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litt s, $tarrtages, ant* Bfttiljs. BIRTH. EV ANS.On the 19th iusfc,, at Trimsaran, the wife I of Mr Tom Evans, colliery manager, of a son; ACKNOWLEDGED E-\ I. Mrs. T. D. Parry wishes us to convey, through ihe medium of our columns, her sin- cere thanks to all those friends who so kindly sympathised with her in her recent sad be- leavement, the letters of sympathy being too numerous to reply to individually.
WEEKLY COMMENTS. THE" Game of Bowls" is now in season, and the members of the Llanelly Bowling Olub appear to be extracting much quiet enjoyment in the evenings out of their newly laid out green on the Old Road. "e would be very pleased to learn of two or three more greens" laid out in diflerent parts of the town, where those who desire to play could have the oppor- tunity of doing so, and where others, short of anything special to do on a summer's evening, after the toil of the day is over, could go to look on and criticise. The game lends itself to criti- cism. It looks so very easy to bowl a wooden ball straight to the goal or that the looker on cannot make out hy so many" woods" come to rest so far from it as to lose all value in con- tributing points towards the winning of the game. A most easy way of getting l'ld of the delusion that he could do much setter if he tried, is to bowl a dozen balls himself. It will then be borne in upon the over-confident critic that there 1S ''more in Bowls than he thought." lIe will, perchance, make up his mind to ''im<]Uer the difficulties, and from that lrnej forward becomes a player of Bowls, and, undoubtedly, the better man for it. te has now a quiet game, requiring high 1 r and judgment, to interest himself in "1 uring his leisure hours, and one that means -gentle exercise in the open air on a springy turf.
THE chief difficulty in playing Bowls is due to the" bias" of the ball. For the benefit of those of our readers who may not yet have played, we explain that the ball used is one of very hard wood, a good handful as to size, and so turned that one half is slightly fuller and so heavier than the other. This departure from the truly round constitutes the so-called bias," ￼ the result in trundling the biassed ball is, that, started as an ordinary ball would be on its run, it cannot travel in straight line. It must go to its goal by a curved course. The player must, therefore, not only gauge the distance between him and the jack" for the Purpose of giving the ball the proper Impetus, but he must also, on account of the bias," judge the angle at which it should be delivered, so that when its force is spent it will become stationary as near the" jack" as possible. A good player at "Bowls" must, therefore, of necessity, be an accurate judge of distance, angles, and strength. But why, it may be asked, not play straight with a truly round ball ? Por the reason that an opponent's ball may be in the way, in which case the curved course of the Bowls ball makes it Possible to go round it to the desired Scoring spot. At the same time, there is ? method of counteracting the bias, and, In spite of it, making the ball travel straight. It is the light and shade use of the bias that gives the chief charm ftud highest interest to the game.
-— w 1 t pox occasions, whilst looking on at our triends play, we have asked ourselves why the balls used in Bowls should be the only ones out of true, Cricket balls are round, so those of tennis and football-at least of ?e Association game—and the Rugby ban does not pretend to be round, but is openly and frankly egg-shaped. Billiard Jails are also round, u- although we would suggest that a billiard ball with a bias IQ it might be a fitting complement to the new table with rounded corners and the" pockets" in the wrong places. The explanation probably is: that the original Players of Bowls selected stones as nearly 1'01l.nd as possible from a sea-beach for ieir first rude practices at the game. ow, it would be very difficult, if not nnpossible to find two or more pairs quite round. It would be found as im- practicable in those days to grind them tInly round, so the oiii f-trutl-.if the buts-had to be accepted. When the pro- gress of the arts had made it possible to turn wooden balls quite round, the" bias" become an acknowledged feature of the game. Probably a prized one, to boo, from fitting in so easily with the ways of irlhereiit ol,i,,iiial sin," of taking a R., ooked instead of n straight path. From us point of view, there is much added Inttrest and significance in watching a of Bowls. The balls become, as it were, moving bodies working out ethical problems on the green in front of us. s It right to take a crooked path to a goal ?? certainly say that the end justifies the means," But do we really ?ehevG it ? Sometimes we do, and at other times we do not. It depends on the relative moral obliquity of the "means" to the rectitude of the "end." If the rrieans are very bad, and the end not Particularly important, we do not believe In the saying; whilst if the end is very good, and the means not very bad, we do.
