-that the musical poition of the services in God's Louse should be so slovenly rendered. Good music as the life and soul of a service. Hymns properly sung tells upon the minister as well as the congrega- tion, and m)ye to greater earnestness- Music is a gift of the Author of Nature, and has been be- stowed upon us for the purpose of augmenting our happiness. We hear music in almost eyerything- the wind. the waters, the cries ot animals, the notes of birds, yea, and even in our machinery; but the best of all is that produced by the human voice. then we ought to use our voices to God's glory, and it should be our study to make all our musical exer- cises as perfect a. possible. We know that among youBg people there is a tendency to roam our skeots and Public places, more especially during the cummer months, but our experience is that, after all. good music is more attractive than sport; hence we urge » an occasional unitedVathering would tend to elevate our young people by preparing them for higher and nobler life, their efforts would afford occa- sional delight to large assemblies, yea, and their voices would be trained, and their minds, too, for the purer worship of God. Evidences are not wanting, even enarth, to show that God uses the choir, as well as the preacher, to his own glory, and with these' tacts befors us we say choir leaders ought to be 0 stimulated to do all in their power to encourage voice cultivation, and a desire on the part of their choirs to Use their powers to the best advantage. Would this be gained by an annual united gathering ? We think so, to a great extent. Knowledge would be gained' the voice would be trained, and unconsciously every individual member would be compelled, in conse- quence, to give pleasure to his fellow. Musically, Penarth was more advanced ten or fifteen years a^o than to-day. Higher class concerts were given, the musical societies aimed at greater things and accom- plished them, and we believe this was attributable to the fact that the Eisteddfod was then a leading feature in the events of the year, being conducted for the benefii of theWelsh Baptist Chapel,the Good Templars,&c\ We -commend the idea of a united musical festival to the consideration of the leaders of our various choirs, and shall be pleased to throw open our columns for the discussion of the, question. We have set the ball .rolling at the request of two or three friends, and ihope something practical will result. ALLOTMENTS FOR WORKING MEN WE note that on Friday in next week, a public meeting is to be held in the Jubilee Hall, for the purpose of making arrangements for allotments in Penartb, for the establishment of another Association, and for the election of officers and committee to take the general management of the same. All who wish io become allotment holders are invited to the meeting as well as others interested in the allotments question. Lord Windsor and his agents, Messrs Forrest and Snell, bwve always shown a disposition to hdln n working men in this direction, and we are pleased to learn that a couple of fields have now been offered on very moderate terms for garden purposes. Mr Guy, With one or two other gentlemen, have been in com- munication with Mr Snell, and the meeting is being «a ed by them. There are on the books of Penarth i o. 1) Association the names of about 100 persons requiring land, so that there should be a large atten- dance at the meeting.
= Penarth Lodge, I.O.&.T. •held on' VYedr'idav^'isf ir '? r'°lI"e' was Schoolroom. After it v independent usual business 1-nd £ U;tla<or^ ceremony and. the officers for thp keen transacted the election of ■fXw^ q,Uai'ter t0°k as Vice-Templar, Sister (*' ?? ? J' ^kford; Vice-Templai-, Sistfr Secretary, Sister Financial Secretary Bro. CW • Bro. J. F. Pickford Ifinancinl Secretary, Bro. Gent; Treasurer, Bro. Jas. Deputy Ma.'s a?, Sister Baker Guard Si f°;,bm,th' Guard, Sister Gent „~ld» Swter «uppy • 4. 11 A -A officers were rhiW installed by Bro. J. F, PicKford. DGCT It Wn« resolved :o ccept the Penarth Temperance Hand- Juide. 1=U m Juue' the Lodge Official
Weekly Notes by Quirkquepip. The Editor does not hold himself responsible for the opinions expressed in these notes. A DENTAL PHENOMENON: English as she is spoken He 'it 'im in the ear- 'ole, and knocked out two teetli." That is how a local painter put it 0 0 0 MAY. According to Chaucer, May was a lovely girl who married Jannary, an old Lombard baron, sixty years °f age. She had a Iiai.so i with a young squire named Damyan, and whs detected by January; but she per- suaded the old fool that his eyes were to blame, and that he was labouring under a great mistake, the effect of senseless jealousy. January beli'ved h( r words, for what is better than a fruitful wife and a confiding spouse ? The etymology of May is very interesting. It is y C, not derived from Maia, the mother of Mercury, as the word ?xisted long before either Mercury or Maia had been introduced. It is the Latin Mauls, i.e., > Unguis, from the root mag, the same as the sanskrit mah, to grow and means the growing or shooting month. The month is supposed to be unlucky for weddings, out this is a Roman superstition. Ovid speaks of the festivals of Boni Dea (the goddess of chastity) and the feasts of the dead which were religiously ob- served in May. Even our perpetuation of May- day is a relic of the old custom when the Roman youths used to go into the fields and spend the day in singing and dancing in honour of Flora, the goddess of fruit, and flowers. The early English consecrated May-day to Robin Hocd and the Maid Ma-ian, beciuse the famous outlaw dLjd on that day. Stow siys the vil- lagers used to set up May-poles and spend the day ll1 archery, morris-dancing, and other amusements. In the rush and okurry for an existence in the fin de decle 19th century but scant recognition is given to May 1st, save the meagre decoration of horses. Who now-a-days can afford to go a-maying- ? ooo OUR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS. Since the advent of Sergeant and Drill-Instructor Lobban, the 3rd V.B. hab made, numerically, giant strides, and Penarth can turn out as smart a corp as here and there a one. On Thursday night Major English, the new adjutant, came over and saw the corp put through their facings, and subsequently com- plimented the Instructor upon the men's smartness and efficiency. Sergeant Lobhan has his whole soul in the work, and is deervedly popular. He is no carpet-knight, haviug smelt powder in the Afghan War of 1878. Naturally he feels the keenest interest in the Chitral War, and he astutely remarked that the Russian Bear is at the bottom ot the present mis- chief, the same as he was 17 years ago. Those who run may read. How far distant is a European War ? 0 0 0 Captain Dalziel says that the 2nd Glamorgan Artil- lery Volunteers will this year have their camp about the end of June, at Lavernock. 0 0 0 THE LAST HOP ot the season was given last Friday mght iu Andrews' large Hall, at the invitation of the non-commissioned 0 officers of the 2nd Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers. 0 y There was a gratifying attendance. Among the officers present were Majors Fry and Fleming Thomas; Captains R. A. Dent, Cook, R Ingram, $ Z-1 Stallybrass, W. Gasgoyne Dalziel, Vyvyart, and Tweedy Lieutenants "Tanner, Morel. Bradley, and Pyman; and Quai tor-Master and Drill.Instructor I Sergeant-Major Daly- Under the duectiou of Sergt T. Meazey, the hail was gaily decorated, and dancing I was kept up till a 1 Hie hour, Mr Robert Hick's excel- i lent band supplying t ie music.
