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MINERS' CONFERENCE. MR SMILLIE ON THE COAL OUT- PUT. Mr Robert Smidlie presided at the annual oonferenoe of the Miners' federation of Great Britain, which In18 opened at Buxton on Wednesday. In his presidential address he charac- terised as outrageous a newspaper statement that the leaders of the miners were doing what thev oould to limit the output of coal. There was not, he said, a national or a local leader who was not doing all he could to encourage the men to turn out all the coal they oould, a.nd the rank and file had responded honour- ably. The price of coal (he said) had ad- vanced and wages were higher now than they had been at any time in the history of the miners, with the exception of 1871, but wages had not kept pace with the increased cost of living. The five shillings old age pen- sion at present was worth 28.lod, and hundreds of old age pensioners had gpne to the workhouse, many of them grandfather and grandmothers of those giving their lives to save this coun- try. Dick Turpin and other highway- men were gentlemen compared with many of those who had made them- selves millionaires out of food ex- ploitation during the past two years. He thought the Government were to bl-une for allowing the exploitation of the poor. He was not one of those who be- lieved the Millennium would be reached because rich and poor were fighting Side. by side in the war. When the war had passed away he feared the present friendship would be for- gotten. He concluded by saying that the Government would in a short time introduce rules which would make ool- lieriea safe in future than they had been in the past. The conference adjourned till Wed- nesday. FEDERATION DECLARES FOR I DAY RATES. The conference resumed its sitting on Wednesdayj Mr Robert Stnillie (president) in the chair. An agitation for a change in the method of the payment of coal-getters was fore-shadowed in an important I resolution from Lancashire, declaring the time to be opportune to press for- ward the question of day wage-rates for all coal-getters, as against piece rates. Mr J. E. Sutton, M.P., in moving this, said until they became accus- tomed to the system of a regular day wage there would be a goo d. deal of opposition to it, even by the men. Piece work was a matter of one man competing with another, and he hoped some day a reasonable day's wage would be given to a man for a reason- able day's work, and the present damnable system abolished. Mr G. Barker (South Wales) as- serted that with the competitive sys- tem of piece work the strong man physically set the pace. and as a re- sult thousands of better but weaker men had been broken in to keep up with him. It was the glorification of the man with a. strong back and a weak mind. Mr Frank Hodges (South Wales) said the introduction of coal-cutting machines to do the work formerly done by the pick waa putting men on an equality of production, and was a strong reason for the payment of a regular wage. The resolution ws adopted. I WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION PROBLEMS. A number of resolutions to amend the Workmen's Compensation Act were then considered. It was resolved that the Act should be amended so as to provide for the minimum weekly sum paid as compensation to an adult be at least 10s. per week when the average ernings are less tllan 21, and that the compensation granted to youths earning less than 10s. per week be periodically increased. A resolution was passed that efforts should be made to secure compensation for the first day of injury, and that an amendment of Section I. of the Act was urgently required by the striking out of the words "Arising out of and in the course of his employment," and the substitution of "If in any employ- ment personal injury by accident is caused to a workman his employer shall be liable to compensation." Mr Spencer (Nottingham) pro posed thalt the Federation seek an amend- ment of the Act by removing the maximum of El per week in case of non-fatal and JE300 in case of fatal ac- cident, so that im the caso of non-fatal aocidt an employee should be paid at least 50 per cent, of his average e-airnings during incapacity and in case of fatal accident the dependents should be paid a sum equal to the de- ceased's total earnings for the previous three years, but in no case should the sum be less than, ;C200. I SENGHENYDD CLAIMS. Mr R. Jenkim (South WaJes) said th always acted in the South W. coalfield upon the decision in the Can- nock Che colliery action, in which the judgv a held that where the period of employment was a short one and work had been irregular, the work- man was entitled to take the twelve j months' period in order to arrive at the average earnings. In two of the casea arising out of the Senghenydd disaster, this added about jE88 to the compensation paid to the widow. He had recently arranged in a case where j a workman who was receiving oompen- sation for nystagmus that he should receive his full 20s. a week compensa- tion while working on the surface at 5s. per day. amd war bonus. That man wae formerly earning JE4 a week. The resolution waa paseed. The Federation decided to endeavour to have the disease caused by the in- halation of poisonous fumes from ex- plosives included on the third eohedule i of the Act. A SOUTH WALES INSTANCE I Mr J. Jenkins (Swansea) moved tha.t the Federation take action to en- sure the protection of compensation paid to injured workmen in cases of failure or bankruptcy of colliery com- panies. He said that they had a oase in his district of a colliery company which was wound up, a.nd the official receiver settled the case of ooonpemM- tion to an injured workman. That concern was now one of the most pros- perous im South Wales, and its sh-ares stood at a. high premium. Mr Davies (Mert.hyr). in seconding, urged that' there should be full pro- tection of disabled workmen in all oases of bankruptcy. The resolution was adopted.
