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FOOTBALL. SOUTH WALES CUP (SEMI-FINAL). BARRY v. ROGERSTONE. The ground at Treharris, where this match was played on Saturday last, was a veritable quag- mire, and Barry were without Isles and Ford. Referee, Mr Jarman, Llanbradach. After the start both sides attacked, and Dixon saved innumerable shots from penetrating the Barry goal. The pace was great, notwithstanding the extremely heavy ground. Barry made a couple of excursions to the Rogerstone line, in which Gardiner and Yarr were conspicuous, but the defence was exceedingly sound. By means of long passing Williams scored a goal for Roger- stone, which the spectators generally regarded as an off-side shot. Some nice passes between Wilson and Gardiner were initiated by Yarr, and Bowen had to save a stinging shot from Davies. He, however, violated the rules, and a free enabled Stillman within the penalty area to send in a splendid kick. The ball rebounded to Winch, and again Bowen had to save at short measure. From this rally Rogerstone became dangerous, but these attacks were cleared, and Barry then got on the aggressive. For a time they kept on in an admirable manner, and eventually Roger- stone got on the attack, and just before half-time their efforts were rewarded by a fine shot by Will Evans. Half-time score:—Rogerstone, two goals Barry, nil, USar6666-" On the re-start Ward netted what appeared to be an off-side goal. The Barry forwards came down, but James checked the movement. Two corners fell to Barry in succession without any tangible result. "Roggy" again attacked, but Dixon saved in a marvellous manner. Barry were now playing with more dash, and although much lighter than their opponents, had hard lines in not scoring. Sayse secured, and, beating the backs, had no difficulty in putting on the fourth goal for Rogerstone. The heavy ground told upon the players, and both teams slowed up consider- ably. Final score — Rogerstone, four goals Barry, mt. CADOXTON RADICAL INSTITUTE V. RIVERSIDE ALBIONS (CARDIFF).-The result of this match, at Cardift on Saturday last, was a victory for the Rads by two goals to nil, the scorers being J. Tyndle and J. Martin. BARRY DOCK; UNITED V. TON PENTRE RESERVES. -At Ton Pentre last Saturday, the Barry team won by two goals to nil. TYDVIL ROVERS V. GLADSTONE ROVERS (BARRY DocKs).-Played on Wednesday last at Barry Docks, when the Tydvil Rovers won by six goals to nil. Scorers, T. Hunt, Arthur Fox, W. Shaughnessy, G. D&vies, T. Hanwell, and W. Smith.
BARRY AND PENARTH SCHOOLS' LEAGUE. PYRE-STREET V. HOLTON-ROAD. — This match came off in treacherous weather at the Buttrills, Barry, on Saturday last. Pyke-street have always proved themselve superior to Holton, and were again successful by two goals to nil. Mr White acted as referee. BARRY COUNTY SCHOOL V. DINAS POWIS.—In this match, which was played on the School Ground, Dinas Powis were defeated by two goals to nil. The slippery state of the ground materially marred good play. Referee, Mr C. Wickett. BARRY AND CADOXTON should have fulfilled a fixture at the Buttrills, but the heavy rain caused an abandonment.
ATHLETIC CHATTER. [BY "SPECTATOR."] A feature of the Barry-Rogerstone match last Saturday was the great goal-keeping exhibition given by G. Dixon. m w The players were ankle deep in mud and water. So much for the Cup Tie ground. • • Most of the football matches which were to have been played in the Barry district last Satur- day afternoon were abandoned owingtto the heavy rain which fell during the day. m Running for Wales in the International Cross- country Championship at Caerleon last Saturday, against teams representing England, Scotland, and Ireland, T. Bunford, a member of Barry Harriers' Club, arrived home thirty-sixth, being tenth man for Wales. This performance is very gratifying considering Bunford's youth. ♦ Mr A. Dunn, representing the Barry Club, has been appointed member of the committee of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Baseball Association, in connection with which Sir John Dewar. through the instrumentality of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Alderman Robert Hughes, J.P.) has generously presented a magnificent challenge shield for competition by the affiliated clubs, which up to the present number 32. Barry District A.F.C. were knocked out" of the South Wales Cup Competition last Saturday. They were beaten by Rogerstone in the semi-final by four goals to nil. By the way Wales lost too on the same day in Ireland. My football friends will Congratulate Barry Dock Albions about their successful appeal against Merthyr Vale, for playing ineligible players in the recent semi-final tie for the Soqth Wales Junior Cup. The South Wales Football Association on Wednesday evening last awarded the match to the Albions, and they will now meet Llanfaes Brigade in the final.
