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CADOXTON-BARRY HIBERNIA BENEFIT…

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ROUND THE TOWNS.

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ROUND THE TOWNS. [BY MR. GAD-ABOUT.] ""f' .¡. _r. Read Darius Dare's character sketch of Mr. John Robinson. # Of the clubs, the Carlton has the heaviest box in aid of the Cottage Hospital Fund. Over 2.000 people have used the bathing machines in Whitmore Bay this season. » Inspector Leyshon looks up well. He will be glad, he informs me, when the cholera scare is over. The London Society of Compositors has made a new departure by admitting a woman as one of its members. The Southern Cross is the largest vessel that has yet come in to Barry Dock. She took in 2,5^0 tons bunker. # On Monday, at the Penarth Police Court, a witness repeatedly described the prosecutor as 41 prosecutrix." Dr. O'Donnell was the only member of the Health Committee present on Friday night, and therefore no meeting was held. All the solicitors of Barry are bachelors. They will all be present at the tennis dance on October 25th, and it's leap year. The Clerk of the School Board has been living so much lately in boyhood's joyous days that he has caught the mumps. It is looked upon as a reflection on the fair fame of the district that the clerks of our public bodies should all be bachelors. # # At the Penarth Police Court on Monday it was stated that nearly 150,000 visitors had been to Barry Island this season. I hear there are three new shops to be opened shortly in Holton-road. Who has the hardihood to say we are decaying ? » ♦ Mr. J. Rees does not speak much at the School Board meetings, but, like the parrot in the tale, he is an awful 'un to think. # What's the matter anyhow ? Three ministers at Barry have married during the last six months, and another is about to follow suit. The average attendance at the Board Schools during the last fortnight has been the best on record-over 82 per cent. Well done, Mr. Seig 1 The little black box was used by more that half the members of the Public Works Committee on Monday night. Who'll pay to have it re-filled ?" Mr. Benjamin Lewis, the ex-Sage of Palmers- town, and now of Barry-road, thinks that the Rev. J. W. Matthews would have figured well as a Q.C. The singing by children in the adjoining rooms of the Holton Reading-room was not at all relished by the many that visited it on Saturday night last. A mortuary has been erected at the slaughter- house. It sounds rather gruesome, and I hope no mistakes will be made when any dissecting takes place. One of the Trades Unionists of Barry is of opinion that falling down in the mud in running to catch a train is doing excellent work for the cause. Could not a stop be put to the playing of cards carried on to a great extent, Sunday after Sunday, by gangs of youths on the Moors and other public places 1 The members of the Slaughter House Committee held a meeting at the Slaughter House on Friday. Seats were provided by placing planks on a wheel- barrow. # The examinations of the Board Schools come off next month. The examination will take three days at Cadoxton and Barry, and five days at Holton. Of the tradesmen, Messrs. Morgan Brothers have collected the most money in aid of the Cottage Hospital Fund. The collection amounted to £3 10s. 6d. s? Whilst inspecting the newly-erected slaughter house on Friday, Mr. Benjamin Lewis and Mr. J. Barstow related how they killed stock when they were young. I am glad to see the old Welsh literary competi- tive meetings kept up. One will be held at Tabernacle, Barry Dock, on Saturday night, November 12th. The Vere-street hair-dresser. Mr. Cleverdon, has collected in his box more money in aid of the Cottage Hospital than any other hair-dresser. Good old Vere-strect Four hon. members were admitted to the Hibernia Benefit Society on Wednesday night, viz., General Lee, Alderman Carey, Mr. D. T. Alexander, and Dr. Buist. The Rev. Morris Isaac was presented with a handsome timepiece on Wednesday night by his Church on the occasion of his marriage. My best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac What kind of animals are the class described as other beasts at the Slaughter House Committee meeting on Friday, and for which a charge of Is. 6d. for slaughtering has been nxed ? A cake shop in the district has of late so many attractions that teachers, auctioneers' and accountants' clerks are to be seen assembled there of an evening by the half-dozen. IF The way the railwaymen's meeting on Sunday was conducted was a credit to all concerned. I question whether any other body of men could get upisuch a thorough good meeting. f General Lee is confident that the evening classes will be a great success. About 30 attended at our little village," said the General, and most glad they were to have the chance." One of the speakers at the Young Wales Society meeting on Tuesday night hoped that a severe winter would purify the hair," and so make the re-appearance of cholera impossible. # Next Tuesday the Young Wales Society will debate the question of the acquisition of the Gas and Water Company's undertaking by the Local •Board, and a large meeting is expected. A gang of coal-trimmers at Barry Dock sets a very good example for the other coal-trimmers. The members of the gang have each given one shilling towards the Cottage Hospital Fund. Former residents of Roath, Cardiff, will be pleased to hear that Bishop Smythes, of the Central Africa Mission, late vicar of Roath, will preach at St. German's Church, Roath, on Sunday next. The railway men's meeting at Barry on Sunday was about the most fairly conducted meeting I have ever attended. The impartial conduct and the firm hand of the chairman elicited general praise. =:< I am authorised to state that the amount which my contemporary states as the present result of the collection in aid of the Hospital Fund is incor- rect. Full and correct particulars will be given in due course. I am told that Mr. Thomas de Barri missed me very much whilst tripping to the Flat Holm. Oh, that Gad-About were here." was his constant cry. Even the presence of "Little Josh" failed to satisfy him. The popular dread of the cholera has reacted seriously on the plum crop. People are afraid to eat plums just now, so there is little demand for the fruit. Most of the crop is being sold cheap for jam-making purposes. I am glad to see that the Continuation or Even- ing Classes are likely to be started. Why can't Welsh be included