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A number of Belgian boya in Cardiff have joined the Bov Scouts, and to- gether with a few Belgian soldiers on leave, formed a bodyguard for Lieut. General Orts at the opening of the war trophies exhibition at the Whitehall Rooms.
YSTALYFERA NOTES I
YSTALYFERA NOTES. Mr Sidney Morgan, the second son j of Mr E. it. Morgan, rate oollootor, Gusraos, has just been notified tliat he has successfully obtained his B-A- degree at the recent examination held at the Cardiff University of Wales. Mr Morgan, who is only 2i years of age, has had a very successful scholastic oareer. He is an old Maesydderwen County School boy, and obtained his diploma in Welsh in his second year at College. His many friends will be glad to hear of his winning this coveted dis- tinction, and extend to him hearty congratulations. An interesting letter has been received by Air. li. U. loot, Penygurnos (of the "Labour Voice" staff) tram, ilis bro- ther Fred who is in the Royal Engineers now on service in Frounce, giving an ac- count of the big push. Sapper Noott, in the course of his letter, states that it is the general opinion in France that it will be over in about six months if pro- gress continues as at present. Continuing, he says, "It is like hell let loose hero now one would hardly (nedat that iiesih and blood oouJd staald it." Gratifying news has been rooeived this ween to the effect that a re-start of the Istaiyfera tinpiate works, which has been idie for four montlis, has bean contempiateti. A re-ooninienoement was made on Thursday. will be given to as many men as can be found, with the view of raising the works to their pre-war standard. It is, how- ever, loared that this will not be possible, as so many local men have left the district for the colours and war work. We join in hoping that the new opening will be a successful tome. A meeting of the Chamber of Trade was held at the New Swan Hotel on Tuesday evening, when Mr J. T. Owen, Comp ton House, presided over a good, attendance. It is definitely decided to present all the boys returning from active service, with a medal. It was also passed that all assistance possible should be given to the Red Cross Fete to be held in the grounds of Ynisced- wyn House on Thursday next, and that substantial prizes should be drawn for by a sale of tickets. Mr D. W. Davies C.C., has promised to give a special prize. A favourable reply was also read from Mr E. Evans-Bevan, regard- ing the erecting of a new gate on his property at Cwmllynfell Station. This would save the necessity of walking up to the railway bridge and down the present footpath. The erection of the gate will probably be hurried forward. It was decided that as the chairman of the local Chamber of Trade knew nothing of the alleged insult given by a porter at Swansea to some promiijoBt gentleman, that the Pontardawe body should take the matter up, as it was they that were implicated. Mr Griffith Griffiths, of the Capital and Counties Bank has recei ved a letter from his son, Pte. Jim Griffiths, late of the Public Schools' Batt., but now of the Royal Engineers. He is taking part in the big push. Pte. Tom Laing, late assistant to Mr H. J. Powell, outfitter, who has been in a North of England hospital for some time, will visit Ystalyfera next week. His many friends will give him a hearty welcome. Lieuts. Howell Lewis, Cwmtwroh, and Rees, late of the Capital and Counties Bank left for the front during the week, with the best wishes of their frienda. A considerable number of Ystalyfera. men have received notices to report themselves at the Military Depot early I next week. A number, however, have reoeived exemption for short periods by the local tribunal. The inclement weather has caused local farmers no small amount of trouble. A largo quantity of hay in the district