GREAT THREE DAYS, EFFORT AT ABER- GAVENNY. ATTRACTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL EVENT. The Red Cross Workers at Abergavenny and district eclipsed all their previous efforts this week when'thev held a great three days' sale at the Town Hall in aid of the Brookfield Red Cross Hospital Depot and its 25 branches. The chief organisers were Miss Marsh and Mrs. Pegler (hon. secretary of the Brookfield Depot), and all the workers laboured enthusiastically to make the event an unqualified success by the raising of a record sum for the deserving object in view. Much energy and time had been expended in the making of various kinds of articles, and in addition local ladies and gentlemen had been verv generous in their gifts of valuable donations in kind such as rare lace (one piece of exquisite Venetian point and a piece of Brussels lace being worth /2j each), Georgian and other silver articles, old prints and engravings, china, jewellery, antique furniture, and a notable gift of an Erard grand pianoforte worth £ 15°- Not onlv were the stalls well laden with a goodly array of useful and fancy articles and vuhiables to delight the ey" of the connoisseur, but there was a substantial reserve stock to replenish the stalls when they were depleted by the purchasers. The promoters were therefore in no fear of not having plenty to sell in order to meet the de- mands of all comers. No effort had been spared to make the event thoroughly attractive and in this they admirably succeeded, for there was a succession of musical and other fare to keep up the interest throughout the proceedings. Enter- 'tainment has not been rationed, and so the visitors were given plenty of it for their money. TUESDAY'S OPENING CEREMONY. I The sale was opened on Tuesday by Lady Llangattock (president of the Red Cross in Mon- mouthshire), who very kindly came down from London specially for the purpose. The Mayor (Alderman Z. Wheatle^7, J.P.) presided and was Supported on the platform by Lady Llan- gattock, Lady Treowen, Sir Arthur and Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mr. J. O. Marsh, Mr. F. R. Hohbes (hon. treasurer of Brook.fiel(-IDepot) and Mrs. Pegler (hon. secretary). An Excellent [Record. The Mayor extended an official welcome to Lady Llangattock, Lady.Treowen and Sir Arthur and Lady Herbert, and proceeded We have met together to render help to those who at this particular time are unable to help themselves. They have done their duty in this great Euro- peah crisis, and it us who are at home to do all that lies wfflj fe eur power to show them that we are ready to help them to bear the burden of pain that has fallen to their lot. Whilst our brave fellows are somewhere in France stemming the tide of the Huns, we are privileged to gather within the Confines of this building, where we see around us stalls laden with articles of every description, all of which are representa- tive of the love and esteem we have for these men. Whilst they are surrounded on all sides by desolation, we at home are surrounded by the beautiful country that- we all love. Therefore we ought to be inspired to help all we can in this grand and glorious work of aiding and comfort- ing the sick and wounded. I suppose I can safely- say there is hardly a family in this beauti- ful Abergavenny but has someone near and dear to them who is fighting for the honour of the Empire upon which the sun never sets. It is sad that there are a large number of homes in Abergavenny and the whole of the county, as represented here to-day, that have vacant chairs that will never be filled again by those they loved, for truly the highest and the lowest have all united in this great sacrifice and they have all given of their best. It is fitting, therefore, that the ladies of Abergavenny who meet week after week at Brookfield, and the 25 branches associated with them, are giving of their best, and I know they feel that their best efforts fade into insignificance when shown in the limelight of what our heroes have done and are doing for Us. Every one of the bandages and articles made breathes a message of love and sympathy to the sufferers, and if by their efforts they are enabled to give ease to some poor wounded and maimed soldier they will feel that they have been fully rewarded and recompensed for their labours. I understand that unfortunate re- marks have been made, saying that the articles made are no use and that they are not required but I hear that one of the Divisional Surgeons has written and states they are very much appreciated, and he, like Oliver Twist, still asks for more. So I should like to ask everyone to give encouragement to the Brookfield and other workers. The Depot has turned out no fewer than 50,000 articles, which is an excellent record. These things cannot be accomplished without financial responsibilities, and up to date the sum oft: 1,382 7s. 6d. has been raised, and I can only express the hope that with the very valuable and personal influence of Lady Llangattock Lady Treowen, and others, who are so deeply interested in this special effort, such a sum wil be raised as will enable the workers to send out double or treble the number of articles which arc required more than ever. I am sure that Lady Herbert, the president, Mrs. Pegler, the hon. secretary, Mr. Hobbes, the treasurer, and the other ladies will be pleased to receive any subscriptions you are disposed to give them before you leave this building. In conclusion, I can only hope that the time is not far distant when your labour may cease, and that you will have reaped a rich reward by knowing that you did something to help in th8 great European War, which we hope will be the end of wars, and that we may soon have the pleasure of wel- coming the boys home once more. (Applause). Lady Llangattock's Appeal. I Lady Llangattock expressed her pleasure at finding herself amongst her friends at Aberga- venny, in which town she was reminded of many happy meetings of former days and the kind