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DEATH OF 1fR. PARRY THOMAS, PONTYPRIDD. It is with much regret that we have to record the death of Mr. D. Parry Thomas, the genial land- lord of the "Sportsman," Pontypridd, who died early on New Year's day. after a short illness from inflammation of the lungs. The death of Mr. Thomas will be much felt in the district, as he was deservedly popular amongst all classes. Much sympathy is felt for his widow and children, who have lost a good husband and father. As a dog fancier Mr. Thomas held one of the highest positions, and few have taken more prizes than he. his name being invariably prominent in the prize lists of the first shows in the kingdom. For many years he made his love of dogs his business, and did very little else than attend to the breeding and showing of dogs. He was. however, an ardent sportsman of the higher class, and stood out in bold comparison with the so-called sportsmen who think that a sporting man is one who devotes his time to the encouragement of such brutal and lowering contests as the prize ring affords, and whose only admiration for a dog is based upon its qualities as a fighter. As a publican he was unique, and the name of his hotel was a most approp- riate one. He had much hesitation in taking- it but when, some few years r.go, he resolved to do so, he also resolved, to conduct it in a proper and respectable manner, and to make it a credit to himself and his family, aud in this he succeeded in every respect. His first act was to change the name of the house to the Sportsman," and then to change the nature of its business and his own popularity, coupled with the good conduct of his house, soon made it the headquarters of the Pontypridd Football Club, who will not cease to mourn over their host and patron. He was thorough in all ho did, and, not being content with attending to their comforts in the house, always followed them to their field in their matches, where his attention to their wants v.'as the means of sustaining them in their contests on many occasions. He was a good and conscientious Liberal, one of the first members of the Liberal Association of Pontypridd, and stuck to the cause to the end. although, perhaps, contrary to bis own interests in business. Among the Liberal party his loss is greatly felt, and the poor of his district will not cease to grieve after a good friend, who was always a friend in need. His funeral took place on Tuesday, and was very largely at- tended. At the special request of Mr. Thomas's friends, the body was to have been carried by them to its last resting place, but owing to the wet weather, the remains had to be carried in a shellibier. He was 41 years of age, and leaves a widow and a large family.

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