TO OPPOSE NEW BILL. I Llandilo Fear of Amman- I fordls Ambitions. The Llandilo Rural Council on Satur- day, Mr. Jno. Bevan presiding, discussed the probable eifect that Mr. Wm. Her- fcert'3F> application to supply electric light vonld have upon that Council, as he pro- posed to go outside the Ammanford urban a;ea. The chairman said 'the Llamlebie Parish Council decided to oppose it ft their last meeting. v Tiie Clerk said he had received nn notice of it. They blight oppose it as a Council, but the Parish Council had no power.. Mr. W. Williams said if Ammanford succeeded in extending its boundaries it would be a very scriolis thing for Llan- debie, and it would affect that Council. It would tafca from their rates thousands of pounds. Ammanford plight subse- quently take over the lighting from Mr. fTerbert, and acquire the right as to the lighting of pa'rt of Llamlebie parish. If there was no proposal as to the extend in of the Ammanford boundaries he would not so much object to discussing it in that light. Mr. Mattkews said that the part pro- posed to, be taken over by Ammanford was the one which brought in the most to the rates. It was decided to oppose Mr. Herbert's scheme in so far as it concerns this dis- trict.
LLANDOVERY EISTEDDFOD. I The Rev. J. Volander Jones, who also adjudicated on literature, ctc., conducted an eisteddfod at Llandovery on Boxing Day. The adjudicator on music was Mr. Phillips (Port Talbot). The hon. secre- tary was Mr. D. D. Morgan/ The chief awards were:—Male voice party: 1, Ilamvrtyd Wells. Champion solo: 1, Air., D. J. Evans (Brynaruman). Champion solo (under 16): 1. Decima Morgan (Llan- dehie). Solo (for girls under 11): 1, Miss Harries (Brynamman). Champion recita- tion: 1, Miss Lizzie Llewelyn. Essay, H Corcgyowyddon 1, Mr. D. Thomas (Moelfre, near Llandovery). Englyn: 1, Mr D. P. Thomas (Brynfab, Bryu- amman). Hymn tune: 1, Mr. Jno. Davies I Water-street, Llandovery). Soprani 1. Miss Richards (Llanwrtyd Wells).
7 AMUSEMENTS. 6.30. TO-NIGHT. 8.30. 'huae; L;eutrp-i JACK GOODSON present the ELGAR HUDSON Quintette The Most Artistic Vocal and Musical Entertainment. Voice, Violin, 'Cello, Piano and Flute-Piccolo. LATEST NEWS PICTURES. SPITARI, the R.A.F. Ventriloquist. HARRY BARCLAY, the Popular Light Comedian. MAGGIE BENSON, "She of the Top Note." The Original Maid at the Piano. MURPHY & MACK present "The Major's Reflection." CHAS. COHAN, Britain's Pretaier Hebrew Entertainer. LES TROM BETTA, Comedy Italo-French Duo, in their Latest Successes. NEXT WEEK- FRED KARNO'S New Production, "MONEY TO BURN." .ELYSIUM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 1 The Great Six Pait Phillips Photoplay, THE STILL ALARJrf. An Amazing Screen Version of the Most Successful Melodrama in Theatrical His- s tory, featuring Thomas Santschi. ELMO THE MIGHTY. Episode 6. Mystery of the Mad Mountain." SHE D I D N'T DO IT (Triangle Keystone) Topical Budget & usual Full Programme. I ROYAL Theatre. Monday, i uesuay, and Wednesday. P A N T H E A, < Aa adaptation of the Gripping Play by MonKton ilotte, featuring Norma v Talmadge. Jackie Saunders in BABS THE FIXER. Episode 7—— THE LIGHTNING RAIDER. THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE, Two Reel Comedy. c'. Ao"r LE, IWH,,¿i"IIA. 2.4u. t ti 0 A Y lU.u. t Dorothy Phillips in HELL MORUrtN'is GIRL, a Story with Plenty of Thrills, Unique Situations, and lnte-resting Side- lights on the Denizens, of the Underworld, instance ialmadge and Bill Parsons in BEACHtP AND BLtACHtU," TVlfU-BI Y SEAIS, a Five Act Comedy | Drama, featuring I ay lor Holmes. Also Interest boud iopical Kilms. Full Urchestra Afternoon and Evening. OA h £ H m 2.38. TO DAY. 10.30. Henry B* Walthall in FALSE FACES, A Thomas Ince Special. c NEVER TOO OLD, a Mack Sennett Comedy. Bessie Bariscale in TWO GUN BETTY. Cong Shortly.