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ABERDARE VALLEY NOTES. [BY MYFYB DAR.) The greatest event in the Aberdare Valley fen Easter Monday was the Cottage Hospital Eisteddfod, at Mountain Ash, which proved an Unusually successful one. In many respects it «ras a record Eisteddfod The harp playing of Master Taliesyn Morgan and his sister, Nancy Morgan, the children of Mr. Howell T. Morgan, Oknal Head House, was somewhat marvellous. the adjudicator (Dr H. Walford Davies) not tyllerred to it in giving his adjudication, t later in the day, when referring to the suc- cess of the Eisteddfod, went out of his way to lefer to the excellence of the harp playing, fel was, he said, marvellous. He had never beard such harp playing by children, and he "ould not be at all surprised if some day these children became the champion harp players of Uie world. They had a wonderful gift. The fact that Maste. laliesyn Morgan, who, br the way, is the • pist to the Aberdare Cymrodorton Society, defeated at Mountain isb the National Eisteddfod prize winner of 1903, who tied with him at the last National Eisteddfod, in London, proves the rapid ifcrides he is making in the art. These children, *ho are 12 and 10 years respectively, bid fail- to become champion harp players. The victory of Mr. John Price, the veteran ionductor of Rhymney, was immensoly popular, fcnd talis was enhanced by the fact that his daughter carried away the prizes for the two 8Clos at the same Eisteddfod. vr This week is largely devoted to electioneer- ing throughout the Aberdare parish, only one irard, Blaengwawr, being without a contest. I last week dealt gem rally with the prospects, *nd there is no reason to believe that things will Wn out different to what I then prophesied. Immediately the District Council and Guar- Can elections are over the electors in the LJwydcoed and Town Wards will be called upon to elect County Councillors to fill the seats va- j/B&ted by the promotion of Couns. R. Llewellyn pated by the promotion of Couns. R. Llewellyn Fd David Hughes to the Aldermanic Bench in s County Council. In the Llwydcoed Ward, is believed that Mr. Morgan John Harries &W be returned unopposed, and in the Town Ward it now seems certain that District Coun- cilor William Thomas, the High Constable, Irill have a walk-over. II- The Marquis of Bute is beautifying the Aber- rant-road by having trees planted in front of Itichmond-terrace, which will make a great im-' Cvement in this locality. The District Council 1au done something in this respec+ in various parts of the town, but much more might be Awe. A few seats might also be placed where Qio streets are wide, and especially where, as Ot Cemetery-road and elsewhere, there are va- Iftpt places.
i ABERDARE POLICE COURT. F WEDNESDAY.—Before Messrs. D. P. Davies chairman), Evan Jones, D. W. Jones, E. Stone- pke and Owen George. VARIOUS.—Mr. W. T. Griffiths obtained an- ijectment order against George Jones, of Dow- kis-street, Gadlys.-Fines as follows were in- Bcted for drunkenness :-Patrick Orighan in kberaman, 10s. and costs; Mary Bright, in iffigh-istreet, Aberdare, one month; John Evans, 9 Merthyr-road, Llwydcoed, on a Sunday, Be. and costs.—Frank Hill, a local cabby, was Bznmoned for driving a cab with only one iht attached to the same.—Fined 7s. 6d., in- vading costs.—The following were fined 7s. 6d., deluding costs, for keeping dogs without a cense :—Charles Jones, David Lloyd, T. James, iarmiel Jones, William Drew, William Green, J idney Richards, Samuel Giles, Florence How- S&t, Elizabeth Richards, Alfred Pleace, T. iavies.—Thos. Thomas for a like offence was iavies.—Thos. Thomas for a like offence was ed 10fe..—Richard Thomas was summoned for iriving an overloaded brake.—Colonel T. Phillips prosecuted on behalf of the Aberdare Kstrict, Council. The case having been proved 11 P.C. Kean and Inspector Nott, defendant Kas ordered to pay 10s. and costs. A PAY DOCKET.—Thomas Hughes, a London- Ir. was charged with stealing a pay docket, the property of Thomas Ashford. Mr. W. Kenshole iroeecuted.—Ashford said he was employed at he Lower Duffryn Colliery. On the 20th ult., m missed a pay docket for £ 2 18s. 4d. from m missed a pay docket for B2 18s. 4d. from is pocket. William Fothergill spoke to seeing jafendant behind him, when witness was draw- 4g his pay. Mr. Kenshole at this point ex- I' Jained that an important witness was absent.— >ef«ndant was remanded in custody for a week.
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ABERDARE. EISTEDDFODIC. Congratulations to Mr. ■ T. Evans (Tel), Cwmaman, on his win at the Porth Eisteddfod. His englyu proved the best of the lot. BMMANIA. -Special preaching services were held at Bethania C.M. Chapel on Good Friday. The preachers were Revs. R. H. Morris, Dol- gelly, and M. H. Jones, Ton Pentre. G.W.R. TEMPERANCE UNION.—The monthly meeting was held on Sunday. The chair was occupied by Mr. T. P. Jones. Miss G. Smith gave a recitation, and a solo was rendered by Miss Fry. TROTTING MATCH.—A good crowd assembled at the Athletic Grounds, Aberdare, on Mon- day, when a two-mile trotting match for R,20 came off between Honest Tom (owner, Mr. T. Vasey, Pontypool) and Welsh Kitty (owner, Mr. John Williams, Pontnewynydd). Mr. T Williams, Llwynypia, was referee. Honest Tom got ahead in the first lap and romped home a good sixty yards in front of Welsh Kitty. AMBULANCE -On Wednesday evening a tea was held at the Railway Restaurant in connection with the local Ambulance Brigade. The officers pre- sent were Corpl. P. Williams, Corpl. J. Davies, A. G. Williams, and D. E. Davies, hon. see. After tea an entertainment was held, when songs were rendered by Corpl. P. Williams and Briga- dier D. J. Drew. Selections were given on the gramaphone by T. H. Williams, and a recitation by Corpl. J. Davies. THE HAKP.—On Wednesday evening Master Taliesyn Morgan, Canal Head House, Aberdare, harpist to the Aberdare Cymrodorion Society, ana his sister, Miss Nancy Morgan, were invited by Lord Aberdare to the Duffryn to play. Both being prize winners at the Mountain Ash eistedd- fod on Easter Monday, were introduced to Hia Lordship, and as a result were favoured with the invitation to play at the Duffryn on W due-iday evening. Both Lord Aberdare and his gnests expressed themselves as highly delighted with the young harpists' playing. BUFFALO LECTURE.-On Monday evening last the Ynyslwvd Lodge of the Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes had the privilege through the kindness of one of their rounders, Bro. D. J. Williams, L.P. O.L.M., P.G.R., of listening to a paper, which created a great amount of interest, dealing with the old ritual and origin of this Royal and ancient Order. Bro. Gomer Rees. G.P., W.P., presided in the Royal chair, the vice-regal chair being occupied by Bro. Joseph Harry, K.O.M., supported by a larie number of influential brethren of the Province. Bro. D. J. Williams maintained his reputation as an elocutionist. His subject was, "God com- manded Adam! A Secret. The lecturer took full advantage of the opportunities the title role afforded. A very hearty vote of thanks was accorded Bro. Williams for his discourse. A.S.R,S.