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'.SUBMARINE MINERS. Last Saturday this corps returned from their annual training at Plymouth. The training lasted 22 davs. about 180 men (that is, three engineer omn names) were present during the first two weeks S about 120 remained for the third week. The Barry Detachment consisted of Lieutenant J. A. "Rushes Surgeon-Lieutenant Edwards, and 30 non- commissioned officers and men. The corps were quartered at the Elphinstone Barracks aojoming the Hoe During the three weeks the weather was •nerfectr—not one wet day. The men received 5s. a day pay, and were charged Is. per day for food. The corps laid the submarine mines used ior de- fending the Borrisand Entrance to Plymouth Sound" The mines were subsequently tested, and the entrance was attacked by four ships, which attempted to pass into the Sound at night. In every case, however, the ships were unable to pass in Of safely. All the members of the corps thoroughly enjoyed the training. The conduct of the men was excellent. We are glad to hear that no member of the Barry Detachment was guilty of even a minor offence, such as constantly occur amongst all bodies of troops, and that the detach- ment, as a whole, was noted for its smartness and efficiency, as well as its good conduct, whilst at Plymouth.
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[ ROUND THE TOWNS. [BY MR. GAD-ABOUT.] Ystradyfodwg was too much of a mouthful for Mr. Robinson at Thursday's meeting of the Burial Board. If you want a really pleasant and decent dance you can get it at the Public Hall, Barry Dock, any Wednesday evening. Who was the owner of the very large hat left on the reporter's table at the Burial Board meeting on Thursday night ? Xot one single case of drunkenness or disorderly conduct occurred at the Regatta on Wednesday. This is as it ought to be. There were more policemen than prisoners at Penarth Court on Monday last, and the magis- trates and reporters were in excellent spirits. Canon Allen was greatly cheered by the Con- formist ministers present upon entering the Dis- trict Temperance Meeting on Friday evening. I don't think the School Board could have done better than elect Mr. John Rees and Dr. Lloyd Edwards to succeed Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Black- more. The. two newly-elected members of the School Board viz" Mr. John Rees and Dr. Lloyd- Edwards, are men that will do good work on the Board. Mr. Lowdon at Monday's School Board meeting borrowed General Lee's glasses. Had the glasses anything to do with his keen scrutiny of the School Board balance ? sk A lot of blanketty blanks were used the other day, when some of the unsuccessful candidates for the position of the clerk of the works heard their applications were unsuccessful. Mr. Lewis, the clerk to the School Board, was at his post at the meeting on Monday. I presume that he spent his holiday in the Highlands as his face presented a very (h) airy appearance. $# At a Cinderella (.') Dance at Cadoxton on Wed- nesday evening the only music supplied was by a concertina. We shall soon hear of lovers of dancing waltzing round to the strains of a tin whistle. & The civility of a certain railway porter at the Cadoxton Station is of a very poor character. A lady asked him for a platform ticket, and he answered in a most abrupt and savage way, We don't keep 'em here." Mr. Handcook found a most defiant witness ia Miss Thomas, of Harriet-street, Cardiff, at Penarth Police Court, and, upon being sworn, this modest young damsel requested the magistrate to speak up, as she was a bit deaf. ifc No one can look dignified when chasing his hat and that's what people thought when they saw a grave local journalist running after his hat like a mad thing at Penarth Dock on Monday, and making ineffective grabs at it. Mr. J. A. Hughes has returned to his duties looking much the better for his holiday. I notice that he wears his hair since his return a let mil it aire probably one of the few remaining evidences of his Plymouth experience. The Porthcawl people, it seems, felt a kind of earthquake shock about midnight on Wednesday last. It was all the effect of the regatta, for I believe many Barryites felt that way on the night in question after the Barry Dock Regatta. At the meeting or the Barry Temperance Council, the Rev. W. Williams was most energetic, sometimes, to the amusement ol those present, in adhering to the rules passed sometime ago by the Council, and which were not being kept. I am told that Dr. O'Donnell, Mr. Lewis Lewis, and Mr. Michael Davies met at the meeting of the Billposters' Association at Derby at the beginning of the week. When shall we three meet again." (To properly appreciate this" goak," the reader must read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.") t I The Dock police were busy at the regatta on Wednesday in ordering off the grounds a large number of those suspicious-looking customers known as catch pennies," who had congregated together with three-legged stands bent upon doing a roaring trade. I am almost inclined to think Mr. Robinson's holiday has brushed away from his mind the remembrance of the procedure of the ballot. Mr. W. Thomas had to enlighten him at the Burial Board meeting Thursday evening as to the way the ballot worked. The spelling of a local newsagent is a wonderful and a fearful thing. In a list of books with which he is alleged to have supplied the Public Library are Drych y praf coesoedd," 11 Canwylliz Cymru," while the" Life of Emily Bronte is described as that of "Emily Boose." One of the ministers at the Barry District Tem- perance Council Meeting said it would be an irreparable loss if a lady who had been elected to the vice-chair withdrew. The most noticeable thing done at the Temperance meeting on Friday night was the waste of time. A gentleman resident at Pontypridd after writ- ing a letter to his mother, absent-mindedly ad- dressed the envelope to his fiancee at Barry Dock, who on reading it returned it to her lover. The poor fellow experience*! an evan"escent fit of madness when he saw what he done. :IF 'F The spirits of the Fete and Gala Committee are not quite extinguished by the financial deficit of the recent fete and gala. Some of the members indulged in a game of billiards, whilst another ordered. A nice glass of whiskey—a nice glass of whiskey and a big cigar, mind, miss." Dear Mr. Gad-About,—We heard a lot the othei day of the" inaugural trip of the Chamber of Trade what has become of that body since 1 Has it already met the fate of those whom the gods love and die young ? Or is it true of it that it is not dead but sleepeth.