LAND OF FIRST I < CHRISTMAS. Scene of Welsh. Triumph. ("1" Ar By Hubert. St. John. ,I ft* V In Moneo which is a stony 4nountry-in more senses than oiie-it is said that at the beginning of all things the Creator was, passing over the world distributing stones from a huge bag, and when immediately over Montenegro the h^g hurst, and that country re- ceived tlile lot. If thaw story were founded, iti/, fact I would say that there had been rival fifiri: travelling in the ,;am« .^miuftdfcty,' in the Bast, and that they met witjk 81 like fate when over Pales- tine. Soon Vftter my arrival at this front an officer 'who had already spent over two years in the East asked me what impressed \no most. 1 was obliged to confess it was the stones." There are gigantic rocks, big stones and little atones everywhere ne goes in the hills specially in thooe prts eo frequently re- ferred to in the Holy Writ. In otder to use thv land of its best advantages. the natives oollect the stones on the.hillsides and .fonn a series of ter- races, following the coatoiirs as closely as possible. The tal "aces are sup- ported by dry walls of the loose stones, and by this means they have long nar- row stretches of land in which they plant their vino, olive or ifig trees, ac- cording to taste or suitability of the climate. The grapes grown are or a small variety, from which tlie Palestine wine is made. The figs are ailsu, except in certain parts, rather smalll, as also areAhe olives, which grow to about half the%ize of our table variety. I have been told on more than' one occasion that some of the natives make an equiva- lent to t8 a year out of each tree. It is also said that if the olives are picked off instead of beaten., it is possible to obtain two crops a year. But the .Syrian mnone too energetic a. person and comes along armed with a long stick and much matting the latter he spreads under the tree and then, with his stick swarms up the branches and proceeds to knock 011 the fruit, which ir, afterwards collected into baskets and taken home. Thtp proud proprietors of fig groves- or rather their hirelings—appear to pick the fruit when nearly ripe and lay- it out on the earth to be sun-dried. What they do with it afterwards I can- not say, but in some parts it must fornr tlioir staple food for the rest of the year." These same hirelings, and in some cases the owners build themselves small shelters or caves of stone, at convenient spots, wherein they dwell as watch dogs, to guard the growing fruit against their neighbours who, in spite of living on Holy ground, are not yet acquainted with the command: "Thou snalt not covet thy neighbour's goods." Palestine looks its best shortly after sunrise. At that time one is able to appreciate that subtle colouring which only the East can produce. It is not liearty so marked here. as in Egypt, but the early mcrrning sky has much tho sum r delightful, transparent blue, and forms a pleasing contrast to the vivid green of the fig trees and the reddish foil of the hills; even the stones look Jdss monotonous at that hour. I have often stood on a commanding position hear, Tel Asur when the glorious red sun crept over the eastern hills, and watched stir of life on the hill-sides and on the j^lain below. All the, trans- port men busy with their grooming, and those most energetic people, the cooks, sending Up their first puffs of smoke from nearly kindled fires; then would comt* sappers, infantrymen 'and the ¡ iptii^r footslogger* "—out for their «|rly drill, and unnecessarily raising, f their already enormous appetite for breakfast. Presently along every rough track- or roadway would flow a continu- ous stream of horseflesh; "the worthy animals with their less aristocratic relatives, the mules—now all spick and f..pan, plodding along at, merry pace to- wards the watering place, there to jy.vait their turn for the first of their three daily drinks. Later in the day one would see long convoys of camels. 4 one behind the other as far as the eye could reach, tarrying water or foodstuffs. There would sometimes be as many as three thousand in this silent pr<$cession, .1 with half as many dark, skinned sons of the Sudan, in their picturesque blue attire. These fellows always brought a splash of colour to the most sombre surroundings.. The country itself, apart from the l extensive plains on the coastline con- sists of a series of hills, v.alleys and "wadis" (dry water courses). Travel-' ling is dfficnlt at the best of times be- cause of the broken character of the' ground. The path is usually so steep that it is either too dangerous or too uncomfortable" to ride at more than a w-n Iking pace. Light cars and lorries are able to get along fairly well, and in doing so smother less fortunate people with some of the dust that lies several inches-thick on the stony road. Here and there one comes across a Christian P-r Mohammedan village usually perched on the hill-top. The houses are mostly one-storeyed affairs, with stfeps leading to the flat roofs; or—in the more- prosperous, villages—they may be two storeyed- The smallest houses, some- times with only one room, are square buildings with stone, domed roofs and usually present a very grimy appear- ance since they have no chimneys, and the smoke from any fire that may be lighted inside issues forth by way of the door and the unglazed, barred windows. They are squalid hovels and remind one of the prison cells of half-civihaed countries. il The wad is. to which previous refer- ence has been made, form very