Rhondda District Council. On Friday the last meeting of the pre- Sent Rhondda District Council was held the Council Offices. Pentre, Councillor W.orris Morris, J.P., presiding. Other ouncillors present were :—Messrs. W. T. ones (vice-chairman), John Williams, ^• Williams;, Dd. Williams, J. D. Williams, r.' •> R- s. Griffiths, Ed. Jones, J. Brooks, ■Ur. W. E. Thomas, Dr. E. N. Davies, Dl. £ vans, W. D. Wight, Wm. Morgan, J.P., d. Rowlands, Dd. Smith, E. P. Davies, \vr°s" ^honias, L. P. Griffiths, and Evan Watkins, with the clerk (Aid. W. H. Mor- gan), medical officer (Dr. Jenkins), sur- ?yor (Mr. W. J. Jones), and other offi cials. The Gas and Water Committee recom- mended that subject to the Guardians undertaking to pay a minimum sum equi- valent to ten per cent. on the outlay which Was estimated at CIIO, water be supplied to the new workhouse at Trealaw. The same committee reported having appointed Timothy Davies as fittings clerk In the Gas and Water department. The Burial Committee reported having approved the specification for taking down the spire and covering over the entrance at Perndale. It was decided to invite gliders for the work.—It was reported hat Mrs. Jenkins demanded that the ttionuinent encroaching on her grave space at Llethrddu Cemetery be removed. The committee recommended that the sexton instructed to give a full statement of the case to the Clerk of the Council, and if he deemed the evidence strong enough that he take legal proceedings against the sculptor to remedy the encroachment. The King's Thanks. The Home Secretary wrote conveying the thanks of the King for the resolution of °yalty and sympathy with him on the occasion of the death of the. Queen. A £ uggestion being made to have (he reply famed, Dr. Thomas asked why it should 0 framed it reminded them of un- pleasant things. Mr. R. S. Griffiths said that. loyalty to a good man was not an unpleasant thing. Blaenrhondda Well. The valuers appointed by the Pontypridd nion to re-value Rhondda properties, 'Wrote asking for a copy of the accounts the Gas and Water Works, and a per- to inspect the works.—Permission was given. The Gas and Water Committee recom- mended that application be made to teysrs. Cory Brothers to know what price fhey would accept for the coal in the pil- !^rs> according to< the sizes contained in Hood's reoort, on the land required ri°r a dee^ wgll at Blaenrhondda, such P^ce being in full satisfaction of all com- fensation under the Act other than sur- face rights for both lessors and lessees.- reply was received from Messrs. Cory rothersi saying they had every desire to militate the wishes of the Council, and Would accept two shillings per ton for the S?al contained in the pillars, according to Hood's report, subject to Lord Dun- consent. The Clerk thought essrs. Cory's letter was a very fair tl?6—^r' J- Williams proposed that p e letter be referred to the Gas and Water ommittee, and that the solicitor be in- ducted to prepare heads of agreement. alid, if necessary, engage the assistance of c°unsel in the matter, and that the com- Ittee, subject to' the confirmation of the j^uncil, be authorised to negotiate with ^ssrs. Cory and the Earl of Dunraven. The Local Government Board wrote Auctioning the borrowing by the Council >* £ 4,000, for private street works on the Unraven estate at Tonypandy.—It was raided to- write to Lord Dunraven asking into pay the sum promised by him. The Light Railway Scheme. ■p Clerk stated that the tramway from orth down could be purchased by the ouncil in three years from now, subect 1? the, consent of the Local Government oard. The British Electric Traction onipany had wanted to extend the time 35 years, and also to convert the tram- ay isto a light railway. If that were on6lj the Council's power to purchase as a way would be gone, and they could purchase at market value instead of yeakmg-up price. The Board of Trade however, thrown that out, and it eallt that the Company could only use the tramway as a, tramway, so the Council Would have the power at the end of three ;}'ears: to, purchase. These proceedings did llot affect the right of the Company to onstruct, the light railway from Tonypandy o; forth, for which they had received Powers. Deputation from Trealaw. deputation consisting of Mr. Daniel hoina& and Mr. Jones, Trealaw, waited P°n the Council with regard to the en- .ance to Bethlehem Baptist Chapel, Tre- ay. The entrance had been rendered \v!' SS' certain road improvements hich the Council had carried out 12 years f5°> with the result that the step was two et higher than the pavement. As they q/1*?! 110vv renovating the chapel at a cost £ 200, they were desirous of putting the in order also, and asked the Coun- ^aVe t^e SPOt insPecte^ and Put Ight Mr. D. Williams said that one of the ch s abutted on the pavement, and the authorities were willing to give UHicient land to widen the pavement. 