TO CORRESPONDENTS AND OTHERS. i— Reports of the Pontypridd Board of Guardians and Llanwonno School Board, and several letters to the editor are unavoidably held over.
CUTTING AND WOUNDING AT TYLORS- TOWN. At Pontypridd police-court on Wednesday, before the Stipendiary, Lock Luke was charged with cutting and wounding Llewellyn Downey. Complainant said last Monday at half-past eleven he was coming from Ferndale and defendant was before him. He knocked him down. The blow was on the jaw, making him bite his toDgue. They went on, and again defendant knocked him down by -a blow on the eye. He got op, and defendant knocked him down again. He became insensible, and on coming to himself found that the doctor was there. Cross-examined by Mr Rhys, for defendant He Was not drunk. He had been to a circus, but did not, on coming out challenge everybody. Did not call defendant's wife a bad name. Margaret Luke, daughter of the complainant, said she went to take her father into the house, and deien- dant struck him on the forehead, rendering him insensible. She saw him strike her father three times. In reply to the Bench, witness said she heard her father cry out, and that led her to go out. William Williams, surgeon, Tylorstown, said last Monday night he waa called to see Lake. He was under the influence of drink. Found a swelling at the back of his head; a wound on the left temple, and a superficial wound under the surface of his tongue. Cross-examined: Both wounds might have been caused by a fist. Margaret Winsey, living as wife with defendant, said the complainant was drunk, drew off his coat, and challenged the road from Tylorstown to Ponty- pridd. He called her bad names, and was going to fight when defendant knockad him down. He did not strike complainant more than onoe. Fined 403.
NORTH EAST GLAMORGAN DISTRICT OF GOOD TEMPLARS. QUARTERLY SESSION MEETING AT PONTYPRIDD. The quarterly session of the above district was held on Thursday last, at St. David's, Pontypridd, under the presidency of District Counsellor W. H. Harris, Charity Lodge. The Vice-president was Sister Williams, P.D.C.T., Trehafod Bro. J. Hill, district secretary. Delegates were present from the follow- ing lodges :—Refuge, Treorky Rising Sun, Dinas; Hope of Trehafod; and Charity, Pontypridd. Numerous visitors also attended. The usual business was gone through. A strong resolution was passed approving of the working of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act, hailing with delight the forthcoming Government inquiry into the same, and expressing a hope that such inquiry would take the form of a Royal Commission. At the close of the proceedings all present were entertained to tea by the Charity Lodge.
CORRESPONDENCE. We do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions of our correspondents. EVANGELISTIC MISSION SERVICES AT PONTYPRIDD. To the Editor of the "Chronicle." SIR.-Meetings are being held in the various chapels ,of the town every evening,and marvellous results are ■witnessed. Mr Notman, the Evangelist, speaks with an unction from the Holy One. But is this to be a real genuine, permanent, and life-restoring revival ? Let the Christian churches of Pontypridd seriously ponder the question. It is to be feared that the dead professors, who are never seen in the weekly services of the churches,block up the patb of salvation. Awake, awake, put on thy strength, 0 Zion." There is avast amount of latent power in the churches, and -it is full time for the same to be developed. This latent power was observed in the days of Zschariah, waking up when the inhabitants of one city went to another saying, "Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts." This was certainly an undeveloped power aroused into action. Let individual members in this district echo the cry referred to by the prophet, by saying, I will go also." The praying power of the churches that now lies dormant might yet be utilized, and mighty results would follow. There were 7,000 good men in the days of Elijah, but they were all asleep when the prophet summoned the idolatrous nation to test the reality of their religion. Taere are more than 7,000 careless and disinterested members who are never known in the prayer meetings of the churches. They have dele- gated their work for individual ministers, and incur the awful responsibility of meeting their Jadge wit h their hidden talent. The noonday prayer meeting now being held daily at the Congregational vestry forms a splendid oppor- tunity for those who have a spark of love for the res- toration of life and power, to come forward and join to seek the Lord, "And to inquire in his temple." Prayerless churches will incur a dreadful responsi- bility if they will persevere to frustrate the efforts, and damp the ardour of the few who are not strong enough to cope with the difficulties. Awake I awake ') A SYMPATHISER.
