Merthyr Board of Guardians. On Saturday, July 1st. Present: Mr John Prowle, in the chair; Mrs. Maria Richards, Mrs. Lydia Price, Mrs. H. E. Wills, Mrs. M. T. Williams, Mrs. M. A. Edmunds, Revs. LI. M. Williams, D. L. Jones, Messrs. T. D. Williams, Mor- gan Williams, John Davies, John Hughes" Rees Rees, Thos. Morgan, D. J. Phillips, Wm. Thomas, Evan Davies, Wa Lie:1 Lewis, W. LI. Jones, Stafiron Bolwell, John Davies, John Edwards, Charles Fenwick, John Lloyd, Patrick Mansfield, Henry Owen, A J. How Held, Wm. Jones, Samuel Morgan, J. God- frey, Joseph Price, Morgan Thomas, James Davies, with Mr. F. T. James (clerk) and Mr. D. G. Jones (assistant clerk). More Farm Land.—The Farms Com- mittee recommended that the Clerk make enquiries as to whether there was any additional land available in the neighbourhood of the Industrial Farm, Trecynon, which the Guardians could obtain on rent or lease. Rate.aided Institutions. —Members' special attention was called to the de- cision of the War Office, given in the course of a letter dealing with a specific local case. The latter stated De- pendents' allowance is not issuable to pei •sons in rate-aided institutions ex- eept in cases where the soldier made regular payments before enlistment for the dependent already in such an insti- tution." College bf Nursing.—Mr. J. ,Prowle and Mr. T. T. Jenkins were elected as representatives to attend any meetings or conferences which might be held in connection with the College of Nursing. A Bull.A discussion arose con- cerning the provision of boots to chil- dren who were settled in the Machyn- lleth Union.—Mr. John Davies spoke in favour of granting boots, and men- tioned that in his capacity as attend- ance officer he knew of children who were unable to attend school because they had no boots.—Mr. Staffron Bol- well supported, and said that it was their duty as Guardians to see that the children had proper education and that they had boots to get education in. (Laughter.)—Ultimately the Clerk sug- gested that he should communicate with the Machynlleth Union and ask for their instructions as to whether the Merthyr Board should pay 6-d. a week extra, or provide boots.—This course was adopt- ed. Va.ccination.A letter from Mr. John Davies, vaccination officer, Aberdare, in reply to complaints made by a visit- ing inspector, was referred to a com- mittee.—Guardian John Davies said he had had some insight into the work, and Mr. Davies had a good answer to the criticism.—In reply to the Clerk's letter the vaccination officer for Gelligaer stated it was not his practice to take proceedings against people who neglect- ed to have their children vaccinated.— Mr. Cledwyn Davies, vaccination officer for Merthyr and Cefn, wrote that he had not taken proceedings against any- one, neither had he had occasion to do so. Exemption certificates were so easily obtained that parents took ad- vantage of same. Certificates of ex- emptions were increasing.—The Rector asked for a return, showing the per- centage of vaccinations and exemptions. Trecynon Red Cross.—Mr. Rees Rees asked if there was any communication re the amended agreement with the Red Cross Society.—The Clerk replied that he had sent a draft to Mrs. Williams, one of the commandants of the Hospi- tal, but had not yet received an answer. —Mr. J. Prowle said that the Red Cross Committee had met the previous night, and had decided to send a reply to the Board. It was stated that the time was not opportune to enter into a new agreement, because of the uncer- tainty of the action of the War Office regarding the furnishing of the build- ing. Not from the Kaiser.—The Clerk re- ported the receipt of a letter from the Local Government Board pointing out that the money paid to British born wives and children of interned aliens came from the British Exchequer and not from Germany or Austria. (Laugh- ter.)—Rector: Probably that bit is for the information of those wives who might be going about saying that the money comes from the Kaiser. (Re- newed laughter.) The Auditor.—The Rector moved: That the Clerk be instructed to for- ward to the Local Government Board (with a view of having the same con- firmed) copies of all minutes of the Guardians authorising the payment of expenses of members delegated to at- tend central committee meetings, con- ferences, or visits to institutions where inmates from the Union are maintained, in order that unnecessary and vexatious interference by the auditor may be avoided." He added that there was an impression abroad that members were continually under the burden of a sur- charge. When 'a few members were surcharged for expenses incurred in at- tending conferences, committees, etc., the newspapers blazoned forth: Guardians again surcharged," and certain names were used. It was not only unkind but it was unjust that they should be singled out for attacks. There was a resolution on the books providing a scale of allowances for mem- hers when they went outside the Union to attend to some work. If that scale was too high or illegal, let the Local Government Board say so, in order to obviate the ridicule which was heaped on them.