HEOLYCUE. MISSION Rooai.—An entertainment was held at the above place on Monday last. The chair was taken by the Rector of Coychurch, the Rev C. LI. Llewelin. The Sunday School children rendered their songs and recitations to the pleasure of a well- conducted audience. The children were assisted by the following —Tenor, Mr Wm Lewis. Pencoed; bass, Mr Thomas Jones, Pencoed, and Mr Rees Davies sopranos, Mrs Thomas and Miss Evans, Heolycue, and Misa Ellen Ohillcot, Heolaethog. Mrs Llewelin sang the solo of the National Anthem. A vote of thanks was proposed to the rector and Mrs Llewelyn for their attendance. The proceeds are to be devoted towards the church fund.
BRYNCETHIN. NAZABBTH BAPTIST CHAPEL.-The above Church held a singing and reciting meeting last Sunday evening, for the purpose of making a good collection in aid of the orphans of deceased railwaymen, and all present were pleased beyond anticipation. It was the best meeting of many held here. The following took part: "Misses P. Beynon, J. Beynon, A. Evans, M. J- Mead, C. Williams, M. Jenkins, A. Leyshon, and Mrs D. Griffiths. Also Messrs D. Griffiths, T. Howells, R. Beynon, D. Beynon, R. Williams, A. Lewis, D. John, D. Evans. and D. Griffiths, from Blackmill, and the recitation he gave was excellent.
CILFREW. WE are very glad to learn that our young musician, Mr Thomas R, Davies, A.C., from the above place, has been elected to a scholarship at the r summer term of the Tonic Solfa College, London. Mr Davies is to be highly commended on his success.
P E ",N PENCOED. BOARD SCHOOLS.—On Wednesday evening week a lecture was delivered by the Rev. E. Jenkins, M. A., of Coedymwstwr, upon 4 Asylum Life,' from two years' experience thereof in the counties of Glamorgan, Surrey, and Wilts. The proceedings were relieved by songs by Messrs Wm. Howell and Davies. The chair was taken by Mr Wm. Howell, J.P., and at the close a hearty vote of thanks for his interesting lecture was proposed by the chairman, seconded by Mr Jenkins, of Pencoed, and carried.
COWBRIDGE. THE funeral of Miss Hugh for over sixty years nurse in the family of the late Canon Edmondes, took placQ. on Saturday at week Llandough. Among -a flie mourners were* the Rev F. W. Edmondes, and his sister, Mrs Haynes, who also sent wreaths. TEARPEBAJSICK DEMONSTBATIox.—The local sons of temperance' arranged a united demonstration of the different temperance bodies in the town on Wednesday last, in which the Bands of Hope and fye local branch of the British Women's Temperance Association part.
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FURTHER MAGISTERIAL HEARING. EVIDENCE OF THE LANDLORD'S DAUGHTER. INTENSE PUBLIC EXCITEMENT. SEVEN YEA.RS' PENAL SERVITUDE. At the Bridgend police-court, on Saturday— before Messrs R.W. Llewellyn (chairman), J. I. D. Nicholl, W. Llewellyn (Tynewydd), and W. Howell—Evan Williams, of Caehelig Cottage, Bryncethin, stone-cutter, was brought up in custody, charged as follows:—"For that he at about 12.15'a~m., on the 21st June, at the Dun- raven Hotel, at Bryncethin, did unlawfully and maliciously cause by an explosive substance, to wit, dynamite—an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life and to cause serious injury to pro- perty, the property of Mr B. Edwards, landlord. Mr R. Scale appeared for the prosecution, Mr T. J. Hughes defended. The unusual excitement that the case has caused in the district was manifest by the crowded state of the court; so packed was it, and so eager were the people to gain foremost places that the utmost difficulty was experienced by people on busi- nes&" in coming to the front. The prisoner had a grave appearance and seemed to feel his position not a little. Mr Scale at the outside gave a brief outline of the facts. The explosion he said resulted in very serious damage to the hotel, and it might have —though fortunately it was not-fraught with serious consequences to the inmates. The pri- soner who had lived in the neighbourhood for many years, was in the habit of frequenting the hotel at any rate on the day in question he was there often, and about eight or nine o'clock in the evening, a dispute arose between him and Mr Edward's daughter with reference to some bread and cheese. It appears that Mr Edwards, who was very hospitable, had given some of his cus- tomers some bread and cheese when they asked him for it, but the defendant wanted a larger quantity and he was charged threepence for it, and he appeared to think it so heavy a charge that he left the house. On leaving he made a remark which was not at all pleasant, and the only motive that could be attributed was in regard to the dispute. The damage done had been esti- mated at between X200 and JE300. Circumstances pointed to the defendant as being the perpetrator of the deed and he was arrested, and the Bench would hear the admissions made by him, and would see that it was a case which would have to be tried at the assizes. In the prisoner's own interests it would be better if the case was quickly disposed of and heard during the present assizes. Mr Edwards, the landlord, then entered the box and his evidence was read over and confirmed. Mr Scale After the remand I believe you heard the prisoner make some statement; Witness Yes. It was at the police-station. He started crying and said I hope you won't look on my people over this case, they can't help it." That was said to me. Q: Did you make a reply ?—No Q I believe the damage has been valued by Mr Lambert ?—Yes and others. As far as they can make out at present it is between j6200 and £:300, When we have cleared the refuse we shall be able to say whether the foundations have been affected. Mr Hughes said he did not wish to ask witness any questions. THE LANDLORD'S DAUGHTER. Annie Edwards, daughter of the landlord, said on Wednesday last, the defendant was in the Hotel, back and fore nearly all day. He went out about twice? she should think. Besides wit- ness and her father, there was another sister who assisted at the bar. Between eight and nine on Wednesday her father went to bed and left wit- ness in charge of the bar. She gave defendant some bread and cheese, for which she made no charge. After he had finished ib he asked for some more and was supplied. Mr Scale: When you took him the second supply was anything said as to the pdce? Witness No, nothing at all. Q: Didn't he make any complaint ?