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I TALK IN THE TRAIN. [BY PERPETUAL GOSSIPS.] -1 JONES-I saw in the paper the other day that the T. V.B.C. have agreed to build a station for Heolfach. Brown It isn't likely. J But the paper said that the promise was made to a deputation which waited on the company. I B I believe there was a promise, or something. of that sort, but it was on certain conditions. J: What conditions? B Something to the effect that if the people of Heolfach will get the land, and make the roads, affording the necessary approaches to the intended stations, and hand them complete over to the com- pany, a station should be built. J I can't see what right the Taff people have to expect the people of Heolfach to do that. B Why not ? It is purely for their accommo- dation. J: But the company would be the gainers. B ;"How? J: How? Why, they would have the passenger fares, wouldn't they ? B Of course they would, but so they do now, don't they ? J To be sure. B: What do you mean, then, by saying they would be the gainers? J: Well, I mean they pccket the cash, and so they ought to make the roads, and not expect other people to do so. B That would be right, enough if it were the question of opening up a new district, with the prospect of bringing a good deal more grist to the mill. J But if there was a station at Heelfach a good many more people would be likely to go by the railway. B: Tush. I don't believe a station there would bring a dozen more passengers there in twelve months. J However, that may be, I hold it is the duty of the company to study and to provide for the convenience of their customers. B I wish they did, then they would have sent the train to my door this morning, instead of leav- ing me to walk through all the pouring rain to their station. J: That's nonsense; they couldn't do that. B And wouldn't if they could. All I said that for was to show that the line must be drawn some- where. You can't expect a company to lay out a lot of money unless they see some prospect of re- imbursement. J But the building of a station wouldn't cost much. B Aye, but your contention is that the com- pany should not only provide a station, but pur- chase land and make the approaches thereto that would mean a heavy outlay. The interest on that amount would be practically lost to the company. Then a new station would require new signals; it would also necessitate the keeping of a clerk, a porter, and a signalman at least. These would involve a permanent cost. Putting everything to- gether, you would find that the total outlay of the company would be a great deal more than at first anybody would suppose. J I confess I hadn't looked at the matter in that light. B: No, you were looking at it only through Heolfach spectacles, but the company naturally look at it through their own glasses. Now there is another thing. The Taff would lose a penny per head on every passenger, for the Heolfach folks would soon kick up a row if they were charged the same fare from their station to Pontypridd, say, as from the Ystrad station. J: But that would cut both ways, because they would gain a penny per head by each passenger going up. B Don't tell me that. The Heolfachites are quite as capable of looking after their pockets as any other people. It is too far for them to walk they say to the Ystrad Station, but they would not feel it too far if by so doing they could save two- pence. If by walking to Y strad Station they could save a penny going and returning, they would say "Twopence saved is twopence earned," and tramp to Ystrad. J: Then you don't think it likely there will be a station ? B I most certainly hope there will not, for in all conscience we have enough and more than enough stoppages on the line now, considering the distance, without adding more. After all, the people at Heolfach are not worse, nor indeed so badly off in this matter, as those living in the higher part of Pentre, and the people of Tony- pandy and that neighbourhood. If the convenience of one district is te be provided for, then why not that of all districts? Then we should come to have two puffs and a stop pretty well all along the line. A happy state of things that,wouldn't it? Passen- gers booking at Cardiff by the late train for the I upper part of the Rhondda might then with truth sing— We shan't get home till morning, Till daylight doth appear. J Going from one subject to another—What's your opinion about the Swansea Bay Line ? Do you think that's going to do much for the valley ? B I'm sure I don't know. Some think it is going to do wonders. J It will enable the colliery people to send their coal to Swansea if they like. B: Yes* if they like. But the question is, will they like ? Somehow or other shippers are so preju- diced in favour of Cardiff that they have little or no faith in coal unless shipped at that port. J: Then that will tell against the Barry as well ? B No doubt it will, to some extent. But you see the Barry line is promoted by, large colliery proprietors who are well known by and will be able to bring a powerful influence to bear on, the Shippers. So, no doubt, in the course of time,Barry will share the prejudice which hitherto has been felt in favour of Cardiff. A good deal of merchan- dise of one sort or another will go by the Swansea Bay Railway. J; I expect so. At any rate, it will be a good thing to have an outlet at that part of the valley. I should think there would be a large passenger traffic. B Very likely. It will be a shorter cut in many directions, and will open up agreeable trips for pleasure seekers. J: I hear people saying that there will be a siding right through the gardens before the Taff houses ? B: I have heard the same. I should not like that if I lived there. J: No more should I, by Jingo, it will be a nui- sance. By-the-bye, is it true that a new road is to be made from Penrynglyn direct to the station. B So I hear If so, it will be a great conveni- ence to many. J They say the line will be open in August ? B That's a mistake, I have heard on good au- thority that November will be nearer the mark. J In that case it won't be in time for the Agri- cultural Show at Treorky. B: That's a pity, because it would be a great convenience to many who would like to attend the show. J It seems to me a strange thing to hold an 11 agricultural show all amongst collieries. B Yes. It is somewhat incongruous to hold such a show in a district in which agriculture is conspicuous by its absence. But I should think very likely it would pay. J: I don't know, the Rhondda is awkward to get at. B True, but it will be in the midst of a large population,and colliers,you know, are fond of sight- seeing so I shan't wonder if the entries tell up to a high figure. J Well it is an experiment, and I hope it will prove successful. The talk is that the Pontypridd Junior Foottjall Team made a good show last Saturday. They were pitted against a team supposed to represent the Second Fifteen of the town, but which really was composed of first men and picks from another leading team. However, the return match was to them but a repetition of the result of the first match-a signal defeat. The Juniors came forth victorious by a try. It was said by some that the Seconds were formidable enough to send the Juniors bodily over the goal posts-but they didn't! j The talk is that the County Council meeting at Pontypridd last Monday was a grand success. Those who saw the members in conclave say they consti- tuted an imposing array of intellect. Their delibera- tions possessed all the evidences of ability and experience, and if all the councils are as good as that of Glamorgan, the Local Government Act will be found to be a happy stroke on the part of the legis- lators of the nineteenth century. *■ The talk also is that Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P.'s, hospitable reception of the members and others at the New Inn during the interval for luncheon was indeed a princely one-we would rather say kingly- for one of the guests was mischievously heard to remark that Mr Thomas, as he sat as president at the head of the table, looked as majestic as Alfred the Great." There is a general impression about that Mr Thomas' expressed wish with regard to the council meetings should be verified. The feeling is unani- mously prevalent that the council should find in Pontypridd a "continuing city." *■ There is a talk that the colliers' monthly holiday is becoming a nuisance. Taking last Monday, for instance, the natural conclusion is that but few com- paratively spend the day in a rational manner. Hundreds are to be found in a state of drunkenness during the day. Surely this was not the way in which it was intended that the monthly holiday should be spent. # It is said that a meeting of colliers was to be held at a certain place in the Rhondda Valley, and the attendance was so sparce that the important business to be transacted could not for some time be proceeded with. Had the canvassers called at the neighbouring "pubs," why, scores of jovial colliers would have been available. It is talked about that one of the press benches at the County Council meeting last Monday was occu- pied by two individuals, a baker's dozen of whom would not make one qualified reporter. ODO of them may be described as beyond redemption;" the other well, infinitesimally indescribable. *#* The talk is that a female deputation waited upon the Ystradyfodwg School Board at its last meeting, and the members had quite a funay time of it. Petti- coat government forsooth. Poblic deputations are certainly coming to something in the Rhondda. *#* There is a talk that the writing on the wall in certain departments of the railway stations in the Rhondda Valley are more repulsive than that which terrified Belshazzar of old. For base scurrility and filthy obscenity, the scribbles referred to baffle com- prehension. We would advise the Taff Vale Rail- way Company to paint the walls referred to in black -as black even as the depraved morality of the beaate in human form who, with their vile hands, render obnoxious the precincts of such popularly frequented places as railway stations.
FOOTBALL. PONTYPRIDD JUNIORS v. PONTYPRIDD SECOND FIFTEEN. This match was played on the Ynysyngharad field on Saturday afternoon. The Seconds kicked off, and following up well, soon compelled the Juniors to touch down. The latter, enervated by this reverse, after the drop out, followed up in grand style,and kept the leather in their opponents' 25 for the remainder of the first half. Just before half-time was called, W. Wilkins, smartly picking up, ran in, and scored the only try of the day for the Juniors. Horwood undertook the place, but failed to convert. D. McLagan restarted the ball, and the Juniors' forwards, who were a fast lot, soon compelled their opponents to touch down for the third time. The forwards of the Seconds then, by sheer weight, carried the ball on to the Juniors' goal line, where, had it hot been for the grand collaring of the backs they would certainly have scored, but gained nothing, save a few minors. At the call of time the Juniors were left victorious by a try and three minors to five minors. For the Juniors, amongst the forwards, McLagan, Gale, and L. Jenkins were conspicuous for good play, and the halves also played a good game. While the threequarters all played a creditable game. The following were the teams ;-Second Fifteen- M. Hughes, back; J. Davies (capt.), R. Richards, J. Gamblin, and D. Jones, threequarters; A. Morgan and G. Williams, half-backs T. Lloyd, J. Hewens, T. Rogers, T. Llewellyn, A. Edwards, E. Llewellyn, R. Thomas,and D. Davies,forwards. Juniors-A. Horwood, back; W. Wilkins, J. Williams, G. Morgan, and another, threequarters; G. Hughes and D. Reynolds, half-backs Ivor Howells (capt.), M. Gale, D. McLagan, D. Hunt, L. Jenkins, E. Hopkins, G.Nicholas,andG.James, forwards.
WEEKLY PAYMENT OF WIGES DEMANDED AT THE OCEAN COLLIERIES. A meeting of the workmen employed at the seven pits of the Ocean Collieries Company was held on Monday at the Old Siloah Chapel, Pentre, under the presidency of Mr Henry Rees, when, after a lengthy discussion, it was unanimously resolved to ask for weekly payment of wages instead of the monthly system now in vogue and a deputation was appointed to convey the decision to Mr W. Jenkins, the general manager.