-On Easter Monday, the Aberdare branch ot, the Amalgamated Society of Rail- way Servants held their annual tea and con- cert in aid of the Orphan Fund of the Society. The meetings were held at the Memorial Hall, the use of which was granted free by the Vicar of Aberdare, a privilege renewed year by year. Mr. A. E. Harmston lent a piano. The follow- ing ladies presided at the tea tables:—Mrs. A. Harris, Mrs. T. Jones, Mrs. W. Kelly, Mrs. A. Marriott, Miss G. Woolway, Mrs. Dd. Tho- mas, Mrs Thos. Jones, Mrs. E. M. Vaughan, assisted by Miss Harris, Miss Jones, Mrs. A. Hayman, Miss Marriott, Miss M. Woolway, Miss M. Lewis, Miss Jones. Miss James. Mes- dames J. New H. Davies, R. Lewis, and Miss E. Hill were the cutters-up. Mr. Hill and Mr. S. Woolway also assisted. The tea was fol- lowed by an entertainment, presided over by Dr. W. U. Rhys. The conoeft opened with a pianoforte solo, "The BeUs of Aberdovey," played with fine effect by Master G. K. Bur- gess. A violin and piano duet by the Bros. Johnson was followed by the solo, "Flight of Ages," by Mr. Wade, and a well-rendered duet by the Misses Campbell. Misa Richards then sang "Poor Bessie," and a very fine rendering of "Ye Shepherds, tell me." by Mr. R. Hop- kins and friends brought this part of the pro- gramme to a close. Mr. Robert Lewis, the sec- retary of the Aberdare Branch of the Society, then gave an interesting account of the work of the Orphan Fund, dealing with the numerous cases in which the Society had saved the orphan children of members from destitution and pau- perism. The second part of the programme opened with a magnificent rendering of "Abide with me," by Miss Doughton, Ebbw Vale, fol- lowed by the duet. "Music Sweet shall Flow To- night." by the Misses Thomas, and a solo by Mr. W. H. Templeman. The Bros. Johnson rendered another violin and pianoforte duet, after which Miss Allen sang, "The Sweetest Love of all." A recitation by Mr. Frank Prit- chard was followed by the olo, "Daddy," by Miss Richards, after which Mr. R. Hopkins and friends sanll; the trio, "The Little Farm Well Tilled," which was followed by solo by Mr. W. H. Templeman. After a vote of thanks to the chairman, "God Save the King" was sung' by the audience, the solo being rendered by Mr. R. Hopkins. Messrs. Tom Lewis and Dan Edwards were the accompanists. CHALK FARM BAND.—On Good Friday, the Chalk Farm Band, London, touring in South Wales, gave a musical performance both in the afternoon and evening. This band, which is under the conductorship of Bandmaster Pun- chard, hM long been recognised as the largest in the Salvation Army. It was formed in 1882 and is composed entirely of working men, none of whom receive any remuneration for their services, but rather contribute towards the upkeep of the band. Their playing is most creditable to their conductor, who, together with them, is ever pleased to show the first-class set of silver-plated instruments, the property of them at Chalk Farm. Musical festivals have been held in many of the chief English towns, as Gloucester, Swindon, Portsmouth, Birming- ham, Liverpool, Cambridge, etc., and in car- rying out their engagements in these various towns, they have covered a distance close upon 10.000 miles. The Chalk Farm Band has, also taken a prominent part in all the large musical festivals at the Crystal Palace, Albert Hall, etc. In the afternoon before a very fair au- dience, Captain Otwav, of Cardiff, conducted the programme. After opening in prayer, he expressed the hope and tne earnest wish that all would be done that day in the spirit of the Great Master who sacrificed His life for all. Several excellent marches, one, "Chalk Farm," composed by Bandsman Coles, of the Farm, and which has gained first prize in 1908 com- petition, was rendered; also "The Western States," a very enlivening selection. "The Warrior," "Battle Strains," etc. One very popular featurs wa •-« the "Hebrew Melodies, comprised of old Hebrew songs, including "The God of Abraham Praise," "The Old Trumpet Call," "Feast of Solemn Assembly." Welsh airs are always taking amongst Welsh audiences and when they'were so beautifully rendered by" a silver band they cannot' fail to be appreciated. Throughout the various selections, cornet, trombone and other solos were introduced, mak- ing the whole display very effective. The eu- I phonium £ olo. "The Happy Land," was. ren- dered by Bandsman R. Ewers, and a saxophone quintette was also given. The medley, entitled "My Saviour," was given, incorporating the popular "A Never-failing Friend" (trumpet solo), "My Savioyr Suffered on -a. Tree" (trom-' bone trio), and other similar melodies. At the, evening performance, presided over by Coun. W. Thomas, High Constable of Aberdare, sev- eral additional items were given. including a comet solo by Bandsman W. Puncbard (brother of the Bandmaster), trumpet quartette, "Ger- man War Song," together with Easter songs given by the instrumentalists. The men- between them represent over 700 years of soldiership to the Salvation Army, and nearly 600 years of service a-> bandsmen, some of the younger play- ers having been Salvationists ail' their. lives Special hymns were sung at the opening of tho, services, "Oh, for a thousand tongues to êÍPs," and "Stand up for Jesug.r
Singing Festivals at Aberdare. 1 On Tuesday two singing festivals in connec- tion with the Welsh Congregational Churches in the Aberdare Valley were held. One was held in connection with the Upp-r" (or Tre- cynon) District. This district indut-h h fol- lowing churchesCana, Penywain E-i^nezer and Siloh, Trecynon; Horeb, Llwydcoed; and I Salem, Robertsiown. The meetings were mid at Eb^nezer Chapel, Trecynon. at 10, 2, and 6 o'clock. The morning meeting, which was given up to the children. was presided over by Mr. Jenkin Rces, Llwydcoed. Mr. Thomas Wyatt, of Siloh, was tha conductor of the children's choir?, and Miss M. Price, 8iloh, acted as accompanist. The children :3an a. numb;-r of well-known hymn-tunes as well as the anthem, "I'r Brenin Iesn Seiniwn," and wer-e also catechisM on some of the hymns which they had sung, and on the principles of Congregationalism, the cater;hi.-I being Mr. D. Evans, Robertstown. In the afternoon, 1\1r, John Davies, Siloh, presided, the conductor of the united choirs being Mr. W. E. Thomas, conductor of the Ebenezer Church. In addition to a number of hymn-tunes, the anthem, "Gwaredigion yr Argiwydd" (Mr. J. T. Davies, G. and L., Hirwain), was sung. At the even- ing meeting, the Rev. H. A. Davies presided and in addition to a number of hymn-tunes, • "tone poem" by the late Dr. Joseph Parr, was sung. The accompanist at these meeting: was Mr. W. B. James, Horeb, Llwydcoed. The Ebenezer String Band also accompanied, all the meetings being very successful. The other festival was in connection with the Welsh Congregational churches in the centre of the town. These include Siloa, Aberdare; Bethel, Gadlys; Bethesda. Abarnant; and Soar, Aberdare. In this case the children's "cyman. fa" was held at Siloa on Sunday afternoon, the Rev. D. Silyn Evans presiding. In addi- tion to a number of hymn-tunes, etc., the chil- dren were catechised on the storv of Jesus Christ's life, as told by St. John, and showed a thorough grasp of the history. On Tuesday afternoon and evening, adult choirs sang, Mr. Harry Evans, Liverpool, being the conductor, and Mr. W. J. Evans (organist of Siloa) acting as accompanist. Most of the hymns were selected from "Y Caniedvdd Cynulleidfaol," and there were in addition sev- eral of Dr. Parry's hymns sung at the after- noon and evening meetings. The services throughout were very successful, and the sing. ing exceptionally fine.
