EMPIRE DAY CONCERT. I SUCCESSFUL LOCAL EFFORT FOR WAR I FUNDS. I I The Cymric Male Voice Choir, con(incce(L U) Mr. 1. G. Save, A.L.C.M., gave a fine concert a. the Town Hall on Wednesday (Empire Day), m aid of the Mayor's fund for the Welsh Hospital at Netley, the'sick and wounded horsesand the sailors' fund. The concert was well attended and the audience keenly enjoyed the excellent efforts of this talented party of singers, both in individual and concerted numbers. It was a disappointment to those who have heard him sing that Mr. Gwynne Jones, who had been billed, was unable to be present. Mr. Frederick Mills, D.L., J.P., was to have presided, but was unable to do so. The Mayor, in opening, said they would all regret that Mr. Mills was unable to attend. He had written saying that he had to be in London, the principal object being to meet his son who was home on short leave from the front. Mr. Mills wished him to convey to the audience his regrets, and expressed a hope that the concert would be a success. He also enclosed a cheque for /2 towards the funds. (Applause). With regard to the objects for which that concert was arranged, the Welsh Hospital at Netley was maintained by voluntary subscriptions from Wales, and there were English, Scotch and Irish soldiers attended there by Welsh nurses. The whole of the expense was borne by Wales, and he therefore asked for their liberal support. At the outbreak of the war it was felt that someone should be responsible for attending the sick and wounded horses of the British Army rather than that it should be left to two or three societies. The R.S.P.C.A. stepped in and undertook this responsibility, and they appealed for support in this noble work. The sailors were, both night and day, guarding our island shores and risking their lives to protect us from the enemy, and he felt that they could do no less than to show their appreciation bv organising a fund to send some- thing to these brave fellows. He was glad to state that the Hag day which had also been organised for these objects had realised £S, and he trusted that as a result of that concert they would have a good round sum to send to each of these institutions. 8 The choir opened with the National Asnthems of Russia and France and The Men of Harlech," which were given very effectively. Their singing all through was distinguished by a fine balance and perfect harmony. They sang Protheroe's glee, In the sweet," with remarkable purity and' sweetness of tone, which evoked an en- thusiastic encore. The rendering of Golden Harp (in Welsh) and The Soldiers' Chorus were given with spirit. Great amusement was caused bv their rendering of the humorous glee, The Village Pump," a musical setting of a burlesque parish meeting discussion as to whether they should emulate their enterprising neighbours and have a pump. It was exceed- ingly well done, and the audience demanded a repetition. The glee Italian Salad (a musical jest) was also a highly diverting number, and in this hotch-potch of musical expressions the choir succeeded in not only amusing the audience but in giving demonstration of their versatility, for the piece was a most difficult one to render. Mr. W. Durbin gave an artistic rendering of Middle's Farewell." Mr. Geo. Price used his cultured bass voice with fine effect in the solo It is thou who Í:2.St blighted (Verdi), and in response to a well-deserved encore gave Make new friends, but keep the old." Messrs. W. Durbin and E. Stevens gave a capital rendering of the duet Sailors," and the latter was also very successful with Pinsuti's The Bugler. Air E. Jenkins gave the bass solo Joe the Gipsy in good style. Mr. T. Thomas scored a great success with his songs Yeoman's Wed- ding and Toreador." He possesses a. rich bass voice of unusual quality, and gave brillinat renderings, vociferous encores being given on each occasion. Mr. J ohn Lloyd in two clarionet solos showed himself to be a very capable per- former on this instrument. Just before the close, the Mayor thanked the choir for their services. They were all employed in munition works or collieries or starred occupa- tions, and they had given their services and leisure freely in aid of those funds. The audience showed their appreciation by hearty applause, and the proceedings closed with the National Anthem.
