RUTHLESS SEAl WAR, i I German Official Note TO SPAIN AND THE U.S.A. GRAVE CRISIS RAISED. i AMERICAN PRESS SAYS "MEANS WAR." The following Note, which Is ad- dressed to the Spanish Government, has also been sent to the American Ambassador at Washington. It is a document of the first importance:— (preÚ Association w-r Special.) MADRID. Wednesday (received Thursday). Th? following is the text of the Note frrhich Germany and Austria have addressed to Spain: Germany, Austria-Hungary, and their Allies, in view of the failure of their peace proposals, and of the fact that their enemies, ill rejecting the reconciliation which this demarche offered, have replied by announcing their intention to destroy them and carry on the war to the end in view of Great Britain a abuse of her sea power, whereby she seeks to red tice, the Central Empires by starvation, condemning them to bitter sacri- fices which endanger the vigour and force of their populations; and in view of the fact that Great Britain and her Allies do not respect the laws of humanity nor the interests of neutrals, whose commerce they limit and restrict in accordance with their intention to con- tinue the war with greater violence. The Central Empire have decided also to continue the war, using all the weapons at their disposal without regard for the bounds "which they had hitherto .set to the exer- cise of their sea power, and they hope that the Spanish people and the Government will not fail to recognise the reasons which liave led to this decision. Accordingly, the Central Empires will -ja.s*, as from February 1st, without If.p,i-- ther warning and by every mea-u*t, to inter- lupt sea traffic round Great Britain, France and Italy, as well as in the Eastern Medi- terranean, in certain specified prohibited areas, which will be published in the Official Gazette. At the same time they will allow neutral vessels at present in port in prohibited areais to leave before February 5th and the shortest route to reach free waters. The Central Powers have similarly made arrangements to grant an agreed period of immunity to neutral ships bound for ports in n prohibited area, if such vessels on Feb- ruary 1st are at no great distance from that area. 44 DECLARATION OF WAR. OMINOUS TONE OF AMERICAN PRESS. I NEW YORK, Thm-aday. Commenting on the German submarine ftltimatum, the "World" Sayg:-It is in effect < declaration of war against the United States. It proposes to murder peaceful Americans on tll e high seas. There Can only be one answer from the U.S. The German Ambassador jnust receive hie pasports forthwith. All diplomatic relations must cease at once. If this ineans war with Germany, so be it. The "Tribune" says it would be hard to exaggera te The ominous character of the German Note. Germany refuses any longer to recognise that the United States has any rights of the sea. 4 Peace that Germany would purchase was too dear a price if it baa to be purchased by f compliance with the Kaiser's latest in- gulfing instruction. j
COLOURED LABOUR. PREMIER'S RE-ASSURANCE TO DEPUTATION. L The Prime Minister received a d-eput,ation from the executive of the TripV Allili-nire- miners, railw!,t.yriie,-i aiid trmngpott,xvorlcems- at 10, Downing-street, on the subject of the t on tit, s-ub j ect of ?tll, importation of coloured labour. i Atr. Lloyd George was accompanied by Mr. Arthur Henderson. Mr. Jehu. Hodge, Minis- ter of Labour; Mr. G. H. Roberts, Parlia- mntary Secretary to the Rouird of Trade; 8Itld Mr. David Shackleton, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour. The deputation drew attention to the strong feeling which existed iai the industries represented against the introduction of col- cured labour into this country, to take the p-lace of men called up for military service. Mr. Lloyd George assured the deputation that there was no present intention on the fart of the Government to bring indentured coloured labour to work in this country. The Iboloured labour which had been engaged was Jo be employed in Frnce up to the rear of he fighting line in &ubatitution for British hbidur, and thus release large numberR of our ?wn mn for military and Qther service. The members of the deputation were re- _Ulred by Mr. Lloyd George's ata-tem?nt.