JUVENILE FESTIVAL. The annual juvenile festival of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist churches in Aberdare wts held on Monday. This i., the twenty-first an- nual juvenile festival, and it is clearly gaining strength from year to year. On the present occasion there were in the united choir of chil- dren close upon 500, drawn from the following churches:—Bethania and Nazareth, Aberdare; Libanus and Hebron. Aberaman; Cwmbach, and Cwmaman. The conductor of the united choir was Mr. T. Tugh, Nazareth, Aberdare; assistant conductor, Mi*. D. Davies, Cwmaman. The meetings were held at two o'clock in '.he afternoon and six o'clock in the evening..The committes of the joint association, of which Mr. John M. Evans (Bethania) is the chairman, Mr. T. Thomas (AbernAnt-road) secretary, and Mr. D. Williams (Nazareth) treasurer, are to be heartily congratulated on the. arrangements, which were excellent, rn*? organist was Mr. D. Roderick, and h<? did hie work as one to the manner born. The afternoon me-etinc: wa<; nr?jsided over by Mr. Joseph Evans, Bf.ta^ria: rnd in addition to a number of hymn-vur.es. ih-i anthem, "Gad- ewch i blant byohaip" was sung with much effect. The chikir-?r, too. were catechised on the death, resun- lio.i. and ascension of Jesus Christ, as well a* vavious characters in the Old Testament, tV catechist being Mr. William Lloyd, Cwmaman. At the close of the afternoon meeting, tea was partaken of at the schoolroom adjoining the chapel. In the evening, Mr. Samuel Davies, Cwm. bach, presided and in addition to the hymns, etc., sung, the prize-tune a-t the 1909 Association —composed by Mr. T. J. Morgan, Cwmbach was sung to the words: 'Rwy'n caru'r gan blygeiniol A ganodd engyl Duw." The meetings were very successful.
Easter Vestries. ABERDARE. The Vestry meeting at Aberdare was held on Monday morning, th« Vicar, Rev. C. A. H. Green, presiding. The Virar rc-clocted Mr. T. Lloyd as his warden, and Mr. l. Parry de Winton was re-elected peoples' warden. The following sidesmen werp appointed :—St. John the Baptist, Messrs. Vytfliam Jonea. Griffith Thomas, St. Klvan's Ciiurch,' Messrs. Samuel Hodges, Cable, Ernest Home, George Lewis, Richard Powell, G. > Tu. kfield, S. Vincent, Thomas Walker, S. A'Vir-Tti'-hard Humphries, Edryn Beynon, David Oavies, Thomas Evans, Evan J. Jones, David Lewis, David Richards, T. L. Richards and Da vid Walters St. Mary Magdalene's Church. Messrs. W. Evans, W. H. H. Jarman. D. G. Pngsioy ..nd A. Sweet; St. John the Evangelist Church, Messrs. William Bishop and W. 14. Jones St. Matthew's Church, Messrs. J. Devonald; Charles Parker, T. L. Parker and Henry Trimin. The Vicar afterwards appointed the following to act as sidesmen for the ensuing year in the mission hails :—Green-street Mission Room, Messrs. George lP-fl and D. R. Tasker; Memorial Hall, Messrs. Augustus Bassett, Brown, Morgan Meredith, F. J. Twissell. An Easter oITering of nearly £40 was presented to the Vicar by Mr. Pan;, de Winton. In returning thanks Mr. Green that this was a real demonstration of entire free will of the people. Mr. de .Vjr;on also presented the accounts. Question.- -vere asked by Rev. W. H. Jones, Messrs. fiv r.v.esa, W. Parker and D. J. Tasker, after which the accounts were adopted. A vote of thanks to retiring officers was proposed by the Vicar and seconded by Mr. T. Codd. Messrs. T. Lloyd and E. Halcwood responded. The question of the renovation and extension of St. Elvan's Church was con- sidered. It was do-ided that previous to pro- ceeding with the work the foundations in tho east end of the church should be sounded. The Vicar remarked that he had been soliciting subscriptions for the work, and he had already been promisod about £900, ABF.BAMAN. The annual Vestry at Aberaman was held on Easter Monday, under the presidency of the Vicar, Rev, Morgan Powell. Messrs. W. Cates and James Thomas were elected Vicar's and parishioners' wardens respectively. The follow- ing were appointed sidesmen :—-St. Margaret's, T. Railton, T. Borrows, J. Venables, J. Arthur, W. Richards, C. Bandfield, Griffith Williams, W. D. Williams, Ivor Davies, John Davies, G. E. Harris, P. S. King, Hy. Borrows, J. Yates, James Davies, A. Roberts, W. T. Smith, A Andrews; St. Joseph's, Messrs. George Cook, W. Borrows, W. Thomas, B. S. Evans, M. Edwards, D. H. Edwards, A. Duke, G. Williams, P. S. Panniers, T. Jones, E. Twose, R. Griffiths, R. Jones, T. Jonesi T. Phillips, John Jenkins, David Jenkins, M. Thomas; St. Barnabas, j Messrs. John Williams, J.Morgan, J. H. Jones, J. Handley, Levi Harris and Griffith Evans St. Peters', Messrs. Flanders, S. Cox, D. J. Davies, William Williams, A. Morgan and David Davies. Messrs. A. Andrews and Martin Isaacs were appointed auditors. ST. FAGANS. The annual Vestry of the parish of St. Fagan's was held at Trecynon on Monday morning. The Rev. Richard Jones, Vicar, occupied the chair. The statement of accounts was presented and adopted. Mr. G. H. Rake was appointed Vicar's warden and Mr. W. J. Parrish was appointed parishioners' warden. The following gentlemen were appointed sidesmen :—Welsh, Messrs. D. Jones, W. Carter, T. Jones, E. Davies, W. Williams, E. Williams, T. J. Carter, S. Evans and E. Elias; English, Messrs. S. T. Jollife, T. Beasley, Fox, A. Wallace Rake, J. Steward, W. Jenkins, D. L. Probert, J. Bishop, H. Beere and C. W. Morgan. HIRWAIN. The annual meeting of the vestry was held at Hirwain, on Thursday night, the Rev. Jos. Morgan, vicar, presiding. The Vicar reported that the finances of the parish were in a satis- factory state, and that the communicants had increased during the year. Mr. George Bishop wa.s chosen as Vicar's warden, and Mr. Geo. James was elected parishioners' warden. Have you anything to Soli ? Advertise* in our Want Columns, and it is as rood as sold.
