—————————————————-———— ) Rpatc.z bp 9luttton. BYEORDER OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE LATE ALDERMAN JAMES STRAKER. Messrs. JAMES STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK have been instructed to Sell by Auction, at an early date, a Large Onantitv of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, PICTURES, SILVER AND PLATED GOODS. ABERGAVENNY PEDIGREE HEREFORD BU LL SHOW & SALE, Tuesday, March 5th. ENTRIES SOLICITED. J. STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK, Auctioneers. MR. GOFF MORGAN has tixed the date of his Important SALE of FURNITURE for about the middle of March. J. STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK. ABERGAVENNY CATTLE MARKET. TUESDAY, 3th MARCH, 191S. MR. MONTAGUE HARRIS, F.A.I., has been instructed by Mrs. J. Jones, Upper Triley, to Sell by Auction, as above, a draft of 20 Excellent STORE HEREFORD CATTLE, in- eluding Two Pedigree thriving Bull Calves. Sale at 1130 a.m. Auction Officcs Abergavenny. LITTLE CEFNCOED, LLANELLEN. SALE or LIVE & DEAD FARMING STOCK which Mr. MCKTA3UE HARRIS, F.A.I., will Sell by Auction as above (by instructions from the Executor of the late Thomas J ellkins) on THURSDAY, MARCH 14th, 1918. CRICKHOWELL, BRECONSHIRE. PRELIMINARY. MR. MONTAGUE HARRIS, F.A.I., has been instructed to Sell by Auction, at the end of March, 1918, all that CHARMING VILLA RESIDENCE AND LAND known as PEN-Y- DRE," and situate as above, and in the occu- pation of the Vendor. Full details later. Vendor's Solicitors MESSRS. GABB k WALFORD, Abergavenny. CLYDACH & GILWERN, BpECoxsiiiRE. Sale of Desirable Leasehold & Freehold Properties. MR. ARTHUR J. THOMAS has been instructed to Sell by Public Auction at the LION HOTEL, GOVERN, on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 1918, at 7 p.m. prompt (subject to Con- ditions of Sale to be then produced, the follow- ing desirable PROPERTIES :— LOT i.-All that LEASEHOLD HOUSE AND GARDEN known as Clydach Cottage," con- taining about 14t perches, held under a Lease from the Duke of Beaufort for a term of 60 years from the 29th September, 1901. Ground rent, £ 2 4s. per annum. Recently in the occupation of the late Mrs. Mary Davies LOT 2.—All that LEASEHOLD HOUSE AND GARDEN, known as Bryn Cottage," situate at Clydach, containing 8 perches or thereabouts held under a Lease from the Duke of Beaufort for a term of 30 years from the 29th of Septem- ber, 1890. Ground i-i ios. per annum. Tenant Mr. Waiter Pritchard, at a lunar monthly rental of 12s. TWO COTTAGES situate in Cheltenham, Clydach, adjoining Mr. A. R. Morgan's Shop, formerly under Lease from the Duke of Beaufort, but now held under an Annual Tenancy. Ground rent, £ 2. 4s. per annum, in the respective occupations of Messrs. Henry Morgan at 2S. 3d. per week, and David Williams at 2S. 6d. per week. LOT 4.—All thc.e FREEHOLD PREMISES situate at Clydach, on the left-hand side of the main road from Gilwern to Brynmawr, in the respective occupations of Messrs. Evans, Jen- kins, Cook and Carpenter, at a gross Annual Rental of £ 24 14s. LOT S.-All those TWO LEASEHOLD COTTAGES situate at Old Castle," Gilwern, held under Lease from the Duke of Beaufort for a term of 20 years from May 12th, 1903, in the respective occupations of Messrs. Powell and Hales, at a weekly rental of 3s. bd. each. The Mines and Minerals are Reserved. For further particulars and orders to view, apply to the Auctioneer, Gilwern and Crick- howell; or to MR. D. GIBSON HARRIS, Solicitor, Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale. pYstfUaneonaT NOTICE, ALL DOGS found trespassing on Common Farm, Little Park and Great Park will be destroyed without further notice, owing to sheep being killed. SAMUEL JONES, Common Farm. R. PROBERT, Great Park. Estate of the Late Mr. John Jones. ALL Persons having claims against the AF,state of Mr. John Jones, late of High Street, Crickhowell, Bootmaker, who died on the 24th January, 1918, are requested to send par- ticulars thereof to me, the undersigned, forthwith ticulars thereof to me, the undersigned, forth- with. THOS. VAUGHAN, Crickhowell, Solicitor for the Executors. Abergavenny Nursing Association. THE ANNUAL MEETING will be held on WEDNESDAY, the 27th FEBRUARY, at 8 p.m., in the COUNCIL CHAMBER, Town Hall, by