For Boys and Girls. i A SURPRISE PARTY. 5 By AMY F. HEPPLE. Wouldn't it be jolly fun for us to give a "^Prise party V'' ,i A what ?" asked all the other children in •°orus. It Was holiday time at the Vicarage. Dermot home from boarding-school, and Miss p^kwood, the governess who taught the girls, gone to her own home for a fortnight. To- the children were together' in the school- and were decidedly hard up for some *5. arnusement. Bdeen. the second girl, held up tha Canadian ter which Cousin Maud had given her to c&d. There's a lot about it in Horace's letter," ^explained. You pack up a lot of eatables, of course, tea and sugar, and go to some Jena's house and just say, Good afternoon eVe come for a surprise party.' Then the of the house sit round and watch while surprise party get the tea ready and set out jjj the cakes. After tea, there are games and of fun." w It would certainly be very nice," said j^,riorie, but mother would never let us do I Well, I agree with Eileen that it would be good fun, and 1 don't believe that mother J^ld say no," broke in Dermot. Come along my ducky, we'll ask her at once." -fie seized the six-year-old baby of the family the hand and dragged her from the room. Come along, girls," said Marjorie, "we as well go too. That silly Dermot will ,Xer make mother understand." Alother was in the drawing-room with grown- Cousin Maud. Let me speak," said Marjorie, I'm the We want to do what Cousin Horace been doing in Canada, mother dear. We *°uld like tremendously to give a surprise J>»Pty." Oh, do say yes," exclaimed the others. u" But where would you go ?" asked Cousin t Jhe children looked at one another. They n°t know. I know," shouted Dermot. i Oh, mother, may we go and 'surprise' Nurse ane Mother smiled approvingly. "It is a good Dermot. Perhaps you will cheer her up 1 little." She has just lost her baby, poor thing," explained to Maud. "Her husband is out of ^°°> iust now, and I fear the expense of p child's illness has used up all their little •avings.- C()usm Maud was rich and generous. Poor r !ng," she said. Auntie dear, may I put a *!r co*n the plum cake for her pother nodded and turned to the children. 'You may have your party, dears," she but promise you will be very careful of Jane's things, and tidy everything away l4ore you leave." )j We promise, mother," they answered de- jshtedly. And we won't tell Jane a word *°out the money in the cake what a fine sur- mise it will be for her," added Dermot. „ I shall make the tea," said Marjorie. J&ne shall just sit in her chair and watch ale." And I'll set the cups and saucers on the ^°le," said little Oonah eagerly, I'll be very tareful, Mummy you'll see." Cousin Maud came in just then with a big plum cake. 1 have cut a hole in the middle put the money there," she said. "Marjorie see that no one but Jane gets the middle •Uce." Potir o'clock found the children setting off to their surprise party. Dermot and Mar- had the hamper between them, while and Marie carried flowers for the table, Oonah walked soberly beside them, with under her little red cloak which *emed to give her a good deal of trouble. "It's secret to 'muse poor Jane," she said on being Tnestaoned. Jane was sitting in her tiny kitchen thinking her dead baby,and wondering how she and Jim were to get money for the rent. She wastooppoiKj to beg, and she greatly feared wastooppoiKj to beg, and she greatly feared that unless Jitn. got work she would have to e some of the furniture. She wiped the qu¡(,t tears away with her apron. Just then rtme a loud knocking at the door. She opened •t wearily, and Dermot's merry face appeared, With all the others close behind. Good afternoon, Jane. We're a Surprise ^artv all the way from Canada. May we have I tea here, please ?" Well I never!" said Jane, and stood meekly On one side while the children crowded into the tittle kitchen. Dermot set the hampercaretnlly on the floor, *»d Marjorie pushed the bewildered Jane into her rocking-chair. Now, Jane," she said politely, "sit still,and ?0a't bother yourself. What a good thing your *ettle is nearly boiling But I don't understand, Miss Marjorie, my 'fear," said Jane, helplessly. Of course you don't! That's the fun of it, we have the pink cups, please ?" Marjorie did not wait for permission, but Counted a chair and began to take the best "IIlna, from the cupboard. j. Mother said we might come truly she did, £ *He," whispered little Oonah, and she sent Ser love and will come for us at eight o'clock, f lease can I come on your knee I want to 5'ss you 'cause your little baby's gone to heaven." Jane bent her head down on Oonah's and all about her best cups. Presently P°Hah slipped something soft and alive into arms. It is Nigger," she whispered. "I J^Uldn't spare him to you to keep, you know, ut I had just brought him to 'muse you." 4," Bless the child said Jane, and stroked *he little puppy's soft fur. y Then she jumped up from her seat. "Better Jet me lift the kettle, Master Dermot; it is too heavy for you." f No, no, Jane, sit still. It's as light as a leather," said Dermot. By this time Eileen and Marie had arranged flowers, and Marjorie was setting out such tea as Jane had not seen on her own table for **U.ny a long day. There were sandwiches (egg ham, Oonah told her), girdle cakes, lots of ~*ead and butter,and in the centre of the table the big plum cake. There's a secret in the plum cake," pro- claimed Oonah. I know, but I mustn't tell." Be quiet. Oonah." said Eileen, hastily. I wish Jim would come from work quick, I'm. so hungry said Oonah. Jim's not working just now, dearie, because ef the strike," answered Jane with a sigh. Here he is 1" exclaimed Oonah, and ran to *he door to meet him. Jim's s ad face brightened when he saw the children. Why, Jane, lass, here's company he ex. kilned, and stooped to pat Nigger. What a tea party that was The children ate and drank, and made their 5piet host and hostess eat and drink, too. Mar- r>rie poured out tea, and Eileen had the honour of cutting the surprise plum cake. Jane first," she said, cutting right into the huddle of the cake, and handing it to Jane. Oonah was so excited that she stood on her ehair to see Jane take the piece offered her. she lifted it-, something yellow and round kU with a tinkling noise to her plate. It's yours, Jane—it's the surprise from Cousin Maud shouted Oonah. But what Jane did next sobered the merry Party, for she put her head down on the table began to cry. Oh, Jim she sobbed. We can pay the and have some left. How could I have been so faithless Now, Jane, my woman now—now 1" Jim "aid soothingly. But his voice was trembling, "Dd the children looked at each other in dis- haay. All the fun was gone from their surprise Party. It was Dermot who brought back the smiles. Here's my surprise," he said, and pro- duced a great bag of chocolate creams. Oh, Dermot, how lovely cried the chil- dren. Now, Jane, have some chocolates, and atop cryrag," coaxed Marjorie. "Cousin Maude "lidrj't mean you to cry when she sent you a Sovereign." Jane dried her eyes. I couldn't help it, His-; Marjorie you children don't know what that money means to me and Jim." When even Dermot could eat no more, Jane Mid the girls cleared the table, for Jane would hot trust them with her best chin; Then the games began, and the fun waxed faàt and furious. Jim turned into a lion and Soared so loudly that Nigger was frightened tod ran crying to Oonah for protection. Eight o'clock came all too soon for the childreji. But mother shook her head when they begged to stay just a little longer." Jao«- took:! tired, and it is past Oonah's bed- she said. So Marjorie and Eileen put the remains of tbe feast into Jane's pantry, and Dermot Packed Nigger into the empty basket, whence was rescued by Oonah. Jan* ciasp*d Cousin Maud's hand. "Y au have saved mo from despair," she said."We've .1 b:wd timeø since the child died, ma'am. I *a-s afraid the furniture would have to go, for "an't bI-.AI" to get into debt." It haa beon the jolliest party I ever was w. declared Dermot, as they tramped home- ward I vote we have another one soon."
