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PATER WARD COMMIT- j TEES.i
PATER WARD COMMIT- j TEES. ALBANY STREET ONCE MORE. INTERESTING DISCUSSION. A meeting of the Priter W ard Commit- tee was held on Monday afternoon at the Bush Street Council offices, when there were present Aldn. A. McColl, J. Hutch- ings, and \V. James; Couns. J. Grieve, C. Yoiin £ i, B. Hancock, W. Phillips, J. !i, \Y. S¡::il L. THE SANITARY CART. ']" Sanitarv Committee considered an account £ 10 for repairs to the sanitary cart, some of the work of which was done Ihr!■1 ary. It was stated that the tall been given by the Chair- man iMr. C. Young), and eventually it decided to pay the bill. 1 fIE SEWAGE WORKS. T'i i c- Ciialrj,,iari of the Sanitary Commit- tee (Mr. Young) stated that the amount spent on the outfall works to date was :fA 16 Os. 8d., and the amount spent on fiie tunnel was £ 721 8s. 2d. They had now completed 1,850 feet of the tunnel invert, and there remained 650 feet still to be done. In reply to lr. Phillips, Mr. loang udded that the work was proceed- ing satisfactorily. Three hundred feet 1:> i had been done since the last meeting, and this included perhaps the worst part of the tunnel. It was probable that the next scciion would be much easier. In reply to Ald. Jones, Ir. Young said that the penstocks were also going on all f IH HIGHWAY MATTERS. In reply to the Chairman of the Highway Committee (Mr. W. Phillips), the Surveyor said that the repairs to the road leading Ironi Hill Street, Bufferland to Pennar, had not yet been completed, as the snow- I fall had delayed them, the men being re- quired in other directions. Mr. Hancock remarked that the path ought to be put in repair before the schools re-assembled. Mr. Morgan remarked that the work of repairing this road would be an awkward piece of work. The Surveyor: If you leave it to me I will make a good job of it. ALBANY STREET AGAIN. A long discussion occurred with refer- ence to the drainage of Albany Street. It was stated that the Bush Estate had done nothing more in the matter. It was suggested that notices should be served on the leaseholders, but Mr. Srni:n ob- iected to this. He thought that it would be better to have a meeting in the street to talk over the matter with the lease-hold- ers. He believed that a good many of them did not understand the matter at the present time. They should not put these people to considerable expense until they had heard what they had to say. Mr. Young considered it would be the interest of these people to have the drains put in a proper condition. Ir. Grieve pointed out that they could not do anything with the ratepayers' money, but something must be done. The Chairman said that the officials had condemned the sewer which had been put there bv the Bush Estate. Was it not their duty to ask the Bush Estate to remove it. Ir. Hancock said that the Bush Es- tate had submitted no plan, and the Town Clerk replied that the Estate' contended that a plan was nassed thirty years ago. The Surveyor said that no sanitary au- thority in England would allow such a "int", of things to go one. Fancy people a a room, under the boards of iy stuff was flowing in drains to he Surveyor, the Chairman said that the Lush Estate had been re- quested to remove the sewer. They had replied to the effect that the sewer was placed" there with the approval of the Sur- veyor. The Surveyor denied that he had ever approved this sewer, and suggested that the Council should exercise their powers and compel the Estate to remove this sewer. Mr. Smith pointed out that there were similar circumstances in other parts of the borough. It showed that there must have been great carelessness and incompetence on the part of someone. Ald. McColl said that some of the houses were comparatively new. Why were not the pipes properly laid then? Where were the committee then ? Houses were built and were never looked at from the start to the finish. People went into them before they were half built. A great responsibility would rest upon the Council if they did not see that their paid officials did their duty. In reply to Aid. Hutchings, the Surveyor said that no drains were cl shown on the plans of the houses when they were sent in. Eventually it was decided that Ald. -L I I I McColl, Conns. Phillips, Smith, and Young, the Surveyor, Inspector, and Town Clerk should meet Major Wynne and dis- cuss the matter. WATER MATTERS. The Chairman of the Water Committee (Aid. McColl) announced that the water had been laid to Cross Park, and the cost would be nearly A letter was read from Mr. F. S. Reed, on behalf of Air. T. Griffiths, of Pembroke, stating that the latter was desirous of having the water laid on five small houses at Golden. The Chairman said that. the cost would probably be £1 f), but he had not gone fully into the matter. It was decided to leave tlie matter in the hands of the Chairman. The Chairman mentioned that they had been flooded once at the pumping station at Milton. Supposing they had a sudden thaw this might occur again. He sug- gested r hat they should lay a dfain at the east end of the pumping station. Thev t could uitilise some of the twelve-inch pipes thev had there for tnat purpose. The committee agreed to this course being adopted. The Chairman said that the value of the coal consumed at Milton for the past four weeks was f:3 lis. Id. The engines worked lot Hours 40 II mutes. They now had enough coal to last them into the middle of March. A NEW USE FOR SEATS. Aid. McColl said that a few days ago he was watking down the old waterworks lane when he saw a number of men stand- ing on the seats which the Council had pro- vided there, so that they could see a loot- bail match. They refused to move when spoken to. and he believed that one man, if he had spoken to him, would have come down and blackened his eye. He thought uini the ponce Miould be requested to turn these people from the seats if they could hot use them properly. THE MARKET HOUSE MYSTERY. The Town Clerk reported that lie had interviewed Mrs. Humphries, the caretaker of tic. .'eu.uroke Dock Market House, with reference to the lights burning there all night, which matter was discussed at the hist meeting oi the committee. She stated that she always opened and closed the Council Chamber personally, and never (d persons entitled to use the room to have the key. She said that she had been informed by the secretary of the Oper- f ic Society that Mr. Phillips, during his mayoralty, gave permission to the society to use the room.; and they used it one Mon- day, after whic n she locked it up. On the day, after whic n she locked it up. On the following thiy the magistrates used the room, and she thought that the gas must have beeii lighted to warm the room, and that the place must have been closed again without this being noticed, as she found it burning on the following Thursday morning. The Town Clerk also reported that he had received no reply to his letter to the secretary of the Operatic Society. Mr. Morgan (chairman of the Market Committee) said that Mr. Phillips said at the last meeting that he did not give per- mission. The Town Clerk: lie did not give it for this time. [r. Hancock I think it was agreed that Mrs. Humphries should be cautioned. The Town Clerk: She was cautioned, and she was rather frightened about it, too.
