FOOTBALL. PEXARTH v. BATLEY. The Penarth Fifteen visited Batley last Saturday. A small crowd witnessed the match. The follow- ing were the teams :—Penarth G. Shepherd, back R. Garrett (capt.), H. Kirby. II. E. Morgan, and J. Williams, three-quarter backs F. Hutchins and George Rowles. half-backs G. Middlemas. J. Lawday. A. Williams, J. Matthews, G. Brown. J. W. White, W. Coslett, and J. Hayes, forwards. Batley D. Farrar, back J. Shaw, H. Simms, and J. Xaylor. three-quarter backs; J. Xaylorand T. Elliker, half-backs W. Farrar, J. Barraclough, C. Tanner, F. Lowry, H. Xettleton. C. Stubley, J. Oldfield. F. Bennett, and H. Banks, forwards. From the kick-off Batley rushed up. and J. Williams badly missed. Shepherd, however, pushed the man into touch. A Batley man obtained a free kick in the 25. but nothing resulted. Garrett made a run. but was brought flown before he became dangerous. Again he got off. but passed wildly. Joe Williams gained a lot of ground by a good kick. Shepherd stopped a rush, and returned well. Morgan, by well following up. scored. Matthews converted. Penarth rushed several of the scrimmages which now ensued. From a long kick Batley obtained a minor. From the kick-out Morgan gained a lot of ground. From a forward rush Matthews scored and converted his own point. Lowry here made a good run. but was pulled down in the Penarth 25. Half-time score Penarth, 2 goals Batley. 1 minor. With a strong wind against them Penarth were for a time pressed. From a good run Helliker scored, and by a splendid kick it was con- verted. Shortly afterwards Simms scored, but it was not converted. On call of time Tanner scored, but it was not converted. Final score Penarth, 2 goals Batley, 1 goal, 2 tries, 1 minor. BRIGIIOUSE RAXGERS v. PEXARTH. These clubs played at Brighouse on Easter Monday. Owing to the fact that Penarth had defeated Batley • on Saturday, additional interest was attached to this fixture. About two thousand spectators were present when Wood commenced for Brighouse. No return was made, and the Rangers at once attacked. Shepherd relieved with a clever kick, and the Rangers were driven back to their own 25. Wilson and Senior each dodged cleverly, and Penarth were forced to concede a minor. Garrett and Coslett put in some clever play after the drop out. but kicks by Wood and Firth enabled Brighouse to maintain a slight advantage. After the Rangers had twice been penalised. Coslett made his mark, and with a grand kick Matthews all but kicked a goal. A capital bit of passing between the Penarth backs was grandly checked by Firth. A long kick by Kirby equalised the points. The Rangers had much the best of the subsequent play. Firth having hard lines in not scoring. The Welshmen relieved with a splendid dribble, which caused the Rangers to defend. Neither team was able to maintain an advantage, and at half time the score was a minor each. Matthews re-started. Eastwood replying. Firth and Shepherd kicked well for their respective sides. Cosslett led a grand dribble of the visitors' forwards, but Firth, picking up from their toes near his own goal, dodged cleverly to the centre. Williams was next held with the ball in his own quarter, but Garrett relieved the pressure by sprinting finely to the centre. Brighouse hence- forward had much the best of the play. Croft and Xichol having very hard lines in not scoring. The Rangers added three minors, and during the last few minutes pressed continously. Time was called. with the score as follows :—Rangers, four minors Penarth. one minor. PEXARTH v. SPEX VALLEY. Played at Cleckheaton. on Tuesday, before a large number of spectators. Lockwood, the inter- national, was absent on the home side. Fisher set the ball in motion, and play settled in the visitors quarters. The alley just missed crossing the line. Morgan relieved by a smart run to the Spen 25. Fisher kicked to the centre, where e.Y":°luS 'play followed. The TV-ntn-tn rorwards rushed the ball to iviaiin a few yards of the home line. Matthews from his own half nearly landed a goal. Brown a few minutes later dropped on the ball over the line, but the point was not allowed. The game became very exciting, and for a time neither side could claim an advantage. Sanday. who was too eager, caused scrimmages to take place near his lines. Spen should have scored a goal from a fail catch made in front of the posts. Half-time score was :—Penarth, 2 minors Spen, 1 minor. Matthews re-started, and Fisher returned. The home forwards rushed the ball down the field, and a minor was registered. After some play in the visitors' territory. Wood passed to Fisher, who dropped the ball between the uprights amid tre- mendous cheering. The visitors now played up better, and kept their opponents in their 25 for a considerable time. Eastwood at length made off at a tremendous pace, and was pushed into touch near the goal line. Spen had the best of matters from now up to the call of time. Garrett played a brilliant game throughout. Yarley obtained a try, but Wood made a wretched attempt at goal. Thornton also crossed the line, but Blackburn failed at goal. The result was—Spen Valley, 1 goal. 2 tries, and 4 minors, to Penarth 2 minors.
