Friday, APRIL 29. Troedyrhiw Spring Fair. Monday, MAY 2. Theatre Royal—The Love of the Princess." Thursday, MAY 5. Public Meeting—Mount Pleasant, Ebbw Vale. Thursday, MAY 12, Merthyr May Horse fehow and Parade. Whit-Monday, MAY 16. Fete at Penydarren Park, Merthyr; also on the 17th and 18th. Athletio Festival, Castle Grounds, Abergavenny Fete at Pontypool New Park; also Whit- Tuesday. Whit-Tuesday, MAY 17. Athletio Sports and Horse Competitions, Ponty- pool New Park. Gwent Chair Eisteddfod, Rhymney. Eisteddfod, Cwmaman, Aberdare. Tuesday, MAY 26. Organ Recital at Horeb Welsh Congregational Church, Penydarren. Monday, JUNE 20. Horse Show and Agricultural Exhibition at Aberaman. Saturday, JULY 16, I Eisteddfod at Pontneathvaughan. i Tuesday, AUGUST 2, 1Eisteddfod at Maesteg. Eisteddfod at Abertysswg. j Wednesday, OCTOBER 19. Bazaar, Drill Hall, Merthyr; also 20th and 21st. I
Notice to Subscribers. Three editions of the "Merthyr Express" are minted every week — one for the Aberdare I ai- ley from. Hirwain to Abercunon; one for the Bor. I ough of Merthyr Tydfil and East Glamorgan; and one for West Monmouth, inclusive of the Rhymney Valley, Subscribers in one district desirous of obtaining the edition in another district can be .supplied with. it through their regular agents bv j tending a post card to the publisher, Glebelana. street, Merthyr, intimating air wishes and nam- ing the agent. ¡ —
GOSSIP. The Court of Appeal has decided that a local education authority has no right to discriminate between the salaries paid to teachers in pro- vided and non-provided schools. The judgment arose out of the Swansea case, which has created so much interest. This is a victory for the Sectarians; it will also have the effect of focus- sing attention once more on the obnoxious Education Act. It is certainly hard that teachers in non-provided schools should be penalised, but tNe prinoiple for which the Swansea School Managers, and managers in other parts of the country, have been fighting cannot be lost sight of. What they contend is that where public funds are contributed towards the upkeep of schools there should be public control. This question has been kept in the background during the discussion on the Budget and the Lords' Veto, but the decision of the Court of Appeal will bring it to the front once more. During J the debate on the Education Vote, in the House of Commons, Mr. Runcimau, President of the J Board of Education, said the only basis on wllieh he could hope for a settlement would he on that of religious equality. T-cre suould be e no privileges for denominational schools, he 11 All should be treated alike and managed alike, Whew public myuoy wiw ØA there 1 must be public control. It is for this that undenominMionalists have been fighting all along, for which Passive Resiaters have suffered their goods to be distrained upon. and have even gone to prison. It is a real grievance, and there will be no peace until it is removed. Good progress has been made during the past few weeks with the Merthyr Y.M.C.A. buildings, in Pontmorlais, and arrangements are now being made for the laying of the foundation stones, on the 5th of May. What has become of the Aberdare Incorpor- ation movement ? When the present High Constable was appointed he stated that it was his intention to take the matter up in earnest, but nothing appears to have been done, and people are beginning to think nothing further will be heard of the proposal. It seems strange that a place like Aberdare, which is progressive in many respects, and which has a population bordering on 50,000, should be content with the present form of government when it might attain the status of a municipal borough, and at no distant date become a county borough, and thus obtain the highest form of local government. Is there no municipal pride in Aberdare ? Are the ratepayers content to remain for all time under the jurisdiction of the County Council, and to contribute large sums annually towards the upkeep of institu- tions in the management of which they have very little say ? It is often urged, I know, that administration by a corporation is more costly than by a district council, but it is difficult to understand why that should be so. Expensive schemes have to be paid for whether they arc undertaken by a district council or a corporation, and I know of no reason why they should cost more if embarked upon by a corporate body instead of a district council. But, even if municipal government be more expensive than government by a district council, would not the advantages gained be worth the extra cost ? Prestige counts for something in these days, and Aberdare would rank much higher if the town were incorporated than it does to-day. The public-spirited citizens of Merthyr realised the value of the advantages to be gained by the extended powers of government, and the town to-day is enjoying privileges which are denied to such places as Aberdare. No one seems to kro™ why action has not been taken at Aberdare ere now. If there are valid reasons why a charter should not be applied for, rate- payers are entitled to know what they are. Why not call a pubi.io meeting to discuss the pros and cons, and 1st the ratepayers decide whether action shaii be taken ? Cannot the Chamber I of Commerce æove in the matter ? Steps are being taken ia the Rhondda Valley to secure I' Incorporation. Evidently the people in that valley believe that advantages are to be gained by the higher form of government. For some years the policy of Governments has been to confer greater powers on County Councils and County Boroughs, and that policy will, no doubt, be continued. In England several extension schemes have been approved of late years, and small