?OKi?o ?p ? ??j «?j? ? in ??? ??., Nonary, we found it to be derived from two Latin words meaning two f?ced." ? ««m that it had found ? further way ?owfi to us through a French word mean- Ing a "slant." Is it right to carry two aces? Is the "slant" one of downward; morality ? We will not pretend to answer the questions. We could not if we tried. e simply suggest them for the benefit j of player8 of, ami lookers on at, Bowls '° may like to get the philosophic most I out of the game. Besides, we are seek- ing to improve our own poor play, and it is disconcerting to think that we may be doing so by making use of two faces, and not acting on the "sqiiare"-or at any rate the straight lines that form the I base, sides, and top of the square. Let us then cloak the doubt decently-as we do so many other doubts in our everyday working practice, as well as in our play- and refer to the skill begotten in dealing with bias, as strategy. As strategy, it is admissible, without offence, to conventional morality. Granting this, we are prepared to advance the point, that the best player- playing, that is, as one of the two, three, or four of his side in a game, and not as an individual player, is the best strate- gist We quote, in support of our con- tention, the classical instance of Drake, who was very fond of Bowls, and proved a superior strategist to the leader of the Spanish Armada. As is well known, he was notified of the appearance of the Armada whilst engaged in playing a game of Bowls on the Hoe at Plymouth, and his remark was, that "there was plenty of time to finish the game, and beat the Spaniard afterwards." There can be no doubt that he had gained a good deal of his strategical skill in matching himself against his fellow bowlers of Devon, and, probably, his plans for dealing with the enemy's ships on the uneasy sea had been formed in watching the Bowls on the turf of the quiet bowling green.
I TIlIS view makes it more interesting to watch the play of our friends to-day. Method of play gives a very good glimpse of character, because the player is doing his best, and unconscious of the mental forces being called into action. It is the same mind that prompts the delivery of a speech as the delivery of a ball that I decides a course of business action as the course of the ball There are far worse places to select town councillors for in- ( stance, than on a bowling green, for sound judgment and strategy to turn the flank of opponents are as much the es- sentials of the successful management of the affairs of the town as they are of success in Bowls. Most towns could do with more bowling greens.
LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. The case of the Border Children will come on for hearing next Tuesday at the Town Hall DANIEL EVANS, Lakefield Place, Shipping Agent for all principal lines to all parts of the world. 3867 The pulpit at Adulam was occupied on Sun- day last by the Rev. D. H. Davies, of Llan- gadog, who delivered excellent sermons. Try Pegler's Extras Flour 2/6 per score. The election of a permanent secretary for the Victoria Lodge of Oddfellows, Union Inn, Felinfoel, will take place next Saturday evening. Pegler's Stores Best Butter, Is. per lb. The quarterly meeting of the Llanelly Dis- trict of Oddfellows will be held next Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Lodge Roon;, Nevill Memorial, Llanelly. D. Mansel (late of Golden Fleece) has opened at Cowell Street and Market Entrance, with a new stock of Drapery and Millinery Goods. The Sunday School at Adulam Church, Felinfoel, have decided to have an excursion this year, and have selected Newcastle Emlyn as the place to be honoured with a visit. The date has not yet been fixed. Pegler's Stcrep are noted for their Cake, 2bd. per Lb. The following team lias been selected to play 1,?eeii selected to pl?ty for Llanelly against Swansea at Stradey on Saturday next:—Percy Rees, Hugh Howell, H. B. Roderick, Cliff Bowen, Ernest Gee, H. | John, Phil Rogers, J. M. Bevan, O. C. Warner, Clough, and -Davies. Steamship Booking Office for all Lines-Mr. J. Vaughan Evans, next door to the Post Office. 6842 Mr. William Jones, Dynevor Castle Hotel, Market Street, Llanelly, licensed victualler, who died on Jan. 5th, last, left estate of the gross value of -2971 13s 9d, with net personalty £ 670 17s 9d, and probate of his will has been granted to 'his widow, Mr. Jane Jones'. Pegler's Stores for Patent Medicines. We congratulate Miss Blodwen Hopkins, Llangennech, for coming on the stage, with two others, at the London National Eistedd- fod. The adudicators praised the even quality of her voice, and the roundness of her tone, Mies Hopkins was trained by Miss Julia Lewis, Coldstream Street. 6627 On Thursday last Mrs. S. Jones (sister of Mr. Henry Thomas, Coldstream Street, and Mr. Fred Thomas, Stanley Street), embarked at Liverpool on the R.M.S. "Celtic" for New York, en route for Youngstown, where she has resided for many years. The same day, Mr F. M. Eva, Coldstream Street, was a saloon passenger on the Pacific R.M.S. "Oronsa for Buenos Ayres. On Friday Miss Hannah Williams, Velindre, Pontardulais, left Liver- pool 011 the R.M.S. Empress of Britain," for Montreal, en route for Claresholm, Alberta. They were booked to their destinations bv Mr J. Vaughan Evans, Cowell Street. WELSH FIELD CO. R.E.-Orders for week ending June 30, 1909.—Orderly officer, Second Lieutenant H. S. Burn; orderly sergeant, Ser- geant J. D. Mack, orderly corporal, Corporal G. Smedley. Friday, 25th—All members, mounted and dismounted, are requested to attend at Headquarters at 7.30 p.m. for mea- surement of boots (plain clothes). Monday, 28th.—Recruits' drill, 7 to 8 and 8 to 9 p.m.; also measurement of boots for members un- able to attend on Friday, 25th. Tuesday, 29th. —Engineering practice at Engineering Ground for mounted and dismounted, 7 to 8 and 8 to 9 p.m. (uniform. Service dress); all mounted members are requested to bring a horse which they will be able to obtain for camp. Notice. The result of the examination for Profieiencv Certificates and promotions will appear in next week's orders.—(Signed) H. E. Trubsliaw, Second-Lieutenant, for O.C. Welsh Field Co. R.E.
