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THIEPVAL WON. A V DL O I Brilliant Result of Great Allied Attack. CONQUERING ARMIESMEETi IN COMBLES. I The brilliant Allied offensive on the Soinme has been entirely successful. The attack launched against Combles has resulted in the taking of the fortress which the Kaiser recently exported his troops to hold at all costs. That a stubborn res-ist- mice was offerc.d ,is shown by the fact that the village is full of German corpses. It has already been announced that in the attack the British captured well over 2,000 prisoners—this was the total up to Tuesday morning. The French have taken 1,200, so that the number captured is much in excess of 3,000. Simultaneously comes the announcement that the British troops further to the west have captured Thiepval and the High Ridge to the east, well as the formid- able Hohenswilarn Redoubt. (" Timea War Telegram, Pea- Press Association, Copyright). Amsterdam, Tuesday (received Wednesday).-Fr.om th,e frontier the Telegraaf leaxns that the Germans are actively making trenches in East and West Flanders. Between the Leopold Canal and the Netherlands frontier these tranches are con- structed at right angles to the The "Times" adds: The Leopold Canal is in t„ he northern corner ot Flan- ders, and skirts the southern frontier of Zeeland. It links up with the canal which joins the sea between Heyst and Zeebrugge, and which runs roughly paral- lel with the Bruges Canal. j To-day is the fourth day of tremendous artillery actions on tffe Yser front. The announcement that wives and other female relatives of German officers and soldiers must leave Belgium has created astonishment, and is considered by the Belgian population as heralding Germany's evacuation of the country. BRITISH OFFICIAL. i General Headquarter in iranoe, lues- day night. The battle has continued violently dur- ing to-day over the whole of the front be- tween the Somnke and the Ancre. Our troops have been successful every- where, carrying out their attacks most brilliantly. During the past 48 hours between 3,000 and 4,800 prisoners have been taken. On our right French and Brit- tish troops have jointly occupied Combles. as a resu lt of the capture oi Fregecourt and Morval. We have beaten off heavy counter-at- tacks in the neighbourhood of Morval and Les Bceufs, with eevere loss to the enemy. In our centre we have stormed the forti- fied village ot Gueudecourt and driven the Germans back in disorder. On our left we have captured Thiepval and the High Ridge east of it, including the Hohenzollern Redoubt. This ridge was strongly fortified with -an elaborate system of Heavy wir", trenches, and was defended with despera- tion. The successes gained during the last three days ma) be regarded as of very con- üderable importance. FRENCH OFFICIAL. Paris, Tuesday, 11 p.m.—The battle con- tinued very successfully to the north of the Soniine. The Allied troops increased their gains of yesterday to a large propor- tion, and in a few hours reached their objectives tixed for the -eoond auy oi the lighting. This morning the French troops, resum- ing their offensive, captured ne y.. i.ole of that portion of Combles situawd to the east and south of the railroad. Our patrols entered into contact with the elements on the right of the British Army who were clearing out the rcrth- west portion of Combles. Shortly after the entire village fell into our power. The booty captured at Combles is oon- siderable The Germans had accumulated in the subterranean parts of the locality an enor- mous quantity of munitions and provisions of all torts. We captured about 100 wounded Ger- mans abandoned by the enemy. Combles is full of German corpses. This afternoon our troops, continuing their advantage, captured a snail copse situated to the north of Fregieeourt, half- way to Morval, and the greater part of the strongly organised ground comprised between this copse and the horn west of the wood of St. Vaast, to the east of the Bethuue-road. The number of unwounded prisoners taken by the French since yesterday now amounts to 1,200, and up to the present we have oounted some 30 machine guns. On the re&t of the front intermittent shelling. Latest information shows that the Zep- pelin which flew over the region to Calais in the night of September 22-23 dropped 20 bombs, which all fell in open country and a great distance from the town. It is probable that, taken under the fire of our guns, the Zeppelin got rid of her bombs to enable her to reach a higher altitude and take to flight. GERMANY'S WHINE. I AMSTERDAM, Tuesday. The following official communique was issued in Berlin to-day:— Army Group of Crown Prince Rup- precht.