WOMEN FOR FARM WORK. SUCCESSFUL SCHEME AT ABERGAVIENNY. I Excellent work is being done at Abergavenny to organise female labour for farms, and a number of women are already assisting in agri- cultural operations in the district. Mrs. Frances Mackworth, who was asked, with others, to take up this work, has done so with very satisfactory results and is very keen on making the scheme a great success. She is assisted by Miss Attwood and a committee consisting of Miss Gertrude Jackson, Mrs. Crawshay, Miss Baker-Gabb, Col. W. Wiliiams, Mr. John Prichard, and Mr. Warren Davies (Llangattock Lingoed). Already the register contains the names of over 100 women who are willing to undertake farm work. There are 22 women in Aberga- venny who are willing to go anywhere in the district to help on the farms, and there are 35 others who are married and have homes to look to who are willing to work by the day on farms close to the town. There are also 31 women at I laufoist who have expressed their willingness to do daily work. The day work cannot be done bevond a radius of two miles of the town, as the women have to walk to and fro from their homes. A good many of the women have nusbauds in France and they, too, are anxious to do tht:r I)it. It is necessary to have accommodation m a ,com-enient situation for those who are willing to fo onto t work in the rural district for the summer. Already several owners have gener- ously offered cottages for the accommodation of the women so long as they may be required. Several women are thus able to live together for company, and, if necessary, it could be arranged that one should do the house work while the others work on the land. Cottages, or hostels as they have been called, have been lent by Sir Arthur Herbert, of Coldbrook Mr. Evan Griffiths (Gwcrnymelyn, Raglan), Mr. S. Towns- end (Llwynygaer, Raglan), Capt. Beer (High- mead, Llanvair), and Mr. Morgan David (I<lan-^ samtnraed). Ten women are now out working regularly, and no doubt this number will be laigdy increased in the near future if the scheme receives the support it deserves. It is up to the farmers tc give the schee every encouragement, to drop the onservative ideas a good many of them have ?herto heM. and to appreciate the value and Possibilities of the employment of women in a8n There are many jobs which -0mell cn do on farm,, at difiernt seaso-ns such as deani the land at different seasons ra 'king up ? hedges> hoeing, planting P??' harvesting. With en- feeding the sto? ??? will learn to do <:ouragemen There are four women on more skilfu work. fht;re ar our women on the register'dv who can plough, and a lady, the ?? ?.??oming over frQm Ireland, has who is shorty ? ? servant, who is a skilled promised? ? ? ?,? farmers. It is not a farm wor help the farmers. It is not a ^ears smce there were ploughwomen ??is district, and here is no reason why, ? uld the emergency require it, one should not leain see women behind the plough. Three girls are being trained at the Usk Agricultural College, and another one is receiving a month's free training at Nantyderry. The farmers by co-operating to make the women more useful are benefitting themselves as well as the country Long-sighted farmers have welcomed the scheme with open arms and arc ready to give the women a satisfactory rate oi pay. At present about *?« fid ner day is the average, but it ic '1-1-t"1t' this wilM* "^ased. The more pOSSl) e 13 11 become, the LifTl] useful the ?omen Jli"!ier the rate o'7f phal y to which the^ v ?11 ? entitled. "? Bard olAg^nc- have sent down a 1 hIe. of green I'1 ?? crowns, to be Slp '\0 those women who have worked 3? davs gn en d ? t,Ie land, and soiiie '?' "??? have nearly earned their nght to one aheadv. It is also intended to get khaki overalls for the women to wear. Any communication in connection with the scheme snould he made to Mrs. Mackworth, at the Voluntary Labour Bureau in Cross-street, and the committee will welcome any assistance, either irom farmers or others, in order to cope with th? shortage of labour and ensure that the ssential agricultural operations shall not suffer for want of willing hands.
Abergavenny Stock Market. _¿ I -11 I There was a very large au-rouuu buppiy ai the market on Tuesday, and the supply of lambs was one of the largest seen in the market this year. On the vhole trade was brisk, the mutton trade, however, being slightly easier. Fat calves made up to £ 12. A capital entry of lambs again made current prices, two pens from Mr. Isaac Ceorge, Manor House, averaging the high price of 59s. apiece. lwcs from Mr. James Holly made up to 8os. Fat sows realised up to £ 14, and porkers up to 98s., prices ruling about 21s. pelt score. There was a large entry of beef and a good demand, good quality making quite up to is. z< per Ih. Fat cows made up to ¡)8 and bullocks UP, tO £ 36.
I Cadets at Llanvihangel Court. INSPECTED BY GENERAL SIR ALEXANDE R BRUCE-TULLOCH. On Saturday afternoon the Abergavenny Cadets spent an enjoyable time at Llanvihangel Court, by the kindness of Mrs. Attwood-Mathews. who is a generous supporter of the movement in which she takes a keen interest. The arrange- ments were made by Col. W. Williams, whose excellent work in raising and equipping Cadet Corps all over the county is well known. General Sir Alexander Bruce-Tulloch, K.C.B., C.M.G., and Ladv Bruce-Tulloch were also present, together with the Rev. J. R. Phillips (chaplain of the Cadets) and the Rev. J. Stanley Davies. The General was one of the founders of the Cadet movement in Australia which has grown to such remarkable proportions, and he is no less enthusiastic in doing all he can to support and encourage the movement in this country. It is interesting to note that General Sir Alexan- ,der Bruce-Tulloch had'seven ancestors fighting I at the Battle of Culloden, six of whom were killed, and he is descended from the surviving brother. The boys, who were m charge ol Actmg- Company-Sergt.-Major G. H. T. Powell and Lieut. R. J. Harrhy, went by train to Llan- vihangel station, and on arrival at the Court were regaled with refreshments on a lavish scale. Afterwards they were paraded on the lawn, where General Bruce-Tulloch inspected them. Addressing them, the General said he was very pleased to see his boys again. He had told them last year how proud he was of them. His only regret was that they were not older and he was not younger, so that they could go to the front together. Referring to his work in con- nection with the Cadet movement in Australia a quarter of a century ago, he said they had 10 battalions of Cadets, all thoroughly armed and equipped and trained as soldiers. He was told that in the South African War, of the soldiers who had gone from Australia 2,000 were his old Cadets. Since then they had gone to fight for their country by tens of thousands. Life was in front of the Cadets he saw before him that day, and thev would get their chance. He hoped they would not forget the honour of their country and particularly Wales, and remember the good old motto Cymru am byth (" Wales for ever.") Col. Williams, in thanking General Tulloch; said it was a great pleasure to see General Tulloch there. It was very kind of him to govern their camp last year and to have come up there to see the boys that day. He hoped the bovs would look back upon it as an honour to have been inspected by General Tulloch, and he trusted they would take to heart his good advice and be encouraged by what he had told them. The boys gave three hearty cheers for Sir Alexander and Lady Bruce-iulloch, on the call of Col. Williams. Col. Williams also thanked Mrs. Attwood- Mathews for her hospitality. She had an affection for the Abergavenny Cadets and she was most generous in subscribing last year. He hoped that if they ever saw her in the streets of Abergavenny they would not forget to salute her properly. He was proud to say that they had now over 1.000 Cadets in Monmouthshire, and they were growing in numbers. Three hearty cheers were given by the boys for their hostess. After a group photograph had been taken by Mr. R. 1. Houlson, of Abergavenny, the boys were allowed to go over the mansion and to see the wonderful collection of treasures with which it is crowded, and which would excite the envy of any connoisseur. Particular interest was taken in the Egyptian room, which contains many Egyptian paintings by Mrs. Attwood- Mathews herself and innumerable interesting relics. One of the features of historic interest upstairs, which perhaps excited a little awe, was the old bedstead in which Charles 1. is said to have slept on a visit to the Court. Mrs. Attwood-Mathews entertained the officers and others to a recherche tea, and the hospitality was much appreciated. The boys were allowed to amuse themselves about the grounds until it was time to return to Llanvihangel station. There is much about the grounds or great interest, including avenues of fine old trees, and it is a pity to see that a number of these have been blown down by the great gale some time ago. Some boys of from 12 to "17 vears of age are invited to join the Cadets.
