British Advance OVER 8,000 PRISONERS. I I Great Day far ￼ Great Day for Tanks and Cavalry. f BRITISH GENERAL HEAD- QUARTERS, I FRANCE, Thursday, 11.2 a.m. Yesterday morning our troops moved forward north of Caucoing and at- 1 tacked and captured the village of Fontaine-notre-Dame, together with a numbor of prisoners. (Note.-Fontaine Notre Dame is east If Cambrai, so that the great German military railway centre is now out. Hanked.) BRITISH GENERAL HEAD- I QUARTERS, I FRANCE, Wednesday, 10.5 p.m. important progress has again been made to-day west and south-west of Cambrai, though rain has fallen con- tinuously. i THE REINFORCFafrZ*nrS WHICH I THE ENEMY HAS HURRIED UP TO THE BATTLEFIELD TO OPPOSE OUR ADVANCE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF A FURTHER SERIES OF VILLACES AND OTHER FORTIFIED POSITIONS, AND MANY ADDITIONAL PRISONERSI HAVE BEEN TAKEN. Tanks have again given great assist- j a-nce to the advance. On the right we have made progress in the direction of Crcvecoeur-sur- FEscout. North-east of Mesnicres we have cap- tured the enemy's double line of trenches on the east bank of the Canal de l'scout (the Scheldt Canal). Sharp fighting has taken place in the neighbourhood, and hostile counter- attacks have been driven off. North of Marcoing the village of Noy- elle do I/Escout was captured early in the morning. Here also heavy fighting has taken place, and hostile counter-attacks have been successfully repulsed. During the morning Scottish troops moving north-east from Flcsquieres captured the German defensive lines south-west of Cantsing and the village itself, with 500 prisoners. Later in the day they continued • their advance, and have estsbHshed themselves in positions mar* than five! ,H.behind the f?nMr German front line, I North of the Anneux West Riding 1 battalions have been engaged with the I enemy south and south-west of Bourlon odd* I Further west Ulster regiments have crossed the Baupaume—Cambrai road 'iuid have entered Moeuvres. Duripg the day strong hostile counter- attacks against our new; positions in the neighbolrhood of Bullecourt have been llefeated. THE NUMBER OF PRISONERS j WHICH HAVE PASSED THROUGH OUR COLLECTING STATIONS EX- CEEDS 8,000, INCLUDING 180 OFFICERS. The number of guns captured has not yet been ascertained. (Note.—Anneux, Graincourt, Fles- quieres, Marcoing, Ribeoourt, Masnieres, fsozelles, Cantaing, and Crevecoeur are south of the" Bapaume—Cambrai road. Aimeux is four miles from Cambrai, and Canting barely three. La Vacquerie and Ephey are further South. Bullecourt; Fontaine-les-Croiselles, Moeuvres, and Bourlon lie between the roads connecting Cambrai with Arras and Bapaume.) ¡; The Victorious Commander. Sir Julian Byng, the British comman- fler -on this front, who is 55 years of age, is the seventh son of the .second Earl of Strafford. He commanded the forces in Egypt from 1912 until his appointment to a command in France. He served in the Sudan Expedition of 1884 and in the last South African war. I CERMAN REPORT. (Admiralty, per Wireless Press.) BERLIN, Wednesday night. I On the battlefield to the south-west of Cambrai the British since noon have attacked again with strong forces. I The fighting is still proceeding.
PROPERTY SALE AT SWANSEA. Mr J. Barron Pascoe sold by public auction at the Hotel Cameron, Swansea on Wednes- at the. Hotel C, day. the following properties: No. 35, North Hill-road, sold to thP tenant, Mr. Meatball, for £ 140: Noc. 36 and 37. North Hill-road, sold to Mr. W. T. Hoskina for £ 132 10s. and £132 respectively: No, 13. PhilliT>-street. Manselton. sold to Mrs. Jones for £ 144; Nos. 14, '15 and k :16. Phillip-street, sold to Mr. Johns for £141. £ 143, and £ 143 respectively: No. 20, Richard- ftreet, Ms.nsslton, sold to Mr. David Thomas for £ 160No. 21. Richard-street, sold to Mr. li. Oribson for £ 160: No. 10, Oakland-road, ifumbles, sold to Mr. Dean for £ 351. The solicitors for the vendors were: Messrs Fravii Thomas and Andrews, St. Mary-street; Mossrs. T. W. James and Co.. Goat-street; and Mr. T. R. Harris, York-street.
