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PENARTH NOTES. BY CRITICUS. The Radicals and Liberals of Penarth are furious. I am glad of it. People generally get into a tearing rage when their favourite habits and customs become a public scandal. At the Penarth Police Court on Monday a gentleman came to the reporters' table and asked who was the represen- tative of The Star. His curiosity having been satisfied when chat modest individual made him- self known, he said. If any of our lochl Liberals get hold of you they'll tear you to pieces, so look out!" It appears that my remarks anent the degeneration of the party had had some effect, and put the machinery in motion. The lethargic party not only resent the attack, but will not rest satisfied until they have proven that the assertion was incorrect. I sincerely wish it was. but. as it happens. I was only last Wednesday assured by an ardent Radical that so far as local Liberals were concerned they were as inactive and disorganised as they could possibly be. It may be all well and good to assert that they are not loungers," but working men. but at the same time a man is known by his fruits, and so is a political party. I shall be more than satisfied to know that my late action, however insignificant, in bringing to light the shameful inactivity of my own party has been productive of some good. were it only to open their eyes to the important fact that they are in danger. At the Penarth Police-court on Monday I was struck also by the heavy sentence passed on a man named Henry Wilson, charged with assaulting his wise. The assault consisted in raising a chair, and using threatening language towards his better (.') half, who had not prepared his tea. Domestic infelicity is doubtless on the increase, and it seems this poor man and his wife had not lived on terms of too blissful happiness during their sixteen years of married life. Yet I cannot for the life of me see why the Bench should pass so hard a sentence on a man for a mere threat, and even that threat was denied by the defendant who now serves a month's hard labour in Cardiff gaol on the uncorroborated testimony of a wife seemingly every whit as quarrelsome as himself. If one man's word is as good as another, how was it that this man's denial was discredited, while his wife's evidence received full belief, for be it known no witnesses were called for either side. But then what's the use of talking, the Bench (to quote 31 r. J. Corbett) must protect a poor woman From time to time there has appeared in the public press many a denunciation of the Book used at the Penarth Police-court. So often has this matter been discussed, that I feel ashamed to re- introduce it. But really the worn, antiquated, disgusting, and dirty-looking Bible which witnesses are requested to kiss at this court is a disgrace and a nuisance. What can be more distasteful than to see a filthy, worm-eaten book—the means of the transportation of the most offensive skin diseases—being raised to one's lips. No diseases can be more easily conveyed from one person to another than those appertaining to the skin, so infectious, indeed, are they that even an eyeglass used by one person may be the means of conveying a disease to the one next using the same. Certainly. then, the lips, with their aptness to crack, can the more easily receive the germs of a disease that may spread all over the body. Yet this self-same Bible is used alike by" unfortunates and ladies, policemen, labourers, navvies, oil merchants, and what nots. with the utmost indifference. Although, on principle, I oppose the system of swearing in police-courts, and sincerely wish it abolished, yet. I believe the present method can and ought to be improved, and that, certainly, that abominable- looking and health-destroying article at Penarth Court should be immediately removed therefrom.