SWANSEA DISTRICT. j A board. 10ft. long. was picked up on the marsh at Ferryside by Mr. George Thomas, fisherman. It bore the names "Aueusta: Paimpol." and appears to have been freshly painted. At Friday'* inquest at Waunarlwydd upon tht. body of a man named John Bevan. who wa> found dead in bed at his home. Xant- 11ydd tanii. aunarhvyeld, on the 26th inst., the jury brought in a verdict of "Death from syncope." At a meeting of Manchester l nitv of Odd- fellows. held at the Railway Inn, Killay. on Saturday, a i>re>entation of an -miblem was made to Rio. W. Tucker. Xilliy. by Bro. James I.ak' Swansea, on behalf of the lodge. It' plying to vote of thanks at Saturday's meeting (it.i'einon. Mr John Hodge said hi d;d not think it wise to discuss the matter of Mr. J. Williams and the Gower Division. There e i iddbe no question that Mr. Williams took tlx- respect of the workers over the last t.'I.-■•tioii, and he thought he could safely leave th- matter to Mr. Williams' own ^.ui.sek nee. At Saturday's meeting of the Sketty Gospel Temperance Association, Mr. W. S. Stephens presided. Items were contributed by Misses blorrie and L. Thomas. E. Wiberg. Beatrice Harris. Master Willie Crrtis. Mr. A. Feather- stone and Mr Ben Davies, and action songs bv vour.T ladies of St. Phillips. In an ad- dress by Mr A. Featherstone, reference was made to the increased drunkenness among WOtUen. <'»r; Friday a presentation was made by the Clydach Girl* teachers and scholars to*Miss Lucy Clung (Swansea) who has been a teacher t,L,r', for over three years, alud i« about to be mar-iied. Miss Cuing was highly respected and liked. Among the numerous gifts of in- dividual scholars was a salver dinner cruet. Mi-s Thomas. in the presence of til- tssenibled scholars. made the presentation. and the re- cipient feelingly responded. The funeral of the late Mis^ M. Williams, Post Office. Louglior, took placs on Sunday afternoon. The deceased was 56 years of age. and had been postmistress for upwards of 30 years, and also a faithful chorister of St. Michael's Parish Church. The mourners were Mr. a.nd Mrs. David Williams, Por'. lalbot; Mr. and M;s\ John Evans. A laP" number (.f friend* attended. TIIP choir as- sembled at the residence of deceased and sung the hymn "Mac Ii. Yyfeillion Adren Myned," to the tune ''Lausanne." The service was conducted by Rev. D. T. Jone-. rr-tor. Panteg Choral Society. Ystalye. nt. gave a performance of Dr. Stainet's oratorio, "St. Mary Magclal tii-e," on Thursday. Ihe sing- ing vva.s of an exceptionally h'h standard. The following assisted:—Soprano. Miss M. A. Jonathan. Yst dyfera .-outrallo, M.iss Eunice Thomas, Glais; tenia-. Mr. Kichard Thomas, Llanelly: bass, Mr. Lh-welyn H. Bowcn. Swansea. The chapel onhe-stra. led by Ylr. C. A. Morgan, accompanied in a sym- pathetic and intelligent manner. Mt\ W. D. Clee presided at the piano. Credit is due to Mr. R. T. Gregory, the conductor, for the fine performance. Edward Vaughan, tinker, Ystalvfera. who wore a South African medal, was summoned for drunkenness. P.C.'s Jones and Hill saw him staggering about the highway. They* were about to speak to him. when he went home. Vaughan questioned the officers again as to whether they spoke to him, and got the information that they did not, and that the summons was not issued for three weeks.—Mr. Herbert Lloyd, after consultation with the other magistrates, said the policemen ought to have spoken to the man at the time. The summons not having been issued for three week> after placed defendant ill a difficult position as to the procuration of witnesses. Turning to defendant, he remarked that there was a bad record against him. He would be dismissed now. but he hoped in future that, having served his country, he would pull hiuisf- Logether. hold up his head, and set a ^■d example to youngsters.—With a military salute the veteran withdrew. At Pontardawe on Friday W illiaiu Rees. collier, Glais. was summoned for being drunk a.nd refusing to quit the Lucas Arms, Glais. Gammon found him there. and ordered him out. He refused, and wa^ oje< red.Mr. Lloyd I should like an explanation. YOqI were cot called upon by the landlord to eje.ct this man. P.f'. Gammon I coidd givo you tfle reason. But the landlord was on hand, and Ir. Lloyd called him.—"Now, I want to know how tins wan was drunk in Your houw. said he. Landlord.: I had pal "him out iJiree times, sir. and he returned. i i didnt know lie was in the house when i» (J Gammon came. He had no dnnk suppliea him JIl our house at all.—P.c. Gammon'said that .as the same statement that th- landlord had made to iam.—There wero three convic- tions against Rees within the last r^ar Mr Uov.1 sternly remarked to defendant "Look here! You've been three times drunk this year and in addition to that you\-0 done your best to bring this landlord into trouble. You'll liave to pay 10. and cots, or "eVP.ll day. An Eisteddfod was held S.u.tirday at Moriah Chapel. Ynistawe. ( Ivda'-h. Mr. P. George (irebanos) coriciuetcd. Mr. D Phillips presided. a.nd the ad- judicators were Messrs. 1 Powell, William Thomas, Miss M. Me>n; Mr. Llew- elyn Davies, and Mr. George Hanncy. M' D. Jones, R.A.M., accompanied. Tin- win- j.eTSi of the Aarious items Ave-re :—Alto solo. 1, J. i nomas, Cae Mawr: 2, Jennet Kin v. Mor- riste.n. Best map, 1, D. L. Jones •* 2. M. Jos -ph Recitation (children). ML--se-< H.ett'r Thollw." and Jane Lewis; prize |>a r L Lew Tenor solo Mr. W. Willkn* H'ar- dre: translating, Mr. D. Harding, Chelnch; life tKunel marching contest, St. John'* CSiurcK Baad ciiampion solo (open to all voices), Mr Wiiiie ItKes, Morriston: bat»s solo, Mr. I:. Joi-es. Llanelly; veirses iu nM<m«ry of Mr I). Jenkins, divided between '\Perllanog." .