Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

17 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

[No title]

A Llanelly Coachman in Trouble.


! The Anglo-Vmerican Alliance.

Shocking Snieide near Llandilo.

Carmarthen Chamber of Commerce

I, L A N F Y N Y D D .


Gnn Accident at Pembroke Dock.

The Welsh Colleges, j -

The " Agony " Column in n…


The Agony Column in n Australia. SOME MATRIMONIAL AGENCY NOTICES. The advertisement column of our Australian contemporaries throw a curious side-light on the life of our Colonial cousins. Their ways are not our ways, or their thoughts our thoughts. When, for instance, we contemplate marriage, says a contem- porary, we have usually set our hearts upon a suitable match, and forthwith put up the banns or publish the requisite notice on the church door, the registry office, or other place appointed by law. Then either our spiritual adviser or the registrar will officiate and tie the knot there is difficulty in untying. We regard matrimonial advertisements with suspicion and more frequently as frauds than otherwise. In Australia it is just the other way. The matrimonial advertisement is freely resorted to, and the matrimonial agent is trusted more fully than the pawnbroker. Comparatively few advertisers prefer to make their own arrangements with the desirable spinster or bachelor, though now and again the young ladies who danced so well at Thursday's ball" are invited through the "agony column" to send their names and addresses to a certain office. But the bulk of the business is done through agents, many of whom keep a fully ordained minister on the premises. Here are the advantages of one of the numerous agencies Ladies, gentlemen, every station in life, contemplating matrimony, immediately consult Proprietor, Matrimonial Chambers, opposite cemetery, especially erected by proprietors for introductions and marriages. Introductions privately arranged between eligible partners, either sex, with view to matrimony." The offices, we are told, were erected at gre: t cost. What is that compared with the convenience indicated in the very next advertisement ? Marriages celebrated by ordained clergy- men, any denomination (with due solemnity), in strictest privacy, matrimonial agency, or elsewhere from 10 a.m. till 9. p.m. daily, Saturdays included (no notice required Fees, 1 os 6d cr marriage, with guaranteed gold wedding-ring and necessary witnesses D provided, £ 1 is. P.S.—No other charges whatever." There is nothing like a lump sum to cover everything. But even the modest single guinea can be improved upon. A legally qualified clergyman announces his willingness to perform the complete ceremony for the usual fees. Experience however teaches people that ready-made love and courtship do not conduce to happy marriages, and in the very next group of advertisements we find private detectives proclaiming their skill in conducting secret inquiries and collecting evidence for divorce cases, of which Australia has more than her share. Australians make more use of the advertisement columns of newspaper? than perhaps any other people. If there is a funeral they widely announce the hour at which the procession will move from the house of the deceased, and the undertaker's name and qualifications are duly set forth at the foot, A birth, or marriage, or death receives five or six insertions instead of one, and In Memoriam notices occupy a daily half-column of small type in all the principal papers. Some of these are unique. Take this, for instance, from the leading Melbourne journal :— We miss thee from oar home, dear Tommie, We miss thee from our liorle And in our aching hearts we kt.ow We have no little Tommie row This, it is needless to say, is original. Here is another which speaks much foi Colonial poets 'Tis three years ago to-day, Since your Saviour called for thee, To take i-cu up to heaven above, An Angel for to be." The verse from the foot of the next In Memoriam" advertisement is so popular that it is doubdess kept ready in type. It is used every day, and sometimes half-a-dozen times a day :— A precious one from us is gone, A voice we loved is stil'ed, A plitce is vacint in our honne, Which never can be filled." Must advertisers are satisfied with this, but some, owing to a deeper duty to the departed, will add two or three other verses of similar poetic loveliness. Few of them speak of the defunct as having died, the common euphemism being "left his home" on such a such a date, never to return." Then comts a special block of Bereave- ment notices," in which Mr Smith thanks his friends for their sympathy during his illness, and in announcing his complete recovery remind them that he will carry on his bread-baking and millinery business at th? same premises as formerly. Mrs Jones thanks the friends of her late husband for their sympathy and floral tributes, which latter Mr Brown in the next line announces were grown and woven at his celebrated nursery gardens.


IThe Proposed Carmaitlien…

Opecing of the Cardigan County…

[No title]

Family Notices