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AMMANFORD. Flag Day at Ammanford realised the splen- .did sum of £ 36 Is. for the fund to provide xomforts for Welsh sailors and soldiers. The result reflects credit on the organiser, Mrs. Herbert, Brynmarlais, and the energetic secre- tary, Miss Williams, Gwynfryn. A grand performance of the pretty cantata, •entitled Agaiha," was given at the Palace Theatre last night by the Bethel Sunday School Choir, Pantyffynnon,. Mr. Cornelius Rees, M.C.W., Penybank, was the con- .ductar, and Councillor David Jones, Panty- ffynnon, occupied the chair. A fuller report will appear in our next issue. Mr. D. Gourlay Thomas, of Llandilo, will preach at the Talbot Road English Congre- gational Church next Sunday. ,sS°?e time snce he omciated at the chuich, for e has been in the Navy for some time. He is now home en leave, as his ship was lately torpedoed. His many friends will be delighted to have another opportunity of hearing him. We regret to announce the death of Miss Gladys Richards, daughter of Mr. D. Rich- ards Tirydail Lane, overman at the Park Colliery, which took place on Thursday night. The interment took place on Tues- day afternoon at St. Michael's Church grave- yard. Miss Richards was well known and greatly respected in Ammanford. Her bro- ther, Mr. Handel Richards, is a well-known iootball player, having played for Llanelly, Swansea, and Neath. On Wednesday of last week, a splendid performance of Hosanna'r Plant" was given by the Bethany Band of Hope at the Y.M.C.A. Hall. Mr. H. Williams was the conductor, and Mr. H. Richards accompanist. Amongst those who contributed to the miscel- laneous section of the programme were Miss L. M. Thomas, Miss Essie Davies, Miss Maude Evans (Llanferch), Mr. Jonah Williams, and the Ammanford Orchestral Society, conducted by Mr. George Evans. Mr. J. O. Parry was in the chair. The pro- ceeds wers devoted to the Reception Fund in connection with the chapel. The Ammanford Chamber of Trade met last week, and decided to give a three months' trial to the 48 hours' week for shop assistants. The chief obstacle to the per- manent establishment of a 48-hour week is the number of hours during which shops are open in surrounding districts. On the first three days of the week, the shops will open at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, the closing hour will be ) o' clock; on Fri- days, 8 p.m.; and IOn Saturdays, 9 p.m. An hour for dinner will be allowed every day except Thursday, and on Friday and Satur- day, half-an-hour will be allowed for tea. On St. David's Day, the children attend- ing the Council Schools had a holiday, and the celebration was held on the Thursday afternoon. Welsh airs and patriotic songs were rendered at the Ammanford, Parcyrhun and Bettws Schools. Solos were sung and rectations delivered by the scholars. Mr. John Lewis, J.P., headmaster, addressed the Ammanford School on "A Welshman who carries 'Wales in his heart." The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves at all the schools, and there is no doubt that celebra- tions of this kind tend to make the children enthusiastic Welshmen, who love and cherish all that appertains to their country. The Board of Agriculture have written -acknowledging the Free Church Council's suggestion that the Ammanford Recreation Ground be used for the purpose of raising food in preference to horse racing. In pass- ing the resolution, the Council had in mind 'he moral and..social aspect of the question, having regard to the alleged evils that are attendant upon horse racing throughout the country. From a financial point of view, it was also thought horse racing should be stopped during war time, so that the money may be diverted to more useful channels. It should also be pointed out that public parks, the real recreation grounds of the people, have already been broken, up for the pur- poses of food production. The Free Church 'Council sent a similar resolution to the Ammanford Urban District Council. A successful eisteddfod was held at Bettws on Saturday lasf, in aid of the Sailors' and Soldiers' Reception Fund. The Rev. B. .Davies (curate) was the president, and Mr. W. Jones (Gwilym Myrddin) was the con- ductor. The adjudicators were Messrs. Arthur Moses and D. Mainwaring, Mr. D. J. Morgan, Bodist, being the accompanist. The -awards were as follow;—Champion solo: Madame Agnes Thomas. Novice solo: Mr. Bnnley Thomas, Llandebie. Chief recita- tion: Madame Howe! Davies, Abercynon. Penillion: Mr. Isaac Jones. Solo for girls under 16: 1, Gladys Morgan: 2, Decima Morgan, Llandebie. Solo for girls under 12: I, Decima Morgan; 2, Deborah Hudson. Solo for boys: I, Brynmor Davies, Garn- swllt; 2, lorwerth Phillips, Ammanford. Recitation for children