fenarth Free Library. Following the adoption of the Free Libraries' Act twelve months ao'o. a Reading Room was opened on ?e prennaes of the defunct Liberal Institute on Mon- ?y afternoon by the Chairman of the Urban District Council, W. L. Morris, J.P. There were present the Chairman of the Libiaries' Committee, Mr George Cars!ake Thompson, LL B., Messrs Jenkin DeweUyn, ?m Thomas, E. SneH, T. 8. Lloyd, Rev W. B. Sweet- ?scott, B.A.. Rev E. S. Roberts, B.A.. J. Y. Straw. son, H. BaHiuger (Cardiff Libr.uian), Coanty Coun- CJUors'W.B. ahephe.d and F. R. Jotbam. J. M. enDIng-s, J. Pavey, etc. Mr Thompson in his speech stated tb?t the opening I the Reading Room was only a prehmlnary) and that a lending Library would follow in due course. Mr Morns, in declaring the room open, said it was er gratifying to him to start bis year of office as Chalrman of the District Councd by Inaugurating 'aeh a movement as that. (Appla-use). It was a step m the right direction, and be believed that such room would meet a largely-feit want in Penarth A vote of thanks was cordiaHy extended to Mr ?oms, on the motion of Mr J. M. Jenmngs, seconded by Mr T. Bevan, D.C. A simuar comphment was heartily paid Mr John oaumger and Mr SneU for their services in connec- tIon with the preparation of the Beading Room, and to Mr Thompson for presiding. 1 he premises have been adapted for the purpose "Oder the gratuitoas superintendence of Mr Snel!, wno is also a member of the Library Committee. ?wo rooms on the ground ncor have been converted ?- ? ? ?"-ai?hed with newspaper stands, rea?g tables, chairs and other suitable accessories. immediately foliowingtbe Inauguration, through the generosity of Mr W. L. Morris, Ught refreshments were served in the upper room, the catering being earned out by Mr D. Rees in excellent style. The USU41 toasts were appropriately honoured.
Penarth Football Club. let XV. FIXTURES. 1894-95. L'atc Versus. AtKe&uit Sept. 15 Â¡ ,') %T Li H won 22 Pontymoi!e H won â 29 Pontypridd R won Oct. 6 Gloucester H won â 13 Mornston A won â 20 Bristol A won â 27 LIaceily H lost Nov 3 Abergavenny A won 10 Devon port Albion H won â 17 Cardiff A won â 24 Neath H won Dec. 1 Aberavon H won 18 Newport H lost â 0 Moseley H won â 15 Penygrafg A drawn â 22 Aberavon A drawn 26 Barnstaple A won t, 27 Plymouth A won 29 Morriston H won Jan. 5 Bath H won â 12 Swansea H not pl'd â 19 Neath A lost â 26 L!anei!y H won Feb. 2 Penygraig H 9 Swansea A â 16 Pontypridd A 23 Bristol H March 2 Newport A â 9 Lhnelly A â 11 Barnstaple H 16 Ireland v. Wales 23 Bath A ,,<B30 Abergavenny H Aprit 6 Cardiff H 12 Dewsbury H 13 Gloucester A â 15 Leicester A I "A" TEAM FIXTURES. I Da-tc Versus At Result Sept. 15 JPenarth Windsor H won â 22 CardiBT Hornets H won â 29 Dinas Powia H won Oct. 6 Whitchurch A won â 13 Newport Extra XV H won â 20 Bristol 2nd XV H lost â 27 Merthyr A lost Nov. 3 Pontyclown H won â 10 Pontypridd 2nd XV A !von â 17 Barry H won â 24 Neath 2nd XV A lost Dfc. 1 Crumlin A lost â 8 Tondu A Jost 15 Grangetown Star H won â 22 Tondu H won â 26 Caidicot H notpi'd â 29 Ihoas Powia A won Jan. 5 Barry A â 12 Caldicot A 19 Neath2ndXV R 26 Usk A Feb. 2 Pontyc!own A 9 Cardiff Hornets H 16 Pontypridd2ndXV H â 23 Bristol 2nd XV A March 2 CrumUo H 9 Grangetown Star n 16 Iretand v. Wales ,? 23 Newport Extra XV H ? 30 Merthyr H April 13 Whitchurcb H 15 Usk H
British Women's Tempemnce I Association. Last Friday evening a tea was given to 300 chU- dren in the esle)'an Schoolroom, followed by a magic jantern entertainment when the number of guests was increased to 500 by the addition of the members of the Boys' Brigade and others' The arrangements for the tea were admirably made and carried out by Mrs Howard, Mrs Pyne. Mrs Shepherd, and Mrs Pickfbrd, assisted by many of the 3 f)atiger members of the B.W.T.A. The grateful thanks of the committee are due to Miss Davis, Min-y-doo, for her generous donation to the funds, which made it possible to arrange the tea on so large a scale, and to the )!Vesleyan friends for granting the Dse of the room; also to Mr Charles Taylor for his kindness in lending and showing the magic lantern, and for other services rendered by Mrs Doag!a<, Miss N. Joces, Miss Gibson, Mr Johnson, and Mr Hayter.