Presentation of Red Cross Certificates at I Abergavenny. series of lectures on First-Aid have been given in Abergavenny by Dr. Lloyd during the months of February and March, and the examin- ation bv Dr. S. Hamilton (Newport) took place eartv in April. On May iitii the successful candidates received their certificates from Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, Tredilion Park, a vice-president of the Red Cross Society in this county, who made the presentation at the County Club. Mrs. Powell Rces, hon. secretary, stated that out of a class of 25, most of whom had attended the classes regularly in spite of bad weather, 19 had gone in for the examination, and she was glad to sav that all had passed and had done credit to Dr. Lloyd, who had taken so much trouble in lecturing to them. Fourteen had taken the course for the first time, and nve had taken it again so as to get advanced certificates. The presentations were then made by Mrs. Lloyd-Thomas to the following ladies :ATiss C. Anderson, Airs. A. Butt, Miss L. Darby, Miss F. Davies. Mrs. T. Davies, Miss N. Holland, Miss Cissie Johnson iLlanddewi Skirrid), Miss N. Kirby, Miss C. Kirby. Miss F. Herbert Phillips, Mrs. 15. Powell (Llamvenarth), Miss H. Rees (Gilwern), Miss D. Shurmer, Miss L. Woodeson. Advanced Certificates Mrs. E. Morgan-Owen, Miss Eleanor Price, Miss A. Routledge, Miss I,. Rogers, Miss N. Glendinning. Mrs. Lloyd Thomas congratulated each member and said she was glad to see such a large and successful class. It gave her great pleasure to be there to make the presentations. Mrs. Powell Rees proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, and also thanked Dr. Llovd (who was present) on behalf of the whole class for all the trouble he had taken. Dr. Lloyd seconded the vote of thanks to Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, and said it was well known that she took great interest in all Red Cross work. He was very glad that the class had done so well in the examination, and he hoped that those who had the tune to spare would be able to help with the other V.A.D's at Maindiff Court Hospital, or in other branches of Red Cross work which they might be able to take up. I ▲
I INQUEST AT THE ASYLUM. I I COLLIER'S TWO ACCSDENTS. I At the Monmouthshire Asvlum at Aberga- venny on Monday afternoon Mr. J. B. Walford conducted an inquest concerning the death ot Sidney Burt, collier, of Cwtch Bach, Tredgar. Fred Burt, a brother of the deceased, saId that his brother had had two accidents and on both OcCaSlGns hurt his head. Dr. N R 13d (Medical s»pt.) sriJ that N?-s admitted to the Asylum on Dc;em- bcr ,th last. and died on the iS?f Mav ?m oil the brain, as was proved by ￼ mortem examinati-^onr, H He thought t. ne tumour must have been there before the ac(.uk but must have been ithe^ ^derated its growEl. Ir J G rPnon eWoy«l by the Tredegar j aniLS ?ar ? ?y sa?id he was with th ron an 08 Å d?ease? ?n?? ?hwhen a stone fell on deceased's head. He was unconscious for about half an f ? ?olSef named Davies SaId he was with deceased on August 16th when the latter met with the second accident. He slipped in some water and hit his left temple against a lump of coal. He was some time before he rallied, and blood came from his nose and mouth. He worked for about a fortnight, but complained of pains in his head, and his memory suffered a lot after the accident. A Tredegar doctor said he had attended de- ceased from the middle of October, including six weeks in the Tredegar Hospital. He got so much worse physically and mentally that he was removed to the Asylum. Witness was of opinion that the injury accelerated the complaint, but did not like to give an opinion as to whether the tumour was there before the accident in July. A microscopic examination would show its duration. The jury returned a verdict of Death from tumour on the brain accelerated by injuries to the head."
