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THE SOUTH WALES CHOIRS AND THE MUSICAL COMPETITION AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. MEETING AT ABERDARE. There is a movement on foot in South Wales at the pre- sent moment which cannot fail to attract very much atten- tion throughout the kingdom. We have heard of interna- tional boat-races, and the celebrated "All England Eleven cricketers went to the antipodes to compete with rivals in that part of the globe; but we never heard of a body of Welshmen leaving their mountain homes to compete with any class in any part of the world. The Welsh are eminent for their competition at eisteddfodau. Indeed, this com- petitive spirit is so general throughout the Principality that it is rather remarkable that the Welsh have confined its operations to Wales. But most of our English friends will cry "All hail!' when we say that the Welsh are about crossing the border into England. The timid need not be alarmed the wild mountaineers are not about to descend into "the Marshes of Wales with the sword and the fire- brand, as so many of their heroic fathers did when struggling for the independence of "Gwlad-y-Cenyn." NO! the sword wielded by Welshmen against Englishmen is buried in the grave of the old Britons, and to-day they are rivals only in the arts of peace, whose victories are not less renowned than war." Welshmen in our day say to England, Where thou diest will I die they are wedded for evermore. At one period in the history of Britain its being composed of distinct nationalities was a source of weakness to it, but we are living in an epoch when this peculiarity is a source of positive strength, for it is the cause of a healthy spirit of competition. It is well known, the Crystal Palace Company have offered a prize of £1,000 for the best choir singing, to be competed for on the 29th, 30th, and 31st July next, each choir to be composed of 500 singers. The leading singers of South Wales have resolved to organise a great choir of the picked talent of South Wales to enter the list, not for a crown of flowers, but for what Welsh men and women love dearly, namely, "arian." The movement is causing much interest throughout the country. The choirs of the Bethels, Nebos, Tabernacles, Hermons, &c., in the hills and in the valleys of South Wales talk of nothing else. Regularly appointed examiners have been from chapel to chapel to pick and choose. At Ebbw Vale the foliowing have been found competent to join the great choir Sopranos, 28 altos, 1G tenors, 31. At Merthyr and Dowlais:—Tenors, 28 bass, 20; trebles, 18 altos, 15. At Swansea :-Sopranos, 13 altos, 9 tenors, 12 bass, 12. At Llanelly :—Sopranos, 12; altos, 9; tenors, 12 bass, 12. Pontypridd and Districts :-Sopranos, 12 altoa, 7 v tenors, 11; bass, 12. At Aberdare 93 singers have been selected. ¥he general committeo met on Monday afternoon at the Temperance Hall, Aberdare. The examiners were also there, but, of course, in a separate room. The number of candidates for examination was overwhelming. The com- ruittee-room was sufficiently close to enable the members to hear the roar of the crowd filling the passages, and the piping of the candidates under examination. The choirs of the following places were represented :— Merthyr, Mr Rosser Beynon and. Mr Davies Aberdare, Mr Richard Jones, Mr Rees Evans, and Mr Hywel Cynon; Swansea, Mr Silas Evans Llandwr, Mr Rees Jones Llanelly, Mr Hughes and Mr Gwilym o'r Dyffryn Rhondda Valley, Mr Richard Evans, Trehafod Ponty- pridd, Mr Dewi Alaw and Mr Thomas Williams. Secre- tary, Mr Brythonfryn Griffiths, Aberdare. Mr Dewi Alaw expressed his great pleasure at seeing their old friend, Mr Rosser Beynon, present. He would designate him the father in music. (Hear, hear.) He was of opinion that there was some difficulty ahead with regard to electing local sub-conductors. At Pontypridd they had got over that difficulty by electing Mr Richard Evans, Trehafod. Mr Rosser Beynon expressed himself in favour of each locality electing its own sub-conductor, but, of course, to be subject to instructions communicated to him by the conductor-in-chief, for it was of paramount importance to obey him implicitly. Mr Jenkin David, Aberdare, didn't quite agree with leaving the selection of a conductor to each locality, for each had its own two or three musical conductors, and there would be a difficulty in selecting to the satisfaction of all. But if the selections were made by the head committee, it would be received as coming from the chief authority. Mr Hywel Cynon said be agreed with the last speaker. Mr Davies, Merthyr, said if they could not select their sub-conductors without troubling the chief committee it did not reflect any credit upon them. Mr Dewi Alaw believed that other localities could act as Pontypridd had done. It was then proposed by Mr Davies (Merthyr), That each locality be left to appoint its own sub-conductor." The motion was seconded by Mr Rees Evans (Aberdare), and carried unanimously. I Dewi Alaw suggested that when the great choir meets, each section should be tested separately, for he believed it would be easier in that way to detect any defect than when the united choir was tested. The Rev Canon Jenkins was of opinion that