FCOTBALL. NEWPORT V. PENARTH. By ONE OF THE CROWD. There was a time-only a few seasons back-when the very name Penarth spelt terror to the Newport footballer. Then, in two seasons. Penarth brought off two draws and two wins with the famous Usksiders. But since then, the Newportonians, with the re-appear- I ance of A. J. Gould in their ranks, have gone up in the football world, and have attained to a pitch of phenomenal brilliancy, that has been the admiration and envy of every first class combination in the three kingdoms. Penarth, on the other hand, though very strong at the commencement of last seasen, and able to give a good game to the redoubtable Usksiders, have this year fallen off owing to circumstances over which they had no control. How can a man fight against his destiny ? How can a club like Penarth, crippled by the loss of its best men, hope to put a team in the field, able to put a team in the field able to beat the best fifteen of Newport ? There wrs. scarcely any comparison in real point of merit between the two teams who fought on the Newport ground on Saturday. The wonder is, seeing the splendid team that Newport rut out, and the team Penarth took up, that the homesters did not wiu by more than sixteen points to six. Th^ fact of the matter is, that the Penarthians went up determined to make a plucky and resolute fight; and though they had no hopes of winning, they resolved to keep down the score against them. In ail this they succeeded to a certain extent, and although they did not show such cool, determined, t brilliant foim, as against Llanelly, yet they apparently succeeded in satisfying most of their friends. It was at three-quarter play where they were most badly beaten, and if the Usksiders' third line had only played with their usual care and skill, and avoided the many mulls aud knocks on which characterised their play, they must have made rings round the visitors. Of course the Penarth three-quarters seldom got the ball, but. their defensive play was creditable upon the whole. Hey wood made one good run, and Herby Morgan was strong in defence throughout, while Alexander, though very weak in the tackling line in '7' c;1 tho first half, made ample reparation in the second, both by way of tackling and scoring. Forward, wa were badly beaten, except, perhaps, at the closing stages of the game, when Alexander's first try seemed to put new life into the ptlck From that time to the end of the game, the Penarth nps made a very crectf itable display against their big opponents. If they could only have heeled out the ball to their halves, the amount of the win might have been still further reduced. Shepherd and Prole did as well as could be expected, seeing the men they had against them and I taking into consideration the fact that the Penarth forwards seldom sent out the ball. But if they couldn't feed the three-quarters, they very effectively and very often spoiled the attempts of their opponents' halves. Clemence, undoubtedly, pluyed a tin. gamep and is probably a better man than the Newport cus- todian. Taking the game on the whole, one would say it was fast and interesting^ and characterized by keen tackling on the part of the visitors. "The Penarthians commenced rather feebly, but gradually improved and gained confidence as time went on, and never held the upper hand throughout the game, yet fhey clearly showed their opponents they ceuldn't play fast and loose" with them and when the call of time came they also plainly showed that there WAS plenty of fight left in them yet. On Saturday, '(to-day,) Penarth play Bristol, at Bristol.
1st Xv. FIXTURES 1895-96. Uate Versus. Result -i- Sept. 14 Abergavenny H Won „ 21 Ebbw Vales H Won „ 28 Pontymoiie A Won Oct. 5 Wellington H Drawn 12 Neath A Drawil I „ 19 Coventry A Lost „ 26 Morriston H Won ov 2 Llanelly H Drawn 9 Aberavon I H Drawn 16 Newport A lost 23 Bristol A 30 Swansea H Dec. 7 Pontypridd H „ 14 Llanelly A „ 21 Cardiff A 26 Devonport Albion A 28 Wellington A Jan. 4 Bath H „ 11 Newport H „ 18 Swansea A „ 25 Scotland r. Wales Cdiff Feb. 1 Ne«th H „ 8 Abergavenny A „ 15 Moinstou A 22 Bristol H << 29 Bath A March 7 Cardiff H „ 14 Pontymoiie H „ 21 Gloucester A 28 Aberavon i A April a II 4 Plymouth A „ 6 Barnstaple A II Pontypridd A „ 18 Gloucester H 1