Presentation to Ex-P .-S. Edwards. At the rising of the Abertillery Police Court on Wednesday ex-P.S. W. A. Edwards, now residing ati Newport, and who was formerly stationed at Abergavenny, was the recipient of an album address, a gold watch, and pipe, sub- scribed for by the tradesmen of the town and others, in appreciation of his services at Aber- tillery for a period of 12 years. The presentation was made by Mr. Theodore Vachell, the presiding m^istrate.
County Appeal Tribunal. I CASES REFERRED BACK TO THE I LOCAL TRIBUNAL. THE ARREST OF FARMER'S SONS AT GROSMONT. At a sitting of the Monmouthshire Appeal Tribunal at Pontypool, on Monday, 14 cases from the Abergavenny district were dealt with. Twelve of the cases were from the rural district and two from the borough. Appeals of the military representative were unsuccessful, and four cases which the Local Tribunal refused to hear because the applications had not been put in in time, were referred back to them. Sir Henry Mather- J ackson, Bart., presided, and I there were also present Alderman S. N. Jones, Alderman George Jones, Mr. F. W. Raikes, Mr. S. T. Griffin, Mr. J. W. Beynon, and Mr. J. Davidson. Mr. John Moxon, solicitor, Newport, j appeared for a number of appellants. I Grosmont Brothers who were Arrested. William Morgan and Walter Morgan, farmer's sons of Great Marlborough Farm, Grosmont, were represented by Mr. John Moxon, of New- port, who said both men had been arrested by the police before their appeals had been heard by that Tribunal, but that was a matter for another Court. They were the sons of Mr. John Morgan, who had 194 acres of which 59 were for mowing. Exemption had been granted to the eldest son, Edward, aged 28. All three boys were single and unmarried. He had a medical certificate in respect of the father. Capt. Williams said the size of the farm had nothing whatever to do with the appeal. It was a question for the Court to decide whether they would hear the appeal as it was so much out of time. Mr. Moxon knew very well that the size of the farm had nothing to do with it. The Chairman We don't want to take too narrow a view of the question of the date of the notice of appeal. It should be tried on its merits. Capt. Williams said that in many ot these cases he had not made use of the fact that the application had been six or eight days late, but in this particular case time was of the very greatest importance. These men went before the local Tribunal considerably late. The Chairman Still, they heard them ? Capt. Williams said it was an application made under the section for an extension of time to apply, and the decision of the local Tribunal was 'that they had net given any satisfactory reason for an extension of time. The father stated in his appeal that he was convinced that he could apply for a certificate of exemption at any time in respect of his sons, and his farm was situated in a district where no notices were posted up. He said he did not know that the end of March was the last day for application. In other words, he pleaded ignorance of the law and asked to be excused. The Chairman said he thought they should hear the case on its merits. Mr. Moxon said he thought that was the proper course. There had been a breach of the law in putting them in gaol, and if the Tribunal dealt with the case it could not be said, whatever happened elsewhere, that they had not had a perfectly fair hearing. .L u Capt. Williams said He aiu not see now they could alter the decision of the Local Tribunal in a. manner thev had never done before. The Chairman I suppose we can hear the case apart from the Local Tribunal ? Capt. Williams said these men had a right to appeal against the decision of the Local Tribunal on the question of time. Unfortunately, a mis- apprehension had arisen and the authorities took steps to bring these men under the Military- Service Act. To a great extent the Morgans were responsible tor that. The Chairman That may be a defence some- where else, but it is not here. Capt. Williams said the point to decide was whether the grounds stated were sufficient for that Tribunal to upset the decision of the Local Tribunal, namely, ignorance of the notices calling these men up for service. The Chairman said that everybody was sup- posed to know. the law. The Local Tribunal held that the men had put forward no reasonable grounds for their application to be allowed. Mr. Moxon said the first ground was that the father was not the tenant and had not been outside the house for over eight months. The Chairman said Mr. Moxon was dealing I with the merits of the case, and they must first decide the point as to whether extension of time I should be allowed to make the application. Mr. Moxon said the application was possibly out of time, but it would cause g^eat hardship if it were not allowed, because the father was at the time confined to the house and in bed. For the last four years he had been suffering from asthma and bronchitis. It was not a case of a man who was able to know what the regulations were. He had been laid by with illness and had not had the facilities which others had had. The Chairman said they were prepared to allow the appeal on the question of time. Capt. Williams said he was gomg to make a sporting offer, which he thought Ins friend would have jumped at. The Chairman Make it and see. Capt. Williams said he was prepared for one son to be exempted altogether it the other would go. Mr. Moxon said he could not accept that Capt. Williams contended that the Tribunal could not deal with the case, as the Local Tribunal had not yet considered the merits of it. The Cbairman said the cases must be referred back to the Local Tribunal, and he hoped thev would be dealt with as soon as possible. Not The Only One. Thomas Thomas, a blacksmith at Llanover, in appealing for his man, Arthur Dobbs, said he was working on a Government contract for the making of horse shoes. His shop supplied the parishes of Llanellen, Llanover, Goytre and Llanvair, and he had to keep agricultural im- plements in repair for over 70 farms. It was in the national interest to leave the man at his present job. The Chairman What do you do yourself I am a blacksmith. Have you anybody else in your employ ? I have a wheelwright. Capt. Williams: You yourself are of military age ?