Oratorio :Concerts at Tonypandy. Successful Appearance of a Local Singer. [By Our Musical Critic.] The tenth annual concert was given by the Ebenezer Choral Society on Thursday last at the Judge's Hall, Trealaw, when performances of Mendelssohn's y Hear My Prayer," and Sir Edward Elgars "Banner of St Geoige were given. It has been the writer's privilege to be present at every one of the previous con- certs, and the high standard reached bv the choir and artistes in the past enabled one to look forward to the present per- formance with considerable pleasure, and there is no doubt that such was the case with a large number of Mid-Rnondda with a large number of Mid-Rnondda mueio-lovers. There were two innovations that made this year's concert particularly interest- ing. Firstly, it was held, at" the local hall built to commemorate the late Judge Gwilyrii Williams, and second! only one opportunity was given to those who wished to attend, instead of two as in past years. Both innovations were pro- bably an experiment by the committee, who have always had considerable worry to make the concerts financially success- ful. The vocalists and instrumentalists have always been a sufficient attraction r in themselves to the patrons of the eon- •oei»ts, only those of acknowledged Miss BESSIE JONES. I ability have been engaged. This has been done at considerable exoense, and the result of this year's experiment, namely, holding the concert in a, building of a greater seating capacity, and only on one night, when the expenses will be about two-thirds of the customary two nights, will be awaited with interest by other societies similarly situated. There was a large audience, the higher or iced reserved seats having been apparently all taken. The artistes were Miiss Bessie Jones, Tonypandy (soprano); Mr. Cynlais Giblxs, London (tenor); and Mr. David Hughes, London (bass). The orchestra was led by Mr. Hulley, Swansea. The committee are to be heartily con- gratulated on again demonstrating their desire to give local aspirants to the con- cert nlatform an opportunity of display- ing their ability. One has noted that when a local singer has undergone suffi- cient training to enable him or her to appear successfully, and thus to maintain the standard set by other famous artistes the committee has only been too pleased to give the said singer honour in his own country." One has only to mention Miss Amy Evans and Messrs. W. Spencer Thomas and Ivor Foster, who have an- pea,red at these concerts from time to time, to prove this. A distinguished pro- fessor last week doubted whether there were not microbes in certain atmospheres that caused fiat-singing. If this be true, there must surely be germs of the oppo- site kind in the atmosphere of Ebenezer Chapel. If there be not, how can one account for the fact that another nne singer as Miss Jones undoubtedly is has sprung up from the choir? If rumour does not lie, there are again others who promise eventually to blossom into first- raters. Miss Jones' debut was quite a triumph. One. could forgive a few mis- takes in her solo work in "Hear My Prayer," for she evidently felt the im- portance of the occasion. In the follow- ing miscellaneous portion, however, she showed her interested listeners the great .,advance she had made, thanks to the training at the D.C.M. She has evidently been taught self-restraint, and also that the aim of a singer should from the first I be to secure a pure and beautiful tone. That she is keenly observant of the emotional side of her singing was also apparent, and it is because of this that one can safely prophecy a successful career for her. Her singing with the orchestra of Verdi's (great solo, "Ah Fors e lui from" La Traviata" (in Italian) was one of the best things of the whole evening, and thoroughly deserved the enthusiastic a,-Ia-uise which followed. An admirer also presented her with a lovely bouquet on her reappearance. Her other efforts were Gounod's Serenade with a violin obligato beautifully played by Mr. Hulley, and a Welsh folk-song, .Cwew Fach." Mr. David Hpghes was in bis customary good form," his sing- ing of "Jolly Jenkin" (Sullivan) and j I'm a roamer" (Mendelssohn) bringing I down the house. Mr. Cynlais Gibbs must have been a disappointment to those who had not had the pleasure of hearing him previously, as the writer has. He is evidently feeling the effect of his many engagements. His singing was not by any means up to his usual standard, his hr>*h notes being produced with difficulty. The choir is evidently in its lean year. Instead of the usual large body of voices, we heard only about eighty in number. The works selected, however, did not require a large choir. In Elgar's cantata, what is required is a body of artistic and intelligent: singers. There were frequently passages that depended almost entirely en the treatment of the words for their pi-oi,er effect, and these received particular attention by the con- ductor, Mr. W. T. David. A successful attempt was made to give a descriptive rendering of a work that has many diffi- ûTdt passages. v Mr. Hulley .proved to be a capable leader of an orchestra whose playing was satisfactory. The chairman was Mr. J. W. Jones (schoolmaster), Tonypandy, who fully deserved the honour for jÜs many yeans of valuable assistance to the choir as chairman of the committee and also member of the choir. The hon. secretary was Mr. John Lewis (draper), who with his lieutenants deserves our thanks for his courtesy and kindness.