—Yours, &c., INQUIRER. Two young ladies were going down the Holton- road, when a bill on the hoardings caught their attention. Cadoxton-juxta-Barry,said the one to the other. "Do they call Barry Dock Juxta then," Yes," replied the other. "they do. It is because it is the junction between Cadoxton and Barry. The Western Mail says :—It is too much to ask that temperance men should be temperate ? Here is Mr. Lewis Williams, as director of the Barry Gas and Water Company, actually gloating over the fact that 300 new water services have been laid during. the last half-year. To us it seems like thirst run wild. ¥ A local pressman was seen from Barry Island on Sunday afternoon, careering with a one-sailed boat over the raging main, in a bathing costume. I opine he was prepared for any emergency, having a presentiment the boat would come to a sudden end, which proved to be the case by the same boat being swamped and smashed on the Bendrick rocks. )k: Canon Allen had been voted to the vice-chair of the Council, but said with a smile he would have nothing to do with it only on certain (political) conditions. The Rev. J. H. Stowell, amid much laughter, said the Council was entirely non- political. and if it transgressed that rule Canon Allen would have to impeach the secretary (Rev. Ton Evans). jk The girls employed at the Cadoxton and Barry Laundry have been taken with what may be termed a terpsichorean fit, for on Wednesday they seemed in high glee over the thought of spending the even- ing at the Cinderella dance at the Cadoxton Public Hall. On that morning one girl sent another girl with an order to a local tradesman to furnish her with four or five pairs of pumps on approba- tion to select one pair from. What an impartial gentleman Mr. John Robin- son is to be sure. On Thursday night the votings on a motion and amendment were equal. and it rested with him, as Chairman, to decide which should be carried. So that his impartiality should not be impeached he gave his vote by ballot. It was rather too bad of Mr. Thomas to ask him such a personal question as to whether he had an opinion on the matter in question. But Mr. Thomas is such a sly dog- This is a notice which recently appeared in a shop window at Cape Colony :— This sort of thing can't so on much longer I am B:mkrupt Now is the time to make cheap Purchases I commend this to my friends at Barry who com- plain of the slackness of trade. :): I have been invited to the Dinas Powis Horticul- tural Show next Wednesday, and have been pro- mised that if I feel weary and faint, I shall get the means of resuscitation and refreshment." If this means what I mean, you may bet your bottom dollar that I shall feel weary and faint." I shall give my readers a faithful account of what I see and hear there next week, and I hope I'll meet many of them equally weary and faint," and pro- vided with the aforesaid means." ;'c Some of the members went to the Burial Board meeting en Thursday with their minds made up as to whom they should vote for. Mr. Copp objected to a motion that the appointment should be bestowed upon a local man, as the advertisement was an open one, yet he and the other Trades Council men were responsible for the selection of the successful applicant, whom they had previously decided to vote for :—Here's an open mind with a vengeance. ° Ben Tillett is an enthusiastic cyclist. He tells his friends that his bonny little safety" saved him a good many shillings in cab fares during his recent Parliamentary contest in Bradford. Mr. Tillett ascended Sea Fell a few weeks ago, and on the summit met a well-known London journalist, who stared in blank amazement at the dockers' leader and exclaimed. Though I fly to the utter- most parts of the earth thou art there There is no escape from the labour agitator," he added, as he sorrowfully shook hands. An amusing sight was witnessed at the regatta on Wednesday afternoon last. A small floating craft with its two occupants, who were busily engaged in making preparations for a sailing race in which they were to centre, and. to the amusement of those on terra firm a. one of the two men was toppled overboard through the dis- lodging of the mainsail. He was eventually rescued by his confrere none the worse for his ducking. My correspondent, whose letter appears below, will be pleased to hear that the Cadoxton His- trionic Society intend to play for" Charity" during the coming winter. The energetic manager, Mr. Stewart, is shaping to produce one of the most laughable farces on record, and also the most charming" pla-yette ever played. Last time they appeared on the boards the company simply cap- tured the hearts of everybody, and the next per- formance will be well patronised. I hear that the exact form of the Charity has not been yet de- finitely decided, so there's a chance for all—the Cricket Club, Xursing Association. Cottage Hos- pital, and struggling causes generally. It is announced on the best authority that Dr. Herber Evans will not accept the principalship of the Bangor Independent College. It had been for some time confidently expected that Dr. Evans would decide to take the post, but it appears that the claims of his Church have prevailed. This is not the first time that Dr. Evans has refused tempt- ing offers to leave his Church at Carnarvon. The position at Bangor would have been one of honour, but it would also have been a trying one. It is to be hoped that the committee will be able to secure a strong man not too far gone in years for the post, and one who will be as acceptable to the de- nomination generally as Dr. Herber Evans would have been. t The Rev. J. II. Stowell preached at Birmingham last Sunday in place of Dr. Macfarlane, who has sprained his ankle. Mr. Hotchkiss, of Birmingham. who is Consul for Costa Rica, and a great traveller in South and Central America, and also an energetic worker at the Francis-road Church. Edgbaston, where Dr. Macfarlane was to have preached, took duty for Mr. Stowell, at Barry. Mr. Hotchkiss' Sunday afternoon class at Birmingham numbers over two hundred adults. OIl Sunday afternoon he addressed the two senior classes (young men and women) at Barry, and accompanied them in their picnic to Southerndown on Wednesday last. CORRESPONDENCE. Dear Mr. Gad-About, — I am a constant reader of your amusing column, and it is seldom I have to complain of your good nature or taste. I must say, however, that I, in common with many others, was sorry to see that silly joke last week about the I.O.G.T.—I am, yours admiringly, TEMPERANCE. Dear Mr. Gad-About,—It used to be said when young Irishmen in the days of the old Penal L iws flocked to the Continent that the wild geese were on the wing. I think the same may be said of Cadoxton and Barry now. Last week one wild goose flew away leaving but few of its feathers behind. Now I am told that two or three wild geese from Main-street, and two or three from Vere-street are on the wing. Another wild goose in Holton, Barry Dock. was feathered in the night last week. and I am told that after being feathered he was then shaved. Everywhere the wild geese showed tendency to fly and I am told that during the coming winter many others will be on the wing. One of them is a Welshman who is cross- ing over to America in time for the Chicago Eisteddfod. I only trust, Dear Mr. Gad-About. that you. like the poor will always be with us.— Yours, &c., IRISHMAN. Dear Mr. Gad-About.—It is quite wonderful, is it not, how philanthropic we are all getting to be at Barry. We never get up anything for ourselves, Oh, no We only get up concerts, eisteddfods. fetes and galas for such good objects as the Cottage Hospital or the Nursing Association. Last winter we had Saturday pops. at the Cadoxton Market Hall; then we had a grand eisteddfod on Whit- 'Monday; and, last af all. we had also a fete and gala on Bank Holiday. The public generally were asked to patronise these affairs, and several gentlemen were asked for subscriptions, solely on the strength of the splendid object in view. I think that the philanthropic dodge is rather over- done, and I certainly think that as the proceeds were supposed to be devoted to public institutions, the public have a right to know what has become of the money that has been subscribed. The friendly societies subscribed towards the eistedd- fod, and turned out in procession for the fete. They have, therefore, the right to see the balance sheet. Trusting you will insert this, I am, kc. FORESTER.