—Yes. to> Before the Local Tribunal vou made a strong point that yours was the only blacksmith's shop between Abergavenny and Pontypool on one road and Abergavenny and Usk on another. Isn't it a fact that between Abergavenny and Pontypool there are four blacksmiths' shops I am taking the main road. Capt. Williams referred to other blacksmiths' sshops at places which he pronounced Petipcll- enuy and Penpergoom. (Laughter). The Chairman This is an instance where a military representative miyht be useful. (Laughter). The Chairman remarked that there were plenty of blacksmiths' shops in the district which were) quite as accessible as appellant's, and added, We cannot help vou, Mr. Thomas. Appellant He will get notice, I suppose ? Tht: Chairman Oh, he will get notice. (Laughter). Oidcastle Appeal Refused. Arthur Probert, of Ty Cenol Farm, Oidcastle, appealed against the decision of the local Tribunal unstarring his son, Arthur Wm. Probert. Mr. Moxon, for appellant, said there were 40 acres of mountain land at Ty Cenol, and ap- pellant had another 40 acres, of which I I were arable. There were three horses, 16 cattle, and 40 sheep. Appellant was not able to do much work, and he had a medical certificate for him, and also in respect of his son whom it was sug- gested was in a position to afford such assistance as was necessary to run the farm. Appellant said he was not able to do much work, because he had spinal disease. He had no one else on the farm except the boy for whom he was appealing. The Chairman- said there were only 80 acres altogether. Mr. Moxon said it could not be worked without some able-bodied assistance. The Chairman He does not say he is in- capable of doing any work. Appellant, in reply to Mr. Moxon, said he could not do much ploughing. -Mo-V, saicl he Capt. Williams What acreage is your farm. ? —Forty acres. You don't work on the farm much yourself. Haven't you worked for the County Council on the roads ?-I have not done any this year. I What has happened to your son, Harold ?-- He has left home these three years. He has nothing to do with me. The appeal was refused. In the case of W. and J. Probert, of the Court Farm, Oldcastle, Capt. Williams said that the father had consented to allow Wilfred to go, and they therefore did not press the case against John. The Chairman That is satisfactory. Is it an arrangement made behind the back of his solicitor ? (Laughter). I Mr. Moxon On his advice, sir. The Chairman This ought not to be en- couraged, you know. (Laughter). Capt. Williams It was arranged as late as Saturday night. The Chairman That makes it worse. I (Laughter). Pandy Farmer's Sons. The Military Representative (acting on the advice of the Advisory Committee) appealed against the decision of the Local Tribunal in giving Ira J. Griffiths, of Werngifford Farm, Pandy, one day's exemption, which means two months. Capt. Williams said the reason this decision Was appealed against was that they understood that Mr. Joseph Griffiths had said he was going to appeal again for his son at the end of that time, and they thought there was sufficient in- formation for that Tribunal to consider the matter with a view to that being a final appeal. I Captain Williams (to the father, Joseph I Griffiths) How many sons have you ?—They reckon four in number. (Laughter). Is it correct you have four ?-I have had to keep them, at any rate, until they were able to keep themselves. You have four sons, and two daughters aged 22 and 25 ?--That is wrong. The one is 23 and the other 12 or n I The Chairman What is the size of the farm ? -ioo acres. Who does the work on the farm ?—Myself and the two boys, aged 19 and 17. No one else ?-I have had no one else this 12 months. How much arable ?—Forty-two acres. Capt. Williams Your wife and daughters work ?-They have to make butter and cheese and to look after between 500 and 600 head of poultry. They work very hard. The Chairman The point is whether you could do without the boy aged 19. Capt. Williams: What about your son Haddon ?-He went away 12 months ago. He has been attested and dealt with at Newport. I have nothing to do with him. The Chairman He must be dealt with on his merits somewhere else. Mr.* Moxon said that Tribunal had already dealt with the case of Haddon Griffiths. The Chairman If we dealt with it, I am sure we dealt with it correctly. (Laughter). Capt. Williams If you could allow him to leave you why couldn't you allow him to join the Army ?—There was no talk about the Army then. A farmer said he was short-handed and asked me to spare one of my boys. We stretched a point and allowed him to go. Mr. Moxon said the employer of the other son at Newport had agreed that if he was exempted till the hay harvest was over he would let the man go. The Chairman That is going outside the point. The question before the Tribunal is whether appellant, with 190 acres, requires his two sons, aged 19 and 17, as well as himself. The question as to what other sons he has is entirely immaterial. Capt. Williams It has been mentioned that it is practically impossible to get any help, and that is a strong point with you ?-It is im- possible to get skilled labour. This boy is the only boy I have to work the horses and do the ploughing. Since you were before this Tribunal it has been found possible to get skilled labour round your district ?—I have done all I could to import labour into the district. I have got permission of the owner for an empty house to be used for the accommodation of labour during the war (Appe^ant here-handed up a letter to this effect to the Chairman). You can get help in this district ?—I hope to, or else I could not get 70 or 80 acres of hay and corn in. Mr. Moxon (to appellant) Have you suffered from pneumonia, both single and double, several times ?