COLLIERY ACCIDENT AT TREORKY. About five o'clock on Monday morning an alarming accident occurred at Abergorkey Colliery, Treorky. Just after the ostler had descended to attend to the horses underground, the engineman inadvertently raised one of the cages against the sheaves fixed about 30 feet above the pit's mouth, smashing a portion of the frame- work. It being a monthly holiday, the inconveni- ence occasioned was not serious. Work was pro- I ceeded" with as usual in the evening.
THE SWANSEA BAY AND TAFF VALE RAILWAYS. JOINT STATION ^T TREHERBERT. We understand that great changes are in con- templation respecting the term nus of this railway. It is proposed to rewove the passenger traffic of the Taff Vale line from the present station at Treber- bert, and take it higher up the station road; to bring the Swansea Bay line just above the English Congiegational chapel, under the road, to a ter- miuus which would be used by both lines and the Taff Vale across the field into the present line at a point near the tip of the Ynysfeio Colliery. The present terminus would then be used only for goodp traffic.
PONTYPRIDD LOCAL: BOARD. At the Fortnightly meeting of this board, held on Thursday, Mr D. Leyshon in the chair, It was decided to continue the proceedings against the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramway Comdany, for neglecting to keep the roads in proper repair, and to apply for an order in Chancery empowering the board to do the necessary work themselves, and to make the costs incurred a first charge upon the company's estate. Maps were submitted by the surveyor (Mr Rees) showing the advantageous position of Pontypridd as a place to hold the county council meetings, and it was resolved to send copies thereof, and of a memorial, to each councillor and alderman in the county.
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EXTENSIVE BOBBERIES IN THE RHONDDA VALLEYS. A DANGEROUS GANG OF THIEVES AT YNYSHIR. ti PRISONERS BEFORE THE PONTYPRIDD MAGISTRATES. At the Pontypridd Police Court, on Wednesday, before Mr Godfrey Clark, Dr H. Naunton Davies, and Mr L. Gordon Lenox, a large number of cases were heard against a gang of thieves well known to the police, and who have just been captured through the instrumentality of Police-inspector Jones, of Porth. The prisoners, five in number, hail from the neighbourhood of China, Merthyr, and are named John Henry Booth, Elizabeth Sinclair, Mary Ann Smith, John Seaborne, and James Jones. Booth and Smith have been cohabiting for years. A few weeks ago they took a house at Ynyshir, where they were joined by the other prisoners, against each of whom there is a long list of previous convictions. Soon after their coming into the district innumerable com- plaints of thefts were made to the police, who were soon able to secure sufficient evidence to warrant the arresting of the five accused. The articles of furniture, bedding, crockery, &c., in their house at Ynyshir are alleged by the police to be all stolen property, while fully a cartload of linen, bedding, and wearing apparel has been recovered from pawnbrokers and reclaimed by those from whom it was stolen. Booth seems to have been the ringleader, and was charged with several offences of house breaking in the Merthyr and Dowlais district. The women were accused of stealing trom clothes-lines, &c. Elizabeth Sinc'a r, for instance, was charged with stealing a jacket, bodice, and shirt, from Anna Davies, 5, East- street, Tylorstown; and a counterpane and sheet from George CroFs. 83, Tyntilla-road, Heolfach. John Booth was also ch arged with robbing the same parties —a bed sheet from Annie Davies, a counterpane from Cross; and there were further charges against him of stealing stockings, drawers, and a coat and vest be. longing to Evan Lewis and James Jones, South street, I Ynyshir: two pairs of stockings from Daniel Thomas, 72, High-street, Cymmer bed and bolster, 40 pairs of boots, and several suits of clothes from Elias Lazarus, Merthyr one pair of drawers and two pairs of stockings from David Edwards, 35, North-street, Porth; and a pair of stockings from Daniel Morgan,of the same place; and other articles from P. Mansfield, Merthyr, and H. Lewis, Dowlais. There was an equally long list of charges of stealing from the same persons against John Seaborne, Mary Ann Smith, and James Jones.—A large number of witnesses were called, and all the prisoners were committed for trial.