III-treating a Horse, I
III-treating a Horse, I At the Police Court on Wednesday, before Messrs. E. Trubshaw, Wm. David, and John Clement, David Edwards, Swan Street, was charged with ill-treating a gelding on June 7th. Inspector Roberts, N.S.P.C.A., appeared to prosecute. Defendant: I plead guilty. Inspector Roberts stated that the horse was cruelly ill-treated. He had been asked to press for a heavy penalty. P.G. Harries said that on the 7th instant he proceeded to the back of Tunnel Road, and saw the defendant kick the liorse unmerci- fully, and beating it on thel head with the whip-handle. The animal was groaning from the blows received. Albert J. Beynon, carpenter, Bigyn Road, corroborated the evidence of P.O. Harries, The Bench imposed a fine of icl and eost«— j R2 2s. lid. inclusive.
I Leapt Out of a -Train.I
I Leapt Out of a Train. I I EXCITING INCIDENT BY A LOUGHOR MAN. I A sensational occurrence took place on I Tuesday evening on the Great Western Rail- way near Gowerton, when a collier named John Thomas, of Loughor, who was travelling from Landore, opened the door of the com- partment, and jumped out. Falling into the six-foot way, he had a miraculous escape. He was injured about the head, but not suffi- ciently to prevent him making off. In doing so he narrowly escaped being run over by the Irish Express, which was passing at the time. Thomas endeavoured to make good his es- cape across the fields, but a river blocked his path, and he was captured.
Missionary for the Congo.
Missionary for the Congo. LLWYNHENDYITE'S DEPARTURE. A representative meeting of the various churches of the district was held at Taber- nacle Chapel, Llwynhendy, on Monday even- ing to bid farewell to Mr. David Jones, son of Mr. Thomas Jones, draper, Llwynhendy, who left as a missionary to the Congo on Tuesday morning last. The Rev. B. Williams (pastor), who presided, read a letter on be- half of the church, couched in sentiments of appreciation and encouragement, and presen- ted him with a purse of gold. A similar pre- sentation was made on behalf of Soar Chapel by Mr. J. R. Humphreys. The high character and integrity of the young missionary was manifested by the eulogistic expressions of the various gentlemen, including the follow- ing, who wished him God speed in his new sphere of usefulness and devotionRevs. Hugh Jonee, W. Trevor Jones, W. Jones (Mer- thy-r), and Messrs. W. Lewis, Dl. Williams, T. Evans, W. Llewellyn, Jenkin James-, William Hughes, David Jenkins, Daniel Protheroe, R. 'I D. Hughes (Cardiff University), Tom Davies (Gardde). Mr. Jones returned thanks, and, in wishing his friends "Adieu" thanked them for their sympathy and encouragement, and referred to the great religious work that was to be accom- plished in Congo land. The meeting was interspersed with solos, etc., rendered by the following:—Master J. Hugh Williams, Misses Annie Bowen, C. J. Ilowells, and S. C. Thomas, accompanied by Mr. E. W. Thomas. Mr. Jones, who is the first missionary sent from Llwynhendy, during the earlier part of i [ his life worked as a collier at Glynea, but he displayed a talent that destined a glorious future for him. This was soon recognised by his colleagues, and at an early age lie left for a ministerial training at Bangor College. He was a very popular preacher, and many pas- torates were offered him, which he declined, preferring to serve his Master in Congo-land.
