The CARDIFF EMPIRE QUEEN STREET. Mtaagiag Db*ctw OWALD MOLL TO-NIGHT, Return of the Marvellous CHUNG LING SOO, The Moit Accomplished Conjurer in the World, in his Weird, Delusive and Incomprehensible Entertainment, baffling human belief. CHUNG LING SOO, to signalise bis Third Visit to the Empire,will present, by his four-year old daughter, a rare Silver Chinese Coin to the first person who each day books a seat for the Fauteuils at either of the Performances. HERBERT RULE. Quaint Comedian. BABY'S FIRST OUTING, A Really Laughable Subject on the AMERICAN BIOSCOPE. ROMA AND ROMANI, Talented and Artistic Musicians, LILIETH LEYTON, Supported by Mr. JOHN SPURLING and EDGAR J. COYNB, presents "A Short Acquaintance." A Comedy Interlude. The Popular London Mimic, GEO. NEWBURN, Whose Imitations of Well-known Artistes are Really Clever. Have You Seen the Spook? CLARK ANB GLENNY, In their Screamingly Funny Act, 'The Haunted House. OHAS. KAY, the Typical Topical Tipster, ETHEL RA LESLIE, Daintily Costumed as a Gentleman of Old. MADGE GREY, Dialect Comedienne. Bicycles stored Free of Charge. Two Performances Nightly. Early one between 7 o'clock and 9; late one between 9 o clock and 11, All artistes appear at each performance, Box Office open dally (with exception of Saturdays) 10 ajm. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plan of Grand Circle, No Booking Fees, 873 D'ARCS GRAND CITY WAXWORK EXHIBITION St. Mary Street, CARDIFF (Opposite th Morgan Arcade\ Grand New Additions. Over 200 Life-sized Figures. The Original Waxworks. Mdme. LESLIE, the great American Palmist, Phrenologist & Lecturer. Consultations from 11 to 1, 2 till 5, and 6 to 10 daily. Waxworks open from 10 to 10. Admission, 3d. each. Children, 2d. 2673 OOLE'S ALACE ORTH ERFECT ERFORMANCES OPULAR RIC RICES. THE TALK OF SOUTH WALES. See the following gorgeous array of talent. THE PALACE OF VARIETIES, PORTH. General Manager Mr. C. W. POOLE Acting and Stage Manager Mr. WAUTKR BYNORTH I"W TWICE NIGHTLY At 6.50 and 9. First Performance between 6.50 and 9 o'clock. Second Performance between 9 and 11 o'clock, Trains from all parts to and fro to suit each House. MONDAY, APRIL 8th, 1907, And Twice Nightly during the Week at 6.50 and 9. M. B IG}lS? THE LADDERITES, In their Marvellous and Incomparable Ladder Act. BERTHA NORWOOD, Refined Soubrette. VASEY AND RAMSEY, In an Eccentric Comedy Dancing Act. WILLIAMS AND WARDEN, Th-j Popular Cross-Talk Irish Comedians. Mr. Dooley, THE WOELLHAFS (Fred & Marie), In a Great Comedy Act. New and Refined. MARIE BERESFORD, Musical Comedy Artiste. Of Mr. George Edwarde's. Touring Companies. 3 ZARACS 3 Comedy Sketch on the Triple Horizontal Bars, Mashing the Barmaid.' THE PALACE ELECTRIC BIOSCOPE, In Grand Change of Up-La-Date Films Weekly, EVELYN TAYLOR, The Girl with a Style of her Own. Miss TAYLOR recently played at> 9 of the Principal London Halls Each Evening. A Record. The PALACE BAND of SELECTED MUSICIANS Under the Direction of Mr. NIMROD WILLIAMS Early Doors at 6-30 & 8-40. Ordinary Doors G-40 & 8-50. Circle, Is., Balcony & Pit, 6d. Gallery, 3d. Early Doors, Is. 3d, Early Doors, 9d. Early Doors, 4d. Reserved at Is. 3d. HOWELL WILLIAMS & SON, Undertakers & Funeral Furnishers. I Funerals completely furnished in the best style, and at reasonable charges. Proprietors of Shelibiers, Open, Closed and Glass-sided Hearfic-, Mourning and Wedding Coaches, Brakes, etc. Every requisite for Funcraja kept on the premises. William Street, Vstrad Rhondda. P.O. Telephone 59, 1 NOW OPEN. The LARGEST and most LUXURIOUS AND EYESIGHT-TESTING Spectale Fitting fyioms In West Wales. c. F. WALTERS, F.S.M.C., F.J.O. (By Exam London), 51, Oxford St., SWANSEA (LATE 15, UNION bTREET). 