con- venient roads in dry weather, but dur- ing the wet season they are trans, formed into rushing torrents which are often too deep and swift to be forded with safety. In may places the British, «iigineors have ,constructed concrete bridges ill order that certain much used tracks might be kept open all the yeat round. This is. only one of the many improvements which the war has intro- duced into this God-forsaken country. The natives are, for the most part, very ragged and seemingly revel in filth. Their habitations are always teeming with flifes, and their health suffers an- luordingly. Eye-trouble is especially prevalent in his oountry, and the Ojxjjtlialfliic Hospital of the Order of ,,$.t;. J.nn hns done yeoman service in the relief of suffering caused by this "disease." Patients are treated irre- spective of class or creed, and more than one British doctor has given his life in this splendid cause. ■ Most people are anxious to know Hfynething of the appearance of Jerusa- lem, but it is difficult for anyone un- I acquainted with the East to picture aurti, a place as this. The old city is enclosed by-a wall feet high, hav- ing one of which has been willed tit) for many hundreds of years, The streets we narrow, badly paved and .1 dirty; many of them are vaulted. over and successfully defy the sun's entrance. Air there" are always squalid dwellings and booths opening on to these d j alleys of disease, they are usually very tjfyiilK to anyone with even an ordinary neof smell, and if one is obliged to pass along one of the old streets it; is with ? thankful heart tbr.t one returns to the sunhght. In these th 'Ir g'hl? fares are To be found the vendor of aH the npc^ities of life in Jerusalem. T", --i be the bread shop, swarming I with flies, the fruit and vegetables stalls, with perhaps a slipper chop next door, and"acroas the way, the tinker's booth with its variety of strangely shaped pots and. pans It would, doubtless, be a heroic act to describe the city in detail, jfiving the multitude of mosques, temples, churches, sepulchres (spurious and otherwise. their due, but as Baedeker takes nearly will' pages to perform the task, it will not he attempted here. But I cannot pass on without recounting an afternoon's experience off the beaten track. I had been to the Mount of Olives, and on towards the German Hospice, where one can catch a glimpse of the Dead Sea. and was returning to the St. John's Hospital by way of the Tomb of Absalom and the Jewish burial I grounds, when I reached what subse- quently turned out to be the village of Kafr Silwan, or Siloah. The steep hillside was covered with rock tombs, centuries old. which were used as dwell. ings or stables. Of signs of civilization there were none. There was not a single direct track through the labyrinth in which I found myself, and I was met on all sides by the filthiest and most ill-clad specimens of humanity it has ever been my misfortune to see They crawled out of their caves and mounted the roofs to watch my progress, and looked contentedly on while their large dogs—savage looking As wolves— rushed after me, their teeth bared and hair standing on end. In after days I consulted my guide book about this spot and fOttnd that the inhabitants of Silwan, who are aU Moslems/ are notorious for their thievish propen- sities." Leaving the Fountan of the Virgin, (where Solomon was annointed, 1 Kings, 1-38) on my right I came to the pool of Siloam, also in the Valley of Jvkfroa; and avoiding the lepers' colony and passing through the valley of Hintiom, I came to the Ophthalmic Hospital of the Order of St "J uhn of Jerusalem. The building had been used as a magazine by the Turks, and an ex- plosion had done considerable damage. Ono cannot close an account of Palestine, however short, without at least a. reference to BetMehem..The little town lies about 5 miles to the South of Jerusalem and has a present population of about 11,006, nearly all of whom are Christians. It was famous in ancient history as the home of the family of David, but it did not become a ?lace of any size until the, Christian pelio There are naturally, many si ?b dis, sticii as the Church of the Nabvity, built on the traditional birth- place of Christ," the Field of the Shep- herds, where the angels are supposed to have appeared to the shepherds, and other plat-ee associated with s-e,ripttiral' northern of Bethlehem "has alleys- been noted for its fertility, and the careful cultivation of the soil presents a pleas- ing contrast to the barren environs of Jerusalem It is doubtful if the people in the- parts have changed much, since the Bib Akal times, in customs or dress, and their mode of life must have been the same for countless centuries. As a typical i ex- ample of Syrian respect towards the womenkind, I record the following inci- dent. A farmer and his spouse had been ,V() hins(;¥t!. liIt. the <&Mi ? ?he'?uKf ?iB?U''aonkey? -Tl?pio? consisted of "A rough T)iecc ?tim?r, about six feet long and sttghtty curved, with an irregular, 80mewhat Y" shaped ex- tremity, which made it look something like aU wishbone n, with one side broken off short. The day's toil being over, the farmer picked up the plough, placed it across his wife's shoulder, and. then mounted the donkey and rode merrily homeward, leaving his lerser half to fol- low with his primitive implement of a?ricaRure. It's a way they have in the Eást t" v, —;
y?damJ Bessie Jone? and Mies Winifred ￼ Lewis. E!nah Ooncert. Tabernacle. Mor- I nn ?atnr(lav 27th December.
