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ROUND THE TOWNS. [BY MR. GAD-ABOUT.] L General Lee is an enthusiastic chess player. I hear some more moonlight flits are being con- templated. Canon Allen and the Bishop of Llandaff were boys together." ;1: Dr. Neale and Mr. Matthews (late of Fontigary) cl have returned from their holidays. ::< The wet weather on Saturday spoiled a very jolly little excursion to Lundy Island. The King William the Fourth Lodge of Buffaloes are a very hospitable and jovial set of men. Another burglary at Barry Dr. Neale's books on Sanitary Science have been stolen. And at this time, too! You may always be sure of hearing some good songs well sung at the Buffallo Lodge festivals in the district. A local tradesman has an excellent Parisian story to tell. There's a cab and a yellow-leafed" Church in it. Dr. Livingstone is said to be the best draughts player in the district, though he is run very close by the Rector of Cadoxton. Mr. E. Williams, the Victoria Hotel, is to be the starter at some races which will be held near his native place in Maesteg next week. The consecration of the new Mission Church at Holton will not take place for a time as the Bishop of the Diocese is away on his holidays. Mr. Hoddinott's unknown song at the 1 Buffalo dinner proved itself to be one in the senti- ments of which I can heartily agree. The proportion of deaths in Barry in August was the lowest yet known—7 per 1.000. Most of the doctors were away on their holidays. Mr. Councillor Hughes is a pattern chairman. the manner in which he fulfilled the duties of the chair at the BuS dinner being perfection. Dean Owen. of St. Asaph, has arranged to enter upon his duties as principal of St. David's College, Lampeter, at the beginning of next Michaelmas term. The only thing at the Holton Mission Church of which I must complain is the ventilation. I hope speedy steps- will be taken to remedy this defect. The three young ladies I saw on the dock last Saturday evening about nine o'clock, seemed- to enjoy the parting kiss with their ••gentleman friend." How are the mighty fallen Little boys on Friday night played football in that most melan- choly and deserted thoroughfare, Main-street, Cadoxton. sic Many will be interested to know that the steam- ship Leo. which carried out to Russia Dr. Talmage's wheat for the starving peasantry, left Barry Dock last Thursday morning. The meeting of the Parliamentary Committee of the Local Board held on Friday night was supposed to be private. Yet. next morning a report of it appeared. Who blabbed I thought on Sunday morning, when I heard Mr. Jones-Lloyd reading the lessons at the new Holton- road Mission Church that it was a very good union of the law and the prophets. ::i: The collection undertaken by the Buffalo Club in aid of the widow and children of the boatman Ainsley. who was drowned a little time ago, already exceeds the sum of £15. The second anniversary of the Seamen's Mission at Barry Dock was celebrated on Monday last, and the proceedings, which were most pleasant and enjoyable, passed off without a hitch. Wanted, Literature, stale and fresh, in parcels, large or small, by Captain Sharpies for presenta- tion to seamen on their departure from Barry Dock.-Address, Seamen's Institute. Barry Dock. Mr. Edward Davies, the managing director of the Barry Company, is expected to be present at the annual dinner of the David Davies Lodge of Oddfellows, which will shortly be held at Cadoxton. # # Mr. James Hulbert has been appointed agent in this district for the Merthyr and Dowlais Building Society. Mr. Hulbert is well known at Merthyr as the Rhymer," and I shall, at a future date be enabled to present readers with a few of his skits. # One cannot refrain from remarking, after reading Captain Sharpies' report, that the work carried on by the dock missionary has been as successful as it is worthy, although, I am sorry to state, not financially. If any of my readers want to lighten their pockets there is no cause more worthy of their sympathy than this. New brooms sweep clean The only members who attended the School Board meeting on Monday night, besides the Chairman, were Dr. Lloyd- Edwards and Mr. J. Rees, the two new members. They shaped well on that occasion, and seem likely to be excellent members. 9k Mr. Joshua, in his speech at the temperance meeting on Tuesday evening, said that whilst in Cardiff he had occasion one night to fetch a doctor at three o'clock in the morning." This was followed by Alderman Ebenezer Beavan remarking, that he would say a few words before he began his speech." Dr. Neale tells some fine yarns of his recent shooting expedition in Scotland. He and another gun one day killed 70 brace of grouse, and the hares killed were so plentiful that the gillies had to leave most of them to rot on the mountains. At least, so the genial doctor says. Well, I am a bit of a Ahem # I am glad to see Barry to the fore in Oddfellow- ship. For the D.M. of the Cardiff United Order of Oddfellows, Mr. S. A. Williams, has been nominated by four lodges for theD.D.M., Mr. E. Lewis by two lodges, and Mr. T. Ewbank. the popular secretary of the Cadoxton Branch, has been nominated for the post of delegate by two lodges. At a shop a short distance from the Royal 1, Hotel, where a bailiff was put in on a distress war- rant, some lively scenes were witnessed a few days since. The bailiff was coaxed downstairs to have a tasty snack, and whilst he was gone a fur- niture van was brought around and a considerable portion of the goods put-in and sent away. Itr does not say much for the manliness of a considerable number of men who were spectators considerable number of men who were spectators of the brutal assault on Acting Sergeant Ben Davies on Saturday night, that they did not pre- vent his assailant from ill-treating him in the manner he did when the sergeant lay on the ground senseless and unable to defend himself. A very pitiable story was told to the magistrates at the Penarth Police Court on Monday by a man charged with soliciting alms. The Bench inflicted a fine of 2s. 6d., and Mr. Ephraim Harris, Penarth, with thoughtful kindness, paid the fine. This is the second case in which Mr. Harris