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PENCOED NOTES. [BY ROVER.] THE RESULT OF THE WEATHER. If proof were required of the recent heavy rain- falls which we have experienced in this district. it is to be had at Cribbwr Main Colliery, Coychurch Higher. There the water in the workings has in- creased to such an extent that it is with the greatest difficulty the pumps can keep it low enough to admit of the men carrying on their operations. The work is comparatively near the surface, and the rain water forces itself into it, a circumstance, it is said, which never occurred at the colliery before. On the side of the hill there is still much hay uncut, and it is more than pro- bable that much of it, if not all, will remain uncut. The out-look is by no means a pleasant one for the farmers. WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE XIGHT ? In all conscience, we have been under a Tory regime long enough, and the voices that cry Watchman, what of the night," are by no means few and far between. The country blundered in 1883. and it has had to bear the consequence of its blundering and grin since. The night, however, is now of necessity nearly over, and the time must soon come when the electors of this division shall shall once more have the opportunity to trium- phantly return Mr. Arthur Williams, who has already served them so well. The recent meetings held in the southern end of the division demon- strate the ever-growing popularity of the honour- able member in that part of his constituency, and here, in the neighbourhood of his home, the elec- tors will poll for him almost to a man. Even if we had occasion to part with Mr. Williams, people justly feel that it is an insult to offer them the rejected of a Cardiff ward. If men possesses not the qualifications of a. town council, surely they would be out of the run entirely at St. Stephens. A LOCAL STRIKE. Though strikes are common in some parts, they rarely occur in the neighbourhood of Pencoed, and therefore when one occurs here it attracts con- siderable attention. We have a strike here just now true, it is not a big one, but it is very inter- esting nevertheless. Two small boys have for some time been engaged on Sunday nights to follow, at a respectable distance, a young man who courts at a farmhouse some distance outside the village. The young man is afraid of the night, and under the circumstances I don't think any one will blame him for empoying two small boys to follow him to the house of his adored, nd accompany him closely on the return journey. The employer, however, is accused of being a sweater"; that is, he does not pay his employees a just remuneration for their labours. The wage is one penny per boy on fine Sunday nights and three-halfpence on wet ones. The youngsters have given notice to terminate their contracts on next Sunday night week. That some means of mutual agreement between employer and em- ployees may be found, and thus avoid a catastrophe in the labour market, is a consummation devoutly wished by all in Pencoed. A SCOLD'S VOCABULARY. The following is the curtain lecture which a Pencoed wife delivered to her lord and master the other night:—You are an abhorred, barbarous, capricious, detestable, envious, festidious, hard- hearted, ill-liberal, ill-natured, jealous, keen, loath- some, malevolent, nauseous, obstinate, passionate, quarrelsome, raging, saucy, tantalising, uncom- fortable, vexatious, abominable, bitter, captious, disagreeable, execrable, fierce, grating, gross, hasty malicious, nefarious, obstreperous, peevish, rest-, less, savage, tart, unpleasant, violent, waspish, worrying, acrimonious, blustering, careless, dis- contented, fretful, growling, hateful, inattentive, malignant, noisy, odious, perverse, rigid, severe, teasing, unsuitable, angry, boisterous, choleric, disgusting, gruff, hectoring, incorrigible, mis- chievous, negligent, offensive, pettish, roar- ing, sharp, sluggish, snapping, snarling, sneaking, sour. testy, tiresome, tormenting, touchy, arrogant, austere, awkward, boorish, brawling, brutal, bullying, churlish, clamorous, crabbed, cross, currish, dismal, dull, dry, drowsy, grumbling, horrid, huffish, injurious, insolent, in- tractable, irrascible, ireful, morose, murmuring, opinionated, oppressive, outrageous, overbearing, petulant, plaguy, rough, rude, rugged, spiteful, splenetic, stern, stubborn, stupid, sulky, sullen, surly, suspicious, treacherous, troublesome, turbu- lent, tyrannical, virulent, wrangling, yelping dog in a manger! After all this, who would be a husband ? RHEUMATISM A>"D THE GOUT. A Coychurch gentleman, who is well known and much respected at Pencoed, and who is afflicted with the aristocratic but painful gout, was asked the other day what difference there was between that and rheumatism. A considerable difference, indeed," replied the gentleman. Suppose you take a vice, you put your finger in, you turn the tcrew till you can bear it no tighter—that is rheumatism. Then suppose you give the screw one turn more—that is the gout!"

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