—On the fourth day of the great artillery battle between the Anere and the Somnae the Anglo-French infantry proceeded to make a combined attack. The battle, which started at noon, raged with unequalled fury, and continued dur- ing the night. Between the Ancre and Eaucourt l'Abbaye the enemy's onset was either stopped by our fire or collapsed with sanguinary losses in front of our lines. The successes which our enemies achieved east of Eaucourt r A bhaye and through the occupation of villages on the line of Gueudecourt-Bouchavesnes are admitted (anorkannt). In spite of all, however, we must remember that our heroic troops were here faced by combined Anglo-French main forces provided with a great mass of material prepared during many months by the war industry of the entire world. Near Bouchaveenes and further south to the Rommo, French attacks, frequently repeated, failed with heavy losses. "SEDUCTIVE PROSPECTS." I COMBLES GARft I SON NEARLY I WIPED OUT. Paris, Tuesday (received Wednesday).— I Writing to-night on the militaiy situation, thf, expert French commentator says:- The resumption of the offensive of yester- day, north of the Somme had a magnifi- cent morrow. The British and French troops further developed their gains, tak- ing the two strongest enemy points d'appuli—Thiepval and Combles—where for long weeks they had been beating down the resista-nce of the Germans. The news from England expresses particular signifi- cant satisfaction among the people. Events moreover absolutely justify this optimistic impression of our Allies. On the extreme left wing of their front they succeeded in taking the Tbeipval bas- tion and the Hohenzollern Redoubt, which has held out since the beginning of the offensive on the 1st July. In the centre they carried in superb style the citadel of Guedecourt. Finally, on the extreme right, they co-operated effectively in the capture of Combles, which was obtained this morn- ing by a converging ma.meuvre, ably exe- cuted in conjunction with the French in- fantry. The German trarrrson. surrounded yes- terday, offered until the last extremity the keenest resistance to the Allies, and it succumbed only after having been reduced to a hundred survivors, and those mostly Wounded. If, therefore, the number of prisoners made in Combles is very small, Ot1 the other hand, the booty captured is verv considerable, the enemy having accu- mulated there enormous matertal for pro- longing. the defence. Further to the east., the French troops also gained other advantages. They occu- pied the little wood half way between Pre-zicourt and Morval, as well as the highly fortified ground between the latter village and the western horn of the wood of Saint Pierre de Vaast, north-east of Rancourt. Thus the Anglo-French line now pre- sent's a regular convex form without any salient from Thiepval to the Somme. Our front has therefore appreciably im- proved by the victorious thrust of these last two days, the important result of which one as up to us seductive prospects. The fall of Cora hies is indeed of the highest interest, for this formidable work veritably "oristif utes the pivot of the Franco-British advance north of the Somme. Moreover, our Allies, holding Guedecourt, are no more than a league south of Bapaume, and the ground in this direction lends itself to attack, the points d'appni being sufficiently distri- buted. In any case, we have now in two days captured a bout 4,000 prisoners, and we have re-won villages among which Combles is the first canton capital taken sinfe our offensive. DIXMUDE DUEL., Le Havre, Wediiesclay.-A Belgian com- munique issued yesterday says: There has been a lively artillery duel in the region of Dixmude. North of the town, the Bel- gian artillery violently bombarded enemy batteries and observations.
