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Wild Beast Show ———.———
Wild Beast Show ——— .——— BAPTISTS AND BOXING. At the meeting of the Welsh Baptist Union on AYednesday vigorous protests were made against the prevalence of box- ing contests. The Rev. D. C. Jones said that they degraded human nature destroyed morals, and were a direct in- sult to the life of Jesus Christ. Boxing, said the speaker, was called spor\ but in the ring they had men in deadi,, earnest striving to gain the mastery. It was not play. They called it the noble trt, but there was not much nobility in punching another. It was a blow against the image cf God, and boxing encouraged and bred a* spirit that sorught pleasure in cruelty. Much capital was made of the fact that boxers were sober men-but it was a sobriety for very shameful objects. Box- ing was reducing men to the level of tigers. In the ring men were encouraged by purses of gold dangled before their eyes, and the grandest thing in the even- ing papers for many youths was the photographs of half-naked men fighting. It was most regrettable that boxing was allowed to flourish in the Principality, and it must be a cause of great grief to the old saints to see the old country turned into something like a wild beast show (hear, hear). Complaint against the P 18:8. I Seconding the resolution, the Rev. Hugh Jones, Bethel, vice-president of the Union, appealed to the Churches in the various districts to set their face against boxing tournaments. They in Llanelly rejoiced over the notable victory they had achieved. All the ministers and all the Churches had taken a united stand and had fought until the town council and the mayor had at last given way (ap- plause). They rejoiced that they had thus been n source of encouragement to other districts, and the Rev. W R Watkins, the secretary of the movement, had had shoals of congratulations (hear, hear). In the presence of press repre- sentatives he would like to complain that the press had not supported them to fight this question from the standpoint of morality ("shame"). They had not had fair play from the press to present the case from their point of view. It was time that they as a Union, and even as a nation, should demand from the press that they should be given something in the newspapers other than reports of boxing contests (loud applause). The resolution was carried with ap- plause. The President (Mr. Hinds): Is there anybody against ? Is there a curate here ? (laughter and cheers).
A 4/- RateI
A 4/- Rate I BAD NEWS FOR THE RATEPAYERS. I I EXPENDITURE RISING ALL ROUND, Faced with heavy increases of expendi- ture in every department of municipal I work, the Finance Committee of the Cor- poration had no option at their meeting this week but to recommend a general j district rate of 4s. for the next six months. The present rate is 3s., as also was the rate for the corresponding period of last year. Analyzing the estimate of expenditure, the biggest item is a tre- mendous jump in wages of workmen j which are £10,000 a year up. As against this, however, is to be set off the amount paid to the dependents of employees on war service. Now that these men have all returned, such payments amounting to t2,522 have ceased. Parliamentary costs are put down at £ 4,000, and the sum of £ 4,60G will be required for the Harbour. The gross expenditure is esti- mated at C35,820 as compared with £ 28,827, and of this an amount of £ 22,396 will have to be raised frem rates. The present assessa ble value of the borough is ClIS,01,5, and a penny rate now produces E468. The estimate for the Borough Rate showed an estimated expenditure of £ 5,247 9s. 4d., as compared with £ 3,005 5s. Od. The contribution towards the police is £ 2,300, as compared with tl350. The credits were estimated at C195, as against £ 173 10s. The amount to be covered by precept is £ 5.052 9s. 4d., as compared with £ 2,831 15s. The assess- able value of the borough is £ 132,797, »as against £ 130,700, aucl the net product of Id. in the JE, £ 508 as against P.492 10s. They suggested a precept of 9.9d. in the £ as compared with 5.8d. for the last half-year, and 5.7 for the corresponding period.