kind permission of the Mayor. The General Committee invite the Doctors and all Contributors of 3s. and upwards to attend. CEFN COTTAGE GARDENING SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, OLD MONMOUTH ROAD (Abergavenny II Miles) will open about March 15th, for the reception of Resident Pupils. Out Pupils also taken. For terms, &c., apply Superintendent, Miss C. G. DAVIES, at above address. National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks. (Abergavenny Branch). A SOCIAL AND WHIST DRIVE will be held on MONDAY, FEB. 25, 1918, at NEVILLE ROOMS, Neville Street, at 7.30 p.m. ASSHORT ADDRESS on the objects of the Union will be given by H. M. GIBBON, Esq. Secretary South Walts Council Tickets (FREE) can be obtained from- MR. W. E. HILL) 20 High Street and MR. W. T. PHILLIPS, Maycroft, North-st. BOROUGH OF ABERGAVENNY. PATRIOTISM CALLS YOU TO ATTEND the Performance of the Popular WELSH DRAMA CHANGE A Glamorgan Play by J. o Francis, IN THE TOWN HALL, ABERGAVENNY On THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 1918 BY THE Llanelly Hit1 Dramatic Society, IN AID OF The Mayor's Local War Fund. The Blue Cross Fund (Wounded Horses), The Overseas Soldiers' and Sailors, Local Reception Fund. OPINIONS OF TILE PRESS This Play is written from within by a man who knows his small corner of the world who knows his people, whose pen has pictured that of which his heart and head were full. It will be to his everlasting credit that his firstling in form, in characterisation, in development, is a work of artistic and racial significance. "—THE SUNDAY I TIMES. One of the most interesting Dramas of the Season."—THE "WESTMINSTER GAZETTE. Doors open at 6.45. Commence at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Tickets and Plan at Messrs. Hems and I Co., Frogmore Street. TICKETS, ijacluding tax; (Balcony 2/6), 2/ 1/ anteb 4 WANTED, a Mole Catcher.-Apply, P. Marfell, Cwm Farm, Clytha, Usk. WANTED, a man to hedge.—Apply, W. C. Jones, Pant Farm, Llancllen. WANTED, a good General.—Mr-. 1. Marsh, Bryntirrion. WANTED to Rent, for three months, small Meadow.—E. Williams, 60 Tudor-street. WANTED, at once, Two Furnished Rooms, for a family of three.—A. Chronicle Office. WANTED, a Young Lady for Outfitting and Boots.—Powell 0.: Son, Frogmore-street. WANTED, an experienced House-Parlourmaid housemaid kept.—Mrs. Hanbury, Nant-Oer, near Abergavenny. WANTED, You to Inspect the Greatest Stocks of Seed Potatoes and Garden Seeds in Aber- gavenny, at Eraser's. WANTED to rent (immediately) a medium- sized Horse, in or near Abergavenny.—State particulars, Box, IS, Chronicle Office. BOY'S BICYCLE Wanted 22in. frame or less. — Greer field, Tkornleigh, Avenue-road, Aber- gavenny. WANTED, experienced General, able to wash; good references.—Apply, Mrs. Bowen, Bryn- hyfryd, Albany-road. WANTED, quiet Pony, used to traffic, and Governess Car.—Write, stating full particu- lars, M., Chronicle Office. WANTED, a young Girl for Farm-house small fam;lv.-Ilrs. Biggs, Little Killough, Llan- tillio Crosssnny. WANTED to Purchase, Ladies' and Gentlemen's and Children's Second-hand Clothing best prices given.—Apply, Mrs. Jackson, 4, Chapel- road, Abergavenny. DRAPERY.—Wanted at once, Young Ladies as Apprentices for Shop, Showroom and Millinery Workroom.— Jones & Co., Bank House, Abergavenny. WANTED, Cowman, with working family or daughter to milk and assist generally must understand feeding and care of stock.— Montague Harris, Auctioneer, Abergavenny. NEW LAID EGGS Wanted. Full market price given. State quantity and if boxes found. Prompt payments banker's reference.- Write Williams' Creameries, Ltd., 116, High Road, Streatham, London, S.W. 10. WANTED, You to Prepare your Early Potatoes for Planting, in shallow boxes. Results prove Heavier Crops when sprouted before planting. Full instructions with all seed supplied at Fraser's. ￼ ,?,,o c d references in a HOUSEMAID Wanted good references in a small family.—Apply, Mrs. Edgar Morgan, The Beeches, Abergavenny. WOOD-CUTTERS Wanted three or four good men for pitwood and timber, near Pontrilas long job, lodgings close to work.—Apply, J. Harrison, Moreton, Brecon-rd., Abergavenny. WANTED, at once, good strong Labourers. Apply, Manager, Gas Works, Abergavenny. 11 let. -==.