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Pentre. The Rev. D. G. Morris, Nantyglo, Mon., has received and accepted an unanimous call to the vacant pastorate of Zion (E.B.) Church. It will be remembered that the rev. gentleman resigned the above pastorate a few years ago, after a success- ful ministry lasting over eleven years, and was succeeded by the Rev. Richard Rees, now of Abertillery. Mr. Morris and his genial family can warrant upon a warm welcome to the scenes of their past labour. A presentation meeting, was held at the Queen's Hotel, under the auspices of the four neighbouring lodges, viz., Treharne No. 406, Crawshay Bailey 579, Major Lewis 541, and Danyderi 461, when Bro. Benjamin Cole, D.P.G.P. of the Province. who has been raised to the Third Degree Honour of Knighthood, was presented with chain, apron and gauntlets by the members, in recognition of his valuable services. In the absence of Sir Harry Burnet, a cold collation which preceded the presentation was presided over by Primo Vaughan Reynolds, chairman of the presentation committee. The Knights afterwards held; a meeting in an adjommf room, conducted by Sir Harry Burnett^ K.O.M., senior officer, who was assisted by Knights D. J. James, Tudor Jenkins, Thomas Elliott, Harry Munday, Thomas Evans, Harry Marks, John Ablett and John Williams. Votes of thanks to the host and hostess, for their hospitality were accorded at the close of the meeting. Porth. Mr. Tom Thomas, L.R.A.M., of Ynvs- hir, has received a very important ap- pointment at Aberystwyth University. Mr. Thomas, though having worked for a number of years underground, has been for a considerable period a professor of music and of voice production, md many of our local singers owe their ad\ uicement and achievements at eisteddfodau to his efficient training. The Porth and Cymmer Male Voice Party once more intend entering com- petition. In view of this fact, at a meet- ing held last week Mr. Phillip Jones, one or the oldest members of the party, was selected to conduct them. Mr. Rhys Evans, though not desiring to enter the musical arena to contest any more, has for the time being placed the party in the hands of Mr. Jones, and has promised his assistance if desired. Last week, a party of excursionists left Porth for the Isle of Man. Travelling home by night, and desiring company, each one brought home with him a Manx cat. Very entertainifig company, no doubt.
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Coalowners and New Act. Heavy Fall in Coal Production. Organised Shortage of Trams. A writer in a contemporary draws attention to the heavy fall in _the pro- duction of coal in July last as compared -with, the corresponding month last year. The actual shipments (foreign and coast- wise) in July, 1908, amounted to 2,774,458 tons, and in July. 19Q9, 2,436,956, show- ing a falling off of 337,502 tons, which is equal to about 12 per cent. The pro- bability is that the actual loss ofprodue- tion was rather # more than this percent- age, because, with work in the district very slack, inland consumers were not heavy takers of coal, and, consequently, more went for shipment. To what extent this decline may be regarded as per- manent it is, of course, quite impossible to say, but the probability is as matters settle down .the loss of production will be a little curtailed. The railway traffics also indicate a considerable decline, but these do not accurately represent the falling off, for the reason that while the mineral traffic- fell off. merchandise im- proved as the result of the settlement of the differences between the coalowners and the workmen, which caused trades- men who had been reducing their stocks owing to fears of a strike to order goods which, in other circumstances, would have been taken in June. It is instructive to note, proceeds the writer, that while the Welsh ports showed such a heavy falling off in trade the Northumberland and Durham ports en- joyed a very considerable increase, un- doubtedly at the expense of the Welsh exporters. The ports of Blytli, North and South Shields, Sunderland, Newcastle, Seaham, Hartlepool, and Hull ishipped 2,356,000 tons foreign and 756,000 tons coastw'ise, an increase of 133,000 tons foreign and 12,7,000 tons coastwise. The Northumberland 'and Durham districts, of course, have the advaiitage that the new Act does not come, into operation "until January 1st next. That South Wales could have done a much larger trade is evident from the fact that prices during July advanced so sharply. In the early days of the month as low as 14s. 9d. was accepted for very best coals, but at the end up to 18s. was demanded and paid. This advance in prices has brought little advantage to the Welsh colliery owners, for the reason that they have had a difficult task to meet their contract engagements at much lower prices. In the North Country the coalowners derived considerable advantage from the shortage of coal in Souh Wales and the crisis in Scotland. Both Germany and Belgium also enjoyed better trade and higher prices in consequence. Partly as the result of orders being diverted from South Wales in June, when a strike was feared, even American coalowners shipped coals to Atlantic depots, which in other circumstances would have been bought in South Wales. COALOWNERS AND OUTPUT. The South Wales coalowners are naturally very much perturbed by the serious loss of output disclosed by these figures. As pointed out above, the loss is probably considerably more than the shipments indicate, and individual owners report that they have lost as much as 20 per cent., and others from 14 per cent. upwards. The coalownersi are quite un- aMe to benefit from higher prices, and at f6 ,,same time are unable to reduce standing charges or day wages. The loss of output, therefore, means to them an equivalent increase in the cost per ton of coal raised. Such a state of things could not be allowed to go on indefinitely, and all the principal owners have in various ways spent large sums of money to endeavour to maintain the rate of pro- duction. Electrical equipment has been introduced, improved hauling and wind- ing gear substituted, additional trams provided, underground haulage systems extended and re-constructed and every device of a practicable character utilised to this end. These improvements should bear fruit in time, but for the present the coalowners have found it impossible to maintain former outputs. "Replying to a suggestion that "every- thing is not being done that could be to give them (the colliers) the opportunity to send out as much coal in the shorter- hour shift as they did when longer hours were worked," the writer says that such a suggestion was entirely unwarranted. "Such an act would be really playing 0 7 with bankruptcy, and no Welsli c iloii-rier would place himself in that position. Most owners have spent a great deal of money on new trams as' the result of the Act, and complaints of shortage will be ex- tremely difficult to prove. Many coal- owners state that they have found in the past month that the supply of trams has been quite ample, and that owing to the absence of so many men holiday-making there has been a very considerable surplus. As to the haulier difficulty, this is one that time alone can right. It must be pretty obvious that if the hauliers, who in most cases are paid day wages, were working as hard as possible before the new Act came into operation they cannot be expected to turn out as much coal in eight hours as in the longer period. While the coalowner has to pay him just the same money, he has, therefore, to increase the number. This: cannot be done imme- diately, but only as men can be secured. The extra men do not finish the cost to the coalowner, for he also has to provide extra horses."