K i HL1_> i V l' RAILWAY SERVANTS, BARRY RAILWAY EMPLOYES AND THE ORPHAN FUND. MOXSTRE GATHERING OX GOOD FRIDAY. ADDRESSES BY SIR MORGAN MORGAN; COUNCILLOR MEGGITT MR. D. T. ALEXANDER. MR. JOHN ROBINSON AND MR. DAVID ROBERTS. INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE PROCEED- INGS. Good Friday was spent by the members of the Barry Railways branch cf the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants in a most praiseworthy as well as agreeable manner. The orphan fund of the society being in need of special assistance, the local members wisely decided to hold a monstre tea and entertainment at the Barry Public-hall. The weather was not everything that could be desired, still it did not deter over 300 persons from Havod. composed of railway servants and their families and friends, travelling down to Baz-ry by a special train kindly placed at their disposal by the Barry Dock and Railways Company. The party were heartily welcomed by their Barry brethren, and an adjournment was made to the Public Hall. The hall was very prettily decorated with bunting, innumerable sets of signalmen's flags, red, white. and green, adorning the walls. About 650 persons sat down to a capital tea. provided by Messrs. C. J. Thomas & Co.. High-street, Barry. During the afternoon representative teams from Havod and Barry played a football match in a field near the Buttrills. The ground was decidedly not in the pink of condition for play, still a large crowd assembled to witness a very good encounter. which resulted in a victory for the dock boys by a try. In the evening the large hall was crowded to overflowing, the occasion being the public meeting and entertainment. It was a source of regret that scores had to be refused admission, as it was even impossible to obtain standing room. The audience was a very orderly one. consequently the proceedings passed off very harmoniously indeed. A loud cheer went up when Sir Morgan Morgan, who was accompanied by Lady Morgan, and Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson. East Barry House, arrived on the platform. There were also present—Mr. D. T. Alexander. Councillor J. C. Meggitt, Dr. Neale. Mr. David Roberts (shipping master). Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Llewellyn. Dr. Powell, Rev. W. Tibbott, Mr. Woollev (secretary), Mr. John Davies, &0. Sir Morgan Morgan took the chair, and Mr. Woolley in intro- ducing him to the audience proceeded to give some interesting figures in connection with the society. He said that the object of the orphan fund was for the support of orphan children of the society, who died from accidents or natural causes. The fund is supported by weekly con- tributions of £ d. paid by each member of the society. by donations and subscriptions obtained from the public, and by the proceeds of private collections, entertainments, kc. The fund has of late sustained very great loss. consequently there is a great call for fresh sympathy, for fresh energies, and for fresh sources of financial sup- port. The report for 1889 shows that regular weekly payments, exclusive of special grant, have been made to 230 families of all grades of the railway service, the death of the heads of the family being in many cases caused by accidents. During 1888. 152 additional children were added on the fund, making a total of 790 that have re- ceived payment since the society was established. On the other hand, 231 have been struck off the fund during the past nine years. leaving still in receipt of the weekly allowance 259 orphans, at a cost per week of C48 4s. Od.. or £ 2.506 8s. Od. per annum. The report for 1890 is not yet to hand, but from a letter received from the general secretary it appears that 125 more children were added during 1890, the total cost on the fund being now CS.OOO per annum. The society is indebted for liberal support locally to Lord Windsor, Alderman F. L. Davies. Mr. Edward Davies, Mi-. Hughes. Major- General Lee. Mr. W. H. Morgan, Mr. J. H. Hosgood (Locomotive Department), and Mr. David Roberts. Sir Morgan Morgan, who was again loudly applauded, said they had heard from Mr. Woolley the object they had in view that evening, and he for one congratulated Barry, and the railwaymen of Barry in particular, on having such a splendid gathering as that. (Hear, hear). He was not very much surprised at it, because the cause they had in hand was a very good one, viz.. to support the orphan fund of the society. Mr. Woolley had been kind enough to say that many thanks were due to him (Sir Morgan) for being present that evening. It was very kind of him to put it in that way. but it had been very kind of them to invite him to come down, and to allow him to take a share in so interesting and excellent a proceeding. He said this, that no man was worth much if he could not jmt himself to some little trouble and inconvenience in assisting such a good cause. Therefore he wished Mr. Woolley