0 £ e Council should take advantage of the S;j.er-—The Roads Committee was in- g.' hcted to visit the spot, power being vv. to the committee to settle the aton* report of the Roads, Committee har!ear6c* a paragraph to the effect that it comei to the knowledge of the Com- st« +ee the roads inspectors only the f Work at 9 a.m. The Committee, gjv ei°re, recommended that notice be t^le two roads inspectors that they the C01nmence work at the same, time as 0, road men, namely, 6 a.m. in the sum- t'hei' anc^ a.m. in winter, and continue t0a} duties, for the same period as, the this men> ,and that the Surveyor report to thifil Cortlmittee whether or not they accept —0n tla*s subect, Mr. Moses in rlck, one of the inspectors, wrote say- oil, tt, at, throughout the year he was out often6i roac* on an average at 7 a.m., and lat-g. t-e at nights. In addition he had a Sortie am?unt of clerical work to do at fr0m eights.—A letter was also received stated i °t(her inspector, Mr. Burns, who hours "lat he had always understood his cohere the same as the roadmen, and ^Uently had started work the u m& as them- &1X(i Mr. L. P. Griffiths, ^lUerriT 1110,11')er$stated that they had 8een the inspectors in their dis- 0f the! in ,tlie morning.—The author ^Urvevrf rTna^o:nj' it) transpired, was the m,sPectn^ who said he had seen one of the hirie o'nfS down with the train about at °v' an<t he thought that was the ^henCe )vhich they were supposed to com- ?rk—The inspectors' letters were the Roads Committee. It was reported that the Council had decided not, to proceed with the Electric Lighting Bill, and that the South Wales Power Company be met with a view to arranging terms. The Roads Committee recommended that the Clerk reply to Mr. W. T. Rees, stating that the Council found that the damage to the Lewis Merthyr Colliery incline bridge was not caused by their sewer, but possibly by traction engines. Under the circumstances, the liability rested upon the Company. It was decided to state that the, Council would like to widen the bridge, and to request an interview to decide the, question. The Great, Western Railway Company having asked the Council for an estimate of the, cost of putting Hendrecavan Road, Penygraig, in order, with a view to it being taken over by the Council, it was recommended that the Company be asked to pay J2698, the sum estimated as the cost. The tender of Mr. Alban Richards, Pen- tre, of £1,696 Is. 7d., for private- street works at Pentre, was accepted, as was also the tender of Messrs. Aveling and Porter, of JE525 lGs. 6d., for a steam road roller. Tenders were received for printing the minutes of the Council, but before they were opened, Mr. R. S. Griffiths asked if the invitations to tender were in accord- ance with the instructions of the Council— that all contracts entered into should in- clude the fair wage clause, which had been unanimously passed 12 months ago. One firm had refused to tender because the fair wage clause was not inserted. He noticed by that day's paper that there was a large contract advertised without a word being said about the fair wage clause. It was an attempt to override the Council's instruction.—The deputy clerk said the printing had not been advertised, because the amount was under £30, and the Sur- veyor pointed out that the specifications for the contract advertised in that day's paper had been made out two years ago, before the adoption of the fair wage clause. —It was suggested that, one of the printing tenders should be opened to see if it con- tained the clause,, but Mr. R. S. Griffiths objected to this course, and said it was not inserted in the present case. He pro- posed that no tender be opened, and that fresh invitations be sent out with the fair wage clause inserted.—The Chairman seconded, and the motion was agreed to. Mr. J. Brooks called the attention of the Council to the rubbish brought down on the road by the surface water on the Tynycymmer estate, in consequence of which the roadmen were engaged for several days in clearing the road. He thought stringent- measures should be adopted to prevent, this nuisance.—The Surveyor was instructed to inquire into the matter. Mr. Evan Watkins referred to the water supply of Ferndale, and said that last year the inhabitants obtained a sufficiency of water from the level. Now they had not a drop without carrying it, a couple of miles from the mountain, side. He thought the medical officer should report as to. the purity of this water. Mr. D. Smith complained of the unpro- tected state of a culvert at Hendrefadog, between Ferndale and Tylorstown. It was about 30 to 40 feet deep, and unfenced.— The Surveyor was requested to see to it. The Chairman proposed the appointment of a temporary additional assistant sur- veyor at a, salary of E130 per annum to devote his whole time to private street works. The work was behind, and it was necessary to have additional assistance in order to cope with it.—Mr, R. S. Griffiths thought it would not be wise to do this without having a, report, of the dispositions and qualifications of the whole staff.-Tliis suggestion was agreed to, and the matter referred to the Roads Committee to re- port.