f SWANSEA HARBOUR POLICE WACES. At Swaiiseg Harbour Trust Executive on Wednesday (Mr. Roger Beck pt-esiding) it was decided to increase the wases of the Harbour Police bv 5s. per week, brinci/ic: them up to 30s. per week. They have already received war bonus of 10s. tier- week in a.ddiii-
ARMY OF TANKS LED BY OWN I GENERAL. i CAVALRY GET CHANCE AT LAST. I re h-f ￼ Trmmph for Haig?s Strategy. I (Press Association Special Correspoa- I dent.) WAR CORRESPONDENTS' HEAD- I QUARTERS, I FRANCE, Wednesday 'iiglit (received Thursday). The measure of our success gro-vs with every hour as we are able to get a better understanding of what has hap- pened. The prisoners, who seemed to be about five thousand this morning, now, promise to amount to half as many again, and may go considerably higher, we having taken a dozen villages, if not more. Most of them fell without stubborn resistance, but there seems to have been stiff fighting about Flesquieres,which held out until early this morning, v, IJ.HI it was captured by Scottish Territorials in what is said by an eye-witness t,) b-. e been a. model attack. Other troops who did conspicuously well were certain West Yorkshires, who captured a German bat- tery in most gallant style, and their performance was almost duplicated by the Durham s. ( All the troops engaged, however, seem to have done splendidly, as our men can be counted on to do. and battalions from various parts of England, as from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, took part in the operations. Less than any recent battle, however, was r this either an infantry or an artillery battle. Heretofore it has been the infantry and guns who have done by far the? greatest share of work, but in this battle of the Hindenburg line both tajiks and cavalry have come by their own. The tanks have had very hard luck this year. They did brilliantly on several occasions in early fighting, but at the end of July wet weather set in and the Flanders ground-, ploughed up by shell ftre as it has been, became It morals in which the tanks were practically helpless. Here, however, on this Bapaume front was virgin ground still fairly dry and well clothed with grass, and there was ready for attack here, the most famous of all German defences, the great Hindenburg line. Who was the author of the brilliant con- ception of this battle is not known; whether it was the commander-in-chief or Sir Julian Byng, commander of the army concerned; but it was an idea As brilliant as it was audacious. and has been thrillingly successful. We have lost some tanks, of course, but singu- larly few. The German gunfire has gener- ally been curiously weak, and most of the tanks mishaps have come from mechanical difficulties in face of two formidable obstacles, while one tank, I understand, found the bridge across the canal too nar- row and went overboard. The crew were all saved but the tank itself is likely to re- main in the water until some day when we have peace it will be found to be a danger to navigation. The advance of the great army of tanks to the attack yesterday morning was made eEifeeially dramatic by the general in com- mand who went into the battle himself in a tank sailing some two or three hundred yards ahead of the rest of the fleet. He iiew a huge flag at the masthead and the port says he sent a truly Nelsonian message to all his commanders before going into taction, viz. :— "England expects that every tank to-day will do its damndest." i The tanks made their passage through the notorious Hindenburg belts of barbed wire M if they were paper, and the infantry pressed through after them. The- Germans were evidently surprised. I To start with, the novel and terrifying nature of the attack was more than they could stand. Hardly anywhere did they offer any resistance in the forward lines. After the infantry came the cavalry. Everyone except the Germans -will be glad that the cavalry has had something like a real chance at last. Whether the cavalry will be able to take the fullest chance at last we do not yet know, for the weather has turned very bad; it has rained almost incessantly now for 24 hours, and the ground is getting very heavy even here. Already, however, the I Cavalry have distinguished themselves brilliantly, pushing through gaps made by tanks and the infantry, and the capture of some most important points has been their work. In at least two cases detachments of cavalry have ridden down guns and gunners and captured batteries. They are now roaming pretty far afield, and it is impossible yet to say that their success is at an end. The battle is yet far from finished, and from what I saw myself to-day I can testify to the immense strength of the Hindenburg line and the belts of wire which defended each tier of trenches. The Germans, we know, thought the line quite impregnable, and may well have thought so. More discreditable to them, besides the fact that our men have shown themselves better fighters, is that our attack was as a complete surprise, as it certainly | was, and the blame for this must attach < entirely to the German Higher Command and the German intelligence system. I Triumph for Haig's Strategy. It is rarely that any commander secures so signal a moral triumph over a first-class adversary as Sir Douglas Haig has achievea here in succeeding in keeping all the gi- gantic preparations for the operation secret from the enemy up to the very last minute. Among the troops from whom we have taken a large number of prisoners is the 107th Division, which had just arrived from the Russian front, and hoped and believed it was being given n quiet sector here to j start "with. It. had a rude awakening.
NAVAL a—KM——631— Til |' I MORE SINKINGS. I U BOATS GETTING ACTIVE AGAIN. TEN OF OUR LARGE VESSELS I LOST. This week's statistics of vessels sunk, by submarines is a reminder that too much st.ress should not he laid on last week's return of only one large vessel sunk. The num- ber this week has jumped to ten, whilst seven smaller craft ha-ve been destroyed as against five in the previous week. The full return is as follows :— > Arrivals and Sailings. I Merchant vessels of all irrationalities (over 100 tons net) arriving at and sailing from United Kingdom ports (exclusive of nshiug and local craft) during iihe veek ending o,vbr 18; I (a) Arrivals 2.551 J (Ft.) Arriv:tls 2,531- Losses, 2,463 .1 British merchant vessels sunk, by mine or submarine (a) 1,600 tons (gross) or over. 10 (b) lnder 1,600 tons (gross). 7 (c) Fishing vessels sunk 0 Unsuccessful Attacks. British merchant vessels un- successfully attacked by submarines 2 Last Week's Figures. Arrivals 2.125 Sailings 2,307 Losses 1,600 tons gross or over, 1 ui-ider 1,600 tons gross, 5; fishing vessels sunk, 1. Unsuccessful attacks, 8.