St. Dav d's Day Festival Mid RH: ndcia Cardigan Society Celebrate Anniversary of Patron Saint. The new Cardigan Society which has just been established in Mid-Rhondda celebrated the anniversary of the Welsh Patron Saint with a sumptuous banquet at the Thistle Hotel, Tonypandy, on Tuesday evening. Mr. J. Owen Jones, Pandy Square, presided over a large attendance, supported by the guest of the evening, Mr..T. J. Thomas, B.Sc. (" Sarnicol "), Abertillery; Rev. E. Walter Thomas, Rev. D. Gwenffrwd Evans, Gelli; P.S. Thomas, Ferndale Mr. J. D. Lewis, secretary of the Society Mr. D. Watkins, vice-chairman of the Society; and others. Numerous letters and telegrams expressing their senders' regrets at being unable to be present were read by the secretary. j Mr. X. J. ( k 'S a, f fi C.: I L- The loyal toasts having been honoured, poetical effusions were delivered by P.S. Thomas, Ferndale, and Mr. John Howell, bookseller. The Rev. E. Walter Thomas, in pro- posing Our Native County, and the blessed memory of St. David,5' said that the traditions of Cardiganshire were such that not one of its sons need be. ashamed of its history. There was a peculiar con- nection between St. David and Cardigan- shire. Cardiganshire claimed to be his birthplace, and it was at Llanddewibrefi that he was declared Archbishop of Great Britain. Though all that was written about him might not probably be true, the literature woven around his name had formed the ideal of Wales as a nation. There was nothing nobler than a nation having set for itself high ideals, and the high ideals of Wales had been personified in the life and character of St. David. His life and memory was an inspiration in the life of the nation to-day (applause). The speaker then went on to enumerate the. worthies that had risen from Cardigan- shire, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Ed. Richard, Sir John Rhys, Oxford, and the late Mr. Henry Richard, M.P., who iirist brought j the claims of Wales before Parliament. In religion, Cardiganshire had played an imnortant part. Llangeitiio had been regarded as the Aletea of religious Waim, wnilst it was from the same county that the first foreign missionaries were sent out. In conclusion, the speaker urged all present to cherish the high ideals of their native county (applause). Mr. T. J. Thomas, B.Sc. (" Sarnicol in responding, said that the celebration of St. David's Day was the celebration of the Welsh national spirit, or, in other words, the celebration of the birthday of Wales as a nation. Only little nations, like children, celebrated their birthdays, and he believed they should do their utmost to keep this spirit alive. He (the speaker) was not clannish; he believed there was a great deal they could prwfit- ably borrow from other nations, but it behoved them to foster the spirit of Welsh nationalism (applause). The Chairman referred to the presence of Mr. Tom Thomas, Penygraig. the middle-weight champion of England, and Lord Lonsdale's gold belt won by him in Mr. J. OWEN JONES. his recent fight with Charlie Wilson was exhibited by Mr. Thomas. The toast Mid-Rhondda'' was pro- posed by Mr. Evan Roderick, Ct-vdaeh Vale, who emphasised the need of the formation of a Cyrnrodorion Society i. Mid-Rhondda to foster and develop the Welsh spirit. Messrs. Llewellyn Brans and D. J. Jones responded, both ot whom insisted upon the best service to Mid-Rhondda as the highest tribute to their native land. Our Guest" was proDOsed by Mr. Morgan Rees, Council Schools, Trealaw, and was responded to by Sarnicol. The Chairman was proposed by Mr. Evan Jones, and Mr. Jones, in respond- ing, honed that the upshot of this meet- ing would be the formation of a Cymro- dorion Society in Mid-Rhondda. At the same time, he trusted tha.t this Cardí dinner would still continue to be an annual event (applause), Our Host and Hostess was proposed by Mr. Picton Davies, Penygraig. Mrs. Thomas responded. Choice musical items were contributed by Messrs. J. Howell. R. Cloyd Jones and Gwynlais Jones. Mr. W. T. David accom- panied on the piano.