PEMBROKE DOCK CHORAL SOCIETY.
PEMBROKE DOCK CHORAL SOCIETY. FINE PERFORMANCE OF "JrDAS Al-kCCABE U,). VISIT OF MR. LLOYD CIIANDOS. The performance of Handel's fine orato- rio, Judas Maccabeus," by the Pembroke Dock Choral Society will be long remem- bered by those present not only for the musical treat afforded, but also for the weather conditions which prevailed at the time. Snow is comparatively rare in Pembrokeshire, but on Thursday evening those who desired to hear the Choral So- ciety had not only to fight their way through the whirling snowtiaes, but also to tramp through streets ankle deep in snow whilst during the performance the windows were ever and anon lit up with' the blue glare of the lightning. Inside the fine Wesleyan Chapel all was warmth and life-, but when the flashes came one saw the snow-covered roofs gleam dazzling in the brilliant light. But apart from the climatic conditions the performance was one that will not be quickly forgotten. Never have the Choral Society ben heard to better ad- vantage than they were on Thursday, and undoubtedly Judas Maccabeus," full as it is of martial choruses and dramatic ef- fects requiring a powerful choir of robust singers for their proper interpretation, was a composition eminently suited to their capabilttie. The society, too, were very fortunate in their choice of the principals engaged, all four vocalists being heard to n c great advantage, more especially the two gentlemen who both rose to the occasion c magnificently. It is over 23 years ago since Judas Maccabeus was previously rendered in Pembroke Dock, and very few of the pre- sent choir then took part. The perform- ance is stated to have been a fine one, the late Eos Morlais, a famous Welsh tenor of his dav being the most notable artiste engaged, and Mr. Thomas conducted. The last ortatorio performed by the choir was the Messiah," which was given in the Wesley Chapel, two years ago. There was then a very large attendance, but the expenses were heavy, and to the surprise of the officials a loss resulted. On Thursday, probably owing to the weather, Wesley Chapel, which will seat 1,400 per- sons, was not full, there being a number of vacant seats, though nearly all the re- served seats had been booked before the performance. It is hardly necessary to say much with regard to the oratorio itself; Judas Mac- cabeus," though not so well known as the ) Messiah and ElijaYi," yet being one of the most popular ortatorios ever com- posed, and containing many fine passages. By many it is considered as containing some of the finest martial music ever writ- ten. Arm, Arm Ye Brave" and Sound an Alarm being almost unequalled in their particular class, except perhaps by that fine passage, Honour and Arms," from Samson," whilst many of the cho- ruses are most stirring, although perhaps not rising to the sublime grandeur of the Hallelujah chorus in the Messiah." As the name indicates the oratorio deals with the Jewish soldier hero Judas Mac- cabeus, a man whose valour and achieve- ments are looked upon by the Jews almost as the Swedes look upon the exploits of Gustavus Adolphus and the French those of the first Napoleon. The oratorio is divided into three parts. It opens with the lamentations for the death of Matta- thias, the father of Judas Maccabeus, and the oppression of the Jewish people by the Syrians, in his attempt to suppress their religion and liberties. Then Judas steps forward and is recognised leader. He appeals to the patriotism of the people in the rousing Arm, Arm ye Brave," and the response comes in the chorus, We Come in Bright Array." This portion of the oratorio concludes with expressions of trust in God and heroic resolve to con- quer or die. The second portion opens with the celebration of victories gained in various battles, but soon a diversion of the Syrian Army from Egypt cause despon- dency, from which the people are roused by Judas with the famous Sound an Alarm," a song unequalled for its rous- ing power, and swiftly followed by the tu- multuous reply of the populace in the cho- rus "Ve Hear," an inspiring climax. In the third portion are celebrated the trium- phant return of the conqueror which comes to a climax in the magnificent See the Conquering Hero chorus. The oratorio closes with celebrations of peace and na- tional thanksgiving, the martial tone which has characterised the earlier portions of the work being softened to the more mellow and restful tones denoting peace and pro- sperity. The choir as they sat in front of the organ made an imposing appearance. They were about 1.50 strong, and at the back was a juvenile choir of some 120 boys and girls. The orchestra, which consisted chiefly of the band of the 2nd Wilts Regt., occupied a platform in front of the ros- trum. There were about 40 performers, and the leader was Professor T. Hulley, of Swansea. Mr. W. G. Phelps pre- sided at the organ, and h. T. G. Hancock conducted. The artistes were :—Soprano, Miss Cissy Williams, A.R.C.M. contralto, Miss Edith Jago; tenor, Mr. Lloyd Chandos; and bass, Mr. David Hughes, R.A.M. As we said before the rendering of the oratorio was a very fine one. The choir acquitted themselves admirably. They appeared to be exceedingly well balanced", and the basses were particularly fine, whilst the contraltos, who had a lot of arduous work, sang much better than is usually the case in many choirs with good reputations. Very frequently one notices that the con- traltos are either weak or harsh, when the other narts are good, but on Thursday evening the contraltos were really excel- lent. As a matter of fact the whole choir sang in a manner which showed that not only does it contain many fine voices, but also has been very carefully trained. In almost every instance the attack was good, and considering the heavy work in some of the choruses, they gave evidence of much sustaining power, and appeared to sing tirelessly. When the performance com- menced the audience seemed inclined to be apathetic, but tlie rendering of 0 Father whose Almighty Power," roused them, and thereafter neither choir nor artistes could complain