haa been cut, but owing to the rain it is impossible to gather it in. If the present weather conditions oantinue, the crop will be ruined. There has been an unusually large number of deaths in the district thi9 week, some being of old residents of the place. Mra. Anm Richards, wife of Mr Dd. Richards, of the Godre'rgraig lodging house, died on Wednesday at the age ¡ of 55. The funeral took place on I Wednesday at Holy Trinity. The Rev. Ben Davies, Pantteg, officiated at the house. She leaves a husband and II grown up family to mourn their loss. Anm Davies, the wife of Morgan Davies, near the Vine, Ystalyfera, died on Sunday, at the age of 54. She was buried on Wednesday at the Church, the Rev. W. D. Jjewis official j ting at the house. The infajit child of Pte. W. J. J Davies, who is in France, was buried on Thursday at Caersalem, when the Rev. W. D. Lewis officiated. Pte. Davies is the son of Mr John Davies, greengrocer. The arrangements of all the above funerals were in the hands of Mr E. i T. Nicholaa. I Intimation has been received by his wife at Railway terrace, that Pte. O'Leary has been killed in action » about the end of June. Full particu- lars are not yet to hand. Mrs. Owes, wife of Mr Gwilym Owen, of the Tinman's Arms, returned from Dr. Brooks' hospital on SundaT,1 where aha had undergone an operation. She is now making satisfactory pro- gress towards recovery. Arrangements are now well in hand for the annual Sunday School treat to bo held on July 27th in connection with the Jerusalem Sunday School. The treat will take the form of a tea. News has reached that Pte. Tom Davies, son of Mrs. Matilda Dalies, Beynon's row, was wounded '0 last week, and is now in hospital in this country. Similar news has been re- ceived regarding Pte. Jim Morris, Mount Hill. The anniversary meeting will be held at Pantteg next Sunday, when the Rev. Enoc Huws, Abercanaid, will occupy the pulpit. On Saturday and Sunday, Major John Russell, the great Welsh Revival- ist, conducted meetings at the Salva- tion Army Hall, and there was a good attendance at) each meeting. On Monday evening he conducted a meet- ing in the Gurnos Chapel, which was largely attended. On Tuesday evening he held a further meeting in Pantteg Vestr*- and on Wednesday evening in the Jerusalem Vestry. The Major spoke in a stirring manner, and his addresses were much enjoyed. Other local soldiers at home on leave over last week-end were Pte. W. Moore, of Midland Terrace, Gurnos, who is with a Monmouth Regiment, and Dannie Jones, Gurnos, a member of the R. W.F. Both are undergoing training at Oswestry, but though they have been stationed in the same place for several months, they had not seen each other till Sunday last, when they met in Ystalyfera. What might have been a serious ac- cident occurred near the station on Wednesday. A horse, which was at- tached to a vehicle, got out of con- trol, and bolted up the road. Mr W. Tudor Rees, however, with great promptitude stopped the horse. The death of Mrs. Lydia Hooper, wife of Mr Wm. Hooper, and daughter of Mr David Isaac, Swan Field, took place, on Wednesday of last week at Merthyr Vale, at the age of 23 prior to undergoing an operation for an in- ternal complaint. Her body was con- veyed to Ystalyfera on Saturday, the interment taking place at Holy Trinity Church on Monday. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Edwin Nicholas. The marriage took place at the Pont- ardawe Registry on Saturday, of Mr. j Evan Thos. Lewis, Godre'rgraig, and Miss Mary Davies, daughter of Mr. Davies, shoemaker, Rhiwfawr. The bride, who was given a-way by her father, was daintily atured in a navy-blue tailor- made costume, with white picture hat to match. After the ceremony the happy couple left for Llanwrtyd Wells, were the honeymoon was spent. They have the best wishes of theiir many friends.
