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LOCAL NOTES. ■ HSF1 — ABERYVCN & POnT TALBOT. During the past week the hand of Death has struck some severe blows in our imme- diate locality. There has to be recorded the death of Mr. W. Bendall, the Crimean hero, who had weathered the storms and battles ior the lengthy span of 88 years. The other demise is that of the veteran and beloved Town Clerk of Aberavon, Mr. Marmaduke Tennant., J.P., at the age of 79 years, who for 54 years carried out a professional and official life in the borough, and held the record of being the oldest town clerk in the Kingdom. Touching upon the life history of the Crimean hero, it may be truly said of him that he was a soldier and a man— valiant in warfare and kind in private lifa. The old hero retained his military bearing until recently. Though broken in physical strength, he retained until the last his indomitable spirit, which may be judged from the fact that when lying helplessly in bed at the outbreak of the present war, he insisted on a letter being sent to the local recruiting ofiieer asking ''Can I be of any ei-vice? What an example to thousands of young men in the country! After leaving the Army at the ciose of the Crimean War, Mr. Bendall devoted himself to religious and i work. In truth his was a soul of dutiful consistency, whether in peace or war. He was one of the founders and stalwarts of the Wesleyan cause at Tai- bach and Port Talbot, and the caude was justly preyed of their warrior mejnber. Up almost to the last he attended religious worship at the Wesleyan Churcn I at Port Talbot and *'aibach. His only support was a walking-stick, and hej scorned any other assistance when his peregrinations out of doors had become a danger through weakness and dizziness. His experience at Alma, Inkermi?n, Bala- clava, and Sebasopol—peculiarly, all names of streets at 'l'aibch, th town of his adoption—were given in an interview. He actually witnessed the historic charge of the Light Brigade, and heard the wrong order given by the aide-de-camp of the Commander-in-Chief to the officer in command of the Light Brigade. He ppokej of the great services rendered to the sick and woxtnded by this soldier's angel of mercy, whom he vowed was responsible 11 for savins hundreds of lives. Honoured in life, the old hero was also honoured in death, when his remains were laid to rest in the" Chapel-of-Ease Burial Ground, where his wife also lies, on Mon- day, the interment being carried out with impressive military honours, over 200 troops and officers mustering to do honour to his memory. Although not altogether unexpected in consequence of a protracted illness, the death of the venerable Town Clerk of Aberavon on Sunday cast quite a gloom over the town and district. Sentiments of profound regret and sorrow were ex- pressed on all hands by ,ll sections of the local public in the realisation of Mr. Teimant's passing away. He was a most distinguished and revered citizen, one who had been actively and honourably associ- ated with the public life of the town and district practically from his youth to manhood-a period extending to 56 years out of a lifetime of 79 year&the late Mr. Tennant was respected as one of the distinguished figures in Freemasonry in the United Kingdom, having held every position, and was recognised as one of the I greatest authorities on the ethics of the I Order in the country. He came to Aber- &von as a soliciter, with first honours at his final examination. At the early age of 23, he associated himself with public matters. The borough was then under tb.,6 regime of the old Portreeve and bur- gesses. He soon set on foot a propa- ganda for procuring a charter of incor- poration for the town, and so placed it under the rule of a properly constituted corporation. This led up to some lively scenes in the town, the burgesses strenu- oitaly opposing the idea. Persistency, how- ever, won the day, and the charter was granted in 1861. Mr. Tennant took part in the proclamation cf the new Charter from a platform erected outside the Wal- nut Tree Hotel. Tlie opposition camp erected a platform on the opposite side of the street, rujar the old Bear Hotel, and as the provisions >of the Charter were read !'U, the opposition shouted and ridiculed them. Partisan feeling ran high, and numerous conflicts took place in the streets. In this fierce turrioil, young t'enaant, at that period a powerful athlete, over six feet in height, was the central figure, and old inhabitants vow with admiration, He knew how to keep his end up and no llltak! Two years ,.JLr the granting of the Charter, Mr. rc-iinant was appointed Town Clerk. At this period the population of Aberavon was only 3,000, and its ratable value about =62,000. By the special guidance of the late Town Clerk the whole municipal con- ditions of the borough were reorganised, departments and officials established, and a lapid inarch made forward. To-day Aberavon has a population of 12,500, and til ratable value of £ 50,000. Immediately after being appointed Town Clerk, Mr. Teunant busied himself in getting a com- mission of peace granted for the borough, ajul on December ltith, 1866, he had the proud distinction of intimating to the town that this was granted. This com- mission was further increased in 1378, and to-day there are 14 magistrates. The first Mayor of Aberavon was the late Mr. Edward J ones. whù salary was Jc2, and the Town Clerk's salary £20. To-day the salaries stand respectively at 175 and X250. One of the first aldermen was the late Mr. Daniel Smith, who was also Mayor in lStn-8-9, and who was the father of the present senior alderman, Alderman J. M. Smith, J.P. These facts go to show that Mr. Tennant was busily engaged lay- ing the foundation of Aberavon's muni- cipal greatness, when. the oldest of the present members were either mere boys or unborn- Right through life to foster Aberavon's resources and safeguard its every interest was Mr. Tennant's cardinal principle, and many are the present-day privileges and rights-of-way which are due to his foresight and insistency. As a professional gentleman, a public