Pearl Lite Assurance Co., Limitpd., The summary of the annual report of the above Company, which was given in our columns last week, shows that the business of the Company is progressing in a most satisfactory manner, and shows that the yearly income of the Company has increased during the last five years by nearly 50 per cent., while the assets are practically doubled. The figures given in the report show that while the income for 1904 was L-1,382,368, it had in 1909 reached £ 1,998,692, while the assets are increased from LL2,428,414 in 1904 to £ 4,830,708 in 1909. The total income for the year amoun- ted to tl,998,692 7s. 9d., being an in- crease of £ 96,176 Is. 7d. over that of the previous year. This includes E391,771 9s. 9d. income in the Ordinary branch, which is t30,888 lis. lid. greater than the previous year. The number of policies issued during the year in this branch was 15,512, assuring the sum of £ 1,301,455. The Company has paid 88,838 life claims, grants, and matured endowments during the year, amounting with bonuses to £ 674,814 14s. 2d., which, added to the sums previously paid in claims since the establishment of the Company, make a total of k7,073,814 8s. 4d. The Company have several vacancies for good representatives, and liberal terms are offered. Further particulars will be gladly given by the district super- intendents: Messrs. W. Bowen, 3, Ystrad Road, Pentre, Rhondda: W. T. Johnson, 1, Arcade Offices, Pontypridd; and J. Everson, New Villas, North Street, Fern- dale; or the assistant superintendents: Messrs. D. Williams, 2, New Upper Dum- fries Street, Treherbert: W. J. Winston, 32, Hughes Street, Penygra-iv • and T. Lewis, 10, Old Street, Tonypandy.
Oratorio Performance at Tr herfcert. On Thursday and Saturday lenings last week, Handel's oratorio. Judas Maccabaeus," was performed at Liharlu- (W.B.) Chapel, Treherbert, by the Libanus Choir, assisted by the following artistes: -Miss Alicia Cove, L.R.A.M., Treorchy (soprano); Madame M. Sam- brook-Jones, Maesteg (contralto); Mr. Todd Jones, Treherbert (tenor); and Mr. E. P. Richards, Pontardulais (baritone). On account of illness, Madame Sambrook- Jones was unable to take part in the Thursday performance. Happily, how- e^er, the services of Miss Mary Richards, Rhymney, were secured at the last minute, and she proved a very able sub- stitute. The choir consisted of about 120 voices, the baton being m the capable hands ot Mr. George Evans. An efficient I I orchestra, conducted by Ap Tydfil, also rendered valuable service. The choir sang with whole-lieartedness, and they entered fully into their work. They responded readily to the conductor's baton, and were always under perfect control. The voices blended well, the tenors, if anything, being of a. sweeter tone than the other parts. The artistes, without exception, did well. Madame Sambrook-Jones, of course, was naturally lit) to her usual fprrn and Mr. E. P. Richards could undoubtedly have done better but there was no mis- taking the success of Miss Alicia. Cove .and Mr. Todd Jones. Miss Cove was a- e very popular favourite, and she held the audience spellbound. Mr. Todd Jones' sweet, thrilling voice was ever full of energy and alertness. He was most rousing in Sound an Alarm." The great success of the performances is praise enough for the able conductor, Mr. Geo. Evans. Misses L. Cule and K. Jenkins were very efficient accompanists. Mr. Joshua Davies proved a most able and energetic secretary, and he carried out the arrangements with thoroughness and tact. Mr. James George undertook the duties of treasurer. At the performance on Saturday night, Miss Alicia Cove and Madame Sambrook- Jones were, presented with two beautiful bouquets, which had been anonymously sent to the secretary of the choir.