and those present to believe him that it was a work of great pleasure to him to come down and do what little he could to assist them. (Applause). He would say one thing, and that was that lie had for many years taken a great deal of interest in everv- thing that concerned railway servants. And whyOne reason was that he had travelled a great deal in his time all over the country, and he had come a great deal in contact with railway- men. and he would say this. that he always received civility, kindness and attention wherever he went. (Applause.) If they were to search the country all over they would not find a class who gave so much satisfaction. They were a hard working body of men, who Avorked long hours and had to endure a great many hardships, and a great many risks, and yet they performed their duties honestly and well. (Loud applause.) Was it too much to ask the public in return to come forward liberally to help them when they were trying to help them- selves. (Hear, hear.) Was it not a noble cause Did they not respect a man who tried to do what he could for his wife and children. The members of the society were bound together for that pur- pose, and every man who had a kindly heart and a proper disposition ought to come forward and render what little assistance he could. (Hear, hear.) He was glad to find so many people sup- porting the movement that evening, and he -Is sure they were glad to see Councillor Meg«r'° and other gentlemen present. He said tv~^ ^ia<l a long and excellent programme befo1' cliem. which he was sure they would much p,OILer than a speech from him. (Laughter). In conclusion, he said the railwaymen of Barrv had done remarkably well in coming" togethpz, :ind lie hoped that their cause would be benefitted materially. He wished them God speed." (Cheers.) The programme was then proceeded with, the rendering of the various items being heartily ap- plauded. and at times encored. Miss Roberts (Barry) and Miss A. Davies (Cardiff) acted as accompanists. The following vas the pro- gramme :— Vajit t. C'l. uniirali's III .¡"\rnlS" Jfale Voire Party. (( Vixliu'teil by Hi". J'Y.it). Son; The Sunt; tliat reni'l ieil my Heart "II;. T.L. Roe,( itoy ), L);tN-i(,s, ilT Fairy !>elK Seleetion Mr.Xivtman (ciicom.i1). Trio,l'roteet UB" Misses Francis < L'eiiartHJ,Ua.wie a1ll[.\11I1a Davies (Can I iff). Son. Village Blacksmith Mr. C. Fili-crthorn (I'.arrv ). Son; Home, dearie Heme" Xiss Anna Davies. Soii^ 1 am a merry Ziniu'ara" Miss Francis. Trio, Fair Flora Decks" Messrs. Hicks,Dryant and Farr. PAHT II. (rlec, '• Laufrh and jrrow I'nt Mule Yoic" l'arty I encored ) Son#, '• Matrimony (encored '• Uncle John ') Miss M'a.ir.yie Davies. Kec-itatioii, "The Bridge-keeper's Story Miss Roberts. Duett, (lathering Flowers "Misses Maggii and Anlla Davies. .Song, '■ The Children's Home (encored) '■.Song that reached my Heart" MissI,. Thomas ( liaiTy). Song, "Daddy" Miss Anna Davies. Song, '■ Y Dachgen Dewr dr. D. Farr (Barry). Song, "i'is a Flower" Miss 5. Olemence (Barry J. (lice, Cl,oi-i-Ls ( I)r. I'tti-ri- ). V,)ice Choir. Finale, Ciod save the QMin." During the ten minutes interval short addresses were delivered by several of the gentlemen upon the platform. Mr. John Robinson said to see so many happy faces in Barry that day had givei him very great pleasure. He was sorry that the veather had been so unfavourable for their assembing together, but he hoped that on the next occasion they came to Barry they would be able to git. amongst their friends, and see the different thugs in the district in which they took an interest, without so much discomfort. He quite approved of taking advan- tage of a holiday like that for such a gathering. Besides assisting in such a worthy object, it gave them an opportunity of making friends and ac- quaintances in a very agreeable way. He had not come there to make a speech, but rather to tell them that he took great interest in their welfare (Applause.) Councillor J. C. Meggitt who was heartily received, said that Mr. Woolley had placed in his hands the report for the last year of the society with which they were connected, and he was bound to say that he read it through with remarkable i interest. It was a splendid report, and it spoke volumes of praise for the self-reliance and for the' forethought of the workmen connected with their great railways. He saw by the report that the society in Barry numbered upwards of 100 mem- ben; (hear, hear)—much larger than towns double and treble the size of Barry. If all the working classes in all parts of the country would be as provident and as thoughtful as those amalga- mated in the society, they would have far less need of poor-law unions 'and poor-rates. (Applause.) It was the duty of every working man to make some I provision for the future, and lie commended that society very thoroughly and very heartily indeed. He was only too glad to find that there in Barry there were so many spending their holiday in such a benevolent way. He only wished that all work- ing men in all towns would spend their holidays