-m, "Alfa-b" recitation. Mr. F. l.van.s and Mrs. Davies; drum and fife selections, 1 Gra'gcelfn- paic. 2 St. John's Churcii chk f choral com- petition. Clydach Choir (conductor, Mr. J. L. Rce. shorthand, Mr. Idn's Danes (Cly. tiacL). The quarterly m-Mting of 'he LUngita.-ke •School Board was held at Ystali-ftra on Th n t si Lav. The members pr.ent were 'Mr. James \VïIliam5 (chairman/. Mr. J:J.mf" Evans ,c-rll<1iT!n:u:),. R'v. E. Thomas, Messrs W Morgan. Daniel Jones, W. T. d- iiams. D. E. Parry. T. Wad^ Evans, and J. R. Jones. It was decicied 'o advance the sal- aries of the IPale and female assistant* under Article 50, to JE60 and JE50 respectively to purchase a site for a mixed school at u-odrer. graig, Ystalyfera, for JE553 (the owner of the land is Mr. F. Gough, Ystr 0L7 nlais). and to communicate further with :\f r, J. Beynon, Ystalyfera, with a view to purchasiag a site far a mixed school at Tairgwaith, Gwaun-ca- Gurwxn. Mr. J. D. Rees, builder, ere.. w«»>s appointed to superintend the. erection of the mixed .school at Rhiwfawr, and the infant sclu/c! at Ynysmydw, Pontirdawe». Mr. r. Powel). schoolmaster. Glaia. Clydach. war, ap- pointed examiner of the quarterly examina- tion.- t e;oal:daUs and pupil teachers for the fonlieoiiiing quarter. The Board cautioned the imv i'is who attended in refer- ence to tii^r children's irregular at- tendance, wlii'e those who did not appear arc to be ><umiiKnied at Pont.anlawf>. At the 1in- anae inceting it was resolved to issue a pr* < j>t :,i £ 1.800 011 the overs'ei s of Llangn'. ke for ;!••> '!vret,t half-year's -xp n^
Incident at Clydach Fair DeLenninat on stands out in l':inp> on .1¡: V\ hit head, a Swansea chipped petat. Di in. He atundt d the Ctydach Fair, and strenuously ma.ina a in- d a right (to whi'h Sergt. Button o„ec '<d.i I.. hawk his wares iiear the en- tuiiic aiiiiuugh the cr,j tv;us ^rea' at the I s. !.c;ed. Asked ;:1 Pontardawe Police (a»uit on Fri- day if lie na-ic guilty of ohstnTcl ing th • thorou-h'ifi', James st> ■•tit- jAp-li.]. "No i'JJr. Sergt. Button gave evidence, and said de- fendant had with him a chipped potatoe cart. Whitehead Chipped potatoe van, please. Sergt. Button (obligingly) Well, we'll call it a van. There was a crowd about, and I told him there'd be a larger crowd there in the evening, and that he'd better go into the field. Whitehead replierl no, he wouldn t move from there. I saw him again, continued the sergeant, "at seven o'clock, and again askeel F.im to leave, as he was causing an obstruc- tion. He told me then he paid a shilling a year to the Swansea Corporation, and he shouldn't move from there. Whitehead was now "causing an obstruc tion" more and more, so the officer urged hi 111 to go into the field. "I am not friendly with Studt." he replied. "Then go and see White." persisted the officer. "White's place is dull." said Whitehead. So Sergt. Button took his name and ael- dress. 1 Whitehead put questions intending to show that he had been moving up and down, and called a bov witness. John Walter. P.C. Hale and P.C. Gammon took part in the discussion. The first saw Whitehead mov,- fifteen yards; the second did not see any motion whatever. Five shillings and costs.
Pontardawe Police Court. —— FRIDAY. Before Messrs. Herbert Lloyd. H. G. Strick H. X. Miers, E. G. BentWll, F. GilV-U- 1 so'.i. a-nei D. Griffiths. J LIGHTS. Daniel Jones, haulier, Swansea, summoned for-driving a horse and cart having one light only, was ordered to pav co-ts.—Charles lubbs, luuiher, Swajisea. similarly charged, llfged wet weather and oth'^r unf iTOui ab'e con- a it ions in extenuation. He was dismisist'd. DOG LICENCES. Twelve a,n;1 sixpence a time was the proili to the Court on the following poor unionu- nate individuals, who had omitted to secure licences as well as collars for their several dogs :—Henry Thomas and David Joseph, stdel workers. William Moses Bevan and John Griffith Thomas, colliers, ail of Treb «nos, a.nd John Jones, collier, Ystalvfera. FURIOUS. Riding a bicycle "furiously" 00* Charles Aubridge. an Ystalvfera haulier, the modest sum of 2s. 6d. and costs. DRUNK The policeman's haut of "drunks" for the past fortnight, totted up like this —William Rcmmington, coach builder, Ystalvfera; James Davies, collier. Brynamman Edward Jones, collier, Ystalvfera David Rees, John Phillips, a.nd Jolin Lloycl, Clydach colliers: B. Jor-es. Pontardawe: William Morgan. col- Ik r. Glais: Thomas Morris. Gwihm Davies. Ystalvfera Edmund Davies, I mason. Trebauos David King, mason, Swaii- sea Joseph Lewis, labourer. Pontardawe and John Jones, labourer. Cilybebyil. fho-e were fined. Oven Howells. labours-. Ystrad- cvnlais, was let off on payment of costs only. SCHOOL. Jcdni Alien, tinworker, Clydach, was fined lor not sending his child to school reguia-rlv. DKUNK OX LICENSED PREMISES. Howell Howelis. check-weigher. Brynam- man. was summoned for being dmnk and re- fusing to quit the Crown. Inn. Eyidence was offered by P.C. Griffiths and the landlord— John Pritchard Jones.—Fined £1 and costs in each case. A "HOPELESS CASE." An.other young ma.n summoned for chunken- and refusing to quit the Cross Hands, Alltwen, was Daniel Price, haulier. Defend- ant. who pleaded guilty, had been there he- fore. Mr. Lloyd said: Yours has been a hopeless case for some time. We ii n,uw send you to gaol for seyen days, and then you will have to find two sureties for your good behav- iour for the next six months. Failing that, you'll remain in gaol for another two months.