306-1 New Theatre, Park Place, I CARDIFF. Sole Proprietor ROBERT REDFORD Great Attraction for the Holidays. Mr. GEORGE DANCE'S Powerful Company, In the Favourite Musical Play—The Catch of the Season Powerful Company, Including Miss MOYA MANNERING and Mr. FRANK LINCOLN. Next Week-Mr. LIONEL RIGNOLD and Miss ADA BLANCHE, in the New Comedy- WHAT THE BUTLER SAW. Box Office from 10 to 5. Nat. Tel. 376. THEATRE ROYAL, CARDIFF Lessee and Manager ROBERT REDFORD To-night at 7.30, the Great Play- The Beast and the Beauty *+*+*+*+*+¡+*+*+*+*+*+ THE NEW ♦ SIGHT-TESTING ROOMS: t 27, Gelliwastad Road, j ♦ PONTYPRIDD, J Are now open, and are devoted exclu- J sively to Scientific Eyesight testing and J Spectacle fitting. Subjective and objec- ▼ £ £ tive methods of testing are employed in + every case. ———————— + i Richard G. Scott,: F.S.M.C., F.I.O., + Qualified Sight-Testing Optician and Spectacle Specialist (by exam. Lond.), attends at the above address on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and at Y Station Street, Porth, on Thursday, ♦ Friday and Saturday. Hours, 10 a.m. ♦ till 7 p.m. ♦ My Booklet a Little light on Eye + + Troubles," will be sent post free on application. 3342 INSURANCE COMPANIES. The Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Co. ESTABLISHED 1836. ASSETS EXCEED £ 11,000,000. EMPLOYERS OF CLERKS, Shop assist- 1-ii ants, Domestic Servants, &c., will do well to study the above Company's Prospectus which contains useful information concerning the New Compensation Act, 1906, Call or write toTom Rees, Architect, Surveyor and VaIner, Hillsi de. Pentr 3333 THE LIVERPOOL & LONDON & GLOBE ASSURANCE COMPANY. Invested Funds Exceed £ 11,000,000. Nett Annual Premium Income, £ 2,312,275. Established years. Tel. No. 80, Pentre. COMPENSATION INSURANCE. The Conditions in the above Company's Policy are very few and easy, unrestrictive in character, and contains no cancellation clause, while the time for giving notice of Accident is Three Days After it comes to your notice. This will protect you fully, in case your employee does not (say for some time) inform you of any accident that may have occurred. Send for Prospectus to TOM REES, Surveyor and Valuer, PENTRE. Years in Business with lir. Jacob Rees, Architect to the lihondda Council.) 3410 I BEHIND THE EYE. I It is essential for perfect visiofe 9 i that your eyes should look through ■ the exact centres of the lenses of B your Spectacles. I If your glasses are fitted correctly they will retain this -J position and afford you the J maximum of good vision and |j comfort. Ij There are not two people with fj eyes quite the same distance apart, 1 or with quite the same shaped nose- gj bridge, therefore frame fitting is 1 quite an art in itself. We soppfr perfect Sitting fnunea. J. W. RICHARDS, ClKtnUt and Optician, PANDY SQUARE, TONYPANOY. j f"¡f4f'û}i4. Notiioe of Removal. J. J. THOMAS, FAMILY BUTCHER, late of 17, DE-WINTON ST., (opposite Post Office, Tonypandy), BEGS to thank his friends and the public jD generally, for their liberal patronage during the past 21 years, and trusts to be favoured with a continuance of their support at his new premises, No. 8, COURT STREET, opposite the COURT HOTEL, where the business will be continued on and after Monday, April lat. 3419 HIPPODROME, TONYPANDY I Mr. WILL STONE begs to announce that he will re-open the above Hippodrome, on Monday, April 8th. Twice Nightly at 7 and 9. With his Electric Bioscope and Varieties. His Pictures will include a grand Series en- titled OUR NAVY. Also a new and grand series of COMIC PICTURES. This week's Varieties will include REX and FORD,. Quaint Comedians in Funny and Refined Cross Talk. ILLUSTRATED SONGS. ARNETTI, the Man of many Instruments. EDGAR HARPER, the Popular Baritone. STANERT and YONDI, In Witty and Funny Burlesque entitled ROMEO and JULIET." Music by the Popular Hippodrome Orchestra. 