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J Prices and Profits —— +.. I POWERS OF THE LOCAL COM- I MITTEES. j Reports from various parts of the country go to show that the Profiteering Act has already had its effect, prices of several commodities having already I dropped. Open-air markets in some towns have been the means of lowering the price of fish, fruit, and meat. On | the other hand, however, the prices of boots and shoes show an upward move- mcnt. We are informed that in the course of a few weeks, boots will be cheaper and that already one retailer in Leicester has decided upon a reduction of 3s. a pair. Swedes and Turnips. I At the meeting of the Burry Port Pro- fiteering Committee, Mr. Daniel Davies asked if it was true that a farmer was selling swedes and turnips in Burry Port last week at 12s. per cwt. Mr. A. E. Taylor: That cannot be dis- I puted. The Executive Officer: Swedes and turnips are not controlled. Mr. Daniel Davies: But that is a clear proof of profiteering. The Executive Officer: That is another question for the Profiteering Committee to decide. Cakes and Pastries. While cakes and pastries sold in tea shops are outside the scope of the Act, the same articles sold for home consump- tion are included, and reports indicate that a reduction has taken place. Seeing that the Select Committee on National Expenditure directed attention to the pro- bability of very large profits being made by the bakers of cakes and pastry pro- duced from subsidized flour, it will pro- bably not be long before complaints to local committees lead to an investigation of the prices now charged. This is one case in which, if the profits are not ex- cessive, the retailer, who is generally also the manufacturer, can easily prove how he stands. I When complaints must be made. It is important that shoppers should 1 remember that complaints of profiteering must be lodged within four days of the alleged offence. In districts where the local authority has refused to appoint a local committee or has not yet met To ) consider the appointment, complaints can still be lodged with the clerk to the local authority. The lodging of complaints may have a decided effect upon an ob- structionist authority. Fish, Fruit and Vegetables. I Mr. McCurdy, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Food Ministry, on Wed- nesday gave some particulars of a new scheme adopted by the Ministry to pre- vent profiteering in fish, fruit, and vege- tables. With regard to fish, Mr. Mc Curdy said: "I find that fishermen and merchants at ports are entirely agreed on the point that the public pay far too I much for their fish. They use quite strong language about that. We have come to the conclusion that control must be local and not national. Controlled prices must be very rapidly adjustable to I meet sudden fluctuations in cost. By a i new Order the Food Control committees 'I are being authorised to adopt local schemes for regulating retail prices in their own districts for such artcles as the Food Controller may prescribe. I Butter Prices. I Mr. John Davies asked at the meeting of the Burry Port Committee whether a tradesman could charge portion of train- fare in addition to the control price for butter, which was the case in Burry Port. The Executive Officer: No. If it can be proved, it is a case the Profiteering Com- mittee should investigate. Mr. Davies: It has been done. The Executive Officer: If the consumer wants it, he will have it at any price. There is going to be a shortage. The Glamorganshire miners have swept Car- diganshire when down on holidays and have paid as much as 3s. 6d. per lb. How can you stop it when transactions are I done privately. Anxious Inquirers. I Letters of inquiry which have been re- ceived by the Controller of the Profiteer- ing Act Department show that now that committees are appointed and complaints can bo lodged by the public traders are 'I becoming uneasy about their prices and profits. Among the traders inquiring as to their position is a country tobcconist II whose shop is 10 miles from the ralway station. He has to pay 5s. for parcels of tobacco and cigarettes to be brought out I to him, and his inquiry is whether he is profiteering if he charges 6d a packet for cigarettes sold in the town at 5id. That other traders, instead of sending in- quiries to the Controller, have devoted some time to the reduction of their prices is easily apparent to anyone taking the trouble to compare the prices to-day with those of a. month or six weeks ago.
