Treforest. With reference to the reported drowning of the little two-year-old child of Mr Daniel Hickay, Treforest, we think a few words are necessary in deference M the feelings of the dis- tressed parents. Mrs HicEay, the Mother, had not left the child alone in the howe, but as a matter of fact, the little one had only been out of Iter sight for a moment or so, presumably to run down the garden, when the sad event oc- curred. It should also be added that the child expired some time afterwards in its mother's arms from fright, following the immersion. Such at least we understand the doctor's version to be. CELEBRATE the "Diamond Jubilee" by trying ELECTRIC TKA—in lead packets at Is Sd, 2s, 2s 4d per lb. 2c 73
Mountain Ash. The funeral of Mrs Alice E. James, wife of Mr Edward T. James, 15, Oxford street, Mountain Ash, who died on Friday evening, in her 40th year, took place on Tuesday in the Mountain Ash Cemetery. Deceased was the daughter of Mr George Castle Gould, of Ox- ford, who for many years was coachman to the late Lord Aberdare, and before that servant to the late General Napier, in whose letters and diary published :n his biography he is often re- ferred to in very high terms. Mr Gould is now an octogenarian. The Rev B. Lloyd, B.D., vicar of Mountain Ash, officiated at St. Mar- garet's Church, where "the body was taken, and at the grave, and suitable hymns were sung. The funeral cortege was a very long one, the mour- ners including deceased's father, her husband, and daughters, Mrs Emily Nettlingham, Oxford (sister); Councillor J. James and Mrs James; Mr and Mrs J. Williams, Ferndale; and Mr E. T. Williams, vice-chairman of the Llanwonno School Board. ELECTRIC TEA is always great in strength and full of flavour-Is PAi, 2s. and 2s id. 2873
Treliarris The thirty-second quarterly meeting of the Workmen's Co-operative Industrial Society was held at their committee-room, Williams terrace, on Saturday evening. Mr Robert Griffiths was in the choir, and there was a fair attendance of shareholders. The report and balance sheet was submitted for approval, and after some discus- sion was unanimously adopted. The sales for the quarter were £ 1,495 13s Btd., and after allowing liberal depreciation on stock, buildings, etc., there remained a profit of L99 4s 9d avail- able for distribution, which permitted a dividend of Is in the zC being declared to members and sixpence in the £ to non-members, carrying for- ward a balance of j538 18s 3d. The Co-operative Wholesale Society were re-elected auditors for the current quarter. Mr Robert Griffiths, Mr John Henry James, and Mr David Davies were re-elected president, secretary, and treasurer respectively, as were also the following commit- tee men: Messrs W. Meyrick, John lJ. James. Thomas Morris, and Gomer Price. General satisfaction was expressed at the position of the society, taking idto consideration the present un- fortunate dispute in our staple industry, and a hearty vote of thanks was awarded the commit- tee, officers, and management for their labours. ELECTRIC TEA. is specially blended for the water of this district-la 8d, 2a, and 2s 4d per lb. 2873
Toqyrefail. We are glad to note of t&e continued suc- cess of the Band, their last achievement being in obtaining first prize at Pontardawe Eistedd- fod last Saturday. Owing to He disastrous strike, it has caused so many band contests at our eisteddfodau to be abandoned, the Tonyr- efail kids had to march to do battle with the bands of the west, where the effects of the strike are not 9* keenly felt. They have attended four contests, with the following result: Bury Post (Whit-Monday), 1st prize; Lrandilo sports, (Bank Holiday, August 1st), 1st prize, and medal to Mr T. Davies, solo euphonium; Swan- sea., August 2nd, second on the march, third in Selection; and 1st prize and medal to eupho- nium last Saturday at Pontardawe. They were also successful in obtaining first prize at Moun- tain Ash Easter Monday and medal to conduc- tor, this bringing to the total ef four first prizes, one second, one third, and 3 medals. Great dredit is due to their able conductor, Mr Scho- field, and his band.
Sengheqydd, A grand sacred concert was held on Sunday night last at the Gwern-y-Milwr Assembly Rooms for the benefit of the Central ReMef Fand, Mr J. F. Evans presiding. The proceed- ings were opened with a nne rendering of that ever popular oong Lead Kindly Light" (Pughe Evass) by Mr D. Idris Perkins, who was followed by Mr John John, whose rendering of a solo from Christian Choir" was worthy of special praise. Miss A. Williams, Aber, next favoured the audience with a very good render- ing of the contralto solo" 0 rest in the Lord (Elijah). Mr Ben Griffiths then gave a very creditable recitation entitled "Is it nothing to you." Miss Smale next came forward and gave the audience a good interpretation of that favourite Handelian solo" Angels ever bright and fair." The rendering of a Welsh song entitled Pa le mae'r Amen," by Mr T. Griffiths was much appreciated by the audience. Miss May Price (pupil of Professor Rees, Cardiff) sang Flee as a bird in truly sympathetic style. Mr William Watkins next followed with a recitation entitled "The Gin Palace." A duet by Mr John John and Miss Mary John entitled "They are gone" was much appreciated. Mr Tom WigJ"y next gave a spirited rendering of Arm, Arm, ye Brave," and was followed by Madam Loveday Davies, whose rendering of "Star of Bethlehem" was worthy of special praise. Mr J. Morgan sang Wrth gofio ruddfanau'n yr ardd'' to the music of Flee as a bird." Mr D. Idris Perkins sang "The Lord worketh wonders (Judas Maccabseus) in truly magnificent style, the execution of the florid passages being particularly good. Miss C. James gave a recitation entitled, Cartref yr Amddifad," which was very satis- factorily executed. Mr J. Edwards, Groeswen, gave a beautiful rendering of Honour and Arms" (Samson), which again pleased the audience immensely. The singing of the noted hymn tune, "Crugybar" brought to a close one of til. best concerts ever held in the local'ty. The accompanists, who so admirably discharged their duties were Miss G. Christopher, M.R.C.M Groeswen; Messrs G. Marsden and Tom Wigley, Sengherydd. We hear on good authority that a very substantial amount was realised by silver collection from the crowded audience present. We trust that the efforts of this committee will be crowned with the success they so thououghly deserve. The committee intend holding a series of concerts in the locality, and with Mr 1. J. Thomas as general secretary, and Mr D. T. Davies as concert secretary, this new departure should prove to them a rich source from which to seek funds for such a just apd worthy cause.
