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ROUND THE TOWNS. -i'' 'f. The Rev. Ton Evans has gone to spend his- honeymoon in Paris. Good old Doctor Gore is now living at the top of Kenilworth-road. Lot of money has changed hands in South Gla- morgan over the recent election. At the Penarth Police-court on Monday a sea captain was summoned name Cannal. Who is the man who went into a field the other evening to try and destroy his neighbour's cow ? We know. # What price the Toryism of Cadoxton ? We are credibly informed that the proportion of Liberals to Tories in the Barry district was four to one. A Cardiff election joke. Who killed Gunn I" "Those who have be-Gunn to Reed." Yes, and they'll continue to. Reed" now that they have begun. We hear—but we cannot vouch for the truth of the rumour—that the Lord Mayor will contest a seat in Glamorganshire at the next general election. Mr. Barstow was unfortunate in not attending the Public Works Committee meeting the other night. A new road was considered—a good oppor- tunity for displaying his talent. Captain Hamilton Murrell, the hero of the Dan- mark rescue, addressed the Sunday School of the English Congregational Church at East Barry last Sunday afternoon.— Mail. Mr. George David was observed at the Penarth Police-court on Monday to smile very sardonically at the eloquent appeal of Mr. Belcher to the Bench on behalf of Police-constable Bowen. ♦ One of the solicitors engaged at the Bridgend police-court on Saturday, in the mackerel case was named Scale. Very appropriate for a fishy affair, and he weighed matters very fairly. One of the best election jokes was made at Birkenhead. Vote for Lever and the flowing tide," said a Liberal placard. Dam the flowing tide," was the comment of a Tory placard. At the Barry Dock Polict-court on Thursday, a Gimblett was charged with stealing a hammer. Their worships saw it was a plane case, and GimbJett got six strokes with the birch. Awl right! ♦ Sir Morgan's heart would have been rejoiced had he seen the five Tory conveyances outside the R.A.O.B. Institute on Friday last. But, alas and alack not a single voter did they pick up During a case at the Bridgend County-court on Wednesday, a witness having made certain state- ments, the counsel remarked, Oh well, you were going on for seventeen years of age, then ?" No," rejoined the witness, I was sixteen and a half." On Friday last a certain Cadoxton minister, after recording his vote, started with two other gentlemen to Paris by a cheap excursion. And he hadn't his clericals or his wife with him The naughty man! The ratepayers were "conspicuous by their absence at the Local Government Board inquiry on Wednesday morning. Major-General Crozier observed that he supposed the ratepayers were too busy to attend. We hear that the very last man to record his vote at the recent election in South Glamorgan was a certain county magistrate who was fetched out of a neighbouring "pub." at the nick of time to vote for the Unionist. # :Je A local gentleman dined and slept at the house of a Jubilee Knight a few days since. Judging from his subsequent actions, this con- descension on the part of the Jubilee Knight proved too much for his brains. The other day the Perfect Thrift" Society had a public ballot at Cadoxton. This has led people to ask what has become of the Star-Bowkett Society It has been in existence for some two years, uld as yet it has only had one ballot. Mr. Brand, the son of the speaker, was contesting Eastbourne against Admiral Held. Mr. Brand's promises," said the Admiral, are no good they won't wash." No monkey-Brand," shouted some- body in the crowd, and Mr. Brand was defeated. Major-General Crozier, R.E., the Local Govern- ment Board Inspector present at the inquiry at the Boardroom, Cadoxton, on Wednesday morning, recognised in a very short time General Lee's first- rate business capacities, and complimented him upon them. Some time ago it was stated in this column that the repairing of the permanent way of the Barry Company had been transferred to the department of the general manager. We have since been informed that no change has been made, and we hasten to correct our error. Mr. Smith Jones informs us that although the Chairman at the Chamber of Trade meeting called him to order, he did so under a misapprehension and that he afterwards apologised for so doing. Mr. Jones had not spoken at all on the question mooted, and was quite in