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Variety. t â t Miss Smith, of Wellington, is the author of the J clever paper The Travelling Fosl-Office," published in the Mugby Junction"âthe Christmas number t of "All the Year Round." CHARITY.âMr. David Davies, of Llandinam, gave away fifteen tons of coal to the poor last week, in > accordance with his usual custom in January. 1 SPRING ASSIZES.âMr. Justice Channell will be the judge at the spring assizes in North Wales and â¢? Mr. Justice Keating fur South Wales. j CHOLERA IN CARNARVON.âIn all there have been 932 cases of cholera and diarrhoea in Carnarvon, a town of not more than 9,000 inhabitants and this ( in the course of a few weeks. The deaths have, amounted to 82. f THE IRON AND COAL TRADES OF SOUTH WALES. âIn the South Wales Iron trade things are in a very I dull state, and it is entirely owing to the receipt of i orders on foreign account, principally American, that t many of the works are enabled to keep on operations s with anything like regularity. Notwithstanding the advantages offered to consumers entering the market, t by the cheapness of money and the low prices ac- cepted, they evince but little disposition to purchase 1 except for immediate requirements, and the slight 1 improvement evinced in the feeling of confidence a ( short time since has made but little progress in fact, ( it has been rather cheeked than otherwise by the an- i nouncement that the Ebbw Vale Company (Limited) j have determined to stop operations at their Brendon a Hills Mine, and that two or three of the ironworks t of the district are in the market. The ironmasters of Monmouthshire have taken no steps as yet to re- duce wages and the men hope that the demand will so increase as to render it unnecessary to carry out a reduction. There has been a falling off lately in the quantity of iron exported for the foreign mar- kets but the tone of the enquiries from most of the 1 markets is of an encouraging character, and there is every prospect of a large business being done with, I America, a good spring trade with Canada and I Russia for railway iron, and a much improved de- mand from Italy. There is but a slow sale for pig 1 iron. The plates are in better request, but prices i remain the same. For steam coal the demand is not I quite so brisk still proprietors are tolerably well ] supplied with orders and there is a large foreign I and inland trade carried on. There is a fair enquiry for house coal, and the local consumption has in- creased. SEVENTY sailors of the port of Carnarvon, who never saved before, have been so moved by the elo- quence of a lecturer, that they have opened accounts in the Savings' Bank. We cannot help thinking that if one <jr two leading spirits in every workshop were to take the matter up; not only might working men be induced to invest some of their earnings for their own benefit, but also contribute of their loose pence for the benefit of systematic charity.âOs. Ad. SENSATIONAL TKETOTAUSM.â:Tbe 'North Wales Chronicle' records a pleasing fact," as stated by the Rev. G. Jones, Calvinistic minister, in a temper- ance lecture at Bethesda. The fact alluded to is that Lord Penrhyn only allows two licensed public houses in the parish of Llandegai, which is chiefly his property, one of these houses being the Capel Curig Hotel. When the lecturer had mentioned this fact, he uttered in a loud voice, "Blessed be the name of Lord Penrhyn to which the people cried, "Amen JOY PROLONGS LI^E.âJoy is one of the greatest panacea^ of life. No joy is more healthful or better calculated to prolong life, than that which is to be found in domestic happiness, in the company of good and cheerful men, and in contemplating with delight, the beauties of Nature. A day spent in the country, under a serene sky, amidst a circle of agreeable friends, is certainly a more positive means of pro longing life than all the vital elixirs in the world.â Hukeland. YANKEE VISITORS.âClose to the little villag( where I live there is a noble bay, one of the finest il the world, on which one day a stately frigate, with the stars and stripes at her masthead, dropped an- chor. The-next day a considerable number of hei officers in full uniform paid me a visit to invite me te, dine on board their ship. I am never surprised at American civilities, nor do I feel that hospitality j, with them more than a daily duty. I was, however. out of sorts or out of spirits; I was gouty or I wa; sulky, or something or other, and I made my ex cuses, and said something about a future day aiu we fell into chat about other matters, home ami foreign, and conversation grew animated and agrei- able, when suddenly one of the company exclaimeo, Mr. O'Dowd, you are remarkably like Governoi Rogers." The compliment overwhelmed me f. though not knowing Governor Rogers, I felt, as well I might, what honour it was for me, poor "den: author as I was, to be like Governor Rogers an. so I believe I blushed, and I muttered out what ] meant to be my acknowledgments. From thi. moment forth, however, I never opened my moutl that there was not a universal cry of Governor H, gers, by Gad Hell! if it ain't himself." If I smih or laughed, or nodded my head, or uttered a