History as it is being made. It was last Wednesday week. The Park and Dare Collieries were idle; so was th, Park School. A large number of young men had gathered at the Cwmparc Insti- tute. There had been talk before of choosing a, large working committee, and to appoint a deputation therefrom to meet the Library Committee face to face to give them some plain home-talk concerning the prohibition of games and other matters at the Institute. But there was a look of grim earnestness in everybody's face this morning. To work," said someone quite suddenly. Yes; the hour and the man has come. I propose Crossthwaite secro tary." Crossthwaite pulled out a lead and paper. Each one was warming to the task. We, must do something," shouted another impatientl-- it was only yes- terday that I had ben reading up here for two, hours, and getting wearied, was dying for a game of something. Nothing here in this miserable place so I went to an hotel, and there spent Is. 6d. I'm going to send a bill for that 18 pence to the Library Committee." We all sympathised with him, and hoped he would get them. This is the 10th of April," cried someone, who was well up in the history of the Chartists. So it is what a coincidence. The secretary then read To thci secre- tary of the Compare Library Committee. Dear sir,—We, the undersigned, wish to respectfully ask you to place before your Committee this petition praying them to receive a deputation of 12 from the under- signed to lay before them certain grievances relating to Cwmparc Workmen's Institute, with the, view of same being remedied Then before proceeding with the signa tures a chairman was appointed. Alton Locke,' shouted someone. Alton Locke was eager for the fray. He rose to his feet, Fellow sufferers, you have heard what has been read, and immediately you will be asked to sign your name beneath it. I, for one, believe that the time has come when we should raise our voice with no uncertain sound against the mismanage- ment of this Institution. (Hear, hear.) To long have we borne in silence and patience the unpleasant results of their insular ruling. (Groans.) With the ex- ception of an open, letter to the Rhondda Leader," they have been allowed to go scot free. Here we are at the dawn of the 20th century, and all kinds of games rigidly forbidden in our Institute. (Shame.) Time is, on our side. Are we going to allow them to turn the hands of to-day's clock back to the time of the middle, ages P (Cries of 'No.') Then we must awaken, to our responsibilities to demand common justice to demand a voice in the councils of the Institute, such as: would truly proclaim our needs and our rights. (Applause,) Let us set to work with a, will, and now that we have put our hand to the plough I tPllst we shall not turn back. (Cries of No, No.") Loud and continued cheers prevailed for a, time and then there was a period of unbroken silence. Everybody felt that this was an historical occasion. The chair- man signed h,is name; others followed. A few hesitated as if it were a. death warrant, but soon went bravely on. Thirty names. Let me see it. There, this looks for- midable." A few more came. The sec- retary closed it up, and sent it to its destination, and now we are all anxiously awaiting developments.