I NEATH. At Xealh on Monday the licence of tbs King Edward VII. Inn was transferred from David Rees to Evan Hopkins. The Glyncorrwg Co-operativte. Society were fined £ 3 3s. at Aberavon, on Monday, for a 56lbs. accelerated scale in use at their shop which was 2^ ounces against the purchaser. Edw. B. Williams, Glyncorrwg, was sum- moned at Aberavon, on Monday with non- payment of rates. An order was made for payment and costs. P.C. Morgan told the Xeath County jns- tices on Friday that he had recoivcd com- plaints from the doctor and the curate about a dangerous dog belonging to Edward Mask, of Sewn Sisters. The animal wa.s a roving menace to the public safety. The usual ctder was made. The Melyn Tinplat Coinpi.t y will take over the Melyn Works from Mesxrs. Leach, Flcwer and Co., on the 31st inst. It is expec- ted that there will practically lv a total seces- sion of work for some time. Certain changes will be made, and it i»s expected that within the next two months ten mills, with the tin- license will be at work. "Give up poaching," was the advice offered by P.S. Jones, of the Neath Couitv Police. to Dd. Wells, -who on L"riela,y was charged with haying been on Lord Dynevor's land in pursuit of game.—"What's a man to do with a wife and three children?'' replied the de- fendant.—Do a day's work. It's- better than this game. You ought to have had sufficient warmng last time." So concluded the ser- geant.—A fine of 10s. and costs was imposed. and defendant's net and pegs were handed over to the police. Rev. Hon. W. Talbot. Hi. M.A., Yicar of Swansea, addressed a hugely-attended meet- ing in connection with the Aberpergwm Bnine 11 of tie Church of England Temper- anc-0 Society He referred at length to the I e-ntre manslaughter, at the hearing of whioli he was present, and described the ixrisoner as a y 'ung man whose countenaaice dia not stamp him as a criminal, whom no employer couia have any reason from his appearance to re- fuse to employ, but whom indulgence in drink had brought to his unl\:a.ppy position. He ad- dressed an appeal to the y(rong nien of his audience to take warning. Two men, Richard Phillips, collier. White Hart-row, Glyn Xeath. and William Davie.s, labourer, 3, Abernant-teirace, Glyn Neatii. were arrested on Sunday by P.C.'s Apsee and Alfred Damn on a charge of committing a. breach of the peace by engaging in a prizo fight. It appears that th.6 men, accompanied by seconds, were fighting in fhe Brickyard early on Sunday morning. 1hey_4jad fought several rounds, and when the police came on the scene the principals and SOCOIKIS de- cai^Pf^- The constables followed, and ar- rested Davies. Qn Monday morning Phil- lips was arrested. Thev we're both brought +ri^< -j°n ^?nday, and re 111,1 tided on bail until Friday. Neither man seemed the worse for the encounter. The suelden death of Mrs. Sutt^.n, wife of Mr. Chanes Sutton chemical ruanufaeturer, Nea h is announced, and fr„m the d. ta i, to hand Lt appears that the deceased lady was hurrying to catch a train at Aberdulais shortlv oefore one o clock on Monday. She re^lud the station, but there fKrizsd; vith rti^ apoplectic tit, and never recovered conscious- ness. Dr. Prill, of Aberdula-is, was immo- diately sutninoned, and a. message was patched to Xeath for Dr. Lewis, the family physician. Mrs. Sutton was conveyed to Neath, where she died later iu the afternoon. Mrs. Sutton, who "as a middle-aged lady, was the sU'U«r of Mr. E. Evans Bevan, Mayor of Neath. \Y:t h her husband and children she resided at Neuth up tn a few months ago, when the family removed to Aberdulai-s, where they now resid< At Neath, on Monday, Maria Cl-arke, Cloc! Inn, Cattle-street, was" .summoned for selling beer on Sunday, March 8th. and Lucy Green, with aiding andabttting. Mr. W. H. })a.d defended.—P.C. Michael taid Green left the Clonk' with something bulky under her shawl, which she nas "carrying like a baby." He stopped her, snd found she had a two- gallon jar of beer. Mrs. Clarke admitted havng si rv d iv.— Mr. David said it was im- n ►s»iide lor liini to resist a conviction, but in mitigation urged that Green came for the beer on Saturday, but rot having the money to pay for it. Mrs. Clarke declined to let her have it. She came on Sunday with the money and had I h betr, which had remained in th- jar all the night.—The justices fined defendant 20s. and costs.—To Lucy Green Mr. H. Jones said: "It's people like you that get license1 victuallers into trouble. You are fined 20s and costs —Mrs. Green 0. thanks. At Neath on Friday, George Inonui>, V';l- lill's* Hotel, Briton Ferry, was summoned for selling intoxicating drink during ptohibit.-d henrs. P.C. D. Davies swd that Til the kitchen were four perscius ,n.d the landlord. Drinks were supplied, one of the men pllli. and the change was brought by the daughter Annie. Witness went to the front dcor and P.C. Lisk to the back In the kitchen were the landlord. Mr and Mrs. Hill. and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, and in the commercial room there were Mrs. Thomas, the landlady, and Mr. and Mrs. Csmir-hae!. There were evi- dences of drinking in both rooms. It was. ten minutes past midnight when the con.-ata.blts entered. Mr. W. H. David, who defended, elicited that MM-. Lewi. was the daughter, and Mrs. Carmiehael the niece of the landlord, ill. W. H. David said that these women and men found on tlis premises were- leialives and friend- of the landlord. The women weic ctngaiied repea^clly to assist.—The magis- trates decided t-he-.v was a sale, and superin- tendent M. nhennick put in a previous convic- tion cf a light nature, stating that the house was sjenerallv well conducted. A fine of 20."1. and costs was imposed.—Uarmichoel, Lewis, and Hill, then pleaded not guilty to having been unlawfully present. They wer.. fined 5s. an.1 costs.
Neath Police Court. MONDAY. Before Messrs. Hopkin Jones, J. Fear Davie, D. T. Sim», and T. Tergne. THRKATKNIXG A COXSTABL! AibertDodd. clerk, 3. Lewis-road Samuel Griffiths, clerk. Windsor-ioad. anJ Alfred Dra- per. clerk, Leonard's-terrace, were each sum- moned for causing an obstruction. The jus- tices imposed a fine of Is. and costs.The Head Constable- said the father of one of the defendants had threatened a eons-table. He had intended to ask for costs only, but in the ciicumstances he had refrained from saying anything which would affect the case eit'i r wav. WOULD STRIKE HER BLDiD M'rs. Edwards, wife of Robert Edwards, lodging-house kt.ep"r, Cattle-street, was sum- moned by Miss Willy.-e. 9. Glamorgan-street, for threats, the complainant alleging that the (defendant S'dd she would strike her blind.— Defendant called a witness to prove that she had net made use of the language.—She was bound over to keep the peace for six months. GAVE HIS WIFE A BLACK EYE. Charles Jone-s. furnaeeman. 1. Jones-court, was summoned by his wife Elizabeth for as- sault.—Complainant said her bus-band came home, held a knife against her face for ten minutes, and struck her with his fist, giving her a black eye.—The Chairman said defend- ant had a bad record, and he sent him to pri- son for a month with hard labour.
