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LOCAL NOTES. The meeting in support of ths movement for the erection of a Cottage Hospital for Pontypridd was held on Wednesday week, and has been re- ported in the columns of the South Wales Star, but as the paper was about going to press we had no time to comment upon it. We notice with regret that no assurance appears to have been given the colliers in the neighbourhood intend joining in the movement. It is greatly to be hoped that they will not keep aloof from a move- ment that is likely to be a blessing to the working classes of the district, and of service to the colliers more than to any other class. The number of colliers in the district is great, and unless they are connected with the scheme, it will be much like li Hamlet" with the part Hamlet left out. Pontypridd is a wealthy and important place, and should boast of an institution larger ever than was suggested by the chairman of the meeting, and we hope that such a hospital will yet be founded. The streets of Pontypridd certainly leave a lot to v-> debi. and the number of ways in which traffic is Impedes, ^neciaHy on Wednesday and Saturday nights, are w- v lnrfuL On those nights the town is more like a fan would expect in a place of importance Wl1h.. boast of a Local Board. The streets are crowded with persons who apparently have no object in life. They stand and stroll about, filling up the pavements and the roads, quite obvious of the many inches of mud for which tie Pontypridd streets are notorious. It is really worth while if one could spare a couple of hours-for the feat is hardly to be accomplished in less time to walk flom one en4 of the town to the oher. The tramroad at the Tumble wa originally the great El Dorado of quack doctors who held forth from vans brought there for the occasion, sellers of watches, jewellery, old clothe umbrellas, and various other articles more or le> ornamental and useful, while those in search ofcomforts for the inner man could be supplied vth shell-fish, hot chipped potatoes. and other dainties too numerous to mention. When these itinerant vendors kept off the main street there was perhaps not much reason to complain, but it certainly is objec- tionable to have a standing for the sale of nuts on the Rhondda. bridge and four other similar erections in Market-square, as they were to be seen on Saturday evening last. The brakes that ply between Pontypridd, Porth, and Cilfynydd were in great force on that night, and extended in a line from the same bridge to the Bank House, and again in the centre of Market-street, from Taff-street, in a line of about 30 yards long. A number of mendicants, scattered here and there amongst these obstructions, assisted in making the medley more complet ely muddled. It would be bad enough if these obstructionists were local people, but we understand that the place is getting so well known for its leniency towards the class that it is fast becoming the happy hunting grounds of numbers from miles around. The Arcade itself is always crowded on those evenings, and the shopkeepers there should be making a good thing of it, notwithstanding their complaints of high rents. It is rather annoying, however, if one is leaving the Arcade by the Catherine-street end, when the darkness is apparently darker from the i blaze of light he has just left, to find that he has stumbled against a pile of boxes and crates, which are generally placed in the road at that spot to the appreciable danger of all who pass that way. Truly this entrance is directly under the terrible eye of the law. It is opposite the police-station. It is sur- prising that that useful and ornamental body- the police—do not assist the Local Board and compel the street to be kept continually clear. There are many other similar obstructions, but we have no room to schedule them. We understand that the Church Defence Party at Pontypridd have been in communication with Mr. Gwilym Hughes with reference to his accept- ance of the challenge made by Mr. Helm at the recent Church Defence meeting at Pontypridd. The Disestablishment Party in the town are de- termined to carry the matter on if the other side will meet them. and have formed an influential and powerful committee to meet any committee that may be appointed by the Church party to settle the points to be discussed by their respective champions. It is hardly likely that the discussion will take place this side of Christmas, but if the Church Defence party are ready to meet, there is no reason why it should not be brought on in the beginning of the New Year.

JOTTINGS ON POLITICS.

FRAUD AT TREFOEEST,

THE SERIOUS BRAWL AT POXTYPRIDD.

-..-LLANHAREAN AND YSTRAD…

THE QUESTION OF THE. WELSH…

BARRY.

BARRY DOCK.

CADOXTOX.

SULLY.

DIKAS POWIS.

ST. ATHANS.

BOXVILSTOXE.

LLAXCARFAX.

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BRIDGEND.

MAESTEG.

' TYNEWYDD (OGMORE YALLEY).'

PORTHCAWL.

SOUTHERNDOWN.

BRYNCETHIN.

OGMORE VALLEY.

COWBRIDGE.

BETTWS.

BLAENGARW.

POXTYPRIDD.

YNYSYBWL. !

YSTRAD.

MOUNTAIN ASH.

LLWYNYPIA.

PEXYGRAIG.

TONYREFAIL.

CYMMER.

DINAS.

TREALAW.

HEOLFACH.

GILFACH GOCH.

TREH ARRIS.

FORESTERS' DIXNER AT CADOXTOX…

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THE WELSH UNIVERSITY.