7 and 9 Twic Nightly 7 and 9 POPULAR PRICES—Gallery, 3d.; Pit, 4d.; Stalls, 6d.; Orchestra Stalls, Is. 3450 Sales by Auction. Duke Street Auction Rooms, Cardiff On TUESDAY and THURSDAY NEXT, April 9th and 11th, 1907, commencing at 2 p.m. prompt. IMPORTANT TO PARTIES FURNISHING. MESSRS. J. G. MADDOX AND SON will Sell by Public Auction, at their Old Established SALE ROOMS as above, an mmense assemblage of very Superior HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE Removed from various lesidences for absolute sale), including :—Valuable Pianofortes, 6 ft., oft. and smaller Bedroom Suites, 6 ft,, 5 ft. and 4 ft. Wardrobes, Pairs of Handsome Toilets, All Brass and other Bedsteads, Wool and Spring Mattresses, Turkey, Axminster, Brussells and Tapestry Carpets, Skin and other Hearthrugs, Brass Curbs, Fenders, Brasses, Superior Drawing and Dining Room Suites, Rosewood, Chippendale and Walnut Cabinets, 6 ft., 5ft. and 4 ft. Sideboards, Bookcases, Dining and Occasional Tables, Walnut, Chippendale. Rosewood and Gilt Overmantles, Chests of Drawers, Hall Stands and Chairs to match, Roll-top and Pedestal Desks, Safes, Office Chairs, Lounge and Occasional ditto, Oil Paintings, Etchings, Marble Clocks, Bronze and China Ornaments, Ottoman and other Couches, Stair Carpets and Rods, Sets of Toilet Ware, Dinner and Tea Services, togethei with the usual Kitchen Effects, &c., L-c., in all about 800 Lots. On view day prior to and mornings of Sale. N.B.—Arrangements can be made by Country buyers to have their purchases packed and put on rail. Goods can be purchased pri- vately if desired. Established 1860. -=- THE GREAT Tonypandyjiaie Room Take notice that B. CARDASH has opened a Sale Room at 103, Bun raven St., For' the Sale of New and Secondhand Furniture and a Miscellaneous Assortment of Goods. Auction Sales Twice Weekly, Monday and Tuesday, at 6 o'clock. Sale by private treaty during the day. Furniture bought or sold on commission, or by other arrangments. Auctioneer's Office- 99, Dunraven Street. 3433 Win. THOMAS, (Certified Bailiff), 2, Hendrooafn-road, Penygraig. Rens and Oebts Collected. Besv-so Election Addresses. TO THE ELECTORS OF RHONDDA URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. WARD NO. 3. LADIES AND GJJNXLEMEN, I take this first opportunity to thank you most heartily for your enthu- siasm and faithfulness on my behalf in the election of Monday, March 25th, 1907. You have helped me to a Seat on the Council in a most PLUCKY and HONOURABLE manner; and that you have done in spite of strong oppositions. Our victory is a victory on the PRO- fGRESSIVEJines of NONCONFORMITY and DEMOCRACY, and its practical in- fluence will move on stronger and stronger from year to year. Personally, I have come out of this battle healthier and firmer than ever, and I know that you all have the same ex- perience. The victory will give me a new inspira- tion, not only as your REPRESENTA- TIVE, but also as a CITIZEN and a NONCONFORMIST. It will be the pleasure of my life. to do all I can for the PUBLIC GOOD, and I shall FAITHFULLY attend to the duties of your TRUST in me. I remain, Ladies and Gentlemen, Your obedient Servant, WALTER WILLIAMS. Durvol, St. Stephen's Avenue, Pentre, March 27th, 1907. 