Musical Notes. (By the Man About the Hills.) The forthcoming National Eisteddfod to be held at, Merthyr promises to be equal, if not to surpass, the most famous of these historic gatherings. From what I can gather, there seems to be every prospect of the old-time interest and enthusiasm being taken in this peculiarly Welsh in- stitution, which, in spite of its detractors, is still very dear to the sons of Cymru, and enters very largely into the national life of the Principality. Although we are still several months' distant from the Merthyr meetings, active preparations are already being made for most of the prospective musical competi- tions. Nearly all our great choral societies have been hard at work for some time upon the "Hymn of Praise," and judging by the renditions of the first chorus of that work at the recent Moun- tain Ash eisteddfod, there is every pro- spect of a choral exposition and display equal to anything ever heard even in Wales. Mountain Ash may be regarded as a skirmish to the battle royal at Merthyr, and the policy of the eisteddfod com- mittee in selecting for competition one of the choruses of the national work was at- tended with splendid results, and moreover helps one to form some idea of the sound- ness of the policy of the Merthyr com- mittee in insisting upon choirs learning a whole work as a condition of competing for the chief choral honours, instead of learn- ing only a detached choral number, a sys- tem which has obtained far too long, and which has hindered rather than helped musical education in Wales. From the first, I have had no misgivings as to the result. Indeed, I have felt that some change from the stereotyped methods of the eisteddfodau was needed to re- surrect" Welsh choral singing. The spirit, with which the various choirs have faced the altered conditions of the great choral contest is most commendable, and, more over, the fact that so many of our- great competing choirs and conductors are pre- pared to risk their reputations upon the executions in competition of a complete work, suggests that the complaints of the critics about pot-hunting is in some measure unwarranted. In this matter I think some of our choirs may be said to be more sinned against than sinning." It is not their fault that they have had to spend months in the preparation of one single choral number. It is all that has been required of them. The mischief really lay with eisteddfod promoters, who use the institutions for mere mercerary purposes. Henceforth, Tom Richards," of Ponty- cymmer and Mountain Ash Male Voice fame will have to. be reckoned with as a potent force in our great mixed choral con- tests. The debut of this veteran conduc- tor, with a mixed chorus at the Mount eisteddfod must be eminently satisfactory to his many admirers in South Wales. It was no easy task to defeat such famous choirs as Bujlth and Cardiff, and run a dead heat with Newport's splendid bodv of singers. Anent the leader of Mountain Ash choir, it seems difficult to realise that he is a competitor in present day eistedd- fodau—his name is reminiscent of those bye-gone days of eisteddfodau when there were Giants in the Land," and when a struggle, for supremacy between Tom Richards," of Pontycymmer, Tom Stephens," of Rhondda Glee, and William Thomas," of Treorchy, was an event of interest to Wales from Cardiff to Carnar- von. Of this trio of famous conductors, Tom Richards," like the prophet Elijah, alone remains." The other two, viz., Mr. William Thomas and Mr. Thomas Stevens, have retired upon their well earned laurels; and I am sure that no one will be more pleased than they to find their erstwhile opponent crowning his long and brilliant career by winning the national trophy at the forthcoming Mer- thyr meeting. I notice an effort is being made in Car diff to revive the defunct Musical Festival. It was a misfortune that it was ever allowed to lapse. Many causes contributed to its downfall. Perhaps the chief one was the exclusiveness of the small coterie of musi- cians who ran the festival. If it is to be resuscitated and established upon a firm basis, it must be upon broader lines, and with a due recognition that success is con- tingent upon the co-operation of the choralist from among the hills. The Leeds Festival committee might well be followed by our Cardiff friends in this matter. Al- though nominally it is a Leeds festival, the choir is drawn from the whole of York- shire, and no finer festival choir can be found in Great Britain. Now, if Leeds, with its population four times as great as that of Cardiff, find it necessary to go out- side its boundaries for assistance,, it is not unreasonable to expect Cardiff to do the same. There is another reason. Cardiff, in these matters, looks to these districts for support, and it isi only reasonable that our Hill choralist should look to Cardiff for encouragement. Dr. Bridge, that is, the Westminster Bridge," and not the Chester Bridge," which distinguishes his brother who is or- ganist, at, Chester Cathedral, has been visiting Cardiff as the guest, of the Incor- porated Society of Musicians. Sir Frederick Bridge is getting very popular in Wales just now, and seems to be filling the place and taking the same kindly in- terest in Welsh music that the late lamented Sir Joseph Barnby once occu- pied. Sir Fdederick's earlier impressions of Welsh audiences must have considerably changed. I remember being greatly amused by hearing him relate a story of his first visit to Wales as an adjudicator. The eisteddfod took place in North Wales. Dr. Bridge's intention was to listen to the various contests under cover. This, how- ever, the committee could not tolerate, and having persuaded the worthy doctor that there was no danger in taking his place on the platform, he consented. How- ever, he alarmed the authorities by sug- gesting that he should be provided with at least two revolvers, and that he should de- liver his adjudications under seal to the chairman, the seal not tOo be broken' or the adjudications read until he had got safely back to London. Dr. Bridge was; per- suaded out- of this, and after delivering his first adjudication, he soon ingratiated himself info the good graces of his audience, and since then no one holds the Welsh in greater esteem than the versatile and gifted organist of Westminster Abbey. Salem Choir, Llwynypia, have resumed their practice of the Hymn of Praise," which it is their intention to produce during the present season. The many friends of Mr. Ivor Foster will be pleased to. know that he has been en- gaged as one of the principal baritones for the Covent Garden opera season, which begins on May 13th. The other baritones engaged are Signer Scotti, M. Plaucon, Herr Van Rooy, and Mr. David Bisham.