among the specific subjects taught ? Surely itcan't be that there are no Welsh teachers under the Board. I notice that Mr. J. Jones, undertaker and van proprietor, Holton-road, has recently added to his stock a first-class brougham. It is a good thing to know that there is at least one enterprising tradesman left in the district. I happened to be sitting next to Dewi Alaw, of Pontypridd, at ,the performance of Dr. Parry's 3aul of Tarsus at the Cardiff Festival, and to hear the old boy's criticism of the opera-oratorio was a thing to be -remembered. Ben Davies, the great tenor, fifteen years ago was a grocer's assistant at Swansea. His mother is a fine-looking old Welshwoman, very proud of her famous son, who worships her, and always addresses her in the old language. i It was pleasant to see General Lee and Mr. D. T. Alexander doing the light fantastic" at the Hibernia dance on Wednesday night, and I have it on the best authority that they both wanted to stay till the end, and not go home till morning." # In the matter of languages Barry seems to be ahead of Cardiff. It is said that, while nearly all the Barry delegates to the Dieppe conference were fluent speakers of French, not one of the Cardiff men could parlyvoo a bit.— Western Mail. The three young ladies at the Victoria Hotel have, up to the present, done better for the Cottage Hospital and Nursing Association than any other collectors. Miss Corney has collected 9s. 11-^d.; 2 Miss Jones, 9s. 11. and MissHowells, 10s. Old. 2 2 -"„* A Barry journalist complains bitterly of the re- ception he met at the hands of the general manager a few weeks ago. But then one shouldn't Beard the lion in his den The Douglas in his hall." # It is quite time that the Sehool Board should alter the name given to the Board School at Barry. It is now called the Barry Dock School," which is quite confusing to those who have been taught to look at the spot around the station as" Barry Dock." •4C Mr. Robinson, the Chairman of the Local Board, challenged Mr. Hughes, the Clerk, to take part in a game of football with him. I intend being umpire, and" Free-kick" has promised to attend and write some special notes-when the match comes off. >I< The Science and Art Classes made an excellent start on Monday night, 43 attending the mathe- matical, and 16 the chemistry class. If those pretty girls I saw there on Monday night keep on attending the classes, the number of attendants won't diminish either. « A collection was made on Saturday afternoon last by those employed under Mr. Jackson, con- tractor of the new graving deck and deep water entrance, on behalf of Charles Jones, a fellow- workmen, employed as platelayer, towards defray- ing the expenses incurred in sending him to Bath Hospital. m Mr. Rees, schoolmaster, was the first collector to give in his box when the committee met to re- ceive any boxes forthcoming. He collected wholly from the teachers 15s.; Mr. Ewbank, at the Cadoxton School, collected f.1 9s. Id.; and Mr. Higman, at the Holton Schools, collected the sum of £2 6s. 5d. My Welsh readers will be sorry to learn that Mr. E. W. Jones, whose Welsh love songs have been charming every lass that knows the Cymraeg, is about to leave the district. I trust, however. he he will continue to treat the readers of the Star with the productions of his Muse," Lwc dda, Wernogydd!" A new feature was introduced at the School Board meeting on Monday. Several mothers who were had up" before the Board brought their babies with them. To the consternation of the Clerk and one or two bachelor members, one of the babies commenced to howl, and was only mollified when General Lee made faces at it. Those representatives of the Barry Railway Company (says the Western Mail) who conducted the Dieppe deputation round the dock parleyvood the foreigners to some purpose. Here is one sen- tence from the report which the deputation pre- pared A whole town has been created at Barry in the space of three years, and where in 1888 there only existed a few farms and cottages, there are now 40,000 inhabitants." Young Wales is modest, says the Mail. At any rate, the Cadoxton-Barry Young Wales Society believes in walking ) before they fly. Their first debate of the season on Tuesday night turned upon the subject, "Is the Local Board justified or not. in enforcing the bye-law for providing all water closets in the district with flushing appa- ratus ?" It isn't that Young Wales is modest, but that it is determined to show itself to be practical, that such a subject was chosen. Mr. A. C. Trevor, who has lately been oppointed a. member of the Council of the Governor of Bombay (says the South Waln Daily New-v) comes of an old Anglesea family. His second daughter is married to Mr. Sub-commissioner J. L. Jenkins. of the Indian Civil Service, who is the son of the late County Councillor 'Jenkins, of Llan- gadock, Carmarthenshire. Mr. J. L. Jenkins is the brother of Mrs. Llewellyn Williams, Ael-y-bryn, Cadoxton. # The children attending the Cadoxton, Board Schools were recently photographed—proofs of which are now to hand. I have been priveleged by the photographer to see one, and the grimaces of some of the children are not to be easily forgotten. A picture taken of a group of adults is somewhat spoiled by a gentleman wearing his hat, whilst the remainder are minus any head- gear. The gent, who thought he would not look nice with his hat off," is, I hear, a trifle bald-headed. Still another football team for this benighted disti'ict! The riggers, trimmers, and shore-donkey men working at Barry Dock. having so little to do these times—and anticipating less—have decided to form a football clubto fill in their man y leisure hours. The colours of the club will be according to in- dividual taste, and will be adapted to the different vessels that trade at the docks. Mr. Dyer, butcher, Barry Dock. has promised to present the club with a ball, as soon as the team has been formed. I am informed that the club will include all the athletic champions that work at the dock. Dear Mr. Gad-About,—a Cadoxton friend regu- larly sends me your excellent paper every week, and upon opening it last week I discovered among its folds a withdrawal bank form, addressed to the G.P.O., which I immediately dropped into a letter- box. I think this, in a measure, is the way a good many letters go astray, and I hope the Barry Postal officials will take more care in the future. —I am, dear Mr. Gad-About. Cardiff. A CONSTANT READER.

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