COUNTY SCHOOL YSTALLYIFERA
COUNTY SCHOOL, YSTALLY- FERA. The results of the county entrance scholarship examination, recently held at the Ystalyfera Intermediate School are as follows:— Oswald Morgan Jenkins, Clydach Boys' School. John Ernest Thomas, Alltwen Mixed School. Wm. Charles Puntan, Alltwen Mixed School. David Henry Jones, Clydaoh Boys' School. Henry Brinley Rees, Clydach Boys'. Cyril Bowles, Pentrepoth Boys'. Ruth Jackson, Oydaeh Girls'. John A. Clement, Pentrepoth Boys'. George Melville Hap good, Pontar- dawe Boys'. Elias Thomas, Clydach Boys'. Evan John Lloyd, Clydach Boys', Elizabeth Williams, Pantteg Mixed. George Gwyn Evans, Clydach Boys'. Thos. Price Davies, Alltwen Mixed. Elizabeth Vida C. Griffiths Wetrn Girls. Jack Jones, Alltwen Mixed. ———— 0- —————
MINING AND SURVEYINGI
MINING AND SURVEYING RESULTS OF EXAMINATIONS AT YSTALYFERA. The following are the results of the examinations in mining and surveying, conducted by the Glamorgan County Council held in April last. MINING, STAGE 1. 1st Class.—Lewis G. Booth, Maldwyn Jones, Edgar Charles Williams, John Williams. 2nd CLass.-Harry Evans. 3rd Class.—Ben Edwards, Elwyn Evans, Ieuan Evans. William Morgan. STAGE II. 2nd Class.—Willie Chat- ham, John Evans. 3rd Class.— Wyndham Gape, John Be van, James Thomas. STAGE III., 1st Cl«flB.—Gwilym Thomas, D. Glyn Evans. 3rd Class.—Horace Comnick, John D Howells. STAGE IV. 1st Class.-WiW&m J. Evans, Paeoquin Evans. 3rd Class.-David Griffiths, Tom D. Edwards, Thomas Jones. SURVEYING. ELEMENTARY STAGE. 1st Clam.-Horao- Connick (1st in County); D. Glyn Evajis, John D. Howells, John Bevan, Emrys Thomas, Thomas Jones, Willie Chatham, Idris Jones. 2Bd Class.—Edwin Thomas. Advanced Stage: 2nd Clam.-Wm. J. Evajia. David S. Davies, David Griffiths, B. J. Lyddon.