in such a rational way as they did. He was glad to see Sir Morgan Morgan that night. It was the first time he had had the pleasure of meeting him at Barry, and he was glad the occasion was such a noble one. He hoped that they would have a very profitable evening, and that the funds of the society, particularly the fund connected with the orphans, would have a large increase as the result of that gathering. (Applause.) Mr. oolley corrected Mr. Meggitt in one particular. The Barry branch now numbered 230 members, and not lfiO as stated. (Loud applause.) Mr. D. T. Alexander. who next spoke, thanked them for inviting him to attend that meeting. He was obliged to them because he was somewhat interested in what was taking place, inasmuch as he was an old railway man himself. (Applause.) It therefore gave him very great pleasure in assist- ing in every possible v»"«iy railway servants and everything connected with the railway system. He did not think it was necessary to make a speech because there was no time, but he could only tell them that he had always supported that insti- tution. although not at Barry. At Cardiff he had supported it during the last ten or fifteen years. (Cheers.) It would also give him very great pleasure to support it at Barry, because he always very much liked to interest himself in every good movement in that district, and because he had always received the greatest kindness from the servant connected with the Barry system. (Ap- plause.) Mr. David Roberts. Barry Dock shipping master, received quite an ovation on rising to address the meeting. He congratulated his fellow working men upon the grand gathering that evening. That institution was. undoubtedly, one of the grandest that could be supported, and he could do no other than give his support to it. because, unfortunately. he was an orphan himself. Railwaymen were con- tinually exposed to danger, and if accident or sick- ness overtook them, what comfort was greater to the victims than to know that their wives and children would be provided for. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them for their presence that night, and for so nobly supporting such an institution. He asked them to make that an annual gathering. (Cheers.) That had been a successful one. but lie was ure that next year's gathering would be even more successful. (Loud applause.) Mr. Frank Burgess (at the conclusion of the musical programme) proposed a vote of thanks to Sir Morgan Morgan for presiding. Mr. J. Haves seconded, and the resolution was enthusiastically carried. Sir Morgan Morgan, in returning thanks, said it had given him very great pleasure to be there that evening, and to have listened to such splendid initio. He urged them to be active in getting subscriptions at Barry, as there were a large number who would subscribe if they were only asked. On the motion of Mr. Hughes, a cordial vote of thanks was accorded the artistes, the accompanist, Mr. David Roberts for the loan of the piano, and to the ladies and gentlemen who had supported Sir Morgan on the platform. The proceedings then concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
r T GAltW AND OflMOItE GAS BILL. MEETIXG OF OWNERS AXD RATEPAYERS AT BRYXMEXIX. RESOLUTIOX TO OPPOSE THE BILL. A meeting of owners and ratepayers of the dis- trict of the Ogmore and Garw Local Board was held at the Fox and Hounds Inn. Brynmenin. on Thursday, the 26th inst. The meeting had been announced to commence at five p.m., but the business did not commence until half an hour later. There was a very small attendance, amonsgt those present were Messrs. J. Salathiel. D. John, T. Be van, James Davies. T. Rees, J. Evans, D. Matthews. T. W. Job. J. John, and D. Price. Mr. S. H. Stockwood. clerk of Ute Ogmore and Garw Local Board, was also present. Mr. Salathiel proposed that Mr. D. John take the chair. Mr. Rees seconded the proposition. Mr. D. Matthews said it would be far better that a ratepayer should preside. The mover and seconder having withdrawn the proposition. Mr. T. Brown moved that Mr. J. Davies take the chair. Mr. J. Evans seconded the motion, and it was carried. Mr. S. H. Stockwood read the requisition signed by Mr. J. Williams. Tynewvdd. and 20 other rate- payers, requesting the board to convene a meeting of ratepayers to consider the Ogmore and Garw Gas Bill. Mr. D. John asked if the maximum file mentioned in the Bill was 6s.. and what wa-^ the prescribed quality, and where the gas v-oi'Ks were to be situated ? Mr. S. JI, Stockwood said pie committee of the HOll"- of Lords had reducedmaximum to 5s. 3d.. t that the prescribed quality was 14 candles. liie promoters had contemplated taking some adjacent land, but thhad since withdrawn from that arrangement, -aid there was no mention made in the Bill in regard to it. Mr. D. John enquired what was the quality at Bridgend. Port Talbot. and the Rhondda. Mr. S. H. Stockwood said that the secretary of the Bridgend Gas Company had informed him that the quality at Bridgend was 14 candle power. Mr. J. John remarked that the prescribed