Abergavenny Eas?e- Eisteddfod. We have all acquired' the habit as Easter Monday approaches each year of looking forward towards the Easter Mon- day event, the Abergavenny Eisteddfod, Band Contest and Fete, which has achieved an enviable reputation for ex- cellence in every respect, and therefore a review of the competitions and other attractions provided will undoubtedly prove interesting. The preliminary programme published in October last invites choirs to contend with. one another for supremacy in seven different carefully graded choral competi- tions, the tests for each of which are of a progressive character, while the incen- tives offered in the way of prizes are more attractive than ever, three prizes being attached to each competition, and i consequently there is everv prospect of a large entry from all parts of England and Wales. Competitions are also provided for soprano, contralto, tenor and bass vocalists, and there are also pianoforte and violin solos, open solos, and sight- read 1 > to-N In the literary and art section, handsome prizes are offered for noe translations, englynion, recitations, oil and water colour paint- ings, hoto<> t anils, (c. A cbnnnion band contest has also been arranged, together with cornet solo com- petition, the prizes for which include two silver challenge shields and one silver cup, which should certainly encourage all the South Wales bands to visit Abergavenny. An .excellent fete nrogramme, including the special engagement of the famous La Dor Troupe of seven marvellous acrobats, and Mdlle, Tudor with her troupe of per- forming ponies, and also the engagement' of the famous full military band of the South Midland Royal Engineers completes a most fascinating and entertaining series of tttnefcions for Blaster Monday, while, as i » 1 d, the day will conclude with a mvmficent display of fireworks.
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County Council Eleotion, List of Nominations. Fight in Two Wards Only. Polling in connection with the Glamor- gan County Council election takes place on Monday next. The following candidates were nomi- nated on Monday:- TREHERBERT. "Enoch Davies, Brynfedwen; Justice of the Peace. TREORCHY. *Thomas Jones, Bute Street; merchant. PENTRE. *Elias Thos. Davies, Maindy Crescent; auctioneer. John Bowen Price, Brynderwen; agent. YSTRAD. William Evans Thomas, Llysygraig; physician and surgeon. Evan T. Williams, Arthur Street; school teacher. John Hughes; miner. YNYSHIR. "William Henry Mathias, Tynycymmer Hall; colliery proprietor. TYLORSTOWN. *Thomas Henry Morris, Ashfield House medical practitioner. CYMMER. "David Watts Morgan, Caemawr, Porth; miners' agent. PORTH. William Evans, Porth Farmhouse; mer- chant. John Hughes, 32, Cymmer Road: checkweigher. PENYGRAIG. fThomas Richard Llewellyn, Grovefield; physician and surgeon. TREALAW. -1David William Davies, Maesyffrwd, Tonypandy; Justice of the Peace. FERNDALE. *Thomas Samuel, 59, Fountain Street; draper. Old members. Messrs. Williams and Hughes have since withdrawn at Ystrad, leaving Dr. W. E. Thomas to be returned unopposed. Thus the only fights in the Rhondda are at Pentre, where the retiring member, 1 Mr. E. T. Davies, is opposed by Mr. J. b 'I Bowen Price; and the new seat at Porth, where Mr. Wm. Evans, the local Whiteley, is opposed by Labour in the person of Mr. John Hughes, checkweigher, Cummer. Considerable feeling is being imparted into the contest at Porth, inasmuch as two seats there are. already held by Labour members—Alderman Morgan Williams and Mr. D. Watts Morgan. It is averred that Labour is trying to claim a mono- poly of the representation, to the total exclusion of the other iliterestc, in the community. A meeting was held last week with a view of arriving at some understanding between the parties, but no settlement was reached, hence the present contest. Mr. Evans, on the other hand, declared some years ago that he would never fight a Labour candidate, but he now claims that circumstances warrant him to back out of that position, and Mr. Hughes has honourably released him from his pledge. In the Pentre district, where Mr. Price opposes Mr. E. T. Davies, a pretty straight fight may be anticipated. Both gentlemen are popular in the district, but the odds are strongly in favour of the old member. Mr. Davies is also a member of the Board