of lack of sympathy. The most popular choruses appeared to be Hear j Us, 0 Lord," We Hear," We Come in Bright Array," We Never Will Bow I Down," and See the Conquering Hero." I The last two were especially fine. The children, who opened See the Conquering I Hero," sang very sweetly, and then the choir of ladies came in following, over the whole choir and orchestra united, with magnificent effect. The principals were quite equal to the demands of the oratorio. Miss Cissy Wil- liams, the soprano, hails from Llanelly, and is a daughter of the well known In- spector of Schools. This was her debut on the concert platform, and the manner in which she acquitted herself, and the use she made of a very fine and sweet voice, were fuil of promise for her future success. IVhaps she was heard to best a-dvan!age in From Mighty Kings and Wise Men Flat- tering May Deceive You," but in the due. "0 Lovely Peace," she sang charm- ingly with Miss Jago. Miss Edith Jago, who is a member of the choir, and assisted in some of the choruses, gave a very good account of herself. She had not a great c deal of work to do, but though apparently a trifle nervous when she rose to sing "From Capharsalama," she met with a hearty reception, and gaining confidence sang the solo in a very capable manner. She also worthily upheld her local reputa- tion in duets with Miss Williams and Mr. Lloyd Chandos. Mr. David Hughes, who also hails from Llanelly, was in capital voice. His render- ing of Arm, Arm Ye Brave was very fine, and he well deserved the encore he received for The Lord Worketh Won- dei-s. In fact he did ample justice to all the music entrusted him. Of course great things were expected from Mr. Lloyd Chandos, who has the reputation of being the finest exponent of the tenor parts of this oratorio in the country. After hear- ing him on Thursday, Pembroke Dock folk can quite understand that, and it is safe to say that a finer singer has never been heard in Pembrokeshire. Judas Mac- cabeus is a work which exacts much from the tenor, but also gives a capable man great opportunities. As we said be- fore, Sound an Alarm is a stirring solo, and Mr. Chandos's rendition of it thrilled the audience and was equal to the most sanguine expectations. Not only has this singer a clear and powerful voice, but he enterd into the spirit of the music, and took full advantage of the scope it afforded him. It was hardly to be won- dered that the applause at the close was deafening and sustained, and that the au- dience would not be satisfied until they had heard a portion of the air again. How Yain is Man who Boasts in Fight was another item splendidly rendered and vociferously encored, and in short Mr. Lloyd Chandos established himself once and for ever in the good graces of all pre- sent. It is perhaps hardly jdeasant when one has been freely showering praises to have to find fault in other directions, but truth makes us reluctantly state that theorchestra were rather disappointing at times, and certainly were hardly up to expectations. In the chorus "See the Conquering Hero," one of the trumpeters made a hopeless mess, and though the violinists acquitted themselves well, the brass was anything but perfect. Still in justice it must be said that some of the passages were rend- ered most effectively. Mr. Phelps at the organ was excellent, and altogether the In zn performance is one of which the choir and its clever conductor may reasonably be proud.
PENNAR GUT FATALITY.
PENNAR GUT FATALITY. THE INQUEST ON COOPER. On Thursday Mr. Herbert Price, the coroner for the South district, held an in- quest on the body of James Cooper, aged 21, a sapper in the Royal Engineers, who was drowned by the capsizing of a boat under circumstances set forth in our last issue. The body had been recovered in mid-stream near Bentley's Ferry. John Scott, a sapper, said he and the deceased were stationed at Pennar bar- racks. On December 24th they went for a trip to Pembroke Dock, and returned about 5.30 p.m. They were both perfectly sober. It was dark, and they had the wind against them. The boat "filled with water, and while they were trying to get to land she capsized, and both were thrown ;nto the water. Deceased could not swim and both clung to the boat as iong as tnev could, and shouted for help Witness could swim, and could have saved him- self, but he was afraid he would be unable to help his comrade all the way to the shore. For that reason they clung to the boat as long as they could, but as the boat turned over and over they lost their hold on her. They got on to some mud, and he C, got hold of deceased and started to swim. After a few strokes Cooper let go of wit- ness, who got on to the mud after a few strokes. He was,_ however, too exhausted to render Cooper any assistance, and as soon as possible he got to the barracks and gave the alarm. P.C. Charles Harding gave evidence as to the finding of the body, after which the jury brought in a verdict of accidentally drowned." THE FUNERAL. The funeral of the victim of this de- i plorable accident took place on Saturday, with full military honours. The body was conveyed by boat from Pennar barracks to Hobbles Point. The funeral cortege was here formed and proceeded to the ceme- tery. First came a firing party from the 2nc. Wiltshires Regiment, with arms re- versed, and then the band of that regiment playing the "Dead March," alter which came the coffin on a gun carriage, en- veloped with the Union Jack and bearing upon it the deceased's helmet and accoutre- ments. Then came a large number of deceased's comrades in the Royal Engin- eers. As the procession wended its way through the snow to the cemetery -it at- tracted much attention, and there was also a large crowd at the cemetery, 'ihe offici- ating clergyman was the Rev. T. Jones. After the coffin was lowered into the grave the usual three volleys were fired and the bugler sounded the "Last Post." Some choice floral tributes were placed on the grave and then the band formed up and proceeded back to camp playing a march.
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RAILWAY DISASTER. .
