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r j. 1 1 ■ rt-ssa BRITISH THRUST NORTH OF THE ANCRE I ON THREEQUARTER- MILE FRONT. .I BRITISH CENERAL HEAD- QUARTERS. FRACE. Sunday, 8.57 p.m. On the Somme front an enemy attack yesterday evening in the neighbourhood of Rancourt was driven off by our fire. Our positions have been entirely maintained. "VYe have advanced our line slightly west ofLc Transloy. We carried out a successful operation 'last night on the Somme battle front north of the Ancre, as the result of which our line east of Beaucourt has < been pusher forward some 500 yards on a front of about three-quarters of a j mile. A Over 100 prisoners and three machine guns were captured, and during the day two hostile counter-attacks have been re- pulsed with heavy loss to the enemy. Our casualties are slight. « The enemy blew a mine yesterday west of Yimy. Little damage resulted. "-0 entered the enemy's trenches in the night south-east of Souchez and took 21 prisoners and a machine gun. Another machine gun and an enemy mine shaft were destroyed and several dugouts con- taining Germans were bombed. This afternoon Another raid was carried out I by us in the same neighbourhood. We captured a few prisoners and a machine gun and destroyed another mine shaft and several dugouts. There has been considerable artillery activity on both sides during the day north of the Somme and in the neighbour- hood of Beaumont Hamel. FRENCH SURPRISE RAID. PARIS, Sunday. 11 p.m. The official communique suy? :— By means *>f a surprise attack on the enemy's trenches in the region of Moulin sou,s Touvent We captured about 10 pris • oners. Ai, Los Eparges an «-nemy attempt to capture a crater failed under our fife. i Our artillery carried out effective firing on the German works at various points of the front, especially in the sector of Hill 304. I ERMAN ADMISSION. I I (Press Association War Snecial.) I ,< m BERLIN, Sunday. Western Theatre.—Army Group of Crown Prince Rupprecht.—With < clear, frosty weather, the artillery duel between Lena and Arras arid from Serre as far as St. Pierre Vaast Wood was livelier than during f the previous day. North of the Ancre, the English, after drum-fire, attacked our positions at mid- night. Whilst the attacks broke down north of Beaucourt, an enemy detachment succeeded in penetrating our front trenches near the bank of the river.
————■————^ ? LEAVING THEIR I BUSINESSES. I SWANSEA DOCKSMEN'S PINE f PATRIOTISM. i Two prominent. Swansea docksmen— m Cbarlei: Cleeves and Arthur An- drews—-have volunteered for service with the British Ambulance Commit-tee to the Service de Sante Militaire, and will proceed h France ne-ct week. They will be absent for at least some six months. The units forming the service are under the control of the French Army, and quite distinct from the British Red Cross. They will do motor-idriving work, and they will I be unpaid. More volunteers (unpaid) are lequired for similar work. Both gentlemen have been prominently identifier! with hospital ambulance work at home; both are in the coal trade, and it will be rEcalled that both have taken an active part in assisting in the provision of ambulances. The Western colliery owners I earlier in the war subscribed £ 8,000 towards iiiutor ambulances (this sum furnished 13), ;llJd it may. he noted that this is the only collective contribution of its kind in the1 South Wales coalfield "Mf 1; A. Rees (Messrs. Stockwood and Rees. shipowners. Swansea), another well- | known Swansea doeksman, has obtained a cniTnpiss:ou in the A.S.C. He will be en- gaged chiefly in transport work, and will be stationed at Deptford. )
SWANSEA EMPIRE ARTISTES AT NEATH.. At. Xeath and District War Hospital on Thursday a special treat was provided, when the following artistes from the Swansea Empire freely gave their services: Mr. Albert Whel-an, the famous Australian entertainer, upened the ba.U. and delighted thH ￼ o y s th "1;Jy; with his reSi?d performance, Mr. Johnson C!ark. the '??ortsman ven- triloquist, with "Hodge" the yokel, fairly tick-led the audience by his clever. i manipulation *and witty dialogue with t)] yokel; Miss May Hopkins, the famous W elsh comedienne, and her two Taffies, fairly Drought the hottsa down, and espe- cially appealed^ to the Welsh "boys"; and Mr. Frank Hoven, the American dippy-mad magician, puzzled the bovs by his clever sleight of band, and left them roaring by his quaint mannerisms.
SKEWEN'S COMFORTS FOR FICHTERS. A grand dramatic entertainment (under tho patronage of many well-known local re- sidents) took place at Tabernacle Hall, Skew en, the proceeds of which were devoted tJ) the village's fund for the provision of oomforts for the boys abroad. The play was acted in three parts, two being rendered in Welsh and one in English. The conduc- tor wi -s Mr. J. P. Walters • arccmpanist, Mr. Hy. John; stage' manager, Mr. D. James, assisted by Messrs. J. John and James Thomas. Mr. D. Toli;i,ztctpd- as trea- 1I:.re.r and Mr. J. Morgall as secretary.
At the annual meeting of the South Wales Council of Grocers on Thursday, Mr. A. Web* br. Swansea, was fleeted [I, vice-president, Mid Mr. Thomas Jones. S>.van.soa, txm Management Ooiacutteft.
