability is not in any way im- possible. The Arabic may have struck a mine, or have been intentionally des- troyed by the British. I do not say so, but' I believe it is possible. In any ease, the Arabic affair gives no cause for ex- citement. It ■will be necessary now to clear up the affair. It is gratifying that this desire is apparently as strong in Vlashington as with UB." Theodor Wo iff. who apparently fears that the Arabic affair will be used as a new factor for influencing the Balkan Governments by the diplomacy of the Entente Powers, says in the Berliner Tagoblatt ":— One would think the Balkan question and the sinking of the Arabic are in no way connected with each other, but one finds in the political arena that every possibility which seems to offer itself to the adversary in -some corner or other of the world, will also be utilised by him in other parts of the world to further his aims." The writer gratefully notes the desire of the responsible directors of German policy to come to an understanding with America, in order to avoid a serious con- flict which does not fall within the lines of Germany's war plans, and which is not desired by straightforward men here or in America. i -i»- ■ 111
SKEWEN 6th WELSH MAN. Mr. and Mrs. William Field, of Graham's terrace, Mooretown, Skewen have received news that their son, Pte. Thos. Field, of the Cth Welsh, has been severely weunded at the front. According' to a private letter sent hy a friend, 'Ie is making as good progress as can be expected, in spite of the ser i ous nature of his wounds.
SWANSEA JOURNALISTS ON SERVICE. The Institute Journal," the organ of the British Institute of Journalists, pub- lishes a list of newspaper men serving with the colours. Under the heading, Swansea," the following names appear: Beynon, W. G., "South Wales Daily Post," Quarter-Master-General's Depart- ment, War Onice. Bland, G. H., i-eporter, South Whales Daity News," sergeant, 6th Welsh (T.). f Davies. John C., Ystalyfera. Grierson, F. D., "Cambria Daily Leader," captain, 6th Welsh (T.). Jones, C. B. Morgan, Trevor Oscar, "Cambria Daily Leader," lance-corporal, 6tli Welsh (T.). Powell, D. H. T., "Cambria Daily Leader," Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Price, H. G., "Cambria Daily Leader," Devon L.I. Shuttlewood, Percy. "Cambria Daily Leader," second-lieutenant, 6th Welsh I (TO-
WOUNDED )N THE DARDANELLES. I Lieutenant W. F. Dudley, oiLh Welsh, who, was recently reported wounded in the Da rdanelles, was with his com- pany at Swansea during the time the battalion was sta- tioned in the town. He was a particu- larly popular officer, and was very much respected by his men His numerous friends in Swansea all join in wishing Lieut. w. F. Dudley a speedy recovery. [Photo by Chapman.)
DURATION OF WAR. Prominent F renchmen's Conflict of I Evidence. Paris, Monday.—The periodical, Je sais tout," publishes the opinions of a number of prominent Frenchmen and others in reply to its question as to the probable duration of the war:- M. Emile Bontroux, of the French Aca- demy, says: It is wise to predict that the war will last a long time. General Bonnal: I no longer believe in a very protracted struggle. M. Stephen i'iehon, senator: The duration of the war depends on our perseverance. M. Alfred Capus, of the French Academy: I think that the fighting may end before the war: Germany will droop like a flower. M. Gabriel Hanotaux, of the French Aca- demy The war will last a long time, a I very long time, perhaps. M. Adolphe Carnot: The war may not last much longer. M. Whitney-Warren, of the Institute of France: The war will last throughout another one or two winters. M. Paul Adam Let us set aside three years more to crush Germany. Rear-Admiral Degouy: Two years for de- stroying the German colossus would not be too much. M. Henry Simond, managing editor of the Echo do Par is": J. believe in a fairly early termination. M. Jean Finot, editor of the Revue We shall need two or three years to lay the enemy low. Senor Blanco Ihanez, the Spanish a.uthor: It will take at least until 1917.
The cargo of the Arabic, which was tor- pedoed by the Germans without warning and sunk off the Irish coast, included a large consignment of copies of Kant's "Perpetual Peace," which was recently published by Messrs. George Allen and Unwin.