areas have been amalgamated —the Potteries is a case in point—to secure county boroughs. Why Aberdare should lag behind it is difficult to understand. Can it be that the public men and ratepayers generally are indiSerent to the beat interests of the district ? < The King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales have notified their intention to be preset at the opening concert of the Festival of Empire, at the Crystal Palace, on Tuesday, May 24th. The concert is to be given by the Imperial Choir of 4,000 voices, and the orchestra accompanying will number 480 performers. The Rev. H. O. Hughes, pastor of Shiloh Mission Church, Merthyr, has received and has accepted a call to take charge of the Brynmawr Welsh Wesleyan Circuit from the 1st of Septem- ber next. It was understood that Mr. Hughes would remain in Merthyr for some time longer, but owing to the decision of the Welsh Assembly to discontinue the grant in aid it has been found impossible to continue the church on independent mission lines, and at the quarterly meeting, held last week, a resolution was passed in favour of amalgamating with the English Circuit. Whether this course will meet with the approval of the English Churches remains to be seen. Some time ago a commission, appointed by the Conference, visited Merthyr to enquire into the condition of Methodism, and one of their suggestions was that the English and Welsh Churches in Merthyr and Dowlais should be amalgamated and formed into a mission centre, with, perhaps, two or three ministers. Shiloh objected at that time, but the officials of the church, having now ex- pressed a desire to amalgamate, it may be that the proposal will be revived. T f Mr. Hughes has done good work at Shiloh, and his departure will be regretted by all con- nected with the church. It is somewhat singular that the present superintendent of the Brynmawr English Wesleyan Circuit, the Rev. T. C. Edwards, went from Merthyr to the City on the Hills." I This week the Jewish festival of the Passover is being commemorated. In many respects this is the most interesting of the Jewish festivals. < Kissing, however pleasant, is, we are again warned, a terribly dangerous business. Mr. Stephen Paget, in illustrating the fact, in the course of a lecture, that germs are present everywhere, exhibited a piece of gelatine that had been kissed by a man with clean lips, to see what would happen. Mr. Paget pointed out that germs had grown thickly over the parts touched by the lips. One cotikl not, he said, even kiss the surface of gelatine without pro- ducing the outline of one's lips in germs. <- Branches of the League of Young Liberals have now been formed in nearly every part of the Merthyr Parliamentary Borough, and some of them are displaying great activity. Shortly a oonference of the executive of the Liberal Federation and the officials of the League branches will be held, when some plan for aggresive work will be decided upon. « The deterioration in our (American) manu- factured products after fifteen years of high protection is simply appalling."—" Wall Street Journal," U.S.A., February 5th. Although he failed to reach Manchester in his attempt to win the £10,000 prize, Mr. Grahame White, on Saturday, accomplished a magnificent flight, and established a British cross-country record. Leaving London in his Farman bi- plane just after five o'clock in the morning, Mr. White made the two halts allowed him at Rugby and at a spot just outside Lichfield, thus covering a distance of 114 miles in a couple of flights. At this stage the high wind not only forced him to abandon the attempt, but cap- sized his machine, temporarily disabling it. « « Mr. White's machine was conveyed to London for repairs, and he announced his intention of making another effort. to reach Manchester in a few days. In the meantime a French aviator, M. Pauhan, had entered the competftion for the Daily Mail prize, and he started on the journey on Wednesday. When Mr. White learned that the Frenchman had started, the repairs to his own machine were pushed forward as rapidly as possible, and he began his second attempt on Wednesday evqjiing. The French- man, however, had obtained a good lead, and when darkness made further flight impossible, he descended at Lichfield, having covered the distance of 117 miles in two hours and 39 minutes. Mr. White started an hour later than M. Paulhan, and was compelled to descend at Roade, fifty miles behind his opponent. M. Paulhan resumed his journey on Thursday morning at 4.9, and arrived at Manchester at 5.30. Mr. White continued his journey at 2.50 a.m., but descended near Tamworth, shortly after 4 o'clock. A feat unparalleled in the history of aviation has thus been accomplished by M. Paulhan, and while all will join in con- gratulating him, Mr. Grahame-White will be universally commiserated with on having been robbed of the glory and prize by the caprice of fate. < Mr. F. P. Charles was not very complimentary to the Merthyr Corporation, in the police court, the other day. A man was summoned for illtraating a horse by causing it to draw too heavy a load. and it was said the case had been brought because comolaints had been made to the Corporation. What do the Corporation know about horses?" asked Mr. Charles. They understand more about don- keys," he added. < < The French tariff as finally arranged promises to do more to press France out of the front line as a commercial nation than anything I that ever happened to the Republic."—" In- vestors' Review," April 2nd. 