maxi- mum was 14 candle power. Mr. D. John enquired what were the powers of purchase. Mr. Stockwood said there was no mention of it in the Bill. Mr. Salathiel said he saw something in the papers that the Bill had passed. Mr. Stockwood said that the petition to oppose had been withdrawn in the Commons in order that they may be allowed to oppose in the House of Lords, and they will stand in precisely the same position as in the first instance. Mr. J. John enquired what was the feeling in the valleys in regard to the Bill. Mr. Salathiel said that a resolution was passed at Bryngarw that the Board should not oppose the Bill. 3Ir. Stockwood stated that meetings had. been held at the Ogmore Valley and at Pontycymmer when resolutions were passed to oppose the Bill. Mr. Salathiel said personally he did not approve of opposing the Bill. Mr. Stockwood said the maximum price. 5s. 3d.. was considered too high. Mr. D. John enquired what were the charges elsewhere. Mr. Stockwood said that at Bridgend it was 4s. êd. Mr. Salathiel said there would be no compulsion in any way. It was not consistent to force the promoters to reduce the maximum price. They would not fix a price that would injure themselves. Mr. D. John said that they may reduce the price to 3s. per thousand, and after persons had incurred expense in fittings. Ace., the next year the charge would be 5s. Mr. W. John remarked that the company would have greater difficulties to contend with than at Bridgend. The greater the consumption the less the cost. He enquired if there wac. anything in the Bill giving the promoters a monody. Mr. Stockwood said the Local Board could pro- vide gas in the streets, but if they supplied private- houses as well as in the streets the companv could oppose. Having acquired Parliamentary powers they would have strong power to oppose any other Bill. Mr. D. Matthews enquired what was the area they undertook to supply gas. Mr. Stockwood read the clause of the Bill giving in detail the area over which the promoters pro- posed supplying gas. Mr. J. John enquired what would be the cost of opposing the Bill. Mr. Stockwood said the cost of opposing the Bill would be about C40 or £ 50 if they opposed with counsel and witnesses the cost would be about C 200. The last time they opposed a Bill it cost about (170. They opposed before both Committees, but did not retain counsel. Mr. J. J ohn said it was no use to oppose unless they could obtain some definite concession. Mr. Stockwood said there were some members of the board who considered it the duty of the board to oppose the Bill regardless of any concessions. Mr. T. Brown remarked that such people did not live in the valley. Mr. D. Matthews said it was very desirable that the maximum price should be reduced, and he would suggest that it be 4s. Mr. T. Bevan said that they ought to be fair. The company would have to incur heavy expenses —heavier than in many places. Mr. T. Rees enquired if the tradesmen were pre- pared to take the gas into their houses. In Swansea the charge was 3s. Bel. or 4s. If the tradesmen were satisfied with the lights they now have, would they take in the gas.' Mr. J. Evans enquired if 14-candle light would be much better than the light they had. Mr. Salathiel said that the price was a question for the company. They would not fix the prices to injure their own interests. The Chairman read the following resolution :— That this meeting of owners and ratepayers in the district of the Ogmore and Garw Local Bcavii hereby consent to the said board opposing the Garw and Ogmore Gas Bill in Parliament." Mr. Stockwood said that if the resolution we*: passed, it empowered the board to oppose, le informed the meeting that the Chairman of me House of Lords Committee considered thai a maximum of 6s. was too high, consequently it had been reduced to 5s. 3d. Mr. D. John enquired what power would a con- sumer have to test the supply of gas. The q-uiiicy might be under 14 sometimes. z, Mr. T. Bevan said the supply could be tftcd in the same way as the meter is tested. Mr. J. John said he understood that if the reso- lution was carried the board would have discre- tionary powers. Mr." Stockwood said the resolution was not binding on the board. Mr. D. Matthews said it was their duty to get the maximum reduced. The power will be in the hands of the Gas Company. It is quite possible to get gas at a cheaper rate. The Chairman put the resolution to the meeting, and it was carried with two dissentients. Mr. Stcckwood said the board would still have a free hand. Mr. J). John proposed. That this meeting recommends the board to withdraw their oppo- sition. providing the promoters of the Bill reduce the maximum charge to 5s. increase the minimnm power to 15 candles, and insert a clause giving the board power to purchase the company's work, at any time at a price to be settled by arbitration." Mr. J. Evans seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously. The meeting afterwards dispersed. .d8