PONTYPRIDD. The hon. secretary of the Pontypridd Distress Relief Fund (M H.. Grover, Esq.), acknowledges receipt of £ 2 from Mrs Lewis, Swansea, per "Glamorgan Free Press,' 'and tenders the thanks of the committee for same. PORTH. Mr D. Davies, secretary of the relief com- mittee, has received the following subscription since our last issue:—Taliesin Hopkin's party JE1; Labour leader, JE1 10. Tynewydd Colliery workmen, 7s.; Cilely workmen, f4; Standard Colliery workmen, M; Alderman W. H. Mathias, £ 2; Elatmclydach workmen, JE2 MessrstpCharles Jenkins & Son's workmen, Porth, 19s. 5d.; Ynyshir house coal workmen, f3. MAERDY. Maerdy can show a good example to many a larger town by the way it has managed to keep the soup kitchen going. Two good meals a day are still being given to f6 most deserving of the destitute poor. Great praise is due to the able secretary, Mr Morgan, and the willing hel- pers at the kitchen. Funds still continue to oome to hand quietly, but much more is needed and will be needed, if ihe strike lasts much longer. The funds of the relief committee which have been raised by means of subscriptions are now exhausted, but money is being withdrawn from the library fund, whereby 400 children are fed twice daily at the David's Hall. Dr Glliffiths continues to subscribe JE5 per week towards the fund. FONTYGWAITH. Mr Thomas Morgan, Llewellyn street, Ponty- gwaitb, treasurer of the relief committee, begs to acknowledge the receipt of the following donations:—Touring party, per Mr D. Jones, JE3 lis. 8d.; Mr Owens, grocer, 3s. 6d.; Wattetewn workmen, £1 10s.; Ynysbir house coal workmen, 13 TYLORSTOWN. At this plaoelhe Rev Mr and Mrs Rees, the Vicarage, assisted by anumber of sympathetic friends, continue te provide the hungry bairns of the locality with the necessities of life, and to them many thanks are due. FERNDALS. Since the publication of our last issue, Mr E. T. Jenkins, jeweller, Ferndale, secretary of the relief committee, has received the following subscriptions:—Mr Keir Ha.rdie, £ l X)S, which now makes a toal amount subscribed by him sf jElO 3s; Ferndale Serenaders, conducted by Mr Tom Bowen, Z7 10s. As a result of a concert held at Shaw, the Ferndale Brass Band were enabled to forward a further sum Of £ 2 7s. At this concert the Ferndale band were assisted by the local brass band, under the conductor- ship of Mr W. Scholes, and his action speaks oreditably of the latter's spirit towards the suffering poor of the Rhondda Valleys. Bread and cheese is being supplied each alternate day, to about 1,700 persons. The total amount of subscriptions received up to the present by the committee isE407 16s lOd. In our last issue a printers error occurred, and Mr "J. B. Jones" should have been "Mr J. E. Murray." SENGBENYDD. The Senghenydd Central Relief Committee have during the past week hellS concerts at Senghenydd, danbradach, and Caerphilly, and we are glad to learn substantial amounts were realised at each place. Great credit is due to Mr Ithel T. Thomas for the valuable services he has rendered this committee, and, indeed, the somm-unity at large at Senghenydd. TREHARRIS. During the past week 2,400 meals were distri- buted at the soup kitchen. The committee de- sire to acknowledge the following subscription: Sales of songs, per J. Evans and Hugh Edwards, 10s; "Labour Deader," per Bfr Keir Hardie, £ 3; Treharris school staff, collected during holi- days—Miss E. Hunt, E2 7s; Itiss A. Ellis, £1 3s 3d; Miss Turner, 8s 2d; Miss Lloyd, 6s; Mr L. B. Jones, 10s; Mr T. lackson, 6s, and Mr John Jones, 4s. A choir, under the leader- ship of Mr Isaac Hopkins, left on Tuesday for Bristol, with a view of collecting subscriptions tor the local funds. PENRHIWCEIBER. We usderstand that the workmen, at their public meeting on Tuesday, decided that the party who had recently been on a. tour singing in different parts of tie South of England, should not be entitled to strike pay, as they were of opinion that