I "FERRY"S £ 5,000. I SPLENDID WAR CHARITIES' EFFORT. The first annual public meeting of the 'Ferry Boys at the Front Fund was held at the Council Chamber, Briton Ferry, on Saturday, the president, Mr. R. Eccles, J.P., presiding. The balance-sheet showed the re- ceipts as £ 546 3s. Id., and expenditure £ 194 15s. 2d., leaving a credit balance of L369 9s. lid. Wrist watches and cigarette cases had been presented to 249 officers and men of the services. Special presentations of gold watches had been made to the following: Sergt. Elias Evans, D.C.M., Sergt. Robt. White, D.C.M., and Sergt. Frank Bond, M.M. It was estimated that Briton Ferry had contributed to war charities upwards of £ 5,000. The committee appealed for further donations, as although there was a. balance, it was not large enough for the probable re- quirements. One officer and thirty men had fallen in action, and it was proposed to erect a shrine to their memory. Coun. James Thomas appealed to Briton Ferry people to invest in the War Loan, Mr. Hy. Davies, of the Capital and Counties Bank, explaining it thoroughly. 'It was de- cided to hold "flag days" for the following objects during the next three months: Rus- sian Bed Cross, National Fund for Welsh Troops, and Dr. Barnardo's Homes, and to arrange a brass band competition on March Zrd for the 'Ferry Boys' Fund.
I ON SUNKEN LINER. j Anxiety Over Ponfcardawe Man's I Safety. The gravest fears are felt concerning the safety of George Jones, son of Mrs. Stephen Jcq-ies, PontardaNve. He was aboa-rd the Harrisoji liner Artist when she was sunk, and intimation has been received that he is not amongst the survivors. Mr. Jones, who was a well-known young man, had only been home a fortnight ago, and had been on the Artist a little over a' week. He was exceedingly popular in the place, and prior to enlisting he was engaged as a shearer at Messrs. Gilbertson's Works, a.nd was a prominent member of., Tabernae le I
di HYMN OF PRAISE." "I Successful Rendition at Ystrad- I gynlais. Sardis Chapel, Ystradgynlais, was filled to overflowing on Thursday and Saturday e-venings when the Ystrad- gynlais United Choir sang Men- delssohn's "Hymn of Praise." under the conductorship of Mr. Edgar H. Hughson, A.R.C.O. The procesds were handed over to the local Soldiers' and Sailors' Reception Fund. The Rev. R. M. Rhys presided on Thursday and Mr. J. D. Morgan, miners' agent, on Saturday night. The choir sang in a most praisewortliv manner and respond ed ,to an encore in the chorus. "Ye Nations offer to the Lord." Miss Sophie Rewinds. R.A.M., London, was the soprano; Mr. GwynneJoa?, R.C.M., London, tenor and Miss Mary Griffiths, Ystradgynlais, mezzo-soprano. The Morriston String Band, under the conduc- torship of Mr. W. Roberts, accompanied, whilst Mr. Herbert Gibbs, Y stradgynlais, was the pianist. The Rev. R. M. Rhys, on behalf of the choir, presented the conductor with a, beau- tiful silver-mounted ebony baton. Private J. Thomas, of the Royal Marines, and Pri- vate Wm. Harris, stretcher-bearer, of the S.W.B., who have been in France for well over a year, the former also having served at Salonika, were presented by the Recep- tion Committee with a silver medal, khaki bound testament, and 21 Treasury note, be- fora returning to the front. Each was' heartily cheered and suitably returned thanks. A miscellaneous programme was also given.
PENTRECHWYTH EISTEDDFOD. I A successful eisteddfod was held at Bethle- hem Chapel, Pentrechwyth, on Saturday evening. Rev. O. C. Morgan was the conduc- tor, and the adjudicators were:—Music, Mr. W. Evans, A.C., Birchgrove: literature, M> Hopkin Hopkins, Llansamlet; prize bags, Mrs. 0. C. Morgan. The awards were as fol-1 lows: Pianoforte solo. boys and girls under 13: Divided between Miss Maggie Charles and Master Albert Richards, Pentrechwyth. ne- citation, boys and girls under 34: Miss Ivy G. Roberts, Llansamlet. Solo, boys and girls under 14: Master Sydney Richards, Pentre- gascg. Best prize bag: Miss Edith Morgan. Pentrechwyth. Essay on "The Conscientious Objector," Mr. Horace Davies, Llansamlet. Love letter: Mr. Horace Davies, Llansamlet. Tenor solo: Mr. D. J. Jenkins, Pentregaseg. Bass solo: Mr. P. Ley, Birchgrove. Open re- citation: Miss. Ethel Maud Francis, Llan- samlet. Best three verses on "Lloyd George": Mr. Thos. Thomas, St. Thomas. Male party: Birchgrove (conducted by Mr. Philip Ley). Mixed party: Pentrechwyth Choir (conducted by Mr. D. J. Jenkins). Mr. Tom Williams presided at the piano, and Mr. Tom Thomas made an efftcicjit secretary.
"THEY THOUGHT HE OUGHT TO CO." At Swansea County Police Court on Satur- day, Albert Edward Johnson, Goi-seinon, was charged with being an absentee from the Army Reserve. Defendant admitted the offence. Capt. Harold Williams appeared on behalf of the military. Defendant was fined '0s., and handed over to the military authori, tiea.
The death has taken place, at her resi- dence, at Hunter-street, Briton Ferry, after a severe illness, of Mrs. Morgan, wife of Mr. William Morgan, manager of the Bag- Ian Engineering Works. Deceased- was a well-known figure in the town. At the Neath Liberal Club, Lieut. W. E. Tucker, of the South African Field Forces, was presented with a case of brushes, a silver card case, and a case of pipes and to- bacco pouch., The pipes were given by the members of the institution the pouch by Mr. Howel Davies, who presided, and the card case and brushes by other friends. Speeches fitting the occasion Were delivered by the chairman and Messrs. J. Mills, J. B. Taylor, S. Phill;ps, M. Arnold, and J. Morris. Lieutenant Tucker, who was voimde d in action, is returning t<> the front.