receptions she and her dear husband received on so many occasions. She thanked all the kind I ladies who with such admirable self-devotion j had assisted in the good cause. She. knew the < trouble they had taken, often at great personal inconvenience. She appreciated the brave work of'the collectors, for it did require some courage in these days to undertake collecting, even for such an unquestionable object as the Red Cross. She would like also to thank those ladies who had given personal service in hospitals from the colnmencement of the war. She felt proud of the women of the Empire, who had proved them- selves worthy of their country and nation by the wonderful and tireless work they did in daily tending the sick and suffering wounded. Re- ferring to the food question, Lady Llangattock mentioned that the farmers of the county in 1915 and 1916 raised f,10,330 with sales. She wished to emphasise the Prime Minister's appeal to farmers and others to increase to the utmost extent the production of potatoes, for there was no crop, under existing war conditions, that could compare with it in importance as a food for either man or beast. The Prime Minister had said that if they would grow a million acres of potatoes in England the food situation would be safe. The potato grower was,in the front line of the fight against the submarine, and lie could defeat if it he chose, but victory depended on his exertions in the next few weeks. She felt sure that this stirring appeal would be taken into serious consideration by patriotic farmers and others. Everyone must spare no effort or sacrifice to achieve victory to re-establish the rule of right and justice to all the nations, which England and her Allies were fighting for. Their business that day was to spend money for the benefit of our long-suffering soldiers, not for- getting our incomparable airmen. She was naturally deeplv interested in the Air Service, her dear son (the Hon. C. S. Rolls) having been the pioneer of aircraft in England. When aeros were thought to be of no service he proved their use and value by flying from Dover to Calais and back without descending, seven years ago, and on his return England's greeting was represented by John Bull shaking hands with him and saying Well done, my boy, and thank you you have given me a ljic which I sadly needed." To-day, .-aircraft iu England had no rival. She would now, with much pleasure, visit the well-filled stalls and she was especially anxious to see one which contained work done in their play hours by schoolboys, who had made crutches, splints and supports for the wounded in hospitals, under the direction of Mr. Horsington. The girls also had given up several hours a week of their play- time for the same good object, which showed a splendid spirit and should be encouraged. She had much pleasure, in declaring the sale open and slie hoped for a very satisfactory result to reward the kind workers for their exertions. The Stallholders. The stallholders were as follows :— Produce stall—Mrs. Humfrey, Mrs. Sanford, Mrs. PowLtt, Mrs. Trevor Berrington, Mrs. Blair, Misses Philpott. China sall-Hon. Mrs. Bleiddian Herbert, Mrs. Solly Flood. Mrs. Domvile, Miss Austin. Books and pictures—Mrs. F. Herbert (Clytha), Miss Bristowe and Miss Attwood (Ty-derhvvn, --i:d -?liss Attwood (Ty-de!- I N-vii, I Silver and lace—Lady Herbert of Coldbrook, Mrs. Powell Rees, Mrs. Broster, Mrs. Steel. Mrs. Barnett Barker also helped generously with this stall, but was not able to be present. Plain and fancy stall- -Mrs. Fred Thomas, Mrs. W. J. Williams and Red Cross Workers.. J ewellery stall-The Mayoress and Miss Wheatley, Mrs Lloyd (Tv-Llwyd), Mrs Trevor Jones, Mrs Butt, Miss Radford, Miss C. E. Stevenson and Mrs. H. T. T. Roberts. Baskets and toys—Mrs Gibbs, Mrs. F. T. Sifton, Mrs. Sam Sifton, Mrs. Chadwick, Misses Tongue and Miss V. Young. Jellies and cream-Wesleyan Red Cross Working Party. Fancy stall—Mistresses and girls of the County Intermediate School. Bran tub—Mrs. Austin and Mrs. W. T. Brookes. There was also a stall where Grammar School boys gave demonstrations of the maUing of crutches and splints of various sizes for wounded soldiers. It is worthy of note that the boys at the Grammar School have, under the tuition of Mr. W. Horsington, mad e 500 crutches and splints for wounded soldiers. There were a variety of attractions during the afternoon and evening. Selections were given by an orchestra under the conductorship of Mr. C. T. Busher, the girls of the County Inter- mediate School sang part-songs under the con- ductorship of Mr. W. R. Carr, A.R.C.O., pretty dances were given by pupils of Miss C. E. Steven- son, and there were a number of excellent in- dividual items. Mrs. James, Miss Lambert, Miss Gwladvs Mather- Jackson, Mr. A. Watt and Mr. L. H. Evans gave songs, Mrs. W. J. Williams contributed a recitation, and Miss Eunice Sharpe played a 'cello solo. The accompani- ments were played by Mrs. E. W. Barrett and Mr. W. R. Carr. Capital theatrical perform ances were' given by Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hobbes and party, and a clever performance was given by the" Merry-thoughts" Pierrette- Concert Party, a talented and versatile troupe composed of the following ladies Mrs. R. P. A. Pitt, Mrs. Jack Thomas, Mrs. Merton J ones, Miss Dorothy Price, Miss Phyllis Seargeant, Miss Doris Seargeant, Miss Kitty Gough, Miss MuriE) Tong, Miss Nellie Wheatley, and Miss lHutchings with their mascot, Mastci4 John Pitt. Miss Doris Seargeant was unable to appear, and her place was taken by her understudy, Miss Nancy Newton. 