ORDAINED TO PULPIT. Impressive Service at Troedyrhiw. On Wednesday morning there was a crowded congik-gation at the Saron Inde- pendent Chapel; Troedyrhiw, on the occa- sion of the ordination service of the Cal- vinistic, Methodist Association for .South Wales, which was presided over by Prin- cipal Frys, Aberystwyth. There were about 14 candidates, and the Rev. E. Rees (Dyfedt gave a powerful address in whioh he gave a magnificent description of the l scope and work of the Christian church. R?v. Rees Morgan (DeW! Dron) dohv??ed J the charge to th? young mdndatera, And the Rev. Dr. Cvnddvlan Jo?M? catechised them on the Confession of Faith. In the usual way, representative deacons of the connexion in Soubh Wailes reported that all formalities had been complied with, and the question of admitting these young men to the full ministry was put to the vote of the Association and the congrega- tion, and, of course, the response was unanimous. The meetings in the afternoon dealt mainly with denommatkmal statistics, and a discussion took place upon the uni- versity question, with regard to. wrhioh there seems to be a difference of opiniön between the North and South Associations of the Calvinistic Methodists, and the ob- ject now is to co-oiidinate the vws of the two associatioivs so that evidence of unani- mous opinion amongst the Calvinist body may be placed before the Commission. In the afternoon and everrrog preaching services were held in chapels of all' de- nominations through the district, and large cuawregatww wweia Bn.nq
THE AIR RAIDS —— —— DESTROYED ZEPPELINS OF LATEST TYPE ONE BROUGHT DOWN BY AN UNNAMED I AVIATOR 74 KILLED IN TWO DAYS I The casualties; officially reported of the raid of Monday night number 63—3C killed and 27 injured. They occurred mainly among occupants of email houses in industrial centres in the North Mid- lands. it is now officially announced that the two airships brought down on Saturday night in Essex were the new naval Zep- pelins L 32 and L 33. One was brought do* n by an airman, unnamed, after passing through effective gunfire"; the other was hit by gunfire and had to come down owing to loss of gas. OFFICIAL REPORT. I The following official communique was issued on Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. by Lord French, the Field-Marshal Commanding- in-Ciiiet, ilome Forces:— Air iiaid, 23-24,th September.—It has now been established that the two airships brought down in this raid were the Naval Zeppelins L 32 and L 33. Both weae of very recent construction. The first airship was finally destroyed by an aeroplane after passing through effective gunfire. The second airship was hit by gunfire from the London Defences, and forced to descend in Essex through loss of gas. Owing to deaths from injuries having occurred and to casualties not having been reported to the police immediately, &ome amendment must be made to the list of casualties during the raid on the night of 2i)..4th September. Corrected figures are as iollows:- Men Women Children Tot'l Killed 23 12 3 38 Injured 56 43 26 125 In the raid of last night the total casualties so far reported are:— Killed 3ti Inj ured 27 Very slight damage was caused, and nolle whatever of military importance. VICTIMS' FUNERAL. The funeral of the crew of the Zep- pelin destroyed near a town in Essex will take place in the churchyard of the parish in which it fell. Soldiers were engaged on Tuesday in dig- ging one large pit to contain the bodied of the crew, and a separate grave for the commander. Soiitries are posted at all entrances to the churchyard and no mem- ber of the public is allowed to enter. It is expected that the funeral will take place to-day. No one will be allowed in I the churchyard at the time of the funeral. GERMANY AND THE LOSS. I Amsterdam, Monday.—The following comments are taken from German papers on the destruction of the two Zeppelins:— "Lokalanzeiger." Nobody ever tbought the Zeppelins could attack with- out the risk of being destroyed." Muenchener Neueste Nachrichten "— The gallant men who attack our most vicious foe who wish to starve us must never be forgotten. London trembles be- fore these attacks from Germany s most magnificent weapons. We hope this weapon will be used more often in the future, and so bring to England a taste of the horrors of war." H Leip.,ige-- l\a:tirichten"How mast it really look in London if. the English. accounts admit several people killed? One thing is obvious, that England's de- fensive system has improved, and there- fore the attacks are more dangerous for our men; but this cannot stop our heaoes in their lust for destruction on unmerciful England. No voice of pity can go out to them, and our revenge must be equally cruel. Kreuz Zeitung."—" It is feared that England will be able to copy a Zeppelin fiom one of the airships which was brought down. What is still more im- portant is the fact that in the last attack but one a single Zeppelin was brought down, while in the last attack two wore brought down, thus showing that Eng- land's defences are now so well organised that we shall be unable to use our air fleet with the same surenass in the future."— Exchange.
SIX MEN KILLED. Explosion in Hold of British Steamer. I Sydney, Wednesday.—On the British steamer Wairuna an explosion took place to-day in the hold f-,ro- .,aich benzine had been discharged. lit was probably caused by a leakage. Six men killeo. The damage, if any, to the vessel has not yet been ascertained. The Wairuna ar- rived at Sydney on Sept. 23rd from San Francisco.
3,173,065 CASUALTIES. I Amsterdam, Wednesday.—According to the Nieuwe Kotterdamsche Coutant," the Prussian casualty licts 630 to 639, con- tain. the names of 57,468 killed, wounded, and missing. The total number of casu- alties up to list 639 is given as 3,173,065.
FIGHTING IN THE NORTH? Amsteram, Wednesday.—The Nieiws van dendag" learns from Schiermonni- koog that, throughout the whole of yester- day, from ten in the morning till three in the afternoon, the roaring of guns was heard in a northerly direction and that I a Zeppelin was eeen moving northwards. I
MEDICINAL HERBS. I A conference on the growing of medici- nal herbs, which has been called by the Central Committee for National Patriotic Organisations, will meet to-day at three o'clock at the <arlton Hotel, Pall-mall. Members of any herb-growing association, or of any kindred societies axe invited to attend.
