OGMORE AND GILFACH MINERS. LABOUR REPRESENTATION. The monthly meeting of the above District was held at Blackmili on Saturday. Mr. Hopkin Evans, Gilfach Goch, presided. The Chairman referred to the honour con- ferred upon him by his fellow-workmen, and trusted that he would have the assistance and co-operation of the district officers and dele- gates in carrying out his duties. Mr. D. J. Harris, Gilfacn Goch, was ap- pointed teller. Mr. Fred! Jones, senior auditor, reported that they had examined the books and ac- counts of the district and found them correct, and kept in a very satisfactory manner. The Chairman and treasurer were ap- pointed to make inquiries with a view to re- forming the Caradog Vale Lodge, which was dissolved some time ago in consequence of the colliery closing. The colliery has now been re-opened. A lengthy discussion took place in reference to the action of the Executive Council in re- fusing to call the adjourned conference to consider the advisability of adopting a Labour candidate for Mid-Glamorgan.—Several dele- gates complained that the Executive had ex- ceeded their authority by their action, but inasmuch as some of the lodges had not dis- cussed the matter, it was decided to refer the question back to the lodges, cmd also to ascer- tain their views as to the action to be taken in future, should a vacancy occur. The Agent, in his report, stated that the resolution of the last meeting re printing the shorthand notes of the Conciliation Board proceedings was under consideration by the Central Executive, they had also ruled (in reply to an appeal by the Wvndham lodge) that it was illegal to pay delegates from dis- trict funds. The Agent also referred at length to local disputes at the various collieries, and the settlement at the Glamorgan Colliery. In reply to a question, it was stated that the Ocean Colliery 2ft. 9in. seam dispute had been referred to Messrs. F. L. Davies and Mabon, M.P., but they had not yet met. It was 'hoped that they will meet at an early date. A deputation attended to solicit support on behalf of the Risca miners, and it was decided to place this matter on the next agenda, as well as the appeal of Gilfach Goch lodge for those who are still idle. The receipts amounted to JE189 5s. Oid. 2
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NANTYMOEL RECREATION GROUND. To the Editor. Sir -Ple.ase allow me a small space in your valuable paper to call the attention of the Ogmore and Garw Council to the state of the above ground. Surely it is time something was done to improve its condition. We have had promises galore, but the ground remains the same. We have to thank the Nantymoel F.C. for some improvement, as the ground was nothing but the abode of salmon tins, etc., previous to their taking it in hand. Why not spend the money taken as rent for shows, etc., on the ground. Surely the young men of Nantymoel and Prioetown deserve same place for recreation. The ground was presented to the public, and surely the Council ought to do their duty in spending a little to make it worthy of the name, Recrea- tion Ground.-I am, etc., LOVER OF SPORT.
POWERS OF SCHOOL MANAGERS. IMPORTANT PROPOSAL BY THE REV. W. SAUNDERS. SUGGESTED DELEGATION OF GREATER AUTHORITY. At a meeting of the Glamorgan Education Committee last week the Rev. W. Saunders, C.C., of PontyCymmer, moved that a commit- tee be appointed to consider the advisability of delegating greater powers to managers of local groupa of schools. He said the prin- ciple which underlied, and the spirit which pervaded, the motion was one which he thought would recommend itself to the major- ity of the committee. After their varied ex- perience of the past two years, he believed the time had arrived when the relations of the committee and its minor authorities should be reconsidered and readjusted. Those who came in contact with the mana- gers of Council Schools knew what distrust, suspicion, and disatisfactioii existed among the members of these minor authorities. The committee had been looked upon as tyrannical and retrogressive in their conduct. Much of the work of the committee done through its sub-committees at Cardiff at an enormous expense of time and money, could be done nearer home, and he ventured to sug- gest that it could be done with greater ex- pediency and efficiency. Take for instance the system of appointment. Under the pre- sent system, so much time elapsed after the applications were sent in to the Chief Educa- tion Official, before the appoints were made by the managers that many of the applicants had accepted appointments in the meantime. He submitted that the work of advertising for and appointing teachers could be done with greater expediency by the group managers than by that committee. If they granted greater powers to the groups, it would mean greater responsibility, and this would carry with it greater- interest in the schools and their work. At present in the non-autono- mous areas of their large and populous county, which had such enormous educational respon- sibilities, a real living interest in elementary education was limited to from fifteen to twenty members of the Education Committee. As a consequence the schools were not pro- perly supervised; the children were not effi- ciently looked after, and no influence or con- trol was being exercised over the teachers. The anomalous and farcical position in which the managers found themselves in relation to this committee and the teachers, made it al- most impossible for them to continue their services to the county. Some had already re- signed, and he ventured to suggest that if the present system was continued-if those re- sponsible for the administration of education in the county had to spend time and money in travelling to Cardiff to do much of the work that was now being done by the com- mittee—then a very serious problem presen- ted itself to the working-men of the county, the problem of finding men who could afford the time and money in order to voice their needs and watch their interests. It meant that if the present expensive system—not only to the county but to the members—were continued, the work of looking after the edu- cational interests of the county would be in the hands of a few wealthy and maybe retro- gressive individuals. They need not fear to trust the managers of the schools. In every locality there were ladies and gentlemen who had proved themselves equal to the position they now filled. They were individuals who, as members of the old School Boards, had laboured in season and out of season, and made great sacrifices for the sake of the chil- dren growing up in their midst. He sub- mitted that it was a physical impossibility for the members of the non-autonomous areas to carry on the work efficiently. Owing to pres- sure of time and to the magnitude of the work, much of it was done hurriedly, and he humbly suggested without proper considera- tion. He was convinced that the schools were not as efficient as they could be, the committee's deliberations were not as thorough as they should be, and the commit- tee was not in touch with the schools. The group managers were on the spot, and knew the particular wants of their respective dis- tricts. Much of the distrust and the very undesirable feeling which now existed be- tween the teachers and the authority was owing to the distance which was between them. He was convinced' that they would by granting extra powers secure greater effi- ciency amd economy. As an instance he might say that they now paid1 about L20 per school more for the renovation of their large schools than formerly. The late Llangeinor School Board paid about L7 10s. per annum for water supplied to two schools in the Garw district. This year they paid JE47, and last year over £ 50. He suggested (1) That a scale of salaries of teachers should be formu- lated and that the managers should have power to fix the salaries in accordance with such a scale; (2) that the managers should have power to deal with small and very large schools subject to the veto of the Education Committee, to the present scale of staffing, which was recognisedJ by the county (the pre- sent scale was a fair one for schools of about 200); (3) managers should have the appoint- ment of staff entirely referred to them, this power to extend to officers, cleaners and care- takers (the dismissal of teachers should also to some extent be in the hands of managers, otherwise they could not exercise a desirable influence and control over them). The speaker also suggested alterations with re- gard to the supply of requisites, official com- munications, repairs, and the building of new schools.. Alderman W. Llewellyn (Ogmore Vale), in seconding, said it was an insane thing that the members of the committee should have to come three or four times a week to Cardiff to deal with matters of detail that could be better attended to by the local groups of managers. The motion was passed.
