WRISTLET WATCHES. Committee's Deficit of over £43. I THE QUESTION OF UNLICENSED PREMISES. I Another presentation of wristlet watches to local soldiers home on leave from the front took place ot the Black Lion Room on Wednesday evening. There were six soldiers on the list, but two of these had returned-Sapper A. G. Jones, R.E., and Pte. R. F. Thomas, R.W.F. The four recipients present were Corpl. J. White, R.E. L.-cpl. George Coles, R.E. Sapper C. Meale, R.E. and Pte. R. Lynch, R.F.A. The Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatley) presided. No less than 123 watches have now been presented, and the public ought to know the position in which the committee find themselves as a result of the heavy responsibility they have shouldered in carrying on this excellent movement. The number o! watches presented is 123 and the subscriptions already received amount to £1 q 13s. id., which is a good result so far as it goes, but it nothing like enough to meet the liabilities already incurred, and there is at present a deficit of(n ()s. 1 id. The committee have not yet made half the presentations which they may be called upon to do, and it is therefore necessary that there should be a much more liberal response on the part of the general public. Abergavenny people, when they realise the position, will surely not see the committee hampered for lack of funds after all their labours to make a move- ment a success. This is really the only tangible recognition that local lighting men receive for their services, the men themselves do thoroughly appreciate it, for it gives them a good heart to return to their duties, and we feel sure that it is onlv necessary for the need to be made known in order to ensure ample financial support. It has been decided to hold the gatherings off licensed premises, in deference to the wishes of subscribers, prospective lor actual, and in future there will be no excuse but that of poverty for anyone not subscribing when approached. Some of the soldiers themselves have subscribed as much as ios., and while that shows an excellent spirit, we cannot forget that this is the town's tribute to the men who are fighting for them, and the fund ought to be kept going entirely by townspeople themselves. I Generous Offer of Col. crawsaay. I The Mayor, in making the presentations, welcomed the recipients back from the front and hoped that they would benefit from their period of relaxation. In reference to the controversy that' those meetings should be held off licensed premises, the committee had given the matter every consideration, but they had not at that moment decided what they would do. They had tried the experiment of the Town Hall, and they knew the results of that, and they had had an offer from another organisation to place a room at their disposal. The Town Council were prepared to place at their disposal the Corn Exchange free whenever they wanted it. (Hear, hear). He did not believe in coercing the committee. They had started the movement, and it was for them to carry out their own ideas in their own way, but he would be prepared to do anything he could for any committee or any organisation whilst he held the position he did in the town. He was pleased to see among the recipients an old colleague in the person of Joe White. It was many years since he had the pleasure of sending him away to fight in the South African War, and he did not think then that they would have another war that Joe would go to. He was pleased that he did his duty then, and that he had responded to the call of King and country again, though he must be getting near the age limit. He was glad to welcome him and also the other recipients, and he congratulated Councillor Meale on having a son who was doing his duty for King and country. The Mayor also said that on Tuesday morning Sergt. Brown (postman) returned home, and in the course of a few days he would have the pleasure of presenting him with the Military Medal. (Applause). He received a letter that morning from a gentleman whom they all probably knew. He was the son of the late Mr. Codrington Crawshay and had served with the R.W.F. He said that if any members of the R.W.F., and especially the 2nd Battalion, came to Abergavenny he would be very pleased to present every one with a wrist watch at his own expense. (Applause). He had been wounded and in hospital for some considerable time, and he said he had suffered all the agonies except death. The Mayor then presented the watches, amid applause. Inspires Them tn Serous Moments. I Corpl. White, in responding, said that was the second watch he had had presented to him by the inhabitants of Abergavenny during his short career. The first watch he valued very much, and he should value that one, too. When he looked at it he should think of the friends at home. It was not the value of the watch, but the principle that initiated that movement that he valued more than anything. He could assure them that out there they had some very serious moments, and when they thought of Aberga- venny and those they had left behind it seemed to lift them out of themselves and give them an inspiration to do everything that their King and country required them to do. When he looked at the watch he would think of everything the people at home were trying to do, not only for them, but for those they had left behind. When they thought of what was being done for their loved ones it gave them a greater heart and better will to do the work they had to do out yonder. (Applause). Corpl. Coles said that they ran into danger at various times, and when they looked at their watches they thought of those they had left behind and what they were doing for them. To them of the R.E. was not given the glory of the boys in the front line, but they were often butting into the thick of it.. They had to put up with shell fire day after day, and they faced it as bravely as they could. He should value the watch because it showed the goodwill which inspired the movement. In moments of stress and danger it would lift him up, and he would be back in Abergavenny for a few minutes. (ApplauseHI Corpl. Lynch said he was pleased to receive that little souvenir to take back to the front. He hoped to do his best, and he hoped that the next time he came home it would be for good. (Applause). Corpl. Meale returned thanks for the recog- nition of the boys who were doing their bit and for the kind way they treated them. Councillor Meale said that if it was not for the bovs doing their bit they would not be able to hold that meeting that night. He hoped it would not be long before they would see them all back again in their ordinary civil life. (Ap- plause). I The Committee's Difficulties. I d I Air. J. Powell, as one 01 tne secretaries 01 tnat fund, proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for coming there to present the watches. The Mayor was a hard-pressed man, and thanks were due to him to a great extent for the way in which that movement had been carried through. A fortnight ago the Mayor took the chair for them at the Town Hall. The affair was very helpful, and they realised 125 