3445 AT ETHOLWYR CYNGHOR DOS- BART HO L J^IONDDA. ADRAN RHIF 3. FONEDDIUJfiSAU A BONEDDIGION, Yr ydwyf, yn y modd hwn, yn diolch i chwi am eich brwdfrydedd a'ch ffyddlon- deb o'm plaid yn yr Etholiad, dydd Ll-vu, Mawrth 25ain, 1907. Cefais fy nychwelyd genych yn an- rhydeddus, er maint a math y gwrth- wynebiadau. Daethoch allan yn unfryd, unfarn, a chyda gwroldeb i amddiffyn eich egwyddorion; a thrwy hyny. cawsom fuddugoliaeth yr hon a ddywed am flyn- yddoedd i dd'od yn ffafr ANGHYD- FFURFIAETH a GWERINIAETH y cylch. Bydd yn ysbrydiaeth. barhaol i mi, nid yn unig fel eich Cynrychiolydd, ond yn ogystal fel Dinesydd a Chrefyddwr. Yr ydwyf yn fwy penderfynol nag erioed i ddal i fyny CHWAREU TEG y bobl yn mhob cyfeiriad a fyddo o fewn fy ngallu; a sicrhaf i chwi wrth roi i chwi fy niolch gwresocaf, y bydd i mi fod yn ffyddlon i'ch hymddiriedaeth ynof. Ydwyf, Foneddigesau a Boneddigion, Eich ufudd was, WALTER WILLIAMS. Durvol, St. Stephen's Avenue, Peptre, Mawrth 27ain, 1907. 3445 TO THE ELECTORS OF TON AND PENTRE., No.3 WARD. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I thank you very sincerely for having returned me to represent you on the Board of Guardians for the third time unopposed, and for the second time on the County Council also unopposed. During my period of office (9 years on the Board of Guardians, and over 5 on the Council), I have faithfully studied your interests, and the experience I have gained will be of the greatest use to me to serve your interests still better in the future. I am very glad that the other Candidates who thought of opposing me have withdrawn, as I think contests between two liberals is useless waste of public money, and only shows that there is division where there should be unity. My Motto is "efficiency, economy and progress." I am, Ladies and Gentlemen, Your old and tried Member and Friend, ELIAS T. DAVIES. Pentre, April 4, 1907. 3449 Too Late for Classification. WANTED a Strong Girl as Kitchen M a-id W in a gentleman's family. Some washing. Apply, Mrs. Tyler, Llantrithyd, Cowbridge. 3447 MADAME CINDERELLA CLARKE the French — Palmist, can be consulted for a short season only, on Monday, Tuesday aud* Saturday at 2, Jenkin-street, (facing Opera House), Porth; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 14, High Street, Treorehy. All letters to be addressed to 2, Jenkin-street, Forth. b658-87 For Sale. T^OR SALE, a we'l built double frontaged House, two A bay windows, 19, Fair View, New Road, Trealaw, -Apply Edwards, 28. Gilmour Street, Tonypandy. B652-85 JtpOR SALE, Corner House with large cella^underneath, suitable for business premises, new district,—Apply 18, Charles Street, Tonypandy. B654-85 -= Public Notice. WANTED empty clean 2801bs. FLOUR SACKS, SUGAR BAGS, and other descriptions in large or small quan- tities. Terms Cash. Apply-F. Hurlstone, 22, Centreville Road, Heathfield Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. B649 Fitzpatrick, Clydach Vale. THE Drawing for the above will take JL place on April 30th as announced. Friends having duplicates or money are re- quested to send same in at once. Winning numbers will appear in "Rhondda Leader.' P. Grant, Secretary, Clydach Vale b659 WINNING NUMBERS of Drawing in aid of Bennett Williams, Trealaw —264, 2132, 1610, 411, 1316, 1607, 1381, 100, 328, 175, 468, 529, 833, 807, 2304, 2040, 352, 1143, 1161, 431. 1509, 1696, 846, 1424, 474, 2232, 329, 1898, 1374, 1177, 1312, 914.