ifU,ft Ua an K NEW FRONT. ê More Captures at Le Transloy. BIG GUNS STILL BOOMING. FRENCH OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE.' Press Bureau, Thursday Afternoon. There were encounters at various points on the front, notably east of llheims and in the region north of Altkirch. The night was calm everywhere else. Aviation. During last night one of our armed air squadrons bombarded the lailway station and enemy depots at Cuinchy and the bivou- acs east, of Nesle. One of our armed aero- planes fired some fifty shells on the enemy I cantonments at Meenil St. Eaize and Herly I (Somme). BRITISH GENERAL HEAD- I QUARTERS, FRANCE, Wednesday, 8.35 p.m. An officer and 24 other ranks have been captured by us during the past 24 hpurs on our new front south of Le Transloy. Early this morning the enemy at- tempted to rush some of our advaftoed positions in the neighbourhood of Beau- court and also west of Serre. The enemy attacks were repulsed in each case, and we took a few prisoners. The enemy's artillery has shown marked activity during the day in the neighbour- hood of Morval. Our artillery has carried out much effec- tive counter-battery work, and has bom- barded enemy positions and works north- east of Neuville St. Vaast and south-east of Ypres with good results. I (Press Association War Service.) I PARIS, Wednesday, 11 p.m. The official communique says:— In the course of the day there were rather lively artillery actions at various points of the front, especially in the sector to the east of Reims, and on the right bank of the Meuse. I There was no infantry action. "ON THE DAY WE CHOOSE." GENERAL RAWLINSON ON I THE SITUATION. I (Pros> Association War Service.) j' PK ESS CAMP, France, Wednesday. In the course of an interview published there. C?em>ral Sir. Henry Rawlinsonris Me-. ported as speaking as follows:— J ain aware tlwt German officers arc i. nsti,lli.ng into their men the hope of tak- iug the lend of us in the attack, but I I doubt whether our enemies have already forgotten the lesson of Verdun. If, how- ever, they care to lose to no purpose some more hundreds of thousands of men we liqve no objection. Quite the contrary. e have everything we need, whether for their reception by us or our reception by I thern on the dav we choose. them on the day we choose. j I ANOTHER ATTACK ON BELGIAN FRONT. (Admiralty, per Wireless Press.) t -ti? following Belgian communique was J issued on Wednesday: — To tHe east of Pcrvyse and the south of Noordschoote German detachments, after viohmt bombardments, attempted to ap- proach towards the advanced Belgian posts. Our artillery, infantry, and machine-gun fire drove the enemy back. During the course of the day the artillery duel in the vicinity of Dismudo and Steen- j straete has been, lively.
FROM PRIVATE TO O.C. MAJOR PERCY DAYIES'S I PROMOTION. The foDowinp. appeared in Thursday's Wt?ctn Mail Recently mentioned in Sir Douglas HaJ?'s df, Captain D. Percy Danes has now ?be-?ii the command of the Cyclist Battalion of the XI. Army Corps w'kh the rank of major at the comparaii?'ely early ;:?e'of 25 Years. The elder .Mn of A)d. and Mrs. David Davies, the Mayor and Mayoress of Swansea, Maj. Percy Davies is, like his father, a, journalist by profession. He wn. tutored for the fourth estate at the offices of the South Wales Daily Post," of which his father is the editor, and at the outbreak of war was occupying an editorial position with the firm of Messrs George Mew;nes and Sons in London, in ad- dition to which he was studying for the Bar at Gray's filii. At the declaration of war he joined the military forces as a private, j and after qualifying for a commission he was posted to the Army Cyclist Corps of the Welsh Division, in which he has received rapid promotion. Early last summer he was transferred to the XI. Army Corps. Major Percy Davies has been on active ser- vice in France for the last fourteen months, and has seen considerable fighting.
STAGGERING UNDER A LOAD OF GOLD. SURPRISE CUSTOMER AT I SURREY BANK. The Press Association says Staggering wit,h a heavy load into a branch bank at New Malden, Surrey, a, man said he desired to -invest B2,000 in the new NTar Loan, and then, to the Rurprise of the manager and his clerks, he proceeded to empty on the coun- ter gold to that amount. Officials of the bank had a. busy time weighing and checking such a surprising sum in gold.
WELL-KNOWN SWANSEA DOCKS- MAN'S WIFE. Php death occurred on Wednesday of Mrs. Eliza Cocks, of 29, Rhyddings Park- road. Swansea., aged 77, the wife of Oapt. W. H. Cocks, retired dockmaster, Prince of Wales Dock. She leaves five sons and a daughter. Two of the sons are Messrs. Paul Cocks, the well-known Swansea docksman, and Mr. Wm, Cocks, manager of the Cardiff Channel Dry Dock Co., and the daughter is Mrs. Williams, wife of Mr. Williams, traveller with Messrs. Thomas, Evans and Jno. Dyer.