RAILWAY DISASTER. WRECKED SCOTCH EXPRESS. The terrible effects of the blizzard, which dis- located railway traffic and practically brought it to a standstill in the North, culminated in a terrible collision near Arbroath, a few miles north of Dundee. Twenty persons were killed and many injured. Among the latter was Mr. A. W. Black, Liberal M.P. for Banffshire, who had both legs broken. Mr. Black afterwards succumbed to his injuries. The collision occurred at Elliot Junction, a small station two miles south of Arbroath. The line from Arbroath to Dundee is worked jointly bv the Caledonian and the Aorth uritish Railway Companies over it the East Coast Scotch ex- presses run 01, the London-Edinburgh-Aberdeen route. It seems clear that the 7.35 a.m. north- ward bound express from Edinburgh had reached Arbroath, but could proceed no turther. This train had left King's Cross at 11.30 the previous night, and it was due at Arbroath at 9.40 a.m. It did not reach that station until shortly before eleven, and after wai;r3 there for a time it was resolved to return southward. Meantime, no attempt had been made to get through from Arbroath to Dundee, until the joint companies made up a train about half- past three in the afternoon. The train, it seems, left Arbroath going south just before the ex- press turned back. The local train proceeded the two miles south to Elliot and then was stopped awaiting the signal that the line was clear. A few minutes later the express, running at thirty miles an hour, crashed into the rear of the standing train. A scene of indescribable confusion ensued. The guard's van and last carriage, with the exception of one of the compartments, were smashed into matchwood. The engine of the express turned over on to its side, and steam and fire escaped from the overturned engine, under which lay the driver and the fireman. The wreckage of the smashed carriage covered the dead and dying. Some of the dead had been pitched on the platform. Doctors were hurriedly sent for to succour the injured, but owing to the isolated character of the country and the difficulties of transporta- tion it was some time before any but local help arrived. Seldom has the work of extricating the injured from a railway wreck been carried out under such painful circumstances. Several injured passengers, many of whose limbs were broken, were almost frozen before they could be helped. Gourlay, the driver of the express, an elderly man, gave the following description of the dis- aster We were not going particularly fast as we approached Elliot Junction. I saw nothing to indicate possible danger ahead, but before I had time to realise what had happened we dashed into a local train which was standing ..1. the platform. I was thrown down on my engine, and on picking myself up I found I was badly hurt about the head and left wrist. My right ear was split in two, and I was taken to a doc- tor in Dundee and had it stitched before being sent home to Edinburgh. Before leaving Elliot Junction I saw that my tender, with its mass of coals, was lying on its side. The engine had kept the rails. My fireman had somehow dis- appeared. I searched for him up and down, but it was not until some time afterwards that I heard that he was lying beneath the tender. He was got out, but died in the infirmary." The guard of the express, James Kinnear, said: There were not many passengers in our train—only about a dozen. I was in the van next the engine. At Elliot Junction my fellow- vansman and. I were sorting our mail bags, when, without the slightest warning, there was a fearful crash. Everything happened in an instant. The van was wrecked to splinters, and I was shot on to the side of the track among the snow. I had only a few scratches on the head, but I received a severe shock. My mate, Hardie, got some fog-signals and placed them on the line for a mile back to protect the wreckage from further hurt." Following is a complete list of the killed: 0 Mr. A. W. Black, M-.P. for Banffshire. James Jamieson, traveller, Glasgow. F. R. Whitfield, traveller, Balfour-place, Carnoustie. John Young Wood, storekeeper, Arbroath. Adam Hume Lesslie, railway guard, Abbey- hill. Edinburgh. William McFarlane, Shawlands, Glasgow. J. Gow, railway employee, Edinburgh. Thomas Wood, railway servant, whose brother resides in Meadow-row, New Kent-road, London. Hugh W. Owen, traveller for Ogdens. Limi- ted, Glasgow. James Christie, grocer, St. Vigeans-road, Ar- broath. Frank Norrie, Park-avenue, Dundee. Robert Coats, Dalineny-v'rcet, Edinburgh. Alexander Coats, foreman bridge builder, father of above. James Cathro, High-street, Arbroath Adam Hunter, traveller, Hawick. Robert Irvine, stoker. Edinburgh. A. B. Ewart. Bannatyne-avenue, Glasgow. Alxeander Shand, M.A.. journalist, Dundee. William Steele, traveller, Dundee. Richard Grant, railway servant, Edinburgh. Charles Wood, storekeeper, Carnoustie. Mr. Alexander William Black, Liberal M.P. for Banffshire since 1000. was a member of the firm of A. W. Black and Co., Writers to the Signet, Edinburgh. He was born at Kirkcaldy, in Fifeshire. in 1859, and his widow is a daughter of Admiral T. Wilson, C.B. At tht last election in Banffshire Mr. Black was re- turned by a majority of 2,200 over Mr. J. A. Grant. His majority in 1900 was only 298. At previous elections the Liberal majorities were 869 in 1892, 771 in 1893. and 510 in 1895. The singular coincidence that there is another Mr. A. W. (Arthur William) Black, of Nottingham, Liberal M.P. for North Bedfordshire, led to some confusion when the first news of the disaster was circulated. The collision had a sensational development on Monday. George Gourlay, the driver of the express train being arrested at Edinburgh, the charge against him is that he, being the driver of a train proceeding between Arbroath and Dundee, drove that train recklessly and culpably, whereby it came into collision with another train and a number of passengers were killed and injured." The Procurator-Fiscal of Forfarshire on Mon- day went to the scene of the accident, and it was his investigations that led to the driver's arrest. He telegraphed to Edinburgh ordering the Crown authorities to take Gourlay into custody. Prior to his removal from the house Gourlay was examined by Sir Henry Little- john, the medical officer of health for Edin- burgh, to ascertain whether he was in a fit state of health to be taken into custody. Gourlay has been in the service of the North British Railway Company ever since he was a boy, and he is one of the oldest drivers on the line. He is a powerful and intelligent man, and the Jact that he has been the driver of royal trains indicates the trust reposed in him. The following telegram was received by Pro- vost Alexander, of Arbroath, from Lord Knollys at Sandringham on Monday: I am commanded by the King and Queen to say how greatly they have been shocked and distressed by the recent terrible accident at Arbroath. Their Majesties would be glad if you would express to the relatives of those who have lost their lives on this sad occasion the sincere condolence of the King and Queen in their sorrow, and to the injured the deep sympathy of their Majesties in their suffer- ings. Their Majesties would also wish in- quiries to be made as to the condition of these, and to be informed how they are pro- gressing.
Boatchi Attusa, one of the deported Ashantee chiefs, died at Mahe (Seychelles).. The Great Eastern Railway Company car- ried 130,000 turkeys during Christmas week. A strike has commenced in the Potteries, the engineers and steam-engine makers having been refused an advance. Mr. Bent, the Victorian Premier, has recom- mended the Cabinet to increase the old-age pension from 8s. to 10s. As the result of a fall from a swing-boat at a pleasure fair at Wrexham a lad named Williams, aged IG, has died in the local hospital. Fire broke out in the cabin of the barge Owl, lying in the Ham at Brentford, and the two- year-old son of the eaotain was suffocated.