—Not the second time, but the third time. Q Oh you supplied him with cheese a third time ?—Yea. Q After you gave him the first and second, he asked for more ?- Yes, for three pennyworth, Q: And 1 believe you supplied him ?—Yea. Q When you brought it in on the third occasion did he make any complaint?—Yes, he asked me if that was three-pennyworth, and I said Yes." Q Did you then say anything to him ?—He asked me a second time if it was three-penny- worth, and I said I would take it back if he liked and he said Yes, take it back." Q Did you take it back ?- Yes. Q: And he didn't have it ?—No, he gave me a shilling for the cheese I gave him ninepence change and he flung the ninepence on the counter. The Magistrates' Clerk You took the money although you took back the cheese ?—Witness That was before I had taken the cheese back I thought then he was going to have'it. Mr Scale After you had taken back the cheese did you give him anything :—Witness I returned 4 the money, Q So really he paid nothing for the cheese nor the bread ?—No, sir. Q After that did he say anything ?—Witness He apologised and said, I am sorry for what I said Miss Edwards I didn't know you had given the first bread and cheese for nothing." Q: What did you say to that ?—I said, "It's all right." Q Now did anything further take place after- wards? — Witness: Yes, when I said "It's alright," I left the bar. There were then about half-a-dozen people there. About half an hour afterwards I heard some knocking, and I returned to the bar. Q: What happened then?-Witness: I heard some one use bad language. Q: Can you say who it was ?—Witness I guessed who it was. Q: Who was it?—A The defendant, but I did not put the blame on him then, but on two other people who were there. Q: Did you say anything to them in his pre- sence ? Yes, I told them they never spoke like that when my father was there, and they should not use it when I was there. Q Why did you put the fault on the other two ?—Because the defendant was in a temper before. Q You directed your remarks to them ?—Yea. Q When you spoke to them did the defendant make any remark ?-Not at once. The other two denied having used bad language, and the defen- dant then asked me to forgive them because it was he who had done ib. Q What did you say ?-I told him I was very much surprised at him, and that he would not have spoken like that if my father was there. He then began making fun of my father and asked me to fetch him. Q: You didn't?—No. Q: What happened then ?—A Hesaid he would challenge any man in the room to fight afterwards. Q: Did anyone accept him ?-No. Q What happened then ?—A He walked out of the house. Q Did he seem ir. a temper ?—Yes, he did, and he said he would never come inside the house ng-ain. Q You didn't see him again ?-No. Witness proceeded to say that she with her aunt and sisters retired about 12, and 10 minutes later they heard a loud report and they all got up. Her father ultimately found out the cause of the explosion. CROSS-EXAMINED by Mr Hughes, I think you believe with your father that the prisoner was drunk that night. —Witness Yes, he was, but not too drunk to know what he was doing. Q He had been in your house from morning till night ?-Yes. Q: And a man does not stop in a public-house all day without getting considerably the worse for it?-A: Well he was back and fore, he was out twice. He was not very much the worse for drink. Q But he was the worse for drink ?—Yes. Q And if you supply a man who is drunk you are liable to be prosecuted-you know that?- Yes. Mr Scale After your father retired what did you supply him with ?—Lemonade and soda. The Clerk He could not get drunk upon that (laughter). Mr Scale Did you supply him with any intoxi- cating drink after your father had gone to bed ?— No. Mr Hughes It shows how drunk he was that he required soda and water. Police-constable Vernon's evidence was read over, and he now added that on Thursday evening he visited the place in company with Inspector Rowe, and showed him the footprints which he had seen in the quarry near the dynamite shed that morning, and which he had preserved by fixing a stone. The Inspector took a casb of it. The dynamite was kept in a shed which was not licensed. DEFENDANT'S CHARACTER. Mr Hughes: With regard to the prisoner, except when he is drunk, he is a man of good character ?- Yes. Q Quiet and inoffensive ?—Yes, when he is sober. Q Even when in drink I think he obeys what you tell him ?—Yes. Q He never has any disturbance with you when he is in drink ?—No, sir. Q And if you meet him when he is drunk he always goes home without creating a disturbance. -He does sir he never answers me back. I have been stationed at Bryncethan for nearly 16 years and I have known him personally during the whole of that time. Q Has he been given to drink more or less during the last two or three years ?—Yes sir, I believe he has. Q May I take this from you also—that he is not a man who is constantly soaking, but he has occasional fits and starts and between these times he is an abstainer ?—A Yes sir. Q About quarterly or something like that?- Sometimes he keeps right for months, at other times he gets on the drink for months. Q :He is an abstainer in the intervals?—I believe he is, sir. Q Conducts himself well in every way and attend public worship?-Yes sir. Q His parents and his family are highly respec- table people in every way ?—Yes, they arc. Q With refenence to the grating in the pave- ment in front of the Hotel I am instructed that it is more or less the worse for wear ?—A It is fastened down by a chain underneath. Q Would it be comparatively easy for a man to raise this chain ?—No. Q Part of the arch of the grating was broken leaving a large aperture open to the pavement?— A Yes. Q This grating of course leads into the cellar, and there would have been plenty of room for a macuto have thrown an explosive into the cellar throTigh this broken arch ?