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THE FUND ——— 0- ——-— Another Wonderful Day. First Week's List of Metal Exchange. To-hay's C 28 11 ?$5,281 Rear-Admiral Heneage's -9 Contribution. The Great complete list will appear in tc-morrow's Leader." Will ycu figure in it? If your dona- tion is sent to-night, it will be in I time. Send your contribution to Mr. David Roberts, J. P 61, Wind-street, Swansea, the hon. treasurer. We have to record another won- derful day for the Widows' and Orphans' (and Children's Summer Home) Fund. In another column will be found a, full account of the amazing success of the first even- ing of the Whist Jrive and Dance, which will be continued at the Hotel Metropole to-night and to- j morrow night. Among the dona-I tions- acknowledged to-drv will be found the first week's list from members of tho Swansea Metal j Exchange, per Mr. J. n. D. Davis, the secretary. Mr. Davis and Mr. J. Ivor Jenkins have thrown themselves into the work with a will, and we believe we should oe correct in saying that this first week's list is only an earnest of that- w hicb is to follow. A good many other substantial donations, we are told, will have been added be- fore the Swansea Metal Exchange completes its list. The general subscriptions in- cludes a notable contribution from Hear Admiral He no a go. of Parc-le Breos. Our readers are aware of the gr.eat part played by Rear Admiral Heneage in the naval phase of the war, and we are sure that, like oursel ves, they will deeply appreciate this, his expres- sion, of practical sympathy with the .1 objects of the Fund. From the Glenavon Garw Col- Ileiy, Ltd.. there is a contribution of 25, gumeas; from Messrs. Harries 6 Bros., Cambrian Dry Docks, one of 1:20; and the Public Health Department cf the Swansea Corporation have been good enough to collect the sum of 8 guineas to- wards the Fund. Salim Baptist Chapel, Landore, forward a guinea per Mr. C. D. Thomas. In this connection it is interesting to state that Carmarthen-road Congrega- tional Church, Swansea, is con- sidering a proposal to repeat a can- tata which has been given this weeK with great success, as the means of assisting the Fund. Fabian's Bay Choir is considering ways and means of giving a great concert in Swansea. Arrangements are now being completed for the grand recital to be given by Mr. Llew. Bevan i r, aid of the Fund. The event is to take place in Mond Buildings on Tuesday week next, Dec. 23rd. It is going to be a very hicyb class musical event, when some of the great masterpieces will be played by I Mr. Bevan, who will be assisted- in his interpretations by Madam! Gertrude Reynolds and Mr. Josiah Thomas. We hope to give full particulli-q ir an early issue. And meanwhile we express our great gratitude to the Young Liberal League, a.nd especially to Mr. W. L. Davies, the lion, sec. who has undertaken the organising work of the concert.. Events are also being put n train for the Morris ton Concert, further particulars of which we hope to give next week. All the efforts are sure to result in sub- stantial donations to the Fund. An interesting letter was re- ceived By the Hon. Sec. this morn- ing, enclosing twelve coloured postcards which, when properly placed, form one picture of the Crucifixion. About two years ago, when the 53rd Welsh Division en- tered Jerusalem, our correspondent was with theni, ancl he there put- chased the cards. He does not be. lieve that there are many such sets in Swansea, so he proposes that they should be offered for sale at the Whist Drive. This will be done. We should be glad to hear from secretaries of local churches if and when their churches are prepared (Continued on Page Five).
THE REASON FOR THE FUND: I. A Memory and an Appeal!