they had during their sojourn realised enough money to cover the present crisis. The arty are very dissatisfied, and threaten to commence working. MID-RHONDDA. CO-OPERATIVE WHOLESALE SOWIETY. DONATION FROM THE LONDON BRANCH. Through the influence of Mr James White, accountant to the Co-operative Wholesale Socie- ty, Bristol, and liquidator of the Tonypandy Co-operative Society, the sum of P40 has been subscribed by the London Branch of the Society for the purpose of relieving the distress at Porth, and Tonypandy. The sum of £ 15 has been allocated to Porth, to be distributed in shilling cheques. Mr J. D. Morgan, the manager of the Porth Co-operative Society, will receive all ap- plications, and will distribute the money to necessitous cases only. Grocercies may be ob- tained at the local branch,. Another contribu- tion is expected. The distress in Mid-Rhondda and Ystrad u. daily becoming more severe, and now the funds are almost exhausted in both plaoes. Owing to the low state of the Mid-Rhondda Relief Fund, Mr A. J. Leek, the eonductor, and a section of the Tonypandy Male Voice Party, left on Wed- nesday morning on a singing tour, commencing at Ilfacombe. Mr Leek, who is in business, is to be highly commended for his sacrifice in ac- companying the party. There being only suffici- ent eatables to last out to-day (Wednesday), the soup kitchens will have to be abandoned unless further help be forthcoming. The total fed by the Mid-Rhondda Relief Committee for the week ending August 6th, is 12,298 at a cost of B30 19s 2d. Total fed week ending August 13th (kitchen being closed three days), 9,558, at a cost of j619 19s 6d. Total fed week ending August 20th, 21,445, cost, £ 40 7s 4id. Mr Evans, the secretary, wishes to acknowledge the following additional donations for week ending August 6tli :-0öllection at Calfaria, Clydach Vale, 15s 3d; Mr J. Keir Hardie, Glasgow, £1;. col- lection at Pisgah Chapel, Penj-graig, 14s 8d; Glydaoh Vale Sick and Aceident Pund, E6; pro- ceeds of sacred concert by the Tonypan'dy La- dies' Choir, jE3 6s 5-gd; Blaenclydaoli Colliery workmen, £ 2; total, P.13 16s 4id. Week end- ing August 13th: Llwynypia Works Committee collections, per Mr S. Boyland, 5s 7d; per Mr 2 Bateman, 8s 7d; pen Mr Francis, 118 lOd; per Mr Knight, 10s 10 £ d; per Mr S. Bayne, 9s 10^d, Mr T. John, £ 5 Ss; Mr J. Keir Hardie, Glas- gow, zE2; collection at Penuel, Llanrwst, Cl lg; Llwynypia Works Committee, per Mr J. Adams, £ 25; ditte, 95; total, £40 lis ll-Jd. Week ending August 20th: Mr 7. Keir Hardie, Glas- gow, £110s; Mr TiiSn, 18s; Clydaeh Vale Acci- dent Fund, jM; Naval Works Committee, Peny- graig, £ 3; Blaenclydach CoTlierv workmen, per Mr T. Jones, 12; total, P,13 188 Id. Mr Evan Llewelyn, the secretary of the 1 stra(1 RhomMa Relief Committee desires to acknowledge the following donations for week ending August 15th: Gelli Steam Coal (Central Fund), JS1 1: Gelli Steam Coal employed workmen, £2 7s 5d; S. C. Bosanquet, Esq., £ 2; Bethania, Corns. £ 1 3s; Ystradgwvn, 6s 7d; Bodringallt Col- liery (Central Fund), L2; "Labour Leader," per Mr J. Keir Hardie, £ 1 10s; Gelli House Coal, 6s1; Mr John Jenkins and party, 10s 6d; a friend, 3s 6d.; Hodgkinsous, Brestons, and King, Ri; total, £12 8s. Week ending August 22nd: "Labour Leader," Mr J. Keir Hardie, El 10s; Mr A. Upshall, JB2; Brook. Bond, and Co., 10s; Gelli Steam Coal (Central Fund), £ 1 2s; Gelli House Coal, 6s; Bodringallt Colliery (Cen- tral Fund), jE2; H. Boslev and workmen, Ys- trad Gasworks, 18s; total, JE6 8s. This com- mittee also strongly appeal for further subscrip- tions, otherwise the kitchens both at Gelli and Bodringallt will have to be closed next week, and what will become of the 1000 now daily fed by them? What ? Let the question remain unanswered. Surely, in a country noted fbr its quick sympathies and ready generosity, the well-to-do will not stand by and allow thou- sands of women and little ones to appeal in vain for bread.