j BURRY -PORT -FREEHOLDS.-
BURRY PORT FREEHOLDS. Mr. William Evans offered for sale eral iots of freehold houses at the Gwendraeth Hotel, Burry Port. 31, and 39, New street, were withdrawn at C295 and £ 280 respectively 3 Church road, I was withdrawn at £ 195; 4, Church road, I was sold to Mr. David Williams, Kenrhos Hill, Burry Port, for £ 230: two houses I in Carway street, were witdrawn at £ 190, ￼ each, Messrs. Rees and Edwards, Llan- l elly, were the solicitors for the vendors,
Quailty The First insideration ￼ ￼ ? ? ? ￼ ￼ ￼ ￼ f.. S 't.. J" tf ;J D. i?M??jA????i? ?? M.P.S Olspeusmg ana Fairily Chemist, MARKET STREET (Near Vint's, LIA-.NELL. Y. London and Colonial experience vm first- class Pharmacies, and for four yean Senior Pharmacist to a largo firm of Chemists in South Africa. All goods of the highest quality and lowest possible prices. Prescriptions carelluily dispensed by D.M. personally. Tel. 118.
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I i -7i,"?? ?, 0 .? ? ￼ ?fave Position in the Country. • ￼ iV'' '¡' t" 1 i I- I tö J '11 ? Deiem'med ?aad by die Government. (! ø! j, .#> "4 It ;.) t i1 The threatened railway strike began at twelve o'clock midnight yesterday. Negotiations between the Government and leaders of the men on the latter's new standardised wage claim were continued during the day, hat resulted only, in failure to agree. After the break-up, shortly before three p.m., of the Downing street conference, the following official statement was issued The conference failed to arrive at an agreement, and the strike will take place to-night. The stoppage is a national one, apply- ing to all the railwaymen throughout the United Kingdom. I THE GOVERNMENTS ARRANCE- MENTS. Following an important meeting of the principal members of the Government late yesterday afternoon, the following further official statement was issued:- The Government have made complete arrangements, for carrying on the trans- port of the country by means of motor services, for which a sufficient quantity of petrol is available. The Government have been alive to the necessities of the occasion, and have taken every means they can think of to deal with the situation. > Everybody must expect a considerable amount of hardship as a result of this strike. The Government, now that mat- ters have reached this pass, have taken the view that the strike must be resisted and fought with all the resources of the country. A great deal of organization exists ft)- dealing with the handling and distribu- tion of food. Arrangements have been made for the compulsory acquisition of motor vehicles, and while it is hoped that the matter will be settled without civil disturbance, the Government is delev- mined to see it through, and, if necessary the armed forces of the community, as I well as the comrauniuj itself will be called into use to dear with the situation. Volun- tary workers will be protected. The Government regard the strike as being too serious to allow a strike fought under such conditions to hold up and en- danger the whole community. That be- ing so, they are determined to fight it. The Ministry of Food announces that there is a sufficient., supply of food in the country to meet under normal conditions all normal demands, but to ensure due economy the drastic war-time rationing I scheme has been re-introduced. -—— ) Excitement at t he Station I P, I ONLY PERISHABLE GOODS HANDED OUT. I The railway station at Llanclly was the scene of much excitement from an early hour this morning. At 6 o'clock a number of men employed at Pembrey ar- rived to catch their usual train only to j find that all trains had been stopped. j Most of the men appeared to be unaware that a strike had i n declared and they expressed, their feelings in language more ,,s lu lir?t-uage more emphatic than eieganu Later on, a number of would-be passen- feers for Carmarthen put in an appear- ance with the same result. Great incon- venience has also been caused by the non- delivery of parcels. It was announced at the Parcels Office that only perishable goods would be handed out and several tradesmen to whom parcels had been con- signed called for them and acted as their own carriers. MOTOR CARS IN GREAT DEMAND. The demand for motor cars and vehicles of all kinds in Llanelly to-day is greater than the supply. people who had arranged to travel by train had no choice but to secure road transport of some kind. Quite a fleet of cars has been run- ning between Llanclly and Swan sea. all day. NEWSPAPERS ARRIVE BY ROAD. Tile u-aiciiii newspapers arrived in Llanclly some hours late. They were can- "eyed by motor from Swansea and were Promptly sold cut, oii-ing to the anxiety of the public to obtain latest news of the strike. RAILWAYMEN ALSO SUFFER. Ulir reporter was informed this mom- ,)cr of r-,? i lwaym(?,n ing that a large number of railwaymen are themselves suffering by reason of the strike, Many of t, eni are on duty away from their homes and they are now randed. One engine driver living at -f'r r.