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NOTES AND COMMENTS. BRIDGEND SCHOOLS' LEAGUE. Two matches in connection with the Bridgend and District Schools' League were played at Bridgend last Saturday. Kenfig Hill meeting Bridgend Council and Pontycymmer playing the National School. Kenfig Hill were two short, but they kept up a strong defence during the first half. Davies, the outside half opened the score for Bridgend, and immediately after G. Wood added another try, which was converted by G. Thomas. In the second half Vinings and Wood scored a try each, both of which were uncon- verted. Brilliant bouta of passing were witnessed among the Bridgend backs. Bunstone played well in his new position as threequarter. Rees was the best forward in the Kenfig Hill team. The result was: Bridgend Council, 1 goal, 3 tries (14 points); Kenfig Hill, nil. Pontycymmer Team comprises several big lads, and last Saturday they seemed to have improved immensely. The great feature of the game was the ex- cellent dribbling of the All Blacks' forwards. King being the most prominent. Feiven, centre threequarter, played a mag- nificent game, scoring two tries. Just before call of time Dicky Rees, the Pontycymmer full-back, scored a try from mid-field. Jones and Stanton were the pick of the National, the latter scoring the only try for them. Result: Pontycymmer, 1 goal, 3 tries (14 points); Bridgend National, 1 try (3 points). Nantymoel Boys were easily defeated by Tondu, who scored through O. Rees, D. Rees, Thompson, and Hopkins. Davies, of Nantymoel, played a good defen- sive game throughout. Result: Tondu, 3 goals, 3 tries (24 points); Nantymoel, nil. At Cefn there was a keen struggle. The Ogmore boys managed to win by 3 points. There was not much to choose between the teams, for the match was very evenly con- tested. The hero for Cefn was Smith, who scored an unconverted try. He crossed the line three times, but was called back for in- fringement of the rules. The sound tackling of Oliver, the Ogmore full back, prevented the Oefn lads scoring. Result: Ogmore, 1 goal (5 points); Cefn, 1 try (3 points). At a meeting of the League Executive on Saturday, Mr. T. Jones (Bridgend Council School) was appointed hon. secretary in place of Mr. G. L. Lafferty. All club matches are cancelled for to-mor- row (Saturday) owing to the Inter-Town Match with Aberavon at Bridgend. A keen contest is anticipated, as both Leagues are going strong at present. The Match Committee selected the follow- ing to represent the League next Satur- day:— Full back, E. Oliver (Ogmore); threequar- ters, Davies (Cefn), 0. Rees (Tondu), Feiven (Pontycymmer), and E. Howells (Ogmore Vale); half-backs, Hop Jones and Evan Jones (Ogmore Vale); forwards, G. Wood (Bridg- end Council), J*. Smith, capt. (Cefn), King (Pontycymmer), Whiting (Ogmore Vale), Oscar Davies (Cefn), Burridge (Ogmore Vale), Matthews (Cefn), and Rees (Kenfig Hill). Reserves: Back, Dicky Rees (Pontycym- mer; threequartera, Williams (Kenfig Hill), Sutcliffe (Bridgend Council). Harding (Og- more), and Ivor Down (Cefn): half-backs, Oliver Down (Cefn) and E. Thomas (Kenfig Hill); forwards, Brookes (Pontycymmer) and Bowen (Ogmore). The following is the position of clubs in the League:— P. W. L. D. Pts. Ogmore Vale 4 4 0 0—8 Cefn 4 3 1 0—6 Bridgend Council .4 3 1 0—6 Tondu 4 2 2 0—4 Nantymoel 4 1 3 0—2 Kenfig Hill 4 1 3 0—2 Pontycymmer 4 1 3 0—2 Bridgend Council School played the National Boys on Tuesday afternoon. The Council lads opened the score through J. Thomas, after a brilliant rush by the for- wards. Bunstone, the centre-threequarter, played splendidly, and this try was worth seeing. Woods again came into prominence and scored. Sutcliffe showed good judgment in scoring the last. try. Deere played a good game for the National boys. Result: Council School, 4 tries; National, nil. T.J.
REPORTS OF MATCHES. OGMORE VALE v. NANTYMOEL. These teams met on Saturday for the second time this season. The first encounter was won by Ogmore Vale by a converted goal to a try. Teams: — Ogmore Vale—Back, Pennell; threequar- ters, Pinkard, D. Jones, Matthews, and Pal- mer; half-backs, Keys and Danny Jones; forwards, H. Ham (captain), Parkhouse, Tom Lloyd, Hodgson, G. Isaac, Booke, and Tom Williams. Nantymoel: Back, H. Davies; threequar- tera, Devonald, uack Chilcott (capt.), and Davies- half-backs, John and T. Slocombe; forwards, Jim Chiloott, Jones, Tillet, Davies, G. Davies, J. Lewis, and Smith. Referee, Mr. J. Williams, Tondu. Ogmore von the toss and elected to play with the wind. For a long time they penned their opponents in their own ground, but the Nantymoel defence was good. Matthews made an attempt to drop a goal, and then from a line-out near the corner flag Hodgson went over with a try, which Pennell with a grand kick converted. Ogmore continued to press, but failed to add to their score. Half- time: G. T. PTS. Ogmore 1 0 5 Nantymool 0 0 0 On the resumption of play a series of scrums followed, neither side gaining and advantage. Nantymoel, by a combined for- ward rush, brought play to the home goal- Line. Ogmore now retaliated, and Jones and Matthews had hard lines in not scoring. The game continued to be waged furiously, but neither side could score. Final score: G. T. PTS. Ogmore Vale 1 0 5 Nantymoel 0 Q 0 ABERAVON v. PONTYCYMMER. Pontycymmer paid their second visit of the season to Aberavon on Saturday. In the previous encounter Aberavon were successful by 5 tries to nil. The teams fielded as follows — Aberavon: Back, Austin Davies; three- quarters, W. Thomas, T. Thomas (captain), B. Thomas, and C. Hill; half-backs, B. Jones and W. Harries; forwards, W. Jones, G. Vickery, T. Madden, F. Jenkins, T. Williams, A. Bevan, E. Leyshon, D. Pugh, W. Kenefig, and W. Gregory. Pontycymmer—.Back. Richards; three- Juarter backs, Owens, Williams, Fielding and iewis; half-backs, Thomas and D. Howells; forwards. Bowen, Griffiths, McCarthey. James, W. Tilley, Harding, R. Tiley, and D. W. Evans. Referee, Mr. J. Davies, Neath. There were several alterations on both sides four of the Aberavon Reserves being called upon to take the field. Pontycymmer also came on the field short, and reouisitioned the services of Gibbon and Griffiths, of the Aber- avon Reserves. Vickery kicked off for Aber- avon before a poor attendance, and the visi- tors replied to touch near the centre. From the first scrum Bala secured and passed out, but little ground was gained. Play of an uninteresting nature took place for the next few minutes near the centre line, and Bala tried vainly to get away, but was frustrated by Griffiths, his own reserve. The first bril- liant movement was when Billa Thomas se- cured and making a good run passed out cleanly to Willie