RUMANIA I TWENTY GERMAN ASSAULTS. — HP1 HEAVY ENEMY LOSSES. RUSSIAN SUCCESS IN THE SNOW. (Admiralty, per Wire-less Press.) PETROGRAD, Wednesday, Rumanian FTont.—Our troops, under a fierce enemy fire, having penetrated through the enemy's barbed wire entailglements and advancing up to their waists in snow, cap- ture-d at the point of the bayonet the enemy's fortifications on J,h.e heights li of a mik east of Jbcobeni south-west of Kampolung. We made a number of prisoners and cap- tured some booty, which have not yet beess enumerated. PETROGRAD, Wednesday. During their repeated attacks in the Ivalnsem region the Germans lost 75 per osnt. of their strength. The attacks were par- ticularly furious at a spot known as Machine-gun Hill." Here the advancing Germans were irasfc by a concentrated fhe from mAchine-guns which had been captured from the enemy. They retired with shat- tered forces, leaving fch& hill in the firm pos- session of the Russians. So fierce was the fighting that in thre- days the Russians re- puisd twenty German assaults. (Admiralty, per Wi reless Press.) I BERLIN, Wednesday. Front of Prince Leopold of Bavaria.-On the east bank of the Aa our troops stormed the Russian forest position and repulsed there several strong rounter-attacks. Four- teen officers and 900 men were taken prisoners and 15 machine-guffis were cap- tured. After la, violent bombardment th. Russians Several times attacked our positions south of the Vale Pntna road. Two strong attacks failed. Bv means of a third attack a Rus- sian detachment succeeded in penetrating one of our advanced positions. Army Group of Field-marshal von Macker.- ceri —Near the Danube strong EIIlemy recon- not ring de tachments advanced but were drivenback by an Ottoman outpost. 1
SWANSEA FINN FROM RUHLEBEN. IMPRESSIONS OF PRISON I LIFE. LIVING ON "DAILY POST" PARCELS. One of the interned civilian prisoners of war-Mr. Isaac Norman, 22, Brynmelyn- street, Swansea, who, by the way, is a Finn. who married a Swansea woman, and has lived in the town for a number of years—has lived in the to,%vn foj- a just returned from Germany. He called at the Daily Post" offices on Thursday 'morn- ing to relate his experiences and to thank the "Daily Post" and the contributors to the Prisoners of War Fund for sending him and the other 8wansea men regularly parcels of food every week, without which, Mr. Nor- man said, they would have had a very bad time, especially during the past twelve months, ail the food had become much worse ( than in the first twelvo months of the war. They used to get fresh meat and fish, but- now this was dispensed with, and only an occa- sional small portion of corned beef was served out. He said the "Daily Post" par- cels were a God send to all the interned men, who could not thank the" Daily Post" suffi- ciently, Mr. Norman said his wife would not have been in a position to send him par- eels even if she could have got them throug It was also very difficult to get clothes and boots, and the boots he wore at present had been sent out to him by the "Daily Post." Excepting for rheumatism Norman said he felt but little the worse for his experience, but vreJs very glad to be back in England once more. Captured at Hamburg. j Norman was on the Rutland, which w-ls in Hamburg when the war broke out, and all the crew were interned and sent to Ruhleben, where there were at present about 4,000 civi- lians, They had no work to do ever since their internment, and did not find the con- ditions so very hard. The majority of the men were in a good state of health, and there was a doctor to attend to them in case of need, though the medical man did not un- duly exert himself. No fires were allowed in the ramp, but the horse-boxes they slept in. which were 10 feet square, and accommodated six men each, were heated by steam pipes, and though the oocupantp. were not too warm the heat was just sufficient to keep their boxes dry. Swansea Men Who Cot Post Parcels. At Rulileben, Norman said, there were eight Swansea men, all of whom received Daily Post" parcels. He could not remem- ber all their names, but knew a Mr. Beynon, who is an engineer, and a Mr. Richards, of Sketty, who is a mate. They are all in good health and eagerly lookiijg forward to the time when they may be ;allowed to return home. Norman said he was not allowed to bring any messages home to their relatives, and he was diligently searched three or four times on the way home. He happened to be lucky enough to be the first from Ruhle- ben to be released, and said he thought this was because he was not an Englishman. Sixteen came away in the party at the same time, and the only other man to come to Wales was a Capt. JoneS, of Cardiff. Norman said they were allowed the equiva- lent of 46: a week pocket money by an Ameri- can association, but they could buy little food at the oamp, and what they could get was poor and dear. They were allowed to get a. little clothing from home, but had to leave everything behind them when coming away. The Germans supplied them with no clothes c* any kind.