under 16: Benj. Rees, Blaenau. Recitation for children under 12: Nellie Jones, Glanamman. Recitation for children under 8: 1, Dorcas Jones, Panty- ffynnon 2, Clifford Jones, Garnsvvllt. Essay for school children on "St. David": 1, T. Gwyn Jones, Bettws; 2, Tommy Davies. The treasurer and secretary were Messrs. S. Jones a,id-W. H. Morris respectively. The Young People's Friday Evening Meet- ing is increasing in popularity. The Y.M.C.A. Hall was crowded Ii: its last meeting, and a merry evening was sj(!J¡t in the enjoyment of a varied and entertairmig pro- gramme. Mr. Rufus Evans occupied the chair. After the opening hymn, Wonder- ful Words of Life," was sung, the Chair- man uttered a few felicitous words of wel- •come, and dwelt briefly qp the praiseworthy objects of these weekly meetings, and his delight at the promise of success already mani- fested. The following programme was then proceeded with:—Recitation, The Charge of the Light Brigade," Mr. Stanley Owen; impromptu debate, subject, Poet and Musician," winners, Messrs. Thos. George Davies and D. Hugh Jones; interval; hymn, When the roll is called recitation, People Will Talk," Miss Olwen Rees; impromptu solo competition, adjudicator,. Rev. D. E. Harris, honours divided between Messrs. T. Griffiths and Evan Rees; solo, ￼ When Elfland Bugles Blow," Miss Gwen ￼ ?omas; humorous recitati on, The Te l gram ? Reggie John (encbred and re- sponds ? ? Matinee Hat ") inter- I h WIt e atmee at mter. val; hymt,, p? ? ?? p? ? ? C F Ig t t e 0 Ig t so 0, Cymru y>y," Mr. W. T. Rhys (encoreo an d responded ..y p? ? L d b. ") I 'h "I erc 0 an y le c l osing hymn ? hail the Power." Ne? meeting Will be heU next griJay evening ai .7.30. al
BRYNAMnian^ Good results were attained by the young flag sellers on Friday and batiir^y last, in ,aid of the Welsh Soldiers and Sai),r.s. The substantial sum of rL17 8s. lid. was Hahscd. Next Sunday evening, at Hermon, a Srd solo will be rendered by M15c Catherine My Evans. The Rev. W. Alfi Richards (pastor) wilJ preach at the morning a¡;J evening ser- vices. Miss Mary Davies, the successful iryn- -anllnan soprano, won the prize at the Pen- clawdd Eisteddfod, out of a large number cf well-known competitors. She made a boid bid for the champion solo also. Mr. Wallie Jones, the able trombonist of Brynamman, and formerly of the Grenadier Guards' Band, is on the way to recovery after a period of severe illness consequent upon an attack of acute neuritis. ♦ An interesting wedding was solemnised at Pontardawe, on Monday, the contracting Pon t ar d awe, parties being Mr. Morgan Williams, Glyn- beudy Farm, and Miss Elizabeth Stephens, formerly of Tycroes. Good luck. The Gwaun-cae-gurwen Dramatic Com- pany gave another performance of the popular prize drama at the Alpha, Brynamman, on Saturday evening, to a large audience. It was, as usual, supervised by the author him- self. Mr. Phinip Henry Cowling, CefncroesaN, as a result of a painful affection, has had one of his feet amputated at the Swansea Hos- pital. A few weeks ago, he had to undergo a similar operation to the other foot. 1 hough deprived of both limbs, he is as cheerful as can be expected. On Saturday evening, an interesting and edifying lecture was delivered at Ebenezer Chapel, Lower Brynamman, by the Rev. Glasnant Jones, Dunvant, to a large audience. He had as his subject Our Premier and the Land of His Birth," with which he dealt in a manner which won attention and appreciation. Mr. W. D. Samuel, M.E., Blaen-cae-gurwen, presided, and the proceeds went in aid of Mr. Daniel Morgan, Glyn Road, who has been in indifferent health ten a considerable time. We regret to record this week the com- paratively sudden death of Mrs. Elizabeth Davies, Bryn Farm, Brynamman, who was better known as Betsy o'r Bryn by the old inhabitants. She succumbed after but a week's illness caused by bronchial troubles. She was 68 years of age, and leaves three children to mourn their loss of a kind anci industrious mother, viz., Mr. Tom Davies, Bryn Farm; Mrs. Daniel Thomas, M.E., Gwaun-cae-gurwen; and Mrs. Enoch Isaac, Brynamman. Three splendid performances of The Prodigal Son were given at the Gwaun- cae-gurwen Public Hall, on Thursday,, Friday and Saturday evenings, by the Hermon Dramatic Society. The production is from the pen of Mr. Jason Thomas, Brynamman Road, and was awarded half the prize at a Pontardawe eisteddfod. There were en- couraging audiences. The presidents were Councillors Gomer Harries, D. D. Davies, and D. W. Davies, Waunleyshon. The Hermon Ladies' Choir, under the conductor- ship of Mr. John Davies, gave selections, and several well-known Valley artistes gave their services. Mr. W. D. Rees, Bryn- amman, accompanied. The author super- vised the staging of the