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THE CAPITAL & COUNTIES BANK tLl-Ni ITED) ESTABLISHED 1834. SUBSCRIBED CAPITAL £ 7,850.COO PAID-UP CAPITAL 1,570,000 RESERVE FUND 800,0C0 HEAD OFFICE-39, THREAD NEEDLE-STREET, LONDON. METROPOLITAN BRANCHES.—35, King street, Covent Garden; 23 Fleet-street, E.C.; 3, Broad-street-place, E.C.; 115, Fore-street, E.C.; 50, Upper-street, Isling- ton 347, Gray's Inn-road, W.C. 25, Ludgate-hill; 151 and 155, Newington lee Causeway; 125, Oxford-street; 195, Edueware-road 65, Piccadilly; 210, Com- merc'ai-road, E. 145, High-street, dhoreditch; 383., Victoria-street, Westmin- -eet, V ster 20, Green's-end, Woolwich; and 384 COUNTRY BRANCHES AND AGENCIES. SWANSEA DOCKS. PONTARDAWE. PON TARDU LAIS. j FREDC. EDWARDS, MORRISTON. ( Manager. GORSEINON. [ CLYDACH. I MUMBLES. J SEVENTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPO RT, presented to the Shareholders at the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, held at the Head Office of the Bank, at 39, Thread- needle-street, London, on Wednesday, the 25th day of July, 1906, at Twelve o'clock noon. The Gross Profit for the Twelve months ending 501a June, 1906, after making provision for bad and dou btfi'l debts, paying Income- after making provision for bad and dou bt£d debts, paying Income- tax, and deducting Rebate on BilU current, amounts to £ 739,937, 8 10 From which has been deducted the General Expenditure of the Com- pany, including Dnectors' Allowances ar-d annuities to retired Offi- AfKl 1 Qn 17 10 cers, amounting to Leaving a net profit of 535,746 11 0 To which has to be added the bala-nce of prolit carried forward at 30th June, 1S05 50j094 16 6 Together. 385,841 7 6 From which there has already been deductec1 the divi- dend declared in JaEuary last at the rate of 18 per cent. per annum, free of Income- tax £ 137,250 0 0 The directors now declare a further dividend lor the past six months at 18 per cent. per annum, also free of Income-tax. 141,300 0 0 'And appropriate as follows :— To reduction of the cost of Premises. 15,000 0 0 II Reduction of the cost. of Consols. 30,000 0 0 Officers' Superannuation Fund. 10,000 0 0 Together 333.550 0 0 Leaving tc be carried forward to next account.. 52,291 7 6 £ 335,841 7 6 BALANCE-SHEET, JUNE 30th, 1906. LIABILITIES. Capital, viz. — 157,(XX) Shares of £ 50 each, £ 10 paid. £ 1,570,000 0 0 157,000 Shares of L.50 each, £ 10 paid. £ 1,570,000 0 0 Reserve Fund •••• — 800,000 0 0 Amount due on Current Deposit and other Acounts, including provi- sion ,-r bed and doubtful debts and depreciation of invest- v t m<snt>s •' 3-4,373.792 12 8 Acceptances covered by cash or securities 73-3 -93 C 1 Endorsements on Foreign Bills negotiated. 13,706 2 9 Net Fronts £ 365,841 7 6 January Dividend ~x37 00 July Dividend. 141 0 0 Reduction of the cost of Premises. 15,000 0 0 Reduction of the cost of Consols. 30 0 0 Officers' Superannuation Fund. 10,000 0 0 333,550 0 0 > 52,291 7 6 £35,553,088 3 0 ASSETS. Cash at Head Office, Branches, and Bank of Eng- land £ 4,912,642 8 9 Money at call and short notice 3,997,260 17 4 £ 8,909,903 6 1 Investment* Consols and other British Government Securities (of which 290,712 12& 3d. is lodged for Pulslic Accounts) £ 2,494,284 3 7 India Government Stocks, British Railway De- benture and Preference Stocks, and Colonial Government Stocks and Bonds. 1,507.914 8 8 English Corporation Stocks and other In vestments 815,620 9 2 —-————— 4,817,819 1 5 £ 513,727,722 7 6 Bills discounted, loans, and other accounts 20,104.393 18 9 Liability of Custcmers for Acceptances, as per contra. 733,298 0 1 Livl ity of Customers for Endorsements, as per contra. 13,706 2 S ing Premises in London and Country 968,967 13 11 £ 35,553,088 3 0 E. B. MERRIMAN, ) G. A. HARVEY, 1 Joint General W. GARFIT, Directors. E. D. VAISfiY, j Managers. HENRY KIMBER, J. J. MACDONALD, Chief Accountant. In accordance with the provisions of th^ta-a Cefcpanies Act, 1900, we certify that all our requirements as Auditors have been complied with. We have satisfied our- selves of the correctness of the Cash Balances, and have examined the Securities held against the Money at Call and Short Notice, and those repreeentinc the Investments of the Bank, and having examined the foregoing Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Ac- count with the Books of the Bank we report to the Shareholders tl at, in our opinion. the Balance Sheet is a full and fair Balance Sheet, and properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of the Bank's affairs as shown bv the Books of the Bank. TURQUAND, YOUNGS and Co., 18th July, 1906. Auditors. Swansea Branch-FREr. EDWARDS, Manager.