￼ j CARS' OF THE crr" 1r) 4 114 ??v I. ¡, ''l. ￼ ?.- -r ￼ u. '7 II SWANSEA SURVEYOR AGAINST I REDUCTION IN CHANGES. A meeting of the Swansea Highways Committee held on Tuesday, Aldei- man T. Merrells presiding.. The Surveyor (Mr. J. K. Heath) re- jpoitod upon the recommendations he had made to the Parliamentary and General Purposes Committee in reply to their letter on the subject 0: economy. The reductions in the staff which he sug- ge-sted could only bo made on. tho understanding that certain works would he shut down. lie also wished it to In understood thaL in normal times his de- rartment was not over-staffed, but rather under-staffed. The report was adopted, The Surveyor also read a letter he had received from the borough treasurer, asking what amendments he could sug- glost in the annual estimate with a view to curtailing expenditure. The surveyor reminded the committee that the Local Government Board did not in their letter! that anv reduction coiild made in the maintenance of roads, and this was a matter in which he could not recommend any reduction, as the work j was absolutely necessary. He thought a real reduction could be mado in public. lighting. Owing to the Defence of the Healm Act they had already effected a reduction, but on the other hand there was an increase in the cost of gas. The Chairman suggested that the Sur- veyor should consult the Chief Constable to ascertain whether a further reduction was possible. The Surveyor reported the death of Mr. J. We6t, timekeeper in his department, and suggested that Mr. West's son, Mr. W. West, be appointed as his successor, at a salary of 31s. a week, rising by an- nual increments of 2s. to 35s. It was resolved that Mr. W. Wst be appointed, his wages to commence at 33s. a week. The Vicar of Swansea (the Rev. the Hon. Talbot Rice) wrote suggesting that the Corporation should pave the footpath ad- joining St. Jude's Church in Terrace-road, and offering to pa¡¡ half the cost. The surveyor was instructed to reply to the Vicar stating that the committee de- cided that the work should be deferred for the preeent. A suggestion of the surveyor that the houses in Cwm-road should be re-num- bered was adopted.
LIBERAL M.P. UPON THE ECONOMY II OF WAR. Sir Leo Chiozza Money, M.P., writes to the Times" upon the question of National Service. The fate of the nation at this moment, he says, is turning upon this question: Can we spare more men for the fighting forces? The economy of war has been so little studied that it is the plain duty of ¡ any man who has seriously considered the subject to endeavour to contribute to the common stock. It will not do to sup- pose that all wisdom rests with the Government. For example, on a peculiaxly cognate subject, the Government last August entertained the mistaken idea that the war would produce an enormous amount of distress and unemployment. Some members of the Government now entertain the equally fallacious idea that we cannot spare many more men to be- come soldiers without upsetting our war economy. It is possible, Sir Leo claims, for an in- telligent student of affairs to arrive at an opinion quite as worthy of sober con- sideration as any that can be entertained by his Majesty's Government. Knowledge of the Census and knowledge of our in- dustries is not confined to Cabinet Minis- ters, and, indeed, is to be found more largely outside than inside the Govern- ment, for British Governments have al- ways upon principle refused to interfere in industry or to become intimately ac- quainted with it. The Minister of State for War is a great soldier whose business it certainly has not been to study British industry, and the best of his working years have been spent out of these islands. Lord Kitchener, therefore, must be in th- hands of the civilian members of the Cabinet in this all-important matter, and I assert that those members a re not bet- ter able than many men outside the Cabinet to decide how many men can be furnished, and from what industries they ought to be drawn. Indeed, early in the war mistakes on this head were pointed out which have since been acknowledged by the Government itself. Surely in these circumstances it becomes a member of Parliament, as a plain duty to his con- stituents, not to acquiesce in any course of action or inaction that commends itself to the Cabinet, but to study these things for himself, and to express his opinion upon them, not lightly, but after due and serious consideration. When Parliament meets T think it will be found difScult for the Government to deny that, upon the most conservative estimate, at least 1,000,000 more men of military age can be spared from our least essential industries, and the only ques- tion will then remain: Can these men he recruited quickly enough for useful ser- vice by our present methods?
SWANSEA TAR'S STORY. (Passed by Censor.) In a letter to Mr. (t, Phillips, 35, Jersey- terrace, Port Tennant, Swansea, A.B., W. H. Newoombe of th' Howe Battalion, Koyal Ifav.al Division, who formerly lived at St. Thomas, teUG of fome exciting experiences in the Dardanelles. He writes from a con- valescent camp,, Malta, time:— I have fully recovered from my wounds, and am expecting to leave for the Darda- nelles again. Since landing here on April 25th I Iwve seen some terrible eights. The landinc was a very hard task. The barbed wire obstacle in the water was a very bad start for HS. As we were rowing ashore they were shooting our men down with their machine guns and rifles. as fast as they could. When we managed to cut the wire our boys jumped in the water waist deep and made a dash up the bill. Once they landed you should have seen the Turks running for all they were worth. It was a fine sight to see the shells from the Queeu Elizabeth pitching in amongst them. They must have killed hundreds of the enemy in a very short time. The battleships are doing some fine work out here, smashing the forts and batteries, and they have also set the town of Krithia on fire. The bombardment of the trenches must be a great worry to the Turks. It must be killing them in thou- sands. We had a very exciting time in the )Egean 8ea not long ago. A transport was attacked about six o'clock one morning by a Turkish torpedo boat, w hich fired three shots at her, just missing every time. When we were coming behind we had a wireless message ordering 118 to save the survivors who had jumped aboard. We picked up 126 of them, but eight died of exhaustion. We sent out a wireless to the ships, and the Turks' boat was run ashore and destroyed."
