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ROUND THE TOWN. A Barryite lost thn last train for Barry at Queen- street, Cardiff. the other night, but walking leisurely along to the Great Western Station, caught it there. It was an Irishman who told us this story. The public meeting at Barry Dock last Friday was expected to have been a lively affair, but everything turned out to bo as cool as the pro- verbial cucumber. A reporter's table was sadly needed, a praying desk, and an American organ having to be requisitioned. It appeared one time as if the Communion-table used by the church missioners would have had to be used. By the bye. if the Church of England is going to use the hall for its services, surely some means should be taken to screen the altar. The members of the Pontypridd Liberal Club are nicely divided into two classes, each of whom seem to act quite independently of the other. For instance, we have the lovers of music who periodi- cally hold their smoking coneerts, and the lovers of literature who devote themselves to listening to lectures and addresses and criticise the same. The latter are called, "The cream of the club," and generally meet in the well-furnished reception- I )om, whilst the former content themselves with the le?s showy but more homely billiard room. En- thusiasm and energy belong to the musicians, who seldom join the literary audience in listening to the excellent rddresse3 of which wo have had but one this season, and the Vittc-ratmrs reciprocate the feeling by sending but one representative— seldom more—to the smoking concerts of their younger brethren. What a pity that such a state of things exist They complain of the insufficiency and the bad quality of the gas in Pontypridd. Judging from the discussion that took place at the Pontypridd Local Board on the subject at their last meeting, we are of opinion that the members of thr.t body have plenty of gas" to enlighten a town six times the size of the metropolis of the Rhondda and not only that, but the quality is by no means bad. The Pontypridd Local Board is composed of a brewer, a squire, two colliery managers, two con- tractors, two publicans, a strong temperance advo- cate, an auctioneer, and Messrs. John .James and David Rowlands, Among the momentous ques- tions they have soon to consider will be the supply of gas and water, the erection of a public slaughter- house. and the Berw Bridge, the subsidiary drain- age, the widening of the bridges, the general im- provements of the town, and the levying of heavier rates. No wonder they fight shy of the incorpora- tion question. Two youths, returning from the Cowbridge Police-court on Saturday, after pleading the usual innocenco and getting fined 10s. each, laughed heartily, and one actually wanted his fellow-tippler to come and have a glass on the strength of it." Hardened sinner! The sense of smell is very keen in the Ponty- pridd Stipendiary. On Wednesday last a man was smoking in the precincts of the court, about 20 yards away from the bench, but our Ignatius smelt a pipe, and ordered his removal. Mrs. Griffiths, who was last week nominated as a member of the Glyntaff Burial Board, is a most estimable lady, and a heavy ratepayer. The mas- culine partner in the county is the rate collector. We have r.o doubt that a lady of the experience and the ability of Mrs. Griffiths on the Glyntaff Burial Board will be a valuable acquisition to the august body. Mr. W. 0. Matthews struck the nail on the head and created roars of laughter at Pontypridd Police- court the other day. A case of assaulting the police was being heard, and it was said that the policemen's helmets were thrown to the ground in the scuffle. '• That's just like Government pro- perty," said Mr. Matthews. they never protect their owners when required." Pontypridd girls are in favour of smoking, for at a debate on the question whether smoking was injurious to health or not. out of the fifteen young ladies present twelve voted in favour of smoking and three against. We do not suggest that the female population of Pontypridd are slaves to the fumes of the fragrant weed, but it is quite evident they prefer a smoker to another. So, my male friends, especially those on the look-out for a partner, will do well to consider the question. The girls say the clubs are their greatest rivals, but all who frequent the clubs are smokers. Are we to understand that the fair sex are starting a crusade against the bachelor's paradise? We hope not. A political meeting was recently held at Bar- mouth. at which Mr. Tom Ellis spoke. Mr. J. Arthur Price, who took the chair, commented on the injustice of an English-speaking judge trying cases where monoglot Welshmtn were concerned. TMr. Price added. Tho judge is still there, although net only Liberal and Nationalist, but also Tories like Sir John Puleston, and Churchmen like the Bishop of Bangor, have protested against the ap- pointment. My follow Churchmen, will you support a Government which treats our bishop with no more respect than if he was a Methodist preacher ? Mr Ellis also spoke highly of the bishop's conduct, and said that in this respect the English went in for England for the English.' What would they say for the greatest lawyer for judge in Rutlandshire, if he knew all Justinian and Gains, knew French. Welsh, and Latin, but was ignorant of English ? Y' Rhedegydd," a Welsh halfpenny weekly circulating in Carnarvonshire and Merionethshire, falls foul of Mr. Bryn Roberts, M.P., for refusing to act on the committee or subscribing towards the testimonial which was lately given to Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P. At tho last meeting of the Barry School Board an animated discussion took place on the price of firewood. Mr. T. J. O'Keefe, the organising secretary of the National Amalgamated Labourers' Union, has just recovered from an attack of the prevailing epidemic. A grand concert in aid of the Barry Dock Church Mission is announced to be held at the Thompson- street Public Hall on February 20th. Mr. James Ware, J.P., is determined to put a stop to Sunday drinking at Penarth. He comes down verly heavily when fining persons who have been caught intoxicated on the Sabbath. The caretaking and cleaning of the Board Schools in the Barry district promises to become a big item. Captain Davies, at the School Board meeting at Cadoxton last Monday, wanted to know who the member was who sent his children to the Holton Schools. A paragraph in this column last* week suggested the query. At Barry on Monday a woman was kicked by a horse in the jaw. The horse's foot was broken It has been suggested that the Wenvoe Plough- ing Society should hold their next ploughing meeting at Cadoxton Common, but, of course, that is all tommy rot. as a small million of builders' carta have already cut the ground effectually. Speaking of the Wenvoe Ploughing Society, reminds us that it is exceedingly probable that General Lee. will net be a subscriber this year. For further particulars! consult the St. Nicholas police-court returns. A horse and cart sank into the mud at Thompson- street. Barry Dock, on Tuesday, and hasn't been seen since. The need cf a life boat or a mud barge at Barry is at once apparent. We heard over a year ago that the directors of the Barry Gas and Water Company were about to give a dinner to their employees. We heard the same thing nine months ago. We heard it exactly six months back, and we believe it was onlv three months afterwards that we heard it again. We haven't heard anything about it since. A Barry lodger writes to inform us that where he hangs out" the weakness of the tea is only equalled by the strength of the butter. One supports the other. Public life at Penarth promises to become very interesting. There are now two newspapers there. The Arizona kicker" style has, we are glad to observe, not yet been adoptod. The Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., will deliver a special sermon at the Barry Congregational Chapel next Sunday night on the life of the late Cardinal Manning. The funeral of poor Dr. Magor, of Barry Dock, took place on Monday afternoon. The proposal to spend a thousand pounds for a cemetery lodge did not produce much excitement at the Barry Burial Board on Tuesday night, but when a labourer in the employ of the Board sought to get a shilling or two a week more, the resolu- tions and nmendments were innumerable, and the casting vote of the chairman soon settled the prospects of any increase of stipend for the present. Last year's shipments of coal from Cardiff amounted to 12.902,828 tons the corresponding shipments in 1890 were 12,202,328 tons. It follows that the shipments expanded last year to the extent of 700,514 tons.

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