4s. id. (Hear, hear). The chief of the work was done by Mr. and Mrs. Evans, of Cross-street, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stanley. They had been able to give a lot of watches away through the kindness of their many friends, otherwise it could not have been done. They had been behind hand in handing over the watches to the men, because, as Mr. Wheatley had explained, it was very difficult in war time to get them engraved. That night Mr. Wheatley had brought them 32 watches which would be delivered to the friends of the soldiers who were formally presented with them when they were there. They had to ask for the return of the watches after they were presented, but the recipients must not think that they were going to take the watches off them, but the time at their disposal was too short to get them en- graved by the time they were presented. There had been some controversy about moving those smokers from licensed premises, and they had been offered two places, the Y.M.C.A. and the Corn Exchange. They desired to meet the wishes of everybody in the town as far as they could. It meant a tremendous amount of money to find the watches, and a lot of work. They did not mind the work so long as they were able to fall in with the wishes of the subscribers, but it was a hard task. One wanted to be here, and another wanted to be somewhere else, but if the committee decided upon the Corn Exchange he believed that it would cover the greater part of the trouble. They were working men, and the advice they had had from the Mayor had been very helpful to them. To hold their meetings off licensed premises would cost more money, and he did not altogether see how it was going to be done at the present time. To arrange a concert every week in the Corn Exchange meant a lot of work, especi lly when one man had to do the lot. He had to do as much work as an agent in advance for a theatrical party, and he had to earn his living at the same time, and often get up at three o'clock in the morning to do it. If it was not for the sake of the boys he would not have anything to do with it. He tried to do his little best for the soldiers, because he had three sons himself who were soldiers. Every man in khaki was doing his best, and it was not his fault if he was not at the front, because he could not go unless he was sent. They must give the boys at the front a little extra, however, because of the trials and tribulations they had to go through. (Applause). Councillor Meale seconded the vote, and said he did not think they could have carried the movement through without the patronage and assistance of the Mayor. If the Mayor was always expected to perform the duties which Alderman Wheatley performed they would never have a Labour Mayor at Abergavenny, because he could not do the work. Ever since the start of the war the Mayor had had to work tremendously hard and meet all sorts of diffi- culties and deal with innumerable applications from all kinds of people. The Mayor, in response, said he hoped that during the coming year they would have the pleasure of holding a dinner in the Market Hall, as they did about 19 years ago when they wel- comed back the soldiers from the Boer War. ±
Annual Meeting oj the Governors. APPEAL FOR MORE SUPPORT FROM I CHURCHES AND WORKMEN. The annual meeting of the Governors of the ) Victoria Cottage Hospital was held on Wednes- day afternoon, Mr. J. O. Marsh presiding. There were also present Lady Treowen, Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Lawson (Mardy Park), Mrs. Corfield, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Foster, Rev. J. R. Phillips, Dr. Glendinning, Mr. W. L. Thomas, Mr. H. Gethin, Mr. Iltyd Gardner, Mr. W. E. Norris and Mr. E. James. The Annual Report Satisfactory Year's Work. I The iGth annual report of the Committee of Management was as follows In presenting this report the Committee feel that the Governors must be gratified to know, notwithstanding the great war is now in its fourth year, and the consequent hard times through which we are passing, that this year's work turns out very satisfactory. The expendi- ture, chiefly owing to the increased cost of living, and the enormous increase in the costs of drugs, together with the larger number of patients treated than formerly, again exceeds £500. The subscriptions are slightly in excess of last year, but the congregational collections, the Committee are sorry to report, have dropped ,i i(,, which is lower than for several years. The in-patients' receipts arc also considerable lower, but this is accounted for by the fact that al- though there were 15 more patients treated than last year, the number of days in hospital is 300 less. The total receipts are about /50 less than last year. The number of out-patients is con- siderably reduced, viz., from 71 to 34, and the number of their visits from r84 to 129. We treated 75 in-patients, being 15 more than the previous year, but the average stay is consider- ably reduced, although two patients were in the Hospital respectively 114 and 143 days. The average cost per patient is reduced by £ 1, but the average cost per bed is increased by /8 3s. Sd. The costs of each patient per day is 5s. od., or 41d. more than last year. While the gain in funds on the Maintenance Account for the years 1916 and 1917 are about £ 50, there are outstand- ing unpaid f 50 or so due to Messrs. J. G. Thomas & Sons for work on decorations and heating apparatus, and nearly £ 10 for bills of 1917, which could not be got in in time for the closing of the accounts. Hence it is regretted the Hospital maintenance balance in hand is lower at the end of 1917 than on December 31st, 1915. We refer with great regret to the loss the Hospital has sustained during the year by the death of our Hon. Dental Surgeon, Mr. W. H'. Nieholls, and his services will be greatly missed. We are much indebted to Mr. Gething, who has very kindly supplied and planted at his own expense the front garden with choice rose trees. The Committee also wish to acknowledge the kindness of another benefactor to the Hospital, the late Mr. James Straker (who was a life governor of the Hospital, and who during his lifetime was a good supporter), did not forget the Institution, and by his will he left a legacy of £ 50 free of duty. This amount, together with some interest, has recently come to hand from his executors. The District Nursing, started in January, 11)°5, with the support of many of our own subscribers, has since continued its work in friendly relation- ship with the Cottage Hospital, and published its accounts and proceedings under cover of our annual report. Early in 1917 it extended its functions by undertaking the responsibility for also maintaining a maternity nurse, and in con- sequence affiliated itself with the Monmouth- shire Nursing Association. Hence in future it will publish its own report independently of the Cottage Hospital. We desire to record our hearty thanks to the honorary medical staff, whose duties have been rendered the more onerous owing to two of their number being away part of the time and one the whole of the year, serving with the