RAILWAY RaTES AND MINERS' WAGES. ADDRESSES BY m, WATSON, OF THE RAILWAY REFORM ASSOCIATION. Mr James Harvey Watson, the hon. secretary of the Railway Reform Association, London, delivered open-air addresses at Fontypridd on Saturday and Sunday, his mission being to prove that unreasonably heavy railway-freights form an unportant factor in keeping down the mincus' wages to their present low level. On Sunday afternoon, Mr Watson ascended the historic Rockmg-stone, and he was soon surrounded by a numerous gathering of miners, together with a number of influential tradesmen. The subject oi his address was "Railway Reform and Col- liers' Wages." At the outset of his remarks, Mr Watson said that the reason why e em- ployers did not favour arbitration was because they had a very bad case, and men who were capable of judging for themselves could come to no other conclusion. He suggested that a Royal Commission should be appointed to in- quire into the workings of the pits, the same a; had been appointed in other trades, notably the sweating system, in London. The offer of mediation by Lord Dunraven had been refused. Lord Dunraiven had done good work on the Sweating System, and there was plenty of work for him to do in South Wales. He contended that aolliers who worked like slaves underground ought to be treated as human beings, and the Government ought to intervene on their behalf. They ought to have a dinner hour for one thing. He had made an examination of the pay-sheets of various collieries, and the results did not justify the assertion that the men were paid from 30s to 22 per week. If Messrs Pyman, Watson, and Co. paid Sieir men 5s 9d per flaf ho congratulated them, but he hoped that their books would be inspected, and the statement confirmed. Sir William Thomas Lewis and the coalowners' committee had simply overlooked the economical side of the question.—that was to secure reduction in the cost of carriage. Mr Watson took a great interest in the coal strike of 1893, and found out that the Great Western Railway Company were charging 2s Id per ton for ooals from Ruabon to Birkenhead for home consumption, but if those coals had been for shipment abroad, they would only have charged Is 7d, or a reduction of 25 per cent. This ques- tion had ben brought before the Board of Trade by his association, and a reduction had been secured of 2d per ton. According to the Board of Trade returns, the average price paid for Colliers for getting the ooal was Is 9d per ton, and a ten per cent. advance on that would in- crease the cost to the consumer of 2d per ton., and no one would object to pay this exte, amount if they knew that the men would benefit by it. The speaker, having strongly condemned the. contracting-out system, said his sympathies were entirely witE the men, and he washed to appeal for support on their behalf.
WOMEN who have been deceived by the Vv misleading advertisements, testimonials, and other worthless representations of Madames, Nurses." Companies," Doc- tors' Widows &c., should spnd stamped enve- lope for my little book, which tells you why these people fail to cure you. It explains in a scientific way how regularity may be restored in a few hours without discomfort. Failure impossible. SISTEK G. S. CHARLOTTE, 104, High Holborn, London. 76 — I IMPORTANT TO ADVERTISERS. THE "EMBODIMENT." The man who is desirous of making his way in the world and is try- ing to do business without advertising, is like wink- ing in the dark be may know what he is doing, but nobody else does. Therefore, to be successful, he must advertise and keep his name be fore the public. T he GL AMOBGA.N FREE PREss is jus t the paper to m eet the se requirements. Its mo tto is "Advert ise," and its advice is "Ad- vert ise judiciously." "Ju- dic ious advertising is the key- sto ne of success" Do not over cro wd your advertisement so that no thingvcan be read distinc tly but word them so that they can be read at a glanc e. The mostsu ccessful advert isers of the d ay are thos e who hav e but a f ew wo rds. Let your rule be always «♦ SHORT AND TO THE POINT."
CORJESPONDEIICE. TREFOftEST STREET ROUGHS. To the Editor. cia,ve a small space in your columns to (iiaw the attention of those who have got it in their power to suppress a deplorable state of juvenile depravity at Treforest. Every night from eight o'clock to eleven, a band of young ruffians assemble at the apex of the footpath that divides Park street from River street, and their misconduct and profane language would bring a blush to the cheek of a denizen of the notorious "Mary Ann street." The very at- mosphere is polluted. Little girls of tender years are running about enjoying the fun, and the result upon these children will bear bad frujJ; in years to come. No wonder ministers of re- ligion, Sunday School, and Band of Hope teach- ers are discoumged. The fact is, Sir, the police should have more power given them, and the rule put in force in Treforest that is now put in practice in several of the towns of England, where the police are ordered to apprehend all ruffians and other disorderly persons making use of foul language in charge and "run them in." If this were done at Treforest, and the offenders sentenced by the magistrates to receive eight or ten strokes of the birch laid on by a stalwart and willihg constable, and the fellow to be after- wards salted (to keep down inflammation), I will venture to say he would not trouble the police ever after.-I am, etc., ?'. PRO BONO PUBLICO.
A SCENE OF VIOLENCE AT PONTYPRIDD. BRUTAL CONDUCT OF A WOMAN. DASTARDLY ATTACH "UPON A FRIEND. Emily Bates, Pontypridd, a young woman who kaa previously appeared before the Court, was hrougfit up before the Stipendiary (Mr Ignatius Williams), Dr R. C. Hunter, and Mr P. Gowan, at the Pontypridd Police Court on Wednesday charged with wounding Elizabeth George, Tra- llwn, Oil the 21st inst. Prosecutrix, who ap- peared to give her evidence reluctantly, said that on the previous night, the. prisoner stayed with her. On Sunday night they went for a walk together, and when near the Common Lodg- ing House, Coedpenmaen, they met two young men. They went with them to the old foundry and assisted to drink the two bottles of whisky which the men had in their possession. After the men left, the girls had a quarrel, and wit- ness struck Bates, who struck her back. George then received a blow with something, and she bled profusely from her head. Patrick Reardon, haulier, said he saw the prisoner and prosecutrix on the tip by the lodg- ing house. Hliey were quarrelling, and George "sboved" Bates. Martha Deere was present, and asked George why she pushed Bates, and wan- ted to know if she wanted to make a row.George replied "Yes." She wanted to fight the three of them, and she again gave Bates a push. The latter then said, "I'll cut your eye out." at the same time striking George on the head with a whisky bottle, which she smashed against, a wall after. Bates then picked up a piece of iron shute, with which she struck George. The prisoner afterwards took a bottle from a man, who was standing near, and again hit George with