that would have a tendency to create a feeling of rivalry. (Hear, hear.) They should aim at a united South Wales. (Hear, hear.) It wag argued that when testing the great choir the chief conductor snould be at liberty to weed it should be find that incompetent vocalists had been inadvertently admitted. It Was suggested that another examination should be made, for that many meritorious singers had been omitted. It was stated that in some localities good singers had held back, because they would not submit to the appointed ex- aminers. It was finally agreed to give those who had held back another choice; but to be tested by the examiners already in office. (Cheers.) Dewi Alaw proposed that, in addition to the sub-choirs already elected, one should be elected from between Ystrad and Treberbert. Mr Brythonfryn Griffiths said he fully concurred that it was necessary to extend the selection, for they had not a single individual from that musical valley, Maesteg, nor from Cwinafoc, at both of which places were some excellent vocalists. He knew of some young ladies at those places who had remarkably good voices. Dewi Alaw's proposition was then put to the meeting and carried unanimously. Mr Thomas Williams and Mr Richard Evans were ap- pointed the examiners. f It was also agreed to invite the choirs of Maesteg, Cwm- afon, Aberafon, and Taibach to make their selection, and to appoint their own examiners, but not to elect more than 60 between them, Ystrad to select 20. Every candidate, when admitted, to pay Is. entrance fee, and Is. per month afterwards towards the fund to defray the expenses of going to London, the district treasurers to send the money to the secretary-in-chief (Rev Dr Price, Aberdare.) A cordial vote of thanks was accorded the Rev Canon Jenkins for presiding, and the meeting came to a close. £ — DOWLAIS. TRANSFER OF LICENSE. The certificate of the Cross Keys Inn, Chapel-street, was on Monday transferred from Wm. Jones to David Powell, RATE DEFAULTERS.—Evan Jones, building contractor, rant, was summoned to the Merthyr police-court, on Mon- day for district rate and water rent amounting in the aggregate to £ 2 6s 8d. Ordered to pay, together with 9s 3d P?st8-John Price, Dowlais, was also summoned for sr 1d, the amount for water rent and district rate. Autre was some difticulty'in proving this case, owing to one of the items being apparently omitted in the ledger. Mr *j«odfellow, the collector, sent for Mr Havard, the book- gentleman having explained to the Bench ,thia cuuse of I .4wprder was made for payment, to. w¡tb 'f"" Mr Edward Thomas, of Colly Farm, was charged at the Merthvr Police Court, on Saturday, on the information of P.C. Williams with obstructing the highway. The officer stated that defendant had drawn up his horse and cllrt opposite a shop in Cae Harris, and it remained there fit- fully half-an-hour whilst the defendant aR in a pubic- hom e. -For the defence a lad named John Jones. a groct r's assistant, said that he was ordere 1 by his empolyer. Mr Rowland ltees. to keep his eye upon the horse from behind the counter.- Fined Is., and 9s. 9d. co-its. MISCELLANEOUS OFFENCES.—Margaret Hamilton and Hannah Clifford (sisters), were charged with beincr drunk and riotous at 12 o'elok on Saturday niphfc. P.C. Williams proved the offences, and they were fined 2s 6cl each and costs.—Daniel Sullivan was charged with fiijhtinfr in Union street, Dowlais, on Sunday morning at 2 o'clock. Defendant had quarrelled with his lodger, so that -he policeman had to go into the house to separate them. The defendant was very drunk, and some time afterwards he came out of the house and challenged the lodger to come out and fight. Once outside the house indulging his propensities he soon found himself inside again—not, however, in his own house but the police station, and he failed to get from these quarters until he paid 10s and 7s 3d costs.—John Smith, a vagrant, was charged with sleeping in a coke-oven in the Dowlais Works. The P.C. said that h« suspected prisoner had an eye on the workmen's food-cans. Prisoner however denied this, and gave reference to where he worked last, upon which he was remanded until Wednesday, when he was discharged with a caution. MALICIOUS WOUNDING. —James Donovan was charged with maliciously wounding a fellow lodger named William Yardley at Dowlais on Saturday night last.—The following evidence was takenWilliam Yardley said: [ am a labourer at Dowlais, in lodgings at 10 o'clock on Saturday night I was in the house, and had some words with prisoner, who also lodges in the same house, about the work, and he struck me while sitting in the chair he struck me a second time, and we then had a tussle both of us fell, I under- neath some one took him off, and 1 then sat down in about half a minute he came towards me with something bright in his hand, and he struck me I lifted my hand, and the blow came upon my arm, and I again fell. As I was rising from the ground I received two blows on my head with the poker (produced). The mark on prisoner's face was received when we were on the ground together.- Mrs Lloyd, wife of Thomas Lloyd, sinker, said 3he saw the two men in their lodgings prisoner had hold of complain- ant by the throat, with a poker in the other hand she did not see him use the poker the complainant was bleeding. The landlady dreve her out.