=: TO LET, comfortable Bedroom sitting-room if required. —11, Trinity Terrace. TO LET, Sitting Room and Bedroom, with attendance, for a Lady.—Apply, A.B.C., Chronicle Office. LODGINGS.—Good Lodgings for two respect- able Working Men.—Apply, Mrs. Jackson, 4, Chapel-road. TO LET, The Upper House, Court Morgan, Llanthewi Rhydderch, Abergavenny, being two cottages in one, good garden, and about two acres of land rent moderate.—Apply, Gardners & Hevwood, Abergavenny. jfor *it I C. GARDEN BARROWS, Ladders, Carts, Gambos, &c.-Watkins, Wheelwright, Mardy, Mon. PETROLEUM BARRELS for Sale.—Apply, G. R. Boundy, 22 Frogmore-st., Abergavenny. FOR SALE, pure-bred Black Pug Puppies u 'e 6 weeks.—Apply, 2, Clevedon Villas, Mount-st. 65-GUINEA New Upright Iron Grand Piano- forte for immediate cash sale 35 guineas.- Nightingale, 3, Stow Hill, Newport. FOR SALE, 10 or 12 Tons of good Stable Manure.—E. Williams, 60 Tudor-street. LIGHT 4-WHEEL DOGCART, made by the late Mr. Probin in good condition.— J. Jenkins, Brompton House, Pontypool. OXIDE OF IRON (Compound) enrich the blood, strengthen the system and bring the colour of health to pale faces, also acts as a gentle aperient. Invaluable for anaemia. 50 tablets in box, I/Shackleton) Chemist, Cross Street. When Next Ordering Your Poultry Food add to order OVUM, Thorley's Poultry Spice; the results will more than repay you. You can get OVUM at A. J. Wibberley's (late Saunders & Co.), 50, Cross Street, Abergavenny. ARMY BOOTS.—Best quality (repaired by local workmen), 10s. 6d. per pair, post free. Few Pairs Extra Special at 13s. Send postal order to-day. State studded or plain. Money re- turned if not satisfied, less postage. Best value on market. Trade supplied.—Bath Army Boot Stores, 19, Westgate Buildings, Bath. WHEN NEXT ORDERING YOUR POULTRY FOOD add to order OVFM, Thorley's Poultry Spice the results will more than repay you.- You can get OVUM at Jeffreys & Son, Frog- more Corn Stores, Abergavenny. WITH EGGS at present prices would you not like twice as many as you are getting ? Then use KARSWOOD (harmless) Spice containing ground insects. You will be delighted with the results. Start a test to-day and prove what other poultry keepers have done—that is more eggs. Packets 2d., 6d., 1 —Rees, 99, Mardy Road, Mardy. PIG FEEDERS I Now that Pig Feed is so costly use WUXSON'S CANADIAN PIc POWDERS in the food once or twice a week; they will save you such a lot of time in fattening. Healthy pigs are the pigs that pay, and Will- SOIl s keep them healthy. 7 powders for 7d., 16 powders for 1/2, 48 powders for 3/ 144 powders for 8/ and in bulk in tins 21/- each, all post paid.—Sold by A. J. Wibberley, Corn Merchant, 50 Cross St., and Henry Shackleton, Chemist, Abergavenny; Jeffreys and Son, Corn Merchants, Abergavenny Walter Gwillim, Chemist, Brecon. Carrots Carrots! Carrots! CHEAP FODDER Horses, Cows, Pigs, Poultry will eat them. Good sound Carrots as grown 4/- per cwt, delivered; 28lbs., 1/3. BUY NOW & SAVE YOUR CORN BILL! E. WILLIAMS, 60 TUDOR STREET, ABERGAVENNY. f ■ I jM?Han?oM. I FURNITURE To celebrate the close of another financial year's trading, we shall, from Saturday, February 9th to Saturday, February 23rd, present to every buyer of goods amounting to £10 and upwards FREE GIFTS OF FURNITURE in value equal to 1/6 in the £ on the total purchases. Thus on a cash order of say £ 50 any article to customer's own choice worth 75 will be presented FREE OF CHARGE. In view of the fact that our stocks are plainly marked at price much below present values, this scheme affords a unique OPPORTUNITY OF SAVING. I AS A FREE GIFT FOR 13 DAYS ONLY. P. E. GANE, Ltd., House Furnishers, 161-2-3 Commercial St., NEWPORT GOLDEN FLEECE, ABERGAVENNY, THE HOUSE FOR VALUE — IN — Dressmaking, Millinery, Costumes, Blouses, Furs, Silks, Hosiery, Haberdashery, Fancy Goods, House= hold Linen, Carpets, Linoleums, &c. THOMAS & SONS, 59 Cross Street, Abergavenny. Greater Stocks in Abergavenny than Ever Before Without Hoarding. Startling Revelations. Over 1,000,000 Ready for the Great Offensive. U Boats Fail again. There are Greater Stocks in Abergavenny than Ever Before. 