MR. THOMAS BURT. I Benefits obtained by Mr. Thos. Burt, M.P., under hydropathic treatment have been such that the venerable figure of the Father of the House of Commons will be seen, aimin at Westminster next month. To his friends it was known that Mr. Burt had given up the key of his looker at the House to the Serjeant-at-Arms some months ago. That locker has been in, Mx- B1.l'Q possession for over 40 years. )
THENElif MOUND I HLt?Lw U'tUUnU SOfM (MIS LATES OftKAL NEWS TO-DAY'S RITlH OFFICIAL, j' General Ht^qu^ters; France, 1.4 p.m. Our new po-siti-QS., hich have been gained duirngt,hpast few days, have been stci-d during the night, and patr< and detach- ments have beeoushed forward in many pb.ces i close touch with the enemy. Our troops male rogress during the night, jarularly in the direction of iyumrt L'Abbeye. Successful raids w, carried out by us opposite Beaiont Hamel and in the neighbouiod of Loos. Three hostile aerctnes were de- stroyed in air figng on the 25fch instant, and si others driven down damaged. TO-DAY'S BRITH BALKANS OFF1CL. The Secretary o&e War Office makes the foliowin^nnouncement from the Chief Oiii< commanding the British Forces ;.Salonika:— Beyond the usual artery and patrol activity, there IF been no de- velopment on ou Struma and Doiran fronts. TO-DAYS FRENC. OFFICIAL. I To the nor! b of tl: Somme our troops are organisbthe positions conquer-id. The enemy attempteao retaliation in the course of tlmight. L'o the south of the tmme the ar- tillery duel was fair lively in the region of Barleux. Yesterday, at the clo of the day, an attack brilliant conducted, enabled us to capte to the east of Vermandovillers wood strong- ly held by. the esmy, which formed a small samt in our lines. Everywhere else the iht was calm. ARMY OF THIEAST. From the Struma to 13 Vardar the artillery duel only lowed feeble activity. To the east of Czerna e Bulgarians attacked with impred force the positions held by t< Serbians oa the Kajinacklan. Three violent countervttacks were successfully broke-my the cross fire of our cannon nd machine guns, which inflicd on the Bulgarians very hety losses. Fifty prisoners, includg one officer fell into the hands if the Ser- bians. On our left wing ourartill-ery ac- tively bombarded le enemy's positions. AVIATIOf Sub.-Lieut. Nuirgess: brought down during the cia, two Ger- man aeroplanes and an enemy captive balloon. Thee three vic- tories bring up to 1 '7 ,he num ber of machines brought iown up to the present by this pilt. During the night of tht26th-27th, a group of 14 of onraeroplanes dropped 110 shells of Irge calibre on the railway statios, railway lines, and barracks atVpiily. During the night also 1I.e railway v station at Laon receive 22 shells, and the bivuoacs of lontfancon 17.
POPULAR PREST. Father W. MackeyLeaving Swansea for Hiidley. Father Walter Mackey, as<stant priest at St. Joseph's, Swansea, Its been ap- pointed by the Abbot of downside as second priest at St. Benedicts, Hindley, near Wigan. The rev. gentlman makes his departure on Friday, art will take up his duties in his new sptere on Sun- day. His successor at Gnvhill will be Father Eugene O'Heilly, L newly-or- dained priest, and neph v of Mgr. O'Reilly, Vicar-General of he Archdio- cese. of Cardiff. It is interesing to note that Mgr. O'Reilly himself 'eceived his early training in the work of a priest at St. David's, Swansea, many years ago, under the late Canon Wilson. The departure of Father lackey is a distinct loss to the Catholic community of Swansea, and particularly of Green- hill, where he worked anion; the flock with a cheeriness and assidiity which won for him the deep respeci and affec- tion of all. Since his advnt at St. Joseph's, about eigbtwii nionlhf, ago, be has made himself a force in the parish by his virile personality and ton homie. Before coming to Swansea, he started a mission and built a small c.Vnmh at Bad- stock, near Bath, which was strved from Downside, and it must be gratifying to the new father to know that his work there has been crowned with success. He was suddenly called away fron his la- bours there to succeed Fatjier Chatter- ton, who had left St. Joseph's tor service as chaplain in the Navy. Father Carroll Baillie will now be senior curite at St. Joseph's.