PORTHCAWL REGATTA. The Porthcawl regatta and acquatic sports took I place on Wednesday in fine weather. The town was en fete, bunting being plentifully displayed. The sports were well attended. In the absence of Mr. H. J. Simpson, Mr. Brind, Porthcawl, was starter, and Mr. T. J. Williams, Cardiff, acted as judge in the absence of Messrs. N. Riley and E. R. Williams. Messrs. Watkin Bevan and Oliver J. Brooke were the hon. secretaries Mr. A. James, superintendent of the boats, &c. Everything went sm@othly, and the officials worked well to make the regatta a success. The following are the results :— Yacht race (yachts not to exceed 15 tons measure- ment)—1, T.T.S.; 2, Olythol. Sailing match (first class open boats not exceeding 22ft. keel)—1, Charm- ing Polly 2, Black Diamond; 3. Old Hunter. Sail- ing match (second class open boat.s not exceeding 19ft. keel. Confined to boats from Porthcawl, Ogmore River, and vessels in dock)—1, Fear Not; 2, Clara; 3, Alice. Rowing match (four-oared gigs)—1, Avon Hell 2, May Flower 3, Thetus. Rowing match (confined to boats from Porthcawl, Ogmore River, and vessels in dock)—1, Stella; 2, Stormhird. Rowing match (two-oared)—1, Witch of the Wave 2, Steila. Swimming match (adults)—1, Herbert Teubett: 2, Edward Smith. Long dive—Herbert Teubett, Pen- zance. Shovel race (in punts. confined to trimmers and hobblers of Porthcawl)—Robert John and Peter Clarke. Duck hunt (two-oared punt and gig with three oars)—Duck, John Mills caught by Peter Clarke. Duck hunt (two ducks)—W. Bloatel and J. Hopkms. Aquatic horse race (from Dock gates around buoy and back)—Teubett.
BARRY RAILWAY— TRAFFIC \RECEIPTS.
BARRY RAILWAY— TRAFFIC RECEIPTS. Week ending 13th August, 1892 .G 4,852. Accountant's Office, Barry Dock, 17th August, 1832.
BARRY DOCK REGATTA.
BARRY DOCK REGATTA. The third annual regatta at Barry Dock was held on Wednesday in glorious weather. The Dock had put on a holiday appearance, the ships had hoisted many-coloured flags. and the usual invasion of the poor blind," broken-down musicians. maimed men, and,other such pleasant signs betokened that something unusual was hap- pening. For some considerable time preparations have been made by the Committee to secure success to the undertaking, their aim meeting with unqualified success. The regatta was under the patronage of the Right Hon. Lord Windsor, and the Board of Directors: and the Committee was composed of the following gentlemen :—Colonel Guthrie (chairman). Captain Davies (vice-chair- man), Mr. E. John, Mr. E. F. Richards, Mr. F. P. Jones-Llovd, Mr. H. II. Powell, Dr. Treharne, Captain Whall, Captain Jones, Mr. R. T. Duncan, Mr. A. R. Clarke, Mr. J. Davies, Mr. W. Sanders, Mr. J. Clare. Mr. S. Harwood, Mr. F. Trott. Mr. R. H. Wilson. Mr. S. Thorning. Mr. J. Whittle. Referee. Captain Davies. Starters—Sailing Cap- tain Whall rowing, Captain Murrell, senior. Starters—Sailing. Captain Jones and Mr. J. Clare rowing, Mr. R. T. Duncan. Hon, treasurer, Mr. W. H. Morgan, Lloyd's Bank, Barry Dock. Joint hon. sees., F. E. Aitken pnd T. G. Duncan. Barry Dock. Where so many indefatigable and willing workers are named, it would seem almost invidious to par- ticularise any gentleman or gentlemen, but we cannot refrain from mentioning the very able and valuable services rendered by the hon. sees., Messrs. F. E. Aitken and T. G. Duncan. The Bonnie Doon, Clyde. Earl of Dunraven, and Privateer were filled with spectators, who were more privileged than the thousands of spectators who thronged the sides of the pier, breakwaters. and every coign of vantage. Amongst those present were :— Dr. Mrs., and Master O'Donnell, Mr. R. G. Morris, Dr. and Mrs. Neale and party. Mr. W. G. Flanders, Newport Sid. Davies, Barry E. Rees (Barry) and party. F. Shaw (Board of Trade), D. H. Emery, Cardiff D. H. Handcock (manager for C. H. Bailey) and party. Mrs. Jones. Rees Jones, Dr. and Mrs. Gore, R. W. Dyer. Miss Shaw ,Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Pomeroy, Mrs. Captain Joraes Deputy Chief- Constable Wake and family, Mr. E. J. and Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. W. B. Williams. Miss Williams, Miss Johnson, Rev. John Garner. Mrs. Adams and Miss Thomas, Mrs. Gilman, Miss Davies (Newport), Mr. J. Lewis, Mr. Lowdon and family. Mrs. H. Hughes and Miss Hughes, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Williams, Mr. land Mrs. Guthrie and party, Mrs. J. Dutton, Catliedral-road, Cardiff Miss Priman and Saunders. Mr. O. Lewis, Mr. Charles Wills, Mr. H. Wells, W. G. Ryd, Mrs. R. P. Culley and family, Misses Brookes, Miss Duncan, Mr. Bowden. Great Western Hotel. Cardiff; Mr. A. Phillips, Miss McLean, Mr. J. Parkman, Miss Marsh, Mr. W. T. Sainsbury, Miss Williams. Wenvoe Mrs. Pearce, Miss Richards,.Mrs. Roberts, Dr. and Mrs. Treharne, Mr. A. T. Roberts, Mr. David Evans, Mr. G. H. Richards, Mr. J. Evans, Mr. O. Evans. Mr. C. Thornley, Mrs. Kendall. Mrs. Thomas Knowells, Mr. H. L. Jones, Mr. David Clark. Mr. McGill, Mr. J. Parkman, Mrs. Jenkins, (of Roath), and family, Mrs. Barrett, Lincolnshire J. Hamper, Mr. John Ormes, Mr. E. Williams, Mr. G. H. Mitchell, Mr. F. Phillips, Mr. Scrobaizza, Mr. E. Beecher. Mr. G. Adams, Mr. E. B. Gratte, Mr. R. A. Reynolds, G. Reynolds, Mr. G. G. Spray, Mr. William Douglas. Dr. Williams, Mr. S. Chappie, Wenvoe Arms Hotel Mr. A. A. Weston, Mr. Thomas Lewis, Mr. W. Nicholls, Mr. Tatton, Mr. Rees, Mr. and Mrs. J. Williams, Barry Dock Mr. W. J. Diamond, Mr. and Mrs. J. Brough and family, Mrs. Evans, and Misses Johns, hi. The interest taken b-7 the spectators never flagged from the commencement to the eud of the competitions. The two most important contests of the day, namely, the All Comers' Sailing Race, and the Barry Pilot Boat Race, were competed for outside in the Channel, and the spectators, there- fore, only saw the boats enter the dock after the contests but the winners were greeted with demonstrations of pleasure by those who were connected with the docks. The two most laugh- able competitions were the Neapolitan Dance and the Duck" Hunt. both of which were much enjoyed. On the pierhead the crowds found a little diversion in the blarney of some Cheap Jacks," and the ginger bread and sweetstuff stalls did roaring trades. The band of the Severn Volunteer Division Royal Engineers, under the leadership of Mr. J. Matthews, by the kind per- mission of Major Thornley and the officers, played the following selections of music in a very creditable manner :— March Forward Doppler Selection "Gondoliers" Sullivan Polka The Kettledrum" Skrimthire Valse Luyaderc" Bncalosi Selection "The Mountebanks" Sullivan Selection "Yeoman of the Guard" Sullivan Galop "The Ostrich" Seide Gavotte Feuilie d'Amour" Lagrange Cornet Solo "In Old Madrid"Arr. by Matthews (Serg.-Bugler Davies.) Selection "Wales" Godfrey Intermezzo. "Cavalleria Rusticalla" Mascayui Valse Fiddle and I Roeder Polka Jolly Coppersmith" Peter Galop. Birds Beak" Frhrbach The Barry Railway Men's Band, under the con- ductorship of Mr. De Boer, played selections of music on board the Bonnie Doon. LIST OF EVENTS. All Comers' Sailing Race, open to all pilot boats of the Bristol Channel. Prizes—1st, E30 2nd, £ 15; 3rd, £ 5. Any sailing boat allowed except racing mainsail. Time allowance, } minute per foot. Distinguishing flag—pilot's flag. Five boats started at 11.58 a.m.