A coyttnunicafcion has been received by the tbwn clerk of Swansea from the Local Govern- jjent Board pointing out that for many years Interest and sinking fund in connection Mth the loan on the building have been paid 8Qt. of tbf borough fund instead of the library *«. Step* are to be taken to make the ad- Wbw.iL wuich would seem to be required.
NEW OCEAN PORT. i Future of Fishguard. PROPOSED GREAT EXTENSIONS. Arrivat of Anether Liner. Fishguard an ocean port That is what the village in the extreme west of South Wales is destined to become if the enterprise and gene- rous expenditure of the Great Western Rail- way Company are rewarded by the success they merit. In a small way Fishguard has already become in fact an ocean port, for arrangements have been completed with the Booth Line for their vessels plying between the Brazils, Madeira, Spain, Portugal, and England to call there on their way to Liverpool and dis- charge passengers and luggage for South Wales, London, the Midlands, and the North, while it is extremely likely the Elder Demp- ster WeSt African boats will also in the near future make Fishguard a port of call. The fourth Booth liner to discharge passen- gers at Fishguard is the,Anselm, which arrived there just before noon on Saturday. The pas- sengers and their luggage were disembarked with remarkable despatch and put into the ocean express waiting in readiness at the quay- side, going right through to London with but one stop-at Cardiff, where passengers for the Midlands and North had to change trains. The ocean express was in Cardiff at 10 minutes to 3 and London before half-past 5 on Saturday evening, whereas the passengers remaining on the Anselm could not be landed in Liverpool till 9 o'clock on Sunday morning. They would thus be quite a day later than those who disembarked at Fishguard in reach- ing their homes. This shows what a big pull the last named place has over Liverpool, and is also an indication of the possibilities of Fish- guard as an ocean port. The shaded part shows the position of the proposed reclamation and the new break- water. I At present passengers have to be landed at Fishguard by tender (as is the case at Ply- mouth), the tender meeting the liners out in the harbour, but when the constructive work now nearing completion is finished the tender will no longer be required the biggest liners will be able to come right alongside the quay wall and discharge passengers within a few feet of the waiting ocean express. The present breakwater, just on the point of completion, is 2,000 feet long, 300 feet broad at the base, 60 feet wide at the top, 90 feet high, and 30 feet above high water, while the company's Bill now before Parliament provides for the con- struction of another breakwater rather over a mile in length commencing on the foreshore in the middle of the bay and extending to within 500 feet of the existing breakwater. When the additional breakwater is constructed 175 acres of deep water will be almost entirely enclosed, and provision made for deep water berths and wharves, ample for the largest vessels afloat. In addition 55 acres of land on the foreshore is to be reclaimed and added to the existing area available for sidings, warehouses, etc. The Harbour Works. With its extensive harbour works and com- plete equipment Fishguard must in the near future command the attention of steamship companies desirous of increasing their facili- ties for the quick transit of mails and passen- gers, for it is the nearest port on the coast of Great Britain to New York. It is an inspiring sight to view the present surroundings from the centre of Fishguard Harbour. Looking towards Goodwick, the cliff rises sheer above the railway station to a height of 300 feet, the face of the cliff being white, showing where a huge slice has been blown off by explosives in order to get the material to form' the breakwater and to pro- vide space for the railway station and quay, which now stand on a spot. formerly occupied by sheer cliff, whose sides were washed by the sea. All over the summit of the cliff and on patches of its side houses are springing up with mushroom-like rapidity. Right on the top, swept by the health-giving Atlantic breezes, is the new harbour village, a collec- tion of model cottages, after the style of those at Letchworth, built by the company for the accommodation of their employees. Most of the cottages are semi-detached, are quaint and picturesque in appearance, and their num- ber is being rapidly augmented. Houses, many of them of the bungalow type, continue down the face of the cliff in an easterly direction. On the other side of the harbour at Fishguard vil- lage the hand of the builder is equally busy throwing up dwellings and shops. On both sides of the harbour, in fact, the eye meets evidences of progress. Saturday's Record. With scarcely a ripple upon its surface and the bright sun streaming down upon the water, splashing it with bars of silver, Fishguard har- bour in its setting of sheer cliffs looked at its best on Saturday morning, when the tender backed from the quay side at 11.15 a.m. and went out towards the centre of the bay to wait for the Booth liner Anselm, from South America, the liner having been sighted at the Smalls at 9 a.m. and information to that effect telegraphed to Fishguard. A quarter of an hour after the tender had anchored out in the harbour a signal from the breakwater indicated that the Ansehn was in sight. The clearest idea of the expedition with which passengers can be discharged at Fishguard can be obtained by perusing the following table of times 12.32—Anselm signalled from breakwater. 11.40—Anselm rounds head of breakwater. 11.45—Anslem's anchor dropped, vessel being near centre of harbour. 11.50—Tender alongside Anselm. 11.53—First passenger comes on tender. 11.58—All passengers and luggage on board tender. 12. 0—Tender leaves Anselm. 12. 7-Tender alongside quay wall dis- charging. Just as the tender reached the quay side the Anselm started on its journey to Liverpool, which port it could not discharge at till 9 a.m. on Sunday. It was, therefore, not de- layed more than half an hour by having to discharge passengers at Fishguard—an in- significant ih I i in a voyage trom South America. Before the tender was properly moored alongside the quay wall the passengers' lug- gage was being discharged in the huge baskets into which it had been placed, a crane lifting the baskets from the deck of the tender right on to the station platform. Here the luggage was set out for the inspection of the Custom officers, being there by the time the passen- gei-s reached the inspecting point. The Cus- toms inspection took some little time, one or two of the passengeis not having kept within the strict letter of the law. One had to pay over £1 for having more cigars in his posses- sion than the law allowed. Departure of the Express. The ocean express steamed out of Fish- guard at 12.32 p.m., exactly an hour after the Anselm had been signalled from the break- water, and rattled along at a gi-eat pace through pastoral Carmarthenshire, which looked its best with a bright sun lighting up its green fields and white farms. Then came Carmarthen Bay-a magnificent sight, with the sun glinting and flashing upon the calm sheet of water. At this point passengers were able to dine as well and comfortably as if they had been in a first-class hotel. Although the ocean express bowled along at a mile a minute, there was practically no oscillation, thanks to long stretches of perfectly straight line and a well-kept permanent way. At Landore, passed through slowly and reached at 1.59 p.m., the ocean express was three minutes ahead of her scheduled time, while at Cardiff she had gained another minute, reaching the capital of the Principality at 2.49, and the schedule time being 2.53 p.m. After a three- minutes' stop at Cardiff the journey was re- sumed to London, which was reached at 5-30 p.m. The occupants of the train could not possibly have been disembarked and conveyed to London with greater expedition, nor could they have wished to travel in more comfort or through more picturesque scenery.