I "ALL WHITE," 1 I WEST WALESSNOW I VISITATION. I I SCENES IN THE Ii STREETS. I Late and early risers on Sunday morning opened their eyes wide when they pulled up I the blinds and looked out upon the world. The whole surface was covered with snow to the depth of about six inches. The scene I was picturesque and reminded one of the old-fashioned Xmas and the days of Dickens,- whilst the thought involuntarily went out to I the brave lads in the trenches. The boys at; the front it was known had been expeiienc- ing wintry weather, but snow in our midst seemed to bring home to, us the discomforts and the trying conditions under which they I are doing their part in keeping the Huns j from our shores. A change in the weather from the biting east winds of a week or so ago. and the sub- sequent severe frost, was not altogether un- expected. On Thursday aud Friday nights there was a heavy hoar frost and weather prophets predicted a change between this and Sunday." Few, however,. said it was going to be snow and certainly not the .great fall that occurred, but on Saturday morning there was every indication of it as the cold was piercing. In the evening it became much milder and the ohangs seemed likely to be rain and a complete break up of Swan- sea's winter. Just before two o'clock on Sunday morning snow began to fail slightly, but it was not until about five that it came I down in big flakes nnd covered the earth with its white down-like mantle. Sunday morning was bright and sunny, but it was too much to expect the whole fall of snow to be melted away by stmdown. It was I The heaviest fall experienced I I m Swansea and West Wales for many years, i but, happily, there was no wind and there- fore no snow drifts. From an early hour the streets presented an animated appearance, particularly for a Sunday morning. House- holders were busy with the shovel and brush getting the snow away from the fronts of their houses—a task that was to some extent rendered in vain, for it snowed again, though only slightly, on Sunday night, and as it also froze the pavements were pretty hard on Monday morning. The boys and young men (including jolly soldiers) and women indulged in snow- balling to their hearts' content, the unhappy milkmen and postmen being particular "marks" for this sort, of play. When the sun went down the tempera- ture was below" freezing point and the road- ways and footpaths became so slippery that it was only with much caution that church- goers, could keep safely on their.feet. The heavy fall brought down quite a num- II ber of telephone and telegraph wires through- out the town and district, but, generally speaking, the tram wires withstood th? I strain, and on Sunday night the wise pre- caution was taken t6 keep Cars running all night. By this means the rails were kept clear in the event of a further downfall. On Sunday morning, however, the service was much im- peded until the rails were cleared of the snow. So far no serious accident is re- ported. At No. 2, Pell-street, a chimney I gave way, and in Walter-road the weight of the snow brought down a big branch of a tree. At the Tramway Depot a telephone pole fell across the tramlines and interfered with the tram service until it could be Te- moved. Skating, I I' Skating was indulged in on the ponds in the district and fine fun was obtained by the, boys at toboganning down Constitution Hill and other steep slopes on the Craig. On Monday morning the effect of the frost on the snow was to make, trtffi-e-c.pecially vehicular traffic-exceedingly difficult. Mails by Handcart. At Llanelly the mails had xto be taken by I handcarts as the ground was too slippery I for the usual horse and, mail cart, I Clearing the Streets. I- 1 The, Swansea Scavenging Department, under Mr, T. J. Williams, the superinten- dent, was particularly busy on Monday clearing the snow from the channelling in the main thoroughfares. Thirty of the carts were usad for the purpose, and every avail- able man—over a hundred—put on the job. In on!eq lln"e of the slippery state of the roads thdordinary scavenging in the Mount Pleasant district could not be carried out. Temperature. I On Sunday the maximum heat in the sun I was 84 deg. and in the shade 37 deg. The i minimum temperature was 20 deg. oT 10 deg. of frost. NEATH. I .NEATH. I A heavy fall ot ,now-L-be heaviest locally for many years--occuri,ed in Neath and dis- trict during Saturday night and Sunday morning. At noon Sunday it lay in the thoroughfares six or seven inches in depth, while in the Vale of Neath and Dylais YrJlev the deposits of snow were at places feet in thickness. The telephone system was com- pletely deranged by the fall, lines being broken down in many localities and com- munication rendered impossible. PONTARDULAIS. On Sunday morning several inches of snow ooviered the ground. Telephones wires had snapped. and were lying dangerously across the roads in several places.
IN HOSPITAL. I Illness of Capt. Dan DaYies. I Captain Da.n Davies. Welsh Regiment (for-II merly of Llanelly, where he was a popular footballer, and a brother of Mr. William Davies, editor of the "Western MaW'), has hMn in hospital at Boulogne since Tuesday. The first telegram received by Mrs. Dan Davies (169. Invernesa-pla?e. Cardiff) on 'Thtireday said the captain was ".sick" and that be was iniaking- satisfactory progress. On Friday the War Office wired that his con- ditiou was serious. Last week, 'while in the front line, a bullet took the skin off one side of his nose. In a letter home he said: "As Fliad not been able to wash for three days, I skipped down I to the dressing station to have my nose cleaned and dressed." He was jnoCula-ted against typhus and returned on duty. A letter received on Tuesday had a postscript, "Nose all right again." On that day, how- ever, he had to be taken to hospital. Before, the war Oapt. Davies was employed in the mechanical department of the "Western Mail." Since the outbreak of war he has been a highly esteemed officer in a battalion of the Welsh Begiment.
