Baseball at Shrewsbury. I —- WORK OF THE Y.M.C.A. i With the object of giving further flnanCill help to the local Hut Fund Week and to aid- J ing the work of the Shrewsbury Y.M.C.A., the Americans and Canadians gave a further 1 baseball match^n the G&YMewow on Thurs- day. The same local Committee with Mr. j William Toye, the hon. trea5urer as the guiding genius, promoted the event, the result | of which, together with donations received | was a considerable addition to the Fund. The 1 teams came in from Shawbury by motor | lorries, accompanied by Lieut. Lowry, captain | of the Canadians, Sergt. Singer (manager > f | the tour of these teams), and Lieut. rinlay, f the representative of the American Y.M.C.A. £ at the camp. At the railway station the band of the K.S.L.I, was present, by the kind rer- mission of Major Bundle, from the Depot, and 1 played the men to the Gay Meadow, after- wards giving some capital musical selections during the progress of the game. The ground was again kindly lent by the Shrewsbury Town Football Club, and the Chairman of the Club, Mr. Harry Jones, Councillor W. H. Holloway, and otheig- gave valuable assistance at the gate and on the ground Amongst those present were the Mayor (Aid. S. M. Morris) who threw the first ball, and I Mr. G. Butler Lloyd, M.P., and the Deputy- mayor (Aid. T. P. Deakin). The ground was in exoellent condition and the play was follow- ed with keen interest by the spectators, ragluv. of whom were old cricketers and were aston- ished by the splendid fielding and the mar- vellous catching shown by both sides. The result was that the Americans ran out winners bv 4 to S. I TEAMS ENTERTAINED. I Later, by the generosity of Messrs. Morris and Co., the teams and a number of visitors were entertained to a High Tea" at the Pride Hill Cafe of Messrs. Morris, and a cap- ital lot of cigars were given by Messrs. Single- ton and Cole.- The hon. treasurer of the fund, Mr. Toye, presided, supported by the Mayor and a number of American and Canadian ofifcers, members of the Town Council, etc. Mr. Toye, following the tea, expressed, amid applause, the hearty thanks of the gathering to Messrs. Morris and Co. for their generosity—repeated for the second time in connection with the entertaining of tnose teams, and he thanked the manageress (Miss Clarke) for the splendid arrangements made. He said it was a great pleasure to them in Shrewsbury to meet the young men from America and Canada, and said that they real- ised from what we had seen of the boys from across the water that they were the right ones to help us settle matters with the Germans. Referring to the work of the local Y.M.C.A., Mr. Toye said as a result of their recent efforts he had secured two billiard tables for the Claremont St. Rooms; beds for the sold- iers were provided and further beds would be set up in some premises adjoining that he Committee had secured. Mr. Toye, in con- clusion, said they were determined to do all they could to meet the needs of the brave soldiers while in Shrewsbury. He apologised for the absence of their President, Mr. Frank Bibby, Mr. Butler Lloyd, M.P., Mr. Phillipps, of' Berwick, and others, who had generously helped them in the work.—Sergt. Singer, who responded for the teams, said they had been in England now three months, and the hospit- ality extended to them was more than they ever dreamt of. In their recent tour as base- ball teams through Wales they had really been taken into the homes of the people and it was difficult for them from the States and Canada to express the gratitude they felt. (Applause). Sergt. Singer, at the invitation of his com- rades, having told an amusing trench story, the M&7or gave a hearty welcome to the team, and said while the American and Canadians were in and about Shrewsbury his fellow townspeople would do their best to make their visit a pleasurable one and one they would never forget. (Applause). Lieut. Finlay then, on behalf of the teams, presented to the Mayor the first ball thrown in the match that day, inscribed with details of the event, and emphasised what it was that the American Y.M.C.A. in conjunction with the Y.M.C.A. here was out to do at home and in the field for. the Forces. Mr. Gilbert Robertson responded for the local Y.M.C.A. and Mr. Henry Parker, the local hon. sec. of the Hut Fund Week in Shrewsbury, said he had received £ 1,900 and should not be satis- fied until he secured the £ 2,000.—Mr. Ernest Cole having acknowledged the expressions of gratitude to his firm for the cigars the meet- ing ended with cheers for the King and the American President.