CALAMITY." GREAT EXPLOSIONS IN 1. GERMANY. TWENTY-ONE WAR FACTORIES' BLOWN UP. ——— j (Press Association War Special.) PARIS, Thursday. A despatch to Le Matin" from Zusiclv stjites that' 21 chemical factories: were destroyed by explosion at Ori se- chein, on the Maine. The "Frankfurter V olkstimine" sap: with regard to the disaster that* they (the works) are the most extensi ve in the German Empire, and that they were totally destroyed. Tha Material Damage is Immense. [ The entire German Press recognises the far-reaching consequences and the seriou&ness of an almo,st national calamity,
I, THE DAILY TOLL TWO MORRIS-TON BROTHERS KILLED. I N [01'- Mr. David Davies, Harris-street, Mor- riston, has received the sad news that his two brothers, A.B. J. T. Davies and ] T)ttv,?es and Pte. Leighton Davies, of the Welsh Reg- ment, have been killed in action. A.B. T. Davies was 26 years of age, and joined the colours in August, 1915, and) had seen 18 months' service in France. He was killed on October 2-6th. Pre- vious to the war he was employed at the Copper Pit, Morriston. Private Leightou' Davies. who was 20 years of age, joined in January, 1915, having served two years and nine months in France. He was killed on the 16th inst., and was employed, previous to enlistment^ at the Beaufort Works, Morriston.
NO MORE BREAD DELIVERIES. SWANSEA BAKERS' IMPORT- ANT DECISION. The Swansea Master Bakers' Association on Tuesday evening. Mr. W. H. Burridge, president, in the chair, adopted the draft scheme (which has been submitted to the Government for approval) for economising in transport. In effect, this means the abolition of bread deliveries and the setting up of depots where necessary for the purchase of bread. Members, as well as non-members of the Association, were present, it being one of the best attended meetings in the history of the trade. L
I FOR SWANSEA'S OWN." Ambulance from the Master- Bakers. t I At a meeting of the Swansea Master Bakers' Association on Tuesday evening, Mr. W. H. Burridge (president.) in the chair, it was reported that the motor ambulance that is to be presented by the trade to the old Swansea Battalion had been purchased. The cost is nearly t200, II and the amount is to be raised by sub- scriptions added to the proceeds of the whist drive on the 29th inst., the success at which is already assured. It was re- solved to ask the Mayor (Aid. Ben-Jones) to hand over the ambulance on beha-if of the trade.
WEST WALES WOOLLEN WORKERS. The Home Office has announced its de- cipion in the dispute between the West Wales woollen manufacturers and their em. j ployes. The award is 10 per cent. for the I maximum earners and 7 per cent. for the minimum ODO-
I "A WWTE LIE." I REMARKABLE NEATH I CASE. INTERESTING CONVERSATION I IN A CLUB. Remarkable evidence was given in the Chancery Division on Wednesday during the resumed hearing of the action brought by Mrs. Catherine Richards, wife of Mr. Brinlev Richards. Windsor-road, Neath. against Mr. Ttiomae Brown, colliery owner, Tcnna. Neath, which had reference'to a dispute over three local drapery shops Mr. C. J. M&thew. K.C.. and Mr. MaC- swinnev (instructed tiy Mr. S. Rhipton, Nath) appeared for the Miainti?. and Mr. K. Maddocks (instructed by Meesrs. Lewes and Llewellyn. Brid?&nd) for the kiel?en?,a-u?t., I., TP-r Housemaid's Complaint. r Elizabeth Jane MaeNeill, housemaid to Mrs Richards, said that her mistress made a com- plaint'to her about Mr. Brown. Mr. Mathew. Have you any complaint to make yourself against Mr. Brown?—Yes; he attempted to kiss me. Have you any other complaint to make against hirn"-Re spoke to me in a familiar manner, and tried to get hold of me., Mr. Briniey Richa-rds stated that his Neath drapery business havinsr got into diffi- culties, he filed his petition in bankruptcy in February. 1914. The business was subse- quently purchased by his wife He had no money. He had been summoned on a charge of concealing this £ 400 as part of his assets. The summons was dismissed. In May, 1916, he had some Unpleasantness with his wife. He heard something at the club, but did not believe it. On his return Brown was talking to Mrs. Richards, and after Brown had left witness asked her if there had been any familiarity between them. She replied. Don't blame me; it was Brown's fault." This answer made him think worse had happened than was really the case. He fol- lowed Brown to a directors' meeting', and -called him out, of the room. Brown's reply to the charge was, Don't be silly," but on being- asked to come round and have the mattsi* out before Mrs. Richards he bolted out of the front door. They 'met again at the club the next night Witness again invited Brown to come round and have the; matter out. but Brown only grinned, and I hit him." Mr. Mat-hew: Once?—No: two or three times. A gentleman came n, and stopped IS. Brown wont into the telephone-box and Rang up the police. I waited until he came out and gave him soiiie more. I then gave the boy twopeiice to ring up the Dolifce and see if they wanted j me. (Laughter.) Mr Maddoeka: I am going'to put a few direct questions to you. and I tell you j frankly it is with the object of showing that you. are totally unworthy of credit. With | regard to £Z50 of the £ 400 which you say yoiir wife lenf. ie. you not swear in your public examination that it was art- tancM to you to meet your liabilities. WfcS that timer—No. Did von swear in your public examination that the £ 250 was paid into your bank?— Yes. Was that true?—No.' Were youj on oa.th Y E! Do you know what it is to swear falsely?— It was A white lie. I reaped no advantage from it, fn order to deceive the official receiver voli swore deliberately that it was placed in the bank to meet your liabilities? When you met your creditors did you reuresentthat your wife wa-s a creditor for £1,168?-Ycs. Did that include the £ 400?—Yes. Did you disclose to your creditors that this sum was still in your hands?—No, I did not. Do you know what fraud is? What do you call tli,t ?-.M can that?—My wife was not claiming against the estate, so it made no difference. You now say the £ 490 was your wife's mo-ney ?- Yf-,i. Then she was not a creditor for £ 1,163, but only for £ 668?—No: but it was not material, as she was not claiming. In reply to the Judge, witness said the reason why he did not pav the £ 400 into h:3 bank instead of askiug Dr. Evans and Mt. Ingleton to mind it was that it wa.s his wife's money, and he wanted to keep it separate. The hearing was adjourned.
HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE Ij ORDER. Presentation to LlaDeily j ;,? Rcchabi?. I I- -1 I j,' A well-attended public meet- ing was heJd at the Atheu- laeum Hall, LlanelJy, under the auspices' of the Independent Order of Rechabite5, for the purpose of making a presentattoji to Bro. W. David, J.P.. P.H.O.R., D.S.J and Sister David, in celebration of the ■ election of Bro. David to the highest office in the order, and h..s successful ful-' filment of the office during the past two years. Bro. Thomas Gee, D.T., occupied the chair, and during the evening a musical programme was given hy the Tabernacle Prize Juvenile Choir, under the leader- ship of Mr. L. W. Adams. The presen- tation to Sister David took the form of a silver tea service and silver tray, and to! Bro. David a wallet containing Treasury notes. Bro. H. Owen, D.G.R., made the pre- sentation to Bro. Dfivid, and Bro. Rev. D. Williams, P.D.C.R., supt. U.K.T., handed over the tea service to\ Sister David The Chairman, in his opening speech, referred to the enormous growth of the order, and the good work done by Bro. David during his term of office.. I Liquor Trade in Wales. Bro. b. A. Scarlett, Norwich, high chief! ruler of the order, expressed the hope that Wales would lead tho way in the matter of closing the public houses, and complained that the liquor trade affected the food of the. country by taking away barley and sugar. i Bro. G. H. Tasker, D.T., Swansea Dis-I trict, referred to the invaluable services of Bro. David, and also spoke against the liquor trade having barley and sugar. Bro. and Sister David both feelingly responded, and thanked the various speakers for the kind things said about! them. Other speakers included Bro. F. Lewis, P.M.B.D. i (Bristol), Bro. Fred Thomas, P.G.C., I.O.G.I., Bro. D. C. Davies (Llandrindod), Bro. D. Jenkins, D.C.R. (West Glamorgan). Bro. D. Morgan, P.D.C.R., Bro. T. J. Davies (Llanelly), Bro. Walter Davies (Llanelly), Bro T Fletcher, P.D.C.R., Bro. W". Williams, P.D.T.. Bro. Nicholas, D.D.R., and Bro. T. Morgan, D. S.!J. T
NEXT SUNDAY. j LORD CHAS. BERESFORD'S VISIT. NOTABLE MEETINGS AT I SWANSEA. On Sunday next Admiral the Lord Beres- ford, G.C.B., one of the most outspoken. robust Britishers of to-day, and Mr. •) • Havelock Wilson, C.B.E., whose determined stand against the journeying of pacifists to Stockholm commanded po much popular sup- port. will, in company with Mr. Ben Tillett. the new M.P. fpr North Salford (than whom there is no more popular speaker at Swan- sea), address great patriotic meetings to be held in the aiternoon and evening at the Swansea Empire. An immense rush for: Vickets is anticipated, so that those who would make. certain of hearing- three guch noted orators would be well advised to se- cure them innned'iSely from the sources mentioned in our a Ivertising columns. Ad- miral Inrd Beresfbi- d will attend a discharg- ed soldiers' church parade in the rnori-iiii which will include contingents from local hospitals, and it jis not unlikely that his speech will contain. some facts relating to discharged meny* organisations, etc., as he is on the committee of the "Comrades of the Great War," that excellent organisation recently founded to' maintain together in unity the boys who have endured in the great conflict, and who, having fought side \1 by side, will strive side by side for the up- lifting of England and the Empire when hostilities have ceased. J Rush for Tickets. ( Mr. George Gunning (local secretary of the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union) is the organising secretary of the meeting, and he has been overwhelmed with inquiries for tickets for the'meetings at his oiffces in Mount-street, but is manfully facing the on- -Alouilt-street, bul,. -,a nia?tifuily faeliiig the oii- The proceeds, he ft noted, are for the Merchant Seamen's League, which is out to endow home, for aged seamen—a highly j worthy cbjective. j ￼
RATIONS COMING. i PEOPLE STILL EATING TOO MUCH. TOWN'S MEETING SUGGESTED | AT SWANSEA. I Swansea Food Committee met on Tuesday. Colonel Sinclair in the chair. The Town Clerk was instructed to- take certain legal proceedings for offences against the Food Orders. I The question of food economy was raised. Mr. David Matthews favoured a town's meeting. My. Barclay O,v.H" that he -under. stood that there was more killing than meat needed in Swansea. The Meat Inspector said there wa enough meat left over in the Swansea Market last. Saturday to supply the next week. This was put into cold stcres. and yet wholesalers supplied the same quantity of fresh meat again. The Chairman said that from returns he could say that the consumption of meat in the town was more than the voluntary ra- tions the scale allosyed'. He thought that Compulsory rationing was bound to Come. At present some people were getting more than their quantity, and others had to go short. It was resolved to convene a represents- tivo meeting to consider the advisability of holding a town' s meeting in the matter. Help fro-m Morriston. The Morrjston trades and Labour Council asked to be' allowed to appoint an Advisory j Committee to assist the Food Committee, and the proposal was wehpomed. Co-ordination of Transport. Regarding the proposed co-ordination of transport, it was agreed to call a meeting of traders.