>¡.w.j., Llanelly left his engine at Land ore at midnight and walked all the way home. SOCCER TEAM TRAVEL BY ROAD. I It had been arranged that the Llanelly Soccer team should travel to Rogerstone j for the cup match by the 9 o'clock train. Under the circumstances, a char-a-banc had to be requisitioned and in this the local team made the journey to Newport. I Works to Close. SERIOUS EFFECT ON LOCAL INDUSTRIES. I The strike will have very serious er- fects upon local industries. The Steel Works and the majority of the other larger works will be closed down on Mon- day owing to supplies of coal not being available. Some of the smaller works may be able to keep going for a 6hort time but it is known that they have very little coal in stock so that it will net I be long before they also will have to sh t down. This is particularly unfortunate for Llanelly just now, as already there is a lot of unemployment owing to the water shortage. As is generally known, most of the tinplate mills in the town have been idle during the last few weeks and as Llanelly is so dependent upon tinplates, the effect of this, with the strike results added, may be realized. EFFECT AT THE DOCKS. I Owing to the fact that no coal is pass- ing over the railways, shipments at the North Dock have to be suspended. This is very unfortunate as several steamers have arrived and will now be held up. RAILWAYMEN MEET IN PRIVATE. I There was a good gathering of railway- I men at a meeting at the Copper Works School this morning. Just as the pro- ceedings were starting, one of the mem- bers rose and asked if all present wer;. bona fide railwaymen, at the same time looking (Significantly at the "Star" re- presentative who was preparing to get busy with his pencil. Another member said that as far as he was concerned, he had no objection to the pres,s being present, because there was nothing in the case of the railwaymen to hide from the public. Other views were expressed, one speaker saying that as the press were not admitted to the meetings of the Railway Executive, he did not see why they should be present at the men's ¡ meetings. ) In the end it was decided to exclude the press and the "Star" man thereupon I withdrew. NEW FOOD RATIONS TO-DAY. I The Ministry of Food have issued notice of restrictions which it is absolutely neces- sary to enforce durng the continuance of the strike. With certain exceptions, there is a sufficient supply of food in the country to meet under normal conditions all normal demands, and in order to en- sure equal distribution it will be nceessary to make certain changes in the present rationing scheme throughout the country. Strict rationing of meat, bacon, and mar- j garine will be re-imposed, the amount be- ing fixed by the Divisonal Food Commis- sioners. The public will he able to pur- cha-so butter and sugar only from the re- tailers with whom they are already regis- tered. The weekly ration of sugar is re- duced from 12 cz. to 6 oz. and of butter from lloz. to loz. and the weekly ration of butcher's meat is limited to Is 8d. j worth. I NO DISORDER OR RIOTING. From Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P..—"I have only to say, and I hope the members will realize, that whilst they are expected to he -loyal to their executive committee's instruction, this must not prevent them recognizing that neither disorder nor riot- ing will help their cause. Damage to pro- perty of any sort or kind must not, and will net, be countenanced, and they must show that whilst they are out for a prin- ciple they conduct themselves, as I am sure they will, in an orderly and peaceful manner. To me it is the saddest day of my life. I have exhausted all means to find a bridge. I have failed; there is no alternative to the course now adopted." I NO COAL-NO GAS. Nothing can be definitely stated as to 1 the position at the gasworks. Here, of I icourse, coal is the prime essential and if supplies are not available, gas cannot be I made. 'No coal—no gas," was the succinct statement of one of the officals to a "Star" representative this morning. I I REDUCED RATIONS FROM TO-DAY. ( i A "Star" reporter, who made inquiries at the food headquarters was officially in- formed that rationing would be re-im- posed in all commodities originally rationed—butter, margarine, tea, bacon, flour, meat, and cheese—as and from to- day (Saturday), and retailers are request- I ed to note this and to act upon it. The butter ration of Itoz. will be continued, 1 but in respect of other commodities the j rations per head will be :— Margarine, 4oz. I I Tea, l ioz. Bacon, 6oz. Flour, 41b. I Sugar, 8oz. (insted of 12oz.). I