—Yes. Cross-examination continued The place in which the explosive was kept was a wooden shed, locked with an ordinary house lock. There were two foot prints on the door. Inspector Rowe said he had inspected the premises, and described the results of the ex- plosion. The aperture in the grating leading down to the cellar and underneath the wall, about 19 inches from the aperture there was a large hole in the ground where the explosion took place. The cellar was directly under the bar, the floor of which had been lifted up, the furniture shattered to pieces. The windows were blown completely out. The floor joists were cub off even with the wall. He had also visted the quarry distant about half a milefromtheHotel. Hetookacast(produced) of the footprint, obtained a pair of boots (produced) from defendant's mother, and compared them. Mr Hughes The defendant admits being the man who did it, and I don't think it's necessary for Inspector Rowe to have been called at all. It's waste of time and county money. Mr Scale (to witness) They correspond I be- lieve ?—A: Yes. Prisoner afterwards said the boots were his. Mr Hughes said he could not resist a committal. He renewed his application as to trying the case at the present assizes. The charge was then read out and the prisoner given the usual warning. Mr Hughes said he reserved his defence. At Glamorganshire Assizes on Tuesday—before Mr Justice Kennedy—Evan Williams was indicted with causing an explosion likely to endanger life at Bridgend. Mr. W. D. Benson appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Arthur Lewis for the defence. The prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr Benson briefly detailed the circumstances, as outlined in another column. Mr Arthur Lewis, who appeared for the defence (instructed by Mr T. J. Hughes, Bridgend), appealed for mercy, on the ground that prisoner had given way to intemperance, and that he had borne in every way a most excellent character. As there was an absence of all motive for the act, he asked the judge to accept the theory that it was a drunnen freak, without any intention of injuring anyone. There was an entire absence of motive. His Lordship Where did he get the explosive ? Mr Lewis It was taken from the quarry, where prisoner was employed. From this store he appeared to have taken a large quantity, and many yards of fuse. Part was found lying on the ground, as though he had dropped it on the way. The explosive appeared to have been dropped in the cellar from outside. The Judge How could he have fired it under such circumstances ? Mr Lewis The fuse was a very long one, my lord, and might'have been fired from outside. Evidence was then called as to prisoner's good character, and his lordship'deferred sentence. At Wednesday morning's court his Lordship said the crime was punishable by penal servitude for life, but, taking into consideration prisoner's character and the fact that through sensual in- dulgence in drink he had corrupted and weakened his mind and moral sense, would only pase* sentence of seven years' penal servitude.
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BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. SATCRDAY.—Before Mr R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man), Messrs J. I. D. Nicholl, W. Llewellyn (Tynewydd), and W. Howell. DELAY BRINGS COSTS. The Bridgend Local Board summoned Mr W. H. Brook for non-compliance with a notice directing him to abate nuisances and carry out certain sanitary improvements on his property. -Mr T. J. Hughes, clerk to the Board, explained that since the expiration of the period of notice the work had been done, but in order not to saddle the ratepayers with the costs he asked for a nominal penalty. Mr Morgan Williams, surveyor and inspector of nuisances, having given evidence, the Bench complied with Mr Hughes' request. ASSAULT AT KENFIG HILL. Thomas Lewis and David Lewis, young colliers, of Kenfig Hill, were charged with assaulting Theodore Thomas, landlord of the Crown," Kenfig Hill. Complainant stated that on the evening of Saturday last, the defendants, who were not quite sober began making a noise and bawling out" after being in the house half an hour. They re- fused to desist and he asked them to leave. Thomas Lewis struck him in the eye and the other defendant struck him in the body. At last he pushed them out. He had had trouble with them before. Defendants were each fined 31s 6d including costs or 10 days HEIGH MRS. FROLLICUM. Wihiam Snooks, a colliery workman, living on the mountain," near Llanharran, was charged with indecent exposure. The evidence of Elizabeth Pine, a married woman, likewise living on the mountain," showed that as she was wending her way home, in company with her little boy and girl and Mrs Farnham, after having been shopping, defendant Snooks came behind them and shouted Heigh Mrs Frollicum (laughter). Then he added, "I mean you mother Pine" (renewed laughter), Then he came after them, and according to the witness behaved himself unseemly, and called her "a fat old He had had drink, but knew what be was doing. He was always insulting somebody she added. Mr Hughes, who defended, elictfcd in cross- examination that the parties were not on the best of terms owing to a quarrel in which Snook's son and her daughter were prominent actors, the former being alleged to have undertaken a courting expedition hardly in accordance with Mrs Pine's idea of the sacredness of courtship. The witness further admitted that she had given Mrs Snooks the designation of a defaced old image." Mrs Farnham gave corroborative evidence. Mr Hughes submitted that the complainant's story was untrue, and contended that she had exaggerated because of the quarrel that had already been referred to. Police-constable Webber said the defendant was a very inoffensive man, though fond of his beer." He saw him almost every day, and had never had any complaint about him. Mrs Pine Didn't you have him up for drunken- ness ? Witness Yes once. John Thomas swore that the defendant did not act in the manner alleged. Mrs Pine But you didn't see anything of it, you were not there ? Witness Yes, I did, I was in a stable. Mrs Pine would not undertake to produce evidence to prove that the witness was not there, and the case was dismissed.