colours and we also acknowledge our indebtedness to Mr. Greer (Newport) for his many gratuitous services. Again we extend our appreciation to the work of the Matron and nursing staff. Miss Thomson has wholeheartedly devoted herself to our interests, and her work has largely contributed to the satisfactory results for fche year. In this she has been loyally supported by the staff by their unremitting care and kindness to the patients under their charge. Our grateful thanks are given to all sub- scribers, donors, and lady house visitors, to the Abergavenny Chronicle for free insertions, and to the Daily Telegraph for a daily gratuitous copy of the paper. Economical Working. I The Chairman, in proposing the adoption of the annual report,said that from some points of view the report was very satisfactory, but from some others not quite so satisfactory. They would see by the accounts that their receipts had decreased by /55 odd during the year. It looked rather serious, but when they looked at their balance in hand it was not so serious, though it was to be regretted that their receipts had fallen off. It was due, partly, to the fact that there was £3 odd less received from the in-patients, owing to their being 300 days less in hospital than they were the year before. It was satisfactory that the cases were evidently not so serious, or that they were able to cure them quicker. He was sorry to say that there was a falling off in congregational collections and he thought it was very sad that only £ 55 odd was contributed from this source, compared with £ ji in the preceding year. He hoped that the various churches and chapels would endeavour to support that institution as well as they had done in the past, if not better. Those items accounted for the reduction in income, because their subscriptions were a trifle more, although they had lost a good many subscribers. They had £ 10 from a new source, Gilwern, which had htlped them materially, or they would have been on the wrong side. He found that 10 of their regular subscribers had died and four or five had removed. What they wanted to do was to fill up their places as far as possible with new comers. Last year there was £ ^5° odd brought forward, and they were carrying for- ward this year ^164 17s. That looked very satisfactory, but he was sorry to say there was an outstanding account of ^50 for the heating apparatus and for painting and decorating the institution, and if that was paid the account would look very much on the wrong side. The expenditure side was the most pleasing feature of the balance sheet. In 1916 provisions cost £189 odd, but this year, to his surprise, they only cost ^162, or £27 less than last year. That, in the face of the extra cost of food, spoke well for the management of the hospital by the Matron. The household expenses for coal and wood, gas and water, showed a slight increase of nearly -fl7, but the establishment charges had de- creased by £13 7s. 5d., as there were no furnish- ings of any kind. There was a decrease in salaries, wages and insurance of 1..14 odd, but that arose from the fact that during the greater part of the period the Matron had one qualified nurse and one probationer, and there had there- fore been a saving, but he felt sure that it was not at the expense of the care of the patients. Taking it altogether, their balance sheet was very satisfactory. The cost of in-patients had increased only d.d. each per day. He noticed that while at the Pontypool Hospital the average cost per bed had increased by ^15 odd, the average cost at their hospital had increased by ^8 3s. Sd. only, although Pontypool was a larger institution and ought to be able to work more economically. Another thing that struck him was the extraordinary amount that the workmen in the Pontypool district subscribed to the hospital there. They subscribed no less than £2,783 during the past year, and the employers £ 684. At Abergavenny, of the L215 received in subscriptions he found that, as far as he could separate them, the workmen subscribed about 12 guineas. He hoped, if it was possible, that they would get the artisan and working classes to take a deeper interest in the institution. Lady Herbert seconded the adoption of the report, which was carried. I Elect:on of Officers. The Chairman proposed that Lady Herbert be again elected president, and said that they all knew what a deep interest she always took in the institution. Mr. Edwin Foster seconded, and it was carried On the proposition of Mr. lltyd Gardner, seconded by Mr. D. Howell James, the hou. medical staff were re-elected, with thanks for their past services. On the proposition of Dr. Glendinning seconded by Mr. E. James, Mr. D. Howell James was re-elected hon. secretary, and on the proposition of Mr. Gardner, seconded by Mrs. Corfield, Mr. A. M. Cunliffe was re-elected hon. treasurer. On the proposition of Mr. D. H. James, seconded by Mr. Norris, Mr. Gardner was re-elected hon. solicitor, and the proposer said that they were exceedingly obliged to Mr. Gardner for his services in the past and also for his latest service of drawing up the trust deed. On the proposition of Dr. Glendinning, seconded by Mr. Edwin Foster, Mr. W. M.. Chadwick was re-elected hon. auditor, and vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Morgan Jones for his services in auditing the accounts for the past year. The Committee of Management were re-elected with the substitution of the Rev. M. E. Davies for the Rev. H. H. Matthew, and it was left to the committee to fill up another vacancy. Appreciation of the Matron. I The Rev. J. R. Phillips proposed a vote of thanks to the lady house visitors, and the Matron and staff, remarking that the lady visitors had willingly made a sacrifice of their time and done their duties well, and the staff had rendered ex- cellent service to the Hospital during the year. Mr. Norris seconded, and the vote was carried. The Chairman said that their special thanks were due to the Matron for the way,in which she had got through an expensive year at a less cost than before. Mr. Iltyd Gardner proposed that they again give the Matron a bonus of I,ro, in recognition of her services during the past year. Mr. D. H. James said that although he was the treasurer he had much pleasure in seconding. I The Chairman said that it was the duty of the Committee of Management to vote this, but they had forgotten to do so, and they were pleased to repair the omission. The motion was carried. Mr. lltyd Gardner then said that he was in- clined to go farther, and he did not make his proposition without consultation. The Matron had proved that she was a very efficient and economical officer, and they had got on wonder- fully well compared with the manner in which they got on a few years ago in relation to ex- penditure. They all knew that nurses and matrons were at famine prices, and he proposed that they vote the Matron a permanent increase of salary of /io. They had paid higher salaries than they were paying now, and he thought it was their duty to raise the salary of the Matron. Lady Herbert seconded, and the proposition was carried. The Chairman communicated the decision of the Governors to the Matron, stating that the general meeting wished to tender their warmest thanks to her for the way in which she had managed the institution during the past year, and the splendid and economical way in which she had kept down expenses in these troublous times. They felt that her services were so valuable that they ought to increase her salary, and they hoped that they would have her services for many years to come. On the proposition of Lady Herbert a vote of thanks was accorded the Chairman for presiding. 410