official, a private citizen, and an ardent Church worker, Mr. Tennant lent tone to every- thing he associated himself tin- swervin.g honesty of purpose, faultless in- tegrity, and unfailing courtesy established for him in the town and district the deepest respect. As a public speaker he eorajaaanded grace and polish, his sage remarks being always listened to with respect. Aberavon owes Mr. Marmaduke Twfmamt a great debt of 'gratitude. Of him it may truly be said in the words of Shakespeare:— His life was noble, And the elements so mixed up in him That Nature might indeed stand up Amd proclaim to all the world- He was a MaD Recruiting continues in the district, and each day brings a fair number of young, promising and useful young moo. to the cors. Up to the time of writing the district lias contributed the splendid total err -325, including National Be- serves. and there is every indication that this total will eontinaie to increase. ibersvon and Port Talbot have been given their phocks lately by a of rumours of invasion by warships. Zep- pelins and etopianes, alleged to have been espied along the Aberavon, Port Talbot and Margam coast. The climax came on Friday night when a War Office  "order came that all public and arc lights had to be extinguished, ar.d that the military stations in the town, and the local police were I to be mobilised to meet some expected emergency. When these facts became known and the streets of the town shrouded in darkn, the inhabitants became seriously perturbed, not a few through fear, declining to retire that vnigl'it. However, nothing happened, and the morning brought i eassurancfe that any imagined danger had passed. Still the authorities continue on the qui vive. When the order came to "down lights, it was acted upon with splendid promp- titude. Letters of thanks from local 'Tommies' serving at the front and various con-1 centration camps continue to pour in i acknowledging Christmas and New j Year's parcels of comforts sent them. The parcels sent away at the i instigation of Mrs. Angus Thomas, 41, Abbey-road, Port Talbot, and Mrs. Morgan, to the local boys serving with the 7th Welsh (Cyclist) Battalion at Berwick-on-Twced, received a general acknowledgment of gratitude from Colour-Sprgt. J. R. G. Morgan, of "H" Company. He says:—"We are deeply in- debted to you for the box of very nice and useful articles you so kindly sent us, and we very heartily appreciate your kind efforts to make our time as ei joy- able as possible. Many thanks to all assisted in the moycment." Last week reference was made in these columns to the misunderstanding which had arisen over the distribution of the proceeds of the Christmas night Patriotic Concert held at the New Theatre. It was contended that the understanding was that the proceeds should be equally divided between the War Funds of both districts, but instead of this the whole amount of £ 17 9s. id. was sent to the Aberavon Mayor's Fund. It may be remarked that this sum has now in- creased to £ 51 13s. 4d. by subscriptions of £ 1 Is. each from Sir A. Pendervis Vivian, K.C.B.. Mr. E. N. David, Mrs. C. J. David (Mumbles), and Mr. Fred E. Jacob. Mr. E. Marchant Jenkins, secretary of the Concert Committee, says that the s money has not been given to any existing fund, but placed with-the Mayor to form the nucleas of a separate soldiers' and sailors' fund to meet cases of future | emergency such as privation amongst soldiers' and (sailors' dependents. This 1 ? fund will be administered by the Hospital Committee. That definitely clears the air. and should more prove more satis- factory all round. [ More men are required to make up the -Iio necessary for the formation of a reserve battery of the Glamorganshire I Royal Horse Artillery. So far, there has been a fairly good response. Anyone t desiring to fall in should apply at the j Drill Hall, Port Talbot. ■ Coim. T. S. Goslin, at the last monthly meeting of the Aberavon Town Council, drew the attention of the War Office ? aiikl officers commanding the Swansea D- fence, Cardiff S8vern Defence, unà the Western and Welsh command to the facilities for training troops at the Aber- avon beach, and urged that a large number Should be sent there for that purpose. There are no two questions .bout it. The beautiful beach in close proximity of tfhc railway station would make one of the finest training grounds, either for infantry, cavalry or artillery unite. As Aid. D. J. Jones pointed out that Sir. A. Pendarvis Vivian, K.C.B., with his wide experience declared in the old Volunteer days that the Aberavon Beach was the finest of camping and training grounds for troops. The fault is that we do not advertise the advantages of car town enough," re- marked Aid. D. J. Jones, and immediate- ly came a report from the Borough Ac- countant depreciating the advertising of the Christmas Markets as having beon a loss. The Borough Accountant could have arrived at such a decision it is im- possible to say whether far more people visited the Christmas Market and far more business was done than in any pre- ?vions ye?r. Doubtless the AccouBtant based his conclusion merely on the Toll lie venue and expenses accou-nt and did not take into consideration the revenue which was brought into the Market and into the town by the extra influx of people. Councillor T. S. Goslin and the Mayor are to be commanded for vigorously upholding the efficiency of advertising. There can be no doubt that the most pronounced advancement in public favour during the last week has been made by Mr. Dan Thomas in his claim for the Swansea District seat, and this is especially the case in Aberavon, where he topped the pull by 124, as against Mr. T. J. Williams's S-t, and Mr. Arthur Thomas's 14. Profound regret was felt in Aberavon and Port Talbot on learning of the sud- den and unexpected death of Miss Morris, headmistress of the, Cwmavon Girls' School. The late Miss Morris com- manded ft wide circle of friends in Aber- ncvon and Port Talbot, to whom her kindly and genial disposition, together with her ever enthusiastic readiness to assist in any good cause, made her ex- tremely popular. Lucifer.