'I < Many characteristic stories of the late Mark i 'vain are now being related. On one occasion Americau humourist wanted a hymn-book, and being impressed with the munificence of Mr. Andrew Carnegie, he wrote to the millionaire j as follows :—" My dear Carnegie,—I see by the j RIj )¡ jfou are prosperous, I want to get a hymn-book it costs six shillings. If you send me this hymn-book I will bless yon, God will bless you, and it will do a great ,1!"d of good.— Yours truly, Mark Twain. P.S,-Don't send me the hymn-book, send me the six shillings." Between ninety and a hundred labour exchanges have been opened in various parts of the country. Through these agencies no fewer than 67,000 vacancies have been reported, and 45,006 have been filled. As Mr. Sydney Buxton, President of the Board of Trade, remarked at Manchester, the other day, that is not bad for a beginning. On an average 8,000 vacancies are notified weekly, and 6,000 are filled. The Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A., pastor of Hope Church, Merthyr, preached the last of the series of sermons on Religion and Social- ism" on Sunday evening last. Some weeks ago Mr. Jones intimated that he would be pleased to answer any questions that might be put to him. He has received a few letters criticising some of his statements, but not a single question has been sent to him. Mr. Jones proposes to preach a few more sermons bearing on social questions, and he is still prepared to deal with questions that may be put to him. The sermons on Religion and Socialism" are to be published in pamphlet form, and they should command a good sale. Tliev are worth perusal by both Socialists and anti-Socialists. The Labour Party, in Mid-Gla,morgan, have decided to contest the seat at the next General Election, and Mr. Hartshorn will probably be asked to again stand as a can- didate. A few weeks ago some inconvenience was caused at the Town Hall owing to the fact that a sitting of the County Court was being held on the day of the monthly meeting of the Council. As the council chamber was occupied by Judge Roberts the Town Council had to meet in the committee-room, and the Town Clerk was asked to submit a report on the matter. There was another clashing of fixtures on Tuesday. As Judge Roberts had. arranged to sit on that day, the police court business had to be put off until to-day (Friday). Elsewhere will be found the romantic story of a brother and sister who had been parted for forty-three years. They are both natives of Rhymney. The brother went to America in 1867, and until just recently the sister had neither seen nor heard from him. Now they have met in the land of the Stars and Stripes, and the journalist who describes the meeting says they are as happy as young lovers. The Labour Party in the House of Commons have decided to send a deputation to Germany to ascertain the real facts with regard to wages, hours of labour and cost of living in that country. The deputation hope to start or May 3rd, and about three weeks will be spent in Germany. Their report will furnish interesting reading. The Tariff Reformers have been sending deputa- tions to Germany, and they have reported on the supposed blessings that follow Protection. Now we are Jikely to get the other side of the picture. How much reliance is to be placed on the reports of the Tariff Reformers may be judged by the following extract from a letter which has been received by Mr. G. Barnes, M.P., from Mr. Stoffers, a German publicist:—" I saw the other day in the Daily Mail' the report of such a Tory working-man candidate. The prices he gives of German articles of food have evoked roars of laughter here, but, of course, this is no laughing matter. He has bought, for instance, lib. of tea for Is. 3d. The lowest price of a pound of real tea-the sort that is sold in England for Is. 6d.—is 5s. And in that proportion he has compiled all his other prices." So much for the benefits of Protection. But why, one may ask, do the Tariff Reformers confine their attention to Germany ? Why do they not send deputations to Russia, Spain, and Italy, to ascertain the conditions obtaining there ? These are all Protectionist countries. If high tariffs produce beneficial results in Germany, surely they will do the same in Italy, Spain and Russia. It is significant, however, that when Tariff Reformers are urging the blessings of Protection, they are silent in regard to such countries as Spain, Italy and Russia. The reason is not far to seek. These countries are highly protected, but the conditions as to wages, hours of labour, cost of living, etc., are not to be compared with those obtaining in this country. Tariff Reformers know this, and so they leave them out of the argument. A new story, of great domestic interest, entitled The Pearl Necklace," commences to-day. The author is Mr. Arthur Applin, who has written many powerful stories. j The cost of education is increasing year by year, and in such places as Merthyr it has be- come a serious burden. It has often' been! urged that the whole cost of education should be made a charge on the national exchequer, and this may be done eventually. For the present, however, local education authorities have to make heavy calls on the ratepayers to meet tehir growing expenditure. Now it transpires that owing to the decreased con- sumption of spirits the Government grants from the whisky" money, in aid of secondary education, will be less this year than formerly. At the meeting of the Breconshire Education Committee, last Friday, it was stated that a portion of the grant received from this source would have to be refunded, or deducted from some other grant. Other authorities will be similarly affected. This is a vry unsatis- factory state of things. It is not quite proper that Government grants in aid of secondary education should depend upon the amount of whisky consumed, and some better arrangement will doubtless be found. The question