ABERNANT. EISTEDDFOD. — An Eisteddfod was held at Bethel Baptist Chapel, Abernant, on Good Fri- day, presided over by Alderman David Hughes A poem in memory of the Rev. J. Mills, minis- ter of the church, was won by Cwm- aman. Other prize-winners were:—Tenor solo, Mr. Henry Williams, Cwmbach: bass solo, Mr. D. A: Jones; recitation, Miss Bessie Walters, > Abernant; quartette. Mr. John Wakors and friends. The chief choral competition was won by the Glanyllyn Choir (conducted by Mr. D. A. Jonea)..
GODREAMAN. SALEM.—Special preaching services were held at this church on Easter Sunday. The officiat- ing minister was the Rev. B. E. Williajtn^, Taff's Well, whose sermons were mucb ap- predated by fair congregations.
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CWMBACH. SIKGIXG FESTIVAL.—On Good Friday a suc- cessful "gymanfa" was initiated for th3 tiret time in connection with Bryn Seion Congrega- tional Church and its branch schoolrooms at Ynyscynon and Carmo!. The juvenile choirs had been preparing during ths winter. '±ce conductor was Mr. John Llovd, Cwmbach, the president for the day be in;: tho Rev. R. H. Davies (pastor of the church). Mr. Herbert Davies presided at the organ. The firc meet- ing was held at three o'clock, when a. large: number attended at Bryn Seion Chap?!. The Chairman questioned the children in Scriptural catechism. A special trio was contributed by Masters Trevor Evans, William H y. Phillips, and Willi? Evans; and Master Thomas Edmund Williams recited "Pan fydclaf fi vn fachgen mavvr." The following hymn-tunes were sung: —"Y Milwr Bach" (Dr. Parry), "Dis^vbiion yr Iesu," "Pwysa ar Ei fraich," "Cwymp Babilon" (Dr. Parry), "Plant Caersaiem," "Milwriaeth y Cristion" (Dr. Parry), "Mae'r Iesu'n dorbyn plant," and "Nyni sy'n filwyr bychain" (by the late Mr. Thomas Evans, Cwmbach). In the evening there was again a splendid attendance. In addition to the above items, the following hymns were sung:—"Deuwch, canwn idclo Ef" (D. W. Lewis) "Dvma Feibl Anwyl Iesu" (ivir T. J. Morgan, Cwmbach), which was rendered :wice; "Blcdau'r Iesu" (D. Protheroo \lius. >'aBc.); and "Fy ngwaith yw caru'r Iesu" \Ja.w Afan) proved popular favourites. Mr. n Price's anthem, "Cyssegriad," went suc- ul, and the questions on "The Lite of iz t: "were satisfactorily answered by the "e L-i.i.f.a-en. Other items in the programme were: —Recitation, "Teyrnas Nefoedd," Miss M. J. Moseiey; solo, "Caifari," Miss Sarah Williams; dialogue, "The Bible, the Monthly Publication, and the Newspaper," Misses Miriam Williams, Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, and Catherine Mary Jones; quartette, "Iesu, fy Ngwaredwr," Mr David Lloyd, Mr. Thomas Evans, and Misses Rachel Jane Thomas and Margaret Ann Wil- liams. The Rev. R. H. Davies offered prayer to conclude. Between the afternoon and even- ing meetings, tea was provided for the children at Carmel Schoolroom. The ladies who pre- sided at tho tables were :—Mrs. Ann Williams, Mrs. Sarah Ellen Davies, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. girl ?" Messrs. David Davies and Aneurin Davies. The following contributed to the programme :—Opening solo, Mrs. Samuel Wil- liams, Abercinro. solo, Miss Arianwen Leek, "Anywhere with Jesus"; recitations, Mr. David Stephens, The Scholar Mr. Tarre. Williams, Aberdare The Quack Doctor." The secretarial duties were carried out by Eurfab, whilst Mr. Gwilym Evans acted as treasurer. The prize bags were supplied by Miss Annie Evans, Miss M. A. Williams and Mrs. D. J. Jones. EISTEDDFOD.—A successful eisteddfod was held under the auspices of Saron Congregational Church, on Good Friday. There were 112 entries in all, and the competitions attained a high standard. The following were the officials —President, Mr. J. H. Powell, Aberdare con- ductor, Mr. Evan Jones, Nantgwawr; accom- panist, Mr. Brinley Lewis Ireasurer, Mr. D. Roberts and the energetic secretary was Mr. John Phillips. The adjudicators were :—Musical section, Mr. D. Evans literary, Mr. E. Ogwen; prize bag, Mrs. J. H. Powell. Awards:— Recitation for children under 12, open, divided between Misses M. E. Howells and L. Eynon recitation for children between the ages of 12 and 15, Ewyllys y Meddwyn (4), Miss Alice Maud James; recitation for those over 15, Brad y Llanw (13), Mr. D. Jeffrey Davies, Abercwmboi; essay for children, either Isaac, David or Samuel, (4), 1st Miss Sadie Evans, 2nd Miss Lizzie Ann Davies essay, Dyled- swydd Rhieni tuag at yr Y sgol Sul (7), prize withheld owing to plagiarism on the part of the competitors; letter, Disgybl at Athraw (3) divided between Messrs. James Phillips and W. H. Davies best prize bag, Miss Bronwen Jones verses, The Rights of Children" (6). Mr. James Phillips (Iago Aman) solo for boys under 14, Bu genyf fam a thad (10), Master Emlyn Davies; soprano sclo, Nant y Mynydd (8), Madame Lizzie Lewis, Aberaman; contralto solo, 0 rest in the Lord (8), Miss Morfudd Lloyd, Cwmaman; tenor solo, Llwybr yr Wyddfa (13), Mr. Watkin Phillips bass, solo, LATE DB. D. DAVTES, J.P., ABERT ARS.
0, Lizzie Hughes, Misses Lizzie Davies and Ann Davies, Mrs. Margaret Bufft-on, Miss Hannah Buff ton, Miss Sraan Lewis, Miss Eunice Buff. ton, Mies Mav Buffton, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. K. Davies, and Miss Jones M^-rs Richard Lewis. William Lewis, and John Protheroe also assisted. The "gyrnanla" officials were:-Scc. rotary, Mr. Lewis James Davi-es, Morgan-row; treasurer, Mr. Thomas Rees, Ynyscynon- street; and chairman of committee, Mr. John Hughes.