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Ite Cambrian. FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 1906. NOTES ON MEN & THINGS Under a portrait of the late archdruid in a Breton guide appears the legend "Hwfa Mox." "English was very prevalent at Swansea on the proclamation day, but the Arch- druid spoke in Welsh."—("London Kelt.") Mr. W. Brace, M.P., and Mr. J. Ward, M.P. (the latter the navvies' organieer), were among the company at the Mumbles Pier on Sunday. The "Cardigan and Tivyside Advertiser" gives an account of t.he Mynyddbach ordina- tion. and adds: "The membership exceeds 4,0C0. The population of Mynyddbach is about 750. "Greetings from under Count Tolstoy s hospitable roof" was the contents of a post- card received from the Vicar of Aberper gwm (Rev. G. Ll. Thomas, M.A.) by an East \\ales alderman. t ( t Mrs. Bruce Glasier, who has been lectur- ing at Swansea for the Independent Labour party, is a sister of Professor Conway, for- merly of Cardiff, now of Owens College, Manchester. In 1889 Mrs. Glasier won an honours degree in classics at Newnham Col- lege, Cambridge, and was afterwards ap- pointed classical mistress at Redlands High School, Bristol. Incidents connected with the cotton weavers' strike in 1890-1 made her a. Socialist, and she resigned her posi- tion to teach in one of the poorest schools under the Bristol School Board. Mrs. Gla- sier (then Mrs. Katherine St. John Conway) soon afterwards accepted work as a lecturer for the Fabian Society. RUSSIA. 'With bated breath the world awaita The Dum-ais epita.p-h, For revolution red maiy write Ain awesome paragraph. A power blind, a people dumb, With naught betwixt tbe twain But elements of quarrel dåre- The drama grows amain. That power perforce must sightless seem Wnich seeks to starnd alone, i *ears hear the nation's voice, ] Nor heeds the nation's groan. I And all devoid of right divine To wring a people's heart. With caLkmsness and wreck its right To play a people's part. The voiceless giailt in his throes May learn his strength at last And read the wreckers onoe again Lost J^sotia of th-e past Swansea. VOX. English law is held up to the eyes of t.he world a,s a model for unreserved admiration. The present Assizes at Swansea, do not bear that out at all. The slander action brought by the Rev. Joseph Gimblett, gf Aiorriston, to clear his impagned honour, entailed costs that to the avenge man would be enormous. Then th.-T€ is the Gowerton compensation claim, only decided on Wednesday after three days' hearing, in which about fifty witnesses had been involved. A man who lost his leg at a railway station whilst re- turning home to Gowerton from the New Zealand v. W ales match at Swansea, sues the L. and N.W.R. Company for compensa- tjon. The facts of the case were simple ;,n,ougli, but the enormous volume of hair- splitting and long-winded iteration would have done credit to a synod of Scotch meta- physicians. Many other cases are also be- ing drawn out to lengths which, contrasting the time 6penton expounding of controvert- ing their merits with the actual facts in dispute, are ridiculous. The judges them- sc s would doubtless make short work of this intoxicating exuberance of verbosity. But, as matters stand, they have far too small a personal role to play. It is all to the in'. rests of justice, no doubt, that a QaSe shall be thoroughly thrashed out, but it is decidedly detrimental to the blind-folded goddess in the long-run have the course of litigation rendered not only costly but wea.ri- somely protracted. Mr. S. T. Evans, K.C., M.P., took bold of the East by the ears and boxed them at Swaoeea Assizes. "In iohe East it was said that Cardiff and Barry were ahead of Swan- sea." The member for Mid-Glamorgan wouldn't have that at any price. The Mumbles Pier appears to have the monopoly of one particular coincidence. Whenever there are Saturday and Sunday attractions arranged so sure as the sun sets it will rain on the Saturday and clear up for the Sunday. Those hunting for "morals'* will find a slippery one here. t "Most people are agreed that Father Vaughan's strictures on smart societv He unduly severe, but no one doubts that gam- bling goes on in exalted ranks, and IUWy fashionable dressmakers could throw some light upon its extent. The Countess of Jer- sey was one of the first to draw attention to the subject, and her strong words attracted no little attention .and controversy."— "Daily Telegraph." Madame Patti's greatest Royal friend was the old German Emperor. When sing- ing at Hamburg, he sent her a message requesting her to walk with him in the morning wbi'e he drank the waters. "Cer- tainly not," was her reply, "I get up early fcr no King in Europe." In later years, however, when hits Majesty sent word to Madame Patti to visit him in his box, being unable to go behind the scenes, she said to him with tears, "Oh, now, sire, I would run anywhere to see you." A much needed judicial reform has been effected by the publication of tho order in Council on Tuesday, which amalgamated Carmarthen, Pembroke and Cardigan, for the purposes of assize court business; too assize to be held a' Carmarthen. Brecon and Kadnor have "Joo been invited to form assize oourt o. VII. These districts, as often as not present the assize judge with white gloves, and a quite useless expense has been caused by the barren, have had very £ »hort calendars. Although in matters of petty morality they are neither better nor worse than their more populous neighbours of Glamorgan, » » » > » The attention of the Local Government Board has been called by an indignant Swansea commercial gentleman, Mr. W. G. Foy, to the scandal connected with the tip- ping oi the town's refuse into barges at the docks. The Local Government Board passed the letter on to the Streete Com- mittee, which met oil Tuesday to consider it, and the Barging Sub-committee is to liave the ultima.te solution of the problem, which has been an unmitigated nuisance. smell, on many of the oppressively hot. days we have had recently, has been dis- gusting. and any light' breeze suffices to impregnate the air with dust and microbes