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to aiTiiirratTbn. rfapofeon, my r, *w, -Ou snare De a .great man yet." "The situation is certainly ltivc, my patron," he continued aloud decidedly, 1 i, I ,t erious kind. But how can it have come about, ? It is surely im- possible that the perspicuous mind of my respected benefactor can have allowed him to embark in unre- munerative schemes." 11 Ti,at may be," snarled Van FJewker, angrily. But if you have nothing better than surprise to give, at least favour me by abstaining from criticism. You, man of many schemes and brilliant projects, so fertile of resource when no necessity exists, produce some plan now that may n.eet the need, and you will be, for once, of use. But no !-like all your base and fawning tribe, when wanted, you are void Poor fool!" thought Pari. He rushes on to meet his fate. Idiot! then take thy doom. My patron," he rejoined, is angry with his humble and devoted servitor, and in his wrath is hardly just. No one can regret more truly than I his evil fortune. In fact, I foresaw such a result, and to provide against it have conceived a plan. Very simple, very ridiculous, perhaps, in the eyes of my illustrious benefactor, will my scheme appear, but it will be found effectual nevertheless." "WeM," said Ya. Flewker, wearily, casting himself his>chair again, "let us have your cursed pWi. But M. Parlandpt said never a word. He looked at the merchant placidly, then turned his eyes to the ceiling, leant uaGk in his chair, placed one hand meekly within the other, and became deeply absorbed in watching the gambols of the flies in the sun- beams. Well," said the merchant presently. I am wait- ing, M. Parlandet." My patron," returned the manager, so am I." "And for what,. sir ?" demanded Van Flewker. Have a care, M. Parlandet. There are limits even 'to my forbearance." I have never doubted the fact, monsieur," replied Pari. "I am waiting, in effect, to know whether it will please you to hear the conditions upon which I shatt be happy to state any scheme." The merchant laughea sardonically. Now. M. Tarlandet, for the last time, 'listen. Ten years ago my rate wife saved you, wounded and in armg against the Gorernftient., from the certain death which would have otherwise been y,2,urs. I claim no merit'forher charitable deed. ButT am entftjed to'expect that the debt death prevents your paying her should be transferred to me. For if my wife preserved your life, yet it was I-I-who gave you the means of making life worth having. Without enquiring into your previous career, 1 took you as the victim of misfortune, not ot crime. I made you able to earn an honest living I taught you commerce, of which you ;previouslv knew wojse than nothing I brought you forward, 1 treated you with indulgence, I placed you in comfort—many would say in affluence. You have .never found me a hard or an illiberal taskmaster. Now what is my reward ? For the first time in our ;acquaintance I find myself embarrassed. I ask my opinion from him who owes to "me and mine all that he possesses in the world. What answer do I re- ceive P That he is able to assist me in my need- that he will do so, indeed but-upon conditions I ask this man for help who owes to me everything he possesses in the worl repeated the merchant, and he answer,- me with conditions What have you to say to that, M. Parlandet ?" Although Pari must have anticipated some such sccne as this—although for months past his energies had been directed to produce the circumstances which had brought it about—although I will do him the justice to admit he was about as cool and as hardened a villain as the world ever held—he was yet shaken more than he had anticipated by Van Flewker's appeal. He was moved by its truth and absence of exaggeration. The facts stated by the merchant were those which had actually occurred —no more and noiless. And M. Parlandet confessed ?to himself that his case was a bad one. A moment's reflection, however, steeled him to his ,task. He had not set so much upon the cast of the die to be bafned by a touch of pathos. He was surprised at his own weakness, and, shaking with an angry dash irresolution to the winds, replied to the merchant's question with a significant shoulder. shrug. Aha. retuined Van Flewker. "I rse. You -can offer no justification, and seek refuge in silence. You refuse, then, to tell me what would be even your judgment upon the grateful servant who should tender this reply ?" chap 35 "My patron," replied Pari, "we will leave the >wgions of sentiment, and descend to the common- place realities of practical life. Let us survey the .situation as it stands. It is not probable that I. a prudent man, should link my fortunes to a falling bouse. No a main condition of my servitude is the 'prosperity of my patron. Prosperity giving place to embarrassment, as monsieur admits, the matter enterx a different phase—a phase which, it must be clearly • evident, depends upon a fresh arrangement between us. For this reason, and for old acquaintance, I am still willing to disclose my project; tliough, as I said before upon conditions." "And these are?" Aha at last thought Pari. We have brought bim to this at last. Cood!