ANERCmD I MR. A. THOIAS, A.S., Ar achlysur ciniaw :y Cyngor Sirol yn Mhontypridd. Mae'r bonwr Alfred Thomas, Am y croesawiad da A roes i'r Cyngor Sirol, Yn haeddu Hip, Hwra." Pe byddem oil yn wrol D'wysogion Cymru Wen, Ni byddai raid, na hon a gaed, Gwell ciniaw is y nen. Mae llygad byw yr eryr IN pelydru dan ei ael, A llawnder fel y ffynon 0 fewn ei galon haeI- 0 honi rhed yn wastad Heirdd ffrydiau gloewon, rhad, y rhai 'n ddidrai gant eu mwynhatL Gan faesydd da ei wlad. Wel, llwyddiant fo i'n haelod, Bin Alfred craffus ni- Yn hir boi oes, heb unrhyw groes, A gwraig i gadw ty. COUNTY COUNCILLOR. SMBBMMHHHMHMHMBS
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A LADY HORSEWHIPPING A CROWD. At the Wandsworth Police Court, London, a fashionably-dressed woman, who gave the name of Atico Catmeer, tefiding al -3, P&^orne Road, Upper Tooting, was placed in the dock cliaiged with being drunk and assaulting George Dormer, a lad living in Balhani New Road. Frederick Johnson, a coachman, wasalso charged, with being drunk while in charge of a horse and carriage. Police-constable H osier, 84 said he was alt racted by a large crowd outside the Bedford Hotel, Balliam. The woman got out of the trap and began horsewhipping the bystanders. She struck a little boy about, four years of age. Her coach- man, the male prisoner, was about to drive away but being drunk he was taken into custody by another officer.—The Female Prisoner He was no more drunk than ho is now.—The man asked her to be quiet, whereupon she exclaimed, He is lIob going to tell lies here.—She also said she was exceeding sorry, but she could not help it. George Dormer said he was standing in the crowd when she started Hogging him with a whip. He seized hold of iL, when the coachman came up and threatened to strike him if he did not let go.—Mr. Bird (the chief clerk) You had done nothing or said nothing ?—Witness I was simply looking on. I did not have lioli of the horse's head.—The female You did.—Mr. Plowdeu He says he did nob.—The female: I say lie did.—The prisoner then burst into tears, and said it was the first time she had been to such a place, and hoped ic would be the last.—Mr. Plowden said aSe had been guilty of most disgraceful conduct. She was not only very drunk, but she got out ot her carriage .¡d began horsewhipping the bystanders. He could not L.nceive anything that was more calculated to create a breach of the peace. He ordered her to pay a tine of 40s., or 14 days' imprisonment and the coachman, who was not so blameworthy, a fine of 20s., or seven days.
STARTLING RAILWAY LAW. At the Marylebone Police Courb, London, John Richard Evans (3'J), a commission agent, of St. David Street, New Kent Road, was charged with riding on Lhe Midland Railway without having pai,) his fare between Bedford and Kentish Town, amounting to 3s. 111 d. — Mr. Griesbach, solicitor, prosecutor on behalf of the cOlllpany, -The pri- soner had been attending the Oakley hunt at Bed- ford, and returned to London by the seven o'clock p.m. train. On arriving at Kentish Town, Moore, a ticket collector, asked him for his ticket, and the prisoner gave him a half return ticket entitling the bearer to ride from London to Bedford. It was pointed out to the prisoner that the ticket was wrong, and he would have to pay the fare, which the prisoner refused to do. Some time was occu- pied in the conversation, during which Moore dis- covered that the other half of the ticket had been given up by a passenger in another part of the same train. Mr. Bills, the station master, was fetched, and on his discovering what) had happened he ordered the prisoner to leave the car- riage. The prisoner then offered to pay the fare, but it was refused, and he was given into custody. The prisoner then said the ticket had been given him by a gentleman at Bedford, and he did not know but that ib was all right.—Mr. Cooke pointed out that the riding with a ticket purchased bv someone else waa an illegal act. He fined the pri- soner 7 s. ('d. -d_
THE POOR ORPHAN. The following- anecdote of life in a Govern- Inellb office is from the pageeof a contemporary, and we need hardly advise our readers that it is strictly true, since ib bears such (strong interna! evidence of the fact. A certain knight of the quill once upon a time asked for a week's leave, that 110 might go to bury his father. This was readily grattLed and so much eyinpathy was expressed by his chief that lie thought it a good opportunity t,o borrow some "filthy lucre" from his sympathiser. A gallant admiral, who had to be consulted as to the leave, was also sympathetic, and he, too, bled to the tune of some paltry pounds. The orphan then took hrs departure. A day or two afterwards there arrived a visitor who wished to see )11'. A-, the orphan. Mr. A-'s chief explained that he wasn't to be seen-in fact, he had gone away to bury his father. 44 But," said the stranger I am his father." Well," replied the 'official, a man of few words, "Idont know anything about Mr. A 's private affairs I only know lie is gone to bury you." At the end of the week of mourning Mr. A- returned, looking very disconsolate. When asked by his chief how lie fared, he pulled a very long face, and said he had had "the melancholy satisfaction of seeing the last rites properly and decently performed," and so on, adding tliab of course he felt very deeply on the subject, but that no doubt time would lighten titetoadofhisamiction. "Ah," replied the other, "I can sympathise with you. i lost my father when I was a young man. When you lose your father you lose your best friend. I hadn't the pleasure of your poor father's acquaintance during his lifetime; bub he called here a few days after his death, and I had a short conversation with him. Now, this was most irregular and my objecb in sending for you was this—when next the poor old gentle- man dies, do, if you possibly can, arrange to have him buried, and to be back here to meet him in case he calls again. That's all. Good. morning." Exit AJr. A-, not, perhaps an outwardly sadder, but certainly a much wiser man.