! * Civic Welcome
Civic Welcome 4tli WELSH AND ENGINEERS AT CARMARTHEN. The townspeople of Carmarthen on Thursday turned out in large crowds to join in a civic welcome accorded to the local detachments of the Welsh Field Co. Royal Engineers, and the 4th Welsh Regiment (under the command of Major J. F. de Rees). These two Territorial units draw their strength principally from the counties of West Wales, and in them Llanelly and Carmarthen take a special interest. The occasion was enhanced by the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie Louise, who is a guest of Sir Owen Phillips, G.C.M.G., M.P., and Lady Owen Phillips at Coomh, and who presented Military Medals to a number of local men. The town was gaily I decorated with flags.
MUSICAL SUCCESS. I
MUSICAL SUCCESS. I At the recent examination held under the auspices of the associated board of I the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music held at Swansea, the following can- didates were successful in pianoforte play- ing: Higher divison: Phyllis Leonard, Anita Brown; elementary: Dorothy Owen. Primary: Nancy Thomas. Ronald Williams, 9, Brynmor road, captured the two first prizes at Pont- henry eisteddfod on Saturday week and also at recent eisteddfodau at Pinged and Kidwelly. • All the above are pupils of Miss Gertrude Davies, Gwynant, Vic- ¡ toria Square. I
LLANELLY MINIATURE RIFLE CLUBI
LLANELLY MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB I í The annual meeting of the Club will he held at the Murray street Range, Scouts' Hall, on THURSDAY EVENING, Oct. 2nd, at 8 o'clock, when all members are earnestly invited to attend.
GIBSON'S AUCTION MART, MARKET STREET, LLANELLY, Sale of Superior Household Furniture, Piano, etc. /^IHAS. GIBSON and SONS (A. E. J Gibson) have received instructions to Sell by Auction at their Mart, where the Furniture has been removed for the convenience of sale, on FRIDAY, OCT. 10th, 1919, a quantity of Superior Household FURNITURE 1 .1' uRE Viz.— Walnut Bedroom Suite, Brass Bedsteads, and Wire Mattresses, Wash- stand and Dress Tables, Massive 6ft Wal- nut Sideboard, Walnut Overmantle, Wal- nut Framed Dining Room Suite, Piano by Everand of London, Walnut Telescope Dining Table, Kitchen Tables, Smokers Arm Chairs, Massive Brass Fender, Stair i Carpet, Cheffoners, Chest of Drawers, Kikhen Dresser, Pictures, Window Poles, etc. Sale at 2 p.m. Terms Cash. i THOMAS.—On the 25th inst, at Florence street, New Dock, Mr Maurice Thomas, aged 40 years. FOR SALE, Bath Chair, in excellent condition. Apply, Box 458, Star Office. WANTED, a General Servant. Apply Mrs Gdiffiths, Wyddfa, Goling Rd. FOUR Freehold Cottages for Sale at Bryn; about 3 acres 10 minutes from electric cars and 2 minutes from Char-a-bancs. Offers invited. Apply X., c't:>r Office. mO EMPLOYERS.—Woling Man would —, like situation discharging coal trucks. Apply, A, Star Office,
Welsh Professors at Leeds
Welsh Professors at Leeds THEIR CONNECTION WITH LLANELLY. The two new professors appointed at the University of Leeds have close Llan- elly connections. Mr. J. D. Ivor Hughes, B.C.L., professor of law, is a son of Mr. Wm. Hughes, Nottingham, and grandson of Mrs. Hughes and the late Mr. Wm. Hughes, Prospect place. He is a barrister- at-law, and formerly Vinonian Scholar in in Law at Oxford. He has been a lec- turer in law at the University College of Wale-s and recently served as temporary chief of the section at the Ministry of Laboi:r. Mr. J. Harry Jones, M.A., the new professor of economics, is a brother of Mrs. T. J. Davies, Rock House. He was lecturer in social economics at the Glas- gow School of Social Study ami Training 1919; held posts in the wages section of the Ministry of Munitions and the intelli- gence department of the Ministry of Labour; author of "The Tinplate Indus- try: A Study in Economic Organization," and other works..