FARMING NOTES. (From the Agricultural Grizette.") A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. The cold spell which lasted from the middle of May to the middle of the present month seems to have passed away, and some of the latest days have been actually sultry. Hay-carting has been possible, and we trust thnt the summer is at last asserting itself. and that we shall now have some forcing weather. It is curious to note the character of seasons, which seems to be as variable as that of individuals. With all their uncertainty, there is generally a set in one direction, be it towards wind, wet, cold, or heat. This year we have had a season of extremely mixed character. Twice we have been afraid of another drought, and it is not many weeks since popular fore- casts were in favour of even a drier year than last. Twice have we been threatened with too much wet, and several relapses into winter have been recorded. At times we have extolled the season as the best we ever remembered, and as often have we reviled it as wretched. Nevertheless, grass grows, and corn flourishes; the root crop is hopeful beyond precedent, and every branch of ordinary farming is unusually prosperous for the times we live in. HAYMAKING. There are certain things which are said of hay- making which have passed into a sort of code. When we take up an article on this subject the same well- worn platitudes are paraded, and yet it is necessary to keep repeating them year by year, as there are always fresh readers to whom it is necessary to repeat the wellworn lessons. On this occasion we shall endeavour to codify the rules in such a manner that they may be briefly stated and clearly set forth, They are as follows :— 1. Cut early and cut low. 2. Never touch a swathe in wet weather unless it turns yellow at the bottom. 3. Turn clover hay as little as possible. 4. Get all kinds of bay into cock as soon as pos- sible. 5. Ted and turn meadow hay briskly and con- stantly, and cure in the cock. 6. Do not cart until the hay is fit. 7. Fill ricks well in the middle before leaving them for the night. 8. Leave chimneys in ricks when the hay is likely to over-heat. V, Do not be afraid of a rick sweating or heating moderately. 10. Well pull the rick after making, and put all that is pulled on the top. The most common errors in haymaking are cutting too late, after the grass has become tough, over- making, and carting too soon. What we must endeavour to secure is well-coloured green or brown hay, possessing a beautiful and characteristic aroma, and a firm compact truss, free from mould. Rain- water produces mould, and the moisture from the natural undried sap produces heating, and. if in excess, it gives a dark brown or black colour to hay. Haymaking can only be taught by practice, and is only to be accomplished by the exercise of judgment and a quick appreciation of opportunities. MAKING SILAGE. The art of making silage is much easier than that of making hay. In spite of its many advantages, it does not appear to gain ground, and many farmers who have successfully tried it run back upon the older system of haymaking. The present high value of hay and the fact that it is marketable are principal reasons why hay is preferred to silage. Another difficulty springs from the fact that the best silage is made from fresh-cut grass, whereas most farmers do not think of making silage until their hay is half spoiled. If it is thought desirable to make silage, it should be commenced at once, without waiting to see which way the weather is turning. Hay is an admirable change from roots in winter, and is more comforting than silage, because it is dry. s 11 A portion of the grass crop may well be made into silage, especially in a wet. summer, but in a drv summer few farmers would relinquish their full supply of hay. Persons who make hay are called practical men, and those who make silage are called theorists, but there is a good deal of miscon- ception in using such phrases. It is a pity that the ordinary idea of a practical man should seem to suppose one wedded to the ways of his forefathers and his neighbours, and averse to all change. We are, however, sure that the process known as ensilage go is perfectly practical, and that it is easier, safer, and, on the whole, cheaper than haymaking. The statement which would be most doubted is that the process is cheaper than haymaking on.account of the greater expense of carting green material instead of dry, which is in the proportion of 4: 1. The" cheapness of ensilage is due to being carried out without interruption, and without delay. The grass is cut and carried without any interval of time, whereas in hay-carting the work is constantly liable to be stopped by even a slight shower. This becomes a serious expense, because, for example, ploughing is stopped to go to hay-cart, and then hay-cart is stopped by a passing shower. Another saving is effected in the immediate clearing of the fieldwithont that injury to the after-math which is caused by delay in hay-carting. THE rnOCESS OF ENSILAGE has been reduced to absolute simplicity. The pit silo is a useful addition to a homestead, and the landlord who provides it is a benefactor to his tenant. Ropes and rollers are of use in regulating the process and preventing waste, but, on the other hand, they cost money, and soon become antiquated. In our own case we refer to go to work without any apparatus but carr ages and pitchforks, and we make no more ado abor t making silage than about making a manure heap. The grass is cut and carried to the site of the clamp, and it is spread on the ground, and successive loads are spread so as to form a regular bed of the required size. A large clamp is best because it presents less outside surface to the air. The green grass, whether cut dry or wet, is piled on to the bottom, the carts being taken over the heap. At an early stage a roller may be employed to con- solidate the grass, and constant tramping of the heap helps to exclude air. The work goes on as described without hitch or difficulty, and before night the heap may perhaps be 4ft. high. In the morning it will be found to have settled, and we recommend it now to be left for a week, when it will be much reduced in height. AGRIOULTfRIBTS IN SWITZERLAND. During the latter part of their visit to Switzerland, after the business was finished, the Dairy Conference party devoted themselves to the enjoyment of the glorious scenery. From Berne, the party took train to Thun, and proceeded by steamer on the beautiful lake called by that name to Interlaken, where they were in the midst of grand mountain scenery. The weather, which had been fine and clear, had become cool, cloudy, and misty, and the enjoyment of excur- sions to the Schynige Platte and Lauterbrunnen was somewhat diminished in consequence. When the party divided again, some proceeding by moun- tain railway to Grindelwald, others to Miirren, and a third party over the Wengern Alp by Lauter- brunnen to return by Grindelwald, the day was bright and cold, though clouds obscured the peaks of the snow-clad mountains during the morning. In the afternoon, however, the clouds cleared away, and glorious near 'views of the Jungfrau, Monk, Eiger, the Wetterhorn, and other lofty Alpine peaks were obtained. The effect of the sun shining on the snow. reaching far above the portions of mountains covered with vegetation, greatly delighted the visitors. On the following day the party steamed down Lake Brienz to Meirengen, where there was the choice of a service in the English Church or of a visit to a wonderful gorge, or the possibility of both. Thence the journey was made over the lofty Brunig Pass by train to Lucerne, every inch of the way presenting splendid views. The last day of the visit was the most unfor- tunate of all in respect of weather—indeed, the only day of which there was reason for much complaint. Rain fell heavily in the early morning, and the sky remained densely overclouded for half the day, the tops of Pilatus and the Rigi, which some of the visitors intended to ascend by the mountain railways, being quite enveloped. Consequently, the trip up Pilatus was abandoned, and only a few persons proceeded down the whole length of the Lake of Lucerne to Fluelen, and thence to Altdorf, the scene of William Tell's traditional ordeal. A number of the party ascended the Rigi, however, at the top of which they were for some time wrapped in a cloud. But the strong and bitterly cold wind blowing at that high altitude repeatedly swept the clouds away for a minute or two, allowing glimpses of a vast extent of scenery said to be unsurpassed even in Switzerland. On the descent, too, with a clearer atmosphere, the views were charming, as they were also on the short steamer journey from the base of the mountain back to Lucerne. In the evening the great majority of the party set out on their long journey back to England, with great regret, leaving a few fortunate ones behind to enjoy for a few more days the delights of Switzerland.