Thomas, who gained the twenty-five line before being tackled by Rich- ards. Willie Harris next tried to break away I and the home forwards forced a minor. On the drop out Arthur James and Tom Thomas were seen going away on the left wing, but the latter was pushed into touch close to the line. Bala after this secured from a scrum and passed out to Willie Harris, who feinted to pass and cleared the position and passed to Tom Thomas, who raoed away and scored be- hind the posts. The try was converted by a splendid kick. The Aberavon forwards pressed for a while, but Richards, the oppos- ing custodian, was fairly safe. and returned to touch. Bala Jones again tried to break through on his own. but lost the ball. and the home forwards, headed by Jenkins and Ley- shon, rushed to the line, but Richards saved. Tom Thomas now attempted to place a goal from a mark, but the ball struck the post, and Pontvcjmmer touched down. The Aber- avon forwards were now playing up well, and once more invaded the visitors' quarters, but Llovd worked back. From a serum Bala Jones passed out to Arthur James, who dodged several opponents and threw out to Vickery, who scored with several opponents hanging on to him. Tom Thomas converted with a fine kick. Half-time — G. T PTS. Aberavon 2 0 10 Pontycymmer 0 0 0 Pontycymmer restarted, and from an ensu- ing scrum the homesters secured, but gained little ground, and Pontycymmer dribbled down the field. Lewis Davies kicked across the field to Leyshon, and the latter fielding well, passed to Tom Thomas, who got well over at the corner. Thomas failed to con- vert. On the drop-out, the home forwards again got away. and Will Thomas ran in with an easy try. which Tom Thomas converted. Aberavon were all over the visitors, and al- though Pontycymmer made an incursion to midfield they were soon driven back again. After some loose T)lay. Tom Thomas picked up and raced well on. He passed to Will Thomas, who evaded several opponents and scored under the posts, Tom Thomas convert- ing. The home forwards slaved well in the scrum and in the open, and soon approached the 'visitors' goal again. Some scrambling play followed, and Tom Thomas passed to Austin Davies, who added an unconverted try. Within a few minutes of the call of time, Vickery added another try. Final score: G. T. PTS. Aberavon 4 2 26 Pontycymmer 0 0 0 YM LLANTWIT v. PENARTH RESERVES. Played on the Penarth ground on Satur- day, when the number of speotators was only small. Teams: — LLantwit Major: Back. A. Davies; three- quarters, W. Trigg, D. Hopkins, J. Roberts, and W. Evans; half-backs, Herbert Williams and J. Hopkins; forwards, r'. J.Joore (capt.), D. Trigg, E. Davies, T. Thomas, 1. Deere, H Deere, C. Davies, and B. Davies. Penarth Reserves: Back, C. James; three- quarters. W. Roberts, J. Gent. Munro, and H. Rowlands; half-backs, J. Regan and S. Smith; forwards, E. Hamilton, L. Franks, Bartlett, Bissitt, Serines, Pawley, Taylor, and Broughton. Referee, Mr. Hopkins, Llwynypia. Llantwit Major started strongly, but their first attack was short-lived and Penarth had no great difficulty in orulslng their oppon- ents. Roberta went ttway very cleverly on two occasions, and onoe had very hard lines. Penarth continued to attack, though there was little of note to record for a long period. The game was principally one of mud-larking, and though the homesters had much the better of the argument, the defence, princi- pally of Hopkins and Williams, was equal to all demands made upon them. Half-time arrived with no score. Re-starting the visitors again went off strongly, but the defence was now heavily taxed. Whilst having no trouble to keep their opponents out of danger, the homesters met with some bad luck, inasmuch that time after time the Llantwit team were driven on to their line, but all attempts to aoore seemed futile. A. Davies was a conspicuous feature on more than one occasion. Hopkins, Wil- liams, and F. Deere were also ever on the alert, and in short the defence was very keen. W. Roberts, on the wing, put in one run for Penarth that was really brilliant, and if he is capable of utilising a dry ground for similar dashes he should prove an acquisition. Stan Smith was the best half on the field, but next to him ranked Williams, his opponent, who performed well. In the closing stages Pen- arth apparently tired of their incessant but fruitless efforts to score, fell away to some ex- tent, and the visitors once or twice looked like going over. but the onslaught was always successfully met. Just before the end a free kick was given against Penarth. but what makes the matter worthy of note is the fact that it constituted the solitary penalty kick awarded during the afternoon. Eventually Llantwit got down the field, and after some mulling J. Hopkins scored for them. Pen- arth worked hard to retrieve their lost posi- tion. but without success. Biseett made a strong effort, but the game ended in favour of Llantwit. Final score: G. T. PTW. Llantwit Major 0 1 3 Penarth Reserves 0 0 0 Remarks.—Undoubtedly the better team won; but the game was devoid of good foot- ball. The condition of the ground was chiefly responsible for this. The visitors must be congratulated on their victory over burly opponents. In the pack the homesters were much heavier, but Frank Deere led the Vale forwards in fine style and out-classed the home forwards in the loose, which gained the Vale men their victory. PONTYPOOL v. MAESTEG. The return match between these teams was played at Pontypool on Saturday. At Maes- teg Pontypool won by a try to nil. The home side played Bishop, of Crumlin, in the forwards, and put out the strongest team for the season. Play was very tame at the com- mencement. Willie Williams opened the scoring for Pontypool. Shortly after Ponty- pool again attacked, and from a scrum the whole of the backs handled, Prichard cross- ing. Pontypool kept up tne attack for a considerable time, but bad passing robbed them of additions to the score. Several times the visitors were called upon to save. In the scrummages Maesteg did most of the heeling, but failed to get further than the half-way line. Pontypool were in a scoring mood. and in quick succession tries were added by Morris and Beynon. Half-time:- G. T. PTS. Pontypool 0 4 12 Maesteg 0 0 0 roniypwi lOOK up tne aggressive attitude early in the second half, and forced the visi- tors to concede two minors before Ponty Jones got over. His brother followed, and Ponty just missed the goal by a few inches. Further tries were scored by Morris. Prit- chard, and Jarman. Final 8core:- G. T. PTS. Pontypool 0 9 27 Maesteg 0 0 0 PORTHCAWL BOYS v. BRIDGEND BOYS. Played at Bridgend on Saturday. Teams: Porthcawl: Back, E. Wilkins: threequar- ters, W. Rees. T. Burnell. T. Thomas, and E. Lewis: half-backs, C. Lewis and J. Lewis; forwards. E. John. R. Anderson. W. Watkins. C. Hookaway. E. Osman, F. John, P. Ashman and C. Burnell. Bridgend won the toes and F. John kicked off for Porthcawl. The ball was rushed into the visitors 25, and relief was brought by a kick to touch. The visitors then began to press, when Groves brought relief with a fine run down the field, being pushed into touch five yards off the line. The Porthcawl for- wards dribbled to the homesters' 25. where a scrum was formed. Porthcawl heeled and C. Lewis, J. Lewis. Thomas. Burnell. and Rees handled, the latter scoring an unoon- verted try. Play was in mid-field when ihe whistle blew for half-time. Half-time score: G. T. PTS. Portheawl Boys 0 1 3 Bridgend Boys 0 0 0 Pennell re-started tor isndgend, and the reply-kick found touch at half-way. A scrum was formed from which Porthcawl got pos- session. Porthcawl were repeatedly heeling the ball out. although a much lighter pack. The teams settled down to scrimmaging in the centre, and Evan Lewis received a bad kick in the face and had to retire. Bridgend began to rush, and W. Morgan picked up and scored a try. the kick failing. The game from this stage was chieflv scrums, and C. Griffiths was knocked out in attempting to drop a goal. Final score: — G. T. PTS. Porthcawl Bovs 0 1 3 Bridgend 0 1 3 BRITON FERRY v. BRIDGEND. Bridgend visited Briton Ferry on Saturday, and the match was played under favourable conditions. Teams: — Briton Ferry-Back, Bevan; threequartere Hill. Saunders, Rogers, and Merriman; half-backs. Wileon and Phillips; forward&, Llewellyn. Campbell, Evans, Arnold, Williams Foley, Phillips, and Jones. Bridgend-Back. Hopkins; threequartere, Matthews, Edwards, Rees and Nekrews; half-backs, Hopkins and Jenkins; forwards, Griffiths, Thomas, Guildford, Bryant. E. James, Richards. T. James. and Rees. Bridgend by good forward play. attacked in the opening stages, but Wilson relieved to hal-f-way with a fine kick. Jenkins gave out to Jenkin Hopkins, who punted into touch, and a well executed movement by the Ferry backs compelled Bridgend to touch down. The home team, who were assisted by a few Neath players, kept up a spirited attack until Jenkin Hopkin saved, and then the Bridgend forwards rushed away in a bunch-and looked like scoring, until Bevan pluckily dived for the ball and turned it into touch. The Bridgend backs got away with passing, and Edwards, a-fter running to the line. passed to Nekrews. who scored a try. which Edwards majorised. Half-time: — G. T. PTB. Bridgend 1 0 5 Briton Ferry 0 0 0 Briton Ferry attacked, and were only pre- vented from scoring by the splendid tackling of Gwilym Hopkins and Edwards. Aided by Edwards's lengthy kicking, Bridgend pressed, and Briton Ferry touched down several times. Then Briton Ferry made a burst, and the ball was sent out to Merriman. who scored a try, which was not converted. Final score: — G. T. PTS. Bridgend 1 0 5 Briton Ferry 0 1 3 MAESTEG ALL BLACKS v. BRIDGEND Y.M.C.A. The above match was played on the Maes- teg ground on Wednesday m ideal football weather, before a very good gate. Bridgend brought up a strong team. but found a match in their opponents. Maesteg kicked off against the wind and soon looked like scor- ing. but Davies, the right centre, stuck to the ball instead of paaaing out to E. Morris, the wing, which would have meant a certain try. Bridgend now made a fine dash and a pretty bout of passing followed, but Hendra. I the Maesteg full-back, got the ball by inter- cepting a pass, and with a well-judged kick found touch near the centre. Earlv in the second half W. Sutton scored a pretty trv for Maesteg. The rest of the game was rather rough, but neither side scored again.. Thomas and Davies played well at half for Maesteg. whilst the pick of the backs were W. Sutton, W. Lewis, and E. Morris. Davies, at right centre, played a very loose game. The forwards all played a clinking game. and deserve a good deal of praise. PARC GWYLLT v. ANGELTON. The match for the Challenge Shield was keenly contested on the former's ground. Angelton scored in the first half. and again in the second through a grand run by Knowles. Final score:—Angleton, 2 goals; Pare Gwyllt, nil. Angelton hold the shield for another year. CAERAU v. CWMPARC. This friendly match was played at Owm- pare before a fair gate. The game proved rather one-sided. Cwmparc being on the ag- gressive throughout the first half. and scoring through Games, Jones, and Jenkins. Final score: —Cwmparc, 8 goals; Caerau, 1 goal.
Football Teams for To-Morrow. —— OGMORE VALE v. ROATH. At Ogmore. Ogmore: Back, H. Davies; threequartere, Matthews, Pinkard, Dick Jones. Chilcott; half-backs, Danny Jones and Keys; forwards, J. Ham, T. Lloyd, T. Rees, C. Parkhouse. G. Isaac, H. Ham, J. Chilcott, and Hodgson. LANTWIT MAJOR v. DINAS POWIS. At Llantwit Major. Llantwit: Back, A. Davies; threequartere, W. Evans, J. Roberts. F. Deere (capt.). and W. George; half-backs, H. Williams and J. Hopkins: forwards, D. Trigg, T. Thomas, H. Deere, E. Davies, I. Deere, D. Peters, C. Davies, and F. Kelly. Kick off at 3 sharp. PONTYCYMMER T. BRYNCETHIN. At Brynoethin. Pontycymmer: Back, D. J. Richards; threequartere, J. vwen (capt.t, J. Williams, B. Feiven, and W. T. Edwards; half-backs, R. Thomas and M. Lloyd; forwards. R. Bowen, A. Tiley, W. J. Evans, H. J. Hard- in" D. James, R. Tilley, T. Bowen, and W. Royal. Train leaves Pontycymmer at 3.30. KENFIG HILL STARS v. BRIDGEND BARBARIANS. At Bridgend. Barbarians. Back, T. David; threequar- ters, H. Pearce, H. Giles, F. Davies, and A. Burnett; half-backs, R. Lloyd and A. P. Thomas; forwards, S. Bevan, R. Uurcfo. W. Gibbs, A. Brown, F. Evans. B. Hapgood, E. Elstone, T. Willis, and G. Gould. Kenfig Stars: Back, W. J. Rogers (capt.); threequarters, W. E. Williams. E. Leyshon, H. Richards, and J. Evans; half-backs, W. J. Cooke and Josh. Baker: forwards, W. J. Powell, 1. Stubbs, J. Davies. T. Davies, L. Danter, J. Bevan, Jenk. Thomas, and F. Lewis. Kick off at 3 p.m. CEFN CRIBBWR v. MELYN (NEATH). At Cefn. Cefn: Back. D. Morgan; threequarters, E. Leyshon, John Evans, A. Thomas (capt.), and D. Davies; half-backs. Geo. Watkins and J. Baker; forwards, Joe Butcher, G. Butcher, Jack Hopkins, R. Watkins, Robert Howells, Joe Hold, Evan Williams. D, Evans, D. Thomas, W. J. Hopkins, and Jenkin Thomas. BRIDGEND QUINS v. GILFACH GOCH. At Quarella Ground, Bridgend. Harlequins Back, W. Randall; threequar- tere, A. Hockings (capt.), W. Hockirigs, J. Davies, and T. Browning; half-backs, G. Griffiths and A. P. Thomas; forwards, R. B. Hussev, B. Gronow, T. Roberts, R. Price, A. Deerman, T. BelcherJ. S. Bevan, and T. Davies. Players to be at York Hotel at 4 p.m.