I. LOCAL WEDDINGS. I DAVIES—WILLIAM S. I A grand wedding was solemnized at St. Peter's Church on Wednesday morning, when the nuptial knot was tied between Miss Cissie Williams. A.R.C.M., eldest daughter of Mr. J. B. Williams, H.M. Inspector of Schools, Mansfield, Queen Victoria Road, and the Rev. Llewellyn Davies, M.A., private secretary and chaplain to the, Lord Bishop of St. David's, and formerly curate of St Peter's Church. The altar of the church had been gaily decorated for the occasion, and the ceremony was wit- nessed by a large assemblagei. The pathway leading from the gates to the portals of the church was neatly laid with carpet, and on either side stood the members of the church choir in their surplices. The ceremony, which was fully choral, was performed by the Rev. Canon Camber-Williams, M.A., assisted by the Vicar (Rev. David Davies) and the local clergy. The bride, who was charmingly at- tired, was gi ven away by her father. She wore an Empire gown of soft white satin over silk, with tulle yoke. The sleeves were trimmed with silver lace and true lovers' knots of the same material, and the coronet was of orange blossom and myrtle. She also carried a bouquet of orange blossoms, orchids and lilies, the gift of the bridegroom; the only ornament being a pearl pendant and chain., the gift of the bridegroom. The brides- maids were Miss Molly Williams (sister of the bride), Miss Myfanwy Davies, Miss Leila Lewis, and Miss Lydia Williams whose ap- parel was of soft vieux rose silk, with picture hats, trimmed with ostrich feather, to match. The groomsmen were Mr. F. L. Williams and Mr. D. H. Williams, brothers of the bride, whilst the Rev. D. L. Davies, Neyland, acted in the capacity of best man. As the wedded couple left the church, Miss Maud Adelina Evans (Telynores Elli) played "The Wedding March." The wedding breakfast was partaken of at the bride's home, after which the bliss- fid twain left for London and the South Coast for their honeymoon, with the happy felicitations of their numerous friends. The bride's going-away dress was a navy-blue cos- tume. The presents were extensive, and of rare quality. n.- JAMES—STACEY. <?)n Sunday morning, at St. David's Church, a pretty wedding was solemnized by the Rev. David Davies, when the nuptial knot was tied between Mr. David James, King Edward's Rd, Swansea, and Miss Emily Stacey, daugh- ter of Mr. Arthur Stacey. Pottery Street. The. bride, who was neatly attired in a mole- colour costume, was given away by her father. The bridesmaids were Miss Esther Evans. Bryn Road, who wore a costume simi- lar to that of the bride, and Miss Annie Stacey (niece of the bride), whose apparel consisted of a pink eoline dress, with a pink hat to match. The brother of the bridgeroom, Mr W. James, acted as best man. After partaking of break- fast at the bride's residence, the newly-wedded couple left for Weston for their honeymoon.
-Ragged School Union and Shaftesbury…
Ragged School Union and Shaftes- bury Society. To the Editor of the "Llanelly Mercury." Sir,—-With the advent of summer arrange- ments are complete for transplanting as many as possible of our poor and cripple children to the green fields or Seaside for a fortnight's health-giving holiday. Over eight thousands of these frail bits of humanity had this needful boon last year, with the greatest all-round benefit. It is in every way desirable that the number should be increased this year. Some 50,000 poor children regularly attend the 138 local missions, in addition to a register of over 7500 cripple and afflicted bairns, to whom the Society likewise acts the part, of the Good Samaritan. The generous help of your readers is therefore earnestly solicited on their behalf. Ten shillings will enable ONE child to get a glimpse of a wider, happier life, and it is a matter of simple multiplication for the num- ber and amount to be increased. Cheques and. postal orders addressed to Sir John Kirk, Holiday Homes Fund, 32 John Street, Theobald's Road, London, W.C., will be gratefully received and promptly acknow- ledged.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, JOHN KIRK, Director. 32 John St., Theobald's Road. London, W.C., June 9th, 1909.
Young Helpers' League.