0?? ??' ?? Carrot Seed can be obtained in 1d. Packets, i Oz. p"o"p- or per Cwt. Owine 8Du f,easo?' when FrMers customers secured the prizes, I procured the greatest stocks of Svfeedi s snS?ent to plant every Gardan and Allotment in Abergavenny and District. This Eeason Fraser's Seeds will be sold at PONTRILAS by Mr. Woodyatt, Pontrilas Courtat BRYNMA WR by M Swithin Bros.; TREDEGAR by Messrs. Walby Bros. I guarantee each w"bJ Bl08' 1 TOMA?OE?"?C???t..??,S??? gardening o?nsi?ONIONS, CABBAGE, TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS, &c" in leading varieties. i 6 ￼ STORSS t f ? ?/T?!r? AC?ttt? FROOMORE ?T?EET. I I | ■•( /TH J1\ A(Y S ~(|/j" ? ABERGAVENNY -? j FLORIST AND^ Fraser's always Always Fraser's COLISEUM ABERGAVENNY. Telephone, 33. MANAGING DIRECTOR RICHARD DOONER. RESIDENT MANAGER W. H. WALLER. MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY A Special Blue Ribbon Vitagraph Feature in 6 Acts THE GIRL PHILLIPA. From the Novel by Robert W. Chambers' Featuring the beautiful Screen Star, ANITA STEWART in the title role. A Lovely Film. Chapter *5 PATRIA." The Super Serial. Farcical Comedy AFTER THE BALLED-UP BALL. PATHE GAZETTE will be added to the strong programme above. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY :— j Triangle.. present LOUISE GLAUM in a Beautiful Story of a War Sacrifice of a Penitent Adventuress. A Wonderful Story of Field Hospitals. Chapter 9 "JUDEX": The White Schooner. Farcical Comedy BEACH NUTS (Keystone). PATHE GAZETTE will also be added. m NEXT WEEK.—A Wonder Screen Version of I Winston Churchill's Novel THE CRISIS." Doors open at 7. Commencing at 7.30 j ADULTS 4d. | ADULTS, I (Tip np Chairs I Sd. ADULTS, I (Tip-np ChairsI ILI-. Children 4d. and 8d. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Nights (not Monday and Thursday) with Adults only. r G. R. BOUNDY HAS PLOUGHS IN STOCK. RANSOME'S R B Y D HORNBY'S X P D D Double Furrows. RANSOME'S R H B Single Furrow. Seed Drills. Spring Tooth Harrows. 22 Frogmore Street, Abergavenny. SOW BRITAIN'S BEST SEEDS WHICH ARE SUTTON'S Royal Seedsmen, Reading. Sole Representative for Monmouthshire I and East Herefordshire: R. D. JONES (Late Saunders & Ce.) GOVILON, ABERGAVENNY. In The Pink of Condition ? Rather! I give them OVUM, Thorley's Poultry Spice. You try it, then YOUR fowls will be healthy and PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCS OF EGGS. Yon can procure OVUM at A. J. Wibberley's (late Saunders & Co.), go, CTMS Street, Abergavenny. 4 Atisrtllautous. Abergavenny and District Horticultural and Allotments Association. A GEERAL MEETING of the above will J- be held in the CORN EXCHANGE on SATURDAY (to-morrow) Evening, at 8 o'clock, to consider :— 1 • The advisability of holding a Show in August Bank Holiday week. 2. To confirm, or otherwise, the Rules of the Association. 3. To appoint Officers and the Committee for the ensuing year. 4. Any other business. His WORSHIP THE MAYOR (Aid. Z. Wheatley, J.P.) will take the chair. ALLOTMENT HOLDERS (Ladies and Gentle- men) are specially invited to attend. -r..EC. J. COPLEY, 19, Brecon Road, Sec. protem. Abergavenny. Christadelphian Synagogue, LION STREET, ABERGAVENNY SUNDAY NEXT, FEB. 24th, 1918, At 6 o'clock (Please note alteration of time). Speaker: Mr. E. KNIGHT, of Cwmbran. Subject: "The Kingdom of God." Its nature and object Come and hear and judge for yourself. Baate are free, and DO collection. Nurse Campbell, Certified Midwife. I4 Ross Road, Abergavenny. an late for Classification. TO LET, Cottage and Garden.—Apply by letter, D.A., Chronicle Office. SMALL Quantity of SPRING SEED WHEAT for immediate disposal.—Williams, Red House, Llanarth. WANTED, good General, by first week in April. —Apply, Mrs. Percy Searle, Bedwellty Villa, North-street, Abergavenny.
MUNICIPAL ENTERPRISE. I The Town Council are to be congratulated on acquiring Gwatkins' land on a three years' lease, with option of purchase. In view of the housing scheme which it will be necessary to carry out as soon as circumstances permit, it is a good stroke of business, and the property, when de- veloped, will be an acquisition to the town. The details of the housing scheme yet remain to be determined, but the plans will be prepared so that the scheme can be carried into effect as soon as possible after the termination of the war, when building operations can be carried on un- hampered by the present war conditions and the facilities for borrowing