NEXT SATURDAY'S FIXTURES. BARRY DISTRICT RESERVES v. RIVERSIDE (CARDIFF).—To be played at Barry kick-off at 3.30 p.m. Reserves: Goal-Hill; back-W. Winch and Gardner half-back—Ashford, John- son, and Shardeland forward—Witchard, G. Coulthard, R. Mason, C. Coulthard, and A. Wride. BARRY DOCK ALBIONS V. TON PENTRE.—This First Division league match will be played at Ton train leaves Barry Dock Station at 1.34 p.m. Albione :—Goal—F. Connor back-A. Hayward (captain) and W. English half-back—A. Thomas, W. Williams, and E. Westall; forward — T. Davies, R. Pratt, T. Lewis, H. Thornhill, and J. Martin. CADOXTON RADICAL INSTITUTE V. CAERPHILLY.— To be played at the Merch Field, Cadoxton; kick-off at 3.15 p.m. Radicals — Goal — W. James back-H. Hopkins and G. Jones half- back-R. Cartwright, G. Dee, and T. Brooks; forward-Bletso, Cockeram, Whyman, Tyndle, and Ruckley. BARRY RAILWAY OFFICES V. ALBANY OLD Boys (CARDIFF).-To be played at Cardiff (final for the championship and medals of the Cardiff and District League, 4th Division); train leaves Barry Dock Station at 2 34 p. m. Omces — Goal- I. Llewellin back--G. Smith and L. Whyman (captain); half-back—A. Donaldson, A. Lowrie, and T. Spickett; forward-I. Davies, L. Jenkins, T. Williams, R. Bunford, and A. Griffiths. BARRY INTERMEDIATE OLD Boys V. WHITCHURCH Y.M.C.A.-To be played at Whitchurch; train leaves Barry Station at 2 30 p.m. Old Boys:— Goal-R. Davies back-H. Davies and D. T. Lewis half-back-James Hogg, John Hogg, and W. N. Warren forward—E. Rees, A. Rees, R.P. Davies (captain), H. Gwyn, and H. O. Jones.
THE PRUDENTIAL ASSURANCE COMPANY, LIMITED. MAGNIFICENT SURPLUS OF SIXTY MILLIONS STERLING. PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF A GREAT UNDERTAKING. THE LARGEST INSURANCE CONCERN IN THE COUNTRY. GRATIFYING INCREASE OF BUSINESS IN THE BARRY DISTRICT. \The annual report! and financial statement of the. Prudential Assurance Company appears in the advertising columns of the Barry Dock News this I week. When last year it was our pleasing duty to refer to the splendid progress made by the wonderful Prudential Company during the pre- vious calendar period, we mentioned that the total funds, exclusive of share capital, had increased by the vast sum of over £4,000,000 sterling, and then amounted to £55,359,505. It is now known throughout the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, and probably in the United States as well, that this surprising life office added last year an even larger sum to its gigantic accumulations, which now approximate to close upon sixty millions sterling. To be exact, their amount on Becember 31st last was J659,464,376, showing an actual increase of four million odd during the twelve months. For 57 years the Prudential Assurance Company has been in existence, becoming each year bigger and bigger, until it is difficult to find language capable of describing its growth or its position in the great world of insurance. As the pioneer of small insurances for the industrial classes, it holds a place which may with perfect truth be described as uniquely national as well as monumental. The directors'reportpresented to the annual meeting a fortnight ago, was on the familiar lines, brief and unadorned by rhetorical lfourishes, but full of facts and figures calculated to bewilder by their magnitude, and in consequence to completely baffle ordinary understanding. As usual the report is divided into two parts- the Ordinary Branoh and the Industrial Branch. In the former, the number of polices issued last year was 75,293, assuring £ 7,211,427, and produc- ing a new annual premium income of £395,029. In 1904 the corresponding figures were 71,874 polices, assuring d66,954,650, at new annual premiums of £ 377,587. There has, therefore, been a gratifying advance during the past year. The total premiums received were £4,123,318, being an increase of £ 154,302 over the preceding year. The olaims on death and endowment assurances matured, amounted to £1,812,618. At the end of the year there were in force 773,051 policies in this department. In the Industrial Branch the progress has been equally remarkable. The premiums received amounted to the large sum of d66,139,050, an in- crease of £159,715 over the preceding year. There were paid in claims by death and endowment assurances matured £ 2,261,748—a smaller total by some j631,500 than in 1904, notwithstanding the augmented business. As a significant reproof to those thoughtless or ignorant persons who glibly declare that the industrial assurance companies live on lapses or the misfortunes of their clients* the Prudential Company invariably inserts in its report a paragraph giving the number of free policies granted to those policyholders of five years' stand- ing and upwards who have desired to discontinue their payments. During the past year the number so granted was 123,586, and the total number in force is 1,102,267. But for this option, liberally conceded, no doubt a large proportion of this vast number might have allowed their policies to lapse but the object of the Company is to retain their policyholders, and to effect this rather than lose their hold on the assured, or that the assured should suffer loss, the Company give a free paid-up policy for an equivalent