STOLEN CHAMPAGNE, LABOURER'S RAID ON GOWER | HOTEL. At Penmaen Sessions on Tuesday, three Mumbles men. Thomas John Delve. Thomas Brown, and George Hoskins, described as labourers, pleaded' guilty to breaking :md entering the Caswell Bay ijotel some time between October 25th and 27th, and stealing i bottles of champagne. The hotel has been recently closed, and the prisoners were al- leged to have visited the premises on a, Sat- urday night, when only, a caretaker was in charge. Delve was fined £ 5 or SO days, Brown j £4, a.nd Hoskins, on account of his youth, j waa fined £ 2.
ON A POINT OF FEEDING. Tawe Lodge Committee Discussion. At Tawe Loci are Visitimr Committee on Wednesday evening, discussing the system of catering for the nursing staff at the in- stitution, Mr. Grey said the arrangements had been ina,d,equate.. during the last nine years. Air. A. R. Rail said Mr. Grey should not make statements he could rot substantiate. Mr. H. Williams (jocularlyt: That's nothing new! daughter.) Mr. Ball pointed out tliat there was no labour jn the douse at present The cdokinsT had been done by an inmate in the past. Mr. Grey said it had not been done satis- factorily. Rev. E. O. Evans pointed out that there •were able-bodied people in the institution who could not be mana-ge-I outside, and were better off ?n the institution. It was eventually decided that the Master engage ? temporary cook. and instructed him to report to the 1?..?)! and Salaries Committee. Re Christmas fare, the contractors wrote tuat currants and raisins were not in the market, but they had a small quantity of sul- tanas. though not sufficient. The Master and Matron are to make the best arrangements they can under the circumstances, the same committee as last year to purchase the pro- visions. It was decided that dinner be at 12 o'clock on Christmas Day, and that, the Mayor. "as on former occasions, be invited to be present. Mr. Grey asked if the time was not oppor- tune to ask that poultry should be omitted in the menu this Christmas. as many homes would have to ?o without. Mrs. Williams thought the pincers should 4e asked. It was decided to allow the same t? la?t year. J )
LORD RHONDDA TO SWANSEA. MARGARINE AND BUTTER SUPPLIES. MAYOR RECEIVES AN ASSURANCE, I The Mayor of Swanseji having felt it in- cumbent upon him to endeavour to remedy the difficulty at present prevailing in ob- taining butter, despatched the following telegram to the Food Controller (Lord Rkondda) :— ■, "Great discontent here on account of no butter. If portion is not released inime- diately serious consequences might ensue." In response to the telegram the following reply was received from Lord Rhondda: — "Am taking steps to make available supplies of margarine in Swansea. The equita-ble distribution of butter throughout the country will be in operation early in December. It will thus be seen that the best policy in the circumstances is to put up with mar- garine until the priod arrives when food supplies of every kind will be properly re- gulated.
YOUNC SWANSEA R.N.D. MAN. Late Reginald U. Michael, of the R.N.D., whose home was at 201, Oxford- street, Swansea, and who has been killed in! France. He joined up in the early part of the war, when 17 years of age, and went through the whole of the Dar- j dandles campaign. He has another brother in the same "battalilon in France.
MILITARY CROSS FOR SWANSEA LIEUTENANT. Lieut. A. R. Finnis, R.F.A., of Swansea, who has been Amarde.4, the Military Cr-u". *r>r gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He j lias seen 25 years' ser- vice, and received his commission before he went to the front. He was regimental sergt.- major of the Howitzer Brigade at Swansea, for some years, and very popular, particularly at the Salisbury Club, where ho is a highly- respected member, and where the news of jI the honour was received with delight. I
RECRUITS FOR W.A.A.C. Dslays in Replies to Applications. We ?iave tie fGllOW4n,7: Minietrv of labour, Employment Depart- ment. Queen Anne's Chambers, West- minster, S W. j Dear Sir,—It has been brought to my notice that complaitat-i have been made by persons desiring to join the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps to the effect that, undue time elapses before they receive notification as to whether their offer of services has been dealt with. Should any such complaints be ad- i dressed to veu by_j*eaders of your publication I should be very much obliged if you would inform them that all applications are 1 brought before the Selection Board as soon as possible after the references have been receiv(^i. Delay is, however, frequently caused owing to the fact that persons named as referees omit or delay to return the form of reference sent to them from the Employ- raent Exchange. Applicants will considerably expedite mat- ters if thev would (.nsure tha the persons whom they same as referees would return the completed form by return of post to the Employment Exchange, the address of which is given on the form.—Yours faithfully, F. H. DURHAM. Chief Woman Inspector. I
BLUEJACKET'S. WIFE,. -■ ■ Unpleasant Case from Llanelly. i Afra. Dolly Carslake, 34, Thomas-street, Llafolly, was summoned at the local police ooutt on Wednesday for neglecting her chikl. Mr. R. Richards (for the N.S.P.C.C.) said the defendant was a young woman only 24 years of age. She was married 18 months ago, and her husband was serving in the Royal Navy. the child was only four months old, and the defendant's husband was not the father. The husband went to sea shortly after marriage, and the defend- ant had informed Inspector Idris Jones "and Detective-sergeant T. Davies that a man named Owens was the father of the child. If these proceedings had not been taken and the child removed to the Workhouse Infirm- ary, there was very little doubt but that in a very short time it would have died. t On the application of Mr. T. R. Ludford. who defended, the case was adjourned for a fortnight. —
SWANSEA CHILDREN'S FATAL BURNS. Sophia Hopkins (6), No. 6. Strand, Swansea, Who wVs badly burnt about the face, &rms, a,nd side. supposed to have been caused by a lighted candle, has died from her injuries at the Hospital. Reginald Charles Rees (three months). No. 7, Bevan-road, Port 'Pennant, has also suc- cumbed. at the Hospital, to severe burns, sustained on the 18th inst.