PRICE OF BUTTER. I Farmers Confident of Increase. ? At a meeting of the t?Dtrai council of?he?<?'rmarthen?hiro Branch of the N^tion^L.. tThiOn, -Pryso Rit-?- Mant?Y?ry, pi?SK?g. (Mr. D?ci? Johns) T€T)o??? ?h? vi?t of the dep-miaf i6n. to Boardpf Agrient. ture urging that steps be taken either to increase the price of butter or have the price decontrolled, and stated he had every confidence that the ?Sort made W(>UTD ? sucCes4ul.
"Chief Choral Prize JMO Momaton 50th Annual Eisteddfod. Boxing Day. For Christmas Cigars and Cigarettes. I Tit-Bits," 1. Wind-street Swansea. i i;Bwing -Night: t PràiWt:s&t('iififrht:; ? '10.. < ,<Õ :-T ,(;,
? ,? ?, i, ? [, CO-OPERATIVE COliFEFtENtJE 1 The quarterly conference of the West Wales Association of Co-operative Socie- ties was held at the Carmarthen Society's premises on Saturday, Mr. Roderick (president) in the chair. About 30 dele- gates, representing 18. societies, were pre- sent. The topic for discussion was "Political Action," and was introduced by Councillor I Pj. <S?»ansea>. The speaker urged th?' Co-operative Soci^eties tc' organise themselves as A political and municipal force. 1 An interesting discussion followed. Tee was afterwards provided. Y
Y Prawf." in 3 acts. Albert Hall, Deo. I 26 and 27.
Sohubert's Unflniahed 3ymphony in B Minor," Tabernacle. Morriston. Saturday I Evening. 27th December.
1- TOWN HILL HOUSES. I We have received a strong letter from Mr. W. H. Herbert on the Swansea hous- ing question, in which he says" that every possible obstruction has been placed in the way of Messrs. Rogers and Davies to prevent them from proceeding rapidly with the work. "He further contends that the operative joiners are "absolutely in the wrong," and .says that the purchase of joinery has never, been considered to be eub-Ietting. Be also suggests that Swansea master I builders: have remained silent in this trouble, and ask.s whether it mean that jthftV; oonsent to the operatives' demands. In conclusion, he questions the Town ■Clerk's ruling trn file matter. Owing to prosfure on our ppace weLarc tm.ablh to Jll!hHh kttÙ in hi]}.' unable to publish tlie letter in full.