—Mr. Wm. Jones seconded.— Mr. Walter Lewis declared that public men would always have mud slung at them, and some of it was sure to stick. —The motion was carried. Salaries.Nli-. J. Prowle submitted the following motion That the Fin- rnr-o Committee deal with the question or temporary increases of wages and salaries, and submit a recommendation stoting the particulars of such to the Board."—Mr. Prowle remarked that they were the only Board who had not defilt with their staff consequent upon the new conditions imposed by the war. —The motion was seconded and agreed to.. Assessment.—Mr. W. R. Jones, ac- countant. Aberdare, wrote asking the Board to receive a deputation from ihe Licensed Victuallers, who were making a request for 25 per cent. reduction in j their assessments owing to the loss in business following upon the restricted hours.—It was agreed that the Assess- ment Committee would receive a depu- tation of three. The Clerk reported I that Mr. D. R. Llewelyn, Aberdare, had withdrawn his appeal for a reduc- tion in the assessment of Dullas Col- liery, Llwydcoed. An application was made in Quarter Sessions on behalf of the Board for the confirmation of the existing rateable value of 7d. per ton for large coal and 3d. for small. Costs had been incurred, and £ 120 would be paid to Mr. A. Fox Tallis, Newport; Mr A. T. Richards, Cardiff, and Messrs. W. Rhyde and Sons, London. The Chairman remarked that these costs would be recovered from Mr. Llewelyn. I
Abercynon Police Court. Thursday, June 29 Before Messrs. W. Fenwick (chairman) and Thos. Jones. Held Up Motor Car. I Alfred Evans and John Gough, both of Matthewstown, were charged with causing an obstruction on the Main II Road, Matthewstown.—P.C. Williams stated that he saw both defendants &t 9.20 in the evening of June 19th fight- ing on the road. They had their coats and caps off and a huge crowd had gathered to watch the proceedings. The crowd was so dense that a motor car was held up for some time. There were previous convictions against both de- fendants, neither of whom appeared.— Fined 30s. each or 21 days.
A Costly Dog. Wm. Henry Jones, Abercynon, was summoned for not having a licence for his dog when the officer called. The wife of defendant appeared, and pro- duced the licence for the dog, which she had taken out since.—Mr. T. Elias (magistrates' clerk) pointed out that the Bench were compelled to fine de- fendant 25s., as he had been fined for 2 dogs in 1914.-The Bench imposed a fine of 25s.
Coal Stealing. Wm. Hughes, a Penrhiwceiber youth, was fined 10s. for stealing coal, the property of the Penrikyber Colliery Co. When challenged by P.S. Beedles he said he was taking it home, because he hadn't got much there. The coal was valued at 8d., and defendant had been fined before.
Holiday Hints. THE SONG OF THE SEA AND THE SEA OF SONG AT ABERYSTWYTH. We are still at war but we cannot do without holidays any more than we can do without bread. The soldier gets his furlough-or ought to get it, and the mine worker and munition worker ought to get their holiday. This year the toilers in the mine and munition factory stand more than ever in need of a summer respite, for the exigencies of war have deprived them of their Whit- sun rest. We are at war, and the cheap excursion is now as extinct as the cheap loaf. No longer can the day tripper of the industrial centres of South Wales have his cheap run to Barry or Penarth or the Mumbles, but facilities for those workers who are in need of a long rest and a complete change are still avail- able. Tourist tickets at reduced rates may still be obtained, and the Cam- brian Railways Co. issue their Holiday Contract Tickets which enable the tourist to travel along the Cardigan Bay Coast at a very cheap rate and visit so many famous health resorts and holiday centres. When the call of the mountain comes and the echo of the song of the sea is heard in July the wearied worker feels that he must respond, and without de- mur he goes and consults the railway time tables. To the residents of the large industrial areas of Glamorgan and Monmouth the Brecon and Merthyr Railway and the Cambrian Railways this summer again offer excellent facilities on their respective systems, which together form the royal highway to the hills of Gwyllt Walia as well as to the world-renowned spas of Mid- Wales and the unparalleled