m uncountable millions, to say nothing of evil odours. And in one of the busiest commercial regions of the port. It is obvious that the very positive state- ment of Col. Wright, vice-chairman of tne Port Talbot Dock and Railway Co., that-^he Great Western Company had not made any arrangement for the latter property simi- lar to the one entered into with the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway, has left investors still sceptical. Col. Wright de- clared that there had been no negotiations to that end, aior that any were likely. Nevertheless, in the belief that some- thing of the kind is about to take place, speculators have been buying up the shares of the company, and thereby forcing up their prices. The rise already cannot be at- tributable to the progress the company is making-, and there is evidently a disposi- tion to regard the contradiction of the re- port of an amalgamation as purely diplo- matic in character. One never, knows what objects a great railway company like the G.W.R. may have in mind, but with only such information as is available to the ordinary public, we cannot see what possible purpose would be served by the practical absorption of the smaller line. Bathing fatalities are apt to be common at this time of the year, and it behoves every person to be careful less by his con- duct he ma.y induce groundless fears regard- ing his safety. At Langland on Friday 'ast two swimmers, perhaps unoonsciously, gave the people on shore the impression that they were in difficulties; an alarm was raised, and Howells, of the refreshment stall at Rotherslade, put himself to considerable inconvenience, and several young men imper- illed their own safety by their efforts to assist in what they believed to be a neces- sary work of rescue. When the two swim- mers were reached, it was found, however, that they were in no danger, and naturally the feeling among the people who had been so excitedly watching them was one of keen reseptment. In swimming far out from land, especially on a day when there was a heavy ground swell, the twain were certainly taking unnecessary risks. A larger percent- age of swimmers than non-swimmers are drowned for the reason that the former are emboldened by a knowledge of their skill 110 incur avoidable dangers, with the result that since they are as liable to cramp as anybody else, the rescue is generally more difficult to accomplish. The statement was made in one of he evening papers a week or two ago that the customary internecine stride was absent from the deliberations of the National Eis- teddfod Musical Committee; that up to then acute differences were confined to the Literary Committee. It is just possible that the musicians were praised somewhat pre- maturely and before they had entered upon the really difficult part of their work. It now transpires that there was some little friction over the selection of the adjudica- tors, and in the opinion of persons compe- tent to judge this is likely to be appreciably aggravated when the time comes for select- ing the conductor for the Eisteddfod ohoir and the principal vocalists for the Eistedd- fod concerts. In these matters personal feeJ- ings are apt to play an exceedingly aggres- sive part. Both Mr. Donald Lott and Mr. J. D. Thomas have friends on the com- mittee prepa.red each one to strenuously support his fancy, and it is to be feared that narrow and even /personal prejudices will enter largely into the final decision. It is just possible however th-nt the majority of the members Tightly dreading a conflict of views may attempt a biddle course by pur- suadirxg their colleagues to agree to a unanimous request being made to the Chair- man Mr. R. C. Jenkins to undertake the Conductorship of the Eiatedffod Choir. Mr. Jenkins has thrown himself into the work with great spirit and earnestness and no one can challenge his competency as con- ductor assuming that his services can be procured. He is a.n able musician with a Royal Academy training, and as conductor of the o. oe famous Llanelly cboir, won the highest position in choral circles. iMore than that he acted on at least one occasion as adjudicator for the chief choral com- petition of the National Eisted fad. There is a LJandebie in Brittany. The Welsh delegates passed through it on their way to the festival at St. Brieuc, and at least two members of the party were natives of the Carmarthen village of too same name. Captain Crayshow, an officer of the 19th Hussars, on sck leave, travelled from Ply. mouth to Swansea last week-end to judge how the band of his regiment was getting on. As president of the regimental band committee, he is keenly interested in the work of the musicians, and was greatly delighted Wth the general commendation bestowed upon them. He was with the Hussars at Lady- smith, and the hardships there suffered left their mark on him. There is no school of any kind on Lundy Island, and the children are dependent for their education upon their parents. In this little sea-girt kingdom there are only thirty people all told, but there is accommodaton in the church for 200. One of the curiosities of the island, which is best appreciated when viewed from a distance, is a huge bull, one of whose curiosities is that of sitting on his haunches just like a dog. The islanders call this gentleman "sitting bull." Wonderful how interested Dr. Rawlings grew directly the