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,0' Last Monday was Mabon's Day. # Mr. F. W. Taylor, of Barry, is an ideal old electioneering hand. The petty sessions at St. Nicholas will be held bi-monthly in future. Alterations are about being made to the St. Paul's Iron Church, Barry. « it The Liberals of the Graig will have a. grand old flare-up in the shape of a dinner soon. Wednesday's '-opereUic performance at the Barry Public-hall was perfection itself. The most difficult meetings to report in creation are those of the Dinas Powis Highway Board. # When next the Barry Trades Council run a labour candidate they intend to plump for him like nails. # Mr. D. T. Morris, the poetical author of Echoes from Wales," has left Ferryside, and now resides at Penarth. A Barry pilot has a good tale to tell about a trip down channel. Three ministers and a bottle of brandy are in it. Xf A Barry medical gentleman has two brass plates affixed outside his residence. His name is spelt differently 011 each. The dance given by the officers of the Submarine Miners at Cardiff on Tuesday was very jolly. About 200 attended. It takes exactly as many days for a parcel to travel from Cardiff to Cadoxton as it does hours from London to Cardiff. # Barry railwaymen should understand that if they desire to get their demands conceded they must stick together like pitch. # General Lee has 140 acres of land which lie would like to let for allotments. We ought to charge for this as an advertisement. # # Mr. John Robinson has chosen the Old Village as the ward which he will represent. He expects to be returned for services rendered." >I< What, with great eisteddfodic and sports meet- ings, Cadoxton refreshment house keepers ought to have a busy day on Whit-Monday. Dissension has arisen in the ranks of the Barry Brass Band. The drummer has struck-not the drum, but the whole business altogether. # it Barry's intermediate school is to be erected opposite the Buttrills. Something else be- sides nightingales will be heard of now in that part. A correspondent, in sending us a report of the horse-whipping of a postmaster, from whom blood freely flowed owing to the heavy belabouring he received, terms the affair a somewhat amusing incident." MharOn. ugBmr eParn roy notwn yapSs riuda nd dmraey opslot arstateg, r raetnred aavbhele e lleiand nfwod rimtlh os qtuuhs ae ctilhoauates t companion. A speaker at the Cardiff Liberal Club dinner on Monday night said," An old proverb teaches us that to spare the rod spoils the child. I am determined not to spare the child." The chipped potato business at Cadoxton is on the ascendency. The man sports a donkey, and the master a bicycle. This is since several printers have withdrawn their custom. To assist in completely restoring to health Inspector King, the genial Penarth police official has recently availed himself of a fortnight's visit to Somerset. His health, however, has not yet recovered its customary vigour. tk The parting between the retiring Highway Board surveyor and the members was a painful one. To quote the words of the funeral reporter, there was scarcely a dry eye in the room. Mr. J. P. Jones—we be- pardon, Councillor J. P. Jones—made an ideal chairman at the Cardiff Liberal dinner, and Alderman David Jones made the most amusing speech of the evening. # Hugh Price Ilughes holds, with Thomas Carlyle, that the man who is not working is stealing. He told this to the London Vestry employes when un- furling their new banner the other night. Who says trade is bad at Barry ? A county- court bailiff was asked on Wednesday how business was, and he replied. Splendid, splendid I shall have to get another assistant down here Pontypridd will look pretty when Mr. James Roberts' suggestion for weiring the Taff for boating purposes, and the promenades along Zion- street and Berw-road will have been accom- plished. Four new correspondents for the South Wales Star have been appointed in the Rhondda Valley —one at Porth, one for the district between Ystrad and Tonypandy, another for Ferndale, and another at 'ireorky. f Sir Charles Dilke will make an ideal Radical leader in the next Parliament. He is a man of tried worth, a good debater, an experienced politician, a supremely clever man—and has no chance of office. The familiar figure of Mr. Smith, New Wallace, was missed at the monthly meeting- of the Dinas Powis Highway Board on Wednesday. No more, alas shall we hear those graphic descriptions of Wenvoe's monthly requirements. There are no public-houses in the villages of Ewenny, Merthyrmawr, Tythegstone, St. Donatt's, and Margam, so we read in a Cardiff daily but a few of those at Llantwit-Major and Cowbridge could be very well spared, if necessary. While not disapproving of the Salvation Army and their work, a Barry professional gentleman has a strong dislike to the early Sunday morning service, with drum accompaniment, outside his house, while he more especially is in bed. » $ Sir Charles Dilke's speeches at Cardiff on Monday were worthy of his great reputation. His pro- nouncement in the question of Welsh Home Rule was opportune and statesmanlike. It is. he said, the logical outcome of Home Rule for Ireland. Mr. A. E. Jones, Penarth, has composed an anthem, entitled" Â.!j it began to dawn," which was performed at the Arcot street Wesleyan Chapel on Easter Sunday. It gave great satisfac- tion to the large congregation assembled at the service. It was a matter of general comment on Tuesday the great difference between the way business was transacted now at the Barry Local Board and last year. The difference lies, not with the board, which is the same, but in the chairman, who is— well, not the same. There is a valuable carpet in the Penarth Local Board room. They think a lot of it; and don'tyou forget it. Some lead pencil cuttings were found on it one morning, somewhere near the reporters' table, and the users of the latter have been hated ever since. # So far Mr. John Robinson has not proved him- self to be a very able chairman of the Barry Local Board. He is very loose in his method of keeping order, and is especially notable for his dilatoriness in putting a resolution or an amendment to the meeting with which he disagrees. » Barry and Cadoxton are not represented on the Cardiff Union Assessment Committee. Mr. Alexander was selected for his general knowledge of the work, but not as Barry's representative, although like General Lee, he has no mean acquaintance with the district ♦ Mr. John Robinson has determined that the meetings of the Quoit Club and the Primrose League