Young Helpers' League. GRAND SALE OF WORK. Bryneaerau Castle presented a gala and pic- turesque appearance on Tuesday afternoon, when a children's sale of work was held under the auspices of the Young Helpers' League in connection with Dr. Barnardo's Homes. The interior of the palatial building, with its verdant foliage surrounding it, presented a beautiful appearance, and the stall at the entrance to the Castle, laden with flowers of divers hues, would have aroused the botanist to enthusiasm. The other stalls, containing dress material, etc., were beautifully decora- ted. The cause for which the event was held is a laudable one, catering as it does for those who have by some misfortune been cast into the throes of poverty. The elite were present in good numbers, and during the day a section of the Llanelly Town Band, under the direction of Sergt. Samuel, dis- coursed some choice selections. Mr. W. W. Brodie, in calling upon Mr. W. I Y. Nevill to open the, bazaar, said lie could always be relied upon to support a good cause. It was a matter of regret that Mrs. Nevill was unable to accompany him, but he could point out a number of ladies who would go around the stalls, and show him articles that Mrs. Nevill would certainly buy (laugh- ter). Mr. Nevill. in opening the sale of work, said they were present for a very good cause. They were aware that Dr. Barnardo's Homes had brought many children from poor and often bad surrounding to live a good life. He was told that 90 per cent, of those admitted into the Homes had been trained and brought up to be good citizens. They also looked after cripples and those who could not help themselves. In Llanelly they had especial interest, because Miss Brodie informed him that they had a cot of their own there, with a. Llanelly little boy or girl, who was growing up to be a good child (applause). The secretary, Miss Brodie, had iiiade, ad- mirable arrangements for the event, and Jas. Buckley, Esq., kindly lent the Castle for the occasion.
ROYALTY THEATRE. -
ROYALTY THEATRE. I For the week commencing Monday next, June 28th, the management have arranged for a week of variety, when Scottie's Colossal Variety Combine" will present an exceedingly fins vaudeville programme. At the head of a lengthy list of turns is the romantic literary episode, "Napoleon at Waterloo," which deals with, an incident that actually happened in the early morning before the Battle of Water- loo, and which shows how Napoleon sacrificed the life of one of his own officers who failed in his duty, yet allowed an enemy to escape because of his fearlessi-iess- and pluck. Mr. Scott Alexander, or, as he is more popularly known, Scottie," gives, vide Press," one of the finest representations of the world- famous Emperor that has ever been seen upon the British stage. Hall and Wilson, trick and racing cyclists, will present their miniature racing track, in connection with which a one-mile race for local riders will, be held each evening during the week. Another important item is the great copy- right sporting novelty, "Whizzing the Whirl," an act which has created quite recently a great furore in London, and which has been described as a cyclone of laughter. Scottie's operatic ballet troupe will appear in their pathetic appeal, The Cry of the Children," a true story of the waifs and strays of London. The programme is full, of novelties, and our readers can confidently anticipate spending an enjoyable evening next week at the Royalty. j
IHARBOUR LIGHTS. I
I HARBOUR LIGHTS. I The large timber boats having discharged their cargoes, have left the North Dock, negotiating tho channel in going out with the same ease as in coming in. —o— Further cargoes are expected in a month or six weeks' time. —o— The coal trade is dull, the unrest in the South Wales coalfield generally, apparently, affecting sales and shipments. -0- It is most sincerely to be hoped that the meeting of masters and the delegates of the miners, to be held on Friday, will bring about a settlement of the points iii, dispute, &o that, a strike may be avoided. —o—• Although the dispute in the tinplate trade appears to be less acute than in the coal trade, the same hope of a favourable settle- ment must be extended to the negotiations pending in regard to the millmen. —o— The position of Llanelly Harbour and works would be bad if a strike were to arise in either trade, but particularly so if in that of tinplates. -0- — o — However, there is all hope that the disputes will be amicably settled. —o— We are not out of the wood, but there is a good deal of daylight coining in between the trees, and, we trust, from what will prove to be the opening at the far end. —o— To all old enough—and they need not be past middle age to be so—to remember the course disputes between masters and men used to take in years gone by, it is a very comforting sign. of progress in general to note the great pains taken nowadays by both par- ties to thrash out the disputed points from a sane, commercial standpoint, before the miseries and hardships of a strike or lock-out I are entered upon.
Yesterday's Police Court.I…
Yesterday's Police Court. —o— Town Hall, Wednesday, before Messrs. E. Trubshaw, William David, and J. Clement. I NOT DRUNK NOR SOBER." Mary Williams, of no fixed anode, was sum- I moned for being drunk and disorderly. The Clerk: Were you drunk? Defendant: I was not sober nor drunk. I was in the middle of it (laughter). P.C. Davies said the woman came to the Police Station, and caused a disturbance, making use of bad language. She was also very drunk. Defendant was fined lOs.! and was allowed a fortnight to pay NO LICENCE. Jenkin Thomas, Penrliiw, Pembrey, was I charged with keeping a carriage without a licence. Defendant was lined 2s. 6d. inclusive. I NO LICENCE. Mr. E. vV. Horncastle, excise officer, pro- ceeded against Morgan W. James, formerly chemist at Cowell Street, for exposing for sale a medicine for which a stamp should have been produced. He was also proceeded against for having no licence for the sale of medical preparations. Defendant pleaded guilty. Mr. Trubshaw said the Bench were aware of of the defendant's circumstances, or other- wise their decision would be more serious. They hed decided to fine the defendant 10s. and costs in eachcasø.