words "bars at the Star Theatre" were used at the Works Commit- tee on Tuesday. Of course, there was noth- ing to be said, the Council having already committed itself to the bars. But there was on the doctor's face that which raid more plainly than words could, "You won't rush this thing without discussion next year, as you did while I was laid up with a bad head Perhaps it won't pay Mr. Coutts to spend too much money on his bars. The doctor's head has now grown quite well. -+-- One fact very discomforting to Swansea people has been brought to light by the ap- plication made to Lloyd's for a separate representative for Swansea being placed upon the committee. In reply, Lloyd s state that Swansear-owned vessels are a greatly diminishing quantity, and there is ess occasion, therefore, for appointing a separate representative. When the subject was be- fore the Chamber of Commeroe, Mr. Turpin observed that more than half the vessels re- gistered as belonging to Swansea were really the property of London capitalists. At one time th port had a larg fleet of locally- owned boats, and it is certainly a source of disappointment to have so little Swansta money invested in the vessels trading to and from the port. A somewhat curious situation is created by a difference of opinion between the Swan- sea magistrates and a coroner's jury re- specting thl) alleged culpability of the parents of a Morriaton child whose death occured recently. The jury brought in a verdict of manslaughter- against both the father and the mother, but when the police took independent aiotdon and brought the case before the Swansea magistrates, it was dismissed, and the two defendants dis- charged. Of course this decision of the magistrates does not preclude tho possi- bility of the being brought for trial at the Assize Court on the Coroner's war- rant, but the circumstance that the local justices, who are a.t least as competent as the average coroner's jury, have decided that the charge cannot be sustained, would imply that if the defendants were brought up for trial at the Assizes, the prose- cution would hardly be likely to survive the preliminary investigation of the Grand Jury. Under these conditions the Borough Coroner will probably take no further action in the matter. -eo A tinplate manufacturer has given public expression to a protest against the. tactics pursued by the steel manufacturers in com- bining to keep up the price of steel bars for lodal consumption above the standard fixed for midland consumers, who are practically competitors. This appears to be a legiti- mate grievance, and assuming, the facts to be as stated, constitutes an argument in fav- lour of dumping as a means for restricting combination designed to artifically inflate prices. At the same time it must be ob- vious that since dumping is only done when it suits tae foreign producer, that ait best it is an untrustworthy agency in correcting the excesses of British sit^eel manufacturers. A favourite proposition urged by Free Traders in suport of their theory is that Protection leads to the establishment of • conibiriaions and trusts detrimental to the general inter- est. But apparently even the system of free imports does not preclude the same tlrng happening as the incident under notice de- monstrates. The "Chronicle," commenting on the "Punch" cartoon this week repre- senting Mr. Lloyd-George presenting ais new "Ministry" to the WTelsh people a la King Edward I. and his infant Prince of Wales, says:—"MT. Edward Partridge (the artist.) is either himself a storehouse of Welsh historical knowledge or else he nas been well coached. The words, 'Your man,' which he puts into the mouth of Mr. L'oyd- George, have a definite significance to a Welshman. Every schoolboy knows that the son and heir of Edward 1. was born in Carnarvon Castle shortly after the conquest of Wales by that mightiest of English mon- archs. With a stroke of genius Edward made his infant son 'Prince of Wales.' The Welsh tradition goes that one fine day, when chieftains and people had assembled in front of the castle, the King appeared on the bat- tlements with the infant prince in his arms, a.nd, after a few words of greeting to the Welsh gathering, held up the chi'd and ex- claimed in Welsh 'Eich dyn,' which, being interpreted, is 'Your man. Here, say the Welsh, is the true origin of the Prince of Wales's motto, Tch Dien,' which, accord- ing to the English history books, was deriv- ed by the heir-apparent from the blind King of Bohemia, who was killed at Creasy. Commandant Maggs, the moving spirit of the Swansea Veterans' Brigade, is a capable stage manager, and the ceremony of the formal opening of the Brigade's headquar- ters in Alexandra-road last Thursday night possessed as many embellishments, cheap but effective, as were required to make the function worthy of the occasion. Sir James Ifills-Johnes dedicated the suite of rooms to their praiseworthy purpose; the Police and Postal Messengers'' bands, and boys' brigade turned out to add "eclat" to the ceremony, and there was a. very good mus- ter of the public present to round the p'c- tune off. With the memory of the large funds raised for the support of Reservists' families, the war memorial, and the insti- tute, Swansea has a very clear conscience in its treatment of its old soldiers. It would be a tactful on were the Guardians to permit unlimited leave to any oM