BRITON FERRY NOTES. Heard Under the Town Clock. Before my next notes will appear the result of the District Council election will be made known, and what will be the position and condition of affairsThere arc six candidates trying for four seats on the Council. Tak- ing the general opinion of the electors, it is a matter of choice between about four of theb. To my mind. it is evident from "the man in the street." that before an intelligent interest will be taken in the election of Dis- rict Councillors, that the standard of selec- tion of candidates must be raised higher than it is at present. The chances of Aid. J. Hill we do not for one moment doubt. He has represented the ratepayers for many years; his influence is great, and unless people can bring forward a candidate of equal business capacity and influence, it is practically impossible to ever expect to oust him from his present position. From a ratepayer's standpoint, he has been an ideal member. Being a large ratepayer himself, he has at alI times so practised that viligance and diligence in watching and look- ing after the interest of the ratepayers that fault cannot be found with him in that direc- tion. Moreover, he has taken a keen interest in the development of the town; inasmuch as he is interested in the majority of the in- dustries, notwithstanding that he possesses a large number of the workmen's cottages, all of which will tend to brighten his chances at the poll. in view of the fact that there exists a split in the Labour camp. Mr. W. G. M. Jeffreys is evidently a. mem- ber who has played upon the feelings of a larg majority of the constituency. Xut that he has shown any great ability in tackling any great or important. point that has arisen, yet he has been most diligent in following up his points upon the sewerage of the town, especially in refeience to Giants' Grave, ot' which he is a native. He has also been very keen upon the management of the gas works; the kind of coal used there, and the means whereby the gas works could be made a pay- ing concern, iatlicr than a. dead loss as it is at present to the ratepayers. In view ot those facts his chances of success, to my mind, are very rosy indeed. Mr. D. Davies, who runs under the auspices of the Trades and Labour Council, and who is a tinplate rollerinan at the Baglan Tinplate Works, is at present chairman of the Council. I do not doubt for one moment about his re- turn. He has done noble work in the past, having been mast consistent in his voting, and a man who is above the average in intelli- gence. His past career will do much for him in securing a place amongst the elected, and I would say that it would be an everlasting disgrace to the working men of Briton Ferry is he was not returned on this occasion. 10 him solely are we indebted for the present public library and reading room. which has been such a great boon to the young men of the town. Further he has been the greatest credit to the working men of the town. Now we come to one of the junior members whom the Trades Council have endeavoured to overthrow while he has been in office. We liave failed to find fault with him individually though we have had occasion to be at logger- heads with the Labour members as a. body because they liave not advocated the views of those they represented, as in the case of the cemetery, but as an individual member Mr. Hewlett has done remarkably well. \e admire him for his courage in voting against his colleagues when the question of taking over a part of the ground of the gas works, which could not be spared, was discussed at a general meeting. Mr. Joseph Branch, the co-partner selected with Mr. Davies by the Trades and Labour C-ouncil, is, on the the whole, a verv intelli- gent man, and would undoubtedly prove such if elected. He should, under ordinary cir- cumstances, attract the support of working men. but (and I am sorry that I have to use the word) the mode adopted, in the estimation of a large majority of the constituency, to bring him within the fold, is not constitu- tional, and far from what we would have ex- pected from so august a body as the Trades a.nd Labour Council. Mr. Branch would stand a. far better chance if he contested the next election. The blunders of certain La- bour members could then be aireel with much more effect than at the present moment. There is much in choosing the opportune moment to fight, Let the Trades and Labour Council make a note of this. Mr. William Phillips is also a working man, employed as a moulds r. He has Kit for many years upon the Council. His great forto is that while upon the Council and chair- man of the Burial Board lie made the ceme- tery a paying concern. To mv mind there is not much 111 this fact. However, it cannot be said through his career that lie committed greater blunders, it as great, as the present Labour members we have upon the Council. Of one it may be said that "he never opens his mouth unless he puts his foot in it" We will have more to says probably on the next election about this member. One thing is evident, Mr. Phillips is going to give some trouble in this campaign. Summing the whole thing up in rny opinion would Ire as to the result of the poll:—First, and second, either Aid. J. Hill or D. Davies; third, Mr. W. G. M. Jeffreys. Then for fourth place a tight fight betwen H. J. Hew- lett and J Branch, giving the preference to Hewlett in view of the strange action of the Trade'' and Labour Council towards him. which aroused public sympathy on his behalf. The annual meetiuif of Briton Ferry Rate payers' Association was held on Friday, Mr. ] W. A. Steel presiding.—The Chairman said some people looked upon the Association as an institution that was tramp-ng upon the liberties of the eouncillo-s. but to his mind an is iritid ,i!t institution of that kind, properly conducted. was a source of assistance. He was afraid the ratepayers had been too neglectful in the past. They elected members upon public bodies, and thought nothing more about it but when they saw an increase in the rates they began to ciy. The better jilan was to inquire into the cause and see wnether they could not reduce the rates by taking a deeper and more intelligent interest in public affairs. —The Secretary (Mr. Ivor H. Gwynne) read the annual report, which referred to the lamented death of the president. Mr. Bedford. —The following officers were appointed — President. Mr. A. Steel, vice-president, Mr. Tallamy treasurer. Mr. H. H. Hunter secretary. Mr. I. H. (hvynne: executive. Messrs. D. Rees, Y\ Gi thin. E. Humphreys A. F. Taylor, W. Roberts, J. Thomas, D. Davies, G. Phillips. T. R. Benjamin, and R. Lewis,
I BURRY PORT NEWS. On Sunday Last, the Rev. in. Williams, Dowlais, preached at Tabernacle morning and evening. The half-yearly service of the English Con- gregation Church were held on Sunday and Monday last, when large congregations as- sembled to listen to excellent sermons de- livered by the Uev. Jenkin James, Haverford- west (English), and the Rev. J. EVan. Blyn (Llanelly; Welsh). The services were very bright anil the .singing very good. On Saturday the body of an unknown IlIan was washed ashore at the Cornel Mawr, Pem- brey. The body, which was it, a nude state, was terribly decomposed. Tliei held was missing, with one hand and a leg. The other parts of the body had scarcely any flesh on. The remains were taken to the Commercial Arms, Pembrey. and on Monday the remains were interred at the old Parish Church, St. Jlltyd. Mr. Davi'd Williams, contractor, wastltcundcitaker. The concert at Jerusalem next Tuesday promises to be a success The choir, which numbers 180 voices, will render Handel's oratorio "Saul," and the following eminent singers have been engaged for the occasion: Soprano. S. M. Lewis. A.RA.M. (Ebbw Yale); contralto, Lalla Parry. A.R.A.J\L. Oswestry; tenor, • lrevor Evans, A.R.A.M Morriston; bass, Mr. David Hughes, A.R.A.M.. Landore: and organist. W. T. Rolx'rts Bunv Port; leader of orches- tra, David Thomas. F.C-V- o.nductor.Frank King. A.C. ik Zion Sunday School quarterly meeting was 1 held on Sunday, Mr. Dd. Rees presiding, in the absence of the pastor. Mr. J. recited fiom Corinthians, and Mr. Dd. Wil- 1.1 4e p liams led in prayer. Welsh recitations were given by the following scholars:—Lily Mor- gan. Miriam Davies, Grismond Llovd, T. Mansel Williams, Charlotte Morgan,' R. John and Clo-s: (scripture) W. Uower Mor- gan. Dd. Richards. Treyor Williams, Jennie Williams, AV. C. Hare and class (scripture), and Kate Morgan. Solo," were rendered by Lizzie May Williams, Sophie Richards, Annie Griffiths and Hannah Hill, dialogues were given by M. II. David, Mary Harris and Sar, h Morris, Margaret A. I'.vans and Har- riet A. Stephens and Henry Davies and friend. Quartettes were rendered bv W. R. Leyshon, D. -I. Williams, M. John and H. Hill; duetts by II. Hill and M. John, H. A. and E. Stephens. Mr. J. Da vies closed with prayer, and Mrs. Lloyd accompanied at the organ. PK\IBlŒY SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the above School Board was lieiel at the Infant School on Fri- day. Mr. E. H. Wilson presided and there were also present, Messrs. Ed. Evans, Thos. Rees, Rev. J. l>avies, and the Clerk (Mr. W. H. Cox). The seal of the Board was affixed to the document authorising a loan of £ 1,100 for the new infant -school at Pwll. Mr. Lob- bett sent an application for an increase of salary. The Chairman said that last Christ- mas Mr. Lobbett had received his maximum salary, viz., £ 100 per year. Mr. Ed. Evans said that only a few months ago they had considered the application before, and lie did not think that they should increase his salary now. J Ie only reached his maximum last December, and it was rather early for him to apply again. Mr. rl hos. Rees said that Mr. Lobbett was the only teacher under the Board who received £ 100 a year.—The Chairman thought Mr. Lobbett did not re- ceive too much.—Mr. Ed. Evans moved that the matter stand over, and the motion was adopted —The Clerk reported that no tenders had been received for the alterations at the Infant School, Burryiort. and he was in- structed to advertise again. Mr. Ed. Evans proposed, and Rev. J. Davies seconded, that Gertrude Aldridge be again engaged for 12 months at the same salary, and that her in- denture be extended for the 12 months —Car- ricd.-The Clerk reported that he had seen the head teachers at Pwll re providing extra accommodation until the new school was ready, and that they had made the necessary ready, and that they had made the necessary aiTanffement. Arthur Holies was ap- pointed pupil teacher at the Pwll School the arrangement to date iiom January Lst.—It- was decided to grant the use of Trimsaraai and Pwll Schools for eisteddfodic purposes on the usual tenns.—-Mrs. Lloyd, Trimsaran, appeared before the Board to ask permission for her son to leave school to. assist her on the farm. Refused, through insufficient at- tendances.—It was decided to make a precept for £ 900 for the half-year This i.s the last precept that the Board will issue. This will mean a rate of 8d. in the £ The architect certified that the sum of £ 400 was due to the contractors for the new school at Burry Port.. making a, total of JB3,806 paid, and a cheque was drawn for that amount. I his was all tho business.