-another little step upon the forward way. Their very nature," he pursued, will show my" patron how certain I am of the suc- cess of my plans. So sure am I that they will prove effectual, that I make the acceptance of my terms entirely conditional upon that success. If my plan removes the need, then I claim the fulfilment of my conditions ff it fails, I bow to fate, and ask for nothing. Does monsieur consent ?" Continue, M. Parlandet," returned Van Flewker, ominously nodding. "Belying upon the gratitude of that great and generous mind, then, I proceed," he went on. Monsieur is the possessor of a business-a great, a prosperous business. His genius—aided perhaps a little by the modest exertions of his humble Parlandet -li-ts succeeded in establishing a house, honoured and respected throughout the world. Just now, a passing cloud obscures its lustre. For the re- moval of t\.F cloud, I ask to be admitted into part- nership willi the head of that illustrious house, that, feehi,, and with a, reflected brightness, some little of the splendour which lights up his glorious name may shine mi me. That is my first condition. Kext, monsieur is the proud and happy father of a child, gracious and beautiful as the early rays of the morn- "icg—" -Iitop!" thundered the merchant, losing his self- eonferol. You will leave my daughter's name un- touched. It cannot be essential to the subject. It shall not be polluted by passing your lips." Tll"< 2\T. Parlandet ¡, ",)" monsfeur pleases, rrur as trie mentron or triat rany's name does happen to be essential to the subject, I am afraid the prohibition ends the scheme. Is this to be, monsieur ?" Paralysed by his impudence, the merchant fell back in his easy chair and ga,led at Pari. Pari sat up- right in his seat, twiddled his thumbs, ana smiled benevolently upon Van Flewker. "Continue, M. Parlandet, continue," said the mer- chant, ultimately. chap 35 "Monsieur removes his veto. and I resume mv theme," pursued Parl. To the child ot my illustrious patrob, to this divine and beautiful creature. fitted by nature, by intellect, and by education to adorn the highest station, the humble Parlandet has dated to raise adoring eyes. I am aware that, but for th" fortunate chance which piaces monsieur in a position to require my assistance, I might have continued to worship, and to sigh in vain. Now, perhaps, the tables are turned. It may he that my perspicuous patron, wisely preferring rescue to certain ruin, ,11 concede the second condition also upon which I am willing to reveal my plan. This condition is. in effect, the hand of Mademoiselle Gertrude van Flewker." Continue, M. Parlandet, continue," repeated the merchant. His voice sounded harsh, cracked, broken. It | earme from his lips with effort. His chest heaved and panted like the frame of a man who had just issued victorious from a mighty struggle. Perhaps, indeed, he had, and that the (-otit(-st-iiot less terrible because unRPpn--which the man of vehement passions wages within his breast agtinst himself. Monsieur, I have no mnre to say," replied M. Parlandet, with an assumption of bashfulness. To the best of my poor ability, I have placed before monsieur the extent of my ambition, the bounds of my desires." Modesty and feeling, M. Parlandet," returned Van I Flewker, bitterly. 11 For a project, which may be worth a straw, you require merely the half of my business, and the hand of my daughter. Now go. You have said your say. I will return my answer to-morrow." I may, perhaps, bn permitted to remind my patron," observed M. Parlandet, rising with a pro- found bow to take his leave, 1, that the affair, being urgent, will not admit of delay. Procrastination, in- deed, would nullity the benefit of my schome." "To-morrow, to-morrow, I tell you," repeated the merchant. You shall have my answer to- morrow." Feeling certain in advance of the nature of that reply, I have the honour to wish my future father-in- law respectfully adieu," concluded Pari, reserving a venomous shaft for his last. May I request that my affectionate homage may be laid at Mademoiselle Ger- trude's feet ?" Without awaiting an answer, he glided from the room. Van Flewker's eye followed his manager out of the door before he moved a muscle, but when Pari had finally disappeared, the merchant surrendered himself to a tempest of indignation greater in vehe- mence than he had perhaps ever indulged. What can be this rascal's motive ? soliloquised Van Flewk"r. Kven his self jwifhcience can never ) have the impudence to imagine, I shall grant his ) terms. His demand, so prp-posterous, rather inclines me to believe he wished to quarrel. Hut for the re- solve to baulk his aim, I would have kicked the villain into the street. His plan—his scheme—his wretched project, for which I am to give half my wealth and my child As if anything he could pro- pose would be worth such a sacrifice Meantime, M. Parlandet, gaily pursuing his way along the Strand, muttered triumphantly, Thou shalt succeed, Napoleon, my son thou shalt succeed. The pear is nearly ripe. One vigorous shake more, and it falls into thy longing arms chap 35 (To be continued.)