'The Merry-thoughts have arranged to give a performance at the Town Hall on May 9th in order tQ defray the expenses in which they have been involved, and the surplus proceeds will be given to a war charity. t WEDNESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. The Mayor presided at the opening ceremony on Wednesday, and was supported by Lady Llangattock and Lady Herbert. There was again a large attendance. The Mayor announced that Lady Mather- Jackson, who was to have opened the sale that day, was unavoidably detained in London, and Lady Herbert had asked him to perform the opening ceremony instead. They would be pleased to hear that the sum taken at the stalls 1m Tuesday was £215, and, of course, there was, in addition, the money for the various raffles and the tickets which had not been counted. He hoped they would do as well that day. One thing they forgot on Tuesday was to 14iaiik Mr. J. O. Marsh for so kindly lending Brookfield. He was sure that it had been a great help to the workers to have such a pleasant house to work in. He had much pleasure in declaring the sale open. Lady Llangattock proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for opening the sale. He had been Mayor of Abergavenny for several years and she hoped he would continue in the office for many years to come, as she knew of his kind deeds, and she had great pleasure in proposing a hearty vote of thanks to him. Lady Herbert seconded and said that it was extremely kind and unselfish of the Mayor to come there, as they all knew what a busy man he was. He had done everything in his power to help them and had shown his interest in every possible way. They were greatly indebted to Mr. Marsh for his generosity in lending Brook- field, without which they could not have done one-tenth of the work they had accomplished. The vote was carried, and the Mayor briefly responded. The artistes who contributed to the pro- gramme 011 Tuesday again gave their services, but the orchestra and the pupils of the Girls' Intermediate School were not present. The tea department was in charge of Mrs. W. Rees and Mrs. Hill. THURSDAY'S OPENING. There was again a large attendance on Thurs- day, when the opening ceremony was performed by Mr. Reginald Herbert of Clytha, who was introduced by the Mayor. Mr. Herbert, who was in a happy vein, said that he had been asked not only to open the sale, but to open their hearts and their pockets as well, especially the latter. After the great success of the last two days' sale he was rather afraid that they would not be able to get very much ínonev that day. He could not help feeling that they were like the proverbial dustcart after the Lord Mayor's Show, which came behind to pick up the pieces. He hoped, however, they would be able to pick up a few pieces that day and some gold dust as well. (Applause). On a previous occasion there he had the pleasure of offering by auction the Kaiser's coach." He had been in hopes that he would have been able that day to have offered the Kaiser's coffin. (Laughter). Unfor- tunately circumstances had arisen which had delayed its manufacture, and still more to be regretted was the fact that many of their dearest and best had been injured in its manufacture. It was for the purpose of providing comforts and necessaries for those gallant fellows that they were assembled there that dav. The dear Tommies were always in our minds, and speaking of them reminded him of the Scotch minister who took as his text the old nursery rhymne Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man, make me a cake as quick as you can," and who proceeded in his broad dialect to tell his dearly beloved brethren that the cake was not for the baker, nor for his stalwart assistant, but for dear darling Tommy. What'1 they were doing that day was all for dear darling Tommy—Tommy who was fighting for us and for the freedom we loved, and lie hoped they would all support the sale generously and reserve a little for the auction sale which he would shortly start. On the motion of the Mayor, a vote of thanks to Mr. Reg. Herbert for opening the sale was carried with acclamation. Subsequently Mr. Reg. Herbert commenced the auction sale by offering a perambulator, in reference to which he made many humorous allusions, which kept the audience highly amused. lIe sold it several times for 10s. on condition that.the purchaser gave it back, and then came down to 5s. and the more humble coins of the realm. Mr. Herbert concluded his auctioneering enterprise by being wheeled round the platform in the perambulator by Mr. Chadwick, who afterwards took over the auction sale and dis- posed of a number of articles. For the opening ceremonies bouquets and ) buttonholes were given by Mr. Henry- Pitt and Mr. Peake. A bouquet was presented to Lady Llangattock by Miss Wheatley, and another to Ladv Herbert by Master Chadwick. Button- holes were presented to Mr. Reg. Herbert and the Mayor by Miss Mary Jones. Bouquets were also presented to Miss Marsh and Mrs. Pegler by Master Morgan Owen and Miss Joan Sifton respectively. The promoters wish to particu- larly thank Mr. F. T. Jones, Mr. Chas. Downes and Mr. J. H. Redwood for their assistance in connection with the sale, and propose to publish a list of acknowledgments next week. The tea department on Thursday was in charge of Mrs. Robert Townsend and Mrs. R. W. Powell. It is intended to hold a jumble sale of the articles left bver on Tuesday next. +
LLANFOIST. I SCHOLAR'S RECORD.—On Wednesday last Horace Vaughan was presented by the Mon- moutlishire Education Committee with a silver watch for never being absent from Llanfoist Council School for seven years. PRESENTATIONS.—-On Wednesday evening, April 3rd, the Committee of the Llanfoist Soldiers' and Sailors' Welcome Home Fund again presented three more of their men home on leave, namely Lieut. R. Smith, Pte. Green- away ail4 Seaman A. Howells. The presentations were made by Mrs. T. Williams, Messrs. Sher- vington and Norman, and a most enjoyable evening was spent. The follow ing artistes kindly contributed to the programme Miss G. Wil- liams, Miss A. Jones, Mrs. Evans, Miss Crook, Mr. -L. Davies, Master E. Shervington, H. Vaughan and W. Taylor. A vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman, Mr. J. Shervington, and the artistes, also to Mr. Norman and his helpers for the arrangements made. :> helpers for the arrangemenIs made. _?
