Cross-Channel Swimmer in ronypandy. Jabez Woolfe Chats with a "Leader" Pressman. An interesting slory of a famolis cross- Channel swim was briefly told by Mr. Jabez Woolfe last Meek at the New Hippodrome, Tonypandy. With the aid -of bioscope pictures, thousands were able to witness an actual Channel swim from & comfortable seat—far removed from the discomforts experienced by those who follow the swimmer on the tug boat or other vessel which must for safety and witnessing purposes accompany the swimmer. The rolling of such small craft very often creates sea-sickness, and the comfort of the sporting enthusiasts on board is occasionally reduced to a mini- mum. Mr. Woolfe, attired in swimming cos- tume, very lucidly explains the various phases of his swim, which took place last -July, from France to England, when he had the misfortune of being driden back by the ebbing tide after coming within lialf-a-mile of Dover Cliffs. The many times that Woolfe has at- tempted to conquer the Channel speaks volumes for his indomitable courage, and it was with a high appreciation of this tenacious pluck that a representative of the Rhondda Leader made bold to interview him. To commence with, Mr. Woolfe was born in Glasgow in 1876, although many people are under the impression that lie is an American. Yes," remarked Mr. Woolfe ironically, I have made 18 attempts to swim the Channel, and I have been five times inside a mile of the shore, ranging from a quar- ter-mile to a mile." How long have you been a swimmer?" I put to him. "Ever since I can remember. I took to swimming like a duck takes to water. I have been a member of many swim- ming clubs, and have always been made captain of same, showing I was always a fairly fast. swimmer. I have won over 120 prizes as an amateur, including 80 medals. What induced you to take up Channel swimming? I asked Mr. Woolfe. Well, a friend of mine noticed I had wonderful stamina, and so I took it up." With pride Mr. Woolfe displayed for me his remarkable chest. This measures 50 inches, .and there is plenty of proof that he possesses an abnormal pair of lungs, besides an equally abnormally thick skin the latter almost resembling a skin of a porpoise. Very equal development is shown in Woolfe by the measurement of his biceps and calf being the same, viz., l(3- £ inches. Jappy," as his friends call him, turns the beam at 16 stone Avhen out of training, but when in training he gets down to 13st. lOlbs. -Before a Channel swim, I go in for physical work," continued Mr. Woolfe, "gradually increasing the amount done, so that before I go into the water I am phvsicallv fit. Then I commence swim- ming; the first day half-liour, and again gradually increasing up to 12 hours at a stretch. This is my usual preparation for a Channel swim." Do you use dumb-bells or anything of that kind, Mr. Woolfe? "No; in my physical exercises I only use grips Aveighing about 2 ozs., which are mv own invention. I do not believe in heavy weights, as they only tire a person out before he has finished his exer- cises. How do you fare as regards feeding during a long swim? I remarked. "Well," continued Mr. Woolle, "in the water the digestive organs become lax. so I resort to liquid food, which con- sists of beef tea or cocoa, and occasionally a cup of tea. I am a teetotaller and a non-smoker." ? (jfiA'en good luck,' continued :Mr. Civen good luck,contuiue<t nMrr. Woolfe otherwise good weather con- ditions when I try again possibly some time next June, I shall beat Burgess record by between 8 and 9 hours; that is judging from my past performai.ees. What are your feelings during the swim? I again ventured to ask him. "I have only one feeling, and that is to fIct there. I study every stroke, cacn kick, and each movement of the limbs I think of nothing else." "To what do you attribute the cause of your failure? I again remarked. "The ebbing tide has been the cause which drives me back into mul-Channel before the flood tide sets in again. How- ever. this year I shall train for the worst possible conditions and, of course, select the best possible time. I shall also start three hours earlier." "Out of your numerous trophies. All. Woolfe, I would like to know which one you prize best? The one I prize most i.s a medal g.iven to me bv the Mavor of Calais for my record swim, when I got within a quar" ter-mile of the Calais Pier in 1908.
Tylorstown, The Church Lads' Brigade, under tio supervision of the Rev. T. H. Jones L.D.. is in a lfourishing condition, and much good work is being done among the boys. z!1 v Ton-Pentre The Rev. John Lewis, M.A., formerly of the English Congregational Church at Ton. has received and accepted an invi- tation to the pastorate of South Wcodford Congregational Church, London. In the carlv part of 1908 Mr. Lewis left Ton for Weaste Church. Manchester, where he appears to have made wonderful pro- gress the membership of the church having largely increased and a new build- ing having been erected during his pastorate.