Montgomeryshire's Part. I TO ASSIST PRISONERS OF WAR. I SIR WATKIN'S SUGGESTION. I A public meeting was held in the Town Hall, Welshpool, with a view to form a county coll- ection committee on behalf of R.W.F. prison- ers of war. Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Lord Lieutenant, and president of the R.W.F. prisoners of war association, was in the chair, and was supported by Mrs. Joseph H. Da vies, (president of the local prisoners of war associ- ation), the Earl of Powis, and Major C. Craw- shay, D.S.O., chairman of the R. W.F. prison erg of war association. Sir Watkin emphasised the seriousness and urgency of the movement, and said they must get to work at once. There were about 11,000 house holders in the county, and if each house- holder gave ltd. per week, that would meet the need. Putting it another way, he wanted to ask 6,000 of the population to contribute I one penny a week, which was 4d. a month, the price of two glasses of beer in pre-war times; 3,000 to give 2d. a week, 1.000 to five 3d. a. week, 500 6d., and 500 Is. a week, which 1 would make up to £ 5,000 a year. Would any- one be any the worse by doing it? He thought not. Major Crawshay explained the scheme in which each regimental district looked after its regiment, and the R.W.F. was the regiment of the county, the S.W.B., the Royal Air Force, and the Artillery each had their own associations, which looked after their own prisoners. The Earl of Powis said men from the countv had served us in Gallipoli, Palestine, France, Flanders and Italy, and nearly every theatre of war. There were men from Montgomery in almost every regiment, a very large propor- tion was in the R.W.F., of which he was justly proud, being the descendant of the man who raised it. The county ought to be able not only to subscribe such a sum to send parcels to prisoners from the R. W. F., but also to those from all the other regiments that in- cluded Montgomeryshire men. It should be their pride to carry out the scheme suggested by Sir Watkin Williams Wynn. It was agreed to appoint as a neuclus of the county committee those present at the meet- ing, the mayor of the four boroughs, the High Sheriff, the chairmen of the District Councils, the chairman of the Quarter Sessions, and the chairman of the County Council. The Earl of Powis proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Sir Edward Pryce Jones, and Sir Watkin in ac- knowledging, said thanks were due to the Welshpool local prisoners of war committee, and to Mrs. Joseph H. Davies, its president, for .the work they had done for the prisoners in the past. It was satisfactory to see that Welshpool had taken such a leading part in the matter. Sir E. Pryce Jones seconded.
BY THE WAY. I On an Old Newspaper Heading. I I fell in with a friend in the train the other day and we began discussing the inevitable topic of the war. What effect were the dram- atic happenings of these days going to have on its duration? -Did it really mean, at -last, that stage we haye so often wistfully adum- brated; pn the feast sign of enemy unrest the beginning of the end?" And, when* as a matter of fact, did "the end begin? My friend said that, by a curious coincidence, it was only the previous day he happened to find, among some literary lumber, a copy of the Border Counties Advertizer" for a date in September, 1914, in which the le&ding article was headed The Turn of the Tide." It vas, of course, about the time of the first Battle of the Marne, when the German hosts marching, as it seemed, inevitably on Paris, were by some means which still remains very much of a mystery, diverted from their course, and swung slowly but unmistakably back. There have been many vicissitudes in the titanic struggle since then. Tides have flowed and ebbed, sometimes slowly, sometimes with alarming rapidity and ferocity the waves have lashed against the stubborn rocks of the Allied lines; but never again have they got nearer to the heart of France, physically or morally, than on that day of the early autumn of four years ago. It still marks the high tide of the German invasion on that most momentous part of the wreck-strewn shore, and I am not at all sure that, though the writer of that article may, at the time, have meant the title to be applied more immediately, and to be taken to refer to the material rather than any other crisis in the war, he really word-buildej better than he knew he employed allitera- tion's artful aid on that occasion. ft True, there was much more recently a second battle of the Marne, but it did not hold us in suspense quite like that first struggle at the river bank, and it was what happened at the first onslaught there that made us feel that miracles might be repeated—as, indeed, they were under almost identical conditions. Looking back, then, on that first occasion and the psychological effect it had upon us and our enemies can we doubt that it was, in & very significant sense, a turning of the tide of fate? At any rate, there seems little prob- ability, as far as