—Secretary, G. Williams, 230, Rhys Street, Trealaw. WINNING NUMBERS of W. Morley's Vt Prize Drawing:—1492, 2202, 919, 2571, 551, 2952, 200, 2900, 3578, 2122, 5772, 4274, 4820, 852, 3733, 2439, 3399, 2957, 10, 2277, 2771, 4297, 3720, 858, 2376, 948, 5498, 5785, 3099, 1647, 1945, 1359, 3398, 4886, 3955, 832, 2278, 1627, 5014, 537, 2769, 1715, 1489, 2657, 829, 2784, 3216, 1048, 2103, 2976, 1502, 2128, 5827, 132, 47, 1676, 2303, 5889, 2151, 3519, 2945, 4790, 2404.—C. T. Jones, Secretary, Tony- pandy. M- Do You Believe IN HAVING Value for Money ? If so, don't hesitate but VISIT Go C. DEAN, THE TAILOR, 85A, TAFF ST., PONTYPRIDD (Next door to Boot's Cash Chemist.) Latest Brown Stripe Suit £ 1 15s. Od. to order. Latest Green Stripe Suit L2 2s. Od. Guaranteed Indigo Blue Suit- £1 17S. 6d. „ Smart Stripe Trousers 10s. 6d. „ 6,000 Yards to select from. ALL NEW AND PRETTY STUFF. 3015
Canon Lewis And The Recent Election, "Mud throwing and Mis- representation." Rhondda Urban District Council Election, No. 3 Ward. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." Sir, 1 have read the last two issues of the "Rhondda Leader," more particularly those portions relating to the recent con- test in the above Ward. St. Peter's Church tower clock and the Cathedral rank I have the honour to hold, evidently afforded considerable amuse- ment at the successful candidate's meet- ings, and helped several to give utterance to thin and stale witticisms, for which they should be thankful to us. You are very jubilant over my defeat, and you enthusiastically dilate upon it. You assert that in my defeat Clerical- ism has been defeated. This is not an original idea, as it has been borrowed from a deceased French statesman. You have also dipped into history and borrowed "Waterloo" to describe the contest. I assure you I do not complain, nor am I ruffled in the least degree. On the contrary, i consider that several advan- tages have been gained by my candidature. (1) The election literature of my oppo- nent flatly contradicts an item of evidence in the draft copy of a Nonoonfiprmist witness from this Valley before the Royal Welsh Church Commission. That item asserted that all local elections i the
Eye- Awgry ni sight au y Hints, Llygaid. W. P. CARYL, F.S.M.C., 5 1 EYESTRAIN i3 the primary cause of many troubles which very few people think are due to their eyes. Headache, Neurallgia, Dizziness, Inflamed Eyelids, Watery Eyes, etc., can usually be cured by the use of glasses, if, after examination of the eyes, they are found to be necessary. LLYGAID dirdynol ydyw prif achoa lluaws o'r I anhwylderau y cred pobl nad ydynt yn coCi o'r P llyeaid. Gellir gwella poen /„ y p/n, rfrdan 1 dod, llygaid enynol, llygaid dyfrllyd, &c., tnvv 1 ddefnyddio gwydrau, os, wedi gwneyd ym- S chwiliad i'r liygaid, y ceir eu bod yn angen- 8 rheidiol. B 16. High Street, Arcade, CARDIFF,! And at 208a, High Street, Swansea. 326 I I-
Fire at Pentre. Early on Thursday morning, a fire broke out at No. 10, Carne Street, Pentre, in the occupation of Mr. J. Gill, fireman at the Pentre Colliery. P.S. James and P.C.'s Neyland and Oresswell (Pentre), and James and Jones (Ton) were soon on the spot, and did everything possible to subdue the flames. Seeing, Tiowever, that the house was practically doomed, they directed their efforts to saving the ad- joining houses, and in this they were successful, (Jill's house was completely gutted. The origin of the fire is sup- posed to have been in a ooal-hole on the premises, where a quantity of colliers' clothing wae sttiMd.