000 AJAR. I It would be a great boon were the folding doors 1 — -4 of the Reading Room to work noislt-ssly and similarly to those of the District Council. Every time the door is opened there is beard a slam, which is a great an- noyance to readeri. The jarring cai be easily remedied-
Shipping Casualty at Penarth. by Last Friday morning, at eight o'clock, the Sg. Leda, p!I ,h n TrS M.°rel Bfos" was proceeding out of Penar h Dask^Hna when neariug the locks, it Id alleged, the engines were put ahe «d instead of astern, thereby cansing her to violetitl t. .Hide with the quay wall. The impost was aufficien 10 carry aw iy the coping stones and to seriously damage the boat's stern and plates. Captain L™?Iois, who was in charge, as in ormed of the mishap, and was promptly on the spot, when it was discovered that she was leaking and a t sptJing down. The Dock Company's tug, Prim- rasp, was at once requisitioned, and with her powerful engines quickly reduced the water in her hold. The Leda was then ordered to a crane to discharge cargo, the Primrose still being in attendance.
4-- JL b Attempted Burglary at Sully. On Monday last Rock Villa, the residence of Miss fouse' sitK?lte 01i f he se-tshore between Sully and Lavernock, was br >ken into by burglars. It appears that tne house was not occupied by ftliss Rouse and her servants at the time, the former at the present time living at another of her country residences, Oourtyralla, near Dinas Powis. About 8.30 in the morning the caretaker of the villa (Mrs Hyatt) paid her usual visit to the house, and discovered that the front door had been broken open and the furniture shifted about in a most disorderly manner. The woman's attention was also called to a boat wittt three men near the beach. The occupants appeared to be calling to someone on shore near the villi, and ilfrs Hyatt, 011 going round to the front, saw a man hiding in the bushes. The house being situate in rather a lonely spot, she became gre-itly terrified and ran to the village for assistance. P. C. Cottrell soon arrived, but by this time all trace of the men had disappeared- The burglars were evidently surprised in carrying out a well-conceived plan, and as far as can be ascertained up to the present time none of the household effects are missing.
Stabbed in the Back. TRAGEDY ON THE SS. SILVIO IN PENARTH ROADS. RESULT OF A QUARREL. ALLEGED TREACHERY OF A GREEK. ENGLISHMAN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED, A quarrel between two able seamen of the S3 Silvio, lying in Penarth Roads, on Wednesday even. ing, culminated in a very serious stabbing affray, ihe men are John Henry Stairs, a native of South- ampton, and John G. Jackri, a Greek. After an alter. cation, it is said, Stairs retired to the forecastle and pioceeded to shave hmself preparatory to going on shore, Jackri shortly afterwards followed, and com. in- close to the Englishman, without arousing- his suspicion, plunged a sheath-knife to its haft in his back.^ The poor fellow fell, and the Greek fled. Stairs's cries alarmed the crew, and Jackri was quickly sought for. To avoid capture he leaped over the bulwarks and struck out boldly for the beach. The master (Captain Georgson) ordeivd a boat to be lowered, and in a few minutes an exciting pursuit of Jackri ended in hi3 capture near shore He was brought back !o the ship, and kept under st iet sur- veillance, whilst communication was made with the police. Inspector Roberts received information of the case at Penarth Police Station, and with Dr A it ken, who had been called to minister to the Abounded man. at once set off to the ship. Jackri was received into custody by the officer, and lodged in Penarth Police Station to a i ait his arpearance be- fo e the magistrates. Dr AItken describes the wound inflicted upon Stairs as very serious indeed- The blade of the knife was driven through the lumbar I region into the abdominal cavity, the wound being I [tt quite five inches in depth- With such force was the blow struck that the knife was firmly embedded in she muscles aud bone, and was with difficulty with. drawn. Dr Ai¡kin dressed the wound, and Stairs was subsequently removed to the Hamadryad Hos- pital Ship- The Silvio has since put into Penarth bock. I
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