-DADDY LONGLEGS. PICTURE HOUSE 2.30. TO-DAY, 10.30. Miss PAULINE FREDERICK is at her best here in PAID IN FULL. Miss JACKIE SAUNDERS in a Strong Moral Play, THE CHECKMATE. Y.M.G.A. Public Cinema v but ranee—Page Street). THE HOME OF COMFORT. Monday, tuesday, and Wednesday SHEPHERD OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS Four Reels of Splendid Drzana. TINY TIM AND HIS ELEPHANT, One Scream from Start to Finish. Also Interest and Topical Films. PUBLIC MOTICE8. The Widows' and Orphans' and Chltrens' Summer Home Fund. e. Rhyddings C.M. Church SWANSEA. 5UNOAY EVENING CHILDREtors SERVICES. A CANTATA > Entitted- i Happy New Year (Uader the suepieft of above), will be reittered by the C H q I R NEW YEAR'S NIGHT, JANUARY 1st, 1920, At AI90 a Miscellaneous Programme By Local Artistes. « Mrs, LESLIE DAVIES, Miss BilE N D A JEFFORD. Mr. J. G. MORGAN. I"1' II A SILVER COLLECTION IN AID OF „ ABOVE FUND. COME IN CROWDS! • 9 1 MUSEMEN fS GRAND Theatre SWANSEA. MONDAY, DECEMBER 28th, 1919, and during the week at 7.30, MATINEE on SATURDAY at 2.30, CHRISTMAS ATTRACTION! First Visit of J. A E. MALONE'S CO. in a New Musical Comedy, OH, JOY I From the Apollo Theatre. I NEXT WEEK- Monday, Jan. 5th, 1920, for Six Nights and Matinee, Return Visit ttf Walter Howard's Greatest Drama, SEVEN DAYS' LEAVE. r X~ Now carrying FULL SUPPLIES of GENUINE FORD SPARE PARTS. Call, 'Phone or Write HUTCHINS — 37.WIND STREET DEALERS ANQ 37.WIND STREET ANO SWANSEA sTOCmTt SALES BY AUCTION. HIGH PEN NARD, OOWR. An Additional Outlying Portion of THE KILVROUGH ESTATE,, comprising an area of 762 ACRES OR THEREABOUTS. MESSRS. James and James, F.A.I. Are favoured with instructions from Lieut.-Commander Lyons, D.S.O., to OF F EJ1, for SALE. at the HOTEL CA.' ..RON. SWANSEA, on WEDNES- DAY, JANUARY 21st, 1920, the follow. I ing Valuable Freehold Farms and Choice Building Sites, (being portions of the above Estate), viz.: HIGHWAY," GREEN LANE,' GREAT SOUTHGATE," LITTLE SOUTHGATE," HAEL." HUNTS," WIDEGATE," HIOll PENNARD." SUNDRY SMALL HOLDINGS, MARKET GARDEN FIELDS, COTTAGES AND GARDENS, and 36 of the CHOICEST BUILDING SITES in Gower. bordering the PENNARD GOLF LINKS and facing the sea Detailed particulars and Plans are in courso of preparation, and may be bad from the Auctioneers, 7, -Goat-street, Swansea; Mr. T. E. Jenkins, Estate Agent, lyilvrough Estate Office. Parkmill. or from Messrs.Nicholson, Patterson and Freeland, solicitors, Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster. WEDNESDAY, 31st DECEMBER, 1919. THE DILLWYN AUCTION MART, 10 and 11, St. Helen's-road, Swansea (opposite the Y.M.C.A.). FOR SALE, by PUBLIC AUCTION, it Large Quantity &f Household Furniture, AND EFFECTS, in excellent condition and comprising: 4 Feet Bedroom Suite in Light Oak, Handsome Mahogany Sideboard of Chin- pendalc design, OAK GATE-LEGGED TABLE, 7 Piece Divan Suite in Crimson Plush, 3 Piece Chesterfield Suite in Tapestry, several Single Lounge Chairs, Telessopic Dining Table, Low-Back Draw- ing-room Suite of 7 Pieces in Green Tapestry, BOX OTTOMAN with Pillow Head, Chest of Drawers, Odd Wardrobe, Walnut Hailstand, Mahogany Cheffonier, Grandfather's Clock, Occasional Table, VYalnut Whatnot, Uuk Overmantel, BED- STEADS in Inlaid Mahogany, Oak, Brass and Iron, Child's Cot, Wire Mattresses, ( Betiding, All-Brass Fenders, Brass Fire Irons, Kitchen Tables and Chairs, Cop- I per Kettle, BOY'S BICYCLE. BABY'S