human calculation goes, of any third battle of the Marne. I was only reading, the other day, a despatch written by one of our war correspondents on the new lines of battle, very many miles away now from the environs of Paris, in which he skid that the most notable thing about the recent re-capture of villages is the sense that never jigain cill they pass into German hands. For four years the line has swayed. Ground made historic and sacred by the gallantry and sacri- fice I of our sons and the sons of our Allies has, after a time, been lost again. Some of it, perhaps, has been re-taken and lost once more. But now, as the war correspondent puts it, ground gained is regarded as ground won for ever, and, somehow, we feel in our bones, as the saying is, that he is right. That does not mean, of course, that there may not be vicissitudes still. Even in spite of the rapid development-of affairs it is possible we may yet have our bad weeks as well as our good weeks," but they will not be so bad, and the good ones will grow better. For, in war, as in everything else—more perhaps than in anything else-there Is nothing like success to succeed. Each line of trenches taken means more than a few hundred yards of France re-covered. It means also the grow- ing sense of physical and moral superiority over the enemy. And, on the other hand, every trench lost has its moral effect on Ger- man nerves, and every day brings fresh evi- dence now of how it is beginning to tell. We know ourselves, indeed, only too well what it means. Never were there more dismal days in this country, not even during the time when our heroic First Hundred Thousand were fighting their rearguard actions along the dusty roads from Mons, than those staggering hours of last March, when our new armies already grown prematurally old in the terrible experience of three years' service, were swept back in that fell first onrush of Hindeflburg'g great offensive," for which our statesmen had told us with such eock-sureness we were 80 completely prepared, though the prepar- ation now seems to have been in our train- ing camps at home rather than within fighting distance behind the lines in France. A high enough tide, in tact, to cause us to hold our breath in dread suspense, but, after all, not obliterating that line of sea-weed along the beach of the Marne, where the writing of The Turn of the Tide can still be read on the sands. < < And nothing gives me more confidence in the belief that it will continue to remain leg- ible to the very end than a. comparison of the moral effect on us of those critical days of this spring (and again of the early summer when the tide so suddenly swirled around Amiens), with that which the present course of events is exerting on the German people. Somehow or another even when Sir Douglas Haig issued his ever-memorable Order of the Day to the Army in which he spoke in deeply significant phraseology of their position with their backs to the wall," and it seemed as if the Channel Ports must go, we never entirely despaired. We did not lose our hearts and still less did we lose our heads. We did not blaggard our Government and- threaten the Throne. The King had no need to go to Woolwich, M the Kaiser lately went to Espon, to tell tha munition workers that while it 'Ws his divinely ordained province to rule it was their equally divinely ordained lot to labftur. We did not even go about destroying our public statues, as the Borliners are re. ported to have done last week, though some of OUl" public statues would be nose the worse for destruction for all that. We simply set our teeth and determined to win through, those at home no leas than our fighters in the field, and never was there less sound of dis- gruntled grumbles from the industrial storm centres of this country than then. Yet no sooner does the German army suffer reverse than the whole partnership of the Central Powers gives signs of coming dissolution. At the time of writing momentous things are happening in Germany and Austria, which may lead anywhere or nowhere. Even before these words appear in print the whole situation may have undergone dramatic change. But, whether it he peace or continued war, whether the end be at hand or still some way off, one thing that is getting plainer and plainer, as we look back upon the past in the perspective of current experience, is that 1 its beginning dates from the Turning of the I Tide" in September, 1914, and the writer of the Advertiser article has no need to be ashamed of the inspiration which prompted that heading. For even journalists sometimes make lucky shots! I A Philosopher ON TO PROWL. I I—•_
CRIFTINS. I SCHOOL COLLECTIONS. -Tho older children of the school have pioked. over three cwt. of blackberries to make jam for our sol- diers and also collected £ 16 3s. 3d. for the National Sailors, Society. They now mean to make another colleotion, this time tor the Ited Croee, and it is hoped that, for this very de"rvin ??, O"ry y 'w I a BM land do all ?y c.n to crown their e()rt& wa success.