TLANSAMLET. At the Birchgrove G.W.H. Bill meeting, Mr. H. N. Miers had a most hearty reception. Of course, it must be borne in mind that it was a non-political one, or probably the re. verse would have beea the case. ifowever, .r,I the matter dealt with was for the general welfare of all, and when the resolution to canvass the inhabitants so as to give them t an opportunity to sign the petition in favour, the "show of hands went up like children's when at .school drill. Xo ,1 must not say that the vote was unani- 1110us, because there was Mr. Evan R. i Thomas' liand held up against. Yet, it is due to Mr. Thomas to explain that his chief objection was not against the petitioning. bat in the mode suggested to carry it into 1 efictt. lie was not •i'Scabie, ;1" a member of the P;sn Cf»an<-tl, to allow that bedy to ao the work. But, Mr. Thomas, what about tho.se promise.' daring election times? Why be afraid to do a little canvassing? Tt may come in convenient next time at the hustings This',splendid isolation" is unbecoming any public representative when the interests at stake are entirely fw the benefit of the rate- payer* as was the c.ise on this occasion. Some of the speeches made at the meeting were admirable for their brevity and solidity of purpose, while others merely wasted in their efforts to <ey something. One gen- tltinan. in particular, and he surely from his position in society should have known better. stood up so long and talked such nonsense, that the audience were tired and at last began to call "time" and stamp their feet. Some folks forgot that it was a business meeting. and not a "Cwrdd Mawr." There is one at least of the members of the if) Higher Parish who very ntlely sees eye to eye with his colleagues. We do not think it is because he is as wise as all the others put together; but there seems to exist a disposition of pique or something of that kind in the Council This should not be: one and ail are elected there to carry on the work for the ratepayers as a whole, and the sooner this is recognise dthe better. The Rev. Edward Morgan, of Unoll Road, Xeath, gave a most entertaining lecture at the Peniel Green English Congregational Church, Llansamlet. on Thursday evening. The sub- ject was "A hop. a .step, and a jump on the Continent." There was a large assemblage present. Mr. l'icluuel Rees was chairman. Llansamlet footballers have been rather quiet these last couple of weeks. Last Satur- day. however, they journeyed to Llanelly to meet the local Starlights, whom they failed to beat by two tries to nil. Llansa.nilet will phty Sketty on the Morriston ground on Satur. day next in a league match. On Tuesday evening the Parish Council held a special meeting, "to take into consid- eration a proposition that was carried at a public meeting held at Birchgrove on Tues- day last that the Parish Council should un- dertake to have a. petition signed by the in- habitants in favour of the proposed new rail- way by the G.W.R. Co. from Garnant, through Llansamlet to Neath and' Swansea" Mr. J. W. Jenkins presided, and it was re- solved to appoint two persons to carry out the work throughout- the parish. There was no other business dealt with calling for men- tion.
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PONTARDULAIS iiOTES. At Goppa Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, and at Calfaria Baptist Chapel, anniversary services were held on Sunday and Monday last. The officiating ministers a.t., Goppa were the Revs. Wm. Jones, Cross Hands, formerly of Morriston, and Maurice Griffiths, M.A., Llanelly; while the Revs. E Edmunds, Swansea-, and J. Jenkins. "Gwili," Porter- dulais, occupied the pulpit at Calfaria. There were good attendances at all the meetings throughout. The sheep dog trials will come off in June, and we are requested to state tha ttlie fol- lowing officials have already been elected :— Chairman, Mr. David White. Glyncaerau vice-chairman, Mr. Dd. Bonnel, Tynybonau; treasurer, Mr. Geo. W. Hughes Bird-in- Hand; and lion, secretary, Mr. Henry J. Urif- fiths, Forest. The prospects are said to be unusually bright and promising. A burglary is reported at the dwelling of Mr. J. Phillips, chemist. on Sunday evening last. Among the articles purloined are a gentleman's safety bicycle, some bread and cheese, and few coppers, and ten oranges. Tt. is to be hoped that the daring author of this outrage will soon be brought to bay Following the example of their Llanelly brethren, the Pontardulais tailors ha.ve struck for a better "log" this week. Mr. Brvne, a M anchester official of the Tailors' Union has been busy negotiating here, but at the time of writing no definite .settlement has been arrived at. Preparatory for their Easter festivals, the local Baptists and Congregationalists held rehearsals at Tabernacle and Hope respec- tively on Saturday evening. The singing showed that the training on the part of the vocalists taking part had been efficient and thorough—a good auguty for the success ot the "gymanfa." The long-expected match with Mountain Ash did not come off a i ter all, and' Pontardu- lais football el's were very much disappointed in consequence. The "Mount" owing to I frost-bound grounds, and other reasons, arte several matches in arrears in their Glamor- ganshire League engagements, and one of these, namely, that against Pontypridd. they had to deeido last, Saturday—hence the can. celling of the fixture with Pontardulais. The Pontatdnlais P.T. Centre team beat the Swansea P.T. Centre on Saturday at Morriston. The previous match at Pontardu- lais resulted in a win for the Swansea team by seven points to six. Tho visitors were superior on Saturday, and won by two tries to nil. Conspicuous on the side of the win- ners were Tom Davies (Gorseinon) full back, Dai Hughes, and Rob Jones. The visiting forwards were weak. Hendy Juniors were defeated at Penfre- chwyth by a try to nil. The Juniors have been doing exceptionally well of late, and the reverse was unexpected. r II
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LLANDOVERY NEWS A meeting of the Improvement Committee took Tilace at the King's. Head Hotel on .f'riday evening, under the presidency or the Mayor. The chief business was to discuss further aivapge.ifnts with reference to the brass band eonted-% etc., on Whit-Monday. With regard ta the site ior the meeting, M'r. H. V. Watkirs announced that Mr. Henry f Williams, (V.vclor House. was now wIllIng to rent the Castle field and mound for £6. and thereouc give a subscription of £1 to the fund.—It was unanimously resolved to accept the offer, the ground being considered the mo.:t centrally situated.— It was decided to rent out the catering for the day by public auction. Mr. J. P. j .nomas promising to pro- cure- an auctioneer free of charge.—Various minor matteis were also discussed. From the energy displayed by the committee at the meeting, tit" event ought to be carried out to a successful issue.—Mr. E. Pryee- Grifiith is the secretary to the tcxecutive and he can be depended upon to leave 110 stone unturned to attain such a desiied achieve- ment. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT R H ANDIRMWYN. The fortnightly Petty Sessions were held at the Town Hall on Friday last, the magis- trates present being: Mr. Charles P. Lewis, Llandingat (in the chair); Ah-. Thomas Rob- erts (Mayor), Mr. Isaac Haley, Glanbrane Park; and Mr. James Rees, Talgarth. The only ca"e for disposal was a very sade and pathetic one. It was a. charge preferred by P.C. David lliomas. (dycwm, against Jane Jones, a. widow, residing at Pengorof, Rhan- dirmwyn, with attmepting to commit suicide* by taking poison on the 23rd inst.—Jennie Jones said that she was a daughter of the prisoner, and resided at Pengvof. She re- membered last Monday, at 8.30 a.m.. she found her mother was not in bed. She got up and went out tb see where she was. She then saw her coming out of the garden. Wit- ness noticing there was something wrong with her. asked her what was the matter. She replied that she had taken poison, and that she had thrown the bottle into the gar- den. Witness asked her where she got the battle iroui. and .she :r,:d that she had found it.. in the cupboard in the kitchein. Her mother then vomited. The bottle (produced) was the one found in the garden. Witness then called in some neighboms. She had seen her mother crying very much on the previous Sunday. She did not ask, her why she had taken the poison. She had never noticed anything wiong with her.—Bv the Bench: She. had never known her mother do anything like this before. She considered there was something troubling her mind. Her father died last November.—Anne Richards, of Nantbay, widow, deposed that at the- re- quest of the last witness she went to the prisoners house on Monday last and found her sitting on a chair. She said "] don't know what is the matter with me. I have done something 1 ought not to have done, and I think I shall die." She asked witness to send for a doctor. In her opinion, pris- oner had not been for the last two years of strong mind. Nothing in her conversation or manners had led her to assume that, she would do anything of the kind.—By the Bench: Prisoner wasi always crying, but culd give no reason for it. She was in com- fortable circumstances. Dr. E. X. Berry- man stated that 011 Monday afternoon last. he was called to Xantymwyii to see the prisoner. He found, on enquiy, that she had taken some liniment given to her late husband in November last to allay pain in his leg. The active properties of this lotion were aconite and belladonna. On reaching the house, he found the prisoner in bed suf- fering apparently more from mental upset, than the effects of poison. That she had taken belladonna, was evident from the condition of the pupils of her eyes. He found that she had taken about two drams of the liniment, which was probably insufficient to cause any serious results. He gave her a stimulant and some strychnine. He could get nothing proper out of her. and considered it the best plan to order her removal to the Workhouse. She was mentally depressed. He thought she might have understood her actions, but a suicidal patient was a difficult one to look after. He thought it would be safer to remand her to the Workhouse, as he would not care to let her out on bail., He thought he could certify her removal to the asylum.—By the Bench: He had seen her twice since she had been at the Workhouse. She was in a state of intense depression and not fit to be at large. Melancholia was pos- sibly the chief cause.—P C. David Thomas, Cdycwm. proved arrest, stating that prisoner made no reply to the charge.—David Evans, master at the Workhouse .testified that since she- had been at the Workhouse, he only found the prisoner mentally depressed, epsecially when she spoke about the occurrence. Other- wise she seemed happy. The magistrates retired, and on returning, the chairman an- nounced tha.t, as the doctor would sign a. cer- titicatc for her removal to Carmartheri Asylum, the prisoner would be discharged, On the following day the unfortunate woman was conveyed to the asylum. LLANDINGAT GUILD "WIND-UP" As' a "wind-up" to the meetings of the Young People's Guild for the past winter, a "tea, light" took place at the e try of the Memorial Chapel on Thursday atternoon. A large number sat down to a capital repast, catered in admirable style by Mr. 1. Roberts, 1 Jubilee Crown Stores. In the evening an entertainment was held at the Drill Hall, the chair being ably tilled by Mr. A. Finc- ham- 'Lb'- hall was crowded, and thanks to the efforts of Mr. Esmond, an excellent pro- gramme was prepared. The Chairman said that the Guild had now been in existence since October, 1901, and the main objects ot the Society weie to provide a series of en- tertainments during the winter months, and also to draw and discover what latent talent existed amongst the young people of Llan- dovery. These objects blot been realised beyond expectation, and he congratulated theni upon the result. The guild, however, was not altogether for entertainment, but instruction, and the general weal and welfare of all parties concerned. (Cheers.)—An ex. cellent pianoforte duett was then given by Miss M. J. Thomas, and Miss Deans which was brilliantly executed.—Mrs. Agnes Lewis (Lla.nwrda) then treated the audience to an admirable rendering of "Angus Macdonald." Her beautiful contralto voice was heard to lwrfectioll in the rendition, and she scored a great success. To a vociferous encore, she responded with a. Welsh song. Mr. Wilfred Morgan (Llandilo) next appeared and sang two capital comic songs. Mr D. O. Jone." (LIanddo) afterwards gave a telling rendition of the line old solo "UwLtd y Canu, and re- ceived well merited applause. The succeed- ing item wa.s the character song, "Never see mamma any more" by Mr. Morgan Thomas, Llandilo. who always is a prime favourite with a Llandovery audience He proved in capital form, and to a loud encore, rendered "Well I couldn't help but laugh, which made even the most serious person amongst the assemblage 'jvouldn't help" himself. Mis.s C. Griffiths Major contributed a pretty solo- in her usual creditable style. Mr. Webb (Lla.neilvi then delivered a stump speech by way of a change, and gave some capital local hits whieh created roars of laughter. The poor "Pig Stye Committer" came in for some littio good humoured chaff. The song, "Holy City" was sung in fine style by Miss Owen, and her effort was greeted with applause. Songs followed bv Mr. D. O. Jones and Wil- fre.d Morgan. M'r. Webb then played "Kill- arnev' and "Bells of Aberdove-y" on the mandoline- in a clever maner. '1'he conclud- ing contribution was a comic song entitled "Madame Eliza" by Mr. Morgan Thomas. This was one of the most successful items of the evening. his clever mimicry of the hypnotist creating roars of laughter and applause.-—-On the- proposition of the Mayor, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the chairman and all others who assisted towards the evening's amusement. The singing of the National Anthem concluded a very suc- cessful entertainment. Mis* M. J. Thomas, Rock Cottage, accompanied Miss Owen in her song, whilst Miss Saunders Thomaa, Belmont. House. iK-.ted as. accompanisf in the remaining solos. LLANDOVERY WATER RATES. "Fairplay" writes:—-Permit me a small space through tho medium of your valuable paper to draw the attention of the LIandov- ery Town Council to tho above Act (Water Clauses Acf, 1863.) The Council, having charged extra, water rate on persons who keep carriages, etc., for hire, will they take the same steps to levy the extra. wa.ter rate' on tradesmen and others in the town who use the Corporation water for purposes other than domestic? By so doing the rates, of the borough would be greatly reduced, and the town in general will also be treated alitce and legally according to the Act above re- ferred to. LLANDOVERY V. CARMARTUEN. The Llandoverians journeyed to Carmar- then on Saturday afternoon last to play the return fixture' with a team representing the county town. Llandovery were considerably weakened by the absence of A. Hoare at eeni-re half, his place being taken by J. Preece. The team otherwise was at its full strength, and appeared determined to bring back the precious record untarnished. The Carmarthenites were strongly represented, and were equally determined to smudge the record. The teams fielded at five o'clock a.s follows.