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JAP LINER ASHORE. "*■
JAP LINER ASHORE. "*■ Exciting scenes were witnessed at Redcar when one of the Japanese liners, the Awa Maru, ran upon the West Scar Rocks, about a mile off the promenade. She was bound for Liverpool without cargo. The lifeboat crew was summoned, and notwithstanding a severe hail- storm at the time, hundreds of people flocked to the promenade to see the start. There was a heavy gale blowing and a terrific sea, which could be seen breaking furiously over the ship. To get to the Awa Maru the lifeboat had to make a circuitous journey, but by hard work in the teeth of the gale they reached the steamer within an hour. Tlhy were not the first, however, to reach her, as two fishermen, named Picknett, ventured out in a coble, and after an exciting battle with the waves reached the Japanese vessel, from which, amid great cheering, they landed live of the crew. They immediately returned to the Awa Maru to ren- der further aid. Efforts to establish communi- cation by the rocket apparatus failed, but by ten o'clock fifty of the crew of a hundred and twenty had been landed and taken to various hotels. Eventually all the crew were got safely off. There were two passengers on board- David Murray, of Newcastle. and Mr. S. Feraska, a Japanese gentleman residing in Lon- don. The ship was commanded by Captain H. Forbes, an Englishman. Antwerp was left early on Christmas morning, and during the day the ship had to anchor several times owing to snowstorms. When off Redcar another heavy snowstorm was encountered, and the anchor was dropped again, but the cable broke and the vessel drifted on to the rocks. The vessel's boats were then launched and assisted to land the crew. The ship is owned by the Nippon Yuen Kaisha Company, and has a registered tonnage of 6,000. During a fresh north-north-west gale and heavy snow squalls at Holyhead, it was reported that six rockets had been *fired from a point near Maen Pisca, in Rhosgolyn Bay, a mile from Rhosgolyn Point, and a mile from Penrhoa Point. The rocket apparatus from Holyhead immediately went to render assistance, and the Rhosgolyn lifeboat went out in search of the distressed vessel. On the return of the life- boat the coxswain stated that he cruised round Maen Pisca and stood out to sea for seven miles but could see no trace of any vessel in distress. It is feared that some unknown vessel has struck the rock and foundered.
STORY OF A WAIF.
STORY OF A WAIF. A pathetic incident occurred at the Children's Court at Birmingham, when a little girl named Clara Dawson, looking like a lit tie Red Riding Hood, and carrying a doll which she fondled ana kissed, was charged with not being under proper guardianship. Clara lived with a young woman of the unfortunate" class, who told the magistrate that five years ago the child's mother was turned out of her house by the landlord, Clara, her two months' old child, being left behind. 0 The young woman who found her sleeping in a cupboard, took charge of the baby, with the mother's consent, wrapped her in a petticoat and took her to her own mother's house. Both she and her mother had grown very much attached to the little girl. When the magistrate decided to remand the child to the workhouse for a week she cried, but toddled bravely out of the court with a policeman, closely hugging her doll, as though afraid it would be taken from her. As she went along the corridor a rough-looking man suddenly bent down and kissed her.
VISITS HER FUTURE GRAVE.
VISITS HER FUTURE GRAVE. ——— A curious and pathetic sight is to be witnessed daily in a churchyard near Birmingham. A lady somewhat over middle-age may be seen walking there regularly, whatever the season and weather, taking a garden-chair marked private from the keeper's shelter and sitting down in front of a vacant plot of ground. 0 The little green rectangle, which she plants in turn with the different flowers of the season and carefully trims and tends, is her future burial place, which she bought a few years ago. There is nothing in her manner or speech to show that her mind is in any way affected.
ATTACKED BY FOXES.
ATTACKED BY FOXES. A rural postman in the Malpas district of Cheshire has had a singular experience. His route lies across fields near a fox covert, and a few days ago he came upon three foxes, which were feeding. The morning was very dark, and the sudden appearance of the postman caused the foxes to fly at his throat. With con- siderable difficulty he managed to beat them off and escape. ——
AMERICAN TRAIN SMASH. .
AMERICAN TRAIN SMASH. A passenger train and a goods train collided on Sunday evening at Terra Cotta Station, three miles from Washington, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It is estimated that 38 persons were kiikil and 50 injured. The ill-fated train was a local from Frederick City, which runs only on Sunday for the convenience of week-end tourists returning to Washington. It was stand- ing in me station preparing to start, when a train made up of empty carriages ran into the rear. The weather was tliick and foggy at the time, and it is stated that the engineer of the empty train did not notice the red signal indi- cating mat the block ahead was occupied. The wrecked train was composed of the engine, a smoki::g car, and two ordinary coaches. All the vehicles were crowded, and many passen- gers, being unable to find seats, were standing in the gangways. Just ,eiiitid the train was 6 coal truck, and into this the empty train dashed at the rate of sixty miles an hour, literally hurling it clean through the two end coaches. The passengers were mowed down like hay, and of the 50 odd persons in the rear coach only one escaped death or serious injury. Both sides of the vehicle were torn off, and the track was littered with the wreckage. When the driver of the local felt the crash he opened the throttle in the hope of being able to pull his train out of further danger, and the consequent jolting of the damaged carriages caused many bodies to drop on to the line, which was strewn with corpses for a distance of a quarter of a mile. The people on the platform fared no better than those in the train, as only two escaped, the remainder being either killed or injured by being thrown under the train or struck by Hying wreckage. From the appearance of the bodies it is believed that nearly all the victims were killed outright.
STAGE ROMANCE RECALLED. .
STAGE ROMANCE RECALLED. The death, which took place on Monday at Garbally Court, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, of the Countess of Clancarty, formerly Miss Belle Bilton, the music-hall artiste, at the early age of thirty-eight, recalls a romance of the stage. The Countess had been ailing for many montiis, and had undergone two severe operations for cancer, one some years ago, and the other in Paris recently at the hands of Professor Doyen. She arrived home apparently considerably im- proved in health, but this proved to be only a temporary rally. Lady Clancarty was among the earliest of English actresses in modern times to marry into the peerage. It was in July, 18S9, that the earl, as William Frederick le Poer Trench Vis- count Dunlo, was married to Miss Isabel Maud Penrice Bilton, of 55, Avenue-rd., St. John's- wood, spinster, at the Hampstead registry office. Prior to that, Miss Bilton had made a great name for herself at the Alhambra and the Empire, and the announcement of the wedding provoked great interest in society circles. Very soon after the wedding Lord Dunlo went to Australia, where he remained for some time. The next thing was an announcement that his lordship had commenced proceedings for divorce, citing the son of a Bond-st. tradesman as the co-respon- dent. The trial had its dramatic moment, for Lord Dunlo, after it had run its course for two or three days, protested that his affection for his wife and his belief in her were as great as ever, the petition collapsed. Lady Dunlo afterwards appeared in one of Sir Augustus Harris' pantomimes at Drury Lane, but she bade farewell to the stage when, in 1891, her husband succeeded to the Earldom of Clancarty. The young Earl and Countess, with a mutual affection for out-door life and sports, retired to their Galway home, earned the affec- tions of their tenantry, and devoted themselves to the family which grew up around them. Twin sons were born to them in 1891. One is the heir to the earldom, and bears the title of Lord Kilconnel; the other died three years later. Other sons were born in 1895 and 19&2, and the only daughter was born in 1893.