of Guardians, and will probably have to face another con- test ere the present month is out. The seat for which Dr. Thomas has been returned unopposed has been held for many years by Sir Clifford Cory, but pressure of other duties led to his resig- nation of County Council work. The dis- nation of County Council work. The dis- trict might reasonably expect a distinct benefit from the change. Dr. Thomas, has been chairman of the Rhondda Edu- cation Committee since it took over the schools from the old School Board, and with his advent on the County Council, Secondary Education and Evening Classes in the Rhondda may look forward to ampler justice at the hands of the County Authority. At Penygraig, Dr. T. R. Llewellyn has been returned unopposed. Three years ago, he wrested the seat from Mr. Rees Lloyd, chemist. Dr. Llewellyn is very popular in the district. Although a COIl. servative. the Liberals have no cause to complain of his work on the Council. The unsatisfactory condition which had pre- vailed for several years at the Penrhiwfer Schools have been thoroughly remedied tkrough his intervention, and his active work on their behalf is much appreciated by the residents of the district.
The Fight at Porth. Dr. R. D. Chalke, M.A., presided over a public meeting convened early last week at the Primitive Methodist Chapel to consider the advisability of effecting, if possible, a compromise between the Labour and Liberal sections at Porth, Mr. John Hughes (checkweigher) and Mr. Wm. Evans (Thomas & Evans) having been nominated, the former by the Labour, Council, and the latter by the outside public. There was a very large attend- ance, and a protracted discussion ensued, and although propositions were made and seconded, no resolution was carried. Several gentlemen expressed their keen disappointment with the unsatisfactory result, inasmuch as an amicable settle- ment in favour of Mr. Wm. Evans had been anticipated. Dr. R. D. Chalke and the Rev. R. E. Salmon waited on the Trades and Labour Council on Friday evening at the John Pugh Memorial Hall, and asked them to kindly withdraw their candidate upon the principle of fairness. The Labour section already possessing two seats, they thought it savoured of monopoly to endeavour to obtain the new seat also. The Council explained that they could not withdraw Mr. John Hughes, as his nomination had come from the lodges. The deputation thereupon asked the Council to release Mr. Wm. Evans from the semi-pledge he had made four years ago not to fight Labour. Mr. John Hughes very gener- ously consented to release Mr. Evans, and the Council agreed that Mr. Evans was in no way pledged to them. Furthermore, Mr. Evans, in making the statement not to fight Labour, never contemplated the present condition of things, where the three County Council seats in the same Ward are claimed by the Labour Party. Tremendous pressure has been brought upon Mr. Wm. Evans from all quarters, and he feels compelled to place his ser- vices at the disposal of the electorate in order to test the principle of fair repre- sentation for all sections of -the com- munity." The fight will be short, but none the less vigorous, and already Mr. Evans has a host of working friends who have rallied around his banner, and are determined upon this occasion to win the day. There can be little doubt concern- I' ing Mr. Evans' fitness for work of this nature. He has very materially helped to build up the commercial prosperity of Porth and district, and his success is entirely due to his own strength of char- acter and personal initiative. Labour in the division is already ad- mirably represented in Alderman Morgan Williams and Councillor D. Watts Mor- gan, and the elicited opinion of a great many working men is that the cause of Labour is absolutely safe in their hands, and that Mr. Evans as the third member would be, as he has always been, a true friend to the Labour cause. Councillor W. T. Davies' eulogy of Mr. John Treharne (checkweigher), the selected candidate for the Board of Guardians, is very fitting. It would be indeed difficult to find another gentleman to fill this position better than Mr. Treharne. He is well known throughout the district, and well respected by all. We are sure that in Mr. Treharne the Guardians will have a decided acquisition and a most ener- getic worker.