it, the bottle breaking into pieces by the blow. George fell from the effects of the blow, and Bates fell upon her, anil started striking her with the pieces of glass which she held in ker hand. William Evans, engine-driver, said he saw the prisoner mtrike George on the side of her hea<f with a piece of shute. The men who were pre- sent ran away. George was also struck with a bottle, which bro'ke, but prisoner retained the neck in her hand, which she "jabbed" into George's head, from which blood was streaming. Dr Edward Evans, assistant to Dr Hunter, described the wounds ,and added that there were several scratches on the same side of the face, from whieh prosecutrix was suffering. Her head had been properly bandaged before he saw her. Mr Porcher (magistrates' clerk): Could-such injuries be caused by a blow fnom a bottle or a piece of shute? Witness: Yes. The Stipendiary: I suppose that if those wounds had not been attended to the woman would have bled to death. Witness: The wounds would have bled very freely. The Stipendiary: It had been treated before you got there? Superintendent Cole: Yes, sir, by Police-ser- geant Evans, who is an ambulance man. The Stipendiary: ffere is an instance which shows the advantage of it. He may have pos- sibly saved this woman's life. We don't know. P.S. Evans stated that he was called to Foun- dry place, where he saw Elizabeth George held up by two other women. Blood was spouting from the wounds in her head. He immediately sent for a doctor, and in the meantime he ban- daged her and stopped the flow of blood until the doctor arrived. When he arrested the prisoner, she quarrelled with two other women, who were in the house, and to whom she wid, "I have done it, and it's yoilr mouth that has given me away." Prisoner then became very abusive, and it was with great difficulty that he and P.C. Nicholas conveyed her to the police station. She behaved like a madwoman. When charged at the police station Bates said, "She (George) has not charged me with wounding her yet." Asked if she had anything to say, prisener now said, "She (George) says herself she does not want to press the charge against me." The Stipendiary: She was very unwilling to give her evidence, but that doesn't much matter, I am afraid. Have you anything else to say? Prisoner: No, sir. The Stipendiary: Then you are committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions. Prisoner was further charged with assaulting the police and with wilfully damaging the win- dows of the police cells. P.C. Nicholls stated that when he and P.S. Evans were taking the prisoner into custody she wao very drunk and refused to walk. She threw herself on the ground, where she struggled and kicked. The 'officers carried her some distance, when she said she would go quietly if they would loose their hold. They did so, but Bates rushed at witness and struck him twice in the face and kicked him on the leg. Sergeant Evans was also kicked. Inspector Evans said that at 8.30 on Sunday night he visited prisoner in her cell in the police station, and found her standing on the seat breaking the window panes with her fist, around which she had wrapped her apron. Her hand was cut very badly, and she had altogether smashed 20 panes, the value of which was 10s. For the assault prisoner was sent to prison for 14 days, and for tie damage to the windows she was fined 15 or ten days.
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WORK AND WORKERS. WAGES IN SHIPBUILDING. It is officially stated that the following grade of workmen on the Tyne, NVar, and Teles' rpcelyed advances under arrangements with the v-i. ]■i unciprs Association: Boilermakers in- c.uciijg- platers, anglesmiths, riveters, caulkers ami holders-up, 5 per cent. on piece, 1. 6d on tm.e blacksmiths and foremen, 5 per cent. OIL pje, Is. 6d. time; brass-turners, fitters and finishers, and coppersmiths, 2 per cent. piece Is. time; drillers, 5 per cent. on piece, Is. time; enginemenr cranemen, boilerrnei-1, firemen, strikers, labourers, and helpers, Is. on rates of 24s. and over, 6d. on rates under 24s. joiners and shipwrights, Is. 6d. on time; painters and piunxbers, Is. on time. THE LABOUR MARKET. The Board of Trade Journal for August in reierring to the state of the skilled labour A".s 0(!j, exepjt ill maustrjcs affiected hv thf. coal dispute in South Wales. iu th, o fe H ndred and seventeen trades anions making returns with an aggregate membership of 464 754 were 12,135, or 2-6 r«r cent repoS as ,1™ employed at the end'of July, as compared with a percentage ot 2'7 on a membership of 465 561 cr rrn'e;" Cha?"es in rates of ^ges of about bo, 0C0 workpeople were reported during July of which number %K)00 received advances, and 1,CC0 sustained decreases. The net result was an increase estimated at about Is. 1kd. per head in. weekly wages of those affected. Thirty-three fresh disputes occurred in the month, involving 8,283 workpeople. The corresponding number of disputes for. June was forty-nine, involving 12,087 workpeople, and for July of last year sixty-two disputes, involving 46,520 workpeople. WORKERS' DISTRESS. L'1r. Alfred R. Bear, Mayor of Newport (Mon ), vapi-eals to the public for subscriptions to enable the relief committee in that town to continue their efforts to alleviate the great distress caused by the coal strike. Newport, he states, depends for its prosperity upon its staple trades, the .I,i shipment of coal and the import of iron ore and pitwood. During the last four month?, owing to the coal dispute, it has lost 80 per cent. of its former trade, and a very large number of work- men, dependent upon these trades, have been thrown out of work, and are earning nothing through no fault of their' own, with the result that they and their families are now in dire- distress. A large sum has been subscribed in the .town and neighbourhood and has been applfed, in providing breakfasts for the starving children, and bread m. the most necessi- tous cases for adults, but the funds are almost exhausted, and the well-to-do classes are now beginning to feel the pinch themselves. DURHAM MINERS AND FEDERATION. The secretary to the Durham Miners' Associa- tion, in his monthly circular to the members, says the question of national federation is a great idea, but there is a necessary preliminary which must be complied with before a federation 18 possible, or could be of any service whatever. Is it not essential that there should be strong local organisations, in order to give any utility to ft deration ? The very name implies that. It is, therefore, commencing at the wrong end to attempt a national welding of the whole of the trades or districts in which are portions of a trade (as with the miners), with not one-half of the workmen in membership. There would be much time saved, and.mnch good done, if some who are so ardent in their advocacy of federation were to seek to establish and consolidate local organisations. The methods they adopted are open .5 the adoption of_ others. Would it be out of place to suggest that instead of this eternal and loud reiteration about federation, as the panacea