ABERAMAN. PERSO-VAL.The delegate of tho Aberaman branch of the Shop Assistants' Union, at the annual delegate meeting at Liverpool, this year, was Mr. D. E. Davies, Hill-street. DEATH.—An old inhabitant, in the person of Mr. Benjamin Kellow, of 8, Gladstone-street, passed away on Saturday last, after rather a lonar illness. He was 63 years of af!e. FOOTBALL.—On Tuesday a match was played at Michael's field, between Pcntrebach and the Aberaman Windsors. The fixture was under the auspices of the Glamorgan Leaue, and a pleasant f-anie resulted in a win for the Windsors by 5 goals to 1. E-LECTIOK.—On Wednesday night meetings were hold in support of the nominees of the Aberdare Trades and Labour Council for the District Council, and Mr. Matt Lewis, the I L.P. candidate, for a seat on the Board of Guardians. The first meeting was held at the Lesser Hall of the Public Institute, Aberaman, and the second at Hebron Vestry, Godreaman. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. Augustus Davies and Joseph Wigley (Abercwmboi), Wm. Thomas (Cwmaman), and Illtyd Hokpins and Matt Lewis (Aberaman). BILLIARDS.—A match between Abercynon and Aberaman Hall and Institute, was played at Aberaman, on Thursday evening last. ABERAMAN. T. B. Jones. 200 T. Bowen 169 Phil. Morgan 169 J. Llewellyn 200 H. Thomas 200 J. R. Williams 200 Tom Dumayne 200 Total .1338 AnERCYNOK. Ted Jones 116 T. Hughes 200 E. Davies 200 W. N- Wyndhan138 T. J- PaTies ..140 j. Willianis.0 146 S. PHILLIP8 158 Total 1098 SACRED CONCERT.—A well-attended sacred concert was held at the Aberaman Public Hall (Grand Theatre), on Sunday evening last. It was organised by the Aberaman Original Silver Band, as a final rehearsal prior to competing at Mountain Ash and Abergavenny Eisteddfodau, on Mondav. The chairman was Mr. G. E. Harris, and the secretarial arrangements were carried out by Mr. Richard Ingram. The following was the programmeSelection by the band, "Schuber" (the test piece at the Mountain Ash Easter Eisteddfod) solo, '\Alone on the Raft," Miss Cooper, Ynyshir solo, The Wreckers of Dunraven," Mr. G. D. Phillips, Aberaman; solo, "For all Eternity, Miss Pearce, Aberaman; selections on the grama- phone, from Tetrazzini and Caniso; solo, The Lost Chort, Miss Cooper; solo, I love you," Mr. G. D. Phillips; solo, The Children s Home Miss Pearce; solo, "Good-bye" (Tosti), Miss Cooper; selection by the Band, "W cber's Works" (test piece of Abergavenny Easter Eisteddfod). The conductor of the band was Mr. R. S. Howells. c TEMPERANCE RALLY.—On Easter Tuesday Councillor Henry Wilson, of London, addressed temperance meetings at Aberaman. At 6 p.m. the members of the cadet section of the Sons of Temperance, with whom all the other tem- the members of the cadet section of the Sons of Temperance, with whom all the other tem- perance bodies of the locality co-operated, < assembled at Saron Hall. Bro. Dan Thomas, W.P., of the Rose of Sharon section, Bro. Dd. Evans, F.S. of the Rose of Aman division, and other local leaders were present. A demonstra- tion was made from Saron Hall as far as the brake-stand at the bottom of Kill-street, where Councillor Wilson, Mr. Wm. Collier, and others spoke in favour of the temperance cause. The procession was then re-formed and wended its way to Gwawr Baptist Chapel, where a public mesting was held. The Rev. W. T. Francis was chairman. Others on the platform were Rev. Wm. Calvert (Aberdare), Rev. H. S. Jenkins (Saron), Messrs. Thomas Davies (Sons of Temperance), Wm. Griffiths (Gwawr), and Wm. Collier. In the course of a powerful address, Councillor Wilson quoted conclusive and irrefutable arguments in favour of temper- ance reform. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—On Good Friday the last of the series of competitive meetings in connection with the bazaar committee was held at Ynyslwyd Vestry. The chair was occupied by Mr. David Johnson, and a large number attended. The adjudicators were :—Music, Mr. James Davies; literature, Mr. John Rees maps, Mr. Thomas Davies (schoolmaster); accompanist Mr. Ebenezer Williams. Awards Solo for children under 10, 1st divided between Emlyn Darby and Maggie Darby; 2nd Mary Harris, 3rd Lizzie Thomas; aolo for chiixirsQ under 14, 01 wen Jones; reading !or hi- under 14, Master Oliver Williams o' £ >eii sv'to, Patmos," divided between Messrs. Stejj^eris aad j -Willizw-s Mr. Bavid i EIcLi-vrda, ,i; •; H'i I>STisy O1 V.iS o p tO iifl ScliCCi- J CilXftfU f CiCCfi/-C*y "'Wijmh is tuo bgttfv wifo WHttfcyj I MB———WUillWWliWffci Wilim MB Arm, arm, ye brave (10), divided between Messrs. Emlyn Evans and Lewis J. Davies; pianoforte solo for children, The Butterfly" (11), divided between Master Johnny Jones and Miss M. Abraham violin solo, Intermezzo (6), Mr. D. J. Morris, Aberdare; quartette, Ti wyddost both ddywed fy nghalon" (2 parties), Mr. Evan Thomas and party. Keen interest was evinced in the chief choral com- petition, the test piece being Jerusalem, fy nghartref wiw (L. Mason), Gwawr, Aberaman, were declared the winners, and Mr. W. J. Jenkins, the conductor, was presented with the silver cup. QUARTERLY MEETINGS.—On Sunday the quarterly meetings were held in connection with Gwawr Welsh Baptist Sunday School, when large congregations attended. The chairman at the afternoon meeting was Mr. Daniel Jones (assistant superintendent), and the following contributed to the programme :—Mr. B. Lewis, Miss Mary Lewis, Rev. Dd. Davies, Miss Blodwen Jones, Miss Doris Rees, Miss Clara Ann Davies, Miss Tiddian Rees, Miss Blodwen Jones, Miss G. J. Williams, Miss E. M. Jenkins, Miss M. Lewis, Miss Olwen Lewis, Miss Hettie M. Lewis, Mr. Wm. J. Jenkins, Misses S. A. Evans, Hettie May Lewis, Olga Lance, H. M. Lewis and Mr. D. G. Jones. At the evening meeting Mr. Frank Leach (superintendent of the Sunday School) presided and the following contributed to the programme:—Mr. J. Griffiths, Mr. George Battenbow, Misses Ida Lance, Louisa Eynon, Beatrice Hopkins and Letitia Thomas and Mr. G. Lewis, Misses Elizabeth Ann Ireland, E. M. Jenkins, Annie M. Owen, C. R. Price, Annie M. Jones, Maggie A. Bowen, Maggie Phillips, Mary Evans, Master Idwal George; the choir, under the conductorship of Mr. W. J. Jenkins, and the Meibion Gwawr Party, under the conductorship of Mr. T. Williams. Short speeches, dealing with Sunday School work, were delivered by Messrs. Matthew Jones and John Williams, and the meeting concluded with prayer offered by Mr. John Owen. The Rev. W. T. Francis, pastor, was officiating at services at Pembrey. Mr. George Lewis undertook the secretarial I duties, and Mr. Gumos Jones presided at the organ.