i ! MAYOR'S TOWN BAND INSTRUMENTI…
i MAYOR'S TOWN BAND INSTRUMENT I FUND. j List of subscriptions :— 1 £10 10s. The Mayor. I £5 5s. each: Mrs. Trubshaw, Mr Frank J. RMS, J.P., Felmfoel Brewery, Buckley Brewery, Ua.ncUy Steel Co. Ltd. I £3: Lady Howard. i tl Is. each: Mr. Martm R. Richards. I solicitor, Mr. D. Jennings, Mr. J. F. Tregoning, Drs. John and Randell, Evan Jones, Plas, Trimsaran, Lennards Ltd. £ 1, Arthur Williams. 10s.6d. each Henry E. Wangland, and W. Michael, White Hart.
I-HIGH WATER AT L-ANELLY.
I HIGH WATER AT L-ANELLY. Nate.—Greenwich time. To-day: 7.48 a.m.; 8.2 p.m. Sunday 8.17 a.m.; 8.30 p.m. Monday: 8.44 a.m.; 9.1 p.m. Tuesday: 9.17 a.m.; 9.34 p.m. Wednesday: 9.57 a.m.; 10.21 p.m. Thursday: 10.48 a.m.; 11.25 p.m. Friday- 12.7 p.m.
IFatal Fooibaii Excitement…
Fatal Fooibaii Excitement ——.— TRAGIC AFFAIR AT HALFWAY. An inquest was held by Mr Brodie (sitting without a Jury) at the Wesleyan Schooroom, New Dock, on Thursday, on the body of Wm. Pitt, age 41 years, of Ropewalk road, who sustained a fatal seizure during the progress of the Llan- clly v. Porth Soccer match on Tuesday last. Mary Ann Davy, Yspitty row, Bynea, said the deceased was her brother-in-law. He was very popular at the steelworks where he was employed. She walked up with him from his house to the Pember- ton, and he carried her groceries for her. At that time he was apparently quite well and cheerful. The deceased had never i consulted a doctor and never complained of his health. He had served in the Navy for 12 years. Bert O'Shea, Greenfield Villas, said the deceased was his workmate. He was a very strong man and appeared to be in perfect health. On Tuesday last while at Halfway Park he met the deceased. They watched the game for an hour during which time the deceased appeared quite well. Suddenly he caught hold of his arm and appeared in a state of col- lnpse. He fell down and died half an hour later. When the deceased got hold of his arm he asked him what was the matter but he only said "Oh and spoke no more. Dr. Dick said the deceased was dead when he arrived on the ground. Death was due to heart failure accelerated by the excitement of the match. A verdict according to the medical testimony was returned.
Teachers' Salaries APPLICATION FOR AN INCREASE REFUSED. I t I The Education Committee had before them at their meeting on Wednesday an application from the teachers for an in- crease of salary. In his letter to the committee, Mr. Ridley, secretary of the local Association, drew attention to the greatly increased cost of living Estimated at 116 per cent. Teachers salaries had not increased to keep pace with the in- creased cost of living. If the application were granted it would raise the standard of wages paid at Llanelly to the same level as those paid at Pontypridd, the j Rhondda, Barry, Port Talbot, etc. Councillor W. Davies They have dis- carded the Swansea scale, which they re- cently asked for; they want the Barry and Rhondda scale now. The Deputy Mayor (Aid. H. D. Rees) They have discarded the arrangement they came to with us also, which was that J our new scale was to hold good until March next. Coun. D. Jennings pointed out that when the new scale was recently framed some of the teachers had their salaries increased 100 per cent. The application was not granted.