—Yes. I cannot raise my left hand to pitch or unload. My two boys are the only ones who can pitch and unload. yjr. C. P. Harding (agricultural representa- tive) said he had personally been into this case. If the military representative had been with him at a conference at Hereford last Saturday, be- tween the representatives of the War Office and the representatives of agriculture, he thought lie would have withdrawn this case. He found there much more liberal ideas than his own as to the amount of labour which was wanted to work the land. This farm could not be worked properly with the amount of labour on it already. It was impressed by Lt.-Col. Henderson, from the War Office, that a team of horses must not he allowed to go idle. The Chairman said they must clearly allow this case, and conditional exemption would be granted till the end of September. Didn't Consider it Necessary. Evan Parry, of Great Goytre Farm, Grosmont, appealed for his waggoner, Frederick Sayce. The Local Tribunal would not hear the case, as the application was out of time. appellant, in his appeal, said he did not con- sider that an application was necessary, as the man was starred. Sayce was the only male labour he had on the farm. The Chairman said he thought it was only right that the Local Tribunal should appreciate verv thoroughly the view which was taken by the" Board of Agriculture as regarded the necessity of keeping sufficient men on the land to carry out ag" ricultural operations. If this man farmed 200 acres, of which 30 were arable, and had no one else but Sayce, it was a question whether the farm could be worked with less. Capt- Williams said the point was that the application was out of date. The Chairman We who live in the country take some time to learn things. (Laughter). It must go back to the Local Tribunal. Couldn't Be Expected To Know. Koger Morgan, Lower House, Nantyderry. appealed for his general farm hand, George Matthews, whose application was also out of time. There are 120 acres, of which -to are arable. Capt. Williams said all these men whose applicatios were out of date had been treating the Act with defiance. The Chairman There has been so much about starred occupations and one thing and the other that I think people cannot be expected to know. We must give them a chance. It must be re- ferred to the Local Tribunal. In the case of Albert Eckley, a farmer's son on 4° acres at Grosmont, Capt. Williams said the man was going to join. Evans & Sons, hay merchants, of Merthyr, appealed for Arthur Jenkins, a hay cutter, and also licensee of the Sun Inn at Abergavenny. Mr. Boyt, local aoent represented the firm. Capt. Williams (to Mr. Boyt) Have you finished your bis contract to supply the collieries? -"o. Can you say when it will be finlsl-,e(I -it will take about six months. Capt. Williams said that appellant only asked C- months in the first place. If the appeal for six months in the first place. If tie adpeal was dismissed he would undertake that the man would not be called up until the 29tu September. The Tribunal concurred in this. Put Him In Another Shop. Messrs. Lipton Ltd. appealed for their grocer's manager, Thomas Gordon Davies. This branch had supplied three men to the colours and their places had been filled by female labour and boys. Davies was the only man left in the shop, and they must have one man to handle the heavy goods. f Biilloc' a In reply to Capt. Williams, Mr. Bullock, a representative of the firm, said the married vssistant who was at this shop had been trans- ferred to Abertillery, in order to release a single man. The Chairman said he thought that was a proper thing to do. Capt. Williams said the idea of the local Tribunal was that Lees, the assistant, who was a married man with an invalid wife and four children, should be exempted and might manage the shop, and that Davies should go. Now they had sent Lees to another shop. Mr. Bullock We sent him to another shop to release a single man for whom we did not appeal. Unless we did that we should have to close up. Capt. Williams Up to the present you have not had to close one of your shops ?—No. Conditional exemption was granted. I Better Where He Is. David Charles Williams, of Star Farm, Nanty- derry, who described himself as a farmer and market gardener, said there was no one to take on the farm if he went, and he had a widowed mother dependant on him. The Local Tribunal stated that appellant had only 10 acres of land and also worked as a wheelwright. His mother would get the separation allowance, and the three married brothers who had not joined the Armv would undoubtedly look after her. in reply to Capt. Williams, appellant said he had three young cattle and a pony, and used the latter to take garden produce to the market at Pontypool. His mother was 76 years of age and received a pension. Capt. Williams You would not call yourself a market gardener or a farmer or a wheelwright ? —Market gardening is the staple industry. I Appellant said he had been before the Medical I Board and been passed into Class 4a. Capt. Williams Oh. The Chairman Well, I think we had better j leave him where he is. I Tribunal Uphold Their Own Decision. The Military Representative appealed for a review of the case of Thomas George Harris, of Llwyndu, Abergavenny, who had already been granted by the County Tribunal exemption till the end of August. Capt. Williams (to the son) When you were before the County Tribunal the Chairman said you must do your best to get help, and that when the harvest was over you must go, and you agreed. Mr. Moxon made a point of it. He said it was difficult to get labour, but since then it has been possible ?—Not that I know of. William Gunter Harris, the father, was questioned by Capt. Williams, who said When you were before this Tribunal you said you dis- charged some man from your service. Do you remember that ?-What was his name ? Alban James—I didn't discharge any man. Didn't you tell the Tribunal you dismissed him ?-Xo, I didn't. I understood you said he was lazy and would not get up and you dismissed him.—He went of his own accord. You said you were paying him 12s. a week, and that is not correct ?•—I could not say whether it was 10s. or 12s. a week. How many sons have you got ?