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Fire at Pena,rth Dock< ELECTRICT LIGHT PLANT DESTROYED. A nre, which resulted in the complete destruction of the electric Hg-hting plant at Penarth Dock, broke out about 2.45 on Wednesday morning-. The building' in which the machinery was located adjoined the hydraulic engine-house, acd was a temporary struc- n ture, icomposed of wood and corrugated iron. An eng-me-driver named Henry Oliver, on duty in the engine-bouse) first discovered the nre. which was at that time in the vicinity of the electric motor. He endeavoured to subdue it by means of btickets Qf water, but it continued and spread so rapidly th't hy the time the alarm waw raised the whoie bu')diug was enveloped in names. Information having been tele- pboned to Captain Langlois, wboimmediateiy urdered the fire noat Primrose to proceed up the dock, in charge of Captain John PhiHips The nrm atarm was given, and Capta-iu Pengelley, dock master, was in- formed) and was soon on the spot superintending. His orders were carried out by his depute, and the whote of the Penarth Dock Fire Brigade was in attendance, working with the Penartb Town police) under Inspec- tor Roberts. Mr Strange, engineer, was quickty ou the spot, also Mr Robert Monro, manager of tne slip- way< who ordered his men to provide ladders. At 5 30 the are was almost extinguished- About this time hlf- a-dozen members of the Cardiif Fue Brigade arrived with a manual, but it was not considered necessary to put this into use. At the rear of the bunding was situate one of the two hydraulic accumutators used at the docka, and this was rendered prachca.Hy uneiess through the excessive heat. Fortuna-tety the other accumulator was some distance p way its destruc- tion would have prevented the whole of the tips being worked. The electric lighting plant, estimated to have cost about XI,500, belonged to Messrs J. D. Sounders and Co., Bute Docks, who mp n ained and worked the electric lighting for the dock company. The cause of the fire is supposed to have been the igMtiog of a piece of toose wMte.
wappfy wftn cue neceawarf&N or MfeperaoM or* noerat Mucataon,' white, in many instance)!, it ia on record that the churches were converted into barns, and Ml that had been permitted to remain of the monasteries and convents into ataMea and cow- tthedt." The populace in London and other lMg<rtown< "Ian into the wildest exceBBes." The marriage tie 64 was everywhere disregarded." Hymns and paalma were Bune in taverns to ribald tunew, and the name Of God WM blasphemed without scruple. In tne coantry, multitudes who bad been accustomed to father a wining atms at the convent gate found the laat resource against destitution taken away from them, and became desperate for, bad as these eatab!tshments were represented to be, and bad as in many instances they doubtless were, the event proved that they were not without redeeming qualities. They had been the alma-bouses where aged dependents of cpatent familiesâthe decrepit servant, the decayed Mtincerâretired as to a home, neither uncomfortable Nor humiliating. They had been the county in- armariex and dispensaries, whence bath poor and rich obtained medicine in their sickness, and a leoch to dres< their wounds. They had given an asj turn to BMay an orphan child, frank entertainment to m*ny & benighted travel'er, and had served as depositaries for learning ia times when ttnowiedge could oisewhete find no resticg-p<ace for the sole of her foot." THB HOLY MAID OF KENT. Elizabeth Barton, in whose ravings Sir Thomas More affected to believe, uttered cbenercest denun- I eiationa against Henry, whom she threatened with the vengpance of Heaven for repudiating his Queen, Katherine." Bearing in mind the rotation in which Mere stood to Wolsey, and the iatter to the rector of Sleigh, it ia not improbabte that the latter may laave had some knowledge et the Holy Maid of Kent. GipsiBS. Mr. Vernon Morwood reckons the gipsy popula- Non of England at from 18,000 to 20,000, and the Cumber of the entire race at half a mittion. They woutd seem to be increasing abroad, as wei! as ac home. The gipsy pnputation of Turkey is reckoned M 10,000, and that of Spain at 60,000. Able and learned ethnotogists and philologists have discussed the origin of this strange peopte tiii, perhaps, all b&s been said about it which can be said to any good purpose. Mr. Morwood having put the question of origin to a very intelligent gipsy. Robert Lee, re- ceived the answer in a half angry tone, I don't know, sir, nor I don t care; I knows I'm here, and that's aU that concerns me." A gipsy named Sylvester Boawell informed Mr. Morwood that a tradition exists among the people that they are the descendants of the Shepherd Kings of Egypt. He wax, however, in. Clined to think that they lived in India some 400 or 500 years ago. Whether his opinion on the question is of any value is another master. The gipsies un- doubtedly appeared in Europe in the fifteenth century, wherever they came from, and whatever the cause of their migration, and were very iil.jreceived, both on the Continent and in this country. They were de- scribed in a pe ai statute of Henry VIII. as an out- landish peopte, calling themselves Egyptians, using Bo craft, nor feat of mercha.ndise.who have come into thia rea!m and gone from shire to shire and ptace to place in great company, and used great subtle and crafty moans to deceive the people." The late Mr. Borrow has related the persecution which the gipsies endured, and which in the seventeenth century were almost comparable to those directed at an earlier period against the Jews. Even within the !Mt sixty years the fact of a criminal being gipsy precluded him from all hope of mercy. Mr. Morwood was in court at Winchester Lent Assizes in 1827 just as the judge was sentencing two men to death for bone-ste&Hng. To one he held out hope of a reprieve, but not to the other, who was gipsy, and who piteously implored that his life might be spared. No," said his lordship, I and My brother judgea have come to the determination to execute horse-stealers, especially gipsies, because of the great increase of the crime." The rigour with which Zingareea were treated hM Dot been exaggerated in the text. THZ BND,