MR. H. H. ASQUITHj I Reply to Premier at Manchester. I "■ I Mr. Asquith attended last, night a com- 1 plimentary dinner given at the Man- chester Reform Club to Sir Benjamin Johnson, chairman of the Lancashire and I Cheshire Liberal Federation, and Lady I Johnson. Lord Sheffield presided. Mn. ASQUITH'S SPEECH. I Mr. Asquith proposed the health of Sir I Benjamin and Lady Johnson. Mr. Asquith alluded to the recent speech of the Premier at Manchester, dealing with the black war outlook. Mr. Asquith stated that never in the whole course of the war 'was the Allied cause conducted with more energy and effect than in 1916, j that no party to the Alliance made a I greater, or as great a contribution as the Government and the people of the Empire, I and that in December. 19t1i. the aggressive power of the enemy was decisively broken, and the sure foundations were laid of cer- tain and speedy victory. A more slovenly travesty of recent history has never been presented by a responsible statesman." (Loud cheers). ANSWER TO QUESTIONS. I He was going to answer to the best of his ability two-questions which the Prime Minister put to him. What, he was asked, would he have done with his Unionist colleagues had he remained in power. Would he have called upon them to surrender their seats? Would he have tried to excommunicate them? A very curious question, for it ignored the whole basis upon which the Coalition was formed. It was formed upon the express understanding that none of them would be compromising or surrendering in the least degree the principles and convictions they had previously entertained, and that when the national emergency hnd passed they could revert to complete freedom of political and party activity. NO OTHER TiRMS. I I would never." declared Mr. Asquith, j emphatical!y, have joined a Coalition, nor would any Unionist colleagues have! ever joined the Coalition upon any other terms. That emergency, in my opinion, ¡ was not at an end at the signing of the I Armistice. It covered the peace, the I formation and the safeguarding as a re- sult of the war of a new international situation, and, therefore, if the question is put to me, I would never have con- sented to tlie trick election of December, ISIS." (Loud cheers). He was asked with whom he was going tl associate, and how could he get on without the Coalition. Well it might be the credulity of old age, but he had a strong conviction that the Liberal Party ¡ was perfectly capable of undertaking the task of governing this country, (Cheers). He was prepared, politically., to associ- ate with anyone whose. convictions and aims were wholeheartedly, without re- servation or disguise, in consonance with those which had always been the domi- nant purposes of Liberalism. (Loud cheers) If Sir Benjamin Johnson acknowledged the toast.
HISTORIC CHURCH. j Bazaar for Restoration Of II Llandovery Edifice. I A verv successful sale of work and bazaar, in aid of the restoration fund .of j Llanfair Church. repose all that I is mortal of the famed hymndlogist. | Williams PfuitvceVn, was openecl at I Gerwyn llii 11 Church House on Thurs, day by CoL Jones, ( c fnooedycymer, wlio ??s introduced by the ?tcar. the Rev. D. Edmondes-Owen, B.A., B.D. The I Vicar hoped they v/ould be able to make at least k300 tl iit day towards the re- storation, which is estimated to cost ,tboiit ;CI,000. Mrs. Williams, Llanfair Grange, a I lady churchwarden, proposed a vote of thanks to Col. Jones, and tlie Mayor. (Councillor M. II. Nichols) seconded. The Bishop of St. Davids also spoke. I
GORSE!NON D.C.M. I Yet another name must, be added to the long list of Goiveinonites who have won distinctions for conspicuous bravery on the field of battle. Sergt. Danny Evans, who is well known amongst the boys, lias been awarded the D.C.M. nnd other dis- tinctions for a very brave and daring action in France. Sergt. Evans is but a lad, and the people of Gorseinon feel very proud of him. The committee of the Gorseinon Sailors and Soldiers, who have done so much for the boys and the widows and orphans dur- ing the war, have decided to grant Sergt. Evans £ 20, and the presentation will be I made at the Brighton Hall. Gorseinon, on Saturday evening.
SWANSEA N.F.D. & D.S & S. SEC- RETARY. At the Ship Inn, Kilvey, on Thurs- day evening, Mr. R Demp?ter pr(>c;iding, 1 there was a little re-union of ex-service men. at which, on behaH of those pre- sent, the Llanelly Sporting Parson I presented Mr. W. F. Francis, secretary I of tlu Swansea Branch of the Federa- tion. with a gold-mounted fountain pen in recognition of services for men in the ward. Tribute was also paid to the great financial assistance to ex-service men with which the licensee (Mr. Tom Jack- son, the ex-International footballer) was associated.
