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He returned from London to set up a school at Dwyran , and continued to write for the newspapers . Some of his contributions on many subjects may be seen in the North Wales Observer and Express , Y Werin , Y Genedl , and Y Cymro during 1883-95 , and in Y Geninen 1891 , 1892 , and 1897 .
In 1891 he was appointed sub-editor of the newspapers published by the Welsh National Press at Caernarvon . He removed to Merthyr Tydfil in 1895 to become editor of the Merthyr Times , and in 1897 went to Nottingham as leader writer of the Nottingham Daily Express (see under Edwards , David . During this time, he wrote a biography of Gladstone ( Cofiant Gladstone , Caernarvon , 1898 ). He d. at Nottingham 2 March 1899 and was buried in the Methodist burial-ground , Dwyran , 7 March . A memorial was placed on his grave in 1902 , partly by subscriptions from Anglesey farm labourers .
As his pen-name suggests, he took a great interest in agricultural matters , and he is remembered particularly for his efforts to ameliorate the working conditions of Anglesey farm labourers . As a journalist he naturally wrote on many subjects, including a very effective series of articles on the state of the Established Church in rural Wales . But on his return from London to Dwyran , he took up the cause of the farm workers , and published a series of articles on this subject in the North Wales Observer and Express . A Welsh version of these was published in Y Werin , a halfpenny paper which developed as the main organ of the movement to secure improvements in agricultural working hours. Meetings were held throughout Anglesey , culminating in a conference at Llangefni on Easter Monday 1890 , when a reduction of two hours a day was secured from the farmers . A similar conference was held at Llangefni , 2 May 1891 , and an unsuccessful attempt made to form an agricultural labourers union . In spite of this failure, the farm workers determined to express their appreciation of Ap Ffarmwr 's efforts on their behalf, and at a further public meeting at Llangefni , 11 May 1893 , he was presented with a gold watch by them. At this meeting, too, a resolution was passed to form a union, calling on Ap Ffarmwr to take the lead in this effort. No union was formed, however, owing to the opposition of the farmers , the unwillingness of the workers to pay subscriptions and, possibly, because Ap Ffarmwr moved to Merthyr before completing the work. A good example of his style may be seen in an article in Y Cymro , 31 July 1890 , which states his views on the part which workers should play in politics. (See further under Edwards , David and Griffith , R. A. )
Frank Price Jones, (1920-75), Bangor
Published date: 1959