order. It was a strange thing during the recent Parlia- mentary election that the London Daily News was taken away from the table of the Main-street Read- ing llooms much earlier in the evening than was necessary and that the Tory papers were allowed to remain till the next day's news parcel arrived. An anonymous correspondent in our Barry con- temporary last week called Mr. John Robinson the leading gentleman in the Barry district." The other day it was stated that Mr. Lewis Lewis was a "bom courtier." (It is needless to state that Mr. Robinson and Mr. Lewis are the proprietors of of the paper. We understand that the Rev. W. Daniel, Pen- mark, is to preach at the Welsh C. M. Chapel at Holton next Sunday. This will be his first appear- ance as pastor at Holton, and we wish him the success such a good fellow deserves a full church, a responsive congregation, and sympatheitc help. Hailwc i chwi! There is a great deal of interest centred in the coming Bank Holiday Gala at Cadoxton. The local champions are rubbing up their running powers, and the local drapers are doing a splendid business in ribbons and the other little uuneces- saries in which the fair portion of the community delight to array themselves on these occasions. The Western Mail—when we quote a paragraph we always name the source—said that a certain Cadoxton young lady was very active in bringing voters to the poll. As a matter of fact, the young lady's efforts were not crowned with the success they deserved and, ungallant as it may seem, only one was brought up in this manner, and he I was not a voter. The most spicy election story is the story of Mabon's unopposed return. Councillor Morris, Mabon's opponent, went to Cardiff the day before the nomination, and did not return in time to be nominated. Mr. Morris alleges that he was drugged by the wicked Radicals of Cardiff. There seems no doubt that Mr. Morris did swallow pizen in some form or other. Mr. T. P. O'Connor relates a good story in the Sunday Sun. Sir Henry James was being opposed at Bury by the oldest practitioner in the town and one of the best known ladies' doctors in Lancashire. A chairman of one of the Unionist meetings said he couldn't understand why the doctor came out as a Liberal candidate he ought to come out as a labour candidate. A parent summoned, at the Barry Dock Police- court for not sending his son regularly to school, made a rather novel excuse. He said he had endeavoured to make his son attend regularly to schoolbut the shopkeepers were to blame, as they employed the boy to run errands. Another parent,, asked when her son was born, said she couldn't say, as &he had so many other children. ♦ Another election story from Herefordshire. A labourer was brought to the poll by his master, and told to vote for Sir Joseph Bailey, the first name on the voting paper. When he came out after recording1 his vote, he said, .1 It's all right, master." A little later he told a Liberal friend, I promised: to put a cross opposite the first name on the paper" and so I did. But I turned the paper upside down first." Mr. Francis Williams has broken the record. The biggest majority ever got was at Tower Hamlets, where the Conservative candidate beat his opponents some years ago by 7,000. Mr. Williams, however, was beaten at Merthyr by 9,644. He is not very much cast down, however, by it, and says that the next best thing to having the biggest majority ever known is to be beaten by the biggest majority ever known. A capital portrait aod an appreciative sketch of the late Mr. Dillwyn is given in this week's Christian Aye. Here is a sample. He (Mr. Dillwyn) was never an appreciative speaker, but his high character, his influential position in his own neighbourhood, and his immovable faithful- ness to his convictions has won for him universal respect,, and his authority on Welsh subjects was generally recognised." # A certain member of the Barry School Board lately took some friends over the Holton Schools. The head mistress received the visitors with her usual courtesy, and wasted half-an-hour or so in showing them the capabilities of the children. Imagine her joy when one of the visitors rewarded her courtesy with a munificent tip" of two shillings There's no doubt that Higher Educa- tion is wanted at Barry. ♦ A correspondent writes :—" I noticed at a place in Holton that gwasananaethau' are to be held there in connection with the Welsh Church, i dragwyddoldetau