was raised in Parliament last week-end, when the Education Vote came up for debate. The Chancellor of the Exchequer promised that half of the land taxes for last year should be given to local authorities for secondary education. He undertook to make a better arrangement in future for secondary education than the present grant, based on the nation's consumption of whisky. Mr. Runciman, President of the Board of Education, admitted that educational finance was not on a satis- factory basis. If he remained President of the Board of Education, he said, it would be one of his duties to endeavour, with the assistance of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to devise a better grant system. At present it was com- plicated and unsatisfactory it sometimes gave a smaller degree of assistance to poor than to rich authorities while sometimes energetic and progressive authorities received less than others. A constant difficulty centred round secondary education. By a mere fluke a portion of the whisky money was allocated to higher education, and had proved inadequate to meet the strain upon it. Local authorities should II know where they stood, otherwise they could not make plans for years ahead. _I This week several of the committees of the Merthyr Corporation have sat at the Town Hall to go through the estimates of receipts and expenditure for the coming year. From the reports elsewhere it will be seen that large sums of money will be required for the coming year. The cost of education alone is a very serious item, the sum required being equivalent to a rate of about two shillings in the pound. Some of the members urged that expenses should be cut down in certain directions, but the majority appeared to be opposed to this policy. Money spent on education is a wise investment; still, a rate of two shillings in the pound is a heavy burden, and there is not much likelihood of its being reduced in the near future. There is all the more reason, therefore, for exercising economy in other directions. < Two private Bills were introduced in" the House of Commons on Tuesday, and read a first time. One of them, for which Sir A. Cripps is responsible, is intended to relieve conscientious objectors from the obligation to pay rates towards non-provided schools. « The Anti-Socialist Union of the Churches has been established just over a year, and an appeal is now being made for financial assistance. Its principles are non-party and non-demonin- ational. Viewed in the logical development of its essential principles, Socialism is regarded by the Union as a force counter to properly Christian progress. "The word Socialism," :it>1is pointed out, is vague and elastic. It is used with good intent by many earnest Chris- tians. But considered as collectivism of posses- sion and distribution carried out thoroughly* we not only regard it with dread, but appeaf for confirmation to utterances of its whole- hearted exponents, in the Press and on the plat- form, to justify our attitude. We venture ,,to affirm that the force so expounded would be, if victorious, fatal to the Throne, Home and Faith. The object of this union is to unite ,¡: God-fearing citizens, not in acrimony, but wish decision, against this system. We think I iIn so doing we are true to the example of who, in His whole action and teaching, ¡ was (in regard of common life, society, and state) always the Reformer, never the Revolu- tionary. Miss Florence Smithson, who has been out of the cast of The Arcadians at the Shaftesbury for more than a month, is now well enough to resume her part. She has returned oreativ invigorated by her rest in Cannes, and equally as strong in voice. Miss Smithson's voca) accomplishments (says the Era ") have gained the applause of no less celebrated artistes than Caruso and Tetrazzini, and it is recorded that when Baroness Cederstrom (Mme. Adelina Patti) heard it from a private box some weeks ago, she wrote this message to Miss Smithson on hei programme You sing beautifully, my dea. Adelina Cederstrom." POLONlUft. 1
PARLIAMENTARY NOTES. BY EDGAB R. JOKES. M.P. TORIES AND THE BUDGET The change in the political situation brought about by the passage of the Budget through its I various stages in the House of Commons is extraordinary. The Tories refused to believt that, the Irish Nationalists would ever vote for it. They jeered at the Government and Labour groups. They shouted day after day. Why don't you bring in your Budget ¡"" They roundly declared that we could nol cr.rn- it; their perkiest orators kept on re pea tine, 'ike a catch-word, Your Budget is dead." Gloom, discomfiture, dissension have preyed upon theii souls this week. They see the Budget goirvJ straight into harbour, while the wreckers look on in helpless impotence. j The first outburst, when they realised that the Government had really triumphed, was a vain cry that we had sold the Constitution to the Irish for the sake of the Budget. That cry sounded so hollow that it ceased" in a few days. Then the Tories turned with malicious anticipa- tion to Mr. O'Brien's attack on Mr. Lloyd George, The Tories secretly hugged their sense 0: pleasure that the Welshman was finished for. They tried to hide their mean, low, cowardly joy but I watched them closely. When Mr. O'Brien openly accused Mr. Lloyd George of untruthfulness, deceit, and dishonourable con- duct, the self-styled Gentlemen of England cheered with savage glee. Mr. Balfour, to his credit, turned round and protested; but it was not back-bench Tories alone who cheered. Hiding beside the Speaker's chair I saw several on the front opposition bench join in this disreputable exhibition of personal spleen. But they were soon sorry for their conduct. Mr. Lloyd George proved quite