money will be more favourable. It is to be hoped that that time will not be long in arriving, and that the Council will be able to acquire possession long before their three years' lease has expired. Looking at it from the point of view of purchase, it will readily be seen that the acquisition of the land will be a good investment. The purchase price of the 2S acres is --14,200, which works out at about £ .150 per acre, or 7UI. per square yard. This is, of course, cheap for building land, especially when it is in such a good position. The most recently developed building land on the Hereford-road sold at 2S. 6d. per sq. yard, so that the price compares very favourably indeed, even when the cost of making roads is taken into account. The rental under the lease is, how- ever, rather heavy, being £ 200 per annum. The rental at present received from the property is £124 12s. 6d. per annum, so that while the Council hold the lease there will be a deficiency of some ^75 per annum to be made good in some way or other. By cutting up 51 acres for allot- ments at a rental of 7s. 6d. per 180 sq. yards for the first two years, this part of the property will be made more valuable, but most, if not all, the extra rental received will be swallowed up in the cost of fencing at any rate for the first year, so that the allotments cannot be expected to make up any of the deficiency yet awhile. The other portion of the land might be used to better advantage, and with praiseworthy enterprise the Streets Committee have taken up the matter from this point of view and have become tenants of the remainder of the land with the exception of one field, the tenancy of which has not yet expired. They intend to save money by using a portion for grazing for their horses, and they are desirous of cultivating the other portion for the growing of oats, which will save them buying. It appears that there is a restriction in the lease as to the breaking up of the land other than that which has been selected for allotments, though why there should be, when the Council un- doubtedly intend to purchase the property, one cannot understand. However, it is hoped that this difficulty will be got over, so that by this means some at any rate of the deficiency will be made good. The Town Council might have got the land a little cheaper if they had taken it when it was originally offered, but as it is, and regarded in the light of future developments, they were wise not to let such an opportunity slip altogether. We hope that by their manage- ment of the land the Streets Committee will show that municipal enterprise is worth while. One point to be remembered about the carrying out of a local housing scheme is that it is pro- posed that Government grants shall be made to help local authorities in this work. It is satisfactory to know that Abergavenny will not be behind other localities in taking advantage of this assistance. Abergavenny has to con- tribute its share towards the National Ex- chequer, and it should not be content to allow other towns to reap all the benefit to be derived from Government assistance. ±
I Local Property Sales. At the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, on Tuesday, Messrs. Straker, Son & Chadwick offered for sale the freehold farm known as The Yewtree, Goytre, comprising 35.799 acres, with 5.881 acres of coppice wood (in hand), the farm being let to Mr. Jas. Ball at £52 per annum, tenant paying rates. The property was sold to the Llanover Estate for £ 1,500. Messrs. Straker, Son & Chadwick also offered the freehold, fully-licensed premises known as the Butcher's Arms, Abergavenny, let to Mr. J. Basham at £ 35 per annum (pre-war rental £ 50). The licence (pre-war) is £ 15 5s. 3d., the land tax (1917) 4s., rates Zig, and inhabited house duty assessment £30. The property was sold to the Chas. Edwards Brewerv Co., Llan- foist, for (1,000. +
Monmouthshire Volunteer Regiment. I Abergavenny Detachment. Monday, 7.30 p.m. Guard mounting (dress, drill order). Wednesday, 7.30 p.m. Musketry (dress, musketry order). Thursday, 7.30 p.m. Musketry (dress, musketry order). Sunday, 3 p.m. Company drill and bayonet ? 3 P-1". fighting (dress, drill order). F. HANBURY, Lt., I O.C. Abergavenny Detachment.