BRYNAMMAN. ONE OF THE FIRST TO ANSWER THE CALL. I' A hearty reception meeting was held at Ebenezer Chapel, Brynamman, in honour of Pte. Dd. Jno. Llewellyn, of that place. Pte. Llewelyn was one of the first from this locality to answer his country's call, and has seen some very heavy fighting, having been twice wound- ed. Mr. H. J. Williams, of Glynbeudy Works, presided, and the following took part :—Miss E. A. Davies, Brynamiman soprano; Madame Ceinwen Thomas, Gwiauncaegurwen, contralto; Mr. Timo- thy Jones, Gwaunoaegurwen, bass and Mr. Richard Morgan, penillion singer. Mr. Tal Morris, Gwaunoaegurwen, was cornettist; Mr. Willie Edwards, A. V.C. M., Brynaonman, violinist; Mr. T. Harry Cram ant, elocutionist. Miss Nellie Davies Brynammain also took part as a vocalist. The accompanist was Mr. Ted Morgan, A. L. C.M. A pleasing feature was the srintgiing of Welsh airs by the Banwen School Choir, conducted by Mr. John Morgan, A.L.C.M. Appropriate remarks were made by Messrs. Morgan Jones, D. Thomas, amd J. Jones. A substantial col- lection was made. I At the Church Hall on Monday even- ing, a send-off was given Pte. E. J. Evans, of the transport section. Mr. W. J. Walters presided, and Mr. T. Davies was accompanist. Som,g'S were given by Master Dd. Jones, Park-street (accom- panied by his mother, Madame P.C. Jones, late of Ystalyfera), who also ren- dered a solo, ass did Mr. J. Pia Morgan and Mr. Howel Howells. Speeches were made and a good colleotion was taken. .—
I YSTALYFERA BOXER. CRUSHES ARM IN COLLIERY ACCIDENT. Whilst following his employment at the Tirbach Colliery. Ystalyfera, on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Alf. Lang don, j the well-known Ystalyfera boxer and cyclist, was injured bv a fall of stone. Although his arm was badly crushed, no bones are broken. He was conveyed home in a car, and NI-as medically attended. First aid was rendered by Mr. Owen J. Phillips, Cwmt-wrch.
MILTITARY CROSS FOR PONTARDAWEI IIRISHMAN
MILTITARY CROSS FOR PONTARDAWE IRISHMAN. News has been received at Pontardawe that Serogt. Mike Healy, of the Royal Minister Fusiliers, has been awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the field during the advance on the western front last week. Sergt. HeaJy ils a well-known Pontar- dawe Irishman, and has worked at Messrs. Gilbartson's Steel Works during the last six or seven years. He enlisted in the early pao-t of the war, and htfa> spent 18 months m France v. ith the Ministers. His promotion has been rapid. and about six months ago he was pro- matedioffi the field for bravery, from a corporal to sergeant. '■Mike" is only 25 years of age, and is the first man from Pontardawe to gain the distinction.
CWMTWRCH MAN DIES FROMI WOUNDS
CWMTWRCH MAN DIES FROM I WOUNDS. We regret to record the death of Pte. Hodgson, of the South Wales Borderers. Deceased had been in indifferent health since he sustained injuries whilst in France, and last week he suddenly died in Dondon. His body was conveyed to Brecon for burial, and this took place on Saturday last with full military honours at Brecon Cemetery. Pte. Hodgson leaves a widow and two young children. Up to the time of joining the Army Pte. Hodgson and his wife resided at the Drill .Hall House, Lower Cwmtwrch. He was a member of the R.A.O.B. ,-v
FATHER MOTHER AND DAUGHTERI PROSECUTED
FATHER, MOTHER, AND DAUGHTER I PROSECUTED. A father, mother, and daughter ap- peared before the magistrates at Carmar- then an Wednesday. They were Thomas Williams, Cathan-terrace, Pantyffynon, who w"m charged ?ith being drunk and disorderly, and was fined 20s. May Wil- (12), charged with atoaJin? ?11 109. from the house of Robert James, ??ri'caituraJ engineer, Carmarthen, a.nd bound over; and Charlotte Williams, the mother, who was fined 20s. and costs for receiving money, well knowing it to have boetn stolen. The girl said she had given her mother L2 on two occasions. This the mother denied, but admitted having received L2 10a., which the girl said she had found.
MA FOR GWAUNCAEGURWENITE I
M.A. FOR GWAUNCAEGURWENITE I Mr. Edgar Davies, Gwauncaegurwen, has been informed that he has been granied the M.A. degree of the Univer- silty of Walen for the thesis which he presented for examination. He holds an important post in the Secondary School of 3t. Austell, Cornwall. He is an old stu4«wt of Ystalyfera County School.