CWMAMAN. IF YOU HAVE DEFECTIVE EYESIGHT, consult the most experienced livesiRht Testing Expert in Mer- thyr. Mr. HENRY M. LLOYD, Ophthalmic Optician and Chemist, Merthyr (opposite Market doors). PERSONAL.—"Tel," the oft-chaired bard of Cwmaman, was the winner of the prize for a stanza (englyn) on "The Soul" at Porth Eis- t-eddfod on Easter Tuesday. INTERMENT.—The interment of Mrs. Mary A. Lewie, wife of Mr. Thomas I/swis, Wan. rllyd, Cwmaman, took place on Thursday, at Rhymney Church. Deceased was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, Godreaman. The officiating minister was the Rev. W. Webiey, evangelist, of Merthyr. A large number of relatives and friends attended as mourners.
TRECYNON. ST FAGAN'S. — Services were held at this Church on Good Friday. There was a celebra- tion of the Holy Communion at 8 o'clock, the celebrant being the Vicar (Rev. Richard Jones). A Welsh service took place at 11 o'clock, a sermon being preached by Rev. Evan Thomas. A three hours service followed, being conduct- ed by Rev. D. J. Arthur, Hirwain. A child- ren's service was held in the afternoon, led by Rev. T. W. Long. The service in the evening was conducted by the Vicar. A lantern service was held the same evening at St. Winifred's, entitled "The Story of the Cross." The Vicar and Mr. G. R. Protheroe conducted. Two celebrations of tho Holy Communion took place on Easter Sunday, followed by the ordinary services. The Vicar officiated throughout the day.
ABERCWMBOI. Y.P.S.—On Easter Sunday morning a memor- able meeting was held, under the auspices of the Young People's Society, at Bethlehem. A paper on The Crown of Thorns" was read by Mr. Rees Davies, and another on The Rcssnrrection," by Mr. Win. R- Griffiths. Comments were mado by the chairman and Messrs. John H. Davies, Isaac Isaac, Levi Davies and Daniel Jones. M.I. SOCIETY.—Last Friday night (Good Friday) Mrs. Wm. EVins, occupied the chair, and the meeting was opened by Miss Jennie Jones. Mr. Abraham Thomas read a paper upon "The Perils of Youth," and Miss S. Dudley I Davies, Cwmpennar, read an extract from Kilsby. Jones's essay on The Decline of the Welsh Language." Speeches were afterwards delivered by Messrs. John Evans, John H. Davies, Isaac Isaac, W. R. Griffiths, Henry Williams, Rev. J. Bowen Davies, and Mrs. Eggleton. LECTURE.—An admirablolecture was delivered Eggleton. LECTURE.—An admirable lecture was delivered on Thursday evening last, at Bethlehem Con- gregational Chapel, in the presence of a fairly large audience. Robert Owen, Welshman and Socialist," was the subject, the lecturer being the Rev. J. L. Williams, Aberystwyth. The chief topic of the'lecture was the excellence of character of the ^reat reformer of Newtown. I A number of pointed questions were asked at tho close, which were answered satisfactorily. i Mr. Daniel J. proposed a vote of thanks ito the tfci&nrer, scd this was seconded by Mr. Jc'ii'T; LiVvi^A. Ihe chairman (Mr. Richr.rd wjiaar/} %as also iier-rtiiy thanked on proposition oi the Rev; J. L- seconded yj the BQWWi fcaway j
LLWYDCOED. ST. JAMES'S.—On Easter Sunday a celebra- tion of th Holy Communion place at this church, a' 8.30 a.m. The celebrant was the Rev. T. W. Long, assisted by Mr. D. T. Jones. Service was held at 11 a.m., when a sermon was preachod by Mr. D. T. Jones. In the afternoon a children's service was held, followed by an evensong and sermon at 6 o'clock, when the pulpit was occupied by Rev. T. W. Long. There was a good attendance at ea.ch servioe. Special psalms were sung. The conductor and organist were Messrs. J. Thomas and W. C. Griffiths respectively.
HiRWASN. RAMOTU Y.P.S.—At the annual examination, held Ï1 connection with the Baptist Sunday School Union of Wales, fifteen candidates sat in the four stages. ST. LLEIJEWG'S.—A three-hours' service was held at the above Church on Good Friday, when the Rev. W. If. Jones, B.A., Aberdare, conversed upon the sayinos on the Cross. TABERNACLE (CONG.)—Anniversary meetings were held at the above place on worship of Easter Sunday and Monday. On Sunday. stirring and eloquent sermons were preached by the Rev. J. L. Williams, M.A., Alcrystwytb, while on Monday the Rev. Peter Price, Dowlais, delivered powerful discourses. HIRWAIN CHORAL SOCIETY.—The sum of £26 5s. 7d. has been handed to Mr. T. J. Pugh, Nantymoel Farm, being the net amount received from the concert held on his behalf in November last, by the Hirwain Choral Society. The full receipts amounted to about £40, the expenses running to £14 odd. RETIREMENT.—The inhabitants of Hirwain are sorry to have had to part with Police Sergt. Isaac Davies and family, who have left Hirwain for Briton Ferry, owing to Mr. Davies's retire- ment from the force. Having been stationed at Hirwain for many years the family were well known and greatly respected. RAMOTH (B.).—The weekly meeting in con- nection with the Young People's Society was held on Wednesday evening last, under the presidency of Mr. David Thomas, when a paper II was read by Mr. H. B. Jones on Archbishop Cranmer." Following the paper several of the members spoke, including Messrs. J. Davies, R. Evans and R. Howells and Miss M. A. Jones. SOCIAL.—Soar Wesley Guild terminated then- winter programme with a social, on Friday evening when over 60 partook of tea. The following presided at the tables:—Misses Maggie G. Jones, Bessie Davies, Alice M. Jacobs, Lizzie Bevan, Polly Bevan and Mrs. D. C. Rowe. Cutters :—Miss Annie M. Howells, Miss A. Rowe, Rev. D. C. Jones and Mr. Howell Williams. After tea solos were rendered by some of the members and all present spent a happy evening. Mr. J. A. Jenkins accom- panied. CHARITY MATCH.—On Good Friday a soccer football match was played at Carter's Field, between the Hirwain First Eleven and a team of G.W.R. employees, the proceeds being handed over to the G.W.R. Widows and Orphans Fund, Hirwain Branch. Mr. Gwilym Edmunds held the whistle. The premier eleven had matters their own wav and gained an easy victory by 9 goals to 1. For the G.W.R. David Davies and R Morgan played well, the latter scoring their solitary goal. There was a good crowd present and a fairly good sum was received at the gate. —On Saturday a match was played between Hirwain First Reserves and Aberdare Church, at Hirwain. The game resulted in a win for I the Reserves by 2 goals to 1. OBITUARY.