-the Bride owners, T. D. and P. Phillips. Newport: length of keel. 45ft.: colours, black and amber. Polly, owners, W. H. Tucker & Co.; length, :58ft. 7in.: colours, light blue. Lily and May. owner, D. Francis length, 39ft. colours, red and white checked. Excel, owner, W. Wood- ward length, 39ft. llin. colour, white. Mos- quito, owner, T. Richards length. 38ft. colours, yellow. The Bride led from the first, and kept gaining on her rivals, till she came in first at 5.1 p.m. She was followed at 5.17 p.m. by Excel, and after an interval by Lily and May at 5.36 p.m. The Mosquito came in fourth at 5.40 p.m. Taking into consideration the time allowance of h minute per foot it will he seen that the Bride won by 12J minutes over Excel and 32 minutes over Lily and May. Pilot Boat Race, confined to Barry single li- censed pilots. Length of keel not to exceed 33ft. 6in. Prizes—1st, £10; 2nd, £ 0: Hrd, E4. No restriction on sails. Distinguishing flags—pilots' flag over white flag. Four boats started-the Vixen (W. Dyer), Comet (T. Brown), Lizzie (D. Davies), and Rising Sun (G. Bennett). — 1st, Vixen. Amateurs' Open Boat Sailing Race, open to re- cognised boat clubs of the Bristol Channel. Boats not to exceed 1Hft. overall. Centre-boards allowed. Prizes-1st, piece of plate, given by Messrs. T. Thomas and Sons. Cardiff; 2nd, .£2: 3rd, £ 1. Distinguishing flag-yellow. Only three boats started.—1st, Edith, owned by A. D. Ashford 2nd, Oof Bird, owned by E. Bachelor 3rd, Puffin, owned by G. F. Mason. Hobbling Yawl Sailing Race, open to Cardiff, Penarth, and Barry Boats, not exceeding 23ft. keel. Prizes—1st, £ 5 2nd, £4: 3rd, ,C3. No restriction on sails. Four boats to start or no third prize. Distinguishing flag-blue. Six boats started.—1st. I Am Here, owned by R. Roderick: 2nd, Dauntless, owned by W. Bower 3rd, Harold, owned by Charles George. Open Boat Sailing Race. Boats not to exceed llift. length of keel. Prizes—1st. 2C2 10s. 2nd, t'l 10s. 3rd. 15s. Eight boats started.—1st, No Name, owned by J. Dyer 2nd, Wanderer, owned by G. Scale Brd. Polly, owned by R. Frost. Tradesmen's Pair-Oared Race, boats not to exceed 1.1ft. Gin. length of keel. Prize—1st, £ 2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd, 10s. Four boats to start or no third prize.-lst, X 0 Name, rowed by J. Dyer: 2nd;. Florence, rowed by J. Hall and T. Beynon: 3rd, Black Swan, rowed by E. Hunt and J. Skinner. Pair-Oared Race, confined to Barry licensed boats, not exceeding 14ft. 6in. length of keel. Prizes-1st, .t'2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd. Ids.—1st. M. E.; 2nd, Sarah 3rd, S. A. M. Five pairs competed. Pair-Oared Race, open to Cardiff, Penarth. and Barry licensed boatmen. Prize—1st, X3; 2nd. £ 2 3rd, £1. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. 1st, M.E.; 2nd, Mabel; 3rd, S.A.M. Four competed. Four-Oared Ships' Boat Race, boats to be manned by ships' crews or riggers regularly employed at Barry Dock. Open to all nationalities. Coxswain allowed. Prizes—1st. A:2 10s. 2nd, £ 1 10s. The ninth event did not take place. Barry Dock ^Employes' Race. Coxswain allowed. Prizes—1st, -4;5 2nd, £ 2 10s. Three to start or no Second Prize.—1st, David Davies, rowed by J. Carr 2nd, Lost Sheep, rowed by W. Bastien. Three boats competed. Pair Paddle Barry Licensed Pilots' Punt Race. To be pulled by Pilots' Assistants. Prizes—1st, £ 1 2nd, 10s.—1st, Leader (W. Reid): 2nd, Rising Sun (R. Bennett). There were four com- petitors in this race. Pair Paddle Open Rowing Race. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. Prizes—1st, £ 2; 2nd, £1 3rd, 10s. One round. 1st, Lily (A. Stoodley) 2nd, Sarah (Mr. King) 3rd, Sam (F. Chappie) Six competed in this race. Trimmers' hhovel Race, four men in a boat. Prizes—1st, £ 2 2nd, £ 1; 3rd, 10s. Three boats to start or no second prize.—1st, Guerets' crew 2nd, Hayes' crew. Four cnews competed, in this race. Stern Sculling Race, open to any licensed, boat- man. Boats not to exceed 16ft. length of keel. Prizes-1st, £1: 2nd, 10s. (once round).—1st, Mabel (J. Knight): 2nd, Little Amy (Owens). Five boats competed. Men's Amateur Swimming Race. To start from barge, around moored boat and back. Prizes—1st, £1: 2nd, 10s.; 3rd, 5s.—1st, A. Poeook. Barry; 2nd, R. Cook, Barry 3rd, F. Brockington, Barry. Four entered for this event. Special Swimming Race. This race was for some competitors who by some misunderstanding had been prevented from entering the previous race. One prize offered. 1st, T. E. Dennett. Cardiff. Neapolitan Pole Dance. Prizes — 1st, 11 2nd, leg of mutton. This- race was the most amusing one of the day. Roars of laughter was evoked by. the- comical capers cut by those who competed. To carry off the prize the competitors had to walk to the edge of a greased pole, and pluck off the flags there. After many attempts by about a dozen competitors, the first prize was carried off by Sidney Dyer, Cadoxton. Duck Hunt. Time. 30 minutes. Prizes-Winner. 25s.; loser, 10s. Duck. W. H. Giffard. Boat, W. Palridge s crew. This was another amusing contest. The "duck" managed to evade his would-be catchers for 9.] minutes,. The adroit turns he took, and when in the water the way in which he managed to keep out of the clutches of the pursuers, were much enjoyed by the spectators. Ultimately, the bowman, A. Johns, caught him, thereby securing the first prize to the boat's crew. DINNER AT BARRY DOCK HOTEL. In the evening a dinner was held in the Barry Dock Hotel, Colonel Guthrie in the chair. Among those present we noticed besides General Lee, Mr. Robert Duncan (The Buttrills), Canon Allen. Drs. O'Donnell, Lloyd-Edwards, Treharne. and Gore, Captain. Davies (vice-chairman),. Captain Jones, '[ Captain Whall, Messrs. R. T. Duncan. D. Griffiths, D. T. Alexander, J. W. Jones, Alfred Jackson, J. Roberts. E. John, David Phillips. John Phillips, F. Pratt, David Roberts. W. H. Morgan. Superin- tendent Wake, R. G. Morris, S. Chappell, R. P. Pomeroy, Herbert Jenkins. W. Llewellyn Williams. A. Clarke, R. O. Jenkins, F. P. Jones-Lloyd, W. H. Powell, E. A. Aitken, D. Duncan, F. Brooks, Rees Jones, J. Williams,. J. Milward, A. Weston, J. Price, Isaac Davies,. R. W-. Dyer.- Sam Harwood, Sidney Davies, James Williams, S. Thorning, J. Handcock. J. R. Llewellyn, S. Jones. J. Dyer, Williams (" Excel"), Brown, J. Clare, H. de Boer, W. Saunders, &c., &c. A splendid dinner was served in Mr. Cullev's best style, and the excellent waiting was a thing to be remembered' in a district which is getting notorious for its bad waiting. The menu was as follows :— Clear Ox Tail. Green^Peas.. Fried Fillet of Sole. Tartar Sauce. Boiled Salmon and Cucumber. Kidney Saute and Champignons. Fricandeau of Veal a la JarcAniere. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. Boiled Mutton and Caper Sauce. Roast Chicken and Ham. Marrow. French Beans. Potatoes. Apple Tart. Plum Pudding and Brandy Sauce. Junket and Cream. Jelly. Mille Fruit. Cheese. Salad. Dessert. After dinner, the Chairman read telegrams, which he had received from the Rev. J. W. Matthews and Captain Handcock, regretting their inability to be present. The Chairman then apolo- gised for not having been present at the regatta. He had been unable to come down as an accident had occurred to one of his vessels, and one of his passenger boats had been run into on which there were 250 passengers, but he was glad to say no lives had been lost. (Hear, hear.) After the loyal toasts had been proposed and J duly honoured. Captain Whall proposed "The Ministers of all Religions." Society, he said, would not be so bearable or so good were there not so many self-denying gentlemen in their midst who taught them to live good lives. (Hear, hear.) Years ago it used to be said there were certain streets in Lendon which policemen dared not enter, and which only clergymen and doctors visit. No matter what their creeds might be these gentlemen were all working energetically for one common goal—to try if they could manage in some way to persuade their fellow-men to live good ],ives. (Hear, hear.) He had great pleasure in proposing the health of the Ministers," coupled with the name of Canon Allen. (Cheers.) Canon Allen said that he felt it was most appro- priate that his senior churchwarden should pro- pose that toast. (Laughter and cheers.) He (the j speaker), in respondinpr, wished to speair, not only for the clergy of the Established Church, but also for the ministers—he would not call them by the hateful name of ministers of the rival sects-(hear, hear)—but the ministers of the sister Churches. (Loud cheers.) He was glad to say that all the ministers co-opera'ed heartily, not only in doing what was more expressly and directly committed to them to do, but in promoting good. wholesome amusements and healthy innocent sports. In say- ing this, he felt sure he was speaking as well for Mr. Matthews, whose name was also coupled with the toast, and whom he regretted was unable to be present that evening. The utmost good feeling and the heartiest co-operation existed among ministers of all denominations in the Barry dis- trict. They were all in sympathy with good, sound, manly exercises. (Hear, hear.) The most prominent type of English character to-day was the jovial tar—(laughter)—and he might say it was the most noble type. (Hear, hear.) He felt sure that, in case war should break out—which he prayed would never be the case—our yachtsmen would be found to be the best and ablest men to step in to help our men of war. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them for the very kind manner in which they had received the toast. (Loud applause.) Dr. Kelly proposed the toast of the Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." In the Army, he said.there were four distinct nationalities repre- sented—the Irish, English, Welsh, and Irish— (loud laughter)—he meant Scotch but they were all united under one flag, and were actuated only by a generous spirit of rivalry—who would first be over the trenches. (Cheers.) He wished, how- ever, to speak more particularly of the Reserve forces. Our citizen soldiers had made such gigantic strides during the last few years that they stood strides during the last few years that they stood now on the same level as the regular men. (Hear" hear.) The citizen soldiers of England were a credit to their country, and if war broke out, they would have no need to fear that their second line of defence would prove unworthy of themselves or their country. (Cheers.) There was no need to speak of the regular force, which had proved what it could do. He had great pleasure in coupling with the toast the names of a distinguished soldier who was present. General Lee—(cheers)—and Captain Davies. (Loud applause.) General Lee, in response, said that he was glad that the Army knew-no politics, but that one and all rejoiced at the name of which Tennyson had sung of Englishmen." (Hear, hear.) They had always given all who came against them the best welcome they could—(laughter)—and the wel- come had been found to be very effective. (Cheers.) He had the honour to be the hon. colonel of a local corps, which he felt sure was actuated by the best motives, and whichhad earned golden opinions during the last few weeks at Plymouth—(Hear, hear)—and they had come back with a still keener love for soldiering. He was glad to think that the old curious odd dislike of the Army was dying, and it was dying greatly through the instrumentality of the reserve forces. (Loud Applause.) Mr. W. H. Morgan, in responding in the absence of Captain Davies, said that though Capt. Davies' name had been coupled with the toast, Captain Davies was essentially a man of peace. (Laughter.) He was not connected with the Army, Navy, or Reserve Forces, but he (the speaker) had just been told that Captain Davies was connected with the Militia. (Loud laughter.) If Captain Davies had been present, he could throw light on the matter. (Renewed laughter.) In any case. he thanked them on behalf of his absent friend for the kind way they had drunk the toast. (Laughter and cheers.) Mr. Robert Duncan then proposed, The Town and Trade of Barry." He was glad, he said, to think that he was one of the first to know of and work for Barry Dock, and in so young a town it was hard to dislocate the trade of the town from the trade of the dock. (Hear, hear.) He was sorry to hear that trade, from a tradesman's point of view, was not quite so good as it might be. and he was told that some were losing heart. There was no reason for this when they came to consider the case. Hitherto the extreme rapidity with which the district had grown had brought together an enormous number of workmen, and carpenters, masons and others who might be termed a floating population. Now that there was a lull in the building trade, the trade of the district was return- ing to its normal condition. The same was very much the case at Cardiff years ago, but he sincerely hoped that Barry would occupy a different posi- tion to what was the condition of Cardiff twenty years ago. While he was on this point ke might remind them that for years there had been some j who looked down upon the initial progress of Barry, and kept it back as far as in them lay, because they thought the rise of Barry would take away the trade from Cardiff. There were many, however, who were thoroughly acquainted with the matter, who thought that there was not only ample room for both, but that there was ample room for progress in both. (Hear, hear.) TheBarry- ites had been proved to be in.;the right. There had been. and there was no intention to injure any- body, but they had only been driven to make a plane of their own. (Cheers.) But he had said that he hoped Barry would be placed on a different footing to the Cardiff of 20 years ago. The shipping of Barry was already, he