-—■ LLANDOVEKY.—Goa,). S. H. Price; full backs, 1). Edgar Williams and Edgar Evans; halves, J. James, Dan Jenkins, and J. Preece; forwards, Dan Jones, E. Carne Witliams, Harry Watk'ins, A. Ingram, and Gilbert Jones. CARMARTHEN.- -UOill. Reed; full backs, T. Jones and Annand; halves, Hearder, Isnac and Evans; forwards, Yorath, White, Sul- livan, Oliver, and U. P. Owen. After the bully off, play was of an e. n character for the first 15 minutes, neither side gaining material advantage. Subse- quently the Carmarthen forwards got away with a determined rush. Sullivan passed to White, who, dribbling neatly, got inside the circle, and with a. cross hit drew first blood for the homesters. The visitors on the re- start. played with renewed vigour, and ex- acted several corners, but could not do the trick. Watkins on one occasion just missed the posts by inches only. This was all the scoring during the first half. On the change of ends, Llandovery at once made a det?r. iiK.iied onslaught on the home citadel, but capital defence by Reed prevented any score Carmarthen now attacked repeatedly, but the visiting-defence could not be penetrated. Dan Jones made several nice dribbles along the wing, but was rather slow in centreing. Try what they would, the homesters seemed equal to all attacks. Ten minutes from the con- clusion, Carmarthen weie still leading, and the record seemed gone. But Harry Wat- kins at last got. off beating several opponents, transferred to Dan Jones, and the latter passed to Came WiH'ams. u ho secured in a favourable position. Carrie WSJliains steadied himself, and with a. "stinger" sent the ball between the uprights, and thus equalised the scores. From now to the con- cluding stages of the game, Llandovery held the upper hand, Watkins and Dan Jones having hard linea in not scoring. The game thus ended in a draw, and the Llandoverians again proved thai they could maintain their record, although they were playing on a. strange ground with a disorganised team. FINAL SCORE: LLANDOVERY 1 goal. CARMARTHEN 1 goal. COMMENTS OX THE GAME. The game wars a fast and exciting one, as anticipated. Carmarthen opened the scor- ing, but "luck" seemed dead against the Llan- doverians doing likewise, for a considerable time, notwithstanding repeated attacks and well aimed shots. As time wore on, the excitement grew intense, and the Llandov- eiians strained every muscle to score. Just ten minutes from the close, Carne, with a lovely shot, equalised matters, and thus ter- minated a capital tussle, fought on a very .slippery and heavy turf. The play of the Llandoverians was, however, a good deal below form, several of the players being "off colour." Hoare was badly misled at half, and this probably had something to do with the exhibition. Very little combination was attempted, and I will not endeavour to in- dividualism the; flayers. The Carmarthen men, on the other hand, played a splendid game, both in attack and defence, and regis- tered a creditable "draw." The pick of the players were Heed. Jones, Isaac, White and Sullivan. Next Saturday Llandovery are at home. their opponents being the Swansea. Celtic. This is the last match on the lixture card, and I prophecy a substantial win for the homestcis. "SCRIBBLER." M. H. Nichols luiving now retired from hockey, has again taken up football. He plays with the Pontardulaiis team, and in his initial match, scored a brilliant try. COMPETITIVE AWARDS CRITICISM, 1 Mr. Ebenezer Jones, Llandovery, writes Under the above heading "Musician" poses as a better judge than the gentlemen se- lected for the purpose at the recent competi- tive meeting at Salem, Llandovery. It is a pity such an one should ha.ve been overlooked for the purpose, and thus "Waste his fra- grance 011 the desert air." However, if "Mu- sician" will reveal his identity. no doubt on another occasion the committee will duly honour him with the adjudication. It is j rather hard, however, upon the gentleman who was trusted and thought quite compe- tent for the dutv. and who*~e adjudication, I think, and others think, notwithstanding the "opinion of musicians and scores of others ?" was fair and just. The remark that "they should see that adjudicators are not only competent but non-residents" is a gra- tuitous reflection upon the judgment of the committee, who I fancy contain amongst them critic* equally as competent to judge the right man to adjudicate as "Musician." Opinions differ, and are allowed to differ, but a little modesty would well become "Mu- sician" in giving Ills opinion.
SWANSEA PARKS PAVILION. Committee to Discuss the Site. The Parks Committee of the Swansea Cor- poration met on Tuesday, Aid. Spring presid- ing. THAT WINTER GARDEN. Discussing the question of the Winter Gar- den, the Chairman said that so far from being an extra incubus on the rates it would be. self- supporting, and only cost £ 250 a year for up- keep. If the pavilion were to be proceeded with it ought to be got ahead with at once. If not, the building will be finished at the back end of the season, when it would not be required. Immediate steps should be taken. —Mr. Payne said the question of site ought to be decided on at once.—Mr. Solomon moved that the Committee meet on the spot, and dis- cuss the matter before the next Council ioe-1 ing.—Mr. Mill seconded, and the resolution was carried. STALLS IN THE PARK. Mr. Solomon said he had been approached bv several people regarding the erection of stalls in the Victoria Park for the sale of ;('- j neshments, tobacco, etc. He moved a small advertisement be inserted in the local press for tenders. The, I'lit' etc., are to Ix, f()I- t season onlv. and moveable.—Carried. THE ESTIMATES. The resulution of the Sub-Committee to re- duce the Park staffs ill order to lessen ex- penses for 1903, came, up for confirmation.— Mr. Dominett said he thought it was a pecu- liar thing they were starting at the weakest component part of the parks" expenditure.—It was explained that owing to a resignatiem and a transfer to Dyfatty Park, only one -nan would be discharged, and not three, as origi- nally mtended.-Tht, S,lh-Committec" recom- mendations were adopted. Acmcus. Lord George Sanger's Circus was given per- mission to use Victoria Park for two days in the second week in Jute at a rent of £ 50. PROPO" ;:D PARK FOR MORRISTON UPPER, Mr. Rowel Lewis raised the ques'ion of providing a recreation ground for the upper part of Morriston, and moved a resolution that Sir Robert Morris and Admiral Lyons oe asked to give from four to six acres of land situate tinder Clasemont.—Ihe members de- cided to inspect- the proposed site.