LATE CAPT. STRICK LEAVES HIS I PROPERTY TO HIS WIFE. Captain Edward Talfourd Strick. 6th Batt. Welsh Regiment, of ITio Cottage, Westcross, Swansea, solicitor, who died on active service on June 19th last, aged 32 years, has left property of the value of I £ 2,067 Os. 10d., with net personalty £ 1,054 18s. lid. By his will Captain Strick left the whole of his property to his wife, Mrs. Violet Caroline Strick.
A nine-pounder bass was landed at the l Mumbles Pier a few days ago.
I USE OF ASHBiNS. 00 j PUBLIC ASKED TO HELP IN KEEP. ING STREETS CLEAN. The Swansea Health Committee met on Tuesday. Mt. Wt. Owen presiding. The Chief Sanitary Inspector's report mentioned that t-h.crs was no overcrowding in the common lodging houses; in fact, a large number of vacant beds bad been found in most of the houses-87 in all.. All application from an Italian named Manzono for a lodging house at i. Strand (the old Tiger public-house) was deferred till next meeting, and in the meantinis the medical officer is to present a report on lodging houses. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that two whole carcases at the Swansea slaughter-house had been condemned, aa well as a quantity or meat at the market, including 217 rabbits. The Chairman: Do we procee d agaiaaA those people when meat is condm-nq; The Clerk replied they had from tima to time, but not recently. The Chairman remarked that seizure of meat; was not much punishment. What was not liked was public exposure. Ha thought they ought, to take proceedings against su/ctt persons. It was agreed that this oaurse would be advisable in future. Mr. John Lewis proposed acceptaeee *i a tender of ..£60 9s. 8d. for renovation of a defective drain in Woodland-terrace. A subsequent resolution referred the matter to the Water and Wewcrs Committee. The Medical Officer of Health presented his report, a summary of which has already appeared in the Cambria Daily Leader." Home discussion took place on the matter of the disposal of refuse.,Mr. Bassett com- plained of the ill-treatment which the dust-bins received froni the dustman, and the chairman agreed there was a good deal in it. It was concluded that having regard to the Government's advice to economise, this was not the time to compel the use of ashbins. The chairman, however, thought some good might be done if advertisements were put ill the newspapers asking the public to burn as much all possible of their refuafc The question of compulsory ashbins was, therefore, deferred, on the motion of Mr. T. J. Davies, seconded by Mr. Bassett. Mr. John Lewis complained that the Strand and its courts were much neglected in the matter of refuse collection. The medical officer of health was em- powered to instruct the Chief Constable to take proceedings against any who throw refuse into the streets: it was also de- cided to publish in the newspapers a warning and an invitation to the public, to throwing Tefuse into the streets or neighbours' back gardens, or anywhere except into ash buckets provided for the purpose. Mr. J. R. Heath, borough surveyor, re- ported that, under existing conditions, there could be no reduction of estimates in scavenging and street cleansing work. He, however, pointed out that they wejre collecting loads and loads of garden refuse and trade refuse which might be burned. In some towns the collection of trade Tefase was charged for. If a general understanding could be come to on these points, he believed great economies could be effected. After some discussion, the borough sur- veyor was asked to report on this scheme at the next meeting.
MAGNESIA HELPS DYS- PEPTICS TO ECONOMISE PATENT FOODS AND MEDICINES NO LONGER NECESSARY. Many dyspeptics have now discontinued the use of expensive patent foods, harnil- ful drugs, medicines and artificial digest- ants, and instead, following the advice often given in these columns, they just take half-a-teaspoonful of pure bisurated magnesia in a little water after meals, with the result that they not only save money but enjoy much better health. Those who have once tried bisurated magnesia never dread the approach of meal times, because they know that this wonderful antacid and food corrective, which can so readily be obtained from any chemist, will instantly neutralise acidity and prevent all possibility of the food fermenting in the stomach. Try th is plan yourself, but mind you get. the pure BIS URATE!) magnesia as other forms are unsuitable.