I LOCAL WEDDINGS, BELL—SMITH. A pretty wedding took place on Monday, at St. John's Church, Lyneal-cum-Colemere, be- tween Miss May Smith, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Peacock House, Lyneal, and Sergt. G. E. Bell, of Kenmore, Scotland. The Rev. H. E. Evans officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, was charm- ingly attired in a dress of cream alpaca with j & hat of nigger brown and pale blue. She was j attended by her sisters, the Misses Elsie and Marian Smith, who wore dresses of navy blue with hats to match. Mr. Jack Bell, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man. A re- j ception was held at Peacock House and, later j in the day, Sergt. and Mrs. Bell left for New- castle-on-Tyne for the honeymoon. They were the recipients of many and useful presents, j HENTON—GLUTTON. ) A very pretty wedding was solemnised at I the Trinity Presbyterian church, King-street, Wrexham, between Mr. W. 1. Henton, Rock Ferry, and Miss Ena Glutton, elder daughter of Mrs. Clutton, 16, Derby-road., Wrexham. The Rev. John Roberts (pastor) officiated, and the bridesmeid was Miss Edna Clutton, sister of the bride, and Mr. Harry Clutton (brother of the bride) was best man. The ?ride was given away by her uncle, Mr. W. Morris (Rossett). Mrs. Francis presided at the organ. The honeymoon is being spent at Rhyl. The bridegroom holds an important appointment under the Ministry of Munitions, and the bride was formerly engaged as acting clerk to the late Dr. T. W. Jones, medical officer of health. Their future home will be at Mancot Royal. —————
ELLESMERE. I UNION CONTRACTS. Mr. Brownlow Tower presided at the Board of Guardians, on Tuesday, when there were also present the Rev. H. Moody, Meisers. J. Hood. J. Woodville, G. Birch all. W. H. Horsfall and J. T. Edwards, with Mr. Gough Thomas, olk.-The following tenders for workhouse supplies for the next three months were aoeept-ed :-Mr. Hawkins, beef and mutton Is. 4id., suet Is. 3d. per lb. Mr. J. Simmons, milk 6id. per quart; Mr. F. W: Davies, margarine Is. 2d.; cheese Is. 8d., peas 6d., tea 2a. Sd., coffee 2s. 7d., sugar 7d., soda. Is. per lb., vinegar 2s. per gallon, oatmeal M lis. 3d. per 200 tbs. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—Tuesday, present, The Rev. H. Moody, presiding. Maasps J. Woodville. J. Hood. W. H. HorsfalL G. Birohall, T. Moyle, G. Griffitha and T. Ember- ton, with Mr. H. R. Giles, clerk, and Mr. W. H. Owen, surveyor and acting sanitary in. spector.—Mr. Owen said he should require £50 for roadmen's wages this month.—Mr. Hood said he noticed some of the roadmen were only Ð'aid a guinea a week, which compared very un- favourably with the 33s. a week paid agricul. tural labourers.—Mr. Horsfall aaid that all the roadmen were old men. and that made a differ- ence.—Two caeee of measles were reported at, Lower Frankton and two cases of scarlet fever at Perthy and three ait Alderton. They are all of a slight nature. LLANFYLLIN. I FUlvfERAL. —The funeral of Mm. Roberts, wife of Councillor D. Roberts, wh ose death occurred at the early fg& of 42, took place on Monday, at Bethel Cemetery, and wajg largely attended. NOVEL APPEAL.—The Red C Commit- tee are tapping a novel source for their funds. An appeal is made for old gold and silver coins, broken engagement ri" eax-ring«, bracelet*, osBMwnenta.