-Dr Cresswell said he saw complainant on Sunday morning he had a scalp wound on the vertex of the head, and another on the right side of the head, exposing the bone in both wounds he had another bruise of a longitudinal form on the arm all these injuries may have been inflicted by a poker or some other blunt instrument.—Inspector Thomas said he arrested prisoner in his lodgings shortly after the row. He was far gone in drink. He charged him with unlawfully wounding with a poker "William Yardley. He replied, He struck first. I had no poker. We were both on the ground." He (the inspector) found the poker by the fire. It was wet. as though recently washed, and the floor was also washed.- For the defence Mrs Samuel, the landlady, was called, and said that complainant came into the house about 10 o'clock quite drunk, and attacked prisoner about the work pri- soner was also partly drunk. Complainant said that he was a better man than prisoner in everything-, and struck him twice before prisoner did anything. Prisoner then rose and struck complainant, and both fell on the iroh fender by the fire, prisoner being uppermost. She drew prisoner off complainant, and as she was rising him complainant lifted his foot and kicked prisoner on the eye. After they had been separated they sat down peaceably, and she thought all was over, but they quarrelled again, and again scuffled, and this time fell against the table, knocking it down and the candle and candte stick which was upon it. The room was then dark, and whilst she was lighting the candle the Inspector came in.-By complainant: She never saw any- thing in prisoner's hand, nor had she waghed the poker, but she had washed the floor, as there was a lot of blood upon it. She was quite sober.—The complainant here said that his landlady was perfectly drunk, having been drinking all the evening with prisoner, and that he (complainant) was quite sober.—Inspector Thomas re-called said that the land- lady was perfectly drunk, and staggering, and there was a quart of beer in the room when he went there.—This was all the evidence, and prisoner was committed for trial to the assizes. H I B W A I N. INDECENT ASSAULT IN A RAILWAY TRAIN.—At the Merthyr Police Court on Saturday last, Waiter Jones, of the Farmers' Arms, Hirwain (an elderly man) was charged by the Great Western Railway Company with an infringe- ment of one of the bye-laws of the company.- It appears that defendant was in a third-class carriage about a fort- night ago, going from Merthyr to Hirwain, and in the department were several females, among them a Mrs Hinkin, a green-grocer, at Aberdare. Defendant was under the influence of drink, and whilst in the tunnel he most indecently assaulted Mrs Hinkin. When the train had emerged from the tunnel she gave him a sharp slap in the face, and at Abernant station she gave information to the Station-master ag to the indecent assault committed by the defendant. She soon afterwards took a summons out against the defendant, and he then called upon her and gave her a sovereign to compromise the matter, and she did not appear against him. Inspector Mends, however, on behalf of the Company, would not allow the matter to drop, but as a warning to blackguards generally took out a summons against Jones for an infringment of one of the bye-laws, and also a summons against Mrs Hinkin to give evidence against him. Mrs Hinkin deposed to the assault committed, and Mr Mends submitted a copy of the bye- laws, after which defendant, having been severely censured by Mr Fowler, was fined 30s and costs, total S3 2s Id.—Mr Fowler drew the attention of Inspector Mends to the desirability of having lights in the carriages, as a protection to the public in going through the long tunnel—especially against the wicked acts of drunken men, who ought never to be allowed to enter a railway carriage. Mr Mends said that the Company's servants had strict orders not to permit drunken men to enter the carriages, but sometimes they got in'inadvertently. TROEDYRHIW. A VISIT TO THE SEWAGE FARM.—An important deputa- tion of members of the lloclidale Board of Health paid an official visit of inspection on Friday last to our Sewage Irrigation Works near Trocdyrhiw. The party (about half a dozen in number), were conducted over the works by Mr Bailey Denton, who explained the various details of the scheme of downward filtration, and the advantages which the scheme at Troedyrhiw possesses over other schemes for the disposal of town sewage. The deputation seemed highly pleased with what they saw. — «♦ — MOUNTAIN ASH. THE TWO AND A HALF PER CENT.—The men were paid 21 per cent on Saturday in the majority of the collieries sur- rounding Mountain Ash, the other collieries having pre- viously handed over to the men their share. General satisfaction is being expressed at the manner in which the masters have fulfilled their promise. ASTRANGE COINCIDENCE.