FORMER SWANSEA PASTOR. Recognition services in connection with the settlement of the Rev. Griffith J. Evans, B.A., as pastor of Xew Trinity Congregational Church, Cowbridge-road, Cardiff, were held on Tuesday. Mr. Evans has gone to Cardiff from Mansel- ton. A lecture was given by the Rev. G. Campbell Morgan, D.D., of London, and among those who extended a welcome to the new minister were thol Revs. J. H. Walker (St.. Paul's), Jonathan Evans (Penarth), George Byron (Pen- arth). J. T. Rhys (Swansea), and Mr. Dd. Matthews, a representative of Mr. Evans' old church at Manselton.
RUMANIA'S FINE VICTORY ENEMY'S HUGE LOSSES] 5,060 fiiFLES FOUND BEFORE ONE ALUtDi mVtSt?. -i IAACKENSEH hURLED BACK Bucharest, Monday (received Wednes-1 day).—Umciai details Lave now been rv- ceived of the great battle in the Dobruoja i which ended in a victory for tne Kumajio- iiussian Army on September Una. the supreme command learned on beptomoer 17th that detachments had been com- pelled to retire beiore superior enemy forces, and were falling back slowly, in- flicting heavy losses on the enemy. Measures were taken to meet the situa- tion, and a desperate bat. ic began on a I front stretching from the jJauuoe to the Black Sea. righting opened along the Danube, where enemy columns, consist- ing mostly of Germans, were endeavour- ing to force their way to Czernavoda. This effort was defeated by the splendid resistance of the Rumanian troops, wlko made repeated bayonet attacks and, sup- ported by the lire of three Rumanian monitors in the river, brought the enemy advance to a ttandbtill. For two days the fighting was of a most desperate charac- ter. The enemy suffered heavy losses, his massed formations being mown down by artillery fire. In the centre the enemy was driven from a trench, into which he had momen- tarily succeeded in penetrating, by Ru- manian, Russian &nd Serbian troops. Finally, at 9 o'clock in the evening .)f September 19th, the enemy onslaught reached its climax. RIGHT WING IN FLIGHT. The Allied troops, by a formidable counter-anack, succeeded in ov-erthro v- ing the enemy right wing, which tied in disorder. The enemy losses were very great everywhere. Heaps of corpses were found on the ground. In fr<).It (If (Le division alone 5,000 rifles were > ckel up This victory was due to the supreme courage and devotion of both ofiicars rni men. Several Rumanian and Serbian Colonels fell at the head of their regi- ments. The Allied troops then continued their advance, driving the enemy before them. I RUMANIAN OFFICIAL. I ONE-YHiRD OF TRANSYLVANIA I WON. I Amsterdam, Tuesday (rteoeived Wed- nesday).—The following oihcial commu- nique, issued in Bucharest yesterday, has been received here:—In Transylvania, Rumanian troops have not ceased to make progress in enemy territory. About a third of Transylvania is already in their hands. Their line passes west of Topilica and the Hargitta mountains, thence via the Szekeli Valley it reaches I Fogaras, follows the Valley of Aluta, passes south of Hermanustadtt follows the crest of the Canaigoru Mountains to the Vulcan Pass, goes south-west, then southward, in Hungarian territory, and joins the Danube above Avrova, on the Danube. -In the Dobrudja, the capture of Tur- tukai and Silistria had the sole object of covering the left of the Bulgarian offensive. Silistria was not defended. As for Turtukai, tlie importance of its capture has been ridiculously exaggerated by the Germans, but the intervention of several Russian divisions by the side of the Rumanians sufficed to stop General von Mackensen, who was disturbed also by the strong offensive of General Sar- rail's Army, and to drive him back more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Rustchtik-Vama region. I A DOUGHTY DIVISION. Corfu, Tuesday (received Wednesday). —According to further information re- ceived here from Potro';rad, the Serbian Volunteer Division, which, as already re- ported, cut to pieces five Bulgarian regi- ments in the Dobrudja, also annihilated a Bulgarian brigade from Sofia» Press Association War Special. EARLIER REPORTS. Earlier news from the Rumanian front appears on Page Two.