FRENCH AND THE CAT." The attention drawn by the imposition of the cat at Cardiff in cases of robbery with violence has led the Paris journals to discuss the possibilities of such a punishment being introduced into France to deal with the apaches." M. !c Poittevin, a well-known authority on French criminal law, has given his viewsto an interviewer. He thinks that the use of the cat o' nine tails will never pre- vail in France, for the reason that the tradi- tions and sentiments of the French people are totally opposed 0 it.
A meeting of the committee of the above society was held at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, Carmarthen, on Saturday, to select a new site for the annual show. It was decided that the exhibition be held in a field of Rbydygorse, Johnstown, on Thursday, August 20tb.
Shouted Dewn atLlanelly UPROAR FOR AN HOUR. Opponents Left in Possession ef Hall. Mrs Despard, of the Women's Freedom League, met the same fate at Llanelly on Sat- urday night, and at Swansea on Sunday, as that experienced at Cardiff and Pontypridd. She was refused a hearing. It had been an- nounced by the Llanelly Branch of the I.L.P. that Mrs Despard would not touch upon women's suffrage, but dwell exclusively u- on How to feed the five thousand." It was originally intended that Mrs Despard should ad- dress an open air meeting near the Town Hall, but the organisers discovered that opposition was being threatened, and this is the reason assigned for the change in place of meeting. The doors of the Athenamm Hall were opened at 7 p.m., but the people loitered about until Mrs Despard, accompanied by Mr Arthur E. Davies, Holmsleigh, appeared on the scene. She was greeted with ironical cheers, and the hall quickly filled. Mrs Phillips, a member of the Llanelly Education Committee, pre- sided, and she was supported by Mrs Despard, Dr. J. H. Williams (Burry Port), and Councillor T. Harries. The meeting opened with the singing of Lead, kindly Light," andasection of excited young fellows at the back of the hall whistled the accompaniment. POLICE HAILED WITH BANTER. Scarcely had Mrs Phillips completed a few introductory sentences than interruptions began, and these increased in volume as time advanced. Appeals for freedom of speech were of no avail—in fact, these appeals only tended to increase the determination of a section of the audience to howl the speakers down. A few police were distributed among the noisy ones in the gallery, but they were received with banter. A motion was then moved and seconded that all disturbers should be ejected. When the re- solution was being put to the meeting someone shouted, "Vote by ballot." The resolution was carried unanimously amid laughter, but no sooner had it been passed than a wordy war- fare ensued between the stewards and the dis- turbers. Mrs Phillips singled out a young man, and commanded him to leave the building. This he refused to do, and he was backed up by a large section of the audience, who angrily exclaimed, We have paid for admission." Realising the futility of attempting to forcibly eject him without rousing the ire of his sup- porters, it was decided to allow him to remain. Councillor Harries then explained that Mrs Despard's visit to the town had nothing to do with the question of women's suffrage. "I appeal to your intelligence," shouted Councillor Harries, and then a youth replied amidst laughter, But we haven't got any." MRS DESPARD'S PLUCK. Mrs Despard then made a plucky attempt to gain mastery over her assailants. Above the din could be heard her defiant voice exclaim- ing with dramatic emphasis, Let me re- mind you that I come of a fighting family— (cheers)—and that I never shrink from oppo- sition. (Cheers.) I will meet all your oppo- sition at the close of this meeting by answering any questions you may put to me." Someone shouted, What about Miss Moloney ?" and a number commenced to sing We'll hang Miss Molqney on a sour apple tree." This was followed by the singing of Sospan fach with much gusto. With a view to humouring the opposition, Mrs Phillips beat time while the latter was being sung. LIBERALS' INDIGNATION AROUSED. Councillor William Roberts then appealed for fair play, and explained that he did not be- long to the party which was responible for bringing Mrs Despard to the town. (A Voice": I suppose you are pleased," and laughter.) The uproar continued, but Mrs Despard seemed as though she would succeed eventually in gaining a hearing, when Coun- cillor Harries ill-advisedly referred to the noisv section of the audience as There's the Liberal party for you." This reflection roused the indignation of a few Liberals, who demanded a withdrawal and an apology amidst loud cheers. There was a Babel of voices, and Councillor Harries uttered a few words which were quite inaudible. A little later Mrs Phillips was heard to say, It was an unfortunate remark," but this did not satisfy a section of the audience, who de- manded that Councillor Harries should leave the platform. With a view to healing the wound Councillor Harries complied with the wishes of the oppo- sition, who were highly elated with their success. Three-quarters of an hour had elapsed, and there had been nothing short of uproar. It was now realised by the pro- moters that the meeting was beyond control. Stamping, whistling, singing, and booing con- tinued, and Dr. J. H. Williams' appeal that re- spect should be paid to an aged lady was lost by the singing oi For he's a jolly good fellow." What the speakers subsequently said it is impossible to say, but when a lull occurred Mrs Despard, addressing a young man in the gallery, said, Lem no coward, and I appeal to you to put that trumpet in your pocket." No sooner had the trumpet sound finished than an electric bell was set going, with the result that confusion became worse confounded. The speakers left the platform, followed by their supporters, leaving their opponents in possession of the hall, after having been in the din for over an hour. Some commenced to knock the furniture about, but only a couple of chairs were damaged. Subsequently Mrs Despard delivered her address at the rooms of the I.L.P.