PUSH-CAR, MANGLE, Ornaments, Hugs, Mats, Chamber Ware, Cutlery, Books, a 7 PIECE DIVAN SUITE in INLAID MAHOGANY and Upholstered in FIGURED VELVET CORDUROY, and otl)et useful Articles too numerous to detail The above will be SOLD by PUBLIC 1 AUCTION, on WEDNESDAY, DECEM- BER 31st, 1919. at 11 o'clock, by Jno. Oliver Watkins, F.A.I., P.A.S.I. Goods will be on View from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, and on the Morning of Sale. Terms—Cash. GOWER AUCTION MART. Gowerton. TUESDAY NEXT, DEC. 30th, 1919. FAT OATTLE and SHEEP will be Sold and Allocated in accordance with the Live Stock Regulation*. Store Stock ')y A action as usual. 15 COWS and CALVES. 130 PIGS All Fat Stock to be at the Mart by 10 a.m. Sale to commence promptly at 11 a.m Messrs. JAMES & 4AMES, F.A.I., Auctioneers. 7, Goat-street, Swansea. Telephone: 174 Doc* 8. PONTARDAWE MART, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29th, 1919. FAT SHEEP and LAMBS, FAT CAT- TLE, will be Graded according to Regu- lations. All Stock required to be in the Yard I by 10 o'clock by Order of the Ministry. J. E. WILLIAMS, Auctioneer. f YSTRADGYNLAIS MART. At the AUBREY HOTEL YARD. NEXT WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31st, 1919 FAT SHEEP and LAMBS, FAT CAT- TLE, will be Graded according to Regu- jj lations. All Stock required to be in the Yard I by 10 o'clock by Order of the Ministry. I J. E. WILLIAMS, Auctioneeer. j -i- i uu ■ 1. ■ t < Loughor Sailors' & Soldiers' Fund. CLOSING OF FUND. j The Committee of the above FlJnd re- quest all Totally I>ifiah2ed, Discharge, and Demobilised Sailors aad Soldiers v/bo have not already r^oeiyod a "Dis- ablement Grant from the above Fund, } to forward their Names and Addresses to the Secretary not later than 'Monday I mornidg, Jan, ath, 1919. EWART REES, Secretary. 1 Bids*-iv«-road. Loughor. tuticura Will HelpClear PWesoDdiMriiff Tbs Soap fa Cleanse The Ointment to Heal Don't wait to have pimples and blackheads, redness and roughness, dandruff and itching. Prevent them by making this wonderful skin-clear- ing complexion soap your every-day toilet soap, assisted by touches of Cuticura Ointment to the first signs of little skin and scalp troubles. Soap li„ Ointment 1., RTII3 2e, Qf?. Sold I t t iro!!gh<?ut the Frrnire. For' t tyrtv tvo byoUief sduress: F. N«irt>ery ci; 6h, ttd" 27. Charter* I houle Sq., London. Also :cr mau orders witfi price. Cnticura Sostp without tnus, j 'i- L: G H ELUVELDhP. OCTOBER 31st, 1914. 2nd Battalion The Welch Regiment It is proposed to Erect a Memorial to the Officers, W.O.'s, N.C.O.'s and Jklon of the 2nd Battalion The Welch Regi- ment who fell during the Great War. It has been decided that the most suit- able site for the Erection of yjch a Memorial is at GHELUVELDT, in BELGIUM, where, on tlie 31st October, 1914, the Battalion bore the brunt of the great German attack on YPRES .,A.i iaas practically annihilated. Tho casualties in this battle amounted to some seven- teen officers and nearly 600 other ranks killed and wounded. It is hoped to raise a Qirn of at least £500, towards which figure subscriptions within the Battalioc from Officers, W.O.'s, N.C.O.'s and Men now serving amount to over £150. It is felt that many of those who have been in any way connected with the Battalion will wi"h to subscribe. I Subscriptions should be sent to THE HON. SECRETARY. MEMORIAL FUND, 2nd BATT. THE WELCH REGIMENT. PEMBROKE DOCK. -1" ALL llll ABOARD j for Jt;) fj W F [ Mlllll S°r information aanly to of EMIGRATION forCANApA 1113,3, Charing Cross, LoQdon S.W. 1. or to the Government Em i t: rQ t ion Agent. :31D, H;gh Street. Wales.