CARMARTHENSHIRES FIRST SHRINE. I A war sbrine-tlie first erected in the couuty-was vnveiled at St. David's Church, Carmarthen, on Sunday, by Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C., G.C.B.. of Dolau- cothy, as a tribute to the men from the parish of St. David's, who volunteered to fight for King and country. There was a largo gather- ing present. The local V.T.C. and the St. David's Church. Lads' Brigade were in attend- ance, and the Rev. Griffith Thomas, yicar, delivered the dedication prayers. Out of a population of about 4,000 in the parish, the shrine contains 341 uames.
FREE CHURCH GIRLS' HOSTEL. The annual meeting of the Swansea, Free Church Girls' Hostel and Guild, De-la-Beche- street, Swansea, was held last week, Mrs. Aeron Thomas presiding. The report showed the work was going on very satisfactorily, and the need of such a. home was felt by many who were destitute through no fault of their own. A large number of girls had used the home during the year; The hostel furnishes a home for servants when changing their situations. The officers were re-elected as foHows President, Mrs. Aeron Thomas; treasurer; Mrs. Johll Williarns; secretaries, Mrs. John Ellis and Mrs. P. Watkins; <;hairwoma.n. Mrs. Dr. Howells, who was unavoidably absent through illness. Mrs. Dr. Knight' and Mrs. John Rei><$were also elected vice-presidents. A vote of thanks was parsed to all who ha4 assistw"
"NO ALTERNATIVE." WILSON'S SPEECH TO CONGRESS. AMERICAN LIVES TO BE PROTECTED. With stern, set face, and an expression denoting the responsibility forced upon him, President Wilson addressed the Congress at Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Supreme Court justices were, for the first time, called into joint session. The address called attention to Ger- many's Note of January 31, and reminded Congress of the warning sent by this country to the Berlin Government follow- ing the Torpedoing of the Sussex. I as well as of Germany's reply to that I communication, in which she assured the United States of her intention to do her utmost to Confine operations for the dura-' tion of the war to the ,fighting forces of I the belligerents, and cited instructions to the German naval forces to the effect that no vessels were to be sunk without warn- ing unless they offered resistance or attempted to escape. The President next recalled the United States reply on May 8, to which, as he re- minded his hearers, Germany made no answer. He quoted the passage in the German Note of January'31 concerning the sinking of all ships encountered with- in the forbidden zones, and then went on to say: "I flunk you will agree with me that in view of this declaration, which suddenly, and without prior information of any kind, deliberately withdraws the solemn assurance given in the Imperial Govern- ment's Note of May 4 last, this Govern- ment has no alternative consistent with the dignity and honour of the United States but to take the course which in its Note of April 18, 1916, it announced it would take ill the event that the German Government did not declare and effect an abandonment of the methods of submarine warfare it was then employing, and to which it now proposes again to resort. I have therefore directed the Secre- r tary of State to announce to his Exeel lency the Cerman Ambassador that ail diplomatic relations between the United States and the German Empire are! severed, and that the American Am"1 bassador in Berlin will be immediately withdrawn, and in accordance with this declaration to hand to his Excellency his passports. Notwithstanding this unexpected action of the German Government, this sudden and deeply deplorable renunciation of its ?assurances given to co this Government yt one of the most critical moments of ten- sion in the relations of the two Govern- ments, I refuse to believe that it is the intention of the German authorities to do what in fa-et they have warned us they will feel at liberty to do. I cannot bring myself to believe that they will indeed pay no regard to the ancient friendship between their people and our own, or to the solemn obligations which have been exchangeo between them, and destroy American ships and take the lives of American citizens in The wilful prosecution of the ruthless naval programme tII2.Y have announced their intention to adopt. Only actual overt acts on their part can make me believe it even now. If this in- veterate confidence on my part in the so- briety and prudent foresight of their pur- poses should unhappily prove iinfounle-i, if American ships and American lives should in fact be sacrificed bv their naval comman- ders in heedless contravention. of the just and reasonable understandings of interna- tional Jaw and the obvious dictates of humanity, I shall take the liberty of coming again boforov this Congress to ask that au- thority be giveu me to use any means that may be necessary for the protection of our seamen and our people in the prosecution of their peaceful and legitimate errands on the high seas. I can do nothing less. ￼ I take it for aranied that ￼ r, All neutrs! Governments will take the &ame course. "ce ao not desire aÜy hosWecoHø.íê£,Jt.Sith the Imperial German Government. We a.re sincere friends of the German people, and earnestly desire to remain at peace with the Government which speaks for them. We shall not believe they are hostile to us unless and until we are obliged to believe 80, and we purpose nothing more than a reasonable defence of the undoubted right of our people. We wish to serve no selfish ends. We seem merely to stand true alike ■it thought and action to the, Immemorial principles of our peonie. I which I sought to express in my address to the Senate only two weeks ago. We seek merely to vindicate our right to liberty and justice and unmolested life. These are the ba.Ye,, of peace, not of war. God grant that we may not be challenged to defend them by acts of wilful injustice on the part of the Government of Germany.
BANK AND THE WAR LOAN. Position of Carmarthen Council. With regard to a proposal of the Car- marthen Town Council to borrow klo,OOO from the bank for investment in the loan, the Town Clerk (Mr. H. B. White) re- ported to the council the receipt of a letter from the Local Government Board stating that no special powers of borrow- ing for investment in the loan had been conferred on local authorities, and the department were not empowered to sanction a loan for tho purpose. it, appeared to the department that it was not competent to the council to take the course they proposed. Mr. J. Arthur Jones, manager of the National Provincial Bank, Carmarthen (the treasurer), said in face of that letter it would be impossible for the bank to advance money "to the council. It was deeidecl to hold a public meeting for the purpose, of inducing the public to subscribe to the loan.