should henceforth be held at King William IV., Cadoxton. Mr. John Robinson knows nothing of electioneering dodges, and intends to stand for the old village when the district is divided into wards. A member of the Pontypridd Local Board spoke 99 times at the last meeting before the reporters retired, and even then the whole business was not concluded. In future the reporters will keep a record of the times members speak, and publish the same for the benefit of the electors at the end of the year. ♦ A young lady played oa an instrument with a. name a. foot long—aquadigipsycharmcnica—at the Pontypridd Town-hall last week. A collier asked what it meant, and was told that aqua meant water. He replied that he would prefer to drink whisky than pronounce that word, and we agree with him. A complainant in an illegitimacy case upon being told at Bridgend Police Court that an order had been made for the payment of 3s. a week upon defendant, said" But I want you to order him to marry me." The clerk's deputy was equal to the occasion and said We don't make marriages here, but we sometimes break them." 110: It didn't take very long to discover at the Barry Local Board meeting on Tuesday that somebody else besides the signer of the letter re the printing contractor of the board had a finder in the dictation of that communication. The board acted wisely in depositing such a libellous and dirty piece of scribble in the waste paper basket. » ♦ The maiden speech of the Wenvoe guardian at Wednesday's Highway Board meeting was like that of a distinguished statesman—not a success. He got up and muttered a few words, but owing to the general hubbub had to sink into obscurity. But, oh that look upon his countenance. "A time will come when you will hear me." it said Business transactions between the towns of Pontypridd and Barry and Cadoxton are rapidly increasing, for last week a large number of Barry gentlemen were seen parading the streets of the Rhondda Metropolis. Even a large number of Pontypridd business men were seen in the Barry district during last week. A Penarth school teacher had the permission of the headmaster for a few day's leave to go away and give evidence in a police court case. Mr. Evan Roberts, one of the members of the Board, is in a deuce of a tear because the well-paid teacher had not a day's pay deducted from his salary, and has accordingly written to the Education Department n reference to the matter. ♦ A Detroit paper says that it has discovered the origin of "Ta.-ra-ra.-boom-de-ay." It is the tune that Orpheus began to sing when Pluto declined at first to give up Eurydice. As soon as he had heard the first verse, Pluto begged Orpheus to take his wife away. "If the people here catch up that tune." he said, we shall have a Hades of a time." And that was how Eurydice got free. All the M.P.'s—except Mabon—failed to turn up at the Labour demonstration at Cardiff. It is rumoured that the reason was that they didn't wish to appear on the same platform as Sir Chas. Dilke. It might be said, however, as Watcyn Wyn said at he Brecon Eisteddfod, when the Prince of Wales, as usual, disappointed the land of his title, Os nad yw'r tywysog yn yr wyl, Mae'r genedl anwyl yno. The members of the Llantwit-Vardre School Hoard were rather hard upon the Rev. Simpson .101H>. Treforest, at their last meeting, because the genilelll;m had insisted upon putting himself for- ward as a candidate for the recent election. It was contended that, as he was not a ratepayer nor a resident in the parish, he should have retired, and thus saved the ratepayers £ 60—the cost of the election. # Talk about about the slave days of selling human flesh and blood, an incident occurred at Cadoxton the other night which should make our modern civilization blush. A drunken navvy, in Barry-road, who was rolling home with several of the same ilk, was heard loudly offering to sell to eithe of his companions, one of his two wives for a bob Goodness knows, the offer may have been closed with by this time. Mr. F. W. Taylor. the Secretary of the Barry Liberal Association, has nearly 60 canvass books ready, and two committee-room registers. Each shows the qualifying address of the voter, and the address he has removed to. It also shows" for," "against," "doubtful," "dead," "removed." &c. We hear the Conservative secretary intends to get up early in the morning, but it will take him all his time to walk round Mr. Taylor. A great row is made in some quarters because a Cadoxton Church of Wales Baptists h.we gone in for a prize-drawing on behalf of their building fund, and comparisons are drawn between ths Cadoxton Baptists and the gamblers of Monte Carlo. Moreover, they are called Jesuits and are told tha.t the day of repentance is at hand. But why condemned the V< elsh Baptists more than those who go in for bazaars Mr. Tom Ellis is a busy man. Here is his pro- gramme for Easter week :—Monday, visiting old friends in and around Mandderfel Tuesday, at Llanuwchliyn: Wednesday morning, attending' the Merionethshire Education Committee Wednes- day evening, with Mr. Stnart llendal at Siaehyn- Ileth Thursday. public meeting at Trawsfyndd Friday, meeting in Harlech Saturday, at iive o'clock, meeting in Neviu and at eight o'clock same day, another meeting at Pwllheli. An intelligent ( .') son of toil was canvassed for his vote at the recent local board election at Barry, on behalf of four of the candidates. His reply WJIS, 011. vug I'll vote for them." However, just as the visitor was carefully shutting the garden gate the proud possessor of the vote called out, Are there any more than those four When t'dd in reply that there were altogether nine candidates in the field, the voter, just befors closing the door, signified his intention of bountifully extending his patronage by voting for the whole nine. And yet they have registered that man's paper among the spoilt votes. About 10,000 spectators witnessed the hisw1 ia Easter Tuesday feotbail at Workington. The occasion is observed as a holiday. The goals; are W orkingtoil Hall and the harbour, about three- quarters of a mile apart. Hundred" take part in the struggle, those kicking up being called the Uppies," and those playing down the •' Downies." For many years a man named Daglish has thrown the ball off, and he did coon Easter Tuesday. After an exciting struggle, in which tome of the com- batants plunged freely into the river Dvnnmt, and. pieces of clothing were lost, the Uppies'' proved victorious an hoar after the start. £ !■






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