—On Saturday evening a strange coincidence happened in the town, by which a mother and son met under very peculiar circumstances. An old woman from the country bad come up to Mountain Ash, with the last Great Western train, to see her son, who has for some time been staying at Mountain Ash. After leaving the railway station, the old woman made inquiries about the street where she had heard her son lived. The street was pointed out to her, but the night being dark, and not know- ing that the canal intervened between the station and the street, she, instead of going along the road, went into the canal. Her screams soon called together people to rescue her, and the first person who dragged her from the water was the identical son whom she had come to see. DELEGATES' MEETING AT ABERAMAN.—A meeting of delegates, representing all the steam coal collieries in the Aberdare Valley, has been held at the Lamb and Flag Inn, Aberaman, at which the following resolutions were agreed to :-lst. "That when boys engaged with colliers are wanted by the 'gaffers,' for the purpose of 'dooring,' they should be paid at the same rate as that paid by the colliers and that no trams henceforth be allowed to be given to the colliers in consideration of the boys' services." 2nd. "That when colliers are requested to do hauliers' work, they also should be remunerated according to work done by a collier, and that trains given to be filled to their partners for them be considered from this time out illegal." 3rd. That there will be a meeting held on the 6th inst., at the Lamb and Flag Inn, Aberaman, to further consider the matter." On Friday night a meeting of colliers was convened at the Allen's Arms to discuss the above resolutions, the adoption of which had been left optional to the men. After much discussion the consideration of the matter was postponed till Wednesday. ASSAULTING THE POLICE.—At the Aberdare police-court on Tuesday David Morgan and Samuel Evans were charged with assaulting P.C. Castle, at Mountain Ash. Mr F. James appeared for Morgan, and Mr William Simons for Evans.-Complainant stated that on Sunday night he was on duty in Jeffries street, and heard three persons swearing and making a disturbance. He ordered them off, but they would not go. He took Evans into custody, and all three sprang at him and began striking him. He was compelled to use his staff.-Sergeant Thorney was called for the pro. secution.-A woman, who witnessed the scuffle on the ground, was called for the defence. She stated that she saw Castle strike a blow with his staff. This was denied by Castle, who said the striking was all over long before she came out of her house. She further stated that she saw him put his staff in his coat pocket. This was denied by Castle, as he had no staff pocket:in his coat. She also stated that the assault took place in Seymour-street, but the officer and Sergt. Thorney said it happened in Jeffries-street there being blood on the pavement in the latter street. The case was ultimately adjourned for the appearance of a medical gentleman. FOOLHARDY CONDUCT.—Thomas Rees, a man having tho appearance of a collier, was charged, before the Merthvr Police Court, on Saturday, by Inspector Mends, of the Great Western Railway, with having ridden on the buffers of a carriage and thus endangering his life.T oseph Gre- gory, railway guard, said that on the 18th February, the five o'clock passenger train from Monmouth stopped at Quaker's Yard to take up passengers. After the train had moved off, there being a sharp gradient to the tunnel he observed the defendant jump on to a carriage step, and then crawl to the end, and swing his leg over the buffer. This was the last carriage (the van) of the train. In this position he rode through the tunnel. When the train had got the other side he made a danger signal to the driver and stopped the train. The defendant then got off the buffer, upon which he seemed comfortably astride, and asked the guard why he stopped the tram. The guard told him that it was because he was on the buffer, and he then coolly replied, "You have done your duty. He then came into the guard's van, and when asked why he rode on the buffer he said he was rather late at Quaker's Yard to get into the train, and wanted to go to Mountain Ash. He immediately gave his name and address, and was very civil. The defendant had taken a ticket for Mountain Ash, and might have gone into the carriage if he had chosen, but he seemed to have preferred riding on the buffer. He was a little under the influence of drink, but not drunk.-His Worship asked him why he didn't go into the carriage, but the defendant said he could give no reason, excepting that he did it for a lark; His Worship observed that it was a very foolish lark, for he was greatly endangering his own life. He could not account for an act of such wanton folly, as it was clear that he was not moved to do it by fraud, for he had purchased a ticket and was entitled to go by the train.—Inspector Mends said he could explain the matter. Persons were very foolishly making bets in public houses that they would ride by the train in this dangerous manner, and one or two cases of the kind had already been before the Bench at Aberdare. He supposed the defendant had made a similar bet.—Mr Fowler asked him if he would pay the costs, which defendant agreed to, and tbepeiipon the case was dismissed, and defendant was told not to be, so foolish agajn.

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