work, which is based on incidents connected with a certain colliery in Wales. Brynamman is always eager for good news respecting Brynamman boys and girls from home. Mr. Glanville Davies, the renowned baritone, of Maesteg, has had to give up con- testing owing to his services being so often requisitioned as adjudicator, conductor, con- cert artiste, &c. His engagements of late have been averaging three a week. He is booked at Gwaun-cae-gurwen this month, when his old friends will undoubtedly avail themselves of the opportunity to hear him once again. If not for pressure of work, he would have appeared at the recent competi- tive concert held at Gibea Chapel. His co- native of this district, Mr. D. D. Llambed Jones, A.C., Treorchy, is also climbing up the ladder of success and esteem among the Rhondda people. He has been appointed chairman of the noted Treorchy Male Choir and assistant conductor, while the Rhondda District Federation have elected him their chairman. Many thousands of miners are embraced in the district. Mr. Jones is also a prominent member of the Treorchy Soldiers' and Sailors' Association, and acts as mediator between those affected by the war and the authorities. His services, again, are much sought in musical services. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday last, the Moriah (C.M.) United Choir gave creditable performances of the cantata, Children of Heaven," to large audiences, under the baton of the well-known conduc- tress, Madam W. J. Williams, precentor of the congregation. Lieut.-Col. W. N. Jones, J.P., Ammanford, presided on Thursday evening, and expressed his pleasure in being present to hear the Moriah Choir going through its work, "The Children of Heaven." Then followed a welcome action song by the children, and the choir embarked on the can- tata, conducted by Madam W. J. Williams, and accompanied by Mr. Tom Davies, Belle Vue. The principal characters were:—Mrs. Jones, Miss Joones, Mrs. Nedhall, Miss Cissie Jones, Miss Rona Moses, Miss A. Williams, Mr. David Howells, and Mr. Owen, all acquitting themselves admirably. The miscellany which followed was provided by Mrs. Connick, Mrs. Frank Coke, and Miss Mary Phillips, who gave a good dialogue; action song, Ten Temperance Men," by the male juveniles. A solo was here sung by Doris Jones, and also Gwyn Griffiths, Misses Winnie Williams and Maggie Stephens gave a dialogue. The next item was Fairy Bells." Councillor Roberts, J.P., Llan- dovery, the chairman on Saturday night, re- marked that he felt compelled to come over to hear the Moriah Choir and artistes, and to support the good work the conductress and others had so energetically prepared. Mrs. (Dr.) Jones, Argoed, in a most capable speech from the chair on Friday evening, ex- pressed the very great honour she felt in being asked to preside at the performance.
BLAENAU. I A grand concert was held at Peniel, Caer- bryn, on Friday lsat, in honour of Priv. Maldwyn Lewis, Bryn Talbot, Blaenau, on the occasion of his homecoming from France. A capital programme was arranged, and a most pleasant evening was spent. The con- cert was ably presided over by Mr. Oliver Emanuel. Miss L. M. Davies, Saron, pre- sented the hero with the usual gift on behalf of well-wishers. The accompanist was Mr. Idris Rees, A.L.C.M. The arti-tes wer e:- Miss Alice Davies, pianoforte solo; Master Ben Rees, recitation; Miss Gertie Williams and Master Ben Rees, penillion singing; Master Gwynfor Lewis, recitation; Miss L. M. Davies, solo; Mrs. Henry Vaughan, penillion Miss Maggie Walters, solo; Mrs. Nicholas, solo; Mr. Henry Walter John, solo; and a quartet by the Blaenau Friends conducted by Mr. Luther Davies, A.C. Mr. Morgan Morgans, Bryn Talbot, gave a very appropriate speech, and thanked all who took part. Mr. O. Emanuel seconded. The happy evening was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem, Mr. H. W. John taking the solo.
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I' CROSS HANDS. I On Thursday last, the second annual ploughing match was held on a field belong- ing to Penybank Farm. The judges were Mr. J. Rees. Park Llangennech and Mr. J. lore?, -na'i, Tumble. Mr. D. F. Davies, M.E., was the president of the com- mittee; Mr. H. Mainwaring, M.E., vice- president; Mr. D. Rees, Tyfry, chairman; Mr. S. Lewis, Gwili Villa, treasurer; and Mr. J. Rees, The Pharmacy, secretary. The awards were as folIow:-Champion class: 1, D. Williams, Blyne Isaf; 2, Jenkin Beynon, Pentre; 3. D. Owens, Blyne Mawr; 4, Element, Goitre. First class; 1, Thomas, Llwyntew; 2, Edward Peel, Cross Hands. Colliers' class: 1 and 2 aivided between Phillpot, Five Roads, and J. Mainwaring, Tumble; 3, John Evans, Llandebie. Youths' class: 1, W. J. Rees, Brynwicket; 2, W. Trtviarne, Pantgwyn.