LLANELLY SURVIVOR OF LAURENTIC. Stoker John Lewis, 43. High-strtet, LJau- elly, has been saved from "the Laurentic. He has one brother on a mine-sweeper and another, who is wounded, is at present in hospital.
COLO AIR FAGE." As a result of the icy winds of the past few weeks many people are suffering toom; swelling of the face accompanied by intense irritation. "This." says a medical corres-j pondent, "is a form of erythema, inflam- matioti of the skiu with the presence of an abnormal quantity of blood in the vessels of the face. It is, in fact, equivalent to a long-continued blusli or the red and swollen face so common to- cab and omnibus drivers of the past. It may be caused by rec peatedly going from » heated room into the icy outer air. Rheumatic people are espe; dally prone to it. The only preventative is avoidance of exposure to cold and espe. cially to draughts."
I GORSEINON PARTY AT COTTACE HOMES. The Gorseinon Excelsior Glefe Party-, under the baton of Prof. W. J. Bowen, gave a de- lightful concert to the inmates of Swansca. Cottage Homes on Saturday evening. There were present several members of the Guar- dians, including Mr. G. S. Miehell, the chair- man; also Mr. Davies (the schoolmaster), the matron, and nurses. The children sang in fine spirit, and the party followed with "Away to the Forest" and "Hiraeth," to which the little children applauded as all audience that appreciated good music. One of the children beautifully Tendered "Daddy." A tenor solo followed by Mr. Fred Willcochs cornet solo, Master Arthur Thomas, the LIa? (:Uv boy soloist; baritone solo, Mr. Rees Wal. ters pianoforte duet, Prof. W. J. Bowen and Madame Davies; recitation, Mr. Joe Evans. Part 2 was also a big success. Mr. Michell i moved a vote of thanks to the party, and Mr; Wm. Jenkins -,uitably responded. A l-nte of th?ul?s was also given to Cou?'iHor ym. Evans, "?aDercb," for takiug )?)t<!??R,_
I ON HIS NATIVE HEATH. GREAT RECEPTION FOR THE PREMIER. ENTHUSIASTIC SCENES AT I CARNARVON. The return of Mr. JDIoyd George to Car- narvon as Prime Minister evoked on Satur- day a Welsh national demonstration. the ?iilce of which hag never been known in the Principality. Everywhere his passage I' through the town was a triumphal proces- sion amidst streets lined with soldiers and cheering crowds and undt'S" arohes of flags. I Tlie meeting at the Pavilion was little under five thousand strong, and was repre- sentative of all parts and all parties of Wales, invited by the Corporation of Car- narvon, who arranged the gathering.
SWANSEA CONSERVA- TIVES. ANNUAL MEETING OF ASSOCIATION. "JUNIORS" ALL, GONE TO THE WAR! The annual meeting of the Swansea Con- servative and Unionist Association was held in the Drill Hall of the Salisbury Club on Saturday afternoon. The report opened by expressing the hope that with the advent of the new Govern- ment a means may now be found of bring- j ing the great conflict to a much earlier con- clusion. Only one end can be looked for, and that is amplified in the reply of the Allies to America, viz., l'eparatioll and restitution by, and future restriction of Germany and her confederates. Until this is achieved it is hoped the political party truce will be kept, but at the same time it is absolutely necessary to see that the organisation is kept ready for any emergency that may arrive. The report adds: — Work-of Political Associations. "We would specially call your attention II to a paragraph in a letter recently issued by the Unionist Centnl Cffice, saying: — 'The actual work of political associations for war purpoass, recruiting, munitions work and war savings has been so valuable that it would lJe one of the worst services which anyone could lender to the country to withdraw t-upport from them.' Our as- sociation and its officer's have rendered a great amount of national service in the above and many other ways ever since July, 1914." The position of chairman is being kept open pending the return of Commodore A W. Heneage, C.B., M.V.O., who had only just commenced his year of office when war began. One of the association's rooms is used weekly by ladies of the Primrose League in making comforts for our troops, and the work they are doing is greatly appreciated. Juniort 11 all with the colours. The Junior Conservatives are almost en- tirely in th. Army or Navy, and their bil- liard table has been lent gratuitously to the wounded soldiers at the Victoria, Hos- pital, Ovstermouth. It was very gratifying to nolo tha.t the Salisbury Club was making such excellent progress in spite of many difficulties, and the assistance they were giving to the Volunteer movement was to 00 specially commended. In the name of the association sincere congratulations are offered'to the imme- diate past chairman, Ald. David Da.vies, on his attainment to the position as Mayor of the ancient, borough—"a distinction he lias well merited." The deaths cf th following stalwarts are recorded :-Ald T. T. Corker (past chair- man). Dr. Brice (chairman, East Ward), Mr. W. Grey Walters (chairman, Cwm- bwrla district), Mr. T. W. James, and Mr. Henry Cave, In addition, the office clerk for many years, Pte. Clifford Lewis, was killed fighting in France on July 7th last.
STAT-ENT MÄOEArj SWANSEA. A SEQUEL AT NORTHERN I SHERIFF'S COURT. At Orkney Sheriff's Court Harry Jenkins, seaman, was charged with knowingly mis- leading an examination oiffcer by falsely stating he was born at Swansea, the truth being he was an alien. Mr. James Begg. prosecuting on behalf of the Crown, eaid the naval authorities were satisfied this was one of many. cases which I had occurred. It was a very serious matter for an alien--I)ossibly an enemy alien—to come to a port which might be used by ships of the fleet. Accused was what might be described as a floating alien, who went from place to place endeavouring to pick up what he could, associating himself as closely as possible with any means of communication with naval and military bases, and then pro- ceeding to a neutral country. Mr. Heddie. for the accused, said the only excuse he couid offer was when Jenkins made a statement at Swansea he was under the influence of drink. The Sheriff passed sentence of one month's imprisonment.