I ST. MARY'S, ABERGAVENNY. I The annual Easter Vestry meetjng jn connec- I, nection with St. Mary's Church was held on Thursday evening last, at the Church Room, Monk-street, the Vicar (Rev. M. E. Davies) presiding. v Mr. H. W. Breakspere (people's warden) presented the accounts. They started with a balance in hand of [10 5s. 7d. The collections for church expenses amounted to £ 147 18s. The total receipts were £ 360 os. 6d., and the balance in hand was ^3 7s. :!ä., the expenses having been heavier than last year. The accounts were adopted on the proposition of Mr. Marsh, seconded by Mr. Facey. The Vicar nominated Mr. H. W. Breakspere as his warden for the ensuing year and said that Mr. Breakspere pad been connected with the church for 20 vears,. and whatever he undertook' he did thoroughly. Mr. T. H. Sifton proposed that Mr. A. H. Childs be elected people's warden. To his knowledge he had been working faithfully for the church for over 20 years. Mr. J. O. Marsh seconded, Mr. F. Sadler supported, and the proposition was carried. The following sidesmen on active service were re-elected:—Major J. R. Jacob, Capt. W. Pricliard, J. H. Gee and Cyril Thomas. Mr. 'Breakspere proposed a vote of thanks to the organist and choir for their services of the year, to the sidesmen generally, and to Mr. H. G. Turner in particular. Mr. Gibbs seconded and said that for the last two or three years the choir had foregone their annual outing, and that had saved the church- wardens about £16 per year. The Vicar expressed his profoundest thanks to the parishioners of St. Mary's for their un- selfishness in connection with church work. They were living in critical times, when people said that the force of religion was less than before. At present, at any rate, de did not think that religion was losing its hold on that parish. They knew quite well that the world could not do without religion. He would always be glad to be told anything about the work which would help him he was quite willing to be criticised, and always ready to be approached about it. HOLY TRINITY, ABERGAVENNY. The Piaster Vestry meeting at Holy Trinity- was held on Friday evening, the Vicar, the Rev. J. R. Phillips, R.D., presiding. Mr. H. Pegler presented the churchwardens' accounts for the past year, which showed a balance in hand of qs. 8d. The expenditure amounted to ^524 us. 9d. The accounts were considered very satis- factory, seeing that there were some heavy items of expenditure which were not expected. On the proposition of Mr. S. Grant, seconded by Mr. S. T. Gough, the accounts were adopted. The Vicar thanked the churchwardens for the very excellent work they had accomplished during the past year and remarked that thanks were also due to Mrs. Pegler and Mrs. Lane for the great assistance they had rendered the churchwardens. The Vicar nominated Mr. W. A. Lane as his warden for the ensuing year. Mr. Lane re- turned thanks and proposed Mr. Arthur Jones as people's warden. This was seconded by Mr. Gough and carried. Mr. H. Pegler proposed the election of the retiring sidesmen en bloc, with the addition of Mr. Walter Hall and Mr. S. Heap. Mr. A. Jones seconded and it was carried. The "dcar proposed the re-election of Mr. Iltyd Gardner as vestry clerk, and thanked him for the services he had rendered. Mr. W. Devereux seconded and the motion was carried with acclamation. On the proposition of Mr. W. Devereux, seconded by Mr. S. Grant, Mr. Childs was re- elected hon. verger. On the proposition of the Rev. Stanley Davies, seconded by Mr. W. A. Lane, a vote of thanks was iccorde(I the lectors, and Mr. Iltyd Gardner and Mr. W. Devereux suitably responded. A vote of thanks was also accorded to the organist, Mr. J. R. Rosser, and the choir for their services during the year, on the proposition of Mr. Pegler, seconded by Mr. Gough. The Rev. Stanley Davies proposed a vote of thanks to the Sunday School Superintendent, Mr. D. Singer, and the teachers for their untiring efforts, as a result of which the school had in- creased so much that there were now over 600 scholars. Mr. Gough seconded the vote of thanks, with which was coupled a vote of condolence with Mrs. Pavord and Mr. Singer in the loss of Mr. J E. Pavord, an earnest Sunday-school teacher. fl Mr. W. Devereux urged the advisability of } developing the envelope freewill offering scheme. On the proposition of Mr. Iltyd Gardner, seconded by Mr. W. Devereux, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. J. P. Jones for his work in connection with the scheme, and it was decided to ask Mr. Jones to obtain assistance to make a canvass so as to increase the amount collected. ST. FAITH'S, LLANFOIST. I The Rector (the Rev. H. Morice Jones) I presided at the Easter Vestry meeting which was held at the Schoolroom, Llanfoist, on Satur- day evening, and was supported by the two wardens, Messrs. D. W. Watts and A. T. Vaughan. Mr. A. T. Vaughan (people's warden) pre- sented the accounts. He was very pleased at the way the collections kept up, particularly in the evenings. It was very gratifying to see the church crowded every Sunday evening, and he thought it was time they went in for an ex- tension of the church. They had a balance at the commencement of the year of £ 16 os. id., the collections amounted to 1156 10s. 5d., or an in- crease of £ n on the previous year. The total. receipts were £ 98 os. 6d. Their expenses were heavier, and there was a balance in hand of £ 11 .2S. 6d. The Rector said the increase in collections was very satisfactory, when they took into account that over 60 men from that parish had joined the colours and also the fact of the increased cost of living. It showed that their church was flourishing. The accounts were adopted on the proposition of Mr. J ack Watts, seconded by Mr. T. Nelder. The Rector nominated Mr. A. T. Vaughan as his warden, and on the proposition of Mr. Nelder Mr. D. W. Watts was elected people's warden. On the proposition of Mr. D. W. Watts, seconded by Mr. Vaughan, the following sides- men on active service were re-elected en bloc Messrs. Fred Vaughan, R. Williams, H. Hall, H. Thomas, E. J. Barnes, and R. Walters. Mr. Morris (Dan-y-Blorenge) was appointed lay elector. The Rector suggested that if they could instal a hot-water apparatus it would effect a con- siderable saving in gas and would add to the comfort of the worshippers, and it was under- stood that this matter would be considered. Mr. D. Watts proposed a vote of thanks to the Rector. The fact that the communicants had increased from about 100 to 700 showed that he liad,piloted the ship in the right direction and that his work was bearing fruit. He also thanked Mr. W. Devereux for auditing the accounts. Mr. Vaughan seconded and thanked the sides- men and'others who had assisted. The Rector, in reply, said he was gratified to find that things were going so satisfactorily. In February he was offered a very important living in Pyssex, but after careful deliberation he felt that he must remain there a little longer, as it would be hard to sever one's connection when just beginning to see the fruits of one's labours and to understand the people better and to be understood by them. There was a great deal of work to be done in that parish, and he would not be content until he saw the church enlarged.