coastline skirted by the Cardigan Bay. On August 16, 17, and 18 the National Eisteddfod will be held at Aberystwyth. The miners, ironworkers and tinplate- workers of South Wales are all music lovers 4and eisteddfodwyr to the core# Now here is a grand opportunity. They may come to Aberystwyth and enjoy a feast of song. They may also explore the beauty spots of Aberystwyth and the many other popular resorts, of which Aberystwyth is the centre. This may be done best by means of the Holi- day Contract Ticket, 50 miles of coast line for 7s. per week. The tickets en- able tourists to make any number of trips between the stations in the area covered by them. Tickets No. 1 em- J brace the coast line between Aberys- twyth, Machynlleth, Dolgelley, and Barmouth. Tickets No. 2 embrace the coast line between Dolgelley, Barmouth, and Pwllheli. No. 3 include the whole coast line between Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Aberdovey, Dolgelley, Barmouth, and Pwllheli. They are available for break of journey at all intermediate stations, enabling the holders to enjoy the coach drives, golfing, fishing, and mountain climbing at those places. Combined rail and coach and rail and motor tours may be made to some of the most attractive and most interesting places in North Wales, and for this purpose the holiday contract tickets referred to are a great boon to the tourist. By this method the traveller may visit Machynlleth, where Glyndwr held his Parliament; Dinas Mawddwy, haunted by the spirits of the Gwylliaid: the Arran heights, those sentinels of Cymric tradition, and the famous gateway of Snowdonia. A final word. Mid-Wales is a safe nrea for holiday seekers. Hitherto the Zeupelin has not disturbed the histori- cal haunts made famous by Llewelyn and Glyndwr.
"My wife made nn engagement for me to dine at the Bings's. I forgot and went fishing." Catch any- thing?" "Not until I got home."
X -w .1 a mall X A Coming Star. Aberaman possesses a coming I brilliant star in Mr. Ivor G. Pickford, I who appeared as a comedian at a benefit j concert at the Park Cinema, Gadlys, on June 21st. He was an enormous success in his first song, when he featured a "Farmer's Boy. His second song was "Doh Ray Me," which has a catchy chorus, and which fairly took the audience by storm. He has a good stage setting, and is a comedian who possesses a voice of undoubted merit and rare quality. We predict him a bright future in the theatrical world.
:C. -=:č How Hospitals Cure Liver, Kidney and Bladder Disorders. TRAINED NURSE SAYS THEY USE ORDINARY SALTRATED WATER. I During the cold winter months a diet of very heavy heat-producing foods is necessary, and when the warm weather arrives the system is always loaded with accumulated debris, or carbon- aceous waste, which clogs the organs of filtration. and elimination. This means constant absorption of poisonous toxins into the blood, because food cannot pro- perly digest under such conditions, just as there could be no proper combustion of coal in a stove with grate clogged with ashes and chimney choked with soot. Toxins always excite the heart, poison the nerves, and deprive the body of disease-resisting power, so you lack energy, or say you have weak nerves from overwork, etc. Rheumatism, backache, headache, blemished com- plexion, influenza, biliousness, jaun- diced liver, or even appendicitis, drop- sy, and Bright's disease may result, but the real cause is auto-intoxication, or I self-poisoning. With strong, healthy digestive and eliminative organs, and therefore pure rich blood, you could not have such disorders. Try drinking oc- casionally a teaspoonful of common alkia saltrates in a half-tumbler of water and notice how quickly your mind clears, and your whole body be- comes absolutely fit, as your liver and kidneys, the system's great filters <.<nd blood refiners, begin to function proper- ly again. Our research expert tells me that the refined alkiltrates com- pound, a few ounces of which can be supplied at small cost by any good chemist, contains the "saltrates," or essential medicinal constituents obtain- ed by evaporation of the waters from several famous natural curative springs.—H.L.K. SPECIAL NOTE.—We are informed bv a large London firm who refine a specially high grade of Alkia Saltrates that, during the next ten days, they are willing, as an advertising offer, to sup- ply a regular 1/6 size packet free to anyone interested, if applicant cares to send 6d. merely for the postage and packing. Address The Saltrates Com- pany (Dept. 72), 214 Great Portland Street, London, W. An authoritative treatise, giving full directions, useful diet hints and outlines of treatments followed at numerous celebrated spas, will also be sent free with each packet.
