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A.-.I. I YANKEE YARNS,

. EBBW VALE COLLIERS AND TbEIR…

I " THE DELIGHT OF OLD AGE.

I FACTS AND FANCIES. -0-

I--¡THE SEAMEN'S INSTITUTE…

ALARMING INOIDEN r AT PORTH.…

DINNER AT THE LIBERAL CLUB.

ACCIDENT TO MR WIGHTWICK,…

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IThe World's Big Ports.

I The Late Mr Yeo, M.P.

-The Merthyr Vacancy. ---

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The Merthyr Vacancy. MR D. A. THOMAS ACCEPTS THE INVITATION. I The deputation—consisting of Messrs Thomas Williams, D. P. Davies, Chailes Kenshole, and D. C. Jonas—appointed by the joint Liberal associations, visited Yscyborwen on Tuesday afternoon, to acquaint Mr D. A. Thomas, J.P., of the fact that be had been selected by the association as the candidate for the seat about to be vacated by Mr C. H. James. Mr Thomas cordially accepted the invitation, and promised to at once issne bis address to the electors. Arrange- ments are being made for meetings to be addressed by Mr Thomas at Merthyr, Aberdare, Dowlais, and Mountain Ash. The same deputation afterward waited upon Mr C. H. James, M.P., Merthyr, and informed him what bad transpired. Mr James, who Rad deferred his resignation pending the selection of a candidate, intimated that he would at once write to Mr Arnold Morley to take steps to forward his application for the Chiltern Hundreds, so that he might be enabled to vacate the seat. Sketch of Mr D. A, Thomas's Career. Mr D. A. Thomas, M.A., J.P., of Yscyboiwen, Aberdare, the selected Liberal candidate for the seat about to be vacated by Mr C. H. James, of Mertbyr, was born in 1856, Mr Thomas's grand- father was one Air John Thomas, the son of a freehold farmer, of Magor, Mon. He came to Cyfarthfa in the early days of Mr R. Crawshay, the great-grandfather of Mr W. T. Crawshay, the present proprietor. Mr John Thomas bad two sons, namely, the late Rev. D. Thomas, the able and popular minister ot Highbury Chapel,Bristol, and the late Samuel Thomas, the father of the subject of this sketch. Mr Samuel Thomas was educated at the Engle School, Cowbridge, then the Eton of Glamorgan. He was the founder of Sunday schools in the neighbourhood of Aberdare. The family have held property in the district since the 15tti century. There are documents in the house actually bearing the date 1477 but it is known that possession dates generations further back. Mr Samuel Thomas was one of the fathers of the Welsh coal trade. At one time he was the sole colliery proprietor in the district. He fi rst began colliery operations by opening Danyderi levels near Troedyrhiw, still in the possession of the family. The Yscyborwen residence was three years in building, and is a tasteful and imposing building. It became the home of the ramily in 1855. Here, on the 25th March, 1856, the subject of our sketch was born. During his early years he was a constant attendant at the Welsh Sunday-school. After being trained at home under the superinten- dance of a resident governess, until 10 years of age, he was sent to Clifton, and spent nine years under the tuition of Dr Hudson. Having gained an open scholarship at Jesus College, Cambridge, he entered forthwith up"n his studies at that great centre of learning. While there, he prosecuted his studies with great industry and success, but after a term he was stricken with illness, and was compelled to relinquish temporarily his work. He then travelled on tbe Continent for the benefit of his health, and visited Egypt, Italy, and France. Soon after his ret urn, he gained a scholarship at Caius College, Cambridge, where be studied hard. He graduated in high mathematical honours, and soon obtained his degree of M.A. Mr Thomas is connected with the well-known firm of Thomas, Riches, and Co., colliery pro- prietors, and coal shippers. They employ over 2,000 men. Mr Thomas having finished his collegiate career, entered at once into business. In order to acquire practical knowledge, he resorted to the Clydach Vale pit, which he descended daily for a period of over twelve months, going down with the colliers at 7 a.m. and remaining below until four o'clock in the afternoon. Subsequently lie entered the offices of the firm at the Docks, Cardiff, in order to master the commercial part of the business. After a couple of years at the desk he removed to London. In London he took offices in Cornhill, and for two years ma. ie the Stock Exchange his special study. F >r six months he paid a daily visit to the British Museum in order to enrich his mind. During his residence in the metropolis Mr Thomas lived at Sevenoaks in a charming home situated in Chivning Park. He came to Cardiff in August last to takethe manage- ment of the firm in succession to the late Mr lt;clie, Not being able to find a suitable resi- dence near Cardiff, he settled down at Llanwern Housp, Llanwern, near Newport, formerly the home of William Saleshury, the great Biblical scholar. Mr Thomas martied Miss Sibyl Maigaret Haig, fourth daughter of Mr George Augustus Haig, of Penithor, Radnorshire, and has one child, a daughter aged four years. With the colliers he is a general favourite, and invariably converses with them in the vernacular. In the winter of 1881, a handsome lad of 15, the son of an engine-driver, fell through the ice on Hirwain pond, and was in imminent danger of drowning, when he was gailantly rescued by Mr Ihomas, who was skating on the poud. For this deed Mr Thomas was presented with the parchment of the Humane Society. Mr Thomas is :1 Queen's prizeman, and holds ;t medal won for superiority in the long dive. In politics he is a thorough Radical, and has been intimately associated with recent political move- ment* in the principality.

DOUBLE MURDER BY A MOTHER

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------The Fighting Champion*…

STUA'-GE DEATH IN DEAN fOHEST,

FREEMASONRY.

-.t NEW CHUHCH AT GRIFFITHSTOWN.

WHAT WELSHMEN THINK,

1. HORRIBLE DOUBLE FATALITY.

I INQUESTS AT CARDIFF

More Work for the IDockyards.

--_----RHONDDA LABOUR & LIBERAL…

The Llanelly Murder.

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