for all our ills, we might try to spread, perfect, and consolidate unions in our localities, and then, having laid the firm foundation, having gatherecl4 in the five-and-a-half mrllions who are sutsido intothe si here. nd influence of unionism, we bui'd'ap^and effectively fit in the well- ordet;'d "arts of what would be a national stxuctk re ? l O ERMAKERS AND WELSH MINERS. V> it;, lenience to the dispute in South Wales, the monthly circular of the United Society of Beileimakers states: "The Welsh miners have now been out on dispute nearly four months, and'at the time of writing there is not much hope ofva settlement. The cause of the dispute is well known to you all, as the facts have been fully leported in all the news^ ayers. We. there- fore, need not trouble you with matters of detail. We hope that the present struggle will open the eyes of the miners, and all others in the South Wales district, tOlthe fact that their present position is largely due to their own neglect. They have never organised themselves; neither have they paid towards the formation of a fund that would help them and their families in time of need. Their helpless condition has always been weM known to their employers, who are now taking advantage of it to starve them into subjection. It is a cruel business, but good may come out of it. The wages and hours of work of the miners in the Northumberland and Durham districts are much more favourable to the workers than those in South Wales, and the better state of things is due to the organisation in the two counties named, and the want of it in Wales. There are also other large bodies of workmen in South Wales who are suffering severely, our own amongst others. We, there- fore, at the solicitation of many of our branches, ask you to vote in favour of a threepenny levy. to assist the various classes of men who are suffering. Send your votes on next return." PAPERMAKERS' DISPUTE: SETTLEMENT. With regard to the dispute in the paper- making trade on the question of wages, in which the Board of Trade appointed Mr. G. R. Askwith, barrister-at-law,, to act as conciliator under the Conciliation Act, 1896, the following letter has been received by the Department, embodying an agreement which has been signed, after negoti- atipns between the conciliator and the parties concerned. Sir, -With reference to the dispute between the Employers of Carded Labour and the Original Society of Papermakers upon the question of wages, in which the Board of Trade were requested to appoint a conciliator under the. Conciliation Act, 1896,^6 have the honour to inform ]^ou that, having taken the suggestions of the conciliator, Mr. G. R. Askwith, into con- sideration, and fu ly discussed the matter, both by deputies before the conciliator, and by ascertaining the views of the employers on the one side and the vote of the employed on the other, both parties have agreed to the settle- ment of the dispute upon the following terms— viz., a rise in wages of 6d. per day to vatmen and couchers for a week's work of six days and over, but no further ] ayment to outside men. The question of readjustment of wages between outside men will be discussed in conference between masters and men at a subsequent date, if the men should desire such a conference and approach the masters upon the subject." This is signed by T. A. Hodgkinson, secretary to Employeri of Carded Labour; George E. Wright, secretary to the Original Society of Paper- makers; and witnessed by the conciliator. This agreement, which settles a dispute that has been pending for several years, affects about thirteen mills in various districts. ACCIDENTS TO WORKMEN. The annual report of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Workshops for the year 1897 has just been issued. As usual, it is crammed with interesting figures. In 1897 there were reported to the Factory Department 40,000 accidents, and 1,200 cases of poisoning by lead, &c. In addition there were received 220,000 formal notices of other kinds, and 180,000 annual returns. Prose- cutions numbered over 3,500, notices to sanitary authorities 5,000, and inquests attended by the inspectors 686. The factories and workshops under inspection were no fewer than 200,000. employing 4.500,000 persons. These totals do. not include the very considerable number of places which, though not strictly factories or workshops, come under the supervision of the Factory Department: nor. of course, do they take into account the multiple and widely dis- similar points which call for inspection. The most unsatisfactory feature of the report is the increase in the number of accidents, notwith- standing the prevention of many more by the constant advance in fencing of dangerous ma- chinery and appliances. The increase is not con- fined to any particular locality or industry, although, as the figures prove, it affects on& section of the working population (male adults) far more than the rest. "To a large extent," the- Chief Inspector says, "it would seem to be due to better ol aervance of the requirements of tbe> Acts—to fuller statistics, without necessary in- crease in number of casualties; or, in other words, to transfer from the unrecorded to th& recorded class." As usual, accidents and their prevention are leading subjects in the reporta furnished by, the inspectors. Mear.s of escape in. case of fire, the enforcement of the 1896 Truc k Act, and the commencement of non-textile, particulars have demamh d much of the attention of the staff. The year has been marked by thrt-,6 important reports of Departmental C, rn!;iittees, two concerned with dargerous trades, and a third with cotton-cloth factories. Three processes were certified as dangerous and brought under special rules, w
holds good when applied to colliery Sections. Some colliery meetings hold minority views, but one or two colliery aggregaSons of workers should also zn 8ink their resolutions if the many colliery returns arrive at conclusions Supported by majorities. In the Present approaching of the parties and the confidence in leadership among the I met), therefore, we begin to see the dawn of a possible basis of settlement. The country is imperative in its assertion that the time of settlement has cer- | tainlyarrived. Let moderation control all counsels. We still adhere to the opinion that a scale and a minimum must be the terms of any permanent gettleraent. We are told by some that a. minimum is impossible. But if the Midland and the NoBtli of England Colliery owners have been able to Concede it we cannot see wky its im- possibility is to be a dogmatism in So.th Wales. The quality of our coal- field product and its reputation in the laarkets of the world surely are Hot elements assistant to this im- possibility theory. The Scale is also a steadfast principle in the regulation of wage prices which has proved of in- estimable value during the last 23 years. We, therefore, still hope that the issue Of this great strife will be a good safe scale and a firm, safe-guarding akinirnum. If these principles are Achieved the battle of 1898 will not ltave been fought in vain.