TO ESCAPE THEIR WIVES! GERMAN T'HEORY OF OUR RECRUITING. In a speech in the Prussian House of De. puties on Saturday last, on a motion brought iorward by the Socialists to extend the fran- chise to women, Herr Heing (Conservative) said: "The feminlstmovemeat in England has destroyed all family life there, The perni- cious influence of the feminist movement in Eiigland is proved by the fact that more married men than single men offered them- selves as recruits for the Army. The mar- ried men, in fact, enlisted to escape from their wives. The success of the feminist movement would be the assassination of family life."
I NAVAL I I IRHPFINi THE MASKI ——<.—— HOSPITAL SHIPS TO BE SUNK. I I INSTANT REPRISALS TO BE MADE. -1 More U" Boat Marders, FOREIGN OFFICE, Wednesday. I The German Government announce that they have conclusive proof that in severaj instances enemy hospital ships have often been misused for the transport of munitions and troojpe." They also state that they have! placed these proofs, through diplomatic i channels, before the British and French Go- vcmmemte, and have at the same time Lil e- clared that, traffic of hospital ships on the military routes fior the forces fighting in France and Belgium within a line drawn betwen Flunborough Head and Terschell- ing (Holland) on the one hand and from Ushant to Land's End on the other, will no longer be tolerated. His Majesty's Goverameait have received no such communication through dipiornati-c channels, or otherwise, from the German ) Government, as is alleged, and they Most emphatically deny that British hospital ships have been ■use'! for the transport of munitions md troops, or in any way contrary to the Hague Con- vention for the adaptation of the principles of the Geneva Convention- to maritime war. Under the Convention belligerents hovo the right to search hospital ships, and the, German Government have therefore an ob- vious remedy in case of suspicion—u: remedy which they have never utilised. From the German Government's statement that hospital ships willllolOillger be toler- ated within the limits mentioned only one conclusion can be drawn, namely, that it is the intention of the German Government to add yet other and more unspeakable crimes against 1m; and humanity to the long list which disgraces thuir record. In these circumstances his Majesty's Go- vernment haw reque-:ted .flie, United States Government to inform the G erman Govern- ment that his Majesty's Government have decided that If the threat is carried out reprisals will immediately be taken by too British authorities concorned, MURDERED. I 1 ANOTHER GERMAN SUB- I MARINE ATROCITY. ADMIRALTY AND COLD- BLOODED BRUTALITY. I I ADMIRALTY, Wednesday. The British steamship Artist (3,750 tons), when 48 miles from land in a heavy easterly gaJe whs torpedoed by a German, submarine la-st Saturday morning. In response to her appeal sent by "wireless. SiO.Si skiking ■ quickly," auxiliary patrol-craft proceeded to the spot and searched ,the vicinity^ but; found 110 irac-e of the vessel or'her survivors. 1 Three days later the steamship Luchana picked up ia boat containing 16 of the sur- vivors. The boat' had originally contained 25, but seven had died of wounds and ex- posiu'e and were buried at sea. The surviv-: ing 16 were landed, and of the&e five were sufferng from severe frostbite1 and on? from i- d f rom a broken arm. The crew had been forced to abandon their sbip In open boats in a mid-winter gale and utterly without me-ns of reaching land or succour. Those oi them who pErished j during those three days of bitter exposure were murdered, and-to pretend that anything was done to ensure their safety would bg sheer hypocrisy. The pledge given by Germany to the United State* not to znit merchant ships j without ensuring the safety of the passen- gers and crews has been broken before, but! never in dircumstaflices of more cold-blooded brutality. i c=: }
TARS' FAMILIES. j INCREASED NA^Y SEPARA- TION ALLOWANCES. The Secretary of the Admiralty makes the following announcement:— ''Navy separation allowances; increased rates for children under fourteen yea.rs of age. To-day (Thursday) payment will com- mence of increased rates, with arrears as from January 18, 1917. f All those who are no? in receipt of eepar-I tion allowance for children under fourteen years of age will receive a special fdrm of identity certificate to enable them to obtain the increased allowance, which will be con- tinued as a separate payment each week up to the last Thursday in March, after which it will be combined with their ordinary allowances in one weekly payment. The re- ceipt of a special identity certificate is suffi- cient intimation that application can be ?.ent tntimatioii that appliration can he made to the Post OBioe for the money. j Anyone entitled to the increased rates who has not received an identity certificate by the 10th inst. should write to the Admiralty (Separation Allowance Branch), quoting the number of the present 'ring' paper, but until that date it is requested that no inquiry be addressed to the Post Office or, to the Ad- miralty in the matter."