ABERGAVENNY RURAL TRIBUNAL. A DEFINITION OF GRADE 3. 1 -1 1 1.? I A sitting ot the Abergavenny RLiral lriDunai was held on Tuesday, Mr. Robert Johnson pre- siding. There were also present Messrs. John Prichard, Edgar W. Lewis, John Lewis, Win. Cwillim, with Capt. W. H. Williams (National Service Representative) and Mr. Jos. Griffiths (Agricultural Representative). I Tribute to Mr. Gower Andrews. At the outset the Chairman referred to the work of Mr. Gower Andrews as Military Repre- sentative to the Tribunal. Mr. Gower Andrews was the most conscientious and fair gentleman he had ever met in his life in connection with the carrying out of his duties. He had shown him- self most considerate in all cases and went care- fully into every detail, and they were all very sorry to lose his valuable services. Capt. Williams said he should like to associate himself with the remarks of the Chairman. They were very sorry to lose the services of Mr. Gower Andrews and he wished he could have seen his way to continue the work, but he could not to do, and they had not seen fit to appoint anyone to succeed him. That was why he had come there to conduct the cases. Mr. Joseph Griffiths said that, as the opponent of Mr. Gower Andrews, he was pleased to endorse all that the Chairman had said. In many cases they could not agree, but in most cases they agreed to differ, and he thought that they had the best opinion of each other to-day-at any rate he could say lie had of Mr. Cower Andrews. He was a man whom they could all trust. Mr. Scanlon said that as Clerk to the Tribunal it was with great regret that he learned Mr. Gower Andrews had resigned. The gentlemanly and courteous manner in which he carried out his duties made it a pleasure to be associated with him in the work. Mr. John Prichard said that no one could have held the balance more evenly or conducted the business in a fairer manner than Mr. Gower Andrews. Mr. Edgar W. Lewis said lie concurred with the remarks which had been made. More Patients for the Asylum. I Dr. N. R. Phillips appeared in the case of two members of the Asylum staff, both 22 and single, whose cases were reviewed. Capt. Williams said that the ground of review was that the men were more indispensable to the Army than in their present employment. There had been some correspondence between Dr. Phillips and the National Service Department, and they fully recognised the importance of these men at the Asylum. In reply to Capt. Williams, Dr. Phillips said that owing to the proposed closing of another asylum they were asked to take in another 160 patients at Abergavenny. Both men were in indifferent health and one had been under treat- ment since November last: He honestly be- lieved that they would be a hindrance rather than a help to the Army. Capt. Williams did not press for the men; under the circumstances, and conditional exemption was granted in each case. An improver (22) to a wheelwright and agri- cultural smith at Triley said that he had been lame since six years of age, when he had measles. He was classed C2. Conditional exemption was granted on remaining in present occupation. The proprietor of a wool and flannel factory at Llanover appeared in respect of two sons. He said that one had been very ill and had not been able to do anything for a long time. He had been before the Medical Board, who had ad- journed his case for three months. The Tribunal accordingly adjourned the case for three months. In the case of the other son, the father put in documents to show that he was solely engaged on Government work, and this son was the only one engaged in the business. Conditional ex- emption was granted in this case. A man employed in a saw mill at Penpergwm for a Cardiff firm, a married man with six children, Grade 3, said he had a smashed ankle and a withered leg. Conditional exemption. A Pandy youth, 181, C3, who had been en- gaged as a builder's apprentice but who had to be transferred to the office owing to suffering from hemorrhage of the lungs, was con- ditionally exempted. A married man, Grade .1, aged 41, with four children, and who looks after the land and electric light plant on a small estate, was also conditionally exempted. The Meaning ol Grade 3. m" I In reply to Mr. Joseph Gnmths, Capt. Wil- liams said they must not take a Grade 3 man as a C3 man, who was really regarded as a crock. Under the new classification a Grade i man was a good specimen and he could go on active service anywhere. A Grade 2 man would be fit for active service after a very short time, and a Grade 3 man was one who needed some careful training and watching. He might break down, or he might prove a success. These men were sent to a distribution battalion and carefully watched, and after two or three months they were examined again, and if it was found that training was harmful to them they were sent home. If it was found that they had improved they were kept on. They had had some very useful men out of Grade 3. A builder and contractor at Govilon, aged 40, said he did a lot of farm-house repairs, and covered a radius of 10 or 11 miles. Capt. Williams said that this class of man was wanted for shipbuilding. The Clerk said the'man had been rejected as anfit, and members said he was doing important work. Conditional exemption was granted. A builder and contractor at Pandy, who said he did the farm repairs on four estates and it presentj employed six men, was granted conditional exemption. Blind In One Eye. I Conditional exemption was also granted to a coffin maker and wheelwright, C2, at Llanvi- bangel to a builder and contractor at Llan- vihangel, Grade 2, married, four children and to a wheelwright and coffin-maker at Llanover, whose employer said he was blind in the right eye. A C3 man who was formerly employed as a groom-gardener at Pandy, was stated to have gone to work as a wagoner on a farm near Ross, and the War Agricultural Committee of the district asked that the case should be referred to the Ross Tribunal. The manager of the farm on which the man is employed said that he broke his leg on Thursday. The case was referred to Ross. A G.W.R. ticket collector, living at Penper- gwm, admitted in reply to Capt. Williams that his employers had released him for military service. He was still working for the company, however. He had been re-examined since he was told he was released and put in a lower category, Grade 2, and the company were holding Grades 2 and 3 men. Capt. Williams They are not asking for your exemption. Exemption was refused, but the man is not to be called up for a month.