—I have three altogether. You distinctly said you would do your best in the meantime to avail yourself of any help in the district, so that this young fellow could be released for the Army ?-Yes, but I have had no help nor any chance of help. Don't you know for a fact that skilled hands are being found in the Abergavenny district by the military authorities ?—I have had none, nor had any chance of one. Do you know that other men in the district have had labour lately, through the military authorities ?—I could not say. Do you remember on the very day that you got exemption from this Tribunal that a man came to you and applied for a job ?—No man applied for a job. The Chairman Was this- an agent provo- cateur, or what ? (Laughter). Examined by Mr. Moxon, appellant said that one of the three sons had another farm. The other son who was at home had been exempted because he was suffering from rheumatic fever. If the exemption was disturbed he would be left with one son who was not able to do heavy farm work. Alban James, formerly in the employ of the appellant, and now working at Llanvetherine as a ploughman and general farm hand, was called as a witness by the military representative. He said he worked for Mr. Harris till the week before Christmas. Capt". Williams Why did you leave him Because he gave mp a week's notice. Did Mr. Harris say something to you at the time he was letting you go ?—No, he didn't find fault at all. We never had a misword, but he said he did not wish for his boys to go to the Army. Mr. Moxon You are a discharged servant who rendered extremely unsatisfactory service to Harris ?-He never said anything to me about it. He complained repeatedly about your coming home drunk at night ?—No. Did you come home drunk at night ?—I used to have a drop sometimes. (Laughter). Did you frequently leave the door open on these occasions ?■—No. You are quite sure you were in a condition of mind to know whether you locked the door or not ? The Chairman Double-locked it. (Laughter). Mr. Moxon Didn't Mr. Harris complain of your filthy habits in your room ?--No, sir. On occasions were you the worse for liquor No, sir. He gave you the wages you asked for ?—Yes. There was no question about being dis- satisfied with your service ?—No. Did you leave and come back in about a week's time ?-I finished my week out. You treated Mr. Harris as the servant and regarded yourself as the master r—No, sir. It had been intended to call another witness, but the Chairman sa:ld .The appeal must be dismissed. 4—
Abargaveriny Police Court. I Wednesday.—Before Mr. Edwin Foster and I Mr. John Evans. "All Right." I William Morris, Novadd Farm, Cwmyoy, was summoned for driving a horse and trap without a front or rear light, on the 15th. He did not appear. P.-C. Blunt said he saw defendant driving towards Cwmyoy, and when asked where his lights were he said he hadn't got any, and drove on. When told he would be reported, he re- plied All right." Fined 5s., including costs, for each offence. Wanted Time to Pi." I George Barrell, farmer, of Maescoed, Hereford- shire, was also summoned for having no front or rear lights. He said he did not know it was wanted. It was not very dark. P.-C. Blunt said that when he stopped de- fendant by the Skirrid Mountain Inn and asked him where his lights were he pulled a lamp out of the trap, lit it, and drove on. Witness told him he should have a rear light, and he replied, All right," and went on. A fine of 2S. od., including costs, in each case was imposed. The Magistrates' Clerk Have you got 5s. ? Defendant (feeling in his pockets) I should think so I will try to find it- Perhaps you will give me time to pi." (Laughter). The Magistrates' Clerk If it is absolutely necessary, but it does not look so by the con- tents of your pocket. (Laughter). The New Market Inn. Mr. A. M. Cunliffe applied for the temporary transfel- ofthe licence of the New Market Inn from Mr. T. J. Lloyd to Mr. Joseph Bath, and I this was granted. In reply to the Magistrates' Clerk, Mr. Cunline said there had only been two tenancies of the house for 37 years. Lloyd had been there If¡ years. Wouldn't Eat or Work A Strange Case. Ada Edwards, a respectable and intelligent- looking young woman, was summoned by Mr. Marks Pine, pawnbroker, for wilfully damaging a dressing-table to the amount of 30s., on the 21st May. Defendant, who said she had been living at Hereford, pleaded guilty. Prosecutor said the girl was in his service. She was very funny at times, and for the last four days she would not eat anything or do any- thing. Last Sunday she was asked if she would have anything to eat, and she refused. She wci, asked if she would do anything, and she refused. Dr. Foley was called in to see what was the matter with her, but he could not see anything wrong. He thought she could do some work. j "Witness told her to do a bit of work, but she would not. He told her he should have to send for a constable, and he did send for one and told her to speak to him. She went upstairs, and in about five minutes they heard a great smash. She had picked up an ornament and smashed it on the dressing-table, breaking the glass to pieces. The damage amounted to 30S. Supt. Davies handed to the Magistrates' Clerk a long statement written by the defendant. In this she admitted that she smashed the "lass "inn that she did it under great provocation. The Magistrates' Clerk What was the I provocation -1 t Defendant She called me all sorts of names and she did not let me alone when I tried to do my work. Everything I did she said was wrong. On Sunday morning she told me to sit down and not do any more. The Magistrates' Clerk That would not justify you in breaking up the furniture. How long have you been at Marks Fine's ? Defendant About six weeks. The Magistrates' Clerk You put in a long rigmarole of complaints against Mrs. Fine, but that does not affect the point about your right to smash the furniture. Defendant When you have all sorts of things said about you, you are bound to do something. The Magistrates' Clerk You were not bound to stay there if you were dissatisfied. You could