I Albert Hall. Dec. 26 -27. 'T Pra wi I ? (le" ￼ I
The Day's Gossip. m v Leader Office, Tuesday. The weather is excuse enough to keep indoors, but Swansea in the rain is a remarkable sight just now. The dreariest, dirtiest weather will not keep people from the shops. Wherever you go, there seems a crowd. The jewellers' > are full; the toyshops are jammed; and ae for the drapery shops, the assistants must be praying for Christmas Day and peace. Money appears to be very plenti- ful. No one grudges the high prices. The chain thing is to get what you want; and aiik the price afterwards. That at any my impression after an after- noon in the shops! I The GreatN ews. What did the country expect most anxiously last night? Lloyd George's Irish proposals ? Scarcely! The whole country was quivering with impatience to know-how the English Cup draw woT-Ired i out. We are a great' and Imperial people. I Xmas Eve at Council. A Christmas Eve Council meeting will be unique for Swansea: but let us hope it betokens a desire to get houses off papeor into being. What happens at the Ministry Conference the delegation is keeping to itself, but if the question of Direct Administration cropped up, I shall be surprised to learn that the Ministry looked upon it with any favour. Direct Administration will be the death-knell to the whole business. — I The Fund. I The young ladies who are dispatching i th" money orders to the, war widows will be glad enough when the last order lias gone to post. When the tale of the Fund is told, and the workers are j mentioned," they will figure high upon the list. For them it has been elog—slog—slog for weeks past. Letters without number, tasks innumerable. Sunday they put in all day for the Fund, so that the widows should have their grants in good time. To-day they are completing the lists. If contemplation of good work cheerfully done will bring i a happy Christmas, theirs will be very I happy* Samuel Smiles. I To-day is the anniversary of the birth of that G aide. Philosopher-and Friend to all boys, Samuel Smiles who bequeathed to them his immortal book U Self Help." To you, my Readers who in crowded shops before the well stocked rows of Gift books will be much troubled in the endeavour to find a suitable present for a young boy friend, ask the attendant for Self Help and in presenting that you will mxu-2 a gift incoiftparable. Many men gladly hold in reTere^ee ,^iat„little book and will pay respect this day to, the, Author's mem- ory. I' Sunday ip Gower. I Jlie weether-wise at Gower agreed that Sunday's gale was the worst we have ex- perienced this winter. Four pedestrians who struggled in the teeth of a sudden fierce squall along the lane leading into Bishopaton from Pyle Corner thought so too. The etorm had been hanging omin- ou^5 #bO^ ■ f>fn Bryn for some twenty ifiifime's^ljefore it* swept down arouiid the lower country and the pedestrians tad the full benefit of it. Of course "Pro- fessor Porta'u depressing predictions were I remembered at once, for the rain, was odd and stinging. The trees lining the lane bent and groaned before the gale—and øø wind, the grand old harper, rilote His thunder harp of pines For a quarter of an hour the tempest raged most violently and the roar of the iwihd-and$ie rain whipped the tra- veller's faces until they became rather til th OY, 'llowever | pessimistic a.?nt ?he proepect.t However after a final strafe in the shape of a ter- rinc downpour the stcrw? passed on and till darkness lifted. But it- was an ex- ceptional example of the sudden ferocity of the, weathel"-and Professor Portalig latest pronouncements were not pooh- poohed "by the persons of this advemture! The Spirit of gport. I Boxing and wrestling have become sub- jects of popular anecdotes in the clubs. A man who graduated in Lancashire, 90 to speak, was reminded of a village ?testUng matc%? ?tween two ponderous gladiators, at ?e3 a. %id In the middle of it one turned to hw chief backer and said in a stage whisper: Get another dollat on, Sum. Ah've brokkon his finger! Another story concerned a box- ing match in which a mighty man of his fists was losing heart. Keep it up! whispered his second during one of the intervals; you are the favourite, in the betting." Very well, then, I'll finish favourite!" was his reply; and tugging the towel out <t>f his reluctant second's hao,ds"bo tht*w it into the ring. On Granfer's Table. I It has often been said that loneliness in a great city is very similar to that I felt in the oouuti-v but in my experience (writes Reamer ") there is a wide deal of difference. In solitude some men be- come philosophers, some vagabonds. In some towns it is much easier to become a vagabond than a philosopher, but in Arcadia it is difficult not to became a dreamer of dreams. In a little cottage tenanted, by an old country man whom I had known for years asr an observer of an unusual turn of mind; a delightful old cottage, honeysuckle, clematis. Dorothy Perkins, jasmine flowers, and rosÉ"j"ellow rosea and rod roses and white ro, all in their due season, helped to decorate that old thatched c?ti-?gc. Finding the old man out, I picked up a book, one of several on the table, and was almost startled by its suggestive- ness (for myxoid friend was rapidly near- ing his goal). It was an early edition ofyVaughan the Silurist's poems. I I quickly turned over the well-thumbed pages and found one ear-marked above the wonderful lines beginning They are all gone into the world of light." The simple, eloquent words, penned more than,two centuries ago in the seclu-, sion of Tretower, had found reciprocity in the feelings of the old village grand- fer, who, had he but been given a good education, iright have been, must have I been, a well-read man in addition to 1 being a philosopher and1 a. student of I nature. A Maiden's Prayer. r I A little girl had a favourite bant.am.1 her very own..Wicked brothers tried to teach it the elements of cock-fighting, I aJid incurred dire wrath. In consequ- ance, it her prayer-time that night their names were studiously Omitted from among t?o<M on whom she askpd bles-I ings. But, being a reasonable little girl, on being remonstra.ted with ahte consented to reinstate- them in her pptjtion. Clasp- hands once more.' find tightly shutting ?y?s. 6Re made her prayer, Pease bless ? my brothers t,oo«." to which, after a pause, ) A rider 'was added, spoken in grown-up j' wise, But pray don't do it on my account."