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OGMORE & GARW NEWS. PONTYCYMMER. Up-To-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of work at competitive prices, at the "Glamorgan Gazette" Printing Works. Mining Success.—Mr. Wm. Evans, under- manager of Garw Fechan Collieries, has se- cured the certificate of first-class colliery manager. He sat at Mancnester shortly be- fore Christmas. Mr. Evans is to be congra- tulated on his success. Accident.—On Tuesday, Mr. Wm. Baker, Pontyrhil, met with serious injuries whilst following his employment at the Ffaldau Col- lieries through a fall of roof. We are glad to hear his injuries are not so serious as was at first anticipated'. South Glamorgan Election.—There are a few people in the Garw who are numbered in the electorate of South Glamorgan. In order to secure every possible vote, Colonel W. H. Wyndham-Quin, D.S.O., despatched motor cars. Some who availed themselves of this mode of conveyance did so for the first time, and found the journey exhilarating. Ecclesiastical.—Oil Sunday afternoon the annual distribution of prizes to the children of All Saints' Sunday School took place. The Vicar (Rev. H. P. Morris) presided, and di&- tribution was made to about 230 scholars of copies of the Church service. The afternoon was spent in a most pleasant manner, and naturally the children were well pleased with the service. Noddfa Mutual Improvement Society.— The weekly meeting was held on Tuesday night. In the absence of the pastor, the chair was taken by Mrs. E. T. Evans, vice- president. Papers were read as follows:- "The Baptism of Christ," Mr. John Davies; "The Temptation," Mr. Davies; "The Prophet Jonah," Miss M. A. George. Mr. David Thomas rendered a solo in fine style. A hearty vote of thanks was given to those who took part. PRESENTATION AT PONTYCYMMER. A very interesting presentation took place at Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel on Monday evening, the recipient being the musical con- ductor, Mr. John Phillips, Cerddor Ffrwyd- wyllt. The chair was occupied by the pastor, Rev. W. Saunders, C.C., who spoke in eulo- gistic terms of Mr. Phillips and his work. Mr. Daniel Davies, secretary of the church, and Mr. Wm. Rees having in suitable speeches referred to the sterling qualities of Mr. Phillips, the Chairman called upon Mrs. Wm. Lawrence to present a pair of gold- framed spectacles, enclosed in a case, suitably inscribed. Mrs. Lawrence did so in a humor- ous and telling speech. Mr. Wm. Evans handed to Mr. Phillips a handsome ivory- mounted walking stick, which also bore an inscription, and a silver trinket box (in lieu of the usual purse) containing gold. Mr. Phillips, who was deeply touched, thanked the church and choir, and said he should value the gifts at much more than their in- trinsic worth. Other speakers bore testi- mony to the splendid cnaracter of Mr. Phillips. Mr. William Thomas, Tynton House, gave an interesting account of the work done by the choir under the conductor- ship of their worthy leader. The successful competitions were many, and the best works had been performed, including "The Mes- siah." "Elijah," "The Creation," and "Sam- aon." Mr. Thos. Williams, Pontyrhil, Mr. Jeremiah Morgan, and Mr. Oerddor Davies also spoke in high terms of Mr. Phillips and his work. Songs were given during the even- ing by Miss Annie Rees, Post Offic^, Moss Vi Jones, Miss Katy Williams, Messrs. OerddoT Davies and Rees Thomas. Mrs. E. T. Evans accompanied. A most enjoyable meeting was brought to a termination by the pastor sing- ing, in a most finished style, "Gwladl y Delyn." The musical arrangements were in the capable hands of Mr. Jones (Messrs. Hodges and Sons), and left nothing to be de- sired. GARW SHAVINGS. By SPOKE-SHAVER. One interesting consequence of the settle- ment at the collieries is that a number of weddings are announced. Many who had! pitched their tents else- where are returning to the Garw so that the Council can once more raise the housing question. This will be good oil to make the election cars glide smoothly on in the very near future. Of course, the General Election settled, the next most important event is the Ogmore and Garw Handicap. Some more "pie crust" promises are being made. BLAENGARW. UP-TO-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of work at competitive prices, at the Glamorgan Gazette" Printing Works. Error.—Last week we stated that Mr. Stanley Roberts had passed the examination which qualifies him to take a noot, as a school- master. The name should have been Mr. Stratton Roberts. Obituary.—The death occurred on Satur- day of Mrs Thomas, Blaengarw-road', who suc- cumbed to the effects of confinement. Her remains were conveyed by rail on Tuesday for interment at her home in Pembrokeshire. Much sympathy is felt for the husband in his trouble. Bachelors' Tea.-At Nebo, on Saturday night, there was a bachelors' tea, some 40 bachelors serving, and providing for the wants of a few hundred guests. The tables were decorated for the occasion, in a novel, if rather strange, manner. Instead of flowers, leeks and cabbages were substituted. The proceedings were interspersed1 with songs by some of the leading vocalists, and a good deal of fun was got out of the affair. The follow- ing took part:—Waiters: 1'. Williams, D. G. Roberts, and D. J. Jones; D. Lloyd, W. Roberts and DI. Evans; D. L. Thomas, W. M. Jones, and E. O. Meredith; L. Morgans, E. Pritchard and D. W. Jenkins; D. J. Jones W. Evans and W. Hughes; J. E'. Evans, B. Pritchard, and J. Griffiths, assisted by six little boys. Cutters: Dl. Hughes, M. Prit- chard, and Dd. Hughes; carver, Dd. Evans; superintendent, Thos. Evans: together with G. Williams, John Jones, Evan Jones, T. Griffiths, and T. Evans, who assisted in other capacities. A prize of la., together with a tissue-paper prize bag, offered for the smart- est waiter, brought forth the best dresses pos- sible, and keen interest was manifested among the respective waiters for the best dressed table, for which another prize of Is. and two prize bags were offered by the com- mittee. The following were declared the winners:—Best