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I Correspondence. Questions to the Cembine Committee. To the Editor of the "Rhondda Leader." Sl"Will you allow me to address the following questions to the Combine Com- mittee 011 behalf of myself and scores of my fellow-workmen P Months and months ago we were pro- mised a financial report of the Combine Committee's accounts during the recent struggle, and to-day, so far as we the rank and file can see, we are no nearer getting that report than we were at the beginning but. instead, Ave hear all sorts of rumours at street corners. Now, it is high time either that we should receive this promised report, or else have these rumours cleared up. And to this end I should like to ask the folloAving ques- hons (1) Is it true that we are to receive a report? (21 Is it true that the Combine secre- tary has already lost a considerable amount of time from his Avork preparing his accounts for audit ? (3) Is it true that, as yet, he has not completed that work, but will have to lose more time in order toi do so ? (-1) Is it true that the treasurer has done little, if any, work since the ending of the strike, so as to attend to matters of the Combine Committee? (ô) If it is true that they are only paid the paltry rate of strike pay P If not, Ai- h at ;tt-c? t l i4L,- Avhat are they paid? By whom? Oil Avkose authority ? In face of the rumours going about, one cannot help asking other questions. Why spend so many months preparing books for audit ? What will the auditor have to audit- Avill it be the original items as written down by the secretary, or sheets pre- pared for the occasion? What is the method of book-keeping adopted by treasurer and secretary ? Has either received any trailing in book-keeping? If not, would it not be a financial saving to the working of the Combine Committee to obtain the ser- vices of a professional auditor ? Now, sir, 1 appeal to the Combine Com- mittee to think of these questions, .and if we are to continue our solidarity as a body of Combine workmen, then I trust 110 time Avill be lost in answering them, and thereby clear the air of the rumours in-lileii are afloat. Trusting, sir. that you may see your Avay clear to insert these questions in your valuable paper.—I remain, sincerely vours, ONE OF THE WORKMEN WHO WANTS TO KNOW THE TRUTH. Diss 3ta.biishment: What it I Means P" I To the Editor of the "Rhondda Leader," Sir,—I see in your issue of the 10th inst. that Mr. S. B. John, Tonypandy, is taking up the cudgels on behalf of Dr. Bennett, Avhose booklet I criticised a short time ago also, in a previous issue, remarks by (I think) the same gentleman that, because the Government has handled Church property, therefore it must be national property. To use a Yankeeism, this is a powerfully Aveak argument. On such a basis it might be argued that, because the Government has undertaken to handle, alter and modify the charters of the Bank of England, therefore the property of the shareholders is national I property or. because the Charity Com- missioners—Government officials—costing the nation about jE10,000 a year—have handled Dissenting endoAvments, therefore those endowments are national property! If there is no robbery in taking away Church property, there is no robbery in taking away Chapel property. As a mat- ter of fact, in 1884 as many as 844 Dissenting properties were re-arranged by the Charity Commissioners. It was under their authority that the Poultry Chapel. London, was sold on May 21st, 1872, for the sum of £ 50,200, and this sum had to be re-invested with their sanction. Mr. John looks upon the fact of the Archbishops and Bisohps sitting in the House of Lords as a privilege. Other disestablishers consider it a grievance. Rather inconsistent, is it not? The Bishops are not appointed by the King; they are appointed by the Church. They may be nominated by the Prime Minister, but the Church appoints them. This is no fanciful splitting of terms, but a very real difference. But granting that it is a privilege, ii-liat about Nonconformist ministers sitting in the House of Com- mons? A clergyman—Mr. John forgets that—cannot be a candidate for any con- stituency. Mr. John doubts that Mans- field and Onslow ever made such a state- ment as to warrant my using the phrase, that Nonconformity is as fully estab- lished as the Church." In the year 1767 the phrase, "Established by Law," was declared to be applicable to all religious denominations by Lord Chief Justice Mansfield in the case of The Corporation I of London and the