BAKED MACKEREL.—Melt a large piece of nice sweet dripping or butter in a baking-tin, wipe the mackerel and lay in the hot fat, basting it well before putting it into the oven bake half an hour, basting them frequently, adding a little water near the end of the half-hour: Take the mackerel out of the tin of the half-hour: Take the mackerel out of the tin carefully not to break them, melt a piece of butter the size of a walnut, stir in a teaspoonful of flour; when quite smooth pour over the flour and butter the fish gravy from the baking-tin; let the sauce boil a few minutes, chop some fennel and a few pieces of pickled cucumber, put the fennel and pickle into tho sauce; serve with tke a^cke/el W a s»uc«boat,
FUN AND FANCY. LITTLE DOT: "Folks say there is people on the> planet Mars." Little Dick: "There isn't." Little Dot: Why isn't there ?" Little Dick (trium- phantly) How can they get up there ?" MR, TRUMP: "You are charming to-night. Miss Peach Indeed What nice things you men say. Mr. Flatter just told me the same thing." Mr. Trump (anxious to depreciate his rival): Of course you don't believe he meant it I" IN a case in an Australian court which went against the defendant, who rose up and gave his opinion on the judgment and was fined forty shillings for contempt of Court, a five-pound note was handed over to the clerk. I have no change," said the clerk, tendering it to the offender. Never mind about the change," was the retort. Keep it I'll take it out in con- tempt." ATTORNEY I insist on an answer to my question. You have not told me all the conversation. I want to know everything that passed between you and Mr. Gibson on the occasion to which you refer." Reluctant Witness I've told you everything of any consequence." You have told me what you said to him: 'Gibson, this case will get into the courts some day.' Now 1 want to know what he said in reply." "Well, he said: 'Chumley, there isn't anything in this business that I'm ashamed of, and if any snoopin' little yee-hawin' four-by-six, gimlet-eyed lawyer, with half a pound of brains and sixteen pounds of jaw, ever wants to know what I've been talking to you about, you can tell him the whole- story.' THOSE who wish to speak to public audiences with power and effect, recognise the fact that it is half the battle if the attention of the hearers can be riveted from the very outset. A certain "original Conser" vative candidate, when about to address a large body of constituents in the North recently, began his speech thus: Long live the Grand Old Man!" Then he paused, and his auditors seemed astonished. Hurrah for Lord Roseber^ I" Another pause, and no little commotion. ft .rrsb Hale for Ireland 1"' He paused again, and the 31 mmotion became more apparent. Down wit*, the House of Lords!" There was about to be an uproar, when he stretched out both arms, and IBid: So say the Radical?!" There was a mighty shout of applause, after which the speech was Latcncd to with rapt attention. WIIAT does a Welsh rarebit look like ?" On a plate it is a symphony in A gold, but when you are asleep it is a five-eyed elephant with eight feet, all planted on your chest." ETHEL: "Have you noticed how much merrier Blanche has grown lately? She used to be so very quiet and reserved—hardly open her mouth. She's quite a different girl." Maud Yes, dear, she's got a new set of teeth, you know." SEE that man ? said one of the two people who were talking about success in life. Yes. He has left behind lots of people who struggle to overtake him." "Who is he?" "Conductor on an omni- bus." "TWENTY years ago," said a prominent actor, "I was playing with manager C- in a travelling company. We were playing a repertory, and I took juvenile parts. I quite fancied myself in those days -in fact, I used to be in such a hurry to spout my lines that on several occasions I broke in on C '3 scenes and spoiled more than one of them. I saw the old man throw me a dagger's glance now and then, but seldom gave the matter a second thought. Finally, one morning he asked me to go for a stroll with him. He was remarkably affable, so I went. Young man," said he, I've been thinkingabout you lately. What salary do you draw ?' Two guineas a week, sir.' 'Two guineas! Dear, dear! That's not much. Can you save money out of that ?' Well, not much, sir. You see, I have a widowed mother and sister to support.' How about three guineas a week ? Think you could save money out of that ?' 'Oh, dear! yes, sir,' I exclaimed. 'You're dead certain you could save money?' 'Yes, sir, I am.' Very well; after this you can draw three guineas a week, and——' 'Oh! thank you, sir,' I broke out impetuously. 'I knew you would appreciate my talent sooner or latar.' Hold on now; 1 ain't finished yet,' said C- You go and save money out of that, and as soon as you have banked enough, go and buy an axe and chop your addled brains out! THE Dutch custom-house officers run the Americans very close in the discovery of dutiable articles and in appraising their value, but they sometimes overreach themselves. No long ago a consignment of candle-wicks arrived at Rotterdam, and there was a dispute as to whether they were liable to duty. The authorities gained the day, and then came the question as to the amount of duty. The consignee declared the value at an amount which the officials said was far too low. "We shall buy the gocds at your valuation," they declared. "Very well," returned the consignee, do as you like." They were therefore bought, in accordance with the Dutch system, which permits a purchase to be made when it is suspected that the value is wrongly declared in order to evade the duty. The money was therefore handed over, and in due course the goods were put up to auction. To the disgust of the Custom-house the consignee was the only bidder, and the wicks were knocked down to him at half the price at which he had sold them to the authorities They did not know that there were only three candle manufacturers at the sale, and that the other two had arranged not to bid against the third. A WEALTHY lady, who was equaUy well known for her economy and eccentricity, was on a visit to Scar- borough. She, with her usual carefulness, had a family pie for dinner, which she directed the foot- man to convey to the bakehouse. This he declined, as being derogatory to his dignity. She then mooted the question to the coachman, but found a still stronger objection. To save the pride of both, she resolved to take it herself ■; and ordered the one to harness and bring out the carriage, the other to mount behind, and thus they took the pie to the bakehouse. When baked, coachee was ordered to put to a second time, and the footman to mount behind and the pie returned in the same dignified state. Now," says she to the coachman, you have kept your place, which is to drive and yours "-to the footman- which is to wait; and I mine, which is to have my pie for dinner." AN old man, beadle and gravedigger in a parish church in the north, was asked by his minister one day if he had called upon a certain rich lady, long an invalid, to she how she was keeping. "Na, na, sir," was the reply, given with some asperity and an air of great surprise. Div ye think I'm a fule ? It would be a rather indelicate thing for me, seeing I'm the gravedigger, to ask about the health o' onybody that wasna weel." NEAR Dumfries lived a pious family who adopted an orphan, who was regarded as half-witted. He had imbibed strict views on religious matters, however, and once asked his adopted mother if she did not think it wrong for the people to come to church and fall asleep. She replied she did. Accordingly, before going to church the next Sunday he filled hit pockets with apples. One bald-headed old man, who invariably went to sleep during the sermon, partic#? larly attracted his attention. Seeing him at lafi nodding, and giving nasal evidence of being in the land of dreams," he struck the astounded sleeper a blow with an apple on the top of his bald pate. The minister and aroused congregation at once turned round and indignantly gazed at the boy, who merely said to the preacher as he took another apple in his hand, with a sober, honest expression of countenance: You preach I'll keep 'em awake!" .NOT long ago," says a shopwalker, a fir>». stately lady came in and asked to be shown dignifiers.' Wonderingly, I started up the eem > counter, with no idea of where I was showing the lady. At length I summoned courage enough to request the fair customer to be a little more explicit, as I was ignorant of what she meant by 'dignifiers/ With a look of scorn she replied Bustles, sir.