BOOKS FROM THE C.W.R. At Llanelly on Tuesday, Joseph Bell, Pinged Hill, Kidwelly, was charged with stealing fotir books, the property of the G.W.R.-Mr. T. H. I?dford prosecuted.— I Detective Edmunds 8t?tc<' that he concealed himself in the station-master's oi?ep. aud Mw the defendant take the books and WEI-C them in his pocket.—In consideration of the defendant's good character the Rench only ordered defendant to pay 10s. towards the CCts..ts..
LORD TREDEGAFTS APPEAL. IKING GEORGE'S FUND FOR SAILORS. Lord Tredegar (vice-president of Kine, George's Fund for Sailors) writes from 27. West Bute-street, Cardiff, as follows:— As there appears to be some misconception respecting the objects of the above fund. I should like, with your permission, to repeat. and add to, the details which I have already given. The fund was launched at a largely- j attended meeting of shipowners held in March of this year, when it was resolved that this representative meeting of Marine Benevolent Institutions should promote a formation of a SEiilorq' Fund, the amounts obtained being allocated on the lines of King Edward's Hospital Fund. Prom this incep- tion arose the fund which his Majesty has commanded shall be called by bis name, and which has been instituted for the aid and support of seamen and their dependents j t1,. rdgh the medium of the approved chari- ties throughout the Kingdom. The Marine Benevolent Institutions in this [ country are many, covering all requirements of distressed seamen, but their support is unequally distributed, and is inadequate ] both for the institutions' present work and for their estimated requirements in the, future. When a seaman 1,.as been so injured that he cannot maintain himself, or when he loses his ship by accident or enemy action, he is succoured by a, home, a. hostel, a hos- pital, a pension or distress fund. or an alms- house. according to his necessity. When he loses his life in the pursuit of his calling", his vviciow can be supported by a benevolent or widows' fund, and in the case of children they can be educated and started in life by an orphanage or a training ship. The existing Marine Charities are adequate to the work they are called iiron to do, pro- vided they receive fuller and permanent sup- port from the public. The Council of King George's Fund recos- nises that one of the most necessary fune- tions is the adjustment of the claims of the individual institutions tlvon money sub- scribed by the public, the prevention of overlapping or of the establishment of new charities with eJpensive stalls, building or collecting organisation's where existing ip-, stitutions. properly supported, can do the necessary work, slid the checking of expendi- ture by competing1 societies. The Council's knowledge. a.s an cxpert. body, enables it to safeguard the money subscribed against in- judicious noes, and also to safeguard the i; terest of the seamen and their dependents, on whose behalf King George's Fund is now being so 4reneroiiely supported. The seamen's devotion to duty since the war started, whether in the Royal "Savy or the Merchant Service, js too well known to need any further. words from me. His private anxieties are not appreciated, and the fund aims at removing some of the present of these by soliciting a generous support for the maintenance of the exwrtinp ions .comfort' ot the sick. wounded, and distressed or aged seamen, or of tbo.%e dear to bim whose future he must so often leave in trust to his fellow-citieens. At, the last General Council it was decided to distribute a sum of money from this fund to the Marine Benevolent Institutions, and it was considered advisable, if Possible, that the distributions should tahe place at Christ- mas. Any applications which may be re- ceived from South Wales and Monmouthshire will receive the greatest consideration. I am now forwarding names of suggested honorary visitors to inspect these institu- tions on behalf of the rtInd. I will conclude this letter by onoe again quoting Admiral Sir John tFellicoc, who says: Yoil- look to the merchant ships, ir-ann-ed by sailors the Mercantile Marine, to bring to our shores your food and other necessaries, awf yon look to the ships of the Navy. manned by the sailors of the Royal Navy, to guard these ships." And. as I have previously added, guard yonr country and ybur lives. 4. f:
COAL CONSUMERS' COM- PLAINTS. Suggested fiwansea Association. "liouFe-bolder"- (Swaii&e.&) writes:—Once i again the price -of house coa l has been ad- vanced. I suppose it is only reader ?-ble to ascume that this. is the result of representa- i tions from the local 04oal Merchants' Aeso- ciation to the Coal Control Committee, It seems to me that it is high time we formed a coal-cousumers' association to fight the one named. It has tyec-it stafr:tl that the inspector has power to take samples of coal to ascertain as to whether it is of the quality paid for. My opinion is that he ought .to be further empowered to see that the purchaser also gets coal and not slack. I have had several cwt. deliveries recently which have contained at least, 25 to 30 Per, cent. of fine slack. Some small is certainly inevitable, but I ma.inta.in that as long as the price is kept and enforced at a standard so should the size be. My own experience cannot help but bp that of others, and I trust that whea. the Coal Control Committee meet again they will see to it that householders have justice in the direction I have named.