waiter, Ed. Pritchard'; beat table, D. J. Jones and W. Evans. During the evening a few solos and recitations suit- able to the occasion were rendered in grand style by the following: -Misses Myfanwy Davies and Cath. Martin, and W. T. Wil- liams, Yv. Williams, D,. Evans, and' J. H. Daw*. The whole affair was a great suc- cess, and the committee are pleased to say that they have a surplus in in, hand. INTERNATIONAL COLLIERY CO. The directors of the International Coal Company have decided not to declare the usual Interim dividend on the Ordinary shares for the past six months. In the cor- responding period of 1904 the dividend paid was at the rate of 5 per cent. per annum. GILFACH-GOCH. Liberal Meetings—On Friday evening last a Liberal meeting was held at Bryn Seion Chapel. Mi. LeWIS 1-wis occupied the chair. After a brier speech in support of the candi- dature of Mr. Wm. Brace, Mr. Lewis intro- duced the speakers to the audience, Rev. E. Richards, Tonypandy, Mr. D. Watts Morgan, Mr. W. P. Nicholas, solicitor, Pontypridd, and Mr. Rowlands, Penygraig. ]\ £ r D. Owen rendered the song "Shoulder to shoulder for Brace." Councillor Jenkins moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Brace. Mr. T. Richards seconded the vote of confidence, which was enthusiastically carried.—Another meeting was held at Libanus Chapel on Monday even- ing, Councillor Jenkins in the chair. The meeting expressed its confidence in Mr. Brace and pledged its support. Rev. D. Davies proposed and Mr. D. Owen seconded the vote of confidence, which was carried. Mr. James (solicitor, Pontypridd), Rev. E. James, Mr. Tom Richards, M.P., and Dr. Chalke also ad- dressed the meeting. A vote of thanks was &coordied the speakers. OGMORE VALE. UP-TO-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of wosk at competitive prices, at the Glamorgan Gazette" Printing Works. Mutual.-One of the most interesting even- ings yet spent this season was on Tuesday evening last through the kindness of the pro- prietors of he "People's Friend," who lent gratuitously their large set of views on beau- tiful slides on "Wonders in Nature and Art." Miss Ace, teacher Tynewydd School, was the lecturer, and did her part admirably. The schoolroom was crowded. Mr. J. J. Williams manipulated the lantern in his usual able style. The warmest thanks were accorded I the lecturer, Mr. J. J. Williams, and Mr. C. Beavan. Cantata.—During the last few months the children attending the English Congrega- tional Church Band of Hope have been re- hearsing the cantata, entitled, "The Prince of Light," which was publicly performed by them on Wednesday evening last. The con- ductor was Mr. Abel Jones, and the choir and string band acquitted themselves admirably. The solos, duets, and quartettes were sung before a crowded house by Mrs. Jones, Miss E. A. Rattray, Miss E. Kinsey, Messrs. Gwilym Evans, Gwilym Kinsey, David Jones, and Master Cliff Britton. Miss Cas6ie Kin- sey ably presided at the piano, and all the artistes received highest appreciation from the audience for their successful efforts. National Amalgamated Union of Shop As- sistants, Warehousemen, and Olerke.-The fortnightly meeting of the Ogmore Valley Branch was held on January 18th at the Workmen's-hall, Nantymoel. Mr. W. J. OliTer presided over a record attendance of members. The usual branch business having been done, the election of officers for the present year was proceeded with, with the following result:—President, Mr. D. Jones (Co-op.); vice-president, Mr. W. J. Oliver (Pegler's); treasurer, Miss E. Thomas; secre- tary, Mr. Thos. Richards (Co-op.); reporter, Mr. Frank Highman; auditors, Messrs. C. R. Jones and E. Meaker; delegates to West Wales Council, Messrs. K. C. Jones and W. J. Oliver; delegates to Trades Council, Messrs. K. C. Jones and G. Thomas. The meeting closed with a hearty vote of thanks to the retiring president and secretary for services rendered since the formation of the branch. The newly-formed "cabinet" is a most progressive one, and it is to be hoped that the motto of every member will be "Ag- gressiveness." Concert.—On Wednesday afternoon a very successful musical evening was spent at the Workmen's-hall, under the auspices of the Ogmore Valley Ladies' Choir. The pro- gramme had been arranged by the energetic conductor, Mrs. T. Llewellyn, and ably as- sisted by her lieutenant, Miss S. A. Joseph. The proceeds are to be handed over to the building fund of the proposed new Workmen's Hall and Institute, and we are glad to know that a very substantial sum will be handed over. The following programme was success- fully gone through:—Pianoforte duet, Mrs. Morgan and Mr. T. Llewellyn; glees, the Choir; harp solo, Mr. Tom Bryant; duet, Miss Hildla Adams and Mrs. W. M. David; whistling solo, Miss Gertrude Eva; song, Mors W. Thomas; lullaby, Miss Edith Davies and choir; song, Mrs. D. Abel; harp solo, Mr. Tom Bryant; character song, choir; whist- ling solo, Miss G. Eva; duet, Mrs. Abel and Mrs. Thomas; song, Miss Hilda Adams; trio, the choir; song, Miss S. Ace: whistling solo, Miss G. Eva; harp solo, Mr. T. Bryant; part song, the choir. NANTYMOEL. UP-TO-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of work at competitive prices, at the Glamorgan Gazette" Printing vVorks. Ogmore Valley Trades and Labour Council. —The above Council held a special meeting on Tuesday at the Workmen's-hall, Nanty- moel, when it was decided to ask Alderman E. Morel, Mayor of Merthyr, to address a meeting on behalf of the candidates to be brought out by the Council at the next Dis- trict Council Election. Wyndham Lodge.—Mr Tom Davies, miners' agent, addressed two meetings of the mem- bers of the Wyndham Lodge, S.W.M.F., on Monday evening and Tuesday morning at the Wyndham Hotel. At both meetings there was a good muster, and the men listened to the address with much interest. Mr. Davies dealt with the negotiations which led up to the new agreement, and fully explained it. It was clearly seen that Mr Davies has a good grasp of the affairs affecting miners, and these meetings show that the fidelity shown in the past towards Mr. Davies by this lodge is likely to continue.