UAWYNWYli- i EXTEETAXNHEST— An entertainment was held a the Llangynwyd National Schoolroom on Wednes- day, the 20th instant, when the interesting cere- mony took place of presenting the organist of the parish church, Miss Edith Grey, Underhill Villa, with a token of appreciation of her faithful services for many -years. The presentation took the form of a beautiful watch and chain, together with a very neat Church Service. The Revs S. Jackson. E. Ellis, Messrs E. Rees, T. C. Evans, and D. l'hillips having testified to the faithtul and efficient services of Miss Grey, the testimonial was gracefully pre- sented by Mrs Jackson. Mr D. Grey, the father of the recipient, very suitably responded, thanking all Wry ^vsrnkly for their kindness to and respect for Miss Grey. During the meeting some excellent eolos, duets, and recitations were rendered. Appended is the programme :— Solo, The Brooklet' Miss Fanny Rees Solo, ii happy heme 'Master J. Hanson Solo Miss Jaines Recitation Mr David Rees Solo, Up to date Master John David (Old House) Solo, 'The hungry man Mr Hogg Solo Miss Mary A. Yorath Duet, 4 Whispering Hope'Misses Lina Grey and Annie Williams Solo, Mentra Gwen' Rev S. Jackson (vicar) Solo, Eliza Talsarn Mr D. Phillips Solo. Anchored' Mr J. Locke Solo, When the swallows return Miss James Song, Yn iach i ti Gymru' Mr W. Loveluck Solo Rev R. W. Roberts Recitation J. Christopher Evans Solo, The gipsy's warning 'Misa S. A. Thomas Sole, Ora pronobis' Miss Annie Williams Finale- God save the Queen. The entertainment was a success in every way, and, although the room was uncomfortably full, an enjoy- c able evening was spent by all.
PONTYCLUN- The Family of the late Mr C. Highton, of Llan- trissant, wish to thank their numerous friends for the wreaths and for the sympathy that was shown them in their sad bereavement.
TONDU. ST ROBEBT'S ROJIAX CATHOLIC SCHOOL.—The above school received the report of H.M. Inspector during the past week, and obtained the highest grants for all subjects: Ifixt,el On the whole the instruction is in a very creditable state. [Hfitie, The elementary work, tone, and order gave satisfaction, and the recitation was in- telligently taught.
BRITON FERRY. Mr Edwin James, 46, Neath-road, Briton Ferry, begs to thank the numerous workmen and other kind jEriends for purchasing tickets, and also rendering • their very great assistance in his affliction.
PORTHCAWL. AT a temperance meeting held on Sunday eveming, Mr D. E. Williams, J.P., Hirwain, and the Rev Captain Davies, Swansea, spoke, both of them being veterans in the temperance cause, having been temperance workers for upwards of ,1>0 years. At the close of the addresses the hon. see." moved, and Dr Williams seconded, a vote of condolence with the bereaved by the Albion calamity, which was passed by silently raising the right hand. Afterwards Bydd myrdd o ryfeddodau,' was sung very pathetically. c POBTHCAWLIANS are promised a treat to-night (Friday), when Dr Gomer Lewis will conduct a large party to the fair and back, that is—Chicago and back.