MRS JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN I
MRS. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN. I The Pnosfl Association is authorised to stats that an engagement is announced between the Rev. W. H. Carnegie, Canon of Westminster, &nd Mrs. Joseph Cham- berlain. 0-0
CWMTWRCH STOPWATCH COM I PETITION
CWMTWRCH STOP-WATCH COM- I PETITION. The ab-o" competition ia postponed till Sept. 9th. The Winner may select either a gentleman's or lady's watch, whioh is supplied by Mr W. Williams, jewftJlar, Castle street, Swansea. -4r.
BRECONSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. NOTICE. The Annual General Meeting of members of the above Association, wiU be h-eld at the County Hall, Breoomr on Saturday, July 29th, 1916, at 3 p.m. (Signed) IDRIS DAVIES, Sec. Reg. Office: 4, St. Mary Street, Brecon. 2 Jy 15-22 PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT.. A GRAND EISTEDDFOD Will be held at MORIAR CHAPEL, PENRIIOS, Ystradgynlais, ON AUGUST 12th, 1916. Chief Charaà "Dyckhau Dyn Sydd feL Glasweiltyn" (T. Davies, libbw Vale), Prize, Lb Os Od. Juvenile Choir "Cwsg fy Noli" (Ddo" Lewis). Prize P,5 Os. Od. COLBREN EISTEDDFOD + SATURDAY, JULY 29th, 1916. CHIEF CHORAL:- R 8 d "Dyddiau Dyn sydd fel glas- welltyn" 6 0 0 LADIES' CHOIR:— Y Gwa.nwyn" 3 0 O SOLOS, Etc. ADJUDICATORS—Music: E. T. DAVIES, Esq., F.R.C.O., Merthyr j W. R. JONES, Esq., A.T.S.C., Abercnave; Literature: REV. LLEW. MORRIS (Ogwy). P«ngam. Programmes, 10. each, by post from the Secretaries. 3Jyl5-29t Y NEUADD, CWMLLYNFELL. Cynelir EISTEDDFOD pAWREDDOG (0 dan na.wdd Eglwys St. Margaret) yn y lie uchod DYDD SADWRN, AWST 26, 1916. PRIF DESTYNAU: £ a c- I'r Cor ddim dan 35 o rhif a gano yn oreu, "Blodeuyn Bach wyf fi mewn gardd" 6 0 0* I'r Cor Plant, ddim dan 35 mewn rhif a gano yn oreu, 1 ''Cwsg fy Noli" (D. W. Lewis) 3 0 0 Unawdau, Beohgyn a Merched 0 10 S Unawdau i rhai mewn oed 1 1 0 Champion Solo (agored i un- rhyw lais) Gwobr, Cwpam 2 0 gwerth 2 2 0 Many lion pellach oddiwrth yr Ysgrif- .enyddion-William D. Evans, D. Samuels, Glanvrafon. Jyl5— GODRE'RGRAIG- The GRAND ANNUAL EISTEDDFOD Will be held ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 164h, 1916. £ a d Mixed Choirs, Dyddiau Dyn Sydd fel Glawwelltyn (T. Davies) 8 0 0 XAnd a Silver-mounted WaJk- ing-stick to the Winning Con- ductor. ) Children's Choir, 1st Prize 3 0 0 2nd Prize 1 0 0 (And a Silverr Pendant to Winning, Conductor, given by Mr. Dan Davies, jeweller). Further pairticulazw from the Secre- taries— J. CLEE, E. T. LEWIS, 2jyll8 Godre'rgraig. WINNING NUMBERS OF PRIZET DRAWING In aid of Henry Hodgkieh, Pontar- dawe. 547; 1427; 853; 1372; 18, 601 887; 1355; 10; 25 773 326 320; 824; 1622, 317; 1523; 1744; 274; 879: 2S3 629; 655; 1108 213; 1228; 711 1063; 1265; 754; 818. All Prizes to be claimed by ticket, without delay, from the secretary— Simon Daniel, Alltwen Ganol, Pont- ardawe.