| Cwmdare Notes. BY RAFFLES. Who is the young lady that was introduced, engaged and broke it off all in three weeks? One man at the recent tea-party con- sumed 16 pieces of seed cake, 8 pieces of sultana cake, 4 slices of bread and butter, and 15 cups of tea. This is a record. After accomplishing this gigantic feat he had the impudence to play Bobby Bingo. I think he had his shilling's worth. The young lady with a blue shot dress was enjoying herself immensely tea- party night up on the Patches. Raffles saw it all. The coming soprano will be a long time coming, it strikes me. Her recent performance showed that she possessed any amount of quantity, but very slender quality. Professor Popcorn says she is too fond of seed cake to make a successful singer. I noticed that at the tea party. More- over, I agree with Mr. Popcorn that to be a success in the concert room you want something more than noise. Who was the conscientious objector whd" wanted to fight the man next door for 10Jd ? The man at the top house was busy with his telescope on the night of the tea party. He forgets his own young j days. What he saw reminded him of the days of his youth, about three score years ago. The neighbours are conscientious objectors to Miss singing, so I hear down town.
Your father was pretty wealthy when he died, wasn't he?" "Oh, yes." Did he leave your mother much?" Oh, about twice a week."
iii Aberdare Chamber of Trade. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Chamber was held at Miles's Res- taurant, Aberdare, on Wednesday, June 28th, the chair being occupied by the President, Mr. T. W. Griffiths.
Early Closing. Arising out of the minutes reference was made to the question of Saturday night closing, it being stated by some of the members present that there was not perfect unanimity in the matter, as some of the traders were still keeping open after 10. It was resolved to defer further discussion to see how the scheme would work during the next month.
Aberdare Flower Show. The sub-committee elected to deal with the organisation of side shows and competitions for the Flower Show re- ported that they had gone into these matters and it was decided to recom- mend the Chamber a scheme to run timbering competitions, rifle range and a tug-cf-w&r. With regard to the Sheep Dog Trials they felt that the ground space being so small it was better to delete the same from the pro- gramme. The recommendations of the committee were accepted.
August Bank Holiday. Some discussion arose as to what should be. done with regard to closing on August Bank Holiday Tuesday. The grocers and butchers felt that it was not practicable to close on Tuesday. After some discussion it was resolved that the Chamber recommend closing all day on Monday and Tuesday after- noon after 2 o'clock.
The Income Tax. The Secretary read a paper on come Tax," which proved most interest- ing to those present, and a hearty vote of thanks wag accorded him for pre- senting the same.
Condolence. Reference was made to the loss Mr. Morgan Isaac had sustained by the death of his father, and a vote of con- dolence was passed with him in his be- reavement, the members present up- standing.
Letters to the Editor. RESTORED MONEY AT MOUNTAIN ASH. Dear Sir,—Your report of the above in Thursday's issue states I had to pay costs in the above case. When my sister informed the woman who lost the purse I immediately returned the purse and money in full to the owner. It was clearly stated that the case would be dismissed, there being no mention of costs, as the owner did not desire to press the charge.—Yours faithfully, (Mrs.) MARY J. HOWELLS. 5 Morris Avenue, Penrhiwceiber. (We can only repeat that "Dismissed on payment of costs" was the decision announced by the Bench.—Ed.) MOUNTAIN ASH PARK OUTRAGE. Sir,—In last week's "Aberdare Leader" it was stated that Councillor W. Lamburn reported to the Mountain Ash District Council an outrage com- mitted on a little girl in the Park, down by the swings. The remark was made that there were houses close by, and that it being only a small Park a child's scream could be heard from one end of the grounds to the other, and that the Park-keeper could have heard it. In fairness to the people living in the houses close by I should like to know how they could have seen any- thing happening in the Park when last Easter the authorities put up a nine-feet zinc sheeting all along the Park, and it is only the top of the trees that are to be seen by the people now. Also the householders have got to put up with stone-throwing over the sheet by the children. During the last Whitsun school holidays I had a large window broken and the stone came through into the house. Stones were coming over in a shower, and it was impossible to know who the boys were or to stop the stone-throwing. I know that in the past the people living close by have protected many children from being molested and small children from being beaten by larger ones at the swings. When they heard any children crying they would go and see about it. A petition was signed by the householders protesting against the fencing being placed there, but no notice was taken of it.-I remain, on behalf of the people living close by, „ CHAS. SIMMONDS. 13 Cadwaladr Street, Mountain Ash.
tiuiy o, iviv Enrolment of Aberdare J V.T.C. On Tuesday there was a good muster of members of the Aberdare Volunteer Training Corps at the Drill Hall under the direction of Commandant A. L. Gre- gor and other officers. They were en- rolled as volunteers for home defence in the event of imminent invasion, the oath being administered by Mr. F. W. Mander, J.P. Adjutant T. D. Jones, Merthyr, was present on behalf of Major F. T. James, Commander of the Battalion. He complemented the Aber- dare Company on coming forward in such good numbers to swear allegiance to His Majesty the King in the Empire's day of trial.