"WAS THE ICECREAM HOT?" Swansea Magisterial Query. At Swansea on Thursday Bettosi Bros., refreshment-house keepers, were fined 40s. for selling ice-cream at 9.30 on Sun- day (January 21st). Mr. Protheroe (on the Bench): Was the ioe-cream hot? (Laughter.) Dd. Jno. James, confectioner, was fined 10s. for selling chocolates at 10.30 p.m. Messrs. R. E. Jones, Ltd., were fined 10s. for seliing -cake at 9.30 p.m., the defence being that the cake had been ordered in the afternoon.
HOWELLS-JONES: SWANSEA WEDDING, The marriage was solemnised at Argyle Chapel, Swansea, on Tharaclay miming, of Mr. Ronald Howells, son of Mr. J. Howelk, postmaster ■ of Weston-super-Mare, formerly of Swansea, and Miss Hannaii Jones, third: da"Jghter of Mr. Johm Jon, 60, Mansel- j .terrace, Swansea- The Rev. Wynne Thomas I 1 officiated. The bride was given away by I 'her father. The bridesmaids were the Misses Lily and Florrie Jones, and Mr. B. Jones, brother of th-e bride, was best man. A reception was held at the residence of the-j bride's father, and Mr. and Mrs. Howells subsequently left for the North of England for their honeymoon, j
"HARD TIMES BE- FORE US." KAISER ISSUES ANOTHER MANIFESTO. "DISGRACEFUL PLANS OF OUR ENEMIES." (Renter's War Special.) AMSTERDAl. W e dariesday. According to a Berlin telegram, the Reichisanzei^er ipubiishes an imperial re- script, conveying the Kaiser's thanks for birthday congratulations, in which he says From these very numerous manifesta- tions there ring out with the overwhelming force of unanimity indignation at the con- temptuous rejection of our peace offer, and the disgraceful plans of our enemies which have been disclosed, and a vow to bear joy- fully every sacrifice of blood or of treasure I to preserve the Fatheriand from the degra- dation contemplated for it, and to enforce with all the weight of our arms the peace which has been refused. "Hard trm's are .still before us. The ut most exertion is demanded of yveryone hy the Fatherland's need, but the firm un- j diakeable Gerni'.n people, filled with the consciousness of strength, and with the will to. victory, stand ready, at the front and at home, to d&iend its just cause to the last man. "I confidently !ook forward to the ls I of this sanguinary conflict for the existence, of the Empire. "God will be still with us and will grant victory to our arms." — s,
BLOODHOUNDS USED. PENCLAWDD COLLIER FOUND IN POND. A collier, named Rodman Norse (40), of A ec; l l i er, iit,.me ￼ N-or,e ( 4,3 ) of Capel Isaac, Fenclawdd, was found drowned in a pond not far from his home about noon on Thursday. Deceased, who was a married man with five children, left his home at 10.40 p.m. en. Friday last to go to his work at Cwm Vale Colliery, and as he did not return home the following morning inquiries were made and it was found he had not been at work. Search parties were sent out and the local poii.oe utilised bloodhounds, but the body was not discovered till Thursday morning, as srtated. Friday night, as known, was a very dark one.
FOR SWANSEA SEA- FARERS. SOUTH DOCK RE ADING-ROOM. OPENED. CASTLE TRAWLING CO.'S PRACTICAL INTEREST, j 'i An interesting function was performed at the South Dock, 'Swansea, on Thursday, when a new reading-room for local naval men and others was opened near the premises now occupied by the Custle Steam Trawling iio?v oc.-cui by t l-ie Company. 1 included amongst those present were the Rev. P. M. Weston, Rev. the Hon. Talbot Rice (vicar of Swansea), Commander Down (in chcrge of a detachment of naval, men), Mr..Crawford Heron. Mr. W.. Ever- ton (Seamen's Mission), etc. The opening Ceremony. w as performed by Crawford Heron, who said that they had to thank chi-ciiv th« Rev. Percy Moss Weston, who had prominently identified, him- self with the erection of the building, for, the interest he had taken in the financial part of the scheme. When Mr. Weston had Approached him (the ;spea^)' readilv assented to 'give all the assistance that lay in his^ power. He could promise* them, after the war, iiitt, such a building a-s the town would justly be proud of would-be erected, and in the meantime he hoped that that which they hfid to-day would be taken full advantage of by the men. It would be open to all naval men, employes of the fish market, and those at work at the South Dock Basin, from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays it would be placed exclusively at the disposal of the navy men. Commander Down returned thanks on. j bohalf of the men, and spok e in eulogistic terms of the Rev. Percy Moss \\e«tons keen interest. The following contributed to the estab- lishment of the reading-room: —Timber, Mr. D. Glasbrook, Major Gregor. Messr,. Lewis and Sons; games. Messrs. Wool- worths, Glevum Woyks (Gloucester), Wid- gery. Roberts. Domestic Bazaar Co. pic- tures, S. Solomon, Goldberg, Weisbard, Roberta, CI amp son and Photo Supplies Co. clocks, Messrs. D. Thoma-s and Ganz; waste paper baskets, Messrs. Blackmore and Harris: chairs, Messrs. Down, Eddershaw, and Hillard; linoleum, Messrs. Wm. Ed- wards and Son: tablecloths and curtains, Messrs. Ben Evans and Co. stationery, Messrs. Ernest Davies and Co. papers and periodicals, Messrs.. Chas. Evans, Picketts Bros., Evans, L. Howells, Pearce, So.cialist I Centre, Ben Davies, Oldhams, Ltd., "Daily Telegraoh," "Times," "South Wales Dailv Post," and "Daily Leader," Sidney Heath, Roger Beck, Sir A. Mond, Burgess and Co.. Mrs. Walters, Mr. Ed. Harris, St. Barnabas' Church, late Mr. Thompson, also the Arialgam-ated Press.