Clydach Vale Strike. Mass Meeting of the Men. A mass meeting of the Clydach Vale workmen was held on Tuesday morning at the Theatre Royal, Tonypandy. Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., referred to the letters which have appeared in the Press written by Mr. Pullm, secretary of the company, and Mr. Thompson, one of the workmen, and said that the workmen's re- presentatives at the last joint conference at Cardiff offered to place the whole matter in dispute before a. representative of the Board of Trade with full powers to settle them. (Hear, hear.) They were also pre- pared to acept Viscount Knutsford's sug- gestions in their entirety more than that, they offered to forego the question of com- pensation claimed on behalf of the men immediately affected if the company would allow them to make an examination before they returned to work. Ultimately they went even further-that an examination should be made by an independent gentle- man accompanied by two representatives of the men and two of the employers. This was rejected, and what more could they do P (Hear, hear.) What did Mr. Pulling proposition mean? After they had cleared the mysterious rubbish that was meant to hide its real meaning, it meant that they should issue summonses against the com- pany for compensation to the men who, Lord Knutsford said, were entitled to it, and then the company would get a, chance to issue summonses against all the men who came out without notice, and who, according to his Lordship were in the wrong. That was to give a chance to the company to do what they bad refused to do and did not see the value of doing when the men first ceased working. No, they would not do that. (Hear, hear.) Their opinions as to the justice of their cause had not ben changed. Some of their own friends had been taken in by the felicity of that proposition, and thought that it was an honourable suggestion, and such as should be accepted on behalf of the men, who should resume work at once, so that whilst they would be at work arbitration should proceed upon the points raised by the company. That meant that the men must give up the soul of the dispute and give up their right to examination. In short, the proposal meant that the men should resume work and that questions which were not in dispute when they left work should be the subject of arbitration. He was very sorry to say that at the pre- sent moment he could see no hope of this unfortunate dispute being brought to an end.' He found no fault with any of the men, many of whom had remained at home in the hope that reason and common sense, arbitration and conciliation, would have succeeded in terminating the dispute. They had failed to do, so, and he honestly believed that there was no chance of work being resumed for at least, six months. (Laughter.) He did not make the obser- vation with a view to creating laughter, and this was the only conclusion he could arrive at now. The men were fighting for a, principle that might affect thousands of workmen elsewhere, and he advised all the workmen, except the aged and infirm, to make strenuous efforts to obtain work elsewhere. That would give a better chance to increase the relief pay to those who would still remain, and would show to the company that they were determined to fight to the end. That would be the only means of bringing the company to a, reasonable frame of mind to accept the principle for which they had been looking forward as the golden bridge by means of which all unfortunate disputes could be amicably settled. (Applause.) Seeing that the company had rejected that prin- ciple, the men who were able to work else- where should make the necessary sacrifices to leave their homes to show the world that they were honest and serious in their struggle. Mr. D. Watts Morgan also addressed the meeting, and said that despite the state- ment of Mr. D. A. Thomas that he had given a, misleading report of the last meet- ing, he adhered to all he had said, and quoted the shorthand notes of the joint conferences in support of his contention. The resolutions adopted at the last meet- ing were reaffirmed, and votes of confidence were pased in the men's representatives.