——— V ￼ Sugar Applications in Lianarth District. I At a 8lieeting of the Aoergavenny Rural Food Coiitrol. Committee on Tuesday, the Executive Officer (Mr. J. H. Farquliar) reported that he had received an application from Miss Rees and Father Exton at Llanarth for 70 application forms for sugar for fruit preserving, for the parishes of Llanarth, Clytha and Bryngwyn. Father Exton had, at the request of the War Agricultural Committee, visited the people in those parishes with a view to estimating the amount of sugar they would require. The Clerk said the Food Control Committee had not been consulted and he could not supply the forms. At the same time, Father Exton had undoubted- ly gone to considerable trouble in the matter. Mr. F. 0. Price said that there was consider- able, dissatisfaction in the district, as people, relying on the forms being sent to Father Exton, had made no application. Many of them thought the forms should be distributed by their Clerk. The Committee approved of the Clerk's action and hoped that those who had not made claims would send in applications. The Cleik said that under the exceptional circiimstaiiees the time for receiving the forms would be extended to Tuesday next, so that no one would be left out.
I The Rev. Gwilym Davies & Dancing I To the Editor of the Abergavenny Chro niclc." SlR,-I am sure you will allow me some space in your paper to reply to that marvellous pro- duction of Mr. Blanch, Stanhope-street. The composition of the letter, linked with the depth and profundity of thought, reflects great credit upon the gentleman named. Has he. been trained at Oxford or some other seat of learning from which comes the Balfours and the Glad- stones ? It is certainly a great honour to the town of Abergavenny to give such mental force to the world, especially at such a critical moment in our national history. As one reviews the somewhat lengthy comment, you suddenly come up against something—and what is it :— Dancing ? No but the Rev. Gwilym Da vies. One is highly amused at the repetition of the name stated. I am not using the pen to defend the rev. gentleman, as he is far more able to do that himself; The pity is that Mr. Blanch does not keep definitely to the question that gave rise to the attacks. Going back to that wonder- ful gathering in the Town Hall, convened by His Worship the Mayor, something was said, and said gently and solemnly, touching an all night I of amusement that was to be held very quickly I after the night of intercession. This has pro- I voked the outburst of passion characteristic of the article in your paper. The question is—and it is a burning one, too—can we win the war by dancing ? If so, dance on. But shall we win if we do ? Allow history to have a word here and what does it. speak or say That King Belshazzar had an all-night of delightful amuse- ment, but lost his kingdom by so doing. So shall we, Sir, unless there be a sincere turning to the God of OUT fathers. The great mystery to the writer is that whilst the destroying angel of death is sweeping into thousands of our island homes that there should be the least desire for anything that is out of keeping with the lamen- tation and weeping that is to beheard in the land. Is it possible to become so oblivious of the strong and courageous men who have really given up everything, including life itself, that our country might be from oppression and cruelty and those in the home-land contending for the right to live as they like and do as they like, when the Empire we love so much is being weighed in the Divine balance and the manner of life we live, and are living, will determine whether we shall be found wanting ? The prayer of every man and woman should be, God bless and save our native land. Yours faithfully, R. BEAVAN. I 3 Orchard-street, Abergavenny. I To the Editor 01 the 11 Abergavenny Chronicle." DEAR SIR,-May I through your paper say a word in defence of the Rev. Gwilym Davies and Dancing." This heading conveyed quite a false impression. Mr. Davies did not object to dancing. What he actually said (and I think all who have loved ones in this awful conflict will agree) was that while in the midst of ^he most awful battle in the world's history it was not a time for the nation to give itself to worldly pleasure." No minister or clergyman in Aber- gavenny has done more for the pleasure and comfort of the wounded soldiers than the Rev. Gwylim Davies. I am not a member of his church. I am very anxious to see something more done by all the churches in Abergavenny in the way of providing some week-night enter- tainment for the you men and women of the town. Mr. Davies is the only minister who is doing very much in this way. Instead of being the killjoy "—which Mr. Blanch paints him- he is a staunch patron of any form of innocent pleasure. I wish someone with Mr. Davies's courage had approached the authorities re- sponsible for the local Cinema on their allowing a play (the posters of which did not look very edifying) to take place during Holy Week and on the Eve of the Crucifixion. Surely, some other time could have been arranged for this. I am sure if the working man who attacked Mr. Davies last- week could have a talk with him he would vote him a real sport and retract his unjust remarks. Oil God that men would see a little clearer Or judge less harshly where they cannot see. Oh God that men would draw a little nearer To one another--thcy'd be nearer Thee, and understood. r Yours, A LOVER OF FAIR PLAY. April 1.)18. t. To the Editor of the Abergavenny I SIR,—I hope you will excuse me if my writing appears a little shaky, for I am still laughing over the letter of A Reader in your last issue. I don't know the sex of the writer, but at any rate he or she is another of those inconsistent persons who denounce amusement and yet create