SWANSEA MAYOR. I Writing from the Press Club. Chicago, Mr. Peter Alex Beren, of 3[:;)4, Cottage Grove-avenue, Chicago, says: —" Read- ing in your issue of tli0 4 Herald cf Wa!es/ of date November 15t!' T noticed that Col. Alex inelair had been elected to the Mayoral chair of Swansea, and through the medium of your paper I, with some move of my Welsh friends of the British-American Club in this city, wish to tender nun oar haartiost con- gratulations on his accession as Chief Magistrate Qf th? old town of Swansea. Being a brither Scot,? I?ev?a a broHier M^soa, and a resident 0?' Swan- se? for over 16 yearSj L on behalf of ￼ other Swanseaite w?a have Qia? their home bore, extend our apprpciiiiion of the great honour conferred on the colonel. I may say that I had the pleasure of an introdnctjon to by my fathorin-Iaw, tie late Mr. John H. Davies. ndio was all his lifetime ivith Messrs. Vivian and at their ware- house at the North Dock. 0' ,j Y
1 Sun Rises 8.23, Sun Sets 4.10. Lighting-up Time, 4.40 ￼ High Water, H.14 a.m., 10.42 p.m. | King's Dock, 36ft. a.m., 34ft 7in. p., To-morrow, 11.1 a.m., 11.)2 p.m.
THE CASE OF BELGIUM. On Saturday we wrote in praise of I the holiday spirit. Whilst, in spite of happenings in Dublin, and other things that excite the comment of f the wci,"d-wlillst to-day we are I putting off the holiday mood, and with a "the morning after feel- ing doing our best to get bwk into the old rut of work, it may be pro- fitable to continue the discussion. We have had our hours of play. Now, when we are back at the task I of bread-earning, it may be useful to ask whether we have played with any benefit to ourselves In one of the wisest books pub- lished this year [" The opinions of R. H. Brown"] there is a chapter On the need for teaching men to play," and the writer asserts that no man will be more useful in the coming days than he who can tea.ch us how toN play. The era of long working hours Las gone. Our I grandfathers used to give half their day to toil, Our fathers knocked off I two hours from the twelve. We, their sons, have come to the eight hour day, and some there are who are agitating for the six hour day; indeed a, lecturer in Swansea the other week claimed that thirty hours a week was sufficient to de- vote to labour. Well, if we can in vent harmless substitutes for work, if we can make enough goods, and grow enough food in the thirty hours to maintain mankind, thirty hours a week let it be—but the two ifs are tremendous qualifica- tions, and the experiment will be disástrous unless we can put down a sounder basis for action. The eco- nomic objection in itself is great, for there is grave reason to fear that the world will be short of its requirements until the eight hour day can be worked to our better ad- vantage. The moral objection, how- ever, is greater than the economic. As 11. H. Brown says: We shall all be glad to have less of the drudgery of life and ampler time for play; bufc", alas, the vast majority of us are most utterly unfit to have more time for play at our disposal We have never been taught to play. Our only alternative to work is idle- ness, and the proverb does not yt need revisal which declares that "idlo hands are speedily set busy by the devil. Let us turn, from this picture of a Britain devoting more and more h 1 d J of its hours to play-aiid we have never been taught to play-to an- other which may have important re- sults, eventually, in modifying the figures on our own canvas. Mr. George Lynch, who is in Belgium or reconstruction work, gives, in i the" Westminster- Gazette some amazing facts about our Belgian neighbours. He tells us that the basic and significant thing through- out the country is the spontaneous desire of th6 men to work long hours. Nowhere in Belginni is [he says] therp a Saturday half-holiday. Nine hours a day is about the average, and a very large percentage of men work ten and ten and a half hours a day. The aim and aspira- tion of the Syndic or Trade Union is to x insist on an eight-honr dwty, with a 25 per cent. bonus for those who wish to work over thJlt time The said Syndic does not appear to be making, as far as my obser- vation goes. a multitude of converts. In some districts the men will have nothing to say to it, and refuse ,to have the sale of their own labour interfered with in any way. Mr. Lynch declares that, chatting with Belgian workmen, they have often made the remark that-the workmen of Germany, across the border, are working eleven hours a day. Only to-day a man was talking to me about the United States restriction to forty-eight hours .a week. He said he was glad there was nobody in fris country who could rob him of the wages which he was willing to earn." In the fact of this economic problem—not to speak of the greater problem of the disposition of our playing time-—Mr. I Lyneh brings forward a profoundly dis concerting proposition when. he ask- us .to consider quietly for a bit what will be the result in two cr three years' time of the labours of these thrifty millions. What will be fhe effect of their competition within two or three years' time on the industrial life of England, not to speak of the competition of the eleven-hours-a-day Germans. Will they be kept busy on big contract* and orders th'at English firms can, [ not touch at the price ?