Dissenters, heard on appeal in the House of Lords. The point at issue was the legality of the conduct of the Lord Mayor in taking the Cor- poration regalia with him to a meeting house. Lord Mansfield, in giving jndg- ment in favour of the Dissenters, pointed out that the Dissenters' way of Avorship is established. Speaner Onslow, from a political standpoint, remarked that "the Dissenters were as truly established as the Church of England." Will this remove Mr. John's doubt? What about the fol- lowing Acts: —A chapel is exempted from rates by the 3 and 4 William IV., c. 30. The minister is protected lrom disturbances by the 52 George III. If the minister preaches a doctrine incon- sistent with the trust deed (which the State has enrolled in Chancery) the State removes him. A minister is a privileged person by reason of his office, and is exempted from serving civil offices by Statute (52 George III., c. 155, and Will. loiig is lie s(-,rvc?,s and Mary c. 18, sec.), so long as he serves his chapel. According to the provisions of G and 7 William IV. and Victoria 3 and 4. c. 92, the registers of the chapel are kept under State guardianship in the "Non-Parochial Register" Office in Somerset House. Mr. John is so AAeak as to say that Nonconformist bodies are not bound to the State at all. Dr. Baldwin Brown, President of the Congre- gational Union distinctly said they were, and so did Dr. Vance Smith, Pi.(?,;i?, of the Unitarian Association. If not, why was the Rev. Mr. Stannard in a Civil Court told by the Judge that he must keep the trust deed of his chapel in Huddersfield to, the letter, or else he must leave it, when he held the view that the doctrine of an everlasting hell was not true? Did not a parallel thing happen with the Baptists at Noi-Avich? Did not the Judge tell the minister he must Keep his trust deed; or be imprisoned? Let Mr. John see what happened at Don- caster. Tooting, and Longcross Street Baptist Chapel. Cardiff. Could the Methodists alter their terms re "y Sassiwn without going to Parliament? Could the Wesleyans alter their three ter without going to Parliament ? When a society meeting" is held by the Methodists, they cannot turn a stranger out—even if known to be anything but a Methodist—Avithout incurring a- Govern- ment fine. A Judge in a Chancery Court, Avhen delivering judgment for or against a minister re his trust deed, will admit no light from history or contemporary opinion not recognised in the trust deed, but will interpret the trust deed in strict accordance with that set forth within its four corners. Tsis Judge may be a Jew or an Agnostic. I should be extremely sorry for any Nonconformist minister placed at the bar before such an official. I consI-dei- that the so-called Free Churches are far more Act of Parliament Churches than the Old Mother Church of the country. The Church was here before any Parliament. When Simon de Montfort organised the first House of Commons, he simply copied the successful Synods held by the Church, and, more than that, in a room lent him by the Church he held the first meeting of the Commons; and, surely, there is no flattery like imitation. Mr. John holds that imprisonment cannot take place in Nonconformist Churches with regard to offending ecclesiastical law. Let Mr. John remember the case of the Baptist Chapel in Norwich. Fur- ther, he very mildly denies the fact that Nonconformists have received greater grants than the Church. Will lie kindly ask his 'principal, Dr. Bennett. what amounts were given from Charles II. 's days to 1809 to Presbyterians. Further, what grants were given in 1722, and con- tinued up to 1850? Again, what amounts were given to Wales P Lastly, to Avhat extent is Nonconformity endowed out of the rates to-day, and wltat advantage has been reaped by the Dissenting Act of 1844? A simple sum in subtraction will soon show what a big fraction of a million pounds is the amount paid to Dissenters more than the Church. But besides all this, suppose the State gave the Church back what has been taken from it for hundreds of years. Henry VIII. took from the monasteries the sum of t962,289 legally chargeable to the poor, to squander largely among his favourites. The Church took care of the poor before any Poor Law Act was passed. What a relief to the ratepayer to-day Avould it be to get £ 962,289 returned toAvards helping the poor. If Dr. Bennett wants a public debate, will Mr. John kindly tell him I am prepared to meet him Avhen he likes, as I have ahvays debated with principals. —Yours truly, 1. J. WILLIAMS. Wern House, TrealaAv.