Swansea Sands Uproar. APPEAL TO CHIVALRY tN VAIN. Mrs Despard on Sunday visited Swansea, under the auspices of the Swansea Indepen- dent Labour Party, for the purpose of deliver- ing addresses on The Gospel of Socialism." At the appointed time Mrs Despard took up her place on a waggonette placed close to the seawall. Mr Beynon (president of the Inde- pendent Labour Party) took the chair, and amongst others supporting were Aldermen David Williams and Morris, Mr Matt Giles, and Mr Victor Morgan. The audience, small at first, gradually increased, till there was quite 3,000 persons standing round. A strong wind blowing, and the waves were by no means silent, and consequently comparatively few could hear the speeches. Perhaps/ this, coupled with a love of mischief, animated a few youths to begin the disturbances which at last led to the silencing of the speakers. Police were well sprinkled among the crowd, but in the absence of dis- order, as defined by law, they were powerless to interfere on a public place like the sands, where everybody is privileged to enjoy him- self according to his inclination so long as he commits no breach of the public peace. The chairman was given a good hearing, and he asked those present to give Mrs Despard a characteristic Welsh welcome, and to so prove to her that in some parts of Wales at least the age of chivalry had not gone and that her work in the cause of humanity is respected. APPEAL TO CHIVALRY. Mrs Despard followed, and was cordially received. She also began by appealing to the chivalry and manhood of those present to secure quietness for the few minutes during which she proposed to address them on the gospel of Socialism. Soon, however, a disturb- ing element arose. At first sentence after sen- tence was punctuated with laughter and ironi- cal cheers, and this grew in intensity till at length Mrs Despard, who pluckily kept to her speech, had to break off and say, "My friends, I appeal to your manhood." This had only momentary effect, whereupon Mrs Despard, still smiling, exclaimed, Is it right ? Is it fair ?" The shouting continued, and then those furthest off began to push, to the dis- comfort of those in front. Steady Steady!" advised Mrs Despard, but the surging con- tinued, and Mrs Despard, still even-tempered and smiling, urged the disturbers to Be men have some respect for women have some respect for courage." This appeal being in vain, Mrs Despard became less calm, and warned the disturbers that they would be ashamed of this by and bye. By this time effective speech had become impossible, and Alderman Williams attempted to shame the disturbers in a spirited protest, which, how- ever, did not throw oil on the troubled waters. Mrs Despard got up again and started to speak, but the disturbance was renewed, and she indignantly exclaimed to the disturbers, Slaves to a Government, slaves to a party, slaves to your employers, slaves to business, poor fools. One day you may have wives and children and you may see them crying for bread then perhaps you will remember this." The singing of songs followed. MRS DESPARD'S SOCIAL GOSPEL. At last, however, order was restored. Mrs Despard then resumed her speech. She said she had spent many years in the service of the people, and the motive which actuated her was the fact that she had seen with her own eyes the hopeless misery of the people. Hav- ing tried all sorts of ways of bringing abotit social reform, she fell into a sort of despair till she took up Socialism, through which she be- lieved the time would come when there would be no more sweated industries, no more slavery, and no more unemployment. The speech was heard in respectful silence till Mrs Despard described herself as a suffra- gist, when the disturbance broke out with renewed vigour. Facing the disturbers she exclaimed to the majority, Take some of those people away. Let them have their fight out there." The crowd, owing to the pushing on the outskirts, surged towards the stage, whereupon Mrs Despard said, Do you think I care for you disturbers ? No. I only care for the great cause I hay" described." Songs were started, and M Despard remarked Go on sing and suffer. Co on till you are tired." WAR SONG VARIATION. The New Zealand war song made a variation of the disturbance, and then comic songs were sung. Mr Mark Giles interposed with the taunt carry out the order of your masters; go to-morrow and ask your masters for starva- tion wages." Then Mrs Despard was able to say that she was president of a boys' and men's club in South London. Her boys and men fell out of 1 work through the present system. They be- came thin, miserable, and ill-clad, aDd so as not to care for work. That, she added, was I what the disturbers were going to do. The disturbers again got the upper hand, singing A Rubber Dolly." Go and sing a few songs, you will get tired of it sooner than I shall," said Mrs Despard. A little later she sarcastically observed," Your voices are not so strong as they were," but then someone struck up a music hall song with the refrain—" The men will soon be wearing skirts and the women be wearing the trousers." This elicited from Mrs Despard a smile. As the singing continued she observed, Brave Liberals splendid men. I hope someone will write to the papers and say how splendidly the cause of Liberalism is represented at Swan- sea." There was a movement in the crowd to remove the small ring of interrupters, where- upon Mrs Despard observed, Let the poor fools alone." 'I' MEETING ABANDONED. From this time on further speaking became hopeless. Those on the platform faced the disturbers, and the overwhelming majority appealed for order. But it was no good, and after quite ten minutes of this attitude the Chairman announced the meeting, which he described as a splendid one, at an end. Mrs Despard was then escorted along the sands on, the arm of Councillor Morgan Hopkin. A crowd followed, and the police, fearing horseplay, got in evi- dence. But save for a little jostling, due to curiosity, no disorder occurred. At last amid ringing cheers and a few groans Mrs Despard arrived at the Sea Beach Hotel, evidently none the worse for her trying experience, for she appeared at the bay window and bowed her acknowledgments to the large crowd outside. Mrs Despard decided to abandon her inten- tion to address a night meeting on the sands. Later Mrs Despard attended a private confer- ence of the Socialist party, and it is probable that a meeting in <?ne of the local halls will be arranged for to-night.
LOCAL DISPUTES. EXCESSIVE HOURS OF BOYS IN MINES The Conciliation Board for the Coal Trade of South Wales and Mon. met on Saturday at Car- diff, Mr F. L. Davis presiding over the owners' side, and Mr W. Abraham, M.P., over the workmen's side. In the absence of Mr T. Richards, M.P. (who, with Mr A. Onions, is attending a colliery inquest at Bath), the sec- retarial duties on the workmen's side were dis- charged by Mr Watts Morgan. The chairman and secretary of the owners' side reported that some time ago they had waited upon the Home Office authorities, by their request, with reference to the alleged ex- cessive hours worked by boys in mines in Mon- mouthshire and other parts of South Wales. The Home Office authorities said their atten- tion had been called to the fact that in several pits the boys worked not only an excessive number of hours per day, but also the hours they worked per week exceeded the maximum of 54, laid down in the Act of 1872. Replying to the owners, Mr Abraham, M.P., said that the workmen's representatives would have no objection to meet the owners to discuss the matter, but it must be clearly understood that so far nothing had been done from the workmen's side in this matter. They were, however, prepared to meet the owners on the subject, without prejudice, on some special day, with the view of meeting the objections of the Home Office. No further decision was arrived at. It is believed that this matter of excessive hours worked by boys in mines was brought I to the notice of the Home Office by the evi- dence given by workmen's representatives from South Wales and Monmouthshire before the Royal Commission on Mines. The work- men contend that the only remedy is a legis- lative eight hours day for men and boys. Whitsuntide Holidays. It was decided that holidays be taken at the collieries on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednes- day in Whit-week. Mr Watts Morgan com- plained that the Glamorgan Coal Company had refused to carry out the arrangements made by the Conciliation Board for the holi- days in Easter week, with the result that the night workmen had been made to lose what is known as the bonus turn in two weeks. It was resolved to leave the matter in the hands of the colliery management and the local miners' agent, to be dealt with in an amicable manner. Hauliers' Grievances. Several matters were raised with reference to the Hauliers' Joint Committee, and it was re- solved to ask Mr Hann and Mr Evan Thomas, the two chairmen, to convene a meeting of the sub-committee at an early date in order to clear off various matters in dispute. It was agreed that the summonses issued by the Powell Duffryn Co. against the workmen of the Treaman Colliery be suspended, and -this matter was entrusted to Mr Joseph Shaw and Mr W. Abraham. M.P., for settlement. It was reported that notices tendered by the hauliers against the action of the management of the Brittanic Colliery, Giliach Gocli, in deal- ing with two of their workmen had been with- drawn and the matter in dispute amicably arranged. The question of contracts existing as between the employers and the workmen in the Glyn Colliery was left over to a future meeting. In connection with the dispute at Varteg Hill Colliery, complaints were received from the workmen that the matter was still un- settled, and it was resolved to urge Mr Rout- ledge and Mr W. Harris to attend to the matter at once. It was reported that the owners of the Albion Road Colliery (Messrs Baldwin, Ltd.) had given notices irregularly to the workmen and were trying to force the men to accept a re- duction in the price list without bringing the dispute before the Conciliation Board. The .matter was referred back to be dealt with locAily by the owners and the workmen. The Blaenavon cases being delayed the owners' side promised that their secretary should write urging the arbitrators to meet at once to deal with them.