IWEST WALES PIT DEAL. 1 Reported Settlement of Ystradowen Case. We are informed upon good authority that the action Gardner v. Ystradowen Colliery Company, which has been several times mentioned in the Chancery Court, has been finally settled, the terms of settlement and draft lease to the Colliery Investment Trust, Ltd., of Pembroke Buildings, Swansea, Upper Cwmtwrch, Swansea Valley, and 17, Queen Victoria- street, London, having been signed by all parties. The action, in which Mr. J. H. Gardner was plaintiff, has been throughout con- ducted by him in person, Messrs. Water- house and Co. (agents for the late Mr. T. W. James, Swansea) appearing for the defendants. The plaintiff's action was for specific performance of an alleged agreement to sell the colliery to the Trust, and the plaintiff relied upon a letter signed by Mr. T. W. James on the 13th November, 1014. after a conference of all parties and thedr respective solicitors, held at the offices of Mr. John Roberts, and also upon another letter. The defendants by their pleadings denied that their letter of 13th November, 1D14, constituted a contract. ,a f, h <) f lvfr. Owing to the unfortunate death of Mr. James, who lost his life by the sinking of the Sussex, and the illness of Mr. John Roberts, the hearing has been postponed from time to time. We understand that as sorm as the neces- sary new additional plant can be secured, the Colliery Investment Trust will pro- oppii to unwater the colliery and intend working the lower vein, which is of excel lent quality Anthracite, and the company hopes to be turning out coal in January next.
A GLAMORGAN WILL. Mr. Benjamin Evans, of Llwynrhidian Farm, Llanguicke, farmer, who died on 21st April last, left estate of the gross j valu? of S3.8t2 6s. 7d., of which M 3s. 6d. is not personalty. Probate of his will has been granted to his son, Mr. Thomas E\aus. of the same address, to whom he i left the whole of his esta.? absolntG]y. (
TO-DAY'S WAa RESUME) Leader Office, 4.50 I Brilliant results have been achieved by the great Allied offensive on the Somme. Combles has been taken, and the fall of 1 this fortress derives added significance j from the fact that the Kaiser recently exhorted his soldiers to hoid it at all ] costs. 1 Further to the west, British troops have captured Thiepval and the ridge to the oast. The formidable Hohenzollern Re- doubt has fallen, too. An Amsterdam message says that the Ger- mans are actively preparing trenches ilf East and West Flanders. Monday night's air raid yielded 63 casual- ties, aô killed and 27 injured. From Bucharest have come official details of the great battle in the Dobrudja, which resulted in victory for the Rumano-Russian Army on September 19th. The enemy, it is established, sus- tained huge losses. Five thousand riiies were found before one Allied division. It is officially announced that the airships brought down on Saturday night in Essex were the new naval Zeppelins L 32 and L 33. One was brought down by an airman; the other was hit by gun- fire and had to come down owing to loss of gas.
I CERTIFIED MEN. I Important Ruling as to Service. I In a case before the House of Commons Appeal Tribunal on Wednesday the point was raised that the tribunal had no power to apply to an exemption for certified oc- cupation the condition that the exempted man should render voluntary service. M-r. Donald Maclean, M.P., chairman, said the tribunal were quite satisfied they had porer to attach the condition in ques- tion!. What changes might be made in the law in future it was impossible to say, but until there was a change that tribunal would go on exercising what they believed to be their prerogative of imposing a con- I dition of voluntary service on exempted men.
I THE GREEK REVOLT. I Corfu Proclaims Itself With Venizelos. Salonika, Tuesday.—The departure of M. Venizelos for Crete, accompanied by Admiral Coundouriotis, a personal friend and aide-de-camp of the King, who pre- viously resigned the Ministry of Marine, has profoundly impressed the Greeks in Salonika. The revolutionary movement is un- doubtedly spreading. The latest adhesion is Corfu, where the autonomy of the island has been proclaimed. Never in the his- tory of Greece has the country been faced with sucis. a grave situation. It is gener- ally felt that should the King persist in his present attitude fatal consequences will follow.—Router.