CWMBWRLA IN MOURNING. Funeral of Late Mr. Dd. Evans, Cwmdu. The funeral of the late Mr. David Evans (aged 75), Babell-terraee, Owmdu, took place at Babell amidst manifestations of deep Borrow. Deceased had been a prominent leader in all religious movements with the Calvinistio Methodists (Welsh), and had done yeoman service on behalf of the Ancient Order, of ForesterS, for which society he had been secretary for over 41 years a* well as a delegate for the various conferences. He was the oldest deacon of the Babell (Cwm- bwrla) Chapel (C.M.). where his loss will be deeply felt, as he had been leader of the con- gregational singing for over 30 years. The chief rrioi'rners were Mrs Evans ( widow): Mr. and Mrs. Evans (son and daugh- ter-in-law), Cardiff; Mr. Gomer Evans (son); Mr. David Abraham Evans fsor) and Mre. Evans; Mim Hetty Evans (daughter), Mr. Dd. John and Mrs. John (daughter); Mrs. Jones (sister); Mr. and Mrs. John Evans (Pen- clawdd); Mr and Mrs David Evans a,ud .t"I Evans (nephews; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Evans, Kidwelly: Mr. James Williams and daugh- ter, Llanelly; Mr. W. David. Tongwynlais; Mrs. E. Jones, Swansea; Master D. J. Evans. Cardiff; 1. and E. Evanis. Treboeth; and Misses Bessie and Katie John, Babell (grand- children). The Rev. John Richards (pastor, officiated at the chapel, whilst the following also took part: -Revs. Hennas Evans (I>ibanus>. E. J. Edwards (Cwmbwrla), Wal- ter Davies (Landorel, W. Rawson Williams (Jerusalem), Lodwig Lewis (Cruglas, Swan- sea), Samlet Williams (Briton Ferry), Dr. Dewi Jones iTonna), J. E. Davies (Cymmer). Rev. Morgan George officiated at the grave- side. The Babell Chapel Choir jeondiictor, Mr. John Williams) very feelingly rendered the well-known hymns. "Yn y dyfroedd" and "Ar for tymlio.^tloj?/' t he )wr#.r« were members of the Forestera.
[ITALY. • I HOLDING TiGHT. I I I BATTLE FOR MONT GRAPPA. ENEMY STILL HELD IN! CHECK. ) I (Admiralty, per Wireless Press.) j ROME, Wednesday. t During yesterday there was intense ¡ artillery activity along the whole front. On the coastal zone the National Navy and British monitors lent effec- tive oo-ofjeration. The enemy violently attacked three! times at Mont Pertica, iierth-wjst of Mont Crappa. He was repulsed each time with severe losses. On Mont Tomba and Mont Monfenera lthe infantry actions were not renewed. Our aircraft carried out effective bom- j bardment operations and sustained several duels with hostile craft, as the result of which two enemy machines were brought down, I i "THE DECISIVE MOMENT." I PARIS, Wednesday. The correspondent of the Echo de Paris" write:- Between the Brenta and the Piave the enem continues to concentrate large forces. The Italian troops are resisting along the whole front. We are at the decisivo moment of the contest. If the victorious resistance lasts a few more days a severe defeat will be inflicted on the enemy. I A telegram from Rome says the tiain conveying General Eayollc and his staff ¡ has arrived at Turin. ELOQUENT I (Admiralty, per Wirekss Press.) II Front. BERLIN, Wednesday. I I Afternoon.—The position is un- I changed. "ight.-There is no news from Italy. -■
"THUNDERBOLT." I FRENCH PRESS ON THE VICTORY. NEW ERA MARKED IN THE I WAR. I i i r ] (PrsSs Association War Special.) <' PAitIS, Thursday. All the newspapers print long accounts of the new offensive under the heading "Great British Victory." and all agree in assigning the chief honours of the day to the Tanks. the "oaroouliaged" attack, and the new British method of organising the offensive ¡' in secret. The "Petit Parisien" says: "bur British friends have inaugurated a new method which will have still more considerable effects. "M "Th D. 't' h A The "Matin" writes "The British Army has won a real victory. The, "Journal." in an article headed "A I Military Masterpiece, declares that it was a masterpiece in the art of war .to have suc- ceeded in concealing stich momentous pre- paration for an action. The surprise, it say-, increased the power of the attack ten- I fold. The "Gauiois" points out that the (tanks I have vicjtoriously revealed themselves 8i8 military weapons of the first order. The "Echo de Paris" declares that such a thunderbolt advance marks a new date in I !the tactics of the. war.