Mr. William Evans explains his position. An enthusiastic meeting of the sup- porters of Mr. Wm. Evans' (Thomas & Evans) candidature for the Porth and Trehafod division of the County Council was held at the English Congregational Chapel oh Monday evening, Mr..Wm. Hy. Bowen occupying the chair. The candidate said that some time ago he declared he would not oppose Labour, but at that time Labour had not attempted to take all the seats and leav- ing everybody else in the cold (hear, hear). This was exactly what they now proposed to do, and under these circum- stances he felt he was justified in doing so (hear, hear). "But to make doubly sure," continued Mr. Evans, .r that I vfould not do anything dishonourable. I made overtures to Mr. John Hughes to release me from the pledge, which he did quite readily, and for which I desire to give him credit publicly. I may say fur- ther, I have always worked for Labour, and shall cintinue to do so if I am elected on the County Council (hear, hear). I shall still suport any movement calculated to benefit the working man. I have been approached by a very large number of working men as well as people in other walks of life, which has thoroughly con- vinced me that deep down in the public conscience there is a desire to act fairly towards our fellow-men. It has also con- vinced me that the workmen as a whole do not approve of the action if the sec- tion responsible for bringing out Mr. John Hughes." As far as Mr. Hughes personally was Concerned, Mr. Evans said he had not a word to, say, except that he and Mr. Hughes had always been excellent friends, and would continue to be friends, what- ever the result of the contest would be. He was not fighting Mr. John Hughes personally, but the principle of the sec- tion of the community in monopolising all the seats in the district on the County Council, a principle which was directly opposed to their own ideals as publicly expressed during the 25 years to his own knowledge, namely, that every section of the community should be fairly repre- sented on public bodies, both Imperial and local (hear, hear). In contesting this seat, he claimed to be fulfilling the letter and the spirit of those ideals (applause). Continuing, Mr. Evans pointed out the necessity for a proportion of business men on all our governing bodies, as their ex- perience fitted them for dealing with the questions raised—many of them of a financial character, with which business men were in the habit of dealing. The speaker, in conclusion, said he was still a believer—and always would be—in Labour being adequately represented, particularly in a district like Porth, where Labour predominated over all other sections (loud applause). The Rev. R. E. Salmon, Alderman J. Morgan (chairman of the Secondary Edu- cation Committee of the Glamorgan County Council), and Councillor W. T. Davies also spoke in support of the can- didate, and a vote of confidence was car- ried unanimously.
Other Elections. Mr. Tom Evans, the Labour member for Ward 7, retires this year. He is seek- ing re-election, and will probably be returned unopposed. Mr. Leonard Llewelyn's term of office also expires this year in Ward 5. Mr. Llewelyn was elected in 1908 in a bye-election caused by the retirement of Mr. W. W. Hood. It its stated that owing to pressure of business Mr. Llewelyn does not seek re- election this year. The Mid-Rhondda Trades and Labour Council are preparing for the District and Guardians elections, and the candidates will be finally chosen at a meeting of the Council on Monday evening next. Among the likely candi- dates are Messrs. Noah Reeg, Clydach Vale; Evan Roderick, Clydach Vale; and William John, Tonypandy. Neither of the above are new to election contests.
Board of Guardians. Dr. E. Naunton Davies and Mr. Joseph Jones have represented Ward 7 on the Board of Guardians for the past six years. Dr. Davies has moved from the district, and will not, therefore, seek re-election. Mr. Joseph Jones seeks re-election. Many aspirants have their eyes on Dr. n» vi A'" seat. It is rumoured that Mr. D R. Watkins, National Stores, and the secretary of the Penygraig Chamber of Trade, intends coming out. He is well known in the district and would make a good fight for the seat. Dinas and Williamstown, however, say that one of the representatives ought to be residents of either of these localities. From Dinas we hear that Mr. Tom Evans, draper, and Mr. Benjamin Jones, Graig- ddu, are likely candidates, and it is rumoured that Mr. J. J. Evans, baker. Williamstown, has been asked to contest the seat. The newly formed Progressive League are bringing out a candidate. They will probably name one of the above gentle- men.