The Queen has sent donations of £ 10 to the fund for the relief of the widows of metropoli- tan police officers and to St. Luke's Home, Bayswater, a charity for the dying poor. Thomas Steed, seventy-four years old, of Tadeaster, who received a bottle of whisky as a present, was found dead next morning, having consumed the whole contents of the bottle. King Edward's portrait—his Majesty's gift to the Portuguese 4th Cavalry Regiment, of which he is hon. colonel—is to be installed with great ceremony at Estremoz. lit Westminster Cathedral a Requiem Mass OT. behalf of Mr. Edward C. Thompson, late London editor of the Catholic Times," was celebrated. The funeral took place at Wrexhau.
Dan/oner holl ohebiaethau Cymreig i swyddfa So hch. •v id ydym yn gyfrifol am syniodau ein gvLsh-wyr. I ,;?-ifener ag ingc, ac ar un tu o'r ddalen. Golygydd-Kilmorey, Solfach.
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[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.] Hen Feirdd a Phregeth- wyr Sir Benfro. GAN Y PARCH. J. S. JONES, HWLFFORDD. WILLIAM JONES, Tad Bedyddwyr Sir Benfro. PENNOD XIV. (Par had.) Gan fod John Jenkins yn byw yn yr un oes ac yn aelod o'r un eglwys a William Jones, ac wedi bod dan ei weinidogaeth, mae ei dystiolaeth ef yu bwysiccach braidd na dim a ellir gael am dano. Gadawaf iddo ef lefaru eto Presbyteriad oedd M r William Jones I yr amser hyny, heb arddel bedydd credin- iol, beth bynag oedd ei feddwl neillduol ef ei hun ynghylch hyny. Y mae yn bossibl iddo gyfarfod a Mr Jenkin Jones ac eraill o'r Bedyddwyr yno, ac iddynt gael rhyw ymddiddanion am hyny ymhlith pethau crefyddol eraill. Y mae yr hanes yn- dweyd iddo gael ei lwyr^argyhoeddi mai bedydd y crediniol oedd gyttunol a'r Gair, eithr efe a gadwodd ei feddwl gan mwyaf iddo ei hun." Yr oedd yn feddiannol ar gorph lluniaidd a hardd, o ymddygiad boneddigaidd, tymher addfwyn caredig ac ennillgar iawn, heb ewyllysio tramgwyddo neb os gallai beidio trwy gadw cydwybod rydd. Yroedd boneddigion yn ei barchu a mynent iddo 1 11 1 gydyrriflurfio ag Eglwys Loegr gan addaw iddo le manteisiol iawn. Mae Mr John Richard (hen weinidog i'r Bedyddwyr) yn ei ysgrif yn dweyd fod rhai yn dweyd i William Jones ddewis cadw cydwybod dda mewn cyssyIltiad a cbrefydd o flaen derbyn saith ugain punt yn y flwyddyn am ddarllen y Weddi Gyffredin yn y Llan. Yr oedd hyny yn gynnyg mawr yr amser hyny, llnwn gystal a saith cant y flwyddyn yn eiri dyddiau ni. Ond er mwyn heddwch cydwybod aeth ef trwylawer o galedi trwy erlid a charcharau, ac amryw ffyrdd. Dy- wedir mai gwr llaith, lied bryderus oedd ef cyn dyfod yr erledigaetb, ond ei fod wedi dechreu ei brofi gan erlid yn wr glew, calonog a hyf. Fodd bynag, cymerwyd ef pan yn Bresbyteriad yn garcbaror i Gastell Caer- fyrddin a bu yno am dair blynedd. Yn ystod yr amser hwnw y cymerodd cyfnew- idiad yn ei farn le parthed Bedydd. Nid oedd un eglwYR drefnus a gweinidog iddi i'r Bed\ddwyr i'w chael yn nes na'r Fenni neu Olchon, a dywedir mai trwy ryw fath o gyfraith o eiddo y brenin y cafodd efe ei ryddid ar derfyn yr amser hwnw. Yr oedd ceidwad y carchar yn barchus iawn o hono, meddir. Dacw ef yn dod allan o'r carchar, ac yn myned ar ei union i Ddyffryn Olchon ar gyffiniau Sir Henffordd, at yr hen weinidog Thomas Watkin i gael ei fedyddio ganddo. Golygfa ddyddorol yw hon—hen garcharor yn cael ei ollwng yn rhydd o garchardy Caerfyrddin, ac yntau yn lie myned gartref yn cymeryd llwybr hollol wahanol, ac yn debyg i'w Geidwad yn myned o Galilea at loan i'r Iorddonen yn myned i Olchon pellder o tua 80 milltir i gael ei gladdu yn nyfroedd y Bedydd mewn ufudd-dod i'w argyhoeddiad, gan ddweyd yn ei ymddygiad fel y canodd Eben Fardd, er 'n mai Methodist oedd ef "0 gydgladdiad gogoneddas, Adyn edifeiriol trist Yn arddangos yn ei Fedydd Ei gydgladdiad gyda Christ, A'i gyfodiad, Codiad er adferiad fydd." &c. Wedi aros ychydig yn ngbymdeithas Thomas Watkin a'r frawdoliaeth yn Olchon, dychwela Wm. Jones yn ol i Rhvdwilym, a dechreua ddweyd wrth ei gymydogion a'i yfeillion crefyddol y modd y bu arno yn y carchar, a'r brodyr a gyfarfyddodd yno, y pleser a gafodd yn eu cwmpeini, a'r goleuni newydd a gawsai trwyddynt, un o ba rai fel y bernir ydoedd Cadben Jenkin Jones. A barnu oddiwrth yr ychydig wyddom am y