£ 5,000 A YEAR. I Swansea Municipal Employes and the War Bonus. The cost to the ratepayers of the addi- tional 56. to employes of the Corporation receiving und-er Y,2 12s. 6d. a week, which was recommended by the committee of chairmen and vice-chairmen of oom- mittees on Tuesday, will be approxi- mately ES,000 a year. With the bonuses of 3s. and 2s. previously granted, the 5s. extra bonus will, if agreed to by the Coun- cil, make a total bonus to Corporation employes of 10s. The inwome limits for the previous bonuses were 12 to V 5s. r*. spectively. The police—who have made a separate application for increased pay—and thief clerical stiff are excluded from the scope of the new bonus. One proposal made at the meeting on Tuesday afternoon was that an increase of 2s. 6d. in wages should be given, with a 2s. 6d. bonus, but the 5s. bonus fownd favour with the majority of the commit- tee. r In Cardiff, it is interesting to note, the Corporation employes are asking for am additional bonus which brings the aggre- gate to only 68., and the application has been referred to a committee.
IN FLOODED PIT. I ——— Colliers Rush Before I Surging Waters. An inquest was held at the Hook, Haverfordwest, on Tuesday evening, on the bodies of Joseph Thomas and Win. James, tw ocolliers who lost their lives in the Hook Colliery disaster. Evidence was given by William Thomas and Peter Thomas, who cut into the Pocket of an old working with the result that the mine was partially flooded. One witness, describiny the inrush of water, said no livinh man could stand abainst it. Open liyhts were at once ex- tinguished, and the mine was in utter darkness. Men dashed for safety along j the dark galleries, and some were swept off their feet and carried down steep gradients like corks. William Thomas, who was clinging to a piece of timber, felt a kick .on the knee, and maving a grab, pulled a collier named Phillips into safety. Phillips was greatly exhausted by his strdg-le6, anJ must have perished but for the timely help. Witnesses stated that they warned the manager (Mr. Worthing) the previous morning that they were approaching an old working and nearing water. He told then to work on and be would boro the place that night. On the morning of tho accident the water perforated through the coal. and the attention of the fireman and manager was again drawn. One man said if boring tools were avail- able he would bore them himself. Mr. Worthing told them to dig on for timber. ing again, promising to bore that night. Mr. Worthing said he had worked by plans, which showed no trace of an old working in that part, and he was firmly convinced at that time that no old work- ings were near that seam. ) The jury found that the men died from drowning due to the negligence of the manager, William Worthing, bLLt that his negligence did not amount to criminal t liability
EVENTS IN GREECE. Ministry About to Resign. Home, Wednc-sday.Aii Ithers re- port states that a Council of Ministerø ivas held yesterday evening, and will be Lollowed by the resignation of the Min- istry and by the issue of a proclama- tion from the King to the Greek iu.1 —'Wirelesg Press. ESSEN BOMBARDMENT ix Krupp Factories Stopped A from Zurich affirms that the aerial bombardment of Essen causcd enormous damage. Work ha* been suspended in six Krupp factorifl*. Wireless Prose. TO-DAYS RUSSIAN OFFICIAL. Western, front.—There u nothing of importance to report. Caucasian front. o-ith of tlie region of th.e little town of Ellen (on the. Ðlnck Sea coast), our patrols having attaickwi the Turks from the rear, took a num- ber of prisoners. South-west of Euimi. chany our detachments have groken the enemy's guard post, killing a larg* number of Turks. In Persia, in the direction of Hasia- dan, we compelled the Turk to reiiie to the w, capturir.g here prisoners, arms, and a camel transport, and dee- troving the enemy's telegraphic linfl over a considerable distance. Wirelc^e Preffl. TREASURY BILLS INTEREST. A reduction in the rate of interest for ,h months and twelve months Treasury Sills is announced by the Bank of Eng- and on Wednesday, the new rate beang now 5.1, cent, for lall* of all dates, riz., throe, months six months, and twelve months bills. BALDOYLE MEETING. 1.10—Ethel H (11-10) 1, Audby 2. EVi- sode 3. Six ran. 2,20-Lady Colin 1, Simile 2. Desmond O'Connor 3.—11 ran. Betting :100 to S ady Colin. 2,(}-Woodland Lass 1. Zefus 2, Green Button 3.—11 ran. IENTALLY DEFICIENT CHILDREN/ Swansea Workhouse Visiting Com-, mittee on Wednesday resolved to ré- commend to the Board of Guardians that a deputation be sent W the local Educatiop Committee with regard tn the provision locally of an institution tor school caste of mentally deficient children. w. 1 V