Four Brothers Wounded. ) Pte. A. H. Pilme)-, -)ii i)-f George Palmer, Murray-street, TIanellvl. has been wouijded in action, and is now in hospital at Alexandria. He is the fourth of four brothers who have been wounded. Pte. Palmer served 15 months in France with the Cardiff "Pals," proceeded to Salomka on the Transylvania and was torpedoed. He then contracted fever, and on recovering was sent to Egypt. A younger brother, 1 Sergt. H. Palmer (19), has seen three years' service. He has the distinction of being the only one unwounded of five bro- thers. i -!» ) ——— ———
i MINERS MONEY FOR PACIFISTS. Mr. B. Stanton is to ask the Presitjmt ot the Board of Trade if he will institute an I iyouiry into and an examination ofthebookL41 of contributions and minutes of the branches and districts of the South Wales I Miners Federation; if he is aware that mevubers' moneys have often been need for purposes entirely opposed to rule, and that the expenses of delegates to peace meetings, and anti-war meetings, posters, handbills. pacifist literature, printing, Police Court fines, and grants towards conscientious ( objectors are paid out of the Union funds, j and if he will see that all moneys are paid back to the funds, and take action against the persons responsible.
RUSSIA. GREAT EVENTS ANY DAY." ANOTHER CROP OP RUMOURS. ARMY REFUSES LENINtt- ITE ORDERS? COPENHAGEN, Wednesday. The special correspondent of the Rerlingske Tidendo at Haparanda learns from a reliable source that the existing calm at Petrograd will not be of long duration. The Bolchovik regime, he is in- formed, is built on sand, and very strong forces are actively at work with the object of ousting the Lenin-Trotrky usurpers. Croat events may be expected any day. (Per Wireless Press.) ROME, Wednesday. It is reported from Petrograd that all the armies at the front have refused to recognise the new Government. The march of Kaledin continues. r- (Note.—It is to be "observed as tending to support this statement, that for nearly a foi-tniglit thri-e is no com- munique from Headquarters has been daily announced by the new Government. Yesterday's Rumanian official, however, stated that on the Western Moldavian front Russian patrols carried out daring reconnaissances, advancing as far as the enemy's wire entanglements.) SEPARATE PEACE." RUSSIA S LEADER'S NOTE TO THE ALLIES. (Renter's War Special.) COPENHAGEN, Thursday. The Haparanda correspondent ot the Yolkmaiodva communicates to the "Politiken" that M. Trotzski has sent to tho Allied Powers a supplementary Note asking them to revise their war aims. The Note further says that if no reply is received by the-22nd inst.. Russia will consider herself justified in making a separate peace and thereafter remain neutral. (M. Trotzski is described as the "Commissary for Foreign Affairs" for the body supposed to be in power at Petrograd.) ■■■ ■■ 11 i
LORD 44 CHARLIE." SATURDAY AND SUNDAY'S FUNCTIONS AT SWANSEA. Admiral Lord Beresford. G.C.B., has con- sented to attend Divine service at St. Mary's Parish Church on Sunday next a.t 9.50 a.m. Previous to going to church he will, we un- derstand, inspect the oiffcers and men fif tint N&vsi "Bjtsfe. tSKpfc. Down, R.N. Taking part in the church parade u9- to the present are the "Bit Badge" men and the Swansea Naval Brigade, whilslt ,iit is more than probaMe thft the K.S.L.I. and the V.T.C. iviii join the procession. We are informed by Mr. Geo. (running on Thursday that tickets for the meetings on Sunday were selling with great rapidity, a.nd tho-e who would make sure of seaits would be well advised to lose no time in reserving them. On Saturday afternoon Admiral Beresford will inspect the Swansea United Service Brigade at the Hotel Metropole at four o olock. prior to being entertained by the local dceksmen. í On hix arrival at High-street Station at 3.45 on Saturday aftbernoon he will be met by Lieut. Hodgens, Commodare of the Swansea Naval Brigade, which ^idl furnish a, full guard of honour, and the Mayor will be introduced to tbe gallant admiral. During his stay he will be t-he gueet of Colonel Wright at HendrefoilaJi.
"IN PLATOONS." TANKS' HAVOC AMONG TERRIFIED GERMANS. BRITISH FRONT, Wednesday Night. Most of ithe prisoners say that the first thing they knew of the attack was when out of the mist they saw the tanks advancing upon them, smashing down their wire, crawling over their trenches, and nosing forward with gun fire itid macliine-guii fire slashing from their sides. The Germans were aghast and da7ed. Many hid down in t-heir dug-outs and tun- nels and then surrendered. Only the stead- iest and bravest of them rushed to the machine-guns and got them into action, and used their rifles (to snipe onr men. Out of the silence which had been behind our lines a great fire of guns came upon them. They knew they had been Caught by an amazing stratagem, and they were full of terror. Behind the tanks, coming forward in platoons, the iU4 fantry swarmed, cheering, and shouting, trudging ^through the thistles, while tli4 tanks made a scythe of machine-gun fire in front of them, and thousands of shells cam, screaming over the Hindenburg lines. (
Swansea Sergeant. The death hAP occurred in action ol Serqk A. G. Evans.. Wol-b Regiment, on the Ittlk inst.. after three years' service in France. He was home on leave two months ago at Ilk Union-street. Swansea. Previous to the Via" he was employed by Messrs. A. Rosser aud" Sons, Calvert-street, as a French polisher.
I THE SCENE OF BYNG'S PUSH. I