THE HUSBAND WHO MINDS THE HOUSE. Once on a time there was a man so surly and cross he never thought his wife did allyLhillg rjghb itti the house. So one evening, in hay- making time, he came home scolding and swear- illg, and showing his teeth, and making a dust. "Dear love, don't be so angry, there's a good man," said his goody to-morrow let's change [ our work. "I'll go out with the mowers, and mow, and you shall mind the house at home." Yes; the husband thought that would do vary well. He was quite willillg, ho said. So, early nexb morning, his goody took a Bcytheover her shoulders, ami went out into the iiay-field with the mowers, and began to mow but the man was to mind the house, and do the work at home. First of all he wanted to churn the bufcterj bub when he had churned a while he got thirsty, ttuj went down to the cellar to tap a barrel of ale so, just when he had knocked in the bung, and was putting the Lap into the cask, he heard overhead the pig come into the kitchen. Then off he ran up the cellar-steps with Lhe tap in iris hand as fast as he could, to look after the pig lest it should upset the churn but when he got up and saw the pig had already knocked the churn over, and stood there routing and grunt- ing amongst the cream which was running all V, over the fioor, he got so wild with rage that he quite forgot the ale barrel, and ran at the pig as hard as he could. He caught it, too, just as it ran out of doors, and gave it such a kick thab piggy lay for dead on Lhe spot. Then all ab once he remembered he had the tap in his hand but when he gob down to the cellar every drop of ale had run out of the cask. Then he went into the dairy and found enough cream left to fill the churn again, and so he began to churn, for butter they must have at dinner. When he had churned a bit, he re- j membered that their milking cow was still shut up in the byre, and hadn't had a bit to eat or a drop to drink all the morning, though the sun 1 was Then all at once he thought 'twas j too far to take her down to the meadow, so he'd just get her up on the house top—for the house, you must know, was thatched with sods, and a fine crop of grass was growing there. Now their house lay close up against a steep down, and he thoughb if he laid a plank across to tho thatch at the back he d easily get the cow up. But slill he couldn't leave the churn, for there! was his little babe crawling about on the floor, and if I leave it," he thought, the child is safe to upset it." So he took the churn on his back. and went out with it; but then lie thought: he'd better first water the cow before he turned her out on the thatch so lie took up a buckcb to draw water out of the well but, as he stooped down at the well's brink, all the cream ran oub of the churn over his shoulders, and so down into the well. Now ib was near dinner-time, aid lie hadn't) even gob the butter yet; so he thought he'd besb boil the porridge, and filled the pot with water and hung it over the fire. When he had done that, he thought the cow might perhaps fall off the thatch and break her legs or her neck. So he got up on the house to tie her up. One end of the rope he made fast to the cow s neck, and the other he slipped down the chimney, and tied round his own thigh and he had to make haste, for the water now began to boil in the pot, and he had still to grind the oatmeal. So he began to grind away but while he was hard at it, down fell the cow off the house-top after all, and as she fell she dragged the man up the chimney by the rope. There he stuck fast; and as for the cow, she hung half way down the wall, swinging between heaven and earth, for she could neither get down nor up. And now the goody had waited seven lengths and seven breadths for her husband to come and call them home to dinner; but neveracait they had. At last she thought she had waited long enough, and went home. But when she gnb there and saw the cow hanging in such an ugly place, she ran up and cut the rope in two with her scythe. But as she did this, down came her husband out of the Jchimney and so wher his old dame came inside the kitchen, there she found him standing on his head in the porridge- pot.
A SURPRISE. It is easy for a full man Lo Lalk when he find | a good listener; but polite people, withotr j meaning to play the hypocrite, have a way of, seeming to understand things about which Lliey really know nothing, so that the eloquent en- thusiast is sometimes brought up with a very sharp turn. An astronomer was explaining to a lady, will: much care and minuteness, the reasons why L!.< axis of the earth is slowly but constantly chang ing its dit-celiozi in the heavens, and why, there fore, Lhe star which is the Pole star now was not- the Pole star four thousand years ago. The lady encouraged him by the must. marked attention and by such appreciative interject-ion, as "Really "Indeed:" "How lieatit.if III I In this way he was led to more than usually 1 minute description, and, with much unction, he proceeded to crown his argument as follows No\v, you see, by this change of the cai-t li'r axis, if we have any permanent record of an observation of the angular distance of a slat from the Pole, we can calculate how long ngc that record was made." Of course And in the Great Pyramid we have such q record." Indeed How wonderful "The entrance passage points bo the north, and its angle of inclination corresponds with the lower culmination of the Pole star of four thou- sand years ago." Here a little hand was laid on the learned astronomer's arm, and his feelings may be imagined as his appreciative listener enquired in an anxious voice And pray, professor, what is an angle ?