easily and effectively that he had acted with unblemished correctness all through. The wild charges of Mr. O'Brien turned out to be baseless fictions. The little Welshman emerged triumphant from all his traducers, and the Tories sank into deepej despair than ever, as their hopes that Mr. O'Brien would save them from the Budget wet* dashed to the ground. Let my readers observe the meaning of aD this. The Tories loudly accuse the Government of treachery, because they are carrying theii I Budget with the help of seventy odd Irish votes, while they themselves, at the same time, trv, with the assistance of eleven disaffected Irish votes, to defeat the Budget. This policy of the Tories culminated on Tuesday night in the division lobby. The Tory party actually voted for an amendment, moved by Mr. O'Brien^ which claimed special financial treatment fox Ireland. Both Mr. Chamberlain and M.r.. Balfour openly declared that they profoundly disagreed with the policy stated in the amend. ment, but they would vote for it all the 8am Such an alliance with eleven Irish may be set off against the straightforward arrangement of the Liberals, which is merely a continuation of the policy on the Budget last Session. The Tories are getting really alarmed. They fear that when the Budget becomes law, Tariff Reform will receive its death-blow. So Nir, Balfour has begu'* to throw the cargo over- board. lie has abandoned the tax on Colonial corn strong forces are leading to the abandon- ment of all the food taxes Lord Salisbury has joined Lord Rosebery and others in caJUng for the dropping of 'I'ariff Reform altogether4 What did Mr. Balfour have to stoop to on the Second Reading of the Budget ? The Tories were carried into power by the publicans and brewers. The latter are calling upon tht party to kill the Budget. But the cry ot red ruin is now raised by the liquor trada in vain. The Tories are afraid to save theit friends. Consequently, there is a probability that at the next election the publicans won'fc l feel any gratitude to the Tories, won't work for them, and won't win seats for them. That is an alarming prospect for the Tory party. So Mr. Balfour raised a fearful swansong foi the dying liquor interest. He cursri the Budget .with bell, book and candle, but lit knew his curses would avail nothing. And the Budget does mean disaster to the Tory party. The genuine straggling tenant of a publichouse will get to see in practice that the Budget is just to the poor man, and (a new thing) just also to the rich ruan. If thfi Budget taxes are assessed and collected before the election comes, then the farmers also will see that the lies of Tory pamphlets and speeches misled them at the last election. The Budget was worth all the unexampled exertion of last year, worth all the work in the country, worth the few nights we have been kept up until the small hours this week. The Budget saves Free Trade, saves the cause of liberty, clears the way for economic and social reforms, and goes down to posterity as an abiding monument to the genius of a poor lad, who emerged from a Welsh cottage, and who was trained in thft democratic atmosphere of puritan Wales. Are you looking: for anything? If so. « Want Ad. In our columns will get it foi* Vol&
SHARPS AND FLATS. v "Crowder."] The congregation of Betbeeda Chapel, Mess thyr, have ordered an organ from ilessrs. Ivor man and Beard, built to the specification of Mr. Gwilym Lewis, and this will undoubtedly^ be a great help to their congregational sLngmg. It is interesting to note the gTaduaJ subsidence of the Nonconformist feeling against instru- mental mueic in public worship. In the revolt against Catholicism of the Scotch and Welsh churches, they seem determined to have every-. g thing connected with th^ir chapels as ugly as possible. The feeling is perfectly natural, and founded on the best of impulses. They deters mined that religion should Drcceed from its proper sourc-LI-to heart—and not from the eye. But to-day, when thieve conflicts have happily ended, why cannot the service of Goel be rendered bea-utifui by good music in every church, whatever its sect ? Throughout the Old Testament we road of music being used in re- ligious observances, and nearly all creeds spealtf of music as one of the joys of paradise. Dur- ing one great argument re music in chapel amongst the Calvinistic Methodists of this dis. trict, I well remember one old attendant say-, ing, "When we are in Heaven, we will have nothing to do only play and sing in praise oj our Creator, so we might as well practioa How." It is regrettable that so little high-class masid is beard in Merthyr, but there is a hope of better things now that trade has revived. Next season in Cardiff will be a good one with at least twelve big concerts, in addition to the festival, and it behoves Merthyr no. to be lagging in the race. I am often asked for interestirg books rela ing to music that are not technical and readable for the average man, so I have pitasurc- in giving a list. If any readers wish, I will glad- ly supply publisher and prioe""Great u-om. posers" (Ferris); "Studies in Modern Music" (Hadow); "Music and Musicians" (Schumann) j "The Art of Music" (Sir Hubert Parry); Study in Germany" (Amy Fay). Howeis* "Music and Morais" i6, of course, well kuown The biographies are charmingly written. One of the most amusing books I know is '"Ber'.cz's Autobiography." It is translated into English, and is sold in a two-volume edition. Reriioa was a friend of Faganini and Chopin, a giujjf in instrumentation, and a master of celo&sal choral and orchestral effects. But, in addition, he was a brilliant journalist, and his book, therefore, though not reliabie as to facts, it eminently picturesque and readable.