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I CWMAMMAN. The champion solo and contralto solo at Penclawdd Eisteddfod, last Saturday evening, were won by Madame Blodwen Jones-Davies, after very keen competitions. Very large congregations attended the anni- versary services of Bryn Seion Congregational Church, last Sunday, when the Rev. Samuel Williams, Landore, delivered most powerful sermons throughout the day. Throughout the districts, last Saturday, the school children were busily selling flags for providing comforts for Welsh Regiments. The sums collected amounted to S-14 18s. 5d., as follows:—Glanamman Council School, £6 ]4s. 4gd. Garnant Council School, S-3 Is. 6^d. Garnant National School, S-5 2s. 6d. At the concert held at Maenclochog, on St. David's Day, Miss Llinos Thomas (Llinos Cwniamman), our well-known penillion singer, was the chief artiste, and we have' been informed that the inhabitants of Maen- clochog were delighted with her singing. Miss Thomas has also numerous other concert engagements to fulfil between now and Easter. The Welsh musical drama, Plant y Pentre," was presented at the Palace by the Glanamman Juvenile Choir, under the con- ductorship of Mr. Morgan Daniels, on St. David's Day, with great success, both in the afternoon and evening. The evening's per- formance, which was under the presidency of Dr. Ivor Thomas, H.M. Inspector cf Schools, was attended by a very large audi- ence. All the characters were played well by the members, and especially Master Teddy of Bac h gen Bach o r Jenkins in the role of Bachgen Bach o'r Dowlais." The choir was assisted at the piano by Miss S. A. Lewis, L.L.C.M., and Miss Gladys M. Llewelyn; also Mr. J. Pia Morgans, Brynamman, and friend s with their violins. Undoubtedly the many friends of Lieut. Meirion Jones, R.F.A., the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Jones, Glanamman, will be glad to hear that he has recently been promoted captain with the Chinese Labour Corps in France. Captain Jones enlisted in August, 1915, at Tientsin, China, and arrived in this country for training at the end of Sep- tember of the same year. He left this coun- try again, after six months' training, for France, but was soon drafted to Salonica. After having been at the latter place for a few months, he left again for Macedonia, and then to Palestine, where he was up against the Turks for many months. He was after- wards given leave to come to this country for a short rest, before again returning to France to take up his duties with the Chinese Labour Corps. With this Corps he received his cap- taincy. In pre-war days, Captain Jones was employed as a manager in Pekin, under the British-American Tobacco Trust Company. A lecture was given on the 25th ult., at Bethel Vestry, Garnant, under the auspices of the Cwmamman Allotment and Garden Society, on Potato Blight and Potato Spraying." The lecturer was Mr. A. S. Jones, lecturer under the Board of Agricul- ture. He was listened to by a large and keenly interested audience. Mr. Jones dealt with the question in a scientific manner, and pressed home the need of spraying in order to prevent the disease. T4 lecturer demon- strated quite clearly the futility of the old lackadaisical methods of gardening. If we are to produce food and not disease, we will have to pay more attention to science as applied to gardening. Mr. Jones strongly advocated sprouting seed potatoes. He also gave valuable advice on manuring. The keen interest displayed by the audience proved how much potato disease affected this dis- trict. It is hoped that the advice of the lec- turer will be taken to heart, and that more spring of potatoes will be done in future. Thanks are due to Bethel Band of Hope, who kindly lent the lantern for the lecture.
LLANDILO. I Lance-Corpl. W. M. Griffiths, New Inn Shop, New Inn, Llandilo, is home on final leave before proceeding to the Front. Lce.- Corpl. Griffiths, prior to joining up, was em- ployed on the staff of the Llandilo Post Office, and is at present attached to the Post Office Rifles. "Motor Driver W, L. Evans was presented by Mr. J. R. Evans, J.P., Chairman of the Llandilo Urban District Council, on behalf of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Welcome Com- mittee, with a wristlet watch on the occasion of his visit home on leave of absence after a long service in France. In private life Driver Evans had a motor garage at Bank Buildings, Llandilo. It is with sincere regret we have this week to chronicle the death of Miss May Esther Evans, the only surviving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Evans, of II, Alan Road, Llandilo, at the age of 27 years, which sad event took place on Wednesday of last week, after a lingering illness of about two years' duration patiently borne. Before her illness, deceased was employed as a dressmaker at London House, Llandilo. Much sympathy is felt with the deceased' s parents in their sad bereavement. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Saturday last, the place of burial being Bethel (C.M.) bruial- ground, Rhosmaen. The Rev. D. Williams (C.M.) conducted a short service at the house, and was assisted by the Rev. Thosi Thomas and Rev. D. Corris Davies at the chapel and graveside. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. David Evans (parents). We have also this week to chronicle the death of Mr. Evan Williams, cattle dealer, the last surviving son of the late Mr. Wm. Williams, of Llandilo, a well-known breeder of black cattle, and an authority on the Castle Martin breed, which sad event took place at his sister's residence (Mrs. Simpson, Alan Road), after an illness of several months' duration, at the age of 62 years. The deceased leaves a widow and several chil- dren to mourn their loss. The funeral, which was a public one and was largely attended, took place on Wednesday, the place of burial being the Tabernacle Independent Chapel, Ffairfadh, Llandilo, an account of which will appear in our next week's issue. The Ffmr^ach Auction Mart was held on Monday last. There was a great shortage compared with the demand, only 16 cattle being brought in for allocation, none being of the first grade. These were allotted as fol- lows:—Llanelly, 4; Llandilo, 2; Llan- gennech, ) Pontardulais, i Ammanlford, 2; Llandebie district, 1 Cross Hands, 1 Clydach, I Glanamman, ) Treherbert, ) and Gwaun-cae-gurwen, I. There were only J2 sheep, allocated as follows:—Llandilo, 6; Gwaun-cae-gurwen, 3; and Ammanford, 3. There were no pigs on offer. There was a good entry of calves, and about eo. were disposed of at prices ranging from £3 to 1-23, according to age and quality. Cows and calves made up to £ 35. Mr. W. N. Jones, Ammanford, was the auctioneer, who, with Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Jonathan Jones, Ammanford, were the graders. An eisteddfod was held at the Llandilo County School on St. David's Day. Mr. G. Gwyn Jones, B.A., headmaster, presided, and Mr. D. Morgan adjudicated the music. The proceedings were opened by the head- master, who read out the roll of honour, con- sisting of 20 killed and over 50 wounded, and over 2QO serving in different war areas. The results were as follow:-Solo for girls: May Thomas. Solo for boys: W. J. Griffiths. Duet: Helena Jones and Maude Thomas. Octette: House I Party (conductor, Haydn Thomas) Recitation: Iris Jones. Very sue cessful performances were also given of the plays, Dewi Sant (under the direction of Miss Benen, B.A.) and of Caradog's Triumph (under the direction of Miss Irene Jones, B.A.), and of musical scene, Snow Queen (under the direction cf Mr. Downing Williams. The proceedings concluded with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau and God save the King." The afternoon was a holiday. The monthly meeting of the Llandilo Urban District Council was held at the Public Hall, Llandilo, on Tuesday evening last, Mr. J. R. Evans, J.P., in the chair. Others pre- sent were: Messrs. A. E. Harries (Vice- chairman), Wm. Hopkins, D. Pritchard Davies, John Henry Rees, E. W. Evans, David Morgans, Ben Hughes, H. W. Jones, John Hopkins, Sergt.-Major W. D. Jenkins, Capt. W. L. Roberts, Dr. R. Jones, and Rev. E. L. Jones.— The chief business at this meeting was the appointment -of a Clerk in the place of Mr. R. Shipley Lewis, who had resigned. Three applications were received, viz., Capt. J. R. Williams, solicitor, Llan- dilo; Mr. Thos. Hurley, solicitor, Llandilo; Mr. J. C. Edmunds, solicitor, Llandilo. The first voting found five supporters for Mr. T. C. Hurley and Mr. J. C. Edmunds, and four for Capt. J. R. Williams. In the final voting, nine voted for Mr. J. C. Edmunds and five for Mr. T. C. Hurley. The voting had by consent been by ballot, and finally the Chair- man proposed that Mr. J. C. Edmunds be appointed, which Dr. Jones seconded, and his appointment was unanimously agreed to. Mr. W. N. Jones offered for sale at the Cawdor Arms Hotel, Llandilo, on Thursday, the 28th day of February, 1918, the valuable pitwood, ash, and other timber on the Dynevor Castle Estate. Lots 1 and 2 were sold to Mr. Wm. Herbert, Ammanford, for 1400; Lot 3 to Mr. Jacob Davies, Llandebie, for £165; Lot 4 to Mr. D. James Thomas, Pont- ardulais, for £ 195; Lot 5 to Mr. Jacob Davies, Llandebie, O-W 1205 Lot 6 to the Emlyn Colliery Co Penygroes, for £ 105; Lot 7 to Mr. Robert Williams, Neafh, for £120; Lot 8 to Mr. W. Herbert, Amman- ford, for £ 155; Lot 9 to Mr. R. Williams, Neath, for £ 135; Lot 10 to the Llandilo Saw Mills, Ltd., Llandilo, for £180; Lot 11 to Mr. R. Williams, Neath, for £ 210; Lot 12 to Messrs. Chas. Thomas and Co., Llandilo, for 1135; Lot 13, withdrawn; Lot 14 to the Llandilo Saw Mills, Ltd., Llandilo, for £ 95; Lot 15s and 16 to the Llandilo Saw Mills, Ltd., Llandilo, for £60 and £ 100 re- spectively; Lot 17 to Mr. Jacob Davies, Llandebie, for 190; Lot 18 to Mr. Jacob Davies for £ 120; Lot 19, withdrawn; Lot 20 to Mr. W. Herbert, Ammanford, for £ 165; Lot 21 to Mr. D. J. Thomas, Pontardulais, for 1]50; Lot 22 to Mr. Alfred Williams, Ammanford for il 14; Lot 23 to Mr. D. J. Thomas for £60; Lot 24 to Mr. D. J. Thomas for 1)20; Lot 25 to Mr. Jacob Davies for £ 142; Lot 26 to Mr. D. J. Thomas for Y-75; Lot 27, withdrawn.
MANORDEILO. Tragic Death.—Mr. Frank Bevan, a widower, living at Abbotsbury, was found dead in his house last Thursday, 28th ult. A person called on the way from the station to give him his paper, but failing to have a reply, the door was opened, and deceased was found lying dead on the floor. Assist- ance was at once obtained and a doctor was sent for. On Friday afternoon, an inquest was held. Mr. R. Shipley Lewis, Llandilo, was the coroner, and the Vicar of Manordeilo the foreman of the jury. The verdict returned was that the deceased had died from cerebral haemorrhage. The deceased, who was about 71 years of age, lost his wife about four years ago, and since that time he had lived alone. He had for many years been in the service of Mr. Lewis, Stradey Castle, and later in the service of Miss Lewis, Capel Issa, from which post he retired a few years ago. He was a good and faithful member of the Church, where his services will be greatly missed. The funeral took place last Monday, the place of interment being the Parish Churchyard. The Rev. E. Thompson- Jenkyns officiated throughout. Many friends and relatives were present to pay their last tribute.