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CWMAVON MYSTERY INQUEST. Jury Returns an Open Verdict. BouUra Disagree: COFOLer Inter- venes. At Cwmavon Police Station on Tuesday, Mr. Howel Cuthbertson held an enquiry into the. death of John Evans, 24, Gower-street, Cwmayon, whose body was found in the Cwm. avon Steelworks Pond on Sunday afternoon. Prior tc the opening of the inquiry, the scene of the fatality was visited by the Coroner, Police-superintendent Davies. Inspector Mac- donald. Sergt. Herbert, and Mr. Moses Thomas, solicitor for the relatives. The fore- man of the jury was Mr. Thomas Roberts. Jane Evans. 14, Gower-street (widow of the. deceased), said that John Evans was her hus- band. He w is 46 years of age next birthday, and was occupied as a shearer at the steel- works. She saw him last at 6 o'clock on. Saturday, when he left the house to go to Pantdu to a meeting of the Steelsmeiters' Union He had about 13s. in his pocket when he went out. She sat up until nearly one o'clock waiting for him on Sunday morning, ana went down the road a little distance to look for him. On Sunday morning she went down to deceased's brother's house at Caerau- du, but they had not seen him. She and her oivth-i then event to the Abora-.on Police Sta- th-n. :111'[ %vli-!i she returned .-he .HIv.- a body ii the pond. She inquired whoce body it was, and they would not satisfy It r, but vcme one was told to tak.' her home. The AVitiie-s here, broke into tears. Elizabeth La wis, Foresters' Arms, Pantdu. said that Evans came to her house betAveen 6 anel 7 o'clock on Saturday night to ]5ay his club, which AV;IS held in her house. He had a. bottle 01 stout and a glass of beer. He left and again returned about 10.30. He again had t™ bottles of steut. in company with his friend Philip DaviThere was no quarrel of any kind, the two men being the best of irienels. Both men left the house at five mmutos to eleven. Both had "a drop of ehenk/ but were quite- capable of walking. Sir1 e not My they were sober. De- I ,,¡: r( not take any drink with him. bat t,.Il;: ar,) pint bottles of b. r with hi: Tin Louu-s taken away re a kind of blue and AA'iiite. lIte buttJè" produced (one whole nnd on broken^ Avere similar in size and colour to ];(;c.: taken away by deceased's companion. By Mr. 3'o-es Thomas: \Ylun deceased came to the house he Ava< quite steady. Philip Davies lnel bevm in the house all the eArening. All deceased had to drink was a pint of stout. Deceased, when he left the house, was quite sensible, and could talk alright. He said "Good-night." She was sue another bottle produced was not taken by D ivies. Philip Davies, Bryn" (decea.s- d's com- panion). said he was a fireman, and was at the Foresters' Arms 011 Saturday night. The deceased was there before him, but he (wit- ness) remained there and deceased left and came back about 10.30. He and deceased left the "Foresters" about five minutes to eleven. He (witness) had two pints of beer. One bottle was like the one produced—dark—and the other like another OIlt" produced—light. They both called after leaving the "Foresters" in a little shop at Pantdu. Deceased bought some apples. There is a step up to the shop, and when deceased was coming out he fell over the step. Deceased got up himself. They Both then went up the road and parted by the Tinworks Lodge, deceased going the road to the right and he. witness, the road to the left—the latter going past the pond, and the former going up the hi'l away from the pond. He asked deceased if he (Aritness) should rtc- company him home, and he refused. De- ceased was under the influence of drink. No one else came up the road with them. When deceased fell at the shop he did not cut his face. It was about 11.15 when they parted. He (witness) Avotit home. He }¡cat¡J on Sunday that a. bottle was found on the road. In the works David Ree« gave him a bottle of beer, which he said he found on the road. The bottle was half full, and he (witness) drank it. He saw nobody or any conveyance after leaAing deceased. The Coroner: Why did you ask Evans if: you should accompany him home? Witness: Because he was staggering. The Coroner No Avoids took place between you? Witness Xo, sir. David Pees, 28, Pelly-street. Cwmavon, de- posed to finding the pint bottles of beer. Ha could see- no sign of 3. struggle on the road. He took a hat lying on the road home. At 2 o'clock en Sunday he heard that deceased! was missing. He looked at the hat. and then recognised it as deceased's He- knew the hat, but never dreamt at first of its being Evans'. He, deceased, and Philip Davioa Avorked together. George Pcnn, hairdresser, Cwmavon. said that he eras in his Aberavon shop on Saturn- day. He closed at 11.30. He lived in Cwm- avon. He Avalked home, and was passing the pond at 12.10 a.m. He saw what lie thought was a parcel on the road. He kicked it. If it was the hat (produced) it W;18 very flat. He .threw it down again. He only saw one matt in front of him as far as Velindra, and the man Avent into a house. P.C Tarr, stationed at Cwmavon, gava evidence as to the finding of the body. At this stage of the proceedings Mr. Moses Thomas, solicitor, made an application for tho adjournment of the inquiry. The Coroner: Why? Mjr. Thomaja: I am sorry to mako the ap- plication, but I do so on behalf of Mrs. Evans. deceased's widow, and her relatives, who were very anxious that Dr. Williams, their medical attendant, should have, been pre- sent at the- post-mortem on Monday. Dr. Williams had gone into the room, but Dr. Keiberts sharply ordered a constable to ask him to leave. Dr. Williams did, »o, but after- Avanls he consulted me, Avhen I saw Dr. Rob- erts atrl persuaded him to allow Dr. Wii- liams to attend. He promised to do so. Dr. Williams wired to the coroner, and on receiv- ing his reply went to the house, only to finej the post-mortem had been concluded. Coroner: What is your application? Mr. Thomas: To give Dr. Williams an op. portunity to conduct an examination of the body. He was sorry to trouble the coroner .and the jury, but Mrs. Evans was anxious to know what ''aused her husband's death. Coroner: She will know that from Dr., Huberts presently. P.S. Herbert: I was not there. Mr. Menses Uionnis: No, a constable was in charge. The Coroner said he would not proceed with the inquiry. He couldn't have the- time of the jmy taken up by squabbles between doctors. Mr. M. Thomas I am making my applica- tion on behalf of the widow and children. The Coroner: I shall go on with the in- quiry (To Superintendent Davies). Do vou. wish to have it adjourned to c.t,ll further evi- denev. Superintendent Rivies No, sir. We hare- made all possible enquiries and do not thit-k we can take the matter any further. There seems to have been no struggle near flie spot; at aaiy rate careful investigation has disclosed1 IK ne. Dr. R. W. Roberta (Owmavan) deposed tc making a superficial examination of the body The face was covered with blood and mud. There was a wound under the right eye, which was a clean cut, two inches in length, horse- shoe in shape. Both lungs were much dis- tended, almost overlapping the neart, anel pressing close to the- ribs. The stomach con- tained water c*f a dark muddy colour. All the other organs were normal and healthy, The cause of death was asphyxia, due to drowning. The Coroner: How do you think the cut was caused? ^Witness: Some- siheirp itjfstrumeut. probably glass. The Coroner: The cut was not the cause of 'death? Witness: No A Juror Could the cut be caused by an un- broken bottle Witness I don't think 00. I do not think the cut could have lx ou caused by a convey- ance. The Coroner then directed the jury to re- turn an open verdiet The Jury accordingly did so. Mr. Moses Thomas asked for the ruling of the Cot oner—for future guidancc-as to who ther a relative had a right to liave a medical adviser present when a post mortem was being made. The Coroner said Dr. Williams would ha ve been able to have been. present had he com- municated with him (the coroner) before. Mr. Moses Thomas: Dr. Roberts ordered him out of the room. The inquiry afterwards concluded