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J MAESTEG & DISTRICT I GAZETTE. Removal.—The Rev. Edward Davies, B.A., senior curate of Llangynwyd' Parish, is resign- ing his present position (at St. Michael's Church. Maesteg), and has accepted a curacy at St. John's, Cardiff. Mr. Davies has laboured for over eight years in Maesteg, and was very popular among the parishioners. Protestant Reformation.—At the Young People's Society connected with Tabernacle Baptist Chapel, on Tuesday night, a very in- teresting paper was read by Mr. E. D. Joshua on the "Protestant Reformation." Several members took part in a discussion which followed. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the speaker for hie excellent paper. Presentation.—Mr Wm. Watkins, of Bryn- hyfryd. Gladstone-road, Maesteg, was last week presented by his Sunday School class at Saron Congregational Chapel, with a hand- some writing desk, as a token of respect. Mr. Watkins has held the position of teacher for a considerable period. He has also been conductor of the singing fur upwards of 12 years, and is a deacon of the church. Mr. Watkins is the treasurer of the Maesteg Dis- trict of the Miners' Federation, which posi- tion he has held since the death of the late Councillor Rees Rees. Teachers' Association.—A general meeting of the Maesteg Teachers' Association was held at the Plasnewydd Boys' School. Be- fore the meeting commenced the members were entertained by the retiring president. Mr. T. L. Roberts, to tea. Mr. Roberts is about the oldest teacher in Wales, and can show a splendid record of pupils who are now holding high positions. Mr. S. Grice pro- posed a vote of thanks to Mr. Roberts for his kindness. At the meeting the president, Mr J. Silvan Evans, B.A., gave an excellent pre- sidential address, in which he touched on the good work done by the aseociation in the past year, and gave some sound advice for the future conduct of the meetings. Mr. Silvan Evans and Mr. F. G. Davies were appointed representatives to the Council of the Glamor- gan Federation of Teachers. NEW HALL OPENED. A new hall in connection with the English Congregational Uhurch at Maesteg was opened by Mrs Davies, Blaenllynfi, on Monday afternoon. The pastor (Rev. J. Williams) having offered a prayer outside the new building, Mr. Gibbs (the architect) presented Mrs. Davies with the key. The door was opened, and the spacious hall was soon filled to its utmost capacity. After prayer by the Rev. Rhys Davies (Bethel), the pastor, in a brief speech, referred to the close and inti- mate relation which Mrs. Davies bears to- wards the church, and said that the name of the late Dr. Davies was inseparably associ- ated with the history of the Congregational Church of Maesteg. Mr. William Isaac, sec- retary, gave a statement of accounts. The expense involved in the undertaking was £ 800; to meet this sum JE90 was in hand be- fore the laying of the foundation stone, and another jE90 was collected at the last anniver- sary services, so the liabilities are a little over JE600. Rev. J. Williams, on behalf of the church, expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Jones for her kindness in granting permission to build on her ground. He also expressed thanks to the architect and the builder (Mr. Stephen Lewis) for the admirable manner in which the work had been done. He also re- ferred to the absence of Mr. David Isaac, who had taken such keen interest in the building of the new hall. In the afternoon and evening the Rev. Elwyn Thomas, of New- port, preached stirring sermons to very large congregations. Rev. L. Davies Bethel. Rev. W. R. Bowen. Carmel, Rev. W. R. Watkins, Tabernacle, Rev. Samuel Wil- liams, Soar, were amongst those present. The special hymns were most effectively ren- dered by the choir under the able conductor- ship of Mr. David Thomas, while Mr. David Rees, in his usual good style, presided at the organ, which he had kindly lent for the occa- sion. CAERAU & NANTYFFYLLON. Entertainment.—An entertainment was held in Salem Hall, Nantyffyllon, on Tuesday. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. Roderick D.C., and there was a large number present! Recitations were given by Mr. Thos. John Evans, Robert Rosser, and Miss Katie Hughes; songs were rendered by Thomas Morris, Gwladys Howell, end Fanny Jenkins A dialogue was given by Richard Rcsser and VYm. Henry Morris. In a competition for reading sol-fa music at sight, there were four competitors, and the adjudicator (Mr. John Morris) awarded the prize to Mr. William Rosser. A strong feature of the entertain- ment was some excellent singing by the child- ren's choir. A very enjoyable entertainment was brought to a close by the performance of a drama entitled "Daniel in the Lions' Den," by Mr. John Ace and friends. The accom- panists were Miss Katie Hughes and Mr William George Hinkin. ABERGWYNFI & DISTRICT. Cymmer Coal Stealing.—At Aberavon County Police-court on Monday William Ed- ward Martin, of 6 Capel House, Cymmer, was charged with stealing 621b. of coal, valued 9d., the Property of the Glanavon Colliery Company, Glyncorrwg, and Sarah Jane Mar- tin (the mother) was charged with aiding and abetting. Police-constable Walsh deposed to finding the male defendant carrying home a lump of coal from the colliery. He went with the boy and saw the mother, who said "It is not the boy's fault, it is mine. I told him to take a lump of coal home from the works, as there was no coal to light the fire." She offered to pay for the coal. He (witness) pointed out that there were two buckets of coal by the back door, and about a hundred- weight in the back garden. Defendants were each fined 10s. and costs. Malifides.-At Neath Borough Police Court on Monday (before Councillor Hopkin Mor- gan, Alderman Trick, Mr. John Rees, and Mr. F. J. aGibbins), Llewellyn Handford, Thomas William Handford, Frederick Hand- ford, and Evan Davies, colliers, of Blaen- gwynfi, were charged with falsely represent- ing themselves to be bona fide travellers on the previous day (Sunday) for the purpose of obtaining drink at the House of Lords Public- house in Old Market-street. The evidence was to the effect that the defendants arrived •t Neath on Saturday and slept the night at the White Hart Public-house. Next morn- ing at nine o'clock they went to the House of Lords Public-house, which ■rras less than 200 yards distance from the White Hart. To induce the landlord to supply them they said that they had slept at Abergwynfi the previ- ous night. -ach was fined 10s. and costs. J ABERAVON & PORT TALBOT Outbreak of Fire.-A fire broke out shortly after one o'clock on Monday in the offices of Messrs. Llewellyn Howell and Co., coal mer- chants, Aberavon. A haulier named Frank- lin first discovered the outbreak, gave the alarm, and then burst open the door and found the interior of the offices ablaze. In- spector Edwards was immediately on the scene, and was assisted by several of the Rhondda and Swansea Railway employes, and eventually the fire was extinguished with buckets of water. A considerable quantity of office furniture was destroyed. It is not known how the fire originated. The damage was not very great. Pontrhydyfen Charwoman Fined. — At Aberavon on Monday Ann Thomas, char- woman, of Pontrhydyfen, was charged with stealing a gold ring, value 21s., the property of Elizabeth Clement, Miners' Arms, Pont- rhydyfen, on July 18th; also with stealing a gold dress ring, value 36s. 6d., the property of Elizabeth Ann Lewis, Pontrhydyfen. on August 2nd, 1904. Evidence was given of the gold ring in the first charge having been missed from a sugar basin on the kitchen dresser in complainant's house, and of Ann Thomas having been seen in the kitchen. Elizabeth Ann Lewis, the second complain- ant, said she missed her dress ring from her dress pocket. B. Werhle, pawnbroker. Aberavon, said that when defendant, whom he had known for a long time, came to his shop in May, 1905, to pledge the gold ring produced he was rather suspicious, and asked defendant to leave the ring until the morn- ing. Meanwhile he informed the police, and took possession of the ring until it was handed up to Inspector Edwards. Other evidence having been given. Ann Thomas, in defence, denied the charges, and said she picked up one of the rings near Sardis Chapel. The Bench imposed a fine of 40s. in each case or in default one month's imprisonment.