Laziness grows on people. It begins in cob- webs and ends in iron chains. The more bus!. ness a man has to dc the more he is able to ao- complied, for he learns to economise his time.
WIT AND HUMOUR Daniel'Webster struck me like a steam-engine tic trousers. Oh, w hen* T have the goub r feel as if I was walk, ing on iny eye-balls Don't you know there are three sexes-men. women, anct clergymen ? Simplicity is a great object in a great book ib is not wanted in a short one. Experience is a torch lighted in the aehos of onr delusions. The only way to deal with such a man as Daniel O Connell i- to hang him, and erect a sLatue to him undfer his gallows. The charm of London is that you are never glad or sony for tell minutes together in the country you are the one or the other for weeks. A little girl told a worthy divino she would like to be a minister, so that she oould holler on Sunday." He You don't sing or play Then I presume you write or paint?" She "Oh, no I'm like the young nten-wc meet in society.—1 simply sit down and try to look intelligent." Ifeet so weak both in body and mind thab I verily believe if the knife were put into my hand I should not. have strength or energy enough to stick it into a Dissenter. Yes," said Quigglesj I have a good deal on my hitn.te jost now." So I perceive, replied t ogg; why don't you try a little soap and water ?" The late Mr. John Jones being asked by a friend how he kept himself from being inv olved in quarrels ?" replied, By let t ing the angry person have all the quarrel to himself." Purse-proud Individual Do yon know, sir, that I am worth a hundred thousand pounds?'' Ye# WHS the reply, 1 do; and I know that it is alLyou are worth." Echo, replying to tho query, "Why are the walla of the Houses of Parliament like Oliver Cromwell ?" says, with too exacL and plaintive & prompLiLude, All-of-a-crumble." The difference between a long and short yarn i$ very well illustrated by the difference of one's feel- ings ill holding a skein fur one's gi anduiother or for one's sweet,heart. Boy (who does not appreciate sermons)—"Wel!, I'd jusb like to know what. preaching's for any way!" Siii;kller Si,-ter-" \Vliy it's LO give the singers a rest." Crowle was a noted punster. Once on a circuit with Page, a person asked him if the judge was not far behind ? He replied, I don't know but I am sure he was never iitsl before." At an infant school examinat.ion, a few days tigo, the examiner asked, What fish eat the liutle ones ? The big uns," shouted a littlft urchin. Host: "Just another wee drap 'fore you go." Quest Na, na a'll Lak' nae mair I m in a new lodging, and I'm no very weel acquainted with the stairs Experimental philosophy—asking a young lady to many you. Natural philosophy—looking in. different and saying you were only in fun when she refuses you. An advertising chandler at Liverpool modestly says that, without intending any disparagemenll to tho sun, he may confidently assert that his octagonal spermaceti are the best lights ever in. vented." I can't sing," said the young lady, when in. vited to warble but she complied upon being iurther presse 1. Wheu she had finished Brown thanked her. and added sotto voce: "I'll never doubt anybody's word again." A gentleman who had built a small house in a sequestered part of his grounds for private study, showed it to a friend, remarking; "Here I sill reading from morning till night, and nobody a bib the wiser." Quin, being asked by a lady why there were, more warnell in the world than men replied 111 is in conformity with the other arrangements of Nature, madam we always see more of heaven than earth." During the last war with Great Britain, the captain of a Newburyport privateer wrote to his owners that he had been in an engagement, bub had received but little damage, having only one ot jis hands wounded iu the nose. A poetess had begun a poem in uncompro. mising blank verse on the degeneracy of man :— Man was a lIoble being once but he-" And here she was compelled to leave it. A degenerate one came in and took the liberty of helping her forward a little: "Would probably have re- mained so but she The following bombshell has been discharged by a famous American general, who received a polite letter requesting an autograph and a lock of his hair:—"The man who has been writing my autograph is discharged, and, as my orderly is bald, I cannot comply with the second of yout requests." v Dubbe, t.he speculator, met Stubbs, the real estate broker, in the street, one windy, dusty March day, and, hailing Stubbs, asked him how real estate was. Well." said Stubbs, taking off his spectacles and wiping the dust out of his eyes, f, real estate is very active to-day, Mr. Dubbs; every one I see has a spec in his eye. Well, how do you like the looks of the var- mint?" said a "south-wester" to a "down- easter," who was gazing for the first time at a huge alligator, with wide, open jaws. "al," replied the Yankee, lie ain't what yeou may call a hanstim critter, but he's gob a deal of opennes$ when he smiles \YeH, sir," said the judge to a man who was brought before him on a charge of assault and battary, you say this man struck you?" "Yes, sir, he did." Did you retaliate ?" "No, sir; I wouldn't do such a mean thing as that." What did you do, then ?" Well, I just gave him the