amusement every time they open their mouth or put their pen to paper. There s nothing more funny than an unconscious humorist, and that is why the letter in question must have caused great joy to your readers. I don't think that the Rev. Gwilym Davies, however, will welcome the anonymous appear- ance of this puny champion. After reading this gratuitous defence I should think the rev. gentleman would be likely to exclaim Save me from my friends." My letter was nut written to A Reader," and 1 don't know why he butts into this controversy. Certainly he has added no argument to convince any broad-minded person, but on the other hand he has rendered the rev. gentleman an ill service. Though I have criticised the Rev. Gwilym Davies, I feel sure that lie is not so narrow-minded as A Reader unblushingly shows himself to be. He says Cinemas, theatres, and all such-like places are our undoing." He does not mention dancing, so he evidently thinks there are amuse- ments which are quite as bad or worse. It seems to me that A Reader does not belong to this age at all, but he is a throw-back to Early Puritan times. I thought that all the Early Puritans had been buried long ago. I will not be so unkind as to suggest that A Reader has been unfortunately overlooked, but if he could only be transformed into an Early Puritan potato he might be buried to some good purpose. It is rather' presumptuous on the part of "A Reader to claim to have such an intimate acquaintance with the Rev. Gwilym Davies's conscience. It is enough for most men to answer for their own conscience. I have no doubt most of your readers will feel that A Reader's letter does not require a reply, as this entertaining display of peculiar views would not convince anyone of common sense. If I did not reply, however, he might be conceited enough to think that I take all he says as gospel. "A Reader puts down the cause of the war to the fact that the nation has been engrossed in pleasure for several years. Even the Germans, with all their attempts to put the blame on us, never thought of that explanation, and Prince Lichnowsky, in his recent revelations, has for- gotten to mention the matter. A Reader is therefore entitled to claim a little originality. To think that because we have indulged in dancing, cinemas, theatres, and other amuse- ments, the Germans have for many years been building up a large Army and Navy to smash us Well, well I suppose if the nation had been composed of men of the type of "A Reader there would have been no war at all. Some of your readers may wonder which of the two would be the worst evil—to have the war or to have more people of the type of A Reader." I do not propose to deal with that question. I am content to leave him alone to the enjoy- ment of his peculiar views. Yours faithfully, F. W. BLANCH, 14 Stanhope-street, April 9, 1918. To the Editor of the Abergavenny Chronicle." SIR,—I am afraid the discussion on the Rev. Gwilym Davies and Dancing is all the outcome of the rev. gentleman's lack of tact in criticising broadly without studying both sides of the subject. Pleasures, like fault-finding, are very often overdone, and many people will agree that we at home do not study the war seriously enough. Still, the Rev. Gwilym Davies should have studied both points of viev and considered the feelings of the promoters 01 the anair, WHO, it appears, have been doing their bit at home to help their country's cause. As far as I can "ather, the committee responsible for the arrangements are humble working men who devote their little spare time in trying to help different war funds. Their ideas are praise- worthy enough, from a national point of view, a fact which makes one wonder whether their critics are as patriotic as .they like people to think they are. Anyway, I cLim that the fee^jngs of poor workers who are doing their bit to help their. fellow workers at the front are as deep seated as any belettered critic that stands on a platform and preaches things he may not practice. As the Rev. Gwilym Davies re- marks, Thènan who suffers most is the man who grumbles least." Judging by his own words, the rev. gentleman evidently suffers little, if we consider the extent oi,his grumbling. I note thai A Reader in last week's i?sue states that we are scourged to make us re-I member God," and talks in a kind spirit (very kind) about people laughing down to hell, and also about devil houses. The latter expression certainly shows which way the tail wags." Evidently prohibitionists cannot argue mnch .on anything without bringing the old love to the front, while A Reader's kind comparisons remind me of a prohibition extremist who in 1916 wrote that all who did not agree with his views were children of the devil." Yet that class of extremists ask that their words should be taken in a kind spirit. Their abuse of their neighbours bear a curous similarity to the theory of the German who blindly believes that he is God's own chosen, brought into the world specially to scourge and dominate other nations because they are children of the devil." Con- stant fault-finding and watching for neighboure' weaknesses is a true Teuton-like trait that could be deferred until happier times arise. A Reader," together with the rev. gentle- man who acts as mentor to that class of blame- less livers, should devote more time to study and think over that verse in St. Paul's Epistle = to the Colossians, wherein is statcf And above 1 all (these things put on chairty, which is the bond of perfectedness." It would be more Christian- like to show a little charitable feeling to their poorer neighbour sinners. It would also help them a little on the way to St. Paul's bond 01 perfectedness." They are a long way short of it yet themselves. Yours faithfully, I :\brgan'!my. .& HARRY E. PA I E. j A b eTgavenny.