BBYNTROEDGAM- AXXIVERSABY.—The anniversary of Carmel Con- gregational Chapel was held on Sunday and Monday, the 10th and 11th inst., when the following ministers officiated Rev J. Edwards, Soar, Neath James, Saron, Maesteg; Lloyd, Aberavon; and Evans, Seion, Cwmavon. In consequence of the inclement weather the services were not so well attaacjed as usual. The preaching throughout the Very powerful. On Monday afternoon the Rev D. Prosser, late of Maesteg, was made a 1, • pastor of the above Church, when the Rev Rees, flock; Evans, Cwmavon; and others took part in the ceremony. Inasmuch as there are signs of a bright future for the Bryn, we believe that the Carmel folk have done well to have Mr Prosser their pastor. No doubt when the Port Talbot Dock Railway will be constructed, the locality will be a very prosperous one,-Com,
A HUSBAND'S DRUNKEN BLOW. A FORGIVING WIFE. At the Bridgend police-court, on Saturday, George Tingle, painter, St. Marie-street, Bridgend, formerly coachman, was brought up on remand, charged with wounding his wife by striking her with an iron poker. The facts have already been reported. Complainant now entered the witness box and said she did not wish to press the case, as her husband had been very penitent ever since. And she added I forgive him for this once." The Clerk You have been married 40 years. You were not permanently injured ? Witness Bruised. The Clerk As soon as the wound heals you will be all right ? Witness Yes, sir. The Clerk Is he all right ? Witness He's been bruised a little bit because I aimed a tea cup at him (laughter). The Clerk Have you ever taken proceedings against him before ? Witness (emphatically) Certainly not, sir. The evidence of complainant and cf Police- constable McLeod having been read over and confirmed, The Chairman said the Bench had agreed to reduce the charge to one of common assault; and asked the defendant if he had anything to say. Defendant I don't know what to say, sir (a laugh). The fact of the case is, I had cause. When I got home first I found my wife under the influence of drink. Complainant (indignantly) I was not. Defendant (continuing) said, in consequence he did not give her money. Then he went back and "had a glass." He had the money in his hands to give her but when she used that language" to him he would not give it. He had three or four nasty kicks on the head at the time he was in the stables which affected him now. He did not remember whether he hit her or not but he sup- posed he must have done. His present employer would give him a character. Mr H. Phillips, wheelwright, thereupon stepped into the box and said the defendant, who had been in his employ two years bore a very good character. The Chairman said the magistrates regretted exceedingly that a man bearing such good testi- monials should appear before them on a charge on which he mighb have been sent to the assizes. It might have been for manslaughter, for the instru- ment he had used was quite capable of killing. He (the Chairman) was very sorry for him as he had known him (the defendant) for many years, and they regretted to have to use harsh language. They took into consideration the application of his wife and he would be bound over to be of good behaviour for six months, himself in jE50 and another surety in a similar sum. Mr H. Phillips became surety.
HEIR TO ENGLAND'S THRONE. ACCOUCHEMENT OF THE DUCHESS OF YORE. The event which all the loyal subjects of Queen Victoria throughout the world have been anticipa- ting with the liveliest interest, viz., the accouche- ment of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York, wife of His Royal Highness the Duke of York, son of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and heir to the Crown of England, took place at the White Lodge, Richmond Park, on Saturday night, under the happiest auspices, and to-day there is a third male in the direct line of the British Throne, viz., the Prince of Wales, his son the Duke of York, and his son's son, the young Prince George of York. The Royal pair were married on July 6th, 1893. The Queen paid a visit to the Duchess of York at White Lodge on Tuesday afternoon. Her Majesty travelled by special train on the South Western Railway to Richmond Station, whence she drove to White Lodge. The Queen, with characteristic thoughtfulness, did not decide upon paying this call until she had received an assurance that the invalid was making most satisfactory progress, and would be quite strong enough to receive a short visit from her august relative. Her Majesty returned to Windsor the same evening. On alighting at White Lodge Her Majesty was received by the Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, and the Duke of York, whom she greeted with much warmth. Dr Williams was presented, and was able to give satisfactory assurances as to the condition of his patients, and subsequently Her Majesty had the young Prince brought to her, and nursed him for a few minutes, afterwards visiting the chamber of the Duchess of York for a short time. After partaking of tea, the Queen and other members of the Royal party left at seven o'clock on their return to Windsor.
DUNGEON ROCK. A TREASURE JIUNTING STORY. Only a little way from the great shoe mart of Lynn, Massachussetts, lies the little town of Sougus. From the rim of the ocean to the eastward, to the boundary line to the westward, Lynn is flat, with only here and there a hill formed of granite bowlders. But Sougus is different. It is hardly aught else but a heap of rocks, with here and there patches of soil which is very fertile where it is sheltered by the winds, that come at times fiercely in from the Atlantic. The ridge of cliffs that run parallel with the shore look as though at one time they had been washed by the waves themselves, forming the barrier to the ever-moving, ever-moaning waste of waters. The people of Sogus have a show-place to whom all visitors are taken. This is Dungeon Rock. Well is the spot given this name. It is a high rock, from the summit of which all Lynn can be seen, and a long distance beyond, out over the blue waters. To the westward are the green hills and smiling valleys of the old Bay State. On the side of the hill toward tha sea, at some time in the long past, a great mass of rock had fallen, owing to some convulsion of nature. Some try, by ancient records, to tell that it went down on that groat earthquake day of which the first settlers have told in the quaint language of their day. Tradition says that before the rock fell, there was a cave at the foot of the cliff, and in it Captain Kidd stored his gold, until such time as he should call and remove it. But the earthquake came before him, and sealed his treasure from him and all others. From that day, down to the present, people in that vicinity have talked of Kidd's gold in connection with jhe rock. For years and years, within the memory of people of middle age, a man toiled there, cutting his way into the hard granite to reach the sealed mouth of the cave. But death called him away before his task was half completed; and when he lay down his tools for the last time, work stopped, for there was no one who possessed such faith as he had shown. In those years he made a deep, dark cave, or, rather, dungeon, as the people round about called it, and so the cliff has come down to this day as Dungeon Rock. But our story is not of recent years. It goes back almost to the time when the passengers of the May- flower landed at Plymouth Rock. At Boston, Salem, and Lynn, people began to build themselves homes but Sougus was covered with trees, where they grew on the rocky soil, and a white man seldom went there, unless it was in pursuit of game. But to come to our story, which happened in the days long agone. Up from the low land, by the shore, Hugh Way- land built