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ROUND THE TOWNS. People will be glad when the proposed cemetery Chapel is erected at Merthyr Dovan. ■■■' At Bridgend Police-court on Saturday a com- plainant was asked, Was defendant sober ? He replied, Yes. He was drunk. The Penarth Police-court on Monday was a very light one, and the magistrates got through the business in less than half an hour. The King of Cardiff," who is in his more prosaic moments the Mayor, visited Cadoxton on Friday. He left his crown at home. '■ that's to come of us ? The anniversary of the opening of Barry Dock was last Monday, and no dinner was held to commemorate it. The next big thing at Barry will be a Liberal (in more than one sense) dinner. It is anticipated that about 300 will partake of it, as the price of tickets is only 2s. Who was the young damsel heard to speak of her sister, and, instead of calling her a blonde, made a mistake, and called her a "blanc mange?" Her ideas evidently want sorting. Mr. F. W. Taylor, the Liberal agent for Cadox- ton-Barry, has collected over 70 new claims for votes of Liberal working men in the district to be entered on the next register. The kerbing of Holton-road is finished and people can now pass 'withoub the aid of umbrellas to protect their eyes from the stone chips flying about. For this favour, much thanks. The Welsh Liberals will not be troubled at any future election by the cry of paid Ulster agitators. They had such a rebuff at this election that the Tory party will not repeat the trick ofi having them again. ♦ The young man Samuel Atwell, who so nobly tried to same a fellow workman's life last week, is about 26 years of age, and a member of Mr. S. y I A. Williams' Bible-class at the Barry Congrega- tional Church. Mr. D. Edwards, of Holton-road, writes to say that it was he who was responsible for the announcement in our contemporary that the Rev. J. W. Matthews would preach last Sunday week at Court-road Chapel. The bobbies of the Barry district complain of the want of something to do, and gloomily mutter that if this state of things go on much longer they will be unequal to the task of resisting successfully a breach of the law. « The luncheon provided for the ministers and delegates at Barry was one of the best ever served in the district. There was just one little fault, however. No allowance was made for those who take something stronger than gingerpop. ♦ We are informed lively revelations may be ex- pected during the hearing of a. county court case which will shortly be heard from Cadoxton. The parties to the case are both well known, and piquant disclosures may be expected. There will be no need for the Barry School Board to rest on their laurels for some time to come, judging from the following specimen sent to a Board schoolmaster this week :—" July 13, 89 —pies to exques my sun thomes, as he as had a cold." Fortunately for himself, Mr. Daniels, who read a paper at Barry on Sunday School work, is not a resi- dent in the Barry district, or he would find himself like Daniel of old in a den of lions. The Roman Catholics of Barry are rather sensitive when their Church is brought under criticism. At the Congregational meeting held at Barry last Wednesday a gentleman stated that the reason the devil had so many followers was because he had good business capacity he kept his house open till 11 p.m. for six days, and closed one, while the chapels opened one and closed six. The mention last week in this column of the absence from the reading room table of the London Daily News resulted in its finding a place once more on Friday and Saturday, but on Monday it was again mm est. Of course the Tory papers were to be found in their proper places. We heard from many polling stations in South Glamorgan when the election was going on that the parsons were imploring the electors to vote for the Knight and keep the Church going. A few voters had the courage to say, Leave politics alone, and minister to the poor and needy instead." At the luncheon of the Barry Congregational Conference on Wednesday flattering compliments were paid to the Rev. J. H. Stowell on the series of papers now running in the SOUTH WALES STAR. which he is writing on a tour in Wales. Another minister said he thought of taking a similar tour. While sight-seeing at Weymouth the other day, Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., was startled to see the familiar face of a. Star man. The face belonged to Mr. Herbert Morgan, late chief reporter of the South Wales Star, but now of the Weymouth Southern Star. Mr. Williams was promptly inter- viewed. ♦ A certain well-read young gentleman of Histrionic society fame whilst narrating a short ancedote. the other evening to some friends, stated that the man fell a distance of ,303 feet, was dashed to pieces and killed." The; astonishment depicted on the visages of his listeners was a sight for sore eyes." • How was it that in three cases where gentlemen had been appointed to report to the Burial Board meeting on Wednesday on different matters, the clerk should have to inform the Board that the gentlemen mentioned on the agenda had not made reports? It speaks rather bad for the interest taken in public matters by some of the members. # A Gloucestershire paper the other day published a paragraph to the effect that the Rev. H. Graham Payn, of Barry, had died. A number of the rev. gentlemen's friends at Bristol immediately wired to the district which boasts of the largest single dock in the world," and were much relieved to learn that the startling report was untrue. The poet with the long hair up the street sends us an interminable poem, of which this stanza is the last Arthur Williams proved a good M.P., Born and bred in South Glamorgan, No man fought so square as he, And out was kicked poor old Sir Morgan. The police at Barry Dock have, we believe, dis- covered a new means of inflicting punishment on evil-doers. Instead of the birch or three month's hard labour, the ends of justice will be met by one of the police-constables playing an air or two on the cornet which has been heard by persons pass- ing the Holton-road Police-station. Evil-doers beware! We hear a wail from watering places that visitors are coming in very slowly, and that the season will be a short one owing to the