I 1 ■ ■ ■ ■■ ■ » ■ .P—— I T. H NOrman, I JEWELLER -————— 9 ————— (Late Norman & Williams) -FOR- Gold & Silver I Xmas Gifts. I i = J » 1 7, Oxford Street, 1/1 Swansea.
— Ht» KINGS BRIDGE. Book now for BIodwel1." Brighton Hall Box Office open to-night from 6.30 to 8.0.
GORSEINON. Tremendous rush for tickets. Book. your e-eat at once. Brighton Hall Box Offioo OpeD tivnisfht from 6.30 to 8.0. Reserved Seats I numbered.
PENYRHEOL. I Book at once for Blodwen Christmas I ?i?ht, Boxing Nixht. and Saturday. Briton Hall Box Otdce open to-night from 6.50 to 8.0.
I LLANDEBIE. I On the application of Mr. David Harries, Golden Grove Arms, the Amman- ford magistrates on MondaS- allowed the Llandebie publicans an extension of hour. from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon on Boxing Day, on the occasion of the annual fair.
11 LOUGHOR. Hr. Dousrine Williams, Oakleigh, Bryn- road, is home for the Chrisrtm^ vacation. He is studyinsr in college a-t. Remp-stead Heath, London, to go as a foreign mission- i ary. Don't leave it to the laiCt minute. Box office open to-iiigilt ftom 6.30" to 8.0. Re- served tickets for Blodwen."
DUrflVANT. .i A wedding took place at the Registry Office, Swansea, on Saturday, the contract- ing parties being Margaret Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Matthews, news- agent, Dunvant, and David Morgan, eldest &on of Mr. and Mr. Daniel Davies. The beet man was Mr. Tom Davie#, br r of the hrirlegroom. The bride was given a.way by her father. Mrs. J. Booty att-ended the bride.
ST. THOMAS. A very i-iteresting was spetnt at the Infants' Department of St. Thomas. Council School on Friday. A concert was arranged for the children, who had been trained by the staff under the supervision of the head teacher. Miss Lloyd, and adapted themselvos well to the occasion. The function included a Christmas tree and distribution of toys, which had been very kindly given by Councillor Peacock. Councillor and Mrn. David Williamg were present, the former presiding over the Christmas tree and entertainment. 'E. S. Chappell High-street S-waneea. ha«- 1,000 Overcoats in Stock- 10 per cent. Dif- count Allowed Discharged SailoTtt and Soldiers.
GOWERTON. Special services in connection witn tne j Sunday School of the Temple Ohurch, Gowerton, were held on Sunday laet. During the morning, Mr. D. E. Williamg, M.A.. delivered an address, and Mr. Arthur Evans gave sorp e musical selections. whilst during the evening the Sunday School choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Grif- fith Jooee, tendered a cantata, entitled, "The King in Zion. Mr. John Richards was the soloist, and Mr. Madog Rees pre- sided tot the organ The chairman was Mr. W. Davies (Gwilym Ebrill).
1 BONYMAEN. I I In the presence of the district super'n- tendent (Bro. K. Griffiths and district I deputy rul&r (Bro. D. J. Williame) of the Independent Order of Rechabites « welcome home' was given to the members of the Samlet I.O.H., who had been demobilised from H.M. Forces. Each wao presented with an inscribed bronze medallion. Mr. Benja- min Ma-r]M, the tent trc?s?trer, wae also ?PrIll(?entod with an iae?ribed emblem for the ?erYiccs to the tent, and Mr. S. 0. Thomas wa? handed & medallion for his servx?e ae ?po'intend?nt of the juTMutc tent. IE. 8. Chappell Hjgb.trMt Swansea, bM 1,MO OVNcoat6 in 8tock: 10 per cent. Dis count AUowod Discharged Sailor* and I Soldiers.