Dr. Parry's new Operas. Meeting of Musicians at Pontypridd On Saturday night, in response to an invitation from Mr. Tom Stephens, a num- ber of musical gentlemen from various parts of the county met at the Park Park Hotel, Pontypridd, in connection with the suggested performances of Dr. Joseph Parry's operas The Maid of Cefn Ydfa and His Worship the Mayor." Dr. Parry attended, and gave selections from the first-named piece, and explained that the librettist was Mr. Joseph Bennett, of the Daily Telegraph," who was now stay- ing at Penarth, and intended paying a visit to Cefn Ydfa. Dr. Parry was urged to concentrate all his efforts for the pre- sent on "The Maid of Cefn Ydfa," and with a view of getting this opera produced in various towns in the Principality, a re- presentative committee was elected to fur- ther the matter, including Messrs. Tom Stephens, conductor of the Royal RholJ dda Glee Society T. Richards, Mountain Ash; M. O. Jones, Treherbert; Dan Davies, Merthyr; Councillor Edward Williams, Pontypridd; Henry Evans. Dowlais; Taliesyn Hopkins, Cymmer; Rhys Evans, Perth, W. Morgan, Ponty- pridd R. Howells, Aberdare and others, with Mr. Ted Hughes, Llwynypia, as sec- retary. It is intended to hold a similar meeting at Swansea and Bridgend.
Claim for Damages at Llwynypia. At Ystrad County Court on Tuesday (before Judge Gwilym Williams), Mrs. Martha Cox, wife of Mr. Wm. Cox. Gla- morgan Terrace, Llwynypia, claimed JE30 damages for personal injuries from David Williams, Penygraig, and Felindra. Llan- dyssul. Mr. W. P. Nicholas, Pontypridd, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. James Phillips, ipontvr.ridd, defended. The evidence showed that on the 17th of January the complainant arrived at Llwynypia by a special train about 1.15 p.m., and as she was walking up the ap- proach the defendant, who believed that the train was an ordinary train, rushed for it and knocked her down, which resulted in her forearm being broken. The defendant denied that he had rushed down the in- cline or been negligent, and declared that. he had not knocked plaintiff down. The latter called a. number of witnesses, and his Honour awarded herC17 12s. damages and costs. He remarked that the practice of rushing to catch trains regardless of con- sequences was too prevalent in the district, and added that he was surprised that acd dents of this kind were jiot more freguest,
Ton-Pentre Police Court. Monday.—Before the Stipendiary (Mr. Ignatius Williams), Messrs. J. D. Wil- liams and D. Thomas.
Horse and Waggon unattended. P.C. Griffiths charged Charles Morris with leaving his horse and waggon unat- tended outside the Bridgend Hotel, Pen- tre, from 6.30 to 6.45 p.m. on Friday 29th of March, and for the offence he was fined 10s. Drunks. The following were fined for being drunk: Evan Smith, 15s.; Wm. Foiland, 15s.; and Williams (his 32nd appearance), 20.j Israel Williams, Ton, 15s.; Edward Thomas, Gelli, 15s.; Benj. Davies, 10s. Wm. Morgan, los. R. Jones, Treherbert, 15s. Francis John Owens, 15s.; Benj. Evans, Treherbert, 15s. Thos. Owens, Cwmpark, 10s.; Edw. Lunney, Gelli, 10s. Alleged Theft of a Bioyole, Richard Rowlands, a commercial tra- veller, of Porth, was charged by John Jones, 16, Llewellyn Street, Pentre, with stealing a bicycle valued at zCO. Mr. W. P. Nicholas, Pontypridd, defended, and explained that complainant lent the bicycle to defendant, which he left at, the railway station. There had been no in- tention of taking the machine, and he had been down at the station seeing about it. As the Bench thought there was not suffi- cient evidence to prove the case, it was dismissed. Edward Evans, of Cwmparc, was sum- moned for using obscene language. Mr. James Phillips, Pontypridd, defended, and the case was adjourned for a week to en- able the police to bring witnesses. Drunk in Charge. Richard Williams, a Gilfachgoch collier, 26 years of age, was charged with being drunk and disorderly m charge of a brake and two horses at Pontypridd. Evidence showed that he was one of a party who had gone on an outing to Llantrisant. He got tipsy and when about to restart got into the brake, drove away, and left his friends behind. He stopped at Pontypridd, where he gave the excuse that he had lost all his friends and driver. Superintendent Cole said ,that the brake had to be taken back to Gilfachgoch, and the party had to walk from Llantrisant. Defendant was fined £ 1, or 14 days' imprisonment. Without a License. George Willis, greengrocer, Gelli. was summoned by the Inland Revenue authori- ties for selling cigarettes without a license. Defendant said that he dropped selling cigarettes, but he was fined 10s. and costs. Benjamin Hitchings a Tynewydd collier, was charged by P.C. Cummings with being drunk and disorderly at Stuart Hotel. Treherbert, and trying to force his brother to fight for k5 a-side. Defendant was fined ti. No Bell. A Treorchy lad, Dl. Ll. Davies, was sum- moned for riding a bicycle without a bell or whistle. His father, who appeared for him, said that his son was only practising to ride, but, however, the Bench fined him 10s. George Isles, Ystrad-Rhondda, was charged for not taking out a dog license, and was ordered to pay the costs of the case, which amounted to 8s. Rosina Morris, a small shopkeeper at Gelli, was fined 2s. 6d. for Sunday trading. She served a friend with a pennyworth of sweets, which, by to-day, cost her 2s. 6d. Taking the part -of Chip Potatoe Man. Dd. Morris, Ystrad-Rhondda, was charged by Sergeant Gibbon, Treorchy, with being drunk and disorderly at Tre. orchy. According to the evidence, it ap- peared that a row was heard on the road coming from Cwmparc about 10.30 pn the night in question. The Sergeant and P.C. James proceeded to the spot. and found defendant in a fighting attitude, and creating a disturbance. They lequested him to leave, which he eventually did. Mr. James Phillips defended, and stated that his client was a respectable man of unblemished character, and that he was not drunk or rowdy that eventful night. He had been to Cwmparc, called at the Pengelly on returning, took a bottle of Bass, and when by the chip-potatoe ven- dor he noticed another person quarrelling with the owner, he then interfered, and told the aggressor not to treat the foreigner with any disrespect, as he wished for every man to get the same fair play as if he would be in a foreign country. This man, however, challenged defendant to fight, when the police came, and then ran away. The Stipendiary thought there was not sufficient evidence, and dis- missed the case. Custody of a Child. Mary Jane Nicholas, of Treorchy. sum- moned her brother for enticing away her child by force. This case was adjourned a month ago to see if the parties could come to some arrangements, but it ap- peared they were as far off to-day as ever, and the defendant had moved to Treher- bert, and still held possession of the child. The Stipendiary thought that the case previously tried had not been proved, and therefore it would be dismissed. They would require to raise a new summons, and get a fresh trial. Mr. A. D. Griffiths, Pontypridd, prosecuted, while Mr. Ernest Roberts. Pontypridd, defended. Actress in Trouble. Alice Bunkett, alias Abraham, was charged by P.S. Hall, of Ton, with being drunk and incapable in Church Road, Ton, on the night of the (lth inst. It appeared that she had travelled from London to visit her brother at Ton, and had been indulging too frequently in strong drinks, and could not give any account of herself, so she was locked up for the night. She was fined 5s. Drunk and Fighting. David Williams, Ystrad-Rhondda, was charged by Sergeant Rees, Pentre, with being drunk and fighting at the Bridgend Hotel on the 16th of March last. He gave the name of Thomas Davies, Pentre, which was false, and after a month's chase, he was found at Williams Street, Ystrad- Rhondda* and was now fined 15s.. Obstructions. Richard Davies was fined os. for ob- structing the footway. Isaac Cohen, Pentre, was fined 15s. for obstructing the pavement. Thomas Bourne, Clydach Vale, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and assaulting P.C. M'Carthy. at Clydach Vale last, Saturday night. He was rather rowdy after 11, and the constable remon- strated with him, which eventually brought about a scuffle, and a large crowd. Only two ladies had sufficient courage to assist the constable in taking defendant to Pandy Police Station. Mr. D. Thomas passed a few remarks legarding the demeanour of the crowd, and fined defendant 10s. for being drunk, and 20s. for assaulting the police.