veter- an, who may still unfortunately! have to throw himself upon their support-, for the jtarposo of passing the day at the head- quarters of the Brigade, when they would be amidst company and associations honour- able and congenial. I Reports have come to bland which suggest tihe probability thatohoirs from Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Canada, will com- pete at the Swansea Naitaonal Eisteddlfod. Needless to say their presence will be very welcome. At the same time too much must not be built upon these general promises, tihey have been so frequently made before and so rarely redeemed. In point of fact although American choirs have been an- nounced as probable competitors year after year, not one choral ocrnipetiior from across the Atlantic has yet entered the lists on Welsh soil. a Mumbles and Langland are offering ex- ceptional attractions to the summer visitor this year. Within a matter of weeks there have been reported within sight of :he shore, first, a sea serpent, secondly and thirdly, a gigantic walrus and a whale, and finally a shark. Novelties of this descrip- tion are liable to appeal to people in more than one way. The timid will not be dis- posed to consider the bathing improved by the possibility that they may have to share the water with either a shark, a walrus, or a sea serpent. The male voice competition on the Mum- bles Pier on Saturday was an excellent one of tbe kind. That is to say, the voices were splendid, and the piece chosen, "On .the Ramparts," had been thoroughly learnt. The defect, however—and a serious one— was that the same piece is being sung with wearisome iteration, reducing the educative value of the training to the minimum point. One of the chief obstacles to musical progress in Wales at the present time is the want of variety and enterprise in the selection of music for competitive purposes. Last week-end the Swansea Harbour Trus- tees paid a visit to Antwerp, and were on Monday entertained by the Harbour Au- thorities of the Belgian port and given every facility for inspecting the plant and machin- ery for handling cargoes. The main pur- pose of the visit is said to be the inspection of the plant and machinery employed, the motive power' of which is electricity, with a view of the introduc tion of the same into Swansea at the new King's Dock. No doubt it is ooeful for the Trustees to see what is being done in the other great ports of the world, but the regular annual recurrence of the Continental trip has created some scep- tic! m regarding the purely business aspect of these inspections. SWèmsea Harbour trade was excellent dur- ing the past week, especially in imports, and the export returns indicate that the upward trend is still being well maintained. The exports were 93,672 tons, imparts 23,017 tons, giving a total of 116,789 tons, as compared with 86,172 tons the previous wook, and 91,367 tons the corresponding week of last year. An encouraging feature which has lately been depret-singly absent ib a considerable increase in the shipment of tinplates. The total put on board was 84,920 boxes, whereas only 61,398 boxes were received from the works, consequently the quantity in stock fell from ,182,099 boxes to 158,487 boxes. At Llanelly the same signs of improvement are perceptible, the aggregate for July will probably establish a fresh record for the port. Collieries in the district are fully employed, and it is inter- esting to obiserve that from Llanelly some 80,000 tons a year are sent to Mitford for the fish trawlers. Mr. John Williams, M.P., an ordained Baptist minister, and a Labour member to boot, should be fairly well qualified to pass ju gment upon the debated antagonism or o erwise of Socialism to Christianity. At a meeting held in the Swansea Valley last week-end to further the campaign for secur- ing the adhesion of South Wales minors to the Labour Representation Committee, le declared that, contrary to accepted opinion', there was no enmity manifested towards Christianity by, at any rate, the Socialists connected with the I.L.R.C. But Mr. Wil- liams' arguments are hardly tenable. So- cialism considers the present state of things a failure, and includes the churches in its condemnation, as well as the Government and its ethics and policies, for not ameliorat- ing the condition of mankind. Still, the point was one that had to be faced, for 'he Labour party is more and more becoming dominated by the Social- ists, and what set out to do batt'e as the embodiment of Trades Un- ionism in politics is now marching under a banner strikingly akin to that of Socialism. So far as South Wales is concerned, the La- bour movement is still predominantly Trades Unionist. But it would be absurd to ignore 1 the fact that Indifferent ism, the strongest ally of the Socialist, prevails among chapel as well as church, amongst the toilers clad in moleskin and flannel as well as amongst those in serge and broadcloth. Paradoxical' as it may seem, though Britain is far more I advanced politically than Germany, yet in the former country alone is Socialism whol'y identified with measures purely Socialist. The Germans for the most part when they "vote Ted," do so to secure reforms that would be regarded as very moderately Lib- eral in Britain. More paradoxical still is the fact that Socialism polls its largest num- ber of adherents in the only country in the world where successful