believed, greater than was the whole shipping of Cardiff at that time. The want of an import trade had kept Cardiff back for many years, and the one essential thing for the future prosperity of Barry was the developement of an import trade. (Hear, hear.) It would not do to let the whole prosperity of Barry Town—in which he included Barry. Barry Dock, and Cadox- ton — depend on the export of coal. In 1875 the great coal strike placed Cardiff in almost as great stress as the hills, for Cardiff at the time was almost entirely dependent on the export of coal. They should avoid that danger in Barry by develop ing an import trade. (Hear, hear.) They had a larger consuming population, and, even if an im- port trade was only developed to supply their re- quirements, a great stride would be taken. There was ample room on the Moors for working. It was a better place than Cardiff could offer, as it could offer a more direct access, to the docks. He did not know why a start had not already been made but whether it was that too much money had been asked for the land or what, he did not know. In any case, he trusted that in ten or twenty years—(shouts of "before that")—yes, and before that—the Moors would be covered with thriving manufactories. (Loud cheers.) Mr. W. H. Morgan, in responding, said that they all knew that Mr. Duncan had. had much to do with the inception of Barry Dock, and they were all sorry that he did not come out more in public life. (Hear, hear.) He agreed with Mr. Duncan that it was impossible to dissect the trade of the town from the trade of the dock. and it was, therefore, of the most vital consequence that the trade of the dock should be flourishing. (Hear. hear.) He believed that the best thing that could happen to them would be to see several idle tips at the docks. (Loud laughter). As long as the Company could export 100.000 urns a week, it might be concluded that Penarth would get some of what was the surplus of Barry. He was glad to believe that the directors of the Company would soon enlarge their dock accommodation. and therefore increase their exports and the num- berof their idle tips. (Laughter and cheers.) The directors of the Barry Company must be ad- mitted to be a level-headed body of men— (laughter)—and it was not, therefore, likely that they would spend £150,OUtJ on a deep sea lock, on which they would not get a penny of direct revenue without some purpose, and it was natural to suppose that they. intended to do something whereby a much larger trade would be done. (Hear. hear.) They were aware that last year there had been a surplus of £lU,UUO after paying 10 per cent. on Barry shares. Now, this money, and the addi- tional revenue that would be derived from the commercial graving dock when it was completed, would yield a good return on the expenditure necessary for forming a new dock, for they must remember that only half a dock would have to be made. as nature had provided for the other half. (Hear, hear.) He did not believe that the future of Barry was as gloomy as some tradesmen said. Some tradesmen, it was true. suffered from depres- sion of trade, and they suffered deservedly, for they didn't cater for the requirements of the dis- trict. For his own part. he believed that they had now, as it were. touched bottom, and that there was a splendid future for the town and trade of Barry. (Loud applause.) Other toasts were "The Regatta Officials," pro- posed by Mr. D. T. Alexander, and responded to by Mr. F. E. Aitken and Mr. T. J. Duncan The Ladies," proposed by Mr. E. John, and responded to by Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd and The Press," proposed by Mr. Alfred Jackson, and responded to by Mr. Llewellyn Williams, and Mr. Llewellyn. Mr. David Roberts then proposed The Chair- man." Col. Guthrie, he said, had been identified with the district from the very commencement, and had been and was still one of its most earnest advocates. (Hear, hear.) Like all good business men, Col. Guthrie believed in a little pleasure as well as work for all work and no play made Jack a dull boy." and he knew they were all very glad to have him once more presiding at their regatta dinner. (Cheers.) After the toa^t had been enthusiastically drunk with musical honours and three times three, Col. Guthrie said that he had something to do with the beginning of Barry Dock, and he still felt a very lively interest in it. He had still very large interests in one kind and another in the district, and his interest like that of many others f inclined towards his pocket. (Laughter.) Every ship which he could influence came to Barry Dock, and this he did not only for his own sake. but also in the interests of his clients, for at Barry he had always found the greatest of courtesy and quick despatch. (Loud cheers.) For despatch in shipping coal and unshipping ballast he thought Barry Dock had not an equal in the kingdom. (Hear, hear.) Not only was business well tran- sacted. but there was a universal spirit of courtesy among the officials which augured well for the future success of the dock. He had always thought that the best way to succeed in business was to be courteous to one's employees and to have a kind word for everybody, whether rich or poor. and that they could always get at Barry. (Hear, hear.) He thanked them for the very enthusiastic manner in which they had toasted his health and that of Mrs. Guthrie. (Applause.) Interspersed with the toasts, songs were given by the following- gentlemen among others :— Violin solo, Mr. DeBoer; song, The future Mrs. Hawkins," Mr. W.H.Morgan: song," I wait for thee," Mr. Brooks song. The girl in the school at the end of the street," Mr. Trott song, Brown of Camden Town," Mr. F. E. Aitken song, "The Marseillaise,Mr. James Lloyd; song,.iMr. Dyer, &e.c. The company separated after spending a most enjoyable evening. AT THE DIXXER. [BY MR. GAD-AUOUTI] I have been in many a jolly dinner—more in number than I would like to remember—but I have never been at one which was such a perfect success as- the Regatta dinner on Wednesday night. In the first place the cooking.was splendid. The menuithat was presented was simply wonderful at the price, and it was served in Mr. Culley's usual excellent style. And, what, greater praise is needed ? One gentleman, was greatly«xercised.in mind as to what" Kidney Saute and Champignons might mean. A local press man ventured the explana- tion that it meant fried kidneys and champagne and the diner-out at once ordered two. helpings. Of course there was no champagne, but they were as good as if there was.