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PENCOED NOTES. LBy ROVER.J A GENERAL COMPLAINT. Complaints are seldom noticed when they come singly, but let them come in strong array, and then they deserve, and generally receive, attention at the hands of the powers that be. Now. I have noticed that complaint is of the hardness of stones. Ask any diamond cracker how the stones are break- ing. and immediately comes the reply. Oh fear- fully hard. Neither is this complaint one of to-day only, for it dates from the day when men commenced to break stone3 for the highways and bvewuys of the land. Poor old Thomas Williams, of Ty'nyberllan, Llanhurry, has been sleeping the long sleep beside little, but dear, Peniel for up- wards of a generation, but his complaints of the hardness of stone still rings in our ears, and ap- pears to be. like the pour, always with us. Tho merry and witty Shon Sosser o'r Colliers—he. too, has gone over to the countless majority—one day met Thomas Williams, and this conversation oc- curred between them Short iJ'wr: B'le i chi'n gwitho 'nawr, Thomas Williams Tti-:m>r.< \ViHi'rm-<: Ar he bachan. "There was a slight impediment, in Thomas Wil- liams' speech.] Sh'-n- 1;,>< Beth i chi'n nvthvr yno. Thomas Williams Tt):> tints William* Toddi ceddyg, bachan. Sit on R;¡s.r; 01 shwd mae'r ceryg ya tori, Thomas Williams Tlunmix Will>■<< vis TGddïn wiùJ ydcl un man cisho b'wa penau cwn, bachan Now as this complaint of the hardness of stones lived so long and become so universal, I fancy there must be something in it, and it would be well if somebody undertook to find means of softening stones, and thus render them more sensible to the coaxing blows of the diamond crackers. Anyone who discovers such a means will be oegarded with a" Can o glod" by the Bard of Brynygarn, who Y r, will pledge himself to use at least ten pounds of f soft soap to grease the joints of the verses. SERVE HUt RIGHT. Evil be, says the proverb. to him who evil thinks." and. according to the same principle, evil be to him who evil does. Now, a mischief-maker has been at large at Pencoed for a long time—in fact, a great deal too long. Great efforts has been made to discover him. but the efforts were in vain until last Sunday night. Now a young couple here have been for a long time courting, as the world calls it. For some time the course of their love ran smoothly enough, but trouble soon rose. The young man heard in the hamlet the secrets he had told his fair one. and she also heard the many pretty things she had confided to him upon whom she looked as her future lord and protector. Naturally enough both suspected each other, and she accused him and he accused her of betraying secrets. Both of course stoutly denied the accusation, but this only made matters more com- plicated. The case was beginning to assume a serious, aspect, but on Sunday night a light —a glaring light-was thrown upon it. As usual the young couple were standing in the back yard near a large barrel containing pig's wash. Suddenly there was a great crash followed by piteous cries. The cries were heard for some dis- tance. and are likened by those who heard them to the cries of a monkey in agony. The young woman's companion put on a bold front and lit a match, and there steeped to the chin in wash was the enemy who had been so diligently sowing tares amting the wheat. The culprit at once acknowledged his guilt, and admitted that he had for some time been in the habit of perching !him- self on dark nights on top of tho barrel to hear the wooing of the young couple, and it was he that had scattered the sweet secrets broadcast. The covering of the barrel had that night broken under him. with what consequence the reader now knows, and on the strength of that he begged for mercy. The young couple helped the sinner out of the wash. They also graciously informed him that they would spare his hide, though there was a broom and a shovel hard by; but they would send his name and his history to Rover, and so they did. [Since writing the above I have learnt that the poor fellow had to spend two frosty nigh to on Cefnhirgoed to sweeten himself j. THE SITUATION AT COITY. The people of Pencoed are naturally interested in the struggle going on just now in Coity, and I need not apologise for referring to it once more in these notes. The situation is practically un- changed, or if there be a change it is in the direc- tion or emphasing the people's opinion of the recent action of the members of the School Board. I was and am still on the people's side, and am more convinced than ever that their case is a case to be won. I cannot, however, approre of all the people's actions, and I wish to enter my strongest protest against the reprehensible practice indulged iri by some anonymous persons of sending threaten- ing letters to some of the members and the new teacher. I am told that the recipients of these missiles have not ventured outside their doors after the shades of evening have fallen for some weeks, and that they are about to apply for special police protection. For the good of the cause which the people of Coity have at heart let these foolish letters he at once discontinued. It will be tenfold more to the purpose for the supporters of llr. Peters to prepare arguments for the faith that is in them for the meeting to be held on Monday next. The meeting I understand is to consist of tea-drinking, music, vocal and instrumental, and speechifying, and many look forward to a night to be long remembered. The chair will be occupied by Mr. Griffith Edwards, chairman of the Coyckurch Higher School Board, and that gentle- man in tho chair will be the right man in the right place. Up. anwyl gawcies. and at 'em



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