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OUR SOCIAL COLUMN. (EDITED BY AVXTIE FLO). Since our last week's issue Auntie Flo ha written a number of letters asking people to join the Band of Kindness, and to make it known amongst their friends. She hopes by next week ^0 have heard from many of them, and if ey intend to join their names will be printed in the Star. All who are wishful to join the society are still heartily invited to do so. Each week the names of the members will be Panted in the South I Vales Star, and any one desirous of joining the society may do so by com- mUnICating with Auntie Flo. at the offices of this Paper. Further. any letter or information of a social nature will be heartily welcomed, and news °f an interesting character Avill be inserted in this column. On receipt of one penny stamp a card f membership will be forwarded to any address. ^P°n which, in addition to the name of the mem- r in the case of a child, the signature of either Parent or guardian should be affixed. Auntie Flo keep a large book in which will he enrolled the names and addresses of those who become members of the Band of Kindness, and they will entered in numerical order as they are received. *e reprint the following, which is a copy of the pledge, each member is expected to sign :— THE BAND OF KINDNESS. Established 1891. EDITED BY AUXTIE FLO. MEMBER'S PLEDGE. I "voitmtavilv promise to let no opportunity PASS of E}tig kind to old people, little children, and all ^NIALS, AND I will do my best to persuade others to the Band of Kindness." (Signed) The following is the first instalment of members, e number of which, we hope, will shortly be much ncreased 1 Tootsey Lewis. Dinas Powis. 2 Hilda Lewis. do. Maud Orchard. Cardiff. 4 Tilly Williams. Barry. 5 Cas-sie G-eorge, do- 3 Emily Lewis do. 7 Florrv Duffett do.. 8 Winnie Slackness do. „ ,n 9 Gwen Taylor do. 10 Emily Slackness do. • -1 Emma Gore do. 12 Clara Slocombe do. Julia Carpenter do. 14 Bessie Gore do. 15 Annie Bartlett do. 16 Mabel Jenkins do. 17 Rose Raines do. We are inclined to think, judging by the Harries we have received, that Barry is a place full Of kind people, but if Bridgend. Penarth. and other Places are backward this week. no doubt next Peek's issue will prove that there is something Contagious in a good example. Auntie Flo has received two or three letters. ^"hich make her think that already some people are interested in the Band of Kindness. 1ly dear Auntie Flo.— Some time ago. whilst away from home. I saw an meident which I think might interest at least some of Your members of the Band of Kindness. An old W>ken-down horse was painly endeavouring to drug a HEAVY load up Ludgate-hill. The lash of the driver failed to make the poor horse do what was impossible. WALKING along one pavement were several young men going to their daily occupations. They no sooner caught sight of the poor horse in its distress, than they, ONE and all. darted off to the rescue, and dragged, in FACT almost carried the cart up the hill. The poor horse seemed almost to understand what they had done t,) help him. Near by was a gentleman who had wit- nessed this scene, AND although a stranger to the young 'MEN, was so delighted at their exhibition of kindness that he could not help shaking hands with them in the common brotherhood of humanity.—I am, your loving niece. BEE, My dear Auntie Flo,- When I first heard about the Band of Kindness. I said I did not care to join, because I did not see any good in it, but my brothers all seem to think it such a NICE thing, that I think I should like to be a member. I am sorry to say I like teasing our cat, and in the summer used to think it fun to catch the flies, and pull their legs off. just to see how they would get on with only wings, but now I have made up my mind to be kind to everybody, and I thank you very much for having made "me think about it, because though I am very often a naughty boy, I never mean to be cruel.— our loving nephew, FRANK WILMOT. Last year few were exempt from the epidemic catarrh, which spread itself over our country with '8 ich amazing rapidity as to oaxxse it to be said that i 1 six weeks all Europe was made to sneeze. To- day reports reach us from abroad of hundreds who have been stricken down with this dire malady. History repeats itself, and we find that even so far back as the year 1 "> 10 this complaint was known. though at that time men of science do not appear to have arrived at its origin. Various reasons have been assigned as to its commencement, all with more or less approach to the truth perhaps the most plausible theory is that the disease was pro- duced by some atmospheric germ to the influence of which all are alike susceptible. Various names, too. have been given it. such as Russian catarrh, Spanish catarrh," according to the regions from which it has emanated lightning catarrh. fashionable fever." and perhaps the most appro- priate title of all. la grippe." It is not thought contagious, and if it be indeed true that it has been the means of cutting" short other epidemics. such as measles, scarlatina, small-pox. and diph- theria. we may yet hail it as the blessed disease, and think it worth our while to preserve this strange complaint. Perhaps few singers have so ouicklv come to the front as Cardiff's favourite. Alice Gomez. Apart "from the possession of a lovely voice, with a ■marvellously extensive compass and • wonderful flexibility, she has a charm of manner which cannot fail to attract even a casual acquaintance and appeals to the sympathies of the audience. even before her first note is heard. IVith a touch of Spanish blood in her veins, and brought up in an Indian house, she has yet easily accustomed herself to English society, and by a total absence of artificiality has won the heart of the British public. To hear her sing" Home. Sweet Home." with that tender pathos which is irresistible, is to set a chord vibrating in the memory, whilst ring- ing in one's heart for ever. Rumour reaches us that this summer will see her a bride, and speaks of Torquay as her probable home, but we hope that notwithstanding the anticipated change in her life, this neighbourhood has not bid her farewell. Apropos of the census, which seem to be the most fruitful subject of conversation at present, having been the means of putting even the Weather in the background, some strange tales reach us. A woman in one of our northern countries refused point blank to answer any of the questions which were addressed to her. giving the following as her reason I niver had uowt from the parish, and no man has the right to ask me my age. which to tell the truth I dunno. nor yet what my occupation is. which is no ther's to question me. I've seen my twenty-five when I lived yon, and that's all I'll say." WORD PUZZLES. WORD SQUARE. 1. The most important part of every chain. 2. A metal forming part of every train. 3. The most projecting part of every face. 4. A joint that moves in running every race. DIAMOND PCXXLE. The head of a paragraph. A fastening. A musical instrument. A conclusion. i The beginning of the ocean. Answers will be given next week. The following is the answer to last week's acrostic:— 31 y whole revealed shows from afar, The hopeful, brilliant South Wales Star. STAR TARS ARTS RATS « —' i '};-r