—almost. Then the waiting was a work of art. I only hope that some of the other hotel-keepers who cater for public dinners will take a leaf out of the book of the Barry Dock Hotel. There was no need to. ask a waiter twice for anything, and there was no gravy spilt over your best pants. The Menu Card was nicely, got. up, considering it was not printed in the district. Had it being given'to a local man, probably Mr. Alexander would have had no fault to find with, it., The speeches again were excellent, short, pointed, and racy. Canon Allen began by putting everybody in a good humour. I do like to hear the Canon speak. He is always so frank, so good- humoured, so jocular, and withal so gentlemanly. The Canon made a slip ilil pronouncing" yacht- men." but immediately excused himself by saying that it must not be put down to anything naughty, for he had failed with lias vowels, and the "naughty' men failed as a rule with their consonants. That wii& nothing, however, to what another speaker did in calling ginger beer binger geer." I thought at once of the old parson who gave out, From Greenland's icy mountains as From Iceland's greasy mountains." General Lee made an excellent point when he alluded to the doing of the Submarine Miners at Plymouth. I hope that the corps, of which he is hon. colonel, will continue to do well. >I< Mr. W. H. Morgan was the favourite of the evening, both as a speaker and singer and every- body was glad to hear from a jovial pilot that Mr. Morgan would appear again." But we all missed Bill Adams dreadfully. Mr. Dunoan, of the Buttrills, showed that though he is unfortunately identified too little with public life in the district he is alive to the want i of Barry, and I only hope thai Jus sugges- j tion with regird to establishing manufactures on the Moors will be acted upon. My readers will see a letter .rl the subject in other column. Mr. W. H. Morgan was of opinion that if appetite and intelligence went together, the men around him were the most wonderful geniuses on the face of the earth. Hunger," said the wise man is the best sauce and a wiser man said that when a good dinner was provided he would be a fool not to make the best of. The Directors of the Barry Company will be glad to hear that Mr. W. H. Morgan thinks that they are a level-headed body of men. Mr. Jackson, in proposing" The PreRS," made one of the best put-together speeches I have heard, for many a long day. It is a pity his first sentence- wasn't taken down verbatim. I am willing to bet that for length, involution of sentencep, lucidity of expression,, and triumphal issue" out of all the mazes of subordinate and co-ordinate sentences. it would compare favourably with any of Mr. Gladstone's. I make my bow to Mr. Jackson, and thank him for all the kind things he said of me (for. of course, he was only thinking of me when he said all tliosa nice things). Col. Guthrie told us he was 65 years of age. Well, if he is (for I mustn't contradict his testi- mony though it was on by hearsay evidence), be bears his years well, and is as young as manya- man of thirty. Here's health to the gallant- Colonel, and may he preside at many another regatta dinner at. Barry Dock The proceedings, after the formal toast and song list had been finished, wt-re very rich. One bald- headed gentleman volunteered a highly patriotic ballad, which told us, among other things, that The wooden walls of England Would guard her native shores. And then the naughty fellows, instead of shouting a Jingo chorus, persisted in singing" Get yer 'air cut." and the cup of the baldheaded gentleman's bitterness was filled to the brim when the local Dr. Tanner presented him with a huge basket of artificial flowers. Well. it was a jolly dinner, and if it were only for that, I heartily thank the committee for get- ting up the regatta. And may I have another chance to do justice to Mr. Culley's good things j
TALYGrARN COTTAGE GARDENERS'…
TALYGrARN COTTAGE GARDENERS' SHOW, The above- event came off on Thursday, the lUJli., inst. The judges were Mr. Edwards. Llansanwr, and Mr. Davies, Penllyne, and gave perfect satis- faction to each of the exhibitors. The manage- ment was not nearly so good as last year. That may. perhaps, be attributed to the inability of Mr. Wright to attend. He has been, we are sorry to state, unable to leave his bedroom for the lASt five months, and his absence made some things rather awkward. The attendance was very fair, being quite as good, if not better, than at the previous shows. Among those present we noticed Mr. G. T. Clarke, Mr. Godfrey L. Clarke, and Mrs. G. Clarke. The latter-mentioned distributed the prizes. Both Messrs. G. T. and G. L. Clarke spoke a few words on the occasion. The Llantrisant Fife Band played on the grounds. The following are the names of the prize-winners :— DIVISION 1 (OPEN). Collection of Vegetables.—1st prize, Charles Lock. Collection of Potatoes.—1st prize, William Williams, Bridgend. Brace of Cucumbers.—2nd prize, E. D. Alexander, Penllyne. Dish of Green Peas.—1st prize, David Adam. Dish of Scarlet Runners.—1st prize, David AdaDl- Dish of Broad Beans.—1st prize, David Adam. Six bunches of Out Blooms.—1st prize, A. Hole. CLASS 2 (COTTAGERS). Collection of Vegetables.—1st prize. J. Devonshire. Collection of Potatoes.—1st prize, R. Lewis. Potatoes, 12 kidneys.—1st prize, J. Devonshire. Potatoes, 12 rounds.—1st prize, J. Devonshire. Cauliflowers.—2nd prize, Edward Williams. Celery, 3 sticks.—1st prize, J. Devonshire. Carrots, banches of B.-1st prize, A. Hole. Parsnips, bunches of):6.-1st prize, Evan Matthews'* Ystradowen. Onions (spring sown).—1st prize, A. T. Dale. Onions (autumn sown).—No competitors. Onions (potatoe)—1st prize, George Farr. Shallots, 12.—1st prize, Martin Rees, Ystradowen. Green Peas, 12 pods.—1st prize, George Jacobs. Beans, Scarlet Runners.—1st prize, Ed. Cooke. Beans, Broad.—1st prize, G. T. Muuden, Ponty- clowu. Red Cabbage.—1st prize, J. Speed. White Cabbage.—1st prize, H. Haines. Turnips, bunch of six.—1st prize, Eva.nl MatthclVly Ystradowen. Leeks, bunch of six.—1st prize, Ed. Williams. Lettuce, two headb.-1st prize, Edwin Thomas. Vegetable Marrows, two.—2u(i prize, J. Devonshire Pumpkins,-two—No competitors. Rhubarb. 4 sticks.—1st prize, Richard Haines. Radishes, two bunches.—1st, E. Bevan. Brace of Cucumbers.—2nd prize, John Speed. Dwarf French Beans, 12 pods.—1st prize, John Speed. Savoy Cabbage, two heads.—1st prize, J. Devon- shire. Calceolaria, one pot.—1st prize, A. Hole. Fuschia. one pot.-1sl prize, A. Hole. Geranium, one pot.—1st prize, A. Hole. Musk, one pot.—1st prize, A. Hole. Group of 4 Window Plants.—1st prize, A. Hole. Cut Blooms, six b.inches.—2n 1 prize, A. Hole. Bouquet of Wild Flowers, by school children under 14 years old (given by Mrs. Godfrey L. Clark).—1st prize, Katie Robb 2nd, Ada Varker 8rd, Hannah Farrant. Best kept and CroppedJ Cottage Garden.—1st prize, A. Hole; 2ud, E. Cooke 2rd, George Varker. Best Flower Garden—1st prize, A. Hole; 2nd E. Williams. Best Kept and Cropped Allotments (given by Godfrey L. Clark).—1st prize, E. Williams; 2nd J. Devonshire 3rd, George fc'arr. Pontyclown Allotments.—1st prize, R. Lewis 2nd, Francis Morgan. Special prize given by Messrs. Daniel'. Brothers, Norwich :— Best collection of Vegetables.—1st prize, John Speed 2nd. George Tarr. Special prizes given by Messrs. Garaway and Co Bristol:— Best Collection of six kinds of Vegetables.—1st prize, J. Speed: 2nd, J. Devonshire 3rd, A Hole. -c.&r-
BLACK MILL JOTTINGS.