Successful Concept by the Cymmer Colliery Military Band. A very interesting musical programme was submitted at a concert given by the above band on Friday and Saturday even- ings last at the St. John's Hall, Cvminer. Councillor J. Taylor, Cardiff, and Sir William Crossman, Cardiff, presided, and there was a crowded house each evening. This was the seventh annual concert in coiiiiec-tioti iA-Itli the Cymmer Band and Mr. G. F. Martyn, the able conductor, is to be congratulated, not only upon the success of the concerts, but also for the very excellent repertoire of music dis- coursed by them. The principal artistes were —Madame Sylvia Hosgood, Cardiff (soprano) Madame Mills-Reynolds, Ponty- pridd (soprano); Mr. Todd Jones, Tre- herbert (tenor); and Mr. Stanley Barrett. Cardiff (baritone). -Mr. Tudor Y orath, Treliafod, was the accompanist. On Friday evening, after a few remarks by the Chairman, the concert opened with a capital rendering of J. Register's famous march, Gauloise," which re- ceived loud applause. Mr. Todd :jones' evoke d rendering of "The Last Watch" Jones' great appreciation. The overture, La Couronne d'Or," was performed with style and great effect. Madame Sylvia Hosgood deserA-es great commendation for her beautiful and accomplished interpreta- tion of the "Waltz Song." "Reverie," a beautiful but pathetic melody, was ex- quisitely rendered by the band. as was also the selection, The Dollar Priiieess." "The Lute Player" was magnificently rendered by Mr. Barrett. An excellent item which drew forth loud clamours for ii-as tlie,t4tiet. "Night in Venice," in which Madame Hosgood's per- feet voice was heard to great advantage. Mr. Todd Jones found a responsive chord with" Forth to Battle." The euphonium solo. "Big Ben," submitted by Mr. J. Jenkins, was also highly appreciated. The duet, "Tell me, gentle stranger." by Madame Hosgood and Mr. Barrett re- ceived a w ell-merited ovation. Other items by the band were" Amina and Gemmi di Vergi. Stoneeracker John," by Mr. Barrett, received loud ap- plause. The programme on Saturday consisted of a super-excellent repertoire, including the march" Des Cadets de Gascoine, "The Bohemian Girl," the selection, Mignon," Zampa," In the Shadows." and La Catalane." All were rendered with artistic style and exquisite tone, and were received with loud approbation. Madame Mills-Reynolds evoked great ap- plause in her rendition of April Morn." and enhanced her reputation in the duet, Tell me, gentle stranger." The cornet solo by Mr. T. Pearce was also a musical gem. Faithful renderings of The Out- cast and Good-bye." by Mr. Jones, were also greatly appreciated and encored. Again Madame Mills-Reynolds captured all hearts with her brilliant rendition of Gwlad y Delyn," and Mr. Barrett's ren- dering of Who'll marry me? was a I great success. Councillor Taylor spoke very highly of the band's performance and expressed his great appreciation. A i-ote of thanks to the chairman was moved bv Mr. E. S. Williams, M.E.
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Ferndale. I The pulpit of Tabernacle Chapel, Feril- dale, was occupied 011 Sunday evening last by Mr. Owen, Llanharran. a mis- sionary who has been out in China for upAvards of 18 years. He ga,-e a very lucid address on the religious work clone in the Flowery Kingdom.
I ',Little Folks at Play In Trealaw. What was characterised as the treat of the season took place on Thursday, Saturday and Monday last at Oarmel (E.B.) Chapel, Trealaw, when the Baud of Hope Choir rendered Mr. W. S. Roddie's "Little Folks at Play, fol- lowed by a miscellaneous programme. The chairmen for the three nights were re- spectively Mr. T. P. John. Trealaw Mr. S. Owen Edwards, Tonypandy; and Mr. W. Da vies, Tonypandy. The children, who had been very ably trained by Mrs. Callow, Mrs. W. Davies and Mr. J. Kay Williams, who capably filled the part of conductor, went through their respective parts with such zest and enthusiasm that the success of the con- certs was never in doubt, and each even- ing large audiences put in an appearance. Mrs. G. W. Richards made an excellent accompanist. To individualise would be invidious, as all the children vied one with the other to do their best. HoAvever. we append a list of those who took part:—"Eight Little Mothers, Clarice Jonee, Vera Jones, May Woodland, Winnie Woodland. Ethel Holman, Gwen Jone6, Violet Allsop, and Sally Seabourne; Police- men," Harold Chard, Garfield Williams. Willie Norman, David Kahn, Willie Wil- liams, Oliver Davies, Albert Curtis, and Trevor Rideout; Burglar," Edwin Curtis; "The Musical Farmer, Master Albert Curtis, and his farm stock; "Dorothy Sly, Miss Hilda Rees; "Domestic Troubles," Daisy Jones; Grace Darling." Misses Katie Davies, Deb. Rideout, Annie Cotterall, Lily Rowe. Annie Bailey, Hilda Jones, Hettie McKelnie. and Ada Jones; Good Night," Misses Maggie Davies, Daisy Jones, Edith Davies. OliAe Callow. Edna Jones, Beatrice Holman, Nellie Webb, and Ethel Rowe. Mr. H. Hiscocks acted as stage mana- ger. Avliilst great credit is due to Mr. W. J. Jones, plumber, Trealaw, for con- structing a beautiful model of a Taff Vale Railway train, which caused no little fun during the entertainment. The proceeds are to be devoted to the church funds.
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