I? gwr hwn, dyma un o ddynion mwyaf noded- ig yr oes honno. Bernir iddo gael ei eni yn Sir Frycheiniog, ar gyffiniau Morganwg. Dywed Dr. Calamy iddo gael ei ddysgeidiaeth yn Rhydychain. ac iddo ddod yn bregethwr cyn i'r rhyfel cartrefol dori allan, ac os felly, tebygol iddo gael urddiad Esgobol i'w swydd. Yn ystod y rhyfel ymunodd a byddin y S-uedd, a gweithredodd yu y cymeriad dyblyg o bregethwr i'r fyddin ac o Gadben arni hefyd. Adweinid ef o hyny allan wrth yr enw Cadben Jones." Awdurdodwyd ef i godi catrodau, a bu dwy fyddin fawr dan ei ofal am gryn amser, drwy ba rai y dywed- ir iddo ddarostwng gwrthryfel peryglus yn 0 yrbwn yr oedd Haw gan lawer o loneddigion Cymreig yn gystal a Seisnig." Pan basiwyd gan y Llwyodraeth y weithred dros gyhoeddiad yr Efengyl yn Nghymru, dewiswyd ef i fod yn un o'r cymcradwywyr neu brofwyr o'r gweinidogion a ddewisid i'r gwaith. Pennodwyd ef hefyd yn weinidog plwyf Llanthelly. yn Sir Frycheiniog, fel olynydd i'r Parch. Richard Williams, B.D., yr Ihwn a ddiswyddwyd yn herwyd ei ang- hymwysder i'r gwaith cyssegredig. Dad- blygodd y Cadben Jones y pryd hwn yn bre- gethwr teithiol, gweithgar a llwyddiannus. Teithiodd lawer dros fryniau Gwent, Mor- ganwg a Brycheiniog, ac yn ganlynol pen- nodwyd ef yn weinidog plwyfol Merthyr Tydfil. Ar ol hyny bu yn weinidog yn Llangattwg, ger Castellnedd, ac yno yr ydoedd yn amser Adferiad Charles II. i'r orsedd. Yn mhlith y Ddwy Fil a fwriwyd allan gan Ddeddf Unffurfiaeth, yr oedd ef yn un. Tra yn Llangattwg eangodd cylch ei ddylanwad i Sir Gaerfyrddin, ac wedi ei fwrw allan casglodd gynulleidfa, a chafodd rhai o'r cyfryw ynghyd ag efe ei hun eu bwrw i garchar Caerfyrddin mewn canlyniad i hyny yn fuan ar ol yr 4 Adferiad.' Des- grifia Dr. Walker ef fel un o'r rbai penaf o'r teithwyr Cymreig. Y lleill oeddynt Vavasor Powel, Walter Cradoc, Wm. Erbury a Daniel Gam. Dywedir mai efe oedd un ø brif sefydlwyr Ymneillduaeth o gylch Merthyr Tydfil, ac iddo gwrdd a llawer o anbawsderau a pheryglon yo ei oes. Un tro yr oedd ar y ffordd yn myned i bregetbu i rywle, a daeth dyn i'w gyfarfod gyda'r bwriad o'i ladd, ond pan ddaetb yn agos ato, tarawyd y dyn gymaint gan brydferthweh a thegweh ei berson (oblegid yr oedd yn ddyn hynoi o olygus a hardd) fel y methodd yn lan a chyffwrdd ag ef, a mwy na byny, aeth i'r eyfarfod gydag ef a chafodd ei argyhoeddi. Ei enw oedd John James Watkin. Yn fyr, yr oedd Jenkin Jones yn bregethwr enwog a derbyniol, yr hwn a wnaetli lawer o ddaioni yn ei ddydd, ac y mae ei goffadwr- iaeth yn teilyngu cael ei gadw mewn cof gan yr oes hon a'r oesoedd dyfodol. Digon tebyg na fu efe byw yn hir wedi yr I Ad- feriad.' Dyma un o'r carcharorion a gyfarfydd- asai Wm. Jones yn ngharchar Caerfyrddin, ac y mae yn hawdd tybio fod yno gyfeill- achau cynbes wedi eu cynnal yn y carchar oer a thywyll.
Dr. Richards, Welsh Nonconformist Memorial. Greal y Bedyddwyr," Hyd., 1830. I'w bnrhaa. ODDIAR FWRDD Y GOLYGYDD. Dymrt ni etto wedi dechreu gyda'n gilydd flwyddyn arall, a cbyn ei diwedd bydd rbai o bonom, yn ddiameu, wedi newid ein gwedd, ac wedi dechreu byw mewn newydd fyd. Cyn myned cam yn mhellach, yr ydym o galon bur yn helaeth yn dymuno i bawb "Flwyddyn Newydd Dda." Mae cael dymuniad calon cyfaill yn gryn help weithiau ar yrfa bywyd. Yn wir, yn wir, yr ydym yn dra diolchgar i bob un ddarfu roi llaw o gymorth gyda'r Golofn yn ystod y flwyddyn 1906. Bu rhai o bonoch yn ffyddlon iawn, ac yn sicr i chwi yr ydjm yn gwerthfawrogi yn fawr eich llafurus gariad yn y cyfeiriad hwn. Cawsom y fraint a'r pleser yn ystod y flwyddyn i groesawu i'n Lluest feirdd newydd spon. Diolch am hyny. Mae yr "ben ddwylaw" yn parhau i gofio am danom, ac yn sefyll mal derw gwarcheidiol o'n plaid. Drw genym nad allem gy- hoeddi eu cynyrchion yn nghynt. Pan yn ysgrifenu yn awr attch, gwel wn o'n blaen ar y ford bynmid uchel o obebiaetbau ein ysgrifenwyr Cymreig. Da cbwi, byddwch ymarhous, a da eicb amynedd. Caifed amynedd ei pberffaitb waith." Derbyn- iwyd genym lythyrau lied scathing oddiwrth rai o'n gohebwvr yn ein dwrdio yn ddi- drugaredd—ond yr oeddem yn gwybod fod y saeth wedi ei throchi mewn mel cyn ei anelu. Yr ydym yn maddeu y cwbl oil. Dos, ac na phecha mwyach Nid peth hawdd yw i unrbyw un blesio pawb, ac y mae hyny i olygydd yn