amount to the sum paid in premiums; so that the argument of certain detractors who say the companies thrive on lapses loses ita force-it is not true. The Prudential has in the Industrial branch no fewer than 16,065,268 policies in existence, and in the Ordinary branch 773,051, together 16,838,319. The average duration of the Industrial policies is eleven years, showing a remarkably stable business. With an increasing business, necessitating increasing reserves, it is satisfactory to find that the assets are showing accelerated buoyancy. They now amount to the grand total of £ 59,464,376, having been augmented during the year by the sum of £ 4,104,871. This growth has been regular throughout the existence of the Company. For the last ten years the income from all sources and the assets have been as follows Year. Income. Assets. 1896 £ 8,102,686 B27 059.110 1897 8,562,442 30,438,337 1898. 9,029,190. 33,599,708 1899. 9,547,142 36,832,059 1900. 10,063,144. 39,895,328 1901 10,380,896. 43,292,026 190 2 10,737,245. 47.155,201 190 3 11,300,259. 51,217,377 190 4 11,749,652. 55,359,505 1905. 12,224,284 59,464,376 This is a record which no other insurance com- pany in Great Britain can show, and constitutes a position of affairs not easy to realise, which its directors and staff have every reason to con- template with unbounded satisfaction. The assets are invested in the most approved securities, no less than £13,819,468 being loaned to municipalities on local rates, JB7,609,760 on mortgages on property within the United Kingdom, and £ 7,581,357 on railway, gas, and water stocks. It is, we admit, difficult to realise the meaning of the stupendous figures we have enumerated, but some conception may be gained by imagining the assets to be expressed in sovereigns, and the sovereigns formed into a golden column. Such a column would be fifty-nine miles long, and would make 766 columns each the height of St. Paul's Cathedral. Placed side by side they would be more than 800 miles in length, or rather further than the distance from London to the extreme North of Scotland. As striking as the magnitude of the figures, is the organisation of the Company. Its work is comfined to the United Kingdom, the population of which is approximately 42 millions, while the number of policies in force in the Prudential is nearly 17 millions. Every year the figures show that the number of policy- holders is increasing, the total for 1905 being the greatest that the Company has experienced. It is not surprising, in view of this fact, to learn that over 16,000 agents are working for the Prudential, every one of whom is carefully seclected for the work. Mr Schooling, the Actuary, has, as usual, made the annual valuation, and the results shown must be in the highest degree satisfactory. The sum- mary given in the report states that in the Ordinary branch the surplus is £ 1,187,149, including 4176,249 brought forward from last
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CARDIFF EMPIRE. Fun will be provided next week at the Cardiff Empire by Cruikshank, the clown, who appears to great advantage in his musical speciality act, which is interspersed with a number of good stories and a lot of amusing business. He is an accomplished musician and vocalist, while his patter is quaint and original. He is a splendid one-man show, and is quite a genial personage in private life. Cruikshank comes of a very old circus family, and has practically been before the public since ha left the cradle. He is the son of the celebrated clown of the same name. A pleasing ballad vocalist will be found in Miss Helen Ford. She is the famous Scottish contralto, the holder of numerous medals and certificates. Music is further represented by Eugen Joly, a clever performer on the cornet, and by the Wolkowsky troupe of Russian singers and dancers. The troupe com- prises eleven members, a combination of singers and instumentalists and dancers. They have re- cently returned from America, where they fulfilled a nine months' engagement, and came straight from the London Coliseum. Mr A. Wolkowsky, the founder and director of the troupe, was the first to introduce to a British audience a complete Balalayker Orchestra of National Rqssian instru- ments, and naturally he is prbtjl of this achieve- ment. Th§ itificess 6$the Wolkowsky Troupe in all*parts Of the world has led to the formation of a second company, and is now touring America. Both the troupes are booked till 1907. La Berat, the mystic fire maiden, will give a marvellous dis- play. There are beautiful lighting and scenic effects the dancer, enveloped in flying draperies, flutters across the stage like a huge butterfly. Aided by very artistically displayed lights, pro- jected from various parts of the stage, Mdlle La Berat gives some variations of the old serpentine dance. Her fire dance is, perhaps the most effec- tive, and there she seems to be dancing in living flames. The scenic changes, mysteriously made, are another interesting feature of the turn. Another well-conceived and finely executed exhibition is given by the ten Genis, who perform Risley" acts in a Spanish amphitheatre. Another acrobatic feat will be given by the Sisters Klos, while Alf Chester, the singing comedian, is sure to please.