State Socialism the regime in force in social as apart from political spheres. --+-+- Whatever may be the causes which have Jed to a much-needed revival in the condi- tion of the tinplate trade during the last few weeks, one important factor has so 'far been overlooked, in the endeavour to assign the reason. That is, the generally reduced cost of the raw material. Weclnesdiays metal markets quoted tin as £170 5s. cash per ton, and JB171 2s. 6d., forward. This is a vast improvement on the days not so long past, when the metal touched £200 and £210 a ton, and it would be interesting to get at the cause of this substantial drop, which nevertheless leaves tin at a very high price. The development of the abandoned Cornish mines, and an increased output from the Straits Settlements may account for it in some degree. Probably, too, it is recognised by sellers that fancy prices could, after a while, only be realised on paper, and that it is advisable to come to a more reasonable frame of mind. Whatever the causes, the revival in trade has come none too soon to mitigate very serious distress, At Llanelly measures were being taken this week to obtain a grant from the £200,000 which the Government has set apart for the relief of the unemployed—and which has been claimed bodily, it may be remarked, by the West Ham Socialists, who belong to the class which toils not neither does it spin A report presented to the Llanelly Distress Committee on Tuesday night stated tr-at 276 heads of families were out of work, and that 1,440 piers cms were dependent upon them. Still, the improvement, in trade will not make its beneficial effect perceptible for some time to come, and many months of decent prosperity in employment will be required Ito enable exhausted family re- serves at the sa vings bank to be accumulated once more. It is gratifying that at last the tinplate trade seems about to turn the corner. Not only were the shipments at Swansea last week heavier than the yhave been for any week for months past, but advices from Bir- mingham and other centres also point to a ma-ked 'mprovement. We can but earnestly hope that those indications of better times will be justified in the result. J There is at last tangible evidence that the Thomas of Lan monument will be ready for unveiling in the course of a short time. The pedestal and figure have already bcon put up in Victoria Park, and a staff I of men is employed there in giving the memorial its finishing touches. The cere- mony of unveiling will probably take place this month. The Police Band on a recant evening played in Cwmdonkin Park to about fifty people, although the weather was delight- ful. This apparent want of public appreci- ation is really nothing of the kind, but is due to the stupid manner in which the Cor- poration manages theaj open air concerts for the people. About £100 is to be paid the bands, but a few shillings is grudged in making known the place and time for each concert, and hence the waste of money and music. The committee in charge of the arrangements ought to be asked to explain their peculiar mtstlhods of management. 4 « Saturday with its almost continuous rain was sandwiched between bright Summer days. Unfortunately the last day of the week is more or less a holiday, and the downfall not only spoiled all the local cricket matches, but seriously marred the success of the mass meetngs held by the colliers in connection with the Miner's Federation. Some seven or eight members of Parliament addressed the gatherings, the main object being to bring pressure to bear upon ths non-unionists, whose refusal to enter the recognised ranks of the organised, has been threatening trouble in West Wales. Complaints arising" from the barging of Swansea street refuse have assumed a new character. The original grievance was that the refuse after tying dumped out at sea was brought back by too tidal waters, and oast on the beach at Aberavon and else- Now, however, a complaint even more indignant in the language employed is that the loading of the barges is productive of a nuisance which is acutely felt at some of the d'ock's offices. In loading a proportion of the refuse falls on the quay side, whore it is allowed to accumulate and fester in the hot summer sun. The matter was brought before the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, when the statement was made that the attention of the. Board of Trade had been directed to the nuisance. This latter action 8hould not have been necessary, for it ought to be quite enough for th? Cor- poration to be informed of the nuisance to set a.bout in earnest with its abatement. What is euphemistically termed the "underground convenience" near High-street Station is proving to be for the present de- cidedly an "inconvenience." Complaint of the delay in the completion of the job was voiced at t'hvj Streets Committee meeting on I Tuesday by Mr. W. H. Morris, who said tihat, according to promises and conditions laid down, the work. ought to have been finished some months a.go. The Surveyor was disposed to be more lenient, but a re- solution was eventually carried that tho SurveyoT is to report to the next meeting as to the conditions of the contract, and the time in which it was to be finished. Presumably about September, 1907, the Corporation would, failing th3 ending of the job, screw up its courage to the point of applying penalties in