HER FIANCEE'S BROTHER. PECULIAR CASE AT SWANSEA. MAGISTRATES MAKE PATERNITY ORDER. The hearing was resumed at Swansea Police Court on Thursday of an application made by Gladys AsMord, single, for an '$!&- liation order against George Kingacote, to show cause, etc. Mr. Edward Harris ap- peared for complainant, and Mr. Henry Thompson defended. Complainant said sha was engaged to be married to defendant's brother, who was now serving in the Army in France. She alleged that intimacy oocured with defen- dant against her will at defendant's home, when bis wife had gon, out to buy bread. Witness admitted, in cross-examination, that intimacy had occurred between her and the man she was engaged to. Evidence was also given by Mrs. Ashford, mother of complainant. Thomas Ashford, father of complainant., said he visited defendant's father's house when defendant was present. Witness ac- cused defendant of the offence, and defen- dant replied: Yeti can't blame a fellow until he is proved guilty. Mr. Thompson, for the defence, said there was not that corroborative evidence in "the case of the girl's story which the statute re- quired in all cases of this description. Defendant, on oath, denied any intimacy with complainant. He was never alone in his house with complainant, and the girl's story in, these reepects was untrue. Evidence was given also by Mrs. Kings- cote, wife of defendant, who said she had never left her husband and Complainant in the house together. The magistrates, after a long consulta- tion, decided to make an order for 4s. per week for 14 years, 'advocate's fee being allowed. The decision was greeted with applause by a large number of females in court. Advo- cate's fee was allowed.
MISS VANBRUCH S MATtMEE. I With regard to a rumour prevalent in Swansea to the effect that Miss.. yiolet Vanbrugh would not appear at the Grand Theatre on Saturday afternoon, we are asked to st-ato that this is entirely in- correct, and that Miss Vanbrugfh will appear as usual.
MORRISTON JOINS IN I ENTHUSIASM FOR WAR LOAN. ROUSING SPEECHES AT PARISH HALL. A public nieeting held at the Parish Hall, Morriston, on Wednesday evening for the purpose of furthering the new War Loan. Councillor Dd. Matthews presided over an enthusiastic gathering, supported by t.he Mayor (Alderman D. Davies), Mr. T. J. Wil- I liams, M.P., Councillor D. J. Davi-es, Mr. W. II. Ashniole (borough treasurer), and Mr. Trevor Evans, the convener. At the outset k&ters of apology for non- attendance ware rc?d from Mr. A. F. Eden (who the m&etmg r€.gretted to learn is i?'ii,_ posed), Mr. ,Ueo. Rowe and Mr. W. H. Edwards. The Chairman, in the course of introduc- tory remarks, said it remained for the people of Momston to show the interest which they mt'end?d to take in the gre? War Loan, the success of which would m-euox sure victory. (Hear, hear.) The Borough Treasurer then spoke of the advantages of an investment, whether it be big or small, and said the universal desira in this country was to make the loan. a huge and astounding success. The I Least we can de is the most I we can do," he said, when impressing upon I the audience the fact that the working man's pound was just as much wanted as the thou- sands which others could give. There was, he thought, no need to emphasise the secur- ity of the loan. It was the finest in the world, and it behoved everyone to do all in their power to make it the success that would give joy to our Allies and dishearten our enemies. Mr. Ashmole said he could not, over-estimate the value of tho Patriotic War J I Savings' Association, in which, up-to-date, there were over 17,(XX) individual deposits, with a total sum of £14,000 in investments. Since the War Loan prospectus had been is- ¡ sued the deposits had greatly increas-ed ana only iae-t week £1,2M was collected. (Hear, hswr.) In conclusion, Mr. Ashmole observed that in the last German War Loan thcrp? were five million subscribers, but he was con- fident that the British people would go one better and f&r exceed that number. (Ap-j plaupe.) Mr. T. J. Williams, M.P.. said that in 1914 there was p,-ace throughout Europe, but Prussia asserted her desire for war, and did not want peace. SIle