MR. W. BRACE, M.P., AND THE FISCAL REFORM DEBATE. HIS MAIDEN SPEECH IN PARLIAMENT. Mr W. Brace, M.P. for South Glamorgan, was amongst the Welsh members who took part in the debate on Fiscal Reform in the House of Commons this week, and on Monday night the hon. member delivered his maiden speech in Parliament. Mr Brace said the real touchstone of a question of this kind must be that of results. He came there with no special interest to preserve or protect, and if he thought Retaliation or Protection would advance the standard of living and would increase the competitive power of our industries be would not hesitate to support either policy. But*it was because he was convinced that neither could touch the great root of the economic problems that the House had to deal with that he stood there pledged to support Free Trade. The question of cheap food must always be a great factor to be considered by the Government of this country, and the Board of Trade returns for the four years were a wonderful demonstration of the great advantages we enjoyed over all other countries in our fiscal system. There must be some sound fundamental cause for the fact that bad harvests, gambling, or cornering in wheat never seriously increased the price of bread in this country. The House of Commons would be tempting Providence if they allowed the present fiscal system be to superseded by any other system. If Germany were to retaliate on us by putting a heavy tax on the coal South Wales sent to that country the result would be a great deal of unemployment and short time at the collieries. ¡
— $1# BARRY RIGGERS AND GENERAL LABOURERS. BALLOT FOR CHOICE OF CENTRAL UNION. A ballot has just taken place of the members of the Barry Branches of Riggers and General Labourers with the view of determining the choice of Central Union, with the result that 489 votes were cast in favour of affiliation with the Dock, Wharf, Riverside, and General Workers' Union, London, (of which Mr Ben Tillett is general secretary), against six votes cast for the National Amalgamated Union of Labour, Newcastle-on- Tyne (of which Mr J. N. Bell is general secretary.) The Barry Branches having, therefore, decided to join the former Union, it is understood that the Cardiff and Penarth Branches will follow their example, and Mr Harry Rogers, Barry Docks, will be the district secretary. The men will come into immediate benefit, and their funds will be handed over to the Dockers' Union forthwith.
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LADIES' GOLF COMPETITION AT BARRY. In a perfect blizzard which blew over the Barry course on Monday afternoon last, four ladies essayed the monthly club medal competition, but the wind was so high and the weather so cold that anything like effective play was out of the question. The winner was Mrs Alfred Jackson, who played pluckily to the last. The other three ladies retired.
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year. Out of this surplus the directors have added £150,000 to the investments reserve fund, which stands at £ 950,000. In the Industrial branch the surplus is £967,709. including £385,398 brought forward. Out of this, the directors have added £250.000 to the reserve fund, which now stands at £1.750.000. The total surplus of the two branches is £2,154,858, and of this, in addition to the fore- going appropriations to reserve, £ 1,227,647 is distributable among the participating policy- holders and shareholder?, leaving de527,211 to be carried forward, namely, J6186,652in the Ordinary branch and j5340 559 in the Industrial branch. Since the completion of the valuation the Actuary has reported that, in his opinion, a general increase of two-and-a-half per cent. could, with safety, be granted under the principal Industrial branch tables if provision were made for an increase in the liability of £ 750,000. The board have accordingly revised the tables as from 1st March, 1906, and have made provision to meet the increased liability by the transfer during the current year of £ 750,000 from the reserve fund to the life assurance fund in the Industrial branch, leaving this reserve fund at £ 1,000,000. This revision affects nearly thirteen million policies, and of this number over ten million policies receive an immediate increase in the sum assured. The effect of this concession to the assured was fully explained by the Chairman and approved by the shareholders. It was but natural that Sir Henry Harben should refer at the outset of his remarks, in moving the adoption of the report and accounts at the an-nual meeting, to the loss sustained by the death of Mr Edgar Horne, the late chairman, who had the Company's interest at heart from its inception, and was universally beloved. He died full of years and of honour. The Prudential has always been fortunate in securing good business men and men of the highest financial integrity to serve on its board, and in its management the right man has invariably been found for the position which he was required to occupy. In filling up the vacancy on the board caused by the death of Mr Home, the directors have selected Sir John H. Luscombe, and the shareholders have done wisely in confirming his election by a unanimous vote. ID the Barry, Penarth, and Cowbridge districts a large and ever-increasing business is done by the Prudential, the volume of business effected last year, placing Penarth district (which includes Barry) second in South Wales for combined annual increase. The energetic stiff in this district is under the direction of Mr F. Gardner, 29. Albert- road, Penarth, the district superintendent; and Messrs R. Hull (59, Maesycwm-street, Barry Docks), F. Williams (East End, Cowbridge), and J. W. Jones (Mount Pleasant, Whitchurch), are the assistant superintendents, ably supported by a strong and energetic staff of agents. The chief inspector of the Company is Councillor J. Ramsdale, J.P., Cardiff. ====================