HOW WE MET. [BY Trwy-N PRES, Cadoxtox.] L I. Do I believe in fate ? Of course I do. My own marriage was brought about by Fate. And when- ever I look at my wife's smiling face, I say in- wardly, Thank Heaven for it." You see I was a careless sort of fellow when a youngster, always up to everything that promised inn." Well, I had often wondered whether the marriage advertise- ments one sees in the daily papers were genuine or not. My brother Dick and I had frequently talked of it, and what fun it would be to advertise for a wife, and how jolly to interview the several candidates. But I could never get Dick to join- Dick was a shrewd fellow—he's married to old Midas' widow, you know. Well, I could never get him to do it anyhow, and I didn't like to do it myself. But one day in June, 1859—I remember the day very well—I saw an advertisement in the iStH/flt M tilrx ('rnnk'r to this effect :—" Wanted, a young gentleman from 21 to 25 years of age, with good education, good looks, and good income, to correspond with young lady with view to early view to matrimony. — O.M.N.. Tv Ni. Rhwle. That settled me. I felt that some girl who knew me had inserted that advertisement simply that it might catch my eye. The description was so like me? Sensible girl, that, I thought. G-ood educa- tion." four years at a private school—" good in- come "— £ 100 a year and a freehold farm. Good looks."—well. I thought, while I twirled my moutsache, there can be no two opinions about that. Sensible girl." I thought. "By Jove. I'll write to her at once." And so I did the letter ran something like this. I have often-but I must wait a minute. Dear Madam.—In reply to your advertisement in to-day's South II ale* Croiilu'i', I write to offer myself as your correspondent with view to early" matrimony. I possess all the necessary qualifications for the post, and could get testimonials from many who have already employed me in that capacity. I am 21 years of age. .and have never been. and am not. married. I shall be pleased to call next Monday at your residence when I hope to see you. If appointed. I shall do my best. by strict attention to business, to merit the favour you will confer on me. and in conclusion can only say that the earlier the object in view is accomplished the better I shall be pleased.—I am, yours truly. J.G." I was quite pleased with the letter. So straight- forward and to the point—no nonsense about it. A bit business-like, perhaps, but then that couldn't be helped. I had inherited that faculty from my father, the late tallow chandler. Of course, you know I am not a business man myself, but there are eifts which are transmitted from father to son. That's why I am in favour of the House of Lords .and hereditary chambers. It must be a fine thing to be able to trace your family back to a robber or a pirate. But that has nothing to do with this matter. Well. I sent the letter off by the next post. and felt quite chirpy all day after it. I toll Dick that night about it. and he simply screamed. He thought it was a huge joke. He began pictur- ing what sort of a person this young Lady was whom his brother Jack was to see on Monday7. She was a short, fat. red-faced woman with an odour of tripe and onions and porter or she was a tall angular spinster, very prim, very ill-natured, and very ugly or she was a widow with a dozen olive-branches, and a hundred creditors. I stood all this patiently for a time. But even a worm will turn. and when he described the meeting and the introduction that would follow on Monday, I turned and left the room. I didn't mind the mother very much, even the father, with his clay pipe. and the friend round the corner was bearable, but the grandmother finished me off. Of all the dirty, slovenly, ill-tempered, loathsome women I ever heard of Dick's grandmother was the worst. It was sickening, and I left him and went to bed. Then I couldn't sleep. That grandmother stood by my bedside. I shut my eyes, and she grinned at me from the ceiling. I fell into a feverish sleep, the everlasting grandmother haunted my troubled dreams. With the early sunrise I did a thing I hadn't done since I was a baby. I got up willingly. I felt very amiable at the time. I really wished Dick well: I thought of him as a brother should. And the grandmother—I could stand it no longer. I went out of the house and thought I wouldn't go on Monday: that was settled but perhaps that grandmother would find me out. How could she when I hadn't given my address ? But I had given my initials J.