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DPklVn ADDCM DA HI/ MERTUVR WHIT-MONDAY, TUESDAY and "nYUAKntN rflnlv, mCri I nin. WEDNESDAY, MAY i6t 17 and ia. The Second Annual Monatre Fete and Gala, Sports and Horse Show. WHIT-MONDAY R -LI X- O Comprising Six Open Foot Handicap-, Novice Race?. TUESDAY. AtRietIC bporis Boys' Kaces, Cycle Race, Marathon Race, Trotting & Galloway Events. £200 in Cash Prizes. Handicapper, Mr. Jack Price, Merthyr. Gates open at 1 p.m., to commence at 2. WT3IT-WEDNESDAY n oi 25 Classes. £ 250 in Cash Prizes and Championship Horse Show. Classes. Single and Double Harness. Riding and Jumping Classes. Galloway and Trotting. Gates open at 12.30, to commence at 1.30 p.m. OYFARTHFA & MERTHYR MUNICIPAL BAND, Conductor, Mr. J. J. Harvey, late Band- toaster 7th Hueaans. (By kind permission of His Worship the Mayor, Major F. T. James, and the Corporation). Dancing on the green each Evening. Admission On* Shilling. For particulars of cheap Excursions see Railway Bills. Schedules, Entry Forms and for Spaces on Ground, apply to ISRAEL PRICE, Temperance Hall, Merthyr. MERTHYR AND DISTRICT MAY HORSE SHOW AND PARADE. PENYDARREN PARK, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1910. £ 150 in Prizes for Riding, Driving, Jumping ■ — — Trotting and Galloway Classes. A SPLENDID AFTERNOON'S ENJOYMENT. The MUNICIPAL BAND SELECTIONS OF MUSIC during the day. JUDGING TO COMMENCE ABOUT 12.30 AbMISSIONTO PARK, Is. w CHILDREN HALF-PRICE. ENCLOSURE, 6d. EXTRA. HALF-PRICE TO FIELD AFTER 4 O'CLOCK. Schedules and all Particulars from the Secretary— W. T. JONES, 50, High-street, Merthyr. THE NEW PARK, POHTYPQOL WHIT-MONPAYANOim MAY 16th a.nd 17th, 1910. Marvellous DAYTON TROUPE Double' Somersault Throwers, etc. HERR PONCHERY AND LA BELLE ROSE, IWonarchs of the High Wire. THE GEORGE FRENCH TROUPE (5 in number), in their Great Comedy and Trick Cycle Act). THE HODuiNSS, In their Unique Speciality Act on the Break-away Ladder. CRAND BALLOON ASCENT & PARACHUTE DESCENT BY CAPTAIN SPENCER. tHE ETTENAS, Giobe Speciality Artistes. THE LADDERITES, Sensational Performers. THE THREE MILFORDS In their Graceful Performance on the Triple Trapeze. tHE SNOW FAMILY, Skatorial Experts. THE THREE ZARACS, In their Three-Bar ComedyActs. HODGINI AND DENTON, Up-to-date Act on the Silver Thread. LATONA AND MAiD, Acrobatic Chair Performers & Laughter Makers. PROFESSOR BAIL with his wonderful Punch and Judy Show and Dog Toby. WE OLDE ENGLISH FAIR, comprising Round-abouts, Cokernut Shies, Up-to-date Cinematograph Show, etc., by arrangement with Mr. Etiward Danter, Newport. AMATEUR ATHLETIC SPORTS. Over S90 in HORSE COMPETITIONS, Sack Race Prizes. Donkey Race. Whit-Tuesday. HftRCi: MMDCTlTinNQ including Riding, Driving"X>1Kfl IN PRilZES and Silver "Ullot IfUmri: 111 WHO and jumping Contests. Challenge Cup for Best THE DISPLAY OF FIREWORKS. Exhibit in Show. Whit-Monday: SPORTS & HORSE COMPETITIONS. SCtmDULE OF SPORTS. Registered under A.A.A. Laws. Handicapper, F. £ JOHNS, Esq., A.A.A. Newport. J* 120 Yards Flat Handicap (Open) 1st £5 5 0 2nd £3 0 0 3rd £1 0 0 r 220 „ „ .» 5 5 0 „ 3 0 0 „ 1 0 Oj J* 440 „ „ „ 5 5 0 „ 3 0 0 „ 1 0 oj 220 Yards Boys' Flat Handicap (open to » Boys within a. radius of 3 miles) ,,100 „ 0 10 6 8' Half-mile Flat Handicap (Open) 5 5 0 „ 300 100 • Sack Race (open to Boys under 14 years). Must be 4 starters. Runners to find » their own Sacks 0 15 0 „ 0 10 0 0 ;) 0 Donkey Race (Open). No Entrance Fee „ 1 0 0 0 10 0 0 5 0 Entrance Fee Is. each Event, except Boys' Races, 6d. Sports commence a.t 2 o'clock punctually. Entries positively close May 7th, 1910. ATTRACTIONS GREATER THAN TROEDYRHIW Annual SPRING FAIR Commencing Thursday, April 28th, HEADED BY JOHN STUDT'S PREMIER BIOSCOPE, i ALL THE LATEST LIVING PICTURES AND VARIETIES. I The New Patent Motor Track and all the Latest Novelties. NO SQUIRTS ALLOWED. An applications for Ground Space to be made to JOHN STUDT, CARDIFF. MERTHYR "SELECT SKATING RINK GEL BUILDINGS. Gillav Street Electric LIGHT MUSIC REFRESHMENT & CLOAK ROOMS. SMOOTHEST RUNNING MAPLE FLOOR IN WALES. RtCHARDSOSS & WINSLOW'S BALL-BEARING SKATES. FOUR SESSIONS DAILY. ( 10 a.m. till 1 Admission and Skates, 6d. 2.30 till 5 p.m. „ 6d. SUMMER PRICES l 7 till 10.15 p.m. „ ell. Special Session for Ladies and Children k 6 till 7.30 Ladies, 6d., Children, 3d. GWEMTBHATR EISTEDDFOD (12th Annual) KBCY3VCWEY, JMC OBJ WHIT-TUESDAY, MAY 17th, 1910. CHORAL—(a) BritonB, Alert!" (Blgar) (b) "Sylvia" (J. H. Roberta) »|UU 8ND CHORAL—" The Lord is my Shepherd" (H. Evans) £20 'tALE VOICES—" Peace, be Still" (D. Jenkins) dB25 ^t)IES' CHOIRS—"Gentle Spring" (Holbroke) — — £ 15 '^V'ENILE CHOIRS-" Who ia Sylvia?" (D. T. Eviwaa) £10 CHOIRS—"Whispering Wind" (Labbett) JB5 ^VDL Y GAD AIR— "Y Duffryn" — — I'ftlF DRAETHA WD-" Diarbebion Cymru: Eu Swyn a'u Dylanwad" j63 3s. 8lt.Ass BANDS (Class B)—" Robin Heed" (Macfarren) M jB18 Solos, Two Guineas each. Recitations, Ambulance, ko. ^ropramtnas—-Twopence each. L W. EDWARDS, Secretory, The Terrace, Hbymney. 