BLACK MILL JOTTINGS. [BY SHOX O'R LAN.] Wonders will never cease, even in the suburbs of Black Mill. Although the weather has been so beautiful for haymaking, some of the farmers, within a hundred miles of Black Mill, are not satisfied with six days a week, but they are guilty of using the Sabbath to carry hay, and also work with the hay all through the day. It would be a great deal more to their credit if they attend a place of worship instead. Such an unchristian act is a disgrace to the locality.—Next time that some of the elected officers are backward in ful- filling their duty—those that we really expect to, too—in connection with their Sunday School,, perhaps, it is the Sunday fever has overtaken them. I hope that they will soon recover again. A certain individual is very anxious to know who is the writer of the Black Mill jottings. WeU, it is feasible enough that the father should feel for the son—if he feels that he should like to have a little controversy, I suppose, Mr; Editor, you have no objection. I have been given to under- stand that he would feel a little better if he only but knew. I was very pleased to see my old friend the Rev. J. Griffiths (Aberdare) looking so well when on his holidays amongst us for nearly a. fortnight, and, as per usual, pleasant and so kind by preaching here both Sundays, and likewise in his Welsh /<?/ I understand that the Rev. W. Griffiths has been made postmaster here, and that he is to start to build a new post-office in a very convenient place.
COLLIERY ENTERPRISE AT KENFIG…
COLLIERY ENTERPRISE AT KENFIG HILL. A CHEERY OUTLOOK. Sinking operations in connection with the Bryndu Colliery, Eenfigo Hill, now worked by Messrs. Woods and Co., have been commenced. The first sod was cut on Tuesday night, and work was continued on Wednesday. The sinkers are- stalwart Scotchmen, who have been brought down specially. There were rejoicings amongst the in- habitants of Kenfig Hill on Wednesday. it js intended to sink a pit 230 yards deep, and a drift of 500 yards. The enterprise is fraught with the best prospeots for the whole district" e
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the present time to press too agressively the claims of Wales. We are willing to leave the time and the manner to the discretion of the Welsh members But they must remember that it will be by their works that they will be judged. Wales is getting tired and suspicious of the value of the promissory notes of the Liberal party. For a quarter of a century Wales has been loyal to the cause of freedom -and progress, with but little benefits to itself she it now expecting her reward by the removal of religious inequality, and of the only barrier: that remains to national ftnity. THE PRINCIPALSHIP OF LAMPETER. DURING the past year several of the most important educational appointments in the Principality have fallen vacant, and, on the whole, we think Wales may be congratulated on the men who have been elected to fill the vacancies. Though by his removal to Bala Dr. T. C. Edwards gave to a denomination the talents and the experience that were meant for his country, he has succeeded thereby in enlarg- ing the scope and aim of the college, and has taken a forward step in making it a truly national theological seminary. A successor to Principal Lewis, of Bangor, has not yet been appointed, but we have no doubt, now that Dr. Herber Evans has decided to withdraw, that a competent Welshman, fitted for the post bv high character and scholarly attainments, will easily be found. The appointment of Mr. T. F. Roberts to the Principalship has proved to be an unqualified success. The minor vacancies at Aberystwith, to which we referred a short time ago, have been filled more -worthily than might have been expected from the meagre salaries offered. Now again a very important—perhaps the most important educa- tional post in Wales has become vacant. Arch- deacon Edmunds has resigned the Principalship of Lampeter, and his successor has not yet been formally appointed. It is an open secret that should Dean Owen care to accept the appoint- ment it would be offered to him. Dean Owen, it is said, is hesitating and it is very natural that the Bishop of St. Asaph should be anxious to retain at his side such an able ccmtroversial- ist, such an able writer and original thinker, and .such a loyatMhriend as Dean Owen. We sincerely trust that the Dean will, for his own sake as well as for the sake of St. David's College, Lampeter, and Wales, follow his own inclina- tions in the matter and exchange the thorny position of a Church controversialist for the more congenial and more dignified, as well as infinitely more important, position of Principal of Lampeter. Though Dean Owen has won for himself a great reputation as a Church Defender, we feel that his proper mission is not to be in keen and constant antagonism to the majority of his countrymen. In some degree, John Owen is wasted at St. Asaph, for he has both the will and the power to do infinite service to his countrymen at a critical period in their history but his present position as the aggressive leader of a section of the nation prevents him doing justice to himself. At Lampeter his oppor- tunities for good would be much greater. St. .David's College, it cannot be denied, has done great work, when it is considered how very recent is its foundation, and that it has received but very little aid from any but voluntary sources. It is already rich in its association with great names with Harold Browne, Row- land Williams, Perowne, and Jayne and their influence has by this time been felt in almost every parish in Wales. But if Lampeter is to occupy in the future its present proud position in educational Wales, its Principal must be something more than a scholar and a gentleman. The Principal must be a Welshman who is thoroughly acquainted with the history and educational requirements of the Principality. We know of few who understand so well the character and the wants; of our countrymen as Dean Owen, and of no one in whose keeping the future of St. David's College would be safer. When he was yet the Warden of Llandovery College, the Dean said at a celebrated meeting of the Cymmrodorion Society that education in Wales should be of a distinct, national, and Welsh character and he is the one man whom the Established Church possesses who fully understands what a dis- tinct, national, and Welsh" system of educa- tion means. By accepting the Principalship, Dean Owen would be conferring on the Church of England a greater benefit than by attempting the impossible at St. Asaph. A Government is already in power which is pledged to Welsh Disestablishment. It would be a far more giacious and worthy task to teach young aspirants to the Church ministry how to con- form to their new circumstances than to con- duct a hopeless fight against the inevitable. After Disestablishment, Welsh clergymen will .have a golden opportunity of making their neace with the nation after a century's estrangement. In order to do this, they must be taught to cease to be mere agents for Anglicising Wales and to take a broader and juster view of Welsh nationality. Dean Owen is the only Churchman of high academical status who seems to us to be capable of doing this. Lampeter, also, is entering upon a critical period in its history. The establish- ment of a Welsh University is, we trust, a thinw of the near future, and the relation cf St. David's College to the new University will depend greatly on the spirit of the Principal. It would be a serious matter to Welsh educa- tion if Lampeter was not in complete accord with the University of Wales and here again Dean Owen's conciliatory influence would be invaluable. We can only again express a hope that for all our sakes Dean Owen will see his way to accept the Principalship of the ..College with which he was so long identified.