I. AMMANFORD. At the Court on Monday, PhilUP Francis, Quarry-terrace, Pahtyffynnon, was further remanded till the 12th prox., on a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Dd. Jones, roll turner, at the Dynevor Tinplate Works. It was stated that the injured man was still detained at the Swansea! Hospital. Mr. R. Henry, secretary of tho East Carmarthen Billiard League, applied to the magistrates on Monday to allow billiard halls to he open half-an-hour longer on the nights of matches. The magistrates allowed the extension, which will continue in force until the annual licensing sessions.
I POMTARBULAIS.. At Hope Congregational Chapel, the following members who have ,Lr 0J} badly wounded, vrere presented with special gifts on Sunday evening by the pastor (the llev*. D. Lloyd Morgan, D.DI.), on be- half of the church :M."srs. Daniel John Griffiths, Dd. Robert Williams, Morgan Ltoyd Jones, and Dd. Thomas Jones. The funeral of the late Miss Lizzie Dnvies took place at Goppa C.M., amidat J general mapifeetations of sorrow. The officiating ministers wer* the Rev*. I J&wph Lewis (Libanus), W. Glyn Jones, I B.A. (Hermon), George Williams (T&ber- nacle), and D. H. Davies (Carmel, Pout- lliw). Chief mourners: Mr. and Mrs. Samtiel: Davies tfather and mother), Mr. and MM. David phillips, Dafen; Mr. aiwt Mrs. D. J Jones, Llanelly (eifiters and brothers-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Edward Davies, Mr., and Mrs. John Davies, Mr. and Dd. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. Lewý. Davies (brothers and sisters-in-law); Mr^ S. Coslett Davies (.brother), Mr. and Mrs. Heggie Jones, Llanelly; Misses Bessia Jones, Muriel Davies, and Susie Daviaa (niecee), Master 0. Davies (nephew), eto. E. s. Chappell, High-street, Swansea, has 1.000 Overcoata in Stock: 10 per cent. Dis- count- Allowed Discharged Sailors and Soldiers.
"Y Prawf," Albert Hall, Boxine and Saturday Night.
MR. J. DICKS. I Farewell Presentation at Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. An interesting ceremony took ,&<*> at the Schoolroom, Gwauncaegurwen, 011 Saturday night. when Mr. J. Dicks, t h,, newly-appointed miners' agent at Aber- cynon. was the recipient of preaenfationa on his removal from G.C.G.. in recogni- tion of his public services in the district. A social tea was provided by the ladies connected with the members of the Sociat Science Class. of which Mr. Dicks was one of the leaders. and there was a large at-v- tendance of friends. After the tea Mr. Jno. Daviee occupied the chair. Mr. D. R. Owen, on behalf of the Social Science Class, presented Mr. Dicks with, two books. Thp classes were progressing very fav- ourably in G.C.G., and this presentation, was a slight acknowledgment and rpqcfg.* nition of the services rendered by Mrl- Dicks in connection with them. Mr. John Davies, on behalf of tlioi Public Hall and Institute, presented Mr Dicks with a fountain pen. Expressing thanks, Mr. Dicks said that the Social Science Classes had come into existence to disseminate reliable scientific information. There was a section of the country who thought they were'out tor destroy every existing institution, and 'that the future of the country was in very hopeless position if it were going to> fall into the hands of sucli men as Mr, Owen, himself, and the students who fol- lowed them. Those classes did not com- pel them to follow any line of thongtif. but to. decide for themselves. There hud been a certain amount of hostility to hila in many directions, but he had felt, ft duty to carry on that work, notwith- standing opposition. Other speakers were Mr. Morgan Prico (on behalf of Public Hall Committee), Mr. Owen, and My. Gwilym Evans.
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————— NEARLY SIX O'CLOCK. Bdth Defendants Let, Off I In Ammanford Case. At Ammanford on Monday, Catherine Morgan, Angel Inn, Glanahiman, was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor: tJ during prohibited hours, and John Mor- gan was summoned for consuming. P.C. Roberts said he entered the darti kitchen at 5.27 p.m. and saw Morgan in- side with a pint measure/containing beer, in front of him. Morgan pullpd out bis watch to show that it was within a few minutes of six o'clock—the opening timfj —but the clock on the mantelpiece showed the time to be 5,32 p m. Mr. P. E. Barber (for the defendants) said Morgan pleaded for a drink, and pro- duced his wattli to show that it was nearly six, and the landlady was thus mis- led. She had not brought in the lights and could not see the mantel-piece clocki. As the time was fairly near, both dP-o fendants would be let off on payment cC costs.
