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PENCOED NOTES. [BY ROVER.] ST. CRISPIN'S DAY. The 25th of October is the saturnalia of the shoemakers, of whom St. Crispin is the titular saint. Crispin and Crispianus, two brothers, were jJ0™ Rome. W hen they had attained to man- hood they travelled to Soissons in France about the year 303 in order to propagate Christianity- Being desirous of maintaining themselves by their own industry, they earned their subsistence by bjioem:u-:ing, until it was discovered that they had embraced the Christian faith, and were endeavour- ing to make proselytes of the inhabitants, when the governor of the town immediately ordered them to be beheaded. This was in the year 308, and from this time the shoemakers chose St. Crispin for their patron saint. Years ago it was customary for the shoemakers of this neighbour- hood, and their name was thsn legion, to meet at Pencoed on St. Crispin's Day to choose a king for the ensuing year from among themselves, and they celebrated the event by a regular blowing out." I should not be sorry to see this custom revived. and should it be revived our good friend William John is ready to accept the sceptre. VERY UNGALLANT. Truly, tlm age of chivalry is over. Time there was when the cuward who would seek to blame the gentler sex in order to screen himself would be kicked, and hounded from one end of the country to the other, but alas we are living ia degenerating times, and cowards escape scot free On a recent Sunday a small chapel, or, to be particular, a Sunday Schoolroom, near Pcncoed, was visited by a choir from a neighbouring village. The conductor asked his choir to stand up to give a rendering of some tune. A fair start was made, but the conductor blundered, and his blundering led the choir woe- fully astray. Now, had the episode ended there, it would not have been worth chronicling, but, gentle reader, here comes the rub. The would-be con- ductor flew into a mighty rage, and in outrageous terms blackguarded and bullied the fair members of his choir. Even had they blundered, one woLLIa think that charity would have covered a multitude of their sins. but no such thing in the case. It is one consolation to know that the celebrated co»' ductor had to do the lion's part of the remainder of the singing himself, and it is said that passers- by mistcok the singing for the blowing of noses, sO nasal it was. ° HE TRIED AGAIN. Bra.vo tie King cried out, All honour to those who try The spider up there defied despair— He conquered; and why shouldn't I ?" I believe the above were the words which occurred on Sunday night week to a friend of mine wbo visits Pencoed weekly with the laudable object of seeing the fair lady of his heart. He arrived the usual time at the trysting place to receive bis y fair one on her way home from chapel. He waited long and patiently, but the fair one turned not up, and my hero, therefore, went on towards the chapel. He gave two young brats a halfpenny each for going into tl e singing- school to see i* his fair one was there. They performed thei1^ mission faithfully, but, alas had to return with the unwelcomed report that she was nO there, but that she had been 3een at a certain flirting with another. My friends then rued those halfpence and wept bitterly and to me 110 scene is more heartrending that that of a stalwar young man crying like a child. However, if i*1? fiiend wept, like Bruce, he despaired not, bu^ forthwith resolved to come again the following night, in the hope that he. would then catch the object of his love. The next night he came mounted on a spirited steed, accompanied by 1.\Vo dogs, and I am glad to add that night he con- quered. The erring young lady confessed her sin-? and, what is better still, she repented, and, by of doing penance, she volunteered to wash the legf of her young man's steed for," said she, h»d it not been for my unfaithfulness last night would not been necessary for your animal to his legs to-night." THE SITUATION AT COITY. Cawciss v Coity are bidding fair for famp, and they are on the road to attain it. War has been declared between them and the School Board, and the parents of ninety of the children declare that those ninety shall not darken the door of Board School till the late master will have re-installed. Mr. Peters has opened another school, and already all the necessary apparac13? has been provided. The committee have fulfil^ all the required conditions, and in a short time Lords in London will certify the school as an efb' cient one. In this part of the country the case 13 unique, and it is watched with interest by a number of people outside the parish. In struggles my sympathy runs with the losing I cannot, therefore, help pitying the Board in the1* present plight, but it cannot be denied thot thef have stultified themselves. It is not, howeve £ too late for them to redeem their reputation the parishioners. Instead of retiring months hence, let them do so now and seek re' election.


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