'eg & District Cottage Hospital Eisteddfod Grand Chair EISTEDDFOD ^AESTEG. Tuesday, August 2nd, 1910. Aggregate Prizes, £200. ^indicators—Music: Dr. S. Coleridge Taylor, London Preliminary: W. Thomas, Ksq„ Treorchy Braes Bands Tom Morean Esq Loudon Literature: "Gwili"; Ambulance: Dr. D. J. Thorn is, Nantymoel. v C'ugp CnorAL—" Hark the deep tremendous Voice" (Haydn), 1st prize. £ 70 2nd *20. SECOND CHORAL—"The 1 rd is mv Shepherd" (S. Davie*, U. & L., Maestej), Prize £20. MALB VOICR-" Spartan Heroes" (Dan Protheroe), Prjj,e £ G0 2nd £ 5. JCVBKILR CHOIR—" Over the field of Clover (Adam Geibel), 1st prize. £ 6 2nd £ 2. BRANS P*RDS (2ndClis)—"Memories of the Past" (W. Rimmers) 1st price £ 10 2nd £ 5; 3rd £ 2. Action Song (or children. Prize £ 2 • 2nd £ 1. Solos 1} gns. each. "Pryddest," 2 RDS., and handsome Chair. Ambulance Competition, £ 4. father with substantial prizes for other musical competitions, Ksssy, Recitations, Eujlyri, Ac, Ful] particulars, e Programmes, 2d., train the SM^Ury, J. P. James, 15. Brynmawr-plaoe, Maeatfcg, Glam. -=- R JELLEYMALT ARCADE MUSIC SHOP, —- — <> I J Holds one of the m t FINEST STOCK OF PIANOS, ORGANS, ] • and all kinds of Musical Instruments • in tlie District. r | • All the Latest Musie Stocked. P0ST 0RDERS CAREFULLY • Tuning and Repairing a Specialty. ATTENDED TO. I j j LATEST NOVELTIESTN PRESENTS Ii'" ".F"?' THEA^^ROYAL AND OPERA HOUSE, MERTHYR TVi)FIL. Leaee<i—THE SOUTH WALES ENTERTAINMENTS Co. MONDAY, MAY 2nd, 1910 FOR SIX NIGHTS ONLY, Mr. C. WATSON MILL presents the new romanbio Play- THE LOVE OF THE PRINCESS Written by C. WATSON MILL. Author of For Love and the King." DOORS OPES, 7.15. COMMKNCK 7.45. Circle, 2s. Stalls, Is. 6d. Pit, la. Gallery, 6i. ABERAMAN HORSE SHOW & AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. President Edward Curre, Esq., Ditton Court, Chepstow. S250 IN PRIZES. S250 IN FRIZES. FIVE SILVER CUPS. THE NINTH Annual Exhibition ) Under the auspices of the above. Society will be held at the ABERAMAN PARK, ON MONDAY, JUNE 20th, 1910. I' Classe" for Hackneys, Heavy Horaes, Yeomanry, Jumpintr, Trotting and Galloping. I Schedules, which are now ready, may be obtained from Mr. Tom Rees, Broad Oak Inn, Aberatnan. ABERGAVENNY, WHXT-MOND&Y WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS I at Abergavenny Castle. WHiV TUESDAY «;>IAND AmateQèr-"4thíetic Festival New Athletic Grounds. TROTTING AND (-A ),LOW A.Y RACES 30 G'OlNEAH PRIZES, Z. Wheatley, Hon. Sec. PARK BAPTIST CHURCH, THE WALK, MERTHYR. PKKACHHR NRXV SUNIHY Rev. j. Lloyd Williams, PASTOR. Services at 11 and 6 o'clock. MERTHYR TOWN MISSION HALL (Shiloh), CHURCH STREET. NEXT SUNDAY, (j p.m., SPECIAL SERVICE. Gospel Sonars by Madame KATE MORGAN. LLYWELYN the Popular Revival Songstress. Addresses by Mr. TRANT and A. PHILLIPS. SeleaticriK by Mission Orchestral Band. iiflERTHY R~ COUNTY INTERiVIEDIATE SCHOOL. The SUMMER TERM will begin on MAY 3rd. The Headmaster will be at the School on Monday, May 2nd, Morning and Afternoon, to see Parents and to attend to School Business. ABERDARE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. The Summer Term WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, 2ND MAY. There are a few vacancies for new Pnpils, Forms of application for admission and full particulars may be had from the HBAD MAsTKn at the School. The South Wales High School for Girls. Summerfield Hall Maesycwmmer ,A Thorough High-Class Education at Moderate Fees. Preparation for Cambridge, Local and Royal Academy Examinations. Tennis and Hookey.. STJMMKR TXRM will Commence TUESDAY, MAT 3rd., 1910. Boarders return May 2nd. Prospectus on application. At home to parents on and after April 26th. THE ART UNION OF LONDON 112, STRAND. W.C. j A Subscription of Bl Is. entitles the Subscriber to a Copy of a fine Plate, which is an artistic facsimile rendering in colour of the ORIGINAL PAINTING, by Alfred Parsons, A.R. A., entitled I SPRINGTIME. I Or the subscriber may select from the many fine Engravings and Etchings previously issued hy the Society, and also the chance of WINNING A PRIZE: at the Society's Annual PRIZE DRAWING I in April. I For full particulars apply, I. WILK, AOOTIONBEB, ¡ 