beth anmhosibl. A gawn ni erfyn am eich help eleni etto ? Mae amryw o ddarnau mewn Haw, fel yr ydym eisoes wedi sylwi, a chant ymddan- gos yn eu tro. Ychydig ddarfu i ni eu tynghedu i'r "fasged" yn ystod y flwydd- yn, er, efallai, y dylal fwy o hyn gymeryd He. Bodau lied ddidrugaredd a llawdrwm yw y mwyafrif o'n beirdd, ond yr ydym yn cofio fod gan ddynion eraill deimlad fel ninnau, ac os gellir ysgoi dolurio y teimlad hwnw, goreu 'i gyd. Diolchwn yn fawr iawn i'n cyfeillion anwyl am eu dymuniadau da i ni. Nis anghofir hwynt ar frys. Yr ydym yn eu gwerthfawrogi yn fawr. Derbynied pawb 0 honoch ein diolchgarwch gwresocaf. Dymunwn i chwi oil oreu nef a daear yn ystod 1907. "Y SUL PROTESTANAIDD. Bwrladwn gyhoeddi yr wythnos nesaf araeth a draddodwyd yn Nghaerfarchell yn ddiweddar gan Mr Henry Evans ar y tesfcyn uchod, a diau genym y bydd dar- lleniad o honi yn rhoddi cryn oleuni laweroedd. Drwg genym nad oedd amser i'w chysodi yn nghynt. r I DDARLLENWYR Y GUARDIAN. Bendithion bendigedig Hen dymor y Nadolig, A blwyddyn newydd ddedwydd iawn, A llawnder o Galenig. J. T. L. EMYN NADOLIG. Ynghanol oerfel ganaf Y syrthiai haen ar haen 0 eira, y ddaear Fel a'r dw'r fel maen, Y gwyntoedd llym yn rhao, Yr od ar fryn a dol, Ynghanol oerfel ganaf Flynyddoedd maith yn ol. Ni all y ddaear gynwya Ein Daw, na'r nefoedd wen Y nef a'r ddaear ffoant Pan ddaw i fod yn Ben Ynghanol oerfel gaaaf, Y preseb ych oedd cryd Y Dnw-ddyn Hollallnog. Creawdwr mawr y byd. Llawn digon i'n Hiachawdwr Oedd llaeth o fronan Mair I Roddwr poh peth, digon Oedd tnsw baoh o wair Yr asyn bach, a'r camel, A'r ych mawrygent Ef, Addoliant y Cerubiaid, Ac holl angylion nef. 'Jioedd engyl ac archengyl Am wel'd y baban tlwa Cerubiaid a Seraphiaid Am wylio wrth y drws Ond nid oedd neb a fedrai, Ond mam y forwyn fercb, Addoli yr Anwylid A chnsan dowiol aerch. Betb all cardottyn roddi ? N en wneuthnr er Ei fwyn ? Pe bawn yn fagail, rhoddwn Y brasaf nn o'm wyn Pe bawn yn ddoeth, mi ddygwn Ffrwyth f'awen iddo'n rhodd Beth ro'f ? fy nghalon roddaf, Y rhodd sydd wrth Ei fodd. J. T. L. Llanfyrnach Rectory, Rhagfyr, 1906. DYMUNIAD DA I KILMOREY. Fe gan yr adar swynol Am wanwyn mwyn a rhydd, Am nndeb deddlaa dwyfol Arlwya 'n bwrdd bob dydd Elfenau enraidd natnr Gydunant mewn boddhad, I arllwys nerth a chysur 0 rasol law ein Tad. Llawenydd hiliaeth Adda Yw'r ddeddf gwneud dan yn nn, Rhodd Ddwyfol rad yw Efa I ymgeleddu dyn. Elfenaa cariad Beatrice, A serch Kilmorey da, Fo'n andeb o dangnefedd Dan wenaa healwen ha'. Y ffrydlif fawr farddonol, A'r dymuniadau par, Orlifant dros eich undeb, Fo i chwi 'n nerth yn wir A llifed afon Cariad k Nes boddi pob rhyw fai, A chwitban yn eich rhodiad Yn siampl i bob dan. ARIS. HIRAETHGAN Ar 01 y ddiweddar anwyl chwaer, Mrs Hannah Williams, Mathry. William Williams a'i hoff deula Sydd mewn tristwch yn galara Ar 01 Hannah, 'r ddynes wiwlon, Dorwyd lawr gan angea crealon. Mathry heddyw sydd yn welw Am fod Hannah wedi marw. En chym'dogion a'u mynwesent, Ar ei hoi mewn prudd-der wylent. Curai chalon gan dostnri At y tlawd pan mewn caledi. Parod oedd ei gynorthwyo A'i Haw hael cyfranai iddo. Gwraig rhinweddol ydoedd Hannah, Serchog, tyner, llawn mwyneidd-dra, Mam ddarbodas am ei thealu, Gwag yw'r ty ar 01 ei cholli. Yr oedd hi ar bob rhyw adeg Yn y ty fel lili landeg, Ond yn awr mae wedi gwywo, Oer wynt angen a ddaeth deibio, Teimla William yn hiraethlon Ar ol colli nn mor dirion. Hawdd yw iddo 'nawr i wylo, Ei wraig anwyl nid yw ganddo. Hannah dlos sydd wedi myned4 Ei lion wyneb ni chaf weled. 08 caf fyn'd rbywbryd i Fathry, Ni fydd hi yn mhlith y teuln. Ei chorph hardd sydd 'nawr yn welw, Lawr mewn bedd yn mro y meirw, Ond hyderaf fod ei hyabryd Fry yn iach mewn bythol wynfyd. o I fy nghyfaill mwyn a'th deuln, Ymddiriedwch yn yr lesa, Parod yw eich cynorthwyo, Craig yw Ef. O pwyswch arno. H. M. Y GYFRINACH. Dim ond an all rwymo'm clwy' Meddai'r ferch wrth fiodaa'r cae Dim ond an na welaf mwy, o na wyddwn pa le mae. Pe y gwyddai 'r hyn wy'n ddweyd hyd y ddol, Gwn nad aethai ffwrdd, a gwn denai 'n ol. Dim ond an all rwymo'm clwy,' Meddai'r mab, a hono'n mhell; Tyr fy nghalon fach yn ddwy, Pan yn cofio'r dyddian gwell. Ni ddychtvelaf byth i'm bro—yr ben fro, Ond bydd ffarwelmercb yn aros yn fy ngho*. Mafonwy.