the contract, but in the result the contractors have an- other long period of grace, as August is the holiday month for the Corporation. It is, however, a Metropolitan trait to have traffic at one of the centres of the town thrown into disorder and inconvenience by the thoroughfare being "up," and the con- dition of affairs at this spot is only in ac- cordance with the most approved precedent of Cardiff and London. On Sunday next another endeavour is to bo made to refloat H.M.S. Montagu from her present berth off Lundy Island. Judging by the facts at present to hand, success will be very doubtful, the risk to human Hfe very considerable, and the salved vessel, if recovered, fit only for a target for battle practice. Service papers contain many complaints that Admiral Sir A. K. Wilson has committed a serious erroT of judgment in making a Navy job of what should have bsen left in the hands of a salvage firm from the first. Although the critics admit Sir Arthur to be otherwise a most brilliant offi- cer—he is bracketed with Admiral Koester of the Imperial German Navy as the other of the two most talented naval officers of European descent—'they contend, with every show of reason, that he has interfered j unduly in the task for which, in the nature of things, he has no special training. Had the Mlontagu been abandoned from the first as a hopeless job, there could have been a having of £100,000 at least in the current Navy estimates. But forlorn hopes are more in accordance with the spirit of the Navy than fatalistic resignation, and it is well that it should be so. The measure of popular appreciation given to the enterprise of the Mumbles Railway Co., in bringing the famous military bands of the Kingdom to the Pier, might have been guaged by the attendance on Sunday last, when the band of the 19th Hussars played to an audience of over 4,000. We believe we shall be giving expression to the general verdict in saying that the pro- gramme provided more than satisfied. The selections were far in advance of what can reasonably be expected from amateur com- binations, and they were performed with great artistic finish and effect. Not un- naturally some of the clergy and ministers of Swansea are concerned at what they regard as the increasing tendency to slack- ness in the observance of the Sabbath. But taking into account the fact that these instrumental concerts only occur occasionally, and that the music is of the best kind, it would be easy to exaggerate the objection- ableness of the practice from the religious standpoint. The truth, however unpalat- able, must be recognised that an exceedingly large proportion of the public are disinclined to spend the whole of their Sunday and rr.;uiy even of part of their Sunday-in pub- lic worship, and some provision is neccessary to keep these from devoting their holiday to worse purposes than listening ..0 high- class music. City and town authorities all over the Kingdom are coming more and more to the view that music is the agency which can be most easily employed in en- couraging the wholesome use of the Sunday holiday. The London County Council has taken the lead in the matter, and every Sunday practically all the great open spaces in thV Metropolis are provided with bands both in the afternoon and evening. It may be lamented that the thousands who derive pleasure from the music provided cannot be induced to give at least1 part of the day to religious observance, but after all, they must be taken for what they are, and it would be a grievous mistake to give them no choice except as between the church and the public house. r On Staturday next Creher, the unassuming and gentlemanly professional of the Swan- sea Cricket Club takes his annual benefit. In connection with it, a point may again be raised regarding a subject of disputation at bonefit matches, this as well as last season. It is whether the ordinary subscriber to the dub is under compulsion to pay for ad- mission, or otherwise contribute to the receipts on these ocasions. A section seem to believe that he is, but there is little to warrant that opinion. The match is one of the ordinary fixtures of the club, and the annual subscription covers all such fixtures. In these circumtances it is to be regretted that over-offictious persons should ever have interfered with the rights of subscribers. There are not a few people who resent having obligations imposed upon them against their will, who if left alone may be trusted not to be backward with voluntary contributions for a deserving professional.
SWANSEA AND THE EDUCATION BILL. The Education Bill has now gone through all stages in the House of Commons and been read the first time in the House ot Lords, where, in accordance with usage, no discussion took place and no division was taken. That the measure will undergo con- siderable modification in the Upper House is tolerably certain; in fact, it may fairly be assumed that but for the belief in this neither the Ministry nor the majority in the House of Commons would have passed the measure in its present form. They have acted on the principle of embodying propos- als which they do not expect to be adopted in their entirety, in order that there may be a margin provided for future compromise. For, as it stands, the Bill is not only lop- sided and unworkable, but would if operat- ive inflict such hardships upon considerable bodies of