syllabi of assent, a loud chorus of Governor Rogers' bur forth, which, however flattering at first, fairly orei came me in the end, and covered me with confusio: After this had continued some time, a period in whit I am free to own I felt the reverse of comfortable, u old grim paymaster who had never uttered a word, but sat sipping his sherry in silence, accosted me thus Mr. O'Dod,"âI remember the strange but not inexplicable blunder by which he miscalled my nameâ"Mr. O'Dod," said he slowly, "you ai'nt aware, I am sure, how it is that you are so like Go- vernor Rogers." I protested most eagerly that I was totally ignorant of the matter, however gratify- ing it might be to my feelings. "I'll tell you, then" said he gravely, and smacking his lips with an authoritative tone "Governor Rogers was an old fellow of your build and stamp and he used to write these sort of light things that are remembered to- day and forgotten to-morrow." I'll not own what I felt at this speech, I'll not confess that the sentiment it occasioned me at the time is still fresh in me as I record it. Let the incident, however, vouch that I am not a bribed witness, and that in advocating an American alliance I have not been gained over by flattery. u Corneliua O'Vowd," in Blackwood's Magazine. BRITTANY EISTBODPOC.âMr. Cadivor Wood, writing to the Chester Chronicle says:â"It may interest some of your readers to learn that a WeUfa trip to Brittany has taken remarkably well. Very influential men are now at work in many towns in North and South Wales, organizing parties in con- nection with the Chester party. A correspondence has been opened with the London and South West- ern Railway Company to make special arrangements from Southampton for a party of at least 200 ladies and gentlemen; and a proposition is on foot to subscribe JE20 and a gold medal, as a prize to be awarded at the Varmes Eisteddfod to the author of tbe best essay on 'The most efficient means of bringing the Welsh and Breton branches of the British race into inter-communication.' In con- nection with the Paris Exhibition trip, Mr. Wood believes that £4 would cover all expenses, per head, for a four days trip; and he quotes Mr. Excursion- ist Cook as his authority for making the statement. A PRECIOUS SET OF GOVERNORS.âCarnarvon is to be congratulated on having got rid of the cholera, says a contemporary, but it would appear the towns- folk have not much to thank some members of the Corporation for. We read that "It is almost an impossibility to get the sanitary committee together for the transaction of business," and the local paper which records that fact, remarks, We cannot but deplore the lack of interest taken in the municipal duties by many of the members of the Corporation." May not the fact that there is no promotion in municipal dignitaries in Carnarvon have something to do with the supineness of the town-councillors ? SERMONS.âIs there any reason why there should be two or three sermons every Sunday ? Is there any reason why each sermon should last half-an- hour ? If it be said the poor will have it so, or they will leave the churchâwhy, we have sometimes been told the poor like hard words which they cannot understand, or they like shouting and vulgarity, and therefore flock to chapelâare we to give people what we know to be bad for them because they like it? May we not hope gradually to educate them to something better ? One well-thought sermon is of more use than three of the ordinary compilations of the over-worked minister or, if there should be oddly-constituted minds, which profit more by good when well diluted with bad, are we to sacrifice to these the preacher himself and all the normal minds of the congregation ? At least, let the latter have a chance of escape; leave a short pause after the prayers, during which persons might be allowed to exercise the right of going in or out of church, as their inclination for sermons might direct. Dr. Arnold set the example, which has been wisely fol- lowed in many schools since his time, of preaching to his scholars only once a day for not more than a quarter of an hour and yet (we will not say in con- sequence of this) there has probably never been a school in which the influence of the chapel services was so widely and deeply felt as it was in the Rugby of Arnold. No doubt there are subjects and occa- sions on which long sermons are appropriate, and there are preachers like the late Archdeacon Hare, who are fitted to deal with such subjects and occa- sions, as there are others who are endowed with a latural eloquence which enchains the hearers, though there should be no special propriety of subject or time but it is a safe rule to lay down that most subjects in the hands of most men are treated Far more effectively in a discourse of ten minutes than in a discourse of treble that time. As to the lumber of sermons, if it be thought too much to tiope for the entire abolition of the second sermon in jrdinary churches, we would strongly urge the res- toration of catechising in country places, and the idoption in towns of a lecture or exposition instead )f the afternoon or evening sermon.âContemporary Review.








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