NO MORE ZEPPS? I REPORTED VETO OF BABY- I KILLERS. (Adiuiraltv, per "tVireless Press.) ZURICH, Tan. 30 (delayed). According to information from Berlin, j consternation has been caused in German parliamentary circles by the news that the aerial experts of the General Staff have aij^ isetl the Minister of War not to i construct more Zeppelin airships for the army. At the. same time it has become known that the naval advisers also urged that Zeppelins should be used only for scout- ting, and only secondarily, if at all, for attacks on enemy countries or enemv QeetK. Both groups of experts based their; recommendations on the argument that practical experience has revealed great defects in the Zeppelin, which 1'9 coii- demned as being" too unwieldly, too susceptible to weather, and altogether'too miserable."
"TRUSTEES OF THE BLESSED DEAD." Bishop Gvynne and Kilvey's Patriots. Bishop Gwynne of Khartoum, one of Kil- vey's brilliant sons, has been honoured by his Majesty by receiving the Order of St. Michael and St. George. The vicar of the ? Nl ic b ut,l ?i?fl St. C",eoi,ge. 'llic vivar -L) f the? parish (Rev. P. C. Ree?) recpi?ed the fol- lowing letter from his lordship on Januarv 9th "Please convey to the congregation and churchwardens of Kilvey Church my warm thanks for their kind congratulations, t am proud to think that 340 boys have served abroad from dear old Kilvev. "We are trustees of the blessed dead, and in God's strength must fight on until the cause for which they laid down their lives triumphs."—Yours sincerely, Llew- ellyn. Gwynne."
The funeral of the late Miss Mary Joneis, Rhyddin-gs Park-road, Swansea, took place at Ebenezer, Duriivant, on Saturday. Revs. W. Glasnant Jones and E. G. Davies (Dun- vant) officiated. Deceased was a native of Dunvant, the family connections being well known aud highly respected in the neigh- bourhood. The cortege was met at DUll- viijt by a large number of local people, who had congregated to pay their last tribute..The' following were the chief mourners:—Messrs.. Thomas Jones (con- tractor. S,%v an sc-a), W. F,. Jones, G. Jones (brothers) Mrs. T. C. Richards, Dnnvant: Mr?. David J. Johnson, Swansea (wife of Detective Johnson), sisters. LieaU- ttful floral wreaths were sent, i
SHOULD AMERICA < COME IN. GERMANS SAY THEY ARE INDIFFERENT. ALLIES 44 fRAMPLING ON HUMANITY." (Press Association War Special.") AMSTERDAM, Thursday. The Berlin correspondent of the "Cologne Gazette" writes (according to the "Nieuwe Rotterdamsehe Courant"): "With the un- restricted submarine war a new stage of the war opens which, after thorough delibera- tions on the basis of the njvice ri experts, is to begin at the right moment with suffi- cient forces and with the enthusiastic ap- proval of all Germans. The general mili- tary situation, the economic situation of the world, and the extraordinary increase of all our means for this kind of warfare so far as material and men are concerned-all this justifies the experts in saying the new kind of -fighting will begin with-the certainty of S;;11r-t-P.fi:. Li a leading article entitled "II Boats, j Forward," the "Cologne Gazette" writes "If America remains true to the path which she has trod since the last exchange of I Notes with ll, she must now admit we are justified in replying to our ene- mies' lust of destruction, which defies all humanity and tramples on the solemnly announced ideals of America, with all those means, to the employment of which we have long been entitled, but which out of regpect for America.'s interest we did not employ, j Should, against all expectation, America, take a different decision, that will not have any effect on our attitude. Should new enemies arise, then our weapon will also become sharper. Neutrals must show th.eir colours if humanity and freedom are more than hollow phrases. "Whoever sides with destruction and slavery must not hs surprised if he is also hit by our blows." ■■■ U —i
I PAYING GOOD DIVI- DENDS. MUMBLES RAILWAY AND PIER ANNUAL MEETING. The tweuty-fourth anuual meeting of the proprietors of the Mumbles Railway and Pier Company was held at the Offices, Mumbles, on Saturday. Th-o chairman, Mr. T. J. Williams. M.P., presided, supported by Mr. J. H. Taylor. For the first tim.e for maluy years neither of the late Lord Glantawe'.s daughters (who are directors) was present. The Secretary (Mr. E. A. Watkins) sub- mitted the directors' report, which stated i that after payment of the dividends due toj the Swansea and Mumbles Railways, Ltd., under agreement, the net revenue account showed a balance available for dividends of E5,,122 5s. 5d. Interim dividends at the rate of 4 per cent. p.,a. on the preference shares and -it the rate of 7? per cent. p.a. on the ordinary shares for the first half- year had been paid, and the directors now recommended similar payments for the second half-year, leaving a balance of £ 1.607 17s. to be carried forward. The Chairman expressed regret at the absence of the Hon. Mts. 0. V. Daniel and the Hon. Eiaine Jelikiiis (directors "of the compauy), owing to the latter's illness, and the secretary was instructed to convey an expression of sympathy to the family. Proposing the adoption of the report, the Chairman seidtJlat but for a higher incume tax the conditions were the same as last year. Having regard to the war he thought the shareholders ought to consider them- selves fortunate in having such a good return. i Mr. Taylor seconded, and the report was adopted. The Hon. Mrs. Daniel was re-elected a director of the company; and the usual dividend resolutions were agreed to. Mr. D. R. Knoyle was also ￼ appointed ? attditor. — i a,Tnlitor. ;;?' -? I.; ￼ ?lt i 1, The Railway company. -1 The 24th annual UTf?tin?' of the propM6- tors pf the Swa-nse? .and Muptblea Railwa?? Limited, was also held at the offices of the j company at Mumbles on Saturday. Mr. T. J. Williams, M,P., presided, in the ab- sence of the lady chairman, the Hon. Miss I Elaine Jenkins, and Mr. J. H.' Taylor sup- ported. The Secretary (Mr. E. A. WatbilM) read the directors' report, and this stated that'i interim dividends at the rate of 41 per cent. per annum on the preference "hares I a.bd at the rate of 9? per cent. on the ordi- nary shares for the half-year ending June 30th last had been paid, and the directors now recommended the payment of similar dividends tor th? half-year ending December 31st hst. which is equal to 7? per cent. per 'aainum on the original capital of the com- pany. The report and the dividend resolutions were agreed to, and Mr. Aubrey Williams was re-elected a director of the company. Mr. D. R. Knoyle was reappointed the auditor, and the Chairman, in replying to a vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. Taylor and seconded by the secretary, said that lie would always be ;ntereeted in the success of both the railways.
