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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.








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