I Site for New Works.
I Site for New Works. I PROMINENT MANUFACTURERS VISIT LLANELLY. I At a meeting of the Harbour Trust on Mon- day, Mr. D. R. Edmunds referred to a convey- ance of a piece of land of about. 75 acres from Mr. Mansel Lewis. His recollection of it was that there was a cartway from Pembrey Road on to the slipway leading down to the sands, and something was to be done to this cartway within a certain period. He believed they were to do it jointly with Mr. Mansel Lewis within a period mentioned at that meeting. Within the last couple of months some gentle- i men from the North had been down to in- spect sites, with the view of erecting new works, and they had been shown some suit- able sites to the west of the Steelworks, where the cartway down this road would have an im- portant bearing. It would not only be con- venient for the people of Llanelly to get to the sands in a cleaner and more expeditious way, but it would mean a source of increased revenue for them in the future, in the de- velopment of that piece of land and the de- velopment of land belonging -to local land owners on the other side of the Great Western Railway. He should like the matter referred to the Law Committee to deal with, to see what their legal rights were in regard to the matter. The Law Committee could also re- port to the Trust as expeditiously as possible with regard to their conveyance from Mr. Mansel Lewis, with a view to asserting those rights, and bringing them into effect. Mr. Blake said the information asked for was within the knowledge of a member of the Trust present. He did not know whether they desired him to disclose it then or not. Mr. Edmunds: I think the member can re- serve it for discussion, and let it come up by way of report. The matter was then referred to the Law Committee.
Electric Generating Station.
Electric Generating Station. It appears from the official minutes of the Harbour Trust that at a meeting of the Elec- tric- Station Committee the question of grant- ing a site to the Llanelly and District Electric Lighting and Traction Company, for the erec- tion of a generating station, was considered. It was resolved that. site No. 1 be leased at an annual rental of P.60, a charge of £ 20 per annum to be made for the use of water from the North Dock, and the company to expend the sum of £ 2000, or such sum as may be reasonably required by the Trust, in the erec- tion of such buildings and the adaptation of the site fo rthe erection and equipment of such generating station. The lease to be for a period of 99 years from June 1909 (a pepper- corn rent being charged for the iirst year of the term), and to contain such covenants and stipulations as the Committee may ultimately approve.
OBITUARY. MR. WILLIAM REES, LLANELLY. The death took place at Goring Terrace on I Monday of Mr. William Rees, proprietor of the Greenfield Shovel Works. The deceased gentleman had not enjoyed the best health for about two years, but it was not until Saturday that any serious symptoms made their appearance. Mr. Rees was a. native of Llanelly, and-throughout his busy and strenu- ous life he had been associated with the trade and commerce of the town. For many years he was acting manager of the South Wales Tinplate Works, when they were owned by Messrs. Morewood. Subsequently he acquired the Greenfield Works from Messrs. Francis and Jenkins, which he carried on ever since. Of late years, too. lie displayed great interest in local affairs, and sat on the Harbour Trust. where his keen business acumen was of the greatest service. As a member of the Trust, Mr. Rees was appointed on the special sub- committee to carry out repairs to the dock entrance, in order that: scouring operations might be carried on. Here again the deceased gentleman rendered yeoman service. He was connected by marriage with an old Llanelly family, his wife, who survives him with seven children, being the daughter of the late Mr. David Guest, of the Llanelly Pottery. Mr. J. Rees, G.W.R. superintendent, Swansea, and Mr. Herbert D. Rees, manager of the Burry Tinplate Works, are brothers of the deceased. At a meeting of the Harbour Trust on Mon- day, the Chairman (Mr. John Waters) referred to the loss they had sustained by the death of their colleague, Mr Rees. He proposed a vote of condolence with the wife and family. Mr. W. B. Jones seconded the vote, which was carried in silence. The mortal remains of the deceased were laid to rest at the Box Cemetery on Wednes- day afternoon, amid manifestations of sorrow and regret. The funeral (for men only) was well attended, and many gentlemen associated with the commercial and industrial interests of the town assembled to pay their last tri- bute of respect. The Rev. Toilt Williams offi- ciated at the graveside. The mourners were