er gogon- iantau yr eglwysoliaethau, &c. Well, well, the old woman up the other street is getting old and feeble. She never knew any Welsh, but it is only in her dotage she has been foolish enough to show her ignorance." ♦ lie Whilst making the arrangements for the Chamber of Trade trip to Ilfracombe the members were in a very pleasant mood. One gentleman went into raptures at the proposition of having Devonshire cream after lunch, and another hoped the mem- bers would make arrangements so as to prevent any undesirable people accompanying them. Of course," he added, with all due respect to those people Here all the others laughed. Judge Gwilym Williams is really too hard upon his legal brethren at times. A witness was asked at the Bridgend County-court on Wednesday what was his reason for asking a certain question. Because he wished to know," he replied. ló Yes," remarked his Honour. That is the reason why most people ask questions—unless they happen to be lawyers cross-examining." This remark was greeted with loud laughter in the court. ♦ ♦ Young Wales across the border have not been fortunate in the general election. Mr. Ellis Jones Griffith has been defeated in the Toxteth Division of Liverpool; Mr. Leif Jones at Bermondsey Mr. Sydenham Jones at Hornsey while Mr. T. Terrell and Mr. Howell Williams, of the London County Council, have also failed to secure seats. On the other hand, Mr. Brynmor Jones has won a bril- liant victory at Stroud, and Mr. Thomas Owen (of the Ely Paper Mills, &c.), who is the son of a Machynlleth farmer, has been returned for the Launceston Division of Cornwall. » A rather singular plea for leniency was put forward by Mr. Belcher at the Penarth Police- court on behalf of the defendant he was defend- ing. The man, he said, was a Welshman, and a member of a people whose characteristic im- petuosity was well known. A characteristic warmth and impetuosity which gives vent to itself by indulging in kicks and blows upon people must be rather an uncomfortable posses- sion. The adage that it is but a step between the sublime and ridiculous was well exemplified when Mr. Belcher descended from pathos to bathos. Among the smart repartees delivered in the present political campaign, honourable mention should be made of Mr. Hamonds's reply to an indiscreet interrupter. Mr. Ilamond's magisterial experience is of long standing, and on this occa- sion, as the Newcastle Journal says, it stood him in good stead. At one of his meetings a voice from the crowd bellowed forth, Get your hair cut, Charlie." The laugh was soon turned the other way, for, adjust- ing his spectacles and fixing an imperturbable look upon the individual, he retorted with perfect sangfroid, My dear friend, if I am not mistaken, I have been the means of your having your hair cut before to-day." » Life is too short to waste much time in exposing the ridiculous mis-statements—we won't copy some people's polite phraseology and call them lies of our little Barry contemporary. Here are a few choice one's from last week's issue.—Mr. W. LI. Williams is not. and never has been, a a Brother of the R.A.O.B.—The Rev. J. W. Matthews was abroad last Sunday, and so could not preach at the Court-road Chapel.—Dr. O'Donnell never said that the man Driscoll had been sumarilly dismissed by Mr. John Robinson."—The charge in the anony- mous letter against Mr. Meggitt is not only ridicu- lous. but untrue.—The South n ales Star is a Radical paper, and the only control exercised by the directors over the policy of the paper is to take care that it is Radical enough. The monotony of a county-court is occasionally enlivened by amusing incidents. During the hear- ing of a case at the Bridgend County-court, a witness was giving evidence as to the building of a wall many years ago. Asked by Mr. Hughes how it came that he remembered that special job, the witness said that he had a motive for it. What was the motive ?" queried Mr. Hughes. The witness asked his Honour was he bound to answer it ? Certainly," replied the Judge. Well, I was courting," said the witness, and," he continued, the money was a bit of overtime." This admission evoked some laughter, whereupon his Honour remarked that there was nothing to be ashamed of in it as people generally courted before they married. He had done so himself, added his Honour, thus adding further to the merriment of those in court.




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