& My name is Jack G wynne, you know, and she would see the postmark and the people at our village post office know every body's business but their own. I determined it was no good being at home. I must be away for a month or two. till the storm was blown over. The next train saw me with my trunks and boxes on my way to Llan- drindod. the spa whereat I had spent so many jolly summers. There I would forget all about my grandmotherly troubles. II. Ah that was a good time I had of it at Llan- drindod. The best fun you ever had. I got to know a very nice girl there a few days after my arrival, and I was soon regularly" gone on her. I used to go out fishing-not that there is much fishing there, but that is to your advantage when you happen to meet the prettiest girl in the whole show on the river bank. And so it was with me. Olwen and I were constantly meeting—quite by accident, you know. I was staying at the Rock House, and she was staying at the Pump House Hotel. I used to go up of a morning to drink the waters before breakfast at the Pump House. I am not very regular in my habits, but when one's health is in question one can't be too regular. So both Olwen and I thought, and we were up at the Pump House regularly every day at eight. Then in the morning I used to go out fishing, though I've never met a man who has caught half a dozen trout there. But I rather like that. You can lounge about all day. or whip the stream as hard as you like. and do anything, and come back that night without being sat upon by a fellow who's caught a dozen pounds. I don't object to being told by another fellow how many pounds he has caught,iand I don't sneer at his account, and half hint it isn't true, as some fellows do. But I hate being "sat upon." and asked jeeringly, "How many has old fish-frightener and stream-whipper caught to-day No it should be done quietly and without ostentation, as I told Tom Roberts the other day, when he'd failed to catch a pound, that I had caught over 10 in the afternoon. I didn't say it out of brag, or because I was glad Tom didn't have better sport, and I didn't wish to hurt his feelings in any way. I told Tom that I was sorry he hadn't done better, but that he would improve after a bit. I said everything I could to encourage him. and I was surprised that it wasn't taken in better part. However, there's no understanding some fellows they are so thin-skinned, as the eel said to the rhinoceros. Well. I was saying that Olwen and I met very often on the bank of the river in the morning. There we played a lot of tennis in the afternoon and in the evening. You know the delightful dances we used to have at Llandrindod. The time flew by all too soon when I had to return to my cares and troubles at home. I ha/l gwn to use Llandrindod, and hated tlu. thought of home. I had always liked llandrindod, but then I used to grow tired of it after a month or two. and it was quite nice to get home to my farm again. But. somehow, I didn't care about going away that summer, and I told Olwen so the night before I was leaving. She didn't say anything she only blushed—such a beautiful blush. And then I blushed, and couldn't say anything for a time. After a bit I said Are you glad I am going away Now. it has always struck me that it was a most silly question to ask but I couldn't think of any- thing else. As if a girl would tell you she was glad. No I have seen girls suffering martyrdom from bores, and still keep a smiling face: •• Are you glad I am going away I asked. •• I'm not jtUtd, of course because I shall have no one to talk to, now you are going. All the nice people are leaving." •• Not all." I answered you'll be left, you know." You silly fellow," was the reply, with a pathetic little smile. You silly fellow How- ever. I don't think we'll be long here. We shall return to Liverpool next week. Do you ever come to Liverpool Oh, yes, I live there—no, you know. I go there very often. Good place for pigs. May I call to see you I shall be going there next week-next month, I mean It was no good keeping up the farce. 1 didn t know what I was talking about, nor did Olwen. as far as I know, understand. All I knew was that my life would be a barren waste, a howling wilderness, an aching void. without Olwen. I am not a very emotional fellow, as a rule, but I was carried away by my emotion then. I could say with the old Welsh poet •• Gyda Gwen wy'n ddibenvd, Gwna hon fi 11 galon i gyd." How I told her I never can remember how I beo-an what words I used. or anything. All I know is that Olwen understood it all. and at the end looked as happy and charming as an angel. And I told her so, and Olwen answered But Jack, Jack, you don't know how wicked I've been." Wicked indeed. I should like to hear some- body else say so. I'd soon settle him." -Oh, but vou don't know. Jack. And I ought to tell you. And I—I—I am afraid (sob) that you will (sob) dislike me when you know (sob)." Don't you believe it. my darling," I answered. •• I am yours for ever, and nothing can make me cease to love you." •• But some fellow- Some fellow You don't tell me there's another fellow You're not engaged," I said indignantly. 11 11 •• Xo." replied Olwen, with a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye, it isn't .so bad as that." Tb,,it"s all right then," I answered. You can say anything now." Oh. Jack." and she hid her head on my shoulder, I put a marriage advertisement in the Croaker a few days before we came here-for fun, you know—and some horrid commercial traveller said he would call in a few days to see me. And then I made ma take me to Llandrindod." "Do you remember the initials—the name. I mean Xo," Olwen answered, Ió but I've got the horrid letter." Don't bother about it now," I said. You can show it me again. But I hope it will be a lesson to you not to play such silly pranks in the future. You promise never to do it again •• Oh. yes. I shall never do it again and if I were wise, like you, I wouldn't have done it at all" Did I explain the initials You bet. And that's how we met. my wife and I: and if it wasn't Fate that had conspired to bring us two together and make us happy, one may as well believe in nothing.