FOLLOWED "THE PHEASANT. TRESPASSING CHARGE AT LLANDILO. At Llandilo on Saturday, E. Impanvi, re-! freshment-house keeper, Pontardulais, was summoned for trespasMng in pursuit of game on the preserves of Colonel Spence- Jones at Llanfynydd. The evidence showed that a shooting party from Poittardulais visited a farm ad- joining the preserves on Boxing Day. The gamekeeper alleged that the defendant crossed the boundary with a gun and two dogs and shot twic& at a. pheasant which flew from the preserves. The hot5 m??ed and the pheasant subsequently came within range of the other members of the party, who also shelf, and missed. Defendant swore that he fired from an old Roman road dividing the farms. The phea- sant ran alongside the hedge of the farm on which they were shooting into the gopse on the road, and was there set upon by the dogs and new up. Corroborative evidence was given by Daniel Lewis (tenant at the farm), Thomas Hopkins (electrician), and John V. Jones (colliery manager), Pontardulais. The magistrates found the defendant guilty, but were of opinion that in the ex- citement of following the pheasant he cross- ed the boundary inadvertently. They paid a tribute to the admirable way in which th44 defence was conducted by Mr. Hy. Thomp- son (Swansea), and imposed a line of 5s., with costs.
I SWANSEA VALLEY WAR SAVINCS. TOe l'ontaHla.we and District war Savings Association bave appointed the following gntlemen I to give advice in their districts to all those desirous of seeking information with regard to investing in the War Loan:— Pontardawe: Messrs. G. J. Smith, C. and C. Bank; J. Pickard, L. and P. Bank; Charles Giddings, John Edwards, J. Ernest Lewis, J. W. Thomas, J. Morgan, Councillors D. T. Wil. liams and Morgan Davies.-Clydach: Messrs. H. Watson, J. Rowlands. L. and P. Bank; T. Owen, C. and C. Bank; Edwin Davies, cabinet maker; D. John, Canister Works: Council. lors R. Thomas and Ben Davies.—Ystalyfera: I Messrs. G. Oriffiths, C. and C. Bank; J. Griffiths, L. C. and M. Bank; D. Davies, L. and P. Bank; T. W. Davies, clerk, Ystrad- gynlais Parish Council; D. Jsnkins, R.O.; Councillors J. Thomas and U. J. Powell, J.P. -Brynainmaii and' Cwmgrorse: Revs. Evan Davies, W. Roderick and T. Williams, Mr. Isaac Jones, and Councillor Win. Davies. ■„■ >
Mrs. M. Walker, of 19, Pentreguinea- road, Swansea, has received official intim- ation that her husband, Ptc. Wm. Hcnry Walker, of the 6th Welsh, has died of wounds in ?hospttai hi France. Pte. "Walker was well known at the Swansea Docks, having been employedwitll: the Swansea Harbour Trust before his enliit- JJlJlIut, aud prior to going to sea.