14, Glebeland Street, Merthyr. Venetian Blind Works! THOMAS BROS., Ii II & 12, Tudor Lane, CARDIFF. Nat. Tel. 2058. PnIoE LIST FREE. THE BOAT INN, I BOUGHROOD, LLYSWEN, S.O. On the banks of the Wye. FREE FISHING. GOOD ACCOMMODATION. Proprietor E. LEWIS. Mr. J. W. BAKER, (Principal Violin in Mr. GWILYM Lawtt* OrcbMtra) OWes LESSONS on Violin Flaying At own or Pupil's residence. I ENGAGEMENTS ACCEPTED AS SOLOIST OB OTHERWISE FOR CONCEPTS, ETC. FOR Turn. ADDKIS* :— 17, PONTMORLAIS WEST, MERTHY (Near Drill Hall). r- If'HYAReHERaCHi GOLDEK RETURNS j I I RggiaTEHEPMB Fac-sim <U oj Ont-Ounce Packet. Archer's Golden ISetwrns j Th« r> of Pipe TobaMO. < PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. A Brand Bazaar Will be held in the Drill Hall, Merthyr Tydfil, ON October 19th, 20th & 21st, 1910, In aid of the Building Fund of the Y.M.C.A. Presidents The Mayor And Mayoress. Treasurer J..T. Jones, Esq. Hon. Beo& I Miss Margery Jones, Mrs. C. Biddle.
"Merthyr Express" Diary. All fixtures advertised, in the "Express" will be included in the diary free of charge.
j PARLIAMENT. j WITH the passage of the Budget for 1909-10 | the second act in the great political drama now being enacted at Westminster is over, and there will be a pause of three weeks before the crucial third act opens. The divisions on the Budget have been carried by voting upon strict party lines, the Nationalists following Mr. Redmond supporting the Government, and the O'Brien faction voting against them. The majority, nevertheless, has steadily continued from 85 to 86. The Tories themselves did not officially challenge the second reading, but availed themselves of Mr. O'Brien's amendment to vote in a body against it. Yet this is, we are told, a Budget which the country has rejected, and which is being forced upon the nation by a Government more anxious to save its own reputation than to serve the best interests of the country. It is only by the use of the Irish votes of all parties—the whole representation of Ireland, in fact—that the merest semblance of verity can be claimed for the assertion that the country does not approve of the Budget. In this contention the enemies of the Government are ready enough to include the Irish members and make them count, but when they are divided and two-thirds of them give their votes for the Budget they are of no account. If for this particular purpose Ireland is ignored altogether —her Home Rule Members and her Orange Tory members are both excluded from the reckoning-then Great Britain gives the Govern- ment a majority of 64 votes in the House of Commons for the Budget, representing several hundred thousand electors. It is utterly false, therefore to assert that the Budget has been rejected by the country. On the contrary, it has been decisively confirmed by the electors, and were it otherwise those who are denouncing it for its iniquities should go a step further and call upon the House of Lords to repeat their exploit of last November. <- I WHY do they not demand its second rejection ? Why have they not the courage of their con- victions ? Why is the House of Lords, which is extolled as the Palladium of national liberties and interests, the one institution that stands between the nation and red vuin and the breaking up of laws," not once again adjured to exercise its beneficent function and save the country from its doom ? li there were a tag of sincerity in all this donuneiation that is what they would do; they would once more cry aloud to the Peers to summon the back- j woodsmen to Westminster to rescue the country I from its impending peril, and d- the' consequences." They do nothing of the kind, but, with the extraordinary inconsistency of persons whose wrath makes them blind to j their own tergiversation, in the same breath they curse the Budget and hold up the House I of Lords to the admiration of the people for the wisdom and impartiality with which it is I about to act in allowing the measure to become law, though they say, if they do not believe it, that it must have most disastrous con. sequences. The truth is the enemies of the Budget have all along been engaged in a desper- ate gamble for political fortune, in which the last throws have gone against them, and now they make a virtue of necessity. The voice of the nation has been heard, and no matter how Parliamentary sections and groups may be shuffled they come out with solid majorities for the Government and its legislative pro- posals, and the consequences of one usurpation of House of Commons rights are too grave to encourage the peers to repeat the performance-