Carmarthenshire Education Committee on Thursday decided to take the neees- | sary teps for building an intermediateI school in the G welldraeth Valley, 0
TO-DAY'S WIRES. WORLD REVOLUTION. Stockholm. Thursday (reeeiHd to-da\).- The Scandinavian Socialist and Labour) Congress has decided to urge n world social revolution, and confirmed the solidarity j of the congress with Soviet Russia's tight- j ing workers. f DESPERATE STATE OF AUSTRIA. Paris, Thursday (received to-day).—Dr. Renner. who appeared this afternoon be- fore the Commission of Reparation, threw light on the desperate plight of Austria. Aftr the 15th January the stock of corn will be exhausted, and famine will en'me. -Exchange.. THE SYRIAN QUESTION. j > "P,;N8, Th tutrix v (r«cvr«Kt to-day! According to information from a reliiible -ouree, M. Clemenceau, before lcaving i London. had a conversation with the j Kmir Feisul. during which lie consented I to postfVMie the occupation of the zone be- tueen Damascus and the French zone just j evacuated by the British. FlUME SOLUTION. I Paris. Friday.—A Pome message to Lo I Ilatiii -says:The Fiume trouble is at. last in a fair way of being settled. The i State of Fimlle will be anneed "hy Italy, I but the port will remain a free port. i IVAnnunzio is ready to meet the demands if his troops are allowed to go frce.-i Exchange U-BOAT STORY. Paris, Friday.—A correspondent of Le Matin has interviewed a well-known foreign naval expert, whose name he does not disc-lose. He says that 200 submarines I are under construction in different quar- ters of Germany. The various parts are being closely made in obscure places, where they will not be seen seen by the Allied Commission, and. afterwards assembled at the ports.—Exchange. j MILNER COMMISSION ARRIVES. 1, Cairo, December 9th.—This afternoon groups of fully-equipped soldiers patrolled the streets. It is understood that the Milner Commission is esconced in the Sem irames Hotelt All is quiet, but there | are signs that underlying the apparent tranquility therl is a burning resentment. It is thought that the Commission will either fan or extinguish ihese passions, and the next few days here must be of a somewhat delicate nature. U.S.A. AND MEXICO. I I Washington, Thursday (received to-day), j -Tli,- Mexican Government has informed ) ? America that Mr. Wallace, an American, v n?s shot dead hy a s'?ntry n?r Tampico, j 'wcause he tailed to stop when challenged. The American Government i's h?ortned. j j however, that Wallace was riding a ?u?. ¡ t •••h.ic'i sioprcd and overtyiy fed ? n bine J W 'fralFSuirfmittfy1 'SHot'.jj uiil I THE TWO PREMIERS. I Paris, Friday —Xo special information regarding the conversations between Mr. I Lloyd George and M. Clemenceau is ap- parently available. The newspapers record with great satisfaction the agree- ment which was observed between the two Prime Ministers as regards the situation arising from the present attitude of Ger- many. According to the Echo de Paris Mr. Lloyd George and M. Clemenceau will discuss to-day other matters of general interest which concern both France and Great Britain, and also Italy. The Italian and American ambassadors in London will take part in this discussion. In a word, the correspondent of the Matin sums up the meeting as a con- tinuation of the Peace Conference. This correspondent dwells upon the dispositions ￼ I of the Italian and American Covem- j ments. He relates that the latest news I I from Washington gives reason to believe the United States Congress, even if the I Peace Treaty i? not yet ratified, will cer- I tainly sanction the ?u?rantee pact signed I between France and Great Britain The Matin's" correspondent points out that b(>hr considering extensiTe agree- ments with Italy, the Powers C'ont'f'rned II will endeavour to put an end to the Fiume nd'-nt1r, and perhaps also to settle the Adriatic question ns a whcle. It does not seem to be possible to proceed any fur- ther before the first result has been reached. Many French newspapers are ?Hl. voicing their desire to see a? a' result of these discussion? in London, if not an ) alliance, fit Ifcasf. an entente which will be 1 equivalent to a real alliance. i