tire •deceased's four sons and Mr. John Rees, Mr. Herbert n. Rees (brothers), Mr. R. Guest (brother-in-law), Mr. W. J. Wilkins (brother- in-law), Mr Walter John, and Mr David John. and the Rev. Ken Evans (brother-in-law). The bearers were Messrs. W. Lewis, B.A., R. Stuart, Henry Samuel, R. W. Evans, J.P., Edwin Morgan, Harry Evans, and Evan Jones. FUNERAL OF THE LATE MASTER C. EMRYS DAVIES. On Thursday afternoon last the mortal re- mains of Master C. Emrys Davies. the younger son of Mr and Mrs C. Meudwy Davies, Station Road, were laid to rest at the Box Cemetery. The Rev. Gwylfa Roberts officiated, assisted by the Revs. David Lewis (Dock) and Rev. D. M. Davies (Waunarlwydd). The bearers in- chtded the following:—Mr. William Davies, Mr. L. W. Adams. Mr. Fred Jones, Mr. John Nicholas. Mr. T. Rhys Davies, Mr. D. W. Jones, Mr. Evan Hopkins, and Mr. Daniel Thomas. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. 1 C. Meudwy Davies, Miss- Blodwen Davies and Mr. Aneurin Davies (sister and brother), Mrs Walters (Pontardawe), Rev. T. Eynon Davies (London), Mr David Morgan (Pontardawe), Mr David Morgan (Garnant), and Mr Owen Owen. The coffin bore the inscription—"Chas. Emrys Davies; died 13th June, 1909; aged 10 years." Beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent by the following:—Tabernacle Band of Hope; Tabernacle Choir; The Teachers and School- mates at Lakefield Boys' School; Blodwen, Aneurin, and D.W.; Mr. and Mrs. T. Ll. Phil- lips, Bayswater, London; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Morgan, Station Road; Mrs. Jones, Awelfryn;] Mrs. John and Annie; Mr. Rhys Richards and John Ifor; Miss S. A. Jones;'Miss Maud Wat- keys, Burry Port: Misses Hilda and Gertie Jeffreys; Master Frank Davies, Station Rd.; Master Tom Auriol Jones; Master D. Enoch Davies; Master Frank H. Phillips; Master H. Noot; and flowers from Mrs. Jeffreys, Mrs. Perrott, Mrs. Jarreit How ells, and Miss Thomas, Westfa. Mr. L. W. Adams, London House, had charge of the funeral arrange- ments, and Mr. Tom Morgan, Station Road, was the undertaker. Through the medium of the 'Mercury," Mr and Mrs. C. Mcndwv Davies and family desire to sincerely thank all the kind friends who sent wreaths, flowers, and letters of sympathy to them in their sad bereavement, and trust that this will be sufficient acknowledgement of their kindness, which they greatly appre- ciated.
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MUSTARD AND CRESS.
MUSTARD AND CRESS. It is gratifying to note that The North Dock has yielded a profit of nearly R,600 during the last two months. Miss Gwladys Roberts, Llanelly, sang the chair song at the National Eisteddfod last week in splendid style. The password circulated since the Pembrey Fair is, "Who caught the hare?"—the out- come of an useful gift. Mr. D. H. Lewis, L.T.S.C., Siloh, Llanelly, j was the adjudicator at an eisteddfod held at Llwynhendy on Saturday evening last. It is stated that the Llanelly Royal Choir I will enter in the chief choral competition at next year's National Eisteddfod at Colwvn Bay. Among those who received colours from the King's hands at Windsor on Saturday were several members of the 4th Welsh resident at Llanelly. A defendant at the Police Court on Wed- nesday, when asked by the Clerk whether she was guilty of being drunk, said, I was not sober nor drunk. I was in the middle of it." Councillor Tom Griffiths, Neath, a well- known figure in Labour circles, who has fre- quently addressed Llanelly audiences, has been selected Labour candidate for Swansea District. A white crow has been caught by Mr. Henry Mansell, of Kidwelly, in one of his fields, just above the town. The crow is a very young one, and is now in a cage with another of normal hue. The only prize of premier honour-s that reached Llanelly from the London National Eisteddfod was that achieved by Miss Eleanor Daniel, Pembrey Road whom we congratulate upon her success. At a quoiting competition which took place at Penybank, Pantyffynon, on Saturday, the winner of the first prize (silver teapot, value £ 2 2s.) was Mr. R. J. Evans, G.W.R. engine- driver. There were twenty-four entries. Mr. Tom Morgan, a native of Llanelly, who is a well-known band conductor in London, was the leader of the Eisteddfod band last week. On Friday he had the honorary nom- de-plume of "Cerddor o Lud" conferred upon him. A manifesto will be issued shortly, signed, it is understood, by a minority of Welsh-mem- bers of Parliament, calling for the formation of a Welsh National Party, and will be fol- lowed by an agitation throughout the Prin- cipality. The Llanelly Royal Prize Choir, who will leave for the States at an early date, have al- ready secured engagements for over eighty concerts. The party will probably partake of their Christmas dinner the