THE CHURCHES. Late Rev. E. Griffiths, Meifod. The funeral of the late Rev. E. Griflithe, Meifod, on Monday week, was very largely at- tended. and was the occasion for widespread manifestations of sorrow, sympathy, and resped throughout the district. So large was the at- tendance that no building in the village waA capable of accommodating the mourners, and the proceedings were conducted in the open in front of the C.M. Chapel, after a brief service at the house. Mr. T Edwards, Ll&nfyllin (--hairmam of the Lower Montgomeryshire Monthly Meet* ing) presided.and the lesson was read by the Rev i.E. Th(lnas and prayer by the Rev O. T. Daviea, t I,<lanf,yliin. Addresses were given by Alderman D. Pryce, Ceunant (English), the Rev. O. R. Owen. H. E. Griffith. M.A., Mr. Roberts, siid the Chairman. Other ministers present werf the Rev. J. B. Edmonds, Tregynon, T. Ashtonu Shrewsbury, H. T. Jones. Bethlehem, C. Jonea, Salem, W. R. Williams. Newtown, W. M. Joneo, Llansairtffraid. Evan Jones. Llansantffraid, H, G. Roberts, LIacrhaiadr. T. Lewiz. Meifod. and Uwilym Roberts, Llanfechain. At tg grave, the Rev. T. H. Griffith gave the commit. tal portion. The bearers were M-ess-- Rogers. Brynygroe! Henry Griffith. Bronheulóg. Fred Griffiths. Llefey, Rd. Jenkins, Rhoeglasooed, Dd. Kohepts, Alltfawr, and Wm. Jones, Bronymain The following were the chief mourners :-Mra. and Mr. Hors, Bournemouth. and the Per, Mrs. and W. S. Jonea, Shrewsbury (daughter# and sons-i^ n-law), Lieut. John Whicker (grand* eon), Mr. Rowlands. Bryngwran, Anglesey (brother-in-law), Mr. Rowlands, Brynrwran, Anglesey (nephew) and Dr. Rowlands. London (nephew). Among the public were Mr. A. Wil. liama Wynn, Messrs. EveraH, Waterloo, I Gifc. Tregynon, Jones, Poss Office, New Mills. Davie. Herjdv. New Mills. Alfred Jo-hu. 'Lla,n,, fair Jones, The Gfaig, Dd. Jones, Llano 4diaa, J. Jones, Neuadd, Owens, Bridge-street, Evans, late of Tanhouse, Mrs. Jones, Tynewydd, Mrs Bebb, Cefnawyd, Jones, Coedcvmryd, Wa'kina, GI, Roberts, Dyffryn, Evans, sadJer, Ow»n Evans, Philip Evans, Pantglas, Pierce. Pant- fflas, Mr. and -V-im Jones, Tv Maen, Evans. New- Tv ?Nfaen EvanA. ?New Shop, Llangynog, Dd. Williams, Llanrhaiadr, M. S. Evans, Llanrhaiadr. Pte. J. Gwyn Llan. rhaiadr, Mr., Mre. and Mies Roberts, AUtfawr Mr. and Mrs. Evans, Upper Main, Mr. and MN. Jones, Bron-y-main. Mr. and Mrs. Robert, Brook House, M. D. Morris. D. Owén, E. Row. lands, Hughes, Shop, Pontrobert. Lot Williams. Chapman, Garth, Griffiths, Brynfedw, Dai-ies, Pant-y-Comms, Mr. and Miss Davies, New- bridge, Mr. Bebb, Cwm. Mr. W. Bebb. Keel Bach, Miss Bebb, Benbow, Main, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, Ceunant, P. Davies, Bryndial. Thomas, Clwydyronen, Jones, Pentre, Mr.. Mrs. and Miss Andrew, Brynygroes, Miss Lloyd, Shop, R. Wil- liams, Dudley House, Meifod. Mrs. R. H. Evans, Machynlleth, Mrs. Owens, Church-street Oewes. try and Mr. Rd. Pryce, Mr. Robert Pryce, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Knighton, Radnor. In the evening, to a large congregation, the Rev. W. M. Jones, Llansantffraid, prea-ched an appropriate sermon, the Rev. T. H. Griffith taking the devotional portion of the ser-Wce. A conmerablenumber of letters were received re- gretting being unable to attend and expressing sympathy with the family, amongst others front th,. Rev. T. C. Williams (the Moderator of the North Wities Association), Mr. E. Pugh, Elim D. Davies, Brookside, Llanfyllin. At th* Swinton