AN ANNIVERSARY. Present Parlianieiit's First Year of Work. By J. Hugh Edwards, M.P. Yesterday (Sunday) marked the first anniversary of the date on which the pre- sent Parliament was elected. Naturally the date brings back memories to those of us who gathered around the ballot-boxes in unconcealed anxiety to learn the result of our campaigns as their contents wore billg revealed to our vigilant eyes. A full year has isince gone by, and one can now look back and survey the trodden path. The General Election, which took place in December, HilS, will always be memorable in Parliamentary annals. Never were the issues in an electoral campaign in this country sü clea.r and far- reaching as they were in that election. I We had just emerged triumphantly from a protracted encounter with the grimmest i-oe that Md ever assailed us, but tho terms of peace had yet to be formulated and the fruits of our victory safely gar- nered in. Undoubtedly it was the stu- pendous import of that outstanding fact that secured for Mr. Lloyd George the biggest electoral triumph and the largest personal following in tiie House of Com- nions that has ever been known in the Uistory of British politics. A YEAR'S OUTPUT, i I But the present Parliament can now I claim a. far hi""hr ￼ tha.n l1at claim a far higher distinction than .nat rejected in the unprecedented magnitud e of the majority on the Ministerial benches. For, already, though it has only been in existence for just one session, it is able to boast of a far larger output of legislation than has ever been recorded within the limits of a Single setJjion iv the history of any previous* Parliament. From time immemorial, it has bean im- possible for the Parliamentary machine to turn out more than one, or, ait most, two big legislative iiieasui-cs in the course of a single sogs-lon. In the previous Parlia. ment—that elected in December, 1910, when the Liberals, were returned to power, under the leadership of Mr. Asquith, on the issue of the veto of the L&rds -tho whole of its first Session was devoted to the passage of the Parlia- ment Bill; and it was regarded as a great achievement—and justly so-when two such important measures, as the Irish Home Rule Bill and the Welsh Dis- establishment Bill, were passed, through all their stages, in the second session. But one has only to glance at the list of the leading measures which have been passed into law during the first session oi the present Parliament, to realise how unpreeedently great has been its output. It has to ils credit a full dozen Acts oi Parliament, dealing with matters of the most vital and far-reaching importance, anv one of which could easily, in pre-war times, have occupicd the time ana energy of a full session. Let me just c-ito tL.0 titles ot some of these important mea- sures. They are the Ministry of Health Act. the iinanee Act, the Acquisition of Land Act, the Electricity Supply Act, the Ministry of ^Transport Act, file Gov- ernment cf India Act, the Housing and Town Planning Acts, and th6 Aliens iiestrictidn Act. THE QUALITY. OF ITS LEGISLATJ ON. I But the Session's output has bten marked v-i much by its high "quality as it has been by its, quantity. It has been a just complaint that, throughout the5 long era of its existence, Parliament has been much more concerned in making provision to ensure the sacredne8 of property than it has been to provide for the sncmhiess of human life. It io a source of gratifi- cation to tiw:;e 0[ us, who are privileged to 6it i4 the present Parliament, to re- fleet tha t, in the face of the past Session's record, eueh a charg could, lld, be sus- tained, for it can be justly claimed that never in the history of the British Par- liament have there been passed into law su many measures, "that so directly and vitally affect the health and interests of the masses, as have been passed in this single Session. Special 'provision-has been made-for the men disabled in fighting for- their country, and facilities provided for their jctdement on the h!'l.d. In the Coal Industry Commission Act, there is a recognition on the part of thd State of tlie right of the miners to a jcint share in both the management and: the profit of the mines, in which they bar aid their health and their lives; while in the Industrial Courts Act provision is made for the s.etting np of a new system of courts for the purpose of eliminating those sources of misunderstanding and of triction between