OFFICIAL REPORT. The following official report was supplied by Mr Gascoyne Dalziel, the owners' secretary :— The question of the continued stoppage of 26 men working in the four-feet seam at Messrs the Powell Dyffryn Company's. Frea- man Colliery was raised by the owners' re- presentatives. and it was arranged that the men should resume work, and that Messrs W. J. Heppel and D. Watts Morgan should in- quire into the matter. Three questions which had been raised at previous meetings were again brought forward by the workmen's representatives, namely— (1) as to the supply of house coal to injured workmen (2) as to the introduction by the owners of a new book which newly-engaged workmen were requested to sign, declaring that they had not previously suffered from diseases scheduled under the Workmen's Com- pensation Act; and (3) as to the payment of colliers whose working places are found to be in an abnormal condition. It was decided that, inasmuch as the questions involved im- portant points of principle, it was desirable to appoint a committee of inquiry, which'would report to a future meeting of the Board. Ac- cordingly a sub-committee of si x members from each side of the Board will be appointed for the purpose. The following disputes were referred to two representatives of the Board for investiga- tion :—The prices to be fixed for the different seams in Messrs the Glamorgan Coal Com- pany's Collieries (Messrs T. Griffiths and Evan Thomas) the cutting prices at Gellideg seam at Aberaman Colliery (Messrs T. Griffiths and John Williams, M.P.) payment of dooring money to colliers when' they are called out to do hauling work at Messrs In- soles Collieries (Messrs E. M. Hann-and Chas. Edwards) change of method of working at Brook Drift Colliery (C. H. Eden and C. B. Stanton) price list at Britannic Colliery (Messrs W. W. Hood and W. H. Morgan) screening dispute at Abercarn Colliery (Messrs W. H. Routledge and Charles Edwards). It was reported that several disputes had been settled by the two representatives to whom they were referred.
DEADLY BRAWN. Seventeen Persons Poisoned. A remarkable case of wholesale poisonin has occurred at the village of Murrow, Cam. bridgeshire, 17 people belonging to tour tamihes having been affected, two of whom have died. Mrs Boston, the wife of a bricklayer, bought in the village a quantity of pig bones and a pig's head for the purpose of making brawn, the local name of which is pork-cheese. Later Mrs Boston purchased some fried fish which, when warmed, was consumed by herself, her husband, their two children, and a girl visitor. The brawn was made the following day, but before any of it was eaten all the members of the household, with the exception of Mr Boston, were taken with violent sickness. Some of the brawn was given to two families named Dade and Ramsey, and every. one in their households who ate the brawn, and also Mrs Wilson, who had attended Mrs Boston while she was ill after eating the fish, were affected similarly to the Bostons. So were the father and mother of Mrs Wilson, who are iiauieu. i urner, uiey navmg apparently eaten some of the brawn. Muriel May Ramsey, aged nine, and Mrs Turner, aged 74, succumbed and others are not yet out of danger. At the inquest held in the fatal cases a ver- dict that Death was due to irritant poison effects, caused by eating pork-cheese," was returned.
TIME HUNG HEAVILY. Worried by the illness of his wife, and de- pressed because he had nothing to do after employment on the water for 50. years, Charles William Callaghan, a master mariner of Chat- ham, committed suicide by hanging himself. At the inquest on Saturday the son said his father retired a. few months ago on a pension,' but could not get accustomed to a life of in- action. He was of excitable habits, and unfor- tunately had no hobby. The jury returned a ¡ verdict of Suicide during temporary in- ,sanity."
Sunday School Union. PRESIDENT VISITS CARDIFF. Competition Shield Awarded. The nterest taken in the work of the Cardiff Sunday School Union was demoiistriked by the crowded assembly at the Cowbridge-road United Methodist Church on Saturday, when a reception was held to meet Mr F. F. Belsey (chairman of the Sunday School Union Council) and in the evening a public meeting tookplace to witness the distribution of prizes in connec- tion with the scholars' Scripture examination, and also for the presenting of the competition shield, which has this year been won by the Cowbridge-road school. Welcoming the large number of teachers present at the reception, Mr V'illiam Broben (chairman of the Cardiff Union) said that they were most anxious to conduct better teachers' preparation classes, this being necessary in view of the rapid development of school organisation and work. They must aim at con- tinual progress, and he urged his hearers never to be satisfied that their Sunday school work was perfect, but to be always in a con- tinual state, of holy unrest." After referring to the warm Welsh wel- come he had received, Mr Belsey said that that gathering was similar to those being held all over the country, showing the deep interest now felt in the work. He emphasised the per- sonal side of the teachers' duty. To make their efforts most effective they had to understand the Book they taught, the child they taught, andvthe best method of teaching. In order to gain the first, it was nearly always possible to obtain the services of qualified. men from churches or colleges who would be willing to gve Bible talks." Then they had to study the growth of the child's mind, and having done this they must carefully consider "how to teach the Book to the child." If they wished to learn how to teach they should study the methods adopted by the day-school teachers, many of whom were deeply in sym- pathy with Sunday school work. Above all, they must study the method of the Great Teacher Himself, who questioned His disciples continually, and who drew his illus- trations and suggestions from the common in. cidents of every-day life. He spoke of the value of specimen lessons, and laid particular stress upon the value of questioning and the right methods to be adopted. When illustra- tions were drawn from the environment of the child, he then could understand more clearly the truths taught. Preparation classes for the teachers should always have a question box," for this was the means of help to a great many students. "The work," he concluded, "is worthy of the best means." Mr F. iF- BELSEY. (Photo by Russell.) I MR FRANCIS FLINT BELSEY. Mr Belsey was born at Rochester in 1837. At 16 he was secretary of the British and Foreign Schools. Then he became a member of the first School Board, and was soon elected chairman. Twice he filled the office of Mayor, and was put on the Commission of the Peace for both Rochester and the county of Kent. Twice also he has contested a seat for Parlia- ment. For his native city he has done much. He founded a workmen's club, and afterwards, when two others were started, converted it into a branch of the Y.M.C.A. and a temper- ance hotel. But the Sunday school cause has commanded his best energies. For 45 years he was superintendent of the Vines Sunday School at Rochester, and 40 years ago he came up as a delegate to the Sunday School Union meet- ings from the Rochester and Chatham Sunday School Union. This brought him into touch with the National lunion, his services to which have been of inestimable worth. As a writer of text books, as a public speaker, as chairman of the Council, and in a hundred other ways his life has been given in rich and fruitful ser- vice to the Sunday schools of the world. He was elected president of the Sunday School Union in its centenary year, 1903, the highest office which the Union has to bestow.