—We have to record the death of Mr. John Gowen, 11, Penmark, Hirwain, which I occurred on Thursday morning last, after a long illness, at the age of 82. Deceased many years ago was employed by the Great Western Railway Co., and had been receiving pension money for years past. He leaves five sons, viz. :—Mr. Charles Gowen, Cardiff, coal inspec- tor under Messrs Cory Bros. & Co., Ltd., and a local preacher Mr. Wm. Gowen, Pontygwaith Mr. James Gowen, Wattstown; Mr. Frederick Gowen, Hirwain and Mr. Thomas Gowen, of Tylorstown. Beisdes the above Mr. Gowen leaves an aged wife. The remains were esc orted to Penderyn churchyard for interment on Mon- day, a good number being present to pay last respects to deceased, who was greatly respected by all who knew him.—We have also to record the death of Mrs. Mary McCarthy, Catholic Church House, Hirwain, who passed away on Thursday last, at the age of 64 years. Deceased was a native of Co. Waterford, Ireland, but had resided at Hirwain for 40 years. The remains were interred at Penderyn churchyard, on Monday, the Rev. Father O'Reilly conducting the burial service. EISTEDDFOD.—A successful eisteddfod was held at the schools, Rhigos, on Saturday evening last. Tho adjudicators were:—Music, Mr. David Evans, Tresalem; literature, Mr. Hy. Lloyd (Ab Hefin), Aberdaro. The conductor was Mr. John Williams, Giyn Neath, and Mr. Tom Richards, Rhigos, was the official accom- panist. Awards :—Soorano solo, Llythyr fy Mam," Miss Katie Moseiv, Hirwain alto solo, "Anghonus wyf," Master Gwllym Davies, Hirwain tenor solo (open), Y Gwladgarwr," Mr. W. Evans, Hirwain; tenor solo (open), 0'r niwl i'r Nef;" Mr. W. Evans, Hirwain; bass solo, "Mae'th dad wrth y ily-v," divided between Mr. T. J. Edwards and Mr. Tom Beynon, Hirwain baritone, Dyfal done a dyr y garect" (by J. T. Davies, Hirwain), Mr. Wm. G. Jenkins, Hirwain duet, Y ddeilen ar y lli," Messrs. W. Evans and AV. G. Jenkins; quartette, Bedd y dyn tlawd," 5Ir. Rees Dl. Davies and friends adroddiad, Y cariad-lanc dewr," Mr. Jno. Richards, Rhigos; "Llythyr Caru," divided between Miss M. G. Jones, Hirwain, and l)ewi Cynon, Penderyn mixed choir competition (not under 30 voices), "Edrych ar Iesu" (A. Watkins, G. &. L., Hirwain), Mr. James Thomas's party, Hirwain essay, subjeet, Yr Ysgol Nos," Miss Davies, Glynneath, and D. Morgan, Ystradfellte: impromptu speech, subject, The Suffragette," divided between Mr. A. 0. Perkins, Hirwain, Mr. D. Davies (Dewi Cynon), Penderyn, and Mr. Rees Dl. Davies, Hirwain; for the best three verses upon Craig y Llyn," Mr. Thos. Jones, Rhigos. The building was quite over- crowded. and the entries were numerous, the standard of tho singing being also of a high degree, and on the whole the eisteddfod was a. complete success.
PENRHIWCEIBER. CARMEL M.I.S.-—Mr. Hugh Roberts read a very interesting paper on Tanymarian" to members of this society on Thursday evening. LECTURE.—Under the auspices of the Young Liberals a lecture was delivered in the Public Institute, by the Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., Aberdare, on the New Liberalism." Councillor Dr. Ben PhiUips-Jonès occupied the chair. WORKMEN'S MEETING.—A general meeting of the workmen employed at Messrs. Nixon's Cwm Cynon Colliery, took place at the Institute, on Thursday afternoon. The chair was occupied by Mr. Thomas Morgan. The delegate to the Cardiff conference, Mr. John Picton, gave a very satisfactory report of the meeting at the Cory Hall, and a number of questions were put to the delegate which were answered satisfactorily. Mr. Picton was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for the excellent report, and was unanimously elected to attend the London conference, on Tuesday, and also the Cardiff conference on the following day. PRESENTATION MEETING.—A meeting was held at the Institute, on Wednesday evening, to distribute prizes to certain members of the evening classes. Dr. B. Phillips. Jones occupied the chair. The prizes were distributed by Mrs. D. Jones. Among those present on the platform were Miss M. Shipton, Mrs. Owen (New Quay), Mr. Alfred Morgan (Director of Education), Rev. D. Jones, Mr. Rees Morgan, Mr. Ifor Davies, Councillors E. Morris and G. Hall, T. Jones. There was a good gathering of young peolpe and an interesting programme was gone through. Mrs. Williams presented prizes to the following :—(1) Ambulance students, Messrs. G. R. Birch, Henry Britton, Henry Brooks, D. Mills, J. Thomas, Philip Jones, Thomas Brooks (2) mining students, Tommy Keen, Tim Price, H. Thomas; (3) geology, Tim Price, T. Keen, George Thomas (4) scientific dressmaking, Miss L. Owen, Miss M. A. Erasmus (5) cookery class, Miss E. J. Edwards, Miss Alice Griffiths; (6) practical mathematics, W. Gillard, Llew. Hughes (7) art needlework class, Miss Annie Lewis, Gwladys Thomas, Miss M. A. Walters; (8) evening continuation class, Wm. Rendall, Gabriel Jones, D. R. Hughes, Chas Pritchard. Mr. T. J. Lewis followed with a song, Sleep On and Master Hector Roberts sang Sleep, Baby, Sleep." Councillor T. Jones and Coun- cillor Morris gave addresses, after which Mrs. D. Jones presented certificates to the following —Mining, class 1, stage 1, George Ior.th and Tim Price; class 1, stage 3, D. Keen Davies; practical mathematics, class 1, stage 1, Llewelyn Hughes and Emrys James; geology, class 1, stage 2, Edwardr Lewis and D. K. Davies; county mining, claas 1, stage 1, Edward Lewis and George Iorath; county geology, class 1, .stage 1, Edward Lewis; county mathematics, class 1, stage 2, Llew Hughes and J, Erasmus class 2, stage I, Wm. Gillard; class 3, stage 2, E. James. Councillor Hall addressed the meeting and spoke of the achievements of some of the Penrhiwceirber students in the examination. One boy named Edward Lewis hadfobtained four first-class certificates, and he had come second throughout the whole county of Glamor- gan in mining, and third in geology. He was a hoy worth taking note of. Miss Maggie Price rendered a soloa, and usual "votel: thattks ,'ell-5..9l<À"" ,t, A ø