PENYGROES. The collections in connection with the Flag Day for the Welsh Troops, in Penygroes and district on March 2nd, were as follow:— Misses Annie M. Morgan and E. Davies, f.2 13s. Id.; Miss Annie Thomas, f- I 12s. 9d.; Misses Annie M. Price and Annie L. Hughes, f-2 Os. 8d. Misses Kate Evans and Lizzie A. Jones, 12 Is. 5d. Misses Gertie Hughes and R. Edith Jones, £ 1 5s.; Misses Cordelia and Eunice Davies, il 18s. 5d. Misses A. M. Evans, A. Evans, and M. Thomas, £ 1 14s. id.; Misses Laura Davies and Jennie Hughes, £ 1 8s. ld.; Misses Annie Pugh and Mary H. Davies, f-2 12s. lOd. Misses L. Davies and J. Lloyd, £ l 6s. 5d. Mrs. Hughes, 12s. Mrs. Child, 6s. total, £ 19 10s. 9d. Much praise is due to the lady- collectors for their enthusiastic efforts and to the local public for their generous re- sponse. It is very gratifying to find that the total keeps up the record of previous rw Day collections. A grand eisteddfod was held at the Peny- groes Congregational Vestry, under the aus- pices of the Penygroes Soldiers' and Sailors' Reception Committee, last Saturday. The Rev. Garmon Thomas was unable to attend, and Mr. W. H. Jones (Gwilym Bowy) Llanpumpsamt, was prevailed upon to occupy the chair. Mr. Jones was therefore a very busy man, acting as chairman, conductor, and literary adjudicator; but he was quite equal to the occasion. It was the first appearance of Mr. Jones in the district, but there is no doubt he will receive calls to the locality again. Mr. Gwilym Evans, Cross Hands, adjudicated the musical items, his experience as ) a vocal competitor helping him through to very satisfactory decisions of very keen com- petitions. Mrs. C. Emanuel, Penygroes, adjudicated the prize bags, and Mr. Wm. Williams, J.P., the pencil sketch. Mr. Haydn Morris, Cross Hands, presided at the piano. The awards were as follow:—Solo for children under 12.: I, Doris Lloyd, Cefn- eithin; 2, Willie Davies, Cefneithin; 3, Martha Roberts, Llandebie; 4, Lizzie Maud Lloyd, Cefneithin. Recitation for children under 12: 1, Millicent Collins, Cwmgwili; 2, Willie Morgan, Blaenau; 3, loan Wil-. hams, Cwmgwili. Solo for children under 16: Annie Child, Penygroes. Recitation for chil- dren under 16: Divided between C. Cook, Garnant, and C. Rowe, Cwmgwili. Penillion singing for children under 16: 1st divided be- tween Gertie Williams, Caerbryn, and Tommy Rees, Caerbryn 2nd divided between Eva Cook, Garnant, and Rees Rees, Caer- bryn. Essay on Patriotism Miss Davies, Caerbryn. Solo on any brass instrument: Mr. H. Williams, Penygroes. Pencil sketch of the Welsh Dragon: This was an excellent competition, all the sketches being worthy of the prize, the winner being Mr. Williams, Abergwili; special prize, Mr. W. H. Jones, Penygroes. Novice solo: Mr. Ted Jones, Garnant. Prize bag competition: Splendid bags were entered, and the adjudicator, feel- ing that three of the competitors I deserved a prize, awarded the programme prize to Miss Lilian Hughes, Penygroes; and contributed second and third prizes to the next in order of merit-2, Mrs. E. Hughes, Penygroes; 3, Mrs. Lewis, Penygroes. Four verses on "The Present Trouble in Europe" Winner, Eco'r Gad," who was not present to re- ceive the prize. Chief choral: Three choirs competed, the winning choir being Saron Glee Singers (conductor, Mr. D. J. Richards, Saron) Englyn: Prize divided between Mr. Ben H. Jones (Mab-yr-Awen), Penygroes, and Mr. David Davies, Abergwili. Soprano or tenor solo: MfS. G. Nicholas, Penygroes. Questions on general knowledge: Mr. Ben Jones, Penygroes. Contralto or baritone solo: Mr. Ben Davies, Gorslas. Opert recitation: Mr. D. J. Walters, Hendre. Champion solo: Mr. Morgan Davies, Cefneithin. The secre- tary of the eisteddfod wishes all the com- petitors to send or call for their compositions, pencil sketches, and prize bags within four- teen days of issue of the Chronicle, or they will be considered the property of the com- mittee.
TYCROES. The thirsty section of the 1 ycroes com- munity are looking forward to a great feast this week-end, for if all the members of the Free Churches are going to follow faithfully their respective leaders in the More Bread and No Beer campaign, there will be i-o need for the thirsty ones to wander the out- skirts for their pot of ale. The true sporting element of Tycroes is not dead yet. On the Gelly Recreation Grounds, our young lads played a good foot- ball match last Saturday against Penybank, and defeated the visitors by 12 points to 6. If they will cling together they will give a good account of themselves before the season is out, and will maintain the reputation made by our old friends, many of whom have already been killed in the war, others still in action, and a good many wounded. Amongst the wounded is Lieut. Morgan Clarke, who played against the Australians in France a few weeks ago, before he was seriously bayoneted. He was reported to be the best player on the field.—Bit Badge.