Burglary at Abernant Station. Last Friday night, June 30th, or early on Saturday morning, a very de- termined attempt at rifling the safe in Abernant Station (G.W.R.) was made. When the station staff arrived on the scene on Saturday morning they found the booking office in a topsy turvy state. The door had been forced open with a heavy iron bar, the windows had been smashed, hundreds of tickets and a quantity of sand were scattered all over the place, while the safe had been blown open with dynamite. The burglars pro- bably had purposely timed their visit for June 30th, inasmuch as on the last day of the quarter there is always a sub- stantial sum of money in hand. The sound of the explosion, however, must have alarmed them, for only 9s. or 10s. from one drawer was missing, and £ 9 or tlO in cash and some hundreds of pounds in cheques in another drawer, had not been touched. The sand was used to deaden the sound, but the mis- creants evidently used more dynamite than was actually required, with the result that everything was blown up and two windows were smashed. The bar which had been used to force the office door open had been obtained from a cabin on the G.W.R. line near Llwyd- coed.
CIRLS COUNTY SCHOOL, ABERDARE. AN EXAMINATION for the Ad- mission (in September) of Fee- Paying Pupils will be held at the School on Saturday, July 8th, from 10 till 12 a.m. Among pupils who qualify for admission preference will be given to those whose parents are prepared to keep them in school four years. .=,# "¡' NEW 5-SE ATER CAR FOR HIRE. Suitable for Parties, Weddings, e,. Moderate Charges. Apply,-WILKINS, 53 HERBERT STREET, ABERDARE. Artificial at Hospital WfejJTyTr";Tuj Prices.. Painless Extractions 6d. per Tooth. FULL UPPER OR LOWER SETS AT Prices per Tooth. Per Set. 3/6 22 2 U 5/- C 3 3 0 6/- Best Teeth £4 4 U Repairs from 3/6 executed in 4 hours. Fillings from 2/6. Scaling and Clean- ing, 2/6. Remodelling, from 21/ Workmanship guaranteed. Done per- sonally on the premises at— GROOM'S DENTAL SURGERY (Over Jones', Jewellers), 17 Canon Street, Aberdare. f Service Depot !i PARKER Bros. ABERDARE. IN STOCK. Dynamo Lighting 6 h.p. Enfield Com- bination ready for delivery. I St Triumph, excellent, C32. 3| Scott, £ 35. Two Lightweights, 210 and 220. FORD VAN. 1916 Zenith, 6 h.p. combination, GraduQ gear, £ 85. 4 h.p. Bradbury and Sidecar, Three- Speed, £45. 2-Speed Calthorpe, splendid, 216. Sole Agents for Enfield Cycles and Motors. Tyres, Oil, Grease, PETROL, and all accessories in STOCK. JOHN DAVIES, THE PICTURE SHOP 11 CARDIFF ST., AHERDARE (opposite the Cinema). 20 YEAR REFUTATION for FIRST CLASS WORK ———LIMB ———ill——IIW ■—I—IMP II Illinium 'nil 11 mmiilMljJMIl—m——11,J BEVAN trS": FURNITURE S," How is it Done? The Explanation is that immediately the War was declared we did not wait and see" but forthwith entered into by far the largest contracts we have ever concluded during our sixty-six years record! The Goods were packed from floors to ceilings in the respective reserve warehouses in connection with our seven South Wales Branches, and the result is that whilst some Furnishers have been compelled to closj establishm ents through inability to obtain supplies, we still hold a very large proportion of thes^ Contract Goods, which we have decided to I CLEAR AT PRE-WAR PRICES!! Wear Empire and 97 SAINT MARY Wear Empire and 97 SAINT MARY STREET, CARDIFF. Terms Cash, or Generous Credit Arrangements! Delivery free up to 200 Miles from any Branch The Train Fare of Cash Customers Paid! I 71 TAFF STREET, PONTYPRIDD, SWANSEA, &c. I In