Porth Police Court. Thursday.—Before Mr. T. P. Jenkins (chairman), Dr. E. N. Davies, and Mr. William Evans. UNLICENSED BOW-WOWS." For keeping an unlicensed dog, Henry Lewis, Penygraig, was obliged to pay the 0114° Alicense and the costs of the case —14s. 6d. in all. Joseph Moore, Ynyshir, was aaked to pay the costs. Griffith Jones, of Ynyshir, was also fined os. for a similar offence. John Powell, Tylorstown, was asked to pay the costs, and John Tuck, Wattstown, was fined a, similar amount for keeping dogs on the cheap. QUARRELLED OVER A "TRIFLE." Wm. John Roach and John Allen, col- liers, Ferndale, were charged by P.C. Williams with fighting at Ferndale. Allen, added witness, was knocked out, and took some time to recover. Roach said that it all occurred over a trivial point," and Allen lost his temper, and he (Roach) gave him a push and he fell to the ground. Allen gave a different version. He said that he had been accused by Roach of .cheating at a game of cards some time ago. They met on the night of the fight in the Dyffryn Hotel, and Roach again brought up the old sore. They were told to go out, and Roach followed him and knocked him down. He (Allen) defended himself and was again knocked out. Both defendants were bound over to be of good behaviour for six months. A JEW'S OUTBURST. A young Jew from Ferndale, was charged with using obscene language in a refreshment room at Ferndale. Defendant's explanation was that he was being set upon by other boys, who used the language, which he repeated in ignorance. The Bench was of opinion that defen- dant was not justified in using obscene language, and he was fined 5s. CHIMNEY ON FIRE. George Rogers, Ferndale, was fined 5s. for allowing his chimney to catch fire. COAL STEALING. Danl. McCarthy and W. J. Harris were charged with stealing 561bs. of coal from a coal truck on the siding of the Ely Valley Colliery, Penrhiwfer, the property of Mr. Mathias and others. A fine of 10s. each was imposed. NO COAL IN THE HOUSE. Thomas Jones, collier, Porth, was also charged with stealing 151bs. of coal and a block of wood from the Cymmer Colliery, Porth, the property of Messrs. Insoles. Defendant, at the Court, said that he had not a scrap of coal in the house for a week, A fine of 10s. was imposed. JOHN BURNS ON TRAMP. John Burns, of the Local Government Board, has a namesake, who was prose- cuted at Porth for sleeping on the Coedcae Colliery premises. Defendant's protestations that he was a working man were received with consider- able doubt, and when a police sergeant examined his hands, the latter were found to be of a somewhat soft nature. You haven't worked lately," said the sergeant. Defendant was ordered to be detained until the rising of the Court. DRUNKS. Arthur Brown, Porth, 10s. William Williams, Pontygwaith, 15s. Jeremiah Luney, Tylorstown, 10s John Evans, Hafod, 10s. Wm. Henry John, Tylorstown, 10s. David Davies, Tylorstown, 15s. Arthur White, Clydach Vale, 10s. John Williams, Penygraig, 10s.
Funeral of Mr. Joseph Lewis, Llantwit Faro re. A Welsh Churchman of the Old School. The remains of Mr. Joseph Lewis, of Llantwit Fardre, an old resident of the place, and pitwood inspector of the Bute Colliery, were interred on Thursday. At the deceased's residence the Rev. AIX. Hichards, Baptist minister, conducted a short service before starting for Llantwit ardre Church. The service in the church was taken by the Rev. John Jenkins, vicar, and at the graveside by the Rev. D. Price Morgan, curate of All Saints' and Eglwys Dewi Sant, Cardiff. The mourners included Mrs. Short, Llantwit (sister); Mr. Daniel Lewis, Llantwit (bro- ther); Mr. John Short, Abergavenny; Mr. W. C. and Master Johnny Short, Treorehy; Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Short, Mardy; Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Short, Tre- orohy; Mr. and Mis. H. Beavan, Here- fordi Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Evans, Tony- patdy; Mr. J. W. Lewis, Merthyr; Mrs. and Miss Jones, Cilfynydd; Messrs. T. and J. Jones, Cilfynydd; Mrs. Isaac, Cilfynydd; Mrs. Wood, Newport; Mrs. Thomas, Llantwit; also Mr, and Mrs. Dl. Thomas, Treorehy: Mrs. Kinsey, Treorehy; Mr. Thomas Evans, Cwmparo; and others. The coffin bore beautiful wreaths from the Bute Colliery Company, Dewi Sant Church and Dewi Sant School, Cardiff; Llantwit Church Choir; and also from nephews and nieces. Mr. Lewis, who was formerly part pro- prietor (with his brothers) of the Wallsend Colliery, Llantrisant, resided at Cardiff for many years, and took the greatest interest in Eglwys Dewi Sant from the commencement. He acted as church- warden and Sunday School superinten- dent for many years, and his purse was always at the service of the cause. The poor both at Dewi Sant and Llantwit Fardre have lost in him a very present help in time of need. He was a very strong character, upright, and straight- forward, and a conscientious OhurohmaD,