forced Austria j to declare war on Serbia—a- iittle nation which only wanted to live in freedom and liberty. Germany, with its population of 70 millions. Austri a with 50 millions, and Turkey with a population of 20 millions, j constituted the Central Powers, highly trained by militarism. Yet, the original little British Army was not defeated; the French were not beaten; and the Germans had not reached Paris or Petrograd. The only defeat they had inflicted was that against their own selves. And now Ger- many wanted peace. They believed tb,?t they held an equal amount of territory as the Allies, who- had conquered all their colonies. The speaker then went on to say that he had taken the view that We were gt>ing to win this war. (Hear, hear.) We had-the men and we had the ships. And they should not forget the noble part the women of Britain were pla.ying in this great crisis. Re concluded with an eloquent appeal for 1 everybody's assistance in the-War Loan, and thus do something to heip those n e:i J at the*-front1 who were sacrificing• tiieir-:HVes !'u Mc?? irf?dom for t?p'<n?r??H.s th&t'; I i v, eve to e?me. (LoHd app????tse.) j I An afd?FPss by thf'??yai-'loUowed. '?n. j in the first piace. expressed regret that Mr. j A. F. Eden, whom he described as a man who was a valcable a.-set. to the "Swansea community, was unable tcy attend. When listening to the excellent speech of Mr. Wil- liams, Alderman Davies went on to say, he thought of the time when they were both en a visit to America. It happened to be the. time when the Americans were engaged in war with Spain. All America was full of pFis-efor the "Old Country." which, they said, was standing by them. But what wai the position to-day? President Wilson was writing academic notes to a people who were fighting for their very existence. Though he was fully aware of the awful atrocities that had happened in Belgium, Serbia and Northern r ranee, he continued to write notes of peace. It did not seem long ago that the appeal was made to their young manhood to fight the Germans. "If you do not fight the Germans in France," they were told, you may have to fight them in England." Thousands of their young men responded, Thev asked them to make the Supreme sacrifice for a shilling a day. "They did not ask for interest," the Mayor j continued. "Thpy have faced every dis- comfort a-nd peril." He proceeded to sketch a picture of our "Tommies" life in modern warfare. It was all the instinct of a free peopl; we had the cleanest, the moist cheerful a-nd self sacrificing Army the world had ev-pr known. "The young manhood, in fact," he added, has been simply superb, simply splendid." (Applause.) They did everything without grumbling, and now the people at home were asked to do their part. They were goc,lit; to smash the Kaiser with the Same weapon that finished Napoleon -the British guinea. (Hear, hear.) There had never been such an Empire with such colossal resources, and we needed all the money it was possible to collect to clothe and feed the men we had ,cent to the front. We wanted to give them a measure- less supply of munition? to secure the victory which all were asking for, and when there would emerge a new world, in which Great Britain would stand out resplendent, as sho had stood out to maintain the right of small nations and to preserve liberty and civilisation. (Applause.) Mankind owed a great deal I to British eivilisatim1. It has meant more to mankind than any other civilisa- | tion since the commencement of the ages." (Applause.) The fayor appealed to every Britisher to do his part and put every penny he could spare to the service of his country. Others who joined in the appeal were Coun. D. J. Davies, Mrs. Harris,. and Mrs. H. D. Williams. The Latter suggested a conference of women, when those young girls in receipt of fairly high wages, and wives of solcliers, could be asked to invest all the mcney they possibly could in the great War Loan of Victory. moved, and Mr. Dyfodwg Davies seconded, a vote of thanks to the chairman; whilst cn the motion of the chairman, seconded by the Vicar of Morriston, the speakers were also cordially thanked for such inspiring addresses.