other side of the Atlantic. The Llanelly to Belgium tour, particulars of which are advertised in our columns, is likely to prove a huge success, and is an opportunity which should not be missed. Intending trip- pers should communicate immediately with the promoter. A meeting of the Llanelly Ambulance Class will be held at the Town Hall on Friday even- ing, at 8.30, for the purpose of presenting cer- tificates to the successful students who attended during the last session. The public are cordially invited. Mr. Harry Evans, F.R.C.O., Liverpool, who was one of the adjudicators at the National Eisteddfod last week, is well-known in Llan- elly, having conducted many of the singing 'festivals which were held by the Independent denomination in the town. He was also con- ductor at a gymanfa held at Carnarvon a fortnight ago. The Town Band will play in the Town Hall Grounds on Saturday and Tuesday next. Pro- gramme :-March; intermezzo, "Onkel Tuhte" (Linche); overture, "Le Croix d'Argent" (Her- ?mann); selection, "All the rage" (Neat): valse, "Paradise" (Marigold): selection. 11 ￼ Trovatore (Verdi). "God save the King. Conductor—Mr. J. Samuel. Carnarvon Choir have had their revenge. In 1891 they came second to Llanelly in the chief choral competition at the Swansea National Eisteddfod, and now, after eighteen years, the order has been reversed. "Cytliraul y canu" has for years played havoc with choral singing in the North Wales town. Who that has taken an interest in choral singing in Wales for the last twenty years does not know of the gold baton dispute ? A tall young man of our acquaintance was recently sleeping at a friend's house, and in the early hours of the morning awoke, and found himself in a lady's bedroom. Not knowing how he got there, he began to quietly make his departure, when a wee sma' voice exclaims, Where is he gone, mannna" "Wat" oh! In "hops" the husband, with a brace of "Aberdare pistols, and before either of them "di's" the gong sounds, "Time. Breakfast is ready." Some people adopt queer methods in their endeavour to become good says a Cardiff con- temporary. A book is being constantly stolen from the Llanelly Fre-e. Library. It is called "Welsh P ravers." No sooner is the volume renewed than it gets purloined again. It is clearly a case of doing evil that good may come. for, as a .member of the committee ob- serves, the book is evidently collared by someone who is trying to learn to pray." By the time lie has learnt, no doubt the thefts- will cease. The baton, presented by Mr. Pritchard Mor- gan, ex-M.P. for Mertliyr, was won three times in succession at the National Eistedd- fod by a Carnarvon choir, under the leadership of a most able amateur musician, Mr William Jones, and became their absolute property. A' dispute arose as to the possession of the baton—the choir claimed it, and so did the conductor. The matter went into the county court, and the result was that the baton was sold to defray expenses. An enterprising South Walian bought it. It was offered for competition at the Swansea Eisteddfod of 1891; and the trophy came to Llanelly. We think it is now in the possession of Mr. R. C. Jen- kins. A young traveller at a local wholesale grocery establishment, one day last week, whilst re- turning home, noticed a man on Loughor Bridge catching Bass by the score, and it made him quite envious. Early on Saturday afternoon last he journeyed to the Bridge with a borrowed rod, intent on catching a tremendous lot. During the morning he had told everyone of his intention, and had pro- mised the foreman a couple, the cashier a couple, and a few to the others, and even went so far as to tell his sister not to worry about frying him meat for tea, as he would have plenty of fish. It is recorded that after four hours' patient waiting he had caught three crabs. We think it would be advisable for him to leave fishing alone, and to devote his spare time to, say-rabbit rearing. 'Tis a good old world we live in, if we only make it so- If we only scatter sunshine round about; And the ones who always treat it as a wilder- ness of woe Are the ones the world is better off without. What's the use of always growling? What's the use of looking glum? What's the use of writing melancholy verse? Let us take life's dispensations very calmly as calmnly as they come. And remember that the evil might be worse. If we haven't much to live for, let us live for what we have, II And be cheerful as the days go rolling by: Let us strive for others wounded to supply a healing salve. And be happy while we live, until we die.
Support local effort and keep your money in the town by joining the Llanelly and District Plate Glass Insurance Society. Join now, and get a full year's bonus.—W. David, Secretary, Old Town Hall Chambers, Llanelly. 407i