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IGALLANT ABERGAVENNY AIRMAR. FURTHER DISTINCTION FOR LT. HAROLD I DAY. Abergavenny may well be proud of the record of one of its airmen, Flight-sub-lieut. Harold Day, R.N.A.S., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Day, who, it will be remembered, was some time ago awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. The distinction of the D.S.O. has now been awarded him, and it is to be deeply re- gretted that the gallant airman was not spared to receive this high recognition of his splendid services. His deeds are described as follows in the l'aval honours list issued on Saturday :— In recognition of the skill and determination shown by him in aerial combats, in the course of which he has done much to stop enemy artillery machines from working. On January o, 1918, he observed a new type enemy aeroplane. He immediately dived to attack, and after a short combat the enemy machine went down very steeply, and was seen to crash. On several other occasions he has brought down enemy machines out of control.
Crickhowell Board of Guardians. Mr. Gwilym C. James presided at the fort- nightly meeting of this Board on Monday, when there were present Rev. W. Arvon Davies, and Messrs. Evan Williams, A. J. Thomas, David Thomas, Henry Thomas, Henry Harris, W. G. Watkins, J. H. Jones, Enoch Griffiths, W. (5. James, E. Pirie-Gordon, T. LI. Jones, T. Price, and W111. Rosser. THE FOOD QUESTION. The Master said there would be great difficulty in arranging the dietary at the house, having regard to the shortage of foodstuffs, especially meat, and he desired to take the Board's in- structions. The food allowance of the officers had been considerably reduced, and it was felt they should be met in some way, having regard to the fact that rations were part of their salaries Mr. A. J. Thomas You are only doing what the ratepayers have to do—go without. (Hear, hear). The Master When I don't have meat on a certain day what am I to do for soup for the in- mates on the morrow ? Regarding Mr. Thomas' remark, the ratepayers, when unable to buy their usual quantity of meat, saved the difference in expenditure, but the officers lost by being cut down. Mr. A. J. Thomas And the ratepayers spend the saving on expenditure in buying sub- stitutes, and, generally speaking, are worse off. He felt that where all had to live on rations no section should ask for what looked like preferen- tial treatment. The Master We don't want to fare better than anyone else, but when our rations are cut down the amount should be made up to us. The matter was referred to the House Com- mittee. WAR BONUS. The Salaries Committee recommended the following war bonuses :—Clerk and Mr. J. T. Turner, R.O., £ 10 per annum each Mr. D. M. Evans, R.O., £ 7 xos. per year. On the motion of the Chairman the recommendations were unanimously adopted. NEW GUARDIAN. A letter was read from Mr. S. G. Davies, secretary to the West Ward, Brynmawr, stating that at a meeting of ratepayers Mr. R. J. Hay- ward, of Carlyle House, Brynmawr, had been nominated as Guardian, in the room of the late Mr. Enoch Williams. On the motion of Mr. Henry Harris, seconded by Mr. Enoch Griffiths, Mr. Hayward was co- opted a member of the Board. FULL. A letter was read from the Bedwellty Board of Guardians asking the Guardians whether they could take any of their inmates, as their institu- tion was required for military purposes. The Chairman Unfortunately our house is quite full. The Master That is so, sir.
CRICKHOWELL. OBITUARY.—The death occurred last week, after a short illness, of Mr. Wm. Morgan, Bridge- street, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan, late of the Butcher's Arms, Crickliowell. The de- ceased, who was only 40 years of age, was a man of sterling qualities, and popular with all who knew him. He was a faithful member of St. Edmund's Church. Sympathy is felt for the parents, deceased being their chief support. The funeral on Saturday at St. Edmund's Church was largely attended.