CURIOUS WAGES CLAIM AT BARRY DOCK. WHO WAS THE PLAINTIFFS EMPLOYER.' Rather a remarkable wages case was heard at the Cadoxton Police-court on the 26th ult. A grocer's assistant named Perry med George Daniells. a grocer, of Cardiff, for the sum of ■C2 16s., being one week's wages at n 8s., and a similar amount in lieu of a week's notice. Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd. Cadoxton. appealed for the plaintiff: Mr. George David. Cardiff, conducting I ION the defence. The case of Mr. Jones-Lloyd, which was borne out by the plaintiff and several witnesses, was to the effect that Perry was in the employ of a Mr. John Jones, grocer. Holton, Barry Dock. at a salarv of 28s. per week. Jones told him that he was going to sell the business, and on February the 27th Daniells asked him Avhat wages he was getting, and on heing informed, told him he would pay him the same. Daniells took pos- session of the premises on the 2nd of March. Perry managing the business. A painter named William Evans, who was working in the shop, heard the conversation between the plaintiff and Daniells. During the following couple of days the latter and Jones were engaged in going through the stock, and Jones received the sum of .C20 for the beer and spirit licences which were in connec- tion with the business. On the 5th of March the complainant went up to Cardiff to give defendant the takings. He refused to take the money, and said he had nothing to do with the business, and. it was stated also, assaulted him. He also told him to take the keys to Mr. Jones. In reference to the cheque oÏl:20, it appears that the defen- dant stopped it at the bank, and Jones, on being unable to obtain any money, went to the shop, and told Perry he would not allow any goods to go from there, as he had not been paid. The plaintiff claimed one week's wages and one week's money in lieu of the customary week's notice. For the defence, there was a stout denial that the shop had been taken over. It was admitted that Daniells had intended to purchase the goods, but that on going through the stock he had been disappointed, and that he had not been satisfied with the amount of business done. The defendant denied ever having tenanted the shop or having ever engaged Perry. The Bench found for the plaintiff for the full amount. C2 16s.. and costs. It was stated dvu'ing the hearing that Jones is prosecuting an action against Daniells for breach of agreement.
THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, PROBABLE VISIT TO BiERV DOCK. Quite a flutter of excitement has been caused in Bible Christian circles of this oountry by the announcement that Chief Justice Way. of South Australia, and Lieutenant-Governor of that Colony, intends to re-visit England after an interval of twenty-two years. Mr. Way. who is a Bible Christian in religion. has been making a tour in Xorthern India, and intends to visit Palestine before coming to this country, which he expects to reach in May. A Bible Christian place of worship is in course of erection at Holton. Barry Dock, and we understand that the pastor, the Rev. J. Honey, is taking step- with a view to securing the pi-esence of the distinguished visitor ai the opening ceremony. Mr. Samuel James Way the son of a Bible Christian minister, who emigrated to South Australia in '1850. and he was born at Portsmouth in 1836. He was called to the South Australian bar in 1361. and whilst mainly devoting his energies to his profession. -a, for about a year prior to his acceptance of tie Chief Justiceship of South Australia, in March 1876. a member of parliament, and Attorney-General in the Boucout ministry, and since his ehvation to the bench, besides proving himself ar excellent guide. Mr. Way has figured proininenty in every social, educational, and philanthrope movement designed to advance the progress, not only of his own colony, but the entire Australian group. Whilst accepting various high posts tt the hands of his fellow colonists, notably that M' Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, he ha: shown a re- markable disregard of ostentation. laving on three separate occasions declined the honour of knight- hood at the hands of the Imperal Government. Nothing could be more fitting t-ian his appoint- ment to the Lieutenant-Govesiorship. Mr. Way. having on ten occasions at any rite, during vacan- cies in the appointment, or (hung the temporary absence of governors of South Australia, adminis- tered the government of the cJlony.
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