THE MAN WHO WAS AFRAID. HOW HE BECAME A HERO. I I FRENCH SOLDIER'S I TRANSFORMATION. I Crossing the Enemy's Barrage. t "Standing ii; front of us in 'he trench, a few feet away, I saw a bearded soldier with. I the stripes 01 a sergeant and the ribbon of the Medaille Militaire—the highest honour any French soldier, from ranking geueral I down, can win—and the ,C¡r; de Guerl'e with two palms, meaning that he. had been inientioiied twice fcr conspicuous bravery in the general orders of the army. Despite his I beard he was a young man, well under 50, and he stood with a quiet air of confidence, and looked at, us with a certain,amuse- ment. The psychology, of fear is one of the strangest mysteries of the moment, and tho istorv told by Mr. Fred D. Pitney in the New York "Tribune" of the man described above has an illumination entirely its own. Leon Barbesse was called to the colours at the outbreak of war, but he was soon sent home owing to feeble lungs. Suffering from an innate terror of the battlefield, he at first'cherished the fact that he did not havf, to fight. Soon, however, Leon grew, ashamed. His shame became torture, and finally he volunteered. God, what a struggle that was! I walked the road to the caserne with the sweat running off me. For a year I had dreamed nightly of the shells. I had heard them. They had fallen around raje. I had been wounded? I had felt the im- pact uf the steel on my yielding flesh. For a year J had spent- my days trving to hide my terror from my wife, my friends, and my neighbours. I went at last because I could not stand the torture of failing to dq my duty. No one else knew. They sent me to Verdun. It was in the very micki of the German attack on the left bank of the Meuse. I had keen drafted into » Veteran regiment with a lot of others tfl help fill up the gaps, and I joined just in I time to go in the front line. Dumb with Fear. "Everything I did was mechanical. We were called before daylight; we had a cup of coffee; we were marching along the road. I had managed it up to then with- out giving myself away. Time, I talked little to my comrades, and probably that saved me. But the morning we marches to the front! What saved me then I don't know, except possibly because I said no- thing. I was unable to speak. I was dumb with fear. I was sick. My stomach turned. I walked with my head down, a.nd my feet dragged like great weights. We bad been marcliing nearly two hours I when I heard my first shell. There was a long thin whine some place in the air. It was a. new sound, and it was so strange M methrlt 1' raiised my head for the first tinjf sines we started on the march. The mail next to me laughed. 'A shU: he said. "I looked all around ni e. I tried M stOlp to see the path of that queer wlunfef but the man behind me prodded me on* Several of them laughed., You will hear plenty more,' they said. There was the time when it became necessary to take a message from cut support trenches to our advanced lines in I the Bois des Gorbeaux. There was » barrage to be crossed, and volunteers were called for. I was chosen. "Have you ever seen an artillery gar- ,¡'lJage ? Yon can walk up to it and draw » line with a surveyor's chain on the I ground, marking exactly the limit where the. shells fall, and all beyond that line will be a mass of boiling earth, like waves in a storm dashing on rocky coafst. t caine-within fifty yards of such a barrage, t and stepped to watch it a u in a a ad stepp(-d d calt- a path. But no path- was pospibfeft -"Ber was one chosen than^ wiped out, all the little landmarks gone, the whole face of the ground changed by a new rain of shells. My heart sank. My stomach went suddenly .empty. JJ, knew that I had reached the-limit beyond which I could not go. I had found the point where my fear was greater than my duty. I lay flat down on the earth. I do not know how long I lay. I tilouat of nothing. There was only a horrible blank fear. "Then I found that unconsciously I was digging my fingers into the ground, clutching the roots of grass, and drag- ging myself into the barrage. I might aswell have been dragging, mayself- the other v. ay, but I had lain down with! mv fa.ce towards my duty. Dashing into the Explosions. "When I made that discovery I got to my feet and stood upright for a second, not more, only time. to say 'I must not give my- self time to think,' and dashed forward into the exploding shells. I floundered blindly into the raw earth and fell again on my face. "This time my mind was working. There wa.s only one thing1 for me to do, and I knew it. That was to go on. I crawled forward on my hands and krees. I could not stand: it would be certain death. Twenty times I was knocked flat, my wind gone. by the explosion of a shell almost beside me. but I crawled on. I did not know if I had been hit. I thought I had. Two hundred yards I crawled through the barrage and then reached our lines. They gave me the Medaille Militaire for that." Leon was last seen in Paris. His left sleeve was pinned across his breast and above it were hi." three medals, from left to rifjht the Croix de Guerre, no'w with thr.ee p:ilms: the Medaille Militaire, and the Le- gion d'Honneur. He was waiting for the train to take him home to the centre of France, to his wife and boy. "I can tell them now that I was afraidi" he said.
SWANSEA CONSTABLE'S MOTHER KILLED. K verdict of "Accidental death" was re- at an inquest held on Friday after- noon on Mrs. Sarah Ann DavieE, 7, Bailey- street, Newport, and mother of Police Con- stable (68) Davies, Swansea Borough Police Force, who was fatally injured by a fall ot masonry from a stationer's shop at Newport in the early part of the week.
1! SWANSEA FRENCH COAL EXPORTATION. The Swansea Committee for the supply of coal to France and Italy have received seri- ous complaints from the French Coal Com- mittee in London and the Bureau des Char- bons, Paris, that exporters are failing to comply with the conditions of the limitatiqu scheme iii. not making the proper returns within 48 hours of the loading of cargoes. As this is causing considerable inconvenience the Swansea Committee have received defi- nite instructions that in future any ex- porters failing to maks these returns must be penalised by,, having their entire ship. ments stopped.
SWANSEA'S COLD SNAP. rhe clerk of the worKs (ar. J. liaight) at Swansea, and Merthyr Joint Asylum, Sketty, sends the following temperature readings at an altitude of 520 feet, taken three feet off the grass for the past few days:—Saturday (27th), maximum 29, minimum 24; Sunday (28th). 30, Z6; Monday (29Mi), 50, 20; Tuep- day (30th), 50, 23; Wednesday (31st), 38. 24; Thursday (Feb. 1st), 40, 25; Friday (Zad), 36, 2.3..
The death took place on Sunday morning of Mr. Wm. TCces. aged 69, bf 128, Robert- street, Man gel ton, vyho had been confined to bed with a jw-ere illness for a fortnight. Deceased had for many years been superin- tending the smelting in -the, Hafocf Copper Works, and he leaves a widow and two lill- marned chUdrcn. The fUll will take place on Thursday nejet for Cwmgelly Cc?ajfcy_ place cjn Thui,sd.)v ne,,?t, fL?i? C.%Vmgelly C-] tarv (mcii a B The losses on tho ?urM?ic WU4I .? mos juicing or dead.