employers and employed which aro so prolific in creating industrial strife and dislocation. THE WOMEN'S SESSION. -1 But, notwithstanding, its record output of legislation, that has touched almost every aspect of the domestic, colonial and international interests, it must be said that the fiti;t session of this Parliament will take rank in the annals of the House of Commons as he Women's Session, for rt was in this session that the last vestiges of women's disqualification in the eyes of the State were finally swept away. Not only was there placed on the Statute Book of the realm an Act which bad the immediate effect of removing all the barriers which have hitherto blocked the way of women to the Magistrates* Bench and to other offices of honour and responsibility, but it wa,3 in the course of this session that there was seen that absolutely unprecedented phenomenon of a woman walking up the floor of the ITous»> to take her seat on the nrrcen benches. Six years ago, when even the public galleries in the House were rigorously closed to the fair eex, such an event was regarded as beyond even the potency of a miracle. The war has indeed brought to pass many things which were believed to lie absolutely impossible; but ,surely the most striking item in its magical feats has been the installation of a woman in the Houso of Commons and so perfected a deed which- was be- lieved t") be impessiWo even in the throes of a revolution. And to it has become about that now Lady As tor sits, as the symbol of the triumph of her sex, in that corner seat, bej?w the ganway, which was so long occupied by Mr. Tim Healv, fhe rnopt mordant Irish Member that lias ever sat in the House of Commons. Im- mediately in front cf her pits Mr. Bottomlfy-—-in tijo corner seat Tr-;ere Lord f-J.ug.li Cecil sat during his ceaseless rftia- uaign against the WqIjIi Church. Bill in rhe oourso of its passage thivnigh the Commons. But Astor moves in and out among like^i ceoing dove among a flock of tittering sparrows. 1 had intended to make reference to the men xvho have set their mark on the past r.«ssion, but, as the limits of space are already exhausted, I must reserve euch references for a future ooeaaion.
I TOWN ..4 TALK. The Carmarthen Reporter says thai? if it were not for the subsidised cheese business, the price of milk would now fall- automatically by 2d. per quart. This, it caustically remarks, is what control does. -:0:- They were discussing the poor light at the supper table at a Christmas party in' Swansea a night or two ago, when oUrJ bright young man suggested to the heilci- of the house that if they lowered the light in the parlour the pressure elsewhertf would be increased. -:0:- # Although Christmastide is the time for feasting, and is the cause for such ail- ments as indigestion, the medical experts state that most people are much better physically after Christmas than before. They attribute this to the better quality and greater abundance of food. Oystermouth station, familiarly called (C The Dunns," has completely changed! its appearance. Carpenters and painters have been engaged there for some tiiiia transforming the station from its ordinari- ness into a very pleasing station, and in keeping with, tha statues of Mumbles ai a watering and health resort. I represent an insurance company worth millions 1 proudly observed au insurance agent while endeavouring ta secure "new business.' "It would be u good thing if some of that were allo- cated to heeling your boots," was th j caustic reply. This story is being toidi with some gusto by a local agent. o: It is interesting to note that the su,.q gestion which brought to such a happV termination the. negotiations betweeix the iirin of Messrs. Ben. Evans and Co. and the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, came from Mr. Richard G. Lewis, the managing direc- tor. A trade journal states that skins of aH kinds of animals are now used for making velour hats, owing to the shortage of beaver skins. A3 much as a shilling is now given for rabbit skins. When this fact is known, doubtless people buying rabbits will have them unskinned, eo iA; to reap some of the benefit! —:Oi — Many people who read of the old Welsh Yuletide custom of Cari Lwyd are under the impression that it means Grey Mary." The real meaning of Llwyd 1:1 this connection is holy, and the term Holy Mary is believed to be a reffr. ence to till manger scene in the Nativity, Hence, of course, tho