Ammanford Urban Council
Ammanford Urban Council. Mr. J. C. Shaw presided over the ordinary meeting of the Council on Wednesday night, in the Y.M.C.A. Hall, and there were pre- sent: Mr. J. E. Jones, Vice-chairman; Lieut.- Col. W. N. Jones, Rev. J. Morgans, Mr. B. R. Evans, Mr. David Jones, Mr. Evan Lewis, Mr. T. Fletcher, Mr. Wm. Evans, Mr. D. George, Mr. Jno. Davies, and Mr. Evan Evans; also the Clerk (Mr. T. M. Evans, M.A.), and the Surveyor (Mr. D. Thomas) PURCHASE OF WAR BONDS. An examination of the bank pass-books by the Finance Committee revealed a very satis- factory position, and the Clerk stated that this was even better than appeared, as cer- tain grants from the Government in respect of National Registration and Food Control work were still to be received. The Council's pass-book shewed a credit balance of £ 1,044 18s. 2d.; the suspense pass-book, £ 415 8s. Id. and the Surveyor's pass-book, JL20. The Chairman read a telegram which he had received from Mr. Bonar Law, the Chan, cellor of the Exchequer, as follows: i know that I can depend upon your doing your utmost. Every War Bond bought this week will shew Germany to what extent we are in earnest. The Chairman urged that each should do his utmost to make the week's subscriptions a great success. Mr. David Jones said the Finance Com- mittee had gone very carefully into the finan- cial position, which they found such as would enable the Council to invest a substantial sum in War Bonds. It was then formally moved by Lieut.-Col. W. N. Jones, and seconded by Mr. J. Davies, that the Council purchase £ 1,000 )f War Bonds, and that the Clerk take the necessary steps. The Chairman, still holding the wire, face- tiously remarked: It was very good of him to remember an old pal. (Lauhgter) A COAL LOADING FACILITIES. 1 A I I A I I A deputation from tne ¡..ynmanrord col- lieries, consisting of Messrs. Robt. Thomas, Tho' Evans, and FiUnk Davies, attended, pointing out that, owin? to the present in- adequate facilities for loading house coal at the colliery, hauliers were kept waiting, with the result that they were not able to cope with the demand, and there was a waiting list of over a hundred persons for house coal. Better facilities were provided in other col- lieries, and hauliers then gave precedence to orders for coal from those collieries. The deputation suggested that the Council might agree to carts being drawn alongside the tip wall on the road, where temporary loading facilities could be prepared to relieve the con- gestion. It was admitted that the road at this point was narrow, but two carts could pass. The Council appointed the Roads Com- mittee to meet the deputation on the spot. PRICE OF ELECTRIC LIGHTING. I Mr. W. Herbert, of the Ammantord Elec- tric Supply Works, waited upon the Council in furtherance of his application to be allowed to increase by Id. per unit the price of elec- tricity for light and power to private con- sumers. He pointed out that the increase in wages, and in the cost of coal and oil, had been such as to constrain him to make the application. He estimated that the increase of Id. would bring him in S-270. He ex- plained that now a charge of 6d. was made to cover the cost of free wiring, but that would be discontinued, and with the increase the charge would be 6d. all round. The Council, after discussing the matter, resolved that Mr. Herbert be asked to em- body his application in writing, and that meanwhile the Clerk and Chairman make in- quiries as to the charge made for electricity in other districts. Several members expressed the opinion that any increase allowed should in fairness apply alike to the public and private lights. RECEPTION FUND. Mr. John Davies intimated that the Our Boys' Reception Fund was now nearing depletion, and numbers of local boys were arriving home. The matter was referred to the Committee concerned, with instructions to take immediate steps. I AMMANFORD'S D.C.M. Mr. T. Fletcher announced that Mr. Tom Rainford, who had been awarded the D.C.M., was not able to attend at Bucking- ham Palace for his investiture, and the deco- ration would be sent to him for presentation in Ammanford. He proposed that a public meeting be called by the Council for the purpose or making the presentation, and that any other local men who had won distinc- tions should also be recognised at the same time. This was agreed to, the Roads Committee to make the necessary arrangements. RECREATION GROUND. A letter was read from the Secretary of the Ammanford Free Church Council (Rev. D. E. Harris), stating that his Council desired to call attention to race meetings held on the local sports field during the spring and summer months. They were deeply con? cerned with the moral aspect of the question in view of the opportunities afforded for bet- 1 ting, which had become exceedingly pre- valent in the district, and at a time when there was a serious food shortage, they urged that the grounds should be utilised for the production of food. Mr. J. Davies proposed that the letter be referred to the Allotments Committee for con- sideration. Mr. Wm. Evans said the Council had r.o power to take over the land just as they liked, and Mr. Fletcher observed that tb. could possibly negotiate with the owners. Lieut.-Col. W. N. Jones suggested that the matter be referred to the Committee, with the instruction to negotiate with the owners of the Recreation Grounds for allotments if there is proved to be a shortage of allotments in the town. Mr. J. Davies agreed to amend his motion accordingly, and it was carried.