have left. Defendant She would not let me. I could not go if the door was locked. The Magistrates' Clerk You were not put in a cage and locked in. Supt. Davies said he communicated with the police at Hereford, where defendant had a brother. Her father and mother were dead and he did not know where she came from to Aber- gavenny. She had been wandering about the mountain and was taken in by a keeper. She had been to a home. He did not think there was any harm in the girl. In reply to the Clerk, the girl said she had been to a home. She thought it was an in industrial home, and she was there 12 months. She had been in Loudon. and as she had nowhere to go she went to the Church Army and asked ( them what she should do. They sent her to a. home, with her consent. Supt. Davies said defendant had been at the workhouse on a remand by the magistrates. The Workhouse Master, in reply to the Bench, said the only strange thing about the girl was. that she did not take her proper quantity of food. The Magistrates' Clerk Did she do any work ? The Workhouse Master Yes, she was sewir-g all day yesterday. The Magistrates' Clerk (to prosecutor) Yoa are not particularly anxious to punish her ? Prosecutor No, I think she is more to be pitied than blanic-d. Defendant was remanded to the workhouse, for further inquiries to be made. New Tenant's Legacy. I William Pearee Davies, licensee of the Guild- hall Inn, was summoned for allowing his chimney to be on fire on -he isth inst. P.-C. Climer said there were flames thiee or four feet high coming out of the chimney. He went to see defendant, who said he was doing best to put it out. Defendant said he had only been there six weeks, and did not know the chimney was foul. Supt. Davies As a rule, new tenants look, after the chimneys first thing. A fine of 2s. od including, was imposed. Who Broke the Window ? At a Children's Court a little girl, aged S years, was summoned for wilfully damaging a window to the value of 2S. 6d., the property of Albert Price, in Pant-lane, on the 28th of April. The child's father said she did not do it, and she had stuck to that story all through. Albert Burcher was called to give evidence, and when asked ly the Magistrates' Clerk wh-i it happened, replied On the 25th of June." The Magistrates' Clerk What do you mean ? —My birthday is in June. When did it happen ?—Last March. In reply to questions, witness said he saw the little girl pull a leaded glass window down, and it broke. The Magistrates' Clerk (to prosecutor) It is not very satisfactory evidence. Have yoa L:> other witness ? Prosecutor said it was the best he could do. He had had pounds worth of damage done -:d it was a common, occurrence. The boy had been, threatened for coming there to give evidence. He asked the .father if he was going to repair it, and he said he would do it when he had time. The Magistr?.:es' Clerk said it was certainly not proved that the child did break the window, but there was a certain amount of proof and the father stood in a very responsible position. The Chairman (addressing the child) said she- must not do this sort of thing or her father might have to pay a lot of money some day.
I Be careful not I to soak, rub, y I or scrub the (_ I clothes when j| using I SIMPLE SIMON I I He can show you a better | I way. 8 I Ask your grocer; 8 | he knows. I ? he knows. ? Costs a groat; worth Es. I i rm immii ii i imm i mi mmm—■ nmr A REI) LFdTTFwPu day/ ON WHIT-MONDAY, JUNE 12th, 1916, you may hear the GREATEST AUTHORITY ON CHILD STUDY Mr. Geo. Hamilton "Archibald, Extension Lecturer of the Sunday School Union and Director of Studies at the Training Institute, Bournville. THE LECTURE ^CONFERENCES will take place in the WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH, CASTLE STREET, At j-45 and 7 p.m. Subjects CHILD STUDY. The value of the vihild was never greater than to-day. MISERABLE WITHOUT A SMOKE. A private at the front says in a letter to a f riend, Without such a comfort as a smoke one feels very miserable, and you would hardly credit the relief, which the arrival of such gifts as these, brings." This is from » man-who gave up a good position "to do his little bit." It i £ not a question of Dot having the money to buy some smokes. It is the lack of opportunity, especially as far as English cigarettes are concerned. Whether in the trenches or behind the firing line, a smoke is the one comfort that our men can look forward to. It is the one little luxury, which we at home ought to see that he is able to indulge in. There is no excuse for not sending a regular supply. At one time it was an expensive matter. What with the cost of the cigarettes. including the duty, and the heavy rates of postage to the front—we refer to the English Parcel Post minimum of 1/-—it was not everyone who was in a position to send out regular supplies to his soldier friends. The concessions, however, which we have secured for our readers, for sending parcels of smokes through our Tobacco Fund.ave done away with all this difficulty. For 1/- a week yon can send your friend enough cigarettes to last him each week. Little and often is the best motto to follow. Send 3/ 5/ 10/ or 20/ and we will send any of the 1/- parcels mentioned below for three, five, ten, or twenty weeks. Remem- ber you can send to ycur own personal friends and relatives at the front. It is not a question of sending only to the troops generally, although here, again, we have made arrangements with the Authorities, 80 that the" Tommies at the front will benefit to the maximum from anv contribu- tions, which our readers may send to our General Fund for local heroes. For every 6d. you contribute to our General Fund some brave lad receives a parcel containing 30 good Cigaretttcs and 1-oz. of Tobacco. In evory parcel, sent through our Tobacco Fund, the all important acknowledgment postcard is enclosed for the soldier to write his thanks. As briefly stated in one of these postcards, "It is very bad to be with- out a fag." ￼ ? The elshman 3 Favourite. | MABON Sauce ? f? A. good as it. Name. a ? DOWT FAIL TO GET IT 1 ? ??f<<tw?BL.Mta?. k p?? ?.. Card" (