L OST, Sunday, 21st, between Furnace U Fields and Golf Links, Gold Curb liracelet. Finder rewarded on returning Police Station.
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I ASTERISKS. Don't forget that hour on Sunday 11 igh t, Park Church will hold its harvest festival tc-morrow. Eight years ago this week the Llanelly Post Office was opened. New road again blossoms forth as a Saturday afternoon parade to and from Stradey. < < » "Shut up," is the Burry Port Sur- veyor's reply to people who want to know, you know. The freedom of the borough has been conferred in Carmarthen on three re-' turned soldiers. < < < There was a great crowd at Zion Chapel thirteen years ago to-day, the attraction being Mr. Lloyd George. The Scarlets thoroughly enjoyed their ) Bath on Saturday. May they enjoy this I' afternoon's experience equally well < A solicitor's clerk informs us that road sweepers in Llanelly are paid higher wages than the majority of legal assist- I' ants. Brains will tell < >, Old Llanellyites are to be found every- where. One of them, Sir Anton Bertram, son of a former pastor of Park Church, is Attorney General in Ceylon. + The district rate has now gone up to 4s., and on top of this comes a demand from the officials which if granted, will mean another £ 2,500 a year. Lucky rate- payers I » I Mr. Ernest Carter, of the Llanelly Cinema, has offered a free entertainment to the returned soldiers of the town on the occasion of the propcsed Mayor's dinner. < During the last fortnight over 20,000 tons of coal have been shipped from the ?*orth Dock. Twelve months of this kind of hustle would bo a real tonic for the ratepayers. Congratulations will be extended to the Rev. Hugh Jones on his election as presi- oent-elect of the Welsh Baptist Union. Bethel's popular pastor has earned the distinction by hard work on behalf of the denomination. < At the Police 0:11: this week :—Solici- tor (to defendant) It seems that you are making yourself a general nuisance to the neigh hours. Defendant: Better than you and your sort running people down with your tongue. < The Burry Port Council are undecided whether to install gas or electricity for street lighting. One of the ratepayers ex- presses his surprise that the councillors are not yet sick of gas. We gather that there is more than one kind of gas. Yet another chair has fallen to the lot of Cadifor. Our townsman was the chaired bard at the Pwll Eisteddfod on Saturday, the subject of the winning poem benig "Ac Etc a gyfyd Faner i'r Cenhed- loedd." Lady Howard took a prominent part in the chairing ceremony. < < Interesting details of the fighting in Afghanistan have come to hand fronj Gunner George Cvril Wilson, 18, Bryn- mor road, who is attached to the 77th Battery, R.G.A. Our young townsman has been on active service for over three years and is now stationed at Peshawar. < After the results of the great reliability trial were made known, a local competi- tor, Mr. J. D. Prytherch, entered a pro- test and an enquiry will shortly be held. I His protest is substantiated by the Indian Motor Cycle Co., and if his appeal succeeds our townsman will have created a mild stir amongst amateur motor- cyclists. Gareth Hughes, the young Llanelly film actor, continues to win golden opinions across the Atlantic. He is now figuring in "The Red Viper," a picture which ex- presses the subtle menace of bolshevism in a convincing way. "The star of the picture" says the New York Dramatic Mirror, "is Gareth Hughes, and to him is duo the greatest credit for his intelligent playing. He is one. of that small number of gifted film actons who think visibly. It will not be long !>e?ore he takes his right- ful place as one of the biggest of screen stars. Good looks, youth, and above an I intdIigcncc, are in his favour."