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Tram v. Train. Heavy Fall in T.V.R. Receipts. P.8,000 Lost Through Tramway Competition, At the half-yearly meeting of the Taff Vale Railway Company, at Bristol on Tuesday, the Chairman (Mr. L. Grant Vassal), in moving the adoption of the report, which recommended a dividend of 4 per cent. on the Preference Stocks, and 4 per cent. on the Ordinary Stock (equivalent to 10 per cent. per annum on the old Ordinary Stock), said the accounts they had to consider that day were per- haps not quite as favourable as those lately presented, showing a falling off in revenue occasioned by a, loss on the passenger traffic and also by their not having obtained a due share of the in- crease in the mineral traffic which had, been general in the district, and which had gone the way of Cardiff and Barry Docks. The shipments both at Penactli Dock and West Bute Dock showed" a decrease. Still, he considered it a fair subject of congratulation that they had been able to recommend the distribution of the same dividend paid during the last six successive June half-years, and they did that after making full provision for maintenance and renewal account and carrying forward a larger sum than that brought in. Referring to the fall in receipts from passenger traffic, he said it was un- doubtedly due mainly to the competition of the Rhondda tramways running up the two Valleys to the north of Pontypridd. It was difficult to ascertain exactly the loss they had suffered from this com- petition, but they had made the best effort possible to arrive at the loss. The total receipts from passenger traffic this last half-year were £ 99,421; and the local bookings from station to. station on the two lines: with which the trams com- peted amounted to £ 9,253, against E17,511 in the corresponding half-year, showing a loss of £ 8,258. The total receipts on passenger traffic in the June half-year ( £ 99,421), compared with elll,081 in the June half-year of 1908. gave a total loss in that department of £ 11,660. They must not, therefore, attribute the whole of their loss on local traffic to the com- petition of the tramways. The loss on the two lines with which the trams com- peted had been more than a. third and something less than half of their takings on these lines. The general manager had always anticipated w7hat had now taken place, and they could not help hoping that they would, when the novelty of the trams had passed, regain some of the traffic. Notwithstanding the loss referred to, the total receipts from passenger, mail, and parcels account were £ 113,043— the largest they had ever taken in any June half-year with the exception of the 1, half-year 1908, with which they now had I to compare. On merchandise there was a, loss of £ 2,579, and on live stock a slight gain. Coal and coke gave an in- crease in receipts of E9 227 but on other minerals there was a loss of LI,572, Ii reducing the increase on minerals account to £ 7,655. They had shipped at Penarth and West Dock 2,390,045 tons, being 65,949 tons less than in the corresponding period. The decrease at Penarth was 54,000 tons, and at West Dock 11,000 tons. The total deficiency in shipping receipts was £ 8,383. TOTAL REVENUE. The receipts from every source amoun- ted to zC516,690, and this was the seventh I consecutive half year in which they had exceeded half-a-million.
Fire at Mardy. Need of Proper Fire Appliances. A fire broke out on Saturday midnight at No. 18, Edward Street, Mardy, in the occupation of Ed. Radcliffe, a collier, and his family, resulting in the destruction of the upper portion of the building. Mr. Radcliffe had retired to rest, and had a candle on the table burning by the bed- side. Through the summer heat the candle reclined towards the bed, and ignited the vallance. In less than a couple of minutes the bed was all in flames. Mr. Radcliffe and his wife, who managed to escape unhurt, tried to smother the fire, but failed in their en- deavours. An alarm was at once raised, and Mr. Radcliffe's two children were taken from an adjoining bedroom to a neighbour's house. Two lodgers were also aroused, and made good their escape. The police were notified, and P.S. Phillips and P.O. Price hurried to the scene. The nearest hydrant, however, >■ was 400 yards from the outbreak, and the primitive method had to be adopted of obtaining buckets of water from the taps of the neighbouring houses. Ready assist- ance was given by a number of civilians, and by this means the fire was, extin- guished. But for the prompt, action of the police in the matter 140 houses in the row might have been involved. The Fern dale Fire Brigade, under Captain Griffiths, was in prompt attendance, but its ser- vices were unavailing owing to the lack of a proper supply of water. It will be within recollection that the coroner at an inquest on the bodies of the victims of the recent disastrous-nre at Mardy directed attention to the want of fire appliances in the district, but it would appear that the suggestions he then made might have not yet been acted upon. The damage to the house is estimated" at about R80.
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