DR. D. G. LLOYD. --4- The new Medical Officer of Health of the Newcastle Emlyn Workhouse and Cenarth district.
WOMEN FREETRADERS. Llangwm's Chilling Reception to Tariff Reformers. Tariff Reformers are not meeting with a very gratifying reception in Pembrokeshire. At Letterston a Tariff Reform meeting was aban- doned to opponents, who. elected Mr J. Harries, of Stagscastle, to the chair, and passed a strong Free Trade resolution. On Saturday evening the Tariff Reform speakers invaded the oyster village of Llan- gwm, but met with a reception that was de- cidedly chilling. The LlangwH^ women are pronounced Free Traders, and as the brake containing the Tariff Reform speakers drove down the village the women, attired in their picturesque red skirts and broad-brimmed felt hats, shook their fists at these unwelcome in- truders with their gramaphones. Mr J. Lort Phillips, who presided, regretted that his neighbours and tenants at Llangwm were indifferent to the question of Tariff Reform. It showed that he never exercised any pressure on his tenantry in political matters. For himself he regarded Tariff Reform as the question of the hour. Mr Walter Roch, the prospective Liberal candi- date, had put Disestablishment and Disendow- ment in the forefront, but the next election would not be fought on this, but Tariff Reform. Mr Ivan Davies advocated a tax on foreign- made motor-cars, and asserted that 75 per cent. of the ladies of Haverfordwest wore foreign made goods. He did not blame them, but at the same time imports should not come into the country free, while at the same time people in the North of England were abso- lutely starving. Mr Gould followed, and said he believed there would soon be a bve-election in Pem- brokeshire, when they would be able to choose between a Tariff Reformer and Free Trader. Mr Gould aiso told his hearers that when the preachers told them from their pulpits to vote for Free Trade they should question them- as to what they meant by Free Trade. The preachers were the chaps he was after. Like the cobbler, they ought to stick to work they knew something about.
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD. The Gorsedd Examinatiens. On Saturday the examinations of candidates* for the degrees of bard, druid, ovate, and the musical degrees of the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain in connection with this year's National Eisteddfod were held at several centres throghout the Principality and some of the principal towns of England'. The examinations were arranged by Eifionydd, of Carnarvon, the recorder of the Gorsedd, as- sisted by some of the members of the Gorsedd at the various centres. The examiners who prepared the questions and will examine the answers are For the degree of bard the Revs. Evan Recs (Dyted), the Archdruid of Wales Thomas Davies (Bethel), of Cardiff and J. Dyfnallt Owen, of Pontypridd. For the degree of ovate, the Revs. Ben Davies, of Ystalyfera, and J. C. Davies (Cadvanl, of Aberystwyth, and Llwydfryn and for the musical degrees, Mr John H. Roberts, Mus. Bac. (Pencerdd Gwynedd), of Liverpool Mr R. Wilfrid Jones, of Wrexham: and Mr W. J. Williams (Gwilym Alaw), of Carnarvon.
On Sunday evening a man named Fred Dastin (24), of no fixed abode, was taken to the Swansea Central Police Station on a charge of attempted suicide by jumping into the North Dock. It is not stated how he got into the dock, and Dastin himself has made no statement to the police. When rescued he was described as being in a state of collapse. The police sent him to the Workhouse Infirmary for treatment.
MR LLOYD GEORGE. FINE SPEECH IN EDINBURGH. Battle With the Brewer. SHALL THE TRADE TRIUMPH ? SUFFRAGETTES CAUSE DISORDER. Under the auspices of the Scottish Temper- ance Legislation Board and other temperance organisations, a great demonstration was held on Saturday afternoon in the King's Theatre, Edinburgh. The gathering was held in support of the English Licensing Bill, and the chief speaker was the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George, M.P., the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The theatre was crowded in every part when the Master of Polworth took the chair. Amongst those on the platform were Sir Samuel Chisholm, Sir A. R. Simpson, Master of Elibank, M.P., Mr Alex. Ure, M.P., Lord Provost Gibson, Rev. Dr. Alex. Whyte, the host of Mr Lloyd George, Lord Forbes, Mr Alex. Cross, M.P.. Principal Stewart, Rev. Principal Hutton, Mr J. W. Gulland, M.P., Dr. Laws, Moderator of the U.F. Church, Mr J. D. Sope, M.P.. Sir James Low, Mr C. H. Lyell, M.P., Mr C. E. Price. M.P., Sir James B. Smith, Mr J. D. Hope, M.P.. Mr G. P. Esslemont, Mr G. McCrae, M.P., Sir Henry Ballantyne, Cap- tain Murray, M.P., Sir James Sivewright, Lord Dalmeny, M.P., Principal Sir James Donald- son, St. Andrews. Mr James Murray, M.P., Lord Had do, and Lord Provost of Dundee. Air Llcyd George had a very enthusiastic welcome from the audience when he rose to speak. He said they were engaged in the southern part of this island in a great struggle to redeem our land from one of the most terrible evils that affected it. (Hear, hear.) They had got a trade in this land which con- ducted its operations in a way that constituted a peril to the State. (Hear, hear.) There was a gigantic waste of national resources involved in it. Here Mr Lloyd George was subjected to. the first of a series of interruptions by suffragettes, one of whom demanded votes for women." When she had desisted, Mr Lloyd George said the worst of it was that he agreed with the lady. (Laughter.) He would give her the vote to-morrow. The Lady in the Gallery Thank you. That is the first thank you I ever had from them, retorted Mr Lloyd George, amid laughter. The woman again got up, and, making more noise this time, w.as ejected by a number of stewards. Why don11you give women the vot$?" came from another suffragette in the dress- circle, and amid cries of Put her out," the interrupter was ejected. Mr Lloyd George expressed surprise that for 20 years these ladies had never asked the ques- tion of a Unionist Government. (Applause.) Continuing, he said that the drink trade bred more poverty, disease, crime, and vice than any single causejA the land. It was responsible for a great mass of festering degradation, and the Government proposed to deal with it. (Cheers.) CARRIED OUT. Another suffragette here broke in with the cry, Does the Government intend to give women the vote ?" Mr Lloyd George said the question had been answered by the Prime Minister, and every sensible woman would be satisfied. The woman, however, was not satisfied, and had to be carried out. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said he had always maintained that there was no cause that would gain more by the extension of the suffrage to women than the cause of temperance. (Applause.) But when they found the women associated with such tactics as they had found in Peckham and North- West Manchester, he was certain they were doing more harm than good to the sacred cause of womanhood by doing that. (Applause.) He declared that the Government staked their existence upon dealing with the drink evil. (Cheers.) There was no doubt, he continued, that the Trade was a great power in the land. The Government had challenged a powerful, ruthless, relentless foe. There was one thing which characterised this Trade when it was attacked which they would find hardly true of any other interest. None of those ordinary considerations of party or of patriotism which appealed to every other section of the com- munity seemed to-affect that Trade. The Trade was absolutely solid. In England the Trade threatened to boycott people who voted against them. They would withhold charitable subscriptions, and, as an able Wesleyan friend of his said, that was like firing on the red cross. (Applause.) But if Britain was to re- main a free country it must over- throw the dominion of that Trade. If they were beaten this time—politicians having the usual share of the instinct of self-preservation—they would have some difficulty in inducing any party to take up the question again in their day." That was why he said the drink reign of terror would be established in this land. Its throne would be riveted in the politics of the nation, and he had come to Scotland to ask their help. (Applause.) They would find men who said they were in favour of temperance reform, but who objected to this particular measure. They always did. (Laughter.) He asked them to regard with considerable sus- picion that attitude towards the Bill. The brewers' support was invaluable to the Tory party, for the publicans could supply 100,000 electioneering committee-rooms and 100,000 canvassers. Beer prevailed where the gramo- phone failed. (Laughter.) The Bill provided that all the licences in Englandvand Wales should have a time limit of 14 years. (A Voice Too long.) He agreed with the interniptcr, but they were prepared to be liberal. He thought King Hezekiah had 15 years to prepare—(loud laughter)—but the brewers said their reckoning was a heavier one. (Laughter and applause.) They wanted a longer time to prepared for their end. Why should they ? At the end of 14 years the Bill pro- posed that the people residing in the neigh- bourhood'should have the absolute right to declare how many public-houses they wanted to supply their needs—(cheers)—or whether they wanted any public-houses at all. The hope of the Government was to get rid of the redundance of public-houses, especially in the poorer quarters of the cities, and which reduced the slums to beer-sodden swamps. Where, he asked, was the injustice of the Bill ? Mr Lloyd George proceeded to declare that the Government's proposal was the most moderate that had ever been put for- ward by any responsible Government for deal- ing with the question in the British Empire, or in America. In Canada the time limit was ninety days. In the United States not a day was given. In Australia the limit was fourteen to fifteen years, but in New Zealand there was no time limit; and, after all, the peoples of these countries were not pirates. (Laughter.) 200,000 CONVICTIONS. A licence, he said, was not the freehold of the brewer. It was purely an annual licence. (Applause). How long, he asked, did the law allow an inventor the monopoly of his ideas, the product of his own brain ? Fourteen years and his invention probably benefited mankind. Whom had the brewer benefited ? Was Britain better, brighter, nobler for the mono- poly ? (Chorus of No.") If, then, fourteen years was good enough for the inventor, it was too much for the brewer. (Loud cheers.) The Trade had really broken faith with the nation. It was a breach of the law to make a man drunk. Yet last year there were 200,000 convictions for drunkenness, which was pro- bably ^osl^c. one-tenth of the drunkenness of the land. These 200,000 drunks were breaches of contract by the Trade, yet the Trade came down and pleaded that contract which it had torn to ribbons long ago. (Applause.) Every slum was a breach of contract. (Renewed applause.) If they had not the excessive drinking, half the profits of the Trade would disappear. It was a fine old English adage which said. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands." (Applause.) In conclusion, Mr Lloyd George said the Government's object was a land where they would meet no drunkard staggering on the road towards his doom—a land where they had no slums for humanity to rot in a land with two-thirds of its prison cells empty a land with its workhouses vanished a land with its children well fed, well clothed, well sheltered well trained, with their merry laughter ringing through the streets a land where the curse of drink shall be driven from its haunts. That was their ideal. They asked Scotland to help them to it. (Loud cheers.) Sir Samuel Chisholm (Glasgow) moved a resolution thanking the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer for his address, pledging the meeting to render every possible assistance to those who, irrespective of party, have given their support to the Government in its endeavour to place upon the Statute Book a comprehensive and effective measure of temperance reform for England and Wales, and calling upon the Government to introduce into Parliament at the earliest opportunity a measure of temper- ance reform for Scotland which shall take into account the more advanced state of Scottish opinion upon this question. f Sir Alexander R. Simpson (Edinburgh) seconded, and the motion was adopted with acclamation. In reply, Mr Lloyd George said he would bring before the Cabinet Scotland's desire for a more atdvanced measure of temperance reform. Outside the theatre the women who had been ejected endeavoured to address the crowd from a platform improvised from an orange box. The crowd, however, was in no mood to listen, and, pelting them with bread and paper, forced them to beat a retreat to an ice- cream shop, where for some time they re- mained besieged.
FRENCH ONION MEN. How Aliens Act Affects. Them. It would appear that the report circulated to the effect that the Breton peasants, who visit this country annually to vend their onions, resent the formalities to which they have to submit under the Aliens Act, has no foundation in fact. They have to submit to no formalities whatever," said a Customs official at Cardiff on Saturday. The only condition imposed upon them is that they must come to this country in batches of not less than 20, and we have not beard that they obiect to that."