CAERAU CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY. A TRENCHANT CRITICISM. WHAT THE TRADESMAN AND SHOP- KEEPER HAS TO SAY. We have been asked to Dublish the follow- ing article which appears in The Trades- man and Shopkeeper" of January 20th, from the pen of a correspondent. Doubtless those interested in the Society will be able to an- swer the strong criticisms adduced, and we shall be glad to give them the opportunity to do so: "It is with a certain amount of pleasure that a response is made to an application to consider the state of the society known as the Caerau and Spelters Industrial Co-opera- tive Society, Limited. In the interests of the oountry-people, who are extremely confid- ing. attention is drawn to the fact that the fancied security of the money they have put into this concern is entirely a myth. It is not a large society, by any means, but there cannot be a doubt that the people who belong to it must be exceedingly careful how they act if they wish to keep their money. The fact that societies are, as a rule, rotten internally, is all against the small society now being dealt with. Looking at the balance-sheet from a purely unbiassed point, of view, the business man would say immediately, "Have nothing to do with the concern." And the reason he would give would be a simple one, such as may be easily understood. There is no prospect of any future prosperity in this society such as would commend itself to the average man. "Let the members of this society listen to a solemn warning which is given from a dis- tance purely in the interest of the working- class. "Let them immediately draw out their money, for the live shares at a pound each they are called upon to take up are likely to prove of no more value to them than the smoke of last year's fires. "And why ? Because those shares are re- presented merely by a useless building, which, when the trade falls off. will be fit for nothing. The enticement offered to the public to allow their dividend to remain in the society r.ntil it reaches the sum of £-5 is a snare. There is 110 such thing as dividend. and no such thing as profit in the co-opera- tive cause. It all turns upon one axis. Every member is required to pay an over- charge on each article purchased, which will allow for the squandering of money by offi- cials and the payment of the 3s. in the pound back again. The shops are not run any- thing like so cheaply as the shops of ordinary business men who stand behind their own counters. For every 3s. taken back by the members they must first pay 6s. in the way of overcharges. "If any man or woman in the district of Caerau or Spelters feels inclined to doubt this, let them in their own interest purchase goods from an ordinary shop and compare them with the society's articles. "The members agree to buy the goods at the price the society like to charge them, and it is a very easy matter for the managers to take a farthing on every loaf of bread, either out of the price or the quality, for the pur- pose of paying back half a farthing in the form of a so-called dividend. This society cannot stand on these lines, and as has been proved in various other parts of the country, it is only a question of time when the mem- bers must realise that they have been hood- winked. The condition of paying 3s. 3d. per quar- ter for the sake of having the privilege of buying goods at an exceedingly high rate is absurd. Where is the intelligence of the public of Caerau when they consent to be robbed in this manner? "The sales of the society for the quarter previous to that which is just now finishing, show in themselves an element of weakness, and the expenses are altogether out of pro- portion to what they should be. In other words, a large number of neoDle have here combined themselves for the mere purpose of taxing the food they eat. ''What can be said to the object' of the society, which reads: 'To seek the domestic, social, and intellectual advancement of its members' ? Does anyone believe this ? "What good has the Caerau Society done in the domestic way or in the direction of intel- lectual advancement? All that has been (Tone amounts to nothing more or less than the filching of a certain sum every week from the labourer's earnings. Thev simply tax hie food to keep the monstrous commercial trust at Manchester going, and no one in his right senses can deny it. Every pound of butter, every shilling's worth of meat. every yard of drapery material has a tax of prac- tically 10 per cent. put on to keep the co- operative monster going; and in order to get the innocent people who buy the goods to be- lieve it is to their advantage to belong to the stores, thev tell them children's stories about intellectual advancement and domestic pros- perity. "Of course, people can save money if they put it on one side, but in this society, in order to save a penny, they pay twopence for the privilege. If they pay Is. 8d. per lb. for tea which should be Is. 4d.—and1 this is a fair average of the co-operative overcharge— they are saving money. But would it not be better to save the whole of the fourpence than give twopence to the co-operative society to save the other twopence for them? "There are no liabilities shown in the bal- ance-sheet of the Caerau Co-operative Society but this is not to say that it has not got any. All the societies that have smashed up have hidden their liabilities as long as they could, and have come to grief when they could do so no longer. The sum put down for buildings is ridiculous; they would not make half the money. The stock, too, is always doubtful: while the item of JE300 representing goods sold to members, and which are of course owing for, should be viewed with suspicion. "Anyone with the least knowledge of what business is would hesitate to place one far- thing in the Caerau Society, for it is a mat- ter of doubt whether he would ever see it again. A concern run on the lines of this society does not appeal to the man who wants an investment which he can realise at any moment. No one would take the shares in this society as a security, even if there was any scrip to show for them, which there is not; and anyone can pay 5 per cent. interest on capital if they pay it out of the capital it- self. People are led to put money into these concerns because they get a high rate of in- terest. but what is the use of a good interest if the capital is Itst ? Any man could afford to pay a big interest on borrowed capital if he paid it out of the capital, and the sum bor- rowed was never asked for back again. Let this warning go forth to the members of the Caerau Society, who do not appear to have been as keen as thev should have been on money matters. Let them get their money into the Post Office, and if they want to save money let them be honest with them- selves and save itj instead of going to a co- operative society and paying them a big over- charge so that they may get something back. There is no guarantee that this society will be in existence next year, and where, then, will be the members' money and their so- called savings? It is, of course, to the interest of the officials to say anything in order to protect themselves, and they will, of course, say all kinds of things in reply to this article: but surely those whose money is at stake will not pay much heed to the fulsome nonsense of those who have got it in their keeping, and wish to retain it. If thev do not talk the society up. who is likely to do so It is to be hoped that the members will at least keep their eyes open, and' take care they are not involved in any financial crash."