has thought- fully come to the rescue in the other case, which occurred a short time ago, he paid a fine of 8s. for a poor fellow. It will go hard with a certain well-known local character, who has been lately seen too often with a Wenvoe widow, if the ladies of Holme-street and Foster-street get hold of him. He has had a tussle with one lady already, and though he came off victor then, the half-dozen brawny damsels that were waiting for him at the bottom of Vere-street on Thursday afternoon will make short work of him. Beware of the widows, Sammy my boy." A rather amusing incident took place at the Leys last week. A bailiff to a well-known captain residing at Channel-view was out in his master's field, and he saw the captain and a friend approach- ing the field with a bottle of something which he thought at the very least would be whisky. The sight of the bottle made our friend feel thirsty, and he asked for a drink, which was at once granted him. The bottle went up to his lips, and the liquid down the bailiff's throat. In a, short space of timea most intense look of disgust overspread his countenance, and instead of whisky he found he had been drinking something else. Dang it," said he. why didn't you tell me what was in the bottle Because," was the rejoiner, I thought if linseed oil was good for old horses it must be good for old men, too A correspondent writes There is a long-felt want in the quoiting world, that is, to introduce weekly interesting and chatty items, with a fair and impartial criticism upon the various events occurring in quoiting circles. Qoiting has never met with the attention it richly merits, the main reason being the utter lack of organisation in the Union, which is demoralising the clubs. The pre- sent association is totally inadequate to cope with the work. Steps should be taken at once to amend or reform that body, or establish a powerful associa- tion more enthusiastic in furthering the welfare of the game and remedying the effects so glaring and detrimental to the sport. Several of the leading clubs are about to adopt a uniform costume. It is time that quoiters should arouse themselves, and al- though behind, by a little exertion would easily place themselves on an equal footing with their more formidable brocher sportsmen." — I quite agree with him, and as we have already about the strongest quoit team in \Yrales at Barry, and will have "another next year at Cadoxton, why not set the example at once here CORRESPOXDEXCE. Dear Mr. Gad-About,-I hear that the Health Committee of the Barry Local Board complain that dead sheep and horses are left about in empty houses and quarries. It is a hard thing, but a true one, to say that the wicked children of the j district are to blame in some cases. One sheep of mine was driven by these cruel demons into an cmpby house, and locked in there. I knew nothing of the poor creature's fate till it was too late when I found her she had been starved to death. —Yours &c., H. B. Cadoxton. Dear Mr. Gad-About,-After hearing about them poor sheep, the Mews fel on me and I composed these few lines which are my first go at Potry, and which I hope will reech you in as good helth I as they leeve me at present.—I am. yours kc., THE OFFIS BOY. In the empty homes of Cadoxton I Were found some sheep deceased I doubt if here aught is left That hasn't been welljleaceJ. WIL D GEESE. Weep for the brave—the brave that are no more Weep for the "geese," who've sought another shore Deserted are the haunts they knew so well. The empty bars too plain a tale they tell! No more of mighty" bool11s" shall we now hear, Which at once roused a mighty hope and fear Gone, too, are now those wond'rous syndicates, Whose Ten per cent. seemed mightier than the fates Gone are those fortunes won in one short night 1 Without an effort and without a fight. The pond'rous safes which of tine" specs could tell Were also gone when De Barri's hammer fell Weep for the brave—the men of pulsing hope. Who flew on wings where others dared but grope Who never faltered in their daring flight, Till they were lost for ever to our sight. Fain would they have climbed, but they feared no fall, And on one daring venture staked their all. Right noble men, they chose the better part, For their own hand they fought with skill and art. They failed their daring on themselves recoils, And hungry jackals now divide the spoils. [ Yet nobler is, I wean, the part they played, Who chased their prey like lions though they failed, Than the mangy jackals that sit and grin O'er that which lions lost their lives to win. Barry Dock. BAUDD CWSG. Dear Mr. Gad-About.—Last Saturday I was travelling from Cogan by the 10.3 train to Barry, and in the same compartment with myself were two young swells who were very lively, having been indulging a little too much, and who gave vent to their feelings in language that would have put in the shade a Billingsgate fishwoman. This lasted till they arrived at Dinas Powis, at which place one said to the other, This is where the champion sprinter came from." The other asked "Who. and he said, "Why. Seward." He then enumerated all his wonderful performances, but he vvfis soon taken down by a young man who was seated in the corner of the carriage who said to the one who was listening to the description of a race, But he was beaten by Taylor, of Gloucester;" at which the friend of Seward's fired up," and said What do you know about it. The unknown gave as an answer, 1; Seward was beaten off the scratch' by Taylor in Cardiff a few weeks ago." The toff contradicted him, and was willing to bet any money that Seward had never been beaten out of Wales and- offered a sovereign for a bet, which the unknown said he would take three times, or he would give 3 to 1 that Seward was beaten in Cardiff. By this time we had reached Cadoxton. and the unknown going to alight, the toff said, "If you mean business you can see me at the Barry Dock Refreshment- rooms any time." I also think you will find that Seward was beaten off the scratch by Taylor in the Cardiff United Sports held at the Sophia Gardens Park, Cardiff, about six weeks ago.-I am. yours truly, LISTENER.

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