East Clamorgan Agricultural Society. The Societys' Ninth Show will be held at elson on Thursday next, September 1st., and is a. teoiarkabie success so far as entries are ^Qce;ned. They are this year a record, nun»- ^nng nearly 1400, of which close upon 400 are horse classes, the cattle and sheep num- 80 each; whilst the poultry and A classes are also unusially well filled. lass haB this year b«en introduced in of a butter making competition, c promises to be a very interesting --ea.ture. The grounds are being laid out with \1ch b u." care, and those who are able to attend 18 Popular Society's Show will undoubtedly a pleasant clay.
tyftarts of Oak Dinner at Caerphilly. The 18th annuul dinner of the Hearts of Oak friendly Society was held at the Ralway Hotel Oil Saturday evening. A sumptuous feast had been prepared by the hostess, Mrs Thomas, who bad spared no trouble in making the event a kernorable one. The long room had been beautifully decorated and the tables most "tastefully laid. Amongst those present were &r. Maurice G. Evans, J.P, Mr John Morgan, ^■ynhyfryd; Mr James Powell, Bradford Mr ^'aPta^n Thompson, Dr. McKensie, Matthysen, Mr David Randall Afto-r' watts (treasurer). r Justice had been done to the good things provided, the cloth was removed, and the president, Mr John Morgan, occupied the chair, J p tea<* aP°'egies from Henry Anthony, Esq., •» Dr. x. W. Thomas, Councillor William 0mas. and Mr W. W. Williams, each of whom kind enough to enclose a handsome Ubecriptiem. The loyal toasts having been J honoured, the Secretary read the statement of accounts which unfortunately showed that there had been much sickness amongst the j^embers, and also heavy death claims. There also been several amounts voted to Ambers who through no fault of their own bad been suffering more or less from the present disastrous strike. The President congratulated the society upon the result of the financial year, and spoke at length on the usefulness of friendly societies to workingmen and others in time of need. He also said that the balance in be. after paying a dividend of 2s. per head, Iraa highly satisfactory considering the extra Qraio on the fund brought about by the present crisis in the local trade. Mr James Williams, Abergavenny (winner of the harp solo at the Newport National Eisteddfod, and pupil of Mr Richard Barker, Caerphilly), gave a splendid renderingon the harp of "Autumn" (the test Piece at Newport), and was vociferously encored. The toast of the Visitors" was ably put by the president. Captain Thompson suitably IrOspanded. Addresses were also given bf Mr W. Radford, Mr Joseph Jones, Mr Robert Broughton and others, whilst Messrs J. D. Hughes, Fred Davies, J. L. Thomas, Thomas Davies, George Wayne, Thomas Price, W. Dando, Thomas Howell, James Martimer and Thomas Chivers contributed to the harmony of the meeting. The favourite of the evening, however, was the young and talented harpist who delighted the audience with his beautiful selections and his complete mastery of the national instrument. The "Press" was pro- posed t>y Mr Herbert Hicks, and Mr J. D. Hughes responded. The toast of the "Hostess," ably put by Messrs Evan Williams and Robert Broughton, was drunk with musical honours Mr J. L. Thomas (son) suitably responded. A hearty vote of thanks to the president and artistes brought a most enjoyable evening to a close.
Another new employment for women! Its oonsists in playing music to invalids, and would seem to have been suggested by the fact that music did much to sooth the illness of Mr Glad- stone. It has been taken up i* America, and may catch on here. There must be many women with musical ability, who, being in straitened circumstances, would be willing to earn some- thing in this way.