GWYLIAU LLAWEN. Alaw-H Rhyfdgyrch Cadben Morgafr. Canaf wyliau llawen i chwi oil yn awr^ Na foed neb mewn anghen, bach na mawr; k Cofied y cyfoethog oisiau y tyiawd, Rhanned beth o'i lawnder, mae iddo'n frawd. Rhoddwch iddo gymorth, llonder dda-w i chwi, Wrtli fendithio ereili. bendithir ni; Parchwn y ddynoliaeth o bob oed a rliy-wo Bendith ddaw i'n calon o galon Duw. Dyma y Nadolig, canwn ideli glod— Gwyl fendikedid, gwyl o nod, Gwyl sy'n-Cael ei dathlu dros derfynau'* byd, Hon yw gwyl y gwyliau, pea'i gvd; Canwn iddi gydgan hwylus gref, Dyma'r dydd y ganwyd Etifcdd Net: Canwn heno -1-erdd o foliant byw, Seiniwn Haleliwia i'r lesu gwiw. I Pontardulais. T. H. Jonet
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========= MOUNT PLEASANT DEATH. I Sympathy will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ford, 83, Norfolk-street, upon the lcfts they have sustained through the death of their only son, William James. a*- the age of 17. Deceased, who had only been ill for aHMit, fen •jreeks, W%s an old Pupil of the Ili Grade School. Leaving school, he etit^r^d the' enmloy of the Mannesmann Tube Works, VBire'he was an apprentice in the drawing department. Of a kind and gentle disposition, deceased was very much liked at the works, although he had only been there for about ten months, and his demise will be very much felt by his fellow-workmen. ■ ly The funeral, which is public, takes plaee on Wednesday, at Danygraig.
AMUSEMENTS. 1 [ Reund the Swansea Picture Halls and Theatres. I EMPIRE. I The fact that each and every turn re- ceived a curtain call at the Empire on Monday night, is worthy of note, for it emphasises the fact that the bill of fare is a real top-notcher. Tom Waters and Eddie Morris in that fine classic of theirs —" Father and Son "—score a distinct success. If Billy O'Connor had amused the audience a little longer they would still have wanted more, for he is bril- liantly clever. His oard tricks keep one guessing, and his pattor is of the spon- taneous variety. The Hylda Nelson Trio, in A musical scena, are recalled, and achieve very pleasing success. A neat r acrobatic turn, as clever as it is neat, is presented 'by Frederick Sylvester and Co., whilst Xalnamoto and Koyoshi are wonderful equilibrists. George Morton was twice encored, and even then the audience wanted more. Cora Magda pre- sents a particularly good trapeze turn, and works especially hard. THE GRAND. Two scenes laid in a flat and one in a polo club, a collection of sparkling damsels (some married and some not 11, flirtation-and complications! These are the ingrediimb; 1f the charming musioal comedy,Oh Joy .-Af the Grand Theatre this week, and it is a delightfully arranged show altogether. An elopement iri which Buggs, the valet. (Mr. Miles KaVei^agh), figures in in the first act entails a whole string of piquant episodes that take place in George Budd's (Mr. Charles Marshman's) flat, and Jim Marvin (Mr. Waller Thomas) is a kind of electric, bakery of humour that makes the comedy proceed with: plenty of verve and swing. The part of Budd's wife is played deliciously by Miss Helenor Beran, and the other ladies who play deliciously are Miss Nancy Beynon, Uiu Vere Gerald. Miss Carlotta Anson, and Mias Dorcen Whitten. The music and songs are beyond reproach, and altogether u Oh .Toy can be recommended as an admir- able musical oomedy. THE ELYSIUM. The grand organ at the Elysium im- parts to the mental and social atmosphere of this popular -house a certain din- I tinguishment of and magnifioence, suggesting force and power. In harmony with this is the programme selection. Two great jtories are presented, "A Grain of Du.st," an Ideal super-drama in six parts, featuring Lilian Walker, and Might and tho Man/' a thrilling Triangle drama in five parts. We hftve at-o a Keystone comedy entitled "The Hidden Shame" Epi",ap 5 of Elm<), ￼ Episode 5 of Elmo, the Mighty," and the Topical Budget. At the Elysium they have had the happy thought of indicating the time when the interval arrives, and it is worthy of note that among the specialities exhibited at this moment is a reminder of the Christmas dinner contri- bution to the WidoWS" and Orphans' Fund Again the Elysium was crowded in every part; for late comers there was" stand ing room only." THEATRE ROYAL. I The Fuel of Life was the title of the star picture at the popular Wind-street theatre on Monday night. 