awfulest lickiu' he ever got." Beauty "Mr. Do Blank, Cousin Nell says yoa have engaged yourself to her." Mr. De Blank "I have." Have you forgotten, sir, that it is only two months since you proposed to me?" I have not." "And yet you now engage yourself to another." "You refused me." Cei-tiiily but I think you might have shown some little respect for my memory." An Irish gentleman at Doncaster, observing in the list of horses one called Botherem, took sue!) a fancy to the name that he betted considerable odds in its favour. Towards the conclusion of the race his favourite was in the rear. but, not at all put out, he vociferated, so as to drown every other voice, "Botherelll for ever: See how he drives them all before liiiii." All who remember the late Rev. William Adams, D.D., will be able to appreciate the grace with which, at the Pan-Presbyterian Council in Edin- burgh he, reburked his British Presbyterian brethren for their aimost numberless divisions and sub-divisions. "Brethren," he said, "you are R.P.'s and I.P.'s and U.P.'s. Why don't you cal yourselves split peas and be done with it I see you advertise goods to be sold for a mere song," said he, as he stepped into a funiture shop in Warrington. "Yes, sir," answered the gentle- manly proprietor. Well, now, let me see, I like'that red plush sofa there, and I'll sing YOII 4 When the robins nest again,' for it." At last accounts he was able to sit up in bed, and if he continues to improve he will probably be out in a week. Many years ago, when grocers in Lynn were licensed to sell liquor, one of them, who had the reputation of giving rather small weight and measure, was bragging to a customer of his skill in doing up packages. "lean wrap a pound of sutrar," he remarked, "in a smaller piece of paper than any other man in town." "I don't doubt it," said the customer, "and you can pub a pint of rum in a smaller bottle than anyone else, too." Just about the time that Mr. Sheridan took his house in Saville-row, he happened bo meet Lord Guildford in the street, to whom he mentioned his change of residence, and also announcod a change in his habits. 44 Now, my dear lord, everything is carried on in my house with the greatest regu. larity everything, in short, goes like clockwork." 44 Ah replied Lord Guildford, tick, tick, tick, Isttppose." On tho old Stockton and Darlington Railway, in, the days when that company took the preachers of tbe Gospel at half price, like children, one of the ticket clerks, when asked for a minister's ticket by a somewhat unclerical-looking man, ox- pressed a doubt as to his profession. 44 I'll read you one of my sermons, if you doubt my word,'1 said the minister. "No, thank you," said th, ticket clerk with a gluomy smile, and handed the ticket over without any further proof, j a
CAERPHILLY. THE SUNDAY-CIIOBING ACt.-At the weekly meeting of the GoepeI Temperance Society, held at the Wesle/an Chapel on Monday night, Mr S. Wilson moved, and Mr G. Willey seconded, a resolution protesting against the action being taken to bring Wales into diarepnte by asserting that Sunday-closing has been a failure, as it has in this District proved an unqualified saocess. RHYDFELEN. EOLWYSILAN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.-On Tues- day RV( c'ng, what via; progr o ticated to be a lively, if not stormy, meeting of ratepayers was held at the Baptist Chapel, Rhydfelen, under the chairmanship of Mr Benjamin Rees, manager of the Treforest Tin- plate Works. There was a numerous attendance, the object of the meeting being to select a suitable candi- date to represent the ratepayers on the Eglwysilan School Board for the ensuing three years. The names of several parsons were spoken of as probable candi- dates, but seeing how the meeting ran, the only names submitted were those of Mr Richard Jenkins, tinplate roller; and Mr Thomas Thomas, grocer, Rhydfelen. The former was the nominee of the workmen at the Tinplate Works, and the voting having been gone through by ballot, Mr Jenkins was found to have received 30 votes, and Mr Thomas, 7. Many present did not vote. The meeting accepted the decision of the majority, and pledged itself to endeavour to secure the return of Mr Jenkins. Addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Rev. Josiah Roberts, Brynfab, Mr David Evans,and others. The proceedings were conluctei with perfect equanimity, and those who went to the meeting bent upon sensation were disappointed. The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of his Correspondents. Every communication must be accompanied by the name and address of the writer —not necessarily for publication, but as a guaran- tee of good faith. We cannot uadertake to return rejected communications. No communication can be inserted if a duplicate is furnished to any oihei paper. TONYPANDY. A THEATRICAL TREAT.—A genuine treat to all lovers Of the theatre will be given at the Public Hall, Tony- pandy, on Friday and Saturday evenings next by Miss Maggie Morton and her captivating "Caste" company. Those who wish to see the accomplished actress in "Caste" and "School" (as played by Mr and Mrs Bancroft), should not fail to be present as above. TRY HARRIS' 2/- TEA.—No Finer in the world at the price. A mixture of China, Indian, and Cey- lon.-75, Taff Street, Pontypridd.