3rd Monmouthshire Cadet Corps. I Abergavenny Company. Tuesday—Senior Platoon 7.30 p.m. Friday— Junior Platoon; 7.30 p.m. Appointment.—Cadet T. Strong to be L.-cpl. andliOrderly-room Clerk. By Order. R. J. HARRHY, Lt., Officer Commanding.
A Number of Exemptions Renewed. MEN WHO HAVE NOT JOINED THE VOLUNTEERS. The first sitting of the Abergavenny Borough Tribunal under the National Service regulations was held in the Council Chamber on Thursday evening. The Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatley, J.P.) presided, and there were also present Councillors J. R. Beckwith, G. R. Plowman and Alfred Graham, Dr. Glendinuing and Mr. Alfred Edwards. The National Service representative was Capt. Williams, of Newport. -Tribute to Mr. Gower Andrews. The Mayor said that was the first meeting they had held under the new scheme of National Service. They would remember that Mr. Gower Andrews was the Military Representative up to the time of the National Service scheme coming into operation, and the least they could do was to place on recor d tizeir to place on record their appreciation of his just- ness and courtesy at all times in bringing cases before them. He always acted as a gentleman towards both sides and never used any undue influence either for or against, but always brought the cases clearly and fairly before them. He proposed that they place on record their appre- ciation of his services during the tnne he was Military Representative at Abergavenny. Councillor Beckwith seconded, and said he thought Mr. Gower Andrews was a perfect gentleman in all his dealings so far as that Tribunal was concerned. He never met a kinder or more just gentleman. Councillor Graham said that, as one who was more or less responsible for recommending the appointment at the time of the original Derby scheme, he wished to endorse all- that had been said. The proposition was carried. To Review All The Cases. The Mayor said that lie thought it would have been wiser, instead of selecting just a few names, to have dealt with the whole of the local cases in one batch. To deal with some and leave others looked as if there had been favouritism. He did not know if Capt. Williams could give them any explanation as to why only some were called up. Capt. Williams said that he was not responsible for drafting out that list, but it appeared that the National Service official at Pontypool, who was responsible for Abergavenny, had chosen this list, having regard to cases which were more or less of the same kind. For instance, there were 10 employees of one firm on the list. In- structions had been received that they were to deal with cases of the same kind, if possible, at the same time. The only reason that a com- plete list had not been drawn up was that it would be too big a list to deal with at one sitting, but it was proposed to review all the cases. Councillor Graham asked who was responsible for drawing up the list. Capt. Williams said that it was the official at Pontypool, who was responsible for the Aber- gavenny area, and he had adopted the same course before other tribunals. Councillor Graham said that the Tribunal might be subject to criticism for dealing with the cases in that order, and they had no defence against that criticism, because they did not know why it was done. Men might well ask why they were called up while other men es- caped. Somebody who knew nothing about the local conditions had drawn up a list, from which it was evident that some men were called up while other men who should have been called up before them continued to be exempt. The Mayor said that they had men 0:1 the list over 40 years of age, while other young men were not dealt with. Dr. Glendinning But they have to be called up. Capt. Williams said that men formerly got exemption because they were in a certified occupation, but the list of certified occupations had been revised lately and the age limit had been altered. He would ask the official at Pontypool to bring forward all the Abergavenny cases. Councillor Beckwith Is it a case of economi- cal working that Abergavenny is placed in the Pontypool area ? It appears that the people at Pontypool are asking us to deal with men according to their opinion. The people at Pontypool are in the dark as to what we have to deal with here. Capt. Williams said that the cases were merely entered on the books at Pontypool, and nothing would be taken away from the jurisdiction or power of the Tribunal. Exemptions Renewed. There were altogether 34 cases on the list, but in two cases the men had joined up. A number of conditional exemptions were renewed and men who had failed to comply with the con- dition of joining the Volunteer Regiment were told that they must do so. A report of the cases will appear next week. +