TRADERS BLAMED. Premier and Swansea Deputation. Demurrage Question. j LONDON, Friday Afternoon. At. No. 10. Downing-street on Frida' morning, the Prime Minister replied to the deputation from Swansea and South. Wales which waited on him on Thursdav night on the question of transport con- gestion in South W ales. The deputation; consisted of reresenta tires of the traders of South Wales, representatives of the j trade unions .and members of the rail- ways and docks companies. The object of the depuration was to represent to the Prime Minister the serious position that i has arisen in South Wales through rail- t way congestion and delays and dock congestion. The deputation informed the Premier that the congestion impaired tli, efficiency of public services to the extent. of 50 per cent., and in some cases even 0: 75 or 80 per cent. Those views were put before the Prime Minister by the chair- man oi the linplate Association, a repre- sentative in the coal trade of the Forefl of Dean ,and ot lier spokesmen. (A full i report appears on Page Four). GOVERNMENT CO-OPERAT! ON j PROMISED, 1 A member of the deputation informed the Press Association oil Friday morning that the Prime Minister's reply amotmted to a promise of co-operation of the Gov- ernment Departments with represen- tatives of South Wales interests. The Premier advised U5 to appoint the committee," he said. GoverniDent Departments will consider the matter, j and our Committee will meet the Govern- ment representatives and confer as to the best course to be adopted to expedite j trade, and reduce transport congestion." PREMIER'S REPLY. I luei'DmeMmtstcr, in his reply. gan comparisons of the position of ga,P, Wales compared with other district, and pointed out that it appeared from those j comparisons that South V. ales was fairly j well off in the matters complained of. He pointed out that the traders themselves I did not value the importance of despatch, i and that considerable demurrage was charged by firms themselves in not iin- j loading and returning trucks. The per- centage of demurrage in this respect in South Wales was, he declared, very con- side r able. The Prime Minister also said that there I was all over the country a lack of railway j stock, locomotives, material for manu- j t'acture nnd repairing, and that the lacK of capacity for repairs was a ver^serion-vi rUVj. SOUTH V'ALES'S POSmON. I ;SS POSITION. In South Wales, so far as its commerce was concerned, there were only short distance railways, and he quoted figures showing that in pre-war days 61 per cent. of anthracite was carried by rail only, 23 miles on the average, and that at the pre- j sent time 61 per cent, of the anthracite was carried :;Uo roUes. Mr. Lloyd George reminded the deputa- | tion that the Department for dealing with transport now was only instituted on j September 23 rd. and was really reispop- sible only from that date. There had, he added, been no interference with the ordinary management- of the lines. After a short sitting at 2, Whitehall- j gardens, the deputation àdjournefl, having arranged to meet again in South Wales on Monday. I
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I SON'S DEATH. I Mother's Claim Faste. At Neath County Court yesterday—Vie- fore Judge Lloyd Morgan. K.C.—Letitia Hinder, Neath, applied for oompen- sation in respect of the flectb >>f her son. j It was contended that while helping another man in tumbling a tram, deceased slipped and injured his side, and sustained a hrokFH rib. On the following d,1Y Hinder was found to be suffering from pnpumonia, and lie died on August 8th. ( For the respondents it was contended i that death was due entirely to pneumonia, His Honour said iie had consulted h(> medical referees, and they igreed vith he ine(lical evidence given tor re pon-: dents, and he gave judgment for respon- dents with costs.
￼ 1. I I J. P. WALTfEftS^ Lo'cal Actor Makes His Debut as a Dramatist. I A correspondent writes :— At the Parish Hall, Llansamlet, on Thursday evening, Mr. J. 1'. Walters; made his debut as author with the drama "Y Prawg" ("Proof"), the Plasma rl j Dramatic Society's performance of which ho directed. The event wat a great sue-, cess, and at the dose, with the curtain raised, the audience made an cnthusiastie demonstration. Aid. John Jordan, who presided, congratulated the society on its j work for charities since the outhreak of the war (by which efforts, it is under- stood, nearly £ 2,000 has been raisKI). The three-act drama has naturalj humour and pathos, and no deacons and chapels. Mr. Walters is Shacki Jones," owner of a factory, whom the squire and his harsh agent succeed at length in driving to the workhouse. A war com- j panionship of the sons of the parties is the solution. The music bv the Cwm Orchestra Olr. T. 'Howells) added to the success. There is a repeat performance j on Saturday in aid of Mr. D. Morris Lewis, and the play corals to Swansea on Boxing Dav and the following Saturday, j