Crickhowell Rural District Council. Mr. W. G. James presided at the monthly meeting on Monday, when there were present Messrs. E. P. Gordon, H. Thomas, T. LI. Jones, A. J. Thomas, and Wm. Rosser. The Surveyor said he had received a number of complaints with regard to loaded waggons remaining on the highways for several days and nights. They were a source of danger, and at least should be lighted up during the night. The Chairman and Mr. E. Pirie-Gordon agreed, and it was decided to write to the County Council and the offenders, the latter to be asked not to allow their waggons to remain more than one or two nights, and to have them lighted up with red lights. Mr. D. M. Evans, Relieving Officer, Llanelly, was co-opted a member of the local Food Com- m ttee. Mr. T. Ll. Jones It is impossible for me to represent the Llanelly district myself it is a large industrial area. NURSE WANTED AT UJ1«WEKN. A letter was read from the Gilwern Hospital and Rest Committee asking the Council to support their scheme for a resident nurse. There was not a single doctor or nurse, and all the visiting doctors, save one, resided four miles away. It was decided to communicate with the County Medical Officer and to support the proposal. The Clerk Can we inspire a better attendance at our meetings ? There are only six member present to-day-a quorum, in fact. The Chairman I sincerely hope the members will attend. I quite appreciate the difficulties of those who are farmers, on a fine day like this, and there are others who cannot always be present, but the public business must be trans- acted. Mr. Wm. Rosser It is not quite fair to ask six of us to accept all the responsibilities. (Hear hear).
r Aberglvellny Police Court. Wednesday—Bclor? Mr. F. [' j. Hanhnry "i1¿ir-! j man), Col. Sauford, Cd. Williams, Mr. Gower 1I Andrews and Mr. D. PIcvo.il lamts. More Like a German Than an Englishman. I ,? I ?- Lnarles Aubrey, haulier, ijar.deuny, L SK, was summoned for cruelty to a horse by working it in an unfit state at Llaneilen on the 12th of February, and, further, with neglecting it by leaving it in a field without food or covering on the same day. Enoch Thomas, contractor, Llandenny, his employer, was summoned for cruelty by causing the horse to be walked i:: an unfit state. Mr. Iltyd Gardner defended. Charles Morris, roadman in the employ 01 the County- Council at Llaneilen, said that on the 12th, between 12.30 and i p.m., he saw Aubrey driving two horses attached to an empty fiat wagon. The white horse in the shafts fell down in the road, an d they had some difficulty in getting it up, as it was in such a poor condition. Aubrey changed the position of the horses, putting the white horse in the trace, and went on. Henry Probert, head gardener at Goytre Hall, said that between 3 and 4 o'clock on the 12th he saw an aged white horse down in the ditch by the entrance to Goytre Hall. The horse was too weak to get up, and they had to get it into a field adjoining by rolling it on to a gate and using the other horse to tush it into the field. The horse was practically dying then. Aubrey- left the horse there and went on towards Llan- denny, and nothing was done by way of covering or feeding the horse. The next morning the horse was dead, and it was still in the same place. By Mr. Gardner It was at his suggestion that the horse was put into the field. Except the buildings at Goytre Hall there were no other buildings that it could have been put into for a considerable distance. P.C. Ay land said that at 11.45 p.m. on the 12th, from information received, he visited the field and saw the horse lying on its left side. It was in a shockingly emaciated condition, and nothing but skin and bone. It was too weak to do anything but move its head up and down. Witness gave it two swedes, which it devoured ravenously, and also some hay and water. He covered it up with sacks. Rain was falling heavily, and the horse was dead at 6 o'clock next morning. He afterwards saw Aubrey, in company with Thomas, and told him of the complaints, and he replied I did my best for the old horse, but it was gone too far, and was worn out." Thomas stated that he only bought the horse on the Saturday previous for £ 16, and told Aubrey to bring it home quietly, and he had no idea that he would work it. Mr. Gardner The horse Was thin) wasn't he ?—Yes. Do you know that he fed the horse at middle day in Llanover ?—No. Mr. Gardner, for the defence, said that the fact that Thomas bought the horse on the Saturday previous for £ 16 was sufficient evi- dence that he considered it could do work, but it was not worked, in the proper sense of the word. It was being taken down to the pastures at Llandenny, where Thomas was going to turn it out, belie vein g that it would get strong again Those who had experience of horses knew that a horse would walk easier in the shafts of an empty wagon with another horse pulling, than it would tied to the tail of it. When the horse fell Aubrey took him out and tried him in the lead. At Llanover he took them both out for a rest and gave them a good feed of half a sack of corn and chaff. As the white horse did not work satisfactorily in harness he took it out and tied it behind. The horse was fit to be left out- side and was used to being outside, and the main thing which made Aubrey leave it was that a more experienced man told him that it was dying. He might have made an error of judg- ment in leaving him to pass the last few hours of his life in the field, which was what a great many horses did. There were no buildings convenient to which he could have taken the horse. Thomas came up by the first train next morning with drugs to see to the horse, but the horse was then dead. He did not know what else Aubrey could have done. The only thing was that the horse was a few hours longer in dying than it was expected to be. Defendant Thomas said that his partner, with whom he had dissolved partnership, bought the horse three months ago for £ 16, and he (de- fendant) bought it from him on the Saturday previous ot the 12th at the same figure. He told Aubrey to take it along the road quietly with the other horse, and to pick up an empty wagon at Llaneilen. He gave him money to pay for stabling and feed for both horses and told him to take the whole day and not rush the horses in any way. Aubrey did not arrive at Llan- denny till a quarter to 11 on the Tuesday night and then told him that the horse was already dying when he left it. Although it was a rough night he asked Aubrey if it was any good going to see it then, but he said that it was not. Next morning he went with the first train with drugs and medicine, thinking that if the horse was still alive he might be able to do something for it, but it was dead when he arrived. The Bench retired, and on their return the Chairman said that Aubrey hafll been guilty of a disgraceful piece of cruelty to an unfortunate animal. He did not seem to have done any- thing to help it. He had behaved more like a German than an Englishman, and he (the Chair- man) was ashamed of him. He would be fined £ 10, or one month. Thomas, who did not seem to look after his horses at all, would be fined £ 20 or two months, and the Bench hoped that this case would be a warning to others. A Bad Record. Mrs. Evans (attendance officer) appeared in a summons against Annie Cusack for the irregu- lar attendance of her daughter Ada at school, and stated that the girl had missed 103 times out of 113. The Bench made an attendance order, which is the preliminary to sending the girl away if the attendance does not improve.