'In five reels, the story is most exciting, and the effects ca,rried into operation are really remark- able.. Another flve-reeler, «'The Hope Chest," features the popular artiste, Dorothy Gifh. I, The Hope Chest" is a Trb.ngie di-nina, itnd that name affixed to a film is proorof it;, quality. Tlie great- seriftl, The Lightning' Raider," new reaches its sixth episode, which ?s fuM of thrills aud excitement. A Do?- ?lltcher"?4 Love is two reels of Triangle Keystone fun. By the request of numerous patrons of this hall, the stirring picture, will again he shown on Christmas Day The programme on that day will also in- clude Mrs. Jeffingwell's .Boot," a fin(' drama. featuring Constance Talmadge. CASTLE CINEMA. I There is a capital programme at the above cinema during* the early part of the week, the leading feature being At the House Oppoeite," in seven reels. There is already an English screen repre- sentation of this work, and one must con- fess to a preference for the English rather than the American adoption. However, the acting of Miss Leah Baird and James Morrison is particularly good. The se- cond big feature is Her Father's Keeper," in five reels, featuring Irene Howlev. There are several comedy films, and, of course, the ever-welcome Pathe's (iazettee. There is no performance at the cinema on Christmas day, but on Boxing Dav there will be a continuous perfor- maince from 1 o'clock to 10.30 in HM even-II ing. PICTURE HOUSE. I The star picture at the Picture House on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, is Never Say Quit," featuring the popular and handsome favourite, George Walsh. It is ex- tremely humourous in parts, the plot iVmtres around) the misfortunes of Heginald Jones, who was born on Fri- day 13th, and the clock ticked thirteen minutes past the hour, so his ill-luck is not to be wondered at. Prettv little Gladys Leslie appears in a A Nymph of the Foothills a Vitagfaph blue ribbon feature in 5 parts. The scenery in this photo-play is exquisite being pet in the mountains of the West. Hello Trouble" is a rattling comedy, and Mitrx ele, of the Universe" and Pathe's Gazette complete a very enjoy- able bill of fare. On Christmas Day, Friday and Saturday, Pauline Frede- rick in The Peace of Roaring River" is a good dramatic picture of human emotion also By Injunction an (O. Henry story) will be shown. CARLTON. The latest Cecil B. da Mille's production for artcrait pictures, Don't Change your j H llsband," hM certainly added to the laurels ot that gentleman. A fine crowd I witnessed the picture at the Gylton Cinema on Monday night. It is a rather un- usual story of domestic life, dealing with the action of a vounu wife who strongly objected to her husband's fondness for spring onions.. Taylor-Holmes finds a real "at home" part in "A Pair of Sixes," a clever comedy, dealing with a remarkable contract made by business partners over a game of poker, whicli is successfully combatted by the pretty fiancee of the sufferer. For laughter, the two-reeler Hello Troublewas the thing 1 on the programme, and other pictures in- cltide(I Marvels of t'he Universe and Pathe's, Gazette. The Christmas pro- gramme includes The Narrow Path," featuring Fanny Ward. Y.M.C.A. CINEMA. Ono of the most popularly-known of Shakespeare's works-" King Lear," has been filmed, and after a visit to the cbarm-I ing little hall off Page-street one must confess that the picture proves a trump for the fidelity and the scope of photo-play production. The tragic- story of the old King is presented in all its remarkable' episodes*, and the noble unselfishness of Kent and the pathetic loyalty Of Cordelia are all finely delineated by the cast, the leading player of which is Fred Warde. Another really interesting picture is Doplomatie Henry," featuring Sidney Drew, whilst "Ro^coe Arbucltle is tremen- dously funny m "A Farn1\nrd Borneo." Therp are otl)pr topicarand interesting pictures. There will be a continuous performance on Boxing Day and Saturday, J, from 2.3'