SWANSEA WAR SAVINGS BOOM. I The new War Loan agitation is helping on the Swansea Patriotic War Savings A.s- sociation, thui sho.vmg that it is here where tiie working people can by their small weekly contirbutions help the Government I to win the war. Last week a record was iieac-Jied, the weekly total being £l,25O--all made up of small sums, mostly shtillings and sixpences. The average income before the new loan was announced was about 250, The total deposits now amount to £ 14,500.
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"GONE FOR EVER. MR. WALTER LONG AND GERMAN COLONIES, Mr. Walter Long, speaking on Wednes* day in Westminster, said it was a fine sol- dier's thought that the gallant dead were cheering on their -comrades to victory* Surely., they were also cheering on. thosf. who were unable to share in active service. to supply their sailors and soldNyS with all they required to achieve that victory,. It was not sufficient to say they had done their hit if they had not d(i.1e all that was pos- sible. and made sacrifices which would justify the supreme sacrifices v/hich had been made on the bat'.lefield and in the sea fight. Since he had been at the Colonial Office ha had been struck by the fine liberality shown by native races in all parts of the world in order to help this country. Such spon- taneous offerings of help from native races I should surely stimulate people at home. Speaking with knowledge and full responsi- bility regarding the German colonies of which we had acquired possession since the v-ar began, he said Jet no ma.n think their struggles had bscu h- vain. Let no mail think those colonies wcakl ever return to German rule. That was imposfitjle. Our overseas Empire not tolerate an y- thing Ii U.C 1: I
I'VE BEEN STABBED." FRACAS IN A SWANSEA STREET. LABOURER COMMITTED TO ASSIZES. At Swansea on Thursday, John Dineen. labourer, -surrenderd to his bail on a charge of wounding Augustine John Driscoil, fuel worker, by cutting him with a knife at Swan- sea on January lEth. }l'. King prosecuted on behalf of the police. Complainant said he was in a public-house- in Pottery-street on the evening in question. Defendant was tryieg to force bis way into the house, and war, under the influence of drink. W?nMs told him to ?o away, and *J| gave him ? ?ush. Defendant struck him in the face, 'md witness then felt blood running '? ,down hi?? face. Defendant ran away. It waa 9 dark, and he could not see any kniff..?' I J^vTdem'P'Was also given by Mrs. M. Hughes, licen^.efo'f 1 Di\_ .Louden (Hospital) said'prosecutor had ihfee"gjg?Ultcuts, cr.e on the arm, one ontfrorl ;ror,k. and one jU<1t above the jaw. P.C. (1131 Dix said he heard someone shout out, I've been stabbed!" lie rau down the street, anti at the pottoro saw defendant .standinpc against the wall in a cark place, without a cap on. Witness later searched the roadway in the street and found the knife (produced) w;th the Made ?pen. *M Defendant- now said th?t he did not remem, ber anything about it ?) Defendant was committed to take his trial at the next Assizes, bail beiug allowed. » -1 ii«»—j»Eg B i ? _? ￼
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AFTER FORTY YEARS. "TAWE LODGE" MASTER i AND MATRON j -j TENDER RESIGNATION TO 1 TO GUARDIANS. ,1 i At Swansea TaNve Lodge meeting on Wednesday, after forty years' service under ,1 the Swansea Board of Guardians, the master j and matron (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morgan) j wrote tendering their reSign: tion, the notice ?o fulminate on March 31st. They ￼ worked for some forty y??irs haH^ moniotusly with the Guardians 3J.1d s' They wished to thank all the Guardians for niany kindnesses received during.thatl<u.g period of their lives. The resignation was accepted with feel- ings of general regret, apd thev were asked, in view of the abnormal times, if they would remain until suitable successors were ap- pointed. Mr. Morgan (master) said they would readily comply with the Guardian? request and were anxious to leave upon the very best terms. They were thanked by the Guardians and assured that the least time possible would be taken into account in releasing them. The Master Thank you, -very much.
MEMBER FOR MID-GLAMORGAN* Mr. J, Hugh iulwards, M.P., addrssed a well-attended meeting on Wednesday night at the Methodist Chapel, Crynant, Dyiais Vallsy. The. Rev. W. Jones presided. Mr. Hugh Edwards said a peace euch as Ger- mallV had suggested would only restore Europe to the condition of an armed camp. The most important requisite for the tri- umph of t'he Allies at the present time was money. We had the men and the muni- tions, and money was now the most essential thing required. (Cheers.) It was no secret that our leading statesmen regarded the new War Lean as a condition of the ultimata triumph of our armies.