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Pontypridd. On Sunday evening nexfe the Rev J. Ð. Jones will preach from the Rocking Stone in Welsh and Mr Humphrey Williams in English. Ser- vice to commence at six o'clock. DURIXG THE STRIKE Dr. Tibbies' Vi-Cocoa reduced to 5d. and 7d. per tin at W. H. Key's, 2 The People's Chemist, 90, Taff street, Ponty- pridd. 4225 On Saturday night Mr James Jeffery, Conser- vative agent at Pontypridd, opened the recently- formed Conservative club at Senghenydd. The club has already 200 members. There are now five Conservative clubs in East Glamorgan. "You an see with half an eye "that FRANK fHOMAS (" My Hatter,") sells the best 3/9 Hat. 2838 A meeting of the local committee of the N.S.P.C.C. was held on Friday afternoon. Mr Charles E. Edwards, solicitor, was appointed hon. secretary in place of Mr R. R. Chalk, who has lately left Pontypridd for Port Talbot. THE Fountain Haircutting and Toilet Saloon now under new management. M WEEKS Pro- prietor. Umbrellas neatly recovered from 2/6. 4205 A male voice party, under the leadership of Mr Walter Reynolds, has again been started in Pontypridd, and from what we 'hear promises to turn out successfully, no less than forty hav- ing presented themselves at the first practice. They meet at the New Town Hall on Sunday afternoons at four o'clock. Few dozen pairs of Ladies' and Gent's Tennis Shoes to clear below cost at DAVIES'S, Free Press Buildings, 23, Taff street, Pontypridd. 4284 It appears that the list supplied us of success- ful candidates attending the Pontypridd Teclni- cal Classes was erroneous in one part'tcrnar. Mr Theodore Schontmel was said to have ( Mainro a second class elementary certificate in Machine Construction, whereas what he should have been credited with is a First Glass Advanced in Build- ing Construction. NURSERY HATH-WASH promotes the growth of the hair and keeps it free from nits, &c. 6d per bottle, or post free 9d.-Key, The People's Chemist, Pontypridd. 4225-2 A successful sale of property took place at the Morning Star Hotel en Wednesday evening, when Messrs morgan and Ro Berts, auctioneers, submitted Nos. 46, 47, 48, and 49, Llantrisant road, for competition. There was a good at- tendance, and the houses were knocked down to Mr Samuel Evans, J.P., for E340. Mr Hill- Male was the solicitor for vendor and purchaser. FENNELL'S, 12, Market street, Pontypridd (opposite the Post Office). Oftll and see Fine Display of Fish. On Thursday last the Pontypridd Shooting Club brought off a shooting match with fhe Merthyr Rifle Cfub. A very Krely time was spent on the mountain side during the heavy thunderstorm which raged during, the whole of the afternoon. The lightning flashes and the terrific thunder were like volley or artillery fir- ing in a bombardment, and seemed very appro- priate to the occasion. The Pontypridd team were beaten by 42 points on the 200 and 500 yards ranges. The refreshments were provided on the range by the Merthyr Club, and an en- joyable time was spent after the match. The return match will fie held at Merthyr Vale on Thursday next. The Pontypridd Coachbuilding Company (prize winners for carriages) are now doing and are prepared to undertake the best class of work in the trade; carriage trimming a speciality. Showroomt are now open.—Carriage Works, Morgan street, Pontypridd. 4123 The Rev W. 1. Morris, Pontypridd, writes: The Licensing Sessions are upon us, and large is the crop of new applications for licences for the sale of liquor in various districts in Glamor- ganshire. What is very much to be regretted is that sometimes licensing magistrates in arriv- ing at their decisions seem to be more concerned about the pecuniary interests of the applicants than the social and moral welfare of the people, and this it is well known is not acting in accord- ance with the letter and the spirit of the Licens- ing Act. The requirements of the neighbourhood should be carefully considered in each case, but in some licensing courts this does not seem to be regarded as a very important alement i. the question, for frequently licences are granted for new public-houses in localities where such establishment-s are not required. A couple of years ago, at the Pontypridd Licensing Court an ap- plication was made by an influential gentleman for a licence for a new hotel in tlhe locality where an additional public-house was not re- quired. The builder of the hotel applied for a licence the preceding year, but the Bench very unceremoniously refused the application on the ground that the house was not required. When the other gentJeman made the application it was I quite as unceremoniously granted. It was very hurriedly granted, without hearing the opposition, although there was no very material change in the condition of the locality. No sooner was the granting of the lioence confirmed than the new hotel was sold to a brewery COIl- pany for the sum of £ 11,300, the value of the building according to the evidence given in court being £ 2,400. Thus by the help of the majority of the magistrates present the handsome sum of 28,800 was put in the pocket of the successful applicant. Is it a wonder that people speculate in hotel building? But i. order to show that the above hotel was not required "by the neigh- bourhood it is worthy of note that it was in the montlfc of February, four months after the grant- ing of the licence, fhat a tenant was found for the new public-house, and in the July following the same was sold up for rent. But the appli- cant attained his object. It is a well-known fact that licensing magistrates are perseveringly canvassed by applicants for new licences, and doubtless this not very honourable practice some- Itimeeleads ttiem into a very unpleasant position. A writer reeently in the "Leeds Mercury" ex- presses himself strongly on this point. "The Royal Commission on Licensing," he says, "has brought to light many ugly facts. One of the most disgraceful is that magistrates should be canvassed, and promise to vote for certain ap- plications quite apart from the merits of the cases. I submit that any magistrate who thus violates his solemn obligation to dispense justice without fear or favour proves himself a traitor to his trust." Landowners and magistrates will not readily allow a licensed house in close proxi- mity to their residences. Is it too much to ask, and indeed to expect, that Christian magistrates should by the power vested in them protect the public from the ravages of the drink by refusing applications for new licences this year?
FEMALE AILMENTS. Irregularities and Obstructions however ob- stinate quickly and sur ly relieved and removed in a few IWUfF, after all "e fails, this remedy acts as magic. FRI1 yvri: nlnrs, testimonials and proofs will be sent on receipt of stamped envelope. Madam MARTYN, 20, Bifhopsgate Without, London. Established 30 Years. 4047