people in this country as to excite feelings which the Government could not afford to disregard. Applied, for example, to Swansea., and the position created by it would be practically unendurable. the only semblance of protection granted vo those who believe in definite religious in- struction is merely permissive, and can be withheld a.t the discretion of the Local Edu- cation Authority. The special facilities for definite religious instruction at the expense of those who wish for it require as a condi- tion precedent that not lass than four-fifths of the parents of the children attending the voluntary schools must by a vote declare that they desire such instruction to to given. Furthermore, the granting of the facilities requires the existence in clos* proximity to the school of a provided school capable of accommodating any children dis- placed from the voluntary school. And I ev.en when these exacting conditions have been complied with, it would be optional on the part of the Local Education Authority whether or not to grant the special facilities. The experience of the past three years war- rants the conclusion that if the rill became law with this clause unamended there wouk be no special facilities for the voluntary schools at Swansea. Mr. Birrell's great point throughout has been that impar- tiality and fairness of the Local Education Authorities can be trusted to make this relief genuine and effective. But whatever may have been the case elsewhere, impartiality and fairness in the treatment of the volun- tary schools have been conspicuously and consistently absent from the policy of the Swansea Education Authority. Friends of the voluntary schools know that they have nothing whatever to expect beyond the ex- ploitation to the uttermost of such powers a.s the new Act will confer upon the Education Authority to harrass, and if pos- sible close, all the voluntary schools in the borough, regardless of the effect upon children themselves or upon the large body of ratepayers who will continue to be drawn upon for Tates to maintain schools in the control of which they have neither part nor lot. At Swansea a minority possess ro rights whatever, and are treated with such scant consideration that if the sides were re- versed the treatment would produce through- out the Kingdom general condemnation of Church intolerance. Therefore there is noth- ing unreasonable in assuming that the vol- untary schools, in which over 3,000 children are being educated, will receive the mini- mum benefit which the Bill confers upon them, and as little of even this as the Local Education Authority can manage to with- IKJ- without incurring legal penalties. Not for the first time the Upper House is being looked to for the protection of a looked to for protection of a temporary min- temporary minority, pending the time,' which may not be far off, when that minority may be transformed into a majority. In als probability considerable changes will be made in the measure, so as to bring it more into line with justice. When it returns to the Commons the majority will have the option either of sacrificing the Bill alto- gether or making a compromise with the House of Lords. As the former course would render nearly sterile the whole session and appreciably swell the volume of dissatis- faction, already considerable, in the coun- try, we shall in all likelihood see preference given to the second course, and the measure, as a resuit, purged of some of its more ob- I jectionable features.
WINDPIPE LAID BARE, SWANSEA MAN'S ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. "HAD A FEW WORDS WITH MY WIFE." At Swansea on Thursday John Perry, husband of the licensee of the Clarence Inn, Clarence-street, was summoned for attempt- ing to commit suicide on July 4th, by cut- ting throat. Sergt. Hy. Walters, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, who lives at 28, William-street, said that in the afternoon he heard women screaming and ran out. A crowd was in the street- He heard that a man had cut his throat and went to the Clarence Inn, kept by defendant's wife. In an attic he saw defendant lying on the ground, bleed- ing from a wound in the throat. Witness stopped the bleeding and remained with defendant till the doctor came. Clerk, Did be say anything? Was able to speak during the time you were there ?--Hs asked for his daughter. Did you see any razor?—I saw a white- handled table-knife. Dr. Marks said Perry was brought to the Hospital at three o'clock in the afternoon with clean cut wound on the throat, the wind-pipe being laid bare. Defendant was sober at the time. He said "I had a few words with my wife. I did it with a knife. I was sober at the time, but had had a glass of beer." Defendant's brother-in-law, who had ac- companied him to court, promised to take him to Gowerton till he got better, and take care or): him. The case was adjourned for a month.
ENGINEERS' CONFERENCE AT CARDIFF. The summer meetings of the Mechanical Engineers' Institute were opened at Cardiff on Tuesday with a municipal reception. Papers were read by Mr. H. S. C. Rees, chief engineer of Cardiff Railway Co., on the Cardiff docks and their equipment: by Mr. Dd. E. Roberts, Cardiff, on the develop- ment oi blast furnace blowing engines; and Messrs. Henry Riches and Thos. E. Hey- wood on Penarth appliances. A reception and dinner was given at the Park Hall in the evening.