his cabin. It stood a little apart from its neighbours, of whom there were a half dozen or so clustered together. It was not because he wanted to be alone that he made his home here. The spot was just to his mind. He had fallen in love with it the moment he set his eyes upon it, although his neighbours could not see why it was that the spot possessed such attractions for him. Yet, in truth, it was as beautiful a spot as there was in all that region. It stood on a gentle eminence. Before the door the great ocean stretched afar, until it was merged in the horizon. Behind it were the high hills of Sougus, bleak and granite-crowned. He, like the others, was shut in by the mountains and the sea. His family consisted of himself, his good wife, and his daughter Ruth, as beautiful a maiden as the settlement could boast of. While versed in all the crafts her mother could teaoh her, she liked nothing better than to take her light fowling-piece and sxrnr the woods for game. Fear she knew not, either from beast or savage, and she came and went as unconcerned as she did about the cabin that sheltered her. Dungeon Rock and its gloomy cave, and the traditions therewith connected, were already known to the settler. From the savages he learned of the flying ships of white men anchored in the harbour once upon a time, and how some of them had come ashore, bear- ing some heavy burdens, which t hey returned without, and then sailed away. Of course the strangers must have been Kidd and his crew. To find this ill-gotten gold was the one object of Hugh Wayland, and much of his time was spent in searching for it. The cavern beneath the brow of the rock was ex- plored over and over again, but with fruitless results. If the treasure was hidden there, it was done so securely that no clue was given. All his time was not given to this work. He cleared and cultivated a piece of land about his cabin, which was kept clear of briars and weeds bv the help of his wife and daughter, when otherwise time would have hung heavily on their hands. One day Ruth. armed as usual, set out through the forest in the direction of the cavern. She knew the story of Kidd's gold, and although she did not take so much stock in it as her father, she did not know but that it might be true, and by good luck she might come upon it when she least thought. Both father and mother warned her to be careful, and keep a sharp look-out for dangers, and this she smilingly promised to do. She did not tell them in what direction she was going, but once outside the clearing, she turned her footsteps in the direction of the cliff at whose feet yawned the cavern. Many and many a time had she explored it, peering into every nook and cavity, and sounding the sandy floDr in hopes it might give back a hollow sound which might locate the treasure. A number of good shots came in her way as she went onward, but she passed them all by, and in dtn time passed through the gloomy portals of thf cavern. Once within, she renewed the search she bad made so often but no better luck attended her, and sh was just on the point of returning to the open air wheu a shadow fell athwart the entmnce-way. Startled, she glanced in the direction, and saw standing there an Indian warrior. For a moment a thrill of fear pervaded her bosom; and then she advanced boldly to where he stood. As she attempted to pass him, he held out his hands to prevent her egress. Let the white maiden flee not away. Red Eagle will do her no harm. Not a feather of the plumage of the dove shall be ruffled." Instead of his words being reassuring, they had a contrary effect. The young warrior had more than once besought her to come to his lodge and be his wife. Over and over again had she refused him, until, at last she bad almost come to fear him when they met alone. Let the Red Eagle stand aside the white maiden would go to her father's lodge." Her words had not the effect of causing him to move from where he stood; but he made answer, in words she did not like. The white maiden will not go to her father's wig- wam she will come to the lodge of Red Eagle. He cannot live longer without her." Stand aside, savage said Ruth, as she attempted to pass him. No she will go with me," said the chief. All is ready in my lodge. Come!" He threw his arms about her and gently forced her out of the entrance of the cavern. By a violent struggle she broke away from his grasp, and attempted to bring her weapon to bear upon him. Stand back, or you will find that the dove is an eagle, and you will feel its claws!" she cried, with her hand upon the trigger. As quick as thought, the savage caught the weapon by the barrel, and wrenching it from her grasp, sent it flying out into space without. He attempted to grasp her in his arms again; but, by a quick motion, she avoided him, while at the same time she uttered a cry for help and succour. Then, in a lucky instant, she passed him by, and like a fawn darted away through the forest aisles. But only a little distance had she gone before the grasp of Red Eagle was again fastened upon her arm. A' Another cry of mortal terror came from her lips, for she saw that she was completely at his mercy. Her only hope was that her cries might reach the ears of her father, and bring him to her deliverance. The next moment he had placed his unoccupied hand over her mouth, while he exclaimed in broken English Another cry, and the white dove shall die!" he cried, fiercely. Come The lodge of Red Eagle is far away through the torest, and a long time will pass before we reach it." Ruth could utter no sound, and her limbs trembled as though they would not support her. Suddenly a sound fell upon their ears, and both looked in the direction whence it came. It sounded like someone passing rapidly over the ground. Another moment, and a young Englishman whom Ruth had never seen sprung to the spot where they were standing. "Let go your hold upon the white maiden!" he cried to Red Eagle. If you do not, I will send a bullet through your heart I" The savage obeyed, but the next instant he had brought his own weapon to bear upon the new-comer* l But the latter was too quick for him. There was a flash and a report, and the savage went, down to the earth, never to rise again. s God bo thanked, stranger, that you came irk time said Ruth, trembling like an aspen leaf. Yow have saved me from a terrible fate. To whom am 1 indebted for this great boon ?" My name is Leslie King, and I come from the settlement at Tri-Mountain. I was hunting and ex- ploring the country, when, a little while ago, I heard your cries. Who are you ? Why are you in the forest alone, so far from the settlement ?" In a few words Ruth told him how it was that he came to find her in this place, and that Red Eagle had often come to her father's cabin, but had never done aught of harm to them. On the contrary, he had always claimed to be their friend. It is but little wonder that he wished to carry you off," said the young man, with a look upon his face which showed that he might be almost temp ted to do likewise. But I think it is a little risky for you to turn treasure-hunter in these wilds. Sho\? the way, and I will see you safely to your father's cabin." Great was the astonishment of Hugh Wayland to 1, see his daughter approach the door-way, in which lie chanced to be sitting, in the company of a white man he did not remember having seen before. She made them acquainted, and in a short time the family had been told of the narrow escape she had had from the clutches of the red-skin. -But if it was the first time he had ever seen him it was not the last. Tri-Mountain was not a dozen miles away, and as the days went on the young man came often to the cabin; and at last he bore the white dove from its nest to one he had prepared for her in the confines of what is now Boston town.