TOMMY'S DAY OUT. ABERGAVENNY MAN'S EXPERIENCES IN CAIRO. The following has been written by Pte. Luther James, R.A.M.C., No. 70 General Hospital, Cairo, and whose parents live at 98 St. Helen's- road, Abergavenny Upon a warm and sunny December afternoon a party of sick British soldiers could be seen walking m the Zoological Gardens of Cairo. Their blue hospital coats were thrown on their arms, for the afternoon was really hot, even for Egypt. Plants were in bloom, and the lovely flowers cheered the passer-by. Maiden-hair ferns flourished in the open, and the whole sur- roundings made the soldiers think they had suddenly come from The jaws of death into a true fairy-land. Some of these men had been on Gallipoli then to Salonica, afterwards Palestine, from which place they had come. In a few cases it was their first real taste of civilisation for a couple of years, and will remain in the memory in years to come as a mirage looming from the desert of their life- only, it was real. The zoo. contained many specimens of animals, which were very interest- ing, but nothing in the animal life strikes the eye so much as the giant giraffes, which are posted near the main entrance. These slender beasts would make splendid window cleaners could they be so trained, especially in these (lavs of shortage in material and labour, for in-most cases they would be able to reach those windows that now require a ladder. The ostrich strutted about as though proud of his feathers, and con- scious of the fact that they were coveted bv many of the ladies who passed that -wav. Huge tortoises caused not a little attention. I had no idea they grew to such a size, especially as I had seen some in their wild state about the size of a half walnut. The shell of these would make a good bath for a small child. Most of the animals were such the same as those found in any other zoo. Some were presented by Lord Kitchener, and the Egyptian rarely fails to point out this fact when the visitor is British. The final touch to this Arcadian spot is in the shape of a grotto. At first sight it appears to be a rugged rockery, of a mud colour, but on a closer examination the onlooker is surprised to find the forms of animals and birds worked in the masonry. The fascination is increased when in places are discovered outlines of flowers or other figures, which give an ornamental touch to the whole scene. The visitor is reminded of his early days when he looked into the red-hot coals and in imagination saw many curious shapes appearing, or at a grey cloud in which he could see many outlines of creatures. This latter is about the best description of the grotto. The inside is no less interesting, for at nearly every turn are cavelets in which are placed seats made from what appears to be Nile mud, inlaid with coloured pebbles, which form the surface of the seats. Tr.ert is a winding path leading to the top, and patterns worked upon it in small stones. It is usually that of the lotus flower, which to the ancient Egyptian held a sacred value. It was believed by them that the sins committed in life were forgiven in death by virtue of its purity, when placed before the throne of the Great Un- known Judge. For this reason it was carved upon and can still be seen on the tombs of the ancients. As we climb to the top of the Grotto we pass many small waterfalls, and from their moisture grow luxuriously maiden-hair ferns. The sun is beginning to set, and it is not without some sigh of regret that the whole scene is left behind, but there is a further treat in store for the hovs They are met by a lady Red Cross Worker, who has arranged for them a tea. which they begin to think they will enjoy after their "afternoon ramble. It is not long before the party is seated upon the deck of one of Cook's tourists' Nile boats.