ABERGAVENNY TOWN COUNCIL. NEVILL HALL PUBLIC INQUIRY ASKED FOR. A special meeting of the Abergavenny Town Council was held in the Council Chamber on Monday. The Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatley) presided and there were also present Coun- cillors W. J. Tong, F. Sadler, A. C. Graham, J. R. Beckwith, W. J. Meale, F. J. Mansfield, G. R. Plowman, T. A. Delafield, Wm. Horsing- ton, P. Telford. Congratulations. On the proposition of the Mayor, seconded by Councillor P. Telford, votes of congratulation were passed with Mr. and Mrs. Day on the further honour conferred upon their son, Lieut. Harold Day, R.N.A.S., who had gained another distinction, namely, the Distinguished Service Order also with Mrs. Hughes, Richmond-road, whose son, Pte. E. W. Hughes, R.W.F., had been awarded the Belgian Cross; and L.-cpl. E. H. Pearce, Royal Engineers, who had re- ceived a similar decoration. A vote of congratulation was also passed with Lce.-epl. J. W. Price, 137th Machine Gun Corps, residing at Llanvihangel, on his gaining a Military Medal. Vote of Condolence. On the proposition ot the Mayor, seconded by Councillor F. Sadler, a vote of condolence was unanimously passed with Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, Merthvr-road, in the sad death of their adopted son, Pte. W. Morgan, who has been killed in action whilst gallantly fighting for King nad country. The vote was carried in silence. Nevill Hail. "1 The Mayor moved that the following resolu- tion be passed, and copies forwarded to the Welsh National Insurance Commissioners:— The Town Council of Abergavenny having heard that the Welsh National Insurance Com- missioners are associated with the King Edward VII. Welsh National Memorial Association, the Council ask for a public inquiry to be held before any further steps are taken relative to the ac- quisition of Nevill Hall by the above Memorial Association." Seconded by Councillor G. R. Plowman and carried unanimously. Horticultural and Allotments Association. A letter was read from the secretary of this Association, applying for the use of the Castle on August Bank Holiday Monday, and the Park on the Tuesday. The application was granted on the following terms :—id. per head to be paid to the Cor- poration on all admissions to the Castle, and the sum of -15 to be paid for the use of the Park. Conference of Municipal Engineers. Councillor A. C. Graham brought forward the question of inviting the Municipal Engineers to hold their confcrence in Abcrgavenny during this year, and stated that the Borough Surveyor had been asked to give a paper at such con- ference. The Mayor moved that the Council extend a hearty invitation to the Association to hold their conference in Abergavenny, and grant the free use of the rooms in the Town Hall, and also bear the necessary expenses in connection with the holding of the conference. Seconded by Coun- cillor W. J. Tong and carried unanimously.
I Local War Savings Committee. ARRANGEMENTS FOR El'S.'NESS IV.EN'S WEEK." The special committee dealing with the rélsiIg (If ,=:22,5< ,<) 1. the sale o; War V< ;s or War Savings Certificates, during the Business Men s Week (March 4th to March 9th) met in the Council Chamber on Tuesdav, Mr. J. B. WalfoTd being in the chair. Mr. Alfred Williams hc)r,. sec.) reported tht no answer, as yet, had been received from th- War Savings Committee to the application for the visit of an aeroplane TO the town during the week. Mr. R. McKenna, M.I wrote to say he W. unable to attend and speak, owing to pressure f public work. Mr. J. O. Marsh granted the use cf the Bure.. 1 in Cross-street for the week, and Mr. Morgan, f Hereford, the use of one of his wool sheds, to be used as an office, on Tuesday. The Directt -3 of the Coliseum promised to display films dealii.g with the purchase of War Bonds, and the iadi- s of Brookfield promised thc?r help in canvassing for investments. The Secretary was asked to write and thank the ladies and gentlemen concerned. Mr. illiams promised to see all advertisers in the Chronicle and ask them to give th—r spaces free fur Friday next. The Bank Managers 01 the town and Mr. C. Davis promised to be in attendance to assist Mr. A. illiams at the Bureau daily and at the offi e in the Cattle Market on Tuesday, to advise aLl assist investors in filling up their applical:; forms, which could then be presented at ary bank or at the Post Office in exchange for W r Bonds or War Savings Certificates. It was decided to ask Mr. W. Llewe-llin to decorate the offices with bunting, and to ask Mr. Chadwick and Mr. M. Harris to give ad- dresses to farmers and others assembled in the Cattle Market on Tuesdav. It was mentioned that an impression w..s abroad that the interest on the War Bonds c?n the V. 'ar BoL-,Is would not be paid until the Bonds matured. This is not correct, as interest is payable h2f- yearlv on 1st April and 1st October.