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I MEASLES AT ABERGAVTNNY. I To the Editor of the 11 Abergavenny Chronicle. DEAR SIR,-Will you kindly allow me to appeal to the Sunday School superintendents to kindly.close the Sunday-schools during the period that the day schools arc closed, and thus help to stamp out the epidemic ? •» Yours, &c., r Z. WHEATLEY, Town Kail, April 12, 191S. (Mayor). -A-
MINISTERIAL FAREWELL. PRESENTATIONS TO REV. YORWERTH I DAVIES. The Rev. Yorwerth Davies, E.A., B.D., B.Eitt. has accepted the pastorate of Rhyddings Con- gregational Church, Swansea, and on the occasion of his relinquishing the pastorate of Castle Street Congregational Church presenta- tions were made to him and Mrs. Davies at a farewell gathering held in the Schoolroom on Monday evening. Mr. \V. Jacobs presided, and was supported by Mr. Edwin Foster, Rev J. P. Millward, Rev. T. J. Lewis (all representing the Free Church Council), and the Rev. S. H. Bosward. The Chairman said that the Rev. Yorwerth Davies had during the past five years worked hard in the church. He had preached well, and gave them something fresh every Sunday. His sermons were consistently good, uplifting, in- teresting and informative, and not only had he established a reputation in the church, but also in the town, for good preaching He had found him a genial and true- Iriend and all that a minister should be, and they were all very sorry that he was leaving them. Mr. E. O. Pierce (deacon) said Mr. Davies had given of his best in the pulpit and given them the cream of the gospel. Above all, they had to acknowledge his high and lofty Christian character. Mr. F. M. Cope (deafen) paid a tribute 10 Mr. Davies for what he had done for the yount; people. --f At the close of his ministry he had the great joy of receiving 17 of them into member- ship. He (Mr. Cope) had found in him a true minister and real friend, and those who knew him best loved him most. Mr. Rees Jones (deacon) said they hac lost a good preacher and a good man. The Rev. J. P. Millward (president of the Free Church Council) said the Free Church Council appreciated very highly the splendid work accomplished by Mr. Davies. He esteemed him very highly as a man, as a gentleman, and as a Christian gentleman, and also as a brother minister. Mr. Davies was scholarly without the pedantry or conceit of scholarship, and he was a true friend. Mr. Edwin Fester (treasurer of the Free Church Council) said the Council felt that Mr. Davies had been a great help to them in their deliberations. He felt that the town would be the poorer for his departure. The Rev. T. J. Lewis said they appreciated the brilliant work Mr. Davies had done in their united gatherings, and those who had heard him preach or speak testified to his great gifts. He believed that Abergavenny in the future would be proud to know that they had him as a minister for a period of five years, and he believed that if he took care of his health he would be a great force in the Congregational pulpit. Mr. David Hill (senior deacon) presented Mr. Davies, on behalf of the church and congrega- tion. with a wallet of Treasury notes, and thanked him for all he had done for the church. Miss Price presented, on behalf of the church and congregation, an attache writing case for Mrs. Davies. Miss Gwen Powell presented a picture on be- half of Mrs. Geo. Jenkins, and recited some ap- propriate lines. Miss Mary- Davies recited some verses, and Miss Cope 011 behalf of 12 young people recently admitted to church membership presented a gilt-framed picture of a well-known statue of Christ, together with an appreciatory address to the rev. gentleman. The Rev. Yorwerth Davies said lie valued the gifts, but he valued much more the feeling they represented. He bad enjoyed immensely his work among the young people and he would value nothing greater than the appreciation of those who had recently been admitted to membership. He thanked the congregation for the sympathy they had always extended to him since he came there a young man from college, and he left with them the watchworei Forward." They had a great past in that church, but they must not be satisfied with that. The Rev. S- H. Bosward also wished Mr. Davies God-speed in a few well-chosen words. I Presentation by Y.M.C.A. The Rev. Yorwerth Davies was also the re- cipient of a presentation from the Y.M.C.A. on Wednesday evening. Councillor J. R. Beck- with, who presided, referred to the services rendered by Mr. Davies tloo the Y.M.C.A. Bible Class on Sunday affternoons. The following all spoke in high terms of Mr. Davies as a preacher atd resident of the town Mr. E. Parsons, Mr. E. James, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Williams (St. Helen' road), Mr. Jacobs, Mrs. Powell, ^rs. Bevan, Mr. Hubert Evans. Mr. R. Beavan (secretary), after a characteristic speech, then presented Mr. I Davies with a very handsome silver-mounted brush and comb enclosed in a leather case. Mr. Davies'suitably returned thanks. I
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To Our Readers.—Owing to the exceptional I amount of news this week many reports have had to be considerably curtailed. I ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. NIT. Thomas and family wish to lhank all friends for kind syrilpatby shown them in their recent bereavement, and also those who sent floral tributes. Chapel Farm, Brvnfwyn. • I 1 The relatives of the late Mrs. Williams, Pandy, return thanks for the kind sympathy received, also Ifloral tributes sent, in their recent sad bereavement.