horse's head. o —: o: — Christmas stories-kind and unkind- were plentiful in the car this morning. To the latter category belongs the tale cc the mlut who said that one of the friends he inritcd to spend tlie day with thu family not only had a good dinner but:, took a fortnight's supplier away witit him." He must have done himself extra- ordinarily well Drink is generally put down as -the chief cause for crime, but according a Canadian Government blue-book, thera; was less drunkenness in 1918 tut more crime! All an explanation for this fact, a medical expert states that it is fo¡" gotten that alcohol is a sedative to mobttj people, and prevents a great many crimNi of bad temper." -:0:- It is interesting to trace the origin oft the Welsh word Cabn (-Neic )C eur). Calan is from the Latin Ivaiendus (jit-fet- day). Hence as Calan Mal (Clame) Calan Gaeaf (Clyngeau), the first days May and of winter. Clyngeau is the sed-i son in agricultural Wales when, the tier": vaut men and women are engaged for tier ensuing year. Some parts of the town were painted red and black after Aberavon's victory at., '• St. Helen's on Saturday. In the Ua»t Side, for instance, a large party of Afan supporters marh: the vicinity of Kiiondda and Swansea Bay P-a-ilway,2 Station a scene, of boisterous nierrinietit,, some of the enthusiasts expressing the'.rf willingness to back their pets to liciJ -ert-ation. -:0:- It is wonderful what fine diplomatists we have among us. His friends are téH- ing the story of a man who last year gave His wifø a present which so pleased her; that elJù allowed him to have ins break-' fast in bed on Christmas morning. Thi» year, after a great effort, he gave her il more valuable presclit still, with (ha- rcsult that ho had his breakfast iu be, during the whole of the holidays. The second national rat week starts to-day (Mbnday), and on Thtiiiday th3 new Act making the destruction of r,¡¡ u¡ and mice within their borders cctapul^ sory on all local authorities will eOtll into force. A large number of Swaus<i people who are worried with rats will tio, glad of this fact, as they will be able to call upon the local authority to carry out their duties in this respect. — o. — Carmarthen has lost a quaint old r. acter—a snapper up of unconsidered trifles "who was universally known Mari Davies, though he was really a Hur- ley and a son of Erin. He got his mora familiar name because when he first came over ho was in the habit of' addressjn; every Welshwoman as Mari Davies. Mari was a fluent Irish speaker, and could ibso talk Welsh and English volubly when no disposed. Jones was hurrying along the other nights when another man, also in a hurry, col- lided with him with great ?orce No. 2 looked angry, but Jones, with inborn courtesy, merely raised his bat, observing as ho did so, Jrly dear sir, I don't knew which of us is to blame for this- violent Encosnter, and I am in too great a hurry to investigate. If 1 ran into you, I be# your pa on; if you ran into me, don't jnention it!" Thoo he tore away at re- doubled speed. -:0- The Llandilo Guardians were surprised to learn on Saturday of colliers working in the Amman Valley who paid so little' as 3s. Gd. a week for their lodgings. They" went home to their families every week end, in full possession of most of thlJ; wee k's golden harvest. It was sniall won-r der (said an outspoken member) that their* landladies had to seek relief out of thB rates, which, virtually, was put i4 t-h. lodgers' pockets. Sweating was tA term applied to it by another member. 0: The late Mr. Jenkin Jones was in his younger days one of Swansea's most smart and debonair sens. Always faultlessly dressed in the latest West-end tailor cut suits, his figure was familiar to the generality of Swansea's inhabitants, and Vn legal circles he was positively loved for the fairness and infinite care he never failed to manifset in the most ic?i?aiBcanC case?. Similar to his old chief and friend, the !te Mr. J, C. Fowler. wh3 was Stipendiary Magistrate for many years, tlie weaker sex always found in hjig. a worthy champion in ca^es whero they were the victims of cruelty or harsh treatment ftt the hands of the sterner se-v. He was at times vivacious, but never ( made any witty observations, nÍ6 ro ) marks chiefly being couched in the most simple language, hut they possessed no end of common sense. He was a gentle- man that Swansea f-It proud of, aad by his loss she is all the poorer.