Mid-Rhondda Trades and Labour Council. The annual meeting of the above Council was held on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, Mr. Noah Rees, Clydach Vale, pre- siding. Mr. Wm. ( Marcombe (Naval Lodge, Penygraig) was elected president for the ensuing year; Mr. E. Edwards (Typographical Association) was elected vice-president; and Mr. W. Job (Shop Assistants' Union) and Mr. J. Rees (Peny- graig) were re-elected treasurer and sec- retary respectively. I The housing question, which has had considerable attention by the Council during the year, was again discussed. Complaints were made of the insanitary conditions, excessive rents, and compul- sion to buy in the shops of the owners of these particular houses. The Council decided to carry on a public agitation against such conditions, and dp all they could to remedy them. The question of contesting seats in the forthcoming elections was next discussed, and it was decided to contest in the Labour interest Nos. 5, 6 and 7 Wards for the Guardians,, and Nos. 5 and 6 Wards for the District Council.
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Tom Thomas. Interview with the Famous Champion Continued. FSPPXIAL.] In a recent r. Tom Thomas, the champion middle-vrehiht of th world, commenced .tir",t narrative, and thr his courtesy ve re 4 enabied q to give a. second i.stalment. Mr. Thomas continues as juiiows: — After winniug the u.iddle-weight com- petition at the National Sporting Club, and doing such brilliant work, knocking ail m* opponents out, f issued a challenge to the winner of the heary-weights, being ccnfident that I WOUHi aureiy beat mm in a 6-round light. &:i ti,e came no response. A few dayg later, on inquiring for some more fighte, i was directed to see .Air. Harry Jacobs, of Wonderland, White- ciia pel—a place noted for its many criminal habitues. Finding the Hebrew promoter at his office. I asked him if he could fix me up a contest with someone. The keen judge of boxers arose from his chair, and feeling my shoulders, remarked that I was a very powerful fellow, and that I was strong enough to tackle Harry Shearing, a very promising heavy-weight. Articles were (signed, and I left the Jewish quarter, or mtechapel, happy to think that I had another job in a week's time. My training .«■< simply walking exercise. I w as unable TO get any other, being a stranger and alone in London, and knew of no place for practice. On the eventful night, having heard go much about the sharpers at Wonder- land, I left watch, chain and money with my landlord, who resided near Tottenham Court Road, and proceeded to Wonder- land alone. Going into the hall, I vAw placed amongst the boxers, who occupied one corner near the dressing room.- fome waiting their turn to go on, and their trainere rubbing them down. I alto heard some of the boys remark, There's that Thomas, of "Wales; he'll get a teasing to-night with Shearing. lvhile I was waiting my tarn, several bouts ended by the knock-out, some of the beys being carried heirless from tbe ring. It made me wonder m Wonder- land (excuse the pun) whether I would be carried from the ring or iko-t, In the fever of excitement I determined to fight for my life. Y\ the' whip,' be who gets the boxer t; <j\ shouted Shearing and Troma^ «ady,' I was prepared to go Entering the riliz a Jew minu-tes later, my big opponent got ? good recep- tion. The M.O. announcing the fight, asked the crowded audience to keep order aJMi give fairplay to a stranger a, Wonder- land, viz., Tom Thomas, of Wales. Hear- ing shouts of 2 to 1 on Shearing/ the gong went. Shaking hands, my opponemt lashed out his left to my faoe: the same time I countered with a left hook on the ja,w. the round endine in a ding-dona battle. ° Round the second oj^ried with Shearing smashing left and right, and boring in to close quartern I punched him severely on the bi>dy whilst Ia& landed on the back of rnv and nedk. In the third and last round. I con- tinued to bore in, and on his seconds shouting to him. Swine vowr left up Harry,' which meant an tmper cut, I instantly swung my left with all the fowe that I could put behind it. landing it squarely on my opponent's jaw, Shearing 161 Eke a log. motionless, until as seconds carried him to his corner. d This fight was the- making of me at Wonderland, where I became very popu- lar. winning every fight there later in less than three rounds bv the knock-out lar. winning every fight there later in less than three rounds by the knock-out route. (To be continued).