Parish Ohurch (Y orb.) ths latest war communiques are read out during the Sunday morning service. Dr. Archibald Waget Wilson, organist of Ely Cathedral, and formerly at gt. Asaph Cathedral has been appointed organic of Manchester Cathedral. Dr. Clifford will celebrate his dia.m.ond iubilee as a preacher at Praed Street Church, on Oct. 16, and the Paddington Borough Council have agreed ¡to forma. committee to raise funds to present him with an address and a testimonial. On Sunday week (the Cymro states). Mr. S. J. Evans, headmaster of the Llangefni County School, formerly a Congregational and now a Churohman and a w&rden of the pariah church took the place of the Rev. R. Prya Owen in the Cafvimeti.c Methodist pulpit. The death is announced in his 60th year of Chancellor Lloyd. Williams, rector of Llanrhvdd- lad, Anglesey. He wae an enthusiastic lifeboat. man, and frequently formed part of the crew of the lofcal lifeboat when engaged in rescuing shipwrecked sailors. The members of Capel Mawr, Rhos, have freed their chapel from debt. The sum of JB342, which included £100 from the Children's Choir and F,100 from the Women's Guild has been col- lected. A substantial balance remains in hand. The Rev. J. R. Evans. late Rector of Pont- fadog, WM inducted to the living of Meifod, on Sunday week, by the Ven. Archdeacon of Mont- gomery. Special Psalrns and lessons were read and suitable hymns sung. Verses of the hymn, H "Te love the place, 0 God," were sung at ap- propriate points of the induction service. The Ven. Arrbdeaco-,q gavean earnest address on the text 1. Cor., ix., 24. "Know ye not. that they which run in a race," etc., emphasising the duties of the minister and also of the parishioners. In the evening the new Vicar in place of a sermon read the Thirty-nine Articles. ————— —-——
9 TREFONEN, K.S.L.I. PRISONERS OF WAR FUND.- The monthly collection which was inausrur., ftted in Juxie for the above fund is doing very well. The amounts for August and September are Lll 6s. 7d. and 910 15s. 6d.. respectively, the total to date for the four months being £ 46 11s. Id. LIFE AND LIBERTY MOVEMENT.—A well-attended meeting was held in the School-, room on Friday. The Rev. E. A. Douglas Morgan presided and, at the outset, explained that the object was to leam something of the subject of Church Reform. He introduced Capt. Rogers of the King's Liverpool Regi- ment, Park Hall Camp, who gave a stirring address from a layman's point of view. Capt, Rogers spoke of the great need for a "living" church, and for encouraging the reforms which have been proposed by committees ap- pointed by our Archbishops. There should be more spiritual independence and the Church should govern her own affairs and have the selection of its own bishops. These and manv other reforms would be brought a.bout by the passing into law of the proposed Enabling Bill, which will be submitted to Par- liament next year. On the proposition of Mr. H. Flux, seconded by Mr. J. Lloyd. a vote of thanks was passed to the speaker and carried. Capt. Rogers suitably acknowledged. cockshutt. WHIST DRIVE.—A successful whist drive in aid of local wax,ebarities was held, in the scboolr()O on Friday. Th?re wre about 50 present. The following were prize wmMrs: ?-Lt&es: 1, Aftes oEwthin e f vver?e prize winners -IAdi: 1, Miss Ethel Ma.rsh, Crmere; 2, Miss Griffiths, Fennemere. Gents.: 1, Mr. J. Marsh, Crosemerc; 2, Mr. George Park/sr, Petton. Booby prise woA by M*, T. Díokiat au. 0"0