I Shall We Rob the Working Man of His Beer ? I To the Editor oJ the Abergavenny Chronicle." SIR,— A \i orkmg Man misunderstands the reason for which the anti-Prohibition meet- ings have been held. They are not held to further the interest of the brewer or the licensed victualler, nor for the purpose of protesting against the existing restrictions. The vast majority of our workers drink beer, and they are justified, on the broad ground of individual free- dom, in drinking it. A small body of teetot.11 faddists are doing all in their power to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and consumption of dl alcoholic liquor, which would rob the working man of the beer he considers necessary in his daily life. Therefore I maintain that the action of Mr. Gwilym Davies, and his teetotal associ- ates, a gross infringement of individual liberty in attempting to regulate and restrict the per- sonal tastes and habits of others. The right of the majority to govern is the basis of democratic government, yet we have in this teetotal cam- paign a minorjty who seek to force their own personal tastes and habits upon a majority. In the name cf liberty and freedom I protest against such unjustifiable tactics. I cannot doubt for a moment that should the Government find th. t all the barley used in brewing will be required for other purposes, our workmen will, to a man, be prepared to make further sacrifices, and wiil loyally accept the inevitable. But they are net going to do so at the dictation of Mr. Gwilym Davies and paid orators imported from Canada and the United States. We can well leave our- selves in the hands of the Government, well knowing that any decision it may come to will be backed up by expert evidence, and not by teetotal faddists. When I stated that this great Empire owts its greatness not to cocoa but to beer," I am well supported in my statement. Sir James Paget, no mean authority, says The existing race of Englishmen are the descendants of many generations of moderate drinkers, and must therefore be what moderate drinking has made them." Sir James Crichton Browne, M.D., one of our highest authorities to-day, says Al- most all the nations that have adopted Ma- hommedanism with its prohibitory law against strong drink, have ultimately sunk into intel- lectual stagnation, whereas all progressive nations have adhered to the use of alcoholic stimulants." Sir William Roberts, acknow- ledged to be the most scientific and accomplished of British physicians of the last quarter of the 19th century, says Probably three or four generations of total abstainers would lower our mental capacity to the Moslem level and v e would cease as a nation to be a breeding ground for men of genius." I am glad to hear A Working Man say thst he is not a fanatic," but believes in temper- ance in all things." I am with him there. Nine hundred and eighty persons out of every ore thousand (drinkers of alcoholic stimulants) are strictly moderate drinkers, and consequently temper ate. Is it not against the verv el. mentary principles of liberty and freedom to deprive the 980 because 20 others abuse those sacred prin- ciples ? Would it not be more Christ-like of the Rev. Gwillym Davies to devote his precious time to the recovery and salvation of the 20, rather than attempting to deprive the 980 of their individual freedom ? T am Rt J. B. MADDOCKS.
COMMITTEE AND MR. A. P. ROGERS' OffER OF MEAT. A meeting ot the Abergavenny Food Control Committee was held on Monday, the Mayor presiding. There were also present Councillors W. J. Tong, F. Sadler, A. Graham, r.Mansneld, G. R. Plowman, A. Delafield, W. Horsingtor, J. R. Beckwith, W. J. Meale, Mr. John Stark, Mr. S. Owers, Mr. G. Thurston, Mrs. Foster. Mrs. l'avord. I Mr. Rogers' Offer. 'I The Mayor referred to a statement which had been current during the week to the effect that cattle had been offered to the Food Committee or Executive Officer and had been refused. The following letter was read from i'!r. Rogers Feb. 22, 1918. Dear Sir,-AI)out a month ago I saw the Live Stock Commissioner for tte County at Newport and arranged that what cattle I had feeding I would place at the disposal of Abergavenny. In case of shortage they could draw upon me for supplies to keep up the per- centage. I find to-day this offer is not appre- ciated, and I withdraw it as far as Abergavenny is concerned, and am now giving that offer to Tredegar and Newport. Yours faithfully, ARTHUR P. ROGERS." I The First Intimation. The Town Clerk reported that tins was tne first intimation he had had of the matter and pointed out that the sale of beasts other than in a market, was illegal and that even the Fool Committee have no power to requisition cattle, nor can authority be given to butchers to buy for slaughter cattle or sheep on farms. The Ministry of Food has stated that it is important that these provisions should be understood and acted. on, as they are essential to the proper carrying out of the scheme of distribution. The Town Clerk was instructed to write and ask Mr. Rogers to attend a meeting of the Food Control Committee to explain the statement which was alleged to have been made by him that cattle had been offered to the Executive Officer or Committee, as neither had any know- lenge of such an offer, and to ask any other person affected to attend at the same time. Excessive Slaughtering Gf Calves. I The attention of the Food Authorities is to be drawn to the excessive number of calves now beinq slaughtered. Ration Forms and Cards Arrive. The Executive othcer reported that the forms and cards have now arrived, and he would at once take steps to bring the rationing of butter and margarine and meat into operation. The Ministry of Food in a memorandum state that as available supplies of tea are increasing rapidly at the moment it will probably not Tie necessary for committees which have not already done so to include tea in their rationing schemes. The Meat Rationing Order will apply to the whole of Great Britain, and come into force on March 25th. It is hoped to commence the butter and margarine scheme of rationing by the same date.
NEVILL HOUSE SCHOOL. Associated Board Examinatiolis.-The fc)llori-- ing candidates were successful in the recent examinations :—Rudiments of music (Local Centre) Ada Millwater, 93 (maximum 99). School Exams (theor-v) Mabel Hanbury, I out of 99. Lower Division Dorothy Weaver, Wynne Morgan. Elementary M ry Hall, Muriel Bassett. Primary- Iris Harris, Irene Goode, Maisie Simmonds, Francis Williams. The above candidates were coached by Mifti Edmunds, L.R.A.M.