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PENCOED AND DISTRICT NOTES. INTRODUCTION. The South Wales Star is welcomed by many in this part of the county, but complaints are not few that its catering for us locally is very limited indeed. This is not the fault of the Star, and I need not stop here to inquire whose fault it is. I may, however, say that with the kind permission -of the genial editor, a few notes from this district will appear weekly in these columns in future. The notes will probably be a compound of the grave and the gay, but it may be mentioned at the outset that low personalities will be rigidly eschewed. The writer will attempt to instruct and amuse, but h-3 hopes and believes that the amuse- ment will never be at the expense of any of his neighbours' feelings. This by way of introduction. THE PROJECTED EISTEDDFOD. Some excellent eisteddfodau have been held at Pencoed in past years, but during recent years nothing of note in this line has been given here. I am, therefore, glad to state than an eisteddfod upon a substantial scale is projected here now. It will be held in the early part of the coming spring. The prizes offered will be handsome, and the adjudicators, like Cæsar's wife. above suspicion in regard to ability and integiity. The people of Pencoed are not in the habit of looking back once they set their hands upon the plough, and I think I am justified in anticipating a grand event here next spring. Be it so. AN ESSENTIAL OF A SUCCESSFUL EISTEDDFOD. In an eisteddfodic respsct, as in most other respects, it is money that makes the mare to go. Committees cannot be expected to work very enthusiastically unless they can feel certain that the eisteddfod will not result in personal loss to them, and to feel thus it is esential that a guarantee fund should be provided. To secure this somebody must go around with the hat. and one great mis- take which committees frequently make is to entrust the work of canvassing subscriptions to all the members. Everybody's work is generally nobody's work. and committees should appoint one influential and trustworthy person to undertake all the work of canvassing subscriptions, and. if necessary, pay 'him for his labours. I hope the Pencoed committee will take this hint into con- sideration. THE HARVEST. The whirligig of time has brought Michaelmas once more nearly to our doors, and a great pro- portion of the havand corn in this district, and indeed throughout the country is still unhoused. Here in this neighbourhood we have coal works, iron foundries, brick works, and potteries, and we are not, therefore entirely dependent upon agri- culture still none of us can afford to live without the produce of the land it is sincerely to be hoped that Providence may soon smile upon poor Hodge, and give him fair weather to gather his crops. SUNDAY HARVESTING. Here, as in other parts, many farmers have availed themselves of fair Sundays to gather their hay and corn. and small blame to them, say I Who would not do all he could to save his ox or ass from destruction on Sunday ? And is not corn a creature in as strict a sense of the term as an ox or as& is ? If we do nothing worst than house corn on Sundays during wet summers, we can afford to go to sleep the long sleep with pretty clear con- sciences. THE COITY SCHOOL BOARD. Your readers are already aware that the Coity School Board and its constituents are at logger- heads. The Board says, Away, away with the schoolmaster crucify him The parishioners say, No. no we will stick to him, though the heaven fall Both parties refuse to bend. and it remains to be seen who will break. On the 8th inst. the late head-teacher of the Board School opened a private school with over liD pupils, and on the 14th inst. the newly-appointed teacher of the Board School commenced duties with eight chil- dren It will hardly pay the Board to employ.a master, assistant-mistress, and pupil teacher to im- part instruction to eight pupils, and I am glad to add that at least one of the members agrees with me in this. The member referred to declares that unless more children will attend the Board School, tie building will be let to gipsies. The wander- ing tribe are fond of camping about Coity, and the member in question evidently has an eye for business. A TROUBLESOME JOURNEY. A friend of mine recently had occasion to visit Gilfach Goch. That place is not one of tha most accessible, as the roads to it from all directions lie over rugged mountains. My friend, therefore, resolved to select a fine day for his visit. Such a day at last dawned, and away my hero wended his Way over Mynydd y Gaer. He reached his des- tination in safety, transacted his business, and prepared to return, when alas! heaven's windows were once more more opened. The rain was ac- companied by a thick mist, as thick almost as the darkness in'Egypt of yore. The traveller was advised not to attempt the mountain under the circumstances but attempt it he would and did For a time all went well, but nothing is well that ends not well. My friend lost his way he knew it. but resolved to steer at random, and over walls and banks he clambered as best he could. At last he came to what he con- sidered an uncommonly high wall, so high, indeed. that its top was lost in the mist. Having climed to a considerable height my friend found that there was an obtuse angle of 135 degrees in the wall. He crawled up the inclined plane, and at last discovered that he was on the top of Pentre Farm. He had a mind to cast himself down the other side of the roof. and thus end his troubles. Wise counsels, however, prevailed my friend slunk down the way he had just climbed,and he is to-day alive and kicking. TOOTH FOR TOOTH. The spirit of intolerance is still rampant in the land. I know a pirson who was installed into a country living a few years ago. He found the glebe land and the parsonage in the occupation of a Nonconformist and Liberal, and to this Noncon- formist and Liberal the parson went to lodge. For a time all went well, but one day the hero of the white shirt discovered that a popular neighbouring Nonconformist minister was spoon- ino- one of the fair daughters of the farmer. Whether the parson himself was sweet upon the young lady, deponent sayeth not be that as it may. it is certain that the discovery made by the rev. gentleman considerably worried him. and he was never afterwards thoroughly well till he gave the farmer notice to quit. This I suppose so nettled the farmer, though it will mean no loss whatever to him that he recently gave the rev. lodger notice to quit, and the neighbours will shortly witness the novel spectacle of a parson shouldering the pack and facing the cold world Heb Ie i roddi ei ben i lawr" Pity the poor ledger! THE REJOICINGS AT LLANHARAN. At the pretty village of Llanharan history re- peats itself. In the good old days of fifty and more years ago. Squire Jenkins flourished there -< A man he was to all the country dear." He spent his noble life at Llanharan, Nor e'er had changed, or wished to change his place. He and his generation, however, passed away, and now Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree s shade. Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, •v he rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. Thev have slept for years, and for years Llanharan has "been as any other rural village. Mr. J. Blandy Jenkins, however, has taken up his residence there, and now Llanharan bids fair to become the lively and pleasant place it was in the good times of the old and venerable squire. On Thursday last Mr Jenkins entertained a company of nearly 500 in honour of his son's marriage. The catering was entrusted to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, High Corner House, and. needless to say, perfect satis- faction and more was given to all. THE RUSH TO THE WILD WEST. Almost all the inhabitants of this part of the country visited Buffalo Bill's Wild West during the week, and various and conflicting were the reports of the entertainment given by the visitors on their return. Some had enjoyed themselves to the top of their bent, while others said they were distrusted with the thing, which they characterised as "nothing better than a twopenny-halfpenny show. It an depended upon what people went forth to see. Those who wnnt to see wild life in Western America represented were satisfied those who went forth to see a lot of tomfoolery were disappointed, and serve them right, say I.






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