SendOff Meeting at Brynamman
Send-Off Meeting at Brynamman. On Monday evening of last week, a most entertaining and enthusiastic" send-off meeting was held at Hermon Welsh Congre- gational Chapel, Brynamman, to Priv. Willie Tom Davies, of the Australian Forces, and member of Hermon Chapel, Brynamman. The Rev. W. Alfa Richards was in the chair. The following programme was gone through: Pianoforte solo, Master Willie Rees; reci- tation, Mr. David Brynmor Davies; song, Miss Rose Phillips; phwioforte solo, Miss Muriel Thomas; recitation. Miss Norah Davies; solo, Miss Lizzie Edwards; duet, Misses Eleanor and Annie Mary Griffiths; song, Miss Mary Elizabeth Bowen; song, Miss Margaret Jane Jones; duet. Misses Nellie and. Edna f Davies: recitation, Mr. Aaron Williams; solo, Miss Dinah Hicks; solo, Miss Annie Winnie Williams; comet solo, Mr. Taliesin Morris; presentation of cheque by Mr. John Griffiths, Hermon House; solo, Priv. Willie Tom Davies in response; song, Miss Bessie Williams; solo, Miss Bessie Williams; solo, Miss Hannah Hopkin penillion singing, Master Arthur Wynne Williams; solo, Madame Ceinwen Morris- Thomas, Gwaun-cae-gurwen. Very appro- priate speeches were delivered by Councillor Gomer Harries and Mr. Bowen Davies testify- ing of their appreciation of the good charac- ter and conduct of the hero of the evening. The Rev. W. Alfa Richards read the fol- lowing verses, composed for the occasion. DYMUNIADAU ARDAL I Priv. W. T. Davies ar ei ymadawiad yn ol i Ffrainc, Chwef. 25, 1918. 0 fToydd pell Awstralia, Yn swyn gwladgarol gainc,— Ac heibio tan Gallipoli. Daeth Willie Tom i Ffrainc. Hardd fab Brynaman ydyw Yr ieuanc arwr cu Fe'i ganwyd ac fe ï magwyd ef Dan nawdd y Mynydd Du. Fe groesodd i Awstralia- ir- Aeth dros y cefnfor pell; Fe aeth fel llawer Cymro glan I geisio gwlad sydd well. Bach iawn ga'dd aros yno, Wrth ei gryddydol fainc; Fe'i galwyd ef gan Brydain Fawr I'r Dardinels a Ffrainc. Mae heddyw' n mhlith y cleifion Sy'n dioddef dros eu gwlad; A derbyn mae wroniaid hoff Yn ol o faes y gad. Mae ym Mrynaman heno o dan filwrol bwn Yn derbyn anrheg ei hen fro 0 ddwylo'r pwyllgor hwn. A rhoddir cyngherdd iddo Gan hen galonnau rhad, Gan lwyr ddymuno henffych well Cyn aiff yn ol i'r gad. Gobeithio 'rym mai buan- le, buan daw yn ol; A chawn o fiwsig clychau Hedd Ar fynydd, bryn a dol. Mae swn y magnel, bellach, Bron d'rysu yr holl fyd A'r cledd sydd bron gwaedu'n llwyr Ein dewrion glan i gyd. Werinwyr y teyrnasoedd! Ymrown yn ddiwahan I -ro(ld"r magnel yn ei fedd, A'r cleddyf yn y tan. Fe welodd hen Esiah Y m more peB y byd Yr arfau'n troi yn rychau glan Ac yn bladuriau i gyd. Mae eisiau cynheuafau Yn awr ar bant a bryn; Yn lie y gwaed, y tan, a'r mwg, O! doed y gwenith gwyn. Doed dyddiau Hedd i'r ddaear, A doed y newydd wledd, Pan bydd gweriniaeth wrth y llyw, A gormes yn ei fedd. I lawr a brad brenhinoedd! 1 lawr a'r haid i gyd; I'r Ian ag iawnder ymhob gwlad, l'r lan a gwerin byd. Wrth ddewrion glan Awstralia, A Ffrainc sydd dan eu siom, Am weddi gwerin Cymru hoff, O! dwedwch, Willie Tom. Ac os daw cyfle i chwi Yn nos y frwydyr ddu, 0! rhowch y neges mewn rhyw fodd I werin Germani. Werinwyr y teyrnasoedd! Nic oedwch eto'n hwy, Ond mynnwn ryddid ymhob gwlad, A thangnef ymhob plwy'. Yn dod mae "well dyfodol, Gwell gwlad—gwell byd i fyw Rhaid iddo ddod, medd teyrnas dyn, A rhaid, medd Teyrnas Dduw. Wrth Lvnd yn ol o Gymru I glyw'r alar-is drom,, Boed bendith oreu'r byd a'r nef Ar gamrau Willie Tom. ALFA. Councillor Gomer Harries proposed, and Mr. John Davies seconded, a hearty vote of tharks to Ksv. W. AHa Richards for. presiding a. concert. The Unirman, in responding, expressed hi, gratitude, and thanked all the artistes, wVo had performed so admirably. Miss Mary Hannah Davies, Masters Willie Rees and Johnny Allen were the accom- panists. A most enjoyable evening came to a close by Miss Eleanor Griffiths' singing God be with you till we meet again."