BIRTHS, MABR/AGES & DEATHS DEATHS. BIGGS.— On April 5th, at New House, Llau- vapley, Sarah, daughter cf the late William and Mary Biggs, of Perth-y-pea, Llanpvaley, Abergavenny, aged 66 years. KUBBALL.—On April 9th, at the residence of his sister,,60, Walford-street, Newport, C. John Hubball, late of Cape Town, South Africa. Funeral Saturday, at the Old Cemetery, A bergavenny JONE,S.-On the -Sih April at Smith House, rorest Coalpit, Sarah Annie ^issie), eldest daughter of Frederick and Annie Jones, aged 25. Deeply mourned. THOMAS—On the 1st inst., at The Chap-1 Farm, Bryngwyn, Mary, the beloved wife of William Thomas, aged 64 years. JL i I ON ACTIVE SERVICE. GLENDINNING.—Officially reported. Killed in action in France on 2nd December, 1917, James Graham Glendinning, Mo. R., attached R.F.C., aged 20, the dearly-loved and only son of Dr. and Mrs. Glendinning, Hillcrest, Aber- gavenny. IN MEMORIAM. JONES—In Loving Memory of Frank T. Jones, seventh son of George Jones, of The Tump, Uanvetherine, who was killed I] action iu France April 10th, 1917. .}O JONES.—111 Loving Memory of Mrs. Blanche Jones, who died cn the i,h April, 1917, at The Shop, Uangattock Lh?o?d. "J'eac< Perfect P?ace." From ]oving Husband an? ChiMreu. in Loving Memory of Henry James Marshall, v.h" departed this life in his 21st year, April I uth, 1917, after a painful illness patiently borne. We mourn for thee, dear son and brother, But not with outward show, For those who mourn sincerely Moutn silently and low. • >u died not on the battlefield, Though for- your country you did your best, And now you sleep with Jesus, I One long peaceful rest. 1>.» r .remembered by his loving Father, Brother and Sisters. R.I.P.
I GOVILON. CONCERT.- On the 3rd inst., a very successful concert was given at the Institute, Govilcn, by the Aberearn Royal Quartette, assisted by well- kr.own artistes, who gave their services volun- tarily iJ: aid of the fund for providing wristlet watches for overseas 1. There was a large and enthusiastic audience, over which Mr. John Owen presiJed in his usual able manner. The artistes were as follows Miss Olive Bevan, Miss Evelyn. Bayliss, Miss Dorothy Humphreys, Mr. C. Pv.iliii. Mr! Idris Thomas, Mr. W. E. Games and Mr. Bert Thomas, and the individual and concerted efforts provided a real musical treat which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The artistes were entertained by the Rev. T. P. and Mrs. Clarke and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davies at the Rectory previous to the < onctrt and at the Post Offiee at the close of the proceedings.
Interesting Horticultural Lecture. Mr. W. J. Grant, Director oi Agriculture for Monmouth- shire, delivered an interesting lecture en The advantages of allotments," in the Corn Ex- change 011 Thursday, 4th April. The chair was taken by the President of the Association, Mr. H. Gething, Coed Glas. Mr. Grant gave some valuable information as the growth of vegetables and cultivation and manuring of various kinds of soil. It is a great pity that more gardeners did not take the trouble to put in an appearance. Manv hints were given 0,- to the growth of potatoes, cabbage and onions in particular, which would, if taken advantage of, have saved many disappointments and enabled cultivators to ait,iin success by dealing with their gardens in a vractkal and proper manner. At the close of the lecture Mr. Cething proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer, which was seconded by Mr. W. Rosser and carried. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was carried on the proposition of Councillor Telford, seconded by Mr. Stetlman. The attention of our readers is cailtel to a lecture to be delivered by Mr. Samuel Salter, F.R H.S., in the Corn Exchange, on Saturday, 13th April, at 8 p.m., on Tne practical use of patent manures." Mr. Salter will show samples cf the various patent manures and fertilisers now obtainable and explain the methods of using, them. Tne use of patent manures is r subject with which most amateur gardeners have very little, if any, knowledge, and this lecture should supply a much-needed want, ii it is only taken advantage ol.
I Abergavenny Federation of Trades Unions. I A STRONG PROTEST. A meeting of the Abergavenny hederati- n ot Trades Union was held on Weelnesday, the loth inst., when it was decided to protest against the use (,f our public slaughter-house for the re- ception of carcases, also to protest against the apparent inaction of our local authorities in reference to the recent local case of a dead cow being brought into the town and sold for human consumption. It was decided to press the local authority to institute a public inquiry i;;tr this matter, in view of the fact that no actionf was taken. This attitude was taken by the Federation after giving every considerati n to drastic resolutions on the matter from two large Trades Union organizations. The Federation also decided that the time is now opportune to seek a direct representation on the Local Food see k a direct re p Tesei-,t, Control Committee of 50 per cent, from this Federation, and steps are to be tsken ir. this direction at once. The Federation take this e>pportu:ir.y of thanking those members of the public who have helpul them in their work on food control by bringing -cases of hardship before their notice, and invite further co-operation from the public in this matter, ar.y complaints to be -1: to the Secretary, Mr. John Stark, 22 Merthyr-ioad, Abergavenny.
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