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ABERCYNON. The MERTHYR EDITION cf the "Merthyr Ex. press" is on sale at Mrs. Richards, Newsagent, Station-street, every Friday morning. BAI.L.—Oil Tuesday evening a ball was held at tho Workmen's Kail and a very large number attended. SPECIAL SERVICES.—On Sunday and Monday half-yearly preaching services of the Tabernacle (C. M.) Church were held, and inspiring sermons were do'ivered by the Rev. Mi'hael Williams, Cilfynydd, and Rev. Wilson Roberts, Ynyshir. SACRED CONCERT.—A sacred concert was given at the Workmen's Hall on Sunday evening, by the Abercynon Male Voice Party and Aber- cynon Mixed Choir, both under the conductor- ship or Mr. Wiii. Williams (Eos Berw). previous to their competing at Mountain Ash Eisteddfod. The test pieees and other items wero rendered, and in addition solos were given by Misses C. M. Jenkins, M. M. Davies, Messrs. D. Davies, J. 0. Davies, and W. Simpson cornet solos by Mr. Frank Livsey and recitations by Mr. D. E. Thomas and Mr. R. X. Wyndham. Miss B. Matthews and Mr. H. Woods were the accom- panists. TEA.—The annual tea of the English Con- gregational Church was held on Friday. The tables were presided over by Mrs. Jos. Matthews, Miss E. A. Thomas, Miss M. Edwards, Mrs. Gibbon, Miss Thomas, Miss Bowden, Mrs. Carslake, Miss E. Richards, Miss Newman, Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Taylor. Miss Taylor, Mrs. E. Jones, Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Jones. The cutters were Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Tame, Mrs.gPaulton, Mrs. Heek, Mrs. Gardner; tea brewers, Mrs. Bufton, Mr. W. Taylor and Mr. W. Robinson. In the evening a cantata was given at the Workmen's Hall, by the Band of Hope, entitled, Little Folks at Play," under the conductorship of Mr. H. S. Blomley. The following action songs were also given :—. Grace Darling." Grand Masters," and Old Britains." The accompanists were Mrs. E. Blomley and Miss Milly Burge. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—An interesting com- petitive meeting was held at Tabernacle Vestry, on Friday evening. Mr. D. Fenwick presided, and the adjudicators were :—Music, Mr. D. J. Price literature, Mr. Tom Davies. Awards Recitation for children under 14,j" Y Gath a'r Llvgoden," Lizzie Jones; singing, under 14, Y Ddafad Golledig," 1 Cath. M. Jones, 2 Ceridwen Williams; singing for boys under 14, Hapus Awr," Johnny Williams; naming the most towns commencing with a given letter, Mr. W. R. Jones; duet, under 18, "Fy Nuw daeth i mi," Lizzie Jones and Jennett Williams essay on Paul," Mr. D. W. Jones tenor soloo Bwthyn yn mrhanol y wlad," Mr. Dan Williams; recitation (open), Twr Babel, Miss Katie Williams baritone solo, Gogoniant i Gymru," Mr. H. Jones quartette, Glan'r. lorddonen," Mr. Arthur Evans and friends Mr. Hy. Jones' tvere successful in giving th best rendering of Lux Benigna." The secre- tarial duties were carried out by Mr. A. Evana,
ABERCYNON POLICE COURT. THURSDAY.—Before Messrs. M. Morgan, G. A. Evans and D. Prosser. DRUNKENNESS.—The following were fined for drunkenness :—Benjamin Hill, in Tyntetown, and Penrhiwceiber, 1Cs. and costs, for each oflence; John McCaffrey, in Mountain Ash, 10s. and costs. BAJJNS PUBLISHED THREE TINIES.-Charles Murphy, of ALertridwr, was summoned by Alice Taylor, Mountain Ash, to show cause, etc.—Complainant's mother said that defen- dant had not kept his promise of marriage. She had put the banns in on three occasions, and had also purchased the ring.—An order to pay 3s. 6d. a week was made. BOUND ov Lr,Ellen Meredith was sum- moned for assaulting Catherine Johnson.- Complainant said that on the 22nd ult. she waa walking down the street, when defendant came up and struck her three tiraesjon the head.- Elizabeth Watts corroborated.—Defendant, on oath, denied tho charge.—She was botindfover., CHILDREN FINED.—In the juvenile court,, subsequently held, Lily Owen (12) and Violet Rose (13) were charged with stealing coal, the property of the Carne Park Coal Co.—Mr. E. Harley, who prosecuted on behalf of the com- pany, said that children were sent to the colliery premises for coal by their parents, the latter waited in the vicinity and conveyed tho coal away in sacks. An average of a ton a week had been stolen during the last few ,veeks.' P.C. Williams said he saw the defen- dants taking coal away.—Thomas Harris, the under-manager atjthe colliery, valued the coal at 1 s. 3d.-Tho parents were ordered to pay 20s. each. J
qEVIEWS. Messrs. Watts are issuing, for the Rationalist; Press Association, a sixpenny edition of "Last Words on Evolution," by Prof. Ernst Haeckel, the work being hitherto obtainable only in ita original edition at six shillings. The same pub- lishers announce a new book by Mr. F. IL Perrycoste, D.Sc., entitled, "Ritual, Faith, and Morals," which deals mainly with the influence of religion upon civilisation considered in its moral aspect. Besides further instalments of the serial, "The Lauristons," by John Oxenham, there is a complete story entitled, "The Mayor's Clock," by A. W. Arnold, in the April number of "Chambers's Journal." T. C. Bridges con- tributes a thoughtful article on the training of athletes. He says the border line between legit- imate sport and fool-hardiness is not, after all, especially difficult to define. Every person must have a pretty good notion of what he can ac- complish without actually injuring himself, and beyond that limit no one has any right to o. Another contributor writes in an entertaining way about Norfolk Island and its people. R. S Smyth deals with "some early post-office reports," and these provide interesting read- ing. Another writer describes French charac- teristics and customs, and there are many more interesting and informing articles. One of the features of "The British Work- man" for April is the well illustrated account ol the career of Captain Pritchard, the first cap- tain of the Mauretania, who rose from a cook', boy to the proud position of commodore of the great Cunard fleet. "With the Glass Workera of White friars" is another notable article. Frederick Rogers, the old age pension pioneer, describes "How we are making public-housa loafers," and Mis. France contributes a com- plete story, entitled "What a Spectacle!" In "The Family Friend" Annie S. Swan's serial of city and domestic life, "Roden's Choice," holds pride of place. Mr. W Durban, B.A., in represented by a fascinating article on the quaint meditsvalism of Southern Germany. Mrs. Robson gossips delightfully of "Jane Austen's Gallery of Girls," and Miss Jennie Chappell's short story, "The Keys of Fortune," is a capi- ttll example of the freshness and interest at* taching to this writer's work. Of the many ex. cel!cnt features of "The Children's Friend," the PIayhour Supplement shows evidence of iti popularity, not only in this country, but in the Colonies and abroad. For the younger mem- bers of the home circle, there are "The Infants' Magazine" and "The Band of Hope Review," which are, if anything, better than ever. For the quiet hour comes "The Friendly Visitor"- in its cheery orange cover, full of good things. These magazines are published by S. W. Part- ridge and Co., 8 and 9, Paternoster-row, Lon- don.
The Union Castle liner "Carisbrook CMtle," which reached Southaintpon from the Cape on Saturday, brought gold to tho value -of £ 912,000.
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