EX-NEATH CAPTAIN. ———— [Serious Illness of Mr. Fred David, Mr. r red uavid, ex-captain oi tne rseath I Football Club, is lyin? seriously ill with pneumonia. On enquiry this .<Friday) j morning, our iv, informed that there was a slight improve- fluent in his condition. j j • NO PATCHED-UP HOUSES. In Commons to-dnv, Dr. Addison refused an amendment by Lieut.-Col. Sir John Hope that Government sub- sidies should be used for enlarging existing houses as well as building new ones. Dr. Addison said they wanted more new houses, not patched up old ones. RACE HORSE STOLEN. It was reported to jReigate County Police this morning that a bay geld- ing, It to 16 h.h., wearing a yellow rug, bad been stolen, from the stables at Gatwick Racecourse during t"ae n ight .—Exchange, TO-DAY'S RACING. Betting: Evens Kirkliarle. 3.2.V—Fond Lucy 1, Llangollen. 2, Chang 3. Al-so ran. Schoolmoney. Betting: 5 to 2 Fondf Xucy. I t* -=.¡
TO-DAY'S RACING. Good Sport on Opening Day at Gatwick. o-TI-N.SI,EY SELLING STEEPLECHASE of 102 so vs. Two miles Mm Preston's OUR BOY a JJ.4.Tiffhe .Ir Powell's CELERITY a 11-9 Owner$ Also ran: Wee Sand (Bees). Red Mi- Bull). Trainer: Hammond Batthipr: 7 to 4 on Wee Sandy. 5 to 1 Celer- 'ty an? Red Mike. 8 to 1 Our Boy.All fell :ty an,.q the winner, but Celerity was re- mounted and came in second 1 QA THXEE-TEAR-OLD JELLING X.OU HURDLE RACE of ZOO ?.?—Ono mile and a half. "tr Edee'e SIMON'S CRAFT. 10-0.Mr 1 4r E. de Mestre's CASTLE IN SPAIN IVf W Bendon's JACK SHEPPAl^). lo-O Bear don 3 A lso ran: Migs Eva (Piggott), Laudorf Walkington). Yoitiig Lover (Ivnightl. Geor- de (W Davies) LHomme Sans (W'estley), Ninfrith (Costello). Off 1.32. Trainer: Poole. Betting-: 2 to 1 Simon's Craft and IAn. dorf. 5 to 1 Jack .Shennard, 10 to 1 Cast4e in Spain and Youngr Lover, 300 to 8 otbers. TjenRth and a half neck. 9 n-AMATEUR RIDEB?' HANDICAP 2. STEEPLECHASE of 150 eo?e.-Two miles. Lord Stanley's SOUTH LODGE a 10-7 Mr P. Robertot I Mr Rich's RTLLET. a 10-7.. Cnct Bennet 2 Mr Parrish's FUGLE MAID 5 12-5 Cant. Doyle 3 Also ran: Abou Ben Adhem (Mr Hastin) Minstrel Park íCapt Holland), hcpberd Powell). Cff 2.1. Trainer: VThitaker. Betting: 2 to 1 South Lod^e, 5 to 2 Min- trel Park. 4 to 1 Fugle Maid. 10 to 1 others. lengths; bad third. Abou Ben Adhem ir, dMintitrel Park fell. TIMBEiBHAM MAIDE HURDLE -? U RACE of MC sovs. Two mHes :on-dr Ward's SOMERY1LLE 4 12-0 Mr Whitaker t 'rr' Ian St raker's JNGOE 3$-7 Bull + Rozerson's TROAD 4 11-10 Mr Boeenwn 3 ATbo rati: Quick Thrust (Reardon!. Muv ?vad<? (O'Brien). J"k o' JirRles (Walking- 'on). Paper Knife (Lyon?? Dornoch (Mr F. 8. Rees). Devonport (Threifell), Storm Wîtch (Cox). Henry B (Escott), Ayrshire Queen (Lawrence). Betting: 6 to 4 Somerville. 5 to 2 Henry B 5 to 1 Imroe, 10 to 1 Quick Thrust 34X) to 6 others. Dead-heat; bad third. A-OROYDON HURDLE RACE ?DOUBLE 3 HADICAP) of l?? MT?. T?TO miles. Mr Straker's KIRKHARLE 4 13-12 Pisicrott 1 Mr Bradford's AHANEs'K 6 il-9 Sm,tb 2 Mr Whitaker's C'ROM ABOO. 5 lZ-Z Gurnev 3 Also ran: Tom Fool (Owner). RriFatiley. (leneral (Hulme), St. George (Davies) Bnr- lie-st-oll irees). Off 3.2. Trainer: F. Hartigan. o The Raybarrow Objection. An appeal has been lodged by Mr. E. J. Caldicott for inquiry into the objection to Haybarrow. the winner of the December Tfurdle yesterday, at Windsor to be re- opened by the stewards of the National Innt Committee.
NEATH TRAINER DEAD. Mr. Tom Evans, for 12 years trainer of the Neath Football Club, died on Thurs- day from pneumonia, following a short illness. Mr. Evans was a most popular iigure in local football circles, and was devote(f to the All Blacks.
THE RUTHEN RECEPTION. We are sorry that, by a clerical error, the name of the Mayor (Aid. Sinclair") and the Mayoress were omitted from the iist of guests invited to the reception held by Sir Charles and Lady Ruthen. t
L500 DAMAGES. I Mr. Lyle Samuel, M.P. Wins Case. A verdict for Mr. A. Lyle Samuel, M.P., witll £ 500 damages, was returned by a. special jury in the King's Bench Division on Thursday evening. The action was brought b) Mr. Samuel, Coalition member for the Eye Division of Suffolk, against Mr. Fredk. W. French, his unsuccessful opponent, and Mr. Alfred Pretty ,the tlection agent of Mr. French. The libel was contained in a newspaper I article which, it was held, misrepresented fad5 in the early life of Mr. Samuel and alleged he had squandered the fortune (.f his first wife in speculations. The article was circulated throughout the constituency by Mr. French's instruc- tions. LORD CHIEF'S SUMMING UP, I Summing up, the Lord Chief Justice said the allegation in the article that rhe plaintiff's actions resulted in his wife's insanity was a statement; that could not be disregarded. It was a terrible accusa- I t ion to make. 11
I Don't you want j to be in To-morrow s j Great List of Subscribers to j the Great Fund ? j Send your Donation To-night to the Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Dd. Roberts, J. P., 61. Wind Street, I Swansea. I