Rhondda were contested on non-political and non-sectarian grounds. The election literature, copies of all posters, leaflets, &c., of this election will show the mem- bers of the Commission the real state of the case. (2) Considering the extent and charac- ter of the opposition I had to contend against, I polled remarkably well. Four M.P.'s were summoned to the conflict against me; outside Councillors were brought in; you, Sir, though a servant of the Council, as the Education Com- mittee, and partly paid out of the rates, which Churchmen and even Tories have to pay, you interfered in this election, and even your junior reporter, a mere stripling, with the rawness of inexpei-i- enced youth, at one of my meetings laid aside the reporter's pen and assumed the role of heckler, and was doubtless, in his own imagination, very smart. Blood and fire martyrdom scenes were conjured up before the minds of the electors as the result of voting for me, and dire conse- quences would flow to their children. Yet,, in the face of all this, I polled more than seven to every nine for my opponent. It will be better still next time. In addition to all this, slang, abuse, mud-throwing and misrepresentation were freely and unrestrainedly indulged in by my opponents. Even my chairman, at Pentre, could not be spoken of without a sneer. He is a collier, and for ability and fairness as a chairman, freedom from abuse, and knowledge of procedure, he will compare very favourably with, well, say the chairman at the meeting in Nazareth Chapel. I claim to have fought fairly and honourably, and not an unworthy expres- sion fell from my lips nor from the lips of any of my friends at anv one of my meetings. We neither abused nor distorted any- one's religious or political convictions, we slanged into no one's creed, nor held up to ridicule any Book of Devotion. I was more than sorry to hear that the Rev. Dr. Morris, Treorehy, held up to ridicule the Church Prayer Book and the Church Catechism at a meeting in Nazareth Chapel, applying to them the term damnable," and, I am informed, even a stronger term. The Chairman of the Education Com- mittee, Dr. W. E. Thomas, flinched from nothing to prejudice me in the eyes of the electors. I shall have more to say of him and to do with him after I have further verified some statements attributed to him. But I lay this in passing, that though Churekmen are very forbearing and endurmg, and peace-loving, yet even they will not for ever allow one who is in their pay, as well as in the pay of Non- conformists, te continue slandering their clergy and abusing their Church. The District Council and the Education Com- mittee are not the preserves of Dr. Thomas. I now wish to call attention to several statements made in your account of this contest. (1) Mabon trotted out once more at one of the meetings the old story of his boy- hood, how, when in Cwmbycnan National School, he had been often caned on the Monday tor not having attended Church on the previous Sunday. There never has been a National School or Church School, ;oit- any school, of which the Vicar of the Parish was manager, either at Cwmbychan or Cwmavon. (2) You have dragged in the Bible Society and the Rev. Thomas Charles, of Bala. You state that when he pleaded for Bibles for the Welsh peasant, his views were met with the greatest opposition and unrelenting hostility by the Bishops." Will you prove this, and give names and dates? The Bible Society would have collapsed long before this but for the active and generous support of Church- people. Fifteen shillings of every pound of its income come from Ghurchpeople. (3) You state that the election literature of the Church Party was a distortion, and that the quotation was divorced from its context and circumstances of delivery," whatever the latter may mean. I consider this a personal reflection upon me, and I must ask you to prove or withdraw this. You have used strong language in con- nection with the telegram sent to the President of the Board of Trade, and I hope you will again refer to this. No one ever said that the statements attributed to the Right Hon. gentleman would be found in a report of the meetings given in a past issue of the Rhondda Leader," and no one of us ever expected it to be there. (4) I heartily and readily accept Dr. Thomas' challenge, and hope that an in- dependent committee will be appointed to investigate the matter referred to. I challenged him about three years ago to do this, but characteristically he shirked it. You describe the children as booing and hooting me. There was some mild booing, and those who did so were well patted for it, but the hooting was only in the imagination of your reporter. The children, bless their hearts, two of every three of them, would have gladly placed me on the top of the poll. Pob pai-eli.- Yours faithfully, WILLIAM LEWIS, Vicar of Ystradyfodwg. The Vicarage, Pentre, Glam., April 2nd, 1907.