Radnorshire Liberals. ANNUAL MEETING OF ASSOCIATION. Mr Lloyd Geerge: What Will His Pelicy Be ? SPEECH BY SIR FRANCIS EDWARDS. The annual meeting of the Radnorshire Liberal Association was held on Friday at Franks bridge, a remote village over five miles from Builth Railway Station and most inac- cessible from the greater part of the county. Nevertheless, the experiment was a great suc- cess, and there was a splendid attendance of Liberal stalwarts from Rhayader, Presteign, Knighton, Llandriiidod Wells, and from all parts of rural Radnorshire. The retiring president (Mr J. W. Stephens, J.P., C.C., of Womaston) presided, and delivered a speech on current politics. The following officers were unanimously elected :—President, Alderman Thomas Davies, J.P.. C.C., Fronolan vice-president, Mr Jeffrey Jones, Llandrindod Wells hon. secre- tary, Mr C. M. Nixon, Knighton (re-elected) treasurer, Mr Richard Morgan, Rhayader (re- elected). The County Member's Speech. Sir Francis Edwards, Bart., M.P. for Rad- norshire, who was cordially received, spoke enthusiastically of the qualities and abilities of Mr Asquith and Mr Lloyd George, the new Premier and the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Asquith's last Budget was a triumph for Free Trade and a staggering blow to Tariff Reform. It had given old age pen- sions and at the same time reduced the tax on sugar, and in about three years the national debt would have been reduced by £46,000,000. (Cheers.) This hadcbeen accomplished under Free Trade, whilst Protectionist Germany would probably increase its national debt in the next five years by £50,000,000. Touching on the education question, Sir Francis pleaded that although the Irish hadsomewhatthwarted the Liberals in their desires with regard to this matter, yet Liberals should not judge them harshly, as being Roman Catholics the matter was one of deep principle with them, and Liberals must try; to solve this problem by satisfying the just demands of all people. The olive branch had been held out, but there could be no settlement without the conceding of popular control and the abolition of tests. (Cheers.) He was hopeful of a compromise fair to all parties, but High Churchmen, like Lord Hugh Cecil and Lord Halifax, made a settlement very difficult. These men claimed the same privileges as the Roman Catholics. They scorned the name Protestant, and despised undenominational religious instruction. Did they despise undenominational religious itt* struction because they believed it to be bad, as the Roman Catholics did, or because they considered it to be insufficient ? If the former, then the place for these men was not within the Protestant Church of England, but out- side of it. (Loud cheers.) If the latter, then they should pay for additional religious in- struction at their own expense. (Renewed cheers.) Sir Francis proceeded to give whole-hearted support to the Licensing Bill, saying he had never heard of anything quite so despicable as the threats of the brewers to boycot Church charities because the hishops were daring to do what they considered to be their duty to God and man. (Cheers.) After replying to the charges that the Government were robbers and spoliators, and that the Bill would injure the innocent investor, Sir Francis said the whole heart of the Tory party was now in Protection. He could not understand how this policy would benefit the farmer. It would in- crease the price of feeding stuffs, manures, agricultural implements, food, rent and for almost everything the farmer had to buy he would have to pay more than under Free Trade. The Tories were anxious to find some system which would bring in more money, but there were systems which would do that without the taxing of the food of the people. (Cheers.) They now had a Welsh- man as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and he (Sir Francis) had a shrewd suspicion that Mr Lloyd George had some ideas on this subject. (Hear, hear.) His idea would be to tax the rich for the benefit of the poor, and not the re- verse, and he could assure them that if Mr Lloyd George brought in a Bill for the graduat- ing of the income-tax it would have the sup- port of the member for Radnorshire. (Cheers.) Subsequently the members of the associa- tion sat down to tea, provided at the Franks. bridge Schoolroom.
LATE CARSLAKE THOMPSON. Unveiling of aTabletto His Memory On Sunday afternoon there was a large con- gregation present at the West Grove Unitarian Church, Cardiff, when a memorial service was held and a tablet unveiled to the memory of the late George Carsla-kc Thompson, one of the founders of the church. The whole of the members of the Thompson family were present, and representatives of the Unitarian cause from Newport, Aberdare, Pontypridd, and other places in the South-East Wales Unitarian Society, of which Mr Carslake Thompson was a prominent member, as well as many friends of the late Mr Thompson who are not connected with the cause. The open- ing service was taken by the Rev. Blount Mott, the minister of West Grove, after which letters were read from many absent friends, including communications from the Rev. George St. Clair, the Rev. W. Whittaker, of Hull (two former ministers of West Gro e), and Professor Weatherall, late of Carmarthen. The unveiling of the tablet was performed by the Rev. Edward Odgpts, of Oxford, who de- livered a most touching address on the many characteristic's and personal excellences of his old friend and fellow student George Carslake Thompson. He was an outdoor man, a. lover of nature, a climber, a walker, attached to Nature, and a student of her ways. He was not content to run out for an hour to look at Nature. Many of his greatest pleasures were found in simple ways, with plants and flowers, and on th hills,and his great love of re made of him an astronomer. He was a man of broad out- look, of great liberality in thought, and he combined with his breadth the warmth of the enthusiast, which made him a devoted friend and a loyalsupportcrof any causehe espoused. The younger members of the congregation could scarcely realise what the empty seat in the church he served and founded meant to those who had grown up with him in the cause, and who had lost an encouraging friend and fellow-worshipper. The memorial tablet is in excellent tasoa and of artistic beauty. There is nothing funereal about it, in its mellow and subdued, tones of coloured marble and alabaster, with design in glass mosaics. The decoration is made up of the wild rose, Mr Carslake Thompson's favourite flower. The inscription reads To the memory of George Carslake Thompson, an active member and devoted supporter of this church, of which he was one of the founders, who died 30th March, 1906, in the 63rd year of his age. This tablet is dedicated by sorrowing fellow-worshippera in grateful recognition of a life-long service to the cause of liberal religion." Mr H. Woolcott Thompson thanked the subscribers on behalf of the trustees of the church for the beautiful gift to the memory of his brother, and to the church. He also thanked them on behalf of the family, and he thought it was not too egotistical to say that his brother was one of the founders of that church, and had given of his time and of his means in the interests of liberal religion. They felt that his loss was great.
LR.C. MEETIN8 AT ABERAVON. Prospective Candidate for Swansea District. The Aberavon, Port Talbot, and District Trade and Labour Council has now become de- funct, but it is replaced by a stronger organisa- tion, viz., the L.R.C., and the first meeting of the latter body was held on Sunday after- noon in the Grand Hall, Aberavon, when there was a very large attendance. County Coun- cillor Henry Davies, Cwmavon. presided, sup- ported by Messrs Richard Davies (London), Tom Griffiths (Neath), Jonah Charles (Dockers' Union, Aberavon), W. Lewis and R. Llewellyn (Taibach), and others. Mr R. Davies (Municipal Employees' Asso- ciation, London, delivered an address on they progress and work of the Labour movement throughout the country during the last 50 years. Mr T. Griffiths (Neath) also addressed the meeting. A resolution approving of the establishment of a branch of the L.R.C. for the Aberavon district, and calling upon all organised workers to support it was moved by.Mr J. Charles. Mr W. Lewis, in seconding, said the time had come when they in the Swansea District Division should be represented in Parliament by a Labour member. (Cheers.) He was sure that in their chairman they had one capable of holding his own with any man—(applause)— and when a bye-election or another General Election came they would not need to go fur- ther than CwmaVon to seek for a suitable can- didate. (Loud applause.) Thhe Chairman I agree that the time haa „ come when the Swansea District should have a Labour representative, but it should be left to the whole of the organised bodies of the dis- trict to decide upon the candidate. (Laughter and cheers.) The resolution was carried unanimously.
CARGO IN FLAMES. Exciting Fire Scene at Sea. Lisbon, Sunday.—The British steamee Glenisla, belonging to Dundee, ran into the Tagus this morning with her cargo of esparto grass blazing furiously. The fire, which broke out amidships, threatened to destroy the vessel, but thanks to the efforts of tugs and fireboats sent out from the arsenal at Lisbon the outbreak was mainly confined to the cargo, this, however, being completely destroyed. Several men on board sustained severe in- juries in fighting the flames. The damage Ï8 estimated at many thousands of pouztds^- Central News. i