elections interfering with the holiday arrangements. Daily visitors are abundant; an unprecedented number are daily going down to Southerndown for an out- ing, despite the deficient accommodation at present existing. A proposition was made by a Trades Council member of the Burial Board at the meeting of the Board on Tuesday evening last. that a special meeting of the Board should be held on Bank Holiday. The reporters were dismayed at the possibilities opening up, and Mr. Hughes earned their eternal gratitude by informing the Board that it was not convenient at all for a meeting to be held on such a day. ♦ Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P.. and Mrs. Williams are at present staying at Weymouth, and the hon. member may be daily seen making the most of a well-earned holiday. It was his intention, so he said to a Weymouth reporter a few days ago. to have gone across to the Channel Islands, but Mrs. Williams, it appears, is a bad sailor," so that has been deferred. The visit of Mr. Williams enables the local press to make a few interesting references to the orginator of the National Liberal Club, and the gentleman who recently administered such a. thorough licking to the Tory candidate for South Glamorgan. This is the way the Times explains away the defeat of the Government :—" The moral and intellectual weight of Mr. Gladstone's majority is annulled by the fact that it has been exclusively won in the least advanced districts of the United Kingdom. He has a great preponderance of votes in Wales and in the Highlands of Scotland." No wonder Wales can't take kindly to the party whose chief organ speaks of her as the least advanced district of the United Kingdom." But why should South Monmouth be enlightened, while North Monmouth is among the" least advanced ?" Why should the Denbigh Borough electors, or the elec- tors of Wick, be all that is good and intelligent while their neighbours are still sitting in political darkness. Mr. R W. Perks, who won a. seat for the Liberal party in the Louth Division of Lincolnshire, is well known in this district. He is a partner of Mr. Henry Fowler, the well-known member for Wolver- hampton, and who not improbably will be Home Secretary in the future Liberal Administration. For several years Mr. Perks was one of the direc- tors of the Barry Railway Company, is still largely interested in other undertakings at Barry, and is one of the biggest shareholders in the South Wales Star Company. By religious persuasion he is a Wesleyan, and he is a very energetic member of that denomination. He is married to the daughter of Mr. Mew burn, who is equally well-known as a Wesleyan, and he is thus a brother-in-law of Mr. Ogden, timber merchant, of Cardiff. One of the most notable additions to the new Parliament is the Hon. Edward Blake, of Canada. During the past 15 years Mr. Blake has had an unrivalled reputation as a Parliamentary orator in Canada. One of his own colleagues could be more eloquent at times, but no one in Canada has com- pared with him in parity of reasoning, force of argument, and marvellous grasp of a subject. By sheer force of intellectual ability he has frequently led the whole House of Commons, although his shafts of logic were shot from the Speaker's left. His power of keen analytical criticism would evoke the admiration of any legislative assembly in the world. In sarcasm he could probably give Lord Salisbury some lessons. His English, like his features, is classic, and his mind is stored with the riches of ancient and modern learning. The other week a contemporary had a puff para- graph about its effective advertising facilities. We can outdo that. An advertising firm has written to us begging us to discontinue their advertisement, as since advertising with us their trade has so grown that their premises will not permit of their taking fresh orders. A few days since an excursion trip was advertised in our columns,and when the cap- tiin got to the end of his journey he was astonished to see people from a long distance waiting to make the return trip to Cardiff. His curiosity prompted him to ask how they could possibly have heard of the trip. They answered him that they were sub- scribers to the SOUTH WALES STAR, and had seen it in that morning's edition. That captain now says the SOUTH WALES STAR is the best advertis- ing medium in Wales. # If a young orator wishes to have a lesson in fluency of speech he should attend a meeting of the Barry School Board and hear the excuses of the parents whose children are irregular in their attendance. Now and then they would have ft lesson in tact as well. Here's .the way olit., virtuous woman tried to get round the members. And, sir," she said the teacher beats my boy. and I was told to go and tell Captain D:(.vies, who is one of the head men (Captain Davies bows his head to hide his modest blushes), "and I tell you what, gentlemen, if my boys don't get treated right here, I'll send them to the Catholic School (here it is Dr. O'Donnell's turn to blush, while General Lee sadly murmurs Eve Eve Eve :'). The virtuous matron mistakes his meaning, and, drop- ping a cu^sey, says Good hevening, sir I good hevening to you all!" and off she goes trium- phant, with one babe at her breast and six at her j knee. The story of a promising boy came out at the last meeting of the Barry U. D. School Board. We have all read of the precocious baby of the Bab Ballads, but Mr. Gilbert must have been wrong in saying that he died, like all whom the gods love, in his early youth. This identical boy, at all events, is 10 years old. His mother was asked why she didn't send him to school. Why ?" she exclaimed, 'cos I can't get hold on 'im. He runs away from home, and stays away for weeks, and then I have to fetch him from the Union or from the Police-station. T'other day I had to pay 3s. at the Cardiff Police-station for his keep, but off he went again, and he was then found in an Union." There are great possibilities before this boy. His interesting career shows, according to General Lee, the want of a sectarian school. We should say it shows the want of good home influence, or of an industrial school. There's a lot of cussedness in human nature, which will break out in spite of religious teaching.



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